40 years since I was saved - January 25, 1981!
It was Øystein Østerhus and Raymann Karlsen who spoke that Sunday night 40 years ago when I came to faith, believe in Jesus as the one who died for my sins and stood up for my justification!
Room. 10 5 For Moses writes of the righteousness of the law: The man that doeth these things shall live by them; 6 but the righteousness of faith says, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven, that is, to bring Christ down? 7 or: Who shall descend into the abyss - that is, to raise up Christ from the dead -? 8 But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart; it is the word of faith, which we preach, 9 For if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 There is no difference between Jew and Greek; they all have the same Lord, who is rich enough for all who call on him; 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
We are writing January 25, 2021. There are 40 years between those dates.
Because something big happened, but a huge upheaval for my life 40 years ago.
What really happened?
I have really always believed in God and Jesus. Even though my parents were not professing Christians, I had gained so much through friends, school and confirmation that God and Jesus were a form of self-evident in life.
But I know that I did not live as a true Christian or be born again as Jesus said to Nicodemus.
Joh. e. 3. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
But it was a football and classmate who also came from quite a similar background as me.
He laid out the way of salvation for me, just as Philip did for the Ethiopian official.
Ap.gj. 8. 26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza. This road is deserted. 27 And he arose, and went thither; and behold, there was an Ethiopian, a courtier, a high official at Kandake, the queen of the Ethiopians, one who was over her treasures; he had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and now he was on his way home, sitting on his chariot and reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said unto Philip, Get thee hence unto this chariot, and draw nigh unto it; 30 And Philip ran, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Knowest thou what thou readest? 31 He said, "How can I, without being guided by anyone?" And he bade Philip go up, and sit with him. 32 But the scripture which he read was this: Like a sheep he was carried away to be slaughtered, and like a lamb dumb before the shearer, so he does not open his mouth; 33 In his humiliation the judgment was taken away from him, and who can tell of his seed? for his life is taken away from the earth. 34 And the eunuch answered and said unto Philip, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? about himself or about someone else? 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and went out of this scripture, and preached unto him the gospel of Jesus. 36 And as they journeyed by the way, they came unto a place where there was water; and the eunuch said, Behold, here is water; what prevents me from being baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believe with all thine heart, then shall it be. But he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to be held: and both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and baptized him. 39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Philip, and the eunuch saw him no more. for he went his way with joy. 40 But Philip was found in Ashdod, and he went about preaching the gospel in all the cities until he came to Caesarea.
After this my friend and comrade had laid out the way of salvation, I had then come under a new dimension in my life.
I knew then that believing was not enough, but I had to make a choice to be saved and become a Christian.
Then I joined meetings at Ebenezer in Skudeneshavn on Karmøy where I grew up and then lived in my youth with my parents and sister.
This was in the free friends, but the day I was saved. Then there were joint meetings and the main speakers were Raymon Karlsen and the late Øystein Østerhus.
Actually, my salvation had little to do with these, but of course they also had their significance. But it was above all my classmate and football players who testified for me. Who had the most to say, when he explained to me what being saved meant and laid out the way of salvation for me.
I was then really a ripe fruit, which was picked.
Includes an article I wrote about this here:
Includes a song that has meant a lot to me, and which is almost like a personal testimony.
It is said of this Ethiopian official that after he was saved and baptized, "he went his way with joy."
It's actually the same thing I can say, and millions of others.
We were happy!
Not that we were not happy before, but the gospel creates true joy over everything where it comes in.
There is nothing better and greater than the gospel in this world!
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onsdag 27. januar 2021
No. 1553: 40 years since I was saved - January 25, 1981!
torsdag 14. januar 2021
No. 1552: Strong coverage in Haugesunds Avis about Unibus' bullying of me!
Of course, the very best thing was that the liar Per Christian Bing and the arrogant and blackened Lawyer Johannes Straume had been able and gone in themselves, and pulled the dismissal against me!
But it is not easy for some who live in a narcissistic world where they themselves can lie, scold and otherwise do most things.
But when they get to know a little about their own "medicine", they are so hurt!
I have zero respect for such types of people as this, but it is then allowed to hope that they can also realize their own guilt !?
Here is the article:
https://www.h-avis.no/fikk-tilbud-om-a-slutte-pa-dagen-med-full-lonn-etter-betent-konflikt-viser-at-de-er-redde-for- a-mote-oss-i-en-rettssak / s / 5-62-1125930
Received an offer to end the day, with full pay, after inflamed conflict: - Shows that they are afraid to meet us in a lawsuit
Bus driver Jan Kåre Christensen played woeship at work. Now Unibuss has fired him.
The heated conflict between the bus driver Jan Kåre Christensen from Skudeneshavn and the employer Unibuss in Oslo did not come to a solution when the parties met for a negotiation meeting. The case appears to be against an employment law case.
The 56-year-old bus driver, who is originally from Skudeneshavn, has been fired from his job for what he believes is an unreasonable reason: because he plays Christian radio on the bus.
Unibuss denies this, referring to several customer complaints and that Christensen has played at too high a volume repeatedly.
Jan Kåre Christensen refers to a protocol they have written from the meeting where it appears he was offered to end the day with full pay until the notice period until 1 May.
"Unibuss offered Christiansen to be exempted from the obligation to work during the notice period, with full pay and the opportunity to take other work if he managed to obtain this. The offer is valid until 18.01.21. » it is stated in the protocol that Christensen has forwarded to Avisa Oslo (AO).
Bets on employment law case
- I think it is an unreasonable dismissal and that I have just done my job. I do not imagine that there is no good offer, says Jan Kåre Christensen.
- What do you do?
- I reckon that I will then focus on keeping the job and take an employment law case.
The offer is valid until January 18, but Christensen continues: "I can never imagine that it will be something good for me."
Christensen's lawyer Josefine Wærstad, from whom he receives assistance through his membership in the Professional Traffic Association, says that the client has received an offer he must decide on, but points out that it is demanding to make an assessment of the offer itself.
She describes that similar offers are legal and common practice in working life.
- It is not unusual and there can be many different reasons why a company chooses to make an offer, says lawyer Wærstad.
- What does it tell you that you get such an offer, Christensen?
- It shows that they are afraid to meet us in a trial. I interpret it that way.
- This is a personnel matter, and we do not want to comment on what has been said in internal meetings between the parties, or the details of the offer. We think this is first and foremost a sad case, and we hope we can agree on a solution soon, answers Unibuss' communications manager Emilie Mejlænder.
- Performs poorly
- I think that the Unibuss management behaves in a very bad way towards me and tries to put me in a bad light, Christensen says.
- How do they do it?
- Customers complain about me, they say. But then it turns out that they have had an instructor out on the bus who indirectly says that my version is correct in that I do not play loud, but they try to keep it hidden.
He points out that an instructor report - a kind of random sample - written about his driving by an inspector from Unibuss on 31 August last year. Christensen says that he has fought for a long time to get this report out, which he is now passing on to AO.
About the radio play it says:
"He listens to the radio, sometimes there is singing and sometimes some talking, but I who was sitting right behind the barrier could hardly understand what was being said on the radio."
- I think it builds on Christensen's explanation that he is listening to the right volume. It supports his version, says his lawyer, Josefine Wærstad.
The bus driver claims that this report was withheld when the case was considered by the Discrimination Tribunal. There, Unibuss won unanimously, something they have also pointed out before.
Unibuss has not answered AO's questions about why they should have withheld this information, as Christensen claims.
Requests fact check of complaint
Christensen and his lawyer have now asked Unibuss to check more in the actual circumstances surrounding the latest complaint against the bus driver that came this autumn. It was he who triggered the process that led to the dismissal.
- We asked if it has been checked and if they have talked to that witness, for example where she was sitting in the bus. No fact check has been made on that complaint. We have requested that they contact the witness and get confirmation thathe has listened to the volume that they had agreed on earlier, says lawyer Wærstad.
- When you complain about public transport in Oslo, the complaints go directly to Ruter. If you want more information about how customer complaints are processed or "checked", I would recommend contacting them, says communications manager Emilie Mejlænder in Unibuss.
She has not answered follow-up questions about whether Unibuss should check up on the complaint more, given the conflict they are in.
The bus company also wants to point out:
- We reject that we "try to put him in a bad light", as you write. Nevertheless, we have had to correct some direct errors that have been quoted in the media. An example is the claim that the case is about religion, and that is wrong. The case is about the sound level on the radio during bus driving. Driving a bus is a service profession and we must of course take the complaints seriously.
But it is strange that they will not comment on the report from the instructor that they have tried to keep hidden. Talk about being liars, thugs and deceivers!