Vladimir Pustan – Semne pe care trebuie sa le avem

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Seeing Pleasure Through a Demon’s Eyes (C S Lewis’s Screwtape Letters)

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Max McLean, director and lead actor in the theatrical adaptation of The Screwtape Letters, goes in character to describe the demonic perspective on pleasure.

From the book, page 44:

Never forgot that when we are dealing with any pleasure in its healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in a sense, on the Enemy’s ground. I know we have won many a soul through pleasure. All the same, it is His invention, not ours. He made the pleasures: all our research so far has not enabled us to produce one. All we can do is to encourage the human to take the pleasure which our Enemy has produced, at times, or in ways, or in degrees, which He has forbidden. Hence we always try to work away from the natural condition of any pleasure to that in which it is least natural, least redolent of its Maker, and least pleasurable. An ever increasing craving for an ever diminishing pleasure is the formula. It is more certain; and it’s better style. To get the man’s souls and give him nothing in return — that is what really gladdens Our Father’s Heart. (C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, 44)

Supreme Court Cases on Same-Sex Marriage: Where the Church Goes from Here [Part 1 – Supreme Court Rulings]

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From Dallas Theological Seminary:

Mark Bailey, Darrell Bock, Judge Rollin Van Broekhoven – Published on Jul 1, 2013

Honorable Retired Federal Judge Rollin Van Broekhoven, Dr. Mark Bailey and Dr. Darrell Bock discuss in detail the Supreme Court decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Prop 8, as well as what the current cultural shift means for how the church should approach its mission.
source – http://www.dts.edu/thetable/play/supr…

2:28Legal summary of the two Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage
3:43 The arguments for dissent in the cases
5:35 What was decided in the DOMA case, the majority argument, and preliminary observations about how decisions are presented to the public
8:07 How decisions get written and what they look to accomplish
8:58 What is the difference between what we hear in the press and what the Court decided? Kennedy’s opinion, the Prop 8 argument, and the Prop 8 dissent
12:26 How does jurisdiction work in normal decisions?
13:12 A closer look at the DOMA case: what was the actual decision?
16:20 Background to DOMA and the facts of this specific case
21:04 Federal vs. state law: if one state recognizes a same sex marriage, does that apply to all states?
22:42 Is the lack of a legal mandate in this case the same as a philosophical influence on culture?
23:38 Summary of the DOMA decision and its potential implications
24:23 The Scalia dissent
26:47 Does the law handle certain kinds of moral situations poorly, especially where a moral consensus is lacking? How the same sex argument is made in the Kennedy opinion
30:23 How the definition of marriage is handled in the decision
31:07 Explaining the cultural shift that created the space for this decision
32:20 The judge’s reflection on what is happening in the law in our shifting culture and when there is no public moral consensus
34:22 How Kennedy handles dissent to his view
34:57 What is the response of churches and believers in light of these realities in our culture? How do Christians engage people who may not accept theological argumentation?
39:50 The importance of winning both the heart and the mind to the gospel, to think and teach Christianly about marriage
41:06 How the homosexual community has successfully made their argument to the public and culture
42:43 Example of how this can be discussed and what the church has failed to do
44:55 One look at how our culture handled this discussion recently: Jason Collins versus Chris Broussard
46:08 What Catholics teach us about the mind, the concept of the Common Good, how we talk about marriage today, and what we should say about marriage
47:54 Discussing the value of Common Good
49:28 Opportunities to present a biblical case for marriage
50:32 Is something true because it is in the Bible or is it in the Bible because it is true? What is the point of this difference?
51:54 How a Christian living in a country where Christians are in the minority looks at this kind of engagement: lessons from John Dickson in Australia
55:15 A look at the first century: Mars Hill in Acts 17
58:31 Judge Van Broekhoven on Acts 17
1:01:15 Those who respond in Acts 17
1:02:35 How we discuss the need for God
1:03:45
Why marriage is important; the God-Christ picture as a mirror on marriage
1:05:18
An opportunity for pre-evangelism

Cat de maret e Dumnezeu

Sunt atatea nevoi si cauze in poporul Domnului, ca de multe ori ramanem amutiti si ne prabusim inaintea lui Dumnezeu in rugaciune, dar  parca suntem fara cuvinte. Desigur, mai mult ca si cauzele de boala, cauzele unde copiii nostri, soti, sotii sau parinti isi abandoneaza credinta si cad in pacat, acestea sunt cauzele cele mai dureroase. Un indemn mic prin cantare- sa VEDEM MARETIA lui DUMNEZEU deasupra tuturor cauzele noastre si sa nu cadem in deznadejde, noi cei care mijlocim, ci sa rabdam pana la capat stiind ca Tatal nostru din ceruri va lucra inspre binele nostru si a celor iubiti din familiile noastre!

Be Still - Know I Am God

Psalmi 46:10

,,Opriţi-vă, şi să ştiţi că Eu sînt Dumnezeu:

Eu stăpînesc peste neamuri, Eu stăpînesc pe pămînt. 

1. Cât de măreț e Dumnezeu!
Văd marea cu talazuri grele,
Mă-nalț pe munții de bazalt
și-mi zboară gândul printre stele,
tot mai înalt.

2. Ce împărat își duce-oștirea
spre un gigantic apogeu
Acel ce-a pus în goluri firea,
Acel ce-a scris oricui menirea
mai mult decât nemărginirea
e Tatăl meu !

3. La Tronul Alb se strâng sfielnic
voievozi de foc din Empireu.
si heruvimii vin cucernic,
slăvind Eternul Vistiernic.
și-acest Stăpân Atotputernic
e Tatăl meu !

4. Și cât de bun e Dumnezeu !
Chiar dacă stelele bătrâne
tot au o vreme când se-aștern,
dar cine în Isus rãmâne
e-un fiu etern!

5. Și-n fața slavei sclipitoare,
În ceasul lumii cel mai greu,
Când cei ce-au dat pe sfinți la fiare
Vedea-vor Forța Creatoare
eu voi șopti cu adorare:
E Tatăl meu…

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