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Mark 1:12-13 — Jesus in the Wilderness 30 августа, 2011

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 John Mark Hicks

John Mark Hicks

Sink or swim? Sound familiar? Some learned to swim by a parent throwing them into the pool. Perhaps that is not a good idea, but it appears analogous to what God did with Jesus…or maybe not.
Rising from the waters of baptism, Jesus is anointed with the Holy Spirit. The Father affirms him, loves him, and expresses his pure delight in him. And, then….

“immediately the Spirit throws him out into the desert” (Mark 1:12, my translation).
No waiting. No down-time. No pampering. Jesus went “immediately” into wilderness bootcamp.

Indeed, the Spirit of God drove him there. ”Sent” is too watered-down for the Greek verb here (éκβáλλει). It is mostly used in Mark for casting out demons (Mark 1:34, 39; 3:15, 23, and many other places), but also for tearing/plucking out an eye if it cause offense (Mark 9:47) and expelling someone from a place (Mark 12:8), including the money-changers from the temple (Mark 11:15). It has forceful overtones. Jesus is thrown or driven into the wilderness.

What was the purpose of this experience, of this “thrownness”? Given Mark’s theological purpose to locate Jesus in the history of Israel–Jesus is the suffering servant (a new Moses) who will lead Israel out of exile into abundance–we might find help in the story of Israel’s wilderness sojourn. Mark has already interpreted John’s ministry as one that belongs to the New Exodus (earlier quoting Isaiah 40). Jesus has passed through the water, just as Israel passed through the sea, and just as they spent 40 years in the Sinai wilderness, so Jesus spends 40 days in the Judean wilderness.

We can see the meaning of the wilderness experience for those who entered the promised land with the help of Deuteronomy 8–a text that Jesus quotes in the wilderness, according to Matthew and Luke. The text describes Israel’s experience as a testing, humbling and discipling one. Israel was tested to reveal what is in their hearts. They were humbled in their dependence upon God. They were discipled in the wilderness.

This, I think, is the meaning of the wilderness for Jesus….and for us. Jesus is tested in an hostile environment–Satan is present as well as wild animals. Only Mark mentions the wild animals which probably reflects not only the hostility of the environment but also connects with Mark’s Roman readers who themselves would endure wild beasts in their own testing (persecution). Jesus is tested, humbled and discipled in the wilderness.

And so are we. Mark’s Roman readers probably saw themselves in this same situation–persecution was their wilderness. That wilderness continues for many Christians across the globe today, but there are also many different kinds of wilderness experiences. Those experiences test us as they reveal our hearts, they humble us as we recognize our powerlessness and dependency on God, and they disciple us as they train us for the mission of God.

And, yet, we are not abandoned in the wilderness. We are not left alone. Angels ministered to Jesus, and they minister to us as well (cf. Hebrews 1:14). God is present with us in the wilderness and that presence strengthens us and empowers us to endure the wilderness.

The wilderness story of Israel is also Jesus’s story, and Jesus’ story is our story. Just as we followed Jesus into the water, so we follow him into the wilderness….or perhaps, God will throw us out into the wilderness if we don’t follow him there. And God will be there, too.

If God “throws” us into the water, he does not idly watch us struggle. On the contrary God joins us in the pool and helps us swim to safety.

By God’s Grace You Can Overcome 1 февраля, 2011

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»…If God is for us, who can be against us?» Romans 8:31

Some of the world’s greatest people have faced the world’s greatest challenges, but have overcome them. Cripple a man, and you have Sir Walter Scott. Lock a man in prison, and you have John Bunyan. Raise a man in abject poverty, and you have Abraham Lincoln. Subject a man to bitter religious prejudice, and you have Benjamin Disraeli. Strike a man down with paralysis, and you have Franklin Roosevelt. Have someone born black in a society filled with racial discrimination, and you have Booker T. Washington, Harriet Tubman, Marian Anderson and George Washington Carver. Make a man the first child to survive in an impoverished Italian family of 18, and you have Enrico Caruso. Have a man born to parents who survived a Nazi concentration camp, paralyse him from the waist down when he’s four years old, and you have the incomparable violinist Itzhak Perlman. Call a man a slow learner and mentally challenged, write him off as beyond education, and you have Albert Einstein. Helen Keller was born blind and deaf, yet she graduated from college with highest honours and impacted the world. Margaret Thatcher, England’s first and only woman Prime Minister, lived upstairs over her father’s grocery store. For a while her childhood home had no running water and no indoor plumbing. Golda Meir, Israel’s first and only woman Prime Minister, was a divorced grandmother from Milwaukee. What do these people teach us? That success doesn’t depend on our circumstances, but on overcoming our circumstances. And with God on our side we can do it! Paul, one of the world’s great overcomers, wrote, ‘If God be for us, who can be against us?’

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Bishop Liberty

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…)

Misunderstandings In relationships/Marriages 7 августа, 2009

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Misunderstandings In relationships and Marriages

Herbert Mtowo

Your fiancée /husband and you are in the same room, but each of you are doing something different. You start talking to him, but he just ignores you.
«You’re so rude!» you think angrily to yourself, and then storm out of the room. «You can’t even have the decency to listen to me!»
Your wife(Annita) is about to go to work early for an important meeting. You kiss her and say good bye, and tell her that you’ll be backing her all the way. Annita walks out, and the next moment the door slams violently.
«What the heck is the matter with her?» you think, shaking your head in disbelief. «What did I do to deserve that?»
Irritations Will Happen
I’m sure you could relate your own version of little things that your spouse or partner has done that have irritated you and made you mad. It happens all the time, but almost always there is a logical explanation for it. You are usually just misreading the whole situation. If you’re a woman going through PMS or having a bad monthly cycle, I’m sure you will have more stories than others to tell. There are times when you are going through this period, your husband looks at you in a funny way or something and you just want to smack him! Take heart! There is a solution to this problem.
The first story about Herbert and Annita. On looking back, I realized that I saw the whole situation completely wrongly!I (Herbert) was at fault because Annita and I weren’t specifically having a time of sharing and communicating. Herbert was busy with something else and his mind was on that particular task. I just casually started talking, without even making eye contact with him so that he could see I wanted to talk. Herbert didn’t deliberately ignore me at all! He simply didn’t hear me, and I took it the wrong way.

In this story, the wife had nothing against her husband. In fact, she was thrilled that he was going to back her and stand with her! However, before she could shut the door herself, a sudden gust of wind did the job for her. This made it look as though she was mad at her husband, and he took it the wrong way too.

These types of incidents happen to every courting or married couple, but I want you to know that you don’t have to be defeated by them! You also certainly don’t have to go round all day feeling depressed and upset and getting all sorts of negative thoughts in your mind about it. Watch out, because someone will try and magnify the problem unless you deal with your own negative thoughts quickly!

Don’t Invite Bitterness In

You see, unfortunately no matter what happens to you, or what your spouse says or does that may upset you, you are responsible, for keeping your heart free of bitterness! Bitterness is such a powerful poison, and you cannot afford to let even a drop of it come into your marriage. If you do,the enemy will take that little drop, and will try and make it look way worse than what it really is! He will try to make you blow things out of proportion. You will begin to believe lies and think that things are really worse than they are.

Then you will do one of two things. You will either continue to seeth in anger for days, or if you get your courage up to confront your spouse about everything, you will blow up at him (or her) like Mount Vesuvius, and make things a whole lot worse too. I sometimes wonder how many separations or divorces have started over a simple, unresolved misunderstanding.

There is another good reason for dealing with your bitterness quickly, and that is if you don’t, you put a negative force on your partner that can be very destructive. Now not only do you have a bad day because you are mad, but because you are not flowing out in love towards your spouse or partner, they have a bad day too! When you look at it like that, it’s rather scary when you think of the consequences of your actions!

So what can you do about this situation now? You’re mad, upset, confused — whatever your emotion is at the time. Don’t let a silly little thing like this ruin your day. It is often not even worth confronting your spouse about. There’s a better way to sort the problem out. What is it? The minute you get angry or upset you need to deal with it right then and there, because if you leave it unattended to, it will begin to boil and bubble up on the inside and give you ulcers and gray hairs. It’s really not worth it.

You may be thinking, «Yes, but what if we have guests or something and he makes me mad by saying something that upsets me?»

That shouldn’t be any problem. Simply excuse yourself if you’re able to and slip away into the bathroom or another room. It will take you two minutes or less to solve! If you simply cannot do that, then whisper quietly under your breath. Whatever you do, try and deal with that anger right away.
Share In Love
When you have dealt with your own negative feelings as I’ve just shared, if you really want to, you can share it with your spouse later on when you come together specifically to talk and share about your day. Now you will be in a much better position to handle it. You won’t come with accusation and nasty words and probably cause a big fight in the process. You will come from the point of view that you had a problem. You will be able to share logically and find out if there really was a problem or simply a misunderstanding.

As I shared earlier, a lot of the time you will not need to even talk about what happened. It’s not worth even bringing it up. Besides, it’s much better to talk about positive things, like your desires, plans and aspirations and future plans together. If however, you feel that you really need to share things with your spouse that you are not happy about, and if it is becoming too much of a problem, then you need to carry out this Biblical principle: «Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.»

This is very important. I just want to remind you of it here though. If you can deal with anything that is negative and is still remaining in you before you go to sleep, then you will have succeeded in diffusing many potential problems in your marriage. Deal with it in love, then forgive one another and literally ‘put it to sleep’. By doing this you will rest well and wake up free of care, and with love in your hearts towards each other.

Let It Go
You blew it, you missed it!
You said some things you shouldn’t have.
You argued and you fought,
And ugly words were said.
Now your mind is trying to play
It’s nasty tricks on you.
You live the hurt and the pain
Again and again!
Give it up, let it go
And leave the past behind.
Give it up, let it go
And give to me that care.
The past is far behind.
Take my hand and walk with me
Into the future!
Whether you are married or just courting, may you and your spouse or partner be richly blessed together today and increase in every good thing, enjoy your partner to the full.

The Value of Good timing 5 августа, 2009

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Herbert Mtowo

The value of timing

You and me are products of the decisions that we make or have made in life.I wish it can be said over and over again,timing is an important skill,or virtue when it comes to determining your tomorrow.They say procrastination is the thief of time.So many people live in regrets over what they could have done,opportunities that they have lost.

We need to be strategically positioned,but above all else we need to very good and sharp when it comes to timing.Am sure we have all heard this statement,»Being in the right place and at the right time»I cant have said it better than this for sure,timing is crucial in determining your success believe you me.The friends you hang out with,your mind set all positions you to the perfect time,life is full of people who have done extremely well successful,mail becoz of their ability to seize the times that came their way.Don’t live life regretting,make very good use of your time.Have you ever thought and imagined why we only celebrate birthday once in a year and not twice per year..?It simply means that,make the best of the times that you have today.

The bible is also full,of men and women who maximized the time in various opportunities and circumstances.There is no need to feel left out,your time is there for you,but you may not know that or fail to make great use of it.Do what you can while you can.Read the following and begin to realize that above all else time matters most and timing is crucial to what you are going to be and achieve in life.
There is a time for everything. So says Solomon in his supreme wisdom. Yet timing is a lost art for most people, especially in our opportunistic culture today. So, do you understand “times”? There’s a lot in the subject of time and timing. So this is just an introduction to the topic. You will remember that end time prophecies refer to such things as “time, times and half a time” (Daniel 12:7, Revelation 12:14).
Jesus knew the times and said of himself, “my time has not yet come” (John 7:6,8).
Members of one of the twelve tribes of Israel, Issachar, were noted for their ability to understand the times, thus knowing what Israel should do in various situations (1Chronicles 12:32). Knowing the significance of times and seasons enables people to make the right choice at the right time.
King Solomon gave us a poetic celebration of the reality of times and seasons.
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
The most sobering reflection on ‘time’ comes out of the life of Elisha, the powerful prophet of Israel, approx 850 years before Christ. After this man of God healed the Syrian leper, Naaman, he declined to accept the lavish and valuable gifts offered him by the grateful military captain. Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, however, had no qualms about getting a share of the goods and so he secretly went to Naaman and asked for some of the booty, which Naaman happily gave him. When Gehazi returned to his post Elisha challenged him, since the prophet knew by divine revelation what Gehazi had done.
Significant in Elisha’s challenge to Gehazi is the issue of ‘timing’.
“And Elisha said to him, Didn’t my heart go with you when the man (Naaman) turned from his chariot to meet you? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and olive-yards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?” 2Kings 5:26
Elisha knew something about timing that Gehazi did not know. It was not the right time to get wealth. Gehazi’s problem was not greed, nor deception, but ignorance of the time in which he was living.
Now, considering how vital timing is in such a case, how well are we acquainted with timing and seasons in our lives? I suspect that most of us think opportunity is all that is required. If there is an opportunity to get something then the opportunity speaks for itself. Many people end up in some kind of curse, just as Gehazi did, when they act without regard for the times and seasons.
I suggest we all need to be much more prayerful and sensitive to times and seasons. We need to seek God for insight and revelation about how times and seasons impact our lives

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

Mighty To Save 25 июля, 2009

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Everyone needs compassion,
Love that’s never failing;
Let mercy fall on me.

Everyone needs forgiveness,
The kindness of a Saviour;
The Hope of nations.

Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.

Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

So take me as You find me,
All my fears and failures,
Fill my life again.

I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in,
Now I surrender.

My Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.
Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

Shine your light and let the whole world see,
We’re singing for the glory of the risen King…Jesus (x2)

My Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.
Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

My Saviour, you can move the mountains,
You are mighty to save,
You are mighty to save.
Forever, Author of Salvation,
You rose and conquered the grave,
Yes you conquered the grave

Русский перевод-Елена Чуенко

Нужно всем состраданье
Любовь, что бесконечна
И благодать Твоя!

Нужно так всем спасенье,
Спасителя любезность,
Надежда мира.

Может сдвинуть горы!
Силён Господь мой спасти,
Всех силён Он спасти.

Вовеки, Он – Творец спасенья!
Воскрес и смерть победил,
Смерть Иисус победил!

Возьми мои паденья,
Страхи и сомненья,
Жизнь наполни вновь!
Тебе отдам все дни я,
Всё, во что я так верю,
В Твоих руках, Бог!

Может сдвинуть горы!
Силён Господь мой спасти,
Всех силён Он спасти.

Вовеки, Он – Творец спасенья!
Воскрес и смерть победил,
Смерть Иисус победил!

Яркий свет Твой пусть видит вся земля,
Мы будем петь во славу воскресшего Царя! (2р.)

Может сдвинуть горы!
Силён Господь мой спасти,
Всех силён Он спасти.

Вовеки, Он – Творец спасенья!
Воскрес и смерть победил,
Смерть Иисус победил!

Может сдвинуть горы!
Силён Господь мой спасти,
Всех силён Он спасти.

Вовеки, Он – Творец спасенья!
Воскрес и смерть победил,
Смерть Иисус победил!


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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! 


YOU CAN START AGAIN 24 июня, 2009

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By Chuck Peirce

There is hope in the middle of darkness. Usually in the midst of our dark times in life, we find ourselves filled with trauma and loss. These elements hide in our very cells. Trauma is like a snapshot from a camera. The picture of the trauma is stored deep in our brains, but the Holy Spirit wants to move in such a way that we are sovereignly delivered. He wants to give us a new perspective on life and the world around us. When we do not deal with trauma effectively, we allow roots to grow that entangle our feet and keep us from moving forward on our new path of success. Trauma imprinted on our memory systems is also absorbed deep into the tissues of our brain (the processor) and affects our thoughts and our hearts. Trauma becomes the flashbulb that determines what we see and how we define the world around us. When not processed correctly, trauma will shape your world from the point of view of the incident. Trauma can produce lock-ins of fear, failure complexities, emotional distress, and anxiety, and it can even cause your organs (spleen, kidneys, pancreas) to overwork. Oh my! We may be going through a lot, but there is a way for us to overcome, to reverse the power of our dark hour, and to advance into the very best that still lies ahead. An over comer moves past defeats, past traumas, wounding, mistakes and failures to gain new strength and venture into the next season with hope. In the midst of darkness there is light. My favorite saying in life is “But God!” Your present circumstances are developing a mentality of victory within you. No matter what situation you find intruding in your life, you can shout, “But God! He is the light in my darkness!” Dark hours lie ahead, but an over comer’s anointing will break through and give you victory. One way God develops the overcoming anointing in us is by moving us past our last failure or even our last victory, and by enabling us to continue to run the race ahead. Some dark hours are not only in our future but many dark moments may also lie in our past. In other words, there were certain times that we just botched it, made a mess of things, or royally wasted our opportunity for victory or favor. We had an opportunity, we missed the opportunity, and the time of prosperity slipped past us. We listened to a wrong voice and chose a wrong path. Our desire went awry, and we had a relationship that was never meant to be. We heard God, we pursued His voice, but we somehow got tangled in the cares of the world and lost sight of the way. We started the race, got tired and dropped out. The most difficult situation in our lives occurs when we know the will of God one day but somehow make a mistake and cannot find our way on the next day. The great thing for us to know is this: There will come another day! . There is always a way back. You might have to scale a mountain or swim a river, but there is a way back or into the next phase of your life. You can survive and find the right road again. I have counseled many who have gone through terrible divorces, bankruptcies, losses of business and homes, diseases and depressions, and they have always been able to hear the Lord say, “This is your way into the new place!” Sometimes the second time around is the best! We know that “all things work together” for our good—even our mistakes, so we can rest assured that God can, and does, use our failures to teach and direct us when we humble ourselves and seek His face. Adapted from Redeeming the Time by Chuck D. Pierce, copyright 2009, published by Charisma House. This book will give you a new understanding of time and God’s redemptive plan for you—whether past, present or future. It will help you recognize God’s timing in your life and reap the rewards of a life in step with God. To order a copy click on this link



This week thank God that He is enabling you to continue to run the race ahead no matter what you experienced in your past. Ask Him to restore what was lost and give you new opportunities to serve Him and fulfill His call on your life. Continue to pray for revival and that God would accomplish His purpose in and through our nation. Pray for the protection of Israel, our allies, the military and the persecuted church. Thank God for the freedoms we still enjoy in this country and pray that they will continue for the spread of the gospel and the extending or His kingdom. Rom. 8:28; Psalm 33:1


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Кто и за что будет платить 23 июня, 2009

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Наталья Гриднева

Любовь и деньги никогда не считались хорошей парой. Нам хочется верить, что наши лучшие, чистые чувства никаким расчетам не подлежат. В современном мире, где заработок считается безусловной ценностью, где нас постоянно вовлекают во все новые формы потребления, семейную жизнь нам хочется воспринимать как надежную, тихую гавань, укрытие от жесткого материализма. Это наш интимный мир, в котором нет места корысти и ничто не продается и не покупается… И все же это иллюзия. «Сегодня и в семейных отношениях деньги играют все более важную роль, – констатирует семейный терапевт Инна Хамитова. – Хотя в счастливых парах денежные конфликты возникают крайне редко.  Партнерам, которым удается улаживать спорные вопросы совместной жизни в режиме переговоров, нет нужды выплескивать накопившееся раздражение в спорах о том, кто из них, скажем, больше зарабатывает и почему».

Раздоры из-за денег усиливаются в тот момент, когда двое переживают кризис в отношениях. «На самом деле, – объясняет психоаналитик и семейный терапевт Бернар Приер (Bernard Prieur), – партнеры ссорятся из-за иных вещей: сексуальной неудовлетворенности, нехватки заботы, невозможности заниматься карьерой… Но сформулировать подобные переживания труднее, их проще подменить «очевидными» финансовыми проблемами».

Деньги способны показать, насколько глубоки отношения между партнерами, порой помогают их закрепить или даже стать мерой доверия, которое мы испытываем к другому человеку (доверяя ему, например, ведение хозяйства). А что скрывается за организацией нашего быта? «Общий котел», раздельные расходы или нечто среднее между этими крайностями – по мнению психоаналитиков, форма ведения бюджета в нашей паре говорит о нас очень многое.

  • 66% российских пар держат «общий котел».
  • 6% пар состоят из партнеров, имеющих отдельные бюджеты.
  • 28%  частично совмещают обе модели.

Опрос проведен Фондом общественного мнения (www.fom.ru) в мае 2007 года.

Общие деньги: желание все контролировать

«Все мое – твое, все твое – мое». «Общий котел» подчиняется логике, объединяющей пару. Такой тип отношений исходит из наиболее традиционных социальных моделей и в прошлом соответствовал классической организации семьи, в которой один из супругов (женщина) не работал. «Сегодня это условие уже не обязательно, – считает Инна Хамитова. – Такая организация бюджета может говорить и о глубокой близости между партнерами: помимо двух отдельных «я» в их паре существует большее – «мы», и выражается это в том числе и в общности материальных ценностей».

Но и при таком позитивном взгляде на отношения еще необходимо, чтобы каждый из партнеров не растворялся в совместной жизни, находил в ней достойное место. Картина не такая уж и редкая: муж приносит зарплату жене… а затем требует отчета по семейным расходам. Если одному из партнеров становится трудно самостоятельно оценивать свои действия и финансовые решения, то общий бюджет может дать другому возможность злоупотребить своей властью. Бернар Приер объясняет: «Когда мы приступаем к совместной жизни, в нас невольно начинает проявляться стремление к контролю. Оно не обязательно негативно: интересуясь тем, что купил наш партнер, мы таким образом проявляем к нему интерес. Но такой тип отношений может привести и к шпионству, и к стремлению все держать в поле зрения». Когда все без исключения покупки другого подлежат оценке и критике, в отношениях начинает раскручиваться механизм, который все больше мешает воспринимать своего партнера таким, каков он есть. Этот тип отношений создается обоими: контролируемый, как и контролирующий, стремятся к одному – стать ближе к другому члену пары. «Жертва» хочет лишь укрепить отношения, пусть даже совершая какие-то негативные поступки. «Так, женщина, пускающаяся в неоправданные траты, таким образом может выражать свое желание, чтобы муж изменился, скажем прекратив мелочиться», – объясняет Бернар Приер.   «Контролер» тоже хочет быть как можно ближе к другому, никогда с ним не расставаться. Обе эти линии поведения в конце концов приводят к результату, противоположному ожидаемому. «Это самый надежный способ потерять своего партнера», – предупреждает Бернар Приер.

Раздельные траты: борьба за власть

Есть пары, в которых каждый владеет собственным банковским счетом, партнеры делят «сферы влияния», тщательно фиксируя все доходы и расходы, и вносят деньги в семейный бюджет пропорционально своим заработкам. Может быть, такое стремление к равенству и должно служить образцом по-настоящему современных отношений? «Такой финансовый режим чаще всего выбирают молодые пары, в которых оба партнера работают, – отмечает Бернар Приер. – И я нередко вижу их у себя в кабинете: они приходят на прием, отчаявшись точно расписать на своих листочках, кто, что и когда купил. Их жизнь превращается в вечную бухгалтерию, все фиксируется, так как в глубине души они постоянно соперничают». За этой тщательностью расчетов стоят личные (семейные) истории каждого партнера: соперничество между братьями и сестрами, сложности в отношениях с родителями. Или же за ворохом чисел кроются проблемы с определением собственного места в жизни: партнеры пытаются разрешить экзистенциальные сложности с помощью математических расчетов и под видом раздела обязанностей на самом деле включиться в борьбу за власть. Стоит ли отказываться от совместного ведения бюджета и воспринимать свою банковскую карточку как нечто исключительно личное? Нет, это еще один верный путь к ослаблению отношений. «Такую схему могут устанавливать те, кто ищет дистанции с партнером, таких людей близкие отношения пугают», – считает Инна Хамитова. «В парах, где каждый сам себе финансист, с очевидностью проявляется взаимное пренебрежение», – добавляет психоаналитик Жан-Жак Московиц (Jean-Jacques Moscovitz).

Наша манера вести счета – это отражение внутреннего доверия, которое мы испытываем к нашему партнеру и к собственному решению о начале совместной жизни с ним. Ничего не считать или же не хотеть рассчитывать бюджет вдвоем – все это проявления желания остаться «при своих», отказаться делиться с другим в широком смысле слова. Считать означает сознательно принимать тот факт, что тебе нечто дают, а значит, принимать другого человека. А отказ от подсчетов связан с риском нагрузить себя неким внутренним долгом перед партнером. Каждому из нас в совместной жизни надо научиться как давать, так и принимать.

Траты мужские и женские

53% женщин (и лишь 5% мужчин) не смущает, если в паре значительно больше зарабатывает жена. Хотя 34% женщин признаются, что в такой ситуации они ощущают неловкость. Оплату коммунальных счетов, как правило, контролируют женщины (41%). Повседневные покупки (продукты и т. п.) делает тот, кому в данный момент удобнее (48% пар). А решение о крупных тратах совместно принимают 67% пар, а если нет, это делают мужчины (24%).

По данным опроса, проведенного на сайте www.psychologies.ru в январе 2009 года.

Вместе и порознь: настоящее партнерство?

Теоретически синтез двух предыдущих моделей может стать идеальным решением. В общей кассе материализуется сама идея союза, воплощается связь между партнерами, а собственная банковская карточка дает каждому возможность дышать свободнее. Такая смешанная схема ближе и к равноправному партнерству в семье. Правда, неловкость может возникнуть, если один из партнеров зарабатывает меньше другого: он реже сможет позволять себе какие-то приятные вещи и будет чувствовать себя менее независимым. И такая ситуация может пробудить в нем память прошлых лишений и обид. «На самом деле многие из нас живут с ощущением того, что некогда стали жертвой несправедливости, – объясняет Бернар Приер. – Это чувство естественно для любого человека и восходит к детству: нам кажется (пусть иногда и на пустом месте), что мы от чего-то страдали – к примеру, от недостатка заботы или пищи».

Наконец, напоминает терапевт, такая альтернатива требует внутренней зрелости: «Надо быть способным принять эту данность: когда мы начинаем жить вместе с другим, наша личная зона свободы уменьшается. И кроме того, отношения в паре никогда не развиваются «по прямой». Именно деньги помогают нам заключить друг с другом символический договор – о том, что со всем мы будем справляться вместе, и в радости, и в горе».  

Жанна, 42 года
«Мне деньги в руки давать нельзя, я мот и транжира»

«У меня муж – семейный казначей, ему я отдаю всю зарплату, так уж сложилось исторически. Он считает лучше меня и умеет экономить. Я, вообще-то, по натуре мот и транжира, мне деньги в руки давать нельзя, истрачу все в один день. Он это мое качество хорошо знает и выдает ежедневно определенную сумму – на обед, сигареты и бензин. Кое-что остается на непредвиденные расходы. Крупные покупки, как правило, мы обсуждаем вместе. Если мне нужно обновить гардероб, то едем в магазин вдвоем».

Юлия, 27 лет
«Общий бюджет для меня – знак большого доверия»

«Раньше у меня и у мужа был свой бюджет: каждый тратил зарплату так, как считал нужным. Но чаще получалось, что именно я расходовала свои деньги на покупку продуктов, оплачивала коммунальные услуги и детский сад сына. Из-за этого я обижалась на мужа. Я могла бы, конечно, попросить у него денег, ведь он зарабатывает на порядок больше меня. Но мне это было тяжело, а ему, видимо, и в голову не приходило, что мне нужны деньги. Мы даже на какое-то время расстались по этой причине. Сейчас мы снова вместе, и отныне у нас общий бюджет: его деньги – мои, а мои – его. Для меня общий бюджет – знак большого доверия».


Об этом

  • Анна Фенько «Люди и деньги» Класс, 2005.
  • Марта Барлетта «Как покупают женщины» Вершина, 2007.