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 am praying for YOU!  Email us with any prayer needs that you have!

Enjoy this beautiful day!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

In America, failure is almost the unpardonable sin. We idolize success. But that kind of pressure creates major stress on people. The fear of failure has many different faces. It can cause you to be indecisive, a workaholic, and a perfectionist and cling to safety. Because we’re afraid to fail, we shun all kinds of risks.

For many of us, that fear of failure has an iron grip on our hearts. Even some of the best and the brightest people in the world are the most impacted by a fear of failure.

That’s why I urge you to internalize this one simple message: We’ve all made mistakes. It’s not just a “you problem”; it’s a human problem. The Bible says, “There is no one on earth who does what is right all the time and never makes a mistake” (Ecclesiastes 7:20).

Not only have you made mistakes in the past, but you’ll also make more in the future. I guarantee it. Even playing it safe and refusing to take risks is a mistake.

As a pastor, I hear people ask all the time, “What if I fail?” I want to ask them, “What do you mean if?”

You’ve already failed many, many times in life. So have I. You’re a failure in some area of your life right now. And you’ll fail a lot more in the future.

Even superstars stumble. The greatest NBA basketball players only hit half their shots. The best Major League Baseball hitters will get out two out of every three at bats. Failure is normal.

You’ll never overcome your fear of failure until you fully accept the reality that you’re not perfect.

The Bible says there is only one failure you need to fear: “Be careful that no one fails to receive God’s grace” (Hebrews 12:15).

You need grace. We all do!

If you need prayer, email us with your requests.

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Every time you’re generous, you invest in your eternal home.

Jesus called this principle “storing up treasure in Heaven.” He actually used this phrase six times in the Bible! Any time Jesus says something six times, you better pay attention. If you don’t, you’re going to miss the blessing.

Life is not about storing up things here on Earth. Life is about storing up things in Heaven. The Bible says don’t store up a bunch of stuff here on Earth where thieves can steal it and rust and moths can destroy it. Store your treasure in Heaven.

That makes sense. Why? Because you’re going to spend a lot more time in Heaven, and you’re going to need the spoils and rewards far more in Heaven than on Earth. You only get 80 to 100 years on this planet, and you have to leave everything behind. But, you will get to enjoy your treasure in Heaven for eternity!

So, how do you store up treasure in heaven? How do you send it on ahead?

The Bible says you do it by investing in people. There are only two things that are going to last forever: the Word of God and people. People will spend eternity in either Heaven or Hell, and your investment in someone could make all the difference. God wants you to invest in people, because those investments have eternal consequences and rewards.

Philippians 4:17 says, “Though I appreciate your gifts, what makes me happiest is the well-earned reward you will have because of your kindness” (LB).

Paul wrote to the Philippians to express his appreciation for their support, but he said what meant the most, what brought him the most joy, was knowing that their sacrifice and generosity gave them treasure in Heaven. They invested in him, but they also invested in their eternal home.

You will be rewarded for everything you’ve given away.

 Are you giving away your time? You’re going to be rewarded in Heaven.

Are you giving away your energy? You’re going to be rewarded in Heaven.

Are you giving away your money? You’re going to be rewarded in Heaven.

We have made it very simple and safe to invest in eternity…you can click here to give online at Bethlehem…thank you for your gifts!

I can’t wait for our services this morning to START!!  I want to see YOU at one of our 4 services at one of our 3 campuses…Get UP!

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

Pastor Dickie

You will not make all the changes you need to make, want to make, would love to make, plan to make, or hope to make by yourself. If you could, you would. But you can’t, so you won’t!

The Bible says in Romans 12:4-5, “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other”.

God wired the universe in such a way that we need each other. I need you, and you need me. The phrase “one another” is used 58 times in the New Testament: Love one another, care for one another, encourage one another, support one another, pray for one another, greet one another, share with one another. God never meant for you to go through life alone. Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto! You weren’t created to go through life by yourself. Whether you ever marry or not is irrelevant. You need a spiritual family, and you need to be in a Life Group.

You need the people around you, and they need you. We belong to each other.

There are a lot of good self-help books that will tell you the right thing to do, but they don’t provide the two things the Bible says you must have: God’s power and community. That’s what you need to really change. Change requires community.

At Bethlehem, we’ve got people from every kind of background. We have members from many different ethnic backgrounds and nationalities.

But what we have in common is our love for Jesus! That unites us and allows us to help each other out.

Galatians 3:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”.

TAMMY AND I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU TOMORROW!

The service Friday night was AWESOME! You cannot afford to miss this SERVICE!

If you need prayer, email us with your requests.  

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Change requires making choices. It’s not enough to dream of changing. It’s not enough to desire change. In order for you to change, you will need to make a decision. You must choose to change!

Change is intentional. Are you going to be any different in six months? Are you going to be better a year from now? Are you going to be healthier, stronger, and more mature? Are you going to be happier? Are you going to be less in debt? Are you going to be more like God wants you to be?

I can tell you the answer right now: It will only happen if you choose to change, because it isn’t going to happen accidentally.

It requires a choice.

A lot of times we think we’re waiting on God to change us. No! God is waiting on you. He’s waiting on you to say, “Yes, Lord, I’m willing to make these changes.”

We have to make intentional choices in order to grow. There is no growth without change, there is no change without loss, and there is no loss without pain. If you are going to grow, you will have to change, and change means you let go of some old things in order to grab hold of some new things.

Some of you are stuck because you haven’t let go of the old patterns, the old habits, and the old ways of thinking. You have to let go of your old ways.

The Bible says, “Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life” (Ephesians 4:22). In other words, let it go.

Those old habits, those old hurts, those old patterns, those old sins in your life — let them go.

The Bible says to throw them off and trust that God is working in you “to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (Philippians 2:13).

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR…FRIDAY NIGHT CHURCH!

7pm…The Message tonight is FOR YOU!

Tammy and I are praying for you…email us with your requests.

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

You can’t change everything. But you can change you.

When your life feels like it’s falling apart, knowing what you can change — and what you can’t change — can make all the difference.

You can’t change your past. You can’t change your parents. You can’t change the gifts and talents God has or hasn’t given you. You can’t change a handicap you’ve been given. You can’t bring back a dead loved one.

You might as well accept all of those things. You’ll start to find peace in the midst of troubles when you accept what you can’t change. Otherwise, you’ll make yourself and the people you love miserable.

There’s much you can’t change, but there’s something important you can change: you.

When Jeremiah’s world was falling apart, he wrote in Lamentations 3:40: “Let us examine our ways and turn back to the Lord”.

What’s going on in your life that doesn’t line up with what God wants? Depending on how we react, crises can help us as we learn to focus our eyes on what matters: Jesus.

To re-order your life God’s way, it’ll take some gut-level self-evaluation. You’ll need to do an inventory of every area of your life. You’ll need to take a look at your relationship with God, your spouse, your kids, and your co-workers. You’ll need to look at hurts, habits, and hang-ups that may be bringing you down. Nothing can be off limits.

It’s not easy. It can get messy. It’s always tough to turn from sin even when it’s tearing us down.

But you can’t find healing otherwise. Healing apart from repentance can’t last. When your world is falling apart, you’ll be tempted to bemoan every area of your life.

That’s a waste of time. You can’t change everything — but you can change YOU!

And when your world is falling apart, that can mean everything!

Tammy and I care about YOU! Email usDon’t forget Friday Night Church tomorrow night at 7PM…I have been tossing and turning all week long because I CANNOT wait to bring this Message to YOU!

We love you!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Our world is broken; everything and everyone in this world is broken.

In fact, there are only two kinds of people in the world: those who know they’re broken and those who are broken but don’t know it. God wants us to know that we’re broken.

That’s why Bethlehem Church is a no-shame zone, places for broken people to come when they hurt.

Colossians 3:12 says, “[A]s God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (NIV). Because we know how much God loves us, we can demonstrate compassion, kindness, humility and patience with others. And that’s exactly what the church has been called to do. It’s the place for the broken, the place for those whose lives don’t work out as they should.

The truth is that the church shouldn’t just “accept” hurting people. We should WANT hurting people in our midst.

We’ve got to realize that every sinner has a future and every saint has a past.We’ve all got hurts, habits and hang-ups that we need God to transform. God wants to use the church to do that.

That means since you’re the church, He wants to use you!

God wants us to be people of the second chance. But we can’t be second-chance people until we realize how much of a second chance we’ve been given. Too many Christians don’t feel forgiven — so they don’t let anyone else feel forgiven either.

When we realize how much grace God showed to us when He saved us, sharing that kind of grace with others will only be natural. The Bible says in Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as God forgave you through Christ.”

Second chances aren’t just for addicts and convicts; second chances are for all of us.

No matter how squeaky-clean our lives have looked on the outside, the Bible is clear that we’ve all needed a second chance at some point in our lives.

We will have an INCREDIBLE SERVICE Friday Night AT 7PM!! Your life will be incredibly impacted just by being in the midst of God’s People!  We also have Children/Preschool programming available tonight too!!

If you need prayer, email Tammy and me…We love YOU!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Thursday was about thanks…

Friday was about deals…

Monday was about even more deals…

Tuesday is all about giving.

This #GivingTuesday, we’re doing something different. We’re highlighting what you gave in 2019 and all the amazing things you made possible:

  1. Hundreds of people have placed their faith and trust in Jesus during services, outreaches, and mission opportunities!
  2. Abram, Katelyn and Briella were three of 400 preschoolers that learned “God made me…God loves me…and Jesus wants to be my friend forever.”
  3. We have seen hundreds of people come to faith in Jesus!
  4. We sent support to New York City and Boston and Portland, Oregon to help plant Churches in the most unreached cities in America.
  5. Volunteers gave more than 45,000 collective hours of service in our church and in our community.
  6. We have seen literally hundreds of other people visit Bethlehem Church for the first time and are becoming a part of the family here!
  7. We have reached hundreds of teenagers from 15 high schools and 17 middle schools, teaching them about God’s grace and God’s goodness and His plan for their life.
  8. We have had hundreds of people become connected with groups/classes to deepen their relationship with Christ.
  9. Jakhia, Addison and Jesse were three of over 500 elementary children who learned that they need to make the wise choice in life, trust God no matter what, and treat others the way they want to be treated.
  10. High 5 sports had over 1,000 people participate in our Recreation ministry and many of them have become an active part of Bethlehem Church

And the year’s not over yet! Your steadfast support, daily hard work, and (yes) your financial contributions make these ministries possible! On this #GivingTuesday, please accept our gratitude for all you do to change our world!

Click here to support the Father’s work at Bethlehem Church today!

God bless you!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

In Jesus’ most famous sermon, the Sermon on the Mount, he explains the choices that help us heal from our hurts and hang-ups, and the habits that mess up our lives. The first Beatitude, Matthew 5:3, says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.

What does it mean to be “poor in spirit”? Jesus is saying that nobody gets into Heaven who is full of pride. We get there by grace. To be poor in spirit, you must humbly admit you need help.

Jesus said, “The truth will set you free.” You’ve got to face the truth about yourself and stop living in denial.

But the truth is, we don’t like the truth. We love the truth about everybody else, but we don’t like the truth about ourselves. It feels a whole lot safer to avoid the truth about yourself because it is painful to face. The truth will set you free, but first it makes you miserable when you realize what needs changing in your life.

The good news is your habits and your hurts and your hang-ups can be healed. The bad news is it takes humility. You’ve got to humble yourself and swallow your pride. James 4:6 says, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble”.

There are some facts that you need to admit about yourself if God’s going to bless your life, and the first one is this: You are broken.

We live in a broken world where nothing works perfectly. The economy doesn’t work perfectly, our relationships don’t work perfectly, and our bodies don’t work perfectly.

Everybody’s confused today. They don’t know what they’re supposed to be or what they’re supposed to do. We’ve confused attitudes, attractions, and addictions. Even our identities are confused.

Yet, all you have to be is yourself. But that includes the understanding you’re broken! And that’s OK, because once you make the choice to admit it, you’re on the path to humility, which leads to grace.

And God’s grace will cover your brokenness, hurts, habits, and hang-ups. That’s good news!

If you need prayer, let Tammy and me know! Email us with your requests.

Dickie and Tammy

Do you need Miracle?

The key to understanding what God is doing in your life is learning to see life from God’s point of view and having spiritual vision. The Bible says in Mark 8:22-23 and 25, “They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village…Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly” (NIV).

Jesus uses this story to teach us three conditions for a miracle. When you need a miracle in your life, you need to remember these three things.

Miracles happen when somebody cares.

The blind man didn’t come to Jesus on his own; he had friends who cared enough for him to beg Jesus to heal him. There’s a word for this: intercession. Intercession is when you bring somebody before Jesus not for your own needs but out of concern for that person. When you pray for somebody else’s needs, that’s intercession.

Miracles happen when we get close to Jesus.

You can’t be touched by Jesus unless you’re close to Jesus. Healing in your life does not come from religion or rituals or regulations. Healing comes from a relationship with Christ. The more you get to know Christ, the more you will see God’s healing in your life.

Miracles happen when we trust Jesus to lead us.

If the blind man hadn’t let Jesus lead him outside the village, he never would have seen the miracle.

Imagine you’re this blind man. Your friends have taken you to a guy you don’t know about. All of a sudden the guy grabs your hand and leads you away. You don’t know who this person is, you don’t know where he’s taking you, and you don’t know how long the trip is going to take.

Some of you feel that way right now. You have no idea what God’s doing in your life, where he’s taking you, or how long it’s going to take. You know what this means? You’re getting ready for a miracle.

This is called the walk of faith — when you can’t see but God can. All you have to do is hang on! You may be blind, but all you need to do is trust Jesus.

He knows where he’s taking you. He loves you. He knows what you need better than you do. His way is always best!!

If you need prayer today, email us with your requests.

GET IN CHURCH TODAY!!  IT IS GOING TO BE AMAZING!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy