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FINANCES Jesus said,
"Freely you have received,
freely give..." We obey this way: No
plates, No baskets, No begging, No sales, No
And, Jesus made this part clear :
"But when you
give, let not your left hand know what your right hand does:
That your gift may be in secret:and your Father which sees in secret
...will reward you."
the first, second and third tithe?
Biblically there is actually a three-fold tithe. The first
tithe is for the ministry. The second tithe is primarily for
the Feasts. The third tithe is given every three years,
and is set aside for those in need - widows, orphans and
-What about tax
Tax deductions should have little to do with gifts to the Lord
YHVH, however, the provision, made by our government, is
available under certain cercumstances. Note that this
ministry IS NOT a tax-exempt corporation recognized by the
State or Federal government. (more...)
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1) I set aside 10% for the work of
ministry. The fiscal spending of money for the ministry all comes
from tithes sent to this ministry. When devoid of the waste and
frivolity of modern religion and expectations of modern clergy, it
will be found to be more than enough to preach the gospel around the
2) Ten percent of my annual income is set aside for the
expenses of the Feasts: travel - food costs (we only buy the best
for YHVH). The material needs of the Feasts such as tents, tables,
facility costs, etc. all come from second tithe sent for this
Some people who attend buy all they need for
the Feasts and then give the remainder for facilities or travel
expense for others. The abundance of food is given to the poor in
the community. (Sojourner's offering) When this ordinance is
followed, there is never an excuse that the Feasts cannot be kept or
3) The third tithe is set aside as a personal account to
make sure we have plenty to give to those in need. This tithe
amounts to only 3.3% of annual income.
The Levite is mentioned along with the widows and orphans,
because they had no inheritance. They had no land, no possessions
and made their "living" by the kindness and obedience of YHVH's
people. The Levite, whose life was given to service, owned
nothing; yet he had needs like everyone else. This is why we read in
Deuteronomy 12:19 "Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the
Levite as long as thou livest upon the earth."
Although those of us who have chosen to live this way are poor in
man's eyes, we are dear to the heart of the One we serve. Nearly no
one is in this situation today. (Ministry comes with a retirement
I never thought the third tithe was enough to alleviate the needs
of the poor. However, if everyone does it, it may be more than is
needed for the widows (indeed), the fatherless and the Levite.
My commitment is to not spend the tithe (neither ours nor the
tithe given to the ministry) for personal items. We do not and will
not take a salary from the tithe. The needs of the Levite are to
come from the third tithe -- not the first. Please
designate your gifts accordingly (First, Second, or Third tithe).
Any money sent to this organization
is considered a donation to the ministry. As a matter of deeply held
religious belief, any gift, contribution or donation to Think Red
Ink, Think Red Ink Ministries, Don Harris, Red Letter Academy or any
other identity associated with the ministry of Don Harris should NOT
be considered tax deductible, in whole or in part.
The Ministry of T.R.I. does not
minister the Gospel under a 501 (c)(3), Non-Profit, Not-for-Profit,
or any other such organization. We are a church, however, it is
unlikely we adequately fulfill every criteria laid out for a
"church" found in the IRS tax code.
We are a part of the body of Christ
(Messiah)* and therefore have no entity, person or corporate status
with the United States of America (Federal government), or any State
of the US pertaining to tax favor, privilege or exemption. All
contributions provide only "intangible religious benefits"
(language from IRSC) to givers.
All contributions to this ministry
should be considered as gifts, tithes and offerings to our God,
YHVH. They will be considered and handled as such by this ministry.
You should not attempt to deduct your gifts to this ministry from
your State or Federal taxes.