Life—A Gift from God July 6, 2020

Have you ever thought about the mystery of growth? For example, how does a seed become a flower? How is human life formed in a mother’s body? We have accumulated much scientific knowledge about cells and DNA, but there is much we do not know. What pushes things to grow to a certain size and then stop? Why does a cell divide and multiply? That is a miracle that only God can bring about. Jesus once said, “No one can add a single cubit to his stature.” Life and growth cannot be explained fully by humans, no matter how intelligent they may be. Only God has the answers to life, and as He has given physical life, so He longs to give us all spiritual life. He said, “I have come that they may have life…” He later said, “And I give them eternal life and they shall never perish.”
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Anonymous and Not Responsible July 3, 2020

Anonymous and Not Responsible July 3, 2020
CNN producer Breanna Hare once said, “Online, you can project whatever identity you like. But for some people, it’s easier to have no identity at all. A new social networking site caters to those who prefer anonymity.” Such unnamed people don’t worry about who’s going to read what they wrote, or what’s going to happen. It is apparently tempting to some to vent anonymously. But we are all ultimately responsible for what we say or do. And that includes our responsibility to our Maker for our decisions. The most serious responsibility any of us has in this life is to recognize Jesus as the Son of God, believe that He died on the cross for our sins, and receive Him as our personal Savior. He once gave this promise: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
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The Greatest Purchase July 2, 2020

It is known simply as a “chicken cup,” one of the most expensive Chinese cultural relics ever auctioned. It is a rare wine cup fired in the imperial kilns of China’s Ming Dynasty more than 500 years ago. It sold for an astounding 36 million dollars at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong. Amazing! But there has been a much greater and costlier purchase. The Bible informs us that Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins with His life when He went to the cross. Paul the Apostle was inspired to write: “God demonstrates His own love toward us in that when we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The “chicken cup” will no doubt benefit its buyers when it is resold, but the purchase made by Christ brings eternal benefits for all who receive the gift of everlasting life, which He offers to those who sincerely ask for it.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Abraham Lincoln, Man of Faith July 1, 2020

Abraham Lincoln once said, “I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.” The Psalmist declares, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Genesis adds, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Intelligent design requires an intelligent designer. For example, oxygen drawn into the lungs is essential to the function of the mind. Who makes this possible? Is it all just by chance? Does a clock accidentally make itself? There is only one logical explanation for creation—an intelligent, master designer: the God of the Bible.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Citizenship June 30, 2020

Jackie Scott has had to wait many years to be officially accepted by the country in which she grew up. Now in her seventies, Scott was born in Britain and raised in Ontario, the daughter of a Canadian serviceman and a British woman. But because she was born before her parents were married, and her mother was not a Canadian citizen, Jackie was denied citizenship in the country she loves. In 2004, when she applied for a passport, she discovered to her surprise that she wasn’t a Canadian because she had been born out of wedlock. Thankfully, God does not discriminate against us that way. Regardless of our race, or what our parents may have done, when we sincerely seek entrance into God’s family, we are “accepted in the beloved.” With Christ in our lives we can say, “our citizenship is in heaven…
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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A Bible changed Rick’s Life June 29, 2020

Rick Osborne was once a hardened criminal, involved with drugs, crime and biker gangs. He spent twenty-three years in prison. While there he was violent and nasty, and spent much time in solitary confinement. But his life changed dramatically when a Gideon Bible was left in his prison cell. After reading that Bible, and inviting Christ into his life, Rick became a new man. He is now leader of a youth organization called Truth4Teens, a ministry to troubled youth, based in Ontario. His mind-boggling story is an illustration of a promise made in the New Testament. “…if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.” While most of us are not hardened criminals like Rick Osborne, we are all in need a Saviour. What God did in Rick’s life, He can do in ours.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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The Lost Is Found June 26, 2020

“I was absolutely gobsmacked when I got the email saying someone had found it. I couldn’t believe it.” Those were the words of Eirian Evans. The newly-wed had lost his wedding ring while snorkeling in Australia, during a honeymoon diving expedition with his new bride, Beth-Ann. He said, “I was convinced I would never see it again.” But Eirian was stunned after the cherished ring was found by a scuba diver-at the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef, lodged in coral. Luke’s gospel reminds us that Jesus “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save, that which was lost.” Jesus Himself said, “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep. Without God in our lives, we are all spiritually lost. The Good Shepherd is always seeking for lost people.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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God, the Great Creator June 24, 2020

The Mariana Trench, located at the bottom of the western Pacific Ocean, is the deepest known point in Earth’s oceans. It is eleven kilometers, which is over thirty thousand feet below the surface. It is believed that over eighty percent of life on our planet lives in the ocean. Understanding the deep ocean is only at its beginning stages and is referred to as a new frontier. And God made it all. The Psalmist was inspired to write, “O Lord, how manifold are your works. In wisdom You have made them all…this great and wide sea in which are living things both small and great.” A gospel song writer once posed the question- “How big is God?” Then he answered, “He’s big enough to rule the mighty universe but small enough to live within my heart.” Now that is worth some serious reflection.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Our Trustworthy Bible June 22, 2020

Imagine forty different physicians from different countries speaking different languages, compiling a textbook for the treatment of disease over a period of sixteen hundred years. Who would want a doctor who was guided by that kind of a book? Yet interestingly, the Bible was written over a period of sixteen hundred years by many people who lived at different times and who spoke different languages. Nobody has ever been able to prove one single error in the Bible. It’s been tried. There is but one sensible reason for the truthfulness and reliability of this book. God was the author and He inspired humans to write what He wanted written. “Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” We can trust the Bible. In it, we are urged to “seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.”
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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The Power of God June 19, 2020

Did the miracles described in the Bible really happen? Did the Red Sea actually part as Moses ordered? Did Christ raise the dead? Dr. John R. Brobeck, professor of Physiology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School believes that many scientists now admit that such miracles may have happened. He says that one factor could account for the miracles of scriptures. It is a source of energy unknown to the scientific system. Dr. Brobeck said, “In the Bible, it is known as “the power of God.” And God’s Word does have much to say about God’s power, such as “God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.” It is no wonder Paul the Apostle was inspired to write, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation, to everyone who believes.”
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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