Ever wonder why we Christians tithe? Ever know the difference between tithes and offerings? Why the big deal? We work hard for our money and then are told we need to give some back to God.

If His streets are paved with gold and He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, why does He need our pittance depriving us of the full use of the money earned?

Boiled down, “What’s in it for me?”

Offering Thoughts are my thoughts concerning the blessings (what’s in it for me) of a tithing/offering way of life.

– David A. Zimmer

Offering Thoughts


David A. Zimmer

I have been a Christian since the fall of 1974. Prior to that, although I was raised a Lutheran, I never understood God’s love for me or what Jesus Christ did on the Cross. I didn’t understand the necessity for His horrendous torture and death. Today, I am eternally gratefully for His sacrifice.

My parents were tithers even before they accepted Christ as their personal savior. I don’t know if they did it out of habit or just felt it to be right. As a young Christian, I followed suit, also not knowing the blessings and privilege of being a part of God’s Kingdom Plan.

Over these past 40+ years, I have learned about the finished works of Jesus Christ and their direct impact in my life. As part of my local church, I am involved in its media ministry, elders, small groups and people’s lives. What Christ has shared with me, I like to share with others. I enjoy teaching others about Biblically-based tithing and offerings. In fact, I enjoy teaching. Teaching has become my passion in life.

My educational background includes computer science, project management, business analysis and business architecture. I find, no matter where my vocation leads me, I am always teaching others. I am an adjunct professor in the evening at a local university. I have written many articles and several books. So, if I can conclude anything about my life and career, I like to teach.

I hope you enjoy my postings and learn something along the way. If you feel inclined, send me an email and let me know your thoughts on my “offering thoughts.”

David A. Zimmer

PS. I can’t promise that every posting will concern tithing and offerings. Whatever God lays on my heart to write, I will.




These are my personal thoughts concerning tithing and offerings. The blog posts are my notes delivered to the congregation of River of Life Church in Doylestown, PA. I have the privilege of sharing messages in rotation with my fellow elders during the offering portion of the service.

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