25th January 2021

IN THE NAME OF OUR GOD

“May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name 
of our God...”
Psalms 20:6NIV

There can easily be a heavy mood over Christians because they feel they 
have lost the battle. You feel in many ways yourself how weak you are and 
experience being defeated over and over again.

Indeed, Christians will win. They have to lift the banner in the name of 
God.

And so it is with you, especially in the battle you are to fight. Do not 
merely walk around waiting for being defeated. Then defeat is certain. Also 
you will gain victory. Not in your own power, but in the name of our God.

Go boldly into the battle and trust God and His mighty power. Then you will 
finally rejoice in your victory and lift the banner in the name of our God.
FW / TDH translated

 

 

 

 

24th January 2021

CREATED AND BLESSED BY GOD

”So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he 
created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them ...” 
Gen.1,27-28

Out of all of God's creatures here on earth, only man was created in God's 
own image - created to resemble the holy and eternal God. Therefore, 
man is the most excellent of all God's creatures on earth. We are created 
to live in fellowship with God here on earth every day in holiness and 
later in bliss in his home.

And of all the creatures of God, only we humans have received the 
blessing of God. We occupy a special position, a privilege among God's 
creatures here on earth. But how do we stand before God? Shouldn't we 
not merely agree with the famous Frenchman, Pascal, when he says of 
man: “We are miserable, temporal and immortal, proud and humble, pure 
and impure, loving and merciless - all at the same time. There is only one 
reason and meaning in this life: to seek out from this miserable position to 
the God who created us. ”

It is the sin in ourselves that draws us away from God. It enchants us with 
freedom, joy and honor and much more outside of God. But the word of 
God says that this leads to eternal damnation. And the experiences of life 
show - as the Church Father Augustine also says - that "to God we are 
created, and our heart does not receive peace until it finds rest with God." 
This corresponds with the words of the prophet Isaiah: ““There is no 
peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.” ”  Isaiah48,22NIV

Let us remain under God's blessing and thank God, our Creator, and act as 
James advises us to do in his letter: “Come near to God and he will come 
near to you. ”  James 4:8NIV
n.

 

 

 

 

23rd January 2021

THE INSTRUCTIONS MANUAL FOR THE WORLD

““ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who 
believes.” ”
Mark.9:23NIV

Olav Nerland
You can buy different items where an instruction manual is included, and 
that is good, as the person who created the item also knows best how the 
item is to be used and maintained, so that we get the best out of it and so 
that the item last as long as possible.

Therefore, when you buy something that comes with an instruction manual, 
first read it carefully before you do anything, because otherwise you can 
easily do something wrong and in the worst case, ruin what you have bought.

When God created man, he also gave us instructions for life. In the 
beginning, it was the conscience. But later God also gave us the Ten 
Commandments on stone tablets. Written with God's fingers.

It is clear that He who created life also knows how to use it so that we 
get the best out of it and eternal bliss in the end.

In the Old Covenant, these stone tablets with the Ten Commandments were 
stored in the mercy seat along with a golden jar with manna and Aaron's 
stick that had borne fruit. Num.17:8

Have you thought that when you surrendered yourself into the hands of 
Jesus, who is the mercy seat of the new covenant, then you also submitted 
to the will of God, which is written in the Ten Commandments.

When you received the remission for all your sins, then you were born 
again. You were given a new life fed on the heavenly manna. This life grows 
and bears fruit, of which Aaron's stick is a picture.

"His commandments are not heavy," writes the apostle John. “for everyone 
born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the 
world, even our faith. ” 1.John.5:4NIV. Mark 9:23NIV

Do you believe this? Jesus did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill 
them. Matt.5:17NIV. He will also complete them with all who have 
surrendered into His hands! Also you!

The Ten Commandments are therefore the instructions of life from the hand 
of God, our Creator.
Himmelveien. E.Campbell translated

  

 

 

 

 

22th January 2021

USE THE TIME RIGHT!There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the 
heavens:”
Eccl.3:1 NIV

For everything there is a limited time, and all things under the heavens 
have their time, says the author, and he explains this in more detail and 
says, among other things: to be silent has its time, and to speak has its 
time.

A good word always finds a place in the hearts. It may be hidden away for 
many years, but then it comes to mind when it is needed and it turns on the 
lights in the dark. Therefore, we should not economize and save the good 
words. They are never said in vain. There is a time to speak and therefore 
it is important to use the right moment. It can hurt the mind for many 
years if we neglected the opportunity while it was there to say the good 
words. But silence also has its time. We often forget that. We so often say 
something we ought not to have said. Once the words passed our lips we 
could not take them back again, no matter how much we wished they had never 
been uttered. - Surely there is a time to be silent. In particular, we 
should keep silent when it comes to rumors and fabricated stories.

Once a young man came to Socrates to learn wisdom. All the while, this 
young man was talking, so Socrates was not allowed to speak. When Socrates 
afterwards demanded double payment from the young man, the young man 
inquired as to the reason for it. Socrates replied: because I had to teach 
you two things. One is to be silent, but the other is to speak.

Lord, keep watch over my mouth, watch my lips, the psalmist prays in the 
Bible. We also need to pray the same prayer.
Notabene. Torkil Beder translated

 

 

 

 

January 21, 2021

CREDITED AS RIGHTEOUSNESSThis is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” ”
Rom.4:22NIV

To understand the wording "credited to", we come to think about money 
holdings that are transferred from one account to another. Banks do this 
every single day. Consider for a moment that your situation looks 
completely hopeless and that you are not able to pay your debts. Then an 
incredibly gracious person comes and takes care of all your debt - and 
moreover, he transfers such a large sum of money to your account that 
you will never have to work again. That was what happened on the cross 
when God "transferred" all our sins to Christ's "account" and credited us 
His righteousness. It is so completely unique!

Would you have said, “I cannot let you pay all that debt, so I will work to 
make myself worthy of your grace? That, in fact, is what we say when we 
add our good works to the complete work of Christ.

Salvation is like a product declaration on health food: No artificial (man-
made) materials are added.

Paul writes: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in 
him we might become the righteousness of God. ” 2 Corinthians 5:21NIV 
In the same way that God" made "Him (Jesus), who did not know sin, into 
sin," He "made you who could never be just enough, just in His eyes." 
But I feel so guilty when I sin!" Yes, but that is the point!

But when Christ took all your sin, then also He took all your debt. How 
do you feel today? An inner struggle! Your born-again spirit tells you that 
you can no longer live with sin; that is no longer who you are! Why did 
God do it this way? Because any righteousness we ourselves might 
achieve is very far from what He demands. Rejoice - today God sees you 
clothed in the righteousness of Christ, and therefore you are always loved 
and accepted.
"... a Word for the Day" Effie Campbell translated





 

20th January 2021

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE 
““What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?” “The son of 
David,” they replied.”
Matt.22:42 NIV

Robert Pierson
The biggest question for every single person today is, "What do you think 
about the Messiah?" Matt.22:42. Our eternal destiny depends on our 
answer to this question.

A free thinker was dying. To him, death was just a leap into the night. 
When the black carpet is pulled for then there was nothing more. Then it 
was all over. Without Jesus, there is no life-giver and no miraculous 
resurrection. While he was lying like this, thinking of all this on his 
deathbed, the Spirit of God must have spoken to him, for after his death a 
sheet of paper was found with the following words:

"I have tried in vain to fight my anxiety in a thousand ways. The Bible 
tells us that there is only one way: Jesus. There was darkness in my soul. 
My heart was hard as steel. I could neither see nor hear. I cried for light 
and life. But there was only one thing to do: to come to Jesus in simple 
faith. He died, he lives, he sits in power, he intercedes for me. There is 
love in all his words and deeds. The only hope for a guilty sinner is to 
come to Jesus. Just let others laugh and mock. I will go to him with all my 
guilt and shame. The name above all names is Jesus. ”
Effie Campbell translated







19th January 2021

THE CONGREGATION
The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the 
seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the 
seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. ” 
Rev.1:20 NIV

Jesus says, “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will 
build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. ” Matt.16,18NIV

Jesus builds churches. He will build his church on the revelation of 
himself. Jesus is building his church and we are involved in this work too. 
Each church is a golden candlestick of God, as it is written in Rev.1,20
e.c translated

 

 

 

 

18th January 2021

THERE IS HOPE

”“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
Matt.7:7 NIV

Shervin Ebrahimian told about his life in Vision Norway. He is Iranian, but moved to Norway with his family when he was 13. It was revolutionary for him to come to such a foreign culture. He had a hard time with the new life and got into addiction problems. It got worse and worse and this was his life for 11 years.

He had a son but had no connection with him. Shervin was a Muslim, but only by name. He searched experimented Buddhism and Hinduism and was in Nepal for a period of time. But none of this made any sense to him and he thought to himself that he was a failure, a bad father to his son and a bad son to his parents.

He no longer believed that there was any hope for him and he therefore had plans to end his life, but then a sigh of relief came from him: "God, if you exist, then you must help me !!!" - The phone rang and he did not want to take it but took it anyway. It was a Norwegian friend from the substance abuse community. He said, “He who created heaven and earth has moved into my heart. I have been saved! ”

Shervin then said, "You must come and visit me." The Norwegian friend replied: "I'm on my way to you with a Bible."

The Norwegian boy was a child of prayer, and two months before this he had been saved. Then he started praying for Shervin, his Iranian friend. During this period, the Norwegian friend went to some meetings in Seljord. There were several saved Iranians in Seljord. The Norwegian friend then says to one of these Iranians: “I have an Iranian friend. I wish he was saved just like you. ”

"Well," replied the Iranian, "go and buy him a Bible." Then he got up and went out to his car and then came back with 10-15 cassette tapes with speeches and praise in Farsi. "You need to call your friend and give him this."

When Shervin played the cassettes it was the first time he heard praise in Farsi. He felt a sacred atmosphere inside his living room. He went to a Maranata meeting in Arendal with his Norwegian friend. The speaker spoke directly into Shervin's life as if he were speaking only to Shervin and not to the 20-25 other participants in the meeting. While sitting there he gained faith. He was filled with the presence of God, His power and glory.

He completely lost the desire to go on with his old life. He was now released from everything, even the cigarettes. Now 20 years have passed. What fills his life now are the Christian meetings, Bible reading, and service to the Lord.

He urges those who pray for theirs to be persistent in prayer, for the promises are rock solid and the answers come in their own hour.
Effie Campbell





 

17th January 2021

TOO SUPERFICIAL CONVERSION?

”“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. ” Matt.7:13-14NIV I once spoke to an old believing woman who asked, “How come that those who have stood up witnessing at meetings suddenly disappear and do not come to the meetings anymore? Is it because their conversion is too superficial? I have experienced two revivals and by these you could see people crying over their sin. They were in a veritable crisis because of their sin. You don't see that anymore. “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. ” Matt.7:14NIV When you want to penetrate through the small gate - this is the repentance itself - then you cannot take all kinds of rubbish with you. You have to let it go. But you get so much more. The bright beach at the land of bliss lies ahead, and there Jesus, our Savior, and all our loved ones await us. ” I interjected that maybe it was also because they stopped praying, reading the Bible, and seeing God's children. They did not fix their eyes on Jesus - and then things went wrong. If we want to reach the goal, what do we have to do? The following little story gives the answer: The children sat inside the classroom writing. Suddenly it became dark inside. The teacher got up to turn on the light and shortly after, it rang for recess. When the children came outside, they noticed that it had snowed. A fine thin white blanket lay all over the schoolyard. Three little girls then came up with a game. They had to walk from the school stairs and over towards the courtyard gate and then see which of the three could walk the most straight line with the footsteps in the snow. Two of them looked down at their feet while walking and made an effort to step foot by foot as straight as possible. But when they reached the gate and turned, they saw that their footprints twisted here and there while the footprints of the third girl were completely straight. "How could you do it?" they asked in astonishment. " Before I began the stroll, I looked over toward the gate. On each side of the gate there is a post with a round decorative ball at the top of each post. I never looked down at my feet during the trip, but I fixed my eyes on one of these balls and kept staring at it all the time while walking.” This is exactly what we need to do: fix our eyes on Jesus. Then we come in a straight line and directly home. Effie Campbell 16. January 2021

STINGY AND SELF-CENTREDEach of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not 
reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. ” 
2 Cor.9:7 NIV

Once upon a time there was a twenty-krone coin and a 200-krone note in 
Danish currency. They were both worn out and used a lot, and therefore they 
were now sent back to the bank on "early retirement".

They were put side by side. Then the 200-krone note starts talking. “I have 
experienced a lot of exciting things in my life,” it said, “I have been to 
the finest and most sumptuous restaurants and once I was in a casino. What 
have you experienced?”

I have been inside a national church, a Baptist church and a Pentecostal 
church,” the coin replied.

"A church, what is that?" asked the note curiously. This obviously is a 
parable, and you probably understand that it is to tell us something about 
people being stingy when it comes to the affairs of the kingdom of God, 
that they think it is enough to give a coin every now and then to the 
church collection. But when it comes to themselves and acquiring things, 
experiences and entertainment, the banknotes are loose in the wallet.

Let us consider and understand how precious a human soul really is and that 
it will live for all eternity. Therefore, let us sacrifice what we can to 
give people the gospel. Luke 8:3 NIV states: “Joanna the wife of Chuza, the 
manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were 
helping to support them out of their own means. ” 

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and 
whoever sows generously will also reap generously...for God loves a 
cheerful giver. ” 
2Cor.9:6-7NIV
Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

 

15th January 2021

CAN A MOTHER FORGET THE BABY AT HER BREAST?

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion
on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!

Isaiah 49:15 NIV

It is God who raises this question in Isaiah 49:15 at a time when Israel
was in a bad condition, a situation we can all face, and which can give
rise to dark thoughts: “...“The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has
forgotten me.” (Vers.14) When we are in good shape and have tailwinds
and when we are doing well, such thoughts do not hit us. But when we are
in a bad shape and have headwinds and may even have fallen, then these
words can hit us like a cloud: “...“The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has
forgotten me.” God's response to Israel, Jerusalem, and the Jewish people
then - as well as today - and to every little child of God today - who may
have similar thoughts in future, is… ”“Can a mother forget the baby at her
breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she
may forget, I will not forget you!” And the Lord continues in verses 16
and 17: “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls
are ever before me. Your children hasten back, and those who laid you
waste depart from you.” This prophetic word was given to Israel 2,800
years ago through Isaiah. The walls have been rebuilt.

The children of Israel, the Jews have returned home. Those nations that
have wanted to lay Israel in ruins since 1948 have fought in vain. But just
as many of God's prophetic words have a double meaning, so does this.
For this also includes you who believe in the Savior Jesus, who descended
from the Jews. Others may forget you, says the Lord - but ...
* I will not forget you!
* Your name is written down with a nail in my hand!
* I rebuild your demolished walls!
* I gather your children - your family!
* The destroyer must flee!
* Because you are mine - and I am yours!
* Do not trust your feelings, but rather my Word!
* I will lead you all the way home!
* Smile - because I smile at you!

Do not let your emotions deceive you - but trust the truth, which is: "I will
not forget you!" says the Lord. When God can rebuild the broken and
shattered walls of an entire nation - then He can do the same in your life
and in my life - in our generation.
Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

14th january 2021


YOU ANOINT MY HEAD WITH OIL

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Psalm 23:5NIV


Heart Prints
I have to admit, I always wondered what this part of Psalm 23 meant. I thought “He anoints my head with oil” was figurative language for God keeping the Psalmist healthy. I never knew this parallel.


Anoint my head with oil
“Sheep can get their head caught in briers and die trying to get untangled. There are horrid little flies that like to torment sheep by laying eggs in their nostrils which turn into worms and drive the sheep to beat their head against a rock, sometimes to death. Their ears and eyes are also susceptible to tormenting insects. So the shepherd anoints their whole head with oil. Then there is peace. That oil forms a barrier of protection against the evil that tries to destroy the sheep. Do you have times of mental torment? Do the worrisome thoughts invade your mind over and over? Do you beat your head against a wall trying to stop them? Have you ever asked God to anoint your head with oil? He has an endless supply! His oil protects and makes it possible for you to fix your heart, mind, and eyes on Him today and always! There is peace in the valley! May our good good Father anoint your head with oil today so that your cup overflows with blessings! God is good and He is faithful!!”
Effie Campbell translated






 

13th January 2021

SMITH WIGGELSWORTH TELLS
But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the 
Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being 
transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the 
Lord, who is the Spirit. ”
2 Cor.3:16-18 NIV

"I remember once I left a train carriage in order to wash my hands. By this 
time I was in a period I had set aside for prayer and the Lord had filled 
me to the abundance of His love. I was on my way to a conference in Ireland 
and I could hardly get there fast enough. When I returned to my seat, the 
Spirit of the Lord was so strong over me that I believe my face shone.

There were also two priests in the train compartment of mine and as I 
stepped inside the compartment, one of them shouted: "You convince me of 
sin!" Within three minutes, everyone present in the compartment cried out 
for salvation. I have experienced similar events several times. This is the 
ministry of the Holy Spirit that Paul mentions in 2 Corinthians chapter 3. 
Here he tells us that we are to be both his letter and his image. This 
fullness of the Spirit makes your life so effective that even people in 
stores and malls try to distance themselves from your presence because they 
are convinced of sin. ”

This account shows us the unimaginable possibilities that exist in a life 
that has surrendered to the Lord. Sad that some choose to see life with 
such a limited horizon as the days we are assigned in our time. Eternity is 
God's aim with us and we long for Him. ”

In our days, fornication and frivolity are like a dam that blocks the tidal 
wave of God,” writes Michael L. Brown. "Where the dam bursts, there will be 
a celestial tidal wave instead."
Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

12th January 2021

THE EXCHANGE

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

There are countless examples in Scripture of this "exchange." Jesus says 
for example. Forgive one another as God forgives us. He promises that God 
will be merciful to those who show mercy. The most fundamental thing in 
this "exchange" is in Jesus' promise, where he says that if we give him our 
lives, he will give us life in abundance - eternal life.

And he says: “...‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least 
of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ ” Matt.25:40NIV 

This means that God blesses us when we let him use us to bless others. This 
basic rule I have encountered again and again, all as I grew in my 
spiritual life.

Another clear and distinct example is found in the story of Job. He 
suffered a lot and lost everything. But it is written: “After Job had 
prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice 
as much as he had before. ” Job. 42.10NIV. When Job began to pray for those 
who criticize him exclusively, the miracle happens, he got everything back 
and that in abundance. Yet the greatest change in world history is what 
Jesus did for us when he was hung on the cross carrying all our sins on his 
body. ““He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we 
might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been 
healed.” ” 1.Pet.2:24 NIV 

It was a heavy burden having to bear all the sins of the world. And what 
happened then on the cross? Well: “having canceled the charge of our legal 
indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it 
away, nailing it to the cross. ” Col.2:14NIV

And now the exchange was done, we got the purity of Jesus, and he was made 
black by all the sins of the world: “God made him who had no sin to be sin 
for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. ” 
2.Cor.5:21

Give Jesus your life. You will never regret it, I can assure you.
Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

11th January 2021

THE BLOOD OF JESUS

“ ... it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. ”
Lev.17:11 NIV

Jeffrey Ebert says: “When I was five years old, the car manufacturers had 
not started using seat belts and airbags in the cars and one evening I was 
driving with my parents on a small country road with just two lanes. Mom 
was sitting under me when an oncoming drunk driver came over into our lane 
and drove head-on into our car.

I do not even remember the clash itself; but the fear and unrest still come 
before me, that I felt when I saw that I was smeared with blood from head 
to toe. I quickly realized that all this just could not belong to me at all 
and that it was blood from my mother. The moment the two powerful 
headlights hit her eyes, she hid my little body behind her own body as a 
pure act of reflection and without thinking about it. It was her body that 
was hurled against the dashboard and it was her head that shattered the 
windshield. She took the blow instead of me. There had to be many difficult 
surgeries before mother recovered from this episode.

On the cross, Jesus took the clash instead of us - he paid for our sins, 
and the very moment we put our trust in him, his blood unites us with God. 
Think about God's problem. The Bible says: “Your eyes are too pure to look 
on evil; you cannot  tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the 
treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more 
righteous than themselves?” Hab.1:13 NIV God solves the problem he has with 
us by leading us back to our proper place "in Christ" so that he sees us 
through his blood. The word of God says, “For the life of a creature is in 
the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on 
the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. ” Lev.17:11 
NIV To provide atonement means to unite two parties that were previously 
separated. How wonderful! Jesus' blood is the bridge that connects the gulf 
and makes us one with God!
"... a Word for the Day." Effie Campbell translated





10th January 2021
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy ...“
Gal.5.22 NIV

The second fruit in the line of fruits of the spirit is joy. A little girl said to 
her mother, "Mom, I think Mr. Kinsey goes to heaven every night because 
he's so happy every day!" But Bill Kinsey had his own explanation: "Joy 
is the flag that waves on the castle of the heart when King Jesus lives 
there."

The angel was glad when he announced: “... “Do not be afraid. I bring 
you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the 
town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” 
Luke 2:10-11 NIV

In Scripture, we hear much about people who knew God and how they 
were filled with joy in their hearts.
”With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. ” Isaiah 
12:3NIV
“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your 
presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:11NIV
“I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God...” Isaiah 
61:10NIV
“... you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious 
joy, ” 1Pet.1:8NIV

Here is the recipe for joy: First your Savior, then your neighbor, and then 
yourself.
Christ is the guarantee and foundation of eternal joy and happiness.
Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

9th January 2021

LET ME BE LIKE JOERGEN!To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an 
example, that you should follow in his steps. ”
1.Pet.2.21NIV

Joergen was an alcoholic who was miraculously saved. He had come into 
contact with some missionaries on the notorious street of Istedgade in 
Copenhagen. Before he was saved, he was known as an incorrigible drunkard 
and troublemaker. But when he was saved, all this changed completely.

Joergen now became the one who showed the greatest care at the hostel. He 
spent all his time there. He did anything. He did not perceive himself too 
good at even the simplest and dirtiest work. Whether it was about washing 
vomit or washing the toilets after the alcoholics and addicts, he did it 
with pleasure. One could be sure that Joergen was always ready to cook for 
anyone who walked in from the street. He helped those in need, helped them 
off their clothes, and put them to bed.

One evening after a revival meeting, an alcoholic approached the altar, 
fell on his knees and prayed loud and clear: “Oh God, let me be like 
Joergen. Let me be like Joergen! Let me be like Joergen! ” The missionary 
then walked over to him and said, "Don't you mean Jesus?"

The alcoholic thougt about it for a moment, then looked at the missionary 
and said:
"Does he look like Joergen?"
Can other people see Jesus in you?
"... a Word for the Day". E.Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

8th January 2021

YOU ARE FREEThe Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed 
me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the 
brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from 
darkness for the prisoners, ”  Isaiah 61.1 NIV

During World War II, an American professor and a British military 
chaplain sat as prisoners in a German prison camp. The professor sat in 
the American part and the Englishman in the English part of the camp.

The American had made a transistor radio, and these two friends met 
every day at the fence to exchange the latest news. They spoke together in 
the Gaelic language. It is an ancient language spoken up in the Scottish 
Highlands and the guards did not understand this language.

One day the professor heard that the Germans had surrendered three days 
before, and he told his friend on the other side of the fence about this. A 
moment later, a triumphant cry of joy was heard on the English side.

It was still a few days before the Germans themselves received the 
message; but when the message eventually reached their ears, the 
Germans fled headlong, leaving all the gates unlocked. Americans and 
Englishmen now left the camp as unbound and free men.

Jesus said he came to preach and proclaim release to prisoners. Isaiah 
61,1. This was and is good news - Satan is a defeated enemy. Your prison 
doors are open. Your freedom was won at Calvary - you just have to 
accept it, act accordingly, and stop behaving like a prisoner.

Did you know that the African impala (an antelope) can jump 5 meters 
high and 10 meters long? And yet they keep it confined in a small cage 
that measures two times two meters. Why? Because it does not dare to 
jump when it cannot see where it is going to land.

Faith is the ability to jump while trusting God, even if you cannot see 
where you are landing. Faith opens doors and sets you free from any 
prison. Today "the son has released you from prison and set you free" - 
therefore go out now and act in accordance with this!
"... a Word for the Day". E.Campbell translated





 

7th January 2021

WEALTH IN ADVERSITY
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the 
stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?”
Psalm 27.1 NIV

A little paraphrased a Danish proverb says, - In good weather, even a fool 
can lead a ship. It is in stormy weather that ship and captain are to stand 
their test. And this applies to all of us. We all want to have a tailwind 
and that happiness smiles on us, but adversity is beneficial to our nature 
and psyche. Adversity pushes us away from what has no meaning and which can 
bind our minds when all is well and it teaches us to crave for what 
matters. In adversity it comes to light whether we have spiritual strength.

Adversity can be heavy to bear. We all know that. Economic adversity, 
possibly through many years can bend the back of even the strongest and can 
stifle his courage. And if there are other adversities as well, such as 
illness, as often happens, it can be extremely painful and hard to go 
through and feel like a heavy yoke. But nonetheless, it is precisely these 
times that leave the deepest traces in a person's life. For it taught us to 
know the difference between the essential and the insignificant.

Adversity takes a lot from us. The friends become fewer, but those who 
remain, they are the true friends. And the best of all is that in times of 
adversity we learn to seek help from God and let ourselves be guided by 
Him. These are values that no one and nothing can deprive us of.
Notabene. Torkil Beder translated

 

 

 

 

6th January 2021

YOU ARE ONE OF “THEM”But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to 
those who have faith and are saved.”
Hebr. 10:39NIV

"Them" - who are they? This scripture asks the question: Who are "those who 
believe" and are saved?

The writer of Hebrews had certain people in mind. We find the answer in 
chapter 11, where he mentions the heroes of faith. These include Moses, 
Enoch, Noah, Sarah, Abraham, Rahab, Gideon, David and Samuel.

You are one of them". A direct relationship is between you and Moses and 
Enoch. These men and these women, who are mentioned here, got into great 
difficulty but also showed great faith. Moses could shout and scream in 
anger, but repented; Noah had alcohol problems, but still believed in the 
word of God and obeyed the word, Sarah directly mocked God but was still 
spared and saved; Rahab lived in fornication; Gideon was a doubter; David 
was subject to his lust; and Samuel was not able to bring up his children.

They all sinned as mentioned above, but they sought God again and found 
salvation. You must do the same.

The 12th chapter of Hebrews begins with the following words: “Therefore, 
since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw 
off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles  ...” Does 
this sound difficult? Heb.12,2-3 encourages us to “fix our eyes on Jesus, 
the pioneer and perfecter of faith ... Consider him who endured such 
opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. ”

Hang on. Do not deviate from the course. Others have triumphed in faith, 
and so can you.

 

 

 

 

5th January 2021

OUR WILL AND GOD'S WILL

your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Mat.6:10NIV

The little child tramples furiously on the floor and keeps shouting: "I 
want, I want". When the mother takes the child in her arms and carries it 
outside, it starts screaming and crying because it did not get its will.

I want, I want. This is often also our own chorus, we who have grown up. We 
humans want that our will prevails, and this also regardless of what costs 
it entails. How many times were we not warned without listening. But if we 
look back to what went on, then we will also see that most of what we 
wanted brought us sorrow in the mind. We had grown up, but we did not grow 
out of the child's will to obey a stronger will.

Our Lord taught us to pray: "Your will be done" And it is so that we have 
to bend and obey to the will of God in all matters, if we are to find the 
security we so long for. He is our creator and only He knows what is for 
our benefit in life. Our self-will must be stifled and our hard and 
complacent minds must be transformed into humility. This is not always easy. 
Our self-will has deep roots in us and God must often grasp us hard before we 
learn to put our lives in His hands. When He is allowed to rule over us, 
then He can put us on that place where His blessing and will can be 
fulfilled in us and with us.

Our self-will leads us into emptiness and disappointments. But the fullness 
of life can come to us when God is allowed to have His will with us. It is 
always safe to live with him.
Notabene. Torkil Beder translated

 

 

 

 

4th January 2021


THE ANGEL CAME FOR THE SOUL

““The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to 
Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. ” 
Luke 16:22NIV

Two believing women worked together and preached the gospel in 
northern Norway. After a meeting they had to walk a long distance in an 
undeveloped area to reach their home.

It was pretty dark outside and pretty cold too. At last they glimpsed the 
lights of some scattered houses in the distance.

When they reached the first houses, they suddenly saw a strange sight. 
They stood as petrified.

The event took place on the second floor of one of the houses, about 
100m from them. Both of them saw it quite clearly: a shining figure 
swung freely out the window - with something that seemed valuable, 
wrapped in the arms.

After a moment, everything disappeared up into the night sky. These two 
women stood and looked at each other in amazement. But when the fright 
had subsided, they agreed to go over to the house and try to get an 
explanation for all this. From that window on the second floor, they saw a 
dim light. But otherwise everything was quiet and peaceful. When they 
got to the front door, they heard a faint sob inside, and it seemed that the 
sound was coming from the room on the second floor. They went inside 
and up the stairs, knocking gently on the door. A faint "come in" sounded 
from inside and they opened the door.

In a simple and small room, a mother and a father lay dissolved in tears 
on the floor around a bed where a small child lay still - with the eyes 
closed.

"She passed away a little while ago," said the mother.

These two servants of the Lord now clearly saw the whole picture: What 
they had seen was the angel carrying the soul of the child to heaven.
“Shalom” No. 3, 1977. Effie Campbell translated

 






 

3rd January 2021

BOOK OF LIFE
 
The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will 
never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will 
acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels. ”
Rev.3.5NIV

A woman replaced her old address book with a new one. Over the years, 
many addresses had accumulated in the book. Some of these she could 
not remember who  was. She had put a ring around her closest friends and 
she had emphasized her relatives, in addition to doctors and hospitals. But 
who were the names she had deleted? She had no idea.

We must rejoice that the Book of Life with God cannot be compared to 
such an address book with deletions and more or less illegible 
inscriptions.

In Revelation 20:11-12NIV, the book of God is mentioned: “Then I saw a 
great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the 
heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I 
saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were 
opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead 
were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. ”

Unlike some old address books, God's books do not collect dust. And if 
your name has come to be in it under C - Child of God - then you do not 
have to fear that God will tear the page out of the book or delete your 
name. Fortunately, Jesus has a better memory than we. He does not forget 
the person behind a name in the Book of Life.

The people behind the names on memorial plaques and inscriptions are 
quickly forgotten. But the characters in the Book of Life will never be 
forgotten. If your name is in the book of God - and it does, if you confirm 
Jesus as Savior and Lord - then praise the Lord for it right here and now. 
Praise him also for writing your name in eternal ink - the blood of his own 
son.

Lord, give me strength to live as a King's child is to live. I would like to 
fill the space next to my name with sacred and well-liked deeds for you.

Inscribed I am in your hands -
one day I will see you just as you are.
See your bloodstained hands.
Jesus, that was your love here.








2nd January 2021

I STAND AT THE DOOR
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock …”
Rev.3.20NIV

He who comes and brings good news, he knocks boldly on it. That is why God 
knocks so persistently and steadily on us humans, both in the morning and 
in the evening, in youth as in old age, indeed in fact our entire lives.

You may have seen the familiar image of Jesus standing at a door knocking - 
and you may have noticed that there is no handle on the outside of the main 
door where he stands - the door can only be opened from the inside.

And this is true: only you can open the door for Jesus (i.d. from the 
inside).

A good observer also notes that the door in the picture is not an old barn 
door, which is divided in two, and which is called a half door, where the 
upper part can be opened while the lower part is still closed.

No, if you open the door, then the whole door must be opened in one piece.

Many young people try to have a half-door when it comes to God. They give 
themselves halfway into His hands This will not give them the true Jesus 
Christ in their lives with peace and salvation.

Open the door for Jesus when he knocks - but open the door completely.

The door of my heart must be opened to Jesus,
come Jesus and stay with us.
Let it by thy grace be so that I may see,
that your love may accrue to me.
EF / TH

 

 

 

 

1st January 2021

BE READY

““Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready 
to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the 
Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot … No one 
will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with 
Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be 
strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the 
land I swore to their ancestors to give them. ”
Joshua 1:2-6NIV

Are you ready? A new and unknown year lies before you like a foreign land. 
Simply scroll through the calendar for the upcoming year and note the blank 
pages. On midnight New Year’s Eve, you go into something new, just like 
when you cross a river. You cross it and you are never coming back again. 
In a way, it's like the Israelites' journey into the land of Canaan. Maybe 
we could rewrite today's verse to suit your situation: "Now then, you and 
all these people, get ready to cross" And then hear the following lines: "I 
will give you every place where you set your foot"

Do you understand? The next 12 months are a gift from God to you. He gives 
you every place where you set foot. (God not only shows you the 
possibilities, he also lets you make use of them). All that is required is 
that you step forward yourself. God gives you the possibilities, but you 
must seize them yourself. The Israelites had God's promises about the land 
of Canaan; but they themselves had to occupy the land.

God has big plans for you the upcoming year. He will open doors for you and 
smooth your streets. He will guide you both this way and the other. 
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice 
behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” ” Isaiah30:21NIV

Step forward boldly because God leads you and gives you the opportunities.

For us, the upcoming year is future. For God, it is past. Therefore, with 
hope and confidence, we can look forward to the coming months. God has 
already gone there before us! Therefore, my friend, happy new year.

Thank you Lord, for all you have done for me in the year that is now soon 
behind us. Thank you for everything you will do for me in the coming year. 
Help me take advantage of the opportunities you give me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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