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Pastor’s Blog

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

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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

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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

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One Decision Away

In his book “All In,” pastor and author Mark Batterson says, “You are only one decision away from a totally different life.” I’d like to expand on his quote and offer this, “You are only one decision away from a

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Making a Difference

For this month’s newsletter I’d like to introduce you to one of Bethel’s Preschool students, Braxton Kerns.  Braxton is five years old and he  recently organized a food drive for Charlotte’s Food Pantry. I asked his mother, Heather Kerns, “Why

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“Santa” to visit Bethel

This month I want to introduce you to Hubbard and Barbara Sprouse. I met the Sprouses when I was the pastor at Fitzgerald Memorial Baptist Church in Cumberland. Hubbard and Barbara live in Cumberland, but they both were raised in

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Unexpected Moments of Grace

  Have you ever stopped to think of what it takes for the Lord to touch someone’s heart? For Curtis Salyer, the Lord worked through a 5-year old boy’s prayer, a fall from a church steeple, and the return of

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Love is spelled T-I-M-E

  Have you ever gotten to sit in the cockpit of an Airbus A300? Thanks to Rob Camden, my two children and I got to have that experience. We recently spent a morning at the Richmond International Airport where Rob

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