29th January 2022

DO YOU BREAK THE TRUST?A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.”
Proverbs 11:13NIV

It hardly surprices us that someone gossips at the pub, at the hairdresser or 
at work. But in the church? Do you think it happens there? Just think 
again! It just does not look that way, because we are so good at hiding the 
gossip.

Example: A friend calls and asks for help because the marriage is creaking 
or because the daughter is having problems with drugs. The first thing you 
do is call the prayer group, because it must be shared with them.

God says that the righteous do not break trust. Gossip destroys reputation 
and friendships. The gossip makes people stop seeking out and asking for 
the help they so desperately need. Therefore, God categorizes this sin 
along with murder. (Cf. Rom.1) It sounds violent; but “The mouths of 
fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives. The 
words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost 
parts.” Proverbs 18: 7-8 Thoughtless and frivolous words break hearts!

Why is God so harsh on gossip? Because gossip gives the world the signal 
that you cannot trust the church of God. Some of the biggest sinners are 
church leaders with loose tongues who try to arouse wonder from others 
by revealing how people struggle.

We should be ashamed! We need to pray, “May these words of my mouth 
and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock 
and my Redeemer. ” Psalm 19:14NIV

Can you hide the secrets of others? Then prove it!
"A word for the day" Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
28th January 2022

THE LORD IS COMINGAt that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power 
and great glory. ”
Luke 21:27NIV

The new covenant has not yet been concluded. The Old Covenant ended 
the night the angels sang over the fields of Bethlehem. The end of the new 
covenant is also approaching, and it will be in the same way as the old one 
concluded that the Lord is coming.

If we think of the chaos and trouble and quarrels that prevail in the world 
today, then it is quite natural that many people ponder whether or not the 
coming of the Lord is imminent. Jesus has given us many warnings about 
his coming - we have Mat.Chap.24 in mind. It is said that when these 
predictions are fulfilled, then the people of God will lift up their eyes as 
redemption is imminent.

We need to be careful and aware that we are not just putting up with being 
tolerated and tolerant here on earth. When we think of our lives here, we 
are simply strangers, for our citizenship is in heaven.

When we see the signs come true, they must not make us unstoppable 
dreamers who can speak of nothing but the return of the Lord; that this 
should work in us a renewed faithfulness in our earthly calling and a 
renewed zeal and enthusiasm in our struggle against sin in our own lives 
and in our world.
"It will be good for those servants whose master finds them 
watching when he comes. ..." Luke 12:37NIV

 
 
 
 
 
27th January 2022

FOOTPRINTS ON LAKE GALILEE 

““Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the 
water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid 
and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus 
reached out his hand and caught him....”
Matt.14:29-31NIV

The tourist was standing on a balcony of a hotel in Tiberias and thought he 
could see footprints out on lake Galilee.

He saw Peter's footsteps. One stormy night, Peter, on the word from Jesus, 
got out of the boat and walked on the waves, while he was far from the 
shores. He was aware that beneath him there was a depth of a hundred 
yards. No wonder he anxiously stared down at the water and began 
sinking.

Next, the tourist saw us all on foot out there in Peter's footsteps.

Maybe you are also far out there right now, far from the home coast, out 
on the deep Sea of Galilee of your life. Possibly the storms of insomnia 
are also ravaging you, perhaps it is the grief that is causing you to sink, 
perhaps fear and pain.

Then it's as easy to do as Peter: to stare down at your own feet, into the 
rushing water through which you struggle. Problems and unrest take all 
the power from you and are about to suffocate you.

But like Peter, you also have a friend by your side; he stretches out his 
hands to you and can hold you up. Do not stare down at your feet, but look 
forward to the hands of Jesus. Like Peter, you too can ask him to save you, 
him who has power over wind and weather.
 
 
 
 
 
26th January 2022

IN THE HANDS OF GODJesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my 
spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. ”
Luke 23:46NIV

One beautiful afternoon one autumn day not long ago we were sitting with 
some friends outside. The sun's rays still gave off some heat even though 
it was late.

We sat and talked together as we watched the birds vying for the leftovers 
we had thrown out to them.

Suddenly we could hear a bang and a few meters from me there was now 
a bird on its back with its wings outstretched, as when it flew in the air. It 
had flown directly into a window.

I took the little bird up in my hands and put the wings in towards its body, 
peeled some loose feathers off it and waited for it to wake up again. There 
I sat then, stroking it gently along the feathers, marvelling how beautiful it 
was.

But gradually I realized that the little bird was dead. It had hit the window 
so hard that it died!

But I was now sitting there with the bird in my hands. It was still hot and I 
could not bring myself to put it down.

I started thinking about God. How was it for Him to hear His only son cry 
out on the cross: ““Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.””  At the 
time of death, God's hands were ready to receive him.

Lord, I was so glad that your hands are also ready to receive us when we 
draw our last breath. Thank you for liking us too. Even when life is about 
to ebb away!

The tears in my eyes made the image of the bird obscure to me, but the 
sight of you standing there with your open arms facing me, it always 
stands as carved into my heart. 








25th January 2022
THE SCHOOL OF SUFFERINGBe joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. ”
Rom.12:12NIV

A man once said that God always wraps his best gifts in black paper. 
These words mean: in suffering and adversity and disappointment there 
often comes a blessing from God.

It is a strange reality that Christianity and suffering often go hand in hand 
and are closely linked. Even that which is the essence of Christianity, the 
forgiveness of sins, was won through painful suffering on a cross. 
Therefore, we dwell with wonder and gratitude on the story of Jesus' 
suffering.

If we have become God's children through faith in Jesus, there will always 
be a chalice for us to drink. The suffering has a purpose: "The bent heart," 
as it is mentioned in the Psalms. The disorder affects endurance and 
obedience.

And let us remember that we also use the word ordeal about what is 
difficult for us. God is trying to draw us home through the suffering and 
difficult adversity. And should it succeed for him, then however, the very 
best would happen to us.
 
 
 
 
 
24th January 2022

WISDOM FROM GODIt is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us 
wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. ”  
1Cor.1:30NIV

All the wisdom of the world and all the wise writings of the world fail to 
guide us in the greatest riddle of life, the conflict of life and death.
They are unable to answer the question from where and to whom.

Therefore, people have turned to Jesus Christ so that He can give the 
answer, and He also gave us what we needed and what we asked for. We 
come from God and we go to God. We are set here in life to prepare for 
eternity, and every day we live is a school day that is to bring us closer to 
our purpose; the salvation of our soul at home with God.

Still, the wisdom is not that we should enjoy life, but rather to get 
something out of life that can make us mature and ready for the day of 
harvest.

When the bell rings for school today, let's then meet as eager students, 
knowing that every single day is important for the purpose of God's 
school. Let's listen - and let's learn.

And along with each of the day's demands and duties, there is also 
strength for the day from God.
 
 
 
 
 
23th January 2022

I WILL GIVE THEM AN EVERLASTING NAMEto them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name 
better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that 
will endure forever.”
Isaiah 56:5NIV

It is strange to step into a cemetery where everything looks more or less 
dilapidated and where everything is about to being wiped out, the rows are 
not kept and cared for and the very few words that are still possible to 
read, they give no meaning to us. We go on to think that this is our lot in 
this world too, where everything fades and passes away.

Against this obscure vision we have this promise of God: “I will give them 
an everlasting name that will endure forever.” This tells us, first of all, that 
no one is forgotten by God. In God's thoughts there is no nameless 
individual, but each one of us has an inalienable value.

People distinguish between worthy and unworthy persons - we judge and 
divide. "One such as he!" we say about a poor bastard - and continue on 
our way past him. God does not act like that, with him there is no 
discrimination.

I will give them an everlasting name that will endure forever. This means 
that we have a completely new situation. It says that this is “a name better 
than sons and daughters”. So it must be something rich and great. The 
promise is given to those who choose what God loves and who keep the 
covenant of God. To those he gives an eternal name and to them he brings 
joy. I wonder if there is a connection between the gray days and the 
limited joy of what God gives us.

"... I will give them an everlasting name that will endure forever." God's 
covenant is still in force and every time we in our misery and 
discouragement convert to God with a repentant heart, the message is to 
us: My love does not depart from you; I'm ready to start all over ...

Only this can ignite faith and renew boldness. Instead of judging the 
relationship of faith, we throw ourselves into his arms about who it is 
written that his faithfulness lasts forever. Nothing else provides comfort. 
Nothing else saves. It is good to be able to trust that with God no name is 
forgotten.
 
 
 
 
 
22th January 2022

JESUS IS THE TRUTHThey are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of 
God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their 
hearts. ”
Eph.4:18NIV

It's scary to experience how spiritually blunt, sensible and gifted people 
can be. They are proficient in so many areas and can talk in most matters, 
but if the conversation turns to spiritual matters, there is utter silence.

One can then ask oneself why is this so. Yet these honorable people cannot 
be unaware that Christianity has shaped our society for more than a 
millennium. Nor can they be unaware that human beings are and will 
always be the same helpless creature and that whatever the enlightened 
sensible human being thinks he is, we must nevertheless acknowledge that 
fear has power on earth. How can it be then that people still do not want to 
know the truth?

To be confronted with the truth as we encounter it in Jesus Christ is to be 
humbled. We straighten our backs, come up with some cheap excuses and 
then continue unchallenged.

Those who sweep away Christianity because common sense keeps them 
from believing such matters, one might like to ask: Are you sure that 
common sense is that sane? It is worth considering the Danish psalmist, 
Hans Adolf Brorson's question: “why are you so upright in your corrupt 
thoughts of pride! ”

Wisdom can be good, but it is often ice-cold, and it can hardly be said too 
clearly that intelligence and life wisdom are not the same thing. In difficult 
moments of life, we do not turn against intelligence. Where do we turn 
then? Only one has said, “Fear not: believe only, ” Luke 8:50KJV Only 
one can speak of true peace. It is written in the Bible that in Christ “... are 
hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. ” Col 2:3NIV and that 
those who do not want to believe him are fools.
 
 
 
 
 
 
21th January 2022

LORD OF HISTORY

“... Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. ” Matt.5:35NIV
“On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, 
...” and ”“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of 
Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. ...” Zech.12:3 and 10 NIV

For many long centuries the land of Israel lay desolate and empty of 
people. Jerusalem was an insignificant city that none of the authorities in 
power in the country considered significant enough to be the center of the 
administration. The Jewish people were scattered, as Jesus has said: 
““Jerusalem, Jerusalem,Look, your house is left to you desolate. ” 
Matt.23:37-38NIV and “They will fall by the sword and will be taken as 
prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles 
until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. ” Luke 21:24NIV

After the historically long oblivion, everyone in our time is talking about 
Jerusalem. “... in its time I will do this swiftly.”” Is one of the prophetic 
keywords in Isaiah60:22NIV In the New Testament there are many 
prophetic words about Jesus' first coming and they have all been fulfilled. 
In the same way, many promises will come true in our days. The fact that 
the kingdom of Israel is a reality today and that the Israelis themselves 
rule over Jerusalem is an example of this. We could also mention others.

God appears as the Lord of history. Scripture must be fulfilled, everything 
else is impossible. That is why there is so much controversy about Israel 
in our time. It is the truthfulness of God's word that is at stake. The devil 
knows that his time is only short. The crisis in the Middle East should 
make us all pray for Israel and praise God, for His intervention is the 
world's only hope.

Read the 12th and 13th chapters of Zechariah. Many prophetic words can 
be difficult; but here is a prophetic word that is quite clear. However, some 
details we may not understand fully; but the main features are clear.

Here we are talking about a time when the Jewish people have returned to 
their land. All the nations of the world are turning against them. This is 
already happening now through the UN resolutions, and we should not 
expect it to get better. The city will be surrounded by all the nations of the 
world. Jerusalem is the center; but the prophetic words cover the whole 
nation. Judah too will be affected, says the latest Bible translation.

The Prophet's message is this: The Lord will make Jerusalem “a cup that 
sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. ” a rock for all nations, and “All 
who try to move it will injure themselves. ” in trying to resolve conflicts in 
the Middle East.

During the political negotiations (last summer), there was great hope of 
finding a peaceful solution. But then everything went awry. All the media 
agreed on the reason: Jerusalem was the only issue that could not be found 
a solution to and since then the conflict has only gotten worse.

When the conflict between the parties goes awry, the Prophet gives a clear 
conclusion: The Lord strikes the armies surrounding Jerusalem with 
blindness, but He opens the eyes of the Jewish people. He eliminates the 
invading armies, but He protects His people.

It all ends with a national revival. The spirit of grace and prayer is poured 
out upon the house of David, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem are 
especially mentioned. The whole nation is gripped by a true mourning and 
turns to the God of Israel.

It continues with a promise of a source against sin and impurity that 
springs forth in Jerusalem, a source that also removes all false belief in 
God.
There is hope ahead ... Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
““Hear the word of the Lord, you nations; proclaim it in distant 
coastlands: ‘He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over 
his flock like a shepherd.’”
Jer.31:10NIV
 
 
 
 
 
20th January 2022

THE SCARSo the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to 
them,  “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where 
the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.””   
John 20:25NIV

The five-year-old girl, Menhale from Ethiopia, fled with other Jews across 
Sudan on her way home to Israel. In the darkness of the night, they snuck 
along the country road. When Menhale did not have the strength to walk, 
the tour guide put her on top of what he was carrying on his back. But 
without anyone noticing, she fell down and thus got lost from the others. 
In vain they searched thoroughly for her for two entire days.

The travel team then had to continue their journey - but without the little 
Jewish girl - because otherwise they could all risk losing their lives. But 
they reached home without any problems. This happened during what 
goes by the name "Operation Moses," where entire tribes reached their 
home land, i.e. the land of promise.

The deprivation was appalling to the parents and it cast long shadows over 
their lives having lost their girl. But the Israeli authorities continued the 
search for the girl and nine years later they found her!

Now the parents are standing at the airport waiting anxiously for their 
daughter, who is among the 45 Ethiopians coming home this day; she has 
turned 15 years old now that she is standing there in her white dress.

"There, it must be her!" screams the mother and rushes forward. She grabs 
her head with both hands and stares at her forehead. "Yes, it is her, my 
little daughter." The mother recognizes the scar on her forehead that she 
got once she fell as a little girl. Her own little daughter has resurrected! 
She takes with both her arms and embraces her for the first time in nine 
very long years while her tears run down her cheek.

"This was like a resurrection from the dead," said the mother. She 
recognized her child on the scar on her forehead.

Lord, when I come to face you in heaven, I will seek the nail marks in 
your hand and thus be sure that it is you who suffered the death on the 
cross for my sins!
 
 
 
 
 
19th January 2022

SELF-CENTREDNESS

”“The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For 
he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime.” ”
Isaiah 39:8NIV

King Hezekiah had in his distress prayed to God and God had answered 
his prayer by saving him from a painful death and adding fifteen years to 
his life. Moreover, when King Hezekiah recovered from his sickness, God 
promised him that the Assyrians were not to allowed to take his kingdom. 
Thus King Hezekiah was doubly blessed by God.

But King Hezekiah was not worthy of the blessing. What he valued most 
was his own honor and the fact that he felt good about himself. One day 
some messengers from Babylon came to visit Hezekiah, for King 
Merodach of Babylon had heard how wonderfully King Hezekiah had 
been healed. King Hezekiah showed the envoys his chambers of gold and 
silver and weapons - as if he was trying to incite the Babylonians to attack 
and take over all this as booty. When the messengers had departed again, 
God told Hezekiah that one day all the king's treasure and his own 
children would be taken to Babylon.

The answer that King Hezekiah gave God shows how selfish he was. The 
Prophet had told him shortly before that the people of Israel would soon 
go to war and lose the war and be taken into exile in Babylon. The land of 
Israel would be wiped off the map. The king's own descendants were to 
become slaves in the castle of the Babylonian king. But all this misery did 
not touch nor worry King Hezekiah, for he thought, ”...“There will be 
peace and security in my lifetime.” ” Isaiah 39:8 so that he he himself coul 
escape the suffering. He did not weep over the coming fate of God's 
people, but was merely glad that he himself escaped unscathed.

No one can use a self-preoccupation like the one King Hezekiah shows 
here for anything. Just because we ourselves may be living in a safe time, 
we have no right to think only of ourselves and thus be indifferent to the 
conditions that future generations will live under. And we cannot merely 
push all responsibility onto pastors and teachers. Each and every one of us 
must protect and take care of our storehouse of faith and make sure that 
decisions are made that will also benefit those who come after us. Our 
ability to work, our property, and our prayers - these must all be used to 
protect and defend our descendants so that the godless world does not 
triumph over them and destroy them.

Lord, do not let me in pure selfishness be content to have peace in my 
lifetime. Let me rather let go of what is easier for me today, if others can 
thereby live in security tomorrow.
 
 
 
 
 
18th January 2022

TO THE WEDDING OF GRACEBe wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every 
opportunity. ”
Col.4:5NIV

A man who traveled around Denmark and sold Bibles and Christian books 
in 1916 says the following:

Once I came to a farm. I was just about to step inside when the man met 
me in the hallway. Unkindly, the man asked me, "Who are you and what 
do you want?"

I calmly replied back, “I have some Bibles and Christian booklets and I 
have come here to invite people to the wedding of grace. Can I sell you a 
Bible?

The man replied: "No, you better go now and do something useful, 
because we have enough street vendors."

I allowed myself to say, “The word of God says,  “Then Jesus said to his 
disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and 
take up their cross and follow me. ...” Matt.16:26NIV With this in mind, I 
can only ask you: Are you ready to meet your judge? Of all that men here 
on earth call work, we have one work from the Lord, and that work is to 
proclaim salvation to immortal souls so that they may escape eternal 
destruction. ”

The man interrupted me and said: “Yes but I do not buy anything. I think 
it's best for you to get out of here before I lay my hand on you. ”

I continued anyway: “Well, am I allowed to give you this booklet about 
the love of Jesus? If we do not meet again in this world, then on the great 
day that we may stand together with those who stand to the right. 
Goodbye!"

Jesus Christ came to our world to save sinners, and he sent his witness to 
this farmer in order to invite him to the joy of our Heavenly Father's 
house. But unfortunately, the man rejected the offer even though we get 
the good advice to make the most of every opportunity. We know nothing 
about when our time of grace is over.
"Message from the Kingdom of Grace" Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
17th January 2022

IF ONLY DAD HOLDS MY HANDCast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. ”
1.Pet.5:7NIV

A little boy needed surgery and he knew it was going to hurt. His father 
took him to the doctor. The boy became very scared when he noticed all 
the doctor's instruments lying on the table. And now he had to sat down in 
the chair at the table.

No, under no circumstances! Nobody was going to make him do this! But 
in the end he still listened and took his father in his hand while he said to 
the doctor: If father holds my hand, then you can do what you want. "

When the boy felt his father's strong grip on his little hand, he became 
confident and brave. This hand had never done him anything but the very 
best all his life.

Could we not learn something from this little boy? Why are we so worried 
and scared when distress and adversity strike us? Don't we have a 
powerful Father in heaven? Why do we not grab his hand? It protects us 
much better than any earthly hand can do.

No human has yet been disappointed who gave himself into the hands of 
God.

Let us therefore boldly say:
"Just let hardship and adversity hit us, for my Heavenly Father is holding 
my hand so I can be safe."
TDH translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
16th January 2022

KNOWING THE HOLY SCRIPTURESand how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are 
able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. ”
2.Tim.3:15NIV

Much has been said and written condescendingly about the importance of 
Bible knowledge, but it is more important to point out how crucial it is to 
know one's Bible.

In the Holy Scriptures, there is wisdom for salvation through faith in Jesus 
Christ. The Bible is the rarest book in world literature, and in our own 
Lutheran Church we must never forget that nothing must be set higher or 
next to Scripture.

Christ is the center of the Holy Scriptures. In the Old Testament, Christ is 
pointed out, and in the New Testament we read the testimony of him. 
Christ is the very center and not until Christ comes alive we get the 
nourishment from Scripture that is vital if our spiritual life is to develop. 
Scripture opens not merely for us by opening the Bible, but therefore the 
prayer in Psalm 119 is always relevant: “Open my eyes that I may see 
wonderful things in your law.” Psalms 119:18NIV

It is told of a performance of a song based on Psalm.23 in the Old 
Testament. Two persons were to sing this song separately. One was a 
famous singer and the other an unknown man.

Afterwards, someone had to judge these performances. The conclusion 
was that the first knew the song and sang it very nicely. On the other's 
song, you could clearly tell that he knew him who was being sung about.

The Holy Scriptures guide us so that we do not get lost. The fact that 
someone loses his way to various currents from outside is a sign that they 
do not know the Scriptures.

The Holy Scriptures do not give us answers to everything we would like 
to ask about, but it does provide a clear and unambiguous answer to the 
question: What must I do to be saved? Through the words of the Bible, the 
light is ignited that leads the church of God forward and home on the path 
of life.

Bring out the Bible! Use it! Wear it up! Do not stop!
 
 
 
 
 
15th January 2022

FAITH IS A GIFTFor it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not 
from yourselves, it is the gift of God— ”
Eph.2:8 NIV

The evil one often seems to us to make harder and more violent blows 
against us the older we get, so that doubt can easily hit us. Therefore, it is 
crucial to pray daily to be preserved in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Faith is a gift we have to take good care of.

John the Baptist had also been given the gift of faith, yet doubt ravaged 
him in the dark prison cell. Therefore, he sent his disciples to Jesus with 
the question. "Are you the one coming, or should we wait for someone 
else?"

He wanted proof or a confirmation that he had made the right choice, but 
he did not get it. Nor do we get this proof but the same answer that John 
received: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance 
about what we do not see. ” Hebr.11:1NIV

Faith is the key to the front door of life, and therefore it must always be 
available. We all know the situation of coming home after being out 
traveling or on a business trip. We stand there with the suitcase in one 
hand, a bag in the other and maybe even a package in hand and cannot 
remember where we put the key.

There is only one thing to do and that is to put it all away from us and then 
search for the key. In the same way, we find the key to faith by putting 
everything away from us, which we walk around with and drag on a daily 
basis.

This is not to say that we are to merely throw away everything that God 
has richly blessed us with. We just should not become so preoccupied with 
it that it fills our entire lives, but rather fight against evil daily.
 
 
 
 
 
14th January 2022

WHEN THE END IS DRAWING NEARWhen the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the 
mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: 
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your 
victory? Where, O death, is your sting?””
1 Cor.15:54-55

I feel like I am carrying eternal life within me. I look like a forest that has 
been cut down more than once. The new sprouts are stronger and more 
germinating than the old ones.

It is said that the soul is pulled out of the material, but how can my soul be 
so young when now my life force is weakened. Winter is in my shell, but 
eternal summer is in my heart.

The more I approach the end of life, the more clearly I hear the immortal 
tones of the world of eternity. For half a century I have now been 
scattering around with verses, stories, philosophy, dreams and songs.

But now I realize that I have not produced as much as one thousandth of 
what is inside me. Once I am laid in the grave, I can say like so many 
others:
"I have finished my day job, but I cannot say that I have finished my life."

The day begins again the next day. The tomb is not an impassable abyss, 
but a beaten track. The gate is closed in the evening, but is reopened when 
the morning of eternity dawns in the east.
TDH translated
 
 
 
 
 
13th January 2022

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BLOODFor 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.17:11NIV

There are many believers who do not know the meaning and significance 
of blood. Scripture says that the soul is in the blood: “because the life of 
every creature is its blood. ...”  
Leviticus 17:14NIV

We are forgiven of our sins and are cleansed through blood: “In fact, the 
law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without 
the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. ” Hebr. 9:22NIV

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus sweats blood: (Luke 22:44) It 
happens when you are very stressed. Jesus took on our stress.

Jesus had a crown of thorns pressed down over his head (Matt. 27:29). 
The thorns represent all curse. When Eve and Adam fell into sin, the Lord 
said, “To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit 
from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ 
“Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat 
food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for 
you,” Genesis 3:17-18NIV  Now Jesus bore this curse on our behalf. He 
had the thorns pushed down on his head, and because of that we we can  
stand against all curses  in the name of Jesus, such as depression, or 
whatever it is called, for Jesus' blood ran down his head and hid 
everything.

Pilate flogged Jesus. (John 19:1) The whip used by the Romans was made 
of braided leather straps into which iron or bone claws were braided. We 
always see the cross from the front; but if we in spirit go behind the cross, 
then we would see that the whole back of Jesus hung in ribbons and 
looked like a plowed field. The Bible says, "... and by his wounds we are 
healed. " Isaiah53:5NIV Jesus carried our sicknesses on the cross (Vers.4), 
and we were healed by his wounds.

His hands were nailed to the cross and blood dripped down from them. 
What have our hands done? Clinging to a bottle of brandy, hitting 
someone, stealing or doing something far worse? Jesus' hands were 
pierced, and the blood flowing from there cleanses our hands if we repent 
and ask for forgiveness.

Jesus' feet were also nailed to the cross and the blood that flowed from 
there cleanses our feet from the wrong steps we have taken, into inns and 
bars, brothels, etc. if we repent and ask for forgiveness.

A Roman soldier thrust a spear into Jesus' side. (John 19:34) Blood and 
water ran out of the wound and undoubtedly hit the spear shaft and the 
soldier's arm. He became stained with blood. But what does all this mean? 
Well, you see, when God created Adam, he took a rib out of Adam's body 
and created him the bride, Eve, out of that rib. When we repent, the blood 
of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7) The believers are the bride 
of Jesus. “... “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” ” 
Rev.21:9NIV
Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
12th January 2022

GOD'S RECIPE FOR FAMILY LIFELove is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not 
proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily 
angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but 
rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, 
always perseveres.”
1 Cor.13:4-7NIV

Mikael Leirgul was a guest on Channel 10 and had to explain how God 
had intended family life to be lived. God's heartbeat says: fellowship, 
closeness and harmony. The devil has a different agenda. He separates and 
divorces husband from wife, children from parents. Children are placed in 
institutions as very young children.

1Cor.13 is also called the chapter o love. It is verse 5: "(Love) is not self-
seeking" No, it is the center around which the whole wheel revolves. It 
serves others. This is how it should be between husband, wife, children 
and so on in the family. Marriage should not be a negotiating forum where 
I come with my claims and the wife with hers. No, I lay down my life for 
her and never take it back and she does the same for me.

In the home, God's love reigns, and God's peace enters. We cannot create 
it ourselves. We can make sure that there is no unrest. But God's peace is 
tangible, it can be felt when you enter a home. You can enter a home 
where you clearly sense that harsh words have been said here. Jesus said 
that when you enter a home, you must pray for God's peace over it, but if 
it is not worth it, then peace must return to you. Peace takes over when we 
do not fight each other with each other's roles, but instead just approve of 
them.

Man is the head of the body, but he must not be power-hungry nor 
dictatorial, for it leads to rebellion. Both rebellion and "ruling" and being 
monopolistic are not right. "That is not how it is done in my kingdom," 
Jesus says. "We do not behave like the world."

The head must be a shield against storm, a support, an umbrella. I must 
stand by the access road / at the pass and protect my wife and children in 
prayer. All attacks must be stopped with me. I protect them with my 
prayers. When they live in rebellion, they evade the protection of the 
umbrella. When they are adults, God protects them. But all that God gave 
our very first parents, they gave to the enemy and thus made themselves 
guilty of gross sin and failure. Then God came and said, "I will take care 
of this." Thus Jesus came and paid for all the sins of the world.

Christ is the head of the church. The man is the head of the family. My 
wife should be allowed to rest and feel safe at home. She must be allowed 
to be a mother and wife. Peace moves in and this the children must be 
allowed to grow up in. As a father, I draw every day a picture of God deep 
inside the children's soul. For God says that he is our Father, and then the 
children think: “What experiences do I have of Father? Then it's my way 
of being a father that portrays the picture of God for them. This is a huge 
responsibility. Thus, I cannot live like a self-willed tyrant in the home. I 
must humble myself and ask my children for forgiveness when I have 
done something wrong to them.

This image is being transferred to the congregation. Jesus is the head. The 
body is the members of the congregation. If they say they do not need the 
head, then a headless body is walking around inside the congregation. 
Then the situation is not good in the congregation.
Effie Campbell
 
 
 
 
 
11th January 2022

THE EVIL ONE PREVENTS US FROM PRAYINGDo not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and 
petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ”
Phil.4:6NIV

When we pray, God sets in motion his mighty power, for he has promised 
us answers to our prayer. The devil therefore does not want us to pray, for 
it prevents him from carrying out his evil plans with us. And if we pray, 
then he only wants us to pray small prayers about insignificant matters 
that do not have the great importance in the spiritual world.

But we must be brave and show great boldness: “Let us then approach 
God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and 
find grace to help us in our time of need. ” Heb.4:16NIV

The evil one tries to convince us that there is something wrong with our 
prayers: we do not put enough effort into the prayer, our prayers are too 
short to have any effect, and so on.

Have you experienced this? Then you should know that almost all the 
prayers in the Bible are short and to the point. Perhaps the shortest prayer 
is the prayer of Moses when he asked God to heal his leper sister Miriam. 
It says: “... “Please, God, heal her!”” Numbers 12:13NIV Seven days 
later she was healed of her leprosy.

God knows our hearts. He sees that we truly mean it. It is not necessary 
that we feel this way. We just have to know it and believe it, because the 
word of God does not connect our emotions together with prayer answers. 
They are built solely on the promises of God.
Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
10th January 2022

HOPE FOR THE WORLDAnd now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of 
these is love.”
1 Cor 13:13NIV

Anfinn Clementsen
Hope has great significance for people. If hope disappears, so does the 
spark of life. The hope of a better day tomorrow has made people endure 
through times of great adversity. The hope of recovery when illness 
strikes, the hope of peace where war now rages, the hope of help where 
poverty exists, the hope of peace and tolerance where there is now 
disagreement and war, the hope of a better life after a failed life etc. 
Although not everything becomes as one had hoped, hope has 
nevertheless been present as a life force in everyday life. I would advise 
you to hold on to hope even when it looks very dark!

Our God is the God of hope. Paul writes in Romans 15:13NIV: “May the 
God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you 
may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Hope is part of 
the nature of God, and he has given hope as an inner force and strength to 
all men.

Faith, hope and love belong together, and when these three are allowed to 
work together, then life is good. Love is 
greatest, the Bible says. There is hope in love, and faith works in love. We 
hope for the best for those close to us and those we care about, and when 
all hope is gone, then we continue to believe in progress and victory. In 
Romans 4:18NIV we read: “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed 
... ” (Abraham)
 
Many people are insecure and scared about the future and with good 
reason. There are many dark clouds on the horizon of time. Climate, 
poverty, war, refugees, disagreement. For many people, personal hope is 
also reduced or extinguished through the struggles of life. I believe in the 
words of the Bible about the end times and trials that befall the earth and 
the human race, but I also believe in all the words of the Bible about hope 
and faith in the future. In the midst of all this, the God of hope lives, and 
we have a message of future and hope. As long as we live on this planet 
we must fight for a better future and then hope and believe and look 
positively ahead.

Jesus came to bring salvation, freedom, joy and hope into a dark and lost 
world, and the Bible says, "In his name shall the Gentiles (all men) put 
their trust." Every time we preach the gospel, we sow hope! And the 
Christian hope is not merely for this life, but it is a hope that is founded in 
Jesus' resurrection from the dead. This means that it is not merely a hope 
for this life but also the coming.
Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
9th January 2022

GETTING USED TO SOMETHINGVery early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the 
house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. ”
Mark 1:35NIV

I want to get used to one that is so liberating - and that is a daily life with 
my Heavenly Father. That's the best we can be bound by. It's not a 
religion, but a person you connect with on a daily basis. About Jesus it 
says in Luke 4:16NIV: “He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought 
up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his 
custom. He stood up to read, ” “As was his custom” = as he used to.

Mark 1:35 says, ”Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus 
got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. ”

Jesus had become accustomed to going with his Father - in service and 
face to face.

Psalms 88:13NIV: “But I cry to you for help, Lord; in the morning my 
prayer comes before you.”

King Darius of Babylon promulgated a law that required everyone to 
worship him for 30 days. You were sentenced to death for not doing this. 
But this law did not bother Daniel, for he had become accustomed to the 
fact that it was the God of Israel who was the true God. It is written that 
“... Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks 
to his God, just as he had done before. ” Dan.6:10NIV

Daniel did not allow himself to be threatened into praying to an idol. He 
was so used to a life with the God of Israel that not even the threat of 
being cast before the lions changed anything, for he was used to praying 
and thanking God three times a day, as he had always done.
What habits do you and I have?
Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
8th January 2022

WHO DO PEOPLE SAY I AM?

““But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” ” 
Matt.16:15 NIV

This question Jesus asked the disciples one day when they were on their 
way out to the small villages around Caesarea Philippi. They gave him 
different answers. Many believed that Jesus was a prophet, but that he was 
to be the Son of God, they could not accept.

But the question was also put directly to the disciples themselves: "" But 
you, who do you say I am? "“Who do you say I am?” "

It's not about what the others answer to this question, but what you say - 
exactly you. Who do you say Jesus is? No people get around this issue. 
We are required to answer.
Peter's answer is quite simple: “... You are the Messiah ...”

Even though there was much the disciples did not understand, they still 
had to confess through the years they had been with Jesus that he had to 
be the Messiah.

It is true that Jesus is the Messiah - our Savior, if we believe in him. 
Eternal life he has won us. It's done! Jesus himself says: “Very truly I tell 
you, the one who believes has eternal life. ” John 6:47NIV
We already have eternal life in the faith of Jesus. This too can become 
your reality right now, and someday we will live eternally and fully with 
Him at home in the kingdom of God.
 
 
 
 
 
7th January 2022

THE TRAIN JOURNEYConsequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is 
heard through the word about Christ. ”
Rom.10:17NIV

A missionary from an evangelical wing of the Church of Norway ”Det 
norske Indremisjonsforbund (IMF)” once told of an experience he had had 
on a train journey. He was sitting in a small passenger compartment. There 
were two benches and a table under the window. He was sitting on one 
bench and opposite him sat a man. They looked at each other and thought 
they knew something familiar with the other, and then it turned out that 
the two as children had played together.

"And what are you doing?" asked the missionary. Well, he was the office 
manager of a ministry.

"And you - what are you doing?" "I am a missionary in IMF," replied the 
other.

Out of this meeting an open conversation developed, in which the office 
manager admitted that he had tried in vain several times to become a 
Christian.

Then the missionary took out a pen and asked the office manager to try to 
get it in upright balance on the table. The office manager believed this was 
useless. No one could get a pen to balance on a table that shakes and 
moves while running. But the missionary did not give up and to continue 
the conversation he tried himself - and of course the pen lay on the table a 
moment later. "Now you give it a try," said the missionary! No, it was 
useless. Eventually the office manager gave in and tried, but with the same 
result.

Then the missionary took firmly hold of the pen with his big hand and put 
it on the table. "Do you see now that it is possible?" said the missionary.

"But I did not think that was what you meant," replied the office manager.

"In the same way that you tried with the pen," replied the missionary, "you 
have tried to believe, but you will never be able to do it!
To believe is not something we can create, but it is to let God come into 
our lives - to let the Almighty himself hold us in his hand.
Embraced by God's strong hand, it's not hard to believe, you see, ”said the 
missionary.
 
 
 
 
 
6th January 2022
FAITH IS GETTING STARTEDAre not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit 
salvation? ”
Heb.1:14NIV

One of the great things of faith is prayer, the prayer of faith! You can enter 
congregations where there is a magnificent organ, where you have a 
skilled organist, where the string choir sounds like a whole army in attack 
when they sing. They have numerous speakers. Everything is just fine; but 
how many of them do pray? How many have entered into this divine 
service for the Lord's holy cause? They are  decidedly the minority, and 
yet it is right there that the battle is. It is in the world of prayer that victory 
is won.

How long can we stand and just watch as spectators while all this vast 
labor is wasted? For every deed that is not carried up to the throne of 
grace on the wings of prayer, it is wasted labor. And even worse is that 
time is also wasted, because you cannot get it back.

We play if prayer does not get the main place in our ministry. Should it be 
necessary for us to be led through gruesome hardships to grasp this 
childhood doctrine, this foundation of the beginning for everything, not 
Christianity but Christian life.

It is in prayer that things happen! Get up early in the morning and give 
your best time of day for prayer. Without prayer, all work is useless. It's 
simply wasted work. Let us stop all work in the church if we do not want 
to sacrifice ourselves in the service of prayer to God. Without prayer, 
nothing happens. We can neither preach, play nor sing a revival; but it is 
possible to pray a wonderful revival forth in our people.

God, let the revival come. Let the awakening begin in me! Yes, let the 
spirit of prayer prevail in my life, then there is another fountain on this 
earth where the revival may come forth.

- - -

I woke up early one morning and looked at the clock. It was exactly as 
much as it used to be when I get up. This morning, however, I lay down; 
but the long hand on the clock was awake and soon it had wandered five 
minutes, and only a moment later 10 minutes had passed. I still lay.

Then a voice of love hit my ears: “Why do you not get up? Aren't you 
going up today? ” And I replied mildly, "No, I think I'm so tired." The 
loving voice spoke to me again: "Well, but don't you see all the angels 
around you?"

"Angels, where are the angels?"

And at that moment, my eyes were opened - the living room was filled 
with angels. "What are all these angels doing here?" I asked.

The loving voice replied, “This many angels you do use when you pray. 
Now they have come here to do the will of God when you send them to do 
it. ”

In one leap I got out of bed, and if I had never prayed before, I prayed this 
morning. I felt I had power with Christ in heaven, and I sent angels, first 
one by one to my closest relatives, then in small groups to congregations 
and Bible schools, and then en masse to lands where war and unrest rage 
and to mission stations . There were still angels waiting to get to work.

The word of the Lord from Matt.28,18 “... “All authority in heaven and on 
earth has been given to me. ” became so real to me that morning. He truly 
has the power; but because the saints fail, the power is not visible in his 
hand. But it can become visible! The number of the elect will be complete, 
and the coming of the Lord will be hastened with our prayer!

When we keep in mind what the Lord says about the 12 legions of angels 
and the 100 million angels mentioned in Revelation 5:11, and at the same 
time we realize the incredible power that each angel possesses, that an 
angel stood between the Israelites and the Egyptians (Exodus 14:19), and 
that in one night an angel destroyed 185,000 Assyrians (2 Chronicles 
19,35), then we must say that the Lord has given us a great authority with 
him when we send "them" (the angels) who have such great power and 
authority, out to help. (Rev.18,1)

Let us use the authority given to us in prayer. Then it will go to a 
marvelous victory.
"Church bell" Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
5th January 2022

GOD LOOKS AT THE HEART

“... People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the 
heart.””
1.Sam.16:7NIV

We are so quickly captivated and seduced by what glitters, we forget that 
not everything that glitters is gold. - God chose the boy who looked after 
the sheep as king of Israel. God decided that an unknown girl in a village 
in Galilee was to give birth to the Savior of the world. “God chose the 
lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are 
not—to nullify the things that are, ” 1Corinthians 1:28NIV

This is how God works, for He looks at the heart. Therefore, it is 
important for us to be able to distinguish what is genuine.

God seeks the pure of the heart. Notice what promises the Holy Scriptures 
give to the righteous!
“God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day.” 
Psalms 7:11NIV

“For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.” 
Psalms11:7NIV

“Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in 
heart will follow it.” Psalms 94:15NIV

“Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.” 97:11NIV

“Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious 
and compassionate and righteous.” Psalms 112:4NIV

The condition for God to speak to us is that we are willing to yield and 
give in to the truth.

God looks at the heart, and for Him nothing is hidden. He knows what 
lives in man, and one day it will all be revealed together. Then the play is 
over. - God looks at the heart, and therefore we do not lose heart. Faith 
may be small and so may joy. But one thing we dare say: Lord, to whom 
shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

For one thing, we long for the Lord to hold us fast until our time is up. 
One thing we do know is that the love of God in Christ Jesus is 
unshakable.
 
 
 
 
 
4th January 2022

THE STUMP OF A TREE

““Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and 
vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. ”
Matt.6:19NIV	

One day a man was standing by a large tree stump in the forest. There 
used to be a beautiful pine tree, but now only the stump was left. Here has 
become so strangely empty. He did not think it filled so much while it was 
still standing there among the other trees, but after the removal there is 
now a big empty space! Only the stump is still there.

He bends down and examines the year rings and counts how many years 
the tree has been there. It's so weird to look at the year rings. They tell us 
the history of the tree. Some years the tree grew a lot, which is also seen in 
the width of the year rings, other years on the other hand there is almost 
nothing and it was those years when the growth was small.

So it is with our lives. We have good days where we thrive and feel good. 
Other years adversity hit us and life became troublesome. And when we 
had to leave here, all that was left was the "tree stump". It became empty 
when we left - and only the memories  remained.

And what then became of the pine tree? The man took it home.

Thank you, Lord, that you also take me home - to you, when one day I am 
torn away from "your forest" and where only the "tree stump" is left after 
me. Thank you, Lord, for the hope you have given me - I carry it with me 
as a treasure of the heart.
 
 
 
 
 
3rd January 2022

A BAD EXCHANGE

““Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. ...”
Ex.23:2NIV

The culture and development here in the Western world swept the 
shielding moral precepts of the Judeo-Christian about sex life, marriage, 
and faithfulness aside. They were thrown away, even though it was the 
very commandments that had lifted the Western world up to the high stage 
of development in which we find ourselves today.

People and its leaders had the misconception that they could simply 
exchange and replace these commandments with black humor and 
excesses - to live exactly as they want it without showing consideration. It 
was thought that it could easily be done, and that you could still maintain 
the protective rules and the commandments against lies, pedophilia, crime, 
bribery, deceit and against being dishonest in running a business, in 
banking, in working life, in the financial world and the stock market.

But today, hijackers get asylum in Norway. International corporations in 
the US and the EU are shaken by decay, lies and cheating that fill the 
pockets of managers and loot and tear small savers their savings so they 
lose everything.

Industry and financial leaders grant themselves parachutes, the value of 
which runs up to double-digit million amounts, while nurses and assistants 
in geriatric care have to fight for a few cents in wage increases.

250 ill-prepared or raped women are sitting in shelters around Norway 
today. They dare not move home again as the perpetrator who committed 
the crime against them is still walking around freely while he waits for 
months for his case to come to court.

Lawyers teach immigrants to lie, and scrape millions for themselves by 
hooking up with refugees from whom they can enrich themselves. A 
businessman who had set up a "prison" so that he could catch shoplifters 
who constantly commit crimes against him and detain them until the 
police arrives, he is now threatened with imprisonment and a sentence for 
taking the law into his own hands by the authorities.

Thousands of children cry into the pillow at night because father and 
mother do not want to live together anymore, and many of these children 
become a toss-up between the judiciary and the child welfare service. 
Young people in the tens of thousands ruin their lives with drugs, alcohol 
and tobacco. These and other lifestyle diseases that have arisen as a result 
of wrong lifestyle in addition to misconception of life, they cost our 
welfare society billions in ever-increasing tax burden.

What has happened to our society?

Well, the citizens and leaders of the Western world did not understand that 
it is not possible to pick and choose among God's and nature's protective 
moral precepts, which are good for us. The protective moral precepts of 
the Law of Moses are connected as a whole.

The Bible says: “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at 
just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. ”  James 2:10NIV

Indeed, we have made a bad exchange. But there is yet time for 
conversion.

“The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God 
lives forever. ” 1 John 2:17NIV

“I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. 
When you    walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will 
not stumble. Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is 
your life.” Proverbs 4:11-13NIV

It is justice that lifts a nation up.
"Proof of Faith" E. Campbell loosely translated
 
 
 
 
 
2nd January 2022

DANIEL

”“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay 
no attention to the plank in your own eye? ”
Luke 6:41NIV

When young people become involved in violence, abuse and sin of 
various kinds, it is often the domestic relationships, friends and group 
pressure that get the blame.

Daniel in the Old Testament was about 20 years old when he was forced 
into exile in a foreign land where circumstances were completely 
different. But he did not allow himself to be influenced by this. He set 
high goals and lived by them. But he did not let the circumstances hurt 
him. Daniel was filled with God. It was Frank Mangs who said, "There 
was too much spirit and too little flesh in Daniel, therefore he could not 
become lion food."

When Daniel was 90 years old, he prophesied about the end. You are not 
well enough informed if you only read newspapers and magazines and 
listen to radio and TV. No, we must read the prophetic word. Read 
chapters 12 and 13 in the book of Zechariah. The world must read the 
newspapers and listen / watch TV to find out what happened yesterday. 
God's people read the Bible and are told what will happen in the future.
Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
1st January 2022

LET GOD BE THE BUILDERUnless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the 
Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.Psalm 127:1NIV

Self-done is well done, is a saying we often hear, but it is not always like 
that. What we build is easily broken down and destroyed. The sand castles 
that children build so merrily one summer day down on the beach is easily 
destroyd by the waves; solidly built houses are crushed when earthquakes 
hit and no matter how well we try to secure ourselves, we still know that 
life hangs in a thread and the thread is thin.

We are blacksmiths committed to doing our utmost where we are set to 
work, and a heartfelt thank you to all workers of hand and spirit who work 
tirelessly to build up. There is plenty to tear at and we have every reason 
to be grateful for good conditions.

But - and notice this "but", all our own eventually comes to an end, is 
destroyed and perishes. It is characteristic that the first major construction 
that humans started, also had a sinister end. “They said to each other, 
“Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly....” They said and 
began working. ”Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with 
a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for 
ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole 
earth.”Gen.11:3-4NIV 
A lot of water has flowed into the river since then and we have gained 
many bitter experiences and yet the construction continues. But self-made 
is not always well-made.

Unless the Lord builds the house, it will end badly. "I know what is solid, I 
know what holds." Do you dare saying the same? An unshakable ground 
has been laid. Christ and his death and resurrection. A plan has been laid 
for our lives, and in our baptism we were promised that the Lord was to 
build the house if we let him rule.

“You make your saving help my shield; your help has made me great.David says in his hymn from 2.Sam.22:36NIV. His thoughts are most 
likely that the greatest of all is that the Almighty bowed down to me and 
took care of me. Are you able to say the same thing? Allow God to be the 
builder and your house will stand firm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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

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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