Lazar Gog povesteşte – La doi ani dupa căsătorie, un tractorist beat a intrat direct în mine, când mergeam la o evanghelizare pe bicicletă…

In anul 1985 am fost  intr-o misiune de 2 saptamani in Iugoslavia timpului de atunci. Am predicat aproape in fiecare seara in diferite localitati si orase in Iugoslavia si in sfarsit am ajuns intr-un oras, care acum cred ca este parte din Croatia. Si am asteptat sa ma intalnesc si sa cunosc pe liderul Bisericilor Penticostale  din Iugoslavia timpului aceluia. Cineva m-a luat de la aeroport si m-a dus in familie. Si spre marea mea surpriza, in familia aceasta in care am intrat, familia pastorului, liderul Bisericii Penticostale Iugoslave, am gasit un om in carucior, paralizat, si o sotie langa el cu o inima vesela, care il lua din carucior, il spala, ii dadea sa manance, il ingrijea ca pe un copil. Il ducea la evanghelizari. Il purta peste tot.

N-am stiut ca aceasta este situatia fratelui Bogdanovici din Iugoslavia. Am stat la masa, am servit masa cu ei si cand masa s-a terminat, fratele Bogdanovici mi-a zis asa: „Frate Lazar, am asteptat sa te intalnesc si sa te cunosc si imi pare bine ca ai venit in casa noastra. Vad ca esti nedumerit cu privire la mine. Te gandesti: cum se poate, un pastor si un lider sa fie in situatia si in circumstanta in care ma aflu eu.

Era prin luna mai, ca si acuma, si mi-a zis asa: „Luna viitoare sunt 27 de ani de cand sunt in caruciorul acesta si tot luna viitoare sunt 29 de ani de cand ne-am casatorit. La doi ani dupa casatorie am luat intr-o zi bicicleta, sa ma duc sa predic intr-o biserica. Un tractorist beat a venit pe camp si nu m-a vazut. Cand a iesit de pe camp, a intrat drept in mine, m-a lovit si mi-a frant coloana vertebrala. Am fost dus in Germania, unde am fost tratat timp de 6 luni si dupa 6 luni de tratament, doctorii Germani au spus: Nu mai este sansa pentru tine; vei ramanea paralizat pentru toata viata. Si am venit acasa.

Dupa alte 6 luni de zile s-a intamplat ceva neobisnuit, frate Gog. Parintii mei si a lui Sandra (cum o chema pe sotia lui), au facut conferinta de familie fara sa stim noi si au ajuns la o intelegere nebiblica, dar au zis ei ‘omeneasca’. Si anume: Ne-au luat si pe noi si au zis asa: ‘Bogdanovici, Sandra, nioi ne-am inteles impreuna. Voi sunteti tineri. Aveti doar 2 ani de casatorie. Lui Sandra, viata ii sta inainte. (Au fost parintii lui Bogdanovici care au spus lucrul acesta, nu parintii lui Sandra.) Si noi vrem ca voi sa va despartiti. Sandra sa-si refaca viata; poate Domnul se va indura de ea. Iar pe tine, te luam noi acasa si avem noi grija de tine.”

Spunea fratele Bogdanovici: „Cand sotia mea a auzit asa ceva, a inceput sa planga si a spus urmatoarele lucruri: ‘Daca cu doi ani in urma, cand noi ne-am casatorit, pastorul mi-a spus ca eu sunt ajutor potrivit pentru sotul meu, oare acum, dupa doi ani de casatorie, cand el este paralizat,  nu sunt cel mai bun ajutor pentru el? Noi nu ne despartim.’ Si de atunci, Sandra ma iubeste in continuare si ma ingrijeste ca pe un copil. Ma duce la evanghelizari si imi poarta de grija asa cum ma vezi astazi.” De ce?

Pentru ca in planul lui Dumnezeu, in norul lui Dumnezeu exista aceasta hotarare sa fie cu noi in tot timpul calatoriilor noastre. Si voi nu puteti umbla, nu putem umbla in familie, nu putem calatori fara plan divin, fara prezenta divina cu noi, pentru ca Dumnezeu este singurul, cel care ne ridica si ne poarta de grija.

Va urma predica integrala…

PAGINA Lazar Gog PREDICI aici

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Lazar Gog – Protecţie împotriva leului de afară

Cuvantul Domnului spune in partea 1-a din versetul din Exod  40, „norul Domnului era deasupra cortului„. Ce insemneaza aceasta? Aceasta insemneaza ca Isus Hristos, cu gloria Lui, gloria este partea divina, ca si focul; Isus Hristos cu gloria Lui, cu prezenta Lui binecuvantata trebuie sa se vada deasupra cortului, deasupra cortului vostru, deasupra casei voastre. E o prezenta binecuvantata.

La inceputul secolului XX-lea, cand se faceau explorari si exploatari, in acelasi timp, in continentul african, europenii si americanii au inceput sa mearga cu gramada in Africa si sa cucereasca teritorii, sa-si asume acolo domenii si posesiuni. De asemenea, faceau campanii multe pentru vanat in junglele africane.

Dar nu toti cati mergeau acolo stiau ce sa faca si cum sa se apere. Asa ca, unii dintre cei ce s-au dus, fie sa cucereasca teritorii, fie sa organizeze state, fie sa vaneze, au fost invatati de bastinasi un fapt foarte important. Si faptul a fost acesta, s-a spus asa: „Pentru ca multi europeni au venit si au fost mancati de animale salbatice, daca se intampla cumva sa ramaneti in jungla in timpul noptii, mai ales intr-un teritoriu deschis, ati iesit din padure, si nemaivazand, animalele salbatice va pot ataca, solutia de iesire din impas este urmatoarea.

Cand ati vazut ca s-a inserat si nu mai aveti sanse sa ajungeti la locul unde trebuie sa va adapostiti, strangeti paie, strangeti iarba uscata, strangeti crengi uscate. Faceti cu iarba uscata, cu fanul, cu crengile uscate un cerc de jurul imprejurul vostru si stati in mijlocul cercului. Daca se intampla sa auziti ca un animal salbatic vine, atata va trebuieste, sa aveti un chibrit la voi. Aprindeti chibritul si dati foc cercului.

Pentru leul de afara, cercul de foc va fi o ofensa. Cand isi va intinde laba inspre voi, va fi ars. Pentru voi, care sunteti in interiorul cercului, va fii o pretectie.

Norul lui Dumnezeu trebuie sa fie protectia voastra. Trebuie sa fie deasupra casei voastre, dedesubtul casei voastre, de jurul imprejurul casei voastre si mai ales, trebuie sa fie in voi.

Va urma predica integrala…

PAGINA Lazar Gog PREDICI aici

Ghita Mocan – Alaturi de Isus – Lansare de carte (video reportaj)

Lansare de carte la Societatea Biblica din Romania, care a publicat cartea ‘Alaturi de Isus’, o carte scrisa de Pastorul Ghita Mocan.

Marius Cruceru:

Pastorul Ghita Mocan a fost daruit de Dumnezeu nu numai cu darul rostirii din amvon, ci si cu un alt talant: condeiul. Scriitura predicatorului intrece predica si predica ii concureaza textele

Cei care vor citi cartea de fata vor descoperi o altfel de abordare, scutita de lozincaria obisnuita din bancile bisericilor si izbavita de expresii comune intalnite in comentariile biblice. Cartea este lizibila atat pentru enoriasul obisnuit cu sanctuarele, cat si pentru laicul profan fata de textul biblic. Va invit la o calatorie alaturi de Isus, cu observatii asupra unui registru insuficient exploatat in literatura de specialitate: pedagogie cristica.

 

Man or Rabbit? by C S Lewis

Pentru traducere automata, fa click aici – Romanian

CAN’T YOU LEAD A GOOD LIFE WITHOUT BELIEVING IN Christianity?’ This is the question on which I have been asked to write, and straight away, before I begin trying to answer it, I have a comment to make. The question sounds as if it were asked by a person who said to himself, ‘I don’t care whether Christianity is in fact true or not. I’m not interested in finding out whether the real universe is more like what the Christians say than what the Materialists say. All I’m interested in is leading a good life. I’m going to choose beliefs not because I think them true but because I find them helpful.’ Now frankly, I find it hard to sympathise with this state of mind. One of the things that distinguishes man from the other animals is that he wants to know things, wants to find out what reality is like, simply for the sake of knowing. When that desire is completely quenched in anyone, I think he has become something less than human. As a matter of fact, I don’t believe any of you have really lost that desire. More probably, foolish preachers, by always telling you how much Christianity will help you and how good it is for society, have actually led you to forget that Christianity is not a patent medicine. Christianity claims to give an account of facts -to tell you what the real universe is like. Its account of the universe may be true, or it may not, and once the question is really before you, then your natural inquisitiveness must make you want to know the answer. If Christianity is untrue, then no honest man will want to believe it, however helpful it might be: if it is true, every honest man will want to believe it, even if it gives him no help at all.

As soon as we have realised this, we realise something else.

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If Christianity should happen to be true, then it is quite im- possible that those who know this truth and those who don’t should be equally well equipped for leading a good life. Knowledge of the facts must make a difference to one’s actions. Suppose you found a man on the point of starvation and wanted to do the right thing. If you had no knowledge of medical science, you would probably give him a large solid meal; and as a result your man would die. That is what comes of working in the dark. In the same way a Christian and a non-Christian may both wish to do good to their fellow men. The one believes that men are going to live for ever, that they were created by God and so built that they can find their true and lasting happiness only by being united to God, that they have gone badly off the rails, and that obedient faith in Christ is the only way back. The other believes that men are an accidental result of the blind workings of matter, that they started as mere animals and have more or less steadily improved, that they are going to live for about seventy years, that their happiness is ful1y attainable by good social services and political organisations, and that everything else (e.g., vivisection, birth-control, the judicial system, education) is to be judged to be ‘good’ or ‘bad’ simply in so far as it helps or hinders that kind of ‘happiness’.

Now there are quite a lot of things which these two men could agree in doing for their fellow citizens. Both would approve of efficient sewers and hospitals and a healthy diet. But sooner or later the difference of their beliefs would pro- duce differences in their practical proposals. Both, for example, might be very keen about education: but the kinds of education they wanted people to have would obviously be very different. Again, where the Materialist would simply ask about a proposed action ‘Will it increase the happiness of the majority?’, the Christian might have to say, ‘Even if it does in- crease the happiness of the majority, we can’t do it. It is unjust.’ And all the time, one great difference would run through their whole policy. To the Materialist things like na- tions, classes, civilizations must be more important than individuals, because the individuals live only seventy odd years each and the group may last for centuries. But to the Christian, individuals are more important, for they live eternally; and races, civilizations and the like, are in comparison the creatures of a day.

The Christian and the Materialist hold different beliefs about the universe. They can’t both be right. The one who is wrong will act in a way which simply doesn’t fit the real universe. Consequently, with the best will in the world, he will be helping his fellow creatures to their destruction.

With the best will in the world then it won’t be his fault. Surely God (if there is a God) will not punish a man for honest mistakes? But was that all you were thinking about? Are we ready to run the risk of working in the dark all our lives and doing infinite harm, provided only someone will assure us that our own skins will be safe, that no one will punish us or blame us? I will not believe that the reader is quite on that level. But even if he were, there is something to be said to him.

The question before each of us is not ‘Can someone lead a good life without Christianity?’ The question is, ‘Can I?’ We all know there have been good men who were not Christians; men like Socrates and Confucius who had never heard of it, or men like J. S. Mill who quite honestly couldn’t believe it. Supposing Christianity to be true, these men were in a state of honest ignorance or honest error. If their intentions were as good as I suppose them to have been (for of course I can’t read their secret hearts) I hope and believe that the skill and mercy of God will remedy the evils which their ignorance, left to itself, would naturally produce both for them and for those whom they influenced. But the man who asks me, ‘Can’t I lead a good life without believing in Christianity?’ is clearly not in the same position. If he hadn’t heard of Christianity he would not be asking this question. If, having heard of it, and having seriously considered it, he had decided that it was untrue, then once more he would not be asking the question. The man who asks this question has heard of Christianity and is by no means certain that it may not be true. He is really asking, ‘Need I bother about it? Mayn’t I just evade the issue, just let sleeping dogs lie, and get on with being „good”? Aren’t good intentions enough to keep me safe and blameless without knocking at that dreadful door and making sure whether there is, or isn’t someone inside?’

To such a man it might be enough to reply that he is really asking to be allowed to get on with being ‘good’ before he has done his best to discover what good means. But that is not the whole story. We need not inquire whether God will punish him for his cowardice and laziness; they will punish themselves. The man is shirking. He is deliberately trying not to know whether Christianity is true or false, because he foresees endless trouble if it should turn out to be true. He is like the man who deliberately ‘forgets’ to look at the notice board because, if he did, he might find his name down for some unpleasant duty. He is like the man who won’t look at his bank account because he’s afraid of what he might find there. He is like the man who won’t go to the doctor when he first feels a mysterious pain, because he is afraid of what the doctor may tell him.

The man who remains an unbeliever for such reasons is not in a state of honest error. He is in a state of dishonest error, and that dishonesty will spread through all his thoughts and actions: a certain shiftiness, a vague worry in the back- ground, a blunting of his whole mental edge, will result. He has lost his intellectual virginity. Honest rejection of Christ, however mistaken, will be forgiven and healed – ‘Whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him.’! But to evade the Son of Man, to look the other way, to pretend you haven’t noticed, to become suddenly absorbed in something on the other side of the street, to leave the receiver off the telephone because it might be He who was ringing up, to leave unopened certain letters in a strange hand- writing bcause they might be from Him – this is a different matter. You may not be certain yet whether you ought to be a Christian; but you do know you ought to be a Man, not an ostrich, hiding its head in the sand.

But still for intellectual honour has sunk very low in our age – I hear someone whimpering on with his question, ‘Will it help me? Will it make me happy? Do you really think I’d be better if I became a Christian?’ Well, if you must have it, my answer is ‘Yes.’ But I don’t like giving an answer at all at this stage. Here is a door, behind which, according to me people, the secret of the universe is waiting for you. Either that’s true, or it isn’t. And if it isn’t, then what the door really conceals is simply the greatest fraud, the most colossal ‘sell’ on record. Isn’t it obviously the job of every man (that is a man and not a rabbit) to try to find out which, and then to devote his full energies either to serving this tremendous secret or to exposing and destroying this gigantic humbug? Faced with such an issue, can you really remain wholly absorbed in your own blessed ‘moral development’?

All right, Christianity will do you good – a great deal more good than you ever wanted or expected. And the first bit of good it will do you is to hammer into your head (you won’t enjoy that!) the fact that what you have hitherto called ‘good’ all that about ‘leading a decent life’ and ‘being kind’- isn’t quite the magnificent and all-important affair you sup- posed. It will teach you that in fact you can’t be ‘good’ (not for twenty-four hours) on your own moral efforts. And then it will teach you that even if you were, you still wouldn’t have achieved the purpose for which you were created. Mere morality is not the end of life. You were made for something quite different from that. J. S. Mill and Confucius (Socrates was much nearer the reality) simply didn’t know what life is about. The people who keep on asking if they can’t lead a decent life without Christ, don’t know what life is about; if they did they would know that ‘a decent life’ is mere machinery compared with the thing we men are really made for. Morality is indispensable: but the Divine Life, which gives itself to us and which calls us to be gods, intends for us something in which morality will be swallowed up. We are to be remade. All the rabbit in us is to disappear the worried, conscientious, ethical rabbit as well as the cowardly and sensual rabbit. We shall bleed and squeal as the handfuls of fur come out; and then, surprisingly, we shall find underneath it all a thing we have never yet imagined: a real Man, an ageless god, a son of God, strong, radiant, wise, beautiful, and drenched in joy.

‘When that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” The idea of reaching ‘a good life’ without Christ is based on a double error. Firstly, we cannot do it; and secondly, in setting up ‘a good life’ as our final goal, we have missed the very point of our existence. Morality is a mountain which we cannot climb by our own efforts; and if we could we should only perish in the ice and unbreathable air of the summit, lacking those wings with which the rest of the journey has to be accomplished. For it is from there that the real ascent begins. The ropes and axes are ‘done away’ and the rest is a matter of flying. TEXT excerpt from C S Lewis’s book GOD IN THE DOCK via from http://www.calvin.edu

VIDEO by InspiringPhilosophy

Alone, yet not alone – coming June 13th (based on a true story) + Alone Yet Not Alone (Song) Performed by Joni Eareckson Tada

This is a true story about 2 young girls who are captured by the Allegheny Indians and taken 300 miles into the wilderness. The film is based on Tracy Leininger Craven’s novel of the same name and the true story of Barbara and Regina Leininger, who were taken forcibly from their German immigrant family in 1750s Pennsylvania.

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Plot Summary via Amazon.com – The year is 1755, and the English colonies are being ravaged by the atrocities of war. Opposing European powers have clashed over the fertile Ohio valley, and entire families are devastated by the ensuing violence. Hostile native tribes are raiding the vulnerable frontier farms, and two young sisters are among those taken captive. While hoping for rescue and return to their home, they are comforted with the words of a family hymn: Alone Yet Not Alone. But when the sisters are suddenly and cruelly separated, their tender faith is brought to a stretching point. Forcibly immersed into a primitive foreign culture, the older sister, Barbara, clings to her beliefs. Yet now a deeper fate threatens, and she makes a difficult decision: to risk her life in an attempt to escape. Pursued by a relentless and cunning warrior, Barbara and her three fellow captives must cross over two hundred miles of raw wilderness in their effort to reach friendly territory. Will their courage and trust in God be enough to see them through? And if they do succeed, will they find their family? Will Barbara ever see her sister again? Alone Yet Not Alone depicts the riveting true story of a family at a critical juncture in our nation’s history.

 

Rick Santorum: Alone, Yet Not Alone is a wonderful, historical review of a very critical time in American history… and the struggle and the sacrifice and the role of faith in particular

VIDEO by AloneYetNotAlone

This song is featured in the movie Alone Yet Not Alone, ready for release June 13th, 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.aloneyetnotalone.com.

This beautiful rendition of the song Alone Yet Not Alone is performed by Joni Eareckson Tada (www.joniandfriends.org). Quadriplegic, Joni Eareckson Tada with limited lung capacity due to her disability, had her husband, Ken, pushing on her diaphragm while she recorded the song to give her enough breath to hit the high notes.

VIDEO by Enthuse Entertainment

Alone Yet Not Alone (Song)

Performed by Joni Eareckson Tada

Alone, yet not alone…

Joni Eareckson TadaO cantare extraordinara cantata de o femeie extraordinara.

Aceasta cantare a fost scrisa pentru filmul crestin ‘Alone, yet not alone’ (Singur, dar nu singur) care va fi lansat in 13 iunie 2014 in SUA.

I’m alone, yet not alone. / Eu sunt singur, dar nu singur.
God’s the light that will guide me home. / Dumnezeu este lumina care ma va conduce acasa.
With His love and tenderness, / Cu dragostea si gingasia Lui,
Leading through the wilderness, / Ma va conduce prin pustiu,
And wherever I may roam, / Sau pe unde as umbla,
I’m alone, yet not alone. / Eu sunt singur, dar nu singur.

I will not be bent in fear. / Nu ma voi lasa indoit de frica.
He’s the refuge I know is near. / El este refugiul si stiu ca-i aproape.
In His strength I find my own. / Imi gasesc taria in puterea Sa.
By His faithful mercies shown. / Prin credinciosia si indurarea Sa.
That so mighty is His shield / Ca scutul Sau este asa de puternic
All His love is now revealed. / Si toata dragostea Sa acum si-o arata.

When my steps are lost. / Cand pasii mei ratacesc,
And desperate for a guide, / Si caut cu disperare o calauzire,
I can feel His touch, / Eu simt cum ma atinge,
A soothing presence by my side. / O prezenta linistitoare la dreapta mea.

Alone, yet not alone. / Singur , dar nu singur.
Not forsaken when on my own. / Nu parasit cand sunt doar eu,
I can lean upon His arm, / Eu ma pot sprijini pe bratul Sau,
And be lifted up from harm. / Si scapat de la pericol.
If I stumble, or if I’m thrown, / Daca ma impiedic sau sunt aruncat,
I’m alone, yet not alone. / Eu sun singur, dar nu singur.

When my steps are lost. / Cand pasii mei ratacesc.
And desperate for a guide, / Si caut cu disperare o calauzire,
I can feel his touch, / Eu simt cum ma atinge,
A soothing presence by my side. / O prezenta linistitoare la dreapta mea

By my side!/ La dreapta mea!

He has bound me with His love, / El m-a cuprins cu dragostea Sa,
Watchful angels look from above. / Ingerii privesc din ceruri,
Every evil can be braved, / Orice rau poate fi infruntat,
For I know I will be saved. / Pentru ca stiu ca voi fi salvat.
Never frightened on my own, / Niciodata infricat,
I’m alone, yet not alone. / Eu sunt singur, dar nu singur.

I’m alone, yet not alone./ Eu sunt singur, dar nu singur.

[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsty.com] VIDEO  Enthuse Entertainment

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