Tuesday, December 30, 2014

May you have a Blessed, Happy & Healthy New Year in Jesus' Name. Amen - Pastor Max Solbrekken

Max & Donna Solbrekken December 25, 2014
               By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
     The Biblical Solution to Life’s Temptations: How to Respond To The Call of God!
   "Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall rest for your souls. But they said: We will not walk therein." (Jer. 6: 16)
     Sinner, Backslider: Stop, Look & Listen! In your fevered pace of seeking pleasure and having so-called fun, stop in your pursuit of love, happiness, gain, position and place - long enough to evaluate what's really going on in your life and the world about you - check out your present behaviour: drugs, booze, friends. Evaluate the long-term benefits or negative results of your actions!
     Make an Informed Decision to Return to The Old Path! Return to the old path of righteousness through a return to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! You will then have guaranteed your future for time and eternity, instead of having sold out to Satan, having your future hijacked and your salvation lost!
    The Good Way is the Way of God's Goodness and Mercy! His ways bring immediate peace of mind, tranquility of spirit and freedom from guilt and condemnation. The Blood of Christ removes fear and displaces it with PEACE and a good conscience. The unconditional LOVE of God brings forgiveness, consolation and assurance to every sincere repentant sinner.
     The Good Way of God brings overflowing, unspeakable Joy!. The Holy Spirit empowers believers in Christ with Spiritual Gifts and power to heal the sick and cast out devils! He leads and guides us in our walk with Jesus Christ. He pours the love of God into our relationship with our families, neighbours and the poor and needy in our midst! When Christ is enthroned within, we are born again by the Holy Spirit and the shed blood of our Saviour, we are baptized with the blessed Holy Spirit and fire. The Gift of God is Eternal Life through Jesus Christ, Who purchased our Salvation through His substitutionary death for us and glorious resurrection!
   Jesus Christ is our Redeemer, Liberator, Emancipator and Eternal Life! He said: "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. (John 3: 16)
    JESUS said: "And this is Life Eternal that they might know Thee the only True God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou has sent." (John 17: 3). St. John declared: "He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in Himself: He that believeth not God, hath made Him a liar; because he believed not the record that God gave of His Son.
      "And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in the Son. He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son, hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may have eternal life on the name of the Son of God.
    "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.
    "And we KNOW that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is TRUE, and we are in Him that is TRUE, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is True God, and Eternal Life." (1 John 5: 10-15, 20)
      All Other Roads Lead to Heart Break, Destruction & Hell! Those who reject the Holy Spirit's invitation to receive Christ, knowingly choose to follow Satan the god of this world, on the downward path to destruction!
     How sad, that man who was created the image of the Eternal God, with a free will, would turn away from our Loving Heavenly Father to embrace the ways of the Satan, the Cosmic Liar and Deceiver!
      Jesus Christ is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE!  Our Lord stated: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man cometh unto the Father but by Me.” (John 14: 6). Jesus Christ, True God (from eternity) and True Man (born of the virgin) was incarnated (God in human flesh) to redeem sinful mankind by the Sacrifice of Himself, as God's Pascal Lamb.
     By shedding His pure and sinless BLOOD on the Cross at Calvary, God's only begotten Son purchased our eternal salvation by meeting the demands of Divine Justice as our Substitute, thereby satisfying Almighty God's Law of Redemption for the sins of the world, past, present and future!
    The Sovereignty of God Demanded Punishment 
    for Sin and the Cross Provided the Final Solution!
      Through Adam's transgression of High Treason against his Creator and God, the entire world was plunged into sin and rebellion, but Jesus Christ, the spotless Lamb of God, paid the penalty for all our sins by dying in our stead and rising from the dead for our justification.
      St. Paul stated: "But when we were yet without strength in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 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. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God, by the DEATH of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His Life." (Rom. 5: 6, 8-10)
      The Bible declares: "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Rom.3: 23); "For the wages of Sin is Death: but the Gift of God is Eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rom. 6:23)
      Dear Friend, will you receive Him as you own personal Saviour? He calls to you today: "Behold I stand at the Door and Knock. If any man will hear My voice and open the Door, I will come in and will sup with him and he with Me." (Rev.3: 20) Amen.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
     "He came unto His own and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." (John 1: 11, 12)
      The story of God reaching out to fallen man in love and compassion is the greatest and most fascinating in the annals of human history. Never has there been so much heartbreak, deception and treason with eternal loss connected with the sin and fall of Lucifer!
      When Adam and Eve were confronted by their Heavenly Father in Eden's Garden, the man blamed his wife but Eve pointed her index finger at the snake, saying: "The serpent beguiled (deceived) me!" (Gen.3: 15)
      She was right, the Devil is to blame! The Liar deceived the weaker vessel, and Adam not being deceived, sinned with his eyes wide open not wanting to lose his wife!
      O' the enormous consequences of that tragic and momentous hour of decision, which plunged the world into turmoil, fear, consternation and eternal death! The Greek tragedies of mythology cannot be compared with the enormousness of the chaos Satan so cleverly organized against God and His greatest creation, Man!
      Since that awful hour, man has been afraid and hiding from God, trying desperately to somehow regain the loss of love, trust and belonging, that was taken away by his treasonous actions. And we their offspring have also failed miserably, by doing our own thing; trying to find peace in a wretched world of our own making!
                          ADAM'S SIN INFECTED US ALL!
       Adam's sin had infected the whole human race and brought forth its evil fruit resulting in the murder of Abel by his brother Cain. Our loving Heavenly Father warned Cain of the slippery slope he was threading toward, with no avail.
      The Lord had instituted the Sacrificial System in order to save Adam and Eve until the fullness of time when He would REDEEM mankind through the sacrifice of His own dear Son!
      To deal with man's sin, an innocent animal was slaughtered to provide blood to cover their sins and skin to cover their bodies. Cain and Abel both knew the rules. Cain, however, being a type of mankind wanting to get Salvation by making their own rules, disobeyed God's injunction regarding the Blood Covering. The power of sin prevailed and Cain killed his brother Abel out of jealousy and pride, becoming the World’s First Murderer.
     The Bible says: "And in the process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering.
     "But unto Cain and to his offering He had not respect...And Cain talked with Abel his brother and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his bother, and slew him." (Gen.4: 3-8).
      For 4,000 years, God dealt with sin and its forgiveness through the Sacrificial System. When the fullness of time was come, the Eternal God brought His Son Jesus Christ to Mount Calvary to die on the Cross that He carried, to REDEEM fallen man by meeting the demands of Divine Justice for our sins.     
      When God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son on Mount Moriah, it was a pre-picture or type of what He Himself would have to do! Abraham's only son, Isaac, carried the wood for the burnt offering, but escaped death by the substitute ram provided by God, that was caught by his horns in the bushes.
      It was not the Romans or the Jews who killed Jesus of Nazareth. He died as our SUBSTITUTE by the will of God, because there was no other way to redeem Adam's fallen race!
                      JESUS' BLOOD PURGES AWAY SINS!
     The Bible states: "Without the shedding of the blood there is no remission for sins." (Heb.9:22); "It is the blood that makes atonement for the soul." (Lev.17:11); "The blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, cleanses us from all sin…" (1 John 1:7); "He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His (bloody) stripes we are healed."(Isa.53:4, 5)
      Jesus Christ our Lord stated: "Drink ye all of it. For this is the blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many, for the remission of sins." (Matt.26:28).
      St. Paul declared: "But 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. For if, when we were enemies we were RECONCILED to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
     "And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the Atonement." (Rom.5:8-11). Malcolm Muggeridge said it so well:
    "Christ is the only answer to an insane world. They will not understand that the trouble with the Western Civilization is not economics, but mere good and evil. They are thinking they can make things work by policies, inventions, but man will never live in this world without God."
                            PROPITIATION & RECONCILIATION
      There are two words in the Bible that may be foreign to a lot of people. There are propitiation and reconciliation. The word propitiation means satisfaction, covering, expiation. St. Paul states that Jesus Christ’s vicarious death as our Substitute satisfied Almighty God’s Just Demands as payment for mankind’s treasonous sins beginning with Adam in Eden’s Garden. The pure and innocent blood of His only begotten Son, Who was incarnated (God in human flesh) for the express purpose of redeeming mankind, has covered and washed away our sins!
      “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
       “Whom God hath set forth to be a PROPITIATION through faith in His Blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past through the forbearance of God.” (Rom.3: 22-25)
       To RECONCILE means to bring together those who have been separated, a reunion, reuniting, straightening out differences, and making peace with one another!
      St. Paul is the only writer to use the words RECONCILED and reconciliation to express the amazing redemptive action that takes place when a sinner falls on his knees and opens his heart in confession of his sins to our Heavenly and his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour!
       Here is what happens: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away and all things are become new. And all things are of God, Who hath RECONCILED us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, that God was in Christ, RECONCILING the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them and hath committed unto us the ministry of RECONCILIATION.” (2 Cor. 5: 17-19)
     When God the Father was judging His incarnated Son Jesus of Nazareth for the sins of the world, the Holy Spirit was in Christ redeeming the world to Himself!
     The Miracle of the Incarnation (God in human flesh) made it possible for Jesus Christ to be God’s perfect Sacrifice (Pascal Lamb) to shed His perfect blood for the Redemption of sinful man! (2 Cor.5: 21) It wasn’t the Romans who killed Jesus of Nazareth. It wasn’t the Jews who killed our Saviour. He was born to die.
     Jesus Christ said: “…To this end was I born and for this CAUSE came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the Truth…” (John 18: 37); “Now is My heart troubled: and what shall I say? Gather, save Me from this hour: but for this CAUSE came I unto this hour.” (John 12: 27)

     My dear friend, will you receive Him today as your Lord and Saviour? Please do so and He will turn your darkness to light and your night into day. God bless you as you call upon Him now! Amen.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Donna and I pray that you are having a very special and blessed Christmas and a safe, happy and prosperous New Year. In Jesus' Name. Amen. - Pastor Max Solbrekken

   VANCOUVER, BC JAN 16, 7:00 
      Vancouver Native Pentecostal
      304 East 26 Ave (Sophia & 26 Ave)
   Edmonton, AB  JAN 17, 7:00 PM
        Abbottsfield Rec Centre
        3006 - 119 Ave Edmonton, AB
     House of Prayer on Hiway 623 off #21
   SASKATOON, SK JAN 24 & 25
     Christ the Healer Gospel Church
      136 Ave F S Saskatoon, SK

Friday, December 19, 2014

  By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
     Only in Jesus Christ do we find absolute truth. In Him ALONE there is no lying, hypocrisy, deceit or darkness. He alone is the ultimate Truth. In His High Priestly Prayer to His Father our Lord stated: "Sanctify them through Thy Truth. Thy Word is Truth." (John 17:  17)
    To His Disciples He declared, "I am the Way, the TRUTH and the Life: no man comes unto the Father but by Me."(John 14:6). He said: "I and My Father are One." (John 10:30); "I came to do My Father's will." (John 6: 3)
   "...My Father works hitherto and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill Him, because He not only had broken the Sabbath, but He said also that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.
    JESUS stated: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do: for what things soever He does, these also does the Son likewise." (John 5: 17-20)
   "... When ye have lifted up the Son of Man, then shall ye know that I am HE, and the I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father hath taught Me, I speak these things. And He that sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please Him." (John 8: 28,29)
    The Holy Spirit is called, "The Spirit of Truth." (John 14: 17). Speaking of the Holy Spirit, our Lord stated: "But when the Comforter is come, Whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth, which proceeds from the Father, He shall testify of Me." (John 15: 26); "Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all TRUTH..." (John 16: 13)
  JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL wrote: "Once to every man and nation, Comes the moment to decide. In the strife of Truth and Falsehood, For the Good or Evil side." 
    About 65 years ago, I committed to memory a great poem written by British poet  William Dunkerley, under the pseudonym of John Oxenham. Hundreds of times during the last half century, I have quoted it in my sermons. It is called 'THE WAY'. May the message penetrate your heart as it has mine!
        To every man there openeth
        A Way, and Ways, and a Way,
        And the High Soul climbs the High Way,
        And the Low Soul gropes the Low,
        And in between, on the misty flats,
         The rest drift to and fro.
         But to every man there openeth
         A High Way, and a Low.
         And every man decideth,
          The way His soul shall go.

     When you tell people that there is only ONE way to God and Heaven, they often react negatively. Many want to do their own thing, go their own way and leave everything to chance. After all, if everything we see evolved from nothing as the pinhead evolutionists preach, then there is nothing to fear.
    If there is no God, then there are no laws that must be obeyed and no punishment for wrong doing, they erroneously assume! If there is no authoritative figure called God, Maker of Heaven and earth, then there is No-one to give an account to. We may as well then do as the Scripture says of the rebellious man, "Eat, drink and be merry." (Eccl.8:15)
  When you confront people because of their sins of unbelief, unrighteousness, lust, greed, pride, hatred and jealousy, they get on their 'high horse' saying, "We will not have this Man to rule over us." (Luke 19: 14). When told that we ought to help the poor, lift up the fallen and bring the gospel to the lost, they often answer like Cain: "Am I my brother's keeper?” (Gen.4:9)
      Here is the real 'Sixty-Four Dollar Question'. Why would any one in their right mind reject God's Holy Word? How could any one, of even limited understanding, reject the liberating Gospel of God's grace and love to fallen, degenerate and undeserving sinful man? And what would make human beings who were created in God's image, become so stupid that they would reject the world's Redeemer and Emancipator, our Lord Jesus Christ, and cling to Satan, the Cosmic Liar?
  THE ANSWER: After more than fifty years of intense Bible study, observing human nature, current events, and having preached the Gospel of Christ and ministered His saving and healing power to multitudes across the world, here is a concise answer to the three questions posed!
1). These people love their sins and refuse to give up their ungodly lifestyles!
   "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil." (John 3:19)
2). They have been enticed, deceived and snared by the devil, who is the Father of Lies, deception and spiritual death!
   "In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." (2 Tim.2: 25, 26)
3). If they admit that the Bible is God’s Word and that there is a Day of Judgment for sinners, they would have to repent of their sins and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour!
   "For everyone that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that does truth comes to the light that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." (John 3:20, 21)
    The basic flaw in the Theory of Evolution is, that they can "strut their stuff" and at least until the 'angel of death' comes calling, they can have a feeling of superiority. It's called the 'escape from God' factor. 
 Professor D.M.S. Watson's address to the British Association of Scientists gave support to this same 'foolosophy'. He flatly stated that the reason for the "universal acceptance of evolution" among his peers of atheistic scientists, was that the Biblical account of "special creation is the only alternative". He called the Bible account of creation as "clearly incredible", meaning it is unbelievable.
  What keeps these seemingly brilliant minds from believing the only plausible answer to the questions of creation, life, death and eternity? The ANSWER is that there is a lying devil who "has blinded the minds" of those who refuse to believe the truth and have rejected Christ and is glorious Gospel! (2 Cor.4: 3,4; Rom.1: 18-22)
   St. Paul, one of the most brilliant minds of the First Century, who met the resurrected Lord Jesus on the Damascus Road, addressed this phenomenon. He stated that they had been "taken captive" by the Evil One and are slaves to his deception, lies and downright stupidity! (2 Tim.2: 26)
    No wonder than that King David stated: "The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God." (Ps.14: 1). The Hebrew meaning of the word fool as used here is that of an idiot or insane person. He implied that you cannot blame an idiot for saying that there is no God. He doesn't know any better!
    VLADIMIR LENIN, the father of Soviet Communism stated: "Religion is the opiate of the people. There is no God, but woe unto us Communists if there is One."  He died in January 1924, aged 53, after suffering three strokes leaving him paralyzed and dumb. The Soviets covered up his erratic, manic behaviour, his bouts of rage and his untimely death.
    Miss Rappaport, an expert on Russian history has uncovered the medical records of his death from SYPHILIS! She makes her claim in a new book "Conspirator: Lenin in Exile". That shouldn't surprise us, should it?
 CLARENCE DARROW, famed atheist and criminal lawyer and winner in the Scopes - Monkey Trial in 1925, that opened the flood gates of the teaching of the 'Ape - Doctrine' in U.S. Schools, at the end of his life, stated: "My colleagues say that i am a success. Many honors have come my way, but in the Bible is a sentence which expresses the way I feel about my life: "We have toiled all night and taken nothing." 
     HOW SAD! In the end, the brilliant atheist had to use a passage from the Holy Bible - which will be opened at the Judgment - to express the emptiness of the evolutionary, atheistic teaching he had helped to promote!
     The fact of the matter is that they would rather believe a lie, in order to somehow escape the truth that God exists and demands an accounting of our lives! They have convinced themselves that they are as good as their neighbour and that if there really is God, He is good, charitable and kind and would never judge anyone to Hell for their sins.
  After all, they didn't ask to be born, had no part of Adam's sin and it's damming influence on us all, including our eternal abode! They live in a dream world that everything will turn out alright in the end. And after all, their parents may have brought them to church as a baby and had them christened or sprinkled!
   We often hear people talk about drug problem, the alcohol problem, the gambling problem, the crime problem and the racism problem. What we really have is a SIN PROBLEM and the drug, alcohol, gambling, crime and racism problems disappear when the Gospel of Jesus Christ is invited to function in the hearts and lives of the people!
    The Bible says: "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." (Isa.1:18)
     "Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake His way and the unrighteous man His thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God and He will abundantly pardon." (Isa. 55:1, 6, 7)
     THE BIG QUESTION: How did we get into this situation? What drove us away from the sanctuary of God's presence? Why did we get estranged from our Heavenly Father and God? And how do we get back into His Eternal Kingdom? And will He receive us as we are?
     The answer is that we were, "born in sin and shapen in iniquity" (Ps.51: 5).We are sinners by birth, by nature and by choice: "Wherein in time past, ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience. (Eph.2: 2; Gal.5: 10-21)
   "Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind: and were by NATURE the children of wrath, even as others.      
   "But God, Who is rich in mercy, or His great love with which He loved us, even when ewe were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ (by grace are ye saved); and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus." (Eph.3-6)
   The GOOD NEWS is that even though we may have drifted away from Him, we can be forgiven, healed and liberated by God's Divine love and power: "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Rom.3:23);
    "The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rom. 6: 23); "He that believes on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believes not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on Him." (John 3: 36)
    God is merciful, gracious and loving: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in 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)
    It is TRUE that sin had its grip on us all and we were on our way to a Christ-less Eternity, but God in His great mercy and love redeemed us by His precious blood that He shed on Golgotha. To receive His forgiveness and mercy, however, we must repent of our sins and by His grace receive His pardon.
   It is also true that all those who spurn and reject His offer of love will be forever left outside to meet God's judgment. If His mercy is spurned and rejected there will be nothing left but judgment!
    He is NOW the God of mercy, but when He comes again, He will come “to judge the Living and the Dead.” (1 Peter 4: 5); "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.” (2 Tim.4: 1)
    ST. PAUL admonished Timothy: "PREACH THE WORD; be instant in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come that they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables." (2 Tim.4: 2-4)
                   JESUS CHRIST SAYS: BE YE READY!
    Jesus WARNS: "Verily, verily I say unto you, He that hears My Word, and believes on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation: but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily I say unto you, the hour is coming, and NOW IS, when the dead (spiritually dead) shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live." (John 5:24, 25)
   Our LORD is inviting all sinners who are "dead in their trespasses" to hear His voice and be saved for time and eternity! If however, they do not respond, they will be in the Second Group who will hear His voice and come out of their graves and face the Judge of the Entire Earth.
    Here is His WARNING: "Marvel not at this for the Hour is Coming in the which all that are in the graves shall HEAR HIS VOICE, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation." (John 5:28, 29)s unto me I will in no wise cast him out." (John 6: 37): 

    "Behold I stand at the door (your heart's door) and KNOCK. If any man will hear My voice and open the door, I will come in unto Him and sup with Him and he with Me." (Rev.3: 20) Amen.
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

  “And I will shake all nations, and the DESIRE of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of Hosts.”  (Haggai 2:7)
    Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and a Blessed Christmas to you and all yours! Thank you so much for your support of this Ministry!     
    It is always a real joy to consider the great mystery, mercy and grace that has been given to us through the incarnation, when God became a Man (God in human flesh) to redeem us!
  If ever the WORLD was in NEED of a SAVIOUR it is TODAY – a time of trepidation, tension, insecurity, catastrophe and violence around the world! So much has changed and yet the basic facts remain the same. Mankind’s sins of lying, theft, greed, lust, hatred, murder and idolatry remain the same.
    The power of the Gospel also remains the same, to cleanse and forgive sins, destroy the works of the devil and overpower the darkness and evil through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for us all on Calvary’s Cross and His glorious resurrection from the dead!
    Everywhere hunger, fear, pain, sickness, disease and death stalk mankind, but the Great Physician, the Compassionate Christ still has all power today because, “He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for out iniquities, chastised for our peace and with His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53: 4, 5)
    The Scripture text from Haggai is prophetic in several ways. It speaks about a time when the people of God had taken Him for granted. They were building their own houses but neglecting the House of the Lord.
     He warns about a shaking that seems a lot like what is happening today: “For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land.” We don’t have far to look at the recent hurricanes, typhoons, tsunamis, earthquakes, flooding, droughts, famines and epidemics that have plagued our planet!
     God warns: “Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earns wages, earns wages to put in a bag with holes.” (Haggai 1:5, 6)
    The prophet conveys God’s delight in those who further His Kingdom,  and that He is with those who put His WORK ahead of their own. He inserts these prophetic truths: “And I will shake all nations, and the DESIRE of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.”
    The world was at its WORST when God sent His Son, born in a stable in Bethlehem. Jesus was born in a subject province governed by pagan Romans and the Jews were ruled by uncaring, legalistic, hypocritical Religious leaders.
    “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion upon them because, they fainted, and were scattered abroad like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matt.9: 36)
     He went to them and sought them out and healed their hurt, calmed their fears and filled them with His holy love, and faith! The Holy Record states: “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing every sickness and disease among the people.”(Matt.9: 35)
      To the woman taken in adultery, Jesus said: “Neither do I condemn thee. Go and sin no more.” (John 8:7-1); To the Leper, He said, “I will: be thou clean.” (Matt.8:1-3); To the blind beggar He said, “Go thy way; Thy faith hath made thee whole.” (Mark 10:52); To the man with the withered arm He said, “Stretch forth thine hand.” (Mark 3:5); To the woman who had suffered with an issue of blood for twelve years He said, “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.” (Mark 5:34); To a father of a twelve year old daughter who had died, Jesus said, “Be not afraid, only believe.” (Mark 5:36); And to the girl He said, “Damsel, I say unto thee, Arise.”(Mark 5:41); To an insane man filled with many demons, Jesus said, “Go home to thy friends and tell them what great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee,” (Mark 5:19); To the paralyzed man borne by four, Jesus said: “Arise, take up thy bed and go unto thine house.” (Matt.9: 6).
 Our world today is falling deeper into chaos. Talk about all the nations shaking, with the economic systems of this world in a shambles, Iran on the cusp of acquiring nuclear capabilities, the Islamic terrorist threat growing, Israel surrounded by serious enemies and the Western Nations forsaking the Gospel of Christ.
   According to J.W. Monser, in An Encyclopedia on the Evidences, p.527, PLATO (B.C.428-346) has SOCRATES saying, “We must of necessity wait, till someone from Him who cares for us, shall come and instruct us how we ought to behave towards the gods and man.” Again, “This lawgiver must be more than man that He may teach us things man cannot know by his own nature.”
 The Magi who made the 35-day-journey covering the 1,100 miles from Persia to Jerusalem searching for Him who has been born ‘king of the Jews’, is PROOF of their desire for spiritual help! They were astronomers, philosophers that God could speak to in His desire to let the world know that His salvation plan to crush Satan’s head was finally operational.
    “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.” (Matt.2: 1, 2)
   Jesus stated: “For I tell you that many prophets and kings have DESIRED to see those things which ye see and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.”
     Dr. Wayne Jackson says“Some translators argue that the word ‘desire’ (heb. hemdat) is used of persons in the O.T. – both in its singular and plural forms. Saul was described as the desire of Israel (1 Sam. 9:20) and Daniel was called “greatly beloved” (plural in 9:23; 10:11, 19). Dr. Alden notes that such irregularities are common in O.T. Hebrew. (The Expositors Bible Commentary, Vol.7, p. 586)
     The Almighty said to Abraham: “And I will make thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shall be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee and curse them that curseth thee: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” (Gen.12: 2, 3)
     This is a marvelous prophecy which points to JESUS CHRIST, Who is the fulfillment. St. Paul writes: “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ… for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye ABRAHAM’S SEED, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal.3: 27-29)
     In his Pentecostal message St. Peter declared: “Ye are the children of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abrahamand in THY SEED shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God having raised up His SON JESUS, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.” (Acts 3: 25, 26)
    Jesus is the ‘DESIRE of ALL NATIONS’ and He alone is willing, able and desirous of blessing all the families of the earth! He ALONE has the power and ability because, “He tasted death for every man.” (Heb.2: 9).
    He suffered, bled and died for the entire world: “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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world but that world through Him might be saved.” (John 3: 16, 17)
   Again the Holy Bible states: “He came unto His Own and His Own received Him not, but as many as received Him, to THEM gave He power to become the SONS of God, even to them that believe on His name.” (John 1:11, 12)
    Theologian Herbert Wolf in his Commentary on Haggai and Malachi states, “Ultimately it applies to the gathering of the treasures of the nations after the Second Coming of Christ and to “the glory and honour of the nations”, brought into the New Jerusalem” (Rev.21: 26) but it can also refer to that “treasure” or “desire of the nations”, “The Messenger of the Covenant in Whom ye Delight.” (Mal.3:1)
     Here is the rub: Even though the world has by and large rejected Jesus Christ as the DESIRE of all Nations, yet one day they will know Him as King of kings and Lord of lords! And the latter House will be greater because He will be worshipped and adored as Lord, Saviour and God! (Zechariah 14: 16)
    The Magi came from Persia to worship Him, the Greeks came to see Him, the Samaritans received Him, the Romans crucified Him, the Jews rejected Him, Simon of Cyrene carried His cross and believers from around the world worship Him, the One who was dead but still lives!
    One final word: "JESUS – His Name is above all other names; His Reign is above all other rulers; His Lordship is above all other authorities; His Words are above all other voices; His Truth is above all other opinions; His Love is above all other affections." – Author Unknown
   May the Lord open every heart and life to receive Him! Amen.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Islamist Terrorists kill again. This time in Australia: The entire world is in serious trouble. Madmen, in the name of a seventh-century desert god are plundering, kidnapping, raping, beheading, killing children and blaspheming Almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ the Lord across the Middle East and are threatening Britain, Australia, U.S.A and Canada! - Pastor Max Solbrekken

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‘Come Home to Jesus’ Crusade
Personal Letter
Dear Fellow Canadians:                                  December, 2014
      Speaking over BBC Radio from London – having fled Norway as Hitler’s Army advanced – King Haakon stated: “The only thing that can save our world out of difficulties and all evil, is to return to the old-time Christianity with the old values which must totally saturate a people, if our culture is to be safe-guarded.”
     We in Canada are now in danger of losing the long-held Christian morality and values in our homes, churches, schools and society at large! Our systems of commerce, education, governments, judiciary, and society in general have all been tainted by the moral and spiritual backsliding of a large part of our populace!
     What is needed in our nation is a return to the old-fashioned principles and standards of righteous Christian morality and the reverence and godly “fear of the Lord” with love and compassion toward our fellowman!
     We have drifted from our godly roots as a Judaeo-Christian people, who have in the past been abundantly blessed with the favour of God. As a nation, however, we have slipped and fallen! Canada is presently on the verge of becoming a country without any moral compass and moral authority and have to a great extent abandoned the teachings of the Word of God, the Holy Bible!
     An historical study of Israel clearly reveals that the Almighty God, Creator, Redeemer, Saviour and Lord of the Universe punished His Chosen People by bringing hordes of pagans against them when they forsook Him. Repeatedly, He allowed their enemies to rule over them, until they were willing to repent of their sins and return unto the Lord!
    The Holy Bible says: “Has a nation changed its gods, which are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory for what does not profit. For My people have committed two evils; They have forsaken Me, the  Fountain of Living Waters, and hewed themselves cisterns – broken cisterns that can hold no water.” (Jer.2: 11, 13)
    HERE IS THE REMEDY: “Thus says the Lord: Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” (Jer.6: 16)
     I have warned Europeans to turn from their wickedness and ungodliness: immorality, sexual perversion, pornography, prostitution, drug addiction, gambling, corruption, abortion, child abuse and pedophilia. The JUDGMENT has already begun there. Backslidden France, Spain, Holland, Sweden and Norway are feeling the brunt of Islamic occupation and hatred of that society!
    Madmen, in the name of a seventh-century desert god are plundering, kidnapping, raping, beheading, killing children and blaspheming Almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ the Lord, across the Middle East and are threatening Britain, Australia, U.S.A and Canada!
    Now, I urge all Canadians in high places and low to repent and to call upon the Name of the Lord for His mercy, blessing and protection. We must return to God nationally and begin winning to Christ the precious non believers in our midst before Canada also is torn apart by fanatical religious terrorists, who are intent upon conquest and mastery!  
    Stand with me, my friend, in spreading the Gospel far and near across our fair land!   Ω