Stefan Lepadat – O Predica Puternica!

Daca le-am da la tineri microfon, sa vorbeasca fara sa stiti cine vorbeste si sa va spuna prin ce trec ei, Duminica dimineata nu ar mai fi rugaciune- ar fi numai strigate catre Dumnezeu!

Nelu Peia – Credinta lui Hristos

peiaIntotdeauna, cand venim la adunare se intampla un lucru uimitor. Fiecare venim din contextul nostru. Unii suntem zdrobiti, altii suntem framantati, altii suntem bucurosi, depinde cum au fost zilele precedente. Dar, dintr-o data, intram in prezenta Domnului si lucrurile acestea incep sa se topeasca, sa dispara. Altii venim cu dorinta disperata de a afla un raspuns si de aceea, inima e pregatita sa abandoneze tot. Daca Domnul ar lasa dupa mintea si inima noastra, ca sa venim noi cum vrem inaintea Lui, ar fi o mare invalmaseala in casa de adunare. Nu ma refer in sensul disciplinei sau randuielii. Ci in duhul, in spirit. De aceea, El a pus niste randuieli in poporul Sau si in trupul Sau, care este biserica. Si vorbeste despre unirea Duhului, care ne cerceteaza pe toti de o potriva. Si Duhul stie care este realitatea fiintei noastre inteorioare.

In urma cu un an de zile, am avut un timp de rugaciune mai prelungit. Ne-am rugat pentru Israel, pentru Romania si pentru Statele Unite. Dupa 4 ore de lauda, inchinare si staruinta in rugaciune, am constatat ca Duhul Domnului ne vorbea urmatorul cuvant: Acum, acum este momentul. Atat de perseverent a fost Duhul Sfant, pana la urma am inteles ce vrea sa ne spuna. Am constatat ca noi, ca fiinte umane, nu ne intalnim cu Dumnezeu decat in timpul prezent. Noi nu traim nici in timpul trecut- ceea ce s-a intamplat ieri este istorie si nu mai putem schimba. S-a incheiat. Numai bunatatea lui Dumnezeu acopera lucrurile care trebuie sa fie acoperite. Dar noi avem putere asupra viitorului nostru daca suntem copii ai lui Dumnezeu. Viitorul este creat de El pentru noi si este un viitor desavrasit. Toate procesele biologice se intampla acuma. Tot ce se intampla in toate celulele din corp si in toate organele noastre nu se intampla decat in timpul prezent.

Dumnezeu, cand ne-a creat, ne-a facut dupa chipul si asemanarea Lui si este Dumnezeul prezentului, al acestui moment. Noi nu putem sa intram in legatura cu Creatorul nostru decat acum. Nici ieri, nici maine. Toate gandurile pe care le avem sunt doar in timpul prezent. Chiar si visele pe care le avem, despre trecut si viitor, tot in timpul prezent se intampla. Nimic din ceea ce traim noi in fiecare clipa a vietii nu este decat timpul prezent. Si Domnul ne-a spus raspicat: Clipa prezenta este o poarta de intrare in prezenta Mea. Impotriva prezentului se dau toate bataliile lumii. Pentru ca, daca Satan, demonii si oamenii reusesc sa te smulga din prezenta lui Dumnezeu. Impotrvia prezentului vin amintirile de ieri, de alaltaieri si de saptamana trecuta si durerile si amaraciunile si framantarile. Si vii in casa de adunare cu ceea ce ai carat dupa tine si cu o povara grea si nu o poti lasa de unul singur. Dumnezeu stie constitutia naturii noastre. El ne-a creat. Si stie ca daca nu suntem de acord cu El, sa-i dam lui povara, ramanem cu ea. El respecta alegerea noastra libera.

De aceea Domnul Isus Hristos spune: Dati-mi sarcina voastra, care este grea si luati sarcina Mea, care este usoara. El face o negociere cu noi pentru ca vrea sa ne ajute, pentru ca ne vrea cu gelozie pentru Sine. Nu vrea ca sa avem ochi si sa nu vedem, cum spune Isaia si urechi, sa nu auzim, ci in prezenta Lui, sa Il vedem fata in fata- sa-I auzim glasul .

Unii vin la casa de adunare numai sa se roage pentru ajutor. Venim si zicem, „Doamne, daca ma ajuti si ma asculti….” si tot serviciul ne gandim numai la asta si am pierdut intalnirea cu El, care este sursa tuturor solutiilor. Mereu spun oamenilor care trec prin incercari, „Cel mai bun lucru care ti se poate intampla, nu sa-ti dea Domnul raspuns la ceva, sau o rezolvare, sau o vindecare, ci este sa te intalnesti cu El fata catre fata. Sa auzi glasul Lui.

Solutia tuturor rezolvarilor noastre este Domnul Isus Hristos. Si orice ar spune Domnul in clipa aceea, si dojana, si mustrarea, da, orice ar spune este bun pentru noi. Pentru ca mustrarea ne pune pe calea vietii. Pentru ca ne iubeste, de aceea ne mustra. Cum intram in prezenta Lui? Filipeni 4 spune „In toate lucrurile, nu va ingrijorati de nimic. In toate lucrurile, aduceti inaintea lui Dumnezeu cererile noastre, in mijlocire, cu mijlociri. Spuneti-i Domnului tot ce aveti pe inima si El face tragul acesta, El ia povara si-ti pune sarcina Lui, care e usoara. Stiti care e sarcina Lui? El insusi. El insusi. Si atunci, pacea lui Dumnezeu, care intrece orice pricepere va va pazi inimile si gandurile, in Isus Hristos. Si cand ai pace, poti sa treci dincolo, din framantarea noastra omeneasca in prezenta Dumnezeului nostru.

Postari asemanatoare

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  4. Nelu (Ioan) Peia – Un mesaj despre Rugaciune, Ianuarie 2011
  5. Nelu Peia la Biserica Elim, Phoenix, Arizona Ian.13, 2011
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  8. Nelu Peia – Predica la Conferinta de Post si Rugaciune, Baile Felix Dec. 2010
  9. Femeia cu doi banuti -predica scurta Ioan ‘Nelu’ Peia la Falticeni

Matt Chandler – Grace through the eyes of the Father (Luke 15)

ChandlerLuke 15 – This chapter is scandalous, it’s one of the things that gets Jesus killed. I don’t know about you, I don’t know your background, but, that was the part that never made sense to me about Jesus. We have Jesus healing diseases, raising people from the dead, and they killed Him for that? And so, for a long time I was really confused. Why are they killing Jesus? Luke 15 is one of those reasons, because what He is about to do in this text, is He is about to completely deconstruct this world, as they knew it, and, reconstruct the world as He created it. And, when that happens, people get confused and they get angry, and the power they thought they have, they realize they don’t have. And, when ways they have made themselves feel important are taken from them, and when you take from people their right to be their own god- their ‘perceived’ right to be their own god, they tend to get aggressive.

And, what’s about to happen, (and this is gonna be a lesson for some of you quickly), Jesus doesn’t just deconstruct, but He reconstructs. Now, let me tell you why that’s important. Because we’re young, and let me tell you what young people know. Young people can spot the problems with stuff. But they kind of stink at figuring out what to do about it. So, they’re really good at pointing out the errors of the generation behind them, or in front of them, but they don’t really know how to build anything to replace it. But, hear me. If you tear everything down and you don’t build anything in it’s place, everybody ends up homeless. This text is unbelievable and the key is in verses 1 & 2.

A letter to a mother grieving the loss of a child

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Here’s a letter John Piper wrote, which may be helpful to other Christian mothers out there. The letter was a response to a mom whose child was stillborn:

Dear _____,

This loss and sorrow is all so fresh. I hesitate to tread into the tender place and speak. But since you ask, I pray that God would help me say something helpful.

First, please know that I know I don’t know what it is like to give birth to a lifeless body. Only a small, sad band of mothers know that. I say “lifeless body” because, as you made clear, your son is not lifeless. He simply skipped earth. For now. But in the new heavens and the new earth, he will know the best of earth and all the joys earth can give without any of its sorrows.

I do not know what age — what level of maturity and development — he will have in that day. I don’t know what level of maturity and development I will have. Will the 25-year-old or the 35- or the 45- or the 55-year-old John Piper be the risen one? God knows what is optimal for the spiritual, glorified body. And so it will be for your son. But you will know him. God will see to that. And he you. And he will thank you for giving him life. He will thank you for enduring the loss that he might have the reward sooner.

God’s crucial word on grieving well is 1 Thessalonians 4:13: “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.” Yours is a grieving with hope. Theirs is a grieving without hope. That is the key difference. There is no talk of not grieving. That would be like suggesting to a woman who just lost her arm that she not cry, because it would be put back on in the resurrection. It hurts! That’s why we cry. It hurts.

And amputation is a good analogy. Because unlike a bullet wound, when the amputation heals, the arm is still gone. So the hurt of grief is different from the hurt of other wounds. There is the pain of the severing, and then the relentless pain of the gone-ness. The countless might-have-beens. Those too hurt. Each new remembered one is a new blow on the tender place where the arm was. So grieving is like and unlike other pain.

There is a paradox in the way God is honored through hope-filled grief. One might think that the only way he could be honored would be to cry less or get over the ache more quickly. That might show that your confidence is in the good that God is and the good that he does. Yes. It might. And some people are wired emotionally to experience God that way. I would not join those who say, “O they are just in denial.”

But there is another way God is honored in our grieving. When we taste the loss so deeply because we loved so deeply and treasured God’s gift — and God in his gift — so passionately that the loss cuts the deeper and the longer, and yet in and through the depths and the lengths of sorrow we never let go of God, and feel him never letting go of us — in that longer sorrow he is also greatly honored, because the length of it reveals the magnitude of our sense of loss for which we do not forsake God. At every moment of the lengthening grief, we turn to him not away from him. And therefore the length of it is a way of showing him to be ever-present, enduringly sufficient.

So trust him deeply and let your heart be your guide whether you honor him one way or the other. Everyone is different. Beware of blaming your husband, or he you, for moving into or out of grief at different paces. It is so personal. And what you may find is that the one who seemed to recover more quickly will weep the more deeply in ten years. You just don’t know now, and it is good not to judge.

May God make your grieving a bittersweet experience of communion with Jesus. Matthew tells us that when Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been beheaded, “he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself” (Matthew 14:13). So he knows what it is to go with you there.

We do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize. He was tested in every way as we are — including loss.

Grace to you and peace.

Affectionately,

Pastor John

John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org. He served for 32 years as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is author of more than 50 books. John and his wife Noël have five children and twelve grandchildren.

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