Mt. Washington, Ky. (PRWEB) August 3, 2009
Holy Fire Publishing (http://www.christianpublish.com) releases Benevolence Giving for Church and Family: Helping the Needy God's Way (Paperback. U.S. $16.00, ISBN# 978-1-60383-203-8). Rod O'Neil presents Biblical principles to help the needy while avoiding scams.
Scripture clearly commands the Church body to care for the poor within its circle of influence. Rod O'Neil's book, Benevolence Giving for Church and Family: Helping the Needy God's Way, is a multi-faceted reference book for churches seeking to establish or improve their benevolence ministries, while avoiding being taken advantage of; for study groups seeking Biblically principled financial counseling; and for individuals addressing the needs within their extended families. O'Neil discusses the unique call upon the Church to give sacrificially, offers insight compiled in 12 scam alerts, and outlines basic financial principles to move a financially troubled household to fiscal soundness. He includes examples of program policies, committee charters, request forms, questionnaires, and logs to set up effective benevolence ministries.
"Benevolence is very similar to grace--providing assistance to someone in need without looking for payback. The difference between benevolence and grace is eligibility: where grace has no eligibility requirements, benevolence does. There has to be a minimal set of requirements to justify giving away someone's hard-earned money to someone else. From a Christian perspective, should benevolence require qualification and accountability? The answer is unequivocally, yes. Christians and churches need to discern between being gracious and being gullible. Do we just give the token quarter to someone in need? Or do we open our doors and wallets to bed, clothe, mend, and feed, for as long as needed? We need to discern who to help, when to help, how to help, how intensely to help, and who not to help." -- Rod O'Neil
Rod O'Neil answers difficult questions, such as: Do you feel taken advantage of after giving money to a panhandler? Which is better, to give money directly to homeless people or to an organization designed to help them? When should you give financial assistance to family or church members? Does the Bible really mean for you to give to everyone who asks for help? Should those who are debt-ridden take on more debt to give to the church?
Rod O'Neil writes clearly and unapologetically, presenting Biblical principles to help churches and families validate needs and verify to whom they can safely give their money and assistance, while avoiding being scammed. Churches of all denominations need to get this information into the hands of those responsible for guiding their benevolence ministries and those who provide financial counseling to debt-ridden families.
Rod O'Neil, 51, has lived in diverse areas such as England, Washington, DC, and his home state of Kentucky. Through his experiences, he recognized a need for benevolent giving based on Biblical principles. O'Neil combines Biblical knowledge, gained from years serving as a youth leader, Sunday school teacher and deacon, with his financial and business acumen, developed as a business consultant and former stock broker, to equip those who help the hurting. O'Neil lives in Mt. Washington, KY, with his wife, Karen. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Holy Fire Publishing (http://www.christianpublish.com), publisher of hundreds of Christian books, helps Christian authors reach the world through the printed word.
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