The only thing in all of creation that worries is a human being. Plants don’t worry. Animals don’t worry. Only human beings act as if we don’t have a heavenly Father. When you worry about your finances, you’re basically saying, “I think God is a liar. I don’t really think he will meet my needs.” But God will, if you meet the conditions.

When I was a kid, I’d go to my dad and say, “Dad, I need some food.” Not once when I was growing up did I ever wonder, “Where is he going to get it?” It’s kind of an unwritten rule about money: Dads and moms get food, and kids eat it. Kids should not wonder, “Where are my parents going to get this money?” I never worried about it.

Worry is really a form of atheism. Every time you worry, you’re basically saying, “I don’t believe there’s a God who is going to take care of me.” If you’re a Christian and you worry, you’re acting like an orphan. You’re acting like you don’t have a heavenly Father who has already promised over and over again in Scripture, “I will meet your needs if you will obey me and do what I tell you to do.” Trust forces you to live by faith.

Worry is a warning light. Every time we worry about our finances, it’s a warning that we doubt God loves us and will take care of us. We always get into trouble when we doubt God’s love. Always.

Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need”.

As long as you love anything more than God, that thing is going to be a source of anxiety. There was one thing meant for first place in your life, and it’s not your family. Anything you put first in your life besides God will create anxiety, because that thing can always be lost.

Your bank account is not your security, no matter how big it gets. The Bible says in 1 Timothy 6:17, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment”.

Put your hope in God, because he will assume responsibility for your needs if you’ll just trust Him!

Tammy and I love you! We are praying for you! Email us with any prayer requests and THANK YOU for your faithfulness to give to BC!

Can’t wait to worship tomorrow!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

There is always a cost to kindness. It inevitably causes you to sacrifice time, money, energy, reputation, privacy, or something. There was a cost for the Good Samaritan, too.

In Luke 10:34-35, it says, “Then [the Good Samaritan] put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here’”.

This guy did all he could to take care of a total stranger. First, he administered first aid at the scene of the crime. He put him on his donkey — which, by the way, means that he walked — and then took him to a motel. The Good Samaritan cared for him through the night and then paid the bill. This guy did whatever it took to show kindness.

What did he gain from it? Nothing. He didn’t even know the guy! But that’s what kindness is — when you do something for somebody without expecting anything back. So why be kind? Why show kindness when you know you won’t get anything in return?

When I did a study of that question, I read a lot of verses on kindness in the Bible, and I made a list of the many, many reasons why the Bible says we should be kind.

Here are a few of the reasons:

  • God has been kind — extravagantly kind — to you.
  • Kindness is an act of worship.
  • Kindness honors God.
  • Kindness brings you joy.

Finally, God blesses kindness: “If you feed those who are hungry and take care of the needs of those who are troubled, then your light will shine in the darkness…The Lord will always lead you. He will satisfy your needs in dry land…You will be like a garden that has much water, like a spring that never runs dry” (Isaiah 58:10-11).

God says that when you assume responsibility for the needs of hurting people around you, he will also meet your needs. What a deal! And God always keeps his promises.

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Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Mercy is one of the greatest attributes of God. And He expects to demonstrate mercy to others.

Demonstrating mercy begins with seeing the need, sympathizing with others’ pain, and taking action. The Good Samaritan modeled all of that behavior when he reached out to care for the injured man. But there’s a critical fourth step to showing mercy that he also demonstrated.

You have to spend whatever it takes.

There’s always a cost to kindness and a sacrifice in service. Showing mercy usually requires a sacrifice of time, energy, money, or even your reputation. For example, the Samaritan took the injured man to a hotel. He likely had to walk a great distance, because he put the man on his donkey. He took care of him through the night, he provided for his needs, and then he even paid the bill — all at his own personal expense. He didn’t just call the authorities. He did all he could to help. And what did he have to gain from his service? Nothing. He just did it out of love. And that’s the kind of service and ministry God wants from us.

Mercy will cost you, too. It’ll cost you time, money, or potentially relationships. Mercy that doesn’t cost much isn’t worth much.

But God promises that when you help hurting people by giving what you have, he will bless you in return. The Bible says, “Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring” (Isaiah 58:10-11).

In other words, whatever cost you pay to demonstrate mercy, it’ll be worth it.

You can count on that.

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Email Tammy and me with any prayer requests- we thank God for YOU!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Anytime you thank someone, you honor that person. For example, if I say to my wife, “Tammy, I’m so grateful for that great dinner you made,” I just honored my wife. When I say to her mom, “I want to thank you for having Tammy so I could marry her,” I am honoring her mom. When I say to someone, “Thank you for opening the door for me” or “Thank you for coming to the service,” I am honoring that person. An expression of gratitude is a way of honoring another person.

The Bible says this is also true about God: “Giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me” (Psalm 50:23). When you sacrifice by giving thanks, you are sacrificing your time. It takes time to think of things to be grateful for.

My wife enjoys hearing me say, “Thank you” for the things she does for me. But if that’s all I ever did, she’d begin to wonder, “Does he really love me, or does he just love me for the things I do for him?” At some point, I have to start moving to a higher level of thanksgiving, which is not just thanking my wife for what she does but thanking her for who she is. That’s a deeper, more mature kind of thanksgiving.

If the only time your kids thanked you was when you gave them their allowance, you’d begin to wonder, “Do they love me, or do they just love the money?”

If all you do is thank God for letting you get this job or for giving you this food or for all the things he does for you, it’s worth asking yourself, “Do I really love God, or do I just love the things that God does for me?”

We must learn to thank God not just for what he does but who he is: “God, thank you that your wisdom is greater than mine. Thank you that you know what will make me happy more than I do. Thank you that you’re consistent when I’m inconsistent. Thank you for your love and your mercy, and that you’re always fair. Thank you that even when I don’t understand something, you have my best interest at heart.”

The kind of gratitude that goes beyond “Thank you, God, for our food” to “Thank you, God, for who you are” honors God, and it gives you deeper spiritual roots!

Tammy and I are grateful for you! Email us with your prayer requests- We are very thankful for you and we pray for God’s richest blessings on your life!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

I don’t know where you are today. You may be far away from God. Maybe you haven’t been to church in years, or maybe you’ve just been distant for a month or two. Maybe you’ve had one of those weeks where you thought, “I really don’t feel God’s presence in my life.” And yet we all long to be close to God.

How do you get back to him?

This is the pathway back to spiritual transformation—the three things you need to do to get back to God.

  1. Get fed up with your life.

Nothing is going to happen in your life until you get dissatisfied with the way you are, until you can say, “I don’t like this. I’m tired of being stressed out all the time. I’m tired of being frustrated all the time. I’m tired of being overworked all the time. I’m tired of feeling distant from God.”

Why does God let you get to this point? Because he loves you just the way you are, but he loves you too much to let you stay that way. He will not let you waste your life.

God tells us in Jeremiah 29:13, “When you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed” (The Message).

  • Own up to your sin.

Isaiah 59:2 says, “The trouble is that your sins have cut you off from God. Because of sin he has turned his face away from you”.

Have you ever prayed and felt like God was a million miles away or like there was this wall between you and God?

Where does that come from? Your sins have separated you from God. But if you feel far from God, guess who moved? God has always been there. He loves you unconditionally, and he’s waiting for you to own up to your sin so you can have a right relationship with him again.

  • Give up control.

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 3:18, “We all show the Lord’s glory, and we are being changed to be like him. This change in us brings ever greater glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit”.

True transformation happens when your heart moves from self-centeredness to God-centeredness. Are you there yet?

That transformation doesn’t happen overnight. God is going to work on you your entire life. But to start the process, you have to make a decision to repent and, “in view of God’s mercy, to offer your [body] as a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1).

God desires to be close to you and he promises that when we seriously seek him, we will not be disappointed!

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Pastor Dickie and Tammy

You don’t have to go the rest of your life in constant worry, being uptight, having your stomach in a knot, or feeling tense. Anything that’s learned can be unlearned. So let’s start unlearning worry!

God has promised to take care of you. The starting point to letting go of worry is to maintain this humble attitude: “God is God, and I’m not.” When you understand that, worry will start disappearing from your life.

“‘Do not be worried and upset,’ Jesus told them. ‘Believe in God and believe also in me’” (John 14:1). 

Start every day by reminding yourself that God is a good God. When you wake up, why not try that? Sit on the side of your bed and say, “The Lord is my shepherd. Jesus Christ, I’m expecting you to feed me, lead me, and meet my needs today. I will trust you.”

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me…I sacrifice my life for the sheep” (John 10:14-15).

If God loved you enough to die for you, he certainly loves you enough to feed you, lead you, and meet whatever need you have today!

Tammy and I are praying for you today! Email us and click here to give online- We are grateful for you and for your faithfulness- We love you!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Moms – you matter.

Despite what you may hear other people say, or what you may even say to yourselves, YOU MATTER.

To the stressed-out, worn-out mom who has neglected taking care of herself because there is just not enough time in the day, and taking care of your kids is more important than pampering yourself: THANK YOU!! You are making a difference!

To the mom who carries a responsibility of caring for a child with a disability: Tammy and I cannot express in words what we feel when we see you taking care of all of your child’s needs. We see only boundless love. And we see God.

To the woman who dreams of being a mom and whose heart is full of deep anguish on Mother’s Day, because you have not been able to have a child for years. We really do not know what you are going through as yet another pregnancy test shows negative… Tammy and I pray that the Lord will comfort you, as He comforted Hannah, Rebekah, Rachel, Sarah, and Elizabeth.

To the single mom who carries all of life’s burdens by herself and has no one to share them with: You have so much on your shoulders. As you face another battle and yet another trial, we pray that you will receive supernatural strength and wisdom from the Father, who gives to all who ask. We pray that our Father will fulfill all your needs and the needs of your children. We pray that you will be able to cast all your fears and anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (1st Peter 5:7)

To the mom who is going through the pain of losing a child: this day must be especially difficult for you, as you are surrounded by reminders everywhere you go… You may have lost your child in a miscarriage, before even experiencing your baby’s movements. You may have lost a young child and miss his or her hugs and hearing “I love you mom.” You may have lost a son or daughter who was already an adult… The loss is excruciatingly painful no matter how young or old your child was… We pray that you may be comforted by these words: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

From Tammy and me – Thank You Moms for making a difference in this world- We Love YOU!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Mothers are praying warriors. They know there isn’t a problem, issue or situation that God can’t handle. My mom and my amazing wife Tammy embody this spirit to me.  I thank God for praying Moms!!!

When I have a true prayer need and really want someone that can touch Heaven- I am thankful that my Wife is such an incredible Prayer Warrior!

And today is her Birthday too…Happy Birthday Tammy!!

When we are sick, Moms pray for our healing. When we have financial challenges, they pray for God’s provision. When a decision has to be made, they pray that God would guide our footsteps and help us not lean on our own understanding.

As a child, I always knew my mom was praying for me.  And when Tammy and I got married and begin to have children, she has diligently prayed for our children and trusted their lives to the Lord.

Where would we be without our mothers’ prayers? Mothers pray before their children are born, during their childhood years and continue praying until the Lord calls them home.

I am convinced that no one knows more about the power of prayer than Mothers.

The lyrics to “A Mother’s Prayer”, sung by Celine Dion powerfully express the heart of a mother:

I pray you’ll be my eyes
And watch her where she goes
And help her to be wise
Help me to let go

Every mother’s prayer
Every child knows
Lead her to a place
Guide her with your grace
To a place where she’ll be safe

I pray she finds your light
And holds it in her heart
As darkness falls each night
Remind her where you are

Every mother’s prayer
Every child knows
Need to find a place
Guide her with your grace
Give her faith so she’ll be safe

Lead her to a place
Guide her with your grace
To a place where she’ll be safe

Our Mother’s prayers shaped us in more ways than we will ever know!

Moms…we appreciate YOU!!!

“Lord, thank you for praying mothers and their example of faith, love and hope. Bless them today and on their special day tomorrow.” 

Tammy and I can’t wait to see you tomorrow at Bethlehem…God bless you…if you need prayer, email us.

In His Grip,

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

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You’ve heard this phrase over and over: “Forgive and forget.” There’s only one problem: You can’t do it. It’s impossible! You really can’t forget a hurt in your life. In fact, you can’t even try to forget it. Because when you’re trying to forget, you are actually focusing on the very thing you want to forget.

Forgetting is not what God wants you to do. Instead, he wants you to trust Him and see how He can bring good out of it. That’s more important than forgetting, because then you can thank God for the good that He brought out of it. You can’t thank God for things you forget.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”.

It doesn’t say that all things are good, because not all things are good. Cancer is not good. Disease is not good. Death is not good. Divorce is not good. War is not good. Rape and abuse are not good. A lot of things in life are evil. These are the realities of living in a world that’s been contaminated by sin.

But God says he will work good out of the bad things in life if you will trust him. When you come to him and say, “God, I give you all the pieces of my life,” he will return peace for your pieces. His peace in your heart comes from realizing that even if you don’t understand the hurt in your life, you can still forgive, knowing that God will use that pain for good.

You don’t have to forget the wrong thing that someone did to you. You couldn’t do it even if you tried! But God says you don’t have to forget it. You just have to forgive and then see how He will bring good out of it.

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Have a Fantastic Friday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

The major cause of stress in your life is worry. You worry because you wonder if you will have what you need when you need it. But anytime you expect other people to meet your needs instead of God, you’re going to be frustrated and disappointed, because nobody on Earth can meet all your needs. Only God can do that.

If you want a cure for stress, learn to look to God to meet your needs.

Some people find their security in their job, and when they lose their job, they lose their peace of mind.

Others put their security in their marriage. Then their spouse dies or they go through a divorce, and they ask, “Who am I? What is my identity?”

Or maybe you put your security in your money. There are a lot of ways to lose your money.

I recommend that you never put your security in anything that can be taken away from you. You can lose your job, your health, your reputation, your spouse, and your mind. But you cannot lose your relationship with Christ.

When you put your security in that promise, you can trust God to meet all your needs.

Romans 8:32 says, “Since he did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us all, won’t he also surely give us everything else?”.

If God loved you enough to send Jesus Christ to die on the cross, don’t you think he loves you enough to take care of every other need in your life? Yes! Of course He does!!

Every time you start to get stressed out, pause and say, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1).

God’s going to provide. He’s going to take care of you. Instead of stressing out, look to Him to meet all your needs!

Tammy and I are believing that God is here for YOU! Email us with any requests and also click here to give online- God has been SO GOOD to you and I and when we give, it is a way of saying “Thank You Lord for Your Blessings to ME!”

Have a Tremendous Thursday and see you TOMORROW FOR FRIDAY NIGHT CHURCH!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy