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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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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Say Yes!

GideonNothing is impossible for God. He can make a blind man see, a dumb man speak, and lame man walk… He can make a poor man rich just as easily as He can make a fearful man brave.

That’s what he did for Gideon.

The interesting thing though is how God goes about accomplishing these seemingly impossible things. His ways are definitely not conventional. Like for instance, when Jesus wanted to cure a blind man, He spat on the ground, made mud and applied it on his eyes. Usually, when you want to help open someone’s eyes, you don’t put stuff in there that could make it worse, right? But God’s ways are much higher and better than our ways. He does things beyond human comprehension. And, most importantly, they work out just fine.

Anyways, coming to the story of Gideon.

Now, Gideon lived at a time when Israel was being oppressed by the neighboring Midianites and Amalekites. The Israelites lived in fear of these nations. Gideon, too, was afraid. The first time he is mentioned in the Bible, he is said to be “threshing some wheat in a winepress, so that the Midianites would not see him.”

I want to you pause here and comprehend Gideon’s level of fear. He is not yet the brave man God wants him to be. He is not yet the mighty warrior the Israelites need. He is threshing wheat in a vineyard because he is afraid. And yet, that’s not what God chooses to see. God wants Gideon to be courageous and so He addresses him as though he is already very brave.  The Book of Judges says: “The Lord’s angel appeared to him there and said, “The Lord is with you, brave and mighty man!” (Judges 6:12)

Now, here’s the thing: whenever God wants to create something, He speaks it into life. When God wanted light, He said “Let there be light” and light appeared. God can make you whatever He wants you to be. All He has to do is say the word.

Anyways, coming back to our story.

God then told Gideon to tear down his father’s altar to Baal, cut down the symbol of the goddess Asherah beside it, and build a well-constructed altar to the Lord. So Gideon took ten of his servants and did what the Lord had told him. He was too afraid of his family and the people in town to do it by day, so he did it at night. (Judges 6:27)

We see time and again that Gideon is not really brave. And yet God chose him. That’s what God does. Whenever God wants to do something great, He chooses total misfits. Jacob was a cheater; Peter had a temper; David had an affair; Noah got drunk; Jonah ran from God; Paul was a murderer; Miriam was a gossiper; Martha was a worrier; Thomas was a doubter; Sara was impatient; Elijah was moody; Moses stuttered; Zaccheus was short; Abraham was old, and Lazarus — well, he was just dead.

The “brave and mighty” Gideon was actually an insecure coward.

Anyways, after dilly-dallying for a while and asking God for signs and symbols, Gideon is finally convinced that God is indeed with him. He sends out messengers to gather together men from different tribes for battle against the Midianite army, which comprises more than 100,000 men. About 32,000 Israelites enroll. God sends 31,700 (or 99%) of them back.

When God decides to defeat a nation, He does not need human help to do it. He just needs someone to stake victory on His behalf. In this case, just 300 men are more than enough.

But God knew that Gideon was an insecure man. So, that night God instructed Gideon to approach the Midianite camp. Gideon overheard a Midianite man tell a friend of a dream in which God had given the Midianites over to Gideon.

Finally empowered, Gideon and the three hundred marched on the enemy camp. When they reached there, they routed the entire enemy camp by simply standing in their place, blowing their trumpets and shouting ‘For the Lord and for Gideon!’.

When the three hundred trumpets sounded, God caused the men throughout the enemy camp to turn on each other with their swords. And thus the entire army was defeated.

Remember, when God is leading you, success is guaranteed — 100%. God will do everything. Your part is to simply show up — that’s your 1%.

History records Gideon as one of Israel’s judges. David, the shepherd boy, is known today as one of Israel’s greatest kings. Moses is considered one of the greatest prophets. These were ordinary people just like you and me. But when God touched them, they did extraordinary things. And what God did for these people back then, He can do for you today. Remember, God does not call the qualified; He qualifies the called. Are you prepared to answer His call?

All you have to do is say “Yes, God. Let it be done unto me according to Your will.” Amen!