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A Very powerful Message and a beautiful song ” I Thank you, Lord “.

 

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DOMNUL ESTE APROAPE-GBV

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Miercuri, 1 Noiembrie 2017

Og, împăratul Basanului, a ieșit împotriva noastră la luptă,el și  tot poporul său, la Edrei.Deuteronom 3.1

În timp ce Israel se pregătea să intre în țara promisă, Og, împăratul Basanului, i s-a împotrivit. El avea șaizeci de cetăți întărite, cu ziduri înalte, cu porți și încuietori. Og însuși era un uriaș, judecând după dimensiunile patului său. Poporul său stăpânea acel ținut, în pace și în siguranță. Dacă cineva le amenința pacea și teritoriul, erau gata să iasă la luptă. Din această cauză n-au vrut să-i lase pe israeliți să le traverseze țara.

Acest lucru ne amintește că cei care locuiesc pe pământ caută bunurile și lucrurile acestei lumi, pentru a le acumula și păstra pentru ei înșiși, așa cum făcea Og. Ei încearcă să-și întemeieze un loc confortabil, în care să trăiască în pace și în siguranță. Lucrurile acestui pământ sunt piedici serioase pentru progresul nostru spiritual și mulți au fost împiedicați de ele. Dacă înaintăm cu hotărâre pentru a intra în stăpânirea binecuvântărilor noastre din locurile cerești (Efeseni 1.3), lucrurile pământului se vor interpune imediat în calea noastră.

Aceste lucruri pământești sunt necesare pentru umblarea noastră pe acest pământ. Avem nevoie de hrană, de haine, de o locuință; trebuie să muncim pentru a ne întreține. Ele însă devin vrăjmași atunci când ocupă un loc nepotrivit, când suntem preocupați cu ele și când le dorim. Într-un astfel de caz, orice progres este imposibil. Biruința se obține prin renunțarea la orice dorință de a le avea, având încrederea că Tatăl nostru știe de ce avem nevoie (Matei 6.32), și prin administrarea cu credincioșie a acelor lucruri care nu sunt decât pentru puțin timp, preocupându-ne astfel doar cu Hristos. Doar atunci ne vor fi încredințate adevăratele bogății, care sunt ale noastre (Luca 16.10-13). DOMNUL ESTE APROAPE-GBV- NOIEMBRIE 2017

 A. Leclerc   

                                                              

SCRIPTURILE ÎN FIECARE ZI
Volumul IV-
Jean Koechlin

1 NOIEMBRIE

Romani 8.1-11

            O pace minunată succedă chinurile din capitolul 7. Vinovat — am înţeles că nu mai este acum nicio condamnare pentru mine: sunt în Hristos Isus, în siguranţă deplină. „Om nenorocitfără nicio putere de a face binele — am descoperit o putere numită: „legea Duhului de viaţă”, care mă eliberează de sub „legea păcatului”, adică de sub dominaţia sa. Acestea sunt cele două mari adevăruri pe care mi le-am însuşit prin credinţă.

            Cel mai îndemânatic sculptor, dispunând de cele mai bune unelte, nu va putea finisa nimic dintr-un lemn mâncat de carii. Dumnezeu este Maestrul cel bun, iar legea, această unealtă bună (cap. 7.12), care însă s-a dovedit slabă şi ineficace prin „carnea” noastră coruptă prin păcat (v. 3,7). Noi eram „în car­ne” (v. 9), obligaţi să lucrăm „potrivit” voii sale. De acum însă noi suntem în Hristos Isus,umblând potrivit Duhului

            Este adevărat că, deşi noi nu mai suntem „în carne”, carnea încă este în noi. Abia după ce am crezut, Duhul lui Dumnezeu a venit El însuşi să locuiască în noi ca adevăratul Stăpân al casei. Carnea, „omul cel vechi”, vechiul proprietar, nu mai este prezentă decât ca un locatar nedorit, închis într-o cameră. Nu mai are niciun drept, … însă trebuie ca eu să ve­ghez să nu-i deschid uşa.SCRIPTURILE ÎN FIECARE ZI-NOIEMBRIE (1)

 

CUVÂNTUL LUI DUMNEZEU PENTRU ASTĂZI

NOIEMBRIE 2017

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1 NOIEMBRIE_NU TRECE LA FAPTE DACĂ NU Al PACE!

„Umblarea după lucrurile Duhului este … pace” (Romani 8:6)

Atunci când gândurile tale, faptele tale și planurile tale sunt aprobate de Dumnezeu, El le va confirma, dându-ți o „înștiințare” lăuntrică a acestui fapt (vezi 1 loan 2:20). Biblia spune: „Pacea Lui Hristos, la care ați fost chemați, ca să alcătuiți un singur trup, să stăpânească în inimile voastre, și fiți recunoscători” (Coloseni 3:15). Când ești condus de Dumnezeu, vei avea pace chiar și în mijlocul celor mai dificile circumstanțe. Pacea Lui este asemenea unui arbitru de tenis care hotărăște ce este „safe” (în teren) și ce este aut pentru tine. Ai grijă la pacea falsă. Uneori dorința ta de a face anumite lucruri va fi atât de puternică încât va produce o pace care vine din propriul tău entuziasm vizavi de acea idee. Pe măsură ce trece timpul, această pace falsă va dispărea și va ieși la lumină voia lui Dumnezeu care este adevărată. Deci, ai răbdare. Ca regulă, nu trebuie să te grăbești prea tare atunci când iei decizii importante. Biblia spune: „Umblarea după lucrurile Duhului este … pace.” Așadar, nu trece la fapte dacă pacea lăuntrică nu este o contrapondere la ceea ce crezi sau auzi. Nu trebuie să le explici altora de ce nu ai pace; firește, uneori nu știi de ce. Spune: „Simt că nu e înțelept să fac lucrul acesta deocamdată pentru că nu am pace.” Când ai pace, ai putere. Si încă ceva: Atunci când știi că ai auzit clar vocea lui Dumnezeu, fă tot ce-ți stă în putință pentru a-ți păstra pacea și nu te neliniști.CUVÂNTUL LUI DUMNEZEU PENTRU ASTĂZI – NOIEMBRIE 2017

coordonatori Bob & Debby Gass

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                                 SĂMÂNŢA BUNĂ

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Miercuri, 1 Noiembrie 2017

Înțelepciunea este un izvor de viață pentru cine o are …Proverbe 16.22

Afirmaţii

„Cei ce nu cred într-o altă lume sunt morți în această viață.“

J. W. Goethe, poet german

„Eu mă bazez pe ceva sigur. Eu știu că Răscumpărătorul meu este viu și, fiindcă El trăiește, și eu voi trăi.“Michael Faraday, fizician englez

„Dacă eu cred că există o altă viață, iar la moarte să presupunem că nu există, eu nu am pierdut nimic, în schimb, dacă eu cred că există și la moarte se adeverește că da, există, eu am câștigat totul, iar tu ai pierdut totul.“Blaise Pascal, scriitor francez

„Minunata organizare și armonie a universului nu poate să fi fost realizată decât conform planului unui Creator atotputernic. Aceasta este și rămâne unica mea convingere.“Isaac Newton, fizician englez

„Nu este de părerea ta cel ce te aprobă, ci cel ce te imită.“

Grigore Moisil, matematician român

„Toți se gândesc să schimbe lumea, dar nimeni nu se gândește să se schimbe pe sine.“Lev Tolstoi, scriitor rus SĂMÂNŢA BUNĂ-NOIEMBRIE

LUNA NOIEMBRIE 2017 TRIMITEM NUMAI CELE 4 FELURI DE  MEDITATII

CARE SANT NOI IN FIECARE AN

 CELELALTE 10– CLASICE- SE GASESC  POSTATE  IN TOATE LUNILE ANULUI TRECUT 2016 LA ADRESELE URMATOARE :

POT FI DESCARCATE  DEPOZITATE SI RETRIMISE DE ORICINE . NIMIC NU E COPYRIGHT, DACA LE PASTRATI ASA CUM LE LUATI  NEMODIFICATE SI CU  ADRESELE PROVINIENTEI LOR ORIGINALE,ACOLO  UNDE SANT MENTIONATE

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 Reformation resources for you

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is coming up on October 31st. This is the date when, 500 years ago, Roman Catholic monk and professor Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the University of Wittenberg’s chapel door. Nailing a tract on the door was not in itself an act of rebellion, but rather the usual and customary method of starting a discussion among scholars of religious points of the day. It was the 16th century’s version of the internet.

However, Luther’s theses were not just questions and discussion points, but a devastating critique of Roman Catholic practices. Luther had found in his studies that Roman Catholic faith and practice varied greatly from the word of God. Luther was especially upset over the practice of Indulgences, or payment to the Church for reduction or absolution of certain sins. Paying for sins to be forgiven seemed incredibly wrong to Luther. He wrote up his questions, intending to spark a discussion.

He sparked a discussion.

The discussion has been ongoing for 500 years.

The discussion split The Catholic Church and pitted it against those who were protesting, now known as Protestants.

The most confusing thing to me when I was an unsaved person was the Catholic Church. I thought it was a Christian church. Because of its size and longevity, I thought it represented true Christianity. What I didn’t know was that the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) is as far from Christianity as the east is from the west. It does not represent the faith of Jesus, but instead is a false belief system.

The protest Luther made was against certain practices and doctrines of the RCC. For example, the Jesus we know through the inspired scriptures is the central authority, not the Pope or other officials. Practices and rituals and good works do not save. Indulgences are nowhere found in the Bible. Though Luther initially wanted to renew the church, eventually it divided over these and other issues, and the Protestant reformation began.

Here are some Reformation Day resources for you-

Why We’re Protestant: An Introduction to the Five Solas of the Reformation Kindle Edition. A paperback edition exists. By Nate Pickowicz, Foreword by Steven J. Lawson. Nate is a pastor who shepherds a church in New England. His wife Jessica has written a Bible study to go along with MacArthur’s new book, Biblical Doctrine and facilitates a Facebook group regarding the weekly study sessions.

Synopsis: How do you discern true vs. false Christianity? In the days of the Protestant Reformation, the core tenets of the faith were strenuously examined. In the end, the Reformers maintained that at the heart of the Christian faith stood five main credos: sola Scriptura, sola gratia, sola fide, solus Christus, and soli Deo gloria. This book examines these five “solas” and makes a definitive case for why we’re Protestant.

Reformation Women: Sixteenth-Century Figures Who Shaped Christianity’s Rebirth

By Rebecca VanDoodewaard. Rebecca and her husband William used to run a blog I liked, called The Christian Pundit.

Synopsis: Women are an essential element in church history. Just as Deborah, Esther, and the New Testament Marys helped shape Bible history, so the women of the Reformed church have helped to make its history great. In Reformation Women, Rebecca Vandoodewaard introduces readers to twelve sixteenth-century women who are not as well known today as contemporaries like Katie Luther and Lady Jane Grey. Providing an example to Christians today of strong service to Christ and His church, these influential, godly women were devoted to Reformation truth, in many cases provided support for their husbands, practiced hospitality, and stewarded their intellectual abilities. Their strength and bravery will inspire you, and your understanding of church history will become richer as you learn how God used them to further the Reformation through their work and influence.

Long Before Luther: Tracing the Heart of the Gospel From Christ to the Reformation by Nathan Busenitz  (Author), John MacArthur (Foreword)

Synopsis: Where was the gospel before the Reformation?

Contemporary evangelicals often struggle to answer that question. As a result, many Roman Catholics are quick to allege that the Reformation understanding of the gospel simply did not exist before the 1500s. They assert that key Reformation doctrines, like sola fide, were nonexistent in the first fifteen centuries of church history. Rather, they were invented by Martin Luther, John Calvin, and others.

That is a serious charge, and one that evangelicals must be ready to answer. If an evangelical understanding of the gospel is only 500 years old, we are in major trouble. However, if it can be demonstrated that Reformers were not inventing something new, but instead were recovering something old, then key tenets of the Protestant faith are greatly affirmed. Hence, the need for this book.

The Mother of the Reformation: The Amazing Life and Story of Katharine Luther

by Ernst Kroker. Synopsis- The author paints an intimate picture of Katie and of family life in the Black Cloister during the formative years of the Reformation, showing how Katie s marriage to Martin Luther was a multifaceted vocation, with such tasks as household brew mistress, cloister landlady, property overseer, gardener, cow- and pig-herder, and fishwife. Indeed, Katie oversaw their home much like a lord in her kingdom, yet in the midst of it all stood the man to whom her work, concern, and duty were directed.

 Resources for children

The Barber Who Wanted to Pray by R.C. Sproul

Synopsis: This imaginative tale from R.C. Sproul, based on a true story, begins one evening with Mr. McFarland leading family devotions. When his daughter asks him how she should pray, Mr. McFarland shares a 500-year-old story about a barber and his famous customer.

Master Peter is a barber well-known to all in his village. One day, when Martin Luther the Reformer walks into his shop, the barber musters up the courage to ask the outlawed monk how to pray. Luther responds by writing a letter to the barber. The barber’s life and many others’ are changed as they encounter a model for prayer by using the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and the Apostles’ Creed.

Martin Luther- Christian Biographies for Young Readers, by Simonetta Carr

Synopsis- Five hundred years ago, a monk named Martin Luther wrote ninety-five questions, hoping to start a discussion about sin and repentance at the University of Wittenberg in Germany. In a few months those questions had stirred the nation; a few years later, the continent. Today we know that those questions changed the course of both the Western church and world history. In this volume for children, Simonetta Carr tells the compelling story of this father of the Protestant Reformation, tracing his quest for peace with God, his lifelong heroic stand for God’s truth, and his family life and numerous accomplishments. The Reformer’s greatest accomplishment, she writes, “has been his uncompromising emphasis on the free promise of the gospel.”

Movie-

Martin Luther: The idea that changed the world, PBS documentary, 9/2017, as synopsized by Banner of Truth Trust here. The PBS documentary has an extended trailer here. Official website here.

http://the-end-time.blogspot.com/2017/10/reformation-resources-for-you.html

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The Five Solas – Points from the Past that Should Matter to You

Justin Holcomb

The Protestant Reformation of the 16th century changed Christianity forever. Roused to action by the corruption and abuses they saw in the Roman Catholic church of the time, visionary pastors and leaders like Martin Luther and John Calvin spearheaded a movement that transformed Christianity and eventually led to the emergence of the Protestant denominations that exist today.

The Reformers were guided by the conviction that the church of their day had drifted away from the essential, original teachings of Christianity, especially in regard to what it was teaching about salvation—how people can be forgiven of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and receive eternal life with God. The Reformation sought to re-orient Christianity on the original message of Jesus and the early church.

The Five Solas are five Latin phrases (or slogans) that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the Reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.

The Five Solas are:

  1. Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority.
  2. Sola Fide (“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
  3. Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone.
  4. Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.
  5. Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): We live for the glory of God alone.

Let’s have a brief look at each of these five points.

SOLA SCRIPTURA

The Scriptures are our ultimate and trustworthy authority for faith and practice. This doesn’t mean that the Bible is the only place where truth is found, but it does mean that everything else we learn about God and his world, and all other authorities, should be interpreted in light of Scripture. The Bible gives us everything we need for our theology.

Every word of the 66 books of the Bible is inspired by God’s Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit also helps us to understand and obey Scripture.

2 Peter 2:20, the Bible is about Jesus Christ and his role as God and Savior. Additionally, Romans 15:4 is 2 Timothy 2:16.

SOLA FIDE AND SOLA GRATIA

We are saved solely through faith in Jesus Christ because of God’s grace and Christ’s merit alone. We are not saved by our merits or declared righteous by our good works. God grants salvation not because of the good things we do, and despite our sin.

As humans, we inherited (from our ancestor Adam) a nature that is enslaved to sin. Because of our nature, we are naturally enemies of God and lovers of evil. We need to be made alive (regenerated) so that we can even have faith in Christ. God graciously chooses to give us new hearts so that we trust in Christ and are saved through faith alone.

God graciously preserves us and keeps us. When we are faithless toward him, he is still faithful.

We can only stand before God by his grace as he mercifully attributes to us the righteousness of Jesus Christ and attributes to him the consequences of our sins. Jesus’ life of perfect righteousness is counted as ours, and our records of sin and failure were counted to Jesus when he died on the cross.

Sola fide and sola gratia express the teaching of Ephesians 2:8:

“Forby grace you have been savedthrough faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

SOLUS CHRISTUS

God has given the ultimate revelation of himself to us by sending Jesus Christ, Colossians 1:15. Only through God’s gracious self-revelation in Jesus do we come to a saving and transforming knowledge of God.

1 Timothy 1:5. Because God is holy and all humans are sinful and sinners, 1 John 1:1 Hebrews 7:25Romans 8:34. Neither religious rituals nor good works mediate between us and God. Acts 4:12 by which a person can be saved other than the name of JesusHebrews 7:23, and his sacrificial death alone can atone for sin.

SOLI DEO GLORIA

Glory belongs to God alone. God’s glory is the central motivation for salvation, not improving the lives of people—though that is a wonderful by product. God is not a means to an end—he is the means and the end.

The goal of all of life is to give glory to God alone: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).  As The Westminster Catechism says, the chief purpose of human life is “to glorify God and enjoy him forever.”

Justin Holcomb is an Episcopal priest and teaches theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and Knox Theological Seminary. Justin wrote On the Grace of God and co-authored with his wife Lindsey Rid of My Disgrace and Save Me from Violence. He is also the editor of Christian Theologies of Scripture. You can find him onFacebookTwitter, and at JustinHolcomb.com.

http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/the-five-solas-of-the-protestant-reformation.html

 

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Princess of the Reformation: Jeanne D’Albret. New Release! Book trailer

Published on Sep 20, 2017

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History briefs — Luther comes to Christ

 Romans 1

NKJV

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

The following is an insightful passage about Luther’s faith, from a beautiful tribute to him and Calvin, two men whom the Lord used in an extraordinary way during an extraordinary period of history. The article is interesting and edifying in many ways.

SOLI DEO GLORIA — GLORY TO GOD ALONE

 

Luther’s Loyal Son

BY R. SCOTT CLARK

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Luther was the pioneer of Protestant theology, piety, and practice. He gradually became Protestant in the period between 1513-21 as he lectured through the Psalms, Romans, Galatians, Hebrews, and the Psalms again. Reading Augustine as he lectured on the Psalms he realized that the doctrine of man and sin that he had learned in university did not agree with Scripture nor did it agree with Augustine. In the Psalms he saw that human depravity is greater than he had thought and grace is greater, more powerful, and more free than he thought, that God has elected his people to new life and true faith unconditionally, from all eternity (sola gratia). By the end of his lectures on the Psalms he had become young, restless, and Augustinian but he was not yet a Protestant. As he lectured through Romans, he began to see that the basis on which we stand before God is not the sanctity wrought in us by grace and cooperation with grace but Christ’s righteousness accomplished outside of us and imputed to us. As he lectured through Galatians he came to see that view confirmed and he began to re-think what he had learned about the role of faith in salvation, that it was not just another virtue formed in us by grace and cooperation with grace. The picture became clearer as he lectured through Hebrews and the Psalms again. Late in life, looking back at his theological development, he said that it was as he lectured through Psalms again that the light went on, as it were, and he realized that it is faith that apprehends Christ, that rests in and receives Christ and his righteousness for us. It is through faith the Spirit unites us to Christ so that he becomes ours and we become his ki(sola fide).

 

 From :https://pilgrimsprogressrevisted.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/history-briefs-luther-comes-to-christ/

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