For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. [O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!]
From Gil McConnell, Pastor for Children & Family Discipleship, North Campus
As we head toward Thanksgiving, I am giving thanks for Sam Crabtree and a little 25-year-old booklet he placed in my staff mailbox.
Don't forget to stop by the Women's Ministry tables THIS weekend, November 14/15, to get your tickets for the 2015 Women's Christmas Celebration and Brunch!
Women's Ministry Christmas Celebration: Immanuel, God With Us
Saturday, December 5, 9:30am–Noon
May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
"Count that day lost (though you may have dispatched much business therein) in which you have neither gained some victory over your own evil inclinations and your self-will, nor returned thanks to your Lord for his mercies.”
—Lorenzo Scupoli (cited by Mary Wilder Tileson in Joy and Strength)
The Media Ministry of Bethlehem Baptist Church has a mission statement: “Media Ministries strives to be the most visible God-centered, Christ-exalting ministry at Bethlehem that you never see.”
Of course they are visible, for they provide all of our audio and visual related services. But they desire to remain invisible in the sense that they want us paying attention to the content and not to the delivery mechanisms, removing all glitches as the Lord enables.
Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.
—2 Corinthians 5:16
Christ is still regarded through fleshly lenses today. He is considered to be a great teacher, a prophet, a moral model, and even a virtually untethered rubber stamp of tolerance to all things progressive.
Women's Ministry invites you to a special time of worship and music, celebrating Jesus:
"Common Thread: A Garland of Carols"
December 6, Downtown Campus
Doors open at 8:45am, Program at 9:30am, Lunch at 11am
We don’t need better, cleaner noise than the heathen. We need silence.
—R.C. Sproul Jr., from “The Silence of the Lambs” in Tabletalk, January 2013
How would the mindset of modern day worshipers be shaped if on their way into the worship services they had to pass between rows of headstones, as was the case in certain times and places where the church cemetery was just outside the church door?
Pastor Gerrit Dawson is a theologian. He reads books on theology. That’s his job and his passion. He says, “Every time I pick one up, I raise a silent challenge: Make me sing.”
He also goes to a lot of worship services. That also is his job and passion. There, his challenge is: “Take me deeper.”
(Adapted from the January 2013 edition of Tabletalk.)