A PILL FOR EVERY PROBLEM Wednesday, September 23, 2020

“North Americans have become conditions into believing that there is a prescription for every common ache or disease,” according to newspaper columnist Dr. W. Gifford Jones. This philosophy is troubling because the root cause is often overlooked. Sadly, many take the same approach regarding our spiritual needs as well. We try improving ourselves by going to church, getting baptized, or giving to charities, all hoping to impress God. But the Bible teaches us that behind our moral and spiritual problem is the heart. We read, “Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.” We need to admit honestly that we need a new heart, not spiritual pills, due to our root problem—our fallen sin nature.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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A DOCTOR’S GREATEST DISCOVERY Monday, September 21, 2020

Many medical doctors are evangelical Christians. Dr. Nelles Silverthorne was a pediatrician and a research scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. When whooping cough was a dreaded disease, he worked on the development of a vaccine for immunization against it. He was a pioneer who assisted in the development of the oxygen tent and one of the first physicians to use penicillin. But Silverthorne says his “greatest discovery ever” was when he became a Christian. He said, “Whoever reads this, please be assured that being a born again Christian is the greatest decision and the most thrilling experience you can have on earth.” Dr. Silverthorne knew that Jesus had said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God,” and that, “You must be born again.”
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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GOD AT THE CENTER, NOT MAN Friday, September 18, 2020

Recently, meteorologist Cindy Day, speaking of growing up on her grandmother’s farm, wrote, “Regardless of when we thought it was time to cut the hay or harvest the corn, nature decided for us. Seasons came and left, everything got done, but not necessarily on our schedule.” It is good for us to be reminded that “God changes times and seasons, removed and sets up kinds, gives wisdom and knowledge.” Some see man at the center of all things, but the Bible reassures us that “many are the plans in the eyes of man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” How wonderful it is that God not only controls our world, but Jesus loves us and offers us salvation through His Son Jesus. All we need to do is ask.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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AN APPLE A DAY Wednesday, September 16, 2020

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Just an old wives’ tale, right? Better check again! Recent research has discovered that the lowly apple contains polyphenols that help reduce visceral fat and are said to promote longevity. So, before we throw out the old-fashioned ideas, maybe we better do the research. Another old-fashioned idea reveals that man will one day answer about his relationship to God. All are invited to accept the gift of salvation provided by the death of the Lord Jesus. God’s Word, the Bible, claims, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” The prudent will act upon this important Bible truth. Where we spend eternity depends on what we do with Christ in this life.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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WARNING FOR A FARMER Monday, September 14, 2020

The Family Herald and Weekly Star was a farm magazine published for almost a century, in operation until September 1968. One reader, a farmer, wrote to the editor and announced that he was an atheist. He said that in his community, most of the farmers were Christians, and he believed they were wasting their time denying themselves certain pleasures which he enjoyed. He wrote that he planted all his crops on Sundays. Then, he announced, “This October, my crops were the largest of any in the community.” The editor’s brief, classic response was, “Dear sir, God does not settle all of His accounts in October.” Hopefully, that atheist farmer heeded the Apostle Paul’s warning: “Boast not yourself of tomorrow…” Let’s hope that he followed the advice of the Old Testament prophet Amos: “Prepare to meet your God.” Good advice for all.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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NEVER TOO LATE Friday, September 11, 2020

“It’s never too late to quit smoking,” according to Dr. Peter Selby. He notes that many smokers who make resolutions to butt out for good see the deadline come and go, but he said that National No Smoking Week and “Weedless Wednesday” offer encouraging reminders. He is right. In other areas of life as well, it is never too late to make a change in our lives. Perhaps you have good intentions to turn your life over to God and begin again. Paul wrote in the New Testament, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.” That’s what it means to be spiritually reborn. Quitting smoking is never too late, and turning to God is never too late.
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HEROIC POLICE OFFICER Wednesday, September 9, 2020

In San Francisco last month, a senior faced death when his wheelchair became stuck on a railroad track with an oncoming train only seconds away. Officer Erika Urrea rushed to the scene and hoisted the helpless man out of the wheelchair, saving his life just in time. She risked her own life to save another. Paul the Apostle was inspired to comment on such situations, saying, “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die, yet perhaps for a good man some would even dare to die.” He reminds us of the rarity of someone dying even for a good person. Then, he revealed God’s amazing love, saying, “But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Officer Urrea bravely acted to save a life. Jesus acted with love to save our souls.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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GOD LOVES UNCONDITIONALLY Monday, September 7, 2020

A Christian farmer painted the words “God is love” on his weathervane. His neighbor, a skeptic, asked, “Do you mean that God’s lobe changes like the wind does?” “No,” replied the Christian, “I mean that God loves me no matter which way the wind blows.” Thankfully, no matter which way the winds of adversity blow in our lives, whether poor, prospering, successful, or failing, He is still there with His love. I am glad that God loves you and me. I know that from personal experience, but also from what is written in His Word. Listen to what Paul was inspired to write in the New Testament: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” No matter who you are, no matter what you have done, God still loves you. Please reach out to Him for forgiveness.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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ENOUGH BAD NEWS—HERE’S GOOD NEWS Friday, September 4, 2020

“That’s it, I’ve had it. All you ever hear on radio and TV is bad news. I know they’re only reporting what’s going on, but I’m not listening anymore.” You’ve surely heard that sentiment many times, and it’s understandable. Today on Just a Minute, I will not be repeating bad news. The New Testament was written in an ancient language called koine Greek (“common Greek”). In the Greek New Testament, the noun evangelion (“gospel”) appears over seventy times. It is a word that means “good news.” So today in a time of bad news, the God of heaven offers us all good news. Even though He informs us that “all have sinned,” His Son “Christ died for our sins” on an old rugged cross and He offers every one of us forgiveness and “the gift of eternal life.” How’s that for good news?
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WALTER LIPPMAN’S WISDOM Thursday, September 3, 2020

Walter Lippman, an American Pulitzer prize winner, has been called “the most influential journalist of the 20th century.” He once said, “We ourselves were sure that at long last the generation had arisen […] to put this disorderly earth to right […] and look what we have made of it.” What is required is a new kind of man. The Bible sums up our fallen nature, telling us “all have sinned.” Jesus explained that we all need to be “born again.” When we admit our spiritual need and invite Christ into our lives, God promises, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. […] I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statues.” That is God’s new kind of man, one who has been spiritually reborn.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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