28th September 2020

THE DOGS?Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow 
that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”” 
2.Pet.2,22NIV

A man preached about not to sin on the grace. Jesus has bought us so 
dearly. If we really sat down contemplating about what he had to go through 
in order to buy us back to Heaven, then we would not have trampled on his 
precious work of salvation like that. He was maltreated and tortured and in 
addition to this he carried a heavy burden on his back, namely the sins of 
the whole world, committed by all generations through all the ages. We do 
not have the right attitude if we think: Well, now I am saved so now I 
can live as I please. In that case, we sin on the grace and that is not 
good.

Then the man read from the last chapter of the Bible: “Outside are 
the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the 
murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. ” 
Rev.22,15NIV These are the ones who are not allowed to enter the New 
Jerusalem. Read the entire chapter 21 and 22, here you will get a thorough 
explanation of the New Jerusalem.

But let's return to the Scripture. The dogs are the ones who are first 
mentioned out of this herd of sinners. Who are the dogs then? Peter touches 
this in 2 Peter 2:22: “Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its 
vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”” 
This means that people who have been saved turn back to the world and thus 
live as they did before. But Jesus prays in the high priestly prayer: “I 
have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of 
the world any more than I am of the world. ” John 17,14NIV We live in the 
world but are not of the world. It is not possible to stand with one leg in 
each camp, because then we fall down between them. We are called to be 
light and salt in this world. Jesus hates the lukewarm. As lukewarm Jesus 
will spit us out of his mouth.(Rev. 3,16)
Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

27th September 2020

WITH JESUS IN THE BOAT I AM SAFE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORMWhen the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s 
a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. ”
Matt.14,26NIV

Svein Andersen
The disciples cried out in fear, "It is a ghost!" Then he came walking on 
the lake to them.

Now we are there again, in the middle of a big and unexpected storm with 
waves washing over the entire world, and Jesus neither sleeps in the boat 
nor comes walking on the back of the Corona waves, no ..., He lives by 
faith in our hearts. He is closer to us than our own breathing. He loves us 
more than our own mother, and He prays for us more than anyone else, well, 
He lives to intercede for us!

Do you need intercession? You have an intercessor sitting at the right hand 
side of our heavenly Father! You and I can safely lie down and get a good 
night's sleep without fear or worry for tomorrow, for it is already in His 
hand! He has commanded His angels to protect all who love Him, “For he will 
command his angels concerning you

to guard you in all your ways;” Psalm 91,11NIV. He has commanded the Holy 
Spirit to comfort and guide us, and He Himself has prepared for us a dwelling
place in Heaven! Fear no more, and do not worry, for all your times are in His
hand, and all your days were numbered, long before any of them even came
into being!

It is so liberating to put one's life in the hands of the Lord when the 
Corona storm rages. It is freedom to live in the shadow of the Almighty and 
to be able to sing along to the hymn: "He is my defense, my castle, my God, 
in whom I trust!"

The seriousness of the current worldwide situation of "disease creeping up 
on us in the dark" gives many people a new opportunity to stop and look at 
life and to find their way back to the peace of mind that only a personal 
devotional with the Word and prayer can give everyday life. An account of 
how I have spent my time and money over the past 10 years might change my 
financial plan if the Lord were to bless us with new years before His 
return.

Then the days continue in storm as well as in sunshine. I begin the day 
with Jesus and the Words from Heaven, I give thanks and pray, I bless 
children and grandchildren, and I commit to church and mission. Why? 
Because He has so often given me grace  and more grace than I have deserved 
and expected, and because He loved me - before I knew Him!
Effie Campbell translated





26th September 2020

YOU ARE IN GOD'S WAITING ROOMWait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  
Psalm 27,14NIV

God gave His people a remarkable message: “Three times a year all your men 
are to appear before the Sovereign Lord, the God of Israel. I will drive 
out nations before you and enlarge your territory, and no one will covet 
your land when you go up three times each year to appear before the Lord 
your God. ”
Ex.34,23-24NIV

Consider this! Three times a year they were to stop all work and spend time 
with God, worshiping him, seeking his guidance and his course for the 
future. Can you imagine what would happen if you did the same?

Notice the words "enlarge your territory". Instead of losing something, you 
gain. Also note the words "I will drive out nations before you". As you 
worship God and wait for Him, the Lord will fight your battles. And one of 
the differences between you and God is that you are in danger of losing, 
but He has never lost a battle.

Also note the words "no one will covet your land". You do not have to fear 
competition from others. God uses this "three times a year pilgrimage" to 
teach His people this main principle: "If you wait for me in worship, I 
will work for you."

His words are, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. 
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they 
will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah40,31NIV

You thus have two choices: Continue to rush about and stress - or take 
advantage of God's strength and His plans as you spend time with Him.
"A Word for the Day"
Effie Campbell translated.







25th September 2020

LOOK IN A NEW WAYI remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the 
land of the living.” 
Psalm 27,13NIV

When you start looking at things from God's point of view, it changes your 
feelings. The only thing that keeps your old negative emotions running is 
your own thoughts.

The old King James Version of the Bible says: “For as he thinketh in his 
heart, so is he:..” Provervs 23,7KJV When you start thinking the right 
thoughts, then your life will gradually start going the right way. But 
remember, you did not become negative in one day and that you will hardly 
become positive in a single day. So how do you get started?

1) You must do anything  “excellent or praiseworthy ” Phil.4,8NIV and 
replace or put it instead of negative thoughts. You need to treat negative 
thoughts the same way as flies - sweep them away. With perseverance this is 
going to make you succeed. It is a conscious choice on your part to make!

2) Before entering the future, remind yourself of the faithfulness of God 
in the past. Shakespeare said, "Let neither day nor night pass by in 
desecration, but always remember what the Lord has done." David said, “I 
remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land 
of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the 
Lord.” Psalm 27,13-14NIV

We do not have more difficulties than other people, we just think more 
about them. If you want to experience a feeling, it must first be created 
in the mind before you can "produce" it. This is revolutionary, this is 
life-changing information - and it will change your life if you act in 
accordance with it!
"A Word for the Day"
Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

24th September 2020

STICK TO WHAT YOU BELIEVE - AND GOD WILL HONOR YOU

“... I have made a vow to the Lord that I cannot break.” ” 
Judges 11,35 NIV

For months, Eric Liddell practiced wholeheartedly and was determined to win 
the 100 meter race at the 1924 Olympics. Most athletes believed he would 
win. But when he arrived at the games it became clear to him that the race 
would take place on a Sunday. This was a big problem for him because he did 
not think he could honor God if he ran on His holy day. He therefore called 
of the race and his fans were shocked by his decision.

Some who had previously praised him to the skies now called him a great 
fool. A lot of pressure was put on him, but he stuck to his decision.

Then they received a cancellation for the 400 meter race. This race was to 
take place on an everyday and Liddell was offered the vacancy. In fact, 
this was not his favorite discipline. The distance was four times as long 
as the one he had been preparing for for a long time. Still, he crossed the 
finish line as the winner and also set a new record of 47.6 sec. He won an 
Olympic gold medal and showed that he was not to be shaken from what he 
believed was right to do when it came to his faith, and his historic 
achievement was later portrayed in the award-winning film, "Chariots of 
Fire".

Eric Liddell became even more famous when he became a missionary in China, 
where he later died in a concentration camp in 1945. He was like Jephthah, 
who said: “... I have made a vow to the Lord that I cannot break.” ” Judges 
11,35 NIV

The message that shines so clearly through the life of this man is: Stick 
to what you believe is right - and God will honor you.
"A Word for the Day"
Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

23th September 2020

JESUS WEPTJesus wept.” 
John 11,35NIV

Can we become so utterly miserable and hopelessly despairing when we lose 
someone we love, when at the same time we also believe in the resurrection, 
where everything will one day be beautiful and good?

Yes! In the first place God created us as human beings with emotions.

If we do not accept these feelings, then we will have problems being whole 
and complete people. We would be dishonest towards ourselves if grief and 
perhaps also  uncertainty and doubt did not strike us. Next, this is 
exactly what Jesus himself does in the verse above. And, of course, Jesus 
knows very well himself the wonderful plan that was laid in Heaven for the 
Fall. He knows that he himself has the power to make alive again, and he 
may well know that he will do just that a few minutes after this moment! 
And yet he weeps. He weeps because he sees. He sees the pain, the 
suffering, the hopelessness, and he feels himself how hurt you feel when 
death takes our lives from us.

We can thus weep over the suffering, while clinging to hope.
For even God himself weeps - also with you today.
Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

22th September 2020

THE LORD MAKES WATER TO WINE

““I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? ”
Jer.32,27NIV

They sat together under some trees in the plantation. - Some of them were 
drunk. Some were still at their full five and they were talking loudly. But 
the topic of the conversation was all the time: More to drink.

At times, they became too loud and some used inappropriate language, 
screaming and howling.

Suddenly a sober and handsomely dressed young man came over to them. He 
smiled and said, "Well, boys, how are you?"

Everyone turned to him and they could easily recognize him: "Well, isn't it 
you, Ole?" It was now at least two years since they had last seen him. 
Everyone had heard that he had become "very religious". One of them was 
therefore quick on the trigger and asked. "Well, well, Ole, even though you 
are now converted you are not so foolish as to think that water can turn 
into wine are you?" The drunken young man started laughing. "No, such 
wonders are pure fabrication!"

"Such wonders!" Their old friend becomes very upset and harsh in his voice 
and says aloud: - "Listen now, - my Savior can do far greater miracles than 
that! Just come with me home and see !!!

The alcohol is turned into a happy home, a good wife, clothes, furniture 
and a whole family! ”

““I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? ”
Jer.32,27NIV
“For it is more than enough that in the past you have done as the Gentiles 
will, and lived a life of debauchery, lust, burning, wild parties, 
drunkenness, and improper idolatry. Now, when you no longer rush into the 
same stream of debauchery, they wonder and mock you for it, ”1.Pet.4,3-4
"Faith & Facts" E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

21th September 2020

THE PARISH CLERKS

“... “We will not neglect the house of our God.”” 
Neh.10,39 NIV

Among Jesus' ancestors, the names constantly change from known people to people we know nothing about. In Matt.1,13NIV we read: “Zerubbabel the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor,
Zerubbabel was a very famous man. He was one of those who brought
home the Jews from the exile in Babylon. As for his descendants Abiud and
Eliakim, we know nothing about who these men really were.
Inside the vestry in some churches there are mounted pictures of all the priests who have stood on the near pulpit, but there are no pictures of church servants such as clergies or organists. Why? The Bible does not only mention kings and priests but also singers and doorkeepers. 1.Chron.16,13 and 9,17.
God values and recognizes those who work in the forefront of public life; but he certainly also cares for and appreciates those of his humble servants who work backstage.
Take heart, you believers! Even though no one notices you and your deeds, God has you on his roll up in Heaven, and up there your reward awaits you.

”Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. ” 1.Tim.3,13NIV
E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

20th September 2020

DO NOT BE ASHAMED OF JESUS

““Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my 
Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown 
before my Father in heaven. ”
Matt.10,32-33NIV

I am now 78 years old and it is with gratitude in my heart that I can look 
back to how the Lord, my God, has led me right from my youth.

The great day of my life - at that time I had passed 40 years - came as a 
result of the Lord intervening twice in my life and showing His divine 
power. I cannot, of course, explain how it could be that these events took 
place; but one thing is certain: the events took place! And here I would 
like to tell you about everything, in honor of the Lord, and with prayer 
that you too may be allowed to meet him!

When I was 17, I worked for Martin Breidal and his wife. They lived in 
Lågendalen in Larvik in Norway. These three years that I served them I felt 
good in every respect. However, there was one thing that was a heavy burden 
to me: I was scared to death of "all Christian".

This attitude on my part nagged this couple for their great wish and prayer 
was that I would come to the meetings and hear about Jesus and become a 
personal Christian. But for me, even the thought of this was more than 
enough!

Confessing faith in God created a horror inside me and I always avoided 
this. But by this time I was got measles and I got really sick. One of 
the nights when I was lying sick my eyes fell on the wall and there I saw 
in big golden letters above my bed: Matt.10,32-33.

I did not understand how the text could come there like that. But I knew that what 
I saw had something to do with the Bible, a book that was completely 
unknown to me.

The following morning I told the woman of the house what I had seen. She 
loved her Bible and quickly found the scripture. When she saw what was 
written there, she was immensely moved because she knew of the terrible 
fear of man that plagued me. She now read aloud: ““Whoever acknowledges me 
before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But 
whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” 
Matt.10,32-33NIV

Despite the fact that I had received this direct "Greeting from Heaven", I 
still did not take a definite stand and did not act in accordance with the 
calling. The years passed, and I still remained "neutral" and never dared 
confessing the name of the Lord.
- - - - -
25 years went on like this and the situation was still unchanged. But then 
something happened again one night: Someone woke me and said that Martin 
Breidal was dead and that I had to leave the following morning for 
Lågendalen for the funeral!

This amazed me. Of course, I had never been able to forget this noble 
couple for  whom I had served in my youth. But had the man really lived 
right up until now? And what effect could it have that I was to go to his 
funeral?

But, dear friend, because this "message" came to me three times that same 
night, I just had to obey, to put it bluntly.

The journey lasted for three hours. Truly a strange journey ... When I 
finally arrived there, it turned out that I was just in time for Martin 
Breidal's funeral! The funeral was to be at 11 a.m. from the parish hall. 
This unique Christian brother and missionary had lived 99 years. He 
was known far and wide and was very loved. Many people had come to the funeral 
and the hall was packed.

Then the amazing thing happened that the funeral turned into a true "reader 
meeting", like in the old days with testimonies and happy singing! There 
was no "funeral atmosphere". People praised the Lord for eternal life, and 
they praised His holy name. God's spirit worked and many people praised God 
with a loud voice!

All this should be more than enough to terrify me. But it never happened. 
On the contrary! Something inside me melted, and for the first time in my 
life, I got up to testify and confess the name of Jesus!

I testified about the words I received as a 17-year-old when I served at 
Breidal, and about the 25 years that had passed since then in disobedience 
to his specific calling. I told how I was awakened three times last night 
and told to go to this funeral, and how I had finally made a wholehearted 
decision for my Savior.

When I came home later, everything became new to me, and after this great 
event, I have never been ashamed to confess Jesus' precious name! To him 
belongs all the glory!
“Tro & fakta” = "Faith & Facts" E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

19th September 2020

THE PROMISESThen will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf 
unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout 
for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the 
desert.”
Isaiah 35,5-6NIV

Dale stepped forward and struggled his way up to the pulpit carrying a 
giant book with thick pages. One of the elders adjusted the microphone for 
him while Dale flipped through the pages of the book – and stopped roughly 
in the middle of the book. He readjusted the dark glasses on his nose, as 
if he was able to see, and then he began reading: “Strengthen the feeble 
hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, 
“Be strong, do not fear; your God will come,”

I immediately recognized the words of Isaiah, chapter 35. Dale's big clumsy 
book was the Bible, written in touch-typing. But that was not the entire 
Bible. The part he read from this morning included only a few books from 
the Old Testament. Most of the Bible was still at Dale's house, because he 
could not move all the books at once!

The blind man continued to read with his hands running on the pages of the 
book his fingers sliding along small dot-shaped elevations in the paper. He 
read fluently and with an authoritative voice. Occasionally the fingers 
stopped as they encountered a staple on the page (It was his way of 
emphasizing a word).

Dale appeared small behind the giant book on the large pulpit; but in my 
eyes he was a great person.

The Bible must be hugely precious to Dale when you consider how much energy 
he spends reading it, to emphasizing a word, or simply to have it moved 
from his home to the church! I studied my own Bible, which I was sitting 
with in my lap, and realized that from that very day on, I had a slightly 
different view of the Bible.

How precious is the Bible to you?
Is it not time for you to open your eyes to see that the Bible is the word 
of God, a holy message from your Heavenly Father?

Try reading Isaiah chapter 35 today and notice the truth and hope that are 
hidden for  us in the word of God.

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us so much that you have revealed 
yourself to us through your word. Help me today to read it as if it was the 
first time.
Joni Eareckson Tada

 

 

 

 

18th September 2020

WORKING

“... Night is coming, when no one can work.”  
John 9,4 NIV

There are people who do not bother working. In Paul's days, he traveled 
from village to village teaching the Gentiles about God. He also wrote 
letters to the places he had visited.

In the Bible, God's will is written down, and now we will read a little 
from one of Paul's letters in the Bible: ”For even when we were with you, 
we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”” 
2. Thess.3,10 NIV

God has given us a healthy body so that we can use it and not let others 
do the work for us. A person who does not work sins against God.

The Lord calls us mildly and says, ““What do you think? There was a 
man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work 
today in the vineyard.’” Matt.21,28NIV, and Jesus explains to us how it 
happens in Heaven. At least there is no dazing and laziness: “In his 
defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very 
day, and I too am working.” ” John 5,17NIV

Idlers and loafers have always existed, even in Paul's day: “We hear that 
some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are 
busybodies. 12Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus 
Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. ” 2Thessalonians3,11-
12NIV, and elsewhere he says, “and to make it your ambition to lead a 
quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, 
just as we told you, ” 1Thess.4,11NIV

We should teach our future generations the joy and pleasure of working. 
Possessing large fortunes and a lot of possessions is no prerequisite for 
being happy. Happiness is the work itself, the service itself, that is, being 
allowed to be where God has set us.

E. Campbell translated







 

17th September 2020

"I AM YOURS, RIGHT UNTIL THE END ..."

““I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. ” Luke 12,8NIV Rachel was in the middle of 5 siblings. She was a happy young girl - gripped by Jesus. She dreamed of becoming an actress and a missionary - and that was what she became. On the other side of the world, her father stands with her diary and reads over the phone what she wrote on the day of the year itself, the year after she was liquidated and thus became a martyr. "I do not know what this is; it feels like darkness is coming. It is so hard, so heavy and cold. Those who have been my friends are now turning their backs on me. I do not know why. But God, I trust in you, and you know that I have surrendered to you. I will give you my whole life and not just live for you when everything is easy and convenient. I am yours, right until the end ... ” What happened: On April 20, 1999, on Adolf Hitler's birthday, two armed students entered Columbine High School in Littleton, USA, and shot dead 13 people and then themselves. Among the dead were Rachel Scott, a 17-year-old Christian girl who represented a youth group in the congregation, and Cassie Bernall, who had been saved from abuse and spiritual worship 2 years earlier. Their lives were brutally taken from them with a shot, after answering the question of whether they believed in God with the words, "Yes, I believe!" This gave rise to shock waves and became a true test of faith for the others in the youth group. Many expected those who stood outside to say that this was proof that God does not exist or that he cannot protect those who believe in him. But it was the exact opposite that happened. Jesus is talking about the grain of wheat falling into the ground and dying. But after a short while, God lets life sprout again - thousand times bigger and stronger than if it were not something that fell into the ground and died. Of course, it was not God's will for Rachel and Cassie and 11 others at the school to be shot to death. But the following months He has shown time and time again that He is a God who can turn the most terrible acts of evil into victory and salvation. Because within a year, there were hardly any Christian youths in the United States who were not affected by these martyrs' courage to stand firm in their faith, whether or not it seemed to cost them their lives. "Yes, I believe!" has become a slogan in the true sense of the word. The idea of being prepared to even lose one's life for one's faith, should we face this, has ignited such a fire in thousands of young people that this phenomenon has not previously been seen in either the United States or the Western world as a whole. Darrel, Rachel Scott's father, travels to schools all over the United States and tells about his daughter and uses her testimony to ask the young people if they are really ready to wave goodbye to this life without having peace with God. Along with him is also Rachel's youngest brother, Craig, who is 16 years old. Craig was also at the same school and he saw his sister and another being shot but he survived the encounter with the killers because he played dead as they walked past him. Rachel Scott knew both men who comitted this crime. Just one week before, she had testified to them about Jesus. They shot Cassie Bernall right away after she had said yes to the question of whether she believed in God. But when the men reached Rachel Scott at the library, they already knew she was saved. They then fired four bullets into her body, however not fatally. Then one of them went over to her and asked if she still believed in God. She replied, "Yes, I believe in Him." They then killed her with a shot to the head. On April 16, just 4 days before the massacre, Rachel writes in her diary: "If you were to die today. What happens? Where would you end up? You have no promise of seeing tomorrow, only an opportunity. You may not get this opportunity. After death, what comes next? Where will you be in your eternity? Will you spend the eternity with a Father who loves you, or will you live away from God always? ”






 

 

 

 

 

16th September 2020

THE RELATIONSHIP

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 3,16 When the war broke out in 1940, Karla Stokke worked as an officer in the Salvation Army in Lakkegata 15 in Oslo. Olga Brustad was an assistant and she has told about this event: One day the phone did not work. It was impossible to connect with anyone. We then asked for help from a man to look at and repair the phone but he could only confirm what we knew that the connection had been cut of. - Tell me, young man, do you have a relationship with God? Stokke asked. This question took him by surprise and he replyed stuttering that he did not. "That is the most important thing of all on earth, young man," said Stokke. Remember that, because if we do not have a relationship with God down here on earth, well, then there will be no relationship in eternity either! And indeed, the relationship came about. It ended with Stokke and this young man praying to God together. The relationship must be established on this side. It is NOT something that gets established once we have come to the other side.

Effie Campbell translated


 

 

 

 

 

15th September 2020

TEARS

For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs 

of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”
Rev.7,17 NIV


Once I was in the hospital many years ago, I noticed something strange. Even though I knew
that the women who were in my hospital were in great pain, none of them cried. Occasionally
I lay awake all night wanting to cry; but I was afraid to wake the others in the living room, and
then they might as well tease me in physiotherapy the following day. So I held back the tears.


When I was discharged, I heard about David, the warrior king, who was weeping. The pages
of the Psalms are salted and wet with his tears. I heard about the great, strong Peter, who
wept bitterly when he realized his sin. About Jesus it says ”... he offered up prayers and petitions
with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because
of his reverent submission. ”
Heb.5,7NIV

When I heard about all this from the Bible, I dared to cry myself. Tears were no longer something
I was to be ashamed of or signs of weakness. And I am convinced that God will
one day wipe away all my tears.

God give you hope even if you find it difficult to hold back the tears. The Bible says that
Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.” Psalm126,5NIV This means that out
of your sorrow, God will give you the reward of joy that lasts forever. God, sometimes it
seems as if the pain and the difficulties will never end - Thank you for reminding me today
that the tears only last for a limited time.

How I look forward to the day when you yourself will wipe away the tears from the eyes of us
all.
Joni Eareckson Tada

 

 

 

 

14th September 2020

THE LIE

““You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. ” 
Ex 20,16NIV

We know this text from Scripture. It is one of the Ten 
Commandments, and the meaning of it is that we must not lie to 
anyone. If we break the commandments, then nature strikes back.

We know where we're going! The Bible is like a compass. It shows us 
the right way. It shows us the way to Heaven.

In the United States, lie detectors are used in lawsuits. When 
people lie - even the most hard and tough criminals - the blood 
pressure rises, and this affects the lie detectors. Why? Because we 
and our body are not created to lie. The lie harms ourselves as 
well as others. That is why the eighth commandment says that we 
must not lie. If we lie, then nature strikes back with high blood 
pressure, for the nature of our body responds to the lie.

I recently read this in the magazine “Troens bevis”="Proof of 
Faith". At first I thought: "Well, technology has become very 
advanced." But then I came to think of a story I had heard a few 
years ago, which shows us that our ourcenstors also knew that the 
body responds to lie. The story is as follows:

Many centuries ago two men were charged with a heinous crime. Both 
men appeared in the courthouse, where the caliph was to make a 
decision in the case.

They both got the opportunity to speak out and they defended 
themselves exemplary. Both said they had nothing at all to do with 
this crime. They were reportedly not at the scene of the crime at 
all when the crime took place, and they had not so much as heard of 
it.

The caliph sat still for a while. Then he called in a servant. He 
whispered something in the servant's ear, who then left the room 
again. A moment later the servant returned with two bowls of 
uncooked rice.

The caliph now commanded both men to take a spoonful of rice up in 
their mouths and chew the rice well in their mouths. The men now 
did as the caliph said, for they dared not do otherwise. They 
understood none of all this and found it very strange; but the 
servant had often done this before, so he knew how this was going 
to end.
The men now chewed well and thoroughly. The rice was hard because 
it was uncooked. After chewing well and for a long time, the caliph 
said they were to spit the rice back down into the bowl.

The caliph now rose from his chair and went over to each of the 
men, carefully examining the rice of both. Then he sat down again, 
pointed to one of them, and said, "You are welcome to get up and go 
home, you are innocent." The man happily jumped to his feet and 
quickly left the building.
Then the caliph said to the other, "It is you who has committed the 
crime." The man now confessed his crime, but it surpassed his 
understanding how it was possible for the caliph to know the truth.


Man is created in such a way that if we become afraid, lie and have 
a bad conscience, then the mouth produces less saliva. The caliph 
had examined the rice that the men had spat out very carefully. The 
rice of the first was a little wet, while the rice of the second 
was totally dry, and therefore there was no doubt as to whether the 
other was the culprit.

The Bible gives us good advice. It says: “Therefore each of you 
must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for 
we are all members of one body.”  Eph.4,25NIV

- - - - - -

Satan is called the father of lies, for he was the first to lie. We 
are not to imitate him and become his disciples. Jesus, on the 
other hand, is the truth. We must flee from the lie and stick to 
the truth.

Jesus speaks a lot about the lie in Revelation, and he warns us 
strongly against it. "Who are those who one day stand outside the 
gate of the new Jerusalem?" asks Jesus. “... everyone who loves and 
practices falsehood.”(Rev.22,15) and ”Nothing impure will ever 
enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, 
but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. 
” (Rev.21,27). And then he says something so eerie that we hardly 
dare mention it: “... and all liars—they will be consigned to the 
fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” ”   
(Rev.21,8,8)

And now that we think about it, we well understand that it is not 
possible to have liars in heaven. It's not good at all if people go 
up there and lie. Then there is no heaven anymore. That is why 
lying is so serious.

We must ask God to help us to the truth, and if we have lied, then 
we must correct it and ask God for forgiveness. Then we have also 
been promised that the blood of Jesus cleanses us whiter than snow.

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

13th September 2020

WISDOMlet us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance 
that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty 
conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. ”
Hebr. 10,22 NIV

How would it be good to have the assurance of faith! A fully grown and 
mature faith. A faith that provides spiritual insight into spiritual truths 
and helps us become more convinced of things that we do not see.

The Puritans said that the believers who have endured through great trials 
and temptations get full assurance in faith. When we have endured, the 
Spirit gives us assurance, and faith matures as a source of power in all 
areas of life. The eyes of the soul are strengthened and the spiritual 
wisdom is developed.

If I have achieved anything through life in a wheelchair, then it is a 
greater assurance of faith. The trials have assured me of rich and deep 
spiritual truths. The Spirit has convinced me that “...in all things God 
works for the good of those who love him...”  I know that I am never alone, 
and that Heaven is a reality. I am fully convinced that even the slightest 
act done in the name of Jesus opens up the powers of glory in Heaven. Such 
is life in the assurance of faith.

Your trials and temptations may be God's way of using Hebrews 10:22 in your 
life. Through adversity, you can draw closer to God. Your heart can become 
more wholehearted. Faith grows to full assurance of wonderful spiritual 
truths.
Remember that faith ”... is confidence in what we hope for and assurance 
about what we do not see. ” 

Joni Eareckson Tada

 

 

 

 

12th September 2020

MATERIALISM“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the 
other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot 
serve both God and money. ”
Matt.6,24NIV

Bjørn Heimstad
The fastest growing religion in the world today is not Islam or 
Christianity but materialism.

But is materialism a religion, a worship of God? Yes, I believe it is, and 
the god of the materialism is called mammon. I have met discouraged and 
frightened fathers who are confused because the young generation does not 
go to the mosque except on very special occasions. They prefer to sit at 
home and watch music videos where they see wealthy artists from the western 
world and India, from Hollywood and Bollywood.

Every single week parents call here to the office. They are in distress and 
worried about their adult children. The children have good jobs and are 
financially independent, but they have no interest in hearing the word of 
God.

The Bible warns us. Jesus clearly states in his warning: ““No one can serve 
two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will 
be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and 
money. ” Matt.6,24NIV

Throughout the history of Israel in the Old Testament, we see a pattern 
that repeats itself: In difficult times, they repented and sought God. God 
was gracious and punished them as mildly as possible - and blessed the Jews 
in all areas, including the material. In good times, they often forgot to seek 
God. They found peace in everyday things, worldly things - and therefore 
reaped negative fruits. Paul says to those who are materially rich in the 
church: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be 
arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put 
their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our 
enjoyment. ” ” 1.Tim.6,17NIV

It is said clearly throughout Scripture that God does not mind that we have 
abundance in all areas, including financially and materialistically. The model of 
poverty does not come from the Bible but from the Middle Ages.

Money is a good servant but a hard and terrible master. It is not dangerous 
to have money if it is not the case that the money has us.

We were all shaken by the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. The most 
optimistic here glimpsed an opportunity for revival among the Americans.

And quite right. The first Sunday after 9/11, churches were packed all over 
the United States. But what amazed many was that it only took 2-3 weeks 
after the attack for the number of visitors to the churches to return to 
normal. Everything was as before. We survived and we still had food on the table 
every day. Materialism survived 11.9.

The terror in the United States reveals how vulnerable we humans are. 
Anything can happen and anything can go wrong within just a few seconds.

But as long as we have bread and entertainment, we can manage everything 
without God. Materialism is the latest crutch our people worship and cling 
to. Our people already have a religion they worship, and as long as this
exists, well then they do not need the gospel. At least not before they can 
glimpse their own funeral and grave clothes with no pockets.

After 1945, we built the welfare state while "building" God out of our 
daily lives. This is the greatest disaster that has befallen our country in 
recent times.

What is materialism? Materialism is trying to satisfy our need with 
material things. Then we also seek security in the material values instead of 
having our security in God and in his promises. Materialism has also led 
people to flee into increasing workloads to anaesthetize the spiritual 
void.

E. Campbell translated, 62.21

 

 

 

 

 

11th September 2020

CHRIST AND THE TRUTHJesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to 
the Father except through me.”
John14,6 NIV

I believe that nothing is so beautiful, nothing so deeply heartfelt and 
marvelous, nothing so true, no one so wise, as bold and perfect as Jesus 
Christ.

I say to myself that his equal does not exist and cannot be found either.

If anyone can prove to me that the truth of our lives was not with Christ - 
then I would rather follow Christ than the truth.

Fjodor Dostojevsky, 62,20

 

 

 

 

 

10th September 2020

LOOK AT HIM SOLELYThe next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, 
the Lamb of  God, who takes away the sin of the world!” 
John 1,29NIV

The Persian king Cyrus is said to have captured a prince, his wife and 
children during a campaign. When they were brought before the king, Cyrus 
asked the prince:
"What will you give me in return if I give you back your freedom?"

"Half of my kingdom," replied the prince.

"And if I release your children too?" asked Cyrus.

"My whole kingdom!"

"But what do you give me then if I give your wife her freedom?"

"Myself!"

Cyrus liked this answer, and so he gave them all their freedom without 
demanding any ransom. On the way home, the prince asked his wife if she had 
noticed how high-minded, noble and beautiful Kyros was. She answered:

"I only saw him who was willing to give himself as a ransom for my 
freedom."

If only the children of God learned to look to Jesus, who not only was 
willing to give himself as a ransom for our freedom, but who also did it.

Let us look to him as our great example in humility and meekness, in faith 
and love, in prayer and work. Let us look at him who is the executor and 
originator of the faith - not at ourselves, the world or the faults and 
shortcomings of Christians.

Let us look to Jesus and him only, who triumphed at Calvary and in our 
hearts, so that we may live our lives to the glory of our God.
TDH translated

 

 

 

 

9th September 2020

A CONFIRMATION STORYOh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How 
unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” 
Rom.11,33NIV

A priest's story:
Long time ago, I had among my candidates for confirmation a boy who was so 
raw and ugly in the mouth that I did not experience others like him. He was 
the reason I often lost patience, unfortunately

 

Only once did I soften my heart, that was when, after confirmation, I 
greeted him goodbye. He was to sail the oceans of the world. Then I said 
with tears in my eyes: “I have a feeling that you will face great ordeals 
and come in deep distress; but should that be the case, then consider, my 
dear friend, that you too can seek the Savior and that he has already been 
looking for you for a long time. ”

The boy left, apparently as unaffected as he had come.

Some years passed. And then one Sunday night I had worship. I sat in the 
vestry, preparing to go up to the pulpit. Suddenly a magnificent young 
sailor comes in to me. With great speed he steered directly towards me, 
grabbed my hands so tightly that I could have screamed and asked: “Don't 
you recognize me? I owe you my life, thanks to you I am blissful. ”

He was the bad boy I've mentioned above. There was no time for many words, 
for when this hymn was finished I had to get up on the pulpit, and my sailor 
had to hurry down again to the ship at the quay. In a few words, he told me 
about his travels and dangers, about his sufferings and joys. Beatings and 
harsh words had long characterized his daily life. Then one day they were 
hit by a terrific hurricane. The ship went down and almost the entire crew 
drowned, and my poor boy drifted for two days at sea in a barrel. Every 
moment he feared the waves were going to grab him.

"During this terrible ordeal," he said, "I thought a lot about what you, 
dear priest, said to me when we said goodbye to each other." And he now 
repeated word-for-word and with tears running down his cheek what I had 
said to him back then. "And from that day forward I have prayed every 
single day, and now I also know that I have a Savior and I am so happy."

We both cried and I gave this magnificent young man a crush as we said 
goodbye to each other.

The congregation was now already in the process of singing the last verse. 
I had to go up to the pulpit and he hurried down to the boat. And who knows 
on which ocean he is now drifting around. But I'm happy.

Wherever this young man is now, and even though I may never see him 
again on this earth, I have the rock-solid conviction: the Lord has won him!

Gerh. Haaland, "Himmelveien" Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

8th September 2020

CHRISTIANS EXPOSED BY BOMBSas far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our 
transgressions from us.” 
Psalms 103.12 NIV

Reese Kauffman
Satan loves to attack us and "drop bombs" on young and older believers 
concerning sin. We must carefully look at God's complete forgiveness 
regarding our own lives so that we become stronger against these attacks. 
We will now look at 4 clear images from the Bible that show what God has 
done with our sins.

1. God has removed our sins from us, erased them. Psalms 103,12 says, “as 
far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions 
from us.”  - If you move north from anywhere on this planet, you will 
eventually reach the North Pole, it cannot be avoided, and no matter which 
direction you choose from the North Pole, you will head south, but if you 
travel to the east or west, then you will always go east or west. These two 
never meet or cross each other. So far, God has removed our sins from us. 
Not because of something we have been guilty of, but by the grace of God.

2. The sinners are not seen. Another image of forgiveness is found in 
Isaiah 38,17: “Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. 
In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my 
sins behind your back.”   - When you put something behind your back, what 
do you do then? Remove it from your sight. That is exactly what God has 
done. He is not just turning his back, and it was no coincidence that our 
sins was put behind him. He threw our sins behind him.

It is not possible to get them back. They are removed forever. The picture 
in Micah 7,19NIV says: “You will again have compassion on us; you will 
tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the 
sea.” - There are parts of the world's oceans that are too deep for humans 
to explore. These depths are many kilometers and no ship can drop anchor 
there. - We do not know much about the deep seas. Yet God has used them to 
explain what He has done to our sins. He did not just drop them from a boat 
at the dock area. He deliberately threw them out of there, from which they 
can never return. A perfect and unwavering act.

4. The sins are blotted out. Allow me to bring a new example from 
Isaiah43,25NIV: ““I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for 
my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”
First, God blots out our sins. That they have been deleted means that they 
have been removed from the list. They are erased forever.

I read about a man from Canada who in his youth committed a serious crime. 
He was convicted and it came to stand on his criminal record. He grew up 
and became a moral and honorable man; but his crime still figured on his 
criminal record. Later, the queen showed him mercy and the crime was 
deleted from the criminal record. Should someone after this have decided to 
examine his criminal record, then they could simply state that it was 
completely clean and blank. This is what is written in Isaiah's text. 
Although the record of transgression may be quite long, God deletes 
everything in it. It will be deleted and removed from the list.

The second part of the verse says, "... remembers your sins no more." That 
does not mean he forgets our sins. Forgetting is a passive action, not 
remembering is an active action. He chooses not to remember our sins. When 
God no longer remembers our sins, our relationship with Him is changed.

When God shows us grace, he actively chooses not to remember our sins. It 
is as if we have not sinned. We need to ponder how unimaginably great the 
grace of God really is when He takes care of our sins.

By the grace of God, our sins are removed as far from us as the east is 
from the west. God has purposely thrown our sins behind him. Because of 
what Jesus Christ has done for us, our sins are thrown into the deepest 
part of the oceans, and from there they can never be recovered again. Our 
transgressions are completely removed from the list, and he no longer 
remembers them.

The community that was broken between God and man has been restored. God's 
forgiveness is perfect!

"Guard my lambs" Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

7th September 2020

GOD'S CARELord, what are human beings that you care for them, mere mortals that you 
think of them?” Psalm 144.3NIV

Like Jesus no one here on earth was,
noone as gentle was like him,
and a friend like him no sinner has,
that saves those living in the dim.

Whether you are weak or strong, like a saint, or you are struggling with 
doubts and temptations, Jesus still cares for you. I know you may be 
thinking, “Yes, Jesus cares for me in the same way he does for the whole 
world; but when it comes to individual persons, then it is others he has a 
greater interest in. I cannot figure out how to pray aloud, and 
misunderstand the Bible, and it turns out that I have a hard time letting 
go of old and stupid habits. Well yes, I know he cares for me, but not so 
much as for those who are more obedient than I am.

No, that's not the case. The Lord's care for you does not depend on your 
efforts and accomplishments. His care for you has nothing to do with the 
personal problems and difficulties you are struggling with. It does not go 
well for you to confess and serve the Lord, for you always lose the battles 
in everyday life. It has no relevance. As a child of God, you matter. For 
you, dear believers, are covered by eternal love, and it follows you both 
night and day. A love full of unconditional care.

”Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1.Pet.5,7NIV

What other friend do you have who has you in his mind every single second, 
day and night? What other friend do you have that forgives seventy times 
seventy times and more? Surely, no one has ever cared for you the way Jesus 
has!

O, greatest wonder, his joyful nest,
that God, who rules over space and time,
me little dust he gave the best
gave the message, the words gentle rhyme:
"You are my child, I Father of thine,
for all eternity you are mine.

 

 

 

 

6th September 2020

THE GOSPELWhen he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, 
he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” 
John 19,30 NIV

The gospel is wonderful. I have received forgiveness for all my sins. God 
has done everything. Now I have eternal life in Jesus. I am bought free and 
stand righteous before God.

Jesus cried out on the cross, "It is finished." But before that happened, 
he had a hard fight in the Garden of Gethsemane, and on the cross he 
endured and suffered much for your and my sins. I want to thank Him for 
salvation and pray for strength to be able to live according to His will.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

5th September 2020

HEAVEN HERE AND NOWBut you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the 
heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in 
joyful assembly, 23to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written 
in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the 
righteous made perfect,” 
Hebr.12,22-23NIV

Do you see anything strange in this text from Scripture? It is the tense 
that the verb is in. The author of the letter of Hebrews says that we "have 
come" to Heaven. - The promise of the resurrection was not written for a 
distant future, but for the time here and now.

God wants us to feel the joy and excitement here and now, to have an 
expectation of Heaven as if it was near us. He wants us to believe that we 
have already come to the heavenly Jerusalem. He wants us to be aware that 
we are already sitting with Christ in Heaven, that "our citizenship is in 
Heaven." As God sees it, Jesus' return is imminent, so it can come at any 
moment.

If we learn to use our days in the perspective of eternity then the joy of 
resurrection becomes something that concerns the present. If we search our 
heart, our plans, words and deeds, to make sure we build on the rock then 
Heaven will appear to us just as close as our heartbeat. That which belongs 
to the future, the distant and the misty will come near to us and appear 
real to us. The kingdom of God is in the midst of you and within you, Jesus 
said, and this nourishes our longing for the kingdom of God to come in all 
its glory — whatever moment it may be.

A living hope for Heaven will evoke the things that most Christians call 
invisible and distant. Such hope will reveal the heavenly dwellings, the 
joyous halls, and the worshiping crowds. This hope opens your ears so that 
you hear the heavenly tones and the angelic song.

 

 

 

 

4th September 2020

NO ONE EXCEPT JESUSWhen they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.” 
Matt.17,8 NIV

Somewhere, the bishop, O. Olsen, tells of a round church in a mountain pass 
in the Alps. In the middle of the room hangs a cross, and on the walls 
of the church there are statues of prophets and apostles, and under each statue 
there is a text from the Bible.

Here Isaiah is standing pointing to the crucified one, and we read:
“But he was pierced for our transgressions...” Isaiah53,5 NIV

The apostle Peter stands there and stretches his hands to the Savior with 
the words:
““He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die 
to sins and live for righteousness; ... ”  1.Pet.2,24NIV

There is John the Baptist, pointing with his stick at the cross:
“...“Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
John1,29NIV

And under Jeremiah we read:
““Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look around and see. Is any 
suffering like my suffering that was inflicted on me,” Lam.1.12 NIV

Paul also stands there and testifies before the audience:
”...through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.” 
Acts 13,38NIV

But when the guests leave the church again, they read above the inner door:
“All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him 
receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” ”
Acts 10,43NIV

What do we say - what do you say - about him?
How we need to have Jesus as the unifying force in our lives and 
existence.

May he also be allowed to be the driving force in all our work, then we 
will undoubtedly experience his blessings.

"A word along the way" E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

3rd September 2020

THANK GOD FOR THE INEXPRESSIBLE GIFT

““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  
Matt.11,28

If you were to express the wording that most precisely carries in itself 
the heaviest in human life, then the wording would sound: to nothing. The 
transient suffering and pain of all human life sighs and groans in this 
wording.

And if you were to mention the term that implies the most difficult thing 
in human life, then it would undoubtedly be: set free. The battles and 
struggles of human life shake and tremble in this expression. But if, on 
the other hand, you were to mention the word that most precisely carries 
the brightest and richest, best and most beautiful on earth, would people 
then be able to agree on it at all?

And perhaps those who pondered the deepest and longest on this matter 
wouldn't they simply have given up and admitted that what they had longed 
for the most, what they had tried to grasp in the brightest, richest, best 
and most beautiful moments, well there is no human expression or word for 
it. The human tongue cannot express it, for it is unspeakable.

But those who were given the language to sing a new song of praise to God, 
those who were saved from the mists of hopelessness, where it is written in 
the scriptures of death and doom: to nothing.

Those who by God's grace were saved and set free - though not without a 
struggle - well, they know that the brightest, richest, best and most 
beautiful in life is not just something we weak crave, which is 
unspeakable, but on the contrary, something revealed and preached to us in 
him, the incomprehensible gift of God, Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He who, with all the fullness of 
God's love in his heart, reaches out his arms to all suffering and sighing 
people: "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will 
give you rest." Matt.11,28
TDH translated

 

 

 

 

2nd September 2020

JESUS - THE SON OF MANFor there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the 
man Christ Jesus, ” 
1.Tim.2,5NIV

Just imagine how good friends Jesus and John were. Their friendship was 
sincere, strong and beautiful. While on earth, they were always together. 
John is the only man under the cross.
There was also a special friendship between Jesus and Mary, Marthe's 
sister. He listened to her, and when she had washed his feet with her tears, 
he even said that people all over the world were to remember her for this. 
When we see these close friendships, we cannot but be filled with praise, 
because Jesus was ... a human. A man of flesh and 
blood. His heart felt pity. 
Tenderness shone out of his eyes. His arms 
embraced and his lips smiled. The hands touched. Jesus was a human being.

He asks us to perceive himself as the Son of Man.
The core of Christianity is to know the Lord, Jesus Christ as high priest 
and king, as shepherd and life-giver. He is the cornerstone of the church. 
The church is also mentioned his body, his bride. To know the Son of man 
in all these contexts is to be dependent on him. Well that we love God and 
love man, Jesus.

Thank you that you as the Son of Man understand every enthusiasm in 
man, that you feel every pain and have compassion on us, let your 
blessing rest upon us.




1st September 2020

GOD'S PROMISESSubmit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. ”
James 4,7

The word of God is a multitude of faith-strengthening promises. But often 
conditions are attached to the promises. They are like a arithmetical 
problem that needs to get out. An example is James 4,7: ”Submit yourselves, 
then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. ” 

Is it not wonderful that with the word of God we are able to resist our 
enemy? No matter how strong he seems to us, we can defeat him who intends 
to deceive us, to bring sorrow into our lives, to remove all hope and to 
send us into eternal perdition. We can resist and win! We thank God for 
such words.
Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16th September 2020

THE RELATIONSHIP
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