About Bob Semp

Christian, Retired, Ordained Minister, Chaplain, Biker

Looking for good Reception – June 23

Last month a Royal Canadian Air Force captain was reprimanded for diverting a military patrol plane from a training mission to a populated area so he could find cellphone service to check in for a personal flight the following day. The captain piloted the aircraft approximately 25 minutes off of its target to find cellular reception. He was having a real problem to get through on his phone but finally did. Thankfully, when a person is in a right relationship with God, having to find good reception is not a problem in order to get through. In the book of Psalms, chapter 66 verse 1 it reads, “hear my cry, O God, Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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A Great Tragedy – June 21

Last month an elevated section of the Mexico City metro collapsed and sent the train plunging toward a busy boulevard killing at least 23 people. The Mexican Foreign Relations secretary called the collapse “the most terrible accident we have ever had in mass transportation.” The cause of the collapse was immediately put through an expert investigation. In the Bible, in the book of Matthew chapter 7 verses 26-27 Jesus tells of a future great tragedy in which he shares the cause and outcome. He says, “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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3 Things Employers are Looking up on your Facebook Account – June 18

There are lots of students looking for employment this summer. The media agency, Social Hire, has noted 3 things employers typically look up on facebook before hiring that might be good to keep in mind. The first thing they mentioned is employers are looking to see if you are a party person. The second thing they want to know is if you have spoken poorly of your previous boss or place of employment. The third thing they look at is how well you communicate. They actually check your grammar. These three things are something that may be worth keeping in mind. On much more important scale, the Bible tells us the kind of person God is looking for. In the book of Isaiah, chapter 66, verse 2 it reads, “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Tragedy Avoided! – June 16

Last month a video was posted to Twitter by India’s Minister of Railways which showed a station worker at Vangani Station in Mumbai sprinting to rescue a child as an oncoming train sped towards them. The best description of what it was like to watch this video is hair raising. This child was literally facing death and was wonderfully saved. Did you know the bible tells us, all of us, in Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin is death. Death meaning eventually having to face separation from God and all His goodness. An absolute tragedy! It also tells us in John 3:16 a way we can be saved from this tragedy. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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House Purchases are Up – June 14

In Prince Edward Island there has been a dramatic increase in home sales over the previous year. According to data released by the PEI Real Estate Association, the number of sales in March 2021 increased 81.7 per cent compared to March 2020. The average cost for a home also jumped 21.9 per cent. More and more people are desiring to find a home on PEI. The Bible tells us not simply God’s desire to find a home but the reality that He does find a home in those who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Saviour. 2 Corinthians 6:19-20 reads, “19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Out with the Old and In with the New – June 11

The season of yard sales is about to come upon us. The idiom, “out with the old and in with the new” will be a reality for a number of vendors soon, as they get rid of what is not of value to them and use the money to invest into some that is. Something new! It is interesting, on a spiritual level, when a person receives the forgiveness of sin that God offers through Jesus Christ and enters into a personal relationship with God he/she experiences the idiom, “out with the old and in with the new”. This includes a person’s affections toward God, one’s lifestyle, everything! In the bible, in 2 Corinthians 5:17 it reads, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Being Self-Sufficient is not Always a Good Thing – June 9

I have noticed more and more people are striving to be self-sufficient. Seeking to grow their own food, generate their own energy, and work at a home office or farm for their livelihood. Being self-sufficient can be a very good thing, but not always. Some people think being self-sufficient, in relation to God, is a good thing. It is the idea of striving to be a good person, or at least better than other people, and by striving to be good that will make them right with God. The bible tells us for someone who is in relationship with God, being self-sufficient was not the way they got there. Ephesians 2:8-9 reads, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Summer Vacation – June 7

The season of summer is just ahead of us. Many are planning on going on a vacation. Whether a person takes time off while staying at home or getting away there will be a break of one form or another. Something that we all know about vacation is it passes by quickly. It is here and then the next thing you know it is gone. It is interesting because the Bible describes our very lives as being here and then they are gone. In the book of 1 Peter our lives are referred to as, “our stay here.” It does not last long. In the book of James our lives are pictured as being like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Thankfully, the Bible tells us this life is not the end. In 1 John we are told a way in which life, real life can continue on, it is written, “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.”

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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You are what you think about – June 4

The weight loss market worldwide is worth over an estimated 70 billion dollars. It has also been estimated that the average adult will try over 126 different diets in their lifetime. The old adage, you are what you eat, seems to connect with people because so many people are focused on what they eat. What we eat effects how we feel but many would argued that what we think about is even more important. In the Bible, Philippians 4:8 reads, 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. I would encourage you to eat well but be sure to meditate on these things.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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$1500 for Napping – June 2

Talk about a dream job. Mattress review company Eachnight offered to pay five people $1,500 each to take naps, every day, for 30 days. The selected nappers had to “take part in a variety of experiments testing out theories such as the best nap duration for feeling refreshed, the effects of napping on overall levels of fatigue, and the effects of napping on memory, motivation and productivity,” Eachnight said on its website. We know something napping does is it brings refreshment. In the Bible, in the book of Acts, a means of experiencing refreshment is made known to us in relation to placing one’s trust in Jesus, it reads, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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