21th October 2019

 

CONVERSION

 

John the Baptist preached: "and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."
Matt. 3.2 NIV

 

- ”From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”” Matt.4.17NIV
 

- ”And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. ”
Matt.18.3NIV

 

- ”... Repent and believe the good news!”” Mark 1.15NIV

 

- ”They went out and preached that people should repent. ” Mark 6.12NIV

 

- ”Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. ” Acts 2.38NIV

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

20th October 2019

 

MOTHER'S BLESSED HANDS

 

Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children,
Tit. 2.4 NIV

 

Christian Scriver says that every night his mother put her hand on his head and blessed him after having prayed with him.

 

Later in life, when temptations came, it was always as if he felt his mother's hand on his head, and he was empowered to say to himself, "Do not grieve your Savior and do not dishonour your mother."

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

19th October 2019

 

THE BIGGEST THEFT

 

”“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
Ex. 20.17 NIV

 

A woman spoke to me on the phone. She said, "Do you know what is the biggest theft of all? This is when a third person so to speak breaks into a marriage and steals the spouse from you. It affects not only the spouse who is left with the loss, but also all the children. The family is left in ruins, and the pain and sorrow oppresses and rankles them throughout their entire lives. ”

E. Campbell

 

 

 

 

18th October 2019

 

THEREFORE JESUS CAME

 

After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters.
Gen
. 5.22 NIV

 

Life is a journey with a definite and absolute beginning and a definite end. And if you are wise, then you will do like Enoch did for 300 years - he walked faithfully with God. Can you imagine how well you would have known God after you had been with him all those many years? It is neither sad nor boring to walk with God. The psalmist says, ”You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. ” Psalm 16:11 NIV

 

God created you for His own sake, and not until you find out what His purpose is with your life will you find true peace and joy. If you pulled a fish up from the sea and put it on the beach, you would see how the gills got dry while the fish gasped for breath. Is such a fish happy (or in other words, does it thrive)? No. Would it be happy if you hid it under a mountain of banknotes? No. Could a tablet, a good book or a cool drink make it happy? No. But what if it had been given new clothes? No. There is only one thing that can make it happy: that you throw it back into the sea, into its proper element. This fish will never feel happy/thrive on land because it is not created to live on land. It is created to live in the sea the same way you are created to live in communion with God. Before you find God, you will always feel like a fish drawn up on land - and never know true peace and joy.

 

Best of all, God is not further away from you than a prayer. If you have first invited him into your heart, you will never feel empty inside. Do you know why Jesus came the very first Christmas? He tells us this himself: “... so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. "John 17.13 NIV

"... a Word of the Day"

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

17th October 2019

 

THE WALKING STICK

 

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. ” Psalm 23.4 NIV

 

I notice it every time I go on a stroll - how good it is to have a cane to rely on. This is how it has been since ancient times.

 

In almost all old images and paintings of pilgrims we see that they have a walking sticks. Often it was long. Such a walking stick was good to rely on and to regain strength when they were out of breath in the middle of the hill. On the journey, the stick becomes like a third leg and the weight of the legs becomes smaller. Because it has a point at the bottom, it attaches well to the hill and prevents the pilgrim from damaging himself in steep, slippery and rocky terrain. In the old days, humans had a greater need to protect themselves against wild animals in the wild than they do today. Now it is merely bleating sheep that may come too close. Animals fear long sticks. You see how the sheep shepherds manages large flocks of cattle with their rod.

 

The pilgrims of our time have modern strollers that can be folded together, but the long homemade are a better picture. In the midst of all this, you will meet pilgrims who are equipped such as they did in the old days. Although they carry on a heavy bag and the legs sense that time has passed lunch time however, it will be easier to walk. It is possible to get up and the stick relieves the pressure on the knees and hip.

 

In the Bible, the stick is a picture that is used quite often. The Israelite people were told to have the stick ready for the long journey away from Egypt. This is how the stick has become a picture of being ready for travel. As Christians, we should live with loose tent stakes, willing to be put down in new places and put into new services as God commands us to depart. We are on our way, always ready for departure.

 

Moses always had his stick with him. We hear several times how he does signs and wonders with the stick. Once it was transformed into a snake, another time he struck with the stick into the rock so that the water flowed out to the thirsty and lamenting Israelites.

 

In the book of Esther, King Ahasuerus raises the stick to Esther as a sign that she has found favor in his eyes. The stick here is a picture of our relationship with God. As the sinner approaches the throne, God shows us benevolence. He reaches out his hand and we are allowed to touch the royal stick. You are accepted, you are mine, I delight in you.

 

When the disciples felt distressed during the attacks in Jerusalem, they lifted their eyes to heaven and prayed, "Stretch out your hand." Like this they were praying for a miracle from the outstretched royal stick of God.

 

The stick also becomes a picture of a support person. The one who, more than anyone else, needs to be the support of our lives, is Lord Jesus Christ. I'm allowed to lean on him. He is the most important piece of equipment to take with us on our pilgrimage to Heaven. He has given me the key to the kingdom of heaven with His death and resurrection, and when He atoned for all our sins. In Norway, parts of the pilgrimage route go along the old royal road towards the coronation church in Nidaros. In life, the pilgrims are allowed to walk on the King's Road next to the King. Just as the shepherd used the stick against those who attacked the congregation, so Christ joined with us against all the evil that might come our way.

 

When Jesus sent the twelve disciples away, they were commanded not to carry the stick. They were to be attached to Jesus. But another time he said they were to bring along nothing but the stick. Here the stick is used as a picture of Christ. We need to take Jesus with us on the journey toward the goal.

 

As you now take your stick into your hand, you can also take all these pictures from the Bible with you. You are not alone in the road.

Go in peace and serve the Lord with joy!

Karen Andrine Flatø, Norway LMF

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

16th October 2019

 

REFLECT YOURSELF IN THE BIBLE

 

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Seph. 3.17 NIV

 

The other day, a former Bible School student sent me a picture of his Bible. In the text below, she had written what I had written on one of the last pages more than 20 years ago: “You should not mirror yourself in fashion magazines, but in the Bible. Sten Sørensen.” That was my advice to young Bible school students.

 

Just think of all the young people who have been given a wrong and poor image of themselves, because an inappropriate and deceptive pressure is put on them, even if they previously lived a good and successful life. Now it is no longer merely fashion magazines, but facebook, instagram, snapchat etc. that show what a perfect body and perfect life should look like.

 

This current is also creeping in among Christians. I have met good Christians who say "I am not as spiritual as she is". Or "I'm not as good at praying as he is", or "I can't express myself as well as she does". It is wrong to compare yourself to others. It empties you of strength and you get to focus on the wrong things.

 

Why not look in the Bible? Here we read about how God looks at us. We are the most excellent and precious to Him, indeed, the crown of his creation. Every one of us is precious in His sight. We are all unique originals. There is no copy of us anywhere in the world.

 

If we fill ourselves with the Word of God, then we will have a strong foundation in life. Then it is not others who become our most important source of information, but our God and Creator who knows us and loves us with his eternal love.

 

 

 

 

15th October 2019

 

NORMAL TEMPERATURE

 

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:”
Psalm 37.5 NIV

 

In Jogvan's New Testament, which he received from pastor, Haremst, when he was confirmed, it says, ””Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:”

Many Faroese citizens
have without a doubt stayed at Hotel Hebron when they have been in Copenhagen. On the white wall of the restaurant the same words from Scripture are revealed in golden letters: ”Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:” Psalm 37.5 NIV

The normal temperature for a healthy person, one who is sane and agile and does not have a fever, is 37.5 degrees. The spiritual normal temperature is also Psalm 37.5. So here we get a unique offer. We will divide the verse into three parts:

 

Commit your way to the Lord. Here you are offered to cast all your difficulties, your doubts and your fears on him, who is the supreme authority in the whole of heaven. He still sits on the throne to this day and He has all the strings in his hand.

 

Trust in him. Yes, you can safely trust and have confidence in him, he has never failed anyone, and he shows no human being away coming to him. ”“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”” Hebr. 13.5 NIV

 

And he will do this. This is a great promise from the "King of kings and Lord of lords". Take this word and make it a part of you by repeating it out loud every single day so it can grow like a grain of seed inside you.

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

14th October 2019

 

CHILDREN OF LIGHT

 

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. ”
1. Thess. 4.13 NIV

 

A believing elementary school teacher tells the story of the events when his son passed away:

 

Olaf was blessed with many good gifts from the Creator's hand. The teacher at the teacher's seminary where he went said to his father: "Your son has done a lot of good things among his friends." During his son's third year at the teacher's seminary, the young man got tuberculosis, and his condition did not improve. The patient was not sad when he made himself ready for his last trip. He comforted his grieving and distressed father and said, “Jesus is even clearer to me now. Don't worry, Dad. When our Savior is with me, there is no need for sorrow.

 

Olaf was in great pain these last days of his life, but he didn't want to receive any anaesthetics and said, "No, I want to be awake in my last struggle. I'm so happy! ”He asked his relatives to sing the song he liked best. His 13-year-old brother, who was on his knees at his foot, suddenly rose and exclaimed: "Look how Olaf beams with light! He looks completely transformed. ”

 

They all stood puzzled, watching his bright face. When the light was clearest, the dying man cried out in delight: "Now I am at home with the Lord, with my mother, with Petra and many others." At that moment, his eyes burst. He had passed away, into the light that no eye here on earth can see. And this father added: "Even though it had been completely dark in the room, we had been able to recognize Olaf from the light that shone from him." It is also strange that the dying mentioned his mother whom he could not have known, because she died when he was a baby.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

13th October 2019

 

ANGELS THAT DIGGED HOLES IN THE SOIL

 

As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right. ”
1. Sam. 12.23 NIV

 

The preacher, Tommy Hicks once had a vision. He saw how the angels cooperated when the church people / congregation prayed. He saw a multitude of angels busy digging holes in the ground. He was then told that the holes represented human salvation. As long as people prayed for a human, the angel dug deeper and deeper until he reached a source that emerged as confirmation that salvation was prayed through. He also saw angels standing passively hanging over their spades without seemingly doing anything useful. They seemed to be mournful. Tommy Hicks asked one of the passive angels why he did not work like the others, and the angel answered him that no human being prayed for this person anymore.

 

Someone has said that the poorest people in this world are the ones for whom nobody is praying.

 

Many years ago, I sat reading in the magazine, The Church Bell/ ”Kirkeklokken” about the priest Einar Prip. He had exactly the same vision as Tommy Hicks of angels digging deeper and deeper when people prayed for someone. The church bell also published a treaty in its time about the priest, Prip's vision. I know an old person in the Faroe Islands who still has such a treaty in his Bible.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

12th October 2019

 

GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD

 

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 NIV

 

John 3.16 is called "The Little Bible". It is said that preachers all over the world have their own favorite verse, but this verse is called "every man's verse". Here is the very essence of the gospel for every heart. I would like to point out three things from the text:

 

1) It is God who is the origin of salvation. It was God who took steps to salvation. No one else had to first persuade God to forgive us. Sometimes God is referred to as strict, and Jesus is referred to as gentle, loving, and forgiving. This Bible verse tells us that it was God who started everything. He sent us His Son, for God loved man.

 

2) God’s nature is love. He did not go for his own sake, but for our sake. God did not go to fulfill his own desire for power. He did not work to get a submissive and creeping universe. God seemed to satisfy his own love. God is not satisfied until His deceived children have come home!

 

3) The Bible verse tells us about the size of God's love. It was the world God loved so much. It was not a nation. It was not a chosen people. It was not the church. GOD LOVED THE WORLD! Of course, God loves those who love Him, but His love reaches those too that no one loves, and even reaches those who never think of God. God's love is so extensive - He loves everyone!

The Church Father, Augustine has said it so accurately: "God loves each one of us, as if he only had one to love."

 

God's heartbeat encompasses all people, and the whole world is our parish call.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

11th October 2019

 

OLD AND WORN-OUT - YOUNG AND BURNT-OUT

 

”“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matt. 11.28
NIV

 

Egil Svartdahl

On our PCs, smartphones or iPhones we have a button called "energy saving", "rest" or a function to save power. I have doubts whether this feature is for the phone or our own best? Is it the machine or us that needs it the most?

 

Today, the boundary between work and leisure has become more and more blurred. In the past, it was said: Old and worn. Today they say: Young and burnt out. Young people are burned out, discharged and exhausted at a very young age. They are burnt out emotionally and cooperatively. Stress is the greatest health hazard in our modern age. 80% of all long-term sick people in Norway have stress as the underlying cause.

 

Studies show that seven out of ten leaders are burned out and that the number of burned-out youths has a growing curve. Each generation is more exhausted than the former. It is not necessary for you to be sufficient. It's enough that you simply "are there". Anything more than this, after all, is an added bonus.

 

Mark 6: 30-31 tells of the situation where the apostles gather about Jesus and tell him everything they had experienced and done through the day and how they had taught. Jesus replied, ”... “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”...”

"Take a break, because you have to last and endure a long time," was the motto of Jesus, his solution, and his words are also needed for us today. Notice that the week begins not Monday, but Sunday. In Deuteronomy God asks us to use our day of rest and to keep it holy. The current government is working with great zeal to allow us to keep our stores open on Sundays, even though the population needs the exact opposite: Namely to rest and keep Sundays holy.

The rest has three main enemies: Anxiety / regret, restlessness and boredom.

 

The letter of Hebrews mentions coming to His rest so that we can rest after our hardships, just as God rested from His works.

It is not us who invite him to worship; it is he who invites us. Everything you do, you do from the rest in Christ.

We end with Jesus' familiar words from Matt. 11:28NIV:“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

10th October 2019

 

AN IMAGE OF HEAVEN

 

who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. ”
Phil. 3.21 NIV

 

A woman testified last night at the Bluecross café. She told me she had been a manager at TeenStreet in the German city of Offenburg. This is an international Christian meeting for young people. 200 girls, 100 boys and 100 leaders participated from the Faroe Islands making it a total of 400 Faroese out of a total number of 4000 young people from all over the world made their mark on the camp.

 

You could choose different topics. The subject that had the greatest impact on most people was "Heaven." The youth show was such that there were people playing role-playing games and you entered all this, so it seemed very alive.

Before it all started, the organizers had to have the number of participants and their names. This seemed to the Faroese to be somewhat strange. Why couldn't you just come? Later they understood why.

 

Participants then walked into the elevator to get up on the fourth floor. But when they got up in the elevator a little, it stopped. They looked at each other. What now? But then they heard a knock and a voice asked if they needed help. Yes, it certainly seemed that they did. The lift started again and as they stepped out they saw their helper. He was in white clothes and was supposed to imagine Jesus.

 

They were then invited into a room. In it it was so beautiful, nice and cozy, and beautifully decorated. e.g. There was a palm tree. On the table was a white tablecloth, nice plates, silver fork knives. On the glass was a small note, and on this was the name of him / her to sit there. Now they understood why the organizers wanted numbers and names of all participants. "When I saw my name on the glass," said the woman, "I melted completely. Just imagine, Jesus not only knew my name, no, he had prepared a place for me, and he was waiting for me. ”At the end of the table was a glass on which there was no note. He was missing. No one had given him any invitation to Heaven.

 

This spoke strongly to the participants. Here they were experiencing getting the most delicious dishes, and it was just so amazing to be part of it. This really gave a taste of Heaven. But then the question came up: "Do you want to go out and invite others to come along?"

 

Everyone then went and entered another room where people sat with a completely foreign attire, a dress so that they understood that these were Muslims, Buddhists and other strangers. But it was anything but easy. How could you convince them that there was only ONE way to heaven and that (he) is called Jesus Christ? Here the group got something serious to think about.

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

9th October 2019

 

THE HOUSE

 

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Matt. 6.7 to 8 NIV


 

"We are in Norway every summer because one of our daughters is married to a Norwegian," there was a man who testified at the local Bluecross café. He said: “There was a married couple in the area about whom much was talked about. Some years ago this couple lived a wild life with drug abuse and so on, and when they had no money to buy these things, they started their criminal career, after which it started to go downhill for them. It ended with a harsh judgment behind bars. How many years they got behind bars, I do not know; but when only two years remained of their serving of the sentence, they were saved. There are people who do a great job in such places, people who voluntarily choose to sing and witness for the inmates. This married couple was completely changed and given a new life.

 

As time approached for the couple to be released, they began to seriously fear coming out again into freedom, for they owned nothing. How could they ever get a roof over their heads and everything else needed? But now they had learned that when you get into trouble, you must pray to God and tell him everything exactly as it is and they did just that. They were persistent in prayer.

 

One night the wife dreams that she sees a big and beautiful house. She can see it from the outside, but she also gets the opportunity to see all the rooms inside. She decides to tell her spouse nothing. Four days later the husband says to his wife: "It's strange, but I dreamed last night that I saw a big and beautiful house!"

 

"You were also allowed to see this?" the wife replied in wonder.

They agreed to go into each room with a piece of paper on which to try to draw the house, which they had seen in the dream. When they finished the drawings and came out of the rooms, it turned out that both drawings were identical.

And this couple today lives in this house which is also their property,” the man concluded his testimony.

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

8th October 2019

 

JESUS IS ABLE TO SAVE

 

and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
Psalm 50.15 NIV

 

A man testified at the Blue Cross café:

One of our girls was saved as a very young girl. She married a man who was not saved and she herself began slipping further and further away from Jesus. The man drank a lot and had major alcohol problems, but we didn't know how bad it was for them, because he was so good at concealing it. He sat in the barn drinking every day.

 

Eventually, his wife couldn't handle it anymore. “I want to leave you and take the two youngest children with me. The other kids are almost grown up now and they will be able to handle themselves! ”At that very moment, the man completely collapsed.

 

The following day was Sunday, and in the morning as they woke up, the husband said to his wife, "Shouldn't the two of us go to a meeting tonight?" His wife looked at him in amazement, for she was not used to hearing this, but she agreed. At this meeting, they were fiercely called. The wife said to her husband, "Shouldn't we go to intercession?"

"No, I don't want to," he replied, racing out.

The wife then went and was saved.

 

The man walked for many days and fought against God. In the end, he was no longer able to withstand anymore, and he said to God, "Lord, if this comes from you, then you may have me completely; but tell me first, do you call me? Now I will open the Bible a random place, and the first thing that catches my eye, Lord let let it be your answer. "

No sooner said than done and his eyes fell upon this saying, ”and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” ” Psalm 50.15 NIV

Then he went to his wife and asked her to pray for him. He was gloriously saved, and today they are leaders in the village mission house.

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

 

7th October 2019

 

There is only one way

 

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Rom. 10,10 NIV

 

There is only one way to Heaven. There is only one way to be saved. Only Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. How do we know this? The Bible tells us in John14.6NIV: ”Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
 

Many people think they come to Heaven because they are good people, because they have done nothing or very little wrong and so on. When you talk to people, you see that they have found their own way to Heaven. People have invented as many ways to Heaven as there are people. That's why the Bible says in Rome. 3.23NIV: ”for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
This must be preached over and over again, so that people understand it.

 

Salvation is ONLY found in the faith of Jesus and to receive him as your Lord and Savior. ”For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Rom. 10,10 NIV
Here again we see that we must point to the word of God as the truth.

 

What used to be a sin is still a sin to this day. When the Bible says that something is sin, then we must help people to become FREE from sin and not support them in remaining in it. It is true love to help set people free from their sins in the blood of Jesus. People are lost because they do not want to hear and believe in the simple and straightforward words of God. The Bible says that not even the simple fool will get lost.

 

The Bible answers everything because the Bible is the word of God. Therefore, Jesus says, ”Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. ” John 17,17NIV

Jan Hanvold

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

 

6th October 2019

 

THE BIBLE

 

”Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.
Matt. 22.29 NIV


 

The Bible is the book of books. It is the book that reveals the will of God. We live in a time when man has more knowledge and insight than ever before. Yet, people in the Western world have never had as limited knowledge and insight about the Bible as they do today.

 

In Norway, the Bible was spread with the Hauge revival. The greater the Bible knowledge, the greater the revival. Statistics show that just one in five Christians read the Bible daily. Now that the Bible reading is so much reduced among Christians, how much less is it not among the worldly?

 

The Bible is a dangerous book. So dangerous that if you are taken with a Bible in Saudi Arabia, you will be beheaded. In other countries, having a Bible and reading it gives a harsh punishment. Then we could be tempted to ask why? Simply because it reveals the truth and reveals the lie. When I was taken at the customs in Moscow in 1983 for smuggling Bibles, I asked them: “Why is it not allowed to bring in Bibles into this country? You do not believe in God, and you consider the Bible a fairy tale, why are you afraid of it then? ”I never got an answer.

 

Through the Bible, man gains knowledge and insight about God and the truth. The awakening is conditional on the Word being available. Scripture is the foundation of our faith? It is the word of God! If we doubt the word of God, then our faith will fall like a house of cards. This is why our churches are empty. It is because of the biblical criticism and that even the priests do not believe in the Bible. If we do not believe the Bible as being the Word of God, then we will believe that the Qur'an is just as good and valid, and that other scriptures are as true as the Bible, but without true Bible knowledge, people lost their way and became derailed, Jesus himself said in Matt. 22.29.

 

In a time when many are being misled and where we are inundated with other religions, it is more necessary than ever before to hold on to the Word of God, so that humanism will not be allowed to sneak into our lives, so we believe, that it is okay with sin, that we do not believe that hell exists, but that we fully and firmly believe that the Bible is the true word of God and therefore without error.

 

The recipe for life is revealed in the Word of God, the Ten Commandments, and in the Old as well as the New Testament. With these we can judge everything from the flawless word of God. Based on the Bible, we understand what is right and what is wrong. The Old Testament has preserved Jewish culture despite the resistance of the times. This is also the case with our Christian cultural heritage. This legacy will only be preserved if we are faithful to Scripture. When we turn our backs on Scripture, we get lost.

 

”Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. ” Matt. 22.29 NIV

Jan Hanvold

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

5th October 2019

 

MORE FAITH

 

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

Rom. 10.17 NIV

 

Sten Sørensen

Norway is a strange country where faith is pictured as a private matter that does not concern others. We must keep the faith for ourselves, we say. It has not been common for politicians from parties other than the Christian party ”Kristeligt Folkeparti” to talk about their faith.

 

The editor of Vårt Land, Erling Rimehaug, writes in a remark: "Why do people react when Jonas Gahr Støre is open about his Christian faith, when all his predecessors were open about their lack of faith?"

 

Erna Solberg, Prime Minister, told the magazine ”Troens Bevis” in the July edition that the secular have the power of public debate in Norway.

 

The Muslims boldly stand forward speaking widely about their faith. And Jesus said we were to be light and salt in this world. We have to stick to that no matter what the world thinks about it.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

4th October 2019

 

BE AVAILABLE - IT WORKS GREAT WAGES

 

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
Acts 4.13 NIV

 

Carl-Gustav Severin

Acts 4:13 says that the people noticed the boldness that the apostles showed, and they remembered that they had been with Jesus.

 

The characteristics of the first Christians were their great boldness, their courage and their strength. They were fearless. The Bible advises us not to throw away our confidence; it will be richly rewarded. (Hebrews 10:35) Joshua 1,6 was asked to be courageous and strong. The boldness carried him through the furnace.

 

God will raise up courageous Christians in Scandinavia. By the time Peter appeared before the crowd at Pentecost, 3,000 souls was saved and added to the congregation. Because of his courage, this miracle of salvation was unleashed.

Effie Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

3rd October 2019

 

A QUICK TONGUE

 

Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.
Prov. 29.20 NIV

 

If you gave yourself time to grasp the facts, then you would have, by and large, talked differently. Hannah so earnestly prayed to have a child that the pastor thought she was intoxicated. When the disciples noticed Jesus coming towards them while walking on the water, they believed that he was a ghost.
 

Therefore consider, or even better yet, pray before jumping to any conclusions.

e.c.translated

 

 

 

 

2nd October 2019

 

THE SALVATION ROCK

 

”... and on this rock I will build my church ”
Matt. 16.18 NIV

 

The salvation is built on expensive land! Mount Moriah, on which the temple stood, is the place where Abraham sacrificed his son, Isaac.

 

You know what? 2000 years later, God brought His only begotten Son to the same mountain in order to die for our sins. The cross is the only ladder high enough to reach all the way to the threshold of heaven.

e.c.translated

 

 

 

 

1st October 2019

 

THE PEOPLE OF PRAYER


I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.
Isaiah 62.6-7 NIV

 

It is crucial that there are watchmen on the walls (Isaiah 62,6) who pray. The people of prayer do not enter the White House or the Kremlin; but when we pray for people, for the leaders of the countries, and for the nations, God can intervene.

 

When God destroyd Sodom and Gomorah, he did not ask how many unrighteous there were. The Lord asked how many righteous people there were. If there had been ten righteous, then Sodom would have been saved. That is why prayer is so very important. This is also the reason to remind us that we must be ready for the rapture. It can come anytime.

e.c.translated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evangeline Booth, salvation army, testimony, personal testimony

26.1.2014

Evangeline Booth

26th January 2014


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

See video of Evangeline Booth

Biography Evangeline Booth:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evangeline Booth replied: "It was me."

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

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

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

E. Campbell translated

 

25th January 2014
 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aril Edvardsen, "Troens bevis".

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

24th January 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was obvious that the testimony had also hit him.


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

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

23th January 2014


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

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

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


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

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

 

 

 

22th January 2014


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

Paul:

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

Peter:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

21th January 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

20th January 2014
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can hear the song on the following link .

"Safe in the arms of Jesus."

E.Campbell

 

 

 

19th January 2014

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

E.C.

 

 

 

 

18th January 2014


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

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

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

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

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

Acts 26.23 NIV

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

Heb. 9.22 NIV

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

E. Campbell

 

 

 

17th January 2014
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

E. Campbell 

 

 

 

 

16th January 2014

 

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

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


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

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

1 Tim. 1.15 NIV

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

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

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

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

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


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

E. Campbell

 

 

 

15th January 2014
 

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

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


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

Joh. 6,54 NIV

E. Campbell

 

 

 

14th January 2014
 

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

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

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

 

 

 

13th January 2014
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

 

 

 

12th January 2014

INVITATION FOR A WEDDING

A pastor's wife once told me this story:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Matt. 22.4)

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

Einar Lyngar . E. Campbell trans .

 

 

 

11th January 2014


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

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


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

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

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

10th January 2014

PROVE IT

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

Mat. 7, 24

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

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

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

E. Campbell translated

 

 

9th January 2014

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Has this song spoke to you?

You can hear the song by pushing this link

F. Campbell translated


 

 

 

8th January 2014

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

7th January 2014
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

6th January 2014
 

THE RIGHT CHOICE

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


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

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


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

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

John. 18.37

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

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

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


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

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

E. Campbell translated

 

 

 

 

5th January 2014

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

Luke 18.1

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Effie Campbell

 

 

 

4th January 2014

 

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

Press this link to hear the song

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

 

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


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


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

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

 

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

 

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

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


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

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

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

E.Campbell translated

 

 

 

3rd January 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

2nd January 2014

THE ENTRANCE OF TEMPTATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

(Job 31.1 . 9-12) . NIV

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

1st January 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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