A Second Chance June 4, 2018

A while back it was reported that a small shark was found flopping around on the 12th tee of the San Juan Hills Golf Club in California. It had dropped from the sky and had puncture marks where it appeared that a bird of prey had snagged it from the Pacific Ocean, about five miles away. The small leopard shark was rushed to the ocean, where it speedily swam away to freedom. Talk about a second chance. The ultimate giver of second chances is God, our Heavenly Father. No matter how many times we fail, God is willing to forgive us and give us a second chance. Perhaps you have really messed up your life and feel that it is not worth living. Please listen. Our kind and loving Saviour promises, “Come unto me all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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The Importance of Alerts June 1, 2018

“I guess if the world ends, I’ll be the last to know,” quipped Brent Morris, one of the people who failed to receive the alert from Canada’s new National Alert System. When perfected, the system will be used to warn people of natural disasters, Amber alerts and more. Alerts are everywhere it seems, warning us about troubles ahead. God also, has given us many alerts in His Word, such as, “Prepare to meet your God,” “The wages of sin is death,” and “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” Although these “alerts” or warnings have been available for thousands of years, many do not heed them. How important not only to hear God’s alerts, but to act on them. They are there so that when we stand before our Maker, we will have Christ in our lives and be ready for the next life.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Broken Treaties and Promises May 31, 2018

In a revealing article, the Wikipedia internet research source cites all the treaties and agreements formalized between nations and groups from 1283 B.C. through 2009. The writers call into question the usefulness of human agreement when most of them have been broken. No surprise. We are fallen creatures, spiritually dead. We are lost. The Bible, describing our moral and spiritual condition says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.” This diagnosis gives little room for optimism or for trusting our fellow human beings. But while many people cannot be trusted, God can. He always keeps His word. And the most important area of trust is regarding His promise of eternal life. Here’s an example “…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Just a Series of Accidents May 30, 2018

There is no personal God and all creation is just one gigantic accident. Those who believe that need to consider the following. Why do salmon swim upstream to spawn and die? Why do European eels know they should go to Bermuda to breed? Why do the earth and other planets stay in orbit? Who ordained that the human pancreas should maintain just the right level of sugar in the blood to supply energy? Just a series of accidents, right? There is no God, some people say. But what an amazing number of miracles must be explained. Only a personal intelligent God could do all this. He is the God of the Bible; He did it all. Genesis 1:1 is the only explanation of creation that makes sense. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Why would anyone believe that other unproven, unscientific theory?

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Not Dead May 28, 2018

Famous evangelist Dr. Billy Graham died in February. One of his statements was repeated many times. “Someday, you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” He was repeating the words of another famous evangelist, Dwight L. Moody, spoken about one hundred years ago. They are correct, because Christ, the Son of God, declared when He was on earth, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. The Apostle John explained, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life…” Great truth!

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Rebuilt May 25, 2018

Lewis Roberts, from England, had hip replacements, five fractured vertebrae, a crushed pelvis and a damaged eye socket, because of a car accident. Roberts says doctors rebuilt him. We should be thankful for trained surgeons who can do these amazing medical procedures. But God, too performs life transforming operations every day. Only He does it all on the inside. Paul described God’s work as follows: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation…behold all things have become new.” So, when we recognize that we are broken spiritually and sincerely and humbly cry out to Jesus, the Great Physician, He freely gives us not just a rebuilt life, as Lewis Roberts received, but He makes us “new creations. “And there are no medical bills. “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Best Way to Quit May 23, 2018

Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles compared the physiological and psychological symptoms of twenty people who quit smoking cold turkey and twenty who cut back slowly. They found that withdrawal symptoms decreased more sharply for those who quit smoking suddenly. Many plan one day to quit but just don’t get around to it. Likewise, many, realizing that we are all going to stand before God someday, plan to make their peace with God. The Bible urges us, “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” Sadly, many, thinking they will one day act, don’t get around to it until too late. Only 23% of people who turn their lives over to Christ do so after the age of 21. Those who are older need to give this some thought. It may be later than we think.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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