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

Hurt people hurt people.

When someone hurts you, it’s because they’ve been hurt. Unkind people have never felt kindness. Unloving people feel unloved. 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.

If we just want to get even with people, that’s fine. But it means we’re no better than they are.

The Bible tells us to overcome evil with good. This means, we respond with love. It means we look past their words to their pain.

Here’s a myth that everybody’s been sold by modern psychology: When it comes to anger, there’s only a set amount you’ll get throughput your life. It’s like you’ve got a bucket for anger, and when the bucket gets full, you need to pour it out — and that will be healthy for you.

The problem is, you don’t have a bucket of anger in your life. You have a factory!

That factory can keep on producing and producing and producing. When you get rid of the anger, you’ll just produce more.

In fact, the more anger you throw out, the more it produces. Study after study has shown that aggression only creates more aggression. Angry outbursts lead to more anger, more often, until it becomes a habitual pattern in your life.The answer is not just to throw it out. The answer is to let it go. “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense” (Proverbs 19:11).

Begin today inviting someone to church with you this weekend! This service is going to be AMAZING- If you have a prayer need, email Tammy and me with your requests.

Blessings to you today!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

To strengthen your faith, you must connect with God in worship. Worship is for God, but it also has benefits for you. Here are two of the biggest benefits of corporate worship: It renews your faith, and it restores your joy.

Isaiah 40:31 says, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint”.

How many times have you gotten up on a Sunday morning like today and said, “I am so tired. I really don’t have any energy to go to church,” but then you went to church and worshipped and afterward you were more encouraged? That happens because worship renews you. It strengthens you. It strengthens your faith!!

You’re not going to get your strength renewed by watching Spongebob!

You get renewed by worshipping God with other believers!!

The Bible says in Psalm 100:2, “Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy”.

Get up and come out and worship with us this morning at Bethlehem…We cannot WAIT to see you and we know the WORD that God has for you is going to be amazing!

See you this morning!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

We all must make a conscious decision to make time for things other than work. If we don’t, we’ll never rest. I make a conscious decision about how many hours I’ll work each week, and I try to stick to it. I encourage everyone to do the same. Otherwise, we’ll quickly burn out.

It’s like a bow and arrow. When a bow is constantly strung tight, it loses its power. It has to be unstrung periodically. You need to force yourself to set realistic hours and then hold yourself accountable — and ask someone to check up on you in the process.

Getting proper rest isn’t pop psychology or just good advice. It’s so important to the heart of God that he put it in the Ten Commandments — along with “Do not murder,” “Do not lie,” and “Do not steal.” “Take a day off every seven days” made it on God’s top 10 list of moral behaviors. Shouldn’t it make it on ours too?

The Bible says, “You have six days in which to do your work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me” (Exodus 20:9-10). We call this the Sabbath, which simply means a “day of rest.” What do you do on your Sabbath?

  1. Rest your body. If you don’t take time off, your body will make you take time off. Your back will go out. You’ll get a headache. You’ll get the flu. God didn’t design our bodies to go without rest. That’s why sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do on your Sabbath is take a nap!
  2. Recharge your emotions. Everyone does this differently. For some recharging happens through quietness. Others rejuvenate through recreation. Still others rejuvenate through relationships. Discover what it takes to recharge your emotions, and make it a regular part of your Sabbath.
  3. Refocus your spirit. You need to worship on your Sabbath. Take time to focus on God instead of all of your problems. Worship puts everything else in perspective. It shrinks your problems. It reminds you that God is still on his throne. He’ll help you through whatever struggles you’re going through. Suddenly the problem you’ve stressed over all week long won’t be near as big any more.

We all need a Sabbath in our lives! Come on out this morning to Bethlehem Church and you will find rest for your body, a message to recharge your emotions, and worship that will refocus your spirit!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Many people, including Christians, think they only have to show respect for people with whom they agree.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

As a believer in today’s world, there are many activities in our society which I clearly disagree.

But I still show people respect — even if I know their behavior is wrong.

Why?

First, remember that ultimately every individual will be accountable to God for their own attitudes, actions, and behaviors. One day God will settle the score. Each of us will have to give an account for our behavior.

Second, I’m not God. The people with whom I disagree aren’t accountable to me. They are accountable to God. It is not my job to be a policeman, running around trying to make everyone who is not a believer act like they are believers. In fact, the Bible says people can’t act the way God wants them to act until they have a relationship with him.

The Bible says, “Each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another” (Romans 14:12-13).

It isn’t judgmental to tell the truth to people. If someone is doing something the Bible says is wrong, it’s not being judgmental to tell that person it’s wrong. That’s just telling people the truth.

It is judgmental to take the truth and beat people over the head with it and then enjoy it and feel morally superior because of it.

You can disagree with someone without being disagreeable. Honestly, some of the rudest people I’ve ever met were over-zealous Christians who don’t really care about people.

You can be right about an issue, but if you’re rude about it, you’re wrong!! If you aren’t speaking the truth to people in love, you’re wrong!

We will NEVER argue anyone into the Kingdom of God- But we CAN LOVE someone into the Kingdom of God!!

DO NOT MISS OUR SERVICE TOMORROW- IT WILL BE POWERFUL!

Email us with any requests that you may have- Tammy and I love YOU!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

When we experience setbacks, our most common response is our worst response: We want to withdraw, to build a wall around ourselves, to push people away.

But that’s the last thing we should do.

When setbacks leave your faith weak, you need other people to trust God for you. You need a church family to help support you.

When Job lost his family, finances, and health, it was a devastating setback—just as it would have been for anyone.

But here’s what one of Job’s friends told him: “Don’t let your anger and the pain you endured make you sneer at God…Others have praised God for what he has done, so join with them” (Job 36:18, 24).

That’s great advice. When you’re in the midst of troubles, don’t get bitter. Join with others who can pray with you, worship with you, and support you.Where do you find that kind of support?

First, join with others for worship at a local church. Worshiping with other people will give you a new perspective on your setbacks.

Second, get involved in a Life Group. You need a group of 10 to 12 people where you can not only study the Bible, but you can also share your pain and pray with others.

You won’t find a comeback on your own. You need God’s people to build you up and help you focus on God.

It’s a huge step toward your comeback. Just ask Paul. He wrote this about the support of other Christians as he sat in a Roman prison: “Because you are praying for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ is helping me, I know this trouble will bring my freedom” (Philippians 1:19).
With the support and prayers of God’s people, your setback is only temporary. Your best days are ahead!

DO NOT MISS OUR SERVICES TOMORROW AT 7PM!!

Email Tammy and me with your prayer requests WE LOVE YOU!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Relationships are always worth restoring.

Life is all about learning how to love, and God wants us to value relationships and make every effort to maintain them instead of discarding them whenever there is a rift, a hurt, or a conflict.

In fact, the Bible tells us that God has given us the ministry of restoring relationships. For this reason a significant amount of the New Testament is devoted to teaching us how to get along with one another.

The apostle Paul taught that our ability to get along with others is a mark of spiritual maturity. Because Christ wants his family to be known for our love for each other, broken fellowship is a disgraceful testimony to unbelievers. This is why Paul was so concerned that the members of the church in Corinth were splitting into warring factions and even taking each other to court.

He wrote, “Shame on you! Surely there is at least one wise person in your fellowship who can settle a dispute between fellow Christians” (1 Corinthians 6:5). He was shocked that no one in the church was mature enough to help resolve the conflict peaceably. In the same letter, he said, “I’ll put it as urgently as I can: You must get along with each other” (1 Corinthians 1:10).

If we want God’s blessing on our lives and we want to be known as children of God, we must learn to be peacemakers. Jesus said, “God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9).

Notice Jesus didn’t say, “Blessed are the peace lovers,” because everyone loves peace. Neither did he say, “Blessed are the peaceable,” who seem to never be disturbed by anything. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who work for peace” — those who actively seek to resolve conflict.

Work for Peace today!  If Tammy and I can pray for you and your family, please email us.

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Thank you for your gifts to Bethlehem Church! God has called us to help the hurting and give hope to the discouraged- Your gifts allow us to do just that! Click here to give online- God bless you!

Join us for a week in New York City sharing the Gospel and ministering alongside of Pastor Boto in Jackson Heights!

These week is very strategic to the work of Jackson Heights Community Church as we intentionally send out short-term mission teams to sift among Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and other seekers who are being drawn to Christ in Jackson Heights. Why Sifting? We trust Jesus’ promise that when the Holy Spirit comes “He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8). Our team will partner and join with our local church to sift through the largely immigrant neighborhood identifying those persons who are under conviction from the Holy Spirit through dreams, restless hearts, or simply openness to a Gospel witness. Our week will be filled with prayer, worship, training, witnessing, serving, temple visits and of course enjoying ethnic food and fellowship. We will be very intentional in learning about Eastern religions and having a deeper understanding of Eastern worldviews and culture in the context of our diverse neighborhood. We will greatly multiply their efforts to engage and look for “persons of peace” who are hungry to hear the good news of God’s Salvation.

Here are a couple basic things your need to know now:

Dates of trip: July 6-13 (Sat-Sat)
Cost of trip: $575/person
Deposit Due: ($100) May 15
Who can go?: High School Students and older

FIRST! Fill out the mission team app: High School Mission Week Application

(Please note that you will be taken to the Bethlehem Church site. To fill out the app, you will need to get a Bethlehem username and password. Instructions will be given there.)

We are headed back to Crowder’s Ridge for Summer Camp 2019!  Camp is an INCREDIBLE opportunity to build relationships with one another and to spend time with God, offering the opportunity for an experience like you will not partake in anywhere else!  We will be attending camp June 17 – 21, 2019 along with several other Middle School groups!

Once we have everyone registered, we will compile a cabin list (you will only bunk with students from Bethlehem, and there will be one adult leader in each cabin).  Students are to be dropped off at 2:00 pm on Monday, June 17; and can be picked up Friday, June 21 at 10:30 am.  There will be a packing list sent out as we approach camp time, as well as an announcement about which tribe we will be a part of (and the color of that tribe!).

Please note:  we do not allow students to have cell phones at camp for any reason.  A list of all leaders phone numbers will be made available prior to camp.  We only have spots for 65 students, and those spots will go QUICKLY, so be sure to register and pay your deposit as early as possible, as paying your deposit is what secures your spot!  You can pay online HERE by simply selecting ‘Youth Summer Camp’ in the giving type.  If you are paying your deposit, please put ‘MSM Camp 2019 Deposit’ in the memo section. Any questions can be directed to stuart@bethlehembc.com, and I CANNOT wait to hang out with all of you this summer!

What: MSM Summer Camp 2019 @ Crowder’s Ridge

When: June 17 – 21, 2019

Where: Crowder’s Ridge

130 Camp Rotary Rd, Gastonia, NC 28052

Total Cost: $299 (due by June 9, 2019)

Non-Refundable Deposit (this goes toward your total camp cost): $75 (Due March 30, 2019)

REGISTER HERE:

Summer Camp 2019 Registration

This form is for our Middle School Camp. Please be sure to carefully select the correct camp you will be attending. This form is not for our Children's Camp.

Parent Guardian Info

This is essential information that we need. Please share a valid email address with us so we can be in contact about camp!

You will receive a confirmation email following the submission of this form. Please be sure to check you SPAM folders.

Middle School Camp is for students that have just completed 6th-8th grade.

If you currently attend BC Students MSM, we should have MOST of your information already! Yay. If you do not attend BC Students MSM, we may follow up your registration with a request for more info!

When you click the Submit button below, you will be taken the the PUSHPAY giving site for Bethlehem Church. This is where our online payments will be taken for the deposit and the balance of your camp registration fee. Please select Camp from the "Giving Type." If you are not paying today, that is OK. Just return to PushPay or bring the funds in when you can.

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You’re not reading this by accident.

God knew before you were born that you would be reading this.

He planned to get your attention for just a few seconds so he could say this to you: “I’ve seen every hurt in your life, and I’ve never stopped loving you. You matter to me. I love you more than you will ever know.”

God is saying, “I want the rest of your life to be the best of your life. I’m with you, and I’m for you. I want to save you from your past. I want to save you for the purpose for which I made you. And I want to save you by my grace. If you’ll let me do that, I will give you peace with me, peace of me, and peace with other people. But you have to open the door and receive my Son Jesus Christ.” 

If you gave me a birthday gift and I never opened it, you would be disappointed. And it would be a worthless gift, because I don’t receive the benefit of a gift I never opened.

Jesus Christ is God’s gift to you.

Jesus Christ says to you, “I can replace the frustration in your heart with peace. I can replace the guilt, resentment, shame, and grudges with forgiveness. I can replace the worry and anxiety with confidence and faith.  I can replace depression or despair with hope. I can replace emptiness with meaning and purpose. I can replace confusion with clarity. But I’m not going to break down the door of your heart. You have to invite me in.

“It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from. If you want me and you are ready to do as I say, the door is open.”

It doesn’t matter what your religious background is – Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, Buddhist, Baptist, Hindu, or no religion. This is not about religion. God didn’t send Jesus to give you religion. He sent him so you could have a personal relationship with God. It’s all about relationship.

Below is a very simple prayer. If these words express the desire in your heart, read them as if you are talking to God.

Prayer:

Dear God, I’m scared, but I want to get to know you. I don’t understand it all, but I thank you that you love me. I thank you that you were with me even when I didn’t recognize it. I thank you that you are for me, and that you didn’t send Jesus to condemn me but to save me. 

I admit I never even realized I needed a Savior, but today I want to receive Jesus to be the Leader and Forgiver of my life. I ask you to save me from my past, my regrets, my mistakes, and my sins. Save me from myself. 

I ask you to save me for your purpose. I want to know why you put me on this planet. And I want to fulfill what you made me to do. I want to learn to love you and trust you and have a relationship with you. 

I need peace with you, God, and I need you to put your peace in my heart. I need you to take away the stress and fill me with your love. Help me be a peacemaker and help others find peace with you and each other. In your name I pray, amen. 

If you prayed that today or if you have other prayer needs, email Tammy and me.

God bless you!!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy