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Feb 282017
 

Alexandre Oliveira on the Canção Nova TV Program Sorrindo Pra Vida [Smiling at Life] Photo: Wesley Almeida/Canção Nova

Alexandre Oliveira, on Sorrindo Pra Vida [Smiling at Life], invites us to reflect on who Jesus is in our life and mission. The true Christian is recognized as a child of God and has attitudes guided by him. Check out his message.

The meditated Word is in Saint Luke 7.18 -23:
“The disciples of John told him about all these things. John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” When the men came to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’” At that time he cured many of their diseases, sufferings, and evil spirits; he also granted sight to many who were blind.And he said to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.

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Unfortunately, in our environment, there are many Christians who expect another Christ. Canção Nova announces and preparing God’s people for the second coming of the Lord, and the community doesn’t expect another Christ, but the same, yesterday, today and always.

Many times, we Christians have created another conception of Christ, very different from what the Church tells us and teaches. How many people lose their faith, because they live their religion according to their truths!

Maybe, today, before the silence of God to our prayers, we question what’s going on. Do you want to understand the silence of the Lord? Dip your heart in Catholic doctrine. The Saints, the Holy Scriptures, the Magisterium and the Catholic Church teach us to understand our faith.

Do wait for the second coming of Christ or we hope another Messiah? The one who loves recognizes, from afar, the face of the beloved.

What is my position as a Christian?

What do we have to show the world? How many praise Him in the Church, but then murmur in their homes. Our behavior has to be consistent with what we preach.

Are we being faithful?

Christ wants us to be faithful with constancy, but the enemy wants to see us on the ground. So as not to be defeated by the devil, we can seek to be in the hands of God and let us persevere, because Heaven is for us.

Our ‘ yes ‘ is forever. We seek to remain steadfast to the end, for our loyalty becomes a testimony of life.

Do our attitudes show that we’re Catholic?

Our action follows our being our day to day attitudes show how much we are of God. No matter what, let us persevere until the end. Let us not be defeated by the enemy. God wants real children, and like good children, let’s give pride to our Dad!

Alexandre Oliveira
Canção Nova Community mission

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Apr 062016
 

Full trust in God is achieved through faith

Deacon Nelsinho Correa, in the program “Sorrindo pra Vida”[Smiling at Life] invites us to cry unto the Lord increase our faith, because it leads us to leave our life in the hands of the Father with confidence.

The meditated Word is in Hebrews 11:1-12 NABRE:

“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.Because of it the ancients were well attested. By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God, so that what is visible came into being through the invisible. By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice greater than Cain’s. Through this he was attested to be righteous, God bearing witness to his gifts, and through this, though dead, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and “he was found no more because God had taken him.” Before he was taken up, he was attested to have pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him,e for anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
By faith Noah, warned about what was not yet seen, with reverence built an ark for the salvation of his household. Through this he condemned the world and inherited the righteousness that comes through faith. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was to go.
By faith he sojourned in the promised land as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise;
for he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and maker is God.
By faith he received power to generate, even though he was past the normal age—and Sarah herself was sterile—for he thought that the one who had made the promise was trustworthy.
So it was that there came forth from one man, himself as good as dead, descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sands on the seashore

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A fé nos leva a ter uma total confiança no Senhor

The faith, that illuminates our lives and in our hearts, is a certainty of what we don’t see. The fact of believing in God teaches us to have meaning in our journey.

Many want an explanation for everything that they live, but faith does not explain it, just calls us to believe. Temptation strikes our confidence in the Lord, because, if you don’t trust in him,we will murmur and blaspheme against the Father.

By faith, many men gave their life to Jesus Christ, and this is a gift we received from God on the day of our baptism. On the test, it will sustain us. And God uses such trials to strengthen us. In the painful moments, believing in the Lord enlightens us and shows us the way forward.

Faith motivates us to seek answers in God. Reading the Holy Scriptures is asking Christ for advice. The Word gives us the answers we are seeking.

To have faith is to find a meaning for the suffering, discovering that it is not in vain. Trust in the Lord.

Deacon Nelsinho Correa
Canção Nova Community mission

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Jan 252016
 

 Márcio Mendes, on the Canção Nova TV Show “Smiling at Life” invites us to trust in God because everything we have asked the Lord, He will answer us through our faith

Márcio Mendes meditated on the Gospel of St. Matthew and, guided by this passage, invited us to think about faith, because God never fails to answer the prayer of one, moved by the Holy Spirit, and who persists in his pleadings. Check out the transcript from this show:

The meditated Word today is in St Matthew 9:27-31
“The Healing of Two Blind Men And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed [him], crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!” When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” they went out and spread word of him through all that land. NAB

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Márcio Mendes_Sorrindo pra Vida

The Gospel tells the story of those two blind men who felt in Jesus the father’s presence and Him recognized as son of the most high, so they find Him to be healed. Meeting Christ, they were questioned by the Lord. The same question He makes to us today: “do you believe I can do this?”, because they went to Jesus to be healed of blindness.

How many people who are tired and worn. How many today intercede for a loved one! There are so many situations that afflict us, but if we present to the Lord all we can, He will perform a miracle in our lives. If a person approaches him with faith and asks him something, he’s never sent away empty-handed.

Before our cries, what would happen if the Lord spoke to us what He spoke to those blind: do you believe I can do this?”, . We are confident to the point of obtaining the miracle that both have order? Let us not forget that no earthly circumstance has the power to prevent the grace of God in our lives. If the Lord gives us his word, nothing can change.

When we pray in the power of the Holy Spirit and our prayer is in accordance with the will of the father, he helps us. However, if we don’t have confidence and started to doubt of the Lord, we will not be met. Have the courage to pray with the lips and especially with the heart.

Let us approach the foot of the cross of the Lord, because he loves us and does not send us away without answers. Our biggest problem today is  uncertainty. The world has educated us to look over our  shoulder. But we trust in the word of the Father, and he doesn’t disappoint.

Let us follow the example of those blind men, because they teach us how to pray to find God and be healed. They leave us an itinerary:

-Follow Jesus: The blind didn’t ask where He is, but hearing His voice, they followed him, even if it’s not answered immediately by Christ. When we can’t see anything in our life, let us listen to the voice of the Lord and walk where He guides us.

-Claim the miracle and never be discouraged: They were going back to Christ and not discouraged until He answer. We must insist with the Lord in prayer. When we trust in God, we continue to insist, because faith leads us to expect and insist on the grace of the Lord.

To be healed we must trust and forgive. If we want to be cured, we need to forgive the people who don’t deserve our forgiveness. Let’s leave everything behind and follow him, crying out to Him and relying on God’s grace.

Márcio Mendes
Canção Nova Community mission

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