Jesus told His disciples to seek first the Kingdom of God. As disciples of Christ we are to be Kingdom people, proclaiming that the Kingdom of God is here. Jesus is King and, as His disciples, the question we should ask ourselves is "Where does the King need me the most", or "where does the Kingdom need me the most". Lublin, Poland
The Kingdom needs workers who are willing to work, and this is why Jesus specifically asked us to pray for workers that would be willing to go. I believe this prayer still needs to be prayed, because while many Christians enjoy conferences and concerts, the "harvest" in Europe is still not being harvested.
We're moving to Poland... but why?
Poland is a country with a rich history and fascinating culture. Among the many European countries it is the most religious country because of the influence of the Roman Catholic church.
Even though Europe in general is getting very secularized, Poland is in many ways still holding on to biblical values, like saying no to gay partnership. About 58% of the population regularly come to church every Sunday, but still over 80% say they have never sensed the presence of God.
After 10 years in Denmark doing evangelism and church planting Kasia and me are ready for the biggest step of faith in a long time. Early summer 2014 we are leaving the safe and comfortable environment here in Denmark, moving to Lublin in Poland.
For a long time we have known that one time we would be moving to Poland. But as things are getting more and more comfortable here in Denmark the though of moving to another country seemed to fade away.
But about one year ago both me and Kasia got a prophetic word, and we started to realize that maybe God actually was telling us that time was getting close. After this, a lot of different things happened that was confirming that time was getting close. Still I must admit that I was thinking that 2015 would be the earliest.
So we sent a e-mail to the other leaders in the church explaining the situation to them, and then we used the summer to think and pray about when the right time for moving would be. More and more we started to realize that God was actually telling us the 2014 was the right time to move.
As I think about moving I remember when we first came to Nakskov to start the church there. It was exciting times, but also hard times. But then we where much younger, and now we also have kids to think about. I have to admit I feel a mixture of excitement and terror, but still confident that God will provide.
Last sunday Dan and Gudrun was preaching in our church about how God was testing Abraham, asking him to give up the son God himself had given him. As she was preaching I felt a little like Abraham. I love the church here in Ikast and Nakskov, and we also get lots of good feedback for the work that we are doing, and now God is asking us to give it all up and move to another country.
We know we still will have our friends here in Denmark, but still moving to Poland will be like starting from scratch again. We have some ideas when it comes to what we feel God want us to do there, but still there are a lot of question that needs to be answered.
I will be writing more about our Poland plans in the days coming.
Tomorrow we are driving across Denmark to visit the first church that my wife and I started. It is located in a town called Nakskov, which is a beautiful town on one of Denmarks biggest islands.
It's always wonderful to come back and see the good work that faithful people there are doing and every time it reminds me of a very important truth - churches are build with people.
You can have the perfect strategy and implement the perfect system, but if you don't have people you don't have a church. The reason the church we started in Nakskov is still there, is because there are still people there who want to build Gods Kingdom on earth.
The Kingdom of God is in the heart of people and not in systems or organizations. Yes, both of these things can be good, but they are there because of people - and not the other way around.
Life is 80% what happens below the surface. Many people would like to be applauded for doing something great. But the difference between those who really achieve something and those who don't lies in the time spent between the achievement.
A wise man have said that luck is when opertunities meet preparation, and this is very true. If you have not taken the time to prepare, you will not be able to take hold of the opertunities that come. I actually believe that the opertunities are already there, but until you are prepared you will not see them or they will just be out of reach. So make sure to take time to educate yourself and prepare for something BIG!
I have recently come back from a two week mission trip to Kenya and Sudan. God did great things and I met many good people who love the Lord and who are on fire when it comes to preaching the Gospel. My main focus this time was to teach on how to preach the Gospel and heal the sick. God confirmed the word and those who went out to practice what they learned saw big miracles and several hundred got saved.
A MESSAGE FROM THE FUTURE
written a few days after the rapture
Dear friend back in 2013,
As strange as it may sound this letter comes from the city of Cracow, Poland in the future. It is written in the most dramatic moment of mankind's history. One week after the rapture. I hope that this message will find a way to reach you back in 2013.
Lately there has been a lot of talk about the world ending on the 21th of December and for those who love to put a date on when Jesus will return this has of course been of great interest. But can we know if the world is ending on the 21th of December or can we know when Jesus will return? The Bible does say that when we see certain things happening we will know the end is near, but how precise can we be and what should our attitude be towards these things.
Historians tell us that around the year 100 AD there were about 20,000 Christians. They were a minority group that at its best was tolerated and at its worst severely persecuted. About 210 years later, when Constantine was in power, Christianity was no longer a minority group, but numbered around 20 million. We see the same scenario in China. In 1950, before Mao introduced communism, there were about 4 million Christians, if you also include Catholics. According to a survey done in 1993, they estimated that today there are over 41 million Protestant Christians in China.
The speed of growth in these two examples is of course extraordinary and I do believe we have a lot to learn from both of them, but I think there is an interesting point to be made here when it comes to Christian unity.
Living the Christian life is like having a garden in the middle of the forest. You know that the forest will supply your garden with lots of weeds, and if you don't keep a constant watch the weeds will quickly take over. In the Gospel of Mark, chapter four, Jesus is giving us some very important insights on what kind of weeds we should make sure to get rid of...