Thursday, July 18, 2019

                                              
                             MIRACLES HAPPEN WHEN WE PRAY 
BIG GOSPEL TENT
House of Prayer on Hiway 623
south of New Sarepta, AB
AMUNDRUDS GOSPEL TEAM
July 18 at 7:00 pm
                              Pastor Max Solbrekken with Amundruds
                                              
                                     Northern Glory Gospel Band
Peterson Gospel Band
Len Laboucan

Monday, July 15, 2019


HOW TO PLEASE GOD
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
    “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that God is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” (Heb.11:1, 6)
   According to this Scripture, faith is defined as substance and evidence. Substance is the reality of which something consists and has a tangible presence. Evidence is the proof that something is correct and is demonstrable when put to the test.
  Faith is believing that God exists and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him and that He answers the prayers of those who seek Him with all their heart!  According to the Holy Bible, without faith we cannot please God!
    Faith is a gift to the searching heart, to the sincere seeker after God, truth and righteousness. Faith is given to us by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God! It is not natural but a supernatural miracle, because the Bible is God-breathed. “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” (Rom. 10: 17).
   Faith is believing that God’s Word is true regardless of what others say. There are many reasons for believing the Holy Bible is true, the greatest being that Jesus Christ Himself believed the Holy Scriptures and preached from them.
   Faith is believing that Jesus Christ is whom He claimed to be, the Word made flesh: God incarnate – True God from eternity and True man by His virgin birth! That He Alone purchased our eternal salvation through His holy BLOOD on the cross at Golgotha! Faith is believing that there is power and life in His precious blood to grant us forgiveness for all our sins and an entrance into His eternal Kingdom.
 Martin Luther stated: “O’ when it comes to faith: what a living, creative, active thing it is. It cannot do other than good at all times. It never waits to ask whether there is any good work to do.”
    The Bible states: “Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
  “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. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” (Rom.1:1, 2, 5, 6, 8-10)
    St. Paul warns: “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today: lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of SIN. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end.
  “While it is said, Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. And to whom sware He that they should not enter into His rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” (Heb. 3:12-1415, 18, 19)
  We know that unbelief is Sin. We know that rejecting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is Sin. And we know that breaking God’s law is Sin. We know that breaking the Ten Commandments is Sin. It is an affront to the Almighty! (Ex. 20: 2-17)                                                                      
  What else do we know about sin? It is doing what is wrong and not doing what is right according to God’s rules. The Bible states: “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin.” (1 John 3:4);
    “For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness, and unrighteousness of men in righteousness, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.” (Rom. 1: 18)
    US Psychiatrist Karl Menninger said, "The realities of personal guilt and sin have been glossed over as symptoms of emotional illness or environmental conditioning for which the individual is not considered responsible, but there is sin –which cannot be subsumed under verbal artifacts such as disease, delinquency, deviancy. There is immorality. There is unethical behavior. There is wrongdoing!”
     Sin may be likened to Mathematics: Sin adds to your troubles; sin subtracts from your energy; sin multiplies your torments and pains; sin divides your mind; sin takes interest from your work; sin discounts your chances of success; sin squares your conscience!
     SIN blinds you to the truth. Sin binds you with chains of lust, greed and hatred. Sin deafens your spiritual ears. Sin deadens your conscience. Sin kills! The Bible says, “The wages of Sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal Life through Jesus Christ the Lord.” (Rom. 6:23)
           FROM THE MANGER TO THE CROSS!
   The Love of God brought His only begotten Son from Heaven to earth, and from the Manger to the Cross! Jesus shed His precious Blood to save us from the penalty of a lost eternity when He suffered, bled and died on the cruel Cross on Golgotha’s hill outside the city walls of Jerusalem! Christ’s vicarious death and glorious resurrection brings us to repentance and faith, as we see His hand of mercy extended to a lost, fearful and sick world!
     The Cross of Christ has been referred to as the Axis of Salvation, the Climax of the Cosmic Conflict between God and Satan and between good and Evil!
    The Sovereignty of God demanded punishment for Sin and the cross of Christ provided the Final Solution. For a time, God winked at our sin in His great mercy, by allowing the sacrifice of innocent lambs, goats and bullocks and occasionally a red heifer to suffice.
     When the fulness of time had come, Almighty God gave His Son to be the propitiation for our sins and the sins of the whole world, past, present and future! God the Son came down to this sinful world to redeem us from the power of the Devil, through His vicarious death and glorious resurrection from the dead!
    The Cross is the expression of God’s love toward us! It is the very pinnacle of His mercy and grace to an enslaved people, bound by lust, greed, pride and hate! Jesus said: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15: 13). Jesus was referring to Himself laying down His life for us all! (verse 14)
     The Blood of Christ avails: It is available to all who desire to be washed in that soul cleansing fountain of blood. The blood of Jesus also prevails over every obstacle, temptation, sin, fear, torment and evil power! It prevails over sickness, pain and even over death! The blood of the bleeding Lamb prevails. Hallelujah, the blood prevails!
      Jesus said: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 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. (John 3: 16)
    “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me. This He said, signifying what death He should die.” (John 12: 32, 33). St. John stated: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on Him.” (John 3: 36)
                  JESUS IS THE PROPITIATION!
     The Bible says: “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. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us or sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,”
     “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous: And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2: 1, 2)
     The word propitiation means satisfaction, mercy seat, expiation and covering. The vicarious death of Jesus Christ for us all, met the righteous demands of Divine Justice in the Courts of Heaven. It means that God was satisfied with the Redemptive work of Jesus Christ, to atone for the sins of the entire world, past, present and future!
       The Bible declares: “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the Devil.” (1 John 3: 8); “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power: who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.” (Acts 10: 38)
     “Forasmuch as then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He (Jesus) also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Heb. 2: 14, 15)
    “And the great dragon (Satan) was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
     “And I heard a voice saying in Heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the Kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ, and the Kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
  “And they overcame him (Satan) by the BLOOD of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Rev.12: 9-12)
          THE WORLD’S GREATEST POWER!
    The world’s greatest power does not reside in Washington, Moscow or Beijing. It resides within the Body of Christ. The Holy Bible says: “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy name. And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from Heaven.
    Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10: 17-19)
     Jesus promised His disciples: “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 power of the earth.” (Acts 1: 8);
     “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth give I unto you: not as the world giveth, give I you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14: 27, 28); “These things have I spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16: 33)
     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.” (1 John 4: 4); “God… hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds;
    “Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His Person, and upholding all things by the Word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on High…
    “But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy Kingdom… And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Thine hands.
    “They shall perish; but Thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a vesture shall Thou fold them up, and they shall be changed; But Thou art the same and Thy years shall not fail.” (Heb. 1:1-12)
    As we observe the great men at the levers of power in this wicked, sinful and desperately evil world and Satan often in the driver’s seat, we may be disheartened, but when we read the Word of Almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ in the Holy Scriptures, we get a far different picture!
     The Real Power at work is the Holy Spirit in the hearts and minds of God’s people and in His Church. He has the final word. Jesus is the Creator of the worlds and the Author of Eternal Salvation and we are so privileged to be members in His Body and ambassadors of His Kingdom of mercy, love and grace. Righteousness and Judgement will rule according to His Eternal Word and Will!
         FOUNDATION STONE OF CHRISTIANITY!
    Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, there would be no gospel, no hope, no peace, no joy and no salvation! Without the resurrection, there would be no Saviour, no forgiveness for sins, no healing for the sick, no power over the devil and no entrance into Heaven! And there wouldn’t be a Church!
     The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the Foundation Stone of the Gospel! It is the divine power, impetus and authority that makes the Church stand alone as the House of God and His servants as stewards, representatives and ambassadors of His Kingdom!
    When St. Paul preached on Mars Hill in Athens, the message he declared was so profound that many philosophers went away believing that he had presented two gods, Jesus and the Resurrection. Others heard his message and opened their hearts to the Lord!
     No one in Athens had heard about the resurrection of the dead. They could not believe that a man who had been crucified and buried, could came back to life three days later[Max Solbr1] , even though more than 500 men testified that they had been with Him. And they had spoken to Him, eaten with Him and touched the nail prints in His hands. And many declared that they were with Him when He ascended into the clouds and returned to Heaven, forty days after His resurrection!
          PAUL PREACHED THE RESURRECTION!
      St. Paul spoke of his faith before King Agrippa and Governor Festus. He testified that he had persecuted followers of Jesus Christ. He told of his dramatic conversion on the Damascus Road when he met the Risen Christ on his way to arrest Christians.
     He declared Christ’s resurrection: “Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you that God should raise the dead? At midday O king, I saw in the way a light from Heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me? It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
    “And I said, Who art Thou? And He said I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand on thy feet:  for  have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee.
    “To open their eyes and to turn them from darkness to light, and this thing was not done in a corner. King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.
     “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I, except these bonds.” (Acts 26:13-29)
       PAUL CALLED THE GOSPEL THIS THING?
     This Thing had become Saul’s life. It was radical and powerful. It was shaking the Jewish Sanhedrin and was starting to make inroads into the Roman Empire! It was not done within closed doors to only a few people of a certain people or region. He was talking about the death, resurrection and the Living Jesus!
     He knew that his preaching, healing the sick and raising the dead had made such an impact that even the king knew about it! It was not hidden away in a corner but publicly displayed! St. Paul was engaging a pagan king with the True Gospel and it shook him to the core!
     St. Paul systematically laid out the Gospel in what is called, ‘The Roman Road to Salvation’: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3: 23); “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom. 5:1);
     “But God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified through His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” (Rom.5: 8,9); “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom.6:23);
    “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Rom. 8:1,2)
                 THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST!
       The Salvation of God is freely given to those who appropriate His love and mercy for themselves and receive by faith His gift of eternal life. The Bible says: “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed: not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.
     “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God: and being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was also able to perform. And therefore, it was imputed to him for righteousness.
    “Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus from the dead; Who was  delivered (to the cross) for our offences (sins) and was raised again for our justification,” (Rom.4: 20-25)
     As I see it, faith is love in action! God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, knowing that He would be faithful to the end. And God's Son left Heaven's glory to become a man, knowing that death couldn't hold Him captive because there was no sin in Him. His love for us drove Him to the cross and His sinless blood and the promise of His Father, brought Him out of the grave!
     Jesus of Nazareth had complete faith in the Holy Scriptures. He prayed to His Heavenly Father for His disciples, prior to His crucifixion: “Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy Word is Truth.” (John 17:17)
         BELIEVING GOD'S RECORD OF HIS SON!
    St. John warns against the seriousness of rejecting the testimony that God the Father has given of His Son. He says it is tantamount to calling God a Liar: “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. 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 unto 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. (1 John 5: 9-12)
   The Word of God is direct and straight-forward! It doesn't mince words. That is why King David prayed: “Thy testimonies are wonderful; therefore doth my soul keep them. The entrance of Thy words giveth light: it giveth understanding to the simple.” (Ps. 119:130)
     “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
     “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
    “But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus Christ from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make life in) your mortal bodies by His Spirit that liveth in you. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die, but if ye through the Spirit do mortify (kill) the deeds of the body, ye shall live.”
    The Holy Spirit makes life (heals, makes well) our mortal bodies that are susceptible to aging and wearing out. If we live in the Spirit, we will live healthy lives, which also keeps us well! And since we are children of God through Jesus Christ our Lord, we are also free from the bondage of fear!
    Some teach, that Scripture speaks about God raising us from the dead on that great resurrection morning. The Holy Spirit, however, does not live in a corpse!
      “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”
     We, who have given ourselves totally to God, have been adopted into the marvelous family of God. Our hearts cry out, ‘Abba Father, meaning Daddy God’. We are His very own sons and daughters of God, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. We have an inheritance that is incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in Heaven for us.” (1 Peter 1: 4)
       HEIRS OF GOD THROUGH JESUS’ DEATH!
    “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together. Likewise, the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities (takes a hold of against our infirmities) for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Himself maketh intercession for us with groanings cannot be uttered.”
     Sometimes, we do not know how to pray so the Holy Spirit (holds at arms-length the infirmity) and prays through us (in the Spirit) to the Father, for our healing! “And He that searcheth the hearts, knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
    “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be confirmed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
    “Moreover, whom He did predestinate them He also called and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8: 1,2,5-17, 26-31)
   What does all this mean? How can we understand all this? We cannot in our limited ability even attempt to understand a plan of such magnitude! By God’s grace, our Lord has granted us the faith to believe it because of Whom He is, the Creator and giver of life!
    All this was preplanned in the Councils of Heaven before the worlds were formed. The amazing purposes of God are so great that no human mind could even begin to imagine, that we poor unworthy sinners could be transformed into the image of His pure, perfect and holy Son who through His vicarious death for us all on Calvary’s Cross outside the walls of Jerusalem 2,000 years ago, are now His children!
          UNBELIEF DOES NOT PLEASE GOD!
  The Bible states: “For to be carnally minded is death: but to be spiritually minded is Life and Peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So, then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Rom. 8:6-8)     
  Walking in the Spirit pleases God but living in unbelief does not! Believing God’s Word and trusting in His promises brings LIFE and PEACE. The opposite is true when you trust in yourself alone!
     The Word of God says: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy path. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” (Prov. 3: 5-8)
      Walking with God is a win-win situation, but going our own way is a tragic mistake because the natural man does not understand the things of the Spirit! When the Holy Spirit calls upon an individual, the important thing is to answer Him and allow Him to minister His love, mercy and grace unto you.
     It has been said that God always call a person at least three times, even though many may not be aware of it. I believe that He always calls the young and tender because He does not want that person to go astray. Then He calls in the beginning of adulthood when He wants to shape that person’s life. And finally, He calls nearing the end of life when people are thinking about dying and eternity!
    God called Samuel when he was a lad.  He thought it was Eli the priest, who said, “If He calls again, say, Here I am Lord. Thy servant heareth.” Samuel became one God’s greatest prophets! 
  Jesus personally called Saul of Tarsus in early manhood, “Saul, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me? He answered, “Who art Thou Lord?” He changed his name to Paul, the little one, and became the greatest of all the apostles and founded the Church in the Gentile world!
   God called Abraham in his old age and promised him a son. The Bible says: “And when Abraham was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am Almighty God, walk before Me, and be thou perfect; And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was nearly an hundred years old, neither the deadness of Sarah’s womb;
   “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that what He had promised, He was able to perform. And therefore, it was imputed to him for righteousness.” (Gen. 17: 1; Rom.4: 20-22)
             WE MUST LOVE & EXALT HIS SON!
 “Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on Me, believeth not on Me, but on Him that sent Me. And he that seeth Me, seeth Him that sent Me. I am come as a LIGHT into the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear My words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world but to save the world.
     “He that rejecteth Me and receiveth not My words, hath One that judgeth him: the Word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father that sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is life everlasting; whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak.” (John 12: 44- 50)
 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me. If ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him and have seen Him. Philip saith unto Him, Lord, shew us the Father and it sufficeth us.
     “Jesus saith unto Him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not, that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak unto you, I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works.” (John 4: 6-10)
   All we must do to get God the Father to love us is to LOVE His Son Jesus Christ and receive Him into our lives; to believe the record that God gave His Son as His paschal Lamb to bring us back to Him again. It has been a long journey for the human family to become one with God again, since the fall of Adam and Eve. Through Jesus Christ we have been adopted back into His Kingdom.
    Jesus said: “Yet a little while, and the world seeth Me no more; but ye see Me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in Me, and in you. He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father and I will love him and will manifest Myself to him.
    “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My Words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him and make our abode with him. He that loveth Me not keepeth not My sayings: and the word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father’s which sent Me.” (John 14: 19-21, 23, 24)       
       HOLY SPIRIT: PROMISE OF THE FATHER!
  Jesus declared: “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). “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him? (Luke 11:13)
    “If ye love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him; for He dwelleth with you and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
    “These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14: 15-18, 25-27)
     The Bible says: “To whom He showed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God:
     “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 host not many days hence.
     “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, an in all Judaea, and in Sameria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight. (Acts 1: 4-9)   
    During one of his last sermons, D.L. MOODY addressed the subject of the Holy Spirit: “See how He came on the Day of Pentecost! It is not carnal to pray that He might come again and that the place may be shaken. I believe PENTECOST WAS ONLY A SPECIMEN DAY! I think the church has made this woeful mistake that Pentecost was a miracle never to be repeated. I have thought too that Pentecost as a miracle never to be repeated. I BELIEVE NOW, if we looked on Pentecost as a specimen Day and began to pray, we should have the old Pentecostal FIRE here in Boston.”
   An old Gospel hymn admonished: Trust and Obey; For there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, than to trust and obey! The Bible says: “Then Peter and the other disciples answered and said, We ought to OBEY God rather than man. And we are His witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that OBEY Him.” (Acts 5: 29, 42)
    “For by grace are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto god works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2: 8-10)
     We are in His Kingdom. He is in us and we are in Him. Without Jesus Christ we are nothing and can do nothing, but with Him all things are possible! He is the same yesterday, today and forever! In all human history, there has never been anyone else who could make that claim! (Heb. 13:8; Mark 9: 23; Eph. 1: 3-14)
    We have been adopted into His glorious Kingdom through His great love, mercy and grace and are accepted in the Beloved! Amazing grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found. I was blind but now I see!
   To sum up this paper, let me say that to please God we must have faith in His Word, love for Jesus Christ and believe the record He gave of His Son. We must obey His laws and be filled with His Holy Spirit. Finally, we must exhibit lives of love, purity, caring and reaching out with the precious message of eternal salvation to as many as possible for as long as possible before Christ returns for His Church, the called-out-ones! Amen.

Thursday, July 11, 2019


                THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH
                               By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
  “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23) St. Paul
  The Bible is replete with warnings of the devastating results of rebellion and disobedience.  And the grim statistics confirm the Scriptures!
 Playing fast and loose is dangerous business! It pays huge dividends in psychological scars, social stigma and alienation from God! There is a high cost to low living. 
   And St. Paul warned that “in the last days, perilous times shall come.” (2 Tim. 3:1).  The word perilous speaks of a dangerous violent society and we see it all around us today! We have lived through the era of Nazism and Communism. Now we see the hundreds of thousands of Christians being kidnapped, brutalized, imprisoned, raped and killed by the inhumane Islamic butchers in the Middle East and Africa!
   CANADA IS NOT IMMUNE TO VIOLENCE!
    Violent gangs and other criminals steal, rape and kill at will across the world. Canada is not immune to violent crime, drug trafficking and alcohol abuse.  The United States is being invaded by the vicious MS13 gang from Latin America who brutally rape, steal and murder young people!
   Sometime ago, Belgium was experiencing traumatic times as authorities there have discovered a string of child sex killings as the pedophiles are on the loose, as well as killings of prostitutes and transvestites.
   Marijuana, cocaine and crystal methadone addiction is rampant among young people and a lot of older people are regular users as well. Sinners prostitute themselves and other sinners kill prostitutes. The Bible says: “The wages of sin is death!
   For years before the division of Sudan in 2011, the hateful Muslim Regime in Khartoum had killed an estimated 1 ½ million black Christians in that country and engaged in selling black Christian women and girls as sex objects and slaves for $US 15 each!
   Sinners kill and enslave!  And the carnage and killing of refugees in Zaire, Burundi and Rwanda took the lives of many thousands of people. Evil lurks everywhere and only the Gospel of Jesus Christ is able to heal the hurts and make a difference in this world of sin and hate!
 Our society is rife with child abuse, sexual immorality, perversion, vicious muggings, brutal beatings, torturous disfigurement, a growing drug culture, death dealing AIDS and cold-blooded murder!
   Cruising homosexuals, lusty prostitutes and loose living promiscuous high rollers are in a high-risk category to get hurt badly!
                       LIFE IN THE FAST LANE!
    Life in the fast lane of sodomy, drugs, loose sex and gambling is paying dividends in trauma, suicide and death. A beautiful 19-year-old girl was found dead with a bullet in her head on a Sunday morning in a hotel room in Toronto a number of years ago!
 She was a prostitute!
    Her close friends - also hookers - believe the killing could have been a dispute over drugs, settling a score by a ripped-off customer or a message to her pimp. Her family told the sad story of a good girl gone bad!  Just eighteen months earlier, she had left home to make a lot of money in prostitution.
  She wound up dead!
   More than a dozen hookers have been murdered in Toronto’s downtown area in the past two decades.  Among those investigated is the killing of a girl from Calgary who was found strangled near the Ontario stock yards.
  Hooking is dangerous business involving vicious pimps, weird sicko clients and AIDS infected bisexuals!
    About forty years ago, a 16-year-old Vancouver prostitute was diagnosed as having AIDS, Canada’s first hooker to contract the deadly disease!  When Donna and I were in Uganda in 1994, we visited villages where the only people living there were little children and old people. Nearly all the others had died from AIDS.
  President Museveni of Uganda declared homosexual behavior criminal and that stopped the epidemic. In some African countries, 90% of the prostitutes were infected with HIV and more than 50% with full blown AIDS! The major carriers were soldiers and truck drivers who spread the disease.
   The constant threat of being infected with syphilis, gonorrhea or genital herpes is also always present.  And now there is chlamydia, the sexually transmitted disease (STD) with the fastest rising incidence, with 3 to 4 million new cases each year in the USA.
 Physicians now know of at least 25 diseases that are spread by sexual contact, whose affects can include sterility, cancer, chronic pain, problem pregnancies, abnormal children and even death!
    Women especially bear the brunt of many of these diseases and even pass them on to their children since some go undetected for years! Male prostitutes who service homosexuals are very vulnerable and invite a horrendous death by the formerly called ‘gay plague’!
   Homosexual lovers of AIDS victim Rock Hudson battled over his $50 million will for years! His secret boyfriend, Mark Christian sought compensation in the millions of dollars, because he did not know Rock Hudson had the AIDS virus when they sodomized together!
    But there is freedom from “this hell that is homosexuality” says Torjus Fjågesund of Oslo, Norway who was introduced to sodomy while in the army.  He writes, “Homosexuality is a complete and total perversion.  It was not meant for a human being.  It is the work of unclean spirits, yes and the devil himself.  I was told that it was right for me, but it turned out to be a living hell.  It’s like being raped continually by the devil.  The next morning after receiving special prayer by people of God, I wakened - a new man - I was 110% man.”
  ALCOHOL ADDICTON IS ALMOST AS BAD?
  Alcohol addiction is almost as bad, in the end! It’s the civilized way to live, but an awful way to die! Sclerosis of the liver, heart disease, bleeding ulcers, high blood pressure, D.T.’s and blackouts are some of its spin-offs!
  My advice to social drinkers is, “Stop now - because if you keep on hitting the bottle, you surely will be sorry”!
    Many years ago, I was confronted by a very drunk lady on the streets of Ålesund in Norway while walking to my hotel, after a service at a downtown church!
    She came waltzing out of a bar right into my path.  Immediately I said, “I am a pastor, may I help you”? When she saw my clerical collar she said, “Oh you’re one of those!  I am not looking for a prayer meeting, I’m looking for a party”!
     I replied, “But I can help you”!
     She broke into tears, saying that she had been an airline stewardess with SAS and was married to a fine, well-to-do man.  She was living in a beautiful home, but alcohol had gotten a hold on her.
  Yes, she wanted help as she was very unhappy, she stated.  Two years after retiring, her social drinking had progressed steadily into alcoholism.  And her marriage was suffering!
  Then suddenly, she changed her mind and darted across the street through the traffic, to a waiting taxi.
                        THERE IS HOPE HOWEVER! 
 The same verse in the Bible that states, “The wages of sin is death” declares, “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”.
  He gives us the power to change, when we read the Bible, appropriate God’s promises for ourselves and pray in faith, believing!
    And remember, my friend, God is merciful and compassionate as well as all-powerful to deliver!
  The Bible says, “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”. (John 3:16)
    And Jesus welcomes us all with this kind invitation: “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. (Matt. 11:28). Amen.

Monday, July 8, 2019

           
                     ON DECEMBER 31, 1989, I WROTE THIS COLUMN FOR
                      THE EDMONTON SUN. FROM 1984 TO 1990, I WROTE        
                      300 COLUMNS FOR THAT NEWSPAPER - Pastor Max
 
               IN OCTOBER, 1967 GOD GAVE ME A POWERFUL MESSAGE
                FOR THE CHURCH. FOR MORE THAN 55 YEARS I HAVE
                THUNDERED OUT THE MESSAGE,'GET RIGHT WITH GOD'! 
                                                          - Pastor Max Solbrekken
                             COME HOME TO JESUS TENT
                CRUSADE JULY 16-28, 2019
                     House of Prayer on Hiway 623, 
                                south of New Sarepta, AB
                    'THE LUKEWARM CHURCH &
                            THE RETURN OF CHRIST'
                                 Revelation 3: 14-20

Thursday, July 4, 2019


JUDGMENT IS COMING:
IT’S TIME FOR A REVIVAL
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
      On a Sunday morning in February 1977, I awakened with a stirring message burning in my soul and spirit.  The Holy Spirit had been speaking to me while I was yet sleeping and the words, "Canada - Turn Around" were on my lips.
     In an instant, the voice of God came to me saying, "Son, bring a message to the nation of Canada"He instructed me to spread the message by television, radio and printed page.  The message 'Canada - Turn Around, Canada - Come Back to God' would be a message from God to all Canadians.
     There was an urgency in my spirit as I thought about the other times God had spoken to me to bring a message to our nation.  The first time was in 1967.  I delivered a powerful Centennial message entitled, "A Salute to Canada."  This message stirred a lot of Canadians. It also brought a personal greeting and thanks from our Justice Minister, the Honorable Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
     Then in 1972, I was given a word from God to deliver a hard hitting message by radio and printed page called, "My Message to Prime Minister Trudeau"  in which I warned all Canadian and world government leaders across the world to turn to God for direction and help, both for themselves and for the people. 
    I gave Biblical examples of what happened to kings and heads of government who became proud and egotistical and served pagan gods and bowed down to idols and images.  That message was sent to world leaders as well as Canadian Members of Parliament (MPs) in Ottawa and Members of all Provincial Legislatures (MLAs).  I received a lot of mail thanking us for that very direct and stirring prophetic message.
 CANADA - ITS TIME TO COME BACK TO GOD!
     During 1977-1978, I immersed myself in the words of Jesus Christ regarding God's coming Judgment on all ungodliness, as well as His message of grace and mercy toward all who repent of their sins and return to our Heavenly Father!  My heart was aflame with God's love and compassion with a burden for those who are still in heathen darkness, perversion and deception.  And for those who are backslidden and lost, both in the church and the world.
    God's Word is crystal clear.  God hates our sin but LOVES US!  We cannot judge His Word, but His Word judges us.  We cannot expect God to change His Word to please us.  We must change to please Him! 
    The Bible says, "For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)
     And by God's grace I shared the message "Canada Turn Around" to multitudes across our wonderful nation of Canada and around the world, personalizing it for those countries, with great blessing.  God granted us many revivals during that time period!  All glory to His name. Now, God has spoken to me again!  
    During the last few months of 1998, God stirred my soul to again crusade across our nation with the gospel of Jesus Christ, I had been invited to again preach at the large interdenominational crusade in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  They were expecting crowds to reach over 200,000 people.  Before I was able to respond to the affirmative, God instructed me to decline the invitation. 
    I asked Him, "Why"?  He said, "There is more revival in Africa than in Canada.  Your own nation needs you NOW.  Take the message of Jesus Christ to Canada before it is too late."   
         REPENTANCE IS TURNING FROM SIN!
    The definition of repent is: “To be sorry for your sins and a determination to turn from sin; to change one's mind.” Jesus is calling you.  It is time to answer the call of Jesus. Christ is calling the world to turn away from sin, Satan and rebellion, and to turn to Him, our Saviour and Creator.
     The LORD is calling for you to repent and to completely reject the god of the world, Satan (the devil).  St. John declared, "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil." (1 John 3:8)
     Jesus said, "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."  (Luke 13:3). We have turned our backs on God and have become self-centered, selfish and spiritually dead.  During the past 30 years or more, our nation has taken a major turn away from God.  At present, we are a people divided, despondent and depressed; politically, economically and spiritually.
      Unhappy, fearful and depressed people are the norm these days, without hope for the future.  To say we are living in a very dangerous and frightening time is an understatement.  We are living in the end times and are facing world war and one crisis after another. The Bible clearly draws timelines with world events, and we are drawing ever nearer to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the Tribulation.
                   IT'S TIME TO GET SERIOUS!
     We need to get serious about the consequences of rejecting God.  A divine call, however, has gone out to our Nation and the world to repent.  Now is the time to turn around, to repent to Christ Jesus and forsake sin.  We MUST surrender our wills to God and give up the futile effort of "doing things our own way."
      It's time for our NATION to turn from all rebellious ways in repentance and confessing to Christ sins of unbelief, pride, immorality, jealousy, envy and prejudice. The time has come for a complete rejection of Satan and evil in total repentance. The Bible says, "Submit yourselves therefore unto God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)
    It’s time to confront the devil (who is our enemy) and call upon the name of Jesus Christ.  We must resist Satan and turn away from lust, greed, hatred, selfishness, anger, bitterness and deceit. Jesus Christ our Lord has given us power over the devil.  We are instructed to confront the devil - in the Name of Jesus Christ - telling him that he's not welcome in our lives! 
    It's time to WAKE UP and think about eternity and where you will spend it.  We must reject and renounce the many dangerous, deceptive and occultist doctrines of the New Age Movement. As well as the cult of Secular Humanism that teaches, 'man ascended from the world of monkeys and apes, is self-sufficient and is his own God'.
         WHAT DOES GOD REQUIRE OF US?
      We must humble ourselves and pray.  We must call upon the Name of the Lord and turn away from evil.  Satan (the devil) is the creator of evil, death and destruction and wants to destroy you and all things around you.
     St. Peter warned, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all of your care upon Him, for He careth for you. Be sobre, be vigilant: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith…” (1 Peter 5: 6-9)
      The Bible speaks about humility, repentance and submission to the Almighty God and a total rejection of Satan, who is the god of this world! St. James states, "Submit yourselves therefore unto God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)
     It's time to come home and be reconciled to our Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord; to accept the invitation of our LORD Jesus Christ to talk things over.  We need to straighten out past failures and right wrongs. We need to receive total forgiveness and assurance, with new direction for the future.
      The Bible says, "Let the wicked forsake his ways, 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 55:7)
     The divine call of God does not differentiate between rich or poor, educated or illiterate, men or women, young or old. There is no class distinction or favoritism due to race, color, nationality or culture with the Almighty.
        ALL MAY APPROACH GOD’S THRONE!
      The invitation of salvation is available to all.  Every person alive may approach the throne of God and repent of their sins.  We all can receive the mercy and grace of the LORD.  We all receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour, through faith in His finished work on Calvary's cross.
      How is this possible? The Gospel is free to everyone! We are saved by Grace through Faith. The Bible says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."   (Ephesians 2:8-9)
       Christ is calling you and waiting for you to answer Him! There is no entry fee, cover charge or red tape to delay our coming to Jesus Christ and repenting of our sins.  There is nothing to stop the process of salvation from functioning in our lives.  Christ waits for you to repent. Christ Jesus our Lord is willing to accept all that will repent and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour!
      The prophet invited, "Lo, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; come, ye, buy wine and milk without money and without price."  (Isaiah 55:1)
And Jesus assures us: "All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh unto Me, I will in no wise cast out."  (John 6:37)
          FREEDOM PURCHASED BY CHRIST!
     The enormous cost of our freedom - redemption from sin and the power of Satan - has been paid for us on the Cross, through the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ.  Jesus said, "...except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."  (Luke 13:3)
     The Bible says, "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."   (John 3:16); St. John declared, "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil." (1 John 3:8)
      St. Paul emphasized, "That through death, He (Jesus Christ) might destroy him who had the power of death, that is the devil, and deliver those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."  (Hebrews 2:14)
    God is waiting for you to turn to him, ask for forgiveness and be cleansed in the Blood of the Lamb.
The good news is that God wants us. He wants you and me. No exceptions, and no questions asked. We come just as we are. He knows all about us and yet He wants us, even though we are sinners.
    WHY? He is a specialist in the field of cleansing, reconciliation and re-birth! The Bible states, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteous."  (1 John 1:9)
           JUST AS I AM AND WAITING NOT!
"Just as I am, without one plea, But that Thy blood was shed for me
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee. O Lamb of God, I come. I come!
Just as I am, and waiting not, To rid my soul of one dark blot
Because Thy blood can cleanse each spot, O Lamb of God, I come. I come!
Just as I am; poor, wretched, blind, Sight, riches, healing of the mind
All that I need, in Thee to find, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
Just as I am, Thou wilt receive, Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve
Because Thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come. I come!"

     The Bible says: "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him..."  (2 Chronicles 16:9)
And God's Word says:  "The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous and His ears are open unto their prayers, but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil."   (1 Peter 3:12)
    The very first sermons preached by our LORD were the call to repentance and salvation: "Repent and believe the gospel."   (Mark 1:15); The same was true of the great prophet, John the Baptist, “And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the emission of sins.” (Luke 3:3; Matthew 3:2), as well as all the Apostles: “And they went out and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.” (Mark 6:12)
      And St. Peter declared, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."  (Acts 2:38)
           WHAT DOES REPENTANCE MEAN?
     To repent means to turn, to change course!  Repenting is godly sorrow for sin.  Repentance means, being sorry enough to stop committing sin, and to change your life.
     After St. Paul’s letter reached the Corinthian Church, they were sorry for their sins and repented, changing their evil ways. He writes: "Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation..."  (2 Corinthians 7:9-10)
    Repentance is a forsaking of evil, unrighteousness and unbelief.  It is casting yourself into the loving arms of God, renouncing the works of the world, the flesh and the devil.  When you repent you turn from darkness to light, from Satan to Christ, from condemnation to total peace. It is placing your life under the guidance of the Holy Spirit!
     Jesus said, "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."  (Luke 13:3). In his Mars Hill sermons, St. Paul shared with pagan Greek intellectuals the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His glorious resurrection from the dead.
      Then he challenged them:  "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead."
      There will be two Judgments Seats! Don’t let anyone deceive you, my friend, there is going to be a 'Great Day of Judgment’' when all of us will stand before Almighty God to give an account of our lives. We are living in the end Times, the second coming of Jesus and rapture of the Church is near.
           GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT!
      There will be two judgments: the first judgment is called, "The Great White Throne Judgment' where all sinners and unjust persons shall be judged in relation to their acceptance or rejection of Jesus Christ the Jewish Messiah.
       Here is Christ Jesus' solemn warning: "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 the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast out into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:11-15)
           BEMA SEAT JUDGMENT OF SAINTS!
     The second one is called the Bema Seat Judgment of the Saints. That is where all believers who have trusted in Jesus Christ as personal Savior will be judged for our works. St. Paul warns: "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
      “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is."
     "If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire."  (1 Corinthians. 3:8)
      In his defense before King Agrippa, the great Apostle rehearsed his Damascus Road conversion experience, and the words of Jesus Christ to him:
      "Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me."  (Acts 26:17-18)
     So urgent is the call for people to repent of their sins, the Bible says: "Knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men."  (2 Corinthians 5:11) The Bible specifically declares: "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God". (Rom. 3:23)
 SIN MUST BE PAID UNLESS REPENTED FOR!
     "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."  (Romans 6:23). The great apostle wrote to the church in Rome concerning those committing sinful acts and others who condemn them, being guilty of the same sins.
      "But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the DAY OF WRATH and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;"
     "Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, ETERNAL LIFE: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;"  (Romans 2:2-9)
 GOD'S GOODNESS REACHES OUR HEARTS!
     Jesus said, "Behold, I come quickly" - literal Greek: Without delay, at once, soon. (Revelation 22:12). St. Peter gave two reasons why Jesus had not yet returned: 1. One thousand years with us is like one day with the Lord! 2. God's mercy is reaching out for more sinners to be saved.
     "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."  (2 Peter 3:8-9)
      The Bible says, "Repent and be baptized...and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."  (Acts 2:38-39).   "Repent ye therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out..."  (Acts 3:19)
      And Jesus says, "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."   (Rev. 3:19-20)
     May the Lord bless you and give you peace. Write me a letter if you have accepted the LORD Jesus Christ as a result of reading this message.