About Bob Semp

Christian, Retired, Ordained Minister, Chaplain, Biker

The end of the Canadian Penny February 7, 2020

Today, is the 7th anniversary for the end of the Canadian penny. Minted first in 1858, the penny ceased to be distributed on February 4th, 2013. Its lack of present value caused its demise. It became useless and was pushed aside. The Bible, God’s inspired Word tells us that God is concerned about small, seemingly invaluable things. Sometimes you and I may feel of little worth, just like the penny. That’s when it is good to know that someone cares. John, in his gospel was inspired to write, “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.” Even though we have all done wrong and are like the proverbial “bad penny,” we are still of great value to the kind Heavenly Father. We are loved.

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Fanciful Predictions February 5, 2020

20 years ago, there were some fanciful predictions about the new 21st century. There would be flying cars, jet packs, waterproof living rooms, and a pool on every rooftop. Obviously, many of these utopian predictions about life in the 21st century did not come true. While many did see their dreams and inventions come to pass, it’s important to note that not everything new is necessarily good, nor is everything old necessarily bad. For example, the Bible is old, but it is still true and relevant. The famous 119th Psalm informs us, “Forever O Lord, your Word is settled in heaven. “ The Bible, God’s inspired Word, has been, and always will be unchanging and completely dependable. Its message is still life-transforming. King David prayed, “Lead me into your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation.” That’s an excellent prayer for us all.

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Harmless Habits February 3, 2020

Two young New Brunswick boys decided to make a little fire in the woods on the way to school. It was a windy day and the woods were very dry. Suddenly the underbrush was on fire. They became alarmed when a large tree burst into flames, but fortunately, it was easily extinguished by the fire department. How like so many of us! Sometimes it begins with indulging in what we see as a “harmless habit.” We progress to ignoring what we know about right and wrong. Suddenly our lives are out of control. Wrongdoing always brings unpleasant consequences. Thankfully, the good Lord invites us to “seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” We don’t have to be enslaved by harmful habits. Jesus said, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. If today, please call upon the Lord. He will help you.

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Fall of the Berlin Wall January 31, 2020

In November of last year, Germany celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was erected in August 1961 by the Communist government of East Germany to keep East Germans from fleeing to the West. Its destruction took place in November, 1989. This event provides us with a striking picture of the wall between us and God. Since, Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, there has been a wall of sin separating us from our Creator. As long as that wall stands, there is no fellowship with the Heavenly Father. Paul the Apostle explained that before we become properly related to Jesus, our Saviour, we are “without Christ…having no hope and without God in the world.” But thankfully, God tells us that “He Himself …has broken down the middle wall of separation.” For true believers, the wall separating us from Him is gone

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An apple a Day January 29, 2020

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Right? WRONG! New research reveals that daily apple eaters have as many doctor visits as others who ate fewer or no apples at all. Good physical health is important. The same is true for our spiritual health. In the Bible, God’s inspired Word, we are told, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” In that wonderful book, we learn the secrets of being spiritually healthy in God’s eyes. He tells us about a universal problem, writing, “There is none righteous, no not one.” But thankfully, God also informs us what to do about that problem, inspiring Paul to write, “ If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

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The Galloping Gourmet January 27, 2020

Many will remember Graham Kerr from his popular television series, “The Galloping Gourmet”. He also became a bestselling author. Kerr once said, “There comes a time in a person’s life when he just wants to put a finger down his throat and say, “enough.” What caused Kerr to subsequently trade fame for personal healing? Simply put, he became a Bible-believing Christian. His latest book, “Flash of Silver: The Leap That Changed My World,” reveals what took place. It mirrors that of Paul the Apostle, who described it as follows-“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away , behold all things have become new.” The door to that transformed life is open to all who will step through it, since Jesus promised “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.” the choice is ours.

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Closed Eyes and Minds January 24, 2020

Dr. Charles Swindoll, Chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas Texas and Founding Director of Insight For Living, now broadcasting on over 2,000 radio stations worldwide has made an interesting observation. He wrote, “You blink 25 times every minute. Each blink takes one-fifth of a second. If you take a ten-hour trip, averaging forty miles an hour, you will drive twenty-miles with your eyes closed. But a fact even more surprising is that some people go through life with their eyes closed. Vision is present, but perception is absent. “Sadly, when it comes to our relationship with Christ, there is one who helps keep our minds blinded. Paul the apostle wrote of Satan as follows. “Whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ…should shine on them. Does the Satan you don’t believe exists have you blinded?

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