24 March 2023

 

Who won?

 

Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my
sake will find it.

Matthew 10:39NIV

 

One day a young girl who also belonged to the same congregation came to
visit Spurgeon. She said she came to tell him the happy news that she had
been engaged. But Spurgeon thought there was something in her tone that
suggested there was a but in this betrothal. And when he knew this girl as a
sincere and wholeheartedly believing girl, he immediately knew what was
bothering her. He therefore asked her directly if her boy was a believer.

 

"Oh no, not really," she answered a little hesitantly. But then she hastened
to add: “I am sure he will soon become a believer, for he is such an honest
and upright and right-thinking man and has many good qualities. With
God's help I shall soon win him for Christ."

 

Spurgeon looked at her gravely and then said, “Step up on this table!”

 

The young girl thought it was a strange request and looked at him
questioningly. But Spurgeon merely repeated his request and knowing that
this serious man was not joking or wanting to make a fool of her, she dared
not do anything but obey him. She therefore stepped onto the sofa and
onto the table while she wondered what this was all about.

 

Then Spurgeon stood beside the table and asked her to lift him onto the
same table. Of course, that was impossible, since Spurgeon was a heavy
man. The young girl couldn't help but smile.

 

Then Spurgeon took her in his arms and lifted her to the floor as if she
were a mere feather, and then asked: "For who did it succeed best, for you
to lift me up on the table or for me to pull you down to the floor?"

 

The young girl now returned home with seriousness in her soul, and it was
not long before she again stepped onto the priest's floor and said that she
had terminated the betrothal for the time being.

 

But the seriousness of her Christianity and her behavior came as a shock to
her boy. He repented. A few years later they got married and left for India
to preach the gospel.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
23 March 2023

 

Cry out to the Lord

 

Then Samuel took a suckling lamb and sacrificed it as a whole burnt
offering to the Lord. He cried out to the Lord on Israel’s behalf, and
the Lord answered him.

1.Sam.7:9NIV

 

When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me.
Psalms 138:3NIV

 

At a house meeting I attended, there was a woman who testified. She said
she was in such great distress for her brother. He had lived a hard life of
drinking. She prayed a lot for him and also talked to him about this. Then
the brother fell ill. He developed dementia and the disease worsened very
quickly, and then he could no longer speak. He did not speak for three
years. She sat by his bedside and prayed and prayed and prayed, and then
she wept and wept and then she began to pray again.

 

In her painful distress she resorted to SHOUTING. She cried out to the
Lord and said: “I cannot reach him, but the Scripture says that for you
nothing is impossible. You can reach him. Save him, Lord. He must not
leave this world until you give me a sign that he is saved.”

 

Then his eyelids began to vibrate and then he opened his eyes and said
with a radiant smile: “I have seen HIM. - I have seen HIM. - I have seen
HIM."

 

The sister sat completely speechless. Her brother hadn't spoken in three
years. – We do pray, but do we really expect an answer? Before the sister
could say anything, the brother asked her: “Have you seen HIM? - Have
you seen HIM? - Have you seen HIM?"

 

“Yes, I have seen HIM!” she answered.

 

Shortly after this the brother passed away. He had not spoken for three
years, and now he repeated three times what he wanted to say to his sister.
There was such a joy over her. God is faithful and good. Everything is not
as it seems, even if they lie brain dead, they still hear. The words enter
through the ears and up to the brain. They encode but cannot decode, there
is a loose connection.

Effie Campbell

 
 
 
 
 
 
March 22, 2023

 

Prayer


“This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed
be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in
heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we
also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from the evil one.

Matt. 6:9-13NIV

 

In the Bible, there are many prayers, prayers for deliverance, for
leadership, for forgiveness, for unity, etc. But there is only one prayer that
Jesus taught us to pray, namely the prayer, "Our Father".

 

After all, who knows more about prayer than he? Can we even imagine
that Jesus taught us a prayer that would not touch God's heart, that would
not be heard by Him and receive the necessary answer?

Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
21 March 2023

 

A testimony of healing

 

Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was
freed from her suffering.

Mark 5:29NIV

 

A Norwegian woman named Helga gives her testimony in the book,
"There is still hope!" It is a book in which Lise and Ludvig Karlsen tell
about their shocking and exciting life before and after they founded the
Christian center Evangelisenteret.

 

Helga says the following: "I had multiple sclerosis and was almost blind.
There was only about 20 percent of sight left. My right hand and arm were
completely taken over by the disease and I could only use a little.

 

I had been awarded a disability pension for several years. The doctors
couldn't help me, so I prepared myself for a life in the dark and in a
wheelchair, where I became less and less self-reliant and more dependent
on someone helping me.

 

But through all the troubles and depressions, I put all my misdeeds into the
hands of Jesus. I could do nothing but rest in his promises. Not a sparrow
falls to the ground without his knowing it.

 

In the summer of 1982, for the North Norwegian convention at Sandvik
Folkehøgskole, I sat in the attic for the morning meeting on Saturday.
Ludvig Karlsen spoke about God's goodness and also mentioned the
sacrament here.

 

When I started thinking about the story from Mark 5 about the woman
with bleeding. She just touched Jesus' clothes and she was healed instantly.
Jesus said to her: “He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you.
Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”


Today we receive Jesus' body and his blood at the Eucharist. How little
faith we have! Jesus is the same today! I didn't get any further in my
thoughts.

 
It was like a veil was pulled away from my eyes. I saw very clearly and 
accurately! I looked down the hall and recognized several people. I also 
saw Ludvig while preaching quite clearly.
 
Joy welled up in my heart. In an instant I was well and healed! My right 
hand and arm slowly began to function again.
 
I left the meeting feeling emotionally gripped by everything I now saw. 
Plants and trees glowed so colorfully against me. To confirm what had 
now happened, I went to see the ophthalmologist who had treated me for 
many years.
 
I told him that I could now see again. He doubted, but after examining me 
and taking the eye test, he could only confirm that I could see just as well 
as he did. Now he asked what had happened and I told him and asked if it 
was medically possible.
 
“This is a miracle. There is more between heaven and earth than we 
humans are capable of understanding," was the answer the doctor gave.
 
Now almost four years have passed and the vision is still just as good now 
as then! In addition to working here in my home with four children, I now 
work part-time as a midwife.
 
Jesus deserves all the glory. A heartfelt greeting to you all from Helga"
Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
20th March 2023

Jesus was a biblical fundamentalist

In the conversation between the two disciples from Emmaus, Jesus began
with Moses and then all the prophets and explained to them from all the
Scriptures what was written about him. Luke 24:27NIV.

 

In Mark 2:25NIV Jesus says: “He answered, “Have you never read what
David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need?
” Jesus
affirms and confirms what David says in 1 Samuel 21:6NIV.

 

In Matt. 12:40NIV Jesus says: “For as Jonah was three days and three
nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and
three nights in the heart of the earth.
” Many have a hard time with
accepting this story. Jesus did not. He confirms what Jonas experienced in
the Book of Jonas.

 

The prophet Daniel saw visions that accurately paint the last part of the
end times for us, and also of the Antichrist and the Great Tribulation. Jesus
confirms Daniel's revelations in, among other things. Matt.24:15-16NIV,
where Jesus says: ““So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the
abomination that causes desolation,’
 spoken of through the prophet Daniel
—let the reader understand—
 then let those who are in Judea flee to the
mountains.


"When you therefore see the Abomination of Destruction, which is spoken
of by the prophet Daniel, standing on holy ground - whoever reads this
must feel it! – then those who are in Judea will flee to the mountains;”

 

And in Matt. 24:21NIV Jesus says: “For then there will be great distress,
unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be
equaled again.” Jesus refers, among other things, to Dan.9:27 – 11:31 –
12:1 – 12:11.

When the son of God, my Lord and Savior, is a fundamentalist, as he
literally believes in the Holy Scriptures, then I myself am safe and not
ashamed to believe that the God who saved a stubborn and reluctant Jonah
from the belly of the fish - He can and will also save me - and also you, if
you will just let Jesus save you.

Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
19th March 2023

 

Either or

 

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

Matthew 6:24NIV

 

A man of faith distributed tracts to all who sat in the same train
compartment as himself. All immediately began reading. After a while a
man looked up and said he disagreed with what was written there. “The
division between salvation and perdition is all too sharply drawn. There
might also be some kind of middle ground.”

 

The man who had distributed the tracts replied: “It was my plan today to
meet my friend at the railway station because we were supposed to be
travel together on this journey. I was in good time to look for him and find
my friend, but I could not see him anywhere. Possibly he has come on this
train at the last minute after all. We will see that when we leave the train in
a moment. But however, there can never be anything in between. Either
he's on the train or he's not. Either we meet when we get off the train or we
don't."

 

It was strangely quiet in the compartment after this exchange.

Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
18 March 2023

 

A change

 

If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild
olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the
nourishing sap from the olive root,

Rom.11:17NIV


He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch
that does bear fruit he prunes
 so that it will be even more fruitful.
John 15:2NIV

 

Once upon a time there was a thorn bush that stood in a ditch. One day a
gardener came by with a spade. He set about digging around the
thornbush. "Why is he doing this?" Doesn't he realize that I'm just an old
worthless thornbush?” said the thornbush to himself in surprise.

 

But the gardener now took him with him and planted it among his flowers,
and while the thornbush was still talking to himself: "He is making a great
mistake in planting an old thornbush among his rose trees."

 

The gardener came again to the thornbush. With a sharp knife he cut a slit
in the bark and grafted a rose branch into the bush.

 

When summer came, the most adorable roses sprouted on the old
thornbush. Then the gardener said: "Your beauty does not come from what
came out of you, but from what I put into you."

 

This is exactly what Christ does with people. To us, we can appear
completely worthless and useless. But then Christ takes us in his hand,
changes us, lifts us up from the dust and puts something of his life into us.
And soon we begin to look like him. We become small branches that bear
fruit.

Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
17 March 2023

The shards broken - riveted together again

 

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Restore
our fortunes, Lord, like streams in the Negev.

Psalms 126:3-4NIV

 

He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares
the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand,
Israel.

Jer. 18:6NIV

 

If we owned an expensive and beautiful vase and accidentally pushed it so
that it fell to the floor and broke, we would probably throw the bits and
pieces away. But in Japan they have a special way of restoring stoneware.
They first collect all the shards and then glue them together with glue
mixed with gold powder. In this way, it can be seen that this vase has been
broken, but this intervention gives it a new life. It becomes immeasurably
beautiful and gains even greater value. You appreciate the mistakes instead
of hiding them away.

 

This is a good image of life itself. The image reminds us that what breaks
in and with us can be put back together. We can come out on the other side
stronger than before after we've suffered cracks from pressure, abuse and
pain.

 

We all get hurt now and then. It is part of life, and we have pieces of glass
that are riveted back together, but the pieces also help to form us, make us
wiser, older, easier to influence. There is no need to go and hide the
wounds we have received. Instead, we can embrace them and make them
beautiful and remind ourselves that the distance between weakness and
strength is shorter than we think.

 

This mindset helps us get through losses and crises, because it shows us
that we can pick up the pieces and when the journey is at the end, we are
left with a better result. This also teaches us that everything does not have
to be perfect and without flaws, and that we do not have to be smooth and
without wrinkles, but rather that we are most beautiful when we show that
we are WHOLE people even if we have scars to show.

Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16th March 2023

A strange query

 

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

 

The well-known evangelist, Gipsy Smith, one day encountered a young
man who had often attended his meetings but who had not yet become a
Christian.

 

As they parted and Smith heard that the man was prevented from coming
to the meeting that evening, he said, "But then you must promise me that
you will pray for me instead."

 

The man was surprised and said: "Don't you know that you are asking
someone to pray for you who cannot even pray for himself?"


"Oh, I'll teach you how to pray!"
 

He now took a piece of paper and wrote: “God, bless Gipsy Smith tonight 
and help him to preach your gospel in the power of the Spirit, that sinners 
may be saved. For Christ's sake hear me. Amen.”
 
Then Smith said, “Won't you tonight pray this simple prayer? It can be of 
great help to me.”
 
The young man stood silent for a moment. But then he replied: "Yes, I 
want to!" And then he hurried on.
 
The following evening Smith noticed him sitting at the meeting and he 
went over to him.
 
"You probably knew what you were doing," said the young man.
 
"Well, did you keep your promise?"
 
“Yes, and when I was about to bend my knees to pray it struck me that I
was a bad person on earth. For many years I have not asked for my God
and Father. I was so terrified that I could not make out the words you had
written to me. I just had to cry out: "God, have mercy on me, great sinner!"
He heard my cry and gave me peace. After that I was able to pray for you.”
Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
15th March 2023

 

Time
 

 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his
hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal
knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard
from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the
ends of the world.

Psalm 19:1-4NIV

 

Rolf Slot-Henriksen, parish priest

The clocks of our days give man the false hope that time on this earth has
no end. The hands on the clock do not stop their movement when they
come around the dial once. On the other hand, man's hourglass reminds us
that one day the last grain of sand will have run down and life have ended.
The last grain of sand is each man's last moment.

 

The experience of the divine and the greatness of the "now", in the
moment - is something far too few people know in our time, where not
only the business world equates time with money. The twilight hours or
the quiet moments are alien to most of us in our time. Time is "killed" with
TV and entertainment. Trivial and superficial entertainment and lack of
silence and prayer dull us and make the human soul dull and indifferent.

 

The rhythm of life of our time is completely different from that of the old
peasant society, which knew nothing of the machines and aids of our time:
man lived in his own quiet mind day after day, year after year, giving
himself time to listen to the silence and think of eternity as something
completely natural. It is not just two times that are incompatible with each
other, but it is about two completely different ways of understanding time
and life.

Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
14th March 2023

 

The truth about justice

 

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified
freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Rom. 3:23-24NIV

 

It is true that I am not righteous - but the Truth (i.e. Jesus) announces that I
am righteous!

 

When Martin Luther was a monk in Wittenberg in Germany, his thoughts
revolved around the following: "How do I find a gracious God?" Luther
found the answer when he read Paul's letter to the Romans. There he
discovered that man is justified by faith alone, and only by faith and not by
works.

 

It is vital that God also reveals to us what Luther discovered. Because
otherwise we will always try to live up to God's standard - without
succeeding - and instead we would live under a dark and heavy yoke of
condemnation.

 

"There is no difference between people. No one lives as God wants, and all
have gone astray" “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Rom. 3:23NIV And the more we try to live up to God's standard by
keeping commandments and regulations, the more we accept the truth in
Rom. 3:20: "God does not receive and accept us because we keep the law.
But on the contrary, the law is given to us so that we know that we all
break it.”

 

So man, Satan and myself can easily find fault and stupidity in myself - in
thought, words and deeds - and say that I am not a righteous person -
measured by human standards.

 

But then the Truth (i.e. Jesus) enters the scene and because of Jesus'
perfect work on Calvary he says to everyone and anyone who believes in
Jesus Christ, the Son of God: “But now apart from the law the
righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the
Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ
to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,

Rom. 3:21-22NIV

 

And verse 26: “… justifies those who have faith in Jesus.” And verse 28:
“… a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.” While it
is true that we fall short, remember this:

 

Truth (ie Jesus) announces and says that you are righteous through faith in
Christ! And “… there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ
Jesus” Rom.8:1.

God help and strengthen you to seize and receive this blessed and
liberating truth!

Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
13 March 2023

 

Bible distribution - The grain of seed is the Word of God

 

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is
heard through the word about Christ.

Rom. 10:17NIV

 

Gunnar Andås

In 1936, an American named William Chapman was seriously ill in a
hospital in Chicago. An elder brother in his congregation visited him in the
hospital and he asked God to spare William's life and lead him into active
service for the Lord. William wanted to get well, but he was not so happy
about the second part of the prayer.

 

As the hours passed, William's condition improved more and more and
then he made the promise with God that if He made him well again, then
he would spend the rest of his life in the Lord's service. In 1938, William
and his wife, Betty, bought 1,000 Bibles, and from that day they began
going from house to house asking people if they possessed a Bible. If they
answered no, they asked further: "Now if I give you a Bible, would you
promise me to read it?"

 

As time went by, more and more people joined this work and today this
organization, BLI(Bible League International) works in more than 40
countries in the world. They work with Bible translations, distributing
Bibles, they produce material for Bible research and courses that are
prepared in such a way that the Bible texts are suitable for training people
who are illiterate in the art of reading these texts.

 

Many living accounts and testimonies are submitted to BLI, testifying to
the colossal importance of this missionary work.

Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
12th March 2023

An answer to prayer

 

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the
door will be opened to you.

Matt. 7:7NIV

 

As a deacon (assistant priest), I often dreaded the outcome of my work.
The salary I received was far too low to support me and mine. I taught a
few hours at the school and that way I got a little extra. But the outcome
was still not sufficient.

 

One particularly hard winter we were in great trouble. It was a Saturday as
I sat contemplating the Sunday sermon. Then my wife came in with
several bills from the baker, butcher and several others. In total, it was
more than 100 rubles. “Yes, I will pay them,” I said, but I didn't have a
single ruble left to pay with. And I continued writing. But the worries
disturbed me. I got up and went over to the window. Then a raven came
flying with a piece of meat in the beak. The raven sat on a roof directly
across from me and began to eat. I sighed: “Lord, you who feed the ravens,
do also give us what we need! Amen!”

 

After this prayer, peace fell over me and I was able to sit down at the
office table again. At the same moment there was a knock on the door and
the neighbor, a rich businessman, entered. He greeted us politely and asked
how we were and if there was anything he could help us with. If I was in
trouble, I would just tell him, because then I was to get what I needed.

 

But I was far too proud to tell this man about my situation, especially since 
I knew he never came to church. And disappointed he left us. But it didn't 
last long until the same man was back again. He put an envelope on the 
table and said almost firmly: "Here you go, this one has to be here!" And 
then he left. I opened the envelope and was amazed to find that there were 
100 rubles inside. It was exactly what I needed.


Sunday morning I went over to the same neighbor to thank him for the 
gift. "The Lord our God has used you for an angelic service," I said. When 
he asked me how, I told him about the raven and how God had answered 
my prayer.
 
"Is it possible," he cried, "that God is so alive, so near, so mighty?" And 
then he told me that when he counted the cash register the day before, he 
had suddenly had this following thought: "You have to take some money 
with you." And he did so without really knowing why. “As I strolled past 
here,” he continued, “You must go and ask how the neighbor is,” and I was 
ready to help you in some way. But since you so decidedly rejected my 
help I did not dare to offer you anything definite. But after walking a few 
steps from your house, a certain voice sounded inside me: "You must 
immediately give your neighbor the 100 roubles," and then I gave you the 
money that you had ordered from God."
 
I need not add more. The answer to prayer, the most blissful certainty that 
the Lord's eyes rested on my house, was not only faith-strengthening for 
me but also became a help for my friend.
Effie Campbell
 
 
 
 
 
 
11th March 2023

 

The task

 

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.”

Matt. 28:19-20NIV

 

Jesus gave us a task: We are to go to all nations and make disciples of
Jesus.

 

Although it is possible to reach far in TV and social media, it is necessary
to send out people among peoples and cultures in order to build a network
so that people can become disciples and have a community in churches.

 

God didn't send an email, he sent a messenger, his own son. Jesus
appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus, but Jesus needed a disciple
called Ananias to bring the gospel to Paul. God does not use angels as
missionaries. He uses people. Jesus became flesh and blood and took up
residence among us.

Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
10th March 2023

 

In an old worn Bible

 

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Psalm 119:11NIV

 

In an old worn Bible from an estate of a deceased person these lines were found written down:

 

- God's word is the voice I try to hear and follow.

- God's word is the guide through this complicated world.

- God's word is healing, food and drink for a sick and hungry soul.

- God's word is the rock and on this rock I build the hope for my eternal life.

- God's word is the power in the fight for the Lord's glory and man's salvation.

- God's word is a refuge for the weary wanderer.

- God's word carries the believing soul through death.

- Almighty God! Thank you for your word!

A Word on the Road – translated by Effie Campbell

 
 
 
 
 
9th March 2023

Taking offense to the gospel

 

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

1.Cor.1:18NIV

 

An atheist said to a believer, "It is foolish to think that the blood of Jesus
can cleanse from sin?"

 

The other replied: "Then you agree with the apostle Paul!"

 

“What?” asked the atheist in astonishment.

 

"Indeed, just read 1 Cor. 1:18!"

 

The atheist read: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who
are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

1.Cor.1:18NIV "Faith & Facts" – translated by Effie Campbell
 
 
 
 
 
 
8th March 2023

Jesus died for me

 

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that
whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16NIV

 

Just before the famous preacher, Charles Spurgeon passed away, a friend
came to visit him. They talked together about the different theological
currents of our time. Then Spurgeon said: “My theology has become very
simple. It can be expressed in four words. For a preacher, this may appear
to be too simple and too short, but in death it is enough: Jesus died for
me.”

e.c. translated
 
 
 
 
 
7th March 2023

 

You are never alone

 

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you
have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake
you.”

Heb. 13:5NIV

 

A man testified at the Mission Week in Tórshavn 2007. “Even when you
are in a large crowd and are with many people, you can still feel alone. I
had struggled with this for a long time and it bothered me” he said.

 

“One day when I was at the seaside yviri við Strond, I parked the car and
took a stroll in the beautiful untouched nature area, Boðanes. I looked
around but could not see a human being and so I began to pray aloud,
because that is the easiest thing for me.

 

“Dear God, now you must answer me. When I feel alone, am I then alone
or are you there with me too? Dear God, answer me before I reach the end
of this narrow path.”

 

I then continued my walk and reached two large stones standing together.
Now I saw that a plastic soda bottle was lying there with something inside.
I picked it up, unscrewed the lid and pulled this out. It turned out to be a
devotional piece that had been cut out of a magazine or newspaper and
placed in a plastic pocket and then rolled up like a cigar and at the end two
clips were inserted.

 

When I unfolded the sheet and read the heading, it said: You are never
alone! Then I could not help praising God for his great love and care. He
had answered my prayer directly. He shall be praised. Glory to his holy
name.”

 

When the man had sat back down in his chair, another man jumped up and
said: "I had no plans to say anything tonight, but now I feel I must say
something. I am the man who placed the bottle there. I did not cut out the
devotional piece and put it there in the bottle, but I found the bottle just as
you saw it with the devotional piece in it in a completely different place.
When I had read the devotional piece, I had a strong feeling that I was to
put the bottle there in that beautiful spot in Boðanes and I thought that the
bottle lay so perfectly well there between those two big stones."

 

Then the two brothers in the Lord embraced each other right there in the
middle of the floor. It was a heart-wrenching moment.

 

One of Jesus' names is Immanuel, and it means: "God with us."
Matthew1:23.

 

God says: “… “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.””
Hebrews 13,5.

Believe it and live it!

Effie Campbell
 
 
 
 
 
 
6th March 2023

The Gospel of the Cross

 

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in
paradise.”

Luke 23:43NIV

 

In a hospital, the chief physician noticed that a patient on his deathbed was
tossing and turning in bed. The chief physician, who was a good
connoisseur of people and a kind man, understood that this patient had
mental pain. But he did not know what to say to a man who feared to meet
God in eternity.

 

But then he thought that a little good literature and reading might turn his
mind away from the sick person and what scared him. Therefore he went
over to his bookcase and took out a collection of poems by Goethe, which
he placed on the patient's duvet.

 

The patient took the book, glanced at it quickly, and then put it down
again. The chief physician understood that there was nothing in the great
poet's book that could provide comfort in death for a frightened soul.

 

But the chief physician knew a helper who the others said belonged to "the
saints", and now the chief physician asked him to stop by the sick person.
The helper came. He sat down by the bed of the dying man and
immediately got to the heart of the difficulty and said: “You have heard of
Jesus who died on the cross for our sins, and you also know that he
received the criminal who asked for mercy. The same Savior also wants to
draw you to himself, forgive you everything and lead you into his
kingdom.”

 

When he had said this he fell on his knees by the bed and thanked Jesus
for the salvation he had provided for all people and for being so willing to
receive every sinner in need.

 

A glow of joy and peace spread over the sick man's face, and peace fell
upon him. He became completely calm and a moment later he passed away
like a child in his mother's arms.

Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
5th March 2023

 

A family with a bad memory

 

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
Exodus 20:8NIV

 

One Sunday, a teacher on his way home from church met a farmer in work
clothes.

 

"Have you met my son?" asked the farmer. "He drove this road with rakes
and forks."

 

"Yes, I have," said the teacher. “A young man with a bad memory, isn't it?”

 

"Bad memory! You cannot see on him that he has a bad memory."

 

"Yes, I could see that, and I have no doubt that he belongs to a family that
also has a bad memory."

 

"How can you say such a thing?" asked the farmer.

 

"Because God has said: "Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy."
Both father and son have forgotten this.”

Mia Hallesby – Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
4th March 2023

Fear not

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and
petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Phil. 4:6NIV

 

Rita Aasen

During World War II, Japan attacked China and occupied one part of the
country after another. Missionary families from many different countries
serving in China had to flee. But while they flee in great haste, the
Japanese ravage and act extremely violently towards those they capture.

 

The American missionary couple, Margareth and Dick Hillis (1913-2005)
and both their children lived deep inland in a small village. News came in
every day that the Japanese were now close and all the while the situation
is becoming extremely chaotic, Dick gets appendicitis. He was aware that
if he was to survive, he had to be under the care of a doctor as soon as
possible. It was a long way to the nearest hospital. He left home in a
bicycle taxi. Margareth was worrying for her husband, the children and
herself.

 

Margareth said goodbye to her husband on 15 Jan. 1941. Right after, the
Chinese colonel brought the news that the enemy was now very close and
that the inhabitants had to flee. But Margareth understood that she could
not flee with a one-year-old Johnny and two-month-old Anne, and she
therefore chose to stay on the spot.

 

The following morning, she tore the piece from the calendar and read: “In
God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can
mere mortals do to me?
” Psalm. 56:4NIV. That day the village was
deserted. Margareth was unhappy and felt let down. The following day, the
sheet she tore from the calendar read: “Those who know your name trust in
you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Psalm.9:11NIV. On the third day, shots were heard. Then Margareth got
scared and began to worry about how she would be able to get food for the
children. Then the following was written in the picture calendar: “So then,
don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he
reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
” Genesis 50:21NIV. And
suddenly an old woman came with a full bucket of warm goat's milk and
another person came with a basket of eggs.

 

As the day progressed, the noise from the fighting grew louder and
throughout the night Margareth prayed to God to save them from this life-
threatening situation. When the morning broke and she again reading the
calendar page for that day, it said: “in God I trust and am not afraid. What
can man do to me?
” Psalm 56:11NIV. The shelling increased and the
invasion could take place at any moment. Margareth could not go to sleep
and the following morning there was dead silence. The inhabitants of the
village slowly began returning to their homes. The colonel knocked on the
door and told Margareth that for some reason the Japanese had fled. No
one understood why. But the danger was over, and they could be safe
again.

 
Her husband was operated on and returned again and Margareth thanked 
the only true and living God from the bottom of her heart. She felt as if she 
had been reading His own handwriting every single day.
 
The time we live in is not only a time of grace, it is also a time of 
tribulation and here believers must have courage and strength and be 
persistent. “This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of 
God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.” Rev.14:12.NIV
Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd March 2023

 

Worries

 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you
rest.

Matthew 11:28NIV

 

Human life is so fragile that there will always be something to fear or
worry about. You will never reach a point in your life where there is no
longer uncertainty or danger that something could go wrong. That is why
God in the Bible asks us again and again to believe in Him and to put our
lives in His hands.

 

Faith in God is a defence against your worries. Build strong faith by
placing your "burdens of worry" in God's hands and thanking Him that He
is with you and wants to help you.

 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you
rest.

Matthew 11:28NIV

 

Accept this offer and cast your burdens on God. He will take them and
help you through the situation you are in.

“The Priest and the Psychologist! – Effie Campbell
 
 
 
 
 
 
2nd March 2023

For it is written!

 

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ
Jesus,

Rom.8:1NIV

 

I often read and hear these chapters 3-8 of Romans.

 

It was in this part of the Word that the religious Martin Luther recognized
that life with God is not religion - but a relationship - which is based solely
on faith in Christ. It is good to read these chapters slowly and several
times: to ponder, to emphasize, to ask questions, perhaps to read several
different translations.

 

It is written about Satan in Revelation 12:10NIV: “Then I heard a loud
voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power
and the
kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of
our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.

 

One of Satan's most effective weapons is to accuse and condemn. He does
that 24/7 – day and night. If we do not have a solid revelation of what
salvation really is, then the prosecutor will subdue us with accusations
such as:

 

- You're not good enough!

- You don't pray enough!

- You don't read enough in the Bible!

- You don't testify enough!

- You failed yesterday!

- Etc – Blah – blah – blah!

 

But this blah-blah-blah accusation is particularly effective if I base my
salvation on being a good person, where salvation is a compensation for
being good.

 

It is vital that I raise the shield of faith and actively use the sword of the
Spirit, which is the Word of God (Eph. 6:10-20), which in this case says in
Rom. 3:28 that it is written: “For we maintain that a person is justified by
faith apart from the works of the law.

 

We do like Jesus in Matt. 4:1-10, when Satan tempted him: “Jesus said to
him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God,
and serve him only.’

“Then Jesus aswered him: “Awau from me, Satan! For it is written that I
am saved by GRACE – by FAITH. SALVATION IS GOD’S GIFT – and
does NOT come from WORKS. (Eph.2,8-10)

 

And it is written: “Therefore, there is now NO CONDEMNATION for
those who are in CHRIST JESUS,
”Rom.8:1NIV. Thank you Jesus that I am
yours - bought and cleansed in your blood!

Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
1st March 2023
 
With speed


For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and
finality.”

Rom.9:28NIV


The return of Jesus is only mentioned very little in our time and this is 
connected with the fact that Israel is not mentioned. For the reason that 
Israel is a barometer, a time clock, we have no clock if we do not hear 
about Israel in the preaching. The signs of the Bible are coming true more 
and more. The time for Jesus' return is drawing near. It is hard to imagine 
that the difficulties regarding Israel can be postponed any longer. 
Unfortunately, we never hear preaching about the prophecies concerning 
Israel, the Jews and Jerusalem, and this almost makes us sheep without a 
shepherd.
 

We live within the church walls as if it was eternal life on earth. But
outside the church walls, events unfold at breakneck speed. The Bible says
about us that in the period before Jesus' return, events will happen in
speed. We might, for example, mention Isaiah 60, which is a chapter about
the end times, which mentions the return of the Jews and that Israel will be
restored. God ends the chapter like this, “… I am the Lord; in its time I
will do this swiftly.”” Isa.60:22NIV Well, the time is now. The Jews are
home and continue to return home to this day. Therefore, we find ourselves
in the time when God accomplishes everything swiftly. We live in a
troubled and violent time, and therefore it is of great importance that we
know with the Word what is going to happen, so that we do not become
anxious and frightened - but live in peace.

 

In Rom.9,28 it says: “For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth
with speed and finality.”
” Rom.9:28NIV

 

So God has informed us. But we happily ignore this information so as not
to scare anyone, so that we can continue with our cozy church idyll. But
God says: “Be light in the darkness and salt in the midst of corruption and
decay. Reveal the truth and make a difference!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evangeline Booth, salvation army, testimony, personal testimony

26.1.2014

Evangeline Booth

26th January 2014


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

See video of Evangeline Booth

Biography Evangeline Booth:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evangeline Booth replied: "It was me."

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

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

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

E. Campbell translated

 

25th January 2014
 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aril Edvardsen, "Troens bevis".

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

24th January 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was obvious that the testimony had also hit him.


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

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

23th January 2014


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

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

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


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

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

 

 

 

22th January 2014


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

Paul:

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

Peter:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

21th January 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

20th January 2014
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can hear the song on the following link .

"Safe in the arms of Jesus."

E.Campbell

 

 

 

19th January 2014

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

E.C.

 

 

 

 

18th January 2014


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

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

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

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

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

Acts 26.23 NIV

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

Heb. 9.22 NIV

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

E. Campbell

 

 

 

17th January 2014
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

E. Campbell 

 

 

 

 

16th January 2014

 

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

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


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

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

1 Tim. 1.15 NIV

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

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

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

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

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


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

E. Campbell

 

 

 

15th January 2014
 

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

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


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

Joh. 6,54 NIV

E. Campbell

 

 

 

14th January 2014
 

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

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

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

 

 

 

13th January 2014
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

 

 

 

12th January 2014

INVITATION FOR A WEDDING

A pastor's wife once told me this story:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Matt. 22.4)

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

Einar Lyngar . E. Campbell trans .

 

 

 

11th January 2014


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

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


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

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

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

10th January 2014

PROVE IT

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

Mat. 7, 24

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

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

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

E. Campbell translated

 

 

9th January 2014

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Has this song spoke to you?

You can hear the song by pushing this link

F. Campbell translated


 

 

 

8th January 2014

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

7th January 2014
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

6th January 2014
 

THE RIGHT CHOICE

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


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

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


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

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

John. 18.37

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

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

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


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

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

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

5th January 2014

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

Luke 18.1

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

4th January 2014

 

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

Press this link to hear the song

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

 

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


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


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

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

 

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

 

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

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


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

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

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

E.Campbell translated

 

 

 

3rd January 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

2nd January 2014

THE ENTRANCE OF TEMPTATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

(Job 31.1 . 9-12) . NIV

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

1st January 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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