Saturday, November 28, 2020

                        PART FIVE:


                       By Pastor Max Solbrekkken, D.D. 

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” (Mark 9:23); “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God, for with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10: 27) 

                        THE SNAKE'S HEAD WAS CRUSHED!

Many people have heard me preach a message titled, ‘The Snake is Dead’. In it I share God’s Word about the judgment that Almighty God delivered to Satan after Adam and Eve’s tragic fall. God told the Devil: “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her SEED. It shall bruise (Crush) your head and thou shalt bruise His heel.” (Gen.3:15)

In this prophecy Almighty God laid out His great plan of salvation: He would send the Deliverer, Jesus the seed of the woman, to crush Satan’s head thus destroying him eternally. The Deliverer would be incarnated (born of a virgin), and therefore sinless. His vicarious death would meet the demands of God’s Justice, thereby satisfying His anger against the sin of High Treason committed by Adam and Eve.

The Deliverer would be His own incarnated Son whose heel would be bruised through death but healed in His resurrection! God the Father has arranged everything for our benefit. Praying in faith and binding the demons of infirmity and disease in Jesus’ name, the gift of faith brings God's power into operation!

Isaiah the prophet states: "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and aquainted with grief: and we hid our faces from Him; He was despised and we esteemed Him not. Surely, He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: 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 upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

"He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before his shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth. And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.

"Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand." (Is. 53: 3-10)


St. Paul puts it all in perspective: "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 and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." (Gal. 1: 3-5)

"Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet (qualified) to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of Darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son: in whom we have Redemption through His Blood, even the forgiveness of sins.

"Whereof I am made a Minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the Word of God; even the Mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints:

"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. But in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him which is the head of all principality and power.

"Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His Cross. And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it." (Col. 1:12-14; 25-27; 2: 9,10)


Jesus said: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind; to set at liberty them that are bruised." (Luke 4: 18)

The Gospel is the glad tidings that Light is come into a world of Darkness; that Peace is come into a world of Turmoil; that Healing is come into a world of Sickness; that Love is come into a world of Hate; that Forgiveness is come into a world of Sin; that Life is come into a world of Death; that Freedom is come into a world of Bondage and Slaves are made Free through the Liberator of the Human Race. And that Light, Peace, Healing, Love, Forgiveness, Life, Freedom, Liberty, and Eternal Life is none other than Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God, Crucified for us and Risen from the dead!

The Bible says: "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of he devil; for God was with Him." (Acts 10: 38).

Jesus is the Head of the Church, our leader and our example. He came to earth to do the will of His Father and also to make His Father our Father. Everything He did glorified His Father. His vicarious death and glorious resurrection purchased forgivemess for our sins, healing of the sick, freedom from demons and our eternal salvation!

His Great Commission commanded: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that beliveth and is baptized shall be saved; but 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 drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall revover." (Mark 16:1-18)


The July, 1984 Cry of the Coming Magazine carried this letter from Nina and Lasse Steen, Bergen, Norway: God healed our daughter's kidneys.

In December, 1983 God visited our home and healed our 5 year-old daughter Cecile. Ever since birth he had trouble with her kidneys and would wet her clothes many times every day.

There was nothing she could do about it and nothing the doctors could do until last December when God sent His servant Pastor Max Solbrekken from Canada to hold a large crusade at the Eldorado Senter here in Bergen. Hundreds of people were saved healed and blessed during those wonderful days.

Pastor Max Solbrekken stayed, by the will of God, in our Mission Hotel. Daily, he came and worshipped with us and faith rose in our hearts, to ask him for special prayer for little Cecile. We were having coffee one day when Cecile came in with her friend from outside where they had been playing. As usual, she was soaking wet.

After Nina washed and changed her clothes, Pastor Solbrekke put her on his knee and prayed a heart gripping prayer to the Lord for her healing. She was instantly healed and a staggering miracle occurred. There has not been as much as a DROP since that day! To God be the glory, great things He hath done!



Says Vigdis Simonsen, Narvik, Norway

I had been a bakslidden Christian for 16 years. In spite of this I decided to attend the meetings of Max Solbrekken in Narvik. When Max made the altar call the first night I was there... there was a terrible battle going on within me. It was as if I heard a voice saying, "This not for you – You are not among the chosen ones."

But, there was another voice telling me that this was my opportunity. But I just remained quiet in my seat, and when I went home, it was as if a voice was telling me that this chance would be one of my last ones. It became very serious to me, and it also scared me.

So, I went back to the meeting the very next night, and this time I responded to the call. I came back to Jesus and it was a great relief! But something else happened. But to tell that, I must go back in time to give you the whole story.


Before Christmas, I fell and broke my hip and I had to have surgery. I had to stay at home for 16 weeks, but when I returned to the hospital for a check-up, the doctor was not at all pleased with the fracture. I was told to use 2 crutches until the 4th of April. But when I returned for another check-up, the doctor was still not pleased with the fracture because it had not healed like it was supposed to. So I had to use 2 crutches until the 16th of May.

When I had another check-up, the doctor was not at all satsfied but allowed me, on my responsibility, to drop one of the crutches. The doctor told me to be extremely careful, and only step very cautiously on my foot. And I was allowed to do this only indoors. When I came to the meeting the second night (July 3), I could neither bend my left leg – where my hip had been fractured, nor could I walk straight. I was dragging my left leg behind me, and it really hurt. It was almost impossible for me to walk up the steps of the stairs.

When Max Solbrekken had finished praying for everyone that had come forward, somebody got him to come down where I was sitting. And he laid his hands on my hip and prayed for me. Something warm went through my hip and my back and my leg. And all the pain disappeared immediately. Afterwards I walked back and forth on the floor, and I even ran and walked up and down the stairs to the platform with no pain with no pain and no diffiulties whatsoever.

I can't explain what happened, but I was instantly and completely healed, and I can only thank God for what He did for me. He is wonderful!

NOTE: The Narvik Newspapers reported on this great miracle of God (July 1968). M.S.


My Mother was instantly healed of a serious 6 year-long illness at the Bethesda Healing Home near Oslo Norway, while waiting her turn to go into the water. As she stood thinking about the ice cold water of the North Sea, a warm feeling came all over her and she walked into the water and out again perfectly well. She took the train home, walked 28 kilometers to her home. She got married, bore six children and was never sick a day in her lifme of that disease.

That warm feeling that came over her was the blessed Holy Spirit. He is the Healer Whom Jesus sent to the church on the Day of Pentecost so many years ago! It was the Holy Spirit of God that enveloped her and made her perfectly well.

A wonderful miracle happened in the beginning of our powerul 1968 Revival Meeting at Filadelfia Assembly in Oslo Norway. During my message, a woman lifted her hand to get my attention. I stopped preaching and asked what she wanted. Excitedly, she said: “I have suffered terrible pains affecting the mobility of my leg for ten years. Just now, I felt a large warm hand on my thigh and all the pains are gone. I can move my leg without pain. Praise God”.

I asked her to walk down the aisle. She did with great joy. All pains were gone! All the people rejoiced as the Revival leaped forward with God answering prayer and blessing for the next three weeks!


In the 1980’s I was conducting a Divine Healing Service in Vancouver, BC together with Dr. D.H. Phillips. He shared the testimony of his miraculous recovery after a tragic automobile accident. His wife Melba came to be with us in that meeting. Unknown to me, Melba had suffered many years with raynaud's syndrome.

Her feet and legs were ice cold and even in the summer, she wore sheepskin shoes around the house. Her husband Durwin stated that if his wife’s feet touched his leg while in bed, he would wake up from the freezing cold in her feet. Two of her uncles had suffered from the same disease and had to have amputations.

That evening I preached on, ‘EMMANUEL: GOD WITH US!” I declared that Jesus is called Emmanuel and that He is with us and through the blessed Holy Spirit He is in us. I declared that because He is with us and in us we have His peace, love, joy, assurance of sin’s forgiven and power over Satan!

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. (1 John 4.4)

The devil must bow before Christ our Lord, when we speak in His holy name! He that is in us is greater than the devil that is in the world. Sin must bow, fear must bow, sickness must bow and the world, flesh and the Devil must bow before Him.

I quoted St. Paul: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found the death of the cross.

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of JESUS every knee should bow of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil.2: 9-11)

While I was preaching about Jesus Christ, who was God in the flesh and had been wounded, bruised, chastised and scourged for our total deliverance, the Holy Spirit reached out and touched Melba. Suddenly, a warm feeling came over her and she reached down to touch her ankles. They were warm as toast.

Jesus Christ had touched her as she listened to the inspired Word of God. She had made a Demand upon His Ability and He delivered her from a very serious disease! To God be the glory, honour and praise forever and ever!


The Lord granted us a notable creative miracle during our September 1994 Crusade at the Pentecostal Church in Lyttleton, New Brunswick. Pastor A.W. Rowe, a very dear friend and one of Newfoundland’s great preachers had come out of retirement to shepherd that flock.

Living in the area was Terry Somers a young man who had been seriously injured during an accident while working in a mine. While trying to repair a large water pipe, the pressure returned and knocked Terry off the platform onto the railway tracks below. He was taken to the hospital and underwent several surgeries, leaving him with constant unbearable nerve pains!

For the next seventeen years Terry suffered enormous nerve pain, taking three times the amount of pain killing pills, to no avail. He saw doctors in Halifax, St. Johns and Toronto and no one could help him. He was ordered not to drive the logging truck as he would sometimes lose all feeling in his legs. He was placed on permanent total disability by Workmen’s Compensation.

Once he parked his rig on the side of the road and when he stepped onto the ground he had no legs, but fortunately was able use his arms to pull himself out of harm’s way. Terry had never been able to hold his children when they were young or lift anything over ten pounds. And he prayed nightly that he could die.

Then, one day he heard the good news that people were being healed by the Lord at the Pentecostal Church. Mervin Mutch, a leading Deacon in that Church visited Terry and told him about our coming crusade. He brought with him a tape of Betty Baxter’s miraculous healing.

Due to the intensity of the pain, Terry had to remain in the foyer of the Church because he could not sit still during the service and before coming to the meeting Terry doubled up on all his pills but was still in enormous pain. After my message Pastor A.W. Rowe brought Terry Somers to the platform expecting a miracle!

Terry was instantly healed by God’s supernatural power as I prayed in the matchless name of Jesus of Nazareth. After prayer, he stated that the pain was gone and leaped in the air, shouting hallelujahs.

He picked up a ten- year- old girl standing nearby, lifted me up and finally lifted 245 pound A.W. Rowe and danced all over the platform with him in his arms. Terry has not had a pain or taken pill for anything during the last 19 years since Jesus healed him!

New Brunswick’s leading orthopedic surgeon wrote a letter to Workmen’s Compensation Board requesting that Terry be released from his total disability pension because he was perfectly well. In his letter he twice stated that Terry believed that he was divinely healed, as he also did. His Examination proved that the discs that had been damaged or removed by surgery were supernaturally replaced.

The well-known orthopedic surgeon told Terry that if any medical doctor examining the x-ray he had taken and had not seen the scars on Terry’s back or the hundreds of x-rays and doctor’s reports taken earlier, that Doctor would say that Terry was a liar and had never been in an accident or had any surgery because his spine was like a 20 year old man and everything worn or removed had been replaced.

I was fully convinced that Terry would be healed that evening in Lyttleton. And when Terry and I together touched the hem of His garment, Jesus Christ heard us and performed that glorious miracle for His glory and honour! We made a demand upon His ability and the Sign and Wonder of God happened!


Jesus said: “All power is given unto Me in Heaven and in earth.” (Matt. 28:18); “Then said Jesus unto them again, Peace be unto you, as My Father hath sent Me so send I you.” (John 20, 21); “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away.” (Matt.23:35); “The Blood of Jesus Christ God’s Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1: 7); “My peace give I unto thee…” (John 14: 27).

Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to Thy Cross I cling. Take me as I am. My only plea, Christ died for me. Take me as I am. All honour, praise and glory goes 100 % to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen! m.s.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

                    ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE (4)                                                              By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.                           

Who rolled away the 2,000 pound stone from the Sepulchre? Where was the Body of Jesus? Why did the Roman Guards fall prostrate on the ground? How much hush money did the Jewish Sanhedrin leaders pay the soldiers? Why did the hate-filled terrorist Saul of Tarsus convert to Jesus Christ? 

                                       JESUS' TOMB IS EMPTY!         

These are questions that should cause scientists and historians to ponder the enormity of the resurrection of Christ. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the Foundation Stone of the Gospel. It is the driving force that separated Christianity from all other religions and faiths! The Leaders of all other Religions and faiths were long gone and buried!

When St. Paul preached on Mars Hill in Athens, the message he presented was so powerful that philosophers went away saying that he was preaching about two gods, Jesus Christ and the Resurrection! No-one there had heard about someone being raised from the dead.

In their ignorance of spiritual matters, they could not assimilate something so unreal and other worldly, as a man put to death on a Roman cross and buried in a tomb, was still alive. And that Saul of Tarsus, a fierce opponent of the Crucified One, was now His greatest disciple, publishing everywhere His Gospel of Salvation

They didn't realize that the Eternal God, creator of Heaven and earth, had come into a darkened world of superstition and fear to create a New World Order! How could they understand with their warped minds and carnal appetites that these strange happenings were actually true!


The Holy Bible states: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16,17)

The answer is that the Son of God revealed Himself to a lost and dying world, through His vicarious death on the cross, shedding His sinless redemptive Blood, and three days later rising from the dead. Fifty days later, our Heaven Father sent the Blessed Holy Spirit to empower a body of believers to redeem perverted humanity unto Himself. On the Day of Pentecost, the Church was born!

Here is God's Invitation: “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.” (1 John 3:36). It is only by the love of God and the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that His glorious Salvation is available to all who will call on His name in repentance, humility and faith. My prayer is that many will do so, while the door of mercy is still open!

An old Gospel hymn speaks volumes: 'Down in the grave He lay, Jesus my Saviour; Waiting for the Coming Day, Jesus my Lord; Up from the grave He arose with a mighty triumph oer His foes. He arose the victor of that dark domain, and He lives forever with His saints to reign. He arose. He arose. Hallelujah, Christ arose!'


And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for an angel of the Lord descended from Heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and His raiment white as snow: And for fear of them the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead; and, behold, He goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see Him: l, will have told you.

And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy, and did run to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped Him.” (Matt. 28: 2-9)

And as they thus spake, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and afraid, and supposed that they seen a spirit. And as they thus spake, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them and saith into them, Peace be unto you.

But they were terrified and afraid, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said unto them, “Why are ye troubled? And why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself: handle Me, and see: for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have. And when He had thus spoken, He showed them His hands and feet.

Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures. And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer and to arise from the dead the third day. And that repentance and remission of sins should we preached in HIS NAME among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on High.”


G. B. Hardy said: "When I looked at religion I said, I have two questions.  One, has anybody ever conquered death, and two, if they have, did they make a way for me to conquer death? I checked the tomb of Buddha, and it was occupied, and I checked the tomb of Confucius and it was occupied, and I checked the tomb of Mohammed and it was occupied, and I came to the tomb of Jesus and it was empty. 

And I said, There is one who conquered death.  And I asked the second question.  Did He make a way for me to do it?  And I opened the Bible and discovered that He said, 'Because I live ye shall live also." (John 14:19)  

Godfrey Harold Hardy (1877-1947) was an English mathematician, known for his achievements in number theory and mathematical analysis. In biology, he is known for the HardyWeinberg principle, a basic principle of population genetics.


I have been used for many years to study the histories of other times and to examine and weigh the evidence of those who have written about them, and I know of no one fact in the history of mankind which is proved by better and fuller evidence of every sort, to the understanding of a fair inquirer, than the great sign which God hath given us that Christ died and rose again from the dead." - Thomas Arnold, historian and Oxford professor

"If all the evidence is weighed carefully and fairly, it is indeed justifiable, according to the canons of historical research, to conclude that the sepulcher of Joseph of Arimathea, in which Jesus was buried, was actually empty on the morning of the first Easter.  And no shred of evidence has yet been discovered in literary sources, epigraphy, or archaeology that would disprove this statement."    - Paul Maier

"One of the most amazing facts about the early Christian belief in Jesus' resurrection was that it originated in the very city where Jesus was crucified.  The Christian faith did not come to exist in some distant city, far from eyewitnesses who knew of Jesus' death and burial.  No, it came into being in the very city where Jesus had been publicly crucified, under the very eyes of its enemies."  - William Lane Craig

"All the power of Rome and of the religious establishment in Jerusalem was geared to stop the Christian faith.  All they had to do was to dig up the grave and to present the corpse.  They didn't."  - Henry Schaefer III

"In 56 A.D. [the apostle] Paul wrote that over 500 people had seen the risen Jesus and that most of them were still alive (1 Corinthians 15:6).  It passes the bounds of credibility that the early Christians could have manufactured such a tale and then preached it among those who might easily have refuted it simply by producing the body of Jesus." - John Warwick Montgomery

"The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single greatest event in the history of the world.  It is so foundational to Christianity that no one who denies it can be a true Christian.  Without resurrection there is no Christian faith, no salvation, and no hope.  Paul explains, "But if there be no resurrection of the dead, than is Christ not risen:  And if Christ be not risen, then our preaching is vain, and your faith is also vain." (1 Corinthians 15:13-14)

"A person who believes in a Christ who was not raised believes in a powerless Christ, a dead Christ.  If Christ did not rise from the dead, then no redemption was accomplished at the cross and "your faith is worthless."  Paul goes on to say: "you are still in your sins" (verse 17).  - John MacArthur


And 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 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 on each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under Heaven....And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

But Peter standing up with the eleven, lifting up his voice...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 of My Spirit upon all flesh and you 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 will I pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophecy.” (Acts 2: 1-18)

Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour and a certain man from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.

Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up: and immediately is feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God:

And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's greatly wondering. And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, 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 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 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 which is by Him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. Howbeit, many of them which heard the Word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.” (Acts 3:1-16)


In our 1966 Gospel Crusade in Manila, seven-year-old Sal Gadula's stunted leg grew out between 12 to 15 inches in a moment. Many people were moved upon by our Lord and 100 members of his extended family gave their hearts and lives to Christ!

Sal's life had been dominated by the terrible disease called polio. His right leg was hard like wood. and 12 to 15 inches shorter than his other one. His mother Josephine Gadula carried him to the Crusade. Her husband had deserted them. She did not even have crutches for Sal, but had heard about the miracles that Jesus Christ was doing at the Crusade and decided to attend.

She said, “Please heal my son.” I said, “I cannot heal your son.” She said, “You have healed my neighbours.” I answered, “If they were healed, Jesus did it.” Josephine said, “Then, ask Jesus to heal my son Sal.”

I answered, “I do not have the faith and you know anything about this. Fast and pray for three days, read the Gospel of John. Then, I will pray for Sal.”

Three days later they returned. Josephine confessed that they were upset: “I thought it was because we were Catholics, but I realized that my neighbours were Catholics. The Holy Spirit told me that what I was asked to do was not difficult; just fast for three days and read John's Gospel.”

After reading St. John's Gospel they both realized that they needed to be born again. And even if Sal did not get healed, they still wanted to be saved.

I knelt with them at the altar and they asked Jesus to come into their hearts. Then I placed Sal on a large communion table and with hundreds watching, I laid my hands on his head and prayed. Suddenly, his dead leg began to jump up and out and both legs became the same length. I lifted him up and he stood for the very first time.

As I stepped away from the table his mother wanted to steady him. I said, “Don't touch him. God has healed him”. I put him on the floor, slapped him on his seat and said, “Run.” He walked, fell and ran. And he is still walking today.

The truth is that both Sal's mother and I touched Jesus with our faith. She wouldn't give up, and by placing him on the Communion Table for everyone to observe the miracle taking place, I was inadvertently touching Jesus with my faith.

Thirteen years later, I was preaching in a Church in Brooklyn, New York and 13 members of the Sal Gadula's family were there, together with his grandparents. Sal was playing his guitar and singing for Jesus.

His outstanding miracle was so shocking that his relatives abandoned the Roman Catholic Church, and his uncle Conrad Gadula became a preacher of the Gospel of Christ in the United States. Praise His holy name! And eleven hundred new converts to Christ were added to the Assembly of God Church in Manila, Philippines. Here is a letter from Missionary Pastor Daniel C. Marocco:

Thousands Converted to Christ In Manila, Philippines Crusade!

Dear Brother Max, April 11, 1966

We want to tell you how much we we appreciated you and your ministry in Bethel Temple. Your anointed preaching and your earnestness in praying for the sick will never be forgotten. I remember the first night of the meeting how a Pentecostal preacher was healed of paralysis and was able to move his hands and feet, walk perfectly and even run and jump after you prayed for him. It was also a real joy to hear the deaf and dumb boy speak and repeat the new phrases.

In all my years in the ministry I have never witnessed such a perfect miracle performed on one who had been deaf and dumb since birth. Yes, these and many more genuine healings were wrought through the mighty name of Jesus. I liked the way you rebuked those foul diseases in Jesus' name! The thousands of souls who made decisions for Christ in the open air at Plaza Miranda and at Bethel Temple were really wonderful to behold, people weeping their way through to salvation and how they crowded the altars and prayer rooms night after night. These Roman Catholics responded easily to your messages of salvation.

I would like to say that your meetings were the best to have been held in Manila for the last ten years or so! I shall never forget the crowds which were over 5,000 some nights at Plaza Miranda, right in front of the oldest Catholic Church in Manila. This was the first time in the history of Manila that they allowed Pentecostal people to hold meetings in 'Plaza Miranda'. The shouting of Hallelujahs and Amens must have awakened the Catholic priests!!!

It was wonderful to hear the testimony of that lady who was passing by while you were praying, on her way to the Catholic Church, and how she received a wonderful miracle as her goitre suddenly disappeared !!! We are glad that you and Bro. Tutyko came to Manila. Please come back again and give us another city-wide Revival Crusade.

In Him,



Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue, fell at Jesus’ feet and besought Him to come to his home to minister life to his dying daughter: “For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged Him. While He yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, Fear not, believe only, and she shall be made whole.

And when He came into the house, He suffered no man to go in save Peter, and James, and John, and the father, and the mother of the maiden. And all wept, and bewailed her: but He said, Weep not: but she sleepeth. And they laughed Him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And He put them all out, and took her by her hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise.

And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and He commanded to give her meat.” (Luke 8: 42-48)

Not only did Jesus have compassion on the people who had earlier driven Him away from their coasts, but He responded immediately to the urgent request of the Ruler of the synagogue. While on His way to Jairus’ home, a desperately sick woman reached out by faith by touching His garment receiving an instant miracle!

Jesus immediately turned around asking, “Who touched Me?” When those near Him remonstrated, He said: “Somebody touched Me, for I perceive that virtue has gone out of Me!” (Amp). When the woman who had been healed admitted that she touched Him and received a miracle, He said: “Daughter, be of good comfort, thy faith hath made thee whole. Go in peace.”


The Miracles of Christ are given to needy people who truly believe in Him. He knows when someone has touched Him by faith. He compliments us for our faith in Him. Jesus was true God from Eternity and true Man by the virgin birth and He ministered in the power of the Holy Spirit to all who came to Him with their needs. He healed all whom He touched and all those who touched Him in faith.

The truth is that the woman who reached out in faith by touching the Master made a demand upon His ability. She knew that she was unable to help herself and that all the physicians had failed her. She also knew that Jesus Christ had the power to heal her and unlike the physicians, He didn’t charge for the healing!

By sheer determination and heart-felt faith in the ‘Man from Galilee’, who had cast out a myriad of demons from the “Maniac of Gadara’, this woman who had hemorrhaged for twelve years, pressed through the crowd and took her Miracle from God. She touched the hem of His garment - the Ribbon of Blue – which devout Jews had sewed into their robes that spoke of the Righteousness of God.

She was not disappointed! Immediately, the blood flow stopped and her strength returned. The miracle happened when by faith she made a demand on His Ability! You can do the same! Amen.

Friday, November 20, 2020


             By Pastor Max Solbrekkken, D.D.

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” (Mark 9:23); “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God, for with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10: 27)

The Anointing of the  Holy Spirit breaks the yoke! And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” (Is. 10: 27)

In this Scripture Isaiah conveys a prophetic truth concerning the coming of the Messiah and the liberation of His people from the powers of darkness, by the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

 The Bible states: “But unto the Son He saith...Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.” ( Heb.1: 8.9). The prophet Zechariah delivers the same message of the working of the Holy Spirit of God: ...Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts.” (Zech. 4; 6)

The YOKE of Satanic Bondage is removed from our neck and the burden off our shoulder by the BLOOD of JESUS and the power of the Holy Spirit. The YOKE of fear, torment, guilt, condemnation, pain, disease and unrest is broken by the anointing of God the Holy Spirit!

The Bible says: “Ye shall know the truth and the Truth shall make you Free.” (John 8:32). Jesus Christ Himself is the TRUTH and being within us, frees us from the power of sin, fear, torment, sickness and evil: “If the SON therefore shall make you Free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8: 36)

                              PROMISES OF GOD NEVER CHANGE!

God states: “And I will come near to you to judgment... For I am the Lord, I Change Not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed... Return unto Me and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of Hosts.” (Malachi 3:6)

Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today and forever.” (1 Cor. 13:8); “Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of Heaven, but My Father only.” (Matt. 24: 34-37)

JESUS stated: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” (John 14: 6); Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Matt. 7:7,8)

Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven: in Heaven and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in Heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matt. 18: 18-20)

                                         ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!

Jesus said unto him. If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. (Mat. 9: 23). And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27);

And Jesus answered saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you; That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt his heart, but shall believe that those things that those which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have them.” (Mark 11:22-24)

Dr. Ole Hallesby, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Norway (Devotional Jan. 28): “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Matthew 21: 21, 22)

Now and then, we make discoveries which almost take your breath away, namely, when we see what great powers are present in this realm of the invisible. This is especially true when these powers are put to our disposal, when God performs a mighty miracle simply because we ask Him to do so.” 

Dr. Hallesby made it plain that absolutely all of God's promises are TRUE, even though we cannot understand them. Since He created everything out of Nothing, and raised Jesus Christ from the dead, certainly He can move a mountain or two if He so desires!

The problem is that we are so infantile in our faith. The solution is in getting to know our Saviour more intimately through prayer, His Word and by the Holy Spirit. If we are able to believe with all our heart that He means what He says and trust Him with no reservation, we will see His almighty power operate in our lives in afar greater measure!

                                        HAVE THE FAITH OF GOD!

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Matt. 21: 22). Faith in God can move mountains of doubt, unbelief, fear, sickness, disease and premature death. Jesus, however, was informing His disciples of what it means to be one with God and the awesome power of the infilling of the Holy Spirit. He was actually saying, “Have the faith of God!

Jesus promised, “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).

How can we be witnesses unto Him? How can we prove to the world that Jesus Christ is truly the Son of God? By proving through the healing of the sick and suffering and other great miracles in answer to our prayers in Jesus Name, we continue to prove His words are true! Praise the Lord!

We are healed by the Person of Jesus Christ. We are saved, forgiven, freed and liberated from Sin, Fear, Sickness and Disease by the Word of God Himself. Surely, we are witnesses for Christ to a sinful, sick and troubled world!

                                             IN THE BEGINNING!

The Holy Scriptures declare: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was Life and the Life was the Life of men. 

He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory as of the ONLY BEGOTTEN of the Father full of grace and truth.” (John 1: 1-4,10, 14)

The Word was before the beginning of all things. He created all things! The Holy Scriptures does not say: In the beginning was a word or many words, but the Word’. Jesus of Nazareth was the INCARNATE Word sent from God the Father to be the propitiation for our sins. 

 St. John writes: “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous: And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 1: 1,2). 

The word propitiation means satisfaction, mercy seat, expiation. God the Father was satisfied with the sacrificial death of His own Son to atone for the sins of Adam and the entire world of sinning men, in meeting the Righteous Demands of Divine Justice in the Courts of Heaven! 

 The Holy Bible is the written Word of God and Jesus Himself is the Living Word of God! He gives us the assurance: “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He (JESUS) hath said, I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE, NOR FORSAKE THEE.” (Heb.13:5)

                                  GOD'S WORD CANNOT FAIL!

Here, Jesus used a double imperative. He actually said, I will never, no never leave thee. I will never, no never forsake thee.” St. Matthew records our Master: “...and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world (age).” (Matt. 28: 20) 

The term always is a measure of time and the word alway is a measure of distance. Jesus promised to go the distance with us, all the way until we meet Him face to face! 

An old Sunday school chorus says, 'With Jesus in the vessel, we can smile at the storm, smile at the storm, smile at the storm. With Jesus in the vessel, we can smile at the storm, as we go sailing Home.'

 And that is abundantly true. Whatever enemy we face, we will overcome. We have ultimate peace, assurance and victory through the BLOOD of the Everlasting Covenant, the Eternal Word of God, the Blessed Holy Spirit and the Matchless Name of Jesus Christ.

He, Who is the Liberator of lost humanity, the Emancipator of the human race, the Saviour of the world and the Great Physician, has already won the Battle for us!

 We are fully armed with the precious promises of God, the Sword of the Spirit, purged by the Blood of the Lamb and endued with the Power and presence of the Holy Spirit and hidden with Christ in God the Father Almighty, one true God, world without end!

The Bible says: "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. Fear thou for I am with thee: be not dismayed for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness!

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their righteousness is of Me, saith the Lord.” (Is.54: 17)

                                GOD'S ANOINTING HEALS!

 The Holy Spirit's anointing destroys the YOKE. He equips us with the anointing of God that breaks the yoke of satanic power and bondage and frees us to live in victory to serve the Lord with gladness and fruitfulness! 

The Bible says: “But we have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” (1 John 2:20). “Now He which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us with you is God.” (2 Cor. 1: 21). “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet (qualified) to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His Son: In Whom we have redemption through His Blood, even the forgiveness of our sins. Who is the IMAGE of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him and for Him: 

And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the Church: Who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things, He might have the pre-eminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell.

And having made peace through the blood of His Cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or in Heaven. And you, that were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled in the Body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight.” (Col. 1: 12-22)

Jesus declared: And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning FALL from Heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10: 18, 19)

                               STANDING ON GOD’S WORD!

I stand on God's Word and the Promises of Jesus Christ! He said: “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 for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matt. 11:28-30)

 Satan's yoke is heavy and is hard to bear! The wicked devil takes his slave to eternal death. He promises an exciting time with no strings attached, but he is a Deceiver and a proficient and talented Liar. Satan enslaves those who follow his pernicious ways and ultimately leads them to destruction and Hell. 

 Christ's yoke is different. He carries the heavy load. His yoke frees us to live a life of righteousness, peace and joy. He shatters sinful habits, destroys sickness and disease and ultimately carries us to be with Him in His glory!

 He is the Heavy Lifter, that bore our sins and sicknesses to the Cross. He carried our pains, fears and sorrows to Golgotha when He made the supreme sacrifice for us all. He met the Demands of Divine Justice in payment for our eternal salvation, through His vicarious (substitutionary) death for us!

The Holy Bible states: “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. 

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid upon Him the iniquity of us all.” (Is. 53: 4-6)

 When Jesus cried: “It is finished”, He had purchased our salvation from sin, fear, sickness, disease and death. (John 19: 30). St. Paul declared: “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5: 6, 7)

                                    THE HOLY SPIRIT RAISED JESUS!

 “But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead, shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.” (Rom. 8: 11)

The Holy Scriptures teach the doctrine of the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit: "Therefore, we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." (Rom. 6:4)

Jesus stated, ''Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up. But He spake of His body." (John 2: 17, 20)

The BIBLE teaches that, “God hath delivered us from the power of Darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son: In Whom we have redemption through His Blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1: 13, 14). 

                                     CHURCH WAS BORN IN FIRE!  

As He had promised, Jesus sent the Blessed Holy Spirit upon His disciples on the Day of Pentecost and His Church was born in fire and great power:  

And 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 as of a mighty rushing 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 utterance.” (Acts 2: 1-4)

Through His vicarious death for us all and His glorious resurrection from the dead, Jesus totally defeated Satan and the kingdom of Darkness. By His precious Blood, our Saviour has purchased all mankind for Himself and has given His church authority to take His Gospel to all who will believe on His name and repent of their sins.

Here is His great commission:Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but 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 drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.” (Mark 16: 15-18)

 The Church was born on the Day of Pentecost and continues in His Name to carry out the mandate given us by our Lord Jesus Christ. Here is the example set by Christ's early followers: And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with SIGNS following. Amen.” (Mark 16: 20)

                                       FAITH IS THE EVIDENCE!

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the Evidence of things not seen." (Heb. 11:1). Faith is knowing that you have those things you have prayed for, even before the the answer has come. Augustine said: "Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe."

We are saved by faith.(Eph. 2: 8,9). We are justfied by faith. (Gal.1:6). We live by faith. (Gal. 3:11; Rom. 1:17; Heb.10:38); We are baptized in the Holy Spirit through faith. (Gal. 3:5). We minister the Holy Spirit to others through faith. (Gal. 3:5); We minister Divine Healing by faith. (Gal. 3:5; We walk by Faith. (2 Cor. 5: 7)

God's Word states: "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)

JESUS said, ''Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receivth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened unto him. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall you Father which is in Heaven give good gifts to themk that ask Him? ''

''Verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven and whatsoever ye shall lose on earth shall loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in Heaven.'' (Matt.18: 18-20)

''Believest thou not that I am in the Father and the Father in Me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself. But the Father, but the Father that dwelleth in Me He doeth the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works' sake.

                                 IF YE SHALL ASK IN MY NAME!

''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, because I go unto My Father. 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.'' (John 14: 10-14)

''Submit yourself therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will FLEE from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift thee up.'' (James 4: 7-10).

The Bible states: "For by grace are ye saved through Faith; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." (Eph. 2:8,9); "For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end." (Heb.3:14):

"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, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." (Rom.5: 1,2)

"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is 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)

JOHN WESLEY stated: Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on Earth.”

HUDSON TAYLOR spent 51 years as a missionary to China. It is said that the sun never rose over China without finding Hudson Taylor on his knees praying for that country! He said: "China is not to be won for Christ by quiet, ease-loving men and women … The stamp of men and women we need is such as will put Jesus, China, [and] souls first and foremost in everything and at every time—even life itself must be secondary."

Let us make a new resolve to reach Canada for Christ! Let is begin today to bring our loved ones, neighbours and other to the Saviour now, before it is too late! Amen.