What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
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.
Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.
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
On April 17, at the Downtown campus, three young MOMS shared testimonies of God's grace in their lives. The audio is now available.
Megan Mathis was one of three MOMS to share on April 17, 2012 at the Downtown campus.
Megan is the wife of David and mother of 21 month old twin boys, Carson and Cole. She is originally from Aitkin, Minnesota (about 2.5 hours north of the Twin Cities.) She became a believer during her freshman year at the University of Minnesota and then got involved in Campus Outreach. Her family lives in south Minneapolis and attend the Downtown campus, where their particular involvement is with small groups and the Sunday night service.
Kim Barnes was one of three MOMS to share on April 17, 2012 at the Downtown campus.
A Glimpse of Family Life in Jason Meyer’s Home
The Night When Bethlehem Elders Came Calling
By David Michael, Pastor for Parenting & Family Discipleship