Sunday, November 27, 2005

My heart of unrest!

I shared my heart at Sub yesterday. I said this is my thoughts of where we are now and where are we going. Basically my heart is filled with unrest, sometimes I feel like in a state of emergency. Why? Because as far as I can tell we are not changing the world. Would Oslo be any different if Sub Church didn´t excist? Probably not. And the same goes for the rest of the church, do we have any impact at all? Hardly none. And what bother me the most is that so few recognize this. Where are the emergency meetings amongst the leaders in Oslo? Where are our tears for this city? Where are the prayers in Sub Church. Could it be that we do not know the true leader of Sub, Jesus? We preach and sing about him, but do we know Him? Who do you say I am, Jesus asked his diciples. Well, I kind of feel the same question goes back to us. John 15. Without me you can not do anything!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

The Christian Yakuza!

So you thought all japanese mafia guys were dangerous? Well some of have got a new boss as they say, God! We met some of these guys on our last trip to Japan. We visited their church outside of Tokyo. A little comment on the tattoos. In Japan the mainstream view on tattoo is that only the yakuza (japanese mafia) have tattoos. A lot of the public baths in Japan will have a sign that says people with tattoos are not welcome (becasue they don´t want mob members.) So to be a christian in Japan and be proud of your tattoos is sort of unusual.

Nina our first japan missonary!

Togheter with Evangelical OrientMission we have sendt our dear Nina all the way to Japan! We (or at least some of us) have a very secret and unoffical dream that God will use Sub Church in Japan. Hopefully she is just the first of many going over there! God bless you Nina!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Stian my crazy brother in Sub (and Christ)!

I would like to just honour a great friend and a Jesus loving fotballsupporter. Stian has been been my trustful mate through all the years in Sub. We somtimes have different opinions, we sometimes discuss, but he is always there. Always willing to carry my burdens. Never is anything too wrong or too sinful to talk about or to confess.... You are sometimes crazy but man you mean so much to me!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Some worship

I am not a big Delirious? fan but we use this song at Sub, yesterday it really touched my heart.

I lift my eyes to you
Eyes that have seen a thing or two
Who is this stranger in my life?
I lift my hands to you
Hands that have carried what is true
Intimate stranger be my life

Jesus I love you
Jesus I adore you
Jesus you still have my affection
And my song will be, "I love you"

I lift my voice to you
Lips that have cried a prayer or two
Beautiful stranger fill my life
I lift up my heart in praise to
The Saviour who's death made all things new
Intimate stranger only you

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

A time of sorrow!

Today I will attend a funeral. A dear member of Sub Church, Fredrik, lost his mother last Thursday. She died of cancer. We as a church have often prayed for her, it looked liked it was going to right way, but it didn´t. Today we just want to support Fredrik and his family.

God is always near no matter what.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Pator Bob, you are good for me!

Man! What an inspiring weekend! We had just Nordic Fest at Sub this weekend. And to preach at the meetings, Pastor Bob Beeman came all the way from the USA. I was sort of the host for him. I had just met Pastor Bob at few times at another festival. I really didn´t know him well. But we really connected. I do belive that God has planned this. We have had so many important talks about being church today, and what is really on both of our hearts: disipleship! Pastor Bob has been part of Christian rock/metal from the beginning, the early days with the Jesus Movement in the 70`s, building up Sanctuary in the 80´s and still leading people to Christ and showing people how to live a life as a Christians today. This is really exiting. Thanks for awsome days!

Friday, November 04, 2005

A word for you!

For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline.