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Jun 132017
 

The three keys to unlock the door that leads to knowing the will and God’s purpose

On the Canção Nova TV program “Sorrindo Pra Vida” [Smiling at Life] Alexandre Oliveira shared the word of God to teach us what are the three keys to the will and purpose of God.

Read the words of Galatians 6:1-10

Brothers, even if a person is caught in some transgression, you who are spiritual should correct that one in a gentle spirit, looking to yourself, so that you also may not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he is deluding himself.  Each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason to boast with regard to himself alone, and not with regard to someone else; for each will bear his own load.

 One who is being instructed in the word should share all good things with his instructor.  Make no mistake: God is not mocked, for a person will reap only what he sows,  because the one who sows for his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows for the spirit will reap eternal life from the spirit.  Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up.  So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all, but especially to those who belong to the family of the faith.

Let’s imagine that we are facing an immense door, and we will not be able to open it without three keys. These keys are different from each other, and we will only be able to unlock the door if we have all three.

The word tells us exactly that. This door says the Word is the law of Christ, the door that, when open, gives us access to the will of God, which leads us to fulfill the purpose he has for our lives.

These three keys are like a mirror, a cross and a handful of seeds. God gives us those keys that we use all of them and come to him.

The cross that we carry every day for us is a weight. The word tells us to carry to burden, because we will be fulfilling the will of the Lord. First, the Evangelist says that we have to carry the burden of the others; then he says we need to load our own burden.

The Apostle is not going into contradiction. The first burden refers to help others with their difficulties. In the second, this load refers to our responsibility, that one that only fits Us.

There are situations in our life that are difficult to deal with, in which sometimes we need the help of our brothers and sisters. We have to have the humility to ask for help and the nobility of offering to help the brothers.

This help of the other leads us to make use of a handful of seeds, because, if we do the right things with people, we will reap the fruits of our action. We can’t live on an island, see our suffering only, we have to look at the others and realize the struggles that the brothers face too.

Paul asks us what we have sown and where we sow. We have to sow love and concrete gestures, but they need to be seeded in the Spirit, not on self-reliance of our humanity or in our selfishness. Sowing in the Holy Spirit is getting out of ourselves and going out to find his brother.

Knowing that we are those seeds, we look in the mirror so that lets us examine ourselves. We can fool everybody, but if fool ourselves we are lost. We must examine ourselves to have self-knowledge, not just look for our faults, but also our good qualities as well, so we can use our virtues.

We can never sow in the spirit if we do not know ourselves; and if we’ve never encountered ourselvesç we won’t know how to help carry the burden of the brother or sister as far as we can and or to endure. Everything is interconnected, self-knowledge is not self-sufficiency. We have know ourselves to love more, to sow more.

When we can walk in these three directions – carry the cross, sow love and look at ourselves and we assume our own responsibilities –, we can hear the voice of God and fulfill his purposes.

Alexandre Oliveira
Canção Nova Community mission

Portuguese version

 Posted by at 01:01
Apr 202017
 

God pours his mercy over our lives!

Márcio Mendes, on  the program Sorrindo Pra Vida [Smiling at Life ], talks about the mercy of God, who reaches our hearts and transforms our lives. Check out:

The word is meditated on Micah 7:18-19
Who is a God like you, who removes guilt
and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance;
Who does not persist in anger forever,
but instead delights in mercy,
And will again have compassion on us,
treading underfoot our iniquities?
You will cast into the depths of the sea all our sins;

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Deus não age pela ira, mas sim pela misericórdia

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Out of love for us, God passes over our faults He is not angry, because he prefers to mercy.

The sin is not us, however, it does not leave us. Once having sinned, the Lord never tires of forgiving us. Even if you don’t see the the way out, he didn’t give up on us.

God will win in our life

If God puts Himself in our reach and forgives us of our bad actions. What paths have we trodden? What has taken us in the right direction? Why we are sad and worn out? Who loves us does not wants us to live in error.

We don’t want to Sin? Flee from what we takes us from God. Sin is the result of the evil one, but God is our protection and refuge.

This world is dangerous! The spiritual world is far more dangerous without the presence of God.

The confession is salvation!

After a disagreement with someone, we run the risk of facing the person and we are afraid if that person will forgive us or not. God can’t wait to transform our life. He forgives all our faults. When we confess our sins, they are wiped out.

What a human enemy against us?

When we face a human enemy, he does everything to try and destroy us. Similarly, the enemy of God also wants to destroy us and the tricks that he uses are heavy.

Purifies our soul’s confession

When we wash our souls before God, there is nothing and no one who can accuse us. When we confess, we are covered with the blood of Jesus! Today, washing in His blood is to take possession of the forgiveness that He gives us.

We want to be released? Let’s start with the confession. Jesus did not come to take away sin, but to give us life. Sometimes we have the feeling that we’re lifeless, so he is ready to give us a new life.

The Lord wants to make us able to not sin anymore! By winning over sin on the cross he won so that every sin  lost power and influence over our lives.

God is closer than we think. By love, He put himself within reach of our possibilities. If someone wants to find God, he or she will find.

Today, the Lord came to pick us up. A mother wouldn’t think twice to give her life for their children, the same way God is the mother who gives his life for us.

Márcio Mendes
Canção Nova Community mission

Transcription and adaptation: Ariele Silva

Portuguese version

Mar 092017
 

How to beat the spiritual battles?

Daily, we face spiritual battles, but only by prayer and intimacy with God we will be able to overcome them.

Márcio Mendes, on Tuesday morning, 10 November, discussed the passage from Exodus on ‘Sorrindo Pra Vida” [“Smiling at Life”]. Taking Moses as an example, he reflected on the need to be in constant prayer and intimacy with God, because every day we face various spiritual battles, whichwe can win only by prayer.

 The meditated Word today is in Exodus 17.8 -13 (d-r):

And Amalec came, and fought against Israel in Raphidim. And Moses said to Josue: Choose out men: and go out and fight against Amalec: tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill having the rod of God in my hand. Josue did as Moses had spoken, and he fought against Amalec; but Moses, and Aaron, and Hur went up upon the top of the hill.

And when Moses lifted up his hands, Israel overcame: but if he let them down a little, Amalec overcame. And Moses’ hands were heavy: so they took a stone, and put under him, and he sat on it: and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands on both sides. And it came to pass that his hands were not weary until sunset. And Josue put Amalec and his people to flight, by the edge of the sword.

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No combate da oração

 

Everything we do, we do with the strength of God. We are fathers, mothers, spouses and children in the power of the Holy Spirit. The one who belongs to Christ is constantly attacked by evil; so the men and women of God need to be coated by the strength that comes from the top.

We face the controversy of life having God for our companion. He fights with us. Every time I get ready for a fight, so let’s put ourselves in prayer and intimacy with the Father.

What is will of God for us in this day? What does He wants to inspire in our hearts? Flash forward, because it is the Father who goes ahead of us. If He asks us to proceed, do not be afraid. Enter combat with courage and trust in the Lord.

Let us not forget the words of victory that the Lord has placed in our heart and in His promises. When we come together, our people, family and community, in prayer to God. We always lose the fight when relaxed and drift apart from the presence of the Father. And the enemy will try everything to move us farther away from the path of Christ.

Happy are those who have friends that sustain them in times of trial. The Son of God needed friends in His life. Let us ask the Lord for friends who help us and help us along our journey.

The answer of God may come through those He put in our way. How many love us freely and intercede for us without us knowing! By constant prayer and the brothers and sisters in the faith that we maintain, we will win all the battles.

Márcio Mendes
New song Community mission 

Portuguese version

 Posted by at 01:01
Mar 082017
 

The missionary Marcio Mendes on the “Smiling for Life” program, motivates our hearts to trust in Christ as the Lord desires our salvation and for that, we need to open ourselves to His will.

The  Word meditated on today is 1 Thessalonians 5,9-11:
“God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore, comfort you and build one another, as you already do. ”

“The Lord did not create us to death, but for life,” says Márcio.

God did not appoint us to destruction, but to salvation. The Lord did not create us for death, but for life. Salvation for us is to be a daily experience. How many situations of physical and moral hazards do we suffer! But at all times the Lord cares for us.

When we think that our prayer was not heard by God, our heart revolts from it, but the Lord never fails to hear us. Sometimes to win you need to lose, and, over time, we realize that losing was the best thing that could happen to us.

To make the experience of salvation we need to unite in Christ. He promises us salvation if we persevere to the end. For things to change in our lives, let us ask the Lord to touch our hearts. The Father does not demand answers from us, after all we do not know al. But the only thing He asks of us is that we stay with Him no matter what happens.

The only thing we can not give up is to walk with the Lord, because united to Him all else will be a consequence of our walk. We can then discern what comes into our lives, for evil can be disguised as something good. When connected to the Father, fruits begin to sprout in our hearts. If we have God, we can allow the Holy Spirit to manifest His fruit in us.

One day the Lord called us and He continued to walk with us. This is God’s promise to us: “Whoever fears the Lord will know that all will be well, and will be blessed on the day of his death.” (Sir 1:13). We can lose everything, but the most important thing is to be united to the Lord.

Several times, the pleasures of this world blind us and we do not give due importance to our walk with God, the unity of our family and true friends. What makes us stand with the Father is to put our hearts before Him, abandoning ourselves unreservedly in His hands. What does the Lord asks us about today? Whatever it is, if it is He who asks us, may we respond, as doing His will keep us united to him.

Marcio Mendes
Missionary of the New Song Community

Portuguese Transcription and Adaptation: Ariele Silva

Portuguese Version

Mar 072017
 

Fasting and prayer educates us to an experience with God, because they help us to master our impulses

Márcio Mendes invites us to look at our practices of fasting and prayer, because they help us to master our impulses and vanquish evil.

The meditated Word today is in Tobit 12.7 -15:
For it is good to hide the secret of a king: but honorable to reveal and confess the works of God. Prayer is good with fasting and alms more than to lay up treasures of gold: For alms delivers from death, and the same is that which purges away sins, and makes to find mercy and life everlasting. But they that commit sin and iniquity, are enemies to their own soul.

I discover then the truth unto you, and I will not hide the secret from you. When you did pray with tears, and did bury the dead, and did leave your dinner, and hide the dead by day in your house, and bury them by night, I offered your prayer to the Lord. And because you was acceptable to God, it was necessary that temptation should prove you.  And now the Lord has sent me to heal you, and to deliver Sara your son’ s wife from the devil. For I am the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord.“.

O jejum e a oração disciplinam nosso coração

To get rid of evil, we have to have goodness in our heart. The Christian should not seek the occult to get rid of evil things. Whoever has Jesus in his life doesn’t have to resort to nefarious practices.

The only effective path that protects us from evil is good. Doing evil is always a temptation. Sin separates us from God. We are from God and evil must not be allowed to dominate us.

When we choose evil, our life is in ruins. Let us educate our body so that it do no harm. But how do we discipline the body? By fasting and prayer. Who is able to say ‘ no ‘ to their will, will be able to say ‘ no ‘ to sin.

Learn to give up things that are not important in our life. It is better to have little with justice than lots with sin andfast empty wishes. Who has the domain of his body has joy, because he can dominate himself. God uses various means to take us on His paths.

When we are united to the Lord, the suffering is converted into joy. He always changes the nature of our sufferings.

Have the courage to stop everything that’s wrong in your life and learn to say ‘ yes ‘ to God. Almsgiving frees us from death and purifies us of all sins. With courage, we strive to overcome the evil in us.

Márcio Mendes
Canção Nova Community mission

Portuguese Version

Mar 062017
 

Beginning this week through to Holy Week, Catholicismanew will be offering one preacher a week from Canção Nova. This week we will read the words of Marcio Mendes. The next week we will read from Fr. Roger Araujo, the following week from Fr. Roger Luis, the next week from Luzia Santiago and the Fifth week of Lent from Monsignor Jonas Abib. Enjoy this special retreat series from Canção Nova

The meditated Word is in St Matthew 21:28-32:
“But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and coming to the first, he said: Son, go work today in my vineyard. And he answering, said: I will not. But afterwards, being moved with repentance, he went. And coming to the other, he said in like manner. And he answering, said: I go, Sir; and he went not. “

Temos silenciado o coração para ouvir a Deus?

If we can’t hear God, it is not because he won’t speak to us, but because we have muted our heart to hear him.The Lord tells us daily through our consciousness, of his word and of the people, to be on the lookout for His voice.

A person full of the Holy Spirit receives the anointing to transform his or her consciousness to the voice of the Lord. Our consciousness is the presence of God directing us not to take hasty attitudes. The Lord always tells us which way to go. When things do not work out, realize that he is telling us: “don’t go there. Stop! Come back! Let me guide you. “

Sensitivity to understand the will of God

Understand the Father’s hand guiding us on so many facts that happen to us and change our decision. God moves us to your attention when he speaks to us through the events of our lives. Our agitation and our occupations bury the voice of God which directs us. Who listens to his voice and obeys enters Heaven. It is possible to live heaven on Earth, because the presence of the Lord anticipates his Kingdom for us.

The sinner walks with remorse and lives in irritability all the time. The person who fights against God becomes unbearable to him or herself. Whoever is running away from their sufferings and does the opposite of what he says, will find much greater suffering.

Happiness is to fulfill the will of God

The Lord directs us not to make us unhappy, but because he wants the best for us. The child, when does not conform, suffers needlessly. The will of the Lord is a solid rock, in which he will strengthen all of our house. Whoever obeys God loves his family and avoids the reason to run away from his home.

Obey God when we seek Him in prayer and He will purify our our ears to hear him. No matter what our sins, the Lord has the power to remake our history.

Long ago, God has shown us the direction. Don’t be afraid to follow the paths that he shows us, but have the courage to obey his voice. If we unite the will of the Lord in all situations, we will experience Heaven.

Márcio Mendes
Canção Nova Community mission

Portuguese version

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