Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
A Caregiver's Response to the Minnesota Compassionate Care Act
by John Knight
From Bud Burk and Ken Currie (Downtown), Gil McConnell and Jon Nowlin (North), and Aaron Davitch and Daniel Viezbicke (South)
During Prayer Week 2016, join us in praying for Bethlehem’s pastors, leaders, and ministries.
On Day 1 (January 3) ...
Join us in prayer focused on Family Discipleship.
Please pray that …
Youth (Jr & Sr High)
From Bud Burk, Pastor for Children & Family Discipleship, Downtown
Respite Night is a ministry to families who have children with disabilities and special needs. This ministry provides care for all the children in these families so their parents can go out on a date and love on one another.
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my weekend sermon on June 6/7, “When I Am Weak, Then I Am Strong" (2 Corinthians 12:7–10). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
- Paul’s first response (v. 7)
- Jesus’s answer (v. 7)
- Paul’s final response (vv. 8–10)
Main Point: Paul prizes human weakness because it is a prerequisite for the display of divine strength.
So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities.
Brian Walker pointed me to the website of H.B. Charles, Jr, who says a blind and deaf Christian was asked why he attended church, since he could not see or hear the service. He answered, “I just want people to know which side I’m on.”
The following was posted at the Women's Ministry blog today, as encouragement to register for the upcoming Spring Conference, featuring Nancy Guthrie as speaker. The deadline for the early discount rate is quickly approaching! MOMS, register now!
Guest post by Laura Wifler:
I’m sitting here with a big stack of books in front of me overwhelmed with gratefulness to God for his work in the lives of those who have written these books or have lived the stories in these books. Most have been through deep waters of suffering and come out on the other side with an understanding and wisdom richer and more valuable than much gold. James uses the phrase “the meekness of wisdom” (James 3:13). The word meekness means humbly patient and long-suffering.
So many families are facing the hard and perplexing reality of having their child diagnosed with a developmental disorder. Acronyms like PDD-NOS, ADHD, RAD, FASD, OCD and ODD are scribbled onto a child’s records with increasing frequency. Almost one child in 100 has an autism spectrum diagnosis. A diagnosis is helpful in some ways for families. It can open the door to receiving medical, therapeutic and educational support. A diagnosis also sheds some light and gives helpful insight to parents or others who are in a child’s life.