Thursday, April 22, 2021

                   THE END OF ALL THS IS AT HAND                                                        By Max Solbrekken, D.D.   (written in 1958)

But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore, and watch unto prayer.” (1 Pe. 4:7)

More than 1900 years ago, the Apostle Paul, under the unction of the Holy Ghost, wrote the staggering words which I am using as the title for this message.  In this 21th century these words still burn as brightly, and even more brightly than they did then.  We are now more than 1900 years closer to the second coming of Jesus Christ.  As I read and study these precious truths, a surge of excitement goes through my being as I realize we are on the very threshold of the Rapture of the Church and Christ’s return!

I am thankful to be alive in this exciting time and to be saved, filled with the Holy Ghost and ready for the long awaited moment when the trumpet of God shall sound and the dead in Christ shall rise (1 Thes. 4:16) and we shall see Jesus as He is.  Every time I think about it my heart is thrilled.

My soul is aflame with thankfulness to God for allowing me to be His and for the privilege of serving Him. What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see! This wonderful Saviour that I have read and preached about, witnessed so many people healed in His name, and seen so many souls accept Him as their own personal Saviour. I am excited about Jesus and enthused about His soon coming!

This old world will never hold me, any moment I’ll be gone, for I’ve made my consecration, and I have my wedding garments on.  I know that I’m ready to go – I am prepared and I want to stay that way until I see Him face to face.  I’ve often said, “If I miss everything else in life, I do not want to miss the rapture.”  I made up my mind years ago when I was converted that I was going to make the rapture with God’s help and by His Grace. Hallelujah!

A SOLEMN MESSAGE

The Apostle Peter preached much about the rapture of the Church and the end of the world.  The other early Church writers also did the same – they lived in a great expectancy to see his Return, even in their times, or shortly after.  Their hearts and souls burned with the message of Jesus – His Crucifixion, Resurrection and soon coming!

Whenever the early Church writers mentioned His coming, it was always coupled with the warning of its suddenness and the finality of all things!  In my scripture text the Apostle Peter not only talks about the “End of All Things”, but he admonishes the Christians to be prepared for the end!  He therefore warns: “Be ye therefore sober and watch unto prayer.”

In other words, each Christian is to realize the seriousness of the hour in which he lives and be in prayer so that he will not become snared with the things of the world and miss the rapture of the Church – then Peter goes on to talk about “Fervent Charityor real God-given love and hospitality which Christians should have towards one another.

When I first began to study this portion of scripture it absolutely stirred my soul to the very core and shook me to the foundation – it was so deep and mighty – it was so colossal in its dimensions of finality and absoluteness – I began to hungrily check and study further on this subject and came up with many equally astounding and staggering facts.  In this message I will share them with you.

The Apostle Paul said, The End of all Things is at hand.”  What did He mean?  I prayed to God – I received the answer immediately – He meant exactly what He said and had written exactly what He knew to be Truth.  The Holy Spirit moved upon Peter and all the writers of the Old and New Testaments and they wrote as they were directed by God. (11 Peter 1:21)  The Holy Spirit has no speech problem so I am sure Peter gave the exact message God had laid on his heart.

                                          THE END OF ALL THINGS!

According to this Scripture there will come a day when all things will come to an end!  There will be an end of the Grace and Mercy of God towards sinners – there will be an end to the day of opportunity to be saved – there will come an end to civilization - an end to the earth – to life itself, and to the world we live in.  Peter said “The end of all things is at hand!”

Again in (11 Peter 3:10-12) we read, "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise; and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?"  Here it is – the heavens shall pass away, elements shall melt and the earth shall burn up.  Then Peter continues that since this will soon take place we should walk in godliness and holiness, looking for, anticipating and longing for that day.

Everywhere the early Church Fathers preached about the Second Coming and the End of the World.  They admonished the Christians to live holy and godly and be prepared for His Coming.  The scripture also tells us in (1 John 3:2-3) “Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be but we know that when he shall 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.  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

It goes without saying then that wherever Christians have a strong belief in the soon coming of Christ, and where pastors preach it fervently, there will also be a clean assembly and a soul winning church.  As I studied further I found out that the Apostle John had the same message – here it is. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.  Little children, it is the LAST TIME –“ (1 John 2:15-18)

The Apostle Peter declared, “The end of all things is at hand” and he admonished the Christians to live a clean, pure life in view of that fact.  Here John the Apostle does the very same.  Let us examine his words – “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world the love of the Father is not in him.”  Those were very strong words indeed.  If anyone loved the things of the world, then the love of God did not exist in his soul.  How could a person be a Christian and not possess God’s love?  That would be say further on this subject.  “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?  Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”  An enemy of God is not saved!  May God help us to keep our lives and minds clean and pure and filled with the Word of God and the Spirit of God.  Then John the Apostle goes on to say It is the Last Time.

THE LORD IS AT HAND

I now had discovered what the Holy Spirit had spoken through Peter and John regarding this subject.  Excitedly I turned to Paul’s writing to see what he would say about the matter.  To my joy I discovered that he too was on the same wave length and the faithful and true Holy Spirit anointed him to deliver the same message – Here it is! “Let your moderation be know unto all men.  The Lord is a hand. (Phil. 4:5)  

Here again is the Holiness Message coupled with the message of the end of the world and the soon coming of Jesus.  “Let you moderation be known unto all men,” Paul writes.  In other words, be moderate in all things; be not given to excesses; be temperate in  your living – do not carry on in the excessive sinful living of the carnal man, but be a spiritual people!

Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  (Matt. 5:16)  Here Paul says to let all men know about your moderation – let everyone know that you are a Christian – take a public stand for Jesus Christ.

DO NOT hide your light but let it shine,  because the Lord is at hand  The Apostle Peter writes, “The end of all things is at hand.”  The Apostle John writes, “Little children, it is the last time, and here Paul writes, “The Lord is at hand.”  The consistency of the scriptures, the work of the Holy Spirit is certainly a marvel!

THE TIME IS AT HAND

Then in haste I turned to the words of our Lord Himself and here is what He declared to John on the Isle of Patmos: “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Rev. 13)  The Lord Jesus  gives us a tremendously strong warning in this scripture: "Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand." (Rev. 1:3)

Do you want to meet Jesus in the air when he comes?  Do you want to be in that great number in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb?  Do you want to be ready to stand before God?  Then right now, prepare to meet God. (Amos 4:12)  Set your house in order today.  (11 Kings 20:1)  Repent of your sins, confessing them to Christ and forsaking them and you will receive God’s forgiveness and know for sure that you have passed from death unto life. (John 5:24)

CHRIST IS COMING SOON!

Peter declared: “The end of all things is at hand.”.  the Apostle John said “Little children it is the last time.”  Paul writes, “The Lord is at Hand”; Jesus Christ, God’s Son said, “For the time is at hand”, and I say to you today, “Turn to the Lord with all your heart, forsake your sins, be baptized in water, dedicate your entire life to Christ and be filled with the Holy Ghost; beginning immediately to be a soul winner by witnessing regularly to those round about you, because Jesus Christ is coming very soon!

For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matt. 24:27) “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.  But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of he Son of man be.  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 

Then shall two be in the field: the one shall be taken and the other left. Two woman shall be grinding a the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Matt. 24:36-44)

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Friday, April 16, 2021

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

                                         JESUS HAS MADE ME FREE!             

                 
                                              Louise McCarthy Testifying for Jesus
       
                                                Louise and David McCarthy

                                 - Miracle Testimony -

                         EPILEPSY SEIZURES DESTOYED                            MY LIFE UNTIL JESUS HEALED ME

By Louise McCarthy, Vernon, B.C. 

    The Bible says: "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5)

            AT 2 WEEKS OLD, I HAD AN EPILEPTIC SEIZURE AND DIED.

      I had an epileptic seizure and died when I was 2 weeks old on May 23, 1955.  After I turned blue and cold, my mother, who was a registered nurse, managed to revive me and rushed me to the hospital.

      I was in and out of the Vancouver Sick Children's Hospital for the next several years under the caring expertise of Dr. Auciand.

      They found among other things, that I had an intense allergy to milk which would set off epilepsy seizures.  When I was 3 years old, I spent most of the summer in the hospital.

      I remember feeling abandoned and terrified of the many injection needles that seemed necessary to keep me calm.  After this time in the hospital, my parents were extremely careful to keep all anxiety and anticipation out of my life.

EVERYONE HAD TO MAKE SURE I WAS KEPT CALM OR I WOULD HAVE EPILEPTIC SEIZURES

     Over and over I heard the words: "Don't get Louise excited."  When it was unavoidable, they would up my dosage of tranquilizing drugs in order to avoid a seizure.  When I was cranky or hostile, I often became violent and my mother would say, "Did you remember to take your pills today?"

      I remember a Saturday when I was 10 years old.  My mother made all of us 4 children have a bath in the morning.  Then we all had our hair done.  Next, we put on our fancy dresses and crinolines.

      I realized that something special was happening.  no one had told me that we were going to a wedding in the afternoon.  My little sister who was five had known about the wedding for 2 weeks, but had been instructed not to tell me, so that I wouldn't get excited.

 I STARTED SNEAKING ALCOHOL FROM MY PARENTS!

     As I entered my teenage years, the levels of dosages were "all over the map".  I started drinking (on the sly) from my parent's liquor cabinet when I was 14 years old.  This would mess up the effect of the tranquilizers even more.  I found that if I skipped my noon time pills, I would have excessive energy for the evening but I wouldn't be able to sleep until I was emotionally and physically drained.  I usually cried myself to sleep and was often violent.

When I was like this mom would make sure I took my pills by standing and watching me.  At stressful times I would lose weight which again would play havoc with the drug levels. With the games I was playing with tranquilizers and alcohol, I don't know how I survived my teenage years.  By God's grace, I think.

I WAS REBELLIOUS AND ELOPED AT 19 YEARS OLD!

     The doctors DID NOT want me to go through the stress of marriage and pregnancy until I was stabilized - hopefully in my later 20's.  But being quite rebellious, I eloped at 19 years old.

      We bought a house when I was 20 years old, by a lot of scrimping and saving, and I had a baby just before my 21st birthday.  My husband was as violent and unpredictable as I was - it was a stormy, unhappy marriage.

 MY BABY WAS BORN WITH ADHD & FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME

      My baby was colicky, underweight, ADHD (although that was not diagnosed until many years later) and FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome - again not diagnosed until much later).

       Danny never slept more than 2 hours.  I was in a bad physical state and looking for a divorce, when my girlfriend invited me to a Max Solbrekken Crusade.

     I came up to Kelowna, B.C. from New Westminister on a bus with my 4 1/2 month-old-son, thinking that I would go to this meeting to satisfy my girlfriend (from high school days).  I thought I would stay the weekend and then go to a lawyer on Monday to get a divorce.

 I WENT TO THE MAX SOLBREKKEN TENT CRUSADE!

     When we went to the crusade tent, everyone was so full of joy.  A man was running around and around the tent praising the Lord with his hands lifted up.  Lillian told me that he had come at the beginning of the week with a very serious heart case, unable to lift his hands up enough to comb his hair.  I didn't believe her, but I thought this could be interesting to see the trick the evangelists use to make people believe in this stuff.

     I knew God could heal. I just didn't believe He would heal me.  I thought, as a deist, that God created the world, but then just left us to figure out the rest.  He'd be too busy to bother with someone's aches and pains.

PASTOR MAX SOLBREKKEN BEGAN PRAYING FOR THE SICK

     After singing some songs, Pastor Max Solbrekken asked if anyone wanted prayer for healing. A lady suffering from back pain went forward. He asked her to sit down and put her feet out straight. In the meantime, Lillian had taken my baby and pushed me right to the front, so that I could see.

       I crouched down to look for the trick, so I was about 18 inches away from the lady's feet and from Pastor Solbrekken.  Pastor Solbrekken had hold of her heels and he was showing us that one leg  was shorter than the other causing the pain, so     I watched Pastor Max to see how he would pull on one leg and I watched to see if the man behind the chair would twist the lady's shoulders giving the impression of lengthening the one leg.

     But as I watched, the man stepped back and raised his hands and started glorifying God, while Max Solbrekken's fingers, under the lady's  heels just dropped slowly from her heels as he said, "Thank you Jesus.  Thank you Jesus!  Thank you Lord."

      As he said this, I watched her leg move out. The 'brick wall' of all my unbelief came tumbling down and I was confronted with a God who actually cared.

     When Pastor Solbrekken asked who else wanted Jesus to heal them, to give them a miracle, I put up my hand, still shaking uncontrollably.  He said, "Oh, the Holy Ghost is all over this little lady", as he turned to me and asked what I wanted to be healed from.

 I STARTED TO CRY AND SCREAMED 'EPILEPSY’!

I couldn't answer although I was shaking like a leaf, my insides were frozen, the pit of my stomach was a 'tight knot', my throat was like dry ice.  I started to cry and finally screamed 'EPILEPSY!"

      Pastor Solbrekken put his hands on my shoulder and led me up to the platform.  He announced on the microphone what God was about to do.  That God was going to heal and deliver me from Epilepsy.  He came towards me with his hand upraised.

      As he brought his hand down toward my head, an electric shock went between us and threw us apart a couple of feet.  Then he said: "In the name of Jesus...." and his hand came down on my head.

       A FEELING LIKE WARM OIL WENT THROUGH MY ENTIRE BODY! I yelled "JESUS" (that was my salvation prayer), as I fell back into a chair.  Immediately Pastor Solbrekken's hand went on my head and I felt as if it were a bead of warm oil (about the size of a baseball) enter the top of my head and I could feel it moving all around, then stopping, then moving. 

     This warm oil went throughout my entire body.  I could feel it moving up and down each finger and eventually each leg and toe.  This whole process took about 25 minutes as I sat in the chair while the service went on.

JESUS APPEARED TO ME:  HE KEPT TELLING ME HOW MUCH HE LOVED ME

      When I went back to the congregation, everyone was worshipping, so I took my baby to hold and joined in the worship with all of my heart - I was so happy - I was so grateful. 

     As the gratitude and thankfulness welled up inside of me, I fell over backwards.  Fortunately, Lillian chose that very second to look over at me and took my baby as I went down under the power of the Spirit. 

     It was then that I saw the Lord and heard the voice of a waterfall saying, "I love you, Louise.  Never forget that I love you.  I love you more than you can imagine..."  He went on saying this for about 45 minutes.

      When I got up, I started to worship and as I did, I started singing in a language that flowed and flowed, but that I had never heard before.  I was so filled with joy for Jesus, healing me, forgiving me, delivering me and filling me with His Spirit. 

     I asked question after question of my hosts that night and kept them up till 3 a.m.  I slept in peace for the first time in my life and when I woke up, I found that my baby had slept from 11:30 until 8:30 for the first time in his little life.

 I WAS HEALED OF EPILEPSY AND I AM STILL HEALED 26 YEARS LATER.

Pastor Max told me to keep taking my pills until I was checked by the E.E.G. (I used to have this test every 6 months) to check my brain waves.

    Well, I threw the pills in the toilet in Kelowna.  I KNEW I WAS HEALED and would never need another pill. That was June 26th, 1976.  That night I was set free from unbelief, epilepsy, hatred, including self-hate, hopelessness, alcohol, etc.

      I went to my scheduled E.E.G. on September 20th, 1976 . When I went into Dr. Auciand's office after the test, he said: "Well, this is wonderful! We've finally got this under control! Your alpha waves were completely NORMAL!" He was so pleased. Bursting his bubble of medical accomplishment, I said: "Well, Praise the Lord! I haven't had a pill in three months! I'm healed!"

     He said, "WHAT?!" My reply was "Jesus healed me in June and I haven't had any medication since then." He called me crazy and assured me that I would be back in his office with more trouble very soon. That was 26 1/2 years ago.



JESUS IS THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME

     Soon after I started attending a Holy Ghost filled church where I was loved, nurtured, discipled, taught, trained and shown how to love and serve God, by loving and serving people. All three of my children were snatched from death through the power of God at one time or another in their lives. 

      Danny was in hospital at 2 1/2 years old, the doctors made a bed for me because they said he wouldn't live through the night.  Now he's 26 years old and has married an on-fire for Jesus beautiful young lady.

      I am now married to a man who likes to serve God and pray as much as I do. I have assisted in planting a few churches over the years, ministering in the prophetic and intercession and all the practical hands-on work that is needed.

      I think my gifting is my willingness to do anything that will help Jesus be made manifest, from babysitting to washing the washrooms, taking graffiti off walls, turning overheads, leading worship, Bible studies, preaching, giving money to the Lord's work! I just love the Lord.    

The revival that started in my heart on June 26th, 1976 never wore off. Jesus is the best thing that ever happened to me!  Hallelujah.

      The Bible says:  “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 healeth thee.” (Exodus 15:26). Amen.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

 

DON'T THINK THAT


GOD IS ANGRY AT YOU!


By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

"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)

This message was born in my heart after I received a telephone call from a young lady in Norway. She was very upset because she felt God was "mad at her"!

She was a young married woman in her early twenties, with a good job, but was very unhappy. Her involvement in an automobile accident had left her with a back injury, and her nerves were frayed!

The young lady felt that the accident was God's revenge on her, because as a teenager she had "drifted from Him"! Several things happened which made her believe that He was "angry at her" and had "washed His hands of her."

In her loneliness, depression and constant pain, she became suicidal! In that condition, she attended our gospel crusade and heard me preach God's Word!

She was completely delivered - physically, spiritually and psychologically! Her miracle recovery still holds true today, 25 years later!


                            GOD IS LOVING, MERCIFUL & GRACIOUS!

Many people believe God is angry at them...that 'He has their number' and is waiting to bring them to justice! They see God as a stern old man who has been roused from his afternoon nap by noisy young people.

Nothing could be further from the truth. God is kind, merciful and fair! And He is available 24 hours a day!

John 3:16 is the central verse of the New Testament and inspiration for fundamental spiritual change. Martin Luther called it the "Bible in Miniature"!

Jerome Harper is an anointed gospel singer and preacher. Some years ago I was a speaker during a convention of Full Gospel Churches in Dauphin River, Manitoba. Jerome stirred my soul with a song written by James Payne. The song is called 'John 3:16' and is James Payne's personal testimony. Here are the lyrics:

                                               John 3:16

"I remember the night, at the end of my rope,
In a motel in Nashville, searching for hope...
In my hand a Bible, I had read as a child,
On the table was a bottle, that was driving me wild!

Well, I poured the whiskey into the glass,
and prayed it would help me forget my past.
Then I read how Jesus died on the tree,
I poured out the whiskey, and fell down on my knees.

That night old Jack Daniels met John 3:16,
God's word broke the hold that he had over me.
I traded Tennessee whiskey for Calvary's tree
That night old Jack Daniels met John 3:16.

Now, when I see those old friends that I used to know,
Down at the old place where I used to go,
They tell me I'm different than I used to be,
And I love to tell them what happened to me."

Even though James Payne had a history of alcoholism, drug abuse and wild living, God reached down to him in mercy and forgiveness.  And by faith he received the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ!  Since that time he has written more than 2,000 songs and was recently featured on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (T.B.N.), which is seen around the world!

Jerome Harper has a similar testimony.  After he had wasted many years in heavy drinking and debauchery, the Lord Jesus Christ gladly received him, when he called upon His Name!

                       ANOTHER ALCOHOLIC IS MADE FREE!

The same could be said about Randy Huisman of Telkwa, BC.  Although Randy was raised in the Christian Reformed Church, he did not experience the redeeming power of the 'Gospel of Christ'.  

At an early age he left the church and went deeper and deeper into a life of drunkenness.  His wake-up call came at the age of 34 when his doctor said, "Randy, you have sclerosis of the liver.  If you continue drinking you will be dead within 4 to 6 months."

Not wanting to quit drinking and to prove the doctor wrong, Randy drank even more excessively.  Eight months later, he was still alive but very sick, with dry heaves and vomiting!

Standing at the well, he thought of committing suicide to end it all, but remembered the terrible time a neighbor girl went through when her father killed himself.  He also remembered God's word, about murderers going to Hell.

He knelt by the old well and prayed, "Lord, if you are real, show me the way and let me know that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses away all my sins. Randy declares: "At that moment (Dec 26, 1984) a glimmer of hope came into my heart and I haven't had a drink since!"

A couple of months later, Ted Huntington went over to fix Randy's pump and invited him to attend a Spirit-filled Men's Advance.  He was filled with the Holy Spirit and is full of God's great compassion, love and power, to win lost souls for Christ!

Years later, I was invited to share my testimony at a Full Gospel Business Men's meeting in Smithers, B.C.  During the altar service, Randy's brother Theo answered the alter call and wept his way into the kingdom of God!



  JESUS CAME TO EARTH TO SAVE SINNERS! 


Jesus Christ came into the world to save us – Not to condemn us! The Bible says, “God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17)

A number of years ago, Thomas Allen was hopelessly lost in a life of alcohol, gambling, the occult and broken dreams.  At 25 years of age he had graduated from being a juvenile delinquent kicked out of school and home, to prison with a broken marriage and shattered hopes!

He was hooked by sin and degradation.  At the end of his rope, he heard the voice of God call his name.  On two occasions the voice said, "Go to church."  The third time, God spoke with a firm command: "Tom, go to church!"

He picked up the Winnipeg City Directory and dropped it on the floor, not knowing where to look.  Miraculously it opened at the W's and 'Waves of Glory' jumped out at him.  He began to attend church but was still bound by horrible nightmares, which haunted him from the past!

A year later, I preached in Winnipeg.  Tom came forward for prayer.  As I began to pray, the evil spirits threw him off the platform.  He foamed at the mouth and screamed horribly as we exorcised the demons from him in Jesus' Name!

Since that time, there hasn’t been any more nightmares or epilepsy.  His testimony is that God has given him a new life with peace and joy!  And he began studying under Pastor Edwin Wiebe.  His heart’s desire is to become a minister of the gospel!


            HE’S THE GOD OF THE SECOND CHANCE!

Some people believe God is portrayed as wrathful and uncaring in the Old Testament and loving and kind in the New Testament, but that isn’t true!

The mercy of God is seen in His dealings with mankind from the beginning.  He gave Adam and Eve a second chance, when He drove them out of the Garden of Eden after their rebellion, so that they would not eat of the ‘Tree of Life’ and live forever in their sins.  He killed an innocent animal as an atonement.  Its skin covered their naked bodies and the blood covered their sins!

Then God instituted the sacrificial system, which pointed to Jesus the Messiah, Who fulfilled the type and died on the cross for the sins of the whole world, as the lambs had died on the alters of Jerusalem to atone for the sins of Israel!

God's justice can also be seen in His dealings with Satan, who was once a trusted archangel called Lucifer.  God could have destroyed Satan, but let him remain free until the final judgment, when he will be cast into the Lake of Fire! (Rev. 20: 10)

God loves us all and allows the sun to shine and rain to fall on the just and the unjust.  His laws of gravity, seed time and harvest, life, death and salvation apply to everyone.  The words of prophet Isaiah are relevant today:

"Come now, and let us reason together saith the Lord.  Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.  Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (Isaiah 1:18)

The love of God is constantly being revealed to us!  Each new baby that is born is a miracle of co-creation with the Creator.  And what a gift that newborn baby is to its parents, siblings, grandparents and close friends!

In the various stages of life, development and maturing - from youth to adulthood and on to the golden years of retirement - God's blessings are new and exciting every day as we walk with the Lord!

Answered prayer, peace that passes all understanding, 'joy unspeakable and full of glory' is only a small part of the "pay-back" we receive from our fellowship with our Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord!


                  JESUS APPEARED TO SUNDAR SINGH!


 Sadhu Sundar Singh was known across India as 'The Apostle with the Bleeding Feet' because he chose to go barefoot, in appreciation of the horrible sufferings Jesus endured for him.  Sundar Singh - sadhu means holy man - travelled the length and breadth of India as a preacher of righteousness for many years!

Every year he would climb the rugged mountain ranges to the forbidden land of Tibet.  The jagged rocks often cut his feet, leaving little trickles of blood in his footprints.  Upon arriving in that dark foreboding land, he would regularly receive hostile and violent treatment from the hands of the Buddhist authorities, because of his preaching!

Sundar Singh was born into a pagan religion but had lost faith in all religions, so when a Christian missionary gave him a Bible, he threw it into the fire.

After this act of defiance, however, he was unable to sleep.  He felt guilty as well as frustrated over his life.  Feeling hopelessly lost, with nothing to live for, he decided to end it all!


He would take his own life the very next morning, by lying down on the railroad track in front of the fast moving express train!


His plans were foiled, however, by the appearance of Jesus Christ in the middle of the night.  A bright light filled the room and the 'glorified Saviour of the world' stood before him with His nail-pierced hands outstretched in welcome.

Instead of being rebuked and judged for burning His Holy Book - as the young man expected - Jesus simply looked at him in love and compassion, and he melted at His feet.  All superstition, fear, unbelief, hatred and torments vanished in a moment of time and Sundar Singh gave his entire life to Jesus Christ. 

The story is told of how Sundar Singh was persecuted on numerous occasions by the Buddhists as he penetrated the "forbidden land of Tibet" again and again!

On one occasion he was condemned to death for preaching the gospel there.  He was lowered into a dry 60 foot well and left to die of hunger and thirst sitting among the filth of human skulls and bones, rats, snakes and scorpions.

The noise of the heavy cement cover being placed on the well's top, cutting off the beam of light signaled 'the end'!  Sitting there in terrible pain from the severe beatings he had received from the hands of his captors, Sundar Singh prayed: "O Lord get me out of here.  Do not allow me to die here.  Let me preach the gospel one more time."

Very early in the morning, a shaft of light appeared showing a rope being lowered towards him. He tied the rope to his midsection.  Strong arms rapidly pulled him upwards.  He stood to his feet and when he turned o say "thank you" to his liberator, there was no one there!


                  THE HAND OF GOD BROUGHT HIM OUT!


Overjoyed he prayed, "What shall I do?"  The Holy Spirit whispered, "Go and stand in front of the pagoda and preach the Gospel!"

The Buddhist monks and authorities were so amazed at his rescue and because his "death sentence" had been executed - no one had ever escaped before - they could not try him again.  Of course, he was beaten and chased away repeatedly, but he kept returning to present the claims of Christ to the pagan.

One day, his footprints (with the trickel of blood) came to an abrupt halt on the mountainous terrain on the way to Tibet.  The 'Apostle with the bleeding feet' had undoubtedly slipped and fallen and his frozen body is waiting for the "great getting-up-morning" when Christ shall come to rapture His Church!  Hallelujah!

St. John writes: "If the princes of this world would have known who Jesus is, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory." (1 Corinthians 2:8)

How sad, that all too few leaders of nations, corporations, educational, medical and financial institutions do not really know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.  And even clergymen, who should know better do not worship Him as God!


          GOD PERFORMS STAGGERING MIRACLES!


In 1980, five year old Julio Diaz was brought by his mother to our crusade in Santa Fe, Argentina.  He was born without urethras.  He was also afflicted with a number of other abnormalities.

He had suffered through 6 operations and spent 3 years in the Children's Hospital there.  Because Julio was being used as a "guinea pig", nurses attending him spoke confidentially to his parents warning against another exploratory surgical operation.

There were thousands of people in the stadium that cold, blustery evening when my faith touched God for Julio!  And God performed a miracle for us! As the huge throng was led in the healing prayer, Julio's mother believed. 

The next morning his parents awakened to find the plastic tubes pushed out of his sides and their little boy urinating on the floor.  They rushed him to the hospital; the x-rays showed 2 urethras!  God had done His wonderful work and created 2 urethras for Julio.

His parents called Omar & Marfa Cabrera with the good news.  They informed me that the media wanted to interview us regarding this great miracle!  The miracle was so great the the Roman Catholic Radio Station - as well as their weekly magazine - reported the news nation-wide, and the gospel of Christ was heard far and near across Argentina!


God's mercy came to the Diaz family in such a beautiful way and He loves us all just as much as He does them!!


                    SPINAL BIFIDA HEALED BY JESUS!


In 1981 Larry & Donna Pascal of Pikangikum, Ontario had taken their 8 month old baby Savillia for extensive tests in a hospital at Sioux Lookout.  She was diagnosed with Spinal Bifida.  The specialists told her parents that Savillia would never walk and as she grew older, she would need a wheelchair!

Naturally, Larry & Donna were down-hearted but believed in their hearts that God would do a miracle.  A short time later I flew to the isolated village of Pikangikum for a gospel meeting. 

They brought little Savillia to me and I prayed in Jesus' Name for a miracle. Several days later the large opening (hole) in her lower spine began to fill in and she was miraculously healed.  Today she is a happy, healthy teenager who can run, skip and jump like anyone else!  And she is a talented gospel singer as well.

                      GOD'S MERCY ENDURETH FOREVER!

By His grace a little baby doomed to be a cripple all her life is perfectly well today, radiating God's grave and love!  No wonder the prophet wrote: "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5)

                                GOD HEALED A DEAF & MUTE BABY!

Some time ago, while preaching in Meadow Lake, SK, Doris Goulet from LaRonge stood up to testify.  I had not seen her for years.

She told about her daughter Angel Mahoney, whom she and her husband Phillip had brought to our crusade in Prince Albert in 1974.  Neither Doris nor Phillip were born again Christians at the time but their friend Louisa - who was a Christian - had told them of our crusade.

Phillip brought little Angel (less than 1 year old) for prayer.  This was their last hope - as there was nothing medical science could do for her.  Angel was totally deaf and mute.  She also had severe ear infections and was allergic to milk and wheat.

As I was praying for the hundreds who came for a miracle, Phillip had to wait quite awhile in the prayer line.  Doris declares that when I came to Phillip and Angel, I did not ask what their need was.  I simply snapped my fingers behind her back in Jesus' Name!

Angel was instantly healed and turned her head abruptly toward me!  From that moment, she could hear perfectly and began to speak.  With the help of some speech therapy, Angel speaks perfectly today!  All her allergies and infections left instantly and she is well today.  Praise God!

For more than 55 years I have traveled the world bringing salvation and healing to hurting people through the gospel of Jesus Christ.  What a blessing to serve such a wonderful Saviour!


              OWNER OF CLUB 7 WAS PUSHING DRUGS !


Hundreds of people were attending the services and God was saving and healing the people, but I was concerned about the loud music coming from an auditorium below us!

I asked someone what was going on and that is when I learned of Club 7 and Jerry Eppinga, the man who ran the club.

Jerry had a tainted reputation and was banned from every bar and drinking places in Prince Rupert because he was an alcoholic and it was rumored that he peddled dope to the patrons who frequented the bars.

Immediately I saw the problem as an opportunity for God to show His great Power.  “Let' close that Hell-Hole down” I declared! The next evening Jerry came up to the service, was deeply convicted and answered the altar call to receive Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour.

During the altar service, I asked everyone to repeat the sinner's prayer and renounce the devil publicly in Jesus' Name.  When the prayer and confession of faith was made, Satan threw Jerry Eppinga into the air and he screamed at the top of his lungs as the demons came out of him!

Since that time, Jerry closed down the nightclub- the next day - got married (he had been living common-law), was restored back to health, prospered in business, went to Bible College and spent several years as a missionary to the Heida Indians in the Queen Charlotte Islands!  Today, his ministry is centered in British Columbia's lower mainland and reaches even into his native Holland.

God forgave him, healed him and filled him with the Blessed Holy Spirit.  God was not angry with him but "showed Himself alive" toward him as a loving Heavenly Father full of compassion and mercy!


                       WHAT A GREAT GOD WE SERVE!


God is not angry at us.  He loves us so greatly that nothing will stand in His way to help us all in our special need!  Praise the Lord! It still thrills my soul and warms my heart to be able to help people who are struggling with lusts, fears, torments, bitterness, pain, disease and grief.

St. James answers the age-old question about the "whys and wherefores" of WAR and its aftermath: "From whence come wars and fighting among you?  Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?" (James 4:1)

It's not fair to blame God for the wars, storms, natural disasters or diseases that plague mankind.  People foolishly blame God for famines, poverty, earthquakes, killings, disease and almost everything else. 

Most of our problems are self-inflicted because of greed, hatred, lust and disobedience. People lie, steal, rape, murder, cheat and then wonder why God's blessings have lifted off their lives.

In my opinion, it should be clear to anyone that when a nation forsakes God and decides to "go it on their own", they will get in trouble.  To compound the situation, how can we expect God to bless nations and individuals who have not only forsaken Him "the fountain of living water and hewed themselves out cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water" but who turn to the pagan gods of the New Age Movement, Eastern (Hindu) Mysticism and blatant Spiritism, Occultism and Satanism?


            GOD IS AGAINST DEMON SPIRITS!


God's wrath is against the evil spirits and demons involved in witchcraft and idolatry! Dear friend, unless such individuals and nations REPENT of those most evil, obnoxious and wicked sins, they can expect nothing but the fruit of their unrighteousness!

St.  Paul declared, "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 ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.  Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." (Romans 8:6-9)

When we get rid of the sin in our lives, by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ's finished work on Golgotha, our problems disappear.  And His peace floods our souls! And remember my dear friend; God is not angry at you.  Amen.