Iran – Four Christians Sentenced To 80 Lashes For Drinking Communion Wine – 4 barbati au primit 80 de bice pentru vinul baut la cina (impartasanie)

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ROMANIAN:

Cei patru barbati Bărbații au fost arestați într-o casă de rugăciune în luna decembrie a anului trecut și au fost acuzați pentru consum de alcool, ceea ce violează legea islamică. Bărbații și-au primit pedeapsa (sentinta) pe 6 octombrie, în contextul în care Organizația Națiunilor Unite tocmai a criticat republica islamică pentru sistemul de persecuție al non-musulmanilor, într-un raport despre drepturile omului.

Regimul Iranian a făcut o prioritate din oprirea răspândirii creștinismului, care este o amenințare la adresa majorității șiiților ultra-ortodocși din Iran. În ciuda declarațiilor de pace profesate de noul președinte ale Iranului, care consideră despre sine că este un moderat, „raportul ne amintește de adevărata natură a regimului iranian unde abuzul asupra drepturilor omului continuă,” a declarat senatorul american Mark Kirk, pentru Fox News.

Alireza Miryousefi, purtător de cuvânt al misiunii iraniene la ONU nu a comentat asupra acestui raport, dar guvernul a acuzat că nu este obiectiv. Conform agenției de presă a statului, Press TV, raportul nu a ținut seama de sistemul legal și cultura islamică și consideră „orice din Vest ca standard internațional pentru întreaga lume”, citează Fox News.

IN ENGLISH:

FOUR Christians in Iran will get 80 lashes each for drinking wine during a communion service and possessing a satellite antenna.

The charges come as a United Nations report criticised the Islamic republic for persecuting non-Muslims.

Behzad Taalipasand, Mehdi Reza Omidi (Youhan), Mehdi Dadkhah (Danial) and Amir Hatemi (Youhanna) were arrested during in a house church in December. Taalipasand and Omidi were detained during the Iranian government’s crackdown on house churches according to the Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

The men were sentenced on October 6 and given their verdict on October 20 with ten days to appeal the sentence after breaking the theocracy’s laws.

Mervyn Thomas, Chief Executive of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), said: ‘The sentences handed down to these members of the Church of Iran effectively criminalise the Christian sacrament of sharing in the Lord’s Supper and constitute an unacceptable infringement on the right to practice faith freely and peaceably.

‘We urge the Iranian authorities to ensure that the nation’s legal practices and procedures do not contradict its international obligation under the International Convent on Civil and Political Rights to guarantee the full enjoyment of freedom of religion or belief by all of its religious communities.’

The death penalty is among the punishments for those who convert from Islam to Christianity.

Ahmed Shaheed, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, said that it is common practice for Christians to be punished for violating theocratic laws, despite promises from president Hasan Rouhani’s to scale back the harsh treatment.

In the UN report he wrote: ‘At least 20 Christians were in custody in July 2013. In addition, violations of the rights of Christians, particularly those belonging to evangelical Protestant groups, many of whom are converts, who proselytize to and serve Iranian Christians of Muslim background, continue to be reported.’

In response to the report, the Iranian government criticised Dr Shaheed’s findings.

According to the country’s state-controlled Press TV, an official from the UN mission said Dr Shaheed ‘has not paid sufficient notice to Iran’s legal system and Islamic culture and considers whatever he sees in the West as an international standard for the entire world’.

The Iranian government has cracked down on religious freedom in a bid to stop the increase of Christianity, seeing it as a threat to the country’s majority ultra-orthodox Shiite Islamic religion.

An estimated 370,000 Christians live in Iran according to the latest report from the US State Department.

The UN reported continued: ‘[Iran’s] authorities continue to compel licensed Protestant churches to restrict Persian-speaking and Muslim-born Iranians from participating in services, and raids and forced closures of house churches are ongoing.

‘More than 300 Christians have been arrested since 2010, and dozens of church leaders and active community members have reportedly been convicted of national security crimes in connection with church activities, such as organizing prayer groups, proselytizing and attending Christian seminars abroad.’

According to Foxnews.com, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), chairman and founder of the Iran Dissident Awareness Program, said: ‘Despite the recent Iranian charm offensive, Dr Shaheed’s report reminds us of the true nature of the Iranian regime where the abuse of human rights continue.’

– Alex Ward / Daily Mail UK
http://www.dailymail.co.uk cu traducere prin http://semneletimpului.ro

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Florin Bolosin – Politistul crestin cu inima mare

Domnul Isus a spus in Matei 5:16 

Tot aşa să lumineze şi lumina voastră înaintea oamenilor, ca ei să vadă faptele voastre bune, şi să slăvească pe Tatăl vostru, care este în ceruri.”

Evrei 10:24 „…să ne îndemnăm la dragoste şi la fapte bune”

Florin Bolosin si sotia lui sunt crestini cu o inima foarte mare. Este a treia oara, cand ei isi deschid inimile si casa lor, primind al treilea copil prin adoptare. Cel mai mic a avut o venire pe lume destul de socanta in primavara, cand l-a nascut mama lui. Bebelusul a fost aruncat la tomberonul de gunoi imediat dupa nastere. In ziua cand au auzit despre cazul acestui copilas, Florin si sotia lui, Nicoleta, au hotarat sa il infieze. Demersul de adoptie este in finalizare si familia Bolosin va adauga al patrulea copil familiei lor minunate. Dumnezeu sa-i binecuvanteze si sa le ajute sa-si creasca copiii acestia frumosi, si sa ajute copiilor sa fie o pricina de bucurie parintilor lor.

Poza- Nicoleta si Florin cu copii lor – Iosif, Ana Maria si Tudor. Urmeaza finalizarea adoptarii al celui de-al patrulea copil. http://adevarul.ro/locale/hunedoara.

Florin, cand a auzit despre cazul copilului:

„Azi dimineaţă, am vorbit cu colegul meu Bogdan Niţu, care mi-a povestit despre ce s-a întâmplat. În acel moment am spus că nu este posibil să ne aruncăm copiii aşa, la gunoi, şi am decis, împreună cu soţia mea, să îl înfiem”, a spus Florin Bolosin. Sursa: adev.ro/mn99n1

Sambata, 26 Octombrie, Florin Bolosin a fost unul dintre 3 „premianti fără premii” ai Hunedoarei. Comisarul de poliţie, Florin Bolosin, este eroul campaniei civice prin care sunt răsplătiţi oamenii care prin curajul, munca şi gesturile nobile pe care le-au făcut pot reprezenta modele pentru ceilalţi.

Florin Bolosin este „premiantul fără premii” al hunedorenilor care s-au alăturat campaniei civice iniţiate în Deva în urmă cu o lună, prin care sunt recompensaţi simbolic hunedorenii care pot fi modele de viaţă pentru cei din jur. A primit diploma şi buchetul de flori, în onoarea gestului său de a înfia un copil abandonat într-o ghenă. În luna mai a acestui an, Florin Bolosin s-a oferit să aducă în familia lui pruncul aruncat într-un tomberon de o tânără din Petroşani, la scurt timp după ce îl născuse. Femeia a vrut să renunţe la copil, de teamă că va fi părăsită de concubin. A fost însă arestată, după ce nou-născutul înfăşurat în cârpe şi ascuns întro pungă, fusese descoperit în container de gunoieri. Poliţistul a făcut demersuri pentru înfierea copilului abdandonat, în schimb acesta a fost dat în grija unei bunici. Totuşi, spune Florin Bolosin, nu a renunţat la dorinţa lui de a înfia pruncul, susţinând că bunica acestuia nu poate şi nu vrea să aibă grijă de el. Citeste mai mult: http://adevarul.ro/locale/hunedoara (din mai 2013)
Anuntul evenimentului din 26 Octombrie

Un copil a fost aruncat la tomberonul de gunoi imediat după naștere. Un OM a cerut să adopte nou-născutul. Acesta este Florin Bolosin, un om minunat pe care îl vom premia sâmbătă.

Comisarul de poliţie BOLOSIN FLORIN, pentru că este polițist, s-a prezentat la sediul Direcţiei Judeţene de Asistenţă Socială şi Protecţia Copilului Hunedoara cu o cerere scrisă prin care a solicitat încredinţarea noului născut, aflat în momentul de faţă în îngrijirea medicilor Spitalului de Urgenţă din Petroşani, ofiţerul de poliţie urmând a respecta etapele procedurii de adopţie, potrivit legislaţiei în vigoare. Impresionat de soarta micuţului găsit joi, 23.05.2013, de angajaţii unei firme de salubritate într-un tomberon situat pe strada Saturn din Petroşani, poliţistul şi-a manifestat încă din primul moment intenţia de a-l adopta pe nou-născutul părăsit în condiţii vitrege de cea care i-a dat viaţă. Ofiţerul şi soţia acestuia, Nicoleta Bolosin, l-au vizitat pe băieţel sâmbătă, la Spitalul din Petroşani.
Demersul poliţistului este în curs de finalizare, acesta urmând procedura indicată de reprezentanţii D.G.A.S.P.C. Hunedoara.
Iniţiativa poliţistului de a înfia un copil abandonat nu este una singulară. Acesta este tată a trei copii, dintre care doi (Ana-Maria, care împlineşte chiar astăzi 11 ani şi Tudor, de 8 ani) fiind de asemenea înfiaţi. În urmă cu 3 ani şi jumătate, soţia poliţistului l-a născut pe Iosif, mezinul familiei Bolosin.

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Leonard Ravenhill – Why, O why, do we settle for minimum spirituality?

What Do I Still Lack?
By Leonard Ravenhill

leonard ravenhillWhat percentage of responsibility for my spiritual maturity is the Lord’s, and how much of it is mine? To say that I alone am responsible for my soul’s development is conceit. To say that all the responsibility is the Lord’s is impudence.

I find it humbling, inspiring, and challenging to recognize that the greatest saints who ever lived did not have a bigger Bible than I have. They just knew it better. Indeed, they had far less of the divine Revelation. Today we have the complete message of God to man. He has nothing more to say to us. As the old hymn says, „What more can He say than to you He hath said?” God has no „P.S.” to add to the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For years the Holy Scriptures were wrapped up in tongues that only the scholars could read. „There was no open vision in those days” (I Sam. 3.1). Then, blessed day, the whole counsel of God was released in our mother tongue. With this unveiling came the glad news of the priesthood of believers – Hallelujah!

Do you wonder that Bishop Walsham How bursts into song about the Holy Word:

„It is a golden casket,
where gems of Truth are stored.
It is the Heaven-drawn picture
of Christ, the Living Word.”

      Trees are fascinating to most of us. I like to see the burdened fruit trees showing off their labor. The English like their mighty oaks and the Americans their redwood trees. At the moment, in the area where I write, the peach trees are richly endowed with fruit; but, it does not grow already canned. No! God gave us the fruit; we do the canning. Trees do not grow furniture, even in this scientific age. We have the trees. From them we make the chairs, etc. So it is with the spiritual life. Here is a stunning truth from Second Peter, Chapter one, verse three: „His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain TO LIFE AND GODLINESS.” Paul backs up Peter in this area when he says, „How shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Rom.8:32). And to top these precious words, here comes Paul again with a staggering statement: „The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; HEIRS OF GOD, AND JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST.” Stop there? NO, add the remainder:„…if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Rom. 8:16-17) (Photo credit www.sciencedaily.com)

With all this limitless resource to inherit in this life, why then, O why, do we settle for minimum spirituality? These scriptures just quoted shatter all our excuses for carnal Christianity and explode all our feeble bumper-sticker excuses on bumper-sticker evangelism: „Christians are not perfect, just forgiven.” (Some backslider must have written that one.)

Sinning is not permitted to believers. „Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin.” (I John 3:9) Not that it is impossible to sin; but it is, by the blood of Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit, possible not to sin. John again shouts the triumphant note, „Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

God, then, has made it possible for you and me to have victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil!

Here are the Master’s commandments to His own. These are not options but imperatives. With His enabling and our striving, we can explore what Lowrey called „the possibilities of Grace.” We can leave the playpen in the Spiritual Nursery and „go on unto perfection.” (Heb. 6:1) Here are His commands:

– „Little Children, keep yourselves from idols (I John 5:21)
– „Building up yourselves on your most holy faith…” (Jude 20; Rom. 10:17)
– „Keep yourselves in the love of God ..” (by obedience to His Word) (Jude 21)
– „Put on the whole armor of God…” (equipment for beating Satan) (Eph. 6-11)
– The Scnpture is very clear here: „Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4 :7)

      Christian maturity is not a weekend operation. On the other hand, remember there is no finality to the Christian life this side of eternity. While we are in the flesh, we „press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:14)

      We hear continually about „Weight Watchers.” O that we watched our spiritual growth as carefully!

      I believe in instant purity: „The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sin.” (I John 1:7) I do not believe in instant maturity. Faith in the finished work of Christ is one thing. To add to your faith, as Peter says in 2 Peter 1:5-7, is something else. As a tree must be pruned regularly to bring it to maturity, so we need pruning. It is easy to sing, „And pour contempt on all my pride.” If I do that at all, I will do it conveniently protecting myself from any „bleeding.” It is when the Lord does it – or worse still when He uses some other human being (less spiritual than I am) to do the pruning – then can I kiss the rod? This is a process in spiritual growth. Can I take it cheerfully when I am slighted, when my name is cast out as an evil thing (though I am totally innocent)? Can I joyfully help to promote another to a position that I would like and which I am more capable of handling?

      I heard a preacher asking another if folks came to the altar at his last meeting. He replied, „Yes, but most of them are altar tramps.” It’s easier to go to the altar than to get on the cross. There is no magic in a trip to the altar. You will not grow an inch by walking a few yards to the altar, unless there is a total repentance and a holy vow to God that you will not fall into the same hole again.

Heroes of the Faith Hebrews 11That holy band of „Heroes of Faith” in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews staggers me. They had no Bibles, no millions of cassettes as we have, no Bible seminars, no daily radio Bible teaching, and (fortunate souls) no Gospel T.V. preachers whining about lack of funds. (When did the Lord run out of supplies?) Yet what things these folks in Hebrews 11 accomplished: subdued whole kingdoms – (O that some person rich in faith could subdue the worldwide kingdom of the drug trade)– wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. What miracles, what men, what faith! (Photo credit bereabaptistchurchbookstore.com)

      These „pattern” folks of our faith did not get to the heights in one leap:

„They climbed the steep ascent to Heaven
Through peril, toil, and pain.
O God, may grace to us be given,
to follow in their train.”

      Asked why he was used of the Lord so greatly in China, Hudson Taylor replied, „God had looked long for a man weak enough, and He found me.” He takes the weak things of the world to confound the mighty. Spiritual wisdom does not come with years; neither does maturity. The key to both is obedience. Whatsoever He saith unto YOU, do it.

An insatiable thirst for God will produce an unquenchable love for holiness (as He is Holy), resulting in a passion for the lost.

Remember, friend, you are just as spiritual as you want to be.

Copyright (C)1994 by Leonard Ravenhill, Lindale, Texas – http://www.ravenhill.org/

Leonard RavenhillIn Romanian – De ce intirzie trezirea de Leonard Ravenhill (Top carte – essential reading)

Amazing Grace and The History of the Slave Scale

Photo credit bihchianna.blogspot.com

VIDEO by xyzpictures Wintley Phipps talks about the John Newton’s Amazing Grace song, and then, Phipps sings it. He discusses how most Negro spirituals can be played on a piano’s black notes.  He then points out that „Amazing Grace” can also be played using just black notes.

Music (Hymn Pod) Concerts

hymn-pod-bannerThis PERMANENT PAGE can easily be accessed on my blog anytime, in the right side bar of any page, by clicking on the Hymn Pod photo.

To access hundreds of Christian old and newer hymns on one page,

  1. click here – Hymn Listings – http://www.hymnpod.com/hymn-listings/
  2. or here, for this special page – Revival Hymns and Choruseshttp://www.hymnpod.com/revival-hymns-and-choruses/ (not all of the titles have been uploaded as of yet, click on the ones in blue letters, which are linked)
  3. or, click on image below:

to enjoy easy listening hymns on piano that you can sing along with

MUSIC  by Christopher Tan of Singapore. Christopher accepts hymn requests. His email is  tanec69 [at] gmail.com

About HymnPod – The word is derived from two words – Hymn and iPod. It is a website on which Christopher Tan

  1. shares  his favorite hymns with us, which are played mainly using the piano.
  2. he also provides a download button for the hymns, so you can download your favorite ones
  3. he provides lyrics for many of them,
  4. as well as a background of some of the songs (where known) such as composer, etc
  5. this is a great way to DISCOVER NEW HYMNS!
  6. if you have iTunes, you can also subscribe to Hymnpod there.
  7. Or, you can subscribe to receive hymns through email.
  8. Enjoy!

Photo above from pastorjessen.wordpress.com

Here is a sample of one of the hymns: Blessed Assurance on Hymnpod

This hymn was composed in 1873. Phoebe Knapp was a close friend of Fanny Crosby. Phoebe lived in a luxurious mansion, whilst Fanny lived in the Manhattan slums and worked in rescue missions. Fanny was a frequent visitor to Phoebe.

Fanny Crosby and Alexander Van Alstyne

Fanny Crosby and Alexander Van Alstyne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One day in 1873, Phoebe played a tune on the piano whilst Fanny listened. In Fanny’s own words, “My friend, Mrs. Joseph F. Knapp, composed a melody and played it over to me two or three times on the piano. She then asked what it said. I replied, ‘Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!’”.

Notice the many references to sight in this hymn, even though Fanny was blind. Fanny may have been physically blind, but she had spiritual eyes that were constantly fixed on the Saviour. Amen!

Lyrics: Fanny J. Crosby
Music: Phoebe P. Knapp

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

And of course, the page on Hymnpod has a player for this song.

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