- My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,
- for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.
- Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
- Them you will win favor and good name in sight of God and man.
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
- in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
- Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.
- This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
- Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;
- then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
- My son, do not despise the Lord's disciplines and do not resent his rebuke,
- because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
- Bleseed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding,
- for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
- She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
- Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.
- Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.
- She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.
- By wisdom the Lord laid the earth's foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place;
- by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.
- My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight;
- they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.
- Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble;
- when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
- Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
- for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.
- Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
- Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back later; I'll give it tomorow" -- when you now have it with you.
- Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustffuly near you.
- Do not accuse a man for no reason -- when he has done you no harm.
- Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways,
- for the Lord detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
- The Lord's curse is on the house of the wicked, but he bless the home of the righteous.
- He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.
- The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up to shame.
domingo, 3 de julho de 2011
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Chega dessa "diabose"! Voltemos à graça, à centralidade da cruz, onde tudo foi consumado. Voltemos à consciência de que fomos achados por Ele, que começou em cada filho Seu algo que vai completar: voltemos às orações e jejuns, não como fruto de obrigação ou moeda de troca, mas, como namoro apaixonado com o Ser amado da alma resgatada.
Voltemos ao amor, à convicção de que ser cristão é amar a Deus acima de todas as coisas e ao próximo como a nós mesmos: voltemos aos irmãos, não como membros de um sindicato, de um clube, ou de uma sociedade anônima, mas, como membros do corpo de Cristo. Quero relacionar-me com eles como as crianças relacionam-se com os que as alimentam - em profundo amor e senso de dependência: quero voltar a ser guardião de meu irmão e não seu juiz. Voltemos ao amor que agasalha no frio, assiste na dor, dessedenta na sede, alimenta na fome, que reparte, que não usa o pronome "meu", mas, o pronome "nosso".
Para que os títulos: "pastor", "reverendo", "bispo", "apóstolo", o que eles significam, se todos são sacerdotes? Quero voltar a ser leigo! Para que o clericalismo? Voltemos, ao sermos servos uns dos outros aos dons do corpo que correm soltos e dão o tom litúrgico da reunião dos santos; ao, "onde dois ou três estiverem reunidos em meu nome, eu lá estarei" de Mateus 18.20. Que o culto seja do povo e não dos dirigentes - chega de show! Voltemos aos presbíteros e diáconos, não como títulos, mas, como função: os que, sob unção da igreja local, cuidam da ministração da Palavra, da vida de oração da comunidade e para que ninguém tenha necessidade, seja material, espiritual ou social. Chega de ministérios megalômanos onde o povo de Deus é mão de obra ou massa de manobra!
Para que os templos, o institucionalismo, o denominacionalismo? Voltemos às catacumbas, à igreja local. Por que o pulpitocentrismo? Voltemos ao "instruí-vos uns aos outros" (Cl 3. 16).
Por que a pressão pelo crescimento? Jesus Cristo não nos ordenou a sermos uma Igreja que cresce, mas, uma Igreja que aparece: "Assim resplandeça a vossa luz diante dos homens, para que vejam as vossas boas obras, e glorifiquem a vosso Pai, que está nos céus. "(Mt 5.16). Vamos anunciar com nossa vida, serviço e palavras "todo o Evangelho ao homem... a todos os homens". Deixemos o crescimento para o Espírito Santo que "acrescenta dia a dia os que haverão de ser salvos", sem adulterar a mensagem.
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John 3 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Teaches Nicodemus
3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.[a]”
4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d]
9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.[e] 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[f] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[g]
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
John Testifies Again About Jesus
22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were coming and being baptized. 24 (This was before John was put in prison.) 25 An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. 26 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”
27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.”[h]
31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God[i]gives the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.