I know whom I have believed

REFLECTIONS/ENGLISH Take note of Paul’s words to Timothy: «I know WHOM I have believed!»
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In the passage of 2Tim 1:12 Paul does not say «I know WHAT I have believed,» but «I know WHOM I have believed!»

Our faith is not a religion. Our faith is not the profession of many pre-written credos. Our faith is not the sum of all strong opinions held. Our faith is the close relationship with one person!

I am so very thankful that this one person is my best friend, and my Saviour. His name is Jesus. Jesus Christ.

Have a strongly blessed day!

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Convocation: Scandinavia calling for intercession and prayer

PRAYER/PARTNER Do you live in, or know, anyone living in Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Sweden)?
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Believers who PRAY when under attack will remain believers who STAY when facing the enemy. That being in spiritual advances, through disease and healing, against powers and principalities, or, upon bringing people to Jesus.

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God and Eve

ENGLISH/HUMOUR ‘God, I have a problem,’ Eve stated. She was in dire need of a quick fix.
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Mr. Ian Vik–pronounced Jan Week–is currently a trained social worker serving as night watch in an undisclosed housing facility. He previously used his degree in theology serving the Church of Norway as a teacher. He also happens to be the blog master for the Norwegian Pilgrim’s Progress collective. His observations are not entirely sane and that’s why we occasionally have to include them here, at PREACHER.no.

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National Prayer Conference in Sandefjord coming up for March

PARTNERS/PRAYER The last weekend of March The Free Church of Tønsberg will convene a National Prayer Conference at the Oslofjord Convention Centre in Sandefjord. The Pray for The Church of Norway network is also inviting people to apply and attend in order to learn how to establish Houses of Prayer in their own homes.
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I have known the leaders of said network, the Pray for The Church of Norway groups, for years. The groups are praying for the leaders of the Church of Norway, as well as for the Church General Assembly and all the Bishop’s Conferences. I, myself, took part in the network until cancer hit me a few years ago, and I have written about the network’s activites several times as a field reporter for the Norwegian Christian daily «Dagen».

Those inviting to the Conerence are all reknown Christian leaders with great testimony.

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Walk the walk, talk the talk

ENGLISH/PARTNER Where the Pharisees among us easily will find the fault (no church, no stola, no peace)—I can only see the glory of God.

The Gospel is preached, the converts are baptized and the disciples taught—wherever they are. There is no place too sinful for us to walk the walk, nowhere too violent for us to talk the talk: The message of Jesus Christ, the one and only Saviour of Man.

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Answers guaranteed – so, Happy New Year!

NEW YEARS DAY is also the day Jesus was brought to the temple. Jewish boys were circumsized on their eigth day, like Christian children in many cultures are being christened.
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Our traditional and nominal majority Church of Norway proposes a set of texts to be read for each mass day. I choose the GOSPEL text for today, as it contains a very strong promise. You may read up on it yourself in Matthew 18:19-20 NIV.

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A Boy Was Sent to Earth (My Christmas Carol)

POETRY Ingar Clausen is no stranger to English poetry and, as many a Norwegian, he receives God’s own thoughts in either language.

— I attempted to capture the inspiration that God sent me back in November this year. As with any human vessel, my English, as well as my Norwegian, may be imperfect, but that’s the voice God gave me to express my gratitude. And that’s the voice I’ll use, then, Ingar boldly states.

Ingar Clausen is a frequent contributor to PREACHER.no.

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Under pressure

CHRISTMAS/PARTNER A friend and mentor for the last twenty five plus years, Pastor Les Ball of All Nations (Baptist) Church in London (ret.) just shared the following:

‘Last Christmas Eve, Roland Parsons stood outside Victoria station and read aloud from the gospel of Luke the story of the birth of Christ. He had done this every Christmas Eve for over 20 years without interference. But last year a police man told Roland he was not allowed to and must show his passport to continue reading.

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Becoming friends? Or wanting to?

ENGLISH/PARTNER ADVISORY It’s always a good idea to send a small personal message to the person you’re connecting with. That way you can explain that since you’re both brothers sharing an interest, a gift or a ministry, you should indeed connect.

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Christmas Group Therapy

JUL Slik ville det sett ut hos psykologen om alle julens mytiske vesener virkelig fantes.

Well, this is about what a group therapy session would look like if all Christms’ mythical creations really existed.

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When God does not heal in order to save

ENGLISH/IDEAS I just shared a piece with my community about God as Healer but also about the times God does not heal.

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‘God is a healer if only you raise your faith,’ one man retorted.

There and then, he denied the possiblity of a God who wouldn’t heal. His God was apparently greater. Greater than mine.

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Who is Jesus Christ?

ENGLISH/CHRISTMAS We’re closing in on Advent, and neither Google, Alexa (Amazon) nor Siri (Apple) dare to answer one simple question; Who is Jesus Crist!?

Astounding? Or just a bit… stunning?

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Black Friday

I did not go shopping on Black Friday. But I will go to mass on Good Friday.

Jesus is still the reason for this season — and for Easter.

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Where to preach. Preke hvor? ¿A dónde predicar?

ENGLISH Speaking in church is nice, many preachers do it. But, if you want to catch fish it’s better to cast your nets outside the boat.

I’ll hand it to you in Norwegian and Spanish, too:

?? Å tale i en kirke er fint—mange predikanter gjør dét. Men… om du vil ha fisk, må du kaste garnet ut av båten.

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?? Predicando en la iglesia — ¡Que bien! Pero, si quieres pescado tienes que tirar las redes afuera del barco.

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The Sunday School that wasn’t meant to be

CHURCH LIFE/ENGLISH Once back in the nineties I was heading up a Sunday School for kids in my local church. It wasn’t going to last but despite the obstacles I instead ended up in mission around the globe.
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Sannhet. Truth. Verdad.

TANKER Hva er poenget med å gå skoene av seg for å få folk til å komme tilbake til kirken neste søndag — hvis presten din ikke er villig til å forkynne sannheten?

Du kan få den på engelsk og spansk også:

?? What’s the point of making sure people come back to church next Sunday — if your pastor isn’t willing to speak the truth?

?? ¿Para que invitarle a la gente a volver a la iglesia el próximo Domingo — si tu pastor no predica la verdad?

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