About Bob Semp

Christian, Retired, Ordained Minister, Chaplain, Biker

Leaving it all Behind August 16, 2017

Often, we hear of “estate sales.” Everything is for sale, including furniture, china, toys, tools and much more. They represent a lifetime of “stuff.” A person who stopped at one recently wondered what had happened. Was it financial loss, moving away, divorce, or death? “Timothy, writing in the New Testament, reminded us, “… we brought nothing into the world, and neither can we carry anything out.” Jesus asked rhetorically, “What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul?” How important it is to keep our priorities right. This life is temporal and preparation for eternity is much more important than earthly possessions. The prophet Amos gave us all wise advice, when he urged, “prepare to meet your God.” That happens only when we have Christ in our lives.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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The Deluded Archer August 14, 2017

I read recently about a man who prided himself on being an expert archer. However, his secret has come to light. He shot his arrows at the side of a barn and afterwards painted a bull’s eye around them. Many of us are just like that poor deluded man. We create a god of our own liking and then convince ourselves that he is real. Fortunately, the Bible provides the true picture of God. The Psalmist wrote, “…the Lord most high is awesome. He is the great King of Kings over all the earth…God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne…He is greatly exalted.” And it is before this holy, powerful, all knowing God that we will all, one day stand. The Apostle Paul affirmed this, writing, “…each of us shall give account of himself to God…” When we do, we will need Jesus to stand beside us, as our Advocate.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Help to Quit Smoking August 11, 2017

“When you’re ready to quit, we’re ready to help.” Those words, meant to encourage people to quit smoking, were seen on a vehicle recently. Research has shown that withdrawal symptoms decrease more sharply for those who quit smoking cold turkey, than those who try to cut back gradually. Similarly, many attempt to gradually become Christians. But becoming a Christian is instantaneous, because the moment we sincerely admit our fallen nature and spiritual need, asking Christ’s forgiveness, He responds immediately. He doesn’t need time to think about it. He has already made provision for this, by sending Jesus to the cross. John was inspired to write in the New testament, “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 Alex Rockwell
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Saved By a Shadow August 9, 2017

A swimming instructor was spared serious injury or death when he saw a shadow. He said, “One night I could not sleep, so I decided to have a swim, hoping this would relax me. I didn’t put the lights on in the gym, for I knew every inch of the place. The moon was shining brightly and I could see my body clearly outlined on the opposite wall.” As he raised his arms for the dive, his shadow made a perfect silhouette of a cross. He was not a Christian, but thought of the words of an old hymn, ‘He died that I might be forgiven…’ For some reason, he did not dive. Walking into the pool, he was shocked to find it empty. Unknown to him, the caretaker had drained it. A dive would have probably killed him. Later he said, “I knelt in gratitude and asked the Christ of the cross to save my soul.” The Bible says, “…Christ died for us.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Creation: One Big Accident? August 7, 2017

There is no God. All creation is one gigantic accident. But why do salmon swim upstream to spawn and die? How do European eels know they should go to Bermuda to breed? Why do the earth and other planets stay in orbit? How come the human pancreas maintains just the right level of sugar in the blood to supply energy? All a series of accidents. Right? But if so, somebody who believes that theory needs to clearly explain these amazing happenings. Or what about the possibility that the God of the Bible is the intelligent Designer of all things, and the universe did not create itself? Then, I dare you to examine the amazing evidences for the truthfulness of the Bible, including the mind-boggling fulfillment of prophecy, and the testimony of millions of Bible believers whose lives have been transformed.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Rejection August 4, 2017

A Nova Scotia man thought he was in a good marriage, so he was shocked when his wife of twenty-five years informed him that she was leaving him and no longer wanted to be in his life. He was devastated. A well-educated and talented PEI schoolteacher was unceremoniously released from her teaching position. In spite of all efforts, no credible reason was ever given for her dismissal. It has had a traumatic impact on the young woman. Few actions are more crushing than rejection. How do we cope when it slams into our lives? When responding, it is important to admit to ourselves that we are hurt. Healing can’t really begin until we admit a problem exists. To anyone who is hurting today, Peter, the Apostle advises us to be “…casting all your care upon Him (Jesus) for He cares for you.” He is there for the broken hearted.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Judged by Appearance August 2, 2017

A University of Manitoba study has found that Justice is sometimes blinded by the looks of the accused, rather than the facts. The study found that attorneys and judges in court cases could be swayed in favour of the attractive. Thankfully, how we look, what we wear, our gifts to charities, or our Bank account balance do not influence God. That’s because the Bible tells us, “…man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.” And He sees that we are what He calls “desperately wicked.” The good news is that no matter what we look like, or how we dress, God loves all people the same. We are told that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son…” And this love, forgiveness, cleansing and preparation for heaven are available to all who humbly and sincerely ask for it.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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