Friday, August 17, 2018

Ralph and Daisy Collins testify of God's grace 
in their lives. His family were restored to him. 
Chaplain Ralph & Daisy Collins 
Chaplain Ralph Collins 2018

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
    Only by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, am I able to share what happened in the High School Auditorium at Trenton Ontario in 1967. 
    I have told this great story numerous times during the years since that event took place. In my mind, it is as though it happened yesterday and something I will never forget.
     During our Centennial year and just four years after entering the ministry, I was led by the Holy Spirit to take the Gospel across Canada. Rev. David Minor at the Pentecostal Church in Trenton organized a Crusade together with the Ministers of Colborne and Brighton at the Trenton High School Auditorium.
    A number of supernatural things took place during that series of meetings which testify to the All Powerful Name of Jesus Christ when employed by faith in our Saviour! During the first week a goodly number of folks attended.
     One evening a deacon from the Church approached me with a deep concern. He worked for Ontario Hydro and reported that a fellow worker who often disparaged the church, was ridiculing the crusade. We prayed that the Lord would save him. This continued for several days.
    During the second week, the deacon was very concerned. When all the men were gathered on the job, the antagonist began to ridicule the Holy Ghost, quoting the words of Jesus: “Verily, I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: but he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.” (Mark 3: 28, 29)
    Then, defying the Bible, he boldly stated: “I blaspheme the Holy Ghost.” I took the deacon by the hand and prayed: “Lord, for many days we have prayed together for conversion of that man, but he continues his tirade again Your Word and now he has uttered words of blasphemy against the blessed Holy Spirit. I do not know how to pray so I place him in Thy hand, O Lord. You must deal with him as You see fit. In Jesus Name, Amen.”
    The next morning the deacon awakened with a terrible pain in his stomach and called his Boss to say that he would be unable to report for work, and that he was seeing his doctor that morning.          While in the waiting room the pain was severe, but at 10:00 AM as he sat in the Doctor's office the pain suddenly lifted and they were both nonplussed as to what happened.
    Precisely at 10:00 AM, his partner climbed the hydro pole alone and his shoulder accidentally touched a live wire and was taken down a corpse. In judging that man, God did not want the deacon on the job. The next morning as the workers stood in a group discussing the tragedy, the Boss stated: “He went too far, didn't he”? to which they all agreed.
                         RALPH COLLINS DELIVERED!
    One of the greatest miracles of deliverance from demon spirits that I have witnessed happened in the Trenton Centennial Crusade in 1967. One night I preached for about an hour on the 'Power of the Blood of Jesus Christ'. 
    The atmosphere was charged with the convicting presence of the Holy Spirit and the liberating power of God. Many answered the altar call. After a prayer of repentance, personal workers accompanied them into a separate room for some instruction. I asked the congregation to be in prayer while we waited on God before beginning prayer for the sick.
    Someone rushed back to inform me that a demon possessed man was on the floor in the hallway. Several Ministers were holding down a man possessed by evil spirits. As the group was walking down the corridor, a pastor put his hand on a young man's shoulder and he bolted. As the pastor reached him the young man went down and began began crawling like a snake.
    The custodian and his assistant were standing by when I arrived. He asked me, “Reverend, shall I call the white jacket men?” I answered, “No, I'll handle this.” I fell to my knees and putting my hands on his head, said: “In Jesus' Name, I command every unclean spirit to come out of this man now and enter no more into him.”
   Unbelievably horrible screams came out of his mouth as the demons tore him and came out of him. The struggle was gigantic as I kept pleading the blood of Jesus Christ over him, charging Satan to loose his hold on him. In a short time, he completely relaxed and began to sob and ask Jesus Christ to come into his heart and life.
    We helped him to his feet and we hugged him. Then he said, “I hurt.” He pulled up his shirt and on the left arm there were fresh bites with blood trickling from them. Everyone watching asked, “What is that?” The caretaker said: “As a sailor for many years, visiting ports all over the world I can tell you, that is snakebites.” Satan the Evil One had bitten him as he left him.
   That night as we left the building, the custodian shook my hand saying: “Reverend, I have sailed the seven seas and thought I had seen everything but I have never seen anything like that which I saw tonight.” 
    The next evening, the custodian's wife attended the service and when the altar call was given she joined the others at the altar to give her heart to Christ!
                               WHO IS RALPH COLLINS?
    Here is a small part of his testimony: His mother was a tea cup reader involved in witchcraft, as were many of their forebears. He had gone through some terrible times of mental instability. He had lost his wife and children. 
    At bedtime, Ralph testified that he could not lie in a bed but would sit on the floor biting the collar of his jacket, until falling asleep. I met Ralph sometime after his conversion to Christ and his deliverance from evil spirits. He had gotten his wife and children back and he was taking a Bible College course. I remember having prophesied over him that he would become a preacher of the Gospel.
    A few weeks ago, on July 26, 2018, I was delighted to hear from Pastor Ralph Collins who said: “Brother Max, I have been trying to get your telephone number for 50 years. Recently, I was at a Minister's Conference and your name came up and I was given your cell number. I remember you saying that my deliverance was the greatest you had ever seen. You prophesied that I would become a Preacher of the Christ's Gospel. My wife and I have ministered for the past many years among the Native People of Northern Ontario. My wife passed away in 2014. I will be sending you by Canada Post a package containing my written testimony.”
    Here is his testimony which we have received it from him:       
                     MY NAME IS LEGION
              By Chaplain Ralph Collins, Belleville, ON
And He (Christ) asked him, “What is thy name?” And he answered, “My name is Legion for we are many.” - Mark 5: 9
     Many people today read the account of the demoniac recorded in the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Mark and dismiss it as being coloured by ignorant superstition. In this so called enlightened age of science, they refuse to believe that the Bible means exactly what it says. There are demonic spirits and they can and do posses human beings, and control their actions.
    What follows is a personal account of one such incident. What is recorded here did not take place in some backward Third world jungle community, but right here in southern Ontario, Canada. One other point should be noted that the Evangelist that was involved in this incident has traveled much of the globe and he stated, “This was the worst case of demon possession that he had ever witnessed.”
                                        AUGUST, 1967
    The evening was pleasantly cool, after a late afternoon shower. This was the fourth evening of a great miracle crusade and by seven thirty the High School auditorium was filled with believers, scoffers and the just plain curious. Many had come to see for themselves whether the reports of miracles were true. 
   This night was for me. The beginning of an event that would change my life.
   The song service had ended. And the tall animated figure of the evangelist moved back and forth across the platform as he preached the Word of God to an attentive audience. I listened to the slightly hoarse voice and for some unexplained reason began to feel uncomfortable and nervous as a result of the words I was hearing.
    I should point out that I was in regular attendance at church, baptized at twenty, and believing I was serving the Lord. On this night I was even working as a counselor during the crusade.
  The Evangelist was standing with his Bible resting on an outstretched hand while gesturing with the other and his words fell with great impact on my ears: “As the precious blood of Christ flowed from the wounds in His hands and feet and dripped down onto the earth, the ground shook and trembled... THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS.”
  For almost five minutes the preacher extolled the wonderful power of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. With each moment that passed I became increasingly agitated and uncomfortable. I wanted to get up and run but a fear gripped me and I could do nothing but sit stiffly in my chair and listen, like some helpless captive to the voice of the speaker.
    At nine-thirty the altar call was given and many found their way into the aisles and down to the front of the platform. Once there they were directed to counseling rooms on the second floor. I followed the others out of the auditorium and up the stairs. 
    When I reached the second floor I could not enter the counseling room. Casting my eyes around the hallway liked a caged animal, I wanted to run but was unable to do so. Finally, I saw the associate evangelist and began to pour out a tale of strange events that had plagued me most of my life.
     He listened attentively and then asked, “Who in your family has the spirit of divination?” I looked at him with a bank stare, not comprehending the the meaning of his question. He asked me again, “Who in your family is a fortune teller?”
   I was startled for a moment and then without any further hesitation I said, “I have been able to do that since I was twelve years old.” We continued to talk for a few minutes and then he prayed for me. As soon as the prayer ended I hurried out into the cool night air.
   It was a wonderful night. The sky was clear and resembled black velvet strewn with diamonds, but its beauty was lost on me as I mulled over in my mind the events of the evening.
                     A Little Background Information!
    During the night, the question of fortune telling triggered my thoughts and memories, that when put into perspective, gives a clearer picture of the problem that was coming to the surface of my life. The following is just a few of those recollections.
   My ancestry is dotted with instances of occult power, The following examples are just a few such events:
    At the end of the Boer War one of my ancestors returned to Scotland to find his lands and title had been stolen. On the Sabbath he went to church and sat in the pew that belonged to his estate and was informed that he was in the right church but the wrong pew; To this he replied, “The man that sits in this pew is a thief and will die in an insane asylum.” This prediction was fulfilled to the letter.
     My grandfather was a fire boss in a coal mine and it was his job to set the dynamite charges. This was at a time when they were set off by hand. He was called to the office and was informed that on the basis of an anonymous letter he was removed from his position. He answered this by saying, “The hand that wrote the letter will never write anything else.” Shortly thereafter the mine manager's son had his hand blown off while attempting to do my grandfather's job.
     During the Great Depression, it was common for women to to be delivered of their children at home because few could afford to go to hospital. While helping a neighbour prepare for the blessed event, mother decided to stop for a cup of tea. When her cup was empty she looked at the tea leaves and told the woman that they were wasting their time as she would have her child in the hospital. The next morning the woman was rushed to the hospital and the child was born there.
    There are other instances that I could relate but I don't believe it necessary at this point.
    I grew up at a time when Tarot cards, Palmistry and Ouja boards were viewed as parlor games with which to pass an evening. My own interest in these things was not great but at the age of twelve I realized that I could 'read' the cards and Ouja boards would answer me. This made me somewhat a celebrity among my friends, a position enjoyed for awhile.
    It was not until later that I realized that something was very wrong. These parlor games were no longer fun and I began to live in a world of irrational fears that I could not explain. Some time later I began to have a recurring vision. I would see a bright light, as it were, a gate opening into some other world.
     I came to realize it was just that, a gateway or door into the spirit realm'. Then I would see a beautiful woman standing in the gate. She had long black hair and dressed in a white robe that had a cowl that covered her head.
    In the beginning I felt I should know this woman and was moved to trust her. As time passed I began to fear this apparition. Whenever she appeared I would fall into a trance like state and everything was blanked out of my sight except this woman. I would feel compelled to follow her. Each time I did, I put myself in serious danger. On one occasion I woke up in front of a moving bus. On another I woke up on the edge of a damn, just one step from falling into the white water below. It seemed now that every time I got into danger I was protected by some unseen guardian angel.
    Then I began having dreams in which I seemed to find out things that were going to happen. For example I dreamed that my girlfriend, that lived in my neighbourhood, a hundred miles from were I was working, had been hurt in an accident with a bicycle. When I went home for a weekend I found she had scrapes and bruises on her face just as I had dreamed.
    On another occasion a friend had died in a car accident and my wife asked if I was going to the funeral parlour. I told her no. When she returned I told her everything she had seen. I had dreamed about it a week before. My life became a series of irrational fears that I could not explain.
                    This brings me back to the crusade!
     I did not sleep well when I got home that night. However, on the next night I again made my way to the High School for the evening service. Again, the sermon was based on the “Power of the Blood”, and again I was gripped by a fear I could not explain. I sat rigidly in my chair throughout the service.
   When the altar call was given, I again followed the others upstairs to the second floor. Unable to enter the counseling room I made my way to the far end of the hallway. As I leaned against the wall and conversed with the assistant pastor he put his hand on my shoulder. This resulted in a strange reaction. It was as if every bone in my body had turned to liquid. I slithered down the wall like a snake and out of his reach.
    Once, free of his touch, I regained my feet and ran wildly down the hallway, only to be tackled and brought to the floor The assistant pastor (a 300 pound hospital orderly) managed to hold me there while he sent someone for the evangelist. All the while I was screaming at him, “Leave us alone!” and struggled to get free.
    When the Evangelist finally arrived, I waited until he drew close, then I uncoiled from the floor and tried to grab him by the throat, in an attempt to kill him. He slammed a hand on either side of my head and forced me to look him in the eye, and commanded me, in the name of Jesus to cease my struggling. When I was quiet he returned to the auditorium.
    I was taken to the pastor's home and waited for about two hours for the evangelist, his assistant and the pastor to to arrive. All this time. I felt as though some great and terrible event was about to overtake me.
    As we sat around the table enjoying a cup of tea, nothing was mentioned about the earlier events of the evening. After a short time I was asked to kneel on the floor in front of the evangelist. I did so and he began to read from the Gospel of Luke chapter 10 and verse 18.
    “And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from Heaven.”
   Hearing these words, I sprang from the floor in an attempt to attack this man of God. (In order that you have some idea of the following events, you should know that I weighed 150 pounds. I have been told that the pastor was a weight lifter, the evangelist was an athlete and his assistant was a lumberjack) The third man I described earlier.
    Before anyone realized what was happening I began fighting with all four of these men, with a greater strength than I should have had. For a third time I attacked the evangelist, but this time I was forced to the floor where it took all four men to hold me down. As I squirmed and fought to be free, someone put a small Bible on my forehead and another on my chest. I was pinned to the floor, as if by a great weight. Unable to move, I screamed obscenities and alternately roared like a lion or hissed like a snake at my tormentors.
   The four men took places around me. One at my head, holding one arm. One on my left side, holding my other arm. The third man held my legs while the evangelist knelt by my right side, and while I struggled to get free of them, he began to speak directly to the spirits that were controlling my actions.
     In a quiet voice he commanded them, “Come out in the name of Jesus”. A deep graveled voice replied, “No, never! We own this body! Leave us alone!” At this answer the evangelist began to question the spirits:
Q. How many of you are there?
A. Thousands.
Q. How long have you possessed this body?
A. Since birth.
Q What is your purpose?
A. To destroy this body.
Q. What is your name?
A. Gemosh...Baal... Dagon
The questioning went on for some time with many things asked and answered. I do not remember, nor was I informed of the rest of the conversation. I am aware that there was a lot of screaming and obscenities from the demonic entities being dealt with.
Once again the demons were commanded to leave in the name of Jesus. Again they answered. “We own this body. We will kill him first! Leave us alone!”
   I felt as if I was being choked and couldn't breathe. Fear began to rise in me and then suddenly I found myself standing at the far end of the room, looking at the four men around my body, in a spiritual fight to the finish, with the powers of darkness. The Lord had removed me from the battleground.
I have often wondered about this “out of body” experience. I can only believe that my fear was feeding the demons and that by removing me from the battle, God weakened the strength of the enemy.
   Once again the demons were commanded to come out of my body in the name of Jesus. This time they began screaming, “Beelzebub help us! You promised we could keep this body! You can't leave us to fight alone!” The fear and torment in their voices grew into a rage of hissing and roars of anger as their power began to weaken. I watched as my body coiled and uncoiled like a snake impaled on a stake while the demons cried out for mercy, begging not to be consigned to Hell.
   The point stuck in my mind. Hell is so terrible that even the demons want no part of it. I don't know how long I watched the battle for my body, nor when I returned to it, but I do know that I did experience what follows.
   As the four men prayed and invoked the blood of Jesus, demons began to lose their hold.
    Finally, they began to come out of my body, shrieking terrified screams that tore at my throat. The battle had gone on for what seemed to be very long time. I finally lay still for a time. This was followed by my speaking in a strange language. The evangelist held my head so that I was forced to look into his eyes and then he commanded, “You foul religious spirit, come out of him in the name of Jesus!” There was one last convulsive heave of my body, a terrified scream and the last demonic spirit left me and I lay on the floor as one dead.
    After a time it seemed as though my body was filled by a very bright, pure light and a river of clear water was rushing through me. I began to speak in tongues as recorded in Acts 2: 4.
    I finally got to my feet and discovered blood on my shirt sleeve. Removing my shirt I discovered fang marks on my left arm as though I had been bitten by a snake. These marks remained for three days and then disappeared.
    This was the end. I was free. No more would I live in fear. The demonic influences were gone. In December, I was reunited with my wife and family. In closing let me say, “My name WAS Legion, for we WERE many”, but through the ministry of a man of God and the power of the Lord Jesus Christ I was set free.
    In many stores today, including toy stores we can find Ouija boards, tarot cards. Astrology books and many other such things.      These are sold as mere entertainment. Contrary to popular opinion, these are simple games of entertainment. They are a gateway that opens the mind to receive influences of demonic spirits that can and will eventually control and destroys the lives of individuals whom indulge those practices that Almighty God Himself declares an abomination.
   The Bible states, “There shall not be found among you anyone that asketh his son or daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee. “ (Duet. 18: 10-14)
    In easily understood language this commandment is a prohibition against fortune telling in any sense and witchcraft in general. The personal testimony recorded in this booklet is given as a waning to any and all who will read it. It shows the dangers and results of “playing” with witchcraft. The danger is not to the individual alone, but to their families and future generations as well.
    As one who has been delivered out of the bondage of these things, I pray that you will heed this warning and refrain from involvement in such practices. If you are involved, I urge you to renounce the works of Satan and seek the Lord, that you may be set free by the power of the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

August 2018
Brother Max,
Greetings in the name of Jesus!
Here is a short history of my last fifty years: From 1967 to 1976, I worked in a silver plating factory. In 1976 I took a job as a security supervisor and training officer with the Toronto Postal Services. In 1972, I felt pressed to enroll in a Correspondents Course from Eastern Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. I finished this with honours. In 1980, I joined the Fellowship of Churches and Ministers in Canada and ministered in northern Ontario. In 1999 we moved to Belleville where I became the care giver for my wife Daisy who became ill. During this time, I was a Hospital Chaplain for about a year and Chaplain for the Belleville branch of the Royal Canadian Legion which position I still hold. My wife went to be with the Lord in 2014. In 2017 I was commissioned as a District Coordinator for the FCA and have some 40 Ministers that I keep in contact with. My district comprises northern Ontario, eastern Ontario, and points east to Prince Edward Island. This seems a large area but most of the ministers are in the Ontario portion.

Yours in His service,

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Max Solbrekken 1969 Gospel 
Crusade in Guadeloupe, W.I. 
               Outstanding Breakthrough Gospel Crusade in Point-a-Pitre
               Guadeloupe, with Haitian Joseph Desrevere. Many converted
                 as great miracles of healing proved Christ's resurrection!
                         WHAT THEN SHALL WE DO?
                                         By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
When it appears that all hope is gone and we have lost our grip on a moral society and when we have become overwhelmed by the struggle, it is then that we win. When our natural forces are weak and the advance of evil is trying to choke us, take heart my friend, it is then that we realize that we cannot do it alone.

It is only then, that we begin to cry out to our Heavenly Father for help, direction and the Holy Spirit's intervention in our lives and those of our fellowmen!

James Denny, Scottish preacher and theologian, said: “If God has really done something in Christ on which the salvation of God of this world depends and if He has made it known, then it is a Christian duty to be intolerant of everything which ignores, denies or explains it away.

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army had the word OTHERS painted on the front of His pulpit. He wrote: Not Called! Did you say? 'Not heard the call', I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help.

“Go stand by the gates of Hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father's house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters to come there. Then, look Christ in the face – Whose mercy you have professed to obey – and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world.”

John Knox the great Scottish preacher prayed: “O God, give me Scotland or I die!” Knox was imprisoned by the Roman Catholic church and spent 19 months as a galley slave, but God brought him through it all. The martyrdom of the saintly Protestant theologian, George Wishart turned Scotland from the papacy.

When John Knox returned to his native land, he was able by the power of God to break the shackles of that apostate religion. And by God's grace it is still free! While in Europe, I visited the John Knox House in Edinburgh, Scotland. Emblazoned on the wall were these words by Thomas Randolph: I assure you, the voice of that one man is able in one hour to put more life into us, than five hundred trumpets continually blustering in our ears!”

                    JOHN WESLEY SAVED ENGLAND!
The life of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, is awe inspiring. He and his Methodist Church is credited for saving England from the same fate as France during the French Revolution. Wesley said: “We went forth to seek that which was lost, more eminently lost, to call the most flagrant, hardened, most desperate sinners to repentance. Did any man ever pick out such places as these in order to find serious, regular, well disposed people? till God by us said unto them, “Live.”

Wesley, often called the Father of Modern Evangelism, himself sums up the form of evangelism he so firmly advocated in his own words:

“This love we believe to be the medicine of life, the never failing remedy for all the evils of a disordered world, for all the miseries and devices of men. Wherever this is, there are virtues and happiness going hand in hand. There is humbleness of mind, gentleness, long suffering, the whole image of God and at the same time a peace that passeth all understanding and joy unspeakable and full of glory.

“This religion we long to see established in the world, a religion of love, and joy, and peace, having its seat in the inmost soul, but ever showing itself by its fruits continually springing forth, not only in all innocence (for love worketh no ill to his neighbour) but likewise in every kind of beneficence, spreading virtue and happiness all around it. The plain religion now propagated is Love. And can you oppose this without being an enemy to mankind?”

Owners of ale-houses, and places of ill repute, robbed of customers who were finding new meaning to life in Wesley' popular teachings, were violent in their persecution of him and his wandering preachers. Spurred on by country squires, who in many cases controlled their church endowments, Wesley's fellow Anglican clergy were little better. “Often the behavior of attacking mobs could be traced directly to these so-called “men of God.”

WESLEY on this occasion, was met by a raging mob. He wrote:
“...A drunken rabble came with clubs and staves in a tumultuous and riotous manner...I had scarcely gone ten yards when a man...struck me with his fist in the face with all his might. Quickly after that, another threw his stick at my head. Another man, cursing and swearing in the most shocking manner, cried out, “Bring him away.

For three decades John Wesley was to know such treatment. When struck by a stone he would wipe the blood from his face and continue preaching. Church bells were rung to drown his voice, he was belted with stink bombs, and on one occasion a man was even bribed to shout, “Fresh salmon!” as a tasteful temptation for the congregation to desert him.

WESLEY writes: “Accordingly, at six I came and found such a congregation as I believe Epworth never saw before. I stood near the east end of the church upon my father's tombstone, and cried, 'The Kingdom of Heaven is not meat or drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.'

His missionary travels read like a guide book, the British Isles serving as his parish. After 1747 he crossed the choppy Irish Sea forty-seven times. John Wesley preached with the insight of a statesman, believing that the ground he had won could be retained only organization. In 1791, at the time of his death, there were more than a hundred thousand Methodists.

As America's President Woodrow Wilson noted many years afterwards: “The Church was dead and Wesley awakened it; the poor were neglected and Wesley sought them out; the gospel was shrunken into formulas and Wesley flung it fresh upon the air once more in the speech of common men.”   - Taken from 'The Sawdust Trail' by Gordon Langley Hall

                                   HOLD ONTO JESUS: RIDE OUT THE STORM!
A Gospel song says: “Hold onto Jesus and Ride out the storm”. By faith, see Jesus walking on the water coming toward you. See Him speaking to you, “Come and walk with Me on the water. Don't be afraid. The wind and waves cannot conquor you when you keep your eyes on Me!”

JESUS said: “Come unto Me all ye who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matt. 11: 28 -30);

“All that the Father giveth shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6: 37); “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)

What is the answer to the worst dilemma confronting mankind? Jesus Christ is the ANSWER. He is the Hope of the world, the only Saviour of mankind and the Healer of Life's great problems. He alone is our Peace, our Life and our Joy! There are four essential truths that must not be diminished, downgraded or dismissed. They are the Word of God, the Blood of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit of God and the Name of Jesus Christ!

The Word of God has power to free us from bondage, sin, fear and sickness.  The Bible says, "He hath sent His Word and healed them, and delivered them from all their destructions."  (Psalms 107:20); “For the Word of God is quick (alive) and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, 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.” (Heb.4: 12)

The Blood of Jesus Christ is so powerful that it cleanses us from all our sin and purges the conscience.  The Bible says, "If we walk in the Light as He is in the Light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son cleanses us from all sins." (1 John 1:7);

Neither by the blood of bulls and calves, but by His own blood, He entered in once into the Holy Place , having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh. How much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, PURGE your conscience from dead work to serve the living God?” (Heb.9: 12-14)

The Holy Spirit of God baptizes us into the Body of Christ at conversion and as we totally surrender to God, He fills us with His presence (1 Cor. 12:13).  The Bible says: "And be not drunk with wine, wherein in excess; but be filled with the Spirit; (Eph. 5:18, 19)

“But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that liveth in you.

“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. And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Rom. 8: 11, 26, 27)

The Name of Jesus Christ is the greatest weapon to drive Satan away from us.  Jesus said: "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel unto every creature, He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.  He that believeth not shall be damned.  And these signs shall follow them that believe. 

“In My Name, shall they cast out devils...” (Mark 16:15-18); “And the seventy returned again with joy saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto 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.” (Luke 10:17-20)

                    HAVE WE FALLEN SO FAR?
What can we do when leaders in the church have been deceived? When God's Holy Word has been compromised, and enemies of the Cross are dispensing conflicting messages to seeking souls? When carnal pastors are preaching a watered down Gospel and giving false hope to the lost and dying?

Commenting on the political correctness, absurdities and backsliding that has invaded the church, a concerned Christian asked, “Have we fallen so far?” What have we done to the plain Gospel message of the Cross of Christ, His glorious Resurrection and the power of His Holy Spirit to change and transform lives? In the last thirty years there has been a mega shift downward and True Christianity that has been almost lost from our pulpits.

Some time ago a friend of mine lost his wife. She had received Christ as her Saviour and he also was born again. A Minister came to visit. She said, “You will feel comfortable in our church. We don't preach that old message of sin, the devil and Hell.” He said, “I asked her why she was in the Ministry, if she no longer preached the Bible.”

After testifying to her, she left immediately! A man who was delivered from alcohol lectured an ordained Minister on her duty to preach the Gospel!

Dr. Billy Graham made this powerful statement: “Americans have gone a long way down the wrong road.” (Nov.7, 2012). In a very few words the living legend pointed his index finger at our rotting society in the former Christian Western world and the United States in particular. He was saying that the train has left the station, heading down the wrong track and is grave danger of a serious collision with certain death, unless it gets its directions right!

According to a CNN News Report on Friday 5, 1993, Pope John Paul 11 stated that one does NOT have to give up the practice of voodoo to become a Christian. The Pope commented that the Catholic Church believes that religious freedom is an inalienable right. 

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.”

 Is the POPE ignorant of the Scriptures that prophesied Christ's death and resurrection hundreds of years before his birth in Bethlehem? Christ's death on Golgotha was a glorious Victory? Jesus was born 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)

                   DEVIL IS REAL IN THE VATICAN!
The Devil is lurking in the very heart of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican's chief exorcist claimed on Wednesday. Sicilian priest and long-time exorcist Father Benigno Palilla recently told Vatican Radio that requests for exorcisms had tripled in the past few years.

There were now, he said, 500,000 alleged cases of demonic possession recorded in Italy each year. With a population of around 60 million, this means the Devil is apparently active in one of every 120 Italians.

That’s a lot of demoniacs and a lot of demons – at least some 500,000 of them if they’re not multi-tasking. As a result of this demonic epidemic, a six-day school will be held in Rome in April at a Catholic education institute, the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, to train clergy in how to recognize and deal with the demonically possessed.

Why the sudden increase in possession by the Devil? Palilla attributes it to an increase in practices that “open the door to the Devil” – such as people seeking out wizards and fortune tellers, reading tarot cards, and generally dabbling in magic and the occult. All this seems rather odd coming out of a Vatican under the reign of the apparently “modern” Pope Francis.

The Devil is a real person, “armed with dark powers”, the pope declared in a television interview in December 2017. Satan gets more than a dozen mentions in the document as Francis talks about how life can be “a constant struggle against the devil, the prince of evil.”

The Bible declares: “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.” (Acts10:38); “...For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3: 8)

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will fee from you.” (James 4: 7); “Be sobre, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion goeth about, seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist steadfast in the faith...” (1 Peter 5: 8,9)

St. Paul warned: “Neither give place to the devil.” (Eph. 4: 27); “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Cor. 10: 4,5)

The Gospel is Good News for Fallen Man. It is the Glad Tidings of the great love, mercy and grace of God projected toward a sinful and rebellious race! The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology states: "The Gospel is the joyous proclamation of God's activity in Christ on behalf of man." 

  The Gospel is the good news that Light has come into a world of Darkness; that Peace has come into a world of Turmoil; that Healing has come into a world of Sickness; that that Love has come into a world of Hate; that Forgiveness has come into a world of Sin; that Life has come into a world of Death; that Freedom has come into a world of Bondage; that Slaves are made free by the Liberator of the Human Race!

    And that Light, Peace, Healing, Love, Forgiveness, Life, Liberty, Freedom and Eternal Life is none other than Jesus Christ the Son of God. That He was crucified for us, rose from the dead and is sitting on the Right hand of God as Saviour, Redeemer, Advocate, High Priest and Intercessor!

The Western Report, Feb. 8, 1993, regarding the story of Christian Unity in Alberta stated: Edmonton’s Dr. Max Solbrekken is more blunt: “We can’t sit at the same table with people who presume to change the Word of God - call God the Father ‘she,’ license homosexual acts, change Christ’s own Words on marriage, or deny that He rose from the dead. That’s blasphemy. The only truth that unites Christians is the person of Jesus, and he is not negotiable. I’m all for Christians joining together, but Christ is the living Word, not an ‘evolving idea,’ and he doesn’t change with the times.”

                    FROM THE MANGER TO THE CROSS!
Christ's vicarious death and glorious resurrection from the dead drives us to repentance and faith, as we see His hand of mercy extended to a lost, fearful and sick world.

The Cross is the expression of God's love for us. It is the very pinnacle of His mercy and grace to an enslaved people, bound by lust, greed, pride and hate. The Cross of Christ has been referred to as the axis of salvation, the climax of the cosmic battle between God and Satan, between good and evil!

JESUS said: "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 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: 15-18); "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15: 13)

  The Bible says: "For when we were yet without strength (hopeless) in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man 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 enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life." (Rom.5: 8-10)

                      THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD!
The Sovereignty of God demanded punishment for sin and the Cross provided the Final Solution!  From the Gates of Eden - after the Fall - until the death of Jesus of Nazareth on Golgotha, God used the sacrificial system to forgive the sins of His people. Innocent lambs, goats and bulls were sacrificed as substitutes for sinning man!

When JESUS cried, "It is Finished", Almighty God rent the veil in the Temple and left the Holy of Holies. Standing on Golgotha's Hill, He laid His hands on the head of His Son, transferring the sins of the entire world (past, present and future) onto His Paschal Lamb.

The Lamb of God had been sacrificed. He had propitiated for our sins. The Father was satisfied. The account was settled for time and eternity! The fountain of blood was opened for sin and uncleanness. His blood was flowing. JESUS had met the Demands of Divine Justice in the courts of Heaven, in payment for all our sins!

"And he (thief) said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with Me in Paradise.

"And the sun was darkened and the VEIL in the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit: and having thus said, He gave up the ghost." (Luke 23: 42-46) 

The Great Exchange was done. The sins of Adam that had been laid upon the human race had now been transferred to God's incarnated Son. Our sins were imputed to Christ and in exchange, His righteousness was imputed to us! (Rom.3:21-26; 4:6-8; 5:11-21)

The Bible states: "But Christ being come an High Priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 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.

"For if the blood of bulls and goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 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?" (Heb. 9: 11-14)

Speaking to the pagan philosophers of Greece about Jesus Christ, St. Paul stated: "For as much then that we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. 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." (Acts 17: 30, 31

                      LIFE THROUGH THE BLOOD!
 ANDREW MURRAY wrote: "Reconciliation and deliverance from Guilt become the blessed entrance for us into a life in which the Blood, as it was transported into Heaven and abides there will be truly the power of divine abiding life in us." - The Blood of the Cross

MARTIN LUTHER stated: "First, the blood of Christ remains the same blood of Christ. For we believe and hold that the blood of Christ that is now at the Right Hand of God, was shed for us only Once." - Church & Ministry, Luther's Works, vol. 40, p. 215

ST. PAUL states: "But this Man, because He continueth ever, hath an unchanging priesthood. Wherefore He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God through 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: Who needeth not daily, as those high priests to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's; for this He did Once, when He offered up Himself. 

"For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity, but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, Who is consecrated forevermore." (Heb.7:24-28)

Clearly stated, there is but ONE God and Father and ONE Lord Jesus Christ Who is both Creator and Sustainer of the world and Sole Saviour and Redeemer of the Human Race and ONE Blessed Holy Spirit of God, Who draws all men to Christ!         

 All other so-called gods and goddesses and deities are mere Counterfeits, Imitators and Pretenders. It is Christ and Christ Alone Who saves, heals, delivers and liberates from sin, fear, sickness, disease and all the powers of Darkness and Satan! 

 "But to us (Christians) 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) Amen.
After discussing the outstanding miracle healings that had occurred under our ministry, the editor of a major Norwegian newspaper asked, “Who is Max Solbrekken?” I replied, “The boy delivering telegrams does his job and gets back on his bicycle, often without being thanked. The boy is not important but the telegram is. 

Max Solbrekken isn't important but the message is very important. “I am just a messenger boy for Jesus!”  Next day's Newspaper had a large picture of this preacher, and the article covered a full page.  The headline screamed, “Max Solbrekken: A Messenger Boy For Jesus!”

For more than 50 years, it has been my privilege to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ to multitudes across the world, the Lord working with me and confirming His Word with miracles, sign and wonders!

From 1989 to 1995, I conducted major crusades across the former Soviet Union. In 2004 and 2005, by God's grace I ministered in four Ministers Conventions with a total of 10,000 preachers in Brazil, and in Parque Brasil in Paulinia, S.P. Brazil I preached to more than 300,000 people on April 13, 2005. Our latest Gospel Unity Crusade was in Kampala, Uganda in 2011.

One of my greatest joys was preaching to Muslims in Darfur, Sudan in 2006, and Cairo in 2007. To God be all the honour, praise and glory, through Jesus Christ the Lord!

Theologian James Denny wrote: “If there is any truth in Scripture at all, this is true - that those who stubbornly refuse to submit to the Gospel, and to love and obey Jesus Christ incur at the Last Advent an infinite and irreparable loss. They pass into a night on which no morning dawns. The judgment of the Church is the instrument of God’s love, and the moment it is accepted in the sinful soul it begins to work as a redemptive force.