God, the Great Creator November 24, 2017

The Mariana Trench, located at the bottom of the western Pacific Ocean, is the deepest known point in Earth’s oceans. It is eleven kilometers, which is over thirty thousand feet below the surface. It is believed that over eighty percent of life on our planet lives in the ocean. Understanding the deep ocean is only at its beginning stages and is referred to as a new frontier. And God made it all. The Psalmist was inspired to write, “O Lord, how manifold are your works. In wisdom You have made them all…this great and wide sea in which are living things both small and great.” A gospel song writer once posed the question- “How big is God?” Then he answered, “He’s big enough to rule the mighty universe but small enough to live within my heart.” Now that is worth some serious reflection.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Our Trustworthy Bible November 22, 2017

Imagine forty different physicians from different countries speaking different languages, compiling a textbook for the treatment of disease over a period of sixteen hundred years. Who would want a doctor who was guided by that kind of a book? Yet interestingly, the Bible was written over a period of sixteen hundred years by many people who lived at different times and who spoke different languages. Nobody has ever been able to prove one single error in the Bible. It’s been tried. There is but one sensible reason for the truthfulness and reliability of this book. God was the author and He inspired humans to write what He wanted written. “Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” We can trust the Bible. In it, we are urged to “seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.”
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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The Power of God November 20, 2017

Did the miracles described in the Bible really happen? Did the Red Sea actually part as Moses ordered? Did Christ raise the dead? Dr. John R. Brobeck, professor of Physiology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School believes that many scientists now admit that such miracles may have happened. He says that one factor could account for the miracles of scriptures. It is a source of energy unknown to the scientific system. Dr. Brobeck said, “In the Bible, it is known as “the power of God.” And God’s Word does have much to say about God’s power, such as “God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.” It is no wonder Paul the Apostle was inspired to write, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation, to everyone who believes.”
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Avoiding the Unpleasant November 17, 2017

In the comic strip “Peanuts”, Lucy tells Linus that when he grows up and moves away, she will get his room. But Linus reminded Lucy that someday she too would have to leave home. Lucy quickly turned the television up louder, crawled into her chair with a bowl of ice cream and refused to talk about it. Just a comic strip, but with an important insight for us all. Many of us, like Lucy, are often unwilling to accept the unpleasant realities in our own lives, to admit our own faults and failures, and especially to face the reality of the next life. To do that, we need to acknowledge our spiritual poverty, since, “all have sinned,” and ask Jesus for forgiveness and an entrance into heaven. He invites us to “seek the Lord while He may be found and to “call upon Him while He is near.” Let’s learn from Lucy.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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911 November 15, 2017

The 911 emergency system has amazing capabilities. In most places, a person need only dial those three numbers to be instantly connected to a dispatcher. The dispatcher sees on a computer screen the caller’s telephone number, address, and the name under which the number is listed. A caller does not even have to say anything. Even rasping coughs and hysterical cries have brought a quick response. The dispatcher knows where the call is coming from and help is sent. At times, situations in our lives are so desperate and our pain so deep we can only muster 911 prayers to God. Like the Psalmist, we too can pray, “In my distress, I cried unto the Lord…” And we too will be able to say, “… and He heard me.” God hears each one. He knows our name and every detail of the situation. He will send precisely what is needed.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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The Missing School Desks November 13, 2017

Arkansas high school teacher Martha Cothren would disagree with the football players who are refusing to stand during the playing of their country’s national anthem. When her students arrived at school, there were no desks. When none of the students could tell her how they had earned the right to sit at a desk, they had to sit on the floor. When the final period came, Ms. Cothren opened her door and several war veterans walked in, each carrying a chair. She then told her students they had not earned the right to sit at desks. It was the veterans who had paid the price so the students could get an education. Similarly, nobody has ever earned the right to be called a Christian. Jesus made that possible by His dying on the cross. Paul explained, “by grace we are saved through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God.”
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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The Biggest Gamble of All November 10, 2017

Someone rocked a boat to see if it would tip. It did. Someone smelled escaping gas and lit a piece of oily waste to find the leak. He found it. Someone lived all his life laughing at the gospel and rejecting Christ to see if there really is a hereafter. There was. In each of these cases, those involved were taking a chance, gambling. They lost. We may never buy lotto tickets, never visit casinos, never gamble. But if we are leaving Christ out of our lives, staking everything on the idea that the hereafter and the need of what Jesus called the new birth are merely fables, we are taking the biggest gamble of time and eternity. We will lose. We are betting against Christ Himself, who asked the rhetorical question, “What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his own soul.” We all know the answer to that don’t we.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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