About Bob Semp

Christian, Retired, Ordained Minister, Chaplain, Biker

The Bible – A Forgotten Book October 19, 2018

“One hundred years from today, the Bible will be a forgotten book.” That was the prediction of Voltaire, famous French philosopher and atheist, who died in 1778. Today the Bible is still the most read, most published and most translated book in the world. It changes the lives of those who believe it and apply its teaching. Voltaire also claimed to have found what he called 45 “known facts of science” of his day which proved the Bible to be untrue. But an examination of these so-called scientific facts reveals that not a scientist of our day would agree with any of them. Matthew, in his gospel wrote, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. It is the world’s most amazing book.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Faith and Science October 17, 2018

“Man wants to be happy… but how? We don’t want to think about our frail lives and the fact that someday our lives will end, so we fill our lives with toys that…help us forget.” Those are the words of Blaise Pascal, a brilliant mathematician, physicist, inventor, and writer, who lived in the sixteen hundreds.” Pascal was correct. Pretending there is no afterlife, using diversions is not the answer. But when we face the reality of the next life, it is comforting to hear that Jesus our Saviour promises, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, shall live.” Blaise Pascal believed that, and so should we, because it is the truth. Jesus offers us the gift of eternal life, since He died and rose again to make that possible.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Tamed Wolves October 15, 2018

A kindly couple adopted two baby wolves, took them to their home and for a while, the wolves acted like friendly puppies. But when they grew older, the wolves attacked their masters, who barely escaped with their lives. Their wolf nature eventually became evident. Similarly, all humans have been born with a nature causing us to do wrong. God’s Word tells us that we were all “shaped in iniquity…” and that, “there is one righteous, no not one.” It cannot be erased. We need a new nature, and God promises that if we sincerely seek it, we can have one. Jesus taught, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Paul, describing this “new nature” wrote, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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21st Century Learning October 12, 2018

It’s called “21st Century learning” and it’s happening in educational centres in several Canadian provinces. But Margaret Wente, writing about it in the Globe and Mail describes this kind of learning as a “fad” that downplays factual knowledge, grades and testing.” To date, there is no evidence it brings better results. For some, values that are old, must be replaced suggesting for example that there are many ways to become a true Christian. Wrong! Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Yes, there is room for creative thinking, innovative methods, but truth never changes, not now, not ever. God and His inspired Word never change. He has said, “I, the Lord, do not change.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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A Lesson from Dagwood Bumstead October 10, 2018

In the cartoon “Blondie,” her husband Dagwood said that according to a study, hot tea is a healthier beverage than coffee. So, Blondie asked, “Do you want to start drinking tea Dear?” “Nope,” said Dagwood, “I like coffee. I’ll just stick with coffee and wait for a study that I can live with.” And isn’t that often the way many of us respond when faced with life’s choices? We wait for that which pleases us, because we want to do it our own way. But that can be a very unwise response, especially when it pertains to things eternal. Wise Solomon once said, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” And Jesus, referring to the next life said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Life- A Gift from God October 8, 2018

Have you ever thought about the mystery of growth? For example, how does a seed become a flower? How is human life formed in a mother’s body? We have accumulated much scientific knowledge about cells and DNA, but there is much we do not know. What pushes things to grow to a certain size and then stop? Why does a cell divide and multiply? That is a miracle that only God can bring about. Jesus once said, “no one can add a single cubit to his stature.” Life and growth cannot be explained fully by humans, no matter how intelligent they may be. Only God has the answers to life, and as He has given physical life, so He longs to give us all spiritual life. He said, “I have come that they may have life…” He later said, “And I give them eternal life and they shall never perish.“

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Anonymous and Not Responsible October 5, 2018

CNN producer Breeanna Hare once said, “Online, you can project whatever identity you like. But for some people, it’s easier to have no identity at all. A new social networking site caters to those who prefer anonymity.” Such unnamed people don’t worry about who’s going to read what they wrote, or what’s going to happen. It is apparently tempting to some to vent anonymously. But we are all ultimately responsible for what we say or do. And that includes our responsibility to our Maker for our decisions. The most serious responsibility any of us has in this life is to recognize Jesus as the Son of God, believe that He died on the cross for our sins, and receive Him as our personal Saviour. He once gave this promise, “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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