About Bob Semp

Christian, Retired, Ordained Minister, Chaplain, Biker

Using Your GPS – August 30

We are living in a day and age when it is very easy to get accurate directions. It is not very often that you will see someone stop and ask for directions. Now most people input the address into the navigational system built into their car, or an external GPS, or their smart phone. It provides a great deal of peace of mind when a person knows they will be guided to where they need to go. It would be great if we had such a resource in relation to direction in life. Direction in major and minor decisions we need to make. Thankfully there is such a source of direction that is made available. This source is found in the Bible. In the book of Psalms this is written in relation to the word of God which reads, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. The way to find the direction is not by inputting in an address into your GPS but but by reading your Bible.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Exclusive Experience for the Poor – August 27

British Billionaire Richard Branson’s historic journey to the edge of space last month have astronomers heralding this achievement as a significant step forward regarding space travel. His company has future flights booked charging $250,000 US for a flight. There are a very limited few who will be able to afford to have such an experience. In the Bible, Jesus speaks of an experience that is made available that is of infinite worth but he limits this experience not to the rich but the poor. Those who are poor in Spirit. Jesus says in Matthew 5:3 blessed are the poor in spirt, for there is the kingdom of heaven. Poor in Spirit are those who recognize their destitute, spiritual condition. It speaks of someone who recognizes their need of salvation made possible through Jesus Christ and they trust in Him to satisfy that need.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Lost and Found – August 25

Last month a gentleman from China, Guo Gangtang, was reunited with his son after a 24 year search that saw him travel over 500,000 km across the country. Since the abduction in 1997 Mr. Guo reportedly traveled to more than 20 provinces on the back of a motorcycle chasing tip offs. Amazingly, after all these years of searching his son was found. Did you know the bible shares about a search that God is on? In the book of Luke 19:10 Jesus shares regarding Himself that, “for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. We are lost because our sin has separated us from God. We are found when we recognize that the penalty for our sin was paid for by Jesus Christ on the cross and we place our faith and trust in Him for our salvation.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Painting Kept in the Closet – August 23

Last month a Picasso painting was sold for $150,000. What makes this sale so interesting is not simply its value but the fact that this painting was stored in the closet of a homeowner in Maine for 50 years before being sold. Imagine having something of such great worth, that has been made accessible to you, and just leaving it stored away in a closet. It is tragic but on a spiritual level so many people do that with something God has made accessible to them. Salvation is made possible through Jesus Christ, something of infinite value, and so many people do not take advantage of the opportunity made available to them. In the Bible, in 2 Corinthians 6:2 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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50 Billion in your Bank Account – August 20

Last month a couple from Louisiana were doing a routine check on their finances and noticed fifty billion dollars had been mistakenly deposited into their account. For four days they had fifty billion dollars in their account and did not even know it. Unfortunately, by the time they found out, the money had already been removed from their account. Imagine how much money that is. If you took 50 billion steps you would be able to walk around the equator seven hundred and sixty four times. It is an unfathomable amount of money! Something else that is unfathomable has to do with the wisdom of God. In the bible, in Romans 11:33, it reads, Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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The Importance of a Strong Foundation – August 18

The collapse of the 13-story condo near Miami just over a month ago was an absolute tragedy. So many lives were lost. Studies will be on going to determine the cause. Rodrigo Salgado, author of the Engineering of Foundation, was quoted as saying, “there were reports of cracks in the superstructure of the condo building and possibly some movement in the foundation.” Something all builders know is the foundation is key to the strength of the structure. In the Bible Jesus talks about the importance of a strong foundation in reference to our lives. He says this, “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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A Costly Plant – August 16

Recently a house plant in New Zealand was sold for a record amount. It is hard to believe but in an online auction bidding war a house plant sold for 19,200 US dollars. Apparently in New Zealand house plants have increased in value and have become very popular to sell online over the past couple of years. Who could ever imagine a house plant could be worth almost twenty thousand US dollars? Something that is of infinite worth that has not changed the price of purchase over the years has to do with being able to experience salvation. The reason the price has not changed is that it is a gift, you cannot buy it. You can only experience it through faith in Jesus Christ. In the Bible in Ephesians 2:8-9 it reads, “8 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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Seeing Clearly – August 13

When I am swimming in the ocean I often dive under the water and open my eyes so I can see my surroundings. I like to know if there are any jellyfish in my path or if there is anything interesting fish around me. The problem is though when I open my eyes everything is not crystal clear. It is blurry. Now when I take a diving mask with me and put it on and open my eyes under water everything becomes crystal clear and I do not miss a thing. In a similar way the Bible makes it clear for us to be able to see our standing before God apart from Jesus Christ. The first half of Romans 6:23 reads, “For the wages of sin is death”. That reveals to us our desperate situation speaking of future separation from God. Thankfully the rest of the verse reveals a way of escape, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Feeling Empty? – August 11

Prince Edward Island artist, Abe Waterman, started his summer off well by winning $6000 at a sand sculptor contest in New Hampshire. His sculptor that won first prize was 10 feet tall and double sided with a man’s face on one side and a woman’s on the other, with tear lines cut out to connect one set of eyes to each other. There are also figures before each face on the ground expressing anguish. His winning sculpture is called Empty. Waterman described it as a “quite personal piece.” Did you know the Bible addresses an aspect of being empty that has to do with you? It also addresses a means to fill this emptiness. The means to do so is to fill it with something that is beyond value that is accessible. Ephesians 3:19 reads, “to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Painting Found in a Dumpster – August 9

Recently two framed oil paintings were found in a roadside dumpster by a gentleman in southeast Germany. They were both painted by talented artists back in the mid 1600’s. Needless to say the value of the paintings found in the dumpster are of great worth. In the Bible, Jesus shares about a treasure that is found that is of great worth. He tells 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 treasure represents the kingdom of heaven that is of infinite worth beyond what we can fully comprehend but we can possess it. The way to it is through Jesus! 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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