Nelu Brie povesteste: Nici nu s-a uscat cerneala dupa actul de botez si au venit indoielile existentei lui Dumnezeu

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Botezul cu Duh Sfant si Indoielile care au urmat

Lasati-ma sa va impartasesc o experienta din viata de credinta. M-am intors la Domnul in anul 1991. Am fost botezat in apa in luna Noiembrie, in data de 21 Noiembrie si prin harul lui Dumnezeu, botezat cu Duhul Sfant cu o saptamana si jumatate inainte. A fost un moment cu totul deosebit. Pe atunci, nu terminasem (inca) liceul.

Seara aceea ramane pentru mine o seara neuitata. Un grup de tineri, mai de varsta mea si uni mai in varsta ne-am pus la rugaciune. Cineva a zis, „Frate Nelu, daca simti prezenta lui Dumnezeu peste tine, roaga-te cu credinta si Dumnezeu iti va da Duhul. N-am stiut ce a zis. Pe atunci nu intelegeam multe lucruri. Am simtit deodata ca peste mine vine o prezenta Dumnezeiasca, pe care pana atunci, nu o mai traisem. Din cap pana in picioare ma cutremuram, toata fiinta si imi venea sa ma rog cu glas tare. Mai timid, asa, stam si imi sopteam rugaciunea. Imi venea din interior s ama rog cu voce tare. Dar ma rusinam, ma inchideam in mine, ca atunci cand pe o oala care e in clocot tii cu forta capacul. Deodata, prin Duhul, prin una dintre fetele de acolo a iesit o proorocie: Asa iti vorbeste Domnul, fiule. De ce zici, „Mi-e rusine?” Asa ziceam. Cum sa ma rog eu, m-e rusine de oameni? „De ce zici mi-e rusine? Ce este cu tine nu e de la oameni, ci este de la Dumnezeu. Lasa-te calauzit de Dumnezeu, care a venit la tine.

M-am rugat, m-am trezit deodata rugandu-ma cu voce tare, fara ca cineva sa ma invete am exprimat cuvinte de lauda la adresa lui Dumnezeu. Eu am fost odata si electrocutat. M-am atins din greseala de un fir, de un conductor electric neizolat. Ala scutura tare si doare. Prezenta Duhului era ca un fel de electrocutare, dar care in loc de durere aducea o bucurie adanca, o pace de nedescris, un har de la Dumnezeu. Si pe fata, si pe mani, totul era o vibrare, o bucurie extraordinara. Acela a fost botezul cu Duhul Sfant. Am vorbit in alte limbi, nici nu mai stiu cat. Stiu cand s-a incheiat rugaciunea era 10:25. Ceilalti stateau pe banci, acolo in casa si povesteau. M-a lasat sa ma rog in coltul meu.

A urmat o mare perioada de bucurie si crestere spirituala. Dar s-a intamplat ceva. La cateva luni, Dumnezeu a ingaduit sa trec printr-o incercare. Nu stiu de unde a aparut, dar incet, incet si progresiv si tot mai insistent: INDOIELI. La inceput asa, vagi. Si dupa aceea, tot mai intense si mai intense: Nu exista Dumnezeu. Astea erau gandurile care imi veneau in minte. Nu este Dumnezeu. Te-ai amagit, mai bine du-te in lume. Eram atat de tulburat de aceste ganduri, framantari profunde, imaginatii de tot soiul, ganduri mizerabile care au venit deavalma peste minte.  Ma impotriveam lor cu toate resursele pe care le aveam la indemana. Nici o clipa nu le-am spus: Bun venit. Dar, reveneau. Se aruncau asupra mea. Opt luni la rand. A fost grozav. M-am rugat, am postit, am cerut lui Dumnezeu izbavire. Veneau si plecau si veneau si veneau.

Odata am cerut ajutor de la un frate. M-am dus la conducatorul adunarii de acolo, sa-i spun framantarile mele. S-a uitat asa la mine si a zis, „Nu ti-e tie rusine? Pai, inca nici nu s-a uscat cerneala de pe certificatul tau de botez si tu spui ca nu-i Dumnezeu?” A dat cu mine de tot peretii. Atunci am invatat cum nu se face o treaba.  Dar, astea sunt experientele mele pastorale.

Odata, tin minte ca in adunarea noastra a predicat fratele Dobran, acuma este undeva prin Londra. E inginer, m-am uitat asa la el si am zis, „Daca omul asta destept crede in Dumnezeu inseamna ca e ceva. Cu astea ma mangaiam. Fratii mei, era insa ceva  ce m-a tinut in picioare. Ori de cate ori veneau acele stari si presiuni spirituale teribile, in mine se nastea un gand: Bun, si daca nu e Dumnezeu si nu e realitatea imparatiei Sale, cum a fost cand am primit Duhul Sfant? Experienta aceea pe care am trait-o corporal, nu doar spiritual. Am simtit cu corpul meu ca ceva s-a intamplat. Daca nu e Dumnezeu, aia de unde e? Dispareau, se duceau (gandurile). Si de zece ori pe zi foloseam acest argument si asta m-a tinut in picioare.

Fratii mei, s-ar putea sa fim infratiti in indoieli. Nu vom fi noi mai buni ca Toma. Dar va rog frumos sa ma ascultati. Se pot birui. Stau in fata dumneavoastra ca o dovada. Sunt presiuni care vin din partea celui rau, se pot invinge. Adanceste-te in relatia ta cu Dumnezeu. Cauta sa fi plin de Duh. Dumnezeu iti va da putere. Incercarile de azi sunt trepte pentru ridicarea de maine. Dumnezeu are planul Sau. Numele Lui sa fie slavit in veci!

Va chem sa traim cu adevarat viata duhovniceasca.

VIDEO by Biserica penticostala Carpati  (Relatarea este din ultimile 10 minute)

Ghita Mocan – Pilda Fiului Risipitor la Biserica Penticostala Carpati 14 iulie 2013

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Sinclair Ferguson – Preaching about grace detached from the person of Christ

Written by Matthew S. Miller on http://theaquilareport.com/

Sinclair Ferguson’s Reflections on the Gospel

in Scotland and in American Evangelicalism:

Substituting the Idea of Grace for The Person of Jesus Christ

At the 41st PCA General Assembly in Greenville, S.C., in June, Ligonier Ministries hosted a panel discussion entitled  “Christology in the 21st Century: A Discussion.”

The panel included Ligon Duncan, Robert Godfrey, Richard Pratt, R.C. Sproul, and Sinclair Ferguson. While the entire hour-long discussion is well worth one’s time (it can be found here), the opening minutes contained a question posed to Sinclair Ferguson, whose concise and probing answer deserves as wide an audience as possible within Western evangelical circles.

Reflecting on what the lessons the contemporary American church could draw from the waxing and waning of the church in Scotland since the Reformation, Dr. Ferguson homed in on how the preaching and presentation of the Gospel often disconnects grace from the person of Christ. Or, as he put it, how often those preaching and presenting the Gospel fall prey to ‘substituting the idea of grace for the person of Christ.’

Here is the whole of Stephen Nichols’s question and Dr. Ferguson’s four-minute answer for the benefit of those who have not seen or heard it. I believe it is a critique we desperately need to receive:

Stephen Nichols: “As we look through church history we see different examples of places where the Gospel thrived, and may not thrive as much today. Buffeted by centuries of secularism, a once-thriving church no longer thrives. Of course, I’m thinking of what you (Dr. Ferguson) affectionately refer to as ‘the only country,’ your homeland of Scotland. But I didn’t know, Dr. Ferguson, if you could give us some perspective – as [one familiar with] a place that may reflect more of a post-Christian era. And obviously, you’re very familiar with the American church. What observations do you have for us as we think about Christology?”

Dr. Ferguson: “Well, I think answering that question would actually take us back to the time of the Reformation.

“I have never read this in either a church history or a social history in Scotland but I don’t myself believe that Scotland was ever fully captured by the Gospel. I think medieval Roman Catholic theology was almost endemic in Scotland. And the Reformation obviously delivered many people from that. The season of the Great Awakening, which was also experienced in Scotland, and the Second Great Awakening in the 19th century, created great advance for the Gospel. But my own conviction is that the basic notion that justification came by a process, [and] that that process was attached to the activity of the visible church, has been dominant in Scotland – at the time of the Reformation and ever since the time of the Reformation.

“In that sense I think the contribution you would make from reviewing what took place in Scotland would be to understand how easily the church slips into turning on its head what theologians would call the indicative of the Gospel and the imperative of the Gospel: focusing on the administration of rites rather than the ministry of the Holy Spirit as the means by which salvation is applied. And I would actually put it this way: Substituting the idea of grace for the person of Jesus Christ. And I think as you trace the history in Scotland, again and again and again people would even speak about grace, but it would be detached from the person of Christ.

“And my own conviction is that is so endemic in the Western culture that it may actually be one of the most characteristic phenomena of evangelicalism – the departure from Christhimself as ‘full of grace and truth’, to something Christ can give us as itself our salvation.

“And one of the things that you notice in the preaching in Scotland is that more and more in the exposition of the Scriptures the focus is more and more not on the Christ that is in the Scriptures, but on how we put ourselves in the Scriptures to do what the Scriptures tell us to do. And my own conviction is that that’s just endemic in Western Christianity.

“Schleiermacher was hugely popular in Scotland – phenomenally influential in Scotland. And the place I see Schleiermacher most evidenced in the contemporary church world is among evangelicals. They would hate the name of Schleiermacher, but actually their whole approach to the Gospel is dominated by the kind of subjectivism and reading the Gospel out of your own experience that you find in Schleiermacher.”

 

In Awe of God’s Creation – The Flow of Time on Iceland – Coplesit de Creatia lui Dumnezeu

photo credit www.riisrejser.dk

Jonas Agersø

We traveled around Iceland for almost 2 weeks this summer. Equipped with our cameras we
wanted to capture the stunning nature of the entire island.
By mixing slow-motion and timelapses we wanted to show how ‘time’ plays a huge factor
in the way we perceive nature.

THE FLOW OF TIME (ON ICELAND) from Jonas Agersø on Vimeo.

Discovering the Bible (4 short clips)

Film Clip #1 – Discovering The Bible – „A Brief Overview”

Sequence: A brief overview of where the name „Bible” came from and how papyrus was originally used. We also discover the originations of the Koran and the Book Of Mormon, each came from one prophetic source only. The Bible came from many peoples , many historical stories, as well as several prophets. From Anchorsaway Ministries on Vimeo.

Film Clip # 2 – Discovering the Bible –

The Old and New Testaments

Sequence: The Bible is divided into the Old and New Testaments and many books. There are certain books within the Bible that all Christians and Catholics agree, and in which Judasim and Christianity agree.

Film Clip # 3 – Discovering The Bible –

The Scribes and The Scrolls

Sequence: The old Testament was faithfully copied by scribes. Scribes is from the greek word, „sofer” which is to count. Every word and letter was counted; any misspellings would render the entire scroll to be trashed. The job was a holy one and great discipline and dedication was necessary to work with the scrolls.

Film Clip #4 – Discovering the Bible –

The Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Sequence: The discovery of the dead sea scrolls in the 20th Century. In some cases, the documents were written 1,000 years before Christ. This was an amazing discovering and reinforces the historical lineage of the Old Testament.

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