You have a different writer on this page of the website. I am C. D. Haddock, husband of Zella for almost 60 years. I go by Cal and have substantial life experiences, some of which I would like to have done without. While we often recognize situations as they occur, with a bit of planning, disaster, or at least the adversity, may be averted.
It is with much seasoning, love and respect that I write this page, attempting to point out life situations and some potential solutions to successfully deal with them. If I offend you, please get mad at me, not my beautiful and loving Zella.
The giving of our money and riches is one of the touchiest subjects that can be discussed. We have been taught from the get-go to:
All of those things are in order, but few are taught to give the first fruits of our income (tithes and offerings) that already belongs to God, first, and then manage what is left over for our own use.
Are We Robbing God?
Are You Robbing God?
Malachi 3:7-9 KJV
In the above scripture, God, Himself, stipulates this giving as one of His ordinances - and states, "We have not kept them". He also states, He will return to us and remove us from the curse, if we will but pay our tithes and offerings.
During our marriage, Zella and I have been in need and we have seen times of plenty. We learned early on that if we were faithful to gladly give God His portion first, He was faithful to see that we had what we needed and our bills paid. I might add, this was in times of some mighty lean pickings. We were just getting started, our sons were young and needed some care; and I was not making much money - as little as $50.00 per week in the early 1950's. Regardless, God stretched what we had left to meet the needs!
Paul, in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, NIV, said,
Luke 6:38 KJV says,
I realize when we run short of funds to meet the needs and obligations, it is sometimes hard to trust God, but you know,
If we care to walk with Him and trust Him, He will provide through the Holy Spirit, the care, protection and direction we need. I sure find it much easier to walk with Him, put Him first and in charge of my life than to try to do it under my own steam. If I stay out of the way and obey His ordinances, the outcome is never in doubt! God looks after me and mine! It sure would have been much better if I had learned this much earlier in life.
John 21:15-17 KJV
Now, I would like to further ask you to consider this. Jesus directed Peter to "feed and take care of His sheep". All through the Bible, we, the people of God, His children, are referred to as "sheep". Through the years, Pastors and Evangelists have fed and looked after the church (children of God). They have attempted to teach them God's ways; cautioned them regarding lurking dangers wrought by satan; and offered potential solutions to circumvent those situations.
I sincerely believe Zella and The Holy Spirit have offered this same food on Gospel Shield of Faith. I suspect that you have that same belief or you would not have read this far, particularly on this page. If you are being fed by the Holy Spirit's food on this site, I would suggest that you ask our Father and Jesus what They would have you do to support this work.
Obviously, Zella considers this the work of Jesus. At the Home Page, she states,
Zella is currently reaching 3000+ visitors in 90+ countries with 16,000 to 20,000 pages read monthly. Please ask God what He would have you do - then be obedient!!!!
If He directs you to support this ministry, you may do so by following the instructions below.
I pray Our Father blesses you richly, both spiritually and physically as you are obedient to Him.
In service for Christ,
I wish for you the blessings of a generous giver!
God Bless You!
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