29th March 2020
CONTROL YOUR THOUGHTS
”... A man reaps what he sows. ”
Gal. 6.7 NIV
Controlling our thoughts should be a job we prioritize very high. Our thoughts are like a computer that simply gives us the information we have filled it with. Winners - people who seem to emerge victorious through life, go from one victory to another - these emphasize very strongly that their souls and thoughts must be properly nourished.
A scientist has studyed and reached the conclusion that there is a very thin membrane in the back of our brain. Its task is to guide us according to the thoughts that have come up at that particular moment. We naturally do what fills our minds. If we let ourselves sink into deep thoughts of something, then we will later want to do and act upon those thoughts.
Now there is much that have become more understandable to us - for example, why some rapes happen after men have watched pornographic movies night after night. We have also become better able to understand the reasons why so many young people aged 12-14 are committing serious violence. At this age, most young people have already seen more than 4000 murders on TV, not to mention what they have experienced in their PC games.
Students at Indiana University medical faculty looked into how the images we see affect our thoughts. For example, adolescents who had seen much violence have had their cognitive ability reduced. The more violence they had seen, the less their brain activity. The hideousness and callousness they had filled their minds with influenced their attitudes as well as their actions. Their inner "PC" had stored incorrect information and data - and now it would only produce bad output and material.
The Apostle Paul knew nothing about computers / PCs; but he knew a lot about farming: ”... A man reaps what he sows. ” Gal. 6.7 NIV
It certainly makes sense to prioritize your thoughts and what you fill your mind up with!
"... a Word of the Day"
Effie Campbell converted.
28th March 2020
SHOULD WE ALWAYS FOLLOW OUR HEART?
”Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
Humanism has a strong influence on our modern society. It puts man at the center of things and emphasizes the qualities that characterize man and says that man has value in himself and can think his own rational thoughts. There is much good in humanism that Christianity agrees with, but where man becomes the focal point of the universe, man takes the place of the Creator. In humanism it is important to live with own emotions as a guide. Humanism says that man is free and thus not submittet or subject to anything.
The Bible has a different focal point than humanism. Of course, it also speaks of the heart: ”Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. ” Prov.4.23NIV
Of course, we should guard our hearts. That's why we need practice. We must protect the heart from voices and ideas from the outside. The heart is constantly bombarded with ideas and attitudes.
But it can be very dangerous merely to follow one's heart! Think of Matt. 15:19, here you see what Jesus says about the heart. He mentions evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony and slander. All this comes from the heart, says Jesus.
Jesus never said: Follow your heart. He said, Follow me. We should take our impulses and thoughts from Heaven, not only from this world. Therefore, do not blindly follow your heart, but follow Jesus and His living word. Then his perception will affect our daily lives, choices and deeds. He will influence and guide our hearts.
We can also pray David's prayer: ”Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Psalm 51.12NIV
27th March 2020
WHY DID HE COME?
Why did he come?
When the set time had come, God sent His Son to our earth. (Gal.4: 4)
Why did He come? The Holy Scriptures proclaimed exactly His coming, and the same Scriptures tells us the reason for His coming.
Firstly, He came so that we were not to perish, but have eternal life! (John 3,16). But it seems that humans do not care about any life other than this short and transitory earthly life! Unbelievable. But for you - you, who so scream in your heart for something more: It was for YOU that he came!
Secondly: He came to deliver all those who were slain with fear and death! (Hebr.2,15) Now there are also people who claim that they do not fear anything! And these may seem to us to be true heroes. But it helps them nothing. Rather the opposite! But to those who feel the pain of fear in their souls: It was for YOU he came!
Third and last: He came to do what we could not do ourselves! (Rom 8.3) "Well, I'm doing pretty well!" some people assert confidently. But poor soul - how long? You, who otherwise have seen it - and are really bothered by not being able to deliver, those who feel inadequate: He came for YOU! And remember: Jesus still does to this day what He came to the world for — in accordance with His eternal Word!
Effie Campell translated.
26th March 2020
JESUS HAS DONE HIS
If only I could do mine
”For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. ”
Many people struggle with lack of salvation assurance. They do not feel good enough or spiritual enough. Nor do they believe that they are doing enough for Jesus, and with that comes the bad conscience, which in turn has a negative impact on the salvation assurance.
"Am I a Christian? Am I good enough? ” and then you regard yourself as a not good enough Christian, and as one who lacks the wisdom of salvation.
There was a woman who lacked the salvation assurance, and who used every possible opportunity when new missionaries came on visit to say, "Jesus has done his, if only I could do mine." This hopeless assertion she repeated each time a new missionary came to visit. "Jesus has done his, If only I could do mine." Eventually she got clear message from the last missionary who addressed her with this: “There is something absolutely wrong with what you are saying. Jesus has not done his. He has done yours!!! ”
This answer freed the woman from the lack of assuration of salvation. “He has done yours!!! We will never be able to do it on our own. We are totally dependent on this, that Jesus has done everything!
I am so glad that salvation is not conditioned on my day or what I have done. Salvation is based on what Jesus did! The Bible is crystal clear. It doesn't depend on us:
”For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. ” Eph. 2.8 to 9NIV
When Jesus hung on the cross and finished the work of salvation with the words: It is finished - then the work of salvation was complete. I cannot pay for my salvation with my own deeds. I can merely say YES and accept the gift of salvation in my life with gratitude. The rest Jesus provides for!
What Jesus has done lives on! ON HIM we build our lives. It lasts and provides salvation assurance.
Effie Campbell translated
25th March 2020
JESUS IS THE GOOD SHEPHERD
If all people had realized who Jesus is, they would have accepted him and said yes to him. They say no because they have not seen and understood who Jesus is. The devil has blinded their eyes. The problem is that they have a wrong image of God.
We preachers must ask ourselves: Are we preaching Jesus or everything else that is around him? He who listens must sit back with a positive image of Jesus. It is Him that it is all about. The Bible says in Matt. 9:36NIV: ”When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. ”
Jesus loved his just to the end. Jesus saw the people. Many among us suffer from a sense of emptiness and broken promises. There is a cry of distress in people and a longing for help. They are like sheep without a shepherd, but Jesus wants everyone to succeed and come to him. John13,1NIV: ”... Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”
Jesus loved Peter even though he betrayed him. He loved Judas right up until the moment he died. Jesus loves you even though you have walked along the wrong track. He loves you unconditionally. Jesus does not love us because of what we have accomplished, but because of who we are.
The Bible tells us that He loved us while we were still sinners. Rom.5,8. He has washed us clean in His blood. Therefore come to him and invite him into your heart and thank him for the great salvation he has gained for you on the cross.
Effie Campbell translated
24th March 2020
”Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. ”
Viktor Klimenko was born in Karelia in 1942. His father was a Ukrainian Cossack and his mother was a Russian. A few years after he was born, his family moved to Finland. He became a musician and appeared in numerous films. He became world famous as a singer. But in 1980, he became gospel singer after he was converted. He was a guest with Randi Fildtved Johansen at Vision Norway, where he told about his life.
“I began to practice yoga and became so much involved in it that I was able to slip out of my own body. That was weird. I saw and heard everything, even though I was released and separated from my own body lying on the floor and with eyes and ears, and then I could sneak into my body again, which was really just a holster, a shell where the spirit resides. The further I got into yoga, the further I descended into a deep, deep hole of darkness. Those things are spiritual powers, and this is extremely dangerous to deal with and not worth the trouble.
But then I was saved and came out of all this, and since then I have worked for the Lord, sung and witnessed. Emanuel Minos became my spiritual father. If I am to say what I mean about spiritual life today, then I must say that I often dread. Flashing lights and loud music, it's like at a disco. The sermons from our churches are often about having financial success and getting everything we ask for. God can give us everything, and if He sees that it is good for us, then He truly meets our needs, heals and does great wonders. But I think we hear all too seldom that Jesus said we should take up the cross and follow Him. ”Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. ” Matt. 10,38-39 And further: ”Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. ” Matt. 16.24NIV
When I was in America I talked to David Wilkerson. He has written a prophecy about the judgment that will eventually come upon Scandinavia. So horrific things will happen, so we will be shaken in our foundation. When Emanuel Minos had read this prophecy, he said, "I believe every word of it. That prophecy is true. Can I tell you why I say that? I myself got the same prophecy, but it was all so cruel that I did not dare say it directly." But if we read the Bible, it is told how horrible it is in the Armageddon War. (Rev.16,16). It should come as no surprise to the faithful Bible reader.
Let us be vigilant, read the Word of God and pray so that we have extra oil on the lamp when Jesus comes again.
23th March 2020
GET RID OF THE BITTERNESS - AND BECOME FREE!
By Solveig Pedersen
”See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. ”
Most people have something they know they should forgive. But the reasons for not doing so are many. Some do not want to forgive because the counterpart does not wish to admit his mistakes. They believe that if they bear these problems, it will also be a way to punish the opposing part. Thus, they feel that if they persist in the bitterness, then it may be a way to solve the problem. What they do not see is that those who are being punished are themselves. Whatever the causes and the reasons, it never pays to be bitter and hateful.
I see a man before me. He walks along a country road and carries a suitcase. The people on the road are malicious, hostile and aggressive. They throw stones and various trash at him. Every time this happens, he picks it up and puts it in his suitcase. He works his way further with this suitcase, which is getting ever heavier. Someone asks him why he is taking it with him and he replies that he intends to use it as evidence of what they have done to him. Gradually, the luggage becomes so heavy that he barely can handle it anymore and everything is now happening very slow. Eventually he gives up and sits down at the roadside. Either he can choose to sit there or let go of the stones and debris. If he chooses the first, then it will prevent him from moving on. The smelly garbage will ruin life, and everything has gone completely into a deadlock. The only one he punishes is himself. Those who attacked him, they will amuse themselves and continue their efforts as before. If he chooses to get rid of this extra luggage and forgive these people, then he is free and unbound
Exactly like this is the bitterness. If we hold on to it, it will destroy our minds and our lives. We can also poison people around us. This is especially true for home life. Children who grow up with angry and bitter parents, they learn to latch onto the problems the same way, onto the evil and bad.
Effie Campbell translated
22th March 2020
THREE DELICIOUS DISHES
”It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. ”
1 Cor. 1.30NIV
The Bible says that salvation is completely and completely His work. We have nothing to do with this. We can only receive what God has done for us. The only thing we can boast about is that we are in Him. It is good that the Bible speaks so clearly about this that salvation alone is the work of God. Jesus has it all done. It's like sitting down to a well-covered table, where three delicious dishes are served. "You are covering a table for me ..." Psalm 23: 5
The first dish is called righteousness. The Bible says that Jesus is our righteousness. In Norwegian righteousness is called "Rettferdiggjort". Aril Edvardsen used to say it this way: “Right is right, finished is finished, and done is done. Rettferdiggjort. " Jesus came in our place, He traded with us and took on our sin. We have been given complete forgiveness. We cannot grow in righteousness, even if we lived for another 100 years, we would not be more righteous than we are today.
The next dish is called holiness. It is about our life with God. Here we can grow day by day in humility and become more and more ripe. Holiness is a continuous process. There is always room for improvement and growth. We cannot boast about this either. We can rest in Him who is to take shape within us. Christ in me is my holiness. He has everything I need: joy, peace, love, strength and healing. ”For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, ” Col. 1.19NIV
The third dish is called redemption. When all the labours come down to earth, the saved, that is, those who have invited Jesus into their hearts, are redeemed: ”“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” ” Luke21.25 to 28NIV
It is because of Jesus that one day I will reach heaven. The redemption is solely His work. The wisdom and assurance of coming home to heaven one day is that Jesus is my redemption. He gets the credit eventually, and He is my assurance for eternity.
Andreas Hasseløy - Effie Campbell translated
21th March 2020
THE REDEEMING HOUR
”Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” ”
Matt. 26.40 to 41 NIV
An hour of prayer redeems, which is why the devil does everything he can to prevent our prayer life. Therefore, you and I can ask ourselves when we fall into sin or into other temptations and experience defeat: “Have I spent time in prayer? Have I been with the Lord for more than an hour? ” If the answer is no, then you also know why it went as it did with you. It's that simple.
In James 4.2NIV it says: ”...You do not have because you do not ask God. ”
In Acts 6,4NIV it says, ”and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” ” Notice what comes first. It is the prayer, then the word. Simply because if we are to have a revelation from Scripture, then we must dwell in prayer so that we pray in accordance with the Word of God. To pray for an hour or more, that takes practice and obedience.
Here with us, prayer life is mostly at kindergarten level. People pray as little as possible and the least visited meetings are the prayer meetings, which are the most important in a congregation. When I visit other countries, such as Moldova, the prayer is always at the center. Everyone prays eagerly based on a chosen topic. Here with us, many Christians are afraid to pray aloud. Why? For the devil fears that we will break the sound wall, for he knows we have a miracle in our mouths.
Jews use "daven" when praying. They pray with their whole body, they rock back and forth, and the body is constantly moving. This makes them concentrate on prayer and scripture reading. This we see when visiting the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. It is different with us, we sit, kneel or stand still with bowed heads and folded hands and mostly pray silent prayers. This makes it difficult for us to concentrate and our mind wanders everywhere. And when we sit with our head bowed and close our eyes, we fall asleep. Therefore, it says that we must lift up holy hands: ”Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. ” 1.Tim.2,8NIV
The devil has spoiled revivals and created controversy. The work of God is divided, congregations are dissolved. Families are shattered and people have lapsed. The answer is always the same: lack of intercession and prayer. Quite few people understand the spiritual warfare that is raging in society in our time when the devil has descended to us in great anger, because he knows that the time he has is very short. Revelation. 12.12.
Jesus said and reminded us in Luke 18: 1, ”Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. ”
Effie Campbell translated
20th March 2020
BLUE CROSS IN SANDNES IN NORWAY
”My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? ”
John 14.2 NIV
It was an evening we sat watching Vision Norway on TV. They showed a conversation with the leader of the Blue Cross in Sandnes and with two of his employees.
The leader, who was probably in his late 60s, had been an addict as a youngster. He became a believer, and the Lord delivered him from his misery and called him to work at the Blue Cross. But he did not forget his old friends and often visited them at Plata in Oslo, which is the place where many abusers in Oslo come regularly.
One day while he was working in the Blue Cross, he received a strong conviction from the Lord that he was to send a certain man a text message. The leader took the cellphone and wrote:
"”My Father’s house has many rooms” - you are welcome too. "
Then he sent the text message. When the abuser received this message, it so strongly affected him that he immediately got up and went to Sandnes to seek help. He was saved, freed and went to a Bible school for three years, and since that time he has been one of the Blue Cross´ regular staff for many years.
19th March 2020
What do you want?
“The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 37When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” 39“Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon. 40Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.”
John 1.35 to 40 NIV
Reinhard Bonke, Christ for All Nations
Jesus noticed that two young men followed him. He asked them, "What do you want?"
Everyone who knows the Gospel of John knows that the Word used here is full of deeper meaning. Here we have two very young men who had barely passed the teenage years. They had already met John the Baptist and had become his disciples. Then the Baptist said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” John 1:36, and they followed Jesus.
"What do you want?" Jesus digs deep into their soul. Was it a kingdom / monarchy and the sovereignty of Israel they sought? With his question, Jesus indicates that they wanted something more than just a monarchy - more than just personal profit. Something greater than satisfaction, happiness or perhaps a place in the sun.
They had an inherent longing for something greater. Let me put it this way: They had a dream, a vision, a hope and an expectation that propelled them forward and supported them.
Some people are not looking for anything. They are not pursuing anything. Either they are made too quickly and easily satisfied, or they are unfortunate pessimistic people who expect the worst of the future. They see no way forward, no way, no horizon, no new vision. If they look ahead, they do so with little hope. They are on a journey through life without aim.
A Christian fixes his eyes toward the eternal, to God and nothing less and lower than that. The pure in heart must see God. Sadly, many people live only for what they own and possess, or they crave more, more money, finer car, better food, better house, clothes - nothing new, just better, prettier, bigger.
Jesus said, “For the pagans run after all these things ...” Matt. 6:32NIV and “Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” ” Luke 12.15NIV
John and Andrew searched. They began with John the Baptist and he referred them to Jesus: "Look ..." That's the first thing: Look. Do not stand there and glow into the ground, stop looking over your shoulder, looking back and wishing that your past had been different, or looking at the present as the situation you are in cannot be changed. Look! Look! There is something to see. John was a prophet - he could see, and he says, "Look!"
Jesus opens the eyes of the blind. He shows us new horizons. He gives us a dream, a vision that cannot fail, a land of promises that only He can lead us into.
Jesus gave John and Andrew a gigantic vision. - John was to influence the whole world. John the Baptist knew this already when he said, “... “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! ” John 1,29NIV
Most people merely care for their family or friends. The disciples wanted to live their lives around the Lake of Gennesaret and their fishing boats, but Christ gave them the task of going out to all the world.
A whole world opens up to the believer and a wonderful future. A believing man is a man of the future. They were believing men and faith works into the future. God is the one who gives visions. Only God can secure our future. He promises eternal life. Many have no visions of the future because no God exists in their future.
The Lord puts a "GO and make disciples" into our soul. The Lord is always one step ahead and always moving forward towards new goals, new glory. If a man follows Christ, then the man will always go forward. Jesus changes lives and gives everyone a future.
Christ calls us to follow - and He himself is the door that opens to new visions and new lands, new hope - eternal life.
His Word to us is GO! He puts GO! Into our soul. Christians are not like those who just stand still in the same place, but they walk. Jesus does not simply call us to sing hymns in a warm and comfortable meeting room or church. He calls us to move, to walk and not get stuck in the pool of mud, but to be adventurers, people who build the kingdom of God.
Isaiah had a vision in the temple and God said, ““Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?””. ““Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” ” Matt4.19NIV
God has better plans. One of the prophets of Israel once said, ““And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” Joel 2,28-29NIV This is our God! Our believing ancestors dreamed dreams about the future, not the past. In Egypt they had no future. They served foreign gods who promised them nothing, but they did not come out of the wheel tracks. Slavery was in their blood, just as salt is in a sailor's blood. They were slaves, and that's how it was. The future was exactly like the past, hard work, poverty and oppression.
But God had better plans for Israel than to work in Pharaoh Ramses' production of bricks. He sent Moses and reminded them again of Israel's ancient promises - a nation in their own land. He woke them up from hibernation and they broke up and did their exodus. Just notice what they did. - They trusted God and broke up. They did not merely go to bed for a gullible elongated sleep; but they trusted God.
They embarked on the greatest adventure in the history of mankind. Do not claim that faith makes people weak-willed, gray and nameless. You do not inter yourself when you come to Jesus - you were dead before, but He gave you resurrection and life.
Was Jesus a joyless, boring person, discouraged and cautious and always in defensive positions with his back against the wall? Not my Jesus! Was Paul a little frightened mouse? Alone, he challenged 1000 years of European paganism. There was more life in Little Paul than in the whole Roman army. A brave man? Not at all. He referred to himself as appalling and scared when he approached the city of Corinth. Christians have a different attitude. The opposite of fear is not courage, but faith: “In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid...” Psalm56:4NIV
Get off and go now! Go! The wind of God is blowing. The Spirit of God has come like a hurricane from heaven to blow the fury and pain out of our soul, blow the fog out of our spiritual system. God is moving! Raise your sails so that the winds from the sky can catch them. “There the ships go to and fro,” said the psalmist in Psalm 104.26NIV. Do we? Or do we merely sit in our cozy harbor with torn seals, without ever venturing out on the riotous waves?
The man who has seen Calvary can never be content with how it is, he has to act. He is too enamored and full of God-given dreams of great opportunities.
Any dream can come true - in Christ! It is a land of promises for you just waiting to be occupied. Get off and go now!
Effie Campbell translated
18th March 2020
WORDS TO START OF THE DAY
God did not give us His Word to give us some good reading material, but to change our lives. Read, learn by heart, ponder on the Word. These verses are a very solid and good breakfast, which is good to have with us every day:
Mark 1.35: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. ”
You who believe your life is a multitude of sorrows and lamentations, a sound of grief, learn these verses from Lamentations 3.21-24NIV
“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”” Lam. 3.21 to 24NIV
Isaiah 50: 4-5NIV: “The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away. ”
Acts 17,27-28NIV: “... though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’...”
Psalm 86: 10-11NIV: “For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.”
Psalm 87,7bNIV: “... “All my fountains are in you.” ”
Effie Campbell translated
17th March 2020
PROTECTION FOR ALL CHILDREN OF GOD
”If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. ”
1. John 1.9NIV
A servant of the Lord in Norway says, “I am spilled in newspapers, the media and the web almost daily, and so I pray this word of God high above me and my house: ”no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” ” I also pray loudly these following words: ”Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest. ” Prov. 26.2NIV
Then I bless all my enemies, for the word of God says, ”Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. ” Rom.12.14NIV
When I need forgiveness for my sins, well, it is in God's own word that I come before the Father and pray, "Thank you Lord that you have forgiven me my sin, which I now confess to you. For your word says in 1John 1,9NIV: ”If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. ”
Remember that God the Father is bound to His Word and He has given His Word glory before His name. (Psalm 138,2) Therefore, God's Word should be the highest authority in our lives. We know that when we honor the Word of God, it brings comfort, salvation, and honor to us.
Effie Campbell translated
16th March 2020
THE BENEFITS OF READING THE WORD OF GOD
”... they were my joy and my heart’s delight ...”
Jer. 15.16 NIV
God promises certain things to those who take the time to get to know Him better through His Word daily. Let's look at some of what he promises them:
1) Joy. ”When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty. ” Jer.15.16NIV
2) Power and strength. ”“Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. ” Acts20.32NIV
3) Peace. ”Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. ” Psalm119,165NIV
4) Steadfastness. ”I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,” Psalm 16.8-9NIV
5) Progress. ”Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. ” Joshua 1.8NIV
6) Answered prayers. ”If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. ” John 15,7NIV
Joy, power and strength, peace, steadfastness, progress and answered prayers - this is something everyone wants. What about you? You don't have to search anymore. God has promised you everything if you are with Him every day in His Word.
"... a Word of the Day"
Effie Campbell translated
15th March 2020
THE WORD OF GOD IS UNWAVERING
God's Word stands firm - no matter what happens. As a young Christian, I heard the minister to seamen, Hans-Jakob Froen, speak. He noted he never said, "The Bible says" or "It reads in the Bible." But he said, "The Word of God says," "It is written in the Word of God." He believed that there was more authority in saying the Word of God than the Bible.
We are living in a time when we who stand firm on the Word of God are called extremists and fundamentalists. Of course, it falls off its own meaninglessness. This is the ancient story that Satan began in the Garden of Eden: "I wonder if God has said!" He seeks to cast doubt on the Word of God, and along with it also disbelief. But God sets His Word higher than His name (Psalm138,2).
It is essential to read Scripture. ”Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. ” And ”Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. ” 1Tim.4,13 and 16NIV. According to the Word of God, the Word will save you, i.e.: Save yourself and lead you through all conditions of life. It will also save those who hear you and listen to your testimony. How strong !!!
When I testify to people who are not believers, I say, ”for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, ” Rom. 3.23NIV. The Word of God tells us how we are saved. God's is more than ordinary words. God's Word is holy. ”Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. ” John 17.17NIV
The Word of God is a closed book without the guidance of the Spirit, so we must ask God - before beginning the Bible reading - to bless the Word and open it to us.
When it comes to having our children saved, I read Isaiah 54,13: ”All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace.” When it comes to healing, we must read aloud to us. 1Pet.2,24NIV: ”“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” ”
The Word of God is like the rain and like a club hammer that crushes mountains. It shows us that we not only need raindrops. We need a lot of rain for it to germinate and grow. That's the way it is when we hit with a club hammer on a rock, then we have to hit many times. (Isiah. 55.10-11 and Ezek. 36.26)
Some believe that all religion is equally valid and that there are many paths to salvation and to Heaven. But as a Christian, we believe in the Word of God, and therefore we know that it is only Jesus who is the way, the truth, and the life, and that He alone can save us from eternal perdition.
When we, as a congregation, community, or individual, remove ourselves from the Word of God, it will have disastrous consequences - not only for us, but also for others. Stand firm on the Word of God, do not be moved from the truth. Bow to the Word of God and you will always prevail. Judge everything you do from the Word, and the blessing will follow you. So simple and yet so difficult because we as humans live in an evil world.
Effie Campbell translated
14th March 2020
TREE OF LIFE
”The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. ”
Gen. 2.9 NIV
”down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. ”
Rev. 22,2 NIV
The Bible begins with the story of the tree of life (Genesis 2,9) and it also ends with the story of the tree of life (Rev.22,2). There are many threads pointing toward salvation.
Noah's ark is a big secret. When you look at the ark from the outside, it is a gigantic wooden ship that mysteriously drifts on the water of life. The trees from which Noah's ark is built protects life in the same way as the tree of life. Hidden to the world, this gigantic boat holds a secret to eternal life.
Jesus died on the cross of tree, and there He saved us and won eternal life to us if we merely accept it with thanks.
Effie Campbell translated
13th March 2020
”I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. ”
John 15,15 NIV
"A friend" is one of the most beautiful words I know. Hear what Jesus says: ”I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. ” Jn.15,15
Jesus' followers called him: Lord, Master, Teacher, and even Messiah - the Savior King. Here Jesus says: "I no longer call you servants ... I have called you friends ..." Some of us may have imagined Jesus as Lord, employer - with many reminders and prohibitions. Here Jesus says, "I call you friends."
We have a very special relationship with a friend. A relationship with regard for proximity and distance. It is a relationship without rank or title. We can meet again after 20 years and the relationship is still there. You still know the person. Or it may be friends you meet on a daily basis.
Research in psychology, sociology and health shows that friends are crucial to our mental health. I do not need to have many friends, one good friend weighs much more than unstable and insane friends. De Lillos sings: "Hold on to a friend, few stay - a friend can quickly disappear for good, if you forget him long enough."
"Follow me," Jesus says, respecting my choice to be either near or far. As a child, I learned a song: “Choose him your savior, choose him for life, a better friend you can never have. If he becomes a friend in the youth, he will eventually join you when you grow old, gray. "
One verse reads: “How safe, when the seriousness of life meets you on the journey, to have a friend who can help and understand everything. If you are mocked, misunderstood in this world, in confidence to Jesus your Savior you go. "
One thing is certain: sooner or later we will face the seriousness of life. It can be very different from person to person. Then it is good to have a friend, as well in heaven as on earth. When the friend died, he cried, "It's finished!" I've done it - for you, dear friend! On the cross, it is proclaimed, “I am your friend! Throughout the immense fullness that this word contains.
Jesus' life showed that he was a true friend. He had an influence on people, both physically and spiritually. He talked, ate and walked with them. He comforted, cried and laughed with them.
I have a friend in Jesus. Not a slave driver, but one that I walk with in my daily life and who accepts me exactly as I am.
Jesus urges us to be a friend who cares. He has broken down the wall between those who are financially wealthy and the wounded when he died. From his point of view, there is no difference between rich and poor, or between successful and unsuccessful. Jesus calls us all with the most beautiful name in this world: Friend!
May Jesus bless you all.
Effie Campbell translated
12th March 2020
GOD-FEARING PARENTS, GOD-FEARING CHILDREN
”For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” ”
God spoke about Abraham, when He said, ”For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord ... ”
Gen. 18.19NIV Can God say the same about you? If you take this seriously to raise godly children, then God is keeping a close eye on you!
If you want important truths not to have an impact on your children, then simply try to teach them something you do not live by and believe in yourself. Do you think your children are troublesome? No, they just keep a close eye on you, like a hawk! If your deeds show that what you are teaching them does not have a great impact on you, then it will never be important to them either. Can you blame them?
If you are eager to get material things, then they will do the same. But if you give yourself under the service of God, then they too are drawn by and against Him. Do you want to have a long and happy life? Then you must give your children God's Word and their children after them. (Read Deuteronomy 6:2)
Note that it begins with your love for the Lord: ”Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. ” Deuteronomy 6,5NIV Did this come as a surprise to you? It should not. If your life and way of life show your love for Christ, then He will appear attractive to your children like nothing else in the world.
Do your children see you reading the Bible? Do you talk to them about biblical truths in such a way that they feel and know that this is something you are preoccupied with? Do you show them the way to the Bible for answers as you discuss behavior and values? Why is this so important? Because the Bible says, ”After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. ” Judges.2,10NIV
If you want to raise your children to be godly, then you must teach them the basic rules of the Kingdom of God - and also live by them yourself.
"... a Word of the Day"
Effie Campbell translated
11th March 2020
IT IS BASICALLY THIS SIMPLE: MERELY PREACH THE WORD
”“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.””
Jesus called the disciples with the words: Follow me! He taught them to pray: The Lord's Prayer. And when asked about the most important commandment, he replied: Love!
After all, it's that simple.
This is also the case with mission. It's just about passing on the gospel. Initially, it is not about teaching, building churches, writing books, doing radio broadcasts, etc. This comes second. The very missionary work is to preach the gospel. Or as Jesus said in his statement: Proclaim joy, freedom, grace! The gospel is simple. It means "glad tidings" and is briefly about the 3 things we celebrate for Christmas and Easter: Jesus came, Jesus died, and Jesus rose from the dead. It means that God is near, God forgives, and God gives new life. How hard can it be?
It's easy to preach. It is really just to illuminate or shout out what Jesus mentions in his prophecy:
”“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.””
Luke 4.18 to 19 NIV
How could it be that simple? Well, for everything is organized and done on time. God has already decided to show grace. He has already devised a plan of salvation. He has already sent Jesus to our earth. He has already atoned for our sin on the cross. He has already opened the heavenly door to every individual who wants to receive him as his Lord and Savior. And right now, he invites everyone to a party.
The road is levelled. There is the atonement for sin. The price is paid. Now the prisoners, the poor and the needy just need to know so that they can jump into freedom. And this is where you and I come into the picture. We need to pass on the good news to them.
It doesn't have to be that complicated. Imagine how simple and easy-to-understand Jesus' speeches were: “Time has come. The kingdom of God has come near! Repent and believe in the gospel! " Also notice how generous and inclusive he was when he met people: “Your sins are forgiven! Nor do I condemn you! Your faith has saved you! "
Similarly, we could say to the check-out assistant, "God bless you!" Or addressed to the colleague who has pain in the back: “I will remember you in my evening prayer. Or to the refugee on the street: “You can be safe now. God loves you! "
One or two sentences, and suddenly you've lit a new hope for a person in need. The connection has been established and the ground is ripe for several conversations. A new friendship is on the way.
It's basically that simple.
Effie Campbell translated
10th March 2020
THE WOMAN THAT GOT A REVELATION
”But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, ”
Matt. 5.44 NIV
It was a Sunday evening a short while ago and we looked at Vision Norway. They showed a meeting from the summer gathering at the Gospel Center July 2015. Lise Karlsen welcomed and started herself.
"There are some strong meetings," she said. “When I left the meeting last night, I experienced something that moved me deeply. It was when I stepped out into the hallway that I heard someone calling my name. I turned and saw a married couple. They wanted to talk to me.
"Yes, you see," said the man, "We have come here tonight to get strength for tomorrow. On July 22, four years have passed since many young people were shot and killed on the island of Utøya. Our son was one of those who died, and tomorrow we are going out to Utøya, where there will be a memorial gathering. "
He further stated that his wife fell into a deep depression due to this event. She fell into the deepest darkness of losing her son in this horrible way. It didn't help talking about it, and this was how it was for two years. But then something happened! The Lord gave her a revelation, a vision. She looked into a prison cell. In there, their son sat holding Breivik's hands.
“Oh, my dear, how can you hold him in your hands? He has taken away your life! ”
Then the son turned while smiling and said, "Mom, do you know what? My time had come! ”
Then the vision faded and disappeared completely, but the mother had seen enough. The depression was gone from that moment, and she began to live a normal life again.
"Since that day," said his father, "we have prayed for Breivik. Jesus is dead for everybody. He has also paid for the worst killer if the criminal wants to receive it. I hope one day to be allowed to speak to Breivik, because then I will tell him that we have lifted him up for God's throne for many years. "
"Well, this was a strong conversation," Lise concluded.
9th March 2020
THEY MAKE IT ONE ROAD
"There are two roads, the narrow road and the broad road, and they do not have the same destination, but some people make everything one single road in our days and that will not do." This is how an old woman told me the other day when she called me and shared her testimony with me. I knew that as a young woman, she had experienced a powerful conversion, more powerful than most, and I meant to know why that was so. She had special gifts to speak, testify and sing. When the Lord puts his talents into us, he is meant to get his back again with interest.
"When I was a great schoolgirl, I loved Jesus," she began. “But after I finished school I went to the capital, Tórshavn(Havn). There I began to dance in the local theater(Sjónleikarhúsið). I loved to dance and it became a true idol to me. The interest in Jesus became weaker and weaker and in the end I forgot about him completely.
One night I had a dream. I dreamed that I looked up at the sky. Then I saw my name written with white letters on the air. I got down on my knees and bent my head down as I whispered, "Does God see me?" Then I looked up again. Now I noticed high tongues of fire and a lot of smoke in front of me. I knew with myself that this was hell.
I was shaken and for the next two weeks I did not go to dance. But then I thought I could try again. The moment I stepped over the threshold of the front door into the dance room, I was suffocating and had great difficulty breathing. Then I heard a clear voice say to me: "This is the last time I call you !!!"
From that moment on, I knew I had been dancing for the last time. I was done with the world. Still, it took half a year before I turned to Jesus and was saved. But while I was walking under the calling, I got a dream about the service I was going to enter. I dreamed that I was standing on the quay fishing. I glanced across the strait. Then I heard a voice saying, "Jump out, for the sea will bear you!" The voice was heard three times and became louder each time. Then I jumped in the dream and at that moment the water turned into thick ice. I then continued on foot on the ice until I saw an elderly couple in front of me. It was the couple who had started the mission work in our village. Now the second voice sounded, "You must go ahead of them." In the dream I now walked in front of them and into a small bus to drive us to the meeting. I was saved at a meeting in the mission house, and as I witnessed I received the joy of salvation.
I have preached a long life, taught Bible lessons, Sunday school and witnessed many places around the Faroe Islands. Never have I ever longed for the dance life, and I'm just saying that we can't stand with one leg in each camp, because then we will fall in between. You cannot stand and confess at a meeting one moment and then to soak in the world's desires the next moment. It is very serious, because the gate to the narrow road is narrow. You will not be allowed to bring anything extra foolery with you and you will not be able to play you self in. "strive to enter," says the Lord. Believers are the bride of Jesus Christ and he does not want to share his bride with the ways of this world. The road is narrow. You cannot do everything. When you invite the world into your heart, it eventually degrades your spiritual life," the old woman concluded, and my thoughts went to Paul, who writes,
Effie Campbell translated
8th March 2020
”Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. ”
A young man worked in the army. They humiliated him incessantly, because he believed in God. One day the captain intended to humiliate him in front of the entire amy division. He yelled at the young man and said, "Young man, come here, take these keys and go and park the army jeep right here."
The young man replied, "I can't drive!"
The captain then replied, "Well then, ask your God for help! Now you have the chance to show us that He really exists! ”
The young man took the keys, walked toward the jeep and then began to pray ...
He parked the car carefully at precisely where the captain had pointed.
The young man got out of the jeep and saw them standing there crying.
They all said in unison, "We want to serve your God!"
The young man stood completely surprised and then asked what had happened.
The captain shouted, "Just open the bonnet and show the young man that the car has no engine."
Then the boy said, "There you see! This is the God I serve. He is the God who makes the impossible possible. He is the God who gives life where life does not exist. You may think that there are still things that are impossible to do, but with God everything is possible. "
To those who read these lines: “I pray that the Lord may work a great miracle in your life today in the name of Jesus. Amen. "
Effie Campbell translated
7th March 2020
BELIEVERS CHALLENGING OUR LIFESTYLE
”Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives. ”
The churches and congregations of God are found in countless different places on earth. In some places they are brutally persecuted, and people are killed for the sake of Jesus and in other places they doze off and live a warm and pleasant life with all kinds of comforts ...
When you meet believers who live elsewhere on earth, you may feel that they challeng our way of life. We may think that the life we live is normal, but it is far from being normal. If we dig under the surface we quickly realize that the normal is quite different from what we live in our part of the world.
In the Amazon rain forest, people become Christians in thousands in the villages along the world-famous Amazon river, and the most important thing that all the new believers gather about, is to become disciples of Jesus. Each one of those who come to faith in this revival is personally followed by another believer who has been a believer for a long time. These are spiritual mothers and spiritual fathers who give of their own time. They pass on to others what they themselves have been given. The congregation is growing in large numbers and is still spreading to new cities. This coming spring, 500 people from a small town in northern Brazil have decided to move into one of the largest cities in the southern part of the country! These, our believers, let their faith alone guide all decisions in life and they move about with everything they are and possess in a harsh urban area where most people want to move out.
In Uganda in Africa, a new generation is emerging. They want to shape the future of the country. Orphans and women and children who have been victims of abuse and violence have got a new beginning in life. People are lifted up from unimaginable suffering and deep hopelessness and into a life of dignity and hope for the future, because the Church of God has established a standard to help others that far exceed what they are obliged to do. The love for God and for their fellow human beings has led to a kind of "sacrificial living" where believers, who themselves are in a great need, give away the little they possess, to others who are worse off than they are. This is a challenge for us! We have everything, but often we stop giving. We may slam the brakes if someone mentions something about "sacrificing" something that might affect our lives.
In South Korea, we encounter believers who have seen God lift their country from the deepest poverty, both spiritually and temporally, and into a completely new time. Here we find the largest congregation in the world with hundreds of thousands of members. And here we find "small daughter congregations" which themselves are larger than the entire Pentecostal movement in Norway.
And all this has happened in less than 60 years! In the capital city of Seoul, today there are about 40% Christians.
Thousands have been and are praying for their fellow countrymen, for the country's leaders, for their neighboring countries, for schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. These believers find it self-evident to be a part of this and to seek God before the day dawns, and the rest of the city awakes. Early, while it is still dark, they get up and meet in parish halls, young as well as older. They do, as the Word incites believers to do, i.e. pray for all people in general, and in particular for those who have large responsibilities and are in high positions. The praise sounds strong and heartfelt, the Word of God is preached, and prayers are cried out to God with a heart that clearly tells us that these believers know from whom their help comes. This is of a great significance and has a clear impact!
Believers in other parts of the world let their faith influence all areas of their life, and the kingdom of God has made great progress in Africa, Latin America and Asia. We need to change too, so that here in Europe we also have the same kind of faith and complete surrender to Jesus Christ!
Effie Campbell translated.
6th March 2020
THERE IS STRENGTH IN BEING KIND
”Be devoted to one another in love...”
Aesop wrote an adventure in which the wind and the sun discussed which of them was the strongest. The wind asked, “Do you see the old man down there? I can make him take of his coat faster than you can." The sun took on the challenge, moving behind a cloud as the wind rose to storm. But the more the wind grew, the firmer the traveler wrapped himself in the coat. Eventually the wind gave up and the sun smiled kindly at the old man. It wasn't long before he wiped his head and took off his coat and then continued his journey. The sun knew the secret: Warmth, kindness and a gentle relationship are always more effective than power and rage.
”Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. ”
True noble men understand how great a strength lies in being gentle. Once, when Abraham Lincoln had dinner guests in the White House, one of the guests blew the coffee and poured it into the saucer and then drank directly from this saucer. You can easily imagine that some of the fine ladies and gentlemen sitting next were shocked and for some time there was an embarrassing silence at the table.
Then Lincoln poured his coffee into his saucer and the rest of the evening he drank from it. And you know what? All guests then proceeded doing exactly the same! A small friendly deed thus saved a guest in the White House in an awkward situation. Let this simple but thoughtful gesture by one of the United States' greatest presidents of all time remind us of the importance of showing an example of kindness.
It is quite possible that you have never heard of Stephen Grellet, a French Quaker who died in 1855. He probably would have remained completely unknown to everybody had it not been for some immortal lines that will probably always be remembered: "I will only go through this world this one time. So let me immediately show everybody all the kindness I am capable of. Do not let me wait or neglect this decision, because to this place I shall never return.”
Every day has something in common with the day ahead. Both offer the opportunity to show kindness, and if this option is not used, you may regret it.
The poet C.R.Gibson wrote: “I have cried during nights about my shortsightedness and superficiality - that I have been blind to the needs of others. But, reversely, I have never felt the slightest pain for having shown a little bit of kindness to others."
"... a Word of the Day"
Effie Campbell translated
5th March 2020
IS IT TIME TO CHANGE BANK?
”I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. ”
Luke 16.9 NIV
You don't have to read the entire Bible many times before you are able to see that in the midst of everything the Bible says - God's Word - tells us about God's grace to everybody, about the healing power of Jesus, the pouring of the Spirit, and the gifts of the Spirit, Jesus' return and God's holiness – Scripture possibly speak even more about money and financial matters than about many other matters in life that affect us every single day? Is it perhaps time to think about how much value we are to put in the Heavenly bank, each of us first and foremost, but possibly also what the nation should use our saved values for?
What was it the richest man in the world, Solomon said, ”Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. ” Prov. 19:17NIV Maybe it is no bad investment for the oil fund because God's blessings retain their value while the value of stocks and bonds falls and completely lose their value? Could we as a nation see benefits in lending money to Him who is the world's best repayer?
Or how about a word from the Master himself? Jesus gave us a challenging word in Luke6.38NIV: ”Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”” Jesus' own brother, James, also wrote a word almost 2000 years ago that is worth noting in the midst of our time: ”Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. ” James1.27NIV
Isn't the time right to truly decide to make friends with what we own from the unrighteous mammon now so that they can meet us and welcome us with open arms in the eternal dwellings when the value of the mammon falls? ? (Loosely translated according to Luke 16,9)
Sure, dear brothers and sisters - time may well be ripe to change bank in order to serve in godliness, and to gain friends for time and - not least - eternity!
”Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”” Rev. 14.13NIV
4th March 2020
IT HAS NO VALUE BEING FAMOUS
” … Lord, … My hope is in you. ..."
Psalm 39.8 NIV
Our society is so lost and enthralled by all the celebrities in Hollywood, but it is nonsense. Millions have the celebrities as their great role model, celebrities who have become famous and who have been successful even though being "a star" does not provide the joy and satisfaction we are tempted to believe.
Marilyn Monroe could have told us this, and also Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. Just think of all the worship that Mohammed Ali was the subject of when he was in his prime. He was known as the "world champion" that nobody could defeat ".
The image of him was more often on the cover of sports magazines than pictures of any other sportsman in history. Wherever he was, photographers and the press followed him. But wealth and honor cannot buy good health, and he had to succumb to Parkinson's disease.
The athlete, Gary Smith, spent a period of time with this diseased athlete in his home. He asked if he could be allowed to see his collection of trophies.
Ali showed him down in a dark, damp and wet barn standing right next to his residence. In there, backed by a wall, stood a board with an exhibition of souvenirs - pictures of "Thrilla in Manila", pictures of Ali, who, as a boxer, dances and raises the championship belts he had just won, over his head. But the pictures were stained by white stripes from the pigeons that had nests on the rafters above. Ali took the board and flipped it over so that the front was facing the wall. Then he walked on while Smith heard him mutter before him: "I had the whole world, and it was all nothing. Look at me now! ”
The psalmist wrote: ”“But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools. ” Psalm 39.7-8NIV
Effie Campbell translated.
3rd March 2020
HE GOT HELP IN THE CHURCH
”“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. ”
John 13,34 NIV
We had left from a service in the West Church. The priest spoke of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, and then he touched Judas. "It's hard to be let down by your friend," he said. "It's almost like you'd rather have a gob of spit right in the face of your enemy than this hypocrisy. You think he is your friend and then he has another secret agenda with his flattering behavior. I think we do not quite understand how betrayed and disappointed Jesus must have felt by his friend. After all, they had been with each other for three years, and now Judas betrayed The Son of man with a kiss. "
Then the priest began to tell of an event from his own life. “When I was studying in Copenhagen, I worked as a volunteer at the Marie church in Vesterbro. This church also goes by the name, the Church of Narcotics, because there are so many abusers there. They get warm and good clothes, a meal and a talk, and this is exactly what they need. Another man worked with me. It was clear to everybody that this man himself had been a former abuser.
One day we talked to each other, and then he said, "I have never received recognition in my life. As a young man my parents threw me out and I became homeless. I then started taking drugs and got married anyway and had two children; but my wife threw me out. She could not deal with this life and the children did not want a relationship with their father. They felt ashamed. But then I came here in the Marie church, and here I was recognized and accepted just as I was, and it gave me the strength to get out of the drug addiction, and now I have a good relationship with my wife and my children again, and now I help others who are in the same situation I was in,” the man concluded.
2nd March 2020
ARE YOU THE OLDER BROTHER?
”But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. ”
Jer. 18,4 NIV
On Easter Sunday, the Norwegian Eivind Frøen preached in the Oasis. “In the Old Testament,” he said, “we get many images of God, how He is and how He acts. In Jeremiah chapter 18 there is a very good image of God. Here God is compared to the potter, and we humans are clay.
Once I was in India where I was to teach at a Bible school. As I was heading to school, I came across an Indian who worked as a potter. I went to him to see how he worked. The tool he used was a circular disc on a vertical bar. He took a large chunk of clay soaked in water and then kneaded the clay until it became soft and then he put it on the disc.
At the bottom of the pole was an even bigger disc, which he kicked off with his feet. It was admirable to see how the clay grew upwards and how he shaped it into a pot and other containers. But that was not always the case. There could be a crack in it; but he did not throw the container away anyway. No, he soaked the clay again and kneaded it well again and put it back on the turning disc. That's how God is. If we do not succeed the first time, he will start with us again, as it says here in verse 4: ”But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.” All people are unique, something completely unique. There has never been one on this earth that is completely like you and there will never be anyone as long as the earth exists. God has given you some special talents and gifts because He has a special plan for what you are going to do, and to fulfill His plan you have all the possibilities, for the talents are there.
I have spoken to American soldiers who were in the Vietnam or the Gulf War, and they have told me that heaven and sea are set in motion when a soldier is wounded. If a soldier is hit by a bullet and falls, the white coates are there immediately and carry the wounded man away on a stretcher. Next, a helicopter arrives and the man is removed to a lazaret, where doctors and nurses work around the clock to rescue the man.
Us Christians do not take care of our own wounded "soldiers". We are the only ones who "shoot" our own soldiers. I know a pastor in another country who was in a strong service. But then it happened that he "fell", the clay jar broke. However, he rose again and entered the church; but unfortunately this prodigal son first encountered his older brother before being allowed into the father's house. Everyone turned his back on him and distanced themselves from him. He left the church and never returned and he ended up becoming a glowing atheist. The Christians had frozen him out instead of nursing him who had fallen into the hands of thieves and criminals. Remember, the Lord began anew with the clay pot. Who, then, are we not to help a fallen man on his feet again? Well, I dread that we immediately will go over the phone to tell and gossip about what and what has happened, or that we do it over a good cup of warm coffee.
Two of Jesus' disciples failed Jesus. Peter swore that he did not know Jesus. Later he repented and fled crying from the spot. Peter repented, and the Lord began to shape Peter again on the potter's turnin disc, and Peter received a great service in the vineyard of God. Judas failed the Lord with a kiss. In a way, it doesn't seem as violent as Peter's oaths. The only difference was that Judas did not repent and therefore the Lord could not put him on the disc again. He was given thirty silver money to sell Jesus; but when he saw what he had done, he threw the money into the temple. But the high priests said it was not right to put blood money in the temple box, and they bought the potter's land to bury foreigners and strangers for that money. (Matt.27,7) What is the potter's land? Well, all potters had a piece of land where they threw all the containers that failed and could not be kneaded again because the clay had hardened. That's how it was with Judas, he was hardened and did not want to let the Lord knead and reshape him, tragic and sad!
1st March 2020
SOON JESUS WILL COME
”so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”
Hebr. 9.28 NIV
"Jesus' return" is a major theme of the Bible. Only salvation is more mentioned. The Bible is a prophetic book. 27% of the Bible deals with this topic. That's pretty much. Paul mentions twice the Holy Communion, 13 times the baptism, but as much as 50 times the return of Jesus! He was very busy in the prophetic word. Although this is a fact, studies have shown that only 10% of the pastors in the various congregations preach the message of Jesus' return. Many of these are uncertain and question what to consider on this topic. Furthermore, they are aware that the congregation has different opinions and attitudes on this topic. Most of all, they want to keep the peace in their congregation. So they leave the topic. This is a shame as the preaching of Jesus' return has a renewing and evangelizing effect on those who hear it.
The prophecies are not given to scare us, but to know that God is in complete control and that he is governing all matters in the midst of chaos and madness, and He wants us to know his roadmap for the future. He wants us to know the great events of the future so that we can tell our neighbor what God's plan is. But the prophecies are also given to awaken us out of our indifference and lethargy. For Jesus comes to save "... those who are waiting for him." It is therefore important getting ready to meet him, otherwise we will be left behind.
I once read about Hans Nilsen Hauge. In his time in the 19th century, only the priests were allowed to preach the word of God. Hauge did not respect this ban. He held meetings here and there. Once, a vassal came to one of his meetings and asked him to stop preaching, because it was against the law. Hauge had preached about a place in the Revelation. The vassal then turned to him and said, "Don't you know that the Book of Revelation is a closed book?"
Hauge was quick on the trigger: "That is not true - it is called John's Revelation." Of course, he was right.
John's Revelation is God's last word to man. Here we have 22 chapters on the future of this world and God's judgment on a fallen world. But it does not end with a defeat, but with an incredible tale of heavenly glory and of the New Jerusalem, the heavenly capital in gold. Gigantic and huge in size, about 240 miles in length, width and height!
It may be high time to begin examining the prophetic word while throwing away foolish horoscopes and woolly and obscure divination statements. Take the Bible from the shelf and let the Word of God show you the way into a future that should NOT be unknown to anyone of us.
Effie Campbell translated