Archive | April 2012

From the Pastor’s Pen

Final Thoughts on Romans 3:24

Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ,           NKJV

 

Being justified by grace, we have peace with God, our holy and sovereign Creator.  Our conscience accuses us no longer.  God’s judgment now decides for sinners instead of against us.  Our memory looks back on our past sins, with deep sorrow for the sin, but yet with no dread of any penalty to come; for Jesus has paid our debt to the last jot and tittle.  God will never be so unjust as to demand double payment for one debt, thus no soul whose sins are paid for can ever be cast into the Lake of Fire.

My hope lives not because I am not a sinner, but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died . . . On the lion of justice the fair maid of hope rides like a queen.

Charles H. Spurgeon

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From the Pastor’s Pen

Final Thoughts on Mark 9:35

. . . “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”         NKJV

 

The world is filled with people who aspire to be great, but the Lord calls us to have a servant’s heart.  The church needs you, dear brothers and sisters in Jesus, to serve.  True greatness comes only to those who put away human pride and arrogance.

 

Pride is a dread disease that gnaws on the Church of God.  Arrogance is a cancer that wrecks family units and local churches without exception. . . . The less there is of I, the more there is of God’s Power.  The more there is of I, the more I crowd out the Holy Spirit.                  David E. Buffaloe

Missionaries from Thailand

This past Sunday evening, the church was blessed by a presentation from Charles and Lourdes Holmes, missionaries to the country of Thailand.  They shared their testimonies, their work, and even dressed some members in traditional clothing from Thailand!

Sew What?

On Saturday, the ladies of Bethel Bible Church gathered for a fellowship and to sew blankets for the residents of Wahiawa’s Long Term Care facility.  It was a sweet time of fellowship and sewing as well as reaching out to the community around.

From the Pastor’s Pen

Final thoughts on Mark 9:30-32

. . . He did not want anyone to know it.  For He taught His disciples . . .  NKJV

In this passage, Jesus slips past the ever present throngs into a place of solitude with His disciples so that He might teach them privately about the purpose of His first coming and thus correct their misunderstandings and pre-conceptions.  In order to learn the deeper spiritual truths the Lord has for us, it is imperative that we spend time alone with Him.

By far the most efficient way to learn something is through private tutelage.  It is a lot more difficult to grasp what a teacher is teaching when there are other voices and distractions.

It is appalling at how little most Christians know of the word of God.  The reason why is simple; we do not spend enough time in it.  How often do you set aside a quiet devotional time with the Lord in prayer and Bible Study?

From the Pastor’s Pen

Final thoughts on Job 19:26 “. . . in my flesh I shall see God.”

Notice the object of Job’s great anticipation.  He doesn’t say, “I shall see the pearly gates, or I shall behold the streets of gold, or not even I shall see my Christian loved ones who’ve gone on ahead of me.”  Instead, his great anticipation is, “I shall see God.”

Charles Spurgeon wrote,  “To see God face to face is the sum and substance of heaven, the joyful hope of all believers.”

As the apostle John reminds us, “we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”  I John 3:2

The great anticipation of all true believers is to see our great and living Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is God Himself, “face to face.”  I Corinthians 13:12

He is Risen!

On Sunday, Bethel celebrated the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with a sunrise service followed by a potluck breakfast.  Has the Son risen in your heart during this Easter season?