Saturday, April 4, 2020

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

     An old Jewish proverb said: “Read the ninety-first psalm seven times a day and you will not be sick.” That is good advice.  There is life and strength in God’s Word because Jesus Christ  is the living Word of God.
     St, John states: “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. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1: 1-4,14)
     Logos is the word St. John used to identify Jesus of Nazareth. It is the Greek word for ‘Word’ and used again of the glorified Christ: “And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in Blood: and His Name is called the Word of God.” (Rev. 19:13)
                     JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD!
     Irenaeus of Lyon (130- 202), a student of Polycarp, who was a student of  St. John wrote: “The disciple of the Lord therefore desiring to put an end to such doctrines, and to establish the rule of truth in the church, that  there is One Almighty God, who made all things by His Word, both visible and invisible, showing at the same time, that the Word through whom God made the creation…”
    According to Irenaeus, St. John wrote these words to refute the teachings of Cerinthus. It is believed that St. Paul also wrote Galatians refuting Cerinthus' followers. In Asia, early Christian writers identify Cerinthus as an adversary of the Apostle John.
   The Holy Bible is the written Word of God which came from the mouth of God through the holy prophets and Christ Himself.
    Jesus said, “It is the spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit and Life.” (John 6: 63).
    The Bible states: “… For the prophecy came not by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1: 20, 21)
       St. Paul stated: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Tim. 3: 16,17)
                 THE PROPHETS WERE AMAZED!
    The Holy Scripture says: “Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls, of which salvation the Prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
     “Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
      “Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister  the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the Gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost  sent down from Heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.”
       St. Peter reported how the prophets were greatly amazed about the grace of God and the workings of the Holy Spirit that was to come upon the New Testament church, as were also angels!
     He writes about drinking, “the sincere milk of the Word” and “tasting that the Lord is gracious.”
     Jesus Christ is characterized as “a Living Stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God and precious.” (1 Peter 1: 9-12, 18,19; 2:4-6)
      “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress: my God in Him will I trust.
     “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh unto thy dwelling. Because He hath set His love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My Name.
     “He shall call upon Me and I will answer: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.” (Ps. 91: 1,2 10,14-16)
       We must ask ourselves the question, Do we really understand the greatness of that statement? No Evil shall befall thee and No plague shall come unto thy house!
      If we are able to process that great truth it will change our belief system. When we realize that the One who made that promise is the One who has created us and is the Giver of Life! And He has the power to heal us!
      Especially, at this time when the coronavirus is sweeping the world, we must pray diligently to our Heavenly Father in Jesus’ Name, believing that He will answer our prayers.
       It is impossible for God to change, lie, fail or make a mistake. He is the same yesterday and forever. (Heb. 13: 8). He said, “I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Mal. 3:8)
     The Holy Bible says, “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel confirmed it by an oath;
     “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.” (Heb. 2:17-18)
     “Looking for that Blessed Hope, and the glorious appearing of the Great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, (distinctively excellent, valuable and honorable), zealous of good works.” (Titus 2: 13,14)
                   CONFIDENCE IN GOD’S WORD!
     Regarding Hebrews 10: 35, 36, Dr. Charles S. Price wrote: “I would remind you that nothing in the world is more sure than the promises of God.
    “He not only said it, but He wanted to emphasize it so that in human hearts and minds that He swore to His declaration and gave us His Word of honour as our God that never fail. We must have confidence in His Word and in His promises. 
    “Our whole system of salvation is predicated on our acceptance of that truth. It is when we believe His Word that the pardon is written on hearts. It is the foundation of all faith and the basis of all truth.     
    “Man can be false to his God and untrue to His promise, but God never. No human power can overthrow the integrity of the Word of our Lord.
     “Man can never blitzkrieg the Rock of Ages. Unless we have a conviction that the Word of God is true, then it is impossible for us to develop for spiritually or to grow in grace as He wants us to do.
      “To what base depths have these  modernists gone in  denying the integrity and inspiration of the inspired Word,  in putting doubts  into the minds of people who come to them for leadership but have made it impossible for them to receive from God the blessing He wants to bestow.
    “For, I repeat, the whole system of salvation and of  growth in grace is predicated on our unfaltering, and unswerving faith in the Word of God. May God give us that as a sure foundation.”
--From Golden Grain Magazine, July 1941

                GOD’S WORD & LONG LIFE!
      An old Gospel chorus says it all:

If Jesus said it I believe it, His Word cannot lie.
If it's written in Bible, I'll believe it till I die. 
Though the mountains be removed and cast into the sea.
God's Word will live forever, through-out eternity. 

     The Bible says: “My son, forget not My law, but let your heart keep My commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to you.” (Proverbs 3:1)
    The third chapter of Proverbs is filled with remedies that cover our many needs. It is a trove of spiritual truth, knowledge and wisdom!  
    The Word of God heals and makes us well because it gives us Peace. Jesus who is the Word of God, declared: “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, having made peace through the Blood of His Cross, by Him to reconcile all things to Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things, in earth, or things in Heaven.” (Col. 1:20)
     What we all need is the Mercy of God which He dispenses freely to all who hide His Truth in their hearts, so that we will not sin against Him. Then, we will find favour and good understanding.
                HEALTH TO OUR NAVELS!
      The sixth verse speaks about the Lord leading us, as we acknowledge Him.  Verses seven and eight deal with humility and divine healing through our Lord. When a baby is born the umbilical cord between it and the mother is cut off.
     While the baby is in the mother’s womb it is fed through the umbilical cord attached the mother. When the baby is born the umbilical cord is discharged with the placenta and the mother feeds the baby through her breast.
     The Word of God, “shall be Health to thy Navel, and Marrow to thy Bones.” (Prov.3:8). God feeds His children in the same way as the child is connected to its mother. What about the marrow of our bones? The Word of God looks after that as well!
               GOD’S WORD HEALS BONES!
      “For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper that any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of souls and spirit, and of  the  joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and contents of the heart.” (Heb. 4: 12)
     The Word of God reaches into every area of our lives and heals our spirits, souls and our bodies!
    “Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase, So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” (Prov. 3: 9, 10)
    JESUS said, “Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:38)
     We are admonished not to be weary of His correction. For whom the Lord loves He corrects. We are to pursue wisdom and understanding. The wisdom referred to in the Proverbs was not carnal, earthly wisdom, even though the writer may not have realized it.
                   JESUS CHRIST IS WISDOM!
     “That no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him  are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God are made unto us Wisdom, and Righteousness, and Sanctification and Redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth let him glory in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 1:29-31)
     Finding Wisdom is finding Christ! St. Paul declares: “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.” (1 Cor. 3:19)
     I pray for the mind of Christ and the power of God to liberate people from Satan’s power, unto God in Jesus’ name and through His shed blood! Amen.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

                     By Pastor Max Solbrekken D.D.

An old Gospel song says: 'My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame but only lean on Jesus' name! On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand. All other ground is sinking sand!'

             Look Up – by Deborah Litke          
The corona virus, a time you’ll not forget.
Touch no one, make your own fun.
A time to spend more time, to love everyone.
Stay at home out of the cold, catch up on work undone.
Lists that are long, stocks are down.
Go back to the old fashioned home.
Do the things mom always said,
Wash your hands !
Don’t panic you’re still free.
Look to God instead.
You can still gaze up to the blue sky overhead,
Study the stars, the super moon,
Pray to the creator of all, Master Designer.
He is the Potter, we are the clay
He knows this virus and all it entails.
His tears flow down.
Later you’ll appreciate the blessings
You took for granted.
Ones you had every day, the old fashioned values
Which really make all of us
Rich beyond compare.
The trees are budding, Easter is coming
The greatest signs of hope there are.
Look up.                           
         - March 13, 2020

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

by Dr. Max Solbrekken, D.D.
     “So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter; therefore, the name of it was called Marah.
      “And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? And he cried to the Lord; and the Lord showed him a Tree, which when he had cast into the water, the waters were made sweet: there He made for them a Statute and an Ordinance, and there He proved them,
     “And said,   If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put None of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that health thee.” (Exodus 15: 22-26)
    After three days in the wilderness without water, Moses and the Jews he rescued from Egypt came to Shura, they found the waters undrinkable. God showed him a tree which when cut down and thrown into the waters, made them sweet.
    That tree was a type of the Cross, when thrown into the bitter waters of life makes them sweet. The cross of Christ makes the difference! Then, the Lord made for them an Ordinance and as Statute we call, ‘God’s Healing Covenant’!
    The Bible states: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
    “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Gal. 3: 13,14)
      The Healing Covenant that God made for the Jewish Nation through Moses has come down to us through Jesus Christ! Almighty God says: “I am the Lord that healeth thee.’’
      The Bible says: “Giving thanks unto the Father which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son: in whom we have Redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.
     “And having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things on earth or things in Heaven.” (Col. 1: 12-15,20)

                           WHEN I SEE THE BLOOD!
    “Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the Passover. And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the basin: and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.
      “And the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He seeth the BLOOD upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.
    “And it came to pass, that at Midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn of Pharoah that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captives that was in the dungeon; and all the first born of cattle.
     And Pharoah rose up in the night, and all his servants; and all the Egyptians; and there was a Great Cry, for there was not a house where there was not one dead. And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go and serve the Lord, as ye have said.
   ‘And take your flocks, and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me too.” (Exodus 12: 21-23; 29-32)
      The great truth that this historical event teaches is that God judges those who oppose Him and His people and that He blesses and cares for those who believe Him and trust Him!

                      THE ALL ATONING BLOOD!
     The Night of the first Passover in Egypt was one long to be remembered. God went out searching. He was searching for the sign of “the blood of the lamb” on the doorways. He was not disappointed in His search as far as the land of Goshen was concerned. But He did not find the blood in other parts of Egypt.
     The God of mercy became a God of judgment. No blood on the doorway made the difference. The same search is going on today. God is looking for blood – the dying blood of His Son – on the homes and on the hearts. And when He sees it there is mercy. It is the presence of the blood that makes one safe.
    There are some places where the blood should be but is not. Toward such, God will be terrible out of His holy place.
    Some churches are banishing the blood and putting the gilding of man’s teaching in its place. Making a covering of tinsel and blotting out the blood! Blotting out the atonement God provided through the blood of His Son.
     Christ’s blood is a barrier against the wrath of God. It speaks of forgiveness. But men spurn that blood, spurn forgiveness. In consequence they will have to suffer the wrath of God.
    “When I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not come upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” (Ex. 12:13)
    The destroying angel is not dead. He is still waiting to execute the command of the Master. No blood, no protection. No blood, no mercy. Satan tries to keep men from honouring the blood, because God has honoured it.
    What God exalts, Satan debases. He is anti-God, and anti-Spirit.
    If you honour the blood, God will honour you because you put your trust in the One who shed His blood for you; the Son of God. Make your calling and election sure so that you may be among those who in Heaven, are around the Throne giving “glory and honour to the Lamb that was slain, and hast redeemed us unto God by His blood.”
     The Father is pleased with the company, however small, who honour the blood and give the Spirit His rightful place. You honour Christ’s blood and He will exalt you.
    “Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and old, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers: but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish or spot.”   (1 Peter 1: 18, 19)
  - Gospel Publishing House Springfield, Mo. 65802

                                    Chapter 1
     Theologians and religious men have debated this issue for years.  Some say yes, others no. The real question is: What does the Bible say?
     That is what counts!  What I say or what others say does not matter much, especially if it conflicts with or disagrees with God's Word.
     What saith the Scriptures? The Bible is the inspired Word of God and the final authority for faith and morals.  The Holy Scriptures have the final say about everything concerning life, death and eternity!
     Let me ask you a question: Is Jesus for today? If Jesus is for today, then the forgiveness of sins is for today, and divine healing is also for today.  If He is not for today, then we have believed in vain and the gospel is worthless!
     If Jesus Christ is ‘For Real’ then divine healing is for real; If He is a phony, a myth, a mirage or a liar then the Bible isn't worth the paper it's written on!
               IF HE IS ALIVE, THERE IS HOPE!
     St. Paul declared that, "If the dead rise not" then Christ is not raised; And if Christ is not raised, then He is still dead with no power to save, heal, deliver or bless anyone! 
   "But, now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept!" (1 Cor. 15:20).  Christ is alive!  And because He is alive, there is hope for us with forgiveness, healing, prosperity, and abundant blessings!  Praise God!
     Jesus Christ is alive and relevant to our needs. His interest in us is to do us good. His Gospel is effective, reliable and totally viable. It works!
     His blood is efficacious His stripes bring healing and there is Divine Blessing through the touch of His hand. The Bible says: "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever." (Heb. 13:8)
     True Christians believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ!  We believe and confess that He died for us on Calvary's Cross, was buried in the Garden Tomb and rose again on the third day. We believe that He ascended into Heaven and sat down on the right hand of ‘The Majesty on High’ and will soon return to rapture the church (1 Thess. 4: 16-18) and judge the quick and the dead!
                  NO OTHER FOUNDATION!
      The Bible states: “For other foundation can no man lay that that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ…” (1 Cor. 3:13); “And that knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
    “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness and let us put on the armour of light.”  (Rom. 14:11-12)
     Jesus Christ is the sinless, righteous, eternal, changeless and always constant Son of God!  His Name is all powerful and His blood is alive in the Holy of Holies in Heaven!
    After His death and resurrection, our Lord Jesus emphasized, "...All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth". (Matt. 28:18)
     The Bible says, "I am the Lord, I change not." (Mal.3:6). “How that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed of the devil: for God was with Him.” (Acts 10: 38)
      Jesus has not changed and still has the same desires, wishes and plans for His people as He always had. Unless of course, He came back from the dead different; slow, with a mental block, unable to discern right from wrong or with a totally different philosophy!
     HOW ABSURD!  He has not changed. He will not change. He cannot change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever! He has no mental block or speech impediment.
     He said what He meant   and meant what He said. It is as simple as that. His doctrine or teaching did not change with the traumatic sufferings and death on the cross!
      May God have mercy upon those theologians and preachers who have unilaterally or with humanistic Bible translators sought to minimize the Eternal Godhood of Jesus Christ, the blessed Holy Spirit and God’s Holy Word.
              WHAT ABOUT HIS WORD?
     What about God’s Word? Can it be believed and trusted? I say, “A resounding, Yes.” You may ask, “Why do you believe the Holy Bible?” I could give you a hundred reasons why I believe God’s Word is true, but I will give you only one:
     Jesus of Nazareth believed the Holy Scriptures, preached from them, lived and died by them and arose from the dead according to the Holy Scriptures!
     Is Divine Healing for today?  Well, let me ask you another simple question: Is God's Word for today?  Does His Word have any special meaning or authority for us today? 
    Or is it only a thing of beauty, a centre- piece to adorn the coffee table or to be read for its poetic style, its prose or its fine literature? Has His death and resurrection altered His word or will at all? 
    Of course not! Because He did rise from the dead, He is the same in actions as well as words.  He is the same.  Nothing has changed! His will is found in His Word and His Word is synonymous with His will or wish.  You cannot separate a man from His Word or a man's speech and action from him.  They are the one and same!
     You cannot divorce Jesus Christ from His Word or His power! If His Word says so, we can and must believe it!  Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away." (Matt. 24:35)
    The Scripture says, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
      For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." (Acts 2:38,39)
      If Jesus Christ is for today, then Divine Healing is for today. If the Bible is for today, then it stands to reason that Divine Healing is also for today! 

                                     Chapter 2
    We will let the Word of God answer for itself!  "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: Who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him." (Acts 10:38)
     Very definitely, the Scripture emphasizes that Jesus went about doing Good and Healing all who were oppressed of the devil!  The devil oppressed the people with sin, sickness, fear and torments, but Jesus came to the people with Divine Healing, which is very Good!
     Jesus said, "The thief (devil) cometh not but for to steal, kill and destroy.  I am come that ye may have life and more abundantly." (John 10:10).
    Life comes from God and Jesus has promised us Abundant Life; Life to overflowing with good things from the hand of our Lord! 
      The Bible says, "No good thing will God withhold from them that walk uprightly" (Ps. 84:11). Yes, my friend, Divine Healing does a lot of good.  As a matter of fact, Jesus called Divine Healing, the Children's Bread!
     "But He answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs." (Matt. 15:26). The Scripture states, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning".  (James 1:17)

     Divine healing comes from God by the will of God, for the blessing and edification of His people!
    God the Father is a Healer: He declared, "I am the Lord that healeth thee" (Ex. 15:26. God the Son is a Healer: The Bible says, "And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” (Matt. 9:35)
     God the Holy Spirit is a Healer: St. Paul emphasized, "If that same Spirit 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 the Spirit that dwelleth in you." (Rom. 8:11)
     God has blessed His people with Divine healing, health strength, protection, blessings and enumerable interventions!
     When you consider the many sick and diseased people who suffer untold agony and pain, we don't need to wonder if Divine Healing does any good. 
     Certainly, destroying sickness and pain is a blessing, otherwise we may as well shut down all our hospitals and terminate the employment of all medical personnel.
     When you consider the love that is lost, the separations of loved ones, the work force and the business community that is affected by sickness and death, we don't need to ask if divine healing is a blessing!

      The Health Care System is straining under the heavy load of an increasingly aging population, influx of new and rare diseases epidemics and pandemics and enormous rising health costs!
      The Canadian Medical Profession is regularly in consultations regarding the upgrading, revamping and improving of our health care system!
     There has been a was a very real concern that the AIDS, SARS, Ebola epidemics would bankrupt the already overstrained health systems of the world!  As well as other new, emerging diseases together with the re-emergence of several deadly old viruses, germs and bacteria!
     With the deadly Coronavirus that is presently sweeping the world, there is a dreaded fear of an old-style Depression, that could kill millions and reduce many nations to poverty!
                       MAY GOD SEND US A REVIVAL!
     Only a genuine Revival of Righteousness will be able to head off these awful Epidemics! And may we have the faith to pray for staggering miracles of healing, for those who are afflicted!
     The health and welfare of humanity is of vital concern to governments everywhere. The Christian Community - who have access to the mighty power of God through faith and prayer must do everything within our power to bring healing to those who are suffering the untold agony and pain?
      We must take the lead in bringing Healing, Deliverance and Blessing to the poor, needy, sick and suffering, for we are extensions of Christ’s hands and feet in this generation!
     St. James states: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning”.
     In the beginning, when God created Adam and Eve, He saw that His creation “was good”!  There was no sin and consequently no sickness or death in the garden of Eden!
     When sin entered the world through Satan’s temptation of our first parents, Adam and Eve, death was the natural result.
    Sickness and death are incipient death or ‘death on the installment plan.’  They are enemies of mankind! Sickness, disease and death is the poisonous fruit of Satan, the world’s greatest Liar, Murderer and Destroyer!
      When Jesus Christ - the Second and Last Adam - came to this earth, one of His major targets was sickness and disease.  He healed the sick, cleansed the lepers, cast out unclean spirits and raised the dead!
     The Holy Spirit answers our question, “Does Divine Healing accomplish anything good?”  Here is the answer: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power who went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him”. (Acts 10:38)
     If you want to know if Divine Healing is worthwhile, ask the many who have been healed of incurable cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, insanity or a hundred other sicknesses, through faith in   Jesus Christ!

    “And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than the beginning…” (Job 42: 10, 12)
    Sickness and disease is captivity! Christ purchased  our freedom from the Prison House of fear, anxiety, torment, hatred, doubt,  condemnation, oppression and depression which often accompanies attacks of sickness and disease!
    The shed blood of Jesus Christ brings peace, forgiveness with assurance, wholeness of spirit, soul and body. Divine Healing from our Lord causes joy and blessings beyond compare and a tranquility filled with thanksgiving and praises unto our Saviour Jesus Christ.
     Come Lord Jesus, turn away from Thy children, the captivity of sickness, disease, and pain, according to Thy Word and Thy precious promises which fail not, so that the Father may be glorified in His Son Jesus Christ! – (John 14: 11-14; 1 John 10 -15). Amen.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Pro-Life Leader Calls Coronavirus “Chastisement” For The Sin of Abortion

A leading Catholic pro-life advocate declared that the novel coronavirus pandemic is a “chastisement” by God for the sin of abortion.
John Smeaton, Chief Executive of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, the first and largest pro-life organization in the United Kingdom, declared in a Facebook post on Monday that “Boris Johnson’s government does not realise that the coronavirus is a chastisement for, amongst other things, the killing of innocent children in the womb.”
LifeSiteNews followed up with Smeaton anyway in order to gain clarity on his remarks.
Although “it’s a prudential judgement whether a particular terrible disaster is a chastisement,” Smeaton pointed to a number of characteristics of the pandemic that he believes are in line with the definition of a chastisement, such as the “deprivation from Catholics worldwide of the Holy Eucharist,” which he said was “unprecedented.”
This deprivation, he said, “reminds us painfully of the shameful abuse of the Body and Blood of Our Lord which is commonly observed at Masses throughout the world, in particular at Novus Ordo Masses where Communion in the hand has led to countless sacrileges taking place.”
Smeaton went on to explain that abortion has killed “between one to two billion” people in the world in the last 50 years. “That’s more people killed than all the people killed in all the wars in the whole of recorded human history.”
“Every one of these children was killed in the heart of an individual family so each abortion has the possibility of darkening the consciences of many more than one person,” Smeaton added.
Smeaton also pointed to the promotion of the LGBT agenda in schools, “not least by individual Catholic bishops and by, for example, the entire Conference of Catholic Bishops of England and Wales,” something Smeaton feels is “a sin that’s even worse than abortion and might well provoke God’s anger in a terrible chastisement.”
Smeaton pointed to remarks made by Italian historian Roberto de Mattei for historical precedents for chastisements, noting that Europe in the 21st century and the 14th century was fraught with famine, plagues, and war, which “many great saints” taught were “signs of God’s chastisement.”
“Saint Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444) admonished: Tria sunt flagella quibus Dominus castigat: there are three scourges with which God chastises: war, plague, and famine,” de Mattei said, according to LifeSite.
Smeaton explained that “the whole of mankind is punished by sin – by both original sin and by individual sins.” As Christ took our sins upon himself, he added, “we are called to share in Christ’s sufferings for the sins of mankind.”
“Pro-life leaders, myself included, can be guilty of all sorts of sins and we must all examine our consciences,” Smeaton continued, “but I can honestly say that my comment that the coronavirus is a chastisement is based on reasonable grounds, of the kind I’ve mentioned, and not self-interest.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

                 LAST DAYS BEFORE

                            by Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
     The Bible states: "And I looked and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat upon him was Death, and Hell followed with him.  And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword (war), and with hunger (famine), and with death (tsunamis, war, earthquakes, mudslides) and with the beasts of the earth (Mad Cow, Monkey Pox, West Nile Virus, Sars, Avion, Ebola)."  (Revelation 6:8)
      Are we living in the Last Days before the Great Tribulation? Is the Coronavirus Pandemic another harbinger of the Last Days Scenario before the Return of our Lord Jesus Christ and the White Throne Judgment? What must we do to be ready for any eventuality?
      Throughout history, plagues have attacked human beings as well as animals. The 1918 Flu Pandemic killed between 20 to 50 million in two years. The HIV(AIDS) killed 36 million between 1976 to 1981. The Ebola Virus in 2014 killed 11,315 people in 21 months. In March 2020 the Coronavirus Pandemic has infected 37000, with 3,000 deaths, across the world!
                  MANY PEOPLE ARE ON EDGE!
      People are fearful, nervous and anxious.  Our world is becoming more and more unsafe.  We are living in a world full of terrorism, wars, new frightening diseases and viruses and startling weather disasters that are wiping out thousands of people in seconds.
       On September 11, 2001, the world changed.  On September 11 - Satan was rejoicing.  On September 11 - Satan scored a victory.  But I am here to you that SATAN can be defeated and will be defeated!
     Yes - the world changed drastically on September 11, 2001.  What was a relatively safe, comfortable existence turned instantly into a world of terror. The tell Islamic terrorist group al Qaeda and its leader Osama bin Laden accomplished something very important on September 11. 
     The terrorists took away our freedom, the freedom to feel safe, the freedom to feel secure. And September 11 was only the beginning.  The world is dealing with so many issues that it’s hard for people to cope.
      Our world is literally falling apart.  We have seen the tragic increase in Islamic terrorism, a great backsliding in Evangelical fervor for Christ, an alarming state of departure from Biblical standards of protecting the family and the unborn and putting the unnatural before the sane and sensible!
    And we are experiencing earthquakes, tidal waves, tsunamis in places that are totally unexpected and at the greatest magnitudes ever recorded.  The new diseases and viruses we are seeing in animals are alarming. And now with a new and deadly virus sweeping the world, we must remain focused on the Word of God and remain in the Peace of God and do everything to protect ourselves and others!
                           WHAT IS COMING NEXT?
     The question on people’s minds is: What is coming next? The whole creation, including the earth and all living creatures therein, the cosmos and all universes that our Lord has created, are groaning and travailing in pain and travail "together until now."  
     The earth is "running down", as science teaches it will.  Man has polluted the air, polluted the water and the earth.  The earth is polluting and destroying itself through earthquakes, tidal waves, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.
      Nature, through solar storms, falling meteors, black holes, white holes and worm holes is doing damage to the universe.  Tornados, cyclones, tsunamis and severe electrical storms cause great bodily harm and death to people and animals, as well as destroying millions of acres of timber annually through forest fire.  
     The animals and wildlife are themselves polluters, spreading disease amongst themselves, as well as being purveyors of many deadly diseases to the human population.
                   SARS,  EBOLA, CORONOVIRUS!
     What have all these to do with End Time Prophecy? Are these diseases and viruses the starting point of what is coming next during the Great Tribulation? 
    I believe that the outbreak of AIDS, SARS, Ebola virus, Lyme disease, Mad Cow disease (BSE), Foot and Mouth disease (FDM), West Nile Virus, Hanta Virus, Monkey Pox and the latent TB and drug resistant TB that is now rampant (2 billion world-wide) is surely Bible prophecy being fulfilled.  
     There are also so many new viruses, bacteria and parasites spread by animals, rodents and pests to human beings.  Are these new viruses from animals also a precursor to the awful things which will happen during the Great Tribulation?
New Viruses Appearing at Faster Rates Scientists Believe!
A headline that appeared (August 2003) in the Washington Post, must have sent shock waves through the Medical Community and the general population.  From a theological perspective, the connection between Biblical eschatology and the phenomenal parade of new emerging viruses being passed from animals to humans, this new report is very significant.
     Are the news diseases Sars, Mad Cow Disease, West Nile Virus, Bird flu and many others biblical prophecies?  Are these world disasters, extreme weather changes, world disasters and mounting hatred, wars and nations turning against nations world-wide Bible Prophecy coming to pass?
     The Bible states: "And I looked and behold a PALE HORSE: and his name that sat upon him was Death, and Hell followed with him.  And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with SWORD (war), and with HUNGER (famine), and with DEATH (tsunamis, war, earthquakes, mudslides etc), and with the BEASTS of the earth (Mad Cow, Monkey Pox, West Nile Virus, Sars, Ebola, Coronavirus).”  (Revelation 6:8)
      For a very long time Bible scholars were unable to understand this verse.  Everyone had serious questions about beasts being a source of so many people dying.  When S.A.R.S. struck the world with a vengeance a few years ago, the meaning of the Scripture became very evident.  St. John's prophecy became absolutely clear!
     The prevalent thought was that when famine came, the wild beasts from the forests would enter the cities and towns and kill people for food.  Some translations of Revelation 6:8 placed the words 'wild beasts' in their study notes.      
     Now we know how wrong that interpretation was!  God's Word is absolutely perfect!  As a Minister of the Gospel who has studied the Holy Bible Scriptures for over 50 years, I believe this to be pre-Tribulation more and more, as the truth in revealed through events that happen round about us.
     In my research, I found that SARS, Lyme Disease, Foot & Mouth disease, Mad Cow disease, Hanta virus, Monkey pox, Ebola virus, Aids, West Nile Fever and Coronavirus are diseases that have all come from animals (beasts) or rodents and insects (pests).  
     Jesus warned:  "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and Pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places." (Matthew 24:7).
     Rob Stein wrote: "It happens again and again.  Strange and frightening new infections seem to appear out of nowhere, such as Lyme disease, Ebola and of course, AIDS.  With Monkeypox coming on the heels of Sars, which emerged not long after West Nile, it is a phenomenon that seems to be happening at an accelerating rate. Scientists agree that the trend is alarming and appears to be gathering speed.  In the coming years, they say, dangerous new pathogens emerging."
      The world has become uncertain and fearful. We are surrounded by death and destruction. The Bible states that, "the whole world lieth in wickedness."  (1 John 5:19); "And the world passeth away and the lust thereof, but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever." (1 John 2:15-18)
       Not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, that is to say, the redemption of our body. St. Paul states that when this life is over, we will be resurrected and a glorified body! (Romans 8:14-28)
       Satan is hard at work and his corrupting influence is present everywhere. Satan’s filth and stench can be seen, heard and felt across the world.  His evil, unholy and corrupting influence is everywhere present in homes, communities and nations, as well as in academia, the government, commerce, judicial systems and in the church.
     The truth is that the whole world lies in wickedness and Satan is the "prince of the power of the air."  Satan is the author of the "spirit of disobedience" that pervades society today.  This spirit of disobedience is affecting millions of people across the earth. (Ephesians 2:2; 5:6, Colossians 3:6)    
      Even though we as Christians are filled with the Holy Spirit and have fellowship with Jesus and each other, we live in a flesh and blood body.  We are constantly being bombarded with temptations.  We have Christ's promise of divine healing, but we are still subject to ageing and death.
      St. Paul states that we groan inwardly because of our limitations and desire to be clothed with a glorified body, knowing that one day we will be changed and receive a glorified body similar to Christ's. 
                          WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR! 
     The Bible says: "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."
     "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is."  (1 John 3:1-2).
     Death and corruption have been present on this earth and in the cosmos since the terrible 'fall of man' in the Garden of Eden.  Everything is subject to the 'Second Law of Thermodynamics' - that of ageing, deteriorating and corruption. 
    There is no escaping it.  Everyone that is born dies eventually and will go back to the dust of the earth.  All great men and their empires, small or great will deteriorate and go to ruin.  The universe is running out of steam and Bible Prophecy is being fulfilled and will continue to be fulfilled as time goes on.
     JESUS demanded: “…Whosever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel’s the same shall save it.
    “For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8: 34–38).
      Christ’s Victory and Satan’s Defeat is our Liberty for time and eternity! Amen.
     Dear Friend:  Please write with your prayer requests.  We will pray for you and I will write you back!  When you write, please ask for a free prayer cloth over which we have prayed with faith in Jesus' Name, for your deliverance and salvation.  - Pastor Max Solbrekken