Vladimir Pustan – 4 Interviuri

Sursa pozei Ciresarii.ro Evanghelizare la Moldova

Vezi PAGINA Vladimir Pustan PREDICI

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Primul interviu este cel mai recent adaugat, realizat in anul 2007:

la Speranta TV 2012

la Speranta TV 2011

la Credo TV 2011

The Hiding Place -The story of Corrie Ten Boom

Published on Apr 4, 2012 by 

For her efforts to hide Jews from arrest and deportation during the German occupation of the Netherlands, Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983) received recognition from the Yad Vashem Remembrance Authority as one of the „Righteous Among the Nations” on December 12, 1967. In resisting Nazi persecution, ten Boom acted in concert with her religious beliefs, her family experience, and the Dutch resistance. Her defiance led to imprisonment, internment in a concentration camp, and loss of family members who died from maltreatment while in German custody.

Cover of "The Hiding Place"

Cover of The Hiding Place

The ten Boom family were members of the Dutch Reformed Church, which protested Nazi persecution of Jews as an injustice to fellow human beings and an affront to divine authority. In her autobiography, ten Boom repeatedly cited religious motivations for hiding Jews, particularly her family’s strong belief in a basic tenet of their religion: the equality of all human beings before God. Their religious activities had also brought the family a history of personal connections to the Jewish community. Corrie’s grandfather had supported efforts to improve Christian-Jewish relations in the nineteenth century. Her brother Willem, a Dutch Reformed minister assigned to convert Jews, studied antisemitism and ran a nursing home for elderly of all faiths. In the late 1930s that nursing home became a refuge for Jews fleeing from Germany.

After World War II began, members of the ten Boom family became involved in resistance efforts. Two nephews worked in resistance cells. Various family members sheltered young men sought by the Nazis for forced labor and assisted Jews in contacting persons willing to hide them. Corrie became directly involved in these efforts when, along with her father and sister Betsie, she decided to hide Jews in the family home in Haarlem, the Netherlands. Using her job as a watchmaker in her father’s shop as a cover, Corrie built contacts with resistance workers, who assisted her in procuring ration books and building a hiding place in the family home.

Six people, among them both Jews and resistance workers, hid in this hiding place when the Gestapo (German secret state police) raided the house on February 28, 1944. Those in hiding remained undiscovered. Several days after the raid resistance workers transferred them to other locations. In the meantime, however, the Gestapo had arrested Corrie ten Boom, her father, her brother and two sisters, and other family members. In addition, the Gestapo arrested several resistance workers who had unwittingly entered the house during the raid, as well as many family acquaintances who had been attending a prayer meeting in the living room. Altogether, the Gestapo arrested some 30 people in the ten Boom family home that day.

After holding them briefly in the penitentiary in Scheveningen, a seaside town close to The Hague, the Gestapo released all but three of the ten Boom family members. Corrie ten Boom, her older sister Betsie, and her father Casper remained in prison. Casper ten Boom became sick in prison and died in a hospital corridor only ten days after the arrest. The sisters remained in the Scheveningen prison until June 1944, when officials transferred them to an internment camp at Vught, in the Netherlands. In September 1944, the Nazis deported Corrie and Betsie ten Boom to the Ravensbrueck concentration camp in Germany. In Ravensbrueck, the sisters managed to stay together until Betsie died that December.

The camp administration released Corrie ten Boom in late December 1944. Along with other released prisoners, she traveled by train to Berlin, where she arrived on January 1, 1945. From Berlin, ten Boom journeyed across Germany by train until she reached the Netherlands, where she reunited with surviving members of her family.

After the war, ten Boom advocated reconciliation as a means for overcoming the psychological scars left by the Nazi occupation. She later traveled the world as an evangelist, motivational speaker, and social critic, referring to her experiences in Ravensbrueck as she offered solace to prisoners and protested the Vietnam War.
Source: http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10006914

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Interview from 1974 with The Hiding Place Christian movie of Nazi Concentration Camp horror.

David Platt at the Send North America Conference 2012 – 10 exhortations from the Church in Antioch

source http://www.namb.net/SNA_Conference_Audio-Video/

David Platt
In the closing message of the Send North America Conference, David Platt, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham, Ala., encourages pastors and church planters to focus on making disciples—using the book of Acts as a guide.

David Platt starts his message by recounting his meeting with some christians in Cuba last year and seeing how the churches there are growing exponentially, even with a communist ceiling over them. And even without buildings and big meeting places, Cubans are spreading the Gospel like wildfire. He tells the story of one pastor (who had planted 60 churches) who was summoned to a communist counsel for questioning and he shwoed up there with a huge rock. When they asked him what he brought the rock for, he answered, „I want you to know from the beginning that if you try to stop me from speaking about Christ, this rock is going to do it for me.” They thought he was crazy and they let him go.

I got my pen and paper and I asked him how did you plant 60 churches, and then those churches planted 25 churches and many more? He said, „Here’s how we do it. We make disciples”.

I came back thinking: We come up with all kinds of methods for multiplying the church in our culture. We give money, we start campuses, we use DVD’s to show pastors, satellites,- I am not saying, in any way, that any of that is wrong. But I can’t help but wonder: What if we didn’t have the capabilities to reproduce DVD’s or pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into multiple campuses? What if we didn’t have the technology that we do have and we should be wise to use (them)> But, if we didn’t have those things, what if we had what many of our brothers and sisters around the world have?

What if all we had was the Spirit of God and the Word of God and the people of God?

This would be sufficient, to see the Gospel spread like wildfire across North America.

Do we really believe that? Or have we become so dependent on our money, and our technology, and our creativity, and our ingenuity that we have missed the essence of how the church is multiplied, through the making of disciples?

People of God, Spirit of God, word of God making disciples of Jesus Christ. I would have conversations with those people in Cuba and they would say, „Obviously, you know a church is not healthy if it’s not reproducing”.

Ten exhortations from the Church in Antioch

Acts 11:19 The Church in Antioch and Acts 13

19 Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. 20 But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. 22 The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, 24 for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. 25 So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.27 Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius). 29 So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea. 30 And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

This church was the base of making disciples and multiplying churches all throughout the Roman world.

Exhortation #1 – Let’s raise up ordinary people in the church, who will do extraordinary things in the kingdom.

(In Acts 11)This was not Peter and John being sent to Antioch, these are unnamed men and women, unofficial leaders – no seminary training, no church planting experience, no convention behind them, no official direction before them… just some people. Acts 11:20 says… who would start some of the greatest churches, literally, in the history of Christianity. Ordinary disciples of Jesus making disciples, this is how the Gospel is spreading in the book of Acts, and if we are not careful, we are tempted to miss this in our day.

You want to grow a church today, you want to plant a church today? Get a very effective communicator, get particularly gifted musicians, get a good place to gather and organize programs for all of the ages and stages that are represented there and you are set. Yet, none of these things are mentioned in the start of the church at Antioch. Instead of professionals, places and programs, all you got is ‘some people’, who are preaching the Gospel. And this is how God intends for His Gospel to spread in our communities, throughout cities in North America. Not through constructing bigger buildings, not through creating cooler programs, not through putting up sharper presentations. But, through equipping ordinary people to make disciples, and do extraordinary things in the kingdom. Let’s learn from our brothers and sisters in the book of Acts.

Do we not want the type of church growth that does not point people to gifted communicators, or gifted this or that, but, church growth that points people to one place? The glory of our God! … through unnamed men and women.

Watchman Nee once said, „The church is suffering, not so much from the prominence of the 5 talent members, as of the holding back of the 1 talent members. The life of the whole body is hampered in poverty, by the burial of those single talents. (a reference to the parable of the talents).

We must be careful not to exalt unique giftings of particular leaders with particular talents, while we ignore the Holy Spirit gifting in every single person in the body of Christ.

Our evangelistic strategy is not built on bringing as many people as possible into a building for nice programs. Our evangelistic strategy must be built on sending out as many people as possible, to be God’s people, ordinary men and women making disciples, multiplying churches, doing extraordinary things in the kingdom.

Exhortation #2 – Let’s embrace suffering

(15 min)Let’s embrace suffering as a God ordained means for the accomplishment of the great commission. The church at Antioch was started because of persecutionIf Stephen had not been stoned, killed, the Gospel for all we know, would still be stuck in Jerusalem at this point. So, martyrdom in the church led to multiplication of the church. And, that is a frightening thing for us to realize, especially when we realize that this was God’s design. God does not just allow suffering among His people, He ordains suffering among His people, for the accomplishment of His purpose. All throughout the New testament, we see the Gospel spreading, not in spite of suffering, but, precisely because of suffering in Christian’s lives.

And it makes sense. How are we saved from our sins? By a suffering Savior; Jesus died, was killed, was crucified. So then, ask the question: How then is this salvation going to spread? And the answer is: This news about a suffering Savior will spread through suffering servants.

Satan’s strategies to stop the church will ultimately serve to spread the church because our God is in control. I love what one prominent Romanian church pastor said: He was experiencing persecution, he had been arrested numerous times, beaten numerous times, threatened and he wrote about a time when he was under house arrest, being interrogated. He said, „Earlier, during the interrogation I had told an officer who had threatened to kill me. I said, ‘Sir, this is how I see it. Your supreme weapon is killing, my supreme weapon is dying. Here’s how it works. You know that my sermons on tape have spread all over the country. If you kill me, those sermons will be sprinkled with my blood, everyone will know I dies for my preaching and everyone who has my tape will pick it up again and say: I better listen again to what this man preached, because he really meant it.He sealed it with his life. So, sir, my sermons will speak 10 times louder than before. I will actually rejoice in this supreme victory, if you kill me. After I said this, the interrogator sent me home. Another officer who was interrogating a pastor friend of mine told him: We know that that other pastor would love to be a martyr, but we are not that foolish to fulfill his wish. He said: I stopped to consider the meaning of that statement. I remembered how for many years I had been afraid of dying. I kept a low profile because I wanted badly to live, i had wasted my life in inactivity. But, now that I had placed my life at the altar and I had decided that I was ready to die for the Gospel, they were telling me that they would not kill me. I could go wherever I wanted to go in the country and preach whatever I wanted, knowing I was safe and as long as I was trying to save my life, I was losing it. Now that I was willing to lose it, I found it „.

The travel areas of the Acts of the apostles via http://www.ccel.org/bible

Exhortation #3 – Let’s penetrate lostness..

Let’s penetrate lostness through externally focused, intentionally faithful proclamation of the Gospel. These unnamed believers were specifically targeting Greeks. They set their faces on the lost, to preach the Gospel to them. Now, that seems basic, but, it is in danger of being forgotten. We’ve all been humbled by the statistics of church growth due to the transfer of members from one congregation to another. So we are not penetrating lostness, we’re not pushing back the darkness.

So much evangelism today is built around ceasing safe environments for people to come to, in order to hear the Gospel. Evangelism in Antioch was totally different. Instead of building safe environments for people to come to, they were going into dangerous environments, places that no one else would go to.

Intentionally faithful: It says they were preaching the Lord Jesus, and v. 21 says the hand of the Lord was with them and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.

Exhortation #4 – Let’s not build our ministries on counting decisions

but on making disciples. (vv 22-26) Once men and women came to faith in Christ at Antioch, they grew in faith in Christ at Antioch. The goal was not to report numbers. The goal was to raise up disciples.

And we live in a day when it is so easy for people to give intellectual assent to Jesus and it is so easy for us to count people who give such intellectual assent, but we must call people to so much more. The disciples at Antioch were the first ones to be called Christians, the first ones to be identified with the person of Christ. They knew that Jesus was worthy of more than casual association  and church attendance. Jesus is worthy of complete abandonment. So, in our evangelism, in our efforts to proclaim this Gospel, may we never minimize the claims of this Gospel upon the lives of the men and women we preach it to. Let us be finished with nominal christianity that dishonors the name of our Christ. Let’s raise up passionate disciples who live and die for identification as christians.

Exhortation #5 -Let’s lead and plant churches

that not only go aggressively after spiritual needs, but also, give sacrificially towards physical needs. This highly evangelistic church was also a highly effective church, when it came to helping hurting brothers and sisters around the world. (vv 27-30) We need to ask: Are we verbally proclaiming the Gospel among the spiritually needy? But we also need to ask: Are we visibly living out the Gospel among the physically needy?

These next 4 come from Acts 13

Exhortation #6 – Let’s love the glory of God more than

we love our own lives. You see the church of Antioch at worship: They are literally blessing the Lord in worship. From this point on we are about to see the missionary expansion of the church to the ends of the earth. And it all starts in a scene of worship. People who love the glory of God will live to spread the Gospel of God. Worship drives the mission. Worship fuels the mission. Why do we go through North America spreading the Gospel and planting churches? Because our King is worthy!

Exhortation #7 – Let’s fast & pray in desperate dependence on the Holy Spirit

They lay their hands on them, and they were sent out by the Holy Spirit. Who are we kidding? Like, we in this room have the creativity, ingenuity, money, technology, gifting, to see North America transformed by the Gospel? Do you realize how ludicrous our message is? Go in the inner cities. Amidst liberal, cultural elite of this continent and tell people that they are wicked, at the core of who they are, condemned in their sin before God and destined in their eternity for hell. Then, if they’re still listening, tell them that 2,000 years ago, the son of a jewish carpenter  claimed to be the Son of God and He was nailed, naked to a wooden cross and their future is entirely dependent on denying themselves and declaring Him God, Savior and King. That is a tough sell, and especially in your and my mouth; with all our fears, all our quirks, all our different struggles. For us to call them to surrender their lives, and their money, and their plans, and their possessions, and their future, all they are, and all they have to Christ? Not a chance.

Brothers and sisters, we are desperately dependent on the Spirit of God, to do that which we cannot do on our own. Let us not fool ourselves, thinking that we can come up with a good enough strategy or plan to penetrate this continent with the Gospel. Let us not fool ourselves. Let us instead deny ourselves. Let us fall on our knees in prayer. Let us forsake food in fasting. Why? Because we need spiritual power more than we need physical provision. So, pastors and church planters, are you fasting? We need the church to fast, to pray. If God gave you today, everything you asked for, what would you have? Let’s remember the words of Samuel Chadwick: The devil fears nothing from prayer less work, prayer less studies and prayer less religion.  He laughs at our wisdom, he mocks at our toil, but he trembles when we pray. So let’s fast and pray in desperate dependance on the Holy Spirit of God, for Him to do things in, and through, and around, and among us that we could never do on our own. Let us throw aside our sinful self sufficiency. Let’s humble ourselves before God and pastors let’s devote ourselves to the ministry of the word and prayer, to the ministry of pleading before God day in and day out, hour after hour for His power and His presence, His leading and His guidance, and His grace, for His glory. As we do, God will raise up people, just like He’s doing in Acts 13.

Exhortation #8 – Let’s commission brothers & sisters

in the context of community. So, as God raises them up, let’s commission them. In the context of community, the local church is God’s chosen means for the training and sending of pastors, church planters and missionaries. So pastors, let’s call every member of our church to pray for the possibility of God, that He may be sending them out. Do we trust God? If we trust Him to save us, how can we not trust Him to lead us? He is good, He knows what is best for us. 

Exhortation #9 -Let’s trust that intentionally making disciples

inevitably leads to multiplying churches. See the simplicity of this (I’m not talking ease)- Paul and Barnabas went out and preached the Gospel. They led people to Christ, baptized them and they showed them how to follow Christ. They raised up leaders and they were gone. So many things that we associate with the church are nowhere to be found in the book of Acts. You have the people of God, the Spirit of God and the word of God. That’s it. And apparently that’s enough. The more we complicate disciple making the more we will stifle church planting.

Could it be that God wants to do the same thing from our churches? Preaching the Gospel, making disciples, that will inevitably lead to multiplying churches across North America? This plan (in Acts-God’s plan) is good, it works.

Exhortation #10 – Let’s leave a legacy of disciple makers 

churchplanters and pastors all across North America for the fame of God’s name. 

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