Saturday, March 18, 2023


                             JESUS SAID, "1 AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH & THE LIFE" - John 14:6   


Pray for our Revival Meetings on Thursday & Friday at 7:00 PM on March 30, 31 at the Abbottsfield Rec Centre 3006 -119 Ave Edmonton.  We are fasting and praying that God will save sinners and heal the sick, for His glory! Triumphant Church Group as well as Brian Rembowski, Terry Ford, Eleanor Whittaker and Mike Hofer will fill the Auditorium with Blessed Assurance Gospel Singing. Pastor Kelly Laplante of Crossworlds Ministries graciously invited us there. Amen. Coffee will be available!

                                         1998 Gospel Crusades  in Taiwan
                      2006 & 2007 Crusades in Darfur & Sudan

                     1987 Gospel Crusades in Gudjarat, Amedevad India

Friday, March 17, 2023


by Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

“As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.” (Psalms 103:1, 5, 16) 


Many years ago, I was asked to officiate at the funeral of a relative of one of our parishioners. The lady who had passed away was forty-six years of age.  Only a few people were at the funeral chapel to mourn her passing but those who attended were close relatives and friends and I could tell they loved her dearly.  I chose for my sermon the title of this article, ‘What is Life?’

Muriel Heppner was in her place at the organ.  The strains of the hymn ‘Abide with Me’ set the tone for the service, even before I entered the sanctuary.  The tears were already welling up within my eyes as I thought of death, eternity, and the grief the loved ones must feel, together with the emptiness that would follow!

Death is so final!  I thought back briefly to my mother - her smile, her warmth, and her absence.  As I knelt to pray momentarily before stepping to the pulpit, I thanked God that my heart was still soft after seeing so much sickness and death. Officiating at so many funerals hadn't made me hard! 

I have often thought about how Jesus felt at the grave of Lazarus and when He wept over Jerusalem.  The Bible says, “He is touched with the feeling of our infirmities.” (Heb. 4:15) A certain solemnity seemed to grip my voice as I read Psalms 90:1-12.


 “LORD Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men

 “For a thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

“For we are consumed by Thine anger, and by Thy wrath are we troubled. Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.

The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to Thy fear, so is Thy wrath."

Hilder Commins brought hope and encouragement as her voice filled the air with a message of song.  The obituary and eulogy were very brief and to the point. And then, it was time for my message, ‘What is Life?’  I chose for my text James 4:14 - "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."


The 90th Psalm was written by Moses to a rebellious people who were not going to make it into the Promised Land! He states that God was giving them seventy years and possibly eighty years!  And just before God sent the flood that wiped out the antediluvian population - with the exception of Noah and his family - He set the boundaries for mankind’s longevity:

“And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh; yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.” (Gen. 6: 4)

What are seventy, eighty or even a hundred years when you have lived them?  What is any amount of time when it is used up? Think of it, my friend, and no more time to live!!  And that moment comes to every man. 

Moses warned: “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is there strength, labour and sorrow. For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.” (Psalms 90:10)

People have said to me, “My, how wonderful it would have been to live in the time of the prophets of old and at the time of Jesus' earthly ministry!”  I reply, “Yes, but if I would have lived then I would be dead now and I am glad to be alive now!” 

Here is another great truth, we are placed here by the Lord to do a certain work and in His infinite wisdom He knew when we should make our appearance on this earth, to fit into His great and glorious plan for man. Praise God!


We have no guarantee of life for the future.  We only have now!  The hymn writer wrote, ‘Today is mine, tomorrow may not come; I may not see the rising of the sun but when evening falls, may my work on earth be done.  Today is mine, tomorrow may never come.’ 

The woman whom we were burying had lived less than forty-seven years.  For her, life was over on this earth.  What guarantee do you have, my dear friend, that you will live fifty, sixty, or even seventy years?  Some are taken at an even earlier age.  Others get a few more years, still others live to be seventy, eighty or even one hundred but even then, life is short compared to eternity! 

Just stop for a moment and consider the possibility that even today your life could be snuffed out.  What have you accomplished for God, family and fellow man in the years you have lived?  Where do you stand with God, my friend?  And if you are a Christian, what have you done for God with your life?  Remember, ‘Only one life - it will soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last.’

St. James - one of the world's greatest pastors - said, “For what is your life? lt is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away.” (Verse 14)

St. James likens life to a fog that moves into an area overnight, but when the sunshine comes in the morning or when the wind arises, it is gone!  Life is like a mist or a vapour that is only temporary and leaves so suddenly. You can be driving down a highway to work in the morning and there may be a heavy fog or mist.  In the evening on your way home, it could be gone. 

Life is like a dew on the grass, or like a light frost on the window that disappears at the rising of the warm sun.  You could also be driving to work some morning, healthy and strong with no thought of death or eternity, and not make it home for supper!  Death could prevent you!


 The Scriptures declare, "For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night." (Psalms 90:4) In the sight of God a thousand years is as brief as one day. (2 Peter 3:8)

God compares a millennium of time to a watch in the night or to the remembrance of a day gone by.  The Bible tells us that God created man from the dust of the earth and gave him dominion over all things upon the earth. When he fell into sin, disobeying God and rebelling against the command of the Almighty, man consequently lost that dominion.

Death would never have become master over Adam and Eve if they had not sinned!  Sickness, fear, sorrow, and pain would not have mankind as slaves today, if our first parents had obeyed God rather than follow the devil's wishes.  They thought that ‘they were doing their own thing.’ 

How blind people can be.  The devil makes people feel so great, important, and free when in reality he has them right under his heel!  What fools, mortals can be. And oh, how deceived!!

When man sinned, instant judgment passed upon the human race.  God said: “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it was thou taken; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." (Gen. 3:19)

While committing the body of the deceased to the earth in Christian burial, I always use the dust (some ministers use flowers) to toss upon the casket as I say the final words, “From earth to earth, from dust to dust and from ashes to ashes.”


God calls mankind back to the earth: “…return ye children of men.” (Psalms 93) Return to where?  The dust of the earth!  It's God's call to humanity.  St. Paul spells it out very clearly in Hebrews 9:27, “…it is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment.”  Here is an appointment no one can break, postpone, or miss!

First the grave, and then the judgment of God!  There is no way around it.  One day we will all stand before God. (Rev. 20:11-15; 1 Cor. 3:12-15).

 True saints of God who are alive when Christ returns to rapture the church will, however, miss the grave!  Instead of returning to the dust they will be changed in a moment, glorified, and raptured to meet Christ in the air. (1 Cor. 15:51-54; 1 Thess. 4:15-17) Praise the Lord!

My constant prayer these last many years has been, “Lord, let me live until the coming of Jesus so that I may experience this great event!” Regardless, whether we live till that moment or not, we are sure of His glorious salvation if we put our complete and total trust in Him.  “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, and whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.” (I Thess. 5: 9, 10)


 Dying really is the natural end of the ‘cycle of man’ upon the earth since the fall.  It almost seems like the earth beckons - as though ‘earth calls to the human tabernacles of men.’  Often, when people become aged, they desire to die and go to be with the Lord.  It is only natural that man should want to be with His Maker because when the body dies the spirit departs to be with our Lord and God. (2 Cor. 5:6 - 8; Phil. 1:23)

 Could it be that the body, which is made from the dust actually desires to be laid to rest, at the end of a long life? I do not know!  There seems however to be that possibility!  All of us like to go back to the place of our birth, drive around the block and view the homes we had to leave after so many years! 

There is a feeling of belonging, identification, and a relating to the country of our forefathers and the place of our childhood, be it ever so humble.  And then, of course, the Scripture tells us that God actually calls man to return to the earth. (Psalms 93)


All through the Old Testament, the prophets of God were very explicit about the burying of their bones.  They did not want their bones buried just anywhere – “and they buried them with their fathers.” (2 Kings 12:21) And they also purchased burial land so that they could bury their dead properly. (Gen. 23:4-11)

Joseph gave commandments concerning his bones, which they kept for several hundred years in Egypt, and finally carried to their resting place in the land of Canaan. (Josh. 24:32, 33) 

God sometimes used fire as judgment upon those who disobeyed Him. For example, Sodom and Gomorrah were totally consumed by fire. (Gen. 19:24-28) Some sins of immorality were punishable by stoning, others by burning in Old Testament times. (Lev. 20:14; 21:9) Entire enemy cities were destroyed together with their heathen idols and images by burning. (Josh. 6:24)

Achan, his household and all his possessions were burned by fire because he had broken the covenant with the Lord. (Josh. 7:24 - 26) It was a pagan practice to sacrifice children to the gods of the heathen and also to make their sons and daughters pass through the fire. (2 Kings 16:2 - 4; 17: 16, 17, 31)

The heathen still walk on hot coals in some countries as they “pass through the fire” under the influence of evil spirits.


Atheists think that by burning the body they can do away with any thought of the resurrection.  They disclaim any thought of a hereafter or eternity, but the Bible says: “The sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and hell delivered up the dead that were in them . . .” (Rev. 20:13)

 Very definitely this Scripture proves that all the dead will come back to life either in the first or second resurrection regardless of what happens to the body at death. (Rev. 20:6)

And just because unbelievers, atheists and pagans burn the bodies of their dead, that does not prove anything but their own ignorance of God and His Word!  In India where the Hindus worship three hundred million gods and the land is filled with images and idols, they burn their dead loved ones but bury their dead cows, which are considered holy, and are an object of worship.

If you want to know why India is in the state it is in, read Rom. 1:20 - 32, "…who changed the truth of God into a lie and worshipped and served the creature (created things) more than the creator …"

 Tradition says that St. James preached the gospel of Jesus Christ in India, sent missionaries from India to other countries, and is buried in India.  I believe very strongly that cremation is a heathen practice and the proper way to dispose of the body of the deceased is in Christian burial, allowing the body to return to the dust of the earth! (Dan. 20:2; Eccl. 3:20; 12: 7)

When we bury the body of a departed believer, we are proclaiming that we believe the Gospel of Christ! As Jesus was laid in the tomb and rose from the dead three days later, we plant the believer’s body in hope and faith of a harvest – the resurrection from death to life at the hour of Christ’s return for His Church! (1 Cor. 15: 50-57; 1 Thes. 4: 13-18)


In the spring, green grass appears on the ground, flowers blossom and the robins begin to sing joyously!  All through the summer, the beauties and fragrance of new life is everywhere.  It seems like it should never have to end, but most of us who have seen the ice and the snow and heard the howling north wind, know it can never last!

Soon the chilling winds of autumn come sweeping across the land, and the beautiful birds take their flight to southern hospitality, the flowers fade, die and wither and then finally a gust of wind comes and carries them away.  The grass that has been green and lush begins to turn brown and lifeless as winter sets in.  How long was it since spring?  Only a few short months!

The Psalmist compares life with the flowers and grass of the field.  Beautiful, fragrant, lively and vibrant during the spring and summer, but its life is short, all too short! For some it is even shorter, like verse 6 implies; green grass, standing straight and tall, billowing in the breeze - then the mower comes along and it is cut down and soon withers.  This speaks of an untimely death.

Ellsworth Mackey travelled with me to Viet Nam, the Philippines, India, and the North West Territories.  He was our photographer and radio technician.  One day while working all alone on a tractor he experienced a tragic, fatal accident and within moments was dead.  The terrible news was shocking; unbelievable as it was, it was nevertheless true.  Ellsworth Mackey was dead. 

The young man with so many goals, plans, and aspirations; the young man who was so full of life, now lay dead and cold in a city morgue.  I had to identify his body, make all the preparations, and stand at the head of his grave and toss the dust onto his casket, as he had seen me do so many times at other funerals! 

The Bible says that life is like the grass of the field, cut down even while it is flourishing.  So, it happened to Ellsworth Mackey.  Thank God, he knew Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour.


The Bible is very graphic and illustrative in places.  The Psalmist says, “God carries mankind away (into eternity) as with a flood.” Nothing can stop a flood, and when it comes and the waters rise, everything goes down in destruction and is torn away from their moorings by the cruel and relentless tide.  Again, the Bible likens our lives to a “sleep.” 

Most people get seven to eight hours sleep each night but even though you may sleep ten to twelve hours, when you awake you feel as though only an hour had passed.  It seems too brief.  You fall asleep and awaken and that's how life is: very, very short even at the longest in comparison to eternity, which is forever!

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Ps. 90:12) The admonition here is to use all our time wisely, not waste precious time that could be given to seeking God and serving Him.  The Scripture is very plain in this matter in the New Testament also where St. Paul says:

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” (Eph. 5: 1 5 - 17). To apply our hearts unto wisdom is to understand the will of God for our lives and to do it! Praise God.


God’s Word spells it out in easy-to-understand words all through the Holy Bible. I share two portions of Scripture with you on this matter.  “…Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28) “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” (Prov. 3:4)

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” (Eccl. 12:13, 14)

I invite you my friend, to hearken to the voice of the Holy Spirit! Repent of your sins confessing them to God and turn to Christ in faith, and you will experience the glories of the New Birth and the gift of the Holy Ghost and fire.  Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matt. 11:28) Amen.

‘Life is like a mountain railroad with an engineer that's brave.You must make the run successful from the cradle to the grave. ‘Blessed Saviour Thou wilt guide us till we reach the blissful shore. There the angels wait to join us in Thy praise forevermore.’

Max Solbrekken World Mission Box 22440 Garside Edmonton, AB T5V 1N6.  Email: [email protected];; Blog: MSWM; Facebook, YouTube; Donations can be made by e-Transfer. Make your donations to  [email protected].



Thursday, March 16, 2023


by Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

Without doubt we are nearing the end of God's dispensation of grace and mercy, to a wicked and rebellious world! That this generation is ripe for God’s wrath and judgment is a ‘given’! What a tremendous responsibility is laid upon those who have been called to "let our lights shine before men so that they may see our good works and glorify our Father Which is in heaven". (Matt. 5:16)

What an awesome commission God's servants have received from Him to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.  And to obediently respond to His call to "go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature"! (Mark 16:15)

St. Paul emphasized:  "Woe is me if I preach not the gospel".  Again, he declared:  "A dispensation of the gospel is laid upon me". (1 Cor. 9:16, 17)

A dispensation is a God-given order and an allotted period of time to do a specific work for our Master!  It is also a calling to dispense or give the gospel of Jesus Christ freely to our fellowmen! It is, therefore, a matter of great importance and urgency!

The great apostle wrote:  "I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.  So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek". (Rom. 1:14-16)

The question arises: “Why is preaching the Gospel so important? And why should that be a priority for all believers? Are not Missionaries, Evangelists and Pastors called to that? Why should I be involved?


Adam's sin and consequently our own sinning has pitted God's wrath against the human family.  Our transgressions against His laws have earned us God's judgment and condemnation. In the natural, there is no escape for the Bible emphasizes: “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God.” (Heb.10:31)

"All have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23), and "God hath concluded all under sin". (Gal. 3:22): "There is none righteous, no, not one". (Rom. 3:10)

We are therefore sinners by birth and sinners by choice as well, for the Bible says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all”. (Isaiah 53:6)

The Lord Jesus declared, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved”. (John 3:19-20)


The Bible says, "The soul that sinneth shall die". (Ezek.18:30): "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord". (Rom. 6:23)

God's ultimatum to Adam in the Garden of Eden was, "But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it:  for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die". (Gen. 2:16). The original Hebrew states: "in dying, thou shalt die".  In other words, "If you transgress in disobeying My law, you will begin to die and eventually die".

The moment Adam and Eve transgressed, they plunged the entire human race into sin and death! They died spiritually then, as fellowship with their Maker was ruptured.  God immediately inaugurated the sacrificial system - when He slew an innocent animal - based on His promise to send the Saviour, who would "bruise (crush) the serpent's head"! (Gen. 3:15)

Immediately after rebelling, the 'process of death' began in their bodies, and they eventually died physically!  And since that time, every baby born has had the process of death functioning within their mortal bodies, from DAY ONE!  The bottom line is that all who die in their sins, in an unconverted state are "outside of Christ" and will be lost throughout eternity, with no hope of repentance or reconciliation!

There is no time to waste. It is important that we answer the Master’s call to Evangelism! We must not procrastinate. The time for Revival is Now!  The Bible speaks of those who "have no hope" (1 Thess. 4:13) and "having no hope and without God in this world". (Eph. 2:12)


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

The Gospel of Christ teaches the 'Doctrine of Substitution' - one taking the place of another - and that is what Jesus did on the cross.  He took our place. He died for us: “…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.” (John 3:16, 17)

St. Paul declares, "For when we were yet without strength (helpless), in due time Christ died for the ungodlyFor scarcely for a righteous man will one die:  yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  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. 5:6-9)


"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

"For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" (1 Cor. 15:1-4)


In his defense of the Gospel, St. Paul gets very exuberant and excited about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ:  For whether we be beside ourselves (insane, crazy), it is to God:  or whether we be sober (of sound mind), it is for your cause. 

“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead, (in our trespasses and sins):  And that He (Jesus) died for all, that they which live should not henceforth turn unto themselves, but unto Him Who died for them, and rose again". (2 Cor. 5:13-15)

In his apologetic on the rapture of the Church, St. Paul links our believing in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to our future resurrection from death!

"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep (died in the faith), that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him." (1 Thess. 4:13-14)

Again, the Apostle nails down this great doctrine of the Church - the death of Jesus Christ for our sins, and His subsequent glorious resurrection for our justification!

"But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him." (1 Thess. 5:8-10)

The word justification signifies, that gracious act of God whereby we as sinners are made just through our faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and His subsequent resurrection from the dead, by the blessed Holy Spirit. (Rom. 1:4)

Christ’s righteousness becomes ours, when we receive Him as our personal Saviour and Lord! The Bible says, "But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption". (1 Cor. 1:30)

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Eph. 2:8-9).

But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed (counted), if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered (given up) for our offenses (sins); And was raised again for our justification." (Rom. 4:24-25)


Jesus Christ stated unequivocally, "I am the way, the truth, and the life:  no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me". (John 14:6)  Again He said, "I am the door:  by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture". (John 10:9)

Our Lord Jesus invites us all:  “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. (Matt. 11:28)

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

And St. Peter declared, “Neither is there salvation in any other:  for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)


In His Great Commission Jesus commanded, "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover". (Mark 16:15-18)

"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and earthGo ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy GhostTeaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:  and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. (age) Amen." (Matt. 28:18-20)

The angel said, “Come, see the place where the Lord lay and then go and tell His disciples”. (Matt. 28:6). It is our obligation to “go and tell” others what we have experienced in Christ Jesus, so that they also may receive His salvation!


 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed?  and how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard?  and how shall they hear without a preacher? 

“And how shall they preach, except they be sent?  as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" (Rom. 10:13-15)

"Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn.  And the labourer is worthy of His reward." (1 Tim. 5:17-18)

 WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?   Simply this – Let us support the preachers who are getting the job done, with our tithes and missionary offerings! 

We can become co-workers with God by praying for and supporting (financially) God’s servants.  I am praying that God will speak to many hearts through this message to help us reach the heathen while we are still able.


Jesus said, "Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest?  behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.  And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal:  that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together". (John 4:35-36)

To the women who had come out - from behind closed doors, with spices to anoint the body of Jesus - the angel of God said, "...Fear not ye:  for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here:  for He is risen, as He said. 


Our Lord Jesus stated, “I must work the works of Him Who sent Me while it is day.  The night cometh when no man can work”. (John 9:4)

 Dear Friend, we hold the destiny of this generation in our hands.  What will we do with the gospel of Christ?  Will we share it with the unsaved, begore they are lost forever, without HOPE for time and eternity!

We must do as the disciples did:  "And they departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy; and did run to bring His disciples word". (Matt. 28:8). Amen.

Max Solbrekken World Mission Box 22440 RPO Garside, Edmonton, AB T5V 1N6; Email: [email protected];; Blog: MSWM; Face Book, YouTube. Donations can be made by e-Transfer. Make your donation to [email protected].

Monday, March 13, 2023


                                         Pastor Max praying in Gethsemane

by Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

“My son, forget not My law, but let thine heart keep My commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to you.” (Proverbs 3:1)

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)


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 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 that 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 the 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 accept that great truth it will change our belief system.


 We believe that the One who made that promise is the One who created us and is the Giver of Life! And He has the power to heal us! Especially, at this time when deadly viruses are 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 today 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 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)


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 fails.

“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


A 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)

We all need 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.


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!


“For the Word of God is quick (alive) 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! It heals our bones and the marrow in our bones!

“Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase, So shall thy barns be 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.


“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). “We are made Partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our Confidence steadfast unto the end.” (Heb.3:6); “We are the Body of Christ…of His flesh and His bones.” (Eph.5:30); “We are hid with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:3-5); “Christ is in us, the Hope of Glory.” (Col. 1:27).

During the Last Supper, Jesus ministered His Body and Blood to His disciples: And when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, Take eat: This is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me. After the same manner also He took the cup, saying, This cup is the New Testament of My Blood: this do ye in remembrance of Me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death til He come.” (1 Cor. 11: 24-26)

The Bible state: “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not Redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious BLOOD OF CHRIST, as a Lamb without blemish and without spot. Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: By Whose STRIPES we are healed.” (1 Peter 1: 18,19; 2:24).

I pray daily 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.

Max Solbrekken World Mission Box 44220 RPO Garside, Edmonton, AB T5V 1N6; Email:  [email protected];; Blog: MSWM; Donations can be made by e-Transfer. Make your donation to [email protected]. May God bless you!

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

 About to jump to his death, a voice spoke, 

"Don't do it Arne. I have a better way for you." 

What a Miracle!

                         The amazing story God's miracle the life of suicidal drug  addict!

                 THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY                                                                             By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

“Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death and shall hide a multitude of sins.” (James 5:19-20)


The Ministry is indeed work. It is praying, preaching, counselling and instructing. It is the work of compassion and healing. It is sharing the life of Jesus Christ with the sinful, sick, needy, troubled, distressed, fearful and bereaved!

The Work of the Ministry is forgiving and helping others to forgive. It is helping people bring their sins, shame, failings, troubles, and torments to the Cross of Christ, and burying them there in His precious blood!

It is saving souls from death! Not just physical or spiritual death, but the death of friendships, marriages, relationships, and ministries! And ultimately, it is saving eternal souls from Satan’s grasp and the fires of a never-ending hell!

It is also hiding a multitude of sins from public exposure, to save a person’s reputation and protecting God’s Family from the wicked tongues of the enemies of Christ! It is saving homes, businesses, partnerships, and churches!

By the grace of God, I have had the privilege of praying with many repentant sinners who have failed – saved and unsaved – bringing them through to victory, in Jesus’ Name! And thank God, I have been granted the grace, wisdom, and common sense to leave everything under His Blood!


The norm for all Christians should be to win souls for the Kingdom, and help weak believers back to Christ, wherever possible. When we do, we are saving souls from death! And we are hiding a multitude of sins from the public gaze of friends, acquaintances, loved ones and foes!

 The true Spirit of Christ forgives, covers, protects, and shields our brothers and sisters who have failed! And it must make the heart of Jesus weep, as He sees His principles totally violated and disregarded, because of jealousy, envy, spite, pride, and revenge!

St. James was the pastor of the first Pentecostal Church in Jerusalem. He was a practical man with the Spirit of wisdom and counsel. And he shows us, how we may also receive spiritual wisdom from above. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God who giveth liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5)

Let us heed the counsel of St. James in seeking God for wisdom, sharing our troubles with fellow believers, praying for one another as we draw nigh to God in faith. (James 5:16) And let us help the repentant ones back into fellowship with God and fellow believers, by hiding a multitude of sins! 

Let me admonish each one with these words. We cannot improve upon the work of the Holy Spirit or the cleansing of Jesus’ blood. And if God has forgiven and forgotten, let us strive to do the same with His help!

Remember St. Paul’s words: “Who shall lay anything to the charge God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” (Rom. 8:33-34)

It is a serious sin indeed, for mere mortal man to accuse the Holy Spirit of an inferior performance in the life of a repentant sinner. By criticizing a Christian brother or sister, we are attacking the work of God in that life!

If God has forgiven an individual, He has justified him through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. By an arrogant act of gossip or judging, we immediately put God on trial. We are in fact belittling and downgrading the power of the Gospel and the blood of Jesus Christ!


Let us think twice or thrice, before we point a finger of reproach against another child of God, regardless of their weakness or failings. And may we all remember that the sin of judging another opens the door to the Spirit of Pride and a disastrous fall!

St. Paul declared: “By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. But this Man, because He continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He EVER liveth to make intercession for them.

“For such an High Priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher that the heavens…we have such an High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the Majesty in the Heavens. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more...

“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the Spirit offered Himself to God, PURGE your conscience from dead works to serve the Living God? And their sins and iniquities will remember NO MORE. Now where remission of there is, there is NO MORE offering for sin.

To enter into the Holiest by the Blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil; That is to say, His flesh.” (Heb.7:22-28; 8:1, 12; 9:14; 10:17-20)


“And the great dragon 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 loud voice saying in Heaven, Now is come salvation. And strength 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, by the BLOOD of the LAMB, and by the Word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives, unto the death.” (Rev. 12:7-11)

“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, 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 thee 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)

“And these SIGNS shall follow them that believe: In My name shall the cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents, and if the drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them, they shall lay their hands on the Sick and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:17-18). St. Paul was bitten by a venomous snake in Malta without harm (Acts 28:3-6)

In the former Soviet Union, I met preachers who had knowledge of Soviet prisons where Pentecostal pastors were forced to drink poison, but God preserved them alive! In Bodily Healing in the Atonement’, Dr. T.J. McCrossan, Hebrew and Greek scholar writes: “A few scholars have denied the authenticity of the verses in Mark 16, but Irenaeus quotes these scriptures as a part of Marks’ gospel and remember, he was a pupil of John the Apostle. This is positive proof that these verses are genuine.”

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He 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)

“Christ 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. Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His CROSS. And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”  (Col. 1: 13, 14; 2:14, 15).


“Afterwards he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat and unbraided them with their Unbelief and Hardness of heart, because they believed not them that has seen Him after he was Risen. And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and Preach the Gospel to every creature.

“He that believeth and is baptized shall be Saved:  In My Name they cast out devils; they   shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly it shall not hurt him; They shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into Heaven and sat on Right hand of God.

“And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with signs following.” (Mark 16: 15-20)

The Work of the Ministry is preaching the glorious Gospel of Christ to everyone possible! It is casting out unclean spirits from those tormented. It is healing the sick and suffering; The vicarious death of God’s only begotten Son, to destroy Satan’s power over the human race and redeem the world from his evil power! The Work of the Ministry is to share the Gospel in Word and in deed to as many as possible for as long as possible until Jesus returns for us!

                   I WAS ON DRUGS, ALCOHOL & CRIPPLED

                            Says Arne Erik Tommasen, Gjovik, Norway

Twenty-nine years ago, I was a hopeless alcoholic and drug addict and had planned to kill myself. I was also crippled. At 17 my right leg stopped growing after an accident. A speeding vehicle struck me while walking, throwing me high into the air! A growth began to develop on my right hip, but I didn't do anything about it at the time, thinking it would go away.

I went to sea and worked on ships and boats and the tumor kept growing. As a 22-year-old sailor I was taken to a hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina where I stayed for 8 months and endured several operations, leaving my leg 3 inches shorter. To walk, I had to swing my body awkwardly forward with each step. I also became addicted to morphine!

Life was tough when I returned to Norway. People stared and began calling me, 'den halte pinken' (the halting cripple). From 1969 to 1973, I lived and slept on the streets of Oslo. In early December, I planned to kill myself. I had climbed up on the high railing overlooking a river and in a drugged and drunken stupor I was about to throw myself into the ice-cold water when suddenly, I heard a voice, saying “Arne, don't do it. I have a better way for you.”

I was shocked and looking around, I saw no-one. I thought, have I flipped out? Then, I heard the voice again, “Arne, don't do it. I have a better way for you!” Then I thought, “Maybe this is God”, remembering what my mother had taught me.

Suddenly, in my stupor of drugs and alcohol, I remembered what a street friend told me, “If you are ever in trouble, Filadelfia is a good church.” My head had cleared, and I knew that I had to get to that church. God had called my name. With all my strength and a new lease on life, I headed to Filadelfia.


An usher asked me where I was going, and I pointed to the preacher behind the pulpit in that large church. I must not let anyone stop me. I must meet the One whose voice I had heard on the bridge! Evangelist Max Solbrekken stepped down and stood waiting for me. He asked, “What do you want?” I said, “I want God.” He threw his arms around me and began to weep, calling upon God to save me and heal me.

And then, it happened! My leg lengthened and straightened out, my head jerked back, and I stood as straight as an arrow. And I was stone sober! I was born again and became a member of Filadelfia Tabernaklet!

I am now living in Gjovik and serving the Lord here. God gave me another miracle on January 27, 2002, when Max preached at the Gjovik Pentecostal Church. I had suffered a major hemorrhage of my right eye resulting in complete loss of the sight in that eye!

As Pastor Max prayed for a lady from the Salvation Army Band, total vision returned to me as God's servant prayed for her. God's power swept the sanctuary. Everyone there knew of my plight and word of that miracle has spread throughout the city. We are waiting for Max Solbrekken to return to Gjovik!


We know that God cannot lie. We know that God cannot change. We know that God cannot fail. We know that God is no respecter of persons, places, or times. We know that His Word is true and will stand for time and eternity!

Jesus said: “Ask and it shall be given unto you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Matt. 7: 7, 8)

“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” (Mark 9:23); “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men this is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible” (Mark 10: 27)

The Bible says: “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us. And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we KNOW that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.” (1 John 5: 14, 15). Amen.

 The Work of the Ministry is Saving Souls from Death and Hiding Multitudes of Sins!

 Max Solbrekken World Mission, Box 44220 RPO Garside, Edmonton, AB T5V 1N6; Email: [email protected].; Face Book, YouTube. Donations can be made by e-Transfer. Send it to: [email protected].