What an INCREDIBLE Easter at Bethlehem!

We had INCREDIBLE attendance and so many guests and baptisms—Thank you for your support and prayers- God is DOING GREAT THINGS!!

Enjoy this beautiful day and invite someone to come with you next weekend as we begin a new series called “Breaking Free”. We want to help you rise above the things that want to drag you down! 

Tammy and I are SO grateful for you and your family and we are praying that God will shine His Light on you today!

God bless you!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Jesus’ death and resurrection make us acceptable to God.

Would you be surprised to know that most people do not accept themselves? I’ve been a pastor now for over 30 years and I’ve talked to thousands of people, and I’ve found that most people really don’t like themselves inside. They wish they were different. They wish they looked different. They wish they acted different.

We don’t accept ourselves and so we spend our lives trying to find acceptance among other people; but even more important than being accepted by other people is being accepted by God. That’s a problem. Why? Because God is perfect and you’re not. And neither am I.

God lives in a perfect place called heaven, so God has a problem. How does he get imperfect people into a perfect place where he is perfect? (Because, obviously, if he allowed imperfect people in a perfect place it wouldn’t be perfect anymore.) God has to come up with a plan for imperfect people to be able to live in a perfect place.

God’s plan is what I call “The Great Exchange.”

The Bible says, “God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then, in exchange, he poured God’s goodness into us!” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

I don’t know how to make it any clearer than to say it like this: You’re never going to be good enough to get into heaven because it’s perfect and you stopped being perfect a long time ago. It is Christ’s goodness in you that makes you acceptable. 

You’re not perfect, but he is. So God says, “We’ll do an exchange here. Jesus will take your sins and you get my goodness in your life.” That’s quite a deal!

Come celebrate with us TODAY!

We have 5 Services for you to choose from!

 8:30 at our North Campus

 9:30 & 11 at our South Campus

8:45 & 10:15 at our West Campus

Thank you for your gifts! Click here to give online safely and securely! We thank God for you!

He Has Risen!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

When the criminal hanging next to Jesus on the cross asked Jesus to remember him, Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).

With his response, Jesus was also giving us four characteristics of salvation that we can trust and believe in.

First, he said “today.” That means salvation is immediate. The moment you ask Jesus Christ to save you, it is done. When you die, you either go straight into the presence of God or you go straight into separation from God.

Second, salvation is certain. He said, “Today you will.”

Not “You might,” not “I hope.” Not “Let me think about it.” When God says, “You will,” you will. When you accept Christ, you can be certain of your salvation.

Third, salvation is a relationship. He said, “You will be with me.”

Salvation is not a religion. It’s not rules or regulations or rituals. Salvation is a relationship. That relationship doesn’t begin when you get to Heaven. It begins here on Earth. Jesus Christ wants to be your best friend, and he wants to talk to you all the time. God made you for a relationship with him!

Fourth, Jesus said, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” Heaven is a real place, and it is forever.

There were two criminals crucified with Jesus, one on either side. Jesus gave them the choice of salvation, and he gives you the same choice. He’s not going to force you to love him. He’s not going to force you to trust him, and he’s not going to force you to accept Heaven. There are two responses. One of those criminals rejected Jesus, and the other turned to him in faith. You can make the same choice.

Please begin to invite the people in your life to come to Easter Services with you!  We have added a Saturday Night Service at 7PM at our South Campus and we have Preschool /Children Programming for that service too!

We all have individuals that mean so much to us and they desperately need the Lord!  If you invite them and they hear how GOOD the Good News really is…They can be saved!!

 “This is the hour to receive God’s favor; today is the day to be saved!” (2 Corinthians 6:2)

If Tammy and I can pray for you, please email us.

Be praying for our services- Friday Night was AWESOME!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

BEGIN NOW INVITING SOMEONE TO COME WITH YOU TONIGHT OR TOMORROW!

Today, South Campus at 7 PM- With Scavenger Hunt for kids afterwards!

Sunday Sunrise, South Campus Student Center- 7 AM

Sunday, North Campus at 8:30 AM

Sunday, South Campus at 9:30 AM & 11 AM

Sunday, West Campus at 8:45 AM & 10:15 AM

Can you believe it?

Tonight at 7pm is our first service celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus!

I’m looking forward to the Resurrection Celebration we have planned for you and the friends you’ll bring with you this year. Our service is going to be AMAZING!

Here are four specific things that you can do as we prepare to celebrate Easter this weekend:

1. Invite your friends!

It has always amazed me that although I know many of my friends are LOOKING for a church to attend on Easter, I still feel nervous when inviting them. Maybe it’s the fact that we all feel a bit nervous when talking about things that are important to us. The truth is, when you invite a friend to join you for church on Easter they very often will come, and even if they cannot, they’ll appreciate the fact that you thought of them.

Hopefully, you have a few of the Easter invitations that we’ve given out at church the last few weeks that you can hand out or send to your friends.

2. Come to our Friday night or Saturday night service!

Our services at our South Campus will be full on Sunday…Friday and Saturday night will be the same service and we will also have a Scavenger Hunt for kids on Saturday night after the service!

3. Help out in any way that you can.

If you see ANYTHING that needs to be done – a piece of paper that needs to be picked up, a person who needs a question answered, a restroom that needs to be cleaned – I encourage you to “just do it.” Another of the great things about Bethlehem is the way that we all pull together to meet whatever is needed.

4. Personally celebrate the Good News of Easter starting today.

Just think of it: because of Easter our past is forgiven, our life is worth living and we have a future in heaven! Romans 3:22 says, “We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done.”

We are looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Easter Service Times:

South Campus:
– Friday: 7:00 PM
– Saturday: 7:00 PM (Scavenger Hunt for Kids afterwards!)
– Sunday: 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM (Sunrise Service at 7 AM at the Student Center)

North Campus at 8:30 AM

West Campus at 8:45 AM &10:15 AM

Tomorrow we begin the first of 8 Bethlehem Easter services. Have you invited anyone to come with you?

At our Easter services, we have had hundreds of people open their lives to Christ- because YOU invited them!

This year, I will be speaking a message of encouragement to show how God, through the Resurrection, gives us a chance to start over and enjoy a new relationship with him.

Who of your relatives, neighbors, and co-workers do you want to see come to Christ this Easter? People are more likely to be open to your invitation at Easter than at any other time of year. Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to invite them to one of our church services!

Here’s how you can fulfill your mission at Easter:

1. Ask God to show you whom to invite.

2. Bring a different friend to each of our services! Bring someone every day!

South Campus:

Friday: 7PM

Saturday: 7PM (Scavenger Hunt afterwards!)

Sunday: 9:30AM &11AM (7AM Sunrise Service at the Student Center)

North Campus: Sunday at 8:30AM

West Campus: Sunday at 8:45AM & 10:15AM

A couple of ways you can make the services impactful this Easter:

Greet everyone around you. There will be a lot of first-time visitors. Please help in any way you can.

Attend our Friday or Saturday night services to free up space for our guests on Sunday- we are going to have a record group of folks this Easter!

This Easter we are planning our greatest service ever.

I am SO excited about it I can hardly sleep! The music we’ve planned is incredible!

Thanks for your prayers. It’s going to be an amazing three days! I love you so much and am so grateful to be your pastor.

Let’s each Reach One More … for Jesus!

Keep Praying,

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

If you need prayer, email us.

Once I typed the phrase ‘fresh start’ into Google on the Internet. It brought up 485,000 links! Evidently, a lot of people would like to have a fresh start in life. They think, “I’ve blown it, I’ve messed up, I’ve really made a mess of things in my life. I’d like a fresh start.”

Jesus is in the business of giving people a fresh start. The apostle Peter says, “Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life, and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven (1 Peter 1:3-4).

Several things happen once you give your life to Christ:

  1. You open up your life to God and get to know him.
  2. You’re given a brand new life, which gives you everything to live for.
  3. You get a future in heaven.

You can say it this way: You get your past forgiven, you get a purpose for livin’, and you get a home in heaven. What a deal! You’re past, present, and future are taken care of as you put your trust in Jesus. A fresh start!

“Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:30).

Our services this weekend are going to be AMAZING!

Please let Tammy and me know if we can pray for you- Email us.

Click here to give online and bless the lives of SO MANY PEOPLE! God bless you!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

BEGIN NOW INVITING SOMEONE TO COME WITH YOU THIS WEEKEND!

FRIDAY AT SOUTH – 7PM

SATURDAY AT SOUTH – 7PM- WITH SCAVENGER HUNT FOR KIDS AFTERWARDS!

SUNDAY SUNRISE AT THE SOUTH CAMPUS STUDENT CENTER- 7AM

SUNDAY AT NORTH – 8:30AM

SUNDAY AT SOUTH – 9:30AM & 11AM

SUNDAY AT WEST – 8:45AM & 10:15AM

There’s a myth that says I have to clean up my act before I can come to God. “I’ve got to get it all together. There are a few things I need 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 putting them in the dishwasher, or picking up the house before the house cleaner gets there! Why would 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 are 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 Easter. And that’s why we can bring our messes and failures to God.

You likely know people who think God will never love them because they’ve made such a mess of their lives. But you also know that God wants them to come as they are.

Help them hear the Good News from Jesus. Invite them to come to church with YOU this Easter. It’s such a simple thing to do, but it can make a difference that will last for eternity!

Our services are going to be AMAZING! We have added a Saturday night service at 7PM- and a Scavenger hunt for the kids after the service too!

Ask a neighbor or Co-Worker to join you this Easter- It could be a Game-Changer for them!

Email Tammy and me with any requests that you may have and click here to give online- Your gifts are changing our community and changing Lives- THANK YOU!

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

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!

The Bible says in 1 John 4:18, “Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love drives out fear”.

How do you learn to live in God’s love so that you can live free of fear?

Every day, you have to surrender your heart to God.

When you wake up each morning, before your feet hit the floor, you have to say, “God, before I even start this day, I surrender my emotions to you. I want you to be Lord of my feelings. I want you to control my mind and my emotions. I surrender my heart to you. I want you to fill me with your love.”

Job 11:13-18 says, “Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, and give up your sins—even those you do in secret. Then you won’t be ashamed; you will be confident and fearless. Your troubles will go away like water beneath a bridge, and your darkest night will be brighter than noon. You will rest safe and secure, filled with hope and emptied of worry”.

We find three commands and eight promises in that verse. God says if you do this, then he’ll do that. Every promise has a premise.

First, he gives you the commands: Surrender your heart to God every day. Turn to him in prayer. And give up your sins, or confess your sins to God.

Then notice the eight benefits: You won’t be ashamed, you’ll be confident, you’ll be fearless, your troubles will be like water under the bridge, the dark night you’re going through is going to be brighter than noon, you’ll be able to sleep well because you are safe and secure, you will be filled with hope, and you’ll be emptied of worry.

Wow! Who wouldn’t want to experience those benefits? You ought to write that Scripture on an index card and put it somewhere you’ll see it throughout the week. Let it remind you to do those three things—surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, and confess your sins—so that God’s love will fill your life and cast out all your anxiety and fear.

Try it this week, and then watch how God fulfills his promise as he fills you with his love.

Invite a friend to our Easter services this weekend! Friday at 7PM- Saturday at 7PM-Sunday services at our North, West, and South campuses are the same times as usual…He is Risen!

Email Tammy and me with any prayer requests and click here to give online to support the Lord’s work here at BC!

Have a Great Monday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Could it be that God may be calling you to get baptized this Easter Weekend?? We are baptizing at our South Campus at 7PM on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday morning at 9:30 & 11. We are also baptizing at our West Campus on Sunday morning at 8:45 & 10:15!!

Baptism is not some optional ritual to be delayed or postponed. It signifies your inclusion in God’s family. It publicly announces to the world, “I am not ashamed to be a part of God’s family.” Jesus commanded this beautiful act for all in his family.

Why is baptism so important? Because it symbolizes one of the purposes of your life: You are a Part of the Family of God!

Baptism declares your faith, shares Christ’s burial and Resurrection, symbolizes your death to your old life, and announces your new life in Christ.

It is also a celebration that you are a part of God’s family!

Your baptism is a physical picture of a spiritual truth. It represents what happened the moment God brought you into his family.

Baptism doesn’t make you a member of God’s family; only faith in Christ does that. Baptism shows you are part of God’s family.

Like a wedding ring, it is a visible reminder of an inward commitment made in your heart. It is an act of initiation, not something you put off until you are spiritually mature.

The only biblical condition is that you believe.

We have made it very simple to sign up to be baptized!

Click here and you will be on your way to taking your next step with Jesus!

If you have questions about baptism, email Pastor John Whitaker.

God bless you!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy