Kevin Menezes

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


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No War!

​Isn’t it ironic that we pray for innocent kids caught in the quagmire of violence and destruction in Syria, Iraq and other war-torn regions and then push for war in our own backyard? 

Make no mistake, folks. War ain’t pretty. Nobody really wins a war. And what is happening in Syria and Iraq could happen in our own neighborhood too. 

The only reason nations go to war is because it is good business. Every year weapons worth billions of dollars are bought and sold all over world in the name of SAFETY and SECURITY. Peace is not good for business…because nobody buys weapons in peace time.

Think about it. You didn’t get up this morning wanting to kill anyone. You just want to go about your day, take care of yourself and your family without bothering anyone. You’d be happy to help anyone if you could. Because you are good. And guess what? There are millions of people like you everywhere, Even Across The Border. They want to live in harmony, help someone in need if they can. They want to do good. They want to take care of their families. They want to finish their work, eat their food, and go to bed. They don’t want to bother anyone. They just want to live in peace.

There are innocent kids on both sides of the border. Good men and women who wouldn’t even hurt a fly. Let’s not play into the hands of those who incite violence and hatred for PROFIT.

All of this war-mongering by political establishments in both India and Pakistan, this 24/7 coverage of spy-pigeons and what-have-you by the media is nothing but baloney. Politicians do this for a living because they don’t have any other job, remember? And most of them, as we know, are thugs and crooks. Violence comes naturally to them. 

The media is also doing this because they finally have one more thing to harp on about. If they didn’t endlessly report on the conflict and who said what and create controversies where none exist, what would be left for them to do? They are doing this because it’s the only job they have. And they are going to milk it for all it is worth.

Yes, there are bad people in the world. And we must fight them and bring them to justice when we find them. But how do you justify war and the killing of thousands of people as retribution of the actions of one or two individuals.

Imagine this. Someone with your last name blows himself up in one part of the country while you are busy going about your day. Suddenly, you find yourself surrounded by a mob wanting kill you and your family in revenge. Would that be fair? You didn’t even know that guy. You didn’t ask him to blow himself up. And yet you are paying the price. Is it fair?

Well, when we shout WAR against an entire nation as retribution for the actions of a few crazy men, We Become That Mob. 

You see the accompanying picture? Do you see the trauma in those kids’ eyes? When we shout WAR, we are basically telling our government we don’t care about innocent kids and civilians. Let’s add a few more to the list. 

Because we presume that this will not happen to our kids. But war is war. Once you light the match, you cant control where the fire will burn. 

Look at the picture again. Is this what we really want? 

In the US, the very politicians who voted ‘Yes’ for the war in Iraq are now trying to prove they were always against the war. Why? Because they don’t want to be held accountable for the devastating consequences.  
It’s for good folk like us to decide what is good and what is bad. We must determine for ourselves what makes sense and what does not. 

Personally, I don’t want any child dying anywhere in the world for me….just so that I can feel happy and safe. 

War ain’t pretty. And it is not the patriotic thing to do either. It’s just good business. And I want no part of it. The blood of innocent children won’t be upon me.

I stand for reason. 

I stand for peace. 


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The War Within

peaceTry this in your mind. Think about one person you could happily do without. This person could be someone from your own family, your neighborhood, your workplace, your school…it doesn’t matter. This person is a real pain in the a** and bothers you so much that you are certain your world would be better if this person wasn’t in it.

Have you identified your antagonist? Great! Now answer the next question: Does this person share your faith and practice the same religion as you?

If you answered yes, you are in the right place. Please continue reading.

I tried this exercise with my Sunday School Class during a discussion on religion and war. I was trying to show them that, contrary to what we think, people who practice other religions are NOT the problem. To their surprise, nearly all my students discovered that their biggest “enemy” was someone from their own faith.

Regardless of your religion, I can almost guarantee that nearly 70% of you would have discovered the same thing.

The reason there are so many conflicts over religion today is because devil has hoodwinked the world into thinking that all our problems are caused by people of one faith or the other. Depending on your age and the part of the world you live in, you’ve probably nursed the idea that your world would be better off without Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. But the fact – like some of you just discovered – is that most of your problems are neither caused by people from other communities, nor by folk with divergent political views.

According to the Bible, war and strife are caused by the conflict WITHIN the human soul. The primary triggers are PRIDE, GREED and ENVY. The Book of James is explicit about this. It asks: “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?  You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight.” (James 4:1,2)

That’s why even in supposedly Christian countries like the United Kingdom, the Protestants and Catholics have been at each other for centuries. In the predominantly Muslim Middle East, Sunnis and Shias are happily blowing each other up. In India, Hindus were fighting caste wars long before the Mughals and Europeans showed up. In predominantly Jewish Israel, the Reform and Orthodox movements continue to confront each other over religious, social, political and ethnic issues.

So, if you think all of the world’s problems would magically disappear if you got rid of all the Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Jews, you couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, Hitler had a similar idea about the Jews not so long ago and we all know how that turned out. If you are thinking along those lines too, what does that say about you?

All of us want PEACE. And we want it so badly that we are willing to fight great wars for it. We FIGHT so that we can have PEACE. You see the paradox?

If you really want world peace, first stop the war within.

Great wars begin from little wars, often kindled at home. Great peace also begins at home, often with a smile.


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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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What Will Your Last Words Be?

images1I was a rebel.

I rebelled against everything God stood for…

Rebelled against God Himself…

I told God flat out that:

a) “Look, I am sure You even exist; and

b) Even if you do, I want You out of my life.”

I’m doing alright without You. So thanks, but no thanks. Do whatever You must, but just freaking leave me alone.

And that was that…or so I thought.

Thing is, my life was a mess. It looked all fine and dandy on the outside, but it was crap on the inside.

I was drowning and I didn’t even know it. I needed help — badly.

I needed God.

But I was too proud. Too proud to ask.

Thankfully, God did not wait for me to figure Him out.

As soon as the water ran over my head, He sent his angels to dive right in after me and rescue me.

He lifted me up and set me high above on solid rock.

And so I live. On higher ground. And the view from up here is simply amazing. Things that did not make sense before are crystal clear now.

I realize now that there is only one way to make life on earth worthwhile. You got to make peace with the Landlord.

Amazingly, God wants that too.

So, here’s my advice. If the world is giving you hell, tune the world out. Tune in to God.

Make peace with Him. Even if it is the last thing you do before you die, reach out your hand to heaven.

That’s what the thief they hung with Jesus did. He was a rebel too. But just before he died, He looked at Jesus and said, “Please remember me.” And Jesus said “I will. Today, you’ll be with me in paradise.

This is what I’ll be saying just before I die:

Dear God, I lived as a rebel on this beautiful earth You created. And now it is time for me to go. But I didn’t want to leave without telling you this.

Thank You.

Thanks for being so good to me. Thanks for blessing me so greatly. This was a good ride. I had a good time. Thanks for watching over me and taking me in. Please watch over the ones I leave behind too. And for all the wrong I did, I am so sorry. I know You better now…and I love You.

What will you tell God just before you die?


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Peace & Prosperity

There are two kinds of people: those who follow the person of Jesus, and those who follow the principles of Jesus.

Those who follow the person of Jesus, accepting Him as Lord and Saviour, almost always find peace. But because they wait for God to do everything for them without moving a finger to help themselves, they do not enjoy the prosperity of Jesus.

Then, there are those who reject the person of Jesus, but follow His principles to the T. These folks find prosperity, but they have no peace. They can never rest in their blessings.

Therefore, to have peace and prosperity, we must follow both the person of Jesus and His principles.

God bless you.