William J. Stevens

Beyond the Bulletin

Will is a member of ABEFC and V.P. with WaterStone and author of God's Givers: Seven Old Testament Stories of Fearless Giving. Will, Heather and their son Sam love sushi, the zoo, Costco and Kauai.

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Giving In Disappointment

Throughout the Bible, giving is an expression of faith. One account that illustrates this principle is King David’s contribution to the construction of the Temple in Jerusalem. David had lived his whole life in service to the Lord and in expectation of the day when he would be able to build a permanent house for the Ark of the »

A Willing Heart

A wonderful model for what biblical giving looks like is found in the person of Boaz. In the book of Ruth, Boaz is a man of valor and respected as a prominent citizen of Bethlehem. When Ruth, a foreigner and a widow in need, goes to glean in the fields of Bethlehem, she happens upon the piece of land belonging »

Called to Be God's Stewards

One day the wicked king Ahab gazed out at his neighbor’s land. This fellow Naboth had a fine vineyard that was the envy of the king. Ahab decided he had to have that vineyard. He paid a visit to Naboth and offered him a fair price or another piece of land, whichever Naboth preferred. Naboth told Ahab: “The Lord »

A Tale of Two Collections

Before Israel embarked on a new journey into the desert, God gave His people a departure gift: the plunder of Egypt. God empowered the Israelites to take jewelry, gold, silver, and clothing from the Egyptians and carry it into the wilderness (Exodus 12:35-36). Later, this plunder was used in two collections – a collection to build the tabernacle and a »

Giving Honors God

The story of brothers Cain and Abel centers on an offering. In another sense, we could think of the story as centering on giving. Cain and Abel knew that to approach God, to enter into relationship with their Creator, they had to make sacrifices – give – to the Lord. Moreover, their approach reveals that there was a blueprint for how one »

First Things First

Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. (Genesis 8:20) Consider Noah. When Noah and his family disembarked from the ark, Noah built an altar (the first altar mentioned in the Bible) and made burnt offerings upon it. Noah’ »


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