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The diary and letters of Pastor James Rowell.

Salvation By Grace Alone

When we speak of Salvation by grace alone, we mean that the Bible says this; every man is a sinner before God. Now we have got to take that seriously. People say well, I am really not a bad person, I don’t drink, I don’t gamble, I don’t steel, I have never committed adultery, I have never murdered etc. etc. These are all good things in a relative sense; I would rather have a neighbor who was kind and decent and good and upright and honest than have some lying rascal next door to me, that I couldn’t turn my back upon. We applaud those social virtues, but before God we are all sinners, we have broken the first and great commandment of the Law of God, which is to love god with all our soul strength and mind. We are all sinners, and not small sinners, but big sinners. We are dead in sin and corrupted in sin, we are self-centered and not God-centered.

Those who boast how good they are have lived their life in rebellion against God and in rejection of His son, trampling the blood of Christ beneath their feet. They live as if the Bible didn’t say the things that it says; that is big time sin.


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Strength in the Struggle

September 22nd, 2019|4 Comments

Last month while we were in Nairobi, on a routine clinic visit, I noticed Emily had been drinking a bit more water than normal. I decided to test her blood glucose. I wasn’t too worried, [...]

The Hands and Feet of Christ

August 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Have you ever felt alone......even invisible to God? Sometimes as Christians we go through times of silence, where we feel isolated from our Lord.  Just reading through a few Psalms reminds us that this is [...]

An Inconvenient Obedience

May 12th, 2019|0 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything. We’ve had a crazy few months! Thomas became very sick and we ended up in hospital twice, first with a severe viral infection and stomach bug which [...]

Genesis Three (Pt.7): The False Promises of Sin

March 16th, 2019|0 Comments

The subtle beginnings soon morphed into an all-out attack. This was a change in tactic (Edward J. Young, 33). Everything was out in the open. He moved from doubting God to radical and reckless infidelity. In the discourse that followed between the serpent and the woman, Satan made three promises in verses four and five; the promise of impunity, of improvement, and of independence.

Genesis Three (Pt.6): The Subtlety of the Serpent

March 13th, 2019|0 Comments

It’s hard to get the hook out when it’s in past the barb—some flesh will need to be sacrificed. When sin gets our attention and gets a hold, it's difficult to remove and detach ourselves from it. This is where the woman found herself.  Having captured her attention and locked her in conversation, Satan began to devour her (1 Peter 5:8).

The Majesty of God and a Disabled Child

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

If God chooses to get glory in sustaining a child with chronic illness or disability, rather than by removing the condition, that is His prerogative and we should rejoice in it. Removing it may make life easier, more pleasant and comfortable for the family. But God does not exist for our happiness—we exist for his glory. God forms babies in the womb that will cause us to fear Him, reverence Him and stand in awe of Him.

Genesis Three (Pt.5): The Serpent’s Strategy of War

March 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Eden was no random attack, it was a strategy of war. Satan had a target in mind, and that target was humanity, the apex of God’s creation ... He must strike humanity at the root. He must poison the fountain at the source. Satan’s target was not Adam but Adam’s children—humanity ... Humanity fell as one when Satan poisoned the source. The “likeness” and “image” of Adam’s offspring were marred by Adam’s sin.

Genesis Three (Pt.4): “The Serpent:” A Talking Snake

February 21st, 2019|0 Comments

The Bible begins and ends with the serpent. In Genesis he is cunning, subtle and deceptive—and he finds a measure of success. But that “success” is given him only to reveal God's gracious salvation. In Revelation, he is defeated and cast into the bottomless pit. This is the story of the gospel.

Genesis Three (Pt.3): “The Lord God Planted A Garden”

February 16th, 2019|0 Comments

When God created Adam and his wife, he provided everything they needed. The Scriptures tells us that God planted a garden for the man and his wife (Genesis 2:8). This garden provided a fully sustainable home, a workplace and a place of worship. They had no wants. The garden of Eden begins a “garden theology” that continues throughout the Scriptures. Eden is the prototype of blessed safety and tranquility in the presence of the Lord—a paradise.

Genesis Three: Introduction

February 9th, 2019|0 Comments

The story of the Bible is the story of the sovereign God, the salvation of man and the spoiling of Satan and his helpers. Genesis chapter three is the beginning of that story. In that [...]

Pentecost and the Baptism in the Holy Spirit: The Promise of Success in Missions

February 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Moses prayed that “all” the Lord’s people would have the Spirit. Joel prophesied that the Lord would pour out of the Spirit on “all flesh” and Paul tells us that we have “all” been baptized into one body. The repeated gift of tongue throughout the book of Acts proves that this happened and shows that the giving of the Spirit at Pentecost was intended for the Church universal; “all” believers; “for there is no difference” (Romans 10:12).

Why do Pastor’s Kids Go Wild?

January 21st, 2019|1 Comment

"...how similar the Christian life and ministry is no matter where you go in the world. We have the same basic needs; though different on many levels, yet so similar." Monday afternoon class at our [...]

Characteristics of a Healthy Church

January 20th, 2019|0 Comments

It is important to distinguish between a true Church and a healthy Church. Five of the seven churches in Asia minor were “true Churches” but they had serious health problems. Some were dying a slow and [...]

We Are Created to Think

January 8th, 2019|0 Comments

The words of God, “let us make man” (Genesis 1:26) on the sixth day of creation introduce the creation of a being that would be different from every other part of creation. Man became the [...]

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