April 24, 2020
Dear Friends of Bethany,
In the book of James it says, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” (1:12)
Passing the test means loving God to the end and acknowledging that Heis in control. How do we increase our faith and love for the Lord when going through a test?
We all have tests in life and suffer loss and setbacks. Certainly this is a time of loss and setback in the world with the Covid 19 virus. Some people are living in fear but we do not have to live this way as followers of Jesus. We can settle things with God by focusing on His attributes of love, power, sovereignty and justice. When these truths are embraced it is like a boundary around the field of pain.
No one wants to suffer pain but it is a part of life. When the boundary of faith in God is in place it’s like a river with banks. The pain may run deep but stays within the banks of the river and does not have to overflow in wrong places. Revelation 2:10 tells us, “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested….and you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life.”
At Bethany we continue to pray for one another. We are praying for Shirley Sisto’s sister Carol who is in hospice and for Stan and Nancy Carlson who lost their son Donald. Praise the Lord for answered prayer for Eileen Parker’s brother Duane who is recovering after surgery.
Our virtual worship continues to go out on facebook (bccbethanycommunity church) and youtube, by our church website. On Sunday, May 3 we are planning a first ever parking lot worship service at 10 am. We will have a portable loud speaker system and you can stay right in your vehicle and dial in on the radio.
Sincerely in Christ,Pastor Randy
"Faith Over Fear" April 1, 2020
“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. Do not fear; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the founder and perfecter of our faith…” Hebrew 12:2
When we focus of Jesus the storms of life have a way of not being as fearful. We can be thankful that He has faced the pressures of life just as we do and He came through perfectly. Here are the twelve questions we are challenged to answer during this time of Coved 19 quarantine:
1. What areas of spiritual growth do you want to see in your life?
2. What is the most important decision you need to make this year?
3. What’s one thing you could do to increase your enjoyment of God?
4. What’s one thing you could do to enrich the spiritual legacy you will
leave to your children, grandchildren or people closely around you?
5. What is the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this
6. What area of your life needs the most change and what will you do
about it this year?
7. What area of your life needs the most simplifying, and what’s one
way you can work on that area?
8. What habit would you most like to establish for the rest of this year?
9. Who do you want to encourage this year?
10. Whose salvation will you pray for most fervently this year?
11. What single blessing from God do you want to seek most earnestly the rest of this year?
12. What is your biggest prayer concern for your church this year?
Lord, move us out of our comfort zone to totally rely on you and your power. Open our eyes to more fully understand the vastness of your love and grace. Help us to lean on you more and more the rest of this year!
Love and Blessings, Pastor Randy