Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.
Annually, Beloit College releases a list of observations about the incoming class of freshmen. Here are some selections from this year’s list.
Incoming college freshmen are in a chapter of life called “emerging adults,” a season of significant change, which can be disorienting. They face pressures related to school, work, family, finances, eating & sleeping, keeping up with homework, friends, social media … how are they to stay grounded? Faith can become merely private, making no demands on one’s public life, but becoming subjective and in many ways irrelevant. The result can include giving up Christian roots altogether.
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This year taking place on September 25, “See You At the Pole” is a student-led event that happens around 7am at the flagpole of high schools and junior high schools all across America.
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Students will have time off from school, banks and businesses will close, and various government functions will take leave for a period of time during the holidays, thereby freeing up students and others for something else. What could that “something else” be?
Here are seven ideas:
I remember early in my Christian journey hearing a church described as a “sending church.” The idea was that the church was committed to investing their people, prayers, and finances in kingdom-advancing work beyond themselves. Now, later in my Christian journey, I am glad to be a part of such a church. Those who are “sent” from Bethlehem fall into two primary categories. “Global Partners” minister in cross-cultural situations around the world and “Outreach Ministries” minister in various settings in the United States.
When Bob and I were first married, we owned a duplex in North Minneapolis. Our block was predominantly duplexes with absentee landlords, and there were only a few single-family homes.
During the three years we lived there, we never got to know any of the renters. The renters continually came and went. The neighbors we had a relationship with were the other homeowners. Their investment in the neighborhood was different—seen in the care they gave their homes and us.
In a Star article last August, I wrote of the connection between Bethlehem’s desire to fulfill its mission of “spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ” and the role of Bethlehem College and Seminary as a strategic initiative for accomplishing that
My name is Paul Poteat and, in addition to being an elder at Bethlehem, I have been on staff with the Campus Outreach ministry for the past 11 years. In case you are new to Bethlehem or aren’t familiar with Campus Outreach (CO), we are the college ministry of Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Our goal is “to spread a passion the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ by building laborers on the campus for the lost world.”