WHO AND WHAT IS RULING MY THOUGHTS? PART 2

WHO AND WHAT IS RULING MY THOUGHTS? Part 2   I will go deeper into the material from last time and will start with the family.What did your parents say about you when you were in the womb of your mother? They might have had plans for your appearance and what sex they wanted. They might even had dreams about your choice of vocation. Some parents want the children to complete the dreams they couldn´t do themselves. If the child was not planned, it might not be wanted, but abortion is not an ... (read more)

WHO AND WHAT IS RULING MY THOUGHTS? Part 1 “ My thoughts are my thoughts”, you might say, and that is true, but who has planted them into you? Some people are against Christian schools and one of their arguments is that they want the children to have a neutral education. They are afraid the children could become brainwashed. When I look at t upbringing of their own children, it is far away from neutral. I remember when I worked as a social-worker in the seventies, many of my colleagues had ... (read more)

WHAT KIND OF PROMISES AND CONTRACTS HAVE YOU MADE DURING YOUR LIIFE?, Part 2

WHAT KIND OF PROMISES AND CONTRACTS HAVE YOU MADE DURING YOUR LIFE? Part 2 I closed the last chapter by asking if you have given your life to Jesus? I actually asked if you had promised Him faithfulness. Sometimes I have heard pastors say when they invite people to come forward for salvation: “Come to Jesus. He is so cool, lots of fun.” They do not say why we should come to Jesus, to get cleansed from our sins. In John 16:8 we read that The Holy Spirit has come to convict the world of sin, ... (read more)

WHAT KIND OF PROMISES AND CONTRACTS HAVE YOU MADE DURING YOUR LIFE?

WHAT KIND OF PROMISES AND CONTRACTS HAVE YOU MADE DURING YOUR LIFE? Part 1 Your parents might have already made contracts on your behalf when you were a child. This is one of many reasons why I am against baptizing small babies. The child might be a few weeks old and the pastor or the priest declares the child to be saved. The witnesses around the child might promise to give the child a Christian up-bringing even if they are far from Christians themselves. Some people believe that the child ... (read more)

HVILKE LØFTER OG KONTRAKTER HAR DU GJORT I LIVET?

HVILKE LØFTER OG KONTRAKTER HAR DU GJORT I LIVET? Del 1   Dine foreldre har kanskje allerede inngått kontrakter på dine vegne når du var et barn. Dette er en av flere grunner til at jeg er imot barnedåpen. Det lille barnet som kanskje er noen få uker gammel, blir ifølge presten frelst og mange ganger står ikke-troende vitner der og lover at de skal oppdra barnet i en kristen tro som de selv ikke deler. En del tror at om barnet ikke blir døpt, så går det fortapt om det skulle dø ... (read more)

ARE YOU READY FOR THE WEDDING?

ARE YOU READY FOR THE WEDDING?   I just came back from Norway where I celebrated a wedding in the middle of the mountains. That is also the reason for writing a little later. It was a wedding between a man and a woman and they had waited for a long time. They wanted to follow the biblical principles and they had no sex before the wedding. The bride could therefore wear a white gown, representing purity. There is a preparation for a wedding in heaven going on right now. Every person who has ... (read more)

WHAT DO WE DO WHEN WE MEET RESISTANCE?

WHAT DO WE DO WHEN WE MEET RESISTANCE? I have many thoughts around this theme. I have sometimes done the right thing and sometimes not. When I meet people in counselling, I often hear how circumstances rule people’s lives. It can give people depressions or make people very happy. The devil knows where we are most weak and he attacks us in our weakest points. Many people get scared when they are attacked with symptoms of being sick. When you are on vacation, it seems even worse. How can I get ... (read more)

DO WE NEED TO READ THE BIBLE EVERY DAY?

DO WE NEED TO READ THE BIBLE EVERY DAY?   I could give two completely different answers to that question. One would be an unconditional yes. The other one would be an unconditional no. Why should we read the Bible every day and why isn’t it necessary? This is my theme for today. When my children were old enough to read, I was teaching them to read the Bible as it was their food. I asked them how often they ate during the day and the answer was three to four times a day. What would happen ... (read more)

WHO TAKES CARE OF THE SHEEP?

WHO TAKES CARE OF THE SHEEP?   I will not primarily write about animals, but will mention some stories about sheep and shepherds and use that as comparisons with human beings. I participate in a prayer group where we pray for leaders in the Body of Christ. Many congregations are lacking shepherds to take care of the members. Some shepherds are gathering the sheep around themselves and their own ministry. The focus of the church is similar to the spiritual gifts of the leader. If he or she ... (read more)

HOW DO WE REACT WHEN WE ARE TREATED UNFAIRLY?

HOW DO WE REACT WHEN WE ARE TREATED UNFAIRLY?   I will not come with some easy solutions. I am in such a situation right now. I need the Lord’s wisdom just as much as you do when you come in such situations. I choose to look at Jesus. How did He react and what would He have done in my situation? To be treated in an unfair way will most of the time create some pain and the pain might be even stronger if this is done by a close friend or family member. If one is in a situation when one is ... (read more)