Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Jesus Christ: The Only Saviour of the World

                  100 Truths About Jesus

1.                          Jesus claimed to be God - John 8:24; 8:56-59 (see Exodus 3:14); John 10:30-33
2.                          Jesus is called God - John 1:1,14; 20:28; Col. 2:9; Titus 2:13; Heb. 1:8
3.                          Jesus is the image of the invisible God - Heb. 1:3
4.                          Jesus abides forever - Heb. 7:24
5.                          Jesus created all things - John 1:1-3; Col. 1:15-17
6.                          Jesus is before all things - John 1:1-3; Col. 1:17;
7.                          Jesus is eternal - John 1:1,14; 8:58; Micah 5:1-2
8.                          Jesus is honored the same as the Father - John 5:23
9.                          Jesus is prayed to - Acts 7:55-60; 1 Cor. 1:2 with Psalm 116:4; (John 14:14)
10.                      Jesus is worshipped - Matt. 2:2,11; 14:33; John 9:35-38; Heb. 1:6
11.                      Jesus is omnipresent - Matt. 18:20; 28:20
12.                      Jesus is with us always - Matt. 28:20
13.                      Jesus is our only mediator between God and ourselves - 1 Tim. 2:5
14.                      Jesus is the guarantee of a better covenant - Heb. 7:22; 8:6
15.                      Jesus said, "I AM the Bread of Life" - John 6:35,41,48,51
16.                      Jesus said, "I AM the Door" - John 10:7,9
17.                      Jesus said, "I AM the Good Shepherd" - John 10:11,14
18.                      Jesus said, "I AM the Way the Truth and The Life" - John 14:6
19.                      Jesus said, "I AM the Light of the world" - John 8:12; 9:5; 12:46; Luke 2:32
20.                      Jesus said, "I AM the True Vine" - John 15:1,5
21.                      Jesus said, "I AM the Resurrection and the Life" - John 11:25
22.                      Jesus said, "I AM the First and the Last" - Rev. 1:17; 2:8; 22:13
23.                      Jesus always lives to make intercession for us - Heb. 7:25
24.                      Jesus cleanses from sin - 1 John 1:9
25.                      Jesus cleanses us from our sins by His blood - Rev. 1:5; Rom. 5:9
26.                      Jesus forgives sins - Matt. 9:1-7; Luke 5:20; 7:48
27.                      Jesus saves forever - Matt. 18:11; John 10:28; Heb. 7:25
28.                      Jesus discloses Himself to us - John 14:21
29.                      Jesus draws all men to Himself - John 12:32
30.                      Jesus gives eternal life - John 10:28; 5:40
31.                      Jesus resurrects - John 5:39; 6:40,44,54; 11:25-26
32.                      Jesus gives joy - John 15:11
33.                      Jesus gives peace - John 14:27
34.                      Jesus has all authority - Matt. 28:18; John 5:26-27; 17:2; 3:35
35.                      Jesus judges - John 5:22,27
36.                      Jesus knows all men - John 16:30; John 21:17
37.                      Jesus opens the mind to understand scripture - Luke 24:45
38.                      Jesus received honor and glory from the Father - 2 Pet. 1:17
39.                      Jesus reveals grace and truth - John 1:17 see John 6:45
40.                      Jesus reveals the Father - Matt. 11:27; Luke 10:22
41.                      Jesus bears witness of Himself - John 8:18; 14:6
42.                      Jesus' works bear witness of Himself - John 5:36; 10:25
43.                      The Father bears witness of Jesus - John 5:37; 8:18; 1 John 5:9
44.                      The Holy Spirit bears witness of Jesus - John 15:26
45.                      The multitudes bear witness of Jesus - John 12:17
46.                      The Prophets bear witness of Jesus - Acts 10:43
47.                      The Scriptures bear witness of Jesus - John 5:39
48.                      The Father will honor us if we serve Jesus - John 12:26 see Col. 3:24
49.                      The Father wants us to fellowship with Jesus - 1 Cor. 1:9
50.                      The Father tells us to listen to Jesus - Luke 9:35; Matt. 17:5
51.                      Everyone who's heard & learned from the Father comes to Jesus - John 6:45
52.                      We come to Jesus - John 5:50; 6:35,37,45,65; 7:37;
53.                      The Father draws us to Jesus - John 6:44
54.                      The Law leads us to Christ - Gal. 3:24
55.                      Jesus is the Rock - 1 Cor. 10:4
56.                      Jesus is the Savior - John 4:42; 1 John 4:14
57.                      Jesus is the King - Matt. 2:1-6; Luke 23:3
58.                      In Jesus are the treasures of wisdom and knowledge - Col. 2:2-3
59.                      In Jesus we have been made complete Col. 2:10
60.                      Jesus indwells us - Col. 1:27
61.                      Jesus sanctifies - Heb. 2:11
62.                      Jesus loves - Eph. 5:25
63.                      We sin against Jesus - 1 Cor. 8:12
64.                      We receive Jesus - John 1:12; Col. 2:6
65.                      Jesus makes many righteous - Rom. 5:19
66.                      Jesus sends the Holy Spirit - John 15:26
67.                      Jesus offered up Himself - Heb. 7:27; 9:14
68.                      Jesus offered one sacrifice for sins for all time - Heb. 10:12
69.                      The Son of God has given us understanding - 1 John 5:20
70.                      Jesus is the author and perfector of our faith - Heb. 12:2
71.                      Jesus is the Apostle and High Priest of our confession - Heb. 3:1 
72.                      Jesus is preparing a place for us in heaven - John 14:1-4
73.                      Jesus is the Light of the world - John 8:12 
74.                      Jesus has explained the Father - John 1:18
75.                      Jesus was crucified because of weakness - 2 Cor. 13:4
76.                      Jesus has overcome the world - John 16:33
77.                      Truth is in Jesus - Eph. 4:21
78.                      The fruit of righteousness comes through Jesus Christ - Phil. 1:11
79.                      Jesus delivers us from the wrath to come - 1 Thess. 1:10
80.                      Disciples bear witness of Jesus Christ - John 15:27
81.                      Jesus died for us - 1 Thess. 5:10
82.                      Jesus died and rose again - 1 Thess. 4:14
83.                      Jesus was a ransom for many - Matt. 20:28
84.                      The Christian dead have fallen asleep in Jesus - 1 Thess. 4:15
85.                      Jesus rendered the devil powerless - Heb. 2:14
86.                      Jesus is able to save completely - Heb. 7:25
87.                      Jesus came to serve - Matt. 20:28
88.                      Jesus came to be a high priest - Heb. 2:17
89.                      Jesus came to save - John 3:17; Luke 19:10
90.                      Jesus came to preach the kingdom of God - Luke 4:43
91.                      Jesus came to bring division - Luke 12:51
92.                      Jesus came to do the will of the Father - John 6:38
93.                      Jesus came to give the Father's words - John 17:8
94.                      Jesus came to testify to the truth - John 18:37
95.                      Jesus came to set us free from the Law - Rom. 8:2
96.                      Jesus came to die and destroy Satan's power - Heb. 2:14
97.                      Jesus came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets - Matt. 5:17
98.                      Jesus came to give life - John 10:10,28
99.                      Jesus came to taste death for everyone - Heb. 2:9
100.                  Jesus came to proclaim freedom for believers - Luke 4:18

Truth about Iran Now Being Told

Former Iranian Revolutionary Guard: Iran Will Bomb Israel To Bring About The Islamic Mahdi    

Speaking from an undisclosed location, with his voice digitally altered to protect his true identity, former Iranian Revolutionary Guard Reza Kahlili told Israel National Radio's Yishai Fleisher that Iran would not hesitate to use nuclear bombs against Israel.

"[Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government] will use the nuclear bomb against Israel, they will use it against Persian Gulf countries, and they will use it against Europe to bring about that last hadith (Islamic commentaries on sayings and activities of Mohammed and his companions) that calls for total chaos, lawlessness, and havoc in the world, which creates the circumstance for Imam Mahdi (the Islamic messianic figure) to appear."

Kahlili bemoaned the oppression of the Iranian people by their government, and told Fleisher about the circumstances which made him leave the Revolutionary Guards and become a spy against them for the American CIA. His new book, "A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran", details his experiences fighting against a regime he says is tyrannizing his people.

Kahlili (whose real name is hidden from the public for fear of reprisals against him and his family) grew up in Tehran in an upper-middle class family. Educated in the United States in the early 1970's, Kahlili – like many Iranians during that dramatic time – returned to Iran after the Islamic revolution of 1979 to help build his country.

"During the Shah era (prior to the Revolution)… it was a very open society. Muslims, Christians, and Jews. They enjoyed each other, the community was a happy community, and everybody was free to pursue their goals and take advantage of opportunities provided. Iranians were wealthy…there was laughter and joy, and I've reminisced about those times many times," said Kahlili.

But discontent brewed in the society. "The only thing lacking at that time was political freedom, freedom of speech... Sometimes people were taken to prison and tortured – but nothing like what goes on today in Iran," said Kahlili. "But that was the weakness of the Shah. Perhaps we didn't understand the limitations of the era we were living in, but people wanted more."

When the revolution took place with overwhelming public support, Kahlili believed it would increase freedom and democracy amongst the people. He decided to return to Iran. At the recommendation of a childhood friend, he joined the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, an ideological militia with a generalized power in the army and amongst the populace.

Despite its reputation for extremism and cruelty, Kahlili says the average Guard member was an ordinary worker who showed up on time, chatted with co-workers, did his work, and went home at the end of the day. "However," he said, "there were radicals – the minority in the Guards - who would do anything, including torture, rape and kill anybody who opposed the regime, including members of the Revolutionary Guard themselves. If anyone was found to be in any way active… against the regime, they would be taken to prison and horrible things would be done to them."

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's regime veered sharply away from the westernized country the Shah had fashioned, becoming a stern Islamic republic with a theocratic constitution. The brutality with which the Supreme Leader's dictates were carried out soon began to disillusion Kahlili.

"The Ayatollah was imposing his will on the people and had lied to them," said Kahlili. He described one scene at Evin Prison in northwest Tehran which so disgusted him that he decided he must do anything he could to bring down the regime upholding these practices.

"Once they gathered young kids – 15, 16, 17 years old – in the courtyard, and they picked one of them, hanged him from a tree, and mutilated him in front of the others, just to bring pain and horror into the hearts of these young people," said Kahlili. "[At the prison] they would rape teenage girls before they would execute them just to deny them Heaven, because, based on their ideology, a virgin who was executed would go to Heaven."

It was too much to bear for Kahlili. "I was shocked, I was horrified, and totally heartbroken and wanted to do everything I could possibly do to bring down this vicious regime, and that's when I decided to travel to the United States." Kahlili ultimately made contact with the CIA, which utilized him to provide information on schemes of the Revolutionary Guard and associated terror organizations. Over the years, he provided information about Iranian payments to Palestinian suicide groups.

Today's Iran is essentially the same as that of the Ayatollah, according to Kahlili. President Ahmadinejad portrays himself as a folk leader in the country to garner support, an Islamic leader who will bring freedom to the oppressed. "The fact of the matter is that they have oppressed and suffocated, raped, tortured and killed thousands of Iranians just to stay in power," said Kahlili. "They are the most brutal dictators that the world has ever seen, and they are vicious, and they care less about the well-being of the Palestinian people or others…They are not the defender of the oppressed, they are not concerned with the well-being of the Middle East, they are post-modernist killers."

Kahlili also noted that despite Ahmadinejad's fierce anti-Semitism and personal desire to eradicate Israel, the average Iranian does not hate Jews. "Before the Revolution, we had many Iranians who were Jews, and there were many marriages between Muslims and Jews. The Iranians do not look at Jews, the Iranians do not look at Israelis the same way as the Iranian government." Kahlili said. "[The Iranian people] would welcome anybody – they would welcome Israel – to help them get rid of this regime." 

Jeanette Calahasen


                                                                              By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.


      “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” (Ps.116:15)
       Ever since the ‘Fall of Man’ death has been with us. Life is filled with times of joy and times of sorrow. The death of a loved one or a friend is always painful. And for the Church and society at large, the death of a leader in the Christian Community is an enormous loss.
       Jeannette Calahasen’s death is heaven’s gain and earth’s loss! She will be missed dearly by her immediate and extended family as well as many Christians across the nation!
     St. Paul wrote: “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: Yet what I shall choose I know not. For I am in a strait between two, having a desire to depart, and be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide is more needful for you.” (Phil.1: 21-24)
     “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (2 Cor.5: 6, 8)
     I know that Jeannette would have preferred to still be among us, but her life was in God’s hands and He does all things well. The Holy Scripture states: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (Rom.8: 28)
     It has been my pleasure to have known Jeannette Calahasen as a friend and colleague in the Ministry for many years and will miss her. I first met her and her husband Roland in High Prairie when she began singing in our Crusades, and then later in Faith Cathedral (now People’s Church) when together we started the Native Revival Church in the Fellowship Hall.
                                          BORN AGAIN AT MIDNIGHT!
     I’ll never forget the night I met her husband Roland and was invited to spend the night at their home in Gruard. After a midnight snack and some serious ‘table talk’ concerning the claims of Jesus Christ, Roland knelt on the kitchen floor in repentance and faith.
    As he prayed the “sinner’s prayer” he was overcome by the Holy Spirit and keeled over on the floor. Jeannette and I joined Roland in joyful prayer as he confessed his sins and invited Jesus into his heart and life. The RCMP Constable was born again!
     My prayers go out to our Heavenly Father in Jesus’ precious name for the Calahasen family. May God sustain you and fill the void that Jeannette’s death has created. When John the Baptist was martyred, his disciples buried his body and then they went to Jesus and told Him all about it!
    That’s the bottom line. He is the ONLY ONE who understands and will help us all through it! Amen.