Friday, October 28, 2016

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
    “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost.” (John 19: 30)
   Jesus shouted VICTORY from the Cross! He was speaking in Greek. The word tetelestai comes from the Greek verb teleo, which has three essential meanings: 'To finish something, to bring something to an end; to fulfill something; to pay that which is owed'.
    He had FINISHED His work of Redemption. The fountain was now open for sin and uncleanness! Christ's cleansing and healing blood was available for lost, sick, suffering and perishing souls. He had completed His Mission of Mercy and would return to His Father, and pour out the Gift of the Holy Spirit upon His followers!
     The Bible states: “But Christ being come an High Priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of bulls and goats, but by His own BLOOD He entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained Eternal Redemption, for us.” (Heb. 9: 11, 12)
                                   THE GREAT DAY OF ATONEMENT!
     Once a year on the Great Day of Atonement, only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies in the Temple to make an atonement for Israel's sins, by sprinkling the blood of the sacrificial goat on the Mercy Seat.
     Only the High Priest was allowed into the Holy of Holies where GOD the Supreme Judge dealt with the sins of the nation of Israel. Sin had to be paid for to satisfy the Laws of Divine Justice in the Courts of Heaven.
     The law said; “The soul that sinneth, it shall surely die,” (Ezek.), but another law stated: “It is the Blood that maketh atonement for the soul.” (Lev.17: 11). A sinless Substitute could shoulder the blame and die for the sinner. Innocent animals, who had no eternal souls and no knowledge of sin could take the place of the offender.
    And on the Great Day of Atonement, all of Israel would gather outside the Temple, waiting to hear if God had forgiven their sins for another year. The High Priest had to follow a very strict protocol in fulfilling his personal life, ministry and duties before and during his ministration.
    Bells were attached to his robe so the waiting Israelites could hear that he were still alive. If the High Priest failed to execute his duty perfectly, he would immediately die, therefore he wore a rope around his left ankle, so he could be retrieved from that holy place if necessary.
    There was NO SEAT in the Holy of Holies and the High Priest stood continually until he had finished his course of duty. He spoke to no-one until his work was finished. He then, changed his attire and went home.
     As our Heavenly High Priest, Jesus carried His Own Blood into the Holy of Holies in Heaven! You will notice that on the third day after His crucifixion, He appeared unto Mary, saying: “Touch Me not, for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God.” (John 20: 17)
     Shortly thereafter, He appeared unto the disciples: “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst…” (John 20: 19, 20)
                                     JESUS PROMISES PARADISE!
     In His extreme agony on the 'cursed tree' Jesus prayed for those who had crucified Him: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do...” (Luke 23: 34). As the rulers with the people and the soldiers derided and mocked Him, one of the malefactors prayed: “Lord remember me when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily, I say unto thee, TODAY shalt thou be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23: 42, 43)
     The Bible says: “By the which will we are Sanctified through the offering of the body of the Lord Jesus once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sin:
                                         JESUS WENT TO PARADISE!
    “But this Man after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, SAT DOWN on the right hand of God... For by one sacrifice he had perfected forever them that that are sanctified.” (Heb.10: 10-14)
      There is a FALSE teaching that says that Jesus was tormented in Hell for three days to pay for our sins. The truth is that He went directly to Paradise, called Abraham’s Bosom. (Luke 16: 19-31).  That One Sacrifice was the perfect, pure and sanctified body of our Lord Jesus Christ!
     “For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh; How much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the Eternal Spirit, offered Himself without spot to God, PURGE your conscience from dead works to serve the Living God?
      “For Christ hath not entered into the Holy Places made with hands, which are the figures of the True; but into Heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us...
But NOW once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away SIN, by the sacrifice of Himself.” (Heb.9: 13, 14, 24, 26)
      Jesus Christ stripped the devil of all his usurped power and influence over a rebellious race whom he had deceived by his twisted, outright lies and false promises!
     JESUS of Nazareth not only destroyed his power but also effectively DESTROYED SATAN himself: “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 (Satan) 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)
     While praying during His water baptism, Jesus of Nazareth was filled with the Holy Spirit. The Bible states:
     “The Heaven was opened. And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from Heaven, which said, Thou art My beloved Son; in Thy I am well pleased.”
     At the strategic moment of the Holy Spirit entering Jesus of Nazareth, His FATHER audibly and forcefully identifies with His incarnated (God in human flesh) SON, stating that the Lord Jesus is His Son with Whom He was well pleased!
      Immediately after His baptism, Jesus of Nazareth was driven by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. During His forty day fast, our Saviour was continually tempted by the Evil One but was victorious each time.
     Jesus of Nazareth filled with the Holy Spirit, commanded: “Get thee hence, Satan, for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt Thou serve.” (Matt.4: 11). The devil had to obey the Son of God and angels came and ministered unto Him.
     After His great victory over the devil, Jesus returned in the power of the Holy Spirit and great miracles, signs and wonders occurred everywhere He went!
     “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and HEALING all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And His fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto Him all SICK PEOPLE that were taken with diverse diseases and torments and those which were possessed with devils, and those that were lunatic and those which had the palsy; and He healed them.” (Matt.4: 23, 24)
                                  JESUS FULFILLED ALL SCRIPTURES!
    There are 332 Old Testament Scriptures that deal with the coming Jewish Messiah. Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled them all. Included in the 332 Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah, there are 61 major prophecies. Dr. Peter Stoner states: According to the Scientific Law of Probabilities, for anyone but Jesus to have fulfilled only 8 of the major prophecies, he would have only 1 chance out of 10 to the 17th power.
     For us to begin to understand that LARGE number, Dr. Stoner gave this explanation: Cover the entire State of Texas two feet deep, with American silver dollars. Mark one silver dollar with an X. Stir it into the mix. Blindfold a man, give him a cane and send him out to search for that marked coin. He can take as long as he wants, walk as far as he likes, dig as much as he likes. The first coin he chooses, must have the mark on it!
                                JESUS HAS PAID FOR OUR SALVATION!
      An old song says: “I owed a Debt I could not pay; He paid a Debt He did not owe, When Jesus died in my place and took my all sins away.”
    The Bible says: “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 (satisfaction, covering, expiation) through faith in His Blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins, that are passed, through the forbearance of God.” (Rom. 3: 23-26)
    “Therefore being justified by FAITH we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By Whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, that rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
    “And HOPE maketh not ashamed; because the LOVE of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
      “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.” (Rom.5:1-9)
    “For the wages of SIN is death but the gift of God is Eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom.6:23)
                                      I AM BOUGHT WITH A PRICE!
     St. Paul declared: “What, know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which s in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own.
     “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Cor.6:19, 20); “Ye are bought with a price; be not ye servants of men.” (1 Cor.7: 23)
     For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God, our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come into the knowledge of the truth. For this 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.”
     Jesus Christ gave Himself to redeem us all from Sin, Sickness, Hell and Satan’s power. He purchased my soul with the blood of His cross!

    “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.” Amen.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Dean Milley, Missionary to Peru at Christ the Healer Gospel Church in Saskatoon, SK on Sat 7:00; Sun 10:30, Oct 29 & 30. Sunday 6:30 Oct 30 - Darren Kaytor gives his testimony: 'After 35 years as a Pot Head on marijuana, I am Now Free, thanks to Jesus Christ. - Pastor Max Solbrekken

Darren & Lisa Kaytor with Pastor Max Solbrekken
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
     “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.” (Acts 4: 33)
    Many GREAT things happened in the Ministry of the Early Church. There was great power and great grace. There was great giving, great consecration and great dedication to God. There was great fear of the Lord in the Church and outside the Church, as well.
   There was great persecution and great deliverance. There were great miracles, signs and wonders after God poured out the Holy Spirit in the Upper Room in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost in 33 AD.
   In this paper we will examine the Holy Scriptures as they relate to the awesome Power unleashed upon the recipients of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and Fire and those who followed them! And why the Baptism of the Spirit in the lives of 120 spiritually hungry and obedient believers in Jesus, the Messiah was instrumental in transforming their lives and the multitudes who gave ear to their witness!
   Rather than relying on the old worn-out cliches of carnal, less-than-spiritual preachers, we will allow the Holy Spirit to lead us into the truth of His own precious and Holy Word! Jesus believed the Scriptures and lived by them and so must we.
    He said: “… And the Scriptures cannot be broken.” (John 10: 35); “Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which speak of Me. And ye will not come to Me, that ye may have life.” (John 5: 39, 40)
   On the Day of Pentecost, the preaching of the Apostle Peter brought 3,000 souls to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Sometime later, a crippled man was miraculously healed through the ministry of Peter and John, resulting in another 5,000 conversions to Christ.
    When they were beaten for preaching Jesus the Crucified, Risen and Glorified Christ, the Apostles prayed: “And now Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto Thy servants that with all boldness they may speak Thy Word; By stretching forth Thy hand to HEAL, and that SIGNS and WONDERS may be done by the Name of the Holy Child Jesus.
   “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and they spoke the Word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4: 29-31)
                  WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHO AND WHY?
  What was this power? Where did it originate? What did it accomplish? Why did it come? Who were the blessed recipients of it? Did its Source weaken and diminish? Is this power available to the Church today? Is it blasphemy to blame God for our lack? Should we examine our hearts and repent of our unbelief and stop making excuses?
    Jesus spoke to more than 500 men in Galilee at one time before His ascent to Heaven, and I'm sure He would have asked them all to tarry in Jerusalem and wait for the Promise of the Father. Why were there only about 120 in the Upper Room when the Holy Ghost fell? Where were the 380?
     Is not this a picture of the Church today? The golf course, football game and banqueting table seems more exciting and enjoyable than an old fashioned Prayer meeting. I'm afraid, that many of the traditional and evangelical churches today fit in the 380 category, while Full Gospel Churches are active on the Front Lines!
    After praying for ten days, one hundred and twenty spiritually hungry souls were baptized with the Holy Spirit and Fire and went out to win the world for Christ.
    The Bible says: “And when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
     “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
     “And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men out of every nation under Heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
    “And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born...speak in our tongues wherein we were born?
   “And they were all amazed, and were in doubt saying one to another: What meaneth this? Others mocking said: These men are full of new wine. But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them: Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
      “For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel:
     “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on My servants and on My handmaidens, I will pour out in those days of My Spirit, and they shall prophesy.” (Acts 2: 1-8, 11-17)
     This was in direct fulfillment of JOEL'S prophecy: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams. Your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaidens in those days will I pour out My Spirit.” (Joel 2:28)
     Jesus had promised to send the Holy Spirit to His Disciples. They would be endowed with power from on High. He called it, 'The Promise of the Father.' It would be given as a free gift to everyone hungering and thirsting after Righteousness!
    This gift could not be poured out upon His disciples until Jesus had first poured out His blood. It would come through the Blood of the Everlasting Covenant and emanate from God the Father in Heaven! (Heb.13: 20)
    The Key to this POWER is in the Holy Spirit alone! Only true believers in Christ are able to receive this marvellous Gift, because the world does not know Him. He is given only to True Believers and He works only through the shed BLOOD of our Saviour, Jesus Christ!
   JESUS said: “If ye love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter that He may abide with you forever. 
   "Even the Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him, for He dwelleth with you and shall be IN YOU. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” (John 14:15-18)
    Our Lord called the Holy Spirit, the parakletos (Gr.), one who pleads another’s cause, defends another and comforts him. He is our Divine Helper, Who comes alongside to help us. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would never leave us, but come and live within us!
    “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make Our abode with him.” (John 14: 23);
    “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we in Him and He in us because He hath given us of His Spirit.” (1 John 4: 4, 12-16)
 These comforting words reassured His disciples, and bring reassurance to believers today as we battle the same enemies, temptations and trials they had to overcome. The Gift of the Holy Spirit was given to oversee His Church and will be with us until the end.
     Not only would Christ’s Miracle Ministry continue, but would escalate under the tutorship and leading of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Promised:
      “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14: 12-14)
                       UNBELIEF & HARDNESS OF HEART!
    After His resurrection from the dead, Jesus was not pleased with two sins which are also prevalent among His followers today, namely unbelief and hardness of heart. He rebuked them in no uncertain terms. We must ask, where do these two sins originate?
     He had walked with them for three years and on a number of occasions told them of His DEITY and role as MESSIAH, which would fulfill the Old Testament prophecy:
    “Surely He hath borne our sicknesses (heb. makob), and carried our pains (heb. nasa), yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” (Is. 53: 4,5)
    Regarding the Origin of SIN and His disciples’ disregard for Christ’s teaching about His Death and resurrection, let me say unequivocally that Satan, the LIAR is responsible!
    St. Paul stated: “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that you should NOT obey the Truth? This persusion cometh NOT of Him who calleth you.” (Gal.5:7,8); “This wisdom descendeth NOT from Above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.” (James 3:15).
    Clearly, then, any thought, thing or action that opposes the Word of God is to be avoided like the plague: “…For whatsoever is not of FAITH is sin.” (Rom.14: 23)
    “Afterward He appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen Him after He was risen.” (Mark 16: 14)
    He delivered ‘The Great Commission’, which would define the role of His Church throughout the Gospel Age until the consummation of all things spoken by the Prophets. He will return soon to rapture the Church and judge the quick (living) and dead at the ‘White Throne Judgment’. (Rev. 20: 10-15).
    The Bible says: “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord: and He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
     "Whom the Heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His Holy prophets since the world began.” (Acts 3: 19-21)
                            HERE IS THE BOTTOM LINE!
   “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: 26).
   All the POWER and supernatural gifts God has given His Church is so that the world may believe that He sent His Son into the world to save us. And that He was incarnated (God in human flesh) and died vicariously for us all on the CROSS and became the propitiation (satisfaction) for our sins, having met the Demands of Divine Judgment.
   He took our place on the CROSS, dying in our stead, satisfying the Righteousness of God against the sins of mankind, past, present and future.

     St. John declared: “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God; and believing ye might have life in His name.” (John 20: 30, 31). Amen.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rev. Dean Milley, missionary to Peru to speak at Christ the Healer Gospel Church in Saskatoon, SK on October 29 & 30. Everyone Welcome. - Dr. Max Solbrekken

                             THE ADAM MILLEY STORY 

Adam & Bride Milley and family

Adam & Bride Milley and Grands

Adam & Bride Milley's Children & Spouses

Dean Milley, Missionary to Peru

                             By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
  The Adam Milley family attended our 1971 Lewisporte, Nfld Revival. The Holy Spirit was convicting of sins and inviting souls to come to Jesus. I said, "If you won't do it for yourself, do it for your family." About to leave the meeting, Adam stopped near the door, turned around and with his family knelt at the altar.
   His entire family are now in the Ministry. Dean was the Black Sheep of the family. He had planned suicide because of his sinful lifestyle, but was drawn to the 1988 Pentecostal Conference where I was preaching and ministering to the great assembly. 
   JESUS delivered him from demons. For the past 15 years he has worked as a Missionary in Peru with a church that has won 60,000 souls to Christ. Dean recently married Dr. Ruth, a dentist, whose clinic helps the poor. He works on their souls while she works on their teeth. Praise the Lord!
     What does this teach us? We are chosen by God from before the foundation of the world. He knew us before we knew Him. That is the Prevenient Grace of God. He loved us before we loved Him. Although God knew from the beginning who would believe on His Son Jesus Christ to Eternal Life, He still calls everyone to be saved. 
   The Bible says: "...He isn't willing that any should perish, but that all should should come unto repentance." (2 Peter 3:9). All those who will ultimately be lost, have had an opportunity to be saved. What is the sin that condemns them? Their rejection of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour! 
    Our Lord has revealed Himself to us all through His creation: "For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the Truth in unrighteousness. Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it to them.
     "For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse." (Rom.1: 18-20; Heb.1:10)
                                      TWO GREAT TRUTHS!

     St. Paul brings out these two great self evident truths. First, God has created mankind with an intellect smart enough to understand that he didn't just happen by himself, and that the universe didn't just happen of itself.
    We were made through a physical sexual union between our mother and father. And the universe was made through an act of creation by a higher power than ourselves. And that Higher Power is the same ONE who gave our parents to power to procreate.
      How do we know this? Two ways: We see the creation around us and being intelligent human beings, we know it was made by a more superior mind than ours. And Jesus Christ, our Creator has revealed this truth unto by His Holy Spirit! 
       Here is the clincher: Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it to them.
      Human beings have fallen into a subtle trap created by Satan, the enemy of God and man. The Devil (Liar) has blinded the minds of God's special creation, man. He has foisted on us the flawed philosophy that we came into existence by chance and that we are really our own god! That is how the damnable, atheistic theory of evolution came about! I call it idiotic, stupid, arrogant PRIDE!
      Here is the verdict: "So that they are without excuse! No one is exempt. The Bible says: "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. There is none that is righteous, no not one." (Rom. 3:23). The good news is that there is HOPE for all: "The wages of sin is death but the GIFT of God is eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rom. 6:23). Trust Him today, my friend! Amen.

Friday, October 14, 2016

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
    And when the Chief Shepherd shall appear ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. Humble yourselves therefore under the Mighty Hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. Casting all your care upon Him for He careth for you.” (1 Peter 5: 4,6,7)
     Anointed by the Holy Spirit, St. Peter admonished the churches. He focused on the Return of Christ as the great end-all and final prize for the Christian life. It will be worth all the suffering, ridicule and persecution when we finally see Him face to face and hear His comforting words, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” (Matt.25: 23)
  Humility is one of the graces that God gives us. St. Augustine said:The sufficiency of my merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.” Alfred Mercier called humility, “the grace which makes every other grace amiable.” And Edmund Burke stated: “True humility—the basis of the Christian system—is the low but deep and firm foundation of all virtues.”
     JONATHON EDWARDS, who delivered the message, 'Sinners in the hands of an angry God', stated: Some persons are always ready to level those above them down to themselves, while they are never willing to level those below them up to their own position. But he that is under the influence of true humility will avoid both these extremes.
      “On the one hand, he will be willing that all should rise just so far as their diligence and worth of character entitle them to; and on the other hand, he will be willing that his superiors should be known and acknowledged in their place, and have rendered to them all the honors that are their due.”
     WILLIAM PENN stated:"Sense shines with a double luster when it is set in humility. An able and yet humble man is a jewel worth a kingdom."
  WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN was a godly politician who fought to keep the abominable teaching of the 'evolutionary theory' out of the classrooms of America! His opponent was a laywer and atheist named Clarence Darrow. The trial was from January 10-25, 1925.
     CLARENCE DARROW, a famous atheist and criminal lawyer stated before his death: 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 life:  'We have toiled all night and taken nothing'." 
    By the standards of his peers, Darrow had reached the pinnacle, yet he was totally unfulfilled, void of peace and joy.  In order to give expression to his dissatisfaction, he had to quote the Bible, which he claimed to disbelieve. 
   After his great victory in gaining for the evolutionary 'foolosophy' theory the right to become the official religion of Academe in US schools, he felt compelled to quote the Bible to express his emptiness and utter despair and his lack of contentment in his own efforts.
     The Word of God shouts out the admonition: “Humble yourself under the Mighty Hand of God! WHY? So that He may exalt us in due time. Here is the solution to all our problems. We are invited to cast all our cares upon Him because He cares for us!n It should not be difficult to humble ourselves before God and man, when we realize that we are under-girded by our Creator and He is our Father and God.
    He decrees: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee. Yea, I will uphold thee with the Right Hand of My righteousness. (Is. 41: 10; 13,14).
      The Eternal God invites His people to follow the example of the rest of His creation: “Hearken unto Me, O Jacob and Israel, My called: I AM He; I AM the first, I AM also the last. Mine Hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and My right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.” (Is. 48: 13): “Behold I have graven thee upon the palms of My Hands...” (Is.49:16)
      King David cried out in adoration: “O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Thy Name in all the earth! Who hath set Thy glory above the Heavens. When I consider Thy Heavens, the work of Thy Fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained...” (Ps. 8: 1, 3); “But now, O Lord, Thou art our Father; we are the clay, and Thou art our Potter; and we all are the work of Thy Hand.” (Ps. 64:8)
     JESUS said: “Come unto Me, all ye that labour are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly, in heart; and ye shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matt.11: 28, 29)
     “They that are well have no need of a physician, but they that are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners unto repentance.” (Mark 2: 17); “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save them that are lost.” (Luke 19: 10); “And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and beliveth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise Him up at the last day.” (John 6: 40)
     MARTIN LUTHER was pressured to cave in to the Pope in his crusade to purge the Roman Catholic Church of their apostasy, sin and perversion. He was asked: “Where will you be Martin Luther when the Emperor, the Pope and the Cardinals are all against you?” He answered, “Then as now, I will be in the Hands of God!” There is no better pace to be in, then the Hands of God!
    Belshazzar was an idolater, an adulterer and a drunkard! He was proud and egotistical. The Bible states: “Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand... In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the HAND that wrote. 
     "Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against the other.” (Daniel 5: 1-6)
    Daniel stated: “Thou hast lifted up thyself against the God of Heaven. Thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor now: And the God in Whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified.” In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.” (Dan.5: 23-30)
    In a mighty display of supernatural power, God crashed Emperor Belshazzar's Big Party. His hand appeared out of the sleeve of the night and in an unknown tongue wrote His judgment against King Belshazzar! 
  "None of his wise men, magicians, astrologers or soothsayers were able to reading the writing, yet DANIEL the Prophet of God was able to read the writing by God's own hand!
   I believe this was a precursor to the supernatural gift of the Holy Spirit and tongues our Heavenly Father gave Christ's Body, the Church on the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem. Only the followers of Jesus Christ can receive the Gift of Interpretation of such supernatural Gifts!
   “When the Day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:1-4)
  Satan sought unsuccessfully to tempt our Lord in His Wilderness Temptation. He had to use God's Word while tempting Jesus of Nazareth. Three times he said, “It is written”, invoking the authority of the Word of God.
     Satan is an exceptional LIAR, but he CANNOT DENY that the Word of God is true! St. James concurs with that statement: “Thou believest that there is One God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2: 19).
  On a number of occasions, evil spirits cried out in Jesus' presence. The Bible records: “And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee? Thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art Thou come to destroy us? I know who Thou art; the Holy One of God.” (Luke 4: 33-34)
   JESUS used the Word of God when He refuted the Devil with the words, “IT IS WRITTEN”. What was Jesus referring to? Moses was with God in the mountain, where He wrote with His own Finger the Ten Commandments. I repeat, Satan had to acknowledge that that the Word of God is TRUE, by uttering the words, “It is written”, in the temptation of Jesus Christ our Saviour!
    God communicated His words to the prophets and they wrote them down: “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time 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 wrote: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Tim. 3:16, 17). He was referring to God speaking His Word to Prophets and holy men who wrote them down as the Scriptures we call the Holy Bible!
                        JESUS WROTE ON THE GROUND!
 The Pharisees were always trying to trap Jesus into saying or doing something whereby they could legally accuse Him before the Sanhedrin or before the Roman Authorities. He knew their intentions and He knew the Holy Scriptures, and being the Son of God He was led by the Holy Spirit.
   The Scripture states: “And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto Him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto Him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest Thou? This, they said tempting Him, that they might have to accuse Him.
  “But Jesus stooped down, and with HIS FINGER wrote on the ground, as though He heard them not. So when they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again, He stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
  “And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.When Jesus had lifted up Himself, and saw none but the woman, He said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man accused thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more.” (John 8:3-11)
      O, the wisdom, goodness and the GRACE of our Lord Jesus! The woman was guilty. She knew it and Jesus knew it. The law of Moses demanded that such should be stoned! We might curiously ask, “Where was the man? Did he somehow get away? Why was he NOT also charged? We know there was a double standard here. They were'nt interested in justice for the law's sake.
     They were using this unfortunate situation to charge our Saviour with a crime of not adhering to the Law of Moses! JESUS knew their hearts and their lives. He knew that they were not true Shepherds of Israel and they had rejected Him as their Messiah. He knew the Scriptures. More than 700 years earlier, Jeremiah had prophesied:
 “O Lord, the Hope of Israel, all that forsake Thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from Me, shall be WRITTEN IN THE EARTH, because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of Living Water.” (Jer. 17:13)
                NEITHER DO I CONDEMN THEE!
  JESUS is all that you and I will ever need. He is so wonderful, understanding and gracious! The way he handled the self righteous Pharisees to save a sinner woman, is exciting. And He did that before going to the CROSS. It is so marvellous and filled with Compassion and Love and speaks of Who Jesus really is! 
  He is pure, righteous, kind and good. He is God the Son from Eternity Who came to this earth as the Father's Paschal Lamb to atone for the sins of the world, past, present and future!
  His ministry for more than three years proves His love for Adam's fallen race. After a 40-day fast, He defeated the devil in His Wilderness Temptation, healed the sick, liberated the sinful and tormented, the poor, fearful and needy. He didn't turn a deaf ear to the lepers who cried out for mercy, the tax collectors, publicans and outcasts.
   He went out His way to emancipate the demoniac called Legion, to heal the man who had lain by the Pool of Bathesda for 38 years and to reach the Samaritan Woman at the Well of Sychar! He stood up to the hypocritical religious leaders that “threw out” the man-born-blind whom Jesus had made to see.
   The same HAND that wrote on the ground, held little chidren while blessing them and healed the sick and afflicted. The hands of Jesus still reach out today to hurting people across the globe as His His servants minister to multitudes in His name and by His power!
   Many people live in fear of meeting Jesus, in person. They are afraid of death and even the Return of Christ. As I read the Gospels and the Epistles, I do not recognize anything except anticiption and joy of entering His prescence and seeing our Saviour face to face! His treatment of sinners who cried out for mercy and the sick and suffering who thronged Him just to touch His garments is astonishing in that He did'nt turn anyone away.
    He did not rebuke people who sought Him out even when He was tired from praying for thousands of sick, demon possessed and discouraged people. When He took His disciples to a secret place for some rest and the masses followed Him, He never missed a beat. He preached and ministered to the sick for days without any complaining. On two occasions our Saviour Jesus Christ miraculously created food for them lest they go away hungry. Hallelujah!
  “And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with COMPASSION toward them and He HEALED their sick. And when it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, This is a desert place and the time is now past; send the multitudes away that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
    “But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart. Give ye them to eat. And they say unto Him, We have but here but five loaves and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to Me. And He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass, and He took the five loaves and two fishes, and looking up to Heaven, He blessed and brake, and gave the loaves to His disciples, and the discipes to the multitude.
     “And they did all eat and were filled, and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.” (Matt. 14: 14-21)
                    WHY DOES GOD HEAL THE SICK?
 Because He is totally good, merciful, benevolent, kind, gracious, loving, compassionate and caring. That is why our Heavenly Father gave His Son to redeem us from our sinful condition. Through His vicarious death for us, He purchased our complete healing! (Ps. 103: 1-6)
    Because He is the God of Order. He made man perfect in the beginning and makes order out of disorder. When He was finished creating, our Lord said that everything He had made was Good! He wants to restore that perfection again! The gift of Healing renews the body! (2 Thes. 5: 23, 24)
   Because He is Life and is diametrically against death and because He is against strife, He makes things right. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life and no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.” (John 14: 6). Divine Healing brings life, because Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the Life...” (John 11:25)
    Because He is all powerful, and all wise. It is His Perfect will to end all war, pain and disunity. “Commit thy way unto the Lord, Trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass.” (Ps.37: 5); “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer. 29:11); 
    “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” (Prov. 3:5, 6)
     Because He is our Saviour, Healer and Deliverer. Here is the Healing Covenant that Jehovah God made with children of Israel: “And said, If Thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ears to His commandments, and keep all His statutes I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: For I am the LORD that healeth thee.” (Ex. 15: 26).
     Because He cares for us. St. Peter wrote: “Humble yourselves therefore under the Mighty Hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. Casting all your cares upon Him for He careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist in the FAITH.
   “But the God of all GRACE, Who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” (1 Pet. 5: 6-10)
  Because as God's children, we are recipients of His Redemptive work which includes the forgiveness of sins, cleansing of consciences, healing of minds and bodies. 
    Jesus invites: “Come unto Me all ye who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.   For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (Matt. 11:28)
     Being yoked to Jesus is such a blessing! He lifts the load and carries us through all our trials, dispelling our fears, forgiving our sins and healing our sicknesses. Satan binds his slaves. They carry the load and the Devil gives them more and more pain, guilt, despair, fear, sickness and death. Jesus Christ said: 
     “The thief (Satan) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
      “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 as crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Is. 1: 18); “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).
   Seven hundred years before Christ's Virgin birth in Bethlehem, the Prophet laid out the Redemptive work of Jesus Christ: 
    “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” (Luke 4: 18)
   St. Paul writes: “There is therefore no CONDEMNATION to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Rom. 8: 1,2)
                       JESUS SAID, BEHOLD MY HANDS!
 “And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and BOUND JESUS, and carried Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate.” (Mark 15:1); “Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus and Bound Him, And led Him away to Annas first...” (John 18: 12)
       A powerful Gospel song by Loretta Lynn says:

They bound the hands of Jesus in the garden where he prayed
They led him through the street in shame
They spat upon the Saviour so pure and free from sin
They said crucify him he's to blame
He could have called ten thousand angels to destroy the world and set him free
He could have called ten thousand angels but he died alone for you and me

Upon his precious head they placed a crown of thorns
They laughed and said behold the king
They struck him and they cursed him and mocked his holy name
And all alone he suffered everything
He could have called ten thousand angels to destroy the world and set him free
He could have called ten thousand angels to destroy the world and set him free

     The Bible says: “The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them. Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe.
      “And after eight days again His disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith He to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold My hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side: and be not faithless, but believing.
      “And Thomas answered and said unto Him, my Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20: 25-29)
     Zechariah prophesied that a fountain of blood would be opened when Messiah would die as the Lamb of God for the sins of the world: “In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and uncleanness. And one shall say unto Him, WHAT ARE THESE WOUNDS IN THINE HANDS? Then, He shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of My friends,” (Zech.13: 1,6)
  “But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they break not His legs. But one of the soldiers with a spear PIERCED HIS SIDE and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bear record, and his record is true: and he sayeth that he KNOWETH it is true, that ye might believe.     "For these things were done, that the Scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of Him shall not be broken. And again another Scripture saith, They shall look on Him Whom they PIERCED. (John 19: 33-37)
     After Jesus appeared to Saul of Tarsus in a blinding LIGHT, the hate-filled .Jewish Enforcer spent more than forty years preaching Christ's Gospel to Jews, Greeks and Romans. And he founded the Church  across the Gentile World, before giving his life as a Martyr for his Saviour!
    St. Paul stated: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Heavenly places in Christ: In Whom we have Redemption through His Blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the richness of His grace.” (Eph.1: 1,7).
     St. John declared: “But if we walk in the Light, as He is in the LIGHT, we have fellowship one with another, and the BLOOD of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all Sin.” (1 John 1: 7)
    A Gospel song says it all: “There is a fountain filled with blood, drawn from Emmanuel's veins and sinners plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains!” And just to remind you, “...Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4: 4). Amen.