Wednesday, March 31, 2021


            CHRIST'S REDEEMS FALLEN MAN!                                       By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

 The story of  Man's wretchedness and Christ's Redemption is the greatest love story ever told. St. John reveals it all: "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 te world, but that the world through Him should be SAVED." (John 3:16, 17)

Blaise Pascal wrote: “For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity. All in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinity far from understanding either. There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God the Creator made known through Jesus Christ!

     “The two principles of truth, Reason and Senses, are not only both not genuine, but are engaged in mutual deception. The senses deceive reason through false appearances and the senses. The heart has its reason which reason does not know. We feel it in a thousand things. It is the heart which experiences God, and not the reason. This then is faith: God felt by the heart, not by reason.”

     Encyclopeadia Britannica states: “Blaise Pascal believed man’s wretchedness is explicable only as an effect or fall, and that for Pascal, as for St. Paul, Jesus Christ is the Second Adam, inconceivable without the First. Pascal believed whole heartedly that the events described in the Book of Genesis were actual historical events.”

     Concerning the ‘Wretchedness of Man’, St. Paul says: “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord…There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me Free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 7: 24, 25; 8: 1,2)

    The definition of wretched is: “miserable, unhappy, sad, disappointed.” This is the condition of the world without Christ, defeated and guilt ridden. Only Jesus the Lion of the tribe of Judah has the power to break the chains and liberate lost humanity!


    “As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is not one that doeth good, no, not one. All have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.” (Rom. 3: 10-12; 23)

     What a sad commentary on the entire human family. What a hopeless situation to be in!  No way out! Only sin, guilt, fear, condemnation and ultimate futility! Not one righteous person in the whole world. All with terrible resumes of wrongdoing and worthlessness. All are sinners bound for an eternal Hell! But no, help is on its way!!

    Then the light breaks through. Someone has come to our rescue! But who could help8 us? Who cares if we live or die? And who has the resources, the power and the will  liberate us and why would he desire to liberate us?  


     For when we were yet without strength, in due time, Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man someone will one die: yet peradventure much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Rom. 5: 6-10)

     The Bible states: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 6: 23). The wages of sin is death, without exception! All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God! Adam’s sin affected us all, leaving death and destruction in its wake! We are all vulnerable because of the sin of

 Adam and Eve and because of our own propensity to break God’s laws. We are all guilty as charged!

    After years of heavy drinking, Wayne Pratt, repented of his sins and was born again early one Sunday morning in 1976, while watching our telecast over CFCN. Returning home after a weekend of heavy drinking, fighting and carousing, Wayne made himself some coffee and turned on the TV to ease guilt regarding his behavior in Fernie, B.C. that weekend.

     The Holy Spirit convicted him as I spoke from Romans 7 and 8, on the wretchedness of man and deliverance from sin and guilt through Jesus Christ. He fell to his knees weeping and crying to God for forgiveness and was born again. He had to find a church to tell his experience. He did not want to lose whatever it was that had happened to him!

    His wife awoke and asked him where he was going. When he said, “I am going to church”, she said, “Now, you are really out of it.” It was too early for churches to open, so Wayne waited in a coffee shop.

    As he drove around the town looking for a church, the Holy Spirit directed him to the Assembly of God, where he received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and Fire. Besides being a heavy-duty mechanic, he is a Director of SEA and a worker in God’s Kingdom.

    You may receive a video of his testimony.  See his testimony on Max Solbrekken on youtube or Come Home to Jesus Video!

              EDEN: WHERE IT ALL BEGAN!

     Let us go back to where it all started, the Garden of Eden! We learn of the fellowship which existed between God and man: “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth, and subdue it…” (Gen. 1: 27)

    “And the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul. And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to dress it and keep it.

     “And the Lord commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof  thou shalt surely die.” (Gen.2: 7, 15-17)

     Into that beautiful paradise entered the most despicable, insidious deceiver, liar and wicked personality ever created. Think of the callus, unbridled pride of that disreputable fallen archangel, Lucifer, daring to come to that sanctified place. His plan was to deceive mankind’s first parents and he did!

    When I think of the goodness and mercy of our Lord, I am overcome by His patience and grace. I would have immediately snuffed out that pernicious intruder, but the plan of God had to be worked out for the Messiah to come at the proper time, since God knows the end from the beginning!

    Satan, the liar and tempter deceived Eve the wife of Adam, who was the sole ruler of the Garden of Eden! Their sin of high treason against Almighty God plunged the entire world into unbelief, darkness and sin! The Holy Bible tells the story precisely:

     “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast on the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

    “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her and they did eat.

     “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together, and they made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

     “And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard Thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked and I hid myself. And He said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

                     DEVIL LIED TO EVE!

     “And the man said, “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.

      “And I will put enmity between the and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed. It will bruise the head and thou shall bruise his heel.” (Gen.3: 1-15). God would cause strife between snakes and humans. And Satan the great serpent, would be destroyed by the seed of the woman whom he had deceived! Here we find ‘the law of the first mention’! The first mention of the promised Messiah/Deliverer who would be born of a Virgin woman, without the aid of male sperm!

      He promised a Redeemer who would destroy Satan’s seed. In the battle, the Redeemer’s heel would be bruised. At Calvary, Satan was destroyed (Heb.2:14,15) by Christ’s vicarious death. The Redeemer’s heel was bruised, but was healed when He arose from the dead. Christ is Victorious and Satan’s power is destroyed, and he will be consigned to the lake of fire eternally. (Rev. 20:10)

     “Unto Adam also and his wife did the Lord God make clothes of skins and clothed them. And the Lord God said, Behold the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat , and live forever: Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to til the ground from whence he was taken.

    “So He drove out the man: and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way from the tree of life.” (Gen.3:21-24)

     Satan the evil and wicked Liar had gotten his revenge against Almighty God. He had seduced the parents of humanity and would have his own kingdom in opposition to the Creator. He would employ the wicked angels that had joined his rebellion to seduce, harass and bring all into bondage through hate, fear, sickness and disease, war and chaos!

     His plan had almost succeeded until God called one man and his family to save mankind and preserve the bloodline of the Coming Messiah and Liberator of the world, Jesus Christ. He would send a flood that would destroy the world but save billions of future souls.

    The man whom God would use had kept his family free from demonic influence. That was the family that carried the blood line of the Coming Messiah. That man’s name was NOAH!


     “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth Me that I have made them.

    “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generation and Noah walked with God. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and behold, it was filled with violence, for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

    “And God said unto Noah: The end of all flesh is come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopherwood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch…And behold, I even I do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and everything that is in the earth shall die.

    “But with thee will I establish My Covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark; thou and thy sons, and thy wife and thy sons’ wives with thee. And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou, and all thy house into the Ark; for thee have I seen righteous before Me in this generation.” (Gen. 6: 1-8, 11-14; 7:1)

                 LOVE NOT THE WORLD!

   St. John says: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in Him. For all that is in world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

      “And the world passeth away and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.” (1 John 2:15-17). St. James stated: “Ye adulteresses and adulteresses, know ye that friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:4)

     The Holy Bible defines the world as the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life! We are warned not to love the world. It was this temptation that destroyed Adam and Eve’s faith in God and drove them out of the Garden of Eden. It was that temptation created an orbit of sin, fear and destruction!

    Here is Satan’s simple but deadly equation:  The forbidden fruit was pleasant to the eyes It would be good to eat. It would make her wise.

     SIN has made slaves out of men and women who were created in the image of the eternal God. What a tragedy for mankind. Adam and Eve walked and talked with God as His children. After their tragic FALL, they were driven out of the Garden, from the presence of God!

     SIN is when men and women no longer fear God. Their trust, reverence and love for God has grown cold. Satan has deceived mankind with the same lies that he told Eve in the Garden of Eden. (2 Cor. 4:  3, 4)

     Look at the filth, rot and corruption in society today, that staggers the imagination. I am referring to the increase in broken homes, crime, gambling, lust, greed and sexual perversion and the devastating epidemic of drug abuse and opioid deaths in our nation!

    Between January 2016 and September 2018 there were more than 10,300 opioid deaths. Canada’s Public Health reported one such death every 2 hours in 2018.


      God’s Word states: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn:” (Prov. 29: 2). The fulfillment of this Scripture is seen in the murderous Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler, Communist regimes of Stalin, Mao, Castro and anti-Christ Islamic Terrorism in the Middle East!

     And the departure from Biblical principles governing individual families and the nation at large, through perverted laws and a tainted Court system, departing from the Ten Commandments and the British Common Law!

     “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (Ps. 33:12). The Gospel of Christ has brought the light of God into pagan nations across the world and liberty to multiplied millions since Jesus Christ’s vicarious death on Golgotha’s Hill and His glorious resurrection almost 2,000 years ago!

     William Gladstone, Statesman, Prime Minister and unquestionably one of Great Britain's most able, and greatest legal minds in the 1800s stated: “Talk about the questions of the day! There is but one question and that is the Gospel. That can and will correct everything. 

    "I am glad to say that about all the men at the top in Great Britain are Christians. I have been in public positions fifty-eight years, all but eleven of them in the Cabinet of the British Government, and during those forty-seven years have been associated with sixty of the master minds of the century, and all but five of the sixty were Christians.”

     What a statement coming from the greatest British Prime Minister who ever lived! It is little wonder then that Queen Victoria stated: “I could wish that Jesus Christ would return in my lifetime.” When she was asked, “Why?” she answered: “I would so love to lay my crown at His feet.”

  The Holy Bible says: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against his anointed…” (Ps. 2:1,2); “Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory.” (1 Cor. 2: 8)

   The Jewish Sanhedrin condemned Jesus of Nazareth and delivered Him to the Roman Authorities in Jerusalem for execution. Governor Pontius Pilate, at the urging of the Jewish rulers, condemned Him to death on the cross!

   The Word of God states: “And we know that we are of God, and whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is true God, and eternal life.” (1 John 5: 19)

   “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of God.

  “And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already, it is in the world. 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.

    “They are of the world; therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are not of the world: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God hearth not us. Hereby know we the spirt of error.” (1 John 4: 1-5)


               “And unto the angel of the Laodecians write: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God (He whom God used to create); I know thy works, that thou art neither cold or hot: I would that thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, I will spew thee out of My mouth.

            “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment that thou 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 zealous therefore and repent. 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: 14-20)

            I have recently completed a series of messages on the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse and have again been reminded of the sins and shortcomings of those churches in Asia and how similar they are to our churches today. Out of the seven churches, Jesus Christ commanded five to REPENT or else He would deal with them harshly.

            In every case, however, He leaves the door open for them to repent. When He says that He will come to them, it will be to judge. It is also a plea for them to repent and seek His face. It is an opportunity for a revival to break loose in the church, for which He died on the cross!

             In his book, The Fire of God (1948), Dr. Oswald J. Smith, founder of People’s Church in Toronto, stated that he had studied the lives of all the great men of God who had brought Revival and changed nations for Christ. He stated that all of them majored in five things, namely: Sin and Salvation, Heaven and Hell and Judgement! I whole heatedly agree with that statement. 

           Another very important truth which I personally have observed is this: Only those Preachers who faithfully and regularly declare the power of the shed blood of Jesus Christ to save, forgive, cleanse and heal, see God’s hand outstretched to do miracles in His Name! Those who do not honour the BLOOD of Jesus Christ very seldom have His miracles following their ministry! Why is this? Whenever the blood of Christ is preached, the Holy Spirit responds!

           The Holy Spirit answers to the Blood of Jesus! The Holy Spirit honours and glorifies the Word of God, the Name of Jesus and the precious Blood of Jesus Christ shed for the Redemption of the world!

          “Now the God of Peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the BLOOD OF THE EVERLASTING COVENANT, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ: to Him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Heb. 13: 20)

             The Blood of the Everlasting Covenant was made in the Council of Heaven between the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, before the worlds were made!

               “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers: but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last days for you, who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him from the dead, and gave Him glory that your faith and hope in God.” (1 Peter 1:18-21)

            The fear of God is lacking today. The desire to pray is lacking today. The burden for lost souls is lacking today. The boldness to declare the Word of God, is lacking today. The fire of God and the power of God is lacking today in the Church of the Living God. And that is terribly sad!

              And the great Puritan preacher Richard Baxter stated: “I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.” He was a serious Minister of the Gospel.

               Richard Baxter stated: “Of all preaching in the world, (that speaks not stark lies) I hate that preaching which tendeth to make the hearers laugh, or to move their mind with tickling levity, and affect them as stage-players use to do, instead of affecting them with a holy reverence of the name of God.”

            Jesus said: “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)                

              Dr. R. Moffat Gautrey wrote: “The Gospel is not an old, old story, freshly told. It is a FIRE in the spirit, fed by the flame of Immortal Love. And woe be unto us if through our negligence to stir up the gift of God which is written within us, that FIRE burns low!”.


     Jesus warned: “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars, and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of Heaven shall be shaken.

   “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21: 25-28)

     The word perplexity means that there is no way out! That sums up the situation in the world today: The rise of Chinese military and economic power, Iran’s hunger for nuclear weapons, spreading Islamic terrorism, Russia’s aggressive resurgence, some leading churches’ departure from, “the faith once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 3)

     A leading cause of death is heart attacks, many caused by fear which constricts the flow of blood. Without doubt, stress and anxiety, smoking, poor eating habits and lack of exercise also contribute to heart disease.

     The answer is to flee from the wrath to come, into the loving arms of Jesus Christ and receive His forgiveness, peace, healing and deliverance! And to become His active disciple and spreader of His Gospel and His Ambassador to our dysfunctional society! The Answer is in God’s Word alone:

     “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every man to his own way; and the Lord have laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Is. 53: 6); 

    “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; all we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” (Is. 64: 6)

     “Come now and let us reason together saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be red as crimson, they shall be as white as wool.” (Is. 1:18)

    “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom.3:23); “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 6: 23)

    “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Rom. 10: 9,10, 13)


      William Gladstone, England’s greatest Prime Minister under Queen Victoria, stated: “The Bible is stamped with the specialty of origin. An immeasurable distance separates it from all other competitors.”  

  HUGO states: “England has two great books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare and the Bible made England.”  President Ronald Reagan declared: “The Bible has not lost its appeal, because the principles it contains are of timeless relevance and its beauty is forever discovered anew by millions of Americans.”

     The Bible declares: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Tim. 3: 16)

     “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1: 20, 21)

 “God, who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the world.” (Heb.1: 1,2)

      “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. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1: 1,2, 14)

    In His communion with His Heavenly Father Jesus prayed: “Sanctify them through Thy truth. Thy Word is truth. As Thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

     “And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. That they also may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in US; that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.

     “And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that thou may be one, even as We are one.  I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in ONE; and that the world may KNOW that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me.” (John 17: 17- 23)


     Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me. Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works sake.

    “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall ye do also; and greater works than these shall ye 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. If ye love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14: 6, 11-15)

    Jesus said: “I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, kill and destroy. I am come that they may have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:9)

     “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth His life for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know My sheep, and am known of Mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down My life for the sheep.

     “Therefore, doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down and I have power to take it again: This command have I received of My Father.” (John 10:11, 14, 17, 18)

     “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this. She said unto Him, Yea, I believe that Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” (John 11: 25-27)

      “I am the true Vine, and My Father is the Husbandman. Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth frit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.(John15:1,2). We are branches of Vine, drawing life from Jesus Christ Himself. He says: “Fear not little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)


     “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He  also likewise Himself 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)

     “He that committeth sin is of the devil: for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)

    “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 the devil; for God was with Him.” (Acts 10: 38)

     “And there was war in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in Heaven.

    “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Rev. 12:7, 8)

     “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are and shall be tormented   day and night for ever and ever.” (Rev 20:10)


     “Behold, what manner of love the Father has 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 that 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. And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin. Hereby perceive we the love of God because He laid down His life for us and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3: 1-5, 16,                     

    William Cowper tried to commit suicide several times. He was about to drink a glass of hemlock but his hand trembled and he dropped the glass. He tried to shoot himself but was unable to do so. Cowper sought to throw himself into the Thames River but was “strangely restrained.” The next morning, he fell on a sharp knife and broke the blade. He tried to hang himself but was found and taken down unconscious.

     William Cowper was brought to St. Anselms Asylum. One day, he picked up a Bible lying on a bench. He read: “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to God.”  (Rom. 3: 25)

     He was born again as the Spirit of God fell upon him and instantly liberated by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. He wrote the hymn, 'There is a fountain filled with Blood', and many other great hymns for the glory of God.

   John Newton, who had been a Captain on slave ships and an ungodly man, was converted and became Cowper's pastor and helped him greatly. Together they authored a number of hymns. John Newton wrote the hymn, 'Amazing Grace'.

   Almighty God invites everyone to come to Him, the Fountain of living water and drink of the water of Life freely. He was not pleased with His people because of their backsliding and indifference to His invitation. He said: “For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the Fountain of Living Waters, and have hewn them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” (Jer. 2:13)

           He still invites: “Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Is.1: 18). Jesus our Lord and Saviour, invites: “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). Amen.                                                                                                          

   H                THE GREAT REVIVAL OF 1857

          On July 1, 1857 Jeremiah Lamphier, a 46-year-old businessman was called by the Dutch Reformed Church to be a missionary to downtown New York City. He had been saved in 1842 in Charles Finney’s meetings.

              He felt led to begin a noon prayer meeting once a week on the 3rd floor of the old N. Dutch Reformed Church. He printed pamphlets to hand out and put one on the door. In the first service he prayed alone for 30 minutes. Then 4 men came. By March 6,000 were attending the meetings. Within a year there were 92,216 estimated conversions to Christ!

        VANCE HAVNER wrote: “Many years ago in Scotland in a certain community, the fires had all one out! The searched everywhere to see if anyone had fire. Finally, they found a humble house where the hartstone glowed with a cheery flame. Soon they were carrying coals here and there to replenish their own blackened fireplaces. Today, there are weary hearts, discouraged souls, needy churches looking for a soul with fire, someone kept aglow in spite of the world, flesh and the devil.”   

              May we all rededicate ourselves totally to Jesus Christ and the spread of His Gospel of salvation and deliverance! C.S. Lewis made this statement about the awesomeness of Christ: “He died not for men but for each man. If each man had been the only man, He would have done no less.”

               Hundreds of years ago, Martin Luther was found lying under the figure of Christ, sobbing uncontrollably and saying, Mein Gott, für mich, für mich.” He suddenly realized that Jesus Christ had not only died for the world, but for Martin Luther personally, and that revelation shook him to the core!

     One morning, I awoke with these words filling my heart and this prayer on my lips: “O God, give me an insatiable desire to win souls for Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.We are believing for a season of healing, miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit that will re-awaken the Church in these end-times to seek God by fasting and prayer, to rend the Heavens and come down in our midst in old-time power! Amen.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

                                      Max Solbrekken preaching:                                                                THE BLOOD OF HIS CROSS! 

                   Pastor Max Solbrekken at Jesus Christ's Empty Tomb, 1972


                                                   By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” (James 1:15)

The total destruction of the World Trade Centre Twin Towers in New York on September 11, 2001 was a fulfillment of the Holy Scriptures! The horrendous Terrorist Plot was planned and perpetrated by the EVIL mind of Satan and executed by his dedicated slaves, Osama bin Laden and his brain-washed Islamic killers and suicide bombers!

It was an escalation of the Evil One’s final assault against Almighty God and His Crucified and Risen Son Jesus Christ, who shed His precious blood for all mankind! God’s great act of love in the death of Jesus Christ which provided Eternal Life for mankind, included the pervert killers who cold heartedly murdered 3,000 precious souls to satisfy the sinister heart of Lucifer, the world’s greatest Terrorist!

Since then, we have seen the followers of the seventh century camel driver and warrior, Mohammed, commit some of the most wicked, brutal and inhumane acts of rape, kidnapping, killings and beheadings in the Middle East, Africa, England, Australia, U.S.A and even in Canada!

The rise of rabid Christ haters called ISIS, AL Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, Hezbollah – Islamic Terrorist Groups all – are enjoying rapid growth under the reluctant eye of U.S. President Barack Obama, who is undermining Israel and Muslim States like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, by naively facilitating Iran in her desperate search for the Atomic Bomb!

The 1997 murderous, diabolical bombing of Oklahoma City’s Federal Building by Timothy McVey was the first taste of large scale domestic terrorism and a harbinger of worse things to come!

Nearly 2,000 years ago, St. Paul warned: “This know also that in the last days perilous times shall come”. (2 Tim. 3:1). The word 'perilous' speaks of a time fraught with danger. And these are certainly dangerous times!

Even though terrorism had been common in Northern Ireland and England for many years, thanks to the murderous IRA, and in the Middle East - compliments of fanatical Muslims - North America has by and large been spared!

The 1994 Islamic Terrorist bombing of the New York Trade Center sent shock waves across America and undoubtedly, the 1996 Oklahoma City carnage was our wake-up call that these atrocious can and will happen here!

That Americans could carry out such a cruel, insane act against their fellow citizens is shocking, but also underscores the depths to which our society has fallen! And the “bomb blast” that rocked the PEI Legislature proved that Canada is not immune!


North America is guilty in the sight of God! It also reminds us of “man’s inhumanity to man” when humanity turns away from God’s Word and His Son Jesus Christ!

The Bible says: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9) “But evil men and impostors shall grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Tim. 3:13)

That these bombers and terrorists are deceived by the devil in believing that the end justifies the means is certain and that they are evil - is evident. St. Paul properly labels those murderers as, "arrogant, fierce, without natural affection and out of control.”

In my opinion, the die has been cast, we’ve turned the corner, and our “beginning of sorrows” has started. We’ve joined the big leagues of terrorism, anarchy and the ‘devilish’ in North America, with much more to come!

The sudden rise of grotesque, barbaric beheadings of innocent people by the Islamic Terrorists, not just in the Middle East and in Africa, but in Europe, Australia, USA and Canada, is sending a chill across all civilized nations.

We should be asking ourselves, “Why hasn’t the Church been able to evangelize and civilize the pagan nations that have bred and trained these blood thirsty killers and rapists? And why are our Governments continuing to allow these hateful criminals to enter our borders?”

It is not surprising, however, since we as a people have indulged ourselves in sinful practices which are an affront to Almighty God! It is now ‘PAY DAY’. Let’s look at the sinfulness and colossal backsliding of our nations, in order to ascertain why God’s hand of protection seems to have lifted.

  The Canadian government has banned the Holy Bible and prayer from our schools, removed the Name of Jesus Christ from the opening prayer in the House of Commons, elevated homosexuality to a level of respectability, and funded the murder of hundreds of thousands of unborn babies, during the last several decades!

                                    IS CANADA TAUNTING GOD?

On July 20, 2005, Canada legalized same sex narriage! It is interesting to note that our society has for the first time in 5,000 years enacted the laws to legalize same-sex marriage.

The first time that happened, according to the Babylonian Talmud was in B.C. 1,000, just before the Flood. The Book of Genesis chronicles the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah and God’s fiery judgment on those two cities! Jesus warned: “Remember Lot’s wife”, who disobeyed the Angel and looked back to Sodom and became a pillar of salt!

  Our nation started the “downward trend” in 1967 when Justice Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau introduced into Parliament these five destructive laws: abolishing capital punishment, broadening the divorce laws, legalizing homosexuality and bestiality, legalizing abortion and seeking to legalize marijuana!

At that time, I warned Canadians about the terrible consequences of passing these measures into law. I was right then and I’m right now in saying, “The only way to stave off impending judgment is to repent and return to God”!

The Bible says: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (groan)”. (Prov. 29:2). Jesus Christ also warned of the tragic, desperate and wicked days in which we now live! “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matt. 24:37)

What was society like in “the days of Noah” prior to the flood? People had turned their backs upon God and VIOLENCE was their defining mode of lifestyle!

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The earth was also corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.” (Gen. 6:5-13)

It is impossible to pick up a news magazine or paper and not read of a terrorist bombing, gut-wrenching atrocities, mass murders, civil wars, tribal strife and anarchy somewhere across the globe!


Hatred, fear and genocide are "the order of the day", as Satan plays out his final act of rebellion against God. Since man was created in God’s image, every act of violence and murder is an act against the Almighty. Satan understands this and knowing man’s propensity to sin, utilizes this weakness!

In his 1993 encyclical ‘Evangelium Vitae’, Pope John Paul stated: To claim the right to abortion, infanticide and euthanasia, and to recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over others and against others. This is the death of true freedom.”

The 1990’s violent protests by pro-abortion, lesbian and homosexual groups in Montreal, and the disruptive and violent April 21, 1995 “take-over of a Gospel Winnipeg Rally” by homosexuals and their friends, is scary!

I tried to peacefully walk out of there. They threatened my life”, said the preacher! It is alleged that for many years, Billy Graham received at least one death threat each day of his life. Why anyone would seek to kill a preacher of the Gospel, I'll never know!

It’s one thing to see fanatical Muslims burn to death 17 people - in a bus - to stop a Gospel Crusade in India, or fanatical Hindus in that country stage a riot and threaten to kill the preacher, but to be driven from your pulpit in Canada by violent homosexuals - many of whom may have the HIV or AIDS virus - is something else!

Mississippi Gov. Kirk Fordice summed it up with these words: “The less we emphasize the Christian religion, the further we fall into the abyss of poor character and chaos”.


Writing for Newsweek February 6, 1995, Kenneth L. Woodward was "spot on" in his article, ‘WHATEVER HAPPENED TO SIN?’

Before there was shame or guilt or blame, there was sin. As the Bible tells it, Adam and Eve disobeyed their creator ... In shame, the first couple hid from God when He came searching for them. Flushed with guilt, Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent. The results of that original sin, the Book of Genesis implies, are still around for all of us to see: estrangement from God, from nature, from each other and from ourselves.”

WHAT A SERMON FROM A SECULAR WRITER! It's about time all of us took some definite steps to let the people know the truth concerning sin and its awful consequences! The Bible says: "The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord". (Rom. 6:23)

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

If My people, who 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). This is God's answer to our problem!

What must we do to save our nation from the degenerative and destructive forces of violence, perversion, immorality, alcohol and drug abuse?

                          SIN IS REBELLION AGAINST GOD!

As Kenneth L. Woodward points out, the Bible clearly pinpoints sin and rebellion against God and His laws as the cause of our estrangement from the Almighty, Nature, one another and from ourselves!

Repenting of our sins and receiving God’s forgiveness and the forgiveness of the ones we have wronged begins the process of ending the estrangement. We then learn to forgive ourselves and have respect for one another and the planet God has given us to superintend and enjoy!

There is no way we can truly love our fellowman if we do not love, reverence and worship the Living God and His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who created all things!

The New Age Movement and old Indian mysticism with their deceptive claims that the earth has a spirit and we are brothers and sisters to the bears, lions and eagles are totally “out to lunch” and deceived by the devil!

The First Commandment says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me (the Eternal God). (Exodus 20:3). There is absolutely no hope for our nation outside of Divine Intervention, through a revival of righteousness and the "fear of the Lord"!

The bottom line is that the professors and lecturers in our seminaries and Bible schools have - for decades - sown seeds of unbelief, skepticism, modernism and agnosticism among their students. And now we are reaping the harvest in our homes, churches and society at large!

The Bible says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and to depart from evil, that is understanding". (Job 28:28).

Let us pray: “Kind Heavenly Father, we confess our weakness and our pride, fears, lusts and laziness. Please forgive us and empower us all with Thy Blessed Holy Spirit! We receive your forgiveness and your strength. Thank You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.