For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. [O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!]
Roger Grothe, a Bethlehem member, was named national Landscaper of the Year in 2009.
Roger, how have you been involved at Bethlehem?
I have taught elementary Sunday School and I am involved in Racial Harmony efforts.
How does your being a Christian play out in the operation of your business?
“There is no work, however vile or sordid, that does not glisten before God.”—John Calvin
Bethlehem is one of several churches that shares ownership of Ham Lake Baptist Camp in the northern metro where God-glorifying ministry takes place in the facilities and on the grounds there.
The camp has a list of improvements needing workers and materials:
This past Sunday a new work of liberation, belongingness, holiness, restoration, and hope took another step as Jubilee Community Church launched their public services in South Minneapolis with John Erickson as pastor.
In the Bible, the sounding of the ram’s horn meant good news of liberty, belongingness, holiness, restoration, and hopes fulfilled—it was called jubilee.
“Our ultimate goal is to bring the willfully blind and the blindly willful captive to Christ, so that they may see with biblical clarity and live in thankful obedience to him.”—Paul David Tripp (who was here recently to consult with a subcommittee of Bethlehem elders)
If you weren’t around for the Ministry Fair last weekend, you can pick up a packet of the Ministry Fair contact cards at your campus Information Booth. You can also pick up a Ministry Giftedness Survey—or take it online.
“The church is like the mafia in one way—you must be a confessed cosmic criminal to join. To eat at His table you must be unworthy in order to be worthy.”—Rev. John P. Sartelle
“Unworthy confessed criminals” will gather in small groups this Fall to gaze upon unspeakably precious treasure set before them in Christ Jesus in the Bible, to encourage each other in the amazing grace that accomplishes their pardon and makes it possible to be transformed from their old ways.
I’m pondering the words of John Wesley:
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
This weekend, the Laparra brothers will lead worship singing at the new weekly Sunday night service, authorized by the elder council after evaluating the monthly Sunday night services held through the summer.
Consider the following excerpts from John Piper’s sermon, “Worship God!”:
Last week an American pastor announced plans to burn Qurans on 9/11.
Christians persuade. Christians go into all the world and make disciples, teaching and baptizing.
The following paragraphs were read on all Bethlehem campuses at all services this past weekend.
“Noël and I continue to be deeply thankful to our family at Bethlehem for the gift of these months away. You may recall my explanation for the leave where we said there were three components: soul, marriage and family, and vocational. Each needed a reality check. And of course they are interrelated.