25.12.16

Buscar a Deus

Excelente testemunho. Um exemplo. Temos muito para aprender, e só podemos aprender aos pés de Cristo, a sós com Deus.

16.12.16

Qual é o teu valor?

Este vídeo explica, de uma maneira muito simples e directa, qual é o nosso valor. Vale a pena ver. :)



"Guarda-me como à menina do olho; esconde-me debaixo da sombra das tuas asas." Salmos 17:8



26.11.16

7

É engraçado, mas não é coincidência. Poderíamos dizer que sim, mas cumprir sete anos no Sétimo Dia da semana? Não, isso é plano divino. :) O número da perfeição alcançado no dia mais perfeito da semana. Isso lembra-me outro dia perfeito, um Sábado também, há 7 anos atrás. :)

Penso que muitas vezes o nosso problema é a maneira como definimos a perfeição. Foram estes sete anos desprovido de problemas? Não, nem de longe. Trocava-os por alguma coisa? Nâo! Foi através deles que Deus nos trouxe, altos e baixos, dias de sol e dias de chuva.

E agora temos as respostas todas? Claro que não! Mas se as tivéssemos todas era aborrecido! Ainda temos muita coisa pela frente, em breve vamos virar a tal página! Como? Não sei, mas Deus sabe. :)

E a viagem a dois é muitas vezes isso, não saber tudo mas viver tudo juntos e a 3. Sim a 3, sem Deus não teríamos nunca chegado tão longe. Cometemos erros certamente, mas cada um acabou por se transformar num degrau que usamos para continuar a subir.

A minha oração é apenas: ser o melhor homem que posso ser, ser o melhor servo de Deus que posso ser. A melhor, e a única maneira de um homem ser fiel a quem ama, é ser fiel ao Deus que os ama aos dois. E essa é a minha promessa, para mais sete anos, e para toda a eternidade. Amo-te!



Legenda da imagem: esquerda: xeja; à direita: tesa. Nota: falta o ponei express.

23.11.16

Caretakers or monsters?

What are we? Are we just a parasite species on earth? Would animals be better off if mankind disappeared? Sometimes i believe it to be true.

16.11.16

Super Powers - Super Poderes


Some say money is the best super power.
Alguns dizem que o dinheiro é o melhor super poder.



I say faith is the best super power you can have.
Eu digo que a fé é o melhor super poder que tu podes ter.



“Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” James 2:18

“Mas dirá alguém: Tu tens a fé, e eu tenho as obras; mostra-me a tua fé sem as tuas obras, e eu te mostrarei a minha fé pelas minhas obras.” Tiago 2:18

2.11.16

Adventure is calling!

This video needs no comments, everyone in my generation will (probably) get a kick out of it! It is a flashback to the past, to all the dreams of adventure and travel. Some even got inspired enough to pursue science! And some of us have been very blessed to have had the opportunity to travel.

Now, watch the video, and enjoy the ride! :)

Dedicated to all my friends, with whom i shared some adventures. You know who you are. :)

26.10.16

Hello again Apple - Olá Outra Vez Apple



And here we go again. Tune in for the keynote tomorrow. :)

It will be live here: Apple Event October 27 2016 at 10 a.m. PDT.

E aqui vamos nós de novo. Sintoniza amanhã para veres a apresentação. :)

Vai estar ao vivo aqui: Evento Apple 27 de Outubro de 2016 às 18:00.

22.9.16

The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2016



This coming weekend ride with style, and help fight prostate cancer. Find an event near you, and go! You still have time to register!

“Our mission is to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research and male suicide prevention programs on behalf of The Movember Foundation.”

Find out more going to: http://www.gentlemansride.com/

Neste próximo fim de semana, anda de moto com estilo, e ajuda a combater o cancro da próstata. Encontra um evento perto de ti, e vai! Ainda tens tempo para te registares!

“A nossa missão é aumentar a consciência e os fundos para programas de pesquisa de cancro de próstata e de prevenção do suicídio do sexo masculino em nome da Fundação Movember".

Sabe mais indo até: http://www.gentlemansride.com/

20.9.16

Complaining Again

“And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness” Exodus 16:2



Many look back to the Israelites, and marvel at their unbelief and murmuring, feeling that they themselves would not have been so ungrateful; but when their faith is tested, even by little trials, they manifest no more faith or patience than did ancient Israel.

God had promised to be their God, to take them to Himself as a people, and to lead them to a large and good land; but they were ready to faint at every obstacle encountered in the way to that land. . . . They forgot their bitter service in Egypt. They forgot the goodness and power of God displayed in their behalf in their deliverance from bondage. They forgot how their children had been spared when the destroying angel slew all the first-born of Egypt. They forgot the grand exhibition of divine power at the Red Sea. They forgot that while they had crossed safely in the path that had been opened for them, the armies of their enemies, attempting to follow them, had been overwhelmed by the waters of the sea. They saw and felt only their present inconveniences and trials; and instead of saying, "God has done great things for us; whereas we were slaves, He is making of us a great nation," they talked of the hardness of the way, and wondered when their weary pilgrimage would end.



The history of the wilderness life of Israel was chronicled for the benefit of the Israel of God to the close of time. The record of God's dealing with the wanderers of the desert in all their marchings to and fro, in their exposure to hunger, thirst, and weariness, and in the striking manifestations of His power for their relief, is fraught with warning and instruction for His people in all ages. The varied experience of the Hebrews was a school of preparation for their promised home in Canaan. God would have His people in these days review with a humble heart and teachable spirit the trials through which ancient Israel passed, that they may be instructed in their preparation for the heavenly Canaan.

Source: Bible Universe

15.9.16

O valor da vida ao ar livre

"Amado, desejo que te vá bem em todas as coisas, e que tenhas saúde, assim como bem vai a tua alma." 3 João 1:2



As coisas da natureza são bênçãos de Deus, providas para comunicar saúde ao corpo, à mente e ao espírito. São elas dadas aos sãos, para conservá-los com boa saúde, e aos doentes para torná-los sãos. Associadas ao tratamento por água, são elas mais eficazes no restabelecimento da saúde do que toda a medicação de droga do mundo.T7 76.2

No campo encontram os doentes muitas coisas para desviar-lhes a atenção de si mesmo e de seus sofrimentos. Por toda parte podem eles considerar e apreciar as belas coisas da natureza — as flores, os campos, as árvores frutíferas carregadas de seus ricos tesouros, as árvores da floresta a projetarem sua agradável sombra, e as colinas e vales com sua variada vegetação e suas muitas formas de vida.T7 76.3

E não somente são eles atraídos por esse ambiente, mas aprendem ao mesmo tempo lições espirituais muito preciosas. Rodeada pelas maravilhosas obras de Deus, sua mente é levada das coisas que são vistas para as que se não vêem. A beleza natural leva-os a pensar nos encantos sem igual da Nova Terra, na qual nada haverá a estragar-lhe a beleza, nada a macular ou destruir, coisa alguma a causar doença ou morte.T7 76.4

A natureza é o médico divino. O ar puro, a alegre luz solar, as belas flores e árvores, os belos pomares e vinhas e o exercício ao ar livre, em meio desse ambiente, são transmissores de saúde — o elixir da vida. A vida ao ar livre é o único remédio de que muitos doentes necessitam. Sua influência é poderosa na cura das doenças causadas pela vida social, vida que debilita e destrói as energias físicas, mentais e espirituais.T7 76.5

Quão agradáveis aos enfermos deprimidos, acostumados à vida da cidade, ao clarão de muitas luzes e ao ruído das ruas, são a quietude e a liberdade do campo. Com que ansiedade se volvem para as cenas da natureza! Quão satisfeitos se sentirão eles pelas vantagens de uma casa de saúde no campo, onde podem sentar-se sob céu aberto, deleitar-se com a luz solar e respirar a fragrância das árvores e flores! Há propriedades que comunicam vida no bálsamo do pinheiro, na fragrância do cedro e do abeto. E há outras árvores que são promotoras de saúde. Não permitam que essas árvores sejam impiedosamente derrubadas. Tratem-nas com carinho onde elas existirem em abundância, e plantem mais onde há poucas.T7 77.1

Nada contribui tanto para restaurar a saúde e a felicidade como viver em meio ao atrativo ambiente do campo.... Que Deus nos ajude a fazer o nosso melhor para utilizar o poder vivificante do sol e do ar puro.



Testemunhos para a Igreja, Volume 7, páginas 76 e 77.
Imagens: Google Images

14.9.16

The Health-Giving Value of Outdoor Life

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 1:2
















The things of nature are God's blessings, provided to give health to body, mind, and soul. They are given to the well to keep them well and to the sick to make them well... 

In the country the sick find many things to call their attention away from themselves and their sufferings. Everywhere they can look upon and enjoy the beautiful things of nature--the flowers, the fields, the fruit trees laden with their rich treasure, the forest trees casting their grateful shade, and the hills and valleys with their varied verdure and many forms of life. 

And not only are they entertained by these surroundings, but at the same time they learn most precious spiritual lessons. Surrounded by the wonderful works of God, their minds are lifted from the things that are seen to the things that are unseen. The beauty of nature leads them to think of the matchless charms of the earth made new, where there will be nothing to mar the loveliness, nothing to taint or destroy, nothing to cause disease or death. 

Nature is God's physician. The pure air, the glad sunshine, the beautiful flowers and trees, the orchards and vineyards, and outdoor exercise amid these surroundings, are health-giving--the elixir of life. Outdoor life is the only medicine that many invalids need. Its influence is powerful to heal sickness caused by fashionable life, a life that weakens and destroys the physical, mental, and spiritual powers. 

How grateful to weary invalids accustomed to city life, the glare of many lights, and the noise of the streets are the quiet and freedom of the country! How eagerly do they turn to the scenes of nature! How glad would they be for the advantages of a place in the country, where they could sit in the open air, rejoice in the sunshine, and breathe the fragrance of tree and flower! There are life-giving properties in the balsam of the pine, in the fragrance of the cedar and the fir. And there are other trees that are health-promoting. Let no such trees be ruthlessly cut down. Cherish them where they are abundant, and plant more where there are but few. . . . 

Nothing so tends to restore health and happiness as living amid attractive country surroundings.... May God help us to do our utmost to utilize the life-giving power of sunshine and fresh air.
















Images: Google Images
Text: Bible Universe

9.6.16

Privacy is Dead

Is there such a thing as privacy anymore? Watch VICE's 'State of Surveillance' with Edward Snowden and Shane Smith (FULL EPISODE).

“In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.” Bertrand Russell

6.6.16

Shun the World's Pleasures

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." 1 John 2:15

The true Christian will not desire to enter any place of amusement or engage in any diversion upon which he cannot ask the blessing of God. He will not be found at the theater, the billiard hall, or the bowling saloon. He will not unite with the gay waltzers, or indulge in any other bewitching pleasure that will banish Christ from the mind.

To those who plead for these diversions, we answer, We cannot indulge in them in the name of Jesus of Nazareth.... Go in imagination to Gethsemane and behold the anguish which Christ endured for us. See the world's Redeemer wrestling in superhuman agony, the sins of the whole world upon His soul. Hear His prayer, borne upon the sympathizing breeze, "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt" (Matt. 26:39). The hour of darkness has come. Christ has entered the shadow of His cross. Alone He must drink the bitter cup.

Of all earth's children whom He has blessed and comforted there is not one to console Him in this dreadful hour. He is betrayed into the hands of a murderous mob. Faint and weary, He is dragged from one tribunal to another. . . . He who knew not the taint of sin pours out His life as a malefactor upon Calvary. This history should stir every soul to its depths. It was to save us that the Son of God became a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. . . . Let a sense of the infinite sacrifice made for our redemption be ever with you, and the ballroom will lose its attractions.

Not only did Christ die as our sacrifice, but He lived as our example. In His human nature He stands, complete, perfect, spotless. To be a Christian is to be Christlike. Our entire being--soul, body, and spirit--must be purified, ennobled, sanctified, until we shall reflect His image and imitate His example. . . . We need not fear to engage in any pursuit or pleasure that will aid us in this work. But it is our duty to shun everything that would divert our attention or lessen our zeal.

4.6.16

40 years of Apple with Walt Mossberg

"We asked Verge executive editor Walt Mossberg to show us some classic Apple gadgets from his personal collection and tell a few stories about the company — and Steve Jobs."



From The Verge youtube channel.

6.5.16

A Well-Balanced Character

"And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:3

We may be willing to give our property to the cause of God, but this will not count unless we give Him also a heart of love and gratitude. Those who would be true missionaries in foreign fields must first be true missionaries in the home. Those who desire to work in the Master's vineyard must prepare themselves for this by a careful cultivation of the little piece of vineyard He has intrusted to their care.

As a man "thinketh in his heart, so is he." Many thoughts make up the unwritten history of a single day; and these thoughts have much to do with the formation of character. Our thoughts are to be strictly guarded; for one impure thought makes a deep impression on the soul. An evil thought leaves an evil impress on the mind. If the thoughts are pure and holy, the man is better for having cherished them. By them the spiritual pulse is quickened, and the power for doing good is increased. And as one drop of rain prepares the way for another in moistening the earth, so one good thought prepares the way for another.

The longest journey is performed by taking one step at a time. A succession of steps brings us to the end of the road. The longest chain is composed of separate links. If one of these links is faulty, the chain is worthless. Thus it is with character. A well-balanced character is formed by single acts well performed. One defect, cultivated instead of being overcome, makes the man imperfect, and closes against him the gate of the Holy City. He who enters heaven must have a character that is without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. Naught that defileth can ever enter there. In all the redeemed host not one defect will be seen.

Bible Universe

5.5.16

Faithful in that which is Least

"He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much." Luke 16:10

It is conscientious attention to what the world terms "little things" that makes life a success. Little deeds of charity, little acts of self-denial, speaking simple words of helpfulness, watching against little sins,--this is Christianity. A grateful acknowledgment of daily blessings, a wise improvement of daily opportunities, a diligent cultivation of intrusted talents,--this is what the Master calls for.

He who faithfully performs small duties will be prepared to answer the demands of larger responsibilities. The man who is kind and courteous in the daily life, who is generous and forbearing in his family, whose constant aim it is to make home happy, will be the first to deny self and make sacrifices when the Master calls.

Bible Universe

1.5.16

No Excuse for Sinning

"Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." 1 Peter 1:16

The tempter's agency is not to be accounted an excuse for one wrong act. Satan is jubilant when he hears the professed followers of Christ making excuses for their deformity of character. It is these excuses that lead to sin. There is no excuse for sinning. A holy temper, a Christlike life, is accessible by every repenting, believing child of God.

28.4.16

Self-Discipline

"Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:" Ephesians 4:26

"He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city." He has conquered self,--the strongest foe man has to meet. The highest evidence of nobility in a Christian is self-control. He who can stand unmoved amid a storm of abuse is one of God's heroes.

To rule the spirit is to keep self under discipline; to resist evil; to regulate every word and deed by God's great standard of righteousness. He who has learned to rule his spirit will rise above the slights, the rebuffs, the annoyances, to which we are daily exposed, and these will cease to cast a gloom over his spirit.

It is God's purpose that the kingly power of sanctified reason, controlled by divine grace, shall bear sway in the lives of human beings. He who rules his spirit is in possession of this power.

27.4.16

Burpees are your friends

There are many types of exercises, but if you don't have a lot of time, and want to get fit without a gym membership, do burpees. They work! You can thank me later.



Existem muitos tipos de exercícios, mas se não tens muito tempo e queres ficar em forma sem ir ao ginásio, faz burpees. Eles funcionam! Podes-me agradecer mais tarde.

Changing the Habits of Thought

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:2

Let none imagine that without earnest effort on their part they can obtain the assurance of God's love. When the mind has been long permitted to dwell only on earthly things, it is a difficult matter to change the habits of thought. That which the eye sees and the ear hears too often attracts the attention and absorbs the interest.

But if we would enter the city of God, and look upon Jesus in His glory, we must become accustomed to beholding Him with the eye of faith here. The words and the character of Christ should be often the subject of our thoughts and of our conversation; and each day some time should be especially devoted to prayerful meditation upon these sacred themes.

Bible Universe

13.4.16

What's wrong with our food system

Christ's Representatives in the World

"They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." John 17:16-17

Jesus . . . says, "I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified through the truth" (John 17:19). "Thy word is truth." We need, then, to become familiar with the Word of God, to study and to practice it in life. . . . We deny Jesus Christ as the One who taketh away the sins of the world if we do not, after accepting the truth, reveal to the world the sanctifying effects of the truth on our own characters. If we are not better men and women, if we are not more kindhearted, more pitiful, more courteous, more full of tenderness and love, if we do not manifest to others the love that led Jesus to the world on His mission of mercy, we are not witnesses to the world of the power of Jesus Christ.

Jesus lived not to please Himself. He gave Himself as a living, consuming sacrifice for the good of others. He came to elevate, to ennoble, to make happy all with whom He came in contact. Those who receive Christ will drop out all that is uncourteous, harsh, and rough, and will reveal the pleasantness, the kindness, that dwelt in Jesus, because Christ abides in the heart by faith. Christ was the light that shineth in darkness, and His followers are also to be the light of the world. They are to kindle their taper from the divine altar. The character that is sanctified through the truth adds the perfect polish.

Christ is our model, but unless we behold Him, unless we contemplate His character, we shall not reflect His character in our practical life. He was meek and lowly in heart. He never did a rude action, never spoke a discourteous word. The Lord is not pleased with our blunt, hard, unsympathetic ways toward others. All this selfishness must be purged away from our characters, and we must wear the yoke of Christ. Then we . . . shall be fitting up for the society of heavenly angels. We are to be in the world but not of the world. We are to be a representation of Jesus Christ. As the Lord of life and glory came to our world to represent the Father, so we are to go to the world to represent Jesus.

Bible Universe

12.4.16

Trust in Time of Trial

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

The Christian's hope does not rest upon the sandy foundation of feeling. Those who act from principle will behold the glory of God beyond the shadows, and rest upon the sure word of promise. They will not be deterred from honoring God however dark the way may seem. Adversity and trial will only give them an opportunity to show the sincerity of their faith and love. When depression settles upon the soul, it is no evidence that God has changed. He is "the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever" (Heb. 13:8).

You are sure of the favor of God when you are sensible of the beams of the Sun of Righteousness; but if the clouds sweep over your soul, you must not feel that you are forsaken. Your faith must pierce the gloom. . . . The riches of the grace of Christ must be kept before the mind. Treasure up the lessons that His love provides. Let your faith be like Job's, that you may declare, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him" (Job 13:15). Lay hold on the promises of your heavenly Father and remember His former dealing with you and with His servants, for "all things work together for good to them that love God."

The most trying experiences in the Christian's life may be the most blessed. The special providences of the dark hours may encourage the soul in future attacks of Satan, and equip the servant of God to stand in fiery trials. The trial of your faith is more precious than gold. You must have that abiding confidence in God that is not disturbed by the temptations and arguments of the deceiver. Take the Lord at His word. . . .

It is faith that familiarizes the soul with the existence and presence of God, and when we live with an eye single to His glory we discern more and more the beauty of His character. Our souls become strong in spiritual power, for we are breathing the atmosphere of heaven and realizing that God is at our right hand. . . . We should live as in the presence of the Infinite One.

Source: Bible Universe

5.4.16

Who Has Our Friendship?

"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." James 4:4

The Scriptures furnish abundant evidence that it is safer to be joined to the Lord and lose the favor and friendship of the world, than to look to the world for favor and support and forget our dependence upon God....

The Lord Himself has established a separating wall between the things of the world and the things which He has chosen out of the world and sanctified to Himself. The world will not acknowledge this distinction. . . . But God has made this separation, and He will have it exist. In both the Old and the New Testaments the Lord has positively enjoined upon His people to be distinct from the world, in spirit, in pursuits, in practice; to be a holy nation, a peculiar people, that they may show forth the praises of Him who hath called them out of darkness into His marvelous light. The east is not farther from the west than are the children of light, in customs, practices, and spirit, from the children of darkness. This distinction will be more marked, more decided, as we near the close of time. . . .

There is an element called love which would teach us to praise and flatter our associates and not to faithfully tell them of their dangers and warn and counsel them for their good. This love is not Heaven-born. Our words and actions should be serious and earnest, especially before those who are neglecting their soul's salvation. . . . If we unite with them in lightness, trifling, pleasure seeking, or in any pursuit which will banish seriousness from the mind, we are constantly saying to them by our example, "Peace, peace; be not disturbed. You have no cause for alarm." This is saying to the sinner, &"It shall be well with thee."

If we profess to be sons and daughters of God we should pursue such a course toward the unbelieving that our souls will be clear of their blood when we meet them in the great day of final reckoning.

29.3.16

The Story of Aaron Swartz

One of the many stories that prove that you cannot, never, trust any government.



Go out, do things, change the world. One person matters. One person can make a change.

28.3.16

Behold His Glory

"I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir." Isaiah 13:12

When temptations assail you, as they surely will, when care and perplexity surround you, when, distressed and discouraged, you are almost ready to yield to despair, look, O look, to where with the eye of faith you last saw the light: and the darkness that encompasseth you will be dispelled by the bright shining of His glory. When sin struggles for the mastery in your soul, and burdens the conscience, when unbelief clouds the mind, go to the Saviour. His grace is sufficient to subdue sin. He will pardon us, making us joyful in God. . . .

Let us no longer talk of our inefficiency and lack of power. Forgetting the things that are behind, let us press forward in the heavenward way. Let us neglect no opportunity that, if improved, will make us more useful in God's service. Then like threads of gold, holiness will run through our lives, and the angels, beholding our consecration, will repeat the promise, "I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir." All heaven rejoices when weak, faulty human beings give themselves to Jesus, to live His life.

14.3.16

Beware of Seductive Theories

"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Colossians 2:8

At this time--the last days of this earth's history--we are to make the book of Revelation a special study. Why? Because it depicts the scenes that we are to meet. We need to understand what we are to meet, and how we are to meet it. We must know what efforts we are to make, so that in this perilous time we shall not be taken by the enemy's devices.

We know that the last great conflict will be Satan's most determined effort to accomplish his purposes. He will come, not only as a roaring lion, but as a seducer, clothing sin with beautiful garments of light that he may take human beings in his snare. "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." 2 Corinthians 11:14-15

There are those today who call the Revelation a sealed book. It is a mystery, but it is a mystery unfolded. "And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand." Revelation 22:10

We need to understand what it tells us in regard to the scenes that are to take place in the last days of this earth's history. "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." James 1:5

The enemy will bring in everything that he possibly can to carry out his deceptive designs. Are they not lacking in wisdom who have no desire to understand in regard to the things that are to take place on this earth? . . .

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Hosea 4:6

13.3.16

Set Your Mark High

"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;" Colossians 3:23

Many whom God has qualified to do excellent work accomplish very little, because they attempt little. Thousands pass through life as if they had no definite object for which to live, no standard to reach. Such will obtain a reward proportionate to their works. Remember that you will never reach a higher standard than you yourself set. Then set your mark high, and step by step, even though it be by painful effort, by self-denial and sacrifice, ascend the whole length of the ladder of progress.

Let nothing hinder you. Fate has not woven its meshes about any human being so firmly that he need remain helpless and in uncertainty. Opposing circumstances should create a firm determination to overcome them. The breaking down of one barrier will give greater ability and courage to go forward. Press with determination in the right direction, and circumstances will be your helpers, not your hindrances.

10.3.16

The Sanctified Life

"Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." 1 Corinthians 10:12

Let us make God's holy word our study, bringing its holy principles into our lives. Let us walk before God in meekness and humility, daily correcting our faults. Let us not by selfish pride separate the soul from God. Cherish not a feeling of lofty supremacy, thinking yourself better than others. "Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." Peace and rest will come to you as you bring your will into subjection to the will of Christ. Then the love of Christ will rule in the heart, bringing into captivity to the Saviour the secret springs of action.

The hasty, easily roused temper will be soothed and subdued by the oil of Christ's grace. The sense of sins forgiven will bring that peace that passeth all understanding. There will be an earnest striving to overcome all that is opposed to Christian perfection. Variance will disappear. He who once found fault with those around him will see that far greater faults exists in his own character.

9.3.16

God's Treasure House of Supplies

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

The children of God are called upon to be representatives of Christ, showing forth the goodness and mercy of the Lord. If they but revealed His goodness from day to day, barriers would be raised around their souls against the temptations of the evil one. . . . God knows our wants, and has provided for them. The Lord has a treasure house of supplies for His children, and can give them what they need under all circumstances. Then why do we not trust Him? He has made precious promises to His children on condition of faithful obedience to His precepts. There is not a burden but He can remove, no darkness but He can dispel, no weakness but He can change to power, no fears but He can calm, no worthy aspiration but He can guide and justify.

We are not to look at ourselves. The more we dwell upon our own imperfections, the less strength we shall have to overcome them. We are to render a cheerful service to God. It is the work of Satan to present the Lord as lacking in compassion and pity.... We fasten our minds upon the misrepresentations of Satan and dishonor God by mistrusting Him and by murmuring against Him. When we act like culprits under sentence of death we bear false witness against God. The Father gave His only begotten and well-beloved Son to die for us, and in so doing He placed great honor upon humanity, for in Christ the link that was broken through sin was reunited and man again connected with Heaven.

You who doubt the mercy of God, look at the Lamb of God, look at the Man of sorrows, who bore your grief and suffered for your sin. He is your friend. He died on the cross because He loved you. He is touched with the feeling of your infirmities and bears you up before the throne. In view of His unspeakable love should not hope, love, and gratitude be cherished in your heart? Should not gladness fill your service to God?

4.3.16

All Our Powers Belong to Him

"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." Colossians 3:17

God's stamp is upon us. He has bought us, and He desires us to remember that our physical, mental, and moral powers belong to Him. Time and influence reason, affection, and conscience, all are God's, and are to be used only in harmony with His will. They are not to be used in accordance with the direction of the world; for the world is under a leader who is at enmity with God.

The flesh, in which the soul tabernacles, belongs to God. Every sinew, every muscle, is His. In no case are we by neglect or abuse to weaken a single organ. We are to co-operate with God by keeping the body in the very best possible condition of health, that it may be a temple where the Holy Ghost may abide, molding, according to the will of God, every physical and spiritual power.

The mind must be stored with pure principles. Truth must be graven on the tablets of the soul. The memory must be filled with the precious truths of the Word. Then, like beautiful gems, these truths will flash out in the life.

22.2.16

Perspective



Perfecting Character

"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Matthew 5:48

Christ has given us no assurance that to attain perfection of character is an easy matter. A noble all-round character is not inherited. It does not come to us by accident. A noble character is earned by individual effort through the merits and grace of Christ. God gives the talents, the powers of the mind; we form the character. It is formed by hard, stern battles with self. Conflict after conflict must be waged against hereditary tendencies. We shall have to criticize ourselves closely, and allow not one unfavorable trait to remain uncorrected.

Let no one say, I cannot remedy my defects of character. If you come to this decision, you will certainly fail of obtaining everlasting life. The impossibility lies in your own will. If you will not, then you cannot overcome. The real difficulty arises from the corruption of an unsanctified heart, and an unwillingness to submit to the control of God.

18.2.16

Do Not Neglect Prayer

"Pray without ceasing." 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Beware how you neglect secret prayer and a study of God's word. These are your weapons against him who is striving to hinder your progress heavenward. The first neglect of prayer and Bible study makes easier the second neglect. The first resistance to the Spirit's pleading prepares the way for the second resistance. Thus the heart is hardened, and the conscience seared.

On the other hand, every resistance of temptation makes resistance more easy. Every denial of self makes self-denial easier. Every victory gained prepares the way for a fresh victory. Each resistance of temptation, each self-denial, each triumph over sin, is a seed sown unto eternal life. Every unselfish action gives new strength to spirituality. No one can try to be like Christ without growing more noble and more true.

17.2.16

A Dangerous Idea

Thinking is not allowed. But you should think for yourself.

God Not Unreasonable

"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;" Colossians 3:23

The church of God is made up of vessels large and small. The Lord does not ask for anything unreasonable. He does not expect the smaller vessels to hold the contents of the larger ones. He looks for returns according to what a man has, not according to what he has not. Do your best, and God will accept your efforts.

Take up the duty lying nearest you, and perform it with fidelity, and your work will be wholly acceptable to the Master. Do not, in your desire to do something great, overlook the smaller tasks awaiting you.

16.2.16

Thought Control

"Average reading time is about 1 minute(s)And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:2

You should keep off from Satan's enchanted ground, and not allow your minds to be swayed from allegiance to God. Through Christ you may and should be happy, and should acquire habits of self-control. Even your thoughts must be brought into subjection to the will of God, and your feelings under the control of reason and religion. Your imagination was not given you to be allowed to run riot and have its own way, without any effort at restraint or discipline.

If the thoughts are wrong, the feelings will be wrong; and the thoughts and feelings combined make up the moral character. When you decide that as Christians you are not required to restrain your thoughts and feelings, you are brought under the influence of evil angels, and invite their presence and their control. If you yield to your impressions, and allow your thoughts to run in a channel of suspicion, doubt, and repining, you will be among the most unhappy of mortals, and your lives will prove a failure.

Source: Bible Universe

13.2.16

The Tempest Is Coming

Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD's anger. Zephaniah 2:3

... The tempest is coming, and we must get ready for its fury by having repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord will arise to shake terribly the earth. We shall see troubles on all sides. Thousands of ships will be hurled into the depths of the sea. Navies will go down, and human lives will be sacrificed by millions. Fires will break out unexpectedly, and no human effort will be able to quench them. The palaces of earth will be swept away in the fury of the flames.

Disasters by rail will become more and more frequent; confusion, collision, and death without a moment's warning will occur on the great lines of travel. The end is near, probation is closing. Oh, let us seek God while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near! The prophet says: "Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger."

Source: Bible Universe

3.2.16

The Lamborghini WRC - Stage One

Because... why not?

Today's post is all about childhood dreams. Most of us boys, and maybe some of the girls, had a Lamborghini poster (probably a Countach) in our bedrooms wall. And, of course, we dreamt about driving one. The closest i've been was sitting inside a black Lamborghini Diablo, back in 1998. Apart from that, driving one, only in video games.

So, watch this video and tell me it doesn't put a smile in you face. :)




27.1.16

Equinócio de Outono 2015 - Autumn Equinox 2015

A beleza da morte. (The beauty of death. Scroll down for the english version.)

"Em 2015 o Equinócio de Outono ocorre no dia 23 de Setembro às 09h20min. Este instante marca o início do Outono no Hemisfério Norte. Esta estação prolonga-se por 89,81 dias até ao próximo Solstício que ocorre no dia 22 de Dezembro às 04h48min.

Equinócio: instante em que o Sol, no seu movimento anual aparente, passa no equador celeste. A palavra de origem latina aequinoctium agrega o nominativo aequus (igual) com o substantivo noctium, genitivo plural de nox (noite). Assim significa “noite igual” (ao dia), pois nestas datas dia e noite têm igual duração, tal é a ideia que permeia a sociedade."

Para ler tudo, cliquem aqui.

Mesmo neste mundo triste em que vivemos, porque é um mundo dominado pelo fim de todas as coisas (i.e. morte), existe muita beleza. Deus ama tanto a humanidade, que até no que esta repleto de morte Ele coloca beleza. Para ser mais fácil suportar, imagino.

Sim, porque embora o outono seja uma estação cheia de cores bonitas, as folhas de outono a esvoaçar, o crunch crunch a caminhar sobre elas... bem, elas significam um fim.

Reparem nisto:

"Testemunhando eles, no murchar da flor e no cair da folha, os primeiros sinais da decadência, Adão e sua companheira choraram mais profundamente do que os homens hoje fazem pelos seus mortos. A morte das débeis e delicadas flores era na verdade um motivo para tristeza; mas, quando as formosas árvores derrubaram as folhas, esta cena levou-lhe vividamente ao espírito o fato cruel de que a morte é o quinhão de todo o ser vivente." Ellen G. White, Patriarcas e Profetas, Pag. 62

Eu sei, já estamos no inverno, e o engraçado é que o inverno acaba por mostrar mais vida. A chuva cai, e ao mínimo raio de sol desponta mais alguma flor. Sabemos que depois vem a primavera. Depois vem a vida.

Em breve deixará de haver outono neste mundo, e vamos viver uma eterna primavera. Vida, só vida.

The beauty of death.

"In 2015 the Autumn Equinox occurs on 23 September at 09h20min. This moment marks the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. This season extends for 89.81 days until the next solstice which occurs on 22 December at 04h48min .

Equinox: the moment when the Sun, in its apparent annual movement, passes the celestial equator. The word of Latin origin aequinoctium adds the verbal aequus (equal) with the noun noctium, genitive plural of nox (night). Thus it means "equal night" (to the day), because on these dates day and night are of equal length, as is the idea that permeates society."

To read it all, click here.

Even in this sad world we live in, because it is a world dominated by the end of all things (i.e. death), there is much beauty. God so loves humanity that even in what is full of death He puts beauty. To be easier to bear, I imagine.

Yes, because although the fall is a season full of beautiful colors, the autumn leaves fluttering, the crunch crunch when we walk on them ... well, they mean an end.

Notice this:

"As they witnessed in drooping flower and falling leaf the first signs of decay, Adam and his companion mourned more deeply than men now mourn over their dead. The death of the frail, delicate flowers was indeed a cause of sorrow; but when the goodly trees cast off their leaves, the scene brought vividly to mind the stern fact that death is the portion of every living thing." Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, P 62.1

I know, we are in winter already, and the funny thing is that winter turns out to show more life. The rain falls, and the minimum sunshine blunts one more flower. We know that after this spring comes. Then comes life.

Soon there will be no fall in this world, and we will live an eternal spring. Life, just life.

10.1.16

Os pastores palhaços na Igreja



Durante muito tempo tive duvidas em relação a estes assuntos, e agora os textos inspirados saltaram-me aos olhos. Temos que elevar o nosso padrão, temos um Exemplo sagrado a seguir, e um Deus eterno a respeitar.

É lamentável ver como muitos pastores e pregadores fazem as pessoas rir nos púlpitos. Em vez de apresentar a segura palavra da profecia, misturam-a com piadas e brincadeiras. Segundo eles isso serve para convencer as pessoas, e não percebem que estão a fazer um grande dano à obra do Senhor.

Eu acredito que a palavra de Deus tem poder em si mesma para convencer as pessoas do pecado, não precisamos fazer brincadeiras e piadas ao pregar. Isso seria oferecer fogo estranho, uma abominação ao Senhor. Cristo e os apóstolos nunca usaram piadas ou brincadeiras ao pregar.

Ellen White escreveu muito sobre os pastores cómicos.

“Um pastor folgazão no púlpito, ou o que se está esforçando ao máximo para granjear louvor, é um espetáculo que crucifica novamente o Filho de Deus, e O envergonha abertamente.” TM 146.2

“Todo o cuidado dos pastores é pouco, especialmente quando diante dos jovens. Eles não devem usar nenhuma palavra leviana, gracejos ou piadas, mas lembrar-se de que estão em lugar de Cristo, e que devem ilustrar pelo exemplo a vida de Cristo. “Porque nós somos cooperadores de Deus.” 1 Coríntios 3:9. “E nós, cooperando também com Ele, vos exortamos a que não recebais a graça de Deus em vão.” 2 Coríntios 6:1.” 1TI 381

"Cristo nunca levava a verdade sagrada ao nível do comum, e as ilustrações humorísticas que alguns ministros do evangelho usam jamais foram proferidas por Seus lábios divinos. Cristo não usava ilustrações para divertir e provocar o riso." The Review and Herald, 06 de agosto de 1895.

Ele não usava piadas para atrair a atenção.

“O Mestre Divino não usava ilustrações que projetassem a menor sombra sobre a alma. Suas palavras eram do mais puro e elevado caráter. Ele nunca condescendeu pronunciar algo cômico, a fim de chamar a atenção do público.” The Review and Herald, 06 de agosto de 1895

Sermões temperados com graça.

“Eliminem os pastores as piadas e as brincadeiras da sua conversação, mas que os seus sermões sejam temperados com graça; que a luz e o amor de Jesus brilhem através de seu exemplo e preceito, para que possam ganhar almas para o Mestre.” The Review and Herald, 05 de abril de 1892.

Paulo também escreveu:

“E a minha palavra, e a minha pregação, não consistiram em palavras persuasivas de sabedoria humana, mas em demonstração de Espírito e de poder; Para que a vossa fé não se apoiasse em sabedoria dos homens, mas no poder de Deus.” 1 Coríntios 2:4,5

“Porque a palavra de Deus é viva e eficaz, e mais penetrante do que espada alguma de dois gumes, e penetra até à divisão da alma e do espírito, e das juntas e medulas, e é apta para discernir os pensamentos e intenções do coração.” Hebreus 4:12

“Mas em breve irei ter convosco, se o Senhor quiser, e então conhecerei, não as palavras dos que andam ensoberbecidos, mas o poder. Porque o reino de Deus não consiste em palavras, mas em poder. Que quereis? Irei ter convosco com vara ou com amor e espírito de mansidão?” 1 Coríntios 4:19-21

Os pregadores não devem ter escrúpulos para pregar a verdade tal como se encontra na Palavra de Deus. Que a verdade saia. Foi-me mostrado que a razão pela qual os nossos pregadores não têm sido mais bem sucedidos é porque eles têm medo de ferir os sentimentos, medo de não ser corteses, e por esta razão baixam os padrões da verdade e escondem o máximo possível as peculiaridades da nossa fé. Vi que Deus não poderia dar a esses sucesso. A verdade deve ser direta e as pessoas devem ser incentivadas a tomar uma decisão com urgência. E enquanto os falsos pastores proclamam a paz e pregam coisas aprazíveis, os servos de Deus devem clamar em alta voz e não se calar e deixar os resultados com Deus." (Spiritual Gifts, vol 2, p. 284-285)