Denzel Washington’s Testimony April 26, 2017

Actor Denzel Washington has said, “I read the Bible every day. My pastor told me to start with the New Testament, so I did, worked my way through it, then through the Old Testament. Now I’m back in the New Testament.” Washington is an evangelical Christian who often speaks publicly of his faith. It seems that he understands what the Bible means when it says, “For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword…a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” If he is sincerely applying its truths, he is finding that the Bible has the power to transform lives, just as Paul affirmed when he wrote, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.” Like Denzel Washington, we can all trust the Bible.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Winds of Change April 24, 2017

Nobody knows the future. Someone once wrote, “I pulled my blanket tighter around my shoulders and snuggled in the warmth of my family, my job, my education, my good health, my financial security. But the cold of the future pierced my cover and I shivered.” Sound like your situation? If so, please listen to what that same person wrote later. “Suddenly my blanket was ripped from my grasp and I stood exposed in all my fears. Then I looked up to Him…He said ‘Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.’ “ “ I was warm.” Gene MacLellan’s song wisely advises “put you hand in the hand of the Man who stilled the water.” The Man he referred to was Jesus, the Son of God. He holds our future in His hands.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Only One Bridge April 21, 2017

A small card came to my mailbox. In it were the words, “There is only one bridge to PEI.” Then it added, “there is only One who has bridged the way to heaven.” Interested, I read on. The note continued, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” As I looked at the little card, I smiled, realizing that whoever sent it had the truth. There is only One Who bridged the way from earth to heaven-Jesus. His own words make that clear, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one come to the Father except through me.” The Confederation bridge isn’t the only way to PEI. We can also go by sea or air. But there definitely are no other ways to heaven. We don’t get there by being baptized or going to church. The only way to heaven is to become properly related by faith, to a person- Jesus.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Robert’s Last Wish April 19, 2017

Writing to an advice columnist, Robert Test, who, knowing he was dying, expressed his wish that his death would give life to others. He detailed his desire for the donating of his eyes, heart, blood, kidney and several other body parts to others, to give them a chance at life. This man was indeed a selfless, generous thoughtful person. His life and death are pictures of the life and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. When we were born, we were born to live. But Jesus, unlike anyone else was born to die, so we could have life, eternal life. Paul stated, “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” To make that gift happen, Christ died in our place on the cross. That’s what He meant when He said, “I have come that they (mankind) may have life and have it more abundantly. What a gift! Have you received it?

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Unconditional Love for All April 17, 2017

“Mom and Dad, I’m coming home, but I would like to bring a friend with me. He stepped on a land mine and lost an arm and a leg.” Those were the words of a young soldier, returning from a tour of duty. The parents told him that it would be impossible for them to accommodate a handicapped person. It would be too great a burden. They heard nothing more until they were informed that their son was dead, an apparent suicide. When the grief -stricken parents went to identify their son, they were shocked to learn that he had only one arm and one leg. Thankfully, though we are all broken spiritually, “there is “none righteous”, God loves us unconditionally. Paul wrote, “God commends His love toward us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Nobody is too bad for the Lord to forgive.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Actress Shirley Temple April 14, 2017

Shirley Temple was a much-loved American film and television actress, singer and diplomat, and child star in the 1930s. Though a success on many fronts, she said that her greatest role was as a wife, mother and grandmother. She once said” there’s nothing like love, real love, nothing!” How true. And there’s no love on earth as great as God’s love. He loved so much that He gave His only Son, Jesus, to provide forgiveness and cleansing to all who sincerely ask. John, in his gospel wrote, “This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” Or, as the gospel song says, “The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell. It goes beyond the highest star and reaches to the lowest hell.” Shirley Temple was right- there’s nothing like love. But especially God’s love.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Zafir the Radical April 12, 2017

Zafir, a young radical, consumed with hate, became a terrorist. His aim was to overthrow the government he believed was keeping his people from restoring their sacred identity. At his terrorist training camp, there was an ancient book that attracted his attention. As he read it, a deep desire for something he could not identify began stirring within. But every chance Zafir got, he read the ancient book. That book was the Bible. Then his terrorist commander was killed, his camp disbanded, and he returned home. He found a church and came to personal faith in Christ. Today he helps his people escape the hatred he once believed in. Zafir is living proof that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away…” That wonderful transformation is available to every one of us.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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