In Jesus’ most famous sermon, the Sermon on the Mount, he explains the choices that help us heal from our hurts and hang-ups, and the habits that mess up our lives. The first Beatitude, Matthew 5:3, says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.

What does it mean to be “poor in spirit”? Jesus is saying that nobody gets into Heaven who is full of pride. We get there by grace. To be poor in spirit, you must humbly admit you need help.

Jesus said, “The truth will set you free.” You’ve got to face the truth about yourself and stop living in denial.

But the truth is, we don’t like the truth. We love the truth about everybody else, but we don’t like the truth about ourselves. It feels a whole lot safer to avoid the truth about yourself because it is painful to face. Tithe truth will set you free, but first it makes you miserable when you realize what needs changing in your life.

The good news is your habits and your hurts and your hang-ups can be healed. The bad news is it takes humility. You’ve got to humble yourself and swallow your pride. James 4:6 says, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble”.

There are some facts that you need to admit about yourself if God’s going to bless your life, and the first one is this: You are broken.

We live in a broken world where nothing works perfectly. The economy doesn’t work perfectly, our relationships don’t work perfectly, and our bodies don’t work perfectly.

Everybody’s confused today. They don’t know what they’re supposed to be or what they’re supposed to do. We’ve confused attitudes, attractions, and addictions. Even our identities are confused.

Yet, all you have to be is yourself. But that includes the understanding you’re broken! And that’s OK, because once you make the choice to admit it, you’re on the path to humility, which leads to grace.

And God’s grace will cover your brokenness, hurts, habits, and hang-ups. That’s good news!

DON’T MISS OUR SERVICES TONIGHT AT 7PM!!

If you need prayer, let Tammy and me know! Email us.

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Failure isn’t fatal — it’s normal!

Just look around. All of us mess up from time to time. Somebody recently gave me a book, “The (Incomplete) Book of Failures: The Official Handbook of the Not-Terribly-Good Club of Great Britain.” When they printed the book, they forgot to print the first two pages and had to add it later. Even the book was a failure!

What’s the antidote to failure? It is Perseverance. You overcome failure when you admit it to God and keep doing what God has called you to do regardless of setbacks. The Bible reminds us that God specializes in using failures. The fact is, just three days after Jesus was crucified and the disciples thought their lives were in the tank, Jesus rose from the dead. God specializes in lost causes.

The Bible says in Proverbs 24:16, “Even if good people fall seven times, they will get back up. But when trouble strikes the wicked, that’s the end of them”.

Are you ready to get back up?

Tomorrow at Friday night church, we are SO EXCITED to bring a message that is REALLY GOING TO HELP YOU!

WOW…THIS IS GOING TO BE A MESSAGE THAT YOU REALLY NEED TO HEAR!

If you need prayer, email Tammy and me.

Tammy & I love you!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

DOWNLOAD YOUR SMALL GROUP LEADER GUIDE: CLICK HERE!

SCHEDULE: We’re finalizing some cool stuff Saturday night. We’ll get this up ASAP

We are SO thankful for our 180 Weekend Small Group leaders and Host Homes. Without them, 180 Weekend would not be possible! So, for those of you considering and praying about leading a 180 Group in 2019, THANK YOU! Please take a moment to read over the information, the expectations, and then please fill out our Small Group leader registration.

Information:

  • WHAT: 180 Weekend 2019
  • WHEN: Friday, February 1 through Sunday, February 3
    • PLUS: Wednesday, January 30th is rally180 if you are able to make it
  • WHERE: Locations will be Bethlehem Church, Student Center, Host Home, and possible ministry opportunity
  • COST: Nothing for our leaders

Expectations:

TESTIMONY: Each leader will come from a different background than the next. All of us are at various stages in our walk with Christ. However, it is essential to understand that there are certain requirements for leadership (even for a small group on a weekend.) By registering to lead a 180 Weekend group, you are sharing your commitment to walk in a manner worth of your calling in Christ Jesus (Eph 4:1) This is especially true in the areas where our students are struggling. Sexual purity, alcohol and drug usage, language, etc.

PRESENCE: Each leader will be expected to be present with group for the duration of the event. From Friday evening through service on Sunday morning.

MATERIAL: Each leader will be given small group material. It is expected that each leader will take devoted time to spend in prayer and study over the material and Scripture passages PRIOR to 180 Weekend. We are asking that no leader wait until the day of the event to “glance over” the material.

THE MAIN THING: We are asking that each leader team be sure that the time with our students is spent focusing on the study itself as well as the application of the truths discovered. This is not the time to introduce new spiritual practices or teachings not previously discussed with the student ministry leadership at Bethlehem. Keep the focus on the study at hand, the reading of God’s Word together, discussion, and prayer.

FUN: Our students want to have FUN with you. By registering, you are committing to spend time with them, get to know them, and have FUN with them!


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2019 Small Group Leader Registration - 180 Weekend

All leaders need to register for 180 Weekend. Please do so ASAP!

All size are adult. No differentiation of women/men shirt.

** Not a college student? Don't answer this one! We get it... it isn't always clear cut. Just give us an idea of where you are as of right now.

We are just looking for the basics here. If you struggle to write it in this space, feel free to indicate that you will send an email and then send your answer to cody@bethlehembc.com

(note... if you have never lead, that doesn't disqualify you at all! We just like to know how best to prepare our team!)

We will absolutely try to pair you with the age group you requested. Before we make a change, we will definitely consult you!

OK... will you lead in your home? Do you know what home you'll be in? Do you need us to find a home for you to be in?

We have some of the best small group leaders on the planet here at Bethlehem. Some of them will team up and some are flying solo in need of a small group leader partner. Some of our groups will have 2 college students leading. The more flexible you are... the easier we can place leadership for the groups!

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God wants us to use our words to build others up.

Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen”.

Sometimes our words are like a sledgehammer. We swing away without thinking, and all of a sudden we look around, and all we’ve got is a pile of relational rubble. When you thoughtlessly sling your words around and tear people down, your relationships are going to suffer.

One of the reasons we’re not constructive with our words is we don’t realize how powerful this tool is—our mouth and the words that God has given to us.

We say things without thinking. And people remember them. Certain things people said to you in a careless way—even as far back as grade school or college or when you first started working—you still remember today. That’s how powerful words are. So when it comes to your mouth, you’ve got to think of it as a power tool and be very careful with it.

One time I went into my garage and grabbed a manual for a power tool. As I was reading through the directions, I was struck by how it related to the use of another power tool that God has given us: our mouths. The directions said:

  1. Know your power tool.
  2. Keep guards in place.
  3. Be careful around children.
  4. Store idle tools when not in use.
  5. Don’t over reach.
  6. Never use in an explosive atmosphere.

How can you use your mouth more carefully so you are using it to build relationships and not to tear people down?

  1. Stop excusing. Stop saying, “I didn’t really mean to say that” or “It’s just that blood sugar dip before lunch.” Realize that what you say impacts everybody around you.
  2. Talk less. We often get in trouble because we just don’t know when to shut up. If it’s a power tool, you shouldn’t have to use it as much, right?
  3. Listen more. If you listen more, you can better understand people’s needs.
  4. Start building. Let your first thoughts be, “What does that person need? How can I use a word of encouragement to build him up? What can I say to make a difference in his life?”

We have AN INCREDIBLE SERVICE THIS WEEKEND AT BETHLEHEM CHURCH – WHATEVER YOU MAY STRUGGLE WITH – THERE IS HOPE!!

If you need prayer, email Tammy and me.

We love you!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

You’ll face trials in life, no doubt about it.

But God will use them to free you.

In fact, sometimes what others expect will enslave you, God uses to liberate you. He’ll use them to set you free from the expectations and opinions of others.

The Bible says it like this: “You let captors set foot on our neck; then we went through fire and water and you led us out to freedom” (Psalm 66:12).

God wants you to be free. The Bible says the truth will set you free. But truth often comes with a high cost.

Our family is no different from your family! We have gone through difficult times and trials and troubles.

But God is ALWAYS FAITHFUL!!!

Tammy and I REFUSE to live in fear and worry anymore. We are living for an audience of one. Sometimes God uses tough times to wean you off an addiction to other people’s approval. You just don’t need it to be happy!

Trust God’s plan not your pain!

If you need prayer, email us.

We care about YOU!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Thank you for your faithfulness to give to God’s Work here at Bethlehem! You can click below and give safely and securely and 100% of what you give will be used for the Glory of God!

When you believe in Jesus, you get God’s strength for daily living.

I used to think this wasn’t a big deal. But I’ve realized that for most people the number one problem in life isn’t worry or fear or guilt or bitterness. Their number one problem is weariness.

I talk to people all the time who say, “I’m just so tired all the time. I can’t get it all done. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

The reason why we are tired all the time is we have a power shortage. And the reason we have a power shortage is because we are not plugged in to God’s power. We are trying to live our lives on our power alone.

There’s no way you can fulfill your purpose in life without being plugged in to God’s power. A toaster unplugged is worthless. A blender unplugged is worthless. A vacuum cleaner has no purpose if it’s not plugged in to the power source.

Isaiah 40:29 says, “God gives power to those who are tired and worn out, and he offers strength to the weak”.

You need God’s power in more ways than you realize. Paul says it like this: “I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me” (Philippians 4:13).

This is not positive mental attitude. This is not self-help psychology. This is not pull-yourself-up-by-your-own-bootstraps thinking. No. This is supernatural power.

What are the “all conditions”?

The power to handle loneliness when you’re lonely.

The power to handle stress when you’re under pressure.

The power to handle guilt and fear and boredom and bitterness and rejection.

The power to handle financial disaster.

The power to handle health crises.

The power to handle a relational predicament.

Where does that power come from? It comes from God — It comes from our relationship with Jesus Christ!!!

Do not miss our services this weekend at Bethlehem! Beginning Friday night at 7PM…God has hope and healing available to YOU!!

If you need prayer, please email Tammy and me.

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

“Surely your goodness and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever” (Psalm 23:6).

God is watching over you.

When King David writes, “Surely your goodness and mercy will pursue me,” he’s not saying, “Surely only good things will happen to me!”

The fact is that bad things happen to good people. What David is teaching us is that God can take bad, evil, and difficult situations and bring something good out of them.

It’s one of God’s great promises to us: we can know that all things are working for our good “if we love God and are fitting into his plans” (Romans 8:28).

If you’re a believer, the Bible says all things are working together for good—not that all things are good, but that they work together for good.

There’s no difficulty, dilemma, defeat, or disaster in life that God can’t ultimately turn toward good.

When you understand God’s grace and mercy, there’s no need to fear the future.

God isn’t trying to get even with you. Jesus shouldered the penalty for everything you’ve ever done wrong or will do wrong. He paid for it on the cross. So when a bad thing happens, you don’t have to think, “God’s getting even with me.” 

Mercy, like goodness, follows us in life.

Picture a parent following a little child around picking up after them; God is constantly picking up our messes!

Don’t miss our services today!

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If Tammy and I can be praying for you, email me…See you soon!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

You can’t change everything. But you can change you.

When your life feels like it’s falling apart, knowing what you can change — and what you can’t change — can make all the difference.

You can’t change your past. You can’t change your parents. You can’t change the gifts and talents God has or hasn’t given you. You can’t change a handicap you’ve been given. You can’t bring back a dead loved one.

You might as well accept all of those things. You’ll start to find peace in the midst of troubles when you accept what you can’t change. Otherwise, you’ll make yourself and the people you love miserable.

There’s much you can’t change, but there’s something important you can change: you.

When Jeremiah’s world was falling apart, he wrote in Lamentations 3:40: “Let us examine our ways and turn back to the Lord”.

What’s going on in your life that doesn’t line up with what God wants? Depending on how we react, crises can help us as we learn to focus our eyes on what matters: Jesus.

To re-order your life God’s way, it’ll take some gut-level self-evaluation. You’ll need to do an inventory of every area of your life. You’ll need to take a look at your relationship with God, your spouse, your kids, and your co-workers. You’ll need to look at hurts, habits, and hang-ups that may be bringing you down. Nothing can be off limits.

It’s not easy. It can get messy. It’s always tough to turn from sin even when it’s tearing us down.

But you can’t find healing otherwise. Healing apart from repentance can’t last. When your world is falling apart, you’ll be tempted to bemoan every area of your life.

That’s a waste of time. You can’t change everything — but you can change YOU!!

And when your world is falling apart, that can mean everything!

Tammy and I care about YOU! Email us.

Don’t miss our services tomorrow! I have been tossing and turning all week long because I CANNOT wait to bring this Message to YOU!

We love you!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Our Thanksgiving offering is a way to support the ministries at Bethlehem and to say “Thank YOU God” for your blessings to me! Click here to give online.

This is the biggest shopping day of the year and the one in which you will see people losing their temper and acting CRAZY!!  Why is that?

Have you noticed that human beings have a tendency to mimic the emotions of people across from us?

Medical research shows that we do this because of mirror neurons in your brain. They allow you to sympathize and also to mirror what other people feel.

For instance, if somebody gets angry with you, you get angry back. If somebody is really depressed and you hang around that person long enough, you get depressed.

In the same way, when people raise their voice against you, you usually raise your voice back. Then they raise their voice higher. Then you raise your voice higher. Then pretty soon it’s escalated, and your emotions are out of control.

The Bible says, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).

Let me give you a little tip that will save you a lot of heartache and conflict in your life: When other people raise their voice, lower yours — in your marriage, in your parenting, in your friendships, and at work.

That’s called strength under control.

Gentleness defuses conflict. It deescalates anger.

Here’s a good verse you’re going to need someday — maybe even this week. Ecclesiastes 10:4 says, “If your boss is angry at you, don’t quit! A quiet spirit can overcome even great mistakes.

When your boss rips into you or your spouse raises his voice in anger, you need to realize it may not have anything to do with you. Instead of getting defensive, practice gentleness.

Let your gentle answer disarm the other person and diffuse the situation.

We are praying you have a “Thankful Friday” today!!  Remember: NO FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICE TONIGHT!

Tammy and I want to pray for you! Email us.

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

If you would like to be a part of our Thanksgiving offering to say, “Thank you Lord for your blessings in my life”- click here.

Happy Thanksgiving!! Enjoy this beautiful day and celebrate with your loved ones!  I have some truths I want to share with you today that I KNOW will help you live a more thankful life! Here we go…

You will never change the things in your life that you know are defective unless you learn the truth. Change requires learning the truth.

Jesus said, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). You’re not going to be free until you know the truth. The secret to personal change is not a pill, program, or process. It’s not therapy, a book, or a seminar. It’s not positive thinking or psychology. The proof of personal change is found in the truth. You have to know and face the truth about yourself, God, and your relationships before you can change.

Behind every self-defeating behavior in your life is a lie you’re believing. If you’re deeply in debt right now, it’s because you believed some lies. You thought, “I can just keep charging it forever and get away with it.” Oh really? “I have to have this house.” Oh really? Do you really have to have it? Is it true? Can you prove it?

We lie to ourselves all the time. But you have to know and face the truth if you’re going to change.

Jesus said the truth will set you free. But first it makes you miserable! It makes you miserable as long as you deny it. The moment that you are honest with the truth about you and everything else in life, then it starts to set you free.

Who is the truth? Jesus said, “I am the truth.” Not “I have it.” Not “I point the way.” Not “I teach it.” He said, “I’m it. I am the truth.”

You can trust his Word. His Word is the Bible.

God has given me a message this Sunday for YOU! Whatever you have got to do…get to BC this Sunday!

Email Tammy and me with your prayer requests.

Have a GREAT THANKSGIVING DAY!!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy