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The Way to Your Glorious Victories !

Are you looking for a leader who can take your problems and turn them into glorious victories?

Are you looking for a wise leader to guide you to the right places and in the right ways?

Where you can you find that leader?  I am glad you asked.

The New Testament calls God, Jesus Christ the great leader. John 10:11; Hebrew 13:20; 1 Peter 5:4

God is The Way to Your Glorious Victories !

 

Here are your benefits of following the great leader, God in Jesus Christ – Psalm 23:

  1. As we follow God and Christ – not frightened, passive but obedient followers we have contempt in this life. Psalm 23:2-3
  2.  God knows and guides us in our earthly journey to the green pasture and quiet waters that will restore us and our circumstances.
  3. You can read more about how God guided me even under the cruelest Communist persecution – please read my memoir – #SavingMyAssassin –http://www.amazon.com/dp/1496411838
    You will be glad you did. You will be encouraged to trust God with your life and circumstances.
  4. But we can only reach Victoriously those earthly places by following him obediently. Because rebelling against God is in fact rebelling against our own interests.
  5. The God of Life offers not only earthly guidance but the eternal guidance and comfort too. God is the only one guiding and walking with us even through our death. He will bring us safely to the other side of eternity – heaven.

Often we complain about our problems to anyone around us, looking for the right guidance or leader.

But God is the great leader; and the only one who can take your problems and turn them into glorious victories.

God is ready to guide you and lead you to the right places and in the right ways.  Hope you take the time to listen to him and follow him today!

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17

I want to hear from you.   Thank you in advance for your responses.

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It’s happening now!

It’s happening now!    Wherever we look around us, in America or all over the world, our values are under stormy attack.

We hear a call to defend religious freedom in America:
https://www.facebook.com/AllianceDefendingFreedom/posts/10155024938333417

We watch the biggest protest in Romania in the last 3 decades:
https://www.facebook.com/deutschewellenews/videos/10154554169939440/

We are asked to join to protect freedom all over the world, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative: http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=80d8b0036d5136ff48cfcb0f4&id=0a3babb6d9&e=6a95719230

Yes – we need to confront those attacks, storms and protect our values.

We surely need courage!

Courage once meant “the heart as the source of emotion.” Today, we consider courage the ability to act in spite of our fears.   I know and understand that it takes tremendous courage to stand and speak before our peers and defend our values: free market, religious freedom, Free America!

But, if we don’t fight to protect them our lives and America will be indeed drastically changed.  Ronald Reagan said: ” If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

Our freedom comes from God and not from our government or big corporations supporting the government. ” you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

Make no mistake, there is no freedom without God; not even in America!

I can testify to that.

I came to America as a political refugee in November of 1988.  I grew up in Communist Romania, a country ruled at that time by a cruel dictatorship government of Nicolae Ceausescu. He strictly controlled our lives. We were taught that the truth was determined for us by the government and that Ceausescu was our God. Many who rejected or fought against the government’s definition of the truth were jailed or killed. We were required to worship the dictator.

Very few Christians survived the cruel communism persecution. There were few churches but all strictly supervised by the government. To be a Christian was very risky.
Nevertheless, I wanted to know the Truth. The small group of Romanian Christians I encountered there, including American Christians like Congressmen – Frank Wolf and Christofer Smith – and Senators frequently visiting and supporting our fight, Secretary of State and U.S. Ambassadors to Romania; all played an amazing role in my victorious fight, as a human rights attorney, against the government’s religious persecution .
Because of that, I courageously fought, as an attorney – a dissident – according to the Romanian Communist government, and we as Romanians won the war against religious liberty and religious persecution !

But today in America, our free market and our religious liberty are being  constantly under attack.  I urge us all to fight back. Together we can rebuild America’s freedom !    We still believe “In God we trust!”

Because “When we become so tolerant that we lead people into mental fog & spiritual darkness we’re not acting like Christians but cowards.” A.W. Tozer

It is time for all of us to stand up and fight!      

We need strong conservative and God fearing representatives in our government including at the Supreme Court.   Please Be Involved!     Your voice and your actions are important.
Our silence and inactions will make us accomplices and part of those groups still wanting to building a new America – one without God.

It’s happening now!        Time to Act is NOW!          Your Voice is Important !

Just in case you want to know about real life in a society without God, Socialism, please read my memoir – #SavingMyAssassinhttp://www.amazon.com/dp/1496411838
You will be glad you did.

I want to hear from you. What is your plan to fight back and protect free market and religious liberty in America?

Thank you in advance for your responses.

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Are You Free in America?

In preparation for my new book  I had done some research.   Among other questions, I asked many people this question:  “Are You Free in America? ”     Many responded immediately: “We live in a free country, America !”     I know, I heard that before!   But, as Americans – how free are we?   What exactly does “freedom” means to us?

The Oxford dictionary defines freedom as: “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.”

Over the years we revised and revised again our definition of freedom.  Tomorrow we might have another definition.  Now several people consider freedom as simple as :  “Don’t fence me in!” or  “I did it my way” or  “Just do it.

 

The question is “ where do we find the universal definition of freedom?

The great new is – God had provided the universal definition of freedom, the true freedom. God gave his universal definition of true freedom to the first humans he created, Adam and Eve.   He told them : ”You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat”  Gen. 2:16-17.

I can hear your reaction: “How is that freedom?”

Freedom with limitations is not freedom at all to many of us.

But, let me introduce you to Martin Luther.     The Reformer, put it into prospective for us as, the definition of freedom in his 1520 treatise, On Christian Liberty – also known as the Freedom of a Christian  :   “A Christian man is the most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian man is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to everyone.

Yes, we were created to be: the most free lord of all; the subject to none; and the most dutiful servants of all!

Take a minute and think.   That is our true freedom.

Now, let me point you to John Howard Yoder, the theologian, who described the true freedom in The Politics of Jesus, as
our freedom is not insisting on one’s own rights, but in freely giving them up by being a servant to Jesus Christ first and the people of God second.

Still not sure?

I have a question for you :

When do you think were Adam and Eve most free?
In the Garden of Eden, as they had “limited freedom” to eat of all the trees except one?
Or after gaining so called their “full freedom” to wanter around and eat whatever they wanted?

Apostle Paul testified so clearly that his true freedom was found in giving up his rights to God : “For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them1 Corinthians 9:19.

Only as we understand and accept that our true freedom is found in God,  we can experience that true freedom.    People say  “Real freedom lies in the wilderness, not in our civilization.”    Others asked:   ”Why do we need freedom?”   My simple answer is: “we need freedom to be what we were created to be.

In Christ, God already gave us the true freedom. “You will know the truth and the truth shall set you freeJohn 8:32 .

I   WAS   SET   FREE !

What about you?   You can be set free too.    

Simple – you must accept Christ’s death on the cross for your sins.

But, unlike salvation that is free in Christ, the true freedom is a process.   It requires our work to exercise our true freedom daily.    We have to experience true freedom, and let it grow in our lives daily.   God and we are coworkers in this process.

Still, for many of us the true freedom in God sounds like a paradox.

Why?
Because we have a strong tendency to control everything in our lives.   It is hard for us to give up control even when we recognized that is for our good.    Fear and past hurts are blocking us from experiencing the true freedom.

We are good actors.    We are not comfortable with our so called “full freedom” but we keep pretending we are.   Unfortunately, we wait and hope to discover another way to find our true freedom.    We are paralyzed, afraid of the unknown or the new horizons.    And, we settle for less.

But, the good news is that we can let go of control or fear.

William Faulkner was right: “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.

Trust God and embrace his true freedom in Christ for you!

I assure you that what awaits ahead of you with God is amazingly greater than anything you can think or imagine.   This adventure with God in your true freedom – is like nothing you have ever experienced before.   Your true freedom is just a prayer away. Have the courage to trust God with his true freedom.    He created you, loves you unconditionally, and wants the best for you.

We want President Trump and his administration to defend our freedom.  

But, a Free America can be rebuild only by Free People!

You  – Can Be Free indeed with God!     Next, Your true freedom will Rebuild a Free America !

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Your Success !

A New Day ! 

                       

May you open God’s word, the Bible, and let Him teach you.

May God’s teaching flow like a refreshing river through the very depths of your mind, body and soul.     May His teaching supply wisdom, knowledge, power, love and joy to you; bring strength and sturdy your steps as you walk into the darkness of this world.

                      May your increased faith in Him conquer all your fears !

May you acknowledge Him and radiate Him.    You belong to Him       May others recognize God’s teaching, wisdom, love, and power in you.

     He will lead you in a straight path.      He is your light.

He will rescue you.   He will guard your life.     He is your helper, your shield, your fortress, your refuge, your defender.    He is your Lord, your faithful God.     He will sustain you.   Your enemies will stumble and perish before you.

                      He will give you success because He delights in you.

            So, put your trust in Him and keep His way!”

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I Found the Gospel in Communist Romania

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I Found the Gospel in Communist Romania
And then I shared it with the man the government sent to kill me.

Virginia Prodan/ SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

Christianity Today 

Like most people, I was born with a hunger for truth and freedom. Unfortunately, I was born in Communist Romania under the brutal totalitarian regime of Nicolae Ceausescu. Ceausescu’s Romania was a land of lies, where simply questioning a government directive could lead to imprisonment, physical torture, and—in some cases—death.

Needless to say, we lived in a constant state of anxiety and mistrust. Anyone could arbitrarily denounce a neighbor, classmate, or family member for making “anti-government” statements. The government even had spies planted in the churches. The best way to avoid trouble was to remain silent, question nothing, and try to blend in.

For years, I watched my parents and relatives play the part of “good citizens” while privately whispering their contempt for the government. I wondered, Why do people always speak in whispers? Why are they so afraid to speak the truth?

‘Do you go to church?’
The more fear battered those around me into silence, the more obsessed I became with finding the truth. After graduation, I went to law school and became an attorney. But my job—assigned by the government—consisted of little more than rubber-stamping newly-created communist rules and regulations. It was demoralizing.

One evening a client came in to discuss some paperwork related to a property settlement. We had been meeting for months now, and frankly, I was exhausted. But this particular client never seemed to get discouraged. He always smiled, and he had a sense of contentment unlike anything I had ever seen. It was as though he were somehow oblivious to all of the misery that surrounded him. He radiated joy and peace, and for some reason, it troubled me.

Without thinking, I confessed, “I wish I had what you have in your life. I wish I had your sense of peace and happiness.”

“Do you go to church?” he asked.

“Yes,” I replied. “On Christmas and Easter. Why?”

“Would you like to come with me to my church this Sunday?”

My first instinct was to decline. After all, the communist government was notoriously anti-church. Under Ceausescu’s rule, Christians were frequently arrested, beaten, and imprisoned. Church buildings were bulldozed, their land confiscated to make room for Ceausescu’s palace. Anyone who questioned his anti-God stance was either thrown in jail or “disappeared.” For all I knew, this could be a trick to test my loyalty. I paused briefly to consider my next move. Then I saw once again that look of peace and contentment. I wanted that—so much so that I decided it was worth the risk.
The next Sunday I visited his church. As soon as the choir finished the opening song, the pastor read John 14:6—“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” I could not believe what I heard. Someone was claiming to be the truth?

As the pastor continued to describe the truth of Jesus Christ, I felt as though the verses he shared were written specifically for me. Looking across the aisle, I saw my client. He smiled, nodded, and gently patted his Bible as if to say, “Now do you understand?”

I did. Without realizing it, I was beaming back at him. For the first time in my life, everything made sense. I had spent years searching for the truth, but I had been looking in the wrong places—law school, the government, the justice system. I suddenly realized that truth was something that came not from law books, but from God himself: the Creator of the universe—my Creator, the source of all life, peace, and happiness.

Barely able to contain my excitement, I accepted the pastor’s invitation to trust in Christ as Lord and Savior. From that moment on, I would dedicate my life to pursuing and speaking the truth, no matter the cost.

My Greatest Test
Shortly after I was baptized, I began defending fellow Christians facing imprisonment for transporting Bibles across the Romanian border, sharing their faith, or worshiping privately in their own homes.

This quickly made me a target. Many days I awoke to find my tires slashed. Clients and friends—even my children—were threatened. My daughters and I were held under house arrest for almost a month. I was kidnapped, bullied, pushed into moving traffic, and beaten by the secret police. For their own protection, friends and coworkers began keeping their distance. My faith was tested daily. My greatest test, however, was yet to come.

Late at night, after a long day in court, Miruna, my legal assistant, peeked into my doorway: “A big man in the waiting room says he wants to discuss a case.” She shrugged. “That’s all he will tell me.”

I was taken aback at how enormous he was. As he sat down in front of my desk, his eyes seemed to bore a hole straight through me, and a sneer formed at the corner of his mouth. Slowly, he pulled back his coat and reached into a shoulder holster, withdrawing a gun.

“You have failed to heed the warnings you’ve been given,” he said, aiming at me. “I’ve come here to finish the matter once and for all.” He flexed his fingers, and I heard a distinctive click.
“I am here to kill you.”

My hands shook. Fight-or-flight instincts pinged in my brain. My chin trembled. An image flashed through my mind: my assistant arriving in the morning and finding my lifeless body on the office floor.

I was alone with my killer. And yet, I was not. I began silent, fervent prayers, recalling God’s promises. His Spirit breathed peace into my panicked heart. Then I sensed his message: Share the gospel.

I considered the man before me. Behind those hate-filled eyes was a creation of God. He had an immortal soul, and he needed to know about the love God has shown in Jesus Christ. At once emboldened, I met my killer’s eyes. “Have you ever asked yourself: ‘Why do I exist?’ or ‘Why am I here?’ or ‘What is the meaning of my life?’ I once asked myself those questions.” My voice stayed calm and did not waver.

He slid his gun back into the holster. I leaned forward. “You are here because God put you here, and he has put you to a test. Will you abide in God or in the will of a man—your boss, President Ceausescu, who requires you to worship him? God has given you free will to choose.”

His eyes softened. My heart thumped even faster, and my confidence rose.

“The truth is that we have all been corrupted and gone away from God.” He nodded. “We all are sinners, and our sin has determined our future. Hebrews 9:27 says, ‘People are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.’ ”

His mouth fell slightly open, and his hands relaxed.

“But the good news is that God has prepared a way out for every one of us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross: ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ ”

As I continued to talk with him, he appeared smaller and more peaceful.

Finally, he brought his hand to his forehead and said, “You are right. The people who sent me here are crazy. I do need Christ.” He promised, “I will come to your church as a secret brother in Christ. I will worship your powerful God.”

And with that, my killer walked away saved—a brother in Christ. He went on to enroll in seminary, and we have even kept in touch. He, like me, had found the Truth. And neither of us will be afraid to speak it ever again.

Virginia Prodan is an international human rights attorney, and an Allied Attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom. She is the author of Saving My Assassin (Tyndale). https://www.amazon.com/dp/1496411838

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This article, I Found the Gospel in Communist Romania
And then I shared it with the man the government sent to kill me,             by Virginia Prodan, appeared first in the Christianity Today magazine  on  SEPTEMBER 23, 2016.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/october/i-found-gospel-in-communist-romania.html

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Logos Bookstore – Author – Virginia Prodan – Appearance and Book Signing Event

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Author  –  Virginia Prodan  

   Appearance and Book  Signing Event 

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Saturday, Sept 17th
2PM – 4Pm

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Come meet the author of this amazing story of God’s grace.    As a lawyer defending Christians under the rule of a vicious dictator, Virginia’s life was in constant danger.  Read how God’s hand intervened in her execution by an assassin. 

Saving My Assassin – https://www.amazon.com/dp/1496411838
by   Virginia Prodan

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