Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.
From Sam Crabtree, Pastor for Small Groups, North Campus
Feeling thankful, yet refusing to thank your benefactor is stubborn.
On entertainment’s (so-called) biggest stage, God doesn’t make the top five most-thanked. He comes in 6th.
Steven Spielberg is thanked 42 times
Harvey Weinstein, 34
James Cameron, 28
George Lucas, 23
Peter Jackson, 22
The Association for Biblical Higher Education has granted initial accreditation status to Bethlehem College & Seminary. This is a full accreditation status. The Lord has done for BCS in two years what normally takes eight or more years—an amazing blessing!
It is a privilege to serve with board members President Tim Tomlinson, Sam Storms, Justin Taylor, Kenny Stokes, Doug Linder, Scott Rebney, Steve Christiansen, and Jim Kragenbring, as well as Chancellor John Piper, Dean Tom Steller, and Vice President Jason Abell.
- Giving thanks requires paying attention.
- People who think well, thank well.
- To grumble is to claim greater wisdom than God.
- Acknowledging God’s goodness is seeing him as he is.
During a season of prayer last week at the organizational elder meeting, Ken Currie praised Jesus that his ...
Person is great.
Power is great.
Promises are great.
I have found favor from the Lord. How can I say such a thing? Answer:
He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.—Proverbs 18:22
It is not nepotistic fawning over my wife for me to praise her. “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30). A woman who fears God is to be praised. Praise is what you do with a woman who fears God.
So indulge me, while I give three reasons to praise the woman with whom God has favored me.
There is danger for our souls in thinking we deserve roles for which we are gifted.
Our skills are gifts. So are our opportunities. We don’t deserve either of them.
Gifts are not deserved.
Dick suggests a way to take a stab at measuring God’s immeasurable mercies. He writes …
A friend of mine at work, who happened to be born six days before me, pointed out to me that he was 20,000 days old on Tuesday, and that I will be 20,000 next Monday.
It made me think about Psalm 90:12 in a new way. “Teach us to number our days.”
For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
Fifteen years ago, Kenny Stokes was elected to be on the pastoral staff of Bethlehem Baptist Church.
He is a bridge-builder in ways that include the following:
Persuasiveness (not contentious) – He guides the collective group around roadblocks to reach consensus on where the bridges should be located and out of what they should be constructed.
Alertness – He picks up on aspects of each situation that matter.