The history of contact in Brazil with the indigenous populations tells a convoluted story. One organization recently reported that two Amazon Indians decided to return to their forest homes after a time among so-called civilized folk. (More …)
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When man doesn’t destroy it, beauty is to be found all around us. And beauty comes in all forms, such as sound. This morning, as I sat quietly in the living room feeling the arrival of the dawn, suddenly a bird warbled loudly not far outside the window. I arose and went to the window hoping to see it, but there was no sign of it. It came, let loose its short song, and was off again. (More …)
In our Bible reading group Wednesday night, we had one non-Christian who has been attending sporadically for a year. He married a fairly new Christian. During the reading, I asked each person how long they had been baptized. He, of course, had no reply.
Afterwards, he asked to meet with me privately. He came to the house Friday night to ask for a study in preparation for baptism. (More …)
Convenience comes at a price. It may seem paradoxical, but usually that price is measured in the loss of health. Convenience purports to save time, but we don’t seem to be better off in that area, do we? Often, too, we pay dearly in monetary cost. (More …)
An evangelist in Bahia state wrote that Gilmar taught and baptized his own mother. Now there are eight members of the same family in Christ. Click below for photos.
It’s a good thing that Paulistas have a state holiday today, so we can hide ourselves in shame over last night’s unbelievable defeat by Germany in the World Cup semifinals. Early in the game, Germany’s first goal dismantled their opponent, as they went on to score four goals in short succession. With a final score of 7 to 1, the loss even more shocking on home turf, in our beloved Mineirão stadium in Belo Horizonte, we came away wanting to hear how our star team could come so close yet lose so dramatically. How to explain the inexplicable, as two players said? (More …)
This just in from our good brother José Antonio in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil (my translation):
My student from the city of Itaberaba, Bahia state, requested we go there and said that he has many people interested in the truth. He also said that he has been a city councilman for a long time and the people there respect him a lot, since he never mixes politics with his religion where he serves as a deacon. I am planning a trip there next week, where we will teach them, and since he asked for the true baptism, with others there, I will try to start a church there also, and plan several trips there to teach them. The distance is almost 300 km, I will leave material there. Pray for this trip also.
Since I have at least one friend who hangs out here, I thought I’d mention it on TFR. See this short slideshow of some important moments for us in 2012. There were obviously other moments as well, but I didn’t have the pics or couldn’t find them or my old-age memory failed me. It was a momentous and memorable year.
April Fool’s Day has been picked up in Brazil as Liar’s Day, apparently because to fool someone you have to lie to them. One brother wrote that he didn’t know the origin of Liar’s Day, but he did know who the Father of Lies was, so he wasn’t celebrating the day. Is he taking the idea of pranks too seriously? Or are we not serious enough?
• In “Two Days in One,” Carl Hanson does a take-off about it being April Fool’s Day and Palm Sunday on the same date.
• An atheist—many have made April 1st into the atheist’s day—may be a fool, but he’s not stupid. Richard Dawkins knows there can be no peace between atheism and Christianity. So a few days ago, just before that special day some assign to him, he told 20,000 people in Washington to “ridicule and show contempt” for religious people and their practices. Maybe Christians might want to give a blessing rather than a curse in return. Didn’t Peter say as much?
• Carl, at link above, says Fool’s Day spawned from the change to the Gregorian Calendar. Time and foolishness seem to be related, if the recent hoopla about the Mayan calendar and the end of time are any indication.
• As has been mentioned across the web, the real fool’s day is the day of judgment, for those who failed to prepare. Those who live as if they have all the time in the world are the greatest fools of all. And we do not laugh at them, but cry over their souls and plead with them to put oil in their lamps.
From today’s QBT: God has room for all. He wants all to enter. “Go out … and urge people to come in, so that my house will be filled.” Lk 14.23 NET
Luke 14 is today’s Bible reading from the New Testament plan, one chapter per weekday.
May your day be blessed.
In the past months quite a few missionaries, former missionaries and Brazilian Christians have passed away among the first generation of saints in the country. Another entered eternity yesterday. It’s sobering to realize that the torch has passed. The responsibility is great. The pressures grow by the day to abandon the good news they brought. Who will stay the course?
• Rick Kelley, Michael Carter, and I have been posting some poetry lately on the Christian Poets website. Check it out and join up. If you’re interested in writing, let me know below, and I’ll add you to the writing side of the group. It’s as easy as sending an email.
• If you’re not a Twitter fan, you still have several options to get Quick Bible Truths by email, RSS, or on Facebook. The new site is functioning marvelously. Today, a new blurb about the service got aired: “Quick Bible Truths shares the powerful reality of God in short bursts.” A good description, that.
The Missus and I visited a young couple tonight, well versed in Scripture, who visited the church last Sunday. They found us through our congregational website. Providence, they said. They’ve been dissatisfied with the churches where they’ve been. We’re to start studying with them Saturday. Pray they may be receptive to the Word. Very likeable family, two children.
May the Lord help us to connect with others like them as well, who search for truth in the midst of so much religious nonsense.
The photos are from last Sunday and today. Click to see them in larger size.
Partial view of Pimentas congregation where we went Sunday, Jan. 29, where I preached and taught on “How to Be Happy.” The Maiden and The Missus are singing in the foreground.
Yours Truly speaking to the Pimentas congregation.
Y.T. preaching in the Pimentas congregation.
Some of the Christians of the Taubaté congregation that we work with on Sunday afternoons.
A Christian couple is coming tomorrow to talk with the SJCampos and Taubate churches about support, so they can establish a new congregation in a capital city in the north of Brazil that has no faithful message there. I find it exciting. But if you think it’s hard for missionaries in the US to find funds, try raising support among churches that are relatively small and new themselves, and often limited in means.
• Anybody got a clear, positive article on Proverbs 31, especially verse 10, on the worth of the noble wife? No more than 600 to 700 words max. And applicable to other cultures, easy to translate. (Meaning no heavy American references or illustrations.) I need it for a magazine theme on the worth of man. Yesterday. UPDATE: The Maiden just accepted the task of writing the article. Thanks anyway!
• If I don’t choose your suggestion, it won’t mean it’s not good, only that it won’t fit our specific needs, either in terms of space, approach, or context.
• The Missus and I are on the board of a children’s home here, where we provide mainly moral support and serve as contact for stateside supporters, of which there are a few. As we try to establish our “brand,” as the marketers call it, in the US, I was slow to figure out that nobody will remember “Lar Cristão Children’s Home.” So we’re rebranding it as Brazil Kids. As soon as the domain is done propagating, or whatever it does (and it’s taking a while to do it), we’ll have the new website up at BrazilKids.net. UPDATE: Now working.
• Weylan was kind enough to publish a little piece of mine, “For Man God Made.” I’m still owing him a longish article that I’ve entitled “The Enduring Principles of the Limited Commission.” Be sure to also check out his recent article on “What the Bible Says About Animals.” Very good, so good in fact that, since it fits somewhat the theme of our Brazilian mag on man’s worth, I’m translating it into Portuguese. (Lessee, did I ask his permission yet? Weylan?) Check out the other good writers there also, such as our own John H. and Ron T.
• Reckon we’re as prepared for the invasion of false teachings in our congregations as this man was for the burglars who broke a back window and entered his home? Seems like some brethren are adopting a wait-and-see attitude. By the time they wake up and decide to see what’s in front of them, it will be too late. All the valuable souls will have been stolen.
All quiet in the biggest mall in town today. The Maiden and I were in and out in a jiffy. But I still got a rash from going in the mall. Here, no Thanksgiving Day (there is, but nobody knows it), and no Black Friday. Living life normally is the way. Now, waiting on The Missus to get back from her doctor’s appointment in Sao Paulo.