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!]
As many of you know, earlier this year the elders granted Pastor John Piper a leave of absence from Bethlehem from May 1 through December 31. John will be returning to Bethlehem, as planned, the first week of January, but he and Noël will be in Georgia for New Year’s weekend (Jan 1–2) with her family. His first weekend back, God willing, in the Bethlehem pulpit will be January 8 & 9. Join us in praising God for his grace to the Pipers and to Bethlehem since May, and in praying with us for a strong finish to 2010, and a God-honoring start to 2011 as John is back with us .