Saturday, August 19, 2017

How refreshing to read this amazing news. U.S. President Donald Trump's Cabinet meets for Bible Study once a week. Praise the Lord! Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has for the last five years been doing the same in Israel. He resumed the weekly Bible Studies begun by P.M. Ben- Gurion and held every Saturday evening by PM Menachem Begin. - Pastor Max Solbrekken

Bible Study Returns to White House as Trump Cabinet Members Attend Weekly Meetings

Let not this Book of the Teaching cease from your lips, but recite it day and night, so that you may observe faithfully all that is written in it. Only then will you prosper in your undertakings and only then will you be successful.” Joshua 1:8 (The Israel Bible™)
    Donald Trump meets with his Cabinet in the White House on March 13, 2017. (Office of the President of the United States)
    The Trump Cabinet’s weekly Bible study meetings, composed of the most influential lawmakers in the country, may be the first such gathering in 100 years, Ralph Drollinger, founder of Capitol Ministries and leader of the study sessions, told Breaking Christian News (BCN), bringing the Bible back to the White House in a way not seen in a century.
     “It’s the best Bible study that I’ve ever taught in my life. They are so teachable; they’re so noble; they’re so learned,” Drollinger said of the attendees.
     The weekly Bible study meetings are regularly attended by high-ranking Cabinet members such as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price,  Agriculture Secretary Sunny Perdue, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, among others.
“These are godly individuals that God has risen to a position of prominence in our culture,” Drollinger told CBN.

PLEASE Note: Regarding PM M. Begin
    Every Saturday night Begin hosted a Bible study discussion on the portion of the Torah (five books of Moses) read that week.  Leading Bible scholars and archeologists, as well as their most talented graduate students were invited to give presentations.  
    In the middle of one heated discussion about a passage in the Book of Deuteronomy, Begin received a message that the U.S. President was on the phone.  Begin supposedly replied, “Tell him I’m in a very important meeting and to call back in two hours!”

Friday, August 18, 2017

                               By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
    Time is a precious commodity and never stands still in its long march across the world. Men live and die, nations are born and then fade away, making room for generations still unborn to take their place. Life goes on; governments, customs and laws change. 

    And people change, some for the better but more often for the worse. The world is hurtling towards its destination to the final day of reckoning called 'The White Throne Judgment', which St. John wrote about in the last book of the Bible, 'The Revelation of Jesus Christ.' 
   The only question that will matter then will be: "Is my name written down in the Lamb's Book of Life?"  The Bible states: "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 whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire." (Rev. 20: 11, 15)
   CHANGES always  bring new challenges and new opportunities. With these new pressures of life we have Peace because we have the Prince of Peace abiding within us and the presence of the Holy Spirit all around us. Jesus said: "My 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: 27)
   The Bible says: "For God hath not given a SPIRIT of FEAR; but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (2 Tim. 1:7). 
  St. Paul was writing to Timothy, who had been given great responsibility and who was very aware of the evil power of the Roman Empire which was ready to do great damage to the fledgling Church.
   The spirit of fear is an evil power that sneaks its way into people's lives and reduces their trust in God and His Word. It seeks to dominate a victim's entire life and leave it in ruin. 
  God, however, gives the Believer His POWER over the devil and his dark forces. We do not need to cower under his influence but rather force them to flee from us; never to return! God's power is so much greater than the enemy's power, so by the Word of God in JESUS' matchless Name, fear is obliterated!
                GOD HATH GIVEN US LOVE!
    St. John stated: "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is Love. In this was manifested the LOVE of God toward us, because that God sent His Only Begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
   "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation (Death of Christ satisfied God) for our sins.  
    "Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought to love one another. No man hath seen God (the Father) 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. Whoso shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in Him, and He in God. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.
  "There is NO Fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We Love Him because He first Loved us." (1 John 4:7-19). 
   Believers in Christ are safe in the arms of Jesus, both now and forevermore. Now is the time to choose for Christ and Heaven.
    Jesus Christ calls unto us all: "Behold, I stand at the door (your heart's door), and knock: if any man will hear My voice and open the door, I will come in unto him, and will sup (fellowship) with him and he with Me." (Rev. 3:20). 
   Do it NOW, my friend!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Old Time Gospel presented in the Name of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. See Max Solbrekken on youtube

2017 House of  Prayer Camp Meeting
Holy Spirit Present in Great Power
Max Solbrekken, Randall Netmaker, Michelle
Peterson, Carlos Crookedneck, Lamb Sisters Team
                              The awesome Amundruds Gospel Team

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Adam's Road at Christ the Healer Gospel Church 136 Ave F S Saskatoon, SK Wed 7:00 August 30. Everyone Welcome - Pastor Max Solbrekken

               52 Norwegian Skydivers perform a spectacular feat!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Fifty years ago I was a very sick 10 year old girl.
The doctors diagnozed me with a hole in my heart.
My Dad brought me to Brother Max Solbrekken's
meeting in Prince Rupert, B.C. I was instantly healed 
and today I am still well. Praise the Lord!
Says Tina Barton, Vancouver, B.C.
Tina Barton gives testimony to God's goodness to her
          by healing the hole in her heart in 1966 when Pastor Max  prayed for her.
Photo above taken on  Jan.16, 2015, Vancouver Native Pentecostal Church

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Charles Alook, Wabasca, AB was healed of AIDS by Jesus Christ ten years ago. Hear his testimony at the House of Prayer Tent Crusade on Hiway 623 south of New Sarepta, AB. The Crusade continues until August 13, daily 7:00; Sun 10:30 & 2:00 - Pastor Max Solbrekken

 Breast Cancer was destroying Jean. In 1971 Jesus healed her in Max Solbrekken's High Prairie Crusade. Eric received Christ and preaches the Gospel. Their son Charles who was dying of AIDS ten years ago, was miraculously healed by Christ and will be giving his awesome testimony: Wed, Thur & Fri 7 PM
                                  HOUSE OF PRAYER
                      CAMP MEETING
                                Continues until Aug 13

                        By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
     “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” (Isaiah 10: 27)
  In this Scripture Isaiah conveys a prophetic truth concerning the coming of the Messiah and the liberation of His people from the powers of darkness, by the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
   The Bible states: “But unto the Son He saith...Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.” ( Heb.1: 8.9). The prophet Zechariah delivers the same message of the workings of the Holy Spirit of God:       “...Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts.” (Zech. 4; 6)
     The YOKE of Satanic Bondage is removed from our neck and the burden off our shoulder by the BLOOD of JESUS and the power of the Holy Spirit. The YOKE of fear, torment, guilt, condemnation, pain, disease and unrest is broken because of the anointing of God the Holy Spirit!
    Jesus Christ said: “Ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you Free.” (John 8:32). Jesus Christ Himself is the TRUTH and He is within us, therefore HE makes us FREE! He declared: “If the SON therefore shall MAKE you Free, ye SHALL be Free indeed.” (John 8: 36)
    I am therefore healed by the Person of Jesus Christ Himself. I am saved, forgiven, freed and liberated from Sin, Fear, Sickness and Disease by the WORD Himself, Who is Very GOD!
    The Holy Scriptures declare: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was Life and the Life was the Life of men.
     “He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory as of the ONLY BEGOTTEN of the Father full of grace and truth.” (John 1: 1-4,10, 14)
   The Holy Bible is the written Word of God and Jesus Himself is the Living WORD of God! He gives us the assurance: “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He (JESUS) hath said, I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE, NOR FORSAKE THEE.” (Heb.13:5)
     Here, Jesus used a double imperative. He actually said, “I will never, no never leave thee. I will never, no never forsake thee.” St. Matthew records our Master: “...and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world (age).” (Matt. 28: 20)
   The term always is a measure of time and the word alway is a measure of distance. Jesus promised to go the distance with us, all the way until we meet him face to face!
   An old Sunday school chorus says, 'With Jesus in the vessel, we can smile at the storm, smile at the storm, smile at the storm. With Jesus in the vessel. We can smile at the storm, until He calls us Home.'
    And that is abundantly true. Whatever enemy we face, we will overcome. We have ultimate peace, assurance and victory through the BLOOD of the Everlasting Covenant, the Eternal Word of God, the Blessed Holy Spirit and the Matchless Name of Jesus Christ. 
   He, Who is the Liberator of lost humanity, the Emancipator of the human race, the Saviour of the world and the Great Physician, has already won the Battle for us!
   We are fully armed with the precious promises of God, the Sword of the Spirit, purged by the Blood of the Lamb and endued with the Power and presence of the Holy Spirit and hidden with Christ in God the Father Almighty, one true God, world without end!
   The Bible says: “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 righteousness is of Me, saith the Lord.” (Is.54: 17)
    It is most assuredly the Holy Spirit's anointing that destroys the YOKE. He equips us with the anointing of God that breaks the yoke of Satanic power and bondage and frees us to live in victory to serve the Lord with gladness and fruitfulness!
    The Bible states: “But we have an UNCTION from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” (1 John 2:20). “Now He which stablisheth with you in Christ, and hath anointed us with you is God.” (2 Cor. 1: 21)
    Jesus declared: “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: 18, 19)
     I stand foursquare on God's Word and the PROMISES of Jesus Christ! He 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 for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matt. 11:28-30)
     Satan's yoke is heavy. It is hard to bear and takes his slave to eternal death. He promises an exciting time with no strings attached, but he is a Deceiver and a Liar. Satan enslaves those who follow his pernicious ways and ultimately leads them to destruction and Hell.
    Christ's yoke is different. He carries the heavy load. His yoke frees us to live a life of righteousness, peace and joy. He shatters sinful habits, destroys sickness and disease and ultimately carries us to be with Him in His glory!
    He is the Heavy Lifter, Who bore our sins and sicknesses to the Cross. He carried our pains, fears and sorrows to Golgotha where He made the supreme sacrifice for us all. He met the Demands of Divine Justice in payment for our eternal salvation, through His vicarious (substitutionary) death for us!
  The Holy Bible states: “Surely He hath borne our sicknesses (heb. makob), and carried our pains (heb. nasa): yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted.    "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.
    “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid upon Him the iniquity of us all.” (Is. 53: 4-6)
    When Jesus cried: “It is finished”, He had purchased our salvation from sin, fear, sickness, disease and death. (John 19: 30). St. Paul declared: “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5: 6, 7)
     “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 dwelleth in you.” (Rom. 8: 11)
    The BIBLE teaches that, God hath delivered us from the power of Darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son: In Whom we have redemption through His BLOOD, even the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1: 13, 14).
    As He had promised, Jesus sent the Blessed Holy Spirit upon His disciples on the Day of Pentecost and His Church was born in fire and great power:
    “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 mighty rushing 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 utterance.” (Acts 2: 1-4)
  Through His vicarious death for us all and His glorious resurrection from the dead, Jesus totally defeated Satan and the kingdom of Darkness. By His precious Blood, our Saviour has purchased all mankind for Himself and has given His church authority to take His Gospel to all who will believe on His name and repent of their sins.
     Here is His great commission: “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)
    The Church was born on the Day of Pentecost and ever continues in His Name to carry out the mandate given us by our Lord Jesus Christ. Here is the example set by Christ's early followers: “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with SIGNS following. Amen.” (Mark 16: 20)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Evangelists Merv and Linda Gold will be ministering at Christ the Healer Gospel Church 136 Ave F S Saskatoon, SK on Saturday 7:00 & Sunday 10:30 & 6:30, August 5 & 6 - Pastor Max Solbrekken

                    MERV & LINDA GOLD
                  Holy Spirit & Fire Revival
             Christ the Healer Gospel Church
                 136 Ave F S Saskatoon, SK

                Operating in the Gifts of God
                  in the Name of Jesus Christ
                    for God's Glory Alone

Monday, July 31, 2017


                  - With a Message of God's Love and Grace to everyone -

Christ the Healer Gospel Church
136 Ave FS 477- 0200

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

                        THE AMUNDRUDS AT TENT MEETING JULY 29 - 7 PM

Sunday, July 23, 2017

One Night Only - Sat 7:00 July 29 at House of Prayer Camp Meeting on Hiway 623 south of New Sarepta, AB. The Amundruds are filled with the Holy Spirit. Great things happen during Prayer Time. Join us for an old time Gospel Meeting. It us FREE. No ticket needed. - Pastor Max Solbrekken

                    THE AMUNDRUDS
                     FROM CANADA
                  SAT 7:00 JULY 29, 2017

                              By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
    When God spoke to Abraham, He said, “I am the Almighty, walk before Me and be ye perfect.” (Gen.17:1). The Word El means God or 'The Strong One'. Abraham was weak and helpless, but God is strong. The word “shad” is Hebrew for breast.
  The word Shaddai means, “The Breasted One.” God is the nourisher and life giver. God was sending Abraham a message that he must not be anxious or worry because “I am your sustenance. I am your strength. Draw draw from Me, Abraham. l will meet all your needs.
   As the baby in her mother's arms suckles the mother's breast receives its mother's life, we are to draw from our Heavenly Father everything we need to live and grow. The baby has no fear as it lies on its mother's breast, we are safe in the arms of Jesus.!
    Without the mother's life giving milk to nourish the baby, we likewise are totally dependent upon our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ our crucified and risen Lord and Saviour.
   What do we learn from this great Old Testament text? First, God is our source. Second, His grace is sufficient for all our needs. Third, His blood has washed away all our sins. Fourth, His love pardons our iniquities. 
    Fifth, we are healed divinely by the brutal scourging Jesus took on our behalf. Sixth, Jesus Christ's vicarious death on the cross has purchased eternal redemption for all people of all times, past, present and future, for those who repent of their sins and receive Him as their Lord and Saviour. 
    Seven, Christ's resurrection from the dead has purchased our justification.
    St. Paul lifts us into the Heavens with his marvellous epistles that show us plainly that when Christ died, we died with Him. When He was buried, we were buried with Him. When He arose, we arose with Him And presently we are seated with Him in Heavenly places. Hallelujah!
    He is the God that is more than enough. He is the God of Creation. It is impossible for Him to fail, make a mistake, lie or change. The Psalmist put it all in perspective when he wrote: 
     "The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters, He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the path or righteousness for His name's sake.
     "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over.
      "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of ljfe: and I will live in the House of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23: 1-6)
    The Bible states: “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” (Eph. 3: 20). 
   “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, that he that is in the world.” (1 John 4: 4). Amen.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Miracles of God are happening in the Gospel Tent Meeting at House of Prayer on Highway 623 south of New Sarepta AB (east of #21) - July 15 -30, 2017 - Everyone Welcome - Pastor Max Solbrekken

Randall Netmaker one of Canada's most anointed and 
talented Gospel singer, musician and recording artist
Gospel Camp Meeting - July 15- 30, 2017
Daily 7:00 PM; Sunday 10:30 & 6:30 PM
The Lamb Sisters Band and Pastor Max have
a long history going back to 1970. Gail and Colleen
and their husbands Melvin and Ray are totally dedicated!
We do not tamper with God's Word to make it more
palatable for people who love their sin more than Christ

Saturday, July 8, 2017

                                 By Pastor Max Solbrekken D.D.
    “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence and the violent take it by force.” (Matt. 11: 12).
   John the Baptist had preached a strong message on Repentance and Holiness and great crowds had heard him with joy, confessing their sins and were baptized by immersion.
   His message was death to sin and new life through keeping God's commandments. His death dealing, life giving messages didn't spare anyone from the rank and file to the religious pharisees and even King Herod, who imprisoned him.
  The Bible states: “Now when John heard in prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples; and said unto Him, Art Thou that shall came or look we for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see:
   “The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached unto them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me.” (Matt. 11: 2-5)
    John the Baptist was a CHOSEN vessel sent to introduce Jesus of Nazareth to Israel as the Messiah, the Christ of God. When he had first met Jesus at His baptismal, he had seen the Spirit of God descending upon our Lord and remaining on Him. The Heavenly Father made it clear to him that Jesus of Nazareth was the One which He had sent.
  The Bible records the stunning event: “And Jesus, when He was baptized went up straightway up out of the water: and lo, the Heavens were opened to him and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: And lo, a voice from Heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3: 16, 17)
                          DOUBTS BEGAN TO CROP UP!
   Sitting in the prison and hearing of Jesus' miraculous Ministry, John the Baptist began to have some doubts. For one thing, Jesus did spectacular miracles and healed the sick, while John the Baptist did not have those gifts. There were other things like spending time with people at social functions that brought doubt into his heart. Satan is a Master at spreading Doubt.
     A PATTERN was set here for all who follow the Master and Preach the Gospel of the crucified and resurrected Christ. It only happens through the Word of God, by the Name of Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit. And it still astonishes people!
    John the Baptist did no miracles yet Jesus' Ministry was based on the miraculous. Upon being filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus was driven by the Spirit to be tempted by the Devil during His wilderness Temptation. After His victory over Satan, He came back into the arena of human suffering, healing the sick and casting out unclean spirits.
    The Bible declares: “And Jesus returned in the POWER of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of Him through all the region round about. And they were astonished at His doctrine: for His Word was with Power.
    “And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with Thee, Thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art Thou come to destroy us? I know Thee Who Thou art; the Holy One of God.
    “And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not. And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a Word is this! For with authority and power He commandeth the unclean spirits and they come out.” (Luke 4: 15, 32-36)
                              GO AND SHOW JOHN AGAIN!
    Jesus settled the problem immediately. He said: “Go and show John AGAIN those things which ye hear and see. It is interesting how miracles of healing played such an important place in Jesus' Ministry. which they had again witnessed.
   “The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached unto them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me.” (Matt. 11: 2-5)
    Jesus began to commend John the Baptist as the greatest prophet ever born of women. Then, He stated: “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Matt 11: 12)
   What did He mean by that statement? The crowds had thronged his meetings, many of them crushed by condemnation for their sins, had cried out to God for mercy. It was like a battlefield with ungodly men surrendering in droves. 
    The power of God bringing godly sorrow and confessions of the most terrible sins, made them ready for the waters of Baptism. And the shouts of victory from those whom God had cleansed and forgiven rose up everywhere.
   Can you imagine the thousands who attended those meetings where the Baptist thundered out his message: “And now also the AXE is laid unto the root of the tree: therefore every tree that which bringeth not forth good fruit is HEWN down and cast into the FIRE.”
    What a REVIVAL that must have been. And, even today, the Kingdom of Heaven is advancing powerfully and men of faith take hold of the promises of God with an ardour that resembles violence!
    The Gospel of Christ is so life transforming and the baptism of the Holy Spirit so powerful that sins, fears and evil habits are shaken off people and vanish almost supernaturally. Talk about the 'Holy Ghost and Fire'!
   The Baptist stated, “I indeed baptize you with water, but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of Whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose. He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with Fire.” (Luke 3: 16)
    What an introduction John the Baptist gave to Christ Jesus our Lord. John's Ministry had been full of emotion, repentance, confession and baptism. Jesus' would be greater and include the Baptism of the Holy Spirit Himself and His Fire! Isn't that powerful?
    One of the reasons that God the Son was incarnated (God in human flesh) was to bring mankind back to God, to make His Father our Father also! By shedding His pure and holy blood on the Cross, He guaranteed our Eternal Salvation.
   The reason that Jesus could not pour out the Holy Spirit upon the Church until after His resurrection and His ascension was because He had to pour out His BLOOD to satisfy the righteous demands of Divine Justice in the courts of Heaven, to atone for our sins!
  After His glorious resurrection, Jesus promised His disciples: “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.” (Luke 24: 49)
   “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you; as My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you. And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” (John 20: 21,22)
   “And being assembled together with them commanded them that they should not depart from 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.” (Acts 1: 4, 5)
   The BIBLE states: “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 2: 1-3)
    When the multitudes came together to see what was taking place, St. Peter stated: “But this is that which was spoken by JOEL the prophet; 
    "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 prophesy, 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 prophesy.
  “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 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 all are 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: 16-18, 22-24, 32, 33)
    Let us take Jesus at His Word and like the Early Church, we will be able to fulfill the Great Commission He left us! He said: “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 their hands on the sick and they shall recover.
   “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: 15-20)
    This Gospel is for ALL people of ALL the world including the Muslim World! Jesus Christ commanded: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved ...." (Mark 16: 15-20)
  King David prophesied: "The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, AGAINST the Lord, and against HIS ANOINTED, saying, Let us break the bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. (Psalms 2: 2, 3)
    The Apostles prayed, quoting David: "For a truth against Thy Holy Child Jesus, whom Thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, for to do whatsoever Thy hand and Thy counsel determined before to be done." (Acts 4:25-28)
    The whole world was involved in carrying out the will of God in the sacrificial death of Christ for us all. King Herod, Pontius Pilate, the Gentiles and Israel is a representation of the Entire World that stands guilty in the SIN of crucifying the Son of God!
   And the entire world is invited to receive God's forgiveness, peace, healing, blessing and deliverance which has been purchased for us all through the shed BLOOD of Jesus Christ our Lord and His glorious resurrection from the dead! 
   The Bible says: "Looking for that blessed HOPE and the glorious appearance of the Great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ Who GAVE HIMSELF for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." (Titus 2:13, 14)
   "But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 
   "Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by His GRACE, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." (Titus 3: 4-7) All glory to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen!
    Is God able to save and fill with His Holy Spirit tough, evil, perverted Muslim terrorists? Read Acts chapters 9, 22 and 28. If He can reach a Jewish terrorist He can reach a Muslim terrorist! Nothing is too hard for our God!
                   A GREAT MIRACLE IN NORWAY!
    In late August, 2001, I was preaching in a small town in Norway and learned about a refugee camp where hundreds of Muslim refugees from the Kosovo War were being housed. I asked if anyone was reaching them with the love of Christ. They answered, “No”.
    I challenged the pastor’s wife who was teaching them Norwegian, to invite them to our Revival Meeting. She answered that it was against the new school rules to talk to students about Jesus!
    I countered: “St. Peter said, ‘We ought to obey God rather than man’. It seems rather strange to me that a Pentecostal Pastor’s wife would not have the courage to obey God than rules put in place by some political hack.”

   She said: “O.K. I will ask them.” She did and eight people accepted. The Pastor picked them up and brought them to the meeting. 
   All received Jesus Christ as their Saviour and since August 2001 until now that Church has baptized more than 1,000 Muslims to Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord forever and ever! Hallelujah and Amen.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

                                             By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
    The Bible clearly outlines the sins of Israel, which at one time held a special relationship with God. In this article I compare Israel's backsliding to the Church of Jesus Christ's seemingly constant drift from our amazing spiritual beginning until the present!
    In the same manner, I parallel the Fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden from purity, honesty and worship of their Creator to the corrupt, jaded and perverted world system of today!
    God's Word states:"Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." (Prov. 14: 34 ); "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." (Ps. 33: 12). According to these Scriptures, Canada is in a fallen state!
   The Church is in desperate need of a genuine Holy Ghost, heaven-sent, apostolic revival of mammoth proportions! Without a visitation from God, the Church will not be able survive the awful onslaught of Satanic invention and intrigue!
  The Evil One is working overtime to minimize, decimate and destroy the effectiveness of the Body of Christ around the world! He has employed many and varied agencies and emissaries to do his bidding ever since 'The Fall', which has caused great confusion and suffering to the Church.
   The greatest problem suffered by the Body of Christ down though the centuries,  however, has been self - inflicted! Discord among brethren, jealousy, envy, backbiting, lust, greed, pride and control, have been some of the sins that have seriously hampered the sanctity and the growth of the Church!
    Other major problems have been that of deception, laziness and indifference! Power hungry men have often been willing to compromise the Word of God, to maintain their position of prominence in society and authority in the Church.
   What has been the result of these actions? A loss of real spiritual power, a vacuum of moral leadership in the Church and community, and a blurred   vision of the purpose and goals of  the Ministry. It has also generated a lukewarmness toward the needs of the people, a lack of compassion to reach a lost world and a loss of  the Holy Spirit's fire in praise and worship.
    Here are some key Scriptures that relate to our situation today and their ramifications as it applies to our individual lives and the Church body as a whole. In this message I seek to show the similarities that existed in various times in Israel's history of backsliding to what is happening in the Church presently.
1. NEHEMIAH 1: 1 - 5
   "The words of Nehemiah the son of Hach-a-liah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in the palace, That Ha-na-ni, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning Jerusalem.     "And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
    "And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,  And said, I beseech Thee, O' Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love Him and observe His commandments."
    It seems clear to me that the report given to Hezekiah about the awful condition of Jerusalem - the City of God - and the sad plight of the inhabitants therein, closely resemble the plight of the Christian Church in many parts of the world today.
    Jesus said: "I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matt. 16: 18). It is true that  Jesus is building His Church and it is also true that the gates of hell cannot and will not prevail against it. 
   During the time of Christ, City Hall (as we call it), where plans of war were hammered out,  was directly behind the gate, and consequently was referred to as the Gates of the City!  The words, 'the gates of hell', refer to the opinions, plans,  strategy and agenda of Satan. They cannot succeed in the long term! They will be defeated.
    Our Lord gave us the Great Commission, which stated in part: "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 their hands on the sick and they shall recover." (Mark 16: 15 – 18)
    We must ask ourselves the questions: "Are we fulfilling the Great Commission of our Lord, or are we just playing Church? Are we casting out devils, healing the sick, setting the captives free, and preaching the good news to those who haven't yet heard?
    Even a casual reading of the Epistles teaches us how graciously, unselfishly and righteously God desires us to live, after receiving Jesus Christ as Lord. Do we love the Lord  with all our heart, soul and mind, and our neighbour as ourselves? 
    Do we love others, as Christ loved us or do we hold onto grudges and unforgiveness? It is difficult  to believe that we are not "missing the mark" in these areas.
    The Lord's Prayer, which our Master taught His disciples to pray, states in part: "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." Have our lives helped to cause that to happen? Is His will being done in our earth (body) as well as on the earth? Are we a part of the solution or a part of the problem?
 Hezekiah was confronted with a pitiful sight! The walls of Jerusalem were broken down and the gates had been burned with fire! And the remnant that were left in God's Holy City were in great affliction (poverty, despair, sickness) and reproach (persecuted, maligned, ridiculed)
    If we are honest with ourselves and God, we must admit that this is a picture of the Church world-wide.
  Not so many years ago, the Roman Catholic Church was publicly disgraced, because of the sick homosexual practices of their pervert priests. At one point in Canada, more than 100 priests were imprisoned for sexually molesting boys.  
   And when you see Protestant denominations in the Western World caving in to the demands of homosexuals and lesbians for ordination and same-sex marriages for their clergy, doesn't it make you sick?
    The first time I saw two men kissing on TV, I felt violated and almost nauseated! What a reproach. What an unnatural, disgusting image for little children to absorb!
   The disastrous fall into almost comatose formalism, and a rejection of the Virgin birth of Christ, the Born Again experience and the Doctrine in many Protestant Churches makes one wonder how bad it can get. The only answer is a red-hot, Holy Spirit led revival of righteousness.
2.  Joel  1: 9 - 14,  Joel 2: 15
    "The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth. Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye wine dressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.
  "The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men. 
   "Gird yourselves and lament ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is witholden from the house of your God.
   "Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord. Alas for the day! for the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come."
    I believe that there is a parallel  between the crises in the Church today, and the vision that the prophet Joel had of Israel facing the day of judgment, called in the Old testament, 'the Day of the Lord'! Using this Scripture as a pre-picture of the Church in the time of the end, allow me to share some pertinent and very important truths:
   Why was Israel to asked to call a solemn assembly? Why must the priests lie all night in sackcloth, crying unto God? Why must all the inhabitants of the land fast, mourn, weep and repent? Judgment was coming! The terrible 'Day of the Lord' was about to take place, when the Almighty's wrath will fall upon the world at the very end of time.
    St. Peter wrote about it with great solemnity and warning: "But the day of the Lord shall come as  a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness?
    "Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless, according to His promise,  look for  new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."
   "Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless." (2 Peter 3: 10 – 14). 
    Why should we call a solemn assembly and sanctify a fast? Why should the Church spend much, much more time in prayer?  Here are three reasons:
    For the Church,  the harvest is the youth of our nation! Our young people who have drifted away from the faith of their fathers and mothers! Young people who smoke marijuana, fornicate, drink alcoholic beverages and gamble at the casinos and video lottery terminals! Young people who are carnally minded and live only for pleasure, instead of being consecrated and dedicated to God and His program.
    The reason that there is so little joy in the hearts of Christians is because we have lost the harvest. It is because we are not winning souls to Christ! The Bible says: "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." (Psalm 126: 5, 6).
     I have never met an unhappy soul winner! People who witness for Christ and are engaged in Church and Missionary work are the happiest people that I have been privileged to meet, because they are involved with eternal souls. A soul winner's joy is sweet and his reward is great.
  The Bible says: "And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever." (Daniel 12: 2, 3).
    The priests and their families lived off  some of the offerings that were brought to the temple. People had stopped bringing in their offerings, so therefore there was very little for the ministering priests to live on. How can the Church survive when people lose interest, backslide, stop paying their tithes?
   How can the work of God grow if people stop serving Him, and discontinue giving missionary offerings? Only a revival, an awakening, a visitation from God Almighty will shake us into action, so that our hearts will be right with Him and open to the call of God upon our lives. Let us call a solemn assembly and get people involved in fasting and praying for a genuine revival from Heaven.
3. HABAKKUK 3: 1, 2
    “A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth. O Lord, I have heard Thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive Thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy."
   This is one of the most powerful Scriptures in the Bible, to convince the Church to call upon God for mercy, forgiveness and help! The prophet had  apparently been in prayer and God had spoken to him.     Prayer is a two-way street. It is important to let God speak to us during our times of seeking Him!  What God told the prophet shook him to the core, and made him afraid.
  What did God tell Habakkuk? God must have given him a message that impending  judgment was about to fall. Gripped by a holy reverence and godly fear, the prophet cried out: 
   "Instead of judgment, send a revival.  Revive Thy work O Lord, in the midst of the years. Don't let your cup of judgment get filled up! Rather make yourself known unto us NOW by forgiving our sins and showing mercy. And if You must judge us, in Your great wrath remember to be merciful!"
4. JEREMIAH 2: 13 ;  6: 16
    "For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein."
   There are some sad stories in the Bible of hardhearted people who refused to turn to the Lord, even after He called them repeatedly!  Here He speaks to Jeremiah - the weeping prophet - about His feelings regarding Israel , His chosen people! He asks: "Hath a nation changed their gods, which are no gods? but My people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit." (v. 11).
    He indicts Israel on two counts:  Forsaking Him, the fountain of living water and exchanging Him for counterfeits - broken cisterns which can hold no water.
   Then, He challenges them to take a good hard look at all the alternatives: "Stand at the crossroads of life and have a good look at the alternatives. Then, return to the good ways and walk in them." What does He offer? Peace and rest for our souls! yet, there are many who enter the wide gate and take the  broad road which leads to death and destruction.
Here is the KEY to revival: “If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chron. 7: 14).
    There are four things that God's people must do in order for the Almighty to rend the heavens and come down in Revival Power in our midst!
    First, we must humble ourselves, getting rid of the sin of pride. Second, we must begin to pray earnestly for His intervention. Third, we must seek His face in protracted times of intimate fellowship with our Heavenly Father! We must get close enough so that we can walk with Him like Enoch, Abraham and Moses! And Four, we must "lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily besets us" (Heb.12: 1, 2),  and turn from every wicked way.
5. MALACHI 1: 6 - 9; 3: 8 - 10
    "A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a Father, where is Mine honour? and if I be a Master, where is My fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you. O priests, that despise My name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised Thy name? Ye offer polluted bread upon Mine altar, and ye say, Wherein have we polluted Thee? In that ye say, The table of the Lord is contemptible.
    "And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil" and if ye offer the lame and the blind, is it not evil? offer it now to thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the Lord of hosts. And now, I pray you, beseech God that He will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your person saith the Lord of hosts."
    God was displeased with the priests who were indifferent to their holy tasks in the temple. They were only going through the motions instead of  reverently ministering to the Lord! Are we also guilty of only going through the motions without real conviction and love for our Lord?
    May God help us to give Him our very best, instead of the cull, the left - overs in our life. He is not content to play second fiddle or be the fifth wheel. He wants to be NUMBER ONE in our heart and life! Let us give Jesus Christ centre stage.
    In verse 11 through 14, we read: "For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same MY name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense  shall be offered unto My name, and a pure offering: for My name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts."
    What were they doing? They were offering animals that were blind and lame and sick unto the eternal God! He asks: "Should I accept this of your hand? saith the Lord. But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the Lord of hosts, and My name is dreadful among the heathen."
                           A SIN AND A SHAME!
    It is scandalous when you consider the very little we give to God and His cause in the so-called Christian nations, relative to what we spend on cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, pornography, gambling and amusement. It is a Sin and a Shame! We spend more money on chewing gum in our respective countries than we give to Almighty God. That has to change.
   In Chapter 3, we read: "Will a man rob God? yet ye have robbed Me.  But ye say, Wherein have we robbed Thee. In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed Me, even this whole nation.
    “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house, and PROVE ME now herewith saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there will not be room enough to receive it.
    "And I will REBUKE THE DEVOURER for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts."
   Upon the authority of God's Word, I declare that you will never sorry if you give God His share in tithes and offerings. He is no man's debtor and He will prosper and bless you as He has promised. His Word cannot fail and He will not fail you.
   Isaiah's life was changed when he had a vision of God in the temple. He became one of the greatest Prophets of all times! He cried out: 
   "Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear." (Isaiah 59: 1, 2)
    Here he gives us the key to forgiveness and peace: "Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." (Isaiah 55: 6, 7)
6. REVELATION 3: 14 - 20
    "And unto the angel of the church of the La-od-i-ce'ans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot; I would that thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.
   "Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.
     "I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear, and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see.
    " As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be  zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me."
    The La-od-i-ce'an Church had drifted  so far from the truth that Jesus is standing on the outside seeking entrance to His OWN CHURCH. How very, very sad! He wants us to be red hot for Him and His Gospel. 
    Please make room for Jesus Christ in your heart and life today! Only then, do we really begin living. In his great love and mercy, Jesus will wash away every sin and fill our hearts with contentment and contagious joy!
     What a reproach in that Day, to be left on the outside, because you have left Him on the outside of your life! He urges, “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.
    “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, ans am set down with My Father in His throne.” (Rev. 3: 20, 21)
7. JONAH 1: 1-6
    “Arise, go to Ninevah, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before Me. But Jonah rose up to flee from the presence of the Lord; and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
      “But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them.. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship, and he lay, and was fast asleep.
    “ So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him. What meanest thou O sleeper? Arise, call upon thy God, if so be it that God will think upon us, that we perish not. And they said everyone to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.
    “Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? What is thy country? and of what people art thou? And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of Heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.
     “Then, were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he had fled from the presence of God, because he had told them. Then said they unto him, what shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us: for the sea wrought and was tempestuous unto them.
     “Then said he, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you. Nevertheless, the men rowed hard to bring it to land.; but they could not; for the sea wrought and was tempestuous unto against them.
     “Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, we beseech Thee O Lord, we beseech Thee, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for Thou O Lord, hast done as it pleased Thee. So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea, and the sea ceased from her raging.
     “Then the men feared exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows. Now the Lord had prepared a GREAT FISH to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.”
    What a wake-up call Jonah received from Almighty God and what tremendous measures He takes, so that a heathen city could hear God's voice and be saved. It was an unusual and awesome way to reach that entire city for Him.
                     WHEN GOD BECAME A MAN!
   It pales, however, when one considers the Salvation plan that Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled through His Virgin birth, pure and righteous life, vicarious death and glorious resurrection. The Sovereignty of God demanded punishment for sin and the CROSS provided the Final solution!
    For a time, God overlooked or winked at our sins in His great mercy and kindness by allowing the sacrificing of innocent lambs, goats and bullocks (occasionally a red heifer) to suffice.
    When the fullness of time had come, however, Almighty God our Heavenly Father, gave Himself in His Son to be the propitiation for our sins and those of the whole world. The word propitiation means the covering, satisfaction and the expiation. Jesus of Nazareth, true God from eternity and true man by His virgin birth, had to die so that He could cover us and remove our sins to SATISFY the Righteous Demands of Divine Justice.
    While in the belly of the GREAT FISH, Jonah repented of his rebellion and disobedience. God forgave him and gave him another opportunity to reach the wicked city of Nineveh with God's message of repentance and judgment. Praise the Lord!
     “And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry ground. And the Word of the Lord came unto Jonah the Second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the Word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days journey.
     “So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest one even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes....
     “When God saw their works, that they turned from their Evil way; and God repented of the evil that He had said that He would do unto them, and He did did it not.” (Job 2: 10: 3:1-10)
    The total repentance of the entire city of Nineveh moved Almighty God to change His mind about His judgment toward them. He freely forgave them all by extending His mercy toward them. Jonah's change of heart in obeying God's directive after a long and hard lesson, brought our Heavenly Father's great love into focus for all to see and experience.
                   IMPORTANT LESSONS TO ALL!
     There are a number of lessons for us to learn from this ancient happening: First, God loves the heathen and will use every possible means to rescue them. Secondly, the work of a true 'Man of God' isn't a soft touch. It may involve tough times and very hard work. The importance is to be obedient to the Holy Spirit and answer 'yes' when He calls!
    My prayer is that everyone of us will be willing to carry the message of Christ's salvation to our relatives, friends, neighbours and others as often as possible whenever possible to as many as possible, for as long as possible!
   WILLIAM BOOTH and his wife Catherine founded the Salvation Army in 1865. They chose as their slogan, 'Blood and Fire', referring to Jesus Christ's BLOOD shed for the remission of sins and the Fire referring to the FIRE of the Holy Spirit. 
    He stated, “The tendency of fire is to go out; watch the fire on the altar of your heart. Anyone who has tended a fireplace. knows that it needs to be stirred up occasionally.
   In 1892, William Booth wrote the well-known hymn, 'SEND THE FIRE'. It is filled with Gospel truth, Biblical Doctrine and Great Commission Admonition. You ca sense the presence of God by reading the words, and the Holy Spirit burns when it is sung.
     There is no-one as unhappy as a person who has been called of God to preach Christ's Gospel, but has stifled that call. For some people it will be too late to answer that call, but for others the Holy Spirit may still be calling for you to do His bidding. May He help you to answer that call. Amen.