Tortured For Christ: Richard Wurmbrand – first video after gaining freedom from Romanian communist regime

This is the original video that shocked the free world in the late 1960’s / early 1970’s when a Lutheran Pastor in the United States helped raise funds in order to pay the ransom for Richard Wurmbrand and his wife Sabina to emigrate to the United States. The Pastor talks about the testimony Richard Wurmbrand gave to the Senate intelligence committeeand other government officers. Richard Wurmbrand looks gaunt, with dark black circles under his eyes and he had 18 deep scars on his body as a testimony to his sufferings and his deep love for Christ.

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Afganul Said Musa eliberat cu ajutorul lui John Piper, Rick Warren – Said Musa released with help from two Pastors

From Persecution.com, the Voice of the Martyrs website that our own Romanian brother Richard Wurmbrand founded. You will find the English version of the announcement below this Romanian translation.

Said Musa a fost eliberat dupa interventii din partea Pastorilor John Piper, Rick Warren si citiva Congressmen. Detaliile eliberarii sint confidentiale si   pentru ca el si sotia lui sa nu ajunga din nou in pericol nu se stie nimic, public despre ei. Am scris despre condamnarea lui la moarte aici. Va veti aduce aminte ca el si-a pierdut piciorul intr-o explozie de mina cu multi ani in urma, si a fost arestat dupa ce cineva a filmat botezul lui si al altora si la difuzat la televiziunea Afgana. Dumnezeu are alte planuri pentru el (decit moartea lui) si va ramine pentru noi un exemplu demn de urmat. Prima data cind a fost fortat sa renunte la credinta, a facut-o, dar imediat s-a schimbat si si’a cerut iertare lui Dumnezeu pentru frica care la cuprins si apoi au urmat torturile si condamnarea la moarte. Nu avem detalii de ce a fost eliberat, dar organizatia Persecution care face parte din Vocea Martirilor (organizatia lui Richard Wurmbrand) raporteaza ca Pastorii John Piper si Rick Warren impreuna cu un numar de Congressmen Americani sint responsabili pentru eliberarea sa.

Un alt Crestin Afghan, numit Shoaib Assadullah care a fost arestat in acelas timp si acuzat de aceeasi infractiune de lege ca si Said Musa, ramine inchis si condamnat la moarte. Crima lui Assadullah a fost ca a dat un Nou Testament unui om, care mai tirziu la raportat la autoritati. Sa ne rugam mai departe si pentru acest intemnitat si condamnat la moarte ca Dumnezeu sa il intareasca, si sa lucreze prin aceste marturisiri publice in tari cu credinte Islamice si la tara si poporul nostru ca sa renuntam la lucrurile trecatoare si nefolositoare si sa lucram pentru Hristos .

Afghanistan: Afghan Prisoner Released (click on

title to read from Persecution.com website)

Imprisoned Afghan Christian Said Musa has recently been released from prison. Compass Direct News reported that Said left the country Feb. 21, 2011, after being released days earlier. Said was arrested May 31, 2010, after a TV station broadcast video showing Afghan Christians being baptized and worshiping. Turning from Islam is a capital offense in Afghanistan.

Early in his imprisonment, Said was forced to publicly deny Jesus on TV, an act of which he later repented. He wrote, “I acknowledge my sin before [the] Lord Jesus Christ.… I am a very, very weak and [sinful] man.”

In prison, Said was beaten, sleep deprived and physically and sexually abused. He wrote a series of letters to the international community detailing his treatment and discussing his faith. In a final letter, dated Feb. 13, Said wrote that three Afghan officials tried to convince him to recant his faith. He wrote, “I laughed and replied, ‘I can’t deny my Savior’s name. Because my life is just service to Jesus Christ and my death is going to heaven [where] Jesus Christ is. I am a hundred percent ready to die.’”

Said converted to Christianity eight years ago. He worked for the Red Cross for more than 15 years, fitting amputees for prosthetic limbs.

Said’s wife and six children are safely out of the country, but details concerning his release are being kept confidential in order to protect him and his family. Said’s release was secured with the help of international attention from John Piper, Rick Warren and several U.S. congressmen. A source in Afghanistan told Compass Direct News, “When local churches and international bodies advocate for the persecuted in faith, they have the power to change things.”

Another Afghan Christian, Shoaib Assadullah, remains in prison, charged with the same apostasy charge that Said faced. Shoaib was arrested in northern Afghanistan after giving a New Testament to a man who later reported him to authorities. In December, he was told he had one week to recant his faith or he would be sentenced to death. A January court hearing was postponed due to international pressure. In a Feb. 17 letter, he wrote, “The court’s decision is most definitely going to be the death penalty for me.”

Diplomatic efforts are underway to free Shoaib.

A.W.Tozer – Praying ‘til we pray

A sermon by A.W.Tozer from SermonCentral.com

Dr. Moody Stuart, a great praying man of a past generation, once drew up a set of rules to guide him in his prayers. Among these rules is this one: „Pray till you pray.” The difference between praying till you quit and praying till you pray is illustrated by the American evangelist John Wesley Lee. He often likened a eason of prayer to a church service, and insisted that many of us close the meeting before the service is over. He confessed that once he arose too soon from a prayer session and started down the street to take care of some pressing business. He had only gone a short distance when an inner voice reproached him. „Son,” the voice seemed to say, „did you not pronounce the benediction before the meeting was ended?” He understood, and at once hurried back to the place of prayer where he tarried till the burden lifted and the blessing came down.

The habit of breaking off our prayers before we have truly prayed is as common as it is unfortunate. Often the last ten minutes may mean more to us than the first half hour, because we must spend a long time getting into the proper mood to pray effectively. We may need to struggle with our thoughts to draw them in from where they have been scattered through the multitude of distractions that result from the task of living in a disordered world.

Here, as elsewhere in spiritual matters, we must be sure to distinguish the ideal from the real. Ideally we should be living moment-by-moment in a state of such perfect union with God that no special preparation is necessary. But actually there are few who can honestly say that this is their experience. Candor will compel most of us to admit that we often experience a struggle before we can escape from the emotional alienation and sense of unreality that sometimes settle over us as a sort of prevailing mood.

Whatever a dreamy idealism may say, we are forced to deal with things down on the level of practical reality. If when we come to prayer our hearts feel dull and unspiritual, we should not try to argue ourselves out of it. Rather, we should admit it frankly and pray our way through. Some Christians smile at the thought of „praying through,” but something of the same idea is found in the writings of practically every great praying saint from Daniel to the present day. We cannot afford to stop praying till we have actually prayed.

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Family Series 7A – Teaching our children through prayer (via) The Good Book Blog

from the GoodBookBlog by Ken Berding

Last week I posted (see below titled ‘Actually Praying’) a piece in which I encouraged each of us to actually pray when we pray.  Since then my thoughts about prayer have moved in another direction, particularly as it relates to the training of our children.  I am becoming increasingly convinced that one of the most significant ways we convey spiritual truth to our children is through our prayers.  I believe that when we pray with our children, our children learn about our relationship with the Lord and what we believe about God.  Let’s look at three things we teach our children when they listen to us pray.

1.  When we pray, our children learn that we have a sincere relationship with the Lord.

This past Sunday I was talking with a friend about what children learn when they listen to their parents pray.  He shared with me that when he was growing up his father’s prayers were formulaic and seemed artificial to him.  But in recent years my friend has noticed a change in his elderly father’s relationship with the Lord.  What’s significant is that the chief way he has come to recognize the change is by listening to the way his father prays.

I grew up with a mother who had a sensitive relationship with the Lord, and I knew it from the way that she prayed.  When I was a child she used to tell me that even if all my friends stopped being my friends, Jesus would always be my friend.  I believed her.  The reason I believed her is that when she prayed I could tell that she was talking to her closest friend.

2.  When we pray, our children learn that we actually believe that God can and will answer our prayers.

Honestly, learning how to pray in groups in the United States has been kind of tough for me.  When my wife and I lived in the Middle East, we were often around Christians who were expecting God to do big things.  We knew it because of the way that they prayed.  But one message has come through loudly and clearly to me in most of the prayer meetings I have attended in the United States:  we don’t actually believe anything is going to happen when we pray!  I want my children to know that when we pray, we are speaking to a God who is strong enough to answer our prayers and who cares deeply enough to act on our behalf.

(Please note that you don’t generate such faith by trying really hard to believe; rather you increasingly develop sensitivity to the Holy Spirit who helps you know how to pray and who increases your faith as you pray in dependence upon him.  But that is another topic for another day.)

3.  When we pray, our children learn what we believe about God.

I’ve thought more about this since reading Fred Sanders’s recently released book, The Deep Things of God:  How the Trinity Changes Everything. The basic biblical pattern is praying to the Father, on the basis of what the Son has done, empowered by the Spirit.  It is, of course, possible that we could communicate to our children a deficient view of the Trinity by praying always to Jesus as a friend, or being overly Spirit-focused in our prayers.  (I am not saying that a prayer thanking Jesus for his death on the cross or a prayer to the Holy Spirit asking for him to empower you for witness is wrong, just that it isn’t the biblical pattern.)

Your children will learn from you that God is holy by listening to the way you confess your sins; that God is a God of power when you worship him; that God truly cares when you call upon him in your time of need, and so on.

When I’m alone with the Lord, one of the prayers I pray more than any other is: “Lord, I want it to be real.  I don’t want to be a fake.  I need your grace to live out what I teach.”  And now, by God’s grace, I want my children to see the same thing in me.  I don’t pray for them; I pray to the Lord.  But I think it’s good to remember that our children are listening.

Actually Praying by Ken Berding

One of the temptations that we as Christian leaders regularly face is to not pray when we pray.  We say prayers before meals, with our children before bed, before we teach Sunday school classes, and when we stand during worship services.  And if your life is anything like mine, you are the designated pray-er for family functions.  But there is a significant risk when we bow for prayer but don’t actually pray.

The Apostle Paul writes:  “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints” (Eph 6:18).  Paul would agree that when we pray, we need to actually pray.

I’m convinced that every time we take a posture of prayer and don’t actually talk to the Lord, our hearts harden just a little to prayer; whereas every time we actually talk to God during a time of prayer, our hearts are just a bit softer the next time around.  This is why in our household there has always been one rule—and only one rule—when we pray together.  We don’t care whether you stand, sit, kneel, close your eyes, or lift your hands.  The rule is this:  When you pray, actually talk to the Lord.

Admittedly, it can sometimes be difficult to actually pray each and every time you pray.  Sometimes we feel forced into prayer postures.  One of my daughters during her middle school years expressed it this way:  “But if I don’t pray when everyone else is praying, what will people think?”

In any prayer situation in which your heart is not turned upward, my recommendation is that you pause, perhaps open your eyes for a moment, recalibrate, remind yourself Who it is you are talking to, and then offer a short prayer to the Lord.  The result of such patterning will be an ever increasing openness to the Lord and a softness toward prayer.

Ioan (Nelu) Peia – Rugaciunea la nivel mondial

Jan 4,2011. Tudor Petan de la AlfaOmegaTV cu Ioan (Nelu) Peia la editia Calea, Adevarul si Viata 180 – Retele de Rugaciune:
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Traian Dorz – Cristos, marturia mea- Carte online (format pdf) via Cristianet

Titlu articol
Prefata – Înainte de început
Cap.01 – Ce putine adevaruri putem spune
Cap. 02 – Fiecare existenta este o taina
Cap.03 – Primii pasi spre Lumina
Cap.04 – Vrajmasul cauta viata Pruncului
Cap.05 – Binecuvântata munca grea
Cap.06 – Stralucita sarbatoare de Rusalii
Cap.07 – Furtunile care încep de dimineata
Cap.08 – Marele necaz salvator
Cap.09 – Pe drumul crucii mele
Cap.10 – Usor e jugul lui Cristos
Cap.11 – Rasplata celor nerasplatiti
Cap.12 – Fermentii sunt nascuti sa moara
Cap.13 – Jugul, sarcina si crucea
Cap.14 – Atacul împotriva steagului
Cap.15 – Micii contemporani ai marilor oameni
Cap.16 – Exista un echilibru
Cap.17 – Mereu prin ape tulburi
Cap.18 – La 25 de ani
Cap.19 – Si binele trebuie platit
Cap.20 – Si iertarea trebuie platita!
Cap.21 – Si marturia trebuie platita
Cap.22 – Al doilea 2-4-2
Cap.23 – Si ultimul II
Cap.24 – Înaintea mai-marilor norodului
Cap.25 – Al saptelea foc
Cap.26 – Limpezirea apelor adanci
Cap.27 – Pe drumul ales 1962 – 1972
Cap.28 – Necazurile din lungul drumului (1972 – 1976)
Cap.29 – Ne apropiem de Tarm

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