Wednesday, 5 October 2016

THE SECRET OF DISTINCTION - DR. PAUL ENENCHE

SEED OF DESTINY DEVOTIONAL

SEED OF DESTINY DEVOTIONAL

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

TOPIC: THE SECRET OF DISTINCTION

SCRIPTURE: And the angel came in unto her and said, Hail thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee blessed art thou among women.  Luke 1:28.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: To fear God is to fare well in life.

The Glory of the Lord is a Divine seal of distinction upon the life of a man. It sponsors shining and guarantees an outstanding existence.

God’s seal of distinction is a distinguishing factor. That is why it is possible to be in the same environment but have different attainments in life. Jacob and Esau were products of the same conception and sucked the same breast, yet they ended differently in life. While Esau’s memory is nowhere to be found on earth, Jacob (Israel) is one of the most notable nations on earth today. That difference was a function of Divine seal of distinction.

One of the keys to distinction in life is THE FEAR OF GOD.

Beloved, if you want God to distinguish you in life, the fear of God is a vital key. In Luke 1:50, Mary told us one of the secrets of her distinction in her generation; she said, ‘And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.’

To fear God is to fare well in life. Also, to fear God is to go far in life. You cannot fear God and be stagnated in life.

Remember this: To fear God is to fare well in life.

ASSIGNMENT (S):
1. Avoid a life of sin.
2. Determine to stand out in life.
3. Endeavour to please God in all you do.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: THE SEAL OF DISTINCTION

PRAYER: O LORD, I receive the grace to walk upright. Put a seal of distinction on me and make me a pace-setter to my generation, in Jesus’ Name.

DAILY READING: Jeremiah 4:19 to 6:15, Colossians 1:18 to 2:7, Psalm 77:1 to 20, Proverbs 24:23 to 25.

QUOTE: Whatever increases your spirituality increases your opportunity. Culled from 365 WISDOM CAPSULES by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT: Elephants can smell water up to 3 miles away.

TODAY IN HISTORY: 5/10/1903 – Sir Samuel Griffith was appointed the first Chief Justice of Australia and Sir Edmund Barton and Richard O'Connor were appointed as foundation justices.


Kim Kardashian Bitter Experience in Paris

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Celebrity Gossip - Kim Kardashian is reportedly bursting into tears "every few minutes" as she struggles to cope after being held at gunpoint in Paris.

The reality TV queen , who had to beg for her life after being tied up by masked robbers at her apartment in the city, has her husband Kanye West and her family by her side, but keeps reliving her terrifying ordeal.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "She's bursting into tears every few minutes - she needs to be with someone all the time."

Insiders claim she has been left 'mentally traumatised' after allegedly breaking free from her ties and screaming for help from her hotel balcony.

"[Kim] was tied up, and gagged with duct tape wrapped around her head," a source told PEOPLE. "They put plastic ties around her wrists but she managed to squeeze her hands out of the wrist ties by wriggling her hands.

"She was hysterical but not screaming as she knew she had to keep quiet to survive.

Serena Williams made headline on Fader magazine

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Serena Williams shows off her toned body on the October/November 2016 cover of Fader magazine. The 35-year-old tennis star talks public opinion of her sexuality, her body, advice for women speaking up against discrimination. Read after the cut...

Q: How did you deal with people commenting about your body when you were younger, and how do you deal with it now?
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Williams: I’ve purposely tuned people out since I was 17. At the time, it was basically newspapers and maybe a website article. Maybe if the web was up back then. Since the day I won the U.S. Open, my very first Grand Slam, I never read articles about myself. If I saw my name mentioned, I’d look away. I looked at the pictures, but that’s pretty much it. I didn’t want to get too cocky, and at the same time I didn’t want to have that negative energy. I don’t know why I did it, but I did it. Ever since then I’ve been really low-key.
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People have been talking about my body for a really long time. Good things, great things, negative things. People are entitled to have their opinions, but what matters most is how I feel about me, because that’s what’s going to permeate the room I’m sitting in. It’s going to make you feel that I have confidence in myself whether you like me or not, or you like the way I look or not, if I do. That’s the message I try to tell other women and in particular young girls. You have to love you, and if you don’t love you no one else will. And if you do love you, people will see that and they’ll love you too.

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Q: Do you have any advice for those women who may want to speak up about their experience but don’t have the same power and influence as you?

Williams: I think that’s where the mistake is made, thinking that someone is better or in a better position than anyone else. It doesn’t matter your background or where you’re coming from. You can speak to your neighbor, you can speak to your friend about how you feel about something.

You can post on social media. I think it’s really important, first of all, to realize that it doesn’t matter if you’re living where I’m from, Compton, or if you’re living somewhere else — that’s what makes the world go round. Each person is just as important as the next. Each person has a voice.
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Yeah, you know, it was “she’s too strong,” and then “she’s too sexy,” and then “she’s too strong” again. So I’m like, Well, can you choose one? But either way, I don’t care which one they choose. I’m me and I’ve never changed who I am. I actually do dance a lot, so when that opportunity to appear in Lemonade came up and we were working with choreographers, just trying to figure out what to do, it was really kind of organic.
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Q: When did you get comfortable showing off your sexuality?

Williams: I’ve always been comfortable. I think since I wore the catsuit at the Open back in 2002, but even before that I was pretty comfortable — ever since I was 20, maybe younger. I remember wearing that and thinking, Wow, I can’t believe I’m wearing this. I was a little nervous before, but afterwards I was totally OK
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Check out her full interview in the link below:
Serena Williams’s Biggest Win

Africa's youngest dictator is now a pauper

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Valentine Strasser at 25 when he took over the leadership of Sierra Leone

Valentine Strasser led a successful coup in Sierra Leone at 25. Today, he lives in poverty and is an alcoholic.


Valentine Strasser. If you weren't conversant with West African politics in the early 90s to the mid-90s, then there are chances that you do not know who this is.

It's quite understandable. During this period, West Africa had its fair share of military dictators/autocratic rulers from Ibrahim Babaginda, J.J Rawlings, Sani Abacha, Charles Taylor, and others.

Tucked somewhere in this all-star list of warlords, generals and generals turned civilian rulers is Valentine Strasser who holds the continental record of being Africa's youngest military ruler.

Valentine Strasser came into power on April 29, 1992, at the age of 25. The junior military ruler along with six other young military officers led the charge to overthrow the Sierra Leonean government headed by Joseph Saidu Momoh.

To put things in perspective, Yakubu Gowon of Nigeria (the most populous country in Africa) came into power when he was 32 years old. J.J Rawlings of Ghana came into power at the age of 31.

Just like every other typical coup in Africa, the new military junta in Sierra Leone were welcomed by the masses who came out on the streets and celebrated the youthful soldiers.

Under Saidu Momoh's leadership, the economy of Sierra Leone fared badly. There was hardly gas and water for the country's citizens and civil servants were owed months of salaries.

Known as 'The Boys', the leading officers in the coup formed the National Provisional Ruling Council to rule the country. The early months of the military rule were positive. The economy bounced back and people were generally happy. Strasser and his gang even planned to hand over to a democratically elected government. Read More on Pulse

Hurricane Matthew pounds Cuba after drenching Haiti

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The high winds of Hurricane Matthew roar over Baracoa, Cuba, on Tuesday, October 4. Matthew's strong winds <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/04/americas/hurricane-matthew/" target="_blank">pounded Cuba on Tuesday night </a>even as the powerful storm took its last lashes at Haiti, where it downed trees, drenched the ground with feet of rain and flooded streets.
Hurricane Matthew's strong winds pounded Cuba on Tuesday night even as the powerful storm took its last lashes at Haiti, where it downed trees, drenched the ground with feet of rain and flooded streets.

The damage was especially brutal in southern Haiti, where sustained winds of 130 mph continued to punish the impoverished island nation even as the eye of the storm crossed eastern Cuba.
The "extremely dangerous" storm has killed at least seven people, including four in Haiti's neighbor, the Dominican Republic.
Waves crash against the Baracoa shore on Tuesday.
Officials feared a high death toll in Haiti.

"We've already seen deaths. People who were out at sea. There are people who are missing. They are people who didn't respect the alerts. They've lost their lives," Interim Haitian President Jocelerme Privert said at a news conference.

Heavy rain throughout the day caused Haitian waterways to swell.
People walk down flooded streets in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on Tuesday.
"The river has overflowed all around us," church pastor Louis St. Germain said. "It's terrible ... a total disaster."

'BAD GIRL' RIHANNA SHOWS HER NEW DREADS/WIG

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Bad girl Riri showed off her new dreads/wig in new photo which she captioned 'Foreign'.
Well that's nice on her. She looks so so adorable and admirable. Who knows what's up?

Warnings issued for Florida as Hurricane Matthew turns from Cuba

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Southeastern Florida was under hurricane and tropical storm warnings on Wednesday as the eye of powerful Hurricane Matthew moved off of the northeastern coast of Cuba, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.

Hurricane Matthew was about 20 miles (30 km) northwest of the eastern tip of Cuba with winds of 130 miles per hour (215 kph), the center said.

The storm was expected to turn toward the north-northwest during the day, followed by a northwest turn on Wednesday night, the hurricane center said.

The current threat to life and property was high, the National Weather Service warned, predicting tropical storm- force winds of up to 70 mph (115 kph) and 4 inches (10 cm) of rain for parts of the area.

"Failure to adequately shelter may result in serious injury or loss of life," the service said in an advisory.

LOOTERS IN MORE TROUBLES AS EFCC LAUNCH NEW PLANS

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NIGERIA - The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, on Tuesday asked Nigerians to expect more arrest and trial of corruption suspects and recovery of looted funds.

He also said enforcement alone cannot win the war against corruption.

Magu said prevention is an effective and necessary weapon that must be employed in conjunction with enforcement.

He disclosed that a new campaign, “EFCC Women Against Corruption initiative” would be launched in November by the Wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari.

Magu made the submissions in an address at the “Unveiling of the EFCC Creative Youths Initiative against Corruption” in Abuja.

He said: “Ladies and gentlemen, as we know, the people most impacted by the mindless looting of our commonwealth, are women and children. These are the most vulnerable in our society and must not only be protected, but armed with the necessary tools to fight a sustainable and winnable war against corruption.

“Our children must see that there is a future away from corruption and be encouraged to take that path of honour, moral rectitude and creative employment of their talents, which had been shunned by so many of our corrupt leaders.

“Let me clarify that EFCC will continue to vigorously enforce its mandate alongside engaging in preventive initiatives such as this.

“Therefore, even as we appeal to the old and the young to shun corruption and other forms of fraud, expect to see more investigation, more arrests, more trials, more convictions and more recovery of stolen assets.”

He assured the audience that EFCC will do its best to prevent corruption in the country.

He however sought the support of all Nigerians to make the war against graft successful.

He added: “We are the first to recognize that enforcement alone cannot win the war against corruption.

“Prevention is an effective and necessary weapon that must be employed in conjunction with enforcement and there is no group of Nigerians better equipped to wield that weapon than the youths.

“Let us bear in mind that the task to rid the nation of the corruption cankerworm cannot be left to EFCC and other anti-corruption agencies alone.

“We are all stakeholders in the war and cannot let the future generations down; it is for their future that we must sacrifice our today.

“Let us work together for our dear nation; let us join hands to build for our children the future we desire.”

President Buhari Bows To Pressure, Puts Up 2 Presidential Jets For Sale

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                                  Buhari Bows To Pressure, Puts Up 2 Presidential Jets For Sale
The federal government has advertised the sale of two aircraft in the presidential fleet, in an apparent move to reduce the number of aircraft on the presidential air fleet.

The fleet is believed to hold as much as 10 airplanes, and Mr. Buhari has been criticised for maintaining the large fleet.

Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, hinted in September that the number of aircraft in the fleet would soon be reduced.

The Office of the National Security Adviser advertised the sale of two airplanes on Tuesday.

The advert said the aircraft that are currently up for sale are Falcon 7x and Hawker 4000.

The bids are to be quoted in dollars.

Mr. Shehu confirmed the planned sale to PREMIUM TIMES.

“It is absolutely correctly. The federal government has put up an advert for the sale of some of the aircraft on the presidential fleet,” Mr. Shehu said.

President Buhari's Govt. proposes N6.8 Trillion as 2017 Budget

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The Federal Government has proposed the sum of N6, 866,335,052,740 as budget for 2017 fiscal year.

The government also put the oil production figure for 2017 at 2.2 million barrels per day, while the projected oil benchmark price is put at $42.50.

Average EXCHANGE RATE for 2017 is slated at N290.00 per dollar.

These were contained in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) submitted to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.

The government budgeted N6,060,677,358,227 for the 2016 fiscal year, while it pegged the oil production volume also at 2.2mbp.

The oil benchmark for 2016 was slated at $38, while the average EXCHANGE RATE for the same year was put at N197 per dollar.

Nigerians should avoid smuggled rice, 99% not good for consumption - Customs

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99% Smuggled rice not fit for consumption – Customs boss warns Nigerians
NIGERIA - The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, says 99 per cent of rice smuggled through the land borders is not fit for human consumption.

Mr. Ali, a retired Colonel, said this at a joint news conference on illegal rice importation to Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said samples of some of the rice seizures made over a period were referred to NAFDAC to ascertain their condition.

He said the test reports certified that smuggled rice through the borders was unfit for human consumption.

“Importation of rice into the country is not banned but restricted on the point of entry to seaports only.

`We remain firm in our resolve to enforce the restriction of rice imports only to our seaports.

“We have re-organised our anti-smuggling patrols to provide additional capability and bite,” Mr. Ali said.

Mr. Ali said that during his recent trip to Benin Republic to engage with colleagues in customs on effective management of the borders, some delegations from groups came giving commitments to pay all charges applicable if customs relaxed the policy on borders.

According to him, there has been a significant increase in seizures in the first three quarter of 2016.

He said 117,034 (50kg) bags of rice seizures had been made at a duty paid value of N774.2 million.

He said customs seizures had revealed several ingenious but devilish ways of smuggling into country what Nigerians consumed as food.

“We have seen rice conveyed in open wooden canoes across our creeks and water ways with generous amount of dirty waters splashing on them.

“We have seen some mixed with other grains bags to deceive customs; some are stuffed inside any available crevice and compartments of vehicles, including the engine area.

“The concealed rice is thereafter re-bagged half cooked and presented in our markets for sale as imported rice.

“Bags of rice meant for Nigerians’ consumption (are) being conveyed in coffins inside make shift ambulance vehicles.

“Often time, importers in the borders have to wait for months for the green light from corrupt customs officials before they gamble their ways across the borders.

“Rice being a perishable product, lose valuable shelve life in non-conducive storage conditions.

“We have strong evidence linking some reputable importers to cases of re-bagging expired rice to prolong their shelve life,’’ he added.

He said that promoters of the economic subterfuge were seeking a re-introduction of quota system to import 1.5 million tonnes through the entry point

“We will be waiting for them.”

Mr. Ali said that many state governments had injected massive investments in local production of rice.

He added that the Federal Government, through the intervention by CBN and Bank of Industry, was also investing to give momentum to rice revolution.

Mr. Ali said Kebbi State Government, in 2016, harvested over 700,000 tonnes from irrigation farming while 800,000 tonnes were projected from rain-fed rice farming with similar projection from other states across the country.

He said that customs was inundated with periodic intelligence about ship loads of parboiled rice that offloaded regularly in the neighbouring port of Cotonou.

Mr. Ali added that Benin Republic did not eat parboiled rice, adding that the imports were ultimately destined for Nigeria by smuggling through the land borders

He said that with the support of patriotic Nigerians, “we will not only achieve national self-sufficiency of rice in 2017 but be in pole position to clamp a total ban on its importation in the years ahead”.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, recalls that in April 2016, customs re-introduced the ban on importation through the land borders.

However, the reversal of the policy introduced in October 2015, was informed by high level of non-compliance by rice importers who resorted to large scale smuggling of the product.

SUFFERING AS A CHRISTIAN - BILLY GRAHAM

Billy Graham Daily Devotional

BILLY GRAHAM DEVOTIONAL

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

TOPIC: SUFFERING AS A CHRISTIAN

Bible Text: Blessed is the man whom [the Lord] chasteneth . . . — Psalm 94:12

MESSAGE:
God sometimes allows Christians to suffer, in order that they might learn the secret of obedience. The Psalmist said, “Before I was afflicted, I went astray; but now have I kept thy word” (Psalm 119:67). It was not until after great sorrow and much affliction that David learned obedience to God.

My dear Christian friend, if you are today suffering at the hand of God and you have asked a thousand times, “Why?” I beg of you to be patient and quiet before God, and listen to the still, small voice. Bow under His loving hand and recognize that above the clouds the sun is shining. God has a purpose and design for your life, and what is happening to you is for your good.

Prayer for the day: The human in me says, “Why, Lord?” whenever I have to bear suffering—but the Spirit-filled me that was born again says, “I trust You, Father.”

SUBJECT TO CHANGE - Kenneth Copeland

faith to faith daily devotional by kenneth copeland

FAITH TO FAITH DEVOTIONAL

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

TOPIC: SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Key Verse: While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. - 2 Corinthians 4:18

MESSAGE:
Don't center your attention on what you can see in this natural, physical sense realm. Everything you see is temporal and subject to change. So, put your faith in the unseen eternal realm. The things which are eternal are not subject to change.

God's Word is eternal and it contains 7,000 promises to cover any circumstance you'll ever face. And, no matter what happens in this shifting, changing world you live in, those promises will forever be the same.

No matter how bad your body feels, the Word will always say, "By His stripes you were healed" (1 Peter 2:24). No matter how bad your bank book looks, the Word will always say, "My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).

Don't settle for the meager existence the world says you can have. Lay hold of what the Word says you can have. Center your attention on the eternal truths of God and look not to the things which are seen. After all, they're subject to change!

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:8-18

VANITY OF FAME - Pastor W.F Kumuyi

Daily Manna Devotional

DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

TOPIC: VANITY OF FAME

Bible Text: 1 Chronicles 8:33-40

Key Verse: "And the sons of Ulam were mighty men of valour, archers, and had many sons, and sons' sons, an hundred and fifty. All these are of the sons of Benjamin" (1 Chronicles 8:40).

MESSAGE:
A commentator once said: "People have had mountains named after them, but a following generation changes the names. People have had their names etched into buildings, but in time the buildings will be demolished and the names forgotten. People write books to be remembered by posterity, but in time the books will be replaced by other books and the authors will be forgotten". Today's text is a continuation of the list of descendants of Benjamin.

Obviously, the most familiar name there is Saul, the son of Kish who became the first king of Israel. Unfortunately, he died along with his children in battle because he disobeyed the Lord and consulted with a woman with familiar spirit. Concluding the list also were the sons of Ulam who were said to be mighty men of valour, archers with many sons and grandsons numbering up to one hundred and fifty. However, there was no mention of their faith or devotion to God. Vanity means "vapour" or "breath". It is what comes out when you blow your breath on a freezing winter morning. You see it for a while, and then it disappears. Vanity is "whatever is left after you break a soap bubble". So, it refers to that which is meaningless, futile, ephemeral and transient.

From the world's point of view, without God in the picture, we are all in competition to obtain the scarce resources of life in order to meet our needs. We want to feel that we are important or significant in life and that we count for something. In that system, only a few make it to the top, and those who do will soon be replaced by generations that follow. Life can only have meaning when we commit it into the hands of God who only can make something good out of it.

Thought for the day: Your life is nothing; only God can make it something.

Bible Reading in one Year: James 1-5

THIEVES IN THE SANCTUARY I - Pastor E.A Adeboye

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL 5TH OCTOBER 2016

OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

TOPIC: THIEVES IN THE SANCTUARY I

Memorise: Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. – Ephesians 4:28

Read: Malachi 3:8-9 (KJV)

8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

Bible in One Year: Ezekiel 35:1-37:14, Psalms 74:1-11

MESSAGE:
One sad thing going on among the children of God is that some are stealing from the sanctuary of God and the people concerned are doing it with impunity.

There are many ways a person can steal from the sanctuary of God. The most common way to almost every Bible reading Christian is when you deny God one-tenth of your income, Malachi 3:8 says:

“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.”

When someone eats all his income without giving back one out of ten of it, the fellow is stealing from the sanctuary, because the tithe belongs to the sanctuary of God.

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” - Malachi 3:10

Another way of stealing from the sanctuary is by refusing to give your first-fruit to the Lord as He requested from His covenant people in Deuteronomy 26:2:

“That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name there.”

Some people will argue that the ordinance of the first fruit belongs to the Old Testament era. I have always asked them about the numerous promises of God in the Old Testament which they often quote and claim to their advantage. For example, I asked some of them who took me up on whether the promise of being “the head and not the tail” isn’t found in the New Testament. Or “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” Which is also in the book of Matthew. The truth of the matter is that the scriptures which are favourable to the flesh are easily quoted and claimed. Those that take the steam out of their so called personal freedom and finances are pushed to the background. The first fruit is the property of the Almighty God in His sanctuary. We must give it to Him through the custodians of the genuine sanctuary of God. I pray for someone using this devotional; the Holy Spirit will convince you of the truth about tithes, offerings and first fruit.

Prayer Point: Father, help me to abstain from stealing from you sanctuary, and help me to perform the required restitution for the damage I have done to Your honour, when I denied You of Your tithes, offerings and first fruits.