Friday, March 31, 2017

Come Home to Jesus’ Crusade
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
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)
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

Monday, March 27, 2017

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By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
The recent Muslim Terrorist attack in London is just another nail in Western civilization's coffin if we are continued to be led by Political Hacks  who totally misjudged what we call multiculturalism in Europe. Tony Blair of Britain and others like the dumkoffs in Canada were planning a paradise on earth. The only problem being, you cannot work with people whose goal is to kill you when they have gotten strong enough. 
In AD 627 Mohammed signed a 10 year peace pact with the Qurayza Jewish Tribe and after two years slaughtered the men and raped the women into subjection. He beheaded the men and the pubescent boys and enslaved the women and children. In doing this, he wiped an entire tribe "off the map" to use the language of the President of Iran, recently.

Fooling the Other Side to Abet the Jihad
Dar al-Islam is the “House of Submission”—the territory of submission to Allah—and Dar al-Harb is the “House of War”—any territory not subservient to Islamic Law (the Sharia).  All countries not in conformance with the Sharia are Dar al-Harb, and all orthodox Muslim migrants that enter those countries are holy warriors whose job is to struggle against the host culture, not to assimilate.  The ultimate goal is to force the Islamization of the host culture by means of a Grand Jihad within the context of a globalist Civilization Jihad.  Every orthodox Muslim participates in this Jihad to the greatest extent possible.  And migrating to a new country to spread Islam is Hijra.  
It is promoted in Koran 4:100: “And whoever emigrates for the cause of Allah [to transform Dar al-Harb into Dar al-Islam] will find on the earth many locations to settle and wide abundance.  And whoever leaves his home as an emigrant for the sake of Allah and His Messenger [Muhammad], and then death overtakes him, his reward has already been established with Allah [in Paradise].”
We face Global Jihad, global persecution against Christians - political and religious- pandemics of mammoth proportions, T.B., Ebola, Wars, Economic uncertainty... BUT GOD IS WITH US, IN US AND ALL AROUND US. The problem in the western world is that we have forsaken God
and have lost the fire of God in our churches and individual lives.

 MOODY NEWS wrote: "90,000 Christians were murdered for their faith around the world in 2016 according to the Center  for the Study of Global Christianity, the number of Christians martyred in the last decade at 900,000 which amounts to one Christian killed every 6 minutes. Amy Kellogg explained that their definition for a martyr is anyone who lost their life prematurely as a result of human hostility, while they were upholding Christianity. 
    "This makes Christians the most persecuted religious group in the world", Kellogg said.                - From Special Report on CSGC - (02/07/17

In August, 2001 by the grace of God,  8 Muslim refugees were won to Christ in Norway. Since that time more than 1,000 Muslim refugees have been baptized in that small Church. We can do that by God's grace in Canada.
That is the WAY to peace in the world. Convert the barbaric Killers to Jesus Christ Who shed His pure and perfect blood to save us all. WHY is this so?
Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. (John 14:6). Amen.

Monday, March 20, 2017

        By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.          
     by Dr. Don Gossett, D.D. 
      President of Bold Bible Living, Surrey, B.C. (1992)

    When I think of my friend, Max Solbrekken, words come to my mind; integrity, honour, anointing, zeal, sincerity, uncompromising!
    It was in 1962 I met Max and his family at Prince George, British Columbia where the Solbrekkens lived at that time. I was immediately impressed by the deep heart hunger of this man for the power of God. The next year he moved to White Rock, B.C. where we became fast friends, sharing together many ministry opportunities as well as rich personal fellowship. 
    Through these more than 30 years, our friendship has never been marred by personal differences or any form of strife. That's exceptional in this world of communication breakdowns, between even the saints.
     I have ministered in the nations of the world where Brother Max has been. Pastors and leaders all over the world speak so highly of him and the effectiveness of his ministry.
    His radiant smile has warmed the hearts of the coldest peoples of this world. His sparkling Norwegian eyes have penetrated the hardest of sinners. Max is well known in Hell as a fearless, courageous preacher of the Word of God that pulls down the strongholds of the wicked one wherever the Lord sends Max.
   Yes, there are a few more words that come to my mind when I consider my Brother Max Solbrekken... A radical for Jesus. A man ready to die as a martyr. A world overcomer through his faith in God. A remarkable family man.
    Brother Max, you are loved by millions in India, Africa and the Philippines.        -  Dr. Don Gossett, 1992        
My Declaration of
Total Dependence upon God
By Max Solbrekken, D.D.
   As I take pen in hand to lay out the parameters of the awesome mandate given to the Church by Jesus Christ our Lord, I am shocked to see how long, wide and expansive is the jurisdiction given His servants. The command to win the world of suffering lost souls to Him is magnanimous, indeed! It is impossible to fully understand the magnitude of His mercy, grace, and power that our Saviour has bestowed upon His love slaves.
                  TIME, COST, QUANTITY, QUALITY!
   In Project Management, they speak of four vital things necessary to lay out the parameters. It is the same in the Gospel Ministry: 
  We must give God the TIME He wants from us in prayer, study and ministering the Word; saving the lost, healing the sick and hurting, through the blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.
     As we lay hold on the promises of God and encounter the pain, hardship and sorrow meted out to many of our fellow human beings, it becomes easier to devote more time than less to the work of the ministry.
   It will COST us everything. God must be first in our lives. We are His love slaves (doulos, gr). Jesus said, "But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matt. 6:38). 
   The more we love Jesus, the more we will love our family and our fellowman. We must lay our all on the 'altar of sacrifice' if we are to fulfill our calling and one day hear His, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." (Matt.25: 23)
    The QUANTITY must be great in order to reach the entire world with Christ's Gospel. The amount of time we give to the place of prayer will determine how God leads us in the service of winning the lost and healing the hurting. Diligence in praying, planning, working and worshipping God, opens the door for His blessings! As we faithfully execute the mission set before us, God's work will increase, not always exponentially, but always bringing forth fruit for His glory!
    The QUALITY is of utmost importance. As the years come and go, we realize how much fruit remains. It is not always evident to us and sometimes we will never know until we enter our Heavenly home. 
     The time we spend in His presence and the time we spend with the people to whom we minister, and the love in the Spirit and the godly wisdom we share will determine the quality of our labours for God and our fellowman! St. John, the Apostle of Love, gives us a powerful key. Here it is: "Peace be to thee. Our Friends salute thee. Greet the Friends By Name!" (3 John 14)
    That means that we must love one another and get to know each other on a first name bases as brothers and sisters in Christ!
                    PLEASING GOD RATHER THAN MAN!
     JESUS said: “I am come in My Father's Name and you receive Me not; if another shall come in his own name (referring to the Antichrist), him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?” (John 5: 43, 44; John 12: 42, 43)
     In order to please God rather than man, it is often like going against the grain, swimming upstream and appearing like the odd man out!
  It is God's Word against man's ideology, political correctness, and Satan's cunning adulterous and perverted anti - Christ purposes. When Christ takes over the reigns of our heart everything changes! It is life under New Management. It is in fact, “Goodbye to the Old life and Hello to the New Life!”
    The Bible says: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: Old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” (2 Cor. 5: 17). We are on the winning side. The Light has come and the Night is past. The Day star shines and Satan's power over God's children is zero. The shed blood of Jesus has stripped him of any power over Believers in the Lord Jesus. 
    The Holy Bible states: "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also himself likewise took part of the same; that through DEATH He might DESTROY him  that had the power of death, that is the DEVIL. And DELIVER them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." (Heb.2:14,15)
   Christ rules in the lives of those who love Him, worship and serve Him. Satan's dominion has come to an end through Jesus Christ's perfect Redemption. His BLOOD prevails forever and Satan has been eternally defeated. Blessed be our Lord Jesus Christ, King Eternal forever and ever.
    The Holy Bible states: “And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou has sent.” (John 17: 3);
  “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God, which He hath testified of His Son. 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 believeth not the RECORD that God have of His Son.
  Here is an important truth which no-one should underestimate. All those who reject Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world are not only rejecting Christ, but are calling His Father in Heaven a LIAR, by rejecting the RECORD which He has given us of His Son Jesus Christ!
    “And this is the RECORD, that God God hath given to us eternal Life and that life is in His SON. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written to you that believe in the name of the Son of God, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe in the name of the Son of God.
    “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing 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 that we are in Him Who is True, even His Son Jesus Christ, This is True God and Eternal Life.” (1 John 5: 9-20). Amen.
                                   MISSION STATEMENT!
    As servants of the Living God, we believe it is incumbent upon us to obey the Great Commission given by our Lord Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church after His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection from the  dead!
    We, therefore, do solemnly declare that by God's grace and in His Name, we will diligently dispense His Gospel by His Holy Spirit to as many as possible, wherever possible and for as long as possible, for His honour and glory!
  Upon the Authority of God's Word, by the blood of the Everlasting Covenant, through the power of the Holy Spirit, and in the Name of Jesus Christ, we have the right to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to Heal the sick, Cast Out unclean spirits and bring Abundant Life to the lost and dying through Faith in the Redemptive Work of Jesus Christ. Amen.
    Why can I make that statement? What right do I have to bring this glorious message to multitudes of people around the world? By what authority and in Whose Name have I delivered the Message of Jesus the Living Lord to many peoples in numerous nations for more than 50 years around the Globe with signs, wonders and miracles?
    My answer has its foundation in the Holy Scriptures and what happened to the Early disciples of Jesus! When the impotent man was healed under the ministry of Peter and John, the multitudes were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened. 
    Peter answered: “Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? Or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
    “The God of Abraham, and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified His Son Jesus; Whom ye delivered up, and denied Him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you.
     “And killed the Prince of Life, Whom God hath raised from the dead, whereof we are witnesses. And His name through faith in His Name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith that is by Him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” (Acts 3: 12-16)
                                     ITS ALL ABOUT JESUS!
    They were so shaken and convicted that 5,000 men gave their lives to Christ when the the miracle power of God healed a man impotent in his legs from his mother's womb! The religious leaders, however were upset and threatened them:
    “Then Peter filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, if we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
     “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, Whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man stand before you whole. Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4: 7-12)
     When the Jewish elders and chief priests threatened them, they prayed for more miracles in Jesus' name: “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto Thy servants, that with all boldness they speak Thy Word. By stretching forth Thine hand to Heal; and that Signs, Wonders may be done by the name of Thy 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 spake the Word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4: 29-31)
                      WE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE NOW!
  JESUS said: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life.     "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. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:14-16, 36)
    Jesus was very specific when He said: “The disciple is not above his Master, nor the servant above his Lord. It is enough for the disciple to be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the Master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of His household?” (Matt.10: 24, 25)
    Again our SAVIOUR declared: “Whosoever shall come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel's the same shall save it.
    “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and My Words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him shall also the Son of man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the Holy angels” (Mark 8: 3-38)
    JESUS said: “I am the Vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without Me ye can do Nothing. If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in Me, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15: 5, 7)
    An old Gospel song says: 'Without Him I would be nothing. Without Him, I'd surely fail. Without Him, I would be drifting like a ship without a sail. So, I've asked Him to be my Pilot, His Word my compass and guide, Till I've anchored safely in Glory, For without Him, I'd drift with the tide! Amen.

Friday, March 17, 2017

                       Says Evelyn Redcrow, Edmonton, AB.
                         Evelyn Redcrow can now sleep without pills!

     About four years ago, I discovered the name of the pain and torments I had suffered for nearly 40 years.  No-one knew what it was then. For the last 10 years I was really in bad shape, always aching all over my body. I hurt all over like I had a continual flu. 
   And I was often depressed and had difficulty to sleep.When I was diagnosed four years ago the doctor prescribed gabapetin, but I was getting worse.
     On January 24, 2017 I called Pastor Max Solbrekken and told him that I didn't know what to do. He spoke to me with compassion and shared with me a number of Scripture texts which  stated that God answers prayers of faith. We agreed together according St.Matthew 18:19 for a miracle from God! 
   Three days later I woke up without pain  and realized I hadn't taken any pills since we prayed and NO Pain. It has now been about two months and I haven't felt so good in years. Thank you to Jesus Christ, the Great Physician!
     Pastor Solbrekken, I must tell you why I had faith to call you in my desperation. In 1975, I went to the West Coast. While there, I contracted Chronic Bronchitis which wouldn't heal. I saw many doctors but to no avail. At least four times a year my bronchitis would flare up.
       In 1990, I had returned to Edmonton to finish my studies and obtain my B.A. degree. You were pastoring Faith Cathedral and I attended the service. When you prayed a fervent prayer over me in Jesus' name, I was instantly healed and since then it has occurred only a couple times. I am still well today. Praise God forever. Amen. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hear Pastor Max Solbrekken deliver this Message at Christ the Healer Gospel Church 136 Ave F S Saskatoon, SK on Sat 7:00 and Sun 10:30 &6:30 March 18 & 19. - Donna Solbrekken

Dr. Max Solbrekken
Delivers Special Message
 God's Servant delivered a powerful Message on March 12,
2017 at House of Prayer on Highway 623, east of Highway 
21, south of New Sarepta, AB. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
     There are a number of reasons why more of the mighty works of God are not manifested in this generation, even though Almighty God has promised in His Word to work in and through us for that purpose.
     JESUS' Great Commission has been routinely held up as the Church's Marching Orders for the past 2,000 years. He issued it to His disciples and followers shortly before his ascension to His Father's Throne in Heaven. It is recorded in the Gospels of both Matthew and Mark and alluded to in the Book of Acts, as well.
      He said: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved and he that believeth not shall be damned. And these SIGNS shall follow them that believe; In My Name shall they cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents and if they shall drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them. They shall lay their hands on the sick and they shall recover.” (Mark 16: 15-20)
     The commands as well as the promises of Jesus have been etched in the minds and hearts of His servants down through the centuries, as the disciples of Jesus Christ have been led by the Blessed Holy Spirit to make Him known around the world by preaching His unadulterated Word and praying in His all-powerful Name!
     Without doubt, His followers took Him and His commands seriously which is proven by the historical fact that every writer of the New Testament, with the exception of John the Beloved, died as martyrs for Jesus Christ! They went to their deaths with the knowledge that they were glorifying God through their preaching as well as martyrdom.
                                        MARTYRS FOR JESUS CHRIST!
    STEPHEN was mightily used by God, yet was accused of heresy by Jerusalem's Religious Council and put to death by stoning. The Bible says: “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.” (Acts 6: 8). After Stephen delivered a great sermon about God's dealings with Israel and declared that they had crucified their own Messiah, the Chief Priests went ballistic.
     “When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth, but he being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into Heaven, and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing on the right hand of God.
    And said, Behold I see the Heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried with one voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord. And cast him out of the city, and stoned him; and the witnesses laid down their stones at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.
    “And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had this, he fell asleep.” (Acts 7: 54-60)
     When the Holy Spirit fell upon the 120 in the Upper Room in Jerusalem, the Church of the Living God was born, and thousands were saved, healed and filled with the Holy Spirit. They were accused: “Did we not straightly command you that ye should not teach in this name? 
      "And behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up JESUS Whom you slew and hanged on a tree.
     “Him hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are His witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, Whom God hath given to those who obey Him.” (Acts 5: 28-32)
     The Holy Spirit worked with the disciples as they went to the Gentiles with Christ's Gospel. The pagans said: “These men who have turned the world upside down, have come here also.” (Acts 17:6). When Saul of Tarsus met Jesus on the Damascus Road, he fell to the earth. His eyes were burned from the LIGHT which shone around him and was blind for three days.
     Lying in the dust he heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Saul Saul, why persecutest thou Me?” He cried out: “Who art Thou, Lord?” Jesus answered: “I am JESUS Whom thou persecutest.” Saul asked two very important questions: “Who are You, Lord?” and, “What do You want me to do?” These are the two most important questions everyone should ask the Lord!
      In his Pentecostal message, St. Peter said: “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out when the Times of Refreshing shall 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)
                                          THE TIMES OF REFRESHING!
    The “times of refreshing” which the apostle declared would come before Christ's return, most definitely refers to times of seeking God. There have been numerous seasons that God has stirred His people to REPENT and seek His face during the past two millennium. Revivals of righteousness must continue until the Church is revived, believes the Word of God and puts into practice the commands of Jesus!
    Repentance of sin and genuine CONVERSION must occur in an individual's life before his sins are blotted out. If there is no change in the life of sinners, even if they begin attending church, does not amount to a revival. A genuine Refreshing from ABOVE entails heartfelt remorse for offending Him by an impure lifestyle, unbelief, pride and rejecting the forgiveness He offers through the vicarious death of His Son Jesus Christ!
   We need go no further back in the history of the backsliding church than the opposition by large denominations of so-called Christian churches to the March 3-5, 2017 Vancouver, B.C. Franklin Graham Crusade. Why did those 'Yes-Men' denounce Franklin Graham, who is a genuine 'man of God' seeking to turn lost and dying souls to the Saviour Jesus Christ?
    Here were their reasons: They were offended because Graham was against the sins of Sexual Perversion, Abortion and by calling the Muslim political/religion inherently evil. And since when is it wrong to preach the Gospel and tell the truth?
    MARTIN LUTHER, the Leader of the Protestant Reformation stated: “ If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the Word of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Him. Where the battle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battle front besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.
    If they can't stomach the preaching of Franklin Graham, how could they handle the much more powerful preaching of Moses, Elijah, John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, Simon Peter, Stephen, St. Paul, Martin Luther, John Knox, John Wesley, William Booth and Charles Finney?
                                              WHY REVIVAL TARRIES!
1. Because the Church is no longer tarrying before the Lord in fervent prayer, for God's love and healing to be activated in people's lives. The prayer room has been exchanged for the TV and Lunch room. And the holy altar waits for the sweet smell of hot tears from supplicants, desperate for God to save their friends and loved ones!

    Just before ascending to Heaven, the Crucified and Resurrected Lord, said: And behold, I send the promise of the Father upon you, but TARRY ye in the city of Jerusalem UNTIL ye be endued with POWER from on High.” (Luke 24: 45-49)
    “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be WITNESSES unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
   The Key Revival Scripture quoted since time immemorial, has very seldom been put into practice. Preaching without practice is called Hypocrisy. The Lord states: “If My people which are called by My Name, shall HUMBLE themselves, and PRAY, and SEEK My face, and TURN from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, and will FORGIVE their sin and will HEAL their land.” (2 Chron.7:14)
    Jesus promised: “And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it. 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: 14-18)
    The nearest place to the heart of God is the place of worship, repentance and faith. The Holy Bible abounds with testimonies of people who came to the end of themselves and cried out to the Lord and received forgiveness, healing and deliverance!
    The shed blood of Jesus Christ makes it possible for fallen man to enter into the 'Holy of Holies', the very Presence of Almighty God! Prayer is the channel through which we make contact with our Heavenly Father, in the Name of Jesus Christ!
    Our Lord stated: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him and he with Me,” (Rev. 3: 20)
   Dr. Ole Hallesby, founder of Norway's Independent Theological Seminary (1931) stated: “I doubt that I know of a passage in the whole Bible which throws greater light upon prayer than this one does. It is, it seems to me, the key which opens the door into the holy and blessed realm of prayer.
    “To pray is to let Jesus into our hearts. This teaches us, in the first place that it is not our prayer which moves the Lord Jesus. It is Jesus who moves us to pray. He knocks. Thereby He makes known to us His desire to come in to us.
    “Our prayers are always a result of Jesus' knocking at our hearts' doors. This throws new light upon the old prophetic passages: “Before they call. I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” (Is.65: 24)
    I have often used that Scripture text as an invitation for sinners to open their hearts to the Saviour. Dr. Hallesby, however, reveals the heart of Jesus longing to spend time with His children. “Open your heart to me”, He says. “I want to sup with you. I want to have fellowship with you.”
    PRAYER is the way to fellowship with Jesus! “Come and dine”, He called to the disciples who had fished all night and “taken nothing.” There are times we also may feel as though we have failed the Lord. Then we cry unto Him and are refreshed once more in His presence.
   The Bible says: “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalms 16:11). The place of prayer has been nearly abandoned by most Christians and replaced by a place of fellowship and other activities.
   Dr. Andrew Murray wrote: “It is in Prayer that promises have their fulfillment, the Kingdom for its coming and the glory of God for its full revelation. How quickly we are deceived into resting in the form of prayer, while the power is missing.
    “Our early training, the teaching of the church, the influence of habit, the stirring of the emotions, any of these can lead to prayer that has virtually no spiritual power to be taught true prayer – that which takes hold of God's strength and to which the Gates of Heaven are opened wide.”

2. Because the Church is not eagerly awaiting and longing for Christ's Return, and is delinquent in disobeying His urgent call to prepare ourselves for that earth shaking event!

    The Word of God says: “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.
    “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall APPEAR we shall be like Him: for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:1-2)
   Jesus said: “And this gospel shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations: and then shall the end come...For as the lightning cometh out of the east and shineth even unto the west, so shall also the COMING of the Lord be.
    “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels in Heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
    “Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken and the other left. Two shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your doth come...Therefore be ye also READY: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Matt. 24: 14,27,36-42, 44)
    “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world, LOOKING for that blessed Hope, and the glorious APPEARING of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave Himself for us...” (Titus 2: 12-14)
                                  SERVING GOD WHILE WAITING!
    “For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come and will NOT tarry.” (Heb.10: 37); “For they themselves show ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; and to WAIT for His Son from Heaven, Whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” (1 Thes.1: 9,10)
   JESUS promised that He would return: “Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's House are many mansions: if it were not so I would have told you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. I will not leave comfortless; I will come to you.” (John 14: 1-3,18)
   “And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you,” (John 16: 22); “And now little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at His Coming.” (1 John 2:28)
     “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall do: but we know that, when He shall APPEAR, we shall be like Him: for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure. (1 John 3:3,4)
    “And when the Chief Shepherd shall APPEAR, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away,”(1 Peter 5: 4); “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, Who is our life, shall APPEAR, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.” (Col.3: 4)
     “Behold, I show you a MYSTERY; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1 Cor. 15: 51,52)
    “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that LOOK for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Heb.9: 28).
The first time Jesus came, it was as the sin bearer, as God's Paschal Lamb and our Substitute to put away sin forever through His vicarious death for us all. The next time He comes, it will be as the glorified Reigning King!
    Here is the KEY – Unto them that LOOK for Him and are waiting patiently and earnestly for His return, He will abide and work His miracle power! When that happens Revival fires will burn again in the Church!

3. Because the Church has become LUKEWARM in its love for our Saviour and is in grave danger! There is nothing more dangerous than having only a little oil in our lamp and feeling that we are safe. We must keep our lights burning brightly for Christ continually!

    JESUS warned: “Then shall the Kingdom of Heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them. But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
    “While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at MIDNIGHT there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
    “But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And when they went to buy, the bridegroom came and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage and the door was shut.
    “Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily, I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” (Matt. 25: 1-13)
                                  BECAUSE THOU ART LUKEWARM!
    Appearing to St. John in a blinding light, JESUS warned: “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God: I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot. So then because thou art LUKEWARM, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
    “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten, be     Out of the seven churches our Lord addressed on Patmos, five were commanded to Repent or Else! The Laodicean church which mirrors many of the churches of today was singled out as needing a strong revival of repentance and righteousness. May Almighty God have mercy upon us all and send us a gracious REVIVAL.

4. Because the Church has taken away from the Holy Spirit the leadership of His Church, placing it into human hands. The One Whom Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church, sent to lead His Church has been replaced by men like the Pope, Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops and Pastors!

    JESUS CHRIST stated: “And behold, I send the Promise of the Father upon you; but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on High.” (Luke 24: 49)
    “And being assembled together with them, commanded that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the Promise of the Father, which ye have heard of Me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
    “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1: 4, 5, 8)
    “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 unto you.” (John 14: 16, 17)
    “And 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 abide with him.” (John 14: 23).
Almighty God is One, in Three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ declared that He would return together with the Father in the Person of the Holy Spirit and abide with us. If we love Jesus (verse 21) and keep His Word, the Father is obligated to love us and live within us! (John 15: 5-7; Col. 3:3; Eph. 3: 17; 4: 6)
                                     THE HOLY SPIRIT IN CHARGE!
    “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the COMFORTER will not come unto you, but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.
And when He is come, He will reprove the world of Sin, and of Righteousness, and of Judgment; Of sin, because they believe not on Me. Of righteousness, because I go unto My Father, and ye see Me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world (Satan) is judged.
     “I have yet many things to tell you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when He the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all Truth; For He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak, and He will show you things to come.
     “He shall glorify Me; for He shall receive of Mine and give it unto you. All things that the Father has are Mine: therefore said I, He shall take of mine, and show it unto you.” (John 15: 26; 16:13)
    In 1968, God gave us amazing Gospel crusades in the West Indies, Norway and Newfoundland, where our Saviour poured out His Spirit in an extra ordinary way resulting in thousands of souls being saved, many filled with the Holy Spirit and a number of notable miracles. Our crusades across Norway lasted 3 1/2 months with newspapers writing about the amazing Move of God in that nation.
    During our Crusade at the F.G. Bursey Memorial Tabernacle, near Lewisporte I was invited to go on their Radio Network across Newfoundland. During the interview their leading Radio announcer began to tear-up. I realized what was happening and asked, “Are you a backslider? He said, “Yes. Would you please speak for ten minutes on the greatest MISTAKE the Church has made in the last 2,000 years.”
   Immediately God gave me answer. I said, “The Greatest Mistake the Church has Made since it inception is two fold. Number one: The Church has taken the authority and leadership out of the hands of the Holy Spirit and put that authority into human hands. Instead of the Blessed Holy Spirit of God leading the church, men like the Pope, Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops and Pastors are leading the Church.
   “And number two: The Church has rejected the authority of the Word which the Holy Spirit has anointed, the Holy Bible!
    I had the privilege of praying with the announcer and for the listeners. After signing off, the announcer and I were walking toward the front desk when I noticed two men walking quickly toward us. I thought possibly they were going to 'ball me out' for causing their announcer to become emotional, but they were as happy as could be. They said, “All the telephone lines are jammed. More than 70,000 people are listening. We have a TV Station across the street, please go over there and do the same thing.”
   In 1987, Donna and I were invited to the First Pentecostal Conference of Latin American in Sao Paulo, Brazil. There were six of us preaching at the 35,000 seat stadium. The theme of the Convention was, 'The Holy Spirit in the World'. Earlier, Newsweek Magazine's cover stated: '...LATIN AMERICA PREDOMINANTLY CARDINAL RED, TURNING PROTESTANT BLACK.'
    The large article stated that every hour 400 people were converting from the Roman Catholic to the Evangelical Faith. In my column for the Edmonton Sun that week, I wrote:
"The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the Pope is the Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth, and as such leads the Church. The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church and He sent the Holy Spirit to lead His Church on earth. I'm sorry John Paul 11, I didn't know the Holy Spirit had taken early retirement!"

5. Because the Church has forgotten the words of Jesus Christ's Great Commission and have lost the burden for the unsaved. The Church has grown listless in this late hour and needs a massive revival and refreshing to right the ship and return to being a people of “called out ones from the world”; the soul winning Church!

    The Great Evangelist, D.L. Moody stated: “Shame on the Christianity of the 19th Century. It is a weak and sickly thing. Would to God that we had a few men like Daniel living here today.”
     VANCE HAVNER the powerful Baptist Preacher, stated: “Many years ago in Scotland in a certain community the fires had all gone out. They searched everywhere to see if anyone had fire. Finally they found a humble house where the hearth stone glowed with a cheery flame. Soon they were carrying coals here and there to replenish their own blackened fire places. Today, there are weary hearts, discouraged souls, needy churches looking for a soul with fire, someone kept aglo inspite of the world, flesh and the Devil.”
    Robert Murray Mcheyne said: “Men return again and again to the few who have mastered the spiritual secret, whose life has been hid with Christ in God. These are of the Old Time Religion, hung to the nails of the cross.” LEONARD RAVENHILL stated: “The greatest tragedy is a sick church in a dying world.”
    The Bible says: “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 every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
     “Then saith He unto His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the Harvest, that He will send forth more labourers into His harvest.” (Matt. 9: 35-38)
   The Bible says: “Be patient therefore, unto the Coming of the Lord. Behold the husbandman waiteth for the PRECIOUS FRUIT of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and the latter rain. Be ye also patient; establish your hearts: for the COMING of the Lord draweth nigh.” (James 5: 7, 8)
     We are asked to be patient with a long patience and not give up, throw in the towel or stop in our quest for souls. The work of sowing and reaping must continue. We cannot, must not and will not stop until our Lord returns. He is counting on us to finish the work   He began so long ago at such a tremendous cost!
     The Bible states: “Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God the Father.” (Gal.1: 3, 4)
    “But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead. Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justifications.” (Rom, 4: 24, 25)
     “For as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things like silver and gold but with the precious BLOOD of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish or without spot, Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world. But was manifest in these last times for you.
    “Who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory, that your faith and your hope might be in God.” (1 Peter 1: 18-21).
     JESUS said: “Say not ye, There are yet for months and then cometh Harvest, Behold I say unto you, Lift up your eyes and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he hat soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.” (John 4: 35, 36)
     “I must work the works of Him Who sent Me (Father in Heaven)while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the LIGHT of the world.” (John 9: 4, 5)
     DR. CALVIN MILLER wrote: "Missions is a divine madness that hears the voice of God's only begotten, crying from a mountaintop, into all the world (Matt. 28:18-20). It takes this cry to bed and pillow every night. It wakes at every dawn, as Christ whispers in the heart, "I was dead, but look--I am alive forever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and Hades. You must arise for I have come to seek and to save that which was lost. There is no time to waste, the world is loved and doesn't know it.”
                                    JOHN HARPER'S LAST CONVERT!
    RMS Titanic with 2,224 passengers and crew aboard on it's maiden journey from Southampton to New York City, sank in the North Atlantic Ocean at about 2 AM April 15, 1912. Four days after their launch they struck a massive ice berg and sank a couple hours later. Some were so sure they would be rescued and refused to get into the life boats, so many left less than filled.
    There were only enough lifeboats for half of those aboard. Between 1490 and 1635 perished. They had received 6 warnings of sea ice on April 14, but the owner refused to slow down or take a longer and safer route. They wanted to set a record. The Owner stated that nothing could sink the Titanic and the builder had boasted, “Not even God could sink that ship!”
     A Baptist preacher John Harper gave his life jacket to an unsaved person and had the band play 'Nearer my God to Thee'. Harper carried his little daughter to the life boat and kissed her goodbye. He went about urging people to pray and call upon the Lord. He said, “Let the women, children and the unsaved into the boats.”
     When the ship went down he found himself in the freezing water holding on to a piece of the wreckage. People were crying, praying and screaming all around. He noticed a young man near him and shouted: “Young man, are you saved?” He answered, “No.”          The preacher shouted, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” A wave came and carried him away.
     A few minutes later, he saw the young man near him again and he shouted: “Are you saved now?” The young man answered, “Not yet.” John Harper shouted, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” And then, the young man saw the preacher's hands lose their grip and slide down into the water.
    A couple weeks later, a young man rose to his feet in a Gospel meeting in New York City to give his testimony. He recounted what I have just written. In closing he said, “I am that young man and I'm here to tell you that with several miles of water under me I believed and I'm here to tell you that I am John Harper's Last Convert.”
     Remember, Jesus Christ said: “Come unto Me a ye who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11: 28); “All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh unto Me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6: 37). 
    Although we have not experienced the fierceness of such drastic persecution in the Western World, millions of our brothers and sisters in the Islamic world and other totalitarian nations are presently being tortured, raped, beheaded and even crucified for the name of Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen.
    MOODY NEWS wrote: "90,000 Christians were murdered for their faith around the world in 2016 according to the Center  for the Study of Global Christianity, the number of Christians martyred in the last decade at 900,000 which amounts to one Christian killed every 6 minutes. Amy Kellogg explained that their definition for a martyr is anyone who lost their life prematurely as a result of human hostility, while they were upholding Christianity. 
    "This makes Christians the most persecuted religious group in the world", Kellogg said.                                  - From Special Report on CSGC - (02/07/17)