22th February 2024

Living stoneyou also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a 
holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through 
Jesus Christ. ”
1.Pet.2:5NIV

God will work in us and through us through his word. We do not only 
hear God's words to find comfort and strength for our daily lives, but so 
that God can create the community that is his building. He will build his 
church of living stones – of people.

The church is built from the stones that contain the life that God gives 
them. We are not just dead building material. But God lives and works in 
us. That is why we are God's holy priesthood - that means a priesthood 
that brings sacrifice.

We bring sacrifice when we put our lives in his hands and let him rule. 
And also when we thank God for his gifts and willingly let others share in 
them. And when we understand our whole life as a service to God.

We make sacrifices. Not to please God. But thanks to Jesus Christ, we can 
make sacrifices that please God. Christ has given us life. We must neither 
win nor achieve anything with our sacrifices. Everything is given to us by 
Him. Therefore, the sacrifices we make can only be signs of faith and 
gratitude.

With joy we can pray that God will use us to bless people today. It may 
cost us something for God to show his grace to us by using us.







 
 
 
 
21th February 2024

The timeless messageThat is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in 
Rome. ” 
Rom. 1:15NIV

A priest tells of a visit to an old woman a few years ago:

It was difficult to talk to her because she was hard of hearing. When I 
understood that she had no financial problems, I gently asked her if she 
would like to try one of the new hearing aids? Then she looked at me for a 
moment with wonder at all the new things that have come to light: 
"Haven't I heard enough?" I understood her.

No doubt she was thinking of all the unnecessary time-wasting of chatter 
about everything and everyone when people visit old people. They talk 
about weather and prices, about illness and mistakes, about traffic and 
politics. She meant she had heard enough of this.

Sometimes you hear people with a lot of experience say that we don't 
need to hear the stories of the Gospels over and over again. Is it necessary 
for us to continue reading the Bible? Is it necessary to come and hear the 
same message week after week, year after year? Once we have learned it, 
heard it and accepted it, do we also need to repeat it over and over again? 
Is there any point in preaching the gospel to all those who are already 
believers?

Paul found it necessary.

To the congregation in Rome he writes: “That is why I am so eager to 
preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. ” Rom. 1:15NIV

The message that is hidden between the first and last pages of the Bible is 
not a doctrine that we must manage to read through at a certain time and 
then be examined in. This message meets you through the preaching, and 
it is by actively listening to the message that you can actually acquire the 
gift of faith. And if you have received this gift, it becomes like a wealth 
that almost grows by itself, if you receive food via the Bible's message.

We need not worry that the Bible has nothing to give us modern people. 
When the famous Bible translator, J. B. Phillips published the Acts of the 
Apostles in a modern language, he made this comparison: "I feel like an 
electrician who has come into an old house to correct the electricity 
supply and cannot turn off the electricity." Electricity then went through 
his hands and there were sparks between the wires.

- There was also high tension in the old chapters and verses. None of us
have ever heard enough. But rather we must pray for the Holy Spirit's
light and guidance, then it may happen that you too will find it difficult to
turn off the electricity. And then you will be eternally grateful.

 
 
 
 
 
 
20th February 2024

In the hand of the MasterBut 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. 18:4NIV

About clay in the hand of a master, about Israel in the hand of a master, 
about man in the hand of God, Jeremiah will learn.

When the pot that the potter was shaping from the clay was marred in his 
hand..." This is our own story. But the continuation of our story is: He 
takes care of the people who succumb and suffer defeat. He gives a new 
beginning. Flawless and intact, he hands us the gift of life every day. He 
formed it into another pot. He forms it into another pot.

He wants to create something out of it again -. In this area his children 
must learn from him. For also between people pots fail. Even when our 
hands try to be careful, they can easily become too hard. He formd it into 
another pot - if He didn't, our future was in the waste disposal site. But 
when he starts anew with us we are also to start anew with each other. 
Then even those whose past has been shattered will have a future.

He turned it into another pot. - He created something in perfect silence. 
There is a story about an old man who stood and sawed wood full of 
knots to fire with and it only went slowly. Then someone came by: "You 
had better sharpen your saw!" he said. But the old man looked at him 
angrily and replied: "I am to finish sawing all this before the evening falls 
... do you think I have time to sharpen the saw?"

If God is to be able to create something new in our lives, he must have 
quiet moments to create something. A human life without quiet moments 
is no life at all. But on the other hand, silence in itself does not create 
anything. A silence where God is not allowed to come (eg via the Bible, 
prayer and the communion table) it only becomes silence, which in turn 
becomes an unbearable emptiness.

Nothing is required of the clay itself. Nothing without just this one thing, 
that lets itself  be shaped.

But everything is also hidden in this!
 
 
 
 
 
 
19th February 2024

Count on Jesus in the hour of death (9:9)When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice,Lazarus, come 
out!” ”
John 11:43NIV

It is a strange text before us today, dear children. John, who narrates, has 
taken us out to a small local cemetery outside Bethania. Nothing strange 
about that, because cemeteries are found everywhere. They are located 
outside each and every village everywhere in our country - and in other 
countries as well.

The wages of sin is death, says the Word of God. And we have all sinned!

That is why it is so, and that is why people often stand by a grave in a 
cemetery and cry. That was also the case this day.

Martha and Mary wept - Jesus also wept, we read. “... “if you had been 
here, my brother would not have died. ” they said to Jesus. But now it was 
too late. They had otherwise sent for him immediately after Lazarus had 
fallen ill, but now most of a week had gone and now when he finally 
came - and that is what is so strange!

Why didn't he come sooner?

And these three siblings were some of his best friends. It is indeed strange 
- but it is also wonderful!

For Jesus, standing in the midst of them, says: “... “I am the resurrection 
and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; ”
 
And even though Martha protested and said that four days had now gone 
since he was buried, Jesus suddenly turns to the tomb and orders that the 
stone be removed - and then he calls out to Lazarus: “... “Lazarus, come 
out!””

And just imagine, Lazarus came out of the grave.

But what is most wonderful of all wonderful things is that this does not 
only apply to Lazarus. One day Jesus comes and calls the dead. Then all 
those who believe in Jesus will rise from the grave. They will get a new 
body and live in God's Paradise for all eternity!

Truly, it is great to believe in Jesus! If you don't have Jesus in your heart, 
send for him and remember: He is never too late!
William Munch. E.Campbell translated







18th February 2024

Jesus helps in today's toil and toil (8-9)

"... One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people 
were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2He saw at 
the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing 
their nets. 3He got into one of the boats "
Luke 5:1-3NIV

One day - thus begins this wonderful account of Peter's fishing. It wasn't 
just this one time that Jesus helped his friends! No, time and again he 
came to their rescue!

There are probably not many of us who are fishermen and stand on the 
shore and rinse nets. But then we do something else. Maybe we wash 
dishes for mom or we do homework. Perhaps we are going through 
something difficult and heavy, perhaps we are sad because of something 
or we are afraid. Then he comes to our rescue, just like when he walked 
here on earth.

"... let down the nets for a catch," he said to Peter. He knew very well how 
bad the fishing had been for them that night. “... “Master, we’ve worked 
hard all night and haven’t caught anything. ” said Peter Luk.5:5. Trust in 
Jesus! Then God will bless your daily life in everything we do - indeed, 
our entire life!

Just as the boats of Peter and his friends were very heavily loaded - so 
shall your life be of God's gifts! Rather, you must throw all worry and 
regrets "overboard" - and throw yourself into Jesus' arms, "because he 
cares for you!" well, just think how wonderful and great it is: Jesus wants 
to help us!

A little boy who was in great need said in his prayer: "Dear God, you who 
are so big, help me who is so small" - and God helped!

I often pray this prayer myself – you must do so too!
William Munch. E.Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
17th February 2024

Count on Jesus – in life's most important questions (7:9)Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man 
must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in 
him.” ”
John 3:14-15NIV

In the glow of a sparkling oil lamp, two men sat and talked one night. It 
was Jesus and Nicodemus, a distinguished alderman from Jerusalem and a 
member of the high council in the city. Possibly a young man was also 
lying in a dark corner in the same room listening - the youngest of the 
disciples? He never forgot this conversation. As an old man, he wrote this 
down in his gospel - so that we can also hear...

"We know" with these words Nicodemus began the conversation, and he 
knew a lot. He had taken a long education in the Scriptures, but there was 
something he did not know. He did not know the answer to life's most 
important question: How can I be saved? How to provide this?

Even by reading all the books in the world or becoming a professor of the 
Bible with the highest honors, it can never be "learned"!

"You must be born again!" Jesus said.

Just as a small newborn child is a miracle from God, so it is also a miracle 
to become a child of God. This happens when we hear God's Word. It 
happens when we look at Jesus. Then faith is created in the heart by the 
Spirit.

Just as the Israelite people were healed in the desert from the snake bites 
when they looked up to the copper serpent, so we are saved when we look 
up to Jesus. We don't know if Nicodemus understood this that night - or if 
he didn't really understand it until he stood out there on Calvary, where he 
undoubtedly stood and looked up to Jesus!

It brings life to look to Jesus, the Lamb of God,
there is salvation, O soul, for you!
Look confidently at the cross in faith and be saved,
look at him who hung there for you!

That same evening, Nicodemus was out there with others and took down 
Jesus' dead body from the cross. I wonder if with that he confirmed what 
happened inside his heart, and that from that very day he also wanted to 
believe in Jesus.
William Munch
 
 
 
 
 
 
16th February 2024

Count on Jesus – in the storm and darkness of the night (6:9)But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried 
out, “Lord, save me!” ”
Matthew 14:30NIV

Peter was a brave man and it is always exciting to hear about him. He 
experienced many strange things, this Peter. But the strangest of them all 
was probably when, on a stormy night by the Sea of Galilee, he walked 
over the waves towards Jesus.

They were in distress out there on the sea. The storm raged. But they were 
even more horrified when they saw someone walking on top of the 
agitated waves. They thought it was a ghost and screamed in horror.

”“...Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.””  Jesus said. After all, he came 
to meet them to help them. And Peter was so surprised and happy that he 
said: "Is it true that it is you, Jesus - if so, tell me to come to you over the 
waves." And Jesus said, "Come,".

Peter probably never forgot this - and he also learned something out there 
on the sea, which he is unlikely to have ever been able to forget. Namely, 
that it is of crucial importance to believe in Jesus. That he is the only one 
who can help us when we are really in distress. Indeed, because when he 
looked towards the waves he began to sink. "Lord, save me!" he cried, 
and immediately Jesus gave him his hand and took hold of him.

Some time after this Peter was again sinking, but this time it was in the 
depths of sin, and this is much worse. Consider that he cursed and swore 
that he did not know Jesus. Well, this is how bad things can go for us. 
Afterwards, Peter cried and thought he would never, ever be happy again. 
But Jesus still loved Peter! He sent him a gentle greeting. He sought him 
out, extended his hand to him again, and forgave him everything.

We too want to believe in Jesus, just as Peter did. He will also take our 
hand when we are in distress and in trouble of some kind! Well, we will 
pray: Take my hand, lead me step by step until I step over the threshold of 
Heaven saved and blessed.
William Munch. E.Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
15th February 2024

Count on Jesus in the hustle and bustle of everyday life (5:9)

““Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, you are worried and upset 
about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary 
has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” ”
Luke 10:41-42NIV

An old German painting shows a family sitting around a dinner table. 
Jesus can be seen behind an empty chair and under the painting it says: To 
the invisible guest!

And Jesus indeed wants to become the invisible guest in our homes and 
live with us with all his blessing and grace!

Today we will visit the home in Bethany - where Jesus often visited and 
was a highly valued guest. Three of Jesus' friends lived there, but it seems 
they weren't expecting a visit this day. Lazarus is not at home and Marta 
was busy with many things.

Indeed, that's exactly how Jesus can come to visit when we least expect it. 
Therefore, it is important that we always – in our hearts – are ready!

If only we could be like Mary. She was happy! And immediately she sat 
down at Jesus' feet to hear what he had to say!

But Marta became angry. How could Maria do this to her, knowing how 
busy they were?

"Tell her that she must join me!" she said to Jesus. Then Jesus says these 
serious words:  “Martha, Martha ... you are worried and upset about many 
things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one....” 

That's how it can easily happen to us! In all our busyness, we find it so 
difficult to have time for Jesus - for the Bible - and to come to listen to 
God's Word.

But shouldn't we take care of our work and our obligations, you might 
ask. Well yes, but what Jesus means is that we "must take our time" for 
the most important thing. Because otherwise the evil one dan easily cheat 
us - and we will never have time.

May we all chose what is better and it will not be taken away from us, 
says Jesus. No, because he himself will preserve us.
William Munch. E.Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
14th February 2024

Jesus – the friend of the displaced (4:9)One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a 
loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was 
a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the 
other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this 
foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you 
well.””
Luke 17:15-19NIV

Leprosy is a terrible and highly contagious disease. In the time of Jesus 
there were many lepers, but no medicine could help these unfortunate and 
unhappy people.

They were kicked out! Driven out of town! They could no longer be 
allowed to live at home, but were banished to holes and ravines. When 
people approached where they were, they shouted: “Unclean – unclean! 
Don't come any closer!”

But Jesus healed many lepers. Once, when he was on his way to 
Jerusalem, he met ten leprous men. “Master, have mercy on us!” they 
shouted, while still standing at a good distance from Jesus - they were 
contagious! Do you think Jesus took pity on them? Well yes, he pitied 
them! He loved those whom all other men drove away—the impure! And 
they were cleansed—all ten of them!

And Happy they hurried home - and be quite sure that there was great joy 
in these homes when the father returned home to his wife and children!

That's the way he is! Jesus comes with joy!

But they forgot one thing, unfortunately – the other nine. Only one of 
them returned to say thank you. And he was not only healed, but was 
saved from his sin in that very moment. And it's even bigger! "Your faith 
has saved you!" said Jesus, and he praised God in a loud voice - he was 
doubly happy!

For the sin is even worse than leprosy. It was sin who drove Adam and 
Eve out of Paradise - and it is the sin who locks the gates of Heaven for us 
if we do not believe in Jesus!

We are unclean! But the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin!
William Munch. E.Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
13th February 2024

Jesus – the friend of the single (3:9)Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria 
called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 
Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat 
down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to 
draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?””

And

“Jesus answered, Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 
but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the 
water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to 
eternal life.” ” John 4

A lone woman comes with her water jug. It is midday and the sun is high 
in the sky. The women from Sikar used to be followed to the well, but 
never at this time. Whew! No, it was indeed too hot to go out to get water 
now in this midday heat.

But this woman liked best to walk alone – even though it was exactly her 
greatest distress that she was so alone. Because then she escaped to meet 
the other women and hear how they teased her and made sarcastic 
remarks. She was the sinful woman in the village and was fully aware of 
how people whispered about her and slandered her. No, sin brings no joy! 
She could fully see that - she had become a lonely and unhappy woman!

But over there by the well, Jesus sat waiting for her. Indeed, it was 
because of her that he had come: "Now he had to go through Samaria..." 
we read. His love for sinners drew him this way. He wanted to quench the 
thirst of her soul and make her glad and happy.

And she was happy. So happy that she forgot her thirst and left the water 
jar behind as she ran into the village to share this with the others.

Well, God even used her to bring the message of his salvation to others. 
There was a revival in Sychar and many came to believe in Jesus!

That's how Jesus is! Remember that when one day it might be you who is 
alone and unhappy. Jesus is the friend of the lonely one!
William Munch. Effie Campbell
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12th February 2024

The Seeking Savior (2:9)

““Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t 
he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep 
until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders”
Luke 15:4-5NIV

I have a book with a strange title: “God yes! But Jesus?” The strange 
thing is that there are people who believe in God but want nothing to do 
with Jesus. But the most terrible thing of all would be to meet God - 
without Jesus, and without being cleansed in the blood of Jesus.

He who turns his back on Jesus turns his back on God and Heaven and is 
lost for all eternity!

Because there is salvation in Jesus' name only!

The Pharisees and the scribes also said yes to God - but no to Jesus! No 
one prayed to God as often and read the Bible as diligently as they. Yet 
they hated Jesus. And to tarnish his good name and reputation, they called 
him "friend of sinners".

But what a wonderful name it became for all sinners!

Indeed, it became an honorary name! After all, he had come to save 
sinners - and so that they could fully understand that, he told them the 
story of the 100 sheep. He told of the 99 that were safe in the fold and of 
the one that went astray, and then he went on to tell how the shepherd 
searched for it until he found it, and how he carried it home with joy.

This is a wonderful picture of Jesus - study it very carefully!

He did not get angry and did not pinch the sheep in the leg or beat it 
harshly. He did not grumble because this foolish sheep had run its own 
way. No, he was just happy, he spoke gently and tenderly to it. Carefully 
he lifted it onto his shoulders and happily carried it home!

That's exactly how Jesus is! He will be happy! There will be joy in 
Heaven - and you will be happy if he is allowed to carry you home to 
him! Yes, everyone who believes in Jesus, the friend of sinners, will be 
happy and blessed! And there is no difference whether we are big or 
small.
William Munch. Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
11th February 2024

The loving Savior (1:9)Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great 
love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” ”
Luke 7:47NIV

A thermometer is good to have available. It shows the freezing and 
heating degrees and tells us what the weather is like. Inside our heart it 
can also be cold or hot and our text for today is almost like a thermometer 
that shows our "heart-warmth".

We read about Jesus, who was a guest of Simon - a Pharisee - and about 
the sinful woman who, crying, anoints Jesus' feet. It had been a poignant 
moment for Jesus, we dare suggest - but also for the woman.

Simon, on the other hand, understood nothing. Jesus cannot be a great 
prophet, he thought, because otherwise he would have known what a 
sinful woman she is who touches him. But Jesus saw what he was 
thinking and said: "Simon, I have something to tell you!" And then he told 
of a man who had two debtors. One owed him 500 and the other 50 
denarii, but since neither of them had anything to pay with, he canceled 
their debt.

"... Which of them will love him more?" Jesus asked. "Simon answered: 
“... “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” ”

“Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, Do you see this 
woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my 
feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You 
did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not 
stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has 
poured perfume on my feet. ” Luke7:44-46NIV.

How he neglected his duties! Simon had not shown his guest the 
hospitality that was customary in those days. This showed as clearly as a 
thermometer how cold his heart was—and how little he loved Jesus. But 
the tears and the kisses and the sinful woman's gift of love clearly showed 
that she loved very much—that her heart burned for Jesus! She had come 
there to thank him!

She also received the most wonderful greeting in this world: "... "Your 
sins are forgiven."" and "... ““Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” ”
 
Come, let us kneel beside the woman - and thank Jesus!
William Munch. E. Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
10th February 2024
ForgivenessThe servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.”
Matt. 18:27NIV

Jesus once told a parable about a servant who owed his master a large 
amount of money that he had no way of getting paid. When the moment 
arrived that the amount had to be paid back, the following beautiful words 
are written: “The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and 
let him go. ” Matt.18:27NIV

This servant is an image of us, for our sins are like a gigantic sin before 
God. We owe God obedience and fear, worship and love with all our 
hearts. And we owe it to God to love our fellow human beings, just as we 
love ourselves. But we have not done this, and therefore we stand before 
God as great debtors. Because of our sin, we have a debt that we can 
never pay back.

But God will deal with us just as the master in Jesus' parable did with the 
debt-ridden servant.

Out of pure goodness and love, God forgives us all our sins and wipes out 
all our sin when we come to Him in our need and ask Him for mercy. 
Indeed, even before we come to God, Jesus has paid all our dept, so God's 
forgiveness is ready as a gift that is just waiting to be received.

It is wonderful that God carries us like this with such goodness, love and 
grace. When God does this, it is primarily to save us, so that everything 
can be good between Him and us. But God educates us through His grace. 
When God thus allows us to experience his forgiveness on such a large 
scale, he enables us to forgive others at the same time . We are taught to 
forgive and have mercy on others who wrong us. And we get the 
opportunity to meet others with love, because we ourselves have met a 
love from God that is so great that we have enough to share. And God 
teaches us to serve one another by showing that we have a Savior who has 
served us with his whole life and with his death on the cross.

A small detail can spoil a lot. You may hear people say, "He is good, 
but..." - "Mrs. X is an excellent Christian, but..." There is no "but" in the 
sanctification of the Spirit. But and if no longer exists, and it is now only 
about: "I must" - "I will".
Ec translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
9 February 2024

Society of SaintsThey devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to 
the breaking of bread and to prayer. ”
Acts 2:42NIV

A priest who sometimes has morning devotions on the radio talks about 
his considerations here.

And every time I am surprised by how many people listen to the 
broadcasts every morning. People I didn't know about spend time 
listening to a morning devotional. People who very rarely set foot in a 
church – indeed some of these even boast that they have not been there 
since they were confirmed or married – come and say that they have 
listened to the morning service.

And there is nothing new in this. Listener surveys have shown for many 
years that religious broadcasts have a much larger audience than one 
would think. And in many ways that is something to be happy about. But 
on the other hand, it is also something to dread. The preaching via radio 
and TV is excellent when it comes to the sick and old and those who have 
to work from home and in institutions. And this is excellent and necessary 
when it comes to reaching out to those who have not yet found the secret 
of the communion of saints. 

After all, our creed also has this wording: "I believe in the community of 
the saints". Getting together is a social function. Some people enjoy going 
to concerts, but that experience is hardly the same if you are the only one 
in the audience. And what's the point of a national football match if not 
many have come together to watch the match?

Certainly you can grasp the Christian faith from the armchair while you 
sit alone at home and listen. But it is equally true that anyone who 
confesses Jesus Christ as Savior at the same moment becomes part of a 
community, a community of believers all over the globe and which is 
different in many ways.

You understand it in the armchair. It's the easiest. But everyone who has 
read the history of the first Christians (Acts of the Apostles), they know 
that it is not primarily told about glowing stories about Paul, Peter and 
Silas and all the others, but here it is written about their struggle, tears and 
victories in communities, what we Christians call a congregation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8th January 2024
HomesicknessWe are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and 
at home with the Lord. ”
2 Cor. 5:8NIV

After spending life in the great Atlantic, the salmon returns to the same 
river or source where it first saw the light of day in its time, to spawn. 
Like so many other creatures of nature, it has a built-in instinct that leads 
it hundreds of miles towards the goal that it does not know, but to which it 
is drawn back for some inexplicable reason.

Occasionally, the question arises as to whether man also has such a built-
in power within him, but which has been almost weakened and blurred 
away by the whirlwind of time and strife.

Most often this question is returned with expressions such as that such a 
thing can neither be proven nor disproved. Is there a place or an existence 
towards which we all long to return, and which we can pretend we don't 
know or even deny the existence of, but which can have a decisive 
consequenses for all our lives if we let it be allowed to come forward.

Paul speaks of being "home with the Lord", indeed, he says bluntly that if 
he was allowed to choose, he would rather "... be away from the body and 
at home with the Lord..."

Through all generations, Christians have sung about heaven, about home 
and about paradise. Nowadays, several astronauts are hovering in space, 
so we almost no longer dare singing about heaven. There is no heaven up 
there in the clouds, and certainly no God, someone said, who undoubtedly 
cannot have had his eyes with him. This simply tells how our thoughts are 
tied to what is on our side, the material.

Heaven, which the believer longs for, is not a place but an existence.

We don't know much about heaven and about home. But we know that 
Jesus Christ is there and that love rules over everyone there.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7th February 2024

"For the jar of flour was not used up ..."For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in 
keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah. ”
1.King.17:16NIV

It is one thing to read the ancient biblical stories. It's easy to smile 
apologetically - and talk about legends and old tales. But when the same 
thing happens in our day, what are we to say? Here we have a story 
directly from everyday life of our time. “Trust in the Lord with all your 
heart and lean not on your own understanding; ”
Proverbs 3:5NIV For He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

After I had lost my husband, I was left alone with the responsibility of 
seven children aged from 2 to 16, with my father's farm (at Fanrem in 
Orkdal in Norway), with a new barn with approximately 50 cows in stalls 
- and with a debt of 600-700,000. What was I to do? Everything seemed 
so hopeless to me. Seen with human eyes, I had no possibility whatsoever 
to get a handle on the situation - neither work-wise nor money-wise.

In my distress I began to call upon the God of Heaven. Had He not 
promised to be the father to the fatherless, a defender of widows? Psalms 
68.5NIV and 146.1NIV: All that I had previously heard preached and had 
read myself in the Bible was now put to a hard test. But I clung to all the 
Lord's promises - night and day - and in all my distress, both for children 
and animals and everyone else, I truly got to see his wonderful care. How 
true it is, which is written in Psalms 46:1NIV: “God is our refuge and 
strength ...” 

We had, among other things, a flour container in connection with the barn. 
From this container we tapped feed twice a day. Every month the tank had 
to be filled - and the price to fill it was appx. $1,500.

One month when the time had come for the container to be filled, I simply 
had no money left. In the bank, there was nothing more to look for and 
there were no other options. But the animals had to have feed, because 
otherwise we didn't get any milk and then everything stopped.

It was the hardest crisis of my life. The flour tank had to be filled! The 
due date had passed and the feed could be over at any time. What could I 
do? Should I perhaps just accept defeat and simply give up?

“Lord, you see we have no money left this month to fill our tank. But you 
know that the animals must have food. Almighty God, help us – according 
to your promise, in the name of Jesus!”

How small and miserable one feels when it comes to addressing the Lord 
in such a childish and direct manner. Indeed, basically you feel almost 
ridiculous in relation to people. But in times of need, the way of faith is 
often also the only way – the only way out! So be it, whatever you feel 
about this. After all, perhaps it is precisely the distress in our lives that 
gives God the opportunity to get in contact with us, if only we allow Him 
to do so...

How did it happen? When we had prayed I just let the daily life on the 
farm continue. The older children were excellent to help. We drained from 
the flour tank twice a day as usual and we continued this day after day! I 
was overwhelmed and couldn't stop thanking my Heavenly Father.

The days turned into weeks and we just continued with the tapping of 
flour. It was like witnessing a daily miracle for all of us. When then the 
evil voice whispered: "How long do you suppose that this can be allowed 
to go on?" - Then I praised my almighty Lord and Master - and just 
continued to tap. And all the animals got the feed they needed, and the 
meal "flowed".

During this period, when God's great blessing kept us alive, we were 
given the opportunity to put money aside for new fodder. And after 3 
months had passed I had enough to fill the tank again.

The same day the flour stopped - the container was empty!

By then we had tapped twice a day for almost 3 months. This 
corresponded to an amount of approx. $2,000, and this resulted in 
us being able to correct the course so that we could again manage the 
regular work.

I thank God for this opportunity to “Let them give thanks to the Lord for 
his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,” Psalms 
107.8NIV - and all my longing now is to praise and honor Him, my 
precious Savior - He who changed my worst time into joy and excitement!
Margit Folvik T.F. E.Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
6th February 2024

Trojan horses

"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but 
inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. 
Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? "
Matthew 7:15-16NIV

When we read the old Greek legends, we also come to the Trojan horse. 
The poet Homer tells that the city of Troy fell from a giant wooden horse, 
which the attackers had left outside the city walls when they apparently 
stopped their attack. The curious people of Troy dragged the horse inside 
the city wall, not suspecting that the enemy soldiers were hiding inside the 
horse's large belly, which was open inside. As night fell the enemy crept 
from this horse and set fire to the city...

Today, we often use the term "Trojan horse" to refer to fifth columns - the 
enemy who sneaks into the opponent's territory. What this has to do with 
the Christians, well, it should be obvious to everyone: the enemy mixes in 
the defensive ranks and falls on the back of the soldiers when the battle 
begins.

The Trojan horse can also get inside the walls of the congregation. The 
Bible states it directly and calls certain deeds sin. But in "our culture" we 
show such tolerance towards individual sins that eventually we don't see 
them as sins at all anymore, for example envy. If it is allowed to come 
inside and we simply nurture it, then it will not be long until we do not see 
envy for what it is: a sin. Perhaps we change its name and call it "justice", 
and then it will be given unrestrained permission to spoil conditions. Envy 
is just one of many examples. All sins that we allow and do not confess to 
God are dangerous.

Because "Trojan horses" are part of the devil's attack plan. The diabolical 
forces fight with bloody seriousness to destroy Christian faith and 
morality. It is a cunning trick to sneak the evil inside and then fall on the 
backs of those inside, so that the resistance weakens. This is an old trick 
that we should expect and recognize easily.

How can we resist this? The Holy God wants His children to be holy. He 
gives us power and strength to live righteously. We must speak openly and 
honestly about it and encourage both the individual and the congregation 
to try: use the Bible's words about right and wrong as a mirror, so that the 
individual sin is discovered before it spreads and poisons everything.

If we are to live as Christians, it is necessary for us to make up with sin, 
confess it and receive the forgiveness of sins from God.
"The war cry". E.Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
5th February 2024

Do you look like the dogs?and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs 
came and licked his sores. ”
Luke 16:21NIV

A man went about examining the faults and shortcomings of others, and 
especially of the Christians, where he found much to criticize. One day he 
met a man who sat and just listened to his reproaches.

"Have you ever read your Bible?" the man asked him.

"Yes, of course," replied the other.

"Then you've probably also read the story about the rich man and 
Lazarus."

"Yes, of course," was the reply.

"Well, well," said the other, "But you remind me a lot of the dogs in that 
parable."

"What do you mean by that?" asked the man offended.

"Yes, you see, it says that the dogs licked his wounds. I mean you do the 
same. You are only looking for what is wrong with the Christians. You 
don't see what's right.”

There are many people, also in our country, who are like the dogs in this 
parable. They only look for wounds and weaknesses, and the faults they 
find in others they never have themselves.

How about you reading this? Do you also look for wounds in others to 
hide your own wounds? It is poor consolation, because then you will find 
no help for your own wounds.

He who sees and discovers his own wounds, he has the opportunity to be 
helped by the great physician.

Examine yourself: are you like the dogs or do you realize you need the 
great doctor yourself?
A.J.
 
 
 
 
 
 
4th February 2024

"Send him a dream, Lord!"Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How 
unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!”
Rom. 11:33NIV

This story is about two young men of faith who were very good friends. 
Both were seized by Christ, they were active and hard-working and they 
had rich gifts in many ways. I overheard for myself how they talked 
together about spiritual matters and prayed and praised their Lord and 
Savior.

But after some time there was a change. They got to know a third person 
and became good friends with him and were often with him. This man 
was not a believer. On the contrary! He had no interest in religious affairs 
at all - and he did not believe in any God. He was thoroughly a worldly 
party person. But he was exciting to be with, an artist who, with his 
glowing good humor, had a powerful influence on these young Christian 
men. They became more and more attracted to his infectious lifestyle. And 
finally, their spiritual lives came into jeopardy.

I, who had had the opportunity to follow these men, became incredibly 
sad when I realized where this was leading to. I got such harships and 
worries in my heart for both these Christian young men, that I had to cry 
out to God for the men both early and late: "Stop them, Lord, and bring 
them back again!"

Indeed, that was my prayers then. Oh, how this was hard times.

Then one day, while I had these men in mind, it became crystal clear to 
me that I had to pray a specific prayer, a concrete prayer for the "third 
man". After all, it was he who was the true cause of the two men's 
misfortune. And the prayer I prayed was this:


“Lord, send him a dream! Wake him up so he can realize the seriousness
and responsibility in this matter. I can't reach him, but you can. Speak
Lord through a dream!”


After some time I was told of something very interesting. Both these 
believing young men had each received a letter from the worldly friend. I 
happened to be allowed to read one of these letters - and later I got the 
letter as a property. Today it is like a document of faith for me - proof that 
the Lord hears prayers. The following is, in outline, what was said in the 
letter:

Dear friend!
I have to tell you about something I experienced here this morning. After I 
woke up (here in the hotel room), I must have fallen asleep again, because 
I saw something that was completely incomprehensible to me. I attended a 
May 17 procession, both here and at Karl Johan in Oslo. At first I just saw 
a good party atmosphere and happy people everywhere. But suddenly 
everyone became so sad and dark in appearance –  many people 
disappeared and never came back! The athmosphere became painful and 
horrible. Fear of death gripped everyone and many stared angrily and 
accusingly at each other, including at me. You were there too! Don't the 
Christians say something about Jesus coming back to get his? I have 
always thought that the devil only existed in Hitler's Germany (was a 
prisoner there) - and that life was only about living and dying - in a good 
laugh and with high spirits! But if it is the case that I have to get my well-
deserved salary, then you, who have helped lost souls yourself, must at 
least try to find your way back to yourself and your life!

This is something I MUST write to you...

For me it's just "last end once" - alone and lost. But forgive me for what I 
have led you to do. I cannot bear to live if I have brought misfortune upon 
you - and if what I dreamed should be fulfilled...
Regards ...

How this worldly "third man" fared, I have never been able to find out, 
but I have the hope that despite his unbelieving attitude, through the 
repentance he shows in the above letter, he eventually will find Christ. 
The dream God sent him about the imminent return of Jesus certainly 
shook him out of his sleep! And it was wonderful that God used him in 
this way to bring the dull and indifferent believing young men back on 
track again at the eleventh hour. Thank God!

"Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How 
unsearchable  his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!"
Rom. 11:33NIV
Effie Campbell translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
3rd February 2024

Take time for Jesusbut few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is 
better, and it will not be taken away from her.” ”
Luke10:42NIV

In chapter 10 of Luke we read about the sisters Martha and Mary.

Jesus came to visit and Martha immediately sets about cuddling and 
preparing a meal so that Jesus could have something to eat. Mary, on the 
other hand, sits down to listen to Jesus. Marta is not satisfied that her 
sister merely sits down wasting time like this – Come and help – are her 
words to Maria. But Jesus criticizes Martha, because it is the other sister, 
i.e Mary, who has chosen what is better.

Jesus does not come to us for us to start waiting and preparing so that he 
can feel comfortable and at ease with us. First of all, he wants us to listen 
to him. He wants us to sit down at His feet and pay attention to His word 
and not let everything else around us come first.

It is not all that we can do and prepare that gives us a share in what is 
better that Mary had chosen, the part that will not be taken away from us. 
No, we choose the good part by listening to Jesus. We hear him in his 
Word, the Bible.
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2nd February 2024

Only a dreamJesus replied, Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God 
unless they are born again. ”
John 3:3NIV

There was a man who dreamed that he was dead and standing before the 
throne of God. There was a great mass of people. One by one they stepped 
forward before God's throne and books were opened. The man now thrust 
his hand into his breast-pocket, and felt safe and happy, touching his 
papers, and thus knowing for sure that they were there as they used to be.

Then it was his turn. He felt a slight tremor in his body as he stood before 
God's eyes. He had never quite imagined God like that, so serious, so 
close and alive. It was strange, but at that very moment many images 
came to his mind, which he had neglected and cared nothing about in his 
life, and which he had never before given a thought to. Indeed, in truth he 
had never really thought of God, had never spoken to his children about 
this hour of severe judgment, had never ...

It gave him a set when he sensed God's eyes resting on him. He reached 
into his pocket and pulled out a piece of paper. It was his baptismal 
certificate. This undoubtedly settled his case. An angel took the letter from 
him, looked at him silently for a moment, then put it down again.

The man felt distressed. Here the baptismal certificate did not seem to 
help him, on the contrary, here it was a minus for him, an accusation 
against him, for had not his baptism obliged him to live his life with God 
in spirit and truth?

Again he reached into his pocket and pulled out another piece of 
document. It was his confirmation certificate. Here, however, they could 
see in black and white that he was a good, Christian man. Now he 
definitely had to be allowed to get through unscathed.


Then it seemed to him that the Lord's eyes were looking so sharply at him. 
The angel took the proof – put it down.

Terrified, he now had to admit to himself: "Didn't I promise my heart to 
Jesus the day I was confirmed?" He remembered the moment so well. His 
mother had cried and his father had taken him in his arms and he himself 
had filled his heart with good thoughts and resolutions. And what became 
of them with me? "I have served other gods!"

But, he thought to himself, I still have more. Again he reached into his
pocket and took out a lot of pieces of paper. “Look here, and here!” These
were all receipts for money he had given to the church, the heathen
mission and to other charities. "Here, and here...!"


"Yes, - and here!" sounded God's voice deep and serious. He pointed to 
the book the angel was holding. And the angel read:

1st commandment: “You shall have no other gods before me. ”
This man has not honored you, Lord. He was his own god. His money 
was his god. Desire and lust were his god. He is guilty!

2nd commandment: ““You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your 
God ...” 
This man never used your name in prayers and praises. But he used it for 
curses and oaths. But his heart was dead. He is guilty!

3rd commandment: “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”


This man had a thousand opportunities to hear your word. He is 40 years 
old and all the Sundays he has lived give a total of 6 years. On Sunday 
morning, he first read the news papers. Afterwards he went out for a walk. 
Next, he ate a lot and well and had friends and family visiting, or went out 
to visit others himself. But he had no time for your word. He scoffed at 
that. He is guilty!

Then the man let out a scream and woke up. Sweat poured down him. For 
a long time he lay like a lamb. Then his eyes fell on the word of 
confirmation that he had hanging on the wall. He had hung it there many 
years ago, while the confirmation was still a bright and beautiful memory 
for him. But he had thought so little of it since, even though he had it 
before his eyes every day, that he didn't really know what it said. 
Otherwise, there was nothing wrong with his memory. Everything else he 
could easily remember. He reached up and read: “Jesus replied, “Very 
truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born 
again. ”

For a while he sat in deep thought. Then he folded his hands. He had lived 
through the most painful, but also the happiest night of his life.

Was this just a dream – or was it something more?
J. Weihe translated
 
 
 
 
 
 
1st February 2024

The loveIt always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ”
“It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all 
things. "
1 Cor. 13:7NIV

Paul is talking about the only force that can melt what is frozen and loose 
what is bound - he is talking about love.

And that love is something other than a short, superficial intoxication – 
that it is a sensitive flower, a work of art by God's hand, planted in a harsh 
world, it is clearly seen behind the image that Paul uses: Love must 
endure, believe, hope and bear.

Love has its price - but everything that is valuable has its price. The 
greater the value, the higher the price. And anything that is real, it is 
always worth its price.

That is why Bishop Monrad is right when he says: Sorrow is the twin 
sister of joy, they have the same mother: love... Joy never comes alone, it 
holds the hand of sorrow. Everything you love causes you joy and sorrow 
- such is the condition of human beings."

A legend is about a man who died and then stood at the door of heaven. 
The Lord asks the person what she wants. "Bliss!" she cries. "But isn't 
there something from human life that you would like to find up here 
again, something that filled your heart with joy and delight?" "No, Lord," 
she answered, "I have always walked with my face turned up toward the 
heavenly ... I miss nothing of what I experienced on earth!" And the 
legend ends with the Lord saying: "Go back down to earth first and live 
the life I gave you anew - you didn't deserve the life I gave you - you 
didn't deserve the life you had!"

For fear of the price of life, there were many who did not dare to receive 
the gift of life. But anything that is real, it is always worth its price.

And the one who put the thanks, the needs and the fear in God's hands, 
could see that even the pain can carry wealth with it. After all, God is the 
one who not only has love, but is love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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"

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“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