søndag 11. oktober 2020

It is the small things that will lead to the BIG things (Missionary Allan Calhoun)

  “For who has despised the day of small things?”  (Zec 4:10)

 


I am very much for BIG things. I like BIG churches, BIG conferences. I very much desire BIG revivals. But I think also that sometime as we pursue the BIG things, we can quickly loose the small things, and the small voice of God. Many times it is the small things that can bring forth the BIG things in our lives. It could be just a small txt or encouraging message that says things like: “I missed you Sunday”, that could encourage a young woman, man or child to come to the house of God next Sunday. They may be the next Paul, or a Deborah of the new Testament that will transform cultures. Who knows!!! We have to stop expecting everything to start big.

Today, I want to be led by the Spirit, and to walk by the Spirit. So let me encourage you today to get on with your life, and let God use you in the small things that in turn will develop into BIG things. 

torsdag 8. oktober 2020

Biblical meaning of hope (Missionary Mark Robin Shutes)

Many times we use the word hope incorrectly. We say things like: I hope God will heal me. I hope I will get a better job. I hope this thing will work out in my life etc. When we use the word hope this way it actually steals our faith. But the biblical meaning of hope is very different from this. 

Rom 5:1Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

 

The meaning of the Greek word used for hope here has to do with expectation. This word expecting (hope) is the same as when a woman is expecting a child. She will then prepare things in her home, getting things ready in hope (expecting) of the child to be born. This is how you use the word correctly. So when I hope God will heal me, I make room, and prepare for the miracle to happen. When I hope God will fill me with the Holy Ghost, I already make room for it by repenting and surrendering my life to God.

Paul teaches that this expectation is a result of Gods grace. And we have access to this grace through faith.

 

Rom 8:18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

 

It’s just like you put a seed in the ground, and then waiting in hope. It’s an expectation. So the next time you hope for a miracle, understand it has to do with expectation. It’s because of the seed that is put in you by the word of God, and that through faith we have access to his grace and all that he provided for us.

The true meaning of hope is that I am expecting it to come to pass because of what he did for us. By faith I have access to his grace, and it is THIS that gives me hope.

So make room for the miracle, and expect it to happen. For we have access to the grace of God by faith, and that’s why we have this great hope.

lørdag 8. juni 2019

You Can’t Out Give God


Guest Author; Missionary, Ed Tilley



You Can’t Out Give God

Proverbs 11:24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

(The Living Bible) 11:24-25 It is possible to give away and become richer! It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! By watering others, he waters himself.

I’ve lived my life experiencing the blessings of God on our lives! Through all the years of serving Him we have seen that by giving to the work of the Kingdom Of God that He in return blesses us more abundantly. Our son, Shane asked as a young teen if he could have a missionary to support. He never failed all those years to not only support the missionaries, but was blessed in other ways. 

If you are in financial difficulties the way out is through giving to the work of God! Join us in receiving/sharing His blessings!

torsdag 6. juni 2019

Davids song (By Pastor Mike Dobbs)

A lone soldier walks down the long palatial corridor. Only the sound of his bronze armor clinking together in cadence with his military stride breaks the silence of the early morning. He pauses for a moment to listen in front of the massive cedar doors of the royal quarters.   He hears the gentle, melodic tones of the royal harp and the voice of King David as he sings to the God of Israel. The king is already up! The soldier rushes away to let the rest of the servants know to get ready for the day.

Inside the royal chamber, a lone figure in plain white linen leans over his old harp and sings before the window.  As usual, he is in the company of his two most dear and faithful friends. His God and the harp he saved up to buy when he was just a teenager- his constant comforting companion! His voice quivers from the emotion evoked by the unmistakable presence he feels in the room. He peers out of the lattice window and watches the sun slowly rise over the Judaean hills, lighting the sky with a myriad of vivid colors of the morning.
His masterful fingers pluck the strings of the harp, and with eyes tightly shut, he sings to the unseen guest in his room! He sings to the One who believed in him when he couldn't believe in himself. He sings to the One who was his Father during the years his earthly father rejected him and treated him as a lowly slave. He sings to the One that his mother told him about as a little child: "He will never leave you or forsake you!" He sings to the One who delivered the mighty Goliath into his hand and kept him unharmed for the many years he was hunted by his father-in-law, King Saul. His song· is intimate and from the very depths of his heart. He understands that his tears do not indicate weakness but ultimate dependence upon his God. His God is the king, and he is just the chief shepherd over God's people! He sings as his soul searches out direction and wisdom from the One in the room. He sings to the Lord, asking Him to order his steps and give him direction to lead the nation. He sings of the past victories God has given His people, and his praises echo off the cedar beams and resound through the halls of his stately palace.
As the sun rises higher in the sky, his voice is no longer a whisper but his voice begins to crescendo with the morning, and the palace of David becomes a source in the earth of heartfelt praise to the God who made it. His song rings through the halls of heaven and falls upon the ear of the Great Creator of All Things, the Ancient of Days. All of heaven is impacted by the sound of one man who has chosen to begin his day with a song of praise! The Almighty raises His hand for the angels to silence their continual song of adoration. All of Heaven stands and listens in rapt attention to the voice of this lowly mortal as he sings of his love for his God!
No wonder David was a man after God's own heart.   No wonder God would later choose to come in the form of a man from the lineage of David. How could God ignore such a man who so desired to be in His presence?  David gave his God the thing He wanted most, attentive love and affection. David provided a place for his God to dwell in his praise and worship! Somehow David realized the Tabernacle and its religious ceremonies of sacrifice was just a temporary substitute of what his God really desired. So he sang and wrote songs so others could sing. His psalms are still an inspiration and an example to us all, of how we can have an intimate relationship with God that is possible through heartfelt praise and worship. David met God every morning with a song and a praise. That special daily time in his royal chamber made King David the mighty man we know today. David gave God his heart in praise, and God gave David an anointed song to sing and share with his people. What a blessed transaction!
God is intently searching for the Davids of today, for those whose consistent morning praise will interrupt the worship service of Heaven and cause the angels to fall silent in awe of a human's love for his great God! I want to be a David!

fredag 31. mai 2019

Learn when to be quiet

Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” (Num 13:30)

 


Caleb told the people to be quite. He could see how doubt started to spread in the camp, and tried to stop it by telling them to be still. “Death and life is in the power of the tongue,” the Bible tells us. We can choose if we want to spread doubt or faith, death or life. But Caleb was too late. The damage had already been done. The bad report from the ten spies spread in the camp, and as a result doubt and fear prevailed. 

 

The next time they came to take the land, Joshua said this: “”…You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I say to you…” (Joshua 6:10) Joshua knew by experience that when some of them would see the walls of Jericho and the soldiers on the wall, fear and doubt will try to enter in. But they were not allowed to say a word!! They were not allowed to spread their doubt. Not until he told them to shout together with the others and the walls came crumbling down.

 

I you don’t have any positive to say, you must learn to be quite. Don’t share your negative talk and your doubt. Don’t be the source of doubt and fear. Pray rather that God will give you faith so you can be a Joshua and Caleb of our time.

torsdag 30. mai 2019

Dont wear a "faith mask"

Rom 1:16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 


 

During the pandemic we were told to wear a facemask. One of the main reasons was that they wanted to avoid that we spread the virus in case we were infected. They would say things like: Keep your germs to yourself. I am not interested to be exposed to your germs, or viruses. If you are not afraid for the virus, that’s is your business, but don’t expose me to it, they would say.

 

Some of the same kind of thinking is behind the idea of demanding us wearing a “faithmask”. By that I mean that they want us to keep silence about our faith. The reason is that this faith is very contagious. And it spreads by sharing it. Faith cometh by hearing the Bible tells us. They say things like: Its ok if you want to believe, but keep your faith to yourself. Don’t expose me for your faith. I don’t want to be infected by your faith.

But we say as Paul: “For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:20) 

We cannot, and we will not be silent. We are not ashamed of the gospel. Our aim and mission is to start a FAITH PANDEMIC.

onsdag 29. mai 2019

Spiritual celebrity

Acts 19:14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so.15And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”


 One of the greatest desires of young people today is to become a celebrity. Idol, Norway got talent, X factor, the voice, etc etc is just a few of many reality shows that people join, hoping to become the next celebrity. Social media, Youtube and Tik Tok is other platforms people are using to reach their dream of becoming known to this world. 


But as for myself, I have no desires of being known in this world. I would rather become a spiritual celebrity. When I walk down the streets of Oslo, I could care less if people recognize me or not. But I desire that every evil Spirit in the area will say; oh no, Gøran is coming down our street. When I enter into a room, I would rather the Spiritual world recognize who I am, than anyone in this physical world.

 

But the one thing I desire the most is that God recognize me. What would it profit if the whole world knows who I am, but God doesn’t? What nightmare if he asks the question: Who are you? I have never known you. Then it is better to be unknown by this world, as long as heaven knows who I am.