About Bob Semp

Christian, Retired, Ordained Minister, Chaplain, Biker

The Power of the Cross March 24, 2021

Centuries ago, Portuguese settlers built an enormous cathedral on the south coast of China, with a massive bronze cross on its front wall. When a typhoon destroyed that structure, only the wall and the large cross were left standing. Later in the area, a shipwreck took place in which only one man, Sir John Bowring, survived. Although disoriented, he was guided to land by that huge cross. Bowring has written a hymn which includes the words, “In the cross of Christ I glory, towering o’er the wrecks of time.” For all who are far from God, the Bible explains how Jesus’ cross makes the difference. “And you who were once alienated, yet now He has reconciled…having made peace through the blood of His cross.” Yes, the way of the cross leads home.

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The Elephant March 22, 2021

The elephant, the largest land animal in existence, generates extraordinary fascination for many. Zoos around the world keep them for public viewing. Unfortunately, many of them die due to cold winters and lack of adequate space. Many animal lovers urge that they be set free.” In other words, “If you love them set them free.” Of course, freedom is not only important for animals, but also for people too. Often we feel like an animal in a zoo, bound by habits, problems, relationships. But freedom is available. Jesus has said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” And the truth is that though we are all spiritually needy, Christ has paid our sin debt on the cross, and offers to forgive us and set us free.

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Royal Birth March 19, 2021

Remember when Prince William and Kate welcomed their first baby, George Alexander Louis in 2013? Now excitement and anticipation is building for the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan’s first child. Over two thousand years ago a baby was born and as befitted a royal birth, He was given multiple names–among them Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, and Immanuel. But we know Him best by the name Jesus, which means, “He shall save His people from their sins.” Paul was inspired to explain the importance of having a proper relationship with Jesus, writing, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

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Kept Promises March 17, 2021

The winter of 2018-2019 will be remembered for its severe temperatures, storms, and snow. But already, many are making plans for their gardens as they anticipate spring. Did you know that God made this promise many centuries ago? “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold, heat, winter and summer, day and night shall not cease.” We know that God has kept that promise–He always does. He has also made another promise, “Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.”

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St. Patrick’s Day March 15, 2021

This coming Wednesday, March 17, millions will remember the man called Saint Patrick. While we don’t know if he was ever canonized, that is not to say he was not a saint, in God’s eyes . The New Testament describes all who have sincerely invited Christ into their lives, as saints. There we read, “To the church of God, to those…called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” So, if Patrick does deserve to be called a saint, it’s not because he was canonized, or because he was a Protestant or a Roman Catholic, but simply because he had met the biblical standard for sainthood. That is, he had acknowledged himself as a sinner, and had asked Christ into his life. Are you a saint?

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Adrift on the Sea of Life March 12, 2021

A few years ago, a teenage boy found himself adrift on an ice flow in North River PEI. Although the chunks of ice looked secure, they turned out to be dangerous. Fortunately, he was rescued by fire fighters. This story reminds me of many of us who sometimes find ourselves adrift on the sea of life. We cling to such things as riches, success, good health or religion. But sometimes currents sweep us away. Thankfully there is One who can rescue us. His name is Jesus. The Bible says He is patient with us and as Paul the Apostle wrote, God is “not willing that any should perish…” the kind words of Jesus, our Rescuer are, “Come to me all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

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All are Accountable March 10, 2021

This is the year of a federal election in Canada, when members of Parliament will be held accountable for how they have governed or functioned in opposition. In like manner, the Bible reminds us that “each of us shall give account of himself to God.” But while politicians cannot know ahead of election day what result they will have, we can know here and now our eternal destiny. That’s because the trustworthy Word of God assures us that something very good will happen to those who acknowledge their wrong-doing and turn to Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord. The Bible says, “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” Personal faith in Christ always results in eternal life.

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Don’t Ignore Debt March 8, 2021

“Ignoring debt doesn’t make it go away.” That obvious statement was made by Walter McKinnon, an insolvency trustee with MNP a national accounting, tax and business consulting firm. Even more urgent is the necessity to deal with our spiritual debt. Isaiah in the Old Testament, speaking for all mankind, wrote, “your iniquities have separated you from God.” Paul, writing in the New Testament added, “The wages of sin is death.” Ignoring these facts will not make them go away. We can never be good enough to reach God’s standard’s, so we must accept His solution. A beautiful old hymn has it right, with the words, “Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.

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Fear March 5, 2021

Your child snuggles close whispering, “I’m afraid.” And who among us has not experienced fear? It may be fear of the dark, or of an animal. You reassure the little one trying to soothe his or her fears. But deep inside you too have felt fear’s chilling impact. There are irrational fears but there is also a healthy fear that causes one to take appropriate action about a problem. Solomon of old wrote, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” If we are not rightly related to God, a healthy fear should lead us to a turning from wrong-doing, and a turning to the Lord Jesus, Who said, “Come unto me…and I will give you rest.”

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Sudden Unexpected Storms March 3, 2021

Leah Eichler, writing in the Globe and Mail speaks of the uncertainties of life in her article,“ How I Learned to love Uncertainty.” And many of us, when sudden change hits, are left feeling helpless and insecure. But while we cannot foresee the future and its chaos, we can learn how to react. On one occasion, Jesus and His disciples were caught in a sudden storm on the sea of Galilee. The terrified disciples called out, “Lord save us, we are perishing.” In response, “Jesus rebuked the winds and the sea and there was a great calm.” We cannot control the uncertainties of our lives, but we can call out to Jesus, the One who can bring peace in the midst of our storms.

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