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The End times - Understanding the times and what to do. Pastor Max Solbrekken teaching, preaching, prayer requests and spiritual guidance. MAN'S WRETCHEDNESS
 & CHRIST'S REDEMPTION

by: Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

Blaise Pascal wrote: "For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity. All in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinity far from understanding either. There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God the Creator made known through Jesus Christ!

The two principles of truth, Reason and Senses, are not only both not genuine, but are engaged in mutual deception. The senses deceive reason through false appearances and the senses. The heart has its reason which reason does not know. We feel it in a thousand things. It is the heart which experiences God, and not the reason. This then is faith: God felt by the heart, not by reason."

Encyclopedia Britannica states: "Blaise Pascal believed man's wretchedness is explicable only as an effect or fall, and that for Pascal, as for St. Paul, Jesus Christ is the Second Adam, inconceivable without the First. Pascal believed whole heartedly that the events described in the Book of Genesis were actual historical events.

Concerning the 'Wretchedness of Man', St. Paul says: "O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord."  There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me Free from the law of sin and death." (Romans 7: 24, 25; 8: 1,2)

The definition of wretched is: "miserable, unhappy, sad, disappointed." This is the condition of the world without Christ, sad, defeated and guilt ridden. Only Jesus the Lion of the tribe of Judah has the power to break the chains and liberate lost humanity!

THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS!

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is not one that doeth good, no, not one. All have sinned and come short of the Glory of God." (Romans 3: 10-12;23)

What a sad commentary on the entire human family. What a hopeless situation to be in! No hope! No way out! Only sin, guilt, fear, condemnation and ultimate futility! Not one righteous person in the whole world. All with terrible resumes of wrongdoing and worthlessness. All are sinners bound for an eternal Hell! But no, help is on its way!!

Then suddenly the light breaks through. Someone has come to our rescue! But who could help us? Who cares if we live or die? And who has the resources, the power and the will to liberate us and why would he even care or desire to liberate us?

For a very long time, Jewish Religious leaders asked the same question. It is called, 'The 'Cry of the Synagogue'. The Rabbi would cry out with a loud voice:

"Let One Innocent Come and Atone for the Guilty." Again and again over the centuries the 'Cry of the Synagogue' was made, but no-one stepped forward.

There was not 'One Innocent' among the children of men, for all had sinned!

Then, one day John the Baptist cried out: "Behold the Lamb of which taketh away the sins of the world." (John 1: 29). The Innocent One had come, but they rejected Him. Isaiah had prophesied about Him more than 700 years earlier: "Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way: and the Lord hath laid upon Him the iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53:4-6)

JESUS OF NAZARETH THE INNOCENT ONE!

St. Paul declared that Jesus of Nazareth was that INNOCENT ONE:  "For such an high priest became us, Who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens." (Heb. 7: 26)

"For when we were yet without strength, in due time, Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man someone will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

"Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were sinners, we were reconciled to God through His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life." (Romans 5: 6-10)

The Bible states: "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6: 23). The wages of sin is death, without exception! All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God! Adam's sin affected us all, leaving death and destruction in its wake! We are all vulnerable because of the sin of Adam and Eve and because of our own propensity to break God's laws. We are all guilty as charged!

After years of heavy drinking, Wayne Pratt, repented of his sins and was born again early one Sunday morning in 1976, while watching our telecast over CFCN. Returning home after a weekend of heavy drinking, fighting and carousing, Wayne made himself some coffee and turned on the TV to ease his guilt regarding his behavior in Fernie, B.C. that weekend.

The Holy Spirit convicted him as I spoke from Romans 7 and 8, on the wretchedness of man and deliverance from sin and guilt through Jesus Christ. He fell to his knees weeping and crying to God for forgiveness and was born again. He had to find a church to tell his experience. He did not want to lose whatever it was that had happened to him!

His wife awoke and asked him where he was going. When he said, "I am going to church", she said, "Now, you are really out of it." It was too early for churches to open, so Wayne waited in a coffee shop.

As he drove around the town looking for a church, the Holy Spirit directed him to the Assembly of God, where he received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and Fire. Besides being a heavy-duty mechanic, he is a Director of SEA and a worker in God's Kingdom.

You may receive a video of his testimony. See his testimony on Max Solbrekken on youtube or Come Home to Jesus Video!

EDEN: WHERE IT ALL BEGAN!

Let us go back to where it all started, the Garden of Eden! We learn of the fellowship which existed between God and man: "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth, and subdue it..."(Genesis 1: 27)

"And the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul. And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to dress it and keep it."  And the Lord commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." (Genesis 2:7, 15-17)

Into that beautiful paradise entered the most despicable, insidious deceiver, liar and wicked personality ever created. Think of the callus, unbridled pride of that disreputable fallen archangel, Lucifer, daring to come to that sanctified place. His plan was to deceive mankind's first parents and he did!

When I think of the goodness and mercy of our Lord, I am overcome by His patience and grace. I would have immediately snuffed out that pernicious intruder, but the plan of God had to be worked out for the Messiah to come at the proper time, since God knows the end from the beginning!

Satan, the liar and tempter deceived Eve the wife of Adam, who was the sole ruler of the Garden of Eden! Their sin of high treason against Almighty God plunged the entire world into unbelief, darkness and sin! The Holy Bible tells the story precisely:

"Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast on the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

"And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her and they did eat.

"And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together, and they made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

"And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard Thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked and I hid myself. And He said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?"

THE DEVIL LIED TO EVE

And the man said, "The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.

"And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed. It will bruise the head and thou shall bruise his heel."

(Genesis 3: 1-15). God would cause strife between snakes and humans. And Satan the great serpent, would be destroyed by the seed of the woman whom he had deceived! Here we find 'the law of the first mention'! The first mention of the promised Messiah/Deliverer who would be born of a Virgin woman, without the aid of male sperm!

He promised a Redeemer who would destroy Satan's seed. In the battle, the Redeemer's heel would be bruised. At Calvary, Satan was destroyed (Hebrews 2:14,15) by Christ's vicarious death. The Redeemer's heel was bruised, but was healed when He arose from the dead. Christ is Victorious and Satan's power is destroyed, and he will be consigned to the lake of fire eternally. (Revelation 20:10) "Unto Adam also and his wife did the Lord God make clothes of skins and clothed them. And the Lord God said, Behold the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat , and live forever: Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to til the ground from whence he was taken.

"So He drove out the man: and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way from the tree of life." (Genesis 3:21-24)

Satan the evil and wicked Liar had gotten his revenge against Almighty God. He had seduced the parents of humanity and would have his own kingdom in opposition to the Creator. He would employ the wicked angels that had joined his rebellion to seduce, harass and bring all into bondage through hate, fear, sickness and disease, war and chaos!

His plan had almost succeeded until God called one man and his family to save mankind and preserve the bloodline of the Coming Messiah and Liberator of the world, Jesus Christ. He would send a flood that would destroy the world but save billions of future souls.

The man whom God would use had kept his family free from demonic influence. That was the family that carried the blood line of the Coming Messiah. That man's name was NOAH!

1: THE WORLD AT ENMITY WITH GOD

"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth Me that I have made them.

"But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generation and Noah walked with God. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and behold, it was filled with violence, for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

"And God said unto Noah: The end of all flesh is come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopherwood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch....And behold, I even I do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and everything that is in the earth shall die. 

But with thee will I establish My Covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark; thou and thy sons, and thy wife and thy sons' wives with thee. And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou, and all thy house into the Ark; for thee have I seen righteous before Me in this generation." (Genesis 6: 1-8, 11-14; 7:1)

LOVE NOT THE WORLD!

St. John says: "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in Him. For all that is in world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world."

"And the world passeth away and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever." (1 John 2:15-17). St. James stated: "Ye adulteresses and adulteresses, know ye that friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." (James 4:4)

The Holy Bible defines the world as the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life!

We are warned not to love the world. It was this temptation that destroyed Adam and Eve's faith in God and drove them out of the Garden of Eden. It was that temptation created an orbit of sin, fear and destruction! Here is Satan's simple but deadly equation: The forbidden fruit was pleasant to the eyes It would be good to eat. It would make her wise.

SIN has made slaves out of men and women who were created in the image of the eternal God. What a tragedy for mankind. Adam and Eve walked and talked with God as His children. After their tragic FALL, they were driven out of the Garden, from the presence of God!

SIN is when men and women no longer fear God. Their trust, reverence and love for God has grown cold. Satan has deceived mankind with the same lies that he told Eve in the Garden of Eden. (2 Corinthians 4: 3, 4)

Look at the filth, rot and corruption in society today, that staggers the imagination. I am referring to the increase in broken homes, crime, gambling, lust, greed and sexual perversion and the devastating epidemic of drug abuse and opioid deaths in our nation!

Between January 2016 and September 2018 there were more than 10,300 opioid deaths. Canada's Public Health reported one such death every 2 hours in 2018.

2. GOVERNMENTS ARE CORRUPT

God's Word states: "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn:" (Proverbs 29: 2). The fulfillment of this Scripture is seen in the murderous Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler, Communist regimes of Stalin, Mao, Castro and anti-Christ Islamic Terrorism in the Middle East!

And the departure from Biblical principles governing individual families and the nation at large, through perverted laws and a tainted Court system, departing from the Ten Commandments and the British Common Law!

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." (Psalms 33:12). The Gospel of Christ has brought the light of God into pagan nations across the world and liberty to multiplied millions since Jesus Christ's vicarious death on Golgotha's Hill and His glorious resurrection almost 2,000 years ago!

William Gladstone, Statesman, Prime Minister and unquestionably one of Great Britain's most able, and greatest legal minds in the 1800s stated: "Talk about the questions of the day! There is but one question and that is the Gospel. That can and will correct everything.

I am glad to say that about all the men at the top in Great Britain are Christians. I have been in public positions fifty-eight years, all but eleven of them in the Cabinet of the British Government, and during those forty-seven years have been associated with sixty of the master minds of the century, and all but five of the sixty were Christians."

What a statement coming from the greatest British Prime Minister who ever lived! It is little wonder then that Queen Victoria stated: "I could wish that Jesus Christ would return in my lifetime." When she was asked, "Why?" she answered: "I would so love to lay my crown at His feet."

The Holy Bible says: "Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against his anointed..." (Ps. 2:1,2); "Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory." (1 Corinthians 2: 8)

The Jewish Sanhedrin condemned Jesus of Nazareth and delivered Him to the Roman Authorities in Jerusalem for execution. Governor Pontius Pilate, at the urging of the Jewish rulers, condemned Him to death on the cross! The Word of God states: "And we know that we are of God, and whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is true God, and eternal life." (1 John 5: 19)

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of God.

"And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already, it is in the world. Ye are of God little children, and have overcome them, because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.

"They are of the world; therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are not of the world: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God hearth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of error." (1 John 4: 1-5)

3: THE CHURCH IS LUKEWARM

"And unto the angel of the Laodecians write: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God (He whom God used to create); I know thy works, that thou art neither cold or hot: I would that thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, I will spew thee out of My mouth.

"Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment that thou be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see.

"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me." (Revelation 3: 14-20)

Recently, I completed a series of messages on the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse and have again been reminded of the sins and shortcomings of those churches in Asia and how similar they are to our churches today. Out of the seven churches, Jesus Christ commanded five to REPENT or else He would deal with them harshly.

In every case, however, He leaves the door open for them to repent. When He says that He will come to them, it will be to judge. It is also a plea for them to repent and seek His face. It is an opportunity for a revival to break loose in the church, for which He died on the cross!

In his book, The Fire of God (1948), Dr. Oswald J. Smith, founder of People's Church in Toronto, stated that he had studied the lives of all the great men of God who had brought Revival and changed nations for Christ. He stated that all of them majored in five things, namely: Sin and Salvation, Heaven and Hell and Judgment! I whole heartedly agree with that statement.

Another very important truth which I personally have observed is this: Only those preachers who faithfully declare the power of the shed blood of Jesus Christ to save, forgive, cleanse and heal, see God's miracles in His Name! Those who do not honour the BLOOD of Jesus Christ very seldom have His miracles following their ministry! Whenever the blood of Christ is preached, the Holy Spirit responds!

Holy Spirit answers to the Blood of Jesus! The Holy Spirit honours and glorifies the Word of God, the Name of Jesus and the precious Blood of Jesus Christ shed for the Redemption of the world!

"Now the God of Peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the BLOOD OF THE EVERLASTING COVENANT, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ: to Him be glory for ever and ever. Amen." (Hebrews 13: 20)

The Blood of the Everlasting Covenant was made in the Council of Heaven between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, before the worlds were made!

"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers: but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last days for you, who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him from the dead, and gave Him glory that your faith and hope in God." (1 Peter 1:18-21)

The fear of God is lacking today. The desire to pray is lacking today. The burden for lost souls is lacking today. The boldness to declare the Word of God, is lacking today. The fire of God and the power of God is lacking today in the Church of the Living God. And that is terribly sad!

And the great Puritan preacher Richard Baxter stated: "I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men." He was a serious Minister of the Gospel. He stated: "Of all preaching in the world, (that speaks not stark lies) I hate that preaching which tendeth to make the hearers laugh, or to move their mind with tickling levity, and affect them as stage-players use to do, instead of affecting them with a holy reverence of the name of God." 

Jesus said: "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

Dr. R. Moffat Gautrey wrote: "The Gospel is not an old, old story, freshly told. It is a FIRE in the spirit, fed by the flame of Immortal Love. And woe be unto us if through our negligence to stir up the gift of God which is written within us, that FIRE burns low!"

4: PEOPLE ARE CONFUSED, PERPLEXED!

Jesus warned: "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars, and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of Heaven shall be shaken. 

"And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21: 25-28) 

The word perplexity means that there is no way out! That sums up the situation in the world today: The rise of Chinese military and economic power, Iran's hunger for nuclear weapons, spreading Islamic terrorism, Russia's aggressive resurgence, hatred for Israel and the Jews, some churches' departure from, "the faith once delivered unto the saints." (Jude 3) 

A leading cause of death is heart attacks, many caused by fear which constricts the flow of blood. Without doubt, stress and anxiety, smoking, poor eating habits and lack of exercise also contribute to heart disease.

The answer is to flee from the wrath to come, into the loving arms of Jesus Christ and receive His forgiveness, peace, healing and deliverance! And to become His active disciple, spreading the Gospel as His Ambassador to our dysfunctional society!

The BIBLE says: "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every man to his own way; and the Lord have laid on Him the iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53: 6);

"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (Isaiah 64: 6)

"Come now and let us reason together saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be red as crimson, they shall be as white as wool." (Isaiah. 1:18)

"All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23); "The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6: 23)

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10: 9,10, 13)

5: THE HOLY BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD!

The Bible declares: "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." (2 Timothy 3: 16)

"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."  (2 Peter 1: 20, 21)

"God, who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the world." (Hebrews 1:1,2)

WILLIAM GLADSTONE, England's greatest Prime Minister under Queen Victoria, stated: "The Bible is stamped with the specialty of origin. An immeasurable distance separates it from all other competitors."

VICTOR HUGO, French playwright and poet, stated: "England has two great books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare and the Bible made England."

SIR WALTER SCOTT stated, "The Bible: In the whole world it is THE BOOK; all other books are mere leaves, fragments."

PROF. DYSON HAGUE, M.A. wrote: "Yes, it alone is the universal BOOK - the eternal Book. It is the Voice: all others are merely books for the hour. The Bible is the book of all time. It stands alone; unapproachable in grandeur; as high above all other books as heaven is above the earth, as the Son of God above the sons of men."

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN declared: "The Bible has not lost its appeal, because the principles it contains are of timeless relevance and its beauty is forever discovered anew by millions of Americans."

On Thursday, Feb. 3, at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., President Ronald Reagan proclaimed 1983, The Year of the Bible. Following is an example of his address to the National Religious Broadcasters that same week. "I believe that when Americans reach out for values of faith, family, and caring for the needy, they are saying, "We want the Word of God."

"We are blessed to have the words of strength, comfort and truth. I've often to be found by people who wondered, within the covers of that single Book that face us today, are all the answers to all the problems that face us today....if we'd only look there.  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the Word of our God shall stand forever."

.....I've always believed that this blessed land was set apart in a special way, that some plan placed this great continent here between two oceans to be found by people from every corner of the earth - people who had a special love for freedom...

.....I hope Americans will read and study the Bible in 1983.  It's my firm belief that the enduring values presented in its pages have a great meaning for each of us and for our nation. The Bible can touch our hearts, order our minds and order our minds, refresh our souls."

The Bible declares: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1: 1,2, 14)

6: CHRIST IS THE ANSWER

In His communion with His Heavenly Father Jesus prayed: "Sanctify them through Thy truth. Thy Word is truth. As Thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world." (John 17: 17)

"And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. That they also may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in US; that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.

"And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that thou may be one, even as We are one. I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in ONE; and that the world may KNOW that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me." (John 17: 18- 23)

Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me. Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works sake.

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall ye do also; and greater works than these shall ye do, because I go unto My Father.

"And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it. If ye love Me, keep My commandments." (John 14: 6, 11-15)

Jesus said: "I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, kill and destroy. I am come that they may have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:9)

"I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth His life for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know My sheep, and am known of Mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down My life for the sheep.

"Therefore, doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down and I have power to take it again: This command have I received of My Father." (John 10:11, 14, 17, 18)

"I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this. She said unto Him, Yea, I believe that Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God." (John 11: 25-27)

"I am the true Vine, and My Father is the Husbandman. Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth frit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit." (John15:1,2). 

We are branches of Vine, drawing life from Jesus Christ Himself. He says: "Fear not little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom." (Luke 12:32)

7: SATAN IS DEFEATED

"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also likewise Himself took part of the same; that through Death He might Destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the Devil: And Deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." (Hebrews 2: 14,15)

"He that committeth sin is of the devil: for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil." (1 John 3:8)

"How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him." (Acts 10: 38)

"And there was war in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in Heaven.

"And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." (Revelation 12:7, 8)

"And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever." (Revelation 20:10)

8: THE LOVE OF GOD

"Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God and it doth not yet appear that what we shall be; "But we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 

And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin. Hereby perceive we the love of God because He laid down His life for us and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren." (1 John 3: 1-5, 16)

William Cowper tried to commit suicide several times. He was about to drink a glass of hemlock but his hand trembled and he dropped the glass. He tried to shoot himself but was unable to do so. Cowper sought to throw himself into the Thames River but was "strangely restrained." The next morning, he fell on a sharp knife and broke the blade. He tried to hang himself but was found and taken down unconscious.

William Cowper was brought to St. Anselms Asylum. One day, he picked up a Bible lying on a bench. He read: "Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to God." (Romans 3:25)

He was born again as the Spirit of God fell upon him and instantly liberated by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. He wrote the hymn, 'There is a fountain filled with Blood', and many other great hymns for the glory of God.

John Newton, who had been a Captain on slave ships and an ungodly man, was converted and became Cowper's pastor and helped him greatly. Together they authored a number of hymns. John Newton wrote the hymn, 'Amazing Grace'.

Almighty God invites everyone to come to Him, the Fountain of living water and drink of the water of Life freely. He was not pleased with His people because of their backsliding and indifference to His invitation. He said: "For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the Fountain of Living Waters, and have hewn them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water." (Jeremiah 2:13)

He still invites: "Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (Isaiah 1:18). Jesus our Lord and Saviour, invites: "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him and he with Me." (Revelation 3: 20). Amen.

THE GREAT REVIVAL OF 1857

On July 1, 1857 Jeremiah Lamphier, a 46 year old businessman was called by the Dutch Reformed Church to be a missionary to downtown New York City. He had been saved in 1842 in Charles Finney's meetings.

He felt led to begin a noon prayer meeting once a week on the 3rd floor of the old N. Dutch Reformed Church. He printed pamphlets to hand out and put one on the door. In the first service he prayed alone for 30 minutes. Then 4 men came. By March 6,000 were attending the meetings. Within a year there were 92,216 estimated conversions to Christ!

VANCE HAVNER wrote: "Many years ago in Scotland in a certain community, the fires had all one out! The searched everywhere to see if anyone had fire. Finally, they found a humble house where the hartstone glowed with a cheery flame. Soon they were carrying coals here and there to replenish their own blackened fireplaces. Today, there are weary hearts, discouraged souls, needy churches looking for a soul with fire, someone kept aglow in spite of the world, flesh and the devil."

May we all rededicate ourselves totally to Jesus Christ and the spread of His Gospel of salvation and deliverance! C.S. Lewis made this statement about the awesomeness of Christ: "He died not for men but for each man. If each man had been the only man, He would have done no less."

Hundreds of years ago, Martin Luther was found lying under the figure of Christ, sobbing uncontrollably and saying, "Mein Gott, fur mich, fur mich." He suddenly realized that Jesus Christ had not only died for the world, but for Martin Luther personally, and that revelation shook him to the core!

One morning, I awoke with these words filling my heart and this prayer on my lips: "O God, give me an insatiable desire to win souls for Your Kingdom. In Jesus' Name. Amen." 

We are believing for a season of healing, miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit that will re-awaken the Church in these end-times to seek God by fasting and prayer, to rend the Heavens and come down in our midst in old-time power! Amen.


JUDGMENT IS COMING: 
It's Time for Revival

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D. 

On a Sunday morning in February 1977, I awakened with a stirring message burning in my soul and spirit. 

The Holy Spirit had been speaking to me while I was yet sleeping and the words, "Canada - Turn Around" were on my lips. 

In an instant, the voice of God came to me saying, "Son, bring a message to the nation of Canada". He instructed me to spread the message by television, radio and printed page. The message 'Canada - Turn Around, Canada - Come Back to God' would be a message from God to all Canadians. 

There was an urgency in my spirit as I thought about the other times God had spoken to me to bring a message to our nation. The first time was in 1967. I delivered a powerful Centennial message entitled, "A Salute to Canada.

This message stirred a lot of Canadians. It also brought a personal greeting and thanks from our Justice Minister, the Honorable Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Then in 1972, I was given a word from God to deliver a hard hitting message by radio and printed page called, "My Message to Prime Minister Trudeau" in which I warned all Canadian and world government leaders across the world to turn to God for direction and help, both for themselves and for the people. 

I gave Biblical examples of what happened to kings and heads of government who became proud and egotistical and served pagan gods and bowed down to idols and images. 

That message was sent to world leaders as well as Canadian Members of Parliament (MPs) in Ottawa and Members of all Provincial Legislatures (MLAs). I received a lot of mail thanking us for that very direct and stirring prophetic message. CANADA - ITS TIME TO COME BACK TO GOD

During 1977-1978, I immersed myself in the words of Jesus Christ regarding God's coming Judgment on all ungodliness, as well as His message of grace and mercy toward all who repent of their sins and return to our Heavenly Father! 

My heart was aflame with God's love and compassion with a burden for those who are still in heathen darkness, perversion and deception. And for those who are backslidden and lost, both in the church and the world. 

God's Word is crystal clear. God hates our sin but LOVES US! We cannot judge His Word, but His Word judges us. We cannot expect God to change His Word to please us. We must change to please Him! 

The Bible says, "For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12) 

And by God's grace I shared the message "Canada Turn Around" to multitudes across our wonderful nation of Canada and around the world, personalizing it for those countries, with great blessing. 

God granted us many revivals during that time period! All glory to His name. Now, God has spoken to me again! 

During the last few months of 1998, God stirred my soul to again crusade across our nation with the gospel of Jesus Christ, I had been invited to again preach at the large interdenominational crusade in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. 

They were expecting crowds to reach over 200,000 people. Before I was able to respond to the affirmative, God instructed me to decline the invitation. I asked Him, "Why"? He said, "There is more revival in Africa than in Canada. Your own nation needs you NOW. Take the message of Jesus Christ to Canada before it is too late." 

WHAT DOES REPENT MEAN? 

The definition of repent is: “To be sorry for your sins and a determination to turn from sin; to change one's mind."

Jesus is calling you. It is time to answer the call of Jesus. Christ is calling the world to turn away from sin, Satan and rebellion, and to turn to Him, our Saviour and Creator. The LORD is calling for you to repent and to completely reject the god of the world, Satan (the devil). 

St. John declared, "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil." (1 John 3:8) Jesus said, "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3). 

We have turned our backs on God and have become self-centered, selfish and spiritually dead. During the past 30 years or more, our nation has taken a major turn away from God. 

At present, we are a people divided, despondent and depressed; politically, economically and spiritually. Unhappy, fearful and depressed people are the norm these days, without hope for the future. To say we are living in a very dangerous and frightening time is an understatement. 

We are living in the end times and are facing world war and one crisis after another. The Bible clearly draws timelines with world events, and we are drawing ever nearer to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the Tribulation. IT'S TIME TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF REJECTING GOD. 

We need to get serious about the consequences of rejecting God. A divine call, however, has gone out to our Nation and the world to repent. Now is the time to turn around, to repent to Christ Jesus and forsake sin. We MUST surrender our wills to God and give up the futile effort of "doing things our own way." 

It's time for our NATION to turn from all rebellious ways in repentance and confessing to Christ sins of unbelief, pride, immorality, jealousy, envy and prejudice. The time has come for a complete rejection of Satan and evil in total repentance. 

The Bible says, "Submit yourselves therefore unto God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." (James 4:7) It's time to confront the devil (who is our enemy) and call upon the name of Jesus Christ. 

We must resist Satan and turn away from lust, greed, hatred, selfishness, anger, bitterness and deceit. Jesus Christ our Lord has given us power over the devil. 

We are instructed to confront the devil - in the Name of Jesus Christ - telling him that he's not welcome in our lives! It's time to WAKE UP and think about eternity and where you will spend it. 

We must reject and renounce the many dangerous, deceptive and occultist doctrines of the New Age Movement. As well as the cult of Secular Humanism that teaches, 'man ascended from the world of monkeys and apes, is self sufficient and is his own God'. 

WHAT DOES GOD REQUIRE OF US? 

We must humble ourselves and pray. 
We must call upon the Name of the Lord and turn away from evil. 

Satan (the devil) is the creator of evil, death and destruction and wants to destroy you and all things around you. St. Peter warned, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all of your care upon Him, for He careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith..." (1 Peter 5: 6-9) 

The Bible speaks about humility, repentance and submission to the Almighty God and a total rejection of Satan, who is the god of this world! 

St. James states, "Submit yourselves therefore unto God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." (James 4:7) 

It's time to come home and be reconciled to our Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord; to accept the invitation of our LORD Jesus Christ to talk things over. We need to straighten out past failures and right wrongs. We need to receive total forgiveness and assurance, with new direction for the future. 

The Bible says, "Let the wicked forsake his ways, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." (Isaiah 55:7) 

The divine call of God does not differentiate between rich or poor, educated or illiterate, men or women, young or old. There is no class distinction or favoritism due to race, color, nationality or culture with the Almighty. ALL MAY APPROACH GOD’S THRONE! 

The invitation of salvation is available to all. Every person alive may approach the throne of God and repent of their sins. We all can receive the mercy and grace of the LORD. We all receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour, through faith in His finished work on Calvary's cross. 

How is this possible? The Gospel is free to everyone! We are saved by Grace through Faith. The Bible says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9) 

Christ is calling you and waiting for you to answer Him! There is no entry fee, cover charge or red tape to delay our coming to Jesus Christ and repenting of our sins. There is nothing to stop the process of salvation from functioning in our lives. 

Christ waits for you to repent. Christ Jesus our Lord is willing to accept all that will repent and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour! The prophet invited, "Lo, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; come, ye, buy wine and milk without money and without price." (Isaiah 55:1) 

And Jesus assures us: "All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh unto Me, I will in no wise cast out." (John 6:37) 

OUR FREEDOM WAS PURCHASED BY JESUS CHRIST! 

The enormous cost of our freedom - redemption from sin and the power of Satan - has been paid for us on the Cross, through the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, "...except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3)

 The Bible says, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16); St. John declared, "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil." (1 John 3:8) 

St. Paul emphasized, "That through death, He (Jesus Christ) might destroy him who had the power of death, that is the devil, and deliver those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." (Hebrews 2:14) 

God is waiting for you to turn to him, ask for forgiveness and be cleansed in the Blood of the Lamb. The good news is that God wants us. He wants you and me. No exceptions, and no questions asked. 

We come just as we are. He knows all about us and yet He wants us, even though we are sinners. WHY? He is a specialist in the field of cleansing, reconciliation and re-birth! 

The Bible states, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteous." (1 John 1:9) 

JUST AS I AM AND WAITING NOT! "Just as I am, without one plea, But that Thy blood was shed for me And that Thou bidst me come to Thee. O Lamb of God, I come. I come! 

Just as I am, and waiting not, To rid my soul of one dark blot Because Thy blood can cleanse each spot, O Lamb of God, I come. I come! 

Just as I am; poor, wretched, blind, Sight, riches, healing of the mind All that I need, in Thee to find, O Lamb of God, I come, I come! 

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive, Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve Because Thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come. I come!" 

The Bible says: "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him..." (2 Chronicles 16:9) 

And God's Word says: "The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous and His ears are open unto their prayers, but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil." (1 Peter 3:12) 

The very first sermons preached by our LORD were the call to repentance and salvation: "Repent and believe the gospel." (Mark 1:15); The same was true of the great prophet, John the Baptist, "And he into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the emission of sins." (Luke 3:3; Matthew 3:2), as well as all the Apostles: "And they went out and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them."  (Mark 6:12) 

And St. Peter declared, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Acts 2:38) 

WHAT DOES REPENTANCE MEAN? 

To repent means to turn, to change course! Repenting is godly sorrow for sin. Repentance means, being sorry enough to stop committing sin, and to change your life. 

After St. Paul's letter reached the Corinthian Church, they were sorry for their sins and repented, changing their evil ways. He writes: "Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation..." (2 Corinthians 7:9-10) 

Repentance is a forsaking of evil, unrighteousness and unbelief. It is casting yourself into the loving arms of God, renouncing the works of the world, the flesh and the devil. When you repent you turn from darkness to light, from Satan to Christ, from condemnation to total peace. It is placing your life under the guidance of the Holy Spirit! 

Jesus said, "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3). In his Mars Hill sermons, St. Paul shared with pagan Greek intellectuals the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His glorious resurrection from the dead. Then he challenged them: "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead." 

There will be two Judgments Seats! Don’t let anyone deceive you, my friend, there is going to be a 'Great Day of Judgment’' when all of us will stand before Almighty God to give an account of our lives. 

We are living in the end times, the second coming of Jesus and rapture of the Church is near. 

THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT! 

There will be two judgments: the first judgment is called, 'The Great White Throne Judgment' where all sinners and unjust persons shall be judged in relation to their acceptance or rejection of Jesus Christ the Jewish Messiah. 

Here is Christ Jesus' solemn warning: "And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from Whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." 

"And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast out into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:11-15) 

BEMA SEAT JUDGMENT OF THE SAINTS! 

The second one is called the Bema Seat Judgment of the Saints. That is where all believers who have trusted in Jesus Christ as personal Savior will be judged for our works. 

St. Paul warns: "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire." (1 Corinthians. 3:8) 

In his defense before King Agrippa, the great Apostle rehearsed his Damascus Road conversion experience, and the words of Jesus Christ to him: "Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me." (Acts 26:17-18) 

So urgent is the call for people to repent of their sins, the Bible says: "Knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men." (2 Corinthians 5:11) 

The Bible specifically declares: "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God". (Rom. 3:23) 

SIN MUST BE PAID FOR UNLESS YOU REPENT! 

"The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23). 

The great apostle wrote to the church in Rome concerning those committing sinful acts and others who condemn them, being guilty of the same sins. "But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? 

But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the DAY OF WRATH and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;" Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, ETERNAL LIFE: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;" (Romans 2:2-9) 

GOD'S GOODNESS & PATIENCE CAUSES US TO REPENT & TURN TO HIM 

Jesus said, "Behold, I come quickly" - literal Greek: Without delay, at once, soon. (Revelation 22:12). 

St. Peter gave two reasons why Jesus had not yet returned: 

1. One thousand years with us is like one day with the Lord!
2. God's mercy is reaching out for more sinners to be saved. "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:8-9) 

The Bible says, "Repent and be baptized...and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38-39). 

"Repent ye therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out..." (Acts 3:19) And Jesus says, "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me." (Rev. 3:19-20) 

May the Lord bless you and give you peace. Write me a letter if you have accepted the LORD Jesus Christ as a result of reading this message.


FACING THE FUTURE
 WITH FAITH 
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D. 

"Finally, brethren, pray for us that the Word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from wicked and unreasonable men: For all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil." (2 Thesssalonians 3:1-3) 

St. Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica: "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing: Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For ye are our glory and joy."(1 Thes. 2: 19, 20) 

"Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father." (1 Thes.1:3). 

They were converted through the awesome power of the Holy Spirit: "For our Gospel came not unto you in Word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance. And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the Word with much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost." 

"So that ye were examples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you sounded out the Word of the Lord, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad, so that we need not to speak to any thing. For they themselves had turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for His Son from Heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come." (1 Thes. 1: 5-10) 

CHRIST SHALL RETURN FOR HIS CHURCH! 

St. Paul had earlier revealed to the Thessalonians the truth of Christ's return in the Parousia, the Rapture of the Church: "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others, which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. 

"For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (1 Thes. 4: 13-17). 

St. Paul commended them for their patience and faith during the difficult times they were going through in persecutions and tribulations. 

He revealed God's judgments which will come upon unbelievers when Jesus Christ returns to judge those who have rejected His love and mercy: "To you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord shall be revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power. 

When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe, because our testimony among you was believed, in that day." (2 Thes. 1:7-10) 

THE ANTICHRIST: MYSTERY OF INIQUITY! 

The Word of God warns concerning the coming of the Antichrist who will deceive the entire world with his deception and lying wonders: "And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 

"For the Mystery of Iniquity doth already work: only He who now letteth will let, until He be taken out of the way. And that Wicked shall be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the breath of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: 

"Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish, because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 

"And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (2 Thes. 2: 6- 10) 

The Holy Bible is the final Word of God on all matters concerning the deception of Satan and the truth of God! 

There is no middle ground! They who believe that Jesus Christ of Nazareth vicariously gave His life for us on Golgotha's Cross and arose from the dead for our justification, are Saved! Those who reject the Word of God and Christ's offer of salvation and agree with Satan, the liar and deceiver, will be Damned forever. They will be deceived by the Antichrist and his lying supernatural wonders and are Lost for eternity. Period! 

ALL KNOWLEDGE HID IN CHRIST! 

St. Paul warned those in Colosse and Laodicea: "That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the Mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ: In Whom are hid all the treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge. And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 

"Beware lest any man should beguile you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 

And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power: In Whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ. 

"Buried with Him in baptism, wherein ye also are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, Who hath raised Him from the dead. 

And you, being dead in you sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses; "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross; and having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it." (Col.2: 8-15) 

In the final analysis, when all the battles are over, the Body of Christ wins. We win because Christ spoiled all principalities and powers, making a public display of them before the hosts of Heaven, the demons of Hell and all of humanity! 

His vicarious death for us on Golgotha sealed Satan's doom, and His triumphant resurrection from the dead made JESUS CHRIST forever the Lord of lords and King of kings. 

WORTHY IS THE LAMB WHO WAS SLAIN! 

"And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the Book, and to loose the seven seals thereof? 

"And no man in Heaven, nor on earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders said unto me, Weep not: behold the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the the seven seals thereof. 

"And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a LAMB as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the Throne. 

"And when He had taken the book, the four beasts and our and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of incense, which are the prayers of saints. 

"And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 

Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour and glory, and blessing. 

And every creature which is in Heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and such that are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, “Blessing and honour, and glory and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped Him that liveth for ever and ever." (Rev.5:1-14) 

THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN IS ALIVE! 

What an amazing and glorious truth. The Lamb that had been slain was alive and standing. He alone was worthy to take the book out of the Hand of Almighty God on the Throne in Heaven. Only Jesus Christ had the right to open the book, for He alone had paid the awesome price for our redemption! 

His BLOOD alone purchased our eternal salvation. Pointing to Jesus of Nazareth, John the Baptist declared, "Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world." (John 1; 29). 

Exalting the Name of the crucified and risen Jesus Christ, St. Peter stated: "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4: 12). 

Proclaiming the Gospel, St. Paul said: "For there is One God and One Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." (1 Tim.2: 5,6) 

The Bible states that Jesus Christ, "by Himself purged our sins." (Heb.1: 3). He did it all by Himself. His vicarious death on the cross for us has sealed our eternal destiny. 

It is Christ alone; not Christ and the Church; not Christ and the Pope; not Christ and the Virgin Mary! 

The Bible teaches the Christ alone Doctrine! JESUS CHRIST. GOD'S SON. SAVIOUR! According to tradition, ancient Christians, during their persecution by the Roman Empire in the first few centuries after Christ, used the fish symbol to mark meeting places and tombs, or to distinguish friends from foes! 

The Greek word for fish is "ichthys." As early as the first century, Christians made an acrostic from this word: Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter, i.e. Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour. ΙΧΘΥΣ (ichthys): .Iota (i) is the first letter of Iēsous (Ἰησοῦς), Greek for "Jesus" .Chi (ch) is the first letter of Christos (Χριστός), Greek for "anointed" (of the Lord) .Theta (th) is the first letter of Theou (Θεοῦ), Greek for "God's", the genitive case of Θεóς .Theos, Greek for "God" .Upsilon (y) is the first letter of (h)yios[10] (Yἱός), Greek for "Son" .Sigma (s) is the first letter of sōtēr (Σωτήρ), Greek for "Saviour" whose verses are an acrostic of the generating sentence. 

The statement "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour" affirmed the belief of early Christians in the two-fold nature of Jesus Christ being both fully human and fully divine. 

PEACE THROUGH THE BLOOD OF HIS CROSS 

The Bible states: "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son: in Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins." (Col. 1:13, 14) 

"And having made PEACE through the blood of His cross, by Him, to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say to reconcile all things to Himself; by Him I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in Heaven. 

And you that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has He reconciled. "In the body of His flesh through Death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight: if ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel..." (Col. 1: 20-23) 

"Be careful (anxious) for nothing: but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4; 6,7) 

FACING THE FUTURE WITH FAITH! 

Faith is a gift to the searching heart, to the sincere seeker after God and His righteousness. Faith is believing that God's Word is true, in spite of what others say. 

Faith is believing that Jesus Christ is Whom He claimed to be, the Word of God made flesh, God incarnate! 

That He is True God from eternity and True man by His Virgin birth! That He alone purchased our eternal life through shedding His pure and sinless blood on the cross, and that His blood is ALIVE today in the Holy of Holies in Heaven. And that Jesus Christ our Heavenly High Priest is interceding for us before His Father. 

The Holy Bible declares: "Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come to God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, Who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens." (Heb. 7: 25, 26) 

The greatest reason for believing that the Bible is true, is that Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God, believed the Holy Scriptures. He quoted and preached from them, lived by them. 

He died and arose from the dead, according to the Word God and by that same Word will return for us all who waiting, watching and working for Him! Amen.


HONORING MY PARENTS
Anne & Ingvar Solbrekken

Pastor Max Solbrekken writes of his precious parents who pointed him to Christ by word and example.  May these words strike a chord in others to be an influence to family members.

 Anne & Ingvar Solbrekken
Anne & Ingvar Solbrekken, 1957


Anne & Ingvar Solbrekken, 1925

GOOD TIMES GROWING UP!

As the years come and go I find myself thinking about the good times I had growing up in a loving family with a precious mother and father who cared about our well being.  Although we went through the depression of 'the thirties', we lived on the farm and had enough food and plenty of work to do.


Ingvar Solbrekken, 1970


Anne Solbrekken with her guitar, 1964

We all had our duties and didn't complain and that is the way we were raised.  Getting up early to milk the cows before going to school was par for the course.  Being the second youngest, I got off easy with only one cow to milk.

Until my fifth grade we had 2 1/2 miles to go to school.  In the summer we would ride our bikes or travel in a one horse buggy, and in the winter we would make our own track and all six of us would go single file on skis.  Dad built a one-horse covered sleigh with a little heater to keep us warm on extra cold days.  He made the skis as well!

We acquired more land 1/2 mile from Norway, Saskatchewan, so that we could attend High School.  We would ride our bikes or walk to school.  I enjoyed running and found myself often running to school in the morning, home for lunch and back to school at 1:00 pm, and home after 4:00 o'clock.

Our mail arrived at the post office three times a week, so we would often run to town for the mail on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  When I won the Senior Men's 880 yard race at the Saskatoon Provincial field day in 1951, I did not realize that I was already a trained runner.

(Back to the beginning in Norway)

MY MOTHER BECAME SERIOUSLY ILL !

My mother, Anne Nikoline Hestikind was trained in Specialty Cuisine and was often called to prepare dinners at high class events.  One day she became very ill.  The doctors could not diagnose her illness.  For six years she as constantly having fevers, more fevers and recurring fevers.  She had lost her balance and was very weak.  Then, one day there arrived in the mail a little magazine from the Storm-Monsen Mission, inviting sick folks to visit the Betesda Healing Home on the outskirts of Olso, Norway.

She was taken by horse and wagon to a level railway crossing.  Her brother traveled with her by train to the Betesda Healing Home.  For seven days my mother listened to teaching from God's Word, prayed and worshipped Jesus Christ in preparation for her healing.  On the final night before her healing, she and others heard a constant noise like someone cluttering up and down the chimney.  She was told that Satan often tried to scare the people, but to ignore him!

On the seventh day, they were taken to a bath house at the waters edge of the North Sea.  The nurse handed my mother the key to open the door.  As she stood in the middle of the room, suddenly a beautiful warm feeling surged through her and she was instantly healed, walked into the water and back out again.  The next day, she took the train and walked 21 kilometers to her home.  As far as we know, she was the first person to be healed in that community in Valdres, Norway.

One of my Dad's sisters wrote him about the great miracle that Anne had experienced.  He wrote back saying, "I know Anne Hestekind and I would like to hear from her of how she got well."  When he had some free time, he and a friend decided to visit the young lad who had been healed.

My dad asked,  "Did God heal you or did you just get well naturally?"  She told them that she had been born again and healed supernaturally, and called to proclaim the gospel.  Dad stated that the Holy Spirit touched him when she spoke the name of Jesus and he felt like crying.  They both became deeply convicted and left.

MOM  & DAD IMMIGRATE TO CANADA!

My Mother was a very musical person, played the violin, piano and guitar.  She belonged the Lutheran Home Missions and often sang and spoke to the children in schools.  When my father had finished his 'three year tour in the Army' he became a conductor on the Olso Street Car system.  After some time, his father became ill abd he had to go home to look after the farm.

He enjoyed his works as a Street Car conductor, but was happy to be able to see Anne Hestikind again, because he was secretly falling in love with her, but was afraid to tell her.  He felt drawn to her and visited her often.

Even though my mother was seven years older than my dad, he asked for her hand in marriage but was refused unless he became a 'Personal Christian' (born again).  He asked her to explain what it meant to be born again.  After some time, he made a confession of faith.  Later, they were married.

My mom and dad owned a general store in Etnedal, Norway and were doing well, however, word came to them about great opportunities in Canada.  My grandfather had immigrated to Canada years earlier and was getting old.  He wanted his daughter Anne to have his half section of farm land in Norquay, Saskatchewan.

In 1927 the Solbrekkens embarked for Canada aboard the Bergenshaw.  Martin was 2 years old and Astrid 6 months.  Traveling from Montreal to Saskatchewan on the Canadian National Railway, they were involved in a horrific train collision when two locomotives met head to head at top speeds in the dead of night, near Quebec City.  Many were killed and others injured.  My father suffered a broken neck and spent 3 weeks in a hospital there.  It was a shocking entrance for them in their new Country!

Dad was unable to work for 2 years and was awarded $750.00 ($10,747.00 today) from CNR with which he was able to buy a team of horses, some cattle, furniture, farm implements and a Model T automobile.  Mom and Dad were young and strong and toughed it out, and so life began on the farm 4 miles north of Norquay in the province of Saskatchewan.  Four more children were born to Ingvar and Anne Solbrekken in the next 10 years: Mekkal, Fred, Emil and myself.

Fast forward to March 1956

For 30 years Dad suffered with an infected gallbladder, but being a farmer he couldn't find the time to have an operation.  Finally, he ended up in the hospital.  Many tests were taken and he was very concerned.  He also suffered with a racing heart and anxiety.  There were 4 men in the ward when my Dad heard a voice in the Norwegian language saying, "Go home and listen to Oral Roberts."

He looked around to see who had spoken to him, but he was the only Norwegian in the room.  Again the voice said, "Go home and listen to Oral Roberts."  He asked the nurse to call Dr. Duncan, who gave him permission to go home, under his own recognizance.  He was very weak as he walked to the bus depot and had to lie down on the grass, however, a taxi came by and took him to a hotel until the bus arrived.

DAD HAD A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE

My mother was surprised when he returned.  He said that God had spoken to him, to which she replied: "That is good.  I have been praying for that for 35 years."  In his book 'My Experiences with God', my Dad wrote: "I continued to be very weak and sickly.  One day I said to my wife, "I will take my Bible and start seeking God for a miracle healing in my body."

My oldest son Martin had sent me some Oral Roberts magazines which I hungrily read, together with my Bible.  I would rise early and have my devotions.  Faith began rising in my heart.  How long this continued I can't quite remember, but I do know that I began to believe that God would heal me.

One night I had a strange dream and in it I saw a 'Chariot of Fire' traveling at a terrific speed.  I awakened and knew I had dreamed something supernatural.

I asked my wife what this dream could mean.  She had no answer to give me since we were Lutherans and had not had any real experiences with the Holy Ghost.  My wife was a spiritual person, but besides being a Lutheran I was a 'dead Lutheran".

A few nights later I had another dream.  In this dream I was walking down a newly constructed road which ran east and west.  It was a dry, rough road as it was still un-graded.  I had a hard time to walk but I struggled on.  Finally I came to a hill.  I took a little rest before I tackled this hill.  I wasn's sure that I could make it because it was very steep besides being rough.  I kept pushing forward and finally made it.

When I stood at the top of the hill I was very happy.  There were no buildings, but there was a strong light there and many tall trees that seem to almost smile down at me.  I had such a wonderful feeling of joy and I was extremely happy.  Just then a voice spoke to me and said, 'You will see greater things than these.'  When I awakened I wondered in my soul what these things could mean.

I HEAR ORAL ROBERTS ON RADIO!

A week after this great experience, I was up early having my devotions, and tuned in to hear the Oral Roberts radio broadcast.  I had been reading my Bible a good deal and prayed much during the week in order to prepare myself for God's healing power.  As Oral Roberts began to preach I sat very attentively listening to his sermon.

He said: "If you want to know if God lives or not, lift your hands up toward Heaven and ask God to reveal Himself to you and show you if He lives or not."  

In obedience I did exactly what the Man of God asked us to do.  I do not hesitate but quickly raised my hands toward God and sincerely prayed, 'O God, show me if You live or not.'

Immediately I felt God's power come down over me.  It was like a charge of electricity coming down on my body.  God's presence not only came upon my body but into my body, soul and mind.  

I became very afraid as I thought that I was dying.  I felt my pulse but could feel nothing.  The power of God was all over my body.

As I was prostrate under the mighty power of God, I finally called out to my wife and said, "God has healed me and filled me with the Holy Ghost."

My wife who was still in bed came running and said, "Papa, have you had a stroke?"

I answered, "No, Mamma. I have not had a stroke, but I have been filled with the Holy Ghost." I then asked my wife to open her Bible at random and wherever it falls open, put your finger on that verse and read it to me.

Here is what she read, "Give ear, O ye Heavens and I will speak, and hear, O Earth, the words of My mouth, My doctrine shall drop as the rain, My speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the grass.   Because I will publish the Name of the Lord, ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock. His work is perfect for all His ways are perfect. For all His ways are judgment: O God of Truth and without iniquity, just and right is He."  (Deuteronomy 32: 1-4)

STAMMERING LIPS & OTHER TONGUES

One day I was sitting in the easy chair singing an old Norwegian Hymn and the Spirit of God was upon me. I was filled with great joy as I sang about the Church all over the world. I was lost in the Spirit and began singing different words with the same tune. Then I began to speak fluently in other tongues with great peace and joy.

My wife was taking a little nap and came running, asking what had happened with me. 

I answered, "God has filled me with the Holy Ghost." She answered, "I have been a Christian all my life and I don't have this.  And you have been a backslider."

I asked my wife to read Isaiah 28: 11, 12. "For with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people. To whom He said, This the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing, yet they would not hear.

She had never seen that before in the Bible.  She fell to her knees and said, "This is the power of God."

Then she confided in me that she wanted this great experience also. I laid my hands on my wife and prayed that she would receive the Holy Ghost. Two days later she received the Holy Spirit of promise and spoke in unknown tongues glorifying God. One of my boys was asleep in his bedroom and when he heard me crying out to God, came running and in a concerned voice said:  "You must be suffering from a nervous breakdown." 

I answered him: "No my son, I have just received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and have been healed miraculously by His Divine power." 

I had been totally set free from darkness and brought into the light of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. The glory of the Lord was so strong that I could scarcely bear it.  I could see with my visible eyes the 'shekinah glory' and the anointing was so strong that I could hardly walk. The mighty power of Grace and Glory was upon me for more than one month. 

The same night that I received the Holy Ghost I was sitting in an easy chair worshiping God when suddenly a vision came to me. A cup was set to my mouth and I was given two sips out of this cup. I have never in my life tasted anything so wonderful as what I drank out of that cup. I believe it was a little taste of Heaven with God's grace and mercy that I was allowed to partake of.  Hallelujah! 

While I was kneeling on the floor in our living room seeking God during the radio broadcast I heard Oral Roberts singing 'Amazing Grace'.  The next night I said to my wife, Tonight I am going to go on my knees and ask God to stay His hand because the anointing was so strong that I could hardly contain it. 

When I knelt to pray the anointing came over my head and stayed there for about two hours. One day while I was lying down on my bed resting, I saw a coal of fire coming from the window and it touched my lips;  it did not enter my mouth, however. 

In that moment, I thought of Isaiah's experience and I trembled at the thought of God's holiness and nearness.  

"Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin is purged." (Isaiah 6:6,7) 

I knew that my lips had been cleansed because I had been a sinful man.  The first person I told me experience to was my own doctor. I told him that I was healed and filled with the Holy Ghost. I told him that I didn't need any more pills. That I was born again and changed by God's power. 

After he examined me, he noted that not only was I well in my gallbladder, but also that my heart was normal.  Dr. Duncan looked me straight in the eyes and said: "Mr. Solbrekken, you are a very lucky man." 

From that time and onward I began testifying publicly for Christ, telling of my experiences with God and inviting them to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour and receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. 

I soon realized that I had received an experience from God which seemed to be foreign to those with whom I conversed.  Some people had the knowledge of sins forgiven and a personal experience of salvation but no one in our area had received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. 

Some old time Christians had sought the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and still others were afraid of it because of wrong teaching in their churches. 

I also noticed that I soon became a marked man and if I would go into a public building in my town and people were blaspheming or swearing when I entered, they would abruptly discontinue that foul language and calm right down. They must have felt the influence of the Holy Spirit within me. I also learned that I had received great power over demons and evil spirits as I would seek God in prayer.

PROPHECY FROM GOD!

The Holy Spirit would speak to me regarding things to come. Usually this would come at night. I would pray to God concerning certain matters and ask Him to reveal His will to me and grant me His wisdom and understanding in many matters. Then the Holy Spirit would speak to me through dreams or deep impressions.

God spoke to me declaring that He had given me power over diseases and demon spirits and that even cancer could not stand against me when I came against it in Jesus' name, with complete faith. He also reassured me that He would never leave me nor forsake me but would be with me always even to the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:20) 

I noticed when the Holy Spirit wanted to speak to me, I would become very tired and would lie down to rest. Then the Spirit would begin to reveal many things to me about things to come. He showed me that a tremendous destruction was going to come as a result of a great world war, and the aggression would come from the Northern part of the globe.

In the spring of 1956, I was having my crop spayed by a neighbour. In prayer the night before I asked God about my neighbour. He assured me that he was a born again Christian. 

The next morning as we met on the field, I shared with him concerning the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. He asked me to pray for him. I asked him to remove his cap. Then, I laid my hands on his head in Jesus' name and began to pray for him to receive the Holy Spirit.  I commanded him to receive the Holy Ghost in Jesus' name.

The mighty power of God came upon him and he fell down, overcome by God's presence and began to speaking in tongues as they did in the Upper Room in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost. This continued for about fifteen minutes as we worshipped God in the open field. Then, I helped him to his feet. I asked him what had happened to him. 

The first thing he said was, “I am not afraid of war any more.” Then he continued, “I had a wonderful experience with God and had a vision of three bright lights. First, I saw a small light coming towards me and then a second larger light and finally a third light that I could not look upon it and there was no strength in me. Hallelujah. This is the power of God. Glory to His name; Now I know Heaven is for me and that I will make it there.” 

One week later, I met this same neighbour again and he gave the following testimony. He had been deaf in one ear for quite some time but his ear had opened up and he could hear perfectly from it, since his wonderful experience in the field. 

I AM SO THANKFUL TO THE LORD!  

Before my healing, I had a difficult time to walk the half mile from our home to town but after my healing I could run to town and back, and felt that I was almost more in the air than on the ground. Since my healing, I have had absolutely no trouble with my heart. Praise God. 

There are two things that I could not understand.  First, why would God love me and want to give me His gifts when I was such a sinner? 

God spoke to me through the Scriptures and showed me that Jesus Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5: 6).  And that He had come to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19: 10). 

Jesus said, “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I not am come to call the righteous , but sinners to repentance. (Matthew 9:12, 13)

Second, I did not know how easy it was to receive from God. As I read the Scriptures, I realized that all a person has to do is to believe the Word of God completely and in simple faith, trust and obedience reach out and take whatever you need from His hand, because He stands ready and willing to give it to you. 

Jesus said: "Ask and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened." (Matthew 7: 7,8). 

Then, thank, praise and glorify God for sending His Son Jesus Christ to save, heal and fill you with the blessed Holy Spirit. 

In closing, remember my friend that Jesus Christ died for you and that God loves you and wants to forgive you, heal you and fill you with the Holy Spirit and power. May God bless you. Amen. 

LETTER FROM MY MOTHER! 

Below is a personal letter written by my Mother Anne, regarding her experience of being filled with the Blessed Holy Spirit. This letter was written in Norwegian and sent from Norquay, SK and translated into English. - Max Solbrekken 

March 29, 1956 

Max and Donna,

Thank you so much for the phone call - it was so good to hear your voices. I must tell you a little about the wonderful things which have happened to us here on the farm in Saskatchewan.

It began with Dad receiving a wonderful spiritual experience. He sat in the big chair and listened to Oral Roberts on Sunday morning and was expecting to receive healing from the Lord. 

This was the third Sunday morning he had risen early to hear this radio broadcast. Oral Roberts said we should ask God to show us that He is God! 

Dad told us later that he had done just that. The first I heard was when Dad began to groan and it sounded as though he could not breathe properly and then he began to cry. 

I jumped out of bed and ran to the front room, thinking that Dad was dying or had become terribly sick.  You have probably not seen Dad cry; in over 31 years of marriage, I have never seen him cry before. 

I asked him if he was sick and he barely managed to answer, "This is God's power.

When I heard this I let him alone thinking, if it is God's power then it is nothing to worry about. I fell to my knees and prayed.  

Dad seemed to be completely overtaken with this wonderful power of God which was upon him – he had just sat down in his big chair again when this great power came all over him again and seemed to take complete control of him. 

It all began when Dad sat praying, and there appeared something like a pillar of fine rain or mist above his head and enveloped him - he just breathed in the wonderful presence of God and he was so thrilled with the nearness of the Lord and the beauty of this great spiritual experience. Then this great power seemed to fill his body, soul and mind.  

Naturally, I became very surprised at all this and many thoughts crossed my mind, perhaps Dad was going to die. I could not really understand what this was! Such a change came over Dad and it caused me to really wonder about it all. 

He was completely taken up with spiritual things and wanted to talk about God and the Bible and also to pray a great deal.  In other words, he had become a new person! He only wanted to do that which was right in all matters and he had such a burden for all those who were not saved. 

I was overjoyed at the change in him, a short time later, perhaps one week, Dad had lain down to rest on the bed, when suddenly he began to speak in a foreign language, clearly and distinctively, and for a long time. 

I became so surprised that I began to cry as I had never heard or seen anything like this before. Dad continued to speak in these foreign tongues several times a day and continued praising and magnifying God. 

All of this greatly surprised me as I could not understand it, but I knew it was the working of God, since I had observed the great spiritual change in Dad for the better! 

You know, he had never been a church man.  So Dad rejoiced and spoke in tongues daily and worshipped God; I had always been against those things, but now when I saw it in reality, I realized it was a great power from God. I certainly could see that from Dad's experience!  

Then, I began to consider the possibility of receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost also, but I was afraid, afraid to pray for this mighty Gift and afraid to ask the Blessed Holy Spirit to come and dwell within me. 

Since I had these fears within me, the devil didn't waste any time in trying to rob me of this great gift from God.  Finally, however, God gave me grace to pray for the blessed Holy Ghost to come and take His abode within me.

For three nights I prayed earnestly to be filled with the Holy Ghost, but became rather discouraged because nothing happened.  

The presence of God, however, was so real in our home that many times I would tremble and shake as I sensed God's power all over me – it seemed I could just breathe in of God's goodness and power. 

Then one morning I woke up with strange heavenly words on my tongue which I spoke fluently.  I thanked God as I felt a deep peace and tranquility fill my chest. 

The next day, I lay down for an afternoon nap as I was tired. Suddenly, I felt a trembling in my hands and a quivering in my mouth as my tongue begin to move. 

The blessed Holy Spirit had taken possession of my tongue and I heard myself speaking out loud in distinct and clear words, praises unto God in other tongues. 

After this had passed I became so overjoyed that God had visited me that I began to cry.  Dad came running into my room, praising and magnifying God because I had also been filled with the Holy Ghost. 

It still thrills me to think that the Holy God would touch the lives of sinful humanity. It is all the grace of God through faith.  Seek God and receive the Holy Ghost, Max and Donna.  It is a great blessing.

Love,  Mamma 

PLEASE NOTE:  In July, 1957 I surrendered my life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and was born again and baptized with Holy Ghost and fire.

In 1961, we started our radio ministry and in August 1963 I resigned from my lucrative position in the business world and launched out in World Evangelism, which continues until today! 

Together with my precious wife Donna, we have stood in the forefront for Jesus across the world!  I want to say that had it not been for my Dad's great miracle and changed life, I do not believe I would have ever entered the Gospel Ministry for Jesus Christ!

Max Solbrekken
November 18, 2018


ANIMUS AGAINST CHRISTIANS PERMEATE ADVOCATE REPORT
by: Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

When you compare the hostile treatment given to St. Paul at the hands of the Roman Empire, the biased and totally unfair report carried by the 'Athabasca Advocate' newpaper on the recent Big Tent Revival, is only a minor distraction.

In fact, it is a blessing and a 'wake-up call' to Bible believing Christians in Alberta and our nation of an insidious campaign that has already begun against freedom of speech and religious liberty in Canada.

When I saw the headline, 'LGBT community concerned by Big Tent Revival', I was shocked!  I thought, "Has FAKE NEWS pervaded a small Alberta town newspaper?"  I was raised near a small village in Saskatchewan and we trusted the local newspaper to be truthful and respectful.  'Why not a headline like: 'Love, Compassion and Healing at Big Tent Revival!'

We enjoyed the amazing F.I.R.E. Band of 15 highly trained young Aboriginal singers and musicians, David and Gloria Seabrook Family Worship, Alfred Anderson, Eleanor Whittaker and Terry Ford from the Black Community and the powerful preaching of Rev. Earnest Mountain and Rev. John Okemow, both who were converted from alcohol and a life of sins years ago through our ministry.  No, that wasn't newsworthy!

I had come to Athabasca to dispense the Good News about the Saviour who took upon Himself our sins, sicknesses, pains and sorrow.  Not one word was spoken or one piece of literature given out to disparage anyone wanting to change their sex.

When the Advocate reporter spoke to a few men at the tent, he didn't ask rational questions like, "Why did a Minister who has preached to multitudes across the world accept an invitation to preach in Athabasca?" or "Does God still answer prayer?" or "Can anyone attend the crusade?"

An unbiased reporter with no hidden agenda would have at least read our Mission Statement which was printed on the advertisement in the Advocate.  It states: "All people of all races, faiths and religions are welcome to these Gospel services where Jesus Christ will be proclaimed as the Saviour of the world the Great Physician who heals hurting people.  Through His vicarious death on the Cross, He paid for the forgiveness of the sins of mankind.  His resurrection from the dead has purchased our justification."

The reporters' burning question apparently articulated his agenda.  He asked, "What are your beliefs about LGBT?"

We are preachers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  My call and duty is to share God's love and blessing toward everyone!  Imagine if in our crusades in Spain someone asked, "Are we allowing the gypsies to attend?  Don't you know that they steal?"  I would have said, "All are welcome."  Or while preaching in the Ukraine directly after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, someone would have said, "Should we allow the Russians to attend?  You know how they mistreated us for 70 years!"  I would have said, "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.  They are welcome!"

In 1966, when arrangements were being made for me to preach in Eli, a headhunter village north of Tabuk in Kalingo Apio, Northern Luzon, people in Manila shockingly said, "The Manila Times have reported that two men and a boy that were working on the road detail were beheaded."  I answered, "If they will have me, I will go to them."  And I won the headhunter tribe to Christ.

The headhunters had a belief that if a woman had twins, the devil must be the father of one of the children, and not knowing which child was fathered by the devil, they left the babies in the forest for animals to devour.  We opened an orphanage in the area and took all the twins being born to those tribes.  That Orphanage is still operating today!

In 1984, God directed me to call Mr. Agostini with an offer of writing a weekly column for the Edmonton Sun, to help bring respectability to that newspaper.  He agreed and I wrote more than 300 columns from 1984 to 1990.  When I returned to Edmonton, Graham Hicks wrote this report on Thursday, September 19, 1996 on Hicks ON SIX:

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After six  years of preaching the Gospel in Eastern Europe and Africa, Pastor Max Solbrekken's come back home.  "I stepped down from the People's Church pulput", says Max, who thanks to his column in The Sun, from  1984 to 1990, was the most visible preacher in town during the '80s, "The Lord called me to Eastern Europe."

Max kept his home here but spent most of his time on his Norway based 'Europe for Christ' movement.  Max has been evangelizing in Poland, Romania, Ukraine and other parts of what was the former Soviet Union.  "We won Mikhail Gorbachev's sister Galena to Christ," he says proudly.  Now, says Max, the Lord's brought him back to Canada.

"Canada's almost a non-Christian country", he says sorrowfully.  Canada's been so good to me, but it's going down the tubes morally."  Always a master marketer of His Master's Word, Max has a radio and TV show on the go, and its preaching among Canada's Natives.  He'll be guest preaching at People's Church a week from Sunday, at 6:30 pm.

"Locally, a big picture of Jesus Christ has appeared in about 50 bus stop ads with the "Max Solbrekken World Mission" name across the bottom, and a phone number.  "I just wanted to give Jesus a boost," says Max.  Welcome back, Max.  We do need our voices of conscience. - From the Edmonton Sun

Referring to an article I wrote 15 years ago when 'same sex marriage' was being hotly debated, your reporter printed only a part of what was in that piece.  I wrote: "The fallout from same-sex marriages would create a community of dysfunctional people with enormous emotional and psychological difficulties, requiring our help for years to come!  We must all be prepared to love them  unconditionally and share with them the saving, healing and redeeming grace of Jesus Christ our Lord."  Amen.

When I visited Chernobyl is 1992, a leading journalist seeing God's power in our meet in Truskavets invited me to Chernigov where I preached to an overcrowded Summer Palace with 5,000 people.  I was taken to the large Media Centre, surrounded by TV, radio, newspaper, magazine and print buildings.

After being introduced, I shared a little about what I had seen in Chernobyl and my visit to the hospital to pray for more than 100 babies with blood disorders.  I was prepared to answer their questions, but they had none.  They wanted me to preach to them.

They said, "We are now free and there are no KGB agents here.  Please speak to us from the Bible."  Out of about 275 journalists, TV and radio operators, truck drivers, print men and janitors, 176 answered the altar call to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour.

I was invited to preach to about 300 high school students in Chernigov.  When my interpreter and I had delivered the message 'How to Be Born Again', the entire class rose to their feet and prayed the sinner's prayer inviting Jesus Christ into their hearts.  The Principal asked me into her office and said, "Dr. Max, when you invited the students to receive Jesus Christ personally into their lives, I thought that perhaps 6 people would respond.  And yet, the entire class followed you in the prayer for salvation.  Why?"

I answered, "I'll let you tell me the reason."  She answered, "Because they were empty!"  I said, "That is a very good answer.  How about you?  Are you also empty inside?  Will  you also pray that same prayer?"  She said, "Yes."  And we prayed together and another soul was added to the Kingdom of God.

WITH RAY TORGRUD AT CKY WINNIPEG

For years, I was interviewed by that great gentleman, Ray Torgrud at CKY TV in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Once near the end of his show he asked me, "Pastor Max, did you know that I am an atheist?"  At that moment, the Holy Spirit came upon me and I said, "Ray,, when you were a little boy you believed in Jesus, but something happened to turn you away.  But before it's all over you will come back to Him."  He asked, "Do you really believe that?"  I answered, "Yes."

By that time, we had almost lost track of where we were.  He sat up erect and looking into the TV camera said, "This has been the most illuminating and interesting time I have had in 30 years on television, and Pastor Max you are welcome on my show whenever you visit Winnipeg."  About 10 years ago, as I spoke to my friend by telephone he shared with me that he had returned to Christ, after a life time of atheism.  He is now in the presence of Jesus in Heaven.  Thank God.  Amen.


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POWER WITH GOD
by: Pastor Max Solbreken, D.D.

1.  Through COMMUNION WITH GOD, we are filled with the life of God.  Without the life of God we are in total spiritual darkness.  The Bible says: "In Him was life; and the life was not the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not." (John 1:4,5)

2. Through COMMUNION with God, the Holy Spirit reveals the will of God. The Bible says: "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." (Romans 8:26)

Often, we do not know how to pray intelligently so are at a loss to know how to pray. But when we pray in the Holy Spirit, He comes to our rescue and prays through us to the Father. The literal Greek says, 'The Spirit Himself takes a hold of against our infirmities and prays through us to the Father.' This often happens when we pray in other tongues. The Holy Spirit prays through us to the Father.

3. Through COMMUNION with God, the Holy Spirit changes us into the image of God. The Bible says: "And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the  firstborn among many brethren." (Romans 8: 27, 29)

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed in the same IMAGE from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Corinthians 3: 17,18)

4. Through COMMUNION with God, we are led by the Spirit to go forth with the power of God. It was the Holy Spirit that filled Jesus of Nazareth during His water baptism in the Jordan River. Immediately thereafter, our Lord was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Luke 4: 1-13)

IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT!

And Jesus returned in the Power of the Spirit into Galilee; and there went out a fame of Him through all the region round about. And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Esaias. 

"And when He had opened the book He found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He hath anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor, He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised." (Luke 4:14-16)

St. Peter stated: "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with Power: Who went about doing Good and healing all that were oppressed of the Devil: for God was with Him." (Acts 10: 38)

In His book titled Prayer, James H. McConkey wrote, "Communion is the daily looking unto Jesus for the continuous inflow of His divine life." And that is the key to power with God. It is the mystery that our Heavenly Father had kept hidden for ages and generations but was given to St. Paul, who revealed it to the Church.

Almighty God walked with Enoch, He communed with Moses as face to face, He called Abraham His friend and David was called a man after God's own heart, yet He did not reveal the Mystery to them. And when Jesus walked with His disciples and apostles, He did not disclose the Mystery to them, either.

WHY SAUL OF TARSUS?

He waited until He had the right man in place, a man feared by the church and revered by the enemies of the cross. Saul of Tarsus was a man God could trust, a man deeply committed and so dedicated to the Jewish Laws that he would put wrongdoers to death believing he was pleasing God.

Here was a man who would obey God, once he heard the truth. Here was a man who would carry the name of Jesus Christ and His Gospel to the Jews and who would establish the church in the Gentile world.

St. Paul reveals the hidden Mystery: "How that by revelation He made known unto me the Mystery; as I wrote before in few words. Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ. Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit:

That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same and partakers of His promise in Christ by the gospel. And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, Who created all things by Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 3: 3-6, 9)

What was this great MYSTERY which our Heavenly Father had kept hidden from the beginning of the world and was revealed to St. Paul? It was Christ living in the believer, His body. His Church would consist of Born Again, Spirit-filled Gentiles and Jews, making us into new creatures in Christ.

"Even the mystery which hath been hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints: to whom God would make known what is the riches of His glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Colossians 1: 26, 27)

The Bible states: "And He is the HEAD of the Body, the Church: Who is the beginning, the first born from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell. And having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in Heaven. " (Colossians 1:18-20)

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How is this possible? The Bible clearly gives us the process through which this is possible: "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Corinthians 3:7,8)

James H. McConkey writes: "You have heard the story of the sea and the cloud. The sea looked up into the heavens and saw the beauty of the great white summer clouds, and longed to become a cloud. So it struggled, and strove, and tossed itself into the air, and dashed itself against the rocks, but all to no purpose.

And then the sun looked down upon the sea, and said: "Be quiet; be still; and just look unto me." And then the tossing sea grew quiet, and ceased its striving, and lay there with open face beholding the glory of the sun. And as it did so, the sun steadily, moment by moment, drew and changed, and transformed the sea, until bye and bye, in the heavens was another cloud in all its beauty.

What the sea could not do with all its striving, the sun did, simply through the sea's looking unto it. And so too we struggle and strive, and work to be like JESUS, but somehow - we do not know how; we do not understand anymore than we understand how as we look to Jesus in the place of prayer; as we look unto Him in the place of communion; as our souls cease their striving and their vain struggles to make the old flesh life like Him, which can never be, and just look helplessly, to Him, somehow we are changed into the image of the Lord Jesus Christ.

"As we look unto Jesus we come to look like Jesus. Those who wait upon Him shine with His glory. When Moses came out of the mountain, his face was shining with the glory of God. Why? Because he had gazed into the face of God for forty days. And when he came down, he stood a transfigured man before the people, with the image of God in his face, so that he had to cover it, for they could not bear looking upon it.

How beautiful then is it that as we look unto Jesus, we are transformed into the image of Jesus. Then even down here in the dark night of faith, somehow or other, we GROW like Him. The moment a man perfectly sees Jesus, that moment a man is going to be perfectly like Jesus."

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St. Paul wrote: "Wherefore seeing we are also compassed about with so great a a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher (perfecter) of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12: 1,2)

Let us seek God to be filled with the blessed Holy Spirit and power. Remember that Jesus had to pour out His BLOOD on the cross, so that He could receive the promise of His Father to pour out the Holy Spirit on His church!

That Christ will return to take us all home is guaranteed. Jesus promised: "In My Father's House are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will COME again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14: 2,3)

When we see Jesus face to face we shall truly be like Him. How wonderful. The Bible states: "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall APPEAR, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." (1 John 3: 2)

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." (1 Corinthians 13: 12); "And now little children, abide in Him; that when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming." (1 John 2:28). Amen.


February, 2018

Dear Friends in Christ,

For our friends in Saskatchewan, Donna and i will be ministering at Christ the Healer Gospel Church on December 31 (Sunday) at 10:30 am & 6:30 pm.

After more than 10 years in Saskatoon, we felt led of the Lord to invite Rev. Terry and Shelly Severson to take the reigns of leadership and build on what we started in Saskatoon on September 26, 2007.

On Monday, January 1, 2018 at 2:30 pm, we will have a special New Year's Rally where we will officially transfer (without charge) the property of Christ the Healer Gospel Church at 136 Ave F S, Saskatoon, SK to the TORO Ministries of Saskatchewan, in the precious name of our Saviour Jesus Christ.Max and Solbrekken Solbrekken

Rev, Terry and Shelly Severson, TORO Ministires of Saskatchewan to take over Christ the Healer Gospel Church, Saskatoon, SaskatchewanThis move will give me the opportunity to pour myself into our Missionary work, publishing a number of books I have written and do more radio and TV work in order to reach a larger audience with Christ's Gospel.

On October 26, 1991 (after 22 years) Donna and I turned over the large, beautiful Faith Cathedral church and property, located on 2.5 acres in Edmonton, Alberta, to Peoples Church, giving me the opportunity to reach multitudes for Christ all across the Soviet Union (Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Estonia, Latvia), Sudan, Egypt, Uganda, Tanzania, Europe, Norway, Brazil and the Philippine Islands.Peoples Church Edmonton, AB, formerly Faith Cathedral

On April 13, 2005, I had the privilege of preaching to circa 300,000 people at a large Assembly of God Crusade at the Parquie Brasil, Paulina, SP, Brazil.

Today, People's Church, Edmonton is a strong Church with people from dozens of nations of the world.  Pastor Laurie and Iris have thanked us over the years for our amalgamation in 1991.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support over the years.  Our prayers are for God's blessings upon you and your family.

With much love in Jesus,

Pastor Max & Donna Solbrekken
2 Corinthians 4:5/Hebrews 13:8


THE INCARNATION:
ACID TEST OF TRUE FAITH
by: Pastor Max Solbrekken. D.D.

"In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made.  In Him was life and the life was the light of men."

"Which were born, not of blood, nor the will of the flesh, nor the will of man, but of God.  And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-4, 13, 14)

There is a serious misunderstanding among many Bible scholars and preachers due to an incorrect translation of John 3: 13, which says, "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, but of God." Most Bibles have us believing that this Scripture text is referring to those who receive Christ, because of the plural 'which' when in fact, the original Greek uses the singular 'He' which refers to Christ!

This passage must be taken in context with the rest of the Scripture text about Jesus the Word of God; not about believers. It is about JESUS OF NAZARETH, not about us! The Bible states: "He (Christ) was in the world and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own and His own received Him not.

This is the PROPER TRANSLATION: "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even unto them that believe on His name. He (Jesus) was born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  And the WORD was made flesh and dwelt among us. And we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 3: 14)

TERTULLIAN SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT

Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus (160-220 A .D.) of Carthage Africa known as Tertullian, was an early Christian author who was martyred for his faith. He stated: "The blood of the martyrs has become the seed of the church."

In his book, 'The Incomparable Christ' (1902) - which I have enjoyed for decades - J. Oswald Sanders brings out a truth that has eluded far too many theologians and preachers for hundreds of years!

He states: Samuel Zwemer commenting on John 3:14, writes: "Here those who believe the Word are those who were begotten, not of bloods, nor of the will of the flesh, nor the will of man, but of God".

But according to the express testimony of TERTULLIAN there was an early second-century reading of this text which had the singular instead of plural. It would then read, He(Christ) was begotten not of bloods, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.'

In his de Carne Christi Tertullian wrote; I shall make more use of this passage after I have confronted those who have tampered with it. They maintain it was written in the plural, as if designating those who before mentioned as believing on His name.

"But how can this be when all who believe are by virtue of the will of the flesh and of the will of man? - as indeed as Valentinus himself. The expression is in the singular, as referring to the Lord. He was born of God, As flesh, however, He is not of bloods, nor of the will of man, because it was by the will of God that the Word was made flesh.'

"In his ConfessionsST. AUGUSTINE quotes John 3:14 in the singular in reference to Christ's Virgin Birth, as follows: "Also I found there that God the Word was born not of blood, nor of the will of a husband, nor of the will of the flesh, but of God."

St. Paul wrote under the inspiration of the Blessed Holy Spirit thus: "But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law." (Galatians 4:4)

Commenting on this verse, J. Oswald Sanders writes: "In this chapter he uses the word 'born' three times, but in speaking of Christ's birth he uses a different word (made) from the implied when speaking of Ishmael and Isaac." (Galatians 4: 23, 29)

CULTS PREACH A DIMINISHED JESUS!

It is not surprising that Satan tried to diminish the stature of Jesus Christ early on by involving an Old-JW-New-Modernist tampering with the Holy Scriptures. What does surprise me is that for hundreds of years theologians have missed what is OBVIOUS, that Jesus of Nazareth was not born of human blood or the will of either Joseph or Mary but of GOD and by HIS will alone!

Every one of us were born by the will of our fathers and mothers and carry our father�s blood in our veins. To force a Scripture text to mean something different than it was meant is totally wrong!  Let me repeat, by using this Scripture text to prove that sinners are born again by the will of God and not of man may sound good to naive Christians, but that is not what this Scripture says! This is a foundational doctrine which refers to Jesus of Nazareth alone!

THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD!

The Bible states: "For God so loved the world that He gave His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

Right from the very beginning, SATAN has had his loyal humanistic minions on board, to pervert the sacred Scriptures. They come in a variety of knowing and unknowing fellow travelers, but his main goal is to weaken the faith of believers and giving false cults the ammunition they desire in gaining converts, through tampering with the Scriptures!

Hundreds of false cults have arisen through that method of deception, among them the Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons and Christian Scientists. Their main deception is that Jesus of Nazareth was not truly God in the flesh, that He is a lesser god, an arch angel or something else.

According to Holy Scripture, those who REJECT the Deity of Jesus Christ cannot and will not be saved, unless they repent of that grievous SIN of unbelief and blasphemy:

"Hereby ye know the Spirit of God: Every Spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is NOT of God: and this is that SPIRIT of ANTICHRIST, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world." (1 John 4: 2, 3)

Presently, there are more than seven billion people alive and we have all come in the flesh, born naturally of a mother and father. Although childbirth is a miraculous phenomenon that happens every second around the world, Jesus of Nazareth was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He was incarnated, God in human flesh!

IN THE BOSOM OF THE FATHER

All those who reject Jesus Christ as God the Son Who came to this earth to save lost humanity by the Sacrifice of Himself and to meet the demands of Divine Justice, will not be saved. And all those who receive Him as the Christ the King, their Saviour and Lord will be saved!

When the Eternal Son of God was born of a human mother without the aid of a human father that is the miracle of INCARNATION, meaning 'God in human flesh'.

Jesus Christ was True God and True Man while He walked this earthly sod! The Word of God states: "No man hath seen God at any time; the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, which is in the BOSOM of the Father, He hath declared Him." (John 1: 18) The Apostle John was a young man who had absolute faith in Jesus of Nazareth. He was the closest to our Lord and is called the 'disciple whom Jesus loved.' (John 20: 2; 21:20)

"Now there was leaning on Jesus' BOSOM one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved." (John 13: 23). John understood the fact that Jesus had come from God and is always in the "Bosom of the Father."

What that term means is, that the relationship between Jesus of Nazareth and His Heavenly Father had NOT been broken when He was incarnated to die as God's Pascal Lamb for the sins of the world! He was still in His Father and the Father was still in Him through the Blessed Holy Spirit!

Dr. Henry Morris writes: "In that wonderful Old Testament prophecy about His coming human birth in Bethlehem (Micah 5: 2) we are told that His 'goings forth from the bosom of the Father.'

"As noted in John 1:18, He was still in the bosom of the Father even while He was on earth manifesting the Father. These truths are beyond our full comprehension, of course, for they are all part of the great mystery of the Triune God."

Concerning Micah 5:2, the Pulpit Commentator states: "Whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." The Fathers see in it a declaration of the eternal generation of the Son: He who was born in time at Bethlehem hath an eternal existence"

"To Christians, who believe in the mystery of the Holy Trinity, the plural would express the continual generation of the Son from the Father from everlasting and to everlasting, never beginning and never ending; as the Council of Lateran says, "Without beginning ever and without end, the Father begetting, the Son being born (nascens), and the Holy Ghost proceeding."

The bosom is where the heart is and from which Love is generated. The BOSOM is a place of rest and peace. The name of God, El Shaddai has the meaning, "the Breasted One". He is our sustenance and nourishment. He feeds, heals and keeps His mighty hand of protection and love upon us!

The union between God the Father and His Only Begotten Son during His earthly ministry is a Mystery. Some misguided theologians believe that Jesus emptied Himself completely during His incarnation, but that would have destroyed the UNITY of the Godhead.

That teaching is not biblical. It is spurious and utter nonsense! How could Jesus, Who was TRUE God from eternity and TRUE man by His Virgin Birth, suddenly no longer be God?

The Bible says that He created the worlds and keeps the solar system functioning perfectly by His WORD. If He abdicated the throne for three years, there would no longer be a cosmos or a livable earth!

"God hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He had appointed heir of all things, by also HE MADE THE WORLDS; Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His Person, and UPHOLDING ALL THINGS by the Word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on High." (Hebrews: 1-3)

JESUS WAS FULLY GOD & FULLY MAN

Jesus Christ never stopped being God the Son! He was in the BOSOM of His Father from Eternity, during His INCARNATION (God in human flesh) and is now and forevermore! During His time on earth, He was Fully God and Fully Man!

St. Paul stated: "Jesus (Who) being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion of a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2: 6-8)

Jesus CONCEALED His divinity even to His disciples for a time, so that He could finish His work before His sacrificial death for us all. His true identity was revealed to Peter, James and John on the Mount of transfiguration, when Almighty God stated: "This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased. Hear ye Him." (Matthew17:5)

The Bible records: "And (He) was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light... and when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

And Jesus came and touched them, and said arise, Be not afraid....Jesus charged them, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man is risen again from the dead" (John 17: 2-9)

JOHN CALVIN stated: "He continued to retain His divinity entire though it was concealed under the veil of flesh. There are good reasons why He enjoined His disciples to keep silence, til He be risen from the dead...And indeed, the disciples would not have believed it, if Christ had not given a more striking PROOF of His glory in the resurrection.

But after that His divine power had been openly displayed that temporary exhibition of His glory began to be admitted so as to make it fully evident, that even during that time, that He emptied Himself."

Jesus Christ never stopped being God the Son! He was in the BOSOM of His Father from Eternity, during His INCARNATION (God in human flesh) and is NOW and forevermore! During His time on earth, He was Fully God and Fully Man!

This same union exists between Jesus and 'the sons of God' through the New Birth. He is in us and we are in Him. (1 John 3:1, 2; Romans 8:15-17). And in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, between the Bride and the Bridegroom.

The Church is the Bride and Jesus is the Bridegroom. John the Baptist stated: "He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which stands and heareth Him, rejoices greatly because of the Bridegroom's voice: This my joy therefore is fulfilled." (John 3:29)

JESUS is also pictured as the Good Shepherd. He said: "I am the Good Shepherd and know My sheep, and am known of Mine. As the Father knows Me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down My life for the sheep." (John 10: 14, 15)

He told the parable of the sheep lost in the wilderness, which the shepherd searched for and found: "And when he had found it, he laid it upon his shoulders, rejoicing." (Luke 15: 4-6)

The Bible states: "He shall feed His flock like a Shepherd: He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His BOSOM, and shall gently lead those that are with young." (Isaiah 40:11)

Here is another Scripture that modernist theologians have used to diminish the truth of Jesus of Nazareth being fully God and fully man. And, unfortunately, many unknowing preachers have fallen for it!

"In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON into the world, that we might live through Him." (I John 4:9). We have life though our Lord Jesus Christ, Whom God sent "to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4:10)

The word propitiation means satisfaction, covering and expiation. This means that the sacrificial all-atoning death of Jesus Christ, satisfied the Demands of Divine Justice to appease the wrath of God against the sins of a rebellious human race from the time of Adam.

THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD

We find the unique phrase, "the only begotten Son", also in John 1:14,18; John 3:16 in the Authorized King James Version, New King James Version, Amplified and the New American Standard Bible. Unfortunately, most of the other versions have exchanged the original words to unique Son of God, only Son of God, One and only Son of God.

The Bible states: ""In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made." (John 1:1-3)

These verses inform us that Jesus Christ is the Creator of the worlds and all things therein! St. John states: "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)

Again St. John writes: "No man hath seen God at any time; the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him" (John 1:18)

DR. HENRY MORRIS states: The Greek word for "only begotten" is monogenes, the very form of which clearly denotes "only generated." As monotheism connotes only one God and monosyllable means a word of only one syllable, so monogenes means only one genesis or only one generated--or, more simply, only begotten. It does not mean "one," or even "one and only." It is worth noting that, although Christ is called the Son, or Son of God, frequently in the New Testament, He is never (in the Greek original) called the "only" son of God.

The fact is, that to call Him the only Son of God would make the Bible contradict itself, for He is not the only Son of God, and certainly not the "one and only" Son of God. Angels are several times called the sons of God (e.g., Job 38:7) since they had no fathers, being directly created by God.

Likewise, Adam was called the son of God (Luke 3:38), because he was directly created. The same applies even to fallen angels (Genesis 6:2), and even to Satan (Job 1:6), because they also were created beings. The term is also used in a spiritual sense, of course, for those who have become "new creations" in Christ Jesus by faith (II Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:10; etc.)

In this sense, we also are "sons of God" (e.g., I John 3:2) by special creation? not physically but spiritually. But it is never applied in this sense to Christ, for He is not a created son of God (as the Jehovah's Witnesses and other cultists teach), but a begotten Son of God -- in fact, the only begotten Son of God.

He never had a beginning, for He was there in the beginning (John 1:1). In His prayer to the Father in the upper room, He spoke of "the glory which I had with thee before the world was" (John 17:5)

BEHOLD, A VIRGIN SHALL CONCEIVE!

Nothing could be clearer than Dr. Henry Morris' Commentary on the unique phrase 'only begotten' which can used for Christ Jesus alone!

Seven hundred years before the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ, Isaiah prophesied his VIRGIN BIRTH: "Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7: 14)

St. Luke chronicles the glorious Christmas Story of Archangel Gabriel's visit to a Jewish Virgin called Miriam (Mary) to inform her of God's great plan of Redemption that would involve her.

He said: "Fear not, Mary: For thou hast found favour with God. And, behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and shalt call His name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: And the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David:

And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His Kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:28-35)

To confirm His Words to Mary, God sent His Angel to Joseph, her fiance. Naturally. he was upset and confused at the news of Mary's pregnancy.

JESUS CHRIST SAVIOUR SON OF GOD

The Angel of God reassured him: "Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shall call Him JESUS, for He shall save His people from their sins.

Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." (Mathew 1:20-23)

John's Gospel is about God the Son becoming a man through the INCARNATION (God in human flesh) which is the greatest miracle this world has ever witnessed. More than 700 years before His Virgin birth in Bethlehem, the prophet Isaiah made this prophetic utterance:

"Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign, Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14)

Leading Hebrew scholars state that 'a virgin' is better read 'the virgin'. The Hebrew definite article ha indicates that a specific woman is in view. The word virgin used here is the unique Hebrew term 'almah.' A comparison of the six other instances where it occurs (Genesis 24:43; Exodus 2:8; Psalms 68: 25; Proverbs 30: 19. Song 1: 5,8) shows that it is the most precise term the prophet could have chosen to indicate that the young woman in view was indeed a virgin. The more common word betulah is used twice to refer to a married woman (Deuteronomy 22:19 and Joel 1:8)

Thus the Septuagint Translation of 'almah' as Parthenos(virgin) is correct, as is Matthew 1:23. Shall conceive is a feminine adjective connected with an active participle ('bearing') and should be translated 'is pregnant'.

Thus the scene is present to the prophet's view and he sees the pregnant virgin about to bear a Son. That this prophecy must refer to the virgin birth of Christ is obvious since the virgin is pregnant and is still a virgin. Immanuel is a symbolic name meaning God is with us. He is the incarnate Son of God Who is further pictured as the Christ-Prince in Isaiah 9:6. Taken from Nelson Study Bible

NO ONE ACCEPTED LUTHER'S CHALLENGE

MARTIN LUTHER threw out this challenge: "If a Jew or a Christian or a Mohammedan can prove to me that in any other passage of Scripture 'almah' means a married woman, I will give him a hundred florins, although God only knows where I may find them."

No-one took him up on his challenge!

Never in the history of mankind has a virgin given birth to a baby without a man's seed through sexual intercourse or artificial insemination! Of such importance was the sign that God gave concerning the birth of His Son that the prophet emphasized:  "The Lord Himself shall give you a sign."

The Holy Scripture says: "Behold while he (Joseph) thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream saying, Joseph thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife; for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

"And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins. Now, all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the LORD by the prophet, saying, Behold a VIRGIN shall be with child, and shall bring forth a SON, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US." (Matthew 1:20-25) 

Jesus of Nazareth was born to die. He was born crucified! Facing the humiliation of the cross, He said: "Now is My soul troubled" and what shall I say, save Me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour." (John 12: 27).


WHOSE SIDE ARE
YOU ON?
by: Rev. Max Solbrekken, D.D.

CHAPTER 1:  TWO ROADS

Millions today are groping in the darkness of despair as they journey down life's road toward eternity!

Multitudes have not found the way of true happiness and joy and are searching for peace and an answer to life's problems, heartaches and ills.  Many others have known the true essence of life but somehow have gone astray, lost the way and are haphazardly adrift on the sea of life.

The saying goes, 'When in Rome do as the Romans do', or 'Follow the crowd'.  The great bulk of humanity are doing just that.  They are following the crowd.  Take the easy way out or the path of least resistance.  The sad part is that the crowd is not always right, and the path of least resistance is often the wrong path which becomes a rut into which the journeyer finds himself bogged down.  Chained by bad habits and inability to say 'No' to evil suggestions and fettered by wicked companions, such a person becomes an easy mark for Satan.

My dear friend, perhaps you are one of the restless multitudes in this rut, the broad road that the Bible speaks of which will eventually take you to doom and damnation in Hell, unless you repent of your sins and get off this road.

The Bible says:  "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death". (Proverbs 16:25)

It seems natural to do what others are doing, however, the natural man is often motivated by the lusts, greed and prides of this wicked world.  The Carnal man is sinful and out of fellowship with the righteousness of God.  Therefore, the natural man is at enmity with God.

God's word states: "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." (Romans 8:7);  "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?  whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God,"(James 4:4) Sinful man cannot do good unless God intervenes and changes his nature through the process of new birth: "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." (John 3:3)

Look around and follow the current events in the news media to realize that this world is corrupt and continually getting worse with wars, social and political upheavals, increases in the crime rate, immorality, sex perversion and broken homes.

FOLLOWING THE CROWD: A BAD IDEA! 

In other words, the CROWD is corrupt and getting worse. If you follow this crowd you will find yourself in bad company and serious trouble spiritually! The Bible says, "Enter ye in at the strait gate:  for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it". (Matthew 7:13-14)  Jesus urged, "Strive to enter in at the strait gate:  for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able". (Luke 13:24). To strive means to 'put some effort' into finding the right way.

It must be very important to enter the straight gate or Jesus would not have admonished us to STRIVE TO ENTER IN.  The reason is that the wrong road leads to an eternal hell, and the right one takes you to Heaven.  The Bible says:  "Wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction and many there be which go in thereat".

Many are on this broad road because the gate is wide enough to take in everyone, regardless of a person's wickedness, evil habits or unrighteous companions.  There is plenty of room, and no questions asked - that is of course, until it is too late to get off.  The murderer travels this road together with the gambler, drunkard, liar and thief.

It is the broad road and is easy travelling because this road has a slight downward grade, although not very noticeable at the start.  The self-righteous Church member who has never been saved together with the modernistic theologian, the atheist and the communist, all have plenty of room to travel without even rubbing shoulders, because the road is so wide.

The alcoholic, drug user, the unfaithful, deceptive wife or husband, rich and poor, well and sick, young and old, respected and despised, educated and illiterate, bond and free, all may travel.

Caution is thrown to the winds and off you go merrily on your way - the music blares and you sail along!  TRAVEL NOW - PAY LATER, SEEMS TO BE THE SLOGAN - Yes, this is the broad road to destruction.  JESUS warns you to get off it NOW. Don't stay on it a minute longer. Jump off it immediately and enter the Straight Gate onto the NARROW Road that leads to LIFE and Eternal Bliss!

DO YOU KNOW WHICH ROAD YOU ARE ON?

You may ask, "How do I know which road I am on?"  I am glad you ask that question, because I have the answer for you.  The Bible says, "All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God". (Romans 3:23)  "There is none righteous, no, not one." (Romans 2:10)  "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me". (Psalms 51:5)

The Scripture tells us that through Adam's transgression the whole human race was plunged into sin.  "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned."  (Romans 5:12)  Through the Scripture we see that everyone is born in sin and because of the fall, the human race inherited the stigma of sin.

Secondly, we learn that man's nature is sinful and he is a sinner by choice.  The Bible says: "All we, like sheep, have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."( Isaiah 53:6) ; "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:  who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9)

"The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.  They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.  The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.  They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one." (Psalms 14:1-3)

We have now established the fact that all human beings are sinners, not only by birth and nature, but also by choice.  Jesus exhorts everyone to, "Enter into the strait gate", because everyone naturally is on the broad road to start with, and must turn off to get on the right road.

ALL A SINNER MUST DO TO GO TO HELL IS TO CONTINUE WHAT HE IS DOING, but there is a way of escape. There is a way out and salvation is available for everyone who believes and turns to the Lord. Jesus Christ came to redeem us and save us from our sins, the power of Satan and the broad road.

Lost souls must call out to God for mercy, receive His wonderful salvation - purchased by Christ's blood and get on the narrow road and enter the straight gate which takes us to Heaven.  Jesus said: "Except a man be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God". (John 3: 5)

Here is your answer - All those who have not had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, been born again by the incorruptible Word of God and by the Spirit of God and had their sins washed away by 'the precious blood', is on the broad road and lost in their sins!

NOT VERY MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING TO MAKE IT

The Bible states that because, "Wide is the gate and broad is the road", many will go in thereat.  The broad road is crowded with journeyers travelling toward their doom and destruction.  In Matthew 7:14, the Bible declares, "Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it".  He asked how many would be saved? He answered: "Strive to enter in at the strait gate:  for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able". (Luke 13:24)

The Gate to Heaven is straight - no crookedness can enter there.  Foolish pride must be swept away.  There is no room for human reasoning because the gate will not move, be enlarged or slanted to take in the new ideology, theories or curricula of sinful, carnal humanity.  Some preach that there are many ways to be saved and gain admittance into the Kingdom of God.

This is utterly false.  "Jesus saith unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life:  no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." (John 14:6)

Jesus did not say, I am one of the ways, but He said I AM THE WAY.  No wonder our Lord said, "Strait is the gate", for that gate will not bend or expand to accept any other doctrines or beliefs except the words, teachings and doctrine of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God.  The gate that Jesus spoke of will not conform or change to fit the traditions or customs of a changing world and a carnal, secular society.  NO, THANK GOD!  The Gate that leads to God and Heaven is FIXED forever and is as unchanging as God Himself.

Anyone entering this gate must humble himself, and in order to enter the straight gate must do so on his knees  leaving behind him all his unbelief, pride, lust and greed.  There is no room for excess baggage as the individual passes through this gate.  Webster's Dictionary defines the word 'straight' as Jesus used it here as, 'Being in a right line'.  That right line is God's way - none other will do!

The hymn writer penned the words to this wonderful song: "JUST AS I AM"

Just as I am, without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me,
And that thou bidst me...come to Thee, O Lamb of God I come, I come.

Without exception, everyone must come the same way, and there is no respect of persons - rich and poor, educated and illiterate, wise and foolish - all must come in through the same gate and conform to the straightness of this gate.  There is no favoritism or partiality.

There is only one way to God, Heaven and eternal life.  It is a definite, certain and fixed way, and that way is Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world.  Jesus said, "I am the door:  by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved". (John 10:9).  Here Jesus emphasizes that there is only one door, and to be saved we must come through Him.

There are not many doors to God's Kingdom, but one only - the Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus says, "No man cometh unto the Father, but by Me". (John 14:6)  There it is!  Mohammed, Buddha, Confucius, Shiva or the Pope  will not do - the Virgin Mary, St. Peter or the angel Moroni cannot save you.  There is no other way to be saved than by and through God's Divine Resurrected Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  St. Peter declared, "There is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved". (Acts 4:12)

THERE ARE MILLIONS OF GODS!

The heathen have millions of gods and false Christs, but there is only ONE TRUE CHRIST and His Name is the Lord Jesus Christ - the only one who is able to save you.  The Bible says, "There is one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus". (1 Timothy 2:5)  Jesus Christ the resurrected Saviour is the mediator between Almighty God and sinful man.

Millions of people seek peace and forgiveness by bathing in some river or by having holy water - supposedly blessed by a religious person - sprinkled upon them.  Others, by making pilgrimages to shrines, reciting repetitious prayers continually, counting beads or doing penance by lying on spikes, walking on coals of fire, beating themselves and even carrying a cross on their back or abstaining from food.

BUT, OH, HOW FUTILE!  WHAT A WASTE OF TIME AND ENERGY WHEN WE KNOW THE TRUTH - when Jesus Christ has paid the penalty for our sins and has shed His blood; suffered and died so that we can be forgiven, healed and blessed; and that He rose again from the dead and lives forevermore!

There is only ONE Who can give peace to troubled minds, joy to tortured hearts, new life to the lost and forgiveness to the sinful, and I must shout it out loud and clear, His Name is Jesus.  He alone is the Saviour of the world.  The hymn writer stated:

What can wash away my sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me pure within, nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh! precious is the flow....that makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.

God's Word says, "Without shedding of blood is no remission." (Hebrews 9:22); "The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son cleanseth us from all sin." (1 John 1:7).  Many ask, "Why could not Buddha, Mohammed or the Pope be saviours as well as Jesus? The answer is very simple!

The Bible declares, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life". (John 3:16).  God had only One Son, and His only begotten Son's name was not Buddha, Mohammed, Shiva or Pope Pius. The name of God's Son is JESUS.

The angel said to Joseph:  "Thou shalt call His name Jesus:  for He shall save His people from their sins".   (Matthew 1: 23); Jesus said, "As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you". (John 20:21);  "As Thou hast sent Me into this world, even so have I also sent them into the world." (John 17:18)

Jesus repeatedly stated that He is the Son of God. (John 5:18; 10:30 - 33; Mark 14: 61,62) And don't forget that Jesus Christ was the only One Who died on the cross for our sins, fulfilling the Old Testament prophesies (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17; 1 Peter 2:24), and we read  that Jesus was, 'declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead'. (Romans 1:4)  Praise the Lord!

So we see that the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead sets Him apart from all other men of all ages and gives final proof to the fact that He was, is and always will be the Divine, Holy Son of God and the only Saviour of the world.  Jesus Christ stands completely and altogether above everyone else because He was the only one who had power to rise from the dead.

A dead man cannot help you and all of those other people who have been mentioned are dead and gone, but Jesus Christ lives on in power and greatness; resurrected and alive; able to save and deliver all who come unto God by Him. (Hebrews 7:25)

ON WHICH ROAD ARE YOU TRAVELING?

Now I want to ask you a pointed question:  Who's Side are you on?

On which road are you traveling? As you read these lines I must remind you that you are on one of these roads, either the broad road with the wide gate which will take you to an eternal hell, or the narrow road with the straight gate that brings you to Heaven and Eternity with God.  There is NO middle road and NO neutral ground. You are either on one road or the other.  We are all travelers into Eternity.  Every person living today is on one of these roads.  If you have not given your heart and life to God and accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, Lord and Master, then you are a lost soul on the road to hell, and will never have peace, joy or happiness in this life or the one to come, if you continue in the way you are going.

TODAY, AS YOU READ THESE LINES YOU CAN COME TO JESUS AND BY FAITH TURN YOUR LIFE OVER TO GOD; GET OFF THE BROAD ROAD AND GET ON THE ONE THAT LEADS TO GLORY.  "By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

As the Holy Spirit moves upon you, will you not surrender your entire life to the Lord; slip down on your knees in prayer to God; cry out for mercy as the publican did in the Bible, "God, be merciful to me a sinner"; (Luke 18:10-14)  Accept the full and free salvation that God offers you now, and you will enter the straight gate and be on the narrow road of Christian living.  Jesus said, "Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest". (Matthew 11:28)  Amen.


MAX SOLBREKKEN WORLD MISSION
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Max Solbrekken personal testimony, personal letter from Pastor Solbrekken, sermons, messages, miracles healing and salvation messages articles.MY PERSONAL TESTIMONY
of Jesus Christ's Awesome Power
Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

My heart is overflowing with gratitude to our Heavenly Father Who so lovingly reached down His Hand of mercy to an undeserving world in sending His Son to redeem us from the clutches of Satan.  Jesus' vicarious death and glorious resurrection purchased our salvation.

The Lord is awesome and "His ways are past finding out."  It is impossible to understand the grace of God and why Jesus would suffer, bleed and die for sinful mankind!  Personally, I am amazed to think of what God has accomplished through this Ministry during the past 49 years.

Almost everywhere we meet people who have been saved, healed, filled with the Holy Spirit or called in His service through this Ministry.  It brings me to my knees in humility when I think of how God called me into His Holy work, because in my younger years I never envisioned that I would preach the Gospel.

It is true that I was taught by my parents to trust in God as a child and at 17 years of age at SLBI (Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute) Outlook, Saskatchewan, I went forward to rededicate my life to Christ after a stirring appeal by Rev. Sylvan Johnson, a powerful Lutheran Evangelist.  Due to unsaved friends, a desire for worldly pleasure and lack of back-bone, my confession didn't hold and I drifted away from God for seven years, until God called me again through a miracle.

Max Solbrekken personal testimony, personal letter from Pastor Solbrekken, sermons, messages, miracles healing and salvation messages articles.GOD REVEALED HIMSELF TO OUR FAMILY

My Dad had suffered for many years with his gall bladder and in March 1956, he entered the hospital for surgery.  While there, he heard a voice in the Norwegian tongue instructing him to go home and listen to Oral Roberts on the radio.  My Dad's gall bladder was healed perfectly, as was his heart.  And my Dad received the 'Baptism of the Holy Spirit', spoke in tongues and prophesied.

Those events surprised me so profoundly that I began experiencing God's convicting Spirit speaking to me, and for the first time in my life I saw that His Word was still relevant and that He was performing miracles as He had done 2000 years ago.

Little by little, the Holy Spirit drew me to Himself and in June 1957, I surrendered my life to God.  Shortly thereafter, I was baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire.  And I have not been the same since.

By the grace of God we celebrated my 78th birthday on May 15th, 2012 and I can testify that He has kept me in good health and strong in the Spirit.  And Donna gets better looking every day!  We are so thankful and overwhelmed by the love showered upon us by the many who faithfully support us.

On September 26, 2007, we opened Christ the Healer Gospel Church is Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and on July 3, 2011 we dedicated the House of Prayer Gospel Church on Hwy #623, New Sarepta, AB, to our Lord Jesus Christ.  By His grace alone we have been able to preach His Wonderful Gospel across the world with great success reaching multitudes of unsaved people for Christ's Kingdom.

On our way to Kampala, Uganda for the Max Solbrekken Gospel Unity Crusade and Minister's Conference (September 13-18, 2011), I had the privilege of reaching many thousands across Scandinavia by TV from Vision Norway during out six-day Outreach there.  It was such a joy to see so many blessed by our Lord through TV in Norway and Uganda.

Max Solbrekken personal testimony, personal letter from Pastor Solbrekken, sermons, messages, miracles healing and salvation messages articles.THE DOORS ARE WIDE OPEN FOR OUR TV MINISTRY

I began my Radio Ministry in 1961 and graduated to TV in 1971.  For many years, I preached the Gospel in Canada by radio and TV and reached many unconverted souls for Christ.

NOW, the doors have swung open for us to do it again.  We are beginning to produce our Programs in Alberta and gradually reach out across the Nation.  I have asked God to give me many PARTNERS who will gladly help us in this great outreach for Him.

Some can give more and others an give less.  God has assured me that the 'HARVEST IS RIPE' for a genuine old-time REVIVAL in Canada.

I humbly ask all my friends to continue praying that He will lead us in His perfect will and richly bless those who will sacrifice in this Holy Project.

Please let me hear from you and remember, we are praying for you.  May God bless you richly, my friend!  Amen.

Your servant for Jesus' sake,
Pastor Max Solbrekken,  2 Corinthians 4:5

Please contact us soon  -  Telephone (780) 460-8444  or email:  max@maxsolbrekken.com


How Can i Be Saved? Salvation articles,salvation sermons, what is salvation, how do I get salvation, salvation get right with God, messages,Salvation,salvation articles,salvation sermons, what is salvation, how do I get salvation, salvation messagesWHAT MUST I DO TO
 BE SAVED?

Jesus said, "Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)

Yes, my dear friend, God is still in the business of setting men and women free from their sins, sorrows, heartbreaks, fears and troubles.  In this age of frustrations, nervous tensions and mental collapses, Jesus Christ is still granting peace to the troubled, joy to the discouraged, strength to the weary and healing to the sick!

1 - You must admit that you are a sinner

The Bible says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God". (Rom. 3:23) "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53:6)

2 - You must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God

You MUST believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that Jesus died on the cross, was buried and rose again from the dead.

"That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: buot he that believeth not is condemned already." (John 3:15,18) "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." (John 5:24)

Anti-christ 666, the beast. Names of the anti-christ, facts about anti-christ, Revelation and the anti-christ3 - You must repent of your sins

The Bible says, "except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3) "Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon". (Isaiah 55:7)

Anti-christ 666, the beast. Names of the anti-christ, facts about anti-christ, Revelation and the anti-christ4 - You must receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour

The Bible says: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life". (John 3:16)

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me." (Rev. 3:20) "He that hath the Son hath life: and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." (1 John 5:12)

Anti-christ 666, the beast. Names of the anti-christ, facts about anti-christ, Revelation and the anti-christ5 - You must confess Jesus Christ as your Lord

The Bible says: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation". (Romans  10:9-10)

"Whosoever shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of man confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth Me before men shall be denied before the angels of God." (Luke 12:8, 9)


Salvation,salvation articles,salvation Bible scriptues verses, what is salvationHOW DO I INVITE 
JESUS CHRIST INTO MY LIFE?

Pray to God, a prayer - from your heart.  

Tell Him that you are a sinner and that you need forgiveness.  Tell him that you believe Jesus Christ died for your sins.  Tell him that you are willing to change, to turn away from sin.  Ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart and life and be your personal Saviour.

"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." (John 1:12)

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)

If you prayed and ask Jesus Christ into your heart - YOU HAVE NOW RECEIVED THE GIFT OF SALVATION - YOU HAVE BECOME A CHILD OF GOD.  God Bless You.


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Salvation,salvation articles,salvation Bible verses scriptures, salvation sermons, what is salvationIsaiah 7:14 - (kjv) - "Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Emanuel."

Luke 1:35 - (kjv) - "...the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God."

Galatians 4:4 - (kjv) - "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son..."

John 5:24  - (kjv) - Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Matthew 26:49-50  - (kjv) - "And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed Him. And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took Him away."

Matthew 26:55-56 - (kjv) - "In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take Me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on Me. But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook Him, and fled."

Matthew 26:2  - (kjv) - "Ye know that after two days is the feast of the Passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified."

Matthew 27:3-10 - (kjv) - "Then Judas, which had betrayed Him, when he saw that He was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself."

"And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day."

"Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of Him that was valued, Whom they of the children of Israel did value; And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me."

Matthew 28:1-10 - (kjv) - In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.

And, behold there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and, behold, He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him: lo, I have told you.

And they departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy; and did run to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped Him."

Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell My brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see Me.

Luke 13:3 - (kjv) - I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Acts 17:30 - (kjv) - At the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commanded all men every where to repent:

Acts 3:19 - (kjv) - Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

1 John 1:9  - (kjv) - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Revelation 2:5  - (kjv) - Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Acts 2:38  - (kjv) - Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

2 Peter 3:9 - (kjv) - The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Mark 1:15 - (kjv) - And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

2 Corinthians 7:9 - (kjv) - Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.

Matthew 3:2   - (kjv) - And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Joel 2:13  - (kjv) - And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he [is] gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

Jeremiah 18:8  - (kjv) - If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.

Revelation 3:19 - (kjv) - As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Matthew 4:17 - (kjv) - From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Jonah 3:10  - (kjv) - And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said he would not do unto them; and he did [it] not.

Acts 20:21  - (kjv) - Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 8:22 - (kjv) - Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the though of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

Jonah 3:9 - (kjv) - Who can tell [if] God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

2 Timothy 2:25  - (kjv) - In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

Mark 1:4   - (kjv) - John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

Hebrews 12:17  - (kjv) - For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

Romans 2:4  - (kjv) - Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Acts 26:20 - (kjv) - But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and [then] to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

Luke 3:3 - (kjv) - I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Luke 3:3  - (kjv) - And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

Mark 6:12   - (kjv) - And they went out, and preached that men should repent.

Mark 2:7  - (kjv) - When Jesus heard [it], he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Matthew 27:3  - (kjv) - Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

Matthew 9:13 - (kjv) - But go ye and learn what [that] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

John 6:50  - (kjv) - This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

Matthew 6:13  - (kjv) - And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen.

Isaiah 57:15 - (kjv) - For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name [is] Holy; I dwell in the high and holy [place], with him also [that is] of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

Philippians 1:23  - (kjv) - For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far  better:

Romans 6:23  - (kjv) - For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Galatians 6:8 - (kjv) - For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Jeremiah 10:10  - (kjv) - But the LORD [is] the true God, he [is] the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.

Psalms 90:2  - (kjv) - Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou [art] God.

Psalms 72:17 - (kjv) - His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and [men] shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.

Psalms 41:13 - (kjv) - Blessed [be] the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.

Matthew 5:8 - Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.

Matthew 5:12 - Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Matthew 5:20 - For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 6:20 -  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.

Matthew 8:11 - And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 13:30 - Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Matthew 13:43 - Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.  Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Matthew 13:49 -  So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just.

Matthew 18:10 - Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones: for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 19:21 - Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

Matthew 22:30 - For in the resurrection they neither marry; nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

Matthew 25:34 - Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Matthew 25:46 - And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Luke 10:20 - Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you, but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Luke 12:8 - Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God.

Luke 12:32 - Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Luke 12:33 - Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.

Luke 15:6 - And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.

Luke 15:7 - I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Luke 15:10 - Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Luke 15:32 - It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again, and was lost, and is found.

Luke 16:22 - And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

Luke 20:34 - And Jesus answering said unto them, The child of this world marry, and are given in marriage:

Luke 20:35 - But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

Luke 20:36 - Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

Luke 22:29 - And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;

Luke 22:30 - That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Luke 23:43 - And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

John 5:28 - Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

John 5:28 - And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

John 10:28 - And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

John 12:26 - If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

John 13:26 - Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goes thou?  Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.

John 14:2 - In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.

John 14:3 - And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

John 17:22 - And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.

John 17:24 - Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

Acts 7:55 - But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, look up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

Acts 7:56 - And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

Romans 5:17 - For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:1 - For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

2 Corinthians 12:2 - I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell, or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

2 Corinthians 2:3 - And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)

2 Corinthians 2:4 - How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Ephesians 1:18 - The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Colossians 1:5 - For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven; whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

Colossians 1:6 - Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth.

Colossians 1:12 - Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.

Colossians 3:4 - When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

1 Thessalonians 2:12 - That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

1 Thessalonians 4:17 - Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

11 Thessalonians 1:7 -  And to you who are troubled rest with us,  when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.

11 Thessalonians 2:14 - Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 10:34 - For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.

Hebrews 11:16 - But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly : wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

Hebrews 12:22 - But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels.

Hebrews 12:23 - To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

Hebrews 12:24 - And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

Hebrews 12:28 - Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably: with reverence and godly fear.

Hebrews 13:14 - For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

1 Peter 1:4 - To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled; and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

2 Peter 1:11 - For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 3:13 - Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Revelation 2:7 - He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Revelation 3:21 - To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Revelation 4:4 - And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment, and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

Revelation 5:9 - And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.

Revelation 7:9 - After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.

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Matthew 6:24  - (kjv) - No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.  Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Acts 20:35 - (kjv) - I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Luke 6:32  - (kjv) - For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those than love them.

Romans 14:1  - (kjv) - Him that is weak in the faith receive ye [but] not to doubtful disputations.

Mark 11:25  - (kjv) - And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Leviticus 19:18  - (kjv) - Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thoo shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I [am] the LORD.

Leviticus 19:9-10 - (kjv) - And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest.  And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shall thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger:  I am the LORD your God.

Colossians 3:12-14  - (kjv) - Put on therefore, as the elect of God,  holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering.  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

2 Timothy 3:16  - (kjv) - All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Colossians 3:1 - (kjv) - If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God

Philippians 3:18-19 - (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, [that they are] the enemies of the cross of Christ:

Philippians 3:1 - Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed [is] not grievous, but for you [it is] safe.

Ephesians 5:5 - For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Ephesians 5:1-7 - Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

Ephesians 4:32 - And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:1-6 - I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

Galatians 6:7-8 - Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Romans 14:10-12 - But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

Romans 13:1 - Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Romans 12:2 - And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:1 - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.

Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;