Sarbatoarea lubenitelor la Curtici – Biserica Baptista – Invitat Florin Ianovici si Adi Hentea – 28 Iulie 2012

Aceasta invitatie provoaca sentimente si amintiri frumoase din trecut, cand si familia Galis primea zeci de frati in casa noastra in acele Duminici de vara in Curtici, gradina noastra fiind locul unde s-a construit prima Biserica Penticostala din Curtici. Si bunica care iubea mersul la colectiv avea o recolta mare de produse, inclusiv lubenite in fiecare an. (stirea de la www.stiricrestine.ro via Romania Evanghelica)  Sursa pozei Biserica Baptista din Curtici, Pastor Sorin Ignat.

Iosif Ton – Saptamana de Evanghelizare la Biserica Filadelfia Dej – 4 Iulie 2012

Efeseni 1:17 Şi mă rog ca Dumnezeul Domnului nostru Isus Hristos, Tatăl slavei, să vă dea un duh de înţelepciune şi de descoperire, în cunoaşterea Lui, 18 şi să vă lumineze ochii inimii ca să pricepeţi care este nădejdea chemării Lui, care este bogăţia slavei moştenirii Lui în sfinţi 19 şi care este faţă de noi, credincioşii, nemărginita mărime a puterii Sale, după lucrarea puterii tăriei Lui, 20 pe care a desfăşurat-o în Hristos, prin faptul că L-a înviat din morţi şi L-a pus să şadă la dreapta Sa, în locurile cereşti, 21 mai presus de orice domnie, de orice stăpânire, de orice putere, de orice dregătorie şi de orice nume care se poate numi, nu numai în veacul acesta, ci şi în cel viitor.

O rugaciune speciala a apostolului Pavel, una dintre cele mai extraordinare. Bagati de seama: Nemarginita tarie a puterii lui Dumnezeu s-a declansat cand la inviat pe Domnul Isus din morti. Dar nu numai ca L-a inviat din morti, ca din morti au mai inviat si altii. Dar, L-a inviat si I-a transformat trupul intr-un trup ceresc si cu trupul acela ceresc s-a dus in cer si Dumnezeu I-a spus, „Acuma sezi la dreapta Mea pentruca te fac sef peste treburile de peste pamant; Tu esti seful. Ne-a adunat pe noi toti si ne-a facut una cu El si cand L-a inviat pe El ne-a inviat si pe noi. Si cand L-a inaltat pe El ne-a inaltat si pe noi si ne-a facut sa stam impreuna cu El in locurile ceresti.

Incerc sa pun in cuvinte omenesti ce s-a intamplat atunci.

Published on Jul 5, 2012 by 

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NASA: Coming 2013 – Solar Maximum – Semne in cer pentru anul 2013

Photo source – sursa pozei NASA picture of the day

Expertii spun ca in 2013 se va petrece evenimentul ‘Solar Max’ care se intampla tot la 11 ani. In anul 2013 se prevad multe furtuni geomagnetice si va fi o activitate sporita de ‘aurore’ cum nu a mai fost de multa vreme. Deja s-a evidentiat activitatea in weekendul de 14 Iulie cand pentru 14 ore s-a vazut aurora in mai multe locuri pentru un timp de 36 de ore…vezi video (5 min)

Experts say ‘Solar Max’ is due in the year 2013. When it arrives the peak of its 11 year sun spot cycle will bring more solar flares, more coronal mass ejections, more geomagnetic storms and more auroras than we have experienced in quite some time.  On the weekend of July 14, 2012 skywatchers around the world got a taste of things to come. It was mid Saturday in North America when a coronal mass ejection or CME crashed into earth’s magnetic field and triggered the most sustained display of auroras in years. For more than 36 hours, magnetic storms circled earth’s poles, northern lights spilled across the Canadian border to the United States as far south as California, Colorado, Kansas and Arkansas. In the SOuthern hemisphere skies turned red in Tasmania and New Zealand, while the aurora australis pirouetted around the South Pole. The source of the CME was giant sun spot…. see video for rest (5 min)

Published on Jul 19, 2012 by 

A Little Toddy for the Body (alcohol) Addictions Part 5

Watch the first four parts here

In the Bible, in the English translation, in both the Old and New Testament uses the word ‘wine’ in different places.

Wine in OT – תִּירוֹשׁ tirosh (Hebrew)

In hebrew, there’s a word called תִּירוֹשׁ tirosh, predominantly refers to unfermented wine. It is found 38 times in the Old Testament. It is often associated with the produce of a field or orchard. It is  associated with grapes that are still in a cluster, because one of the verses in the Bible says ‘Look not upon the wine, when it’s hanging on the vine’. Proverbs 23:31. And it calls it wine, when it is still a grape hanging on a vine. It also refers to fresh juice, unfermented juice. Hebrew scholars and writers agree that תִּירוֹשׁ tirosh is the fruit of vines or grapes. Jewish encyclopedia says: תִּירוֹשׁ tirosh includes all kinds of sweet juices – must and does not include fermented wine. Here are some examples:

  • Deuteronomy 11:14 gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil
  • Proverbs 3:10  So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine
  • Isaiah 65:8 As the new wine is found in the cluster, And one says, ‘Do not destroy it, For a blessing is in it
  • Joel 2:24 The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.
  • Deuteronomy  12:17 You may not eat within your gates the tithe of your grain or your new wine or your oil,
  • Joel 1:5, 10 …The field is wasted,.. The new wine is dried up,…

Wine in OT – יין כשר, yayin and שֵׁכָר shekar (Hebrew)

The second Hebrew word יין כשר, yayin is found 136 times. יין כשר, yayin is used when referring to grapes, raisins and unfermented or fermented grape juice

Another Hebrew word שֵׁכָר shekar is translated in the Bible when referring to strong drink made from dates. In the Old Testament wines, שֵׁכָר shekar, the strong drink was made from dates, not grapes. In other words, the traditional wine comes from the vine or the grape and the strong drink actually comes from the dates from the tree. We get our English word ‘sugar’  from the word שֵׁכָר shekar. It denotes taking the sap from a palm tree, just like we would take a maple tree and get syrup from it and make maple syrup. The sap from a palm tree is used to make what is also called שֵׁכָר shekar, a strong drink. The Popular and Critical Bible Encyclopedia says שֵׁכָר shekar is a luscious, saccharine drink or sweet syrup, especially sugar or honey of dates or of the palm tree; also by accommodation, occasionally the sweet fruit itself. The Mohamedan Traveler in AD 850 wrote, „Palm wine if drank fresh is sweet like honey, but if kept it turns to vinegar, meaning it will ferment. So they did drink what they called ‘palm wine’, but when we look at the word wine, we in the west always think of alcohol content, but in this particular reference, the palm wine was called ‘wine’ when it was still sweet.

I will never forget in Israel, my guide Gideon took me to an Arab village. In Islam there is a law prohibiting strong drink or wine, they brought out what had been from a great vineyard, it looked like jelly, grape jelly in a plastic container. They dipped in there and they took a spoonful and they mixed it with bottled water. I drank it and it was really delicious. He said this was actually something like a grape juice  and it’s made from a jam and to keep it going long they put it in there, they preserve it in a cold place. He said some of them call it wine. To me, in my western mentality, wine is in a bottle, and yet they’re calling this wine, when all it is here is grape from a jam that’s been here year after year mixed with water.

Wine in NT – οἶνος oinos (Greek)

Oinos οἶνος is the Greek word for wine which is used in the New Testament. It is used for wine, for wrath- see Revelation 14:10 and 19:15. This word is interesting because it never distinguishes between fermented or unfermented, like the Hebrew does. So in the New Testament when it says that Jesus turned water into wine- John 2:7-9 , by using the Greek word, it does not indicate fermented or unfermented. So to recap:

  • Hebrew Tirosh – unfermented wine
  • Hebrew Yayin – fermented wine
  • Greek Oinos – depends on the context used

The issue is not the wine itself, but the issue becomes the sugars that turn to alcohol and the alcohol content that is in what we call wine and strong drink. Depending on the type of wine here in America and the rest of the world, it could have 13-14% alcohol an some could have 18-20% alcohol. Here’s the part people don’t understand and will be a real surprise to some of you. When we in the west sit down to a table  and want to order a glass of wine, it comes out of a wine bottle from California or some other place where wine is made. We think that’s the same kind of wine that Jesus drank that came from a vineyard. But, it’s not how it was drunk at the time of Jesus vs the way it is drunk today in America.

In the ancient time, when you produced a grape harvest on your farm, there was only a certain amount of ‘wine’ that could be made from the grapes. Think about this, the grape harvest is really only one time a year and the big harvest is usually one time in Israel. They had to take it and put it in wine skins or some type of jars and store it in cool places, but it had to last for a long period of time. So, if they just go and guzzle up what’s there, it’s gonna be gone in a few months. Here’s what they did. This is what they did on a consistent basis. In the ancient days they took the wine from the wineskin and instead of drinking the whole thing, and I’m talking about ‘in a home’ and they mixed it with water. You can find it in historical writings.

Norman Geisler (moderate calvinist) in ‘A Christian perspective on wine drinking‘ says, „…wine in Homer’s day was 20 parts water and one part wine (Oddyssey 9.208-9). Pliny referred to wine as 8 parts water and one part wine (Natural history 14.6.54). According to Aristophanes, it was stronger: three parts water and two parts wine.”  In the ancient time, in the average place where wine was drunk, 3 parts water were mixed to 1 part wine . This is the reason. If it had been standing there for a long time and was fermented, it diluted the amount of alcohol that was in the wine. For example, in ancient time, anyone drinking wine  unmixed with water, drinking it straight, was considered a barbarian. So, in other words  to make the wine last longer, 3 parts up to 20 parts water and it dilutes the alcohol level down. I heard someone talk about this saying that it diluted the wine to about 1% alcohol, which is about the alcohol level of non alcoholic beer. This research was done by a leading university; because the wine in Jesus’ day is mixed with water, historians have studied this and understand this. The wine mixed with water in Jesus’s day, the alcoholic content is so low that you would have to drink 20 glasses of wine from Jesus’s time to equal the alcohol in 2 martini’s.

I’d like to stop and talk to the Christians out there thinking, „Well, Jesus drank or the disciples drank or they drank in the New testament; you’re drinking alcohol into your system and most of you have never heard what I just told you. Meaning that in Jesus’s day alcohol is mixed with water. I read in the ‘New testament Hebraic Talmud’ that in the ancient time in Passover, they put 3 parts water to 1 part wine to bring the alcohol content down because kids at the table were participating at Passover, sometimes (even) 4 parts water. Whatever alcohol is there, it is so diluted it doesn’t have the impact when the glass of wine is drunk.

Could people get drunk? Yes. Did people get drunk? Yes. People in the ancient time definitely got drunk. That’s ancient history. But what they had to do is drink it raw and drink it pure out of the wine skin or out of the jar instead of mixing it. Here’s the big argument people have. I hear it all the time. I am not here to condemn you because you have to answer to the Lord. It is not safe for you to do something that your kids and grandkids are watching you do. They’re going to be more liberal as time progresses. Why do something that’s not necessary? Here are some arguments about drinking wine:

  1. Jesus turned the water to wine (John chapter 2) He sure did. Here’s the question: Was it fermented or not? A marriage feast in Jesus’s day lasted for 7 days. Often times they could run out of food or drink. In this instance they ran out of wine. Jesus takes 6 pots of water and He turns it into wine, the governor saying, „you’ve saved the best for last”. I do not believe it’s alcoholic. I’ll give you a simple explanation: It takes somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 days in the dark to take grapes which are juice  and turn them into wine that has alcohol in it. This is an instant miracle which takes place, and he’s commenting on the taste not the alcohol content.
  2. In Luke 7:33-34 Jesus is called a wine bibber. He must have gotten drunk if he was called a wine bibber. Let’s use your theory. They called Him a glutton. Mark 2:15. Was Jesus a glutton? when gluttony is a sin according to Deuteronomy 21:20. So Jesus is going to break the law of His father and be a glutton cause they’re calling Him a glutton. They called Him a devil. Here’s the problem with the Pharisees, the Pharisees called him a glutton and a devil and a wine bibber cause He’s eating at a table with unsaved people who are absolutely as lost as they can be and they didn’t like the fact that He is associating with sinners. Just because someone called Jesus a wine bibber it doesn’t mean… it was an insult to be called a glutton and a wine bibber! They are actually insulting Him and not complimenting Him.
  3. Wine at the Last Supper. Most of you take communion in some form. We take communion with simple grape juice (non alcoholic). Let me tell you why. The picture of Jesus’s crucifixion is Passover, where you have unleavened bead and you have what we call wine. However, the unleavened bread has no leaven because leaven represents sin. Let’s look at the wine. Why is it that in Matthew 26:29, Mark 14:25 Luke 22:18 when Jesus is holding up the cup and they’re talking about the Lord’s supper, they call it the fruit of the vine because the term ‘fruit of the vine’ alludes to the pure fruit of the vine. If the bread represents the body of Christ, the body of Christ knew no sin, but he took it upon Himself our sins to be the righteousness of God  (2 Corinthians 5:21). However, the blood of Jesus had to be pure, if it was corrupted by sin (then) it’s no different than my blood and your blood. That’s why He had to be born of a virgin, because thourgh a virgin His blood would remain pure, not tainted by the earthly seed of a man to create Him. And so, the blood of Jesus was pure blood, never tainted by a sin. Here’s the reason I’m bringing this out. This may be why at the communion supper where they are serving what we call ‘the wine’, it is actually called in the Bible ‘fruit of the vine’, indicating the pure blood of the grape or indicating that there’s no kind of alcohol content in it, for this reason: in the alcohol content, the bacteria has to enter in and break the sugar molecules down to ferment it. To me, just leaven in the bread would be a picture of sin, (that’s in your Bible), then the breakdown of the alcohol sugars into fermentation would be a picture of His blood being tainted. When I go and take communion, I use pure grape juice because I have an understanding that if I were to use something else it would represent Christ’s blood being tainted and „He knew no sin” 2 Corinthians 5:21 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. His blood remained pure. If His blood did not remain pure it would be like any other blood of any other animal, a goat or a bull and would not have been sufficient to forgive mankind of his sins because „He was the Lamb”, the Bible says, „without spot and without wrinkle and without blemish”.
  4. 1 Timothy 5:23 No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities. We do know that Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 3:2-3 – a bishop is to be given to no wine. Timothy is a bishop; he’s not to drink any wine at all. That’s in your Bible. Apparently, because the Greek word does not distinguish between fermented and unfermented wine (the Hebrew words do) we can assume that Paul is saying, drinking wine here has nothing to do with juice here, it has to do with fermented wine. Timothy is in a place where he is having severe stomach difficulties so Paul says, „Timothy, take a little wine for your stomach’s sake and often infirmities”. Timothy is asking Paul for the permission to do something to try to help him in that area. So I ask a gentleman who is a Greek scholar, „How do you relate the difference here?” He said, Remember that in some countries back in that day there was a lot of bacteria in the water. So when they would mix a little bit of wine with the water, the acidic content of the wine would kill the bacteria in the water. So it doesn’t mean that Timothy is necessarily going out there and starting to guzzle for his stomach’s sake. There are people who use the excuse „Timothy used a little bit for his stomach’s sake” so I use a little bit for my stomach’s sake. Let me give you some advice: Pepto Bismol works really good. There’s other things you could drink that doesn’t have alcohol in it.

    (1) People always bring up these verse, „Yeah, but all through the Old Testament they drank. In the Old Testament they had slaves and even in the New Testament they had slaves (Romans 14:4), the American slaves were freed and we no longer believe in slavery anymore even though we find it in both testaments.

    (2) In the Old Testament (Exodus 21:24-25)  it was ‘an eye for an eye’ and ‘a tooth for a tooth’ but, in the new covenant (Matthew 6:12-15) we are to forgive those who wrong us.

    (3) In the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 17:2-5) couples were stoned for adultery and when they tried to stone a woman in John 8:1-11, Jesus refused to let her be stoned and forgave her and said, „Go and sin no more”.

    (4) In the Old Testament Abraham and Jacob had more than 1 wife and the News Testament says ‘one wife’ (1 Timothy 3:2 and Titus 1:6)

    and so, what I would say to you is this: In the Old Testament certain things were permitted, like multiple wives, drinking, and there are verses where you do find that. However, under the new covenant certain things have changed. THE BOTTOM LINE: When we talk about all these things, the bottom line is this: If people are looking up to you as a Christian and they are looking up to you as someone who is serving God, I am not here to condemn you, and try to put this on you, but, if you have ever been with an alcoholic father and an alcoholic mother and you were raised that way, no one has to tell you how bad it can get. If you were ever an alcoholic and you’ve been delivered from it completely, no one ever has to say, „A little bit, in moderation won’t hurt you”. There is a spiritual principle here and it is this: It is better not to be involved in something that cause a brother or sister to stumble (that’s in your Bible). It’s better not to be involved in something that’s going to hurt your testimony. It’s better not to be involved in something that one day, your children can point to you and say, „I just got it from you. I’m just doing what you did. I saw you drink, you can’t tell me not to drink”. But, if you abstain and live a good life and be filled with the Holy Spirit, you’ll always be able to tell your children, „Children, you never saw mom and dad doing that”.

    Published on Jul 13, 2012 by 

A Little Toddy for the Body (alcohol) Addictions Part 4

Watch the first three parts here

Fifty percent of Americans drink alcohol in some form. Why should we practice total abstinence from alcohol? Some notes from the message in the video:

Ephesians 5:15-18  See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit

„Now if I’m reading that in this English translation, it sounds like „drink” as long as you don’t get drunk. However, the literal translation is ‘Do not get drunk on wine which leads to debauchery, instead be filled with the Spirit. What Paul is saying here is not, „Go drink a little bit and have a good time”. He’s comparing it, saying, „If you go in this direction it’s gonna lead to debauchery, but you need to be filled and continually controlled by the Spirit”. If you become totally enamored, controlled and filled with the Holy Spirit, here is what you’ll discover: That the substances, the chemicals, even the alcohol that you have or you’re using, you’re not going to need, because the presence of the Holy Spirit and the peace of God and the oy of the Lord is going to fill you to the point that you will not need other substances.

There is confusion when it comes to alcohol and strong drink. There are 3 groups that you deal with in any kind of a church setting:

  1. There are those who totally prohibit alcohol of any kind- total abstinence.
  2. There are those who teach that you should abstain in this sense: It was (ok) in biblical times but culturally it’s not good for us today.
  3. Then there’s a third and growing group that seems to say: Moderation, Christians can drink alcohol in moderation

Years ago there was no issue about this. Most Baptists, Pentecostals, Methodists would never consider drinking alcohol in any form. It was considered, when we grew up, something that was ungodly, or something that was carnal or worldly. It was preached that it could destroy you, your family, your walk with Gos. Then came what was called „the social drink” and the cosial drink was presented in such a way, that as ‘business people’, as they had to travel, as they had to meet with people, etc., it was something that you had to do in order to meet people and socialize.

I want to show you in the Bible what would happen when people would drink wine or strong drink. In Genesis 9:18-27 Noah’s grandson ended coming under a curse as a result of the incident. In Genesis 19:31-38 Lot committed incest with both of his daughters after becoming drunk. When Israel began to worship the golden calf in Exodus 32:6,25,28,35 the people took all their clothes off as they began to drink and got into ideal worship and Amnon was a wine drinker in 2 Samuel 13:28 and if you read in  2 Samuel 13:8-14 he is the one who raped his half sister, after what he did he got drunk. There are more examples.

When you begin to study the examples that are in the Bible, here’s what happens when people drink strong drink, that strong drink being something with alcohol content:

  1. When they became drunk, their judgment becomes totally perverted, their judgment becomes blurred.
  2. When they become drunk, it usually leads to sexual immorality.
  3. As they began to drink strong drink, their clothes come off

Now let me give you a good example: American spring break in March. What do they do in spring break? Drink, drink, drink. What happens when they start drinking? The clothes come off. And what happens when clothes come off? It leads to acts of fornication.

The Bible, in the New Testament says- a minister, a bishop is not to be given to wine. I want to make a statement carefully, „I know of five ministers over my lifetime (since I have been in ministry) who were raised in churches that taught total abstinence. These men started drinking alcohol and when they did, things began to fall apart. All 5 have lost their companion, some of them have totally lost their ministries and some of them are struggling even as I am speaking right now. This (alcohol consumption) may not be the only root of their problem, but I do believe, when men who are men of God, I am speaking specifically to ministers, what happens is that when you begin to compromise in this area. There’s restraint that the Holy Spirit gives you, but (with alcohol consumption) inhibitions are lifted, judgments you normally have of putting up a wall goes- the wall begins to come down and so in the Bible, definite difficulty started with people who were given strong drink.

The Kings and priests of the Old Testament, the priests were to be sober and avoid strong drink at the tabernacle ministry Leveticus 10:8-10. The Kings were instructed not to drink strong drink Proverbs 31:4-5. In Isaiah 5:11-13 the Lord is rebuking prophets for prophesying false prophecy because they were drunken. The Old Testament had 3 mani leaders: the prophet, the priest and the King. The priest was man’s contact with God. The prophet was the voice of God speaking to the people the oracles of God and the King was the spiritual authority over the nation. In the Old Testament there are many verses that reveal to you that a prophet, a priest or a King is to avoid strong drink because of the impact it will have not only upon them, but it will impact the rest of the people.

There are a lot of people who watch you and will  pattern after you if you are a person who says you are a Christian. Someone once told me: The next generation is going to be more liberal than the previous generation.

There were people in the Bible that were committed not to drink strong drink: Nazirites – Numbers 6:1-3. such as Samson in Judges chapters 13-16. Read Jeremiah 35 on the Rechabites. This is where Jeremiah places a special blessing on the Rechabites, as strangers in the land because they made a commitment and a vow to God to abstain from any strong drink whatsoever.

WHY was it in the TEMPLE?

Numbers 28:7 – in a holy place you shall pour out the drink to the Lord as an offering. Leviticus 6:16 And the remainder of it Aaron and his sons shall eat- In other words, the grape harvest, which was wine, there were drink offerings that were poured out in the temple. Daniel, in Daniel 1:18 is sitting at the king’s table in Babylon and he says, „your meat was sacrificed to idols; that breaks the law. I’m from a priestly family. I can’t drink strong drink; that breaks the law”, and he refused to go either way. This is why I believe God raised him up and God gave him revelation to see the future. Because Daniel was not willing to compromise at a table with people. He could have said, „Hey, I’m not in Jerusalem, I am in Babylon; do like the babylonians”. That is what most Christians would do today if in a foreign country on a trip. But He said, „I am not going to defile myself that way”.

How close do yo want to live in the presence of God?

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from every form of evil.
  • Romans 14:16 Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil

Next video (Part 5) the difference between the wine in Jesus’ day and what is served at table and restaurants.

Published on Jun 29, 2012 by 

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