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Wolves Don’t Advertise: 7 Traits of False Teachers

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“A false teacher can be anyone in a position of spiritual authority, or claiming to be. Wolves don’t often attack wolves, but they do go after sheep.

They bring destructive teachings and lies into the church, often, by telling people what they want to hear (Jer. 23). They provide layers of truth mixed with error, but even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruit” (Matt. 7:15-16b)…”Read more >>

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De ce este nevoie de noi reforme in Biserici?

Church2 Corinteni 11:2 „…Sunt gelos cu gelozia lui Dumnezeu, căci v-am logodit cu un bărbat, pentru a vă înfățișa ca pe o fecioară curată lui Cristos.”

Efeseni 5 :25-27 „Barbatilor, iubiti-va nevestele cum a iubit si Hristos Biserica si S-a dat pe Sine pentru ea ca s-o sfinteasca, dupa ce a curatat-o prin botezul cu apa prin Cuvant, ca sa infatiseze inaintea Lui aceasta Biserica, slavita, fara pata, fara zbarcitura sau altceva de felul acesta, ci sfanta si fara prihana.”

Pentru a putea ajunge la reforma este nevoie de trezire. Trezirea este intalnirea cu Dumnezeu intr-o revelatie noua, proaspata care duce la o stare emotionala deosebita. Trezirea este reactia la intalnirea cu Dumnezeu. Trezirea are nevoie de o decizie ca sa se transforme in reforma. Multi crestini experimenteaza trezire dar nu ajung la reforma pentru ca au ramas doar la acea stare emotionala, de entuziasm, de bucurie , stare de har…fara sa ia vreo decizie. Multi crestini astazi trec prin stari de trezire dar nu se schimba. Ei raman aceeasi la modul cum vorbesc, cum se comporta, nu se disciplineaza, nu se corecteaza.

Reforma este o stare de sfintenie, schimbare, transformare. Cineva spunea ca „reforma este reala atunci cand faci ca Dumnezeu, cand iti schimbi valoriile vietii, prioritatile, deciziile.

De ce este nevoie de reforme in Biserici?

– Pentru ca (cred eu) :

1. Standardul sfinteniei este jos.

2. Adevarul absolut aproape ca nu mai exista. Aproape totul e relativ.

3.  Se proclama o evanghelie care nu include pocainta si transformare.

4. Au disparul unele slujbe biblice din biserica si s-au inversat importanta celor acceptate.

5. Lipseste reinoirea la nivel personal.

6. Lipsa dragostei de frati.

7. Viata de rugaciune aproape inexistenta sau este formala.

8. Marturie slaba in societate.

9. Neinplicare in nevoile oamenilor.

10. Se propavaduieste Cuvantul tot mai putin in „afara” si de tot mai putini „inlauntru” pentru ca s-a transformat intr-un  oficiu neaccesibil pentru cei „neavizati”.

11. Accentul mai mare pe programe, titluri, cladiri sau proiecte si mai putin pe oameni.

12. Bisericile nu mai sunt case de rugaciune ci business-uri scutite de taxe sau enclave eclesiastice.

Lista poate continua dar va las pe voi ca sa o completati.

Vrei trezire? Ce vrei sa faci cu ea? Daca nu duce la trasformare e doar un foc de paie emotional.

Vai, Doamne … cat de multi se hranesc cu un astfel de „pachet promotional” pt e lansat de la „oficiu”.

Doamne trezeste-ne si transforma-ne in asa fel ca sa fim o Biserica „fara pata, fara zbarcitura sau altceva de felul acesta, ci sfanta si fara prihana.”!

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Lutherans Preach the Bible in Surprise, Arizona

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Three hundred new people or more visit Shepherd of the Valley Evangelical Lutheran Church Surprise each year. Sometimes a visitor will ask, “Are you the same as the other Lutheran churches in Surprise and Phoenix? Pastor John Sprain has been pastor at Shepherd of the Valley for eleven years. He responds that not all Lutheran churches are the same. Today in the United States there are three larger Lutheran church bodies. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is the largest, followed by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS). The smallest of the larger church bodies is the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Shepherd of the Valley is a member of this last group. The difference between these three church groups is seen in their faithfulness to the Bible. The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod confesses that the entire Bible is the inspired word of God without error. They join with Martin Luther, the German reformer, in the following confession of faith. The Bible teaches that all people are sinful and deserve God’s eternal condemnation. However, God’s Son, Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin Mary, came to live a righteous life in our place and to die an innocent death for us. He rose from the dead and all who believe in him have the free gift of forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Martin Luther was greatly encouraged by the passage of St. Paul to the Romans (1:17), “the righteous will live by faith.” The Lutheran pastors would invite all those who are interested in learning more of the Bible to join us at Shepherd of the Valley Evangelical Lutheran Church in Surprise. The church is located at 14650 W. Bell Road in Surprise. Worship services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. on Sunday. There is also a Saturday worship service at 6 p.m. There is Sunday school for children on Sunday at 9:40 a.m. There are a number of Bible study groups that meet on Sunday and throughout the week.

Shepherd of the Valley started in 1997 with a group of thirty people who wanted to spread the good news of the Bible in Surprise. Today the church is blessed to have over200 members who have joined together to worship God around the Bible and the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The people also enjoy a number of food fellowships and other activities throughout the year. Because of the growth of the congregation and the opportunities to help people, the congregation in 2007 called Pastor Kirby Spevacek, a retired pastor, to assist in the ministry. Pastor Kirby Spevacekhas served in the world- wide ministry of the WELS. He has been a missionary serving in Africa, Bulgaria and the Apache Indian reservation in Arizona. In his travels he has also been blessed to visit Romania. If Pastors Sprain and Spevacek can be of assistance please call them at 623-975-0605.

Octavian D. Curpas

Surprise, Arizona

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A plea to the president Obama to attend church

“Dear Mr. President,

Remember all the analysis immediately after your election this past November regarding where you and your family would attend church? Newspapers and websites were filled with stories about where you would go, and numerous congregations in Washington invited you, your wife, and children to attend their Sunday morning services. Although Americans have usually displayed substantial interest in where their presidents attended church while in office, never before had there been such fascination with this issue before a president was inaugurated. At present, this focus seems ironic because you and your family have attended church in Washington only once — on Easter Sunday — since you took office (although you have attended a few services at Camp David).

Americans acknowledge that you are a very busy man with incredibly important responsibilities. We also recognize the typical reasons some of your predecessors have given for not attending church regularly and you have sometimes used: they did not want to divert other worshippers’ attention from God to themselves, they did not want to subject other congregants to metal detectors and security concerns, they found it difficult to worship when others appeared to being watching them, or they wanted to use Sunday morning for other activities such as golf or stamp collecting. However, these reasons have not deterred several of your recent predecessors, and the benefits of attending more than compensate for the problems they involve.”

read more HERE

Sincerely,
Gary Scott Smith

Source: OneNewsNow

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Evangelical Lutherans abandon Bible teaching on homosexuality

Iata ca dupa Biserica Episcopala din America si Biserica Evanghelica Luterana a votat vineri 21 august 2009 cu 559 voturi pentru si 451 de voturi impotriva , o motiune prin care vor fi acceptati pastorii homosexuali car au parteneri stabili. Biserica Evanghelica Luterana americana care numara 4,6 milioane de credinciosi raspanditi in 10,000 de congregatii , a decis prin cei care ii conduc ca homosexualitatea nu mai este pacat . Se pare ca se inmultesc asa-zisele “Biserici”care abandoneaza Biblia.

Doamne ai mila de America!

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Small Groups & the Christian

Do you meet with Christians for worship, fellowship, and instruction outside of your weekend or midweek service? Do you do it regularly? With relatively the same people? If not, you’re missing out on a dynamic that is so incredibly conducive to spiritual growth! I’m talking about the concept of small groups (some churches call them community groups, connect groups etc.) Allow me to show you why meeting regularly in smaller groups of Christians is so important to attaining God’s purpose of you- to be presented to him “perfect in Christ” (Col. 1:18).

This concept is biblical. Early Christianity was marked by small groups and local churches that met in homes (Romans 16:5).
Church history has demonstrated its value. Revival movements throughout church history happened as a result of small groups. The emergence of denominationalism–which in this case was good because groups of people broke from a rigid, cold, & empty religiousity–happened largely through small groups/house meetings. Among these movements are pietism, including the Anabaptist, Moravian, & Methodist traditions.
Allows for a different style of learning. Discussions often lend themselves to a more effective comprehension of God’s word. You can’t ask questions or share your input at an ekklesia of 100+, or often 1000+ people. But you can in the safe environment of a small group.
Creates better unity. The unity of a church as a whole will only be as strong as the ties between individuals and families. Strong relationships are built when you regularly meet with each other!
Offers Christians necessary accountability. It’s so easy to get lost in the crowd of a worship service, or slip in and out of a building without being noticed. Not so when you meet with the same 10 or so people every week! If you’re missing, you’ll be missed. Furthermore, as relationships deepen you’ll find people who you’ll feel safer to open up to about your spiritual strengths and weaknesses.
Some Christians value small groups so much that they put a cap on how much they want their church to grow numerically before splitting or planting another church. This is an extreme and doesn’t take into account the fact that in Acts “all the believers” met together at Solomon’s Colonnade (5:12). Large churches are healthy and biblical. But for most Christians, the value of small groups has yet to be realized!

Hear your pastor repeatedly suggest joining an existing small group in your church? Do it at the next opportunity you have!

Are you part of a church that has yet to discover or fully realize the idea? Talk to your pastor about what you can do to help- whether it be hosting, leading, preparing refreshments etc.

Unity; accountability; fellowship; growth; discipleship; worship; you’ll find these and other great things in small groups! Find one, create one…join one somehow.

by Andy Dragos

http://themourningdovecaws.wordpress.com/

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