You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
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.
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.
At age 77, Dr. E. Michael Rusten is retiring for the second time, and so he was invited to speak at the Bethlehem College and Seminary chapel service. A true entrepreneur, Mike and his wife, Sharon, have owned and operated a lodge along the north shore of Lake Superior, started a very successful Christian greeting card company, participated in political campaigns at the national level, labored to equip missionaries with water purification systems, published several best-selling books, launched a degree completion program that became Bethlehem College, and more.