Viziunea unui Pastor la Rotunda din Washington D.C.

Mantaua, autoritatea și ungerea pe care a avut-o în viața sa sunt disponibile acestei generații actuale care va pregăti o cale de trezire viitoare .

Viziunea Pastorului Jared Laskey, de la Destiny Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia, în timp ce s-a dus să plătească respect Pastorului Billy Graham, la Rotunda, Washington D.C., potrivit Charisma.

Mi-am luat timp împreună cu familia mea în Rotunda, uitându-mă la sicriul foarte umil. N-am avut ocazia să-l întâlnesc pe Billy Graham, dar l-am admirat întotdeauna, la fel și nenumăratele suflete salvate prin slujirea lui.

În timp ce-mi concentram atenția spre Domnul, mi s-a dat o viziune. Deasupra noastră era fresca numită „Apoteosul de la Washington”, am văzut o manta care cădea la pământ. Mi s-a reamintit imediat atunci când Ilie a fost luat în carul de foc, iar mantaua sa a căzut pe pământ în 2 Împărați 2. Înainte de a fi luat profetul, Elisei, a cerut o ungere dublă.

Stând în Rotunda, când am văzut mantaua căzând de sus, am întrebat pe Duhul Sfânt: „Cine va lua mantaua lui Billy Graham?”

Dar atunci am auzit Duhul Sfânt spunând: „Nu este doar pentru o singură persoană, ci pentru o generație.” Ungerea pentru trezire spirituală este pentru o generație care este înfometată și însetată pentru neprihănire, pentru o generație care mă cunoaște în mod intim. Când Graham a primit ungerea, ea a fost disponibilă de asemenea și pentru alții, deoarece mantaua aparține Domnului și El o dă după cum dorește, dar mulți sunt chemați, dar puțini sunt aleși. Și mulți au decis să nu meargă cu mantia Domnului, dar Billy Graham a fost un vas voitor, predat Mântuitorului înviat. Dar acum, mantaua, autoritatea și ungerea pe care a avut-o în viața sa sunt disponibile acestei generații actuale care va pregăti o cale de trezire viitoare „.

Viziunea a fost scurtă, însă s-a repetat în spiritul meu din nou și din nou în timp ce conduceam înapoi acasă. Acest lucru a accentuat importanța faptului că mantaua nu este doar pentru o persoană specifică, ci pentru o generație care îl cunoaște pe Domnul în mod intim.

Am început să mă rog pentru generația care va ridica mantaua Domnului, purtând Evanghelia în jurul lumii ca niciodată înainte, onorând pe cei care au aprins făclia pe cărare înaintea noastră. Ungerea pentru acest lucru se accelerează, pentru că cei care sunt flămanzi și însetati pentru neprihănire spun: „Iată-mă, Doamne, trimite-mă”, în timp ce unul dintre cei mai mari predicatori ai timpului nostru, a trecut la răsplata sa cerească. Și aceia dintre noi care strigăm spre cer, stim că trebuie să ridicăm mantaua și să purtăm ungerea Duhului Sfânt până la marginile pământului.

 

Ascultă, fiule, invățătura tatălui tău…. Proverbe

Franklin Graham:

Părinții mei s-au căsătorit la 13 august 1943, Astazi sunt 73 de ani de atunci! Ei au sărbătorit impreuna o mulțime de aniversări minunate înainte de trecerea mamei mele la Domnul. Tatal meu Billy Graham a spus despre căsătoria lor: ” Pe măsură ce îmbătrânesc. devine tot mai buna. Secretul este Domnul Isus Hristos, să-L avem pe El  în centrul vieții noastre. Am fost chemați de Dumnezeu sa alcatuim impreuna o echipă.”

Pe măsură ce au inaintat  în vârstă era evident că părinții mei erau mai mult în dragoste decât oricând, dupa modul în care glumeau unul cu altul și dupa felul în care ochii lor li se  aprindeau când erau împreună. Lui inca si acum ii este dor de ea în fiecare zi și așteaptă cu nerăbdare să o vada  din nou intr-o zi. Nu a fost perfectă, dar eu cred că au avut o căsătorie făcută în cer!

Astăzi soția mea Jane și eu am fost căsătoriti de 42 de ani. Patru copii minunați și 11 nepoți mai târziu, suntem încă în dragoste unul pentru altul. La mulți ani Jane! 14 august 2016,

ENGLISH

Franklin Graham:

My parents were married on August 13, 1943—73 years ago today! They celebrated lots of wonderful anniversaries together before my mother passed away. My father Billy Graham said about their marriage, „It gets better as you get older. The secret is the Lord Jesus Christ–to have Him in the center of our lives. We were called by God as a team.”

As they grew older it was obvious that my parents were more in love than ever by the way they teased each other and by the way their eyes lit up when they were together. He still misses her every day and looks forward to seeing her again one day. It wasn’t perfect—but I do think they had a marriage made in heaven!

Today my wife Jane and I have been married 42 years. Four wonderful children and 11 grandchildren later, we are still in love. Happy anniversary Jane! August 14, 2016

MAREA PROVOCARE A BISERICII CONTEMPORANE !

…Uitându-ne la starea de astăzi a bisericii SUA, dar şi la starea spirituala a bisericii de pretutindeni, nu pot să spun decât faptul ca …. biserica de cel puțin un Billy Graham, iar dacă ar fi posibil de cât mai mulţi…..

DREPTATE ÎN DRAGOSTE

Asistăm în aceste zile, neputincioși la tot ce se întâmplă în jurul nostru și cum o țară ca America, unde mulți dintre noi ne-am refugiat pentru a beneficia de libertate religioasă, se degradează atât spiritual, cât și moral, pe zi ce trece.

Cred că Biserica, este chemată să strângă rândurile mai mult ca oricând și să dovedească, că este ceea ce ne-a chemat Dumnezeu să fim, adică exemple demne de urmat, gata să dovedim chiar și în momente de cumpănă ca acestea, în care se pare că nu numai lideri laici, dar și mulți dintre cei spirituali, ne dezamăgesc.

M-am dus cu gândul la timpul venirii mele în America, care a avut loc cu peste 30 de ani în urmă, când America era cu totul altceva.

Pe timpul acela erau în prim-plan doi evangheliști foarte proeminenți, care exercitau o puternică influenţă pe tărâm spiritual.

Este vorba, bineînțeles, despre Billy Graham și…

Vezi articolul original 893 de cuvinte mai mult

Franklin Graham transmite vesti despre tatal sau Billy Graham

Billi Graham's desk, photo Franklin Graham

Biroul lui Billy Graham. Photo Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham, (trad. Agnus Dei):

,,Astazi am vizitat pe tatal meu, Billy Graham la el acasa si este bine”, a scris Franklin Graham intr-unul din mesajele sale pe contul sau de pe Facebook.

billy graham Kent Phillips 1996 ,,I-am spus despre cateva din planurile mele pentru saptamana ce urmeaza si locurile unde voi vorbi. I-am mai spus cum saptamana trecuta am intalnit un om, cu care apoi am stat de vorba, care a primit mantuirea in Isus Christos la una din evanghelizarile sale.”

,,Lauda fie adusa lui Dumnezeu”, mi-a raspuns el. -,,Noi ne simtim foarte binecuvantati ca sa-l avem inca in mijlocul nostru. Am facut o fotografie cu biroul dansului. El nu mai este acum capabil sa mai lucreze la acest birou, dar acesta este locul, unde el a scris multe predici.”

ENGLISH:

Today I visited with my father Billy Graham at his home and he was doing well. I shared with him some of my plans for the coming week and places I would be speaking. I told him how last week I had met and talked with someone who had been saved in one of his meetings—He said, „Praise the Lord!” We feel very blessed to still have him with us. I snapped this picture of his desk. He’s not able to work at it anymore, but many sermons were written here.

Franklin Graham

Greg Laurie Interviews Franklin Graham

Pastor Greg Laurie interviews Franklin Graham at Harvest Christian Fellowship on Nov 23, 2014.

VIDEO by Harvest: Greg Laurie

Video cu Billy Graham – Ultimul mesaj: Zilele noastre pe pamant sunt ca o umbra – Defining Moments – cu subtitrare

Photo Reuters via The Daily Mail UK

Cu ocazia aniversarii de 95 de ani, Billy Graham a pregatit acest ultim mesaj pentru noi, mesaj subtitrat in Limba Romana.

Billy Graham cu cantaretul care l-a insotit la cruciade de evanghelizare. George Beverly Shea, care a plecat la Domnul pe data de Aprilie 16, 2013. Photo credit http://www.georgebeverlysheamemorial.org

VIDEO by Billy Graham Evangelistic Association VIDEO subtitrat by Biserica Bunavestire

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-Rw1tB6zAs)

The Cross – Billy Graham’s Message To America – His last sermon to the nation

Photo Reuters via The Daily Mail UK

VIDEO by Billy Graham Evangelistic Association You can also watch the hour long special, where this 29 min. video first played, on Fox news here.

George Beverly Shea, singer, servant of God and friend of Billy Graham 1909 – 2013 His Biography and the Story behind Shea’s Introduction of one of our most Beloved Hymns: How Great Thou Art

George Beverly Shea 1Did you know that George Beverly Shea is responsible for introducing one of our most beloved Christan hymns ever to the Americans, and subsequently, due to the song being repeated at Billy Graham Crusades all over the world, it is now sung in many different languages and countries. Here’s the story behind the song:

A young minister’s two-mile walk in the rain provided the inspiration for “How Great Thou Art.” The Reverend Carl Boberg of Monsteras, on the southeast coast of Sweden, was 25 years old when he wrote the lyrics of this song after trekking through a thunderstorm from a church meeting two miles away

This great hymn has a history that stretches back over a hundred years. The original song was written by a young Swedish preacher, Carl Boberg, and first published in 1886, under the title O Store Gud. Boberg wrote a poem, not meaning to write a hymn, but later heard it being sung to an old Swedish tune.

More than forty years later, an English missionary, Stuart Hine, first heard the song in Russia. He and his young wife were missionaries to the Carpathian area of Russia, then a part of Czechoslovakia. There, they heard a very meaningful hymn that was a Russian translation of Carl Boberg’s O Store Gud (O Great God).

While ministering in the Carpathian Mountains, Hine found himself in the midst of a threatening storm. The thunder, as it rolled through the mountain range, was so awesome that it reminded Hine of the beautiful Russian hymn that had already become so dear to him. English verses began to form in his mind, verses that were suggested by portions of the Russian translation.

How Great Thou Art is probably the all-time favorite hymn today. Although its origin had roots in Europe, it was not widely known until 1957, when the Billy Graham Crusade in New York City launched it on a never-ending spiral around the world. It was performed nearly a hundred times during those meetings and countless times ever since.

One cannot sing this majestic hymn of praise and adoration without realizing anew the omnipotence of the Creator who did it all. (source http://www.hymnlyrics.org/mostpopularhymns) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How Great Thou Art

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: „My God, how great Thou art!”

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

George Beverly Shea 1909 – 2013

Read the PRESS RELEASE here – George Beverly Shea, Long-Time Billy Graham Associate, Passed Away Tonight

For more than 60 years, George Beverly Shea had carried the Gospel in song to every continent and state in the Union through Billy Graham’s Crusades. As the musical mainstay in Graham’s crusades, Shea was often called „America’s Beloved Gospel Singer,” and was also considered, „the first international singing ‘star’ of the gospel world.” Through music and the proclamation of the Word, Bev Shea and Mr. Graham have shared the saving faith of Jesus Christ to millions.(via)

George Beverly Shea I d rather have JesusGeorge Beverly „Bev” Shea (born February 1, 1909) is a Canadian-born American gospel singer and hymn composer. Shea has often been described as „America’s beloved Gospel singer” and is considered „the first international singing ‘star’ of the gospel world,” as a consequence of his solos at Billy Graham Crusades and his exposure on radio, records, and television. According to the Guinness Book of Records Shea holds the world record for singing in person to the most people ever, with an estimated cumulative live audience of 220 million people. Shea was a big part of the Billy Graham Crusades with his singing, and he still resides with his wife on the same road that Billy Graham resides on in Canada. You can read more about George Beverly Shea here- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Beverly_Shea

George Beverly Shea, 1909-2013 Long-Time Billy Graham Associate, Passed Away Tonight

For more than 60 years, George Beverly Shea had carried the Gospel in song to every continent and state in the Union through Billy Graham’s Crusades. As the musical mainstay in Graham’s crusades, Shea was often called „America’s Beloved Gospel Singer,” and was also considered, „the first international singing ‘star’ of the gospel world.” Through music and the proclamation of the Word, Bev Shea and Mr. Graham have shared the saving faith of Jesus Christ to millions.(via)
Shea and Graham in 2009

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 16, 2013 – George Beverly Shea, 104, of Montreat, North Carolina, soloist of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), died this evening following a brief illness.

George Beverly Shea 1 Since George Beverly Shea first sang for Graham in 1943 on the Chicago radio hymn program, “Songs in the Night,” Shea has faithfully carried the Gospel in song to every continent and every state in the Union. Graham’s senior by ten years, Shea devotedly preceded the evangelist in song in nearly every Crusade over the span of more than one-half century.

Shea was the recipient of ten Grammy nominations, a Grammy Award in 1965, and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Grammy organization in 2011. He was also a member of the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame (1978), and was inducted into the Religious Broadcasting Hall of Fame in February 1996. Shea was also inducted into the inaugural class of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists’ “Hall of Faith” in 2008.

“I first met Bev Shea while in Chicago when he was on Moody Radio,” said Billy Graham. “As a young man starting my ministry, I asked Bev if he would join me. He said yes and for over 60 years we had the privilege of ministering together across the country and around the world. Bev was one of the most humble, gracious men I have ever known and one of my closest friends. I loved him as a brother. My prayer for his wife, Karlene, and his children, Ron and Elaine, is that God will strengthen them during this time.”

Born in Winchester, Ontario, Canada, where his father was a Wesleyan Methodist minister, Shea’s first public singing was in the choir of his father’s church. Between Crusade, radio, and television dates in many countries, he sang at hundreds of concerts and recorded more than 70 albums of sacred music. At age 23 he composed the music to one of his best known solos, “I’d Rather Have Jesus.”

George Beverly Shea 2“Even though Bev was 10 years older than my father, he never acted his age,” said Franklin Graham. “He was absolute fun to be with. Bev was one of the most gracious and unassuming men I have known. He was always encouraging and supportive, a man of deep faith and strong commitment to Jesus Christ.”

Shea is survived by his wife, Karlene, and his children from his first marriage, Ronald and Elaine. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Erma, who died in 1976.

Ron, born in 1948 in Chicago, graduated from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Ill., in 1971. For more than 30 years, Ron has been an associate in Crusade ministry through the BGEA, assisting in preparatory work for evangelistic crusades involving Mr. Graham and more recently for Franklin Graham’s ministry. He is married to the former Kathy Ford.

Details on the funeral service for Shea will be forthcoming.

Visit www.billygraham.org for additional information.

To visit the George Beverly Shea memorial website, click here. (NEWS Source – http://www.billygraham.org/)

 Recently Beorge Beverly Shea celebrated his 104th Birthday

Here’s the article we posted about Shea on February 1.2013.

This video brought tears to my eyes. It’s a video posted by Randy Alcorn of George Beverly Shea singing „How Great Thou Art’, right before his 103 rd birthday. Thanks to Manuela who finds and shares all kinds of good and edifying stuff with her friends!

By the way, if you don’t know who George Beverly Shea is –

george beverly sheaGeorge Beverly „Bev” Shea (born February 1, 1909) is a Canadian-born American gospel singer and hymn composer. Shea has often been described as „America’s beloved Gospel singer” and is considered „the first international singing ‘star’ of the gospel world,” as a consequence of his solos at Billy Graham Crusades and his exposure on radio, records, and television. According to the Guinness Book of Records Shea holds the world record for singing in person to the most people ever, with an estimated cumulative live audience of 220 million people. Shea was a big part of the Billy Graham Crusades with his singing, and he still resides with his wife on the same road that Billy Graham resides on in Canada. You can read more about George Beverly Shea here- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Beverly_Shea

How Great Thou Art at the age of 103

Randy Alcorn

But until then (1993)

Here is one from A 1975 Billy Graham Crusade

It is no secret what God can do

Billy Graham – TED talk from 1998 (subtitrare in Limba Romana)

Synopsis: Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology’s power to improve lives and change the world, but says the end of evil, suffering and death will come only after the world accepts Christ. A legendary talk from TED’s archives. The Rev. Billy Graham is a religious leader with a worldwide reach. In his long career as an evangelist, he has spoken to millions and been an advisor to US presidents.

Pentru a vedea subtitrarea, clic pe View subtitles, apoi alege limba ‘Romanian’

Februarie 1998, Monterrey, California. (27 minutes). Billy Graham talks about the technology we have today, and how there are many problems associated with it, that have not been solved. Billy Graham lists these problems as:

  1. Human evil. Over and over, in the Psalms, David describes the evil in the human race. Why do we have these wars and revolutions in every generation? We can’t get along with other people, even in our own families.We find ourselves in a paralyzing grip of self destructing habits. The Bible says the problem is within us, within our hearts, within our souls. Our problem is that we are separated from our Creator. The problem is not technology, the problem is the person using it. The Bible teaches that we are more than a body and a mind, we are a soul. And, there is something inside of us that is beyond our understanding. That’s the part of us that yearns for God, and something more than we find in technology. Your soul is that part of you that yearns for meaning and life, and which seeks for something beyond this life. It’s the part of you that yearns, really, for God. 
  2. Human suffering. Writing the oldest human book is Job. And he wrote: Man is born under trouble and the saprks fly upward. Yes, to be sure, science has done much to push back certain types of human suffering. But, even here among us, in the most advanced society in the world we have poverty. We have families that self destruct., friends that betray us, unbearable psychological pressure to bear down on us. I’ve never met a person in the world that didn’t have a problem, or a worry. Why do we suffer? It’s an age old question that we haven’t answered. Yet, David said he would turn to God- the Lord is my shepherd.
  3. Death. Many commentators have said that death is the forbidden subject of our generation. Most people live as if they’re never going to die. Technology projects the myth of control over our mortality. But, death is inevitable. It is often difficult for young people to understand that they’re going to die. As the ancient writer of Ecclesiastes wrote: There’s every activity under heaven. There’s a time to be born, and there’s a time to die. I’ve stood at the death bed of several famous people whom you would know. I’ve talked to them. I’ve seen them in those agonizing moments when they were scared to death. Yet, a few years earlier, death never crossed their minds. A university student recently asked me what is my greatest surprise. I told him it was the brevity of life. It passes so fast.

Happy 104th birthday to George Beverly Shea

Shea and Graham in 2009

This brought tears to my eyes, It’s a video posted by Randy Alcorn of George Beverly Shea singing „How Great Thou Art’ right before his 103 rd birthday. Thanks to Manuela who finds and shares all kinds of good and edifying stuff with her friends!

By the way, if you don’t know who George Beverly Shea is –

george beverly sheaGeorge Beverly „Bev” Shea (born February 1, 1909) is a Canadian-born American gospel singer and hymn composer. Shea has often been described as „America’s beloved Gospel singer” and is considered „the first international singing ‘star’ of the gospel world,” as a consequence of his solos at Billy Graham Crusades and his exposure on radio, records, and television. According to the Guinness Book of Records Shea holds the world record for singing in person to the most people ever, with an estimated cumulative live audience of 220 million people. Shea was a big part of the Billy Graham Crusades with his singing, and he still resides with his wife on the same road that Billy Graham resides on in Canada. You can read more about George Beverly Shea here- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Beverly_Shea

How Great Thou Art at the age of 103

Randy Alcorn

But until then (1993)

Here is one from A 1975 Billy Graham Crusade

It is no secret what God can do

George Beverly Shea Christmas Songs from 1972

Before you watch, rather listen to the Christmas video, as it is not a live video, I thought I’d first post a video of George Beverly Shea singing a song he composed at a Billy Graham crusade in 1965. He recounts that his then 84 year old mother had a found a poem written by a Mrs. Miller. His mother had placed the poem on the family’s piano. As George read it, he says he just had to sing it. Thus he composed the music to go along with the poem. This is the poem:

I’d rather have Jesus

  1. I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
    I’d rather be His than have riches untold;
    I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands;
    I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand

    • Refrain:
      Than to be the king of a vast domain
      And be held in sin’s dread sway;
      I’d rather have Jesus than anything
      This world affords today.
  2. I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause;
    I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;
    I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame;
    I’d rather be true to His holy name
  3. He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;
    He’s sweeter than honey from out the comb;
    He’s all that my hungering spirit needs;
    I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead

Published on Nov 9, 2012 by WilliamTyndale1

Recording from phonograph of original album.
Track Listing
01. Silent Night
02. Away In The Manger
03. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
04. O Holy Night
05. I Wonder As I Wander
06. Count Your Blessings
07. C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S
08. Christmas, Christmas
09. Put Christ Back Into Christmas

Partea 2 – Michael Wurmbrand, fiul lui Richard Wurmbrand scrie despre tentativa de asasinare a familiei sale in Statele Unite de catre regimul comunist din Romania

In L. Romana

Read the English version:

O scrisoare de la Michael Wurmbrand  – Traducere din Limba Engleza de A.C. –

sursa pozei Flickr – Vasile Tomoiaga

mihai wurmbrand flickr v. tomoiagaDin multe alte mii de documente secrete ale politiei comuniste am gasit ca o multime, ba chiar sute de ofiteri si informatori, care locuiau in afara Romaniei, au fost folositi ca sa puna in aplicare diferite aspecte a planurilor de a ucide familia Wurmbrand. Chiar pana in anul 1978, un numar mare ale activitatilor noastre de calatorie pe cele patru continente au fost raportate cu detalii amanuntite, locul nostru de amplasare, chiar si felul in care am fost imbracati, cele mai bune cai ca sa fim identificati, toate persoanele noastre de contact cu detalii amanuntite,  un  numar mare de materiale fotografice obtinute. Politia secreta comunista a Romaniei a incercat sa indentifice in ample detalii si daca era posibil sa aiba acces la orisicine  in lume care avea legaturi cu familia Wurmbrand.

Exista documente care arata cum atat romani, dar si oameni din presa straina, politicieni, lideri bisericesti, in efectiv chiar constient platiti sa lucreze pentru politia secreta a Romaniei, vor fi adunati ca sa puna in aplicare aceste planuri de a distuge familia Wurmbrand. De exemplu, ei au fost indrumati ca  sa arate prietenie si suport pentru mesajul misionar al lui Wurmbrand, chiar sa si scrie articole in ziare pro- Wurmbrand astfel incat sa castige increderea noastra pe timp lung.  Apoi ei atrageau prieteni apropiati, sau cine lucrau pentru Wurmbrand, in tari diferite care erau visitate, ca sa plece de acasa si sa mearga afara sa visiteze, ca ei sa poata planta in casa aparate de ascultare sau sa poata efectua perchezitii in absenta lor.

Ofiterilor din interior le-a fost subliniat faptul ca bugetului Serviciului de Informatii Externe (SIE) al guvernului comunist Roman, pentru distrugerea familiei Wurmbrand, nu i s-a impus limite. Planurile acestea nu au fost de ordin amator, ele au fost extrem de detaliate, subtile si efectuate intr-o masura ca familia noastra, care credeam ca suntem experti  cu privire la comunism si metodele comuniste, nu am suspecta deloc politia secreta. Aceste dosare au permis politiei comuniste sa descopere interesele lor, slabiciunile lor,  cum ei pot fi apropiati ideologic sau chiar imprieteniti ca sa ajute la planurile ucigasului. Se afla o multime de note informative date de catre crestini, instrumente constiente, informatori ai politiei secrete Romane.

Suna absurd dar exista documente care arata chiar si pe Billy Graham  prins in acest abject de plasa comunista. Se discuta  cum ar putea fi el folosit, el  fiind un prieten stiut al presedintelui Nixon, ca sa influenteze presedintele Statelor Unite. Familia noastra a fost urmarita desigur in Romania, dar si aici in Occident, 24/7 de numai putin de 7 persoane, in acelasi timp. Asa ca in cazul ca noi urmaream (ca sa nu ne dam seama), am fi vazut persoane diferite necunoscute umbland pe strada sau la volan conducand.

Exista documente care au semnatura dictatorului comunist din Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu si al Sefului politiei secrete aproband aceste planuri. Aceste planuri au fost discutate pe larg de catre asa numitul Consiliul Securitatii de Stat, planuri care in parte au fost semnate de asemenea si de cel mai faimos si cel mai inalt ofiter care a fugit vreodata din politia secreta comunista din toate tarile comuniste, Generalul Ion Mihai Pacepa (vezi istoria lui pe internet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ion Mihai Pacepa), desigur ca dinainte de  fuga sa din Romania.

Ion Mihai Pacepa

Ion Mihai Pacepa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nu pot accentua indeajuns  cat de mult a fost extinsa „mana” comunista amestecandu-se in viata tuturora, celor care comunistii credeau ca aveau vreo tangenta cu familia Wurmbrand, nu numai in Romania  sau alte tari comuniste dar si in Occident. Ar dura cu siguranta luni de zile de studiere a acestor documente si reproduceri a mii de pagini pentru a documenta acest efort enorm al comunistilor de a ataca intr-un fel sau altul pe Richard Wurmbrand, familia sa si mesajul sau de pe intreaga lume de a demasca persecutia comunista a crestinilor credinciosi.

Cand Richard Wurmbrand a venit in Occident si a explicat ca intr-o tara de 20 de milioane de oameni cel putin 1 milion au trecut prin inchisorile comuniste, multi lideri din bisericile din Occident l-au acuzat pe Wurmbrand de „exagerare”. Dupa caderea comunismului in Romania, numarul oficial publicat a fost de 10 la suta din populatie si in exces de 2 milioane. Ma rog ca niciunul din cei care citesc aceste pagini, pentru binele lor si pentru propria lor siguranta, vor respinge ceea ce scriu aici ca fiind exagerat sub nici un fel. Deoarece am fost la ambele capete a acestui proces, in primul rand ca unul dintre fondatorii cu 45 de ani in urma a organizatiei misionare, cunoscuta azi sub numele deVocea Martirilor, care se opune si face cunoscut pe scara larga atrocitatile comuniste, iar acum avand posibilitatea sa obtin in mod personal informatie cu mii de pagini, de felul cum  adversarii nostri comunisti se vor lupta cu noi, ba chiar cautand sa ne omoare, as vrea sa impartasesc cu voi lectiile pe care le-am invatat, gandindu-ma ca unele din acestea ar putea fi de un real folos spiritual pentru cine le citeste si pentru cei dragi ai lor.

Nu voi da vina pe cititorii acestui material dace se intreaba cum se face ca nu am fost deja omorati in urma unui astfel de efort gigantic din partea comunistilor romani? Primul si singurul raspuns este :

„NUMAI PRIN HARUL LUI DUMNEZEU!”    Comunistii cu siguranta ca au incercat.

English: Jacques Chirac (at the time, Prime Mi...

English: Jacques Chirac (at the time, Prime Minister of France) with Nicolae Ceauşescu during a visit in Neptun, Romania, in 1975 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sa mai intamplat asa deoarece cel mai de sus om din politia secreta comunista din Romania, Generalul comunist Pacepa a fugit in Statele Unite in 1978. Ceausescu, dictatorul comunist a incercat sa reduca la tacere pe multi din oponentii sai, omorandu-i. El a incercat sa-l foloseasca pe faimosul terorist international Ilich Sanchez, poreclit „Carlos the Jackal” (Sacalul). Este o informatie publica ca el a fost cazat si suportat financial in Romania. Fuga din anul 1978 a Generalului comunist Pacepa a avut loc, dupa explicatia data chiar de dansul, deoarece el a fost trimis ca sa-l omoare pe Directorul de la Europa Libera, Sectia Romana. In aceeasi perioada, Ceausescu a trimis un ucigas in Franta pentru a executa  un alt dezident si acest „ucigas” ofiter a fugit la Serviciul Secret din Franta (cerand azil politic}. Serviciul Secret Francez a inscenat si publicat „o omorare falsa” a dezidentului prevazut sa fie omorat. Politia secreta comunista Romana a functionat fara ca  sa aiba vreo idee de ceea ce de fapt s-a intamplat, crezand ca omorul a fost dus la capat. Francezii au mers atunci pe calea radioului, prin traficul de posta cu serviciul secret Roman, dovedindu-se ca acest episod a originat de la comunistii Romani. Presedintele Frantei a urmat apoi cu o vizita in Romania si a explicat dictatorului comunist Ceausescu ca toate imprumuturile, afacerile internationale ale Romaniei, avantajele sale proprii si chiar si viata lui va fi terminata in cazul in care un astfel de comportament va continua. Toate acestea sunt documentate. Ceausescu si-a desfintat „serviciul de ucidere” comunist.

Familia Wurmbrand a supravietuit si imi pare rau ca parintii mei nu sunt in viata astazi, acum cand tot acest material secret informativ a fost pus la dispozitia mea si  trebuie ca eu sa va transmit lectiile pe care le-am invatat.

Richard Wurmbrand

Richard Wurmbrand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

– Familia noastra a inceput o  munca misionara, care acum se numeste Vocea Martirilor, s-a nascut prin durere, prin credinta, prin urgenta, comparata cu o persoana aproape sa se inece agatindu-se de un pai, sau cineva grav ranit cersind macar pentru o aspirina. Noi am fost rascumparati din Romania pentru suma de10 000 de dolari si scopul nostru imediat a fost ca sa apelam la crestinii din Occident ca sa ajute pe fratii lor crestini care sunt opresati sub comunism. Adevarata lucrare crestina care asteapta miracole adevarate este de felul acesta si trebuie sa fie tinuta de felul acesta. Moise  a fost trimis in Egipt de Dumnezeu ca sa-l convinga pe Faraon numai cu un toiag de umblat. In cele din urma el si-a dat seama ca a avut nevoie si a obtinut de la Dumnezeu mai mult, 10 plagi miraculoase.

– Cand ai de infruntat un adversar care controleaza o tara sau tari lupta este neegala, deoarece:

– Cei ce sunt implicati in lupta de partea cea buna sunt poate unul sau doar cativa, iar resursele umane de cealalta parte sunt chiar de nenumarat! Nimeni nu se amageste „cu repetari de fraze” sau „exemplul” lui David luptandu-se cu Goliat, dar imaginati-va o lupta intre David si sute de Goliati.

– Cel ce se lupta de partea cea buna nu isi da seama de natura personala a acestei lupti. Unul isi imagineaza ca se lupta pentru libertatea altora, pentru principii bune, pentru o credinta adevarata, in general cu naivitate pentru conceptii demne. Adversarul diabolic se lupta in masa, nu pentru o ideologie ci pentru propria supravietuire, pentru pozitiile care le-au apucat, salariile, folosind mijloace pe care eroii cei buni in naivitatea lor nici nu si le-ar imagina! Da acesti ofiteri comunisti se luptau pentru locurile lor de munca.

– Eu am stiut ca comunistilor le-ar fi placut ca sa vada  familia Wurmbrand moarta. Chiar si atunci cand cei de la FBI au venit la mine ca sa-mi dea de stire personal ca un glont pare sa fi fost desemnat pentru mine, eu am luat numai masuri generale de precautie, dar nu mi-as fi imaginat cunoscutii mei cei mai apropiati, da mancand citeodata zilnic la masa mea, a fost o parte de platit a acestui plan pentru ca acel glont comunist sa vina si sa ma ucida. Cineva nu poate sa fie niciodata naiv despre unul sau mai multi Iuda.

Nu este deajuns ca sa ai bunavointa si chiar o cunoastere necesara ca sa fi angrenat in lupta pentru a ajuta victimele unui asupritor fara ca sa te gandesti cu seriozitate ca viata si madularele tale sunt in pericol. Familia ta este in pericol si ei trebuie sa  fie facuti foarte constienti de acest lucru. Cat despre copii, gandeste-te la istoria din Biblie despre Avraam si Isac. Aceasta nu este numai o istorisire. Avraam a fost numit un om al credintei, nu pentru nimic. Esti  gata ca in ceea ce  crezi sa-ti sacrifici copiii nestiutori? Ai o intelegere adevarata a ceea ce inseamna daune colaterale si esti dispus sa-ti asumi responsabilitatea pentru ea? Atunci cand comunistii au avut aceste planuri de moarte impotriva mea, fetita mea avea numai doi ani. M-am gandit eu la aceasta? Nu, nu m-am gandit!

Imi cer iertare prin aceasta scriere chiar daca este cu intarziere, chiar daca  nu pot face mai mult, la nimeni, pe care eu sau parintii mei am intalnit sau avut tangenta fapt pentru care au devenit tinta unui reticul din luneta comunistilor. Ei sunt documnetati cu sutele care sunt prea multi ca sa poata fi numiti. Istorisirile din Biblie, descrie cum persoanele cu lepra trebuiau sa strige pentru avertizare, „lepros”, „lepros” inainte ca sa se apropie de cineva. Ar fi trebuit sa avertizez toti prietenii, pe toti cunoscutii de ceea ce ocupatia mea si pericolele au fost. Daca te angrenezi in lupta cu astfel de inamici, te indemn ca sa faci acelasi lucru. Eu nu condamn pe nimeni, care fara explicatii, au refuzat sa aibe vreo relatie cu noi.

Din aceste documente pot sa citesc cum oameni nenumarati au fost contactati de comunisti ca sa lucreze impotriva noastra si au preferat sa se tina la distanta in tacere mai degraba decat sa comunice cu noi.

Misiunea a folosit multi crestini care doreau sa ne ajute deafara sau dinlauntrul tarilor comuniste ca sa furiseze, sau sa ajute pe altii sa furiseze Biblii si fara ca noi sa ne gandim, multi crestini din Romania si-au folosit copiii lor si au expus acesti copii nestiutori la pericole de neimaginat.

Sa vedem in continuare modul in care cei care au dorinta si mijloacele pentru a lupta impotriva unor astfel de dusmani ai crestinismului, ar trebui sa procedeze! Cand doresti sa faci un sacrificiu este bine sa te gandesti in mod serios la obiectivul pe care vrei sa-l realizezi, cantitatea de suferinta pe care tu si altii sunteti capabili de a o suporta. Dupa ce vei fi vatamat, va fi prea tarziu pentru regrete, in special atunci cand si altii, fara vreun un avertisment sau banuiala, vor fi si ei  vatamati.

Asa cum tatal meu a accentuat de multe ori, capul sarpelui trebuie  zdrobit nu sa-l gadilam pe burta. Crestinii trebuie sa atace capul raului. Dragostea de bani este radacina tuturor relelor. Motivul pentru care comunistii au vrut si au lucrat ca sa ne omoare, a fost descris de catre unul dintre ambasadorii comunisti romani intr-o discutie confidentiala: „Datorita  lui Wurmbrand, Romania a pierdut clauza de natiune favorizata cu Statele Unite, 8 ani la rand.”

In timp ce multe misiuni se  lupta cu multe feluri de rele prin programe de ajutor, nenumarate banci si oameni de afaceri sprijina raul in aceleasi locuri prin interesele lor financiare, afaceri ca de obicei (zi de zi), ca de exemplu in China Rosie, Vietnam, si toate tarile musulmane, etc. Cum poate un crestin sa fie cu constiinta impacata atunci cand se duc si lucreaza  sa ia un salariu in industria  petrolului din tarile musulmane acolo unde fratii lor crestini sunt mutilati si chiar omorati pentru credinta lor? Cum pot crestinii care in timp ce pretind ca ajuta crestinii persecutati din China, incurajeaza comertul cu chinezii comunisti?

Intregul rationament al liderilor care sunt la carma misiunilor crestine, cu privire la obiective si mijloace, trebuie  sa fie revizuite. Tot la fel trebuie revizuite si intentiile bune ale donatorilor care sa puna sub semnul intrebarii nu numai  integritatea bisericilor lor, acceptand de exemplu rele  cum ar fi homosexualitatea dar chiar si comertul cu inamicul.

Moise a intrat in Egipt, o tara din care el a fugit, ca sa ajunga fara compromisuri la Faraon cu scopul final de a solicita eliberarea poporului sau,  fara compromisuri. In contrast, in timpul comunismului in Romania, prea multi lideri religiosi din Occident din multe denominatiuni, au venit in Romania ca turisti, distractie, incercand sa atraga  liderii comunisti cu afaceri personale, etc, asa dupa cum este descris in multe din aceste documente.

Crestinii din Occident, nu numai ca sunt neconstienti de situatia fratilor lor din tarile comuniste si musulmane,  nu numai ca „dorm la volan” dar ceva si mai grav, ei dorm cu inamicul! Faca ca aceasta scriere sa-i trezeasca, si sa lupte impotriva celui mai subtil inamic, diavolul in toate formele lui!

As dori  sa pot pune aceasta scriere ca un post-scriptum in cartea de acum faimoasa a tatalui meu, Torturat pentru Christos, manuscriptul careia, dupa ce am iesit din Romania comunista, l-am scris de patru ori in anul 1966 la o masina de scris veche si greoaie, inainte ca sa apara in Limba Engleza si apoi sa fie tradusa si raspandita in 85 de limbi.

„Diavolul, da tarcoale ca un leu care racneste, si cauta pe cine sa inghita”! (1 Petru 5:8). Va rog, dragii mei frati crestini, ca niciodata sa nu va subestimati inamicul!

Marturia lui Richard Wurmbrand dupa ce a fost lasat sa plece din Romania:

Albert Mohler on Larry King: Should Christians Stop Trying to Convert Jews?

I came across this video that, although it is 12 years old, it has just recently been uploaded (November 2011). It is heartening to watch Albert Mohler debate and note has he not lost any of his fire and evangelistic zeal in all those years.

Interesting to note (at about the 8th minute) that the biggest objection coming from Rabbi Hier happens to be on the matter of hell, or as he calls it that eternal „barbecue” and wants to dismiss Mohler’s „Christian” religion because it believes that Jews will go to that eternal „barbecue” just because they don’t believe in Christianity’s Christ. And surprisingly Larry King comes to the aid of Mohler’s response when rabbi Boteach says some of the most ludicrous things I have heard in attacking Christians desire to evangelize the Jews. He calls Christian evangelism spiritual apartheid.

Rabbi Hier’s objection is that it’s okay to proselytize, but he thinks Jews for Jesus are deceptive because they wear the prayer shawls and „pretend” they are Jewish when they proselytize. Throughout, his argument tends to  suggest that somehow Christian Jews are to deny their Jewish heritage because it is deceiving to other Jews to still pretend to be Jewish in order to proselytize and gain innocent trust.

Aired January 12, 2000 – 9:00 p.m. ET on CNN. Al Mohler with David Brickner (Jews for Jesus), Rabbi Marvin Hier (Simon Wiesenthal Center)  and Rabbi Schmuley Boteach (Oxford L’chaim Scoiety)

You can read the CNN manuscript here.

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How Easter killed my faith in atheism – Wall Street Journal-Lee Strobel (Case for Faith audio – documentary)

Lee Strobel’s apologetics books are the most helpful books available for college students or serious Bible study. I highly recommend them for kids at 8th grade level and up. Below is the short version of his story as posted on the Wall Street Journal website. Lee Strobel was one of the most respected journalists of Chicago, and co editor of Chicago’s major newspaper. He is now one of the most respected Christian leaders of the United States, presenting and defending the Gospel.

Below is a video of Lee Strobel lecturing – The Case for Faith (title of just one of his apologetics investigation books). He starts with the story of Charles Templeton, Evangelist and best friend of Billy Graham who lost his faith in God, stopped Evangelizing and became an atheist. Lee Strobel examines his own coming to faith through the investigation of hte historicity of the resurrection in light of seeing this once great Evangelist who preached on stadiums (Templeton) leaving his faith in God.

from the Wall Street Journal

It was the worst news I could get as an atheist: my agnostic wife had decided to become a Christian. Two words shot through my mind. The first was an expletive; the second was “divorce.”

I thought she was going to turn into a self-righteous holy roller. But over the following months, I was intrigued by the positive changes in her character and values. Finally, I decided to take my journalism and legal training (I was legal editor of the Chicago Tribune) and systematically investigate whether there was any credibility to Christianity.

Maybe, I figured, I could extricate her from this cult.

I quickly determined that the alleged resurrection of Jesus was the key. Anyone can claim to be divine, but if Jesus backed up his claim by returning from the dead, then that was awfully good evidence he was telling the truth.

For nearly two years, I explored the minutia of the historical data on whether Easter was myth or reality. I didn’t merely accept the New Testament at face value; I was determined only to consider facts that were well-supported historically. As my investigation unfolded, my atheism began to buckle.

Was Jesus really executed? In my opinion, the evidence is so strong that even atheist historian Gerd Lüdemann said his death by crucifixion was “indisputable.”

Was Jesus’ tomb empty? Scholar William Lane Craig points out that its location was known to Christians and non-Christians alike. So if it hadn’t been empty, it would have been impossible for a movement founded on the resurrection to have exploded into existence in the same city where Jesus had been publicly executed just a few weeks before.

Besides, even Jesus’ opponents implicitly admitted the tomb was vacant by saying that his body had been stolen. But nobody had a motive for taking the body, especially the disciples. They wouldn’t have been willing to die brutal martyrs’ deaths if they knew this was all a lie.

Did anyone see Jesus alive again? I have identified at least eight ancient sources, both inside and outside the New Testament, that in my view confirm the apostles’ conviction that they encountered the resurrected Christ. Repeatedly, these sources stood strong when I tried to discredit them.

Could these encounters have been hallucinations? No way, experts told me. Hallucinations occur in individual brains, like dreams, yet, according to the Bible, Jesus appeared to groups of people on three different occasions – including 500 at once!

Was this some other sort of vision, perhaps prompted by the apostles’ grief over their leader’s execution? This wouldn’t explain the dramatic conversion of Saul, an opponent of Christians, or James, the once-skeptical half-brother of Jesus.

Neither was primed for a vision, yet each saw the risen Jesus and later died proclaiming he had appeared to him. Besides, if these were visions, the body would still have been in the tomb.

Was the resurrection simply the recasting of ancient mythology, akin to the fanciful tales of Osiris or Mithras? If you want to see a historian laugh out loud, bring up that kind of pop-culture nonsense.

One by one, my objections evaporated. I read books by skeptics, but their counter-arguments crumbled under the weight of the historical data. No wonder atheists so often come up short in scholarly debates over the resurrection.

In the end, after I had thoroughly investigated the matter, I reached an unexpected conclusion: it would actually take more faith to maintain my atheism than to become a follower of Jesus.

And that’s why I’m now celebrating my 30th Easter as a Christian. Not because of wishful thinking, the fear of death, or the need for a psychological crutch, but because of the facts.

Lee Strobel wrote “The Case for Easter: Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection“; his first novel, “The Ambition,” releases May 17.

Fernando Ortega – „Give Me Jesus”

From December 2007 – Fernando Ortega sings ‘Give me Jesus’ with interspersed images of Billy Graham a living testimony and example and his beloved wife of 64 years, Ruth, who passed away in 2007.

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