30 Outubro 2014

Proverbs 13:24

He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.
Proverbs 13:24

Loving, Careful Discipline
Being a parent is very great privilege. Being a parent is also a very difficult job! It's hard to strike the balance between protecting your children and letting them spread their wings in a sometimes scary world. It's hard to strike the balance between letting your children have fun and making them abide by the rules. It's hard to strike the balance between being your children's friend and being their life's teacher. We know it is important to discipline our children, but we also want to balance that with what Colossians 3:21 says, "Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged."
We all need discipline because we have a sinful nature that needs to be continually trained. It is especially vital in a child's formative years to receive discipline. Sinful habits formed in childhood will be even more difficult to break in adulthood. For their own personal benefit and for the benefit of society children should receive careful discipline so they become humble, hard-working, ethical adults who strive to serve God and serve others with their lives. While children might not appreciate the disciplinary training their parents give them, later in life they will appreciate that their parents loved them in that way.
Key words in this Bible verse are "loves" and "careful". . ."he who loves him is careful to discipline him." God calls upon parents to carefully discipline their children out of love for them. If discipline - in whatever form it is administered - is not motivated by the love and care of parents for their children, it can lead to choices that are detrimental and sinfully wrong. The goal of discipline is to help children mature and lead more God-pleasing and productive lives, and ultimately that children are trained spiritually and spend eternity in heaven through faith in their Savior Jesus.
Parents, pray for wisdom to be able to lovingly and carefully discipline your children.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, help parents to love their children to carefully discipline them for their earthly and eternal benefit. Amen.

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Isaías 49: 1

"O Senhor me chamou desde o ventre, desde as entranhas de minha mãe fez menção do meu nome."

Isaías 49: 1

28 Outubro 2014

Reflexão: Vocação e trabalho

"O que fazes na tua casa é tão valioso como se o estivesses a fazer no céu para o nosso Deus. Devemos acostumar-nos a pensar que a nossa vocação e trabalho são sagrados e agradáveis a Deus, não devido a si próprios, mas por conta da palavra e da fé, das quais a obediência e o trabalho fluem." (Martinho Lutero)

"What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow." (Martin Luther)

25 Abril 2014

Ressurreição

RESSURREIÇÃO
Raffaellino del Garbo (c. 1476 – 1527)


07 Abril 2014

As Portas do Paraíso Lutero


Amado por muitos, desprezado por outros, o monge, sacerdote, professor e Doutor em Teologia, Martinho Lutero, é conhecido como o Reformador da Igreja no século XVI. Influenciou consideravelmente a Educação e a Literatura. Lutou pela popularização das escolas. Traduziu a Bíblia Sagrada para a língua do povo alemão, e escreveu inúmeras obras exegéticas, doutrinárias e de educação cristã.
A doutrina, o culto e a piedade preconizadas por Lutero foram adoptados com algumas variantes na Alemanha, nos países bálticos, escandinavos e na Finlânida. Foram também aceites, por outros reformadores, na França, Inglaterra (onde a Igreja Anglicana ficou submetida à autoridade do estado), Escócia e Países Baixos. Com a emigração, os luteranos espalharam-se por todos os continentes, somando hoje, cerca de 70 milhões.
Sob uma óptica genuinamente lusitana, Artur Villares, aborda nesta sua obra os momentos e temas mais cruciantes da vida de Lutero.

Pela primeira vez em língua portuguesa são ainda apresentados neste livro as célebres 95 teses contra as indulgências com que Lutero, em 1517, incendiou a opinião cristã da Europa ocidental.

As Portas do Paraíso Lutero
Artur Villares
Edição: 1983
Páginas: 112
Editor: Vega
ISBN: 9789726991144

Bertrand Livreiros

Leitura Books & Living

WLS Christian Worship 106:1

Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary

Come to Calvary's holy mountain,
Sinners, ruined by the fall;
Here a pure and healing fountain
Flows to you, to me, to all,
In a full, perpetual tide,
Opened when our Savior died.

Christian Worship 106:1

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30 Março 2014

Light for My Path Daily Devotion

Bible Reading

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. 
(Galatians 1:3-5 ESV)

Hymn  ELH 404:2,4  The Lord, My God, Be Praised

The Lord, my God, be praised,
My Trust, my Life from heaven,
The Father’s own dear Son,
Whose life for me was given,
Who for my sin atoned
With His most precious blood,
Who giveth me by faith
The highest heavenly good.

The Lord, my God, be praised,
My God, who ever liveth,
To whom the heav’nly host
All praise and honor giveth.
The Lord, my God, be praised,
In whose great name I boast,
God Father, God the Son,
And God the Holy Ghost.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son into the world to be my Savior, delivering me from all my sins and earning eternal life for me and all who believe in Him.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

29 Março 2014

The Church is that ship that carries Christ and His disciples (Matthew 8:23)

Johann Gerhard (1582 – 1637), o principal dos teólogos do período de ouro da Ortodoxia Luterana (séc. XVII)

“The Church is that ship that carries Christ and His disciples (Matthew 8:23), and transports us at long last to the port of eternal blessedness. The Church navigates her established course through the sea of this age with the rudder of faith, having God as her pilot, angels for oarsmen, and the company of all the saints for her passengers. The mast in her middle is the cross of salvation, on which is suspended the sail of the evangelical faith, by which she is lead by the breath of the Holy Spirit to the security of eternal rest.”


(Cristo na tempestade no mar da Galileia, Rembrandt)

What is a Lutheran?

What is a Lutheran?  What do Lutherans Believe?
Lutherans are Christians who believe that all Christian teachings should come from God’s Word, the Bible. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. This means that everything the Bible teaches is correct and true. We believe Lutheransthat it is only through the Bible that we can know the one true God – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – and His will for our lives.

Lutherans believe in God’s grace.
All people are sinners and would perish eternally without God’s help. The good news is that God has provided all of this help as a free gift. Lutheran BeliefsGod’s saving grace is His undeserved love for all people through the life, death and resurrection of His Son. God loves all people, of every nation and race equally. It is God the Father’s desire for all people to hear His Word, to believe in His Son, Jesus Christ, as their only Savior, and therefore to have eternal life. Jesus lived a holy life in our place and died on the cross for the forgiveness of all our sins. Through this completed work of Jesus, God the Father sees the whole world as not guilty, or justified. This teaching of “justification” is the central truth of the Bible.

Lutherans believe that faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for eternal salvation.
This faith in Jesus, who is both God and man, our Savior, comes only as God, the Holy Spirit, works through God’s Word and Baptism in a person’s heart. We believe we sinners cannot come to faith through our own power, but that our faith is accomplished only by the power of the Holy Spirit as He connects us to Jesus as the Savior.


Bibel och Bekännelse - Lutherska Bekännelsekyrkan

Lutherska Bekännelsekyrkan
Nytt nummer av Bibel och Bekännelse!

I inledningen riktas fokuset mot påsken där Ingvar Adriansson tar upp en viktig fråga som kanske du också har funderat över någon gång. Varför behöver vi höra påskevangeliet år efter år?

"Har vi inte varje år när vi närmar oss påsk hört om Guds Lamm som förs bort för att lida och dö på korset? Behöver vi verkligen höra detta om och om igen? Du och jag är av naturen främmande för denna undervisning. Vi har en röst i vårt hjärta som hela tiden vill stöta bort detta. Det är otron som varje dag vill göra sig påmind, som vill bort från Guds kärlek, från rättfärdiggörelsen. Att predika hans död till dess han kommer tillbaka är vår stora uppgift som kyrka och församling."



WELS Kingdom Workers


A volunteer teacher having fun with her students in Lusaka, Zambia.

28 Março 2014

Genesis 6:22



Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
Genesis 6:22

23 Março 2014

Domingo Reminiscere

Fotografia: Ana Luísa Santos

Domingo Reminiscere, à saída da Igreja do Porto, com os nossos queridos irmãos brasileiros, no regresso de Valnir Brandt! 

WELS Devotion - March 21, 2014

Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

Colossians 2:20-23

Imagine the scenario. You’ve just finished taking a big test. Your semester grade hangs in the balance. You studied hard, but you’re not sure how well you’ve done. Thankfully, your teacher had mercy. He included some extra credit questions on the test, and you’re sure you’ve answered those questions quite well. In fact, your answers to those questions might mean the difference between the semester grade you need and the one you’re praying you don’t get. Extra credit can be a beautiful thing.

Every day we take a kind of test from God, one with only two questions. He says, “Do you love me above all things? Do you love your neighbor as much as you love yourself?” (Matthew 22:37-40). What should we do with such hard questions?

Some people try to help their chances by looking for extra credit. They make extra rules and restrictions about what people can eat or drink, extra rules about how to behave. They say, “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!” They make rules God hasn’t given in the Bible, and they hope God will give them extra credit for keeping them.

Not only is this not extra credit. It’s sin. If such people truly loved God, they’d stick to the questions on his test instead of inventing their own. If they truly loved their neighbor, they wouldn’t be so obsessed with how good their own behavior looks.

It’s good to set high standards for ourselves, but isn’t it easy to start thinking that we’re earning extra credit with God? Listen to God’s warning in today’s reading. You can’t cover up your sin with extra credit. Trying only makes things worse.

God has given you something infinitely better than extra credit. God has provided a proxy to take your test for you. God has given you his Son. Jesus loved God above all things. Jesus loved his neighbor as himself. Jesus aced God’s test, and it all counts for you. Are you looking for a good grade on life’s report card? Forget about extra credit.  You have Jesus!

Prayer:
Dear Jesus, thank you for acing God’s test for me. Amen.

01 Janeiro 2014

1 Timothy 3:16

Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.
– 1 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)

On the first day of the new year

WELS

On the first day of the new year, Lord God, pour into our hearts a rich measure of your grace, that we may live joyful lives of forgiveness. On this day you placed your Son under the Law to fulfill all righteousness; make us your obedient children. On this day our Lord was given his name; may we also be known by his name all the days our lives. Amen.

Era uma vez

"Era uma vez um homem piedoso, que queria ver o céu. Por isso esforçou-se constantemente em obras de piedade e de abnegação. Cada vez subia mais e mais alto na escada da perfeição, até que um dia ficou com a cabeça no céu. Mas ele ficou muito decepcionado: o céu estava escuro, vazio e frio. Porque Deus estava na terra, num berço, na manjedoura."

Martinho Lutero

26 Dezembro 2013

Devotion from Romans 6: 22-23 (December26, 2013)

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:22-23


Christmas Day is passed. Are you tired? The commercialization of this holiday can have that effect on us. By the time December 26th arrives, we may be all Christmas-ed out.

Much like a commercialized Christmas, enslavement to sin gets old really fast. That tempting master never satisfies. He only takes. And in return for a lifetime of service, the pension is death.

But can the real Christmas celebration ever grow old? Christmas reveals God’s base of operations in his campaign against sin and death. It was a campaign into which he sent his Son to fight victoriously from the cradle to the cross. As a result, you are no longer a slave to sin. Sin may badger you. Sin may threaten you. However, when sin comes knocking, you don’t have to answer. When sin makes demands, don’t listen. Sin has no authority over your life.

Through faith in Jesus, you have a new, life-giving master. He has made you into a new creation. He gives you the freedom to be who you were created to be. He created you to be healthy in holiness, not sick in sin.

Many may be acting as if Christmas is over. Traditionally, however, today is only the second day of Christmas. The season has just begun, and the celebrating really lasts all year round.

In some countries the day after Christmas is known as Boxing Day. Originally, Boxing Day was a day when servants would receive gifts from their masters. What a great reminder for us as we receive God’s gift again this Christmas!

The gift which we receive from God, wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger, is a gift that always amazes. For when we were at our worst, God gave us his best. And no matter how long we’ve had it, God’s gift of a Savior, Jesus Christ, never gets old. For his salvation outweighs our sin; his grace covers our guilt; his rescue ends our rebellion and gives us life.

Prayer:
Lord God, thank you for giving me the gift of life for free in exchange for the death I deserved eternally. Amen.

25 Dezembro 2013

Um feliz e abençoado dia de Natal

Um feliz e abençoado Natal a todos os Irmãos e Amigos da Igreja Luterana de Portugal!
  
Nascimento de Cristo, Lucas Cranach, 1510

Lucas 2: 1-20

  1. E ACONTECEU naqueles dias que saiu um decreto da parte de César Augusto, para que todo o mundo se alistasse
  2. (Este primeiro alistamento foi feito sendo Quirino presidente da Síria).
  3. E todos iam alistar-se, cada um à sua própria cidade.
  4. E subiu também José da Galileia, da cidade de Nazaré, à Judeia, à cidade de David, chamada Belém (porque era da casa e família de David),
  5. A fim de alistar-se com Maria, sua esposa, que estava grávida.
  6. E aconteceu que, estando eles ali, se cumpriram os dias em que ela havia de dar à luz.
  7. E deu à luz a seu filho primogénito, e envolveu-o em panos, e deitou-o numa manjedoura, porque não havia lugar para eles na estalagem.
  8. Ora, havia naquela mesma comarca pastores que estavam no campo, e guardavam, durante as vigílias da noite, o seu rebanho.
  9. E eis que o anjo do Senhor veio sobre eles, e a glória do Senhor os cercou de resplendor, e tiveram grande temor.
  10. E o anjo lhes disse: Não temais, porque eis aqui vos trago novas de grande alegria, que será para todo o povo:
  11. Pois, na cidade de David, vos nasceu hoje o Salvador, que é Cristo, o Senhor.
  12. E isto vos será por sinal: Achareis o menino envolto em panos, e deitado numa manjedoura.
  13. E, no mesmo instante, apareceu com o anjo uma multidão dos exércitos celestiais, louvando a Deus, e dizendo:
  14. Glória a Deus nas alturas, Paz na terra, boa vontade para com os homens.
  15. E aconteceu que, ausentando-se deles os anjos para o céu, disseram os pastores uns aos outros: Vamos, pois, até Belém, e vejamos isso que aconteceu, e que o Senhor nos fez saber.
  16. E foram apressadamente, e acharam Maria, e José, e o menino deitado na manjedoura.
  17. E, vendo-o, divulgaram a palavra que acerca do menino lhes fora dita;
  18. E todos os que a ouviram se maravilharam do que os pastores lhes diziam.
  19. Mas Maria guardava todas estas coisas, conferindo-as em seu coração.
  20. E voltaram os pastores, glorificando e louvando a Deus por tudo o que tinham ouvido e visto, como lhes havia sido dito.

15 Dezembro 2013

2017 Lutherrosen für 2017

Ihr Lieben, noch 3 Lutherrosen und wir haben schon 400 Lutherrosen gesammelt! Was uns besonders stolz macht, sie stammen aus 39 Ländern: Deutschland, USA, Papua Neuguinea, Brasilien, Malaysia, Ungarn, Polen, El Salvador, Palästina, China, Italien, Portugal, Russland, Irland, Österreich, Australien, Nicaragua, Syrien, Slowakei, indien, Südafrika, Bolivien, von den Philippinen, aus der Dominakanischen Republik, aus Tansania, Madagaskar, aus der Niederlande, Argentinien, Costa Rica, Kanada, Kuba, Venezuela, Chile, Slowenien, Schweden, Indonesien, Kenia, Haiti und aus Dänemark.

Herzlichen Dank an alle fleißigen Sammler, ein dickes Dankeschön an die Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, the Apostle - Brisbane City, an die CELC - Comunidade Evangélica Luterana Concórdia, an die Magyarországi Evangélikus Egyház und an luteranie w Polsce, die uns mit großen Sammelaktionen in ihren Ländern unterstützen! Wir freuen uns sehr über so viel Unterstützung!




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