Costache Ioanid – Cartea Vieţii

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Biblia, care înseamnă viaţă,
de păcat să te desparţi te-nvaţă,
iar păcatul, care-nseamnă moarte,
pe cel rău de Biblie-l desparte.

Biblia e ţarina fertilă,
ce rodeşte mângâieri şi milă,
pentru doborâţii de-ntristare,
bucurie şi înviorare…

Biblia e nou îndemn la luptă
pentru cel căzut, cu lancea ruptă.
Ea zvântează lacrima pe geană
şi alină fiecare rană.

Biblia e semnul la răscruce
ce arată calea care duce
către ţara unde călătorul
pleacă să-şi găsească salvatorul.

Biblia şi ieri, şi aei, şi mâine,
pentru cei flămânzi înseamnă pâine.
Celor arşi de sete în pustie,
ea-i răcoritoarea apă vie…

Biblia e dragoste paternă,
căpătâi celui ce n-are pernă.
Vindecare ia din ea bolnavul
şi eliberare află sclavul.

Biblia-i scrisoarea aşteptată,
fericirea cea fără de plată.

Biblia este eterna carte
Ea oferâ viaţă fără moarte.
Celui ce i-a dezlegat misterul,
strălucind îi revelează Cerul.

Frate, ai şi inimă şi minte
Cartea ţi-iese astăzi înainte…
cât aş vrea să te-ncalzească dorul,
să-i descoperi şi tu Autorul!

El e Cel ce-a plămădit din tină
chipul tău de vis şi de lumină,
El ţi-a dat ureche să auză,
tot ce-ţi spune Cartea-călăuză…

Dar puterea de a o-nţelege,
şi-ntre DA şi NU alege
primesc doar cei în cari coboară
duh din cer, să-i nască a doua oară.

Tată, ce dai ploaie şi caldură,
şi la sfinţi şi celor ce Te-njură,
milei Tale saltă-i stăvilarul
şi revarsă peste lume harul.

Să sfâşiem valuri şi peceţi
ce au ţinut închisă Cartea vieţii
şi-mbrăcaţi de Tine-n albă haină
să intrăm cântând în marea taină…

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Marius Livanu – Încă un an pe firul vieţii (cântec) si Învată de la furnică (predică)

Marius Livanu este Preşedintele Cultului Penticostal din Italia.

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Încă un an pe firul vieţii

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Încă un an pe firul vieţii
S-a înfăşurat acum complet în viaţa mea
Bucuriile au trecut iute
Sau tristeţi şi dureri s-au scurs încet.

Refren 1:
Cine poate şti ce-aduce anul
Care-n faţă stă ca un mister.
Va aduce el o alinare
Celor ce mereu o cer?

Încă un an a smuls din inimi
Pe unii dragi şi iubiţi din jurul nost´
Au plecat plini de speranţă
Sau de groază că au trăit fără rost.

Refren 2:
Cine poate şti ce-aduce anul
Dacă-n el te vei putea trezi?
Sau înfăşurat mai tare-n noapte
Fără grijă vei trăi.

Încă un an, ce înseamnă asta?
E un nou, un nou tribut din viaţa ta.
Cercetează-te, ce fel de lucruri
Ai plătit şi care e valoare lor.

Refren 3:
Cine poate şti ce-aduce anul
Câţi în el vor mai putea păşi.
Va fi oare el o întâlnire
Sau pe mulţi va despărţi.

Încă un an e haina vieţii
Nu lua în deşert cursul lor.
Niciodată nu poţi a-i întoarce
O, grăbeşte-te să fi în pasul lor.

Refren 4:
Cine poate şti ce-aduce anul
Ce sfâşie inima cu-amar
Vei găsi în anii ce-au să vie
De-ţi pierzi timpul în zadar.

Încă un an, pricepe-acuma
Nu te înşela cu vorbe dulci pe acest pământ
Scoală-te, priveşte bine
Ce-ai făcut, ce-ai adus, ce poţi s-aduci?

Refren 5:
Dacă pe Isus păstrezi în viaţă
Barca ta îţi va pluti uşor
Şi atuncea când e în pericol
El te apără din nou.

Învată de la furnică

Predica pastorul Marius Livanu – 31 decembrie 2012

Paul Washer – The Lost doctrine

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  • The evidence of conversion is not a decision card filled out, it’s a life being lived out.
  • God commands every man, everywhere to repent of their sins and believe in the Gospel and to bring forth fruit worthy of repentance
  • I am absolutely not talking about a works salvation here. Ia m talking about a lost doctrine in the church: the doctrine of regeneration.
  • If there is a lost doctrine in the church today that has destroyed evangelism  it’s the doctrine of regeneration.
  • Regeneration is not merely a human decision. You do not get saved simply because you decided to jump out of the line going to hell in order to jump into the line going to heaven.
  • Salvation is a supernatural work of God, where by the power of God is manifest  to such a degree that it parallels or exceeds the very power of God manifested in the creation of the universe. The universe was created ex nihilo, out of nothing, but, when God saves a man He recreates him out of a corrupt mass. When people have truly repented, when people have truly believed, there’s a work of regeneration going on in which that person becomes a new creature. And, as a new creature, with a new nature, they will live a different life.
  • The evidence of regeneration is not that you made a decision once, in an evangelistic campaign. The evidence of regeneration is that your life is being transformed.
  • Do you think that God transforms just some of His children? The doctrine of a Christian living in a continuous state of carnality is absolute heresy. Do Christians sin? Yes. Do Christians fall into carnality? Yes. Can Christians walk in immaturity for a while? Yes. But, can Christians live a godless worldly life all the days of their life? Absolutely not! Why? Because salvation is a supernatural work of God whereby if any man be in Christ he’s a new creature (1 Corinthians 5:17) . And new creatures live a different way. That’s why, when people tell me today that there’s just as much sin in the church as outside of the church, there’s just as much divorce, pornography, and lying, and hating, and bickering in the church as outside the church- that is a lie. The church of Jesus Christ in America today is beautiful. She is broken, she is confessional, she is walking with her God, and when she sins it breaks her heart and she returns to Him. Your problem is what you’re calling the church IS NOT the church. If the church is as most people say, then every new covenant promise in the bible has failed. but God says in the new covenant He will make a people, and He will be their God, and they will be His people. And the law of God will be written on their heart, and they will walk in it. (Ezekiel 36:25-27)
  • A dear friend of mine, called a very important Christian scholar in history, Doctor Dallimore, he said, „Doctor Dallimore,  I have a question: The Puritans didn’t really give invitations and things like we do today. How did they know when someone got saved? Dallimore said this, „Well, that was easy. Their life changed and they kept coming to church.” How do we know they got saved (because) they don’t come to church and their life has not changed. But (we say) they got saved because they raised their hand. Look at what we’ve done. Just look. Look. If you’re here tonight and you’re troubled about your soul, I won’t ask you to raise your hand, I won’t ask you to fill out a card. But, I will stay here til 6 in the morning, when my plane leaves, to counsel you.
  • You see, that’s the problem, isn’t it? People come forward, they sign a card, we talk to them 5 minutes about salvation, we declare them saved, and then we wonder why we have to pour so much discipleship  in them, and they still won’t grow. We’ve made the great assumption, we’ve passed them through an evangelical rite because they said all the right answers. We declare them saved and we never worry about it again. That’s wrong.
  • I’ll tell you this: If you repent  and believe in Christ today, if you have done that, He’s saved you. But, I’ll tell you this: If you’ve made a decision for Christ, you see Christ as Lord tonight and you profess Him in faith, He’s saved you. But, if you walk out of here and your life doesn’t change, and you don’t begin to grow- He who began a good work in you doesn’t complete it. (Then) what happened here tonight was not a genuine conversion. Because the evidence of genuine conversion is an ongoing work of God in the soul of a man. That’s the old way. That’s historical Christianity.
  • (Paul Washer gives an example of how to talk to your child who professed faith in Christ in their childhood and in their teenage years are in the world)- You need to approach them this way: You made a profession of faith in Christ, but every bit of evidence in your life, at this moment, dictates that maybe your profession of faith in Jesus Christ was false, and you are still in your sin, and if you died you would go to hell. Now, make your calling and election sure. Repent. Return to Christ.
  • You see how superficial our Christianity has become? Oh my dear friend, these things should not be so, but they are. Awaken to the Gospel, the real Gospel, not the reduced kind. It’s a Gospel of grace and a Gospel of power- that He who began a good work in you, will finish it. (Phil. 1:6)
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All Scripture Is Breathed Out by God, Continue in It

John Piper Sermon from Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:14–17 on August 11, 2012. Click here for transcript, or to watch it or listen to the mp3 on the DesiringGod.org website.

2 Timothy 3:14–17

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

The God-breathed Bible aims to make us godly. To make us doers of good in this world. Don’t miss that. The doctrines of the Bible are designed to produce deeds. Good deeds. And they do it by teaching, verse 16, and that teaching has three sequential effects: Reproof, correction, and training in righteousness.

When we are rightly taught by the Scripture are first reproved, that is, our errors are pointed out and we are stopped in our tracks. Then we are corrected, that is, we are turned around from the harmful way we were going, and pointed in the right way. And third, we are trained in righteousness, that is, the Bible enables us to be trained, to grow, in righteousness. And as the teaching does these three things (reproof, correction, training) the Scripture equips us for every good deed.

So, Timothy, don’t forsake your mother’s teaching. Continue in it. Stay in it. Remain in it.

  1. Because of the character of the people who taught you the truth.
  2. Because of the marks of divine holiness in the Scriptures.
  3. Because of the power of Scripture to make you wise unto salvation.
  4. Because the Scripture brought you to Christ.
  5. Because all Scripture is God-breathed.
  6. And because the Scripture is profitable—inestimably profitable

The Nature of True Repentance

This excerpt below is from Paul Washer’s Heart Cry publication January – February 1998 Volume 3, Page 8 with lots of thanks to Manuela for forwarding the periodical to me. Who was Thomas Watson?

Thomas Watson (c. 1620 – 1686) was an English, NonconformistPuritan preacher and author. Watson’s depth of doctrine, clarity of expression, warmth of spirituality, love of application, and gift of illustration enhanced his reputation as a preacher and writer. His books are still widely read today.You can read more about Watson and also browse through a list of his books which are still available (published) today, here at Monergism- http://www.monergism.com. Their short biography is excerpted from Dr. Joel Beeke and Randall J. Pederson’s book  Meet the Puritans which is also available at monergism.com.

The Nature of True Repentance by Thomas Watson.

Edited and Abridged by Randy Lowe

I shall show what gospel repentance is. Repentance is a grace of God’s Spirit whereby a sinner is inwardly humbled and visibly reformed. For a further amplification, know that repentance is a spiritual medicine made up of six special ingredients. If any one is left out it loses its virtue.

Ingredient 1: Recognition of Sin

The first part of Christ’s healing work is to apply eye>salve. It is the great thing noted in the prodigal’s repentance: „he came to himself” (Luke 15:17). He saw himself a sinner and nothing but a sinner. Before a man can come to Christ he must first come to himself. He must first recog- nize and consider what his sin is, and know the plague of his heart before he can be duly humbled for it. The first thing God made was light. The first thing God gives the sinner is illumination. The eye is made both for seeing and weeping. Sin must be seen before it can be wept for. Hence I infer that where there is no sight of sin, there can be no repentance. Many who can spy faults in others see none in themselves. They say that they have good hearts. Is it not strange that two should live together, yet not know each other? Such is the case of a sinner. His body and soul live together, yet he is unacquainted with himself. He knows not his own heart. Under a veil, a deformed face is hid. Persons are veiled over with ignorance and self>love; therefore they see not what deformed souls they have.

Ingredient 2: Sorrow for Sin

Ambrose calls sorrow the embit- tering of the soul. The Hebrew word „to be sorrowful” signifies „to have the soul, as it were, crucified”. This must be in true repentance: „They shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn” (Zech. 12:10), as if they did feel the nails of the cross sticking in their own sides. A woman may as well expect to have a child without pain as one can have repentance without sorrow. He that can believe without doubting, should be suspicious of his faith; and he that can repent without sorrowing, should be suspicious of his repentance. True sorrow for sin is not superficial: it is a holy agony. It is called in Scripture a breaking of the heart (Psalm 51:17); and a rending of the heart (Joel 2:13).

Ingredient 3: Confession of Sin

Sorrow is such a vehement pas- sion that it will have vent. It vents itself at the eyes by weeping and at the tongue by confession: „The children of Israel stood and confessed their sins (Neh. 9:2). „I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence” (Hosea 5:15).

Confession is self>accusing: „Lo, I have sinned” (2 Sam. 24:17). This is not common among men. Men never want to accuse themselves, but when we come be- fore God, we must accuse ourselves. In fact, the humble sinner does more than accuse himself; he sits in judgment and passes sentence upon himself. He con- fesses that he has deserved to be bound over to the wrath of God.

Ingredient 4: Shame for Sin

The fourth ingredient in repen- tance is shame: „that they may be ashamed of their iniquities” (Ezek. 43:10). Blushing is the color of virtue. When the heart has been made black with sin, grace makes the face red with blushing: „I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face” (Ezra 9:6). The repenting prodigal was so ashamed of his excess that he thought himself not worthy to be called a son any more (Luke 15:21). Repentance caused a holy bashfulness.

Ingredient 5: Hatred of Sin

The fifth ingredient in repen- tance is hatred of sin. There is a hatred or loathing of abominations: „Ye shall loathe yourselves for your iniquities” (Ezek. 36:31). A true penitent is a sin>loather. If a man loathes that which makes his stom- ach sick, much more will he loathe that which makes his conscience sick. It is more to loathe sin than to leave it. One may leave sin for fear, but the nauseating and loathing of sin is a detestation of it. Christ is never loved till sin is loathed. Heaven is never longed for till sin is loathed. Sound repentance begins in the love of God and ends in the hatred of sin.

Ingredient 6: Turning from Sin

The sixth ingredient in repentance is a turning from sin. True repen- tance, like nitric acid, eats asunder the iron chain of sin. „Repent, and turn your- selves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations” (Ezek. 14:6). This turning from sin is called a forsaking of sin (Isa. 55:7). It is called „a putting of sin far away” (Job 11:14). Dying to sin is the life of repentance. The very day a Christian turns from sin he must begin a perpetual fast. The eye must fast from impure glances. The ear must fast from hearing slanders. The tongue must fast from oaths. The hands must fast from bribes. The feet must fast from the path of the harlot. And the soul must fast from the love of wickedness. This turning from sin implies a notable change.

There is a change wrought in the heart. In repentance Christ turns a heart of stone into a heart of flesh. There is a change wrought in the life. Turning from sin is so visible that others may dis- cern it. It is called a change from dark- ness to light (Eph. 5:8). A ship is going eastward; there comes a wind which turns it westward. Likewise, a man was going hell>ward before the contrary wind of the Spirit blew, turned his course, and caused him to sail heaven>ward. Repentance makes such a visible change in a person, it appears as if another soul has taken up lodging in the same body.

The full text of „The Nature of True Repen- tance” can be found in The Doctrine of Repen- tance (pages 18>58) by Thomas Watson. It is published by Banner of Truth in the „Puritan Paperbacks” series. Watson lived from 1620>1686 and first published this work in 1668. Watson was a spiritual giant of his day and is perhaps the most popular of all the En- glish Puritans. During the years of his ministry in London he earned a reputation as a man who was mighty in prayer. He masterfully ap- plied the Scriptures to the human heart. His directness is much needed in the modern pulpit.

Randy Lowe is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Williams Lake in Williams Lake, British Columbia.

If you would like to further read some writings by and about Thomas Watson, here are some links:

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