It is a fatal mistake to assume that God’s goal for your life is more money or to be a YouTube star!  The abundant life has nothing to do with material abundance. Faithfulness to God does not guarantee success in a career or even in ministry.

Paul was faithful, yet he ended up in prison. John the Baptist was faithful, but he was beheaded. Millions of faithful people have been martyred, have lost everything, or have come to the end of life with nothing to show for it. But the end of life is not the end!

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:18, “For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever”.

When life gets tough, when you’re overwhelmed with doubt, or when you wonder if living for Christ is worth the effort, remember that you are not home yet.

At death you won’t leave home — you’ll go home!

Tammy and I are looking forward to seeing you this morning!

Email us with any requests you may have-  WE CARE ABOUT YOU!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

We can be a hero one day and a zero the next day, a millionaire one day and bankrupt the next. No matter how much we make, no matter how much we save, finances are uncertain.

So we worry.

But what does the Bible say about worrying over money?

It’s unreasonable (Matthew 6:25). You’re going to have fears in life, but there are better things to be scared of than a lack of finances. Even if you go bankrupt, it could get worse. Life is more than just the accumulation of things. Be concerned about what’s truly important.

It’s unnatural (Matthew 6:26). Jesus reminds us that animals and plants don’t worry. Birds don’t say, “I’d better build a bigger nest for retirement.” Only human beings don’t trust God to provide for them. Everything else in creation trusts him.

It’s unnecessary (Matthew 6:30). Financial fears come from a misunderstanding about God and what he’s promised to do for you. He’s assumed responsibility for your needs. He says, “I’m your heavenly Father; you’re my child. I’m going to take care of your needs.” We always get into trouble when we doubt the love of God.

Worry is playing God. It’s assuming responsibility for something that God has said he will take care of. Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:19, “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus”.

God knows what’s going on in your life — and in your wallet. He knows all your needs even before you ask. He wants to help you out!

DO NOT MISS OUR SERVICES TOMORROW!! WHEW- IT IS GOING TO BE G O O D!!

Email Tammy and me with ANY prayer requests that you may have.

Lookin’ forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

There’s a myth that says you’ve got to clean up your act before you can come to God: “I’ve got to get it all together. There are a few things I’ve got to get right in my life first, and then I’ll come to God.”

It’s like brushing your teeth before going to the dentist to have your teeth cleaned or washing the dishes before you put them in the dishwasher or picking up the house before the maid gets there! Why do we do this?

The truth is, God doesn’t expect us to clean up our act before we approach him. The death and Resurrection of Jesus is God’s statement on that. Jesus spread out his arms and said, “I love you this much. Now, just come as you are.”

In Psalm 57:3, the Bible says, “He will send down help from heaven to save me because of his love”. That’s what Jesus did on the Cross for us. And that’s why we can bring our messes and failures to God.

There are people you know who think God will never love them because they’ve made such a mess of their lives. But you know God wants them to come as they are. Help them hear the Good News from Jesus.

Invite them to come to Bethlehem with you this weekend. We have 5 services- We even have a service on Friday Night at 7PM at our South Campus!

It’s such a simple thing to do, but it can make a difference that will last for eternity!

If you need prayer, email Tammy and me with your requests.

Be praying for your friends!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)

We humans are great starters but often bad finishers. We leave unfinished symphonies, unfinished buildings, unfinished books, unfinished projects. We may not always finish what we start, but God always finishes what he starts.

God doesn’t create a bird and give him half a wing. He didn’t create an unfinished flower or an unfinished star. He puts the finishing touches on everything he does, and then he says, “It is good.”

The Bible says when Jesus Christ starts working in your life, he will complete what he started, in spite of the hang-ups, faults, bad decisions, sins, and circumstances that we face. One day, when we get to Heaven, we’re going to become just like Jesus, because we will see him as he is. And that’s the goal.

In the meantime, if we want to enjoy the people in our lives, we need to be patient with their progress. We must allow for their growth and development. Paul could say, “I’m not the man I used to be, thank God. But also, thank God, I’m not the man I’m going to be. I’m growing and changing.”

If you want to enjoy your marriage, you’ve got to learn to enjoy your husband or your wife right now while allowing for growth and development. Otherwise, by the time they meet your conditions, you will have still another condition for them to meet.

Parents, if you’re going to learn to enjoy your kids, you’ve got to learn to enjoy them in the process while they’re growing, because there is no such thing as a perfect kid.

And there’s no such thing as a perfect adult. If you demand perfection of the people in your life in order to enjoy them, you’re going to be miserable for the rest of your life.

Nobody’s perfect.  And God loves us anyway!

Tammy and I are praying for you…email us with any prayer needs that you have!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Do you ever struggle with discouragement?  I do! But I have learned some important truths about discouragement.

Discouragement is curable. Whenever I get discouraged, I head straight to Nehemiah. This great leader of ancient Israel understood there were four reasons for discouragement.

First, you get fatigued You simply get tired as the laborers did in Nehemiah 4:10. We’re human beings and we wear out. You cannot burn the candle at both ends. So if you’re discouraged, it may be you don’t have to change anything. You just need a vacation! Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is go to bed.

Second, you get frustrated Nehemiah says there was rubble all around, so much that it was getting in the way of rebuilding the wall. Do you have rubble in your life? Have you noticed that anytime you start doing something new, the trash starts piling up?

If you don’t clean it out periodically, it’s going to stop your progress. You can’t avoid it, so you need to learn to recognize it and dispose of it quickly so you don’t lose focus on your original intention.

What is the rubble in your life? I think rubble is the trivial things that waste your time and energy and prevent you from accomplishing what God has called you to do.

Third, you think you’ve failed Nehemiah’s people were unable to finish their task as quickly as originally planned and, as a result, their confidence collapsed. They were thinking, “We were stupid to think we could ever rebuild this wall.”

But you know what I do when I don’t reach a goal on time? I just set a new goal. I don’t give up. Everybody fails. Everybody does foolish things. So the issue is not that you failed – it’s how you respond to your failure.

Do you give in to self-pity? Do you start blaming other people? Do you start complaining that it’s impossible? Or, do you refocus on God’s intentions and start moving again?

Finally, when you give in to fear, you get discouraged — Nehemiah 4 suggests the people most affected by fear are those who hang around negative people. If you’re going to control the negative thoughts in your life, you’ve got to get away from negative people as much as you can.

Maybe you’re discouraged because of fear.

You’re dealing with fears like, “I can’t handle this. It’s too much responsibility.” Maybe it’s the fear that you don’t deserve it. It’s the fear of criticism. Fear will destroy your life if you let it.

But you can choose to resist the discouragement. I encourage you to pray this prayer today:

God help me get my eyes off my problems and off of my circumstance – and keep my eyes on you.”

DO NOT MISS SERVICES on Friday Night AT 7PM at Bethlehem Church!

If you need prayer, email Tammy and me with your requests.

Have a great Tuesday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

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 your life 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

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

If you hang on to resentment, it always hurts you more than anyone else. Resentment is self-destructive and counterproductive.

Resentment just makes no sense.

If any guy ever had a reason to be resentful, it was Job. He was a godly man, who had everything he wanted — wealth, fame, and a great family. One day he lost it all. Enemy nations killed all his livestock. All of his children were killed. He got a terrible disease. He literally lost everything he had. All he had left was a nagging wife. Then his friends came along and said, “Job, it’s all your fault.”

Though Job had every reason to be resentful, he tells us in the biblical book named after him that resentment is a bad idea. Job says, “To worry yourself to death with resentment would be a foolish, senseless thing to do” (Job 5:2).

Job was a wise man. He knew he didn’t have time to be resentful. He knew it was foolish, senseless, and illogical. If you think back through experiences in your own life, you’ll probably agree. We can do silly things when we’re caught up in resentment. We’ll say things like, “I’m going to get him!” Then we often do the ridiculous to make that happen.
When we give in to resentment, we act in self-destructive ways and hurt ourselves much more than those we’re holding grudges against.

For example, I remember one time watching the old comedy act, “The Three Stooges.” Mo kept hitting Curly on the chest. Curly said, “I’m going to get even with that guy. I’m going to stop him!” So he took a stick of dynamite and strapped it to his own chest. Then he said, “Next time he slaps me, it’s going to blow his hand off!”

That’s what happens when we’re resentful — we do really dumb things to try to get even with people.

Worse yet, resentment isn’t helpful. It makes us miserable in the process. It never ends with us getting what we want.

So why do it?

Don’t hold on to your resentment.

Let it go. Forgive.

Let Tammy and me know if we can pray for you today…Email us.

Have a Super Saturday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

If we want to recover from life’s hurts and pains, we must learn to be gentle. Matthew 5: 5 says: ” Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth “.

The Bible lists many benefits of meekness: The meek will be satisfied (Psalm 22:26); God will guide you (Psalm 25: 9); they will become wise (Proverbs 11: 2); they will rejoice (Isaiah 29:19).

There are many, many other benefits. The problem is that we misinterpret this term. We do not really know what meekness is. In fact, we often confuse it with another term that sounds like this: “meek” sounds like “weak”. No one wants to be weak, so nobody wants to be gentle.

But the truth is that meekness and weakness are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Meekness is not weakness at all. In fact, the Greek word for meekness literally means “force under control.”

Being meek is not being weak. It is used to describe a wild animal that has been domesticated. That animal still has all the strength it had when it was wild, but now its strength is under control. It is all the contained force for the use of the master.

God does not want you to be weak, but He does want you to be gentle.

The Bible teaches that it is one of the keys to reducing stress in your life.

Here is a simple definition of the word meek: Let yourself go, and let God do it.

That is the essence of meekness. It is surrendering, submitting and agreeing with what God wants to do in your life.

Remember this: Do not try to fix everything in your life and let God work.

I do not know a phrase that does more for your physical or emotional health than this phrase. If you start to practice it in your life, it will relieve stress and eliminate worry.

If you will quit trying to fix everything in your life and leave it to God, your anger will be quenched and your pain and resentment will begin to end.

Don’t miss our services tonight at 7PM- Email us with any prayer requests that you may have.

See you tonight!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

How do you let things go and leave it all to God?

First, you must make Jesus be the administrator of your life.

The problem is that we generally want to be the administrator of our own lives, so we argue and disagree with God. We believe that we know what is best.

The reason you are under a lot of stress is that you are constantly fighting with God in your mind: “I know God says to do this, but instead I want to do that!”

Every morning, when you get up, you have to make a decision: Who will be in charge of your life? Who is going to have control, you or God? Who will make the decisions? You or God?

Every day, moment by moment, you are making that decision. When you choose to become the administrator of your own life, it causes conflict, confusion and stress.

Jesus says in Matthew 16:24: ” If you want to be my disciples, you have to forget to do your own will. They have to be willing to carry their cross and do what I tell them “.

This is what Christians tend to do: when we become believers in Christ, we give him the driver’s seat and then we immediately jump into the back seat and become drivers of the back seat.

We are constantly giving him “advice” such as, “No, turn here. Stop. Wait. Faster! I want to go that way. I want to see that view.”

Your life does not look very beautiful when you try to lead with God at the same time!

You just need to let God be God and invite Jesus to be the administrator of your life!

Tammy and I are here for YOU! Email us with any and all of your prayer requests.

We love YOU!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy