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Tithes and Offering

Tithes and Offering

CBN.com – The Law of Reciprocity

 

As Pat Robertson stated in his book, The Secret Kingdom, Christ's admonition to "give and it will be given to you" defines a remarkable spiritual principle. It can also be called the law of reciprocity, which is quite evident in the physical world: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Smile at another person, and he'll probably smile back at you. Be critical of others, and they'll respond in kind. As you give, you will receive. Give generously, and you'll receive in like measure.

Why Should We Tithe?

Since God owns everything — "the cattle on a thousand hills" and all there is — it might seem that He doesn't really need our tithes and offerings. He doesn't need them, true, but we need to give them. For, in instructing us to tithe, God is helping us to understand the law of reciprocity.

In addition, failure to tithe means we are actually robbing God of what is due Him. In Malachi 3:8-9, God spells out the results when the nation of Israel does not repay Him what they owe:

"Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse — the whole nation of you — because you are robbing me."

When we tithe, we receive many blessings from God.

"Give,and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap" (Luke 6:38).

And what blessings were promised to the people of Israel, if they would once again tithe!

"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.Test and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit," says the Lord Almighty (Malachi 3:10-12).

We are also told that when we give to others, we give to God:

"He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done" (Proverbs 19:17).

The Importance of Being Earnest

Yet, we should give not only because God expects us to. Our sincerity in returning to God a portion of His bounty is equally important. We're told:

"Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver" (II Corinthians 9:7).

The apostle Paul also tells us that we receive according to the way we give:

"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."

Luke likewise admonishes:

"For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

However, we're warned against making public our acts of giving:

"Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven" (Matthew 6:1).

An offering

An offering on the other hand is that what comes out of our access, it is anything, beside, above, or beyond our giving in tithes. When our first fruits (the tithe) is given it stands above or beyond the test of time and before the blessings of God. Within Eagle Wings Charismatic Ministries we stress that Tithes and Offering is between you and God, it is not something WE require. We however have seen in our own lives and that of others the blessings that God bestows upon them that are joyful and faithful givers.

God's Outpouring of Blessings

When we're generous to Him and to others, God rewards us in a very generous fashion.

"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written, ‘He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.' Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion,and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God" (II Corinthians 9:8-12).

What Should I Do Now?

In the Old Testament, the Jews were instructed to take their tithes" to the storehouse," which was the temple — the center of religion for the entire country. Today, since the Body of Christ has so many manifestations (churches, colleges, television and overseas ministries, hospitals, relief agencies, etc.), people can choose where their tithes should go.

It's important that you give your tithe to the place that feeds you spiritually. If you're a church member, you should honor your own church with consistent financial support, since membership entails responsibilities as well as privileges.

Done on a regular basis, giving serves as a constant reminder that God is our provider. You alone will decide how to account for your stewardship of the financial blessings God gives you — and how to honor Him with your tithes and offerings. May you be richly blessed as you are obedient in your stewardship to Him!

Blatently copied from CBN.com because we couldn't say it in a better way

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22 The Candles

The Candles

People that walk in many churches might see just like we have 2 candle sticks burning on the alter or on a table, and let me tell you even a lot of priests and pastors, do not truly know why.
It is customary to light two candles made especially for Shabbat, which remain burning until they go out.
One explanation for the two candles is that they represent the two Torah commandments concerning Shabbat: “keep” and “remember”.
Keeping Shabbat is understood as an obligation to observe Shabbat, and remembering Shabbat is associated with preparing for it.
For the Jewish people it reminds them how they are being brought out of captivity from Egypt into freedom of the promised land.
We as Christians have been led out of our captivity our darkness from a live without Christ, a life that leads to death, into a life that leads into the light, a light that leads into eternal life with Christ.

With this thought we observe the Shabbath, and the saving grace of our salvation payed for by Christ.
Given to us on the day of our Salvation, the day that we committed ourselves to Jesus the Christ.
With the lighting of the candles we remember that moment when we where saved and received Jesus Christ into our lives as our Lord and Savior.
The flame of the candles the light that is brought into the world by Jesus the Christ we also see the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit Fire that is, burns, within every Christian that has accepted Jesus the Christ as their Lord and Savior, every Christian that walked through the door, every Christian that took the Seal of the new covenant with Christ.
Proverbs 20:27 (KJV) “27 The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.”

The candle of the Lord, that lights up the darkness, that shows our inmost being, the Holy Spirit is there to light up, fuse with, our spirit, to shine out a light upon the darkest corners, searching all his innermost parts.
Luke 24:30-34 (KJV) “30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,
34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.”


They heard the words of Jesus, verse 32 and the fire (the Holy Spirit) burned within them. It gave them light.
The spoken word of God what we call the Rhema word of God brings that light, the written word of God, the Holy Bible, brings that light, the Holy Spirit anointing brings that light.

From the sermon by Christiaan J. de Ruiter,
on the covenants, passing under the blood. February 23, 2013

 

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Internet covenant

Internet and Computer Contract for Christians


When I use computers, mobile devices, phones, and the Internet, I promise to follow these rules to keep my family, my friends and myself safe.
I will discuss these rules with my Spouse or when not married with my Parents (now called Media Partner ) and initial each section as we discuss them.


1. My Media Partner and I are in agreement on appropriate time for use of the computer, cell phone, Wii or other game system, and the Internet.cloudcomputing

  • I will only visit sites we agreed upon.
  • I will only do things we agree are appropriate.
  • I will log out when asked to log out.
  • I will not allow any other person to log in on my account or use my “time” without permission.
  • I will respect the rules that have been set for me or for others. I will not help others to break Internet rules set for them.
  • If I use the Internet while I am away from my Media Partner or at a friend's house, I will let my Media Partner know that I did.
  • If I or one of my friends brings a new game or video into the house, I will share this with my Media Partner.
  • I will tell my Media Partner if I accidentally used a device, play a game, or visit a site I believe they might not want me to use.

Initial here: Covenant Partner _____ Media Partner _____


2. I will never tell anyone secure information without getting my MP permission first.text message pic

  • I will not say when I am alone or when the house is empty or tell my family's schedule.
  • I will not tell my family's last name, address, workplaces, passwords, or phone numbers.
  • I will keep this information about my friends as private as I keep my own information.
  • I will not use the Internet to show, spread, or tell anything private.
  • If I am not sure whether something should be kept private, I will ask my Media Partner.
  • If I want help keeping something private, I can ask my Media Partner.
  • I know that if I ask my MP to keep private a story or a picture that features me, they will respect my wishes. I can ask my MP to remove information that they have shared about me from social media.
  • I know that it is very easy for secrets to spread once they are in electronic form.
  • I know that any electronic message on the Internet could be read or seen by anyone, forever.
  • If I accidentally reveal information, I will tell my Media Partner the same day so they can act to protect our family.

Initial here: Covenant Partner _____ Media Partner _____


3. I will not participate in mean, physically dangerous, or morally wrong activities online.

  • If anyone does or says anything that bothers me, I will tell my Media Partner.45Hand
  • I will show my Media Partner if I see material or play a game that;
  • is obscene
  • depicts real and severe violence or simulates realistic and severe violence
  • shows nudity, meaning pictures of people who are naked or who are showing the parts of their bodies usually covered by bathing suits
  • is cruel
  • encourages people to do things that are wrong or illegal
  • frightens or disturbs me
  • tries to trick me into revealing personal information or do something wrong
  • seems to be a lie
  • I know that my Media Partner will not be angry with me for accidentally seeing such material if I tell my Media Partner right away.
  • I will not do, say, send, or show anything obscene, illegal, immoral, frightening, or cruel.
  • I know that it is not lying if I use a fake name to protect my identity or if I refuse to tell information to a person who has no right to know it. I know that it is always okay for a person to refuse to tell any information over the Internet.
  • I know that search engines and online information sources such as Wikipedia could lead me to sites that are obscene, cruel, dangerous, frightening, or tricky.
  • I know that much of the information on the Internet is untrue or misleading.
  • If I want to search for information on the Internet at home, I will let my Media Partner know before I start. I will always search on the computer in the living room where they can observe me and help me.

Initial here: Covenant Partner _____ Media Partner _____


4. I will never post or send pictures of myself, my family or friends without my Media Partner' permission.

  • If I set up a blog or online profile, I will tell my Media Partner where it is and how they can read it.
  • If I join a social network, mailing list, file or sharing site, or group of any kind, I will invite my Media Partner to join.
  • I will work with my Media Partner to set privacy and sharing settings that satisfy them.

Initial here: Covenant Partner _____ Media Partner _____


5. I will never, ever meet with anyone I've talked with online without first talking to my Media Partner.

Initial here: Covenant Partner _____ Media Partner _____


6. If my Media Partner ask for my social media or email password, I will give it to them.

  • I will never give out any passwords I know to any others, not even friends or siblings.
  • If I find out a password that belongs to my Media Partner, I will tell them that I know it.

Initial here: Covenant Partner _____ Media Partner _____


7. If I want to download anything, I will discuss this FIRST.

  • I know that some applications, games, music, movies, or programs are unsafe to download.
  • I know that I must pay for these things and that the cost is sometimes hidden.
  • I know that sometimes “free” content is really stolen.

Initial here: Covenant Partner _____ Media Partner _____


cellphonebaby8. I will not try to win free things or buy things on a phone or on the Internet.

  • If I get a message that I have won something, I will show my Media Partner.
  • If I get an email asking me to enter a password or other information, I will tell my Media Partner.
  • I will not forward messages that tell me bad stuff will happen to me if I do not forward them.
  • I will not click on any advertisements. If I accidentally click on an advertisement, I will close all windows that appear and will not use the “back” button, but close the last page I was viewing.

Initial here: Covenant Partner _____ Media Partner _____


9. I will not change settings, install software, or open my Media Partner' files without permission.

  • If I think I might have accidentally done this, I will tell my Media Partner right away so they can fix it.
  • I know that my Media Partner will not be upset with me doing this as long as I tell my Media Partner right away.

Initial here: Covenant Partner _____ Media Partner _____


10. I understand that my Media Partner allow me to use the Internet, computers, and games on the condition that I do not hide from them what I do.

  • My Media Partner may examine the computer, my phone or any other device that they or I own.500px Plague victim
  • They may see where I have gone on the Internet, what emails and text messages I’ve sent and received, the things I’ve downloaded, or what I do.
  • I will not erase my browsing history or record of sent messages without permission.
  • I will BCC one of my Media Partner on every email unless they tell me not to do so.
  • I promise not to turn off or alter any parental-controls settings or software installed by my Media Partner.
  • I will not close a window when my Media Partner come into the room to hide something I’m viewing.
  • If I use code words or abbreviations, I will tell my Media Partner what they mean.
  • If I think I may have accidentally done something I am not supposed to, I will tell my Media Partner right away.
  • If I want to do something that I am not sure my Media Partner would approve of, I will ask them first.

Initial here: Covenant Partner _____ Media Partner _____

For the covenant partner:

  • I have read the above, and I will follow these rules.
  • If I do not follow these rules, I understand that my Media Partner might be real upset with me, and seek mediation.
  • I understand that “seeking mediation"  is not necessarily a punishment. My Media Partner might reduce my privileges for any reason in order to keep our family safe.
  • I also understand that even if my Media Partner do not punish me, my actions on the Internet might have consequences from which my Media Partner might not be able to protect me or from which they might choose not to protect me.

signature Date

_____________________________________


For the Media Partner:

  • I agree to let my Covenant Partner use electronic devices as long as they follow these rules.
  • I agree to answer any of my Covenant Partner's questions that will help him or her use the Internet safely and responsibly.
  • I agree to make changes to the rules clearly and in writing, and keep them with this contract, so that my Covenant Partner always knows what the rules are.
  • I agree not to be upset for accidentally breaking a rule, as explained above, as long as he/she promptly tells the Media Partner about it.
  • I agree to discuss my Covenant Partner ideas for safely increasing Internet usage.

Media Partner's signature Date

____________________________________

27 Women in ministry

The Five Fold Ministry

To understand the natural position of woman in ministry we need to make sure we look at the concept of the ministry as given by the Holy Spirit.
The concept of the five fold ministry comes from the book of Ephesians Chapter four verse eleven ;

5 fold pillarsEphesians 4:10-13 (Amp)

10 He Who descended is the [very] same as He Who also has ascended high above all the heavens, that He [His presence] might fill all things (the whole universe, from the lowest to the highest).
11 And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers.
12 His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ's body (the church),
13 [That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ's own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him.”

The Apostle

The Greek word for apostle, "apostello", occurs over 80 times in the New Testament. Since apostles did not exist in the Old Testament times, we have to understand the word to mean someone who was sent, and/or was a messenger and that is exactly what the word "apostle" means, "sent one."
So, an apostle is someone who has been sent to transmit a message per the instructions of the sender.
Also it is used in the reference to those in the inner circles of Jesus' 12 apostles. In order to be one of "the twelve" a person had to be with the witnesses from the beginning of Christ's ministry until the day that Christ was taken from them. (Acts 1:21–22) though Paul was not one of the original twelve apostles, he was considered an apostle later on (Acts 14:14). After all, Jesus appeared to him (1 Cor. 9:1) and commissioned him. Paul even refers to himself as an apostle (Gal. 1:1).
And then we have the ones that where sent the apostoloi. (2Cor. 8:23), "As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; as for our brethren, they are messengers (apostoloi) of the churches, a glory to Christ."
Also, (Phil.2:25), "But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger (apostolon) and minister to my need." And, (John 20:21), "Jesus therefore said to them again, 'Peace be with you; as the Father has sent (apostalken) Me, I also send (pempo) you.'"
We can find the Apostle Junia in (Rom. 16:7) It is said that Junia, a woman, was an apostle. As stated by the church father Chrysostom (Homily on Romans 31.7; NPNF 1, 11:555) Since apostles are in place of authority, then Junia demonstrates that women can be in authority over men in the church.
As a woman, Junia may be the wife of Andronicus. Which makes it important to note that they where refered to as apostles.

The Prophetess

Six women in the Holy Bible are expressly stated as possessing the title of prophetess: five under the old covenant and one, Anna, is mentioned in the gospels.
In addition, Philip is mentioned in Acts as having four daughters who prophesied which brings the number of prophetesses to ten. Conversely, a woman in the book of Revelations calls herself a prophetess but she is considered false. On occasion, other women in scripture also prophesied, but were not expressly described as prophesying. These women include: Rachel (Gen. 30:24), Hannah (1 Sam. 2:1-10), Abigail(1 Sam. 25:29-31),Elisabeth (Luke 1:41-45), and Mary, the mother of Jesus (Luke 1:46-55).
A prophetess is simply a female prophet. A person called by God.
A prophet (male or female) is the mouthpiece for the one who sends him or her; the prophet speaks on behalf of the sender (Ex. 7:1-2). A prophet is considered a seer (1 Sam. 9:9), because God gives him or her the gift of foreknowledge. God reveals his secrets to prophets (Amos 3:7), and true prophesy is initiated by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). (1 Cor. 12:28) and (Eph. 4:11) both rank prophets as second only to apostles.
The bible calls out for woman to prophesy (1 Cor. 11:5)

The Evangelists

Kathryn Kuhlman's ministry began in the summer of 1923. After her ordination by the Evangelical Church Alliance in Joliet, Illinois, she established the Denver Revival Tabernacle in 1935, which she pastored for three years.
In the mid-1940s, she went to Franklin, Pennsylvania, where she began to thrive as a preacher and radio evangelist. Many people were healed with notable miracles at her meetings beginning in 1947, and she gained a reputation as one of the world's outstanding healing evangelists, carrying on as a leading figure during the charismatic movement until her death in 1976.

The Pastor

The New Testament says very little about pastors. In fact, as a term for ministers, the word (poimen) appears only once in (Eph. 4:11). While the word is familiar to use from modern usage, we are uncertain as to the exact role of pastors in the New Testament or how they functioned in relation to elders, bishops and other leaders. In which light we best can see the role at the same level as bishop with the responsibility of growing and educating the church.
Priscilla and her husband Aquila are often mentioned with great respect by Paul.
Together they were pastors of a church in Ephesus, and were responsible for teaching the full gospel to Apollos.
We are informed that they both taught Apollos, and pastored the church together. In fact, Priscilla is sometimes listed ahead of Aquila when their names come up.
This has led some to speculate that of the two, she was the primary teacher and her husband oversaw the ministry. At any rate, we see here a woman in a very prominent position of teaching and pastoring. (Acts 18:2,18; Rom, 16:3, d I Cor. 16:19).


Another New Testament woman who led a house church was Nympha (Col. 4:15).
Paul sent greetings to her and to the church at her house. Some modern scholars try to get around this by saying that Nympha was "just" the hostess, not the pastor.
If that were so, who did pastor her house church, and why would Paul so rudely fail to greet the pastor as well as the hostess?
The personal letter II John is addressed to a church and its pastor, a woman with whom the apostle John had close ties. John opens the letter, "to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth." "Children" was a term of endearment that John used for Christian believers. "Truth" was a term John often used relating to Jesus The word "elect," is used to refer to the ordained clergy.

 

Conclusion

wilma headshot2A few of the women working as Pentecostal pastors during the charismatic movement of the 1960s and 1970s included Charlotte Baker, Myrtle D. Beall, Helen Beard, Aimee Cortese, Sue Curran, B. Maureen Gaglardi, Anne Giminez, Ione Glaeser, Hattie Hammond, Alpha A. Henson, Marilyn Hickey, Violet Kitely, Janet Kreis, Freda Lindsay, Fuchsia T. Pickett, Iverna Tompkins, and Rachel Titus.
A sampling of a few of the other women who were vital during the time of the charismatic movement as speakers, authors, or evangelists, would include Eleanor and

Roberta Armstrong, Rita Bennett, Edith Blumhofer, Hazel Bonawitz, Roxanne Brant, Mary Ann Brown, Shirley Carpenter, Jean Darnall, Josephine Massynberde Ford, Katie Fortune, Shirlee Green, Nina Harris, Sue Malachuk, Daisy Osborn, Dorothy Ranaghan, Agnes Sanford, Gwen Shaw, Bernice Smith, Ruth Carter Stapleton, Jean Stone, Joni Eareckson Tada, and Corrie Ten Boom. Mother Teresa was also an outstanding woman who ministered in the helps ministry to the poor of India.
The women mentioned here are, of course, a mere sampling of important figures who have been mightily used of God in every conceivable capacity of leadership in the church throughout history.


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For more information on wonderful woman in ministry I love to refer you to our own 1st Lady Wilma J. de Ruiter

 

 

 
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