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.
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.)
If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night," even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.––Psalm 139:11
David states the obvious: The God who speaks light into existence (and who by speaking it into existence brings the entire material universe into being) cannot be blinded by darkness.
This weekend we will hear from Kempton Turner, who currently serves as Bethlehem's Pastor for Young Adult (Sr High) Discipleship, Downtown. We have prepared the following questions to accompany his June 21/22 sermon, “Why Go to East St. Louis?” (Isaiah 6). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.