STIRRINGS AT BETHESDA A Monthly Publication of Bethesda Baptist Church June 30, 2016 Independence Day! Here are some words about the birth of our nation from our Founding Fathers. You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments: rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the universe. – John Adams We have no government armed in power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other. – John Adams The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected, in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity. - John Quincy Adams Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants. – Benjamin Franklin A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins. – Benjamin Franklin The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: 'that God governs in the affairs of men.' And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? – Benjamin Franklin A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every district - all studied and appreciated as they merit - are the principle support of virtue, morality, and civil liberty. – Benjamin Franklin It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ! For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here. – Patrick Henry Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles. – Patrick Henry Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible. – George Washington Providence has given our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as privilege and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers. – John Jay We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future ...upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to sustain ourselves, according to the Ten Commandments of God. – James Madison …the belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the World and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the difference characters and capacities to be impressed with it. James Madison "He is the best friend to American liberty, who is most sincere and active in promoting true and undefiled religion, and who set himself with the greatest firmness to bear down on profanity and immorality of every kind. Whoever is an avowed enemy of God, I scruple not to call him an enemy to his country." John Witherspoon And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever. Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 18, 1781 It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. ... I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not." ~ John Adams We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence. BUSINESS MEETING; Wednesday, July 13th, 7 p.m. HAPPY BIRTHDAY… ! Happy Birthday to the following Bethesda family members: * Caitlin Brook on the 7th * DiAndre Wordlaw on the 14th * Rich Norvell on the 17th * Ellen Brook on the 18th * Georgia Baggett on the 26th * Elijah Mueller on the 27th * Nolan Brook on the 30th HAPPY ANNIVERSARY… ! and Happy Anniversary to: * Aaron & Cynthia Wordlaw on the 27th Church Progressive Dinner Saturday, July 23 beginning at 4:00 p.m. we’ll begin a progressive dinner fellowship! If you have never been a part of such a dinner, you will find it is a lot of fun. You’re encouraged to mark your calendar and plan on being a part of this fun fellowship in just a few short weeks. More specifics will appear in upcoming bulletins so stay turn for additional information. The Luther Monthly “This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.” Pastor’s Postscript In the past 6 weeks I have found myself at the hospital twice. Apart from repairing a broken arm many years ago, I do not frequent hospitals as a patient! But health issues compelled me to go, once for 4 days and the other for just 1. Reflecting on these visits, I found myself mentally quoting an old saying: “It stinks getting old.” But that’s really not true. Getting old is not really the problem. Living a long life is not a bad thing. Longevity is not what causes us the various pains associated with old age. Per the Bible, the problem is not age; it’s sin. While not every one of our aches and pains is the result of our own personal sin, without sin in the world there would be no such aches and pains. Adding another year to our age would truly be a time of celebration if there was no sin. And, of course, for those of us in Christ, this will be the case one day. Because of Christ’s life and death, his followers have ETERNAL life. We will live on and on without pain, without illness, without death. Who said “It stinks getting old?” That born again slave trader turned preacher John Newton got it right when he wrote, “When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun, We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise Than when we’d first begun.” Let us praise our Lord for the many years we will all have together in glory! Pastor Bruce 636-233-0645 TheSaxonHus@hotmail.com Church phone: 636-447-2121 Church web site: www.bethesdabc.org
STIRRINGS AT BETHESDA
A Weekly Publication of Bethesda Baptist Church
June 30, 2014
1. Bethesda Academy, Monday, 6:30 p.m.
2. Bible Study & Prayer Meeting, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.
3. INDEPENDENCE DAY, Friday
4. Sunday School, Sunday, 9:15 a.m.
5. Worship Service, Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
6. Discipleship Training (“The Attributes of God”), Sunday, 5 p.m.
Special Prayer Requests
* Cynthia recovering from surgery.
* Pam has knee replacement surgery on Wednesday.
* Rich and the family in the loss of his uncle. The funeral is Tuesday.
This Sunday we deal with the theme of the book of Romans as we look at verses 16-17 of chapter 1 in a message entitled “The Power of the Gospel”.
Men, bring your breakfast on Saturday at 8 a.m. and we’ll spend some time in fellowship before turning to J. C. Ryle’s book, “Holiness”.
All Christians are but God’s stewards. Everything we have is on loan from the Lord, entrusted to us for a while to use in serving Him.
“Beloved, I believe that every Christian person should follow Christ in the waters of baptism, and, having done that, should join the Church of Christ, not so much to follow the Church, as to follow Christ. We are not to follow men, even the best of men, any farther than they follow Christ; but we must take care that we do boldly stand up as adherents of his cause, so that, if it be asked, “Who is on the Lord’s side?” we may put in an appearance directly, and avow ourselves as his followers. … If you would really serve Christ, come right out from the world, and say, “Let others do as they wilt as for me and my house we belong to Christ, and we will never hide our colors. We will bind the scarlet thread in the window, and we will let all who come by this way understand that here live those who have been redeemed with precious blood, and who therefore cannot, dare not, and will not conceal the gracious fact.” “If any man serve me, let him follow me by taking up my cause, and working for it with all his heart.”
Happy Independence Day!
“The general principles on which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity.”
The Bethesda Academy
We complete chapter 1 of Revelation this evening (Monday) and begin chapter 2 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Come out and join us.
For the LORD is our judge; the LORD is our lawgiver; the LORD is our king; he will save us. Isaiah 33:22
A couple of notes concerning our July calendar:
1. We have a swimming fellowship scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 26 at the Diamonds. You don’t have to swim to enjoy the fellowship. Mark the date on your calendars.
2. Our business meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 9.
3. You will notice on the church calendar that Dr. Curtis McClain is preaching on Sunday, July 13. Debbie and I will be out of town from the 10th through the 15th and Curtis will fill in for me on that date. We are finally making the Indiana trip we had to cancel back in January. I appreciate you supporting Dr. McClain’s labors.
I do hope each of you have some plans for July 4th. Despite the current “goings-on” in Washington, we live in a great country. God has blessed us with the freedom to worship Him as citizens of this land, a freedom many around the world have lost. That’s a good reason to celebrate our nation’s birthday even if you can’t think of any others.
Our family has always enjoyed the day. We’ll take in the St. Charles parade Friday morning and end the day somewhere watching fireworks. Romans 13 teaches that it is God who has ordained governments. Furthermore, it is God who has put you in this country at this time in history. So celebrate our nation’s birthday.
As you enjoy the 4th, please pray and (1) thank God for giving us our nation and (2) ask God to heal our land. Government can not fix the problems we are experiencing in America. We need a sweeping move of God’s Spirit to bring revival! Changed lives, lives that have been born again, will change the direction we are headed.
May you enjoy the 4th of July with family and friends. May our Lord turn the United States back to Him. And may Christ bless you throughout the remainder of the week.
I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!