December 30, 2012
First priority in prayer- always the lost, our leaders, our military, and our church
-Addy Clark -Thelma Confer -Kathleen Gravens
-Louise Gammons -Louise Cook -Margaret Gray
- Please join us for Wednesday night services.
- Pictures for the church directory have been postponed until January13th.
- Breakfast with Bethel will be on Tuesday, January 22 at the Bob Evans on 31 at 8:30 A.M.
- Please note: Until further notice if church is cancelled the information will only be available on WTHR Channel 13. Our contact information for all other stations was outdated. We will be working to update our contact information with the other stations. Until then, if you are in doubt about church please check on Channel 13 or call one of the deacons or the pastor.
We would like to wish everyone who has a November, December, or January birthday a very blessed and happy birthday.
Give us this day our daily bread.
In this model prayer Jesus gives us many patterns to pray. One of the most basic is asking God to provide for our bodies. We need food to keep our bodies moving and functioning properly. We need that food on a regular basis. We need it daily.
This is not to say we cannot go a day or even more without eating. We can. But it is not healthy and if we go too long it will kill us.
Not only is it important to eat daily but we all recognize, whether we practice it or not, that it is important to eat the right things. A diet of junk food may keep us going but it will hurt us in the end.
It is also important to know that men and women are not just bodies. They have souls. In fact, of the two parts the soul is the more important.
Like the body, the soul needs food too. Consider the implication of what Jesus said to Satan: “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
Jesus was not telling Satan that the body would be sustained by a steady diet of the word of God. He was telling Satan that the soul is strengthened by the bread of life, which is the word of God. We need the soul food daily just as we need the food for our bodies.
Unfortunately too many people fill their souls up with junk food and then wonder why they are so spiritually weak. TV, the internet and every other modern “convenience” has eaten up all of our time and the good book is left to gather dust in a corner.
If that describes you now is a good time to start “eating” right.
To that end I have taken a daily Bible reading program I have followed and will be making it available to those who are interested. The program is designed to be started January 1st and breaks down the entire Bible so that by December 31st you will have read every word in it. The readings are further broken down so you don’t spend all your daily reading learning who begat who. The readings should not take more than 10-15 minutes per day.
To get started you can get the first set of readings after church. They will also be available starting Tuesday morning the 1st of January on our FB page and our webpage at: https://bethelmissionarybaptistchurch.wordpress.com
If you already make it a regular practice to read the Bible, do not feel obligated to abandon what you are doing. If you do not read the Bible daily, isn’t the New Year a good time to start?