Doing Your Best March 23, 2020

His little face flushed and perspiring, the young boy tugged at the stone which wouldn’t budge. His father asked, “Are you doing your best?” “Of course,” the little guy answered. “It’s a big stone.” “But are you doing your best? I am big enough to move the stone for you and you haven’t asked for my help.” Like this boy, we struggle, trying to become a Christian by our best efforts,( turning over a new leaf, shedding our bad habits and doing good works.) But we do not get to heaven that way. We must remember that Jesus, when dying on the cross in our place, to forgive our sins, cried out “It is finished.” And we must also remember that God’s Word informs us all, that it is “ By grace we are saved through faith and that not of ourselves, not of works lest anyone should boast.” So, are you doing your best? Are you calling on the Lord for His outside help?

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Bertrand Russell speaks Truth March 20, 2020

“Bertrand Russell, one of the most famous of the modern atheists, is reported to have said, “Nothing can penetrate the loneliness of the human heart…except the highest intensity of the sort of love religious teachers have preached.” I don’t know if Russell understood what he was saying, but he was speaking the truth. Only God’s love can fill and satisfy the longings of a lonely human heart. Millions have experienced what Psalm 107 verse 8 tells us God promises. “For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul, He fills with good things. The Bible also promises this great truth—”You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Hopefully, Bertrand Bussell understood and accepted the great truth he was expressing, before he passed from this life.

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New Meaning to Words March 18, 2020

The words mouse and grass, in addition to their former meanings, now mean something quite different. Oxford has introduced 500 new words to its Online dictionary. Included is the word “meh”, meaning indifference or boredom. In contrast, the Bible means what it says, and says what it means, and does not change what it means. Clear Bible truths inform us, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved,” or “Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” It doesn’t get much clearer. God’s Word, the Bible never changes. Of it we read “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” Our words change, but God’s do not. We can trust Him and His Word.

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Not Working March 16, 2020

In March 2014 the Jura clock was delivered to Quebec City by Switzerland, to celebrate that city’s 400th birthday. The clock was sleek, and beautiful, but it had a huge problem—it did not keep proper time. This famous clock reminds one of religion—with its expensive edifices, and colourful costumes, is like the Jura clock, it did not work. Religion looks good on the exterior but is merely the effort of people trying to look good in God’s eyes. Bible based Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship between Jesus Christ and humble people who accept God’s assessment of their spiritual condition as fallen sinners. This relationship happens when we respond to God’s invitation to “ Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”

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Going Home March 13, 2020

From her hospice bed in a Western Canadian town, Sylvia said to her friend “I’m going home Jim.” Surprised, Jim asked “You mean you’re going back to your condo?” “No she replied,, I’m going home to heaven.” When Sylvia had acknowledged her need of Christ and had invited Him to be her Saviour, she received assurance from a New Testament passage. It read, “… God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son… 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.” If you have sincerely received Christ as your Saviour, when you realize that you may be passing away soon, you too will have this wonderful hope of heaven, and you will be able to say, “I’m going home.”

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Looking In the Mirror March 11, 2020

Have you looked in the mirror lately? It can give you a jolt. We usually experience a reality check, so some try to improve the image by accenting, hiding, darkening or lightening. Yet we hardly ever quite look the way we wish. It is better to accept what we cannot change, remembering that according to the Good Book, “Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.” And that Good Book, the Bible, gives us a spiritual reality check. It informs us that “all have sinned,” and that we cannot make ourselves into Christians. But thankfully, it also assures us that while we are all sinners by nature and by choice, Jesus Christ died for us on a cross. If we accept God’s assessment of what we are really like, He offers forgiveness and the gift of eternal life. Now what do you think of that?

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Making something beautiful March 9, 2020

A story has been told of a slender brown reed that grew in the forest. It was always sad because it could not make music like the brook, the birds or the wind. Then one day something happened. A young boy cut the reed and fashioned it to his liking. When he breathed through it, beautiful music floated over the forest. So often, like the reed, we are unable, on our own, to make beautiful music. But when we invite Jesus into our lives, He sets us free from the bondage of bad habits and gives us a new song. He sees our true worth. He forgives our sins and gives us a new life. Songwriter and musician Bill Gaither describes the transformation as follows. “Something beautiful, something good, all my confusion He understood. All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife, but He made something beautiful of my life… “ And that can happen to every single on of us.

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