Pastor’s Blog

by Pastor Todd Bradbury

Beautiful Feet

 
Julia Boykin and the Prophet Isaiah share something in common, they both believe feet can be beautiful. Isaiah’s observation about beautiful feet can be found in Isaiah 52:7 where he writes,
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
 

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Sacrifice in Service

Sacrifice in Service

Sacrifice in Service

Christ tells us that the greatest commandments are to love God and love people. (Mark 12:30-31) Sounds great, but is there a way to know how we’re doing in fulfilling these commandments? Author Philip Yancey says, “Here’s a good test of how well we love: Are other people glad to be with us?” Great question!


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The Comforter

I hear the most wonderful stories at our Sacred Circle Prayer and Listening Group on Wednesday nights. John and Judy Pulley told the group about the first time John felt the presence of the Holy Spirit. Their story takes place in 1985 when John and Judy were dating and Judy perceived that there was a problem. According to Judy, John’s mother didn’t like her; at least that’s how Judy tells it. The reason Judy believed that John’s mom didn’t care for her was because this was a second marriage for Judy and she had four children and John’s mom wasn’t too happy about John having an instant family.

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The Importance of Relationships

The Importance of Relationships

The Importance of Relationships
Early on in Scripture we get a hint of what God’s design for creation is: It’s all about relationships. Genesis 2:18 tells us that God made Eve for Adam because, The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Christ himself sums up the entire meaning of the Old Testament with the implores to “Love God and love your neighbor as yourself.” The bottom line is: We need one another. The truth of this statement is made crystal clear when we lose someone we love. Martha and Leonard Vaughan know all too well about loss.

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BE the Church…wherever God leads you

At Bethel we often talk about what it means to BE the church; to BE the Body of Christ in our homes, schools and places of work. The church is not a building. The church does not have an address. The church is the people of God who have been called by God to bless the world by pointing people toward a loving, saving relationship with the King of the World, Jesus Christ.

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Immersed in the Spirit

Immersed in the Holy Spirit

Immersed in the Spirit
This month I want to introduce Debbie Salyer and share her story of how the Lord helped her overcome a difficult divorce and how the Lord gave her not only a new relationship, but a new ministry as well. These are Debbie’s words:
 
“It was 2009 when I faced the fact that my 28-year marriage was finally over. During that time, I was attending a very small church ironically called “New Beginnings” where everyone had grown very close and they were so supportive of me during that dark time that I am not sure how I would have gotten through it all without them.

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