Saturday, August 8, 2020

 

          THE CROSSROADS OF LIFE

                                 By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old Paths wherein is the good way and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, we will not walk therein.” (Jer. 6: 16)

The prophet Jeremiah had a solution for the restlessness and fears that has beset the human family ever since the fall of Adam and Eve in Garden of Eden! He had the answer to the turmoil, upheaval and injustice that has afflicted multitudes across the globe. Jeremiah has a message from Almighty God for the great problems facing the masses of sinful, guilty and hurting mankind!

There are Biblical Solutions to Life's Difficult Situations! There are answers to the life-long problems caused by disobedience to the law of loving God with the whole heart, soul and spirit, and our neighbour as ourselves!

                                WE HAVE A SIN PROBLEM!

The real problem facing humanity is man's propensity to disobey, hate, demean, and harm our fellowman. The real problem is not the neighbour you dislike, the corruption in government, or the thief who has ransacked your home. The truth is plain and simple: “We have a Sin Problem.”

The Holy Bible states, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23); “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 6: 22, 23)

Sin is Disobedience against God and His Word. It is breaking God's Laws or Commandments. From the original Greek and Hebrew Scriptures, the Bible has several words for Sin, one being 'transgression' and another is 'iniquity.'  Sin is "Transgression of God's Law".

Sin is also defined as 'missing the mark' of the standard our Lord has set for us. We are all sinners by birth, by nature and by choice! Jesus Christ is perfect and He is the standard by which we must measure ourselves. Sin comes from the inner man, which was depraved from birth.

Jesus said, "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart, and they defile the man.  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man." (Matt. 15:19)

Sin separates man from God: The Bible states: "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 59:2)

Sin is unbelief, which rejects and denies God's Word: "He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:18)

                                    JEREMIAH'S SOLUTION!

Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old Paths wherein is the good way and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, we will not walk therein.” (Jer. 6: 16)

Go down to the crossroads and see where each road leads. Don't get on a road that takes you to nowhere or to dangerous places. Don't try something new just because someone has hyped it to you. They may have a sinister motive, like getting you hooked on drugs or lead you into a life of gambling. Getting on the wrong road could destroy your future and eventually lead to a lost eternity.

The old Paths speaks of a true and tested lifestyle of love, caring, family, honesty, righteousness and compassion. Yet, as the prophet declared, “But they said, we will not walk therein.”

How true that is, even today! People can hear the message of God's love and compassion repeatedly and even believe it, but allow themselves to be drawn into a worldly and a dangerous lifestyle!

                   SINNER : STOP, LOOK & LISTEN!

Sinner, backslider: Stop, look and listen. There may be real trouble coming down the tracks heading toward you! In your fevered pace of seeking pleasure, having so-called fun, stop in your pursuit of love, happiness, gain, position and place. Stop long enough to evaluate what is going on in your life and the world about you. Check out the consequences of the long term benefits or negative results!

Make an informed decision to return to the Old Path of Righteousness through a determined serious return to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. You will then have guaranteed your future for time and eternity instead of having sold out to Satan only to have your future hijacked and your salvation despoiled!

The end results gained from walking on the old Path are enormous. It pays in “rest for our souls.” It pays in peace, joy, love, forgiveness, guidance, spiritual power, divine healing, eternal life and Heaven forever!

Peace: “Seven times a day do I praise Thee because of Thy righteous judgments. Great peace have they which love Thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” (Ps. 119: 164, 165)

Jesus said: “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). St. Paul stated: “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil.4: 7 )

Love: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3: 16, 17)

St. John declares: “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:7,8)

Forgiveness: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1: 8): “In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” (Eph. 1:7)

Holy Ghost Baptism: “John answered, saying unto them all, 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); Jesus said: “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Led by Holy Spirit: “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come. He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall shown it unto you. All things that the Father hath are Mine: therefore said I, that ye shall take of Mine, and shall show it unto you.” (John 16: 13-15)

Divine Healing: “And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel unto every creature, He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned, And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents 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: 14-18)

Fellowship in Christ: “That which we have we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:3,7)

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the Living God, as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (2 Cor. 6:16-18)

Eternal Life: “And this is eternal Life, that they may know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.” (John 17: 3); “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them and they follow Me: And I give unto the eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My Father's hand.” (John 10: 27, 28)

And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son hath life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that they may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5: 11-13)

                                     ALL OTHER ROADS!

All other roads lead to Hell and destruction; heartbreak, torment, sorrows, prison, dead-end! The Bible says: “There is a way that seemeth right to a man but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:25);

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharoah's daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” (Heb. 11:24,25);

That the triumphing of the wicked is short; and the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment.” (Job 20:5); “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord ” (Rom. 6:23)

                                   SIN OF BACKSLIDING!

St. Paul wrote about the awesome responsibility preachers have to declare the whole truth and not weaken the Gospel through compromise. He warned about the deadly sin of backsliding and how to come back to the Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ. Like the Prodigal Son, it takes repentance and a willingness to turn back to God, forsaking sin and evil!

For though I preach the Gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me: yea, woe is me, if I preach not the Gospel. But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” (1 Cor. 9: 16,27)

Almighty God calls us back to Him, if any are guilty of straying from His Word; “Come now, and let us reason together saith the Lord? though your sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Is. 1:18).

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

All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6: 37); “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and he will with Me.” (Rev. 3:20)

                             I PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS!

I stood in a courtroom filled to capacity with every race and nation all staring right at me. The judge walked in, took His seat and my crimes began to read. I raised my head as I looked at Him, when He said, “How do you plead?” I said, “I Plead the Blood!”

I plead the Blood of Jesus, against the crimes you have read. I plead the blood of Jesus, they are covered as He said. For His death on Calvary, assured me I am FREE. There is now, no condemnation. Tis Jesus BLOOD I plead.”

Then He read out all my crimes. Listed them one by one. And I was so ashamed of the awful things I had done. Then He looked again at me, This awesome fearful Judge. He said, How do you plead? I said, “I Plead the Blood!”

I plead the Blood of Jesus, against the crimes you have read. I plead the blood of Jesus, they are covered as He said. For His death on Calvary, assured me I am FREE. There is now, no condemnation. Tis Jesus BLOOD I plead.” AMEN.  

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

  HIDDEN WITH CHRIST IN GOD

               By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set you affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

For ye are dead and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye appear with Him in glory.” (Col. 3: 1-4).

Hidden with Christ in God! How safe is that, for time and eternity? You can't get anything better than that. The Holy Scriptures are sure and certain!

The Gift of God is Eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord. We are adopted into His Kingdom by Christ Himself according to His own pleasure!

St. Paul's epistles burst out with new and fresh meaning and life! Repeatedly, he puts forth the great truth that we are made one with Christ through the New Birth. He in us and we in Him.

WE ARE HEIRS OF GOD!

He states that we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. We have been adopted into the Kingdom of God through Christ's vicarious death, shed blood and glorious resurrection: “For we are members of His flesh, and of His bones.” (Eph. 5: 30).

Since we are members of His flesh and of His bones, we draw strength and healing from Him. He has no arthritis in His bones and no disease in His flesh, therefore I should not have any disease in my body. By faith in His finished work on Golgotha, I now receive healing in my body.

Since Christ is in me, I draw spiritual life from His Word and His blood, to live a pure life. By the same token, I receive His healing in my body, for by His stripes I am healed physically!

HE HEALED ALL THE SICK!

The Bible declares: “Surely He hath borne our sicknesses (heb. kholle) and carried our pains (heb. makob): 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.” (Is. 53: 4,5)

When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits with His Word, and healed all that were sick:

That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet saying, HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND BEAR OUR SICKNESSES.” (Matt. 8: 16, 17); “His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live righteousness: BY WHOSE STRIPES YE WERE HEALED.” (1 Peter 2: 24).

Seven hundred years before Jesus died on the cross, Isaiah looked forward to the Redemption His blood would purchase for us all. Many years after Christ's death on the cross, St. Peter looked back on that day and wrote, “By whose stripes ye were healed.”

Isaiah prophesied of Christ: “I the Lord that called thee in righteousness, and will hold thy hand, and will keep thee, and will give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles.

To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. I am the Lord; that is My name and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images.” (Is. 42:6-8)

He spoke of the Prison House Satan who had enslaved the world. By sending His Son to be incarnated (God in human flesh) to atone for our sins, He condemned sin in the flesh and destroyed Satan's power over us! (Rom. 8:1,3)

Jesus said: “ No man can enter a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.” (Mark 3:27)

Our Lord referred to Satan, a strong man that is holding hostage many precious souls. Jesus is the stronger man who has destroyed Satan's power and authority over mankind, spoiled his house and freed his captives!

JESUS OPENS BLIND EYES!

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.” (Acts 10: 38)

The Bible states: “And when he (Bartimaeus) heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise, He calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto Him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus in the way.” (Mark 10: 47-52)

The Holy Bible says: “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; Who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things, so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.” (Ps.103:1-6)

WE ARE SECURE IN JESUS!

No weapon that 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)

Believers in Christ are secure. No weapon arrayed against us will prosper. We are able to condemn any accusative tongue. Why is this possible? It is the heritage of the servants of the Lord. And it's all because of Jesus Christ and His righteousness!

The Bible states: “But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” (1 Cor. 1: 30). Hallelujah!

THE MERCY OF GOD!

There is nothing as great as the mercy of God, and nothing as necessary in this world of sinning men and women as His awesome mercy!

The mercy of God is an Ocean Divine reaching from Eternity into time and from Heaven to earth. And into my earth... for I heard the call of the Holy Spirit and I responded to His Voice calling me in no uncertain terms.

I realized that I had to return to the God of my childhood. Satan was battling for my soul, but the call of the Holy Spirit was so urgent that I answered His call on my life. Jesus came with the balm of Gilead to reclaim me for Himself.

Like Adam, I had gone my own way, forgetting His graciousness. “Where art thou?”, He asked Adam. He knew where Adam was, but He wanted to hear him confess his failure. “And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

THE WORLD STANDS GUILTY!

The whole world stands guilty before God. We had all fallen from being children of God to becoming slaves to sin, our own ego, and the Evil one!

In the sight of God we are all naked. He knows everything about us and He still loves us with an eternal love! How the heart of our Heavenly Father must have felt sorrow for the way foolish man, who been given so much, throw it all away after listening to the Lucifer, the Cosmic Liar!

In His great heart of mercy and grace He loved Adam and Eve and already had a plan to save them! How our sinful, foolish ways must be hurtful to Jesus Christ whose heart we often break by our pride, rebellion and destructive lifestyles, when He has so much better things for us!

The Bible states that He cares for us and watches over us. He sees the sparrow fall and He knows our frame. He is our Heavenly Father that waits for us to return home like the parable of the prodigal Son!

And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

But the father said to His servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat and be merry:

For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found...” (Luke 15: 20-24). Why would He loves us when we are so indifferent to His call?

The Bible says: “Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; and though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Is. 1:18)

Our Saviour invites: “Behold I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and He with Me.” (Rev. 3:20).

Why should we not answer the call and invite the Lord of Glory to come into our hearts, that we may be a member of His Kingdom? The prudent thing to do is to weigh your options and answer 'Yes” to is call!

The Bible says: “And the pharisees and scribes murmured saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.” (Luke 15: 2). What a great relief to know that Jesus Christ receives sinners!

THE BLOOD OF JESUS!

That was the purpose of His incarnation, His vicarious death for us all, His resurrection, His glorious ascension and His outpouring of the Holy Spirit! Jesus said: I am come to seek and to save them that are lost.” (Luke 19:10)

St. Paul testified, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” (1 Tim.1:15).

The conversion of Saul of Tarsus represents how low God will reach to save the worst sinner!

Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting.” (1Tim.1:16)

For this is good and accepted in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto all knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus:

Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (2: 2-6); “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” (Heb.9:12)

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Heb.9: 14). “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.” (Heb.10: 19-22)

CHRIST THE HOPE OF GLORY!

Without Christ I am nothing. Without Christ I would be lost. Without Christ there would be no hope. Without Christ there would be no world. Without Christ there would be no future. Without Christ there would be no forgiveness. Without Christ there would be no divine healing. Without Christ there would be no eternal salvation!

Without Jesus Christ's substitutionary death for us on Golgotha all hope would have been lost. The human race would have been iredeemamably lost throughout eternity!

Adam's sin of rebellion and high treason was unpardonable and such an affront to God, that only a perfect sinless human being's death could atone. God's Word stated: ''The soul that sinneth, it shall surrely die....'' (Ezek.18:20).

Jesus' vicarious, substitutionary death on the cross and His resurrection three days later, purchased our eternal salvation! Repeatedly over the centuries, Jewish Rabbis had stood outside the synagogue and made the 'Cry of the Synagogue'. With a loud voice he would say, ''Let one innocent come and make atonement for the guilty!''

No one stepped forward because all were guilty! Then one day, John the Baptist pointing to Jesus and said: ''Behold, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world.» (John 1:29).

Jesus of Nazareth was that 'Innocent One' and through His substitutionary death and shed His blood to meet the righteous demands of Divine Justice for the sins of the world!

Satan deceived the human race. Satan is a liar and a murderer. Satan is a thief, a killer and destroyer! Jesus Christ's substitutionary death for us all has destroyed Satan and his kingdom for all of eternity. Hallelujah!

CHRIST MY ETERNAL LIFE!

''These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to Heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glority Thee. As Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him.

''And this is eternal life , that they might know Thee the only True God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.'' (John 17:1-3)

''Who is a Liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist that denieth the Father and the Son. Whoso denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: but he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.'' (1 John 2: 22, 23)

''He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: He that believeth not God hath made Him a liar, because he believeth not the record that God gave of His Son. And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life and this life is in His Son, and this life is in His Son.

''He that hath the Son hath eternal life: and he that hath not the Son hath not eternal life.'' (1 John 5: 10-12)

An old Gospel song comes to mind:

''Without Him I can do nothing. Without Him I'd surely fail. Without Him I would be drifting, like a ship without a sail. So Iv'e asked Him to be my pilot. His Word my compass and guide. Till I've anchored safely in Heaven. For without Him I'd drift with the tide.''

GREATER IS CHRIST WTHIN ME!

The Bible says, ''Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. 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 lived, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit.

''And we have known and do testify that the Father hath sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him and he in God.

''And we have known and believed the Love that God hath to us. GOD IS LOVE: and he that dwellth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love nade 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: 4,6-10, 13,16-20). Amen.

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Michael Tracey says mainstream media has overlooked those affected by summer's violence

Democrat's Harvest Time. Reaping What They Have Sown! When Will They Learn?
The Bible says, "Be not deceived: God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." (Gal. 6: 7). The hurting people trapped in filthy, dangerous, drug infested, crime laden Democrat cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland want to relocate in safe, Republican led cities in Texas and Florida. Can you blame them?

Monday, August 3, 2020

Johnathan is not on the 'Black Lives Matter Plantation!  He is a real brave Man, a patriot  and not a cow-tower. Proud of you, man! m.s.

Jonathan Isaac Becomes First NBA Player 

to Stand for National Anthem, Says “The Answer is the Gospel”

Jonathan Isaac, forward for the Orlando Magic, became the first player in the NBA to stand for the national anthem this season and declared after the game that the Gospel is the answer to racism.

Isaac, also an ordained Christian minister, chose not to join his teammates in wearing a “Black Lives Matter” shirt at Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.

According to The Associated Press, “a person with knowledge of Isaac’s decision said it was not a surprise to his teammates and that his choice was discussed ahead of time.”

After the game, Isaac spoke to the press, where The Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks asked him about his bold decision to take a stand.

“Absolutely,” Isaac answered via video chat alongside a member of the Magic PR team. “I believe that black lives matter. A lot went into my decision … kneeling or wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt don’t go hand-in-hand with supporting black lives … I do believe that black lives matter, but I just felt like it was a decision that I had to make, and I didn’t feel like putting that shirt on and kneeling went hand-in-hand with supporting black lives.”

“My life has been supported through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and everyone is made in the image of God and that we all fall short of God’s glory,” Isaac went on, “and that each and every one of us each and every day do things that we shouldn’t do, we say things that we shouldn’t say, we hate and dislike people that we shouldn’t hate and dislike, and sometimes it gets to a point where we point fingers about whose evil is worse, and sometimes it comes down to simply whose evil is most visible.”

“I felt like I wanted to just take a stand on [it]. [I feel like] we all make mistakes, but I think that the gospel of Jesus Christ is that there’s grace for us, and that Jesus came and died for our sins, and that we all will come to an understanding of that, and understand that God wants to have a relationship with us, that we can get past skin color, we can get past all the things in our world that are messed up, jacked up,” Isaac declared. “I think when you look around, racism isn’t the only thing that afflicts our society, that plagues our nation, that plagues our world. I feel like coming together on that message, that we want to get past not only racism but everything that plagues us as a society, I feel like the answer to it is the gospel.”

Rooks, apparently confused by Isaac’s response, proceeded to ask him what the correlation was between kneeling for the anthem and his religion.

“I don’t really see it as religion for myself; I see it as a relationship with God,” Isaac answered. “I don’t think that kneeling or putting on a T-shirt, for me personally, is the answer.”

“I feel like for me, black lives are supported through the gospel,” he concluded. “All lives are supported through the gospel. That we all, like I said, have things that we do wrong … we all fall short of God’s glory, and that at the end of the day, whoever will humble themselves and see God and repent of their sins, that we could see it in a different light … see people’s evil in a different light … it would help bring us closer together, and get past skin color, get past anything that’s on the surface that doesn’t really deal with the hearts of men and women.

“I think when you look around, racism isn't the only thing that plagues our society, that plagues our nation, that plagues our world, and I think coming together on that message that we want to get past not only racism but everything that plagues as us as a society, I feel like the answer to that is Gospel.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

In Latest European Church Attack, Prayers to Lucifer, Satanic Symbols Scrawled on Sanctuary Door


A Christian church in Goleszów, southern Poland was viciously vandalized last weekend by cowardly thugs who have yet to be identified.

On the doors of the church, the thugs crudely scrawled “Ora pro nobis, Lucifer,” Latin for “Pray for us, Lucifer,” around an inverted cross, an inverted star, the number 666, and the words for “church of the devil” in Latin.

The crime was committed last Saturday night and was not discovered until Sunday morning when the church sacristan arrived to prepare for mass.

According to Breitbart, Christian churches and other sites across Europe have suffered a record number of attacks. In 2019 alone, the outlet reports, “some 3,000 churches, schools, cemeteries, and monuments vandalized, looted, desecrated, or defaced.”

The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe (OIDACE) noted in its 2019 report “a rise in the number of churches, Christian symbols, and cemeteries across Europe being vandalized, desecrated, and burned, compared to previous years.”

“Christians have been fired, sued, and even arrested for exercising their freedom of expression or conscience,” the watchdog group went on. “As we have noted in the past, Christians in Europe are not simply experiencing social discrimination, prejudice, or restrictions on freedom. Christians, including clergy, have been attacked or killed for their faith.”

The report also cited the French Interior Ministry’s official annual crime statistics for 2018, which included 1063 “anti-Christian acts” and demonstrated a 250 percent increase in such acts over the ten-year period from 2008 to 2018.

Friday, July 31, 2020

MARANATHA: OUR LORD COME!

              By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

The Bible says: “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus.(1 Cor. 16: 22).

Anathema Maranatha is an exclamation of the Approaching Divine Judgment! Although our Lord is merciful, gracious, kind and loving, He is also the God of Truth and Judgment! In His great compassion He gave His Son to be the propitiation for our sins and our eternal salvation! God the Son was incarnated (God in human flesh) so that He could be judged in our place!

St. Peter wrote: “For Christ also hath once suffered for our sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3: 18)

St. Paul stated: “To wit (that is) God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the Word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

For He hath made Him to be sin (sin offering) for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21)

Some question why St. Paul would insert, without translation, an Aramaic formula in a Greek letter to Corinth, where Aramaic was not current? No doubt it was because Maranatha was a FIXED and widely circulated formula. It was undoubtedly a key expression in the liturgy of the primitive Church in Palestine, and that from there it passed into Greek Christendom, without translation in fashion similar to “Amen” and “Hosanna”. - Selected

A DAY OF GLADNESS AND SORROW!

The word anathema (suspended) means that at the Coming of Christ, there will be a curse as well as a blessing. Those who have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour will be blessed and those who have rejected Him will be cursed. Evil will have reached its zenith as Satan will be at fever pitch trying to stop the Kingdom of God. He and his kingdom will be destroyed forever!

Anathema was used as the church censure, the final excommunication. It was the religious curse of the Hebrews. Jesus will surely come to bless as well as curse.

Maranatha is aramaic as an imperative: marana-tha meaning, “our Lord come”, or as an indicative: maran-atha, meaning “our Lord is come.” An old Gospel hymn says: “There will be be singing, there will be shouting .There will be sorrow, there will be pain. There will be weeping, there will be praying, when our Lord shall come again.”

Jude stated: “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints for there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH!

And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints, to execute Judgment upon all and to convince all that are ungodly among them of their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against them.” (Jude 3,14,15)

Leaders of churches teaching that God is our Mother instead of Father are in error. Advocating that homosexuality is not sinful, when it is condemned in the Old and New Testaments is a serious departure from the Faith of Jesus Christ. Christian ministers who promote mixing pagan religions like Islam with Christ as a prophet only, are workers of Satan and will be judged as such!

JESUS stated: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6); “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die, Believest thou this? (John 11:25, 26)

Ordaining transgender clergy is a violation of the Holy Scriptures and the sinful departure from the purity of God! How can a sexual pervert declare the pure word of God and protect children from sexual perverts?

When Jesus returns there will be great joy in the hearts of those who love Him and are waiting for His appearing. For those who have rejected His invitation of mercy through repentance and faith, His return will bring a terrible sense perdition and sorrow!

I fear for unsuspecting believers today who are being led astray by 'ungodly men and women' who have kidnapped various Christian denominations.

May Almighty God send His Holy Spirit into His churches across the world to convict us all, pastors and parishioners, to flee from the wrath to come by crying out for mercy and forgiveness for our sins of mediocrity and coldness regarding the salvation of lost souls and lack of interest in the 'Soon Return of Christ'.

JESUS CHRIST: ONLY SAVIOUR!

If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be cursed.” Why would St. Paul, the world's greatest theologian, make such a fearful and damning statement? Those words came by the blessed Holy Spirit from the mouth of one of the greatest former enemies of Jesus Christ and the Christian Faith.

Anyone who has studied the great truths of the incarnation of God the Son, His earthly Ministry, the atonement through His shed blood, His resurrection and ascension to the Father's right hand, would understand that God gave His best to save us! And anyone who would reject Him and His great love for us all, would understand that such a person does not want to saved.

Jesus stated: “He that is not for Me is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world that is to come.” (Matt. 12: 30-33)

Such a person has chosen to be Lost! JESUS stated: “For God so loved the world that, He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.

HE HAS CHOSEN TO BE LOST!

He that believeth on Him is not condemned; but he hath believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3: 16-19)

He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God, hath made Him a LIAR, because he believeth not the record that God gave of His Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God: that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that you may believe on the Name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5: 9-13)

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. That was the true Light which lighted every man that cometh into the world.

He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name.” (John 1:1-4,11-13)

ETERNAL LIFE IN CHRIST'S BLOOD!

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the Sons of God; therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not. Behold now are we the sons of God, and it doth not appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as His. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.” (1 John 3:1-3)

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

And every spirit that confesseth NOT that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is NOT of God: and this is that spirit of Antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come, and even now is it already in the world.

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4: 1-3);

Jesus of Nazareth was TRUE God from eternity together with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Through His incarnation, born of the virgin Mary, He became TRUE man, so that He could suffer, bleed and die for our sins and rise from the dead for our justification.

JESUS ...who was delivered (to the cross) for our offences (sins), and was raised again for our justification.” (Rom. 4: 25)

ON THE THIRD DAY CHRIST AROSE!

Jesus Christ was sinless in His birth. He was sinless in His life. He was sinless in His death. He was sinless in His resurrection. He was sinless in His ascension to His Father's right hand in Heaven!

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4: 1-3);

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man stand before you whole. Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other Name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be Saved.” (Acts 4: 10, 12)

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus: Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1Tim. 2: 3-6)

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory!”

Jesus Christ invites: “Come unto Me, all ye who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11: 28); “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.” (Rev. 3: 20). Amen.