The year 1983 was
tumultuous transition period because I had resigned as pastor of
Christian Life Ministries and the next
two years saw me
working as an
evangelist, Bible teacher and radio speaker. A person in our
ministry sent my wife and I to a pastors conference in Tulsa,
Oklahoma. We were greatly blessed by it and the Holy Spirit
spoke to me as we were flying back to Sacramento. Here is how
the conversation went:
Spirit: “I want you to start a new church in Sacramento.”
“I do not want to, my last assignment as a pastor hurt too
much. I do not want to be a pastor anymore.”
Spirit: “I am telling you that I want you to start a new
church in Sacramento.”
“If I am going to start a new church in Sacramento, you have
to tell me the name of the church.”
Spirit: “The name shall be Resurrection Life of Jesus
“Yes, Lord, I will.”
I did not know
that 28 years later the Holy Spirit would add one more word
to the name of the church
MOSES AND THE EXODUS OUT OF EGYPT
Human beings are creatures of habit and a
nation that has been in a strange land for 430 years has
no desire to uproot itself and move to another location. It’s
not feasible in the flesh; it has to be supernatural.
God had initially sent Jacob’s family
to Egypt, where they were to multiply
into a nation. When their numbers had reached some 3 million
people, the time had come to
move them back to the land of Canaan. The problem was that they
did not want to go back to the Promised Land.
Pain is a great
motivator and God changed the
of the children of Israel. They went
from having been a privileged wealthy
minority occupying the best farm land in Egypt to losing
the land and becoming
slaves overnight. Instead of living a life of ease and luxury,
they were afflicted by taskmasters with extremely
Their prayer life suddenly
changed from one of
“Lord bless us more,”
they began to cry out, “Lord save us from this bondage.”
God prepared the
minds of the
people to be willing to leave Egypt and
activated the leadership for this great undertaking. The man
chosen to lead this operation
was Moses; God
had been grooming him for 80 years
leading up to this event. He had a miraculous
childhood rescue and was educated to
become king of Egypt but all that came to a halt
when he murdered an Egyptian slave
supervisor. As a result, he had to
flee to the desert where he spent 40 years as a shepherd for
high priest of Midian, a servant of the God of Abraham, Isaac
In this second training phase of his life,
God educated Moses to believe in miracles whereas
he had previously been educated in
the skills of writing, reading, mathematics, law and the skill
of ruling a nation. From here he was further
educated in humility, patience,
trusting the Lord and how to die to
all personal ambitions. In other words, God had molded him into
the man He wanted and needed for
the coming exodus.
A general cannot
work alone and
God prepared Moses’ brother to be his
spokesman and in charge of the new priesthood for the nation of
Israel. God also activated their
sister, Miriam, to be a prophetess
and the worship leader for this new
nation. God added Joshua and Caleb,
two men of faith that would mold the army of this new
nation. The success of Moses and his
complete this mission is recorded in the Old Testament.
I AM NOT A NEW MOSES
After God spoke to
me in 1985 and I had started Resurrection Life of Jesus Church
in the Sacramento area, I thought that I was set for the rest of
my life. All I wanted was a place to preach, people to
whom I could
minister and to
write some books
that would help people in their Christian growth. But instead of
traveling on a smooth road, I found myself on a road that was
full of bumps and lots of pain.
The church grew in
number and we crossed
over the 100 member threshold
until a discontented person split the
church in 1988. We had just enlarged our church facilities
and so we rolled up our sleeves and
prayed hard and in two years God
built up the congregation again and
we were on a great growth streak until
another person decided that he wanted to
take over the church. The resulting church split was
worse than the first one as more than
half of the
congregation went with the rebel leader.
At that time I told
the Lord, “I have endured enough, I am out of the church
business,” but he would not let me go and the next few years
were a constant
struggle until we could no longer afford to stay at our
We were forced to
move to a smaller place and
to grow in numbers again. I thought we had
finally reached the Promised Land when we were hit with attacks
from two different sources and in the year 2000 we had to move
out of the building because we could
no longer afford to stay at our location.
and fussed with the Lord as I found
myself retreating to the same home where the
church had started 15 years earlier
in 1985. We were
back to square one. God sustained us and I slowly died more and
more to myself until I thought that I had received the humility
that God wanted me to have.
WHEN YOU THINK THAT YOU CANNOT TAKE IT ANYMORE
I thought I was done learning but God had
some more things for me to learn like dealing
with betrayal, bickering, backbiting, jealousy and hate.
A businessman in the
church opened a portion of
his facility for the church to use
and so we shared the building with this man
and his company. We didn’t know it initially, but it
was a former drug house and the place had a rodent
problem. We moved in and the
situation seemed bleak because we were literally on the wrong
side of the railroad tracks. Yet despite this opposition we
began to slowly grow due to my weekly radio programs and I began
to refer to this location as
“a hole in the
One day my wife
found a suitable place for the church and we had enough people
that we could move into a
much nicer building and occupy
the entire second floor. My thought was that my ship had
finally come in and it would be
easy cruising from here on.
Oh how wrong I was!
By this time I had been preaching on the
radio for 30 years and the pricing of
radio time had been raised to the point where we could no
longer afford to stay on the air. I died a
thousand deaths when the last program aired;
I cried out to the Lord and asked if He
really knew what He was doing because
I could not understand why this was happening when
we had reached so
many people for Christ via the radio.
It was not until
some three years later when the Lord led us into webcasting that
He showed me His plan for a better outreach. I was limited to
reaching only a few million people on the radio but now but now
we have the potential to reach the entire world for Christ!
I thought that
finally back on easy street in 2008
the time had come to coast and just
watch the ministry grow but God had
different plans that would invariably make me
uncomfortable. In February of
2013, He told me to resign as pastor of Resurrection Life of
Jesus Church to devote my time to
ministering on the Internet, traveling,
teaching and doing
that if I did not obey, He would use pain
as a motivator to get me moving and I
had experienced enough pain in my life. My
hope was that the church would continue and I tried to have a
minister friend take over as the pastor. That did not
work as he only lasted three weeks when he
suddenly resigned and left. I was
left holding the bag so to speak and
realized that we had to move out all of our equipment and close
down the facility.
GOING THROUGH THE VALLEY OF SORROWS
Most of the people
in the church took off and
we were down to a
core group, and had it not been for
these people, I would not be in the
ministry today. I talked to God and
asked Him what He was doing but I
received no answer. I didn’t
know that He was busy burning every bridge in Sacramento
and wanted me out with no possibility
of return as a pastor.
I can see that now but at that time I was grieving over the
destruction of the local church. My faith in God and 47 years of
walking with Him kicked in and we had an orderly retreat. I
recorded a number of sermons
before we dismantled the video recording
equipment used for webcasting so that we would still be
able to put a new sermon on our website
every week while we reorganized.
The only option open for us was to move everything to the
In looking back, I can see that God had
prepared me for what He was going to do. He told me
to sell my home in Sacramento in 1988
and then I was directed to buy
property further north. A wealthy
widow in our church had given us some money and
we used it as down payment on a home
In 1996 a friend
from Michigan came
out for deliverance and stayed for a week.
One morning he told us that God had shown him that we were to
build and move all our ministry
production to our property. I
wasn’t that enthusiastic about the idea and rejected it but in
1999 the Lord woke me up one morning and
gave me the same instructions. He
showed me in a vision what the
building would look like
and gave me
the layout on the inside. I drew a sketch and took it to an
architect, who then prepared the blueprint for the project. The
building was completed in December 1999, and five years later
some more buildings were added.
OUT OF THE ASHES
On May 19, 2013, we
first webcast from the new studio at
the production center. The core group in the ministry had done
an outstanding job and worked hard to convert a large room into
a studio and set up all the equipment, lighting and computers
needed for the webcast. By this time
I was asking God what He wanted me to do now. What were
His plans for
me and the faithful people left in the ministry?
didn’t get an
answer right away; instead, the Holy
Spirit told me that He was releasing my wife and I
for a period of rest to spend
two weeks on the North coast of California.
NEW MARCHING ORDERS
Once God had
convinced Moses that he was
the man to lead the children of Israel out
of Egypt, he was told to go and line up the leadership among the
The Lord woke me up early on
July 25, 2013 and told me about
setting forth a plan for the future to inform all Christians who
are currently affiliated with us. Resurrection Life of Jesus
Church is not dead; rather, it has
been expanded to encompass the whole world. I thought it
was ironic that I started the first webcast at our new location
with the words, “Welcome to Resurrection Life of Jesus Church
All of us in the studio were surprised as the Holy Spirit spoke
through my mouth.
made it possible for Moses and the people to escape Egypt, but
Moses had to lead the people and the people had to participate
and do the walking.
As we get closer to
the coming of the Antichrist régime, there is going to be great
confusion and deception among Christians. There are thousands of
pastors and television evangelists taking to the
radio and television
airwaves daily. Some of them are doing
a great job while
others are deeply into false doctrine and there are many who are
just fleecing the saints and living a life of luxury.
There really isn’t any ministry that is
focused on preparing Christians for the stormy
times coming our
has told me
that I am going to be a minister
who is to systematically prepare
Christians for the end times.
WHAT ARE MY QUALIFICATIONS?
God has placed a
call upon my life and given me clear orders
as to what He has planned for me.
Moses was 80 years old when God activated
him for the task of
Israel out of Egypt; I am 73 years old when God is activating me
for this assignment.
When I was 40 years
old the Lord told me to start taking care of my body, watching
what I eat and keeping
my body in shape by working out at the gym.
I have a rich
Christian heritage in my
family. My great-grandfather
on my father’s side was born again at
a D.L. Moody meeting in America in the 1870’s,
lived a godly life and raised a strong Christian family. My
great-grandfather on my mother’s side
was a lay preacher during the great revivals in Sweden in the
latter part of the 19th century. I believe that the
prayers spoken by these men have been answered by God and He has
called me into the ministry out of their bloodline
We come from a
family that did not have any divorces and my brother and I are
still married to the same
wives of our youth.
I believe that our
marriages give stability and hope to the people who are part of
Just like Moses had
a secular education, I have
a bachelor’s degree in mechanical
engineering and worked for almost ten
years in the field of civil engineering,
supervising an engineering department.
of attending seminary and graduating with a Master’s Degree of
Divinity. I was part of the Southern
Baptist denomination from 1966
until 1973 when I was kicked out because I
had embraced the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I have been
educated in the school of hard knocks and by
the Holy Spirit during my 47 years as a Christian. There
isn’t a heartache I have not experienced; I
have been exposed to every false doctrine imaginable
and I have studied many of the
Christian circles since 1969.
Through all of these
trials and tribulations, I have learned to keep my eyes upon
Jesus and learn to forgive and forget what people have done to
me. I am not successful by
worldly standards in that I don’t have a lot of monetary value
but I have treasures in heaven because I have invested
everything into the work of God.
the needs of me and my wife as we
have never gone hungry, never had to
sleep on the street, God has always
supplied us with fuel for our cars and He has always paid our
bills. God is faithful and we can testify to that!
We have no ambitions to get a bigger
home or more cars;
we are content with what we have. I only desire to have
more of God’s anointing in my
crave that on a daily basis.
MOSES AND HIS LEADERSHIP
Aaron and Miriam,
plus Joshua and Caleb when he started out. I
have my brother and his wife. Peter was called by God
to work with me when I was around 13 years
old and he was 8. At the time we
lived in Sweden and spoke of moving to the United States and
building manufactured houses.
That goal never left us, the only thing that
became different was that instead of physical houses, we are
working on the spiritual houses
Aina and I met with
Peter and Monica and
three other Christians to
form European-American Evangelistic Crusades,
a mission organization to reach people for Christ.
Like Miriam, Aina has been a
prophetic voice to me over the years. God
has blessed Peter and Monica with two
boys, Charles and Joshua, who help out greatly.
Charles has been serving as
a pastor in our ministry for 10 years and
Joshua is the person that makes the webcasts
Moses had Joshua and
Caleb, God has given me Sotiris and Thomas,
two men who
are elders in the ministry. Sotiris has been with us for 20
years and Thomas for 15 years. Both of these men have proved
themselves in the Word of God and are not afraid to speak out if
they see something that
is not right.
Sister Lois has been
with me for 25 years and is the chief editor for everything I
Together with Charles, she makes sure
that our printed material is presented and written in such a way
that people can easily understand
what I am trying to convey.
Brother Ken has
created an accounting department that is second to none and he
sure that we have excellent financial records.
There are other people who are faithful to
help and pray for us on a daily basis.
Then there is another group that live
in different countries,
who support us on a regular basis. Without this financial
support, the ministry would have folded a long time ago.
THE FUTURE OF THIS MINISTRY
workforce at our production center must be increased. We have
a lot of
material but much of
it has to be processed first. All my sermons
from around 1976 and on were recorded
on audio cassettes,
and in order to have them available to people, they must be
processed and converted to CDs. We need at least one person that
could devote time to this project.
All my written
material in The Dove magazines needs to be
imported into the computer so that
they can be reprinted. We need to do
the same thing for the Christian Dynamics
series of books so that they can be
reprinted. It will take another person to handle this job.
I have preached many
but we have not been able to
make them available for people.
take another person to get the job done.
We need people for
our different language
websites and it will take at least two
people with the ability to read and write in German and
Spanish to do this
We need a graphic
designer and people who have the
skill to edit videos. This is a
bottleneck in the ministry;
we have so much material that
we could make available, but we don’t
people to do it.
We also have a great
need for people to help us with our Internet bookstore;
orders come in
and the workload just keeps growing.
next department that needs to be enlarged is our
People contact us and ask for prayer and we need people
who can minister to those calling for help.
Some of this work is done over the telephone and
some is done in person.
We have the skills
to train people and the
material to help get you trained,
we just need Christians who are willing to be used
in this kind of
has shown me that the
government of the Antichrist will shut down all churches that
are based upon the Bible. The Church
will have to go back to the practice of the Apostolic Church
and meet in
homes and other secret places. To do that, we need to train
leaders to be able to function where they live in the different
wants me to be able to travel and set up training seminars in
different parts of the world. To do this, I will need to have a
small staff that can travel with me.
finances must be stabilized. Currently we do not have enough
people to support us
financially that we can establish a budget.
Right now we are living day to day.
There are only two people who are paid employees of the ministry
at this time. In order to stabilize
the economy of this ministry, we need
at the very least an additional 200
persons who are willing to
commit to give on a
regular monthly basis. Why so many? Most people give small
amounts and thus it takes a large pool of people to bring the
income up for the ministry.
goal is to increase our outreach on the Internet to where more
than a million people per day visit one of our websites, so that
we can have penetration power to reach out into the whole world
and set up groups of people who will lead people to Christ and
minister to them during the time of the Antichrist régime. This
is all possible if enough Christians have faith to join our
Aside from the monetary concerns, how can you help?
Please pray that God will move
upon Christians in the United States to relocate to the
Sacramento area and build up the staff needed for our
Ask God if you are the person
He is calling to move to Sacramento.
Ask God if you are to give on
a regular basis to this ministry.
Ask God if you are to work
with us where you live and be trained to be a minister in
HOLDING UP A LIGHT IN TIMES OF DECEPTION
Jesus told us that
there will be such great deception
during the end times
on earth that even
the elect will be tempted to believe the deception.
“For there shall arise
false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great
signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they
shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:24)
I have laid out the
calling God has on my life and what He has done through
me during the
last 47 years. Those of you who have been part of this ministry
for some time know that integrity is the core structure of this
ministry and our allegiance to the King James Bible is
unwavering. Many of my prophetic
writings from the 1970’s and on have
been fulfilled or are in the process of being
I am asking
that you do
something that you might never have
done before in your life. Are you willing to fully
surrender to the
Lord and join this ministry?
Some of you are already part of this
ministry, but there are thousands who have been
following our ministry and never
contacted us. It is to you that I am presenting this plan,
and for those who already are part of the ministry,
this writing simply affirms
the calling God has for us.
Most ministries try
to lure in more people by offering different gifts or trinkets.
C. T. Studd,
the famed British missionary leader offered Christians a
chance to sacrifice themselves for the Gospel.
Jesus did not offer any trinkets;
told people to lose their lives for the sake of the Kingdom of
“And he that taketh not his
cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that
findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life
for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 10:38-39)
One day you are
going to die and stand before Jesus
to be judged. On that day you
will be praising God for your salvation but what are you going
to tell Jesus when He asks what you
did for Him while you lived on earth? Are you going to tell him
what a nice life you had, how good your retirement investment
worked out, the many nice vacations you took and all the earthly
possessions you had. Will you be able
to tell Jesus that you
served Him to the
best of your ability and used all the
things He had given you to further
the Gospel and save as many people as possible?
Is God calling you to move to
Sacramento and be part of our staff?
Is God calling you to become a
minister where you live? We can help train you.
Is God calling you to be a
financial supporter who makes sure that we have the means to
expand the ministry?
Is God calling you to become a
prayer partner to uphold this ministry on a daily basis?
Only you have the
answers to these questions. I am looking forward to
you. In 1972 we put out a call for young people to come and join
us as singers and musicians for a ten week period of revival
meetings in Germany and Sweden. Some 30 young people responded
and 10 finished the training course.
When my wife and I
flew out with the team to Europe we were blessed beyond what we
had expected and as
we reached more than 30,000 persons who came to our tent
meetings and had their lives changed. The team members
were the ones who had their lives changed the most. We
are not calling for a ten week period of revival this
time but a
lifelong commitment until Jesus takes you home.