Lasati copiii sa vina la mine – Let The Children Be Set Free TEASER Cazacu2016

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Acesta este un cântec de solidaritate cu pledoaria tuturor familiilor ai căror copii au fost preluati abuziv de către Serviciile locale pentru Protecția Copilului din țări precum Norvegia, Suedia, Finlanda, Anglia și altele.

Este vorba despre piesa „Lasati Copiii Sa Fie Eliberati” scris pentru cauza multor copii care au fost luati în mod abuziv  din familiile lor, în mai multe țări scandinave și din alte parti. Este un cântec de chemare la dreptate și libertate. Fac apel pentru sprijin (de orice fel), pentru a produce și de a promova videoclipul pentru piesa.

ENGLISH:

This is a song of solidarity with the plea of all the families whose children have been taken abusively by the local Child Protection Services in countries like Norway, Sweden, Finland, England and others.

This is about the song „LET THE CHILDREN BE SET FREE” written for the cause of the many children abusively taken away from their families in several Scandinavian countries and elsewhere. It’s a song calling for justice and freedom. I am calling for support (of any kind), to produce and promote the music video for the song.

Reclame

God Bless The USA !!!

Happy New Year, New beginnings

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This is what the Lord says, forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See,  I am doing a new thing !
Now it  springs up;  do you  not  perceive  it?
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:18-19

2014 May this be the year that we chase after Christ and not the world!

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1 Corinthians 9:24

The need for self discipline

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

Lyrics to The Chasing Song :

Now and then these feet just take to wandering
Now and then I prop them up at home
Sometimes I think about the consequences
Sometimes I don’t
Well, I realize that falling down ain’t graceful
But I thank the Lord that falling’s full of grace
Sometimes I take my eyes off Jesus
And you know that’s all it takes

Well I wish that I could say that at the close of every day
I was happy with the way that I’m behaving

‘Cause Job, he chased an answer
The wise men chased the Child
Jacob chased her 14 years and he
Captured Rachel’s smile
Moses chased the Promised Land
Joseph chased a dream
David, he chased God’s own heart
All I ever seem to chase is me

Well, they say a race can only have one winner
And you know you’ve got to pull out front to win
God knows the only time I’m winning
Is when I’m chasing Him

Well I wish that I could say that at the close of every day
I was happy with the way that I’m behaving

‘Cause Samson chased a woman
and he chased the Philistines
I’m not quite sure what Jonah chased
But I know he caught the sea
Cain, he chased the harvest
While Abel chased the beasts
David, he chased God’s own heart
All I ever seem to chase is me

And Jesus chased the moneymen
And he chased his Father’s will
He chased my sin to Calvary
And he caught it on that hill
Saul, he chased the Christians
Till his blindness made him see
David, he chased God’s own heart
All I ever seem to chase is me

Passion Week – Good Friday 1/2 – The hurt of Peter’s denial of Christ + ‘Just as I am’, by Brian Doerkson

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Pentru traducere automata, fa click aici – Romanian

How many times did the rooster crow when Peter denied Jesus?


Matthew 26:34 (also Luke 22:34, John 13:38)

„I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, „this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”

Mark 14:30

„I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, „today – yes, tonight – before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”


Mark 14:66-72

While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him.

„You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said.

But he denied it. „I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway.

When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, „This fellow is one of them.” Again he denied it.

After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, „Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”

He began to call down curses on himself, and he swore to them, „I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”

Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: „Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

From www.rationalchristianity.net

Jesus’ Great Confession; Peter’s Great Denial
Matthew 26:57-68

57 Now the ones who had arrested Jesus led him to Caiaphas, the high priest, in whose house the experts in the law and the elders had gathered. 58 But Peter was following him from a distance, all the way to the high priest’s courtyard. After going in, he sat with the guards to see the outcome. 59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were trying to find false testimony against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 But they did not find anything, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward 61 and declared, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’” 62 So the high priest stood up and said to him, “Have you no answer? What is this that they are testifying against you?” 63 But Jesus was silent. The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64 Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and declared, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? Now you have heard the blasphemy! 66 What is your verdict?” They answered, “He is guilty and deserves death.” 67 Then they spat in his face and struck him with their fists. And some slapped him, 68 saying, “Prophesy for us, you Christ! Who hit you?” (Matthew 26:57-68)

Two events are being described simultaneously by Matthew in this paragraph and the next, so as to set them in contrast to each other. The first is our Lord’s interrogation by Caiaphas, the high priest, and the Sanhedrin. The second is Peter’s “interrogation” by those around him. At the very moments Peter is denying His Lord, our Lord Jesus is affirming His identity as the Messiah – His “great confession.”

It is the middle of the night, and Jesus has been sent from Annas to stand before Caiaphas. The whole Sanhedrin is present (see also Mark 14:55), including the chief priests, scribes, and elders (Matthew 26:57-59). This is far from a legal gathering. In our terms, Jesus is not getting “due process of the law” here. These “judges” are far from neutral. They seek any testimony that will justify their resolve to kill Jesus (verse 59), but they can’t do it.

These are horrible and shameful moments in Israel’s history, but at times the account comes close to being amusing. Here is this pompous group of Israel’s “cream of the crop.” It is something like the convening of the Supreme Court in our day. These are the top religious and legal experts, and they are determined to execute Jesus. They resolved that they would not arrest or kill Jesus until “after the feast” (Matthew 26:5), but Jesus forced their hand when He informed Judas and the disciples that He would be betrayed by one of them (Matthew 26:21). Jesus even let Judas know that he was the one who would betray Him (Matthew 26:25). Judas no longer had the luxury of time. He had to act now to earn his fee, whether the Jewish leaders liked it or not.

The religious leaders were in a real bind. They seem compelled to include the Romans (Pilate, Herod, and the Roman soldiers). They were forced to crucify Jesus, a very public death. And they must complete this matter before Passover, lest they be defiled, and thus would have been prevented from participating in Passover (seeJohn 18:28; 19:14; Mark 15:42-43). A few hours earlier, it would have appeared that they had almost two weeks to prepare for the execution of Jesus. They have not had any time to acquire and “coach” witnesses, and this was very obvious. Imagine these fellows attempting to give an air of sobriety and propriety, while things are in total chaos. Their witnesses disagree so badly that even with their disposition to accept any charge, it is evident this testimony won’t suffice. A parade of witnesses pass by, and all fail to meet minimum requirements. No two witnesses agree, and when two finally agree, the charges were not viable. It was, at best, a corruption of what Jesus had said (“Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up” – John 2:19). Even if their words were true, it isn’t a crime to say that you are able to do such a thing; it would be a crime if you attempted it. This case would have been thrown out of any court in our land.

You can imagine how frustrated these fellows must have been. Their case was stalling, and there seemed to be nothing they could do about it. The high priest sought to induce Jesus to violate His Fifth Amendment rights (in today’s terms) by giving testimony against Himself. “What did Jesus have to say to this charge?” Jesus had nothing to say. He need not have spoken. The charges were not worthy of comment or of defense. It was not His duty to provide them with evidence; it was their duty to produce evidence of a crime.

Then the high priest had an inspiration. He would charge Jesus under oath to answer this question: “Are you the Christ, the Son of God?” (Matthew 26:63). This was a question Jesus was not legally obliged to answer. And yet Jesus chose to answer. I used to think that this was because the high priest put Him under oath. I now look at it differently. This was a question Jesus must answer. To refuse to answer would imply that He was not the Messiah, the Son of God. If He were the Messiah, the Son of God, then why would He not answer to this effect? This was the crux of the coming of our Lord – to reveal Himself as the Messiah, and as the Son of God.

Our Lord’s answer was far from tentative. Not only did He identify Himself as the Messiah, the Son of God, He also referred to Himself as the Son of Man:

Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power and coming on the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26:67).

This is an incredibly powerful statement. Jesus affirms His identity. He is the Messiah. He is the Son of God. He is also the Son of Man, which means that He will return to the earth in power, to deal with His enemies and to establish justice.

These words, if believed, should have struck terror into the hearts of the Jewish religious leaders. Instead, they were taken as blasphemy, a capital offense by Jewish law (see Leviticus 24:10-16Numbers 15:30). No one in that group paused to reflect on the implications of Jesus’ claim. No one gave serious thought as to whether this claim might be true. In their minds, this was all they needed to condemn Jesus to death. And so the high priest musters all the righteous indignation he can produce, and calls for the death of Jesus:

Then the high priest tore his clothes and declared, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? Now you have heard the blasphemy!” (Matthew 26:65)

His colleagues heartily agreed, and they pronounced sentence on our Lord.

What follows is particularly significant. Once the guilty verdict is pronounced, there is a disproportionate outpouring of wrath and contempt on our Lord. They spit in His face – they spit in God’s face! They strike Him with their fists, pouring out their wrath on God incarnate. They slap Him, and challenge Him to prophesy who hit Him (26:67-68). Here is the highest court in the land, and look at its conduct. Here is God, in the hands of angry sinners.

69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A slave girl came to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 70 But he denied it in front of them all: “I don’t know what you’re talking about!” 71 When he went out to the gateway, another slave girl saw him and said to the people there, “This man was with Jesus the Nazarene.” 72 He denied it again with an oath, “I do not know the man!” 73 After a little while, those standing there came up to Peter and said, “You really are one of them too—even your accent gives you away!” 74 At that he began to curse, and he swore with an oath, “I do not know the man!” At that moment a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly (Matthew 26:69-75).

Meanwhile, Peter is sitting in the courtyard of the high priest’s house, warming himself by the fire. A mere slave girl314 identifies him as one of Jesus’ disciples. Peter denies it. Initially, Peter does not pointedly deny knowing Jesus; he simply responds that he doesn’t know what she is talking about. Apparently this is sufficient to silence this first slave girl. But then another slave girl confronts Peter. She does not just question Peter; she speaks to those standing around: “This man was with Jesus the Nazarene” (Matthew 26:71). From Peter’s point of view, this is much more threatening. He denies his association with Jesus, underscoring his denial with an oath. Finally, a third person – one standing nearby – came up to Peter, and this time with an even more persuasive accusation: “You really are one of them too—even your accent gives you away!” (verse 73). Peter more pointedly denied even knowing Jesus, let alone associating with Him. This time he felt it necessary to punctuate his denial with cursing.

At that moment, a rooster crowed, and Peter remembered Jesus’ words indicating that he would deny Him. Peter went outside and wept bitterly. Strangely, this is the last time Matthew refers to Peter by name in this Gospel. While Matthew does provide an account of the final outcome for Judas (Matthew 27:3-10), he does not do so for Peter. Is this because he knows that such an account will take a great deal more time and information? Is this because he knows that a subsequent history of the church (including Peter) will be written? For whatever reason, Matthew does not feel compelled to give us the “rest of the story” regarding Peter.

Conclusion

If our text demonstrates anything, it is that all mankind, without exception, is desperately sinful and, apart from the grace of God in Christ Jesus, hopelessly lost:

“There is no one righteous, not even one,

11 there is no one who understands,

there is no one who seeks God.

12 All have turned away,

together they have become worthless;

there is no one who shows kindness,

not even one” (Romans 3:10b-12).

Whether at his finest, or at his worst, every human being is a sinner, desperately wicked in heart and often in deed. There is no way that we can ever earn our own righteousness, that we can attain God’s favor by our efforts. We need salvation from some source outside of ourselves. We need Jesus, for He alone can save.

Our text dramatically demonstrates the sinfulness of man and the perfection of our Lord Jesus Christ. In our text, no one comes out looking good, no one except Jesus, that is. Everything Jesus predicted happened just as He said it would. Under more stress and pressure than we will ever know, Jesus never failed. His words and His deeds are amazing to us. Though men (like Peter, or Judas, or the religious leaders) failed, Jesus did not. Though His closest friends forsook Him, He will not forsake His own – those who have trusted in Him for the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life. Jesus Never Fails; He is always faithful, even when we fail:

Just before the Passover feast, Jesus knew that his time had come to depart from this world to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now loved them to the very end (John 13:1).

If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, since he cannot deny himself (2 Timothy 2:13).

Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5).

In mankind’s darkest hour, the perfections of our Lord shine ever so bright. He alone is worthy of our trust, and of our worship, obedience, and service. Do not let the horrors of these events in our Lord’s last hours distract your attention from Jesus. He deserves center stage. His perfections deserve our praise.

We should probably say a word about Peter’s denials. Let us not fail to read this text, describing Peter’s worst moments, without bearing in mind “the rest of the story.” We may have seen the last of Peter (by name) in Matthew, but we find a very different Peter in the Book of Acts. With the resurrection and ascension of our Lord, and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we find a transformed Peter. We find a man who now boldly proclaims the gospel, in spite of the opposition and the risks:

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, replied, “Rulers of the people and elders, 9 if we are being examined today for a good deed done to a sick man—by what means this man was healed— 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, this man stands before you healthy. 11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, that has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved.” 13 When they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and discovered that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized these men had been with Jesus. 14 And because they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against this (Acts 4:8-14).

As a result of the work of Jesus Christ at Calvary, and the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, Peter not only boldly identifies with His Lord, He instructs us to do so as well:

13 For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good? 14 But in fact, if you happen to suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. But do not be terrified of them or be shaken. 15 But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. 16 Yet do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if God wills it, than for doing evil (1 Peter 3:13-17).

The events of our text underscore for us the trustworthiness and authority of the Scriptures. Just as at the birth of our Lord, so also here we find that Matthew repeatedly points out to us that the Scriptures are being fulfilled at every point of this procession to the cross. God’s Word is true. It never fails. Even when men try their hardest to resist God and to rebel against His purposes, they end up unwittingly fulfilling His purposes and promises. We can trust His Word.

Let me end with one more observation and application. Our text describes the darkest hour in all of human history, and yet we gather every Sunday to remember the death of Jesus. More than that, we come every Sunday to celebrate His death. This is due to the fact that His suffering and His death is the only means by which sinful men may be saved, and have eternal life. It is also due to the fact that the resurrection of Jesus enables us to view these events in a whole new way. At the cross, Jesus took the curse (death) and made it the cure (His atoning work on our behalf). God used the most cruel and wicked actions of men to accomplish His eternal plan of salvation.

Surely this is an example of the truth that is proclaimed in Romans 8:

28 And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose, 29 because those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; and those he called, he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified (Romans 8:28-30).

God was able to make the horrid events of our Lord’s rejection and crucifixion into a salvation so blessed that it will take all eternity to fathom it. If our Lord can transform this kind of apparent tragedy into a triumphant work of redemption, then is it not reasonable for us to believe that God will cause every event in our lives to work out for His glory, and for our good?

Solomon’s – Song of Songs – a love story about Christ

The Bridegroom…loves His beloved

Song of Solomon 2:8,11-12 and 8:6-7

(and) The Bride Adores Her Beloved

8The voice of my beloved
Behold, he comes,
leaping over the mountains,
bounding over the hills.1for behold, the winter is past;
the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing has come,
and the voice ofthe turtledove
is heard in our land.

6Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm,
for love is strong as death,
jealousy is fierce as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
the very flame of the LORD.
7Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it

(Spurgeon from the sermon titled ‘Lovest thou me?’)

When I admonished you to look to yourself it was only to detect the evil; would you find the remedy, you must direct your eyes, not to your own heart, but to the blessed heart of Jesus—to the Beloved one—to my gracious Lord and Master. And wouldst thou be ever conscious of the sweet swellings up of thy heart towards him; thou canst only prove this by a constant sense of his tender love to thee. I rejoice to know that the Holy Ghost is the Spirit of love, and the ministry of the Spirit is endeared to me in nothing so much as this, that he takes of the things of Jesus, and shows them to me, spreading abroad the Saviour’s love in my heart, until it constrains all my passions, awakens the tenderest of all tender emotions, reveals my union to him, and occasions my strong desire to serve him.

Let not love appear to thee as a stern duty, or an arduous effort; rather look to Jesus, yield thyself up to his gracious charms till thou art ravished with his beauty and preciousness.

Poiema Iubirii: Dragostea Lui este steagul fluturat peste noi, in cintari si versete biblice

Sweet-love-songs

1 Ioan 4:10
Şi dragostea stă nu în faptul că noi am iubit pe Dumnezeu, ci în faptul că El ne -a iubit pe noi, şi a trimes pe Fiul Său ca jertfă de ispăşire pentru păcatele noastre.

Cintari:

  1. Poiema Iubirii – Lacrimioara Asandoaie
  2. Iubirea Eterna – Paradis
  3. Acel ce va Birui – Daniel Aschilean
  4. Pune-ma ca o Pecete – Fratii Sfara
  5. Am pus o Pecete – Nicu Wagner
  6. Daca Dragoste nu as Avea – Raul si Raluca Ursan
  7. Cintec de Dragoste – Virginia

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Romani 5:8 8Dar Dumnezeu Îşi arată dragostea faţă de noi prin faptul că, pe cînd eram noi încă păcătoşi, Hristos a murit pentru noi.
Ioan 13:34-35 Vă dau o poruncă nouă: Să vă iubiţi unii pe alţii; cum v-am iubit Eu, aşa să vă iubiţi şi voi unii pe alţii. 
35Prin aceasta vor cunoaşte toţi că sînteţi ucenicii Mei, dacă veţi avea dragoste unii pentru alţii.„
Ioan 15:12-1312Aceasta este porunca Mea: să vă iubiţi unii pe alţii, cum v’am iubit Eu. 13Nu este mai mare dragoste decît să-şi dea cineva viaţa pentru prietenii săi.
Galateni 5:22 22Roada Duhului, dimpotrivă, este: dragostea, bucuria, pacea, îndelunga răbdare, bunătatea, facerea de bine, credincioşia,
Romani 13:8 8 Să nu datoraţi nimănui nimic, decît să vă iubiţi unii pe alţii: căci cine iubeşte pe alţii, a împlinit Legea.
1 Tesaloniceni 4:9 9Cît despre dragostea frăţească, n’aveţi nevoie să vă scriem; căci voi singuri aţi fost învăţăţi de Dumnezeu să vă iubiţi unii pe alţii,
1 Petru 1:22 22 Deci, ca unii care, prin ascultarea de adevar, v-ati curatit sufletele prin Duhul, ca sa aveti o dragoste de frati neprefacuta, iubiti-va cu caldura unii pe altii, din toata inima;
Ioan 15:5 5Eu sînt Viţa, voi sînteţi mlădiţele. Cine rămîne în Mine, şi în cine rămîn Eu, aduce multă roadă; căci despărţiţi de Mine, nu puteţi face nimic.

Poiema iubirii – Lacrimioara Asandoaie

1 Corinteni 13

1Chiar dacă aş vorbi în limbi omeneşti şi îngereşti, şi n’aş avea dragoste, sînt o aramă sunătoare sau un chimval zîngănitor.
2Şi chiar dacă aş avea darul proorociei, şi aş cunoaşte toate tainele şi toată ştiinţa; chiar dacă aş avea toată credinţa aşa încît să mut şi munţii, şi n’aş avea dragoste, nu sînt nimic.
3Şi chiar dacă mi-aş împărţi toată averea pentru hrana săracilor, chiar dacă mi-aş da trupul să fie ars, şi n’aş avea dragoste, nu-mi foloseşte la nimic.
4Dragostea este îndelung răbdătoare, este plină de bunătate: dragostea nu pizmuieşte; dragostea nu se laudă, nu se umflă de mîndrie,
5nu se poartă necuviincios, nu caută folosul său, nu se mînie, nu se gîndeşte la rău,
6nu se bucură de neleguire, ci se bucură de adevăr,
7acopere totul, crede totul, nădăjduieşte totul, sufere totul.
8Dragostea nu va pieri niciodată. Proorociile se vor sfîrşi; limbile vor înceta; cunoştinţa va avea sfîrşit.
9Căci cunoaştem în parte, şi proorocim în parte;
10dar cînd va veni ce este desăvîrşit, acest ,,în parte„ se va sfîrşi.
11Cînd eram copil, vorbeam ca un copil, simţeam ca un copil, gîndeam ca un copil; cînd m’am făcut om mare, am lepădat ce era copilăresc.
12Acum, vedem ca într’o oglindă, în chip întunecos; dar atunci, vom vedea faţă în faţă. Acum, cunosc în parte; dar atunci, voi cunoaşte deplin, aşa cum am fost şi eu cunoscut pe deplin.
13Acum dar rămîn aceste trei: credinţa, nădejdea şi dragostea; dar cea mai mare dintre ele este dragostea.

1 Ioan 3:11, 23 11Căci vestirea, pe care aţi auzit -o dela început, este aceasta: să ne iubim unii pe alţii; 23Şi porunca Lui este să credem în Numele Fiului Său Isus Hristos, şi să ne iubim unii pe alţii, cum ne -a poruncit El.
1 Ioan 4:11-12 11Prea iubiţilor, dacă astfel ne -a iubit Dumnezeu pe noi, trebuie să ne iubim şi noi unii pe alţii. 12Nimeni n’a văzut vreodată pe Dumnezeu; dacă ne iubim unii pe alţii, Dumnezeu rămîne în noi, şi dragostea Lui a ajuns desăvîrşită în noi.

Iubirea eterna – Paradis

Apocalipsa 2:1 – 7
1Îngerului Bisericii din Efes scrie -i: ,,Iată ce zice Cel ce ţine cele şapte stele în mîna dreaptă, şi Cel ce umblă prin mijlocul celor şapte sfeşnice de aur: 2,,Ştiu faptele tale, osteneala ta şi răbdarea ta, şi că nu poţi suferi pe cei răi; că ai pus la încercare pe cei ce zic că sînt apostoli şi nu sînt, şi i-ai găsit mincinoşi. 3Ştiu că ai răbdare, că ai suferit din pricina Numelui meu, şi că n-ai obosit.
4Dar ce am împotriva ta, este că ţi-ai părăsit dragostea dintîi.
5Adu-ţi dar aminte de unde ai căzut; pocăieşte-te, şi întoarce-te la faptele tale dintîi. Altfel, voi veni la tine, şi-ţi voi lua sfeşnicul din locul lui, dacă nu te pocăieşti. 6Ai însă lucrul acesta bun: că urăşti faptele Nicolaiţilor, pe cari şi Eu le urăsc. 7Cine are urechi, să asculte ce zice Bisericilor Duhul: ,,Celui ce va birui, îi voi da să mănînce din pomul vieţii, care este în raiul lui Dumnezeu.„

Intoarce-te la dragostea dintai – Daniel Aschilean

Cintarea Cintarilor

2:8,11,12 Aud glasul prea iubitului meu! Iată -l că vine, sărind peste munţi, săltînd pe dealuri.
11Căci iată că a trecut iarna; a încetat ploaia, şi s’a dus.
12Se arată florile pe cîmp, a venit vremea cîntării, şi se aude glasul turturicii în cîmpiile noastre.

8:6-7. Pune-mă ca o pecete pe inima ta, ca o pecete pe braţul tău; căci dragostea este tare ca moartea, şi gelozia este neînduplecată ca locuinţa morţilor; jarul ei este jar de foc, o flacără a Domnului. 7Apele cele mari nu pot să stingă dragostea, şi rîurile n’ar putea s’o înece; de ar da omul toate averile din casa lui pentru dragoste, tot n’ar avea de cît dispreţ.

Pune-ma ca o pecete pe inima ta
si Cuvintul Meu sa-ti fie zilnic hrana ta

1 Ioan 4:10
Şi dragostea stă nu în faptul că noi am iubit pe Dumnezeu, ci în faptul că El ne -a iubit pe noi, şi a trimes pe Fiul Său ca jertfă de ispăşire pentru păcatele noastre.

Am pus o pecete – Nicu Wagner

Matei 5:43-47 

Aţi auzit că s’a zis: ,,Să iubeşti pe aproapele tău, şi să urăşti pe vrăjmaşul tău.„
44Dar Eu vă spun: Iubiţi pe vrăjmaşii voştri, binecuvîntaţi pe cei ce vă blastămă, faceţi bine celorce vă urăsc, şi rugaţi-vă pentru ceice vă asupresc şi vă prigonesc,
45ca să fiţi fii ai Tatălui vostru care este în ceruri; căci El face să răsară soarele Său peste cei răi şi peste cei buni, şi dă ploaie peste cei drepţi şi peste cei nedrepţi.
46Dacă iubiţi numai pe cei ce vă iubesc, ce răsplată mai aşteptaţi? Nu fac aşa şi vameşii?
47Şi dacă îmbrăţişaţi cu dragoste numai pe fraţii voştri, ce lucru neobicinuit faceţi? Oare păgînii nu fac la fel?

Caci daca Dragoste nu as avea
Raul si Raluca Ursan

Efeseni 3:16-19
16şi -L rog ca, potrivit cu bogăţia slavei Sale, să vă facă să vă întăriţi în putere, prin Duhul Lui, în omul din lăuntru,
17aşa încît Hristos să locuiască în inimile voastre prin credinţă; pentruca, avînd rădăcina şi temelia pusă în dragoste,
18să puteţi pricepe împreună cu toţi sfinţii, care este lărgimea, lungimea, adîncimea şi înălţimea;
19şi să cunoaşteţi dragostea lui Hristos, care întrece orice cunoştinţă, ca să ajungeţi plini de toată plinătatea lui Dumnezeu.
1 Tesaloniceni 3:12
Domnul să vă facă să creşteţi tot mai mult în dragoste unii faţă de alţii şi faţă de toţi, cum facem şi noi înşine pentru voi 13ca să vi se întărească inimile, şi să fie fără prihană în sfinţenie, înaintea lui Dumnezeu, Tatăl nostru, la venirea Domnului nostru Isus Hristos împreună cu toţi sfinţii Săi.

Virginia – Cintec de Dragoste

H. Passion Week – Good Friday – The hurt of Peter’s denial of Christ + ‘Just as I am’, by Brian Doerkson

Photo from  www.eons.com

How many times did the rooster crow when Peter denied Jesus?


Matthew 26:34 (also Luke 22:34, John 13:38)

„I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, „this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”

Mark 14:30

„I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, „today – yes, tonight – before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”


Mark 14:66-72

While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him.

„You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said.

But he denied it. „I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway.

When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, „This fellow is one of them.” Again he denied it.

After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, „Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”

He began to call down curses on himself, and he swore to them, „I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”

Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: „Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

From www.rationalchristianity.net

Jesus’ Great Confession; Peter’s Great Denial
Matthew 26:57-68

57 Now the ones who had arrested Jesus led him to Caiaphas, the high priest, in whose house the experts in the law and the elders had gathered. 58 But Peter was following him from a distance, all the way to the high priest’s courtyard. After going in, he sat with the guards to see the outcome. 59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were trying to find false testimony against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 But they did not find anything, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward 61 and declared, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’” 62 So the high priest stood up and said to him, “Have you no answer? What is this that they are testifying against you?” 63 But Jesus was silent. The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64 Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and declared, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? Now you have heard the blasphemy! 66 What is your verdict?” They answered, “He is guilty and deserves death.” 67 Then they spat in his face and struck him with their fists. And some slapped him, 68 saying, “Prophesy for us, you Christ! Who hit you?” (Matthew 26:57-68)

Two events are being described simultaneously by Matthew in this paragraph and the next, so as to set them in contrast to each other. The first is our Lord’s interrogation by Caiaphas, the high priest, and the Sanhedrin. The second is Peter’s “interrogation” by those around him. At the very moments Peter is denying His Lord, our Lord Jesus is affirming His identity as the Messiah – His “great confession.”

It is the middle of the night, and Jesus has been sent from Annas to stand before Caiaphas. The whole Sanhedrin is present (see also Mark 14:55), including the chief priests, scribes, and elders (Matthew 26:57-59). This is far from a legal gathering. In our terms, Jesus is not getting “due process of the law” here. These “judges” are far from neutral. They seek any testimony that will justify their resolve to kill Jesus (verse 59), but they can’t do it.

These are horrible and shameful moments in Israel’s history, but at times the account comes close to being amusing. Here is this pompous group of Israel’s “cream of the crop.” It is something like the convening of the Supreme Court in our day. These are the top religious and legal experts, and they are determined to execute Jesus. They resolved that they would not arrest or kill Jesus until “after the feast” (Matthew 26:5), but Jesus forced their hand when He informed Judas and the disciples that He would be betrayed by one of them (Matthew 26:21). Jesus even let Judas know that he was the one who would betray Him (Matthew 26:25). Judas no longer had the luxury of time. He had to act now to earn his fee, whether the Jewish leaders liked it or not.

The religious leaders were in a real bind. They seem compelled to include the Romans (Pilate, Herod, and the Roman soldiers). They were forced to crucify Jesus, a very public death. And they must complete this matter before Passover, lest they be defiled, and thus would have been prevented from participating in Passover (seeJohn 18:28; 19:14; Mark 15:42-43). A few hours earlier, it would have appeared that they had almost two weeks to prepare for the execution of Jesus. They have not had any time to acquire and “coach” witnesses, and this was very obvious. Imagine these fellows attempting to give an air of sobriety and propriety, while things are in total chaos. Their witnesses disagree so badly that even with their disposition to accept any charge, it is evident this testimony won’t suffice. A parade of witnesses pass by, and all fail to meet minimum requirements. No two witnesses agree, and when two finally agree, the charges were not viable. It was, at best, a corruption of what Jesus had said (“Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up” – John 2:19). Even if their words were true, it isn’t a crime to say that you are able to do such a thing; it would be a crime if you attempted it. This case would have been thrown out of any court in our land.

You can imagine how frustrated these fellows must have been. Their case was stalling, and there seemed to be nothing they could do about it. The high priest sought to induce Jesus to violate His Fifth Amendment rights (in today’s terms) by giving testimony against Himself. “What did Jesus have to say to this charge?” Jesus had nothing to say. He need not have spoken. The charges were not worthy of comment or of defense. It was not His duty to provide them with evidence; it was their duty to produce evidence of a crime.

Then the high priest had an inspiration. He would charge Jesus under oath to answer this question: “Are you the Christ, the Son of God?” (Matthew 26:63). This was a question Jesus was not legally obliged to answer. And yet Jesus chose to answer. I used to think that this was because the high priest put Him under oath. I now look at it differently. This was a question Jesus must answer. To refuse to answer would imply that He was not the Messiah, the Son of God. If He were the Messiah, the Son of God, then why would He not answer to this effect? This was the crux of the coming of our Lord – to reveal Himself as the Messiah, and as the Son of God.

Our Lord’s answer was far from tentative. Not only did He identify Himself as the Messiah, the Son of God, He also referred to Himself as the Son of Man:

Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power and coming on the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26:67).

This is an incredibly powerful statement. Jesus affirms His identity. He is the Messiah. He is the Son of God. He is also the Son of Man, which means that He will return to the earth in power, to deal with His enemies and to establish justice.

These words, if believed, should have struck terror into the hearts of the Jewish religious leaders. Instead, they were taken as blasphemy, a capital offense by Jewish law (see Leviticus 24:10-16Numbers 15:30). No one in that group paused to reflect on the implications of Jesus’ claim. No one gave serious thought as to whether this claim might be true. In their minds, this was all they needed to condemn Jesus to death. And so the high priest musters all the righteous indignation he can produce, and calls for the death of Jesus:

Then the high priest tore his clothes and declared, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? Now you have heard the blasphemy!” (Matthew 26:65)

His colleagues heartily agreed, and they pronounced sentence on our Lord.

What follows is particularly significant. Once the guilty verdict is pronounced, there is a disproportionate outpouring of wrath and contempt on our Lord. They spit in His face – they spit in God’s face! They strike Him with their fists, pouring out their wrath on God incarnate. They slap Him, and challenge Him to prophesy who hit Him (26:67-68). Here is the highest court in the land, and look at its conduct. Here is God, in the hands of angry sinners.

69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A slave girl came to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 70 But he denied it in front of them all: “I don’t know what you’re talking about!” 71 When he went out to the gateway, another slave girl saw him and said to the people there, “This man was with Jesus the Nazarene.” 72 He denied it again with an oath, “I do not know the man!” 73 After a little while, those standing there came up to Peter and said, “You really are one of them too—even your accent gives you away!” 74 At that he began to curse, and he swore with an oath, “I do not know the man!” At that moment a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly (Matthew 26:69-75).

Meanwhile, Peter is sitting in the courtyard of the high priest’s house, warming himself by the fire. A mere slave girl314 identifies him as one of Jesus’ disciples. Peter denies it. Initially, Peter does not pointedly deny knowing Jesus; he simply responds that he doesn’t know what she is talking about. Apparently this is sufficient to silence this first slave girl. But then another slave girl confronts Peter. She does not just question Peter; she speaks to those standing around: “This man was with Jesus the Nazarene” (Matthew 26:71). From Peter’s point of view, this is much more threatening. He denies his association with Jesus, underscoring his denial with an oath. Finally, a third person – one standing nearby – came up to Peter, and this time with an even more persuasive accusation: “You really are one of them too—even your accent gives you away!” (verse 73). Peter more pointedly denied even knowing Jesus, let alone associating with Him. This time he felt it necessary to punctuate his denial with cursing.

At that moment, a rooster crowed, and Peter remembered Jesus’ words indicating that he would deny Him. Peter went outside and wept bitterly. Strangely, this is the last time Matthew refers to Peter by name in this Gospel. While Matthew does provide an account of the final outcome for Judas (Matthew 27:3-10), he does not do so for Peter. Is this because he knows that such an account will take a great deal more time and information? Is this because he knows that a subsequent history of the church (including Peter) will be written? For whatever reason, Matthew does not feel compelled to give us the “rest of the story” regarding Peter.

Conclusion

If our text demonstrates anything, it is that all mankind, without exception, is desperately sinful and, apart from the grace of God in Christ Jesus, hopelessly lost:

“There is no one righteous, not even one,

11 there is no one who understands,

there is no one who seeks God.

12 All have turned away,

together they have become worthless;

there is no one who shows kindness,

not even one” (Romans 3:10b-12).

Whether at his finest, or at his worst, every human being is a sinner, desperately wicked in heart and often in deed. There is no way that we can ever earn our own righteousness, that we can attain God’s favor by our efforts. We need salvation from some source outside of ourselves. We need Jesus, for He alone can save.

Our text dramatically demonstrates the sinfulness of man and the perfection of our Lord Jesus Christ. In our text, no one comes out looking good, no one except Jesus, that is. Everything Jesus predicted happened just as He said it would. Under more stress and pressure than we will ever know, Jesus never failed. His words and His deeds are amazing to us. Though men (like Peter, or Judas, or the religious leaders) failed, Jesus did not. Though His closest friends forsook Him, He will not forsake His own – those who have trusted in Him for the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life. Jesus Never Fails; He is always faithful, even when we fail:

Just before the Passover feast, Jesus knew that his time had come to depart from this world to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now loved them to the very end (John 13:1).

If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, since he cannot deny himself (2 Timothy 2:13).

Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5).

In mankind’s darkest hour, the perfections of our Lord shine ever so bright. He alone is worthy of our trust, and of our worship, obedience, and service. Do not let the horrors of these events in our Lord’s last hours distract your attention from Jesus. He deserves center stage. His perfections deserve our praise.

We should probably say a word about Peter’s denials. Let us not fail to read this text, describing Peter’s worst moments, without bearing in mind “the rest of the story.” We may have seen the last of Peter (by name) in Matthew, but we find a very different Peter in the Book of Acts. With the resurrection and ascension of our Lord, and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we find a transformed Peter. We find a man who now boldly proclaims the gospel, in spite of the opposition and the risks:

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, replied, “Rulers of the people and elders, 9 if we are being examined today for a good deed done to a sick man—by what means this man was healed— 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, this man stands before you healthy. 11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, that has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved.” 13 When they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and discovered that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized these men had been with Jesus. 14 And because they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against this (Acts 4:8-14).

As a result of the work of Jesus Christ at Calvary, and the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, Peter not only boldly identifies with His Lord, He instructs us to do so as well:

13 For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good? 14 But in fact, if you happen to suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. But do not be terrified of them or be shaken. 15 But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. 16 Yet do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if God wills it, than for doing evil (1 Peter 3:13-17).

The events of our text underscore for us the trustworthiness and authority of the Scriptures. Just as at the birth of our Lord, so also here we find that Matthew repeatedly points out to us that the Scriptures are being fulfilled at every point of this procession to the cross. God’s Word is true. It never fails. Even when men try their hardest to resist God and to rebel against His purposes, they end up unwittingly fulfilling His purposes and promises. We can trust His Word.

Let me end with one more observation and application. Our text describes the darkest hour in all of human history, and yet we gather every Sunday to remember the death of Jesus. More than that, we come every Sunday to celebrate His death. This is due to the fact that His suffering and His death is the only means by which sinful men may be saved, and have eternal life. It is also due to the fact that the resurrection of Jesus enables us to view these events in a whole new way. At the cross, Jesus took the curse (death) and made it the cure (His atoning work on our behalf). God used the most cruel and wicked actions of men to accomplish His eternal plan of salvation.

Surely this is an example of the truth that is proclaimed in Romans 8:

28 And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose, 29 because those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; and those he called, he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified (Romans 8:28-30).

God was able to make the horrid events of our Lord’s rejection and crucifixion into a salvation so blessed that it will take all eternity to fathom it. If our Lord can transform this kind of apparent tragedy into a triumphant work of redemption, then is it not reasonable for us to believe that God will cause every event in our lives to work out for His glory, and for our good?

Jason Crabb – Please forgive me, I need your grace

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

My sleep is gone, my heart is full of sorrow
I can’t believe how much I’ve let you down
I dread the pain that waits for me tomorrow
When the sun reveals my broken dreams scattered on the ground

Chorus:
Please forgive me
I need your grace to make it through
All I have is you, I’m at your mercy
Lord, i’ll serve you
Until my dying day
Help others find the way
At your mercy, please forgive me

I can’t believe the god of earth and glory
Would take the time to care for one like me
But I read in the Bible that old story
How he plead for my forgiveness while he was dying on a tree

Repeat chorus 2x

Lyrics from: http://artists.letssingit.com/crabb-family-lyrics Video from  gospelhour

Please Forgive Me – The Crabb Family

Live at Brooklyn Tabernacle

Vad chipul tau draga mama, Ruben Filoti si poezia Mama, de Traian Dorz

MAMA  versuri Traian Dorz

Mi-ai cântat cu glas de lacrimi legănându-mă alene
Alinându-mi cu-al tău cântec lacrima ivita-n gene…

Și mi-ai plâns înfiorată cântecele duioșiei
De-ai trezit în al meu suflet cald fiorul armoniei,

Mi-ai citit în ceasuri sfinte din Cazanii și Scriptură
A lui Dumnezeu iubire ele-n inima crescură.

În singurătatea serii luminat de raza lunii
M-ai făcut să simt puterea și odihna rugăciunii.

De durerea altor lacrimi te-am văzut plângând pe tine
Și de-atuncea port durerea altora și eu în mine.

Pentru adevăr într-una te-am văzut fără de teamă
Și de-atuncea știu c-adevărul e curaj și luptă, mamă.

… A trecut în urmă vremea și-ntr-o toamnă grea târzie
m-a răpit de lângă tine lumea largă și pustie.

Ai vărsat atunci amare mii de lacrimi în năframă
Si cu inima zdrobita, m-ai pierdut în zare, mamă.

Mult umblai de-atunci prin lume, multe ochii mei văzură
Multe șoapte mă chemară, multe vânturi mă bătură,

Dar din mii de lucruri scumpe , de ființă și de nume
Tu-mi rămâi mereu ființa cea mai mult iubită-n lume.

…Astăzi sunt tot strein și singur și departe sunt de casă
Dar sunt fericit, măicuță, c-azi și tu ești credincioasă

Și că știu c-odată-n ceruri unde nu mai sunt suspine
Fericit voi fi-mpreună, printre cei iubiți, cu tine.

Dumnezeu să-ți dăruiască, scumpă mamă, mângâiere
Mâna Lui să-ți șteargă ochii de-orice lacrimi de durere,

Să-ți văd chipul totdeauna luminat de bucurie,
Cea mai fericită mamă, Doamne, mama mea să fie

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Voi care traiti iubirea – versuri de Traian Dorz, Marian Marcus + Din tine am venit iubire

cintare interpretata de Parintele Marian Marcus, Oastea Domnului.

1. Din Tine am venit iubire
Şi tot spre Tine merg mereu
Frumuseţe şi desăvârşire
Doar Tu dai sufletului meu.

Cor: /: O iubire, o iubire
Har etern venit de sus
Mântuire, mântuire
Prin Golgota ne-ai adus. :/

2. Deşi întruna eşti cu mine
Şi necurmat mă fericeşti
Mă arde dorul după Tine
Să Te pătrund aşa cum eşti.

3. Fă clipele vieţii mele
Izvoare prospete de har
Ca să ţâşneşti doar Tu din ele
Îmbelşugat pe-orice hotar.

4. Din Tine am venit iubire
Şi merg spre Tine ne-ncetat
Că-n binecuvântata-Ţi fire
E Dumnezeu cu-adevărat.

(versuri de la ResurseCrestine.ro)

Din tine am venit iubire, vers. Traian Dorz

Unusual Music (16) A Gospel choir from the heart of Africa

Although I cannot find background information (except that they might be from Tanzania) on this talented group, their music is  joyful and so very uplifting (to say the least) . It seems as if each individual singer sings with all that is within him or her to God, as a result the sound is different from what we are used to, but extremely beautiful, as we imagine what it will sound like when we all will give glory to our God and King in heaven one day! Enjoy!

By the way, if you enjoyed the songs, you can watch/listen some more at this link- http://www.youtube.com/user/higirosworld/videos?query=AIC+MAKONGORO+CHOIR

AIC MAKONGORO CHOIR DUNIA

Other unusual songs:

Jason Crabb and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola

I’m Amazed

Uploaded by  on Jul 30, 2009 Live at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola featuring Jason Crabb and The Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers

Matthew 25

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Be still and know that I am God

„Still” Uploaded by  on Jun 27, 2010 Words and Music by Reuben Morgan

Hide me now
Under your wings
Cover me
within your mighty hand

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with you above the storm
Father you are king over the flood
I will be still and know you are God

Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know his power
In quietness and trust

Happy Father’s Day 2012 – Songs, Poems, Messages Honoring Fathers

via Zondervan

Proverbs 23:24

 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice;
he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.

Malachi 4:6
He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers

Proverbs 23:22
Listen to your father, who gave you life,

Proverbs 23:24
The father of a righteous man has great joy;
he who has a wise son delights in him

My Earthly Dad

With these three words,
„Dear Heavenly Father,”
I begin my every prayer,
But the man I see
While on bended knee
Is always my earthly dad.

He is the image
Of the Father divine
Reflecting the nature of God,
For his love and care
And strong faith laid bare
Pointed me to my Father above.

–Mary Fairchild

 

Father’s Day Song – I Am Your Father ~ Brian Doerksen {Song For The Prodigals}

Rembrandt – The Return of the Prodigal

„See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him” (1 John 3:1). This passage begins with the command: „See.” John wants us to observe the manifestations of the Father’s love. He has introduced the subject of God’s love in the preceding chapter (1 John 2:5, 15) briefly discusses it here, and fully explains it in the fourth chapter. John’s purpose is to describe the kind of love the Father gives His children, „what great love.” The Greek word translated „what great” is found only 6 times in the NT and always implies astonishment and admiration.

Interesting to note is that John does not say, „The Father loves us. Instead, he tells us that the Father has „lavished” His love on us, and this portrays an action and the extent of God’s love. John has chosen the word „Father” purposely. That word implies the father-child relationship. However, God did not become Father when He adopted us as children. God’s fatherhood is eternal. He is eternally the Father of Jesus Christ, and through Jesus He is our Father. Through Jesus we receive the Father’s love and are called „children of God.”

What an honor it is that God calls us His children and gives us the assurance that as His children we are heirs and co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). In his Gospel, John also tells us that God gives the right to become children of God to all who in faith have received Christ as Lord and Savior (John 1:12). God extends His love to His Son Jesus Christ and, through Him, to all His adopted children.

When John then tells us „that is what we are!” he declares the reality of our status. Right now, at this very moment, we are His children. In other words, this is not a promise which God will fulfill in the future. No, the truth is we are already God’s children. We enjoy all the rights and privileges our adoption entails, because we have come to know God as our Father. As His children we experience His love. As His children we acknowledge Him as our Father, for we have an experiential knowledge of God. We put our trust and faith in Him who loves us, provides for us, and protects us as our earthly fathers should. Also as earthly fathers should, God disciplines His children when they disobey or ignore His commands. He does this for our benefit, so „that we may share in His holiness” (Hebrews 12:10).

There are many ways the Scriptures describe those who love God and obey Him. We are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17); we are holy priests (1 Peter 2:5); we are new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17); and we are partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). But more significant than any title or position is the simple fact that we are God’s children and He is our Heavenly Father.

Published on May 16, 2012 by mariliss1

Unusual Music (10) I Put On Christ (The Battle is Raging) – Laura Hackett (LYRICS)

a fighter song:

Jesus Christ who gave
Himself for our sins
That He might deliver us
From this present evil age

For the battle is raging
The Devil is raging
And I don’t want to be sleeping
While the battle is raging

But my spirit is willing
Though my flesh gets tempted
Rise up my soul and start praying
‘Cuz I don’t wanna be defenceless, yeah

I don’t fight as one who beats the air
Give me eyes to see and ears to hear
I don’t fight as one who beats the air
Give me eyes to see and ears to hear oh God

For the battle is raging
The Devil is raging
And I don’t want to be sleeping
While the battle is raging

For my spirit is willing
Though my flesh gets tempted
Rise up my soul and start praying
‘Cuz I don’t wanna be defenseless, yeah

I don’t fight as one who beats the air
Give me eyes to see and ears to hear
I don’t fight as one who beats the air
Give me eyes to see and ears to hear oh God

I put on Christ
Make no provision for my flesh
Put on the whole armor of God
Leave no open door to darkness
And I take the scroll; eat the scroll
Open up my mouth and speak forth Your Word
I take the sword of the Spirit
(x2)

Blessed be the Lord my rock
Who trains my hands for battle, trains my hands for war
(x4)

I don’t fight as one who beats the air
I have eyes to see and ears to hear (x3)

It doesn’t have to be a blind battle
‘Cuz I have the mind of Christ

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I Put On Christ (The Battle is Raging) – Laura …, posted with vodpod

More unsual music-

Gospel Easter songs – Garden Tomb and On My Father’s Side by The Barn Again Gang

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Garden Tomb by The Barn Again Gang, posted with vodpod

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On My Father’s Side by The Barn Again Gang , posted with vodpod

Easter song- Thank you for the cross, Worthy Is The Lamb, Crown Him .. Crown Him With Many Crowns – [lyrics]

‘Worthy is the Lamb!’ Aleluia, Jesus is risen!

Thank you for the cross Lord
Thank you for the price You paid
Bearing all my sin and shame
In love You came
And gave amazing grace

Thank you for this love Lord
Thank you for the nail pierced hands
Washed me in Your cleansing flow
Now all I know
Your forgiveness and embrace

Worthy is the Lamb
Seated on the throne
Crown You now with many crown
You reign victorious
High and lifted up
Jesus Son of God
The Darling of Heaven crucified
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb

Crown Him with many crowns
The Lamb upon the throne
Hark how the heav’nly anthems drowns
All music but its own
Awake, my soul, and sing
Of Him Who died for thee
And hail Him as thy matchless King
Through all eternity

(Medley with „Worthy Is The Lamb”)

Worthy is the Lamb
Seated on the throne
Crown You now with many crowns
You reign victorious
High and lifted up
Jesus, Son of God
The Darling of Heaven crucified
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb

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