Freedom April 9, 2018

Winston Churchill once said, “All the great things in life are simple and many can be expressed in one word; freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” Mr. Churchill was correct. Unfortunately, sometimes in our technological world, we can become confused with too many words, and lose our focus. One of the greatest words you and I can ever reflect on is the word salvation, referring to the saving of our never dying souls. John, in the third chapter, the sixteenth verse of his gospel was inspired to describe salvation, and how to attain it, writing, “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.” Believing and acting on that timeless truth has transformed and continues to transform the lives of millions and millions of people.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Wings like Eagles April 6, 2018

Victor Hugo, author of the famous novel Les Miserable, once said, “Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her; still she sings away, all the same, knowing she has wings.” Interestingly, many of us perch on frail bending branches, such as success, riches or popularity. The prophet Isaiah, in the Old Testament, wrote that “those who hope in the Lord…will soar on wings like eagles…” Thankfully, God gives us hope in this uncertain world, with such promises as the following, “I know the plans I have for you…plans to give you hope and a future…when you seek me with all your heart.” When things we perch on in this world let us down, we need to be sure that our hope is in the Lord because it is only then that we can soar above heartaches, sadness and trials, “on wings like eagles.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Jackie Robinson April 4, 2018

At one time in his youth, Jackie Robinson began to run with a bad neighborhood gang. An older friend said to him, “It doesn’t take guts to follow the crowd, it takes courage to be willing to be different.” Jackie listened, traded his wishbone for a backbone and left the gang. He went on to become a sensational athlete, the first black baseball player in the Major leagues. All of us come to crossroads in our live. We too like Jackie Robinson must make decisions. The most important decision of all time is how we respond to Jesus’ invitation,” Come follow me…” Joshua in the Old Testament urged, “Choose this day whom you will serve.” Our Savior, the Lord Jesus offers forgiveness of sin, the gift of salvation, and eternal life. We all face the choice of either accepting or rejecting Him. Please give serious consideration to this today.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Doctor’s advice-use common sense April 2, 2018

In one of Dr. Gifford Jones’ columns, he discussed the high cost of what he called “self-inflicted disease”, He was referring to habits and life-styles that affect our health adversely. Jones says, “we can no longer be rewarded for foolish behavior. We need to exercise common sense.” Unfortunately, it seems that common sense seems to be in short supply these days not only for our physical well-being, but also our spiritual health. The Bible repeatedly advises us to act sensibly in view of our spiritual need. Paul said, “don’t be deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Jesus Himself said, “No man comes to the Father except through me.” Amos warned, “Prepare to meet your God”. Am I exercising common sense? Are you?

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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To Err is Human, to forgive Divine March 30, 2018

Thirteen percent of the research articles published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine in one year recently, were found to be incorrect in their medical findings, involving drugs, screening tests and invasive procedures. While for centuries educated people believed and taught that the earth was flat, Isaiah the prophet was inspired to inform us that God “… sits on the “circle” of the earth…” The literal translation of the word circle is spherical- an exact description of earth’s shape. The Bible, was not intended to teach history, medicine or science, but whenever it touches on these subjects, it is always accurate. Best of all it explains how to be forgiven and receive eternal life. Please do not believe those who deny the truthfulness of this wonderful book. Read it. Follow its instructions. It will transform your life

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Happiness March 28, 2018

Being happy, it seems, is good for your heart. A Harvard University review, published by the Psychological Bulletin concludes that being upbeat and optimistic just might help protect against heart disease. “A number of studies found the most optimistic people had half the risk of a first heart attack as compared to the least optimistic” said Julie Boehm of Harvard School of Public Health. This finding agrees with the wisest man who ever lived, King Solomon, who wrote in one of his proverbs, “A merry heart does good like a medicine.” The Psalmist wrote, “Happy is he whose hope is in the Lord.” Proverbs informs us that “whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.” And John, in his gospel explains the condition for this happiness, writing, “If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Passing of Stephen Foster March 26, 2018

He was a routine admission to busy Bellevue Hospital, in New York City, on January 13,1864. He was an alcoholic, wanting only another drink. He died three days later- just thirty-seven years old, still unknown, considered just a bum from the Bowery. A friend identified him in the local morgue. His name, Stephen Foster. Before his tragic death, he wrote such famous songs as Oh! Susanna, Beautiful Dreamer, and My Old Kentucky Home. And many, like Stephen Foster, have lost hope, waiting for someone to reach out and extend a hand of kindness and help. But there is hope for all men and women. God’s love reaches out to all. The New Testament says, “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. “If you are down and out today, please, reach out to Jesus. He’s reaching out to you.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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