Entries by Pastor Dickie

Sunday morning thoughts…YOU NEED THIS!

Life is not a series of random, freak accidents. Life is not totally unplanned. Life is not without meaning. God knows what’s going on. He’s weaving the fabric in your life, and a tapestry has light and dark threads — happy and sad times — to give richness and texture and color to your life. Nothing can come into the life of a child of God without God’s permission.

Everything in your Life is Father-filtered.

I struggle here…Do you too?

Hurt people hurt people. When someone hurts you, it’s because they’ve been hurt.

Often, when someone is rude, bitter, unkind, sarcastic, mean spirited, or arrogant, they are shouting with all of their behaviors, “I am in pain! I need massive doses of love! I do not feel secure!”

On the other hand, the person who feels deeply loved and deeply secure is generous and gracious to other people.

I have an “I” problem…Do you?

Every conflict that you go through in a relationship has an element of pride mixed into it. What is the middle letter of the word “pride”? I. What’s the middle letter of the word “crime”? I. What’s the middle letter of the word “sin”? I.

We have an “I” problem! “I” want what “I” want and “I” want it now, and that causes all kinds of problems. In any relationship, never let pride be your guide, because pride is the root of every other sin.

I know…THINGS CAN CHANGE!

When things fall apart in your life, you will experience a lot of emotions that can hold you back, such as grief, anger, frustration and regret.

But the most damaging emotion of them all is fear.

Fear is the emotion that keeps you stuck in the past. Fear paralyzes you. Fear is the number one problem most people face — fear that they’re not going to make it, fear of the future, or fear of what other people think.

This WILL Change Our Community

The people of Bethlehem Church are generous!

Your participation in our annual Christmas Offering the past few years has touched numerous lives. It has supported local outreach organizations, brought life to new church campuses in our city, and it has brought the gospel to remote villages in far off lands. It is impossible to measure the deep and lasting impact you have made for the cause of Jesus in this world. Your generosity has truly made a difference!

2 Minutes to Get Wiser

Wise people are peacemakers, not troublemakers.

Wise people don’t carry a chip on their shoulder. They are not always looking for a fight, and they don’t intentionally antagonize other people.

The fact is, if you’re around anybody for any length of time, you figure out what irritates him or her, and you file that information in the back of your mind as a tool to use when you get in an argument. It’s a weapon of mass destruction!

Can you believe 2019 is almost here?!

Did you enjoy the snow? And this is just December!

Can you believe that 2019 is almost here?

God did great things at Bethlehem Church in 2018! Through your faithful gifts, we saw the feeding of hundreds of children in need, hundreds of needy folks got helped, and hundreds of first time guests this Christmas seeking hope and healing through Jesus Christ.

Do you struggle with loneliness?

We all go through periods of loneliness.

Loneliness is so painful that people will try anything to relieve it. We medicate with drugs, alcohol, sexual promiscuity, pornography, and other addictive behaviors. Loneliness can be especially dangerous to people in recovery.

So how do you deal with loneliness? How do you let go of it?

This can spark something in you!

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.

Can you handle this?

To live a fulfilled life, you have to live by God’s power!!

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 4:20, “For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power”.

Did you know God does not bless self-reliant people? He blesses people who are dependent upon him and surrendered to him.