Florin Ianovici la Biserica Sfanta Treime, Bistrita- Pas cu pas pe urmele lui Isus

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O predica de la inima. Desi este de durata de aprox. 1 1/2 ore, toate predicile fratelui Ianovici par sa se termine prea repede. Predica aceasta nu este o exceptie. Investiti-va timpul in lucrurile nemuritoare, si ascultind Cuvintul Domnului este cea mai buna investitie in afara de cititul personal si rugaciunea personala.


Peace on earth? Not until Christ returns…unless you are a Christ follower

Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace !

Isaiah calls Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace in Isaiah 9:6 – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

While Luke tells us that the angels proclaimed peace on earth amongst the peoples whom God is pleased with:

Christians can have peace through Christ !

  •  Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”.
  • Also inRomans 5:1 the apostle Paul states: Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Also in John 16:33 Jesus states: I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
  •  And in Philippians 4:6-7 -And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • In John 14:27  Jesus states: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you

But, His kingdom is not of this world…

Yet, in John 18:36 the apostle John writes: Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” and Isaiah refers in 2 different verses to the time of peace when Jesus will reign as King over the earth.

  • Isaiah 11:6 -The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
  • Isaiah 65:25 – The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

…so, without Christ, the world cannot / will not have peace !

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While Christians around the world get ready to celebrate the birth of the Saviour, here’s a brief, yet important example of a life well lived (to the end) that is Christ-honoring, an example from a man named Juma Nuradin Kamil.

  1. Persecution– Romans 8:35-39

    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

    “For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

    No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  2. Perseverance – 1 Corinthians 16:13
    Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

SOMALIA

2 Thessalonians 1:4

Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.

Pray for the country of Somalia, a country that is predominantly Muslim (99.67 %) and a profession of faith in Christ is punished by death (decapitation). According to Voice of the Martyrs, there are only about 4,000 Christians in Somalia in a population of 9.9 million people, so you can understand what a tiny minority the Christians are and therefore very vulnerable to persecution. Here is a story of a faithful man, who persevered unto the death, death by decapitation – Juma Nuradin Kamil. He rightly understood what the Apostle Paul meant in

Philippians 1:21

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Matthew 16:26

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

The following is the report published at Voice of the Martyrs:

Christian convert beheaded

A kidnapped Christian convert from Islam was found decapitated on September 2 on the outskirts of Hudur in Bakool region, in south-western Somalia. Juma Nuradin Kamil, who embraced Christianity about three years ago, was kidnapped on August 21 by three suspected Islamic extremists from the al Shabaab terrorist group. Muslim extremists from al Shabaab, a militant group with ties to al Qaeda, have vowed to rid Somalia of Christianity.

Sources believe the kidnapping and subsequent manner of murder suggest that al Shabaab militants had been monitoring him. „It is usual for the al Shabaab to decapitate those they suspect to have embraced the Christian faith, or sympathisers of western ideals,” a Christian leader said. „Our brother … was determined in his faith in God. We greatly miss him.”

Pray for Juma’s family and the grieving Christian community. May they rest in the knowledge that the Good Shepherd walks with them through this difficult time. Ask the Lord to protect believers in Somalia and deliver them from harm. Pray that the perpetrators will repent and turn to Jesus Christ.

For more on our suffering brothers and sisters in Somalia, go to the Somalia Country Report.

September 22, 2011 Sources: Compass Direct

Christmas Mystery – a poem

Christmas Mystery

He who forged Earth’s iron core
And scattered stars to distant skies
Came shattered beauty to restore
And answer lost ones’ mournful cries.
A God who stands among the weak
To lift each burden that they face,
To lift away their bondage bleak
And give them strength in holy grace.

The star of hope for all the years,
Though spoken of through ages past,
Lies born in dust and blood and tears
Without His glorious trumpets’ blast.
Yet in His tiny hand He holds
The power that built the mountains high.
His glory shatters earthly molds
As angels’ voices split the sky.

The angel heralds call out clear
To tell us of the infant King
Who comes to crush the power of fear
And let the notes of justice ring.
Yet first He comes to serve and die,
Not yet to take His rightful place,
That those who chose to crucify
Their King might still receive His grace.

He calls us now with signs and stars
To find the Child born a King,
To give Him all that once was ours,
And songs of love and praise to sing.
So as we journey through the night
And seek our true Desire’s star
We find that Jesus, through His might
Has sought us from our exile far.

Christmas  Mystery was  written  by   Elizabeth  Sunshine  (via)

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