Vivaldi – Anotimpurile – Primavara, Traian Dorz – Primavara

Costache Ioanid – Promavara aici

Primăvară

Primăvară… toată firea simte-adânc fiorul dulce
A vieţii ce renaşte şi putere nouă-aduce!
Inima-n adâncu-i simte tainic farmecul vieţii
Bucuria renăscută din frumseţea tinereţii.

Iată primăvara vine! Gheaţa iarăşi se topeşte,
O viaţă nouă-ncepe-n tot ce mişcă şi vorbeşte!
— Iată iar pădurea-i cântec, câmpul flori iar cerul, sfântul
Lasă ploaia ce-nverzeşte veselind întreg pământul!

— Iată, iarăşi cald şi dulce vânt de miazăzi adie
Zboară iarăşi rândunele şi-nfloresc cireşii-n vie,
Ies iar florile prin frunza veştedă din alte toamne
— Cât de mari şi minunate-s lucrurile Tale Doamne!

Ah, aşa e şi-n viaţa noastră cea duhovnicească:
Vântul Duhului când suflă toate-ncep să se trezească:
Inima-şi deschide poarta pentru Domnul biruinţii,
Ochii plâng şi caldă curge sfântă lacrima căinţii;

Sufletul tresare dornic după viaţa cea curată
Iar din ceruri plouă sfântă pacea binecuvântată
Şi nu-i glas să poată spune cât e, cât de fericită
Viaţa nouă, viaţa sfântă, viaţa Domnului jertfită!

În iubire te simţi una cu toţi oamenii deodată
Duhu-i numai bucurie inima-i lumină toată
Şi-atunci orişiunde-n lume ar vrea Domnul să te poarte
Simţi că-i numai fericire şi-n viaţă şi în moarte.

Traian Dorz

Vivaldi – Primavara VIDEO by ultimasecunda

The Pleasures of God – in Election

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Here’s a short excerpt from John Piper’s excellent book “The Pleasures of God“:

“With a view to God’s pleasure in election, consider Luke 10:21. The reason I choose this verse is because it is one of the only two places in the Gospels where Jesus is said to rejoice.

(The other place is John 11:15 . Piper is not saying this is the only time that Jesus had joy or was glad; what he is saying is that these are the only 2 instances where it says Jesus “rejoiced“. ) Piper continues:

The seventy disciples have just returned from their preaching tours and reported their success to Jesus. Luke writes in verse 21:

In that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes: yes, Father, for thus it was well-pleasing before you.”

Notice that all three members of the Trinity are rejoicing here: Jesus is rejoicing; but it says He is rejoicing in the Holy Spirit. I take that to mean that the Holy Spirit is filling him and moving him to rejoice. Then at the end of the verse it describes the pleasure of God the Father. The NIV translates it: “Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.”

Now what is it that has the whole Trinity rejoicing together in this place? It is the free electing love of God to hide things from the intellectual elite and to reveal them to the babes. “I thank you Father, lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes”. And what is it that the Father hides from some and reveals to others? Luke 10:22 gives the answer: No one knows who the Son is except the Father.” So what God the Father must reveal is the true spiritual identity of the Son. When the seventy disciples return from their evangelistic mission and give their report to Jesus, he and the Holy Spirit rejoice that God the Father has chosen, according to his own good pleasure, to reveal the Son to babes and to hide him from the wise. The point of this is not that there are only certain classes of people who are chosen of God. The point is that God is free to choose the least likely candidates for his grace. Just as with the election of Abraham (the unlikely idolater from Ur) and Isaac (the miracle son of old age) and Jacob (the younger of twins), God contradicts what human merit might dictate. He hides from the wise and reveals to the most helpless and unaccomplished. When Jesus sees the Father freely enlightening and saving people whose only hope is free grace, he exults in the Holy Spirit and takes pleasure in his Father’s election”.

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Costache Ioanid – Primavara – 1 Martie

PRIMAVARA de Costache Ioanid

Atâtea păsări cântătoare
atâtea flori în lung şi-n lat!
Ori nu-s acestea toate oare
spre slava Celui Înviat?

Ce înţelept şi prin ce lege
aduce-atâtea frumuseţi,
de nu nemuritorul Rege
maestrul făuritor de vieţi?

Un ghiocel din muşchi se-arată
şi-un strop de rouă dă-n vileag.
Nu-i oare lacrimă curată
de bucurie şi de drag?

Mireasma dulce şi jilavă
din liliac şi din salcâm
ce-i alta decât imn de slavă
către-al tăriilor tărâm?

Ce vrea să spună fulguirea
ce-mbracă ramuri de cireşi,
de nu-i în ea neprihănirea
celui Ales între aleşi?

Sub soarele ce se răsfrânge
lalele roşii ies pe grui.
Nu-s oare stropii cei de sânge
ce-au picurat sub paşii Lui?

Iar când se-nalţă-ntre boschete
narcise galbene în zori,
nu-s oare tainice trompete,
nu-s oare crainici vestitori?

Atâtea păsări cântătoare
atâta soare revărsat!…
Ori nu-s acestea toate oare
un larg
“CRISTOS A ÎNVIAT!” ?

Raul si Raluca Ursan – Mireasma de Flori

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Perry Stone – Painile de orz si pestii

Marea Galileii unde Domnul Isus a inmultit piinea si pestii. sursa pozei aici

Perry Stone:

Isus a hranit oamenii de trei ori. Marcu 6: 5 piini, 2 pesti, 5,000 de barbati. Matei 15: 7 piini, 4,000 de oameni. Ioan 21: 153 de pesti si 12 apostoli.

Isus i-a intrebat pe ucenici daca aveau mincare sa hraneasca multimea de oameni care il ascultase de ceva vreme predicind. In Ioan 6:7-9 Filip ii raspunde: ,,Pînile, pe cari le-am putea cumpăra cu două sute de lei (Greceşte: dinari.), n’ar ajunge ca fiecare să capete puţintel din ele.“ 8Unul din ucenicii Săi, Andrei, fratele lui Simon Petru, I -a zis: 9,,Este aici un băieţel, care are cinci pîni de orz şi doi peşti; dar ce sînt acestea la atîţia?“

Stiti intimplarea. mai departe scrie in Ioan 6:11-13: 11Isus a luat pînile, a mulţămit lui Dumnezeu, le -a împărţit ucenicilor, iar ucenicii le-au împărţit celorce şedeau jos; de asemenea, le -a dat şi din peşti cît au voit. 12Dupăce s’au săturat, Isus a zis ucenicilor Săi: ,,Strîngeţi fărămiturile cari au rămas, ca să nu se piardă nimic.“13Le-au adunat deci, şi au umplut douăsprezece coşuri cu fărămiturile cari rămăseseră din cele cinci pîni de orz, după ce mîncaseră toţi.

  • Avem 12 cosuri cu farimituri. si un baietel cu 5 piini de orz si doi pesti. Cind citim pasaje din Biblie, vedem ca majoritatea teologilor studiaza cuvintele grecesti sau ebraice si incearca sa spuna la ce se refera acest text. Rareori se in treaba de ce au fost 2 (pesti) in loc de 10. De ce au fost 5 (piini) in loc de 12 sau de ce nu au fost 18 cosuri? Va voi spune parerea mea.
Modalitatea rabinica de a studia scriptura
Dupa modalitatea rabinica de studiere a Bibliei, rabinii au 4 metode de interpretare a Bibliei. Sunt numite Peshat, Remez, Derash si Sod.
  1. Peshat – reprezinta intelesul simplu, literal al Scripturii.
  2. Remez – este categoria alegorica.
  3. Derash – represinta intelesul metaforic
  4. Sod – Cuvintul Sod inseamna mister.
In traditia ebraica sunt mai multe niveluri de studiere a Bibliei. O poti citi de placere ca sa stii ce se intimpla sau sa faci o alegorie.
In citatul nostru, daca ne uitam cu atentie, pasajul contine un mister. Sunt anumite lucruri in Biblie pentru care trebuie sa sapam mai adinc. De exemplu: De ce a folosit Dumnezeu culorile purpuriu, albastru, rosu si alb in Cortul Intilnirii? Fiindca purpuriul reprezinta regalitatea, albul reprezinta puritatea, rosul reprezinta rascumpararea, Culorile au insemnat ceva.
De ce sunt importante numerile? Stiti ca in Biblie numarul 3 reprezinta unitatea? Numarul 4 reprezinta creatia, numarul 5 reprezinta harul, numarul 6 reprezinta omul, numarul 7 reprezinta perfectiunea, numarul 8 reprezinta un nou inceput. In toate cele 66 carti ale Bibliei, intelesul acestora nu se schimba. Prin urmare, numerele au o semnificatie.
Si simbolurile au o semnificatie. Cind Isus a spus ca “ii voi face pescari de oameni”, nu s-a referit la pestii din lac, ci la sufletele oamenilor. Existau in Israel, si sarbatori precum sabatul, cicluri jubilare, si zilele temerii reverentioase. Prin urmare, in privinta hranirii acestei multimi, de ce ni se spune ca sunt 5 piini de orz si doi pesti si 12 cosuri cu firimituri?
  1. Se aflau aproape de mare. Ioan 6:1
  2. Erau in apropierea Pastelui Ioan 6:4
  3. Erau cinci piini de orz si doi pesti Ioan 6:9
  4. Erau 5,000 de oameni (fara femei si copii) Ioan 6:10
 In Ioan 6:12-13 au strins farimiturile si s-au umplut 12 cosuri. Era un baietel care avea cinci piine de orz si doi pesti. In 2 Imparati 4:42 Elisei a primit 20 de piini de orz cu care a hranit 100 de fii ai proorocilor  si au mai si ramas. Hristos a luat 5 piini de orz si 2 pesti si a hranit 5,000 de barbati si s-au strins 12 cosuri de farimituri. Care este partea profetica a acestor lucruri?
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In Ziua Cincizecimii, preotii luau 2 piini si le leganau inaintea Domnului. Acele doua piini reprezentau Duhul lui Dumnezeu care era turnat peste evrei si peste neamuri. In Romani 11 se vorbeste despre 2 maslini. Cel natural reprezinta Israelul si cel salbatic reprezinta neamurile iar cind acesti doi sunt altoiti, devin un om nou in Hristos. Ce reprezinta cei doi pesti?
In vremea Exodului, Egiptenii stiau ca pestii (constelatia) reprezinta poporul evreu. Stiti care e simbolul? Sunt doi pesti legati printr-o panglica. Unul se uita in sus si altul se uita lateral. Asa erau evreii reprezentati in vremea vechiului Testament. In vremea antica, in Iudeea erau doua semintii. E vorba de Beniamin si Iuda. Aceste doua semintii au format Iudea. Ele reprezentau cele doua luni Adar. La un anumit numar de ani in calendarul evreilor, se mai adauga o luna, Adar II, fiind 13 luni in loc de 12. Cei doi pesti reprezinta ramura evreilor si a neamurilor, care sunt tesute impreuna cu un fir. Cei doi pesti reprezinta faptul ca El urma sa-i hraneasca si pe evrei si pe neamuri (ne-evrei). De cite ori e mentionat numarul 2 in Biblie, este o legatura intre evrei si ne-evrei.
Acum vorbim despre cele 5 piini de orz. E important faptul ca sunt din orz si nu din griu. Daca sunt din orz inseamna ca au fost facute din recolta de la Paste. Orzul este prima cereala din Israel care se coace primavara, in Martie sau Aprilie. Avem Pastele, piinea nedospita, si primele roade. De Paste, timp de 7 zile se maninca piine nedospita care are legatura cu recolta de orz. Totusi la Cincizecime, la sapte saptamini dupa Paste, adica dupa 49 de zile, cind preotul legana acele 2 piini, acestea erau dospite. E ciudat faptul ca primavara, dupa recolta de orz, piinile erau nedospite, dar in timpul recoltei de griu, piinile erau dospite.
Piinile de orz reprezinta Biserica, care nu trebuie sa aibe drojdie, caci aceasta reprezinta pacatul. Pastele reprezinta mintuire prin singe, care ne curata de pacat si sarbatorim asta timp de 7 zile mincind doar piine nedospita. Faptul ca piinile erau din orz arata ca erau in perioada de dupa Paste.
Ioan 6:49-51 Conform Bibliei, Cuvintul lui Dumnezeu e piine cereasca, iar baza tuturor invataturilor, fie ca e vorba de Vechiul sau Noul Testament, este Tora. Cite carti au fost in Tora? Cinci: Geneza, Exodul, Leviticul, Numeri si Deuteronom. Daca vrei sa cauti si mai mult, descoperi ca Isus a mentionat de 13 ori Piinea care a coborit din cer, pe care o compara cu El, ca fiind piinea vesnica, iar apoi o compara cu piinea pe care copii lui Israel au mincat-o in pustie cu mana care a venit din cer. Isus a spus ca El este piinea, si mentioneaza de 13 ori pentru ca sunt 13 semintii, ceea ce indica ca Dumnezeu va hrani spiritual fiecare semintie.
E interesant si faptul ca cele 5 piini au hranit toata multimea. In Efeseni 4:11 descoperim ca exista 5 slujbe care actioneaza in Biserica: Pastor, Evanghelist, Invatator, Apostol si Prooroc. Biblia spune ca acestea sunt pentru desavirsirea sfintilor. Aici din nou gasim numarul 5 care reprezinta harul. Va aduceti aminte ca David a luat 5 pietre netede. Cind David la omorit pe Goliat si la omorit din prima. Goliat a fost primul urias, iar in zilele lui David a fost si Lahmi, fratele lui Goliat. Citim acest lucru in 1 Cronici si in 2 Samuel. Au fost mai multi uriasi: Lahmi, fratele lui Goliat, Saf, Isbi-Benob si un altul din Gat, care avea cite 6 degete la miini si la picioare. Iata ce inseamna asta. David a mers la piriu, si desi era un adolescent, si stia ca daca va dobori capetenia, va trebui sa-i doboare si rudele. Astfel el a stiut ca trebuie sa fie pregatit. Nu a luat 10 pietre pentru ca nu ii era frica sa rateze caci stia ca Domnul era cu el.
David a luat pietre si a omorit uriasul pentru ca in Lege spune ca daca il hulesti pe Dumnezeu trebuie sa fii omorit cu pietre. El a stiut ca va fi suficienta doar o piatra pentru a-l darima. Eu cred ca cele 5 piini reprezinta Tora, care e baza tuturor invataturilor dar reprezinta si cele 5 slujbe ale Bisericii. Efeseni 4:11 Ce fac cele 5 slujbe? Aduc oamenilor piinea vietii.
 Ioan vede Noul Ierusalim si numele celor 24 de batrini in Apocalipsa 21:10-14
Avem cei doi pesti- evreii si neamurile (ne-evreii) si cele cinci piini de orz, adica cele cinci slujbe. Mai sunt si cele 12 cosuri de farimituri. Ii vedem pe cei 12 fii ai lui Iacov in vechiul legamint, cei 12 apostoli ai Noului Testament si sunt 24 de batrini in cer. In Apocalipsa 21:10-14  ne spune ca pe poarta Noului Ierusalim este scris numele celor 12 semintii ai lui Iacov si numele celor 12 apostoli ai DOmnului Isus.
Chiar pe acest lac, lui Simon Petru i se spune sa arunce mrejele si sa prinda peste, iar el face intocmai. (Ioan 21:11) Va amintiti ca prima data cind Isus ia spus sa pescuiasca, mreaja i sa rupt. El a spus ca pescuise toata noaptea, si nu prinsese nimic, dar la Cuvintul Sau, care in geaca e rhema, se va duce. Observati ca ziua nu se pescuieste fiindca e cald afara si pestii se duc la fund. Petru pescuise toata noaptea si nu prinsese nimic asa ca, atunci cind Isus ia spus sa pescuiasca, el stia ca nu va prinde nimic pentru ca pestii erau in adinc, dar a ales sa mearga la cuvintul Sau. A mers citiva metri, a aruncat mreaja si a prins asa multi pesti ca i s-a rupt mreaja.
Trei lucruri ies in evidenta: Asa ceva nu se intimpl  in mod natural. Nu se pot prinde asa de multi pesti in timpul zilei. Al doilea lucru este numarul de pesti pe care i-a prins dupa ce a muncit toata noaptea fara sa prinda nimic. A trebuit sa cheme alte barci ca sa stringa pestii.  Trebuie sa fii atent la ce iti spune Isus. In Evanghelia dupa Luca, Isus i-a spus sa-si arunce mrejele. El a folosit pluraul, adica mai multe mreje. Dar Petru si-a aruncat mreaja.(Luca 5:5) Cind Isus iti spune mreje, ia mreje, nu lua doar o mreaja.
El a prins 153 de pesti. De ce 153 de pesti? Pentru ca este o parabola care spune in Matei 13:47-497Împărăţia cerurilor se mai aseamănă cu un năvod aruncat în mare, care prinde tot felul de peşti.48Dupăce s’a umplut, pescarii îl scot la mal, şed jos, aleg în vase ce este bun, şi aruncă afară ce este rău. 49Tot aşa va fi şi la sfîrşitul veacului. Îngerii vor ieşi, vor despărţi pe cei răi din mijlocul celor buni. In parabola, mrejele reprezinta Imparatia. Lui Petru i-a spus sa isi aduca mrejele. Marea reprezinta lumea, iar pestii sunt natiunile. Pe baza a ceea ce a spus Sfintul Ieronim intr-un comentariu aspura textului din Ezechiel  47, aflam ca sunt 153 de specii de pesti.
In primul Razboi Mondial in lume, erau mai putini de 100 de natiuni. La sfirsitul celui de al Doilea Razboi Mondial, Germania s-a divizat, au avut loc multe separari in Europa si erau peste 100 de natiuni pe pamint. In urma cu aproximativ 30 de ani ONU a scos un timbru (care l-am vazut cu ochii mei) in care erau 153 de natiuni recunoscute pe pamint. Acum sunt mai multe, dar nu uitati ca cei 10 Imparati vor forma aliante. Vor fi imparati din est care vor forma o alianta. Se spune ca vor forma o alianta chiar si Canada, America si Mexic. La sfirsitul veacului, cind aceste aliante vor fi formate, eu cred ca vor fi 153 de natiuni cind se va intoarce Domnul. Nu trebuie sa ne straduim sa fim 153 de natiuni ca acum deja sunt mai multe de atit. Cred ca Biblia are un inteles literal si toti cei care ostudiaza stiu ca Dumnezeu pune numere, culori si simboluri ca oamenii sa le studieze mai profund  ca sa le inteleaga.

Vladimir Pustan – la Biserica Speranta

PAGINA de PREDICI – Vladimir Pustan aici

Textul: Famenul Etiopean - Faptele Apostolilor 8:26

Notite din predica, 17 Iulie, 2011:

  • Sindromul Romanului – crede ca daca intri intr-o biserica, iese afara sfint. Este la fel sa zici ca daca stai in garaj devi o masina, sau cum ni se pare noua ca daca pruncii nostri merg la facultate ei (in mod sigur) si invata. Asimilam de multe ori omul cu locul si sa stii ca intimplator te poti gasi intr-o discoteca, cum intimplator te poti gasi si intr-o Biserica si multi sint foarte intimplatori in Biserici.
  • Traim in epoca rebeliunii. N-o sa putem sa ascultam de Dumnezeu care nu se vede, cita vreme nu puteti sa ascultati de ce se vede aici. Cine nu-i sfint in lucrurile mici ale vietii, nu-i sfint in lucrurile mari. Invatati sa ascultati de Dumnezeu.
  • Dumnezeu nu-ti spune urmatorul pas pina nu l-ai facut pe primul. De multe ori cautam tot felul de experiente si nici nu am facut primul pas al credintei. Vrem sa stim: Ce planuri are Dumnezeu cu mine? Sa te pocaiesti, sa citesti Biblia, sa te rogi, ca nu te rogi. Sa postesti, ca nu postesti. Ce vrea Dumnezeu daca nici lucrurile simple nu le faceti cum le veti face pe cele complicate?
  • Oamenii au nevoie de aier. Oamenii au nevoie de Dumnezeu si ca sa le spuneti ca e urgenta mintuirea lor. Nu mai vorbiti cu ei despre politica. Ce ma intereseaza pe mine de anticrist, sau ce se intimpla in alte tari daca in viata mea e pacat? E vorba de urgenta ca pacatul ataca. Stiti cum ataca pacatul? Ca si placile de azbociment (azbest?). Nu in momentul cind ai tras in piept primul pacat si mori, mori mai tirziu. E un efect subtil al pacatului. Oamenii n-au nevoie sa auda predici reusite. Avem nevoie sa fim pregatiti noi crestinii cind vorbim cu altii. Inainte de a-i invata doctrinele noastre trbeuie sa invete si sa il iubeasca pe Isus Hristos.
  • Nu exista o viata mai amara decit sa traim o viata aicea in care sa credem ca sintem religiosi si sa vorbim de un Dumnezeu care si-a luat valiza si a plecat cum a facut-o la templul la care a mers famenul Etiopean. Dumnezeu deja parasise templul.
  • Nu stiu daca exista mai mare minciuna Satanei, decit miine. Aminati lucrurile pe miine ca si cum miine nu vine, si o sa vina toate gramada si o sa va apuce de git. Miine e minciuna diavolului pentru ca nu cred ca niciunul din dumneavoastra aveti contract cu Dumnezeu pe ziua de miine. Dumnezeu are un timp precis cu noi
  • Bucuria este semnul ca ai pe Isus Hristos in viata ta.
  • Fratilor, a-ti inceput sa taceti. Asteptati sa vina predicatori pe scena / la amvon ca sa vorbeasca oamenilor despre Isus Hristos. Lasati doar pastorul si predicatorul sa vorbeasca si voi taceti in tot cursul saptaminii. Pune-ti fermuar la gura.  Puteti sa va botezati si apoi sa taceti. Sa fiti crestini prin acoperire.
  • Cred ca Dumnezeu nu ne-a creat sa ne plictisim in Biserici. Cei mai multi oameni care vor sa mearga in iad vor fi oameni teribili de religiosi, oameni cinstiti si frumosi de felul lor, dar nu au pe Isus Hristos. Nu au simtit niciodata ce inseamna sa te pogori pe genunchi sa stai de vorba cu El.

Atheist Student Saved by the Sovereign Truth of God (via) I’ll be honest

Michael was challenged with the true Truth while on a college campus and he soon came to realize that his philosophy and atheism could not stand against the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is a great video to pass on to young people and especially college kids as Michael discusses how he delved deep into philosophy scrambling to find anything that even remotely seemed like “truth” to him, personally. Instead of finding answers it sunk him down low and he found no value in it. Then he took a class on the varieties of religion and he started to value people with faith. He then started reading Richard Dawkins and considering God through Dawkin’s writing. Then came the Kirksville  Evangelical outreach. Michael was sitting and mocking an Ill be honest card about how you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. He was mocking it with 2 of his friends. Then a girl from Columbia went up to them and engaged them in a conversation. This led to Michael thinking more and more and after about an hour his friends left and tried to pull him away. His discussion with the girl lasted 3 hours.

Michael was trying to get at her any sort of argument he could come up with. No matter how hard  the questions he threw at her, what struck Michael was that every single response she gave was essentially the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the good news of His coming, His dying and the reality of sin. There was discussion of what he was bringing up but there was no argumentation. She would say, this doesn’t really matter. What matters is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. By the time they split, there was a real drive for Michael to want to read the Bible. To see what she was talking about. To see if any of it was true….(these notes are just from the first 8 minutes. There’s much more insight in the following 14 minutes)

Watch the video, it is a tremendous learning experience for me as to how to talk to a non believer. The student who talked to Michael did not argue, did not delve into philosophy, she answered all of Michael’s questions with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I think our biggest impediment in engaging non believers is the fear that we won’t know how to answer their hard questions, we feel we are lacking in rhetorical skills. But we do know the Gospel, and that is enough to get us to start conversations and let the Holy Spirit do the rest.

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Justin Barrett – Why Would Anyone Believe in God? – Veritas at UC Davis

Justin L. Barrett.is Director of the Thrive Center for Human Development, Thrive Professor of Developmental Science, and Professor of Psychology at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. He previously held a post as senior researcher of the Centre for Anthropology and Mind and The Institute for Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford University. Barrett is described in the New York Times as a “prominent member of the byproduct camp” and “an observant Christian who believes in “an all-knowing, all-powerful, perfectly good God who brought the universe into being,” [and] “that the purpose for people is to love God and love each other.” He considers that “Christian theology teaches that people were crafted by God to be in a loving relationship with him and other people, Why wouldn’t God, then, design us in such a way as to find belief in divinity quite natural?” Having a scientific explanation for mental phenomena does not mean we should stop believing in them. “Suppose science produces a convincing account for why I think my wife loves me — should I then stop believing that she does?”

Here is just one quote from his work: “There is actually a growing body of research that suggests that we have this tendency to see design and purpose all over the place from very young ages”.

Contrast this with * Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

Below you will find the video and extensive notes from this very fascinating lecture from the Veritas Forum,  where you can find more apologetics resources.

Intro: The cognitive science of religion

Justin Barrett: I would like to give a broad brushstrokes introduction to the cognitive science of religion, an area that I’ve ben working in the last 15 years. (Main audience is comprised of students taking UC’s Psychology of Religion course).

Why religion is natural, science is not. “Religion like technology arises in every human culture. Religion is a universal phenomenon among human groups, which may well have existed from very nearly the emergence of our species in prehistory”. (McCauley p.149) WHY?

This year, if you keep your eyes on Amazon and so forth, you’ll see that there have been a number of books in this area. It’s getting hot and not just with psychologists and cognitive scientists and anthropologists and comparative religionists, but, also with philosophers and theologians who are starting to wonder, “What is this stuff all about?”  And, really what these scholars are trying to address is a pretty obvious phenomena once you bring it out. And that is: “Why is it that wherever you go , whatever culture you’re in, maybe even whatever historical epoch you are in, there are religious people. And not just a few.

A 1999 Gallup Survey International suggests that upwards of 90% of the world’s population today believe in some kind of a god or supernatural force, let alone historically. This is a pervasive thing that people believe in gods of one sort or another. Why is too, that  children seem to be especially receptive to religious ideas? They pick it up very easily and very naturally.

Here’s a quote from Paul Bloom, Developmental Psychiatrist at Yale University (from Michael Brooks’ article in the New Scientist in Feb 7, 2009 issue: Would a group of children raised in isolation spontaneously create their own religious beliefs?  “I think the answer is yes”. (p 33) WHY ?

Causes and reasons are important when we are talking about belief.

Reasons vs. Causes of belief

  • All thoughts and beliefs have causes: biological, psychological, evolutionary, social
  • But we can still have good reasons for beliefs: experiences, intuition, scientific evidence, logical arguments, testimony of authority, etc.
  • Focus here will be on causes

All beliefs have causes. All ideas have causes. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t have good reasons or bad reasons for those beliefs and ideas. I want to give you a scientific account as to why it is that people tend to believe in gods. At the end we might  start thinking about how those causes matter to whether or not such beliefs are reasonable. But, I want to be clear that those are two separate issues.

The first hat I want to put on is my scientist hat.

The naturalness of religion thesis

“People are disposed to generate and accept religious ideas because of how their minds naturally work in common human environments.” This is not just my idea. This is a convergent idea that many researchers and myself are coming to.  The claim here is, we all, by virtue of being human beings, living in a common world, all have certain kinds of cognitive equipment that develops. Psychological machinery. That predisposes us toward generating or accepting religious ideas. That’s why religious ideas are so recurrent. At least one of the reasons or causes as to why.

There is a sub variety of this thesis. A different wrinkle that I have been emphasizing lately, which I call:

The born believers thesis 

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Gabi Lupescu – Cum arata un “Copil de Dumnezeu”

Cititi mai multe predici si studii de la Gabi Lupescu aici.

1. Niciodata sa nu te rusinezi de Hristos !.

El te chiama sa-I marturisesti totul deschis. Fa-o acum si totdeauna. El este Prietenul tau cel mai bun. Oamenii sa cunoasca faptul ca tu esti al lui Isus.

2. Hotaraste-te sa faci un succes din viata de crestin !.

Daca viata de crestin merita sa fie traita, sa fie traita bine. Studiaza cum poti s-o faci plina de succes.

3. Citeste Biblia ta în fiecare zi !.

Biblia este cea mai minunata carte. Prin ea, Dumnezeu vorbeste omului. Lasa-L pe El sa-ti vorbeasca. Este ghidul tau. Este hrana ta spirituala.

4. Vorbeste-I zilnic lui Dumnezeu prin rugaciune !.

Dumnezeu este Tatal tau. El vrea sa vii la El cu toate cerintele tale. Vorbeste-I de toate problemele tale. Increde-te în El. Spune-I tot ce ai în inima. De fapt aceasta este rugaciunea. Formeaza-ti un obicei de a te ruga chiar daca esti tanar.

5. Traieste o viata statornica !.

Cine esti tu…? Esti copilul lui Dumnezeu !. Atunci traieste totdeauna ca un fiu al lui Dumnezeu !. Daca ai fii fiul unui rege pamantesc prin nastere, nu te-ai rusina de aceasta. Dar esti mai mult decat atat !.

6. Alege-ti prieteni crestini !.

Suntem cunoscuti… prin prietenii pe care ni-i facem !. Vom creste cu ei. Ei, deasemenea, au nevoie de tine !. Mergi la Biserica totdeauna si la scoala de studiu Biblic !. Acolo î-ti gasesti prieteni. Totdeauna fii vrednic… de prietenia lor.

7. Castiga pe altii pentru Hristos !.

Oricine are nevoie de Hristos !. Totusi asa de multi… nu-L cunosc !. Fa-L cunoscut tu … celor pe care-i întalnesti , prin viata ta traita cu Domnul !. Roaga-te pentru ei !.Fii binecuvantat/a de Dumnezeu !. Asa sa fie.

Pagina PREDICI in Limba Romana

ROMANIA – EUROPA

STATELE UNITE

INTERVIURI

Dr. Emil Bartos 

Pastorul Daniel Branzai

Pastorul Cristian Barbosu

Dr. Iosif Ton

Pastorul Vladimir Pustan

Pastorul Florin Ianovici

Pastorul Gabi Zagrean

Florin Cimpean

Ovidiu Liteanu

Richard Wurmbrand

Sabina Wurmbrand

Nicolaie Moldoveanu

PAGINA cu Marturii aici

John Piper – cautions

You can read the edited transcript of the audio at Desiring God, here.

Would there be any cautions that you would have for the New Reformed/New Calvinist Movement you referenced earlier?

Yes.

I will give you one that is from a prophetic word given to me yesterday—take it or leave it. I’m cautious when people come to me with these kinds of things. But this rung true, and you can see that it is true without making a claim to special divine authority.

My caution concerns making theology God instead of God God. Loving doing theology rather than loving God.

Sam Crabtree said to me once, “The danger of the contemporary worship awakening is that we love loving God more than we love God.” That was very profound. And you might love thinking about God more than you love God. Or arguing for God more than you love God. Or defending God more than you love God. Or writing about God more than you love God. Or preaching more than you love God. Or evangelizing more than you love God.

Piper interviewed by Adrian Warnock

Adrian Warnock blogs at adrianwarnock.com. Here’s an interview (Part 4) done in Wales by Adrian Warnock, at the New World Alive Conference 2008, where John Piper discusses his family, his ministry, and among other things – which preachers he personally listens to :

Parts 1, 2, and 3

Here are the links to watch Part 1,  Part 2  (“whether you are satisfied in God really makes a difference whether you can glorify God”) and Part 3 (what he learned from George Muller about how he now prays).

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Cristian Barbosu – Loc si Timp Nepotrivit (Feb 2012)

Cristian Barbosu, Pastorul Bisericii Metanoia Arad.

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Haggai and the rebuilding of the Temple in 520 B.C. by John Piper

A SURVEY OF THE MAJOR AND MINOR PROPHETS – HAGGAI

Historical Background of the Book. The Jews had been held captive in the land of Babylon for about 60 years. Around 540 B.C., King Cyrus of the Medeo-Persian Empire displaced the Babylonians. Being favorably inclined toward the Jews, he allowed about 50,000 Jews to return to Canaan around 539 B.C. under the leadership of Zerubbabel and Joshua (Ezra 1-2). Around 536 B.C., they began rebuilding the temple which had been destroyed by the Babylonians 50 years prior (Ezra 3). However, they encountered opposition from the local inhabitants to the north, the Samaritans, Gentiles the Assyrians had placed in the area after displacing the Northern Kingdom. By decree of King Artaxerxes, Cyrus successor, construction on the temple was halted around 535 B.C. (Ezra 4).

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The Author and the Audience. Around 520 B.C., the word of the Lord came to Haggai (Ezra 5:1). Little is known about him. Some scholars suggest he may have witnessed the destruction of the temple by the Babylonians. His audience was Zerubabbel, Joshua, and the Jews in Jerusalem.

Outline/Major Themes. The overall theme of the book of Haggai is two fold: 1) the Jews have not prospered because they have neglected the rebuilding of the temple and 2) they needed to repent, get to work, and finish the job.

  • Ch. 1:1-11 The call to repent and rebuild
  • Ch. 1:12-15 Zerubabbel’s response of repentance
  • Ch. 2:1-9 Encouragement since the rebuilt temple would be filled with God’s glory
  • Ch. 2:10-19 The people would be restored and blessed 
  • Ch. 2:20-23 A promise made to Zerubabbel which has messianic overtones To the Jews’ credit, they resumed construction and completed the temple about five years later (Ezra 5-6).

Messages for Christians. In the events surrounding the book of Haggai, we see echos of several New Testament themes:

The lingering consequences of sin – The overall temple complex built during Zerubbabel’s time was smaller than Solomon’s and had less gold and precious stones. The ark of the covenant, the 10 commandment tablets, and the mercy seat had been lost or destroyed along with the first temple. Likewise today, Christians can repent of sin, but sometimes sin has lingering consequences (e.g., weakened spiritual influence, unplanned pregnancies, an increased appetite for sinful things).

The ends don’t justify the means – The Jews did not accept help from the idolatrous Gentiles to the north. According to the New Testament pattern, congregations today are to be financed by the free-will offerings of Christians (not by selling merchandise or services to the general public nor by financial appeals to non-Christians such as bake sales, garage sales, or rummage sales). Always put God first (Matt. 6:24-34; Matt. 13:7, 22). Don’t become weary in doing good by external persecution or by internal indifference (Rev. 2:4-5; Heb. 10:24-25; Gal. 6:9).

“The way Haggai motivates the Jews to build the temple of God has a powerful application to our own efforts to build the Church of God. I want to focus mainly on the message Haggai delivers in 2:1–9. But since the book is small, we can take a quick tour through the two chapters to see how 2:1–9 fits into the lay of the land.”

You can listen to the following in audio sermon format at Desiring God.

Take Courage: You Build More Than You See

John Piper at  Desiring God

In 586 BC the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem, destroyed the temple, and took most of the Jews into exile. About 50 years later Cyrus, the Persian, took Babylon, and brought the Babylonian Empire to an end. The next year (538 BC) he allowed the Jews to return to their homeland and rebuild the temple at Jerusalem. All of this was owing to the sovereign hand of God fulfilling the prophecies of Jeremiah (Ezra 1:1).

Return to the Land

Among the returning exiles were (probably) the prophets Haggai and Zechariah. Ezra 5:12sums up for us what these two contemporaries accomplished:

Now the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel who was over them. Then Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, and Joshua, the son of Jozadak, arose and began to rebuild the house of God which is in Jerusalem; and with them were the prophets of God helping them.

So Haggai and Zechariah were sent by God to assist in the rebuilding of the temple. This work was begun, according to Haggai 1:15, on the 24th day of the sixth month of the second year of the reign of Darius, which in our dating is September 21, 520 BC. So you can see that about 18 years went by between the return of the exiles and the rebuilding of the temple. This delay is what brings forth the message of Haggai.

The way Haggai motivates the Jews to build the temple of God has a powerful application to our own efforts to build the Church of God. I want to focus mainly on the message Haggai delivers in 2:1–9. But since the book is small, we can take a quick tour through the two chapters to see how 2:1–9 fits into the lay of the land.

Structure of Haggai

The book is clearly divided into four distinct messages from the Lord, each of which is precisely dated. The first message, delivered by Haggai to Zerubbabel, the governor, and Joshua, the priest, is dated (according to 1:1) in the second year of Darius (king of Persia), the first day of the sixth month (August 29, 520 BC). This message extends to the end of chapter 1. The second message is found in 2:1–9 and is dated (2:1) on the 21st day of the seventh month (October 17, 520 BC). The third message is found in 2:10–19 and is dated (2:10) on the 24th day of the ninth month (December 18, 520 BC). Finally, the fourth message comes in 2:20–23 on the same day as the third one. One of the things that we see when we look at this little book long enough is that the first and third messages are similar and the second and fourth messages are similar. This morning we will only have time to survey the first and third so that we understand the context for the second message (2:1–9).

Neglecting the Temple of God

The first message in chapter 1 reveals to the governor and priest and people that the reason they are all frustrated is that they have tried to make their own lives comfortable while neglecting the temple of God. Verses 4–6:

Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins? Now therefore consider how you have fared (or: consider your ways). You have sown much and harvested little; you eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages earns wages to put them in a bag with holes.

So they lived in perpetual frustration and discontentment. Nothing satisfied. We can’t pass over this lesson easily. It’s for us, too. If you devote yourself to sowing and eating and drinking and clothing yourselves and earning wages, but neglect your ministry in the body of Christ (the temple of God, 1 Corinthians 3:1617), you will live in constant frustration. If you spend your time and energy seeking comfort and security from the world, and do not spend yourself for the glory of God, every pleasure will leave its sour aftertaste of depression and guilt and frustration.

The reason I mention the glory of God is because of verse 8. Haggai’s remedy for frustration goes like this: “Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may appear in my glory, says the Lord.” Both then and now the real problem is not the neglect of a building but indifference to the glory of God. The temple of the Old Testament existed for the glory of God. And the Church today exists for the glory of God (Ephesians 1:61214). Indifference to the growth and spiritual prosperity of the Church and its mission is always a sign of failure to love the glory of God. And the sour fruit of this failure is a life of chronic frustration. He who seeks to save his life will lose it to continual frustrations; but he who loses his life for the glory of God and the good of hiscause will find life, deep and fulfilling. Verse 9 sums up the situation in Jerusalem: “You have looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? says the Lord of hosts. Because of my house that lies in ruins, while you busy yourself each with his own house.”

Then in verses 12–15 Haggai reports that Zerubbabel and Joshua and the people obey and begin to work on the temple, on the 24th day of the sixth month. So, after 18 years of neglect and frustration, the people begin to learn their lesson: “seek the kingdom first, and all these other things will be added” (Matthew 6:33).

Half-hearted Obedience

Now, skipping over 2:1–9 (the second message), look at 2:10–19, the third message. Verse 10 dates it in the 24th day of the ninth month, three months after the work on the temple began. Things have not gone well. Evidently the attitude of the people is that mere contact with the temple makes them clean in God’s sight while, in fact, they are living in sin. The holiness of the temple is not rubbing off on them. On the contrary, their sin is desecrating the temple. That’s the meaning of verses 11–14, a kind of parable applied in v. 14 to the people like this: “So it is with this people and with this nation before me, says the Lord; and so with every work of their hands; and what they offer there is unclean.” So, even though they have begun to obey the Lord by working on the temple, their work is unclean because of sin in their lives.

So what Haggai does in response to this imperfect obedience is point the people back to the great turning point in their experience when they began to work on the temple. Verses 15–17 tell the people to consider what they should do now, in view of how life was for thembefore they started building the temple. “Pray now, consider what will come to pass from this day on (i.e., how you should live now, remembering) . . . I smote you and all the products of your toil with blight and mildew and hail; yet you did not return to me, says the Lord.” In other words, recall how miserable and frustrated you were in your disobedience before you began to lay stone on stone in the temple. The implication is: surely it is utter folly to go on in sin now, if it cost so much then. So verses 15–17 call the people to consider what they should do now, in view of how life was for them before they started building the temple.

Verses 18–19 are more positive: they call the people to consider how they should live now, in view of how life has been for them (not before, but) since they began to build the temple. “Since that day,” the prophet asks in verse 19, “is the seed yet in the barn? Do the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree still yield nothing? From this day on I will bless you.” I think what he means is this: it has only been three months since you began to build. The seed is not in the barn but in the ground. The time for fruit-bearing is coming. I am not against you. I am for you and will help you. So consider your ways. Cleanse your hands, and keep working on my house. I promise to bless you.

So we have heard Haggai’s first and third message. They are similar in that both of them seek to motivate the Jews to build the temple by showing them how frustrated they were before they began to obey, and how much blessing they can expect from God if they press on in their work with clean hands. What is at stake is the manifestation of God’s glory, not merely brick and mortar and timber.

A Paltry Replacement?

Now, let’s go back and look more closely at the second message in 2:1–9. According to verse 1, the message comes on the 21st day of the seventh month, a little less than a month after the people had begun to build. It seems as though the work has slowed or come to a complete stop, because Haggai’s message is that they take courage and get on with the work (v. 4). What makes this message so practical and relevant is that we can see ourselves so easily in the workers. And God’s encouraging words become very easily words of strength for us, too.

Verse 3 shows why the people have become weak and discouraged in their labors. Haggai asks, “Who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory? How do you see it now? Is it not in your sight as nothing?” The workers are discouraged because the memory is still alive of how glorious the temple used to be. Less than 70 years ago it stood in this very spot, the apple of God’s eye, the magnificent achievement of Solomon, for centuries the center of holy worship. But instead of inspiring the people, this memory made the people look at the pitiful edifice they were building and feel hopeless. “How do you see it now? Is it not in your sight as nothing?” What’s the use, they say. We can’t match the glory of Solomon’s temple. We’re wasting our time. Nothing beautiful or worthwhile will ever come of it. We got along without it in Babylon; we can do without it here. Better to have the beauty of a great memory than a paltry imitation. So their hands are slack in the work.

Does that sound like anything in your experience? I think anybody who has ever undertaken a work for the cause of Christ has felt that kind of discouragement: the sense that you work and work and the product seems so paltry. You pour yourself into a thing week after week and month after month and the fruit is so minimal. Then you look back in history or across town and see the grand achievement of others, and your temple seems so trivial. And you get discouraged and are tempted to quit and put away your aspirations and drop your dreams and put your feet up in front of the television and coast. Who wants to devote his life to a second-rate temple?

Bethlehem is a prime target for discouragements like these. This church is the Solomon’s temple of the Baptist General Conference. There once was such a glory here that across the Conference Bethlehem is still thought of mainly in the past tense: once the biggest church; once she gave almost 50% of her income to missions; a thousand people used to be in Sunday School; the spawning ground of great spiritual leaders. Perhaps some Sunday School teachers remember the halcyon days of Bethlehem and grow weary and discouraged over their small ministry. Most of you have known the discouragement of feeling that what you are doing for Christ is of so little significance that you may as well quit.

Take Courage, Work, Fear Not

If that’s you, this message from Haggai is tailor-made for your heart today. God confronts the discouragement of the people, first of all, with a heartening command in verse 4: “Yet now take courage, O Zerubbabel, says the Lord; take courage, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; take courage, all you people of the land, says the Lord; work.” God clearly does not agree with their assessment of the situation. If they think their work on the temple is of so little significance that they can quit, they are very wrong, for God says, “Take courage, . . . work!”

He gives two arguments why they should take courage and work heartily. And both of these are crucial for us as well. The text continues in verses 4 and 5: “Work, for I am with you, says the Lord of hosts, according to the promise that I made you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit abides among you; fear not.” God’s first argument why they should “take courage,” “work,” and “fear not” is that he is with them. For most of us the value of a job increases with the dignity and prestige of the people who are willing to do it. How could we ever, then, belittle a work when God says he is with us in it? When God is working at your side, nothing is trivial.

But the promise is not only that he will be at your side; he will also be in your heart encouraging you. Look back at the end of 1:13. “I am with you, says the Lord. And the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the Lord.” If we will ask him and trust him, God not only works with us, but he moves in to stir up our spirit and give us a heart for the work. He doesn’t want crusty diehards in his work; he wants free and joyful laborers. And so he promises to be with them and stir them up to love the work.

But not only that. When he refers in 2:5 to the promise or covenant (literally: word) made at the Exodus, he shows that his presence is the same powerful presence that divided the Red Sea. Exodus 19:4 says, “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.” So when he promises to be with the people in their work, he means: I will use all my divine power like I did at the Exodus to help you and strengthen you and protect you. Therefore, take courage, work, fear not.

But there is one other encouraging thing about this promise. For those Jews whose minds were all taken up with the glory of Solomon’s temple, this promise may have had a very special impact. Just before David’s death he encouraged his son, Solomon, with words very similar to Haggai 2:4 and 5: “David said to Solomon his son, ‘Be strong and of good courage and work. Fear not, be not dismayed; for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you, until all the work of the service of the house of the Lord is finished”‘ (1 Chronicles 28:20). The implication of this similarity is that the same God who worked with Solomon to build his great temple is also at work with you now. Therefore, take courage, work, fear not.

The second argument God uses to encourage those who think their work only produces paltry results is found in verses 6–9:

For thus says the Lord of hosts: once again in a little while I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land; and I will shake the nations so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with splendor, says the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the Lord of hosts. The latter splendor of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts; and in this place I will give prosperity, says the Lord of hosts.

In other words, take courage, work, and fear not, because you build more than you see. All you see is a paltry temple. But God promises to take your work, fill it with his glory, and make your labors with a million times more than you ever imagined.

Fulfillment of the Prophecy

How was this prophecy fulfilled? Like most prophecies, it was fulfilled in stages, and the final fulfillment is yet to come. By the time Christ had begun his ministry, Herod had rebuilt Zerubbabel’s temple so that it was truly magnificent. The temple was destroyed in AD 70, but Jesus had said in John 2:1920, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up . . . But he spoke of the temple of his body.” Jesus said there is a direct continuity between the Old Testament temple and himself: once God met his people in the temple, now God meets us in Jesus Christ. Some interpreters believe a glorious temple will again be built in Jerusalem and stand through the millennium as Christ rules on earth (cf. Ezekiel 41ff.; 2 Thessalonians 2:4). That may be, but the final state of eternity is described inRevelation 21:22. When the new Jerusalem descends, John says, “And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.”

The point is this: God had a purpose for a temple. The Jews of Haggai’s day could not see it all, and what they could see seemed so paltry. So God came to them with a word of promise: Take courage. You build more than you see. The heavens and the earth and sea and land and all treasures are mine. I will take the fruit of your little labor and make it glorious beyond measure, no matter how trivial and paltry it may seem to you now.

There is a principle here that applies to you and me: God takes small, imperfect things and builds them into a habitation for his glory. O, how we should take courage in our little spheres of influence! And is this not the message of Advent and Christmas? What more appropriate word could God have said to Mary as Jesus was growing up: Take courage, young mother, you build more than you see. And so it is with every one of us. Nothing you do is a trifle if you do it in the name of God. He will shake heaven and earth to fill your labor with splendor. Take courage, you build more than you see.

Video of the Week – Herod’s and Solomon’s Temples – virtual reconstructions and the Implication of the Ark of the Covenant on the Future Temple

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Jerusalem Temple – Herod

First Demo of Herods temple in Jerusalem; The Reconstruction of the Herodian Sanctuary According to the Writings of Josephus Flavius. Based on the Doctoral Dissertation of Dr. Yehoshua Peleg, department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, faculty of Jewish Studies, Bar-Ilan University, Supported by the Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem

Studies, Prof. Joshua Schwartz, Director
Project Initiator and Project Director: Yehuda Vinograd
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Temple Utensils and Priests: Shilo Vinograd
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Solomons Temple

A virtual reconstruction of the temple built by Solomon.

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Ark of the Covenant — Lost or Hidden Away

If the ark did exist, where is it now? A group of rabbis claim they believe they have found the room that was the holy of holies in a 1981 excavation, but authorities stopped their excavation and walled off the area. Another rabbi states (back in 2007) that out of the 93 categories of vessels required for use at the Temple, they have now produced 60 of them based on the complicated nuances of Jewish law. The ark however, will not be reproduced as they believe it is sitting under the Al Aqsa mosque in the room they have discovered in the archaeological dig at that site in 1981.

Traian Dorz – Nu-i Nimeni Mai Dator ca Mine

Nu-i nimeni mai dator ca mine,
Isus, Mântuitorul meu,
Căci nimeni altul, de la Tine,
N-a mai primit atât cât eu!

Mie Tu mi-ai dat
Har aşa bogat,
O, cât sunt dator,
Scump Mântuitor,
Sunt cel mai dator,
Drag Mântuitor!

Din câte oi pierdute-odată
Aveai căzute cel mai jos,
Eu am fost cea mai depărtată,
Pe mine cel mai greu m-ai scos!

Din câţi fii rătăciţi în moarte
Au părăsit pe Tatăl Bun,
Eu mă dusesem mai departe
Şi eu trăisem mai nebun.

Din câţi Ţi-au fost datornici Ţie,
Stăpâne Sfânt şi Prea-ndurat,
N-a trebuit să ierţi cât mie,
Eu cel mai mult Ţi-am datorat.

Şi totuşi, Doamne,-atât cât mie
La nimeni parcă n-ai adus…
O, ce datornic pe vecie
Ţi-s eu, Preascumpul meu Isus!

(Traian Dorz – Cântarea biruinţei)

Anca Petrescu – Nu-i nimeni mai dator ca mine

Florin Ianovici – Desertaciunea Placerilor Partea 1-4

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Vreti sa stiti cum e locasul acolo sus in cer? Locasul pe care la pregatit Isus pentru noi? Iti vei muta odaita de rugaciune acolo. E mult mai frumoasa. Dar, cine n-are odaita pe pamint n-are locas in cer. Domnul spune: “Daca nu ti-a placut sa umbli cu Mine pe pamint, daca n-ai simtit dorul dupa Mine pe pamint, daca nu a ars inima dupa Mine inca de pe pamint, nu vei avea locas in cer. Pentru ce sa-ti fac loc acolo? ” Cum esti asa aici jos pe pamint si cum esti in locasul tau si Dumnezeu spune: “Am creat posibilitatea unei odaite in care cerul se intilneste cu pamintul si o umplu cu cei care sunt ai mei.

Ce e odaita?

Te intreb crestine, ai vreo odaita? Te gindesti la vesnicie. Te vei intilni cu Dumnezeu si vei sta fata in fata cu Dumnezeu si ce o sa-I spui? “Doamne, odaita mea este la Biserica…. Duminica dimineata… 7 minute cind ma rog. ” Nu e bun, nu-i destul. “Ma mai rog asa 10 minute la plecare dimineata.” Nu-i destul. Stiti ce se intimpla? Nu e vorba de rugaciune si nu-i vorba de minute. Este vorba de dorul aprins de a fi cu Dumnezeu ! Este vorba despre dorul de a te intilni cu El, a petrece cu EL, de a-L onora fiindca il caut pe El. Nu-i vorba de ceas. N-are treaba Dumnezeu cu ceasul in rugaciune. Sa Il cauti pe El.

Domnul din cer intreaba: “Ma cauti?” Ti-ai dat intilnire cu Domnul? Dimineata cind esti mai proaspat, sau si seara? Nu te uita la ceas. Lasa ca ceasul nu e problema. Adevarata problema este daca insetezi dupa El? Daca alergi dupa El. Tu poti sa spui: “Doamne nu pot sa traiesc daca nu ma intilnesc cu Tine”. Cind erai prieten cu cea care era sa iti devina sotie, cit o cautai, cit o sunai? Dumnezeu sa faca ca in viata ta sa se aprinda “odaita”. Curatati paianjenii si dati-i afara. Stergeti bine fereastra sa patrunda acolo DUmnezeu cu razele Lui si intorceti-va la viata de adorare si inchinare. Iar tu suflet drag care n-ai stiut ce-i rugaciunea pina in seara asta iti spun: “Daca n-ai odaita unde sa stai de vorba cu Domnul Dumnezeu, daca n-ai ce sa-I spui lui Domnul dupa un minut sau doua, roaga-L sa vina se dea celui uscat din nou seva si s-aduca din nou Dumnezeu viata in tine.

Pe drept iubit

Pe drept esti iubit spune cuvintul Domnului, pentruca Isus a stat pe cruce. Nu s-a gasit pacat si nici viclesug in gura Lui. Toata viata a mers facind bine din loc in loc si vindecind bolnavi. A inmultit piinile si a venit pe pamintul acesta sa ne invete dragostea Lui Dumnezeu pe care am pierdut-o. Sa ne invete sa fim oameni si sa ne venim in fire. Sa nu traim ca tilharii ci sa traim dupa chipul si asemanarea Lui Dumnezeu. Este cineva pe drept iubit? Nu sunt nici eu nici tu acela. E cineva pe drept iubit? Da, Isus Hristos este acela. Pe drept sunt iubit ca El a murit pentru mine.   Ca s-a lasat sfarmat, biciuit si batjocorit pentru mine pentru ca astazi eu sa traiesc si sa nu mor.

Dumnezeu spune: “Inca fac slujba sa mintuiesc tilharii, inca sunt in aceasta misiune.” “Sint neagra,” iti zice inima ta. “Neagra, rau de tot. In mine este nelegiuire. In mine este pacat si rautate, birfa si nemultumire, in mine exista atitea si atitea pofte care ma framinta si toata mintea mea e asa facuta incit ma gindesc sa-mi fie mie bine pe pamint si numai ma intereseaza de altii”. “Sint neagra”, zice inima ta si-n aceasta seara Domnul Isus spune: “Nu vrei sa te fac alba?” Ai putea sa fii frumoasa, inima. Cum? Te curata cineva. Singele lui Isus. Curge singele lui Isus de la cruce. Il vezi? Roaga-L pe Dumnezeu sa -ti deschida mintea. Il vezi sus, rastignit pe cruce? Ii curge singe din mina si picioare si singele acesta vine si te curateste si pe tine. Inima ta si a mea neagra, Dumnezeu vrea sa o faca alba. Mesajul lui Dumnezeu azi e dragostea care a venit dupa tilhar. E dragostea care iti aduce sarutul iertarii. Este dragostea care este mireasma Duhului Sfint si este dragostea care te trage dupa ea. Este dragostea care deschide cerul prin odaita. Este dragostea care vine la tine si spune: “Singurul care am platit sunt eu.”

Te intreb in aceasta seara: “Ce ai sa faci? Care e numele tau? Nu vrei in aceasta seara un certificat nou de nastere pe care sa scrie data de azi si Copil al lui Dumnezeu. Paternitate cereasca. Mama, Ierusalimul. ” E viata ta plina de iubire? Esti o mireasma pentru cei din casa ta?  Daca inima ta este o inima neagra lasa-L pe Isus sa te spele.

Partea 4:

Ravi Zacharias – “If the foundations be destroyed…” at Trinity International University Feb. 9, 2012

 Dr. Ravi Zacharias, an alumni of TIU,  returns to TIU for another lecture and an update on his ministry – RZIM. He announces that Os Guinness and John Lennox have joined RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries) as they further train 3 young phD’s coming out of  prestigious universities in order to ensure the next generation is prepared in biblical apologetics. Three young phD’s coming on board at RZIM are experts in Islam, with one being expert in Sharia law (whom the House of Commons and the House of Lords are using as a consultant in the UK). RZIM’s North American base will be at Trinity International University (TIU) in Deerfield, Illinois (a short drive from Chicago). Dr. Zacharias aim is to develop as many young apologists as possible.

The first post modern building

Many years ago at an open forum at Ohio State University, with Alvin Plantinga and Hugh Ross, as this businessman was driving us to the venue, past a new building, he informed us that it was the Wexler center for the Arts. He informed us that Time magazine described it as the first post modern building. I asked him, “What is a post modern building?” He said, “The architect believed since life itself has no purpose or meaning, why should our buildings have any purpose and meaning. So he designed the building without any particular purpose in mind. There are stairways that go nowhere, there are shapes of rooms that are absolutely unusable.

People come to see this building but, it serves no particular purpose. When asked what I think I said, “I have only one question for the architect. Did he do that with the foundation as well?”  Did he just do it whimsically? Or did he have to follow certain guidelines because the infrastructure can look magnificent, but, if the foundation doesn’t hold the whole thing will collapse and there’s no city council that I know that will allow you to do it on a whim, without having a purpose to sustain what you are putting above it. This is the backdrop to Dr. Zacharias’ lecture.

In the Scriptures we are reminded that if the foundations be destroyed, what should the righteous do? Last week I was  in Belgium. What a scene in Europe and Belgium is at the helm of that. Fascinatingly, 25% of the population of the city of Brussels right now claims to be Muslim and the rest of them are of an anti theistic mind. You should have seen the questions. They were actually in a state of shock that you are presenting a defense for the existence of God. I had a 20-30 minute conversation with a doctoral student who was just astounded that I actually believed there was such a thing as a moral  framework to reality.  And you tend to say to yourself, “What foundation does this person use to really build his or her life upon? What is the point of reference from which they make their choices? Is every choice ad hoc? Do you just face the options of the day and determine at whim- this is the  path I’m going to take, this is what I’m going to choose?”

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Solzhenitsyn: It is because we, have forgotten God

You know, the entire economic crisis today, globally, was built upon a false premise that you can borrow without necessarily having to be able to afford it. That you can keep printing an instrument of trust with nothing to really back it and you watch this implosion taking place globally and when you talk to political leadership and others in high office ….I’ll never forget the scene on television when Mr. Paulson was literally kneeling in front of Nancy Pelosi saying, “I beg you, please pass this bill or  we’re finished… I am not an economist, I don’t understand all of these theories and I say to them, “How did we get here?” We wake up one morning and we find that the whole globe is in a financial mess.

There are some foundational issues about life itself and I often hark back and think about Alexander Solzhenitsyn when he gave his talk at Harvard, which wasn’t very welcomed. Here’s what he said in the midst of that talk, “The West is on the verge of collapse, created by its own hands. Between good and evil there is a unreconcilable contradiction. One cannot build one’s national life without regard for this distinction. We, the oppressed people of Russia watch with anguish the tragic and enfeeblement of Europe. We offer you the experience of our suffering. We would like you to accept it without having to pay the monstrous price of death and slavery that we have paid. This was somewhere in the 70’s. Solzhenitsyn would tell the story of his memories of his grandfather whose ideas as a child he didn’t quite understand. However, the one phrase his grandfather repeatedly said, “It’s because we have forgotten God”, stuck with him to old age. In his old age, when asked what has gone wrong in europe and the world, he said he would give the same answer his grandfather gave, “It is because we have forgotten God”.

There are foundational issues that this world has to cling to

One thing we have to give credit to Friedrich Nietzsche for is that he realized, when he popularized the phrase “God is dead”, that something ominously  (was) ahead of us. Remember the metaphors he used? Who gave us a sponge to wipe away the horizon? Is there any up or down left? Will lanterns, now, not have to be lit in the morning? Poignant ideas. What he was really saying was that we have eroded distinctions. We have nothing by which to make our judgements. Then he said this, “What sacred games will we need to invent?”

Foundations that God has laid in Scriptures

Who gave us the power to do this and to remove the greatest belief that the world has ever held. When you open the Scriptures and see the foundations that God has laid. What is it that God wants of you? I present to you 4 dimensions that he wants to have to the foundation of your life :

1) The dimension of eternity defines existence.

To build your life on eternal values. To build your whole value system on that which is not merely temporal, but that which will outlast merely what time has to offer. However we define time, what it boils down to is really a calibration or measuring change. But, the sense of the eternal, of the awe inspiring vision of ultimate reality.

C.S.Lewis’s book Apologetics was actually launched form one word – “longing”. He saw the sense of longing. He talks about how sometimes when you listen to music, it throws you back into a memory years and years ago and it plants in your mind afresh a longing that you had. It’s for a city you never been to. It’s for an experience you never had and therefore commenting on that same sense of longing in his writing on heaven he says this, “In speaking of this desire for our own far off country, which we find in ourselves, even now I feel a certain shyness. I am almost committing an indecency. I’m trying to rip open the inconsolable secret in each one of you, the secret that hurt so much that you take revenge on it by calling it names like “nostalgia” and “romanticism” and “adolescence”.  The secret which also pierces with such sweetness that in very intimate conversation on a dimension of heaven when it becomes imminent we grow awkward and in effect laugh at ourselves. The secret we cannot hide and we cannot tell, though we desire to do both. We cannot tell it because it is a desire for something that has never actually appeared in our experience. We cannot hide it because our experience is constantly suggesting it and we betray ourselves like lovers at the mention of the name “heaven”.

That glimpse of the future, that glimpse of the eternal…When you understand eternity you define existence!

2) The dimension of morality defines essence.

Moral reasoning. The sense of ought. The sense of right. The sense of wrong. As long as there are men and women that are totally in the naturalistic framework, they try to do away with the causal argument, with the design argument. They only do it in the particular aspect to do with creation, but they will never do away with the causal argument in the laboratory. They will never do away with the design argument and try to express whenever they see intelligibility deposit intelligence. It is only in this cosmic scene of the world itself that they like to get rid of a causal connection and they’d like to get rid of a design connection. But, this keeps haunting them: the whole idea of a moral framework and that’s why maybe the Da Vinci Code and others come along because if you can push a hatpin into the heart of morality of Jesus Himself, then you’ve probably done away with the moral argument as far as the Christian world is concerned. They would have no problem finding moral duplicity if they went to the founders of the other religions, but, they want to live longer, so they don’t attack those. They will go for the Christ.

Sacred

When you take the 10 commandments, what is it that is really summed up in that, in one word? Sacred. Sexuality is sacred. You remarriage is sacred. Your property is sacred. Your word is sacred. Your worship is sacred. Your time is sacred. That is what it was all about. Moses had to write 613 laws in order to try to rescue them from the one law that they broke in the day that they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and became as God and redefined  everything. It took about 613 laws  and each one dying the death of a thousand qualifications because people end up justifying everything, by qualifying it. All it boils down to is that the human heart is desperately corrupt and the moral reasoning abused again and again.

3.) The dimension of accountability defines conscience

The dimension of accountability, whether in a vertical direction when your’e talking just about moral reasoning, right or wrong. I remember  a 3 hour discussion with the leading Shiite Cleric Hussein in Damascus, after which he said, “Maybe it’s time for us in the Muslim world to stop asking “if” Jesus died on the cross and to start asking :why? And, as men like him are probably looking out of the window and seeing lives slaughtered in Syria, and men and women just mangled on the streets for political tyranny, all over again, I wonder whether he is thinking now, himself, as the cross for he answer for the evil that is in the heart of man. For forgiveness. For grace. For transformation.

For those of you studying here (TIU), no matter where you defend the faith, no matter where you present a defense of the Christian faith, never end without telling them about the cross. At the heart of the Gospel is precisely that message that your heart and my heart are desperately wicked and the son of man came into this world to seek and to save that which was lost. To offer you and me that forgiveness and that grace and that cleansing and the imperative of transformation. This is at the heart of the Gospel message. Forgiveness is a gift, unearned. You and I are accountable before God, and there’s a cross offered for you and me for redemption and that daily reminder that, “but for His grace, we would be condemnable, also”.

 4) The dimension of charity defines beneficence

It is very easy in our time to get angry with the opposition. You look at those who seek to eradicate what we believe and that anger wells up within you. You know, apologetics, if it’s not undergirded by love is really nothing more than a sword intended to decapitate the person in front of you. That’s not what apologetics is all about. It has to be undergirded by love. I love the way the Lord handled the woman at the well. So gently, so graciously so that she goes and says, “Come and see the One who knew everything I had done. Maybe Messiah has come.”

There is the gift of love in the Gospel and one of the main reasons the church suffers today, often, is that we have not even displayed that love to each other; let alone to the world. If we are going to win this it will be with the conquering, disarming love of Jesus Christ. Life is not gratuitous and purposeless. It is built on the foundation of an eternal God who revealed to us a moral law and reminded us of how we had fallen and would love to reach out to us again and bring us back to Himself.

Florin Ianovici – Desertaciunea Placerilor Partea 3

Vezi  Partea 1 aici

          Partea 2 aici

Partea 4 aici

Numele tau este ca o mireasma varsata

  • Nici un nume de pe pamint nu e bun. Stiti de ce? Pentru ca Dumnezeu ne da un nume mai presus de tot aurul si argintul. Nume de copil al lui Dumnezeu. Si ne face o promisiune: “In veci de veci; Amin! nu se va sterge (numele)! Il trec in Cartea Vietii. Il trec in Cartea Mielului” asa zice cuvintul lui Dumnezeu, “Numele tau este o mireasma varsata”. Dumnezeu vrea sa faca din noi o mireasma varsata. Cind intri undeva sa se spuna de tine: “Copilul Domnului, credinciosul, pocaitul, ca oamenii vazind faptele voastre bune sa il laude pe Dumnezeu.
  • Adevarata mireasma care vine este numele lui Isus. Un nume inaintea oricarui genunchi se va apleca: ISUS! In cer Isus ne va pune un nume nou- numele iubirii Sale pe care dragostea Sa l-a pregatit. Ce zic oamenii despre tine? Vecinii tai, parintii si prietenii, dar pina la urma ce zice Domnul de tine?

Moartea n-are ce sa caute la tine

  • Cum adica? Cine are numele scris in Cartea Vietii, atunci cind trece de pe pamint, nu moartea vine la capatiiul lui. Sa nu va minta nimeni, niciodata. Stefan a vazut cerurile deschise si pe Fiul omului asteptindu-l. Unde era moartea? Nicaieri. Moartea stii de ce vine la noi (la unii)? Sa-si ia plata. Pacat, pacat, pacat, nelegiuire, pacat. Care este plata pacatului? Moartea. Dar daca tu iti pui toate pacatele la picioarele Domnului si ceri prin singele iertarii sa te spele sa te curete, Domnul spune: “Iti trimit un inger”. si n-o sa vina moartea. Nici n-o vezi. Eu no o sa vad moartea niciodata.
  • Daca vrei intr-adevar sa fii nemuritor intoarce-te la Isus. Cind te batjocoreste cineva nu te uita in jos dragul meu; uita-te in sus si spune: “Ale mele-s toate”. Mintuirea e a mea si numele meu nu piere in veci.

Slava lui Dumnezeu nu se imparte cu omul

  • Si sa nu te mai lasi doborit de cel rau cu minciuna: “Nu esti bun de nimic”. Daca as fi bun de ceva, atunci ar veni Domnul cu ciocanul, dar daca nu-s bun de nimic, atunci se foloseste Domnul de mine. Cita vreme mai ai un talent la care tii, sau tii la ceva care ai tu, Dumnezeu nu se poate folosi de tine pentru ca opereaza pe un principiu- El isi arata slava si cinstea si nu le imparte cu omul. Zice omul: “Am meritat.” Nu ai meritat. El este totul in noi.

Daca Dumnezeu nu ar fi fost acela care sa ne fi tras cu funii de dragoste, nimeni, niciodata n-ar fi facut un pas in viata.

  • In mod real, in viata noastra si pentru acela care nu-L cunoaste pe Dumnezeu, nu este altceva decit mila Sa. Sanatatea pe care o ai, nu o ai pentru ca esti bun. O ai pentru ca DUmnezeu este bun. Piinea pe care o ai si pe care o maninci nu e pentru ca tu esti mai harnic decit altul, ci pentru  ca Dumnezeu este milostiv. Daca n-a cazut inca un asteroid pe pamint este pentru ca Dumnezeu ii tine traiectoria.

Avem un asteroid al pacatului

  • Dar ce ne facem cu asteroidul din inima? Avem un asteroid al pacatului si-asa loveste in orbita inimii noastre si ne sfarima.
  • A fost si pentru mine o zi cind m-am pocait. Mama mea si tatal meu au prins de stire. Mama mi-a dat un telefon si mi-a spus ca i-am facut de ris. Mi-a zis mama: “Am discutat cu tatal tau si de-acum incolo numarul acesta de telefon sa il uiti. Am zis: “Mama, eu nu beau nu fumez, imi tin casa cu cinste. Ce ti-am facut?” Dar, patru ani de zile nu a miscat nimic din partea lor. Am avut de suferit atunci. Eram in ultimul an de facultate (care o plateau parintii mei si imi trimiteau mincare), eram casatorit si am devenit sarac. M-am angajat ca portar/pazitor.
  • Fratele Ianovici descrie cum Dumnezeu a lucrat in chip miraculos de multe ori cind s-a rugat pentru ajutor, printre care si aceasta istorioara: Au fost zile grele in acel an. Intr-o zi, inainte de pasti, sotia imi spunea ca ar avea pofta de drob de miel, si de brinza cu smintina si de miere de albine. Asa am aflat ca sotia e insarcinata. Dar, dintr-o data in inima mea s-a infipt un cutit al disperarii ca nu aveam bani pentru mincare. Atunci m-am pus pe genunchi si m-am rugat cum am auzit o alta sora rugindu-se: Doamne, e sarbatoarea Pastelui, si e sarbatoarea ta ca tu esti cel inviat. Doamne, te rog frumos sa vii la mine de sarbatoarea asta, dar Doamne, vino Tu cu o bucata ca eu nu am”. Si am zis Amin. M-am dus la Biserica a doua zi si o sora, Domnica (care a plecat la Domnul) mi-a zis: “Ce-i cu tine frate Florin?” Eu fiind de curind intors la Domnul, cind am auzit mi s-au muiat picioarele. Am crezut ca am facut ceva gresit. Mi-a zis din nou: “Ce-i cu tine ca de trei zile imi vorbeste Duhul Domnului”, si imi pune in mina o sacosa grea. Cind am ajuns acasa si am deschis-o, am gasit in sacosa un borcan cu brinza si smintina, un borcan cu miere de albine si un drob de carne. Aleluia!!! Am zis sotiei: “Tu vezi aici mincare, dar eu vad ca a intrat Dumnezeu la mine in casa. Lasa mincarea. E Isus aici! A venit la mine, un sarac care s-a pus pe genunchi si s-a  rugat: Doamne, vino la mine!”

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