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Conscience (That Still Small Voice) Novembro 4, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — looking4good @ 9:52 pm

Conscience, together with intuition, are functions of the spirit. It is our direct link
to God. Webster’s dictionary defines it as “awareness of right and wrong.” Conscience is that
still small voice in our heart that says “don’t” when we are about to commit an act contrary to what we perceived as God’s will. In other words, what we perceive as sinful or evil in the sight of God.

Conscience may vary from person to person and is dependent on so many factors. Several of these are: one’s beliefs and/or religious background, one’s own experiences in life, his environment (cultural, social, educational, moral, spiritual, ideological, etc.), his philosophies in life, and so many other factors.

Conscience can be healthy or unhealthy. A healthy conscience is one that conforms with one’s perception of God’s will for his life. An unhealthy conscience is one that is totally warped and steeped in denying and disobeying that still small voice in our hearts.

An unhealthy conscience and an overpowering feelings of guilt and shame go hand in hand. The effects of an unhealthy conscience in one’s spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing are catastrophic, and may lead to many illnesses- mental, emotional and physical.

An unhealthy conscience, side by side with that overpowering feelings of guilt and shame, may lead a person to cases of self inflicted punishments, and in extreme cases, self destruction, or suicide.

The sources of the still small voice before we sin, and the overpowering sense of guilt and shame after we sin, are different. The still small voice that warns us before we commit a grievous sin comes from God. The overpowering sense of guilt and shame after we commit a grievous sin does not come from God. It comes from the devil.

The devil’s role in inducing us to sin is dual- as tempter and as an accuser. First, he tempts us to sin, beguiling us with all sorts of mental and sensual enticements. He will whisper in our ears, “Stolen and forbidden fruits are sweet, they are so desirable. Would you not want to taste them?”

After falling into his trap and sinning, he switches roles- from tempter, to accuser. He will place a heavy load of guilt and shame in our hearts and will whisper these accusing words, “You are good for nothing. You disobeyed God. You abandoned Him after all the wonderful things He has done for you. You are useless now to Him. You are beyond redemption.”

As the sinner listens to this accusatory voice, several evil spirits may come in and settle in his heart- the spirit of guilt and shame, the spirit of bitterness, the spirit of pride, the spirit of rebellion, the spirit of self justification, the spirit of madness, the spirit of strife and mayhem, the spirit of sickness (mental, emotional and physical), the spirit of anger and wrath, etc.

Is there no solution to this wretched state of man’s unhealthy conscience? Fortunately, there is. Like the prodigal son in the Bible, we have to return to God, confess our sins and return to His divine graces and providence. 1John 1: 9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Isaiah 1: 18 says,
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

Jesus Christ is the starting point in our journey back to the Father’s fold, and to a clear and unbridled conscience, where we can enjoy indescribable joy in our hearts and the indwelling peace of God in our minds.

Posted by Mel Avila Alarilla
Philippines
Spiritual/Inspirational

 

Liga Bwin – 9ª. Jornada – Porto cede os primeiros pontos e Leixões ganha pela primeira vez

Filed under: Futebol,Liga Bwin — looking4good @ 9:34 pm
Resultados da 9ª. Jornada
02 Nov 20:30 FC Porto 1-1 Belenenses
03 Nov 17:45 Leixões

3-0 Sp. de Braga
03 Nov 19:45 Paços de Ferreira 1-2 Benfica
04 Nov 16:00 Académica 3-3 Estrela da Amadora
04 Nov 16:00 Boavista 3-3 Vitória de Setúbal
04 Nov 16:00 União de Leiria 1-3 Nacional
04 Nov 19:45 Sporting 4-1 Naval 1º. de Maio
05 Nov 19:45 Marítimo Vitória de Guinarães
Comentários da Jornada:

A 9ª. Jornada foi caracterizada por algumas novidades neste campeonato. Desde logo o Porto, a quem já falavam com frequencia em bater o record de treze vitórias consecutivas, não conseguiu ganhar pela primeira vez neste campeonato ao ceder um empate em casa frente ao Belenenses. A equipa do Restelo não desistiu face à vantagem adquirida pelos azuis e brancos na primeira parte num golo claramente irregular de Postiga e no início da segunda parte igualou o marcador, resultado que manteve até ao final. A outra «novidade» neste campeonato foi o triunfo do Leixões, no sábado à tarde, frente ao Braga e logo por 3-0, obtendo a primeira vitória e aumentando a crise dos bracarenses que durante a semana haviam despedido o treinador Jorge Costa.

No jogo Boavista-V. de Setúbal a equipa do Bessa conquistou dois golos de vantagem ainda na primeira parte mas ao sofrer um golo perto do intervalo viu na segunda parte fugir-lhe o primeiro triunfo (que seria a primeira derrota dos sadinos). Na verdade a equipa de Setúbal virou o resultado de 2-0 para 2-3 e foram os homens do Bessa que tiverem de correr contra o prejuizo para estabelecer o empate final. Resultado igual verificou-se em Coimbra com a Académica sempre em vantagem 1-0 e depois 3-1 a não conseguir conservar o triunfo.

O Benfica ganhou com dificuldade e felicidade em Paços de Ferreira e o Sporting cumpriu a sua obrigação ganhando à Naval em casa através de um resultado que camufla as dificuldades com que foi obtido e por isso ambas as equipas recuperaram (pela primeira vez na época) pontos ao comandante Porto.

Nos restantes jogos destaque para o Nacional que foi ganhar a Leiria aumentando a crise da União que ou muito nos enganamos ou vai ser a próxima equipa a mudar de treinador.

Esta jornada foi a mais goleadora do campeonato e ainda falta disputar amanhã o Marítimo-Vitória de Guimarães que encerra a jornada.

Lugar Clube Pontos Golos
1. Porto 25 16-2
2. Benfica 19 13-4
3. Sporting 18 16-5
4. Vitória de Guimarães (*) 15 11-8
4. Vitória de Setúbal 15 15-9
6. Marítimo (*) 14 11-5
7. Belenenses 12 9-10
8. Braga 11 8-11
9. Nacional 10 7-8
10. Leixões 9 9-10
11. Estrela da Amadora 8 9-11
11. Académica 8 7-12
13. Boavista 6 6-12
13. Naval 1º. de Maio 6 6-18
15. Paços de Ferreira 5 7-15
16. União de Leiria 3 5-15

(*) Têm apenas oito jogos disputados defrontando-se amanhã

Próxima Jornada 10ª.
09 Nov 20:30 Belenenses Leixões
10 Nov 20:30 Vitória de Guimarães

Paços de Ferreira
11 Nov 16:00 Vitória de Setúbal Académica
11 Nov 16:00 Naval 1º. de Maio União de Leiria
11 Nov 18:00 Benfica Boavista
11 Nov 19:15 Braga Sporting
11 Nov 20:45 Estrela da Amadora FC Porto
12 Nov 19:45 Nacional Marítimo
 

Beer or Porto Wine ? … May be… both

Filed under: efemerides — looking4good @ 4:12 pm

Alfred Henry (Freddy) Heineken was born on November 4, 1923, in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. January 3, 2002). He was a major stock holder and president of Heineken International, the brewing company bought in 1864 by his grandfather Gerard Adriaan Heineken in Amsterdam.


Antónia Adelaide Ferreira died in Lisbon on Nov 4, 1836 (b. in Évora on Aug 28, 1780). She was an important personality who developed the culture of wine in Douro and transform it in one of the most important industries in Portugal.

So… lets drink a beer with shrimps … and after that with dessert (a sweet cake or some cheese) you must to taste a wonderful vintage Porto wine. Deal!

 

Beer or Porto Wine ? … May be… both

Filed under: efemerides — looking4good @ 4:12 pm

Alfred Henry (Freddy) Heineken was born on November 4, 1923, in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. January 3, 2002). He was a major stock holder and president of Heineken International, the brewing company bought in 1864 by his grandfather Gerard Adriaan Heineken in Amsterdam.


Antónia Adelaide Ferreira died in Lisbon on Nov 4, 1836 (b. in Évora on Aug 28, 1780). She was an important personality who developed the culture of wine in Douro and transform it in one of the most important industries in Portugal.

So… lets drink a beer with shrimps … and after that with dessert (a sweet cake or some cheese) you must to taste a wonderful vintage Porto wine. Deal!

 

Beer or Porto Wine ? … May be… both

Filed under: efemerides — looking4good @ 4:12 pm

Alfred Henry (Freddy) Heineken was born on November 4, 1923, in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. January 3, 2002). He was a major stock holder and president of Heineken International, the brewing company bought in 1864 by his grandfather Gerard Adriaan Heineken in Amsterdam.


Antónia Adelaide Ferreira died in Lisbon on Nov 4, 1836 (b. in Évora on Aug 28, 1780). She was an important personality who developed the culture of wine in Douro and transform it in one of the most important industries in Portugal.

So… lets drink a beer with shrimps … and after that with dessert (a sweet cake or some cheese) you must to taste a wonderful vintage Porto wine. Deal!

 

Beer or Porto Wine ? … May be… both

Filed under: efemerides — looking4good @ 4:12 pm

Alfred Henry (Freddy) Heineken was born on November 4, 1923, in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. January 3, 2002). He was a major stock holder and president of Heineken International, the brewing company bought in 1864 by his grandfather Gerard Adriaan Heineken in Amsterdam.


Antónia Adelaide Ferreira died in Lisbon on Nov 4, 1836 (b. in Évora on Aug 28, 1780). She was an important personality who developed the culture of wine in Douro and transform it in one of the most important industries in Portugal.

So… lets drink a beer with shrimps … and after that with dessert (a sweet cake or some cheese) you must to taste a wonderful vintage Porto wine. Deal!

 

Aquarela – Joaquim Cardozo

Filed under: Joaquim Cardozo,poesia — looking4good @ 2:49 pm
Flor amarela Flor amarela (daqui)
Macaíbeiras chovendo
Cheiro de flor amarela;
Cheiro de chão que amanhece.
Estavas sob a latada
Quando te abri a janela.

Cheiro de jasmim laranja
Pelos jardins anoitece;
Junto a papoulas dobradas,
Num canteiro florescendo,
A tua saia singela.

Macaíbeiras chovendo
Cheiro de flor amarela…

Não sei se és tu, se eras outra,
Não sei se és esta ou aquela,
A que não quis nem me quer,
Fugindo sob a latada
Nessa tarde de aquarela.

Macaíbeiras chovendo
Cheiro de flor amarela…

Joaquim Maria Moreira Cardozo (n. no Recife a 26 de Agosto de 1897; m. em Olinda a 4 Nov 1978)