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!]
For Christmas Dan Holst (lead pastor of Bethlehem’s North Campus) gave me a copy of The Pastor’s Justification, in which Jared C. Wilson says, “The secret of pastoral confidence, pastoral competence, and pastoral power is: Jesus Christ.” [p17]
He adds, “The professionalization of the pastorate is killing the spiritual life of congregations.” [p28]
“Jesus neither sulks nor sighs about us.” [p35]
In his book entitled 12 Seeds for Successful Relationships, Norm Andersen launches each of his dozen chapters from a Bible text under 12 headings as follows ...
1. Respect: Outdo one another in showing honor.—Romans 12:10
2. Encouragement: Encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.—Hebrews 10:25
Last year the North Campus elders of Bethlehem Baptist Church invested time at each elder meeting reading together through Wesley Duewel’s book, Touch the World Through Prayer. Here is an excerpt:
Before meeting Queen Elizabeth, I was told, “You must never speak first; wait until you are spoken to. You never ask royalty anything; you answer royalty.” I was told, “In your first reply, you must add the words, ‘Your Majesty.’”
The Shema is found in Deuteronomy 6:4–9:
In the September Star, Pastor Jason said,
We can’t be Christ-exalting without being people-loving. The more we love, the brighter the cross shines. Let us pray for a renewed outpouring of relational graces. Let us be a lost-pursuing, others-embracing, disciple-making, people-loving church for the glory of Christ.
A call to older and younger women to establish godly mentoring relationships that will encourage and equip all of us to live for God's glory!
Our Titus 2 Ministry pairs older and younger women in informal relationships for the purpose of teaching biblical womanhood, basic homemaking skills, and other practical helps. A Titus 2 group consists of one or two older women leading six to eight younger women. They meet once a month for one year.
Email Tracy Cornish for more information.
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my sermon on August 30/31, “The Painful Joy of Repentance” (2 Corinthians 7:8–13a). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
Real Repentance Is Tied to Real Rejoicing
We are aware of the command and the great need to pass on to the next generation a legacy of biblical womanhood.
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.—Titus 2:3–5
Why a Titus 2 Ministry at Bethlehem?
Pastor John gave a tribute to his mother in a 2005 sermon, "Honoring the Call of Motherhood"
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my sermon on August 9/10, “The Hospitality of the Heart” (2 Corinthians 7:2–4). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.