Gabi Zagrean – Predica la Botosani

Vezi PAGINA – PREDICI Gabi Zagrean aici

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De la un serviciu de botez in apa la Biserica Limanuri Bune Botosani.

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Cristian Dragomir – la Biserica Albini – Doua cantari + 1 in l. ebraica

Published on Sep 29, 2012 by  Asculta/vezi si late cantari aici:

Playlist Cristian Dragomir

1.Tu n-ai nimic
2.Isus, ce nume sfant si minunat
3.Domnul e pastorul meu
4.La umbra Ta e alin si mangaiere
5.Striga inima
6.Kiko ahav Elohim
7.Zohrenu l’chaim

Kiko ahav Elohim

La umbra Ta e alin si mangaiere

Tu n-ai nimic

Mark Dever – False Conversions: The Suicide of the Church (Transcribed)

I have finally gotten around to transcribing this particular message from Together for the Gospel 2012 (T4G) Conference.

Here are the notes from Mark Dever’s message:

Tonight’s talk is a prequel: How did I get to be like that? Why should you, as a pastor care about those kind of, maybe, apparently arcane issues? Why should you as a pastor be concerned about your local church, more than in just the obvious ways you would in your day to day life? What’s going on? I want to talk to you tonight about a topic….

To you, tonight, I want to bring a topical message on this topic: False conversions, the suicide of the local church. My text for this evening is 1 Timothy 4:16 , a passage we frequently of to, those of us in the ministry. We may preach on it when we have a young person go into ministry or an installation service:

Watch your life and doctrine closely, persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

My fellow pastors, could it be that many of our hearers each week aren’t saved? Even many of our members? In his autobiography, mid century poet and novelist, Langston Hughes recounted a crucial teenage experience. Let me give it to you in his own words:

I was saved from sin when I was going on 13, but, not really saved. It happened like this. There was a big revival at my auntie Reed’s church. Every night, for weeks there had been much preaching and singing, praying and shouting. Finally, all the young people had gone to the altar and were saved, but one boy and me. He was named Wesley. Wesley and I were surrounded by sisters and deacons who were praying. It was very hot in the church and it was getting late now. Finally, Wesley said to me in a whisper, „I’m tired of sitting here, let’s get up and be saved!” So, he got up and was saved. Then I was left all alone on the mourner’s bench. My aunt came and knelt at my knees and cried while prayer and songs swirled all around me in the little church. The whole congregation prayed for me alone, a mighty wail of moans. God had not struck Wesley dead for taking His name in vain or for lying in the temple, so I decided that, maybe to save further trouble I’d better lie too- to say that Jesus had come and get up and be saved. So, I got up. Suddenly the whole room broke into a sea of shouting as they saw me rise. I couldn’t bear to tell my aunt that I had lied, that I had deceived everybody in the church, that I hadn’t seen Jesus and then, now, I didn’t believe there was a Jesus anymore.

Langston Hughes became and remained, to the best of my knowledge, a committed and persuasive atheist. Some might ask, „What’s the problem with false conversions? I mean, as long as people at the same time as being converted, aren’t the Gospels full of images to prevent us from over worrying about this?” I mean, I think Al mentioned earlier the ‘parable of the sower’. There are different responses to the seed that is sown. „You know, a fear of false conversions might lead us to a kind of too cautious, extra carefulness which is a fruit inspecting, grace suspiciousness that is ironically a seabed of all kind of self righteousness and legalism. Why not, just promiscuously preach the Gospel to all in any way? Wasn’t it D.L.Moody that famously quipped to those that criticized his evangelistic methods: I like my way of doing evangelism better than doing it for way of not doing evangelism.”

Well, the Bible tells us that there’s both opposition to the truth, that there will be false converts, so why give time to try to fix a problem that the Bible tells us is simply an inevitable part of the Gospel ministry in a fallen world? Well, the experience of Langston Hughes is but one example of what I fear must be thousands and thousands of people, if not millions and millions, merely in the United States, that have been taken into our churches unconverted.

I want to address you tonight as interested Christians and especially as brother pastors, to help us understand that this is in fact a problem, and a serious problem, and what we might do about it. In order to help us to do that, I want us to look first to the plan, then at the problem, and then at the source of the problem. And, I’ll conclude with a few practical suggestions.

 

False Conversions: The Suicide of the Church from Together for the Gospel (T4G) on Vimeo.

I pray that as we consider this topic tonight, that God may make our churches more faithful conduits of the good news of Jesus Christ, both to those inside and outside of that number. I pray further that He will help us to see what we might do in our particular, local church to be a better heralder of the Gospel and a better stewart of His name. And, I want to begin- number 1- with God’s plan:

1. God’s Plan

God has an overarching purpose to get glory to Himself through a people. So when God called Abram, He called him as an idol worshipping pagan, and as you remember back in Genesis 12, He gives him that great progress, that through him all the peoples on earth would be blessed. Now God is infinitely glorious and He rightly wants the creatures made in His image to know Him as such. So, David commanded in 2 Chronicles 16: „Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all people”, and the Psalms are full of this. Just one example, in Psalm 22-  „All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord and all the families of the nation will bow down before Him„. I am sure you know that famous verse in Psalm 46- „Be still and know that I am God„. But, do you know the rest of it? „I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

This is God’s plan: to make Himself known and make His name exalted among the nations. In the 86th Psalm there’s a little preview of Revelation. Psalm 86:8- „Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name. 10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.”  As the Lord says in Maleachi 1:11 „My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun,  and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.” 

Okay, this is what God said He would do and what He is doing and what He will do. Now, the question: How has He? How is He? How will He bring this about?  Well, if you were to go back to Genesis you have Abram at the beginning there in chapter 12, you go on to chapter 49, you get Jacob giving the blessings of his son, before Jacob dies. When it comes to Judah, you remember he gives his famous prophecy in Genesis 49:10- „The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.” Of course this ruler is the Lion of Judah: Jesus Christ. That’s how God would do this, through Jesus Christ.

And we know that this lion is also the lamb, as we see in the Book of Revelation. This is gloriously fulfilled in Revelation 5:9, where the four living creatures and the 24 elders fall down and sing a new song to the Lamb- ” And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation”. And, in that great multitude appears 2 chapters later  in Rev. 7:9, where John describes it as a great multitude that no one could count form every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.

And, what of these purchased people? You remember when Peter confessed Jesus the Messiah, the Christ? Jesus promised that He would build His church, His people, His assembly on Peter and on that confession that he had made. That’s in Matthew 16 and then in Matthew 18 He gives His own authority to this assembly, this church. And what does He promise His disciples at the end of Matthew in chap. 28? That He, who had all authority in heaven and on earth- That’s Jesus- will be with them always, to the very end of the age and that they were to go and make disciples of all nations.

So, how would God accomplish His plan to bring Himself glory among all peoples? Through Christ and specifically through the church of Jesus Christ. So then we’re not surprised when we move from the Gospels into Acts. We find that this is what those first Christians did. It’s not merely a story of evangelizing the lost, but, of congregating the converted. That’s what they did. They planted churches. This shouldn’t surprise us. This pattern of God working with a people; it is the pattern that we already saw in the Old Testament. This is the way that God works; He’s done it from Adam and Eve. He did it with Abram and we keep going on through. In Leviticus 20 we read- The Lord said ti His people in the wilderness through Moses, „I am the Lord your God, who has set you apart from the nations. You are to be holy to Me, as I the Lord am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own”. 

So, you see, Israel’s obedience was to lead the nations to blessings and to glorying in the true God. His people were the means to bring Him glory. That’s been God’s plan from Genesis to Revelation to have His name be brought glory by His people. So, as it was in the Old, so it is in the New. Our lives individually, yes, but, also together uniquely in the local church were meant to be and are the means of bringing God glory throughout the nations. So, brother-pastor I hope you are encouraged that what you are about is maybe even bigger than what you were thinking about when you came in tonight. What you are about is something at the very center of God’s plan for existence. This is how He intends to do this. But that then brings me to point 2: (12 min video mark here)

2. The particular problem

The problem is simply that God’s people, in the Old Testament were unfaithful. They had His name on them, God had set them in the midst of the nations, indeed their fame spread among the nations because of what God had given them, but, instead of honoring God’s name and bringing glory to God among the nations they (Psalm 106) mingled with the nations and adopted their customs.  They worshipped their idols. When the people of Judah were in exile in Babylon, God explained to them again and again that He does all He does for the sake of His own name. That’s why He called Abram, and put His name on the descendants of Jacob. Again and again, we find the Lord saying in Ezekiel like this, „For the sake of My Holy name, which you have profaned among the nations. My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned  among them.

So, in Romans 2:24 Paul quotes the prophet, „God’s blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you”. That’s why God exiled His Old Testament people, so that the nations would see His disapproval of their unholiness of their misrepresentation of Him. Old Testament Israel brought shame on God’s name instead of being what they were called to be: a light to the nations. Whatever God did for His people, whether it was to bless them and set them apart, or to give them over in His wrath. Whatever He did, it was always for the honor of His name, that the nations would know that the Lord is God.

If you’ve never read through the book of Ezekiel looking at that, notice that particularly. Read through the book of Ezekiel and write down all the things the Lord is going to do for the sake of His name or so that He will be known as being the Lord. This is what God does. God does everything He does for the glory of His own name. And just a side note on this: non christians hate that message. They hate it. Christians love it. You preach that from your pulpit and you’ll get a very quick test of what’s going on in your church spiritually. But this is what God is about. It’s been His plan throughout the ages.

If God seemed hard on Israel and their sins it’s because He set His name on them so that their holiness was specially attached to His reputation and glory. Can you hear then the echoes of this teaching in the New Testament? So, when Jesus teaches this sermon to the disciples in the sermon on the mount, „Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven.” Christian actions reflect on God. What the result of our lives with good deeds, praise (goes) to us? No, not ultimately. Ultimately, they’re to bring glory to God, to bring praise to Him. They’re to reveal His character to His creation and so bring Him glory. That’s why Peter writes in 1 Peter 2:12 „Live such good lives among the pagans, that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may glorify God on the day He visits us”.

So, this is where we come to the significance of the members of our church who live carnal, worldly lives. Just consider the man in 1 Corinthians 5. dear brother pastor, the problem I am pointing to is not just of the occasional hypocrite, lost in their own unrepentant sin. But, I’m talking about systems which seem to produce false converts so much, that it’s not just one man lie that situation in Corinth, but whole congregations, that like Israel of old are typified and characterized not by holiness, but by worldliness. You see something of the dimension of the problem. Let me mention briefly

4 dimensions of this problem:

  1.  It’s a problem for the individuals who are deceived. They’re deceived by their own state before the Lord. In 1 Corinthians 5:5, Paul gives one reason for urging the church to put this man out of their fellowship. He says, „So that his spirit may be saved from the day of the Lord. It’s just not right or loving for a congregation to leave men and women, made in the image of God with the impression that they’re reconciled to God when the truth is that there is no evidence whatsoever that they are reconciled to God. That is not a loving thing to do, for them.
  2. It’s also a problem for the church’s internal love, because the church’s internal love is tender. What I mean, the very nature of the congregation is affected by this. When a person is left in the membership, as Paul was talking about ‘the yeast working it’s way through a whole batch of dough’. What are the implications of not just one, but in a church where there are many such persons, in fact some congregations where there are hundreds of them? How does that change our life together? Does it make it less loving? Less forgiving? Less joyful, less hopeful? And just a side note again: What toll does it take on its leaders? Friends, think about this. Hebrews 13:17 says that we should make the task of the leaders a joy and not a burden. A pastor’s used to dealing with sins, we have our own sins, we understand that. Most of us are married, we have families to shepherd. We have churches that are composed exclusively of sinners, so all of our time is spent dealing with sinners. But, congregations are to be composed of born again repenting sinners. There’s a certain subset of sinners that christian churches are to be filled with and made up of. When a conjugation is filled up of many people whose lives resemble more ‘the works of the flesh’ than the ‘fruit of the Spirit’, the experience of following Christ together, of love and encouragement, of spurring on, of mutual edification and accountability- all of this is eroded and cooled and diminished. The church becomes more like the world.
  3. Third problem created, the people of Israel so ominously foreshadowed- The church’s witness to the nations is subverted. We become so much like the world they have no questions to ask us. It appears that we have no hope that’s any better than theirs. We have no hope that’s more of a better, a more humane, a more God honoring life to hold out to them. When the world is in the church the church begins to disappear from the world. We’re to be the light shining in the dark place, but if our words aren’t true, or if they are, but our lives don’t back them up, then the very group meant by God to be beacons of hope and life, that very group is dimmed. The way that God seems to disappear, hope vanishes.
  4. Worst of all, God’s name is defamed. Ultimately, the reason God sets apart a people for Himself is for His own glory. But now, what was designed to be for His praise, actually ends up, as He said in Ezekiel- being grounds for His name to be profaned or blasphemed. I’ve always been struck by how the Corinthian church, in their disunity and divisiveness, do you notice how in chapter 1 he deals with them? He asks this penetrating theological question. I don’t know about you, but as a pastor, if I’ve got divisions in the church, I kind of immediately wanna know, „Ok, who is it? What’s going on?” I start thinking, sort of practically, pragmatically, politically. Paul just goes right through theology. He hears this divisiveness is characterizing the Corinthian church and he asks, „Is Christ divided?” Chapter 1:13. You see, the theological assumption behind and underneath that is that the local church is to reflect the truth about God. How can this Corinthian church reflect the church about Christ, when it is unlike Christ- divided? He goes on and pursues this church about whether its holiness is reflecting God’s holiness. Whether its love is reflecting God’s love.Because our churches are to reflect the character of God, so that He will be brought glory among the nations. That’s His plan. This has always been His plan. This is what He has done, and this is what He is doing and this is what He will do. But we work against Him when we build churches that camouflage His character, that seem to hide it, rather than display it. Our lives in the congregation together is not to slander the character of God, but to reflect it, and to bring praise and glory to God. False conversion obscure God’s plan.

We see initially, „Well, the individual’s deceived”. And that’s bad. But, more than that, the life of the whole congregation’s affected. But, even more than that, if you think of the third problem, even looking out at the nations, all of a sudden the witness that we’re supposed to give, possibly is subverted. And then you find the biggest, most basic problem of all in this is (that) God’s name is defamed. All of that is going on when we have churches that are increasingly characterized  not by members that are truly converted, but by people whose lives are indistinguishable from the world. (ends at 24 min. mark)

3. What’s the source of the problem?

Why are there so many churches, where it would appear that the dominant number of people don’t evidence the fruit of the spirit, don’t seem to be born again. How does this happen? What do we do that we help to create such false conversions? We have to begin by looking at ourselves.

(I) Teachers

 The role of the pastor, the teacher, the leader in the church in the New Testament is so crucial. Have you noticed how many warnings are in the New Testament about false teachers? It’s all over the place. Paul told us this would happen, and it’s not just Paul. Peter warned the christians that he was writing to and so did John. Brother pastors, we see why our role is so important. We see why God has this great plan that He’s about, that He’s undertaken for the ages and if His people are such a crucial part in that plan, maybe as an individual, by ourselves is not sufficient to make shown everything that needs to be shown of the character of God, no matter how sanctified we get, cause there’s something with a bunch of us, related together in a committed way that displays His character, that’s unique to that. How many fruit of the Spirit can you show on a desert island? Maybe a couple of them. But, most of them are going to come up in difficult members meeting that starts not to go well. That’s where you really see if you’ve got the fruit of the Spirit or just merely carnal, convenient civility going on in your church. Is the fruit of the Holy Spirit evidenced in your church? The teachers have a particular responsibility and accountability for that. That’s why he says in James 1 „Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers. Because you know if you teach you will be judged more strictly”. We know that we must give an account to God. 1 Timothy 4:16 „Watch your life and doctrine closely, persevere in them because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers”

Life & Doctrine– In order to prepare for this I had walked through the New Testament for what the writers are saying- shows that someone is a christian. What seems to bless the church. On the other hand, what seems to subvert it. And as I sort of made it into categories, I saw some of them were about behaviors that were going on and others are about what teachings are given. So, I just want to divide it into these 2 headings: Life and Doctrine. (at 27 min. mark)

(II) Doctrine

1 Timothy 4:16- We need to know we can teach the wrong things with disastrous results. We know from Romans 10 that saving faith comes only by the hearing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What happens if there’s another message? What will false teaching do? Will it be completely ignored? NO, evidently not. No, false teaching will bring converts. But false converts. As, I looked through the New Testament I could see this again and again. Five truths which I know were distorted then, and are still distorted today, that I think if we are to preserve God’s word today, which has been established, we pastors want to be especially guarding these always attacked, closely related truths.

5 truths you should be especially clear on and preach in your teaching

  1. God’s judgment is coming. 2 Peter 3 First of all you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desired. They will say, „Where is this coming He promised? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” Friends, if we deny or even ignore God’s role as creator and king and judge of the world, then people will, as it says here, follow their own evil desires. You realize you can easily fill a church with people who will follow their own evil desires, that’s not hard to do. But, beware this temptation. Avoiding the doctrine of hell is one step from denying it altogether. But when you get his right, when you begin to teach clearly and regularly that there is a judgment, then there’s the appropriately care and humility that characterizes your congregation’s life together. As we realize the brevity of life in its seriousness and the certainty of its judgment, we feel ourselves to be more objects of mercy, than judges. More pilgrims than settlers. More stewarts than owners.
  2. We should be judged by God. We are lost, depraved under the good, right, fearful and certain judgment of God. We don’t just merely teach then that there is a judgment out there for someone, but we need to know and feel our own helplessness. We have to be clear, not just simply that judgment exists, but that that because God is good and we are not, we deserve God’s judgment. If God is as good as He says He is, He SHOULD judge us. That’s the moral imperative. We need to be clear about that in our teaching. This is what Paul argues in Romans 1-3. One side note to pastors: we need to appreciate our natural state spiritually. We must understand from the Bible and teach clearly that part of our lostness means that all people have a natural indisposition to believing our message. People naturally do not believe our message. Men love darkness rather than light. By knowing and teaching this, we preserve ourselves from the mistake of thinking that if we just keep fiddling with things, we’ll get the right combination and then everybody responds. And until we get everybody responding we must not be doing quite the right thing. Be very careful with that reasoning brother pastor. That can land you up, far, far away from the Biblical Gospel that is so unpopular. Meditate on Ezekiel 3 and the call God gave to Ezekiel. How many churches seem to downplay or right out deny natural human depravity  and lostness? John tells us that those who are from the world will not accept the Gospel. And any Gospel they would accept is only because there’s been a change- not of them, but in the Gospel that we preach. But when we get this right, when we teach that we deserve God’s judgment, then you protect the church against those converts who are offended by the idea that they have done anything wrong, let alone anything so wrong that God should judge them. Consider how our general sense of God’s grace then gives us a keen sense of God’s mercy that we ourselves have never deserved, but that someone else deserved it for us.
  3. Our only hope is in Christ. We are to trust not in who we are and what we have done, but in who Jesus Christ is and what Jesus Christ has done in His substitutionary death in His justifying resurrection as the incarnate Son of God, become a substitute in our place and the first fruits of the final resurrection. So any idea that some preachers would teach that some people are converted through our own works must be rejected. We must be clear, not only in the person of Christ, but also in His work. 1 John „This is how we know what love is , Jesus Christ laid down His life for us”. We need to be clear over on the theological liberalism that any denial of the bodily resurrection is, according to the Bible, a denial of Christ Himself.Without this, you can make converts to fatalism, or converts to an ethical society as so many protestant churches have become.But you truly cannot have a true christian church without this message about Jesus Christ clearly in your preaching and teaching. The self righteous and the wrongly self confident are offended at such talk of a Savior. But those that know themselves to be sinners in need of a Savior, hear the news and they rejoice that there’s such a Savior to be found. Only true converts finally respond to the truth about Jesus Christ.
  4. We don’t see the fulness of our salvation in this life. Christ’s death and resurrection secured for us forgiveness and reconciliation with God, ultimately  and His sustaining presence until then. But it is an error to teach that following Jesus is  for this present life benefits. That’s not true. Read Hebrews 11 and preach through that. Any authentic version of christianity includes waiting. Our basic posture in a fallen world, as believers of the Bible is waiting. We wait for our Lord to return. That’s the blessed hope that we have: The glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ! Even the carnally minded person  the desire to better their own life. Vast crowds can be assembled who want meaning & purpose in their life.But that is not the same thing as repenting towards God for your sins. Brother pastors when you get this right, in your life and in your teaching, you prepare the ground to live fearing God more than the ing’s anger. Accepting disgrace for the sake of Christ. Seeing Him worth more than all earthly treasure. Trusting all of God’s commands even when they seem to jeopardize your hopes in this life.
  5. We can deceive ourselves and others about our relationship with God. It is counter intuitive in our culture, but it is clear in the BibleIf we would prevent our churches from being characterized by unconverted worldliness, then we must be clear in our teaching that we can deceive ourselves. Today, we think we are the world experts on us. But 2 Corinthians 13:5 ” Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” Friend, if I wee to come to your church on Sunday and  were to just read those words from Scripture, what would your congregation understand them to mean? Friends, when we get this right there is a humble joy and a sharpness of God’s grace and a childlike reliance on Him that can increasingly mark our congregation with an open handed joy.

If we aren’t offering these things it will result in false converts, because false teachers create false converts. And false converts hire false teachers. Don’t ever, ever, ever take refuge in the sovereignty of God and think, „Oh, you know what, I’ll go ahead and just not worry about that, because the elect are gonna get saved anyway and why does it matter otherwise?” Wow, that’s off on so many levels. One practical thing: Think of what it does to the future of our congregation. There’s this symbiotic relationship between false converts and false teachers. Brother pastor, if you wanna make sure that your successor doesn’t preach the Gospel, just admit lots of people in the membership who aren’t truly converted.

(III) Life

1 Timothy 4:16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. If our churches are characterized by wrong living, that can be just as damning as wrong teaching. Those who listen to the Gospel also watch how we live. Let me share 3 common errors, that as I looked through the New Testament, I saw were there, that jeopardized the spiritual health of these congregations that the first churches were plagued with, that I think we are today too.

  1. It’s an error to present a church without holiness. Unholiness may thrive n some churches as pastors ignorantly avoid teaching on sin, fearing that it will undermine grace. Unholiness can thrive in churches with no accountability, churches that are built to cater to our culture’s individualism and commitment to privacy. But in the New Testament it is clear that the christian life is presented as being motivated by love of God that is contrary to the love of this world. Preach through 1 John on this point, it’s very helpful. Or Hebrews 12:14 „Without holiness no one will see the Lord”. Friends, how tempting it is for us to do something else. But that’s why the Lord has left us things like in Galatians 5- the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit, to take these up and examine our own lives and consider teaching our people what it means to live as a christian and that’s ultimately why we have a local church. To wake us up from self deception when we would be confused. When our spirit would slumber when left to ourselves would be our undoing forever. How tempting it is to present the church as affirming and tolerating all sins, even those that people don’t repent of. But the truth is, there is a wonderful beauty and health and freedom in holiness. As God gives us the new birth, His Spirit helps us begin to live lives  that we were literally made to live. Now imagine a whole community in which we begin to reflect God’s character more and more and are changed more into His likeness. Do you see the powerful witness that is for Him? The powerful encouragement in our own lives?
  2. It is an error to present a church with no suffering. This is a temptation for all of us. Left to ourselves, we would all avoid poverty and sickness and in one sense, avoiding poverty and avoiding sickness are fine goals for our lives and our work. But, not as ultimate goals. Such goals are far too small for Biblical christianity. And if we espouse those as our goal and that’s what we teach and shepherd in our churches, then we will mislead others about what Christ saves us from. He saves us from ultimate bankruptcy and death. That is true, but not necessarily from suffering in this world. Indeed, true christianity will call us to suffering. You realize health and wealth preachers are false teachers.  We also need to ask ourselves: Do we do mild versions of the same thing in the way we present things? Do we think a healthy church is one of constant triumphalism? In everything form our smiles to our music suffuses the whole atmosphere of our gatherings? Have you preached through 1 Peter lately? In chapter 2 it says, „Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example”, that you should follow in His steps. In chapter 3 we’re told, „It’s better, it’s God’s will to suffer for doing good than for doing evil”. Chapter 4 „If you suffer as a christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. So then those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. Will it be God’s will for all of us to suffer? Well, if you wanna get a lot of fake christians in your church, just tell them that there’s this free gift that entails no self sacrifice and that trouble and cross bearing is only for those super saints who choose extra large when they order their spiritual meal. The truth, however, is no cross, no crown. Jesus taught us that in this world you will have trouble. He told those who were considering following Him, „If anyone would come after Me, he should deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me”.
  3. It’s an error to present a church without love. Let’s say you got a hold of holiness. You wanna behave differently than the world, in an apparently Godly way and you’re all okay with the suffering thing. So, you’re doctrinally sound, you’re orthodox, you have a grim willingness to suffer, but if love does not mark the church, then it may attract spiritual hobbyists, it may attract theological accountants who like to play at religious ideas  and theology, but not inconvenience themselves in love for others. Without love, there’s not a life faith that typifies unregenerate. There’s not the love  that’s the mark of the one that’s truly known themselves to be objects of God’s loving mercies. 1 John teaches us that if we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another. That’s why he writes, „Anyone who claims to be in the light, but hates his brother is still in the darkness”. 1 John 3 we find that even the distinguishing mark of those that are truly converted- „We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death”. „Whoever does not love, does not know God, because God  is love”.

Friends, have you experienced life in a christian congregation which is suffused with love? Where care is initiated and grief is empathized with and meals cooked, rides given and offenses overlooked, and appropriate affection expressed, and help offered, and forgiveness extended, and joy shared freely? I pray that is the experience of everyone here. Imperfectly? Yes, but really in our local church.

One of the most striking needs our world has is churches full of true christians who are truly giving themselves away to each other and others in love. The world imitates cheap imitations and partial renditions of that love. Experiencing the real love, with authority and kindness and ability to correct and self sacrifice, and wisdom. Experiencing that kind of love is bracing, even shocking.  True, many are repelled. But, it’s also true that by God’s grace, many will be attracted by this message of the self giving love of God in Christ.

How can you prevent this problem of false conversions from happening?

  1. Always be evangelizing– steadily and well (Spurgeon). Remember our Savior’s words, „Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind, 48 When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad.” Spurgeon continues, „Do not count your fishes before they are broiled, nor count your converts before they are tested. This process may make your work somewhat slow, but then, brethren it will be sure.
  2. Always be shepherding sheep– Recenter your thoughts as a pastor on the individuals to be shepherded. Remember that to every person you’re taking into church membership, you’re telling them that they’re giving good evidence that they are born again and eternally fine. And that is a wonderful role to have, what great news to announce.
  3. Always remember the account you are to give to God. Our great accountability to God makes sense when we know how it started. This great plan that God has, what He’s about is something huge and wonderful and you see the crucial role the church has to play in that plan.

Iosif – 2 filme

Desene animate in Limba Romana

Film in Limba Engleza, cu subtitrare:

Viata lui Sadhu Sundar Singh – Capitolul 8B – In Europa – Activitatea in Elvetia (Part 2)

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– continuare- traducere A.C.

Dintre toate tarile pe care le-a vizitat, Elvetia pare sa fi fost cea mai aproape de inima sa! Panorama muntilor cu zapezile lor eterne, ii amintea de Himalaya. El a petrecut o zi in Oberland-ul bernez. Zapada acoperea valea si un tren special a adus pe muntenii din tinutul Enhaut, care se regrupau gravi si reculesi in mica biserica din Gersenay. Acolo Sadhu se pare ca s-a simtit ca la el acasa, mai mult ca si oriunde.

„Iubesc pe elvetieni”- a spus el la reantoarcere. El prefera simplitatea satelor in locul marilor adunari din orase.

Pretutindeni prezenta lui atragea masele si auditorii erau castigati de la inceput. Bisericile erau neancapatoare. La Tavannes, in Jura, cu toate ca era numai 1 Martie, au trebuit sa se adune sub cerul liber. Au venit acolo sute de oameni; directorii fabricii de ceasuri au dat liber in ziua aceea lucratorilor. O raza de soare a stralucit pe intreaga durata a predicii, si indata ce multimea s-a risipit , a venit o fulguiala de nea care a inalbit intreg tinutul.

In orasul Morges localul de acolo a fost intesat de oamenii care veneau din toate imprejurimile.

La Lausanne din cauza multimii mari, a trebuit sa se paraseasca biserica Sfantul Francisc, si sa se faca o adunare in Piata Montbenon pentru cei peste 4 000 de oameni care au dorit ca sa fie prezenti. Marea sala de la Tivoli si-a inchis portile cu mult inainte de ora fixata. Oamenii se catarau pe ferestre si sute de altii ascultau de afara. Tacerea era impresionanta. Vocea lui Sadhu, si cea a traducatorului sau, Pastorul F. de Rougemont se auzea de orisiunde. „Vocea mea, spune Sadhu, nu va va fi de vreun mare folos, daca reantorsi la casele voastre, nu veti asculta vocea Mantuitorului.”

In Catedrala, una din cele mai vaste din Elvetia, pana si cele mai mici unghere erau ocupate si a fost impresionant sa auzi pe acest autentic hindus, in roba sa de „sadhu”, proclamand de la inaltimea amvonului mesajul mantuirii.

Ne este imposibil sa urmam pe tot parcursul. Dupa Lausanne a fost la Geneva, Neuchatel, Jura Bernois, La Chaux de Fonds, Le Locle, apoi Elvetia germana, Zurich, St. Gall, Aarau Schaffouse, Thoune, Berthornde, Berne, Bale, etc.

Sundar Singh a vorbit cu admiratie si cu multa afectiune de misionarii pentru care India are o mare datorie de recunostinta. „Acesti barbati si aceste femei sunt sarea pamantului si recunostinta mea pentru ei este profunda. Am vazut pe cativa veniti din Elvetia sa lucreze in India. Ei au facut acolo o frumoasa lucrare. Unii si-au dat viata ca sa aduca pe pagani la Christos; altii au dat pe fii sau fiicele lor. Nimenea in aceasta lume nu va putea sa le redea ceea ce au facut pentru noi, singur Dumnezeu poate sa-i rasplateasca”.

Exista poate printre voi egoisti care nu se gandesc decat la propria lor salvare si nu le pasa de mantuirea aproapelui lor. Adevarat este, nu puteti merge toti ca misionari, insa toti puteti sa va rugati pentru acestia si sa dati ceva din banii vostri. Lumea este o familie. Trebuie sa ne ajutam unii pe altii. Daca iubiti pe Isus, aveti datoria sa sustineti pe servii Lui in lucrarea lor. Numai cu aceasta conditie noi meritam sa fim numiti ucenici ai Aceluia care si-a dat viata, pentru mantuirea omenirii.

Impresia pe care Sadhu a lasat-o in Elvetia a fost foarte profunda si cei ce au avut fericirea sa-l auda nu vor uita nicidecum mesajul lui. Era un lucru unic sa asculti pe acest profet al tarii Vedelor, cum proclama cu putere pe Isus, care este calea, adevarul si viata; de a-l asculta recunoscand deschis, ca scrierile sfinte ale tarii sale nu pot sa dea pacea, ci numai Biblia care este Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu si ca prin rugaciune noi gasim drumul cerului. Nici o mirare deci ca a fost ascultat de atata multime atrasa din toate clasele societatii.

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Un pastor a scris: „El mi-a facut o impresie profunda, adevarat zis , cea mai puternica impresie primita in viata mea”. Si multi inca pot spune acelasi lucru.

Teologii, anticipat retinuti de o anumita rezerva fata de el, au fost castigati de la prima intalnire. Oameni indiferenti sau ostili crestinismului, au devenit schimbati prin puterea personalitatii sale. In Anglia, un profesor agnostic i-a zis: „Ceea ce m-a convertit nu este predica ci insusi persoana dumneavoastra. Sunteti atata de asemanator lui Christos in atitudine si-n spirit, ca dumneavoastra un hindus, sunteti un martor viu al persoanei Mantuitorului”.

Mii si mii de inimi in Europa, erau atinse prin predica sa. Pretutindeni el lasa o impresie de nesters, un stimulent pentru o viatacrestina reinoita.

Din Elvetia Sadhu sa dus in Germania, , apoi a vizitat Suedia, unde a fost oaspetele episcopului Soederblom, Norvegia, Danemarca, Olanda, vorbind in toate marile orase. In cateva localitati, auditoriul imens ii aducea aminte de adunarile bisericesti siriene din India. Invitatiile staruitoare facute din Finlanda, Rusia, Grecia, Romania, Serbia, Italia, Portugalia, America, Noua Zeelanda, si din alte cateva tari le-a refuzat.

In Iulie a debarcat in Anglia, dar a refuzat sa vorbeasca afara numai la Keswick. El era peste masura de obosit de activitate neancetata si de felul de viata, atat de diferit fata de cel pe care il ducea in India. Avand o mare trebuinta de repaos si liniste, a ramas catva timp la niste amici in insula Wight. Acolo i-a fost posibil sa-si refaca puterile inainte de a se imbarca in August 1922, pentru reantoarcerea acasa si reluarea lucrarii sale in nordul Indiei.

Succesul extraordinar pe care Sadhu l-a obtinut in Europa, elogiile presei, adoratia multimilor care-l considera un sfant, ar fi putut trezi in el, oarecare satisfactie personala. Dar el domina peste aceasta tentatie, si profunda sa umilinta a ramas intacta.

-„Caci eu n-am venit sa predic in Europa, aveti destui predicatori, eu nu vreau sa fiu decat martor al puterii si al dragostei Mantuitorului”.

Un prieten l-a intrebat daca nu este mandru de a fi celebru si de a primi onoruri atat de mari. El ii raspunse prin imaginea urmatoare: – „Cand Isus a intrat in Ierusalim, poporul si-a intins vesmintele inaintea Lui  si cu ramuri de finici taiate i-au iesit inainte sa-L onoreze. Dar Isus mergea calare pe un asin si picioarele Sale nu atingeau drumul impodobit in onoarea Lui. Cine a mers pe vesminte si pe ramurile asternute a fost asinul, si ar fi fost foarte nesabuit sa se mandreasca pentru aceasta. Aceeasi nesabuire ar fi si pentru cei ce vestesc pe Christos oamenilor, caci ar retine pentru dansii onoarea ce nu se cuvine decat lui Dumnezeu”.

In Europa Sadhu n-a cautat sa placa auditorilor sai.

– „Cand ma gandesc la atatia crestini cu numele, ma intristez. Ei stiu foarte multe despre Isus Christos, dar nu-L cunosc pe El. Multi nu-L cunosc decat prin teologie sau din punct de vedere istoric, insa n-au deloc timp sa stea cu El”.

Sadhu n-a ezitat sa-si exprime dezamagirea cu privire la descrestinarea Europei si sa vorbeasca sever dupa goana dupa bani, cautarea placerilor, bunul trai, luxul, indiferenta religioasa a celor mai multi. In Elvetia latina a spus printre altele: – Ceea ce vreau sa va spun nu va va placea, insa trebuie sa ma supun cunostintei si sa va expun mesajul ce l-am primit. Vazand dragostea lui Dumnezeu in inima celor ce au adus Evanghelia, gandeam ca locuitorii pamanturilor voastre sunt toti oameni admirabili. Calatorind printre voi, am gasit lucrurile cu totul diferite. Este adevarat, am intalnit servi sinceri ai lui Christos. Cei mai nobili crestini se gasesc in Europa si in America ca si in India si eu doresc sa ma asez la picioarele lor. Un mare numar insa nu sunt crestini decat cu numele. Si stau sa compar locuitorii tarilor pagane cu cei ai tarilor zise crestine. Unii sunt pagani pentru ca adora idolii facuti din maini omenesti, ceilalti au idolatrie mult mai rea; ei se adora pe sine. M-am convins ca nici o parte din Europa nu poate cu adevarat sa fie numita crestina si ca nu exista decat crestini individuali.

– „In India mi se zicea adesea: dumneavoastra numiti tarile europene crestine? In acelasi timp Christos a zis: „Iubiti-va unii pe altii” si tocmai in aceste tari popoarele se razboiesc cumplit. Asadar crestinismul a dat faliment in Europa. Eu am raspuns: nu crestinismul este falimentar in Europa, ci cea mai mare parte dintre crestini, pentru ca ei nu au inteles crestinismul. Nu pe Christos sa-L dezaprobam ci pe aceia care numindu-se singuri ucenici ai Lui, nu vor sa-L urmeze ca Mantuitor”.

Arhiescopului din Upsala i-a spus: – „Oamenii numesc pagani pe aceia din India. Cum, mama mea a fost pagana? Daca ea mai traia ar fi fost cu siguranta o crestina. Si chiar cand a tinut de religia stramoseasca ea era atat de religioasa ca vorba de pagana ma face sa surad. Ea se ruga, servea si iubea pe Dumnezeu mult mai profund decat un mare numar de crestini. Atat cat mi-am putut da seama, in India exista mult mai multi oameni decat in Europa, care duc o viata religioasa, cu toate ca nu cunosc pe Isus Christos. Ei traiesc cu luminile pe care Dumnezeu le-a dat. Aici in Europa, dumneavoastra aveti pe Soarele justitiei, insa  unde sunt cei care se sinchisesc de El? Crestinii au primit un dar fara putinta de pretuire, Isus Christos. Si in acelasi timp multi dintre acestia nu vreau sa renunte la viata lor moderna, ca sa-L gaseasca. Inima si mainile lor sunt incarcate cu lucruri pamantesti”.

Va ganditi sa satisfaceti toate poftele inimii voastre. A-ti descoperit stiinta si filozofia. A-ti invatat sa va serviti de electricitate si sa zburati in aer. Ei bine, hindusii, care n-au primit comoara Evangheliei , cauta cu zbucium adevarul, adesea timp de ani intregi si cu pret de mari suferinte. Ei sunt gata sa paraseasca lumea si sa renunte la sine, numai sa primeasca pacea. Voi insa crestinii de aici, voi numai dupa zece minute de cautare a lui Dumnezeu, va simtiti obositi.

Amara deceptiune ce o simtea acest trimis al dragostei divine, a facut dintr-insul un profet al judecatilor lui Dumnezeu! – „Popoarele occidentale care au primit atatea binecuvantari de la crestinism le-au pierdut, pentru ca si-au pus increderea in lucrurile materiale si in tot ceea ce poate oferi lumea. Iata pentru ce in ziua judecatii, paganii, care n-au auzit vorbindu-se de Christos vor fi tratati mai putin aspru, decat locuitorii acestor tinuturi, care au auzit buna vestire si au aruncat-o. Timpul este aproape cand Christos va reveni si cand va spune: – „Pentru ca voi nu M-ati cunoscut, Eu nu va cunosc”.  Atunci cand i-L veti vedea in toata gloria Sa, va veti lamenta din pricina necredintei voastre in El si de a va fi lasat intorsi de la El, de cei necredinciosi. Atunci va fi prea tarziu sa va pocaiti. Acum este ocazia oferita voua. Si poate ca in acea zi, i-L  veti mai auzi zicandu-va: un om a venit la voi dintr-o tara pagana, el M-a marturisit facand experienta puterii Mele si cu toate acestea n-ati vrut sa veniti la Mine”.

– Va urma –

The origins of postmodern philosophy and the important apologetic response the church must give

English: Ravi Zacharias signing books at the F...

English: Ravi Zacharias signing books at the Future of Truth conference (2004) at Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Carl F.H. Henry Center, located on the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School campus, hosts Dr. Ravi Zacharias for a Scripture & Ministry event. Dr. Zacharias discusses the origins of postmodern philosophy and the important apologetic response the church must give.
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Someone from India recently quipped to me, „India has gone from ancient to postmodern and skipped over the modern period.” Indeed, in distilling truth, it has been rendered to neutrality. How then, in a climate of cultural preferences (whether in the East or in the West), does one share the Gospel graciously and winsomely without it seeming like a cultural chiding or contravention? This is the essential challenge before us in the church today.

 

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Faptele Apostolilor 16:10-40

  • Daca esti un tanar in biserica si te gandesti, „Cum sa-mi gasesc eu locul si care ar trebui sa fie lucrarea pe care ar trebui sa o fac eu, as vrea sa va spun ca primul lucru pe care al trebui sa il facem este sa intelegem ca lucrarea lui Dumnezeu insemneaza mai intai de toate sa fim oameni ai adevarului.
  • Lucrul cel mai important in viata e sa intelegem ca Dumnezeu nu te cheama sa canti doar in cor, sau sa fi doar casier in biserica, Dumnezeu nu te cheama sa fi doar parte dintr-un grup de rugaciune in biserica, ci adevarata lucrare a lui Dumnezeu  este sa fi un om care sa practici adevarul.
  • Oriunde se va gasi un om al lui Dumnezeu care va practica adevarul, omul acela va aduce lucrarea lui Dumnezeu in mijlocul mediului in care el isi desfasoara viata.
  • Noi cautam lucrarea fara sa ne intrebam daca noi suntem oameni ai adevarului. Adevarul este acela care va naste foarte multa impotrivire. De cele mai multe ori cand suntem confruntati a spune adevarul, cand este sa pierdem ceva spunand adevarul, de cele mai multe ori ne muiem si ne dam cu toti ceilalti. Omul lui Dumnezeu, in nici o imprejurare nu are voie sa minta.
  • Cand te-ai facut copil al lui Dumnezeu si prin credinta l-ai primit pe Isus Hristos, primul semn ca esti un lucrator al lui Dumnezeu e ca vei practica in orice circumstanta adevarul.
  • Satan vrea sa faca pricina din tineretea ta, pricina sa-ti ia viata sau mintile. Dumnezeu ne-a facut diferiti si Satana vrea sa ne ia ceea ce Dumnezeu ne-a dat ca sa ne schimbe privirea si lucrul minunat pe care Dumnezeu ni la dat sa vedem ca ceva urat.

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Faptele Apostolilor 16:10-40

10 După vedenia aceasta a lui Pavel, am căutat îndată să ne ducem în Macedonia, căci înţelegeam că Domnul ne cheamă să le vestim Evanghelia. 11 Dupăce am pornit din Troa, am mers cu corabia drept la Samotracia, şi a doua zi ne-am oprit la Neapolis. 12 De acolo ne-am dus la Filipi, care este cea dintîi cetate dintr’un ţinut al Macedoniei, şi o colonie romană. În cetatea aceasta am stat cîteva zile.

13 În ziua Sabatului am ieşit afară pe poarta cetăţii, lîngă un rîu, unde credeam că se află un loc de rugăciune. Am şezut jos, şi am vorbit femeilor, cari erau adunate laolaltă. 14 Una din ele, numită Lidia, vînzătoare de purpură, din cetatea Tiatira, era o femeie temătoare de Dumnezeu, şi asculta. Domnul i -a deschis inima, ca să ia aminte la cele ce spunea Pavel. 15 După ce a fost botezată, ea şi casa ei, ne -a rugat şi ne -a zis: ,,Dacă mă socotiţi credincioasă Domnului, intraţi şi rămîneţi în casa mea.„ Şi ne -a silit să intrăm.

16 Pe cînd ne duceam la locul de rugăciune, ne -a ieşit înainte o roabă, care avea un duh de ghicire (Greceşte: Un duh al lui Piton.). Prin ghicire, ea aducea mult cîştig stăpînilor ei. 17 Roaba aceasta s’a luat după Pavel şi după noi, şi striga: ,,Oamenii aceştia sînt robii Dumnezeului Celui Prea Înalt şi ei vă vestesc calea mîntuirii.„ 18 Aşa a făcut ea timp de mai multe zile. Pavel, necăjit, s’a întors, şi a zis duhului: ,,În Numele lui Isus Hristos îţi poruncesc să ieşi din ea.„ Şi a ieşit chiar în ceasul acela. 19 Cînd au văzut stăpînii roabei că s’a dus nădejdea cîştigului lor, au pus mîna pe Pavel şi pe Sila şi i-au tîrît în piaţă înaintea fruntaşilor.

20 I-au dat pe mîna dregătorilor, şi au zis: ,,Oamenii aceştia ne tulbură cetatea; sînt nişte Iudei, 21 cari vestesc nişte obiceiuri, pe cari noi, Romanii nu trebuie nici să le primim, nici să le urmăm.„ 22 Norodul s’a ridicat şi el împotriva lor, şi dregătorii au pus să le smulgă hainele de pe ei, şi au poruncit să -i bată cu nuiele. 23 După ce le-au dat multe lovituri, i-au aruncat în temniţă, şi au dat în grijă temnicerului să -i păzească bine. 24 Temnicerul, ca unul care primise o astfel de poruncă, i -a aruncat în temniţa din lăuntru, şi le -a băgat picioarele în butuci.

25 Pe la miezul nopţii, Pavel şi Sila se rugau, şi cîntau cîntări de laudă lui Dumnezeu; iar cei închişi îi ascultau. 26 Deodată, s’a făcut un mare cutremur de pămînt, aşa că s’au clătinat temeliile temniţei. Îndată, s’au deschis toate uşile, şi s’au deslegat legăturile fiecăruia. 27 Temnicerul s’a deşteptat; şi, cînd a văzut uşile temniţei deschise, a scos sabia, şi era să se omoare, căci credea că cei închişi au fugit. 28 Dar Pavel a strigat cu glas tare: ,,Să nu-ţi faci nici un rău, căci toţi sîntem aici.„ 29 Atunci temnicerul a cerut o lumină, a sărit înlăuntru, şi, tremurînd de frică, s’a aruncat la picioarele lui Pavel şi ale lui Sila; 30 i -a scos afară, şi le -a zis: ,,Domnilor, ce trebuie să fac ca să fiu mîntuit?„

31 Pavel şi Sila i-au răspuns: ,,Crede în Domnul Isus, şi vei fi mîntuit tu şi casa ta.„ 32 Şi i-au vestit Cuvîntul Domnului, atît lui cît şi tuturor celor din casa lui. 33 Temnicerul i -a luat cu el, chiar în ceasul acela din noapte, le -a spălat rănile, şi a fost botezat îndată, el şi toţi ai lui. 34 După ce i -a dus în casă, le -a pus masa, şi s’a bucurat cu toată casa lui că a crezut în Dumnezeu.

35 Cînd s’a făcut ziuă, dregătorii au trimes pe ceice purtau nuielele (Greceşte: lictori.), să spună temnicerului: ,,Dă drumul oamenilor acelora.„ 36 Şi temnicerul a spus lui Pavel aceste cuvinte: ,,Dregătorii au trimes să vi se dea drumul; acum dar, ieşiţi afară, şi duceţi-vă în pace.„ 37 Dar Pavel le -a zis: ,,După ce ne-au bătut cu nuiele în faţa tuturor, fără să fim judecaţi, pe noi, cari sîntem romani, ne-au aruncat în temniţă, şi acum ne scot afară pe ascuns! Nu merge aşa! Să vină ei singuri să ne scoată afară!„ 38 Ceice purtau nuielele, au spus aceste cuvinte dregătorilor. Aceştia s’au temut, cînd au auzit că sînt romani. 39 Dregătorii au venit să -i potolească, i-au scos afară din temniţă, şi i-au rugat să părăsească cetatea. 40 Ei au ieşit din temniţă, şi au intrat în casa Lidiei; şi, dupăce au văzut şi mîngîiat pe fraţi, au plecat.

Orasul Troas din Fap. Ap. 16 – unde Pavel a avut vedenia- in Turcia

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Notite din predica, Florin Ianovici:

Care este rolul meu in vestirea Evangheliei si in biserica? Va framanta o astfel de intrebare? Raspunsul care vreau sa vi-l dau pleaca de la constatarea biblica ca intr-o noapte apostolul Pavel a avut un vis, un om i s-a aratat si omul acela a zis, „Treci in Macedonia si ajuta-ne”. Si aceasta a fost o vedenie pe care omul lui Dumnezeu a avut-o cu privire la o lucrare care era desavarsit si pe care el trebuia sa o infaptuiasca. In baza acestei vedenii apostolul Pavel a trecut prin aceasta cetate, la Filipi- cea care avea sa fie pana la urma o cetate crestina si ajuns acolo, spune cuvantul lui Dumnezeu, a facut un lucru simplu. A cautat mai intai oamenii care se rugau, crezand ca intr-un anumit loc din cetate era un loc al rugaciunii. N-a gasit acolo oameni care se ruagu; a gasit acolo femei care spalau rufe- pentru ca intotdeauna intre ceea ce noi gandim si ceea ce ne ofera viata este o diferenta.

De cele mai multe ori cand vorbim despre lucrarea lui Dumnezeu avem impresii gresite si asteptam sa se gaseasca pregatite toate conditiile. (Ex.) M-au chemat sa cant la o biserica. N-a venit sunetistul la vreme, microfoane nu erau, oamenii au intarziat. Este o asa mare deosebire intre ceea ce ne inchipuim noi si ceea ce viata ne ofera. Aceasta se intampla nu doar la nivelul acesta al slujirii, se intampla in multe laturi ale vietii noastre.

Cand vorbim despre lucrurile lui Dumnezeu, un mare inamic al vietii noastre este ca noi ne imaginam o realitate  care este infirmata de ceea ce gasim acolo. Apostolul Pavel astepta, fiindca Dumnezeu i-a dat aceasta vedenie: un om s-a aratat lui si a zis’ ‘Treci si ajuta-ne’. A ajuta nu inseamna a initia. Inseamna sa fi partas la ceva ce ar trebui sa fie acolo. Cand spune cineva, „Treci si ajuta-ma”, insemneaza ca el a facut o lucrare si eu sa-i dau o mana de ajutor. Dar realitatea era ca acolo nu se gasea nimic.

Orasul Philippi din Fap. Ap. 16 (sursa Wikipedia)

1. In primul rand – Fi om al adevarului

Daca esti un tanar in biserica si te gandesti, „Cum sa-mi gasesc eu locul si care ar trebui sa fie lucrarea pe care ar trebui sa o fac eu, as vrea sa va spun ca primul lucru pe care al trebui sa il facem este sa intelegem ca lucrarea lui Dumnezeu insemneaza mai intai de toate sa fim oameni ai adevarului.

Pavel statea in aceasta mare cetate si mare lucru nu facea. I-a vestit cuvantul unei femei care vindea materiale de purpura, Lidia si casa ei s-au pocait. Dar, nu poti sa spui ca s-a intamplat ceva cutremurator. Macedonia era un tinut larg, pocainta a singurei femei din cetatea Filipi nu putea reprezenta ceea ce gandea Pavel (ca) trebuie sa se intample ceva in Macedonia. O femeie a primit cuvantul lui Dumnezeu, este o satisfactie deosebita dar nu e propriu zis lucrarea care a fost vestita prin vedenie. Pavel, in acele zile in care tot mergea, spune cuvantul lui Dumnezeu ca o femeie care avea un duh de ghicire si Pavel porunceste duhului sa paraseasca femeia.

In momentul acela lucrarea lui Dumnezeu a inceput sa cutremure cetatea. Pentru ca in momentul cand Pavel a rostit adevarul s-a pus toata cetatea in miscare. Pierzand sursa de castig, stapanii acestei roabe au pus in miscare dregatorii si toti cetatenii acestei cetati si au nascut o impotrivire, un vant de asuprire fata de acesti oameni ai lui Dumnezeu. Lucrul cel mai important in viata e sa intelegem ca Dumnezeu nu te cheama sa canti doar in cor, sau sa fi doar casier in biserica, Dumnezeu nu te cheama sa fi doar parte dintr-un grup de rugaciune in biserica, ci adevarata lucrare a lui Dumnezeu  este sa fi un om care sa practici adevarul.

Oriunde se va gasi un om al lui Dumnezeu care va practica adevarul, omul acela va aduce lucrarea lui Dumnezeu in mijlocul mediului in care el isi desfasoara viata.

Noi cautam lucrarea fara sa ne intrebam daca noi suntem oameni ai adevarului. Adevarul este acela care va naste foarte multa impotrivire. De cele mai multe ori cand suntem confruntati a spune adevarul, cand este sa pierdem ceva spunand adevarul, de cele mai multe ori ne muiem si ne dam cu toti ceilalti. Omul lui Dumnezeu, in nici o imprejurare nu are voie sa minta.

Satana face un compliment oamenilor lui Dumnezeu

Vreau sa va fac constienti cu privire la un lucru extrem de important. Satana face un compliment oamenilor lui Dumnezeu. (Ghicitoare strigand, vezi vers. 17 mai sus). E un avertizment teribil ca Satanei nu-i este greu sa patrunda la inima oricarui copil de Dumnezeu si sa incerce sa-l schimbe.

Cand te-ai facut copil al lui Dumnezeu si prin credinta l-ai primit pe Isus Hristos, primul semn ca esti un lucrator al lui Dumnezeu e ca vei practica in orice circumstanta adevarul. Mai important decat ce predici, mai important decat faptul ca tu canti, ca vi la biserica, ca dai bani este sa fi tu insuti purtator de adevar. Lumea aceasta s-ar fi schimbat de mult daca fiecare crestin, fiecare copil al lui Dumnezeu acolo unde l-a lasat Dumnezeu- nu mintea, nu copia, nu vorbea de rau, nu insela si nu era cu doua fete. De mult s-ar fi schimbat lumea. Locul in care esti tu si locul in care sunt eu trebuie sa fie un loc unde sa practicam adevarul.

Cautand adevarul in studentie

In studentie, cautand adevarul m-am dus la Schitul Darvari, de aici din Bucuresti, impreuna cu cativa studenti de la drept, din acea perioada dupa revolutie. Dumneavoastra stiti ca revolutia a inceput dupa cuvintele: Dumnezeu este cu noi. Si setosi, flamanzi dupa adevarul lui Dumnezeu cautam in stanga si dreapta cine si cum ne-ar putea lumina. Am auzit in vremea aceea de un parinte de curand hirotonisit. Un tanar de care se psunea la vremea aceea: Vorbeste diferit de ceilalti preoti. Ne-am dus la Schitul Darvari, calauziti fiind de Pr. Galeriu si impreuna cu alti studenti am initiat o fundatie de trezire in randul tinerilor crestini- fundatia Anastasia. Si in momentul acela, stand impreuna cu parintele, pentru prima data in viata mea am inteles ca Biblia poate fi citita. Niciodata (inainte) nu am inteles ca Biblia poate fi citita de un credincios. Ma gandeam ca numai preotul trebuie sa o tina in mana si sa psalmodieze din ea anumite slujbe si sa citeasca analizand anumite lucruri. Niciodata in viata nu am inteles ca de fapt Scriptura este si pentru mine. Credeam ca este numai pentru Parinte si ca el trebuie sa mi-o talmaceasca mie si ca eu in veci de veci nu o sa pot intelege nimic.

Parintele acesta, care era de curand hitoronisit ne-a deschis Scriptura si ne-a obligat sa gandim. Stiti cum erau acolo oamenii? O multime de tineri veneau ca sa asculte din Scriptura. La un moment dat, tot citind Scriptura mi-au venit niste ganduri, pentru ca lucrarea lui Dumneze e sa fi un om cinstit. Lucrarea lui Dumnezeu e sa fi un om al adevarului. Cand a venit vremea sa ma duc acasa si venea sarbatoarea Pastelor, tineam postul de dinainte de Paste cu 40 de zile. M-am dus sa ma impartasesc la parintele si stand in fata lui m-a intrebat cele care se intreaba. Pe tineri intrebi daca mint, fura, si daca curvesc. Cam astea sunt intrebarile care se pun de catre parinte atunci cand te marturisesti.

Dupa ce am marturisit ce am avut de marturisit i-am cerut voia sa-i pun o intrebare. S-a uitat mai lung la mine; probabil nu era obisnuit ca cineva sa-l intrebe, era si foarte mult rand acolo si am zis, „Parinte, ma framanata ceva.” Eu cand intram in biserica imi placea sa stau intodeauna in linistea bisericii si ma gandeam la mine, in general. Ce voi face cand voi termina scoala, ce voi face cu viata aceasta? Ce voi deveni eu? Mai mult stateam cu frica acolo. Problema mea era, cand intram in biserica, la orice m-as fi uitat, ca era un sfant pictat, un sfant pe icoane, toti ma mustrau. N-am vazut un sfant pe perete zambind vreodata. Toti erau asprii, mohorati si mi se parea ca toti arata cu degetul spre mine si nu mai stiam unde sa ma ghemuiesc.

Tocmai citeam si eu Scriptura si am ajuns pe la poruncile lui Dumnezeu. I-am zis, „Parinte, ma framanta ceva”. Zice, „Da, zi”. Am zis eu, „Parinte, este scris in Scriptura sa nu-ti faci chip cioplit si nici o reprezentare ale lucrurilor care sunt in cer, pe pamant, sau mai jos de ape.Eu cand intru in biserica ma uit la aceste icoane (care) sunt o reprezentare grafica. Deci ca si cum mintea mea gandeste cum ar trebui sa arate lucrurile acestea. Eu am o problema sa stiu daca porunca aceasta noi o respectam sau o incalcam. De ce e plina biserica de sfinti desenati si de icoane daca Biblia spune sa nu iti faci nici chip cioplit si nici o reprezentare a lucruriloe care sunt in cer, pe pamant sau mai jos de ape.”

Bagati de seama. Eu nu cunosteam decat o religie. Habar n-am avut in viata mea ca exista si oameni care practica pocainta. Parintele s-a uitat la mine si a facut niste ochi mari si speriat. Si stand eu asa in genunchi, a luat patafirul, mi l-a pus pe cap patrafirul si a zis, „Dumnezeu sa te ierte”. M-am simtit oribil. Am simtit ca n-am voie sa gandesc. M-am simtit umilit si am iesti, plecand din biserica bombanind. Am zis, „Adica cum, daca Dumnezeu mi-a dat minte, eu sa n-o folosesc? E interzis sa pun lui Dumnezeu o intrebare? Pana la urma Dumnezeu poate totul, de ce nu-mi da un raspuns la intrebarea asta?” Dupa care tot eu m-am linistit si am zis, „Eh, preotii de la oras. Au cam uitat ei sa fie cu Dumnezeu. Lasa ca am sa ma duc eu undeva sus in munte, acas la mine ca-s Moldovean. Acolo avem manastiri si pustnici, acolo-i credinta adevarata”.

Dupa ce-am ajuns la Schiti si am vorbit cu parintele pustnic de acolo, mare lucru n-am aflat decat ca eu trebuie sa fac un canon. De pacatos ce sunt trebuie sa fac 600 de matanii, sa-mi fac pedeapsa- canon duhovnicesc. Dupa ce am facut 300 de matanii si picioarele erau ca scandura si imi venea sa vomit. M-am asezat si am zis, „Daca Dumnezeu din ceruri imi cere mie, ca sa aflu adevarul 600 de matanii, apoi daca-i da unui batran un canon din asta il termina cu tot adevarul. Nu sepoate sa fie Dumnezeu in genoflexiunile astea. Lasa-o incolo de treaba, pera ma framant eu.” Si m-am apucat sa vad de ale mele, dar Dumnezeu, undeva in cer a vazut ca eu sunt sincer si m-a pus intr-o zi fata in fata cu adevarul aici in baraca aceasta. Am inteles pentru prima oara in viata mea ca adevarul este o persoana, nu teorie. Adevraul este Isus Hristos. Asa spune Biblia, „Eu sunt Adevarul, Calea si Viata”. Si atunci daca suntem din Isus Hristos noi trebuie sa fim practicanti de adevar. Adevarul acesta pe care l-am cautat m-a adus la adevar. Si adevarul te duce la adevar. Adevarul te duce la Isus Hristos si spre Dumnezeu, si spre implinire launtrica.

2. Ganditi-va bine daca voi practicati adevarul?

Daca esti astazi framantat, „Doamne, eu nu prea fac nimic in biserica”, oameni buni, prezenta ta in lumea aceasta pacatoasa, mincinoasa, ticalosita, ar trebui pur si simplu sa starneasca lucrarea lui Dumnezeu. Deci, nu trebuie ca tu sa treci neobservat, n-ai cum sa treci neobservat pentru ca in momentul cand oamenii din jur vorbesc de rau, tu trebuie sa vorbesti de bine. In momentul cand toti oamenii mint, tu trebuie sa spui adevarul. In momentul cand toti oamenii injura, tu trebuie sa duci cuvantul lui Dumnezeu, sa binecuvantezi, nu sa blestemi.

In numele lui Dumnezeu va spun in aceasta seara: Orice om care-L cauta pe Dumnezeu si lucrarea Lui, trebuie sa realizeze ca lucrarea lui Dumnezeu este practicarea adevarului. Nu cautati in mod deosebit un loc in biserica, la amvon, pe planificari, sau intr-o structura eclesiastica. Cautati un loc ininima lui Dumnezeu prin practicare adevarului. Va intreb in numele lui Isus: Ori de cate ori v-ati impotrivit minciunii, nu s-a starnit furtuna? Si n-a inceput o lucrare? Oriunde este adevarul incepe o framantare.

Daca nu practicati adevarul nu va apucati sa mai faceti altceva inainte de a fi oameni ai adevarului pentru ca cel rau are sa vrea sa-ti inunde mintea si gandul; pentru ca cel rau poate sa-ti spuna o multime de lucruri, „Mai, dar ce bine esti tu fata de ‘X'”. Pentru ca Satana se pricepe sa minta. Niciodata nu o sa inceapa Isus Hristos sa lucreze ceva decat in ziua in care vei practica adevarul, pentru ca adevarul te pune fata in fata cu lucrarea lui Dumnezeu.

3. Modul in care reactionezi la nedreptate

Lucrarea lui Dumnezeu se vede in momentul in care sti cum sa reactionezi la nedreptate. Pe pamantul acesta, cei mai multi dintre noi suntem cu dreptatea in gat. Noi cand ne pocaim, nu ne pocaim deplin daca n-am inteles buna oara  ca trebuie sa suferim nedreptatea. Nu faceti din Isus Hristos avocatul drepturilor voastre, ci faceti din Isus Hristos paracletul mantuirii voastre. Cum reactionati la nedreptate  va arata pe voi daca sunteti lucrarea lui Dumnezeu. Degeaba cautati lucrari. Noi suntem lucrarea lui Dumnezeu si modul cum reactionam la nedreptate ne face sa fim lucratori cu Dumnezeu sau nu.

4. Modul in care tu privesti mentalitatea 

Modul cum privesti mentalitatea este ceea ce diferentiaza pe oameni si ne face sa fim sau nu lucrarea Domnului. Spune Cuvantul, „Pe la miezul noptii cantau cantari de lauda”. Extraordinar. Este paradoxal, de necrzut in lumea aceasta in care toti suntem atat de sentimentali. Una e sa ai un sentiment, alta e sa ai un sentimentalism ieftin. Inseamna ca te uibesti mai mult pe tine decat il iubesti pe semenul tau. Omul excesiv de sentimental este un om care nu stie sa iubeasca echilibrat. Se vede pe sine foarte de iubit si pe altul pera putin de iubit.

Zice Biblia ca cantau cantari de lauda. Cantari de lauda nu insemneaza decat expresia care este folosita si atunci cand Isus Hristos a fost la Paste, s-au cantat cantarile de lauda. Psalmii 115, 116, 117, 118 sunt acei Psalmi grupati care se numesc ‘Halel’, cantari de lauda. Cantarile pe care le cantau Pavel si Sila, in centru il aveau pe Isus Hristos si pe Dumnezeu. Noi ne emotionam la o cantare cae vorbeste despre noi (personal). Dar ei Il laudau pe Dumnezeul Scripturii. In centrul cantarii lor era Dumnezeu care a facut cerurile si pamantul. Orice cantare care este scripturala va determina… cantarea in care stai fata in fata cu Dumnezeul cel viu naste in tine ceva diferit. In aceasta cantare nu avea Pavel si Sila de gand sa-si planga de mila si sa fie emotionati de viata lor, ci aceasta cantare il onora pe Dumnezeul cel viu si atunci s-a intamplat minunea.

In momentul in care folosesti in rugaciune si cantare, in vorbire si in relatiile cu oamenii Scriptura – Atunci se intampla minunile! Nimic nu se intampla pana noi gandim in felul nostru, ci  se va intampla cand gandim in felul Bibliei, al lui Dumnezeu.

Va simtiti cumva ca aveti nevoie de minuni, va simtiti cumva prins sufletul in niste butuci, sau legati de maini? Luati Biblia in mana si cantati lui Isus Hristos. Luati Biblia si rugati-va cu Scriptura inainte si puneti-o inaintea tuturor relatiilor voastre. Si tot ce fac, cu cuvantul si cu fapta, fac de dragul lui Dumnezeu, spre cinstea lui Dumnezeu, ancorat in Scriptura.

5. Cum te raportezi cand Domnul iti da dusmanul in mana

Lucrarea lui Dumnezeu sta in mine. Iar eu, lucrarea lui Dumnezeu dovedesc ca sunt al lui Dumnezeu precum procedez cand imi cade dusmanul in mana. Pavel, prin duhul profetic ii spune temnicerului sa nu se strapunga ca sunt toti acolo. „Sa nu-ti faci nici un rau caci toti suntem aici.”

Va rog in numele Domnului Isus Hristos: Duceti-va pretutindeni in lumea aceasta si fi-ti vindecatori de suflete. Fi-ti oameni care sa promovati tuturor aceasta grozava ideie, „Nu-ti fa rau prietene”.

Satan vrea sa faca pricina din tineretea ta, pricina sa-ti ia viata sau mintile. Dumnezeu ne-a facut diferiti si Satana vrea sa ne ia ceea ce Dumnezeu ne-a dat ca sa ne schimbe privirea si lucrul minunat pe care Dumnezeu ni la dat sa vedem ca ceva urat. Bucura-te. Lucrarea Satanei este sa transforme resursele fantastice pe care ti le-a dat Dumnezeu sa transforme in ceva dincolo de care sa te urasti pe tine insuti; asta e cea mai mare si teribila lucrare a Satanei.

E nevoie de fiecare si ma rog in aceasta seara: Tu, omul lui Dumnezeu sa privesti lucrurile intr-un mod diferit, iti va cadea fel de fel de oameni in mana. Vei avea tendinta sa te razbuni pe cei ce ti-au facut rau. Dar, Isus Hristos te-a facut sa fi si frumos, deosebit… nu va razbunati, raspundeti la rau cu bine. Biruiti raul prin bine. Dumnezeu din ceruri ne-a facut sa fim ochii lui Isus Hristos. Duceti-va si spuneti nenorocitilor, celor care se vad urati, celor care se vad lipsiti de dar, spuneti-le ca in ei exista ceva din Dumnezeu.

6. Vei fi lucrarea lui Dumnezeu dupa modul in care vei intelege cuvantul „demnitate”

Erau cetateni Romani si cand i-au bagat in puscarie , erau cetateni Romani si cand le-au dat cu nuiele pe spate. N-au strigat, „Cetatean Roman!” Dar, in momentul in care lucrarea s-a savarsit, si ce frumos lucreaza Pavel… vine temnicerul, ii scoate afara si le spala ranile. Se uita Pavel si Sila si spun: Tu ne-ai spalat pe noi pe dinafara, noi te spalam pe tine pe dinauntru. Ca tu ai niste rani acolo, tu trebuie sa fi a lui Isus Hristos si l-au bagat in apa botezului. Spal eu pe cineva pe dinafar si Dumnezeu ma spala pe dinauntru. Asta-i lucrarea Domnului.

Cand le-a dat liberate, au zis, „Nu, noi suntem cetateni Romani, veniti cu mana voastra sa ne scoateti afara”. Demnitatea nu inseamna sa te vaicaresti si sa fugi la inceput. Insemneaza, dupa ce ai savarsit lucrarea Domnului sa spui, „Sunt al lui Isus”.

Asa m-am saturat de niste oameni care spun, „Sunt al lui Isus,” inainte sa ia examenul si dupa ce iau examenul tac. Dupa ce a-ti luat examenul cu 10 sa spuneti, „Sunt al lui Isus”. Nu mai trambitati ca sunteti ai lui Isus inainte sa faceti ceva cu viata voastra. Faceti ceva cu viata voastra si in ziua in care veti avea o performanta stralucita, in ziua in care veti fi stralucitori in ochii oamenilor, sa spuneti, „Iata ce m-a invatat pe mine Dumnezeu. Demnitatea inseamna sa dau lui Dumnezeu cinstea”.

Ziua de Rugăciune pentru Pacea Ierusalimului, 7 Octombrie 2012

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Ziua de Rugaciune pentru Pacea Ierusalimului, instituita cu sprijinul a peste 1300 de lideri de biserica si misiuni crestine din intreaga lume, reprezentanti ai zeci de milioane de crestini, are loc in prima duminica din luna octombrie a fiecarui an. Chemarea noastra este la o mijlocire staruitoare sustinuta la nivel global, pentru implinirea planurilor si scopurilor lui Dumnezeu cu Ierusalim si locuitorii sai. Acest efort global de initiere la rugaciune coincide cu sarbatoarea Yom Kippur, recunoscand astfel radacinile iudaice ale credintei crestine.

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Cantarile copilariei – Sus pe plaiurile cerului de Nicolaie Moldoveanu din Isaia 25

Psalmi 25

,,Doamne, Tu eşti Dumnezeul meu; pe Tine Te voi înălţa! Laud Numele Tău, căci ai făcut lucruri minunate; planurile Tale făcute mai dinainte s’au împlinit cu credincioşie. Căci ai prefăcut cetatea (Babilon) într’un morman de pietre, cetăţuia cea tare într’o grămadă de dărîmături; cetatea cea mare a străinilor este nimicită, şi niciodată nu va mai fi zidită. De aceea Te slăvesc popoarele puternice, şi cetăţile neamurilor puternice se tem de Tine. Căci Tu ai fost un loc de scăpare pentru cel slab, un loc de scăpare pentru cel nenorocit în necaz, un adăpost împotriva furtunii, un umbrar împotriva căldurii; căci suflarea asupritorilor este ca vijelia care izbeşte în zid.

Cum domoleşti căldura într’un pămînt arzător, aşa ai domolit zarva străinilor; cum este înăduşită căldura de umbra unui nor, aşa au fost înăduşite cîntările de biruinţă ale asupritorilor.„

Domnul oştirilor pregăteşte tuturor popoarelor pe muntele acesta, un ospăţ de bucate gustoase, un ospăţ de vinuri vechi, de bucate miezoase, pline de măduvă, de vinuri vechi şi limpezite. Şi, pe muntele acesta, înlătură măhrama care acopere toate popoarele, şi învelitoarea care înfăşură toate neamurile; nimiceşte moartea pe vecie: Domnul Dumnezeu şterge lacrămile de pe toate feţele, şi îndepărtează de pe tot pămîntul ocara poporului Său; da, Domnul a vorbit.

În ziua aceea, vor zice: ,,Iată, acesta este Dumnezeul nostru, în care aveam încredere că ne va mîntui. Acesta este Domnul, în care ne încredeam, acum să ne veselim, şi să ne bucurăm de mîntuirea Lui!

10 Căci mîna Domnului se odihneşte pe muntele acesta; dar Moabul este călcat în picioare pe loc, cum este călcat în picioare paiul în bălegar. 11 În mijlocul acestei băltoace, el îşi întinde mînile, cum le întinde înotătorul ca să înoate; dar Domnul îi doboară mîndria, şi face de nimica dibăcia mînilor lui. 12 El surpă, prăbuşeşte întăriturile înalte ale zidurilor tale, le prăbuşeşte la pămînt, în ţărînă.„

Am gasit doar o versiune a cantarii care difera de felul cum am cantat-o noi, dar totusi m-am bucurat cantand-o cu si fara video.

 

Sus, pe plaiurile cerului
Autor: Nicolae Moldoveanu

Sus, pe plaiurile cerului, o Sus, acolo-n inaltimi,
Acolo, in tara Domnului, o Noi o sa ne intalnim.
Cor: /: Pe malurile raurilor sfinte,
Cu unde cristaline, argintii,
Pe munti de foc, in slava Lui cea mare,
Acolo, te-asteptam sa vii… :/

Sus, departe de orice dureri, o Sus, acolo-n vesnicii,
Vesnic in sfintele dezmierdari, o Noi o sa ne intalnim.

Cor: /: Pe malurile raurilor sfinte,
Cu ingerii in grupuri sa zburam;
Mi-e dor, mi-e dor acum de-acele timpuri
Pe care numai le cantam… :/

Sus, in tara bucuriilor, o Sus, in slavile ceresti,
Noi cu drag atunci ne-om saluta, o Cand acol’ ne-om intalni.

Cor: /: Atunci vom zice: „Acesta-i Domnul nostru
In Care noi, cu toti, ne-am increzut.”
Atunci vom zice: „Da, Acesta-i Domnul
Care pe noi ne-a mantuit.” :/

Sus, acolo, nu va fi suspin o Si nici lacrimi pe obraz;
Nu vor exista amaraciuni o Si nici atata necaz…

Cor: /: Ah, cum ma poarta dorul dupa tine!
Ah, tara mea, de mult eu te astept,
Caci inima se frange in suspine…
Ah, dorul meu cel sufletesc!… :/

Tu, de ce nu vrei sa vii cu noi, o Pe intinsele campii?
Sus, in tara dragostei ceresti, o Sufletul sa-ti mantuiesti?

Cor: /: Pe malurile raurilor sfinte,
Cu unde cristaline, argintii,
Pe munti de foc, in slava Lui cea mare,
Acolo, te-asteptam sa vii… :/

Preluat de la adresa: http://www.resursecrestine.ro/cantece/5769/sus-pe-plaiurile-cerului

God’s design for sex

Al Jackson – Red Hot Monogamy: God’s Design for Sex – Proverbs 5:1-23  Message at 

Preaching from Proverbs 5:1-23, Jackson says that God’s design for sex is that a husband be captivated by the love of his wife and a wife be captivated by the love of her husband.

2 principles from this text:

 Principle #1 – Beware the deadly danger of adultery (vv 1-14).

Solomon is saying to his son, and God is speaking to us today, through Solomon’s writings: Beware of the deadly danger of adultery. It will destroy you.  Professor Garret os Southern Seminary says of verse 3 (For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,) that „the man is drawn to the adulteress because she inflates his ego with hollow praise, in ways his wife will not”.

Verse 5 – Solomon says,  „Her feet go down to death „, her steps lead directly to the grave; she has a pathway  and it’s the pathway of traveling toward sexual immorality. It’s not progress, it’s regress. It’s not upward, but it’s downward. Adultery is a dead end road and it leads always, always, always to pain, grief and sorrow and deep regret. Verse 6 – „She gives no thought to the way of life, her paths are crooked but she knows it not”. She’s an airhead, she doesn’t know about real life. She doesn’t know about joy, about real fulfillment; she’s trying to gratify the desires of her flesh.

In verse 7 –   Solomon is saying: „Listen up, go on the straight and narrow”. Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 7? „Narrow is the road that leads to life and few there be that find it. And, broad is the road that leads to destruction and many there be that walk on the broad road that leads to destruction„. In verse 8, Solomon is saying, „Keep your distance from her. Stay away”. Surely, you know, before someone commits adultery they think about it. That’s why Jesus said, „You heard that it was said ‘thou shalt not commit adultery, but, I say to you that a man who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart„. First, it’s in the head before it’s in the bed. First, it’s an emotional attachment before it’s a physical relationship.

Let me give you some early warning signs. Someof you need them right now because you’ve already been tempted.

  1. A growing fascination with that other person. Things are not good at home. The romance has kind of settled down and there’s an emotional distance between you and your spouse. If the devil hasn’t already put old ‘honey lips’ in your path, he will; he wants to bring you down.
  2. A heightened sense of anticipation when you have the opportunity to be with this person. Be careful.
  3. A growing desire to confide in him or her, especially about how bad your marriage is. And when you get there, you’re just about ready to lose it.
  4. Emotional adultery opens the door to physical expressions of adultery. You will pay a high price. See Proverbs 1:9-10 „lest you give your honor to others and your years to the merciless, 10 lest strangers take their fill of your strength,
    and your labors go to the house of a foreigner”
    There’s a price to pay for sexual immorality- it might be an unwanted pregnancy, a sexually transited disease, or it might be something financial. There’s a high price to pay for a few minutes of sexual gratification

Look at verses 12-14 „and you say, “How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof! 13 I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors. 14 I am at the brink of utter ruin in the assembled congregation.”  I didn’t want somebody to tell me what I could or couldn’t do. I didn’t want that narrow minded, legalistic preacher from Alabama to tell me I couldn’t do these things.  Now, you may cover it up for a while, but, it will be disclosed.

The testimony of the word of God is absolutely sure, „Be sure your sin will find you out„. „Do not be deceived, God is not mocked”. „A man reaps what he sows. He who sows to the sinful nature will reap destruction”.

Please hear my heart this day: Beware, beware the deadly danger of adultery. You are a candidate for adultery, I am a candidate for adultery. Beware! Always keep your guard up. Never, never, never let your guard down. That’s all negative, but, there’s good news. It gets better.

Principle #2 – Rejoice in the delightful pleasure of monogamy

Here I am talking about married monogamy. Solomon is saying here to his son: Beware of adultery, but, rejoice in the delightful pleasure of a monogamous relationship.

Verses 15-16 15 Drink water from your own cistern,  flowing water from your own well. 16 Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets? This is a metaphor- cisterns and spring for sexual intercourse. Quoting from Dwayne Garret: The best interpretation is that sprains and streams of water refers to the husband’s sexual affections, as the cistern refers to the sexual affections of his wife. The man should not take his love and desire to anyone else, by going out into the street. The analogy implies that a husband and wife will fill and refresh each other- the one like a flowing stream, the other like a peaceful well. Sexual anarchy results when people cross over the bounds of fidelity.

We live in a society that is characterized by sexual anarchy. And, the Lord’s speaking to us through Solomon today and saying, „Be faithful to your mate”. Drink water from your own cistern, not some other cistern. Verse 17- „Let them be yours alone„. Not someone else’s, yours alone.. „never to be shared with strangers„. First he says it positively „yours alone”, then he says it negatively, „never to be shared with strangers”. The sexual relationship, the sexual expression, God’s intention is that it be expressed between a husband and a wife, and only there. Whenever God says, „Thou shalt not…” it means: Don’t hurt yourself. And when God says, „Thou shalt”, He’s saying, „Let Me bless you”.

Verse 18 Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth. He’s saying, „Be satisfied with the one you’re married to from when you were a young man or a young woman”. Take joy in each other, not in someone else.

Verse 19 a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love  Captivated is the key word here, by the love of our wife. Not somebody else’s wife, our own wife. Focus on her. Focus on your marriage. Give attention to your sexual expression with your spouse. Make it red hot monogamy.

If you’ll water the grass on your side of the fence, it will be greener than the other side of the fence and the grass on the other side of the fence will not be nearly the temptation it would be if you don’t water the grass on your side of the fence.  Don’t just neglect each other.

Verse 20-21 Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress? 21 For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths. You know God sees everything? I don’t have to be anxious that someone sees me because I know I am under the all seeing eye of God. Always! Always!

Verses 22-23 The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin. 23 He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray. How sad. Die for lack of discipline.

It’s real. Sexual temptation is real. The allure of internet pornography is just a few clicks away. It’s a deadly path. Well, you say, „Brother Al, what can I do? All these women are coming on to me all the time”. Well, what kind of signals are you sending? They don’t come on to me. I have never had a woman come on to me, except for my wife. Be careful what kind of signals you are sending.

Some of you may say, „I’m in an accountability group and I get asked the hard questions week after week, so I’m safe”. I’m all for accountability groups, but that’s no guarantee that you’re safe. Hear my heart on this. I don’t want to seem disrespectful, I have all kinds of groups that I meet with. But, a man who’s in adultery won’t think twice about lying about it. Lying is small stuff compared to adultery.

You say, „What can I do to ensure I won’t have a moral failure?” I don’t know there’s anything you can do to guarantee, but you can certainly do some things that you can make it very very unlikely. I just want to leave you the 2 primary ones that I try to implement in my life and marriage:

  1. Keep the fire of romance burning hot with your spouse. Men, never flirt with another man’s wife and never fail to flirt with your own.
  2. Pursue your love relationship with God with all your heart.

I believe if we are passionately in love with the bride of our youth and cultivate that relationship and fall deeply in love with God and cultivate a deep love relationship with our Savior, it’s not likely we’re gonna succumb. Scripture says, „Be holy as I am holy”. God is a holy God. It’s a high price to pay, to lose the smile of God for a few moments of sexual pleasure. Men, be holy. Be holy. Jesus said, „Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God”. Do you wanna see Him? I wanna see Him. I wanna know Him, I wanna experience Him, I wanna walk with Him, I want His favor. I wanna experience they unless of His power.

God honors personal, practical holiness.

Robert Murray M’Cheyne (Scottish preacher, died at the age of 29) – „Remember you are God’s swordHis instrument—I trust a chosen vessel unto Him to bear His name. In great measure, according to the purity and perfections of the instrument, will be the success. It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God.

Guard your heart, cultivate your marriage. Stay in love with Jesus. Our reward is not here, it’s in glory.

 

Al Jackson – Red Hot Monogamy: God’s Design for Sex – Proverbs 5:1-23 from Southeastern Seminary on Vimeo.

Emil Bartos la Biserica Filadelfia Bucuresti – Inchinarea ca pregatire pentru cer – 23 Septembrie 2012

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Predica: Coloseni 3:1-4

3 Dacă deci aţi înviat împreună cu Hristos, să umblaţi după lucrurile de sus, unde Hristos şade la dreapta lui Dumnezeu.
Gîndiţi-vă la lucrurile de sus, nu la cele de pe pămînt.
Căci voi aţi murit, şi viaţa voastră este ascunsă cu Hristos în Dumnezeu.
Cînd Se va arăta Hristos, viaţa voastră, atunci vă veţi arăta şi voi împreună cu El în slavă.

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Panel discussion SBTS – Helpful question & answer session on marriage and ministry

A great session at the end of a one day conference at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, geared towards pastors and ministry leaders, however every couple (even the one not in active ministry) can learn and apply most of the answers given  in this very candid conversation.

See previous messages on marriage and ministry at SBTS by-

  1. After Russell’s message this morning, just talking about something as serious as pornography, having a discussion- husband and wife- about that, CJ (Mahaney) had some things to add from his years of shepherding, where something like this has to occur, (what is) the process…?
  2. What if you have a pastor who is leading the church, pronounced leadership, but, he’s not leading in the home? How is the wife to respond. We say ‘love covers a multitude of sins’, it doesn’t cover all sins, here’s a wife who sees inconsistency, she’s hearing him preach, but at home he is not a good leader. What would you recommend?
  3. How do we deal with the inconsistency that we experience? We preach a better message at times. So, we have the standards and we can’t lower the Scriptures to our lifestyle. How do we work through that? That can be a challenge at times. I mean, you’re going to church and a fight breaks out and you’re gonna stand before the people of God… and that’s tough.
  4. Where do we go for help, as pastors in the local church?
  5. What are some of the early warning signs in a Gospel ministry couple of indications where they need to get help? There’s obviously some sins that we handle through grace induced progressive sanctification, others you need to get intensive, you need to nip it in the bud. What are these early warning signs?
  6. How do you work through a dry season? ( a dry, flat [or too busy] time in your marriage)
  7. Sometimes, in your church you come across a couple who says they never fought. What do you think about them?
  8. (Give) some principles, real practical, of how to fight fair. What does a good fight look like in your home?

Panel Discussion from Southern Seminary on Vimeo.

 

Comemorare – Anul Richard Wurmbrand (Partea 2)

Din 2009 – Anul proclamat ca si ‘Anul Richard Wurmbrand’, o personalitate remarcanta, in care numeroase organizatii, grupuri, biserici au organizat evenimente special dedicate aniversarii ‘100 de ani de la nasterea lui Richard Wurmbrand’. In 24 Martie, 1909, la Bucuresti, intr-o familie de Evrei s-a nascut cel care a fost numit ‘apostolul Pavel al cortinei de fier’: Richard Wurmbrand.

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The Story of George Muller

via Istorieevanghelica.ro

200 years ago, street kids in England were treated like vermin. With no parents or relatives to look after them, orphans were forced to survive by begging or stealing. They had no one to look to, they lived and they died in the gutter. But help was on its way from someone the Bristol newspaper would later proclaim ‘had robbed the cruel streets of thousands of victims’. However, his start in life was not as the righteous young man his father intended him to be-

from Wikipedia:

George Müller (German – born as : Johann Georg Ferdinand Müller) (27 September 1805 – 10 March 1898), a Christian evangelist and Director of the Ashley Down orphanage in Bristol, England, cared for 10,024 orphans in his life. He was well known for providing an education to the children under his care, to the point where he was accused of raising the poor above their natural station in life. He also established 117 schools which offered Christian education to over 120,000 children, many of them being orphans.

Müller was born in Kroppenstaedt (now Kroppenstedt), a village near Halberstadt in the Kingdom of Prussia. In 1810, the Müller family moved to nearby Heimersleben, where Müller’s father was appointed a collector of taxes. He had an older brother, Friedrich Johann Wilhelm (1803 – 7 Oct 1838) and, after his widowed father remarried, a half-brother, Franz (b 1822).

His early life was not marked by righteousness – on the contrary, he was a thief, a liar and a gambler. By the age of 10, Müller was stealing government money from his father. While his mother was dying, he, at 14 years of age, was playing cards with friends and drinking.

Müller’s father hoped to provide him with a religious education that would allow him to take a lucrative position as a clergyman in the state church. He studied divinity in the University of Halle, and there met a fellow student (Beta) who invited him to a Christian prayer meeting. There he was welcomed, and he began regularly reading the Bible and discussing Christianity with the others who attended the meetings. After seeing a man praying to God on his knees, he was convinced of his need for salvation. As soon as he got home he went to his bed where he knelt and prayed. He asked God to help him in his life and to bless him wherever he went and to forgive him of his sins. He immediately stopped drinking, stealing and lying, and began hoping to become a missionary. He began preaching regularly in nearby churches and continued meeting with the other churches.

Orphanages

English: Orphanages at Ashley Down.

The work of Müller and his wife with orphans began in 1836 with the preparation of their own home at 6 Wilson Street, Bristol for the accommodation of thirty girls. Soon after, three more houses in Wilson Street were furnished, growing the total of children cared for to 130. In 1845, as growth continued, Müller decided that a separate building designed to house 300 children was necessary, and in 1849, at Ashley Down, Bristol, that home opened. The architect commissioned to draw up the plans asked if he might do so gratuitously. By 26 May 1870, 1,722 children were being accommodated in five homes, although there was room for 2,050 (No 1 House – 300, No 2 House – 400, Nos 3, 4 and 5 – 450 each). By the following year, there were 280 orphans in No 1 House, 356 in No 2, 450 in Nos 3 and 4, and 309 in No 5 House.

Through all this, Müller never made requests for financial support, nor did he go into debt, even though the five homes cost over £100,000 to build. Many times, he received unsolicited food donations only hours before they were needed to feed the children, further strengthening his faith in God. For example, on one well-documented occasion, they gave thanks for breakfast when all the children were sitting at the table, even though there was nothing to eat in the house. As they finished praying, the baker knocked on the door with sufficient fresh bread to feed everyone, and the milkman gave them plenty of fresh milk because his cart broke down in front of the orphanage.

Every morning after breakfast there was a time of Bible reading and prayer, and every child was given a Bible upon leaving the orphanage, together with a tin trunk containing two changes of clothing. The children were dressed well and educated – Müller even employed a schools inspector to maintain high standards. In fact, many claimed that nearby factories and mines were unable to obtain enough workers because of his efforts in securing apprenticeships, professional training, and domestic service positions for the children old enough to leave the orphanage.

photo source and caption – http://www.about-bristol.co.uk

It is ironic that these massive buildings that dominate the ridge at Ashley Down were known for generations as the Muller Homes. Their founder, German immigrant George Muller, was insistent on the title ‘The New Orphan House’ as he did not want his name to be prominent, for he considered himself merely an instrument in the venture.

Evangelism

On 26 March 1875, at the age of 70 and after the death of his first wife in 1870 and his marriage to Susannah Grace Sanger in 1871, Müller and Susannah began a 17 year period of missionary travel. Müller always expected to pay for their fares and accommodation from the unsolicited gifts given for his own use. However, if someone offered to pay his hotel bill en-route, Müller recorded this amount in his accounts.

He travelled over 200,000 miles, an incredible achievement for pre-aviation times. His language abilities allowed him to preach in English, French, and German, and his sermons were translated into the host languages when he was unable to use English, French or German. In 1892, he returned to England, where he died on 10 March 1898 in New Orphan House No 3.

A life of prayer

Müller prayed about everything and expected each prayer to be answered. One example was when one of the orphan house’s boiler stopped working; Müller needed to have it fixed. Now this was a problem, because the boiler was bricked up and the weather was worsening with each day. So he prayed for two things; firstly that the workers he had hired would have a mind to work throughout the night, and secondly that the weather would let up. On the Tuesday before the work was due to commence, a bitter north wind still blew but in the morning, before the workmen arrived, a southerly wind began to blow and it was so mild that no fires were needed to heat the buildings. That evening, the foreman of the contracted company attended the site to see how he might speed things along, and instructed the men to report back first thing in the morning to make an early resumption of work. The team leader stated that they would prefer to work through the night. The job was done in 30 hours.

In 1862, it was discovered that one of the drains was blocked. Being some 11 feet underground, workmen were unable to find the blockage despite several attempts. Müller prayed about the situation and the workman at once found the site of the problem.

Strong gales in Bristol on Saturday 14 January 1865 caused considerable damage in the area and over twenty holes were opened in the roofs. Around 20 windows were also broken and two frames damaged by falling slates. The glazier and slater normally employed had already committed their staff to other work so nothing could be done until the Monday. Had the winds continued, with heavy rain, the damage to the orphanage would have been much greater. After much prayer, the wind stopped in the afternoon and no rain fell until Wednesday, by which time most of the damage had been repaired.

Once, whilst crossing the Atlantic on the SS Sardinian in August 1877, his ship ran into thick fog. He explained to the captain that he needed to be in Quebec by the following afternoon, but Captain Joseph E Dutton (later known as „Holy Joe”) said that he was slowing the ship down for safety and Müller’s appointment would have to be missed. Müller asked to use the chartroom to pray for the lifting of the fog. The captain followed him down, claiming it would be a waste of time. After Müller prayed, the captain started to pray, but Müller stopped him; partly because of the captain’s unbelief, but mainly because he believed the prayer had already been answered. When the two men went back to the bridge, they found the fog had lifted. The captain became a Christian shortly afterwards.

Müller’s faith in God strengthened day by day and he spent hours in daily prayer and Bible reading. – indeed, it was his practice, in later years, to read through the entire Bible four times a year.

Theology

The theology that guided George Müller’s work is not widely known, but was shaped by an experience in his mid twenties when he „came to prize the Bible alone as [his] standard of judgement”.

He records in his Narratives that „That the word of God alone is our standard of judgment in spiritual things; that it can be explained only by the Holy Spirit; and that in our day, as well as in former times, he is the teacher of his people. The office of the Holy Spirit I had not experimentally understood before that time. Indeed, of the office of each of the blessed persons, in what is commonly called the Trinity, I had no experimental apprehension. I had not before seen from the Scriptures that the Father chose us before the foundation of the world; that in him that wonderful plan of our redemption originated, and that he also appointed all the means by which it was to be brought about. Further, that the Son, to save us, had fulfilled the law, to satisfy its demands, and with it also the holiness of God; that he had borne the punishment due to our sins, and had thus satisfied the justice of God. And, further, that the Holy Spirit alone can teach us about our state by nature, show us the need of a Saviour, enable us to believe in Christ, explain to us the Scriptures, help us in preaching, etc. It was my beginning to understand this latter point in particular which had a great effect on me; for the Lord enabled me to put it to the test of experience, by laying aside commentaries, and almost every other book, and simply reading the word of God and studying it. The result of this was, that the first evening that I shut myself into my room, to give myself to prayer and meditation over the Scriptures, I learned more in a few hours than I had done during a period of several months previously. But the particular difference was, that I received real strength for my soul in doing so. I now began to try by the test of the Scriptures the things which I had learned and seen, and found that only those principles which stood the test were really of value.

William Henry Harding said, ‘The world, dull of understanding, has even yet not really grasped the mighty principle upon which he [Müller] acted, but is inclined to think of him merely as a nice old gentleman who loved children, a sort of glorified guardian of the poor, who with the passing of the years may safely be spoken of, in the language of newspaper headlines, as a „prophet of philanthropy.” To describe him thus, however, is to degrade his memory, is to miss the high spiritual aim and the wonderful spiritual lesson of his life. It is because the carnal mind is incapable of apprehending spiritual truth that the world regards the orphan Houses only with the languid interest of mere humanitarianism, and remains oblivious of their extraordinary witness to the faithfulness of God.

Comemorare – Anul Richard Wurmbrand (Partea 1)

Din 2009 – Anul proclamat: ‘Anul Richard Wurmbrand’, dupa o personalitate remarcanta, in care numeroase organizatii, grupuri, biserici au organizat evenimente special dedicate aniversarii ‘100 de ani de la nasterea lui Richard Wurmbrand’. In 24 Martie, 1909, la Bucuresti, intr-o familie de Evrei s-a nascut cel care a fost numit ‘apostolul Pavel al cortinei de fier’: Richard Wurmbrand.

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Paul Washer – Prayer as Communion (Song of Solomon) – Cântarea Cântărilor (subtitrare in Limba Romana)

Cântarea Cântărilor, un mesaj necesar creştinilor pentru a avea părtăşie şi a experimenta dragostea lui Hristos. Subtitrare in Limba Romana.

English Title: Prayer as Communion (Song of Solomon)

 

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Extreme devotion: The Doctor Who Helped Find Richard Wurmbrand – Devotament extraordinar: Doctorul Care a Ajutat la Gasirea lui Wurmbrand

FOR ENGLISH VERSION SEE bottom half of this page (below the Romanian translation)

source http://www.persecutionblog.com/2010/07/the-doctor-who-helped-find-richard-wurmbrand.html

de Stacy L. Harp

traducere de A.C.

19 Iulie 2010

Procesul de inscriere a fost lung si stanjenitor. Verificarile personale au fost minutioase si foarte extensive, si cererea doctorului Karlo era cat pe ce sa deraieze din cauza unor zvonuri ca el ar fi avut legaturi „crestine”. Dar in cele din urma doctorul Karlo a izbutit sa treaca prin acest process deosebit de greu si a devenit doctor pentru Politia Secreta (Securitate). El a evitat sa le spuna ca era crestin.

Familia doctorului Karlo s-a intors impotriva lui deoarece ei credeau ca el s-a facut comunist. Unul cate unul, familia bisericeasca si toti ceilalti care-i erau apropiati i-au intors spatele. Nici unul din ei insa nu cunostea misiunea lui: ca sa-l gaseasca pe Pastor.

In rolul sau de doctor al Securitatii, el putea veni si merge de la inchisoare fara nici un fel de restrictii. El a avut acces la fiecare celula din inchisoare, si asa – in cele din urma – il gaseste pe Pastorul incarcerat.

Karlo a dat de stire altor crestini, care la randul lor au dat de stire celor de dinafara tarii. Lor li s-a spus inainte ca era mort, dar acum insa aveau dovada ca Pastorul Richard Wumbrand traia. In timpul unor dialoguri intre presedintii Kruschev si Eisenhower din anul 1956, crestinii din intreaga lume au cerut eliberarea lui Wurmbrand. In cele din urma el a fost eliberat pentru un pret de rascumparare de 10 mii de dolari.

„Daca nu era pentru acest doctor”, Wurmbrand a scris mai tarziu, ” care s-a alaturat Securitatii specific sa ma gaseasca pe mine, eu nu eram eliberat niciodata. Eu as fi ramas in inchisoare – sau in mormantul din inchisoare.”

Agentii secreti sunt vedetele marelui ecran. Misiunile lor implica o aventura dupa alta in a servi comenzilor ce le vin de la sediu. In acelasi fel, credinciosi devotati din tari cu restrictii de credinta, duc niste vieti aventuroase. Istoriile lor face o diferenta eterna pentru multi. Ei nu indraznesc sa-si faca publicitate misiunii lor, dar sunt intotdeauna pregatiti pentru a face cat de mult posibil atunci cand au oportunitatea de a marturisi oamenilor vestea buna a  lui Isus Christos.

Indiferent de zona geografica in care ne aflam or a situatiei din viata, Dumnezeu ne cheama pe fiecare dintre noi, ca sa fim agentii Lui spirituali si sa raportam la sediul ceresc.Noi avem misiunea de a impartasi dragostea lui Dumnezeu in fiecare zi. Dumnezeu nu ne garanteaza siguranta sau securitatea in aceasta misiune la care am fost chemati toti, dar ne promite rasplatirile vesnice.

by Stacy L. Harp

July 19, 2010

The application process was long and cumbersome. The background checks were extensive, and Dr. Karlo’s application was almost derailed over rumors of his “Christian” ties. But Dr. Karlo made it through the arduous process and became a doctor for the Secret Police. He avoided telling them that he was a Christian.

    Dr. Karlo’s own family turned on him because they thought he had become a Communist. One by one, his church family and all those he had been close to turned their backs on him. None of them knew his mission: to find the pastor.

 In his role as a Secret Police doctor, he could come and go at the prison without questions. He had access to every cell, so—finally—he found the pastor locked away.

    Karlo got word to other Christians, who then got word to the outside world. They had been told that he was dead, but now they had proof that Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was alive. During talks between Kruschev and Eisenhower in 1956, Christians around the world clamored for Wurmbrand’s release. Eventually he was freed for a ransom of $10,000.

    “If it had not been for this doctor,” Wurmbrand later wrote, “who joined the Secret Police specifically to find me, I would never have been released. I would have remained in prison—or in a prison grave.”

Undercover agents are the stars of the big screen. Their missions involve one adventure after another in service to headquarters’ commands. In the same way, extreme believers in restricted nations lead adventurous lives. Their stories make an eternal difference for many. They dare not advertise their mission, but they are always prepared to make the most of every opportunity to share the good news of Christ. Regardless of geography or life situation, God calls each of us to be his spiritual agent, reporting to heavenly headquarters. We are on mission to share God’s love every day. God gives no guarantee of safety or security with this job assignment, but he promises eternal rewards.

Extreme devotion: Anutza Moise – Her Love and Advocacy Helped Birth a Ministry to the Persecuted Church

link http://www.persecutionblog.com/2012/07/her-love-and-advocacy-helped-birth-a-ministry-to-the-persecuted-church.html

After the Soviet Communists took over Romania, they hunted Germans as Nazi sympathizers. Anutza Moise decided to provide a hiding place to the very men who had hated her for being a Jew and a Christian. When she offered to help hide these men from the Communists, they couldn’t believe that her offer was genuine.

“Do you not remember that we were the very ones that sent you to prison?” one of them asked.     Her love amazed them, and many were won to Christ by her example. She, along with Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand and others, raised children whose Jewish parents had been exterminated in Nazi death camps.
Later, Anutza migrated to Norway, where she was active in a ministry to Jewish believers. In this ministry, she raised $10,000 to pay a ransom for her former pastor, Richard Wurmbrand, gaining his release from Romania. Anutza also handled the travel arrangements to get the Wurmbrands and their son, Mihai, to the West. Without Anutza’s love and advocacy on his behalf, an influential pastor and founder of The Voice of the Martyrs might have died in a Communist prison.

When God calls us to follow him and we respond, it means following him everywhere and doing whatever he asks. Because Anutza took this calling seriously, she acted with love and forgiveness toward her enemies. The task of sheltering her former oppressors must have seemed monumental, but Anutza was able to do it. She obediently chose forgiveness over bitterness and revenge, and she followed Christ’s example of love. What has God told you to do? Don’t miss the opportunity to do eternally significant work.

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