“Gimme a Penny” May 20, 2019

A little boy with a reputation for causing havoc, was a patient in a children’s hospital. A visitor, trying to help, told him that if he obeyed the nurses for one week, she would give him a dime. A week later she returned and asked, “Do you deserve the dime?” A small voice said, “Gimme a penny.” Whether this really happened or is just a made-up story, it does illustrate a serious truth. If God were to ask us “Have you obeyed my commandments?” few would even be able to say, “Give me a penny”, because though the word “sin” is not popular these days, most of us are aware that we do sin. The Bible clearly states “The wages of sin is death.” But for the benefit of people who ask Jesus for His mercy, we are told that “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Egyptian Mummy May 17, 2019

A 2500-year-old Egyptian mummy is taken out of his casket in Massachusetts regularly for cleaning and restoration. But clean or not, that mummy is still a dead man. He has no life. But Jesus came to give us life, even after death. He came, the Bible says, “That we might have life, and have it more abundantly.” He did so by paying our sin debt when He became our substitute dying on the Cross. There He proclaimed victory over death when He arose from the dead. Before we come to Christ, we have “no hope and (are) without God in the world.” But when we accept Christ as our Saviour, the Scriptures tell us, “And you He has made alive who were dead…in sin…and now have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” That is the greatest news flash we will ever hear.

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Treasure Unknown May 15, 2019

Abraham Reyes of Mississauga Ontario unveiled the world’s biggest natural pearl. It weighs 27.65 kilograms and is believed to be worth sixty to ninety million dollars. Its worth was not known until recently. Many others, unknowingly, have a great treasure in their homes. It is a book often being ignored, gathering dust, which tells the story of man, what God is like and clearly reveals how to get to heaven. It is the Bible. One writer was inspired to describe it as follows. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword… and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” It is truly a “pearl of great price.” Please get out this valuable treasure in your home. Read it and follow its instructions.

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Lost May 13, 2019

“Don’t follow me, I’m lost.” Those words were seen on the back of a car. The word “lost” can mean not knowing where we are, or perhaps lost at sea. Jesus used the word to describe our spiritual condition. He said, “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” When we are trying to “find ourselves,” it is very important not to follow every voice we hear. Some invite us to try to work our way to heaven, others tell us that at death, that is all, there is no after life. But God’s Word, the Bible, says, “And this is life eternal, that they might know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” For spiritually lost people, Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life.” He said no one comes to the Father except through Him.

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Vision Restored May 10, 2019

A Maritime Senior noticed that he had poor vision in one of his eyes. It surprised him because his lenses were up to date, he had no cataracts or other eye problems, yet for some unknown reason, he could not see clearly out of his left eye. Then he discovered a heavy film on that lens. A thorough cleaning solved the problem. And in like manner, before we give our lives to Christ, we are unable to understand much of the Bible, or its truths. Paul explained why. “The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness to him… for they are spiritually discerned.” But when Jesus comes into our lives, He takes the scales from our eyes, and we can see and understand the Bible and its teachings.

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Perfectionism May 8, 2019

Dr. Simon Sherry, a clinical psychologist in Halifax, says that perfectionism is a serious epidemic in our modern western societies. Perfectionists tend to strive for flawlessness and experience pressure to be perfect. Social media and parental expectations can be contributing factors. We need to be skeptical toward idealized media images and we should encourage parents not to love their children based on how well they are performing. No one is perfect! The Bible tells us “There is none righteous, no not one.” But how great it is to know that as Paul was inspired to write, “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” His love is unconditional and available to all who call upon Him.

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Keep Looking Up May 6, 2019

A young boy found a five-dollar bill on the street. After that, when walking, he never lifted his eyes. He constantly looked down, hoping to find more money. He accumulated 29.519 buttons, 54.172 pins, and a miserly disposition. He missed the blossoms, the blue skies and the rainbows. Many of us act like that throughout our lives. In an incessant drive to make money or get to the top of our professions there is a danger of not looking up, the most important direction of all. The wise will heed the admonition to “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim.” The Heavenly Father invites, “Look to me all the ends of the earth and be saved…for I am God and there is no other.”

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