23 September 2023

Has the fear of God disappearedif my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and 
pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear 
from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. ”
2 Chron. 7:14NIV

Are you and I followers who simply follow others, or are we followers of 
Jesus? There is a big difference between the two!

The word "Christian" occurs only 3 times in the English NIV Bible. 
Among other in 1.Pet.4:16: “However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not 
be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. ”- But the word 
"disciple" is often mentioned, and Jesus himself mentions it when he gives 
us these commands in Matt. 28,19-20: “Therefore go and make disciples 
of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and 
of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have 
commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the 
age.” ”

We often hear people say that God is love, and indeed He is. But is He 
only love? No, He is also holy. It seems to me that the fear of God is 
waning and disappearing from our people. Nothing is considered sacred 
any more. Parts of our youth are growing up and don't even know why we 
have our holidays.

We see how seriously God sees it when Ananias and Sapphira lie to the 
Holy Spirit in Acts 5:1-11 They both perish.

If we are mocked, scoffed at or laughed at and possibly persecuted 
because we want to live a godly life, we gain strength through the 
resurrection power of Jesus. Phil.3:10. Let us live so close to Jesus that we 
reflect him.
Effie Campbell
22th September 2023

Your word is truthSanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. ”
John 17:17NIV

In the midst of a confusing and contrary world, where specialists present 
different opinions daily, we Jesus and Bible believers are richly blessed. In 
four words we know what the truth is. Jesus prays to his and our heavenly 
Father: "YOUR WORD IS TRUTH." John 17:17

He who bows under these four words bows before Christ, for he is the 
Word and the Truth.

The tragic thing in our human family is that a large part of the people do 
not know the Truth and do not seek Him either. The truth is for most 
people, what I think is true, yes it is true.

But Jesus cut through all our opinions and thoughts and said and still says 
today: "Heavenly Father! Your Word is Truth.”
Effie Campbell translated
21th September 2023
First of all prayersI urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and 
thanksgiving be made for all people— ” 

Oddvar Søvik
Hallesby once said: "The most important work we do in God's kingdom is 
to pray, because prayer is the prerequisite for everything else we do."

Timothy was to lead the church in Ephesus, and it was not an easy task. 
Paul gives him some good advice in this regard, but then says that 
Timothy must first of all stick to prayer. 1.Tim.2,1

Some believe that prayer is a struggle, but Jesus says the opposite: “In that 
day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father 
will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked 
for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be 
complete. ” Joh.16:23-24NIV  Prayer gives joy, and the key to prayer is to 
pray in the name of Jesus. Does it mean ending the prayer with: "In the 
name of Jesus. Amen!" No, the Hebrew word here means two things: on 
behalf of (Jesus) and in accordance with (Jesus).

How did Jesus pray then? Jesus' works began in prayer. Then he went 40 
days out in the desert, where he fasted and prayed. When he returned, 
Luke says he returned in the power of the Spirit. Luke 4:14. Jesus' 
workday also began in prayer. In John 6:15 it says that Jesus often went 
off alone to deserted places in order to pray. Mark 1:35 said that while it 
was still dark, Jesus got up to pray. Jesus could shorten the night's sleep 
but not the morning prayer. When Jesus had to choose the 12 disciples, it 
is written that he was in prayer all night. I believe that Jesus did not 
primarily look at what the disciples were like, but at what they could 

Jesus prayed according to God's will. John 8,28. Where had he learned 
that? In prayer, in conversation with his Father. Jesus prayed for his own: 
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have 
prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have 
turned back, strengthen your brothers.” ”

Jesus also prays for us. John 17:20
Effie Campbell
20th September 2023

Not half-heartedly, but wholeheartedlyEach of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not 
reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. ”
2 Cor. 9:7NIV

It is said of a stone-rich man that he became blind in both eyes, completely 
blind. One day he went to the ophthalmologist, a specialist famous for his 
skill. He was examined carefully and he was told that he would be able to 
regain his sight with surgery.

Stingy as he was, he blurted out how much it would cost and was given a 
figure which he bounced over.

"Well, how much would it cost to operate on just one eye."

"Half," replied the ophthalmologist.

"Then I would like to have one eye operated on," replied the miser.

Be that as it may with this story, it nevertheless contains the truth that this 
is how many people behave when it comes to spiritual matters. There are 
many who want to be Christians, but not more than for household 
purposes. They want to go to heaven when time comes, and they want to 
hear that God is love and that grace is free.

But they don't like to hear that God's love requires us to serve his 
kingdom. If it is about making sacrifices for the cause of God's kingdom, 
then often one rather wants to see with one eye instead of both: see how 
much is required for daily life yes, but not that God's work requires 
money, also from them.

They become one-eyed Christians who have not grasped that grace reaps 
what it sows. Poor Christianity and poor life is to be spiritually one-eyed. 
A rich life is knowing oneself as God's steward of His manifold grace.

God wants you to give you your spiritual sight back. But he wants to give 
you both eyes, so that you not only see what you yourself need, but also in 
what tasks, small and large, you can help and make sacrifices.
19th September 2023

Salvation out of ZionOh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord 
restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!”
Psalms 14:7NIV

The Lord sees from above whether there is anyone who seeks Him.

But he sees only sinful people. ”All have turned away, all have become 
corrupt; there  is no one who does good, not even one.” (Verse 3)

When the psalmist thinks about this, a longing begins to stir in his heart: 
"Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!"

Thank God! Now salvation has come! In the middle of the human world, 
which is full of sinners, there is a cross that speaks of sin and salvation.

It is still valid: ”for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, ” 
Rom. 3:23NIV But then mercy is also shown to all those who convert and 
believe in Christ. Jesus Christ is the Savior from Zion. He also wants to be 
your Savior.
18th September 2023

The light has come into the worldBut whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen 
plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. “
John 3:21NIV

One night a Swedish priest dreamed that he was standing before the throne 
of God, and the holiness of God frightened him. "Why are you so sad, 
priest?" God asked him. - "Ah, Lord," he answered, "it is all my sins that 
weigh me down." "What sins?" asked God. "Lord, you know them all: 
every thought, word and deed in my life!" “I don't know what you're 
talking about!” God said.

Then the priest dared to look up and look into the gentle face of God. "Are 
you talking about things you have confessed to me?" asked God. "Yes, 
Lord!" "And which I subsequently forgave?" "Yes, Lord!" "Yes, but then it 
is something I do not know," God continued, "I have said myself: I will 
never remember your sins again," continued God, "I have said: I will 
never again remember your sins! After this you must put to mind what I 

The light has come into the world. He who is the Light of the world has 
come. The light that shines into all the darkness of the world. The light has 
come. And the darkness did not grasp it.

Do not ask why God does not fill the depths of darkness, the depths of 
perdition. Do not ask why he who is the great builder does not destroy the 
deceptive power of the realm of the dead. No one has the answer.

We only know that the light has come into the world, and no one needs to 
get lost in the darkest of darkness and hopelessness ... because now all the 
darkness of sin can be illuminated by God's forgiving word.

The light has come into the world. But there is a temptation in us humans 
to rather want to live in God's shadow, and follow the artificial light that 
exists in our own will. We can be helped for a short while - but there is no 
warmth in the artificial light.

The light has come. God has been trying to melt our ice door for a long 
time. The one who doesn't want to open the door remains out there in the 
cold, where the last longing eventually dies too...
17th September 2023

TimeLet us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will 
reap a harvest if we do not give up. ”
Galatians 6:9NIV

Rolf Slot-Henriksen, Danish parish priest
The clock of our time gives us humans the false hope that time on this 
earth is endless. The hands of the clock do not stop their travel on the dial 
when they have reached one turn on the dial. In contrast, the hourglass 
reminds people that one day the last grain of sand will have fallen and life 
will end. The last grain of sand is the last moment of a person.

The experience of the divine and the greatness of the "now", in the 
moment - this is something far too few people know today, i.e. where not 
only business values time and money equally.

The twilight hour or the quiet moments are alien to most of us in our time. 
Time is "killed" with TV, radio and entertainment. Superficial and thin 
entertainment and lack of silence and prayer dulls and makes the human 
soul drowsy and indifferent.

The rhythm of our time is completely different from that of the 
agricultural society, which knew nothing of the many machines of our 
time: people then lived in their own quiet minds every single day, year 
after year they took time to listen to the silence and reasoned about 
eternity as something quite natural. It is not merely about two centuries 
that stand incomparably opposite each other, but two completely different 
ways of understanding time and life.
E. Campbell translated
16th September 2023
Do not be afraid

When the women came to Jesus' tomb on Easter morning, an angel said: 
"The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are 
looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  " 
Matt. 28:5NIV

Today the world is full of fear and anxiety. People fear and worry about 
war, marriage, parents, children, unemployment, poor income, going 
bankrupt, etc. The phrase "fear not" appears 366 times in the Bible, i.e. 
once for each of the 365 days of the year, and then an extra one for the 
leap year. Others have every reason to fear, but not the Christians. We are 
with angels who help us. They have great power and know us well. The 
angel told the women at the tomb that he knew who they were looking for.

God has given us His promises. We have earned nothing but everything is 
by God's free grace. We live under an open sky, as the Word says in: “I 
know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one 
can shut. ...” Rev.3:8NIV “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace 
with confidence ...” (Heb.4:16NIV), not because we are gifted and skilled, 
but because Jesus hung on the cross in our place and prays for us up in 
heaven. That is why Scripture reminds us: “For no matter how many 
promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the 
“Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. ” 2 Cor.1:20NIV

Then we are allowed to believe that angels ascend and descend between 
heaven and us. When we pray in our homes, we must expect that "here is 
the house of God and the army of heaven".

Even Cornelius, who was a Roman officer in a military division, was 
visited by a holy angel in answer to prayer. It is written about him in Acts 
10:2NIV that he “prayed to God alway. ” The angel gave him both his 
name and address at Peter's in Joppa. And when Saul of Tarsus had seen 
the heavenly vision and had become blind, the Lord revealed to Ananias 
that he - Ananias - was the answer to the prayer that Saul prayed. The 
decisive sign that caused Ananias to let go of all his doubts that he who 
persecuted the Christians had now become a new man, these were the 
words: "... for he is praying. " Acts 9:11NIV Here also The Lord gives 
name and address of the person praying.

Shall we not then encourage one another and trust that prayer sets the 
heavenly powers in motion. Let's count on it and not just say and sing it.

Certainly it is true that "I run into danger wherever I go" and that our lives 
hang by a thin thread, but dear all, it is just as true that this thread lies in 
our Father's hands. Therefore: Be of good courage.
E. Campbell translated
15th September 2023

FootprintBecause of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his 
compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your 
Lamentations 3:22-23NIV

After I had lost one of my loved ones, I received comforting words from 
England. These were called "footprints", meaning footprints or tracks. The 
words were the following:

One night a man lay dreaming. He dreamed that he was walking down the 
beach with the Lord. Various events of his life appeared to him as images 
on the firmament. After each incident, he noticed two footprints in the 
sand: one of these was his own and the other was the footprints of the 

As his latest life event flashed before him, he turned and looked at the 
footprints in the sand. Then he noticed that often on his path through life 
there was only one set of footprints to be seen. He also noted that it was 
exactly during that time that he had had the most difficult and heaviest 
time in his life.

This really confused him and he therefore asked the Lord about this.

“Lord, you said that when I decided to follow you, you would walk with 
me all the way. But I have noticed that those periods in my life when I had 
the worst time, there are only one set of footprints to be seen. I don't 
understand that when I needed you the most, you left me.”

The Lord replied: “My son, my precious child, I love you and will never 
leave you. When you went through the trials and tribulations of life and 
can only see one set of footprints, that was when I carried you.”
E.Campbell translated
14th September 2023
Night is comingAs long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is 
coming, when no one can work. ”
John 9:4NIV

Night is coming - that's why Jesus walked among those who suffered 
while it was day. Therefore, he did God's work in the fight against disease 
and the power of evil.

Night is coming - and what does it profit me then that I have known God's 
will, but have not followed Him?

Night is coming - but what does it profit me that I have known my Lord, if 
I am not known by him?

Night is coming - and what good is it then that I knew some of those who 
also lived in life with my Lord, if I was not known by them, but instead 
reached out to them and wanted nothing to do with them.

Night is coming - and what will it profit me then, that I had so often heard 
of Christ's crucifixion, but had never seen my face and hands among those 
who cried: Crucify, crucify! -?

Night is coming - but what good will it do me to have words of praise and 
recommendations and evidence with me when there are no pockets on our 
latest clothing?

Night is coming - what good is it then that the Scriptures speak of friends 
who will receive me in the heavenly abodes, for they were hindered by the 
way another man lived his life and the way he used his money ... what 
good is all this to me if no one has something to thank me for?

Night is coming – yet it is still day. In prayer I bring my life before Him 
who bound his life to me. He who is the light. And life. And the day. Then 
the night is not the last. After the night has passed, the day dawns: “The 
city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God 
gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. ” Revelation 21:23NIV

The night is coming – beyond the night is Christ. My judge. My Savior.
13th September 2023

The wedding ring

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

When I was 16 years old, I fell ill and was hospitalized for 3/4 years. It 
was in many ways a good time, although the circumstances were special. 
The time there gave me answers to many questions, but one very special 
event made me wonder.

In my ward there were nine men, sometimes even twelve. They were men 
who had been hospitalized for three, six or twelve months - some even for 
years. Once a new man got into the bed next to me. He was pacing back 
and forth and seemed to be doing well. His wife came with him and stayed 
with him until he had gone to bed, and they bade each other a tender 
farewell before she left. After dinner a few days later, I understood that the 
man, along with a couple of other men, were going into town at a cafe 
nearby. But what! The man takes out his wallet, takes off his wedding ring 
and puts it in the wallet.

On Sunday afternoon many people used to come to visit the sick and well 
before visiting time my neighbour takes out his wallet again and puts the 
ring back on his finger and later greets his wife. This is how the drama 
repeats itself time and time again: the ring off, downtown with others – 
and when he was expecting his wife again – then on again with the 
wedding ring.

Subsequently, I have understood more and more of this and experienced 
what it means to get a ring on the finger. How wonderful it was the first 
time my hand was put before public view. How often did my eyes and 
thoughts turn to the ring and the woman who bore the name engraved in 
the ring? The ring became a treasure at the same time as it was turned 
towards others who might think of "laying on one". But it also bound and 
obliged me. It became a visible proof that I was now bound to another 
human being.

Today, 25 years after this experience at the hospital, the development has 
progressed a lot. It is not only that the wedding ring has disappeared, that 
getting married and entering into a marriage, it is also gone out of fashion. 
This is not only the case among worldly people, but also among Christian 

Unfortunately, it is not so rare to see pastors and preachers, who are 
known to be married, without a ring. - Nonsense, someone might say. The 
ring doesn't mean anything. It's how you live that counts! Indeed. Our way 
of life is of great importance. But what about those who don't know you're 
married? Aren't you giving other people false hope by not wearing your 

I also think the wedding ring says even more! The wedding ring – or the 
fact that you don't have a ring on – reflects your position on marriage. This 
institution is given to us by God and is a lifelong commitment, and the 
wedding ring reminds you daily that you belong to someone else and that 
a certain other person belongs to you.

As Christian people, we must not throw all regulations, rules and symbols 
overboard. The wedding ring is also more than a picture, a symbol. It is a 
strong Curbstone along the road of life. The curb may make the road a 
little narrower to walk on, but it is a reliable protection against attacks on 
the marriage. Therefore, the wedding ring must not be put on the shelf.
"For Poor and Rich". E.Campbell translated
12th September 2023

Do not judge

““If this man were a prophet...”"
Luke 7:39NIV

Simon the Pharisee says this to himself.

A woman, known in the village only for her sinful life, shows remorse and 
brings an alabaster jar of perfume. She wets Jesus' feet with her tears and 
wipes them with her hair, then kisses them and anoints them with perfume.

But the host, Simon, says to himself “If this man were a prophet, he would 
know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a 

In Simon's opinion, the party was ruined. Did Simon realize that an 
unimaginable goodness can be hidden in the fact that God allows our plans 
to fail?

If that man were a prophet... Simon judges Jesus - he does not see that he 
himself is placed under the judgment of eternity. He accuses Jesus - and 
does not see that he himself is being accused of his hard and judgmental 
mind, which is so often wrong. He thinks that a prophet should have seen 
what kind of woman she is - and he doesn't see that God's mercy also 
includes the human in the woman and takes her to himself.

And in there, in God's mercy, there is also room for Simon, i.e. if he wants 
to come in there.
11th September 2023
Get ready

"But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. 
The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And 
the door was shut. "
Matthew 25:10NIV

This is what is said about the 5 wise virgins who were allowed to come to 
the wedding party. The wedding party is heavenly. It is compared to 
something as good as a wedding feast, and only those who are ready are 
allowed to enter the kingdom of heaven. The others are put outside. It is 
therefore a serious question: are you ready, have you prepared, are you 
ready to be allowed in when that time comes?

The old must die, the young can die, they say. That's life. That is why it is 
right to be ready in young years as well as in older years. And who knows 
if 2023 will be the year we are called away from this world and into 
eternity? Getting ready for this journey is our real, our greatest, indeed our 
only task in this world.

How should we prepare for this journey? Exactly the same way as any 
other long journey we plan to go on. There is of course a lot of different 
things to think about, but everything can come under one of these 3 parts:
1) to have something to live on
2) what you must bring in your luggage,
3) to have said goodbye.

If we haven't thought of this before our time is up, we're in the worst 
imaginable situation. And in order for us to be able to reach heaven, there 
is something we must be able to live on, something to bring with us in our 
luggage and something to have said goodbye to, if we are to be ready to 
leave here when our time here is up.

"I am the bread of life," said Jesus, "... whoever eats of that bread will live 
forever..." Jesus must be our bread, our "food", what we live on, our life 
source and goal of life. Whoever receives his life from him, his body and 
blood, as it is also given to us in the Holy Communion, will be able to be 
ready when the bridegroom comes. But unfortunately there are many who 
have their lives in so many other things and therefore come to be left out.

And in our luggage we must have - not our sins, which otherwise follow us 
- but the forgiveness of sins, that God for the sake of Jesus Christ has 
wiped out all our sins, every single one - including those that come from 
our charity and what we neglected to do . This is God's baptismal gift to 
us. To have the certainty of the forgiveness of all our sins is in reality the 
greatest and best thing a person can have in this world, and this God will 
give to the one who turns to him in faith in Jesus.

And then to have said goodbye, that is perhaps the most difficult thing, but 
in this lies being able to be loose and free from everything that you have to 
leave behind, whatever this may be. But in the conversion itself there is 
not only being turned towards God, but also being freed from the "world", 
having acquired such an attitude towards the world and everything in this 
world that deep down you are not bound by it.

Saying goodbye is the last thing you do before you pass away. Our attitude 
towards what we have to leave behind shows most clearly how far we have 
come along the path in being ready.
Johs. Mortensen
10th September 2023

Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions

"Then he said to them, Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of 
greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” "
Luke 12:15NIV

The way our society is organized, it is not possible to run our society 
without money. In our daily prayer, Our Father, where we ask for daily 
bread, it must also be understood that we ask for enough money for what is 
required each day.

But we should proceed carefully with the money we get. Although we 
work and toil for them, we get them from God, for it is He who gives us 
health and fitness so that we are able to work.

But we should be careful that money or other possessions do not cause and 
encourage stinginess among us, because then God is set aside in our lives.

Ungodly is he, and unhappy in the true meaning of life, who allows 
himself to be jumped on the glue stick and allows himself to be oppressed 
by means or avarice. For small means it is easy to sell one's trust and one's 
faith in God.

Paul says to Timothy (1.Tim.6,9-10) “Those who want to get rich fall into 
temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that 
plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of 
all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the 
faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. ”

Your money and your property are from God, and to Him you will be 
responsible for how you managed your gifts.

The homes and the children need theirs, the municipality and the country 
must have theirs, but God also expects his kingdom to have its own. We 
must not neglect the latter, for there is no reason to pray: thy kingdom 
come, when we do not give our share so that God's kingdom may come.

As Christians, we are the ones God can entrust to preach the gospel and to 
give the money, means, time and energy needed for the kingdom of God to 
come and continue among us and out among the heathen.

We all have responsibilities here. But of him who is trusted more, more is 
also demanded.

The young may be more tempted to squander the money on frivolity, 
entertainment and enjoyment, while the elderly are more inclined to hold 
on to the money for themselves - to be stingy.

In both cases, the responsibility for God's kingdom is neglected, and God 
receives only ingratitude and distrust for the gifts. We must not become 
slaves to mammon, but let us render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's 
and to God the things that are God's.

Much or little – it is God's blessing that is beneficial. And we should 
always thank God and our Father for all things in the name of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. (Eph. 5:20)
9th September 2023

They will see his face

"For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will 
lead them to springs of living water.’ And God will wipe away every tear 
from their eyes.’” "
Revelation 7:17NIV

Robert H. Pierson
"What do you want to see most of all when you get to Heaven, Billy?" a 
believing teacher once asked a first grade student.

Billy considered the question for a moment. There was so much he 
wanted. He often heard the adults talking about the wonderful land with all 
the treasures.

Then he replied: "I want to see the lions, the houses and the angels, but 
most of all I want to see Jesus."

Isn't this the same desire that all Christians have? Do you not also long to 
see your Savior when you find yourself in the midst of life's struggle?

In the Bible there is this wonderful promise to the saved: "No longer will 
there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, 
and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will 
be on their foreheads. " Revelation 22:3-4NIV

Yes, Jesus is there, and he "... he will lead them to springs of living 
Rev.7:17 and "... But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like 
him, for we shall see him as he is. " 1.John 3:2NIV. Then we shall be with 
him for all eternity.

The author of the book of Revelation says about the saved: "...They follow 
the Lamb wherever he goes. " Rev. 14:4NIV

Jesus' disciples had a wonderful advantage as they traveled with him 
during the 3½ years when Jesus walked on earth. They were allowed to see 
him heal. They listened to the words of life that came from his lips and 
entered their hearts.

But we have something even better in store. We are not only to be with 
Christ for three short years but for all eternity. The disciples had to stand 
and watch him be flogged and crucified. You and I can be allowed to be 
present when he is crowned, and experience his wonderful rule as King of 
kings and Lord of lords. They had hoped that he would end Rome's iron 
rule. We will see him put an end to the rule of sinners.

The disciples could only follow Jesus within a few square kilometers, but 
you and I can follow our Lord from planet to planet. We can follow him 
wherever he goes.

But there are certain things we must not forget. Special requirements have 
been put forward to be allowed to get an entry ticket to heaven: "Blessed 
are the pure in heart,

for they will see God." Matt.5:8NIV If we intend to see him in Heaven,
then our heart must be pure here. The blood of the Lamb must cleanse our
hearts now, if we are to have any hope of seeing him at that time. We must
confess sin and let it go. Only pure men and pure women can see a holy

If you and I plan to "follow the Lamb wherever" He goes", on the new 
earth, then we must begin to follow Him now on this earth.
E.Campbell translated
8 September 2023

What are you in a hurry for?But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from 
there, the Lord Jesus Christ, ”

On board a ship bound for America, the captain noticed a woman running 
restlessly up and down the deck. It was a mother who had to cross the sea 
to visit her sick son. The captain asked: "Why are you running back and 
forth on the ship?"

"I'm in a hurry," she replied, "I have to get across the sea quickly." Who 
knows if I will see my son alive?”

One of us might be tempted to smile and say: She's a fool! Does she 
advance faster by rushing back and forth on the deck?

And I guess that's right. But hold on. Don't you often behave the same 
way? You hurry back and forth throughout life. A thousand things have to 
be done and if they are not done, then life is worth nothing anymore, you 
think. And hear me out! The world goes on as usual, even on the day you 
are no longer alive. Someone misses you, Yes, possibly many, but still, life 
doesn't stop when you're gone.

But the question is: What have you been running for here? And did you 
reach the goal? If the goal was an overflowing bank book, an entertaining 
evening or a tribute and a sweet life - well, then it is absolutely certain that 
you will not reach the goal. For then all life became a deception, all 
together, just as it was with the mother; even though she ran all the way, 
the son was still dead when she got there.

Paul had a different goal for his life than just existing and surviving. “But 
our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the 
Lord Jesus Christ, ”

For Paul, the goal was to reach the goal saved. Then life gets meaning and 
content. Because without a course and a goal, the journey across the ocean 
of life becomes hopelessness and aimlessness.
7th September 2023

Borders and fences

”“You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not ”
Deuteronomy 5:7-8NIV

There are boundaries and limiets that people have set and which are 
completely hopeless.

The fact that people in many countries are not even allowed to think and 
believe or express their thoughts in accordance with their own convictions, 
we believe to be completely unreasonable, and rightly so.

At the same time, there are some limits in life which we may also consider 
negative but which are nevertheless necessary. Here, we are thinking about 
the limits God has made in particular.

The Ten Commandments speak clearly about these boundaries and limits. 
For example, God has defined the life of each individual person - it must 
not be destroyed. He has also made borders and limits about the property 
of all people - it must not be stolen. God has also made limits in all 
marriages – no third party is allowed to disturb it.

If instead of "borders" and “limits” we say "fence", then it may become 
more clear what these limits mean, which God has put in place. They are 
protective fences. They are put there, not to disturb us or give us anguish, 
but to benefit us. God wants us not to harm ourselves or others. That is 
why he has given us his commandments. His care for us and love for us is 
why He has given us the commandments.

Our problem is that God's fence seems life-inhibiting and limiting. That is 
why we want and try again and again to cross these boundaries – causing 
ourselves and others  misfortune and damage for time and eternity. Indeed, 
in reality we have all climbed over the fence that God has set for us in this 
life. We are actually on the wrong side in our relationship with God, our 

But thank God we can still return today. This is thanks to God alone. He 
has, in Jesus Christ, his Son, smoothed our way through the fence back to 
God. And at home with him, we gradually come to look at the limits and 
fences he has put in life with new eyes. That they are just protective 
fences, and it is therefore a matter of life for us to be on the right side of 
His fence.
E.Campbell translated
6th September 2023

I amThen the Israelite overseers went and appealed to Pharaoh: “Why have 
you treated your servants this way? ”
Exodus 5:15NIV

For several years Moses tended the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro. 
Jethro was a priest in Midian. Once when Moses was driving the animals 
across the desert landscape and had come to God's mountain, Horeb, then 
God revealed himself to him. Moses noticed smoke and a flames coming 
from a thorn bush, but the thorn bush remained unharmed. This sight 
amazed Moses, a burning bush that did not burn up. Moses hastened closer 
to examine this great sight. ”When the Lord saw that he had gone over to 
look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.” “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take
off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”


Moses now stood before the God of wonder and saw something he did not 
understand, but he wanted to understand the inconceivable with his reason. 
Then it is that God's warning reads: "You must not come closer" This is 
holy ground, do not touch it, this must not be understood. A wonder is a 
wonder! God is God! He neither can nor will be understood but only 

Many people have tried to penetrate to understand these divine mysteries.

It is told about the church father Augustine: One day he came wandering 
along the shore of the Mediterranean, pondering the eternal riddles. He 
was especially preoccupied with the "Trinity", which he could not grasp; 
three persons in one and the same person. No, he would not bend down 
and admit that here he was faced with something he could not understand. 
Then he noticed a little boy who was sitting and digging a deep hole in the 
sand and who had now also begun to dig a trench towards the sea. "What 
are you going to do with that hole?" Augustine asked. The boy replied: "I 
want the whole Mediterranean into this hole!"

Augustin continued his walk thinking: the great wide sea into a small hole. 
And here you are yourself trying to cram the eternal and great God into 
your own little human brain. In the following years, Augustine wrote 15 
large books: De trinitates – about the Trinity.

Late professor Hallesby, said: “The older I get, the more often I thank God 
that he is inconceivable. I think we often use too small a measure of God.”

Out there by the thornbush, Moses received God's calling. - also to lead the 
people of Israel out of Egypt. "Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the 
Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ 
and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God 
said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the 
Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ” " 
Exodus 3:13-14NIV

The name, "I am" defines God as the one who does not owe his existence 
to anyone. And is independent of everything, while everything is 
conditioned by Him and came into being through Him. The name "I am," 
also means: the steadfast, the unchanging, and the faithful. The Lord asks 
Moses to bring the message to his people and adds in verse 15: ““This is 
my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to 

Therein is hidden a rich consolation for all generations. Also for you who 
live as a child of God in this world today. “Though the mountains be 
shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be 
shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has 
compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10NIV
Cl. Eliassen
5th September 2023

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

The well-known German priest and author, Otto Funcke, tells in one of his 
books about an experience he had at a sickbed.

"Priest," said the terminally ill, "I have won everything, I have longed for 
it through a long life. Never have I denied myself peace. When others 
rested, I toiled and wanted to win myself more gold, greater honor, 
reputation and power. And I have achieved it, but still was never satisfied. 
I never had time to think about my soul or eternity. And all that I have won 
and own is a shroud. A shroud, Mr. Priest, that's all!”

A miserable result from a long, toilsome life, a shroud. I don't know how 
much it costs, the price can be different, depending on what the material is, 
how stingy the relatives are, or how rich the deceased was. A shroud, 
priest! None of us gets any more, be it the honor, gold or reputation that 
we tried to scrape for ourselves. And how many are there who have to say 
like this man: all they brought with them was the shroud. A miserable 

But just listen to what the apostle Paul says: “I am convinced that neither 
death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the 
future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all 
creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ 
Jesus our Lord.” Whether I live or die, I belong to the Lord. This is one of 
a kind and a wonderful victory song. It has more than just a shroud on it, 
he is sure that the victory wreath is ready for him.

What will be the outcome of your life: a shroud or a victory wreath in 
heaven? It doesn't come by itself, but from a purposeful struggle in this 
life, where the goal was neither glory nor honors, nor to get down well in 
the grave, but to serve God here and come home saved in God's heaven.
4th September 2023

Harvest Day

”“Also for you, Judah, a harvest is appointed. Whenever I would restore 
the fortunes of my people,”
Hosea 6:11NIV

No season is more exciting than harvest time, because when harvest time 
begins we will see the result of what was sown in the spring. But there is 
also something gloomy about this time, because there we will also see the 
mistakes that were made in the spring, mistakes that cannot be undone. - In 
human life there also comes a time of harvest, and it is that which 
determines loss or victory.

"How do you spend your bright days of youth? A man reaps what he sows, 
remember that.” Youth is the springtime of human life and therefore also 
the time to sow. Let it be said right away that so little is sown compared to 
what comes up, and therefore youth must not be wasted. You always sow 
something, whether it is good or bad, and the result follows. That is why 
we are asked to sow in the spirit and not in the flesh, and there is an 
absolutely crucial difference between these two and its result. Paul sets 
these two against each other in Gal. 5:19 and 22:6.

Many will see that when the harvest of life begins, the spring is over and 
so is the harvest time, and they have not been saved. Jer. 8:20

A farmer once had to go on a trip abroad in the spring. The ground had 
been tilled and prepared but had not yet been sown. Before he left, he told 
his servant where to sow the wheat and barley. When the farmer returns 
towards summer, he happily goes out into the field to see how things are 
going, but is surprised to see that where the wheat should have been sown, 
there was now barley flapping in the wind.

The farmer now summoned the servant and said: "Why didn't you sow 
what I asked you to?" The servant bowed and asked for forgiveness. The 
farmer then replied: "I can forgive you, but remember: the barley stands 
there and it cannot be sown over again!"

We have all been given an area in life to sow in and we only sow there 
once. What will be written there, when the spring and summer of our life 
have passed and when the harvest day of life will show the result? Thank 
God, I also know that if one wakes up to see his own wasted and 
squandered life and comes to Jesus and asks him for salvation, he will also 
receive forgiveness and help, even though the many years of life have been 
wasted because life cannot be lived again.

A 72-year-old man once told me after he had been saved: “When I stood at 
my mother's deathbed at 13 years old, I promised her that I would follow 
Jesus. Now my years are wasted, but give me grace to live two more years, 
that I may testify to some of my friends about your salvation.”

Dear friend, you who are reading this, whether you are in the spring, 
summer or autumn of life, realize the seriousness of life today. “For he 
says, In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I 
helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of 
salvation.” 2 Cor. 6:2NIV

Soon the thread of life can be cut off and life ended. Lay hold of eternal 
life now, so that you may sow in the spirit and reap eternal life from the 

The thief on the cross received a saved soul but a wasted life. Paul, Peter 
and John also received a saved soul, but they were also allowed by grace 
to receive and live a saved life in the service of the Lord Jesus. "It is so 
good from a young age to serve him and love him who gave us life."
J. B.
3th September 2023

A field chaplain's experiences

"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our 
iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his 
wounds we are healed."
Isaiah 53.5NIV

An English priest, called Joseph Shepard, had served as a field chaplain 
during the First World War. - “I think of a dying young soldier who feared 
the loneliness that death brings,” Pastor Shepard told me, “he did not want 
to be separated from his friends. When he was with them in the trenches he 
had always been a brave soldier – but now that he was dying he was full of 
anxiety to go into death alone. - "But if I were now shot and was dying 
with you, would you still have been afraid?" I asked him. "No," replied the 
young soldier, "if you came with me, I could go anywhere."

"Now I'll tell you something," I said to him, "there is someone who is 
bigger than me and he will go with you - he will not let you go there alone 
- your "white friend" (during the First World War the English soldiers 
called (usually Jesus for "The comrade in white", i.e. the white friend) he 
will follow you, so you can be completely safe - he knows the way, 
because he once walked that way himself - so he doesn't get lost.

And he is right now by your side. Close your eyes and be still for a while. 
Can't you see the crown of thorns? Reach out your hand – can't you feel 
the nail marks?”

- In a very low voice I then said the blessed words from chapter 53 of 

Then the young man turned around and with a happy voice he said: "Now 
he is here" - then he breathed his last breath.

Moments like these are some of the richest for a field pastor, that under 
such horrific circumstances that no one can imagine who has not seen and 
experienced it themselves - it is confirmed so wonderfully that the gospel 
is a power for salvation. And how the story of the cross of Jesus always 
has a wonderful power!

When a field minister was new to his office, he always had a tendency to 
use small and beautiful verses with edifying content to comfort those 
affected. But in front of a dying soldier, these probably such beautiful and 
edifying words bounced off - and driven by a deep longing in his heart to 
give the dying man the right help, the field chaplain set out to tell about 
Jesus' death on the cross - and immediately he could on the dying man's 
face sense a good change. In the story of Jesus there was all the strength 
and comfort that a man needed to hear so that he could die with peace in 
his heart.”

"When I was studying theology at Cambridge," continued Reverend 
Shephard, "the cross and atonement of Jesus caused me great difficulty 
and doubt, and I examined the various conditions - not least those that 
aimed to weaken the meaning of the cross. - But in the midst of all these 
horrors of war and always surrounded by death - every hint of doubt was 
swept aside in my mind. It became so vivid and real for me what meaning 
Jesus' death on the cross had - but the old prophet was also absolutely right 
when he said the words in Isaiah 53:5.
E. Campbell translated
2nd September 2023

Family altarIsaac built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord. ”
Genesis 26:25NIV

The fact that Abraham built an altar and worshiped the Lord wherever he 
settled down (Genesis 12:7-8; 13:4-18) made Abraham the man he was. 
And in this regard too, Isaac followed in his father's footsteps.

An altar is a place where you call upon the Lord's name and worship Him. 
We must once and for all surrender ourselves and all that we have to God, 
but this surrender must be renewed every day through prayer and worship. 
This is our spiritual worship of God (Rom.12:1-2). We must have in our 
homes what is called a family altar.

All believing fathers have to build an altar in their homes, and if there is 
no father, the mother must do it. Here, of course, we are not talking about a 
visible altar, but about a place where the family gathers every day over 
God's Word and in prayer and worship. A family that prays together stands 
together. The children who grow up around a family altar will find it easier 
to build their own altar one day, when they themselves have to establish 
their own home.
E. Campbell translated
1st September 2023

Out of the shadow of darkness

He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away 
their chains. ”
Psalms 107:14NIV

The hymn above is a tribute hymn. God intervened when things went 
against his people. It had often gone like this in the past and in most cases 
it was their own fault.

God had turned his anger against them because they had disobeyed. But 
still God led them out of the darkness and gave them freedom again.

Thus God always works toward His children. There are hardly many 
Christians who have not sometimes experienced the darkness closing in on 
them and that it felt almost like a rope tightening around them.

But many have also experienced that there was light again and that God 
loosened the bonds again. This is how God works and that also means that 
this is how he will always continue to be, also the next time we slip into 
the darkness, so there is something that binds us.

We can always call out to Him in our need, and we can count on Him not 
turning His back on us, but rather taking us to Himself.

Let us not forget to hold fast by giving thanks for what God has done for 
us in the past! It can help us to rest a little more securely in the belief that 
this is how he will also take care of us in the future.

God can also chastise us by allowing the darkness to contract around us for 
a while or by allowing chains to bind us.

But it is never God's intention and goal that our lives should continue to be 
like this. He will give us life in the light again and free us from what 
weighs us down.

Evangeline Booth, salvation army, testimony, personal testimony


Evangeline Booth

26th January 2014

“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

"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

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

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

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


"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)


"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

"...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

"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."





19th January 2014

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






18th January 2014

" 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

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


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

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

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

“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
"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


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

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


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

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

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


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

“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

"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


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

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