"We didn't choose to come into this world, but we have this right to choose where we'll spend eternity."
5
May2010

Ernani’s story

Published by Bishop Edir Macedo

16
Jan2010

The grass

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In one of the medical classes, teacher turns to one of the students and asks, “How many kidneys do we have?”

“Four,” the student said.

“Four?” asked the teacher with the arrogance of people who take pleasure in pointing out other people’s mistakes, “Bring in some grass, we have a donkey in the classroom,” says the teacher to his assistant.

“I’ll take coffee!” joked the student to the teacher’s assistant.

The teacher became angry and ordered the student out of the classroom. The student was the humorist Aparício Torelly Aporelly (1895-1971), aka Itararé Baron.

As he was leaving the classroom, the student still had the nerve to correct the angry teacher, saying, “Sir, you asked me how many kidneys ‘we have’. ‘We’ have four: you have two and I have two. ‘We’ is plural. Bon appetite, and enjoy your grass.”

Life demands more understanding than knowledge. Sometimes, people think they have the right to underestimate others just because they have (or “believe” they have) a bit more knowledge.

Bring on the grass!!!

Published by Bishop Edir Macedo

20
Sep2009

The mind of Christ

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The Holy Spirit is responsible for giving to us the same mind that He gave to Jesus—so that He can do through us what He did through Him. In fact, the only way we can know God and His plan of salvation is through the work of the Holy Spirit in us. However, it is impossible for Him to use us without using our minds. It is vital that He fill our minds with His thoughts so we can acknowledge His perfect will.

For this reason, the Spirit of God inspired holy men to write the Bible so that, through them, He could lead all of mankind to the way of life. Without the anointing of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is just a history book. For it to serve God’s purposes, it must be read under the guidance of the Spirit of God.

“For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3.6)

God’s Word would not be able to be interpreted without the Holy Spirit. The Author Himself must explain exactly what He wants to say—when people start interpreting the Bible on their own, it causes confusion. But how can we know what the true interpretation is? Man-made interpretations of the Bible lead to false prophets, false pastors, false churches and countless false religions. False leaders have interpreted the Bible their own way for their own advantage and have led billions of people to hell because they were inspired by deceiving spirits.

So how can we discern the correct interpretation of Scripture? Through the Holy Spirit. He was sent to us to guide us into all truth. As Jesus promised,

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” (John 16.12,13)

Published by Bishop Edir Macedo

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