About Bob Semp

Christian, Retired, Ordained Minister, Chaplain, Biker

Only Two Religions October 20, 2017

It is said that there are about forty two hundred religions in the world. But there are only two- the “do” religion and the “done” religion. All “do” religions teach that by doing good works we can prepare ourselves for the next life. Do this, or do that, and gain God’s favour. But the Bible clearly informs us that there’s nothing we can do to please God because we are separated from Him by our wrong-doing, our sin. But thankfully, what we can’t do, Jesus has already done by dying for our sins on the cross. He cried out from that old rugged cross, “It is finished.” Everything needed to forgive our sins and bring us into a proper relationship with God has been done. Paul explained that it’s “by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not by works…” Christ has done all we need.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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A humble Inventor October 18, 2017

The telegraph was invented in the 1830s and 1840s by a number of inventors, most notably by Samuel Morse. His Morse code revolutionized communication. Surprisingly, the first words sent by Morse were “What God hath wrought.” When acclaimed, he said, “I knew I never deserved it. I made this contribution to mankind not because I was brilliant, but because God needed someone to convey this gift to the world.” Samuel Morse, in refusing to take credit for something he received from God, illustrates God’s great plan of salvation. Many think that through religion, or good works, we become Christians, Titus made clear that it is “…not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us…”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Middle C October 16, 2017

Lloyd Douglas, author of “The Robe,” once asked a professor acquaintance, “What’s the good news this morning?” The professor tapped a tuning fork and replied, “That’s middle C- it was Middle C yesterday and it will still be Middle C a thousand years from now.” In this fast paced ever changing world, everyone needs a Middle C, a someone who will always be there, no matter what else changes. David the Psalmist introduced, with certainty, such a One, writing, “From everlasting to everlasting, you are God. Jesus said, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.” The writer of the book of Hebrews described Jesus as “…the same yesterday and today and forever.” We cannot stop change in our world. It is inevitable. But we can put our hand in the hand of the One who is the everlasting God.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Be Careful Who you listen to October 13, 2017

Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario Canada have found that some people heed the health advice of famous people, even when it is contradicted by medical professionals. Steven Hoffman, a health policy professor at McMaster said, “This can be dangerous when celebrities promote something that is not backed up by science…” When seeking counsel, there is nothing more critical than that pertaining to our spiritual health. Paul the Apostle speaking of this, wrote of certain wise people who “received the Word … examining the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so.” When studying a subject in our Bibles, it’s important to read what precedes and what follows, to understand the true meaning. Jesus promised “If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know if the teaching is of God.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Scars Erased October 11, 2017

Thirty-three-year-old Tanya St. Arnauld sustained terrible scars from an acid attack. In spite of skin grafts, burn treatments and rehabilitation, the damage remained severe. Then Dr. Jill Waibel of Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute in Florida learned of St. Arnauld’s plight and offered her a free course of laser treatments. Now she says, “I look like I never had an accident.” But there is even more wonderful news that all our sin scars, guilt and misery can be erased. The Psalmist David was inspired to suggest a prayer we can all pray. It is “Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” God will remove the spiritual scars caused by our wrong-doing. John wrote, “If we confess our sins, He (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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The Silence of Big Ben October 9, 2017

Since 1859 London’s Big Ben has been Britain’s most famous timekeeper. But the giant bell atop Parliament’s clock tower fell silent last month. It will be silent for four years for repair work. Hundreds gathered under the Victorian clock and nearby Parliament Square to mark the moment. However, while this famous timepiece will be quiet for a while, time marches on. We will still need to do things on time, still be reminded that time is passing whenever we observe a birthday. The Psalmist reminds us that our lives are controlled by God. Speaking for us all he wrote “My times are in Your hands.” And surely it is a wise use of our time to make our peace with God while we have opportunity, by recognizing our fallen nature and spiritual need and accepting His wonderful gift of forgiveness and eternal life.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Historic Eclipse October 6, 2017

“Historic eclipse turns day into night…” was the headline describing the first full-blown solar eclipse in nearly a century. Julie Vigeland of Portland Oregon said, “I’ve seen other really magnificent things, but there is nothing like this.” But a greater eclipse, and a more significant historic event took place when our Saviour, Jesus Christ went to Calvary and died for our sins. By His sacrifice, He made it possible for the night of our spiritual darkness to be turned into the day of our spiritual Light. The book of Proverbs reminds us that “The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.” Jesus responded to our need. He said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” Jesus can turn night into day for all who sincerely ask.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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