You cannot out give God. And recently I had the opportunity to sign the biggest book deal I’ve ever signed in my life. I signed with a publisher out of New York and they gave me an advance. I thought about telling you how much money, but then I said, “No.” Let me tell you why I’m not going to tell you. Because if I told you how much money I’m making on this book from this publisher, some of you would go, “That’s not that much.” Others would go, “Whoa! Bling-a-bling, ching-a-ching.” So, I’m not going to tell you. It’s between me and God and you and God. It is what’s left over.
I don’t care if you have millions or thousands or hundreds, it’s what’s left over. We bring the tithe, we give offerings. It’s what’s left over. So when I signed that deal, I just knew God was telling me, “Ed, I want you to give this to Town and Country.” I said, “Okay Lord,” I said, “It’s a lot of money.” If I talk to my accountant man she would just break out in hives. But I made that decision, and we’re in the process of doing that right now.
Well, then as I began to think about it and pray about it more, I said, “Okay, we have these savings over here and we’re vested in some areas. I’m going to match that from savings.” So I’m going to give the advance and also I’m going to match that from our savings to Town and Country.”
Now, let me tell you why I tell you that. I don’t tell you that to go, “Whoa, man, Ed’s a spiritual giant. Whoa, hey!” No, no. I tell you that because if you read your Bible, specifically in 1 Chronicles, David, King David said, “Okay, we’re going to build God’s church, his temple” in the Old Testament.