UN MESAJ CARE TREBUIE AUZIT! – PASTOR NELU FILIP, BISERICA POARTA CERULUI, TIMIȘOARA

Nelu Filip – Atentie!!! 1. la Slujire 2. la Inchinare 3. la Tinuta 4. la Atentie

POPAS PENTRU SUFLET

Un predicator de elită, un subiect destul de dificil (mai ales în vremea noastră) dar foarte necesar, o prezentare de excepție:

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Viata lui Sadhu Sundar Singh – Capitolul 9B – Intoarcerea in India – Invatatura Sa

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Din postarea de fata: –„Iertarea pacatelor nu este insa mantuirea complecta. Nu ajunge numai sa tai crengile unui copac ca sa-l distrugi, ci trebuie sa-l smulgi din radacina si tot pamantul din juru-i sa fie curatat. Mantuirea implica transformarea generala a fiintei noastre; este  o totala nastere din nou. Astfel se poate intampla ca dupa ce am capatat iertarea, totusi sa murim in pacate. De aceea mai mult ca orice, lucrul esential este de a fi smulsi din dominatia pacatului. Isus Christos n-a venit numai ca sa ne ierte, ci sa ne elibereze”.
– continuare – traducere de A.C.

Intoarcerea in India

„Toate miracolele exterioare, chiar si salvarile cele mai inexplicabile sunt de un ordin inferior in comparatie cu mantuirea unui suflet, care prin nasterea din nou, a trecut de la moarte la viata! Ceea ce depaseste toata priceperea este cum se face ca un biet suflet pacatos, murdar, mizerabil, fara repaos, primeste iertarea, descatusarea si pacea. Aici se afla miracolul central al crestinismului. Daca un om a trait aceasta, nu se mai mira de nimic. El stie ca la Dumnezeu totul este cu putinta”.

Vorbind despre salvarea sa din putul de la Rasar, Sundar a zis: „Poate ca un inger era cel ce m-a eliberat, sau chiar Isus insusi, insa cel mai mare miracol in acelasi timp a fost pacea care mi-a umplut inima pe durata celor trei zile petrecute in aceasta bolnita oribila. El a facut din inchisoarea mea un cer veritabil. In unele momente prezenta lui Christos era stralucitoare ca soarele la amiaza si acest sentiment s-a inaltat uneori pana la o bucurie triumfatoare. Nici o indoiala n-a putut sa-i strabata spiritul”.

Aceasta pace din launtru este imposibil de descris. Eu nu gasesc cuvinte ca sa o exprim. Este pacea care depaseste orice pricepere, despre care vorbeste Apostolul Pavel”.

Evocand acele intimplari, figura radianta a lui Sadhu era o predicare vie si oricine putea vedea ce comoara a gasit el in Christos.

In contact cu pacatul si suferinta, sufletul sau era dureros miscat, dar in miezul fiintei sale pacea statea nemiscata.

– „Inima mea este ca marea. La suprafata poate sa bantuie furtuni si sa se miste talazurile; in strafunzimi insa domneste o pace inalterabila. Inima noastra a fost creiata sa primeasca aceasta pace. Iata pentru ce ea nu poate sa aibe pace, mai inainte ca ea sa fie gasita”.

– „Daca nu toata lumea poate sa mearga in Tibet, sa fie legat de un arbore sau aruncat intr-o groapa, fiecare insa poate gusta odihna ce o gasim in Christos. Ea nu depinde de vreun lucru pamantesc, putere sau bogatie, caci altfel toti oamenii bogati, ar fi fericiti si satisfacuti.

Putini dintre crestini au dobandit o cunoastere atat de profunda si au marturisit-o cu atata certitudine ca acest apostol venit dintr-o tara in care cautarea pacii sufletesti a fost timp de secole scopul suprem al religiei. Cei ce-au vazut interminabilele siruri de pelerini, mergand spre un oarecare loc sfant, nu pot sa uite intensitatea dorintei acelora de a gasi pe Dumnezeu.

Sadhu nu ingaduie compromisul. Sarea dintr-insul nu-si pierduse savoarea. In invatatura sa insista foarte des asupra necesitatii pocaintei si asupra certitudinii judecatii dupa moarte.

– „Exista foarte multi oameni, care se asigura gandind: Dumnezeu este dragoste, El ne va salva si ne va rascumpara in ultimul moment. Cei ce vor vorbi asa vor fi pierduti. Ascultati ce spune Mantuitorul: Daca aude cineva cuvintele Mele si nu le pazeste, nu Eu il judec; caci Eu n-am venit sa judec lumea, ci sa mantuiesc lumea. Pe cine Ma nesocoteste si nu primeste cuvintele Mele, are cine-l osandi: Cuvantul, pe care l-am vestit Eu, acela il va osandi in ziua de apoi”(Ioan 12:47-48).

„Odata am ridicat o piatra mare, ce acoperea o multime de insecte. Indata ce au dat de lumina, ele fugeau ingrozite in toate partile, prada unei agitatii neasteptate. Punand piatra la loc, insectele se linistira. Cand Soarele justitiei se va ridica pentru noi, acei care traiesc in placerile pacatului, vor privi scosi la lumina, greselile pe care le-au savarsit in ascuns. Caci nu exista vreun ascuns care sa nu fie descoperit si nici un secret ce nu poate fi stiut”.

„Noi stim ce este puterea pacatului si forta lui Satan, insa Mantuitorul este mult mai puternic. Intr-o zi stand asezat pe o stanca, am vazut sub mine o pasarica zburand din ce in ce mai incet. Luand seama la miscarile ei, am zarit un sarpe mare care o privea. Atrasa in gura mortii, mica zburatoare era fara putere de rezistenta. Am incercat sa-i salvez viata aruncand cu pietre, dar inutil si am asistat la scena tragica, in momentul cand pasarica s-a apropiat de sarpele cel batran, de gura reptilei, fiind dintr-o data inghitita. Tot astfel, Satan sarpele cel vechi, atrage la el tineri si batrani. Nimeni nu are in sine atata putere ca sa reziste raului si noi mergem de-a dreptul la moarte. Dar sa privim la Isus Christos, care poate sa ne traga spre El si sa ne scape de Satan”.

– „Tu nu esti departe de Imparatia cerurilor, a spus Isus unui om. El trebuie sa fi fost impacat auzind acest cuvant adresat fata de toti. Totusi el ar fi trebuit sa se intristeze cunoscand ca nu poseda Imparatia cerurilor. A fi aproape de ea nu inseamna mare lucru, ci sa fi intrat in ea. Ganditi-va la fecioarele neantelepte, stand la poarta salii de nunta, dar neputand sa intre acolo. A fi aproape mantuit este a fi pierdut”.

– „Intr-o jungla deasa din statul Butham, se face vanatoarea tigrului. Vanatorii au cu ei cheia unui refugiu construit ca sa le serveasca de adapost in caz de pericol. Intr-o zi, unul dintre vanatori a luat pusca si s-a dus la vanat. Zarind un tigru, l-a ochit cu pusca, a tras, dar a gresit tinta. Animalul a inceput numaidecat sa-l urmareasca. Omul crezand ca poate sa ajunga la coliba salvatoare, arunca pusca. Pe pragul refugiului isi cauta cheia dar a uitat-o acasa. Atunci tigrul  a sarit asupra lui si l-a sfasiat. Intre coliba si vanator nu mai era decat grosimea usii. Cu toate acestea omul si-a pierdut viata datorita lipsei de grija. Si oricat de departe sau de aproape era de coliba, tot ar fi murit. Nefiind departe de Imparatia lui Dumnezeu, multi dintre semeni isi neglijeaza cheia, care este pocainta si rugaciunea staruitoare”.

– „Exista pericol de a pierde darurile si binecuvantarile ce le-am primit. Daca nu ar fi asa, Domnul nu ne-ar fi adresat acest avertisment: „Eu vin curand. Pastreaza ce ai , ca nimeni sa nu-ti ia cununa (Apocalipsa 3:11)”. Iata pentru ce „veghiati si rugati-va”. Dumnezeu este dragostea, nu vom avea un alt mantuitor dupa moarte. Christos n-ar fi coborat pe pamant, daca ne-ar fi fost oferita o alta sansa de a fi mantuiti mai tarziu. El ar fi ramas in ceruri”.

Sadhu a insistat de nenumarate ori asupra imposibilitatii cuiva de a se mantui prin propriile puteri. Nici un efort personal, nici o fapta buna nu poate sa obtina harul iertarii. Justificarea si pacea sufletului sunt din partea indurarii lui Dumnezeu, daruri nemeritate, pe care trebuie sa le primim pur si simplu prin rugaciune in umilinta, pocainta si credinta.

-„Iertarea pacatelor nu este insa mantuirea complecta. Nu ajunge numai sa tai crengile unui copac ca sa-l distrugi, ci trebuie sa-l smulgi din radacina si tot pamantul din juru-i sa fie curatat. Mantuirea implica transformarea generala a fiintei noastre; este  o totala nastere din nou. Astfel se poate intampla ca dupa ce am capatat iertarea, totusi sa murim in pacate. De aceea mai mult ca orice, lucrul esential este de a fi smulsi din dominatia pacatului. Isus Christos n-a venit numai ca sa ne ierte, ci sa ne elibereze”.

– „O tanara fata, strica in fiecare zi in camera sa, panza unui paianjen. Draga mea, i s-a zis, nu-ti foloseste la nimic sa indepartezi aceste ate, care mereu se refac! Daca omori paianjenul, nu vei mai vedea panza la loc. Tot asa, nu ajunge ca pacatele noastre zilnice sa fie iertate fara incetare, ci trebuie sa omoram in noi pe omul cel vechiu, care le comite. Foarte multi dintre credinciosi se inseala, crezand ca este suficient ca pacatele lor sa fie iertate, pentru ca sa fie mantuiti. Cat timp insasi natura lor vinovata n-a fost transformata, ei sunt pierduti”.

– „Scopul ultim al intruparii dragostei divine este ca sa faca umanitatea sa semene cu Fiul lui Dumnezeu. „Fiti desavarsiti cum Tatal vostru ceresc este desavarsit”. A crede in Christos este a imbraca pe Christos, a deveni una cu El, a trai viata Lui. Exista unele insecte, a caror culoare si forma seamana pana intr-atat cu frunzele arborilor pe care traiesc si cu care se hranesc, ca te poti insela asupra lor. In acelasi timp acei care traiesc legati de Isus Christos, sunt transformati intr-o imagine a Lui”.

– „Satan seamana indoiala in inima copiilor lui Dumnezeu dar prin gratia de sus, cel drept scapa de sub aceasta influenta. Ascultati urmatoarea povestire. Inainte de a se converti, un barbat a comis mai multe crime. Dupa aceea insa, el a slujit fara incetare pe Domnul si a dus o viata sfanta. Dar cand a ajuns pe patul mortii, diavolul ii desfasura lista pacatelor lui din trecut, zicandu-i: iata tot ceea ce ai facut; nu esti vrednic sa intri in cer, locul tau este in iad. Muribundul ii raspunse: Mantuitorul meu nu va arunca afara pe acela care vine la El, daca ne marturisim pacatele, El este credincios si drept ca sa ne ierte si sa ne curateasca de toata nelegiuirea. Cu toate acestea, Satana continua sa-l tulbure. Sfantul insa staruia mai cu ardoare in rugaciune. Atunci a aparut un deget  care a tras o linie  de-a curmezisul listei pacatelor lui. Satan nu se lasa si-i zise din nou: nu te bucura prea mult, tu poti s-atingi cerul, insa pacatele tale vor fi mereu vizibile tuturor ochilor si te vei rusina de toti de acolo. Sfantul se ruga din nou. Atunci o picatura  din sangele lui Christos a cazut pe lista, s-a prelins in toate partile stergand cuvintele de aducere aminte si facand hartia din nou alba. Iar muribundul cuprins de o pace divina, a putut sa se infatiseze inaintea Domnului sau”.

– „Cat timp un om se afla pe pamant, nu intelege gloria supremei fericiri ceresti, care este destinul sau nemuritor. Aceasta este ca puiul in gaoace, care nu poate sa-si inchipuie frumusetea lumii in care va intra. Daca declara ca nimic nu exista  in afara de coaja sa, mama lui i-ar fi raspuns: Ce stai si vorbesti? Afara sunt campii, munti, un cer albastru. El nevazand nimic, nu poate sa le creada, dar cand gaoacea se va sfarma, va vedea ca mama lui a avut dreptate. Acelasi lucru se intampla cu noi, care nu putem sa deosebim nici cerul , nici infernul. Cand se va sfarma insa invelisul nostru de lut, ceea ce ne este invisibil va deveni vizibil”.

– „Totusi unele lucruri ne permit sa intrezarim viitoarea noastra stare. Intocmai cum puisorul are ochi si aripioare de care numai cand va iesi din coaja se va putea servi, la fel in noi se afla dorinte si aspiratiuni, care nu vor fi implinite in viata de aici. Trebuie deci sa existe o viata viitoare unde acestea se vor realiza. Si exista viata cea vesnica. Insa cum pasarea trebuie sa fie tinuta la cald pe durata aflarii sale in gaoace, la fel cat noi sintem in aceasta lume, trebuie ca prezenta si focul Duhului Sfant, sa ne acopere si sa ne infierbante”.

–  Va urma –

Mary Slessor – Missionary to 1800’s Nigeria

SEE FILM BELOW + see links to other biographical films at bottom of post.

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Mary Slessor, inspired by the life of Dr. David Livingstone set out for West Africa at the age of 28. Undaunted  by two illnesses, one of them being malaria, which forced her to return to Scotland for a short period, by the witchcraft, and the one case of ritual slaughter practiced by the natives, she learned the native language, lived with and like the natives and moved further and further into unbroken territory- Efik and Okoyong of Calabar, in present day Nigeria. Along the way she established missions and adopted every baby she found due to the ritual killing of twins that is still practiced in some Nigerian villages today. (See here- 40 Abuja Towns Kill Twins! (stharry.wordpress.com) ) Besides being an evangelist, Mary Slessor also concentrated on settling disputes, encouraging trade, establishing social changes and introducing Western education. In 1892 she was made vice-consul in Okoyong, presiding over the native court and in 1905 was named vice-president of Ikot Obong native court. Slessor suffered failing health in her later years but remained in Africa where she died in 1915.

If you think all Victorian women were ladies in lavender crinolines swooning at the sight of a mouse, think again. There were a surprising number who went off into the unknown alone, and the bravest was a Scottish missionary called Mary Slessor. She became a legend in Scotland and in Nigeria, where she is still celebrated today. When she first went to Africa in 1876 the Scottish church had bee established on the Nigerian coast for many years but the interior was largely unexplored. This fascinating two-part documentary explores her life and works, from her early childhood in Aberdeen to the work she carried out improving trading and the living standards of women in Nigeria.

Part 1

Part 2

Mary Slessor was born on December 2, 1848 in Gilcomston, close to Aberdeen, Scotland. She was the second of seven children of Robert and Mary Slessor. Her father, originally from Buchan, was a shoemaker by trade. In 1859 the family moved to Dundee in search of work. Robert Slessor was an alcoholic, and unable to keep up shoemaking, took a job as a labourer in a mill. Her mother, a skilled weaver, also went to work in the mills. At the age of eleven, Mary began work as a „half timer” in the Baxter Brothers’ Mill. She spent half of her day at a school provided by the mill owners, and the other half working for the company. The Slessors lived in the slums of Dundee. Before long, Mary’s father died of pneumonia, and both her brothers died, leaving behind only Mary, her mother, and two sisters. By age fourteen, Mary had become a skilled jute worker, working from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. with just an hour for breakfast and lunch.

Mary’s mother was a devout Presbyterians who read each issue of the Missionary Record, a monthly magazine published by The United Presbyterian Church (later United Free Church of Scotland) to inform members of missionary activities and needs. Mary developed an interest in religion and, when a mission was instituted in Quarry Pend (close by the Wishart Church), Mary volunteered to become a teacher. Mary was 27 when she heard news that David Livingstone, the famous missionary and explorer, had died. She wanted to follow in his footsteps.

Missionary

Eventually, Mary applied to the Foreign Mission Board of the United Presbyterian Church. After a of training in Edinburgh, Mary set sail in the S.S. Ethiopia on 5 August 1876, and arrived at her destination in West Africa just over a month later. She was 28 years of age, red haired with bright blue eyes. Mary was sent to the Calabar region, warned that witchcraft and superstition were prevalent. The ritual sacrifice of children, and twins in particular, was customary among the people she would be ministering to, but Mary was undaunted. She worked first in the missions in Old Town and Creek Town. She lived in the missionary compound for 3 years. She wanted to go deeper into Calabar, malaria forced her to go home to Scotland and recover. Mary left Calabar for Dundee in 1879. She was in Scotland for 16 months before heading back to Africa.

On her return, she did not go back to the compound, but 3 miles further into Calabar, to Old Town. As she had to leave a large portion of her salary at home for the support of her mother and sisters, she had to economise and took to subsisting on the native food.

Issues that Mary confronted as a young missionary included widespread human sacrifice at the death of a village elder, who, it was believed, required servants and retainers to accompany him in the next world, and the lack of education or any status for women. The birth of twins was considered an evil curse. The belief was that the father of one of the infants was an evil spirit, and that the mother had been guilty of a great sin; and as they were allowed to live. Twin babies were often abandoned in the bush. In such circumstances as soon as twins missioners sought to obtain possession of them, and gave them the security and care of the Mission House. Some of the Mission compounds were alive with babies.Mary adopted every child that she found abandoned. She once saved a pair of twins, a boy and a girl, but the boy did not survive. Mary was devastated, but took the girl as her daughter and called her Janie.

After only three more years, she went back to Scotland on yet another furlough because she was extremely sick. But she wasn’t alone this time, she had Janie with her. She was home for over 3 years looking after her mother and sister, who had also fallen ill. While she was home, Mary spoke at churches all over and shared stories from Africa.

According to Livingstone, when two deputies went out to inspect the Mission in 1881-82, they were much impressed. They stated, “…[S]he enjoys the unreserved friendship and confidence of the people, and has much influence over them.” This they attributed partly to the singular ease with which she spoke the language.

Mary again returned to Africa, with more determination then ever. She saved hundreds of twins out of the fierce jungle, where they had been left either to starve to death or get eaten by wild animals. She prevented dozens, possibly even hundreds of wars, helped heal the sick and stopped the practice of determining guilt by making the suspects drink poison. She went to other tribes, spreading the word of Jesus Christ wherever and whenever she could. While in Africa, she received news that her mother and sister had died. She was overcome with loneliness. She wrote,”There is no one to write and tell my stories and nonsense to.” She had also found a sense of writing, ”Heaven is now nearer to me than Britain,and no one will worry about me if I go up country.”

In August 1888, she went traveled north to Okoyong, an area where missionaries were previously killed, but Mary was sure that her teachings, and the fact that she was a woman, would be less threatening to unreached tribes than male missionaries had been. For 15 years, she stayed with the Okoyong. She was a peacemaker and a nurse. She died when she was 66.

Among the Efik

Unlike other missionaries, Mary lived as part of the tribe, learned to speak Efik, the native language, and made close personal friendships wherever she went. She adopted abandoned twins and worked tirelessly to protect children and raise the status of women. Mary was known for her pragmatism and humour; this earned her the respect and trust of the people she wanted to serve.

Mary Slessor went to live among the Efik and the Okoyong which lived near the Efiks who live in Calabar, in present day Nigeria. There she successfully fought against the killing of twins at infancy. Mary Slessor was a driving force behind the establishment of the Hope Waddell Training Institute in Calabar, which provided practical vocational training to Africans.

Death

In 1888 she went alone to work among the Okoyong. For the rest of her life Slessor lived a simple life in a traditional house with Africans, concentrating on pioneering. Her insistence on lone stations often led her into conflict with the authorities and gained her a reputation as somewhat eccentric, but she was heralded in Britain as the ‘white queen of Okoyong’. She was not primarily an evangelist but concentrated on settling disputes, encouraging trade, establishing social changes and introducing Western education. Slessor frequently campaigned against injustices against women, took in outcasts and adopted unwanted children. In 1892 she was made vice-consul in Okoyong, presiding over the native court and in 1905 was named vice-president of Ikot Obong native court. In 1913 she was awarded the Order of St John of Jerusalem. Slessor suffered failing health in her later years but remained in Africa where she died in 1915.

Mary Slessor died in 1915 at her remote station near Use Ikot Oku. Her body was transported down the Cross River to Duke Town for the colonial equivalent of a state funeral. Attendees at her funeral included the Provincial Commissioner along with other senior British Officials in full uniform. Her Coffin was wrapped in the Union Jack. Flags at government buildings were flown at half mast and the Governor General of Nigeria, Sir Fredrick Lugard telegraphed his ‘deepest regret’ from Lagos and published a warm tribute in the Government Gazette. WIKIPEDIA link – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Slessor

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