Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
Pastor Chris Jones
222 East Epler Avenue
March 3, 2013
Welcome to Bethel MBC
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.
- 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.
- Youth Fellowship service at Southside. Pizza at 5:30. Service at 7.
- There will be an Indy Youth Weekend meeting at Bethel on March 16th at 9 am.
- Our next VBS meeting will be Wednesday, March 20 at 5:45.
We would like to wish everyone who has a December, January, or February birthday a very blessed and happy birthday.
Counting The Cost
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
In this particular parable Jesus is teaching us about the decision making process. He does so by reminding us that we should not start something today that we cannot pay for tomorrow. If you have noticed all the commercials for bankruptcy attorneys on TV you know that this teaching is still relevant today.
Not only is it important to know if you have enough to pay for something you start you should also consider if you want to pay that much for it. For example, you can pick up a lot of nice things at a rent-to-own place and the payments seem very reasonable. However, if you look at the total price paid you will find you end up paying as much as two times more than an item sells for everywhere else. How so? The interest kills you. The same is true for buying a house. If you buy a $100,00 house at five percent interest over the lifetime of the loan you end up paying almost $200,000!
I am not saying you should not shop at rent-to-own places. I am not telling you not to buy the house. I am just saying sometimes there are hidden costs that we do not consider because the weekly or monthly payment is so low.
Buying stereos and houses are not the only things in our lives that come with a cost either. Every day we are making decisions that some day we will have to pay for. It would be nice if that cost could always be measured in dollars and cents but unfortunately the cost is sometimes much greater.
For example, if you do not take your children to church you may be one of those people who wonder what went so wrong. You may end up wondering why your children never got saved. Were those extra hours you got to sleep in or watching football really that important?
Unfortunately it does not stop there. Children are a lot smarter than we give them credit for sometimes. They recognize a Hollywood Christian. You know the type, at church they look like they worthy to be an apostle or prophet but at home they look a lot more like an Esau who sold his birthright for beans. Children know if you are just giving an Emmy Award winning performance on Sunday. Be careful, it might lead to their eternal downfall.
I am not saying that if you do everything right, at least as much as you can, that your children will grow up to be everything you want them to be. Our children have their own minds and sometimes despite a parent’s best effort the apple does fall far from the tree. Try to stack the odds in your favor though.
I am not letting you young church members off the hook either. I was young once just as you are now. I had a desire to do some of the things the world was doing just like you might be having today. Count the cost young friend! Count it well, especially if you are still unsaved. Will you sell your soul for a few moments or even years of pleasure? Or if you are saved will you hide your light and sell your friends into hell?
Young or old, parent or not, I hope we all count the cost. It may seem very small today but after a lifetime of paying it, it can add up.