Too Much Sodium June 28, 2017

Health Canada studies indicate that most of us are consuming too much sodium, a danger to our health. And while it is very important that we watch what we eat, it is even more important to consider our inner man, our soul and spirit. Jesus once said, “…that which enters the mouth does not make a man unclean, for it is soon passed from the body. But what comes out of the heart, evil thoughts, murder, greed, adultery, arrogance, that’s what makes man unclean.” We have a heart disease. Jeremiah was inspired to describe our fallen nature, writing, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked…” King David, realizing his spiritual condition prayed, “Have mercy on me Oh God…blot out my transgressions…cleanse me from my sin.” That is a prayer everyone of us should pray.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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The Cure for Brokenness June 26, 2017

Recently I learned of a cathedral in Europe which had a beautiful stained glass window. During a storm, it was shattered and broken into many small pieces, which were carefully gathered and packed away. One day a stranger who had heard of the broken window asked to see the pieces. Upon examining them, he told the villagers he could fix the broken window but he must have all the pieces. A few months later he returned with the window. The villagers gazed in amazement. It seemed to them that their stained-glass window was more beautiful than before. Do you have a broken heart.” Give all the pieces to Jesus for He is the healer of broken hearts. The Psalmist wrote, “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart.” Please reach out to Jesus. He’s reaching out to you.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Dead or Alive June 23, 2017

Sharon Beggs from Chilliwack B.C. recently learned of her death from Service Canada. The letter said they were putting an end to her old age security allowance and disability cheques because she had passed away. Fortunately, the correction has been made, and Beggs has now been brought back to life legally. I’m sure she can smile over this bureaucratic blunder. Her story reminds us that the Bible has much to say about life and death. We can be alive physically but dead spiritually. Paul, referring to people who had come into a personal relationship with Christ, wrote, “And you, He, (Jesus) made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Death by Sugar June 21, 2017

The average Canadian eats nearly 100 pounds of sugar each year. Sugar is added to most food items we eat or drink. Eating sugar stimulates the same parts of the brain as drugs or alcohol. It is not only linked to obesity, heart problems and diabetes, but possibly Alzheimer’s disease as well. So, what do we do with this information? We keep on eating sugar, lots of it in our coffee. While ignoring proven facts about our physical health can lead to disease in this life, ignoring proven truth about our spiritual life can lead to disaster in the next life. Isaiah urged, “Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near…He will have mercy…He will abundantly pardon.” Hopefully, many will cut back on their consumption of sugar. The wise will search God’s Word. When we know the truth, the truth will set us free.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Chinese Proverb June 19, 2017

An old Chinese proverb says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” And the most important first step in our journey toward God is to humbly acknowledge our fallen nature. That’s because the Bible states clearly, “There is none righteous, no not one.” Then, after admitting our spiritual need, we are ready to take the next step- accepting the fact that there is only One who has the power to forgive, and give us the gift of eternal life, here and now. That’s Jesus. He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The third step is to invite Jesus into our lives. Paul wrote, “whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Please take these first three steps today and you’ll be on your way to a wonderful life and some day–heaven.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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A God-Shaped Vacuum June 16, 2017

Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher. Many brilliant quotes are attributed to him, such as the following. “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man that cannot be filled by any created thing, but only God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” Those words are in line with the Bible, because Jesus Himself said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one can come to the Father except through me.” This contradicts the popular idea held by many, that we become Christians and are prepared for heaven by doing good works, being religious, or by means of a human mediator. Timothy wrote, “…there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all.” Please consider that today.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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World’s Tallest Free-Standing Structure June 14, 2017

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates stands over twenty-seven hundred feet. It is believed to be the world’s tallest man-made free-standing structure. Its foundation of concrete and steel is one hundred and sixty-four feet deep. Foundations are vital in buildings, but also in people. Jesus warned that we should not build on sand, but on solid rock. Paul wrote “…no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” Clearly, we shouldn’t build our lives on sandy unstable philosophies, such as “eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die,” but on a personal relationship with Jesus Himself, Only He can take us successfully through this life. Only He can and open the door to Heaven. He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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