pe scara Cerului

pentru ca dragostea lui Dumnezeu invinge atractia gravitationala…

cenusa de miercurea asta

Traditional, prin perceptia raspandita in si inafara grupului de crestini practicanti, postul este asociat unei perioade de renuntare(la sine nu doar la mancare), de reflectie asupra spiritului si reinnoire launtric-duhovniceasca. Fiind asociat altor practici sprituale precum rugaciunea si pocainta, postul este ingredientul normal inr-un ritm al vietii crestine.

Pe parcursul ultimelor decade perioada prelungita de post a depasit granitele cultice traditionale –mediile catolic, ortodox, lutheran sau presbiterian – si a fost promovat de varii alte biserici crestine ca un moment important al “nevoii de Christos”.

Postul este un timp de celebrare desi asocierea pare defazata. Ne-am obisnuit sa gandim “celebrarea” doar o manifestare zgomotos-dansanta a vre-unei bucurii dar celebrarea poate oferi cadrul de rememorare a sacrificiului lui Christos de la Cruce ce aduce revigorare spirituala in viata fiecarui om credincios.

In pofida unor nelamuriri ale celor din afara fenomenului crestin – ce sustin cum o moarte asociata unei executii sangeroase poate aduce bucurie – crucea lui Christos ramane in plin secol 21 ceea ce Apostolul Pavel prin DuhuL Sfant a spus “puterea si intelepciunea lui Dumenezeu” – 1 Corinteni 1.23-24.

Si cum primavara se simte afara prin orice izbucnire de verde desupra pamantului cenusiu, la fel reimprospatarea vietii spirituale este legata de meditatia la persoana lui Christos, crucificarea si invierea Sa.

Postul este un timp solem de reflectie si adorare; sa nu-l irosim pe diete.

Trade Your Shades!

A Moody Publishers initiative:

The month of February hasn’t been about romance; it has been about sex. Fifty Shades of Grey has dominated headlines in both Christian and secular media. Many pastors and Christian leaders have been shocked to learn that Christian women are just as likely to be engaged in Fifty Shades as women of no faith. What does this tell us about Christian women?

For starters, Christian women are sexual. This may seem like an obvious statement, but it is one that has been largely ignored by the church. Women have sexual desires, longings, temptations, and wounds that are often concealed underneath a Sunday school smile. I believe many are flocking to Fifty Shades because it seems to validate their sexuality.

This movement also shows us that Christian women are very confused. My job at Authentic Intimacy is to teach women about God’s design for sex. Everywhere I go, I get heartfelt and pain-filled questions about porn, sexual abuse, homosexuality, lack of sexual desire, cohabitation, and what’s ok in the bedroom. In their confusion, women are very easily deceived by the latest counterfeit.

Paul told Timothy that in the end days, women would be easily “swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth” (2 Tim. 3:7). Many women who love God have no practical theology of sex. Even if they make good decisions for themselves, they cannot articulate the “why” to their children and friends.

The Lordship of Christ means that He is Lord in every area of life, even the most intimate. Therefore, we are committed to discipling women in their sexuality. Why? So that “the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in faith and in the knowledge of God and become mature” (Eph. 4:12-13). Will you join us?

Help women in your ministry discover God’s true design for sexuality. For the rest of this month Trade Your Shades!

I just got a letter from Kevin Costner

BLACK OR WHITE – Letter to Faith Leaders

Dear Friend,

I want to share with you a very special film, BLACK OR WHITE, that is close to my heart. It has been exciting to watch this film spark a variety of conversations in communities across the country. Make no mistake, as in life, BLACK OR WHITE has an edge to it. But it is a story that portrays an honest and authentic bite of life in the non-politically correct way in which we need to have this conversation in order to move our country and society forward. I believe this film will appeal to people of faith—and anyone concerned with race relations and the state of the family in America today.

In BLACK OR WHITE I play a man who loses both his daughter and wife in unexpected tragedies and becomes the guardian of his biracial granddaughter. My friend Octavia Spencer plays the paternal grandmother who initiates a custody battle that brings prejudices and substance abuse issues to the surface. It’s a riveting story that I feel can offer some useful insights and raise some important questions in this time of racial discord in our culture. The movie features many wonderful performances and opens in theaters across the country on January 30th.

BLACK OR WHITE relates positive messages about the true meaning of “family” and what it looks like, about being there for your children, about self-sacrifice and forgiveness. It speaks to “the Cross” in our lives and how we must rely on God’s grace rather than alcohol or drugs. For me, BLACK OR WHITE is more than just a movie; it’s an emotional meditation on character, empathy and selfcontrol. The turbulent relationships between the characters vying for custody of the child speak to the difficulties of living a life of Christian charity, humility and peace. Given recent events in New York City, Ferguson, Missouri, and around the country, I hope my film can be a bridge-building vehicle to help people explore the complicated issues at the heart of the film. The film shows how we fall and then get back up again. It urges us to stay strong and maintain hope in face of adversity, because God always gives us a new day.

View the movie trailer here

I would like to invite you and your key staff to a special preview screening and would be grateful for your support of my film.

Sincerely, Kevin Costner

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Even is kind a general one, Kevin’s invitation is worth to be considered.

Here is a Discussion Guide about a few themes embedded into the movie. – BLACKORWHITE_Guide

i-au zis sa o lase mai moale cu Isus in public si…

raspunsul ei i-a redus la tacere pe toti cei ce nu vor sa auda ca Isus schimba vietile oamenilor si astazi  – chiar a celor ce sunt in industria divertismentului (spre disperarea si a fundamentalistilor pocaiti ce ar vrea foc si pucioasa peste ei)

Noua ei piesa, “Something In The Water” a starnit ceva controverse prin referintele explicite la ceea ce Isus Christos a facut.

In fata solicitarii de a nu promova credinta crestina prin piese ei Carrie Underwood a raspuns: “I’m not the first person to sing about God, Jesus, faith or any of that, and I won’t be the last. And it won’t be the last for me, either. If you don’t like it, change the channel.” – “Nu sunt prima si nici ultima persoana ce canta despre Isus Christos. Si nu va fi nicidecum ultima data pentru mine. Daca nu iti place, schimba canalul”.

Iata-o in clipul urmator interpretand aceasta piesa la una din galele muzicii country :

Daca nu poti sa intelegi versurile piesei iata cateva:

He said, “I’ve been where you’ve been before.
 Down every hallway’s a slamming door.
 No way out, no one to come and save me.
 Wasting a life that the Good Lord gave me.
Then somebody said what I’m saying to you,
 Opened my eyes and told me the truth.”
 They said, “Just a little faith, it’ll all get better.”
 So I followed that preacher man down to the river and now I’m changed
 And now I’m stronger
There must’ve been something in the water
 Oh, there must’ve been something in the water

crestini de tip Braille?

Circuland pe o vreme cetoasa m-am gandit la cel ce a avut o contributie majora la ajutorarea persoanelor nevazatoare – Louis Braille. A fi fi posbila o metoda Braille de condus masina? Sunt ceva idei dar…mai bine nu. Cum ar fi sa existe atunci crestini de tip Braille?

Louis Braille a fost un om ce nu a avut doar dorinta de a isi imbunatati conditia sa fizica (si eventual cunostinele) ci de a-si crea si consolida o cariera, de a deprinde o meserie creativa rezultand in cele din urma un impact decisiv asupra a milioane de oameni. Nascut la inceputul lui 1809 Loius ramne orb la varsta de 5 ani in urma unui accident. In aceasta conditie la nivelul acelui timp el se situa in pozitia celor ce nu mai aveau prea multe asteptari sau sanse de la viata. Cei mai multi nevazatori deveneau saraci si ajungeau sa isi petreaca existenta cersind pe strada.

Cand implineste 10 ani are ocazia de a se inscrie la “Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles” din Paris, prima scoala pentru tineri nevazatori din lume. Acolo intra in contact cu o metoda de comunicare pe timp de razboi prin care soldatii puteau receptiona ordinele fara a le citi la lumina unei lumanari. Plecand de la acesta metoda, tanarul Braille a pefectionat-o si inlocuit-o ulterior cu un sistem mai simplu in care literele erau formate din doar 12 puncte ce erau evidentiate pe hartie, simplificand atat scrierea cat si citirea lor. El a finalizat acest proiect la varsta de 15 ani.

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Este usor sa pierzi directia pe ceata; este usor sa esuezi moral din cauza atator distrageri visuale ce ne inconjoara si reclama atentia, participarea afectiva. Acestea combinate cu situatii de incercare/cercetare sau suferinta degaja o presiune ce poate inabusi dorinta noastra de a fi placuti lui Dumnezeu, de a cauta sa vezi cum Dumnezeu vede situatiile prin care treci in viata.

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restul prin Romanian Times din Ianuarie 2015

EMANCIPATING THE WORLD A Christian Response to Radical Islam and Fundamentalist Atheism

Christians today are engaged in a dual conflict, ultimately spiritual in nature, whose outcome will determine the shape of our societies in this century. In the West, fundamentalist atheism has replaced a biblical framework with moral relativism. From the East, radical Islam is waging jihad against the materialistic West. How should Christians respond?

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