About Bob Semp

Christian, Retired, Ordained Minister, Chaplain, Biker

Technology and Morality June 19, 2019

“How would private behaviour change if we felt that the world could hear every wicked thought?” That was Elizabeth Renzetti’s question in a Globe and Mail newspaper article. It is not primarily our wicked thoughts or other bad behaviour, though, that keeps us from pleasing God. It’s unbelief and failure to accept Jesus as our Saviour that alienates us from God. Pleasing Him is “not by works of righteousness that we have done…” Faith is the main event with God. The book of Hebrews says, “Without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe…” And Paul reminds us that good deeds that Christians perform are the outward results of a faith already within. God’s Word says, “By grace you have been saved through faith…”

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Name Changes June 17, 2019

Names are constantly being changed. Undertakers are now often called morticians; garbage men are called sanitary engineers. The intent is to rid the occupations of a supposed lack of dignity. Another word that has been pushed aside and replaced is SIN. We are embarrassed by that word, being more comfortable with “moral failure” or “lapses of judgment.” But morticians are still undertakers, sanitary engineers are still garbage men. And sin is still sin, no matter what we call it. God’s Word, the Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”, and “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.” But though “the wages of sin is death, the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

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Missed Opportunities June 14, 2019

Many life changing inventions, common today, were initially rejected. In 1834, the precursor of the computer was designed. Yet it did not come into worldwide use until our lifetime. The first fax machine was patented in 1843, but fax machines didn’t come into common use until the late 1980s. The gospel of Christ, proclaiming God’s plan for forgiveness, offering the gift of eternal life, became available when Christ died for our sins. But while millions of lives have been and are being transformed by the power of that gospel through the centuries, most people sadly reject it. Yet, the offer is still readily available since “God is not slack concerning His promise but is longsuffering…not willing that any should perish.” Please don’t miss this life-changing opportunity.

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4,200 Religions June 12, 2019

It is believed that there are 4,200 religions in the world. Not so! There are only two, the “do” religion and the “done”. The “do” religion, teaches that by doing good works, we will be pleasing God and have a better chance of making it into heaven. Since “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”, we need help. Paul explains how we can get that help, writing that it is “not by works of righteousness which we have done ,but according to (God’s) mercy He saved us. Earlier Paul informed us that it is “by grace we are saved through faith and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast.” That’s the difference between the “do” and the “done” religions. That’s why Jesus cried out from Calvary’s cross, “It is finished.”

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Songs in the Night June 10, 2019

Research from the University of California at Berkley suggests that listening to sad music provides comfort for broken hearts. Researchers discovered that people find comfort in tunes that reflect negative moods. Perhaps you are experiencing sadness today. An old hymn reminds us that God “understands our sorrows. He sees the falling tear.” Jesus is described in the Bible as “…a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief,” and One who has “borne our griefs and carried our sorrows”. Jesus invites “Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” When darkness comes, and we are hurting, “He gives us songs in the night.” Peter invites us to be “casting all your cares upon Him.”

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Amazing Grace June 7, 2019

John Newton sank so low that at one point he became a slave trader. But in 1748 a violent storm off the coast of Ireland battered his vessel so severely, that he called out to the Lord Jesus for forgiveness and became a new person. His story reminds us that “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” and that it is “by grace we are saved through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God not by works…” To describe his conversion, on New Year’s Day in 1773, Newton penned the words to the now famous hymn “Amazing Grace.” Its words declare that forgiveness of the worst sins, is possible, through the mercy of God. “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.”

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Save Our Soil June 5, 2019

The words “Save our soil” were seen on a bumper sticker on the car in front of us. There is much legitimate concern about environmental pollution, which deserves our response. But there is a greater danger: moral pollution. Every day 2.5 billion emails containing pornography are sent or received. Every day 68 million search queries are related to pornography and every day 25% of total searches generated concern pornography. No wonder there are so many sexual assaults and broken homes being reported. Our hurting world has embraced this moral pollution. It is time to pray “save our souls”. Jesus warns, “Unless you repent, you will likewise perish”. But our Saviour invites “Come unto me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

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