The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
From Pastor Tom Steller
At a recent Desiring God board meeting we reviewed the following: last year we asked God for 29.5 million visits to the website. He gave 35.7 million. At that time we debated at some length whether we should ask for a 20% increase, and he gave us a 45% increase. (Jonathan Parnell’s blog post Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins saw over one million pageviews.)
From Pastor Chuck Steddom ...
Dear Bethlehem Family,
Today, Monday, March 2, Todd Rasmuson and I are making a relatively quick trip to visit our Kachin family in Myitkyina, the capital city of the Kachin State in Myanmar. We will be returning on March 10. I have been asked to participate in the College/Seminary Commencement and to be a part of the dedication of the new Kachin Theological College Administration/Classroom building.
In speaking to the Bethlehem Council of Elders recently about doing evangelism without compromising the true gospel, Jason Meyer said, “Reach out, but don’t sell out.”
Bad news – Billions of people are not flourishing, but living on less than $2 per day.
Good news – Since 2000, almost a billion have moved out of desperate poverty.
Surprising news – That advance did not come from charity and aid, but from business and trade.
Unfortunate news – Well-meaning people of faith are generally not engaged in helping the poor flourish by generating robust economies.
Other news – Over 60% of the world’s poor are not urban dwellers, but subsistence farmers.
The following discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my sermon during Global Outreach 2014 on October 25/26, “Seek First” (Matthew 6:25–34). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
Jesus’ Silk Sledgehammer: 3 Hammer Blows to the Heart of Worry
Going to the Nations
Nurture Program Orientation: November 8, 7:15–8:30pm, Downtown Campus, Room 114
Gypsy Smith (1860–1947) was a British evangelist who made an estimated 45 ocean crossings and was invited to the White House by two presidents. When asked how to bring about revival he gave these instructions:
1. Take a piece of chalk into your bedroom and close the door.
2. Draw on the floor a circle large enough to kneel in.
The following discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon from Mack Stiles on October 18/19, Christ's Ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:11–21). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”—John 10:14–18