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A New Adult Bible Fellowship Series

What a religion does with Jesus Christ is the focal point of its belief system. The watershed teaching of all religions, sects and cults is Jesus Christ. Beginning, September 12 each Adult Bible Fellowship will be studying the belief structure of some of the most well-known religions: Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Christianity.

In a culture that is becoming increasingly hostile to the message of the Bible, this study will equip you to better understand other faiths and to better articulate the Bible’s teaching of who Jesus is. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6) Continue reading

Increasing Your Ministry Potential

Have you ever been involved in a ministry of church that was stagnant and stale? There could be many reasons for that: 1) the ministry leader was not suited to lead in that specific ministry, 2) sin was holding back God’s blessing (Ps 66.18), 3) laziness or 4) we didn’t know what the next step was to see growth (spiritually & numerically).

If you’re involved in a ministry and it is your desire to see that Sunday School class, bus route, AWANA group, Adult Bible Fellowship or any other area of ministry grow.  Here are four suggestions of seeing your ministry potential grow: Continue reading

Armed Forces Reflections

ad_2009_armed_forces_small_blogAll I can say about last Sunday’s Armed Forces Appreciation Sunday is WOW!  It was more than I can find words to express.  Instead of rambling, maybe I will just list some “WOW’s” that stand out to me:

1.  The video of Ronald Reagan’s Veteran’s Day speech…WOW!  I was caught off guard by that.  I had not seen it though I knew we were doing a video.  The line that has gone through my brain dozens of time since then is when he said that a soldier that dies gives two lives, “the one he was living, and the one he would have lived.”  Those are stunning words of sacrifice.  Dr. Brooks leaned over to me after the video and said, “How can I beat that?”

2.  The looks on people’s faces during different events of the service…WOW.  I have never served in the military so the depth and content of my thoughts during a service like we had are much different.  I saw deep concentration on faces and people whose memories were going way back.  I saw faces with obvious pride in serving, and tears of memories and emotions so deep they could not be explained in words.

3.  All the music…WOW!  The Armed Forces Medley of songs is always a WOW!  To see men and woman stand enthusiastically when their song is sung is awesome.  Finishing with singing the National Anthem is the epitome of patriotic spirit.  The song before the message was stirring and emotional, “A Patriot’s Honor.”  Inspiring is a word not enough to describe it all.

4.  Dr. Ron Brooks, his preaching, his presence, his service for our country, his genuineness…its all a WOW!  Seeing a Vietnam Veteran in uniform preaching about “Heroes” and Christ’s sacrifice for us is a privilege most countries of the world cannot experience like we Americans can.  I am thankful that Dr. Brooks came to our church and for his friendship.

5.  Talking to Veteran’s after the service…WOW!  I talked with some WWII veterans in their mid and upper 80’s.  As a preacher I am able to open God’s Word freely every Sunday and throughout the week without fear.  It is sobering to think that God used these veterans to help keep our country free so God’s Word can can be unhindered.

Kingdom Principle/Verse of the Week

ad_2009_cm_sac_kingdom_questIn case you missed the Sunday evening service, I wanted to underscore something Pastor Campbell introduced to us that is both exciting and helpful. Over the next eight weeks, we’re going to join together as a church in memorizing a key verse that ties in with a “Kingdom Principle,” a truth about the way God’s kingdom works.

We ask our children to memorize verses all the time. They do so in their Christian school, at AWANA, and in Sunday School. But we adults don’t memorize so much as a single verse in a given year (there are a few happy exceptions to that rule in our church). Hiding God’s Word in our hearts is like taking up a sharp sword that can hack away at the tangled vines of worldly thinking that often overgrow the pathways of our lives. It’s tantamount to shutting the mouth of Satan–silencing his wicked whispers. The bottom line is: we need to do it.

Making this a family affair will explode its power in your home. Quote the verse to your kids and let them tell you if you missed a word. Talk about what the verse and the principle means for you and your family in your particular circumstances.

Take this week’s Kingdom Principle (“God owns it all“), and the verse that goes with it (Psalm 50:10-12 “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.”) as a case in point.

Maybe realizing that God owns your house may lead you and your family to use it for more of God’s purposes (like having your neighbors for dinner–even though their kids might track a little mud on the carpet). Maybe understanding that God owns the money you were planning to use for a new lawnmower will lead you to use some of it help your brother-in-law who lost his job. I don’t know, but you do.

Teach your children the principle and then tell them how–this week–specifically–you are going to live it out. Encourage them to do the same.

Maybe by the end of the summer we can all share the stories of God’s greatness as we sought to live out the principles of the Kingdom. This is a golden opportunity for you and your family. Don’t waste it!

Kids Who Seek God’s Kingdom First

ad_2009_cm_sac_kingdom_questAmerica is the land of opportunity. If you want it bad enough, you can get it. We all make sure our children grow up knowing this foundational American value. That only leaves us with one question: what do we want the most? For most people, answering this question is all too easy: “Give me a big house, a lot of toys, a load of cash, a pretty wife, 2.5 kids. . . .” The list goes on and on.

Having these things is not a problem. Wanting these things is not a problem. But the question is, what do we want the most? I want to be able to stand before God someday and honestly tell Him that I wanted His kingdom–His perfect plan–more than anything else.

Just as important, I want my kids to be able to say the same thing. I want them to come to the end of life having pursued the plan of God to the fullest extent. When all their peers are chasing dreams that will fade like the morning’s mist, I want them to follow a vision that ends in exuberant joy and satisfaction, to have an eternal reward that will never fade away, to heap up a treasure in a place where moth and rust have no effect.

Teaching our kids to press forward for the kingdom is no easy task in a world that values the here and now. But that’s the mission of Kingdom Seekers. When we give an account to God for our work in children’s ministry, He won’t care how neat our crafts were or whether we had a great AWANA Derby. He will be deeply concerned with what we taught our children to want the most. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).

5 Reasons Your Child Should Join Bethel Baseball

  1. baseballYou get to spend quality time with your child.
    Nowadays, finding time with your son or daughter isn’t always easy. Enrolling them in Bethel Baseball helps you clear time in your schedule for the purpose of spending it with your child. Before long, those little munchkins will be headed off to college, so don’t waste your weekends–spend some time with the kids! You may have to push aside some urgent stuff, but quality time with your kids is a non-negotiable. Continue reading