Kevin Menezes

Loved and Saved by God alone to Love and Serve God alone.


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I, Me and Jesus

​Okay, let’s see if you got this. 

I’ve got three multiple choice questions here. All you have to do is pick the right answer. Ready? Go!

1. WE SHOULD BE GENEROUS BECAUSE…

a) The Bible says God loves a cheerful giver

b) If you give God one dollar, He will give you 10

c) It will help the person you are being generous to

2. WE SHOULD NOT GOSSIP ABOUT OTHERS BECAUSE…

a) The Bible says it is not good to slander

b) It will make God upset 

c) It hurts the person you are gossiping about

3. YOU SHOULD NOT PRESSURE YOUR GIRLFRIEND FOR SEX BECAUSE…

a) The Bible says thou shall not commit adultery

b) If you do something bad to others, something bad will happen to you

c) Because it is not good to give others any cause for regret

Okay, here’s the deal….

On the face of it, it is seems like all of the answers are right. But if you look closely at the A’s and the B’s, the reasons listed there are very self-centered. 

This is how a self-centered person thinks: “The reason why I should be generous is because God loves it and (I) want to be right with God. I should not gossip because (I) don’t want God to be upset with (ME).

It’s all about (I) and (Me). 

In truth, there is nothing wrong with trying to please God, but the essence of what Jesus was trying to say when He said “love your neighbor as yourself” is that it is really difficult to really love anyone if you have a ME mentality. 

The idea that we can hurt people, coerce them to do things that are against their will and yet somehow please God by lighting candles or performing fancy rituals is totally twisted. You cannot be right with God if you treat people wrong.

Think about it. If someone speaks nicely to you but treats your kids rudely, would you be pleased with that person? 

Nope! 

But if they treat your kids with love and affection, you would be happy to do anything for them, right? 

It’s the same with God. If you want to please God you must treat all His children well. 

That’s why the Bible says those who claim to love God but hate their fellow human beings are lying. God wants us to be mindful of people and treat everyone with respect. 

– You should be generous because it helps the person you are being generous to. 

– You should not gossip because it hurts people. 

– You should not pressure your girlfriend or anyone to do anything they don’t want to do because it is not right to mar anyone’s future and give them cause for regret. 

That’s how you love your neighbor as yourself. That’s how you make a better world for everyone. That’s how you please God. 


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War & The Butterfly Effect

Five years of civil war has torn Syria apart. Countless lives have been lost, families ripped apart, childhoods snatched, the economy destroyed. Syrians are finding out the hard way that in war there are no victors — everybody loses.

Funny thing is what’s happening in Syria and Iraq could happen anywhere in the world, even in our neighborhood. That’s why we must always strive for peace. But how do we do that? Can a handful of people thousands of miles away from the epicenter of conflict bring world peace? The answer is YES.

Have you heard of the Butterfly Effect?

The Butterfly Effect is the notion that the tiny flutter of a butterfly’s wings can cause a tornado on the other side of the world. In other words, if you change even the smallest of life’s details, you completely change its outcome. That means everything we say and do can affect our surroundings and the world at large for either good or bad.

Consider Jesus, for example. Jesus was just one man. He spent his whole life in and around Israel, moving within a 200 km radius. Yet, what he said and did 2000 years ago has affected billions of lives across the centuries and continues to do so to this very day. 

By that logic, all of us – even you – can do your bit to bring increase peace. Yes you — as small and insignificant as you may think you are — you can bring world peace.

How?!

Start with your OWN home.

Try your best to keep your spouse, your kids and parents happy. Love your wife and remain true to her. Respect your parents. Be nice to your kids.

Your spouse and kids will carry the ripple effect of what you achieved at home to their workplace and school, positively impacting the people they hang out with. You can start something good at home that will circle the globe several times.

Be good, do good. If all of us did just one thing to make our home a happier place, we would not have any wars anywhere in the world.

War looks good in movies, but sucks in real life. That’s why the Bible exhorts us: “never pay back evil for evil. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. (And) if possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” (Romans 12:17,18). It commands us to “make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; (for) without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14)

What goes around, come around. If you do not strive for peace, you WILL reap war and everything that war brings – death, desolation, poverty, misery. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Galatians 6:7).

So, if you really love your family, your wife and kids, and you want them to be safe, strive for peace. Remember, great wars start from little wars — often kindled at home. Great peace also starts at home — often with a smile.


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Meat Ban: What Would Jesus Do?

Screenshot_2015-09-14-18-56-25So we are at it again?!

The government has banned the sale of meat for a few days and it seems almost every one and their neighbor is protesting. I for one have decided to neither condone nor condemn the ban. In fact, as a Christian, I find it a little ironic to protest about every little thing, especially when I consider that the proprietor of my faith died without protest.

The tenets of my faith demand that I learn and master “the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4)

Also, since I celebrate both the divinity of Christ and his humanity, I can’t help but ask myself ‘What would Jesus advise us to do in this situation?’ The answer, in Jesus’ own words, comes rushing in even before I finish the question: But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” (Matthew 5)

If you reflect on the attitude Jesus is asking us to adopt, you might almost hear him say, “And if anyone forbids you to eat meat for four days, don’t eat it for eight days.

What Jesus is saying here is both profound and powerful. Many may misconstrue Jesus’ advice to submit as a sign of weakness, but I draw strength from it. Because here’s the thing, whether you realize it or not, it is your protest that gives your oppressors power over you. Your compliance, on the other hand, weakens them.

The way I see it, protesting is like advertising to everybody what buttons they should be pressing if they want to bother you, and then hoping they don’t. You can be sure people will press those buttons every opportunity they get. You don’t need to play into the hands of crooked politicians. They cook up these bans hoping you will give them some political mileage by protesting. Therefore, be wise and guard your peace zealously.

Don’t give people power over you. If you allow nothing to bother you, there is nothing anyone can do to bother you. And if there is nothing anyone can do to bother you, they won’t. The bans will fizzle out just like that — without protest.

It’s that simple.


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Religion Vs. Faith | Christianity Vs. Christ

People who think Religion and Faith are the same really do not get it. That’s like saying since a vulture and dove are both birds, they must be the same. In reality, if you put them in the same nest, the dove will immediately perish.

Religion and Faith are not the same. Faith is a personal matter. Religion, on the other hand, causes wars by encroaching people’s right to choose how they approach God. Faith unites; religion divides.

If anything, religion is an impediment to God. That’s why no where in the Bible does it say someone was justified by their religion; the Bible says they were only justified by faith.

And remember the Pharisees? They were very religious – they fasted, didn’t shave, they said long prayers… Then, why did Jesus oppose them and call them hypocrites? Think about it.

Then ask yourself: What do you love more – Christianity or Christ? If you don’t know for sure, this is how you can find out.

– If you are easily provoked everytime someone sneezes or a church is attacked, you love Christianity more than you love Christ.

– If you forgive others and are not easily angered, you love Christ more, and you are a “true” Christian because you “really follow” Him.


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Like Father, Like Son

A father is a guide to his son…he announces to the boy what he will become. If you drink, smoke and chew and run around with those that do, chances are your son will do the same things. And if you have a daughter, chances are she will marry someone exactly like you.

Jesus said a tree is known by its fruit. A good tree will bear good fruits and vice-versa. What kind of tree are you? If you don’t know, don’t worry. You won’t have to wait too long to find out. The results will be out as soon as your kids become teenagers. Many parents wish they could go back in time and do things differently, but they can’t. Every kid gets only one childhood and what is done is done.

If your kids are not teenagers yet, you still have the chance to make a difference. What sort of man do you want your son to become?  What sort of man do you want your daughter to marry? Imagine what you want your kids to become — BE THAT!


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Jesus – The Only Way?!?!

Why do people say that Jesus is the only way to God? Is He really? Let’s try and break this down and get to the core of this ideology. 

Everything good thing that comes from God is a gift. In other words, it is free. You don’t have to pay for your blessings. We know that. Not to be outdone, the devil also offers us all kinds of things – drugs, alcohol, porn, etc. – and these are all bad. Now, just as you can’t walk into a store, pick up whatever you want and leave without paying, you cannot take what the devil has to offer and expect to leave without any consequences. Sin will cost you your life in this world and your soul in the next. It’s the ultimate price. 

Even though we do not completely grasp this, to God and the devil, our soul is priceless. That’s why God stepped in to pay the ransom for our release. Now, one sinner cannot pay the price for another sinner because they are both indebted. So, in exchange for us, God ransomed Jesus. Life for life. The good life for the bad. The sinless for the sinful. It’s an awesome deal. 

There is only one hitch – You. The deal is not complete until you sign the dotted line. 

Let me put it this way. Let’s suppose you owe the bank a lot of money and cannot pay them back. The bank has the right to initiate legal action against you and you could be imprisoned. But if someone goes over to the bank and pays your outstanding debt, you are legally free. The only thing you need to do is agree that the money was credited on your behalf. But if you say something like:“Oh, I don’t know. Maybe that money was paid for someone else, not me,” then, the bank has the right to continue holding you in prison. 

To experience freedom from sin and its consequences, you have to first agree that the price that Jesus paid on the Cross was for your release. When you acknowledge that, the devil has no legal hold over you. You are free.

Now, you can do two things with this freedom: a) you could go back to your old way of life and become indebted and imprisoned again; or b) you could choose to relinquish your old ways and start life anew. 

The best way to start a new life is to make Jesus your protector. When you do that, He puts His mark on you and sends the Holy Spirit into your heart to counsel, lead and guide you in the right direction and keep you safe from the enemy’s evil designs. 

With Jesus by your side and the Spirit of God within you, there is absolutely nothing you can’t do. Your Salvation is guaranteed. The door to heaven is thrown open to you and you place in eternity is sealed. It’s a win-win deal. And it all starts with a choice. Do you accept that Jesus paid the price for your sin? If you do, just pray this simple prayer: 

Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.

I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin. 

This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, I am now saved.

Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. Thank you for dying for me and giving me eternal life. Amen. 

If you just said this prayer and you meant it with all your heart, you just got saved and are born again. Get into a Bible-based church, study God’s Word, and enjoy your new-found freedom in Jesus.


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Lip Service

It is quite easy to determine whether a person really loves God or is just paying Him lip service.

For instance, too much religious stuff – crucifixes, rosaries, scapulars, etc – on a person or in a person’s house does not mean such a person is close to God. On the contrary, it is very likely that such a person is far from God.

The real reason why people put images of God on the altar, on themselves and every where else is because they don’t have place for Him in their hearts. God, on the other hand, wants people to give Him his rightful place in their hearts; that’s why He forbids people from making idols and worshiping images of Him. (Read the 10 Commandments)

People whose hearts are far from God are also prone to “say” a lot of prayers, but they hardly pray. They say a bunch of by-hearted prayers, but their heart is not in it. They never pause to have a real conversation with God because their relationship with Him is not personal, it is transactional.

Such people are also very likely to attend mass religiously and say countless rosaries, not because they really love hanging out with God; they are just fulfilling their obligation. They don’t like missing Sunday mass because it really pricks their conscience. After all, it’s the only God-related activity they indulge in all week. For most of them, God is a Sunday to Sunday thing.

To such people Jesus says: “I am knocking on the door of your heart; if you hear my voice and open the door, i will come in and remain with you.”

This is an invitation. If you let Jesus into your heart, He will turn your life around for the best. Stop deceiving yourself. God is not fooled by anybody. He is not impressed by long prayers either. God only considers the heart. So, stop acting like the Pharisees. Jesus hated them because they loved their religious rituals more than they loved God.

It is no use going to church and singing “Oh! How i love Jesus” if you are going to keep breaking one Commandment after the other. Actions speak louder than words. If you really want to please God, repent of your sins and amend your ways.

What God really wants is a relationship with you. He wants you to hang out with Him and get to know Him better. He is waiting for His prodigal children to return.

Where are you going? What are you doing? Your Dad is waiting for you to come back home.