Help to Quit Smoking May 11, 2020

“When you’re ready to quit, we’re ready to help.” Those words, meant to encourage people to quit smoking, were seen on a vehicle recently. Research has shown that withdrawal symptoms decrease more sharply for those who quit smoking cold turkey, than those who try to cut back gradually. Similarly, many attempt to gradually become Christians. But becoming a Christian is instantaneous, because the moment we sincerely admit our fallen nature and spiritual need, asking Christ’s forgiveness, He responds immediately. He doesn’t need time to think about it. He has already made provision for this, by sending Jesus to the cross. John was inspired to write in the New Testament, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Saved By a Shadow May 8, 2020

A swimming instructor was spared serious injury or death when he saw a shadow. He said, “One night I could not sleep, so I decided to have a swim, hoping this would relax me. I didn’t put the lights on in the gym, for I knew every inch of the place. The moon was shining brightly and I could see my body clearly outlined on the opposite wall.” As he raised his arms for the dive, his shadow made a perfect silhouette of a cross. He was not a Christian, but thought of the words of an old hymn, ‘He died that I might be forgiven…’ For some reason, he did not dive. Walking into the pool, he was shocked to find it empty. Unknown to him, the caretaker had drained it. A dive would have probably killed him. Later he said, “I knelt in gratitude and asked the Christ of the cross to save my soul.” The Bible says, “…Christ died for us.”
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Creation – One Big Accident May 6, 2020

There is no God. All creation is one gigantic accident. But why do salmon swim upstream to spawn and die? How do European eels know they should go to Bermuda to breed? Why do the earth and other planets stay in orbit? How come the human pancreas maintains just the right level of sugar in the blood to supply energy? All a series of accidents. Right? But if so, somebody who believes that theory needs to clearly explain these amazing happenings. Or what about the possibility that the God of the Bible is the intelligent Designer of all things, and the universe did not create itself? Then, I dare you to examine the amazing evidences for the truthfulness of the Bible, including the mind-boggling fulfillment of prophecy, and the testimony of millions of Bible believers whose lives have been transformed.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Rejection May 4, 2020

A Nova Scotia man thought he was in a good marriage, so he was shocked when his wife of twenty-five years informed him that she was leaving him and no longer wanted to be in his life. He was devastated. A well-educated and talented PEI schoolteacher was unceremoniously released from her teaching position. In spite of all efforts, no credible reason was ever given for her dismissal. It has had a traumatic impact on the young woman. Few actions are more crushing than rejection. How do we cope when it slams into our lives? When responding, it is important to admit to ourselves that we are hurt. Healing can’t really begin until we admit a problem exists. To anyone who is hurting today, Peter, the Apostle advises us to be “…casting all your care upon Him (Jesus) for He cares for you.” He is there for the broken hearted.
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Judged by Appearance May 1, 2020

A University of Manitoba study has found that Justice is sometimes blinded by the looks of the accused, rather than the facts. The study found that attorneys and judges in court cases could be swayed in favour of the attractive. Thankfully, how we look, what we wear, our gifts to charities, or our Bank account balance do not influence God. That’s because the Bible tells us, “…man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.” And He sees that we are what He calls “desperately wicked.” The good news is that no matter what we look like, or how we dress, God loves all people the same. We are told that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son…” And this love, forgiveness, cleansing and preparation for heaven are available to all who humbly and sincerely ask for it.
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Olympic Champion Stands up For Jesus April 30, 2020

“Turning my life over to God was a difficult thing because it meant that I had to give Him control of my life.” Those are the words of Canadian Olympic Champion Speed Skater and now broadcaster Catriona Le May Doan. She held the world record in the 500 meter speed skating event for ten years, and was the first woman to break the thirty -eight second 500 meter barrier. LeMay Doan adds, “I learned that life is better when I give everything to God. It’s my relationship with Jesus that gives me true significance.” This remarkable young woman is living proof of Jesus’ promise when He said, “I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.” Paul the Apostle added, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.

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The Greatest Weight Ever Lifted April 29, 2020

On the evening of July 28, 1993, at the Bridgewater Nova Scotia Exhibition, Gregg Ernst lifted two Ford cars – a verified lift of 2422 kilograms, or 5340 pounds. That is more than anyone else has lifted. In doing so, Ernst shattered the previous record held by French Canadian Louis Cyr, set in 1896, by more than 450 kilograms. Ernst is credited by Guinness World Records with ‘The Greatest Weight Ever Lifted’ by a human. An evangelical Christian, and Christ follower, Ernst would be quick to acknowledge that despite his amazing feats of strength, there is Someone who has lifted more. That is Jesus Christ, who lifts the burden, guilt and despair from those who humbly seek Him. Of this Saviour, the Bible says, “Who His own self bore our sins in His body on the tree.” He will lift anyone’s burden, but we must ask Him.

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