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“When love and skill work together expect a masterpiece.”

John Ruskin


 

I Cor. 13

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2015 in Series, The week deal

 

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Love means loving the unlovable —- or it is no virtue at all.

G.K. Chesterton


 

Luke 10:27; 6:27;

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2012 in The week deal

 

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“Rejoice, that the immortal God is born, so that mortal man may live in eternity.”

John Huss


 

Jn. 3:16; Is. 9:6-7;

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2012 in News, The week deal, Theology

 

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Sense the nonsense

Emotional Language: Appeal to love/appeal to trust (argumentum ad amicitiam)

When interacting with people around we often have to face one specific formulation of a demand or request. Especially some of those in relationships and marriages have to deal with this almost regularly. While conflict is nearly inevitable situation which we sooner or later have to deal with, bringing up relationship or trust into it is only rarely a good way to do it.

When your partner disagrees with you and says something like this: “If you do not agree with me, you don’t love me” or “If you really trusted me, then you’d go along with me.” After this kind of request or statement you are put into a very bad position in which you are forced to choose between the two, but obviously there are other solutions. I can deeply love someone without agreeing with what he just said, can’t I? I can also have a general trust in my friend, while not following his lead for some other reasons. Moreover just because of our relationship I can disagree with my friend who is about to take his fourth drink, which would at this point be clearly too much for him.

Therefore it is not right to make demands based solely on a ground of feelings, for they are not by themselves based on a reasonable foundation. However we can surely decide to consent to them anyway, even if they are unreasonable,… but that is a completely different story :). What is important, is that we are aware of this and our own decisions are not merely manipulated by these unfair emotional appeals.

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2011 in Mission, Sense the nonsense

 

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Surrender

Few days ago I was sitting in the class and we as students were trying to coach each other to learn how to do that. Giving simple questions to guide people to understand themselves and to make a difference. In Galatians 2:20 Paul is writing; “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

We want to be like Christ, we want to follow him or… walk with Him as Henoch did. Only thing is sad. We never will be like Christ if we will just try to walk. Of course… God will never take our free will… However in this process, soon or later, we will have to surrender. It is impossible to become Christ. But how come that Paul could say; “Nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me…” If we want to be Christ-like, we have to surrender. How do we surrender? It is simple, but not easy. What scriptures teach us is that fulfilment of the law is to love. To love completely is not by mind, not by heart, not by strength, not by soul, but by everything together actively, not passively.
Today I do not feel quite well. More and more I experience that I am just sinner, looser. I know that everything I do is useless and by everything I do I ruin the things around me and people around me. But through grace of Christ, I believe his sacrifice is real and because of that I want this belief to be real in my life. “I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” And I am always afraid that I will not succeed. What I need to keep remembering myself is that I already did not succeed. My life already was a misery and that is what I needed to accept. That is the beginning of repentance.
So… do I want Christ to live in me? Through practice, in obedience and courage it is possible. Today I want to surrender and trust God that He will change my life. Not the circumstances, but my heart, mind and my soul and he will give me strength to live the life He has called me to live. I just need to surrender.
We are leaving for a mission trip. Pierce tomorrow and I on Sunday evening. We both want to be used by God, we both want to surrender under his will. It is simple, difficult, but we believe that He in us is greater than the one from the world. We would be glad if God puts us on your heart please keep us in your prayers. We need it much and we believe that also through our God can become real for other people around us. We do not know if we are ready, but our God is always prepared to save. He already did the main part and is preparing the soil new seeds are going to be seeded. We will not be active on internet during next weeks but will try to update you all as soon as possible.
Thanks for your support and God bless you by His grace, peace and joy in our Lord Jesus Christ.
written by Jakub Kriška
 
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Posted by on January 20, 2011 in Theology

 

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The Gospel Message

PuzzleIt is interesting for me to watch people as they are praying for revival, for a wake up call, for a change that would come; That their city, country or nation would awake and see Gods glory on their own. But often when you ask them: “When was it the last time you told someone about Jesus?” only a very few respond with an answer covering last week or even less. The majority is excusing themselves by referring to their godly live style. That by living godly life they are showing the world Jesus’ love (the light and salt of the world) which when people will see, they will desire it and subsequently follow. Someone once told me “Preach the gospel; if necessary , use words.” at first I found it interesting, however after further examination I discovered that it is rather antagonistic. If we tried to use this in some other areas of our lives it could sound like this: “Tell me your phone number; if necessary, use digits.” or “Feed starving children, when necessary use food.” I hope you see absurdity of these statements. The thought here is to preach the gospel (verbally) and live lives that are not in contrary to what we are saying by our words. Some say that they are not evangelists and there are others that are called to go out and do the “evangelistic ministry”. In a sense that is true, but it is not an excuse. We are called to evangelize, preach the gospel, tell others about Jesus of Golgotha.

“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”

(ESV, Mark 16:15)

Yet it is true that it is not the main ministry for all of us, that there are people specially gifted, anointed to this ministry, who are above all focusing on unsaved people. But even though we are not all evangelists, we are all called to evangelize! It is much easier to tell God about people, than to tell people about God…

“Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself, be sure of that.”

Charles H. Spurgeon

As Christians we must seek and save the lost, we can not keep this truth for ourselves and expect them to somehow find out the way through our polite behavior and noble values! Besides that I met people far more “holy” than most Christians I know including me, who were not saved. If we do so we are nothing but ignorant and indifferent to our neighbors, which we are ought to love as ourselves (Mark 12:31). When we love somebody, we do not want them to end in a such a terrible place as hell and we will do everything we can to make sure they will not.

Now, in case you want to start telling people about your savior, but you do not really know how, here is a video that could help you start. On the other hand, if you do not believe in God, in his existence I would still like to encourage you to take these 15 minutes and maybe afterwards reassess what you actually believe in.

And if you are looking for more information please view this website:

http://www.wayofthemaster.com/

Written by Peter Makovíni

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2010 in Theology

 

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