Tuesday, June 29, 2004
wants to go to the next level
prays to do something
sees other churches as competition
gives people what they want
wants to please many
listens to someones complaints
wants to grow
prays to become something
sees other churches as partners
gives people what they need
wants to please One
listens to someones souls
Very nice thoughts I found in Len Evans blog. Makes totally sense for me.
Monday, June 28, 2004
"Mundo, mundo, se meu nome fosse Raimundo
não seria uma solução, seria uma rima"
Carlos Drummond de Andrade
"Oh World, if my name was Raimundo, it would not be a solution, it would be a rhime"
Many times I was tempted to believe that with only one thing, I could solve all of a problem. I hope to have learned that this is mostly far from true.
Once we grow up, we perceive problems that requires a much complex solution, may be because when we get older, we get the ability to see things in a higher view which make us able to see some connections (not all) of the problems so that one solution affect others.
In the middle of the crisis, I love to remember the hope the Bible gives:
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1st Peter 5: 7)To my God which has total view of the situation, I claim for the perfect solution which respect all other connections and will promote His Glory
Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
Thursday, June 24, 2004
I waked up late, took my doughter to school and went with my wife to take a walk to a park near my house, drinked some expresso and return home to watch Portugal x England at Euro 2004 (Great job Portugal!). I consider that a very good holiday among others. I am in a holiday in a city in workday.
Throghout this country (manily in small cities) we have great popular parties for St John. Good parties, with lot of popular dancings, nice food, fireworks, very pretty.
Talking about St John, it is a good day to remember what he has done, a very remarkable apostle:
He was a very zealous man, and left very clear his concern of what was the objective of his efforts: to believe (John 20:30-31)
29.06 - Recently I discovered that St John of this day is John the Baptist, a protestant mistake
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Here you see the interview:
As I have seen so far in "The Divine Conspiracy", Dallas Willard claims for a more radical following of what Jesus Christ said, he affirmed that what we have today is a lack of discipleship rather than leadership crisis, modeling crisis and programing crisis. In that case I can agree with him, it is hard to have a good conversation about discipleship and not talking about discipleship program, which is far behind what Jesus Christ had really commanded, I think also if we had our total priority in really following what Jesus said, we would not were talking about who's leading what, contemporary churches, apologetics etc... People would see the love and joy inside us and would see the difference. There is a good point of individual changing.
I believe the problem is to talking about the primasy of discipleship and really following Jesus Christ and consider with less importance matters like douctrine, liturgies, rituals while people that consider those matters with a high priority tells that for the sake of following Jesus Christ, it becames a discussion with a high lackness of sincerity, in this moment, the most sincere will loose.
Even with that I believe in a very sincere way of living Jesus Christ as a very countagious way of living, we allways have examples of people living this way and knowing that those people ever becomes a pattern to the rest of community.
Friday, June 18, 2004
I'm forgivin because you were forsaken,
I'm accepted, you were condemned
I'm alive and well, your spirit is within me
because You died and rose again
Amazing love, how can it be
That you, my King has died for me?
Amazing love, I know its true
its my joy to honor You
In all I do, I honor You
You are my King
Jesus, You are my King
You are my King
Thursday, June 17, 2004
I don't know any of the churches above, the only church I visited in US was Willow Creek Community Church, in Chicago. As you can see in my links besides, I may have selected churches a kind of away of those denominational debate (I am not church, I have not seen this kind of debate in those sites).
I had served Presbyterian church here in Brazil, now I am going to a Baptist one. As you have saw, I should have Presbyterian seeds inside.
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
However, he had a great change after this talking and becames a great reference for his age.
I have also learning about the reformation of Josiah, it is a moment I ever liked, a king that discover the word of God and promotes a reestablishment of the church, I have even preached about that a couple times. However, I didn't connect this reformation with the prophecies of Jeremiah, observing that we see only a surface reformation, people walking like God's people, talking like God's people but with the hearts away from him, worse, their hearts deeply attached to old religion.
I see a great connection between Jeremiah and our reality, here in Brazil we can see a very big growth of churches, but this has not impacted our society as much, I think sometimes we need prophets like Jeremiah that do not feel satisfied with the growth of number of churches and prophet to a sincere convertion of the heart and mind. We need people like Jeremiah that dare to tell things that confronted status quo of their church and also distrusted what was the commom message of them, which was far different of what God wanted.
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Monday, June 14, 2004
However, I have seen the institutionalization of the church as a process that has been neutralized the redemptive potential of them.
I have seen a very good article called 10 reasons why your church sucks, with sadness, because I have checked most items of this list comparing with churches I had related.
I have sympathized most of what the friend of the author had showed, I had also suffered a kind of church abuse, and I know how hard is to recover from that, I countinously see with much sadness many leaders that had their dreams stopped by poor leaders who had shown better political influence, many of them have exiled, like me, in "open minded" chuches, others have lost their faith. With the mercy of God I have not lost my faith, but I am countinously praying for opportunities to help the church to regain their redemptive potential.
Saturday, June 12, 2004
I know that mantaining a second blog is a hard work, however, I would like to serve you that don't speak portuguese and also would like to get more partners (by prayers, ideas or anything else) for my journey.
I have an Alta Vista button in my Brazilian blog to translate everything into English, but I don't know if it works very well. Sometimes, a word by word translation is not enough to make me understood.
From now on I will work to post here my brazilian posts and anything else worth of commenting and explaining for non Brazilian readers
Thank you for visiting my site!
Thursday, June 10, 2004
at first, you need to be alone with the Word of God, which is not to allow that other ideas intervene in text read second, create a silent environment for the Word of God. If we fail to do it, we can forget that we are dealing with the Word of God or we will fail to listen to it due the “noises” of our cultural inclinations third, see the Bible as a mirror through we see ourselves and answer to what we see in us as sinners. Fouth, this reading must take us to a deep feeling of conviction, personal repentance and to a behavior of repentance and humility by reading the message of God to us, this should allow His internalization in ourselves Fifith, make a responsive reading to obey it and practice the truth Sixth, Recognize that the biblical communication is done by indirect ways: Jesus himself told us stories. Finally, read the Biblie with hope, believing that everything is possible to God, in order to make us open to the newness of God.
I take all those recommendations as a great challenge. As long as I try to read my Bible everyday, it is very easy to start reading it as a challenge to comply my goal of reading the Bible as many times as I can. However, no goal would help me to listen what God is telling in each text. An interesting thing of the recommendations above is the effort that the Word of God read (as once Brian McLaren told in one of his books) and teach us.
In Spiritual Mentoring, I found the word “bibliolatry”, which is when people goes to Bible with all their pre-conceived ideas to base their own theology. Indeed, we will only make it if we read the Bible with a teachable spirit, which requires humility, sincerity to recognize what is not in agreement with the Word of God and disposal to change whatever is needed in our lives.
Sunday, June 06, 2004
In You I find peace
In times like these I find peace
And my thoughts can rest
And my heart can trust
In Your perfect peace
I will trust in You (in Your perfect peace)
I will hope in You (in Your perfect peace)
I will rest in You in Your perfect peace
I will trust in You, I will hope in You
I will rest in You in Your perfect peace
This is my pray today.
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
"Ah, we who still call ourselves as christians, we are all, from the christian point of view, so spoiled, so distant from what Christianism requires from those that want to be called by that name - dead to the world - that we rarely reach that level of passion" (Soren Kierkegaard)
Extracted from the bookThe Mentored Life