August 11, 2014

A Weekly Publication of

August 11, 2014

Ladies’ Book Study!

The next Ladies Book Study, “Desperate, Seeking Simplicity … finding the cross” begins in just 8 days!  The sign up sheet remains on the table in the foyer so, if you would like to join the study, either sign the sheet or call Pam and let her know.

The first class is Tuesday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Upcoming Activities

1. Bethesda Academy, Monday, 6:30 p.m.
2. Business Meeting, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.
3. Sunday School, Sunday, 9:15 a.m.
4. Worship Service, Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
5. Discipleship Training, Sunday, 5 p.m.

The Bethesda Academy

Chapter 6 is our focus for tonight (Monday).  We begin our examination of the “7 seals”.  Come out and join us at 6:30 p.m.

Business Meeting

Our monthly business meeting is this Wednesday at 7 p.m.  I encourage every member to come and help our church make the decisions the Lord has placed before us.

“Once men invent gods of their own making, they can then rewrite the rules of human conduct.”
Ray Pritchard

Discipleship Training

Our Sunday evening class time is covering the topic of “Spiritual Gifts”.  Dennis is leading this study each week at 5 p.m.  Come out and be a part of this training as well as enjoy the fellowship of brothers and sisters in Christ!

“When we reject God and we reject his standards, we don’t become more free and more human.  We become less free.  We become bound.  We become in bondage to those desires.  And we become less human, because we are less reflecting the image of God, because God is holy.”
J. Ligon Duncan

Pastor’s Postscript

I saw a “young adult” (probably mid-30s) wearing a T-shirt this week which caught my eye.  On the back of the shirt were the following words:

“Every day is a role play.”

Take a moment and think about what that shirt is communicating concerning the individual who is wearing it.  Of course, I don’t believe the shirt’s designer or the man wearing it really meant what the shirt said.  It was simply intended to be funny.  But I wonder how many people actually live their life using that philosophy?  Perhaps they do not even realize they are doing so.

To say “every day is a role play” implies each and every day you live is an act.  Depending upon the day, the people you meet, the activities you have scheduled, your life is simply that of an actor playing some prescribed role.  You are not the person you pretend to be.  No one can truly know you.  How can they when you wear a mask at all times?

Actually, I think many people live their life exactly that way.  I believe even some professing Christians (could some possibly be members of our church?!) have such lives.  They park their car in the church lot, put on their “Sunday Worship” mask, and enter the church.  Once church is over, they return to the car, remove their mask, store it until next week, and then put on another mask for their next event:  a mask for their job, another mask for their school, a third mask for home, and so on.

True Christians do not wear a mask to church.  They don’t have a “Jesus” mask because they have been born again into the image of Jesus Christ!  They look like Jesus 24 hours a day, every day of the week, every week of the year because they are a new creature!

This takes place in what the Bible and theologians call regeneration (i.e., “the new birth”, “being born again”).  God’s Spirit comes into our lives and raises that spiritually dead person to new life, the life of Christ.

So, the “role” believers play each and every day is not an act; it is a life lived as Jesus lived and a life lived for Jesus’ sake.  Jesus is not our “mask”:  He is who we are.

I do pray the Lord gives you a wonderful week and blesses you more than you deserve and expect!

P.S.  Thank you to everyone who turned out on Saturday evening for our Roller Skating Fellowship.  It was a fun time and we had a great turn out.  Also, thank you to the Fellowship Committee who planned the fellowship and reserved the skating rink.

July 28, 2014


A Weekly Publication of Bethesda Baptist Church

July 28, 2014

Upcoming Activities

1. Bethesda Academy, Monday, 6:30 p.m.

2. Bible Study & Prayer Meeting, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.

3. Men’s Breakfast & Book Study, Saturday, 8 a.m.

4. Church Council, Saturday, 9 a.m.

5. Sunday School, Sunday, 9:15 a.m.

6. Worship Service,Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

7. Discipleship Training, Sunday, 5 p.m.





* NOLAN BROOK, Wednesday, July 30


The Bethesda Academy


Having completed the letters to the seven churches, tonight (Monday) we press on to chapter 4 and the vision of heaven the Apostle John is given. It’s never too late to join our study! We meet at 6:30 p.m. each Monday.


“Even though they have been constantly surrounded by the evidences not only of God’s existence but also of his infinite powers, adorable goodness, and incomparable wisdom, they have refused to acknowledge him as their God, and to worship him.”

William Hendriksen


Ladies’ Book Study!


“Desperate, Seeking Simplicity … finding the cross” by Cindi Wood


Ladies, this study begins on Tuesday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m. If you wish to attend, please add your name to the sign up sheet in the foyer or contact Pam DePriest and inform her.


Remember, the book study begins Tuesday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m.


Roller Skating Fellowship


Our church has Great Skate Roller Rink on Saturday, August 9 from 5:15 – 7:15 p.m. Even if you don’t roller skate, you are more than welcome to come out, watch your fellow members glide around the rink, and spend some time in fellowship.


There is a sign up sheet in the foyer if you plan on coming whether you skate or not.


“Though the light of nature cannot save, it is sufficient to condemn.”

William Plumer


Spurgeon Speaks


“Our Savior could plead for some, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ But what plea is to be used for those who know what they do and yet do evil? Who known what they ought to do and do it not? These have the Light of God and close their eyes or, to use another figure, they have the Light of God and use it to sin. They take the golden candlestick of the Sanctuary into their hands and, by its help, they perform their evil deeds the more dexterously–and run in the way of wickedness the more swiftly. Accursed is that man who heaps to himself knowledge till he becomes wise as Solomon and then prostitutes it to base ends by using it to aggrandize his wealth, to pamper his appetites, to holster his unbelief, or to conceal his vices!”


Coming Sunday…


Paul has some serious words for the Gentiles among us in a sermon from Romans 1:21-25 entitled “God Gave Them Up – Part 1”.


Pastor’s Postscript


Once again it was good to see visitors in our midst. The Lord graciously continues to send them our way. Please keep them in your prayers. Some of them are lost and need Christ. Others are believers and need to unite with a local church.


A huge thank you to Dave and Christy Diamond for opening their home and their pool for our church fellowship. Although it was an extremely warm day, everyone appeared to have a great time either in the pool or simply sitting nearby and sharing with one another.


As you will see, we have another church fellowship in just 2 weeks! The last one was for swimmers; this one is for skaters, roller skaters, that is! Of course, you don’t have to skate if you choose not to, yet, you can come and join the fellowship as we watch those who do.


The Ladies are preparing for another great book study led by Pam. They will meet each Tuesday evening from August 19 through September 30. Each session begins at 6:30 p.m.


If you are not participating in our Monday night Academy class, it’s never too late. We are studying the book of Revelation and just now beginning the heavenly vision of chapter 4. We are having a great time together.


And speaking of Bible study, are you taking advantage of class on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m.? How about Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m.? Or our 15 minute study each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. prior to our prayer meeting? We have PLENTY of opportunities for studying God’s Word here at Bethesda. Take advantage of them!


Now may God grant you a good week and bring you back safely next Sunday!