ROMÂNIA TA Nicolae.Geantă

romania

România ta e Parângul, Rarăul şi Sfinxul din Bucegi, e Delta Dunării, Transfăgărăşanul şi Putna cu straie de sărbătoare. Dar şi magherniţele de la periferiile urbane, încâlceala din labirintul Bucureștiului şi glodul de-ți dă peste cizmă, pe ulitele satelor îmbătrânite de așteptare.

România ta e Nadia Comăneci şi Ivan Patzaichin, Gică Hagi şi Ana Aslan. E Djuvara, e Pleşu, e Cioran, e Eminescu. Dar şi liceele pline de nepăsători care scriu cu emoticoane.

România ta e grâul Bărăganului, ţiţeiul Subcarpaţilor, podgoriile Murfatlarului, turmele Sibiului şi huila de la Petroșani. Dar şi uzinele dezafectate, pădurile defrişate şi câmpurile năpădite de buruieni. Şi de… Pet-uri.

România ta e Sinaia cu Peleşsul, Braşovul cu Biserica Neagră, Bucovina plină ochi de mânăstiri. Dar şi bisericile părăsite ori cvasigoale duminica, orfelinatele şi azilele de bătrâni.

România ta e capra neagră, zimbrul Haţegului şi ursul carpatin. E barza, egreta şi ciocârlia. Dar şi câinii vagabonzi ce muşcă pe furiş prin spatele blocurilor.

România ta e Ștefan, Ţepes şi Cuza. E Carol, e Mihai Viteazul şi Brâncovenii. Dar şi Ceaușescu, Năstase, Băsescu. Ori politicienii care mint ca meteorologii şi parlamentarii care nu văd viața searbădă a țării decât prin geamurile lor fumurii.

România ta eşti tu. Sunt eu, şi alții 19 milioane acasă şi 15 milioane prin diaspora. Sau Basarabia. E o Ţară frumoasă, cu oameni harnici, bătrâni simpatici şi tineri inventivi. Dar cu copii puţini, cu manele, cu mașini înscrise în Bulgaria şi şpăgi.

România e petecul de pământ binecuvântat de Dumnezeu pentru tine. Şi pentru mine. Doar în funcție de tine, române, își va da rodul sau spinii. În funcție de tine va fi fericită sau ridată. În funcție de tine va fi vorbită pe la colţuri, de rău sau de bine! Elogiată sau blestemată. În funcție de tine va fi creştină sau păgână! Va sta lângă Hristos sau contra Lui!

La mulți ani România! Te iubesc oricum ai fi!

Citeşte-l pe Nicolae Geantă aici –  http://nicolaegeanta.blogspot.com

SECRETUL căsniciei de 25 de ani a lui Klaus și Carmen Iohannis

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Carmen și Klaus Iohannis sunt căsătoriți de peste 25 de ani, spune președintele ales al României.

”Am trecut de pragul de 25 de ani de când suntem căsătoriți și acum cred că pot să spun că arta nu este de a te îndrăgosti, ci de a menține dragostea vie pentru mult timp”

Klaus Iohannis explică faptul că este foarte important ca într-o căsnicie să existe stăruință și dorință de a nu lăsa sentimentele să se răcească. ”Acesta este un lucru pe care trebuie să vrei să să-l faci, însă multă lume nu-l face și nu se străduiește. Și atunci apare această rată fenomenală de divorțuri”, explică Iohannis.

Klaus Iohannis: Dragostea din prima zi trece

Președintele ales al României scrie în cartea sa un pasaj dezamagitor pentru romanticii care cred în iubire eternă ca în prima zi.

”A fi îndrăgostit este o fază care trece, mai devreme sa mai târziu.

Însă, ca să rămâi lângă cineva trebuie să îți dorești să consolidezi familia și să treci peste toate dificultățile. Să treci intenționat, fiindcă să abandonezi e ușor.

Abandonul este cel mai facil lucru, peste tot: la serviciu, și în căsătorie, și în politică”

Citeste mai mult – http://www.evz.ro/casnicie-klaus-iohannis-sotia-carmen.html

Felul in care Carmen contribuie secretului de succes al casatoriei:

Rolul asumat public este unul extrem de discret, aşa cum a fost în cei 14 ani de când Klaus Iohannis conduce oraşul lor natal, Sibiu, aşa cum a fost întreaga viaţă privată, limitată la un cerc restrâns de prieteni. Nu are pagină de Facebook, nu are blog şi, exceptând câteva declaraţii de presă, nu pare dornică să dea interviuri presei.

De altfel, liderul liberal a susţinut că ea este motivul pentru care a decis să rămână în România, în vreme ce părinţii şi sora sa au emigrat în Germania, în anii ,90. Cei doi nu au copii. „Am trecut de pragul celor 25 de ani de când suntem căsătoriţi şi cred că pot să spun că arta nu este de a te îndrăgosti, ci de a menţine dragostea vie pentru mult timp”, spune liberalul, adăugând că soţia este principalul consilier. „M-a sprijinit sută la sută în tot ce am făcut în viaţa mea publică şi politică”, mai spune el, adăugând că este bucuros că poate discuta cu persoana cea mai apropiată, fără să simtă vreo presiune din partea ei în luarea deciziei.

Pe lângă „chimia” invocată în autobiografie, cei doi au împărtăşit aceeaşi profesie- cea de dascăl.

Viaţa lor nu are nimic „spectaculos”, îşi planifică toate concediile, merg împreună peste tot. „Când avem ceva de sărbătorit, o facem simplu, cu câţiva prieteni. Nu am organizat niciodată petreceri fastuoase”, spune Iohannis, adăugând că ies foarte rar în oraş.

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Marius Cruceru – Căsătoria şi Aisbergul

Ca in momentul cand aduci doua firi pamantesti impreuna, oricat de credinciosi, oricat de bine intentionati ar fi cei doi, cele doua firi pamantesti se intalnesc si de acolo nu poate iesi decat rau. Oricare doua fiinte umane se pot certa.

Oricare doua fiinte umane pot intra in conflict. ‘In pacat m-a zamislit mama mea’, spune psalmistul. Asa ca, daca aduci o fire pamanteasca neconvertita  si o alta fire pamanteasca neconvertita este o combinatie explosiva. Si daca aduci doi oameni pocaiti, care nu raman langa principiile Scripturii, de asemenea, pot iesi probleme.

In primul an de casnicie am incercat sa ne construim piramida lucrurilor pe care le vom da mai departe copiilor nostri. Ne-am dat foarte curand seama ca una suntem cand iesim in public si alta este cand suntem noi, numai de noi, in casa.

Ca viata are doua aspecte. Are o parte vizibila si o parte nevazuta. Ca putem face foarte frumos cand mergem la biserica, ca putem sa parem foarte fericiti in public. Putem sa pozam un cuplu perfect, dar in viata nevazuta, de sub valuri, de sub apa, poate sa fie foarte mari probleme, pot sa fie foarte mari complicatii.

Si-am asemanat viata de casnicie cu un aisberg. Trebuie sa fie o parte nevazuta, foarte consistenta, ca partea vazuta sa fie spectaculoasa. Si cu cat este mai grea partea de jos nevazuta, cu atata se ridica mai sus si este mai usor sa pluteasca ceea ce se vede deasupra. Temelia trebuie sa fie intacta.

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Cronologia si istoria statelor americane (infografic super)

Photo formation-united-states-animation

Statele Unite ale Americii, prescurtat SUA, sunt o federație situată în emisfera vestică, în sudul Americii de Nord. Se învecinează la nord cu Canada și la sud cu Mexic. Federația este formată din 50 de state, la care se adaugă un district federal, Districtul Columbia. Din cele 50 de state 48 sunt sunt enclave, în timp ce Alaskași Hawaii sunt două state exclave. Teritoriul este împărțit în 7 regiuni. Capitala SUA este Washington, D.C., iar cel mai mare oraș este New York City.

Adaugarea Statelor in Uniunea Americii

# State Admission Preceding Entity
1 Delaware Delaware December 7, 1787 Lower Counties on Delaware (prior to becoming a sovereign state within the United States of America)[2]
2 Pennsylvania Pennsylvania December 12, 1787 Province of Pennsylvania (prior to becoming a sovereign state within the United States of America)[4]
3 New Jersey New Jersey December 18, 1787 Province of New Jersey (prior to becoming a sovereign state within the United States of America)
4 Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia January 2, 1788 Province of Georgia (prior to becoming a sovereign state within the United States of America)
5 Connecticut Connecticut January 9, 1788 Connecticut Colony (prior to becoming a sovereign state within the United States of America)[8]
6 Massachusetts Massachusetts February 6, 1788 Province of Massachusetts Bay (prior to becoming a sovereign state within the United States of America)
7 Maryland Maryland April 28, 1788 Province of Maryland (prior to becoming a sovereign state within the United States of America)
8 South Carolina South Carolina May 23, 1788 Province of South Carolina (prior to becoming a sovereign state within the United States of America)
9 New Hampshire New Hampshire June 21, 1788 Province of New Hampshire (prior to becoming a sovereign state within the United States of America)
10 Virginia Virginia June 25, 1788 Virginia Colony (prior to becoming a sovereign state within the United States of America)
11 New York New York July 26, 1788 Province of New York (prior to becoming a sovereign state within the United States of America)
12 North Carolina North Carolina November 21, 1789 Province of North Carolina (prior to becoming a sovereign state within the United States of America)
13 Rhode Island Rhode Island May 29, 1790 Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (prior to becoming a sovereign state within the United States of America)
14 Vermont Vermont March 4, 1791 Republic of Vermont (formed upon land claimed by both New York and New Hampshire)
15 Kentucky Kentucky June 1, 1792 Part of Virginia, seceded with the approval of the Virginia General Assembly
16 Tennessee Tennessee June 1, 1796 Southwest Territory
17 Ohio Ohio March 1, 1803[note 1] Northwest Territory
18 Louisiana Louisiana April 30, 1812 Territory of Orleans
19 Indiana Indiana December 11, 1816 Indiana Territory
20 Mississippi Mississippi December 10, 1817 Mississippi Territory
21 Illinois Illinois December 3, 1818 Illinois Territory
22 Alabama Alabama December 14, 1819 Alabama Territory
23 Maine Maine March 15, 1820 Part of Massachusetts, seceded with the approval of the Massachusetts General Court)
24 Missouri Missouri August 10, 1821 Missouri Territory (initially organized as the Louisiana Territory)
25 Arkansas Arkansas June 15, 1836 Arkansas Territory (initially organized as the Territory of Arkansaw)
26 Michigan Michigan January 26, 1837 Michigan Territory
27 Florida Florida March 3, 1845 Florida Territory
28 Texas Texas December 29, 1845 Republic of Texas (granted statehood simultaneously with annexation)
29 Iowa Iowa December 28, 1846 Iowa Territory
30 Wisconsin Wisconsin May 29, 1848 Wisconsin Territory
31 California California September 9, 1850 California Military District[note 2]
32 Minnesota Minnesota May 11, 1858 Minnesota Territory
33 Oregon Oregon February 14, 1859 Oregon Territory
34 Kansas Kansas January 29, 1861 Kansas Territory
35 West Virginia West Virginia June 20, 1863 Part of Virginia, seceded with the approval of the pro-Union Virginia government, but without the approval of the Virginia government in rebellion
36 Nevada Nevada October 31, 1864 Nevada Territory
37 Nebraska Nebraska March 1, 1867 Nebraska Territory
38 Colorado Colorado August 1, 1876 Colorado Territory
39 North Dakota North Dakota November 2, 1889[note 3] Dakota Territory
40 South Dakota South Dakota November 2, 1889[note 3] Dakota Territory
41 Montana Montana November 8, 1889 Montana Territory
42 Washington (state) Washington November 11, 1889 Washington Territory
43 Idaho Idaho July 3, 1890 Idaho Territory
44 Wyoming Wyoming July 10, 1890 Wyoming Territory
45 Utah Utah January 4, 1896 Utah Territory
46 Oklahoma Oklahoma November 16, 1907 Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory
47 New Mexico New Mexico January 6, 1912 New Mexico Territory
48 Arizona Arizona February 14, 1912 Arizona Territory
49 Alaska Alaska January 3, 1959 Territory of Alaska
50 Hawaii Hawaii August 21, 1959 Territory of Hawaii

Lista statelor componente ale Uniunii

Statele componente ale Statelor Unite, cu abrevierea lor poștală, abrevierea lor tradițională, capitalele lor, cele mai mari orașe și steaguri sunt prezentate în următorul tabel. Pentru o listă completă a zonelor ne-statale, teritorii și alte zone aflate sub controlul Uniunii, vedeți lista zonelor dependente de Statele Unite ale Americii.

Cod
poștal
Tradițional Stat Capitală Cel mai mare
(cel mai populat)
oraș
Steag
al statului
AL Ala. Alabama Montgomery Birmingham Flag of Alabama.svg
AK Alaska Alaska Juneau Anchorage Flag of Alaska.svg
AZ Ariz. Arizona Phoenix Phoenix Flag of Arizona.svg
AR Ark. Arkansas Little Rock Little Rock Flag of Arkansas.svg
CA Cal. sau Calif. California Sacramento Los Angeles Flag of California.svg
CO Colo. Colorado Denver Denver Flag of Colorado.svg
CT Conn. Connecticut Hartford Bridgeport Flag of Connecticut.svg
DE Del. Delaware Dover Wilmington Flag of Delaware.svg
FL Fla. Florida Tallahassee Jacksonville Flag of Florida.svg
GA Ga. Georgia Atlanta Atlanta Flag of Georgia (U.S. state).svg
HI Hawaii Hawaii Honolulu Honolulu Flag of Hawaii.svg
ID Idaho Idaho Boise Boise Flag of Idaho.svg
IL Ill. Illinois Springfield Chicago Flag of Illinois.svg
IN Ind. Indiana Indianapolis Indianapolis Flag of Indiana.svg
IA Iowa Iowa Des Moines Des Moines Flag of Iowa.svg
KS Kan. ori Kans. Kansas Topeka Wichita Flag of Kansas.svg
KY Ky. Kentucky Frankfort Louisville Flag of Kentucky.svg
LA La. Louisiana Baton Rouge New Orleans * Flag of Louisiana.svg
ME Maine Maine Augusta Portland Flag of Maine.svg
MD Md. Maryland Annapolis Baltimore Flag of Maryland.svg
MA Mass. Massachusetts Boston Boston Flag of Massachusetts.svg
MI Mich. Michigan Lansing Detroit Flag of Michigan.svg
MN Minn. Minnesota Saint Paul Minneapolis Flag of Minnesota.svg
MS Miss. Mississippi Jackson Jackson Flag of Mississippi.svg
MO Mo. Missouri Jefferson City Kansas City Flag of Missouri.svg
MT Mont. Montana Helena Billings Flag of Montana.svg
NE Neb. Nebraska Lincoln Omaha Flag of Nebraska.svg
NV Nev. Nevada Carson City Las Vegas Flag of Nevada.svg
NH N.H. New Hampshire Concord Manchester Flag of New Hampshire.svg
NJ N.J. New Jersey Trenton Newark Flag of New Jersey.svg
NM N.M. New Mexico Santa Fe Albuquerque Flag of New Mexico.svg
NY N.Y. New York Albany New York City Flag of New York.svg
NC N.C. Carolina de Nord Raleigh Charlotte Flag of North Carolina.svg
ND N.D., N.Dak. ori No. Dak. Dakota de Nord Bismarck Fargo Flag of North Dakota.svg
OH Ohio Ohio Columbus Columbus Flag of Ohio.svg
OK Okla. Oklahoma Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Flag of Oklahoma.svg
OR Ore. sau Oreg. Oregon Salem Portland Flag of Oregon.svg
PA Penn. ori Penna. Pennsylvania Harrisburg Philadelphia Flag of Pennsylvania.svg
RI R.I. Rhode Island Providence Providence Flag of Rhode Island.svg
SC S.C. Carolina de Sud Columbia Columbia Flag of South Carolina.svg
SD S.D. ori S.Dak. Dakota de Sud Pierre Sioux Falls Flag of South Dakota.svg
TN Tenn. Tennessee Nashville Memphis Flag of Tennessee.svg
TX Tex. sau Texas Texas Austin Houston Flag of Texas.svg
UT Utah Utah Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Flag of Utah.svg
VT Vt. Vermont Montpelier Burlington Flag of Vermont.svg
VA Va. Virginia Richmond Virginia Beach Flag of Virginia.svg
WA Wash. Washington Olympia Seattle Flag of Washington.svg
WV W.Va. Virginia de Vest Charleston Charleston Flag of West Virginia.svg
WI Wis. or Wisc. Wisconsin Madison Milwaukee Flag of Wisconsin.svg
WY Wyo. Wyoming Cheyenne Cheyenne Flag of Wyoming.svg

Colonizarea europeană

Vizitatori străini au sosit și în trecut, dar doar după călătoriile lui Cristofor Columb, în secolele XV și XVI, au început națiunile europene să exploreze și să creeze locuințe permanente pe acest continent. Vezi Colonizare.

În secolele XVI și XVII, spaniolii au ocupat sud-vestul Statelor Unite și Florida. Prima colonie engleză care a avut succes a fost Jamestown în Virginia, în 1607. Pe parcursul următorilor decenii au apărut unele colonii olandeze, ca New Amsterdam (predecesorul orașului New York), pe teritoriul ocupat actualmente de New York și New Jersey. În 1637, suedezii au creat o colonie numită Christina (în Delaware), dar au trebuit să cedeze colonia, în 1655, Olandei.

Aceste evenimente au fost urmate de colonizarea intensivă a coastei de est de către Marea Britanie. Colonizatorii din Marea Britanie au fost lăsați în pace de către patria lor de origine până la Războiul de Șapte Ani, când Franța a cedat Canada și regiunea Marilor Lacuri Marii Britanii. Atunci metropola (Marea Britanie) a impus impozite asupra celor 13 colonii pentru a strânge fonduri pentru război. Mulți colonizatori nu au acceptat impozitele deoarece ei considerau că nu aveau o reprezentare adecvată în Parlament. Tensiunile între Marea Britanie și colonizatori au crescut și cele 13 colonii au început o revoluție contra controlului Marii Britanii.

Crearea națiunii

Primul preşedinte al Statelor Unite ale Americii, George Washington, a servit în funcție două mandate, între 1789 și 1797.

În 1776, cele 13 colonii și-au declarat independența față de Marea Britanie,izbucnind Revoluția Americană (1775 – 1783) care a creat Statele Unite.

Structura administrativă inițială a țării a fost o confederație, fondată în 1777 (în 1781 fiind ratificată baza sa) – Articles of Confederation. După dezbateri îndelungate, acest document a fost înlocuit de către Constituția Statelor Unite ale Americii, în 1789, care a creat un sistem politic mai centralizat.

Expansiunea

Achiziţii teritoriale după dată

Pe parcursul secolului al XIX-lea, națiunea s-a extins rapid, adăugând multe state noi.Destinul Manifest a fost o filosofie care a încurajat extinderea Statelor Unite înspre vest: deoarece populația statelor din est creștea și imigranți noi intrau în țară, mulți oameni continuu se mutau înspre vest.

Ca urmare a acestui proces, SUA a ocupat teritoriile amerindienilor. Aceste acțiuni continuă să aibă implicații politice astăzi, deoarece unele triburi cer aceste pământuri înapoi. În unele locuri, populațiile indigene au fost distruse sau grav reduse de boli infecțioase aduse de către europeni și astfel colonizatorii din SUA au acaparat ușor aceste teritorii goale. În alte situații, Indienii americani au fost mutați forțat de pe teritoriile lor tradiționale unii fiind duși în rezervații. Cu toate că unii declară că Statele Unite nu a fost o putere colonială până ce a acaparat teritorii străine în Războiul Spaniol-American, controlul exercitat asupra pământurilor în America de Nord de către SUA, esențial, a fost de o natură colonială.

Teritoriile unora din statele care intră în componența SUA au fost cumpărate de la vecini sau de la alte puteri coloniale: Louisiana a fost cumpărată de la Franța în 1803, Florida de la Spania în 1809, iar Alaska de la Rusia în 1867.

În această perioadă, țara a devenit o mare putere industrială și un centru pentru inovație și dezvoltare tehnologică. (SURSA poze si srticol)

Cele mai mari orașe din Statele Unite
New York
New York
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Chicago
Chicago
Houston
Houston
# Oraș (Stat) Pop. 2011 Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Phoenix
Phoenix
San Antonio
San Antonio
San Diego
San Diego
1 New York (New York) 8 244 910
2 Los Angeles (California) 3 819 702
3 Chicago (Illinois) 2 707 120
4 Houston (Texas) 2 145 146
5 Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) 1 536 471
6 Phoenix (Arizona) 1 469 471
7 San Antonio (Texas) 1 359 758
8 San Diego (California) 1 326 179
9 Dallas (Texas) 1 223 229
10 San Jose (California) 967 487
11 Jacksonville (Florida) 827 908
12 Indianapolis (Indiana) 827 609
13 Austin (Texas) 820 611
14 San Francisco (California) 812 826
15 Columbus (Ohio) 797 434
16 Fort Worth (Texas) 758 738
17 Charlotte (Carolina de Nord) 751 087
18 Detroit (Michigan) 706 585
19 El Paso (Texas) 665 568
20 Memphis (Tennessee) 652 050

Columb Descopera America – Cele mai mari 10 schimbari din istoria Europei in ultimii 1000 de ani

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5. Secolul XV: Columb descoperă America

Descoperirea Americii de către Cristofor Columb (1492) a produs o schimbare radicală în viziunea oamenilor Europei: lumea a devenit dintr-odată mai încăpătoare şi mai îmbelşugată. Existau teritorii mult mai întinse, resurse mult mai abundente, o diversitate mult mai mare a naturii şi a oamenilor, era o lume nemăsurat mai vastă şi mai bogată decât crezuseră că ar putea fi.

Imense au fost consecinţele acestei descoperiri; ei i se datorează mare parte din felul în care arată azi lumea, de la faptul că spaniola este azi pe locul doi între cele mai vorbite limbi din lume, până la faptul că mâncăm cartofi şi roşii, fasole şi dovleac, cacao şi porumb (toate aceste plante sunt originare din Americi). Este vorba despre fenomenul numit Schimbul Columbian, sau Marele Schimb, ce denumeşte transferul de specii de vieţuitoare, de populaţii umane, de tehnologii, de idei care a urmat descoperirii Americii de către Cristofor Columb, în 1492. E într-adevăr greu de spus cum ar fi arătat planeta noastră dacă acest schimb n-ar fi existat, într-atât de însemnată a fost contribuţia sa la prefacerea lumii – de la la remodelarea ecosistemelor la transformarea realităţilor sociale pentru grupuri mari de oameni, de la vehicularea unor boli la schimbarea unor mentalităţi.

Până atunci, spune istoricul Ian Mortimer, europenii îşi întemeiau ceea ce ştiau despre lume pe scrierile vechilor greci şi romani, despre care credeau că atinseseră apogeul în ceea ce priveşte înţelepciunea şi cunoaşterea. Însă constatarea că anticii nu pomeneau nimic despre continentele de dincolo de Atlantic i-a făcut pe oameni să se gândească, pe bună dreptate, că dacă despre asta anticii nu ştiau nimic, atunci înseamnă că nu ştiau totul şi că s-ar fi putut înşela şi în privinţa altor lucruri. Înţelepciunea străveche, pe care prea puţini o puseseră la îndoială până atunci, a fost reevaluată şi această schimbare a produs un uriaş salt calitativ în domeniul cunoaşterii.

America inainte de Columbus

1492 Cucerirea Paradisului

Thanksgiving Quotes

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. – Melody Beattie

When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. – Gilbert K. Chesterton

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for. – Zig Ziglar

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. – Henry Van Dyke

Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind. – Lionel Hampton

The dominant characteristic of an authentic spiritual life is the gratitude that flows from trust—not only for all the gifts that I receive from God, but gratitude for all the suffering. Because in that purifying experience, suffering has often been the shortest path to intimacy with God. – Brennan Manning

The kind of experience of humility and happiness that comes with gratitude tends to crowd out whatever is coarse, or ugly or mean. – Kevin DeYoung

I think the key to passion, to zeal, is gratitude. Or to put it another way, the fuel to motivate is gratitude, and gratitude comes by just backing up a little and realizing how much you’ve sinned against God. – Ray Comfort

To come to terms with our beginning requires a truthful story to acquire the skills to live in gratitude rather than resentment for the gift of life. – Stanley Hauerwas

For three things I thank God every day of my life: thanks that He has vouchsafed me knowledge of His Works; deep thanks that He has set in my darkness the lamp of faith; deep, deepest thanks that I have another life to look forward to—a life joyous with light and flowers and heavenly song. – Helen Keller

If life is to have meaning, and if God’s will is to be done, all of us have to accept who we are and what we are, give it back to God, and thank Him for the way He made us. What I am is God’s gift to me; what I do with it is my gift to Him. – Warren Wiersbe

My God, I have never thanked Thee for my thorn. I have thanked Thee a thousand times for my roses, but not once for my thorn. I have been looking forward to a world where I shall get compensation for my cross; but I have never thought of my cross as itself a present glory. Teach me the glory of my cross; teach me the value of my thorn. Show me that I have climbed to Thee by the path of pain. Show me that my tears have made my rainbows. – George Matheson

Returning thanks for blessings already received increases our faith and enables us to approach God with new boldness and new assurance. Doubtless the reason so many have so little faith when they pray is because they take so little time to meditate upon and thank God for blessings already received. As one meditates on the answer to prayers already granted, faith waxes bolder and bolder, and we come to feel in the very depths of our souls that there is nothing too hard for the Lord. As we reflect upon the wondrous goodness of God toward us on the one hand, and upon the other hand upon little thought and strength and time that we ever put into thanksgiving, we may well humble ourselves before God and confess our sin. – R.A. Torrey

The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful, and has nobody to thank. – Dante Rossetti

Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves. – Henry Ward Beecher

All that I see teaches me to thank the Creator for all I cannot see. – Henrietta Mears

Quotes from http://www.sermoncentral.com/pastors-preaching-articles/staff-writer-20-thanksgiving-quotes-for-preaching-and-inspiration-2062.asp

The American Thanksgiving Story – Mayflower: The Pilgrims’ Adventure

The American Thanksgiving Story

This video illustrates the history of the Pilgrims going to America and describes present day Thanksgiving celebrations.

VIDEO by JN BJ

Mayflower: The Pilgrims’ Adventure

This 1979 feature is one of the rare attempts to dramatize a chapter of America’s formation. Set in 1620, the story concerns the religious persecution of the Puritans in England and their decision to emigrate to Plymouth Colony in America. This is a fairly sturdy and enjoyable piece of historical drama, with the most important details about who, what, where, and why informatively answered. Richard Crenna is fine as the Reverend William Brewster, one of the Pilgrim Fathers and a veteran of relocating religious minorities to more hospitable places. David Dukes is effective as Miles Standish, giving us some insight into how this military man came to be an essential part of the Plymouth community.

Originally titled The Voyage of the Mayflower, this made-for-TV historical drama was, not surprisingly, first telecast as a Thanksgiving special. In the tradition of the 1952 theatrical feature Plymouth Adventure, the film meticulously recount[s] the journey of 103 Pilgrim “separatists” from their religiously restrictive English homeland to the shores of the New World. The dramatic crux of the film [is] manifested in the conflict between mercenary, untrustworthy Mayflower captain Christopher Jones (Anthony Hopkins) and idealistic but tough Pilgrim leader William Brewster (Richard Crenna). Also incorporated in the narrative are the intertwining relationships between Miles and Rose Standish (David Dukes, Trish Van Devere), John Alden (Michael Beck), and Priscilla Mullens (Jenny Agutter). The film is recommended by the National Education Association (NEA).

VIDEO by InternetPilgrim

Poemul “Semnele Venirii” – Nov. 23, 2014 Detroit, Michigan USA

Semnele Venirii Detroit,Michigan

Poemul “Semnele Venirii”
Nov. 23, 2014 Detroit, Michigan USA

DIR. DANIEL VESA  – VIDEO by Credo TV

Luigi Mitoi – Dovezile multumirii (23 Noiembrie, 2014)

Biserica Romana Penticostala “Betania”, Chicago (23.11.2014). Predici pentru vremuri grele – http://www.fiti-oameni.ro

Diabet şi thanksgiving – Nicolae.Geantă

Photo credit foxct.com

„Ce sărbătorim astăzi?”. „Ziua când omul a ajuns pe Lună”, „Legalizarea drepturilor femeii”, „Ziua Armatei”, „sfânta jigodie” a replicat o îndrăzneaţă căreia i s-a urat gratuit „la mulţi ani”. „Ziua femeilor bătute de soţi” a răspuns un tânăr, fiind aplaudat cu ropote gălăgioase. „Ce bă, aşa a zis de dimineaţă la radio” a replicat revoltat. „Echinocţiul!”, fu de părere un altul. „Ştiu. E ziua dumneavostră”, a urlat o brunetă. „Nuuu, e ziua diabetului!”, a pus capac chestiunii o blondă. Din peste 100 de subiecţi, unul singur a ştiut răspunsul: „E Ziua Recunoştinţei”.

„Şi cui trebuie să fiţi recunoscători?”. „Părinţilor”, „revoluţionarilor din ’89”, „ţiganilor care fură din UE şi aduc în România”, „nouă, pentru ceea ce suntem”, „celor ce ne-au ajutat în viaţă”, „vitejilor morţi pe front”, „în nici un caz lui Băse, fiindcă nu face nimic”, „unor profesori”, „nimănui”…

Dialogul de mai sus, nu a avut loc la o grădiniţă, şi nici la gimnaziu. Este răspunsul unor tineri de 19-20 ani, chestionaţi joi dimineaţă la cursuri! Tineri care trăiesc într-o societate frustrată, lamentată, nemulţumită. Fenomene care i-au determinat să nu aprecieze efortul părinţilor, bunicilor, medicilor, profesorilor, preoţilor sau păstorilor. Tineri care dau cu şutul în cerşetori, rup băncile din licee, zbiară la educatori când iau note slabe, găinăresc pe scaune în autobuze sub nasul bătrânilor, trântesc uşa în nas bunicilor când îi roagă să dea muzica silenţios. Tineri care nu scriu niciodată o felicitare, care nu aduc flori dirigintei – nici când încep şcoala, nici când o termină, care vor numai telefon cu touch screen, laptopuri de 500 de giga, ţoale de firmă, maşini nemţeşti şi salarii americane. Tineri care refuză marmelada cu pâine, ciorba de cartofi ori mămăliga, pentru că vor decât Chips-uri, juice-uri acide şi Mac-uri. Toate cu E-uri.

Azi, nici creştinii nu mai sunt toţi recunoscători, în „familia unită” din România erodând ameninţător nemulţumirea. Un ocean de nerecunoştinţă.  Unele biserici sărbătoresc zilnic câte un sfânt, cu cruce roşie sau neagră, dar crucea credincioşilor a făcut praf la subţiori. În altele. sufletele enoriaşilor au devenit mai înţepenite, inimile mai împietrite, laici şi clerici laolaltă ajungând mai egoişti şi zgârciţi: „bunurile-s ale mele, numele meu vreau să fie pe prima pagină a ziarelor, la ştiri, fac donaţii în Numele Domnului, dar… să se consemneze în registre”. Păstorii, cântăreţii, liderii de tineret, profesorii de şcoală duminicală, bătrânii adunării, comitetele, nu mai sunt gratulaţi. Sunt mai mulţi oameni nerecunoscători decât am crede, pentru că sunt mai mulţi oameni recunoscători decât am gândi, scria Charles de Saint Evremond.

Cred, ca şi Marcus Cicero, că recunoştinţa este o virtute. Este o obligaţie morală faţă de cel care ţi-a făcut bine. Numai că îmbătrâneşte repede, spunea Aristotel. Nerecunoştinţa în schimb e un semn de slăbiciune, scrie Goethe. Adică ceva care te face să te usuci pe picioare. Să cazi şi să nu te mai ridici. Ceva care-ţi retează creşterea, care te atrofiază în bun simţ, în creştinism. Poate că a avut dreptate tânara aceea ce n-a ştiut că e thanksgiving, căci nerecunoştinţa poate fi dulce ca zahărul. Însă băută prea ades aduce diabet! Un diabet care nu se vindecă decât prin insulina lui Hristos. Care din nefericire, zace îngheţată prin frigiderele bisericilor. Scoate-ţi-le din priză fraţilor!

Nicolae.Geantă – http://nicolaegeanta.blogspot.com 

Don Moen: Cântări de Mulțumire de Ziua Recunoștinței – Don Moen: Songs of Thanksgiving ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

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27 Noiembrie este Thanksgiving Day – Ziua Recunostintei se sarbatoreste in Noiembrie, Joia, intre a 22-a – a 28-a zi a lunii.

De ce sărbătorim Ziua Recunoștinței

Ziua Recunoștinței (engleză: Thanksgiving Day) este o sărbătoare anuală de o zi, în care se mulțumește(tradițional lui Dumnezeu) pentru bogăția recoltei din acel an. Ea se sărbătorește în cea mai mare parte a Americii de Nord (Statele Unite și Canada). Este o sărbătoare a familiei. În Statele Unite majoritatea afacerilor (în afară de magazine) sunt închise joi,  în săptămâna cu Thanksgiving pentru a permite angajaților să se reunească, cu familia.

În Regatul Unit, Thanksgiving este o altă denumire pentru Ziua Recoltei, și se sărbătorește în biserici și în sate într-o duminică după strângerea recoltei în acea localitate, fără a fi o sărbătoare deosebit de importantă.

Această sărbătoare a fost preluată de primii coloniști sosiți în Lumea Nouă, unde a fost sărbătorită pentru prima dată în anul 1621, ca semn de recunoștință față de recolta miraculoasă obținută în condiții climaterice dure. În decembrie 1941, Congresul SUA a adoptat o rezoluție prin care a 4-a zi de joi din noiembrie devine oficial sărbătoare națională a SUA.

În Statele Unite se organizează parade de Ziua Recunoștinței, cu ocazia cărora defilează de obicei fanfare școlare și se prezintă diferite care alegorice. Mâncărurile tradiționale de Ziua Recunoștinței sunt curcan umplut (fript, afumat sau la cuptor), jambon, cartofi piure, cartofi dulci, porumb, și plăcinta de dovleac.

Sursa – http://ro.wikipedia.org

  • Psalmi 95:2 Să mergem înaintea Lui cu laude, să facem să răsune cântece în cinstea Lui! 3 Căci Domnul este un Dumnezeu mare, este un împărat mare mai presus de toţi dumnezeii.
  • Lăudaţi pe Domnul, căci este bun, căci îndurarea Lui ţine în veac!1 Cronici 16:34
  • Eu voi lăuda pe Domnul pentru dreptatea Lui şi voi cânta Numele Domnului, Numele Celui Preaînalt.Psalmii 7:17
  • Domnul este tăria mea şi scutul meu; în El mi se încrede inima, şi sunt ajutat. De aceea îmi este plină de veselie inima şi-L laud prin cântările mele.Psalmii 28:7
  • Intraţi cu laude pe porţile Lui, intraţi cu cântări în curţile Lui! Lăudaţi-L şi binecuvântaţi-I Numele.Psalmii 100:4
  • Lăudaţi pe Domnul! Lăudaţi pe Domnul, căci este bun, căci îndurarea Lui ţine în veci!Psalmii 106:1
  • şi veţi zice în ziua aceea: „Lăudaţi pe Domnul, chemaţi Numele Lui, vestiţi lucrările Lui printre popoare, pomeniţi mărimea Numelui Lui!Isaia 12:4
  • strigătele de bucurie şi strigătele de veselie, cântecele mirelui şi cântecele miresei, glasul celor ce zic: „Lăudaţi pe Domnul oştirilor, căci Domnul este bun, căci în veac ţine îndurarea Lui!”, glasul celor ce aduc jertfe de mulţumire în Casa Domnului. Căci voi aduce înapoi pe prinşii de război ai ţării şi îi voi aşeza iarăşi ca odinioară, zice Domnul.” – Ieremia 33:11
  • Şi orice faceţi, cu cuvântul sau cu fapta, să faceţi totul în Numele Domnului Isus şi mulţumiţi, prin El, lui Dumnezeu Tatăl.Coloseni 3:17
  • Mulţumiţi lui Dumnezeu pentru toate lucrurile; căci aceasta este voia lui Dumnezeu, în Hristos Isus, cu privire la voi.1 Tesaloniceni 5:18

Don Moen: 2 1/2 ore de cantari spre slava lui Dumnezeu!!!

Thanksgiving medley – Don Moen (14 min)

Don Moen Thank You Lord
(Full Album) 90 min

VIDEO by Kings Media Productions

Don Moen – I Will Sing Live -
Concert Video – Don Moen 73 min

VIDEO by kippik61

Florin Ianovici – Despre dragoste

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Citate culese din diverse predici ale Pastorului Florin Ianovici:

  • IanoviciTot ceea ce ar putea sa vindece o inima si ce ar putea sa dea vietii noastre stralucire, e dragostea.
  • Dragostea nu inseamna numai efuziuni sentimentale. inseamna, in primul rand, respect- sa iti acord cinstea ca ai de ce sa fi iubit si meriti sa fi iubit, pentru ca tu esti faptura mainiloe lui Dumnezeu.
  • Daca eu sunt faptura mainilor lui Dumnezeu, eu negresit am mostenit din Dumnezeu ceva ce este El. Dumnezeu este dragoste. Cand noi ne-am nascut, noi am mostenit din Dumnezeu aceasta natura.
  • Toti oamenii, de la mic la mare, tanjesc dupa dragoste. Implinirea noastra in viata aceasta este in actul dragostei. Ca mama, te implinesti in dragoste. Ca sotie, te implinesti in dragoste. Ca sot, te implinesti in dragoste. Ca tanar, tanjesti dupa dragoste. Asta pentru ca Dumnezeu ne-a facut sa fim asemenea naturii Lui. Ne-am nascut cu aceasta natura, in care dragostea e din Dumnezeu.
  • Satana are, intotdeauna, la dizpozitie o posibilitate sa ia aceasta dragoste a lui Dumnezeu si sa o ticaloseasca. Sa ia aceasta dragoste a lui Dumnezeu si s-o faca de ras. Sa ia aceasta dragoste a lui Dumnezeu si sa o faca un gunoi. De la frumusetea si splendoarea la care Dumnezeu se gandise sa o puna in noi, sa faca ceva de speriat.
  • Am bagat de seama ca intr-o biserica in care oamenii se iubesc, e tare placut sa stai.
  • Nimic in viata nu face ca dragostea sa se raceasca- oameni impietriti, oameni care nu mai vor sa vina la biserica, oameni care nu mai vor sa auda, oameni care nu vor sa mai faca nici un pas, de ce? Pentru ca au fost raniti in cel mai important lucru al vietii lor: in aceasta dragoste, pe care au impartasit-o si care n-a fost impartasita inapoi.
  • Stiti dupa ce imi dau seama ca e de la Dumnezeu? Ca a rezistat propriilor ei predicatori.

Ce e nou la PAGINA Florin Ianovici

Florin Ianovici – Marea sarbatoare a multumirii la Biserica Emanuel Sibiu

Florin Ianovici SibiuIubitii Domnului, as vrea sa va impartasesc in aceasta seara, cat imi da putere Dumnezeu, un gand care ma framanta. Sa stiti ca oamenii au diferite motive pentru care multumesc in viata.

Dar pe mine ma framanta sa stiu cum imi masor viata? Adica, pana la urma si hotul poate fi multumit de ce-a furat si nu stiu daca multumirea aceasta este folositoare pentru viata lui si pentru viitorul lui.

Poate in viata ti-a iesit o afacere… numai tu stii cum ti-a iesit. Dar poti sa spui, uitandu-te la ea: “Ce bine-mi pare si multumesc lui Dumnezeu ca mi-a dat banii astia. La care, Dumnezeu din cer se uita si spune: “Nu-Mi multumi Mie, multumeste-i celuilalt.

De aceea, tot stau si ma gandesc in aceasta seara, la ce sa privesc eu atunci cand e vorba de multumire? Pana la urma, daca ar fi sa te intrebi in aceasta seara in sufletul tau: pentru ce-I multumesti? Ce i-ai spune?

Atat de mult ma framanta gandul acesta: pentru ce-ar trebui sa multumesc in viata? Am vazut-o pe mama, dimineata la biserica si asa de mult m-am bucurat, vazand-o pe cea care mi-a dat viata. Dar stiti care a fost adevarata multumire?

Adevarata multumire a fost aceea ca am vazut-o cu ochii scaldati in lacrimi, in timp ce ne rugam in biserica. Si m-am bucurat atat de mult sa stiu ca mama care m-a facut e cu mine in biserica, multumind lui Dumnezeu. Ce bine e sa poti sa strangi copiii langa tine si sa poti sa spui in aceasta seara: multumesc, Doamne, pentru copiii pe care mi i-ai dat.1:02:56

Mesajul incepe la minutul 56:00 VIDEO by Biserica Emanuel Sibiu

Ce e nou la PAGINA Florin Ianovici

Daniel Chereji – Poveri de care poţi scăpa astăzi – 23.11.2014

Veniţi la Mine, toţi cei trudiţi şi împovăraţi, şi Eu vă voi da odihnă.Matei 11:28  Photo credit todaysbibleverse.tumblr.com 

Titlul predicii: POVERI DE CARE POŢI SCĂPA ASTĂZI

Schiţa predicii:

  • 1. Povara păcatului
  • 2. Povara părăsirii
  • 3. Povara îngrijorărilor
  • 4. Povara singurătăţii
  • 5. Povara morţii

Predicator: pastor Daniel Chereji

Biserica Baptistă ”Biruinţa” Baia Mare – http://biruinta.ro
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Charles Spurgeon Sermon – Special Thanksgiving to the Father (audio video and transcript)

spurgeonCharles Haddon (C.H.) Spurgeon (June 19, 1834 January 31, 1892) was a British Reformed Baptist preacher who remains highly influential among Christians of different denominations, among whom he is still known as the “Prince of Preachers.” In his lifetime, Spurgeon preached to around 10,000,000 people, often up to 10 times a week at different places. His sermons have been translated into many languages. Spurgeon was the pastor of the New Park Street Chapel in London for 38 years. In 1857, he started a charity organization called Spurgeon’s which now works globally. He also founded Spurgeon’s College, which was named after him after his death.

Spurgeon was a prolific author of many types of works including sermons, an autobiography, a commentary, books on prayer, a devotional, a magazine, and more. Many sermons were transcribed as he spoke and were translated into many languages during his lifetime. Arguably, no other author, Christian or otherwise, has more material in print than C.H. Spurgeon.

Special Thanksgiving to the Father

This message was preached on February 15, 1860. The sermon is prefaced by a letter, which Mr. Spurgeon wrote in June of that same year, as he was on the continent. This is the letter:

MY DEAR BRETHREN,
    I have journeyed happily to the borders of Switzerland, and already feel that the removing of the yoke from the shoulder is one of the readiest means of restoring the metal powers. Much of Popish superstition and idolatry has passed under my observation, and if nothing else could make me a Protestant, what I have seen would do so. One thing I have learned anew, which I would have all my brethren learn, the power of a personal Christ. We Protestants are too apt to make doctrine everything, and the person of Christ is not held in sufficient remembrance; with the Roman Catholic doctrine is nothing, but the person is ever kept in view. The evil is, that the image of Christ before the eye of the Papist is carnal and not spiritual; but could we always keep o’er Lord before our eyes, his spiritual sense, we should be better men than any set of doctrines can ever make us. The Lord give to us to abide in him and so to bring forth much fruit.

Baden-Baden, June 15th, 1860                     C. H. Spurgeon

You can read the sermon, from Spurgeon.org below this video, or you can listen to the sermon being read here, on this VIDEO by Christian Praise and Worship in Songs, Sermons, and Audio Books

There is also a video playlist of Spurgeon sermons available here -
Charles Spurgeon Sermons Playlist 2: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

A Sermon(No. 319)
Delivered on Sabbath Evening, January 15th, 1860, by the
REV. C.H. SPURGEON
At New Park Street Chapel, Southwark.

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.”—Colossians 1:12, 13.

THIS PASSAGE IS A MINE of riches. I can anticipate the difficulty in preaching and the regret in concluding we shall experience this evening because we are not able to dig out all the gold which lies in this precious vein. We lack the power to grasp and the time to expatiate upon that volume of truths which is here condensed into a few short sentences.
    We are exhorted to “give thanks unto the Father.” This counsel is at once needful and salutary. I think, my brethren, we scarcely need to be told to give thanks unto the Son. The remembrance of that bleeding body hanging upon the cross is ever present to our faith. The nails and the spear, his griefs, the anguish of his soul, and his sweat of agony, make ouch tender touching appeals to our gratitude—these will prevent us always from ceasing our songs, and sometimes fire our hearts with rekindling rapture in praise of the man Christ Jesus. Yes we will bless thee, dearest Lord; our souls are all on fire. As we survey the, wondrous cross, we cannot but shout—

“O for this love let rocks and hills
Their lasting silence break,
And all harmonious human tongues
The Savior’s praises speak.”

It is in a degree very much the same with the Holy Spirit. I think we are compelled to feel every day our dependence upon his constant influence. He abides with us as a present and personal Comforter and Counsellor. We, therefore, do praise the Spirit of Grace, who hath made our heart his temple, and who works in us all that is gracious, virtuous, and well-pleasing in the sight of God. If there be any one Person in the Trinity whom we are more apt to forget than another in our praises, it is God the Father. In fact there are some who even get a wrong idea of Him, a slanderous idea of that God whose name is LOVE. They imagine that love dwelt in Christ, rather than in the Father, and that our salvation is rather due to the Son and the Holy Spirit, than to our Father God. Let us not be of the number of the ignorant, but let us receive this truth. We are as much indebted to the Father as to any other Person of the Sacred Three. He as much and as truly loves us as any of the adorable Three Persons. He is as truly worthy of our highest praise as either the Son or the Holy Spirit.
    A remarkable fact, which we should always bear in mind, is this:—in the Holy Scriptures most of the operations which are set down as being the works of the Spirit, are in other Scriptures ascribed to God the Father. Do we say it is God the Spirit that quickens the sinner who is dead in sin? it is true; but you will find in another passage it is said “The Father quickeneth whom he will.” Do we say that the Spirit is the sanctifier, and that the sanctification of the soul is wrought by the Holy Ghost? You will find a passage in the opening of the Epistle of St. Jude, in which it is said, “Sanctified by God the Father.” Now, how are we to account for this? I think it may be explained thus. God the Spirit cometh from God the Father, and therefore whatever acts are performed by the Spirit are truly done by the Father, because he sendeth forth the Spirit. And again, the Spirit is often the instrument—though I say not this in any way to derogate from his glory—he is often the instrument with which the Father works. It is the Father who says to the dry bones, live; it is the Spirit who, going forth with the divine word, makes them live. The quickening is due as much to the word as to the influence that went with the word; and as the word came with all the bounty of free grace and goodwill from the Father, the quickening is due to him. It is true that the seal on our hearts is the Holy Spirit, he is the seal, hut it is the Eternal Father’s hand that stamps the seal; the Father communicates the Spirit to seal our adoption. The works of the Spirit are, many of them, I repeat it again, attributed to the Father, because he worketh in, through, and by the Spirit.
    The works of the Son of God, I ought to observe are every one of them in intimate connection with the Father. If the Son comes into the world, it is because the Father sends him; if the Son calls his people, it is because his Father gave this people into his hands. If the Son redeems the chosen race, is not the Son himself the Father’s gift, and doth not God send his Son into the world that we may live through him? So that the Father, the great Ancient of Days, is ever to be extolled; and we must never omit the full homage of our hearts to him when we sing that sacred doxology,

“Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.”

    In order to excite your gratitude to God the Father to-night, I propose to dilate a little upon this passage, as God the Holy Spirit shall enable me. If you will look at the text, you will see two blessings in it. The first has regard to the future; it is a meetness for the inheritance of the saints in light. The second blessing, which must go with the first, for indeed it is the cause of the first, the effective cause, has relation to the past. Here we read of our deliverance from the power of darkness. Let us meditate a little upon each of these blessings, and then, in the third place, I will endeavor to show the relation which exists between the two.
    I. The first blessing introduced to our notice is this—”God the Father has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” It is a PRESENT BLESSING. Not a mercy laid up for us in the covenant, which we have not yet received, but it is a blessing which every true believer already has in his hand. Those mercies in the covenant of which we have the earnest now while we wait for the full possession, are just as rich, and just as certain as those which have been already with abundant lovingkindness bestowed on us, but still they are not so precious in our enjoyment. The mercy we have in store, and in hand is after all, the main source of our present comfort. And oh what a blessing this! “Made meet for the inheritance of the saints in light.” The true believer is fit for heaven; he is meet to be a partaker of the inheritance—and that now, at this very moment. What does this mean? Does it mean that the believer is perfect; that he is free from sin? No, my brethren, where shall you ever find such perfection in this world? If no man can be a believer but the perfect man, then what has the perfect man to believe? Could he not walk by sight? When he is perfect, he may cease to be a believer. No, brethren, it is not such perfection that is meant although perfection is implied, and assuredly will be given as the result. Far less does this mean that we have a right to eternal life from any doings of our own. We have a fitness for eternal life, a meetness for it, but we have no desert of it. We deserve nothing of God even now, in ourselves. but his eternal wrath and his infinite displeasure. What, then, does It mean? Why, it means just this: we are so far meet that we are accepted in the Beloved, adopted into the family, and fitted by divine approbation to dwell with the saints in light There is a woman chosen to be a bride; she is fitted to be married, fitted to enter into the honorable state and condition of matrimony; but at present she has not on the bridal garment, she is not like the bride adorned for her husband. You do not see her yet robed in her elegant attire, with her ornaments upon her, but you know she is fitted to be a bride, she is received and welcomed as such in the family of her destination. So Christ has chosen his Church to be married to him; she has not yet put on her bridal garment, beautiful array in which she shall stand before the father’s throne, but notwithstanding, there is such a fitness in her to be the bride of Christ, when she shall have bathed herself for a little while, and lain for a little while in the bed of spices—there is such a fitness in her character, such a grace given adaptation in her to become the royal bride of her glorious Lord, and to become a partaker of the enjoyments of bliss—that it may be said of the church as a whole, and of every member of it, that they are “meet for the inheritance of the saints in light.”
    The Greek word, moreover, bears some such meaning as this though I cannot give the exact idiom, it is always difficult when a word is not used often. This word is only used twice that I am aware of, in the New Testament. The word may be employed for “suitable,” or, I think, “sufficient” “He hath made us meet”—sufficient—”to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” But I cannot give my idea without borrowing another figure. When a child is born, it is at once endowed with all the faculties of humanity. If those powers are awanting at first, they will not come afterwards. It has eyes, it has hands, it has feet, and all its physical organs. These of course are as it were in embryo. The senses though perfect at first, must be gradually developed, and the understanding gradually matured. It can see but little, it cannot discern distances. it can hear, but it cannot hear distinctly enough at first to know from what direction the sound comes; but you never find a new leg, a new arm, a new eye, or a new ear growing on that child. Each of these powers will expand and enlarge, but still there is the whole man there at first, and the child is sufficient for a man. Let but God in his infinite providence cause it to feed, and give it strength and increase, it has sufficient for manhood. It does not want either arm or leg, nose or ear. you cannot make it grow a new member; nor does it require a near member either; all are there. In like manner, the moment a man is regenerated, there is every faculty in his new creation that there shall be, even when he gets to heaven. It only needs to be developed and brought out: he will not have a new power, he will not have a new grace, he will have those which he had before, developed and brought out. Just as we are told by the careful observer, that in the acorn there is in embryo every root and every bough and every leaf of the future tree, which only requires to be developed and brought out in their fullness. So, in the true believer, there is a sufficiency or meetness for the inheritance of the saints in light. All that he requires is, not that a new thing should be implanted, but that that which God has put there in the moment of regeneration, shall be cherished and nurtured, and made to grow and increase, till it comes unto perfection and he enters into “the inheritance of the saints in light.” This is, as near as I can give it to you, the exact meaning and literal interpretation of the text, as I understand it.
    But you may say to me, “In what sense is this meetness or fitness for eternal life the work of God the Father? Are we already made meet for heaven? How is this the rather’s work?” Look at the text a moment, and I will answer you in three ways.
    What is heaven? We read it is an inheritance. Who are fit for an inheritance? Sons. Who makes us sons? “Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.” A son is fitted for an inheritance. The moment the son is born he is fitted to be an heir. All that is wanted is that he shall grow up and be capable of possession. But he is fit for an inheritance at first. If he were not a son he could not inherit as an heir. Now as soon as ever we become sons we are meet to inherit. There is in us an adaptation, a power and possibility for us to have an inheritance. This is the prerogative of the Father, to adopt us into his family, and to “beget us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” And do you not see, that as adoption is really the meetness for inheritance, it is the Father who hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light?”
    Again, heaven is an inheritance; but whose inheritance is it? It is an inheritance of the saints. It is not an inheritance of sinners, but of saints—that is, of the holy ones—of those who have been made saints by being sanctified. Turn then, to the Epistle of Jude, and you will see at once who it is that sanctified. You will observe the moment you fix your eye upon the passage that it is God the Father. In the first verse you read, “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father.” It is an inheritance for saints: and who are saints? The moment a man believes in Christ, he may know himself to have bean truly set apart in the covenant decree; and he finds consecration, if I may so speak, verified in his own experience, for he has now become “a new creature in Christ Jesus,” separated from the rest of the world, and then it is manifest and made known that God has taken him to be his son for ever. The meetness which I must have, in order to enjoy the inheritance of the saints in light, is my becoming a son. God hath made me and all believers sons, therefore we are meet for the inheritance; so then that meetness has come from the Father. How meetly therefore doth the Father claim our gratitude, our adoration and our love!
    You will however observe, it is not merely said that heaven is the inheritance of the saints, but that it is “the inheritance of the saints in light.” So the saints dwell in light—the light of knowledge, the light of purity, the light of joy, the light of love, pure ineffable love, the light of everything that is glorious and ennobling. There they dwell, and if I am to appear meet for that inheritance, what evidence must I have? I must have light shining into my own soul. But where can I get it? Do I not read that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and Cometh down”—yea verily, but from whom? From the Spirit? No—”from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” The preparation to enter into the inheritance in light is light. and light comes from the Father of lights; therefore, my meetness, if I have light in myself, is the work of the Father, and I must give him praise. Do you see then, that as there are three words used here—”the inheritance of the saints in light,” so we have a threefold meetness? We are adopted and made sons. God hath sanctified us and set us apart. And then, again, he hath put light into our hearts. All this, I say, is the work of the Father, and in this sense, we are “meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.”
    A few general observations here. Brethren, I am persuaded that if an angel from heaven were to come to-night and single out any one believer from the crowd here assembled, there is not one believer that is unfit to be taken to heaven. You may not be ready to be taken to heaven now; that is to say, if I foresaw that you were going to live, I would tell you you were unfit to die, in a certain sense. But were you to die now in your pew, if you believe in Christ, you are fit for heaven. You have a meetness even now which would take you there at once, without being committed to purgatory for a season. You are even now fit to be “partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” You have but to gasp out your last breath and you shall be in heaven, and there shall not be one spirit in heaven more fit for heaven than you, nor one soul more adapted for the place than you are. You shall be just as fitted for its element as those who are nearest to the eternal throne.
    Ah! this makes the heirs of glory think much of God the Father. When we reflect, my brethren, upon our state by nature, and how fit we are to be fire-brands in the flames of hell—yet to think that we are this night, at this very moment if Jehovah willed it, fit to sweep the golden harps with joyful fingers, that this head is fit this very night to wear the everlasting crown, that these loins are fit to be girded with that fair white robe throughout eternity, I say, this makes us think gratefully of God the Father; this makes us clap our hands with joy, and say, “thanks be unto God the Father, who hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” Do ye not remember the penitent thief? It was but a few minutes before that he had been cursing Christ. I doubt not that he had joined with the other, for it is said, “They that were crucified with him reviled him.” Not one, but both; they did it. And then a gleam of supernatural glory lit up the face of Christ, and the thief saw and believed. And Jesus said unto him, “Verily I say unto thee, this day,” though the sun is setting, “this day shalt thou be with me in Paradise.” No long preparation required, no sweltering in purifying fires. And so shall it be with us. We may have been in Christ Jesus to our own knowledge but three weeks, or we may have been in him for ten years, or threescore years and ten—the date of our conversion makes no difference in our meetness for heaven, in a certain sense. True indeed the older we grow the more grace we have tasted, the riper we are becoming, and the fitter to be housed in heaven; but that is in another sense of the word,—the Spirit’s meetness which he gives. But with regard to that meetness which the Father gives, I repeat, the blade of corn, the blade of gracious wheat that has just appeared above the surface of conviction, is as fit to be carried up to heaven as the full-grown corn in the ear. The sanctification wherewith we are sanctified by God the Father is not progressive, it Is complete at once, we are now adapted for heaven, now fitted for it, and we shall enter into the joy of our Lord.
    Into this subject I might have entered more fully; but I have not time. I am sure I have left some knots untied, and you must untie them if you can yourselves; and let me recommend you to untie them on your knees—the mysteries of the kingdom of God are studied much the best when you are in prayer.
    II. The second mercy is A MERCY THAT LOOKS BACK. We sometimes prefer the mercies that look forward, because they unfold such a bright prospect.

“Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood.”

But here is a mercy that looks backward; turns its back, as it were, on the heaven of our anticipation, and looks back on the gloomy past, and the dangers from which we have escaped. Let us read the account of it—”Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” This verse is an explanation of the preceding, as we shall have to show in a few minutes. But just now let us survey this mercy by itself. Ah! my brethren, what a description have we here of what matter of men we used to be. We were under “the power of darkness.” Since I have been musing on this text, I have turned these words over and over in my mind—”the power of darkness!” It seems to me one of the most awful expressions that man ever attempted to expound. I think I could deliver a discourse from it, if God the Spirit helped me, which might make every bone in your body shake. “The power of darkness!” We all know that there is a moral darkness which exercises its awful spell over the mind of the sinner. Where God is unacknowledged the mind is void of judgment. Where God is unworshipped the heart of man becomes a ruin. The chambers of that dilapidated heart are haunted by ghostly fears and degraded superstitions. The dark places of that reprobate mind are tenanted by vile lusts and noxious passions, like vermin and reptiles, from which in open daylight we turn with disgust. And even natural darkness is tremendous. In the solitary confinement which is practiced in some of our penitentiaries the very worst results would be produced if the treatment were prolonged. If one of you were to be taken to-night and led into some dark cavern, and left there, I can imagine that for a moment, not knowing your fate, you might feel a child-like kind of interest about it;—there might be, perhaps, a laugh as you found yourselves in the dark; there might for the moment, from the novelty of the position, be some kind of curiosity excited. There might, perhaps, be a flush of silly joy. In a little time you might endeavor to compose yourself to sleep; possibly you night sleep; but if you should awake, and still find yourself down deep in the bowels of earth, where never a ray of sun or candle light could reach you; do you know the next feeling that would come over you? It would be a kind of idiotic thoughtlessness. You would find it impossible to control your desperate imagination. You heart would say, “O God I am alone, alone, alone, in this dark place.” How would you cast your eyeballs all around, and never catching a gleam of light, your mind would begin to fail. Your next stage would be one of increasing terror. You would fancy that you saw something, and then you would cry, “Ah! I would I could see something, were it foe or fiend!” You would feel the dark sides of your dungeon. You would begin to “scribble on the walls,” like David before king Achish. Agitation would cease hold upon you, and it you were kept there much longer, delirium and death would be the consequence. We have heard of many who have been taken from the penitentiary to the lunatic asylum; and the lunacy is produced partly by the solitary confinement, and partly by the darkness in which they are placed. In a report lately written by the Chaplain of Newgate, there are some striking reflections upon the influence of darkness in a way of discipline. Its first effect is to shut the culprit up to his own reflections, and make him realize his true position in the iron grasp of the outraged law. Methinks the man that has defied his keepers, and come in there cursing and swearing, when he has found himself alone in darkness, where he cannot even hear the rattling of carriages along the streets, and can see no light whatever, is presently cowed; he gives in, he grows tame. “The power of darkness” literally is something awful. If I had time, I would enlarge upon this subject. We cannot properly describe what “the power of darkness” is, even in this world. The sinner is plunged into the darkness of his sins, and he sees nothing, he knows nothing. Let him remain there a little longer, and that joy of curiosity, that hectic joy which he now has in the path of sin, will die away, and there will come over him a spirit of slumber. Sin will make him drowsy, so that he will not hear the voice of the ministry, crying to him to escape for his life. Let him continue in it, and it will by-and-bye make him spiritually an idiot. He will become so in sin, that common reason will be lost on him. All the arguments that a sensible man will receive, will be only wasted on him. Let him go on, and he will proceed from bad to worse, till he acquires the raving mania of a desperado in sin; and let death step in, and the darkness will have produced its full effect; he will come into the delirious madness of hell. Ah! it needs but the power of sin to make a man more truly hideous than human thought can realize, or language paint. Oh “the power of darkness!”
    Now, my brethren, all of us were under this power once. It is but a few months—a few weeks with some of you—since you were under the power of darkness and of sin. Some of you had only got as far as the curiosity of it; others had got as far as the sleepiness of it; a good many of you had got as far as the apathy of it; and I do not know but some of you had got almost to the terror of it. You had so cursed and swore; so yelled ye out your blasphemies, that you seemed to be ripening for hell; but, praised and blessed be the name of the Father, he has “translated you from the power of darkness, into the kingdom of his dear Son.”
    Having thus explained this term, “the power of darkness,” to show you what you were, let us take the next word, “and hath translated us.” Whet a angular word this—”translated”—is. I dare say you think it means the process by which a word is interpreted, when the sense is retained, while the expression is rendered in another language. That is one meaning of the word “translation,” but it is not the meaning here. The word is used by Josephus in this sense—the taking away of a people who have been dwelling in a certain country, and planting them in another place. This is called a translation. We sometimes hear of a bishop being translated or removed from one see to another. Now, if you want to have the idea explained, give me your attention while I bring out an amazing instance of a great translation. The children of Israel were in Egypt under taskmasters that oppressed them very sorely, and brought them into iron bondage. What did God do for these people? There were two millions of them. He did not temper the tyranny of the tyrant; he did not influence his mind, to give them a little more liberty; but he translated his people; he took the whole two millions bodily, with a high hand and outstretched arm, and led them through the wilderness, and translated them into the kingdom of Canaan; and there they were settled. What an achievement was that, when, with their flocks and their herds, and their little ones, the whole host of Israel went out of Egypt, crossed the Jordan, and came into Canaan! My dear brethren, the whole of it was not equal to the achievement of God’s powerful grace, when he! brings one poor sinner out of the region of sin into the kingdom of holiness and peace. It was easier for God to bring Israel out of Egypt, to split the Red Sea, to make a highway through the pathless wilderness, to drop manna from heaven, to send the whirlwind to drive out the kings; it was easier for Omnipotence to do all this, than to translate a man from the power of darkness into the kingdom of his dear Son. This is the grandest achievement of Omnipotence. The sustenance of the whole universe, I do believe, is even less than this—the changing of a bad heart, the subduing of an iron will. But thanks be unto the Father, he has done all that for you and for me. He has brought us out of darkness, he has translated us, taken up the old tree that has struck its roots never so deep—taken it up, blessed be God, roots and all, and planted it in a goodly soil. He had to cut the top off, it is true—the high branches of our pride; but the tree has grown better in the near soil than it ever did before. Who ever heard of moving so huge a plant as a man who has grown fifty years old in sin? Oh! what wonders hath our Father done for us I He has taken the wild leopard of the wood, tamed it into a lamb, and purged away its spots. He has regenerated the poor Ethiopian—oh, how black are were by nature—our blackness was more than skin deep; it went to the center of our hearts; but, blessed be his name, he hath washed us white, and is still carrying on the divine operation, and he will yet completely deliver us from every taint of sin, and will finally bring us into the kingdom of his dear son. Here, then, in the second mercy, we discern from what we were delivered, and how we were delivered—God the Father hath “translated” us.
    But where are we now? Into what place is the believer brought, when he is brought out of the power of darkness? He is brought into the kingdom of God’s dear Son. Into what other kingdom would the Christian desire to be brought? Brethren. a republic may sound very well in theory, but in spiritual matters, the last thing we want is a republic. We want a kingdom. I love to have Christ an absolute monarch in the heart. I do not want to have a doubt about it. I want to give up all my liberty to him. for I feel that I never shall be free till my self-control is all gone; that I shall never have my will truly free till it is bound in the golden fetters of his sweet love. We are brought into a kingdom—he is Lord and Sovereign, and he has made us “kings and priests unto our God,” and we shall reign with him. The proof that we are in this kingdom must consist in our obedience to our King. Here, perhaps, we may raise many causes and questions, but surely we can say after all, though we have offended our King many times, yet our heart is loyal to him. “Oh, thou precious Jesus! we would obey thee, and yield submission to every one of thy laws, our sins are not wilful and beloved sins, but though we fall we can truly say, that we would be holy as thou art holy, our heart is true towards thy statutes; Lord, help us to run in the way of thy commandments.”
    So, you see, this mercy which God the Father hath given to us, this second of these present mercies, is, that he hath “translated us out of the power of darkness into the kingdom of his dear Son.” This is the Father’s work. Shall we not love God the Father from this day forth? Will we not give him thanks, and sing our hymns to him, and exalt and triumph in his great name?
    III. Upon the third point, I shall be as brief as possible; it is to SHOW THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE TWO VERSES.
    When I get a passage of Scripture to meditate upon, I like, if I can, to see its drift, then I like to examine its various parts, and see if I can understand each separate clause; and then I want to go back again, and see what one clause has to do with another. I looked and looked again at this text, and wondered what connection there could be between the two verses. “Giving thanks unto God the Father, who hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” Well, that is right enough; we can see how this is the work of God the Father, to make us meet to go to heaven. But has the next verse, the 13th, anything to do with our meetness?—”Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” Well, I looked it over and I said I will read it in this way. I see the 12th verse tells me that the inheritance of heaven is the inheritance of light. Is heaven light? Then I can see my meetness for it as described in the 13th verse.—He hath delivered me from the power of darkness. Is not that the same thing? If I am delivered from the power of darkness, is not that being made meet to dwell in light? If I am now brought out of darkness into light, and am walking in the light, is not that the very meetness which is spoken of in the verse before? Then I read again. It says they are saints. Well, the saints are a people that obey the Son. Here is my meetness then in the 13th verse, where it says “He hath translated me from the power of darkness into the kingdom of his dear Son.” So that I not only have the light, but the sonship too, for I am in “the kingdom of his dear Son.” But how about the inheritance? Is there anything about that in the 13th verse? It is an inheritance; shall I find anything about a meetness for it there? Yes, I find that I am in the kingdom of his dear Son. How came Christ to have a kingdom? Why, by inheritance. Then it seems I am in his inheritance; and if I am in his inheritance here, then I am meet to be in it above, for I am in it already. I am even now part of it and partner of it, since I am in the kingdom which he inherits from his Father, and therefore there is the meetness.
    I do not know whether I have put this plainly enough before you. If you will be kind enough to look at your Bible, I will just recapitulate. You see, heaven is a place of light; when we are brought out of darkness, that, of course, is the meetness for light. It is a place for sons; when we are brought into the kingdom of God’s dear Son, we are of course made sons, so that there is the meetness for it. It is an inheritance; and when we are brought into the inherited kingdom of God’s dear Son, we enjoy the inheritance now, and consequently are fitted to enjoy it for ever.
    Having thus shown the connection between these verses, I propose now to close with a few general observations. I like so to expound the Scripture, that we can draw some practical inferences from it. Of course the first inference is this: let us from this night forward never omit God the Father in our praises. I think I have said this already six times over in the sermon. Why I am repeating it so often, is that we may never forget it. Martin Luther said he preached upon justification by faith every day in the week and then the people would not understand. There are some truths, I believe, that need to be said over and over again, either because our silly hearse will not receive, or our treacherous memories will not hold them. Sing, I beseech you, habitually, the praises of the Father in heaven, as you do the praises of the Son hanging upon the cross. Love as truly God, the ever-living God, as you love Jesus the God-man, the Savior who once died for you. That is the great inference.
    Yet another inference arises. Brothers and sisters, are you conscious to-night that you are not now what you once were? Are you sure that the power of darkness does not now rest upon you, that you love divine knowledge, that you are panting after heavenly joys? Are you sure that you have been “translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son?” Then never be troubled about thoughts of death, because, come death whenever it may, you are meet to be a “partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light.” Let no thought distress you about death’s coming to you at an unseasonable hour. Should it come to-morrow should it come now, if your faith is fixed on nothing less than Jesu’s blood and righteousness, you shall see the face of God with acceptance. I have that consciousness in my soul, by the witness of the Holy Spirit, of my adoption into the family of God, that I feel that though I should never preach again, but should lay down my body and my charge together, ere I should reach my home, and rest in my bed, “I know that my Redeemer liveth,” and more, that I should be a “partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light.” It is not always that one feels that but I would have you never rest satisfied till you do, till you know your meetness, till you are conscious of it; until, moreover, you are panting to be gone, because you feel that you have powers which never can be satisfied short-of heaven—powers which heaven only can employ.
    One more reflection lingers behind. There are some of you here that cannot be thought by the utmost charity of judgment, to be “meet for the inheritance of the saints in light.” Ah! if a wicked man should go to heaven without being converted, heaven would be no heaven to him. Heaven is not adapted for sinners; it is not a place for them. If you were to take a Hottentot who has long dwelt at the equator up to where the Esquimaux are dwelling, and tell him that you would show him the aurora, and all the glories of the North Pole, the poor wretch could not appreciate them; he would say, “It is not the element for me; it is not the place where I could rest happy! And if you were to take, on the other hand, some dwarfish dweller in the north, down to the region where trees grow to a stupendous height, and where the spices give their balmy odours to the gale, and bid him live there under the torrid zone, he could enjoy nothing; he would say, “This is not the place for me, because it is not adapted to my nature.” Or if you were to take the vulture, that has never fed on anything but carrion, and put it into the noblest dwelling you could make for it, and feed it with the daintiest meals, it would not be happy because it is not food that is adapted for it. And you, sinner, you are nothing but a carrion vulture; nothing makes you happy but sin, you do not want too much psalm singing, do you? Sunday is a dull day to you; you like to get it over, you do not care about your Bible; you would as soon there should be no Bible at all, You find that going to a meeting-house or a church is very dull work indeed. Oh then you will not be troubled with that in eternity; do not agitate yourself. If you love not God, and die as you are, you shall go to your own company, you shall go to your jolly mates, you shall go to your good fellows; those who have been your mates on earth shall be your mates for ever; but you shall go to the Prince of those good fellows, unless you repent and be converted. Where God is you cannot come. It is not an element suited to you. As well place a bird at the bottom of the sea, or a fish in the air, as place an ungodly sinner in heaven. What is to be done then? You must have a new nature. I pray God to give it to you. Remember if now you feel your need of a Savior, that is the beginning of the new nature. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ;” cast yourselves simply on him, trust in nothing but his blood, and then the new nature shall be expanded, and you shall be made meet by the Holy Spirit’s operations to be a “partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light.” There is many a man who has come into this house of prayer, many a man is now present, who has come in here a rollicking fellow, fearing neither God nor devil. Many a man has come from the ale house up to this place. If he had died then, where would his soul have been? But the Lord that very night met him, There are trophies of that grace present here to-night. You can say, “Thanks be to the Father, who hath brought us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” And if God has done that for some, why cannot he do it for others? Why need you despair, O poor sinner? If thou art here to-night, the worst sinner out of hell, remember, the gate of mercy stands wide open, and Jesus bids thee come, Conscious of thy guilt, flee, flee to him. Look to his cross, and thou shalt find pardon in his veins, and life in his death.

Mayflower Story

Part I

Excerpt from Desperate Crossing–The Untold Story of the Mayflower. An excellent History Channel overview of the Mayflower journey

VIDEO by PlanoProf

Part II

Excerpt of the Story of the Mayflower journey from Europe to America.

Part III

Part 3 of 3 of an excerpt of the Story of the Mayflower journey from Europe to America.

AMÂNARE VS RĂBDARE – De Sefora Geantă

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…un editorial scris de fiica Pastorului Nicolae Geantă, Sefora Geantă care la varsta de 15 ani si 9 luni nu numai ca este dotata cu intelepciune, dar Dumnezeu a binecuvantat-o si cu darul scrisului! Sefora s-a botezat in apa in data de 5 octombrie, 2014. Vezi aici – Botez Biserica Izbânda Drăgăneasa (Prahova) – Nicolae Geantă & Onisim Botezatu 05 octombrie 2014

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AMÂNARE VS RĂBDARE

E greu să aștepți… Fie că aștepți să ieși din pușcărie, fie că aștepți să îți nască soția sau să te măriți. Așteptarea nu poate fi mai grea sau mai ușoară, pentru că ea nu e măsurabilă. Chiar dacă uneori o asociem cu “nerăbdarea” şi alte ori “groaza”, în fond și la urma urmei tot așteptare se numește.

Nu totul se rezumă la prezent, iar dorințele nu se împlinesc la clipeala ochiului pentru că viața nu e un spectacol de magie.

Există două tipuri de așteptare:

1) Așteptarea bună, numită și răbdarea.

Este o virtute; nu te naști cu ea, ci o înveți încet încet, zi de zi.

Răbdarea se naște din iubire. Ea suferă și nădăjduiește totul, pentru că răbdarea pune nevoia celuilalt pe primul loc.

Chiar dacă uneori ne fac să ne ieșim din minți, oamenii sunt pe pământ spre binele nostru: unii ne învață răbdarea, alții ne-o testează.

La români se întâlnește mai rar această calitate, nu numai pentru ca “românașului îi place sus la munte”, liber, singur și nederanjat, ci și datorită impulsivității noastre specifice și a dorinței de a da cu bâta ori sapa în cutia craniană a interlocutorului.

Dumnezeu ne cere să fim răbdători, pentru că răbdarea ne aduce pacea. E greu să ai răbdare, mai ales când norii negrii întunecă zarea, iar viitorul pare (sau chiar este) un scenariu apocaliptic. Chiar dacă plouă și cerul e trist, soarele e dincolo de nori. Chiar dacă problemele sunt grele, Dumnezeu e tot timpul prezent, gata să îți ridice povara. Suferința e mai ușor de suportat când ești conștient că toate trec și acel ce rabdă în tăcere primește răsplata.

2) Așteptarea rea, numită și amânarea.

Este întâlnită la orice pas și ni se potrivește ca o a doua piele.

O purtăm cu fală, precum copiii de bani gata țoalele de firmă.

Nu ne ferim de amânare, ba chiar o încurajăm – “cere-ți iertare mâine…”/ “împacă-te mâine…” / “schimbă-te mâine…”. E ușor să amâni, ba chiar instinctual. Din vina ei au murit atâția oameni nemântuiți, atâția neîmpăcați cu familia.

Amânarea e paralelă cu dragostea, pentru că prima vrea confort, a doua cere sacrificii. Şi, ca şinele de cale ferată, nu se întâlnesc.

Amânarea e o refuzare conștientă a fericirii, e eliberarea vrabiei din mână pentru pasărea de pe gard.

Amânarea este sinucidere zilnică, iar mâine poate fi prea târziu să mai repari ceva.

Cei ce amână nu sunt niciodată învingători, singurul lor premiu fiind dreptul de a fi mediocrii.

În viață trebuie să învățăm să așteptăm. Oricât ar fi de greu. Pentru că toate își au vremea lor. Iar vinul cel bun se dă abia la urmă.

Cu toate acestea, trebuie să avem grijă, pentru că uneori, de la prea multă așteptare, avem impresia că facem ceva așteptând. Şi asta nu e bine…

Trebuie să răbdăm nemăsurat răutatea și să amânăm la infinit răzbunarea. Să iubim adevărul, dar să iertăm greșelile. Să așteptăm cu nerăbdare venirea lui Hristos, dar cu groază judecata divină. Pentru că atunci când răbdarea a luat sfârșit, vine pedeapsa pentru cei ce au amânat schimbarea…

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