John Alexander Dowie and the City of Zion – Documentary (28:30)

As a forerunner of what God has prepared for His people in the next generation, He always sends a messenger “To make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17). John Alexander Dowie holds a unique and definite place in the development of apostolic ideals for the Church of the Twentieth Century. God raised up and sent this most unusual servant at the most opportune time, as he came ministering in the power of Elijah, the spirit of John the Baptist, with the heart of a Shepherd, the zeal of an Evangelist and the message of a prophet.

This was recorded in Zion, Illinois with many of the resources at the Zion Historical Society. I also interviewed Tim Morse – a Zion Historian.

John Alexander Dowie and the City of Zion – Documentary (28:30) from Brian on Vimeo.

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Saint Paul’s Visit to Britain – Documentary

‌Saint Paul’s Visit to Britain – Documentary from Brian on Vimeo.

END TIMES: ‘Epicenter’~The Middle East – Documentary

Complete Documentary Joel Rosenberg

Epicenter is about:Change–big changes, dramatic changes, changes that will transform the world as we know it * Answers–what the changes are underway in the world’s most important countries * Insight–readers will understand the trajectory of world events by being taken inside the governments of Iran, Iraq, Russia, China, and more * Accessibility–aimed for a wide audience in both the general and Christian markets * Faith–Joel shares his faith in Jesus Christ and the reliability of Scripture

Epicenter will answer questions like: * Will Israel and her Arab neighbors find peace, or is another major Middle East war just around the corner? * If the new, post-Soviet Russia is our friend, why is the Kremlin creating a new class of thermonuclear weapons and building an alliance with radical Islam?

The full video presentation of EPICENTER!! Confirmations are in events of 2011: Iran, Major Revolutions in Egypt & Libya, The death of Bin Laden & now, if put into action, what will go down in history as the most grave mistake in American history~Obama’s plan to force Israel’s return to pre-1967 borders.Genesis 12:3

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Documentary about the First Lausanne International Congress on World Evangelization – Lausanne, Switzerland 1974

This documentary ‘Let the Earth Hear His Voice’ tells the story of the First Lausanne International Congress on World Evangelization, held in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1974. The film is produced and owned by World Wide Productions, and is posted here as part of Lausanne’s 40th Anniversary Celebration with permission from (and thanks to!) the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Learn more about The Lausanne Movement today at http://www.lausanne.org.

VIDEO by Lausannemovement

So who is this Jesus (filmed in Israel)

An interesting video about ‘Who is Jesus’, filmed in Israel, in locations starting with the land where Abraham lived to Jerusalem, where Jesus ascended to the Father. If you want to skip the testimonials and the ‘who is Jesus’ short inter views on the street, start watching from the 7th minute to the 47th minute.

Video description:

A documentary on the biography and history of Jesus of Nazareth. Two thousand years ago a man who changed the course of history was born. He was a carpenter and as an adult never traveled more than 60 miles. He was executed for crimes he did not commit. Today there are millions of people who believe in him – and who claim he has radically changed their lives. His name is familiar to us all – even if only as a swear word. But who is he – Who is this Jesus Christ?

VIDEO by Theology, Philosophy and Science

Ray Comfort interviewing people about Noah

In the time of Noah, people were going about their daily lives, not mindful of the impending destruction. Like them, are we ignoring warnings of God’s coming judgment? The Bible gives us clear signs of the last days. Did you know the Scriptures say we will see:

• Flippant use of God’s name
• Money-hungry preachers and rampant hypocrisy in the church
• Wars and rumors of wars
• Denial of a global flood

But surely no educated person could believe that Noah and his ark ever really existed. Wouldn’t it be impossible to fit millions of species of animals into one boat? And what evidence is there (if any) for a worldwide catastrophic flood? However…what if it did all happen exactly as the Bible says? What would that mean? Who was Noah, and why is the amazing account of his life so relevant to you in the 21st century? Don’t be caught unaware. Time may be very short. Will you be ready?

A movie by Ray Comfort. This is not the Russell Crowe film.

VIDEO by Living Waters / The Way of the Master

The Lost Diary of Dr. David Livingstone – A new PBS documentary to air Wednesday, March 26 at 10 p.m. ET on PBS

In the late 19th century in Victorian Britain, Dr. David Livingstone was a popular hero of the era, a celebrated explorer, Christian missionary, staunch abolitionist and pioneering doctor, who developed a treatment for malaria. But was he really the national hero people made him out to be? Secrets of the Dead: The Lost Diary of Dr. Livingstone premieres Wednesday, March 26 at 10 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). For more, visit http://www.pbs.org/wnet/secrets

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Dr. David Livingstone is the renowned British explorer, whom American journalist Henry Morton Stanley greeted with the now famous words, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume.” When New York Herald reporter Stanley found him in a small African village on November 10, 1871, the reclusive Livingstone had lost contact with the outside world for six years.

In the late 19th century in Victorian Britain, Livingstone was a popular hero of the era, a celebrated explorer, Christian missionary, staunch abolitionist and pioneering doctor, who developed a treatment for malaria. But was he really the national hero people made him out to be?

During his last expedition, Livingstone witnessed and documented an event that changed the course of history. His account of the mass slaughter of the village Nyangwe, recorded in his journal brought back by Stanley, horrified the American and British public and ultimately led to the end of the African slave trade, and closing down the world’s last open slave market.  But Livingstone may not have told the entire story of the massacre in his journal.

To discover the truth behind the massacre, Secrets of the Dead: The Lost Diary of Dr. Livingstone, premiering Wednesday, March 26 at 10 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), follows a team of experts, led by Adrian Wisnicki of Nebraska University, as they attempt to decipher Livingstone’s original field diary – recently discovered – to determine what really happened in Nyangwe.

In researching the massacre, Wisnicki uncovers several accounts which curiously are all different. These varied accounts, alongside Livingstone’s published report and the writings in his journal, suggest he was a far different man than the legend that surrounds him.  To find out the truth about Nyangwe and Livingstone, Wisnicki sets out to locate the field diary that corresponds to the massacre.

Among the Livingstone family possessions, locked away in the store room of the David Livingstone Centre near Glasgow, Wisnicki comes across the original field diary – Livingstone’s private diary – containing his first-hand account of the massacre. Scribbled on tattered pieces of newspaper, Livingstone kept the diary with him never intending for anyone to see.

Embarking on a scientific collaboration that would last for six months, Wisnicki employs state-of-the art multi spectral imaging technology, first invented by NASA, and cutting edge equipment that can see what to the naked eye would be invisible to recover Livingstone’s faded diary entries.

Why was the diary scrawled on The Standard newspaper in berry juice and not on writing paper in ink? How did Livingstone’s obsession with discovering the source of the Nile cause him to stray from his principles?  How did the death of his wife affect him?

Livingstone wrote about the massacre in earlier reports, but what really transpired?  What was Livingstone covering up? For the first time in 140 years, the secrets Livingstone tried to keep hidden are revealed.

Livingstone’s hand drawn map. Credit Parthenon Ent. Ltd. via pbs.org

Secrets of the Dead The Lost Diary of Dr. Livingstone is a Sky Vision Production for THIRTEEN Productions LLC in association with WNET and National Geographic International. Director/writer is Melisa Akdogan. Executive producers for Sky Vision are Tom Adams and Danny Tipping. Executive in charge for WNET is Stephen Segaller. Executive producer for WNET is Steve Burns.  Coordinating producer for WNET is Stephanie Carter.

This program is among the full-length episodes that will be available for viewing after broadcast on Secrets of the Dead Online (pbs.org/secrets). Along with the extensive online video catalog, the series website provides resources for educators with lesson plans for middle school and high school teachers.

As one of PBS’ ongoing limited primetime series, Secrets of the Dead is a perennial favorite among viewers, routinely ranking among the 10 most-watched series on public television. Currently in its 13th season, Secrets of the Dead continues its unique brand of archaeological sleuthing employing advances in investigative techniques, forensic science and historical scholarship to offer new evidence about forgotten mysteries. Secrets of the Dead has received 10 CINE Golden Eagle Awards and six Emmy nominations, among numerous other awards.

Martyn Lloyd Jones documentary on George Whitefield- England’s open air preacher, friend of Wesley

Fourteen minute documentary, narrated by Martyn Lloyd Jones:

George Whitefield –  (1714-1770), Methodist  Evangelist, among first to ignite Great Awakening in England’s 18th century

George Whitefield was born on December 16, 1714, in Gloucester, England. The youngest of seven children, he was born in the Bell Inn where his father, Thomas, was a wine merchant and innkeeper. His father died when George was two and his widowed mother Elizabeth struggled to provide for her family. Because he thought he would never make much use of his education, at about age 15 George persuaded his mother to let him leave school and work in the inn. However, sitting up late at night, George became a diligent student of the Bible. A visit to his Mother by an Oxford student who worked his way through college encouraged George to pursue a university education. He returned to grammar school to finish his preparation to enter Oxford, losing only about one year of school.

In 1732 at age 17, George entered Pembroke College at Oxford. He was

Whitefield preached in open air

gradually drawn into a group called the „Holy Club” where he met John and Charles Wesley. Charles Wesley loaned him the book, The Life of God in the Soul of Man. The reading of this book, after a long and painful struggle which even affected him physically, finally resulted in George’s conversion in 1735. He said many years later: „I know the place…. Whenever I go to Oxford, I cannot help running to the spot where Jesus Christ first revealed himself to me and gave me the new birth.”

Forced to leave school because of poor health, George returned home for nine months of recuperation. Far from idle, his activity attracted the attention of the bishop of Gloucester, who ordained Whitefield as a deacon, and later as a priest, in the Church of England. Whitefield finished his degree at Oxford and on June 20, 1736, Bishop Benson ordained him. The Bishop, placing his hands upon George’s head, resulted in George’s later declaration that „My heart was melted down and I offered my whole spirit, soul, and body to the service of God’s sanctuary.”

Whitefield was an astounding preacher from the beginning. Though he was slender in build, he stormed in the pulpit as if he were a giant. Within a year it was said that „his voice startled England like a trumpet blast.” At a time when London had a population of less than 700,000, he could hold spellbound 20,000 people at a time at Moorfields and Kennington Common. For thirty-four years his preaching resounded throughout England and America. In his preaching ministry he crossed the Atlantic thirteen times and became known as the ‘apostle of the British empire.’

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He was a firm Calvinist in his theology (but retained a deep friendship with John Wesley, none the less)yet unrivaled as an aggressive evangelist. Though a clergyman of the Church of England, he cooperated with and had a profound impact on people and churches of many traditions, including Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and Baptists. Whitefield, along with the Wesleys, inspired the movement that became known as the Methodists. Whitefield preached more than 18,000 sermons in his lifetime, an average of 500 a year or ten a week. Many of them were given over and over again. Fewer than 90 have survived in any form. (VIA). Click here – If you would like to read more on Whitefield.

George Whitefield’s impact in the U.S.A.

English evangelist, prominent figure in America’s Great Awakening, was born in Gloucester, England to an innkeeper’s family.  The family’s limited means led a family friend to step forward to provide Whitefield enough money to begin his education at Oxford University’s Pembroke College.  There Whitefield came into contact with a small band of pious students lampooned by their fellows as the “Holy Club.”  He was greatly influenced by the group’s leader, John Wesley, and eventually underwent a profound religious awakening that convinced him of his need to reach others with the necessity of the New Birth.  Although he would stay on friendly and supportive terms with Wesley, Whitefield remained a Calvinist on such issues as free will and predestination.

In 1737 he was ordained a preaching deacon in the Church of England and immediately took to the road as an itinerant evangelist.  What was particularly new about his methods was that he opted for preaching outside of ecclesiastical settings in the open air in town and countryside.  Another innovation was his effective use of newspapers, leaflets, and pamphlets to stimulate interest in his arrival.  And, unlike the clergy in the Anglican Church, Whitefield preached without the benefit of notes, believing that extemporaneous discourse made one more open to the Spirit’s promptings and was closer in preaching style to that used by the biblical prophets and apostles.  Observers marveled at his dramatic style and rhetorical flourish: the famous English actor David Garrick is reported to have exclaimed that he “would give a hundred guineas” if he could only “say ‘oh!’ like Mr. Whitefield.”

Whitefield took his first trip to America in 1738 and there founded his famed orphanage, “Bethesda,” just outside Savannah, Georgia–subsequent preaching tours would all raise funds for this enterprise over the years.  Whitefield’s second American preaching tour of 1739-1741 was a smash success, gaining strength as he travelled from the South northwards through Philadelphia.  As he toured the towns and cities of New England in 1740 he reaped the benefits of generations of Puritan preaching and Jonathan Edwards‘ recent revivals.  Crowds estimated at ten, twenty, and more thousand flocked from all over New England to hear him preach.

Over the next thirty years Whitefield made five more trips to America, as well as numerous excursions through the English countryside and into Wales and Scotland.  By the time of his death in 1770 Whitefield could be credited with establishing evangelical Protestantism on both sides of the Atlantic through the thousands of souls who experienced the “New Birth” under his preaching, and the legion of preachers he inspired to follow in his footsteps. (VIA)

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The story of the 5 missionaries speared to death on January 8, 1956 on a beach in Ecuador – Cei 5 missionari care au fost omorati cant au aterizat pe o plaja in Ecuador in 8 Ianuarie 1956

Jim Elliot: He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep
to gain what he cannot lose. 
– Jim Elliot, 1949

A beautifully crafted documentary about five young missionaries who were martyred by a savage tribe of Indians in the mid 1950s and the heroic effort of reconciliation that has followed.

The killing of five missionaries in the Amazon jungle captured the attention of a nation and prompted one of the widows to write the best-selling Through Gates of Splendor. But what would remain untold for a half a century is the incredible response to these deaths. Beyond the Gates of Splendor, a stirring documentary by director Jim Hanon and producer Mart Green, brings this story to life. The film traces friendships forming on a Midwest college campus, young families venturing out to the South American mission field, and the heartbreak of a bloody beach in Ecuador. Five lives taken by the most violent tribe on earth. The tragedy compels several of the women to risk their lives, and those of their children, to live alongside their husbands’ killers. Through the example of these brave women, a brutal, warring culture is transformed, murderers become healers, and what was once known as the cradle of darkness becomes a community of light and hope.

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Cei 5 misionari omorati in 1956 Photo creditmissaofederal.blogspot.com

Cei 5 misionari care au fost omorati pe o plaja in Ecuador, in 8 Ianuarie 1956, de un trib de Indieni Auca Ecuadoriani. Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Pete Felming si Ed McCully- barbati tineri si martiri care au trait versetul din Romani 14:8- Căci dacă trăim, pentru Domnul trăim; şi dacă murim, pentru Domnul murim. Deci, fie că trăim, fie că murim, noi sîntem ai Domnului.

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Puteti sa vizionati documentarul cu subtitrare in Limba Romana aici.(Notita ed.: la mine nu apare playerul, dar am verificat cu cineva din Romania si lui ii apare playerul, s-ar putea ca doar din Romania sa se poate viziona filmul. Multumiri lui Ionut care a furnizat linkul).

Jim Elliot ( 8 octombrie 1927 – 8 ianuarie 1956)  

►Philip James ( ”Jim”) Elliot a fost un misionar-martir al zilelor noastre, a carui moarte in 1956,impreuna cu alti patru tineri, a zguduit lumea crestina. Plecasera in Ecuador, la un trib de oameni cruzi, ce traiau inca in epoca de piatra, dar care aveau nevoie de Evanghelia lui Hristos.

J.Elliot s-a nascut in Portland,regiunea orasului Ontario, fiind fiul lui Fred si Clara Elliot. Fred a fost patrimoniul scotian, iar parintii lui au fost primii care au gasit solutia sa se mute in America de Nord. Parintii Clarei s-au mutat la randul lor din Elvetia la est de Washington,unde s-au ocupat de administrarea unei ferme mari. S-au intalnit la Portland, unde Clara a studiat medicina – sectia ”chiropractica” (stiinta si arta restaurarii si mentinerii sanatatii bazata pe teoria ca boala este produsa de interferenta cu functiilor nervilor), iar Fred se dedica slujirii crestine,era predicator la o biserica baptista. Biserica a fost locul predestinat intalnirii lor. Dupa doi ani de corespondenta ei s-au casatori in 1918Robert, primul lor copil, s-a nascut in 1921, in timp ce patru ani au locuit in Seattle. In anul urmator s-au mutat in Portaland, Oregon, unde s-au nascut ceilalti trei copii: Herbet (1924), Jim(1927) si Jane (1923). Copii familiei Elliot au mers la biserica si la Scoala Duminicala de la varsta de sase saptamani, tatal lor le citea zilnic copiilor sai din Scriptura. Jim avea doar sase ani si profesa credinta in Isus,a inceput sa impartaseasca micilor sai prieteni ceea ce credea el despre mantuire.

In 1941, intrand la Liceul politehnic Benson, Jim si-a ales ca specialitate desenul tehnic. Acolo el a participat la numeroase activitati, inclusiv ziarul scolii, urmand chiar o cariera in teatru. La sfarsitul liceului ,cu ocazia mortii presedintelui Roosevelt,” a avut la dispozitie doar cateva ceasuri sa-ti pregateasca un mic discurs pentru intrunirea care urma sa aiba loc in acea dupa-amiaza. Meditatorul sau comenta: ”A tinut cel mai frumos discurs pe care l-am auzit la un elev- de fapt, unul dintre cele mai frumoase pe care le-am auzit vreodata”. (Ellisabeth Elliot, Umbra Celui Atotputernic , paj.33)

Dick Fisher, colegul lui Jim , era cel mai bun prieten al lui Jim. El relata astfel despre bunul sau prieten:”Eu eram inalt si slab.Jim era ceva mai scund, dar bine facut, avea par saten, infatisare aspra, fetele intorceau capul dupa el. Ceea ce-mi placea cel mai mult la el era mintea lui ascutita. Prindea totul din zbor si intelegea orice explicatii cu multa usurinta, in vreme ce eu eram inapoia lui cu mult. Imi explica totul in cuvinte cat se poate se simple…” (Ellisabeth Elliot, Umbra Celui Atotputernic , paj. 33-34)

Un alt coleg de liceu, Wayne McCroskey, povesteste cum presedintele consiliului liceului, care il cunostea destul de bine pe Jim si, fiind la curent cu influenta sa asupra elevilor, ii impuse lui Jim sa mearga la o seara de dans. Din cauza refuzului lui Jim, presedintele consiliului liceului se cam pierdu cu firea. Jim si Wayne erau membri ai clubului de discutii publice, al carui cod prevedea ca neindeplinirea unei sarcini sa fie penalizata cu excluderea din club.Presedintele clubului le-a cerut sa tina un discurs, dar,invitat sa ia cuvantul, Jim a raspuns ca nu avea nimic de spus. Presedintele se impacienta, ingrijorat, caci Jim era coloana vertebrala a clubului. Jim le facu cunoscuta pozitia sa, asa cum o intelegea el din Biblie –” un urmas al lui Isus nu se putea implica in razboi sau in politica.” .Problema celui de-al doilea razboi mondial a fost o neintelegere pe care a discutat-o indelung cu colegii si profesorii si, bineinteles, puntele sale de vedere i-au scazut popularitatea. La o intrunire la scoala a invitat un tanar chinez, Mun Hope. Acest tanar a tinut o predica minunata depre pacat si judecata, in fata intregii scoli. Cu toate acestea lui Jim i s-a acordat functia de vicepresedinte al clasei pentru anul de seniori.

In 1945, Jim Elliot la Colegiul Wheatonun colegiu privat crestin din Illinois, acceptand si disciplina pe care acest lucru o implica, aici alaturandu-se si unei echipe de lupte in timpul celui primul an de studiu. Anul urmator el a refuzat o pozitie din cadrul colegiului, care i-a dat un an liber de scolarizare, dar, de asemenea, un angajament de timp semnificativ si ceea ce el considera prostesc responsabilitatii. El nu a fost chiar complet convins de valoarea studiilor sale, avand in vedere subiecte filozofice, politice si antropologie, ceea ce puteau fi distrageri in ceea ce priveste devotarea deplina pentru Dumnezeu. Dupa un semestru de note relativ scazute, a scris parintilor lor ca mai important este studiul Bibliei. In urmatorii ani, interesul lui Elliot era activitatea lui de misionar. S-a specializat in limba greaca, deoarece credea ca acest lucru ar fi de ajutor pe campul de misiune cand el avea de tradus Biblia in alta limba. Desi parintii lui ar fi doril ca el sa ramana in America, au inteles ca Jim avea un dar special,acela de-a transmite Evanghelia si celor care nu au auzit de Dumnezeu. Pentru a-si pastra corpul puternic pe campul de misiune a intrat intr-o eghipa de lupte. (Mai jos, stanga, una dintre pozele gasite in apartul de fotografiat al misionarilor)

In vara anului 1947, mergand in Mexic impreuna cu un prieten din facultate, Ron Harris, ai carui parinti erau misionari acolo, Jim a stat la familia Harris sase saptamani, unde a inceput sa invete spaniola. Aproape la sfarsitul sederii sale in Mexic, arugat la vorbeasca la o intalnire cu copii. S-a incumetat sa le vorbeasca fara translator, desi incepuse sa studieze spaniola doar cu o luna in urma.

Jim Elliot credea ca relatiile romantice distrag adesea oamenii care urmaresc Voia lui Dumnezeu, el a devenit interesat de una din colegele lui, Ellisabeth Howard, care a fost de-asemenea sora unui coleg de camera( David Howard) . El a profitat de oportunitati de a-i cunaste bine familia. Intre cei doi s-a legat o stransa legatura de durata. Dupa finalizarea studiilor la lingvistice, J. Elliot si-a facut pasaport si a inceput sa-si faca planuri cu prietenul sau Bill Chaters sa plece in Ecuador in misiune. Cu toate acestea, doua luni mai tarziu, Chaters il anunta pe Jim ca si-a planificat sa se casatoreasca, facand imposibil sa-l insoteasca pe Jim in Ecuador.

La sfarsitul anului 1951, Jim l-a intalnit pe Pete Fleming, un absolvent de la Universitatea din Washington, cu o diploma de filozofie. El a fost convins ca va putea fi insotitorul lui Jim pentru misiunea din Ecuador. Intre timp, Jim si-a vizita prietenii, inclusiv si pe Ellisabeth, ca mai apoi sa se pregateasca sa paraseasca tara. Elliot si Fleming au sosit in Ecuador pe 21 februarie 1952, cu scopul de a evangheliza indienilor din Quito.

Pe data de 8 octombrie 1953cei doi misionari Jim si Ellisabeth(Bety) s-au casatorit. Nunta lor a fost simpla ceremonie civila, care a avut loc in Quito. Prietenii lor misionari au fost singurii martori ai nuntii lor. Cuplul a avut o scurta luna de miere la Panama si Costa Rica, apoi au revenit in Ecuador. La scurt timp a venit pe lume o fetita, Valerie Elliot, pe data de 27 februarie 1955.

J. Elliot si alti patru misionari- Ed McCully, Roger Youderian, Pete Fleming si pilotul lor, Nate Sain– zboara cu un avion,folosind un difuzor si un cos pentru a trece in jos cadouri. Dupa cateva luni au hotarat sa construiasca o baza la o scurta distanta de satul indian, de-a lungul raului Curaray pentru ai satisface pe un trib de indieni Auca (trib de indieni ”agresiv”,de-aici si numele de ”Auca”). Ei au fost constienti de pericolul la care s-au impus si si-au luat masuri practice de aparare. Pe plaja si-au construit o casa in copac pentru adapost si sa-si detina produsele consumabile. Cateva zile in urma, indieni Auca, un barbat si o femeie au iesit din jungla peste rau. Misionarii i-au zambit si i-au dat cadouri si incercau sa fie induratori cu ei. Data viitoare cand au luat un indian Auca, poreclit ”George” (numele leu real eraNaenkiwi) cu ei in avion, au zburat peste satul lui, iar tanarul indian le facea cu mana indienilor lui si radea. Incurajati de aceste intalniri prietenoase, au inceput sa viziteze Huaorani, fara sa stie ca Naenkiwi a mintit la altii despre intentiile misionarilor. Planul lui au fost de a-si intruni un grup mare de aproximativ 10 razboinici Huaorani sa-l ucida pe Elliot pe insotitorii lui.

Eforturile celor cinci misionari au ajuns la capat, din pacate, pe data de 8 ianuarie 1956, cand tribul Auca i-au invadat. Moartea lor a fost transmisa in intreaga lume, iar revista ”Life” relata evenimente exacte despre tragedia aceasta.

Dupa decesul sotului ei, Ellisabeth Elliot (1926-1973) si celelalte sotii ramase vaduve a prietenilor lui Jim, a inceput sa lucreze printre Huaroani, unde au continuat munca de evanghelizare. Ea a publicat mai tarziu doua carti: ”The life and the testament of Jim Elliot”  si Thought Gates of Splendor”, care descriu viata si moartea sotului ei.

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The History of Christianity – The first 2,000 years (Video)

  Spread of Christianity to AD 325 (dark blue)
  Spread of Christianity to AD 600 (light blue)

Christianity: The First Thousand Years, tells the story of Christianity from the death of Jesus in 30 AD to the 1077 standoff between Pope Gregory VII andHoly Roman Emperor Henry IV over who had authority to appoint bishops.

Persons and events mentioned in film: The Apostles, The First Leaders, Paul [Saul] of Tarsus, Constantine’s Rule, The Gnostics, New Testament, Augustine of Hippo, Fall of Rome, Byzantine Empire, Birth of Islam, Iconoclasts.

Length: 3 hours VIDEO by poftc

Part 1

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Christianity: The Second Thousand Years, has a 20 minute review of what was on the first disc and continues the story to 2000, when the documentary was updated, ending with subjects such as Televangelism, Martin Luther King, Jr, Vatican II (the 21st Ecumenical Council) and South American Catholic „Liberation theology”.

Persons and events mentioned in film: The New Sect (a review of what’s found in first part), the Dark Ages (continuing the review: barbarians and Islam threatened Europe from the 8th century on), Reformation, The Crusades, Constantinople Falls, The Protestants, Martin Luther [John Calvin], The Eastern Church, The Renaissance, The New World, The Methodists, Christianity in America, Napoleon, Doctrine of Faith, The Modern Age, Missionaries, The Mormons, The Evangelists, The Black Church, The Church today.

Length: 3 hours  VIDEO by poftc

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History of Israel

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Liar, Lunatic or Lord – Did God Really Say…?

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John Piper:

God made me see it. I believe, I couldn’t believe the Bible is untrue if I tried, because I’m just taken by Him. That’s my biggest reason (for believing the Bible).

You can’t persuade anybody with that, so up above those layers are the layers of experience, of encounter withe the text. And, I think that at one level, the Bible, as C. S. Lewis said: „You believe in it as you believe in the sun not only because you see it, but you see everything else by it.” I asked my professor in Germany one time, „Why do you believe the Bible?” And he said, „Because it makes sense out of the world for me”. And I think that is right. You don’t take every sentence and relate it to every part of the world. You just… year after year, after year, you live in the book and you deal with the world and it brings coherence to evil, and good, and to sorrow, and to loss.

There is one other level I would mention. liar, lunatic, Lord argument in the Gospels works for me. And Paul, liar, lunatic, or faithful apostle. Because I think I know Paul better than I know anybody in the Bible. Luke wrote most quantitatively, but he’s writing narrative. The apostle Paul you know, if you read his 13 letters hundreds of time, you know this man. Either he’s stupid, I mean insane, or liar, or a very wise, deep, credible, thoughtful person. So, when I put Paul up against any liberal scholar in any German university that I ever met, they don’t even come close. So, I have frankly never been tested very much by the devil, or whoever, to say, „This wise liberal offering his arguments…” and I read Paul and I say, „I don’t think so!” This man (Paul) is extraordinary, he’s smart, he’s rational, he’s been in the 3rd, 7th heaven evidently, and he’s careful about what he’s saying”. So, that whole argument: Liar, lunatic, Lord, works for me with Jesus and it works powerfully for Paul.

And, once you’ve got Paul speaking, self authenticating, irresistible, worldview shaping truth, then, as you move out from Jesus and Paul, the others just start to shine with confirming evidences

Why are you married? After 43 years, how do you endure losses? I mean, really, where does your strength come from? „You will know the truth and the truth will set you free”. Free from pornography, and free from divorce, free from depressions that just undo you. How do you find your way into marriage over and over, and out of depression, and away from the internet. How does that happen? It happens by the power of this incredible book.

2 recommended books on Scripture:

  1. Scripture in Truth by D.A.Carson and Nichols
  2. Fundamentalism and the word of God by J. I. Packer

Al Mohler:

The problem is with how few of our confessional statements are clear on this. So, one of our evangelical liabilities is that too much has been assumed under our article (statements) of Scripture, without specifying language, with inerrancy being one of those necessary attributes of Scripture to be affirmed.

You do find people today, some lamentably, who are trying to claim that you can still use the word, while basically eviscerating it, emptying it of meaning, so you have historical denials. In particular, you have that a text- and the Chicago Statement is very clear. Our affirmations of denials are actually patterned after the International Council of Biblical Inerrancy, which was itself patterned after previous statements in which there were not only affirmations, but clear denials. So, when you look to that statement, you’ll see the assertion of what that statement means, and you have clear denials. One of the affirmations is Scripture has different forms of literature. But, the denial is that you can legitimately dehistoricize an historical text. So, in other words, everything Scripture reveals, including a historical claim is true. Well, you find some people saying, „Well, you can affirm the truthfulness of the text, without the historicity of the events. You can’t do that. You have people who are now using genre criticism, various forms to say: This is a type of literature, the lamentable argument is, this is the type of text to which the issue of inerrancy doesn’t apply. In other words, „I don’t like it”. But, what they mean is (that the text) it’s not making a truth claim. That’s ridiculous, but you find these kinds of nuances going on.

You also find very clear points of friction. So, for ex.: Do we have to believe in the historicity of the first eleven chapters of the Book of Genesis? That puts us over and against a dominant intellectual system, that establishes what is called credibility in the secular academy. Those evangelicals that feel intellectually accountable to that are trying to say, „There has to be some other way then of dealing with Genesis 1-11. And that’s where you have, now, the ultimate friction point which is coming for instance with the historical Adam, and an historical fall. And now, you’re finding people who are trying to say, „Okay, There is no historical claim in Genesis 1-3, but I still believe in an historical Adam, because I’m just gonna pull him out of the air and plop him down. I still believe in a historical Adam, I’m not gonna root it in the historical text, but, I need him because Paul believed in him.

And then you have people who are on websites today, someone like Peter Enns, who used to teach at an institution which required inerrancy, who no longer teaches there, who says, „Clearly, Paul did believe in inerrancy, but Paul was wrong.” So now, not only do you have the denial of inerrancy and the historicity of Genesis 1-3, but, you have Paul now in Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 15 being said (about): Well, now inerrancy for him means he was speaking truthfully, as inspired by God, but limited to the worldview that was accessible and available to him at the time. That is not what Jesus believed about Scripture.

VIDEO by WA BibleDepartment

The 3 Deadliest Words In The World – „It’s A Girl” : Evan Grae Davis – Gendercide: the greatest human rights issue of our time & the greatest form of violence in the world

Photo credit waitingonmylittlewiggleworm.blogspot.com

Here is an article whose subject – gendercide- is absolutely devastating. The statistics are staggering.

What is gendercide? Gendercide is the systematic killing of members of a specific sex. 

The ugly facts of gendercide: China and India kill more girls than are born in the whole United States in one year. And then the aftermath: In China there are 37 million more men than women, leading to kidnappings of women from other countries and resulting in a high number of child brides. Filmmaker Evan Grae Davis has filmed a documentary that focuses on these two countries.

Even in a secular society, life is the most basic human right there is. For those of us that live our lives for the God who created us, it is much, much more. Psalm 127:3 says, „Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” Ezekiel 16:36-38 speaks about the judgment against those that gave the blood of their children to their idols. Jeremiah 22:17 speaks about „shedding innocent blood, and for practicing oppression and violence.” Just look at the picture below, the terrified women held in a cell and awaiting a brutal forced abortion after having been busted in by the Family Planning Police of China and arrested. And then there is Exodus 20:13 „You shall not murder”, one of 10 commandments given to mankind.

The 3 Deadliest Words In The World – „It’s A Girl”

Photo credit and story below from http://www.itsagirlmovie.com

In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called „gendercide”.

This is a trailer for a documentary that shows some of the faces of women and societies in China and India that contribute to the genocide of girls. Following a 3 minute documentary trailer for the film, ‘It’s a Girl’ director Evan Grae Davis gives a TEDxTalk.

3 minute trailer

Bring It’s a Girl to your city. Learn more athttp://www.itsagirlmovie.com/host-a-s….

About the speaker:
From the Aral Sea disaster in Eastern Europe to poverty in Africa to social transformation among tribal groups of South America, ‘It’s a Girl’ director Evan Grae Davis has traveled the globe with camera in hand for 16 years. Evan has dedicated his career to advocating for social justice through writing and directing short documentaries and educational videos championing the cause of the poor and exploited. Evan draws from his experience and passion as he lends leadership to Shadowline Films, a team of filmmakers who share a common concern for the critical issues of our time. It’s a Girl is his first feature-length documentary.

It’s a girl, a film being released this year, documents the practice of killing unwanted baby girls in South Asia. The trailer’s most chilling scene is one with an Indian woman who, unable to contain her laughter, confesses to having killed eight infant daughters.

The statistics are sickening. The UN reports approximately 200 million girls in the world today are ‘missing’. India and China are said to eliminate more female infants than the number of girls born in the US each year. Lianyungang in China has the worst infant gender ratio on record with 163 boys born for every 100 girls. Taiwan, South Korea and Pakistan are also countries in which unwanted female babies are aborted, killed or abandoned.

China gendercideEvan Grae Davis: The one child policy in China results in the most violence against women than any other official policy in the world today. (Photo from video)

women abducted in bed for forced abortions ChinaThese women were abducted from bed (some still in their pajamas) for forced abortions in China. Their doors were broken in by the Family Planning Police in a family planning raid. Not only will they suffer forced abortions, but in many cases sterilizations. (Photo from video)

About the talk:
Evan talks about the global problem of female genocide using some eye opening statistics, powerful real life experiences and most importantly through his documentary making journey. His documentary is called „It’s a girl”.

VIDEO by Shadowline Films and TEDxTalks (11 minutes)

Evolution vs. God (38 min Video)

Thanks to Gabi Bogdan for this video!

Read more here – http://www.evolutionvsgod.com

VIDEO by thewayofthemaster

Mary Slessor – Missionary to 1800’s Nigeria

SEE FILM BELOW + see links to other biographical films at bottom of post.

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Mary Slessor, inspired by the life of Dr. David Livingstone set out for West Africa at the age of 28. Undaunted  by two illnesses, one of them being malaria, which forced her to return to Scotland for a short period, by the witchcraft, and the one case of ritual slaughter practiced by the natives, she learned the native language, lived with and like the natives and moved further and further into unbroken territory- Efik and Okoyong of Calabar, in present day Nigeria. Along the way she established missions and adopted every baby she found due to the ritual killing of twins that is still practiced in some Nigerian villages today. (See here- 40 Abuja Towns Kill Twins! (stharry.wordpress.com) ) Besides being an evangelist, Mary Slessor also concentrated on settling disputes, encouraging trade, establishing social changes and introducing Western education. In 1892 she was made vice-consul in Okoyong, presiding over the native court and in 1905 was named vice-president of Ikot Obong native court. Slessor suffered failing health in her later years but remained in Africa where she died in 1915.

If you think all Victorian women were ladies in lavender crinolines swooning at the sight of a mouse, think again. There were a surprising number who went off into the unknown alone, and the bravest was a Scottish missionary called Mary Slessor. She became a legend in Scotland and in Nigeria, where she is still celebrated today. When she first went to Africa in 1876 the Scottish church had bee established on the Nigerian coast for many years but the interior was largely unexplored. This fascinating two-part documentary explores her life and works, from her early childhood in Aberdeen to the work she carried out improving trading and the living standards of women in Nigeria.

Part 1

Part 2

Mary Slessor was born on December 2, 1848 in Gilcomston, close to Aberdeen, Scotland. She was the second of seven children of Robert and Mary Slessor. Her father, originally from Buchan, was a shoemaker by trade. In 1859 the family moved to Dundee in search of work. Robert Slessor was an alcoholic, and unable to keep up shoemaking, took a job as a labourer in a mill. Her mother, a skilled weaver, also went to work in the mills. At the age of eleven, Mary began work as a „half timer” in the Baxter Brothers’ Mill. She spent half of her day at a school provided by the mill owners, and the other half working for the company. The Slessors lived in the slums of Dundee. Before long, Mary’s father died of pneumonia, and both her brothers died, leaving behind only Mary, her mother, and two sisters. By age fourteen, Mary had become a skilled jute worker, working from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. with just an hour for breakfast and lunch.

Mary’s mother was a devout Presbyterians who read each issue of the Missionary Record, a monthly magazine published by The United Presbyterian Church (later United Free Church of Scotland) to inform members of missionary activities and needs. Mary developed an interest in religion and, when a mission was instituted in Quarry Pend (close by the Wishart Church), Mary volunteered to become a teacher. Mary was 27 when she heard news that David Livingstone, the famous missionary and explorer, had died. She wanted to follow in his footsteps.

Missionary

Eventually, Mary applied to the Foreign Mission Board of the United Presbyterian Church. After a of training in Edinburgh, Mary set sail in the S.S. Ethiopia on 5 August 1876, and arrived at her destination in West Africa just over a month later. She was 28 years of age, red haired with bright blue eyes. Mary was sent to the Calabar region, warned that witchcraft and superstition were prevalent. The ritual sacrifice of children, and twins in particular, was customary among the people she would be ministering to, but Mary was undaunted. She worked first in the missions in Old Town and Creek Town. She lived in the missionary compound for 3 years. She wanted to go deeper into Calabar, malaria forced her to go home to Scotland and recover. Mary left Calabar for Dundee in 1879. She was in Scotland for 16 months before heading back to Africa.

On her return, she did not go back to the compound, but 3 miles further into Calabar, to Old Town. As she had to leave a large portion of her salary at home for the support of her mother and sisters, she had to economise and took to subsisting on the native food.

Issues that Mary confronted as a young missionary included widespread human sacrifice at the death of a village elder, who, it was believed, required servants and retainers to accompany him in the next world, and the lack of education or any status for women. The birth of twins was considered an evil curse. The belief was that the father of one of the infants was an evil spirit, and that the mother had been guilty of a great sin; and as they were allowed to live. Twin babies were often abandoned in the bush. In such circumstances as soon as twins missioners sought to obtain possession of them, and gave them the security and care of the Mission House. Some of the Mission compounds were alive with babies.Mary adopted every child that she found abandoned. She once saved a pair of twins, a boy and a girl, but the boy did not survive. Mary was devastated, but took the girl as her daughter and called her Janie.

After only three more years, she went back to Scotland on yet another furlough because she was extremely sick. But she wasn’t alone this time, she had Janie with her. She was home for over 3 years looking after her mother and sister, who had also fallen ill. While she was home, Mary spoke at churches all over and shared stories from Africa.

According to Livingstone, when two deputies went out to inspect the Mission in 1881-82, they were much impressed. They stated, “…[S]he enjoys the unreserved friendship and confidence of the people, and has much influence over them.” This they attributed partly to the singular ease with which she spoke the language.

Mary again returned to Africa, with more determination then ever. She saved hundreds of twins out of the fierce jungle, where they had been left either to starve to death or get eaten by wild animals. She prevented dozens, possibly even hundreds of wars, helped heal the sick and stopped the practice of determining guilt by making the suspects drink poison. She went to other tribes, spreading the word of Jesus Christ wherever and whenever she could. While in Africa, she received news that her mother and sister had died. She was overcome with loneliness. She wrote,”There is no one to write and tell my stories and nonsense to.” She had also found a sense of writing, ”Heaven is now nearer to me than Britain,and no one will worry about me if I go up country.”

In August 1888, she went traveled north to Okoyong, an area where missionaries were previously killed, but Mary was sure that her teachings, and the fact that she was a woman, would be less threatening to unreached tribes than male missionaries had been. For 15 years, she stayed with the Okoyong. She was a peacemaker and a nurse. She died when she was 66.

Among the Efik

Unlike other missionaries, Mary lived as part of the tribe, learned to speak Efik, the native language, and made close personal friendships wherever she went. She adopted abandoned twins and worked tirelessly to protect children and raise the status of women. Mary was known for her pragmatism and humour; this earned her the respect and trust of the people she wanted to serve.

Mary Slessor went to live among the Efik and the Okoyong which lived near the Efiks who live in Calabar, in present day Nigeria. There she successfully fought against the killing of twins at infancy. Mary Slessor was a driving force behind the establishment of the Hope Waddell Training Institute in Calabar, which provided practical vocational training to Africans.

Death

In 1888 she went alone to work among the Okoyong. For the rest of her life Slessor lived a simple life in a traditional house with Africans, concentrating on pioneering. Her insistence on lone stations often led her into conflict with the authorities and gained her a reputation as somewhat eccentric, but she was heralded in Britain as the ‘white queen of Okoyong’. She was not primarily an evangelist but concentrated on settling disputes, encouraging trade, establishing social changes and introducing Western education. Slessor frequently campaigned against injustices against women, took in outcasts and adopted unwanted children. In 1892 she was made vice-consul in Okoyong, presiding over the native court and in 1905 was named vice-president of Ikot Obong native court. In 1913 she was awarded the Order of St John of Jerusalem. Slessor suffered failing health in her later years but remained in Africa where she died in 1915.

Mary Slessor died in 1915 at her remote station near Use Ikot Oku. Her body was transported down the Cross River to Duke Town for the colonial equivalent of a state funeral. Attendees at her funeral included the Provincial Commissioner along with other senior British Officials in full uniform. Her Coffin was wrapped in the Union Jack. Flags at government buildings were flown at half mast and the Governor General of Nigeria, Sir Fredrick Lugard telegraphed his ‘deepest regret’ from Lagos and published a warm tribute in the Government Gazette. WIKIPEDIA link – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Slessor

Richard Wurmbrand’s Tortured for Christ documentary

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Richard Wurmbrand:

In the Bible, the words „Don’t be afraid” occur 366 times. Once for every day of the year. And because there is the extra day for the leap year, it is not 365 times, but 366 times. I knew that even in the hands of the secret police, I am in the hands of the almighty God and this gave quiet to my heart.

I was led to a prison which is 30 feet below the earth and for years I was kept there in solitary confinement. Don’t think that I speak about my sufferings. I speak to you about the suffering of my whole country and of the church which is behind the iron curtain, which has given in these years innumerable martyrs, heroes, and saints. I have been among the weak ones and the little ones in prison. I speak about these great heroes of faith… For years we were kept, everyone (of us) alone in a cell. Never did we see sun, moon, men, except for the interrogators who beat and tortured (us). Never have we had a book, never a bit of paper, And after many years when I had to write again, I did not remember how to write a capital D.

We lay on a few desks, we looked to the ceiling. That is all we had. Never could we hear in this prison even the slightest noise… and there was a silence which you could cut with a knife. Now, in this absolute solitude, we could experience if christianity is true or not.  (video source – http://ia600502.us.archive.org/)

‪Battle For The Bible- The English Bible : John Wycliffe, William Tyndale, Thomas Cranmer (Docummentary)‬‏

An illustrated Tyndale New Testament

Battle of the Bible tells the compelling story behind the world’s most famous book. The Biblical texts, translated into obscure Latin, were staunchly guarded, making common interpretation impossible and ensuring the authority of the Church. Through the stories of the brave reformers who paid the ultimate price to bring the … Bible to the people, Battle for the Bible reveals how a seed planted on English ground inspired a progressive way of thinking that crossed an ocean.

William Tyndale died a martyr, burned at the stake alive, with never having heard the Bible he translated into English, read in his native tongue on English soil.

(From KPBS)

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