17th February 2020

 

THE STRINGED INSTRUMENTS CHOIRS

 

Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. ” Psalm 96.3 KJV

”Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. ” Matt.17.21 KJV

 

A man spoke at a house meeting: The string choirs have been crucial. All the youth in our village participated in the choir. We rushed around the country to the mission weeks, where we sang and testified. We prayed a lot and experienced great wonders; but the elders did not care much to talk about it, for they thought it was a matter between God and each individual, and so we acknowledged this. However, God's Word says, ”Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. ” Psalm96.3KJV
 

We used Jesus' own word. The Lord says that not everything goes out but by prayer and fasting (Matt.17,21). So we fasted too.

 

It is crucial that we stick to the "fire". If we begin to yield to Bible reading, prayer, and coming together, our spiritual lives die. All those who participated in the string choir back then are still preserved in the faith to this day, and many are still active.

 

Several Faroese individuals have been to the Bible School in Staffelsgata in Oslo. The well-known Bible teacher, Elna Kvellestad, once told me something that has followed me throughout my life:

 

An old woman was lying in the hospital and she was very sick. The congregation gathered around her and each one prayed. When the last person had prayed, the old woman herself began to pray, "Lord, leave a door open when I come!"

The others had prayed to the Lord to heal her, but we are not always to stay here, and the old woman had understood that now was her time.

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

16th February 2020

 

DIFFERENT WORKING METHODS

 

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1.17 NIV

 

In chapter 13 by Matthew, there are 7 parables that Jesus told about. The first parable is about the sower. Not much fruit came from him because certain conditions came about that destroyed his work: The birds ate something, other seeds did not have much soil underneath, and therefore they never fully became rooted, and thorns also grew up together with others and destroyed the good seed.

 

Jesus himself talks about the significance of this parable. The seed corn is the Word of God. Satan is there as soon as the seed is sown and he steals the seed corn.

 

In the next parable about the weeds in the wheat field, Satan uses a completely different working method and a strategy that is more dangerous and which is highly relevant today. The weeds are sown while Christians are asleep (verse 25). The weeds are mixed together with the wheat.

 

Much of what God's Word warns us against is not taken seriously today, and this has gradually gained access in the congregations as time goes. "Don't be that old-fashioned," they say. But with God there is neither change nor shifting shadows (James1,17), what was previously sin is still sin today.

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

15th February 2020

 

NEW LIFE IN THE PARISH HALLS

 

I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
Psalm 9.2 NIV

 

Vision Norway broadcasted from the annual men's convention in 2017. A man then came forward and gave his testimony:
There were few people coming in our local mission house and therefore the board had asked the priest to put the mission house up for sale. Then my wife received a word from the Lord: “You must not sell the mission house. I want to create a revival. The house will again be filled and there will be many prayers there. "

 

When she told me this, I said that she had to tell this to the priest. "I do not dare doing that" she replied. "Well, you must," I said, "because we have promised that we want to obey God always."

 

“Yes, I will say this to the priest, but then the Lord must make it so that I will get a favorable moment without interruption with the priest.

 

Shortly after this, my wife was present at a meeting and the pastor came to sit right next to her. This was the auspicious moment, and my wife conveyed all that the Lord had given her to pass on.

 

And what happened with the mission house? Well, it wasn't sold. Awakening emerged and the house was filled with people. A lot is now prayed in the house and we are experiencing wonders. For example, a woman who attended the mission house became seriously ill. She was hospitalized and died. She left her body and went to heaven. There she spoke to Jesus, who said, "You are not to die yet, you must go down to earth again, for there you have work to do for me." And that's how it went!

 

This I testify because I want to make the name of the Lord great. Scripture says, ”I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.” - ”Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done.” Psalm9.2 and 9.11 NIV

 

Well, we have been commanded to tell of what God has done, and I do not intend to ignore it, and thus miss the opportunity,” the man concluded his testimony.

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

14th February 2020

 

A BIBLE SMUGGLER TELLS:

 

”“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ”
Matt. 28.18 to 20 NIV

 

 

My trip to China as a Bible-deliverer was anything but boring. The weeks before departure, many things happened. First the relationship with a good friend was interrupted and then I got a disease that made me powerless and without strength for a long time. I left knowing that I was fully bound and dependent on God in all matters. All joy had disappeared. Occasionally, I felt that I had completely lost my footing. I prayed that the Holy Spirit would fill me. I longed to be present and to surrender to this task for the Kingdom of God. But the joy was not present.

 

One morning, when I woke up, I saw that God truly answered my prayers. I felt strong and healthy for the first time in a long time. In order to "celebrate" this, I decided to fill my backpack with as many Bibles as possible. It got so heavy that others in the group had to help me get it back up. When I traveled to cross the border again into China, my prayer was: Lord, give me your joy to be able to bring your Word out to people - and help me keep the backpack on because if I have to take it off, then I will need help getting it back up.

 

I came through the customs and up and down through floors and corridors. It seemed to me that everything was going well. But when I only needed one check to get through before I reached the subway, I was stopped. I had decided not to make eye contact with anyone, I was constantly looking down at the floor as I went through the check. Suddenly when I was about to pass - a hand grabbed me and I was asked to put the bag on the scanner. When the precious backpack had been scanned, I asked for God's protection. I went to the other side to take my luggage.

 

But it didn't work. The guard took it out of my hands and set it aside so that he could open it. I didn't know what to expect - but all I could do here was pray. As he looked down into the backpack, he opened his eyes. He took the time to look at the Bibles and turn over the pages through them. The other guard noticed the contents. Both queues to the scanners stopped completely because of this.

 

What the guard said as he held a Bible up while facing me, surprised me. He said, “Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! "

There I stood completely speechless and shaken. He stuffed the Bibles back into the backpack and lifted his backpack back onto my shoulders. As I continued unbelieving and skeptical, he said "Hallelujah!" one last time - I replied, "Hallelujah!" and then proceeded towards the subway with teary eyes. As I turned around, I saw the tears running down the guard's cheeks as well.

 

This event completely changed my attitude. When I saw how surprised the security guard was of seeing so many Bibles at one time, I understood that the need for God's Word was great in China. The joy I had so heartily desired to get came naturally now. It wasn't so much about me now, but I saw the bigger picture that God was showing me now. Later that day, one of the leaders said there were over five believers for every Bible in China. It is clear and understandable that the Chinese people thirst for God's Word.

 

We heard stories of changing villages and of individuals praying and fasting to get a Bible. Our group had a week back in China and I was so happy every day I was allowed to bring Bibles into the country. I met the same guard one more time. He grabbed me and said the same word he had said when we met last time. I greeted again with the only word we had in common: "Hallelujah!"

 

The word “Hallelujah” is one of the few worldwide words that sounds the same in many different languages. It means "Praise the Lord", and indeed we have much to praise Him for!

 

Praise the Lord for his Word being distributed and spread throughout China. Praise the Lord that He can use us even though we feel weak and unworthy. Praise the Lord for raising daughters and sons in China. Praise the Lord for filling us with joy over and over again.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

13th February 2020

 

He spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm

 

Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.
Psalm 33.8-9 NIV


 

Gunnar Andås
The Word of God has held a central place throughout history. When God created the world He created it with His Word. "God said, 'Be light!' And it became light. " The psalmist says, ”For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.” Psalm 33.9NIV

 

But God not only created everything and then set it in motion to run automatically and by it self afterwards. No, He still holds the whole world up today and gives it new power by His creative and life-supporting word.

 

We recognize the same creative power in Jesus' speech. He says to the leper: Be clean! And to the storm and the waves he says, calm and it happened. Based on Jesus' words, Peter had the courage to step out of the boat and walk on the agitated water. At that time, the congregation's leader, Jairus, had lost his daughter, Jesus spoke courage and belief to the father, and through Jesus' words, life returned to his daughter.

 

It was this power in Jesus' words that the officer had noticed when he said to Jesus, "Just say a word and my boy will be well."

 

Jesus once saw a woman who had been afflicted by a spirit of illness for eighteen years. Jesus said to her, ”Woman, you are set free from your infirmity. ”
And immediately she straightened up. He also calls the dead Lazarus out of the tomb, and after Jesus' words, the forces of death had to let go and Lazarus came back to life.


 

The same Jesus said before he was lifted up to heaven: ”All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” He also said he would be with us always, to the very end of the age.

 

This Jesus, who calls and transforms so many lives, he still to this day transforms human lives, families, village communities and nations where he is allowed to come with his powerful word. Once in the resurrection, He who called Lazarus out of the tomb will also call all the dead in Christ out of their tombs. Then he will not only cry to Lazarus, but he will cry to all those who have died in the faith in Christ. They will then rise and forever be with Christ.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

12th February 2020

 

SOUTH EAST ASIA: SHARIF IS SAVED

 

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
John 3.16 to 17 NIV


 

“As a young boy,” says Sharif, “I was thrown out of the Muslim school because I asked difficult and awkward questions to the teacher. The teacher shouted to me, "You are a sinner, chap, and you will end up in hell!" Dad was furious. He threw me out of from home and banned the family from talking to me.

 

One day, I was surprised when a white-haired missionary spoke to me: "Hello brother, will you ride with me in this rickshaw?" Before the missionary left me, he gave me a New Testament.

 

That night I read the New Testament. It seemed to me that I flicked through the pages al by myself right up until the sun rose. I read the gospel after John. In chapter 3.17 it says: ”For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

 

Several years after this, when Sharif told me his story, tears ran down his cheek. “You see, I wasn't sentenced to hell. I became a saved sinner. Jesus had come into the world to save me. "

 

For the next 10 years, Sharif had to endure severe hardships for his faith in Jesus. His father threatened to kill him. A Muslim gang gave him violent punches and left him twice mortally beaten. "But this means nothing," said Sharif, "even if they cut my body into a thousand parts, every part would cry: Jesus Christ is Lord!"

 

Sharif later led his father to Christ. "Now people come to worship in our home," said Sharif.

 

Today, Sharif is part of a movement of Muslims who have come to believe in Jesus Christ. A movement that may count more than 100,000 believers.

"30 Days in Prayer for the Muslim World"

Effie Campbell translated.

 

 

 

 

11th February 2020

 

Cambodia's western Cham people

 

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. ” 1Tim. 2.1 to 4 NIV

 

Kandi was scared. Access to proper medical care was difficult to get when living in the country of Cambodia in year 2000. Her husband had left her and she was alone to take care of their children. Therefore, it came as a great help and comfort when she encountered a Christian married couple sent by God to meet her at this time and place of her life's journey.

 

The married couple had studied her language and listened intently to her. They prayed with her and referred her to Mercy Medical Center, where several people of God offered cheap medical care to those who were very poor. Here Kandi learned more about Jesus and the perfect sacrifice He gave to all people.

Kandys people were called the cham people. They lived scattered across all parts of Cambodia.

 

In year 2000, God speaks to one of his servant women to begin praying for the cham people once a week that they may come to know Jesus. Another woman joined her. In 2014, there were at least 10 believers from different countries praying for the cham people. This is still happening today and this is the key to the cham people's journey to come to believe in Jesus.

 

Several years after this, this married couple met Kandi again. God had answered their prayers and healed Kandi. She had also come to true faith in Jesus along with her son and her husband had returned home. Kandi had many questions that others had asked her about the faith, but she was unable to answer them. The married couple encouraged her to start a Bible study group in the village and her family was to be the first members. And thus the cham people's journey continues toward a living faith in Jesus!

"30 Days in Prayer for the Muslim World"

Effie Campbell translated.

 

 

 

 

10th February 2020

 

SEEKING GOD'S PRESENCE

 

”... If God is for us, who can be against us? ”
Rom. 8.31 NIV

 

A testimony from a believing man with a Muslim background:

I was born into a Muslim family. Some in the family did not believe in anything at all and had been secularized and others were religious. My father, who was a sophist, was very religious and he had a huge impact on my life. When I was 10 years old, I began to seek God. I was so eager to seek God’s presence and did everything I could to get closer to Him.

 

As a young man, I continued my search, and I became even more anxious to pray, fast, and go to the mosque. Not only did I pray the ordinary prayers, I also called upon God with all my heart. In those years when I sought God in Islam, it dawned on me that I had not come nearer to God - in fact, it seemed to me that God was far away from me. When I got the age to start at university, I stopped seeking God.

 

One evening, while with some friends, I heard the gospel for the first time. A reborn Christian, whom a mutual friend had presented to me, testified to me and shared the gospel of Jesus with me on one of the streets of Cairo. The week after, I went to church with him - and merely four weeks later I received Jesus as my personal Savior! I experienced exactly what this young believing man had told me: "Come and see for yourself - Jesus lives, He heals and sets people free."

 

That night I prayed for the first time. I asked Him, "Where's the way? Is Christ the Way to God? ”The answer was“ Yes ”. I said in my heart, "OK," and experienced at that very moment the presence of God - a heavenly peace and joy. I became a Christian at the same time, I said "ok" to Jesus!

 

Some time after this, my family and the village people persecuted and attacked me in the cruelest way, but His presence was so strong within me that I did not care about the loss and danger that followed becoming a disciple of Jesus.

"30 days in prayer for the Muslim world"

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

9th February 2020

 

THE SHARE BROKER WHO SAVED 669 CHILDREN

 

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
Prov. 3,27 NIV

It seems incredible, but English stockbroker Nicolas Winton managed to save 669 refugee children heading to Hitler's extermination camps in 1938. When this war hero died in 2015, 106 years old, his recommendation was the same: "You have to dare help, and you should not wait for others, because then it may be too late. "

At that time, a 29-year-old stockbroker from London was planning a ski vacation in Switzerland in December 1938, a friend in Prague called him: “I have an incredibly exciting job for you, and I need your assistance. Don't take your skis with you. "

When Winton reached the destination he was asked if he could not help in a refugee camp. In the camp were thousands of people fleeing from Hitler and lived in miserable conditions.

 

A conference had been held in Munich in September 1938, where Hitler had demanded Sudentenland, an area of Czeckoslovakia where a large number of Germans lived. Winton was convinced that the Germans would soon occupy the rest of the country. News of the Crystal Night and what happened on November 9-10 that year had also reached Prague, and people who were unwanted and hated were now trying to save themselves from the country. However, unlike other Eastern European countries, Czeckoslovakia had no refugee agreement with the rest of Europe.

 

"I noticed that children of refugees and other human groups who were Hitler's enemies were not being cared for," Winton said. “I decided to try to get a residence permit for them in England. But the demands became too large and difficult for most families. Authorities demanded £ 50 for each child, and you should have a family ready to accommodate all children. This was a heartbreaking situation. Most refugees did not have money for a meal.

The parents were completely desperate to get the children away to a place where they were safe as they had no way of getting a family outing permit. That's where I began to understand how great the suffering was each time the soldiers marched past. "

 

Families on hold

Winton opened an office in Prague where he began to register children of families who wanted to bring their children to safety somewhere abroad. Quickly, there were hundreds of families waiting in line outside his office. He approached several countries to inquire whether they were willing to receive children under the age of 18 if Winton found a home for them and if he deposited 50 pounds as a mortgage for each child. This should then cover their return journey after the war.

 

Because he wanted to save as many children as possible, Winton moved back to London again. In London he worked on the London Stock Exchange during the day, while the afternoons and evenings were spent on refugee work. He got his mother, his secretary and a few volunteers to help him.

 

Winton had to raise money and find foster homes. He advertised in British newspapers, in churches and synagogues. He printed pictures of the children and then sent them all over the country. Finding foster homes for the children was just one of many difficulties, so that he could get the necessary documents from the Germans and the British authorities.

 

“The authorities in England were so cumbersome and lethargic to approve the entry permits. We tried to push, but they simply replied: "Why such a rush? Nothing happens in Europe.” This was just a few months before the war broke out. So we just had to write some fake entry permits, ” he says.

 

The train that disappeared

On March 4, 1939, the first of Winton's child transports flew from Prague to England. Winton managed to organize a total of seven transports, most by train and ship to Liverpool, where the English foster parents were waiting for the children.

The last train transport with Winton's children drove on August 2, 1939, bringing the total number of children to 669 children. It is not difficult to imagine the stresses and emotions of the parents who now sent their children away knowing that they might never see each other again. And the fear and emotion has scarcely been less for the children who now said goodbye to their parents and closest in life, in favor of a completely unknown and foreign land.

 

On September 1, 1939, the largest child transport was to take place, but this day Hitler began his attack on Poland, and all the borders that Germany controlled were closed. This was the end of Winton's rescue operation. Later, Winton said that the image that plagued him most all these subsequent years was the faces of the hundreds of children on the train platform in Prague who were going with this last train. The train with all the children disappeared without a trace. “Just hours after Hitler's invasion was announced, the train disappeared. None of the 250 children on board this train were ever heard or seen afterwards. We had 250 expectant families waiting for the children in Liverpool who never reached there. If the train had departed the day before, then it would have reached its destination in Liverpool. No one ever heard anything from any of these children. It was a shocking thought to carry. "

 

The fate of this last train that disappeared underlines the importance of Winton's action. Furthermore, most of the rescued children's parents and siblings perished in extermination camps.

 

Fortify the rescue companies

After the war, Nicholas Winton was silent about what he had done. Not even his wife knew anything about this until half a century later in 1988 she found a book in the attic. The book contained pictures of all the children and a complete list of names, a few letters from the parents and other documents. Today the book and documents are in the Holocause Museum in Jerusalem Israel.

 

When the story of the war hero came out in public, it didn't take long for the rescued children to contact him and to write thank-you letters to Winton. Letters came to him from near and far across the globe and many came and rang at his door to thank him personally.

"His words to us today are that if there is a need for you to do something for your fellow human beings, you must do so," said English Lord Dubb, who was six years old when Winton rescued him.

“My father's greatest desire was to encourage people to make a difference and not wait for others to do so. This is what he was trying to convey in his speeches and in his book about his life, ”says Nick, Winton's son.

 

Embossed the world

Among those rescued are a world-renowned film director, journalists, members of government, politicians and one of those who established the Israeli Air Force. Right up to his death in June 2015 at the age of 106, Winton wore a ring he had received from several of the rescued children with an inscription from the Jewish Talmud: "Save one life, save the whole world."

Effie Campbell translated

See video about Nicolas Winton

 

 

 

 

 

8th February 2020

 

HOW DO WE UNDERSTAND GOD'S WORD?

 

Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?
1 Cor. 14.8 NIV

 

The Word of God is often used so that what is true to you is not necessarily true to me. We decide for ourselves from our point of view of life what is right, and we gladly and conveniently erase what does not suit us.

 

There is a real possibility and danger that we give ourselves authority to be the fact and the result, and that we are turning the Word of God to make it fit into our own ideas and thoughts. The guidance of the church thus becomes weak and declining because the perception goes in many different directions. If the church's guidance becomes unclear, it will only create chaos, division and confusion. Where two Christians meet suddenly there are three opinions.

 

Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?

 

1 Cor. 14.8 NIV Gathering soldiers together about the important and good goals of the church come to nothing because people are all running in different directions. A scattered and rootless church loses credibility. But why should we listen to it? It doesn't even know what it means. It becomes meaningless, because there are so many contradictory opinions that equalize each other. For 2000 years the church has proclaimed "the remission of sins - not the permission of sins".

 

Once Jesus said to Peter, ”Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. ” Matt.16,17 NIV

In order to understand the Word of God, we need the Spirit of God. It is definitely an advantage to invite him into our reading. We cannot interpret God's Word alone, independently of Him. He is the Helper who will guide us to all truth. Without Him we are "lost in space" and our thoughts and opinions then become the remaining. Our thoughts, opinions, and interpretations of God's Word become like weeds and sucker in the field unless we get help from the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit is allowed to guide us in the Word, the fruits are: peace, righteousness, justice and salvation. Kyrie Eleison.

Frank Erlandsen, pastor

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

THE IMPOSSIBLE PRAYER

 

Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.

Isaiah 65.24NIV

 

Be strengthened and enlivened by this story of the missionary physician, Helen Rosevear, in believing in prayer, though it seems impossible!

 

One night in the Central African Republic, I had worked late at night with a childbirth in the delivery room. But despite doing our utmost, the mother died during childbirth, leaving behind a prematurely born baby and a weeping two-year-old daughter. Keeping the baby alive would be difficult. We had no incubators and no auxiliary instruments to help feed the baby. And even though we were near the equator, the nights were often cold and the draught were dangerous.

 

One girl who trained as a midwife went to pick up the box we used to put newborns in. Another went to get hot water for the hot water bottle. But she was quickly back and was completely shaken, because when she was pooring hot water into the hot-water bottle, the bottle was leaking. Rubber rots rapidly in tropical climates. "And this was our last hot-water bottle," she said very dejected. In the Western world we have a saying that we should not cry over spilled milk. Similarly, in the Central African Republic, it can be said that it is useless to cry about a cracked hot-water bottle. But these do not grow on the trees here, and there are no shops or pharmacies in the jungle.

 

"Well," I said, "then put the baby as close to the fire as you can, and then you must sleep between the child and the door to protect it from the draft. Your job is to keep the baby warm. At noon the following day, I went over to the children at the orphanage. They wanted to pray with me, and we did this most days. I made several suggestions to the children as to who they could pray for, and I told them about the infant. I told them about our difficulties in keeping the baby warm, and I told them about the hot-water bottle that broke. The infant could easily die if it got cold. I also told them about the two-year-old sister who cried because her mother died.

 

During the prayer meeting, 10-year-old Ruth prayed confidently and straightforwardly, as African children do: “Dear God, please send us a hot-water bottle. It is too late tomorrow, God, because then the child is dead, so please send it to us already this afternoon. "As I gasped inside over this impossible prayer, she added a few more words:" ... and while you're in the process, be nice to send a doll to the little sister so she can know you really love her? "

 

As so often before, when it came to the children's prayer, I was put on a hard test. Could I really say "Amen"? I just didn't believe that God could do this. And well, I know God can do anything, because the Bible tells us, but there are limitations, isn't there? The only way God could answer this prayer was through a package from the homeland. I had been in Africa for four years and I had never received a package from home. And if someone sent a package, who would think of putting a hot-water bottle in it? I lived close to tropical equator after all!

 

In the afternoon, while I was teaching nurses, I was told that there was a car outside the front door at my residence. Before I got there, the car had disappeared, but on the porch there was a package of 11 kg! I felt the tears welling up behind my eyes. I couldn't bear to pack up alone, so I sent for the orphanage children.

 

Together we took the tape off while gently loosening all the knots. We put the paper together carefully and made sure it didn't break. Tension increased! About 40 pairs of eyes stared at the box. At the top were some colorful home-knit sweaters. The children's eyes glowed as I handed them out. Then there were home-made knits for the leprosy patients, and the children started to get bored. Then came a box of raisins, so we should probably get some good buns this weekend. When I then put my hand down in the box again I felt there was one like ... could it really be right? I took the package up. A brand new hot-water bottle! I started to cry. I hadn't asked God to send it, because I didn't think he could. Ruth stood in the front and considered it all. She rushed forward to the box and shouted, "When God sent a hot-water bottle, He must have sent a doll too!"

 

After searching the bottom of the box, she finally drew a small but adorable doll up. Her eyes twinkled. She had never been in doubt. Looking at me, she asked, "May I come with you, Mother, to give the little girl the doll so she can know that Jesus really loves her?"

 

The package had been on the way for five months. My previous Sunday school class had packed it. The leaders had been obedient to the reminder of God and had therefore sent me a hot-water bottle despite the fact that I lived in the warmest place on earth at equator. One of the girls had put a doll in it for an African child of five months before even that a 10-year-old girl's prayer was expressed at all, asking to get all this "here this afternoon today".

 

Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.
Isaiah 65.24NIV

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

6th February 2020

 

WHAT DOES EXTINGUISH THE SOUL?

 

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

John 14,6 NIV

 

It was Moody who said in one of his books that if you throw a handful of sawdust out in the courtyard there is hardly a bird looking in that direction, but if you throw a handful of bread crumbs for example, then the birds are right there to eat it up.

 

When we think of spiritual food, a child of God feels the difference between the sawdust of the world and the bread that came down from heaven. Jesus Christ, His word is the only thing that can quench the thirsty soul. Do not drink from the mud pools of the world, but fill yourself with the clear, pure spring water that Jesus has to give you.

 

Throughout the summer, worldly events are held on weekends, in fact there are two and three of them to choose from. But when the noise has died out, the joy goes out, too, because there is no true joy to be found in noise. The Faroese word for fun, ”stuttleiki” really says it all: it means a short game.

 

No, Jesus offers the real thing, he fills life with meaning and content. When we receive Him in faith and invite Him into our hearts, we receive the forgiveness of sins, eternal life, peace, and true joy.

 

He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can acquire this without surrendering to Jesus. He is waiting for you and wants all the best for you.

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

5th February 2020

 

Smith Wigglesworth and the revival

 

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Acts 2,4

Smith Wigglesworth was once the cause of a revival on board a large passenger liner. He was aboard this ship, sailing between Southhampton and Cape Town. When the passengers heard that a famous missionary was on board, they asked him if he was willing to attend a concert to be held on board. A ship concert was one of the most improper events that could take place at that time. Outside the three-mile limit, everything was allowed.

 

Smith understood that they wanted to make fun of him and to get something ridiculous out of the fact that he did not have a tone in his head, nor could he pronounce the letter H, so he intended to use this opportunity to testify about God.

 

“Okay,” he said, “but I have two conditions. First: I want to be the first one on stage tonight. Next, I want to sing."

Everyone agreed and for many days this concert was now talked about. Everyone laughed and delighted when they heard that Smith Wigglesworth was going to sin.

 

"I would like to know what he wants to sing that night," one woman said. "Maybe 'oly, oly', oly', almighty God."

 

The concert night came, and Smith Wigglesworth stepped forward and sang, "Tell me the story of Jesus" in front of 1500 passengers. The Holy Spirit came upon him, and he sang like he has never sung before. When he finished the song there was complete silence in the hall and he began to speak. The Spirit of God fell upon the passengers and a revival broke out on board, and it lasted until the ship reached port.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

4th February 2020

 

FIVE SIGNIFICANT ANSWERS

 

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Rom. 8.31 NIV

 

Paul asks five important questions:

1) ”... If God is for us, who can be against us?

The knowledge of God's presence gives you all the benefits. So no matter what you struggle with today, you can remind yourself that God is with you.

 

2) ”He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? ” (Verse 32)

Consider this: Would God first want to save your soul, and then later drop you? Or would He want to take care of your eternal needs and not your earthly needs? No!

 

3) ”Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? ” (verse 33)

None - For God Himself has given us the right to trust in Him. No accusative voice, nor your own, is accounted for by the heavenly court. God’s approval surpasses everything. It goes far beyond that others are rejecting us - He accepts you because He sees you "in Christ".

 

4) ”Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (Verse 34)

When those who accuse you stand up and speak out against you, then Jesus, your defense lawyer, will make them silent. Why? Because his blood hides you!

 

5) ”Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? ” (verse 35)

Paul himself answers his own question:

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ” (Verses 38-39)

 

Knowing these five truths will help you enjoy your day even more and sleep better at night!

"... a Word of the Day"

Effie Campbell translated.

 

 

 

 

3rd February 2020

 

DO NOT LET BITTERNESS COME INTO YOUR HEART

 

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1.Cor.13,13 NIV

Carl-Gustav Severin

“We have a Savior who loves us and who gave His life for all people. God hates sin but loves the sinner. People come and people go, but there are three things that never change or go away: Faith, hope and love. ”Greatast of all is love.

 

God loves to break logic. “The greatest thing the Bible mentions is love. There is hope for you who find yourself in a hopeless situation. There is one thing that is the most important of all, to walk in love. ”In Exodus 15 God freed the Israeli people after more than 400 years in Egyptian slavery.

 

“A whole people went on foot, healed through the blood of the lamb, in joy of victory with silver and gold. No one else has experienced anything like it. God was present there in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. He divided the sea, an incredible event, but God loves to break logic.

 

They wandered across the ocean, dancing and singing praises as they walked. But on the other side of the sea they came to Mara, where the water was bitter. It didn't turn out the way they thought it would. The same can happen to us as well. It can come differently over our lives and then stay there, tucked well away in a remote corner in our hearts.

 

If this place gets bitter, then it will eventually affect our entire lives negatively. What started well can develop into problems and challenges. But we must move on in life and not stop at the waters of bitterness. There is nothing that stinks worse than bitter Christian people.

 

You must have a pump inside you if bitter water has entered you. The Bible's Joseph is an excellent example of this. Joseph kept his heart from the trap of bitterness throughout his life, and this led to great blessings for many people.

 

Joseph had dreams and revelations. The brothers became enraged and threw him into a well and then sold him to Egypt. But on his way to Egypt, Joseph switched on the "bale out pump", so he could empty and got rid of the bitter water.

 

In Egypt, Joseph was sold to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's courtiers. Later, Potiphar's wife made false charges against Joseph, and he was thrown in jail. But even in prison he kept his heart from all bitterness. When he came out of prison many years later, he did not come out of it as a bitter and angry man, but rather as a man filled with the Spirit and power of God.

 

Joseph did not share in any bitterness. He was true and genuine and this made him the country's prime minister during the time of famine in Egypt. This eventually led to Joseph being allowed to reunite with his brothers and the rest of his family. How could this be possible? Well, because Joseph didn't let the bitterness take over.

 

I have one word for all Christians everywhere in Scandinavia: Could we not stop accusing each other? The greatest and most important thing we can do is to embrace each other spiritually and then move on so that we can win the world for Jesus.

There is one who shows the way: Jesus Christ. He was crucified and died for all our sins and mistakes. His love for sinners is stronger than the hatred that prevails in Europe today. Jesus loves all people and we should do exactly the same.

 

Make sure that you do not die like an enemy to any person, but make up for it and with all the bitterness and disappointment tonight. ”

 

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.and ”And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Cor. 13.7 and 13NIV

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

2nd February 2020

 

A LIVING BOOK

 

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Joshua 1,8 NIV

 

Sten Sørensen, editor

I want to encourage everyody to read the Bible. No book has more significance and is more alive than this book! God speaks to us through the Bible, and as we fill ourselves with the Word, we become transformed.

 

We must read the Bible through the main character, Jesus Christ. We find Jesus in all the books of the Bible, and when we meet Jesus in Scripture, it becomes a living book! Secondly, the Bible is ONE book. We must see it as a coherent whole, and it must always be read and understood from its main message: the way to salvation, and the key person: Jesus Christ! Thirdly, we have been given a Guide. The Bible is the only book we can read where the author is found inside the Book. The Holy Spirit who lives within us is our guide.

 

Did you notice that Jesus did not leave behind any scripture or text that He himself wrote? It was not necessary for Him. He is the Word itself, and all Scripture testifies about Him! Believing in Him is not the same as believing in a text or signing a declaration of allegiance. After spending 14 years in prison and being tormented for his faith, the Romanian pastor Ricard Wurmbrandt said about Psalm 23 that the psalm never gave him any help, but the Shepherd himself that the psalm mentions, helped him faithfully through all. Faith is the personal encounter with Christ. It is this view of the Bible that makes us approach the Bible with caution, reverence, esteem and tenderness.

 

How we listen to a preacher says something about how we understand the Bible. “Did he base his speech on the Bible?” Some wonder as they listen to a preacher. In this case, the Bible becomes "something" to take your point of departure in, a stepping stone to say something more. Others again ask, "How was the preacher, did he go into the text?" Suddenly, the Bible has become a gigantic landscape in which you can penetrate. Thus the Bible becomes alive and powerful.

 

I have had the pleasure and honor of being able to see some of the old Bibles of Aril Edvardsen. Just flipping through these Bible pages makes you feel as if you are on holy ground. He read and searched more than 30 Bibles. Aril Edvardsen read with the pen so that the pages are underlined and comments are written in the margin. Every one of these Bibles are worn.

 

Already as newly saved Aril Edvardsen was a Bible-starving man. The first two weeks after his conversion he used to read the entire Bible from end to end. After that, he read the Bible from beginning to end more than 200 times.

 

The Bible gave Aril a living faith. The Bible has shaped, formed and marked many people. It is by far the world's most important book. But now we need a Bible revival in this country.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

1st February 2020

 

FILLING UP IN MARRIAGE BECAUSE OF LEAKS

 


You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

Gal. 5.13 NIV

 

We need filling into marriage because there are leaks. The gospel is an aid to living in grace and forgiveness. The solution that the Bible points out when it comes to sin and not being able to handle certain situations, is grace. But grace works only for the humble, not for the haughty, vain, proud, or the supercilious. Paul admonishes us in Gal. 5 to live a life in the Spirit. To live in the Spirit is to live bound to God. Therefore, the gospel is the best filling into a marriage. We should not demand of each other but admit our stupidity and mistakes and ask for forgiveness.

 

You must acknowledge that you are dirty before you can ask for a soap. Jesus' blood cleanses us from all sin. I need just that grace every single day.

 

We cannot live by all the rules that exist about how a good marriage works. Here, it is of the utmost importance not to demand that the other part in the marriage changes, but rather that we want to change ourselves.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evangeline Booth, salvation army, testimony, personal testimony

26.1.2014

Evangeline Booth

26th January 2014


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

See video of Evangeline Booth

Biography Evangeline Booth:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evangeline Booth replied: "It was me."

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

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

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

E. Campbell translated

 

25th January 2014
 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aril Edvardsen, "Troens bevis".

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

24th January 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was obvious that the testimony had also hit him.


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

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

23th January 2014


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

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

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


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

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

 

 

 

22th January 2014


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

Paul:

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

Peter:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

21th January 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

20th January 2014
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can hear the song on the following link .

"Safe in the arms of Jesus."

E.Campbell

 

 

 

19th January 2014

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

E.C.

 

 

 

 

18th January 2014


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

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

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

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

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

Acts 26.23 NIV

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

Heb. 9.22 NIV

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

E. Campbell

 

 

 

17th January 2014
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

E. Campbell 

 

 

 

 

16th January 2014

 

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

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


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

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

1 Tim. 1.15 NIV

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

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

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

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

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


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

E. Campbell

 

 

 

15th January 2014
 

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

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


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

Joh. 6,54 NIV

E. Campbell

 

 

 

14th January 2014
 

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

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

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

 

 

 

13th January 2014
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

 

 

 

12th January 2014

INVITATION FOR A WEDDING

A pastor's wife once told me this story:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Matt. 22.4)

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

Einar Lyngar . E. Campbell trans .

 

 

 

11th January 2014


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

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


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

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

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

10th January 2014

PROVE IT

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

Mat. 7, 24

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

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

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

E. Campbell translated

 

 

9th January 2014

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Has this song spoke to you?

You can hear the song by pushing this link

F. Campbell translated


 

 

 

8th January 2014

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

7th January 2014
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

6th January 2014
 

THE RIGHT CHOICE

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


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

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


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

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

John. 18.37

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

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

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


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

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

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

5th January 2014

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

Luke 18.1

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

4th January 2014

 

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

Press this link to hear the song

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

 

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


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


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

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

 

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

 

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

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


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

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

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

E.Campbell translated

 

 

 

3rd January 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

2nd January 2014

THE ENTRANCE OF TEMPTATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

(Job 31.1 . 9-12) . NIV

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

1st January 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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