Pastor’s Blog

by Pastor Todd Bradbury

Faith in the Valley

 
Jimmy and Jean Jackson are two of our newer members of Bethel. Jimmy is a retired plumber and building inspector for Chesterfield County.  Jean worked as an office manager and bookkeeper for an insurance agency in Goochland.  They’ve been married 63 years and have one daughter.  The Jackson’s are very committed to our Lord, in fact, Jimmy has been on 17 mission trips and Jean has been on 16 trips all over the world.

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The Providence of God

In the spirit of Mother’s Day I want to share the story of Danica Mladinov. Danica was born on the island of Split off the coast of Croatia (formerly Yugoslavia). Danica immigrated to the United States when she was 17 years old with her mother, Maria Mladinov, and two younger brothers as World War II ended. The story of how they immigrated is fascinating.

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Rest and Be Thankful

 
One of my favorite places is Scotland and, in particular, the Highlands of Scotland. The Highlands are a place of majestic beauty, but it can also be a difficult place to travel through, due to the roughness of the terrain, frequent rain and high winds. Roads can be washed out or blocked by fallen rocks. These delays aren’t common today, but a century ago they were commonplace.

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A “New Normal” Perspective

 

It’s been a year since we’ve been dealing with the pandemic. I almost cannot believe I wrote that last sentence.  One year!  I remember March 2020 like yesterday.  My wife, son, parents and sister-in-law went away for a few days to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. We enjoyed driving through the Smoky Mountains,

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Pete's War Room

Pete’s War Room

Pete's War Room
 
In 2015 the movie “War Room” was released.  The movie is about a couple who are having marriage problems.  The wife meets a woman named Miss Clara, who is the epitome of a prayer warrior.  Miss Clara has a prayer closet in her house that she calls the War Room.  Miss Clara says, “In order to stand up and fight the enemy,

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Better Than I Deserve

Better Than I Deserve

Better Than I Deserve
 
On November 14th we had to say “goodbye for now” to one of the Saints of Bethel, Gordon Rutland. Gordon and Shirley Rutland were faithful attendees of our Sacred Circle on Wednesday evenings; in fact, they were always among the first to arrive. When they arrived, I’d always ask, “How are you two doing this evening?” Gordon’s answer was always, without fail, the same. He’d say,

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