About Bob Semp

Christian, Retired, Ordained Minister, Chaplain, Biker

Lighthouses January 1, 2021

Atlantic Canada is noted for its picturesque lighthouses. But many are being declared surplus. With up to date navigational methods, many lighthouses have become obsolete. Support for their upkeep is being withdrawn. Admittedly, change is inevitable, but though methods change, the need for warnings of danger remains. This is especially true concerning eternal things. We still need to hear God’s Word telling us, “The wages of sin is death” and “whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” It is still important how we react to these warnings from the greatest and most trustworthy book ever written, the inspired Word of God. An old gospel song asks the critical question, “What will you do with Jesus? Neutral you cannot be. Some day your heart will be asking, “what will He do with me?”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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New and Old December 30, 2020

In a few days, it will be the year 2021. It is a time when many of us try new skills, new styles, new places to travel. In one publication, a writer had as her theme “old things.” She spoke of old shoes that are more comfortable than new, of old friends who have stood the test of time, of old folks who have much to share. And, noted old truths which have produced guidance and comfort. Unfortunately, many want to replace everything that is old. Some even want to get rid of the old old story of Jesus and His love, with their own Ideas. These new ideas include such myths as “there is no God,” or “Being sincere and doing good works will get me into heaven.” But the Bible says, “the fool has said in his heart, there is no God.” It responds to the commonly held idea of salvation by sincerity and good works with the words, “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to God’s mercy He saves us.” As we enter 2021, let’s not abandon the old life- changing truths

Pastor Alex Rockwell

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A New Year—A New Beginning December 28, 2020

Vanessa, wrote the following to a newspaper. “…of all the holidays that I celebrate, New Year’s Eve is perhaps the most important to me. A new year marks a new beginning, a fresh start of the opportunity to start all over again. The truth is that ever since I was little, I have always looked forward to this important date.” Vanessa’s thoughts about the new year are surely held by many. She speaks of a new beginning. It is not only true about a new year, in this case of 2021, but also about the possibility of starting a new life. Paul the Apostle described what takes place when we recognize that we need God in our lives and invite Christ in to forgive, cleanse and start us on the road to heaven. His words are, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, He, (or she) is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.” In this new year, a new life is waiting for all.

Pastor Alex Rockwell

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Broken Resolutions December 25, 2020


As New Year’s Day comes closer, many of us make resolutions. Time Magazine has given a list of top commonly broken resolutions. Here are a few of them. Lose weight. Quit smoking. Eat a healthier diet. Get out of debt. Drink less alcohol. Unfortunately, only around 8% who make these resolutions keep them. So, it is tempting to just stop making any more. A university president once said, “You can do anything you ought to do.” And it was Paul the Apostle in agreement, who wrote in the New Testament, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” But before this can happen, we must first have Christ in our lives. The Apostle explained elsewhere, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.” With Him in control in our lives, we will be able to keep our well thought out reasonable resolutions.

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The First Christmas December 23, 2020


“Silent night, Holy night. All is calm, all is bright…” While shepherds watched their flocks by night…These old Christmas carols tell the story. At first those shepherds were afraid. Later, while they watched in awe, they saw a newborn child. It was no ordinary child, but God in human likeness-truly God and truly man. John wrote of Jesus, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” And the shepherds were amazed. That night as their eyes were opened, they realized the enormity of the message. “To you a Saviour is born.” Then they were activated, going everywhere telling what they had experienced. This Christmas, may many open their eyes and view the miracle of God’s love and turn to God with their fears as the shepherds did. Let’s give Christ His rightful place in Christmas.

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Christmas Gift Ideas December 21, 2020

What? You don’t have all your Christmas gifts purchased? What to give? Dr. Charles Swindoll, in his book “Seasons of Life” has a few ideas. Among them-encourage an older person. Write a long overdue love note to someone dear to you. Release a grudge. Share a smile. Find the time to keep a promise you have made. Forgive an enemy. Make an apology if you were wrong. Offer to babysit for a tired mother. Turn the television off and talk to someone. Seek out a forgotten friend. Gladden the heart of some child. Yes, Christmas is a time for giving. God set the great example. We read, “God so love the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Jesus is God’s Christmas gift to all who are willing to receive Christ into their lives, while recognizing their spiritual bankruptcy and need of His forgiveness.

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Keeping Christ Out of Christmas December 18, 2020

Great efforts are being made these days, to take Christ out of Christmas. Because of so-called “political correctness,” many schools no longer mention the Bethlehem Baby. The old Christmas carols are never, or seldom sung in public places, and the greeting “merry Christmas” is often replaced with “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings.” Commercialism may be supplanting Christmas, but the truth of Christmas can never be erased. The angel’s message is still as much needed today as it was at the first Christmas, because we are just as much in need of a Saviour as people were then … we are still sinners. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”. Matthew wrote, “And she (Mary) shall bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins. He is still the reason for the season. Let’s keep Christ in Christmas.

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God Is Love December 16, 2020

I read recently of a Christian farmer who painted on his weather vane, the words, “God is love.” His neighbour, a skeptic and unbeliever asked,” Do you mean that God’s love changes like the wind does?” “No,” replied the Christian, “I mean that God loves me no matter which way the wind blows.” That’s a truth for all. God is love, no matter which way the winds of adversity blow in our lives. When we are poor, when we prosper, when we succeed, when we fail, even when we hate ourselves, He still loves us. I’m glad God loves you and me. I know that from personal experience, but also from what He has written in His Word. For example, Paul wrote in the New Testament, “…God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” No matter who we are, no matter what we have done, God still loves us, and He wants to be in our lives.

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Lighthouse in the Desert December 14, 2020

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, near Halifax NS, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Atlantic Canada. The many lighthouses in that part of the world, in times past, warned mariners of dangerous rocky areas along the coast. But surprisingly, there is a lighthouse in the middle of the Arizona Desert, where there is no water for 30 miles around. This lighthouse does not give a warning, but an invitation, because nearby is a well of cool thirst quenching water. Even more amazing, Jesus, the Son of God said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me, shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” He also gave a beautiful invitation, “if anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” If you have been drinking without satisfaction at the world’s empty fountains, I urge you to heed Jesus invitation and by faith come to Him and drink at His fountain.

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Want to Live Forever December 11, 2020

A television commercial currently being aired, suggests that while we can’t stop getting older, we don’t have to look older. It then pushes its product. Cosmetic procedures used to be performed mostly on women in the past, but are now increasingly being requested by men. There is a legend involving Spanish explorer Juan Ponce De Leon’s search for the fountain of youth when he travelled to what is now Florida in 1513. And folks frequently look in the wrong places for that elusive youthfulness so they can live long lives. The truth is that everlasting life is available to all. The Bible, says, “And this is life eternal, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Eternal life is found only in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Want to live forever? Jesus promises, “ I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

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