In the Scriptures, taking your shoes off had a very special meaning. When Moses had his first confrontation with God at the burning bush, God told him to take off his shoes because he was standing on holy ground. Jesus walked barefoot to Calvary. In the culture of that time, being unshod was the sign that you were a slave. A slave had no rights. Jesus gave us the supreme example of giving up everything for a great goal. Loren Cunningham “Making Jesus Lord" / Marc 8:34,35

July 31, 2011

Rob Bell's interview

May 03, 2011

The great conspiracy: but is it true?

It's very usual for atheists and the like to charge Christianity as a man-made religion. They say the apostles invented our faith to gain power, either political or monetary. They just ignore that nothing like that is true. They never gained any power whatsoever. Actually, almost all of them died horrible deaths.
The cartoon below is a great analogy of what could had happened if this “conspiracy theory” were true. And is also really funny.
Enjoy it.

April 21, 2011

3 Simple Rules For Listening to a Sermon

It is not enough that we go to Church and hear sermons. We may do so for fifty years, and be nothing better, but rather worse. “Take heed,” says our Lord, “how you hear.” Would any one know how to hear properly? Then let them lay to heart three simple rules.

1) We must hear with FAITH, believing implicitly that every word of God is true, and shall stand. The word in old time did not profit the Jews, since it was “not mixed with faith in those who heard it” (Heb. 4:2).

2) We must hear with REVERENCE, remembering constantly that the Bible is the book of God. This was the habit of the Thessalonians. They received Paul’s message, “not as the word of men, but the word of God” (1 Thess. 2:13).

3) We must bear with PRAYER, praying for God’s blessing before the sermon is preached, praying for God’s blessing again when the sermon is over. Here lies the grand defect of the hearing of many. They ask no blessing, and so they have none. The sermon passes through their minds like water through a leaky vessel, and leaves nothing behind.

Let us bear these rules in mind every Sunday morning, before we go to hear the Word of God preached. Let us not rush into God’s presence careless, reckless, and unprepared, as if it mattered not in what way such work was done. Let us carry with us faith, reverence, and prayer. If these three are our companions, we will hear with profit, and return with praise.

J.C. Ryle

Hell's Best Kept Secret

The Way of the Master has a huge influence in our ministry here in Brazil.
We want to share with you the foundational teaching from this ministry that had changed the way we do evangelism. Hope it'll help you too.

Living waters- Hell's best kept secret from Michael Helders on Vimeo.

Rob Bell meets Robbed Hell

Rob Bell has finally come out and is showing his true colors: he is a five points universalist (if there is such a five points for it. I'm just using some reference from Calvinism). He video and book “Love Wins” is going viral through the web and the church.
Some guys made a very funny video about it.
I'm posting bellow the two videos. First the Rob Bell one and after that Robbed Hell.
Have fun.

This little idol?

Winslow, "The Sympathy of Christ" 
To affirm, as the Scriptures of truth positively do,
that mankind is originally and totally depraved, is
but to portray it with every feature of its pristine
nobleness, purity, and excellence utterly spoiled!

Mankind has become the living embodiment,
the acting impersonation, the very incarnation
of fallen SELF love; SELF love in the form of
complete SELFishness.

The original Center of the soul forsaken,
man had become a center to himSELF.

The God He worshiped, was the deification of SELF.

The religion He professed, was the adoration of SELF.

The powers He cultivated were consecrated to SELF.

His whole existence was one act of service and devotion to SELF.

The Divine Center abandoned,
He knew no other god,
acknowledged no other sufficiency,
recognized no other end than himSELF.

Every faculty and thought, every affection and action,
was made to contribute to the cloud of incense which
rose as in one dense column before this little idol, SELF. 

SELF the first;
SELF the last;
SELF all in all!

And is it not so now?

SELF, in some shape, is still the Deity of the natural man!

SELFishness is still the universal sin of our nature,
exhibited in one or more of its thousand modifications,
its endless forms.

All are in pursuit either of wealth, or ambition,
or pleasure, or honor, or gratification under the
'law of SELFishness'.

SELF is the only recognized principle and rule of
action which regulates the conduct of the great
majority of our depraved species.

The indictment is heavy, the picture is dark, the
sin is awful, we admit; but it is borne out by daily
observation and frequent experience, and by the
faithful, unerring Word of God, "All men seek their own."

What, we ask, is all this....
this SELF exaltism?
this egotism?
this envy and jealousy?
this attempt to supplant others in esteem, influence, and power?
this prodigality and love of worldly show?
this eager chase of wealth?
this covetousness and penuriousness?
this love of ease and sloth?
this niggardly dole of charity?
this cruel, heartless, grinding oppression?
this growing sensuality and crime?

What, we ask, is all this, and a thousand times more,
but the one appalling, cancerous sin of SELFishness
existing in the very heart of depravity, and sending
its fatal poison along all the fibers of human society?

By Grace Gems

Richard Dawkins bad debate

I was watching Richard Dawkins debate with Wendy Wright. Man, I felt so bad for him. It was really embarrassing. Dawkins is well known for been a bad philosopher and a bad debater, but he could do a better job than he did. He went to ask her where did she study science! What does that have to do with it? If you study science here your believes are true. If you studied there, than is not true. Bad reasoning.
Dawkins believe that science is the only way to know the true. But that statement is not a scientific one, it's a philosophical one. And he totally ignore that science works on paradigm. Sometimes it's a true paradigm, sometimes it's a false one. Science depends a lot on other fields of knowledge in order to find out if the current paradigm is true. The ether story is a good example.
So, if you too want to fell bad for Dawkins, just watch the debate below.

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