Pastor’s Blog

by Pastor Todd Bradbury
Golden Rule Living

Golden Rule Living

Golden Rule Living
 
If you ever are feeling down or discouraged, I’ve got some helpful advice for you, go visit David GrubbsDavid Grubbs. The man is inspirational. I visited with David for a few minutes before his sister’s funeral back in June. During the conversation, David told me a story about his parents, Robert and Annie Grubbs.
 
Robert worked for VDOT, and was also a carpenter and a gentleman farmer. Their farm was located in Louisa County. David's Parent, Robert and Annie Grubbs, taught "Golden Rule Living"David’s dad knew all about hard work. David said that his dad used to plow with mules and horses even into the early 1950s. Annie was a homemaker and was also no stranger to hard work. David said his mom would often help pick tobacco on the farm and she did it with joy. He said she used to carry an old harmonica in her apron. Annie would sometimes stop picking tobacco long enough to play a hymn on the harmonica, and then go right back to work. Robert and Annie had seven children; David was the youngest. David told me that when you are a child of Robert and Annie, you grew up learning about hard work and “Golden Rule Living.”
 
What is Golden Rule Living? David said his parents gave them several “non-negotiable” rules growing up. Among them were
  1. Treat others as you want to be treated.
  2. There was to be no cussing, no fussing and no loud voices in the house.
  3. Absolutely no complaining or negative thinking.
Robert and Annie told their children, “Listen, things aren’t going to go your way all the time, life’s hard, but a little hardship isn’t going to shake us loose from Golden Rule Living.”
 
Robert and Annie Grubbs 50th Wedding AnniversaryDespite these “rules” David remembers that their home was always filled with love, laughter and joy, even during hard times. There would be times when crops would fail, storms came or loved ones died, but they stuck together because his parents insisted they’d stick together and practice Golden Rule Living. They never wavered from this commitment and David is thankful for the way he was raised. If you get a moment, ask David about his parents and Golden Rule living; I bet you’ll come away inspired, like I was.
 
David’s story inspired me to think about how we treat each other at Bethel. I pray that we can also practice Golden Rule Living. Let’s covenant to treat each other like we want to be treated, let’s be positive thinkers and when something comes along that tries to “shake us loose,” let’s stick together. For I believe that Christ has put us together and has called us to do what Robert and Annie Grubbs insisted upon: To love each other. Loving each other; that’s our calling and it’s the essence of Golden Rule Living. Lord, thank you for Christ who taught us the Golden Rule and thank you for the witness of Robert and Annie Grubbs who remind us of the power of Golden Rule Living. Lord, bless David Grubbs and his family and bless the Bethel Church Family! Amen.

Todd



legacy stories

Legacy Stories

legacy stories
Bill HardisonOne of my mentors in ministry is a gentleman named Bill Hardison. I came to know Bill while I was the Youth Minister at May Memorial Baptist Church. Bill is a gifted preacher and storyteller and what made many of his sermons memorable were the stories that he told about his grandpa. Bill’s grandpa was a farmer and a gifted storyteller himself—a man full of country wisdom.
 
When Bill was a boy he’d often spend several weeks each summer on his grandpa’s farm in Tennessee. Bill is from Northern Virginia and each summer he experienced a bit of culture shock having to go from the noise, hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia to the quiet tranquility of a rural farm in Rock Spring Tennessee. Bill admits that he would have rather stayed home to play little league baseball, but that desire soon faded once his Grandpa began to introduce Bill to the wonders of living on a farm.

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Financial Peace

Question: Are you at peace with where you are financially? There was a time in life where Brian and Lisa Hardy would have answered that question with an emphatic, NO! Brian and Lisa, and their son Alan are three of our newest church members and in getting to know them I learned that Brian has a passion for helping people gain control over their finances through Financial Peace University. This passion was born from an experience the Hardy’s had several years ago.

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Honor Your Parents

Honor your parents

Honor Your Parents
This month I want to introduce you to one of our newest members, David Gillespie. David recently told me something that I think every parent longs to hear. He said, “My dad is my hero and my mom is the love of my life.” I asked him why his dad is his hero. He said, 

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Our Superhero: Connorman!

Our Superhero Connorman

Our Superhero: Connorman!
Did you know that Bethel has a Superhero in its midst? Our Superhero’s name is Connorman. Connorman’s real name is Connor Smith and he’s the son of our newest church members Shawn and Krista Smith. Shawn works for his family’s electrical supply company in Farmville and Krista works for Hamilton Beach Brands. They live off of Huguenot Springs Road.
 
Shawn and Krista told me that Connor is something of a miracle. I asked them to explain.

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Parental Proverbs

Parental Proverbs

Parental Proverbs

 

Our mission at Bethel is to Live Transformed Lives, by Experiencing, Embodying, and Extending the Grace of Christ. In January, we focused one Sunday on how we at Bethel can “Embody” God’s grace. That Sunday, Pete Tucker spoke about how his father, AP Tucker, embodied the grace of God. Pete said this about AP, “My dad embodied the grace of Christ in the way he treated people, particularly people who were down and out and needed a hand. My dad always told us to remember the three ‘Rs’: We need to help Real people, with Real problems, Right now.”

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