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more fruits less leafs…stop hiding Май 16, 2012

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Bishop J-m Gilson-Levi

Bishop J-m Gilson-Levi

Understanding the fig tree being cursed: why did Jesus cursed the fig tree while it was not in a seasonal time for it to have fruits? Did Jesus cursed it really because of it ’s lack of fruits? Was he lead by his belly? Surely not…the explanation is in the text and in Genesis.

the Bible empathized he went to see the tree to find fruits while it was not the season…and the only thing he saw was leafs… so he cursed the tree and the day after when they came back the tree was dried dead. Could Jesus go against his word (remember he is the word) every tree will bear fruits in due season and then cursed it for not being fruitful?

Genesis will give us the answer:

Adam and eve were naked and after sin they discovered they were, so they did take leafs and dresses with it in order to hide their nudity. when God came he saw the leafs… he knew something had happened, he knew he will have to have the redemption plan activated, remember before Adam sinned God had already a plan of redemption, otherwise your name could not have been written in the book of life before the foundation of the world.

So God had to perform there the very first sacrifice, killed an animal to do them a covering… a dress, something to hide their nakedness.

So when Jesus saw the fig tree he remembered the purpose of his calling, he remembered the downfall of man, he remembered the sin, he remembered the seduction of the devil…he saw only the leafs and no fruits.

Many of us hide behind leafs (religion, titles, position, age, gray hairs…) and show no fruits. No sign of it in no season, because for us to be fruitful is in and out of season.

We hide behind money, elevation, knowledge of man, degrees and doctorates.

be careful hiding is a curse on itself and having no fruits is another curse, it is time for the church , the Christians to come out in the light and to show their fruits…if Jesus was passing by would he find fruits or leafs? When the son of man comes back will he find faith?

Shalom ,be blessed, your servant

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The gospel is simple Май 11, 2012

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Bishop J-m Gilson-Levi

Bishop J-m Gilson-Levi

the gospel is simple, religious has made it difficult to understand, we tent to made our church members some sort of theologians knowing Hebrew, Greek and all the history but not knowing the Lord, we tent to have now in our church the most literate people, thinking so much and analyzing the wording… but now we neglected the basic, preaching the message to the world,healing the sick, sending the captive free… we are so complicated on our message under the cover of so called revelations, that no one growth spiritually no more, the church is becoming a mess, so dirty that we are not able to clean it ourselves..l. the most successful evangelist in this generation had a simple message , based on cross, resurrection, blood, repentance and baptism… not about all the Jewish feasts, the way to be rich, the theology, scatology and all other secondary matters, let us preach salvation, justification,purification,sanctification in other words the FAITH.
be blessed
your servant

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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Молитвенная поддержка для вашего проповедника Июнь 1, 2009

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

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

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

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

Молитвенная неделя

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Fragrant Aroma Май 2, 2009

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 Lynn DeShazo SpiritLed Woman

GIRLWO~1Have you ever been tempted to restrain your emotions in a worship service because someone might misunderstand or become uncomfortable? Often women have been accused of being overly sensitive or sentimental. But when your outpouring of love and thankfulness goes beyond words to tears, don’t be embarrassed. I believe the Lord receives those tears as worship.

Four times in the gospels, the story appears of a woman’s lavish gesture of worship—anointing Jesus with a very expensive jar of perfume. Three of these reports are likely descriptions of Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, whose ministry to Jesus occurred during the final week of His earthly life (see Matt. 26:6-13; Mark 14:1-9; John 12:1-8).

The fourth account, however, though similar in detail, is a report of a separate event involving a different woman and occurring earlier in the life and ministry of Jesus than the week of His passion (see Luke 7:36-50).

This woman’s name is unknown. No one is even certain of the city in which the story takes place. Luke identifies her only as «a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town» (v. 37, NIV).

Drawn Into His Presence

The unknown woman evidently learned of Jesus’ whereabouts when He went to have dinner with Simon the Pharisee. «She brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind Him at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them» (Luke 7:37-38).

What was she thinking when she pulled that expensive vial out of hiding? What did the bottle of perfume represent to her? Was she holding in her hands a bit of security in an uncertain world?

Whatever significance the perfume held for her, this woman saw something in Jesus that perhaps no one else in the room understood. She courageously risked the public disdain and rejection of a room full of holy men in order to get into His presence, because she saw Him for who He was.

Undoubtedly, she had encountered Jesus before. Perhaps He had met her gaze one day in the marketplace with eyes of compassion and understanding. Maybe her heart had been touched by His preaching, or perhaps He had stopped to speak a kind word to her or even to heal one of her sick children.

Entering Simon’s house, the woman was probably anxious about being turned away before she could find Jesus. Nevertheless, she made her way to where He was reclining.

By this time, surely everyone was staring at her, shocked by her presence. But she was undeterred from her purpose.

The Ministry of Her Tears

Standing behind Jesus, she began to weep. Hot tears fell like rain upon His dusty feet as she was overcome with gratitude and love for Him. She had come to worship Him!

The air was probably thick with the critical murmurings of the men. Not only did she show up uninvited, but she was crying and touching Jesus!

Jesus was not uncomfortable with her emotional outpouring at all. In fact, He was deeply touched by it and quietly received the ministry of her tears.

As she knelt at Jesus’ feet, she must have noticed that He’d not been offered the basic hospitality of water, so she washed His feet with her tears and wiped them dry with her hair and her kisses. Then she took the expensive jar of perfume and began to anoint His feet.

I believe this woman saw the need of our Lord as only God’s women can. She ministered to Him as best she could, using her very own tears and hair, because no one else had acknowledged His need for water and a towel.

As he watched the intimate drama unfold, Simon called Jesus’ behavior into question, declaring it completely unbecoming a spiritual leader. He said to himself, «If this man were a prophet, He would know who is touching Him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner» (Luke 7:39).

But Jesus did know, and He wasn’t repelled by her presence as the religious hierarchy was. Going against the current of popular religious opinion, Jesus welcomed her worship. After all, His entire mission was to seek and save the lost. This woman was a priority in His eyes, not an unpleasant interruption!

Outpoured Hearts

There were probably those present who were dismayed, also, by this woman’s extravagant waste of the costly perfume. Her gift may have been rejected outright by the religious men gathered there in Simon’s home because it was very likely the proceeds of her past immoral lifestyle.

But worship is about the outpoured heart, and that’s not always religiously correct! This woman had experienced a life-changing encounter with Jesus and had come to lavish upon Him, as an offering of worship, what was perhaps the greatest material treasure of her life. Jesus did not rebuke her. In giving Him her treasure, she also gave Him her heart (see Matt. 6:21).

For his part, Simon received from the Lord a well-deserved rebuke. He had invited Jesus into his home for completely selfish reasons and then treated Him badly. It was considered a serious breach of etiquette and an insult not to offer a guest in your home water to wash his feet.

He had also neglected to greet Jesus with a kiss on the cheek, a practice still observed by men in the Middle East. Simon bypassed this formality and even omitted the inexpensive touch of perfumed oil for His head, a common preliminary to a feast in those days. But Jesus had graciously overlooked Simon’s offenses.

Until Simon commented to himself about the woman’s reputation. Then, using the parable of the two debtors as an introduction to His correction, Jesus contrasted Simon’s negligence with the woman’s heartfelt adoration (see Luke 7:40-46) and concluded: «‘Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.’ Then Jesus said to her, ‘Your sins have been forgiven'» (vv. 47-48).

This woman did not need anyone to point out to her the fact that she was a sinner. I’m sure someone was around to remind her of it every day of her life. But it was this very fact that caused her to love Jesus so much: She was indeed a woman who had been forgiven much.

Simon, on the other hand, had little regard for Jesus because he was self-righteous and blind both to his own need for forgiveness and to the authority of the One reclining at his table.

Are you a Simon, or do you identify more closely with the woman holding the vial of perfume? If you are like the woman—a sincere worshiper of Jesus—He will receive you, no matter what your past may be and no matter how emotional or lavish your expression of love. You are already deeply loved by Him and always welcome in His presence.

Lord, help us to see You for whoYou are and to «love much» as we extravagantly worship You with outpoured hearts!

Lynn DeShazo is a gifted worship leader and songwriter for Integrity Music, best known for such songs as «More Precious Than Silver,» «Lead Me to the Rock,» and «Be Magnified.»

 

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