Translate text TANKEN PÅ KRISTI HIMMELSFÄRD Betraktelse i Länstidningen inför Kristi himmelsfärd, 19 maj 2007. Bibeltext: Apg 1:1-11 Fyrtio dagar efter påsk samlade Jesus sina lärjungar inför sin himmelsfärd. Då gav han dem löftet om den helige Andens utgjutande, med åtföljande befallning om att vittna om honom till jordens yttersta gräns, och göra alla folk till hans lärjungar. I dag kan vi se att detta vittnesbörd har spridits världen över. Är vi då alla Jesu lärjungar? I e
Translate text DU ÄR BRA SOM DU ÄR Betraktelse i Länstidningen, Södertälje, 11 aug 2007. Bibeltext: Rom 12:3-8 För sju år sedan flyttade jag till Södertälje för att börja mitt nya arbete som utbildningschef. (Biskopsämbetet är inget arbete i traditionell mening eftersom kyrkan har obetalt prästerskap.) I ärlighetens namn våndades jag en aning, speciellt med tanke på att min företrädare var en sann ledare i ordets hela bemärkelse, och jag var osäker på om jag kunde fylla hans
Translate text UNDERLÅTENHETENS SYND Betraktelse i Länstidningen, Södertälje, 25 Nov 2006. Bibeltext: Matt 25:31-46 I skrivande stund befinner jag mig i Wittenberg, Tyskland. För några timmar sedan stod jag utanför porten till slottskyrkan där Martin Luther år 1517 spikade upp sina nittiofem teser i protest mot dåtidens andliga överhet, som bland annat utnyttjade folkets vidskepligheter om överdrivna, gudomliga straff för den som inte visade bot med både själ och penningpung.
Translate text FASTING IN THE RIGHT WAY Betraktelse i Länstidningen, Södertälje, 24 feb 2006. Bibeltext: Joel 2:12-19 I min ungdom blev jag undervisad av mina föräldrar om fastans betydelse, hur den var balsam för själen och gav andlig styrka. I Bibeln kunde familjen ibland läsa verser som den i Sakarja 8:19, att fastedagarna skulle bli till “fröjd och jubel’. I mina ögon fanns det emellertid bara en positiv sak med fastan: att pengarna vi sparade på matinköp gavs till det v
Translate text Here is the summarized debate history between Bengt Göransson and myself in Kristianstadbladet: I wrote the article Take a Stand for the Family, about the importance of celebrating the family. Göransson objects and attacks my faith in Protect the Children! where he vehemently claims I don’t support UN:s Convention on the Rights of the Child. I reply in I also want to protect the children . There I try to convince Göransson that we are in total agreement in foll
We live in a blog world. And it’s getting more “bloggier” by the day. Thousands are each day registering new blogs, and raising their voices. Some of these voices you wish you’d never heard, but… there are some who actually have something good to say, believe it or not, and we’d do well to bookmark their site. Now and then I will copy links to some of those blog sites that I think are worth while reading. They are of the “feel good” kind, promoting a good life. The first one
Anna wrote a comment to Alive through the Love of God, and asked some really good questions. I was trying to keep my reply short, but was only half successful, so I’m copying these words into a new post instead. (I think I will do that also in the future with my longer replies, in case someone else wants to read them.) Here are Anna’s two question:
“a) If trials and sufferings leads to something good for other people, does that mean that we shall not try to take away these s
Last night I was moved by a verse in the Book of Mormon, one of our sacred books of scripture. In 2 Nephi, chapter 11, we read that Nephi was anxious to learn from God what his father, Lehi, had seen in a vision about the tree of life. Then, as he pondered in his heart, Nephi was “taken away” by the Spirit of the Lord. A beautiful conversation followed between the two, but I want to focus on verses 16-17, where the Spirit asks: “Knowest thou the condescension of God? And [Nep
Swedish version My family watched a movie recently, Evan Almighty. It was a cute film, one I would strongly recommend. Morgan Freeman plays God and and Steve Carell a US congressman who is given the task from God to build an ark. I won’t tell you the whole plot, but suffice it to say that Evan runs in to some obstacles while starting the project. One of those is convincing his wife that he actually is acting under God’s command. She is a good woman but she simply does not und
“Vi vill tacka för den enorma uppslutningen stöd och engagemang från alla som varit vid vår sida under sökande och i vår sorg, som blivit allas våran sorg.
Engla var en tjej som spred ljus och glädje.
Engla har alltid vetat att hon skulle bli något speciellt, nu vet vi att hon blev en ljusbärare som förenar våra hjärtan över hela världen. Vi känner tillsammans och påverkas av varandra. Vi förstår att vi är ett.
Snälla ta hand om varandra och var varlig mot vår jord.
A friend sent me this link, to my great joy – not only because I love photography, but more importantly, because I love my Saviour, Jesus Christ. I just had to share it. For those of you who feel similar to what I feel for Jesus, your love will deepen when watching these images, I promise. For those of you who have not yet felt the light of Christ in your life, but would like to understand this wonderful power, and what impact it has on the soul, maybe this will trigger a de
I know that Easter is over, but I just have on last thought about these past days. Whenever Christmas or Easter comes around there is always so much going on… but so little pointing to Jesus Christ, who is (believe it or not) the main reason for these celebrations. I always say that there is so little Christ in Christmas. I’m starting to feel the same way about Easter. For example, when I searched through the TV guide for programs of Jesus, religion or spirituality, I think
“We love him, because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19) It’s been a good Easter. The family has been together a lot. My mother-in-law, Silvana, has also been here. She is really sweet. She took all of the kids one night so Angelica and I could have a date for the first time in who knows how long. Having small children is wonderful, but being alone with your wife now and then is worth gold. But the weird thing… not long after you leave your children, you start missing them, ev
I want to share something personal with you. This is one of heaven and earth’s most beautiful melodies. Close your eyes and let yourself be lifted away for two minutes. Ennio Morricone conducts his “Gabriel’s Oboe” from the film “The Mission”, München, 2005 #orchestra #inspirational #oboe #soundtracks #themission #Angels #soundtrack #concert #strings #spirituality #Music #EnnioMorricone #classical
Continuation of Take Control (1): Be a Captain So in which end do we start if we want to take control of our lives? How about with the following truth: We reap what we sow. I believe most people, deep down inside, want a life filled with goodness. Doing good, then, has to be our first task. Because when we strive to do good, good will be our reward. No matter what faith or conviction we might have in life, this is universally true: The first step in gaining control of our liv
These are some thoughts I wrote down in September, but have not posted here until today: I never thought I’d say it: RIX FM (a commercial hit radio station) has given me inspiration! I was listening to the radio the other week, and I heard one of the DJ’s say that she neither smoked nor drank because this gave her the greatest sense of control. Then she challenged her listeners: “I want to tell everyone out there: Take control of your life!” Wow. How simple, yet profound. I l
I sincerely pray that God’s blessings and inspiration will be with these men, whom I admire very much. I have followed their lives closely, and I see three persons with humble hearts, willing do whatever it takes to serve the Lord by serving mankind. This is what they have dedicated their lives to doing – 24/7. I encourage all of you to listen to their counsel. They won’t lead you astray. I promise. And as I mentioned before, a good way to see if someone is really speaking fo
We sat and watched Gorden B Hinckley’s funeral service this weekend on the Internet. It was very moving. At the end, during the closing song, as images were being projected of the life of President Hinckley, I couldn’t hold back my tears any longer. Isak asked carefully: “Dad… are you crying?” First I wanted to deny it, not wanting my sons to focus on me, but rather on the broadcast, but as the trickle turned into a steady stream of tears, there was no way of hiding it. But a
In reference to Why a Prophet? (1), how can one then, in actual fact, know that a prophet is a true prophet? Let me give you a somewhat different approach: About six years ago a man came for regular visits to our local congregation. He looked just like a prophet, or rather, the way you would expect an ancient prophet to look like: an older man (although he wasn’t that old) with a meager outfit and a really long beard. He had an inward bound character and appeared, to put it