Friday, February 17, 2017

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
Dr. Max Solbrekken interviewing
former Mormon Bishop Mark Laubman 
on Community 10 TV, Camrose AB, 2016
     Mark Laubman, after 35 years with the  Mormon cult, was recently born again at People's Church in Edmonton. During last summer's House of prayer Camp Meeting on Highway 623 New Sarepta, AB, he was baptized with the Holy Spirit, speaking with other tongues. A few days later, he was healed of diabetes. 
     Since that time he has grown rapidly through prayer, Bible study, and witnessing everywhere possible to anyone with an open ear.
  Recently, Mark began taking a course in homiletics. Some of his friends and coworkers perceived his desire to put together Scripture, human interest stories, illustrations and the promises of Jesus in a Gospel message. 
  Three fellow workers have invited him to their home to practice his preaching on their family members. His mother shared with her 25-member Bridge Club that he was studying homiletics, and they invited him to practice on them. What an opportunity to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to his fellowman! And what an example this new Christian is now to many long-time Christians who have left their first love for Jesus and His gospel ,
                         PETER'S PENTECOSTAL MESSAGE!
    Quoting the Holy Scriptures while preaching is always right, but promulgating one's own philosophical and ideological bent is not! 
   Peter's message was powerful because it was the truth. His sermon was effective because he was motivated by Spirit of the Lord. It cut to the heart because it was filled with Holy Scriptures. It was emotional because Peter was emotional and it was convicting because the message of the cross convicts of sin. It brought salvation because the blood of Jesus brings forgiveness, peace and assurance!
    "But Peter standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words"For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 
  "But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and daughters shall prophecy, and your men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams:
      "And on My servants and handmaidens will I pour out in those days of My Spirit upon all flesh: and they shall prophesy...And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
  "Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved by God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by Him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:    
  "Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain. Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that He should be holden of it...
   "This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we are all witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He had shed forth  this, which ye now see and hear.
  "Therefore let all the House of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, Whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. 
                         PRICKED IN THEIR HEARTS!
    "Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
   "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the  gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
    "And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then, they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
    "And they continued steadfastly in the apostle's doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." (Acts 2: 14-18, 21-24, 32, 36-42)
     The Holy Spirit had filled 120 followers of the crucified, risen and ascended Jesus Christ. The Spirit-filled believers overflowed in their glorification of the Lord, speaking in various tongues which attracted the attention of many.
    Word spread like wild fire among the thousands of observant Jews who had gathered from many nations to celebrate the annual feast of  Pentecost. They all gathered together to see and hear this phenomenon.
   Simon Peter tied the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to the prophecy of Isaiah. He boldly declared that the One Who had sent the Holy Spirit was the glorified, Living Jesus, Whom their leaders had colluded with the Roman Authorities to crucify. He accused them of killing their Messiah, Whom Almighty God had sent among them.
     He declared that God would forgive their sins if they would cry out for mercy, and in faith receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. The outcome of Simon Peter's powerful sermon was that 3,000 unbelievers were born again that day! 
                      REPENTANCE IS THE KEY!
   God commanded: "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet and show My people their sins." (Is. 58:1); "Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly. Gather the people, sanctify the congregation...
   "Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare Thy people, O Lord." (Joel 2:15-17); "Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, PREPARE to meet thy God O Israel." (Amos 4:12). 
    "If My people which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will FORGIVE their sin and will HEAL their land. (2 Ch.7: 14)
    King David's prayer is a sermon: "Have mercy upon me O God, according to Thy loving kindness: according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity and cleanse me from my sins.
     "For I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin is ever before me. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean. Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. Hide Thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
      "Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit." (Ps. 51: 1-3, 7,9-12)
     David had sinned grievously. He had committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband murdered. God's prophet confronted him. The king was smitten with a great fear that God would cut him off forever. 
     He cried out: "Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me." In His great love and mercy, God forgave him and restored him!
   John the Baptist admonished: "Repent ye: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." (Matt. 3:2); "Repent ye and believe the Gospel." (Mark 1:15). Jesus of Nazareth said: "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13: 3) 
     St. Peter declared: "Repent and be baptized  every one of you in he Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Acts 2:38) 
  Stephen, the first Christian Martyr, delivered a detailed history of Israel and God's miracles in the lives of their ancestors. His anointed discourse ended with a stinging rebuke of their sins of rejecting and crucifying their Messiah.
     He charged, "Ye stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets have ye not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:       
   "Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
   "But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looking up steadfastly into Heaven,  and saw the glory of  God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord. And they cast him out of the city, and stoned him; and the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.
     "And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fella sleep." (Acts 7: 51-60)
    Stephen's extraordinary sermon was so 'on target' that it stirred the devil within the enemies of the gospel and revealed their hatred for Christ's Gospel. And it cost him his life! 
   Jesus didn't promise us a rose garden. He did, however, promise that He would be with us unto the end of the world. He freely gives us His power over sin, fear, disease and Satan. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit empowers us to preach His Gospel and fills our lives with peace and joy as we serve Him with all our heart.  
    Here is His Word of truth: "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment, thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteous is of Me. saith the Lord." (Is. 54: 17)
     Herein are four great truths for Believers: 
1. No weapon that Satan or his minions conspire against us, will prosper. It will come to naught. God says so and we must believe it and stand on His promise! (2 Cor. 10: 4,5; Luke 10: 17-19) 
2. Every tongue that shall rise against us in judgment, we shall condemn. That includes the lies that Satan the 'Great Liar' brings to condemn you.  Resist him in the Faith and he will flee! (1 Peter 5:8, 9; James 4: 7)
3. This is our heritage as believers in Christ. It belongs to us because we are children of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ our Lord. (Rom 8: 23-7;35-39)
4. It is all because of our precious Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who purchased our eternal salvation by shedding His blood for us on Golgotha and rising from the dead for our justification! (John 15: 1-16; Rom.4: 20-25; 5: 6-10)
   He promised: "So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of my mouth. It shall not return again void, but it shall accomplish that which I please and it shall prosper in the thing where unto I sent it." (Is. 55: 11)
   Writing to former pagans, St. Paul declared that according to the Holy Scriptures, the resurrection of Jesus Christ PROVED Him the Son of God!                    
    "Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, Which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh, And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness by the resurrection of the dead." (Rom, 1:3,4) 
     In no uncertain terms he lays out Who Jesus is. He Who was God from Eternity was incarnated (God in human flesh). He had come to earth to die for our sins. He was MADE of the seed of David according to the flesh. (Phil. 2:5-11) 
    His resurrection from the dead gave Him the power and the right to offer Eternal Life to all who receive Him. (John 1: 11, 12). St. Paul declares that he is a DEBTOR to the pagan Romans. He is compelled to preach and he must preach the Gospel to them. And, he states that he is READY to do so. 
     He trumpets out the clarion call, "For I am NOT ASHAMED of the Gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (Rom. 1:14-16)
  He warns: "For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them: for God hath shown it unto them.
     "For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead: so they are without excuse." Rom. 1:18-20). Amen.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Max Solbrekken World Mission
Box 44220 RPO Garside
Edmonton, AB T5V 1N6
W.W. Freeman in centre. Don Gossett on 
the left and Max Solbrekken on our right.

Dear Christian Friends,
   Greetings in Jesus' dear Name!
   Donna and I will be in Langley and Vancouver for three powerful services on March 1 & 2.
    Presently we are in Hawaii where God has given us some rest as well as strong ministry among the Filipino Brethren, whom we have known since 1980. 
   We have to be back in Saskatchewan for March 4 & 5 but could not resist the invitation to visit BC on our way back home.
    We lived in White Rock from the fall of 1963 until the fall of 1969 when God called us to move to Edmonton, where we have resided until now. 
   Above is a picture of our Crusade with W.W. Freeman which my good friend Don Gossett and I arranged in January 1966 at the Kingsway Motor Hotel. For the first few days we had to plow snow, but the snow soon melted and we had a powerful meeting.
     On the first evening, Brother Freeman reached down and touched a soul seeking salvation, when suddenly she declared, “My deaf ear just opened. I can now hear perfectly!”  A touch from God's servant in Jesus' name produced a miracle. 
   In 1949, William W. Freeman was supernaturally called of God and witnessed some of the greatest miracles ever seen. Don Gossett was his assistant for several years and saw a blind, deaf and dumb mongoloid teenager instantly made whole. As a result of that miracle 1,500 members of the Greek Community in that US city came to Christ as Saviour.
    Don Gossett and I invited Rev. Don Moore and Pastor Curtis Mitchell to join us as well. It was a great send off for Tom Tutyko and myself as we embarked a week later for our first 3 1/2 month Crusade For Christ across the world, beginning in Hong Kong and ending in Jerusalem!
    Please meet Donna and me at the following meetings:

* VANCOUVER, BC – Wed. & Thur. 7:00 PM, MARCH 1 & 2
Vancouver Pentecostal Church, 304 East 26 Ave. (Sofia & 26th.)
* LANGLEY, BC – Thursday 12:00 NOON, MARCH 2
FGBMI Luncheon at  Andrea's Restaurant 20227 – 56 Ave

May our dear Lord Jesus Christ bless you, heal you and keep you, I pray!

In His holy and wonderful Name,
God's servant,
Pastor Max Solbrekken, 
2 Cor 4: 5 / Heb.13: 8
                             Max & Donna Solbrekken in Hawaii

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Max Solbrekken has Historic
Crusade in Freedom Park
 Guntur, AP India, 1966

Back to the Book of Acts
                                   By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
Revival in the Church! What is a genuine Heaven sent Revival? Is it Possible today? How does it come and whom will it affect? Why do we not have it? Do we need it? What are the prerequisites for Revival? Do we want it? Is it necessary?
      The ANSWER is that we desperately need the Holy Spirit to take control of our lives individually and corporately so that may we may enjoy the blessings of God for ourselves and others.
      It is high time to check the spiritual temperature in our own hearts and measure that with the Word of God to see where we actually stand with the Lord! We DARE NOT compare ourselves with others as their standards may be too low.
    Our objective must be to return to the place in God that we were, when Jesus became the Lord of our lives and the Bible the RULE BOOK to which we subscribed and the Holy Spirit's VOICE we heard clearly!
     The old cliche, “I'm as good as my neighbour” doesn't cut it with God! He says: “But as He which hath called you is Holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy as I am Holy.” (1 Peter 1: 15, 16)
     “And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
      “His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire, and His feet like unto fine brass as if they burned in a furnace; and His voice as the sound of many waters. And He had in His hand seven stars: and out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shineth in His strength.
     “And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not: I am the First and the Last: I am He that liveth and was dead: and behold I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of Hell and of death.” (Rev. 1: 12-18)
     When our Crucified, Risen and Glorified Lord appeared to John the Beloved on the Isle of Patmos, He addressed the spiritual condition of the seven churches in Asia and prescribed the remedy for their desperate Needs!
     To five of the seven churches, His admonition and command was to repent, or else He would bring judgment upon them!
     REPENT or ELSE were the words that came out of His mouth. There were no mushy words of platitude or political correctness. The Message we receive when we read St. John's visions is one of seriousness and immediacy. There is no time to dither or meander. There is an urgency in His statements that require our immediate attention!
      “You have left your first love”, thundered out the Master to the Ephesian Church. His remedy was, “Remember therefore from whence thou hast fallen, and REPENT and do the first works, or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Rev. 2: 4, 5)
       He also spoke with tenderness to those churches which were serving Him in purity of heart and doctrine: “And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These things saith the First and the Last, which was dead and is alive. I know thy works and tribulation and poverty (but thou art rich) … Fear NONE of these things which thou shalt suffer... Be thou faithful unto death and I shall give thee the crown of Life. (Rev. 2: 9, 10)
                      GO BACK TO THE ORIGINAL!
      What is our goal? What should our criteria be? Is it not to please the Master? Is it not to do the First Works? Is it not to return to our First love for Him and His Gospel? Is it not to receive His mighty power to defeat the enemy of our souls and by His grace to build the Kingdom of God?
      The Answer is to go back to the Original! Right back to the Day of Pentecost and the Book of Acts which chronicles the Acts of the Holy Spirit! He is the Only One who has the Key to Revival, because He is the One Who inaugurated the Church on the Day of Pentecost!
      “And when the Day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
      “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 1: 1-4) Jesus had given them their MARCHING ORDERS before He left them to sit on His Father's right hand in Heaven:
     “And behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on High. And He led them out as far as to Bethany, and He lifted up His hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while He blessed them, He was parted from them, and carried up into Heaven.” (Luke 24: 49-51)
     “And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the GOSPEL to 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; and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16: 15-18)
       “So then after the Lord had spoken to 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.” (Mark 16:19, 20)
    When God called Moses to rear up the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, He gave the former sheep herder a set of precise instructions which he followed consistently for forty years in the wilderness journey.
      Repeatedly, he relates how that Almighty God refreshed his memory on the precise measurements, the colours to use and even the minutest details on what he must manufacture and use for setting up the tabernacle and the articles therein.
     “And let them make Me a Sanctuary; that I may dwell among them, according to all that I SHOW thee, after the PATTERN of the tabernacle and the PATTERN of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.” (Ex. 25: 8, 9)
      “And look that thou make them after the PATTERN, which was SHOWN thee in the mount.” (Ex, 25:40); “And thou shalt rear up the tabernacle ACCORDING to the fashion thereof which was SHOWN thee in the mount.” (Ex. 26: 30)
      St. Paul proves without the shadow of a doubt that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is our Heavenly High Priest. As he does, he gives us a detailed report of the preciseness of God's methodology in all things. He doesn't do things at random. Here he uses the Tabernacle in the wilderness to make his point:
    “Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith He, that thou make all things ACCORDING to the PATTERN showed to thee in the mount.” (Heb.8: 5)
                    VITAL CONNECTION NEEDED!
      Our PATTERN is the Day of Pentecost and the Book of Acts! Our Leader is the Holy Spirit of God. He can and does bring new and wonderful things into our lives, but He always follows the true and tested PATTERN that He used in setting up the Church on the Day of Pentecost!
     WHY would He want to change the most powerful and effective method He used to build the Church out of nothing? How absurd and stupid man is, if he thinks he can somehow override and overrule Deity in the work of Christ's Church on earth? Where does this nonsense come from, if not from Satan the world's greatest Deceiver and Manipulator?
     Deception and PRIDE in the highest degree, would have mere earthlings dictating to Jesus Christ the Creator of the world and the AUTHOR of Salvation, on how to build His Church and save the world from sin and destruction!
     Who but a narcissist or imbecile would take upon himself the prerogative of removing from God's Holy Spirit the leadership of His Church and changing the PATTERN laid out for us in our Lord's Master Plan, called the Great Commission!
    During our outstanding Crusade in Newfoundland in 1968, I was invited to be the guest of that province's Radio Network in Gander. I was being interviewed by their leading commentator, and the Holy Spirit was present in a strong way.
     Suddenly my interviewer began to tear up and had a difficult time to speak. I asked him if he was a backslider and he answered in the affirmative. He excused himself and asked if I would take ten minutes to speak on the subject: “The Greatest Mistake the Church has made in the last 2000 years?
     I stated: “The Church's greatest mistake is two-fold: First, it has rejected the Holy Spirit Whom God has sent to Oversee the Church and placed that authority and power into the hands of men like popes, archbishops, bishops and pastors. And secondly, the Church has rejected the Holy Bible, the Word of God which He has anointed, as the only rule for faith, morals and conduct.”
     After I had prayed for the people of Newfoundland and we were walking toward the office, I saw several men approaching us. At first, I thought perhaps they were going to castigate me for causing their head interviewer to break-down on the air.
    They were all smiles saying, “All the telephone lines have been jammed. About 70, 000 people heard the program across the province. We have a TV Station across the street. We have it all set up for you. Please go over there and do the same thing there!”
                        FOR GOD’S GLORY ALONE!
     Those were exciting days, indeed! By God's grace, I know a little of what God has planned for His End-Time Church, operating boldly in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. For more than fifty years I have witnessed His great mercy, love and power in my own life and hundreds of thousands of lives across the world, for His honour and glory alone!
      We are children of God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and by God’s grace alone we have been Born Again and Filled with the Holy Spirit. We are bone of His bone, flesh of His flesh and members in particular of His Body, the Church! We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ and sealed by the Blessed Holy Spirit!
      We are pilgrims and strangers here, and one day we shall see Jesus Christ in all His Glory. We will fall before Him in adoration and praise and tell the story, saved by grace! Hallelujah to the Lamb forever and ever!
     We are clean through the cleansing of His precious blood, healed through the power of His Word, Name and Blood and called to be apostles sent out to preach the Gospel of Christ by the power of His Holy Spirit. We are called to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth. And we are signs and wonders of His amazing grace, for the glory of His precious and worthy Name!
    Can we not then do what the Primitive Church did in times of great suffering, persecution and martyrdom? Out of nothing and with a handful of common plebian men, Jesus Christ poured out His great mercy, love and compassion upon a wicked world. Is not that still applicable today?
     The pivotal point, however, was His vicarious, substitutionary death on Golgotha and His glorious resurrection from the dead, that would transform not only His disciples and followers but the lives of millions for the next two centuries!
     Teaching by Word and Example, our Saviour changed his ragtag group into men who would eventually be willing to die for Him and His cause. It was the ‘Baptism of the Holy Spirit’ and the infusion of power that He had promised them, however, that would define them as the mighty men of God they became!
     What Jesus of Nazareth had failed to do with His little group of apostles during His three years with them, the Holy Spirit did in a moment of time when He baptized them with His Spirit and Fire!
      Jesus had promised: “If ye love Me keep My commandments. 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; for He dwelleth with you and shall be in you.” (John 14: 16-18)
    Who can doubt the amazing transformation that took place in the life of the Big Fisherman, Simon Peter, who had earlier denied that he knew Jesus Christ, saying, “Let a curse be upon me if I’m lying.”!
                              HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED!
     “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: for these are not drunken, as ye suppose seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
      “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel: And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophecy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
     And on My servants and on My handmaidens, I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophecy.” (Acts 2: 14-18). Unafraid, He preached the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth with great intensity and wonderful results:
      “This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we are all witnesses.  Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the PROMISE of the Holy Ghost, He hath shed forth this which ye now see and hear.” (Acts 2: 32, 33)
                      WHAT WERE THE RESULTS?
     “Now when they heard this they were pricked in their hearts, and said unto Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, REPENT, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
       “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. Then they that gladly received his Word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” (Acts 2:37-41)
      The Church that Jesus Christ purchased with His own BLOOD through His death and resurrection and inaugurated on the Day of Pentecost, functioned perfectly in great power and influence from that day forward and continues today across the world!
      The Miracle Power of God startled, amazed and astonished those who witnessed the ministry of Jesus, the Twelve Apostles, Seventy Disciples, Stephen, Philip and St. Paul the Apostle to the Gentile World.
     The Bible says: “Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by MIRACLES and WONDERS and SIGNS, which God did by Him the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.” (Acts 2: 22);
       “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power, Who went about doing good and HEALING all who were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10: 38)
     The healing of the LAME MAN at the Beautiful Gate brought 5,000 souls to Christ and strengthened the fledgling Church: “And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple. Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked an alms…
      “Then said Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
      “And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking and leaping and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple: and they were filled with WONDER and AMAZEMENT at that which had happened to him.” (Acts 3:1-10)
                       THE SON OF JONAS RISES!
     Simon Peter rises to the occasion again! He admonishes the people not to look to John or himself because are just men and have no power to heal. He says that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has glorified His Son, Jesus by raising Him from the dead and that is why this crippled man is now well and walking perfectly.
      “But ye denied the Holy One and the Just and desired a murderer to be granted unto you: And killed the Prince of Life, Whom God hath raised from the dead: whereof we are witnesses. And His name through faith in His name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by Him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” (Acts 3: 14-16)
       Simon the son of Jonas closes his powerful message by inviting everyone to repent of their sins and receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour:
    “Repent ye therefore, and be converted that your sins may be BLOTTED out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you.” (Acts 3: 19, 20)
      The disciples were jailed overnight for preaching the Gospel, but five thousand men gave their hearts and lives to our Lord: “Howbeit many of them which heard the Word believed: and the number of them was about five thousand.” (Acts 4: 4)
                  SIGNS, WONDERS & MIRACLES!
   When the Church came under heavy persecution, many of their members fled Jerusalem and wherever they went the Gospel message of the crucified and resurrected Jesus went with them, and was spread abroad by Spirit–filled believers in Christ!
    The Holy Spirit worked through several of the Seven Deacons which had been installed in the Jerusalem Church. Stephen was truly a mighty man of God and became the first Christian martyr. The Holy Scriptures gives us the report:
    “And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Ghost…Whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. And Stephen full of faith and power did great wonders and miracles among the people.” (Acts 6:5-8)
     False accusers made false statements about him to the Jewish authorities, who asked if those were so. His answer was power packed with Jewish history, Holy Scripture and Prophecies pointing to Jesus of Nazareth as the Jewish Messiah and the Son of God.
                      GOD EMPOWERED BUSINESSMEN!
     The Scripture says: “And all that sat in the council looked steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel ...” (Acts 6:15)
     “When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looks up steadfastly into Heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. He said, Behold, I see the Heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
      “Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord. And cast him out of the city, and stoned him; and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.
      “And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” (Acts 7:54-60)
     Devout men carried Stephen to his burial and great lamentation was made for him by the Church in Jerusalem. The persecution, however, increased and many believers were scattered abroad and everywhere they went, they spread the Good News of the resurrected Jesus Christ.
     The second Deacon that God used mightily is Philip: “Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. And there was great joy in that city.” (Acts 8: 5-7)
    The Church grew as the blessed Holy Spirit led the Body of Christ through persecution, divisions, false doctrine, immorality, jealously, envy and other attacks of the enemy! There is so much more I could write about our beloved Lord Jesus the Head of the Church, and the Blessed Holy Spirit Who is still leading us into all truth..
     I will leave you with this thought. In 1987, I had been invited to speak together with five others at the First Latin American Pentecostal Conference of the Holy Spirit in Sao Paulo, Brazil. About that time, the Cover of Newsweek carried a large Headline: Latin America Prominently Cardinal Red Turning Protestant Black.
   The large article reported that 400 Roman Catholics were converting to the Evangelical Church every hour! My weekly column in the Edmonton Sun the next Sunday carried those statistics, with these words from me: 
     "The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the Pope is the Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth, and as such leads the Church. The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church and He sent the Holy Spirit to lead His Church on earth. I'm sorry John Paul 11, I didn't know the Holy Spirit had taken early retirement!"
       To clear up a misunderstanding, the Pope is not the Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth. The Holy Spirit is leading and guiding His Church. And the Church is built on Jesus Christ Himself, the Solid Rock and Sure Foundation. And He is the Head of the Church! Praise God.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
  Thomas Jefferson said, "A little rebellion now and then is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government."
    An old cartoon pictures a large caravan pulled by powerful horses heading down the road, with a few dogs barking at its wheels. The caption states: "The dogs bark but the caravan moves on."
   President Donald Trump's Administration has some powerful horses pulling his caravan. At no time in history has a United States President had such an array of intelligent, powerful, God-fearing and astute men and women among his cabinet picks as Donald J. Trump.
    His sometimes unwise remarks and constantly remaining in debate mode wanting to have the last word, will have to stop. Having said that, his policies are sound and his heart is right. His Vice President Mike Pence is the best ever and his Generals will know what to do to keep America safe.
   God does answer prayer and Donald Trump understands that. His inauguration was the first Christian inauguration in US history. Six Christian Ministers glorifying God, praying in Jesus' name and a Jewish Rabbi reading the Psalms which included Israel and God's eternal city Jerusalem. It was good to see Rev. Franklin Graham given a large place there.
     The former Democrat Party has been hijacked by a cacophony of all conceivable and weird sexual perverts, alcohol, cocaine using Hollywood types, proponents of abortion on demand and Police hating 'Black Lives Matter' together with corrupt leading Chicago politicians and ardent followers of Sal Linsky's Radical Rules. 
    The word cacophony means a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds; din, racket, noise, clamor, dissonance, discordance, uproar. 'Black Lives Matter, Hatred for Police, Women's March for Abortion', etc. certainty fit the dictionary meaning of  'cacophony'.
   President Trump and the United States Government need to know that the rules have changed, for the worst. In his job of draining the swamp in Washington, it is no longer the dogs that bark at the wheels, it is thousands of jackels smelling blood, going for your throat in the United States and abroad. 
    Getting rid of the false gods of Islam from the White House and proclaiming that America was founded on Christianity and faith in Jesus Christ will rule in the White House, proves that you are on the right track. Keep on pressing ahead and you and the American people will prevail. God bless you in Jesus Christ's name. Amen.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Congratulations to Gospel Singer Harry Rusk, who was featured recently on a National Radio Station. I had the privilege of leading one of Canada's outstanding Indians to Jesus Christ at the Sandy Beach Bible Camp in 1971. When Harry Rusk witnessed the divine healing miracle that Jesus Christ administered to his son, he received him as Saviour and Lord. When Harry received the yearly $5.00 Treaty money awarded to each Canadian Indian by the Federal Government, he would jokingly say, "Brother Max, now I can take you out for lunch. My annual Treaty money has arrived." That reminds me of the yearly increase of $6.60 each Canadian Senior will begin receiving soon. Another friend, Cliff Holm, sent me the thought provoking article below. I wonder if our Prime Minister has read it. May God bless our seniors and may God bless Canada. - Pastor Max Solbrekken

This article is in reference to the $0.55 mth ($6.60 annual ) increase to Canada 's Old Age Supplement.

Has everyone decided how they will spend their 55 cent a month increase in our OAS due at the end of January 2017?

It is Sad but true!!!

We read all the jokes and forward the good ones, but I just wonder who will pass this one on.

Be happy to be of the 1%.

Someone please tell me what is wrong with all the people that run this country!!!

Our government leaders tell us "We're "broke" and can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless, Etc.,???

In the last few years we have provided direct cash aid to:

Hamas - 351 M, Pakistan - 2 B, Libya 1.45 B, Egypt - 397 M, Mexico - 622 M, Russia - 380 M, Haiti - 1.4 B, Jordan- 463M, Kenya- 816 M, Sudan- 870 M, Nigeria- 456 M, Uganda- 451 M, Congo - 359 M, Ethiopia - 981 M, South Africa - 566 M, Senegal - 698 M, Mozambique - 404 M, Zambia - 331 M, Kazakhstan - 304 M, Iraq - 1.08 B, Tanzania - 554 M.

We spend literally Billions on them ---- and they still hate us!

In total Canada spends over 5 Billion a year on direct cash support of foreign aid, and 20 Billion on Immigration & Refugee programs.

Our retired seniors are living on a 'fixed income'.

Do they get any breaks while our government and religious organizations pour hundreds of billions and tons of food to foreign countries!

We have hundreds of adoptable children who are shoved aside to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans.

AUSTRALIA , UK , THE USA & CANADA - countries where we have homeless persons, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without needed medication and mentally ill without treatment... Etc.

YET- We still allow illegals & other free loaders on our shores, while we are lining up with food, clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies for them.

Imagine if the "GOVERNMENT" gave 'US' the same support they give to other countries.

Sad isn't it? 99% of people won't forward this.

I'm one of the 1%... I Just Did.