About Bob Semp

Christian, Retired, Ordained Minister, Chaplain, Biker

The Devil Made me do it June 20, 2018

“The Devil made me to it.” Those words became a national catch phrase in the 1970s when comedian Flip Wilson coined them. But listen to this one. A Kentucky man, accused of strangling his wife claimed that excessive caffeine from sodas, energy drinks and diet pills left him so mentally unstable that he couldn’t have knowingly killed her. He was convicted. Excuse making has been around for a long time. Adam, our first father, confronted about his disobedience, said to God, “…the woman whom you gave me…” John warned, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves…” Thankfully, he also wrote, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins…” So, let’s stop blaming the Devil or someone else. Let’s honestly admit our wrong-doing , accept God’s mercy and invite Christ into our lives.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Health for body and soul June 18, 2018

“Even after Canadians are diagnosed with a chronic condition such as heart disease or diabetes, they rarely make lifestyle changes that could prolong their lives.” That’s the surprising finding of a Statistics Canada report. It is difficult for us to change our ways, and the older we get, the less we like change. When it comes to our spiritual health, our best efforts such as self-reformation, doing good works, cannot bring about permanent change. When we desire a permanent change in our lives to be prepared for the next life, it is by “grace through faith and not of ourselves. It is the gift of God.” For our physical health, we need to do something. For our spiritual life, it has already been done. Christ on the cross, referring to the salvation of our souls, cried out, “It is finished.” All we need do is accept that gift by faith.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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To Confess or not June 15, 2018

A 56-year-old man wrote to a columnist asking for advice. Should he confess that he stole from a close family member 30 years ago to pay for a drug habit? Alcoholics Anonymous, has a 12-step program for recovering alcoholics. One step is to make amends to the people you have hurt. Some of those hurting people will remain angry and unable to forgive. But it is still important to sincerely apologize for wrong-doing. I am glad that the One whom all of us have hurt by our unbelief and actions, never turns His back on us. When we come to Jesus, with sincere and humble hearts, admit our wrong-doing, He opens wide His arms and forgives. How do I know? God promises to do so in the Bible, and I am one of the forgiven. Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Looks Can be Deceiving June 13, 2018

A study out of the University of Pennsylvania found that men who shave their heads bald, as actor Bruce Willis and basketball star Michael Jordan did, are viewed as more powerful and confident than their counterparts with full heads of hair. But the Bible has something very different to say about our appearance. When choosing a new king for Israel, God told Samuel the prophet “Do not look at his appearance, or at his physical stature… for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” God then chose David, a very ordinary younger man. When God looks inside of us, it is not a pretty sight, since “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Thankfully though, God loves us regardless of what He sees, and when asked for mercy, He responds and forgives even the worst of us.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Darkness and Light June 11, 2018

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.” Those words were spoken in 1957 in a sermon by Dr. Martin Luther King. He spoke a truth that is confirmed in the Bible, God’s Word. Darkness cannot exist where there is light. John, in his gospel, said, “This is the message we declare to you. God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” He also stated, “Men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.” However, thankfully, our Lord said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.” If our lives are very dark because we have lost our way, we can turn to the One who said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Please give this serious consideration today.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Finding the Lost June 8, 2018

“I can’t still believe this is happening …I am so lucky and happy to feel the kindness of people.” Those are the words of Serina Tsubakihara, a college student in Japan, who lost her camera two years ago while scuba diving off the coast of Japan. The camera, still working with pictures intact, was found by school children on a Taipei beach. Did you know that the Bible speaks much about “lost things”, including coins, sheep and people? Because of our fallen spiritual condition, the Bible describes humanity as “lost”, or separated from God. Fortunately, God’s Word informs us, “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” He did that when He died on Calvary’s cross. When we accept Him as our Saviour, we are no longer “lost”. We become Christians, members of God’s family.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Living for Eternity’s Values in View June 6, 2018

Peggy and David Rockefeller’s lavish artworks and other treasures recently set a new world record of eight hundred and thirty-two million dollars for a single collection at Christie’s auction. That is an impressive amount of money, but they left it all behind. It was King Solomon of old who said, “I gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings…whatever my eyes desired. I did not keep from them…and behold all is vanity.” The Lord Jesus spoke of an entirely different attitude toward earthly possessions when He said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth… but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” In other words, live with eternity’s values in view. Amos of Old Testament fame wrote, “Prepare to meet your God.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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