Americans are more stressed than ever.

A 2017 American Psychological Association “Stress in America Survey” showed that those polled were more stressed about the country’s future than at any time in the survey’s 10-year history.

And our stress is deadly. Suicide rates in the US are up 30 percent since 1999.

If we’ve ever needed God’s stress-free guarantee, it’s today.

The Bible shares God’s guarantee in Philippians 4:7, where it says, “If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand”.

This isn’t a stress guarantee from a doctor. It’s not a guarantee from a pharmaceutical company.

It’s so much better. It’s a guarantee from the Creator of the universe.

Wouldn’t you like to have your thoughts be quiet and your heart at rest as you trust in Jesus?

Imagine you’re in a situation where you have no logical reason to be at peace—but you are.
Sounds pretty good, right?

That’s God’s guarantee. That’s God’s promise.

There are more than 5,000 promises in the Bible, and every one of them has a premise. Every promise has a premise.

There is a premise behind God’s stress guarantee, too. The verse from Philippians 4 begins with, “If you do this.”
But let this sink in a bit. It is possible to experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.”

Stress doesn’t have to win. Anxiety doesn’t need to control you.

There is hope!!  Our services TOMORROW are going to be SO ENCOURAGING for YOU!  Invite a friend to come with YOU!

Email Tammy and me with any prayer requests.

See you tomorrow!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

You have three basic choices when it comes to the stress in your life: You can worry, you can ignore your stress, or you can relax and trust God.

The Bible says in Psalm 116:7, “I said to myself, ‘Relax, because the Lord takes care of you’”. You can’t trust God and worry at the same time.

That’s not just good spiritual wisdom from the Lord; it’s wisdom for your health as well. The Bible also says in Proverbs 14:30 that a heart at peace is a healthy heart: “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones”.

It’s not just what you eat that destroys your health — it’s what eats you!

You can have the best health plan around — eat fresh, healthy, organic, and in proper portions — but if you’re resentful against someone in your life or worry about tomorrow, your health will suffer.

Worry is like a poison or a fire. It burns you up inside. We deal with all sorts of worries in our lives, but many of them revolve around these five areas. We worry:

  • We’ll be left alone.
  • We won’t know what to do in the future.
  • We won’t have what we need in the future.
  • We will be hurt by something or someone in the future.
  • We won’t have the strength to survive in the future.

But there’s good news: You don’t have to worry. Worry is optional misery! You have many things that impact your health that you cannot control. But you can control the amount you worry!

God has more than 7,000 promises in the Bible. Many of those promises center on the areas you worry about the most, like the five mentioned above.

If you have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, you know the One who created your future. His promises about your future give life, not stomach-eating worry.

The Bible says in one of those 7,000 promises: “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you” (Isaiah 43:2).

You have no need to worry. The One who holds your future will walk with you through it.

DO NOT MISS OUR SERVICES TONIGHT! 7PM- FRIDAY NITE CHURCH- KIDS PROGRAMMING TOO!

I am SO excited to bring this message that I could hardly sleep last night!

Let Tammy and I pray for you- Email us with your requests.

See you Tonight at 7PM!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Heart disease is a serious problem in the USA. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in four American deaths are from heart disease.

Yet, the truth is, spiritual heart disease may be far more problematic. The most important antidote for spiritual heart disease is giving. When we give, our hearts grow bigger.

The Bible contains more promises about giving and generosity than any other subject. Why? You’re never more like God than when you give. God gives. It’s what he does. He’s generous. All you have is a gift from God. You wouldn’t take your next breath if God didn’t give it to you.

Every time you choose to give generously rather than hoarding what you have, you get a bigger — and healthier — heart.

It is not a mistake that the word “miser” and “miserable” come from the same word. There are only two kinds of people in life: takers and givers. Takers are usually sad and mad. Givers are glad.

The Bible says in Proverbs 11:25, “A generous person will prosper”.  According to the Bible, the ultimate key to prosperity isn’t your brain, your guile, or even your relationships. The ultimate key to prosperity — the kind of prosperity that honors God — is giving unselfishly to others.

Ultimately, giving is about your past, present, and future relationship with God.

Past: You’re grateful for all God has done in your life.

Present: You keep your current priorities in place. Giving reminds you that God is first in your life.

Future: Your giving reminds you that God will take care of your future.

Being generous with what you have tells the world who matters most to you.

The Bible says, “It is a proof of your faith. Many people will praise God because you obey the Good News of Christ — the gospel you say you believe — and because you freely share with them and with all others” (2 Corinthians 9:13).

So eat right and exercise. Do whatever it takes to have a healthy heart. But don’t ignore your spiritual heart. The Bible tells us that all we do flows from our heart! (Proverbs 4:23).

Email Tammy and me with any prayer requests…we love you!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

In America, failure is almost the unpardonable sin. We idolize success. But that kind of pressure creates major stress on people. The fear of failure has many different faces. It can cause you to be indecisive, a workaholic, and a perfectionist who clings to safety. Because we’re afraid to fail, we shun all kinds of risks.

For many of us, that fear of failure has an iron grip on our hearts. Even some of the best and the brightest people in the world are the most impacted by a fear of failure.

That’s why I urge you to internalize this one simple message: We’ve all made mistakes. It’s not just a “you problem”; it’s a human problem. The Bible says, “There is no one on earth who does what is right all the time and never makes a mistake” (Ecclesiastes 7:20).

Not only have you made mistakes in the past, but you’ll also make more in the future. I guarantee it. Even playing it safe and refusing to take risks is a mistake. As a pastor, I hear people ask all the time, “What if I fail?” I want to ask them, “What do you mean “if”?

You’ve already failed many, many times in life. So have I. You’re a failure in some area of your life right now. And you’ll fail a lot more in the future.

Even superstars stumble. The greatest professional basketball players only sink half their shots. The best professional baseball players will get out two out of every three at bats. Failure is normal.

You’ll never overcome your fear of failure until you fully accept the reality that you’re not perfect.

The Bible says there is only one failure you need to fear: “Be careful that no one fails to receive God’s grace” (Hebrews 12:15).
You need grace. We all do!

Only when we let go of the fear of failure will it let go of its maddening grip on our lives. Once that happens, we can fully accept the grace of God.

Tammy and I pray for YOU! Email us with your requests.

We love You!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

One of the great fears we all face is the fear of the future. We fear for the futures of our families, our friends, our jobs, our communities — and everything else in between.

It’s natural. We’re not in control. But that realization should drive us to trust God more deeply.

We might not be in control of our future, but God is. He created the whole universe. If he wanted to, the Lord could just snap it out of existence in a moment. Yet he is working his plan in history. He is moving history to a climax, a destiny. One day Jesus Christ will come back to Earth. Nothing will stop that. Just as he is working in history to move events toward that day, he will work in your life for a purpose, too — if you’ll let him.

The Bible says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28).
God’s Word doesn’t say that everything is good. It also doesn’t say that God causes everything. He doesn’t cause war. He doesn’t cause cancer. He doesn’t cause rape, abortion, abuse, or molestation. He doesn’t cause evil. We do that. God gives us the freedom to choose. Evil is the price of that freedom.

But the Bible does say that God causes everything to work together for good. He can take the dumb, evil, and bad decisions I’ve made in my life and use them for good if I’ll trust him. Romans 8:28 isn’t a promise for everyone, though. It’s for “those who love God.” It’s for those who trust God and say, “Here, Lord, you take all the broken pieces of my life and put them together.”

This is why when I read the headlines each day, I don’t worry. Sure, there are a lot of problems in the world today, but God is still in control. God is still moving history to a climax. And God is still moving his people toward his best for them. One day God will work everything out for his purpose.

Because God is in control, we can trust him with everything — including the good, the bad, and the ugly of our lives.

Tammy and I are praying for YOU! Email us with your requests.

Peace to you this Tuesday,

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

We all need Wisdom!

The Bible says this about wisdom in Proverbs 22:17-18: “Listen, and I will teach you what the wise have said. Study their teachings, and you will be glad if you remember them and can quote them”.

Notice four key verbs in that Scripture: listen, study, remember, and quote. Those are marks of wisdom!

You can’t just learn something and become wiser; you’ve got to remember it. And you can’t just remember it; you’ve got to reinforce it. Because if you don’t remember and reinforce it, you end up having to learn the same lesson over and over.

You have to retain it to remember it so you can review it so you can apply it.

People say, “I can’t remember anything!” Oh, yes you can. You remember what’s important to you. You remember what you love. You remember what matters to you.

For instance, maybe you say, “I can’t memorize the Bible.” But you remember every baseball or football statistic for the last season. Or you say, “I can’t remember the Bible,” but you can quote all kinds of lyrics to popular songs or every step to a favorite recipe or something else you care about. You remember what’s important to you!

When the truth becomes important to you, you will remember it. You will remember it and you will rehearse it and you will reinforce it and you will review it in your life. Then it can begin to change your life!

“Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body” (Proverbs 4:20-22).

Tammy and I are praying for YOU!  Email us with your prayer requests.

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

When you’ve got something that is very precious to you, whether it’s rare, expensive, or an heirloom, and you don’t want it to be stolen, broken, or burned up, you take it to the bank and entrust it to the protection of a safety deposit box.

Even more than a locked box in your bank, whatever you entrust to God, He is going to take care of!  You can count on it!

He has a track record. Other people may not have a consistent track record of taking care of things for you. But whatever you entrust to God, He will take care of.

So, what do you need to entrust to God today? I’ll tell you what it is — it’s whatever you’re worrying about. Whatever you’re worrying about, you need to entrust it to the safety deposit box of God’s love.

Worry is practical atheism, because it’s acting like you don’t have a Father in Heaven who loves you and who can be trusted, like you’re a spiritual orphan. Worry is unbelief; it’s saying you don’t believe the 6,000 promises God made in the Bible.

The most difficult time for you to put stuff in God’s safety deposit box is when you’re in pain. When you are suffering, you don’t want to trust even God. You want to pull it back and hold it to yourself.

Paul knew this, but he also knew that when you’re in pain, that’s when you need to trust God the most. He said, “I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return” (2 Timothy 1:12).

I talk to people sometimes who say, “I’m afraid to give my life to Jesus Christ because I’m afraid I won’t be able to keep the commitment.”

Let me just be honest with you: You can’t keep your commitment. You will mess up! Fortunately your salvation isn’t based on your keeping the commitment. It’s based on Christ keeping his promise and YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE BANK!

Don’t miss services today!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

If we want to succeed in life, we must learn how to master our moods.

When you’re dealing with an emotion that’s holding you back, you’ve got two options: You either change it, or you direct it.

Some emotions are so destructive, so damaging, so hurtful, so non-effective, the only thing you can do is change it. You’ve got to change what you’re feeling.

Philippians 2:5 says, “Your attitude should be the kind that was shown us by Jesus Christ”.

Your attitude includes your emotions, so what you’re feeling should be the same as that of Jesus. You need to ask yourself, “How would Jesus feel in this situation? Would Jesus get irritated with this waitress? No. Would Jesus yell at that person? No. Would Jesus be up all night, wringing his hands and worrying that it isn’t going to work out? No. Would Jesus be fearful? No.”

Then, you instantly dismiss any feeling that doesn’t make you more like Jesus. If Jesus wouldn’t respond to your spouse with that emotion, then you shouldn’t either. You drop that attitude, and you figure out what Jesus would do instead.

Sometimes you need to direct what you’re feeling. God has a PURPOSE FOR YOUR PAIN!

Your greatest ministry will not come out of your strengths and successes. Your greatest ministry could come out of your deepest pain.

What pain in your life are you using for good? If you have been in so much pain you didn’t even want to talk about it, then you need to learn to manage your emotions. You need to name the emotion, challenge it, and direct it if you’re not going to change it. Then, ask God to help you to use it for good!

If Tammy and I can pray for you, email us with your requests.

DO. NOT. MISS. SERVICE. TOMORROW! IT WILL HELP YOU LAUNCH INTO A BRAND NEW YEAR!

We love YOU!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

AUDITION DATE: Sunday, August 25, 2019
AUDITION TIME: 1:00pm
REGISITER: CLICK HERE

We are excited about the new school year starting! This is an invitation to all students who are interested in volunteering for our Youth Worship Team.

We are in need of:

  • guitarist (electric and acoustic)
  • vocalist
  • drummers
  • pianist

We plan to have additions for the Youth Worship Band August 25th. We will begin auditions at 1:00 pm on August 25th in the Student Center. I will have two song selections to sing/play. I have linked these two songs below if your child would like to practice along with the chord charts for my instrumentalist. Fill out the registration (click button below) for students planning to attend.

Please have your child bring a pair of earbuds for our audition process. I am excited to have our students plug in and serve the Lord in this capacity. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Below are two of the songs we encourage you to know.

Great Are You Lord (Live) 
Lion and the Lamb 

Download the following sheets to help you prepare

The Lion And The Lamb – SongSelect Chart in G for Capo 4
Lion And The Lamb – PraiseCharts Chord Chart + in B
Great Are You Lord – PraiseCharts Chord Chart + in C

“I become a servant to everyone so that I can win them to Christ…Whatever a person is like, I try to find common ground with him so that he will let me tell him about Christ and let Christ save him. I do this to get the Good News to them.” (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)

Do we care enough about people to do whatever it takes to tell them about Jesus?

Paul did. He wrote in 1 Corinthians 9 that he became “a servant to everyone [to] win them to Christ…Whatever a person is like, I try to find common ground with him so that he will let me tell him about Christ and let Christ save him.”

God wants us to love people that much – enough to reach out to them with the gospel in a creative way. We need to use every available method, at every available time, to reach every available person for Jesus Christ.

Bethlehem has taken the step to offer the identical service from Sunday morning on Friday night…we are one of the few churches in America that offer Friday Night Church!

Why do we have Friday Night Church?

  1. 25% of the population works on the weekend…this gives a lot of folks in our community an opportunity to worship God!
  2. We want to introduce more people to Jesus…churches that offer one service…at one time of day…on one day of the week are offering one choice to the people in their community: “take it or leave it.” We want to help more people say “Yes” to Jesus!
  3. The more choices a church offers, the more people will say “yes” to one of them!
  4. We feel that God has led us to offer this to our community- We love Friday Night Church!

Tammy and I invite you to come out tonight at 7pm…We think you will love it!

Thankful to Serve,

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

If you need prayer, email us with your requests.