Free Friday Give-Away

It’s been awhile since we’ve given away something free on BethelLife. Actually this week we’re giving away two items. With the HOPE concert coming this Sunday we thought now would be a good time to give away a free copy of Kelly Brake-Hubbard’s new cd, Hope. Also, a couple that we’re familiar with at Bethel, Matt & Christy Taylor have recently come out with a new cd titled, Everlasting Praise.

To qualify to win simply place a comment in the comment section. You can even state which one you’d prefer and if possible we will try to honor your request if you win. In order to qualify only comments placed before 9pm (EST) will be accepted.

Everlasting Praise from Matt & Christy Taylor

I Will Glory in My Redeemer from Kelly Hubbard

Introducing Discover Bethel!

Big news…the Campbell’s now have their first teenager in the home!  We love it and look forward to the challenges and blessings of these awesome years.  It does call to mind though some nostalgic moments of bringing our first baby home from the hospital thirteen years ago.  I remember washing the car and making sure the camera and everything I was responsible for was ready to go.  We loved it all but going from two adults, to two very excited but scared adults and a baby was an adjustment.  Families go through adjustments and so do churches when new people join.  That is why we are introducing Discover BethelDiscover Bethel is our way of introducing our selves to folks considering membership. We want to help folks to assimilate into the life of our church.  The orientation is as follows:

1. Who are we? This is our Discover Bethel introduction and Continue reading

Cool Things About Being a Dad

Father’s Day is a time for reflection as is any special day.  I have just had a few things bouncing off my mind and heart that I wanted to give here.  Maybe you have had these thoughts to and can relate to them.  There are a thousand or a million things to say about being a Dad.  These are the cool things about being a dad from my perspective:

1.  Doing lady stuff with girls and guy stuff with the boys.  Girl stuff may include having tea, playing with Polly Pockets, drawing or a watching sisters paint nails.  The guys stuff would be looking at baseball cards, admiring a new Lego creation, shooting BB guns, or watching a bike trick.  Going to a Phillies game or playing football in the yard together are memories hard to beat.  The multifaceted interests of kids and getting to be part of them all is cool about being a Dad. Continue reading

Father’s Day Follow-Up

In our morning service yesterday, we gave to all dads present a sermon cd by Dr. Jim Berg titled Biblical Manhood part 1. If you are interested in the second part you can find the audio here. We highly recommend the preaching and resources that you can find at www.jimberg.com.

Why I Love Sunday Night Church

I love the church. I love OUR church. I love the songs we sing. I love our church family. I love the fact that I get to be a part of God’s plan here on earth. But one of the aspects that I love most about my Christian life is Sunday Night Church. I mean it. I love…

  • to fellowship with my church family
  • to rejoice with those who are experiencing victories in their life
  • to mourn with those who are experiencing difficulties in their life
  • to sing the Gospel songs and hymns
  • to be encouraged by the preaching of the Bible
  • to respond to the preaching of God’s Word

I heard a preacher say once that every Christian ought to be a “Three to Thrive Christian,” meaning Continue reading

How is that Application Coming?

Special thanks to John Moon, one of our pastoral interns, for this guest post.

Men and women who apply the Scripture’s truth to their daily lives have always inspired me. Bill Rice of the Bill Rice Ranch (a Christian camp in Tennessee) is known for his favorite verse, Psalm 118:24. No matter what the day was like, if you asked him he would always reply with the same way:

“Hey Bill, Its going to rain today are you worried that the kids won’t get to play outside?”

With genuine tone Bill Rice would reply, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

“Hey Bill, everything is going wrong today, we ran out of food, one of the campers is hurt, and we can’t find the microphone.”

Bill: “This is the day…”

That verse was a necessary part of his walk with God! We must apply God’s word to our life if we are going to walk with God.
I have found myself feeling defeated in my sin. I know that I am right with God, and that Christ has wiped away my sin. However, I claim with Paul the cry of Romans 7:18-19 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.”

Most of us have felt this way one time or another, if not quite often. We consciously do not want to sin, yet we do.  We acknowledge that we want to do right, but we don’t.  And if these two verses were all there is than we would have reason to continually feel defeated.  In a grunt of frustration Paul exclaims, “Wretched man that I am, who can deliver me from this body of death?”

But! This is not it! There is more! It is quickly answered by application of what he knows in the next verse and following into chapter 8. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Rom. 8:1)

He applied that same principle that is found in Galatians 5: “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.”

For me personally I must constantly remind myself that “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:13) When I apply this to my life than my walk with God is made easier, and the temptation is more easily overcome, because I have a foundation of God’s promise to stand upon.

Now go and apply it!

There Is Work to Be Done

Special thanks to Michael Morton, one of our pastoral interns, for this guest post.

Someone once said that the only thing that separates us from animals is our instincts. Animals have a survival instinct while humans have something much greater, a success instinct. The success instinct is what drives humans to live. People many times are afraid to step out and take a chance because they might not succeed, while others seem to find success at the drop of a hat. Why such a contrast?

Every person has a desire to see success come from his or her life, but only a few ever seem to find success. Those that find success are the people who take the time and the steps necessary in order to see that goal accomplished in their lives. This is the success instinct.

Nehemiah discovered the success instinct. He had a daunting task in front of him: rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Although this task seemed impossible to those around him, he was able to accomplish the task in 53 days! He was able to see success because He followed some simple steps in order to get things done.

Everyday we are faced with different tasks. Our response to these tasks will determine if we succeed or fail. When seeking success, here are some steps to follow:

  • Determine your God-given role (Nehemiah 1). Nehemiah was simply the king’s cup bearer, but he was in a position of influence. When you discover what your God given roles are, your roles will help you determine the importance of each task you face through out the day.
    Tip: Sit down with a Bible and biblically discern you key roles!!
  • Plan your work, and work your plan (Nehemiah 2:5;3:1-32). Nehemiah brought his plan before the king, and then worked his plan accordingly. The tasks you face must be methodically worked through with a plan. When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
    Tip: Keep an up-to-date planner!
  • Set a date of completion (Nehemiah 2:6). The King was worried about how long this project would take Nehemiah, so Nehemiah gave him a date of completion. When you set a date of completion, you will set aside the time necessary to get the project done.
    Tip:  Have predefined check points along the way!
  • Enlist help from others (Nehemiah 2:7; 3:1-32). Nehemiah sought help from the king and had each tribe of Israel working on the wall. If a project is too big for you to handle, seek help from others.
    Tip: When you properly communicate your vision, others will want to come along!
  • Do not get distracted by other demands (Nehemiah 6:1-4). Nehemiah realized he had a great work to do, so He did not go down to the plains of Ono. There will be other demands that need to be taken but stay committed to the task at hand.
    Tip: Keep your desk and room clean!