Rodica Volintiru – Laudati pe Domnul !

VEZI PAGINA Rodica Volintiru aici

Rodica VolintiruIndiferent de situatia prin care trecem fiecare, Cuvantul Domnului ne indeamna ca sa-L LAUDAM pe Domnul.
Dimineata, impreuna cu copiii, meditam la psalmul 63. Este unul din psalmii mei preferati. De fiecare data, cand citesc si meditez la cuvintele acestui psalm, sunt mereu pline de prospetime, de intarire, de bucurie, care ma provoaca sa-L caut pe Dumnezeu mai mult si sa-L laud.

De dimineata, Domnul mi-a subliniat cuvantul bucurie, veselie.
„…Gura mea Te lauda cu strigate de bucurie pe buze.”

Am constatat, atat din viata mea si a crestinilor in general, caci nu implinim, nu traim acest cuvant, aceasta dorinta a Domnului.

De cantat, toti cantam ,la biserica , in cor, individual. Dar oare , CANTAM NOI CU BUCURIE? TRAIM noi ceea ce cantam ? Laudam noi pe Dumnezeu cu veselie ???? Prea putin… sau doar cateodata…

Astazi Duhul Domnului vrea asa de mult ca sa ne TREZEASCA, ca sa realizam „BUNATATEA LUI DUMNEZEU CAT DE MARE ESTE, care pretuieste mai mult decat viata, si DE ACEEA, buzele mele canta laudele Tale” (v 3)

Ce mult pierdem… caci ne concentram doar la noi si la problemele noastre, de aceea nu putem sa-L laudam pe Domnul, si chiar daca o facem, NU o facem cu BUCURIE.
Bucuria Domnului este taria noastra.
De ce nu ne bucuram ?
Pentru ca nu NE INTOARCEM PRIVIRILE SPRE EL (ps 34;5)
De ce nu ne bucuram ?
Pt ca nu-L cunoastem pe Dumnezeu…
Ce vedem noi cand privim la EL ???Vedem noi puterea si slava Lui ?
Ii vedem noi dragostea si bunatatea Lui ce o are pt noi ?
II vedem noi atotputernicia, purtarea Sa de grija, credinciosia Sa ?
Ce vedem noi cand ne intoarcem privirile spre EL , aceea vom avea, vom beneficia, vom experimenta.

De aceea , din nou si din nou, Duhul Domnului ne striga si astazi ca sa
CAUTAM SA-L CUNOASTEM PE DOMNUL
SA MEDITAM ZI SI NOAPTE LA CUVANTUL SAU,
SI APOI NE VOM INCREDE IN EL, IL VOM IUBI SI-L VOM LAUDA CU STRIGATE DE BUCURIE. „Ajuta-ne Doamne la toti!”

Azi Vin Acasa – canta Deiu Ciuculescu, tatal lui Catalin Ciuculescu

8bcee-catalinciuculescuMulti l-am cunoscut pe Catalin Ciuculescu in aceasta vara cand a vizitat Statele Unite impreuna cu Adi Gliga. In acest clip, Deiu, tatal lui Catalin canta aceasta frumoasa si veche cantare: Azi vin acasa.

Catalin povesteste ca s-au decis in filmare ca tatal lui sa cumpere o sticla de bere pe care sa o sparga la filmare…

Catalin: Zis si facut… Am filmat undeva la iesire din Filiasi spre… Tata umbla cu berea in mana… Noi cu aparatul dupa el… Oamenii treceau dintr-o parte si din cealalalta… Se uitau… Unii l-au recunoscut pe tata… Noi continuam sa filmam… Repetam cadre si tot asa… Seara am venit acasa si am terminat de editat filmarile. Pentru ca am internet foarte slab acasa (un stick la care i s-au consumat deja giga), a durat vreo 10 ore sa se incarce. asta se intampla duminica… Luni primeste tata un telefon… Zice ca o sora de la biserica din satul vecin n-a putut sa doarma duminica spre luni… S-a gandit la tata… Cineva i-a spus ca tata era „mort de beat, crita” prin Filiasi si ca niste copii radeau de el si il filmau (adica noi)…  Mai inainte vorbeam cu tata si zicea ca cineva a mai spus ca Duminica l-a vazut pe tata cu „paharu’de bere in mana”…

M-am depărtat de Dumnezeu,
Azi vin acasă;
Trăit-am în păcatul meu,
Azi vin acasă.

Cor:
Doamne, eu vin-acas`
Nu mai rătăcesc,
Braţul Tău este deschis,
Azi vin acasă.

Pierdut-am mulţi ani preţioşi,
Azi vin acasă;
Cu lacrimi ca un păcătos,
Azi vin acasă.

M-am dezgustat de viaţa mea,
Azi vin acasă;
Mă-ncred numai-n iubirea Ta,
Azi vin acasă.

Versuri Resurse Crestine VIDEO by Catalin Ciuculescu

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Who likes ear tickling sermons ? – O ilustratie: Ce preferinta au crestinii la predica?

2 Timothy 4:1-5 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead,and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

…this photo is sad, not funny…and it speaks volumes to the faith possessed by  some/many individual believers, than it does about churches per se, for after all we (individuals) are the churches.

Photo credit www.evangelicaloutreach.org

Usa din stanga = Aici se Predica cu fidelitate Scriptura (Biblia)

Usa din dreapta = Aici predicam sa gadilam urechile

Concluzie: Multi aleg sa le fie gadilate urechile.

2 Timotei 4:1-5  Te rog ferbinte, înaintea lui Dumnezeu şi înaintea lui Hristos Isus, care are să judece viii şi morţii, şi pentru arătarea şi Împărăţia Sa: propovăduieşte Cuvîntul, stăruieşte asupra lui la timp şi ne la timp, mustră, ceartă, îndeamnă cu toată blîndeţea şi învăţătura. Căci va veni vremea cînd oamenii nu vor putea să sufere învăţătura sănătoasă; ci îi vor gîdila urechile să audă lucruri plăcute, şi îşi vor da învăţători după poftele lorÎşi vor întoarce urechea dela adevăr, şi se vor îndrepta spre istorisiri închipuite. Dar tu fii treaz în toate lucrurile, rabdă suferinţele, fă lucrul unui evanghelist, şi împlineşte-ţi bine slujba.

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and, this one is another indictment of unbiblical church members. RayBaumann.com from www.christian-faith.com. Read their signs:

  1. Don’t mention hell, it makes me feel uncomfortable.
  2. Please refer to sin as ‘bad choices’
  3. Tell me again how much God wants to bless me
  4. Make sure there are enough programs for my kids
  5. Remember how much money I give each week
  6. Tell me how to get rich
  7. Only Good News
  8. Tickle my ears
  9. Nothing about the Cross
  10. if you don’t do things my way…
  11. Be relevant
  12. What can Jesus do for me?

Ce gandesc/spun membrii unelor biserici:

  1. Nu pomeni iadul, ma face sa ma simt prost.
  2. Te rog, refera-te la pacat ca si  ‘o alegere gresita’
  3. Mai spune-mi odata cat de mult vrea Dumnezeu sa ma binecuvanteze!
  4. Asigura copiilor mei suficiente programe la biserica
  5. Nu uita de contributia mea $$$ saptamanala
  6. Spune-mi cum sa ma imbogatesc
  7. Numai Vestea Buna si atat
  8. Gadila-mi urechile
  9. Nimic despre cruce
  10. daca nu iti place cum vreau eu…
  11. Fi relevant
  12. Ce poate Isus sa faca PENTRU mine?

Seven Characteristics of False Teachers by Thomas Brooks

Much of what is known about Puritan Thomas Brooks has been ascertained from his writings. Born, likely to well-to-do parents, in 1608, Brooks entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1625, where he was preceded by such men as Thomas Hooker, John Cotton, and Thomas Shepard. He was licensed as a preacher of the Gospel by 1640. Before that date, he appears to have spent a number of years at sea, probably as a chaplain with the fleet.

After the conclusion of the First English Civil War, Thomas Brooks became minister at Thomas Apostle’s, London, and was sufficiently renowned to be chosen as preacher before the House of Commons on December 26, 1648. His sermon was afterwards published under the title, ‘God’s Delight in the Progress of the Upright’, the text being Psalm 44:18: ‘Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from Thy way’. Three or four years afterwards, he transferred to St. Margaret’s, Fish-street Hill, London.

In 1662, he fell victim to the notorious Act of Uniformity, but he appears to have remained in his parish and to have preached as opportunity arose. Treatises continued to flow from his pen. (Photo and biography via wikipedia)

Seven Characteristics of False Teachers

by Thomas Brooks  (1608-1680)

That Satan labours might and main, by false teachers, which are his messengers and ambassadors, to deceive, delude, and for ever undo the precious souls of men (Acts 20:28-30; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; Eph. 4:14; 2 Tim. 3:4-6; Titus 1:11,12; 2 Peter 2:18,19): „I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err” (Jer. 23:13). „The prophets make my people to err” (Micah 3:5). They seduce them, and carry them out of the right way into by-paths and blind thickets of error, blasphemy, and wickedness, where they are lost forever. „Beware of false prophets, for they come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (Mat. 7:15). These lick and suck the blood of souls: „Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision” (Phil. 3:2). These kiss and kill; these cry, Peace, peace, till souls fall into everlasting flames, &c., Proverbs 7.

Now, the best way to deliver poor souls from being deluded and destroyed by these messengers of Satan is, to discover them in their colors, that so, being known, poor souls may shun them, and fly from them as from hell itself.

Now you may know them by these characters following:

THE FIRST CHARACTER

False teachers are men-pleasers (Gal. 1:10; 1 Thess. 2:1-4). They preach more to please the ear than to profit the heart: „Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophecy no unto us right things: speak to us smooth things; prophecy deceits”‘ (Isa. 30:10). „A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means, and my people love to have it so. And what will you do in the end thereof?” (Jer. 5:30,31). They handle holy things rather with wit and dalliance (playful come-on) then with fear and reverence. False teachers are soul-undoers. They are like evil chirurgeons, that skin over the wound, but never heal it. Flattery undid Ahab and Herod, Nero and Alexander. False teachers are hell’s greatest enrichers. Non acerba, sed blanda, Not bitter, but flattering words do all the mischief, said Valerian, the Roman emperor. Such smooth teachers are sweet soul-poisoners (Jer. 23:16,17).

THE SECOND CHARACTER

False teachers are notable in casting dirt, scorn, and reproach upon the persons, names, and credits of Christ’s most faithful ambassadors. Thus Korah, Dathan, and Abiram charged Moses and Aaron that they took too much upon them, seeing all the congregation was holy (Num. 16:3). You take too much state, too much power, too much honour, too much holiness upon you; for what are you more than others, that you take so much upon you? And so Ahab’s false prophets fell foul on good Micaiah, paying of him with blows for want of better reasons (1 Kings 22:10-26). Yea, Paul, that great apostle of the Gentiles, had his ministry undermined and his reputation blasted by false teachers: „For his letters”‘ say they, „are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak and contemptible” (2 Cor. 10:10). They rather contemn him than admire him; they look upon him as a dunce rather than a doctor. And the same hard measure had our Lord Jesus from the Scribes and Pharisees, who laboured as for life to build their own credit upon the ruins of his reputation. And never did the devil drive a more full trade this way than he does in these days (Matt. 27:63). Oh! the dirt, the filth, the scorn that is thrown upon those whom the world is not worthy. I suppose false teachers mind not that saying of Austin, Quisquis volens detrahit famae, nolens addit mercedi meae, He that willingly takes from my good name, unwillingly adds to my reward.

THE THIRD CHARACTER

False teachers are venters of the devices and visions of their own heads and hearts. „Then the Lord said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent then not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophecy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart (Jer. 14:14); „Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Harken not unto the words of the prophets that prophecy unto you; they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord” (Jer. 23:16). Are there not multitudes in this nation whose visions are but golden delusions, lying vanities, brain-sick phantasies? These are Satan’s great benefactors, and such as divine justice will hang up in hell as the greatest malefactors, if the physician of souls does not prevent it

THE FOURTH CHARACTER

False teachers easily pass over the great and weighty things both of law and gospel, and stand most upon those things that are of the least moment and concernment to the souls of men. „Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned; from which some have swerved, have turned aside unto vain jangling, desiring to be teachers of the law, and understand neither what they say nor whereof they affirm” (1 Tim. 1:5-7). „Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint, and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith; these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone” (Matt. 23:2,3). False teachers are nice in the lesser things of the law, and as negligent in the greater. „If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strife of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself” (1 Tim. 6:3-5). If such teachers are not hypocrites in grain, I know nothing, Romans 2:22. The earth groans to bear them, and hell is fitted for them, Matt. 24:32.

THE FIFTH CHARACTER

False teachers cover and color their dangerous principles and soul-impostures with very fair speeches and plausible pretenses, with high notions and golden expressions. Many in these days are bewitched and deceived, viz. illumination, revelation, deification, fiery triplicity, &c. As strumpets paint their faces, and deck and perfume their beds, the better to allure and deceive simple souls (Gal. 6:12; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; Rom. 16:17,18; Mat. 16:6,11,12; 7:15), so false teachers will put a great deal of paint and garnish upon their most dangerous principles and blasphemies, that they may the better deceive and delude poor ignorant souls. They know sugared poison goes down sweetly; they wrap up their pernicious, soul-killing pills in gold.

THE SIXTH CHARACTER

False teachers strive more to win over men to their opinions, than to better them in their conversations. „Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves” (Matt. 24:17). They busy themselves most about men’s heads. Their work is not to better men’s hearts, and mend their lives; and in this they are very much like their father the devil, who will spare no pains to gain proselytes.

THE SEVENTH CHARACTER

False teachers make merchandise of their followers. „But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not” (2 Peter 2:1-3). They eye your goods more than your good; and mind more the serving of themselves, than the saving of your souls. So they may have your substance, they care not though Satan has your souls (Rev. 18:11-13). That they may the better pick your purse, they will hold forth such principles as are very indulgent to the flesh. False teachers are the great worshippers of the golden calf (Jer. 6:13).

Now, by these characters you may know them, and so shun them, and deliver your souls out of their dangerous snares; which that you may, my prayers shall meet-yours at the throne of grace.

Source: http://www.mountainretreatorg.net via Monergism.com

Also see – Thomas Brooks (Puritan) – There is nothing that the great God hates– but sin…  and  The English Puritans: Perhaps the most remarkable body of men which the world has ever produced

Other Works by Thomas Brooks

Works of Thomas Brooks, Vol. 1, Nichol’s Series of Standard Divines, Puritan Period, with General Preface by John C. Miller, D.D.; Rev. Thomas Smith, General Editor, Edinburgh, James Nichol, 1866. Titles include: Grosart’s Memoir of Brooks; Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices; The Mute Christian Under The Smarting Rod; A String of Pearls

  • Works of Thomas Brooks, Vol. 2, Nichol’s Series of Standard Divines, Puritan Period, with General Preface by John C. Miller, D.D.; Rev. Thomas Smith, General Editor, Edinburgh, James Nichol, 1866. Titles include: An Ark for All God’s Noahs; The Privy Key of Heaven; Heaven On Earth
  • Works of Thomas Brooks, Vol. 3, Nichol’s Series of Standard Divines, Puritan Period, with General Preface by John C. Miller, D.D.; Rev. Thomas Smith, General Editor, Edinburgh, James Nichol, 1866. Titles include: The Unsearchable Riches of Christ; A Cabinet of Jewels
  • Works of Thomas Brooks, Vol. 4, Nichol’s Series of Standard Divines, Puritan Period, with General Preface by John C. Miller, D.D.; Rev. Thomas Smith, General Editor, Edinburgh, James Nichol, 1866. Titles include: The Crown and Glory of Christianity
  • Works of Thomas Brooks, Vol. 5, Nichol’s Series of Standard Divines, Puritan Period, with General Preface by John C. Miller, D.D.; Rev. Thomas Smith, General Editor, Edinburgh, James Nichol, 1866. Titles include: The Golden Key to Open Hidden Treasures
  • Works of Thomas Brooks, Vol. 6, Nichol’s Series of Standard Divines, Puritan Period, with General Preface by John C. Miller, D.D.; Rev. Thomas Smith, General Editor, Edinburgh, James Nichol, 1866. Titles include: London’s Lamentations; The Glorious Day of the Saints’ Appearance; God’s Delight in the Progress of the Upright; Hypocrites Detected; A Believer’s Last Day His Best Day; A Heavenly Cordial; The Legacy of a Dying Mother
  • THE COMPLETE WORKS of THOMAS BROOKS at archive.org

How do you know you will remain a believer tomorrow?

Photo credit www.bethefew.com

From John Piper of http://DesiringGod.org:

Christian, how do you know you will still be a believer when you wake up in the morning? And every morning till you meet Jesus?

The biblical answer is: God will see to it.

Are you okay with that? Does this make you uneasy, admitting it depends decisively on God? I hope it is your joy and song. It really does have huge implications to believe this. Let God’s word shape your mind on it.

We must endure in faith to enter heaven.

By itself “must” is not a gospel word. By itself it feels threatening and burdensome. But it is not by itself in the Bible. “We must” occurs along with “he will” and “we will.” “We must” becomes “we will” because “God will.”

  • “The one who endures to the end, will be saved” (Mark 13:13). We must endure.
  • “If we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us” (2 Timothy 2:12).
  • “I make known to you, brothers, the gospel . . . by which you are saved, if you hold fast the word . . . unless you believed in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:1–2).

God will see to it.

Enduring in faith is not owing to our first profession of faith the way health is owing to a one-time vaccination. Enduring faith happens because the great physician does his sustaining work every day. We keep believing in Christ not because of antibodies left over from conversion, but because God does his life-giving, faith-preserving work every day.

  • “He is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory” (Jude 1:24).
  • “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
  • “I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me” (Jeremiah 32:40).
  • “[Christ] will sustain you to the end. . . . God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with his Son” (1 Corinthians 1:8–9).
  • “The Lord will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom” (2 Timothy 4:18).

We will endure in faith.

Because God will see to it, we will — not just must — endure to the end. If we have been justified by faith, we will be glorified. It is as good as done.

  • “Those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified” (Romans 8:30).

Four “R’s” follow from this security.

Relinquish

We relinquish the burden of self-preservation. We stop thrashing and let the firefighter carry us out of the burning house. We can’t make it. He can. He will. “It is not in man who walks to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23).

Rejoice

Does your heart not echo the joy of Charles Spurgeon when he said, “O dear friends, one’s heart rejoices to think of those potent shalls and wills — those immoveable pillars which death and hell cannot shake — the shalls and wills of a God who, ‘speaks and it is done’” (The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. IX (364). “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

Rest

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). The yoke is easy and the burden is light because God says: I will carry you and you will rest on me. “Even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save” (Isaiah 46:4).

Risk

If you know your future is secured by your omnipotent, ever-keeping God, the threats of earth and hell cannot stop you from spreading his fame. The inference Paul drew from, “Those whom he justified he also glorified,” was, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Therefore, we will risk “tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, and sword” (Romans 8:35). Because nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ (Romans 8:39).

In Awe of God’s Creation – The Semois River in Belgium – Coplesit de Creatia lui Dumnezeu

Français : La Semois passant à Vresse-sur-Semo...

Français : La Semois passant à Vresse-sur-Semois un jour d’automne. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jeremiah 51:16 – When he utters his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens; and he causes the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth: he makes lightnings with rain, and brings forth the wind out of his treasures.

James 4:14 Yet you do not know 2what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

Ieremia 51:16 – De glasul Lui, urlă apele în ceruri; El ridică norii dela marginile pămîntului, dă naştere la fulgere şi ploaie, şi scoate vîntul din cămările lui.

Iacov 4:14 Şi nu ştiţi ce va aduce ziua de mîne! Căci ce este viaţa voastră? Nu sînteţi decît un abur, care se arată puţintel, şi apoi piere.

just breathtaking:

Valley of the Semois – 10.10.10 – from Greenwave on Vimeo.

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