Pastor’s Blog

by Pastor Todd Bradbury

Join God in His Work

In my journey of faith one of the most meaningful books that I’ve read was Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. In the book, Blackaby tries to help his readers to identify where God is working and how to join Him in his work. Blackaby affirms that, “My Father is always at his work to this very day (John 5:17).” But how do we know where God is working?

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COVID-19 Update

Dear Bethel Congregation,

We are all grappling with how to appropriately respond to the Coronavirus or Covid 19.  We have been in consultation with Local Emergency Management Officials, and, given Governor Northam’s declaration of a State of Emergency, we have elected to close church this Sunday, March 15.  Please note that we will have an “Online Service” starting at 11AM.   We hope you’ll tune in and watch at the following web address: https://www.bethelchurchmidlothianva.org/messages/

NOTE: Given the fluidity of this situation, we will evaluate from week-to-week as to whether or not we will have services.  Please check the church’s website and your email for further updates.

Please note that James Willis is in the midst of doing a thorough, deep clean of our facilities and is sanitizing all areas, including our nursery and classrooms. 

This pandemic is an unprecedented event for most of us and there is a lot of fear.   Let’s use this situation as an opportunity to pray for people who are scared and fearful.  Let’s pray for our community leaders, our Governor, Congress and our President.  Please pray for our church leadership to respond to this health crisis with wisdom and discernment. 

Finally, we fully understand this is a fluid situation.  We will be closely monitoring this situation and we will remain in contact with Local Emergency Management Officials to seek their guidance. Thank you for reading this and please pray for the Lord to be glorified through this worldwide pandemic.  May many people come to know Him as Lord and Savior during this time.  Amen. 

In the love of Christ,

Todd Bradbury



Unique Gifts

Unique Gifts

Unique Gifts
 
Have you ever noticed the communion table in the People of Hope Center? If not, please take note of it the next time you visit Bethel. Did you know it was handmade by four people connected to Bethel? The story behind the communion table is that at one time we worshiped in both the Historic Sanctuary and the People of Hope Center so we had to carry the communion table back and forth between the two buildings. So it was decided to make another communion table.

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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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