Ready March 1, 2021

Several years ago, a married couple made arrangements for their passing and burial. Their headstone includes their names, dates of birth, marriage, and space for the dates of their passing. Many others take these preparatory steps. But this couple made soul preparation. On the bottom of their tombstone is the word “Redeemed,” indicating that they have heeded the Biblical counsel to “prepare to meet your God.” They are aware that they, like all of us, “have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” But thankfully they also know that “Christ died for our sins,” and have accepted His gift of eternal life. They are wise examples for all.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Correct Diagnosis Important February 26, 2021

A man who was in pain and fading in and out of consciousness, was rushed to the emergency department of a Maritime hospital. After waiting four hours, he finally saw a doctor, who examined him hurriedly and released him. Fortunately, another doctor was uneasy about the diagnosis and ordered further investigation. The patient was found to be in a life-threatening condition. Appropriate steps were taken which saved his life. Careful diagnosis is vital. And it is even more important when it pertains to our spiritual health. The Bible gives a proper diagnosis for everyone of us, telling us that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked…” Thankfully our Heavenly Father, the Great Physician has prescribed the cure. He says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”

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Hetty Green – Big Miser February 24, 2021

Henrietta Howland “Hetty” Green was an American businesswoman and financier. She inherited one hundred million dollars when she was thirty years old, eventually becoming a billionaire. Sadly, her obsession with money caused the estrangement of her husband and children. When her son Ned broke his leg, she treated him at home to save money, resulting in his leg being amputated. Hetty’s story reminds one of a caution in the New Testament written by Timothy. He wrote, “…the love of money is the root of all evil…” Jesus warned, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth… but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” We are here on earth for just a while. But we are going to live somewhere forever. Let’s live with eternity’s values in view.

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A wife’s Appreciation February 22, 2021

“I am so thankful you are my husband…You have been a godly example as a husband, father and grandfather. I thank God for bringing us together. I love you more today than when we were first married.” Those words were written by a grateful wife shortly before her death. In a day when, according to Statistics Canada, nearly half of all marriages end in divorce, it is remarkable to hear of such a marriage. Paul the Apostle, in the Bible urged, “…husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it.” Such human love is a picture of God’s love for us. He loved us so much that He gave His only Son, Jesus to die on that old rugged cross for us. As a wife receives her husband’s love, we can receive God’s love. When we do, He comes into our lives, makes us His children and prepares us for heaven.

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Only Two Religions February 19, 2021

It is said that there are about forty two hundred religions in the world. But there are only two- the “do” religion and the “done” religion. All “do” religions teach that by doing good works we can prepare ourselves for the next life. Do this, or do that, and gain God’s favour. But the Bible clearly informs us that there’s nothing we can do to please God because we are separated from Him by our wrong-doing, our sin. But thankfully, what we can’t do, Jesus has already done by dying for our sins on the cross. He cried out from that old rugged cross, “It is finished.” Everything needed to forgive our sins and bring us into a proper relationship with God has been done. Paul explained that it’s “by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not by works…” Christ has done all we need.

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A humble Inventor February 17, 2021

The telegraph was invented in the 1830s and 1840s by a number of inventors, most notably by Samuel Morse. His Morse code revolutionized communication. Surprisingly, the first words sent by Morse were “What God hath wrought.” When acclaimed, he said, “I knew I never deserved it. I made this contribution to mankind not because I was brilliant, but because God needed someone to convey this gift to the world.” Samuel Morse, in refusing to take credit for something he received from God, illustrates God’s great plan of salvation. Many think that through religion, or good works, we become Christians, Titus made clear that it is “…not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us…”

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Middle C February 15, 2021

Lloyd Douglas, author of “The Robe,” once asked a professor acquaintance, “What’s the good news this morning?” The professor tapped a tuning fork and replied, “That’s middle C- it was Middle C yesterday and it will still be Middle C a thousand years from now.” In this fast paced ever changing world, everyone needs a Middle C, a someone who will always be there, no matter what else changes. David the Psalmist introduced, with certainty, such a One, writing, “From everlasting to everlasting, you are God. Jesus said, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.” The writer of the book of Hebrews described Jesus as “…the same yesterday and today and forever.” We cannot stop change in our world. It is inevitable. But we can put our hand in the hand of the One who is the everlasting God.

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Be Careful Who you listen to February 12, 2021

Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario Canada have found that some people heed the health advice of famous people, even when it is contradicted by medical professionals. Steven Hoffman, a health policy professor at McMaster said, “This can be dangerous when celebrities promote something that is not backed up by science…” When seeking counsel, there is nothing more critical than that pertaining to our spiritual health. Paul the Apostle speaking of this, wrote of certain wise people who “received the Word … examining the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so.” When studying a subject in our Bibles, it’s important to read what precedes and what follows, to understand the true meaning. Jesus promised “If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know if the teaching is of God.”

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Scars Erased February 10, 2021

Thirty-three-year-old Tanya St. Arnauld sustained terrible scars from an acid attack. In spite of skin grafts, burn treatments and rehabilitation, the damage remained severe. Then Dr. Jill Waibel of Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute in Florida learned of St. Arnauld’s plight and offered her a free course of laser treatments. Now she says, “I look like I never had an accident.” But there is even more wonderful news that all our sin scars, guilt and misery can be erased. The Psalmist David was inspired to suggest a prayer we can all pray. It is “Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” God will remove the spiritual scars caused by our wrong-doing. John wrote, “If we confess our sins, He (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

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The Silence of Big Ben February 8, 2021

Since 1859 London’s Big Ben has been Britain’s most famous timekeeper. But the giant bell atop Parliament’s clock tower fell silent last month. It will be silent for four years for repair work. Hundreds gathered under the Victorian clock and nearby Parliament Square to mark the moment. However, while this famous timepiece will be quiet for a while, time marches on. We will still need to do things on time, still be reminded that time is passing whenever we observe a birthday. The Psalmist reminds us that our lives are controlled by God. Speaking for us all he wrote “My times are in Your hands.” And surely it is a wise use of our time to make our peace with God while we have opportunity, by recognizing our fallen nature and spiritual need and accepting His wonderful gift of forgiveness and eternal life.

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