MoneyWise Live | November 12, 2018

Obstacles to Giving

Show Notes

We’ve all heard the depressing numbers.  Tithers make up less than a quarter of the average congregation.  About 80% of us give only 2% of our income to the church. What’s keeping us from giving in America?  It seems the wealthier we become, the less we give back to God forgetting that He graciously gives us everything.  Rob West has some reasons why we’ve become tight with our tithes.

  • One thing’s for sure— no one will stand before the judgement seat and say, “You know, I think I gave too much to Your Kingdom.” So why don’t tithers give more?
  • When most say Financial bondage is the reason they don't give more, is that just an excuse?
  • What are the other reasons we don’t give more?

Next, Rob and Steve answer these questions at 800-525-7000 or via email at

  • Would it be wise to use monthly proceeds from a pension to fund your 2-year-old education 529 fund?
  • What's the time range of record keeping for the IRS documents?
  • If you're being told that the minimum your manager's firm will handle for a Roth IRA contributions is $5,000 per person, is there somewhere that will do smaller contributions?
  • If you're going through a rough spot financially because you'll be on medical leave, should you cash out a 403B as an emergency move?
  • If you're retirement date is happening at your age 56, can withdraw money from the 401(k) you're presently contributing to when the job is over?
  • What is a Christian view of Financial Independence/Retire Early concept?

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