Honor your parents

Honor your parentsThis 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

Faith In Action Church Website GraphicDid 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

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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I’m praying for you

I'm praying for you
This month I want to tell you a story about Ben Turner. For those of you that don’t know Ben, he’s a retired homebuilder, a very astute businessman and is married to his lovely wife Becky. One day Ben called me and asked if we could meet. He said he had something to give me.

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Transformed Lives

Transformed LivesHere’s a very pointed question for you to consider. Has Jesus Christ transformed your life? If so, how? That’s really where the “rubber meets the road” in terms of our faith isn’t it? The church exists so that people can encounter Jesus Christ and have their lives transformed by Him. Our mission at Bethel is “To live transformed lives by experiencing, embodying and extending the grace of Christ.” What does a transformed life look like? It looks a lot like Stephen McWhirter. Stephen is the lead vocalist for Iron Bell Music. Iron Bell Music has a hit single called “The God That Saves.” Before Stephen was a successful Christian artist with a hit single he was a drug addict. Here’s Stephen’s story in his own words:

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Joy to the World

Joy to the World
My grandfather’s name was Graham Lester and he was more than a grandfather to me; he was probably my best friend. As I child, I’d often spend the night at his house and when I got my learner’s permit I’d drive him to doctor’s appointments and we’d spend the day together. One quirky thing about him was that he didn’t want to be called Grandpa or anything like that, he wanted me to just call him Graham.

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Be Rich in Good Deeds

Be Rich in Good Deeds
I got an opportunity about a month ago to tour the Powhatan Free Clinic. They offer free healthcare, not only to the residents of Powhatan, but also to the residents of Chesterfield, Amelia, Goochland and Cumberland. The tour was an eye opening experience. I had no idea how great the need is for this service and I also didn’t know the extraordinary lengths that people go to in order to obtain health care. For example, I learned that there are a couple of older ladies who actually walk 6 and 7 miles to get to the clinic.

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Share Your Faith

Share Your Faith

Who introduced you to Christ? How does someone come to a place where they are willing to hear the gospel and ask the Lord into their life? For many of us, including me, it is a process. I grew up going to church and because of some very caring, loving Sunday school teachers and pastors, I learned about the Lord and eventually asked the Lord into my life and began to follow. But what if you’re like most folks today and don’t grow up going to church? How can we share our faith with them?

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Brokenness

Brokenness
One doesn’t have to be in the ministry for very long before one thing becomes abundantly clear; we are a people who live in brokenness. We encounter brokenness everyday with the loss of loved ones, couples that divorce, affairs that break up marriages, parents and children who no longer speak to each other, job losses, the list goes on and it takes its toll on our souls.

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Never Give Up!

Never Give Up
Last month we had to say “goodbye for now” to Warren Tooley, a beloved member of Bethel. He passed away on Sunday, July 9th from complications from multiple myeloma. I was actually planning on writing a newsletter article about Warren before he passed away because Warren inspired me during one of our visits together. Shortly before he was hospitalized I visited Warren in his home and he was struggling. He was having a difficult time breathing and walking; even conversation seemed to make him uncomfortable. What impressed me was Warren’s attitude in the face of suffering.

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