50 de lucruri uimitoare despre om și corpul uman

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1. Când o persoană moare auzul este ultimul simt perceput. Văzul este primul care dispare.
2. Celulele care compun creierul uman pot absorbi de până la de 5 ori mai multă informație decât cuprinde toata Enciclopedia Britanică. Continue reading “50 de lucruri uimitoare despre om și corpul uman”

Mulțumirea, o stare pe care trebuie să o deprindem!

    “căci m-am deprins să fiu mulţumit cu starea în care mă găsesc. Ştiu să trăiesc smerit şi ştiu să trăiesc în belşug. În totul şi pretutindeni m-am deprins să fiu sătul şi flămând, să fiu în belşug şi să fiu în lipsă. Pot totul în Hristos care mă întăreşte.

 ……………………  FILIPENI, 4: 9-13

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Odată cineva  a fost rugat să-și prezinte o zi din viața sa de creștin. Dar nu toate zilele noastre sunt roz și încurajatoare.  Însă persoana la care mă refer a răspuns cum nu se putea mai “bine”,  cu clipe fericite de dimineața până seara târziu, deși a avut de muncă, pe alocuri din greu, la bucătărie, în casă, la câmp și la animale, dar și la jobul unde mergea în mod regulat, însă parfumul care l-a extras în mărturisire a fost presărat  de cântări și de rugăciuni de mulțumire înaintea Domnului  pentru toate lucrurile prin care a trecut. Continue reading “Mulțumirea, o stare pe care trebuie să o deprindem!”

Scopul omului!

    SCOPUL, SCUZĂ MIJLOACELE?!
Sau urmăresti sa fii cinstit si drept?

Ne impresioneaza viata altora, insă, de cele mai multe ori,   nu dorim  să mergem pe drumul pe care au mers ei.

Iov a fost un om neprihănit si  foarte binecuvântat de Dumnezeu. Insă mulţi credeau că el este asa deoarece a ales să i se inchine lui Dumnezeu si să trăiască  in ascultare de El si, practic, pentru că el nu avea parte si de suferinte.

Iov avea zece copii, sapte băieţi si trei fete, asezati la casele lor. Avea mii de oi, de capre si vite. Era un om bogat si respectat de oameni. Dumnezeu,  la presiunea diavolului  – care l-a acuzat pe Iov că e asa deoarece nu duce lipsă de nici un bine, dar că se va lepăda de Dumnezeu când i se va lua aceste binecuvântari si va avea si el parte de suferintă – l-a trecut prin multe incercări, succesive, si-a pierdut copiii intr-o clipa, apoi bogătia si faima.  Dar Iov nu s-a lepadat deloc de Dumnezeu, nici când sufletul lui trecera prin mari suferinte. El a continuat si atunci sa-l onoreze pe Dumnezeu si să i se inchine Lui. Continue reading “Scopul omului!”

Pe piatra aspră a vietii

Nicolae Moldoveanu

 

Pe piatra aspră a vietii sa lasi o dâră fină,

Din aurul virtutii, din sfânta lui lumină.

        Tu ești chemat, tu ești chemat

                                                                                Să fii creștin cu-adevărat!


Și-n mâna ce-ti loveste a vietii tale floare,

Sa lasi parfumul dulce, ca dar spre- nviorare. Continue reading “Pe piatra aspră a vietii”

Sibiu 2011

NICOLAE MOLDOVEANU

Cântarea, ca orice alta scriere, isi implineste rostul când te face pe tine consumator (cântaret, cititor, ascultator) sa repeti intr-un anumit fel experienta intelctuala si starea emotionala a autorului.

[pullquote] Am vazut, de-alungul anilor, lucrarea fratelui Niculita Moldoveanu ca si un izvor care astazi a juns un fluviu

dr. Puiu Caciora. [/pullquote]

Cântand cântarile lui N. Moldoveanu, experimentezi intr-o masura starea si duhul fratiei sale. Melodiile si poezia fratelui Niculita, trezesc uimirea in fata Harului, stimuleaza sfintirea, inobileaza simtirea, inaripeaza imaginatia, vindeca nadejdea, mângaie asteptarea. Lauda, la fratia sa, este necontenita, este nesfârsita si se “inalta din tot ce traiesc si sunt”. Dupa propria-i marturisire cântarea nu este o stare, este o slujba; o jertfa a buzelor dupa Invatatura Apostolilor.

Drumul poetilor si a compozitorilor spre emotiilor noastre este tocmai imaginatia noastra, stimulata atât de frumusetea imaginilor care le creeaza poezie cât si armonia sunetelor care exprima aceste imagini. Iata de ce cantatul mecanic, ca si ascultrea fara imaginatie este un exercitiu „desert” si o ofensa la adresa Autorului, si datatorului “oricarui dar bun”, al frumosului si al bucuriei.

Duminica la Sibiu cei prezenti, mai mult decât noi, care am privit pe “fereastra”, au trait o experienta unica. Am fost prima data in viata mea emotinat, ascultând fanfara in Adunare. Finetea executiei, dar mai ales armonizarea si prelucraea instrumentala a fost pentru mine ceva surprinzator de nou si emotionant.

Corul de la Bucuresti a excelat prin seninatatea si simtirea cu care a cântat. Corurile din Sibiu si orchestra, grupurile fratilor penticostali trebuiesc felicitati impreuna cu toti solistii si participantii pentru acest omagiu adus Apostolului Cântarii Crestine Romanesti dar mai ales pentru Slujba Duhovniceasca care au facut-o cântand „HARUL”, caruia Nicolita Moldoveanu i-a slujit si L-a cântat in limba mostenirii nostre, uneori cu dorul si duiosia doinei si alteori in exuberanta cântului de joc, care trimite la, Imparatul Psalmist, inaintea Chivotului Domnului.

Grupul ProDeum, este poate, tot ce avem mai bun in materie de interpretare , desigur multimea profesionistilor trage greu in balanta. Dorel Bacu m-a ridicat in picioare , interpretarea nu a fost doar a unui virtuos, dar a unui creator de imagini si nuante ale cântarii. Grupul de la Sega (Arad) cu Florin Iovin si ceilalti nu-l comentez, intrucât sunt prea partiniror. La cântarea “fiului ne-risipitor” (solo Gheorghe Nicoara), am simtit durerea Tatalui la duhul de judecata “a fratelui prea-neprihanit” fata de “fratele vames”. Maestrul Caciora a “filosofat in armonii” dincolo de intelegerea mea de plugar.

Acum 40 de ani cântarea lui Nicolita Moldovean nu putea fi cântata in chiar orice adunare – “ nu este din imnologia noastra….. „, cântarile “din carnetele” trezeau suspiciunea multora. Cu toate acestea la Sibiu, N. Moldoveanu continua sa Cânte “ Slava Domnului” , “ in zori, l-amiaz si seara la culcare” , iar izvorul curgând a crescut mereu “ca raul ce creste si da peste mal”, un rezervor de inspiratie pentru geneatiile care vor veni .

Am avut Harul sa fiu si eu in grupul seganilor care il vizitau adesea, pe fratele Moldoveanu in acei ani la Sibiu, o favoare care ne era inlesnita de fostii “colegi de universitate” ai fratiei sale. Erau adevarate pelerinaje.

Florian Guler

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NOTE

Nicolae Moldoveanu (n. 3 februarie 1922 – d. 12 iulie 2007) a fost un bine cunoscut compozitor, poet si scriitor crestin român.

 Prestatia sa artistica s-a confirmat într-o perioada istorica extrem de potrivnica, perioada comunista, datorita careia Nicolae Moldoveanu a suferit mult, fiind închis pentru 5 ani.

 Sa fie integrat într-o denominatiune numai pentru ca asa ar fi corect din perspectiva actelor de stare civila, este foarte dificil pentru ca, omul Nicoale Moldoveanu, s-a dovedit frate nedisimulat al tuturor crestinilor.

 Crescut în biserica ortodoxa, format în iuresul miscarii Oastea Domnului, încheind, mai apoi un legamant prin botezul neoprotestant intr-o biserica baptista si prieten al oricarui crestin, Nicolae Moldoveanu si-a deschis casa ca o biserica pentru fratii iesiti din toate confesiunile crestine. A mai lasat în urma 8000 de cântari si o multime mare de ucenici…

In Memoriam, Nicolae Moldoveanu

SIBIU 2011 – NICOLAE MOLDOVEANU

un David al cântarii duhovnicesti din România

 “ Am vazut, de-alungul anilor, lucrarea fratelui Nicolita Moldovean ca si un izvor care astazi a juns un fluviu”   dr. Puiu Caciora.

Cântarea, ca orice alta scriere, isi implineste rostul când te face pe tine consumator (cântaret, cititor, ascultator) sa repeti intr-un anumit fel experienta intelctuala si starea emotionala a autorului.

Cântand cântarile lui N. Moldoveanu, experimentezi intr-o masura starea si duhul Continue reading “In Memoriam, Nicolae Moldoveanu”

Nicolae Moldoveanu – A Saintly Hymn Writer Went to be with His Lord

Almost three years have passed since the Romanian Evangelical composer Nicolae Moldoveanu went to be with the Lord and I still feel like it is breaking news. His songs are so present within our worship that it is hard to imagine he is no longer with us.
The titles “composer” and “saint”, do not go together very well nowadays. However, this is precisely what I have been reading about and hearing on Romanian internet blogs, Christian radio and TV stations, ever since July 12, 2007. On that date, 85-year-old Nicolae Moldoveanu, prolific hymn writer, died in Sibiu, Romania. For more than 62 years, God enhanced our faith through his music, lyric and especially his uncompromised Christian testimony during Romania’s dark communist era of forty-five years.

Named “the Bach of Romania” (1), Moldoveanu wrote more than 6,000 songs, with 361 of them written while being persecuted for the faith in prison. Although while he was alive he rarely ventured out of his city, or even his personal residence for that matter, he was so present in the lives of at least one million Romanians that, “we could not believe he could ever die”, said M. Cruceru, VP of Emanuel University, Oradea.(2)

Born on February 3, 1922 to a very poor family, this extraordinary man lost his father by the age of three and a half and his only opportunity for education involved enlisting in the military program called the “Army’s Children” at the age of twelve. These destitute children lived in garrisons with soldiers, but due to his love for music, Moldveanu was enrolled in the military’s brass ensemble. There, a conductor recognized his talents and helped him develop his musical ability. Later, he would write, “I am now seeing God’s hand in everything that has happened in my life, good or bad”.

When he would come home for short vacations, Moldoveanu would accompany his mother to a newly-founded church belonging to “The Lord’s Army”, a reforming arm of the Greco-Orthodox Church that emphasized the need for repentance and of being born-again. Shortly, Moldoveanu met his Savior and also fell in love with the Lord’s Army’s musical tradition, putting its words and music to paper and publishing them, as well as his own original music, in “Village’s Light”, The Lord’s Army’s publication. Music also likely saved his life during World War II, as his ensemble was stationed far from the war-ravaged front lines. Still young, Moldoveanu wrote very mature music and spiritually-deep lyrics during this time of conflict. In order to buy his first Bible, he sold half of his bread ration and his entire milk ration for an entire month; he would eventually keep this very same Bible until his death. During this and the short post-war period of freedom, before the communist regime’s ascent to power, Moldoveanu was able to publish hundreds of songs. (3)

In 1948, the Communists declared the Lord’s Army illegal and threw its leaders in prison. Nicolae continued to worship in secret and in 1959, after refusing to stop attending Christian gatherings and writing songs, he was arrested and sentenced to 12 years in prison for “conspiring to overthrow the communist regime”, in spite of his right hand’s infirmity due to an accident. Still, he praised the Lord and in return God “gave” him the optimistic song: Clear Skies. On the day of his arrest, Moldoveanu was able to whisper to his wife. “Lena, look at the skies”. It was “the only thing we could share while separated”, he later said. The comment was to prove prophetic as after months spent in an underground section of the prison, Moldoveanu was finally allowed above ground. The new cell he had been moved to had a broken window, and although it was a bitterly-cold day, at least he could share the same sky as his wife.

In prison, he met Traian Dorz, a prolific Christian poet from Lord’s Army, and many well-known Christian brothers, including Tortured for Christ’s author and The Voice of the Martyr’s founder Richard Wurmbrand. Moldoveanu and Wurmbrand praised each other for their testimonies during persecution. Both considered it an honor and a grace to suffer for the Lord. “Moldoveanu was one of the two greatest saints I have met in my 15 years of prison”, Wurmbrand said in a sermon. “He came smiling from the torture room. His approach was that of a lamb. While I was protesting the guards’ abuses against others or me, he never protested” continued R.W. (4)

Amnestied five years later, though still under the secret police’s surveillance, he continued to meet with his small church house whenever possible. Warrant-less home searches, abuses and threats continued for decades, but Moldoveanu always thanked the Lord for them, and also prayed for persecutors. In a time when the communist regime kept a tight grip on any publication, even owing a typewriter could put you in prison for a couple of years. However, the spread of his songs could not be stopped. Memorized, copied by hand, and later recorded, Moldoveanu’s songs were used by the Lord to nurture our faith for more than six decades. Because of the surveillance, poverty, and poor health, he could not work or travel too far. But he was visited daily by Christians from all of Romania who were welcome in the small apartment he was renting. And a visit to him was quite an experience! In a country of religious divisions, Moldoveanu mended all fences and never asked visitors for anything other than their first names. He was even aware that some “Christians” might be police agents, but “they needed to hear the good news too”!

There was one exception to his presence though: after waking up, for at least two hours, he used to sing songs of praise to the Lord, alone and without any audience. Most of the songs he would write were granted to him during this intimate time. After that, he shared freely with anybody what God “gave” him, whether a song or a meditation. Even in more recent years, when recording artists sold CDs or DVDs with recordings and performances that included his songs, he never asked for copyright royalties. On the contrary, he encouraged musicians to arrange his songs for choirs or orchestras as he always looked upon his hymns as “God’s copyright”.

At times, his lyrics move one to feel spiritual immaturity; “This is a curse”, said Jan Staneschi, former Bucharest Baptist Seminary Principal, when he heard the song Break my Will, Even with Heavy Blows. “It is not a curse”, Moldoveanu would reply. “It is my commitment to God’s will, as was the Virgin Mary’s”, recounted him, at a ’99 symposium, as saying and adding: “and His will is good and perfect” (Rom. 12:2). (5)

It has been God’s infinite wisdom to choose a hymn writer and not a preacher to enhance our faith. In a country where translated Evangelicals’ music was considered a means to westernize Romanians, Moldoveanu’s folk style met no resistance. Although many of his songs are more sophisticated and require elevated vocal capability, most of Moldoveanu’s songs came naturally for Christians, whether alone or in church, and they went directly to our souls. It is my prayer that these humble words would bring some well-deserved recognition to this miracle of God, Nicolae Moldoveanu. “May the Lord be praised”, was the Lord’s Army’s old greeting. And the answer was, “For Ever and Ever, Amen”.

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Dorin Radu, domn100@hotmail.com
Dan Cure, Consultant
Warren, Michigan, August 2007

(1) Doina Catana, Director – Ioan Vidu National College of Arts, Timisoara – remarks on a special presentation of Moldoveanu in “Viata Spirituala”, a weekly series on Romanian public television, broadcast on July 22, 2007
(2). Marius Cruceru’s blog: “lapatratosu” , July 12, 2007
(3). All biographic details come from “Hope’s Hostages”, “Strigatul de la miezul Noptii” Book House, November 2002, Arad, Romania (A book, printed in Romanian, and dedicated to Christians who spent years in communist prisons for their faith).
(4). Richard Wurmbrand, Audio Recordings of Sermons 1987- 1996
(5).Moldoveanu Symposium, 1999 Maranatha Baptist Church, Arad, Romania, Video Recordings.