Deadly Assumptions December 13, 2017

“I’m one of the lucky people who was diagnosed early.” Those are the words of Dr. Michael Clarfield, a pancreatic cancer survivor. He now chairs the Pancreatic Cancer Canada Foundation and has launched a campaign called, “Assumptions can be deadly.” True indeed, because many assume they are well and serious illness could never happen to them. This is not only true regarding our physical health but also our spiritual health. To assume that going to church, living a good life, supporting charitable organizations, makes me a Christian and prepares me for the next life is very dangerous. We do not become Christians because of what we do, but because of what Christ has done. We are told in the New Testament, “By grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works…” Please do not make dangerous assumptions concerning your body or your soul.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Leonardo da Vinci’s Great Painting December 11, 2017

A painting of Christ by Renaissance Master Leonardo da Vinci sold last month for a record four hundred and fifty million dollars at a Christies auction in New York. The painting called Salvator Mundi (The Saviour of the World) is believed to be the last of Da Vinci’s paintings in private hands. The subject of that costly painting is Jesus Christ Himself Who is, indeed, the Saviour of the world because of His death on the cross. By that sacrificial death, Christ, as the Bible says, died “the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to bring us to God.” All who humbly admit that they are sinners by nature and by choice and accept Christ as Saviour are “saved.” Paul told the Philippian jailer, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” This gift, is worth far more than Da Vinci’s painting. It is priceless, cannot be purchased, is available to all.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Real or Fake December 8, 2017

If a product is labeled certified organic, it is supposed to ensure that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has inspected and passed it. Unfortunately, some products have the label organic or natural, without meeting the appropriate standards. It is also true when pertaining to becoming a genuine Bible Christian. We are instructed to sincerely acknowledge our sinful nature and to believe with our hearts in Jesus’ death and physical resurrection. Then when we publicly confess Christ as Saviour we are certified by God as true Christians. Paul was inspired to tell us, “… if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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An Island that Disappeared December 6, 2017

An Irish beach that was washed away, has reappeared over three decades later. The beach, near Dough village on Achill Island, originally sustained hotels and guest houses, before its mysterious disappearance. And often in life, storms rip the beauty from our lives and leave us empty and broken. The Psalmist refers to those in such a condition, writing, “their heart is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro and stagger like a drunken man and are at their wit’s end. Then they cry out to the Lord, and he brings them out of their distresses.” When we recognize our fallen sinful nature, invite the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive us and make us His children, we receive the peace and joy that only He can give. He promises, us all, “Call unto me and I will answer you.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Wise Use of Time December 4, 2017

Anna Mary Robertson Moses, known by her nickname, Grandma Moses, was an American folk artist. She began painting in earnest when she was 78, and when she died at the age of one hundred and one, she had completed fifteen hundred paintings. Grandma Moses certainly recognized the importance of using her time as productively as possible. Whether we live long or short lives, it is of utmost importance to use our time wisely. And when considering the use of our time, what could be of greater value than to make sure we are properly related to God? The Bible reminds us that …”now is the accepted time…today is the day of salvation.” A very thoughtful person once commented, “The only moment in time which is ours is now! The vital question is, what am I doing with my time? What about you and your time?

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Upside Down and Downside Up December 1, 2017

A recent Family Circus cartoon pictures a child doing a head stand, and saying, “Be careful Mommy, you’re walking upside down.” We chuckle, but there is a deeper meaning here. From the child’s perspective, his mother seems to be upside down, when he is the one standing on his head. Most today are taught from childhood that science or education or improved environment have all the answers to society’s problems. Many believe that the Bible is a collection of myths and that God does not exist, except in the mind of the naive and gullible. The Bible responds with the following: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Paul wrote, “…the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them…”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Citizenship November 30, 2017

Jackie Scott has had to wait many years to be officially accepted by the country in which she grew up. Now in her seventies, Scott was born in Britain and raised in Ontario, the daughter of a Canadian serviceman and a British woman. But because she was born before her parents were married, and her mother was not a Canadian citizen, Jackie was denied citizenship in the country she loves. In 2004, when she applied for a passport, she discovered to her surprise that she wasn’t a Canadian because she had been born out of wedlock. Thankfully, God does not discriminate against us that way. Regardless of our race, or what our parents may have done, when we sincerely seek entrance into God’s family, we are “accepted in the beloved.” With Christ in our lives we can say, “our citizenship is in heaven…
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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