These stories are used with permission from Signs Publishing Company. More of these stories can be found in these collections: Ordinary People—Extraordinary God, Ordinary People—Faithful God, and Ordinary People—Generous God
After 15 years of successful operation, the proprietors of my premises in a prestigious shopping mall refused to renew my lease, unless I agreed to open my doors on Friday evenings and Saturdays in future. This I refused to do, because I honoured God by observing His Sabbath and returning to Him one-10th of my profits.
Although I became a Christian about the time I left school, I knew little of God's heart concerning money and the abundant resources of His provision. Through my early working life, my days as a theology student and the first few years of my ministry, this attitude dominated my approach to money.
We grew up in a family where, according to my father, religion was somewhat of a curse. My mother was not permitted to "give any of my hard earnings to the church" and once, when she did manage to send a gift to the Lord, my father was furious when he opened her mail and found the receipt.