Thursday, January 24, 2013

Christ the Healer Gospel Church Installs Ernie Fiddler as a Deacon. The word deacon comes from the Greek word 'diakonos' meaning servant, waiting man, minister, messenger. It literally means "through the dust' referring to the dust raised by a BUSY servant or messenger. A Deacon must be a man of integrity, compassion, conviction, loyalty, prayer, generosity, patience and spiritual power. In short - The work of a Deacon is that of Servant-hood. A Deacon is a committed servant of Jesus Christ and the Church as well as a leader of men in the world around him. We welcome Ernie and Gloria to the work of servant-hood in Saskatchewan. - Pastor Max Solbrekken

Christ the Healer Gospel Church 
Making a Difference in Saskatoon, SK
                  Ready to Serve God & Fellowman! Deacons: Roger Prychuck
                  Tom Sibley,  Ernie Fiddler, Dave Sollid, Ron Peters, Valwin
                    Boyko. Pastors: Max Solbrekken and Gary Littlepine
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
              "Tougher men were never made than the men of the
               sea who daily risked their lives to feed their families."
                                                              - Max Solbrekken
                 ENDURE HARDNESS! 
 "Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace of  our Lord Jesus Christ. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ...That he may please Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier." (2 Tim.2: 1,3,4)
St. Paul knew what it was like to be despised, hated, pursued and persecuted  for preaching and healing in the name of Jesus Christ!  
Jesus didn't make it easy for the Jewish terrorist, Saul of Tarsus unto whom He appeared in a blinding light on the Damascus Road.   
When Saul who had been blinded by that Light and fallen to the ground heard the voice of the Risen Christ, he was awakened spiritually and instantly KNEW that Jesus Christ was ALIVE and it was He that was speaking to Him.
His life was instantly changed and His agenda was overridden by our Lord. For three days he sought God in repentance, prayer and deep thought as he considered the words of JESUS of Nazareth, the Crucified Messiah,  Master and Saviour of the world.
"Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me? And he said, Who art Thou Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus of Nazareth Whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks (goads). 

"And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do. And the Lord said unto him, Arise, go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do." (Acts 9: 1-6; 22: 6-10)
He had brought with him a team of men and equipment,  for the purpose of apprehending and bringing back to Jerusalem Jewish believers in the Risen Lord Jesus for trial and punishment. His goal was to force them to renounce Jesus Christ of Nazareth and to blaspheme His Holy Name!

The Heavenly Father had other plans, however,  for this fearless man whom He had chosen to be His premier spokesman to the Gentile world, as well as to straighten out the sometimes vacillating Simon  son of Jonas called Peter. 
"But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed...But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the Gospel, I  said unto Peter before them all...?" (Gal.2: 11-14)
St. Paul was called for the express purpose of carrying Christ's Gospel to the ends of the earth. Here is a portion of his testimony:
"But when it pleased God, Who separated me from my mother's womb,  to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood...     
"Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia: And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judæa which were in Christ; But they heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preaches the faith which once he destroyed. And they glorified God in me." (Gal.1:15-24)
He never tired of telling his amazing testimony whenever he had the opportunity, to the Jews as well as the Gentiles. So impassioned was he before King Agrippa that Governor Festus stopped him, saying with a loud voice: "Paul, thou art beside thyself, much learning hath made thee mad.."  (Acts 26: 24) 
Paul retorted: "I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things were done in a corner." (Acts 26: 25, 26)
So great was the impact of St. Paul's witness upon King Agrippa that he answered: "Almost persuadest thou me to be a Christian."  (Acts 26: 28). The great Apostle answered: "I would to God, that not only thou, but that also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether  such as I am, except these bonds." (Acts 26: 29).
St. Paul did not take the propagation of the Gospel lightly. To him it was a serious matter of utmost importance. It was his number priority and he was more than willing "to spend and be spent" (2 Cor. 12: 15) and to go even to the regions beyond!  
"Not boasting of things without our measure, that is of other men's labour, but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be in enlarged by you according to  our rule abundantly; To preach the gospel in the Regions Beyond you..." (2 Cor.10: 15,16). 

Eventually the paid with his life as a Martyr for Jesus Christ. Before his martyrdom he wrote to Timothy, his son in the faith:
"I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, Who shall judge the quick (living) and the dead at His appearing and His Kingdom; Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
"But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an Evangelist, make full proof of thy Ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
"Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day; and not me only, but unto all them also love His appearing."
2 Tim. 4:1-8)
        FOR 1,000 VOLUNTEERS!
  Dr. A.B. Simpson, the founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance once asked for 1,000 volunteers to send as missionary workers across the world. He and his wife wrote the song, 'To the Regions Beyond'
To the regions beyond I must go, I must go
Where the story has never been told;
To the millions that never have heard of His love, I must tell the sweet story of old.
To the regions beyond I must go, I must go,
Till the world, all the world,
His salvation shall know.
"For my own part I have never ceased to rejoice that God has appointed me to such an office. People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much time in Africa. can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay? Is that a sacrifice which brings its own best reward in healthful activity, the consciousness of doing good, peace of mind, and a bright hope of glorious destiny hereafter?
"Away with such a word, in such a view, and with such a thought! It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege. Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or danger now and then with a foregoing of common conveniences and charities of this life, may make us pause, and cause the spirit to waver and to sink; but let this only be for a moment. All these are nothing compared with the glory which shall hereafter be revealed in and for us. I never made a sacrifice! Of this we ought not to talk when we remember the great sacrifice which He made when He left His Father's throne on High, to give Himself for us."
                     - Dr. David Livingstone

 "Not called" did you say? "Not heard the call", I think you should say. He has been calling loudly ever since He spoke your sins forgiven - if you are forgiven at all - entreating and beseeching you to be His Ambassador.

"Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull poor sinners out of the fires of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go and stand at the gates of Hell and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father's house and warn their brothers and sisters and masters and servants not to come there.
"And look the Christ in the face, Whose mercy you profess to have received, and whose words you promised to obey, and tell Him that you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in this march to publish His mercy to the world.
“Get up! Shake yourself! Act! Do something! Do it at once! Go on doing it! Do it with all your might! Spare no pains! Never stop anymore! Read, pray, talk, sing, give! Do anything you can - everything you can - everything that makes people know the truth about themselves and Heaven and Hell. 
"God will help you. He helps those who help themselves, and especially when they are trying to help somebody else. He is pleased for you to help yourself to all the salvation He has to give you, but He is ten thousand times more pleased when you set to work to help other people."
        - General William Booth

 We are commanded to love one another (John 15:17), exhort one another (Heb.3:13), comfort one another James 5:16), pray for one another (1 Cor.12:25), preach His Gospel in His name (Matt.28:18-20) with His power unto the entire world (Mark 16:15-18) and continue doing so until He returns for His own. (John 14:3)
Jesus Christ stated: "Greater love hath no man than this That he lay down his life for his friends. Ye are My friends, if you do whatsoever I command you." (John 15: 13,14)

"That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, that ye be rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is breadth and length and height; 
"And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
"Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Unto Him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. (Eph. 3: 17-20)