About Bob Semp

Christian, Retired, Ordained Minister, Chaplain, Biker

Knowing the Goal July 26

Recently, while my grandson Will was over, my youngest daughter showed him how to play a bean bag game. She set up two targets outside and explained to Will how to play, “you stand here Will and try to throw the bean bag into the hole.” She showed him and when she got it in she clapped and cheered and then it was Will’s turn. He knew what the main goal was so when it was his turn rather than stand back and throw the bean bag he ran up to the hole and dropped the bean bag in and then clapped and cheered and watched as everyone else did as well. Did you know in life we have a main goal? In the bible there is a case where Jesus is asked what is the greatest commandment given (essentially He is asked what is to be the most important focus in one’s life) and He replied, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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New Birth July 23

Recently a couple in Ontario received a year of free travel on Highway 407. The reason they received this gift was because their baby was born on the side of the popular roadway in their attempt to get to the hospital. While they were still 10 minutes away from the hospital the new mom to be started pushing and the baby was delivered right there on the side of the road. Did you know the Bible teaches of a spiritual birth that we all have to have in order to experience heaven? Jesus said in John 3:3 that, “most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” We are also told of a gift we receive in relation to this new birth. This new birth which is made possible by trusting in Jesus Christ as ones Savior. In Romans 6:23 it reads, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Rescued While On A Pink Flamingo July 21

There was a rescue last month off the Alaska coast that caught the attention of a lot of people. What caught people’s attention had to do with what these people were stranded on. They were stranded off the Alaska coast in a pink flamingo. The article in Fox News read, “Coast Guard rescues 3 people, 2 dogs, in inflatable pink flamingo raft off Alaska coast. Thankfully the crew of a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter were able to hoist everyone to safety. Did you know there is a potential rescue shared about in the Bible that should get your attention! The reason this should get your attention is because it actually has to do with you. John 3:16 reads, “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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Boating Trip Gone Bad July 19

Last month a 7-year-old boy was credited for helping to save his father and 4-year-old sister by swimming to shore and calling for help after they got caught in a strong current while swimming during a boating trip in Florida. The father could not swim his young daughter to safety against the current so he drifted away from the boat, and land, with her. The young boy swam against the current for an hour until he finally reached land and went to a house to call for help. I am sure the whole time he was swimming his thoughts were consumed with the immediate need of his father and little sister. Did you know that the Bible tells us that everyone should be living with an ongoing recognition of the need of salvation made possible through Jesus Christ until it happens? It reads, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Unique Design July 16

The recent visit of the Marco Polo to Halifax has given this city the title of accommodating the largest container ship to visit a Canadian port. This ship is almost as long as 3 Canadian football fields and can carry the equivalent of 16,022 containers that are each 20 feet long. One has to wonder what makes it possible to be able to carry such an enormous load. It is interesting because the Bible points out an enormous load that Jesus took upon Himself. He shares in the Bible that He will give His life as a ransom for many. It is something to consider how Jesus’ life could be of such value that it would be worth, able to deal with, address the sins of humanity. The reason being was that His life was not like any other life. He was God in the flesh. Jesus said in John 10:30, “I and My Father are one”.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Forgotten Cell Phone July 14

Have you ever had anyone break into your car and steal something? I have, and it is not pleasant to get in your car and realize something valuable has been taken. Recently there was a gentleman caught in Florida for breaking into a car and stealing items. The interesting twist to this story is how he got caught. When he broke into the car he dropped his cell phone and it was left in the car. The police had no problem catching him and holding him accountable. The fact is we all have done things that are someday going to catch up with us if we do not address them now. Through trusting in Jesus Christ as your Saviour your sins can be taken care of now. In the Bible 1 John 1:9 reads, “9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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NHL Draft July 12

The NHL entry draft is scheduled for July 23rd. Don’t you find it interesting in professional sports how they form their teams? Something I find very fascinating is when a player from one team is traded to another team for multiple players. The talent of one player being recognized as being the equivalent to the talent of 2, three or 4 other players. That always gets my interest. Something I find to be beyond fascinating, that has been pointed out in the Bible, has to do with a trade made by Jesus Christ for the salvation of humanity. His life, Jesus being God in the flesh, being of such value, valuable enough to pay for the sin of all humanity. Jesus says of himself in Matthew 20:28, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Getting Gifts July 9

Recently my youngest daughter Sitota had her 11th birthday party. Something she did at her party was she opened up gifts. Thankfully, each of the gifts she received, had a note indicating who gave her that particular present. She knew whom to passionately thank for each of the gifts she received. Did you know, the Bible tells us who is ultimately responsible for all the truly good gifts we receive in life? James 1:17 reads, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights. We are also informed in Acts 17:25, in relation to God, “He gives to all life, breath, and all things.” You do not have to wonder whom to be thankful to for all good things. The ultimate source is God.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Investing Into Relationship July 7

This summer my wife, Trisha, and I will have been married for 25 years. Something we intentionally invest into is going on dates together. Friday night in typically our date night. We spend intentional time together to invest into our relationship. I believe there are a lot of people who have a wrong perception of the Bible. They view it as a book in which a person simply gains knowledge from. Now while there is a wealth of information in the Bible, the main purpose of reading it is not to simply gain knowledge. I view reading my Bible as a means of investing into my relationship with God. Hebrews 11:6 reads but without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Reading God’s word is a great way to seek Him!

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Sketch of Great Value July 5

Did you know that a tiny sketch of a bear by Leonardo da Vinci is expected to sell for over $16 million at auction on July 8th. Apparently, this is one of only eight Leonardo drawings left in private hands. This sketch measures less than eight square inches. Who could ever imagine a small drawing on a piece of paper could ever be worth so much. In the Bible, Jesus addresses the value of the kingdom of heaven. He shares a story of a man who found a treasure in a field and then went and sold all that he had to buy the field so he could have the treasure. The kingdom of heaven is of infinite worth beyond what we can fully comprehend but we can possess it. Jesus also shared the way into the kingdom. He said in John 14:6 I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the father but by me.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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