Saturday, March 25, 2023

                         THE WORLD IS MY PARISH!

                            By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.  

In the 1700's, a preacher filled with God's holy fire declared, "The world is my parish"! His heart was burning with desire to evangelize the world for Christ.  No doubt many of his critics laughed at John Wesley and made light of his speech, but by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, his ministry helped change the course of this world!

When the Gospel of Christ penetrated John Wesley’s soul, he charted his course, and won tens of thousands to Christ. God’s message then as now, is that Christians should separate themselves from the world and by God’s grace live a Godly life!

He thundered out "the message" without fear or favour of man or devil.  Church leaders tried to stop him, but he would not be stopped.  Then they threatened to “take away" his parish, but this did not disturb John Wesley.  He said, "There is a fire kindled in my breast that no man can put out"!

It wasn’t long before he was removed from his parish and from the Anglican Church.  They kicked him out because his message was too straight and too strong for them.  Someone asked him, "John Wesley, you have lost your parish, what will you do now"?  Then John Wesley made the famous statement, "THE WORLD IS MY PARISH"!

John Wesley preached one of his greatest sermons after losing his parish - standing on his father's grave.  He declared, "My father is buried here, and this plot is our property so I have a right to preach here".

Soon he was preaching to tens of thousands who gathered in cow pastures and fields to hear him declare the unadulterated Word of God! Very humbly, I feel that God has also called me to preach the same uncompromising message!

In June 1957, God's grace came into my life.  He miraculously saved my soul, filled me with the Holy Ghost and ignited a fire within my breast that is still burning today and stirs me with joy and boldness to proclaim His eternal Word!

God took me out of a cold denominational church and gave me a vision of World Evangelism and placed a divine call burning in my soul that gets brighter and brighter every day as I seek to reach the lost, dying, sick and suffering of our generation for Christ.

While we were conducting a crusade among the headhunters of Northern Luzon on the Philippine Islands in April 1966, God spoke to me one night:  "My son, you will be going to many of the cities of the world. The message you preach is what I want preached today, and very few of My servants are preaching this message"!

The message of ‘Repentance and Holiness' prepares the people for the return of Jesus Christ. The Church is often so involved with the world and have left with God out.  I realize it is my duty, like John Wesley, to let the message of holiness, righteousness, and God’s judgment upon sin, ring out across the world once more!

For more than 60 years I have sought to be faithful unto Christ in the pursuit of precious souls for His kingdom in many of the nations of the world. Many times we just barely made it financially, as we often over-extended ourselves because of the many desperate needs we beheld, but God always brought us through! Praise, honour, and glory to His name!

Initially, my desire was to declare the Good News of Jesus Christ in Canada, but that was changed in 1965 when I heard Him say, “I send you to the heathen.” As we approach the Return of Jesus and the last great round-up of the Church, my prayer is: “God keep me in the centre of Your will and give me grace to stay true to Your cause and Your call upon my life until the very end"!

The Bible says, "He that shall endure unto the end shall be saved". (Matt. 24:13) St. Paul emphasized, "And let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not". (Gal. 6:9-10)

 Jesus said, "I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day:  the night cometh, when no man can work". (John 9:4). He said, "Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest". (John 4:35-3


Joseph Smith - the founder of the Mormon cult said, "The greatest responsibility in this world that God laid upon us is to seek after our dead"!  This was reported by Newsweek, March 1, 1976. Have you ever heard such Apostacy and Rubbish?

Jesus said, "Let the dead bury their dead but go thou and preach the kingdom of God". (Luke 9:60). Mediums seek to talk to the dead, but the only time Jesus spoke to the dead was when He raised them back to life. (Widow's son, Luke 7:11-15; Lazarus, John 11:43-44; Jairus' daughter, Luke 8:51-55)

St. Paul warned: “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again.  If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." (Gal. 1:8-9).

The chief duty of the Church is to make Christ known wherever possible and to reach as many souls for Jesus and His kingdom as we can before He returns! The Supreme task of the Church is to evangelize the world through the proclamation and demonstration of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Many take the glorious fact of Christianity and its blessings for granted.  Have you ever asked yourself, “Why did Jesus come into the world?”  The fact that He did come is well known.  Hundreds of millions today date their letters by His birth.  A.D. Anno Domini - ‘In the year of our Lord’.

The prophet foretold His coming 700 years before His birth.  "...behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel". (Isaiah 7:14). "For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given:  and the government shall be upon His shoulder:  and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace". (Isaiah 9:16)


 ·     To bring abundant life.  "The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill and to destroy:  I am come that they might have life, and they might have it more abundantly". (John 10:10)

·     To destroy the works of the devil.  "...for this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil." (1 John 3:8)

·     To seek and save the lost.  "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." (Luke 19:10)

·     To do His Father's Will.  "Father, if Thou be willing, remove this cup from Me:  nevertheless, not My will, but Thine, be done." (Luke 22:42) "...because I seek not Mine own will, but the will of the Father which sent Me." (John 5:30)

 "For I come down from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me." (John 6:38) “I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day:  the night cometh, when no man can work." (John 9:4)

·     To bring many sons to glory.  " bringing many sons unto glory..." (Heb. 2:10)  "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." (John 1:12)

"...that we might receive the adoption of sons.  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying Abba, Father.  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ." (Gal. 4:5-7)


Repentance.  "From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent:  for the kingdom of heaven is at hand". (Matt. 4:17)

Faith.  "...the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand:  repent ye, and believe the gospel." (Mark 1:15) “...thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace." (Luke 7:50)

Water Baptism for Believers.  "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." (Mark 16:16)

Divine Healing.  "Then He called His twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.  And He sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick." (Luke 9:1-2). "After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before His face into every city and place, whither He Himself would come.

“Therefore, said He unto them, the harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few; pray ye         therefore the Lord of the harvest.  And heal the sick that are therein." (Luke 10:1-2,9)

Casting out Devils.  "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy:  and nothing shall be any means hurt you." (Luke 10:19)

"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 16:17-18)


a)   "I am the way, the truth and the life:  no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." (John 14:6) Jesus stated that He is ‘The only way to God’.  Anyone else seeking to usurp that position is a thief and a liar!

b)  "I am the door:  by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and go in and out, and find pasture." (John 10:9)

c)   "Come unto Me, all ye that are labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matt. 11:28)


"From that time forth began Jesus to show unto His disciples, how that He must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day." (Matt. 16:21)

"For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." (Matt. 12:40) “...destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." (John 2:19)

A separated life.  "No man can serve two masters:  for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other.  Ye cannot serve God and mammon." (Matt. 6:24)

"Enter ye in at the strait gate:  for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." (Matt. 7:13-14)

 "And when He had called the people unto Him with His disciples also, He said unto them, Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8:34-37)


“There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

“And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

“And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

“But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime received thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

“And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:  For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

“Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.  And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” (Luke 16:19-31)


“When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

“And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

“Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:  And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” (Matt. 25:31-34, 41, 46)


“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:1-3; “And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” (Rev. 22:12)


He preached the gospel, healed the sick, cast out devils and forgave sinners.  He gave new hope, peace and joy to all those who put their trust in Him! He said, "...neither do I condemn thee:  go, and sin no more." (John 8:11) “...behold, thou art made whole:  sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee." (John 5:14).

 "And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd." (Matt. 9:35-36)

"When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils:  and He cast out the spirits with His word, and healed all that were sick:  That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses." (Matt. 8:16-17)

"Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:  The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them." (Matt. 11:4-5)


To finish the task that He came to fulfill - namely, the propagation of the gospel of Christ to the ends of the earth.  Jesus said, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" (Matt. 28:19)


“And He said unto them, 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)

 "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." (Matt. 24:14)


 1.   Half of the people now living have never heard the gospel even once.  Think of it!

2.   Over 120,000 souls go into eternity every 24 hours.

3.   More people are alive on this earth presently, than have lived since the time of Adam!

4.   Every time one convert is made to Christianity, 3 are converted into paganism.  And for every child born to Christian families, 5 are born into pagan homes!

5.   More than 750 million souls died in the last generation who never heard the gospel of Christ - We are responsible for those alive NOW!  Our generation needs us.  Let us not miss the golden opportunity to reach the lost for Christ while it is still day.


“And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Eccl. 4:12). “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.” (Matt. 18:19)

“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.” (Acts 2:4; 3:1)


“We then, as workers together with Him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.” (2 Cor. 6:1)

 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

“And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! “But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

“But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.” (Rom. 10:13-18)

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Mal. 3:10-11)

Jesus said, "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.  For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again". (Luke 6:38)

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matt. 6:33)


God spoke to my heart in May 1991 while on a crusade in Norway.  Here are His words:  "My son, go to Eastern Europe now, while the doors are still open!"

For these past number of years we poured a lot of time and money into Eastern Europe and other poor countries of the world with great success!  I obeyed the Holy Spirit and spent a lot of time in Eastern Europe with great success.

We need an awakening of God’s presence among His people so that the Church will be revived to reach the teeming multitudes! Now God has laid a very heavy burden on my heart for our own nation.


Martin Luther stated: “I live as though Jesus Christ died yesterday, arose today and is coming tomorrow”! How do we live and what are our priorities?  If He’s “coming tomorrow” we’d better get started.  It’s later than we all think!

David Brainerd wrote: “I cared not where or how I lived or what hardships I went through, so that I could but win souls for Christ.  When I was asleep I dreamed of these things, when I awoke the first thing I thought of was this great work.  All my desire was for the conversion of the heathen and all my hope was in God!”

 John Knox prayed, “O’ Lord give me Scotland or die”.  And it was reported that ‘Bloody Queen Mary of Scots’ stated that “she was more afraid of the prayers of John Knox than all the armies of England”! Dr. David Livingstone prayed: “Lord, when will this world’s sins be healed?”

F. Morley wrote: “David Livingstone came on the words of Jesus: “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world”.  He said in his diary dated January 14, 1856: “It is the word of a gentleman of the most strict and sacred honour so there’s an end to it! ... I feel quite calm now, thank God.”

“He faced the most savage fear, believing that this promise was absolutely true.  No man lived a lonelier life than he, and yet no man had such a sense of the companionship of his God.  He buried his wife Mary with his own hands, and in anguish wept like a child.  He says for the first time in his life he feels willing to die.  “I am left alone in the world by one whom I felt to be a part of myself.”

When he died, he died alone, discovered by two natives on his knees beside his bed among the bogs and marshes near Chitambo’s village in Ilala.  Among the last entries in his diary is written: “He will keep His word, the gracious One, full of grace and truth; no doubt of it.  He will keep His word and it will be all right.  Doubt is inadmissible, surely!”

Dr. A.B. Simpson challenged his workers with these words: “If ever there was an age when the world needed the witness of God’s supernatural working, it is in this day of unbelief and Satan’s power. Therefore, we may expect, as the end approaches, that the Holy Ghost will work in the healing of sickness, in the casting out of demons, in remarkable answers to prayer, in special and wonderful providences, and in such forms as may please His sovereign will to an unbelieving world.”

These great testimonies of men and women who blazed trails for the Gospel across the world with outstanding success serve as eye openers to us. May we continue in the great work of God in Jesus Christ as never before! Amen.

Max Solbrekken World Mission Box 44220 RPO Garside, Edmonton, AB T5V 1N6; Email: [email protected];; blog MSWM, Facebook, YouTube. Donations can be made by e-Transfer. Make donations to [email protected]. May God bless you!

Thursday, March 23, 2023

                           WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY                                         By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

“Then said they unto Him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them: This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.” (John 6: 28-29) 

It was ‘Question and Answer Time’ in ‘Christ’s Bible College’. The greatest of all Teachers answered the direct question that was burning in the hearts of His students! They had seen the mighty works of Jesus the prophet/teacher from Galilee and they longed to become active in the salvation healing crusades that He was conducting.

They knew that a good rabbi taught his disciples not only by word, but by example and that they would soon be called upon to follow His example in practical hands-on ministry!

The Great Teacher answered: “If you want to do God’s work, believe on Him whom He has sent!” Why is this important? The entire Gospel of Christ and the work of the Church is wrapped up in Jesus Christ, and none other!

To believe on Jesus Christ is to believe that HE is the ONE that the Father sent into the world as the sole Redeemer, Saviour, and Liberator of the human race! There can be no equivocation, no deviation, no compromise, and no watering down of that message!

Jesus said: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life and no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.” (John 14: 6), “I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved…I am come that they might have life and that more abundantly.” (John 10: 9, 10)


Jesus was very specific and emphatic. He made no bones about His identity. He said: “I and only I, am the Door. I and no on else, is the Way the Truth and the Life. I and only I, am the Resurrection and the Life. I and none other, is the True Vine and the Good Shepherd. I am He that was dead and behold, I am alive forevermore!

Believing on Jesus Christ is receiving Him as Lord and Saviour. It is obeying His Word, abiding in Him, and serving Him. When we do that, He comes into us giving us His Nature and filling us with His blessed Holy Spirit, as we seek Him with all our heart, soul and spirit!

“At that day (after My ascension) ye shall know that I am in My Father and ye in Me and I in you…and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father and I will love him and will manifest Myself unto him. If a man love Me he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and WE will come into him, and make OUR abode with him.” (John 14: 20, 21, 23)

We then become temples of the Holy Spirit and He lives in us. He walks in us, leads us, and guides us into all truth! He becomes one with us; He is in us and we are in Him! (2 Cor.6: 16; Acts 17: 28)

Only those who believe that Jesus Christ was sent to earth by God the Father have the authority to do His works. Christians believe that our Lord was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, died on the cross for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day.

We BELIEVE that Jesus Christ returned to Heaven and sat down at His Father’s right hand and is presently representing us as our Advocate and High Priest. (Heb.10:10-20)

He gives us the AUTHORITY to do the works that He did by the same Holy Spirit, through which He performed miracles. The Bible says: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10: 38)

Jesus stated: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, The works that I do shall ye do also and greater works than these shall ye do because I go unto My father;” (John 14:12)


He would send the blessed HOLY SPIRIT to fill them as He had been filled, and instead of He alone working miracles and preaching the Gospel, they would all be filled with the Holy Spirit and He would work through them everywhere they went!

Two good examples are the Holy Spirit entering Peter's shadow to bring healing to the sick and Paul sending out his handkerchiefs and aprons which the Holy Spirit used to bring healing and deliverance to the sick and demon possessed!  (Acts 5:14,15; Acts 19:11,12)

Believing on Jesus is more than having a head-knowledge of the Saviour. St. Paul described it so well: “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, being made conformable to His death…” (Phil.3: 10)

Certainly, Paul knew Jesus Christ. He met Him during his Damascus Road experience when the glory of the Lord blinded him. He spoke to Him and heard His voice on numerous occasions in Damascus, Arabia, in Jerusalem and other places. If anyone knew Jesus, Paul did!

Yet, he wanted to get to know Him better. Although he did not know Jesus in His earthly flesh, he said: “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we henceforth know we Him no more." (2 Cor.5:16)

“For the preaching of the CROSS is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us which are SAVED, it is the power of God. But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greek, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” (1 Cor. 1:18, 23)


When Jesus of Nazareth walked upon this earth, He was the incarnated Son of God: True God from eternity and true man through His Virgin Birth. He was human as well as divine. He had laid aside His glory that He had with His Father from eternity and worked His mighty miracles through the Holy Spirit! (Phil. 2: 5-11).

When He was resurrected from the dead and ascended to His Father's right hand, He laid aside His physical body and now has a glorified body. Jesus is fully God the Son together with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit!   

Before He went away Jesus promised: “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 (like Paul on Malta) and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them. They shall lay their hands upon the sick and shall recover.” (Mark 16: 16-18)


Yes, we can, and we DO believe in Jesus. And He will work through us like He did with His followers in the Early Church: “And they went forth preaching everywhere, the Lord working with them confirming the word with signs following.” (Mark 16: 18-20)

The Question they asked is one that we all should ask! “What is it you want me to do Lord so that I may please You? How may I also do the works that You are doing?”

The Master is calling, let us answer that call. The need for workers is urgent, let us not fail Him. The harvest is great, the labourers are few and time is short! Here is our Lord’s Harvest Call:

“Then saith He unto His disciples, the Harvest truly is plenteous, but the labouers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send out labourers into His harvest.” (Matt.9: 37, 38)

Here is our Lord’s Great Commission: “And He said unto them, 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, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16: 15-19)


This is our finest hour may we not lose it. This is the most opportune time, let us not waste it! God has opened the door, let us not linger. Christ has given us the key to Revival, let us use it! The Holy Spirit is waiting to work a miracle, why not ask Him? God has promised to answer prayer, let us believe Him.

All things are now ready for the ‘Marriage Supper of the Lamb’. Are you ready? If you are not, come to Him today and receive Him as your personal Saviour. (John 3:16, 17, 36; 5: 24, 25). You will never be the same again! Amen.

Max Solbrekken World Mission Box 44220 Garside, Edmonton, AB T5V 1N6; Email: [email protected];; blog MSWM, Facebook. Donations can be made by e-Transfer. Make your donations to [email protected]

Wednesday, March 22, 2023


                 By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

 Jesus Christ said:  "If God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will He clothe you, O ye of little faith.” (Matt. 16:8)

Stress is an insidious enemy that often impedes normal living and destroys happy relationships!  It can devastate the harmony within an individual, leaving in its wake, fear and foreboding, uncertainty, and distress.

All of us are affected by stress, one way or another; reaching into the past, present, and future! Past mistakes often nag at the conscience until it causes stress and pain.  Many are tormented by a lack of achievement, their poor standing in the community and failure to improve their lot in life.  And some see no hope for their future!

Financial reverses, health problems, marital discord, and family breakdown, all contribute to strain, stress, ulcers, and nervous breakdown!

The innocent party in a marital break-up, who is trying unsuccessfully to save the marriage against the advice of family, friends, and counsellors - often suffers horrific loneliness, condemnation, and abandonment. Sorrow and grief, connected with the "passing of a loved one", can also bring great stress on the ones left behind to mourn!

Young people often find themselves in stressful situations like changing schools, making new friends, studying for exams, and coping with the contorted world of youth violence, drugs, and sex promiscuity! The heartbroken parents of a child overdosing on marijuana, cocaine or fentanyl doesn’t heal easy.

The scourge of human trafficking children for the sex-trade has become Canada’s newest heartbreak! Human sex trafficking is the fastest growing crime in Canada. The RCMP estimate that 15,000 to 20,000 children go missing every year!

Stress can cause fatigue, heart palpitations and insomnia.  As well as emotional disorders, mental illness, and even organic diseases. And stress can kill!


That's the bad news - but the good news is that stress can be stimulating, healthy and harmless, if properly channeled! Guilt and remorse can be eliminated, if sins are confessed to God, wrongs are righted, and a new course charted!

Jesus said. “O ye of little faith?" (Luke 12:28). Even though Jesus’ disciples saw His miracles and heard His words of promise and life, they failed to believe! Only through receiving Jesus Christ into our hearts and being filled with His blessed Holy Spirit, will we begin to learn to walk in the Spirit! By God’s grace alone, the Holy Spirit imparts faith through His eternal Word!

Stressful situations can be reversed, nervous tension harnessed, and difficult times can become a blessing instead of a liability!  If we appropriate the promises of the Bible for ourselves, and act upon them in faith, we can have victory!

Christians have the benefit and solace of making their request known and bringing their burdens to the Lord in prayer! I have personally witnessed the miracles which faith in God have accomplished in the most trying, stressful and hopeless situations!

 The only way to handle stress is the ‘Bible Way’!  Before I share my thoughts on this vital subject, however, here are some findings by expert psychologists. Canada's Dr. Hans Selye, the father of stress research, defines stress as "the nonspecific response of the body to any demand". Selye - world famous endocrinologist - created a new terminology, when he differentiated between good stress - 'eustree' (latin 'eu', meaning good) and bad stress - 'distress' (latin, 'dis', meaning bad).

In his book 'The Stress of Life', Selye states, "No one can live without experiencing some degree of stress.  You may think that only serious disease or intensive physical or mental injury can cause stress.  This is false.  Crossing a busy intersection, exposure to a draft, or even sheer joy are enough to activate the body's stress mechanism to some extent.

"Stress is not even necessarily bad for you; it is also the spice of life, for any emotion, any activity, causes stress."  Dr. William L. Webb, secretary of U.S., Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine says, "The idea that states of mind, relationships, personalities or lifestyles affect the body is not new, but it has only recently gained the attention of doctors trained in science and technology".

Important research has been done by Dr. James J. Lynch of the University of Maryland's School of Medicine, to connect the emotions with heart disease. In an 1983 article by Catherine Houck - condensed by Reader's Digest - we get an insight into his work.

"In his book 'The Broken Heart', Lynch has documented the thesis that happy relations with spouses, friends and relatives not only can be good for mental health but may also protect you against cardiovascular disease."

Lynch writes, "The changes in the cardiovascular system show how profoundly important human dialogue is to bodily health. Under ordinary circumstances, the increase in blood pressure must be viewed as a natural reaction; not harmful in itself.  In cases of chronic hypertension in which there is no known organic cause, however, research indicates that the problem may stem from faulty communications and stressful relationships.

Sustained stress is now suspected to have links with diseases such as digestive disorders, osteoporosis and even cancer!

In the case of osteoporosis - caused by a long-term lack of calcium - even with the aid of supplements, stress upsets the digestive system so severely that calcium is not absorbed by the bones! Again, stress can play a part in who gets cancer and who does not, says Dr. William A. Greens, professor of medicine and psychiatry at the university of Rochester Medical Center.

And a study by Dr. Marvin Stein of New York's Mount Sinai School of Medicine, shows that bereavement and depression have a direct affect on the lessening of a person's immune system's ability to ward off diseases!


In my opinion, we must remember to pray and trust God.  There is no better and closer friend than Jesus Christ, our Lord. There is no power as strong as faith, and a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father destroys all the fears and torments that come our way.

St. Peter said, "Casting all your cares upon Him, for He careth for you" (1 Pet. 5:7).  And Jesus stated, "My peace I give unto you.  My peace I leave with you.  Not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled". (John 14:27)

Our Blessed Lord also said, "Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest". (Matt. 11:28). An old gospel song says it all:

 Leave it there, leave it there. Take your burdens to the Lord. And leave it there. If you trust and never doubt. He will surely bring you out. Take your burdens to the Lord. And leave them there!"

The Bible says: “When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils; and He (Jesus) cast out the spirits with His Word, and He healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken be Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare all our infirmities.” (Matt. 8;16,17)

“Who His own Self bare our sins in His own Body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by Whose Stripes we are healed.” (1 Peter 2:24); “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this Purpose the Son of God was manifested, the He might Destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)

St. James said, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will Flee (in terror) from you.”  May we all learn to trust in Jesus Christ our Lord, and constantly rest in the promises of God! Amen.

Max Solbrekken World Mission Box 44220 Garside, Edmonton, AB T5V 1N6;  Email: [email protected];; Blog: MSWM; Face Book, YouTube; Donations can be made by e-Transfer. Make donations to: [email protected]. God bless you!

Saturday, March 18, 2023


                             JESUS SAID, "1 AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH & THE LIFE" - John 14:6   


Pray for our Revival Meetings on Thursday & Friday at 7:00 PM on March 30, 31 at the Abbottsfield Rec Centre 3006 -119 Ave Edmonton.  We are fasting and praying that God will save sinners and heal the sick, for His glory! Triumphant Church Group as well as Brian Rembowski, Terry Ford, Eleanor Whittaker and Mike Hofer will fill the Auditorium with Blessed Assurance Gospel Singing. Pastor Kelly Laplante of Crossworlds Ministries graciously invited us there. Amen. Coffee will be available!

                                         1998 Gospel Crusades  in Taiwan
                      2006 & 2007 Crusades in Darfur & Sudan

                     1987 Gospel Crusades in Gudjarat, Amedevad India

Friday, March 17, 2023


by Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

“As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.” (Psalms 103:1, 5, 16) 


Many years ago, I was asked to officiate at the funeral of a relative of one of our parishioners. The lady who had passed away was forty-six years of age.  Only a few people were at the funeral chapel to mourn her passing but those who attended were close relatives and friends and I could tell they loved her dearly.  I chose for my sermon the title of this article, ‘What is Life?’

Muriel Heppner was in her place at the organ.  The strains of the hymn ‘Abide with Me’ set the tone for the service, even before I entered the sanctuary.  The tears were already welling up within my eyes as I thought of death, eternity, and the grief the loved ones must feel, together with the emptiness that would follow!

Death is so final!  I thought back briefly to my mother - her smile, her warmth, and her absence.  As I knelt to pray momentarily before stepping to the pulpit, I thanked God that my heart was still soft after seeing so much sickness and death. Officiating at so many funerals hadn't made me hard! 

I have often thought about how Jesus felt at the grave of Lazarus and when He wept over Jerusalem.  The Bible says, “He is touched with the feeling of our infirmities.” (Heb. 4:15) A certain solemnity seemed to grip my voice as I read Psalms 90:1-12.


 “LORD Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men

 “For a thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

“For we are consumed by Thine anger, and by Thy wrath are we troubled. Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.

The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to Thy fear, so is Thy wrath."

Hilder Commins brought hope and encouragement as her voice filled the air with a message of song.  The obituary and eulogy were very brief and to the point. And then, it was time for my message, ‘What is Life?’  I chose for my text James 4:14 - "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."


The 90th Psalm was written by Moses to a rebellious people who were not going to make it into the Promised Land! He states that God was giving them seventy years and possibly eighty years!  And just before God sent the flood that wiped out the antediluvian population - with the exception of Noah and his family - He set the boundaries for mankind’s longevity:

“And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh; yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.” (Gen. 6: 4)

What are seventy, eighty or even a hundred years when you have lived them?  What is any amount of time when it is used up? Think of it, my friend, and no more time to live!!  And that moment comes to every man. 

Moses warned: “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is there strength, labour and sorrow. For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.” (Psalms 90:10)

People have said to me, “My, how wonderful it would have been to live in the time of the prophets of old and at the time of Jesus' earthly ministry!”  I reply, “Yes, but if I would have lived then I would be dead now and I am glad to be alive now!” 

Here is another great truth, we are placed here by the Lord to do a certain work and in His infinite wisdom He knew when we should make our appearance on this earth, to fit into His great and glorious plan for man. Praise God!


We have no guarantee of life for the future.  We only have now!  The hymn writer wrote, ‘Today is mine, tomorrow may not come; I may not see the rising of the sun but when evening falls, may my work on earth be done.  Today is mine, tomorrow may never come.’ 

The woman whom we were burying had lived less than forty-seven years.  For her, life was over on this earth.  What guarantee do you have, my dear friend, that you will live fifty, sixty, or even seventy years?  Some are taken at an even earlier age.  Others get a few more years, still others live to be seventy, eighty or even one hundred but even then, life is short compared to eternity! 

Just stop for a moment and consider the possibility that even today your life could be snuffed out.  What have you accomplished for God, family and fellow man in the years you have lived?  Where do you stand with God, my friend?  And if you are a Christian, what have you done for God with your life?  Remember, ‘Only one life - it will soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last.’

St. James - one of the world's greatest pastors - said, “For what is your life? lt is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away.” (Verse 14)

St. James likens life to a fog that moves into an area overnight, but when the sunshine comes in the morning or when the wind arises, it is gone!  Life is like a mist or a vapour that is only temporary and leaves so suddenly. You can be driving down a highway to work in the morning and there may be a heavy fog or mist.  In the evening on your way home, it could be gone. 

Life is like a dew on the grass, or like a light frost on the window that disappears at the rising of the warm sun.  You could also be driving to work some morning, healthy and strong with no thought of death or eternity, and not make it home for supper!  Death could prevent you!


 The Scriptures declare, "For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night." (Psalms 90:4) In the sight of God a thousand years is as brief as one day. (2 Peter 3:8)

God compares a millennium of time to a watch in the night or to the remembrance of a day gone by.  The Bible tells us that God created man from the dust of the earth and gave him dominion over all things upon the earth. When he fell into sin, disobeying God and rebelling against the command of the Almighty, man consequently lost that dominion.

Death would never have become master over Adam and Eve if they had not sinned!  Sickness, fear, sorrow, and pain would not have mankind as slaves today, if our first parents had obeyed God rather than follow the devil's wishes.  They thought that ‘they were doing their own thing.’ 

How blind people can be.  The devil makes people feel so great, important, and free when in reality he has them right under his heel!  What fools, mortals can be. And oh, how deceived!!

When man sinned, instant judgment passed upon the human race.  God said: “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it was thou taken; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." (Gen. 3:19)

While committing the body of the deceased to the earth in Christian burial, I always use the dust (some ministers use flowers) to toss upon the casket as I say the final words, “From earth to earth, from dust to dust and from ashes to ashes.”


God calls mankind back to the earth: “…return ye children of men.” (Psalms 93) Return to where?  The dust of the earth!  It's God's call to humanity.  St. Paul spells it out very clearly in Hebrews 9:27, “…it is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment.”  Here is an appointment no one can break, postpone, or miss!

First the grave, and then the judgment of God!  There is no way around it.  One day we will all stand before God. (Rev. 20:11-15; 1 Cor. 3:12-15).

 True saints of God who are alive when Christ returns to rapture the church will, however, miss the grave!  Instead of returning to the dust they will be changed in a moment, glorified, and raptured to meet Christ in the air. (1 Cor. 15:51-54; 1 Thess. 4:15-17) Praise the Lord!

My constant prayer these last many years has been, “Lord, let me live until the coming of Jesus so that I may experience this great event!” Regardless, whether we live till that moment or not, we are sure of His glorious salvation if we put our complete and total trust in Him.  “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, and whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.” (I Thess. 5: 9, 10)


 Dying really is the natural end of the ‘cycle of man’ upon the earth since the fall.  It almost seems like the earth beckons - as though ‘earth calls to the human tabernacles of men.’  Often, when people become aged, they desire to die and go to be with the Lord.  It is only natural that man should want to be with His Maker because when the body dies the spirit departs to be with our Lord and God. (2 Cor. 5:6 - 8; Phil. 1:23)

 Could it be that the body, which is made from the dust actually desires to be laid to rest, at the end of a long life? I do not know!  There seems however to be that possibility!  All of us like to go back to the place of our birth, drive around the block and view the homes we had to leave after so many years! 

There is a feeling of belonging, identification, and a relating to the country of our forefathers and the place of our childhood, be it ever so humble.  And then, of course, the Scripture tells us that God actually calls man to return to the earth. (Psalms 93)


All through the Old Testament, the prophets of God were very explicit about the burying of their bones.  They did not want their bones buried just anywhere – “and they buried them with their fathers.” (2 Kings 12:21) And they also purchased burial land so that they could bury their dead properly. (Gen. 23:4-11)

Joseph gave commandments concerning his bones, which they kept for several hundred years in Egypt, and finally carried to their resting place in the land of Canaan. (Josh. 24:32, 33) 

God sometimes used fire as judgment upon those who disobeyed Him. For example, Sodom and Gomorrah were totally consumed by fire. (Gen. 19:24-28) Some sins of immorality were punishable by stoning, others by burning in Old Testament times. (Lev. 20:14; 21:9) Entire enemy cities were destroyed together with their heathen idols and images by burning. (Josh. 6:24)

Achan, his household and all his possessions were burned by fire because he had broken the covenant with the Lord. (Josh. 7:24 - 26) It was a pagan practice to sacrifice children to the gods of the heathen and also to make their sons and daughters pass through the fire. (2 Kings 16:2 - 4; 17: 16, 17, 31)

The heathen still walk on hot coals in some countries as they “pass through the fire” under the influence of evil spirits.


Atheists think that by burning the body they can do away with any thought of the resurrection.  They disclaim any thought of a hereafter or eternity, but the Bible says: “The sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and hell delivered up the dead that were in them . . .” (Rev. 20:13)

 Very definitely this Scripture proves that all the dead will come back to life either in the first or second resurrection regardless of what happens to the body at death. (Rev. 20:6)

And just because unbelievers, atheists and pagans burn the bodies of their dead, that does not prove anything but their own ignorance of God and His Word!  In India where the Hindus worship three hundred million gods and the land is filled with images and idols, they burn their dead loved ones but bury their dead cows, which are considered holy, and are an object of worship.

If you want to know why India is in the state it is in, read Rom. 1:20 - 32, "…who changed the truth of God into a lie and worshipped and served the creature (created things) more than the creator …"

 Tradition says that St. James preached the gospel of Jesus Christ in India, sent missionaries from India to other countries, and is buried in India.  I believe very strongly that cremation is a heathen practice and the proper way to dispose of the body of the deceased is in Christian burial, allowing the body to return to the dust of the earth! (Dan. 20:2; Eccl. 3:20; 12: 7)

When we bury the body of a departed believer, we are proclaiming that we believe the Gospel of Christ! As Jesus was laid in the tomb and rose from the dead three days later, we plant the believer’s body in hope and faith of a harvest – the resurrection from death to life at the hour of Christ’s return for His Church! (1 Cor. 15: 50-57; 1 Thes. 4: 13-18)


In the spring, green grass appears on the ground, flowers blossom and the robins begin to sing joyously!  All through the summer, the beauties and fragrance of new life is everywhere.  It seems like it should never have to end, but most of us who have seen the ice and the snow and heard the howling north wind, know it can never last!

Soon the chilling winds of autumn come sweeping across the land, and the beautiful birds take their flight to southern hospitality, the flowers fade, die and wither and then finally a gust of wind comes and carries them away.  The grass that has been green and lush begins to turn brown and lifeless as winter sets in.  How long was it since spring?  Only a few short months!

The Psalmist compares life with the flowers and grass of the field.  Beautiful, fragrant, lively and vibrant during the spring and summer, but its life is short, all too short! For some it is even shorter, like verse 6 implies; green grass, standing straight and tall, billowing in the breeze - then the mower comes along and it is cut down and soon withers.  This speaks of an untimely death.

Ellsworth Mackey travelled with me to Viet Nam, the Philippines, India, and the North West Territories.  He was our photographer and radio technician.  One day while working all alone on a tractor he experienced a tragic, fatal accident and within moments was dead.  The terrible news was shocking; unbelievable as it was, it was nevertheless true.  Ellsworth Mackey was dead. 

The young man with so many goals, plans, and aspirations; the young man who was so full of life, now lay dead and cold in a city morgue.  I had to identify his body, make all the preparations, and stand at the head of his grave and toss the dust onto his casket, as he had seen me do so many times at other funerals! 

The Bible says that life is like the grass of the field, cut down even while it is flourishing.  So, it happened to Ellsworth Mackey.  Thank God, he knew Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour.


The Bible is very graphic and illustrative in places.  The Psalmist says, “God carries mankind away (into eternity) as with a flood.” Nothing can stop a flood, and when it comes and the waters rise, everything goes down in destruction and is torn away from their moorings by the cruel and relentless tide.  Again, the Bible likens our lives to a “sleep.” 

Most people get seven to eight hours sleep each night but even though you may sleep ten to twelve hours, when you awake you feel as though only an hour had passed.  It seems too brief.  You fall asleep and awaken and that's how life is: very, very short even at the longest in comparison to eternity, which is forever!

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Ps. 90:12) The admonition here is to use all our time wisely, not waste precious time that could be given to seeking God and serving Him.  The Scripture is very plain in this matter in the New Testament also where St. Paul says:

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” (Eph. 5: 1 5 - 17). To apply our hearts unto wisdom is to understand the will of God for our lives and to do it! Praise God.


God’s Word spells it out in easy-to-understand words all through the Holy Bible. I share two portions of Scripture with you on this matter.  “…Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28) “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” (Prov. 3:4)

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” (Eccl. 12:13, 14)

I invite you my friend, to hearken to the voice of the Holy Spirit! Repent of your sins confessing them to God and turn to Christ in faith, and you will experience the glories of the New Birth and the gift of the Holy Ghost and fire.  Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matt. 11:28) Amen.

‘Life is like a mountain railroad with an engineer that's brave.You must make the run successful from the cradle to the grave. ‘Blessed Saviour Thou wilt guide us till we reach the blissful shore. There the angels wait to join us in Thy praise forevermore.’

Max Solbrekken World Mission Box 22440 Garside Edmonton, AB T5V 1N6.  Email: [email protected];; Blog: MSWM; Facebook, YouTube; Donations can be made by e-Transfer. Make your donations to  [email protected].