AuthorDino Katsiametis

The Virtue of Tithes and Offerings

Proverbs 11:24  One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want

TithesOne of the questions I ask on every show is “Do you Tithe?”  I’m happy to say that the answer every time has been yes and invariably starts a conversation that is fun and inspiring.  One of those conversations was with my guest Tony Lattimore.  Tony was emphatic about the true virtue of tithing, but admitted that it’s not always easy to do.  The story that made me really smile was when he said that his wife makes him Tithe 10% no matter what.  They were broke and he said “honey, I only made $50 in a personal training session?”  She replied immediately, “right…and $5.00 dollars goes to the church.”  So great!  (By the way, his wife has 8 children from a previous marriage and one with Tony)

The powerful thing is that Tony is absolutely convinced that tithing is one of the things that makes his success possible.  He has a thriving personal training business and along with giving 10% gross of everything the family makes, he, his wife and their 9 children are all intimately involved with their church.  Tony is a leader of the church and teaches a free training class to 80 plus members every Saturday.

While Tony’s story is not exactly typical, it is similar to how other families feel about tithing including mine.  This morning, I started to consider the true virtue of tithing.  What makes it so powerful?  There have been plenty of times it was difficult for me to see 10% of my income go out the door especially when my family could’ve really used it, but here’s the thing.  When I’m giving to others, it takes me out of my own head and reminds me that others need it much more than I do.  My family and I are incredibly blessed to be able to give what we can and the change in perspective almost immediately goes to work.  The day gets brighter and I begin to radiate that light rather than darkness of whatever my particular troubles were that day.   God changes my perspective by filling me with his light and it’s wonderful.

If you happen to be someone who doesn’t tithe because you feel as though you’re incapable or you just feel despair, I encourage you to give it a try.  It’s another chance to get closer to the Lord and it will change you forever.

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Something Happened At Starbucks

starbucksSomething happened at Starbuck’s the other day that I just had to share.  After grabbing my surprisingly strong coffee, I did something out of character for me and decided to sit down.  A few minutes went by before a young guy in a suit too big to be his, sat down next to me looking pretty depressed.  For whatever reason I had to ask what was wrong.  (not exactly normal for me to stick my nose into a stranger’s business)   His answer made me laugh, he said “I’m so sick of sales”.

“Really,” I replied.  “What’re you selling?”

“Ad space for a magazine…and no one’s buying.”

“OK” I said “pitch me.”  God knows what I was thinking, this was going to make me really late for a meeting, but I really wanted to help.  My new young friend smiled and went into his pitch and proceeded to completely turn me off from ever thinking about advertising in his magazine.  When he was through, I simply asked “How does all that apply to my business?”  He was about to start talking so I stopped him and followed up with “Do you have any idea what my business is?”  He looked at me very awkwardly and I knew I had made my point.

“You would not be buying from me would you?” he asked, already knowing the answer.

“No I would not,” I replied.

Then he said, “I’m sorry what do you do?”

I laughed and told him I was a mortgage broker and a radio host.  This got his attention and he asked about my radio show.  I told him about my first show Money Matters With Dino which was a financial show.  I said I wanted to help people get educated about business and finance.  Then I told him about God’s Men of Influence and said I wanted to help men become better men through their relationship with God.

Then he said something that really surprised me and let me know that I was getting through to him.  “So you’re just trying to help people.”

“Yes, I am…and I think people are willing to listen because they know it’s real.  I wake up blessed every day and get to talk about my experiences and faith and hear stories from other men who have transformed their life through God.”   Then I told him if he was willing to look at sales through the desire to truly help people and get to know them so that he could solve their problems, the rest would take care of itself.

We talked a while longer and I told him more of my story and he left saying he was excited about listening to the show and said smiling that he never thought that God could help him with sales.

I didn’t get the sense that he was terribly religious at the beginning of our conversation, but I think he’s very open to the Word now and that made me feel incredible.  The Lord really does work in mysterious ways.

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Marriage Is A Blessing

MarriageI was told once long ago that if you’re not growing together, you’re growing apart.  Since then, that advice has rattled around in the back of my mind and always seems to pop up just when I need it the most.  When I consider my marriage I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude.  The Lord has blessed me so much in my life, but no blessing is greater than my wife Lindsey and my children.  We have a wonderful relationship, filled with love, fun and teamwork.  Of course, we’re not perfect and therefore we fight.  It’s at these times that I remember that phrase “if you’re not growing together, you’re growing apart.”

Arguments are a part of marriage; there’s just no getting around it, from time to time you will disagree and a few of those times it will get pretty heated.  The trick is to remember how much you love your spouse and that no matter what you both ultimately decide, his or her opinion is just as valid as yours.  After all, I’d appreciate it if she would understand where I was coming from, it’s only fair that I do the same.  An example is when I begin to get consumed with work.  It’s easy for me to justify staying later and later at the office, because I’m trying so hard to provide for my family; why can’t she see that?  On the other hand, she’s exhausted from taking care of our family all day long, misses me and would like some help at night.  How can that upset me…after a really deep breath and a very needed change of perspective?  So a compromise is reached. A compromise; that by the way, benefits me anyway because honestly, I’d rather spend more time with my family anyway.

Now if reason truly escapes me and I get stuck in my own stubborn righteousness, I ask God for guidance.  Inspiration comes quickly then.  When I think about my marriage as a true blessing, I realize that to do anything other than compromise and make it work, would be to be ungrateful of the Lords gift.  Once that becomes clear, I am unburdened of my frustration and gratitude and joy fill me once again.  I love my wife and I love my marriage and with God’s help I am convinced it will stand the test of time.


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Infidelity and the Demise of Manhood

PrayerToday I was listening to the radio and heard a commercial that completely disgusted me.  I’ve heard it before and it always bothered me, but for some reason I feel particularly offended right now.  The fact is that there’s a company profiting by helping…no not just helping, but promoting infidelity.  They’re actively participating in helping people cheat and deceive their spouses.    Marriage can be difficult enough and it upsets me that as a society, we allow this to happen.

Unfortunately, divorce is rampant and has been for a while, so let’s take a look at it.  The 2 major causes of divorce are money and infidelity, so; although they do a good job of helping it along, it’s not like this company has caused the problem of infidelity. So why do people cheat?

I really can’t claim to know, other than to say that I think people are spending too much time focusing on the wrong things. Money problems can always improve and your spouse and the integrity of your marriage are always more important than the temptations of the flesh.  As men of Christ we must believe that temptation is around us so that we have the opportunity to prove our worthiness.  Therefore, we must focus our attention on our families, friends and our Lord so that temptation can not gain a foothold on our thoughts.

We understand that it’s not ok to kill or steal, so most of us don’t and the ones who do, are imprisoned.  Why is the commandment of “Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery” so easy for us to disobey when it can do such harm to those we love?

Someone I cared for very deeply said the following and the phrase has stuck with me “I never put myself in a situation where I could get myself into trouble.”  This is the most useful thing I think I’ve ever heard because he was saying essentially, I don’t ever allow temptation to get a foothold… it never gets a chance.

Temptation will always be there, but if we focus on the things that matter, family, friends and our Lord, then it will never gain that foothold.  Infidelity will no longer be the demise of manhood.

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