Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
The fastest growing department at Bethlehem Baptist Church is the nursery—and there is no end in sight. My wife knows of ten expectant mothers at BBC. There are some really tough questions we parents of young children face. How early should we try to help our child make a decisive commitment to Jesus as Savior and Lord? How can we do it so it has meaning and so he remembers it? What about baptism and communion?
Today, my eldest son, you reach
The end of twelve God-given years,
And I will stand today and preach
That God Almighty takes our fears.
At twelve I hope my son should know
That God omnipotent does reign,
And none can stay his plans; they go
Where he appoints and without strain.
Give ear, my son, to what I say
For God’s unending might and power
May lead us fiercely in the way
Of pain before our final hour.
Thursday is the day I take my Sabbath rest. I sleep late while Noel masterfully gets three boys up, dressed, fed and (two of them) off to school without any noise. When I finally get up (around 8:30) we sit together over cereal while Abraham follows his belly happily around the house.
Amy Carmichael was born December 16, 1867 in the village of Millisle on the north coast of Ireland. After a lifetime of service in India she died, the beloved Amma, with a family of thousands. She was 83. They covered her bed with flowers. The boys sang for an hour and a half. It was January 18, 1951. I was five years old.
Many parents are brokenhearted and completely baffled by their unbelieving son or daughter. They have no clue why the child they raised well is making such awful, destructive decisions. I’ve never been one of these parents, but I have been one of these sons. Reflecting back on that experience, I offer these suggestions to help you reach out to your wayward child.
Online registration for 2012-2013 M.O.M.S. is officially open! Make plans now to join us at one of Bethlehem's three campuses for our Fall Kickoff meeting on September 18th.
M.O.M.S. stands for Making Our Mothering Significant. You are invited to join us as we gather together on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday mornings of each month (September-May) from 9:30-11:30 am. Each meeting includes a brunch buffet, fellowship and prayer time, and encouraging words from a special speaker. Our theme this year—
MOMS Speakers and Descriptions 2012-2013
Alphbetical by Topic
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22
Affirmation in Parenting
Pastor Sam Crabtree
There is a reason why Pastor Sam Crabtree is a favorite speaker year after year. He loves moms. And he is wise. Come listen as he shares from his parenting (and now grandparenting) experience about how we can guide and affirm our children with a Biblical mindset.
Julia had just shared in the 11th grade Bible doctrine class I taught at a Christian school that she did not believe God would ever send someone to hell who never had a chance to hear the Gospel of God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ. In response, I quickly found myself saying, “I don’t really care what you think.” During the long two seconds immediately following those words exiting my mouth I thought to myself, “Wow. That sounded harsh” as I noticed the rest of the class looking at me with a bit of shock.
Following a recent service at Bethlehem I was asked why some of pastors tear up during child dedications.
There are lots of reasons for tears: onions, smoke, mourning, self-pity, and being greatly troubled in spirit. But why do some pastors get emotional at baby dedications?
For that matter, why do humans have emotions at all? A significant part of the answer seems to be that God designed us in his image.
A Father’s Day Call to Bless
By Tim Held, North Campus Elder
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear—Ephesians 4:29