Gabi Lupescu – Psalmul 32

(Un psalm al lui David. O cîntare.) Ferice de cel cu fărădelegea iertată, şi de cel cu păcatul acoperit! 2Ferice de omul, căruia nu -i ţine în seamă Domnul nelegiuirea, şi în duhul căruia nu este viclenie!
3Cîtă vreme am tăcut, mi se topeau oasele de gemetele mele necurmate. 4Căci zi şi noapte mîna Ta apăsa asupra mea; mi se usca vlaga cum se usucă pămîntul de seceta verii.
5Atunci Ţi-am mărturisit păcatul meu, şi nu mi-am ascuns fărădelegea. Am zis: ,,Îmi voi mărturisi Domnului fărădelegile!„ Şi Tu ai iertat vina păcatului meu. 6De aceea orice om evlavios să se roage Ţie la vreme potrivită! Şi chiar de s’ar vărsa ape mari, pe el nu -l vor atinge de loc.
7Tu eşti ocrotirea mea, Tu mă scoţi din necaz, Tu mă înconjuri cu cîntări de izbăvire. 8,,Eu-zice Domnul-te voi învăţa, şi-ţi voi arăta calea pe care trebuie s’o urmezi, te voi sfătui, şi voi avea privirea îndreptată asupra ta.„
9Nu fiţi ca un cal sau ca un catîr fără pricepere, pe cari -i struneşti cu un frîu şi o zăbală cu cari -i legi, ca să nu se apropie de tine. – 10De multe dureri are parte cel rău, dar cel ce se încrede în Domnul, este înconjurat cu îndurarea Lui. 11Neprihăniţilor, bucuraţi-vă în Domnul şi veseliţi-vă! Scoateţi strigăte de bucurie, toţi cei cu inima fără prihană!

Psalmul 32 reda experienta unui om cazut in cea mai teribila criza a vietii lui, generata de pacat- experienta lui David. Iata cat de plastic isi descrie psalmistul propriile trairi sufletesti in mijlocul crizei prin care trecea :

“Cata vreme am tacut, mi se topeau oasele de gemetele mele necurmate, caci zi si noapte mana Ta apasa asupra mea. Mi se usca vlaga cum se usuca pamantul de seceta verii …” Psalmul 32, 3-4

Sa observam cum criza prin care trecea David ii afecta intrega fiinta:

– trupul: “mi se topeau oasele”
– sufletul: “gemete necurmate”
– spiritul: “mana Ta apasa asupra mea”

O lege a fizicii spune ca atunci cand asupra unui corp se exercita o presiune, el cauta sa se deplaseze in directia in care presiunea sa scada. In viata spirituala, lucrurile stau la fel. David, aflat sub uriasa presiune a crizei prin care trecea, cauta o scapare.

Ce ar fi putut face David pentru a scapa de presiunea incercarii ?

1) L-ar fi putut aduce la tacere pe profetul Natan care i-a pus degetul pe rana si i-a descoperit pacatul. Ar fi fost insa aceasta o solutie ? Nicidecum ! Dimpotriva, lucrurile s-ar fi complicat si mai mult.

2 ) David ar fi putut sa intoarca spatele lui Dumnezeu, gandind: “Acum si asa am cazut si m-am compromis in fata poporului si a lui Dumnezeu. Vinovatia nu am cum sa o inlatur…Ma las de credinta…Sunt un pacatos irecuperabil…”

Ar fi fost acesta o solutie ? Nicidecum!

3 ) David ar fi putut sa-si caute scuze pentru caderea lui, atenuindu-si vinovatia: “ Doamne, am gresit, e adevarat. Dar Tu stii ca daca nu ar fi fost Batseba, eu nu as fi cazut. Daca ea ar fi fost mai atenta si mai hotarata… Si, la urma urmei, citi nu fac acelasi pacat in ascuns si nimeni nu stie ?”

Ca imparat, probabil ca David mai putea apela si alte solutii omenesti… pentru a-si rezolva criza. Dar salvarea lui a constat in faptul ca el a stiut la cine sa se duca cu problema lui !.“Atunci Ti-am marturisit pacatul meu …si nu mi-am ascuns faradelegea. Am zis: “Imi voi marturisi Domnului faradelegile !” ( vers.5 pp. Vezi si Psalmul 51 1-12, pentru o imagine mai ampla a marturisirii lui David )

Rezolvarea nu a intarziat sa apara: “Si Tu ai iertat vina pacatului meu.” vers 5 . In orice vreme , si imprejurari crunte in viata noastra …sa alergam la Dumnezeu, caci numai la El …gasim rezolvare !. Asa sa fie.

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Dr. D.A. Carson – Biblical Studies Symposium at Liberty University – One Focus of the Gospel: John 3

The Biblical Studies Symposium hosted Dr. D.A. Carson on February 20th, 2012. Dr. D.A. Carson addressed students and faculty in the Towns Alumni Lecture Hall at 7:30pm with „One Focus of the Gospel: John 3.

Notes from the Symposium:

What is the Gospel?

First and foremost it is news. It’s good news. The question is: What is it news about? Because it’s news, you have to remember that the first thing you do with news is you announce it. „Preach the Gospel, if necessary use words,” as if you are announcing the Gospel by living a certain way.  That’s like telling a newscaster on the 11 o clock news tonight, „Tonight, deliver the news. If necessary, use words. That’s ridiculous. What you do with news is announce it. That is why there is such a huge emphasis in the New Testament on announcing it, on preaching and declaring, on explaining. That’s what you do with news.

But what is it news about?

It is first and foremost news about our God, our Maker and Judge has done supremely in Christ Jesus and especially in Christ’s cross and resurrection, to reconcile rebels to Himself. Now you can fill that our and say, „What has He done at the cross and resurrection and what does it mean to be reconciled back to God?

  • When you start asking: What is the shade of this „bringing rebels back to God”, then you start bringing out different dimensions. For example there is what might be called a „legal dimension„- How can guilty people be declared just before this God who is perfectly holy? That brings you into some fundamental issues of what the problem is. The problem is sin. You can’t get agreement on what the good news is unless you have the bad news.
  • You don’t know what the good news is supposed to fix until you know what the bad news is in the first place. So that means you’ve got to figure out what the bad news is from Holy Scripture to see what the good news is. The Gospel is the good news by which God reconciles sinners to Himself. Now you’re into substitution. Christ dies for the ungodly. The justice of Christ becomes ours. Our sin becomes His. He expiates our sin. He propitiates God. He cancels our sin, He turns God’s wrath away by absorbing our guilt in His place. All that has to do with my standing before God.
  • But supposing salvation was just bound up with standing before God. How would that transform me? Then you realize that salvation, the good news that brings about salvation is not just about how people become just before God; it’s also how they get transformed. And now you are in new birth language. Power of the Spirit. It’s not just that God declares us just on the basis of what Christ has done; He transforms us so that we have the power of God to give differently.
  • And thus, the notion of a powerless Gospel is in the Bible incoherent. Paul says that the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation, unto wholeness. But, it’s not an isolated thing. The Gospel so transforms us that men and women are brought together. There is a relational component to what the Gospel does. Not the Gospel itself. The Gospel IS what God DOES.  What God does supremely in Christ Jesus to reconcile guilty sinners back to Himself but part of what He does out of this Gospel, through this Gospel, is to reconcile people to each other as well as to Himself. So there is a relational component to all of this, as well.
  • There is also an eschatological component to it. It is not only what He does for us now, but ultimately the restoration of rebels to Himself is so complete that we will have resurrection bodies in a new heaven and a new earth on the last day, all achieved on one little hill, outside of Jerusalem 2,000 years ago.

The Gospel of God centers on Christ. It’s the good news about Christ Jesus, about what Christ has done in Christ Jesus to reconcile sinners to HImself. And everything that flows out of this, in terms of the way we act, our concern for justice, our hopes for the future, resurrection existence, personal relationships and above all that, we ourselves have been reconciled to this God- all, all was achieved through what God did on the cross and in Jesus’ resurrection and all that flows from those great events.

There would be a lot of ways to get to biblical passages to show you the sweep of this Gospel. One way, for example is to study 1 Corinthians 15, where most of these components are built in. If you are interested in a sermon just on that passage to try to explain it, you can find it on the Gospel Coalition website. This evening I want to direct your attention on John 3 and talk about one component of this Gospel, however it is tied to a lot of other components. John 3:1-21  will talk about this new birth component.

As far as we know, this is the first time in history when the expression born again was used. I have not found it in any earlier source, greco roman, nor jewish. I think Jesus coined it. What did He mean?

Dr. Carson continues to outline what Jesus meant by born again…..(66 minutes)

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John Piper – Sex and the Supremacy of Christ Part 1

See also Part 2 – Sex and the Supremacy of Christ here.

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“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.” (Matthew 5:27-30

In other words, there is something far more important than to keep your eye or your hand—or your head—namely, to receive eternal life and not to perish in hell. And Jesus links it with the war that we are waging not in Iraq but in our hearts. And the issue is sexual desire and what we do with it.

Two Simple, Weighty Points

I have two simple and weighty points to make. I think everything in this conference will be the explanation and application of these two points. The first is that sexuality is designed by God as a way to know God in Christ more fully. And the second is that knowing God in Christ more fully is designed as a way of guarding and guiding our sexuality. I use the phrase “God in Christ” to signal at the outset that I am going to move back and forth because the biblical assumption of this conference is that Christ is God.

Now to state the two points again, this time negatively, in the first place all misuses of our sexuality distort the true knowledge of Christ. And, in the second place, all misuses of our sexuality derive from not having the true knowledge of Christ.

Or to put it one more way: 1) all sexual corruption serves to conceal the true knowledge of Christ, but 2) the true knowledge of Christ serves to prevent sexual corruption.

1. Sexuality Is Designed by God as a Way to Know God More Fully

God created human beings in his image—male and female he created them, with capacities for intense sexual pleasure, and with a calling to commitment in marriage and continence in singleness.1 And his goal in creating human beings with personhood and passion was to make sure that there would be sexual language and sexual images that would point to the promises and the pleasures of God’s relationship to his people and our relationship to him. In other words, the ultimate reason (not the only one) why we are sexual is to make God more deeply knowable. The language and imagery of sexuality is the most graphic and most powerful that the Bible uses to describe the relationship between God and his people—both positively (when we are faithful) and negatively (when we are not).

And so in the New Testament, after Jesus Christ has died and risen and is gathering a people for himself and his heavenly Father, the apostle Paul calls all husbands to live with their wives like this (Ephesians 5:25-27). Model your love on this kind of love:

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.

Therefore, I say again: God created us in his image, male and female, with personhood and sexual passions so that when he comes to us in this world there would be these powerful words and images to describe the promises and the pleasures of our covenant relationship with him through Christ.

God made us powerfully sexual so that he would be more deeply knowable. We were given the power to know each other sexually so that we might have some hint of what it will be like to know Christ supremely.

Therefore, all misuses of our sexuality (adultery, fornication, illicit fantasies, masturbation, pornography, homosexual behavior, rape, sexual child abuse, bestiality, exhibitionism, and so on) distort the true knowledge of God. God means for human sexual life to be a pointer and foretaste of our relationship with him.

2. Knowing God Is Designed by God as a Way of Guarding and Guiding Our Sexuality

Now the second is this: Not only do all the misuses of our sexuality serve to conceal or distort the true knowledge of God in Christ, but it also works powerfully the other way around: the true knowledge of God in Christ serves to prevent the misuses of our sexuality. So, on the one hand, sexuality is designed by God as a way to know Christ more fully. And, on the other hand, knowing Christ more fully is designed as a way of guarding and guiding our sexuality.

Each of these texts teaches that knowing God revealed in Jesus Christ guards our sexuality from misuse, and that not knowing God leaves us prey to our passions. Romans 1:28:

Since they did not see fit to have God in [their] knowledge God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. (literal translation)

Suppressing the knowledge of God will make you a casualty of corruption. It is part of God’s judgment. If you trade the treasure of God’s glory for anything, you will pay the price for that idolatry in the disordering of your sexual life. That is what Romans 1:23-24teaches:

They exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,

The desires of the body lie to us. They make deceitful promises—promises which are half true as in the garden of Eden. And we are powerless to expose and overcome unless we know God—really know God, his ways and works and words embraced with growing intimacy and ecstasy.

When Paul describes the new person in Christ, who is putting off the old practices and the old slaveries, he says in Colossians 3:10 that “the new self . . . is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” In other words, “I will betroth you to me forever, and you will know me.” And in this knowledge you will be renewed—including your sexuality.

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The BBC is the reason C S Lewis wrote „Mere Christianity”

You can listen to the surviving B.B.C. tapes here – C.S.Lewis BBC surviving audio tapes from the 1940′s, or read his Rationality of the Christian worldview here, and read some related articles at the bottom of this post.

I came across this information from Walter Hooper of Oxford, who was C S Lewis’s private secretary and contributed these bits to the preface of C.S. Lewis’s „Pleasures Forevermore” (Loyola University Press, 1983):

Although his readers don’t appear to notice any „change of voice” in his books, some– such as the Narnian Chronicles– were written simply because he enjoyed it. A few were written at the request of others, and Mere Christianity is one of them.

In fact, it didn’t originate in his mind as a book at all. What happened was that the British Broadcasting Corporation asked him to give a series of four fifteen-minute talks over the radio. The impact of those talks was so great that the B.B.C. asked for another series, and another, until the end– del, there was Mere Christianity. 

However, from the beginning there was a lot of talk going on behind the scenes. It was mainly about how, in such short radio talks, Lewis could– as was the intention of the BBC– reach the „Great British Public.” A „public” made up– as it is in the United States– of Christians of all the denominations and most Christians who are not Christians at all. Because of this, Lewis knew that his only chance of helping anyone was to confine his broadcast to those elements which all Christians believe.

Most people had never heard anything like it and they were entranced. „Entranced” because, odd as it may seem, there had hitherto been few broadcasts and few books about those elements in Christianity which unite us, but a great many about those things which (however true and important) divide us.

The „cathedral” intention behind Mere Christianity is very clearly defined in Lewis’s preface to that book. He said:

„Ever since I became a Christian I have thought that the best, perhaps the only, service I could do for my unbelieving neighbors was to explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times. I had more than one reason for thinking this. In the first place, the questions which divide Christians from one another often involve points of high Theology or even of ecclesiastical history which ought never to be treated except by real experts. I should have been out of my depths in such waters: more in need of help myself than able to help others. And secondly, I think we must admit that the discussion of these disputed points has no tendency at all to bring an outsider into the Christian fold. So long as we write and talk about them we are much more likely to deter him from any Christian communion than to draw him into our own. Our divisions should never be discussed except in the presence of those who have already come to believe that there is one God and that Jesus Christ is His only Son.

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In Awe of Creation – NASA | Massive Solar Flare March 6th – Eruptie Solara

Un exemplu de „semne in cer….”

This movie of the March 6, 2012 X5.4 flare was captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in the 171 and 131 Angstrom wavelength. One of the most dramatic features is the way the entire surface of the sun seems to ripple with the force of the eruption. This movement comes from something called EIT waves – because they were first discovered with the Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT) on the Solar Heliospheric Observatory. Since SDO captures images every 12 seconds, it has been able to map the full evolution of these waves and confirm that they can travel across the full breadth of the sun. The waves move at over a million miles per hour, zipping from one side of the sun to the other in about an hour. The movie shows two distinct waves. The first seems to spread in all directions; the second is narrower, moving toward the southeast. Such waves are associated with, and perhaps trigger, fast coronal mass ejections, so it is likely that each one is connected to one of the two CMEs that erupted on March 6.

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