17th January 2020

 

THE FORMER PROSTITUTE OF MAGDALA 4:4

 

After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out;
Luke
8.1 to 2 NIV

 

Aril Edvardsen

You would never imagine that the fourth woman at the cross matched the other three women. She had been a fallen woman. She was a notorious prostitute from Magdala, a town on the northern shores of Lake Genesis. There she lived and became infamous for her activity, so everyone knew her by the name of Maria Magdala, or translated into English Mary Magdalene.

 

She had been an unclean woman. Early in her life, she had fallen into sin and had succumbed to the demonic world. Well, she had even become so tied up that the demons propelled her between the villages on the north side of Lake Genesis, where she offered her body in return for money. She had thrown herself so deep into sin that seven evil spirits had entered her, as we read about in the Bible.

 

She wandered endlessly around like a fallen, obsessed woman who had surrendered to demonic desires. Eventually she was run down and despairing, worn, unhappy and totally ruined by sin.

 

But one day she met Jesus. - It was a deadly showdown. The demons in her responded immediately when she saw the Master.

 

The encounter was brief but dramatic. The Holy One met the demons and the unclean. She fell to the ground, howling and screaming. Then Jesus spoke to the evil spirits in her, "Get out!" And the demons got out of her with loud cries, and she lay like dead in the square.

 

Then Jesus from Nazareth went to her. He raised her up, and from that moment on Mary Magdalene was a completely new person.

 

Now she stands there with the three other women at the cross of Jesus Christ and is allowed to experience the greatest events in world history. She was truly the one Jesus first revealed himself to after he was resurrected from the dead, and he asked her to pass the message on to the disciples.

 

Have you heard anything this wonderful? It was a converted harlot who first brought to the world the greatest news ever of Jesus' resurrection! But it was a transformed harlot, a purified harlot who had been cleansed and justified at the cross of Jesus Christ.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

16th January 2020

 

CLEOPAS' WIFE – THE HOUSEWIFE 3:4

 

They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?
Luke 24.32NIV

 

Aril Edvardsen

The third woman at the cross was Mary, Cleopas' wife.

Cleopas was one of the two emmaus migrants mentioned in Luke 24,18. It may seem that he lived in Emmaus, a small poor village about eleven kilometers from Jerusalem.

 

Cleopas did not belong to the upper class. He was a regular and ordinary workman who struggled for the daily bread. The Bible tells us that this married couple were little Jacob's and Joseph's parents. They had several children.

 

Mary, Cleopas's wife was the housewife, an example of an ordinary and regular woman. She struggled and was working hard with the usual housework. She was busy with husband and children - a poor village woman. But she also had to come to the cross of Jesus for salvation.

 

You may also be saying about yourself that you are "just an ordinary person" - a plain and simple worker, a housewife. Well, because then the cross and the Man Jesus is just for you. Come to the cross of Jesus Christ and receive Him who hung on the cross and died for your sins! He is your salvation.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

15th January 2020

 

SALOME, THE UPPER-CLASS WOMAN 2:4

 

but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in.
John 18.16 NIV


 

Aril Edvardsen

The next woman standing there at the cross of Jesus was the sister of Jesus' mother, Salome. We have heard that she was married to Zebedee and was the mother of the apostles, James and John. She had married into a wealthy family that was part of the upper class, and she knew the high priest and the upper class in Jerusalem. This is also the case when Jesus is brought to the high priest. John is there too. He is used to walking in and out among these people and he went to the servant girl on duty and spoke to her to allow Peter to come inside.

 

But listen here - she too, Salome, had to go to the cross of Jesus Christ!

 

I am afraid that many people believe that the gospel is only for a particular social class or group. But the gospel is for rich and poor for all social classes, i.e. for all people on earth. No one reaches Heaven without first having the sins forgiven at the cross of Jesus Christ. At the cross we all become equal.

 

If you belong to those you call the "the fashionable world", you do still need to come and stand at the cross of Jesus Christ. For whoever we may be, rich or poor, whether we belong to the upper class or the nobility, we do all need to meet God at the cross of Jesus Christ.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

14th January 2020

 

THE FOUR WOMEN AT JESU CROSS

 

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
John 19.25 NIV

Aril Edvardsen

Four women stood at the cross of Jesus, Mary, the mother of Jesus, her sister, Salome – Mary, Cleopas' wife - and Mary Magdalene. They simply gathered their thoughts about Him that hung on the cross.

 

These four women stand here as representatives of humanity and show us the way where everybody should go: to the cross of Jesus Christ.

These four women, who had so different beginning of life, all became identical through Jesus' cross. In spite of their very different past, they became completely alike, for at the cross of Jesus our past is hidden and purified in the blood of Jesus Christ. Let's take a closer look at these four women.

 

The Mother of Jesus, the Holy Woman 1: 4

Jesus' mother, Mary, had been holy from childhood. When we read that the angel is coming to Mary with the message that she is to give birth to the Savior of the world, we understand from the angel's words that God had held his hand over this young woman from her childhood. She grew up in purity and holiness. She was a human being like everyone else. But God had in a special way preserved and protected her from sin. She had always lived near God and had been happy not to slip into sin and into the world.

 

Undoubtedly, someone reading this has been allowed to experience something similar by the grace of God. You have belonged to God from childhood and have been preserved in the faith of your childhood. Therefore, you have avoided falling into the horrific sins we hear about in the world around us today. God has been good to you. You can be happy and grateful! You have been allowed to grow in an atmosphere of purity.

 

Of course, you have had your struggles, your difficulties and your hardships. But God has preserved you from the many wounds of sin. You have been a believer all your life. But listen now - and you will most likely agree with me in this: you too must stand close to the cross of Jesus. It is at the cross of Jesus Christ that your hope and your future is. Only at the cross you have your salvation.

 

Just imagine, once again, Mary, the holy woman, had to go to the Cross of Jesus Christ to find salvation! Mary, Jesus' own mother, shows the whole world where we all should be - near the cross of Jesus Christ.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

13th January 2020

 

A SEAMLESS GARMENT

 

When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.
John19,23NIV

 

The Bible doesn't say much about Jesus' clothing – however there is an exception. John mentions this as he tells what happened at Calvary. John says: ”they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.”. It was common for Jewish mothers to sew such a garment for sons to travel from home. We do not know whether Mary made this tunic for Jesus; but it was a precious piece of clothing nonetheless. It was also significant because clothing throughout the Bible was a sign of behavior and character. Peter writes: ”In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”” 1. Pet. 5.5NIV

Paul says: ”for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. ” Gal.3,27NIV And David tells us that wicked men are wearing: ”He wore cursing as his garment; it entered into his body like water, into his bones like oil. ” Psalm 109,18NIV

Jesus was like his garment, it was ”woven in one piece from top to bottom” - He was whole, complete and perfect. The words "woven in one piece" indicate that he was guided by God's thoughts. He said, ”Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
John 5,19NIV

But when Jesus was crucified, He let go of His precious tunic, swapped places with us, and put on the costume of sin that bore our names. He died as a common criminal for trespasses he had never committed so that we could be allowed to wear his garment of salvation. So that sinners like us can move on if we seek the cross - come and say, ”I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Isaiah 61,10NIV

Just imagine, Jesus has not only prepared us a place in Heaven. He also made sure we are appropriately dressed for the occasion!!

"... a Word of the Day"

Effie Campbell translated.

 

 

 

 

12th January 2020

 

GOD DIDN'T GIVE UP OR: THE WAY TO HEAVEN

 

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14.6NIV

 

It is vital that we boldly spread the gospel, for salvation is found only in Christ. - Jesus says:

 

"" I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ”John 14: 6

 

This personal testimony below comes from a young man from the Middle East who searched God and the way to Heaven:

 

My grandmother was a God-fearing Muslim, and she prayed the traditional prayers regularly. I went to ask her various questions. I don't know why Grandma didn't answer my questions. Maybe she didn't want to answer, or maybe she didn't know the answers. She simply said that I did not know God and that I simply had to remember to pray my prayers.

 

I was not happy with the answer, so I went to see the local mosque. I watched people there, and I talked to the mullah; but I still did not get the answers to my questions. Frustrated and disappointed, I returned home and decided to seek God elsewhere. I joined Hare Krishna, later I met the Baha'l sect people, but in both places I stayed for only a month or so. Finally, I prayed, "I do not know who you are: Allah, Buddha, Krishna or Jesus? I only know that you exist and that you hear me. Will you show me the only right way? "

 

The next day I went to the city's college. On the train I met three men - they were Christians. Two of these were Cossacks and they were the first to tell me about Jesus. They showed me a verse in the Bible where Jesus says, ”Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ” John 14,6 Here was the answer to my questions. But I felt that this had to be due to pure coincidence.

But in the second semester of the study, I again asked God if he could show me the way. This need arose because violence, rape and murder was committed in the area of my own student residence. All this made me seek God once again. One day I met a Christian Cossack girl. She talked about Jesus; but I opposed this and tried to prove that Islam was the truth, even though I no longer believed this. The girl did not object and did not even try to disprove my claim, but simply found her New Testament and read exactly the same Scripture test that the men on the train had shown me earlier.

 

Once again, I considered that this was simply due to pure luck and complete coincidence. A month later, I met a Christian girl from Uzbekistan and started discussing with her. She then opened her Bible and read from the same text in Scripture, where Jesus says, "" I am the way ... "Then I realized that I had now received the answer of my questions and that the answer came from God Himself."

Source: TWR Central Asia

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

 

11th January 2020

 

 

SHOULD WE ALWAYS FOLLOW OUR HEART?

 

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. ”
Psalm 51.12NIV

 

 

Sten Sørensen

Humanism has a strong influence in our society. It puts man at the center of things and emphasizes the qualities that characterize man and says that man has value in himself and has the aptitude / talent for reasonable logical thinking. There are good elements in humanism that Christianity can support and accept, but where man is the center and the focal point of the universe, that is to take the Creator's rightful place. In humanism it is essential to live in the way one's emotions dictate. Humanism claims that man is free and subject to nothing.

 

The Bible has a completely different view and focus than humanism. Of course, it also speaks of the heart: ”Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. ” Proverbs 4:23 Of course, we must guard the heart. That's why we need practice. We need to protect the heart from attitudes and currents from the outside world. The heart is constantly bombarded with thoughts, attitudes and opinions. But following your heart can be life-threatening! Just look at Mat.15,19NIV where Jesus says the following about the heart.

For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. ” All this comes from the heart," says Jesus.

Jesus never said: Follow your heart. But he did say, FOLLOW ME!

 

We must take our ideas and thoughts from Heaven, not only from this world. Therefore, do not only follow your heart, but do follow Jesus and His living Word. Then His attitudes will affect our daily lives, choices and deeds. He simply wants to put his mark on our hearts.

 

We can also pray David's prayer: ”Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. ” Psalm 51.12NIV

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

10th January 2020

 

THE CROSS

THE VICTORY OF JESUS–DEFEAT OF SATAN–HOPE OF THE WORLD

 

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
Rom. 8.1 NIV

 

The most important message of the Bible is the word about the cross. It is the only assurance for Christians in the present and future. For Satan, the cross represents his d-day and eternal perdition. He hates being reminded of the cross. Have we understood this?

 

The greatest demonstration and proof of God's love took place when Jesus died for the sins of the world on the cross. The Bible says: ”He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. ” 1 John 2,2NIV

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ” Rom. 5.8 NIV

But what happened in the invisible, spiritual world, when the most tremendous event in world history took place during the six hours that Jesus hung on the cross? Paul expresses himself very clearly: ”having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. ” Col.2: 14-15NIV

The image is from Roman times when the victorious general in procession and great triumph marched through the streets of Rome with his soldiers and the prisoners they had taken from the enemy army. After them the prisoners followed and the commander of the slain army in chains, shame and disgust.

 

The devil stood behind and incited the crowds to crucify Jesus. He might have thought the following: “If I kill Jesus, then I will defeat him and I can then ascend the king's throne of the universe. Then everyone will worship me.” But what happened in reality? Jesus experienced those six hours as a horrific struggle, when he, being perfectly pure, had all the dirty sin of mankind laid on his shoulders at all times. There he felt God's judgment upon all sin. No one can see or understand what that experience entailed for Jesus. The pure Jesus got God's judgment and the torment of hell laid on him. He became our redeemer. Suddenly and unexpectedly, after six hours, Jesus shouted the most important and crucial cry of victory and triumph in world history: "It is finished" John 19:30NIV

 

The word means, "Everything is fully paid!" With his sacrificial death, he bore the penalty for all sin for us, "outlining the debt." The sin of the human race was paid and can now be annihilated, erased from God's book, canceled, rendered powerless and wrecked. This proclamation came suddenly and unexpectedly, as a shock to the devil and his angelic army. In the spiritual world, he was "openly shown" as a loser in shame and disgust.

 

When he was about to take up his arms, the weapons were taken from him. The devil had caused people to sin and therefore had a squeeze on them. So far no sin had been paid. But when Jesus paid for the sin of the human race, the debt was removed for time and eternity and the judgment was fully paid. (2.Cor.5,19)

 

The devil's weapon is now to accuse us and point to the sin in our lives. When you meet Satan with the word about the cross, he says in his ears, "You have lost! You are defeated!" On this basis, the Bible says: ”Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. ” James 4.7 The word "flee" here means to escape "in horror". Therefore, Paul can say about the believer: ”Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, ” Rom. 8.1 NIV

For us who believe, the cross is a sign of victory. It also means protection from the demonic powers. The cross is Satan's D-day, which is why Satan's footmen want to remove the crosses from all churches around the world.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

9th January 2020

 

A MOCKER'S GRAVE

 

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
Matt. 22.37
NIV

This is the story of the atheist and idolater, Chester Bedell. Bedell died at the age of 82 in 1908. He had spent his entire life mocking Christianity. Already while alive he made a large stone pillar to stand on his grave sometime.

 

On top of this stone pillar he got cast a large statue in bronze to represent himself. Under one foot was a book that represented the Bible. He thus stood and stepped on the Bible. On a plate attached to his outstretched right hand was engraved: "The Bible is just fables, fairy tales and fabricated tall stories."

 

Before he died, he said the following words: "If any God exists, let him prove it as follows: There shall be swarming numbers of snakes upon my grave when I die!"

 

Here's what happened: Before the coffin was buried, you could already spot several snakes! When the Norwegian priest, Thorleif Myckland was at the grave in 1946, the engraver could tell him that he had killed about 20 snakes one day and only at this grave! In addition to this, everyone could see a lot of snake holes at the statue of Bedell, and all holes went down.

 

Myckland also spoke to others who worked in the cemetery. They told Chester Bedell's grave was to be removed as people became angry with it. Among others, many foreigners came from different places to see and investigate the phenomenon and take pictures. Now the grave itself has been removed a little outside the grave site, and a cedar tree has been set down next to it. Later it was said that many snake holes have also been seen here. Thus, it is obvious that the snakes follow the atheist's grave. A little from the grave, the soil has been examined very closely; but here there are no trace of snakes!

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

8th January 2020

 

FROM THE DEATHBED TO A BUBBLING LIFE

 

... “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
Matt. 8.17 NIV

 

A married couple was a guest on Channel 10. The wife, named Edith, told of a very special period in her life. “I got sick and the disease worsened rapidly. I became yellow all over my body, also inside my eyes and I had an intolerable itch. I was admitted to two different hospitals and in both places they took blood tests galore and I was run through the various machines. But you couldn't figure out what was wrong with me, so I was sent home again. I realized that I had come to the end of life, and we talked about my funeral and how it was going to be organized.

 

But then my spouse came into the room and sat down on the bedside and said, "Now I will read three scriptures for you: ”But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. ” Isaiah 53.5NIV

... “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”” Matt. 8.17 NIV
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
1 Pet.2,24NIV

Do you believe Jesus is the same today and yesterday and forever? ”- Yes, I believe, there is no changing shadow with him. "Do you believe Jesus is the truth?" He continued. - Yes, I believe that too. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

"Well, in that case it must be true that he has taken your illness."

 

And suddenly a certain certainty settled in me. I knew, I knew, I knew Jesus would heal me. I just had to be patient and wait for him. When people called and asked how I felt, I answered that Jesus was going to heal me. They doubted this, but I held on to what I believed.

 

I had been unable to do anything myself. My husband had to do it all, including the laundry. But now I forced myself out of bed and tried to wash. It was a huge challenge for me. I made it, and the next day I tried to do a little more, and the strength grew as the days went on. I got such energy that I washed all the windows one day, and now I have even more energy than my husband and I am totally healthy. The Lord must have all thanks and praise. He has done a great miracle in my life. I, who could see the end of my life quickly approaching, I have now become completely healthy. I want to spend my time serving him. "

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

7th January 2020

 

VOID - A PEOPLE'S DISEASE

 

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Ecc. 3.11NIV

 

Aril Edvardsen

He welcomed me at the wrought-iron gate, and he paid for the taxi.

 

"My wife and I are immensely glad you could come," he said, shaking my hand. "I know you are up to your ears in work."

"It seems to me that most people are so busy today," I replied.

"Follow me," he said, leading me along the paved courtyard and into the garden.

"Here you see how we live." He led me through this beautiful garden that lay in front of the house. This was a magnificent property.

 

At the far end of the ridge, we stopped and let our eyes fall over the city. The house was situated on a hill in the centre of the town. From here we saw this whole unobtrusive Norwegian village.

I had come to this village to attend a series of meetings. Several different churches and congregations organized these revival meetings. We were now in the middle of the meetings, and early this morning I had received a call where this man had asked me to have a conversation with him and his wife.

 

We considered the village. He pointed to the shipyard in the middle of the village near the quay area. "It is me who owns it," he said, "at least most of it."

 

His wife now also came out through the glass door and down the marble stairs. She greeted them smilingly. But behind the smile, I was able to see a couple of sad eyes hidden. "It was nice of you to spend your time with us," she said. They were both aged 45-50. Nice people.

 

They showed me around the garden and then went into the house. Everything seemed so complete and distinguished. It seemed to me that they had everything that could be bought for money. Persian rugs on the floor. Leather furniture. Expensive paintings. The corridor and kitchen were tiled. Even the handles on the doors must have cost a fortune.

 

We sat in the leather sofa in one of the living rooms of the house. "Well, now you have seen how we are doing," the shipyard owner said. After all, we should be happy. We have achieved all the goals we set ourselves as young people. We've a beautiful home. Our three children are married and in good positions. We have money and can buy pretty much anything we want to buy. We can travel to the Canary Islands several times a year if we want to. ”He looked at his wife, and they smiled a little sadly at each other.

 

My wife and I have been talking about this lately. We have acknowledged and seen that despite all this, we are not happy. "He looked down to the floor, kicked to the edge of the carpet that curled together, and then he continued:" We don't understand what's wrong with us. We feel an inner emptiness, i.e. that a void is about to consume us. We feel that we simply merely exist in the midst of all this - but we are not alive. And the void inside us just gets bigger and bigger every year. "

 

He looked me straight in the eye: "We have read about you in the magazines - both the good and the less good things. And when we saw that you were in town, we decided to try to get hold of you and have a conversation. There must be something that can fill this void, something my wife and me have not yet found. "

 

Emptiness! I had been watching them both while he was talking.

Except for this splendid house that they owned that was far beyond the ordinary, they looked like a kind of Scandinavian that I often come across. Materially, they have everything they need to have. They have been talented, hardworking, progressive in every field, but the emptiness inside is growing more and more and will continue to grow in the coming times. Today, emptiness is becoming one of the greatest diseases of our time. This married couple had not managed to get around this emptiness despite all their wealth.

 

This day, in this magnificent home, I was allowed to tell this middle-aged married couple the eternal truth - that "man does not live by bread alone."

 

Finally, I fell to my knees at the leather couch with the ship's owner and his wife next to me, and they were allowed to experience a new dimension in their lives as they allowed Jesus to take up their hearts and surrendered their lives to Him. The emptiness disappeared like dew before the sun, and they were both gloriously saved.

 

”“There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”” Isaiah48,22NIV

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. ” Ecc. 3.11NIV

 

So God has created a space in our hearts that only He can fill. Therefore, it is "that the heart finds no peace until it rests in you, O God."

The church bell ”1985

Effie Campbell translated.

 

 

 

 

6th January 2020

 

LIGHT OF THE WORLD

 

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
John 8.12 NIV

 

Jesus expressed himself precisely in his wording, so precise that the audience had to respond. His words were powerful. Many people dishonored his words, while others let themselves be guided. The same thing happens everywhere the gospel is preached today. Either people become very glad of the Word, or the Word also arouse anger and displeasure.

 

But when Jesus said that he was the light of the world, people became angry and mocked him. The Word tells us that He is the light that does not flicker in the wind, but which will shine brightly for all eternity.

 

Jesus had hardly finished uttering these words before the crowd criticizes and sharply challenges Him. Suddenly, he is in a spiritual war zone, where the air was thick with accusations simply because he says he is the light of the world. But here we are at the very core of things. Man does not want to be in the light and wishes rather to wander in the dark.

 

Our response to his Word should be a great joy. We ought to say, “Thank you, Jesus, for revealing the truth to us that you are the light. We have been waiting for a light throughout the generations. Isaiah has spoken of you. Finally, the light is in front of our very eyes. "

 

But no, people instead scream vehemently against him. Here the prophetic word ”Many have become my enemies without cause; those who hate me without reason are numerous.” 38.20NIV is fulfilled. Jesus merely listened to his Father who had said: Come. Now, tell everybody that you are the light of the world - Jesus was obedient and came with the revolutionary message that has changed the lives of millions of people.

Eventually, the crowd is so upset that they are ready to stone him: ”At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.
John 8,59NIV

But how fantastic that Jesus said these precious words. The evangelist John also mentioned this at the beginning of his gospel. It says of John the Baptist: ”He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” John 1,8-9NIV

It is none other than Jesus who has to reveal every human being about the meaning of life.

Gert Grube

Effie Campbell translated

 






5th January 2020

 

THE OIL OF JOY

 

”... the oil of joy instead of mourning, ...”
Isaiah 61.3 NIV

 

Praise works the same way as a magnifying glass. When we gather around the hymn of thanksgiving everything becomes bigger - "exalted". Davis sang in Psalm 34.4-5 NIV: ”I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
 

It is wrong to wait in order to praise the Lord until you have no more problems or fewer problems or until all your problems are resolved. Praise is one of the strongest tools to solving problems, because it makes you concentrate on God, the One who is behind and the author of the solution to your problems.

 

Charles Spurgeon said: "I have my happiest moments when I sing praises to God, in truth praysing Lord Jesus Christ ... during the song of praise I forget the care of the congregation and everything else. For me, it's the closest thing I get to something that reminds me of Heaven. "

 

God has promised you ”... the oil of joy instead of mourning, ...” It works like this: If you start singing with a heavy heart, you will have a new sense of hope and joy. Through the praise, you will be reminded that God is greater than the situation you are in and that He alone is able to resolve your fears and concerns, but that He is also ready to take them away from you. He wants it warmly and He waits to do it.

 

The psalmist wrote, ”Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws. ” Psalm119,164NIV

Fill your day with praise. Limit, shorten or cancel a coffee or tea break occasionally, and instead take a moment to praise God! Begin by praising Him for two things: His attributes, His omnipotence, love, grace, benevolence, leadership, etc.

And his deeds: Remember all the goodness he has shown you. Come forward, say goodbye and leave your mourning suit behind and replace it with the praise suit instead.

"... a Word of the Day"

Effie Campbell translated.

 

 

 

 

4th January 2020

 

THE MAN WHO HAD NEVER SINNED

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. ...”
Gal. 5, 22-23NIV

 

The church pastor, Trond Løberg, preached at the Oasis summer convention in Norway. There he said, among other things:

 

Two men were sitting in a restaurant. They fell into good conversation with each other. One of them was an evangelist. Just as the talk goes merrily, the speech falls on the word "sin". "I am no sinner," remarked the one. "I behave properly in every respect."

 

"You know what," the evangelist replied, "I want to read a small text for you. It says in "The Song of Love". You heard most of it when you got married. It says in 1 Cor.13,4-7. I read it by putting my name as a replacement for the word love. You can also use the word "I" instead of the name.

 

I am patient, I am kind. I do not not envy, I do not boast, I am not proud. I do not dishonor others, I am not self-seeking, I am not easily angered, I keep no record of wrongs. I do not delight in evil but rejoice with the truth. I always protect, always trust, always hope, always persevere. ”
 

"Have you kept all this?" The evangelist asked. The other just sat and gasped in amazement. “This passage the priest read to you when you got married”. Then it appeared that he wasn't married, but merely lived with his wife, and he did not know that fornication was a sin, because he had probably never read the Bible. (2 Cor.12: 21 & Gal. 5,19).

 

Do you know, dear friend, that every human being who has lived on this earth is a sinner. But God sent Jesus in our place. He has paid for all the sins of the world. He who welcomes Jesus into his heart as Lord and Savior and asks for forgiveness, receives the forgiveness of sins as a gift, and God sees us white and pure because of what Jesus has done. We sin every single day, so we need to pray daily for forgiveness. This is what Jesus showed us when He taught us the Lord's Prayer, ”And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

 

”“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. ” Jer.2,13NIV

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

3rd January 2020

 

THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE

 

... grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. ”
John 1.17NIV

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”” John 8,32NIV

 

Grace does not free us, it is the truth that does it, and this we see clearly in the story of the Samaritan woman Jesus meets at the well of Sikar. They talk to one another, and Jesus says to her, ”He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”” John 4:16.

 

The woman replies, ”“I have no husband,”” She holds to the truth and says, ”“I have no husband,””. Then Jesus reveals her and says, ”Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.””

 

You would almost think she was offended when Jesus reveals her. But no, she's set free. She left to fetch water in the hottest part of the day because she did not want to meet anyone - possibly because the villagers had mocked and downplayed her because of her way of life - she now boldly enters the village and speaks to her villagers and says she has seen a man she thinks may be Christ. Based on what she tells and witnesses, the villagers go out to the well to meet Jesus, and Jesus spoke to them and many came to believe in him. They asked Him to stay there, and He stayed there for two days, and many more came to believe, and these immediately testified, and they went to the woman and said, ”They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

 

The woman who had previously shunned her villagers and hid from them, she now meets them with great boldness and witnesses to them. The truth has set her completely free. Her testimony was brief but had a great impact. It might have seem strange to Jesus that the joy was so great for a stranger, while his own did not receive him.

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

2nd January 2020

 

COMFORT FROM HEAVEN

 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”... ”
2nd Cor. 12.9NIV


 

A man was speaking in the parish hall. To his speech he linked a story of sorrow and hope to those who have been visited by death:

A woman in England had a son. When the boy was 4, he died of cancer. His mother grieved fiercely and everything seemed to her at once to be so empty, lonely and meaningless. Then three years passed and on April 1st she got into the car in order to visit the cemetery. This day, her son would have turned 7 years old had he been alive. She cried and shouted loudly inside the car: "Show Mom a sign!"

 

When she arrived at the cemetery, she sat down on the tombstone. Then something happened. A small bird with the name of robin, sat on the tombstone. Then it flew towards her mother and sat on her index finger. There it sat for a long time, looking directly into the mother's eyes. Then it sat on her shoulder and lightly taped her shoulder twice, after which it flew way.

The mother got on her feet again and felt immensely comforted and relieved as she drove home.

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

1st January 2020

 

WHEN JESUS WAS STOLEN

 

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matt. 28.19 to 20NIV

Have you ever seen a small model of the little Jesus child lying in a manger with lots of hay? And the manger might be in a barn where there are animals - possibly a cow and a few sheep? And Joseph and Mary standing around the manger? And possibly also a big sparkling star above the barn?

 

In some countries, they make such a manger at Christmas time. And then they use a doll as the Jesus figure. In a certain congregation tehey could afford buying a particularly fine Jesus doll. It cost appx. £1,000 and then the Jesus doll was stolen. This happened two consecutive years. In the third year, a GPS was inserted into the Jesus doll, and it showed the way to the thief's home.

 

Even cheaper versions of Jesus-dolls are sometimes stolen from the shop windows simply because people like them. Once a man went to an exhibition where there was an approximately three-foot-tall version of the Jesus child in a crib. The man walked over to the exhibition without a word, took the Jesus figure and then strolled out of the store with the big figure in his lap. When he was stopped and asked why he had nipped the doll, he replied: "I like it and I wanted it. So I took it. "

 

So people like Jesus as a doll that much that they are willing to steal the Jesus doll. What do you think they can use a Jesus doll for? Can they talk to it? Can it hear what they say? Can it answer them? Is it warm to sleep with in bed? No, a Jesus doll is exactly as other dolls are - it cannot do anything - other than what we say and play, it can. But possibly you can sell an expensive Jesus doll to others and get a few pence for it.

 

But then think of the real Jesus. Is it possible to steal him? Does the true Jesus cost anything? No, the true Jesus does not cost money. And all people can, without breaking the law, take Him along with them - without being stopped - for Jesus wishes to be taken with.

 

Jesus wants you to take Him into your life. Every day, all 365 days of the year. Not just as an infant Jesus, but as an adult Jesus. A Jesus who hears what you say to Him. A Jesus who sees you and sends his angels to look after you. A Jesus who speaks to you.

 

You cannot sell the true Jesus for money. But you can share Him with others - even without it costing them a penny. And that is the unique thing about Jesus. We can all have Him at the same time. No one needs to steal Him from anyone else. We can all have Him.

 

Jesus wants to be friends with everyone everywhere on earth. And when you have found the true Jesus, He wants you to help others find Him too.

Adventsnyt

Effie Campbell translated

 

Evangeline Booth, salvation army, testimony, personal testimony

26.1.2014

Evangeline Booth

26th January 2014


WHO WAS IT THAT KISSED ME?
“Dear friends, let us love one another,... " 1.John 4.7

See video of Evangeline Booth

Biography Evangeline Booth:


Evangeline Booth stood outside a court building and watched various prisoners that came out of there. A moment ago she had heard someone in there shouting, squalling and swearing, and now she saw a feisty looking woman being led out of the courtroom accompanied by six police officers. Two went in front of her and two others behind her, while two held in her arms. The woman struggled to get free. The clothes she had on was torn and full of holes, her hair was woolly and bristly, and her filthy face was clotted with blood. What could she do for her?

Evangeline knew there was no time to preach to her. It would be a crime against her to give her money, and to sing for her would be useless. In a minutte this woman would be far away. Powered by a sudden impulse Evangeline ran onto this dirty, cursing and ugly smelling woman and kissed her.

The woman slipped her hands loose and searched with a wild expression the field with her eyes." Who was it that kissed me?" She shouted. "Who kissed me? Nobody had done that since her mother died."

She raised her torn apron to her face and burst into heartbreaking tears, and as a mild lamb she followed the officers into the wagon, which drove her to jail.

Some days after this incident Mrs Booth went on a prison visit to see the woman. Her face was now clean, and she now looked quite handsome. She looked at the stranger and asked, "Do you know who kissed me?"

Then she told Mrs Booth her life story. "When I was a baby my father died, and when I was 7 years old my mother also died. She died in a dark backyard in a poor neighborhood. When she was dying she called to me, took my small face between her hands and kissed it and said: "My poor little girl! O God, be merciful to my little girl and take good care of her!"

From that day until now, no one has kissed my face until the other day."
Then she asked again: "Do you know who it was that kissed me?"

Evangeline Booth replied: "It was me."

She told this lost woman of God and how he loved her so much that he was willing to die for us on the cross, where he wore all our offenses. He was wounded and disabled, so that he could save everybody from their sins.
This was something completely new. The woman had never imagined that Jesus loves so much. She opened her heart to Jesus, and before she got out of prison, she had also learned many other prisoners to love Jesus.

All this happened because Evangeline Booth kissed her. Fantastic, and what a beautiful and good deed! Evangeline Booth was the daughter of the man who founded the Salvation Army, William Booth.

Let us show our fellow human beings our love and learn the many unhappy and broken people that God truly is a God who saves sinners.

E. Campbell translated

 

25th January 2014
 

THE WAY - ALSO INTO THE THIRD MILLENIUM
"For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believs in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16


The way is a messiah-description, which is used throughout the Bible, from Abraham to Moses, from the Psalms of David to all the prophets. The Patriarchs and the Prophets spurred the Israeli people to follow the path and not deviate from the way. When Jesus came as the living Messiah, he said: "I am the WAY! "Therefore followers of Jesus in the New Testament did not name their faith Christianity, but the Way. There are many passages in the book of Acts, where the Christian faith is called, "The Way" and "the way of God."

Jesus is the Way, and not the roadside. There is good reason to warn against the 2000 hysteria and their deviation from the Way. The world needs the Gospel of Jesus, not the many oddities, tall tales or Christian laws.

An example of the essence of the gospel is the Apostolic Creed and John.3.16.

The creed reads: "I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.

And John 3:16 reads:
"For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believs in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Jesus and the apostles also warned against false prophets, the false Messiah, the Antichrist, and other aberration in the last days. The so-called Christians waves from the U.S. Also knock on our doors in the Nordic region with all sorts of weird stuffs

What is from God puts Jesus in the center and acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God come in the flesh, while all that is false deny Jesus.

The great danger, where "chosen" Christians are being misled, Jesus and the Apostles connect with the Jews and their reception of the false Messiah. Jesus said,
"I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him." (John 5.43 )

The false Messiah, which the Bible calls "the Antichrist" will sit in the temple of God.

The believers must follow the Way, preach the Gospel and show Jesus' love and friendship to all.

In the Hebrews, Jews believing in Jesus were in danger of going back to animal sacrifices in the temple and reject Jesus' sacrificial death as the only foundation of salvation. They had already been warned not to tread on the Son of God and hold the blood of the covenant unholy, and again crucify the Son of God ( Heb. 10.26-29 and 6,4-6).

Animal sacrifices in the Old Covenant could not take away sins (Hebrews 10, 4)
 

Only when we stick to the Way, Jesus, we avoid falling into the ditch in those last days.

Aril Edvardsen, "Troens bevis".

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

24th January 2014


SAME RELIGION AS THE OLD BY BLOOD
The then known persons representing materialism and atheism, Professor KW, Mr HB, Mrs KD and several others had announced with a large anti- biblical lecture at Viktoria Hall in Stockholm March 19 - .

After the lecture, the word was given freely to the audience.

The hall was crowded to bursting point, most of them godless people. Then Professor W. Rose to the pulpit, and people clapped eagerly to honor him. He confirmed once again that there was not a single evidence that Jesus ever existed. The only thing people relied on, in terms of the historical Jesus was something that Josephus had written down, but this turned out to be a forged supplementary document, and therefore there was no longer any evidence that Jesus ever existed.

Then the word was given free to all. An elderly man stood up. He father wore the distinctive red jacket of the Salvation Army. The moderator watched him scornfully as did quite a few others of the audience, who shouted that they had not come to a Christian revival meeting, and therefore it was best that the old fellow kept silent. But he demanded to speak since they had advertised it, or did they fear their counterpart? So they let him speak. With clear and powerful voice, he said:
"It seems to be a matter of great concern and distress with these professors and this science. How does the professor know that Jesus didn't exist?"

The professor said mockingly: "Well, how do you know that he lived?" And even more condescending the audience chimed: "Well, how do you know? "

But then the old man thundered : "Should I not know that Christ is? Should I not understand?"

"We demand proof! Give us proof!" Someone shouted from the audience and from the podium.
" Yeah, I will give you proof" he replied with a resounding voice." I am a proof myself that our precious Savior lives. Some years ago I was the most shabby drunkard in Stockholm. I drank and used every penny I could get my hands on on booze, and when i became drunk I ended up in the detention at the police station. From there I was sent to the judge, and since I was unable to pay the fines, so I had to back to prison. But hardly I was outside again until over and over I repeated this miserable cycle, from the pub, to the court and imprisoned and so on back to the pub. I signed up for every possible and impossible temperance society and took a sacred pledge after another, but the problems just got worse. I sank deeper and deeper into a bottomless misery.

“But then one day in my deepest despair I met the Lord Jesus Christ, and he liftet me with his pierced hand out of the muck and purified me with his blood. And since that day I have been saved and preserved in the faith, and I have been a hard workin, valued and useful citizen since then. Should I not know better than anyone that Christ exists? "

There was a complete silence in the hall, and everyone seemed to be moved by this personal testimony. After a long pause Mr D. B. Was given the word, but it was not easy for him to maintain his usual arrogant attitude when it came to spiritual matters. He noted:

" Ladies and gentlemen, if I had to think about religion – obviously that will hardly happen - but nevertheless if it was occur for me to think of such a thing, I would want to have the same religion as the old man by the blood!"

It was obvious that the testimony had also hit him.


" ...and when I see the blood, I will pass over you." Exodus 12.13 or as it says in a Swedish Bible: "And the blood shall be a sign unto you to salvation!"

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

23th January 2014


NOT OUTSIDE BUT INSIDE !
They stood on a street corner and discussed. One was a man of faith, and the other was active in politics. The latter was convinced that the party he represented would be of greater benefit to people and society than all Christianity and belief in God.

The politician came with one argument after another and became more and more eager in his view of things: "You do not change the social conditions in this world by going around and preaching about a possible eternal salvation! It is here and now that we need changes and improvements that can stem corruption and rottenness, and that can create equality and justice for all - and make it possible for everyone to live a decent life ... "

As soon as he had said this a very dirty and tattered homeless man past by. The politician, who by now was really worked up, observed the man and said, "Take for instance that man. Society has failed! Our political program can save men like him: We will provide new clothes for such people!"


Then the man of faith answered: "The Gospel works the other way round. It gives new people to such clothes!"
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"
2 Cor. 5.17 NIV

"Tro & Fakta" No. 6/ 1997.
E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

22th January 2014


THE BIBLE - THE HOLY SCRIPTURE
That's the name of it - and it's contents!
The Bible is a divine book. The words are full of spirit - God-breathed!

Paul:

"All Scripture is God-breathed"
2 Tim. 3.16
I believe everything that is in the law, and what is written in the prophet.( Acts.24,14)

Peter:

"For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."
( 2.Pet. 1.21)
Prophets have pondered and searched when they prophesied what the Spirit of Christ showed them. (1.Pet. 1.10 - 12).

People have written down what they got from God. How far does human thoughts go in this? Find the answer in the parable that the Bible itself set between the Word and Jesus! Joh. 1.1 and 1.Joh. 1.1 etc.

As surely as Jesus was true man, yet without sin, the Bible is true human, yet without fault!

Jesus was God and man in one body - the Bible is divine and human in one volume!

Just as Jesus was different from us - the Bible is different from all other books. The true humanity of Jesus was, among other things, that he was born by a woman, the son of man. He may have resembled his mother immensely. He was tired and hungry and tempted, but God was his model, "Father, if it is your will ... ?"

The true human of the Bible is among other things-, It bears the mark of the period and of the writers who have written. However, always guided by the will of God : "
For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets"
2 Pet. 1.21

"The Bible through the ages" V. Munch.
Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

21th January 2014


HOW DO WE FIND GOD?
"...no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
Joh. 3.3 NIV

There are many who do not know what it is to be born again, nor what rebirth truly means in the life of a human being.

Being born again is more than merely to accept Christ in your consciousness and your mind. Even if you live a "decent" and a morally irreproachable life where you live and behave the very best you can on your own, then it is not and will never be enough for wether you make the so-called "small sins" or large, you are still a sinner on the road of perdition.
"... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..."
Romans 3:23 NIV

When a child is born, the proud parents announce this great news far and wide. This newborn child starts a life in a world that is totally new to it. When a sinner is born of God's Holy Spirit - reborn - we also bring the happy news to others. The newborn “child of God” also enters a world that is new to it - a new life. The heart and the mind is totally changed, he or she has been given new wishes, a new setting and meaning of life, new interests and new thoughts.

Imagine, a life of victory over sin, and peace instead of strife and temptations! What a marvelous life!

Perhaps you ask, "How can I experience this new birth? "You must turn away from sin and come to God with the intention fully to give him your life. Simply pray the Lord to forgive you and save you.

When you are born again, then you will know it. The condemnation has gone.

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

20th January 2014
 

SAFE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS
"And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them."
Mark 10.16

Fanny Crosby was born in New York ( 1820-1915). Just six weeks old she lost her sight and was blind for the rest of her life. 12 years old she went on a blind school, where she stayed for the following 23 years, first as a student and later as a teacher.

Fanny Crosby wrote more than 2,000 songs. The impact Lina Sandell had on the Nordic region Fanny Crosby had for the English-speaking countries.

The song "Safe in the arms of Jesus" was written 30 april 1868. Fanny tells that on this particular day one well-known music artist, W.H. Doane wisited her.

He brought along with him a new melody, which was missing a text. When he played the song for her, she said : "This tune says: Safe in the arms of Jesus."

After a while Fanny went for herself to be alone and in silence. She then remembered an incident that she had been told two days before. On a street in New York, which swarmed with people there was a mother with her child and they came into this great human multitude. In this congestion the child lost his mother and the child began to sob fiercely and was completely inconsolable right to the point when it again lay in his mother's arms.

There in the arms of the mother it was safe and sound – here the weeping seized. This one small everyday incident became a picture for Fanny Crosby of how human beings can only be safe in one place, in the arms of Jesus!

Twenty minutes later, Fanny handed the music artist lyrics to this song, "Safe inn the arms of Jesus." Doane wrote it immediately, and the original text has never been changed since then.

You can hear the song on the following link .

"Safe in the arms of Jesus."

E.Campbell

 

 

 

19th January 2014

ARE YOU IN TROUBLE
If you are in trouble, then hook you on this promise from God: "For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you."
Isaiah. 41.13

E.C.

 

 

 

 

18th January 2014


MY GOD DIED
" Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.”
Joh. 15.13 NIV

That was what my God did for me at Calvary. There he paid for my sins, so I do not have to pay with death, which means being separated from God forever, lost.

Throughout history, there are many who have been appointed as God, but where is the God who died for you, he, who, when the wolf and the bear came, fought to the death? No, they were only hired workers.

My God died - but he lives! On Easter morning, he was raised from the dead, the tomb is now empty, the living, who were to keep watch over him, were like dead. Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords - he lives!

This is what we will testify just as clearly and simply as Paul, when he testified for both young and old,
"that the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles.”

Acts 26.23 NIV

We must never evade the blood because "
and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness."

Heb. 9.22 NIV

How it is difficult to understand why there are so many who decline the offer that Jesus gave to each of us, which was completed when he broke the power of death on Easter morning and rose from the dead. Will you accept His gift, a brand new life, even a life of abundance?

E. Campbell

 

 

 

17th January 2014
 

WHERE IS THE LAMB?
Genesis 22.7
Everything was ready for the sacrifice, but
"where is the lamb?" Isaac Asks his father, Abraham. We have good reason to pass the same question on to many people today.

Nations have their gods, Islam has its prophets, Israel has its laws and worship of God, but where is the lamb?

And all the nominal Christians in the West, they often have everything in order. They are baptized, and sometimes they come to worship and communion, they have a God, a God up in heaven - but where is the lamb?

They have no lamb. They have never had a moment, not one moment when the Lamb of God, the slaughtered Lamb became their lives, their salvation and peace - all of their Christianity.

That is why they are lost in everything else. For only in the Lamb there is salvation. Only in the blood of the Lamb there is atonement and access to God. And in heaven with God himself all is about the Lamb. The song up there is "the song of the Lamb ," the bride is "the Lamb's bride" and the wedding is the "marriage of the Lamb."
Revelation . 15.3 and 19.7

You expensive soul - is the "Lamb of God" your only access to heaven. Otherwise you'll never get there.

The Lamb that was slain, is Jesus Christ. Jesus said:

"I am THE WAY ... No one comes to the Father except through me."
John 14,6
Believe in him and let him guide you.

E. Campbell 

 

 

 

 

16th January 2014

 

NOW JUST A WORD FOR JESUS
The chorus of one of Fanny Crosby hymns reads:

Now just a word for Jesus,
’Twill help us on our way!
One little word for Jesus,
Oh speak, or sing, or pray!


Yes, it is as true as it is said. If we say a word about Jesus, then it may be for the salvation of someone, often perhaps without our knowledge about it.

So it was with the English speaker Spurgeon. He was to have a sermon in the Crystal Castle in London for a large crowd. Before he had to go live on the podium, he would like to know how his voice sounded in this huge hall. The day before the sermon he went into the hall and stepped up to the podium and said loud and clear the following words: " credible is the word and worthy of all acceptance For Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners
"Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”

1 Tim. 1.15 NIV

Spurgeon uttered these words two times and then turned back home. He was convinced that the audience would hear him .

Then 25years later. One of Spurgeons employees were then asked to come on a visit to an old laborer, who was dying.

" Are you prepared to die," the preacher said.

" Yes, the Lord be praised," replied the patient happy, and so he began to tell how he had been converted, and his face was beaming with joy.

"I was a skilled laborer occupied with laying lead roofs. Many years ago I worked under the dome at the Crystal Castle. Back then I was not a believer. I lived my life without God and without hope. I thought I was alone in the building, but then I heard a voice loud and clear that I almost thought came from heaven, saying:
"Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”


These words convinced me that I was a sinner and that God is merciful. I learned to trust in faith in Jesus, and from this day I have only built all my hope of salvation on him."

E. Campbell

 

 

 

15th January 2014
 

THE CHALICE
An old story from Scotland tells of an old man sitting at the altar of worship and felt unworthy to participate. He sat there and felt miserable and in such sad state of mind, that he dared not participate in the remembrance of the Lord's death on the cross.

During the aisle he saw a very young girl burst into tears. She then passedd the chalice without drinking from it. Suddenly, all his fears vanished, and he whispered clearly to the girl: "Drink from the chalice, my friend! It is for sinners!"


"Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day."

Joh. 6,54 NIV

E. Campbell

 

 

 

14th January 2014
 

THREE WORDS FOR THOUGHT
Some years ago I sat in a bus that drove through London's city streets. During the trip, I noticed a man who swept the streets. He had a big sign on his back. The sign read: Without God - no hope.

In the north of Scotland I became aware of an embroidered image on wall in an ordinary living room, which read: "prepare to meet your God."
Back home I found the same word in the Bible in Amos 4.12.

Once I saw the following sentence in a Danish teacher's Bible: This book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you away from this book.
Effie Campbell

 

 

 

13th January 2014
 

ENDURANCE
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
(Hebrews 10.35 to 36 NIV)

Impatience, discouragement and unbelief can hit people so hard that they resign and let their hands fall down because they have prayed and labored for the Lord so long, and it turns out to be fruitless. They are tempted to give up.

When we feel like this we must cling to the word of God, which helps us and says, "So do not throw away your confidence" There is a real danger of throwing away confidence, and thereby lose what God has promised to those who believe.

Yes, we need endurance to do God's will. Jesus says in Luke 21.19: "Stand firm, and you will win life.” Bible calls endurance for a commandment.

Thus we read in Revelation 3.10:
"Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial”

Daniels prayer.
Daniel had to wait 21 days before the answer came, but from day one, after he gave his heart to seek Gods wisdom and humble himself before God, his words were heard (Daniel 10:12). But he had to struggle in prayer against "the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”( Eph. 6:12) , but the "prince of the Persian kingdom" resisted 21 days, but then came "Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me" (Daniel 10:13). Not until all obstacles had gone God granted his prayer - there had to be a struggle in prayer first.

Jeremiah's prayer.
Jeremiah had to wait for 10 days before the answer came, when people begged him to ask the Lord to show them which way ought to go and what to do.

Abraham's prayer.
Abraham had to wait many years for the promised son, Isaac. "Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations...Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”
(Rom. 4.18 to 21 )

God's answer to perseverance in prayer also in our days.
A female missionary had a brother who was not saved, and it troubled her deeply. However, he was an alcoholic. One day she read in
2.Mos.10.26:
"Our livestock too must go with us; not a hoof is to be left behind."


“Not a hoof is to be left behind." She repeated this and got such faith in this word that she thanked and praised God for this promise. 

The letters that was sent to her the following months only told how sad his brother's condition was, and in the last letter the message was that now his condition had deteriorated significantly.

However, the missionary didn't let this throw her off balance, and still she praised God for the promise she had in his word. Then one day there came a letter with great news. The brother had been saved, and all his craving for alcohol was gone.


"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
(Galatians 6:9)

 

 

 

12th January 2014

INVITATION FOR A WEDDING

A pastor's wife once told me this story:

There was an old man who dreamed that he died.
The angels came and carried him up and carried him thus into heaven. Jesus himself received him, and many people who had gone home before him flocked to him and welcomed him.

The old man suddenly remembered one person that he did not see anywhere. " Where was George ?" He asked.

Then Jesus eyes was filled with tears. "No one has invited him ," the Savior said.

"Oh, please give me permission to go down to earth a short moment, so that I can invite George! " the old man said.

The moment he woke up. He ran immediately to the hot-tempered and irascible blacksmith, to whome almost nobody dared to talk.
"I greet you from Jesus and invite you into heaven, " said the old man.

At first the blacksmith became angry, but guess what , it ended up that he received the invitation and began to walk on the Heaven Way.

You cannot say that you are not invited to Jesus. But today he sends you once again a new greeting: "Come to the wedding banquet”

(Matt. 22.4)

You are invited to an eternal celebration and salvation . Do you know how often the word "come" is repeated in the Bible? An avid man found out that the word "come" occurs 479 times!

Einar Lyngar . E. Campbell trans .

 

 

 

11th January 2014


Verily JESUS COMES
Matt. 24.32-33
Have you ever experienced a winter that never came to an end? It felt like spring would never come.

Perhaps this is why Jesus chose to use exactly this picture to assure us that he is indeed coming.


"“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.”
Matt. 24.32-33

Early in March, while we still wear coats buttoned up to the neck, and while we still have to go on ice and snow that we see a tree with bulging green buds, and we feel a little warmer because knots clubs tells us that spring is imminent.
Jesus knows this feeling. He longed for spring. And he promises that he will come back for us, just as unerringly sure as spring follows winter.

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

10th January 2014

PROVE IT

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

Mat. 7, 24

A painter, who traveled around Switzerland was stopped one day by some inspectors who demanded to see his passport. "I didn't bring it with me," he said, "but my name is Doré." "Prove it," said the inspectors. They knew this famous artist name, but were not sure that it was him.

Doré took a piece of paper and drew a sketch of some peasants who were nearby. This he did so outstandingly well that the inspectors had to admit: "It's OK. You are Doré."

The world does not care about our oral testimony. We need to show that we are Christians by our lives and our actions.

E. Campbell translated

 

 

9th January 2014

Almost persuaded now to believe;
Almost persuaded Christ to receive;
Seems now some soul to say,
Go, Spirit, go Thy way,
Some more convenient day
On Thee I’ll call.

 

Almost persuaded, come, come today;
Almost persuaded, turn not away;
Jesus invites you here,
Angels are lingering near
Prayers rise from hearts so dear;
O wanderer, come!

 

Almost persuaded, harvest is past!
Almost persuaded, doom comes at last!
Almost cannot avail;
Almost is but to fail!
Sad, sad, that bitter wail—
Almost, but lost!


P. P. Bliss.
Press here to here the song

 

 

Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”
Acts. 26, 28

 

 

 

Bliss wrote both lyrics and tunes to some of our songs. He was born in 1838 in North Pensylvania in a godly home.

His interest in music was awakened already at the age of 10. About this the story tells: One day as he strolled along the way he heard music that he had never heard before. He stopped - a door was ajar and he went inside. Soon he was standing by a door that opened into a sitting room where a woman was playing on a black wooden box with black and white " buttons " (piano ) . When she was finished he shouted enthusiastically : " Play more, please play more! "

After working a few years of farming bet he solely turned on the music and started at a school where he could train in music.

14 years old, he came to personal faith. He now lived in Chicago and was a Sunday School teacher there. Here, his musical talents benefitted him particularly well because he wrote songs that the children understood and could sing. When Moody became acquainted with this young music virtuoso he urged and supported him to accompany him on his meeting tour around the country.

However, his working day was short because he died in 1876 in a railroad-accident with his wife, just two years after being hired.

Bliss was often captivated by a particular word or a particular phrase, which he heard in a sermon. The serious song, "Almost persuaded" Bliss composed after hearing a sermon about being an almost Christian, almost on the way to Heaven - and yet not to be with.

Has this song spoke to you?

You can hear the song by pushing this link

F. Campbell translated


 

 

 

8th January 2014

DO YOU TURN DOWN?
A gang leader in the United States were arrested some time ago. He was very hard of hearing, so he had to go with a hearing aid. Every time he was wheeled into the courtroom and his case was treated, he muffled the sound of his hearing so that he heard nothing of what was said.

No one could understand that he was so calm and that nothing seemed to touch him of what he argued. Then came the last day on which his case was to come on. This was the day in which he was to be sentenced. As he approached the courtroom, he turned down the volume so that he could not hear. Then the sentence was passed. He was condemned to death in the electric chair, but he heard nothing of what was said, so he was quite unaffected by the circumstances.

When the day came that he was to be executed, the guards came after him. He was quite calm. He did not know where they were going. But when they arrived and he noticed the electric chair, he was quite beside himself. He yelled and screamed like mad, because now it occurred to him how stupid he had been, because he would not listen and therefore had turned down the hearing aid.

God calls on us in many ways, and he uses every opportunity, because he loves us with an everlasting love. God can call you through another person, a hymn, a treaty or any other Christian literature. If in your heart you feel a warm alluring force and you have a desire to be good and pure, then it is God who is calling you. If you, while you 're having fun with others, feel that everything is empty and worthless and you are overwhelmed by a longing to be free of sin, which only inhibits and binds, then it is God who calls.

Al longing for the good comes from God. He would like to get in touch with us. But quite often we are like this abowe man. We turn down and do not want to hear. So he will have to send hardships, sickness, sorrow through a close family member's death, so that close relationships are interrupted.
Do not turn away from him, do not screw down. He only wants the very best for you. He wants to fill your life as a Christian. And soon he comes back, and takes you back home with him, because you are the heir to his Kingdom. (Jak. 2.5)
E. Campbell

 

 

 

7th January 2014
 

I WAS NOT DIVORCED - BUT SAVED!
After being married for 15 years - we had at that time a 14 year old son - I was misled by the evil tricks and wanted a divorce from my husband. The final papers had been handed in, and I already had plans for a new marriage. But inside me everything was in turmoil and in total chaos. Then something happened, something that was nothing short of a revolution: I received Christ!

Laila Heimli tells: "3 days before this revolution in my life, two believing women met in the city. One of them was my mother in law. She told the other that I and my husband, Kari, had split up and that there was no longer any hope for our marriage. But the other answered, "Yes! For God there is nothing impossible. Let us immediately pray for Laila and Kari!"

So they went together in prayer for us, and the burden was heavy on them while they stood there in Bergen city center.

Three days later I was invited to a meeting at a congregation. Such a thing as attending a Christian meeting was totally new for me, and I was very much in doubt. Anyway - after a conversation in confidence, it ended up that I agreed to go. At that time I did not understand that it was God's Spirit that worked in me.

At this time there was a bible verse that spoke to me. The reason was that our 14 year old son went to the pastor while we were separated, and one day he came home with a New Testament. On the front page there was a greeting and a reference to a scripture. I was curious and came up with this scripture in Rome. 13.8: "Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another" NIV

These words both intrigued me and tormented me and made me feel that my situation was even more messy.

When I was at the meeting and heard the song and testimony this evening, I was so moved that I just could not hold my tears back. A servant of the Lord came gently towards me and asked: "Are you unhappy, my dear friend?" - "Yes," I stammered out through my tears. - "Do you want us to pray for you tonight?" - "Yes, please!"

That evening, I gave Jesus my heart. I did not understand much of what happened, but a miracle happened, a salvation miracle! This is the truth. Oh, how unbelievable and wonderful to be allowed to fall on your knees and become small and receive the Savior's forgiving grace!

As soon as I got the chance, I told my mother what had happened. My new life gave me the courage and desire to share what I had experienced. Kari was very surprised. He was equally unknown about Christian life, just as I had been! Yet, despite the fact that he was not able to follow me on the road of faith right away, we both got through this a new perception of life and of each other. We cut off the connections we had with previous relations and started a completely new life. All honor and thanks belongs to my Lord and my God!

I got to start all over again - both as a wife and mother, in a brand new home, and now we are building on faithfulness and show each other confidence. And you who are reading this testimony, let me tell you that my husband has now chosen the Heaven Way. I 've been prayed and waiting for this for 17 years, and all the believers have also prayed! To God belongs the glory. In October 1997 we held 40th wedding anniversary. Thank God !

Our family was blessed with a precious daughter, exactly a year after I was saved. As a gift from God, she came to us. Today, 1998, our daughter is also the mother of our two grandchildren, and for all this we thank and praise Jesus, our precious Savior.

Yes, conciliation and reconciliation and a new start that is the will and ways of God! However, in cases where this is no longer possible, then the Word of God is at any rate unwavering - also for you:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:”
2 Cor. 5.17 – 18 NIV
(also reconciliation ministry, both to God and the Father and between us humans.)
TF - magazine
E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

6th January 2014
 

THE RIGHT CHOICE

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Matth. 7,13-14 NIV


Every day we are faced with choices, whether we are to choose this or that. When we are out doing our shopping the question is often: what would be the bestt to buy now, the cheapest or the slightly more expensive and better?

But there are also times when we are faced with choices of far greater importance, which may have serious consequences if we do not choose the right way. God has given us the choice whether to go the broad way that leads to hell, or the narrow road that leads to heaven. There is "no middle ground", as is so often asserted. Here it is either – or.


"But how can I know what is right?" Many do say. "There are so many religions and many different Christian churches. How do I know which of these has the right teachings?"

Jesus said to Pilate, "Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."

John. 18.37

Pilate said to him, "What is truth?" V. 38
He stood actually opposite to him who said "I am the way and the truth and the life" ( John 14:6 ), but Pilate "Wanting to satisfy the crowd" (Mark 15.15), and therefore he gave up Jesus to the crowd to be crucified.

And while he( Pilate) “sat on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him and let say," Stay out of this righteous man . For I have the night had many bad dreams because of him . "
Matt. 27.19 NIV

God had warned him, and several times he(Pilate) had said to the crowd that he found no fault in Jesus, but nevertheless this prefect chose wrong. He was more afraid of going against the people than to go against the will of God.


Everyone can find God, just by searching him with all your heart. This is stated in Jer. 29.13 and in Matt. 7.7 Jesus says to us: "seek and you will find;"

So there is no excuse to choose wrong. Therefore, walk the narrow road that leads to heaven.

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

5th January 2014

THE WORLD'S MOST MIGHTY POWER – PRAYERS
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

Luke 18.1

This is the parable that Jesus himself told us that we always have to be persistent in prayer, and not faint. Luke 18.1

Some years ago there was a couple in Sweden, who had a half-grown son. One day he had an errand to a neighboring town. It was winter, and when the boy had left his parents he fastened his skies firmly and left. The hours passed by, and the mother became increasingly worried because her son did not return. She opened the door again and again to see whether she could see anything outside. But no. The evening came, still nothing and now everything was dark. The boy had not yet come back. The following morning the father went out to search for his son along with the village men. The search was done very thoroughly and they searched everywhere, but in vain. The boy was not found.

It is always tragic to lose a child, but it gets many times worse when you do not know what kind of death, you child had had.

One day the husband says to his wife: "I am desperate to know what has happened to our son and what kind of death he has had. Therefore, every morning when you pray your morning prayer, you must ask God to show us the death that our son has been given. I will do exactly the same. Like this the same prayer will come to God's throne twice a day. This may take time, but you must not lose faith.

The years passed. In fact there were 7 years without anything happened. God had not given them what they had asked for. One day the husband says to his wife: "From now, we will also carry this prayer to God in our evening prayers. Then the same prayer will come to God's throne 4 times a day. We must endure in prayer, like the widow, then God's answers will come, this Jesus has promised us."


So they prayd faithfully the same prayer each morning and each evening. How many years went by like this, that I cannot remember, but one day God answered our prayer. The weather was so good that the husband had dragged the boat out of the boat shed.

He was to go out on a lake near here to fish. This was in the spring, the sun shone on the blank and calm lake. All of a sudden the father becomes aware of something on the bottom. He then throws the fishing net down and pulls it up. He finds out that it is a human skeleton. He threw the net down several times to get it all up and noticed that there was a fragment of a sock on one leg. On the verge of this sock he read very clearly the sewn initials of their son. His wife always used to sew the name on the socks. 'Then it was all quite clear for the father. The son had wanted to take a shortcut to the neighboring town and had gone off gliding over the lake.

The ice had not been thick enough and had given in, and the son had drowned. All these years he had been there and had long ago dissolved, but part of the socks with the initials, God had left intact to the parent that had been so persistent in prayer to know what death, their son had got. The father folded his hands and thanked God for hearing them. Yes, verily, God is in full great, and he hears all prayers. Do not be discouraged, but be persistent. Then you will get God's answers.

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

4th January 2014

 

The story of the song: "There is might in the small folde hands"

Press this link to hear the song

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."
Matth. 7,7-8   NIV

 

We let the author Trygve Bjerkheim even tell how this song came to be.
Some years ago I sat in Forbundsshallen in Oslo one Sunday morning and heard a young missionary speech. One phrase he used, I wrote down. " The strongest superpower in the world at all times is the front with small folded hands."


The small decorated card with this phrase was in my French New Testament, and so it was that I was constantly reminded of these words by seeing them again and again. I wanted to write a song about that phrase, and thus it worked continuasly in my mind.


2 - 3 years later - or maybe 4, I woke up one night and came to think of the words of " the strongest Superpower " - the folded hands. When the phrase, “ There is might in the small folded hands."

There was a verse, a chorus and one more verse. I was almost finished with the song before I turned on the light and wrote them down. These verses were then printed as a small poem in the yearbook of the Mission-Union in 1955: " Deeper Down". They fit in well with the cover photo - a little chinese girl standing with her head bowed and holding her hands together in prayer.

 

When this book came to Dronningborg College in Grimstad early in 1956 teacher Haugen discovered this little poem, and he soon after that got a tune that matche the poem. This tune made the song widely known. But the song has 3 verses. A little later a retired officer from the Salvation Army, Colonel Linderud, turne up at the office in Mollergata 19.

 

Han sagde, at han var blevet så glad for digtet og havde skrevet en melodi til dette og spurgte så, om han kunne få lov til at bruge teksten til denne melodi.

Det fik han naturligvis lov til; men så tilføjede han: ”Min kone og jeg ville ønske, at du digtede et vers mere, hvor du medtog forældrene, der beder for deres børn.” Jeg lovede at forsøge. Da han var draget videre, nedskrev jeg et nyt vers: ”Du som be'r for dit barn, dine kære-.


He said that he had become very fond of the poem and that he had written a tune for this. Then he asked if he would be allowed to use the poem-text of this song. Naturally, he was allowed, but then he added: " My wife and I wish you wrote one more verse in where you included the parents who pray for their children." I promised to try. When he had gone on, I wrote a new verse: "You who pray for your child, your loved ones...”

Colonel Linderud came by again a few days later and then got this new verse. That was the last time that I saw this strange man. Shortly after that, he was with his wife and visited some old friends in Egersund.

Before he was supposed to leave the house for a meeting at the parish hall later this evening, he sat down and relaxed a little in a deep armchair. Suddenly his head fell backwards, and he passed away. After the funeral a large memorial service was held, and the song was sung with his melody.

E.Campbell translated

 

 

 

3rd January 2014

AN ACCOUNT OF A JOURNEY OF A YOUNG STUDENT
"You deceived me, LORD, and I was deceived" (persuade) Jer. 20.7 NIV

A young student in the USA was on his way home from the university. Along the way he entered a hotel. The host turned towards him and said:"Sorry, but we only have one room left, and it is located right next to a sick room. A young man is dying in there and there is only a thin wall between thoes two. I do not know if you like it?"

"Well, that doesn't bother me," the student replied. But when he went to sleep, it was impossible for him to fall asleep. The groaning of the sick and the nurse's footsteps back and forth could be heard very clearly.

He could not fall asleep. A strange uneasiness fell over him that made him ashamed. He was known as a free-thinker much to the dismay and sorrow for his parents. His father was a priest and had been looking immensely forward to the day that his son would become a priest. He still remembered his father's deep sorrow and his mother's tearful prayers when he last time he was home on vacation told them that he did not believe that there existed an afterlife.

The unrest plagued him, but he could not let go of the thought that on the other side of the wall, there was someone who was soon going to die - and what, if there should be something after death? What had Ellison thought if he had seen him in his present state of anxiety? Ellison was one of his friends at college. It was particularly his views and convictions that had caused him to be a freethinker. Well, what would he think? - "It is foolish. I have nothing to be afraid of," he said to himself.

On the other side of the wall the plaintive sounds of the sick had now become weaker and weaker. Eventually total silence. But this young student still could not fall asleep. The night seemed to be endless. Finally, it was morning. When the student came down he asked the host how things were with the sick.

"He's dead, poor thing. The doctor had actually said that he would not survive the night,"was the reply from the host.
" Do they know who he was? " the student asked. - "Well, it was a student from the High School in Providence, he got sick on his journey," said the host. It gave a jolt to him, because he went at the same school. "What was his name?" - "Ellison," the host replied, "did you know him?"

This young man was as stunned. It was his friend, the friend who had brought him to deny. Many hours had to pass before the student could stand to move on again. All the way home was this repeating sound inside his heart:"dead - and how? - Lost, lost!" His whole conviction and thought of existence was now totally overturned. He came home to his parents, completely changed - heartbroken, challenged, in anxiety and depressed by guilt. His old man had a gratifying task the following days to tell him about God's promises until his son found peace in believing in Jesus. This son was later to become one of the previous century's greatest missionaries: "The apostle, Burma". His name was Adoniram Judson.

"You deceived me, LORD, and I was deceived" (persuaded) Jer. 20.7 NIV
E. Campbell

 

 

2nd January 2014

THE ENTRANCE OF TEMPTATIONS

It was very interesting to read of the Age of Chivalry in world history. Back then many of these men made great fortunes, and for that money they built themselves castles. Times were troubled, and therefore they had to think of defending themselves and as good as possible. Many of these knights therefore built castles on an islet or small island in a small lake. They used a drawbridge to connect the castle with the mainland. In this way they could keep the enemies at a distance, because when the enemy approached the castle they only had to raise the bridge, thus preventing the enemy free passage. Like this he could be standing there on land without having to worry. - He also made the walls very thick. But perhaps the most important thin was the windows. Those he made very small. Therefore, it was very difficult for the enemy on land to hit these small windows with their arrows.

Have you ever thought that the human body is just like such a castle? The windows of the castle are the eyes, ears, mouth and nose. Our enemy is Satan, and he always aims to send his arrows through the window openings to damage and destroy our soul. And he has succeeded with this many times.

Through the eyes TV and video images enter, which in large part deal with adultery, murder and brutality. This is corrupt and rotten food for the soul. Rarely it is far from thought to action. What people see, they also often do in their daily lives. "When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” (James 1.13 to 15)

Or this to let his eyes linger on someone else's spouse. I think there are many people who can talk about this, even King David, who was tempted by Bathsheba, Uriah 's wife. Like this David despised the word of God and did what displeased God with many unpredictable and far-reaching sorrows as a result of this ( 2 Sam. 11 and 12). So Satan succeeded in shooting his destructive arrows through David's eyes, and he fell.
 

Job was more cautious.
“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.
“If my heart has been enticed by a woman, or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door, then may my wife grind another man’s grain, and may other men sleep with her. For that would have been wicked, a sin to be judged. It is a fire that burns to Destruction; it would have uprooted my harvest."

(Job 31.1 . 9-12) . NIV

Through the mourth, Satan sends his deadly arrows in the form of intoxicating drinks. A secular saying goes, " When the beer comes in, reason goes out." And it is correct. People can be drunk to do things they would never dream of doing if they had been sober. But God also has something to say about these substances that deplete the body and destroys creation.

"Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple." ( 1 Cor. 3.16 to 17 ) NIV

Through the nose young people do sniff, and it can be fatal. It paralyzes the respiration and can cause sudden cardiac arrest. It is sad to see young people lie in bed without being able to eat or do anything that young people who may be cared for as diaper children due sniffing. Yes, indeed, Satan has luck.

The last window, we mention here is the ears. We must not listen to bad advices and temptations from our fellowmen. Similarly, there are also music which is both harmful and destructive.

There is help to get if we repent, yes, we have full redemption, God showed us His love in Jesus. His blood cleanses from all sin. We are purer than snow (Psalm 51.9 ). Sin will be lowered into the deepest sea (Micah 7.19 ) and Corrie ten Boom used to say : " A sign with the words " Fishing prohibited "hanging over there. So these sins will never again return and accuse us someday. The sins will not come to God's thoughts again.
Yes, you must understand, for he says of King David, who was a murderer that took someone else's wife, that he was a man after God's own heart (Acts 13.22 ). So great is God's forgiveness. You get a new beginning, a new life, the old has gone (2 Cor. 5.17 ). Does not that sound great ? But then you must also come to him, repent and ask for forgiveness.
Effie Campbell

 

 

1st January 2014

BIBLE VERSE IN OUR MODERN AGE?
Isn't it oldfashioned to learn Bible verses by heart today? However, many parents and teachers have told how Bible verses have been a blessing to their children.
In Copenhagen I taught a children's ring with appx. 20 children. One day a girl came to me and told me about the importance that a Bible verse had for her. " At my school I often recite the verse from John. 6.37: Jesus said
" ... All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away."

She had seen the value in the fact that she could always come to Jesus.

We have seen that children have attended only a few times in the children ring, but that they had learned a bible verse back then that later bore fruit. People whom we met later in life, still remembered the Bible verses they learned as children in the ring.

Kresten says: "I could cite many examples, but I will restrict my self to mention only one example. One day I was at a car dealer. There was a "Hells Angel type” in black leather clothes and with a long ponytail. He looked at me a few times, and then he said:
"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." Luke. 19.10 NIV

I smiled at him, but he noticed on my face, how amazed I was.
"Yes," he said, " I've met you once before. You spoke to a family worship, and you taught all in the church this verse." - I was pleased to hear that and I knew that I had not only taught them the Bible verse, but I also carefully had explained to them the context so that the verse could strengthen them, when the audience later in life were in need of the Word of God. "
A mother says the following: "Last summer we were at a family camp. The children taught the kids a memory verse from the Bible. Lea was just 4 years. The 4 days we were there, Leah did not say a word, but when we got home, she said :
“because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.” Hebr. 13.5 NIV

How I was happy, touched and grateful because she had remembered the word of God.
I would recommend anyone who has contact with children in their work, to teach the children memory verses, for it is God's truth. Teach them even a few memory verses a year, so that they stick in their memory.
"Focus on the child ."
E. Campbell translated