Morals in the U.K. December 10, 2018

British men and women are the most promiscuous of any big western nation in the world, according to a study conducted in 48 countries. 14,000 people were asked about numbers of partners, one-night stands and casual sex. Consider this in light of the following. Britain now has the highest divorce rate in Europe. Less than 12 % of British people attend church. The connection is undeniable. The carnage, broken lives and suffering children are evident everywhere. We can’t do wrong and get away with it. God’s plan has not changed. One man one woman united in marriage. But lives, marriages and families can be transformed by inviting Jesus Christ into our lives. Paul, in the New Testament explained, “If anyone is in Christ, he (or she) is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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November December 7, 2018

Anne Donahue wrote recently in the Globe and Mail, about her fascination with November, just past. She said, “It’s a nothing month between the vibrancy of October and the festivities of December. It’s cold, and damp.” She added, “Life is not all celebration. In order to appreciate the full scope of living, we must acknowledge endings, and death.” She is correct. The Bible reminds us that “It is appointed unto man to die, and after this the judgment.” This can be a scary for some, but when we realize the scope of God’s love and provision for us and accept His gift of eternal life, the fear goes away, and life becomes full and vibrant. It is true that “the wages of sin is death.” But it is also true that “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” He promised, “ the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Scarification December 5, 2018

Scarification, is a form of extreme and permanent body modification, in which one’s skin is cut, etched, burned or branded into a design to create an inkless tattoo-like scar. It is often done to gain status, or for aesthetic reasons. But more serious than physical scarring are the scars within. Many suffer from rejection, abuse, bullying or other forms of emotional trauma. The only permanent solution to this inward hurting is Jesus Christ. He was “a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” He understands our scars. Bill Gaither’s song describes what happens when Jesus comes into our lives. “Something beautiful, something good. All my confusion, He understood. All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife, but He made something beautiful of my life.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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A Cartoonist’s Philosophy December 3, 2018

Charles Schultz, the American cartoonist known for the comic strip “Peanuts”, once gave two interesting lists of questions to consider. The list said, “Name the five wealthiest people in the world. Name the last five Miss Americas. Name the last ten world Series winners. Schultz then said, “Now name some teachers who aided your journey through school. Name three friends who helped you through difficult times. Name five people who taught you something worthwhile. Name five people who made you feel appreciated and special. The lesson—Those who make a difference in our lives aren’t the ones with the most money or awards, but those who cared. And nobody cares like Jesus, the Son of God. To the sad and broken hearted, Peter urged, “Cast all your care upon Him for He cares for you.” He really does.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Prescription for Loneliness November 30, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May recently described loneliness as “one of the greatest public health challenges of our time.” She said loneliness is linked to a range of illnesses, including heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. The U.K. intends to spend about 2.4 million dollars on an anti-loneliness strategy. God knows about our loneliness. When we become part of His family, a wonderful Person, the Holy Spirit comes to live in our body. Paul explains, “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit Who is in you, whom you have from God?” He heals the broken hearted and comforts the lonely. Furthermore, God promises Christians, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” If you are lonely, today, reach out to Jesus

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Corrie Ten Boom’s Hiding Place November 28, 2018

During World War II, Corrie Ten Boom and her family harbored hundreds of Jews to protect them from arrest by Nazi authorities. Betrayed by a fellow Dutch citizen whom she trusted, the entire family was imprisoned, where they suffered unspeakable horrors. While there, she prayed, “Dear Jesus, how foolish of me to call for human help when You are here.” She had previously recognized herself as a sinner, since the Bible teaches “… there is none on earth who does good and never sins.” She invited Christ into her life at an early age. Her attitude and prayer teach us where to turn when the storms of life occur. She was responding to a wonderful promise, written in the book of James, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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The Right Train November 26, 2018

Asked by a traveler where to sit on the train he was hoping to take to Montreal, a railway official replied,” It doesn’t much matter, because this train isn’t going to Montreal.” Sometimes we ask “Which car should I get on to go to heaven? Is it giving money to charity? Is it doing kind deeds? Is it going to church regularly? Is it being baptized? The answer is, “It doesn’t much matter, because those trains are not going to heaven.” The Bible tells us that it’s “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to God’s mercy that He saves us.” Jesus confirmed this fact, saying “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Please get on the right train to heaven. There’s only one going there.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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