Florin Ianovici – Raspunsul lui Dumnezeu la intrebarile noastre

Mai intai, inca un indemn de la fratele Ianovici publicat pe Facebook 23 Ianuarie, 2013:

manDurerea este un ciocan cand iubesti mult pamantul dar Dumnezeu te vrea in cer.
Durerea este o dalta cand te-ai hotarat sa iubesti mai mult cerul dar pamantul inca te tine.
Durerea este o sora mai mare care te pazeste sa nu faci lucruri rele.
Durerea este un stilou cand pe pamant vrei sa lasi o urma a iubirii tale fata de Dumnezeu.
Durerea este o haina pentru cel caruia i-a crescut aripi dar nu are voie sa le arate.
Durerea este o cale pentru cel ce spune in fiecare zi: Doamne faca-Se voia Ta!
De indata ce vei folosi , pe pamantul acesta, nu doar trupul ci si sufletul vei face cunostinta cu durerea!

Evanghelizare la Siria cu fratii din Toflea si Vasile Oprea. Vezi predica mai jos.

Oridecate ori a-ti vazut pe Isus Hristos intrebat in Biblie, cu atata dragoste I-a raspuns celui ce L-a intrebat. Vreau sa va spun ca in viata, raspunsul la orice intrebare as pune este Isus Hristos! Isus Hristos este raspunsul care cele mai multe inimi le asteapta. Ucenicii vorbesc despre lucrul acesta.

Lipsa intrebarilor in viata noastra este marea problema a lui Dumnezeu cu crestinii. Marea problema a lui Dumnezeu este ca noi nu punem intrebari. De parca Dumnezeul nostru ar fi limitat, de parca Dumnezeul nostru nu ar avea intelepciunea. De parca Dumnezeul nostru nu ne-ar fi tata. Nu intrebam pe Domnul Dumnezeu si de aceea intram in atatea greutati in viata noastra. De cele mai multe ori, cand mergem pe un drum, ne este rusine sa recunoastem ca nu stim unde ne ducem. Dar Dumnezeul nostru este un Dumnezeu care se bucura de oameni care pun intrebari. Sora, care poate nu mai sti ce inseamna dulceata vietii si traiesti in amar, in amar. Familii, in care pacea familiala nu o mai gasiti. Tineri, care nu mai gasiti indicatoare in viata si nu stiti pe care drum sa mergeti, ascultati ce va spun in seara aceasta: Nu avem un Dumnezeu care sa fuga de intrebari. Nu avem un Dumnezeu care sa nu aiba rapsunsuri la viata noastra. Suntem crestini muti si oameni care nu vor sa recunoasca ca nu stiu.

Cei mai multi nu stiu incotro sa o ia. Ni-e teama de ziua de maine. De multe ori ma simt descoperit in fata vietii si nu-mi dau seama ce ar trebui sa fac. N-am un Dumnezeu care sa-mi vorbeasca ca la radio 24 din 24 de ore. Dar am in schimb o sumedenie de intrebari care sa I le pun Lui.

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Am o multime de intrebari pe care sa I le pun lui Dumnezeu. Vreau sa va spun ca o singura intrebare poate schimba viata unui om. Spune Biblia, ca intr-o imprejurare in care apostolul Pavel, care inca nu era apostol, era Saul din Tars, unul dintre Fariseii care gaseau ca aceasta cale noua, care se numeste Isus Hristos, calea credintei este o cale gresita. Spune Biblia ca Saul din Tars, inainte sa devina apostolul Pavel, a stat acolo unde erau hainele primului martir, Stefan. I-a tinut hainele, in timp ce altii il ucideau cu pietre. Dupa care, a primit scrisori de acreditare din partea Sinodului. A mers sa-i lege pe aceia pe care-i gasea pe calea credintei.

La un moment dat, spune Biblia, ca pe drumul spre Damasc, a vazut o lumina din cer si un glas a zis, „Saule, Saule pentru ce ma prigonesti?” Si atunci, omul acesta, Saul din Tars a pus o intrebare. A zis, „Doamne, cine esti? Cine este acela care imi vorbeste? Cine este acela care a rasarit lumina pe drumul meu?” Atunci el a raspuns, „Eu sunt Isus Hristos.” O singura intrebare poate sa schimbe drumul vietii tale. Pavel, dupa intrebare n-a mai fost acelasi om.   A zis, „Plecam pe un drum gresit. Plecam pe un drum a sigurantei de sine. Plecam pe un drum pe care credeam ca lucrurile sunt asa cum cred eu.

(Lucrurile) Nu sunt asa cum cred eu. Ar trebui sa intrebam in aceasta seara: Doamne mai esti cu noi pe drumul acesta? Mai mergem noi insotiti de Tine? Noi avem nevoie de binecuvantarea Ta, avem nevoie de mila Ta. Dar, noi mergem si Tu ai plecat de mult. (19:00)

Cand imi dau seama ca nu mai pot merge pe drumul acesta, eu trebuie sa ma duc, sa fac ce-mi spune Hristos. Nu orice drum neted in viata e bun, sau de la Dumnezeu. Nu lipsa necazului certifica ca drumul nostru e cu Dumnezeu. Insotirea Lui, Cuvantul Lui, raspunsul Lui, partasia Lui, lumina Lui.

Sa nu va fie teama de intrebari. Nu pricepem, nu stim, e sufletul frant, am ajuns la un capat de drum, nu mai gasim nici un indicator. Sa spunem in seara aceasta: Doamne ce vei face cu viata noastra? Unde esti Doamne? Vino in ajutorul copiilor Tai. Vino Hristos pentru ca ne-a amutit viata, nu mai avem o replica in fata necazurilor. Suntem mai crapati la suflet decat pamantul acesta.

Cel mai bine ma simt cand locuiesc in voia lui Dumnezeu. Orice faci si-Ti zice El e bucurie. Nu obosesc cand lucrez pentru El. Nu-i greu cand merg pe drumul asezat de El. Mi-e greu cand merg cand merg pe drumurile mele. Atunci e greu, atunci viata nu merita traita.

Raspunsul lui Dumnezeu presupune sa facem trei lucruri cand Ii punem lui Dumnezeu o intrebare.

1. Sa cauti spre tine insuti

Cand pui o intrebare nu sta doar fata in fata cu Dumnezeu si spune-i lui Dumnezeu: De ce, de ce, de ce? Cand Ii pui lui Dumnezeu o intrebare, priveste si inspre tine, pentru ca Dumnezeu s-ar putea sa aibe raspunsuri acolo, unde tu nu vezi. Cand Isus tace, va trebui sa ne uitam in noi. „Cand Eu am vorbit, nimeni nu m-a auzit,” zice Domnul. Va trebui sa vorbiti voi, cand El tace.

Dumnezeul nostru are nevoie, nu de oameni care sa se laude cu teologia lor intr-o vreme in care oamenii nu mai gasesc cadenta, intr-un timp in care oamenii exagereaza, intr-un timp in care lucrurile au ajuns sa escaleze intr-un mod atat de urat. Dumnezeul nostru ne cere echilibru. Cand pui intrebari inaintea lui Dumnezeu si sufletul tau este un suflet echilibrat, pentru ca in noi locuieste Duhul Sfant si Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu, cand un om este cumpatat in viata lui si nu se abate nici la stanga si nici la dreapta, atunci Dumnezeu iti vorbeste si auzi. Tineretului nostru, visele voastre sunt XXL (extra extra largi) si resursele voastre sunt S (mici).Doriti marea cu sarea, dar nu va miscati sa faceti un pas. Cauta in viata sa ai potrivit cu ceea ce Dumnezeu ti-a dat tie. Nu stautot timpul sa am altfel de viata. (35:00)

2. Va trebui sa privesti spre ceilalti

Ucenicii L-au intrebat pe Domnul Isus: Cine e cel mai mared intre noi? Isus duce un copil si ii face sa priveasca la El. Daca vreti un raspuns trebuie sa priviti spre altii. Cine nu priveste spre semenul sau cu dragoste si mila, sa nu vorbeasca de Isus Hristos, ca nu L-a cunoscut niciodata. Religia, care te face numai pe tine sa te simti bine, nu e religia lui Isus Hristos. religia care te face sa traiesti numai pentru resursele tale nu e religia lui Isus Hristos. Hristos a zis, „Iubiti-va unii pe altii.”

Crestinii, oameni lui Dumnezeu trebuie sa aibe aspiratii, vise, sa crestem din har in har si din putere in putere. Sa fim mai mult azi decat am fost ieri, sa ne desavarsim in lucrurile lui Dumnezeu, sa corectam ceea ce nu este bine in viata noastra. Smerenia inseamna sa te duci pana in varf. Si cand stai in varf, sa spui, „De dragul Domnului Isus Hristos, toate le socot ca un gunoi, fata de pretul nespus de mare a cunoasterii a Domnului Isus Hristos. De dragul tau imi sacrific cariera care este, nu la acea la care am visat o viata intreaga. Aia e smerenie, sa-I dai din ce ai, nu din ce n-ai reusit niciodata.Stiti cat de mari vom fi noi in viata? Cat ascultam noi de Dumnezeu.

3. Priviti spre Dumnezeu

Ai privit spre tine, ai privit spre semeni si acuma Hristos spune, ‘Priviti spre mine.” Nu uita un lucru: Faptele tale spun cine e Dumnezeul vietii tale, nu vorbele tale. Faptele tale spun daca esti o fantana cu apa, sau un burduf parasit. Faptele tale spun daca esti o paine calda, sau uscata, care nu mai poate sa o manance nimeni, ca isi rupe dintii in ea. „Nu oricine zice Doamne, Domane va intra in Imparatia lui Dumnezei, ci aceia care face voia Mea.” Crestini- Am fost mantuiti prin har, ca sa traim prin faptele credintei. Crestini- Uitati un lucru: Nu cine zici ca e important, ci cine dovedesti cu fapta ca este important.

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Vladimir Pustan și Cireșarii – Îmi pasă de Tine – Proiect 2013

PAGINA Vladimir Pustan PREDICI aici

Poza de la Biserica Speranta Braila

Vladimir Pustan via Bis Speranta Braila

La implinirea celor 10 ani de la infiintare, Fundatiea Ciresarii, in frunte cu Pastorul Vladimir Pustan au realizat proiectul „Îmi pasă de Tine”, care l-au  început bazați pe Cuvântul lui Dumnezeu care spune în Romani 10:17”. Credința vine în urma auzirii, iar auzirea vine prin Cuvântul lui Hristos”.

Ei si-au propus ca sa lucreze prin multiplicarea unui CD ca mod de evanghelizare. CD’ul va conține două cântări compuse de Cristian Muraru și o predică a pastorului Vladimir Pustan. Tinta este ca sa se multiplice si sa sa imparta acetse CD’uri la 100,00 de oameni in anul 2013.

Pentru mai multe informatii, sau sa sustineti acest proiect face-ti click aici: http://imipasadetine.ro 

Published on Jan 31, 2013 Un proiect Cireșarii la aniversarea a zece ani de activitate. Fundatia Ciresarii

A.W.Tozer on John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word… (a must read!)

Pentru articole in Limba Romana despre si de la A. W. Tozer faceti click aici – https://rodiagnusdei.wordpress.com/a-w-tozer

John 1:1

The Word Became Flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

An intelligent plain man, untaught in the truths of Christianity, coming upon this text, would likely conclude that John meant to teach that it is the nature of God to speak, to communicate His thoughts to others. And he would be right. A word is a medium by which thoughts are expressed, and the application of the term to the Eternal Son leads us to believe that self-expression is inherent in the Godhead, that God is forever seeking to speak Himself out to His creation. The whole Bible supports the idea. God is speaking. Not God spoke, but God is speaking. He is by His nature continuously articulate. He fills the world with His speaking Voice.

One of the great realities with which we have to deal is the Voice of God in His world. The briefest and only satisfying cosmogony is this: “He spake and it was done.” The why of natural law is the living Voice of God immanent in His creation. And this word of God which brought all worlds into being cannot be understood to mean the Bible, for it is not a written or printed word at all, but the expression of the will of God spoken into the structure of all things. This word of God is the breath of God filling the world with living potentiality. The Voice of God is the most powerful force in nature, indeed the only force in nature, for all energy is here only because the power-filled Word is being spoken.

The Bible is the written word of God, and because it is written it is confined and limited by the necessities of ink and paper and leather. The Voice of God, however, is alive and free as the sovereign God is free. “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” The life is in the speaking words. God’s word in the Bible can have power only because it corresponds to God’s word in the universe. It is the present Voice which makes the written Word all-powerful. Otherwise it would lie locked in slumber within the covers of a book.

We take a low and primitive view of things when we conceive of God at the creation coming into physical contact with things, shaping and fitting and building like a carpenter. The Bible teaches otherwise: “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. . . . For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God.” Again we must remember that God is referring here not to His written Word, but to His speaking Voice. His world-filling Voice is meant, that Voice which antedates the Bible by uncounted centuries, that Voice which has not been silent since the dawn of creation, but is sounding still throughout the full far reaches of the universe.

The Word of God is quick and powerful. In the beginning He spoke to nothing, and it became something. Chaos heard it and became order; darkness heard it and became light. “And God said — and it was so.” These twin phrases, as cause and effect, occur throughout the Genesis story of the creation. The said accounts for the so. The so is the said put into the Continuous present.

That God is here and that He is speaking — these truths are back of all other Bible truths; without them there could be no revelation at all. God did not write a book and send it by messenger to be read at a distance by unaided minds. He spoke a Book and lives in His spoken words, constantly speaking His words and causing the power of them to persist across the years. God breathed on clay and it became a man; He breathes on men and they become clay. “Return ye children of men,” was the word spoken at the Fall by which God decreed the death of every man, and no added word has He needed to speak. The sad procession of mankind across the face of the earth from birth to the grave is proof that His original Word was enough.

We have not given sufficient attention to that deep utterance in the Book of John, “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” Shift the punctuation around as we will and the truth is still there: the Word of God affects the hearts of all men as light in the soul. In the hearts of all men the light shines, the Word sounds, and there is no escaping them. Something like this would of necessity be so if God is alive and in His world. And John says that it is so. Even those persons who have never heard of the Bible have still been preached to with sufficient clarity to remove every excuse from their hearts forever. “Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing Witness, and their thoughts the mean while either accusing or else excusing one another.” “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”

This universal Voice of God was by the ancient Hebrews often called Wisdom, and was said to be everywhere sounding and searching throughout the earth, seeking some response from the Sons of men. The eighth chapter of the Book of Proverbs begins, “Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?” The writer then pictures wisdom as a beautiful woman standing “in the top of the high places, by the way in the places of the paths.” She sounds her voice from every quarter so that no one may miss hearing it. “Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of men.” Then she pleads for the simple and the foolish to give ear to her words. It is spiritual response for which this Wisdom of God is pleading, a response which she has always sought and is but rarely able to secure. The tragedy is that our eternal welfare depends upon our hearing, and we have trained our ears not to hear.

This universal Voice has ever sounded, and it has often troubled men even when they did not understand the source of their fears. Could it be that this Voice distilling like a living mist upon the hearts of men has been the undiscovered cause of the troubled conscience and the longing for immortality confessed by millions since the dawn of recorded history? We need not fear to face up to this. The speaking Voice is a fact. How men have reacted to it is for any observer to note.

When God spoke out of heaven to our Lord, self-centered men who heard it explained it by natural causes: they said, “It thundered.” This habit of explaining the Voice by appeals to natural law is at the very root of modern science. In the living breathing cosmos there is a mysterious Something, too wonderful, too awful for any mind to understand. The believing man does not claim to understand. He falls to his knees and whispers, “God.” The man of earth kneels also, but not to worship. He kneels to examine, to search, to find the cause and the how of things. Just now we happen to be living in a secular age. Our thought habits are those of the scientist, not those of the worshipper. We are more likely to explain than to adore. “It thundered,” we exclaim, and go our earthly way. But still the Voice sounds and searches. The order and life of the world depend upon that Voice, but men are mostly too busy or too stubborn to give attention.

Every one of us has had experiences which we have not been able to explain: a sudden sense of loneliness, or a feeling of wonder or awe in the face of the universal vastness. Or we have had a fleeting visitation of light like an illumination from some other sun, giving us in a quick flash an assurance that we are from another world, that our origins are divine. What we saw there, or felt, or heard, may have been contrary to all that we had been taught in the schools and at wide variance with all our former beliefs and opinions. We were forced to suspend our acquired doubts while, for a moment, the clouds were rolled back and we saw and heard for ourselves. Explain such things as we will, I think we have not been fair to the facts until we allow at least the possibility that such experiences may arise from the Presence of God in the world and His persistent effort to communicate with mankind. Let us not dismiss such a hypothesis too flippantly.

It is my own belief (and here I shall not feel bad if no one follows me) that every good and beautiful thing which man has produced in the world has been the result of his faulty and sin-blocked response to the creative Voice sounding over the earth. The moral philosophers who dreamed their high dreams of virtue, the religious thinkers who speculated about God and immortality, the poets and artists who created out of common stuff pure and lasting beauty: how can we explain them? It is not enough to say simply, “It was genius.” What then is genius? Could it be that a genius is a man haunted by the speaking Voice, laboring and striving like one possessed to achieve ends which he only vaguely understands? That the great man may have missed God in his labors, that he may even have spoken or written against God does not destroy the idea I am advancing. God’s redemptive revelation in the Holy Scriptures is necessary to saving faith and peace with God. Faith in a risen Saviour is necessary if the vague stirrings toward immortality are to bring us to restful and satisfying communion with God. To me this is a plausible explanation of all that is best out of Christ. But you can be a good Christian and not accept my thesis.

The Voice of God is a friendly Voice. No one need fear to listen to it unless he has already made up his mind to resist it. The blood of Jesus has covered not only the human race but all creation as well. “And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” We may safely preach a friendly Heaven. The heavens as well as the earth are filled with the good will of Him that dwelt in the bush. The perfect blood of atonement secures this forever.

Whoever will listen will hear the speaking Heaven. This is definitely not the hour when men take kindly to an exhortation to listen, for listening is not today a part of popular religion. We are at the opposite end of the pole from there. Religion has accepted the monstrous heresy that noise, size, activity and bluster make a man dear to God. But we may take heart. To a people caught in the tempest of the last great conflict God says, “Be still, and know that I am God,” and still He says it, as if He means to tell us that our strength and safety lie not in noise but in silence.

It is important that we get still to wait on God. And it is best that we get alone, preferably with our Bible outspread before us. Then if we will we may draw near to God and begin to hear Him speak to us in our hearts. I think for the average person the progression will be something like this: First a sound as of a Presence walking in the garden. Then a voice, more intelligible, but still far from clear. Then the happy moment when the Spirit begins to illuminate the Scriptures, and that which had been only a sound, or at best a voice, now becomes an intelligible word, warm and intimate and clear as the word of a dear friend. Then will come life and light, and best of all, ability to see and rest in and embrace Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and All.

The Bible will never be a living Book to us until we are convinced that God is articulate in His universe. To jump from a dead, impersonal world to a dogmatic Bible is too much for most people. They may admit that they should accept the Bible as the Word of God, and they may try to think of it as such, but they find it impossible to believe that the words there on the page are actually for them. A man may say, “These words are addressed to me,” and yet in his heart not feel and know that they are. He is the victim of a divided psychology. He tries to think of God as mute everywhere else and vocal only in a book.

I believe that much of our religious unbelief is due to a wrong conception of and a wrong feeling for the Scriptures of Truth. A silent God suddenly began to speak in a book and when the book was finished lapsed back into silence again forever. Now we read the book as the record of what God said when He was for a brief time in a speaking mood. With notions like that in our heads how can we believe? The facts are that God is not silent, has never been silent. It is the nature of God to speak. The second Person of the Holy Trinity is called the Word. The Bible is the inevitable outcome of God’s continuous speech. It is the infallible declaration of His mind for us put into our familiar human words.

I think a new world will arise out of the religious mists when we approach our Bible with the idea that it is not only a book which was once spoken, but a book which is now speaking. The prophets habitually said, “Thus saith the Lord.” They meant their hearers to understand that God’s speaking is in the continuous present. We may use the past tense properly to indicate that at a certain time a certain word of God was spoken, but a word of God once spoken continues to be spoken, as a child once born continues to be alive, or a world once created continues to exist. And those are but imperfect illustrations, for children die and worlds burn out, but the Word of our God endureth forever.

If you would follow on to know the Lord, come at once to the open Bible expecting it to speak to you. Do not come with the notion that it is a thing which you may push around at your convenience. It is more than a thing; it is a voice, a word, the very Word of the living God.

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Gabi Zagrean – Iubiti-va unii pe altii

zagrean 2De cand am fost copii, cred ca ni L-am imaginat pe Dumnezeu in foarte multe moduri. Uneori, persoanele care ne-au ajutat sa ne formam imaginea au fost parintii nostri. Daca am avut parte de parinti extremi de severi si au fost si pocaiti, L-am perceput pe Dumnezeu ca un Dumnezeu foarte sever, aproape de un Dumnezeu pe care L-am numit dictator in fata caruia nu puteai sa misti.

Alteori am avut ocazia sa primim in mintea noastra, sa creionam in mintea noastra un Dumnezeu foarte liberal, care ingaduie orice, care tolereaza. Uneori tot prin prizma parintilor care au fost foarte, foarte buni si ne-am creionat in mintea noastra un Dumnezeu care ingaduie si accepta oricare lucru. Daca n-au fost parintii, au fost bisericile in care au crescut si au fost pastorii si predicatorii, care prin felul lor de a prezenta lucrurile, de multe ori ne-au ajutat sau ne-au incurcat sa ne gandim la Dumnezeu intr-un fel sau altul.

Trebuie sa tinem minte ca adevaratul Dumnezeu este Dumnezeul Scripturilor. Dumnezeu este tot ceea ce Biblia imi spune ca este. Uneori este greu sa ne scuturam de lucrurile care ni le-am adunat ani de zile.

Crestinismul nu este o filozofie, nu este o poveste frumoasa, ci crestinismul este o relatie a noastra cu Dumnezeu si unii cu ceilalti. Eu ma tem foarte tare de niste tipare care ni sunt dragi noua, in care cu efort si disciplina ne putem incadra aproape perfect si sa nu avem o legatura si o relatie cu Domnul nostru Isus Hristos. Ma tem de orice forma de religie care m-ar putea desparti de o religie cu Tatal, cu Isus Hristos si cu Duhul Sfant. Vorbesc de lucruri apropiate noua, care pot sa devina niste standarde pentru noi, care sa ne taie legatura noastra cu Domnul. Isus a vorbit vehement de treaba asta. De multe ori viata noastra nu este transformata aici, datorita atator sabloane in care am fost prinsi.

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Stiri crestine 26 Ianuarie 2013 – Evanghelizare la inceput de an in Chisinau, Republica Moldova

mai multe stiri crestine gasiti pe site-ul http://alfaomega.tv/stiri
Din sumarul editiei:
– Un fost mafiot rus lupta acum pentru pacea din Rusia
– Orfanii tailandezi beneficiazi de ingrijire de tip familial
– Adoptiile copiilor din Rusia de catre familiile de americani au fost interzise
– Tinerii evanghelici din Statele Unite lupta pentru abolirea sclaviei moderne
– Gabby Douglas, campioana mondiala la gimnastica, vorbeste despre credinta ei in Dumnezeu
– Evanghelizare la inceput de an in Chisinau, Republica Moldova

Why false doctrine can make you happy

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John Piper (theologian)

John Piper (theologian) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The famous preacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in a sermon on Philippians, said, „False doctrine makes joy in the Lord impossible.”  Pastor John, how would you articulate this connection between orthodoxy and joy? How does false doctrine make joy in the Lord impossible?

John Piper:

The key in that phrase is „in the Lord”. Joy in the Lord. False doctrine can make you very happy. If you don’t believe in hell, you might feel happier. If you don’t believe that you don’t have to not sleep around in the weekends and cheat on your wife, then you might have some brief surges of pleasure.

But, when he (Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones) says false doctrine makes joy in the Lord impossible, he’s articulating something really important, namely: The only joy that glorifies God is joy that based on a true view of God. If you have happiness because you see God the way He’s not, you might have happiness based on your doctrine, but your doctrine is false and God would not be honored by your happiness. It would be like a person who is thrilled- he’s watching his favorite football team and they’ve just crossed the goal line. And, „Yeah! Yeah!” he’s cheering his lungs out, when he realizes he ran the wrong way. He’s crossed the wrong goal line. He didn’t make 6 points, he lost. And so, that cheering isn’t honoring the team. It makes a fool out of the team.

So, false doctrine presents God, or His ways in a way that they’re not. And if we are happy by what God is not, then He’s not honored by our happiness. And so, right doctrine is in fact a way of  showing God and His ways as they really are, so that our joy can be in what is and then our joy is an honor to God. And God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. I don’t often say, but, I should say more often probably, that when I say that, that „God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him”, it presumes that the God in whom we are satisfied is the true God. That we have true views of Him. And so, false views of God will prevent joy in the true God, and that’s the only joy that honors God.

Clearly, if you have a wrong view of salvation, you lose your joy forever. And that’s what was happening in the book of Galatians. They knew God, the Pharisees knew God, and Jesus said, „You’re children of hell, and you’re going there because your view of how to relate to God is upside down.” You think that God is impressed by your works for Him and that you can put Him in your debt. And you can’t. And Christians are those who bring a Gospel like that, so Paul says, „All happiness vanishes.” And that’s probably what Martyn Lloyd-Jones meant. All happiness is going to melt for those who follow a false Gospel.

I have been criticized sometimes for being a hedonist, a Christian hedonist because historic hedonism has often meant „pleasure becomes the criteria of what is right.” You discern what is right by what makes you happy. That’s never, ever been what I meant by hedonism. All I meant by Christian hedonism is „you are living to maximize your pleasure forever.” And that’s the biblical sense of why it’s right to pursue your happiness.  But yes, we must be very suspicious of making our pleasures the criteria of what is right or holy, or good, or true. You do it the other way around. You let the Bible decide what’s true, and then you labor to submit your heart to that so that you can find happiness in the truth, not determine what is true by what makes you happy.

Doug Wilson: Is the Protestant Church Fragmented

Ask Doug: You often hear members of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches criticize Protestants with the claim that the Protestant church is fragmented into myriad denominations and lacks the unity of one universal church. How is this not a legitimate objection? http://www.canonwired.com/featured/protestantism-fragmented/

Doug Wilson responds:

I think it would be a legitimate objection, or at least a legitimate point to consider, if it were any way close to being accurate. The problem is that it is not accurate. It’s one of those things that everyone knows ‘it ain’t so’. And you might say, „I drive around, and I see Protestant churches, etc. … But, in the polemical exchanges between Roman Catholic apologists and Protestant apologists , the figure 20,000 denominations is a routine sort of claim. If you trace the genealogy of that, if someone asked, ‘Where did that number come from , by the way? You can trace it back to the World Christian Encyclopedia, which is an exhaustive, demographic , and it’s not a polemical book. It’s just recording data.

If you look at that book, and you look at ‘apples to apples’, you find out that you don’t have anything close to 20,000 denominations over here, and the one true church over there. You can count denominations different ways. So, for example: Independent Fundamental Baptist Churches with an independent polity- if you’re counting in terms of jurisdiction, you’re gonna have a grossly disproportionate number that ratchets up. Also the number 20,000 (it’s over 20,000) comes from also including some non protestant groups (not recognized to be protestant, anyways). And the Protestant grouping, according to this rough cut would be closer to 8,000. Some might say, „Well, that’s still bad.” It is bad.

But, if you go to the ‘apples with apples’, where you group things according to traditions- like common practices, common liturgies, common doctrinal assumptions and so forth, and you drill down into the data, you find that among the orthodox there are 19 different traditions. Among protestants there are 21. And among Roman Catholics there are 16.  Within Roman Catholic would be like- Old Latin Rites Catholics, there are Sedevacantist Roman Catholics- Sedevacantists believe the Papal seat is currently vacant, etc.. So you’ve got this Roman Catholic grouping, and then you count all the traditions and streams within them, and then you compare those traditions and streams to a comparable set within Protestants, where you group the Presbyterians together, that kind of thing.

Basically, I think it’s fair to say that Orthodox, Roman Catholics, and Protestants are all inhabiting the same basic world. There’s not a radical distinction between them. Unless you pull out the trump card that all sectarians always pull out: „Well, our body is unified, and it’s all you guys who are fragmented.”  You know, the „I’m doing okay, the rest of the army’s out of step.” If you do that, then of course, a lonely sectarian Church of Christ can say, „We’re it. We’re it, and we’re unified, and all you guys are fragmented.” But, that’s to win the argument by definition. That’s the argument of the sectarian.

And, I would go a step further. When I said that there were 21 Protestant streams, or traditions, over and against 19 Orthodox ones, and 16 Roman Catholic ones, that is not taking into account what you might call evangelicalismSo, there, the Protestanism would include liberal denominations. If you group the evangelicals together and look at what you might call practical catholicity, where they’re holding conferences together, there’s a great deal of crossover among evangelicals. In other words, the Roman Catholic Church has almost as many sub divisions and traditions as Protestantism. Almost, and significantly more than evangelicalism does. And then, what divisions do exist among evangelicals- you find Baptists and Presbyterians, and Methodists, and people from all different streams  showing up at the same conferences and buying the same books, and listening to the same radio stations, and so forth. So there’s  a great deal of functional catholicity among evangelical protestants.

Having said all this, I’m happy to say, „Okay, and we want to grow up into the unity of the faith, as Paul says in Romans 4. We’ve got  a lot of work to do. I’m not trying to hang a bronze plaque on the wall and say that we’ve arrived at the final unity of the faith. We certainly haven’t. But, if you examine the numbers carefully, you’re not dealing with this global embarrassment of thousands and thousands harping, snarking Protestants and a unified (Catholic) church right here. That’s simply not true.

Ask Doug: Is the Protestant Church Fragmented? from Canon Wired on Vimeo.

Adi Gliga – Isus, vreau să merg întotdeauna cu Tine + Ţie îţi dau inima

poza de la vimeo.com 2010 Situl lui Adi Gliga – www.adigliga.ro/

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versuri de la Resurse Crestine Video de la inventivstudio de la seara de tineret 7 Iunie 2011 la Biserica Betel-Crangasi, Pastor Florin Ianovici.

Isus, vreau să merg întotdeauna cu Tine
Şi să ţin puternic mâna Ta
Şi să simt prezenţa Ta în mine.

Refren
Pentru că în Tine este putere şi victorie,
Numai Numele Tău sfânt, Isus, m-a eliberat,
Numai El povara mea îmi poartă,
Numai El povara mea îmi poartă.

Ţie îţi dau inima

Aceasta mi-e dorinţa
Să Te-onorez
Cu-ntreaga mea fiinţă
Să Te slăvesc
Cu tot ce e în mine
Te preamăresc
Căci tot ce am Isuse
Îţi dăruiesc

Doamne-ţi dau inima
Şi-ţi dau sufletul
Pentru Tine eu trăiesc
Chiar suflarea ce-o am
Ţie azi Ţi-o dăruiesc
Fă-n mine voia Ta.

Mărturie personală (3 min)

PAGINA

Adi Gliga-cintari si interviu la TVR 1 aici

Marturia unui politist

prison ministry jailPolitist, nascut in Suceava, mutat la Bucuresti in copilarie unde a urmat scolile Securitatii si a lucrat intr-o Unitate de Lupta Antiterorista (USLA) Din ’90 a fost in garda de corp al Presedintelui pentru 5 ani de zile, iar din 1995 a lucrat in Politia Capitala in Crima Organizata. S-a nascut intr-o familie de Penticostali.

In 1996 era intr-o discoteca cand apare un scandal si patronii i-au cerut lui Iacov sa intervina  pana ce vin trupele speciale. A fost batut de 60 de indivizi, i-au dat cu batele in cap si a fost in moarte clinica care a durat 7 ore. Era desfigurat, cu maxilarul rupt si capul spart. Dupa 7 ore la morga, l-au scos dimineata sa-l duca la autopsie, el a fost culat si readus la viata. Doctorii toti au fugit si s-au speriat. Atunci au chemat politia si l-au arestat pentru o crima care nu a vazut-o si nu a facut-o. Dar ei aveau 3 martori pusi de ei, si pentru ca savarsise un omor asupra unui om care i-a sarit lui Iacov in ajutor, politia inchizand dosarele crezandu-i pe amandoi morti, fara sa faca nici o proba.

De aici, Iacov incepe sa petreaca ani de zile prin diferite penitenciare si pericol din cauza celor ce vroiau sa-l omoare, dar Dumnezeu il foloseste sa predice Evanghelia unor oameni considerati pleava societatii, inchisi pentru cele mai rele crime.

Iacov: Sunt doua feluri de oameni care intorc la Dumnezeu, cei care se intorc din dragoste si ceilalti care atunci cand Domnul Isus bate la inima lor (din cei care faceam si eu parte) zic: Inca nu pot Doamne sa ma intorc la Tine, inca sunt tanar, trebuie sa-mi traiesc viata. Cand voi fi batran, poate ma voi intoarce. Si mereu amanam chemarea Domnului. Dar, Cuvantul Domnului spune ca azi este ziua si clipa hotarata si  nu-ti impietri inima ta. Parintii lui Iacov au plecat la Domnul fara ca sa vada intoarcerea lui si a fratelui lui.

Doug Wilson – Understanding Temptation

The best explanation (and clearest illustration) I have heard on the difference between a trial and temptation from Doug Wilson.

If you like this video clip, you can watch the full sermon here – Sermon: Wisdom From Above – James 1:1-27

Doug Wilson, in the clip below:

I mentioned a moment ago that the Greek word for trial, and the word for temptation are the same word. They are the same word, with our distinction between them- a trial in english, a trial is not a temptation, a temptation is not a trial. But, we have words like this too, where they alter their meaning depending on the context. In the Greek of the New Testament you have that contextual difference. James tells us here, that we are to consider trials a joy, verse 2. But, he also says that temptations do not come from God, verse 13. Temptations don’t come from God, but, how am I supposed to consider it a joy, when it doesn’t come from Him. Well, it is from Him, but it’s not form Him in a simplistic way.

The Bible tells us that Jesus was led by the Spirit, into the wilderness, to be tempted by the devil- in Matthew 4:1. Now, why did the devil get at him in the wilderness? The devil got at Him in the wilderness because the Spirit let him into the wilderness, to be tempted by the devil. A few chapters later, Jesus teaches us to pray in the Lord’s prayer, with a request that our Father lead us not into temptation. Matthew 6:13. Who is doing what, here?

The same situation, the same scenario is a trial or a temptation based on the perspective of the one testing or luring. The Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness for one reason. The devil went after Him in the wilderness for a completely different reason. There’s a difference between subjecting you to a particular trial. In the Lord’s prayer we’re told to ask not to be put in a trial or temptation that is too much for us. „Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” God will do the same thing for us, His children, as He does for His Son, the Lord Jesus.

He puts us into difficulties, and He tells us through James to „count it all joy” when we have a difficulty coming up, when we have a trial coming up, knowing that the trial is form God. The temptation that occurs in the midst of that is NOT from God. The temptation that wells up in your heart, the sin that wells up in your heart, the resentment that wells up in your heart, the bad counsel and the advice from your friends that are saying, „You should be totally upset and offended by that.”  The suggestions that come from the devil, those are temptations. The trial itself is from God. The temptation is never from God.

This is another way of saying: In the difficulty, God wants you to stand. In the difficulty, God wants you to succeed. In the difficulty, God wants you to pass the course. He wants you to make it. He’s not trying to entice you into sin. He’s not trying to entice you into failure. But, it can be the same situation. A parent can be looking out the front window and they can see a neighborhood bully kid come up to their kid. In the front lawn, you  starting seeing something to heat up  and the wife says, „Let’s go out there now and stop it.” And the dad says something like, „No, it’s time. It’s time, let’s wait here.” And they watch. What are they doing? Are they tempting him? No, they don’t want their son to fail. But, they want to give their son an opportunity to succeed in the midst of difficulty. You see that? It’s different. The bully is tempting, the parents are testing. But, it’s the same situation. It’s the same scenario. And, everything is defined on what perspective or what vantage point you’re looking at it from.

Sermon Clip: Understanding Temptation from Canon Wired on Vimeo.

See the entire  43 minute sermon here – https://vimeo.com/57936636

Vladimir Pustan – Obstacolele Credintei

PAGINA Vladimir Pustan PREDICI aici

Vladimir Pustan (Ciresarii) 5

Ioan 4:43-54

43 După aceste două zile, Isus a plecat de acolo, ca să se ducă în Galilea. 44 Căci El însuş spusese că un prooroc nu este preţuit în patria sa. 45 Cînd a ajuns în Galilea, a fost primit bine de Galileeni, cari văzuseră tot ce făcuse la Ierusalim în timpul praznicului; căci fuseseră şi ei la praznic. 46 Isus S’a întors deci în Cana din Galilea, unde prefăcuse apa în vin. În Capernaum era un slujbaş împărătesc, al cărui fiu era bolnav. 47 Slujbaşul acesta a aflat că Isus venise din Iudea în Galilea, s’a dus la El, şi L -a rugat să vină şi să tămăduiască pe fiul lui, care era pe moarte. 48 Isus i -a zis: ,,Dacă nu vedeţi semne şi minuni, cu niciun chip nu credeţi!„

49 Slujbaşul împărătesc I -a zis: ,,Doamne, vino pînă nu moare micuţul meu.„ 50 ,,Du-te„, i -a zis Isus, ,,fiul tău trăieşte.„ Şi omul acela a crezut cuvintele pe cari i le spusese Isus, şi a pornit la drum. 51 Pe cînd se pogora el, l-au întîmpinat robii lui, şi i-au adus vestea că fiul lui trăieşte. 52 El i -a întrebat de ceasul în care a început să -i fie mai bine. Şi ei i-au zis: ,,Ieri, în ceasul al şaptelea, l-au lăsat frigurile.„ 53 Tatăl a cunoscut că tocmai în ceasul acela îi zisese Isus: ,,Fiul tău trăieşte„. Şi a crezut el şi toată casa lui. 54 Acesta este iarăş al doilea semn, făcut de Isus, după ce S’a întors din Iudea în Galilea.

Notite din predica:

Cand a venit slujbasul la Hristos, mare credinta nu avea. Boala era grava, omul acesta nu s-a mai gandit, probabil, ca Dumnezeu poate sa faca ceva cum vrea el. Pur si simplu s-a lasat in voia acestui val, de care noi ne ferim ca sa cadem, care ne poate duce la credinta. Adica, ce nu putem pipai ni se pare periculos. Slujbasul a zis, „Faca Dumnezeu ce o vrea, dar eu tot ma duc la el (Isus). Nu uitati ca Isus Hristos nu era inca recunoscut ca ‘Fiul lui Dumnezeu.’ Isus Hristos era dulgherul din Nazaret. E greu sa te duci la unul si sa-i spui ca ai o boala la copilul tau. Care dintre dumneavoastra mergeti sa va operati copilul la un tamplar? Avem o mare problema cu oamenii care nu sunt de meserie. Sa presupunem ca a auzit ca a prefacut apa in vin. Totusi, e o mare deosebire in a preface apa in vin si sa iti vindece un copil. Foarte mare deosebire. Pentru ca in primul rand nu ai de a face cu nimeni decat cu apa. Si aici era vorba de un copil. Omul acesta (slujbasul) avea o problema de credinta.

Care sunt de fapt obstacolele acestei credinte. Exista multe obstacole. Slujbasul s-a lovit de foarte multi bolovani pana a ajuns la Isus Hristos. Prima forma de credinta, care nu este o credinta buna:

1. Credinta de mana a doua

vers. 47 spune- Slujbaşul acesta a aflat că Isus venise din Iudea în Galilea.. El nu a stiut personal ca a venit Hristos. A auzit. Asta se numeste credinta de mana a doua. Sunt 9,000 de Beiuseni (din cei 10,000) care n-au venit niciodata sa vada ce e aici, stiu tot felul de lucruri ciudate despre noi, n-au avut nici un fel de relatie cu Dumnezeu, altii sunt prin Biserica Penticostala, prin Biserica Ortodoxa… Ei stiu din auzite. Le-a spus cineva. Nu au avut relatie cu Dumnezeu. Nu au avut puterea de a face Dumnezeu cu el o anumita minune. N-a citit Biblia niciodata, nu l-a interesat sa vada in viata lui ce poate sa faca Dumnezeu cu un pacatos- doar a auzit- ca Dumnezeu e bun cu altii, dar nu cu mine. El a auzit de la unul si de la altul, „Mai, nu te insoti cu aia, nu-ti lasa religia ta, nu umbla dupa prostii. Totul e la mana a doua. Nu cumva sa cercetezi pentru ca e o problema. Stai in banca ta, vezi-ti de treaba si crede ce iti spun eu.

Isus Hristos i-a intrebat pe ucenici, „Cine zic oamenii ca sunt Eu?”  I-au raspuns, „Unii zic ca esti Ilie, altii ca esti Ioan Botezatorul.” Ii intreaba, „Dar voi,” care sunteti intotdeauna cu Mine, „Cine crede-ti a sunt Eu?”  Zice Simon Petru, „Tu esti Hristosul, Fiul lui Dumnezeu.” Dar pe tine (ascultatorule) de ce te intereseaza asa de tare ce zice lumea despre Isus Hristos? Imi zic unii, „Domnule Pastor, Isus n-a fost real. a fost o istorie.” Le spun, „Istoria nu poate schimba oamenii, n-are cum.” „Iti aduc criminalul si drogatul, sa vezi ca Dumnezeu l-a schimbat.” Istoria nu poate schimba pe nimeni. Au auzit ca Dumnezeu poate sa faca minuni, sau poate sa mantuiasca pe cineva. Au auzit de la altii ca e bine sau rau, ca e o viata frumoasa, sau urata. Dar personal n-au pus mana sa vada. Se spun foarte multe lucruri astazi. (6:00)

Mi-am adus aminte de fr. Marcu astazi. Impartea Biblii prin Sibiu si l-a prins securitatea. Era cam a doua sau a treia zi dupa Pasti. L-au dus pe Marcu direct la Securitate. Sa vedeti cu ce se distrau acestia dupa sarbatori, sa-l bata pe un nenorocit. Cum s-a bagat fratele Marcu, cu cusma lui pe cap, de loc a zis, „Hristos a inviat!” catre toti. Erau vreo  10 securisti, toti isi bateau bastoanele in mana si el s-a dus, si-a ridicat cusma de pe cap si a zis, „Hristos a inviat!” S-a uitat la ei si a zis, „Doara nu sunteti pagani.” A sarit unul, „Domnule, noi suntem crestini!” „Cum sa fim pagani? Noi suntem crestini.” Ca i-a atacat, spunandu-le pagani. „Pai,” zice, „daca sunteti crestini, de ce vreti sa-mi rupeti oasele si nu ziceti Hristos a inviat? Pai, eu am impartit Biblii, nu vand iarba.”

Asta e ideia. Avem toti bucuria asta in noi ca toti suntem crestini. Nu au avut nici toti copii nostri de aicea (din biserica) o intalnire cu Hristos. Nu. Dar e crestin. Adica, a auzit ca exista, ca a spus bunicul ca este Hristos. Dar nu e suficient doar sa spuna cineva ca este, daca tu nu i-ai spus ca ‘Te iubesc” astazi. Nu e suficient ca sa sti ca poate sa vindece, ca tu cand esti bolnav nu sti la care doctor sa te duci, ce bani sa cauti. Cand ai probleme nu sti  ce numar de telefon sa formezi.

2. Exista credinta facuta pe semn 

„Fa o minune, sa cred in Tine.” Zice Isus Hristos, „Daca nu va fac un semn, voi nu credeti.” vers. 48- Isus i -a zis: ,,Dacă nu vedeţi semne şi minuni, cu niciun chip nu credeţi!` Asta I-au spus si Fariseii mereu, „Am vrea sa vedem un semn de la Tine.” Le-a dat semnul profetului Iona: „Trei zile voi intra si eu in mormant si voi invia iarasi.” Dar le zice Domnul Isus Hristos, „Un neam ticalos si preacurvar imi cere Mie un semn.” Ca am dori sa vedem numai semne si minuni ca sa credem. Si daca nu iti da nici unul? In povestirea cu bogatul din iad, care cere sa se ridice din morti cineva si sa mearga sa le spuna celor 5 frati pe care ii are acasa… la care a spus foarte clar si dur Avram, „Au pe Moise si pe prooroci.” Credeti ca daca ar veni cineva in Beius sa vindece sau sa faca nu stiu ce, ar crede? Nu ar crede oamenii. Au veni si ar spune ca e ceva paranormal, sau cine stie ce influente, ca au citit in ziar tot felul de lucruri din astea. Nu cred oamenii in asta. Daca nu cred in Biblie, nu o sa creada in nimic. Mereu vrem sa faca Dumnezeu ceva minuni, ca noi sa credem in El. Pai, Dumnezeu a facut mari minuni. Care? Marea minune e sa vindece Dumnezeu pe unul de cancer? NU. Marea minune e sa-l vindece Dumnezeu pe un om de pacat.

De cancer mai pot fi vindecati si doctorii, dar de pacat, numai Dumnezeu. Asta e minune. Adica, minunile nu sunt intotdeauna cel mai mare instrument de evnaghelizare. In Ioan 2:2 spune.. „Multi au crezut in numele Lui. Dar Hristos, pentru ca vedeau semnele pe care le facea. Hristos ii cunostea. „Voi nu m-ati urmat pe Mine,” zice Isus in Ioan 6, „din pricina semnelor si minunilor pe care vi le-am facut, ci din pricina painii pe care a-ti mancat. Din clipa aceia, spune ca multi L-au parasit.

3. O credinta zidita pe un interes personal

Exista o credinta, iar ciudata, si omul acesta o aplica. O credinta zidita pe un interes personal, spunand, „Doamne, vino pana nu moare micutul meu.” Subliniaza cu „meu.” Adica, eu as crede in Tine, daca mi-ai face mie asta. Daca ai face la altii n-as putea sa cred.

Dumnezeu vine si iti spune in seara aceasta, „Tu trebuie ca sa crezi in Mine si de la Mine nu trebuie sa astepti nimic, adica, tu nu trebuie sa fi cersetorul Meu.” Marile noastre probleme, care le avem in predicile si in cantarile noastre este ca tot timpul suntem cersetori. Doamne da-mi mie, binecuvanteaza-ma Doamne pe mine, casa mea… binecuvanteaza pe tata…Asta e problema noastra de Romani. Noi tot timpul suntem cersitorii universului. Cele mai lungi rugaciuni ale noastre sunt rugaciuni in care cerem sa ne vindece Dumnezeu de boli. Rugaciuni de lauda si multumire sunt cenusaresile bisericii. Acolo, intr-un minut, oamenii au rezolva-to cu Dumnezeu.

De multe ori avem boli pentru ca nu ne-am rugat pentru bolile altora. De multe ori avem fii nemantuiti pentru ca nu ne-am rugat pentru fii altora. Ca am ajuns la concluzie ca atunci cand te ocupi de problemele altora, Dumnezeu se ocupa de problemele tale. Asta am invatat eu. Nu venim decat egoisti in fata lui Dumnezeu, si ii privim mana Lui, in loc sa-I privim fata.

Noi zicem, „Doamne vino, deranjeaza universul pentru ca am EU o problema.” „Si repede sa-mi faci, Doamne.” Cea mai mare prostie sa vina oamenii, in orice biserica, numai ca sa primeasca. Nu asteptati ca sa primiti Duminica. Macar o zi pe saptamana sa-I dati voi lui Dumnezeu. Cerem Luni, Marti, Miercuri, .. macar Duminica nu mai ii cereti nimic. „Doamne nu vreau nimic astazi, Te vreau doar pe Tine.” A-ti zis asta vreo data? Noi vrem sa ne dea Dumnezeu ceva si ne multumim cu lucrul acela pe care ni-l da. (13:00)

Domnul Isus Hristos isi da seama ca slujbasul are o problema foarte grea. Daca ii vindeca fiul atunci, omul acesta pleca nemantuit.  Marea lui problema nu era copilul de acasa, ci inima din piept. Omul acesta a avut o experienta a minunii lui Dumnezeu si Dumnezeu i-a vindecat fiul lui. Dumnezeu ne vrea inima predata Lui.

Adevarata credinta are de a face cu auzirea Cuvantului. Omul trebuie sa auda. Marea problema este televiziunea crestina. Sa vezi cum vorbesc oamenii. Spun, „Ma, fi atent ce gras e acela. El vorbeste despre infranare? Iar altii, daca vede o verigheta la el pe mana, se poticnesc 3 milioane de Romani. La Evanghelizare, televiziunea te incurca. Isus Hristos incepe sa-i vorbeasca slujbasului, si ii spune, „Du-te.”Dar, porunca nu trebuie doar sa o auzi. Ca stiti: Pocaiti-va, lasati-va de aia si de cealalta, bucurati-va inaintea lui Dumnezeu. Puneti-va ordine in familie, in minte, in casa, in viata, in suflet. Impacati-va cu vrasmasii vostri, dati mana cu ceilalti. Stim. Si omul acela s-a dus. Adica,

Cuvantul trebuie sa-l crezi si sa-l implinesti. I-a spus ca fiul sau traieste si slujbasul a crezut. Numai nebunii nu cred. Nebunul zice in inima lui ca nu este si nu poate sa faca Dumnezeu. Si atunci, cand o sa moara oamenii, o sa ceara sa li se aduca pe patul mortii si sa li se citeasca cartile lui Lenin- operele complecte? NU. Atunci toata lumea zice, „Unde e preotul, unde e Biblia?”

Credinta fara fapta este moarta. S-a dus slujbasul acasa, 35 de km si nu s-a grabit. Stiti de ce? Pentru ca s-a odihnit in Cuvant. Trebuie sa te odihnesti in Cuvant. Daca Dumnezeu a promis ceva, El o va face. Slujbasul a crezut obligatoriu. Incredinteaza-ti (si tu) soarta in mana lui Dumnezeu; increde-te in El si El va lucra- asa ne spune Psalmistul. Spune Biblia ca a crezut slujbasul si casa lui. Sotia nu a fost acolo si nici soacra sa. Ele nu au stiut de ce se vindecase copilul. Le-a spus, „La ora 7 aseara, Hristos mi-a spus… La ce ora s-a intamplat?” „La sapte. Cine ti-a facut asta?” „Hristos,” si au crezut in El toata casa lui.

20 Ianuarie 2013

Kirk Cameron – Hell’s Best Kept Secret

Kirk Cameron RomaniaIf you are not familiar with Kirk Cameron and/or Ray Comfort this is a good clip to watch. Leonard Ravenhill actually endorsed one of Ray Comfort’s books titled „Revival’s Golden Key”.

Kirk Cameron interviews evangelist Ray Comfort, then preaches the sermon „Hell’s Best Kept Secret” at the 5:25 minute mark.

Why do 80-90% of those making a decision for Christ fall away from the faith? What is the principle that Spurgeon, Wesley, Whitefield, etc., used to reach the lost? Why has the Church neglected it?

This first aired on the Trinity Broadcasting Network in 2002.
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Emil Bartos – Eu m-am nascut sa nu mor niciodata + Am trecut biruitor prin incercari

POEZIE de TRAIAN DORZ

emil-bartosEu m-am nascut sa nu mor niciodata
Si daca totusi, zilnic, moare-n mine
O particica, Doamne pentru Tine
E ca sa-mbrac adevarata viata!

Caci Tu ai vrut sa fiu,Parinte-asa,
Nu pentru ca sunt eu, nespusa piatra rara,
Ci pentru ca-n fiinta mea precara
Ai pus un strop din maiestatea Ta.

Eu m-am nascut sa fiu o marturie,
Caci litera nu are-n ea putere,
Ci Duhul Tau, nepotolit se cere
Sa locuiasca-ntr-o-ntrupare vie.

Dar ca s-ajung doritul tau exemplu
Iti daruiesc intreaga mea faptura,
S-o curatesti de tot ce este zgura
Si s-o preschimbi in stralucitu-Ti Templu.

Eu m-am nascut sa plang cu cel ce plange
Si sa-mi iubesc si fratii si dusmanii,
Dar teama-mi e ca zilele si anii
Sa ii ajung pe toti, nu mi-ar ajunge.

Caci scurta e umblarea pamanteasca
Si-n trupul meu e mare neputinta
Dar stiu ca ai sa-ti Tii fagaduinta
Si-o sa-mplinesti tot ce o sa-mi lipseasca.

Eu m-am nascut sa stiu ce-i rau si bine,
Si mii de ani am cautat raspunsul
Dar tot atat m-am intalnit cu plansul…
Pana-ntr-o zi, cand am sosit la Tine.

Si cand mi-ai spus cuvintele nespuse
Ce-au impletit durerea cu dojana,
Tamaduind in mine toata rana
Tu m-ai atras de partea Ta, Isuse.

Eu m-am nascut sa aflu-n mine pretul
Ce s-a platit in locul meu pe cruce
Si-oriunde-n lume pasii ma vor duce
Sa-ti fiu pe totdeauna cantaretul.

Prin orice biruinte si infrangeri
Struneste-mi harfa cum iti place tie,
Cand voi ajunge-n sfanta-Mparatie
Sa pot canta in corul Tau de ingeri…

Către Tine, Doamne, gândul mi-l îndrept,
În ispite şi-n necaz puteri aştept.
Peste mine vremuri grele au trecut,
Tu, Isus, cu braţul tare m-ai ţinut.

Am trecut biruitor prin încercări,
În ispite şi-n necaz mi-ai dat puteri,
Astăzi, Doamne-Ţi mulţumesc,
Şi plângând, te rog, Isuse să mă ierţi,
Pasul meu mai sigur către cer să-ndrepţi.

Vreau, Isuse, să fiu altfel decât sunt,
Schimbă-mi viaţa cât sunt încă pe pământ.
Fă-mă sfânt, Isuse scump, ca să iubesc
Şi pe-ceia care mă batjocoresc.

Azi te rog să fii al meu conducător,
Dă-mi puterea să-Ţi fiu Ţie următor.
Proslăveşte-Ţi numele în viaţa mea,
Şi acum şi-n veşnicii nu mă uita.

Emil Bartos – Regulile alergarii crestine

Vezi PAGINA Emil Bartos PREDICI aici bartos

Emil Bartos la seara de tineret Bistrita la Biserica Sfanta Treime Bistrita:
Regulile alergarii crestine si metaforele pe care apostolul Pavel le foloseste din lumea sportului.
Text: 1 Corinteni 9:24-27

Nu ştiţi că ceice aleargă în locul de alergare, toţi aleargă, dar numai unul capătă premiul? Alergaţi dar în aşa fel ca să căpătaţi premiul!

25 Toţi ceice se luptă la jocurile de obşte, se supun la tot felul de înfrînări. Şi ei fac lucrul acesta ca să capete o cunună, care se poate vesteji: noi să facem lucrul acesta pentru o cunună, care nu se poate vesteji. 26 Eu, deci, alerg, dar nu ca şi cum n’aş şti încotro alerg. Mă lupt cu pumnul, dar nu ca unul care loveşte în vînt. 27 Ci mă port aspru cu trupul meu, şi -l ţin în stăpînire, ca nu cumva, dupăce am propovăduit altora, eu însumi să fiu lepădat.

Saeed Abedini sentenced to 8 years in prison

The last few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster for those involved. One day Iran has said they will kill Saeed, the next day they say he will be released so he can go home to his family. On Monday Saeed boldly and courageously gave his testimony in court. He brought honor to the Name of Jesus.

This morning news has broken that Saeed has been sentenced to 8 years in the notorious Evin Prison. He was convicted on charges of starting house churches throughout Iran in the early 2000s.
Wow, may God protect Saeed Abedini in his prison term and his family back home.

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Some prior posts pertaining to Saeed Abedini:

photo from http://www.theusreport.com/the-us-report/tag/pastor-saeed-abedini

Assemblies of God has posted the letter that Pastor Saeed Abedini has sent to his wife here. –http://ag.org/top/downloads/Abedini_Letter.pdf

In the letter Pastor Abedini describes how his jailers tell him he will go free, and the next day they tell him he will hang. One day they beat him, and the next day they give him candy. Yet, despite these intense physical and psychological pressures Pastor Abedini looks to his faith in Christ as the anchor that keeps him going every day:

When for 120 days you are asleep in a room with one big light that is constantly lit and does not separate day or night and when you can only see true sunlight for a few minutes a week, that’s when you are becoming His Workmanship and you can be a vessel in bringing His Kingdom in a dark place and you are able to share the Gospel of Peace and Life to the dying world. And this is where you learn you can love your enemies with
all of your heart.

I am looking forward to the day to see all of you who are behind me with your prayers and to embrace you in my arms. Thank you for the love you have showed me.

What is in us is stronger than what is in the world and it has conquered the world. 

Christian Post reports on the plight of US Pastor Saeed Abedini, who was jailed during a 2009 visit to Iran to see his parents.

Abedini, 32, grew up in Iran, before converting to Christianity at the age of 20, and marrying an American woman in 2002, which helped him gain U.S. citizenship. Along with his wife, Naghmeh, and their two young children, the pastor has traveled back and forth between Iran and the U.S. a number of times in the past few years, helping create a network of underground churches, which provide a safe haven for Muslims who have converted to Christianity.

During one such trip in 2009, Abedini was detained by Iranian officials and interrogated for his conversion. While he was released with a warning against engaging in any more underground church activities, in July 2012, he was once again arrested while working on a non-sectarian orphanage project.

An American pastor currently held in Iranian prison is facing a grim future after it was announced that his case was recently transferred to a judge accused of human rights violations and infamous for the number of people he has sentenced to death.

The ACLJ says the minister was arrested for „his previous work as a Christian leader in Iran,” and that he faces the death penalty for trying to convert Muslims to the Christian faith. Currently, Abedini is facing trial at the Evin Prison in northwestern Tehran, described by the persecution watch group as one of Iran’s most brutal prisons – reports allege that he has been beaten by guards and inmates.
Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/news/us-pastor-saeed-abedini-faces-notorious-hanging-judge-in-iran

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Save Saeed Abedini

Friends,

Thank you for praying for our friend Saeed when we sent out our recent prayer request. His wife Naghmeh is thankful for everyone who has lifted Saeed up before the throne of grace.

This is likely to be the last email we will send out about Saeed, as we have set up a special page on our website where we post regular updates about him and his situation. Please check here for news and updates: http://asiaharvest.org/

The last few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster for those involved. One day Iran has said they will kill Saeed, the next day they say he will be released so he can go home to his family. On Monday Saeed boldly and courageously gave his testimony in court. He brought honor to the Name of Jesus.

This morning news has broken that Saeed has been sentenced to 8 years in the notorious…

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David Phelps – Glorious Impossible (Gaithers)

Videos – TheNelonsFan· Photo – http://music.broadwayworld.com (click for an extended interview with David Phelps)

Gaither Vocal Band – David Phelps

Glorious Impossible

Glorious Impossible Lyrics

Lyrics from http://www.lyrical-genius.net

See the Virgin is delivered
In a cold and crowded stall
Mirror of the Father’s glory
Lies beside her in the strawHe is Mercy’s incarnation
Marvel at this miracle!
For the Virgin gently holds
The Glorious ImpossibleLove has come to walk on water
Turn the water into wine
Touch the leper, bless the children
Love both human and divinePraise the wisdom of the Father
Who has spoken through His Son
Speaking still, He calls us to
The Glorious Impossible

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Glorious Impossible

He was bruised for our transgressions
And He bears eternal scars
He was raised for our salvation
And His righteousness is ours

Praise, oh praise Him, praise the glory
Of this lavish grace so full
Lift your souls now and receive the
Glorious Impossible!

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Glorious Impossible

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Glorious Impossible
Glorious Impossible

Praise, oh praise Him, praise the glory
Of this lavish grace so full
Lift your souls now and receive
The Glorious Impossible

Glory, Hallelujah
Glory, Hallelujah
Glory, Hallelujah
Glory, Hallelujah
Glory, Hallelujah
Glory, Hallelujah
Glory, Hallelujah

David Platt – Scandalous Gospel

David Platt in India
David Platt IndiaIf you look – 14 times in the first 50 psalms alone, we see God’s wrath on the liar, his hatred toward sinners, holy hatred toward sinners. It’s not just Old Testament, in the New testament, you’re looking at chapter in John 3- contains the most favorite verse about God’s love. You keep going to the end of the chapter, you see the most neglected verse about God’s wrath. And this is where this is so important.

When we think about the cross, and we realize what has been done, Jesus did not just endure the penalty of sin. We have this tendency to think of sin as if it’s outside of us. Lying, cheatin, lusting, whatever might be; these are things outside of us that we do. Guess what? Sin is NOT outside us. It is at the CORE of who we are. And when Jesus went to the cross, He wasn’t dying for our lusting, cheating, whatever it might be- OUT HERE. He’s not dying for those things as if they’re outside of us. What He’s enduring on the cross is not just what’s due sin. What is due on the cross is what is due you and me, as sinners. This is holy wrath. Righteous anger poured out on sinners.

It’s the BEAUTY of the CROSS, that when JESUS WENT THERE, He wasn’t just standing in place of your sin, HE  was STANDING in the PLACE that YOU and I DESERVED TO BE. So, let us be very careful, not to lean on comfortable cliches that rob the cross of its meaning. And, let us be careful not to acquiesce to what we think the culture most wants to hear, when the reality is we are robbing the Gospel of its power. Because the reality is, when Jesus went to the cross-  Does God hate sinners? Look at the cross!!! Stricken, pierced, crushed (literally pulverized). That’s what you and I deserved.

Does God hate sinners? Yes, look at the cross. Does God love sinners? Yes, look at the cross. Because He does this for you and for me. So that, it can be said of your life and mine, from a Holy God, looking upon you and I, in our sinfulness, He could say. „You’re innocent.” That’s a scandal. No matter who you are- conservative, liberal, progressive, you have a sense of right and wrong and you expect right to be praised and wrong to be condemned. You expect a judge on someone who is guilty to give a guilty sentence. And we expect God to do the same. But, God looks down on you and me, and all of our guilt, and He says, „Innocent.” Only because of this scandalously merciful Savior.

David Platt // Catalyst Dallas from Catalyst on Vimeo.

Paul Washer – Do you bear fruit?

Paul washer

  • But, there’s some problems, in some aspects of the reformed movement, not so much in reformed theology, but, in modern day reformed guys. They almost seem to boast in the fact of sin defeating them. They think they’re super spiritual, and (that they) understand the weighty matter of holiness, because they say, „Wretched man that I am, and I’m just a sinner.” I’ll tell you something, some of that language is wrong. If you are truly a Christian, you have the teachings of Christ, the providence of the Father, and the Spirit of God working in your life. And my friend, there ought to be victory over sin.  
  • Yes, we will struggle with sin. And, yes, at times it will be 3 steps forward and 4 steps back. It is a real raging battle. But, if over the course of your life you are not seeing victory over sin, it is a good indication that you do not know God and God does not know you.
  • The Father prunes the branches of the vine to make His Son look beautiful. Some of you will be removed in this; You’ll be set free from your parents, and set free form their authority, and you’ll simply walk away form the church. Oh, you may go join another church, where you can easily be unbeliever and still participate in religious things, but, He’ll take you out of a genuine church, the true church. He’ll put you in something false, to get you away. I know that’s frightening, but it is true.
  • Are you a fruitful vine? Then tell me, point to your fruit. Just think in your mind: How am I fruitful? Do you know, some evangelicals can only say this: Well, I go to church on Sunday. If you find it difficult to find fruit, you should find it very easy to be afraid.
  • How many of you can live the beatitudes in your own power? Or husbands: How many of you can live 1 Corinthians 13 with your wife? Ephesians 5? Alright, so we’re all in agreement, that the simplest command of the New Testament are absolutely  impossible.Here’s the problem: A lot of people recognize that because of their understanding of conversion and because of their understanding of their own failure. But, in looking at that, what do they do? Just curl up and say it’s impossible. What does the New Testament command us to do? To recognize the impossibility and run to Christ for strength.
  • If I hear one more time about the apostle Paul’s great intellect… That’s ridiculous! Is there any time in the New Testament, where Paul the apostle talks about his great intellect? NO!!! So, why are we identifying  all these great works of Paul with his intellect? When Paul says that he was seeking to do- not that he was seeking to be the ignorant of the things of God- he is making it clear he is trying to free himself from just intellectual endeavor. And he could speak a lot better than he actually spoke. But, he spoke in such a way that man’s confidence would not be in his (Paul’s) intellectual powers, but in the power of God.

TEXT: John 15:1- “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

I was brought here to teach on how to be more Godly, to be more Christ like, to stand with greater assurance before the throne of God. But, I will say this: There are people here, who, although you would not say this with your mouth, with your life you demonstrate it- you care very little for these types of things. They really do not matter much to you. If that angers you, then let me ask you a question. How much time during the day do you think about yourself? How much time during the day do you think about things that are temporal? Your physical strength, or your beauty, or your clothing, or your relationships? Or the joys and pleasures of this world? How much time do you spend thinking about that?

And then, how much time do you think about cultivating godliness?  About becoming more chaste, more innocent, more Christ like?  How are you working and laboring toward a greater assurance of your salvation? You see, even now while I’m speaking, you’ll put your head down and not listen to a word I’m saying.

I want you to know, that to sit under the word of God is an extremely dangerous thing. For the same sun that melts butter, hardens clay. Beware of sensuality. Beware of the things of this world. Beware of your own heart. Ask yourself: Is there really – I mean, come on- is there any evidence whatsoever that you have been born again? 

Are you here today because it’s Sunday? Are you here today because it is appropriate in your family to be here? Are you here today because you’re forced, coerced? People who have truly been regenerated by the Spirit of God find it a pleasure to come to the house of God. And, although at times, we recognize that even those who love the Lord might endure boring sermons, still we come, because we want to hear a word from God. But then, when the regenerate heart leaves the church, that regenerate heart does not leave behind the desire. But, what God has done in that life is reflected throughout the week. If I followed you around with a camera and videoed your life, how much time would I see you preoccupied with you? Preoccupied with the temporal, preoccupied with the things that do not last? Vanity, mirrors, makeup, and muscles. Cars and homes, and certain brands of clothing.

If I followed you around and looked inside your heart, how many thoughts about yourself, how many thoughts in your heart, wondering what other people think about you, and trying to do all in your power to attract them and to gain their attention, rather than seeking to attract the view of God?

You see, there are some here today and you are unconverted. You will go to hell. You will. And you will be surprised on that great day, when you will hear, „Depart from me, you worker of iniquity. I never knew you.” What He’s basically saying in that passage is: Depart from Me, those of you who claim to have something to do with me and you lived as though I never gave you a law to obey. You took nothing in serious, of all the weighty matters I laid before you every Sunday. You were sensual, worldly, carnal. You were not mine. It’s a dreadful thing to say. I’m aware of that. That’s why I’m saying it calmly. But, it’s true. I will teach on how to be Godly, but there’s some of you here today and you simply don’t care. You don’t care to be Godly. And  if you argue with me, I will say, „Show me the evidence. Show me how much time you spend in front of the mirror and how much time you spend in front of the Word of God. Show me how much time you spend, trying to attract human relationships, and spend no time to beautify yourself before the Lord, that you might attract Him. Be very careful.”

Some of you are just biding the time until this Lord’s Day is over, so you can go on to things that are more pleasurable to you. Be afraid. These are weighty matters. And one of the worst things that you could ever adopt is to take on to yourself a very presentable religion, that gives you just enough morality to gain a reputation, but, there’s no love in your heart for Christ.  Be terrified. (7:15)

Notes from sermon continue below the video.

Published on Nov 1, 2012 The reason for every trial, every hardship, every rough wind in your life, is to show you your inability, your weakness, and to chase you back to God. Uploaded by illbehonest

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

Do you see what it’s saying here? He doesn’t say: Everyone who denies me verbally. He doesn’t say: Everyone who stands against me publicly is going to be removed or taken away. No. He is talking about those who confess Him as Lord. Those who pretend to be branches, united to the vine. He said, „But, the evidence that they truly belong to me is- „they bear fruit”. Let me ask you this question: Do you bear fruit? Why do I say it with such emphasis? Because one day, you will be turned out and sent to hell, and the last thing you will hear is, „You did not bear fruit!”

Do you bear fruit? Answer that question now. Because if you do not, what does it say about you? He, that is God, will take you away. What does it mean „God will take you away?” You’re a person. Maybe your father is Christian, maybe your mother is Christian, Maybe you’re even distinguished in the church. But you, your heart is dark. It desires the world. You may profess to be a branch. You may even be somewhat moral. But what will happen to you on that great day? What does it mean to be taken away? Look at verse 6-  If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 

It is very common in evangelicalism today to say that God does not throw anyone in hell. I want you to know that is a direct contradiction of the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, who warned His disciples, „Do not fear the Roman legions.” That’s what He told His disciples. Now, I want you to know, if ever there was something to be feared, it was the Roman legion. Not just because they were so well trained, but, because they were vicious. They were brutes, they delighted in killing people. If there was something, if you were a Jew in Palestine, during the reign of Caesar, one of the things that you would most certainly fear would be the Roman soldier, the legions- vile, cruel, killing, mauling, raping, abusing. Jesus said, „Don’t fear them, because they can only kill your body.” Then Jesus said, „I’m gonna tell you who you should fear.” You know who He was referring to? The Father- that God could not only kill your body, but then, afterwards, He could throw you in hell.

Do you realize that one day, when you die, it is God killing your body? And when you are put in hell, it is God who throws you there. People tell me that you do not see manifestations of the judgment of God in this world, today. I beg to differ with them. Do you know that death is not natural? It’s not. People say, „It’s as natural as birth and death.” No. I’m sorry. Birth is natural, death is not. Death is supernatural. It is a judgment of the living God. So, you do not think that the wrath of God is displayed on our planet? It is displayed every day, as hundreds of thousands of people are killed and thrown into hell. And some of you will join them, if you are not careful. I know it’s a hard word. But, it is true.

The church, or what is called the church is filled up with so many unconverted people. And I fear, especially for you young people, for my own children. You see, it’s so dangerous to be raised in a family, not with perfect mother and father, but with sincere mother and father who seek after Christ. It’s dangerous to go to a church, that may not be the most spectacular in the world, but it is a true church. It’s terrifying to have all that laid at your feet and to turn form it. I desire that many of you will be afraid. That you would tremble, that you would be scared over your situation. That you would wake up. Awake, oh sleeper. Please, you’re in a terrible state. (14:00)

Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.

So far we have studied that Jesus is the true vine. That apart from Him there is no true spiritual life. There are a lot of ofuntains out there, but God refers to them as false cisterns, broken cisterns. They are fountains that can produce no life. It is Christ alone, all spiritual life flows form Him. Another thing that we have already considered is this- that the Father is the vinedresser.

One of the greatest evidences that you have truly been converted is relentless, consistent, manifestation of the providence of God in your life. I can honestly say that sometimes I feel like a prisoner in this sense. I know that God, as my Father hems me in. I know, that yes, I could do certain things, but, I would never get away with them. I know that He is constantly guarding my life, watching me- doing works of providence, bringing trials in my life, bringing disciplines into my life, teaching, instructing, working. With the greatest degree of patience and love, but also with a very firm hand. I cannot run wild like a dog in a yard. I know He will come after me.

Are you a person though, who can run wild in the world, walk in the world without circumspection? Can you do what unbelievers do? Can you delight in their delight? Can you walk as they walk? Can you join them in their fun, and then put on a religious mask on Sunday morning? Can you do that? That’s evidence that the Father is not a vinedresser for you. He’s not a Father for you. Cause if you go without discipline, being able to participate in the dark works of the world, it is evidence that you  are an illegitimate child, and not a son or a daughter. Young lady, listen to me. Young ladies go to hell too.

So we learn that the Father is a vine dresser and that, as Jesus said in verse 3, ‘He said, „You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.'” Which means this: There are certain elements to God’s working in our life. There’s the working of the Son. Through His teaching, through studying of the Word, memorizing, applying His teaching, we become clean and we become a vessel that can be fruitful. We become a clean branch, a branch that can bear healthy fruit. But, also, we have the Father working, taking the teachings of Christ and applying them to our lives, through the experiences that He has orchestrated in our lives, such as trials, and even discipline. And then, we also have the third person of the trinity, who is at work in all of this.

The branch metaphor is very important. Why? Here, the branch must be connected to the vine, primarily for one reason- so that the life producing sap of the vine might flow through the branch. That life producing sap is the Holy Spirit. You say, „Christ is dwelling in me.” Well, so is the Father. If the Father is in heaven and Christ is seated at the right hand, how is it that the Father and the Son are dwelling in you? It is through the work of the Holy Spirit. As a mater of fact, all of God’s works on this planet are being carried out by the Holy Spirit of the living God.

And so, here we have the trinity. The Son is teaching you. The Father is applying that teaching and the Holy Spirit is empowering you. Now we all know, the book of Galatians sets out for us that the Christian life is a struggle, and will always be a struggle. But, there’s some problems in some aspects of the reformed movement, not so much in reformed theology, but, in modern day reformed guys. They almost seem to boast in the fact of sin defeating them. They think they’re super spiritual and understand the weighty matter of holiness, because they say, „Wretched man that I am, and I’m just a sinner.” I’ll tell you something, some of that language is wrong. If you are truly a Christian, you have the teachings of Christ, the providence of the Father, and the Spirit of God working in your life. And my friend, there ought to be victory over sin.  

Yes, we will struggle with sin. And, yes, at times it will be 3 steps forward and 4 steps back. It is a real raging battle. But, if over the course of your life you are not seeing victory over sin, it is a good indication that you do not know God and God does not know you. Remember what He says? „I will clean them from all their filthiness and all their idols. If I were to describe my Christian life, if I were to look back on my Christian life, the last 30 years, that passage applies more than any other passage. I can see God cleansing me from my filthiness and idols. And He will continue to do so, until the day that I die, because glorification is when we reach perfection. But, make no mistake about it, you can become transformed. I have met many a saint, in their 70’s and 80’s and 90’s that glowed with holiness. And the Bible gives us many great promises that we can change. (21:00)

You see, He who began a good work in us will finish it. And there will be victory over sin. Do you have victory over sin? Let me put it this way. The Christian life is not: You get saved, and you go linearly upwards. But, it’s not a flat line either. Flat line means you’re dead. It means you’ve never been regenerated. At some times in my life you may see me progressing greatly and say, ‘Ah, there’s the evidence.” At other times in my life, you may see me stalemate for a while, you may even see me decrease in the things I’ve gained. It’s possible. But, over the full course of my life, if I’m Christian, you will see a consistent rising. At any given moment, you can see a dip. But, through the full course of the Christian life, you will see progress in the things of God. Since you were converted, can people see progress in the things of God? Can you honestly tell me that you are growing in grace? That He who justified you is now sanctifying you?

God has ordained that you bear fruit or be pruned

hOne of the reasons we learned for this work that God is doing, because God loves His Son, God seeks to exalt His Son, God seeks the pleasure and delight of His Son. And that pleasure and delight is a pure bride. God does not desire that the vine, His Son, be united with all sorts of twisted, unfruitful, and dead branches. He does not. For that reason, some of you who are born again, like me, and like the pastors, you will go through discipline. God will deal with you in so many different ways. There will be times in which you grow greatly in grace, by simply carrying you with His power. And, there will be other times in which He makes you grow by scourging you. And so, He will make the vine beautiful.

Others of you, in order to make the vine beautiful, He will remove you. He will remove you. Now, how will He do that? In some cases, in the New Testament, He did it by killing you. Literally, He’s had enoughHe took out Ananias and Sapphira just like that. Why? They were making the vine look really bad. Some of you will be removed in this; You’ll be set free from your parents, and set free form their authority, and you’ll simply walk away form the church. Oh, you may go join another church, where you can easily be unbeliever and still participate in religious things, but, He’ll take you out of a genuine church, the true church. He’ll put you in something false, to get you away. I know that’s frightening, but it is true. He does it all the time.

God is doing all these things so that we will be fruitful. God has ordained that you bear fruit. Fruit has to do with everything that has to do with the life of Christ. In a sense, a Godly character are the fruit of the Spirit, Christ living His life through us. Fruit is Christ carrying out His ministry for us. Is there any sense in your life, when people look at you of other worldliness? Does anyone get a heavenly flavor around you, when they watch you, when they listen to you talk? Are they in any way touched by eternity because your view is set on eternity? Is anyone impacted in a biblical manner when they come into contact with you. Are people helped, progressed in their faith, are others convicted when they come into contact with you?

Are you a fruitful vine? Then tell me, point to your fruit. Just think in your mind: How am I fruitful? Do you know, some evangelicals can only say this: Well, I go to church on Sunday. If you find it difficult to find fruit, you should find it very easy to be afraid. (28:00)

1. I am the vine – That is not subjective. It is not dependent upon something else, on another person or circumstance. He’s stating a fact. This is important. Sometimes believers get confused and they take facts for promises. This is not a promise. He is the vine. No matter what else happens, Jesus IS the vine. So what’s important about that? What He then says about you.

2. You are the branch  and you will bear fruit- He’s not saying that as a genuine believer, you now have to do something to become a branch. You are one. Now this flies in the face of modern day evangelicalism. That says, basically, that you can become a Christian, yet, bear no fruit at all. And if you want that higher life, then you need to start discipleship and all these other things. And then, you become a fruitful branch. That’s not the idea being portrayed here. Jesus is saying, „I am the vine. If you are truly my disciple,” that means, you’ve truly been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, you’ve been made a new creature, you have also truly been united with the vine, „You are a branch.” You are going to bear fruit, you are going to do it. That’s why He can say, „You will know them by their fruit.”

Because there’s never a question in the New Testament: Can this person be a branch and never produce fruit? There’s just no question about it. No, He cannot. That’s why He says, some will produce fruit a hundred fold, others 60 fold, and others 30 fold. The least Christian, mentioned in that parable is bearing fruit 30 fold. DO YOU BEAR FRUIT?

3. If you do not bear fruit – If you do not bear fruit at all, then it indicates that all you are is a broken dead branch, that just seems to be connected to the dead vine. Some of you have always been withered. You’ve never really been green for Christ. You’ve never really bore fruit. You see, if you are a Christian, you are a branch. And, if you are a branch, you will bear fruit. Now. it is true that discipleship is important, and cultivating a relationship with Christ. But, we cultivate our relationship with God that we might bear more fruit. We’re not saying that we have to do it, or we have no fruit and still be Christian.

 4. The branch metaphor – is absolutely spectacular, and I just wanna say this: A physical branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it’s connected to the vine. It is absurd to think that a branch can produce fruit apart from being connected to the vine. Let’s follow the metaphor. The believer, also cannot bear fruit by himself.  It is the believer’s real, spiritual, ongoing experimental relationship with Christ, through which the life of being fruit producing, Holy Spirit life of Christ works within him. You can’t do anything apart from the life of Christ in you. To think you can is absolutely absurd. But, this is also wonderful. If you cannot do anything, apart form the life of Christ in you, then you can do anything according to the life of Christ in you. The power is not in man, it’s in God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not, to be. I know, that there is nothing impossible in me, if Christ dwells in me. It’s again, going back to the reformed movement. We need to start talking a lot more about the positive, and about the promises, and the power, and everything that’s been given to us as our inheritance.

5. Apart from Christ we can do nothing – This becomes especially clear to us, when we look at what we’re called to do. The impossibility of the Christian life becomes clearer and clearer, as we begin to understand just what the Christian life ought to be. For example: How many of you can live the beatitudes in your own power? Or husbands: How many of you can live 1 Corinthians 13 with your wife? Ephesians 5? Alright, so we’re all in agreement, that the simplest command of the New Testament are absolutely  impossible.

Here’s the problem: A lot of people recognize that because of their understanding of conversion and because of their understanding of their own failure. But, in looking at that, what do they do? Just curl up and say it’s impossible. What does the New Testament command us to do? To recognize the impossibility and run to Christ for strength. Our weakness is the thing that is supposed to drive us to Jesus Christ. Do you see that? Instead of weakness, the devil getting in the middle of it and lying to you about it, telling you that your weakness and your sin ought to cause you to pull yourself from Christ and go hide in a corner. Every sin, every weakness, every failure in your life, the moment you recognize it, stop moping, stop believing a lie. The moment your ecognize that sin and that weakness, run straight to Christ. Cause then you’re believing Him when you do things like that.

Christian ministry, as described by Richard Baxter

I want you to listen to the Christian ministry, as described by Richard Baxter:

We are seeking to uphold the world. I’ve been saving it from the curse of God, I’ve been working to perfect all of creationI have been working to attain the ends of Christ’s death. I have been working to save myself and others from damnation. I have been fighting and overcoming the devil all day. I have been demolishing his kingdom, I have been setting up the kingdom of Christ. And I have been working to attain and help others into the kingdom of glory.

That’s how Richard Baxter described the Christian life. Is there anything in there that’s possible for man or a woman? What is the Christian ministry? Seeking to uphold the ministry, to advance the kingdom of heaven, fight the devil in hand to hand combat. Is any of it possible? Absolutely not. But, in the power of the Holy Spirit- Yes.

You can watch the Lord of the Rings or you can live it. There are people dying, children starving, oppression everywhere, wicked governments, bondage, slavery, everything  you can imagine, thousands of babies being murdered in the wombs of their mothers. I fight dragons. (45:00).

If I hear one more time about the apostle Paul’s great intellect… That’s ridiculous! Is there any time in the New Testament, where Paul the apostle talks about his great intellect? NO!!! So, why are we identifying  all these great works of Paul with his intellect? When Paul says that he was seeking to do- not that he was seeking to be the ignorant of the things of God- he is making it clear he is trying to free himself from just intellectual endeavor. And he could speak a lot better than he actually spoke. But, he spoke in such a way that man’s confidence would not be in his (Paul’s) intellectual powers, but in the power of God.

2 Corinthians 12;10 „Therefore, I am well content with weaknesses.” Let me ask you a question: Are you well content with weaknesses? This is something I struggle with, because you can read this passage and not have any struggle without even understanding what’s being said. I know, most people are angry and bitter in their heart because they are self centered and because of unmet expectations, either from other, or from God. They want life to be a certain way and when it’s not, they get mad. But, to be content with weaknesses, to be content with defects, problems, trials, even afflictions in our own bodies. To be content with that, and even insults, distresses, with persecutions, difficulties for Christ’s sake. WHY IS HE CONTENT with IT? He says, „For when I am weak, I am strong.” The very things Paul the apostle says, are the useful instruments to weaken him, so that he may be strong (these) are the subjects of most prayer meetings, to avoid.

Most prayer meetings are about avoiding these things, if they’re going on- to get out of them.   And Paul said, „I’m content in the middle of them because I learned something.” When he is beyond all hope in himself, then it turns him to the Lord Jesus Christ, drawing on His strength. Then he is truly, truly strong.

Your problem, you say, is you’re too small. „I don’t have the wisdom, I don’t have… I don’t have…. I don’t have. God sees all that as advantageous. God tells Gideon, „We’ve got to call an army.” It doesn’t matter what size army you can muster, you can’t defeat the Midianites. But I can, and when I do, I don’t want you getting the credit for it. But, you know what’s the terrible thing? Even though God did every conceivable, possible thing, for the people to see that it was of God alone, and Gideon had nothing to do with it, they still made Gideon a god. We do the same thing.

It really is only His power. It really is.

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