This is an interesting video where the dialogue placed in Dawkins mouth is the argument used by him against the Bible and God. It is brilliantly done.
30 Sep 2011 2 Comments
29 Sep 2011 6 Comments
The Christian Post reports that 34 year old Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani who has been under death sentence for refusing to renounce his Christian faith was under court examination this week after the Iran Supreme Court upheld his death sentence of September 2010. Pastor Nadarkhani has been jailed since 2009.
The Christian Post reports that “On Wednesday, Nadarkhani refused for the fourth time in open court to renounce his Christian faith. That’s one opportunity more than required under Iranian law to execute the pastor for apostasy. In a letter Nadarkhani wrote last June from Iran’s Lakin Prison, he affirmed his determination to stay true to his Christian faith even to his death.”
Pastor Nadarkhani obviously is standing on God’s word- Luke 12:4
“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do.
He should make us consider carefully how much we trust Christ and how much we reflect this in the way we live our life each and every day.
May the Lord be with him! And may he shake us all out of our selfishness and complacency.
You can read the article here at the Christian Post website.
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Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (James 1:17)
Rev. Al Baker:
Astronomers tell us that our galaxy, the Milky Way, has over three billion stars, that it is one thousand light years deep, that it is one hundred thousand light years across. One light year is the speed of light (one hundred and eighty-six thousand miles per second) multiplied by every second in one year! They also say that there are one hundred billion galaxies in our universe. These figures are incomprehensible to us, but they proclaim a God of immeasurable glory and immensity, One who fills up every inch of his creation with his omnipresence, omnipotence, and omniscience.
James refers to God as ‘the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow’. Earlier he urges us not to be deceived, not to be led astray by wrong notions. He is after our holiness, saying that the trials of life are from God’s hand, that the temptations of life are put there by the devil, with God ordaining the devil’s work of temptation. It is within this context of trial and temptation that James lays down two foundational principles — the doctrine of God and the doctrine of salvation. In this verse he takes up the doctrine of God, telling us that he is unchangeable. Every day of the year finds the sun rising and setting at different times. The shadows vary daily, but the Father of lights who created the vastness of all universes is unlike his creation. He does not change. He is the same every day!
The Greek text uses two different words (dosis and dorema) in speaking of God’s gifts. The first word (good thing bestowed) has to do with the gift itself. God is saying that he is the author of all things and these always ultimately are good, even the trials of life (Rom.s 8:28). The second word deals with the character or quality of the gifts that God gives (every perfect gift) those things which come down from heaven and the hand of God (Mark 1:10, Rev. 3:12). And why does God give these perfect gifts? So that we may have perfect endurance that leads to perfect holiness which comes from perfect prayer which can only come through perfect faith (James 1:2-11).
And James puts forth two important attributes of God in this verse. He speaks of him as one of unmitigable transcendence (Gen. 1:1, Mal. 4:2, John 1:4, 1 John 1:5). He is eternal, transcendent, and separate from us, a being of immeasurable immensity. He is beyond time and space. Practically this means that he sits on his throne in heaven and does as he pleases (Psa. 115:3). Nothing or no one can thwart his sovereign plan. If we stop here, however, we may be tempted to see God as capricious or arbitrary. But James also tells us that he is a God of immutable or unchangeable love (Mal. 3:6, 1 John 3:1, Jer. 31:3). His love is eternal and literally ‘out of this world’. Here’s what James is telling us — God always does good for all his people, all the time.
If you presently are ‘living large’, then you no doubt can easily agree with this statement. If you have a great job where you are making lots of money, if you have a spouse and lovely, healthy, growing children, if you are enjoying a pain free life, then sure, you agree with this statement. But what if you have recently gone through the pain of divorce or separation? What if you live with an abusive alcoholic or drug addict who is running the family into poverty? What if you are out of work and you are watching your net worth diminish? What if you live with the constant threat of being laid off from your job? What if your children are breaking your heart by walking away from the faith you love and taught them? What if you are watching a loved one waste away from some terrible form of cancer? Can you still say that God always does good for all his people all the time?
Not only can you say, ‘Yes’, to this question but you must say ‘Yes’ to it. If you do not learn to consider all trials with joy, if you do not see that everything comes from the hand of God and ultimately is a good and perfect gift meant for the perfection of your holiness, then you will not make it in this world. You will eventually ‘cash in your chips’, walk away from the faith, or find some other god to bring comfort. If you desire, with Paul, ‘to fight the good fight of faith, to finish the course, to keep the faith,’ then you must believe and act upon the glorious truth that God always does good for all his people all the time.
How can you get there? You must do what James is telling you to do in this verse. You must learn to argue the greater to the lesser. He is putting forth the vastness of creation and the fact that a God of unmitigable transcendence and immutable love is the great lover of your soul. If he has done this awesome work of creation, if he sustains it, if he fills up the vastness of his creation with his glorious presence, then surely he can take care of you! If the heavens are telling of the glory of God, if the expanse is declaring the work of his hands (Psa. 19:1), if he has marked off the expanse of the heavens by the span of his hands (Isa. 40:12), if he has created the stars, if he leads forth their host by number, if he calls all the billions and billions of stars by name, if none of them are missing due to the greatness of his might and the strength of his power (Isa. 40:26), then surely you can trust him in every circumstance of your life! If God has loved you with his everlasting love (Jer. 31:3), if he has known and loved you as long as he has existed (Rom. 8:29), if absolutely nothing can separate you from his love (Rom. 8:31ff), then can you not trust him to bring good from everything in your life?
In John 17:9, while praying for his immediate disciples, Jesus says, ‘I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom thou hast given me; for they are thine.’ On the one hand, this is glorious and comforting to the believer. It means you can be certain that the Lord Jesus is always praying for you (Heb. 7:25). When you face trials, know that Jesus prays to his Father on your behalf, asking him to sustain you, to perfect you, to give you his perfect peace (John 14:27). On the other hand, this is a very sobering statement because it means the unbeliever is totally alone in this world. He has no heavenly Father. He has no priestly Jesus to intercede on his behalf. He faces the trials and sorrows of life without supernatural intervention. He has chosen to believe that God does not exist, or that he is impersonal, imperious, or impotent. Thus he reaps the awful fruit of his unbelief. He must go it alone. Not so for you, if you are in Jesus. So argue the greater to the lesser and find your comfort and hope in Jesus, the great lover of your soul!
Rev. Allen M Baker is Pastor of Christ Community Presbyterian Church in West Hartford, Connecticut.
29 Sep 2011 6 Comments
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Saptamina de Evanghelizare din 11-18 Septembrie,2011
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In acest video, vizionati prima ora de la Deschiderea Bisericii Gloria Bujac 11 Septembrie, 2011-include istoricul Bisericii.
28 Sep 2011 2 Comments
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The most serious difference of all between evangelical Calvinism and Hyper-Calvinism arises on the subject of the Love of God. In the fourth and final point in Iain H Murray’s book ‘Spurgeon v. Hyper-Calvinism, Murray lays out Spurgeon’s case (P 88).
Spurgeon saw that behind the distortion of predestination, and the unwillingness to believe that gospel invitations are to be addressed freely to all men, lay a failure to understand what Scripture reveals about the character of God himself. If God has chosen an elect people, then Hyper-Calvinism argued, he can have no desire for the salvation of any others and to speak as though he had, is to deny the particularity of grace. Of course, Hyper-Calvinists accepted that the gospel be preached to all, but they denied that such preaching was intended to demonstrate any love on the part of God for all, or any invitation to all to receive mercy.
A sermon of 1858 which Spurgeon preached on “Sovereign Grace and Man’s Responsibility” identified this crucial difference with Hyper-Calvinism. He took for his text the words of God quoted by Paul in Romans 10:20-21, “I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. But to Israel he saith, all day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.’ In such words Spurgeon saw proof that God can be said to desire the salvation even of those who persist in rejecting him:
‘Lost sinners who sit under the sound of the gospel are not lost for the want of the most affectionate invitation. God says he stretches out his hands…What did he wish them to come for? Why, to be saved. “No,” says one, “it was for temporal mercies”. Not so my friend, the verse before is concerning spiritual mercies, and so is this one, for they refer to the same thing. Now, was God sincere in his offer? God forgive the man dares say he was not. God is undoubtedly sincere in every act he did. He sent his prophets, he entreated the people of Israel to lay hold on spiritual things, but they would not, and though he stretched out his hands all the day long, yet they were “a disobedient and gainsaying people’, and would not have his love.
Spurgeon regarded the denial of God’s desire for the salvation of all men as no mere theoretical mistake. For it converged with one of the greatest obstacles to faith on the part of the unconverted, that is to say, a wrong view of the character of God. Men “imagine that God is a severe being, angry and fierce, very easily moved to wrath, but not so easily to be induced to love’. The truth of divine love is the last to enter men’s heads.
Spurgeon comments, “We think that ultra-calvinism, which goes vastly beyond the teaching of Christ…gets its support from a wrong view of God. To the ultra-calvinist his absolute sovereignty is delightfully conspicuous. He is awe-stricken with the great and glorious attributes of the Most High. His omnipotence appals him, and his sovereignty astonishes him, and he at once submits as by a stern necessity to the will of God. He, however, too much forgets that God is love…To see the holiness, the love, the justice, the faithfulness, the immutability, the omnipotence, and the sovereignty of God, all shining like a bright corona of eternal and ineffable light, this has never been given perfectly to any human being, and inasmuch as we have not seen all these, as we hope yet to see them, our faulty vision has been the ground of diver’s mistakes.’
If it were not that ‘God is love’ his presence could never have been desirable to sinners. The gospel presents love as the attraction. “God so loved”. It is love that draws, as the record of the four Gospels make abundantly plain. What was it that moved him as he saw the multitude but a compassion for all? (Matt. 9:36) What but love brought him to weep over lost Jerusalem? (Luke 19:41) and to say, “How often would I have gathered thy children…and ye would not!” (Matt.23:37)The preaching of Christ contained a promise of welcome for all and his whole life revealed him longing for the salvation of men and women. ‘None of us,’ says Spurgeon, ‘loves men as Christ loves them. We say,”Sinner, only trust in Christ.” Ah, ye do not know what a great “only” that is. It is a work so great that no man can do it unaided by God…But if anything can call faith into excercise,”he goes on, it is the knowledge ‘that Christ is willing to receive thee’”. Preaching Christ for Spurgeon, had to include the urging of this knowledge upon all:
“If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink.” He invites men to come, he pleads with them to come; and when they will not come he gently upbraids them wih such words as these, “Ye will not come unto me that ye might have life”… All our Lord’s sermons were so many loving calls to poor aching hearts to come and find what they need in him. “Beloved, there is nothing that so delights Jesus Christ as to save sinners…
But it is more than knowledge of the love of God as taught in SCripture which preachers need. They must themselves be possessed by the love of which they speak. Invitations to trust in Christ preached without love are no invitations at all.
It was Spurgeon’s own persuasion of the love of Christ for the souls of the men that lies at the heart of his weekly evangelistic preaching in London for thirty-seven years. He had no hesitation in concluding sermons with such words as, “Cast yourself upon the Saviour’s love and you shall go down to your house justified”. Sometimes Spurgeon made reference to his own experience, then entreating:
“Do you turn away and say you will not be commanded? Then again will I change my note…I exhort you to flee to Christ. Oh my brother, doest thou know what a loving Christ he is? Let me tell thee from my own soul what I know of him…I thought that Christ was cruel and unkind. Oh I can never forgive myself that I would have thought so ill of him. But what a loving reception did I have when I went to him. I thought he would smite me, but his hand was not clenched in anger but opened wide in mercy…his eyes were full of tears. He fell on my neck and kissed me…I entreat you to stop and consider. Do you know what it is you are rejecting this morning? You are rejecting Christ, your only Saviour…I should be worse than a fiend if I did not now, with all love and kindness and earnestness, beseech you to “lay hold on eternal life, to labour not for the meat that perishes, but for the meat that endureth unto everlasting life”.
Iain Murray here ends with a quote from another Calvinist preacher who similarly entreats sinners with, “The Gospel does not say: ‘There is a Savior, if you wish to be saved;’ but, “Sir, you have no right to go to hell. You can’t go there without trampling the Son of God.”
27 Sep 2011 1 Comment
Tim Conway- illbehonest.com/romana
Fraţii mei, cum vă spuneam şi săptămâna trecută despre împăratul Asa, Biblia spune că el, chiar în timpul bolii lui, a căutat pe doctori şi n-a căutat pe Domnul. Fraţi creştini,când aveţi probleme cu banii şi nu-L căutaţi mai întâi pe Domnul, sau probleme cu sănătatea, nevoi în trup, şi nu-L căutaţi mai întâi pe Domnul, când aveţi nevoie de mâncare, sau de îmbrăcăminte, când aveţi nevoie de ajutor, sau de o casă, sau de o biserică, atunci când aveţi nevoie de pricepere, sau de umilinţă, când aveţi nevoie… fraţii mei, oricare ar fi acea nevoie, dacă nu-L căutaţi pe Dumnezeu mai întâi, se numeşte mândrie, înseamnă a te baza pe braţul de carne, iar Dumnezeu urăşte asta, şi este total opus felului în care Dumnezeu a creat universul.
Trebuie să deveniţi convinşi de acest lucru, şi să-l recunoaşteţi în orice. Noaptea când vă aşezaţi capul pe pernă, să-I mulţumiţi Domnului că aveţi o pernă, iar dimneaţa când vă treziţi, să-i mulţumiţi că v-a dat o nouă zi. Fraţii mei, trebuie să înţelegeţi că atunci când nu-L recunoaştem pe El în toate lucrurile, înseamnă că Îl necinstim. Atunci când nu-I cereţi Lui mai întâi ajutorul în orice nevoie, Îl necinstiţi. Fraţii mei, oamenii sunt aroganţi, sunt mândri şi vor să fie independenţi şi trebuie să vedeţi asta în voi înşivă. Ca să lupţaţi împotriva acestui lucru, mai întâi, fraţilor, trebuie să-i spuneţi pe nume. Trebuie să înţelegeţi că Dumnezeu nu l-a creat pe om ca să se laude toată ziua cu darurile lui sau cu lucrurile pe care le are.
Apostolul spune, “Ce lucru ai, pe care să nu-l fi primit?” (1Cor.4:7) Nu aveţi nimic, absolut nimic… Fără El nu sunteţi buni de nimic, fără El sunteţi nefolositori. Fraţii mei, trăiţi în lumina acestui lucru. Acesta este primul şi cel mai important principiu, unul fundamental atunci când vă luptaţi cu poftele firii pământeşti, iar una din aceste pofte este cea de autoînălţare. Este acea dorinţă din voi de a vă înălţa eul pe un piedestal de a vă afişa pe voi înşivă, de a vă plasa pe voi în centru, de a vă comporta ca şi cum aţi fi cineva şi de a fi lăudaţi pentru ce sunteţi. Fraţilor, asta vine în noi în mod natural din omul firesc, dar cu ajutorul lui Dumnezeu noi nu mai suntem oameni fireşti, ci trăim în puterea Altuia, puterea Celui Preaînalt, şi fraţilor, aici se dă lupta cea mai mare şi trebuie să luptaţi împotriva acestui lucru. Fraţilor, lăsaţi acest adevăr să vă sune mereu în minte. Nu doar atunci când Îl necinstim îşi abate El harul de la noi. Scriptura spune foarte clar că El stă împotriva celor mândri. Fraţilor, vă reamintesc că 1 Petru capitolul 5 e scris celor din biserică. El se adresează creştinilor atunci când spune “Dumnezeu stă împotriva celor mândri” Îmi daţi voie să vă spun încă ceva? Sunt multe exemple în Scriptură… Dumnezeu nu doar că se opune celor nemântuiţi mândri, El se opune şi celor mândri dintre creştini.
Mă vei întreba, “E posibil?” “E posibil ca şi cei mântuiţi să fie mândri?” Fraţilor, la fel a făcut şi Ezechia, şi Asa. Când Iacov şi Ioan cereau să stea la dreapta şi la stânga lui Hristos, exact asta făceau. Sau când se certau toţi care să fie mai mare între ei, exact asta se întâmpla. Dar acelaşi Petru care se certa împreună cu ei, mai târziu a spus “Dumnezeu stă împotriva celor mândri.” Auziţi ce a zis Petru, plin de sine: “dacă alţii se vor lepăda de Tine, EU, NICIODATĂ.” Dumnezeu l-a lăsat să dea cu nasul de pământ. El l-a lăsat pe diavol să-l ispitească pe Petru atât de tare încât diavolul a trebuit să-şi ceară voie. Fraţilor, când Dumnezeu se hotărăşte să stea împotriva voastră, fiţi cu băgare de seamă, căci veţi simţi din plin împotrivirea. Aveţi mare grijă. Trebuie să fim convinşi de asta.
Fraţilor… fiţi deplin convinşi că aveţi nevoie de asta. Fiţi convinşi că există prea puţină consideraţie în biserică, sau în predicare prea puţină consideraţie în voi înşivă, în mine însumi, pentru acest lucru.
Chemarea la smerenie mă tem că a fost prea puţin luată în consideraţie în biserică şi asta fiindcă adevărata ei valoare şi importanţă au fost prea puţin apreciate. Şi vă mai spun ceva: Smerenia nu vine fără efort. Ea vine prin luptă şi vine cu lacrimi. Fraţii mei, este la fel ca şi cu orice alt lucru din lumea spirituală. Vine atunci când o doreşti, când tânjeşti după ea, vine atunci când eşti convins, când spui “chiar am nevoie de ea,” vine atunci când o faci unul din lucrurile principale pentru care te rogi, când devine acel “berbece” cu care ataci poarta cerului, “Tată, te rog să mi-o dai, te rog dă-mi-o! Tu mi-ai spus că mă vei face asemeni lui Hristos, dă-mi smerenie, eu o văd ca pe ceva bun.” “Îmbrăcaţivă cu smerenie!”, a spus apostolul, iar în alt loc a spus că ne îndeamnă şi ne sfătuieşte să ne purtăm într-un chip vrednic de chemarea pe care am primit-o, cu toată smerenia şi blândeţea.
Cu toată smerenia, fraţii mei! Trebuie să ne-o dorim cu disperare, să o căutăm cu toată seriozitatea. Rugaţi-vă pentru ea ca şi cum sufletul vostru ar fi în joc, pentru că chiar este. Chiar este, fraţii mei, şi trebuie să fim convinşi de asta. Şi nu ştiu dacă chiar suntem noi deplin convinşi de cât de multă nevoie avem de ea. Smerenia trebuie să fie obiectul atenţiei noastre deosebite, a dorinţei noastre adânci, a rugăciunii noastre fierbinţi, a credinţei noastre. Ce vreau să spun prin asta? Că prin credinţă, fraţii mei, trebuie să o apucăm, “Doamne.. tu ai promis că ne vei face asemenea chipului lui Hristos şi una din caracteristicile Lui principale este că El e blând şi smerit cu inima. El nu şi-a plăcut Lui însuşi, El nu a venit să fie slujit ci să slujească, şi ne-a spus să îl urmăm pe El.
Doamne, te rugăm, dă-ne smerenie. Ne-ai spus că nu ne vei lipsi de niciun bine atunci când Ţi-l cerem fierbinte. Ne-ai spus că până şi noi care suntem răi ştim să dăm daruri bune copiilor noştri… şi cu atât mai mult Tu ne vei da orice lucru bun pe care ţi-l cerem. Doamne, te rugăm să ne dai smerenie, credem că ea este un lucru bun, credem asta, oamne.” Ea trebuie să fie obiectul unei practici deosebite, trebuie să avem o strategie prin care urmărim smerenia.
Isus a spus, “Învăţaţi de la Mine!” Fraţilor, mulţi dintre voi, cei ce sunteţi tineri, tocmai aţi terminat şcoala sau sunteţi chiar acum în şcoală. Gândiţi-vă puţin la materia care nu vă plăcea deloc în şcoală. Vi se părea uşoară? Trebuia să învăţaţi mult pentru ea, să studiaţi din greu. Fraţii mei, ce vreau să vă spun este că, aşa cum le-am spus şi celor din Laredo, unde am predicat duminica asta: eu am făcut toate nivelele de analiză matematică. Fraţii mei, să înveţi atâta analiză nu vine fără efort şi vă garantez un lucru — nu veţi învăţa smerenia lui Hristos, blândeţea lui Hristos, umilinţa lui Hristos, citind biblia în treacăt sau chinuindu-vă să o citiţi o dată sau de două ori pe săptămână. Fraţii mei, analiza matematică se învaţă depunând efort, cu multă silinţă, cu nopţi nedormite şi studiind mult, iar pe Hristos îl veţi învăţa mai greu decât am învăţat eu analiza. Vă garantez, fraţilor, că aveţi nevoie de multă determinare pentru a învăţa o astfel de smerenie.
27 Sep 2011 2 Comments
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