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Marriage Defined 4 августа, 2009

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Marriage Defined

Posted by Herbert Mtowo

From the book, Mending Marriages by Chris Field.
Your working definition for marriage will impact what you are building and how you deal with it. The way you see something impacts how you understand it, value it and treat it. Consequently definitions are very important.
In my book, Mending Marriages, I take a good look at people’s working definitions for marriage. The reason some people need their marriage mended is because they have built the wrong thing on the wrong definition in the first place.
Casual observers see marriage as a ‘relationship’. That’s probably the universal starting point. However the nature of that relationship is where marriages come unglued.
To some people the marriage relationship is a special and life-long bond. Others have a much more casual definition of that relationship, seeing it as a temporary linking which will be broken when better or different alternatives come along.
A good working definition of marriage must bring clarity about the nature of the ‘relationship’.
The next key consideration is the functional aspect of the relationship. How are the couple to maintain their life together? What is the nature of their cooperation? While this is an aspect of the definition of the relationship it bears specific attention as it gives the practical expression of that relationship.
As an initial definition we can thus say that marriage is “a special relationship that fits special structural requirements”.
And that’s where the fun begins. What is the ‘special relationship’ and what are the ‘special structural requirements’? Around the world and through history many variations of both those aspects have been explored. Currently there is a push to move away from the history-long model of a man and a woman in a unique relationship. While alternative relationships have existed they have not been recognised as ‘marriage’, which status is seen as Holy Grail by some people.
Throughout history the ubiquitous model of marriage has placed the main responsibility for the relationship and its maintenance with the man. While modern sensibilities try to demean this reality it remains the most enshrined working model for marriage. Historically, all around the world, the vast majority of marriages have been established on the responsibility of the male, who creates a place of nurture for his wife and children. The wife is thus able to concentrate on her nurture of the children and her husband, while the man deals with the outside world and brings provision for his family.
In view of that long tested model it could be argued that the best way to destroy marriage is to demean men, taking their leadership from them. This will break up the family unit, bring uncertainty and insecurity and rob the home of the stabilising nurture of the mother.
Sadly we see much of that outcome already at work in many western families. While the western family home was a model of mutual benefit for the majority just a century ago, it is now an empty place, devoid of much that is needed to grace the human soul.
The most eminently qualified person to provide a powerful working definition for marriage is God. God created marriage and gave it as a gift to mankind. So God knows how it was designed to work. God knows what both husband and wife must do in order to fulfil the marriage relationship and build an effective family unit.
The Bible gives the most valuable and comprehensive insights into how marriage was designed and what we must to do enjoy its fullest benefits. The marriage relationship is best defined as that bond between a man and a woman which unites them in the relationship which God created for them.
Through the pages of the Bible we discover many things which impact the definition of marriage. We discover that it is God’s creation, not man’s creation. It is a holy union, not a relationship of convenience. Its purposes are divine, not human. Its roles are prescribed by God, not dictated by the power players in any given culture.
The bond is created by God, not the couple. A couple cannot pronounce themselves to be ‘married’. God joins the couple together. It is therefore a ‘holy estate’, not a social construct. And since God joins them together man and woman do not have the power to revoke it. God makes it and man cannot ‘un-make’ it.
God has prescribed specific and unique responsibilities to the man and the woman in marriage. These are not a matter of negotiation by the couple. They are prescribed by God and we will each be judged by God on how well we fulfil His demands, despite what we or our spouse think of the arrangements we have come to between each other.
The ‘relationship’ that is created, therefore, is a moral bond, established by God. It is not principally a social union, but a moral one. Each marriage union is a unique bond, excluding all others. It has the quality of a legal bond, since all who violate it are breaking God’s law.
The marriage union allows the couple to enter a unique moral connection where intimacy between them is made perfectly legitimate and holy. It confers on the couple exclusive sexual privileges.
Altogether, then, marriage is an amazing and awesome divine gift to humanity. Sadly many people do not understand what it is and so they enter into it lightly and without respect for their responsibilities or the accountability they have before God for their handling of His created union.
That’s why I bring the subject up along the way, in various forms. People need their eyes opened to this amazing moral union and its implications. That’s not just for their own sake, but for the sake of their spouse, their descendents and the culture in which they live. When God’s Kingdom comes it must impact the domestic home as much as the global environment or governmental circles.
Now, having given you this lengthy explanation, have a look at the definition of marriage which I present in Mending Marriages.
“Marriage is a unique, irrevocable, legal and moral bond created by God between a man and a woman who commit themselves to each other for life-long union, conferring on them exclusive sexual privileges and offering them loving relationship, mutual co-operation and personal investment in each other, in a divinely ordained structure and process in which both fulfil their unique, divinely created responsibilities, which they are to follow in the fear of God, with God’s gracious endowment and for God’s glory, conferring on them God’s personal blessings through each other as they create an effective and meaningful social unit with unique, multi-generational significance

Relationships and Marriage».Do theу realy work these days?» 26 июля, 2009

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Herbert Mtowo

Marriage and Seasons 26/07/09

A couple of hours prior to writing this article I was talking to a lawyer close friend of mine to be. She said,”Herbert,I am sacred to getting married in case I get the wrong person in my life.”I said to her that’s not the solution, maybe because of what she sees and hears in the corridors and courtrooms, whereby she sees people who once said until death do us apart, brutally killing and wounding each other beyond imagination. What she sees and is experiencing miles from my beloved country Namibia, seems like we are just having the same nightmares and experiences. Though she is thousands of miles away in Zamibia,her fears are what have griped everybody on planet earth. Whether to marry or not to marry.Annita my good friend in Zambia has the same fears like you and me are going through in other countries and continents. I said to my good friend Annita,”Me and you have a greater responsibility shouldered upon us, to correct the wrongs and make this generation hope in marriage again. I personally tend to think and conclude our mind set is the problem, I still stand to be corrected on this one. Marriage is a give and take life commitment. But most people get into marriage for the wrong motives, to have someone make them happy, to be loved when they can’t give back the love. It`s not just a you taking out, but what are you prepared to give to see your relationship last a lifetime? Am pulling no punches here, we don’t have any excuse to have mediocre relationships and marriages. We can best understand marriage by understanding the seasons that we have in life, and prepare accordingly for each season as it comes. We must prepare ourselves for all the seasons in life as much as we prepare for all the seasons in marriage. Let’s talk about the four seasons of marriage: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Usually we think of marriage as a relationship with our partner but it can also be the state of marriage solely within us called «the inner marriage.» The inner marriage is an intimate relationship with our self. We need a strong inner marriage of love, appreciation, understanding and respect for our self in order to experience the serenity, joy, and connection attainable in an outer marriage. Spring of Marriage is when matrimony begins. We are often young and overflowing with boundless excitement, optimism and desire. We start this first phase believing — unconsciously — that our partner is here to save our life and fulfill every expectation we ever dreamed possible. We are full of projections. In this early stage of development we rarely see the essence of the man or woman before us because we are so blinded by the light of the mythological god or goddess who blocks our view. We take our wedding vows, «Please heal me of every pain and love me forever.» Well, we didn’t say that but that’s what most of us thought. It’s a young and hopeful dream. We are in love and often madly so. Summer of Marriage is when we often bring children into the world. These precious little ones fill our lives with love, fun, pressure and (ugh!) adult responsibility. As the children grow, husbands and wives may argue that the spouse is not who we thought they were! We may even wonder if we are who we thought we were. Enter the mid-life crisis. It can be a stressful time of struggle. Later in this phase of the marriage cycle children will fly away from the carefully constructed family nest and into their brand new lives, just as their mother and father did. Husbands and wives now begin to surrender and let them go, albeit a little sadly. It’s an emotionally healthy and necessary choice. «Sunrise, sunset, swiftly flow the days» go the words from Fiddler on the Roof. No wonder that song makes so many couples cry. Then we look around. It’s so quiet. The voice of Spirit whispers, «Something needs to change.» We think the something is our mate. «If only he…, if only she …,» Eventually we recognize it is not our mate but we who must change. We begin to understand that the inner marriage is of monumental importance. We commit to know yourself again. This commitment provides immediate insurance not just for us but for our couple relationship. It feels good. Understanding this inner marriage also makes boundaries clear, «I stop here and you start here.» Sometimes people are fearful that introspection might separate them. It could, but at least it’s honest. When we work to connect the inner marriage with our outer marriage we begin to appreciate the real glory in our spouse. We also begin to see the first authentic wrinkles of responsibility for our own life, too, and we begin to grow up. Of course, sometimes it doesn’t all work out and couples do separate permanently. But if that should occur at least each party has the satisfaction of knowing who he or she is and can apply it non-defensively for the good of the children and grandchildren involved. Not every relationship was made in heaven. Autumn of Marriage is all about transition and change. We watch our children raising their children. We graciously step back and let them live their own lives. We give them space when they need it. We throw our arms around the joy our grandchildren bring and pitch in whenever we can help. Watching our families grow is so full of wonder we want everyone to stop growing! But respecting time’s natural rhythm — especially when feeling astonished — helps us move right along with the changing tides as we consider what we want to do with our life now. Some want the pleasure of work, some the pleasure of play, and some want a combination. Being open to every new idea will see us through. That is key, keep it fresh. Winter of Marriage is when we enter into the final season of marriage with another or with ourselves alone for death or choice or fate may have put us there. So we pray for everyone’s good health. We are reflective and thoughtful. We live in our souls more. We recognize and give thanks for all the important moments in our life and for those we’ve met along the way who have helped us to transform, evolve and grow. We look forward to any final gifts of grace this season will provide. We reach for our partner’s hand or put our hand over our heart to touch the symbolic hand of our inner partner. At what season is your relationship or marriage, and what you going to do during this season? Prepare for them seasons before they come. Regards, Herbert Mtowo “ Start feeding opportunities and starve problems in your relationship……”

The Woman 24 июля, 2009

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Old Higgins watched with wonder. He had never seen a woman with such irrepressible zeal for her role. Here was a wonder mum indeed.
He watched as she intercepted the scuttling feet and caught her son into her arms, despite his protests and cries. “Look, you’re a bird! Look how you can fly!” She swung him to the left and right and chuckled as she did. He kicked and screamed and demanded the right to run, but she pulled him to her chest and pointed to the sheep on the hill. “Look at the sheep. How many sheep are there?”
While Higgins and others scanned the flock to make their estimate the boy would have none of it. He kicked his mother and pulled his arms free from her hold. “Let me go!” He demanded. “Would you like some food?” the wonder mum asked sweetly. “Let’s see what mummy has in her bag for you.” The boy settled and stood at her side as she opened her huge bag.
At The Station
“What an amazing woman”, each onlooker thought, as they waited for the train. This wonder mum had struggled with her implacable child for over twenty minutes, and just kept on being calm, enthusiastic and positive. Just about every other person would gladly have thrashed the boy, but the mother was determined to win him over with her winsome ways and her never-ending store of surprises and delights.
After just a bite or two the food was thrown to the ground and a loud complaint bellowed forth. “Oh dear”, thought the weary crowd. They had hoped for success this time. Higgins found his muscles tighten yet again at the pitch of the boy’s scream.
And so it continued another twenty minutes. Food, drink, games, distractions, tickles, toys, song and dance spun past in a constant stream of ineffectual efforts. The crowd was exhausted, but amazed to see the stamina of the wonder mum, who pressed on through it all.
When the train finally arrived everyone became distracted in the bustle for their allocated seats. Wonder mum found the energy to carry her problem child and her bags onto the carriage.
Higgins was relieved to find himself in a different car to the wonder mum. He wondered how he would have survived even being near the child for the day’s journey. He would tell his daughter all about this wonder mum, when he arrived for dinner.
The Exhausted Mum
He had just settled into his seat when, to his dismay, a woman and child arrived to sit opposite. Rage rose in his face and a scowl formed on his lips. This young lad was almost identical to the monster tormenting and exhausting the crowd for the past hour. Burying himself in his paper he silently resented the injustice of the seating.
The woman was too tired to give much attention to her boy. He asked her several questions and wanted various things to amuse him. But she could not muster the energy to attend to his requests. She simply told him to read his book and keep quiet.
As the hours passed Higgins saw the boy sit contented at his play as the tired mum dozed. When the lad had an issue his mother gave clear direction which he followed. She was too tired or sick to amuse him for a moment, yet he seemed perfectly willing to accept that limitation and face his day compliant to her demands.
In time Higgins chatted with the toddler and found him to be polite and respectful.
The Lucky Mum
This was indeed a lucky mum. She did not need to be a wonder mum, with such a compliant child.
When the woman revived she answered Higgins’ questions. No, her son was not born ‘good’. He had presented her with demands, tantrums and wilfulness, just as they both had seen in the other boy that morning. She had dealt with it firmly, despite his protests. She had disciplined him and trained him to obey her instructions, even when he did not want to. She punished him with sufficient severity to convince him that he was wisest to obey.
She had now trained him to be no difficulty to those around him and she could have peace and confidence despite being unwell or tired, for her son would not be a problem to himself or others. She had neither bag of tricks nor endless energy. She did not have the stamina of the wonder mum in the other carriage. And she did not believe a child should be allowed to disrupt life for others.
At the Destination
At their destination angry passengers escaped from one carriage after a tortuous day with the wonder mum and her rebellious son. As the crowd gathered to collect their bags the mother, still struggling with her wilful boy, smiled her apologies to people too upset to notice. Near her, the other mum had sufficient strength to collect her things and move quietly, with her son, to the exit.
Higgins observed both mums and looked on with pity as the long-suffering wonder mum struggled with her rebel and her bags.
Wonder Mum
That night Higgins told his daughter about an amazing mum he had seen that day. A woman who made a lasting impression on him and who he would like her to learn from and be like. He also told her about the foolish mum who tortured herself and everyone else by not disciplining her rebellious child.

Marriage and Relationships,make the best out of what you have. 23 июля, 2009

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Herbert Mtowo

What It Takes to Be One Love alone won’t see you through., in an age when we have plastic marriages, plastic relationships, one may ask what does it take to have one strong and lasting happy relationship or marriage. My heart bleeds with pain as I write this article I just had a call from Windhoek from a colleague telling me of someone I had counseled as a practicing counselor it pains to get the news. He beat his wife to death, a very young couple they were, the man in his mid twenties and the woman in her early twenties. As I write this to you friends you realize how heavy my heart is at the loss of life, as the precious woman is dead, brutally in the name of love. Her dreams, aspirations and pursuits are all cut short. That`s why I put together a collection of thoughts just to check on you, and encourage you to be realistic and face the challenges of relationships with hope. What follows below may inspire you, enjoy and give comments freely. The sight of a couple sharing a joke and walking hand in hand, their faces lined all over with wrinkles, and their hair gray, begs the question: How did they remain a happy couple for so many years? Given that about half of all first marriages for men and women under 45 end in divorce, it’s a legitimate question. Their revelations may surprise you. «It’s not about how much you love each other, or how much money you have, or even if your personalities match,» Far more significant than these factors — yes, even more important than heart-pounding lust, which, let’s face it, often fades over time — is communication.. How well you and your spouse communicate with another? The second most significant factor that happy couples share, is a strong friendship. While you can’t necessarily teach a couple how to be friends, you can teach good friends how to communicate better. Developing Healthy Habits Three important ingredients of happy couples: • Avoid blowouts. «The first is to learn to talk without fighting about inevitable conflicts,». Making a concerted effort to see the other person’s perspective, and avoiding the blame game of «she said» or «he did,» goes a long way. When things appear to be hedging toward a blowout. Do what parents often tell young children: Take a «time out.» It’s a tactic he calls «exiting out of destructive fighting.» • Recall the positive. As parents often ask a child stewing in the time-out corner what she could have done differently, Couples in conflict take time to consider what brought them together in the first place. Then make room for those factors in your life again. «You’ve got to protect and preserve those positive connections — the friendship, the fun,» • Look to the future. While turning the clock back can help couples rekindle lost connections, I urge couples to simultaneously look forward. «You’ve got to have pretty long term vision of the future, shared dreams, and plans that represent a commitment to one another and your family,» Addressing a Sexless Marriage That future, according to most marriage experts, should include a healthy sex life. While sex isn’t everything to happy couples, sexual problems can lead to marital discord. That men and women tend to have different ideas about sex doesn’t help matters. Addressing a Sexless Marriage «Generally speaking, women tend to see sexuality as part of a larger construct. Men are exactly the opposite. «Women have to be in the mood. Men have to be in the room.» Many times, misunderstandings over these differences lead to a break down in a health relationship sexually within a marriage, even among happy couples. The result, is a sexless marriage. I call sexless marriages an «epidemic. Many of the married clients haven’t had sex in 10 years. Adopt a business approach to improve sex. Seeing things from a business-like perspective helps couples reframe their sexual relationship. «I tell them, ‘If this were a business, would you let it flounder like this?'» Presenting sex in this light makes problems, and solutions, more concrete for couples. «By likening it [marriage] to a business mode — with shared goals and missions; responsibilities, assets, and liabilities; and frequent business meetings — things shift,» Make honest assertions. To salvage their sex lives, some couples need to dig deeper. «Often, sex wasn’t good in the first place. A big complaint for women is that foreplay is bad or nonexistent,» But this isn’t easy for anyone to admit. «I do a lot of pushing for the truth,» Some couples simply aren’t prepared to tell, or hear, the truth. «A lot of couples fall out of it. It pushes too many buttons,» Learning Financial Savvy The topic of family finances is another hot-button topic, even for happy couples. Delegate the task of budget balancer. Experts observe that most happy couples recognize that handling household finances should remain a singular task. «Only one person can work the checkbook. There can’t be two CFOs,» That doesn’t mean, however, that the other partner should be kept in the dark about finances. Sheridan espouses making joint financial decisions, with just one person implementing. Start an emergency fund. I also strongly urge couples to plan for financial emergencies. This helps diffuse any potential blowups, such as who will sacrifice personal spending money when urgent house repairs must be funded. Every couple faces adversity, from slumps in their sex lives to bickering over the checkbook balance. Most married people can learn to become happy couples. «If both partners are motivated, they can turn things around. Hi guys make the best of your time and enjoy your relationships, whether dating or married, make the best of them

Кто автор твоих лимитов? 15 июля, 2009

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Новая Тема (07/12/09) 01:30 «Кто автор твоих лимитов?»

Пастор Андрей Шаповалов

Когда мы растём и развиваемся то, как дети испытываем всё в своей жизни. Мы не знаем или не замечаем лимитов, но с возрастом, смотря на людей вокруг и то, чего они достигли или чего они не достигли, мы ставим лимиты в своей жизни. Кто-то установил лимиты, и все, не задумываясь, живут в этих лимитах. Кто-то сказал: «Этого не возможно достичь», и практически никто с этим не спорит и даже не пытается изменить это! Все просто смирённо сидят и слушаются. И, как только тебе в голову попадает мысль или мечта, твой собственный разум даст тебе сотню причин, почему у тебя это не получится и какими лимитами ты обладаешь. Мы все росли в разных странах, но практически все из нас имели и многие продолжают иметь вокруг тех, кто продолжают быть авторами ваших лимитов. «И услышал Елиав, старший брат Давида, что говорил он с людьми, и рассердился Елиав на Давида и сказал: зачем ты сюда пришел и на кого оставил немногих овец тех в пустыне? Я знаю высокомерие твое и дурное сердце твое, ты пришел посмотреть на сражение. И сказал Давид: что же я сделал? не слова ли это? И отворотился от него к другому и говорил те же слова, и отвечал ему народ по-прежнему. И услышали слова, которые говорил Давид, и пересказали Саулу, и тот призвал его. И сказал Давид Саулу: пусть никто не падает духом из-за него; раб твой пойдет и сразится с этим Филистимлянином. И сказал Саул Давиду: не можешь ты идти против этого Филистимлянина, чтобы сразиться с ним, ибо ты еще юноша, а он воин от юности своей. И сказал Давид Саулу: раб твой пас овец у отца своего, и когда, бывало, приходил лев или медведь и уносил овцу из стада, то я гнался за ним и нападал на него и отнимал из пасти его; а если он бросался на меня, то я брал его за космы и поражал его и умерщвлял его; и льва и медведя убивал раб твой, и с этим Филистимлянином необрезанным будет то же, что с ними, потому что так поносит воинство Бога живаго. И сказал Давид: Господь, Который избавлял меня от льва и медведя, избавит меня и от руки этого Филистимлянина. И сказал Саул Давиду: иди, и да будет Господь с тобою. И одел Саул Давида в свои одежды, и возложил на голову его медный шлем, и надел на него броню. И опоясался Давид мечом его сверх одежды и начал ходить, ибо не привык [к такому вооружению]; потом сказал Давид Саулу: я не могу ходить в этом, я не привык. И снял Давид все это с себя. И взял посох свой в руку свою, и выбрал себе пять гладких камней из ручья, и положил их в пастушескую сумку, которая была с ним; и с сумкою и с пращею в руке своей выступил против Филистимлянина. Выступил и Филистимлянин, идя и приближаясь к Давиду, и оруженосец шел впереди его. И взглянул Филистимлянин и, увидев Давида, с презрением посмотрел на него, ибо он был молод, белокур и красив лицем. И сказал Филистимлянин Давиду: что ты идешь на меня с палкою? разве я собака? И проклял Филистимлянин Давида своими богами. И сказал Филистимлянин Давиду: подойди ко мне, и я отдам тело твое птицам небесным и зверям полевым. А Давид отвечал Филистимлянину: ты идешь против меня с мечом и копьем и щитом, а я иду против тебя во имя Господа Саваофа, Бога воинств Израильских, которые ты поносил; ныне предаст тебя Господь в руку мою, и я убью тебя, и сниму с тебя голову твою, и отдам трупы войска Филистимского птицам небесным и зверям земным, и узнает вся земля, что есть Бог в Израиле; и узнает весь этот сонм, что не мечом и копьем спасает Господь, ибо это война Господа, и Он предаст вас в руки наши. Когда Филистимлянин поднялся и стал подходить и приближаться навстречу Давиду, Давид поспешно побежал к строю навстречу Филистимлянину. И опустил Давид руку свою в сумку и взял оттуда камень, и бросил из пращи и поразил Филистимлянина в лоб, так что камень вонзился в лоб его, и он упал лицем на землю. Так одолел Давид Филистимлянина пращею и камнем, и поразил Филистимлянина и убил его; меча же не было в руках Давида. Тогда Давид подбежал и, наступив на Филистимлянина, взял меч его и вынул его из ножен, ударил его и отсек им голову его; Филистимляне, увидев, что силач их умер, побежали». (1-Царств 17:28-51) Разговаривая с людьми с лимитами, какие я только отговорки не слышал: «я не в той стране родился», «у меня не было родителей»,«у меня нет денег» и т. п. Наше христианство поставило лимитные рекорды. И уже почти 80 лет практически никто не собирается разбить всё старое и превзойти все установленные лимиты. Мы должны идти выше, видеть дальше и достигнуть намного больше, чем достигнуто. Разбей все лимиты! Павел вообще сказал, что жизнь-это как ристалище. «Не знаете ли, что бегущие на ристалище бегут все, но один получает награду? Так бегите, чтобы получить». (1-Коринфянам 9:24) Что такое ристалище? Это забег или марафон. Что такое забег? Это чьи-то рекорды. Что такое рекорды? Это чьи-то лимиты. А когда кто-то установил рекорд, то есть лимит, у тебя есть только два шанса: первый-согласиться с этим лимитом или второй — попытаться побить его. Вот и Павел говорит: «Бегите, чтобы получить», то есть побить чей-то установленный рекорд! Зачастую те, кто вокруг нас, создают правила, чтобы сломить твою волю. И мы так часто боимся сделать шаг в неизвестность, нарушить кем-то установленные лимиты и разрушить все привычные понятия. Если ты мечтаешь чего-то достичь, то это — первое с чем ты столкнёшься в любой сфере своей жизни. Ты столкнешься с чьими-то установленными лимитами. И от того, что ты сам скажешь себе, будет зависеть вся твоя последующая жизнь. «Когда же настал вечер, приступили к Нему ученики Его и сказали: место здесь пустынное и время уже позднее; отпусти народ, чтобы они пошли в селения и купили себе пищи. Но Иисус сказал им: не нужно им идти, вы дайте им есть. Они же говорят Ему: у нас здесь только пять хлебов и две рыбы. Он сказал: принесите их Мне сюда. И велел народу возлечь на траву и, взяв пять хлебов и две рыбы, воззрел на небо, благословил и, преломив, дал хлебы ученикам, а ученики народу. И ели все и насытились; и набрали оставшихся кусков двенадцать коробов полных; а евших было около пяти тысяч человек, кроме женщин и детей. И тотчас понудил Иисус учеников Своих войти в лодку и отправиться прежде Его на другую сторону, пока Он отпустит народ. И, отпустив народ, Он взошел на гору помолиться наедине; и вечером оставался там один. А лодка была уже на средине моря, и ее било волнами, потому что ветер был противный. В четвертую же стражу ночи пошел к ним Иисус, идя по морю. И ученики, увидев Его идущего по морю, встревожились и говорили: это призрак; и от страха вскричали. Но Иисус тотчас заговорил с ними и сказал: ободритесь; это Я, не бойтесь. Петр сказал Ему в ответ: Господи! если это Ты, повели мне придти к Тебе по воде. Он же сказал: иди. И, выйдя из лодки, Петр пошел по воде, чтобы подойти к Иисусу, но, видя сильный ветер, испугался и, начав утопать, закричал: Господи! спаси меня. Иисус тотчас простер руку, поддержал его и говорит ему: маловерный! зачем ты усомнился? И, когда вошли они в лодку, ветер утих. Бывшие же в лодке подошли, поклонились Ему и сказали: истинно Ты Сын Божий». (Матфея 14:15-33) Запомните одно: как Иисус разрушал лимиты у своих учеников, ходя по воде или преломляя хлеб для народа, точно так и ты должен разрушить все, что лимитирует тебя, разорвать отношения со всеми, кто лимитирует тебя, и продолжать двигаться к своей мечте. 

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DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE IN A WRONG CONTEXT 29 июня, 2009

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by Silvio Caddeo

I have received recently a document written by a very well known scholar and other church printings from America that are not at all useful for the missionary work, but are instead creating many problems for us abroad. The first reason is because abroad, very often, all articles or documents printed by the church in America are looked as they were the Bible itself, which is not the case. These documents, even when well written, are still a human interpretation. Certain American editors are printing articles they should not, but evidently they are just doing their business. The second reason is that certain articles are written to respond to the American situation. Distributing that material indiscriminately in the mission field, some brothers are doing a mistake in good faith, but they are still hurting the work abroad.

 A classical example about this serious problem is the wrong approach about those who are divorced and remarried, more particularly the divorced and remarried preachers or missionaries, about whom I intend to speak particularly in this article.   

 Some wrote that for too long we have ignored those who are divorced and now we should accept them to make an act of justice in the church. If that principle is true, well, we have ignored also the homosexuals and the pedophiles, even the converted former Muslim terrorists, but I do not see any Gospel reason to put them in charge of a congregation.   

 Anyway, we are not the only ones who have ignored those divorced and remarried people because in the Gospel it is as if they did not exist. In the church of the New Testament, the divorced and remarried members are not mentioned and evidently they did not have a lot of space in the brotherhood. Who has the right to say that now they should have?   

What do we mean when we say that we accept the divorced and remarried believers? We mean that every repented sinner can be part of the fellowship.  However, we should not feel guilty for not putting in front of the congregation certain members who have not been an example with their life! 

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Кого любить? 28 июня, 2009

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Алексей Колодий

Евангелие от Луки 6:27-36, один из тех «колючих» отрывков писания, которые очень трудно принять. Не то чтобы он был не понятен, скорее он неудобен в исполнении. Причин тому несколько. Одна из них, это наша склонность в проблемах винить других людей, не проявляя понимание и снисходительность, а в некоторых случаях долготерпение и прощение. Тем более, этот эпизод описывает случаи, в которых, нам причиняют вред и поступают против нас вероломно. Когда ты обижен, очень трудно трезво оценить ситуацию. Обида, непрощение и страх, подавляют способность нашего разума находить приемлемый выход из трудных ситуаций.

Но, тут Иисус идет дальше и говорит нам, чтобы мы не просто были снисходительны и долготерпеливы. Он, так же заповедует нам выступать с конкретным решением проблемы, предлагая шаги, которые нам нужно предпринять. Подход, который часто практикуется людьми под дивизом: «на дураков не обижаются», в этом случает не приемлем.

Есть несколько ключевых слов, над которыми необходимо размышлять. Любите, делайте добро, благословляйте и молитесь.

» — Вам, слушающим Меня, Я говорю: — Любите ваших врагов, делайте добро тем, кто ненавидит вас,
благословляйте тех, кто проклинает вас, и молитесь о тех, кто оскорбляет вас.»

Эти слова обращены ко всем, кто может слышать. Слышать в библейском смысле означает понимать, принимать и поступать. Но так же, это слово означает буквально слышание. Это значит, что любой, кто фактически услышал эти слова, дожен исполнять их для своего же блага. Господь призывает не ждать, пока нас поймут, нам отдадут должное, начнут ценить нас, а самим предпринимать шаги в поиске решения. Любовь вместо ненависти, делание добра вместо мести, благословение вместо проклятий, молитва вместо растеряного пожимания плечами.

«Ударившему тебя по щеке подставь и другую, а тому, кто забирает у тебя плащ, не мешай забрать и рубаху.»

Насилию, противопоставляется пожертвование и милосердие. Очень сильно Иисус проилюстрировал этот принцип говоря: «Никто ее (жизнь) у Меня не может отнять, Я отдаю ее добровольно. У Меня есть власть отдать ее и взять ее опять. Так было Мне определено Моим Отцом.»(Иоан.10:18) Поистине, невозможно у нас забрать то, что мы отдаем добровольно.

 «Каждому, кто у тебя просит, дай; и если кто-то заберет твою вещь, не требуй ее обратно.» Очень часто нам приходится давать в долг и самим брать взаймы. Долги это одна из самых острых причин разрушения отношений между людьми. Когда у меня занимают деньги и я способен дать займ, я руководствуюсь простым принципом, который мне помогает уже долгие годы. «Давай ровно столько, сколько ты можешь позволить себе потерять» Если я в позиции должника, то тут руководит другой принцип, «Не оставайтесь должными никому, ничем». Это подразумевает, что нам необходимо освобождаться от долгов в кратчайшие сроки.

» Делайте другим то, что вы хотели бы, чтобы они сделали вам.»
Эти слова не о корыстолюбии, а о том, что мы находимся во взаимодействии причинно-следственных связей. Все, что мы делаем на земле, возвращается к нам в этой жизни, а если не так, то оно идет за нами в вечность. Когда мы думаем, говорим или поступаем с кем то несправедливо, мы должны понимать, что рано или поздно, все это в полной мере вернет к нам. Как и добрые дела, совершенные нами, не могут не отразится на нашей настоящей жизни или будущей.

«Если вы любите тех, кто любит вас, в чем ваша заслуга? Ведь даже грешники любят тех, кто их любит. Если вы делаете добро тем, кто делает добро вам, то в чем ваша заслуга? Ведь даже грешники делают то же. Если вы даете в долг только тем, от кого надеетесь получить обратно, то в чем ваша заслуга? Ведь даже грешники дают в долг грешникам, ожидая получить назад столько же. Но вы любите ваших врагов, делайте им добро, и давайте в долг, не ожидая возврата. Тогда ваша награда будет велика, и вы будете сыновьями Всевышнего, потому что Он сам так же добр к неблагодарным и злым. Будьте милосердны, как ваш Отец милосерден. (Лук.6:27-36)

Любить тех, кто любит тебя, делать добро для тех, кто помогает тебе -это очень просто и само собой разумеется. Но наш личностный рост происходит тогда, когда мы выходим за рамки привычного и удобного. Мышцы растут, когда ты тренируешь их, чувства укрепляются, когда ты работаешь над ними. Рост, через боль и тяжелый труд над собой. Не возможно изменить кого то и повлиять на кого то,  предварительно не изменив себя. Наша жизнь, это не попытки изменить мир и людей вокруг нас, а перемены, которые мы производим в себе. Они видоизменяют не только нас, но и все, что нас окружает, а так же тех, с кем мы строим отношения.

FORGIVENESS AND DIVORCEES -articles from Silvio Caddeo 4 июня, 2009

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THE QUESTIONS

After reading my previous articles about divorce, certain readers asked me, “If we should be so rigid about those who divorce and remarry, what about Christian mercy? If in Christ we become a new creature, why do we still attribute to the divorcees the sins that have been washed by the blood of Jesus? ” Others say, “If we forgive a murderer, why should we not forgive a divorcee?”  

 PREVENTION IS NOT JUDGING

I want say from the beginning that we should forgive everybody and to accept all repented sinners because we should not judge anybody before the time (1 Co 4:3-4). However, if someone has killed with a gun, I do not find discriminatory a law that forbids the permission to use a gun or to lead the police department to an ex murderer. There should be different ways to rehabilitate an ex-murder without putting a gun in his hand or without making him the director of a police department.     

 A WRONG CONCEPT OF FORGIVENESS

 Certain people have a wrong concept of forgiveness. The fact that we forgive someone for his mistakes does not mean that afterward we put him in a situation to fail again in the same mistake and to hurt many other innocent people. I present here some other examples:

 In the case that someone has stolen some money in a bank robbery, if after he repents, it is a god thing, but it does not mean that we should make of him the director of a bank.  

In the case that someone has serious problem with speed driving and he has been in jail because of it, if after he repents, it is a good thing, but it does not mean that we should allow him to become the driver of the school bus for our children. 

In the case that a pedophile has raped some little children, if after he repents, it is good thing, but it does not mean that we should accept that he works again in a kindergarten.

If someone divorced and remarried, and after he repents and apologizes, it is a step forward to the right direction and it not always easy for us to know what the next step would be for him, but it does not mean that we should make of him a leader of the church. Even though a divorced preacher does not commit other mistakes, still it would be more difficult for him to counsel other couples because he can hardly be an example. It would be difficult for him to inspire young people to engage to a marriage for life.

It is evident that each one of us is different from the others, and each one of us is weaker in a certain ways or in particular temptations. It is out of question that some believers are more tempted to repeat certain mistakes that others are not, and we should be very cautious. As Jesus said, “Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” (Mt 10:16).

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Молитвенная поддержка для вашего проповедника 1 июня, 2009

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Христиане нуждаются в том, чтобы молиться друг о друге и друг с другом. Но есть особенная нужда в молитве за христианских лидеров, будь то в церкви или обществе. Церковный лидер сталкивается с множеством сложных задач, балансируя между ролями старейшины, проповедника, священника, администратора. кроме того, у него еще есть роль мужа и отца. Есть так же христиане, которые являются лидерами, занимая светсткие должности. Они сталкиваются с трудной задачей -оставаться верными Евангелию в сложном и многоликом мире.

Нравится ли им этот, или нет, но христианские лидеры вынуждены нести тяжелое бремя в обществе, готовом осудить любую слабость или ошибку.

Нам следует ожидать, что наши лидеры -это мужи и жены молитвы, но подобным образом им тоже следует ожидать молитвенной поддержки от нас. По оценкам последнего глобального исследования молитвенной жизни верующих, выяснилось, что менее чем одна етверть посетителей церкви регулярно молятся за своих церковных лидеров.

Ниже мы предлагаем некоторые мысли, которые помогут вам молиться за вашего лидера в личной молитве и в течении всей недели. Если у вас больше, чем один лидер, то вы можете проводить неделю в молитве за каждого из них.

Молитвенная неделя

Понедельник. Молиться за них, как за пастырей, несущих любовь Иисуса окружающим людям и хорошо пасущих членов церкви.

Вториник. Молитва за их проповедническое служение, чтобы они могли слышать и доверять Божьему Слову, а так же провозглашать Его с дерзновением и верою, имея при этом эффективный контакт с паствой.

Среда. Молиться за них как лидеров, ищущих видения будущего и ведущих церковь к этому видению, вдохновляя и укрепляя членов церкви в их служении.

Четверг. Молиться за ваших проповедников в их личном следовании путем веры. Молиться за их молитвенную жизнь, за их веру, за то, чтобы они возрастали духовно в познании и любви к Богу.

Пятница. Молиться за их личное время -за отдых и обновление в силе, во избежание напряжения и стрессов в служении.

Суббота. Молиться за них, как за мужей. А так же нужно молиться за них, как за родителей. В ином случае, молиться за их отношения с теми, кто близок к ним.

Воскресенье. Молиться за них, как за ведущих поклонение и за их роль церковных лидеров. Особенно за их взаимоотношения с членами церкви, а так же за любые отношения, которые являются сложными в данный момент времени.

Молитва за лидеров является духовным флюгером, показывающим направление воздушного потока, дающего церкви потенциал расти в ее миссии, следуя за ветром Божьего Духа. Две вещи помогут вам в этом:

-Нужно чтобы вся церковь или максимально столько людей, сколько возможно, разделяли понимание молиться за лидеров.

-Нужно чтобы молились за всех лидеров церкви, а не только за тех, кто является служителем на полное время.

GOD HATES DIVORCE (Ml 2:16) — articles from Silvio Caddeo 30 мая, 2009

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The divorce and the leadership in the Church

Divorce is often associated with egoism, egocentrism, instability, lies and other sins, but because of the Israelites had hard hearts, the Lord permitted them to divorce (De 24:1. Mt 19:8). However, divorce was not part of the original plan of God (Ge 1:27; 2 :24. Mt 19:4-6) and should not be justified or welcomed among Christians.  

 In order to have a correct vision of the whole Divine Revelation, we have to underline that already before the coming of Jesus, the prophet Malachi had strongly spoken against divorce, cheating, violence and religious hypocrisy, “You ask, Why? It is because the Lord is acting as the witness between you and the wife of your youth, because you have broken faith with her, though she is you partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. Has not the Lord made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth. I hate divorce, says the Lord God of Israel, and I hate a man’s covering himself with violence as well as with his garment, says the Lord Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not be unfaithful” (Ml 2:14-16).    To understand the subject properly and not to be confused by the numerous human theories, we have always to remember that God hates divorce.

MATTHEW 5:31-32

Against divorce, Jesus spoke this way, «It has been said, Anyone who divorce his wife must give her a certificate of divorce. But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for immorality, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery” (Mt 5:31-32).

The question that we should ask is: Why the one who repudiate his wife that has not been unfaithful causes her to become adulteress? If she has been faithful, how could she become adulteress? Could she become adulteress just because she has been repudiated by her husband?          

The answer for that enigma comes from Paul, “By example, according to the law, a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law of marriage. So then, if she married another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress, even though she marries another man” (Ro 7:2-3).

 Paul repeats about the same concept, “A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord. In my judgement, she is happier if she stays as she is – and I think that I too have the Spirit of God”

(1 Co 7:39-40).

 We have to remember that then, the woman did not have the right of ownership; she had always to depend from someone, from her father or from her husband. It was like that even in Québec about 50 years ago, when the woman did not have the authority to the ownership and to sign a check. At that time, to work outside of the house for a woman was considered an immorality. For that reason, to survive, for a repudiated woman it was necessary to remarry or to become a servant, where she was often raped by the master of the house. 

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