Pastor’s Blog

by Pastor Todd Bradbury

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

 
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!

 
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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Let me tell you a story…

 
Let me tell you a story…those six words cause our ears to perk up as we anticipate what we’re about to hear. Who among us doesn’t love a good story? Some of the best stories I’ve heard are your stories. One of the things that I love about being a pastor is that I get to hear the stories of how you’ve lived your life; the ups, the downs, the hilarious and the tragic. Have any of you heard the story

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Beyond Labels: Homeless

One of the most difficult funerals that I’ve participated in was a funeral of a distant relative of mine. His name was Robert. Robert’s early life was full of promise and hope.  He was a bright young man and was within a semester or two of finishing college at Old Dominion University, but sadly Robert suffered from the debilitating disease of alcoholism. He battled that disease his entire life and it ended up wrecking his life.

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Every Story is a Redemption Story

 

 
One of our Bethel Mileposts is “Every Story is a Redemption Story.” Redemption is one of my favorite words because nestled within this word there is another word, HOPE! Hope that God can take the brokenness and messiness of our past to create a future that is full of purpose and blessing. I’d like to invite you to make a special effort to be with us on Mother’s Day to hear one of the best redemption stories I’ve heard. It’s the story of a gentleman named Robert Day. Who is Robert Day?

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