Why my flesh really didn’t like the Jesus Festival in Oslo

Our home church in Oslo, Jesus Church, has just organized it’s first festival called “Jesus Festival”. I estimate that about 2000 different people turned up during the week to celebrate Jesus, be equipped, and learn about reaching the nations. My flesh didn’t like the festival so much, and here is why:

It reminded me of who I should be and the work to be done

Ron Luce was one of the guest preachers at the conference. He also held a youth ministry leader workshop, and depicted the condition of the world’s youth. This reminded me that I cannot have a self-centered, comfortable life; I have a great responsibility as a leader for young people, a fact altogether too easy for me and many of us to forget. If I am going to be a part of reaching this generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I need to dream, to plan, and to work more than ever before. Painful stuff for the flesh, but so good to hear.

The Jesus Revolution 10 years celebration concert
The Jesus Revolution 10 years celebration concert

Too much focus on Jesus and Missions

True to modern Christianity, my flesh would have liked to hear Ulf Ekman and Denis Rouse, the other guest preachers, share about how to be a successful middle-class Christian. Unfortunately, one preached about the Holy Spirit, and the other about value transformation, how to deny yourself and be more like Jesus. On Saturday, Jesus Revolution celebrated its 10 years with a MEGA concert, putting together many great songs from these last years. Again, the need for workers in Europe was preached. My flesh didn’t like it, but I loved it! Added to this, great worship and fellowship finished the work. I look forward to next year!

Meet Our Team For 2008

This year we have the joy of leading what is called “headquarter team”. This team deals with all kinds of practical matters at the base in Oslo. Here are the different people that are part of it:

Vidar

Vidar, Iceland,

Has been a part of Jesus Revolution for 6 years. He has been working as a sound and light technician with one of our musicals, and leading a mobile team and a base team in different parts of Europe.

Thorsten

Thorsten, Germany

Has been a part of Jesus Revolution for 6 years. He has been working as a sound technician in concert teams, and is the “internet, network and fileserver man” at the base, people are constantly in the office asking for Thorsten, he’s the man!

Espen

Espen Frøyshov, Norway

Espen has been a part of Jesus Revolution for 6 years. He has been working with media, touring with a musical, and is now responsible for the partners department at the base, as well as other areas. He has a Master of Science in Engineering cybernetics;

Karoline and Kristine

Karoline Humlestøl and Kristine Tolås, Norway

Karoline has been part of Jesus Revolution for 3 years, she has been singing with 2 of our concert teams and is now assisting Kristine for the “food department” at the base, which with so many people living at the base, is no minor job, believe me.

Kristine has been a part of Jesus Revolution for 5 years. She has been touring as a dancer with our concert teams, and assisting the “schools manager” with many different tasks. She is now sick and has to relax until at least easter, so you can pray for her!

Sharing Jesus in a mosque

Well I will make the long story short, but I have this friend in Oslo that invited me to pizza on the day when the celebrate Abraham. He was going to pray at the mosque and invited me to join him just to visit, and it turned out that I had a really good time there! I was able to speak to the Imam and ask some question, and then a young guy asked me what I thought about being there, so we got to speak some more, which was very cool! Loved it!

For those interested, here is a link to an article about the celebration that have on wikipedia.

Here is a website that you can give to any muslim friend that you have spoken about Jesus to, it is about former Muslims that have had dreams and visions about Jesus and became Christian.

Norway here we come

Well it has finally been decided! From January onwards, we will be staying in Norway to work with Jesus Revolution. We will still visit France regularly and travel there with the concert teams, but we were only going to be two people going back to the French base, so we decided that it would be wiser to work from here. Feels a bit strange, to move from a place you have been living 5 years, and we will miss the people, the weather and the food :-). But we will make it up with norwegian brown cheese (hmmm) and weather (skiing) and fish for breakfast :-)… Just kidding, Norway is a great place to live, and we know quite some people here, so it will be a pleasure to move! Here is some Norwegian humour that I like :-).