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Pastor’s Blog

Step of Faith

  Two things that I routinely pray for are wisdom and guidance.  I think we all would like some assurance that the decisions we make are in keeping with God’s will. Bob and Ellen Moseley recently faced a major decision

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More Than Conquerors

In the 8th chapter of Romans, the Apostle Paul talks about the many hardships he faced in life as he took the glorious message of Christ to the Gentiles. In Romans 8:35 he mentions how he faced hardship, distress, persecution,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Band of Angels

On October 17th we gathered to say “goodbye for now” to one of the saints of Bethel, Florence McLeod. Florence was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2020. She fought a brave fight; kept a positive attitude and I was

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A Life of Gratefulness

With Thanksgiving approaching I began to reflect on what it means to be grateful. Pastor/Preacher Fred Craddock says that the final act of God in one’s life is to make us both grateful and gracious. As I reflected on that

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Finding God’s Will

One of the most often asked questions I get is, “How do I know God’s will for my life?” When we face a big decision, we’d like to know that God is leading us and will speak to us.

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Invitations

Bruce Lewis has been cutting my hair for the better part of 20 years. I look forward to my monthly trip to Bruce’s barber shop because of the stories. Bruce has a gift for storytelling. On my last visit he

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