March 24, 2014

LADIES Book Study

The Ladies Book Study begins tomorrow evening, Tuesday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall.  If you did not sign up but would like to attend, contact Pam DePriest and let her know.

Recent Prayer Requests

* Elijah Mueller – recovering at home
* Alicia’s mother
* Meghan Bartner
* Zachary Mueller
* Cynthia Wordlaw, need for a kidney
* Dennis fighting kidney failure
* Marilynn Norvell
* Debbie, recovering from foot surgery
* Prayer for the conversions of the lost, especially those in our community
* Prayer for those involved in North American missions.
* Praise to the Lord for our visitors
* Our church and need for revival

The Bethesda Academy

The Academy continues its look at future events this evening (Monday) at 6:30 p.m.  Come and join us for some study as well as fellowship.

“As it is the business of tailors to make clothes and of cobblers to mend shoes, so it is the business of Christians to pray.”
Martin Luther

Julie’s Mission Trip

Another reminder that Julie is preparing for a 10 week mission trip this summer.  Your prayers for her trip are appreciated as is any financial help you may be able to provide.  You may give with a check by making the check out to Bethesda Baptist and noting it is for “Julie’s Trip”.

Upcoming Activities

1.  Bethesda Academy, Monday, 6:30 p.m.
2.  Ladies Book Study, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
3.  Prayer Meeting, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
4.  Sunday School, Sunday, 9:15 a.m.
5. Worship Service, Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
6. Discipleship Training (Ruth), Sunday, 5 p.m.
7.  5th Sunday Q & A Fellowship, Sunday, 6 p.m.

“I believe the doctrine of election, because I am quite certain that, if God had not chosen me, I should never have chosen Him; and I am sure He chose me before I was born, or else He never would have chosen me afterwards; and He must have elected me for reasons unknown to me, for I never could find any reason in myself why He should have looked upon me with special love.”
Charles Spurgeon

Bethesda Congratulations for the Week

Happy Birthday wishes this week to:

* Luke Bounds – Tuesday

“You must understand that your faith and salvation rest entirely on God’s election (cf. Acts 13:48). And yet the day you came to Jesus Christ, you did so because of an internal desire — you did nothing against your will. But even that desire is God-given — He supplies the necessary faith so we can believe (Eph. 2:8).”
John MacArthur

Sermon Extras

Part of my preparation for yesterday’s sermon took me to a message preached by the former pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, W. A. Criswell.  I did not quote from this passage yesterday but I do want to share it with you this morning.  Dr. Criswell was an excellent preacher as you will see in how he closes the message.

“To that little flock in Thessalonica—just a little band of feeble Christians in a Roman world of brutality and godlessness and darkness and heathenism—Paul saying to them, “God hath elected you, little flock.  It is His good pleasure to give you the kingdom, little flock.  Weak lambs, God hath chosen you.  Be of good courage. Comfort your heart.  Lift up your faces.  God hath chosen you.”  Oh, what it is to be in the elective will and purpose of the Lord.  However the day, whatever the fortune, we are in Him and He is in God and the whole world shall turn for His elect into victory and triumph and glory, both now and for ever.  No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly, that love and trust Him.  The world is yours.  And in the fortunes of life, if He takes it from the earth before He comes—to face that future in glory and in triumph, to live like a Christian, and to die like a child of Jesus—unafraid, in the glory of the hope and the presence of the Lord.”

North American Missions

We are getting closer to our goal of $1200 for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. is $1200.  All the monies received towards this offering goes to support North American missions.  We will continue collecting to support North American missions through the month of April.  Please contribute as the Lord leads you to do..

Pastor’s Postscript

Easter is only a month away.  I want you to be aware that we will hold another Good Friday service this year on Friday, April 18.  Pastor Bill Savage of St. Clair Southern Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO will deliver the message.  I encourage you to add the date to your calendar.

Thanks to all who prayed for me over this past weekend and yesterday morning.  I spent most of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in bed feeling miserable.  But the Lord was gracious and enabled me to attend worship and preach the Gospel.  I am feeling somewhat better this morning but extremely exhausted.  I do appreciate your prayers.

I am also very grateful for the visitors the Lord continues to send our way.  Furthermore, yesterday was probably the first Sunday in 2014 where most of our members were able to join together for worship at the same time!  Praise the Lord!

May He richly bless your week!

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