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DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE IN A WRONG CONTEXT Июнь 29, 2009

Posted by Alyosha Kolodiy in Актуальная проблема -problem of today, Библейские уроки-Bible lessons, Библия говорит - Bible Speaks, Брощюры, Трибуна братства - The brotherhood tribune, Цитаты Великих - Great Quotes, Today's Devotional.
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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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YOU CAN START AGAIN Июнь 24, 2009

Posted by Alyosha Kolodiy in Актуальная проблема -problem of today, Трибуна братства - The brotherhood tribune, Цитаты Великих - Great Quotes, PSYCHOLOGIE-ПСИХОЛОГИЯ, Today's Devotional.
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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

 

PRAYER POWER FOR THE WEEK OF 6/29/2009

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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Молитвенная поддержка для вашего проповедника Июнь 1, 2009

Posted by Alyosha Kolodiy in Актуальная проблема -problem of today, Библейские уроки-Bible lessons, Трибуна братства - The brotherhood tribune, eMagazines, Today's Devotional.
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Христиане нуждаются в том, чтобы молиться друг о друге и друг с другом. Но есть особенная нужда в молитве за христианских лидеров, будь то в церкви или обществе. Церковный лидер сталкивается с множеством сложных задач, балансируя между ролями старейшины, проповедника, священника, администратора. кроме того, у него еще есть роль мужа и отца. Есть так же христиане, которые являются лидерами, занимая светсткие должности. Они сталкиваются с трудной задачей -оставаться верными Евангелию в сложном и многоликом мире.

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

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

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

Молитвенная неделя

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Father’s Heart for the Hurting Май 19, 2009

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A Father’s Heart for the Hurting
By James J. Holden

STORY-~3Have you ever gone through a day and become so exhausted that all you wanted to do was flop down on the sofa and zone out in front of the TV? I recently did. It had been a long, stressful day, and I just needed some time to relax and turn off my brain for the rest of the night. However, this was not going to happen. My mind began working overtime as I was drawn into the story line.

One of the characters, a young man in his early 20s, was just days away from the birth of his first child. As the show progressed, the young man revealed that when he was 10 years old, his father left him. Now, facing the birth of twin sons, he found himself terrified at the thought of being a father. He had nowhere to turn for advice and support, and he wanted to be a better father to his kids than his dad was to him.

As I watched, I felt like my heart was breaking into a thousand pieces. I knew the pain this young man felt. I, too, have had a father who has left me fearful and unprepared for life as a man. I remember the sense of fear and hopelessness as I licked my wounds from the last round of verbal and emotional beatings from my father. I recognized the feelings this young man felt, wondering if I was doomed to repeat the same mistakes of my father.

Like the young man, I had reached out many times to other men in hope of support, advice, encouragement and love. Like him, I had been denied help by men who just didn’t want to be bothered. A few men gave me some help along the way, but because of the distance between us, they couldn’t give me the help that I needed. My desire for a man to help me through these tough issues was for the most part ignored. I had no one to reach out to, no one to help me and tell me everything would be OK. Thankfully, God did provide me with a godly mother to help me through this time. However, there were some times that it would have been more comfortable talking about certain things with a man.

As the show reached its conclusion, I wanted to just sit there and cry for the young man. I know it was only a TV show, but I longed to reach out, take him in my arms, and comfort him. Then I wanted to help him work through the grief and pain he was facing and let him know he wasn’t doomed to repeat his dad’s failure. I never want another man to have to face the hurts and pain of both a father’s rejection and the rejection of other Christian men who turned away from me in my hour of need.

It was at this moment that I felt God speak to my heart. He said, «This is only a tenth of the hurt and pain I feel every moment as I look at the faces of my men who feel alone and abandoned by their fathers. I long to be their Father, and I long for my children to rise up and be a father to these men.»

That’s when it hit me. We, as men, need to do this job. We are children of a loving heavenly Father. We need to share this same love with the younger men who have never felt a father’s love.

The apostle Paul was such a man. On his first missionary journey, he met a young man named Timothy. Timothy was a man called by God and full of promise. While he was supported by a strong mother and grandmother, he needed the influence of a godly man in his life. Paul decided to be that man. He took Timothy under his wing. He fathered Him. He let Timothy see what it meant to be a godly man throughout his life and the lives of his companions like Luke and Barnabas. As a result, Timothy became a godly man in his own right, and in time became a strong leader in the early church.

What about you? Is there a young man you could be helping? Church youth groups are full of young men who are products of divorce or abandonment. Can you reach out to them and become a godly influence in their lives? Could you be the man they seek out when they have questions or fears about their future? Could you be a source of encouragement to them in their time of need?

Ask God to give you his heart for the hurting men around you. Ask Him to open doors for you to show His love to another young man. Ask Him to use you to show the love of God to another hurting man. When He places someone in your path, ask Him for the right words and actions to help that young man. Then be obedient to what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. You never know what changes you can make to a world full of hurting young men.

James J. Holden (jjosh@frontier.net), a graduate of Valley Forge Christian College, is a freelance writer with a heart for ministering to men. He writes a monthly article for the Assemblies of God National Men’s Ministry Web site. He recently founded Not Your Dad Ministries (notyourdadministries.com), which provides biblical teaching to help men overcome the pain of their past.