vineri, 4 ianuarie 2008

Nisip ...Relatii












o poveste dintr-un caiet vechi....
are vreun inteles biblic?




Relatiile de orice fel sunt precum nisipul pe care il ti in mana.
Daca il ti usor in causul palmii, el ramane acolo unde este.
Dar in momentul in care strangi mana ca sa nu-l lasi sa scape nisipul ti se strecoara printre degete.

S-ar putea sa mai ramana ceva, dar cea mai mare parte din el se risipeste.
ASa este o relatie...Daca o tii usor si o respecti, ii dai celuilalt libertate, este foarte probabil sa ramana asa cum este.

Dar daca o tii prea strans, esti prea posesiv, relatia iti scapa printre degete si este pierduta.

avoid crucial mistakes















10 Ways to Sink Your Sermon Series


Avoid making 10 crucial mistakes ...

  • Address questions that no one is asking. Typically, we have people’s attention for just 30 to 45 minutes each week. Weigh what you really want people to know, and respond to the questions people are asking. But this requires first knowing the questions they’re asking. For example, How do I raise my kids? How can I save my marriage? What am I supposed to do with my life?
  • Schedule your series to last more than six weeks. A series will probably lose momentum after six weeks. People consider a new series as an opportunity to invite their friends, but the longer the series drags on, the less likely those they invite will come.
  • Pack your church calendar so full that inviting friends to worship isn’t a priority. The more activities and ministries you provide, not to mention meetings you schedule, the less you’ll focus on your weekend services. Ask yourself: What is our primary way for reaching people who don't attend church? If the answer is your weekend service, focus on making that effective by doing less of something else.
  • Teach too much in each message. Too many points can confuse not only your listeners, but you as well. Pick one point and stick to it. And remember ... brevity is your friend.
  • Teach the truth without life application. For the most part, people don't need more knowledge, but rather to learn how to put their existing knowledge into action. They know Jesus died for them, but what does this mean for them when their alarm goes off on Monday morning?
  • Assume the message stands alone. The artistic and worship elements that surround the message need to prepare people’s hearts and minds for God’s Word. People must hear the message, but they also need to experience it with their emotions.
  • Don't tease the coming series with appropriate promotions. Launching a series without letting people know it’s coming does no good. How will your members invite people ahead of time? Promote what you’ll be talking about and why they should care enough to attend.
  • Don’t creatively connect biblical truth with the spiritual conversations in our culture. The Bible has a lot to say on hot topics in today’s culture. And when culture lobs us a softball and opens up a spiritual dialogue, we should be ready to swing the bat. A recent example is The Da Vinci Code movie. Whether or not people saw the film, the authenticity of the Bible was publicly called into question. Were you there to help answer these questions?
  • Make sure your series only connects with people who already attend your church. Want to ignore the unchurched in your community? A sure-fire way to do this is to preach a series that assumes your listeners are already Christians. Eventually, churches will die when they stop focusing on people outside the congregation.
  • Don't sweat the details. A good series involves more than just developing a message. When a team of experts comes together to plan out the messages—the art elements, the promotions and the rest of the service experience—there’s a much better chance the series will succeed in both offering biblical truth and reaching more people for Christ.

Ten Ways I Hear God















Ten Ways I Hear God

We're continuing The Anatomy of Faith series this week. I talked about the ear this weekend. Thought I'd share a list of ten things that help me hear the the still small voice of the Spirit more clearly.

1 I hear God better after I've confessed my sin.

Somehow confession gets rid of the static. Besides, when I'm living with unconfessed sin I don't always want to hear God's voice.

2 I hear God better when I'm worshipping Him.

Worship is one way I tune into God's frequency.

3 I hear God better early in the morning.

Some of you have never heard God's voice in the morning :) Part of spirituality is understanding your circadian rhythm.

4 I hear God better after I've read my Bible.

When you open the Bible God opens His mouth. When you close the Bible God closes His mouth. Not sure who said that first, but it's true!

5 I hear God better when I'm not in a hurry.

Blaise Pascal said, "All of man's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone."

6 I hear God better when I'm out in nature.

7 I hear God better when I'm on a rooftop.

My favorite place to pray is the rooftop of Ebenezers. I love praying in elevated places where I have a good view.

8 I hear God better when I'm fasting

I hear God more clearly when I do a TV Fast--sometimes we have to tune some voices out so we can hear the voice of God.

9 I hear God better when I'm out of my routine.

Change of place + change of pace = change of perspective. God seems to show up in burning bushes in the middle of nowhere!

10 I hear God better when I'm going after a dream

God doesn't speak to me when I'm not stepping out in faith.

no jesus...no target










How to Live a Miserable Christian Life

1) trying to repay Jesus for the Cross

2) neglecting the Bible

3) neglecting Prayer

4) be selfish

5) go to a church that does not preach expositionally

6) resist Biblical correction

7) neglect service in the body of Christ

8) neglect evangelism

9) deny the sovereignty of God

10) think that every Christian must look and act like you

In Mana Lui viata ta suna altfel















Cine-i oare mester mare
In intregul univers?
Care sa ma modeleze,dandu-mi chipul sau ceresc

R: Fa din mine ce ai vrea sa fiu
O vioara a iubirii Tale
Sa cant pe coarda Harului ceresc
Si tot mai mult in dragoste sa cresc

Fa din mine ce ai vrea sa fiu
O simfonie a iubirii tale
Sa cant pe coarda Harului ceresc
Si tot mai mult in dragoste sa cresc

El e piatra lepadata de zidar sus pe calvar
Doar El poate sa ne faca
Pietre vii in sfant altar

R: Fa din mine ce ai vrea sa fiu
O vioara a iubirii Tale
Sa cant pe coarda Harului ceresc
Si tot mai mult in dragoste sa cresc

Fa din mine ce ai vrea sa fiu
O simfonie a iubirii tale
Sa cant pe coarda Harului ceresc
Si tot mai mult in dragoste sa cresc

Azi purtam in vase slabe
Maretia Domnului
Maine insa transformate
Vom fi sus in casa Lui

R: x 2
Fa din mine ce ai vrea sa fiu

O vioara a iubirii Tale

Sa cant pe coarda Harului ceresc
i tot mai mult in dragoste sa cresc


Fa din mine ce ai vrea sa fiu

O simfonie a iubirii tale

Sa cant pe coarda harului ceresc
Si tot mai mult ïn dragoste sa cresc

Care este teologia ta?