Research Shows Bible Reading

 Increases People's Giving/Tithing

Survey reveals surprising giving/tithing practices of 1000 Christian families

For Immediate Release

By Brian Kluth, Author of the bestselling www.GenerousLife.info Bible devotional and Speaker for the www.GiveWithJoy.org radio program and eDevotional  Contact: bk@kluth.org  Cell: 719-930-4000

What increases people's chances of increasing their giving/tithing?  The surprising answer based on research results from over 1000 Christian families is to encourage people to read their Bible on a daily basis.

The 2nd annual www.StateofthePlate.info View from the Pew research shows that the more faithful someone is in their daily Bible reading, they will have less debt and be more likely to give 10% or more to the LORDís work.

Over 1000 Christian households participated in the second annual View from the Pew surveys, a collaborative research project by my Maximum Generosity ministry and Christianity Today International.  Survey participants provided the following valuable insights into how the economy has impacted their employment, finances, debts, and giving/tithing. 

Daily Bible Readers Give More Generously

Frequent Bible readers (4-7 days per week) are more than twice as likely to give 10% or more of their income to Godís work at their church and other ministries.   While many people might think that the amount of wealth a person has would determine the level of a personís giving, it is actually a personís spiritual discipline and Biblical convictions that determines if someone will be a faithful and generous giver.  Daily Bible reading leads people to a conviction that God is their true Provider and they are to be generous with whatever resources God entrusts to them during their lifetime.

Daily Bible Readers Have Less Debt

For those who consistently read their Bible every day, they have less mortgage payments, car payments, or unpaid credit cards.  The less people read their Bible the more likely they were to have more debts among survey participants.  Brian Kluth, author of the bestselling 40 Day Journey to a More Generous Life Bible devotional indicated there are likely three major reasons for this clear difference.  Kluth says, ďThe first reason would be that discipline in oneís spiritual life often leads to greater disciplines in other areas of oneís life, including how someone manages their finances.  The second reason is that those who consistently spend time in the Scriptures are tapping into Godís wisdom and guidance for their daily financial decisions.  The third reason is that the Bible teaches people that true contentment doesn't come from getting everything you want, but by being thankful for everything you already have."

Kluthís bestselling www.GenerousLife.org 40 Day Bible devotional has over 400,000 copies in print and has been used by over 1300 churches to inspire greater generosity and increased giving among the families in their congregation.  Kluth said, ďWe have seen that getting couples and families into the Word of God, especially Scriptures on the topic of finances and giving, will unleash generosity in a church in ways they have never experienced.Ē

For more details/graphs on the View from the Pew research (and the companion research among 1000 churches on giving, budgets, and financial/generosity teaching), go to: www.STATEofthePLATE.info

BRIAN KLUTH is a Pastor, Author, Researcher, and Radio Speaker for the www.GiveWithJoy.org eDevotional.  His bestselling www.GenerousLife.org 40 Day devotional has been used by over 1300 churches to inspire generosity and increase giving.  He also is the founder of www.MAXIMUMgenerosity.org website and free eNewsletter for pastors and church leaders.  Contact information: bk@kluth.org Cell: 719-930-4000.