The Greatest Purchase October 3, 2018

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 re-sold, 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 October 1, 2018

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? A clock accidentally makes 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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Preparing for the Unexpected September 28, 2018

“I was terrified. I thought it was a plane crash or an explosion…” Those were the words of Michael Garnett, after being blasted out of bed in his apartment in Chelyabinsk, Russia. The area was struck by a ten-ton meteor which was moving 54,000 kilometres an hour as it entered the atmosphere and disintegrated about 50 kilometres above the earth. This experience of Garnett, a Canadian, playing hockey in Russia, reminds us of the uncertainty of life. A New Testament writer was inspired to write, “…do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth…” True, there are unexpected incidents which can blast us into the next life. Amos, an Old Testament prophet warned, “Prepare to meet your God.” And Paul, the Apostle explained how to be ready for that inevitable meeting, writing “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Reflecting on things Eternal September 26, 2018

Technology is having a huge effect on the relationship between work and leisure. It had been hoped that it would give us more leisure. For the most part, it has failed to do that. The truth is that smartphones frequently follow us to the golf course, or to the kids’ soccer games. Rather than freeing us from work, often technology turns everything into work. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, stated, “there is a time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant, a time to reap, a time to laugh, a time to mourn.” We all need both work and leisure, but we also need time to be quiet and to reflect on the important matters of time and eternity. David The Psalmist was inspired to write “Be still and know that I am God.” When we do that, we are looking into eternity and recognizing our accountability to our Maker. Please give this serious consideration. It could change your life. It changed mine.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Joni Earickson Tada September 24, 2018

On July 30, 1967, a teenage girl went to a beach and suffered a diving accident that rendered her a quadriplegic. Today, Joni Earickson Tada leads an international ministry, advocates for those with disabilities, and is a sought-after speaker, best-selling author, and radio host. One day, twenty-five years later, to cheer her, her loving husband Ken hung a bird feeder outside her window. It caused her to remember Jesus’ words about sparrows.” Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care… you are worth more than many sparrows. “Joni wrote, “if the great God of heaven concerns Himself about a little ragtag sparrow, He cares about me.” And God cares about you and me too, so we can be forgiven and one day go to heaven. John 3:16 explains His love. “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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Warnings from the Roman Empire September 21, 2018

“The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” by historian Edward Gibbon was written from 1776 to 1788. It is one of the greatest and most influential books in the English language, still relevant and insightful today. Gibbon listed five reasons why the Roman Empire fell: 1-Rapid increase of divorce and undermining of the sanctity of the home. 2: Imposition of higher taxes. 3: the Mad craze for pleasure. 4: Building huge armaments, and 5: Decay of faith and turning to a mere form of religion. All five of these conditions characterize our society today. If history repeats itself, these are sobering warnings for the future. Wise King Solomon wrote in Proverbs, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” The Psalmist wrote, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Please, pray for our leaders, reminding them of these lessons from history.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Secular Humanism September 19, 2018

Our world is in moral and spiritual chaos. Author Dr Timothy LaHaye, producer of the movie Left Behind” , believed the cause to be a popular philosophy known as secular humanism. It defines itself as “a religious worldview based on atheism, naturalism, evolution and ethical relativism…” Its followers believe that man is basically good, and God is unnecessary. The print and other media, governments and educators promote secular humanism, which is anti-Christian and sympathetic to an immoral lifestyle. Methodist Bishop Dr John R. Moore captured the essence of this philosophy, writing, “We have humanized God, deified man and minimized sin.” Secular humanism denies Jesus’ own words, “…out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies…these defile the man…” The only response is for individuals to turn back to the Bible, God, and Christ.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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