In 1901, the Nova Scotia town of New Glasgow commissioned a massive bell to be installed in a tower on the town’s post office and custom house. It was rung to announce fires for fifty years until it was replaced by a horn system. The clapper has been removed so the bell does not ring any more. It is now housed in an attractive steel and wood pagoda- an historic artifact. And the Bible, too, for centuries has sounded out its message of hope and sometimes warnings. Through the ages, attempts have been made unsuccessfully, to remove its clapper. Still today- in 2015, its message is clear. First- all of us are sinners by nature and by choice- “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Second- None of us has the ability to forgive and save one’s self. Because “it is by grace we are saved, through faith, and not of ourselves lest anyone should boast” Third- Only Christ can redeem “- There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” The prudent will heed these warnings and act.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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