Source: With the troubles in the stock market, looming recession, and inflation, you may be getting fearful of having enough to pay the mortgage, paying the electric bill, or simple buying groceries. With all our worldly financial stress, it may get easy to skip a tithe here or there. God won’t mind….right? He understands….right? But is it really that simple? You may even be wondering what tithing is all about. Where did it come from? Why is it important? What does it mean to my relationship with God? I know for many of you this is a tough subject. Hopefully, I can shed some light for you on the spiritual gift known to us as tithing.
Where did it come from? Tithing dates back to the time of Abraham. “Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram [...]. Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything” (Genesis 14:18-20 NIV) God delivered Abraham’s enemies to him and Abraham gave gratefully to the Lord. Tithing is a covenant first shared between Abraham and God. It is spiritual law given by God to humankind to assist people in finding abundance, fulfillment, and gratitude in their everyday lives. The law of tithing is to give 10 percent of one's increase back to God. Notice I said “back to God.” It is so easy for us to fall into the trap of thinking we create our success or wealth. We are in control. The truth is God is in control and the owner of all things. By tithing we are fulfilling a covenant with God first set forth by Abraham. God, of course, is always fulfilling his part, so the question is, are we fulfilling ours?
Why is it important? Tithing is part of our central relationship with Christ. Without it, we our not striving for that perfect relationship we are all looking for. Tithing is worship. Tithing is recognition and worship of the One who created and actually owns all. Worshiping God in a prescribed manner has existed since the Garden of Eden. Cain and Abel knew the correct way to worship God, but one of them chose not to worship that way. Worship cost them something then, as true worship always does. If we do not worship God with our money, we do not really worship God. Job, Abraham and his descendants, and others living before the giving of the Law, knew that worshiping God involved sacrificing of their substance. This is why tithing now is so important. Tithing is a sacrifice of praise and worship. What better sacrifice than continuing to tithe when things get tough financially? Remember, it is Satan who is putting the fear in your heart, Satan encouraging you not to tithe. You must trust in the Lord and tithe joyfully.
Which brings me to my last point, “joyful giving”. This is the most important factor when it comes to the fulfillment of our relationship and covenant with God. We must give joyfully out of love not out of obligation. “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse [...]. Test me in this [...] 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” (Malachi 3:10 NIV). It has always been God’s purpose to bless us abundantly but it is important to be a joyful giver in order to receive the abundance however it may come.
In closing, remember while there may be uncertainty in our current financial market, our Lord is a warrior and is mighty in battle! He will deliver those who keep His covenants. Stay strong and put a smile on your face the next time you write that check.
Wet-To-Dry Eye Shadow: A Guide
Houston Christian Chamber to Honor Christian Leaders
Source: As part of the Houston Christian Chamber of Commerce Christmas Party, they are giving out awards in five categories, and are in need of you to help chose the nominees in the following categories.
Nominations will be taken until October 15th, then compiled and the top 5 will be put up on this site for you to vote on. The awards will be given out at the Christmas Party held on December 12th.
Here are the categories:
Christian Business of the Year
Christian Business Person of the Year
Church of the Year
Charity of the Year
(The unsung hero is someone who does a lot for their community and has a Christian heart for missions, but does it without a lot of fanfare.)
To nominate a person/church/charity for any of these categories, simply send an email to Delisle Doherty at email@example.com and let him know who you'd like to nominate and why you feel like they deserve this recognition. These awards are meant to recognize those that make a difference in our community, and is not simply a popularity contest. Feel free to nominate anyone that you feel fits these categories, they do not need to be a member of the Chamber to be nominated. Also, please provide contact information for anyone you nominate so that we can contact them about their nomination. For more information visit their website at HoustonChristianCC.org, or call (832) 232-2049.
Wet-To-Dry Eye Shadow: A Guide
Letter From the Publisher
Source: <strong>Palin Changes Everything for Me</strong>
My hat’s off to Senator McCain for his Vice President pick of Sarah Palin. A mother of five, with her youngest having Downs Syndrome. She probably never once considered having an abortion. I must say I was not excited about this year’s elections, but this pick changes everything for me. I asked our political columnists Mark Williamson for his thoughts and here is what he says about Palin;
“Sarah Palin is strongly pro-life, pro-family (they have 5 children, one of which is a 6-month old baby with Downs Syndrome), pro-gun, is a wife, mother, “frontier-woman” hunter and fisher, business woman, and very popular governor (80% approval rating in Alaska). She’s very pro-domestic energy, including favoring (as everyone in Alaska does) drilling in ANWR, and has gotten a law passed for the building of a new natural gas pipeline. She’s also a very tough reformer regarding ethics and integrity. She’s a great match for McCain, and will prove to be a very strong asset to the campaign.”
I believe it is the Christian’s job to not only vote in our nations elections, but to strongly support candidates they feel would lead us back to the Christian-Judeo values our country were founded by.
Houston Christian Magazine has once again come out with its voters guide for this year’s election. It can be found starting on page 22. Some of our endorsements like Eric Story, Debbie and Mike Riddle, to name just a few, were easy to make knowing their strong Christian character.
Joseph R. Menslage
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Being a Gardener for Christ
Source: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have
commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew
28:19-29) This verse is what Christ told His disciples to do before He went up to heaven,
but He wasn’t telling only the twelve disciples to do it. He wants us (all Christians) to do the same. So this school year, my Do Hard Things goal is to witness to more people.
Sharing salvation with people requires stepping out of my comfort zone.
It is not easy to talk to someone about Christ, whether they are my friend or not. Many thoughts race through my mind such as: will they laugh at me, what if they don’t want to listen, or what if they have questions and I don’t have answers. Some of those things may happen, but God has commanded us to share His word. I need to trust Him and take that leap of faith, because if I do, really good things can happen.
Witnessing to someone can be kind of scary. Some people may not listen, but others will! When we feel the Holy Spirit telling us to do something, it probably would be easier not to do it. However, if I don’t listen and just ignore it, I may be missing out on a great opportunity. Just think, if I stepped outside my comfort zone and talked to someone about Christ, I could be part of saving them from hell.
The outcome of sharing Christ can be very good. I may be the one who plants the seed in a person’s life, and someone else will water it. Other times, I may be the person who waters the seed and leads them to Christ. That is probably the most exciting part: to actually see someone become a Christian. However, planting the seed is very important too. If I have faith in God, and ask for His help, I can have the courage to witness to people.
I have not witnessed to very many people, and I feel bad about it. That is why it is my Do Hard Things goal. It will take some time until I feel really comfortable doing it, but I already have someone in mind to whom I am going to start witnessing. This is my goal for this year, but I would also like to carry on this goal for the rest of my life. “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
Essay by Emily McCollum
Bay Area Christian School
Wet-to-dry eye shadows need not be complicated. While it might sound like yet another technique one must master in order to navigate a makeup counter, perhaps it’s better to think of it as a two-for-one deal.
Wear it dry, and you’ve got your standard dusting of color—classic and predictable (in a good way). But wet! Wearing it wet opens a whole new world of opportunity. “What you’re doing is bringing out the pigmented nature of the shadow,” makeup artist Vincent Oquendo says. “Whenever I wet an eye shadow, it’s when I really want it to pop—but it really has to be a special kind of product to be able to blend after it sets. Because a lot of the times when it sets, you get streaking.” Nobody wants that. In order to avoid any wet shadow mishaps, follow these guidelines:
First, go with the obvious: any eye shadow labeled wet-to-dry. The Nars Dual-Intensity line is the standout—the singles come in 12 different shimmery shades, and there’s a corresponding brush (then there’s the newly released Dual Intensity Blush line, which was all over Fashion Week—but that’s a product for another post). Burberry also makes a few very versatile shades specifically for this in their Wet & Dry Silk Shadows. And the technique-specific eye shadow category isn’t just a ploy to get you to buy more product. “You can’t just use any eye shadow for this,” Vincent says. “Certain ones will harden up on top and become unusable because they’re not made for this.”
Baked shadows are also fair game—we’re fans of Laura Mercier’s Baked Eye Colour Wet/Dry and Lorac’s Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in particular.
For more advanced players, Vincent suggests moving on to straight pigment (MAC or even OCC’s Pure Cosmetic Pigments). With the added moisture, they’ll become easier to layer with other products. For a look with more depth, try using a cream shadow as a based before swiping with a wet powder shadow. “It’s like insurance,” Vincent says. “You’re doubling your wearability.”
This all depends on exactly what you want to do. “Mind the resistance,” Vincent says, particularly if you’re looking for uniform color across the lid. “I tend to recommend a blender brush, which is the brush that looks like a feather duster. If you do it with a stiff brush, you’re defeating yourself before you even start. The joy of a wet-to-dry is you have to get it right amount of product loaded up, and then it blends itself. If the brush is too stiff, it will leave the shadow streaky and then much harder to control.”
However, if tightlining or waterlining is in the cards, a much thinner brush is required accordingly.
Do not, repeat, do not put eye drops, water, or any other sort of liquid directly on your eye shadow. This’ll screw up your product for later use. “Lately, I’ve been wetting the brush with the Glossier Soothing Face Mist, but Evian Mineral Water Spray is good for sensitive eyes,” Vincent says. If the top of your powder does get a little hardened by wet application, there’s a trick to remove it: Get a clean mascara spoolie and “exfoliate” your compact, Vincent recommends. This won’t crack the compact and will make it ready to go once more.