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ariel Bullfight & Kitties - Subscribe
Hello folks! it's been a while since i last posted a new blog. but i bring you news! today is a national holiday, the Labor day, and my bro and i went to see the bullfight in Fontinhas with Pastor, Adri and Elizabeth! it was fun! we had a great time. we met there Kylie and Michael and some other friends.
when i arrived home i was told Mia had had 3 kitties. they're sooooo cute!!!

i'm still excited about college, though i may not go this fall. but i'll keep praying. Not my will but God's be done!

ariel Evil is the absence of God May 3rd, 2007 3:15:27 pm - Subscribe
Does evil exist? Did God create evil?

A University professor at a well known institution of higher learning challenged his students with this question. "Did God create everything that exists?"

A student bravely replied, "Yes he did!"

"God created everything?" the professor asked.

"Yes sir, he certainly did," the student replied.

The professor answered, "If God created everything; then God created evil.

And, since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are, then we can assume God is evil."

The student became quiet and did not answer the professor's hypothetical definition. The professor, quite pleased with himself, boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.

Another student raised his hand and said, "May I ask you a question, professor?"

"Of course", replied the professor.

The student stood up and asked, "Professor, does cold exist?"

"What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?"

The other students snickered at the young man's question.

The young man replied, "In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-460 F) is the total absence of heat; and all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat."

The student continued, "Professor, does darkness exist?"

The student replied, "Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact, we can use Newton's prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn't this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present."

Finally the young man asked the professor, "Sir, does evil exist?"

Now uncertain, the professor responded, "Of course, as I have already said. We see it everyday. It is in the daily examples of man's inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil."

To this the student replied, "Evil does not exist, sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat, or the darkness that comes when there is no light."

The professor sat down.

--If you're a believer in God then repost this...Evil is the Absence of God...and let everyone know that evil only exists with the absence of God in their heart!! If you are not then think of why you opened it when it said Evil is the Absence of God...

ariel Mother's Day! May 6th, 2007 3:35:01 pm - Subscribe
Today, the Portuguese celebrate Mother's Day! i know it's a week before than in America, but yeah!!! happy.gif
we had a great day though. it was a beautiful day outside, and we had this special church service dedicated to the mother's! my bro and i sang the special song to my mom and gave her a present!

next week will be a fun one E's parents are coming to visit us, and her dad will give us the message on next Sunday's service. it looks like i'll be the translator of service lol can't wait to meet them though! hope they'll have fun!

ariel Dying To Self May 8th, 2007 4:30:39 pm - Subscribe
I absolutely LOVE this passage. I'm not sure who wrote it but it goes through my mind a lot.
"When you are purposely set aside, rejected, forgotten, and hurt with the insult of oversight--but your spirit sings because you are being counted worthy to suffer for Christ, that is "Dying to Self". When your advice is disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and all manner of evil is spoken against you, and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart, or even defend yourself, but take it all with patient, loving silence, that is "Dying to Self." When you do not allow any disorder, irregularity or arrogance to come against your peace, when you are face to face with filth, waste, stupidity, or spiritual pride, and endure it as Jesus endured it, that is "Dying to Self." When you are content with the location you live, the climate, the society, the solitude of the "backside of the desert", and are willing to have your plans changed or interrupted by the will of God at any moment, that is "Dying to Self." When you never care to have others know of your good works, and never refer to yourself in conversation, or even care to have anyone commend you, when you truly love to be the unknown, that is "Dying to Self." When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met, and can honestly rejoice with him in Spirit, and feel no envy, nor question God as to why your own needs are not being met, that is "Dying to Self." When you can receive correction and reproof, finding no rebellion, or resentment rising up in your heart, that is "Dying to Self."

ariel E's Parents May 13th, 2007 5:22:14 pm - Subscribe
Hello folks! Happy Mother's day for y'all! May God bless all the moms in the world!

Last week, we got the awesome opportunity to meet E's parents! they're soooo cool, believe me! Pastor G got to preach the sermon today at our church and i had to translate it into portuguese! it was really nice. loved the message! i'm so glad i got to meet my whole American family! it is really nice to be among them!

it was really touching getting postal cards and notes from some members from the Lutheran church in Missouri! they are very nice people! it is soooo good to know that we have brothers and sisters in Christ, even though far away, but at the same time sooo close too us! what a GREAT family we have in Christ!

God bless you, my friends!