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About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.

The Widow and the Oil that Kept Flowing

2 Kings 4:1-7

One of the students in the School of Prophets died. The creditor arrived at the widow’s door to take her two children as slaves. Very desperate, the poor widow seeks Elisha’s help. He asks her what she has in the house. “Just a little oil,” she says. The prophet tells her to go and borrow empty vessels, “not too few.” Then she was to pour the oil into the vessels.

We do not know how many vessels she got; but the result of the miracle depended on the effort that she and her children put into obtaining empty vessels.

At the end of the day I think she regretted not having gotten more pots and pans! When she filled the last vessel with oil, there was no more. But she still had work to do. The widow became a business woman! She had to sell the oil to pay off her debt.

God makes us partakers of the working of miracles! The Lord not only provided for the debts of the past, but also for the needs of the future. “You and your sons can live on what is left,” said the prophet. For sure the widow wished she had tried harder to gather pots ans pans.

With this story God has inspired my Seed of Love ministry.

I invite you to read my testimony HERE.

It’s been 14 years since “Seed of Love” was born. May God multiply a hundredfold the acts of love we do in His Name!

Illustrate the story

It’s exciting to tell this Bible story using all sorts of containers to illustrate it. In today’s story Miss Beatrice filled oil in a pot, but she ran out of oil! In the biblical miracle the oil kept flowing. You can pretend to pour oil and ask a couple of children to pass you containers. If you get helpers to dress as in biblical times and represent Elisha, the widow, the creditor, and the two sons, the story will take on even more life.

God cares for widows and orphans

The verse I’ve chose for this lesson is very special to me. It reminds me that God is my protector.

Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation. Psalm 68:5

This week it’s been ten years since I became a widow. I have seen God’s wonderful care and I want to honor His name for it. It is a great privilege to publish this story, this week! I did not plan it with calendar in hand. I don’t believe in coincidences. Everything has a purpose. Today is another reminder of God’s loving care, for widows and orphans, and for everybody. God’s love and grace is for you, too.

Be blessed with today’s story: #13  The Oil That Kept Flowing

 

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The Double Portion Prophet

Elijah said to Elisha,
“Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.”  2 Kings 2:9

It’s interesting to study the lives of these two servant prophets and the amazing miracles the Lord worked through them. In the Scriptures there are records of 10 miracles for Elijah and 20 for Elisha. Elisha asked for a “double portion,” and it was granted.

In the previous stories we’ve seen some of Elijah’s miracles. We will now have some of the great miracles in Elisha’s life. Presenting to the children each of the stories it’s important to emphasize that God is the same today; he can now do the same, and greater things. We saw this in Jesus’ promise that I referred to last week.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14

Miracles performed through Elisha

  • Parting of the waters at Jordan (2 Kings 2:13-15)
  • Healing the bad waters (2 Kings 2:19-22)
  • Mountain bears tear 42 boys (2 Kings 2:23,24)
  • The country is filled with water (2 Kings 3:15-20)
  • Victory over Moab (2 Kings 3:18-27)
  • The widow’s oil (2 Kings 4:1-7)
  • A son for the Shunammite (2 Kings 4:12-17
  • The Shunammite’s son raised from the dead (2 Kings 4:32-37)
  • Deadly stew is purified (2 Kings 4:38-41).
  • Multiplication of 20 bread for 100 men (2 Kings 4:42-44)
  • Healing of Naaman’s leprosy (2 Kings 5:1-14)
  • Gehazi punished with leprosy (2 Kings 5:25-27)
  • The ax head floated (2 Kings 6:1-7)
  • Declaration of war secrets (2 Kings 6:8-12)
  • The servant’s eyes are opened (2 Kings 6:13-17)
  • The blinded Syrian army (2 Kings 6:18)
  • Syrian army taken captive (2 Kings 6:19-23)
  • Healing of the Syrians’ blindness (2 Kings 6:20)
  • Miracles in the siege of Samaria (2 Kings 6:31–7:20)
  • Elisha’s bones revive a dead man (2 Kings 13:20-21)

A common problem is bullying. This account of the bald prophet shows how seriously God considers bullying and how He punished it. Use this biblical account (2 Kings 2:15-25) to talk to the children about this problem. We have dealt with this subject in a previous story.

See:  Andy and the Coals of Fire

Welcome to read story #12: Miracles through the Bald Prophet

Elisha with Elijah’s cloak

Elisha pours salt to heal the bad water

The lost ax head

Ax head floats

Boy bully the prophet Elisha

Bullying boys attacked by bears

 

“Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?”

“Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” Here He is! As powerful today as He was then, when Elijah with his cloak split the waters of the Jordan; as glorious now as when He sent chariots and horses of fire and took his servant to heaven in a whirlwind.

Hundreds of years later, Elijah returned to earth, together with God’s servant Moses, and they talked with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-13). What did they talk about? Perhaps Moses and Elijah told Jesus how much they missed him in heaven, that they waited anxiously for his return. Or maybe they talked about the sacrifice on the cross that awaited the Master.

The God who sent fire from heaven, the God who split the waters in two for his prophets to cross over the river on dry land, the Creator of the universe, has always been present, in each generation He has been with those who serve him and fulfill his purposes.

The Word says of King David: “After he had served the purpose of God in his own generation” (Acts 13:36). Elijah served his generation. Before his departure, and through him, God prepared the next servant: the prophet Elisha.

”Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” asked this servant when his master had been taken away. He lifted the cloak that had fallen when Elijah left, and with the same cloak struck the waters of the Jordan. For him also the waters parted! And a double portion of the spirit of Elijah was upon him.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14

This is the Lord’s message for us today. If we believe in Him we will do greater works. Elisha did twice the miracles that are recorded for Elijah’s ministry. The following stories will feature some of these miracles. God wants to inspire faith in his children. Our beloved Lord wants to remind us that today the God of Elijah is present with us. He has not changed. He is the same yesterday, and today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He wants to do greater works through you and me!

Dear Parent or Teacher, the God of Elijah wants to work wonders through you. God did great things yesterday; God wants to do even greater works today. The God of Elijah is by your side. Even in the worst of circumstances, trust Him. Some of you might be going through fire; maybe you are in deep waters. In times of suffering, God is with you. Never doubt his power!

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
Isaiah 43: 1-3

In today’s story we meet Elisha, who was willing to give up everything to follow Elijah. This surprised our friend Daisy. Here are some examples of other willing servants:

Willing servants

  • David: from Shepherd to Warrior and King
  • Peter: from Fisherman to Fisher of men
  • John and James left everything to follow Jesus.
  • Luke: from doctor to traveler and writer
  • Matthew: from tax collector to evangelist
  • Paul: from Pharisee persecutor to preacher of the gospel
  • Moses: from shepherd to deliverer
  • Joseph: from prisoner to ruler
  • Gideon: from peasant to faith-filled warrior
  • Esther: from orphan to Queen, who risked her life for her Jewish people

The most spectacular and extraordinary is yet to come. Elijah went to heaven in a whirlwind. One day soon Jesus is coming back to take us to our eternal home. We will be caught up in the clouds to meet Him in the air.

Are you ready to go with Him?

Are your children or students ready for that day?

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going. … I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:1-4,6

God bless you all, dear Parents or Teachers. The Lord make his face shine upon you and give you his peace.

Welcome to read Story #11: Horses and a Chariot Fire

 

God Knows How to Encourage Us

Today we see a discouraged prophet. After the great victory that Elijah had when God sent fire from heaven, and when the Lord answered his prayer for rain, this intrepid servant of God got discouraged. To such a degree was his despair that he wanted to die. Queen Jezebel had threatened him, and he fled.

Elijah was so lonely and desperate that he thought he was the only one who had not bent his knee to Baal. But God told him that there were seven thousand who had not followed the false god!

It’s good for children to learn that we are all prone to temptation and discouragement. Sometimes we put the servants of God on a pedestal; but we must remember that no one is exempt from temptation. Pastors and leaders need a lot of prayer to stay strong.

God was merciful to his servant Elijah, as he is to us all, and He sent him an angel with food. Elijah was tired. His encounter with the prophets of Baal was very emotional, and it exhausted him. Elijah rested and the angel fed him. Read it all in 1 Kings 19.

Parents and teachers, I love you with all my heart. If you are discouraged, don’t despair. Even Elijah had a “low” moment; but God sent his angel to lift him up. May God send an angel to lift your spirits! The truth is that it will probably be an angel without wings; a brother or sister in the faith that encourages you. Never forget that God has a merciful heart.

Now let me tell you about an angel that God sent yesterday evening to encourage me! I’m amazed at God’s timing and how He has every detail in his care. I wasn’t discouraged but very tired and wondering about the next step to take in this “story-telling” ministry, especially as it pertains to the Spanish, which is the core of my ministry to the Lord.

The Freemen’s, if you know who they are, were having a performance at Calvary Church in Tahlequah. Oklahoma. I was excited to be going there, asking the Lord that it would be a “picker-upper” for me. We had a van going from Fort Gibson, that’s why I could go. My eyesight is not working for night driving.

I quickly made some cards to take with me, hoping to meet someone to promote my Salt and Pepper stories. My assistant in Lima was working on a professional version, but I just did a quick home-made one. See here!

See what Cristina came up with!

 

 

 

 

Having such awesome helpers, like Cristina (she’s my right hand in art matters) in Peru and Absalom in Costa Rica (he does the pictures), is a gift from God. Without them, and precious Nancy (who does the English version) in Alabama there would be no Treasure Club stories!

This past week I have felt very overwhelmed. Maybe one reason is that I’m getting used to a big change. I have a teenage boy that spends early mornings and afternoons with me. His High School is in the town where I live. If you ever heard of Words with Friend, he and I have 19 games going! I love this boy to pieces but it’s an intense relations hip that drains me of some energy. But I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Let me get back to the part of God’s encouragement. Just the detail of where I took a seat is important. There was a break in the service and I stepped out to buy some CD’s. When I came back a lady was admiring the “box” that I put my feet on. I have to have them elevated because I have lost some lymph nodes (that’s a story for another day!). We talked and I asked her if she would take one of my cards. It turns our she is a daycare worker and she works in Sunday school. To make a long story short, meeting her was such an uplifting experience that I got a “push” to keep going. If you have ever been in a race, and getting close to the finish-line seems like and unsurpassable task, the little extra push you give yourself at the end can make the difference between winning or losing. Pat, the lady I met, gave me that “push” that I needed. I went home from the concert uplifted and ready to continue writing stories!

When I opened my files, and realized what story was next, about God encouraging his Prophet with “Angel food,” I marveled once again at God’s timing. It’s these kinds of details that speak to me, and I have seen many of them lately.

Could I ask you to pray with me these next few days for a special visit I’m having on Tuesday and Wednesday? I have a cousin from Sweden coming to visit. She does not know Jesus and she doubts there is a God. Pray with me that the love of Jesus will shine on her through me. This might be my only opportunity to show her “Jesus with skin.”

I hope you are enjoying the stories. If time wasn’t in such short supply I would give you all the helps we have in Spanish. Let’s pray I find another helper. We have PowerPoints for every lesson and a Bible activity. If you speak Spanish check them out at misperlitas.wordpress.com.

Have a blessed week. Be encouraged! God might have a new and exciting assignment for you. Stay tuned to the “still small voice” daily!!!

Read story #10: Angel Food for a Discouraged Prophet

Angel Food for Elijah

A 40-day walk to the Mountain of God

God wasn’t in the wind nor in the earthquake or the fire

God speaks with new assignments

Earnest and Powerful Prayer

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. James 5:16b-18

Elijah was no super hero. He was like us; but he believed in the God who does wonders. He prayed fervently that it would not rain, and it did not rain. Again he prayed, that it would rain, and it rained! That is the theme of today’s story.

When Israel was in crisis, due to the influence of the evil Queen Jezebel, who had brought the country to worship Baal and Asherah, God raised up a bold prophet. It’s no small thing to do what Elijah did–to go to the king and say that there will be no rain, unless by his word. That required fervent prayer!

Elijah prayed fervently that it would not rain, and it stopped raining for three and a half years. Then he prayed again, and it rained! Before that rain, there was the experience we had in last week’s story, when God sent fire from heaven.

An interesting detail, which we illustrated in the picture that goes with the story, is when Elijah ran before King Ahab’s chariot, all the way from Mount Carmel to Jezreel. In my calculations it was more than 20 miles. What amazing strength God gave his servant! Ahab traveled in his chariot, but Elijah ran in front of him, and arrived in Jezreel before the king!

God has not changed. The Lord is the same yesterday and today, and forever. The God of Elijah is your God. The God of Elijah is my God. The God of Elijah will work with us as we trust in Him.

What is your need today? Pray earnestly!

You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:2,3

Pray for God’s Kingdom to come! Pray for His will to be done!

Believe Jesus’ promise, that we can ask and receive.

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:13,14

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16

In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete… In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. John 16: 23,24,26

Read the story #9: The Prophet that Prayed for Rain

Elijah warns the King that it will not rain

Ravens bring bread and meat to Elijah

A widow feeds Elijah

Elijah prays for rain

Running in front of the King

 

 

The God that Answers with Fire

We serve an almighty God. There is nothing impossible for Him. My greatest desire is that the seeds I sow in the hearts of children will produces abundant fruit. They are the church of today and the hope of tomorrow.

Today we begin a mini-series about the ministry of one of the most powerful prophets. The account of the day he asked for fire from heaven is amazing.

Last week we had the story of the three young men who refused to worship a statue. Amid the fire God showed His good pleasure. It’s awesome to think that Jesus was with the young men in the fire!

Today, the story is about Elijah, when the people were limping between two different opinions. Instead of serving the Lord they followed the false god Baal. Then Elijah asked for fire from heaven!

I love this drawing my artist Absalom has made, showing what happened when God had sent the fire, and there was only a big hole left!

Close your eyes and meditate on this. The power of God is the same today. He wants to pour His fire into our lives. John the Baptist said that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. How I want the fire of the Holy Spirit to envelop us! Yes, exactly that. Envelope us!

Think of a gift, wrapped in beautiful paper. Your life is a gift. Would you like it to be “wrapped” in the Holy Spirit? It is wonderful to be filled to the brim with the Spirit and His power. I have no words to explain it!

As the fire consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, the dust, and even licked the water, the fire of God can consume everything in our lives that does not please Him. Ask God for His fire to consume you, to envelop you…

Read the story of Elijah. Take note of the wonders God did through this his faithful servant. When the angel announced the birth of John the Baptist, he said that he would go before Jesus “in the spirit and power of Elijah.”

But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, 17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” Luke 1:13-17

God wants to raise up new “Elijah’s” –men and women who fight the hordes of wickedness. Read 1 Kings 17 through 2 Kings 2. At the end of his days came chariots of fire and horses of fire to escort him home. And he went to heaven in a whirlwind! What a home-going!

May we be 21st century “Elijah’s,” filled with the Holy Spirit of God!

READ THE SALT AND PEPPER STORY #8: The Fire that Licked up Water

 

The prophets of Baal crying out for fire. No answer!

Pouring water on the altar of sacrifice

God answers with fire

Four Men in a Fiery Furnace

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
Isaiah 43:1-3

One of the most inspiring accounts of the Old Testament is found in the book of Daniel. Three young men dared defy the command of Nebuchadnezzar, the great and mighty king of Babylon. They did not hesitate to obey God’s command about not bowing down to any image or statue.

The statue that king Nebuchadnezzar had commanded was impressive; a gold statue about 90 feet high and 9 feet wide.

The shepherd boy David in his time beat the giant Goliath, 9 feet tall. The size of the king’s statue was like putting nine “Goliaths” on top of each other. It was like a seven-story building. Imagine the crowd of people bowing to the statue and three young men standing tall. What a sight!

In his wrath the king had the furnace heated seven times more than usual. How dare these young men disregard his order? The soldiers who threw them into the furnace were killed by the heat of the flames. But inside the furnace the young men were walking. And with them was someone who had the appearance of a “a so of the gods.” Jesus was with them in the fire!

“ When you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” The promise was fulfilled in them. And the king decreed that anyone in his kingdom who spoke against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego should be torn limb from limb and their houses laid in ruins.

Stop a few minutes and mediate on this. If you go through fire, God will be with you. What a beautiful lesson to teach children!

Enjoy the story # 7: Bow or Burn