Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
222 East Epler Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46227
February 24, 2013
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 -Greg Shy -Shirley Keen
-Anita Gray -Matt Patterson -Willa Dean McCombs
- Please join us for Wednesday night services.
- Breakfast with Bethel will be on Tuesday, February 26 at the Bob Evans on 31 at 8:30 A.M.
- Prayer Bells next get together will be March 7 at 6:30 at Cracker Barrel (Southport Rd. and 65). All ladies are welcome to join us; we’d love to fellowship with you.
- There will be an Indy Youth Weekend meeting at Bethel on March 10 at 10:00 A.M.
- Our next VBS meeting will be Wednesday, March 20 at 5:45.
- Please note: if church is cancelled the information will only be available on WISH Channel 8 and WTHR Channel 13.
We would like to wish everyone who has a December, January, or February birthday a very blessed and happy birthday.
Devotional: Get In The Boat
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9
There was a certain man who died in a flood. The local authorities had warned everyone in the area to flee the area and reach higher ground. The sheriff’s office sent deputies to every house in the area to reinforce the warning. When they came to this old man’s house he told them he was staying and pointed heavenward. “God will take care of me.”
So he stayed and soon the waters began to rise until they were level with his porch. Again a deputy came to his house, in a boat, and offered to evacuate him. But he pointed to heaven and said again, “God will take care of me.”
The waters continued to rise until the old man was forced to climb on his roof. The sheriff’s made one last desperate attempt to save him, this time by helicopter. They lowered a harness down to him and begged him to strap himself in. He gave them the same answer again and the helicopter left.
That night the flood waters continued to rise and eventually swept the old man off his roof and he drowned. As he entered heaven he seemed a little disappointed. God asked him, “What’s wrong my child?”
The old man lowered his head. “Lord, I always put my faith in you and you always got me through every problem except for when it really counted. Then you let me drown.”
God looked back at the man and shook his head. “Son, I sent a boat and a helicopter. What more did you expect?”
Obviously the story above is a parable but sometimes we are a lot like that old man. We know God has promised to go with us and take care of us but sometimes we forget that he did not promise to do everything for us. He did not promise a miracle to solve every problem.
I still believe God is a God of miracles. I have seen some of them in my life. That does not mean God does everything with a miracle though. Sometimes he uses what we would call ordinary means. Sometimes that means involves you or I doing something, like getting into the boat. We should not expect God to help us as individuals or as a church if we do not use the means He has appointed for us.