Bulletin for January 6, 2013

January 6, 2013

Prayer List:

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

-Dean Sewell

Coming Events:

  • Tonight is our Birthday celebration at 5:00.
  • Please join us for Wednesday night services.
  • Pictures for the church directory will be next Sunday, January13.
  • 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 Our contact information for all other stations was outdated.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.

 

 

 

 

Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Joshua 24:14-15

 

In my life I have known a lot of wonderful saints of God. I have read about a lot of great saints both in the bible and in other sources.

These saints have done so much which can and should be an example to us. They have served the Lord in good times and bad. They have served the Lord when the people respected and received the word of God. They have served him when the threat of death was real. Not a few lost their lives because they were serving God and feared him more than man.

Sometimes that service has been very public such as Peter on Pentecost or Stephen before the court. Sometimes it’s a preacher who stands weekly to boldly proclaim the truth. Sometimes it has been very private like the little maid who told Naaman where he could find help or some grandmother who pours her heart out daily to God on behalf of people who are well on their way to hell.

Of course I have known a lot of saints who were not the shining examples I have mentioned above. I am afraid all too often I fit into this category.

Which begs the question, why are some saints dedicated, some lukewarm and some absolutely cold? The first answer that usually comes to mind is that the world has changed and it’s not as easy to serve the Lord anymore. There are more temptations and obstacles.

Although this answer might ease the guilty conscience I am afraid it just will not hold up. Few of us will have ever faced the temptations that Moses faced. He was a prince of Egypt and had every vice imaginable at his finger tips. Yet he chose to suffer with God.

The key was not the situation. It was what the choice Moses made. He chose God first. We need to examine ourselves and see what we are choosing in life. If we are choosing God let us continue and not give up. If we are choosing the world we need to change.

It will not be some special providence that changes our nature. It will be a determination that we are going to follow in the footsteps of Moses.

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

Hebrews 11:24-25

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