The Bible is clear that there are seasons in life, and one of the seasons that God talks about again and again is the season of waiting.

While you’re waiting, God is working. Don’t think that the season of waiting means that God has stopped working. He’s just taking you through that season because he’s using the time to work in your circumstances for your good.

You’re going to spend a lot of life waiting. If you don’t figure out how to trust God while you’re waiting, you’re going to spend a lot of your life not trusting God.
God is never in a hurry. He’s eternal! He is watching; he is working. He is seeing how and when you will trust him as you’re waiting. You’re saying, “When, Lord? When is it going to happen?” And God’s saying, “You can trust me with this.”

The problem with waiting is that our human nature and our culture say, “Don’t wait! Get things as quickly as you can.”

That’s the way our culture is wired, but it goes against God’s blessing in our lives because God’s blessing comes through these times of waiting. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “[God] has set the right time for everything”.

You might be in a time of waiting. Maybe it’s for school to start. Maybe it’s for a man or a woman to come into your life. Maybe it’s for a marriage to happen or a baby to come. And you may be frustrated with how slowly things are happening. We’ve all been there.

There’s a promise in the Bible that tells you not only that God is working but also how God is working, and you need to claim it while you’re in your time of waiting: “I am the LORD, and when it is time, I will make these things happen quickly” (Isaiah 60:22).

That’s how God worked when he sent Jesus into this world. The world waited thousands of years for Jesus to come the first time. And he came at just the right time.

We’ve been waiting 2,000 years now for Jesus to come again. When is he going to come again? At just the right time — God’s time. That’s when he’s going to come.

You need to apply this to your time of waiting and remember that a delay is not a denial. When you think God is saying “No,” he may just be saying, “Not yet. Will you keep trusting me through this?”
Micah 7:7 says, “I trust the LORD God to save me, and I will wait for him to answer my prayer”.

That is the kind of faith that God blesses!

If you have a prayer need, email Tammy and me.

We love YOU!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

To strengthen your faith, you must unite with others in worship. Worship is for God, but it also has benefits for you. Here are two of the biggest benefits of 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 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 energized?

That happens because worship renews you. It strengthens you! It strengthens your faith!
You’re not going to get your strength renewed by watching cartoons this morning! That’s just going to make you sleepy!

You get renewed by worshipping God with other believers!

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

Come Worship with us this morning!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

How do you find the power to keep going?

Everyone wants power. You’ll find books in many bookstores on dressing for power and eating for power.

Did you know that God wants to give you power? Ephesians 1:19-20 says, “How tremendous is the power available to us who believe in God. That power is the same divine power which was demonstrated in Christ when he raised him from the dead”.

We can take two important truths from this verse:

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ demonstrated how powerful God is. That same power is available to us.

If God can raise Jesus from the dead, then he can handle any problem you give him. No problem is too big. He specializes in hopeless cases. You may say, “You don’t know my finances” or “You don’t know my health problem” or “You don’t know my marriage problem.” God does, and he can make the power of the Resurrection available to you.

God will finish in you what he started in you. Your failure won’t prevent that. You can have confidence in God’s words in Philippians 1:6: “God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won’t stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns”.

Whatever God started in your life, he’ll finish. He won’t quit on you. You may give up on God, but he’ll never give up on you.

That’s a Game Changer!

You will receive direction, hope, and encouragement at Bethlehem Church in the morning…invite someone to attend with you!!

If Tammy and I can pray for you in anyway at all, email us with your requests.

Have a Super Saturday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Life is tough. I realize that’s no surprise to you. You live with that truth every day. Some of us are going through emotional difficulties. Some of us are going through physical issues. Some of us are going through relational issues.

All of us are going through something.

Even one of the great heroes in all of the Bible — Paul, the apostle — went through tough times. The Bible says he was once so depressed he told God he was ready to die. He even asked God to kill him!

How did Paul get through that difficult time?

He plugged into Jesus’ Resurrection power!

Paul wrote, “But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead” (1 Corinthians 1:9).

The Bible says Paul felt “crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure.” He got to the end of himself.

And that’s exactly where he needed to be.

There’s only one condition for God’s power in your life: humility.

You must admit you need it. God does not give his power to arrogant people. Humility tells the Lord, “You are God, and I’m not. You’re right, and I’m not. You have the power, and I don’t. You are wise, and I’m not. And I am powerless to change this situation, so I’m going to give it to you.”

The moment you do that, God brings the power of the Resurrection of Jesus into your situation.

God specializes in bringing back to life dead things. God loves to turn crucifixions into resurrections.

What’s dead in your life? If God can raise a dead person, he can raise a dead marriage, a dead career, or a dead dream. God can do anything.

That’s the power of the Resurrection!

We will have a great service tonight at 7PM –Friday night church!!  If you need HOPE—DO NOT MISS THIS SERVICE!!  God has given me a message for YOU!

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

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

If you were to head out to Franklin Square today and ask people if they are going to Heaven or Hell, you’ll likely hear them say, “I hope I’ll go to Heaven.”

But hope just isn’t good enough. I pray that’s not your answer. Your eternal destiny is too important not to know for sure.

Only a fool would be unprepared for what we all know is inevitable: death. The most recent statistics show that mortality rates in the world are 100 percent!

You’re not guaranteed another minute on this planet, much less another hour. Don’t put off the most important choice you’ll ever make.

The Bible says in 1 John 5:11-12, “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life”(NIV).

That’s about as clear as you can get. If you have Jesus, you have life. If you don’t have Jesus, you do not have life. You have a choice!!

You won’t go to Heaven because of someone else’s faith. You’ll never go to Hell because of someone else’s choice.

It’s your choice! You’ll decide where you’ll spend eternity.

This is why the Gospel is SO important. If Jesus hadn’t died and come back to life, we’d be hopeless. Nothing we do would matter. You wouldn’t have this choice.

The cross is the answer to our deepest problem — our separation from God.

The Bible says, “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:13-14).

God nailed everything that separated you from himself to the cross. But God won’t force you to make the most important decision of your life. It’s in your hands.
It’s time to choose.

If you want to make that decision to follow Jesus, please let Tammy and me know. We would like to celebrate your decision with you! Email us.

Invite someone to come to one of our services with you this weekend!!  Friday night at 7pm would be an awesome night for a guest to come be with us! God has given me a message for YOU- Tammy and I can’t wait to see you!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

In Philippians 4:6-7 we find one of the most difficult verses in the entire Bible to obey:“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace”.

It’s not easy to stop worrying about the often-scary, everyday parts of our lives, but God tells us how in the next part of the verse: “pray about everything…thank him for all he has done.”

Grateful prayer brings peace. God says, when you start to worry, start to pray!

Parents understand the power of grateful prayers. Most parents wouldn’t appreciate their children always making requests without saying “thank you” for what they’ve already received.

God sees it the same way.

He wants us to ask him for what we need and want.

More than 20 times in the New Testament, we’re told to “ask” him. But he wants us to ask with gratefulness.

Thanking God in advance is a big step of faith.

The Bible says that when we have the faith to thank God ahead of time, miracles happen!

The more thankful we are, the more God works in our lives.

The Bible says that God inhabits the praise of his people.

He empowers and uses our thanksgiving as an instrument of power in our lives.

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

God bless you!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Everybody thinks they have the key to peace of mind — or at least they want you to think so, so you’ll buy their product. I saw an ad for a perfume the other day called “Peace” perfume. The ad promised, “Wear it to feel serenity.” Now, folks, if it were that easy, it would be great — just put on a little perfume, and you’ll have peace of mind.

Peace of mind is such an important concept in life that people will do almost anything to find it. They will travel to exotic places at great expense. They will sniff a brain-destroying drug up their nose. They will experiment with New Age rituals. They will try all kinds of things.

But the truth is, very few people in this world are at peace with themselves. Most people carry a high degree of stress, anxiety, or tension in their lives. As a pastor, I have noticed that there are three things that tend to rob our peace:

  1. When circumstances are uncontrollable, we often lose our peace. Much of life is beyond your control. You sit in gridlock traffic for hours and miss an important event. A couple keeps trying desperately for a baby, and it just isn’t happening. When these things — big or small — happen, we get frustrated and lose our peace of mind.
  2. When people are unchangeable, we tend to lose our peace. People naturally resist change. And they resent it when we try to change them. The quickest way to lose our peace of mind is to try to change somebody else, because most people are just not going to change.
  3. When problems are unexplainable, it’s easy to lose our peace. We know that life is not fair. Not everybody has a happy ending. Things don’t always turn out right. What makes it more difficult is that we are not always going to know why. And when we don’t know why, we tend to get anxious, nervous, and stressed, and we lose our peace.

God has promised peace of mind, because it’s a fundamental need of your life. One of the Hebrew names of God is Jehovah Shalom. “Shalom” means peace. “Jehovah Shalom” means “I am the God of peace.” Jesus says in John 14:27, “I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid”.

If God says, “I’m offering you a gift of peace,” he means it. It’s not something you work for. It’s not something you deserve. It’s not something you try for. You don’t beg for peace. You don’t plead for peace.

If Tammy and I can pray for you, email us with your requests.

Have a Tremendous Tuesday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

The disciples had good reason to worry in Matthew 8. They were fishermen, so they knew how dangerous the storm was that they faced. And yet, when they woke Jesus, he said to them, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” (Matthew 8:26).

That statement is a big challenge to us. It reminds us that there is no reason good enough to worry. When we are in the midst of challenges in our lives that might cause us to worry, Jesus is saying we need to choose faith instead.

How do you make this choice? You understand the character of God. You understand His love for you and how He wants to work in your life.

One of the pictures God used to help understand his character is the picture of flowers. Jesus said, “Look at the lilies and how they grow … if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith!” (Matthew 6:28-30).

Flowers are not made beautiful because of their anxiety. They are made beautiful because of the character of God. God is at work in your life too. He is a generous and loving God.

How do you increase your faith when there are so many circumstances in life that cause you to worry? Start praying in advance. Most of the time you can see what’s coming, so you can either choose to worry about it or you can start putting your faith in God before it gets here.

Jesus tells this story in Luke 8, “The seed that fell among the thorny weeds is like those who hear God’s teaching, but they let the worries, riches and pleasures of this life keep them from growing and producing good fruit”.

If you pray about the things that are worrying you, your faith will produce a burst of growth, joy, peace and significance like you have never seen before. Keep on praying!

If Tammy and I can pray for you, email us– God bless you!

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 worshiped 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 golf on TV…That’s just going to make you lazier and lazier!

You get renewed by worshiping 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-  I know the WORD that God has for you is going to be amazing!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Life often brings you matters that are difficult to swallow, like a sickness, a job loss, or the death of a friend or family member.

Those pills are bitter going down, and we often choke on them.

Rest assured, God is up to something good in your life even if you can’t see it. He is actively working to bring good out of whatever happens in your life. To hold on to hope in the midst of tough times, you’ll need to grab a hold of this truth.

The Bible says it this way, “We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28).

The Bible isn’t saying that every event in your life will be good. You and I both know that’s just not true.

But it does say that when you put your whole life together, every piece of it works together for good. It’s like making a cake. You may not like the taste of each ingredient, but when it’s all put together, you can’t keep your hands off of it. God wants to bake an amazingly tasty cake with your life, and he wants to use even the distasteful and bitter elements to do it.

God also doesn’t say that everything works together “like we want it to” or that every story will have a happy ending.

The reality is not every business decision will make you a million dollars. Not every couple who gets married live happily ever after. Not every child will become captain of the football team.

Instead, the verse reminds us that we can have absolute confidence that the Master Designer of the universe causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God. (By the way, if you don’t know God, you’re not given this promise. It’s for “those who love God.”)

Hope isn’t the same as optimism. It isn’t the belief that something bad will turn out well. It’s the absolute confidence that every part of your life ultimately makes sense regardless of how it turns out this side of eternity.

From our vantage point, our life looks like a mess at times. But God’s view from Heaven isn’t the same as ours.

You can’t even imagine the good that God has in store for your future. In Jeremiah 29:11 God says, “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future”.

Your future is in his hands — and there’s no better place for it to be!!

Get on the phone, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and invite someone to come to Bethlehem with you tomorrow!!

Email Tammy and me with any of your prayer requests.

Pastor Dickie and Tammy