25th May 2019

 

JESUS ON A VISIT

 

So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.
Luke 19.6-8NIV

 

There are people who become angry and annoyed when they see who allow themselves to call themselves Christians. If you feel such anger, then it is important for you to ask Jesus what he says about this. It is only him who can give people the right to call themselves Christian. Nobody is it automatically when born or by himself. Here we can learn something from what happened when Jesus met Zacchaeus. Jesus stopped and asked Zacchaeus to come down from the tree, for today he wished to visit him. But people who heard and saw this became angry with Jesus because he chose to visit him. The words were not turned towards Zacchaeus. It was not he, but Jesus, who decided on this visit.

 

This is important to remember when we see who is accepting the gospel and who gets the courage to call himself a Christian. We wonder who Jesus chooses to visit because we know how they used to live. But there is no reason to wonder about this. The message of the gospel is that Jesus receives sinners - real sinners.

 

Before we nevertheless become angry that Jesus is visiting sinful people, there is reason to wonder that he is visiting us/me. Although we have the facade in place, then for the one who looks behind the facade, then, after all, there is not a big difference between us/me and Zacchaeus. And at least there is a significant relationship we must say about Zacchaeus: He did something with his life the moment Jesus entered his life.

 

How much of this does Jesus see in us? Let us therefore instead of lamenting and getting angry be amazed that Jesus has visited us/me - and thank Him for this.

 

 

 

 

24th May 2019

 

LOOKING FORWARD IN GRIEF AND JOY

 

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.
Heb. 11.1-2 NIV

 

 

An old woman is sitting down wondering about life and about what comes after this life. "The greatest of all is that I will see Jesus just the way he is," says the 85-year-old woman who still lives well and manages everything herself.

 

In my young days I did not think that much about death, but now that I have grown old, we at my age, we sit on the extreme edge of the bench, and therefore I think more about the end. But I am confident to know that I am in the hands of God. I rest in this that he has all power, both in heaven and on earth, and that he has the last and decisive word," she says.

 

She is grateful that she can get up and out of bed sprightly every morning.

 

She says, "I'm 85 years old and I have had a good and long life, and I'm not afraid of dying; but I am saddened to be separated from my children, because they do not walk ”on the road”. I pray every day that God will reach them with His salvation and that I can see them "enter the road" before I depart from here. But if that doesn't happen, then that I may be allowed to meet them at home with Him - saved by God's grace.''

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 23, 2019


 

THE WHITE STONE


 

Dr. G. Campbell Morgan


 

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.
Revelation. 2.17 NIV


 


 

It is not entirely clear what the white stone means, and there are several different explanations about it. I think they all have something valuable in their own right. Here I propose four different interpretations.


 

1. A white stone was given to a man who had been in court and who had been acquitted and cleared of all accusations.

2. A white stone was given to him who returned victorious from the battlefield, and therefore the stone was a kind of honor, a victory sign.

3. A white stone was given to a man as a sign that he was made a free man in the city. It was a sign that he was a citizen of honor.

4. And then it is an explanation that I think is more beautiful and fervent than all the others. It was a square, flat, white stone called "dice brotherhood". Two people, two friends, split such a stone into two parts. They each took their own part and wrote their name on it, and then they gave each other their own part. Perhaps they never came to meet again, but the stone was passed down from father to son, and so it could continue for generations.


 

If then two people met, and both had their own half of a white stone and the parts matched, then a lasting friendship was immediately created based on what was once a long time ago concluded. I think all these four meanings are imaginable.


 

When summarizing this, the white stone is a sign of acquittal, justification, victory, victory over all enemies and bourgeoisie; the free bourgeoisie of the kingdom of God and finally the sign of an eternal friendship. My name is written on his half stone and his name is written on the white half of the stone that I have.


 

It's a serious lesson we get in this letter. The congregation of Jesus Christ must not accept within their own walls those who relax the requirement of the Christian truth. The dangerous thing about this doctrine is the tempting, alluring and deceptive, which until our own days has been a threat to the congregation that once you have the true doctrine, it has little to say how serious you are with life itself.


 

But the Lord's seal has two sides. On the one hand, it says: ”Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” ” 2. Tim. 2.19

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

22th May 2019


 

NO ONE CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS


 

”“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. ”
Matt. 6.24
NIV


 


 

Concern is not only useless, it is also a sin. When we worry, it is because we serve two masters at the same time, the world / money, and at the same time also God. And that can't be done. So when mammon/money is not big enough, the worries that are so immensely painful come to us.


 

We must reject this sin, for no one can serve both God and money. We must either hate one and love the other, or stick to one and despise the other. If we rely on money, we doubt in God.


 

So do say goodbye to mammon/money and stick to the Lord of all your mind and of all your heart! Do we have a wholehearted belief in God who dresses the lilies in the field and gives food to the birds? He knows all that we need in our lives, and all this he gives us in his great mercy.


 

Oh, child of man! May you learn from the birds and the lilies, and may you give yourself to your Father's will in peace! T. Translated

 

 

 

 

21th May 2019


 

THE PROPHETIC WORD IS FULFILLED


 

This company of Israelite exiles who are in Canaan will possess the land as far as Zarephath; the exiles from Jerusalem who are in Sepharad will possess the towns of the Negev.
Obad. 1.20 NIV


 

"Sepharad" is an ancient word for Spain and it is used for the Sephardic Jews forced to leave for Spain AD 70 when Titus occupied Jerusalem with 80,000 men and leveled the city with the earth. - 600,000 Jews fell in the war leaving the bodies scattered all over the streets of Jerusalem. Most of the jews who survived were sold as slaves to Italy and Spain, and 100,000 Jews were forced out of Jerusalem in this way, thus becoming galley slaves.


 

These days, we see the Sephardic Jews move back to Israel. What is interesting in this regard is that the Prophet, Obadiah, who wrote his book 400 years BC, predicts the following: "... the exiles from Jerusalem who are in Sepharad will possess the towns of the Negev."
Obadiah 1.20NIV


 

This prophecy, written more than 2,000 years ago, is now coming true. These Jews now return back to the Negev desert in the southern part of Israel.
The Lord our God is great.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

20th May 2019


 

TO WHOM SHALL WE GO?


 

You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
John 6.67 to 68 NIV


 


 

Sometimes Jesus is popular. As long as people are allowed to form their own image of him, then it is not difficult for them to talk well about him and see the great importance he has. But when it comes to light, what Jesus really says and what he stands for, and that he requires people to make a decision to follow him, then there are many who hold back. Then he demands too much of them.


 

This is nothing new. It was just like that on the days of Jesus.
After having done a miracle that was talked about a lot, many people gathered around him to listen to him. But his speech was to much for many of them and they resented it, and they said, ”
“This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”” John 6.60NIV Then they left the place one by one. In the end, only the twelve were left. Then he turned to them and asked, ”“You do not want to leave too, do you?”” John 6.67NIV


 

Jesus did not plead with the disciples to stay; but he gave them a clear choice. Perhaps they felt some movement; It was not always easy to follow Jesus. Maybe they saw someone leave that they loved. Why couldn't he be less demanding?


 

But Peter's answer was completely clear: ””Lord, to whom shall we go?” It was not an expression of resignation from a disciple who had given up, but an answer from a discipel, who was convinced that what Jesus has to give, could not be obtained from others. Only he has the words of eternal life, and only he is what God has chosen to bring us the gospel of redemption and salvation.


 

If we realize that we need salvation and eternal life, then there is no choice. Then there is no one else to go to except to him whom God has sent us. To whom shall we go? Then it must go as it has to go, even if it sometimes costs to follow him.

 

 

 

 

19th May 2019


 

WITH UPTURNED EYES


 

”But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,”
Phil. 3.20 NIV


 

Arnfinn Clemmensen

What does it mean to live with upturned eyes? It is not about living in a dream world and lose contact with reality. It also does not mean escaping from difficulties and obstacles, responsibilities and duties. Living with upturned eyes also has nothing to do with lack of joy or a life without goals and meaning. It is not only being interested in spiritual matters; but it is about having a spiritual dimension in our lives that is greater than this world, and allowing this to affect and influence our lives here in the world!


 

Life with Christ is a life with the legs planted on earth and the heart in heaven. The Bible says that our eyes must be facing what is above! The emphasis must therefore be the heavenly values and the heavenly goodness. It does not make us ineffective in the life in this world, but it gives us power, inspiration and value to live life here on earth. As God's children, we have our citizenship in heaven. So we have double citizenship. We are also citizens of heaven, and we represent heaven in this world. Our task is to be the bearers of the heavenly values to people around us.


 

We want to live long and have a good life here on earth. This is good and normal. God has a good plan with our lives. He cares for us, and he wants us to succeed. He wants us to be a blessing to other people. But we lose something significant if we forget that we are heading for a better place. It is good to live here, but Paul says that ”For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.Phil. 1.21NIV
In other words, a meaningful life and a heavenly future!


 

Many ask how it is in heaven. We can read about this in the Bible, not least from the book of Revelation. The old apostle was captive on the island of Patmos, and from there he was allowed to see both the end time and the heavenly world. With beautiful words, he describes heaven and the new Jerusalem. Nevertheless, we have the impression that he was limited by human words and language, because what heaven holds is impossible to fully describe.


 

I think the Bible has shown us a tiny glimpse of the glory on the other side; but we will never come to see and understand the real beauty and glory until we are there. What really moves me about thi is the values, virtues and glory of the kingdom of heaven. The Bible paints heaven as a place without sin, evil, curse, sickness, war, accidents, and this list of good values just goes on infinitely!


 

Heaven is real. Jesus said he left to make a home for anyone who believes in him. We have a gospel to pass on to people everywhere on this planet. Jesus gave his life for all of us, and through faith in him - and nothing and no one else - we are ready and ripe for heaven, once this life is over.


 

When we receive Jesus, heaven moves into us, and when life here on earth ends, we move into heaven!
Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

18th May 2019

 

SHADOW FIGURES AND CODES

 

”The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. ”
Hebr. 10.1 NIV

 

The Bible is full of shadow figures and codes. E.g. Isaac is a shadow figure of Jesus, for he was also to be sacrificed. Joseph is also a shadow figure, for the brothers sold him, just as Judas sold Jesus.

Paul also tells us that what is written in the Old Testament is shadows (Hebrews 10,1) Shadows do not arise by themselves. If there is to be a shadow, then there must also be people creating the shadow. In Col. 2: 16-17, Paul states that the Old Testament festivals are shadows, and that it is the body that creating the shadow, it is Christ: ”Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. ”

The year of the Lord's favor was the largest of all Israel's festivals, and it was held every 50 years. Jesus is the fulfillment of the year of the Lord's favor, of the feasts. He himself announced the year of the Lord's favor when he held his speech in the synagogue in Nazareth (Luke 4,18-21)

 

What began in the synagogue in Nazareth must be passed on to the whole creature. The gospel should sound to the end of the world. In Matt. 24.14 we have a unique verse. ”And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. ”. Then the year of the Lord's favor has ended. Then the feast year has come to the end. But until we have reached all peoples with the gospel, it is still valid.

Trees are a code, both the fig tree and the oil tree mean Israel. The fig tree is an image of the natural national life of Israel. The oil tree, on the other hand, is am image of the spiritual life of Israel. Mountains are also a code and means kingdom.

 

In Revelation, it says that the gospel is sealed to the end of time, and it is first sealed, and then it becomes easier to understand the meaning. Many have said through the ages that Rome is the city where Satan lives. But in the Bible there is no judgment on Rome. In Rev. 2:13 to Pergamos, it says: ”I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. ...” Pergamos was in Turkey, and furthermore, it says in Rev. 18.2-3: ”After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted: “‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’ … For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries.””

.... ”The wine of adulteries is a code of oil. We have sold our soul for the oil of the Arabs. God is facing the Middle East.

The 7-arm candlestick is called the Menora, the central middle arm is a shadow figure of Jesus. He is the trunk of the vine, we are the branches that get liquid and strength from him.

 

In Old Testament times, the high priest took a piece of linen and dipped it into the sacrificial blood and then hung it up under the ceiling. The following morning, this red bloody piece of linen had turned white as snow. It was a sign that God had forgiven all sins of last year. The curtain was so heavy that it took 20 men to open it. But when Jesus died, it happened that the linen garment remained red, and the curtain "door" stood open because God had torn it over. Jesus had accomplished his work, and now there was open to the throne of grace.

 

Jesus was crucified in the same place that Abraham wanted to sacrifice Isaac. Men have scrutinized and dug there under the mountain. There are still traces of a cross that has stood there. There was also blood on a stone, but it was dried up. Then they took off and scraped it off and dissolved it in water and shook it for 24 hours. Later it was examined in a laboratory. We all have 23 chromosomes from our father and 23 from our mother. The 23rd chromosome determines the child's gender. The mother's chromosome # 23 is always an x-chromosome, but in the father it is either an x or y chromosome. This blood also had this in addition to a No. 24 that was a y-chromosome. The investigators told that this chromosome was not of this world.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

17th May 2019


 

THERE IS POWER IN THE INTERCESSION


 

And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
Luke 18.7 NIV


 

Jesus once told a parable that we should always pray and not get tired.


 

In Luke 18.1-7, Jesus tells them a parable of a widow who, through her persistent prayer, was brought to pass. In verses 7-8, it says: ”And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”


 

Many people give easily up when they can't see any changes in the conditions they've been praying for, for example. the many who pray for their unsaved family, and then discouragement can easily creep in.


 

One young Norwegian peasant girl one day got a vision where she saw a man in a prison cell, and she heard a voice saying to her: "Pray for this man that he may not be exposed to a terrifying misfortune and perish." Since that day, this peasant girl prayed for this man every day that God would save his soul and lead him forward. - Many years later she saw the well-known missionary, Lars Skrefsrud in Stavanger and recognized him as the man she had seen in the prison cell in her vision.


 

Another example of the power of intercession: An elderly man lying in a hospital had a prayer list with 28 different names in it. When the man passed away, the nurse gave the priest in that area the list, and then it came to light that all these 28 people on the list had been saved. This had happened within a short period of time, while the old man bedridden and rebuked had moved the heavenly forces with his persistent prayer.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

16th May 2019

 

THE INTERCESSION SERVICE

 

”“Ask and it will be given to you; ”
Matt. 7.7 NIV

 

 

The Bible says, ”So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.Exodus 17.10 to 13. This story is an image of the power of intercession prayer. There are men and women who lift their hands in prayer for others, they are unknown to men, but God's eye sees them. God is searching for more of those.

Charles Finney had an intercessor called Abel Clary who followed him on all his travelings. Finney wrote: "Mr. Clary held on as long as I did, and he did never leave before I left. He never appeared publicly; but he devoted himself entirely to prayer. ”Finney had a great influence on many nations; but he certainly did not do this alone.

 

The prime service is:

 1) An empathy service where you stand together with others and pray on their behalf.

 2) A sacrifice service calling you away from life's diversions and comforts

 3) A mandate service where your prayers set God's hands in work for another person. God said, ”“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. ” Ez. 22.30 NIV

God is looking for intercessors today. You can become one!

"... a Word of the Day"

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

15th May 2019

 

THE WITNESSING SERVICE

 

... And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? ”
Rom. 10.14 NIV


 

One woman writes: "While I was visiting my parents, I had to go to a hairdresser. So I chose the hairdressing saloon that my mother used to frequent. The manager of the saloon, Jim and I started talking about spiritual issues while he was cutting me. The more we talked, the more he took off my hair. It ended with the hair becoming pretty short, but the conversation about Jesus was worth while my new hairstyle.


 

Later, I encouraged my mother to invite Jim and his wife to church. She replied: "They will in no way have any interest in that. They live quite loosely. I know no one who is so far away from God as they are. "


 

Still, she prayed a short prayer for herself the next time she visited the hairdressing saloon: "God, I don't think these people have any interest in you, so you have to do something if you want me to say something." A few moments later, Jim's wife said, "I understand you are participating in a group talking about spiritual matters. We would like to become a part of that too.” It ended with Pam and Jim praying together with my parents, and they gave their lives to Christ - and all this happened because of  conversations while cutting my mothers hair.


 

Such a thing does not happen often. Most Christians often spend much or all their time with other Christians - but when something serious happens - people listen to those they trust - especially if they talk about spiritual matters. Paul said, ”... And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? ...” Rom. 10.14NIV


 

It is most often through friends that people find Christ, not through strangers. Therefore, cultivate your acquaintances, e.g. with people working in a restaurant where you usually eat or someone you know from school. Invite your neighbors for dinner ...
Follow Christ's example and become friends with people who do not know God. Never push anyone away from you. Jesus invited publicans, lepers, sinners, and gentiles, and they shocked the religious congregation when those said yes to the salvation!


 

Maybe someone in your social circle is so far from God that you have "given up ..." ... a relative who makes fun of your faith ... a friend who has rejected faith for many years ... One who has sunk so deeply into sin that you do not believe there is any hope left? You must never say no on behalf of others. You do not know when their hearts become soft or how God´s Spirit works.


 

If you invite someone to church, then they will probably accept and come with you if you follow along with them and afterwards drink coffee together and talk about what was said in the church.
"... a Word of the Day"

Effie Campbell Translated.

 

 

 

 

14th May 2019


YOU WILL NEVER BE PUT TO SHAME

 

Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.

Hab. 2.2NIV


 

Spiritual texts must be easy to understand, for it has to reach as many people as possible so that people can be saved and built up.


 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: ...” Rom.1,16 Notice "to everyone who believes". When you believe in Christ, all your sins are forgiven, you are wearing the righteousness of Christ, God fully accepts you, and you are approved to Heaven. You may ask, "How extensive must the salvation prayer be?" The criminal on the cross used only 9 words: ”“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” ” Luke 23.42


 

The tax collector in the temple used only 7 words: ”‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’” Luke 18:13NIV. When Peter began to sink on the water, he had only time to say three words: ”“Lord, save me!”” Matt. 14.30NIV. Christ saved them all!


 

Then you can ask yourself, "How do I get to be a part in this life-changing power?" By faith. ”For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” ” Rom. 10.10 to 11NIV

"... a Word of the Day"

Effie Campbell translated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

13th May 2019


 

GOD'S WISDOM


 

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. ”
James 1.5 NIV


 

Jan Hanvold, Director of Vision Norway, says:

For 20 years, we have been organizing emergency aid to Estonia and helped many in the region, KotlaJarva, where there is an enormous unemployment. Once we came with a used knitting machine, which also included a user manual. But when no one knew what kind of a machine this was, it was stored for some time in a corner of the warehouse. Natalia, a woman in the congregation, was also unemployed. She had prayed God for work for 5 years without having succeeded in finding a job. She had had some random jobs and had, in addition to this, helped a little in the congregation and had thus managed to survive.


 

One day she was in the warehouse and packing clothes for the poor that the congregation helped, she noticed this machine, which was hidden in a corner of the warehouse. She examined the machine carefully and then asked the pastor, Maksim, what it was for a machine. The pastor was able to understand English and read the instruction manual to clarify what it was and how to use the knitting machine. Natalya had never before tried knitting, but she had them translate the instruction manual into Russian. Then she asked God to help find out how to knit. This turned out to be the answer to her prayer to get a job. Today she has a knitting company with a shop in a shopping center in the town of Sillemä. She has several employees and exports her goods to Finland and Sweden and earns money that she uses to bless the kingdom of God.


 

Not everyone has a 10 year primary school education in the baggage, let alone a higher education. Such training can be good to have; But there is no certainty that everything will run smoothly in life anyway. It is simply because all such education origin from other people through your senses and is limited in its natural manifestation; But the wisdom, understanding, and insight that God gives to you is a revelation from above that is given to you in your spirit. That is why James says. 1.5: ”If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” Through prayer, God gives you all the wisdom, understanding and insight you need to do what He calls you to do.


 

So whatever we pray to God for, the answer is always in the wisdom of God, and He is ready to hear us as we seek God in prayer and Bible reading. The answer lies hidden to us and comes to us through the Holy Spirit. Remember, it comes to us as ideas, and when we put it into action and use it, we have the answer. It was that simple for Natlaja too, when she understood it, and it seemed hopeless and impossible as she prayed for work; but suddenly the solution was there and the answer to the prayer had been there all the time.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

12th May 2019


 

OUTSTANDING CREATION


 

From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you. ”
Psalm. 71.6 NIV


 

Your fingerprint, your footprint, your voice is genuinely unique. Nobody is like you. There has never been anyone like you and there will never be anyone like you. Have you ever appreciated this? Have you ever realized how big it really is? If you haven't done it before, do it today!

The Kings Daughter” Little Gere.

Effie Campbell Translated.

 

 

 

 

11th May 2019

TRUST

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. ”
Heb. 10.35 NIV


We can only trust the one we know. There I know what to expect if I am to get into trouble. I know his answers and his dispositions. When I'm sorry, he cries with me. When I'm happy, he's happy with me. Such is God against me. When I read the Bible, I come to know him better and better. For me, He is the one I can always trust without reservation.

You should trust Him too!

The Kings Daughter ”

Effie Campbell translated.

 

 

 

 

10th May 2019

 

THE GIFT

 

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. ”

Psalm 127.3 NIV

 

 

Have you ever considered yourself a gift? The Bible confirms that you are true gift. You are a gift to your mother. To your father. For grandfathers and grandmothers. For your relatives and family as a whole. Later you will be a gift for your spouse, for your children and grandchildren and for everyone around you.

 

You are a gift from God that He has prepared since the beginning of time. He trusts in you, as his gift, sent to earth. You can live your life as a blessing for your family, for your neighbors, for those who are farther away, for the kingdom of God, and for your country.
This is you!

Little Gere: "The Kings Daughter"

Effie Campbell translated.

 

 

 

 

 

9th May 2019

THE GOSPEL ABOUT HEALING

 

He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). ”
Mark. 5.41 NIV

 

Jesus spoke Aramaic. The Bible mentions several Aramaic words that Jesus used in places where he healed sick people. An example is the word “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”): Be open! Jesus used this word when he healed the deaf-mute man. This story is mentioned in Mark 7:32-34. Jesus spoke directly to the boy's ears, which was opened.

It is so unique with Jesus. The Bible says he walked around and did good to people and healed the sick. Psalm 33: 9NIV says, ”For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. ”

 

An incredible example from the Bible is Joshua. He had a definite bold belief and he even commanded the sun and the moon to stand still. And so they did, until the people had had revenge on their enemies. Jos.10.12 - 13

 

In Mark 5.41 we find the story of the little girl who was awakened to life again after being dead. Jesus took her hand and said, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). ” ”The Bible says that the girl immediately got up and walked around.

 

This dimension belongs to the believing dimension. God has called us to have this dimension in our faith. The best way to do Jesus' work is to do the works in the same way that Jesus did them. Remember, Jesus has given us authority to use his name.

 

It was not only the first Christians who were to do the works of Jesus, even the last Christians were to do the same. Sometimes it also means that we must give a command. Remember, we have something that doctors do not have, the opportunity to pray in the name of Jesus.

Åge Åleskjær

Effie Campbell translated.

 

 

 

 

 

8th May 2019

 

THE STORM OF LIFE - HOW DO YOU SOLVE THE PROBLEM?

 

"“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."
Matt. 7.24 NIV

 

Occasionally, storms hit us here in life. Storms will hit any house. Storms also come to all people, both those who believe in Jesus and those who don't. There is no difference. There are seven keys we can use to get through the storms of life.

 

The most important thing we can do is to build our lives on the rock, that is, on Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. Jesus gives us the story of the sensible and wise man who has built his house on the rock in Matt. 7.24 to 27

 

In Matt. 14 we read how the disciples acted when Jesus came walking against them on the sea. The Bible says they were terrified and screamed for fear and thought it was a ghost.

 

The key to getting over on the other side of the sea is simply to stay in the boat.

 

The third key is to sleep in the middle of the storm, while the fourth key is to command the storm to calm down. The "weapons" are different, which we can use for this, depending on the situation we are in.

 

Jesus walked on the sea, and Peter also walked on the sea and on the waves. Some storms are of such a nature that you have to go through the storm. Here you have to trust God and His words in the midst of the storms of life.

 

Faith is something amazing. If God has filled you with faith, then you can achieve the most impossible, but it can also happen that fear overpowers you, and faith fails. Here it is important to understand that Jesus is still there and that you can cry to Him and ask Him to help you! That's what Peter did when he began to sink.

 

The seventh key is the following. When the boat sinks, you can either swim or find a plank or driftwood to hold on to until you reach land. That is what Paul and his companions had to do in the storm as told in Acts chapter 27.
Jesus is the salvation. Cry for Him in any situation you may find yourself in.

Åge Åleskjær

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

7th May 2019

SALVATION ASSURANCE – THE ISSUE IN MOST SHORT SUPPLY

 

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
1. John 5.13 NIV


 

It is a shame that we spend that much time on ourselves when the main thing should be out there. But there is one thing which is more in short supply today than the lack of even food, clothing and infrastructure, and that is the salvation assurance. It is the issue in the world that is by far the most in short supply in modern times.


 

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. ” 1. John 5.13 NIV
This text verse from the Bible is often referred to as "the salvation assurance".


 

Salvation assurance is often followed by salvation consciousness, ie. that we know we must become disciples and follow in Jesus' footsteps. Jesus says we ARE the light of the world (Matt. 5:14), not that we should become light. This is the only light shining in a dark world.


 

2 Cor. 5.19NIV states that God in Christ reconciled the world with himself. For this reason he does not count our sins, and he has put down the word of the Atonement in us. Jesus died for all people, but each of us must decide for ourselves whether to receive the salvation or not. It is our job to reconcile the world to God, telling the world this forgiving message.


 

Jesus said in John. 6.35NIV: ”Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” Jesus is the only one who satisfies our needs, meets us in our longings and gives us salvation.

Thomas Åleskjær

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

6th May 2019


 

AS A PANTING DEER


 

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
Psalm 42.1 NIV


 

An old woman told me the following:

I was about 15 years old and I had gone to a Sunday meeting in the old school of the village Hvalvík in the Faroe Islands. I remember this as if it was yesterday. The school was crowded with people, and I was standing in the hallway with others. Then Agga sets out and begins the meeting. He was such a joyful Christian man. He read from Psalm 42.1: ”As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. ”


 

He spoke in the power of the Spirit, and I saw this appear so vividly for me. I saw how the deer raised its head so that the antlers rose toward the clear sky. It screamed with thirst, so that it resounded in the woods. Nothing is as bad as thirst. It is even worse than hunger. The deer was extremely thirsty.


 

A few days after this, Agga took off and went to the sea with the fishing ship, the three-mastered schooner, Fossanes, and they were wrecked and lost with all hands. This was in 1938.


 

Agga did not fail the gospel, but testified to his villagers, how important it is to read the Word of God daily and to have a living relationship with the Lord every day, otherwise we will dry up from inside.


 

Agga has probably had a premonition of what was to come, because later his little son told this: "When dad and me went for a walk, he told me: You probably will not see" babba" dad again. Agga's father heard his grandson tell this and replied, "Did he also tell you that!"

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

5th May 2019

WHAT IS SIN?


 

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. ” 2 Cor. 10.5 NIV


 

Emanuel Minos

Many young people ask me, "Minos, what is sin? In the past, you were not to do this and that you were not to go here and there because it was sin. But in our own time, such a thing is not a sin, is it ...?


 

Then I answer: "Let's look for answers in the Holy Scriptures and see what it says about sin." Then I find the letter of Paul to the Galatians 5,19-21 and read this to them:

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery(looseness); idolatry and witchcraft(magic); hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition(egoism), dissensions, factions(bias) and envy; drunkenness(unrestrained posture), orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. ”

If you have done something wrong like this before, put it under the blood of Jesus, that is, you confess your sin to Jesus and pray for forgiveness, and he will forgive you, and his blood cleanses from all sin, not merely the smallest, but all sin whatever you have done (1John 1: 7). What happens then? You become whiter than snow (Psalm 50: 9). It is not easy to understand, because when the sun shines on new-fallen snow, then it is so bright and shiny that we must screw up our eyes.


 

Let's say your hands have done something wrong. Then look at Jesus' nail-marked hands on the cross. The blood that ran there cleanses your hands. Let's say you've been on a wrong course, have been where you shouldn't have gone. Then look at Jesus' feet at Calvary. The blood that flowed from his feet cleanses your feet. And then it is the mind. Well, how many wrong thoughts have we thought ?! But Jesus got a crown of thorns pressed down on his head, and it encircled the whole brain from where our thoughts originate; But this blood purifies your wrong thoughts. In addition to this, the Bible also speaks of taking captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2.Cor.10,5NIV)

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

4th May 2019

 

REVIVAL OR DISASTER

 

”As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it ”
Luke 19.41 NIV

 

Emanuel Minos

In Luke 19.41 we read: ”As he(Jesus) approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it ” Why? Well, because as it says: ”They (the enemy)will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” ”

Could Jesus also cry about cities and villages in Denmark, and do we recognize the time of God’s coming to us?

 

In Ezek. 22.30NIV we read: ”“I(ie, God) looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. ” What is this man in the gap to do? Fold his hands in prayer and pray for the land and nation, then God would make a wall of protection for this nation. But the Lord found no one, so sad!
 

On the other hand, God once found a man who wished to stand in the gap and protect the land with prayer, and that was Abraham. In Gen. 18.32NIV we read, ”Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?” He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”” Abraham did what he could in prayer; but unfortunately there were not as much as ten, and therefore fire and sulfur rained down over Sodom and Gomorrah.
 

But, those who pray, must they be perfect then? No. David was both a lecher and a killer. He committed adultery with Bathsheba and killed her husband. But in Psalm 51, which David himself has written, we read what is needed. David confessed his sin and prayed, ”Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. ”
 

European history has the same pattern. In 1789 - 1799, the great French Revolution raged. Many terrible events took place. In the spiritual world, it was the spirit of hatred that prevailed. The battle took place not only on the battlefield but also at family level, where men killed other members of their own family.

 

On the other side of the strait was England. The revolution never reached England. Why? Because a man many years before stood in the gap and prayed for his country and his nation so God could protect it. The man was John Westley (1703 - 1791). He was a pastor of the Anglican Church and had studied in Oxford. He prayed incessantly, and suddenly one day he was baptized in the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. God said to him, "Go out with a Bible in your hand and preach!"  He was somewhat doubtful about this, for he knew nothing of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and feared that he had now become a "fanatic".

He then confided to a friend who was also a priest to ask him. It turned out that this pastor had experienced exactly the same as Westley. The word says that a message must be confirmed by two or three witnesses, and now there were two.

 

They then got up at six o'clock in the morning to preach, for at that time of the day workers in mines and factories started working. They read in the Bible and preached to them. One million souls were saved through this revival. Westley founded the Methodist Church. It had a lot in common with the evangelical wing of the Church of the Faroe Islands.

 

Prayer thus has an enormous significance and influence for country and nation. God protected the country against a revolution, and many good fruits sprouted there. England is truly a strange country. There the Sunday School began, YMCA and YWCA was founded there, the Foreign Mission has its roots in England, and the Salvation Army too was founded there as well as the scout movement originated from England. No one has in recent times been able to occupy England, perhaps because there have been so many praying people who have served God with all their heart.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

3rd May 2019

 

A STRONG PRAYER SERVICE

 

”I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority,...”
1. Tim. 2.1 to 2 NIV

 

 

A women's meeting was held in Norway some time ago, and the meeting was shown at Vision Norway. The principle speaker is Anne Lise Thomsen. She is originally Norwegian, but has lived in Denmark for 45 years.

 

She first told how she had originally entered the intercessory service:
“I came from Oslo, and there was a very active spiritual life. I went to meetings several times a week. Then I came to Denmark, and there was pretty much dead spiritually. Here I went to meetings only once a month.

 

I became totally dependent on Jesus, for now there was only me and Jesus. I prayed and prayed, and the more you learn to pray, the more God shows you. If I am not obedient to what he shows me, then I lose the blessing and I do not want that for anything in the world. God has poured a spirit of prayer upon me, and it is like going under an open sky.

 

I have a prayer room down in the basement where I pray aloud. Last Christmas I got a heavy message and a great grief because I lost a friend. We used to pray together. She could call early in the morning and ask, "Anne Lise, do you have time to pray?" Then she drove an hour and a half to Tønder, and she said, "Now we are to fast and pray!" No coffee was enjoyed and we did not have anything, but we merely prayed. She could pray 5.6 and 7 hours, and then she said, "Now I have prayed, now I will get an answers."

 

I just want to give an example of how God works with me:

14 years ago I had a dream. I saw a couple. They were so incredibly beautiful and adorable. When I woke up I thought that such a lovely couple I would never meet. Me and my husband were going to a party for veterinarians and animal lovers later in the evening. There were about 100 participants at the party held at a hotel.

 

My spouse and I sat down, and a little later a couple came in and this was the couple I had previously seen in the dream. They seemed so smiling and happy; but we only look at the skin and do not know what is in the heart. They sat in some distance from where, we were sitting. "Lord, now you have to fix it so that I can get a chance to talk to the woman." I prayed.

 

Then the woman went out. I also got up immediately and went to the toilet. The woman stood in front of the mirror on the toilet and made her make-up. We talked to each other, and then I told her, "I dreamed of you tonight, and God has told me that your heart is broken because your husband is unfaithful to you. But if you are willing to forgive then God will heal you and restore you. ”Then I gave her my phone number and went out.

 

The following morning the woman called me. "Everything is hopeless, we have been separated for a year, and tomorrow we will sign the papers. We live in a manor house and my husband lives with his mistress at the other end of the manor. "

 

"For God, nothing is impossible, or EVERYTHING is possible for him. Are you ready to forgive your spouse? ”I asked. "Yes, I am," she replied. "Well, pray after me, and she repeated the prayer after me. "Oh, she said," Now I am feeling a lot better. "

 

"Are you willing to accept him when he comes again?" I then asked. "Of course," she said, "but I think it's impossible, it's been too long, the divorce papers are to be signed tomorrow."

 

"I have told you that nothing is impossible with God. Now repeat after me. ”Then we prayed, and five minutes after the prayer, my spouse knocked on her door and asked if she could forgive him. They were reunited and very much in love and since that day they have lived in a good and exemplary marriage for 14 years.

 

Sometimes God wakes me up at 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning. Then I just have to get up to pray for those, the Lord has reminded me of and instructed me to pray for. When I then go to bed, I get such a blessed sleep, for I am always early up in the morning, feeling comfortable.

 

In this example, God showed her this through a dream. At other times, God speaks directly into her heart. "The Lord has shown me that there are many women who have a broken hearts; but if they are willing to forgive, the Lord heals and makes them recover. And he will use them in the struggle of prayer in the end times.

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

2nd May 2019

 

SOME RIDICULE

 

”Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”
Rom.12,11NIV

 


At the mission week, a man told that he used to testify to his colleagues. Some thought that this was too much; but the Bible commits us to be burning in the spirit (Rom.12,11NIV), and Jesus warns us and says that if we are lukewarm, he will spit us out of his mouth. (Rev. 3,16NIV)
 

Once he and another colleague worked together on a project. He said something about Jesus to the man; but the colleague just laughed at it. He didn't believe that, he said. But on Noah's day people laughed too, yet it ended with the Flood coming, and they all drowned. Then they didn't laugh at all.

 

The colleague was working in a excavator machine while the believer went ahead and designated the stones he was to take with the machine. The believing man was in yellow oilskin clothes and turned his back on the other. The jacket had a hood, and underneath it he had added the initials in his name, J L, so he could always recognize his work jacket.

 

Suddenly the man in the machine knocks on the pane. The other one turns and walks over to the machine and opens the door. There the man was sitting ash-gray in the face. "What's wrong with you?" Asks the believer.

 

"There on the back of your jacket was written in shining letters: LAMB OF JESUS," the man in the machine replied. "Well, now you've at least got the evidence that Jesus is alive, and now it's completely up to you what you intend to do with this knowledge," replied the believer.

 

”“Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! ” (Jesus carries the sin of the world) John 1,29 NIV

He was sacrificed for your sins, what do you do with it?

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

1st May 2019

 

THE SALVATION

 

One of the criminals on the cross understood who Jesus was:

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”” Luke23.42NIV

 

It is easy and simple to be saved. Jesus has made it so that every one who calls upon Jesus will be saved. It is enough to say, "Jesus, remember me." Or simply, "Hear my prayer."

 

In Acts 4.12 we read that there is salvation in no other name than in the name of Jesus. Jesus is the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through him. John14,6

 

The one who follows Jesus is on the road leading to Heaven. Often we are looking for the truth; But the truth is a person. The truth is Jesus. Jesus is also the Life with capital L, the only life that satisfies your soul fully.

 

Read the Bible every day. Ask God to bless the word for you and open it so that you can understand it. Pray every day. "Well, I can't figure it out," you might say. Prayer is like talking to a good friend. Tell Jesus what you have at heart. Begin on a small scale. A marathon runner must also start in a small way. Gradually, it develops and gets better. Remember that "knee-ology is the best theology". A Christian on his knees can accomplish much more than a philosopher on his toes.

Thomas Åleskjær

Effie Campbell translated

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evangeline Booth, salvation army, testimony, personal testimony

26.1.2014

Evangeline Booth

26th January 2014


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

See video of Evangeline Booth

Biography Evangeline Booth:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evangeline Booth replied: "It was me."

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

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

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

E. Campbell translated

 

25th January 2014
 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aril Edvardsen, "Troens bevis".

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

24th January 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was obvious that the testimony had also hit him.


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

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

23th January 2014


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

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

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


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

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

 

 

 

22th January 2014


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

Paul:

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

Peter:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

21th January 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

20th January 2014
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can hear the song on the following link .

"Safe in the arms of Jesus."

E.Campbell

 

 

 

19th January 2014

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

E.C.

 

 

 

 

18th January 2014


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

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

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

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

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

Acts 26.23 NIV

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

Heb. 9.22 NIV

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

E. Campbell

 

 

 

17th January 2014
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

E. Campbell 

 

 

 

 

16th January 2014

 

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

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


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

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

1 Tim. 1.15 NIV

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

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

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

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

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


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

E. Campbell

 

 

 

15th January 2014
 

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

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


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

Joh. 6,54 NIV

E. Campbell

 

 

 

14th January 2014
 

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

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

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

 

 

 

13th January 2014
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

 

 

 

12th January 2014

INVITATION FOR A WEDDING

A pastor's wife once told me this story:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Matt. 22.4)

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

Einar Lyngar . E. Campbell trans .

 

 

 

11th January 2014


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

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


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

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

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

10th January 2014

PROVE IT

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

Mat. 7, 24

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

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

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

E. Campbell translated

 

 

9th January 2014

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Has this song spoke to you?

You can hear the song by pushing this link

F. Campbell translated


 

 

 

8th January 2014

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

7th January 2014
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

6th January 2014
 

THE RIGHT CHOICE

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


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

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


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

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

John. 18.37

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

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

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


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

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

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

5th January 2014

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

Luke 18.1

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

4th January 2014

 

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

Press this link to hear the song

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

 

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


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


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

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

 

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

 

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

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


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

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

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

E.Campbell translated

 

 

 

3rd January 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

2nd January 2014

THE ENTRANCE OF TEMPTATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

(Job 31.1 . 9-12) . NIV

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

1st January 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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