The Swedish Nightingale January 19, 2018

Jenny Lind was the best-known singer in the world in her lifetime, thanks to P.T. Barnum, who brought her to America in eighteen fifty. Born in Sweden in eighteen twenty, she became known as “The Swedish Nightingale.” Lind had a brilliant career in opera and on the concert stage. When she came to the USA, she made highly successful tours and concert appearances, attracting thousands, becoming famous and wealthy. But in eighteen fifty-two, she gave up opera and stage. Considering her voice, a gift from God, she once said, “I will sing for God.” And this she did for the rest of her life and donated generously to charitable and Christian causes. She personifies the great truth that, as the Bible says, “…our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit and we are not our own…”. Because of this we are exhorted to “glorify God in our bodies and in our spirits, which are God’s.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Real Happiness January 17, 2018

A Time Magazine once had as it cover story- “The Pursuit of Happiness.” The article inside made mention of “The American Declaration of Human Rights”, signed in seventeen seventy- six, attempting to guarantee the right of everyone to happiness. Often, we think of it as personal gratification, a state we want for ourselves. Unfortunately, the more we pursue happiness, the more elusive it becomes. If it depends on our circumstances, friends or financial success, it will be fleeting, because circumstances can change. But when our happiness is found in a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ we have peace with God and assurance of a home in heaven. It need never change since Jesus is the source of our happiness and He never changes. He promised, “I am the Lord, I change not.” He is “the same, yesterday and today and forever.” We can all trust Him for our happiness.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Change, Change, Change January 15, 2018

If you are fifty or over, I’m sure you have been amazed at the changes which have taken place during your lifetime. The computer is a huge factor. But think of the changes which take place in our lives when all the children move out, medical problems come, or we lose employment. Remember the words of the old hymn, “Change and decay in all around I see…” And thankfully, in this world of enormous changes, there is one constant. The God of the Bible never changes. He said, “I am the Lord, I change not.” Our Saviour never changes. The way to heaven never changes. Timothy, in the New Testament, wrote “…For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all.” Church attendance, baptism and other religious acts do not prepare us for the next life. Jesus said, “…no one comes to the Father except through me.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Diamonds in the Rough January 12, 2018

From time to time, huge diamonds come on the market and are auctioned off at fabulous prices. But these beautiful gems were once lumps of carbon buried deep in the earth- not beautiful until discovered, cut, polished and perfected. And did you know that God can take a life that is broken, seemingly of no value, and transform it? Bill Gaither’s song expressed this wonderful change. “Something beautiful, something good, all my confusion He understood. All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife, but He made something beautiful of my life.” And Paul gave us God’s description of what happens when we give our lives over to Christ. He wrote, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.” God sees us as “ diamonds in the rough”, until we place ourselves in His hands.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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The wisdom of Blaise Pascal January 10, 2018

Blaise Pascal was a brilliant French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, and God-fearing man who lived in the sixteen hundreds. “He once expressed his philosophy of life as follows: “Man wants to be happy…but how shall he go about it? …we don’t want to think about our frail lives, the fact that someday our lives will end, so we fill our lives with toys that numb our minds and help us forget.” Pascal was correct. Pretending there is no afterlife, using diversions is not the answer. But when we face the reality of the next life it is comforting to hear that Jesus our Saviour promises “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, shall live.” Blaise Pascal believed that, and so should we, because it is the truth. Jesus offers us the gift of eternal life, since He died and rose again to make that possible.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Tragedy of Drunk Driving January 8, 2018

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving or MADD, on average, approximately four people are killed each day in crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs, and surviving family members are left with a lifetime of pain. In some cases, drunk drivers with rich families receive reduced time in jail. But God does not minimize our wrong-doing. He tells us “There is none righteous, no not one.” And to those who think they have gotten away with hurting innocent people, He says, “Be sure your sin will find you out.” He is a God of holiness, but also a God of grace who “… demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” When we repent and ask His forgiveness, He assures us, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Honesty and Gratitude January 5, 2018

In New Haven Connecticut, Elmer Alvarez, a homeless man, found a cheque for ten thousand dollars. Surprisingly, though poor, he went out of his way to find the rightful owner, Roberta Hoskie, a Realtor in the city. Hoskie, a former homeless person herself, is showing her gratitude. She wrote him a check, is helping him get an education, and assisting him to get an apartment of his own. There is another Who is ready and able to help anyone who sincerely calls upon Him. Only in this case, Jesus does not offer help to those who have done something for Him, but to those who have wronged Him. The Bible tells us that Christ died for our sins, and He is “able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him.” None of us is beyond the help He offers. But He will not force Himself on us. We must ask for it.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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