Concept of Tithes and Offerings

Today on D’Circle of Life series, we will talking about the controversy about Tithes and Offerings.

It baffles me why people talk about Tithes in a controversy way, because to me it brings alot of blessings when you have faith in it. It opens doors of blessings to anyone who believes in it. let take a look at the Concept of Tithes and Offerings.

Many Christians struggle with the issue of tithing. In some churches giving is over-emphasized. At the same time, many Christians refuse to submit to the biblical exhortations about making offerings to the Lord. Tithing/giving is intended to be a joy and a blessing. Sadly, that is sometimes not the case in the church today.

But is there a difference between tithes and offerings? Yep! And as the giver of those tithes and offerings, you should know how to tell them apart.

The tithe is the first 10 percent of your income that God calls you to give to your local church each month.
An offering is any money you choose to give above and beyond the tithe.
“Tithing is really a form of worship.” So the tithe, which means “tenth,” is a baseline for giving—the bare minimum. It’s a tenth of your monthly income, and it goes specifically to your local church (Malachi 3:10). It’s the first thing you do when you budget your money—before you pay down debt.
Tithing is really a form of worship, because it shows God we trust Him (not money) to provide for us.
Offerings are different. They’re given above and beyond the tithe. The Bible doesn’t command us to give offerings, but it does encourage us to give generously, and offerings—since they aren’t required—reflect the generosity in our hearts.
Here’s the thing about offerings: Unlike tithes, which come out of your budget before anything else, offerings should be given only when you have the financial margin to do so. That means you tithe first and then take care of your own household: your bills, your debt payments, your housing costs, groceries, transportation, and clothing.
After all that is done, and you feel called to give an offering beyond the tithe, feel free! “God loves a cheerful giver.”

In fact, 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV) says, “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Tithes and offerings are different, but they do have one big thing in common: They both work to build your trust in God as your ultimate Provider and decrease your dependence on money. After all, Matthew 6:24 (ESV) tells us, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Above all, all tithes and offerings should be given with pure motives and an attitude of worship to God and service to the body of Christ. “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Tithing is a concept that has created great controversy inside and outside the church. Some people feel like tithing is a slick way for pastors and ministers to get rich. Others feel like tithing is a problem because they don’t know what their church is doing with the money. However, both arguments are false. Tithing has nothing to do with your pastor or your church… tithing is between you and God. Tithing is a way for us to show God that we believe and trust in him. Also, every man of God who is not a good steward with God’s provision will answer too God. anyone but you and God.

Just like Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of the most-high God… we must pay our tithes to the King of kings and Priest forever; the Lord Jesus Christ. I challenge you to give God your tithes and offerings in faith. If you do, he will bless you beyond measure. Please try it out.

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How to prevent Harassment in the Workplace

You can stop workplace harassment by developing policies and training your work force on respectful interaction with others.

Workplace harassment is behavior, conduct, actions and statements made to or about an individual or a group of individuals, which creates an uncomfortable work environment for the targeted persons and those offended but not directly targeted.

Anti-discrimination laws address harassment in regulations that prohibit discriminatory employment practices. A hostile work environment is a tandem allegation usually claimed when an employee complains of harassment. Through effective and comprehensive training methods, employers can eliminate and prevent harassment.

Companies that invest in training to prevent harassment demonstrate their concern for providing a safe working environment for their employees.

How to prevent Harrassment in a Workplace.

1. Write a policy that describes different forms of harassment and, if possible, provide scenarios to further explain what happens when unwelcome conduct becomes harassment. Many employers purchase videos that depict workplace harassment; however, you can construct a policy statement that conveys the same message contained in a training film. If you decide to use a training film, ask for sample videos that are up-to-date and relevant to your business or industry.

2. Call your company’s attorney for professional legal advice on your written policy; ask her to review the policy for completeness and to ensure the policy clearly defines harassment in accordance with federal, state and local employment laws. You may also contact your regional or district office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for technical guidance on preparing anti-harassment policy statements. The EEOC enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is one of the laws that prohibit discriminatory employment practices.

3. Speak to your human resources department training specialist about developing a training session that specifically addresses workplace harassment. The training should be appropriate for all levels of employees from hourly to salary, and from frontline workers to executive leadership. Take-aways or written policy statements impact how much information is retained; distribute copies of your company’s anti-harassment policy.

4. Include in the training session your company procedure for reporting, investigating and resolving harassment complaints. The typical process is for the employee to first address the issue with his supervisor, then his manager. If he is uncomfortable discussing the subject with his supervisor or manager, the employee should then visit your company’s employee relations specialist or another human resources specialist.

5. Act immediately to investigate complaints of harassment. These matters are within the purview of your employee relations specialist. Several litigated harassment claims include allegations that the employer sat on a complaint without fully investigating it. Remind all training session attendees that investigations require full cooperation from the employee, the alleged harasser and any witnesses to the alleged harassment.

6. Announce schedules for mandatory attendance at these training sessions. If you have employees who work varied shifts or outside normal business hours, arrange training sessions to accommodate their schedules. If employees who fall into this category attend training during non-work hours, remind them that it is mandatory, paid training.

7. Revise your employee handbook to include your company’s position on workplace harassment. Best practices in the human resources professional community suggest that policy statements be revised periodically. Ensure the policy is always consistent with employment laws and applicable legislative changes. If your anti-harassment policy statement was not previously a part of your employee handbook, produce new handbooks and distribute them to your entire work force.

8. Make your human resources department available to answer any questions employees have about the training or incidents of harassment. Update and reissue the policy statement every year, and provide training every year. Obtain a signed acknowledgment form from every attendee indicating she understands the company policy against harassment and file signed acknowledgments in employment files stored in the human resources department.

Inform employees that if they fail to attend mandatory training that they are subject to discipline, up to and including, termination.

Stop the Harrassment.

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Sometimes You need Character, Not Prayer.

By Aderinto Adenike

No matter how we pray, attitude has its place. This is the strong truth a lot of Christians fail to understand. Prayer is good, but prayer isn’t the answer to everything.

Somewhere in the scriptures, the Bible says that before we pray, he will answer. You know why? It is because we have exhibited attitudes that will attract miracles.

People, sometimes pray for miracles to happen, what you need is character, not prayer, not speaking in tongues. God is a spirit, and for him to bless you, he needs to pass through a man.

If you lack good relationships with men, you’ll hardly be blessed. God works with relationship. You must learn to treat people with courtesy.
The Shunammite woman must have been praying for a child all through her life. I’m sure. She was a prominent woman and surely she had money but couldn’t buy a child.
You know what made her have a child? She took care of Elisha, a man of God. She respected him, she was hospitable, she was kind, and she had character!

Elisha spoke into her womb and in a year, she had a child.

Assuming she wasn’t hospitable, Polite and kind? She would’ve still been praying and fasting, binding and casting demons that don’t exist.

Sometimes, we are our demons. Our attitudes are our destiny killers. Some of you have insulted people that were divinely orchestrated to help you. Some of you are keeping malice with your destiny helper. Some of you are still suffering, not because you lack talent but because you lack character.

Talent is attractive. Anyone can be talented, but character is a proof of discipline, a proof of responsibility. Character sustains the attraction talent gives you.

Character is a virtue, and sometimes what we call FAVOR is triggered by virtue.

Mary was a Virgin. She had virtue! This attracted the favor of being the mother of the Saviour of the world!! In all thy getting, get character. Respect people.

Your Angel won’t always come like an Angel. Look down on nobody; anyone can change your life.

It was the maid of Naaman that told him where to get healing. Naaman was a great man but had leprosy. He must have visited the greatest hospital in the world as of that time. Who would’ve ever thought that the solution to his problem was in the mouth of his maid?

Sometimes the solutions to our problems are trapped in the mouths of mere people, but many of us are not humble enough to see it.

Prayer is not all. Build relationships. God will use man. Respect people. Get character and don’t relent on prayers also. Our character is the ultimate key to the solution of our prayers.

Let work on our character, it helps us grow in God’s presence.

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Is your Cloth the reflection of your personality

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Another intruiging series on D’CIRCLE OF LIFE, DOES YOUR CLOTHING REFLECT YOUR PERSONALITY.

But what do your clothes say about your personality? Day by day, they express your mood. Our clothes define the role we are taking at any particular time for both business and pleasure.
In fact, our clothes say so much about who we are. Even refusing to follow trends gives a signal indicative of a way of thinking, which wants to be free and not conventional.
The good news is that the effect of wearing particular styles can also help to create a new persona for ourselves, whether this is to fit a particular mood, life change or career move.

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HOW DO YOU HANDLE DISAPPOINTMENT AND PROBLEMS

It is still another Episode of D’Circle of Life. Today’s series is HOW DO YOU HANDLE DISAPPOINTMENT AND PROBLEMS.

When you have a great life, you may not always get what you want. Everybody handles disappointment in his or her own way. Some pout, a few get angry, and others go into denial. So how do you handle disappointment, and when is there room for improvement? because feeling sorry for yourself only blocks you from achieving your goals and moving forward in life. Okay, so it didn’t work out; too bad, so sad. You need to get off your butt and do something constructive or fun, because life is a limited window of opportunity, and you really don’t want to waste your time on what doesn’t work. Better to seek out other opportunities or find a positive distraction.

“Don’t let today’s disappointments cast a shadow on tomorrow’s dreams.”

For me, disappointment is one of life’s most uncomfortable feelings. It’s complex, containing a subset of other emotions like anger, hurt, sadness, and probably many others too subtle to identify.
Sometimes, those emotions by themselves are easier to deal with, but disappointment can leave me at a loose end.
I might not be sure whether I should feel angry, or just impatiently wish that I would hurry up and get over it. Disappointment can hover at the front of your mind and niggle at the back, bringing you a grey perspective on life, even if you’re trying to forget about it.

Here are steps I’ve recently identified in my own process for genuinely getting past disappointment:

1. Let it out.
One of the hardest things to do in a world where everything is immediate—we are all under external pressure, and time is a scarce resource—is to just let yourself experience a feeling.
Even at the most difficulties times, such as grieving, on average we only allow ourselves 1 to 2 weeks off or work, and then we mostly expect to get back into normality again.
Human beings are not very good at allowing the experiencing of emotions in full without trying to speed up the process. The only time we have this ability in its purest sense is when we are young children who have yet to be told or taught what is socially acceptable.
Children will tantrum and cry and scream, or laugh until it runs out and they are genuinely ready to move on.
I’m not suggesting we lock ourselves away for weeks at a time whenever we have been disappointed, but to be aware of any sense of obligation to “just get over it.”
Allow yourself to feel what you’re feeling without any agenda of speeding up the process. Whatever you are feeling is OK. Take some time to just sit with your emotion and experience it without moving to fix or change it.
Genuinely experiencing emotions, no matter how painful, is one of the beauties of life. Don’t shy away from these moments. Be present in them.

2. Know your own heart.
Disappointment can ripple through to the core of who you are. If you don’t know what your core values are, you may not have a framework to support you when you experience negative emotions.
For example, one of my core values is open-heartedness. I wish to keep an open heart and be ready to share love and kindness with others, irrespective of how they might behave.
I would like to always try to choose to act with love and kindness towards others, rather than with negativity.
When someone disappoints me and I feel like closing and withdrawing, I remember this core value, then pause and make a choice.
I wish to be an open-hearted person. These negative feelings are feelings, and they will pass. Do I choose to remain open-hearted, or do I choose to follow the easier instinct and close off?
More often than not, I choose to be in line with my values over the automatic response to the situation. It doesn’t happen every single time, but most.
Knowing your own heart and your values gives you the freedom of choice. You can choose to be driven by what happens to you, or you can choose to live in line with your principles.
The latter has helped me to overcome disappointments and negative situations in a healthy way. The challenge of disappointment allows me to practice living closer to my values, and stops me from being swallowed up by it.

3. Practice acceptance.
As human beings, even though we know that some things are bound to happen, we’re not always willing to accept them.
Every time I am disappointed, I feel overwhelmed by my emotions. I’m inclined to withdraw and blame others, wanting to wallow in my disappointment. Each time, I have to accept that I will feel these things again.
I have to accept that I will continue to be disappointed—that it is a part of life, part of being human. I also have to accept that I will probably continue to struggle to accept this fact, at various points throughout the rest of my life!
This step is a lifelong challenge and fundamental to dealing with disappointment. I will be disappointed, I will disappoint, you will be disappointed, and you will disappoint. Life will be disappointing—but it will pass.

Practice acceptance and we may suffer less as it is happening and notice the good things in life more.

On this note, I leave you with this “Disappointment is a part of life, but all parts of life can help us grow”. We can be present and aware even in the midst of negative emotions and therefore live more fully.

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Another intruiging series on D’CIRCLE OF LIFE, DOES YOUR CLOTHING REFLECT YOUR PERSONALITY.

Many people wear certain clothing styles to try and fit in, others to impress, and some just wear the clothes they have. One of the very first impressions anyone gets from another person is what type of clothing or shoes they are wearing. Now, after saying that… do you think your clothing reflects your personality?
Everyone has a style, whether they think they do or not. Everyone is judged by what they wear, whether they think they are or not. Your clothing is a reflection of you in one way or another… but that doesn’t mean that it necessarily reflects your personality.
Your style and the clothes you choose reflect and affect your mood, health, and overall confidence.
Far from it … what we wear is a reflection of more or less conscious choice. It show our discretion or convey any message related to everyday circumstances.
What’s more, the way we dress or decide to follow a trend (or perhaps choose not to follow) deeply reflects our lifestyle, our mentality and our social status and/or ethnicity.
But what do your clothes say about your personality? Day by day, they express your mood. Our clothes define the role we are taking at any particular time for both business and pleasure.
In fact, our clothes say so much about who we are. Even refusing to follow trends gives a signal indicative of a way of thinking, which wants to be free and not conventional.
The good news is that the effect of wearing particular styles can also help to create a new persona for ourselves, whether this is to fit a particular mood, life change or career move.

Your cloth project an image for you. It a create a platform for you among your peer group. It speaks for you. Kindly dress the way you want to be addressed. It goes a long way. Your cloth says so much about your personality.

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