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Pastor’s Blog

The Dark Days

Our mission at Bethel is to lead transformed lives by experiencing, embodying and extending the grace of Christ to others. How we each go about fulfilling this mission will be unique to each one of us and fulfilling this mission

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Joy in the Journey

  Have you been at a place in your life where you wanted to throw your hands in the air and shout, “Lord help! I’m not sure how much more I can handle!” Ed and Jennie Watson know that feeling,

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The Lord Has Been Wonderful to Me!

  It’s truly a privilege to be a pastor because my work allows me to meet some exceptional people who inspire my faith. One such person is Bobby Brooks. Bobby is the cousin of long time Bethel member Robert Brooks.

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Useful Imperfections

Have you ever watched an artist work? I had the opportunity to do just that when I spent a couple of hours with Wray Brown one Tuesday afternoon. Wray was born and raised in Chesterfield County and was in the

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Love Stories

  It’s February. It’s cold and I’m already yearning for warm summer breezes. But if anything can warm our souls in February it’s a love story and love stories are appropriate since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.  

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Pray Without Ceasing

One of the verses of scripture that I used to find perplexing is 1 Thessalonians 5:17. The Apostle Paul writes, “Pray without ceasing” or “Pray continually.” How do we pray without ceasing? Does Paul expect us to be on our

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Journey in Faith

Here’s a question for you. If we were to park a bus outside of Bethel on a Monday morning and ask you to show up with a suitcase with enough clothes for 5 days and NOT tell you where the

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Look for Opportunities

This month I want to share with  you two stories that come from Kevin and Jeanne Yeager. Kevin works for the Marston Agency and he delivers court papers to courthouses all over Virginia. One Tuesday afternoon Kevin made a delivery

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No Greater Love

  What’s the greatest expression of love that you can think of? When has someone cared for you in such a way that you knew, beyond any doubt, that the person loved and cared about you? One of the greatest

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Golden Rule Living

  If you ever are feeling down or discouraged, I’ve got some helpful advice for you, go visit David Grubbs. The man is inspirational. I visited with David for a few minutes before his sister’s funeral back in June. During

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Legacy Stories

One of my mentors in ministry is a gentleman named Bill Hardison. I came to know Bill while I was the Youth Minister at May Memorial Baptist Church. Bill is a gifted preacher and storyteller and what made many of

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