Wednesday, April 18, 2018


THE BIBLE, GOD & HUMAN REASONING
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
    JESUS declared: “Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning, made them male and female and said, For this cause shall a Man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his Wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?” (Matt. 19:4,5)
   MOSES, the Lawgiver, wrote: “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh thereof; and the rib which the Lord God had taken from Man, made He a Woman, and brought her unto the Man.
    “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh.” (Gen. 2: 21-24)
                               IT IS IDENTITY THEFT!
     An unprecedented attack on the Bible, God and the human family has steamrolled across our nation since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his coterie of incompetent Members of Parliament took the reigns of power away from the diligent and level headed Stephen Harper.
    The majority of Canadians are saddened and angry over the vicious assault on normalcy, decency and common sense by the arrogant promoters of abortion, same-sex marriage, transgender promotion and money grab through the carbon tax, marijuana and legalized gambling.
    Prime Minister Trudeau has offended Christians and other clear thinking people by demanding school children be told they can choose their own gender regardless of what natural sciences teach, the Word of God declares and parents believe!
    We have heard stories of little children being very upset and asking, “Do I still have Daddy?” and “Do I still have a Mommy?” What kind of confused brains have put together this severe assault on human nature and mankind in general?
    It is abuse in its highest form against the family, an undermining of the faith and the trust children have in their parents. Every little boy wants to be like his father when he grows up and every little girl wants to be like her mother! It is identity theft on a grand scale, causing great confusion in the minds of little children!
    It is an invasion of private property and a corrupting of pure thought and belief. It is bullying and abuse in it highest form, truth being overthrown by lies and perversion, calling right wrong and promoting evil over righteousness. It is cultural abuse, turning children against their parents and against God's Word.
   Regarding the legalization of homosexuality (sodomy), Pierre Elliott Trudeau stated, “Government has no business in the bedrooms of the people.” By the same token I declare that, “Government has no business in the minds of the children.”
    Are we seeing the beginning of brainwashing on the same scale as Hitler's Nazism and Stalin's Communism? Their children were forced to believe at the youngest age that Hitler's fascism was proper and according to Stalin's communism, that there is no God!
    It is a rejection of the Holy Bible, God and Jesus Christ. It is discrimination against Christians – an outgrowth of the unproven theory of evolution and an inability to reason and function normally. I was terribly embarrassed and offended when a 9 year old boy and his 8 year old sister told their parents that they had been taught about oral sex and masturbating in an Edmonton School.
    My prayer is that Canada's Prime Minister will return to common sense and Biblical realities, and stop interfering with the most private fabric of society and family, the minds and bodies of our children! Amen.

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Canada's churches aren't interested in Trudeau's 30 pieces of silver

The summer jobs 'attestation' is certainly illegal, but even worse, it reflects the view that the churches are like Judas, content to be bought off

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Does the prime minister think the churches of Canada can be bought with silver coins, like Judas, asks Father Raymond J. de Souza. Heather Wright/Sarnia This Week/Postmedia News

Don't Sexualize Our Kids!
We, as concerned parents and community members, are sick of the sexualization of our children! We say NO to graphic, gender-bending, promiscuity-promoting sex education for our kids.
We demand that public schools stop treating our children like guinea pigs in some social engineering experiment. We demand that schools respect parents’ values and parents’ authority.
We will not stand for our tax money being used to promote sexual liberation, deviance, and gender confusion to our precious kids. In protest, we stand together with those parents pulling their children out of public school on April 23rd for the sex ed sit out.

David Cooke, CitizenGO writes:

I fought hard against CSE at the United Nations last month, along with a team of international CitizenGO campaigners. UN-based 
CSE programs encourage immoral behaviour and dangerous experimentation while downplaying abstinence and omitting purity. I am so encouraged to see this grassroots "Sex Ed Sit Out" effort growing and expanding to address CSE on the local level - where our kids are most impacted.petitions@citizengo.org
Elizabeth Johnston ("Activist Mommy"), one of the founding moms, is quoted in Newsweek as saying, "This is a sit out everyone can support and that we should be supporting. If you are not a rabid, foaming-at-the-mouth leftist liberal who wants to pervert the minds of children, everyone should be able to support [it].

Sunday, April 15, 2018

THE MIND OF CHRIST
Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
    “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ 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 as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name:
    “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth: and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2: 5-11).
    Hanging on the Cross of Shame as a common criminal, hearing the jeers and taunts of His accusers, our Saviour prayed: “Father forgive them for they know not what they do. And they parted His raiment, and cast lots. And the people stood there beholding. And the rulers also with them derided Him, saying He saved others: let Him save Himself, if He be Christ, the Chosen of God.
     “And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into Thine hands I commend My spirit; and having said thus, He gave up the ghost.
                              IT IS FINISHED, FULFILLED AND PAID!
   “And when the Centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly, this was a righteous man.” (Luke 23: 34). St. John reports: “When Jesus had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished; and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost.” (John 19: 30)
    Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'tet-el-estai'. That word is taken from the Greek verb, teleo, which has three essential meanings; 'to finish something, to bring something to an end; to fulfill something; to pay that which is owed.'
   Jesus had finished His work. He had brought to an end Satan's power over those who believe. He had fulfilled all the Scriptures concerning Himself. He had paid the ransom price for the salvation of the entire world; past, present and future!
    The Bible says: “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, But by His OWN BLOOD, He entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained Eternal Redemption for us. How much more shall the Blood of Christ, Who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God purge your conscience from dead works to serve the Living God.
   “By the which will we are Sanctified through the offering of the BODY of Jesus Christ Once For All. But this Man after He had offered One Sacrifice for SINS forever, sat down on the right hand of God. For by one Offering He hath perfected FOR EVER them that are Sanctified.
   “Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a Witness to us: for after that He had said before, This is the Covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them: And their sins and their iniquities will I Remember No More. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
   “Having therefore, brethren, BOLDNESS to enter into the Holiest by the BLOOD of Jesus. By a new and Living Way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the VEIL, that is to say, His flesh; and having an High Priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full Assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled (Jesus' Blood) from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Heb.9: 12, 14; 10: 12:10,12, 14-22)
    The holy blood of Jesus that was shed on the Cross at Golgotha is ALIVE. It is so powerful that when a guilty person cries out for mercy and forgiveness, he is instantly pardoned by God and made perfect in Christ Jesus. The shed Blood of Jesus has cleansed and washed them away. They are gone forever, never to be remembered anymore!
                                 ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED!
   He had come down from Heaven to do His Father's will; to atone for the sins of His creation, which had gone astray. He had come to earth to bring us back to the Father; to die on that cursed TREE as God's Eternal paschal Lamb and to give us Eternal Life.
    By God's grace alone, all who trust in His shed blood are forgiven, cleansed and made partakers of His nature!
   St. Paul stated: “According as He hath Chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy, and without blame before Him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.” (Eph. 1: 4-6)
    Jesus of Nazareth said to His disciples: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” (John 12: 24).
     Jesus was that corn of wheat and we are the FRUIT of that death – the Fruit of 'that corn of wheat'. And billions of blood washed souls across the world today, are the fruit of that historic death; when God became a man! When the Saviour died in the place of the sinner!
    St. Peter stated: “For as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things as silver and gold, from your vain conversation (empty lifestyle) received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious BLOOD of Christ as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” (1 Peter 1: 18, 19)
    The Bible says: “For ye know the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich.” (2 Cor. 8:9); “For He hath made Him (Jesus Christ) to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the Righteousness of God through Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21)
                       AS MOSES LIFTED UP THE SERPENT!
   Jesus of Nazareth stated: “And no man hath ascended up to Heaven, but He that came down from Heaven, even the Son of man which is in Heaven. (He was still in the Bosom of His Father). And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so MUST the Son of man be lifted up (on the Cross).
    Several Truths are here revealed: First, when Jesus was incarnated (God in human flesh) and took upon Himself the specially created body which the Holy Spirit placed in Mary's womb, He did not cease being God. Jesus emptied Himself, but He was still in the “Bosom of the Father.” (John 1: 18)
   The Bible says: “Wherefore when He (Christ) cometh into the world, He sayeth, Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldest not, but a BODY Thou hast prepared for Me.” (Heb.10: 5)
    “Christ’s existence as true God and true man, as well as the reality of the transcendent Lord of glory entering into history to save His people, are both profound mysteries. What we do know is that the Son did not give up any of the attributes that are essential to deity in the incarnation.” - anon
    His incarnation manifested the form of God in the likeness of sinful flesh, yet was absolutely pure and sinless. Augustine wrote, “He is said to have ‘emptied himself’ in no other way than by taking the form of a servant, not by losing the form of God. For that nature by which He is equal to the Father in the form of God remained immutable while He took our mutable nature.” (ACCNT 8, p. 231).
    John Calvin said: “Christ, indeed, could not divest himself of Godhead; but He kept it concealed for a time, that it might not be seen, under the weakness of the flesh. Hence He laid aside His glory in the view of men, not by lessening it, but by concealing it.”
    Our Lord Jesus used the incident of Moses in the wilderness bringing divine healing to the snake–bitten Israelites, in prophesying His own death on the cross. They sinned and murmured against the Lord and Moses, which brought His judgment against them. The Lord allowed dangerous snakes to bite them, after which they repented and cried out for forgiveness and healing.
                                LOOK UNTO JESUS AND LIVE!
    God hears prayers of repentance and instructed Moses to construct a serpent of brass, attach it to a very high pole and lift it up for everyone to see. All who had been bitten were invited to look at the serpent of brass for healing. Anyone who had been bitten in that vast crowd of several millions would be healed if they followed Moses' instructions. If they ignored or refused his invitation they would die.
    The Bible says, “And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.” (Num. 21: 9): “Christ Jesus hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on the tree.” (Gal.3: 13)
    This was a type of Jesus who would bear the curse because of our sins. As the serpent of brass spoke of God's judgment because of sin, it also spoke of His judgment against Satan who would be destroyed by the sacrificial death of His Son on our behalf. 
    The vicarious death of Jesus Christ would liberate those who by faith looked at Christ our Saviour. All they had to do was to look at the dead serpent which spoke of the Crucified Jesus who died to bring us life. A defeated Satan cannot harm anyone!
    “For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise 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 the fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Heb. 2:14, 15)
    Jesus said: “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto Me. This He said, signifying what death He should die.” (John 12:31-33)
    Salvation is the work of God alone. We cannot save ourselves. He alone has paid the penalty for our sins. All we have to do is to LOOK to Jesus!
   “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the SIN which doth 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.” (Heb. 12:1,2)
   The Bible says: “For by grace are ye SAVED through faith; and that not of yourselves: not is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:8-10)
                         JESUS' DEATH: A GREAT VICTORY!
   Some ignorant theologians have said that Jesus failed in His mission by being crucified before He could complete His ministry. How totally wrong they are and out of touch with Biblical reality!
    Speaking at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York on September 24, 2015, Pope Francis made this false statement: 
   The cross shows us a different way of measuring success. Ours is to plant the seeds. God sees to the fruits of our labors. And if at times our efforts and works seem to fail and not produce fruit, we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus Christ and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross.”
   Does He not know the Holy Scriptures that prophesied His death and resurrection hundreds of years before his birth in Bethlehem? And that the death of Christ on Golgotha was a glorious Victory? Our Saviour had come to die! Did Jesus Christ fail? A thousand time NO!
    Jesus said: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so MUST the Son of God be lifted up.” (John 3: 14): “But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.” (Rom. 4: 24, 25)
    St. Paul stated: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the Gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” (1 Cor.15: 1-4)
    “Looking for that Blessed Hope, and glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity... (Titus 2: 13, 14). 
   Jesus Christ's Death was a glorious Victory because He arose from the dead, having conqoured death, Hell (Hades) and the Jesus promised: “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 he 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. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of Truth;
    “Whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not neither knoweth Him; but ye know Him for He dwelleth with you and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless. I will come unto you. But the Comforter Which is the Holy Ghost, Whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
    “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:11-14; 16-18; 26,27)
                            HE PROMISED TO GIVE US POWER!
   Before Jesus could pour out His Holy Spirit upon the church, He had to pour out His precious blood on Golgotha to ransom and redeem us! He met the demands of Divine Justice in the Courts of Heaven to pay the sin debt of Adam's High Treason against Almighty God!
    JESUS said: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness and of judgment:
   “Howbeit, when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come. He shall glorify Me, for He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you.” (John 16: 7-11).
     “Of Sin, because they believe not on Me; of Righteousness because I go unto My Father, and ye see Me no more; of Judgment, because the prince of this world is Judged.”
   Rejecting Christ is the greatest Sin. Christ's Righteousness purchased our Redemption. Jesus the Righteous One gave Himself through His vicarious Death and Resurrection, so that we could be born again and become righteous through Him. The Holy Spirit was sent to Demonstrate Christ's Victory over the Devil!
    After His resurrection the glorified Christ appeared to His disciples. More than 500 men at one time saw Him and head Him speak of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God: “And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which saith He, ye have heard of Me.
   “For John truly baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. 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: 4,5,8)
  Regarding the Holy Spirit, D.L.MOODY stated: “God has a good many children who just barely got life but no power for service. The Holy Spirit coming upon them in power is distinct and separate from conversion. I believe we should accomplish more in one week than we should in years if we had only His fresh Baptism.
      “A great many think that because they have been filled once, they are going to be full for all time after. But my friends, we are leaky vessels and have to be kept under the fountain all the time in order to keep full. Let us keep near Him.”
   J.B. PHILLPS said: “Every time we say, 'I believe in the Holy Spirit' we believe that there is a listening God able and willing to to enter human personality and change it.”
   ANDREW BONAR stated: “Let us put ourselves under the Spirit's teaching anew, to be taught the Word and how to preach the Word, not our own thoughts upon it. One spark of lightning is worth a thousand tame candle flames, so one sentence given by the Holy Spirit is worth volumes of any other.
     “I long more and more to be filled with the Spirit and to see my congregation moved and melted under the Word as in great revival times. The place was shaken where they were assembled because the Lord had come in power.”
                       JESUS GAVE US THE GREAT COMMISSION!
    “And He said unto them, GO YE into all the world, and Preach the Gospel unto every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 
     "And these SIGNS shall follow them that believe; In My Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents (St. Paul in Malta); and if they drink any deadly thing (pastors in some Soviet Camps) it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the SICK, and they shall Recover.” (Mark 16:15-18)
     DID JESUS KEEP HIS WORD? He most certainly did! The Book of Acts gives attestation to that fact: “So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with signs following. Amen.” (Mark 16: 19, 20)
    St. Paul stated: “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: 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.
    “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him on His own right hand in the Heavenly Places, far above all principality and power, and might, and dominion, and EVERY name that is named in this world, but also in that which is to come.
    “And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the HEAD over all things to the Church, which is His Body, the fullness of Him which filleth all in all.” (Eph. 1:17-22)
                                     AND THERE IS MUCH MORE!
    It is no wonder then, that MARTIN LUTHER who brought the church out of the Great Apostasy, stated: “It will take all eternity for us to understand such things as Grace and Gospel!” 
    Noted historian PHILIP SCHAFF, said of Martin Luther: “He lived and moved in the heart of the Scriptures and this was the secret of his strength.”
    There is nothing as profound, gracious and amazing as the love of God for us and His great Gift of Eternal Life wrought by the Sacrifice of His own dear Son to REDEEM us from sin, fear, sickness and eternal damnation! All glory to His Name for evermore!
   St. Paul, former persecutor of Christians, wrote: “For the love of God constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one judge, that if One died for all, then were all dead: and that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again.
     “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: all things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. All things are of God, Who hath reconciled us to Himself by Christ Jesus, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.
That is, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
    “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us, we pray you be reconciled to God. For He hath made Him (Jesus Christ) to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Cor. 5: 17-21)
                                 TO CONSTRAIN MEANS TO PREVENT!
     To constrain means to prevent by force. It means to restrain. It implies that a power is exercised in our behalf. The love of God in Christ prevents us from falling, being overcome by Satan and the evil powers of this world and our own selves. The love of God constrains us, protects us from the devil, the world and our flesh. It retrains us from leaving the Ministry to greener fields of endeavor or opportunity!
    It was said about JOHNATHON EDWARDS: “When he found that his own soul needed Jesus Christ, it became a passion with him to take Jesus Christ to every soul.”
    And JOHN CALVIN testified: “I gave up all for Christ and what have I found? I have found everything in Christ.”
    HUDSON TAYLOR wrote in 'Go Forward on Your Knees': “We are asked to do an impossible task, lest we work with Him Who can do the impossible.”
    Here is a great truth often overlooked by many Christians: “That no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” (1 Cor. 1: 29, 30).
    Through the REDEMPTIVE work of Jesus Christ for us on the Cross, God the Father has made us ONE with Himself through Christ. This is made possible by the power of God alone and cannot be achieved otherwise. Only by the precious blood of the Crucified and Resurrected Jesus Christ are we accepted in the Beloved and adopted into the Family of God!
  Through His Holy Spirit, believers in Christ receive His wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. What does that mean? Through His mercy and grace ALONE we have become the Wisdom of God, the Righteousness of God, the Sanctification of God and Redemption of God in Christ. Praise God forever!
                                        FOR HIS GLORY ALONE!
    Not only are we born again by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, but we receive His nature, power, life, love and peace. We have heart fellowship with God. He imparts to us His very life. He gives us His nature. He is in us and we are in Him. (Col.1: 10-15).We receive the mind of Christ and think like He thinks, speak like He speaks and in His name we do the works of God. (John 14: 11-14)
      “Blessed be the God and Father of out Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Heavenly Places in Christ. According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:
    “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved. In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
     The Bible declares: “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4: 4). The very righteousness, life and power that is in the Father has been given to us by the Holy Spirit! He transforms us and we are changed from glory to glory. His words are Spirit, light, life, hope and peace. God's Word declares: “For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power.” (Col.2: 9 10)
                            WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST!
    St. Paul declared: “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know things that are freely given to us of God. But the natural man recieveth not the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness unto him: neither can the know them, because they are spiritually concerned... For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Cor. 16: 12-16)
    He quotes Isaiah the prophet: “Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being His counsellor hath taught Him?” (Is. 40:13). Concerning the Messiah, the prophet declared: “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
    “And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.” (Is. 11: 1,2). This is a deep study, but we know that Jesus Christ exhibited all those gifts and fruits. And it humbles us immensely, that we can by His grace alone, be a partaker with Him!
    No one beside Jesus Christ has ever been or ever will be righteous, perfect, holy and sinless, good, kind, merciful, honest, powerful and compassionate! Only through His atoning blood, are we able to be joined to Him and be a partaker of His great love, mercy and grace!
      We can boldly confess: I am God's property, purchased by the shed BLOOD of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. By His sacrificial, vicarious death for me on the Cross, I am saved and healed. And by His glorious resurrection from the dead I am justified and made one with Go
    Hallelujah! My sins are all washed away in Calvary's Flow. All my sicknesses, pains, diseases and weaknesses have all been put on Jesus Christ, my Substitute, and I have been REDEEMED from the curse of the Law! (Gal.3:13; Ex.15: 26; Ex. 23:25; Ps. 103: 1-3). Amen.

Monday, April 9, 2018

As sad and tragic as the deadly crash was that took 15 lives and injured others, the Memorial service gave the world an opportunity to see firsthand how Christians handle such a terrible situation and calling upon the Living God in Jesus' name for strength, courage and faith. It let people know the Gospel of Jesus Christ which gives us all peace as we struggle with such a calamity. - Pastor Max Solbrekken

GREAT OUTPOURING OF GRIEF AND PRAYERS TO
GOD THE FATHER THROUGH JESUS CHRIST HIS SON
AT APRIL 8, 2018 MEMORIAL IN HUMBOLDT, SK


CHRIST THE DELIVERER
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
    Right from the Garden of Eden, the stage was set for the Mighty Deliverer to step onto the world stage! The Promise came from Almighty God Himself, Who had earlier created the heavens and the earth, the cosmos and everything therein.
    Although the great plan of Redemption and the 'Coming of the Deliverer' to ransom fallen man was already a done deal, it was not until the wicked, treasonous Lucifer had caused the greatest catastrophe to befall the human race, that the great God and Creator made it public.
  Certainly, Adam and Eve, the first human beings to rebel, couldn't have seen the announcement coming, as things had escalated out of the precise order they were so accustomed to previously.
    That Wicked One, the conniving Deceiver, undoubtedly knew there would be a strong response from the EVER LIVING ONE to his dastardly deed. But, the 'Coming of the Deliverer' was more than he had expected.
    He was stricken with PANIC as he heard the Almighty question Adam and Eve: “Adam, why did you do this”? Adam passed the buck, using a blame game approach: “The woman you gave me is to blame. She gave me the fruit. It is not my fault.”
    God asked the woman: “What hast thou done?” Eve answered truthfully, “The Serpent beguiled me and I did eat.” She pointed at the devil in the SNAKE and said, “Satan is to blame. He beguiled me.”
   The Eternal God stated: “Because you have done this unrighteous deed, I have placed enmity between man and snakes. People will loath serpents and hate them. Snakes will crawl on their belly and eat dust because it allowed the Deceiver to enter its body. Lucifer, you will identify with the lowest of the low and be named the great Serpent.
                THE DELIVERER'S VIRGIN BIRTH!
    “The Deliverer will be born to a woman without a human father. He will be True God from eternity and True Man through His virgin birth; incarnated (God in human flesh) without sin. He will meet the Demands of Divine Justice to atone for the sins of the world. 
   Through this act of LOVE, He will atone (pay the penalty) for Adam and Eve's treasonous deeds. The shedding of His righteous, sinless blood, and His resurrection from the dead will guarantee forgiveness for members of the human race, who will receive Him!
   “But, for you, Lucifer, there will be no peace or redemption. Your fate is sealed forever. You are an eternally doomed Despot. The blood of the Deliverer will obliterate your power to dominate Adam's race. In the future, your sins of Pride, Greed and Hatred will fuel your torments.
   “Fear will constantly haunt you as you search for clues of the Coming Deliverer. You will seek to destroy Him, but will be unable to do so. Because of His perfect redemption, He will bring total liberty, forgiveness, healing and eternal life for Adam's fallen race!
   In the Final Battle, the Deliverer will CRUSH your head, Lucifer. And you will be cast into the Lake that burns with Fire and Brimstone for ever and ever. Throughout eternity, Lucifer, you will be known as Satan, the Liar, Deceiver, Opposer of all righteousness – an Enemy of God and Man!
   “Your name Devil, will identify you as a Liar above all liars, a Swindler, Traducer, and Slanderer. You have earned your titles well; Beelezub means the Master of flies; dirty, filthy flies! 
   "You deceived the woman, but the God / Man Who will be born of a Virgin, will lift the heavy burdens from God's children. His pure and perfect blood will be shed for all human beings and will free all who believe on His Name.”
                IS YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK OF LIFE?
    The Book of Revelation states: “And the Devil that deceived them was cast into the Lake of Fire and brimstone where the Beast and False Prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.
    “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 death and Hell were cast into the the Lake of Fire. This is the Second Death. And whosoever was not written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire.” (Rev. 20: 10 15)
    What is the Book of Life? Whose names are recorded in the Book of Life? How does one get his name inscribed into the Book of Life? Are some names blotted out of the Book of Life? Why do many Jews during the Jewish New Year season use this greeting: “May your name be inscribed in the Book of Life?”
   After their campaigns, Jesus' disciples were joyous:“And the seventy returned again with JOY, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject to us through Thy name.
    “And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning FALL from Heaven. Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and NOTHING shall by any means hurt you.
   “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the (evil) spirits are subject unto you: but rather REJOICE because your names are written in Heaven.” (Luke 10: 18-20)
    At the very moment a person is born again by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, his name is inscribed in the Lamb's Book of Life. That is the MIRACLE of Christ's redemptive work in our hearts and lives.
PASSED FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE!
    Jesus stated: “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)
    The BIBLE says: “Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God; therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.              "Behold, 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: 1,2)
    “No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit.
    “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth within him, and he in God.” (1 John 4: 12-15),
    “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth Him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of Him. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made Him a liar because he believeth not the RECORD that God gave of His Son.
    “And this is the record, that God hath given to us ETERNAL LIFE, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
   “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God: that ye might know that ye have eternal life, and that ye might believe on the name of the Son of God.
     “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given an understanding, that we may know Him that is true and we are in 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: 1,11-13,20)
                  THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO HEAVEN!
     In his letter to former pagans in Corinth, St. Paul the Founder of the Church among the Gentiles, declared that Jesus Christ is the ONLY Saviour and that all other deities or paths to God, Heaven and eternal life, are false. He stated that they will not save you!
     “But to us (Believers) there is but ONE GOD, the Father, of Whom are all things, and we in Him; and ONE Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom are all things, and we by Him.” (1 Cor. 8: 6). The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins. Jesus Christ saves us by His Blood.        The Blessed Holy Spirit brings us into the presence the Father.
The Bible says: “For through Him (Jesus Christ) we both (all believers) have ACCESS by one Spirit (Holy Spirit) unto the Father.” (Eph. 1:18)
    Jesus Christ is the only WAY to God and Heaven! He 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 (Satan) cometh not but for to steal, kill and destroy. I am come that you may have life, and have it more abundantly.” (John 10: 9,10).
   KARL BARTH, outstanding European theologian made this powerful claim for Jesus
Christ: “The last word which I have to say...is not a term like “grace”, but a name, “Jesus Christ”. He is grace, and He is the last, beyond the world and the Church and even theology... 
   "What I have been concerned to do in my long life has been increasingly to emphasis this name and to say: There is no salvation in any other name than this. For grace, too, is there.           "There, too, is the impulse to work, to struggle, and also the impulse towards fellowship, towards human solidarity. Everything that I have tested in my life, in weakness and in foolishness, is there. But it is there.”
    The Bible says: “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, give I unto thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (Acts 3: 6); “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Whom ye crucified, Whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doth his man stand before you whole.
    “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: 10, 12). Amen.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

THE CROWD WAS WRONG!
  By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
    Below is one of the messages I preached in Arima, Trinidad during the February 1970 Black Power Uprising. Rev. Patrick Ryan, General Superintendent of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies had invited me to Trinidad in the belief that we would plant a Church there. 
    As we had done previously, I pledged to pay the TOTAL EXPENSES for my Team and the Crusade – hotels, meals, advertising in newspapers, on radio and TV and thousands of handbills!
    The Solbrekken Evangelistic Association of Canada also offered to underwrite Rev. Patrick Ryan’s salary for ONE YEAR so that he could begin at once to build a congregation with all the new converts we expected to reach!
     Suddenly, News Reports were everywhere that the Black Power Uprising had gathered a CROWD of 20,000 to 30,000 and were marching against Dr. Eric Williams and the Government. All Caucasians (Whiteys) were staying indoors and I was advised to do likewise. 
    An Evangelist by the name of David Terril (whom I do not know) had been preaching in Trinidad, but had suddenly folded his tent and returned to the USA.
     I spoke to the co-operating Ministers thus: “I did not come here to hide. I came to preach the Gospel so that a Church may be established in Arima for the glory of God. I am not afraid of the ‘Black Power’ and the Crusade will go forward as planned.”
THOU SHALT NOT FOLLOW
A MULTITUDE TO DO EVIL!
    Rev. A.W. Rowe, District Superintendent of the PAON in Newfoundland and Spirit filled Hutterite Pastor Terry Miller of Manitoba had accompanied me to Trinidad. Besides Rev. Patrick Ryan, we were joined by Rev. Turnel Nelson of Woodruff, Rev. Allister Alexander of Morvant, Rev. Marcus Roberts of Port of Spain, Rev. Timothy Brown, Assistant Supt. of the Pentecostal Assemblies and many other Ministers.
    About five thousand people attended the premier service! Rev. Dennis White, President of the Pentecostal Bible College led the singing. I donned my white suit which had been tailored for me in India (1966) at the cost of $17.00. My comment was: “I want to be a good target should they have any plans to eliminate me.”
     My message was titled: ‘POWER’~ Not Black Power, White Power, Brown Power, Yellow Power, Money Power, Student Power, but Holy Ghost Power! It was a tremendous meeting and no one moved a finger to oppose us as the POWER of GOD fell upon the crowd and the Revival swept the area and continued all week with great Signs, Wonders & Miracles. Many new souls were won for Christ’s Kingdom! 
   Rev. Patrick Ryan founded the Church and apparently that Church is presently one of Trinidad’s great churches. All glory to God!
The CROWD of Black Power leftist rebels WAS WRONG and people of Trinidad & Tobago rallied behind Prime Minister Eric Williams and Democracy won the day!
   The Crowd has always been wrong and is it is still wrong! The Bible has always been right and is right today! The Word of God says: “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil.” (Ex. 23: 2) As we look back across the pages of history, we observe that in many instances when the time came to make the right decision in a mob atmosphere, the CROWD WAS WRONG!
    From the crowd who called for the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth to the crowds who called for the blood of the martyrs in Rome’s Coliseum in the time of Nero, to the multitudes who hailed Adolf Hitler as the Great Deliverer of Europe, until recent times when the Red Guards and their murderous Communist thugs rampaged through the streets of Mainland China in a purge of torturing, killing and brainwashing, an intelligent person would have to agree that the CROWD WAS WRONG!
     The Bible warns: “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil.” (Ex.23: 2) Better advice was never given to mankind!
   Just because others are doing certain things does not mean that you must follow in their footsteps. To the contrary, let the Word of God and your conscience lead you, since a healthy conscience will be permeated by the Holy Spirit to understand right from wrong!
                                        DARE TO BE A DANIEL!
    Here is how young minds have been perverted: In some countries, ungodly, atheistic university academics have used their position of authority to brainwash young people’s minds with subversive ideas that caused them to intimidate their leaders, disobey law and order and even kill those who disagreed with them!
    I WARN TODAY’S YOUTH: Do not become involved with the pot smoking, drug taking crowd of loose living leftists from the permissive and perverted crowd! Beware of so-called intellectuals who are filled with rage, hatred and pride. They will harm you. They will hurt you. They will do you wrong. Do not trust them!
    Stand up for Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible. Don’t let anyone deceive you. If they do not believe in God, our Saviour Jesus Christ and His Word, you cannot afford to believe them! Stand for truth and righteousness regardless of cost!
     Do not become fearful, allow yourself to be intimidated or bought off by the influences of unrighteousness which is overwhelmingly present in this wicked and sinful world!
    Here is a beautiful Sunday school chorus that still thrills my soul: Dare to be a Daniel, dare to stand alone, dare to have a purpose firm and dare to make it known.’ Take a look at Daniel’s triumph. A plan was devised by men who hated Daniel to destroy him. 
    A decree was made that stated: “If anyone should ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days except to King Darius, he should be cast into the Den of Lions.” (Dan. 6: 7)
     Besides being a ‘man of God’ Daniel was also the wisest and most efficient man in the Kingdom, nor was there any fault found in him. (Dan. 6: 4) On only one point could these wicked, hateful, heathen enemies of Daniel accuse him; the worship he gave to the true and living God of Heaven!
     Three times a day Daniel would fall upon his face before his open window and give glory to the Eternal God. When those who envied and hated him had laid the trap to destroy him, found him worshipping the Lord they demanded that the new law be carried out. And Daniel was cast into the den of lions!
     Here is the truth I wish to stress: Even though Daniel knew that the new law had been enacted, he did not deviate from his position as a true worshipper of Almighty God. Knowing that he would be cast into a den of lions did not deter him from his devotion to God and from his prayer life!
SOMEONE MAY BE THINKING:
WHY DIDN’T DANIEL PRAY SECRETLY?
   As genuine Christians, we cannot hide our relationship to God from our fellowmen! Jesus demands public confession from His followers. He said:                “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8: 38)
     “Whosoever shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in Heaven. But whosoever will deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in Heaven.” (Matt.10: 32, 33)
    Here is Daniel’s response in the face of death: “Now when Daniel knew the writing was signed, he went into his house, and his window being opened in his chamber, towards Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.” (Dan.6:10)
     My prayer is: “O God, let the uncompromising loyalty of Daniel in the face of great danger be an example to us today in our Christian walk!”
The CROWD in Babylon obeyed the King’s decree, but Daniel stood alone and God vindicated him. There is a saying: When in Rome do as the Romans do, but I say to you: Live as a true Christian everywhere including Rome; Never compromise your stand for Christ regardless what others do!

The crowd will take the road of least resistance. The crowd will take the broad downward road. The crowd will always compromise the truth and look for some way to cut corners. The crowd hates the teachings of Jesus Christ and despises the straight and narrow way of the Gospel! The crowd is deceived by the allurement of the world, the flesh and the devil and has been made captive by the Wicked One “at his will.” The crowd has been blinded by the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life! (2 Tim.2: 26; 1 John 2: 15-18; John 12: 40)

    Some time ago a major advertising company used this slogan, ‘MILLIONS CAN’T BE WRONG’. The inference was that because millions of people purchased their product that was proof that their product was the best and that the crowd was right! Let me give you a Scriptures that disproves that theory:                 “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Prov.16: 25)
    It may seem like the right thing to do to follow the crowds, fads and temperaments of society, but in order to be a strong and effective Christian in God’s Kingdom you must stand true for what you know is right.
     It may seem right to do what others are doing like lying, stealing, hating, cursing, watching pornography, smoking, drinking alcohol, abusing drugs, gambling, frequenting discotheques, indulging in adultery, fornication, incest, homosexuality, sexual perversion or committing graft and violence through rape, abortion or murder!
    If you could, however, talk with the thousands who are dying of cancer in the lungs due to cigarette smoking or to the multitudes of drunkards on Skid Row or to the great numbers of victims of broken homes due to violence, criminal activity, drunkenness, gambling or drugs you would realize that it is not smart to follow the crowd!
     Study the life of MOSES, the great ‘Jewish Law Giver’! The Bible says: “By faith Moses when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” (Heb.11: 24, 25)
   Moses could have become Egypt’s Pharaoh, but turned his back on earthly majesty, pomp and power to identify with the Hebrew slaves and the Lord God Jehovah. May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you, my friend! Ω