Right way and wrong way February 2, 2018

A while back, the crew of the Newfoundland Lynx discovered three stowaways- two men and a woman-on board the trawler after leaving Iceland. Canada is indeed a place where many from other countries would like to live. Some even try to sneak in illegally. And in like manner, many try to illegally enter heaven. One of the most popular methods attempted is to gain entrance based on performing good deeds, or religious practices. But it never works because none of us is good enough to make it on our own. The Bible informs us that it is “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His (God’s) mercy” that we are saved. Jesus Himself said, “no on comes to the Father except through me.” It is only when we are in a personal relationship with God through faith in His Son Jesus Christ that we may have assurance of a heavenly home. There will be no stowaways in heaven.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Health and Fitness February 1, 2018

Canadians are becoming heavier, weaker and less flexible resulting in illness, injury and premature frailty. Commenting on that subject, one Maritime newspaper wrote, “Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind.” Paul, in the New Testament echoed that truth, speaking to some about serious problems in their lives. When they reacted negatively, he responded with the question, “Have I become your enemy because I tell you the truth? “Often when we are confronted about our fallen nature, since it’s a fact that “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God”, we too react in anger and denial. When we are made aware of our poor health, we need to act. And the wise among us will face up to the facts of our spiritual need, and turn to the Lord Jesus Who said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” Please think about that today.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Victoria’s Question January 31, 2018

“Can one be absolutely sure in this life of eternal safety? That question was asked by Queen Victoria, after attending a service in St. Paul’s Cathedral. Her remarks were published and read by a man named John Townsend who sent her a note and assured her “I know that we can be absolutely sure now of our eternal life.” He included suitable portions from the Bible to support his beliefs. One verse read “…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. About two weeks later, Townsend received a letter from the Queen, in which she wrote, “Your letter of recent date I received…I have read the portions of Scripture referred to. …I believe in the finished work of Christ for me and trust by God’s grace to meet you in that Home…” We can know now.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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To Confess or Not to Confess January 30, 2018

A fifty-six-year-old man, grieved and tormented, asked should he confess that he stole from a close family member thirty years ago, to pay for a drug habit? AA, Alcoholics Anonymous has a twelve-step program for recovering alcoholics. One of the steps is to make amends to the people we have hurt. Sadly, some of those who have been wronged will remain angry and unforgiving. However, I am glad that there is One whom all of us have hurt by our actions and unbelief. Yet Jesus never turns His back on us. When we come to Him with sincere and humble hearts, admit our failures and sins, He opens wide His arms and forgives and forgets. How do I know? It’s in the Bible, where the Saviour invites, “come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” And He also promises, “the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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A Random Act of Kindness January 29, 2018

When he prepared to pay for his coffee, to his surprise, he was told that it had already been paid for by someone who had just left. When a young university student tried to pay for his gas, he was told that it had been paid for by a lady who was driving away. We call these events random acts of kindness. A greater act of kindness happened during the days of Jesus. He was travelling about the cities and villages of Palestine. We are told, “…when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them because they were weary and scattered like sheep having no shepherd.” He later performed the greatest of all acts of kindness, when He went to the cross and died for the sins of the world. He now invites us, “Come to me…and I will give you rest.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Needing Help from Another January 26, 2018

Nancy Breberg a sixty-seven-year-old diabetic from Minneapolis, was trapped when her SUV slid off the road, and into a pond. For eighteen hours she prayed for help. She might not have survived had it not been for bicyclist Geoffrey Racette, who spotted her and stopped. He found her medication, and stayed with her until paramedics arrived. Racette recalled, “… she wasn’t able to get out of the car and was stuck there.” Nancy Breberg needed outside help, and got it. Her story illustrates what Jesus did for us. Paul explained, “…when we were without strength, Christ died for the ungodly.” He added, “God demonstrates His own love toward us… while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” We all need outside help, because to become a Christian, it is “not by works of righteousness that we have one, but according to His mercy He saves us.” God’s help is available.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Promise Kept January 24, 2018

In the year 1914, twenty-nine men sailed from England to Antarctica to cross the Antarctic Continent on foot. But early in their voyage, their ship became entrapped in an ice pack and sank. The leader of the group, Sir Ernest Shackleton left his men, and set out to cross the Antarctic sea in a lifeboat to bring back rescuers. One hundred and five days later, Shackleton returned, as he promised, and the crew was rescued. And our Leader too, the Lord Jesus has promised to return to earth to rescue His children. He wrote, “…I go and prepare a place for you. And …I will come again and receive you to myself. “If you do not believe Christ will return, please remember that it was He who promised centuries earlier that scattered Israel would one day return to Palestine and become a country again. In 1948 the State of Israel was born. Jesus will return.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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