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.
At the May 18 Sunday night Special Congregational Meeting, which 15 members called for at the April 27 Quarterly Strategy Meeting, the congregation affirmed the following motion by a vote of 471 to 113 (81%). Pastor Jason moved that the congregation affirm the following statement:
Note: While Pastor Sam is on vacation, his assistant, Bryan DeWire, will be filling in for him on the blog.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.—John 16:33
Jesus is speaking to his disciples just before his death in John 16:33. He desires for them to “have peace” and “take heart.”
Notice two things from this text:
Highlights from the April 28 Quarterly Strategy Meeting include …
- Membership Report (Bethlehem had 3,304 members at end of the April meeting)
- Treasurer’s Report from the First Quarter of 2013
- Update on TCT Church Planting Resident Weyland Leach and Hayden Heights Baptist Church Restart
- Antioch Moment Relational Update
- Update from Pastor Jason
- Report from Kurt Elting-Ballard (member of elder subcommittee working on relational
Recently Pastor John preached on love. What are some practical biblical ways to demonstrate love? Here are nine.
“Don’t worship peace; worship the Peacemaker.”
—Steve Viars, at the Biblical Counseling Training Conference this past weekend at Bethlehem’s North Campus
As moms, we spend time teaching our children how to get along with each other, but family tension doesn't only arise with our kids. Kirsten Marsh shared at MOMS (North October 4, South October 18, and Downtown November 1) how to incorporate peacemaking in adult family relationships.
As moms, we spend time teaching our children how to get along with each other, but family tension doesn't only arise with our kids. Join us as Kirsten Marsh shares how to incorporate peacemaking in adult family relationships.
Which comes first: the bitterness egg or the grievance chicken?
Should we wait until a grievance is solved before we let go of bitterness? Restated: Should we be reluctant to let go of bitterness until a grievance is resolved? Or, in contrast, should we operate with the belief that letting go of the bitterness is one of the antecedent steps to resolving the grievance? That is, one of the ingredients to resolving the incident is resolving the relationship, and one of the ingredients to resolving the relationship is letting go of the bitterness.