Come Home December 21, 2018

I recently read of a father who was having difficulty getting his adult son and daughter to come home for a visit, so he called and told them that he and their mother were considering getting divorced after 45 years of marriage. Shocked, the siblings asked him to promise not to do anything until they got home. Hanging up the phone, the father said to his wife with a smile- “Honey, the kids will be home for Christmas and they’re paying their own way.” This story, whether real or fictitious, reminded me that our Heavenly Father also wants us to come home to Him. But unlike this tale, where the children pay their own way home, we can’t pay our way back to God. Our Heavenly Father has paid for us to come Home. The Bible says, “God demonstrates His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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The Reason for the Season December 19, 2018

A young refugee child was being shown the wonders of a large toy store by his foster parents. At first his eyes grew wide with wonder, but then an expression of disappointment clouded his face, and he burst out, “But where is the Child?” Somewhere in his past he had learned, “Unto you is born this day…a Saviour Who is Christ the Lord,” and that it is His birthday we celebrate at Christmas. Then, a discerning store official had a Christmas crib with an image of the baby Jesus set up in a prominent place in the store. Seeing it, the little boy smiled with delight. Unknowingly he had taught a lesson on the real meaning of Christmas. “Jesus is the reason for the season.” This Christmas, let’s remember that He is the “indescribable gift.” Will He be in your Christmas this year?

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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All by Myself December 17, 2018

Author Max Lucado, in his book “Outlive Your Life” tells the amusing story of his three-year-old nephew Lawson, who wanted to play some basketball. The basketball was too large and the basket too high. So Lucado lowered the basket and held Lawson high enough so he could roll the ball over the rim. Then the little fellow in his excitement, held his hands high and shouted, “All by myself. All by myself.” It was a bit of an overstatement, but he acted like so many of us. God gave us this beautiful world, air to breathe, food to eat, a brain to think and best of all, He provided, the way to heaven. Jesus once said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, but we, in our self-righteousness shout, “All by myself. All by myself.” Jesus added, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” We need Him.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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On the Way to Forever December 14, 2018

Chicken Soup for the Soul has a story of a young girl’s concept of love, of meeting the man of her dreams, marriage and the birth of their children. It described how her concept of love changed with the passing of years. She later said, “suddenly forever seems like a perfect amount of time to spend with someone I couldn’t imagine living without.” She is correct, but the most perfect love anyone can know is God’s love for us, and ours for Him. Since we are all on the way to forever, wise people will accept God’s loving offer of mercy and forgiveness and spend forever with Him. John described this relationship with these words, “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.” With Whom are you going to live forever?

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Warning Signals December 12, 2018

Distraction on the part of people driving while using a hand-held instrument is on the increase. Some governments are using increased maximum fines to warn the guilty. God also flashes warning signals to get our attention concerning our relationship with Him. He uses financial reverses, problems in the home or business, and sometimes illness. Paul warned, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” But with these warnings, the good Lord also gives us a way out, and hope, such as Jesus’ invitation, “Behold I stand at the door and knock.” (referring to the door to our lives) He added, “If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.” We need to avoid distractions and slow down. And we need to reflect on the direction of our lives, in light of eternity.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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Morals in the U.K. December 10, 2018

British men and women are the most promiscuous of any big western nation in the world, according to a study conducted in 48 countries. 14,000 people were asked about numbers of partners, one-night stands and casual sex. Consider this in light of the following. Britain now has the highest divorce rate in Europe. Less than 12 % of British people attend church. The connection is undeniable. The carnage, broken lives and suffering children are evident everywhere. We can’t do wrong and get away with it. God’s plan has not changed. One man one woman united in marriage. But lives, marriages and families can be transformed by inviting Jesus Christ into our lives. Paul, in the New Testament explained, “If anyone is in Christ, he (or she) is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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November December 7, 2018

Anne Donahue wrote recently in the Globe and Mail, about her fascination with November, just past. She said, “It’s a nothing month between the vibrancy of October and the festivities of December. It’s cold, and damp.” She added, “Life is not all celebration. In order to appreciate the full scope of living, we must acknowledge endings, and death.” She is correct. The Bible reminds us that “It is appointed unto man to die, and after this the judgment.” This can be a scary for some, but when we realize the scope of God’s love and provision for us and accept His gift of eternal life, the fear goes away, and life becomes full and vibrant. It is true that “the wages of sin is death.” But it is also true that “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” He promised, “ the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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