Help, help. Anyone there February 21, 2018

“Help, help. Is anyone there?” Those were the desperate words of Mike Kelly, a Calgary trucker. It was December 30th, just after he had slammed into a big truck that stopped in the fast lane on a snowy highway. Kelly, fifty-two said, “The steering wheel and foot pedals came back and pinned my legs.” When he regained consciousness, he was positioned awkwardly within his toppled rig, as blood poured from his wounds. The temperature was minus 30 Celsius as the wind blew into the cab. Then help came as a man, seeing that Kelly was alive, opened the door of the damaged rig and made it inside. Someone called 911 and Kelly survived. This terrifying experience, and his cry for help illustrates our spiritual condition and need for outside help. And help is there for anyone who cries out, “God be merciful to me a sinner.” God promised, “Call unto me and I will answer you.” Will you call today?

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Accounts not settled in October February 19, 2018

The Family Herald and Weekly Star ceased publication in September 1968, after almost a century of operation. On one occasion, a farmer, claiming to be an atheist, wrote a letter to the editor. He stated that most of the farmers in his community were Christians. He said that his lifestyle was decidedly non-Christian, and he believed the church-going Christian farmers foolishly denied themselves certain pleasures which he enjoyed. To prove the superiority of leaving God out of his life, he announced “This October my crops were the largest of any in our community.” The editor’s classic response was short and to the point. “Dear Sir, God does not settle all of His accounts in October.” Paul the Apostle had a warning for folks like that atheist farmer, when he wrote,“ boast not yourself of tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth,”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Health For Body and Soul February 16, 2018

“Even after Canadians are diagnosed with a condition like heart disease or diabetes, they rarely make lifestyle changes that could prolong their lives.” That’s the surprising finding of a Statistics Canada report. When it comes to the matter of maintaining good health, it is difficult for many of us to change our ways. That is serious. But it’s even more serious when it involves our spiritual health. Efforts such as self-reformation, performing good works, getting religion, do not bring about permanent change. Thankfully despite this, God says that to become a true Christian, to make peace with God, it is not up to us. It is “by grace we are saved through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God.” For healthy bodies we need to act. But for our souls, when Jesus went to the Cross to redeem us, He cried out, “It is finished.” All we need to do is humbly accept what He has done and what He offers.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Careless Thief February 14, 2018

Someone stole a cell phone and put it up for sale for $300 on Kijiji. But an alert employee of the store from which it was stolen saw the ad, and confirmed that it was the stolen cell phone. A police officer contacted the would-be seller, arranged to see the phone at a local restaurant and an arrest was made. The fine was one thousand dollars plus an additional one hundred and fifty for the victims of crime fund. It was an expensive phone for that thief. Let’s hope that individual has learned a lesson. Although some think they can get away with wrong-doing, every action has a consequence eventually. The Bible informs us, “Be sure your sin will find you out.” We are also warned, “Do not be deceived. God is not mocked. Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Thankfully though, God promises, “If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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The Bible- Error Free February 12, 2018

You believe the Bible was written by men, and is not the inspired Word of God? Please listen to this. A while back Dr. John Grebe, a devout Christian and one-time Director of Nuclear and Basic Research at Dow Chemical in Midland Michigan made an unusual offer. He offered a thousand dollars to anyone who could prove an error in the Bible. Although the offer was made in twenty-seven different countries, the money is still uncollected. And if courts and judges do their jobs correctly and fairly, it will never happen, because the Bible, in its original manuscripts, is the inspired Word of God, preserved from error through the centuries. If we read it, we will learn the answers to life’s most important questions, learn our true nature, and best of all, learn of the Saviour who came to forgive, cleanse and fit us for heaven. Follow this book and it will change your life forever.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Do It Yourself February 9, 2018

“We will fix what your husband fixed”, was seen on an auto repair shop wall. Those who have tried to fix something themselves and made it worse will appreciate that. When problems rise in the areas of electricity, plumbing or carpentry, it is usually best to put things into the hands of a professional. It becomes much more serious however, when we’ve tried again and again to fix our broken lives, but have failed. When it comes to living a fulfilling life, we all need help. Jesus once said, regarding the spiritual life, “without me you can do nothing.” But Paul wrote after he became a Christian following his life changing encounter with the Saviour on the Damascus road, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Are you tired of trying and failing to overcome bad habits and addictions? Turn to the Master. He can turn any life around. We don’t have to try to fix it ourselves.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Fact or Fiction February 7, 2018

For years it was reported that famous singer Nat King Cole’s wife was on her way to be with her dying husband in an Alabama hospital, when her car broke down. She was helped by a stranger who assisted her, enabling her to get to the hospital before her husband passed away. The story said that Mrs. Cole thanked her benefactor, giving him a large television. But the story had been made up, was not true. Mr. Cole actually passed away in California. This reinforces the importance of knowing right from wrong, truth from fiction, especially regarding important matters such as preparation for the next life. The Bible, the only authentic source for spiritual truth, tells us. “there is none righteous, no not one.” And it reveals the only way to a proper relationship with the Heavenly Father in Jesus’ own words, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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