The 3 Best Books I Read in 2014

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Soul Keeping: Caring For the Most Important Part of You by John Ortberg

The health of your soul isn’t just a matter of saved or unsaved. It’s the hinge on which the rest of your life hangs. It’s the difference between deep, satisfied spirituality and a restless, dispassionate faith.[/vc_column_text][vc_button link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2F0310275962%2Fref%3Das_li_tl%3Fie%3DUTF8%26camp%3D1789%26creative%3D9325%26creativeASIN%3D0310275962%26linkCode%3Das2%26tag%3Dononli-20%26linkId%3DD7RJHPBUMSRP2AEB||”]View on Amazon[/vc_button][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image media=”25310″ media_width_percent=”100″ media_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB0055PGUYU%2Fref%3Das_li_tl%3Fie%3DUTF8%26camp%3D1789%26creative%3D9325%26creativeASIN%3DB0055PGUYU%26linkCode%3Das2%26tag%3Dononli-20%26linkId%3DGAV4YY2NDCIKFMGU||target:%20_blank”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

The power of habits

The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed.

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Exodus by Leon Uris

“Passionate summary of the inhuman treatment of the Jewish people in Europe, of the exodus in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to Palestine, and of the triumphant founding of the new Israel.” — The New York Times[/vc_column_text][vc_button link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2F0553258478%2Fref%3Das_li_tl%3Fie%3DUTF8%26amp%3Bcamp%3D1789%26amp%3Bcreative%3D9325%26amp%3BcreativeASIN%3D0553258478%26amp%3BlinkCode%3Das2%26amp%3Btag%3Dononli-20%26amp%3BlinkId%3DEHW5N3GI5LSBP4ZY||”]View on Amazon[/vc_button][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

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My Best & Favorite Photos From 2014

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Children in Burkina Faso
Children in Burkina Faso
Guro & Leanah
Guro & Leanah
Nathan
Nathan
Leanah
Leanah
Nathan & Leanah
Nathan & Leanah
Photoshoot for our 30th birthday
Photoshoot for our 30th birthday
Leanah
Leanah
The dream team - Leadership team of Jesus Revolution
The dream team – Leadership team of Jesus Revolution
Leanah
Leanah
Nathan
Nathan
Leanah
Leanah

 

The Person I Admire The Most

Who do you admire the most? We admire people to different degrees and for different reasons. The person that I admire the most is someone who embodies that “for me to live is Christ.” Here are some of the reasons I admire this person so much:

  • She abandoned a prospective “career” in her youth to move to France as a missionary with YWAM.
  • She was part of planting a church in a town of 5500 inhabitants, in a spiritual desert in France.
  • She has raised up six children, all of which have turned out pretty awesome (hehe), and are following Jesus.
  • She makes everyone she meets feel valued and loved.
  • She is incredibly generous with her money.
  • She handled the death of her husband in a heroic way, keeping he eyes on heaven through the pain (even dancing at the memorial service, at the thought of one day being in heaven herself).
  • She is constantly seeking God, and his kingdom first, she is a woman of the Word and a woman of prayer.
  • She is now considering going back to Mozambique as a missionary for some time, at over 60.

You’ve guessed it, that person is my own mother, Wendy Hockley 🙂 Love you Mum!

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Mum & Leanah

The Best Books I Read in 2013

Here is a little collection of books that I really enjoyed reading in 2013. If you love to read, try some of these 🙂

  1. The 5 Levels of Leadership by John Maxwell
    5 levels of leadership - John MaxwellThis book is all about getting people to grow as leaders. It helped me to evaluate my current leadership, and find out how to take the next steps to grow to higher levels. A LOT of great content, and now the challenge: to put it into practice!
  2. Axioms by Bill Hybels
    Leadership Axioms by Bill HybelsIn axioms, Bill Hybels writes very short chapters about tested leadership principles that he has either developed or experienced in leading the Willow Creek church and association. Makes a very good daily reading book as the chapters are very short. Highly recommended!
  3. Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley
    Communicating for a change - Andy StanleyThis might just be the best book on communication that I have ever read. The main point is that a preaching should only have one point! If the preacher himself cannot remember all of his points by heart, how can he expect his audience to remember them? He also writes about creating tension in a message, ordering a message around “crucial connections,” and different ways of engaging an audience. If you will ever preach or give a presentation, read it!
  4. Walking from East to West by Ravi Zacharias
    Walking from East to West - Ravi ZachariasThis book is by one of my modern day heroes: Ravi Zacharias. Ravi defends the Christian faith in some of the world’s leading university and speaks to a broad range of audiences from the United Nations to high ranking Muslim leaders in the Middle East. This book relates his life from his childhood to now, including his conversion on the bed of suicide, and his journey to his current ministry.

That’s it! What are the best books you read in 2013? Write them in the comments!

So…What happened in 2011

  • Trips. For the first time I travelled more than 40 000 km in one year. This includes my first trip outside Europe with an unforgettable time in Nepal. Other trips included the Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, twice to France, twice to Czech Republic and a road trip in Norway.
  • Jesus Revolution groups. This year we saw more than 10 groups starting all around Europe, in Switzerland, Czech Republic, Norway, Spain and Germany.
  • The position of boss of the house shifted to a little girl and we discovered that the next in command will come on Mai 31st, a little boy that will carry the Hockley name down another generation.
  • My first year of leading the work of Jesus Revolution has been fruitful, and working with a team of 10 wonderful department leaders has been an immense blessing.
  • I am starting on my 10th year working with Jesus Revolution. Time flies!
  • I dealt with more than 3700 emails…
  • Guro and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary!

What happened in the world in 2011?

Arab Spring

Arab Spring

Japan Tsunami

Japan Tsunami - Courtesy of j808armada

The royal wedding

Royal Wedding - Courtesy of Defence Images

Death of Bin Laden

Death of Bin Laden

New country: South Sudan Independence

South Sudan Independence - Photo Courtesy of Babasteve

9/11 10 Years Commemoration

9/11 10 Years Later - Photo Courtesy of JasonePowell

Death of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Norway: Terrorist attacks on Utøya

Rose by Utøya - Photo courtesy of NRK P3

Bed of roses in Oslo - Photo courtesy of Heroes and Me

Beautiful and Broken

This post was born out of a discussion I recently had with some friends. We were discussing the fact that “sin” is a very Christian word and that it is hard to explain it to people on the streets. Have you ever thought of that? How do you explain sin in a post-modern context? People have so many associations to the word itself that sometimes just the mention of it can make them cringe and sneer in disdain.

When I was thinking about this one morning, the word brokenness came to my mind. I believe that it is common ground for every human being that has ever lived. When we look at the world, we see so many beautiful things, the nature, beautiful skies, mountains, oceans, we see love, kindness and goodness. Yet when the TV is turned on, and the news of rape, murder, wars and hatred fill our screens, we quickly understand that something is not as it should be, something is broken.

Now, if we are humble and honest with ourselves, when we look into our own hearts, we are presented with the same picture. We see beauty, love, kindness, goodness, yet we also brokenness, since we do the bad things which we know we shouldn’t do, and many times find ourselves incapable of doing the good we know we should do. Something is broken.

The word broken is interesting because it means that something is not fulfilling it’s original purpose. If a car is broken, it is not able to take you where you should go. Well then, does not our sense of brokenness indicate an original purpose in which we are not living? This sense of meaning would not arise if we were purely the random product of matter and energy. Yet the quest for meaning is haunting, and a universal human experience. There must be a higher purpose. The original purpose is connection and relationship with our Creator. It is the brokenness of that relationship that brings brokenness to this world, and ultimately brokenness to our own hearts.

I have found that most people I speak with in the streets are willing to recognize this brokenness inside. To recognize that a broken relationship with the Creator requires a greater step, but at least we have managed to explain “sin” in a good way!

Nepal has a face, a smell and my heart.

Life with God is full of surprises, some bigger than others. A couple of weeks ago, a businessman offered to sponsor a trip for 9 of us to Nepal. We prayed and fasted for about a minute and accepted. A week later we were sitting on the plane on our way to what has been a marking trip for us all.

Oddleiv enjoying the in-flight entertainment
Flying over India

Third world country citizens, first class citizens of heaven

We landed to another universe. Coming from Europe, I had never seen poverty so closely. It was sobering to see all of these people fighting for existence, when we live with our gadgets and entertainment. But what was even more striking, was to see the richness of the faith of the believers here. My bible reading had brought me to James, and one verse nailed it:

“Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?”
— James 2:5

Our contact and hero down there, Sandip was a pastor living with 50 children. He shone Jesus, and joyfully guided us around. Here are some photos of the home (click for bigger picture slideshow):

Improvised revival meeting

We had different sorts of outreaches during the week, some of them at the Buddhist and Hindu temples, praying there and speaking to people about Jesus. One of the best experiences came one day when we bought a megaphone and improvised a street meeting, with dances and preaching. Immediately around 2-300 people gathered around us, and when we had finished preaching, we prayed for the sick. One got healed, so another one came to be prayed for, he also got healed, so another came, and another, and another. In the end we were there for three hours just praying for people and more than 100 got healed of different sicknesses and pains!

My friend Oddleiv had the presence of mind to pick up his phone and to film some of the preaching and praying for the sick.

Gospel preaching

A sick man just gets healed

Short interview towards the end of the prayer time

What now?

It could be easy to walk away from it all and remember it as a good experience. But we pray that God will guide us so that we can continue to work in the nation, both towards the poor and to train up young gospel preachers that can go out and spread the good news. Because Nepal is not just some country far off anymore. It now has faces, it has a smell and it has our hearts.

More photos…

Relaunch and change of name

Hello Friends, just a short post to say that we are relaunching this website, which hopefully will give you the possibility to follow better what is happening here in Norway and in our lives in general. We have also changed the name from “Jesus To Europe” to “Only One Life,” (from my favorite quote: “Only one life twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last”) this is because our mission is now not to Europe anymore, but to the whole world, and we wanted the name to be a bit more including for non-believers too. But the content will stay pretty much the same.

I do not promise anything, but we will try to post a photo per week, and update regularly with quotes (the new quote section is one of my favorites on this site). Guro will also be writing a bit more.

Hope you like the new site…

Be blessed!
Paul and Guro