Vladimir Pustan – Cand avem nevoie de o trezire spirituala in viata noastra? la Prima Aniversare a Bisericii Peniel Londra 28 septembrie 2013

VEZI PAGINA Vladimir Pustan PREDICI aici

Vezi si Serviciul in Londra din 29 septembrie 2013 aici

Pustan Nu exista mai bun loc ca-n biserica peniel Londra 13Vladimir Pustan : Poza din predica (video) spune aici: Nu exista mai bun loc decat in biserica.

Am sa incep in seara asta cu premiza ca toti care suntem aici avem nevoie de Dumnezeu. Ca toti, din locul acesta suntem pacatosi, dar unii inca nu stiu. Sper ca dupa ce imi termin predica sa ne dam seama cu toti de asta. As mai dori, cand termin predica asta, ca toti sa constientizati ca aveti nevoie de Dumnezeu. Singuri, nu ne putem face mai buni. Nici faptul ca venim la biserica, nici faptul ca avem parinti care ne-au adus la biserica sau ca am umblat pe anumite cai care sunt mai morale decat altele. As vrea sa va spun in aceasta seara ca Dumnezeu ne iubeste surprinzator si neinteles, in acelasi timp, caci daca ar fi sa mergem dupa fapte bune in rai, mai mult s-ar califica cainele meu sa ajunga acolo, decat mine. Dumnezeu nu se uita la meritele noastre, ci se uita la Hristos.

In aceasta seara, vreau sa mai intelegeti un lucru. Daca as cunoaste o alta cale mai usoara ca pocainta, v-as spune. As vrea sa ma adresez pocaitilor si as vrea sa va spun ca daca nu veti avea temperatura suficient ridicata, temperatura voastra nu va va ajuta  ca sa ajungeti in Imparatia lui Dumnezeu. Dumnezeu spune ca nu va va judeca dupa drgostea dintai, ci dupa dragostea de pe urma. Nu puteti, la nesfarsit, sa traiti cu Dumnezeu din amintiri. Sa spui ca ai fost baiat bun candva e cea mai mare prostie, e ca si cum ai zice ca ti-ai iubit sotia ca in prima ziua cand a fost mireasa. Nu e voie sa iubim asa, cum nu e voie sa iubiti pe Hristos ca in ziua de la botez. Pe sotie nu poti sa o iubesti ca si atunci, cand acum a facut 3 prunci si are diabet. N-ai voie sa o iubesti ca atunci. Dagostea noastra trebuie sa creasca in fiecare zi.

Deci astea sunte cele doua premize: Cine nu s-a pocait, trebuie sa se pocaiasca si pocaitii trebuie sa o apuce de la capat pentru ca Dumnezeu vrea sa aveti o temperatura inalta. „Ce am impotriva ta,” spune Dumnezeu catre biserici, prin Hristos, „este ca esti caldicica”. Dumnezeu nu suporta stari intermediare. Daca tot a-ti hotarat sa veniti aici, atunci va rog, in numele lui Hristos, apucati-o cum trebuie pe cale. Daca nu, nu va chinuiti sufletul. Ca nu exista o pozitie mai inconfortabila decat sa stati cu un picior in lume si cu unul in imparatia lui Dumnezeu. Nu exista lucru mai ingrozitor decat sa fii cu jumatate de norma.

La 17 ani am plecat din biserica. Am mancat cu porcii. Am vrut sa vad ce-i lumea. Am ajuns la un capat, cand ajungi la capat te intrebi, „Mai este ceva?” Si am auzit o voce, „Nu, nu mai este nimic”. Intoarce-te acasa. Sper ca la unii dintre voi va ajunge sa va fie greata de tot ce s-a intamplat in lume. Vreau sa raspundem la o intrebare: Cand avem nevoie de o trezire spirituala in viata noastra? Asta este intrebarea predicii mele. De obicei, ne rugam prosteste: Doamne, trezeste-ma. Si nu stiu daca exista blestem mai mare decat sa ne trezeasca Dumnezeu. In Biblie zice ca trezeste-te tu, care dormi. Dumnezeu te poate trezi in felul acela in care iti dai seama cand ai ajuns acasa ca sotia nu-i mai acasa, ca a plecat cu altul. Sau ca fiica ta a fugit de acasa, sau baiatul. Dumnezeu te poate trezi de nu te vezi. Stiti de ce sunt bune bisericile si cartile astea pe care le numim Biblii? Pentru ca ele fac parte din mijlocul frumos al lui Dumnezeu de a ne trezi. Noi s ane trezim, ca Dumneze poate sa faca si altceva.

Spune Psalmistul: Nu ne vei inviora iarasi? Nu a sosit vremea sa ne inviorezi iarasi? Dumnezeu vrea sa ne spuna ca inviorarea care tine 2 saptamani (la staruinta iarna), suta la suta nu are de a face cu credinta. M-am saturat de pocaiti care se pocaiesc 2 saptamani pe an si care atunci cand nu e convenabil lasa pocainta jos 5 minute. Ne-am saturat de pocaitii care astazi sunt in varful ideal,  si maine…..”Am fost capabil sa fac, sa spun, sa vizitez saitul ala…” Noi avem cateva lucruri care le stim clar – ce nu inseamna pocainta. Pocainta inseamna sa nu fumezi, sa nu bei si sa nu te uiti dupa nevasta altuia- la noi lucurile sunt simple, la pocaiti. Astazi, va spun cinstit: Sa nu cumva sa credeti ca vor fi multi in rai. (Din primele 10 minute- mai sunt aprox 40 de minute).

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Vladimir Pustan – Calcati pe urmele lui Hristos la Prima Aniversare a Bisericii Peniel Londra 29 septembrie 2013

VEZI PAGINA Vladimir Pustan PREDICI aici

Vezi si Serviciul in Londra din 28 septembrie 2013 aici

Vladimir Pustan Londra 29 septembrie 2013

Text 1 Corinteni 11:1 Un verset pentru 1 an de la fondarea Bisericii Peniel:

Călcaţi pe urmele mele, întrucît şi eu calc pe urmele lui Hristos.

Trebuie sa ai tupeu sa spui asta. Eu cred ca aici, a trebuit Pavel sa aiba un tupeu fantastic. Asa, intre dumneavoastra, cati dintre pastorii care-i aveti au putut sa spuna lucrul acesta in Biserica: Ce m-ati vazut pe mine sa fac, sa faceti si voi. Dar, haideti, ca v-a convenit intrebarea asta. Haideti sa va spun si asta. Ce a-ti spus, cand a-ti spus-o ultima data, copiilor dumneavoastra? Ce a-ti vazut pe mine si pe maica-ta sa fac, sa faceti si voi? Trebuie, fie sa ai tupeu fantastic sa spui lucrurile astea, fie sa ai o pocainta asa cum cere Scriptura. „Calcati pe urmele mele”.

O gramada de copii au ajuns infractori pentru ca au avut parinti infractori. Desi, nu e obligatoriu ca din parinti buni sa iasa neaparat copii buni. Aschia sare departe de trunci de multe ori, mai ales daca intre trunchi si aschie e Hristos.

Ce doresc eu Bisericii Peniel e ca nu cumva sa traiti din amintiri. Este foarte important, un lucru de inteles la un an: Ce viata poti avea aici in Londra? Nici nu ai posibilitate sa iti aduci aminte de multe lucruri, ca un an nu e istorie, pana la urma. Mie mi-a trebuit vreo 8 ani de zile, ca sa modific vreo 7 cantari in biserica. Trebuie sa ai rabdare. De cele mai multe ori, cele mai mari necazuri le avem pentru ca nu avem rabdare. Sunt de doua zile in Londra. Ce pot sa zic despre pocaitii din Londra? Dezbinati, ciudati, invidiosi si sfinti, unii. Oameni, asa sunt si in Romania, asa sunt si in Londra. Asa e pretutindeni.

Aveti un an de la fondarea bisericii. A-ti facut o treaba buna. Biserici, niciodata nu e rau. Mai bine e sa infiintezi o biserica decat…. Avem o gramada de biserici. Nu stiu daca Hristos are nevoie de toate, pentru ca a fii o biserica adevarata presupune o gramada de lucruri si nu vreau sa le pomenesc acum. 1 Petru 2:21 Si la aceasta ati fost chemati; fiindca si Hristos a suferit pentru voi, si v-a lasat o pilda, ca sa calcati pe urmele Lui. Tibi (pastorul) mi-a fost elev, m-au vizitat astazi 2 fosti elevi, Sorin Curteanu, care mi-a fost elev la seminar si Tibi, care mi-a fost decan la Colegiul Biblic EstEuropean. M-am bucurat ca amandoi au ajuns sa slujeasca  lui Dumnezeu, chiar departe de casa.

Va trebui ca sa semanati cu Hristos. Nu e nici greu sa faci. La ora actuala, iti trebuie un om cu bani, sa gasesti un spatiu si unul dispus sa fie ‘popa’. Sunt cativa nemultumiti din alte biserici si iata ca formam o alta biserica repede. Dumneavoastra stiti ca prima lege in biologie spune ca organismele primitive se inmultesc prin diviziune. Cu cat mai primitivi, cu atat mai divizati. Nu e greu sa faci o biserica. E greu ca biserica aia sa semene cu Hristos. „Sa va parasiti bisericile,” spuneam aseara, „daca bisericile voastre nu seamana cu cele din Biblie.”  Nimeni nu va poate obliga sa va distrugeti tineretea intr-o biserica  care n-are de-a face cu Hristos. Asa mi-am invatat oamenii in biserica. Sunt acolo de 2o si ceva de ani. Stiti ce le-am spus? Cand o sa simtiti ca biserica asta nu merge dupa Biblie, sa o parasiti rapid. Sa nu va luati nici geanta, nici chitari, nimic, sa plecati. Nici macar adeverenta de membru, nimic sa nu luati. Sa dispareti cu toti. Sa fugim cu toti. Ultimii inchid usa, aduc benzina, o aprindem.  Orice biserica care nu seamana cu biserica lui Isus Hristos trebuie parasita rapid. Stiti de ce? „Cea mai mare nenorocire,” v-am spus-o tot aseara, „este ca sa-ti distrugi viata intr-o biserica care n-are nimic de a face cu Hristos.

De ce mi-am luat camasa asta (neagra)? Ca sa va explic cum sunteti voi: Contrafacuti. Pe Hristos nu-L mintiti. Asta a fost esenta predicii de aseara. Va trebui sa calcati pe urmele lui Isus, obligatoriu. Dar, a zice „Calcati pe urmele lui Isus Hristos”, este un fariseism. Pentru ca noi ar trebui sa avem curaj sa spunem, „Calcati pe urmele mele, pentru ca si eu calc pe urmele lui Isus Hristos.” Trebuie sa o spuna asta mama si tata la copii. Trebuie sa o spuna asta pastorul la biserica si comitetul. Trebuie sa o spuneti toti, afara: „Uitati-va la mine, eu sunt pocait. Faceti faptele mele. Daca nu le fac dupa Biblie, nu ma urmati pe mine.” Nu mai Il aratati pe Hristos, este vremea sa va aratati pe voi.

In ce trebuie sa calce biserica pe urmele lui Isus Hristos?

In ce trebuie sa calce biserica Peniel pe urmele lui Isus Hristos? In a face voia lui Dumnezeu. Voi trebuie ca sa faceti voia lui Dumnezeu. Voi nu sunteti chemati sa faceti voia marturisirii de credinta a Cultului Penticostal din Romania, pentru ca astea sunt marturisiri de credinta si o mare parte sunt facute de noi, de oameni. Voi, va trebui sa faceti voia lui Dumnezeu, chiar daca asta inseamna singuratate de multe ori. Spune in Luca 22:42 ca Isus Hristos a spus, in cel mai problematic ceas al unviersului: ,,Tată, dacă voieşti, depărtează paharul acesta dela Mine! Totuş, facă-se nu voia Mea, ci a Ta.` Cel mai greu lucru din viata noastra de crestin este ca sa spunem lucrul asta: Nu voia mea, ci voia Ta. Pentru ca problema noastra e ca din cele mai multe ori, voia lui Dumnezeu este in contradictie cu firea din noi. Avem voia noastra si noi vrem ca Dumnezeu sa se potriveasca dupa voia noastra. Noi ne facem un tipar, de cele mai multe ori: Cu asta ma casatoresc, in locul asta de munca ma duc, asta fac cu banii mei si incep sa fortez pe Dumnezeu sa intre in viata mea si sa se faca voia mea. Nu se poate. Sa nu se faca voia mea, ci sa se faca voia Ta.

(Din primele 10 minute- mai sunt 45 de minute din predica) VIDEO by Ciobanu Romica

John Piper – Don’t do God’s will like an atheist

5PIPER12xx.jpgThis post is also available in Simplified ChineseKoreanPortuguese, and Spanish at Desiring God.

A Liberty University student asked John Piper for clarification, after Piper’s speech there, on September 16, 2013 (see video here or read it here). The students question: So you don’t believe that altruistic acts are possible or desirable?

Piper asked the student for his definition of altruism, which the student defined as “Doing a good deed for others with no view to any reward.”

Here is Piper’s answer:

…whether or not it’s possible, I don’t think it’s desirable, because it’s not what the Bible teaches us to do; and it’s not what people experience as genuine love. Because it isn’t genuine love.

I had said in the convocation message: Doing right for right’s sake is atheistic. Christians should do what’s right for God’s sake; because the Bible teaches us to do everything for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). But God is not glorified if we leave him out of account, and say that doing a right deed is its own justification. Nothing is its own justification, if God is left out.

Christians should do what God says is right because in doing it we enjoy more of God. Jesus was motivating us to be generous to others when he said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). I’m simply saying that this motivating, promised “blessedness” is not mainly more money, but more God. God delights to reveal more of himself to the generous than to the stingy (John 14:23).

This motive glorifies God. God is glorified when he is desired as a treasure. If we want a deeper fellowship with him because he makes us happier than anyone else, we glorify him. So to be motivated to do right by the desire for more of God glorifies God.

Piper, then goes on to explain how Jesus motivates:

Jesus said that when we are slandered as Christians we should rejoice (Matthew5:12) and love our enemies (Matthew 5:44) “for great is your reward in heaven” (Matthew 5:12), and “so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:45). The motivation he appeals to is that the path of sacrificial love leads to an increase of joy in our relationship to God as Father.

and, finally, Piper explains the joy obtained when loving others:

Finally, I said to the student’s good question: Not only does trying to do right for right’s sake dishonor God, it doesn’t show love to others. People don’t experience it as love. But why would they experience the good we do for them as love, if we are seeking our greater joy in God? Aren’t they just being used?

No. It’s because part of the greater joy we seek in God, by doing them good, is the inclusion of them in our joy. Our joy in God would be expanded by their joy in God. We are not using them for our greater joy. We are wooing them into our greater joy, and desiring that they become part of it.

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Ravi Zacharias quotes from 2 books

English: Ravi Zacharias signing books at the F...

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“Time is the brush of God, as he paints his masterpiece on the heart of humanity.”

“To sustain the belief that there is no God, atheism has to demonstrate infinite knowledge, which is tantamount to saying, “I have infinite knowledge that there is no being in existence with infinite knowledge”

“These days its not just that the line between right and wrong has been made unclear, today Christians are being asked by our culture today to erase the lines and move the fences, and if that were not bad enough, we are being asked to join in the celebration cry by those who have thrown off the restraints religion had imposed upon them. It is not just that they ask we accept, but they now demand of us to celebrate it too.” 

“There can be no reproach to pain unless we assume human dignity, there is no reason for restraints on pleasure unless we assume human worth, there is no legitimacy to monotony unless we assume a greater purpose to life, there is no purpose to life unless we assume design, death has no significance unless we seek what is everlasting.”

  1. “We have a right to believe whatever we want, but not everything we believe is right.” 
  2. With no fact as a referent, what is normative is purely a matter of preference.
    ― Ravi Zacharias, in his book The Real Face of Atheism
  3. “Every worldview has to bring together reason and faith.”
  4. “Goodness can endure a few moments; holiness is life-defining.”
  5. “I think the reason we sometimes have the false sense that God is so far away is because that is where we have put him. We have kept him at a distance, and then when we are in need and call on him in prayer, we wonder where he is. He is exactly where we left him.” ― Ravi Zacharias, in his book Has Christianity Failed You?
  6. “A friend asked the author,”If this conversion you speak about is truly supernatural, and why is it not more evident in the lives of so many Christians that I know?”  Ravi Zacharias, in his book Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith We Defend

Description for the book (Amazon):

Atheism is a world without God. Its true nature–whether disguised in Eastern mysticism or American cynicism–is despair. In this thought-provoking and witty book, Ravi Zacharias provides Christians a clear apologetic for their faith.

Formerly published as A Shattered Visage, The Real Face of Atheism systematically examines atheistic positions on human nature, the meaning of life, morality, the „First Cause,” death, and more. With a new introduction and revisions throughout, The Real Face of Atheism is the perfect text for pastors, students, and thinking laypeople who want to improve their apologetic skill and reach out to non-believers.

On marriage:

Ravi Zacharias, from his book I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah: Moving from Romance to Lasting Love

  1. “Unless I understand the Cross, I cannot understand why my commitment to what is right must be precedence over what I prefer.” 
  2. “Love is a commitment that will be tested in the most vulnerable areas of spirituality, a commitment that will force you to make some very difficult choices. It is a commitment that demands that you deal with your lust, your greed, your pride, your power, your desire to control, your temper, your patience, and every area of temptation that the Bible clearly talks about. It demands the quality of commitment that Jesus demonstrates in His relationship to us.”

Description for the book (Amazon):

In the twenty-fourth chapter of Genesis a beautiful young woman offers assistance to a weary traveler and his camels, and out of that simple action, a marriage results-a marriage that offers profound lessons to couples today. Bible scholar and renowned speaker Ravi Zacharias draws five points critical to the long-lasting success of every marriage from the biblical story of the marriage of Isaac and Rebekah.

„Real love folds together both the emotions and the will,” writes Zacharias. „Without the emotions, marriage is a drudgery; without the will, it is a mockery.” Building upon that foundational truth, Zacharias goes on to explain the principles of seeking the counsel of others when finding a mate, cherishing your partner, remaining pure, becoming a man or woman of prayer, and, finally, risking everything in a relationship in order to experience God’s ideal for love.

Couples everywhere, from those about to be married, to those who have been married for decades, will draw strength and wisdom for the journey of marriage as they learn from Ravi what it means to move from romance to lasting love.

Ravi Zacharias speaks at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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Ravi Zacharias greets an attendee at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Chapel Sept. 17. Ravi took the time after his speech to meet several attendees face-to-face. (Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Katerine Forbes/120th PAD/JTF-GTMO Public Affairs)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba – Theologian and philosopher Ravi Zacharias visits Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to speak to the GTMO community.

“It’s a tough world in which to try to deal with the questions that haunt. And these questions just don’t seem to go away,” said internationally renowned theologian Ravi Zacharias as he began his speech. More than 100 troopers and family members attended Zacharias’ talk at the Naval Station Chapel Sept. 17.

The questions Zacharias discussed included: What kind of culture are we looking to build? What is it that frames our cohesive world-view? And, how do we put it all together?

Ravi Zacharias was born in India and immigrated to the west in his twenties. He earned his master of divinity from Trinity International University in Illinois and became an expert in comparative religions, cults and philosophy. He is an Oxford Senior Fellow and studied at Cambridge University in the areas of moralist philosophers and Romantic era literature. While studying at Cambridge he wrote his first book, “A Shattered Visage: The Real Face of Atheism.” Since then, he has authored numerous other award-winning books. Beyond writing, Zacharias speaks around the world and on radio with a program called “Let My People Think.” More specifically, Zacharias’ passion for speaking to troops began in his twenties.

“I was a student and was invited to Vietnam. Because of the chaplains in the U.S. Military, I traveled the length of the country,” he said. “I grew to have a real affection for the people in the armed forces because I know the toughness of their life. I felt my love for them and gratitude for them; for the price they pay for our freedom and our protection, it is the least I can do.”

Ravi Zacharias, world-renowned author and philosopher, speaks to a crowd of approximately 180 troopers and families at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Chapel, Sept. 17. Zacharias’ speech addressed society’s need for a moral center and absolute truth. (Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Katerine Forbes/120th PAD/JTF-GTMO Public Affairs) Photo credit: http://www.dvidshub.net/

Zacharias’ generosity of spirit proved to be more than words. Thomas George, director of religious education at the Navy Chapel, explained how the plan to bring Zacharias here was almost squashed by the lack of funds. However, Zacharias paid for the trip and waived his speaking fee. His coming here was purely in support of the military mission and the people here, George said.

Zacharias’ speech delved into three main ideas: Secularism leads to loss of shame, pluralism leads to loss of reason and privatization leads to loss of meaning. With strong support from antidotes, quotes and philosophical reasoning, Zacharias closed with the statement, “Life is intrinsically sacred” and the question, “whose image is on you?”

The most impressive thing for the audience that night was his kindness and generosity, said George. After Zacharias’ speech and Q&A session, he spent one on one time with the attendees, giving them encouragement and answering deeper questions.

For Zacharias, the drive to speak to people for a living comes from the four questions every human being asks about origin, meaning, morality and destiny. Where do I come from? What gives my life meaning? How do I differentiate between good and evil? What happens to a human being when he or she dies? These questions come from a felt reality, he said.

“It’s not just cerebrally driven, but bridges the head to the heart,” he said. “That’s the longest journey in life.”

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With the Brotherhood in Egypt: from coup to crackdown (10 min video inside the protest)

The Muslim Brotherhood supporters: Egypt is not secular, it’s Islamic. One older protester holds a white burial shroud in his hands, the symbolism pronouncing death to democracy.

Channel 4 News (A UK TV News team) films during the 6 week camp out of Muslim Brotherhood supporters and the army’s crackdown (at about the 7th minute – footage here is from a protestor)

VIDEO by Channel 4 News

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