Gabi Lupescu – Pasul căsătoriei stă direct în mâna lui Dumnezeu

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Rebeca : – Mamă, mamă! Ascultă-mă, să-ţi spun… Când veneam de la fântână, un om a alergat înaintea mea cerându-mi să-i dau apă…

Mama : – Şi ce-ai făcut?

R. – Eu?!… M-am oprit şi i-am aplecat vadra pe mână, zicându-i: „Bea, domnul meu!”, iar când l-am văzut bătrân, am umplut repede adăpătoarea şi pentru cămilele lui.

M. – Dar drumeţul, ce a zis?

R. -Să vezi! Când s-au săturat cămilele de băut, omul acela a scos darul acesta, mi l-a dat şi a întrebat: „A cui fată eşti?”

M. – Şi tu i-ai spus, desigur!???

R. – Da… şi i-am mai spus că avem nutreţ din belşug pentru cămilele lui şi-ar putea rămâne la noi peste noapte… Atunci omul acela s-a aruncat cu faţa la pământ şi a zis: „Binecuvântat să fie Domnul Dumnezeul stăpânului meu Avraam, care n-a părăsit îndurarea şi credincioşia Lui faţă de stăpânul meu!”

M. – Şi unde ai lăsat pe omul acela?

R. – S-a dus fratele meu să-l aducă. Iată-i că vin !.

Povestitorul: – În atmosfera aceasta de animaţie, un călător intră în casă. Îmbrăcămintea lui şi a celor ce-l însoţeau, mărturiseau că erau de departe. N-a vrut să stea jos, n-a vrut să mănânce ci voia să le povestească ceva însemnat. Le spuse mai întâi cine este, de unde vine, cine l-a trimis şi cum a ajuns aici. Toţi îl priveau fără să-l înţeleagă prea bine. Înălţându-şi capul, călătorul zise :

Călătorul : – Eu am ajuns azi la izvor, şi am zis: „Doamne, Dumnezeul stăpânului meu Avraam, dacă doreşti să-mi dai izbândă în călătoria pe care o fac iată, eu stau la izvorul de apă, şi fata care va ieşi să scoată apă, şi căreia îi voi zice: Dă-mi, te rog să beau puţină apă din vadra ta! şi care îmi va răspunde: Bea tu însuti, şi voi da de băut şi cămilelor tale, fata aceea să fie nevasta pe care a rânduit-o Domnul pentru fiul stăpânului meu!”. Cunoasteti aceasta istorioara ,din Sfanta Scriptura putin explicata mai pe intelesul nostru …???

Noi, contemporanii, de regulă nu găsim elemente comune …cu acest fel de a gândi şi proceda. Nici nu ştii cum e tânărul, cum arată, dacă e înalt, prezentabil! Ce situaţie are… Apoi riscul de a merge pe meleaguri străine, fără prieteni şi… cunoscuţi. Nu e aşa că e prea de tot?
Oare o fată nu s-ar trage speriată înapoi? Şi care părinţi nu ar spune: „Du-te bătrâne, cum să ţi-o dăm în asemenea condiţii? Sunt multe fete pe lume…”

Dar nu! După clipe de linişte solemnă, tatăl se ridică şi spune: „De la Domnul vine lucrul acesta; noi nu putem spune nici rău nici bine; ia-o şi du-te ca să fie soţia fiului stăpânului tău, cum a spus Domnul!”

„Domnul a spus!” Dar Domnul e Acelaşi! Domnul încă mai poate vorbi!
În această atât de delicată problemă a căsătoriei, cu urmări ce ating veşnicia, venim înaintea Ta Doamne, şi Te rugăm, arată Tu copiilor Tăi, celor ce caută lumina în acest hăţiş, arată-le Tu drumul cel drept pregătit pentru fiecare, după măsura cea mare a iubirii Tale!.Simti tu tanar si tanara , ca este ceasul sa te casatoresti ??? Cum vei proceda …?

Întemeiaţi pe Biblie şi având în dreapta noastră experienţa fericită a sfinţilor, noi rămânem în convingerea că pasul căsătoriei stă direct în mâna lui Dumnezeu. Nu omul, ci Dumnezeu!

Când omul nici nu se gândea, Dumnezeu a făcut o feme…ie şi tot El a adus-o la om. El pune la cale, El aduce la îndeplinire, iar omul, înţelegând voia Sa, doar primeşte darul şi e fericit.
Experienţa primei căsătorii perpetuează exact aceleaşi prevederi din Eden. Fiecare pas spre căsătorie, are în spate un program divin de îndeplinit, de care depinde totul.

Dumnezeu şi astăzi rânduieşte pentru robul Său, ca şi pentru Isaac şi Rebeca, un ajutor potrivit. Pentru că aşa stau lucrurile vom avea multe de întrebat şi multe de spus, pentru că toţi cei ce vin în urma noastră să cunoască secretul fericirii familiale.

Eclesiastul 3:1 „Toate îşi au vremea lor şi fiecare lucru sub ceruri îşi are ceasul lui.”Să nu mire pe nimeni faptul că începem discuţia problemelor ce privesc căsnicia sau chestiunea vârstei celui ce doreşte după un cămin.Căci, cu toate că vârsta este un aspect secundar faţă de discernământul spiritual, faţă de alegerea partenerului şi aprobarea divină, totuşi de amănuntul acesta se leagă esenţialul, poate al tuturor celorlalte aspecte.V-aţi gândit de ce patriarhii se căsătoreau aşa târziu… deşi atingeau maturitatea fizică tot aşa de repede ca şi noi? Cercetaţi genealogia şi veţi observa că nici unul nu se căsătorea mai devreme de 60 de ani înainte de potop, iar cei de după potop le urmează îndeaproape exemplul. Isaac avea 40 de ani când o ia pe Rebeca de soţie. Chiar Moise trecu de 40 de ani când o lua în căsătorie pe Sefora. „Căsătoriile timpurii… să nu fie încurajate. Băieţi şi fete păşesc în legământul căsătoriei cu iubire necoaptă… cu judecată neîmplinită, fără sentimente nobile şi înălţătoare, şi iau asupră-le binecuvântarea căsătoriei conduşi …doar de pasiuni copilăreşti.”

O, câte nenorociri blestemate s-au plămădit din neînţelegerea adevărului că orice lucru de sub ceruri îşi are ceasul lui…

Fraţii mei tineri, aşteptaţi cu răbdare potolirea vânturilor. Să nu daţi crezare gândurilor frământătoare… Păstraţi cu tărie înţelepciunea aceasta, căci este ştiut: Aceea care scutură pomul cu scopul de a culege fructele coapte mai repede, niciodată nu se vor bucura de binecuvântările şi dulceaţa rodului …pe care le află culegătorul răbdător.

„Şi Samson a zis tatălui său: Ia-mi-o că-mi place!” (Judecători 14:3)
Iată un tânăr care vrea să se căsătorească. Declaraţia lui răsunătoare este importantă prin aceea că aduce în discuţie două probleme de căpătâi care confruntă pe orice t…ânăr în cauză.
Prima problemă: priveşte criteriile prin care se face o alegere.A doua problemă: priveşte legătura dintre afectiv şi raţional, sau dintre pasiune şi judecată.
Le vom cerceta pe rând.„Ia-mi-o că-mi place!”
Indiscutabil, lui Samson îi plăcea persoana pentru nişte însuşiri ale ei. De ce ordin erau acestea? Timp, n-avusese s-o cunoască. Era prea „june” pentru o gândire profundă. Filisteanca era frumoasă, şi nu este frumuseţea un criteriu, regina tuturor criteriilor? Oare nu din contemplarea frumuseţii se zămislesc toate pasiunile şi legăturile afective? Şi nu gândeşte toată lumea aşa?Să vedem cât de îndreptăţită este această mentalitate.

Proverbe 31:30 Desmerdările sînt înşelătoare, şi frumuseţa este deşartă, dar femeia care se teme de Domnul va fi lăudată.

Iată o persoană: este frumoasă, apreciată şi iubită pentru aceasta. Şi vine o boală ce o desfigurează. Peste noapte preţuirea şi aprecierea celor din jur se răceşte şi dispare. Dar este drept? Nu a rămas omul de fapt acelaşi, cu acelaşi suflet şi calităţi?

Cât de amar trădează vicleana frumuseţe… Câte tragedii pe motivul acesta. Toţi cei ce o accepta drept criteriu, vor sorbi odată şi odată veninul ei, căci chiar şi fără boală, timpul jefuieşte pe fiii oamenilor de acest dar trecător.

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Louie Giglio – Ce mare e Dumnezeu (subtitrare in Limba Romana)

Romanian: Louie Giglio calatoreste prin toata lumea si vorbeste studentilor despre maretia lui Dumnezeu. Poate a-ti vazut acel video in care pune sa cinte o inregistrare facuta cu cintecele balenelor si a stelelor. Acest video, este la fel de impresionant cind Louie Giglio explica „perspectiva” universului.

Since so many people have still not seen this video, I am reposting it again today.

Louie Giglio travels the country speaking to University students. Read an interview by Christianity Today, featured on Josh Harris’s blog, directly below these two outstanding videos that have been working their way around the world for the last few years.

Indescribable (English only/fara subtitrare)  Video begins with an awesome 6 minutes of footage of our universe.

GOD and the UNIVERSE from Rodica on Vimeo.

Louie Giglio and Passion Church

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From Josh Harris’s blog in 2008:       Today I got a letter in the mail that Louie and Shelley Giglio sent out to friends of Passion. It was a report of all that God has been doing through the Passion World Tour. It sounds like it’s been incredible. But then the letter ended with an announcement that completely shocked me: Louie is planting a church in Atlanta. Here’s what he wrote:

If you haven’t heard by now, Passion is taking a massive turn as we head into the future. At the heart of the shift is a sense of fresh calling that God has made unmistakably clear to Shelley and me over the past eighteen months or so. Though for many reasons it looked like we might never lead a local church, all that has changed as God has placed in our hearts a huge passion to do just that. So in the coming months, by the grace of God, we will be planting a Passion Church in Atlanta as a local expression of the Kingdom of God for our rapidly growing and diverse city as well as a base for our influence throughout the nation and world.

I went online and found a video interview with Louie about his plans. One of the things I’ve always appreciated about Louie is his readiness to listen to the Lord’s leading and do something totally different. Most of the times „totally different” for Louie seems to require bigger faith and bigger risks for God’s glory. But Louie always takes them and never looks back. I pray this new venture will be more God-exalting than anything that has come before. There’s something very cool about the ultimate „conference guy” becoming the pastor of a local church.I’ll be praying for you, Louie.

Louie Giglio Interview: The following is a portion of an interview Louie did with Christianity Today:

Why are you planting a new church in Atlanta?

In my heart something has been changing and turning for about the last five years. Christ died for the local church. While I’ve spoken at many of them, and Passion has influenced them around the world, I want to be able to lay down at the feet of Jesus and say I gave it a shot–I tried to build into the local community of faith that he gave his life for, that he loved, and that he believed is the best agent for change in the world.It’s about a man who wants to be obedient to God. It’s about me, at 50, hearing the voice of God and saying yes, I will follow that.

How have you recruited the staff for your church?

I’ve never recruited one person. Most of the people I know and respect are already involved in local churches. All Shelley and I did was start saying to our friends, „This is what God has done in our hearts. We think we’re crazy, but we feel like we want to pastor a local community of faith with the DNA of Passion.”

Our friends said, „Tell us when and where and we will be there.”

With you as the senior pastor, and Matt Redman and Chris Tomlin leading worship, many have been calling this a „superstar church.” What’s your take on that?

All I say to [criticism] is, well, you’ll have to take that up with God. There is some history on the side of God putting gifted people in the same space at the same time. The purpose is not to congregate ability but to foster a movement that will reach the cities of the nation and the world. History is on our side and Jesus is on our side because he is the one who promised to grow the church. I’m not starting anything. Jesus started the church. This is not going to be Louie’s church. This is Jesus’ church. To the degree that we can let it be his and not ours–then it will be amazing.

What will happen to the Passion conferences? Will they still continue?

Right now we’re going to hold it all together as best we can, by the grace of God. God has given us a platform, a footing with university students that we cannot relinquish. It’s been a gift of God that somehow we have had the favor to gather people and propel them out for God’s kingdom agenda around the world. Passion 2010 will be back in Atlanta. We’re expecting somewhere between 20,000 and 25,000 university students here from around the world.

Right now there isn’t a home, a foundation, for us. We’re excited about a local expression of faith, a local community of believers who have the same DNA as Passion. To be able to go to Stockholm and come home and have home be us is an awesome thought for us. And to be able to launch back to Tokyo and know we have a church community behind us, moving with us–I think it all can happen.

I know you are from Atlanta, but the city has almost 7,000 churches. Did you ever consider another location for your new church?

Atlanta is a city of five million plus people, and it will experience the largest percentage growth of all cities in the United States in the next ten years. To say that Atlanta doesn’t need another church is crazy thinking to me. The church I used to attend (North Point Community Church) has three locations in the city. When they opened Buckhead in its new location, (senior pastor) Andy Stanley said they were getting a lot of flak. But he said the research shows there are 300,000 people who don’t go to anybody’s church on any given Sunday. Andy said that the truth of the matter is, there could be ten more Buckhead churches, and we would still only be scratching the surface.

We said to God, „What do you want to do?” It seemed like God just led us here.

You’ve said Andy Stanley, your pastor, was one of the first to know about your new church. Was he surprised? Was it difficult for him to hear?

He was shocked. Andy was the first person I told, before rumors of this even got to anybody else. I said, „This is what is in my heart.” He looked at me like, „Are you sure you want to do that?”

Andy and I have talked in a lot of detail about what this journey looks like and it’s so amazing. Andy is an incredible leader–the best leader I know. He has been so gracious. I believe North Point will continue to flourish, I believe Passion City Church will flourish, and there will still be hundreds of thousands of people in the city who have not yet encountered the grace of God. We’re going to be friends through the whole process.

Some people ask me, „How could you put a church in Andy’s backyard?” But whose backyard is it? God’s. The church and city don’t belong to Andy or to me or to anybody else.

What would you tell people in Atlanta about attending Passion City Church?

They should go to their own church and serve well in the position that they’re in. I wouldn’t say anything to them about Passion City Church. If they say, „I know about Passion; I’ve been to some of the events and I’ve been waiting for something like this to come along,” then great. How other people find their way to Passion City Church is really about the Holy Spirit.

Will this be a seeker church?

We are not using any kind of descriptive contemporary church adjectives to help us shape what Passion City Church is. When our core team meets, we don’t use the common words that are defining churches. We are looking at the simplicity of the body of Christ and the presence of God.

We’re concerned about whether the presence of God is noticeable and active in our gathering because people don’t need an event, they don’t need a show. People don’t need famous worship leadership. They need a life-changing transaction with their Creator. That’s what people want.

Our church is a church where people have life-changing encounters with God. When you come to Passion City Church, you’ll know that we’re here to exalt God, to paint a picture of him, to be people who are humbled before him, to express him to the city and to the world.

What will be the biggest difference between inspirational conference speaking and preaching on a regular basis?

For me, there’s not a lot of difference. For ten years, in our student ministry at Baylor, I spoke every week. You have to come with something fresh every time. In Atlanta, every Tuesday night I stood in front of young single adults for 11 or 12 years. The speaking is going to be the same, the message is going to be the same. Now I’m back to my 21-year history of getting on my knees, my eyes open, the word of God open.

Passion is geared toward college students, and you’ve said Passion City Church will have the same DNA. Do you expect your parishioners to be largely young adults?

We’re a church for all ages already. Passion isn’t going to be a university church, although there are 160,000 university students in Atlanta and we’d love for them to come.

We’d like to be a church where the people who are 50 always are leaning toward the people who are 18. I know that biblically, it’s our place to lead and their place to respect their elders. But the church grows when we embrace them. I hope it has a youthful vibe.

It seems logical to expect that a church led by a team of Louie Giglio, Matt Redman, and Chris Tomlin will attract a lot of attendees. How will you be sure your congregation is growing spiritually?

The practicality is that it has to be fleshed out in small groups, one-on-one relationships. There isn’t a blueprint yet, but it can absolutely be done. There isn’t a dichotomy between having a big church and a successful community. There are some gigantic churches in the world who are doing an amazing job of fostering community.

It depends on what are you trying to do. Are you are trying to get the most people possible in the church, or trying to get the deepest possible community connection possible? When you read the New Testament, the beginning of the church was explosive. We are all reaching back to the New Testament community. Everybody is talking about Acts 2 church or community as if that wasn’t important five or ten or fifteen years ago, when everybody was talking about how to get the unchurched through the door. We lose the focus when we begin to think first about people.

So we try to first think about God. The Holy Spirit is amazing; he will lead people who are following him to help build community. It’s possible to have an explosive, movement-oriented church that has unbelievable down-deep community. And if I had a blueprint for that right now, I would be writing a book.

We aren’t afraid at Passion City Church of being incredibly large. We’re not intimidated by the thought of, „What if x number of people come?” We’re also not afraid of being incredibly small. We just want to be a place where the presence of God rests and moves out to help this city and the cities of the world.

We have high confidence in God. When you take steps that look a little crazy, he has a way of doing things that blow your mind. We are just trying to position ourselves, to be ready.

Read the full interview.

Posted on the Josh Harris blog August 13, 2008

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