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PREDICA de Duminica SEARA

CRISTIAN IONESCU

Slujba Duhului Sfant

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Slujirea ca expresie a iubirii de Dumnezeu si de Oameni

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Program A 45-a Conventie

Phoenix Arizona Conventie 2013

***Joi 29 August 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Intrunirea Consiliului Pastoral al Convenţiei

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***Vineri 30 August 6:00 PM – 9:00 PMUniunile Penticostale Romane SUA si Canada
Mesaje:
1. Moise – Slujitorul Credincios,
Evrei 3.5
2. Petru şi apostolii – Slujitori ai Cuvântului,
Fapte 6.2, Luca 1.2

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***Seminarii si Conferinte Sâmbătă 10:00AM – 11:30AM

* Seminar pentru familii
Tema: Implicarea familiei în slujire
* Întâlnirea misiunilor
* Seminar de interes general
Tema: Slujirea prin Darurile Duhului Sfânt

Sâmbătă 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Conferinţa slujitorilor ordinaţi * Întâlnirea surorilor

Sambata 31 August la ora 2:00PM

Concursul biblic pentru tineret se va desfasura 1&2 Timotei

Sâmbătă 31 August 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Mesaje:
3. Tabita – Credinciosul cu inimă de slujitor,
Fapte 9.36-39
4. Pavel – Apostolul care alege să fie rob-slujitor,
Romani 1.1

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***Duminică 1 Septembrie, AM 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Mesaje:
5. Isus Hristos – slujirea ca expresie a iubirii de Dumnezeu şi de oameni,
Ioan 13.1,4, Ioan 21.15-17
6. Isus Hristos – slujirea ca împlinire a voii lui Dumnezeu Tatăl,
Ioan 4.31-34, Luca 22.42

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***Duminică 1 Septembrie, PM 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Mesaje:
7. Isus Hristos – jertfa supremă a slujirii,
Evrei 8.1-2, 9.11-14, Evr. 2.8
8. Duhul Sfânt – slujba aducătoare de viaţă;
2 Cor. 3.1-18
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***Luni 2 Septembrie 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Picnic la Sahuaro Park

Eveniment organizat de Biserica Happy Valley.

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Rezervatii cu discounturi speciale la aceste doua hoteluri (pana la sfarsitul lunii Iulie)

Arizona este statul Marelui Canion (poza via aici):

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Puiu Chibici – Ești necuprins de timp și spațiu

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O cantare inaltatoare – cu multumiri lui Paul Ion pentru video!!!

Ești necuprins de timp și spațiu, de-orice gândire mai presus
Ești pretutindenea în toate și totuși cât de nepătruns
Deasupra tuturor o Doamne, cu măreție strălucești
Cu-nțelepciunea-Ți fără margini, în orice clipă mă uimești.

/: Din veșnicie ești același, Iehova e numele Tău
Splendori cerești Te înconjoară,
Din veșnicie-n veșnicie ești mereu
Iehova Dumnezeu! :/

2. Ești Dumnezeu din veșnicie, izvorul tainice-i lumini
În cer Ți-e tronul de domnie, înconjurat de heruvimi
Ești Tatăl nostru bun și mare, ce ne dai pâine zi de zi
Și adunarea-n sărbătoare Îți cântă sfinte melodii.

3. În fața măreției Tale, se-nchină orice muritor
Ți se înalță osanale, Atotputernic Creator
În toate voia Ta să fie, sfințească-se Numele Tău
Vie a Ta împărăție Preasfânt și mare Dumnezeu!

~Amin~

Florin Ianovici – Primul Razboi la Care Nu Te Astepti la Biserica Betania Arad

PAGINA Florin Ianovici PREDICI aici

ianovici 2013

Predica de incurajare- Trebuie sa fim mai mult decat biruitori in inclestarile vPietii

1 Samuel 17:47 – Şi toată mulţimea aceasta va şti că Domnul nu mîntueşte nici prin sabie nici prin suliţă. Căci biruinţa este a Domnului. Şi El vă dă în mînile noastre.„

Notite din predica. Florin Ianovici –

Dragii mei, un cuvant vreau sa aduc spre inima dumneavoastra. Marturisesc ca in timp ce veneam spre Arad, Dumnezeu a asezat in inima mea un mesaj diferit de cel pe care initial doream sa vi-l transmit. Probabil ca Dumnezeu, in aceasta seara are cateva inimi pe care vrea sa le ridice. Stiu sigur ca Dumnezeu, in aceasta seara are aici oameni spre care El priveste si doreste Dumnezeu ca ei sa plece biruitori. Iubitii Domnului, spune Biblia despre un lucru aparent ciudat, ca David, care era la carm la vremea la care relateaza aceasta istorie era un tinerel. S-a grabit sa ajunga la locul unde fratii lui mai mari, trei dintre ei, se luptau impreuna cu regele Saul impotriva clasicului dusman, anume Filisteni. Ajuns acolo, spune Biblia ca el si-a grabit pasii pentru ca a auzit un lucru si anume. Ca oastea care se stransese siruri, siruri si se aliniase ca sa poata incepe razboiul scotea strigate de razboi. Nu stiu ce strigate de razboi scoteau ei, dar stiu care este strigatul de razboi al bisericii. Biblia spune ca ceva ciudat se intampla pentru ca David, apropiindu-se cu dorinta sa vada lupta, observa ca de fapt oamenii nu mai strigau, ca de fapt nimeni nu lupta, ca de si erau aliniati in siruri si erau destul de numerosi, nimeni nu scosese sabia, ci fiecare parca ar fi asteptat ceva ce nu se intampla.

Ciudat imi pare sa vii o viata intreaga la biserica si la simplele examene ale vietii tu sa nu faci absolut nimic. Ciudat imi pare ca dupa atata vreme de petrecut in biserica, la cele mai elementare inclestari ale vietii, de fapt, sa nu poti sa fii biruitor in numele celui pe care Il iubesti si Ii declari la biserica ca este totul pentru tine. Din toata inima ma rog in aceasta seara, ca Dumnezeu privind spre noi sa nu ne vada niste siruri, aliniati de batalie si nu doar sa scoatem niste strigate de razboi, ci Dumnezeu sa ne dea puterea de a fi mai mult decat biruitori in inclestarile vietii. Fratii mei, surorile mele, nimeni nu este obligat sa vina la biserica, nimeni nu este obligat sa faca lucrul acesta pentru ca trebuie. Venim la biserica pentru ca noi vrem sa ne pregatim pentru razboaiele si pentru luptele care oricum vor veni. Ele vor veni. Sa nu uiti niciodata ca prezenta ta la biserica este dorinta inimii tale. Ca de fapt, aici vii sa te pregatesti pentru ceea ce va urma. Sa nu uitati niciodata lucrul asta, ca altminteri s-ar putea sa ne trezim ca stam in scaunele acestea fara sa stim in ce stam. Eu sunt convins ca nu o sa ies bine din biserica si deja razboiul spiritual va incepe. Stiu sigur ca maine ma asteapta multe inclestari, ca viata aceasta mi-a dovedit ca luptele nu vor lipsi pana nu vom inchide ochii. Si pare nepotrivit ca noi, cand ne strangem, sa fim aliniati in siruri de bataie si atunci cand noi avem examene simple in viata, noi sa nu fim biruitori. Oare de ce? De ce se intampla lucrul asta?

Lucrul acesta se intampla de cele mai multe ori pentru ca noi ne pregatim pentru razboaiele care se vad cu ochiul liber. Te astepti la ceva in viata. Cand sunt tanar, razboiul meu principal este sa pot sa-mi gasesc un loc de munca bun si sa imi gasesc o fata cu care sa imi intemeiez o casnicie, sau un baiat. In momentul cand te apropii de 40 de ani si ceva, razboiul tau este sa ai o casa si sa ai un loc al tau in care sa poti sa te simti bine. Fie ce varsta are razboaiele ei, omul se asteapta. Nu astepti la 65 de ani sa te inscrii bunaoara la atletism, nu? La 65 de ani te astepti la o anumita evolutie in viata. La 20 de ani ai parte de anumite lupte. Insa ceva se intampla. Se intampla ca luptele pe care noi le asteptam sa le purtam, ele sunt precedate, dragii mei, de alte lupte pentru care nu suntem niciodata suficient de pregatiti ca sa le dam. Veti vedea in seara aceasta ca David, pana sa ajunga sa poarte lupta cu Goliat, aceasta lupta clara- daca ai fi intrebat pe oricine care era acolo la lupta, „De ce esti aici?” Ar fi raspuns, „Pentru ca trebuie sa biruim Filistenii.” Si totusi, nimeni nu lupta, desi erau aliniati si strigau nemaipomenit de tare si nimeni nu lupta. De ce? Pentru ca se poate ca in viata, de unde te astepti mai putin si cand te astepti mai putin sa inceapa niste razboaie pentru care nu suntem pregatiti. In seara aceasta as vrea sa vorbesc despre primul razboi la care nu te astepti. (8:00)

 Lupta cu cel din casa ta

Nimic nu ucide mai mult in viata decat dispretul oamenilor pe care-i iubesti. Spune Biblia ca David se grabea, alerga pentru ca printre altele, dorinta inimii lui, ca si dorinta tatalui lui a fost aceea sa-si cerceteze fratii. David se grabea sa afle despre ceea ce se intampla si sa duca vesti  tatalui lui. Biblia spune ca in timp ce se paropia, deodata, in fata lui iese fratele lui mai mare, Eliab. Aceasta este prima lupta pentru care nu esti pregatit. Lupta cu cel din casa ta, lupta cu cel de langa tine. Lupta cu omul la care nu te-ai fi asteptat niciodata sa lupti. ELiab se uita la el, spune Biblia, si se uita cu dispret. Nimic nu ucide mai mult in viata decat dispretul oamenilor pe care-i iubesti. Nimic nu paralizeaza in viata mai mult ca dispretul oamenilor pe care ar trebui sa te bizui si va spun in numele Domnului Isus Hristos ca nimeni n-a ucis vreodata mai mult decat am facut-o noi de aproapele nostru.

Aici este un loc sfant si ar trebui respectul fata de cel de langa tine sa fie cuvantul de ordine. Suntem ai lui Dumnezeu, sapati pe palmele Sale, rascumparati cu un pret vesnic si ar trebui sa ne iubim si sa ne respectam unii pe altii. Respectul este acela care iti da aripi in viata si te face sa infloresti. Iar dispretul este acela care iti frange aripile si te face sa nu mai poti sa faci un pas in viata. Atatia oameni raniti i-am intalnit in viata si le-am zis, „Prietene, de ce stai trantit la pamant?” pentru ca au zis ei, „Cum sa nu stau trantit la pamant, daca de dimineata pana seara, mama imi zice ca sunt un neispravit?” „Cum sa mai fac un pas,” zice sotul, cand de dimineata pana seara sunt comparat cu Ionica si cu Vasilica si n-au nici o vorba buna in casa mea si n-au nici un cuvant mangaietor?” „La ce bun,” zice femeia, sotia, „sa mai lupt, cand nu aud o vorba de mangaiere, ci numai dispret in fiecare zi din partea aceluia care mi-a jurat  la altar ca va fi alaturi de mine?”  Cum sa cresti, cum sa te duci spre Goliat plin de putere si sa lupti impotriva lui, cand de fapt, cei ce sunt langa tine si ar trebui sa te sustina in momente grele sunt primii care iti ies in cale si iti arunca un cuvant dispretuitor?

Intotdeauna sa stiti ca dispretul e o arma puternica si e o lupta teribila pentru ca el nu vine de la straini. Niciodata nu are sa ma doboare cand dusmanul sau cand omul, care stiu sigur ca nu e de partea mea, imi arunca un cuvant e ocara. La ce m-as supara cand cineva care nu ma iubeste imi arunca o vorba dispretuitoare? N-am cum sa ma supar pentru ca omul acela nu tine la mine. Dar cand omul de aproape iti arunca o vorba de ocara, atunci te loveste teribil. Niciodata lupta aceasta cu dispretul nu si-ar avea un efect, decat daca vine de aproape. Si sa stiti iubitii Domnului, mame, tati, parinti si colegi din aceasta seara: Veti fi tratati exact cum tratati. Cu ce masura masurati, cu aceea vi se va masura si voua. Respectul pe care-l aratati celor de langa voi, acela va fi cel de care va veti invrednicii in viata voastra. Totdeauna dispretul doare pentru ca este de aproape. Am putea sa stim Biblia pe de rost si nu-i gresit, este extraordinar, putem sa stim cartea de cantari din scoarta in scoarta. Putem sa repetam sau sa redam predici pe de rost, cu puncte si cu ilustratii. Daca n-avem respect unii fata de altii, fratii mei, surorile mele, noi nu am cunoscut nimic din Dumnezeu. N-avem cum sa vorbim de Dumnezeu daca in lucrurile elementare in viata n-am inteles ca Hristos a privit spre gunoiul numit Florin Ianovici  si a zis, „Tu ai pret in ochii mei”. Pentru mine Hristos a murit la cruce, pentru tine Hristos a murit la cruce, pentru noi a murit Isus Hristos la cruce. Nu doar un neinsemnat, nu un om fara valoare, dar in raport de ce este Dumnezeu, eu nu eram decat un om pierdut, nu eram decat un gunoi al acestei lumi si Hristos a zis, „Ai pret in ochii mei.” (din primele 15 minute)

In Awe of God’s Creation – Troltunga, Norway – Muntii Norvegiei – Coplesit de creatia lui Dumnezeu

Photo via All That Is Interesting.

This guy is taking a much-needed breather. To snap a shot like this, you’ve got to survive a nine-hour trek ascending 900 meters into the Norwegian sky.

Ca sa te pozezi aici, trebuie sa urci 900 de metri, in aproximativ 9 ore. Nici nu cred ca as dori asa ceva 🙂

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God gives Mathematical Proof for Christianity

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AN AWESOME  ARTICLE! by Dan Delzell, pastor of Wellspring Lutheran Church in Papillion, Nebraska writes this article in The Christian Post.

It is impossible that Christianity is not God’s revelation of truth to man. Simply impossible. The math proves it beyond question. It doesn’t take faith to believe that one plus one equals two, and it doesn’t take faith to identify the religion which has mathematical certainty in its corner.

God didn’t have to give us mathematical proof of His existence, but He did it anyway. God didn’t have to give us proof of Christianity, but He chose to do so. And God didn’t have to give us proof of His love for us, but that is exactly what He did. The proof is irrefutable.

I live in Nebraska where I serve as a pastor. Imagine someone covering this entire state in silver dollars 6 feet deep. Then mark one coin and bury it anywhere across the state. Next, blindfold a man and have him choose one coin. The odds that he would choose the marked coin are the same odds of getting 8 prophecies all fulfilled in one man. God gave us about 300 fulfilled prophecies in the Person of Jesus Christ.

Here are 8 of those 300 prophecies:

(1) The Messiah will be born in Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1; Luke 2:4-6)
(2) The Messiah will be a descendant of Jacob. (Numbers 24:17; Matthew 1:2)
(3) The Messiah will enter Jerusalem as a king riding on a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9; Mark 11:4-11)
(4) The Messiah will be betrayed by a friend. (Psalm 41:9; Luke 22:47,48)
(5) The Messiah’s betrayal money will be used to purchase a potter’s field. (Zechariah 11:13; Matthew 27:9,10)
(6) The Messiah will be spat upon and struck. (Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 26:67)
(7) The Messiah’s hands and feet will be pierced. (Psalm 22:16; John 20:25-27)
(8) Soldiers will gamble for the Messiah’s garments. (Psalm 22:18; Luke 23:34)

There is no way one man could have fulfilled all 8 of these prophecies unless God was making it happen. Who else controls history? Who else could give us such irrefutable proof for Christianity? The odds are one in one hundred quadrillion, or 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.

This mathematical proof was calculated by Professor Peter Stoner. He was chairman of the mathematics and astronomy departments at Pasadena City College until 1953. He then went to Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he served as chairman of the science division.

You don’t have to be a mathematics professor to see that this evidence is irrefutable. No one would pick the marked coin under those conditions. No one but God could have given us these biblical prophecies, and then brought them to fulfillment right before our eyes. It is impossible that Christianity is false. The math proves it, and the Man behind the math rose from the dead, just as it had been foretold.

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/the-mathematical-proof-for-christianity-is-irrefutable-96295/#0GUltOdZo5CzMs21.99

The Case against Scientism – leading scholars explore Lewis’s prophetic warnings about the abuse of science

„The new oligarchy must increasingly rely on the advice of scientists,

till in the end, the politicians become merely the scientists’ puppets”.

C. S. Lewis in „Willing Slaves of the Welfare State”.
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More than a half century ago, famed writer C.S. Lewis warned about how science (a good thing) could be twisted in order to attack religion, undermine ethics, and limit human freedom. In this documentary „The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis and the Case Against Scientism,” leading scholars explore Lewis’s prophetic warnings about the abuse of science and how Lewis’s concerns are increasingly relevant for us today.

Some quotes, followed by notes from the documentary video:

  • lewis holy trinity churchDuring the first half of the 20th century, 3 prophetic writers warned about the dark side of scientific and technological progress: (1) G K Chesterton, ‘Eugenics and other evils‘ (2) George Orwell, ‘1984‘ and (3) C S Lewis ‘Abolition of Man‘. Best known for his Narnia story and his books of Christian theology, C S Lewis also had an intense interest in the growing power of scientism- the efforts to use the methods of science to explain and control every part of human life.
  • Lewis was opposed to an ideology, which in his view had been confused with science. It was a particular materialistic approach which  wanted to reduce everything we could learn scientifically to materialistic causes- blind, undirected causes. (Angus Menuge PhD) Lewis thought that science was a perfectly legitimate enterprise. He never denied it, he in fact studied it quite a bit. (Victor Reppert Phd). Just like in all human disciplines, Lewis thought that science could be corrupted, and that some people could pursue science because they wanted power over the world and power over other people, in particular. (John G West PhD) What he saw was that you had to avoid those extremes, not in the employment of science, but in the popularization of science. (Michael Aeschliman PhD)
  • You could not afford to ignore the finding of science, the importance of scientific method, you had to see that it’s one of the greatest applications and developments of the rational method perse, a subset of the rational method. But, that it was very dangerous, and then in the 20th century we had had very malignant consequences to deify it. Scientific socialism is credibly a scientific version of politics. The Marxists called their system scientific socialism. Well, no one in their right mind, in 2012, will say that Marxism was scientific. No one in his right mind, but people did for 170 years.
  • Social Darwinist racial science in Nazi Germany. Enormous prestige was given to racialist views by their apparent clothing people such as Heckel and Münchner popularizing reductive scientific ideas with immense success. In many ways, more success in Germany than in England.
  • Lewis saw these developments: 2 World Wars, in one he served and was badly wounded, had roots in barbaric and hysterical scientistic ideas of abuses of the scientific method, abuses of scientific terminology and language, abuses of scientific faith. When warning about the abuse of science, Lewis made an unusual comparison. Although most people think of science as something modern, Lewis compared it to something ancient: MAGIC. Lewis thought that science and magic are twins. If you think about this, it might sound very strange. But Lewis was very perceptive here. In fact, he highlighted 3 different ways that science and magic really are quite similar.

(1) Science as religion.

Science has the ability to function as a religion. Certainly, a magical view of the world can give one a sense that there’s something more than just our every day lives. If you walk through a forest and think it’s enchanted it gives you a grand vision that there’s something out there that we don’t ordinarily experience.It can give you a sense of meaning. There’s a real reason why fantasy stories are so beloved… It gives people a sense of grandeur of the universe and something higher than ourselves. And in fact, for some people who aren’t religious, this magical view of the world can actually be more attractive, because it substitutes for that. In the same way, science can be an alternative religion. And during Lewis’s own time, there were people like H G Wells, who turned Darwins’ theory of evolution into this cosmic theory of life developing in this long struggle in the human universe, and then human life develops in this heroic character fighting against nature, and then, eventually, man evolves, and evolves himself through eugenics into a wave of demigods. This epic cosmic struggle of evolution was really an alternate religion for H G Wells, and you see that same thing today, whether it be Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins who says that „Darwin has made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist„. Or, in 2012, we had 10-20,000 people converge on Washington DC for this Reason Rally, where a lot of people testified that they really offer science as a religion. Today, you see a lot of people speaking in the name of science, who offer science as a quasi religion. It’s what gives their life meaning. Another area where we see this today is in the celebration of Darwin’s birthday. Hundreds of colleges, community organizations, if not thousands around the world, on Feb. 12th, every year, hold Darwin day celebrations. It really takes on the trappings of a religion.

(2) Science as credulity

A second way science and magic are similar, according to C S Lewis, is their encouragement of a lack of skepticism. Again, this may seem just completely outlandish, because science, how does that promote gullibility? How? It’s supposed to be just the hard facts. Now, in magic, you can think there’s a witch doctor and the tribe believes whatever the witch doctor says. And so, magical thinking can promote a type of credulous thinking where you just trust what the authority figure says. But, how does science promote that type of credulous and gullible thinking? Lewis pointed out that in the modern world, people will believe almost anything if it’s dressed up in the name of science.

For Lewis, one of the leading examples of science fueling gullibility was Freudianism. Lewis had an interest in Sigmund Freud since his days an Oxford undergraduate. Lewis was intrigued by some of the claims of psychoanalysis, but he ultimately rejected the efforts by Freud’s followers to explain everything from religion to stealing cars as a result of our subconscious urges. Lewis pointed out that if you actually take Freud’s view to its eventual conclusion, that actually undermines even the belief in Freudianism. Lewis’s point is: Where does this end? If you really think that all reasoning, fundamentally, is based on sub rational urges and that we can’t analyze those urges, and there isn’t real reason we can judge, based on evidence, and that we can’t be self critical, then that destroys Freudianism, just like it destroys everything else.

Shortly after Lewis accepted Christianity, he satirized Freud in his allegory ‘The Pilgrim’s Regress’. In Lewis’s story, the main character, John, winds up thrown in jail by a character named Sigismund enlightened. Sigismund was actually SIgmund Freud’s real first name, so this was very much a parody about Freud. But, what is this jail he is thrown into? Well, it’s a jail governed by this giant, and this giant has a particular propensity, that anything that he looks at becomes transparent. And so, when this pilgrim character is thrown into this dungeon, into this jail, it’s a jail of horrors because whenever he looks at someone , he doesn’t see them, he sees their insides, he sees through them. It’s like a house of horrors. And that was Lewis’s picture of where Freudianism leads you: If you try to deconstruct everything, you’re left with nothing

Another example of science inspired credulity, according to Lewis, was what he called evolutionism- the popular idea that matter could magically transform itself into complex and conscious living things, through a blind and unguided  process. Lewis’s doubts about unguided evolution went back to his days as a soldier in World War I. While recovering from shrapnel wounds, a young Lewis read the book ‘Creative Revolution’ by french natural philosopher Henri Bergson. Bergson questioned the ability of Darwin’s theory to account for complex structures, like the human eye, through a blind process like natural selection. Lewis believed that evolutionism, like Freudianism, contained a fatal self contradiction regarding the human mind, according to the Darwinian view. Reason was simply the unforeseen and unintended by-product of a mindless process based on survival of the fittest. Lewis pointed out the key difficulty with the Darwinian account of reason: „If my own mind is the product of the irrational,” he asked, „how shall I trust my mind when it tells me about evolution?” In his personal copy of Charles Darwin’s autobiography, Lewis underlined passages where Darwin had asked himself the same question. (16:00) The idea that a blind and purposeless process without a mind  can produce things like human beings that have minds, and produce moral beliefs in things that sometimes go against our need for physical survival, the idea that a mindless process of survival of the fittest could create such things, really was an outlandish one, according to Lewis. How could a mindless process produce minds? And, to think that it could really just shows how gullible people can be in the name of science.

(3) Science as power

The third similarity between science and magic, according to Lewis, is the quest for power. Magic was about the quest for power. Magicians wanted to have power over the world and over the universe. They wanted to harness the deeper powers of nature in order to control it, and Lewis said that much of modern science, not all, but much of modern science was actually developed fro power over the world. For many people in the 20th century, the power of modern science was its greatest virtue. They hoped science would usher in a new age of peace and prosperity- a scientific utopia. For the scientific utopians of Lewis’s era, science was the savior that would allow us to remake our world. And of course that can be good. Modern science can bring us good things. Many things: from the microwave oven to the computers, to life saving treatments of modern medicine, which Lewis certainly appreciated, But, on the other hand, that tendency to want to control things can bring us the Orwellian state of George Orwell’s 1984. And so, Lewis thought that modern science, in fact, was far more dangerous than magic, because magic failed. Magic doesn’t work at the end of the day. And so, it wasn’t so dangerous because people couldn’t use it to control the world. Modern science has the potential that you really can control  people, if you find the right drugs, or find the right treatments, you can manipulate them. And so, if you don’t have some other way of protecting to remedy what you do in the name of science, some ethical basis that isn’t dictated by science itself, that can control it, then you are facing a really bleak future.

1927 Supreme Court

Lewis’s critique of scientific utopianism was at the heart of his novel ‘That Hideous Strength’, which tells the story of a conspiracy to transform England into a Scientific dictatorship. The conspiracy is led by a government bureaucracy, with a deceptively innocuous name  of the National Institute of Coordinated Experiments or NICE. „That Hideous Strength’ and Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ are the 2 greatest dystopias  in our language, in the 20th century. The agenda of NICE in ‘That Hideous Strength’ reads like a wish list drawn up by England’s leading scientific social reformers. It included sterilization of the unfit, selective breeding, biochemical conditioning, experimentation on both animals and criminals, and above all- truly scientific planning. A scientific planning that is pretending to provide a new humanity, that is doing away with traditional ethics, that is doing away with all traditional restraints. (United States 1927: Forced Sterilization Upheld. Supreme Court Rules: „Three generations of imbeciles are enough”. Alabama 1947: Blacks denied Penicillin as part of US Public Health Service study on effects of syphilis.) Lewis depicts a world in ‘That Hideous Strength’, in which nothing is sacred. Daniel Dennet has told us that the essence of modernity is that nothing is sacred.  Nothing is sacred, which includes the human person, and when that happens, there are no distinctions between individuals, or humans and animals, or humans and vegetables, and humans and minerals and we have the kind of things we had in the 20th century.

In the 2 decades before his death, Lewis became increasingly alarmed by the scientific authoritarianism. Lewis was very concerned by the dogmatic use of science, and that is why he wrote his novel ‘That Hideous Strength’, that is why he wrote his book ‘The Abolition of Man’, where he actually worries and somewhat predicts the rise of a new class of people, of experts, speaking in the name of science, who would dictate to everyone else. In fact, by the end of his life, Lewis was worrying about the rise of what he called scientocracy- government and society that claim to be based on the claims of modern science, but, in reality really is based on a scientific click of a few people who are speaking in the name of science. And maybe they’re adopting the majority view of science, but, they’re claiming the right to rule based on their scientific knowledge and expertise.

barcode at birthLewis’s concern for the authoritarian science seems eerily prophetic. (See photos of actual headlines form newspapers at the 23rd minute) In a world driven by science and technology, those who question the new order, like C S Lewis did, increasingly find themselves labeled anti-science. C S Lewis would have rejected the charge. Lewis did not accept the idea that science was a special form of knowledge, that was somehow immune to inspection, or somehow cordoned off from the nonspecialist assessing the deliverance of the sciences. Lewis was well aware, first of all, that there is no such thing as science, as such. There are sciences. And each science has its particular methods, and its particular area of study, and also, that the sciences to be good need to interact with one another, but they do so by means of the larger tools of good rational critical thinking. And so, the things that scientists say are subject to review by everyone who is able to think critically, to think rationally. Lewis did not deny that scientific expertise might be necessary for good public policy in many areas. But he insisted that science alone was not sufficient. Knowing how cells work, or knowing how ecosystems work doesn’t tell you what you ought to do for your society, because public policy is not just about technical expertise as to how things work. It’s about what good it’s worth having it in first place and as C  S Lewis pointed out, on these questions a scientific training gives you no added value. Scientists are not moral philosophers. Yet, political and social judgments involve, not just how do things work, and how can we make them work better? But, how should we act, and what’s worth spending money on, and what’s worth doing, and what freedoms are worth giving up or not?

healthcare mandate

On these sort of moral and ethical questions, someone in science training, it doesn’t give them the right to dictate to the rest of society. C S Lewis: „I dread government in the name of science, that is how tyrannies come in”. C S Lewis thought that science was a good thing, but he also thought that it held some really strong dangers. The biggest danger, really, was the penchant to control. In a scientific view, that is the only way that we have knowledge of the world. And so, if you think that I have the scientific truth about something, that’s end of story. I know everything. That really tends to feed a power trip, whether you’re a scientist or a politician who is trying to latch on to the prestige of science, you really have people who are going to abuse their power because they thing, „Look, we’re the only ones who know what should happen, because we know how the universe really works. Therefore, we should be able to dictate what our cultural beliefs are, we should dictate what our government should do, how we should design governmental programs, we should dictate all manner of public policy and anyone who doesn’t have a scientific training or isn’t part of the consensus view of science is basically stupid or against progress, or against science, and so should be swept by the wayside and shouldn’t be listened to. And Lewis thought that that almost totalitarian impulse was really a dangerous thing.

Lewis was properly so, frightened by that potential within science. That’s why he stressed, „We really need limits on science and that there is something behind science, a larger, transcendent ethical sphere behind science and that we aren’t just blind matter  in motion, that we’re part of a designed universe that actually sets limits on what we should and shouldn’t do. It’s an age old problem: How do we prevent something good to being twisted for evil ends? C S Lewis hoped that scientists themselves would find a way to rescue science from scientists, creating a regenerate science that respected human rights and honored human dignity. A science that would no longer be the magician’s twin.

The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis and the Case against Scientism

Adi Gliga si Catalin Ciuculescu la Chicago 31 mai – 2 Iunie 2013

Poza din turneul SUA, la Biserica Happy Valley Phoenix Arizona via Simo-Dan Salajan on Facebook

Adi Gliga se afla in vizita in orasul Chicago. Programul lui Adi via http://www.adigliga.ro:

VINERI 31 mai orele 19:00
Chicago – Biserica Baptista Logos Pastor Daniel Chiu
7280 N Caldwell, Niles 60714
website http://logoscm.org

DUMINICA – Iunie 2, 2013 – Dimineata
Chicago – Biserica Betania Pastor Luigi Mitoi
Adresa: 7301 N. Caldwell Ave, Niles, IL 60714
(LIVE link – http://bethanynewsite.com/live)

DUMINICA – Iunie 2, 2013 – Seara
Chicago – Biserica Philadelphia Pastor Florin Cimpean
Adresa: 1713 W. Sunnyside, Chicago
(LIVE link – http://www.philarom.com/live)

TURNEUL CONTINUA

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Ziua Mondială a Evanghelismului, sărbătorită la Chișinău. 25 mai 2013 (Video si POZE)

Video si Vezi mai multe Poze aici VIA Moldova Crestina

O zi, o lume intreagă, un singur mesaj: Evanghelia Domnului Isus.

Creștinii din toată lumea au sarbători pe data de 25 mai Ziua Mondială a Evanghelismului. Cu aceasta ocazie mai multe biserici evanghelice din Chișinău s-au unit într-un marș prin centrul capitalei, însoțit de cântece creștine și declaratii biblice. Din program n-au lipsit scenete, mărturii, dar și dansuri naționale.

Martorii de la eveniment au primit bine aceasta inițiativă de a apropia inima poporului nostru de Dumenzeu.

Ziua Mondială a Evanghelismului se sărbătorește pentru al doilea an consecutiv în Republica Moldova.

Ziua Evanghelismului Mondial from MoldovaCrestina.TV

Angela Tiprigan si Ligia Seman – Cum lucreaza Dumnezeu in inima, minte la Conferinta Femeilor Mamaia 2012

Ligia Seman

VIDEO by alfaomegatv

Conferinta Schimbata, nu doar atinsa de Dumnezeu, Mamaia 2012
Această sesiune prezintă cât de important este ca fiecare femeie să trăiască la potențialul maxim viața sa în Cristos. Pentru acest lucru e nevoie de o schimbare a mintii si de o mentalitate de învingătoare.
Ligia Seman explică în aceasta sesiune modul în care Dumnezeu lucrează la mințile și inimile noastre si ne transformă viața.
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Conferinta Schimbata, nu doar atinsa de Dumnezeu, Mamaia 2012
Traim intr-o lume in care societatea cere tot mai mult de la noi, femeile sŸi astfel suntem in pericolul de a ne pierde echilibrul, devenind stresate, deziluzionate, obosite sŸi fara directie. La pretentiile societatii se mai adauga presiunea vremurilor grele in care vietuim sŸi a timpului foarte condensat. Pentru o viata sanatoasa, este nevoie sa identificam cauzele care ne pot produce dezechilibre sŸi totodata, este necesar sa cunoasŸtem planul lui Dumnezeu pentru intregirea spirituala, emotionala sŸi fizica. De asemenea, pentru a ne mentine increderea sŸi pentru a putea transmite speranta femeilor care nu iŽl cunosc pe Hristos, avem nevoie sa sŸtim ca Dumnezeu rama˜ne AcelasŸi chiar sŸi in vremuri de criza mondiala. Credem ca aceasta conferinta este incadrata in misŸcarea pentru eliberarea planului lui Dumnezeu de restaurare sŸi echipare cu viata pregatita de Hristos pentru femeile din Romania!

Conferinta „Schimbata, nu doar atinsa de Dumnezeu” este incadrata in miscarea pentru eliberarea planului lui Dumnezeu de restaurare si echipare a femeilor din Romania.

Comandati acum Conferinta nationala a femeilor „Schimbata nu doar atinsa de Dumnezeu” Mamaia 2012. Printre vorbitoarele conferintei se numara: Lidia Mihailescu, Ligia Seman, Elena Nini, Margareta Lupascu, Rodica Volintiru, Lidia Zeller si alte femei puternice a Domnului. Contine 6 DVD-uri Comanda DVD: http://alfaomega.tv/librarie/dvd-uri/…

Angela Tiprigan

David Wilkerson – Feeling God’s pain! Simtind durerea lui Dumnezeu! (subtitrare in Limba Romana)

Acum, ascultati-ma va rog… v-am spus ca a fii pregatit nu este o gluma, va voi cere… nu incerc sa fiu exigent, va cer sa ascultati acest pastor, ca si cum nu ati mai auzit un alt predicator in viata voastra, pentru ca multe suflete depind de aceasta acum. E timpul sa luati Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu in serios! Dumnezeu este serios in ceea ce spune. Eu sincer cred ca Dumnezeu se uita acum la o biserica care a adormit. El se uita la o biserica cae nu-si mai face griji de venirea Lui. Biserica nu mai este in relatie stransa cu Hristos, nu mai este dependenta de Dumnezeu, dependenta de Duhul Sfant, dar alearga dupa tot felul de nimicuri, planuri, vise, tot felul de strategii si intalniri, incercand din greu in fire, in loc sa depinda de Dumnezeu! (Photo – revwilkerson)

Biserica nu are nevoie de nimic altceva decat de atotputernicul Dumnezeu pe tronul Sau! Iar acum, de dragul unitatii… s-a facut compromis. A aparut si evanghelia prosperitatii si a vietii usoare. A trebuit sa stau pe genunchi cum am mai facut-o si saptamana trecuta singur cu Dumnezeu, sa merg, sa plang si sa strig. Frange-mi inima! Nu ma lasa sa devin dependent de o viata usoara, de dorinta dupa lucruri. De aceea Dumnezeu spune: „Nu-ti lega inima de lucrurile acestei lumi. Leaga-ti inima de Mine,” spune Isus, „Eu voi fi viata ta.” Aici este un gand care spune: „O Doamne, intr-una din aceste zile toate acestea vor arde (pieri)… nu aici este viata mea Doamne. Iti multumesc pentru aceasta mobila, iti multumesc pentru aceasta masina, multumesc pentru finantele de care imi faci rost, dar Doamne, toate vor arde in curand, Tu esti viata mea!”

Cand tu ai timp sa stai cu prietenii, cu familia, cu rudele, dar nu ai timp sa cercetezi Cuvantul, nu ai timp sa te rogi si sa-L cauti pe Dumnezeu, dar spui ca Isus e viata ta??? Majoritatea sunt imbibati cu, „Tu esti okay.” Cum sa faci tu ca El sa fie totul in viata ta, in asa fel ca sa nu ai nevoie de aplauzele oamenilor, sa nu trebuaisca sa produci ceva, sa scrii, sa faci ceva, doar sa te increzei in El? Si cel mai minunat lucru care il vei primi de la Dumnezeu este revelatia despre cine este Isus Hristos. Nu-mi pasa faca cineva va mai auzi numele meu vreodata. Nu-mi pasa daca voi mai vorbila vreo alta conferinta, m-am hotarat, daca tot restul vietii mele va trebui sa am grija de Gwen, ma voi bucura in Dumnezeu, daca asta ar fi chemarea mea, asta as face.

Vedeti, Dumnezeu merge prin lume, cauta in fiecare biserica din aceasta natiune, El urmareste staruinta fiecarui pastor, El trece pe la fiecare biserica, cautand pe cei ce-L cauta. El se uita dupa acei care stau in Cuvantul Sau, care si-au luat timp. Daca nu cautam fata Lui, atunci nu avem dreptul sa cautam binecuvantarile Lui. Aici in SUA primim scrisori de la sotii de pastori, care imi spun, „am incercat sa vad de ce sotul meu nu ma mai iubeste, este gol la amvon, nu are ungere. Ce s-a intamplat cu el? Dar au aflat cand au deschis usa ca el privea pornografia mizerabila. Nu-mi vreau ochii mei poluati, nu vreau sa fac parte din asta, nu-mi pasa cine nu se roaga, eu ma voi ruga, nu-mi pasa cine nu citeste Biblia,  eu o voi citi. Nu am de a face cu asa ceva.

Am plans… „Doamne, unde sunt vocile? Unde sunt oamenii? Unde sunt oamenii care se roaga?” Si spun, „Doamne, cu orice pret, tine-ma pe genunchi!” Eram indurerat, Eram indurerat la patru strazi de aici pe strada Broadway, plangand si tanguindu-ma. Nu cautam o slujire. Nu cautam sa zidesc biserica. Simteam durerea lui Dumnezeu pentru un oras pierdut! El iti va arata conditia bisericii Sale. El iti va arata si conditia inimii tale si te va intreba, „Ce este cu tine?” Cum poti sa spui ca-L iubesti si esti gata sa mergi cand Il neglijezi zi dupa zi? Nu-mi spune ca vei merge, caci nu mergi! Vei fi lasat in urma.

Dumnezeu promite ca daca vei lupta impotriva oricarui pacatoricarei dorinte care La crucificat pe Hristos: „Voi fi cu tine, voi merge inaintea ta”. Dar omul care cu adevarat castiga lupta si omul care este gata sa stea impotriva la tot ce diavolul ii arunca din iad, este omul sau femeia care stau alaturi de Dumnezeu chiar cand nu e timp de criza si totul merge bine, cand sunt binecuvantati si prosperi, acel om este sarguincios inaintea lui Dumnezeu si cauta fata Lui. Un om care se roaga este curajos ca un leu, nu exista demon sau diavol in iad care sa-l sperie. Ce doreste Dumnezeu, mai mult ca orice si cred ca ce binecuvanteaza inima lui Dumnezeu, este atunci cand cei care– in timpurile bune si cand totul merge bine nu stau in fata unui televizor privind mizerie. Ei nu se rad prosteste la niste programe, ei isi iau timp special in singuratate cu Dumnezeu, se roaga pentru familiile lor, intarindu-si credinta pentru timpuri de tulburare, ei cauta fata lui Dumnezeu.

Daca familia ta e in probleme si nu esti un om al rugaciunii, oricate predici ai asculta, oricata invatatura  si consiliere ai primi, nimic nu-ti va fi de folos. Nimic nu-ti va rezolva problema pana nu te vei pune pe genunchi, apucandu-te strans de cer. „Tine-ne pe genunchi! Doamne, tine-ma frant!” Doamne, tine biserica aceasta franta! Doamne, nu ne lasa sa ramanem indiferenti la binecuvantari si sa devenim lenesi si sa vedem dezordinea intorcandu-se din nou in acest locas. Noi nu vrem doar multimi, noi vrem gloria Ta in acest locas! Noi vrem gloria Ta!

Tremur la Cuvantul Tau. Sa tremuram in aceasta dimineata, caci este posibil pentru barbati evlaviosi si femei evlavioase, care odata s-au rugat si au avut asa o ungere si sa-ti dai seama ca in final ai pierdut-o. In aceasta zi de ispita cand tot iadul este eliberat, Doamne ajuta-ne sa ne determinam: Il voi cauta pe Dumnezeu cu toata inima mea, cu tot sufletul meu, cu toata puterea mea, cu tot ce este in mine”.

Noi nu trebuie sa uitam. Niciodata s anu uitam, intristarea lui Dumnezeu impotriva pacatului, in casa Lui, in vietile naostre. As vrea sa stiti ceva. Dumnezeu spune ca ziua harului este aproape de sfarsit. Ziua harului se apropie de sfarsit. Dragilor, Dumnezeu isi iubeste biserica, El isi iubeste oamenii Lui cu o dragoste nemuritoare. Dar noi avem tendinta sa mergem pe caile noastre, tendinta sa alunecam, tendinta sa renuntam la acea povara a Domnului. De aceea Dumnezeu trebuie sa aprinda un foc. Stiu ca trebuie sa o faca in mine in fiecare zi, trebuie sa-mi franga inima. Dumnezeu spune: „Voi face ce am promis ca voi face in ultimele zile prin turnarea Duhului Sfant.” Dumnezeu isi va sfinti biserica, isi va sfintii amvonul. Dumnezeu are un plan, El lucreaza in tine, tu nu-L poti vedea. Iti spun ca daca tu ai sti ce ar Dumnezeu in pla pentru tine, daca L-ai cauta, te-ai bucura atat de mult incat nu te-ai putea stapani. Dar aceasta nu se va intampla daca nu il caut. Pot sa renunt la acel plan si sa sfarsesc in dezastru si ruine. Chiar acum, daca hotarasti in inima sa-L cauti, iata-ti Cuvantul profetic din cer, „Daca ma vei cauta, ma vei gasi”.

Nu pot sa nu sper la incheiere ca va fi un mars victorios in glorie! Sunt atat de bucuros ca sunt salvat. Te iubesc Isuse!

VIDEO by Gheorghe Aurel

Sex trafficking up 18% in Europe (Reporting from Austria)

via Mission Network News

Your prayers are needed for Austria.

Operation Mobilization says plans to build Europe’s largest brothel are in the works. Called the „FunMotel,” a large-scale brothel on the outskirts of Vienna would service 1000 customers a day in nearly 150 rooms.

The Austrian businessman behind this project reportedly claims the FunMotel will transform the sex industry from „grocer to supermarket.” Along with decreasing the social stigma attached to prostitution and brothels, an increase in market demand will put more women at risk of sex trafficking.

Ask the Lord to intervene in this situation. Pray the brothel won’t be built.

According to an April report from the European Commission, human trafficking is on the rise in Europe. Trafficking went up 18% between 2008 and 2010; this could be „the tip of the iceberg,” though, according to some EU officials.

A „clear majority” of victims in the European Commission’s report, some 61 percent, hail from a European Union nation. Most claimed citizenship in Romania or Bulgaria, the two poorest EU states.

OM EAST, an OM team supporting churches throughout Eurasia, brings the hope of Christ to Vienna’s prostitutes. Their claims support this finding, stating on the OM EAST Web site that every second prostitute in Greece and Austria is from Romania.

To try and „turn the tide” of this massive injustice, OM EAST is networking with other agencies on preventative measures like outreaches, meetings in Eastern European churches and schools, and good literature projects to strengthen families.

Click here to learn more about the work of OM EAST and how you can come alongside their efforts.

Please pray for those caught in the hopeless web of sex trafficking. Pray that the light of Christ will shine into their lives through OM workers. Pray that more will be done to protect women from this evil.

C S Lewis from atheism to theism, and then from theism to Christianity

1. C.S. Lewis – from atheism to theism

lewisLewis: The new Psychology was at that time sweeping through us all. We were all influenced. We were all concerned about fantasy, or wishful thinking. I formed the resolution of always judging and acting with the greatest good sense.

Walter Hooper: He was saying that all youth at that time were trying to escape from wish fulfillment dreams. They got that from Freud. And they wanted to in one way spit on the images of their youth, and go onto they knew not what. But, anyway, leave that behind because it was juvenile.

Lewis: I was at that time living like many atheists; in a whirl of contradictions. I maintained that God did not exist. I was also very angry with God for not existing. I was equally angry with him for creating a world. Why should creatures have the burden of existence forced on them without their consent?

Lewis: All the books were beginning to turn against me. Indeed, I must have been as blind as a bat not to have seen, long before, the ludicrous contradiction between my theory of life and my actual experiences as a reader. The most religious were clearly those on whom I could really feed.

Lewis: I can only describe it as the Great War between Barfield and me. When I set out to correct his heresies, I find that he had decided to correct mine! And then we went at it, hammer and tongs, far into the night, night after night.

Duriez: Barfield believed that the imagination plays a very important part in how we know. He rejected the model that science is the only way to truth, to acquiring truth. He felt that the imagination was laid behind even the work of science. It gave meaning to propositions. And so he felt that Lewis was missing out in his whole approach to reality on what made knowledge possible.

Peter Kreeft: When Lewis talks about joy, he talks about something that he labels the central theme of his whole life. But what he means by joy is not the satisfaction of a desire, but a desire that is more desirable than any satisfaction.

Lewis: There was no doubt Joy was a desire. But a desire is turned not to itself, but to an object. I had been wrong in supposing that I desired for Joy itself. All value lay in that of which Joy was the desiring. The naked other. Unknown, undefined, desired. I did not yet ask „Who is desired?”

Kreeft: The very experience of Joy that Lewis had was an arrow that led to the target of belief in God. Lewis argued innate, deep desires do not exist unless they correspond to something that can satisfy them. If there is hunger, there is food. If there is sexual desire, there is sex. If there is curiosity, there is knowledge. So if there is the desire for this thing that is beyond this world, there must be something beyond this world.

Lewis: The fox had now been dislodged from the wood and was running in the open, bedraggled and weary, the hounds barely a field behind. The odd thing was that before God closed in on me, I was in fact offered what now appears to be a moment of wholly free choice. I was going up Headington Hill on the top of a bus. Without words, and almost without images, a fact about myself was somehow presented to me. I became aware that I was holding something at bay.

I felt myself being given a free choice. I could open the door or keep it shut. I chose to open. I felt as if I were a man of snow at long last beginning to melt. Drip-drip. And presently trickle-trickle.

I had always wanted, above all things, not to be interfered with. I had wanted — mad wish — to call my soul my own. I had been far more anxious to avoid suffering than to achieve delight.

You must picture me alone in that room at Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet.

Total surrender, the absolute leap in the dark, were demanded. I gave in, and admitted that God was God … perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.

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2. C.S. Lewis: from theism to Christianity

lewis holy trinity churchC.S. Lewis: It must be understood that my conversion at that point was only to theism pure and simple. I knew nothing yet about the incarnation. The God to whom I surrendered was sheerly non-human.

C.S. Lewis: [Reading from Chesterton] A great man knows he is not God and the greater he is, the better he knows it. The gospels declare that this mysterious maker of the world has visited his world in person. The most that any religious prophet has said was that he was the true servant of such a being. But if the creator was present in the daily life of the Roman empire, that is something unlike anything else in nature. It is the one great startling statement that man has made since he spoke his first articulate word. It makes dust and nonsense of comparative religion.

C.S. Lewis: As I drew near to Christianity, I felt a resistance almost as strong as my previous resistance to theism. As strong but shorter lived for I understood it better. But each step, one had less chance to call one’s soul one’s own.

C.S. Lewis: What Tolkien showed me was this — that if I met the idea of sacrifice in a pagan story I didn’t mind it at all — I was mysteriously moved by it. The reason was that in pagan stories I was prepared to feel the myth as profound. Now the story of Christ is simply a true myth.

C.S. Lewis: I know very well when but hardly how the final step was taken. I went with my brother to have a picnic at Whipsnade Zoo. We started in fog, but by the end of our journey the sun was shining. When we set out I did not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and when we reached the zoo I did. I had not exactly spent the journey in thought. Nor in great emotion. It was more like when a man, after a long sleep, becomes aware that he is now awake.

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Rodica Volintiru la Chicago – Coferinta Femeilor – Biruitoare in Lupta Spirituala – Biserica Philadelphia si Betania 31 Mai si 1 Iunie 2013


Rodica Volintiru va fi cu noi in Chicago:

Vineri 31 Mai orele 7 p.m.
la Biserica Philadelphia Church of God
adresa 1713 W Sunnyside, Chicago, IL
website http://www.philarom.com
see Google map here

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Sambata 1 Iunie orele 10 a.m.
la Biserica Betania
adresa 7301 N Caldwell Ave, Niles, IL 60714
website http://bethanynewsite.com
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VEZI AICI VIDEO de la alte conferinte:

Vladimir Pustan – Lectii pentru viata: Vindecarea Paraliticului 22 Mai 2013

PAGINA Vladimir Pustan PREDICI

Pustan 2013

Marcu 2:1-12:

Câteva zile mai târziu, Isus a venit din nou în Capernaum. S-a auzit că este acasă și s-au adunat atât de mulți oameni, încât nu mai era loc nici măcar afară, înaintea ușii. Isus le predica Evanghelia. În acest timp a fost adus la El un paralitic, purtat de patru oameni. Pentru că, din cauza mulțimii, n-au putut să ajungă la Isus, ei au dat la o parte acoperișul și au făcut o spărtură prin care au coborât targa pe care zăcea paraliticul. Când Isus a văzut credința lor, i-a zis paraliticului: „Dragul Meu, păcatele îți sunt iertate!” Acolo erau și câțiva dintre învățătorii Legii. Ei s-au gândit: „Ce vorbește omul acesta? Rostește blasfemii! Cine mai poate ierta păcatele în afară de Dumnezeu?!” Isus a știut imediat, în duhul Său, că ei gândeau așa, de aceea le-a zis: „De ce gândiți astfel? Ce este mai ușor: să-i spui paraliticului: „Păcatele îți sunt iertate!” sau: „Ridică-te, ia-ți targa și umblă!”? 10 Dar, ca să vedeți că Fiul Omului are pe pământ autoritatea de a ierta păcatele (și atunci s-a întors spre paralitic), 11 ție îți vorbesc: Ridică-te, ia-ți targa și du-te acasă!” 12 El s-a ridicat imediat, și-a luat targa și a ieșit afară în fața tuturor, așa că toți au rămas foarte uimiți, Îl lăudau pe Dumnezeu și ziceau: „N-am mai văzut niciodată așa ceva!

The Life of C S Lewis

lewis holy trinity church

See also John Piper’s

Lessons from an Inconsolable Soul

Learning from the Mind and Heart of C. S. Lewis

here – http://wp.me/p1eavz-4AY

Alister McGrath lectures:

Florin Ianovici – Lectii din Gradina Ghetsimani la Biserica Creştină după Evanghelie Izbânda Bucureşti 26 Mai 2013

PAGINA Florin Ianovici PREDICI aici

Ianovici Bis Izbanda

TEXT: Marcu 14:32-42

32 S’au dus apoi într’un loc îngrădit, numit Ghetsimani. Şi Isus a zis ucenicilor Săi: ,,Şedeţi aici pînă Mă voi ruga.„33 A luat cu El pe Petru, pe Iacov şi pe Ioan, şi a început să Se spăimînte şi să Se mîhnească foarte tare. 34 El le -a zis: ,,Sufletul Meu este cuprins de o întristare de moarte; rămîneţi aici, şi vegheaţi!„ 35 Apoi a mers puţin mai înainte, S’a aruncat la pămînt, şi Se ruga ca, dacă este cu putinţă, să treacă de la El ceasul acela. 36 El zicea: ,,Ava, adică: Tată, -Ţie toate lucrurile Îţi sînt cu putinţă; depărtează de la Mine paharul acesta! Totuş, facă-se nu ce voiesc Eu, ci ce voieşti Tu.„

37 Şi a venit la ucenici, pe cari i -a găsit dormind. Şi a zis lui Petru: ,,Simone, tu dormi? Un ceas n’ai fost în stare să veghezi? 38 Vegheaţi şi rugaţi-vă, ca să nu cădeţi în ispită; duhul este plin de rîvnă, dar trupul este neputincios.„ 39 S’a dus iarăş, şi S’a rugat, zicînd aceleaşi cuvinte. 40 Apoi S’a întors din nou şi i -a găsit dormind; pentrucă li se îngreuiaseră ochii de somn. Ei nu ştiau ce să -I răspundă. 41 În sfîrşit, a venit a treia oară, şi le -a zis: ,,Dormiţi de acum, şi odihniţi-vă! Destul! A venit ceasul! Iată că Fiul omului este dat în mînile păcătoşilor. 42 Sculaţi-vă; haidem să mergem; iată că se apropie vînzătorul!„

Suntem din nou recunoscatori fratelui nostru Ion Paul pentru aceasta filmare. Dumnezeu sa il binecuvanteze! VIDEO by inventivstudio

Videos and Photos from the West Coast Youth Conference at Happy Valley, Arizona (Credo TV)

Credo TV is featuring 6 videos of the conference held this past weekend – Friday – Sunday here – http://www.credo.tv/index.php/en/conferințe/west-coast-youth-convention.html Click on the link to watch the videos.

Faceti click pe poze sau pe acest link – http://www.credo.tv/index.php/en/conferințe/west-coast-youth-convention.html sa vizionati programele de la Conferinta (6 fisiere video la Credo TV)

photos via Facebook – West Coast Youth Conference Page, you can see additional photos here.

Prof. Alister Mc Grath – C S Lewis: Reluctant Prophet at St. Paul’s London

VIDEO by StPaulsLondon by 7 April 2013 The Revd Prof Alister McGrath speaks on the life, faith and work of CS Lewis at St Paul’s Cathedral. Part of the St Paul’s Sunday Forum series of lectures with prominent Christian authors.

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