21th September 2021

SAY THANKS IN ALL CONDITIONS

"My soul, praise the Lord, do not forget his good deeds!"
Psalms 103:2NIV

A fictional story is about two angels who were sent down to earth with 
their own baskets. One was to gather all the prayers that people send to 
God in his basket. In a very short time, the basket was completely full. The other angel, on the other hand, was to gather all 
the thanksgivings. But for the latter, it became extremely difficult to fill his 
basket.

That's how we humans are. In need we beg God for help, but when the 
need is over, we often forget to say thank you. The same thing we see 
happening in the story of the ten lepers that Jesus healed. Only one of 
them returns to thank Jesus for the healing.

Our ancestors put everything in God's hands when they went out to sea 
with their small fishing boats or they went up into the mountains, and on 
the way home they sang songs of thanksgiving. But people today in 
our advanced society seem to take everything more or less for granted, modesty is a 
rarity but demands are not. Living in a peaceful society is certainly something 
to be grateful for, and this ought to be the reason why more was put into 
the thank you basket. If we think about how good we really are, then there 
should be enough reason to sing many thanksgiving songs and as Paul 
writes to the Christians in Ephesus: “... always giving thanks to God the 
Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. ” 
Eph.5:20NIV
 
 
 
 
 
20th September 2021

THAT WE ALL MAY BE ONEA new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so 
you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my 
disciples, if you love one another.” ” 
John 13:34-35NIV

One day with glorious weather, I was standing on a mountain, looking 
down on a village. There was a good view. You could see streams and 
lakes and the beautiful carpet of grass around the village and the island on 
the other side of the strait.

Up there, from the top of the mountain and high above the village, the 
church and one of the Christian parish houses that stood just behind the 
church seemed to be merged into one. I thought to myself that God may
see us a little like that? With Him there is only one people, one 
congregation, one ordinary church, the community of the saints. We can 
come together in different houses, whatever they may be called, and in 
different forms. We may have different attitudes about different matters, 
but we must not forget that in the eyes of God we are one people and we 
are all on the path toward the same goal.

In his High Priestly Prayer (John 17:21NIV), Jesus prays: “that all of them 
may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also 
be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. ” In heaven, 
we will all - no matter how different we may be - sing along to the eternal 
song of praise, the song of the Lamb, and the song of Moses.

May God help us to support and help each other and to have deep love for

one another, all while we are still on the journey home and not slandering

and condemning each other.

 
 
 
 
 
19th September 2021

SOUL WINNERSI tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over 
one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do 
not need to repent. ”
Luke 15:7NIV

A shepherd who owned a large flock of sheep one evening discovered that 
three sheep were missing when he counted them. He turned to the dog 
lying with the puppies and said, "Three sheep are missing, go out and find 
them." The dog got up and ran away.

After a while, the dog came back with one sheep, and the shepherd 
noticed that the dog had had a hard fight against the wolf in order to save 
the sheep. He said again: "There are still two missing, run away and find 
them."

The dog ran out again and brought the next sheep home again; but this 
time the dog was so exhausted and bruised and it was bleeding from 
several wounds. It passed over to its puppies; but again the shepherd said, 
"There is still a sheep left, run and find it!" The dog looked at him 
pleadingly and questioningly. Did the master really mean this? But he 
pointed to the door and said, "Run!"

The dog obeyed and came back again at midnight with the last sheep; but 
it came back again tattered and ragged, lay down by its puppies, licked 
them and died ...

If a dog obeys its master in this way right up to death, what do you say 
when your Lord points out the whole earth and says, “There are not only 
three still missing, but innumerable crowds of lost men and women. Go 
out and find them! ”

How then do you win souls for Jesus in a world that is hostile to the 
gospel. The answer is that we must be filled with a zeal and passion to 
lead souls out of perdition and to the one and only Savior, well, so that we 
can actually not live without seeing saved souls, and thus bring the Savior 
the joy that is mentioned in Luke 15:7-10.

When nothing happens for several weeks, then we must walk the path of 
prayer until the Spirit of God makes the message so convincing that 
people are drawn to salvation. When the fire burns in our own hearts, it 
ignites others too, but if we do everything just because we believe that we 
ougt to, or it is our duty, well then it does not ignite a fire. And whether it 
is about one human being or it is for a meeting with hundreds of people, it 
is people on the brink of the abyss who must be saved before it is too late. 
And when we ourselves have a part in the life of God and know that we 
are entering into the eternal joy, well, then it is worth living for others to 
come there  too.
"Church bell". Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
18th September 2021

GOD'S PROMISES HOLDThey are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.”  
Psalms 20:8NIV

They saw the enemy approaching and could escape nowhere. They were 
in a trap. There were no opportunities to escape, and even they stood with 
their backs to the sea. But then God opened a way for them - through the 
sea!

He had 32,000 men. In fact, it was far too little when the enemy had 
135,000. yet he was told he had too many. He then reduced the army down 
to 10,000 men. But the message was still the same: "You have too much 
with you." Eventually he was left with just 300 soldiers against the 
enemy's 135,000 large army.

The following two passages are from the Bible. They are about Moses and 
Gideon. And you can read more about these events in chapter 14 in 
Exodus and in chapter 7 in Judges.

In both cases, the Israeli people found themselves in a hopeless situation. 
Their only option was to put all his trust in the Lord and he did not fail.

Often we have had to admit that in our greatest need, the Lord was near 
us. David sings in chapter 130: “Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;”  
And in the same psalm: “Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the 
Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. ”  This is also what 
Paul mentions in 2 Corinthians 12: “For when I am weak, then I am 
strong. ” God then teaches us fully and completely in faith to entrust us 
into His hands.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17th September 2021

OUT OF THE GREAT TRIBULATIONI answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have 
come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made 
them white in the blood of the Lamb.” "I said to him, 'My lord, you know 
it.' ”
Rev.7:14NIV

The blessed have been in great tribulation here on earth. What is this 
tribulation? John is not thinking here of a particularly great unchristian 
tribulation, but of a tribulation that anyone who wants to be saved on the 
other side must go through.

It is the tribulation that exists when the Christian spirit and the truth fights 
against the evil in our own hearts and lives. The tribulation is the struggle 
described in a song: The battle is fought in silence, the harder the battle, 
the more serious it is. Violent wounds often occur, because often we do 
not fight well.

The tribulation is also the resistance from outside. He who puts all his 
strength and all his efforts into becoming saved and blessed always 
encounters resistance. If you truly live as a Christian, then you will be met 
with resistance and many people do not like you.

Otherwise, it is a dubious characteristic of modern Christian people that 
we are most often allowed to live in peace and quiet. We meet only little 
resistance.

If we know the tribulation, then it is good to know that we have Jesus by 
our side - he who met such a tribulation as no one else on earth has met.

If hardships are laid on us, everyone goes against us, our own became a 
disappointment so great - then Jesus stands by our side.
TDH translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
16th September 2021

JESUS HAS EACH INDIVIDUAL PERSON IN THOUGHT

““Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the 
Messiah?” ”
John 4:29NIV

A host on a Christian TV station said he once had a long and good talk 
about spiritual matters with a woman who called in after a TV show. She 
had a lot on her mind - both good and bad. But towards the end of the 
conversation, she said: "... next time you're in the air, then wink at me and 
show that you listened to me."

Out of all the thousands of people who watched the show next time, only 
this woman knew why the host was blinking; but for her it was a clear 
sign. He had listened - to her.

In chapter 6 in the Gospel of John, we read about the time Jesus spoke to 
the woman at the well in Sychar. The woman hardly ever forgot the 
conversation. From that very moment, her life was completely changed 
and she told to everybody about what had happened. Jesus not only saw 
her, he also saw what her soul first and foremost thirsted for and needed.

Remember that Jesus knows each and every one of us. He knows your 
voice among all the voices of the world, and there are not two people in 
the whole world who have identical fingerprints. Pray to the Lord, trust in 
him, for he knows who you are.
 
 
 
 
 
 
15th September 2021

OUT OF THE DARK, INTO THE LIGHTBut if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for 
yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors 
served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land 
you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” ”
Joshua 24:15NIV

God alone is the one who sets people free from the power of darkness. He 
sets them wonderfully free from a life of lesser value, where they feel 
insufficient, out of humiliation, fear, depression, out of a life where they 
are bound to various substances, out of loneliness, rejection, well, much 
more and to a life of faith, hope, future, goals, meaning, recognition, 
security, community, indeed, far more.

It is a reality that a day will come when we will no longer be allowed to 
choose. A day where my deeds alone tell the life I have lived. Of the fruits, 
the tree is known. One day I will stand before God and there I will no 
longer be allowed to choose.

None of us know when the night is coming for the individual. Sometimes 
it comes faster than we anticipated and expected. Sometimes it comes very 
close to us, and the pain of losing our loved ones and those we love, it 
stands so brightly clear to us.

God has always wanted us as human beings to live in peace and harmony 
with him and our fellow human beings. But man himself wanted to govern 
and turned his back on God, and this led to so much pain entering human 
life. But God gives you and me the opportunity to choose him today.

Shortly before Joshua's death, he delivered a farewell speech to the people 
of Israel. He turned to them and asked them to choose God and his 
presence, hope, peace and joy in life. (Read Joshua 24:14 and onwards).

We are all going to die, nothing is as certain as that. But I have an 
influence on how my life is to be today, and also how it is to be when 
death occurs. - If we die on this side, then we are alive on the other side, 
which is why it is so crucial that we choose Jesus already today while we 
are still capable of it. "... But as for me and my household, we will serve 
the Lord.” "Joshua 24:15NIV
Church bell. Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
14th September 2021

THE FOOTPRINTSBut store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin 
do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. ”
Matt.6:20NIV

One Sunday I took a long walk along the wet, soft sand just above the 
water's edge until I turned around and walked the same way back. Much 
of the hiking route I was able to see my own footprints. But not all the 
way, for somewhere the waves had washed them away. In relation to 
eternity, our time in this world is so immeasurably short, and sooner or 
later our traces begin to fade and are erased and then disappear 
completely.

The Bible advises us to "store up for ourselves treasures in heaven." Not 
only because our traces here are weakened, obliterated and disappear, but 
because the life offered to us there is far more glorious than what we know 
in this world. And besides, the second option is far, far worse.

In everyday life, it is worth considering what tracks we leave behind. It is 
told of a man who one morning with freshly fallen snow was on his way 
over to the pub. All of a sudden he turns around and sees his little son 
coming after him as he follows in his father's footsteps. This gave the 
father something to think about, and he turned around and went back to 
his own home.

In many ways and with many images, Jesus has shown us the way home 
to the Father's house. Blessed is he who chooses that path.
 
 
 
 
 
13th September 2021

IS THERE OIL ON YOUR LAMP?

”“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. ”
Matt.25:13NIV

Not long ago, I experienced an incident that made me think of the ten 
virgins who set off to meet the groom. The parable is in Matt.25.

We were in a travel company in Israel and stood at the "Lion Gate", which 
leads into the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem, waiting for our bus to arrive. 
We waited for ages but the bus did not show up. Now the uncertainty 
began to spread: “Why is the bus not coming? Has something happened? 
How long are we going to wait here? ”

Then someone asks: "Do any of us have a mobile?" Yes, at least there was 
one with a mobile. Then it might be possible to sort this out or hear 
something about it. The mood immediately improved until the person in 
question could see that the mobile was dead for power. So there we were 
with a nice mobile of a good brand that could do this and that. But without 
power it was useless and could do nothing.

Then I came to mind the 5 foolish bridesmaids. They had lamps but no oil. 
We had a mobile but no power.

We can easily have big words in our mouths and we can witness 
with swinging and gesturing arms and yet be without life and victory 
when we are in distress. That is why Jesus ends by saying, "Therefore keep 
watch!" It can only be done in one way, and that is to have daily, personal, 
and intimate connection with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit 
through the Word. It is there and only there that we get oil for our lamp so 
that it can constantly shine.

Talking about having oil on the lamp can for some people seem an 
incomprehensible, over-the-top formulation with one's head in the clouds. 
So let’s try to get it down to earth and into our daily lives. Does oil have 
anything to do with many emotions, getting goosebumps, seeing angels 
hovering over problems and more of the same kind.

No, not in the least! Life with God is a walk of faith, where you may 
occasionally sense the emotions but it is not necessary with the emotions, 
and the most common is that you feel nothing. So let's turn back to the 
little cell phone that did not do any good because the batteries ran out of 
power.

How are the batteries charged? Simply by plugging the cord into the 
socket from which the power comes. So it is with us. How can we 
constantly make sure we have oil on our lamp? By constantly staying 
close to the source from which the oil flows.

It is not the same as being on your knees 7 hours a day or reading 30 
chapters in Scriptures a day. But that means your thoughts throughout the 
day circulate about God's characteristics, mindset and words as you do the 
day's deeds and the housework. We must constantly practice this.

But it is a lifestyle worth pursuing. Because then your battery will never 
be drained of the "heavenly power", and your lamp will always have the 
oil of the Holy Spirit. Then you are a wise virgin.

E.Campbell translated

 
 
 
 
 
 
12th September 2021
THE HARVESTRemember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and 
whoever sows generously will also reap generously. ” 
2 Cor.9:6NIV

Lord, autumn is already at the door. The days get shorter, the nights get 
longer and it gets cooler! There is something melancholic about autumn. 
What used to bloom so adorable now fades and dies. The green and fresh 
leaves on the trees now sing their "postlude" - a beautiful spectacle of 
wonderful autumn colors that you never get tired of looking at.

But suddenly this is gone too. The leaves hang there brown and wrinkled 
until the autumn storms have swept them away. And one day, the 
migratory birds also set off for warmer and distant skies.

But the harvest is necessary for us. The crop must be secured and brought 
to the barn, and we are preparing for winter - the season that is already 
reaching its icy hands against us and we see it turn white on the mountain 
sides.

But we reap according to what we sowed - “Whoever sows sparingly will 
also reap sparingly” is written in Scriptures, Lord. And I don’t mean that 
you only think about grains and potatoes, but about how we live the life 
you gave us. What can I expect to reap from the life I have lived? Is it 
good semen that gives results when the harvest day is approaching?

A harvest is in progress. I see that in the people around me. They are aging 
and are characterized by the fact that summer has passed and is laid 
behind us. And I do not look at myself in the mirror for long either, 
because the wrinkles have now become bigger and more numerous.

The migratory birds have moved towards warmer countries. Thank you,

Lord, that I too can prepare to move. Help me to lighten my wings when

my time has come to take me home to you. This hope is a glimmer of light

in the autumn darkness and gives courage and faith in the future.

 
 
 
 
 
 
11th September 2021

THE DREAMfor he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the 
heavens.”
Job 28:24NIV

A man was speaking in the parish hall. Among other things, he told about 
a piece of text that he had read many years ago in the magazin Dansk 
Missionsblad. Despite the many years that had passed since then, he 
remembered the text down to the smallest detail, as the text had spoken so 
strongly to him.

The text was about a man who had a dream. We often dream, and when 
we wake up again we say: "It was just a dream!" But it may happen that 
when we wake up, we know with certainty that this time it was more than 
just a dream.

The man who wrote in the Danish magazine tells something like this:

“I dream that I go down to the baker to buy crusty rolls. On the way back I 
meet Jesus who says he is coming to visit me today. When we get home to 
ourselves I offer Jesus the very best chair in the house and we sit around 
the breakfast table with the crusty rolls and coffee. What I particularly 
notice was that no one says a word. There was utter silence, and a 
wonderful, blessed peace reigned. Peace is truly in short supply these days 
- words, words and more words wash over us day in and day out. Radio 
and TV are on and song and music fill the space everywhere. Indeed, 
noise and unrest we have plenty of.

Finally I say: “Jesus, now I have to go to work. Please sit and rest and 
make yourself comfortable here. When I come back tonight, the two of us 
will have a wonderful evening together. ”

But Jesus said he came with me to work. As we step inside the workplace, 
I offer Jesus a good chair to sit on, but he says he would like to sit right 
inside the door on a stool.

Soon the first customer shows up. He speaks loudly, is boastful and 
mouth-watering. "Now, let me tell you something. I have come up with 
some tricks that we can both win big bucks on. And then he set out to tell 
about his scams with big words and gestures.

The man became more and more distressed by the whole situation as Jesus 
sat there and heard it all. Eventually, the man threw the customer out. 
"What's wrong with you today, you do not usually act like that. Have you 
become holy? ” he shouted furiously while stroking out the door.

Then came the next customer. This man had a terribly ugly mouth. The 
oaths poured out of him and the talk was raw. The man also had to throw 
this man out, and the customer mockingly asked him if he had now 
become holy.

When evening came, the man went over to Jesus and said to him, “Lord, it 
was unfortunate that you were to experience all this today.

I am with you every single day, 24 hours a day. I hear and see everything 
you say and do, ”Jesus replied.

And then the man woke up. It is no exaggeration to say that he was 
shaken. Of course, he was aware that Jesus is always with us and hears 
and sees everything. He had read that in the Bible. But this knowledge had 
not completely taken hold in his mind and brain, so he had not given 
himself time to consider and think more carefully about what it really 
meant before now.

Now he had experienced Jesus' visit, and he did not want to be ashamed as 
he had experienced here again. How are you and I? Do we think of our 
invisible guest who is by our side.
Effie Campbell translated

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
September 10, 2021
THERE IS STILL ROOM

““ ‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is 
still room.’ ” 
Luke 14:22NIV

A young Christian man had come into spiritual distress, for he had come 
into doubt as to whether he was still a child of God. He talked to his older 
friend about it. The friend looked for a while in the Bible and then he 
found Luke 14:22: ““ ‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been 
done, but there is still room.’ ” 

The elder tried to explain to him clearly and distinctly that there is still 
room with Jesus, even for him who doubts. But this helped very little. For 
others, there may have been room with God, but not for a sinner like him.

Then the elder told of a memory from his childhood: “I remember my 
mother saying that we were to have a riddle night at home. I had to first of 
all recite my riddles. Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT 
aint for me either. I did not think mother was particularly good at guessing 
them.

But then it was Mom's turn to tell her riddles.

"What is the first thing a human being needs to get?"

"Food," I shouted.

"Good care" shouted one of my siblings.

But mom just shook her head and smiled.
"The very first thing a human being has for need," she said, "is a 
residence." And then she added: “None of us have asked for this residence. 
Before you even thought about it, and before you were told about it, Jesus 
had prepared for you a residence in his kingdom. Soon he will bring you 
there again. ”

The young doubting man thought carefully for a while, and then he 
beamed happily: "Well, I already possessed that residence before I even 
began doubting and therefore I still own it!"

Well, thank God there is still room.
TDH translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
9th September 2021

MIGRATORY BIRDSBut our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from 
there, the Lord Jesus Christ, Philip 3:20NIV

We sat in front of the kitchen window this beautiful autumn day. It was 
Sunday so we had plenty of time. The little birds outside the window 
fought each other to get the breadcrumbs we had thrown out for them.

It was autumn and the birds were now getting ready for the long journey. 
If you looked up into the air from time to time, you saw them in flocks 
and they all flew in the same direction - towards warmer skies in the 
south.

This amazes me, Lord. What is it that makes them all decide to leave at 
the same time? What kind of "revival meeting" have they attended that 
makes them all fly away? Who is it that tells them that now is the time? Is 
it you, Lord, who gives the command? or have you put it in their little 
heads that now is the right time? Or do they just sense that now is the time 
for leaving?

Whatever the reason, they leave, and we can just stand and wave goodbye 
and wish them a good trip. Lord, something of the same I feel in my own 
bosom. An inner unrest - and joy at the same time. With us, there is also a 
journey ahead - not towards warm and sunny beaches in the south, but 
home to you! You say you will come when the time is right - when the 
trumpet sounds - and will take us home to you! Lord, do not forget that I 
have given you my heart.
 
 
 
 
 
 
8th September 2021

NO ONE EVER SPOKE THE WAY THIS MAN DOES

““No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied. ”   
John 7:46NIV

A startling and almost funny story:

The high priests and Pharisees had expected the guards to seize Jesus by 
force and bring him to them. But instead of "apprehending" him, they 
became so preoccupied and fascinated by his message that they just stood 
and listened.

When the temple guards return to the Pharisees and high priests, they say 
the reason they did not have Jesus with them is that "no one ever spoke the 
way this man does"

So accurate and penetrating Jesus' words can be. And many people - even 
in our own time - are stopped by the Word of God. In the same way, 
crowds of people can testify that the Word of God in the Bible has given 
them new hope, new comfort, and new joy.

No one ever spoke the way Jesus does. His words were and still are life-
giving. And it's more than merely words. The reality behind Jesus' words 
cannot be distorted and is eternally unchangeable. It "creates what it 
mentions."

May we therefore truly listen the next time we hear the Word of God 
preached.

 








7th September 2021

A JOURNEY TO THE 7 CONGREGATIONS OF THE REVELATIONPaul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people 
in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:”
Eph.1:1NIV

In the magazine "Danish European Mission" dec. In 2002, Ove Klausen 
writes about a journey he participated in together with "Unitas" to the 7 
congregations mentioned in chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation. These cities 
are all located in what we today call Turkey.

Everything that common tourists experience today, e.g. the Blue Mosque, 
Hagia Sofia Church, a journey in Troy and up in an imitation of the Trojan 
horse, seeing how to weave rugs - indeed they even saw “a flying rug” - 
all this and much, much more they experienced.

But to experience the buzz of history was the best of all. Imagine being in 
Ephesus and walking in the same streets and stepping on the very stones 
that Paul had trodden when he lived here and sitting in the great theater of 
Ephesus and hearing a reading from the 19th chapter of Acts, how men of 
Ephesus in this very place (19:29) raged like mad against Paul. And - a 
little further away to dwell at the tomb of the apostle John.

Although the heyday of antiquity is now in ruins, it is something very 
special to be in these biblical places. Much has changed, but much 
remains to this day as in ancient times. Paul and the first Christians who 
have lived here in some of the big cities of that time, Smyrna, Pergamon, 
Sardis and whatever they were called, they have seen the same sea, the 
same mountains and the same landscabe that our travel team saw.

In the past, cities and places were just names from the New Testament, but 
now they became concrete history and geography, and being able to get to 
know the historical conditions in which the biblical texts speak makes you 
suddenly understand the texts much better. 

It is worth considering that these places where the first Christian 
congregations were located, today Islam completely rules and governs. 
Our Turkish tour guide was a Christian. When we asked him why Islam 
defeated Christianity, he replies that it was because the then church 
stopped going out with the gospel. It did not missionize.

The tour guide, called Gürkan, has a story of repentance similar to the one 
Paul went through. Already in his very first years of school, he was 
selected to examine Islam so that he could later become an imam. They 
are the ones in charge of the service in a mosque. He devoted himself into 
this with life and soul and was utterly convinced in his faith. As a young 
Muslim, one day he walked into a Christian bookstore in Istanbul. He 
intended to convert the staff there to Islam. But they made him buy a New 
Testament. About two years later, he began reading in it, not to become a 
Christian but to confirm and prove that the Christians had falsified the 
Bible, for that is exactly what Muslims teach.

But he was hugely surprised. He had a completely different view of the 
Bible than the one he had learned. Deep down, he felt that the Christian 
hope was different from what he would ever be able to hope to achieve as 
a Muslim, regardless of whether he did everything a good Muslim should 
do.

He was depressed and doubtful and did not know what to believe. In his 
distress he one night asked Allah the following night to reveal the answer 
in a dream. But as he now was praying, he hears clearly and distinctly a 
voice asking, "Which fruit is the best?" He immediately thought 
"Muhammad or Jesus", and all by himself he answers: "Jesus." The voice 
answers him back, "That is my way."

Since becoming a Christian, he has encountered much opposition, and he 
has also been imprisoned for his faith, even though there is officially 
freedom of religion in Turkey.

Gürkan is not the only Muslim who is being converted these days, as God 
intervenes directly, e.g. via dreams and visions.
Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
6th September 2021
BE GREETED, CROSS - OUR ONLY HOPEYour word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
Psalms 119:105NIV

One of those who has fought most fiercely against Christianity and the 
belief in the living God is the Swedish poet and dramatist, August 
Strindberg. He got a big bunch of people on his side through pretty much 
his entire life.

But in his old age he was converted and came to firm faith in the salvation 
of God through Jesus Christ as crucified and resurrected for all the sins of 
the world.

August Strindberg bitterly regretted that in his young years he had decided 
to leave God and, contrary to God's word and God's commandments, had 
written so much in a godless spirit.

In 1907-1908 he wrote his "Blue Book". There he says "....... all 
discouragement and all the misfortunes in my life has arisen because I 
have lived as an atheist - indeed, as a slave."

On his deathbed, he himself asked the archbishop to have the funeral 
speech over him based on the words in Ecclesiastes, 12:1-7. Here is the 
first verse: “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the 
days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no 
pleasure in them”—”

August Strindberg died a beautiful death with the Bible in his hand. His 
last words were: "Everything is forgiven!"

At his spot in Norre cemetery in Stockholm, there is a wooden cross with 
the following inscription in Latin: "Ave crux spes unica!" It means: "Be 
greeted, cross, our only hope"

And yet his works of unbelief and godlessness are mentioned, reproduced 
and praised as great works in the literary world, but almost never his 
conversion and end of life.

The cross mark should not only be our mark of victory on the grave but 
also in life. God's word and God's commandments should call us to 
repentance and they should guide us to the truth of life in faith in Christ.

God's word and God's commandments should be our protection within 
which we live our daily lives.
J.A.Naes
 
 
 
 
 
 
5th September 2021

DEATH HAS NOT THE FINAL SAY

““Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their 
graves will hear his voice ”
John 5:28NIV

Take a walk in the cemetery and let your thoughts run free. Many thoughts 
pop up at such a moment as you walk back and forth among the graves, 
and the cemetery reminds us of what none of us can get around.

Here, everyone is equal. Here they lie side by side. Some died young, 
others in old age. Some got an expensive tombstone, others just a poor 
memorial plaque. But what does it mean, death removes all differences. 
From earth you came and to earth you will return whoever you are. This is 
the unwavering truth which will never change.

Our time was just a short while. We read the names of the tombstones. 
Many of them we knew while they were in their prime. We think it is so 
short since they went here among us, yet they have now been dead and 
buried many years ago. Such is our glory. "Merely a moment we breathe 
here on earth." Someday it will be your turn too. You do not like to think 
about it, but death will not escape anyone unless Christ has come before.

Is death the last? That is the question. We can make many thoughts; but 
there is not much use in them when the power of death demands his. 
"Peace" is written on the tombstones. I wish it was always like that! But 
there is one thing that is at least true: "Only those are in the singing crowd, 
who here on earth found peace with their God."

The cemetery is God's field. When our earthly remains are carried out 
there, God has the word. And only him. It is sown in the perishable world, 
but the hour is coming when all who are in the graves will hear his voice. 
He does no wrong, but pronounces judgment that we ourselves have 
pronounced through our choices.

The big problem is not death, but life. How do we learn to live so that we 
can stand and endure death? The answer is: Belief in the resurrected one 
gives victory - even in death.
 
 
 
 
 
 
4th September 2021

POWERFUL AND EFFECTIVE PRAYERThen Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should 
always pray and not give up. ”
Luke 18:1NIV

When we read about the people who have been great in their prayer life, it 
makes us wish we could pray prayers that were more effective. It is very 
important that we are awakened so that we understand how necessary it is 
with this kind of prayer. Time leads us to rush along and therefore there 
are many who do not give themselves time to pray. But if we want the 
work of the Lord to prosper, then we must take time each day to pray. “Do 
not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and 
petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ” Phil.4:6NIV

Men heard John Know praying, "Give me Scotland or I'll die!" George 
Whitefield prayed, "Give me souls, or take mine!" Brainerd said more 
than once about himself, "I did not care about how I lived or what 
difficulties I had to go through as long as I could just win souls for 
Christ." When those sitting at David Stoner's deathbed thought that the 
spirit had gone out of his body, he sat up and said, “O Lord, save sinners! 
Save them in dozens! Save them in the hundreds! Save them by the 
thousands! ” The enthusiasm and fervor that characterized him in life was 
also strong in death.

Are we fighting in prayer for lost souls? May the Lord help us understand 
the fate of the lost. May our daily prayer be, "God, give us a greater 
burden so that people may be saved."
”... The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. ” James 
5:16NIV
”“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything 
they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. ” 
Matt.18:19NIV
"Church bell" 1.1969. Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
3rd September 2021
HELP IN TEMPTATIONBecause he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help 
those who are being tempted. ”
Heb.2:18NIV

It is especially important in times of need to have a friend who 
understands me and who can stand by my side and help me. And it is in 
this way that Jesus Christ will be the Savior of our youth, as we sing in a 
song.

This is not a foggy speech about a distant God who, from his throne, most 
graciously looks down on us when the most important questions of life 
rage - and only then. No, he himself has wandered around on this planet 
like a human in the dust.

Therefore, he fully knows our conditions and difficulties, and he will help 
us in all circumstances, even when we are tempted. He himself was 
tempted in the same way as we are; but sin does not appear until we 
succumb to temptation and we surrender into the hands of the tempter.

Then there is only one defense in the moment of heavy temptation: 
immediately to flee to him who is stronger than the tempter, Jesus Christ.
TDH translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
2nd September 2021

 

FROM SINKING SAND TO THE ROCK

 

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
Psalms 40:2NIV

 

Margreta Palmstjerne, the daughter of the Swedish ambassador in London, was born in 1905. Already at the age of 18 she was known for her beauty, her grace and her good manners. She was one of those people flocked to and esteemed highly.

 

She wrote diary, both as a girl and as a married woman. The diary was published after her death in 1942. In the diary, it is clear how this highly regarded girl and woman all her time saw the emptiness of building her life on the world's riches, money and luxury and comfort and honor and praise from people.

 

The diary shows that Margreta reads a lot in the Bible and step by step she lets go of the world's emptiness and arrogance and instead acquires a living faith in Christ as her Savior.

 

In 1941 she became seriously ill and never recovered from this illness. The latest thing she wrote in her diary before she passed away in 1942 are these familiar words: “Here on earth we live like sinking sand. Thank God that He sent Christ into the world. His life is so clear to me. It is the only thing that is unwavering and fixed in life; and I ask Him to protect me from myself - and from my own weaknesses. I say as David says to God in Psalm 40: 3: “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

J.A.Naes






1st September 2021

FROM SINKING SAND TO THE ROCK

 

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet
on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

Psalms 40:2NIV

 

Margreta Palmstjerne, the daughter of the Swedish ambassador in London,
was born in 1905. Already at the age of 18 she was known for her beauty,
her grace and her good manners. She was one of those people flocked to
and esteemed highly.

 

She wrote diary, both as a girl and as a married woman. The diary was
published after her death in 1942. In the diary, it is clear how this highly
regarded girl and woman all her time saw the emptiness of building life on
the world's riches, money and luxury and comfort and honor and praise
from people.

 

The diary shows that Margreta reads a lot in the Bible and step by step she
lets go of the world's emptiness and arrogance and instead acquires a
living faith in Christ as her Savior.

 

In 1941 she became seriously ill and never recovered from this illness.
The latest words she wrote in her diary before she passed away in 1942
are these familiar words: “Here on earth we live like sinking sand. Thank
God that God sent Christ into the world. His life is so clear to me. It is the
only thing that is unwavering and fixed in life; and I ask Him to protect
me from myself - and from my own weaknesses. I say as David says to
God in Psalm 40: 3: “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and
mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

J.A.Naes

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st September 2021

 

PRAYER ALONE

 

“... he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,

Matt.14:23NIV

 

Jesus most often prayed alone by himself. We hear about this many times in the New Testament. A prayer like his high priest prayer he has obviously prayed while other people were present, for otherwise it would not have been written down and preserved for posterity.

 

We can pray together, and the common prayer has many promises. We should apply this way of praying more often than we do. But - still - the closet prayer when I am alone with God is the best. The one we love we want to be alone with.

 

Therefore, the closet prayer is the best answer we can give Jesus when he asks:

"Do you love me?"

 

Do you long to be alone with God every day? Do you long for the moments when you can talk to him in peace and quiet about everything that wrestles in your heart?

 

"To You, Lord, belongs all the glory – To me all the shame, yet you do not drive me away from you, you, the Son of the anointed God!"

Now go into your closet with the Lord!

TDH 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