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пять китов финансового успеха или как стать спонсором Божьих программ на земле Февраль 1, 2011

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Макаренко Дмитрий г. Першотравенск Украина

Успех – это слово может вмещать в себя множество ингредиентов. Лично я, говоря об успехе, подразумеваю под этим понятием не только финансовую стабильность. Когда человек исцеляется от болезни – несомненно, это успех. Если человек построил счастливую семью – это большой успех. Человек добился экономической независимости – да, это успех. Если человек научился радоваться 24 часа в сутки – это успех.

Существует ряд законов и принципов, могущих помочь человеку придти к успеху. В частности, Бог установил законы для финансового процветания. И каким бы добрым ты не был, если ты будешь его игнорировать, из-за доброты не становятся богатыми. Из-за того что ты много молишься и выучил Библию, ты не станешь богатым. Ты сможешь быть учителем и наставником, сможешь привести кого-то в такой же уровень духовности. Но если ты не знаешь законов о финансах, о движении и умножении денег, то все твои познания Библии не помогут тебе в сфере финансов. Поэтому нам нужно изучить как закон семьи, так и закон служения, как закон исцеления болезней, так и закон финансов.

Первое условие, необходимое для финансового процветания – это сильное желание.

Если человек не имеет желания процветать, он не придет к процветанию. Я знаю, что далеко не все люди по-настоящему хотят быть богатыми, потому что богатство – это ответственность. Особенно если ты верующий, потому что богатство может разрушить человека.

Чтобы стать процветающим человеком, нужно взять ответственность за то, чтобы помогать тем, кто не богат. Многие люди сегодня находятся за бортом, выживая за чертой бедности. И если мы – христиане – будем продолжать жить в нищете, эти люди промучаются на земле, а потом полетят в ад. Некоторые люди не смогут услышать Евангелие, если мы им не послужим, если мы их не накормим и не оденем. Библия говорит: «Если брат или сестра наги и не имеют дневного пропитания, а кто-нибудь из вас скажет им: «идите с миром, грейтесь и питайтесь», но не даст им потребного для тела: что пользы?» (Иаков.2:15,16). Ты можешь возразить на это: «Но у меня и у самого ничего нет». Если у тебя есть понимание закона о процветании, это уже много. Вопрос в том, хочешь ли ты стать процветающим человеком, чтобы все, что имеешь, принести к ногам Иисуса Христа на утверждение Его Царства на земле.

Итак, первое – это желание. Процветания нужно сильно захотеть. Если я не хочу быть богатым – я не буду богатым. Если я не хочу быть успешным – я не буду успешным. Если я не хочу быть служителем Иисуса Христа – я им не буду. Отсутствие желания – это страшный диагноз. Человеку с таким диагнозом сложно помочь. И наоборот, имеющееся сильное желание может быть очень сильным двигателем событий вокруг тебя.

Второе, что предшествует процветанию – это вера.

Библия говорит: «Вера же есть осуществление ожидаемого и уверенность в невидимом» (Евр.11:1). Мало захотеть быть процветающим человеком. Большинство людей этого мира хотят быть богатыми, но этого мало. Ты должен иметь твердую уверенность, что Бог хочет открыть перед тобой двери процветания. Если такой уверенности нет, значит, твоя внутренность разделилась сама в себе: одна половина хочет быть богатой, а вторая сомневается, стоит ли. А если ты сомневаешься, ты ничего не сможешь получить от Бога. Поэтому наша вера должна быть целостной, ведь Господь сказал: «но чтобы помнил Господа, Бога твоего, ибо Он дает тебе силу приобретать богатство, дабы исполнить, как ныне, завет Свой, который Он клятвою утвердил отцам твоим» (Втор.8:18).

Вера наполовину состоит из уверенности в невидимом. Твоя вера – это знать четкий ответ на три вопроса о процветании. Первое, что ты должен знать: почему я должен быть богатым. Второе: каким образом я должен стать богатым. И третье: для чего я должен стать богатым. Если у меня есть ответы на эти три вопроса, значит, я в вере и Бог со мной.

Почему я должен стать процветающим человеком? Я должен прочитать это в Библии, и в молитве Богу сказать: «Ты сказал в Своем Слове, что обилие и богатство в доме праведника (Пс.111:3). Ты сказал, что мы обогатились нищетой Иисуса (2Кор.8:9). Ты сказал, что силен обогатить меня всякой благодатью, чтобы я, имея во всем довольство, был богат на всякое доброе дело (2Кор.9:8). Ты сказал, что служащие жертвеннику берут долю от жертвенника (1Кор.9:13). Ты сказал, что даешь силу приобретать богатство (Втор.8:18). Ты сказал, что праведник оставляет наследство даже своим внукам (Прит.13:23)». Я знаю, почему я должен процветать – потому что так сказал Бог!

Третья ступень на пути к процветанию – это идея.

Для того чтобы я мог заработать деньги, у меня должна быть идея. Хорошие идеи приходят с неба. У Бога миллион идей как сделать тебя счастливым, а твой бизнес процветающим. Начинай молиться, чтобы уразуметь Его Божественные идеи. Есть идея – это уже что-то. Даже если это утопическая идея, которая никому не нравится.

Я знаю, многие люди не сразу стали популярными, воплотив свои идеи. Есть известная фирма «KRAUSE», которая производит сельскохозяйственную технику. Началась она с того, что один человек рассчитал конструкцию нового плуга. Но в конструкторском бюро ему сказали: «Этот плуг не будет работать!». Он расстроился и закинул чертеж на полку в гараже, где тот валялся еще пять лет. Это был чертеж, который должен был сделать его миллионером и хозяином самой крупной тракторной компании Северной и Южной Америки. Через пять лет, делая уборку, он развернул чертеж еще раз и подумал: «Не может такого быть, что он не будет работать!» И он сам собрал этот механизм, после чего стал самым богатым среди производителей тракторов. Сегодня Северная и Южная Америка работают на тракторах, комбайнах, бульдозерах, косилках, плугах фирмы «KRAUSE». А раньше этот человек был простым трактористом. Изменения пришли в его жизнь после того, как ему в голову пришла всего лишь одна идея. И с тех пор он начал служить своим изобретением примерно одному миллиарду людей.

Четвертая составляющая успеха – это действие.

Любая идея, которая не осуществилась в течение трех дней, умирает. Если ты, получив с неба идею, ничего не предпринял в течение трех дней, ты больше никогда не начнешь ею заниматься. Многие люди приходили ко мне за консультацией, и когда я велел им начинать чем-то заниматься, ничего не предпринимали, и, следовательно, терпели поражение.

Если тебе в голову пришла идея что-то делать – делай. Бог не благословляет пустое место. Женщина, вдова священнослужителя, пришла к Елисею: «Мой муж умер и оставил после себя большие долги. Теперь их требуют с меня и моих сыновей. Что мне делать?» Елисей спросил ее: «Что у тебя есть?» — «У меня есть сосуд с елеем». И Елисей велел ей: «Набери пустых сосудов у соседей и друзей. И пока у тебя будут пустые сосуды, масло будет течь». Точно так же и с финансами. Если у тебя нет никакого сосуда, куда они могли бы попасть: ни бизнеса, ни служения, ни работы, никакой идеи – то куда Богу направлять финансы? Найди пустой сосуд и подставь его Богу, чтобы Бог наполнил. Сосуд – это конкретные действия в направлении конкретной идеи. Я знал людей, которые выдавали миллионы идей. Они так красиво их излагали, что должны были стать миллиардерами. Но прошли годы, а они такие же нищие, как и были.

Пятая составляющая успеха – это правильное отношение к делу.

Один из самых богатых людей Индии – Ратан Тата – сконструировал и выпустил самый дешевый в мире автомобиль. Эта машина – Tata Nano, сошедшая с конвейера, стоит $2500. Только в ней нет вентиляции салона, резиновых уплотнителей дверей и даже багажника. Чем Tata Nano отличается от Mersedes? Они отличаются мелочами. В Mersedes, например, есть такие приятные мелочи, как гидроусилитель, подогрев сидений, кондиционер, большая скорость. Мелочи. Но приятно. И поэтому Mersedes стоит намного дороже, чем Tata Nano.

Неправильное отношение к любому делу выражается, как правило, в каких-то мелочах. А соблюдение мелочей говорит о нашем серьезном отношении к работе, к служению, к бизнесу. Можно привести пример двух разных фирм, которые делают мебель. Но у одних мебель покупают все, а у других – только случайные клиенты. Одни из них учтут каждую мелочь, и даже вложат больше средств, но сделают свою мебель лучше и удобнее. А вторые сэкономят на мелочах. Одни из них при установке мебели подметут мусор и вымоют пол, а потом только позовут хозяев принимать работу. А вторые после своей работы оставят кучу хлама. Это мелочи, но клиенты обязательно это заметят. И в следующий раз сделают заказ у тех, кто имеет серьезное отношение к своему делу.

Чем бы я ни занимался, если я отношусь к своему делу небрежно, не обращая внимания на мелочи, то у меня – Tata Nano, а не Mersedes. А ведь Бог во всем, что делает, придерживается другого принципа. Он был серьезным в Своем творении. Он посмотрел на свет, и увидел, что свет – весьма хорош. А потом Он все-таки нашел тьму и отделил свет от тьмы.

Первое, к чему мы должны иметь серьезное отношение, чтобы иметь успех во всех сферах жизни – это дом Божий и Царство Божье. Я всегда очень серьезно отношусь к такому священнодействию, как десятина. И я постоянно проверяю себя, готов ли я пожертвовать ту или иную сумму, регулярно увеличивая свои пожертвования для Бога. Иногда предательский голос шепчет мне: «Тебе что, больше всех надо? А семья? А ты сам? Поживи для себя!» Но мое сердце всегда горит, чтобы сеять в Царство Божье и распространять его пределы!

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THE CORE MESSAGE Январь 31, 2011

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JOHN GRACE MINISTRIES

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the Gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you-unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I received; that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures» (I Corinthians 15:1-4).

«For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes» (Romans 1:16).

«And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in trembling. My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God» (I Corinthians 2:1-5).

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the core message!! We do not have to dress it up, nor enhance it in order to draw souls to God. The Gospel itself is «the power of God unto salvation». It has self-inherent power to convict men of their sins, and awaken them to receive faith unto salvation.

When the Gospel first began to invade the world through the apostles’ preaching, lives were radically changed. So much so that the religious leaders of the day cried out,»These who have turned the world upside down have come here too» (Acts 17:6). Their fear, motivated by satan himself, induced them to seek various methods to disrupt and/or annihilate this «Jesus cult», and their «controversial» message. Soon, men rose up to oppose the apostles, to malign their character, undermine their authority, and introduce subtle differences so as to change the Gospel being preached.

This angered Paul, as well as troubling his heart over those to whom he preached the Gospel. «I fear», he wrote, «that as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you may well put up with it» (II Corinthians 11:2-4).

Paul’s fears were not unfounded. This very thing occurred with the believers in Galatia. Paul wrote, «I marvel that you are so quickly turned away from Him Who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ» (1:6-7).

Sadly, today is no different than then. I fear we also too easily «put up with it», allowing perversions of the blessed Gospel to flourish and spread uncontended. Some of us have been so taken with the cogent persuasions of those who peddle these false gospels, that we fail to notice that we’re being fed lies and heresies. Paul warned Timothy (and so us thereby) that «in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared as with a hot iron» (I Timothy 4:1-2). We are a generation adrift. We have allowed the core message to become lost and diluted, even exchanged for a more «favorable» message. We have been manipulated by the wiles and philosophies of immoral men, who have taken their traditions over the Word of God. We are warned to «beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and vain deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ» (Colossians 2:8). Their success is due in large part to inattention to the truth (Hebrews 2:1), and our willingness to heed silver-tongued preachers who are really devils in disguise.

Paul once preached in this same way. His most popular sermon (in Athens, on Mar’s Hill) was a masterpiece. Yet, it met with utter failure. Why? Paul tried to reason with these men, appealing to them on the basis of human wisdom. The message, while spectacular to the mind, never reached their spirits. Paul left there utterly depressed and left to wonder. This experience left an indelible mark on Paul, and forever changed the way he would share the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Entering Corinth, weak and aggrieved, he vowed to never preach using human wisdom again. He would preach the core message of the Gospel, and let that do the work of convicting and redeeming. He would just relay the message and allow God’s Holy Spirit to do the rest.

Despite what anyone may tell you, the Gospel of Jesus is very simple. It is the good news of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection from the dead. By His death He atoned for sin. By His burial ,He buried our past forever, and by His resurrection, conquered death and hell completely. Moreover, He took us with Him. We have been united with Him in both His death and in His resurrection (read Romans 6:1-11). The core message is that we have died to sin and have been raised with Christ to newness of life. Sin has been dealt with and His Spirit has been given to us, empowering us to live righteously. This is the core message!! Let us not be moved away from it. Rather (in the words of St. Paul), «As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving» (Colossians 2:6-7).

And again, «These things command and teach…give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine…Meditate on these things; give yourself completely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine (the core message). Continue in them, for in doing so you will save both yourself and those who hear you» (I Timothy 4:11-16).

Thank you!

~John Grace~

ARE YOU CONFUSE ABOUT NOT RECEIVING ANSWERS TO YOUR PRAYERS? CHRIST FORMULA IS THE BEST FOR 2010 Декабрь 29, 2009

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Bishop Liberty

HOW DID YOU PRAY IN 2009? WHO DID YOU PRAY TO? WERE YOUR PRAYERS
ANSWERED???????
WHAT WILL YOUR RESOLUTION BE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR 2010?
2009 is fading out and a brand new year is coming in. At the beginning of each year millions of people around the world make resolutions about how they wish life will be for them in the New Year. For many these are vain words or a meaningless ritual utter because others are doing the same. But the true meaning of a resolution goes beyond vain utterance. It is a prayer to God for how we want Him to lead us during the year; usually putting before Him a goal or project we intent to accomplish. Now if you treat it as a prayer and direct it to the right place it actually works. However the sad fact is that many people are not even sure of their prayers these days. They rather go and pay money to one pastor or occultist to pray for them. Well I got some news for you, if you are confuse about how to pray and get answers for yourself. I want you to know that, gone are the days when one should pay for prayers or seek prayers from those claiming to be closer to God than you. Jesus Christ of Nazareth broke that rule and open up the mystery that explains how to pray, who to pray to, what to pray for, and where to direct our prayers. If you are really serious about getting answers to your prayers in 2010; get answers to your first prayer using a formula provided by the Master Himself. Live to see your prayers answer as heaven open up for you releasing blessings that is rightfully yours; but were unclaimed because you did not know your birthright.

I know that there are times when we get confuse about the way we pray to God and many questions come to mind. Questions like: am I really saying the right words that will move God to answer my prayers? Do I have the right attitude? How should I address God in order for Him to answer me? It is written: “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honour him. Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near”. (Psa. 91:15; Isa. 55:6) These promises of assurance are in the Bible; but what makes me different? I want you to know today that you are not the first person to experience this kind of feeling; the disciples had the same problems when they first met Jesus Christ. They walk with Jesus everyday and saw Him pray and great things happened, the blind saw, the lame walk, the sick were heal ;regardless of their illness, the demon possess were release from captivity and the dead rose again. What kind of man is this; they asked each other, does He have a special formula for praying? Why is it when we pray these things do not happen as He does even if we use the very same words He did? That is why one day Christ decided to answer their concerns with a message deeper than what people think, when they view it on the surface; but if they dig deeper they will discover the keys to the mystery of prayers directed to Heaven or lost because it was misdirected. If you understand His teaching, believe Him and applied His formula, you will definitely have the answers you seek to your many questions about your prayers life; and like the Disciples of Christ; apply them everyday, and make as much difference in all you do and get the very same results they got. God wants us to walk very close to Him; seeking Him at all times and finding Him. He wants to be there for us; always preparing tables for us in the very presence of our physical and spiritual enemies; but we must draw near to Him; understanding His desires and purpose for our lives and destinies; then He will open up our knowledge to Heavenly wisdom that will instruct us in many mysteries that are ours by birthright, but we can’t comprehend them because of our blindness from sin, that plant mistrust and doubt in our lives. One of our rights as a creation of God is to be able to communicate with the Creator at any hour day and night and get a response. But…. (далее…)

Strengthening Marriages in Your Church Сентябрь 20, 2009

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by Ted Bichsel

An alarming number of Christian marriages end in divorce. What can the church do to reverse this trend?

I had just started my new position as an associate pastor back in 1983. There I was at a barbecue for the adult Christian singles. The majority of those attending were divorced. With each hurting conversation and each prayer of restoration, my burden grew for these singles.

Later that year, I sat in a small support group for divorced men and women, hoping to find how to best minister to them. One of the singles, perhaps sensing my dilemma, blurted out: «The best way you can minister to the divorced is to minister to marriages.» It was then that I realized that the greatest ministry I could have to the divorced single was to build strong marriages.

Many of us in ministry have seen marriage ministry as developing a series of events, banquets and seminars filled with behavioral challenges to «fix» marriages. In the 1950s, ministering to a married couple or to the family meant simply opening the doors on a Sunday. Add a bean supper and a church picnic, and you were set. That worked back then. But that is no longer the case.

In the new millennium and beyond, many church leaders are realizing that a dual-income, working couple is far less available for and interested in the covered-dish dinners of the past. The need level goes beyond the annual church picnic. Information and its application for first-generation Christians only scratch the surface of a truly effective marriage ministry.

CATCHING A VISION 

With the latest Barna study indicating a 50 percent divorce rate for those outside the church as well as those inside the church, the ministry for Christian marriages needs to stretch beyond methods alone.

This generation of Christian marriages needs a heartfelt vision—a vision to teach couples how to live out their marriage covenant every day. The vision must respond to the same Barna study that reported only 1 out of every 1,150 marriages of born-again Christian couples who have regular prayer together ends in divorce.

God put Adam in the garden with vision for him that included the bone of his bone and the flesh of his flesh, Eve. He declared that the two should no longer be two but one. Jesus said, » ‘What God has joined together let not man separate'» (Matt. 19:6, NKJV). Yet what I call the «separating dynamic» is found in much of the normal structure of our churches.

When building a marriage ministry, the questions should not be about the location or the event. The questions should be: Do we have a vision for marriage in our church? Do we know what the Lord wants the marriages and the families of our church to look like over the course of the next year? In five years?

I know that may sound presumptuous. Is it any more presumptuous than assuming that we need a Sunday school marriage class, a Valentine’s dinner or a family night simply because families and marriages exist in our churches?

We have goals for church growth. We have extensive stewardship plans. Outreach opportunities abound, and the ministry to children and youth seem up-front in many churches today.

Do we have a similar vision for each marriage? Do we have a biblical vision that reflects the growth and maturing of each marriage as couples begin to reflect the Lord’s heart? Do we realize the truth in the saying, «As the marriages go, so goes the church?»

We want to see couples become stable and fruitful—but is that enough? I found that our vision for marriage was too small, too limited and even too self-serving. The determining question remains: Are we equipping couples to seek out the vision the Lord has for their marriages? Or are we simply raising up people with no deference to their marital state to simply take care of the «work of the kingdom?»

I have found that the desire of the Lord’s heart is to shine through the married lives of His people. We are called in our oneness to reflect His glory. We are those earthen vessels to an unsaved world. In fact, the greatest opportunity for every healthy marriage to be used by the Lord is their ability to walk through the trials, the communication problems, the financial crises, the teen-ager problems and the rest of what life has for them.

A marriage ministry is not birthed out of helping problem marriages. A ministry to marriages should be based on a vision for each couple to hear the Lord’s voice and then to see where the Lord is calling them into obedience.

FRUITFUL MARRIAGE MINISTRY 

There is nothing wrong with having a marriage class, seminar or retreat. We have them all. But a healthy marriage ministry will focus on strengthening marriages, not just fixing marriage problems.

I began to teach a weekly «couples class.» The title alone immediately attracted singles and the divorced. We found that the classic marriage class is designed to fix the problem marriages. I wanted more than that. So we send struggling marriages to the marriage class in hopes that they will get better, graduate and then get back to work for the church.

The very title «marriage class,» along with the predictable subject matter, often defines «healthy marriages» according to a series of dos and don’ts, steps and conditions and understanding one another’s differences. After that, there is just getting through life with a new set of tools.

I changed the traditional «marriage class» Sunday school curriculum title to «couples class.» The next goal was to stretch beyond a standard behavioral focus. Roles, communication, conflict resolution, parenting 101 and the like, although part of the class, no longer were taught as a means to an end. The new focus was to identify and teach the steps in understanding and setting a vision for covenant marriage. Little by little, the class unfolded.

The foundation for a marriage vision is established upon our salvation in Christ. This seems so obvious, but to build a biblical vision of marriage beyond the behavioral changes, Christ has to be the center of both husband and wife if they are to grow in a Christ-centered vision. By knowing who we are as His chosen people, we realize that both our individual callings and our callings as couples are unique, determined and desired by God.

The classes grew each week as couples realized that this was a class for growth and envisioning, and not just repair. The sessions touched each of the traditional subjects with a new principle of growing a godly vision for one’s home and marriage. Communication basics now grew out of learning how a husband and wife see a vision differently. Discussions on security and significance grew from building a team effort for serving and honoring the Lord.

GROWING SPIRITUALLY 

A study through the fruit of the Spirit allowed endless lessons on growing one’s marriage through resolving conflict, changing attitudes and learning to respect one another. The biblical principles for marriage were no longer limited to passages such as Ephesians chapter 5. I found marriage-envisioning principles everywhere. Nehemiah’s prayer in Nehemiah 1:5-10 set a new understanding of covenant in a marriage.

Each lesson was taught in light of the vision the Lord was growing in each couple. The goal of simply being happy was not big enough. One by one, each couple realized that all the individual growth they could experience was equally limited until it was seen through the vision of the marriage relationship.

Couples began to move as one into the ministries of the church. One couple has successfully relocated into full-time missions work. Others have grown in a vision to reach out to their neighbors. Still others have begun to help as volunteers with other Christian organizations.

As couples grow in their marriages, their prayer life increases and the interest is no longer on survival or simply growing. The couples’ energy levels have been transformed into understanding and carrying out the vision for their families.

Husbands now have a goal, a tangible direction in which to direct their families. Wives see the bigger picture as they come alongside their husbands. Together, they learn about their unique callings. The fact is that our marriage ministry has grown well beyond the confines of a class. The growth is flowing over into many areas.

Now couples are praying together at the altar when prayer needs are shared. Husbands are encouraged by our leadership to pray in agreement with the pastoral staff as their wives come up for prayer. Couples now want tools to realize the vision before them. The traditional seminars and behavioral teachings are now passed through the «vision filter» so couples can better realize the greater calling and purpose for their marriages and for their families.

After four years of setting this vision for couples—and with the senior pastor setting it into the leadership marriages—the ministries of the church, the outreaches and the missions are all experiencing good «couples» fruit. Our vision for marriages is no longer limited to the crisis marriages. We now see the potential of envisioned marriages growing for the Lord as each one takes its place in His kingdom.

 

Making Marriage Ministry Work Outside the Classroom 

 

Here are some simple but effective steps you can take to strengthen your church’s ministry to marriages without increasing your staff or budget.

**Remember that a married individual is not alone—he or she is part of a couple.

In our effort to accomplish so many things in our churches, we often overlook the fact that a married individual needs to volunteer in light of his or her marriage, not in spite of it.

**Learn the names of the spouses and children of your leadership.

The more we as pastors show an interest in the marriages and families of our leaders, the more they will see their service in light of their families as well.

**Encourage couples to pray together. Invite spouses to pray with you as you pray.

One effective way to do this is to simply instruct a reluctant spouse how to pray, or in some cases, to invite them to pray in repetition after you. This models the importance of marriage and family prayer.

**Examine your divorce policy. Is it clear, and does it ultimately support marriage over divorce?

This is difficult but critical to ascertain, both for the married and divorced alike. People want to know where you stand.

**Offer a divorce recovery and educational track for those who have gone through divorce.

Perhaps your church can join with other churches and use some of the excellent material that is available, such as DivorceCare, for example.

**Develop a complete premarriage, pre-covenant policy.

The church should lay the foundation long before a marriage takes place. By establishing solid, vision-based marriage preparation, you communicate the high value your church places on marriages.

Consider requiring a couple to complete premarital counseling before even putting the date on the calendar. This will mean reeducating the church in some cases, but it is worth it.

**Encourage couples to serve together on various committees or in certain ministries that will help them to grow in their unified vision.

**Before placing a married person in any type of leadership, meet with the spouse as well. You may find that the very nature of serving may put additional stress on the marriage.

**For one month, listen to the «single» messages and the «marriage» messages you are sending out to the congregation. Do you apply all Scripture to the individual only, or do you make application to the oneness found in a marriage?

**Celebrate anniversaries. Announce them and even give out anniversary certificates. Always be open to the opportunity for the renewal of vows.

**Keep your own marriage growing. The growth in your marriage will spur you on to encourage others to do the same.

 

Resources for Developing a Healthy Marriage

The following books can provide you, your leaders and the couples in your church with invaluable insight in strengthening marriage bonds.

**Divorce Proofing Your Marriage: 10 lies that lead to divorce, 10 truths that prevent it by Linda S. Mintle, Ph.D. A licensed clinical social worker, Mintle helps couples have a healthy marriage. She confronts the lies that couples believe about marriage (marriage is a contract, or marriage isn’t about the mate’s family). The truths deal with such topics as resolving conflicts, understanding covenant, repentance and coping with an affair. This book is an excellent resource for couples, marriage ministries and small groups.

**Intimacy: A 100-Day Guide to Lasting Relationships by Douglas Weiss, Ph.D. Executive director of Heart to Heart Counseling Centers in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Weiss explores finding sexual agreement, consistency in marriage, coping with money matters, dealing with the anger enemy and many other marriage topics. There is a 100-day log for couples as well as exercises for sharing feelings.

**Heal Your Past and Change Your Marriage by Paul and Kristina McGuire. Paul hosts a daily radio talk show in Southern California. The book leads with exploring the marriage covenant, followed by how to fight for your marriage in the Spirit. An excellent guide to taking steps to emotional healing follows, with teaching on sex and romance. This is an excellent resource for couples who want to grow spiritually through pain and hurt.

**Better Sex for You by Helen Pensanti, M.D. Host of the popular Trinity Broadcasting Network show Doctor to Doctor, Pensanti uses humor and frankness to help couples understand and discuss sexual issues in their marriage. This book was written to help couples maintain a long, healthy sexual relationship.

**Lord, I Wish My Husband Would Pray With Me by Larry Keefauver, D.Min. Larry and Judi Keefauver conduct marriage and parenting seminars in churches worldwide based on this popular book, which helps couples pray through and tear down walls of such things as unresolved anger, unfulfilled expectations, unhealed hurts, unkept promises and undignified communication. This is an excellent resource for classes and small groups.

**Can Stepfamilies Be Done Right? by Joann and Seth Webster. This stepmother/stepson team writes a very practical guide for blended families. This superb resource explores discipline, the role of a stepparent, dealing with the past and living through the three cycles of a stepfamily. It is a helpful and practical guide for blended families struggling through the many adjustments of living together.


Ted Bichsel is pastor of Smithtown Tabernacle in Long Island, New York.

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Marriage Defined Август 4, 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

DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE IN A WRONG CONTEXT Июнь 29, 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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Бог и свидания или как держать своего коня в стойле! Апрель 18, 2009

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1874341Ни для кого не секрет, что если вы делаете Бога центром ваших отношений, они, таким образом, будут чище и благополучнее. Мы часто стремимся проводить с девушкой (парнем)  много времени. Мы ходим в парк, в кино, к друзьям, проводим время наедине. Но никогда не назначаем свидание для того, чтобы вместе молиться и изучать Библию. И это ужасно плохо и приносит минус нам, как Христианам, потому что мы должны быть «светом миру».  «Так да светит свет ваш пред людьми, чтобы они видели ваши добрые дела, и прославляли Отца вашего небесного»  (Матфея 5:14,16) Некоторые говорят, что хотели бы изменить своего партнера, просят церковь молиться о них, но сами являются плохим примером живя в нечистоте и греховных добрачных отношениях.  Библия говорит об этом: «может ли слепой водить слепого? Не оба ли упадут в яму?» (Луки 6:39)  Как ваш друг будет знать, что такое Христианство, если вы не являете ему пример? Почему молодые люди не стесняются жить половой жизнью до брака, а стесняются молиться и изучать библию со своим партнером. Потому что живут не по заповедям Божьим, а по принципам мира сего. (Рим. 12:1-2) Как часто девчонки и ребята делают своих партнеров идолами, когда постоянно находятся с ними и постоянно думают о них, позволяя мыслям контролировать свой разум. Это ведет к нездоровым отношениям, которые обычно длятся не долго. У меня есть друзья, которые вместо того, чтобы идти в церковь,  идут на встречу с парнем или девчонкой. Вот почему в церкви сегодня так много девчонок, которые беременеют до брака. Вот почему многие не счастливы в браке, потому, что женятся или выходят замуж не по любви, а потому что девушка ждет ребенка или потому что девушка подошла к возрасту, когда по ее мнению уже поздно думать о браке. Вот почему сегодня для молодого человека жить с одинокой девушкой в доме вне брака, не является чем-то страшным. Такого конечно не должно быть!  «Юношеских, нечестивых желаний убегай, а держись праведности, веры, любви, мира со всеми призывающими Господа от чистого сердца».  (2 Тимофею 2:22)  Мы должны помнить, что слова: «Брак у всех да будет честен и ложе непорочно; блудников же  и прелюбодеев судит Бог»  (Евреям 13:4), касаются не только тех, кто вступил в брак, но также и тех, кто встречается. Чтобы брак был честен и ложе непорочно, для этого нужно целомудренно и чисто вести себя до брака.

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О СЛУЖЕНИИ ГОСПОДУ МАТЕРИАЛЬНЫМИ СРЕДСТВАМИ Апрель 17, 2009

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42-15833249» … не перестаем молиться о вас и просить, чтобы вы исполнялись познанием воли Его, во всякой премудрости и разумении духовном, чтобы поступали достойно Бога, во всем угождая Ему, принося плод во всяком деле благом и возрастая в познании Бога». Колосянам. 1: 9-10

 

Понятие о материальном служении Господу в ре­лигиозной жизни людей весьма искажено. Многие по­лагают, что земными благами можно умилостивить Бога и, грубо выражаясь, купить у Него спасение себе и право на вход в Царство Небесное. Для этого суевер­ные люди не жалеют средств на тщетные богопротивные жертвы. Таким образом, служение Богу подменяется откупом. Чтобы спасти нас и приобрести Себе, Бог Сам нашел средство нашего спасения — отдал за нас в жертву возлюбленного Сына Своего. Потому всякий, кто думает достичь спасения своими делами и материальным служением, отвергает совершенную Божью жертву и тяжко оскорбляет Его. Вот почему суеверные жертвы и дела таких людей мерзки пред лицом Божьим. Бог хочет лично НАС, а только потом уже и НАШЕ как приятное и угодное Ему служение.

Некоторые привыкли жертвовать копейки, тогда как на бесполезные и даже вредные плотские наслаждения и утехи, удовлетворение своих пагубных привычек и низменных страстей, на роскошь и всякого рода прихоти тратят без сожаления все свои сбережения. Какое усердное служение маммоне! «Русские мелкие деньги делались из мягкой красной меди и поэтому скоро вытирались. Когда же изображение и надпись совсем стирались, тогда таких денег не принимали. Что же с ними делали? А вот что, обыкновенно относили их в церковь. Раз никто не берет, то нужно отнести в церковь и бросить на тарелку. «На тебе Боже, что мне не гоже». 

Богу же, как нищему, с которым можно без­наказанно пренебрежительно обращаться и оскорблять, жертвуются гроши или то, что совсем не имеет никакой ценности, с горделивым сознанием исполненного долга в отношении своего Творца. Какой самообман!..

И многие уверовавшие в Господа Иисуса Христа, Спасителя грешников, не освободились еще от этого мерзкого греха — обкрадывания Бога.

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What Every Pastor Needs to Know About Giving Апрель 12, 2009

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What Every Pastor Needs to Know About Giving

Five secrets that will—gasp!—have you unapologetically preaching on giving.giving1


For many pastors, giving the annual «stewardship» message ranks up there with getting a root canal. Why the dread over dollars and biblical sense? Because many of us fear that people will misjudge our motives or accuse us of focusing more on money than ministry. We don’t want to be clumped with those melodramatic televangelists always clambering for donations.

The truth is, none of us should apologize for preaching on giving. Think about it: We don’t apologize when we preach on marriage. We don’t apologize when we preach on faith, prayer, studying Scripture or any other spiritual discipline. We address these subjects because, as pastors, we have a desire to help people and a mandate from God to equip the saints. We preach these things because we believe people will have a more joyful and abundant life if they practice them.

It’s the same with giving. Giving is not the key to financial prosperity, it’s the key to an abundant life. Giving affects our hearts. In Matthew 6:21, Jesus said, «For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also» (NKJV). Our hearts follow our treasures—not the other way around. When you invest in a stock, you check the newspaper or Internet to see how it’s doing. Since part of your treasure is there, so is part of your heart. Likewise, as a shepherd, if you want your sheep to have a heart for the kingdom, let them start investing in it!

Satan, of course, tries to prevent this and targets pastors with a dose of deception. You’re preaching on giving because you want to build a bigger building, he tells us. You need to hire another staff member or fund another ministry, and you’re just manipulating the people. To combat these lies, I’ve learned to address the enemy head-on in my money messages. I emphatically state to the congregation that I don’t have an ulterior motive, and that I genuinely want to help them discover the joy and freedom I’ve found from having a selfish heart turned into a generous one. By being upfront and transparent, they can sense that my motive is pure.

They also know this because I live what I preach. God has blessed our church tremendously. By the end of our first year, we had paid off the $1.4 million for our first 14 acres—in cash. During the next three years, we made two multimillion-dollar expansions, again completely with cash. We’ve recently purchased 190 acres and are now master planning. God’s grace has allowed us to do these things, but in the process I believe He’s revealed to us five crucial truths that can destroy the lies of the enemy. As a pastor, you can be free from the stigma surrounding money and, in turn, spark an entirely new perspective on giving in your congregation.

1. Become a joyful giver.
My wife and I love to give. By God’s grace we’ve been able to give away several vehicles and even a home to families who needed those things. When I preach on giving, it doesn’t come across as a minister trying to raise funds for his projects. I share as a believer whose life has been completely changed by this revelation. I talk about God’s blessing and provision in my life. Not just financial miracles, though they are included. I talk about God’s blessings and rewards in my spiritual walk, about breakthroughs in my marriage and family.

Let’s face it, many pastors don’t preach on giving because they don’t have any personal illustrations. I know some who don’t tithe because they believe their tithes are their time. They feel they don’t get paid adequately—and they don’t! But where does blessing and provision come from? Your income is not set by a board but by God. And you determine the size of the instrument He uses to dish it out to you. «For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you» (Luke 6:38).

If these words are more condemning than liberating, understand that it’s not too late. You can begin to relearn what true giving is. Study God’s Word on the subject. Read some books on it. Talk to a friend who has victory in this area. Though most of us have seen God’s supernatural provision at times in our lives, we can’t expect to help others in this area if we remain in bondage. Press in to gain freedom. Trust God, step out in faith and begin to give for the pure joy of it.

2. Give to give.

Much of the current preaching on giving turns my stomach. At its core is this message: Give to get. How many times have you heard someone summon the checkbooks with a pre-offering misinterpretation of Luke 6:38: «Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom»? When you back up a little in this chapter, you find Jesus saying, «Give to everyone who asks of you …» (v. 30) and «Love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return …» (v. 35). Lend, hoping for nothing in return. That sounds a lot like giving!

Luke 6:38 is a verse about giving, not about getting. Yes, God loves and rewards a cheerful giver, but that’s not our motive for giving. We should give because we want to see God’s kingdom advance on the earth, because we want to truly help people—and not out of a selfish motive. The current «give to get» message appeals to the selfish nature of our old selves that we are told to «put off» (Eph. 4:22) and «reckon … dead.» (Rom. 6:11). God wants us to get the revelation of giving, not of getting. Luke 6:38 is the reward for giving, but it’s not the motive. When you immerse it with the gospel message of denying ourselves, it is the reward for giving from our hearts.

3. Recognize the gift of giving.

Romans 12 clearly lists giving as one of the seven spiritual gifts mentioned. Isn’t it possible, then, that one out of every seven believers has this gift? Yet how many of us know how to recognize this gift and develop it in people? Maybe the real question is, How many of us even recognize it as spiritual?

Despite knowing the Scriptures, we often view giving as a predominantly financial matter rather than an equally spiritual one. It’s time to turn that around in your congregation. Can you spot those in your church who have the gift of giving? I don’t know what anyone in our church gives, but I can spot the givers, because in the same way that I know about teaching, serving or leading, I know about giving.

It’s amazing how we will train the teachers in our church, but we have no training for someone with the gift of giving. We help the leaders develop their leadership gifts, and we put the servants to work, but we don’t seem to know much about this spiritual gift or have any resources to help these people. They need to know the gift God has given them is important and spiritual. And who is better able to help mature them in their gift than their pastor?

4. Put God first.

The most important part of the tithe is not that it’s 10 percent of our income, but that it’s the first 10 percent. God didn’t tell Israel to conquer all of the promised land and then give Him one city. He told the people to give Him all of the silver and the gold from Jericho. Why? Because it was the first one, and the rest would be blessed if they gave the first one. God didn’t tell Abraham to have 10 sons and then give Him one. He wanted the first one!

The reason God accepted Abel’s offering and not Cain’s was because Abel gave the firstborn, but Cain didn’t give the firstfruits. Cain brought an offering in the process of time. God accepts only the first! It takes faith to give the first one, yet God said that if we would, He would bless the rest. In biblical times, if an animal was unclean, a clean one (a lamb) had to be sacrificed for it to be redeemed. Jesus was the firstborn clean Lamb of God, sacrificed for all of us born unclean so we could be redeemed.

This is what the tithe does. When we give our firstfruits to God, the rest of our fruits (money) are redeemed. Doesn’t this bring tithing to life? Our congregations need to hear this revelation so they won’t continue to see tithing as law. The truth is, tithing was a principle that was in Scripture hundreds of years before the law. It is simply the principle of putting God first in our lives. When every pastor catches this revelation and preaches on giving with sincerity and a burning passion from God to break the yoke of the enemy upon His sheep, we’ll see the windows of heaven open over us. Not so we can drive nicer cars or wear nicer clothes, but so we can send missionaries, build churches, support pastors and preach the gospel to a hurting world.

5. Operate your church’s finances according to biblical principles.

Every pastor’s finances should be a model of biblical stewardship principles. We should live below our means, save and give generously to the kingdom. We’ve operated the finances at Gateway Church this way, and I believe God has blessed us accordingly. As a young church, we began giving 10 percent to missions and saving 10 percent. After a few years, we increased our missions giving to 15 percent. God has opened up the windows of heaven over us because we have put Him first in our finances.

As pastors, we can’t preach on tithing and stewardship yet operate our personal funds and those of our churches by different standards. We must practice what we preach. We can no longer shy away from learning, living and teaching biblical principles of financial stewardship. God’s Word is true! Remember, our obedience can open the windows of heaven.


Robert Morris is the senior pastor of Gateway Church in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and best-selling author of several books, including The Blessed Life. In only six years, his church has grown to more than 12,000 active members and has paid cash for several multimillion-dollar expansions.

Брощюра «Не оставляйте собрания своего» Апрель 3, 2009

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Почему некоторые Христиане посещают каждую встречу христиан, и другие нет? Вызывает ли эта разница изменения, как в жизни каждого верующего христианина, так и жизни общины в целом? Я убежден, что отличия ощутимы и последствия ошеломляющи!
В обоих случаях приведенных выше, это делает разницу в духовной жизни Христианина, а так же это влияет на развитие и изменения в духовной жизни общины.
Я хотел бы поделиться с Вами некоторыми причинами, почему каждый Христианин должен посещать каждую встречу братьев и сестер в церкви, если он конечно, не удержан болезнью или обстоятельствами от него не зависящими.(стихийные бедствия, неожиданный вызов на работу и т.д.) Есть несколько причин, почему многие Христи-ане выбрали посещать встречи церкви, как они и делают.
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