29th March 2020

 

CONTROL YOUR THOUGHTS

 

”... A man reaps what he sows. ”
Gal. 6.7 NIV

 

Controlling our thoughts should be a job we prioritize very high. Our thoughts are like a computer that simply gives us the information we have filled it with. Winners - people who seem to emerge victorious through life, go from one victory to another - these emphasize very strongly that their souls and thoughts must be properly nourished.

 

A scientist has studyed and reached the conclusion that there is a very thin membrane in the back of our brain. Its task is to guide us according to the thoughts that have come up at that particular moment. We naturally do what fills our minds. If we let ourselves sink into deep thoughts of something, then we will later want to do and act upon those thoughts.

 

Now there is much that have become more understandable to us - for example, why some rapes happen after men have watched pornographic movies night after night. We have also become better able to understand the reasons why so many young people aged 12-14 are committing serious violence. At this age, most young people have already seen more than 4000 murders on TV, not to mention what they have experienced in their PC games.

 

Students at Indiana University medical faculty looked into how the images we see affect our thoughts. For example, adolescents who had seen much violence have had their cognitive ability reduced. The more violence they had seen, the less their brain activity. The hideousness and callousness they had filled their minds with influenced their attitudes as well as their actions. Their inner "PC" had stored incorrect information and data - and now it would only produce bad output and material.

 

The Apostle Paul knew nothing about computers / PCs; but he knew a lot about farming: ”... A man reaps what he sows. ” Gal. 6.7 NIV

It certainly makes sense to prioritize your thoughts and what you fill your mind up with!

"... a Word of the Day"

Effie Campbell converted.

 

 

 

 

 

28th March 2020

 

SHOULD WE ALWAYS FOLLOW OUR HEART?

 

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

 

Sten Sørensen

Humanism has a strong influence on our modern society. It puts man at the center of things and emphasizes the qualities that characterize man and says that man has value in himself and can think his own rational thoughts. There is much good in humanism that Christianity agrees with, but where man becomes the focal point of the universe, man takes the place of the Creator. In humanism it is important to live with own emotions as a guide. Humanism says that man is free and thus not submittet or subject to anything.

 

The Bible has a different focal point than humanism. Of course, it also speaks of the heart: ”Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. ” Prov.4.23NIV

Of course, we should guard our hearts. That's why we need practice. We must protect the heart from voices and ideas from the outside. The heart is constantly bombarded with ideas and attitudes.

 

But it can be very dangerous merely to follow one's heart! Think of Matt. 15:19, here you see what Jesus says about the heart. He mentions evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony and slander. All this comes from the heart, says Jesus.

Jesus never said: Follow your heart. He said, Follow me. We should take our impulses and thoughts from Heaven, not only from this world. Therefore, do not blindly follow your heart, but follow Jesus and His living word. Then his perception will affect our daily lives, choices and deeds. He will influence and guide our hearts.

 

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

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

27th March 2020

 

WHY DID HE COME?

 

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,
Gal. 4.4NIV

 

Why did he come?

When the set time had come, God sent His Son to our earth. (Gal.4: 4)

 

Why did He come? The Holy Scriptures proclaimed exactly His coming, and the same Scriptures tells us the reason for His coming.

 

Firstly, He came so that we were not to perish, but have eternal life! (John 3,16). But it seems that humans do not care about any life other than this short and transitory earthly life! Unbelievable. But for you - you, who so scream in your heart for something more: It was for YOU that he came!

 

Secondly: He came to deliver all those who were slain with fear and death! (Hebr.2,15) Now there are also people who claim that they do not fear anything! And these may seem to us to be true heroes. But it helps them nothing. Rather the opposite! But to those who feel the pain of fear in their souls: It was for YOU he came!

 

Third and last: He came to do what we could not do ourselves! (Rom 8.3) "Well, I'm doing pretty well!" some people assert confidently. But poor soul - how long? You, who otherwise have seen it - and are really bothered by not being able to deliver, those who feel inadequate: He came for YOU! And remember: Jesus still does to this day what He came to the world for — in accordance with His eternal Word!

Effie Campell translated.

 

 

 

 

26th March 2020

 

JESUS HAS DONE HIS
If only I could do mine

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
Eph. 2,8-9NIV


 

Many people struggle with lack of salvation assurance. They do not feel good enough or spiritual enough. Nor do they believe that they are doing enough for Jesus, and with that comes the bad conscience, which in turn has a negative impact on the salvation assurance.

 

"Am I a Christian? Am I good enough? ” and then you regard yourself as a not good enough Christian, and as one who lacks the wisdom of salvation.

 

There was a woman who lacked the salvation assurance, and who used every possible opportunity when new missionaries came on visit to say, "Jesus has done his, if only I could do mine." This hopeless assertion she repeated each time a new missionary came to visit. "Jesus has done his, If only I could do mine." Eventually she got clear message from the last missionary who addressed her with this: “There is something absolutely wrong with what you are saying. Jesus has not done his. He has done yours!!! ”

 

This answer freed the woman from the lack of assuration of salvation. “He has done yours!!! We will never be able to do it on our own. We are totally dependent on this, that Jesus has done everything!

 

I am so glad that salvation is not conditioned on my day or what I have done. Salvation is based on what Jesus did! The Bible is crystal clear. It doesn't depend on us:

 

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. ” Eph. 2.8 to 9NIV

When Jesus hung on the cross and finished the work of salvation with the words: It is finished - then the work of salvation was complete. I cannot pay for my salvation with my own deeds. I can merely say YES and accept the gift of salvation in my life with gratitude. The rest Jesus provides for!

 

What Jesus has done lives on! ON HIM we build our lives. It lasts and provides salvation assurance.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

25th March 2020

 

JESUS IS THE GOOD SHEPHERD

 

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1John 4,18NIV

 

Gunnar Jeppestoel

If all people had realized who Jesus is, they would have accepted him and said yes to him. They say no because they have not seen and understood who Jesus is. The devil has blinded their eyes. The problem is that they have a wrong image of God.

 

We preachers must ask ourselves: Are we preaching Jesus or everything else that is around him? He who listens must sit back with a positive image of Jesus. It is Him that it is all about. The Bible says in Matt. 9:36NIV: ”When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. ”

 

Jesus loved his just to the end. Jesus saw the people. Many among us suffer from a sense of emptiness and broken promises. There is a cry of distress in people and a longing for help. They are like sheep without a shepherd, but Jesus wants everyone to succeed and come to him. John13,1NIV: ”... Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”
 

Jesus loved Peter even though he betrayed him. He loved Judas right up until the moment he died. Jesus loves you even though you have walked along the wrong track. He loves you unconditionally. Jesus does not love us because of what we have accomplished, but because of who we are.

 

Some carry a fear inside, but Jesus loves us. ”There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear ...” 1.John4,18NIV

The Bible tells us that He loved us while we were still sinners. Rom.5,8. He has washed us clean in His blood. Therefore come to him and invite him into your heart and thank him for the great salvation he has gained for you on the cross.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

24th March 2020

 

VIKTOR KLIMENKO

 

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Matt. 16.24NIV

 

Viktor Klimenko was born in Karelia in 1942. His father was a Ukrainian Cossack and his mother was a Russian. A few years after he was born, his family moved to Finland. He became a musician and appeared in numerous films. He became world famous as a singer. But in 1980, he became gospel singer after he was converted. He was a guest with Randi Fildtved Johansen at Vision Norway, where he told about his life.

 

I began to practice yoga and became so much involved in it that I was able to slip out of my own body. That was weird. I saw and heard everything, even though I was released and separated from my own body lying on the floor and with eyes and ears, and then I could sneak into my body again, which was really just a holster, a shell where the spirit resides. The further I got into yoga, the further I descended into a deep, deep hole of darkness. Those things are spiritual powers, and this is extremely dangerous to deal with and not worth the trouble.

 

But then I was saved and came out of all this, and since then I have worked for the Lord, sung and witnessed. Emanuel Minos became my spiritual father. If I am to say what I mean about spiritual life today, then I must say that I often dread. Flashing lights and loud music, it's like at a disco. The sermons from our churches are often about having financial success and getting everything we ask for. God can give us everything, and if He sees that it is good for us, then He truly meets our needs, heals and does great wonders. But I think we hear all too seldom that Jesus said we should take up the cross and follow Him. ”Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. ” Matt. 10,38-39 And further: ”Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. ” Matt. 16.24NIV

These are all different tones and very serious words.

 

When I was in America I talked to David Wilkerson. He has written a prophecy about the judgment that will eventually come upon Scandinavia. So horrific things will happen, so we will be shaken in our foundation. When Emanuel Minos had read this prophecy, he said, "I believe every word of it. That prophecy is true. Can I tell you why I say that? I myself got the same prophecy, but it was all so cruel that I did not dare say it directly." But if we read the Bible, it is told how horrible it is in the Armageddon War. (Rev.16,16). It should come as no surprise to the faithful Bible reader.

 

Let us be vigilant, read the Word of God and pray so that we have extra oil on the lamp when Jesus comes again.

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

23th March 2020

 

GET RID OF THE BITTERNESS - AND BECOME FREE!

 

By Solveig Pedersen

 

See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
Hebr.12,15 NIV

 

Most people have something they know they should forgive. But the reasons for not doing so are many. Some do not want to forgive because the counterpart does not wish to admit his mistakes. They believe that if they bear these problems, it will also be a way to punish the opposing part. Thus, they feel that if they persist in the bitterness, then it may be a way to solve the problem. What they do not see is that those who are being punished are themselves. Whatever the causes and the reasons, it never pays to be bitter and hateful.

 

I see a man before me. He walks along a country road and carries a suitcase. The people on the road are malicious, hostile and aggressive. They throw stones and various trash at him. Every time this happens, he picks it up and puts it in his suitcase. He works his way further with this suitcase, which is getting ever heavier. Someone asks him why he is taking it with him and he replies that he intends to use it as evidence of what they have done to him. Gradually, the luggage becomes so heavy that he barely can handle it anymore and everything is now happening very slow. Eventually he gives up and sits down at the roadside. Either he can choose to sit there or let go of the stones and debris. If he chooses the first, then it will prevent him from moving on. The smelly garbage will ruin life, and everything has gone completely into a deadlock. The only one he punishes is himself. Those who attacked him, they will amuse themselves and continue their efforts as before. If he chooses to get rid of this extra luggage and forgive these people, then he is free and unbound

 

Exactly like this is the bitterness. If we hold on to it, it will destroy our minds and our lives. We can also poison people around us. This is especially true for home life. Children who grow up with angry and bitter parents, they learn to latch onto the problems the same way, onto the evil and bad.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

22th March 2020

 

THREE DELICIOUS DISHES

 

It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
1 Cor. 1.30NIV

 

The Bible says that salvation is completely and completely His work. We have nothing to do with this. We can only receive what God has done for us. The only thing we can boast about is that we are in Him. It is good that the Bible speaks so clearly about this that salvation alone is the work of God. Jesus has it all done. It's like sitting down to a well-covered table, where three delicious dishes are served. "You are covering a table for me ..." Psalm 23: 5

 

The first dish is called righteousness. The Bible says that Jesus is our righteousness. In Norwegian righteousness is called "Rettferdiggjort". Aril Edvardsen used to say it this way: “Right is right, finished is finished, and done is done. Rettferdiggjort. " Jesus came in our place, He traded with us and took on our sin. We have been given complete forgiveness. We cannot grow in righteousness, even if we lived for another 100 years, we would not be more righteous than we are today.

 

The next dish is called holiness. It is about our life with God. Here we can grow day by day in humility and become more and more ripe. Holiness is a continuous process. There is always room for improvement and growth. We cannot boast about this either. We can rest in Him who is to take shape within us. Christ in me is my holiness. He has everything I need: joy, peace, love, strength and healing. ”For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, ” Col. 1.19NIV

The third dish is called redemption. When all the labours come down to earth, the saved, that is, those who have invited Jesus into their hearts, are redeemed: ”“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” ” Luke21.25 to 28NIV

It is because of Jesus that one day I will reach heaven. The redemption is solely His work. The wisdom and assurance of coming home to heaven one day is that Jesus is my redemption. He gets the credit eventually, and He is my assurance for eternity.

Andreas Hasseløy - Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

21th March 2020

 

THE REDEEMING HOUR

 

Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Matt. 26.40 to 41 NIV

 

An hour of prayer redeems, which is why the devil does everything he can to prevent our prayer life. Therefore, you and I can ask ourselves when we fall into sin or into other temptations and experience defeat: “Have I spent time in prayer? Have I been with the Lord for more than an hour? ” If the answer is no, then you also know why it went as it did with you. It's that simple.

 

In James 4.2NIV it says: ”...You do not have because you do not ask God. ”

In Acts 6,4NIV it says, ”and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” ” Notice what comes first. It is the prayer, then the word. Simply because if we are to have a revelation from Scripture, then we must dwell in prayer so that we pray in accordance with the Word of God. To pray for an hour or more, that takes practice and obedience.

Here with us, prayer life is mostly at kindergarten level. People pray as little as possible and the least visited meetings are the prayer meetings, which are the most important in a congregation. When I visit other countries, such as Moldova, the prayer is always at the center. Everyone prays eagerly based on a chosen topic. Here with us, many Christians are afraid to pray aloud. Why? For the devil fears that we will break the sound wall, for he knows we have a miracle in our mouths.

 

Jews use "daven" when praying. They pray with their whole body, they rock back and forth, and the body is constantly moving. This makes them concentrate on prayer and scripture reading. This we see when visiting the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. It is different with us, we sit, kneel or stand still with bowed heads and folded hands and mostly pray silent prayers. This makes it difficult for us to concentrate and our mind wanders everywhere. And when we sit with our head bowed and close our eyes, we fall asleep. Therefore, it says that we must lift up holy hands: ”Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. ” 1.Tim.2,8NIV

The devil has spoiled revivals and created controversy. The work of God is divided, congregations are dissolved. Families are shattered and people have lapsed. The answer is always the same: lack of intercession and prayer. Quite few people understand the spiritual warfare that is raging in society in our time when the devil has descended to us in great anger, because he knows that the time he has is very short. Revelation. 12.12.

 

Jesus said and reminded us in Luke 18: 1, ”Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

20th March 2020

 

BLUE CROSS IN SANDNES IN NORWAY

 

My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
John 14.2 NIV

 

It was an evening we sat watching Vision Norway on TV. They showed a conversation with the leader of the Blue Cross in Sandnes and with two of his employees.

 

The leader, who was probably in his late 60s, had been an addict as a youngster. He became a believer, and the Lord delivered him from his misery and called him to work at the Blue Cross. But he did not forget his old friends and often visited them at Plata in Oslo, which is the place where many abusers in Oslo come regularly.

 

One day while he was working in the Blue Cross, he received a strong conviction from the Lord that he was to send a certain man a text message. The leader took the cellphone and wrote:

"”My Father’s house has many rooms” - you are welcome too. "

Then he sent the text message. When the abuser received this message, it so strongly affected him that he immediately got up and went to Sandnes to seek help. He was saved, freed and went to a Bible school for three years, and since that time he has been one of the Blue Cross´ regular staff for many years.

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

19th March 2020

 

What do you want?

 

The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 37When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” 39“Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon. 40Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.
Joh
n 1.35 to 40 NIV


 

Reinhard Bonke, Christ for All Nations

Jesus noticed that two young men followed him. He asked them, "What do you want?"

Everyone who knows the Gospel of John knows that the Word used here is full of deeper meaning. Here we have two very young men who had barely passed the teenage years. They had already met John the Baptist and had become his disciples. Then the Baptist said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” John 1:36, and they followed Jesus.

 

"What do you want?" Jesus digs deep into their soul. Was it a kingdom / monarchy and the sovereignty of Israel they sought? With his question, Jesus indicates that they wanted something more than just a monarchy - more than just personal profit. Something greater than satisfaction, happiness or perhaps a place in the sun.

 

They had an inherent longing for something greater. Let me put it this way: They had a dream, a vision, a hope and an expectation that propelled them forward and supported them.

 

Some people are not looking for anything. They are not pursuing anything. Either they are made too quickly and easily satisfied, or they are unfortunate pessimistic people who expect the worst of the future. They see no way forward, no way, no horizon, no new vision. If they look ahead, they do so with little hope. They are on a journey through life without aim.

 

A Christian fixes his eyes toward the eternal, to God and nothing less and lower than that. The pure in heart must see God. Sadly, many people live only for what they own and possess, or they crave more, more money, finer car, better food, better house, clothes - nothing new, just better, prettier, bigger.

 

Jesus said, “For the pagans run after all these things ...” Matt. 6:32NIV and “Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Luke 12.15NIV

John and Andrew searched. They began with John the Baptist and he referred them to Jesus: "Look ..." That's the first thing: Look. Do not stand there and glow into the ground, stop looking over your shoulder, looking back and wishing that your past had been different, or looking at the present as the situation you are in cannot be changed. Look! Look! There is something to see. John was a prophet - he could see, and he says, "Look!"

 

Jesus opens the eyes of the blind. He shows us new horizons. He gives us a dream, a vision that cannot fail, a land of promises that only He can lead us into.

 

Jesus gave John and Andrew a gigantic vision. - John was to influence the whole world. John the Baptist knew this already when he said, “... “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1,29NIV

 

Most people merely care for their family or friends. The disciples wanted to live their lives around the Lake of Gennesaret and their fishing boats, but Christ gave them the task of going out to all the world.

 

A whole world opens up to the believer and a wonderful future. A believing man is a man of the future. They were believing men and faith works into the future. God is the one who gives visions. Only God can secure our future. He promises eternal life. Many have no visions of the future because no God exists in their future.

 

The Lord puts a "GO and make disciples" into our soul. The Lord is always one step ahead and always moving forward towards new goals, new glory. If a man follows Christ, then the man will always go forward. Jesus changes lives and gives everyone a future.

 

Christ calls us to follow - and He himself is the door that opens to new visions and new lands, new hope - eternal life.

 

His Word to us is GO! He puts GO! Into our soul. Christians are not like those who just stand still in the same place, but they walk. Jesus does not simply call us to sing hymns in a warm and comfortable meeting room or church. He calls us to move, to walk and not get stuck in the pool of mud, but to be adventurers, people who build the kingdom of God.

 

Isaiah had a vision in the temple and God said, ““Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?””. ““Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Matt4.19NIV

God said to Abraham, "Go, I will lead you." There is a world to be won. There is a salary waiting for us.

 

God has better plans. One of the prophets of Israel once said, ““And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Joel 2,28-29NIV This is our God! Our believing ancestors dreamed dreams about the future, not the past. In Egypt they had no future. They served foreign gods who promised them nothing, but they did not come out of the wheel tracks. Slavery was in their blood, just as salt is in a sailor's blood. They were slaves, and that's how it was. The future was exactly like the past, hard work, poverty and oppression.

 

But God had better plans for Israel than to work in Pharaoh Ramses' production of bricks. He sent Moses and reminded them again of Israel's ancient promises - a nation in their own land. He woke them up from hibernation and they broke up and did their exodus. Just notice what they did. - They trusted God and broke up. They did not merely go to bed for a gullible elongated sleep; but they trusted God.

 

They embarked on the greatest adventure in the history of mankind. Do not claim that faith makes people weak-willed, gray and nameless. You do not inter yourself when you come to Jesus - you were dead before, but He gave you resurrection and life.

 

Was Jesus a joyless, boring person, discouraged and cautious and always in defensive positions with his back against the wall? Not my Jesus! Was Paul a little frightened mouse? Alone, he challenged 1000 years of European paganism. There was more life in Little Paul than in the whole Roman army. A brave man? Not at all. He referred to himself as appalling and scared when he approached the city of Corinth. Christians have a different attitude. The opposite of fear is not courage, but faith: “In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid...” Psalm56:4NIV

Get off and go now! Go! The wind of God is blowing. The Spirit of God has come like a hurricane from heaven to blow the fury and pain out of our soul, blow the fog out of our spiritual system. God is moving! Raise your sails so that the winds from the sky can catch them. “There the ships go to and fro,” said the psalmist in Psalm 104.26NIV. Do we? Or do we merely sit in our cozy harbor with torn seals, without ever venturing out on the riotous waves?

The man who has seen Calvary can never be content with how it is, he has to act. He is too enamored and full of God-given dreams of great opportunities.

Any dream can come true - in Christ! It is a land of promises for you just waiting to be occupied. Get off and go now!

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

18th March 2020

 

WORDS TO START OF THE DAY

 

God did not give us His Word to give us some good reading material, but to change our lives. Read, learn by heart, ponder on the Word. These verses are a very solid and good breakfast, which is good to have with us every day:

Mark 1.35: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

 

You who believe your life is a multitude of sorrows and lamentations, a sound of grief, learn these verses from Lamentations 3.21-24NIV

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”Lam. 3.21 to 24NIV

 

Psalm 5.4NIV: “For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome.

 

Isaiah 50: 4-5NIV: “The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away.

 

Psalm 118,24NIV: “The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.

 

Psalm 23,6NIV: ”Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

 

Acts 17,27-28NIV: “... though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’...
 

Psalm 86: 10-11NIV: “For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

 

Psalm 87,7bNIV: “... “All my fountains are in you.”

 

Psalm 19,14NIV: “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

17th March 2020

 

PROTECTION FOR ALL CHILDREN OF GOD

 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1. John 1.9NIV

 

A servant of the Lord in Norway says, “I am spilled in newspapers, the media and the web almost daily, and so I pray this word of God high above me and my house: ”no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” ” I also pray loudly these following words: ”Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest. ” Prov. 26.2NIV

 

Then I bless all my enemies, for the word of God says, ”Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. ” Rom.12.14NIV

 

When I need forgiveness for my sins, well, it is in God's own word that I come before the Father and pray, "Thank you Lord that you have forgiven me my sin, which I now confess to you. For your word says in 1John 1,9NIV: ”If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

 

Remember that God the Father is bound to His Word and He has given His Word glory before His name. (Psalm 138,2) Therefore, God's Word should be the highest authority in our lives. We know that when we honor the Word of God, it brings comfort, salvation, and honor to us.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

16th March 2020

 

THE BENEFITS OF READING THE WORD OF GOD

 

... they were my joy and my heart’s delight ...”
Jer. 15.16 NIV

 

God promises certain things to those who take the time to get to know Him better through His Word daily. Let's look at some of what he promises them:

 

1) Joy.When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty. ” Jer.15.16NIV

2) Power and strength.“Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. ” Acts20.32NIV

3) Peace.Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. ” Psalm119,165NIV

If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea. ” Isaiah 48,18NIV

4) Steadfastness.I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,” Psalm 16.8-9NIV

5) Progress.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 1.8NIV

6) Answered prayers.If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. ” John 15,7NIV

Joy, power and strength, peace, steadfastness, progress and answered prayers - this is something everyone wants. What about you? You don't have to search anymore. God has promised you everything if you are with Him every day in His Word.

"... a Word of the Day"

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

15th March 2020

THE WORD OF GOD IS UNWAVERING

 

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

 

God's Word stands firm - no matter what happens. As a young Christian, I heard the minister to seamen, Hans-Jakob Froen, speak. He noted he never said, "The Bible says" or "It reads in the Bible." But he said, "The Word of God says," "It is written in the Word of God." He believed that there was more authority in saying the Word of God than the Bible.

 

We are living in a time when we who stand firm on the Word of God are called extremists and fundamentalists. Of course, it falls off its own meaninglessness. This is the ancient story that Satan began in the Garden of Eden: "I wonder if God has said!" He seeks to cast doubt on the Word of God, and along with it also disbelief. But God sets His Word higher than His name (Psalm138,2).

 

It is essential to read Scripture. ”Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. ” And ”Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. ” 1Tim.4,13 and 16NIV. According to the Word of God, the Word will save you, i.e.: Save yourself and lead you through all conditions of life. It will also save those who hear you and listen to your testimony. How strong !!!

 

When I testify to people who are not believers, I say, ”for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, ” Rom. 3.23NIV. The Word of God tells us how we are saved. God's is more than ordinary words. God's Word is holy. ”Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. ” John 17.17NIV

 

The Word of God is a closed book without the guidance of the Spirit, so we must ask God - before beginning the Bible reading - to bless the Word and open it to us.

 

When it comes to having our children saved, I read Isaiah 54,13: ”All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace.” When it comes to healing, we must read aloud to us. 1Pet.2,24NIV: ”“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

 

The Word of God is like the rain and like a club hammer that crushes mountains. It shows us that we not only need raindrops. We need a lot of rain for it to germinate and grow. That's the way it is when we hit with a club hammer on a rock, then we have to hit many times. (Isiah. 55.10-11 and Ezek. 36.26)

 

Some believe that all religion is equally valid and that there are many paths to salvation and to Heaven. But as a Christian, we believe in the Word of God, and therefore we know that it is only Jesus who is the way, the truth, and the life, and that He alone can save us from eternal perdition.

 

When we, as a congregation, community, or individual, remove ourselves from the Word of God, it will have disastrous consequences - not only for us, but also for others. Stand firm on the Word of God, do not be moved from the truth. Bow to the Word of God and you will always prevail. Judge everything you do from the Word, and the blessing will follow you. So simple and yet so difficult because we as humans live in an evil world.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

14th March 2020

 

TREE OF LIFE

 

The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Gen. 2.9 NIV

down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
Rev. 22,2 NIV

 

The Bible begins with the story of the tree of life (Genesis 2,9) and it also ends with the story of the tree of life (Rev.22,2). There are many threads pointing toward salvation.

 

Noah's ark is a big secret. When you look at the ark from the outside, it is a gigantic wooden ship that mysteriously drifts on the water of life. The trees from which Noah's ark is built protects life in the same way as the tree of life. Hidden to the world, this gigantic boat holds a secret to eternal life.

 

Jesus died on the cross of tree, and there He saved us and won eternal life to us if we merely accept it with thanks.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

13th March 2020

 

FRIEND

 

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
John 15,15 NIV


 

"A friend" is one of the most beautiful words I know. Hear what Jesus says: ”I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. ” Jn.15,15
 

Jesus' followers called him: Lord, Master, Teacher, and even Messiah - the Savior King. Here Jesus says: "I no longer call you servants ... I have called you friends ..." Some of us may have imagined Jesus as Lord, employer - with many reminders and prohibitions. Here Jesus says, "I call you friends."

 

We have a very special relationship with a friend. A relationship with regard for proximity and distance. It is a relationship without rank or title. We can meet again after 20 years and the relationship is still there. You still know the person. Or it may be friends you meet on a daily basis.

 

Research in psychology, sociology and health shows that friends are crucial to our mental health. I do not need to have many friends, one good friend weighs much more than unstable and insane friends. De Lillos sings: "Hold on to a friend, few stay - a friend can quickly disappear for good, if you forget him long enough."

 

"Follow me," Jesus says, respecting my choice to be either near or far. As a child, I learned a song: “Choose him your savior, choose him for life, a better friend you can never have. If he becomes a friend in the youth, he will eventually join you when you grow old, gray. "

 

One verse reads: “How safe, when the seriousness of life meets you on the journey, to have a friend who can help and understand everything. If you are mocked, misunderstood in this world, in confidence to Jesus your Savior you go. "

 

One thing is certain: sooner or later we will face the seriousness of life. It can be very different from person to person. Then it is good to have a friend, as well in heaven as on earth. When the friend died, he cried, "It's finished!" I've done it - for you, dear friend! On the cross, it is proclaimed, “I am your friend! Throughout the immense fullness that this word contains.

 

Jesus' life showed that he was a true friend. He had an influence on people, both physically and spiritually. He talked, ate and walked with them. He comforted, cried and laughed with them.

 

I have a friend in Jesus. Not a slave driver, but one that I walk with in my daily life and who accepts me exactly as I am.

 

Jesus urges us to be a friend who cares. He has broken down the wall between those who are financially wealthy and the wounded when he died. From his point of view, there is no difference between rich and poor, or between successful and unsuccessful. Jesus calls us all with the most beautiful name in this world: Friend!

May Jesus bless you all.

Sten Sørensen

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

12th March 2020

 

GOD-FEARING PARENTS, GOD-FEARING CHILDREN

 

For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
Gen.18,19NIV

God spoke about Abraham, when He said, ”For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord ... ”
Gen. 18.19NIV Can God say the same about you? If you take this seriously to raise godly children, then God is keeping a close eye on you!

If you want important truths not to have an impact on your children, then simply try to teach them something you do not live by and believe in yourself. Do you think your children are troublesome? No, they just keep a close eye on you, like a hawk! If your deeds show that what you are teaching them does not have a great impact on you, then it will never be important to them either. Can you blame them?

 

If you are eager to get material things, then they will do the same. But if you give yourself under the service of God, then they too are drawn by and against Him. Do you want to have a long and happy life? Then you must give your children God's Word and their children after them. (Read Deuteronomy 6:2)

 

Note that it begins with your love for the Lord: ”Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. ” Deuteronomy 6,5NIV Did this come as a surprise to you? It should not. If your life and way of life show your love for Christ, then He will appear attractive to your children like nothing else in the world.

Do your children see you reading the Bible? Do you talk to them about biblical truths in such a way that they feel and know that this is something you are preoccupied with? Do you show them the way to the Bible for answers as you discuss behavior and values? Why is this so important? Because the Bible says, ”After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. ” Judges.2,10NIV

If you want to raise your children to be godly, then you must teach them the basic rules of the Kingdom of God - and also live by them yourself.

"... a Word of the Day"

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

11th March 2020

 

IT IS BASICALLY THIS SIMPLE: MERELY PREACH THE WORD

 

”“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
John 8.11NIV

 

Jesus called the disciples with the words: Follow me! He taught them to pray: The Lord's Prayer. And when asked about the most important commandment, he replied: Love!

 

After all, it's that simple.

This is also the case with mission. It's just about passing on the gospel. Initially, it is not about teaching, building churches, writing books, doing radio broadcasts, etc. This comes second. The very missionary work is to preach the gospel. Or as Jesus said in his statement: Proclaim joy, freedom, grace! The gospel is simple. It means "glad tidings" and is briefly about the 3 things we celebrate for Christmas and Easter: Jesus came, Jesus died, and Jesus rose from the dead. It means that God is near, God forgives, and God gives new life. How hard can it be?

 

It's easy to preach. It is really just to illuminate or shout out what Jesus mentions in his prophecy:

 

”“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4.18 to 19 NIV

 

How could it be that simple? Well, for everything is organized and done on time. God has already decided to show grace. He has already devised a plan of salvation. He has already sent Jesus to our earth. He has already atoned for our sin on the cross. He has already opened the heavenly door to every individual who wants to receive him as his Lord and Savior. And right now, he invites everyone to a party.

 

The road is levelled. There is the atonement for sin. The price is paid. Now the prisoners, the poor and the needy just need to know so that they can jump into freedom. And this is where you and I come into the picture. We need to pass on the good news to them.

 

It doesn't have to be that complicated. Imagine how simple and easy-to-understand Jesus' speeches were: “Time has come. The kingdom of God has come near! Repent and believe in the gospel! " Also notice how generous and inclusive he was when he met people: “Your sins are forgiven! Nor do I condemn you! Your faith has saved you! "

 

Similarly, we could say to the check-out assistant, "God bless you!" Or addressed to the colleague who has pain in the back: “I will remember you in my evening prayer. Or to the refugee on the street: “You can be safe now. God loves you! "

 

One or two sentences, and suddenly you've lit a new hope for a person in need. The connection has been established and the ground is ripe for several conversations. A new friendship is on the way.

It's basically that simple.

Svend Løbner

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

10th March 2020

 

THE WOMAN THAT GOT A REVELATION

 

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Matt. 5.44 NIV

 

It was a Sunday evening a short while ago and we looked at Vision Norway. They showed a meeting from the summer gathering at the Gospel Center July 2015. Lise Karlsen welcomed and started herself.

 

"There are some strong meetings," she said. “When I left the meeting last night, I experienced something that moved me deeply. It was when I stepped out into the hallway that I heard someone calling my name. I turned and saw a married couple. They wanted to talk to me.

 

"Yes, you see," said the man, "We have come here tonight to get strength for tomorrow. On July 22, four years have passed since many young people were shot and killed on the island of Utøya. Our son was one of those who died, and tomorrow we are going out to Utøya, where there will be a memorial gathering. "

 

He further stated that his wife fell into a deep depression due to this event. She fell into the deepest darkness of losing her son in this horrible way. It didn't help talking about it, and this was how it was for two years. But then something happened! The Lord gave her a revelation, a vision. She looked into a prison cell. In there, their son sat holding Breivik's hands.

 

Oh, my dear, how can you hold him in your hands? He has taken away your life! ”

 

Then the son turned while smiling and said, "Mom, do you know what? My time had come! ”

 

Then the vision faded and disappeared completely, but the mother had seen enough. The depression was gone from that moment, and she began to live a normal life again.

 

"Since that day," said his father, "we have prayed for Breivik. Jesus is dead for everybody. He has also paid for the worst killer if the criminal wants to receive it. I hope one day to be allowed to speak to Breivik, because then I will tell him that we have lifted him up for God's throne for many years. "

 

"Well, this was a strong conversation," Lise concluded.

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

9th March 2020

 

THEY MAKE IT ONE ROAD

 

I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.
2Cor. 11.2 NIV

 

"There are two roads, the narrow road and the broad road, and they do not have the same destination, but some people make everything one single road in our days and that will not do." This is how an old woman told me the other day when she called me and shared her testimony with me. I knew that as a young woman, she had experienced a powerful conversion, more powerful than most, and I meant to know why that was so. She had special gifts to speak, testify and sing. When the Lord puts his talents into us, he is meant to get his back again with interest.

 

"When I was a great schoolgirl, I loved Jesus," she began. “But after I finished school I went to the capital, Tórshavn(Havn). There I began to dance in the local theater(Sjónleikarhúsið). I loved to dance and it became a true idol to me. The interest in Jesus became weaker and weaker and in the end I forgot about him completely.

 

One night I had a dream. I dreamed that I looked up at the sky. Then I saw my name written with white letters on the air. I got down on my knees and bent my head down as I whispered, "Does God see me?" Then I looked up again. Now I noticed high tongues of fire and a lot of smoke in front of me. I knew with myself that this was hell.

 

I was shaken and for the next two weeks I did not go to dance. But then I thought I could try again. The moment I stepped over the threshold of the front door into the dance room, I was suffocating and had great difficulty breathing. Then I heard a clear voice say to me: "This is the last time I call you !!!"

 

From that moment on, I knew I had been dancing for the last time. I was done with the world. Still, it took half a year before I turned to Jesus and was saved. But while I was walking under the calling, I got a dream about the service I was going to enter. I dreamed that I was standing on the quay fishing. I glanced across the strait. Then I heard a voice saying, "Jump out, for the sea will bear you!" The voice was heard three times and became louder each time. Then I jumped in the dream and at that moment the water turned into thick ice. I then continued on foot on the ice until I saw an elderly couple in front of me. It was the couple who had started the mission work in our village. Now the second voice sounded, "You must go ahead of them." In the dream I now walked in front of them and into a small bus to drive us to the meeting. I was saved at a meeting in the mission house, and as I witnessed I received the joy of salvation.

 

I have preached a long life, taught Bible lessons, Sunday school and witnessed many places around the Faroe Islands. Never have I ever longed for the dance life, and I'm just saying that we can't stand with one leg in each camp, because then we will fall in between. You cannot stand and confess at a meeting one moment and then to soak in the world's desires the next moment. It is very serious, because the gate to the narrow road is narrow. You will not be allowed to bring anything extra foolery with you and you will not be able to play you self in. "strive to enter," says the Lord. Believers are the bride of Jesus Christ and he does not want to share his bride with the ways of this world. The road is narrow. You cannot do everything. When you invite the world into your heart, it eventually degrades your spiritual life," the old woman concluded, and my thoughts went to Paul, who writes,

I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.
2Cor. 11.2 NIV

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

8th March 2020

 

THE JEEP

 

Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.
Matt. 21.21NIV

 

A young man worked in the army. They humiliated him incessantly, because he believed in God. One day the captain intended to humiliate him in front of the entire amy division. He yelled at the young man and said, "Young man, come here, take these keys and go and park the army jeep right here."

 

The young man replied, "I can't drive!"

 

The captain then replied, "Well then, ask your God for help! Now you have the chance to show us that He really exists! ”

 

The young man took the keys, walked toward the jeep and then began to pray ...

He parked the car carefully at precisely where the captain had pointed.

The young man got out of the jeep and saw them standing there crying.

 

They all said in unison, "We want to serve your God!"

 

The young man stood completely surprised and then asked what had happened.

 

The captain shouted, "Just open the bonnet and show the young man that the car has no engine."

 

Then the boy said, "There you see! This is the God I serve. He is the God who makes the impossible possible. He is the God who gives life where life does not exist. You may think that there are still things that are impossible to do, but with God everything is possible. "

 

To those who read these lines: “I pray that the Lord may work a great miracle in your life today in the name of Jesus. Amen. "

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

7th March 2020

 

BELIEVERS CHALLENGING OUR LIFESTYLE

 

”Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.
Titus 3,14NIV

Anne Christiansen

The churches and congregations of God are found in countless different places on earth. In some places they are brutally persecuted, and people are killed for the sake of Jesus and in other places they doze off and live a warm and pleasant life with all kinds of comforts ...

 

When you meet believers who live elsewhere on earth, you may feel that they challeng our way of life. We may think that the life we live is normal, but it is far from being normal. If we dig under the surface we quickly realize that the normal is quite different from what we live in our part of the world.

 

In the Amazon rain forest, people become Christians in thousands in the villages along the world-famous Amazon river, and the most important thing that all the new believers gather about, is to become disciples of Jesus. Each one of those who come to faith in this revival is personally followed by another believer who has been a believer for a long time. These are spiritual mothers and spiritual fathers who give of their own time. They pass on to others what they themselves have been given. The congregation is growing in large numbers and is still spreading to new cities. This coming spring, 500 people from a small town in northern Brazil have decided to move into one of the largest cities in the southern part of the country! These, our believers, let their faith alone guide all decisions in life and they move about with everything they are and possess in a harsh urban area where most people want to move out.

 

In Uganda in Africa, a new generation is emerging. They want to shape the future of the country. Orphans and women and children who have been victims of abuse and violence have got a new beginning in life. People are lifted up from unimaginable suffering and deep hopelessness and into a life of dignity and hope for the future, because the Church of God has established a standard to help others that far exceed what they are obliged to do. The love for God and for their fellow human beings has led to a kind of "sacrificial living" where believers, who themselves are in a great need, give away the little they possess, to others who are worse off than they are. This is a challenge for us! We have everything, but often we stop giving. We may slam the brakes if someone mentions something about "sacrificing" something that might affect our lives.

 

In South Korea, we encounter believers who have seen God lift their country from the deepest poverty, both spiritually and temporally, and into a completely new time. Here we find the largest congregation in the world with hundreds of thousands of members. And here we find "small daughter congregations" which themselves are larger than the entire Pentecostal movement in Norway.

And all this has happened in less than 60 years! In the capital city of Seoul, today there are about 40% Christians.

 

Thousands have been and are praying for their fellow countrymen, for the country's leaders, for their neighboring countries, for schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. These believers find it self-evident to be a part of this and to seek God before the day dawns, and the rest of the city awakes. Early, while it is still dark, they get up and meet in parish halls, young as well as older. They do, as the Word incites believers to do, i.e. pray for all people in general, and in particular for those who have large responsibilities and are in high positions. The praise sounds strong and heartfelt, the Word of God is preached, and prayers are cried out to God with a heart that clearly tells us that these believers know from whom their help comes. This is of a great significance and has a clear impact!

 

Believers in other parts of the world let their faith influence all areas of their life, and the kingdom of God has made great progress in Africa, Latin America and Asia. We need to change too, so that here in Europe we also have the same kind of faith and complete surrender to Jesus Christ!

Effie Campbell translated.

 

 

 

 

6th March 2020

 

THERE IS STRENGTH IN BEING KIND

”Be devoted to one another in love...”
Rom.12.10NIV


 

Aesop wrote an adventure in which the wind and the sun discussed which of them was the strongest. The wind asked, “Do you see the old man down there? I can make him take of his coat faster than you can." The sun took on the challenge, moving behind a cloud as the wind rose to storm. But the more the wind grew, the firmer the traveler wrapped himself in the coat. Eventually the wind gave up and the sun smiled kindly at the old man. It wasn't long before he wiped his head and took off his coat and then continued his journey. The sun knew the secret: Warmth, kindness and a gentle relationship are always more effective than power and rage.

 

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
1Cor.13,4NIV

True noble men understand how great a strength lies in being gentle. Once, when Abraham Lincoln had dinner guests in the White House, one of the guests blew the coffee and poured it into the saucer and then drank directly from this saucer. You can easily imagine that some of the fine ladies and gentlemen sitting next were shocked and for some time there was an embarrassing silence at the table.

 

Then Lincoln poured his coffee into his saucer and the rest of the evening he drank from it. And you know what? All guests then proceeded doing exactly the same! A small friendly deed thus saved a guest in the White House in an awkward situation. Let this simple but thoughtful gesture by one of the United States' greatest presidents of all time remind us of the importance of showing an example of kindness.

 

It is quite possible that you have never heard of Stephen Grellet, a French Quaker who died in 1855. He probably would have remained completely unknown to everybody had it not been for some immortal lines that will probably always be remembered: "I will only go through this world this one time. So let me immediately show everybody all the kindness I am capable of. Do not let me wait or neglect this decision, because to this place I shall never return.”

 

Every day has something in common with the day ahead. Both offer the opportunity to show kindness, and if this option is not used, you may regret it.

 

The poet C.R.Gibson wrote: “I have cried during nights about my shortsightedness and superficiality - that I have been blind to the needs of others. But, reversely, I have never felt the slightest pain for having shown a little bit of kindness to others."

"... a Word of the Day"

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

5th March 2020

 

IS IT TIME TO CHANGE BANK?

 

I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
Luke 16.9 NIV

 

Svein Andersen

You don't have to read the entire Bible many times before you are able to see that in the midst of everything the Bible says - God's Word - tells us about God's grace to everybody, about the healing power of Jesus, the pouring of the Spirit, and the gifts of the Spirit, Jesus' return and God's holiness – Scripture possibly speak even more about money and financial matters than about many other matters in life that affect us every single day? Is it perhaps time to think about how much value we are to put in the Heavenly bank, each of us first and foremost, but possibly also what the nation should use our saved values for?

 

What was it the richest man in the world, Solomon said, ”Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. ” Prov. 19:17NIV Maybe it is no bad investment for the oil fund because God's blessings retain their value while the value of stocks and bonds falls and completely lose their value? Could we as a nation see benefits in lending money to Him who is the world's best repayer?

Or how about a word from the Master himself? Jesus gave us a challenging word in Luke6.38NIV: ”Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”” Jesus' own brother, James, also wrote a word almost 2000 years ago that is worth noting in the midst of our time: ”Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. ” James1.27NIV

Isn't the time right to truly decide to make friends with what we own from the unrighteous mammon now so that they can meet us and welcome us with open arms in the eternal dwellings when the value of the mammon falls? ? (Loosely translated according to Luke 16,9)

 

Sure, dear brothers and sisters - time may well be ripe to change bank in order to serve in godliness, and to gain friends for time and - not least - eternity!

 

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”” Rev. 14.13NIV

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

4th March 2020

 

IT HAS NO VALUE BEING FAMOUS

 

” … Lord, … My hope is in you. ..."
Psalm 39.8 NIV

 

Our society is so lost and enthralled by all the celebrities in Hollywood, but it is nonsense. Millions have the celebrities as their great role model, celebrities who have become famous and who have been successful even though being "a star" does not provide the joy and satisfaction we are tempted to believe.

 

Marilyn Monroe could have told us this, and also Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. Just think of all the worship that Mohammed Ali was the subject of when he was in his prime. He was known as the "world champion" that nobody could defeat ".

 

The image of him was more often on the cover of sports magazines than pictures of any other sportsman in history. Wherever he was, photographers and the press followed him. But wealth and honor cannot buy good health, and he had to succumb to Parkinson's disease.

 

The athlete, Gary Smith, spent a period of time with this diseased athlete in his home. He asked if he could be allowed to see his collection of trophies.

 

Ali showed him down in a dark, damp and wet barn standing right next to his residence. In there, backed by a wall, stood a board with an exhibition of souvenirs - pictures of "Thrilla in Manila", pictures of Ali, who, as a boxer, dances and raises the championship belts he had just won, over his head. But the pictures were stained by white stripes from the pigeons that had nests on the rafters above. Ali took the board and flipped it over so that the front was facing the wall. Then he walked on while Smith heard him mutter before him: "I had the whole world, and it was all nothing. Look at me now! ”

 

The psalmist wrote: ”“But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools. ” Psalm 39.7-8NIV

"... a Word to Dagin"

Effie Campbell translated.

 

 

 

 

3rd March 2020

 

HE GOT HELP IN THE CHURCH

 

”“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
John 13,34 NIV

We had left from a service in the West Church. The priest spoke of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, and then he touched Judas. "It's hard to be let down by your friend," he said. "It's almost like you'd rather have a gob of spit right in the face of your enemy than this hypocrisy. You think he is your friend and then he has another secret agenda with his flattering behavior. I think we do not quite understand how betrayed and disappointed Jesus must have felt by his friend. After all, they had been with each other for three years, and now Judas betrayed The Son of man with a kiss. "

 

Then the priest began to tell of an event from his own life. “When I was studying in Copenhagen, I worked as a volunteer at the Marie church in Vesterbro. This church also goes by the name, the Church of Narcotics, because there are so many abusers there. They get warm and good clothes, a meal and a talk, and this is exactly what they need. Another man worked with me. It was clear to everybody that this man himself had been a former abuser.

 

One day we talked to each other, and then he said, "I have never received recognition in my life. As a young man my parents threw me out and I became homeless. I then started taking drugs and got married anyway and had two children; but my wife threw me out. She could not deal with this life and the children did not want a relationship with their father. They felt ashamed. But then I came here in the Marie church, and here I was recognized and accepted just as I was, and it gave me the strength to get out of the drug addiction, and now I have a good relationship with my wife and my children again, and now I help others who are in the same situation I was in,” the man concluded.

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

2nd March 2020

 

ARE YOU THE OLDER BROTHER?

 

But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Jer. 18,4 NIV

 

On Easter Sunday, the Norwegian Eivind Frøen preached in the Oasis. “In the Old Testament,” he said, “we get many images of God, how He is and how He acts. In Jeremiah chapter 18 there is a very good image of God. Here God is compared to the potter, and we humans are clay.

 

Once I was in India where I was to teach at a Bible school. As I was heading to school, I came across an Indian who worked as a potter. I went to him to see how he worked. The tool he used was a circular disc on a vertical bar. He took a large chunk of clay soaked in water and then kneaded the clay until it became soft and then he put it on the disc.

 

At the bottom of the pole was an even bigger disc, which he kicked off with his feet. It was admirable to see how the clay grew upwards and how he shaped it into a pot and other containers. But that was not always the case. There could be a crack in it; but he did not throw the container away anyway. No, he soaked the clay again and kneaded it well again and put it back on the turning disc. That's how God is. If we do not succeed the first time, he will start with us again, as it says here in verse 4: But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.All people are unique, something completely unique. There has never been one on this earth that is completely like you and there will never be anyone as long as the earth exists. God has given you some special talents and gifts because He has a special plan for what you are going to do, and to fulfill His plan you have all the possibilities, for the talents are there.

I have spoken to American soldiers who were in the Vietnam or the Gulf War, and they have told me that heaven and sea are set in motion when a soldier is wounded. If a soldier is hit by a bullet and falls, the white coates are there immediately and carry the wounded man away on a stretcher. Next, a helicopter arrives and the man is removed to a lazaret, where doctors and nurses work around the clock to rescue the man.

 

Us Christians do not take care of our own wounded "soldiers". We are the only ones who "shoot" our own soldiers. I know a pastor in another country who was in a strong service. But then it happened that he "fell", the clay jar broke. However, he rose again and entered the church; but unfortunately this prodigal son first encountered his older brother before being allowed into the father's house. Everyone turned his back on him and distanced themselves from him. He left the church and never returned and he ended up becoming a glowing atheist. The Christians had frozen him out instead of nursing him who had fallen into the hands of thieves and criminals. Remember, the Lord began anew with the clay pot. Who, then, are we not to help a fallen man on his feet again? Well, I dread that we immediately will go over the phone to tell and gossip about what and what has happened, or that we do it over a good cup of warm coffee.

 

Two of Jesus' disciples failed Jesus. Peter swore that he did not know Jesus. Later he repented and fled crying from the spot. Peter repented, and the Lord began to shape Peter again on the potter's turnin disc, and Peter received a great service in the vineyard of God. Judas failed the Lord with a kiss. In a way, it doesn't seem as violent as Peter's oaths. The only difference was that Judas did not repent and therefore the Lord could not put him on the disc again. He was given thirty silver money to sell Jesus; but when he saw what he had done, he threw the money into the temple. But the high priests said it was not right to put blood money in the temple box, and they bought the potter's land to bury foreigners and strangers for that money. (Matt.27,7) What is the potter's land? Well, all potters had a piece of land where they threw all the containers that failed and could not be kneaded again because the clay had hardened. That's how it was with Judas, he was hardened and did not want to let the Lord knead and reshape him, tragic and sad!

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

1st March 2020

 

SOON JESUS WILL COME

 

so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
Hebr. 9.28 NIV

 

"Jesus' return" is a major theme of the Bible. Only salvation is more mentioned. The Bible is a prophetic book. 27% of the Bible deals with this topic. That's pretty much. Paul mentions twice the Holy Communion, 13 times the baptism, but as much as 50 times the return of Jesus! He was very busy in the prophetic word. Although this is a fact, studies have shown that only 10% of the pastors in the various congregations preach the message of Jesus' return. Many of these are uncertain and question what to consider on this topic. Furthermore, they are aware that the congregation has different opinions and attitudes on this topic. Most of all, they want to keep the peace in their congregation. So they leave the topic. This is a shame as the preaching of Jesus' return has a renewing and evangelizing effect on those who hear it.

 

The prophecies are not given to scare us, but to know that God is in complete control and that he is governing all matters in the midst of chaos and madness, and He wants us to know his roadmap for the future. He wants us to know the great events of the future so that we can tell our neighbor what God's plan is. But the prophecies are also given to awaken us out of our indifference and lethargy. For Jesus comes to save "... those who are waiting for him." It is therefore important getting ready to meet him, otherwise we will be left behind.

 

I once read about Hans Nilsen Hauge. In his time in the 19th century, only the priests were allowed to preach the word of God. Hauge did not respect this ban. He held meetings here and there. Once, a vassal came to one of his meetings and asked him to stop preaching, because it was against the law. Hauge had preached about a place in the Revelation. The vassal then turned to him and said, "Don't you know that the Book of Revelation is a closed book?"

 

Hauge was quick on the trigger: "That is not true - it is called John's Revelation." Of course, he was right.

 

John's Revelation is God's last word to man. Here we have 22 chapters on the future of this world and God's judgment on a fallen world. But it does not end with a defeat, but with an incredible tale of heavenly glory and of the New Jerusalem, the heavenly capital in gold. Gigantic and huge in size, about 240 miles in length, width and height!

 

It may be high time to begin examining the prophetic word while throwing away foolish horoscopes and woolly and obscure divination statements. Take the Bible from the shelf and let the Word of God show you the way into a future that should NOT be unknown to anyone of us.

Svein-Magne Pedersen

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