Bethel Mennonite Church https://bmcgladys.com A Conservative Christian Church (and podcast) in Gladys Virginia Sun, 02 Dec 2018 22:20:43 +0000 en hourly 1 https://i1.wp.com/bmcgladys.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/cropped-MG_8043.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Bethel Mennonite Church https://bmcgladys.com 32 32 Bethel Mennonite Church clean Bethel Mennonite Church eldonyoder@gmail.com eldonyoder@gmail.com (Bethel Mennonite Church) Conservative Christian Sermons - Bethel Mennonite Church Bethel Mennonite Church https://bmcgladys.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/bethel-church-podcast-2.jpg https://bmcgladys.com Gladys Virginia Weekly 49859519 Loving Jesus - Feeding Others - Dan Freed https://bmcgladys.com/loving-jesus-feeding-others/ Sun, 02 Dec 2018 22:20:43 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3294 https://bmcgladys.com/loving-jesus-feeding-others/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/loving-jesus-feeding-others/feed/ 0 <p>God is on the throne and He is alive in the world through the Holy Spirit! Jesus taught a lot by telling stories, but he also taught by asking questions. Jesus was a master question asker. Even at age 12 this attribute showed up when he asked questions of the elders in the temple. John […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/loving-jesus-feeding-others/">Loving Jesus – Feeding Others</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> God is on the throne and He is alive in the world through the Holy Spirit!

Jesus taught a lot by telling stories, but he also taught by asking questions. Jesus was a master question asker. Even at age 12 this attribute showed up when he asked questions of the elders in the temple.

John 21:12 – Jesus appears at the end of a long night of fishing and asks if they had caught anything. He then told them to throw their nets on the other side… and they immediately caught more fish than they knew what to do with!

Jesus asked Peter four questions. They are similar questions but they are different.

More Than These?

The first time Jesus asked him he said “Do you love me more than these?” What was Jesus referring to? Do you love me more than these nets? These friends of yours? More than these other disciples love me?

It seems like Jesus kind of leaves the question hanging.

We need to love Jesus more than anything else. This is a question of priorities. Do you love me more than anything else?

Do we know Jesus? Jesus knows us best… knowing Jesus is a matter of life and death.

John 18:18-27 – Have you failed to keep a commitment to Jesus? Three times Peter was asked “weren’t you with him?” Three times Peter denied. Yet Peter was forgiven and became a pillar in the early church.

Do You Love Me?

“Peter do you love me?” Peter responds, “yes, Jesus you know I’m your friend.”

The third time that Jesus asked Peter this question he used the term for “friend.” This hurt Peter deeply.

Jesus knows what you’re going through. He cares. He wants to help us face the painful and difficult assignments that come our way.

Peter wonders “what about this other person?” Jesus tells him that not to worry about the other person, instead he should just “follow” him.

Let us love Jesus and follow him wherever he calls us to go and do what he asks us to do.

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God is on the throne and He is alive in the world through the Holy Spirit! Jesus taught a lot by telling stories, but he also taught by asking questions. Jesus was a master question asker. Even at age 12 this attribute showed up when he asked questions... Jesus taught a lot by telling stories, but he also taught by asking questions. Jesus was a master question asker. Even at age 12 this attribute showed up when he asked questions of the elders in the temple.
John 21:12 – Jesus appears at the end of a long night of fishing and asks if they had caught anything. He then told them to throw their nets on the other side… and they immediately caught more fish than they knew what to do with!
Jesus asked Peter four questions. They are similar questions but they are different.
More Than These?
The first time Jesus asked him he said “Do you love me more than these?” What was Jesus referring to? Do you love me more than these nets? These friends of yours? More than these other disciples love me?
It seems like Jesus kind of leaves the question hanging.
We need to love Jesus more than anything else. This is a question of priorities. Do you love me more than anything else?
Do we know Jesus? Jesus knows us best… knowing Jesus is a matter of life and death.
John 18:18-27 – Have you failed to keep a commitment to Jesus? Three times Peter was asked “weren’t you with him?” Three times Peter denied. Yet Peter was forgiven and became a pillar in the early church.
Do You Love Me?
“Peter do you love me?” Peter responds, “yes, Jesus you know I’m your friend.”
The third time that Jesus asked Peter this question he used the term for “friend.” This hurt Peter deeply.
Jesus knows what you’re going through. He cares. He wants to help us face the painful and difficult assignments that come our way.
Peter wonders “what about this other person?” Jesus tells him that not to worry about the other person, instead he should just “follow” him.
Let us love Jesus and follow him wherever he calls us to go and do what he asks us to do.
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Where God Wants us to Be - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/where-god-wants-us-to-be/ Mon, 26 Nov 2018 00:48:54 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3289 https://bmcgladys.com/where-god-wants-us-to-be/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/where-god-wants-us-to-be/feed/ 0 <p>1 Thessalonians 5:16-28 Where God Wants Us to Be V23-24 – Paul is confident that the Thessalonians will be completely sanctified. This is where God wants to get us as well, complete sanctification and blamelessness. Paul is asking God to continue to change the people in the Thessalonian church. Paul is also asking that God […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/where-god-wants-us-to-be/">Where God Wants us to Be</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Thessalonians 5:16-28

Where God Wants Us to Be

V23-24 – Paul is confident that the Thessalonians will be completely sanctified. This is where God wants to get us as well, complete sanctification and blamelessness.

Paul is asking God to continue to change the people in the Thessalonian church. Paul is also asking that God would preserve them and keep them blameless until the Lord returns.

He who calls you is faithful.

  1. God’s intention is for us to be completely holy. Ephesians 5 talks about his goal for the church – that she may be holy and without blemish.
  2. We need to be saying yes to God. The shepherd is leading the sheep, he is calling us not “dragging us along.” God is calling, let us say “yes.”
  3. Paul isn’t talking about people reaching a place of flawless ness where they haven’t sinned for years. Rather that they would reach a place where their lives are fully surrendered to Christ.
  4. Blameless – walking with Jesus. The closer we walk with Jesus the more blameless we will be. When we do sin we recognize it and bring it to Christ and the cross.

What We Need to Do on the Journey

V16-22 – Some things that we are to be doing on the way.

Paul says we are to praying without ceasing. There are two ways for us to apply this admonition. We can look at our prayer life and recognize that “I should be praying more often.” Perhaps we should think about it as “is prayer something that characterizes your life is it part of who you are?” Praying should be a part of your life, something that you just “do” regularly.

Pray even if you don’t feel like it. Pray even if it seems like nothing is “happening.” Pray for your church. Pray for the lost. Pray for complete sanctification.

Say “yes” to the Spirit, do not quench the Spirit. If you are being moved by the Spirit then move. Test what the Spirit but be ready and willing and moving. When the Spirit says we should (or shouldn’t) we should obey it. It is like a voice that the more we say no to gets quieter and quieter. Make a practice of saying yes to the Spirit. The more you say yes to the Spirit the more clearly you will hear it.

Hold fast to what is good, abstain from those things that are evil. Hold fast means to have a good grasp, not just holding on by a thread but taking steps to sure up the connection that we have with the Father.

Give thanks in all circumstances. In every circumstance, if we are a child of God we can find some reason to thank God. Why is it Gods will that we always be giving thanks?

  1. God appreciates being thanked.
  2. God is aware of the cost of what all He has given us.
  3. God receives honor when we give Him thanks.
  4. Psalm 105:1 – Giving thanks is a powerful testimony to those around us.
  5. Philippians 4:6-7 – It is spiritually healthy to thank God, it takes the focus off of us and puts it on the one who gives us so much and who is faithful.
  6. Giving thanks reminds us of our dependence on God.

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-28 Where God Wants Us to Be V23-24 – Paul is confident that the Thessalonians will be completely sanctified. This is where God wants to get us as well, complete sanctification and blamelessness. Where God Wants Us to Be
V23-24 – Paul is confident that the Thessalonians will be completely sanctified. This is where God wants to get us as well, complete sanctification and blamelessness.
Paul is asking God to continue to change the people in the Thessalonian church. Paul is also asking that God would preserve them and keep them blameless until the Lord returns.
He who calls you is faithful.

* God’s intention is for us to be completely holy. Ephesians 5 talks about his goal for the church – that she may be holy and without blemish.
* We need to be saying yes to God. The shepherd is leading the sheep, he is calling us not “dragging us along.” God is calling, let us say “yes.”
* Paul isn’t talking about people reaching a place of flawless ness where they haven’t sinned for years. Rather that they would reach a place where their lives are fully surrendered to Christ.
* Blameless – walking with Jesus. The closer we walk with Jesus the more blameless we will be. When we do sin we recognize it and bring it to Christ and the cross.

What We Need to Do on the Journey
V16-22 – Some things that we are to be doing on the way.
Paul says we are to praying without ceasing. There are two ways for us to apply this admonition. We can look at our prayer life and recognize that “I should be praying more often.” Perhaps we should think about it as “is prayer something that characterizes your life is it part of who you are?” Praying should be a part of your life, something that you just “do” regularly.
Pray even if you don’t feel like it. Pray even if it seems like nothing is “happening.” Pray for your church. Pray for the lost. Pray for complete sanctification.
Say “yes” to the Spirit, do not quench the Spirit. If you are being moved by the Spirit then move. Test what the Spirit but be ready and willing and moving. When the Spirit says we should (or shouldn’t) we should obey it. It is like a voice that the more we say no to gets quieter and quieter. Make a practice of saying yes to the Spirit. The more you say yes to the Spirit the more clearly you will hear it.
Hold fast to what is good, abstain from those things that are evil. Hold fast means to have a good grasp, not just holding on by a thread but taking steps to sure up the connection that we have with the Father.
Give thanks in all circumstances. In every circumstance, if we are a child of God we can find some reason to thank God. Why is it Gods will that we always be giving thanks?

* God appreciates being thanked.
* God is aware of the cost of what all He has given us.
* God receives honor when we give Him thanks.
* Psalm 105:1 – Giving thanks is a powerful testimony to those around us.
* Philippians 4:6-7 – It is spiritually healthy to thank God, it takes the focus off of us and puts it on the one who gives us so much and who is faithful.
* Giving thanks reminds us of our dependence on God.

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Mourning What Was Lost and Hoping Again - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/mourning-what-was-lost-and-hoping-again/ Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:46:33 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3287 https://bmcgladys.com/mourning-what-was-lost-and-hoping-again/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/mourning-what-was-lost-and-hoping-again/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Luke 22:14-20 Other references: Hebrews 10:1-4, 11, Jeremiah 13, Galatians 4:4, Matthew 27:39-42; Luke 23:36-42, Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:12-14; Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 10:17, Hebrews 2:14,15, Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:1-22, I Timothy 1:15, II Corinthians 9:15, Galatians 6:14 In Eden, Adam and Eve lived in perfect bliss in the presence of God. After the fall, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/mourning-what-was-lost-and-hoping-again/">Mourning What Was Lost and Hoping Again</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Luke 22:14-20

Other references: Hebrews 10:1-4, 11, Jeremiah 13, Galatians 4:4, Matthew 27:39-42; Luke 23:36-42, Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:12-14; Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 10:17, Hebrews 2:14,15, Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:1-22, I Timothy 1:15, II Corinthians 9:15, Galatians 6:14

In Eden, Adam and Eve lived in perfect bliss in the presence of God. After the fall, they came to know suffering and ugliness. The communion with God was broken. They were driven out of the garden.

Their own relationships were changed. Their relationships with their children was different. Surely Adam remembered and mourned for what was lost.

There was a note of hope. The promise of a descendent that would restore that deep communion with God. This message of hope was shared with their children, but that memory grew dim in the generations that followed.

Fast forward to the children of Israel… They had just been delivered from the Egyptians. But that did not make them holy; the exodus had not cleansed them from their sins. Yet the law and its sacrifices were instituted, pointing to the problem of our sinfulness and showing a type of the coming deliverer.

The day of atonement must have left a deep desire for something better, especially among the faithful Jews. And He came.

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son…

It was not merely for physical life, but spiritual life that Jesus gave Himself.

Satan’s power was broken. God made us alive, who had been dead in trespasses and sins… for we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

And we find communion with God… and communion with each other.

How merciful God is to us!

We remember today I am a sinner saved by grace; We remember Jesus our Redeemer who gave his life for us; And we love Him.

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Text: Luke 22:14-20 Other references: Hebrews 10:1-4, 11, Jeremiah 13, Galatians 4:4, Matthew 27:39-42; Luke 23:36-42, Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:12-14; Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 10:17, Hebrews 2:14,15, Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:1-22, I Timothy 1:15, Other references: Hebrews 10:1-4, 11, Jeremiah 13, Galatians 4:4, Matthew 27:39-42; Luke 23:36-42, Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:12-14; Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 10:17, Hebrews 2:14,15, Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:1-22, I Timothy 1:15, II Corinthians 9:15, Galatians 6:14
In Eden, Adam and Eve lived in perfect bliss in the presence of God. After the fall, they came to know suffering and ugliness. The communion with God was broken. They were driven out of the garden.
Their own relationships were changed. Their relationships with their children was different. Surely Adam remembered and mourned for what was lost.
There was a note of hope. The promise of a descendent that would restore that deep communion with God. This message of hope was shared with their children, but that memory grew dim in the generations that followed.
Fast forward to the children of Israel… They had just been delivered from the Egyptians. But that did not make them holy; the exodus had not cleansed them from their sins. Yet the law and its sacrifices were instituted, pointing to the problem of our sinfulness and showing a type of the coming deliverer.
The day of atonement must have left a deep desire for something better, especially among the faithful Jews. And He came.
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son…
It was not merely for physical life, but spiritual life that Jesus gave Himself.
Satan’s power was broken. God made us alive, who had been dead in trespasses and sins… for we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
And we find communion with God… and communion with each other.
How merciful God is to us!
We remember today I am a sinner saved by grace; We remember Jesus our Redeemer who gave his life for us; And we love Him.
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Build Culture - Some Specifics - Melvin Lehman https://bmcgladys.com/build-culture-some-specifics/ Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:39:11 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3285 https://bmcgladys.com/build-culture-some-specifics/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/build-culture-some-specifics/feed/ 0 <p>We’re talking about creating culture, not reacting to it. Continuing on from where we stopped in session 3. Values lead to …Passion. Passionate people are the people with impact. Passionate salesmen sell things. You cannot manufacture passion. It must come from core values. First, we must be saved. Then we are to build on that […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/build-culture-some-specifics/">Build Culture – Some Specifics</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We’re talking about creating culture, not reacting to it.

Continuing on from where we stopped in session 3.

Values lead to …Passion.

Passionate people are the people with impact. Passionate salesmen sell things.

You cannot manufacture passion. It must come from core values.

First, we must be saved. Then we are to build on that with personal sanctification “Unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”. This is the goal… discipleship.

It is on this basis that we create Christian culture THROUGH the Church community. The Kingdom of God— Jesus reigns…

This can’t happen backwards. Not that culture cannot be a help and witness to the unsaved, but it must begin with an experience of salvation.

CROSSING THE BRIDGE:

After the idealism is over, you can almost always get people to agree with the ideals.

On one side of the bridge are ideals (which are typically not the problem); On the other side of the bridge are habits of life. I have never heard someone say “I’m praying too much”… I’ve heard often, “my prayer life is falling to pieces”.

How do I get across the bridge to where my ideals are made into habits of life? Repentance! Obedience… or alignment.

What are our habits?

Social media/technology… the truth of the matter is that we are almost losing it. Often it is replacing our devotional life.

“Put first things first” — Covey

Our ideals have to translate into habits or else you lose them. Fathers need to put first things first to create a Christian culture in the home.

Diversity… We need Identity and Belonging. To get here we need to submit to one another.

Some specific things we’ve done seeking to build a Kingdom culture:

(Culture: an array/mosaic of love-values)

  1. Song- the ARTS; A very powerful creator of culture.
  2. Story- our HEROES;
  3. Worship- acts of corporate unity
  4. Education- defining the CURRICULUM
  5. Aesthetics- our definitions of BEAUTY
  6. Stewardship- our use of RESOURCES
  7. Tradition- our LITURGIES
  8. Boundaries- life DEFINITIONS
  9. Love and Belonging- for everybody

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We’re talking about creating culture, not reacting to it. Continuing on from where we stopped in session 3. Values lead to …Passion. Passionate people are the people with impact. Passionate salesmen sell things. You cannot manufacture passion. Continuing on from where we stopped in session 3.
Values lead to …Passion.
Passionate people are the people with impact. Passionate salesmen sell things.
You cannot manufacture passion. It must come from core values.
First, we must be saved. Then we are to build on that with personal sanctification “Unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”. This is the goal… discipleship.
It is on this basis that we create Christian culture THROUGH the Church community. The Kingdom of God— Jesus reigns…
This can’t happen backwards. Not that culture cannot be a help and witness to the unsaved, but it must begin with an experience of salvation.
CROSSING THE BRIDGE:
After the idealism is over, you can almost always get people to agree with the ideals.
On one side of the bridge are ideals (which are typically not the problem); On the other side of the bridge are habits of life. I have never heard someone say “I’m praying too much”… I’ve heard often, “my prayer life is falling to pieces”.
How do I get across the bridge to where my ideals are made into habits of life? Repentance! Obedience… or alignment.
What are our habits?
Social media/technology… the truth of the matter is that we are almost losing it. Often it is replacing our devotional life.
“Put first things first” — Covey
Our ideals have to translate into habits or else you lose them. Fathers need to put first things first to create a Christian culture in the home.
Diversity… We need Identity and Belonging. To get here we need to submit to one another.
Some specific things we’ve done seeking to build a Kingdom culture:
(Culture: an array/mosaic of love-values)

* Song- the ARTS; A very powerful creator of culture.
* Story- our HEROES;
* Worship- acts of corporate unity
* Education- defining the CURRICULUM
* Aesthetics- our definitions of BEAUTY
* Stewardship- our use of RESOURCES
* Tradition- our LITURGIES
* Boundaries- life DEFINITIONS
* Love and Belonging- for everybody

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How to Build Culture - Melvin Lehman https://bmcgladys.com/how-to-build-culture/ Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:35:55 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3283 https://bmcgladys.com/how-to-build-culture/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/how-to-build-culture/feed/ 0 <p>You cannot preach vision into people. There must be something behind it. Even if vision is present, to actually move it to reality does require some parts and bits and pieces. Behind VISION is VALUES. Culture-driven values Principle-driven values Hero-driven values (“You want to change the values of people? Change their heroes.”) Visions of the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/how-to-build-culture/">How to Build Culture</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> You cannot preach vision into people. There must be something behind it.

Even if vision is present, to actually move it to reality does require some parts and bits and pieces.

Behind VISION is VALUES.

Culture-driven values

Principle-driven values

Hero-driven values

(“You want to change the values of people? Change their heroes.”)

Visions of the Church:

Foreign Missions

Education

Children’s Ministry

Publishing

Prison Ministry

Kingdom Business

(Expect a plethora of visions in a congregation… that’s healthy. Be careful not to fight each other- none of us can do everything. Think about the values of your young people.)

Before Vision is… Story; and… Observed Culture.

Our stories shape the heroes in our minds.

“Create culture, build a hero; Create a hero, build a culture.”

Vision:

I. Organization

II. Management

III.Interpersonal

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You cannot preach vision into people. There must be something behind it. Even if vision is present, to actually move it to reality does require some parts and bits and pieces. Behind VISION is VALUES. Culture-driven values Principle-driven values Hero-... Even if vision is present, to actually move it to reality does require some parts and bits and pieces.
Behind VISION is VALUES.
Culture-driven values
Principle-driven values
Hero-driven values
(“You want to change the values of people? Change their heroes.”)
Visions of the Church:
Foreign Missions
Education
Children’s Ministry
Publishing
Prison Ministry
Kingdom Business
(Expect a plethora of visions in a congregation… that’s healthy. Be careful not to fight each other- none of us can do everything. Think about the values of your young people.)
Before Vision is… Story; and… Observed Culture.
Our stories shape the heroes in our minds.
“Create culture, build a hero; Create a hero, build a culture.”
Vision:
I. Organization
II. Management
III.Interpersonal
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The Importance of Culture - Melvin Lehman https://bmcgladys.com/the-importance-of-culture/ Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:34:48 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3280 https://bmcgladys.com/the-importance-of-culture/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/the-importance-of-culture/feed/ 0 <p>21st century Christianity became so focused on personal salvation that the details of Christian culture was neglected. Billy Graham understood this himself and tried to emphasize the importance of discipleship. The story of Penicillin… Four words: Pathogen: A real problem… Sterilize or Inoculate (Matthew 13:1-9) What part of this story do we have the most […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-importance-of-culture/">The Importance of Culture</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 21st century Christianity became so focused on personal salvation that the details of Christian culture was neglected. Billy Graham understood this himself and tried to emphasize the importance of discipleship.

The story of Penicillin…

Four words:

Pathogen: A real problem… Sterilize or Inoculate

(Matthew 13:1-9) What part of this story do we have the most control of?

The soil! This is what I’m calling culture. These are the things we can work with.

Cultural changes are slow. We often give up because it takes time and effort.

Culture Layers:

  1. General culture
  2. Popular Christian Culture
  3. My Local Church culture

How porous should the boundaries of these be?

Often the outer line turns out to be “Who am I?” And, “Who are we?”… questions of identity.

If there are no boundaries there is no culture. If you have no boundaries you don’t know who you are.

NOTES ON CULTURE:

  1. Identify core virtues/values of culture
  2. Danger… Blindness tends to occur if we don’t know what category we are in

Integration mode: Adapting to mainstream cultural practice

Defensive mode: Idealizing local culture and ignoring faults and even fatal flaws

Reactive mode: When I’m reacting to specifics ignoring strengths of core values

Failure to recognize the roots/Relationships between specifics and core values

Living Out Core Values:

I Cor. 6:12/I Cor. 10:23

  • IS IT EXPEDIENT?
  • DOES IT EDIFY?
  • WILL IT ENSLAVE?

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21st century Christianity became so focused on personal salvation that the details of Christian culture was neglected. Billy Graham understood this himself and tried to emphasize the importance of discipleship. The story of Penicillin…
Four words:
Pathogen: A real problem… Sterilize or Inoculate
(Matthew 13:1-9) What part of this story do we have the most control of?
The soil! This is what I’m calling culture. These are the things we can work with.
Cultural changes are slow. We often give up because it takes time and effort.
Culture Layers:

* General culture
* Popular Christian Culture
* My Local Church culture

How porous should the boundaries of these be?
Often the outer line turns out to be “Who am I?” And, “Who are we?”… questions of identity.
If there are no boundaries there is no culture. If you have no boundaries you don’t know who you are.
NOTES ON CULTURE:

* Identify core virtues/values of culture
* Danger… Blindness tends to occur if we don’t know what category we are in

Integration mode: Adapting to mainstream cultural practice
Defensive mode: Idealizing local culture and ignoring faults and even fatal flaws
Reactive mode: When I’m reacting to specifics ignoring strengths of core values
Failure to recognize the roots/Relationships between specifics and core values
Living Out Core Values:
I Cor. 6:12/I Cor. 10:23

* IS IT EXPEDIENT?
* DOES IT EDIFY?
* WILL IT ENSLAVE?

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Create a Culture - Melvin Lehman https://bmcgladys.com/create-a-culture/ Sun, 11 Nov 2018 00:26:36 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3277 https://bmcgladys.com/create-a-culture/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/create-a-culture/feed/ 0 <p>The Kingdom of God and Creating a Culture We need to stop reacting to culture, and start creating one. We come to an understanding of truth in the brotherhood and community. We need to put issues out and address them. Doctrine and Practice Hebrews 5:11-6, I Corinthians 3:9 It matters a great deal how we build […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/create-a-culture/">Create a Culture</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The Kingdom of God and Creating a Culture

We need to stop reacting to culture, and start creating one.

We come to an understanding of truth in the brotherhood and community. We need to put issues out and address them.

Doctrine and Practice

Hebrews 5:11-6, I Corinthians 3:9

It matters a great deal how we build our Christian culture.

How are we building on the foundation of Christ?

The culture wars of the twentieth century are over. Christianity has lost… Mainstream Christians have lost their distinctiveness from pagan culture. The pagans have won… at least for now.

How did this happen? Two contributing issues:

Soteriology: what must we do to be saved?

Ecclesiology: what is the church?

Who is Jesus?

What is the Church?

Who belongs to it?

Who says so?

All this keys into the question of building a culture. How questions are answered form a culture. If we learn to ask questions and not answer them that creates a culture as well.

Matthew 16:13-25

The key confession of all Christians must be this, that Jesus Christ is Lord of all and it must be publicly proclaimed.

Can we make that confession when it counts? Jesus is Lord, and it does matter HOW we live.

The only earthly organization that will transcend time and eternity is the Church. If we believe that then why should we be afraid to give anything for the Kingdom of God? Why shouldn’t we be excited about the Church?

Jesus did confer authority on the Church. How this works is not so clear, but it is undeniable from Scripture.

Never judge where your at as a person or group by a single event. How do they stack up? Are we learning from our mistakes?

If the person knows you love them they can deal with you making mistakes.

Building on the gospel foundation… be sure we are building on Christ.

How are we building?

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The Kingdom of God and Creating a Culture We need to stop reacting to culture, and start creating one. We come to an understanding of truth in the brotherhood and community. We need to put issues out and address them. We need to stop reacting to culture, and start creating one.
We come to an understanding of truth in the brotherhood and community. We need to put issues out and address them.
Doctrine and Practice
Hebrews 5:11-6, I Corinthians 3:9
It matters a great deal how we build our Christian culture.
How are we building on the foundation of Christ?
The culture wars of the twentieth century are over. Christianity has lost… Mainstream Christians have lost their distinctiveness from pagan culture. The pagans have won… at least for now.
How did this happen? Two contributing issues:
Soteriology: what must we do to be saved?
Ecclesiology: what is the church?
Who is Jesus?
What is the Church?
Who belongs to it?
Who says so?
All this keys into the question of building a culture. How questions are answered form a culture. If we learn to ask questions and not answer them that creates a culture as well.
Matthew 16:13-25
The key confession of all Christians must be this, that Jesus Christ is Lord of all and it must be publicly proclaimed.
Can we make that confession when it counts? Jesus is Lord, and it does matter HOW we live.
The only earthly organization that will transcend time and eternity is the Church. If we believe that then why should we be afraid to give anything for the Kingdom of God? Why shouldn’t we be excited about the Church?
Jesus did confer authority on the Church. How this works is not so clear, but it is undeniable from Scripture.
Never judge where your at as a person or group by a single event. How do they stack up? Are we learning from our mistakes?
If the person knows you love them they can deal with you making mistakes.
Building on the gospel foundation… be sure we are building on Christ.
How are we building?
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For The Good of Everyone - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/for-the-good-of-everyone/ Mon, 05 Nov 2018 00:23:54 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3274 https://bmcgladys.com/for-the-good-of-everyone/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/for-the-good-of-everyone/feed/ 0 <p>I Cor. 11:27-29 Before communion we need to examine ourselves. What questions should be included in this examination? Are we at peace with 1) God and 2) our fellow man? Matthew 5:23,24 Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:15 Have I been seeking the good of each other? Or have we been repaying evil for evil. What are […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/for-the-good-of-everyone/">For The Good of Everyone</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> I Cor. 11:27-29

Before communion we need to examine ourselves. What questions should be included in this examination?

Are we at peace with 1) God and 2) our fellow man?

Matthew 5:23,24

Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:15

Have I been seeking the good of each other? Or have we been repaying evil for evil.

What are some ways we can disobey this verse and respond poorly?

  1. Payback mode
  2. Martyr mode
  3. Armor-All mode

The problem with all these are that they don’t seek the good of the other person or the church.

Ephesians 4:?

In my opinion, in the context of the church, you have more obligation to do good to those that hurt you than you did before.

How do we seek each other’s good?

  1. Pray about the other person (I John 5:?)
  2. Put on a muzzle — Be careful that your words about the other person are going to do good
  3. Serve them
  4. Confront them cautiously, properly, and lovingly

Am I seeking the good of everyone, especially those that have hurt me?

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I Cor. 11:27-29 Before communion we need to examine ourselves. What questions should be included in this examination? Are we at peace with 1) God and 2) our fellow man? Matthew 5:23,24 Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:15 Have I been seeking the good of each oth... Before communion we need to examine ourselves. What questions should be included in this examination?
Are we at peace with 1) God and 2) our fellow man?
Matthew 5:23,24
Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:15
Have I been seeking the good of each other? Or have we been repaying evil for evil.
What are some ways we can disobey this verse and respond poorly?

* Payback mode
* Martyr mode
* Armor-All mode

The problem with all these are that they don’t seek the good of the other person or the church.
Ephesians 4:?
In my opinion, in the context of the church, you have more obligation to do good to those that hurt you than you did before.
How do we seek each other’s good?

* Pray about the other person (I John 5:?)
* Put on a muzzle — Be careful that your words about the other person are going to do good
* Serve them
* Confront them cautiously, properly, and lovingly

Am I seeking the good of everyone, especially those that have hurt me?
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Lessons on Prayer - John Waldron https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-on-prayer-2/ Mon, 05 Nov 2018 00:16:26 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3272 https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-on-prayer-2/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-on-prayer-2/feed/ 0 <p>Prayer is not a gift that we are born with. Rather it is a habit that is developed and learned. Prayer is a way to humble ourselves before God, and demonstrate our faith in Him. Mistakes in prayer: Not praying at all or using empty words without meaning Not praying according to God’s Law Not […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-on-prayer-2/">Lessons on Prayer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Prayer is not a gift that we are born with. Rather it is a habit that is developed and learned.

Prayer is a way to humble ourselves before God, and demonstrate our faith in Him.

Mistakes in prayer:

  1. Not praying at all or using empty words without meaning
  2. Not praying according to God’s Law
  3. Not accepting responsibility
  4. Not accepting consequences for our actions
  5. Not accepting what God has called us to— and instead praying that He send someone else
  6. Praying that God bless our mistakes
  7. Praying out of fleshly desires

The Lord’s (or, The Disciples’) Prayer:

  1. Pray for the kingdom, the Church
  2. Pray that God’s will be done
  3. Pray for daily bread
  4. Pray for forgiveness — understanding that it’s conditioned by our own forgiveness of others
  5. Pray for leading away from temptation
  6. Pray in worship

Luke 18:1-8:

  1. We come to God in prayer not because we are so special, or because we deserve anything from Him
  2. We must persevere in our prayer
  3. Prayer is important

Prayer isn’t about being happy… It’s about perseverance, and growing to be more like God.

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Prayer is not a gift that we are born with. Rather it is a habit that is developed and learned. Prayer is a way to humble ourselves before God, and demonstrate our faith in Him. Mistakes in prayer: Not praying at all or using empty words without meanin... Prayer is a way to humble ourselves before God, and demonstrate our faith in Him.
Mistakes in prayer:

* Not praying at all or using empty words without meaning
* Not praying according to God’s Law
* Not accepting responsibility
* Not accepting consequences for our actions
* Not accepting what God has called us to— and instead praying that He send someone else
* Praying that God bless our mistakes
* Praying out of fleshly desires

The Lord’s (or, The Disciples’) Prayer:

* Pray for the kingdom, the Church
* Pray that God’s will be done
* Pray for daily bread
* Pray for forgiveness — understanding that it’s conditioned by our own forgiveness of others
* Pray for leading away from temptation
* Pray in worship

Luke 18:1-8:

* We come to God in prayer not because we are so special, or because we deserve anything from Him
* We must persevere in our prayer
* Prayer is important

Prayer isn’t about being happy… It’s about perseverance, and growing to be more like God.
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Relationships Within the Church - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/relationships-within-the-church/ Mon, 22 Oct 2018 01:04:06 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3267 https://bmcgladys.com/relationships-within-the-church/#respond https://bmcgladys.com/relationships-within-the-church/feed/ 0 <p>1 Thessalonians 5 – Paul talks about some pretty important things starting at verse 12. How the ordained relate to the non ordained. How the church deals with needs and weaknesses within the church. These areas are important indicators of the health of our congregational life. The non ordained need to respect and esteem the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/relationships-within-the-church/">Relationships Within the Church</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Thessalonians 5 – Paul talks about some pretty important things starting at verse 12.

  1. How the ordained relate to the non ordained.
  2. How the church deals with needs and weaknesses within the church.

These areas are important indicators of the health of our congregational life.

The non ordained need to respect and esteem the ordained. Both need to have good relationships and have good attitudes towards the other.

Elders are to labour among the flock. This would include preaching and visiting and other things too.

Elders are “over you” in the Lord.

It is fairly easy to give instruction, but it is harder to give a warning. Both are part of what being a church leader includes.

We all are faint hearted at some point. Be an encourager!

The body, not just the ministry, is to help the weak. Part of the purpose of the church is to “grow up” its members.

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1 Thessalonians 5 – Paul talks about some pretty important things starting at verse 12. How the ordained relate to the non ordained. How the church deals with needs and weaknesses within the church. These areas are important indicators of the health of...
* How the ordained relate to the non ordained.
* How the church deals with needs and weaknesses within the church.

These areas are important indicators of the health of our congregational life.
The non ordained need to respect and esteem the ordained. Both need to have good relationships and have good attitudes towards the other.
Elders are to labour among the flock. This would include preaching and visiting and other things too.
Elders are “over you” in the Lord.
It is fairly easy to give instruction, but it is harder to give a warning. Both are part of what being a church leader includes.
We all are faint hearted at some point. Be an encourager!
The body, not just the ministry, is to help the weak. Part of the purpose of the church is to “grow up” its members.
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Dig a Ditch - Eric Oberholzer https://bmcgladys.com/dig-a-ditch/ Sun, 14 Oct 2018 23:30:44 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3264 <p>This morning we’ll be looking at and thinking about what God’s power looks like in our lives. A few introductory passages – Numbers 21:1-9, John 3:1-21 Look to Jesus and live. God’s power in our lives is meant to extend beyond just salvation. Steps in faith and obedience. 1 Kings 19 – Elisha answered the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/dig-a-ditch/">Dig a Ditch</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This morning we’ll be looking at and thinking about what God’s power looks like in our lives. A few introductory passages – Numbers 21:1-9, John 3:1-21 Look to Jesus and live. God’s power in our lives is meant to extend beyond just salvation. A few introductory passages – Numbers 21:1-9, John 3:1-21

* Look to Jesus and live.
* God’s power in our lives is meant to extend beyond just salvation.
* Steps in faith and obedience.

* 1 Kings 19 – Elisha answered the call to ministry, butchered his oxen and followed Elijah.
* Abraham was called and wasn’t given a “where he was going or what he was doing” he obeyed.
* Many of the disciples were called and weren’t given a lot of details, they left their boats, or whatever they were doing and followed him.
* When God calls us he wants us to take simple steps in obedience.
* 2 Kings 3 – Make this valley full of ditches. This is an interesting story, it isn’t a super famous ones, but it is a fascinating one!
* God may be asking you to dig ditches in faith.
* God wants us to do what we can, to prepare ourselves for the things that God wants to do in, with, for and through us.



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The Power of God in the Lives of His People - Rich Bowman https://bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-god-in-the-lives-of-his-people/ Sun, 07 Oct 2018 23:23:52 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3263 <p>Creation: The story of creation is an astounding demonstration of the power of God. It does matter what we believe about origins. If we doubt the account of creation in Scripture we cast a shadow of doubt on the rest. Colossians 1:16 – God demonstrates His power by interrupting the natural order. Care for His […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-god-in-the-lives-of-his-people/">The Power of God in the Lives of His People</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Creation: The story of creation is an astounding demonstration of the power of God. It does matter what we believe about origins. If we doubt the account of creation in Scripture we cast a shadow of doubt on the rest. The story of creation is an astounding demonstration of the power of God.
It does matter what we believe about origins. If we doubt the account of creation in Scripture we cast a shadow of doubt on the rest.
Colossians 1:16 – God demonstrates His power by interrupting the natural order.
Care for His people:

* 2 Kings 6:15-18
* 2 Chronicles 16:9
* Psalm 34:7
* Acts 23: 12-22

God’s power over…

* Hebrews 1:1-3 (sin)
* Acts 10:38 (disease and oppression)
* John 10:14-18 (death)

The power of Redemption:

* The Lord has made bare His holy arm!
* The gospel of Christ is the power of God for everyone unto salvation.
* 1 Corinthians 1:18

Transforming Power: Paul is a particularly good example of this power, especially his conversion story. Acts 26
Power to Forgive: Acts 7:60
People don’t really know the full impact of their sins against others… that should help us forgive. It should also help us to be more careful ourselves.

* Psalm 103:14
* 2 Corinthians 4:6,7
* 1 John 4:4
* Acts 1:8
* Romans 6
* Ephesians 3:20

We must yield ourselves to God to experience His goodness and power.
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Two Choices - Gabriel Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/two-choices/ Sun, 23 Sep 2018 23:49:26 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3260 <p>I Samuel 1:1-18 – It seems that Hannah’s defining characteristic was her inability to bear children. Surely this was a great grief for her. Elkanah loved her, and gave her a double portion. He saw that she was hurting. Yet he seemed to be insensitive, asking her if he was not better to her than […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/two-choices/">Two Choices</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> I Samuel 1:1-18 – It seems that Hannah’s defining characteristic was her inability to bear children. Surely this was a great grief for her. Elkanah loved her, and gave her a double portion. He saw that she was hurting. Yet he seemed to be insensitive, Elkanah loved her, and gave her a double portion. He saw that she was hurting. Yet he seemed to be insensitive, asking her if he was not better to her than 10 sons!
God has given us natural desires, such as Hannah’s desire for a child. Scripture promises that God will not withhold anything good from us.   
Psalm 84:11 – Why does it seem that God withholds good things from us?
God is working toward an end much bigger than our own… His plans are so much bigger. This doesn’t mean He doesn’t care. He invites us to cast our cares upon Him.
In the end we must trust the goodness of God.
We may need to wrestle with these desires just as Jesus did in the garden. There are two directions we can go: become broken and surrendered to God’s will, or become bitter and pursue our desires apart from the blessing of God.
Hannah chose to take her disappointment and desires to God, trusting His heart for her. It was a lament that still believed God heard.
God hears.
When God withholds something good, it is to replace it with something better. Our response must be surrender.
Hannah’s vow was a moment of surrender to God, entrusting Him with her greatest desire. She gave Him a gift that she had not even received.
God does not withhold from us because He enjoys our suffering.
Instead of self-pity, she went home rejoicing as she left Samuel at the temple. Her prayer had been answered. Her desire had been granted in God’s timing for His purposes.
Luke 11:9-13 – Ask, Seek, Knock…
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The Importance of Relationships - Jeff Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-importance-of-relationships/ Sun, 09 Sep 2018 18:46:55 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3254 <p>Matthew 22:35-40 – Jesus was focusing on relationships here. He is saying that there are two types of relationships that are vitally important. Our relationship with God and our relationship with other people. What are relationships? – Two beings interacting. Contact. Communication. There are many levels of relationships as well. Any person that we have […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-importance-of-relationships/">The Importance of Relationships</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Matthew 22:35-40 – Jesus was focusing on relationships here. He is saying that there are two types of relationships that are vitally important. Our relationship with God and our relationship with other people. What are relationships? What are relationships? – Two beings interacting. Contact. Communication. There are many levels of relationships as well. Any person that we have contact with, even if it is only for a short time, we have a relationship with.
The way that we are impacted by other people tends to stick with us.
God is Relational and We are Too
Genesis 1:26-27 – God is a God of relationships. God is the only being that is relational within himself. Jesus said, “I and my father are one.”

* God specifically created us for a relationship with him.
* God’s desired relationship with man was damaged by sin.
* Matthew 18 – God seeks us out. The prodigal sons father was watching and waiting for his son to return. God is that way too, he desires our relationship.
* We are relational as well. This is one of the ways that God created us in his image. He gave us a desire to have relationships as well.
* Jesus modeled the relationship that we should have with God the father, but he also modeled the relationship that we should have with other people. He always loved and sought good for people.
* Some of the greatest joys in our lives come from relationships. Some of the greatest pain in our lives can also come from a relationship.

Relationships Have an Eternal Dimension to Them
John 15:4-6 – When we think about eternal dimensions of relationships the first thing that we usually think about is our relationship with God. We need this relationship with Christ. We can’t be fruitful without a relationship with him.
Christ had some not so nice things to say to the Pharisees at times. The root of a lot of that was that they had an entire framework, but they lacked a relationship with God.
Our relationships with others have an eternal importance as well. We can impact people towards the kingdom, or we can affect them in a way that would lead them away from the kingdom.
There is an Interaction Between Sin and Relationships
Sin directly impacts our relationships. Often sin involves a relationship (in some senses it always involves our relationship with God). Sin can take a relationship and turn it into an ugly and hurtful thing.
Relationships, on the other hand, are also often the key to restoration after the sin.
Relationships Have a Ripple Affect
The ripple affect from relationships can be a good thing or they can be a bad thing.

* 1 John 4:20-21 – Our relationships with each other impacts our relationship with God.
* 2 Corinthians 5:18 – Paul talks about reconciliation and how we have been reconciled to God. As our relationship with God affects how we relate to others.
* 1 John 2:15-16 – As we love ourselves, our love for God is destroyed. There are some relationships that are simply incompatible.

Three Qualities of Healthy Relationships

* Selflessness – To really have good relationships we need to be selfless. Christ demonstrated this many times when he was on earth.
* Grace – We never have to offer grace to God. However our human relationships need to be built on a willingness to give grace to each other.
* Investment – This applies not only to our relationship with God, but also with other people. To maintain a good relationship, investment needs to be a part of the equation.

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The Patience Test - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-patience-test/ Mon, 03 Sep 2018 00:37:57 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3250 <p>James 5:11 – James refers here to Job as being a “patient man.” When we think of Jobs patience and our own patience, where do we feel like we stack up? Have you heard of the patience of {insert your name here}? “Exercise patience, kindness and forbearance…” This is part of the marriage vows. These […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-patience-test/">The Patience Test</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> James 5:11 – James refers here to Job as being a “patient man.” When we think of Jobs patience and our own patience, where do we feel like we stack up? Have you heard of the patience of {insert your name here}? “Exercise patience, “Exercise patience, kindness and forbearance…” This is part of the marriage vows. These three things are very closely tied together.
Colossians 1:9-14 – Paul prayed for his readers that they would be patient and long suffering. It is difficult to distinguish clearly between these two words.
1 Timothy 1:16-17, 1 Peter 3:20 – God’s patience towards us is something that we should appreciate. God desires that kind of patience in us, towards others and towards our circumstances.
Ephesians 4:1 – If you aren’t as patient as you want to be, and if you don’t measure up to the patience that God wants you to have… take heart! There is hope. God wants to help you become patient!
What Does Patience Involve?

* 1 Corinthians 13 – Patience involves love.
* Ephesians 4:2 – Patience involves humility.
* Patience involves meekness.
* 2 Peter 3:9 – Patience involves mercy.
* Matthew 18:21-35 – Patience involves forgiveness.
* Patience will be needed/necessary until Christ returns James 5:7-11.
* Patience involves hope.

Easy Steps to Being More Patient
We want to develop more of the spiritual fruit of patience. Several things that we can think about and work on.

* Recognize that patience is part of the person that God wants his children to be. Patience is part of holiness.
* Establish and strengthen your hearts. Galatians 5:22 – Love, joy, peace, long suffering… Read God’s word, read it carefully, pray about it, pray about patience, ask for the fruit that God wants to bring forth in your heart.
* Commit yourself to patience. A promise before God.
* Practice not complaining about others. Complaining puts the focus on the problem rather than our need to be patient. Complaining stirs impatience and aggravation.
* Follow mature Bible people and the way that they approached things. See how they responded to discouragement.
* 1 Thessalonians 5:14 – Be patient… don’t just hold your tongue. Connect with God and ask him to help you.

When we do become impatient, confess to God. Ask forgiveness if you need to. It is all part of practicing and becoming better at patience.
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Anabaptist Distinctives - Part 3 - Milo Zehr https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-distinctives-part-3/ Sun, 26 Aug 2018 20:37:56 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3246 <p>This is not going to be a normal kind of sermon. They are more historical reflections. We’ve had two sessions already where we contrasted the Catholic, Protestant and Anabaptist views of a number of issues. First I’ll review the areas we talked about to give a few more reflections on each. One’s conclusion about some […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-distinctives-part-3/">Anabaptist Distinctives – Part 3</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This is not going to be a normal kind of sermon. They are more historical reflections. We’ve had two sessions already where we contrasted the Catholic, Protestant and Anabaptist views of a number of issues. We’ve had two sessions already where we contrasted the Catholic, Protestant and Anabaptist views of a number of issues.
First I’ll review the areas we talked about to give a few more reflections on each.
One’s conclusion about some of the practical side of these things will depend which kind of Anabaptist you are: literalist, middle of the road, and spiritualist. Our approach to issues as one of these affects our views.
Scripture: Anabaptists said all Scriptural interpretation must be tested against the life of Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the life it demonstrates. They believed that NT superseded the OT.
A major issue amongst Anabaptists even today is the relationship between the Holy Spirit and the text of Scripture.
In the OT/NT discussion, we may struggle to know what the value of the OT is.
Politely/Social/Economic:
Anabaptists rejected the view that all people in one area are Christians and must belong to the same Church; taught that Class distinctions are wrong; that all people are equal.
The Church is made up of all that have responded in faith to Christ and follow Him.
Human Relationships:
All Christians are called to literally follow the Sermon on the mount as demonstrated in the life of Christ; that peace was a way of life; that any violence, verbal physical, or sexual, is wrong.
This sort of violence sometimes exists within our churches as well as in the world. We have tended to be passive in these things. It is easy to focus on not going to war and forget the positive commitment to love.
Missions:
The Anabaptists were passionate missionaries, because they did not believe that everyone in society was saved, and that those that were not were going to hell.
We tend to be less so. We probably feel less compulsion… we don’t have the
Authority:
Except for the literalists, the Anabaptists believed in the Church as the community of saints. By communal worship, and visible expressions of love it was maintained. “Four Marks” of Anabaptist: Baptism, Discipleship, the Supper, and Mutual Aid.
For this to work, believers have to be fully committed to following the Lord, and serving/supporting each other.
Since the Church is not a democracy, leaders are responsible to lead and formulate positions based on congregational discussions and Scripture.
However, the clergy/laity distinction should be discussed carefully. Laity are not less spiritual than the ordained.
Baptism/Communion:
The Anabaptists believed in water baptism where one confessed ones sins, the Lordship of Christ, and pledged themselves to the community. Excommunication was considered a natural part of Church discipline.
The Lord’s Supper also testifies to one’s seriousness about following Christ.
I think there is evidence in the ante-niceness fathers that both adults and infants baptized. I’m not trying to promote infant baptism, however. I’m just acknowledging the historical record.
It would be helpful for us as parents to have a conversation about how to handle the spiritual life of children before the age of accountability.
Anabaptists generally said there is no sacramental value in Communion and Anabaptists. I have some concerns about that.
I do not believe the Lord’s Supper is merely a memorial. I believe that outward things/symbols serve a purpose that connect us to God.
God is present and communicates Himself in a mysterious way and I don’t think we need to define exactly how that works.
I do struggle with the view of communion that it must only be for us. It can make it feel like believers not from our Church are not worthy to commune with us. It can be easy to lapse into a feeling of superiority.
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God’s Plan for Christ’s Return - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/gods-plan-for-christs-return/ Sun, 19 Aug 2018 20:31:56 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3245 <p>What Happens to Christians Who Die Before Christ Returns? 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 – Grief is a lot sharper when we don’t have answers for questions like this. Paul doesn’t tell the church here to stop grieving. He says that they can have hope! God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 1 Corinthians […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/gods-plan-for-christs-return/">God’s Plan for Christ’s Return</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> What Happens to Christians Who Die Before Christ Returns? 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 – Grief is a lot sharper when we don’t have answers for questions like this. Paul doesn’t tell the church here to stop grieving. He says that they can have hope! 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 – Grief is a lot sharper when we don’t have answers for questions like this. Paul doesn’t tell the church here to stop grieving. He says that they can have hope! God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:50-53 – Not only will these saints be restored to life. They will be restored, they will be changed! These changed bodies won’t just be refurbished and “as good as new.” They will be perfected.
We will “meet him in the air” – this is not a temporary reunion it is an eternal reunion. Whether awake or asleep, we can have the hope that we will “meet him in the air.”
When is Jesus Coming Back?
Paul told the Corinthians that they already knew the answer to this question… Jesus would return like a thief in the night. No man knows the day or the time. Jesus said the same thing in Matthew 24.
Be ready. The Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect. Be awake, be alert, be sober, be ready.
A Few Major Attributes

* God’s plan for the second coming is an infallible plan. It is free of faults and is perfect.
* God’s plan is an unforcastable plan. We can’t forecast when it is going to happen.
* God’s plan is inescapable each of us is going to face Christ at some point.
* God’s plan is internal. “We will always be wit the Lord.”

How do We Apply this Scripture?
Paul actually tells us how we should be applying these scriptures.

* Keep our helmet of hope on. Hope can help keep us from loosing our heads!
* Romans 13:11-14 – The goal is not to come up with a way to be ready when Christ returns. The goal is to be ready now, tomorrow, always. We are to live as if Jesus’ return is imminent.
* Encourage each other with these word. Build each other up.

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Be Prepared - Delvin Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/be-prepared/ Sun, 12 Aug 2018 11:27:53 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3241 <p>Life has many twists and turns. We will face many difficult things. How can we be prepared? God has a plan, a reason for what is happening. This morning we will be looking at some of the tools that Daniel used when he faced difficulty. He was there to stay: Daniel 1:21 “And Daniel continued […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/be-prepared/">Be Prepared</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Life has many twists and turns. We will face many difficult things. How can we be prepared? God has a plan, a reason for what is happening. This morning we will be looking at some of the tools that Daniel used when he faced difficulty. God has a plan, a reason for what is happening.
This morning we will be looking at some of the tools that Daniel used when he faced difficulty.
He was there to stay:
Daniel 1:21 “And Daniel continued until the first year of Cyrus.”
Daniel 2:49 “But Daniel made request of the king…”
Daniel 6:28 “…Daniel prospered…”
Daniel 12:13 “Thou shalt rest and stand in thy lot…”
Daniel’s difficult youthful circumstances came on him through no fault of his own. He could have been bitter and complained. Instead he kept his relationship with God and did well, even in difficult circumstances.
Daniel’s Tools:
Daniel had an excellent spirit
Daniel 6:3; Romans 8:9-11 – Daniel had an attitude of prayer
Daniel 2:17, 18, 20-23 – We see him fasting, praying and seeking God.
Daniel had good and godly friends
Proverbs 18:24 – There is strength, encouragement, prayer support, and mentoring to be found in good friendships.
Daniel modeled humility
Daniel 9:3-11,19 – He never bragged about his own ability, but he did brag about God’s!
Daniel trusted that God was ultimately in control, and remained humble and faithful.
Daniel 12:13 – “But as for you, go your way to the end; then you will enter into rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end of the age”
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Peace in Prayer - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/peace-in-prayer/ Sun, 05 Aug 2018 11:22:59 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3239 <p>Text: Philippians 4:6,7 A few weeks ago we looked at Mark 11 and found some lessons about believing prayer. If we pray in faith God will help us. Sometimes when we pray the answers come immediately. But sometimes they don’t… This morning we want to think about peace in unanswered prayer. We need to pray […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/peace-in-prayer/">Peace in Prayer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Philippians 4:6,7 A few weeks ago we looked at Mark 11 and found some lessons about believing prayer. If we pray in faith God will help us. Sometimes when we pray the answers come immediately. But sometimes they don’t… This morning we want to thi... A few weeks ago we looked at Mark 11 and found some lessons about believing prayer. If we pray in faith God will help us.
Sometimes when we pray the answers come immediately. But sometimes they don’t…
This morning we want to think about peace in unanswered prayer. We need to pray earnestly about our burdens and still find peace in God when things don’t go the way we want.
Verse 6: don’t panic… pray
Verse 7: have peace in prayer
Surrender:
Remember the example of Christ in the garden and like Him, say, “Thy will, not mine be done.”
Even in the events of Calvary Jesus was more at peace than anyone else. Paul prayed for the removal of the thorn in the flesh… and received grace more than what was sufficient.
So we pray, and we struggle, but we say, “Thy will be done.”
There are, of course, some things to which we don’t surrender such as besetting sin.
Expectancy:
Prayer changes things. Things happen that would not otherwise happen when we pray.
“My soul waits for the Lord…” Like the night watchman we wait for the Lord in our prayer. And we wait with hope because we expect something from God.
Waiting:
Waiting is not casual, or thoughtless. It is waiting on God… “God will hear me”.
Waiting on the Lords means worship. “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving”.
(Colossians 4:2) – Sometimes God allows hard things to discipline us.
(Isaiah 30:18) – God is doing things in us as we wait on Him.
On the one hand we are to rest and be still. On the other, there are things to do. (I Peter 3:1,2)
Waiting on the Lord means patience and contentment. “Give us this day our daily bread…”
In tribulation we are still called to patient endurance.
Psalm 31:24
Continue earnestly in prayer… Be persistent.
And then there is peace… Philippians 4:6,7
This peace is communion with God. It is nothing less than the presence of God in our hearts.
It strengthens us. It strengthens our faith and our fruitfulness. It guards our hearts.
Concerns and distresses can cripple our confidence and lead to complaining and grumbling. But if we take them as signals to pray, it can make a difference in us and around us. By this we can grow closer to God.
What a friend we have in Jesus!
The angels announced peace on earth. And when Jesus left the earth, He left us His peace. “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
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Anabaptist Distinctives – Part 2 - Milo Zehr https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-distinctives-part-2/ Mon, 30 Jul 2018 01:38:10 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3235 <p>##Point 4 What does it mean to be saved? Catholic view: receive the sacraments Medieval Pietism/mysticism: Focus on reproduction of Christ’s death and resurrection in the soul rather than at Mass; Focus on yielding the self to God in Gelassenheit Luther’s view: early view was medieval pietism; Later view was imputed righteousness General Protestant view: […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-distinctives-part-2/">Anabaptist Distinctives – Part 2</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> ##Point 4 What does it mean to be saved? Catholic view: receive the sacraments Medieval Pietism/mysticism: Focus on reproduction of Christ’s death and resurrection in the soul rather than at Mass; Focus on yielding the self to God in Gelassenheit Luthe... What does it mean to be saved?
Catholic view: receive the sacraments
Medieval Pietism/mysticism: Focus on reproduction of Christ’s death and resurrection in the soul rather than at Mass; Focus on yielding the self to God in Gelassenheit
Luther’s view: early view was medieval pietism; Later view was imputed righteousness
General Protestant view: Imputed righteousness
Anabaptist view: Rejected the sacramental view; Rejected infant baptism; Agreed with Medieval Pietist view; Believed salvation is incarnation and requires repentance and faith which will transform the heart and life
Point 5
What Is the Church?
Catholic view: Where the sacraments are properly administered
Protestant view: Where the sacraments are properly administered and the Word is preached
Anabaptist view: Where those who trust and follow Christ are gathered; More emphasis on discipleship; More emphasis on the gathered body, the participation of believers in worship, in the choosing their leaders, and discerning the will of God. Corporate worship, mutual aid, etc. characterized the Anabaptist community
Reflections: Believers have to be committed to Jesus and the body, and leaders serve as servants for this model to work.
Point 6
What ethic applies in human relationships?
Catholic: The orders practice the love ethic differently than the rest of society

Luther: No major change from Catholics: The Word is preached and the sacraments kept, but people go to war and hate and kill.
Anabaptists: Believers are called to practice the Sermon on the Mount, to follow the example of Christ, to resist evil without violence, and to suffer wrong.
Reflections:
Point 7
What happens in the Lord’s Supper/Eucharist?

* Catholic view: Transubstantiation
* Luther’s view: Consubstantial
* Calvin’s view: Spiritual Presence
* Zwingli’s view: Memorial
* Anabaptist view: Similar to Zwingli’s view, but beyond that emphasized the brotherhood

Point 8
Scripture- How do we know truth?
Everyone was a Biblicist…but…
Luther, Zwingli: You can do anything the Bible doesn’t condemn

Anabaptists: You can only do what the Bible commands; Christocentric; NT over OT; Testimony of committed believers throughout the history of the Church, including the local church, is the only adequate context and forum for Biblical interpretation; Places living alongside believing certain truths. We evaluate whether or not a person believes right by whether or not the person lives right. “Anabaptist hermeneutics is the hermeneutics of obedience.”
The Anabaptists had a compelling view of the Church that drove them to missionary activity. They believed that their movement represented a return to the 1st century Church. Rejecting the sacramental view of grace and forensic justification, they said that Christ’s life death and resurrection is reproduced in the life of the believer. Because they believe in the freedom of the will they were compelled to preach to those around them. And they preached as they ran… and in their martyrdom.
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The Value of Identity - Brian Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-value-of-identity/ Sun, 29 Jul 2018 18:45:20 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3233 <p>Having an identity is important. When there is no history there is no identity. When there is no identity there is a tendency towards “redefining” an identity. Deuteronomy – Moses reviews the history of the Children of Israel. He is calling them to remember who they are, and who God. Joshua 24 – Remember your […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-value-of-identity/">The Value of Identity</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Having an identity is important. When there is no history there is no identity. When there is no identity there is a tendency towards “redefining” an identity. Deuteronomy – Moses reviews the history of the Children of Israel. Deuteronomy – Moses reviews the history of the Children of Israel. He is calling them to remember who they are, and who God.
Joshua 24 – Remember your history. Renew your vows and serve the Lord! Joshua handed leadership over to the the people and the tribes. From that point on there was a slow loss of memory about things God had done for them.
Several things that the Children of Israel failed to do to pass their identity on to the next generation.

* They failed to fight their battles to a conclusion. They were content to live among an undefeated enemy.
* They failed to connect their children to their grandparents.
* They failed to instill an identity in their children. Who they were and what they stood for.
* They failed to pass on the vision, the purpose that they had when they came into the lan of Canaan.

Numbers 10:29, Judges 1:16, Jeremiah 35 – The Rechabites refused to drink wine. It was something that their fathers had passed on to them. Put yourself in their shoes. They shared a lot of history with the Israelites, yet they had a unique identity among themselves.
Of all the parts of our lives that we can grapple with, what we can’t change is our history. We can do several things with it though, we can ignore it, or we can rewrite and redefine it. History gives us events, choices and results.
Scripture gives us two ways to look at what came before.

* 2 Chronicles 30, 2 Corinthians 10 – Don’t be like your brothers. We are not called to judge others who were a part of our history. However we can look at their environment, the choices they made and then the outcome. The best we can do is look at the results of those choices and learn from them.
* Jeremiah 6:16 – Seemingly a contradiction to the previous point. It is good for us to wrestle with the things that are passed to us. However, scrapping it all and “starting from zero” is an arrogant position.

We don’t have to look far to see examples of people who left a good legacy that we can learn from.
Nations, family, children, Christians, churches – each has an identity.
1 Peter 2:9 – Our identity is with Christ and with God’s people. Jesus is our redemption, our sanctification and our greatest treasure. God’s people are unique, there are no two ways about it.
We are called to this identity with Christ, but it is also true that there is a practical outworking of this identity. What decisions do we make? How do we apply these things?
If we could leave an example to the next generation that they could follow and not just react to, even if they wouldn’t agree with all of our choices, would they at least agree with the way that these choices were made and the context of our values?
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Anabaptist Distinctives - Part 1 - Milo Zehr https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-distinctives-part-1/ Wed, 25 Jul 2018 18:39:42 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3231 <p>This evening’s service is kind of “jumping in with both feet” not a lot of background but going straight into things that make the Anabaptist position distinctive. Religions Options in 1525-1535 Roman Catholic & Eastern Orthodox Lutheran: Luther, Melanchthon Reformed Zurich – Zwingli; Leo Jud; Bullinger Geneva – Calvin; Beza Strasburg – Capital; Bucer Scotland […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-distinctives-part-1/">Anabaptist Distinctives – Part 1</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This evening’s service is kind of “jumping in with both feet” not a lot of background but going straight into things that make the Anabaptist position distinctive. Religions Options in 1525-1535 Roman Catholic & Eastern Orthodox Lutheran: Luther, Religions Options in 1525-1535

* Roman Catholic & Eastern Orthodox
* Lutheran: Luther, Melanchthon
* Reformed
* Zurich – Zwingli; Leo Jud; Bullinger
* Geneva – Calvin; Beza
* Strasburg – Capital; Bucer
* Scotland – John Knox
* Anabaptist – Swiss (Bible & Christ); S German/Austrian; Northern German/Dutch
* Anglican
* Mennonites – Anabaptist, Swiss; South German/Austrian, North German/Dutch
* “Anabaptist” – “One who baptize again”
* Anabaptist – predominately orthodox beliefs

Major 16th century issues and comparison of the Catholic, Protestant and Anabaptist answers

* Political, social, and economic issues
* Medieval view: A fixed place in society; church and society are one.
* Zwingli, Luther, Calvin: Medieval view.
* Anabaptist
* Everyone is equal.
* Anabaptist church-state = wide range of beliefs
* Medieval view: early Grebal/Mantz/Zuric view
* Full participation – Hubmaier = make Anabaptism the official religion.
* Full participation – Muntzer (man) and Munster (city) = revolutionary = establish a state religion
* Radical dualism: Schleitheim Confession
* Less radical/Cautious involvement: Hans Denck, Marpeck, Menno Simons, Dordrecht Confession
* Milo’s Thoughts – The Anabaptists who survived rejected the medieval view. They believed that church and state were completely separate. We are called to be separate, but we are also called to be witnesses to those around us.

The question of authority and tradition

* Catholic view – Truth and grace are transmitted to the people through the clergy.
* Luther, Zwingli, Calvin – Congregation contributed nothing to interpretation and application of scripture. In a lot of ways church life was similar to that in the Catholic Church at that time.
* Anabaptists – determined to get rid of human traditions and civil authority and to root all in the Word, Spirit, and Christian community. Beliefs and behavior should be determined and monitored by the people who have cone anger together under the Lordship of Christ.
* Milo’s Thoughts – Leaders and traditions have a place in the church and congregation. Traditions are one of the vehicles by which beliefs and values are transmitted from one generation to the next.

Views of baptism

* Catholic view – infant baptism
* Martin Luther’s view – infant baptism
* Zwingli’s view – infant baptism
* Anabaptist view – Only believers can be baptized
* Milo’s Thoughts – In a lot of ways these views on baptism go back to how each group felt about scripture. The Anabaptists tied their belief to verses that talk about “Going and preaching” and then people “responding and being baptized.”

What does it mean to be saved?

* Classic Catholic view – receive the sacraments.
* Medieval pietism/mysticism – Theologian Deutsch (Luther’s title)
* Focus on reproduction of Christ’s death and resurrection in the soul instead of at Mass
* Focus on yielding the self to God in Gelassenheit – self-surrender and self-abandonment.
* Luther – Early view was “Theologia Deutsch” (Luther’s title)
* The general Protestant approach – righteusness of Christ is imputed to one’s account.
* Anabaptists understood salvation in the “Theologia Deutsch” tradition. Anabaptists said salvation is incarnation/internal/substantial; requires repentance and faith – Gelassenheit; and transforms the heart and life.
* Milo’s reflections

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Trusting God Even in Trials - Nathan Good https://bmcgladys.com/trusting-god-even-in-trials/ Sun, 22 Jul 2018 10:58:17 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3224 <p>Proverbs 11 – Since we cannot go back in time, we need to say, “God, this is where I am, but I’m willing to lay the past down and start from here.” When we give that which isn’t ours to keep, God will bless. Ecclesiastes 11, Genesis 22 – “The Lord will provide.” Abraham had […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/trusting-god-even-in-trials/">Trusting God Even in Trials</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Proverbs 11 – Since we cannot go back in time, we need to say, “God, this is where I am, but I’m willing to lay the past down and start from here.” When we give that which isn’t ours to keep, God will bless. Ecclesiastes 11, Ecclesiastes 11, Genesis 22 – “The Lord will provide.” Abraham had gone all the way with God. He had given up his only son, knowing that God could/would provide. Abrahams faith was counted towards him as as righteousness.
Psalm 17 – David is making requests, but note that he is coming to God with a pure heart. When we come to God and ask for things, are we coming to God with a pure heart? Are there things in our lives and hearts that we need to take care of?
Isaiah 40-45 – There is much comfort in these chapters, but there is some qualifications as well.

* God claims us as his own in these verses.
* He tells us that He is God.
* He tells us that He loves us.
* He tells us that There is a way.

Job 23:8-12 – Job says that he looked all around and didn’t see God. Job says that what helped him make it even during these times was the Word of God.
God knows the things that are happening around you today. He knows it better than we do.
Psalms 30 – God knows what we are going through. We have his favor for our lifetime, He knows that we need him at all times. He knows that we go through hard times, but He also knows that joy comes in the morning.
Psalm 31:7 – God has considered our trouble! He knows when we face adversaries.
Psalm 34:4-7 – God hears us. God delivers us. There is a part for us to do – “I sought the Lord.” God hears, and will respond – “He heard me, and delivered me.”
Psalm 37:23-24 – God knows. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. God will show us where we should go if we are walking with Him.
Psalm 46:1 – God knows when we are in trouble. He is there and He will be our refuge and our strength.
Psalm 50:15 – God knows when we are in trouble. He will deliver us.
Psalm 55:22 – God knows about your burden. He wants to take your burden.
Psalm 84 – The joy of dwelling with God. The joy of going to church, worshiping, and gathering. Blessed is the man that trusted in the Lord.
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord, with all thine heart. He will direct thy paths.
Psalm 62:1-5 – Trust in Him at all times. God is a refuge for us. If God does withhold something from us it is for our best. The Lord will provide.
Psalm 37:3-7 – Trust. Delight. Commit. Rest. In the Lord.
Isaiah 55 – An invitation to come, to come and to drink. Listen and you will hear. Seek the Lord. God’s ways are higher than our ways. There is joy in the future! There is a good, a brighter day coming!
Psalm 27:14 – Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage. He will strengthen your heart.
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Guidelines for Edifying and Encouraging - Nathan Good https://bmcgladys.com/guidelines-for-edifying-and-encouraging/ Sun, 22 Jul 2018 10:55:30 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3221 <p>Are we open to listening to the Holy Spirit this morning? Are we willing to be tapped on the shoulder and then to obey? This is vitally important whenever we sit under the preaching of the word. To edify means: to build up, to make some progress towards a goal. Have we been growing? Are […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/guidelines-for-edifying-and-encouraging/">Guidelines for Edifying and Encouraging</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Are we open to listening to the Holy Spirit this morning? Are we willing to be tapped on the shoulder and then to obey? This is vitally important whenever we sit under the preaching of the word. To edify means: to build up, To edify means: to build up, to make some progress towards a goal. Have we been growing? Are we helping each other to grow?
Word Study
We don’t use the word edify too much. We generally would say “encourage” in the place of “edify.”
Encourage in the Old Testament means to “strengthen, to help, to confirm, to fortify, to maintain, to make strong.”
Deuteronomy 1 – When the spies were sent in to Canaan there was a conflicting report that was given. One side was positive and sure that they could take the land, the other side was sure that Moses had brought them out of Egypt to let them die.
Can you imagine how this made Joshua feel? He needed to be encouraged to take the job of leading the Children of Israel. He also needed to encourage the people to follow him. Moses knew that Joshua needed encouraging.
Deuteronomy 3:28 – God has wonderful things in store for us, that is his desire for us as individuals and as a church. Moses here, again, tells the people to encourage their leader, to stand behind them, to walk with them through the difficult times.
What can we learn from these verses? We should encourage our brothers and sisters when God has called them to a task and to a specific assignment. We should pray for them, not only is that for them, but it also affects our attitudes and how we feel and relate to our brothers and sisters.
Edify in the New Testament means “to construct, to confirm, to build up.”
Romans 14:19 – Is this representative of me? Have I been building up the church and those around me?
Romans 14:7 – It is easy to just kind of “sit back and watch” – but all of us as a part of the body have an affect in some shape or form on the rest of the body.
Romans 15:2 – Is this happening with me? Am I pleasing my neighbor for his good to edification. Am I building up my brothers, spiritually in the Lord?
Romans 14:12-13 – We’ve been told to build up and to encourage. Here Paul warns agains the opposite, which has a negative affect on others (and ourselves) in a spiritual sense.
When we don’t see things exactly the same, or have different opinions, or even what we would say is a conviction. Even then we must related in such a way as to edify one another, not in a way that would lead to destruction.
1 Corinthians 10:23-24 – There are a lot of things that in themselves may not be right or wrong. Things to do, places to go, things to wear, things to say. These things may not be wrong, but they may not be helpful and may not be the best for the occasion. They may have a negative affect on someone instead of building them up.
1 Corinthians 8:1 – We all have knowledge, we all have an opinion on whatever issues come up. Paul tells us here that “knowledge makes a person proud, but charity builds others up.” Does our brother or sister know us because of our knowledge which we are always trying to give to them or because of our love for them?
Ephesians 4:29 – Is what I am saying/doing administering grace to those who I am talking to or working with?
A one on one relationship. How it works together. Let all things be for edification.
Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16 – What are you doing for the body of Christ? Are you building up? God expects you and me to be helping others grow.
May God, by his Holy Spirit and His word help us to grow in these areas.
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Lessons on Prayer - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-on-prayer/ Sun, 15 Jul 2018 20:44:14 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3217 <p>What “Mountains” do we face? God offers His wisdom and power through prayer. He will only give us good things, and will change us as take our needs to Him. Is it possible that we have not, because we ask not? We can be confident in the working of God. Text: Mark 11:12 – 14, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-on-prayer/">Lessons on Prayer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> What “Mountains” do we face? God offers His wisdom and power through prayer. He will only give us good things, and will change us as take our needs to Him. Is it possible that we have not, because we ask not? We can be confident in the working of God. Text: Mark 11:12 – 14, 20 – 26
Lessons of the Fig Tree

* Faith in God Who hears… Life is full of difficulties, “mountains” that must be overcome like suffering and loss. Christian prayer is not superstitious. It is not faith in the prayer, but in God to Whom we pray. (1 Peter 3:12) (1 Peter 5:6,7) (James 1:1-7; 5:14,15)
* Righteousness in relationships The prayers of the selfish are unproductive and largely ineffective. But the fervent prayer of a righteous man makes the great power of God available. (James 5:16) (1 John 3:22) (Mark 11:25)

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The Urgency of Holiness - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-urgency-of-holiness/ Sun, 08 Jul 2018 11:51:34 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3214 <p>God cares a great deal about holiness— if we want to please Him we must be holy. We need to remember that holiness is a process. Paul expects the Thessalonians to do better— he has hope for them. God is merciful. But it is not an excuse to not strive, as God can help us […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-urgency-of-holiness/">The Urgency of Holiness</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> God cares a great deal about holiness— if we want to please Him we must be holy. We need to remember that holiness is a process. Paul expects the Thessalonians to do better— he has hope for them. God is merciful. But it is not an excuse to not strive, I Thessalonians 3:11-13 – Christ and the Father are united in the work of directing us in fruitfulness and love, and to establish us in holiness.
I Thessalonians 4:1-8 – The Thessalonians had some real need of growth. Paul gives them (and us) a stern warning to “abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his body in sanctification and honor”. Paul urges them to have self control and to be different from the ungodly culture around them.
Paul is emphatic. We must be concerned about holiness.
Five Reasons We Must Be Concerned About Holiness

* Because it is God’s will. Perhaps it is not so trendy today, but this is a key part of God’s will for us! Our sanctification is more important to Him than finding the perfect spouse.
* Because the Lord is an avenger. If we remain unrepentant, God will hold us accountable; Even if we do, we still may have difficult consequences to deal with.
* Because “God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.”
* Because to disregard Holiness is to disregard God
* Because to disregard holiness scorns the Holy Spirit

It is the Holy Spirit that prompts and empowers us to live as Christ lived.
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Sin and It’s Conquerer - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/sin-and-its-conquerer/ Sun, 01 Jul 2018 21:16:23 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3211 <p>Jeremiah 17:7-10 – The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can know it? The human heart is in a desperate and helpless condition. This heart hides from itself. It’s owner sometimes doesn’t even know his own heart, and can believe that he is doing better than he really is. The Lord […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/sin-and-its-conquerer/">Sin and It’s Conquerer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Jeremiah 17:7-10 – The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can know it? The human heart is in a desperate and helpless condition. This heart hides from itself. It’s owner sometimes doesn’t even know his own heart, The human heart is in a desperate and helpless condition. This heart hides from itself. It’s owner sometimes doesn’t even know his own heart, and can believe that he is doing better than he really is.
The Lord sees the hearts of man and is a discerning God. He sees all that is there. As Christians we struggle agains the problem of our heart. Sometimes we are victorious, other times we are defeated and need to confess and be forgiven of our sin.
Jesus talked about the mercy of God, but Jesus said that there is a sin that is unforgivable. In Matthew 12:32 Jesus says, all manner of sin will be forgiven, but blasphemy agains the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven.
Many of the leaders believed Jesus, but because of the pressure put on them by those around them they didn’t act on their belief.
Numbers 15:30 – The soul that sins with an uplifted fist towards God, in direct defiance to God. This person is in danger of committing this unpardonable sin…
What is sin? “Any thought, word, omission, desire, or action that is contrary to the holy law of God.”
Romans 14:23 – Going against our conscience, our inner sense of what is right and what is wrong is a dangerous place to go.
James talks about the danger of knowing what thing he should do and not doing it, this is a sin of omission.
We often come short in ways that we aren’t even aware of yet. We confess specific sins to God. We confess our sinfulness to God.
1 John 5:17 – Whether we recognize it or not we fall short of God’s standard of holiness.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19, Revelation 21:8 – there are many sinful acts covered here, but clearly behind these actions is a heart issue.
Mark 7:21-23 – all sin, every evil action/word/thought begins in the heart, it is an outward working of an inner problem. The fallen heart produces fallen fruit.
Romans 5:12 – We are all stained. We are all affected and infected by the fall. We are all born with this.
Jesus tells us that he greatest command is to love the Lord God with all our soul, heart and mind. We are also to love our neighbors as ourselves. Any failure to love God or man imperfectly leads towards sin.
Sin separates man from God here on earth and forever unless something is done about it.
We Can be Redeemed
All sinners are impure and defiled, but God calls us to holiness. Lest we loose hope, let us remember that God’s sins can be forgiven!
Hebrews 8:12 – We can be washed, we can be sanctified, we can be forgiven and cleansed through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ!
It is only through the blood of Christ that we can be free from guilt, we can remember our sins and our sinfulness… not to be guilt stricken but to confirm our change and to be ever thankful to our redeemer.
Jesus also delivers us from the power of sin. We can be free from the grips of the law of sin that often tangle us and hold us.
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The Sweat and Joy of Discipleship - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-sweat-and-joy-of-discipleship/ Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:28:12 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3208 <p>I Thessalonians 2:13-20; 3:1-11 We continue our study through the book of First Thessalonians. Today’s passage focuses on the perseverance of this church and Paul’s love for them— his “hope”, “joy”, and “crown” (v.19). Paul cared about discipling the Churches that he started. He was aware of the needs they had, and did what it […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-sweat-and-joy-of-discipleship/">The Sweat and Joy of Discipleship</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> I Thessalonians 2:13-20; 3:1-11 We continue our study through the book of First Thessalonians. Today’s passage focuses on the perseverance of this church and Paul’s love for them— his “hope”, “joy”, and “crown” (v.19). We continue our study through the book of First Thessalonians. Today’s passage focuses on the perseverance of this church and Paul’s love for them— his “hope”, “joy”, and “crown” (v.19).
Paul cared about discipling the Churches that he started. He was aware of the needs they had, and did what it took to strengthen them in their faith. This isn’t always easy, but the Church needs such people.
Acts 20:19,35
We have no shortage of stress in our lives… but what we need to be “stressed out about” is the spiritual welfare of people. That should be the focus of our lives.
With this investment in others comes deep joy.
3 John 1:4 – If Jesus would ask you on the day of judgement, “whose life did you impact for me?,” how would we answer? How would have the Thessalonians have fared if Paul had not poured his life into theirs?
May we follow Paul’s example- as he followed the example of Jesus.
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A Father's Footprints - Rich Bowman https://bmcgladys.com/a-fathers-footprints/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 01:15:58 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3204 <p>Malachi 4:6 God’s desire is that our hearts would be turned to Him as our Heavenly Father, and our human fathers. If there is going to be a heart change, Jesus is the only one who can do that. The presence of the father in the home and the lives of their children is of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/a-fathers-footprints/">A Father’s Footprints</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Malachi 4:6 God’s desire is that our hearts would be turned to Him as our Heavenly Father, and our human fathers. If there is going to be a heart change, Jesus is the only one who can do that. The presence of the father in the home and the lives of the... God’s desire is that our hearts would be turned to Him as our Heavenly Father, and our human fathers. If there is going to be a heart change, Jesus is the only one who can do that.
The presence of the father in the home and the lives of their children is of great importance. It’s a very serious thing for almighty God to place in our hands a never dying soul.
It is a challenge for us today when we do not have so much time with our children during the day the way our farming families may have had. It’s important that we make time through things such as having supper together.
Our children want relationships. Social media is a huge factor in the lives of our children. Even the good can rob us of direct communication in important relationships.
We as fathers can set the tone in some of these areas. We should do our best to keep our technology from taking up valuable family time.
Where are you leading?
Genesis 18:19 “… they shall keep the way of the Lord”
God had confidence in Abraham, that he would guide His children towards the Lord.
Genesis 22:1-3 (the story of Abraham offering Isaac)
Abraham had a relationship with his son. Isaac trusted his father, just as Abraham trusted his Father.
He was leaving clear footprints for Isaac to follow.
David struggled to do that for his children, particularly Absalom. He had better success with Solomon. Perhaps he learned from his earlier failures.
For those that are not fathers:
All of us are leaving footprints for others. Where do they lead? Paul had no biological children, but he had spiritual children, such as TImothy. “Every man should have a Paul and a TImothy in his life.” (Merle Berkholder)
The difference in a life can be a biologically unrelated person taking time for someone. People need relationships. Are we willing to be channels of love and encouragement?
If you have scars from a poor home, there can be healing. And we need to extend forgiveness and grace to our parents even when they have families us.
Some fathers have faithfully served the Lord, while their children choose not to do so themselves. Parents must do what they can, but their children must ultimately make their own decisions- whether good or bad.
What footprints are we leaving? Do our children hear us praying? Do they see us serving, putting Christ and His kingdom first? Do they see us using our time and money for His work?
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The Lord Speaks to Gideon - Dan Freed https://bmcgladys.com/the-lord-speaks-to-gideon/ Sun, 10 Jun 2018 20:14:17 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3201 <p>We’ll be looking at Judges 6 this morning. The people of God were hiding, they were hopeless against the Midianites who were oppressing them. God had a message for Gideon and he shares it with him. It is a message of God’s presence. God’s Presence Gideon really needed some assurance that God was present with […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-lord-speaks-to-gideon/">The Lord Speaks to Gideon</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We’ll be looking at Judges 6 this morning. The people of God were hiding, they were hopeless against the Midianites who were oppressing them. God had a message for Gideon and he shares it with him. It is a message of God’s presence. The people of God were hiding, they were hopeless against the Midianites who were oppressing them.
God had a message for Gideon and he shares it with him. It is a message of God’s presence.
God’s Presence
Gideon really needed some assurance that God was present with him. Gideon thought that he had seen the Lord and that because he had seen him face to face would die!
We are never alone. There are lots of verses about God being with us.

* God was with Moses
* God was with David
* God was with the Disciples
* God was with Stephen
* God was Paul

Hebrews 13:5 – God tells us that he will never leave or forsake us!
Purpose
God had a plan and a purpose for Gideon. Gideon couldn’t believe that God had a plan for “little old him!”
Jeremiah 29:11 – God knows the plans that he has for us. Plans to give us a future and a hope.
In Provers and Psalms we see over and over again that God has a plan and wants to help us.
How do we determine God’s purpose for our lives?

* Scriptures – The Bible.
* The Spirit – The Holy Spirit lives in and directs the believer.
* Situations – God opens and closes doors for us.
* Spiritual people – It is such a blessing to have other brothers and sisters give counsel in our lives.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-1 – When you don’t know what to do with counsel you’re getting we can look at these verses were we are directly called to, in whatever situation we are in, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks.”
Peace
This story of Gideon is the first time that the name of Jesus “Jehovah Shalom” – the God of Peace was used.
God is our peace.
Jesus tells us that he gives us peace. Not the same peace that the world tries to offer, but a real peace that keeps the heart and mind through Jesus Christ.
We all need a greater sense of God’s presence, His purpose and His peace in our lives.
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Past, Present and Future Tenses - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/past-present-and-future-tenses/ Sun, 03 Jun 2018 21:28:20 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3198 <p>Paul writes to Timothy and says, that he serves God with a “pure conscience.” Paul probably wasn’t perfect all the time, but he knew how he needed to live and he lived that way. Three basic verb tenses. Past. Present. Future. There are more, but we’ll keep it fairly simple here. Past tense: Jack jumped […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/past-present-and-future-tenses/">Past, Present and Future Tenses</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Paul writes to Timothy and says, that he serves God with a “pure conscience.” Paul probably wasn’t perfect all the time, but he knew how he needed to live and he lived that way. Three basic verb tenses. Past. Present. Future. There are more, Three basic verb tenses. Past. Present. Future. There are more, but we’ll keep it fairly simple here.
Past tense: Jack jumped – Sometime before this moment Jack jumped. It could have been weeks, minutes, days, years ago – but it happened before this moment.
Present tense: Jack jumps – Jack is currently jumping. It’s happening right at this moment.
Future tense: Jack will jump – In the future, at some point after now, Jack will become active and he will jump. Could be near future or it could be far in the future.
The Christians life also has a past, present and a future.
In the Past

* Christ died
* Christ was buried
* Christ ascended
* There is a past event in the life of the Christian as well that is vital – I said yes. I gave my life to Christ. What do you want me to do?

In the Present

* Acts 2 – An ongoing part of life – “being saved”
* Abiding with him – Apart from him we can do nothing. The Christian is to be part of the vine, connected and receiving nutrients from Christ.
* John 17:21-22 – That they may be one, as Jesus is with the Father. A present, ongoing relationship with Jesus.
* 1 John 1:7 – There is a continued sanctification as the Christian grows.
* Jesus is currently interceding for us.
* The Spirit is doing an ongoing work in our hearts – convicting us of sin and shortcomings where we have failed. He is working on our “self” to make us into something that reflects more fully the character of our Savior.

In the Future
The future for the Christian is bright. There is coming a day when we will be with Jesus!
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
This song is a simple song, but it has a profound message. The story behind this song is even more incredible. A martyr, when asked to recant or his children would be killed said, “I have decided to follow Jesus.” They murdered his children. They asked him to recant again and he said “the cross is before me, the world is behind me.” The murdered his wife. Then he said, “even though there are non left to go with me, still I will follow Jesus.”
I have decided to follow Jesus,

I have decided to follow Jesus,

I have decided to follow Jesus,

No turning back, no turning back.
The cross before me, the world behind me,

The cross before me, the world behind me,

The cross before me, the world behind me,

No turning back, no turning back.
Though none go with me, still I will follow,

Though none go with me, still I will follow,

Though none go with me, still I will follow,

No turning back, no turning back.
May God bless us each one. Right now and always.
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What Does an Excellent Servant of Jesus Look Like? - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/what-does-an-excellent-servant-of-jesus-look-like/ Sun, 27 May 2018 18:12:33 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3195 <p>I Thessalonians 2:1-12 Paul reminds the believers at Thessalonica of his conduct among them. His coming had not been in vain— because they were bold in the gospel through God’s power. Paul had been tested by God, and had been “approved”. He did not flaunt his authority among them or ask them for material support. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/what-does-an-excellent-servant-of-jesus-look-like/">What Does an Excellent Servant of Jesus Look Like?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> I Thessalonians 2:1-12 Paul reminds the believers at Thessalonica of his conduct among them. His coming had not been in vain— because they were bold in the gospel through God’s power. Paul had been tested by God, and had been “approved”. Paul reminds the believers at Thessalonica of his conduct among them. His coming had not been in vain— because they were bold in the gospel through God’s power. Paul had been tested by God, and had been “approved”. He did not flaunt his authority among them or ask them for material support.
They had been gentle among these babies in the faith. Rather they were dear to Paul, and Paul and his fellow teachers worked hard so as not be a burden to gather.
It’s good to set our goals high— not to just be excusable or defensible… but to walk blameless. Paul says he had done so, and charges the Thessalonians to do the same. Having been led by example, they are urged to walk worthy of God’s calling.
How is this possible???
Even if we have done everything, we still do not “deserve” anything from God. Paul is simply urging us to continually walk in a way that God accepts and honors. If it were not possible to walk this way, Paul would simply be teasing his readers with an impossible command!

* An excellent servant keeps going (verse 2)
* An excellent servant seeks to please God, not man (verse 4) Gal. 1:10
* An excellent servant is deeply affectionate towards God’s people
* An excellent servant is hard working
* An excellent servant is quick to make sacrifices

Paul constantly reminded himself that God is watching and aware of how we are serving (or not). He also knew that God does “approve” when we serve him faithfully— he is truly pleased, even though we do not begin to measure up to Him. God examines us, He is aware of our work; may we let that motivate us as we serve Him!
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What it Means to Worship - Sam Troyer https://bmcgladys.com/what-it-means-to-worship/ Sun, 20 May 2018 23:20:01 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3193 <p>Text: John 12:1-8 | Other references: Romans 12:1,6-8; Hebrews 13:15; Revelation 3:20 Worship is our response to the love and goodness of God. Everything good comes from Him. We honor Him with extravagant love and extreme submission. True worship is mindful and comes from a heart of love and gratefulness. Using Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/what-it-means-to-worship/">What it Means to Worship</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: John 12:1-8 | Other references: Romans 12:1,6-8; Hebrews 13:15; Revelation 3:20 Worship is our response to the love and goodness of God. Everything good comes from Him. We honor Him with extravagant love and extreme submission. Worship is our response to the love and goodness of God. Everything good comes from Him. We honor Him with extravagant love and extreme submission. True worship is mindful and comes from a heart of love and gratefulness.
Using Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, we look at three ways we worship: Like Martha, we worship God through lives of service; Like Mary, we worship by pouring out our heart sacrificially; and like Lazarus, we worship in fellowship with Jesus.
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Jesus Has Compassion on Mothers and Mothers Have Compassion on Others - Rich Bowman https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-has-compassion-on-mothers-and-mothers-have-compassion-on-others/ Sun, 13 May 2018 19:45:33 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3183 <p>Its hard to know what to say about mothers. Here are some quotes about mothers. The most important thing a father can do for his children is love their mother. All I am. I owe to my mother. A school teacher said, tell mothers to train their children so that I don’t have to do […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-has-compassion-on-mothers-and-mothers-have-compassion-on-others/">Jesus Has Compassion on Mothers and Mothers Have Compassion on Others</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Its hard to know what to say about mothers. Here are some quotes about mothers. The most important thing a father can do for his children is love their mother. All I am. I owe to my mother. A school teacher said, Here are some quotes about mothers.

The most important thing a father can do for his children is love their mother.
All I am. I owe to my mother.
A school teacher said, tell mothers to train their children so that I don’t have to do it for them.

Jesus and His Compassion for Mothers
Luke 7:11-17 – Jesus has compassion on a widow. We could say it was a coincidence that Jesus was there, but that wouldn’t be true. Jesus was meant to be there.
Matthew 1:21-28 – This mother saw Jesus and knew that he was the only one who could meet her need. She saw in him the compassion that he was willing to pour out on her, even though she realized that she was a gentile. She had a strong faith, a faith that was rewarded.
John 19:25-27 – While on the cross, perhaps minutes before he died, Jesus had great compassion for his own mother.
Mark 10:13-6 – Whether their mothers were present or not Jesus was blessing children who had mothers. These mothers knew where to find help and blessing for their children.
Mothers Having Compassion on Others
2 Kings 4 – Have a vision that goes beyond your own home. Reach out and provide for those in your community.
Provide. Care for. Don’t minimize the impact that a caring person can have on the life of a young person.
A Few Warnings for Mothers

* Be careful about role reversals.
* Be careful about screen time don’t let a screen babysit your children.
* Good books can be a really good thing.
* Teach your daughters modesty. If you don’t it may not happen.

Mothers remember that Jesus has compassion on you, and that he wants you to have compassion on others.
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The Law of Life In Christ Jesus - Wayne Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/the-law-of-life-in-christ-jesus/ Sun, 06 May 2018 19:34:13 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3181 <p>Free From the Law of Sin and Death Romans 7, it is built around three rhetorical questions. Know ye not that the law has dominion over man as long as he lives? Is the law sin? Was that which is good made death unto me? We are freed by the dominion of sin by Gods […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-law-of-life-in-christ-jesus/">The Law of Life In Christ Jesus</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Free From the Law of Sin and Death Romans 7, it is built around three rhetorical questions. Know ye not that the law has dominion over man as long as he lives? Is the law sin? Was that which is good made death unto me? Romans 7, it is built around three rhetorical questions.

* Know ye not that the law has dominion over man as long as he lives?
* Is the law sin?
* Was that which is good made death unto me?

We are freed by the dominion of sin by Gods divine enabling power of grace!
None of us can live a victorious Christian life in our own strength.
Romans 8 is a picture of the “normal” Christian life.
We don’t have to respond to the flesh in a positive way. We can through the spirit put to death the deeds of the body.
What Does the Christian Life Look Like
A victorious life is possible through Jesus Christ.
It is vital that we understand the truth here in 8:2. Imagine yourself being able to tap into this kind of spiritual power. What kind of life would you live if you were tapped in to that spiritual energy when you are depressed or discouraged or confronted with a sin that easily besets you?
The law of life in Christ Jesus supersedes the law of sin and death in the same way that the law of aerodynamics can overcome the law of gravity. Not only does it overcome the law of sin, it goes above and allows us to overcome it!
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Shall We Continue In Sin? - Wayne Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/shall-we-continue-in-sin/ Sun, 06 May 2018 19:31:45 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3179 <p>Romans 6:1-23 Jesus offering himself on the cross was something that he did for us. His suffering, death and shedding of blood was effective in allowing us to have a changed relationship with God. As justified and sanctified believes we can stand in the hope that comes from God. We no longer have to come […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/shall-we-continue-in-sin/">Shall We Continue In Sin?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Romans 6:1-23 Jesus offering himself on the cross was something that he did for us. His suffering, death and shedding of blood was effective in allowing us to have a changed relationship with God. As justified and sanctified believes we can stand in th... Jesus offering himself on the cross was something that he did for us. His suffering, death and shedding of blood was effective in allowing us to have a changed relationship with God.
As justified and sanctified believes we can stand in the hope that comes from God. We no longer have to come short of the glory of God all the time.
Grace that super abundantly much more abounds.
In a sense Romans 6 is a gateway to chapter 8.
Paul reminds us that when it comes to living victoriously we can be “more than conquerors.” Victorious Christian living is not an illusion. It isn’t that we are free from the impulse to sin, but we can overcome our sinful impulses.
God has dealt, not only with sins committed, but also with the issue of sin as a ruling power in us that would ensnare and enslave us under the bondage of sin.
Why does Paul talk about the burial of Jesus? Well, burial of a body confirms that death has indeed occurred. Christs death and our death to sin is not something that was imagined, it was a real death!
Our old man was crucified with him. We were buried with him. We are raised with him. And we shall be with him in the future!
Four Reasons Why We Should Not Sin

* Definitely not, sinning is inconsistent with what took place in the economy of God when we were baptized with Jesus Christ.
* You need not sin because sin’s dominion has been broken.
* You must not sin because it would make sin your blaster again.
* You better not sin because it will end in death.

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Justification By Faith Affirmed - Wayne Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/justification-by-faith-affirmed/ Sat, 05 May 2018 19:29:01 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3177 <p>In tonight’s session we explore Paul’s teaching on justification. Already in the Old Testament justification was based on faith. Justification is our being brought into a right relationship with God– it changes everything. We are actually made holy before God. The Doctrine of Justification The doctrine of justification by faith in the old testament The […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/justification-by-faith-affirmed/">Justification By Faith Affirmed</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> In tonight’s session we explore Paul’s teaching on justification. Already in the Old Testament justification was based on faith. Justification is our being brought into a right relationship with God– it changes everything.
* The Doctrine of Justification

* The doctrine of justification by faith in the old testament
* The doctrine of justification by faith in the book of Romans
* Justification by faith (Review of 3:20-26
* The meaning of justification


* Justification by faith: Illustrated and Affirmed (4:1-17)

* The basis and nature of Abraham’s justification (V. 1-5)
* David (V. 6-8)
* Abraham, faith not circumcision (V.9-12)
* Abraham, faith not the law (V. 13-15)
* By faith through grace makes the promise sure to all (V.16-17)


* Abraham’s Faith (4:16-25)

* In the verity, the faithfulness of God (V.16-17
* In the promises of God (V. 18 – 21)


* What Abraham’s Faith and Example Confirms for us (4:23-25)

* His faith imputed (accounted, reckoned) as righteousness (v.23)
* Our faith will justify us i we believe on God that raised Jesus (v.24)
* Jesus raised for our sanctification (v.25)



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God Has Set Forth a Propitiation - Wayne Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/god-has-set-forth-a-propitiation/ Fri, 04 May 2018 19:26:55 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3175 <p>Romans 3:21-31 The things that we’ve been looking at this week are nothing new, but they are fundamental to our understanding of faith and salvation. There is no appeal, no plea bargain, no defense to be made in reality. The only right response is to see how “vile” we are, as Job did in the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/god-has-set-forth-a-propitiation/">God Has Set Forth a Propitiation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Romans 3:21-31 The things that we’ve been looking at this week are nothing new, but they are fundamental to our understanding of faith and salvation. There is no appeal, no plea bargain, no defense to be made in reality. The things that we’ve been looking at this week are nothing new, but they are fundamental to our understanding of faith and salvation.
There is no appeal, no plea bargain, no defense to be made in reality. The only right response is to see how “vile” we are, as Job did in the Old Testament.
What does it mean to be “under the law?” As soon as one breaks the law, he comes under condemnation from the law because he broke the law.

* Justification by Faith is explained – Romans 3:21-23
* The Fundamental Basis for Salvation is Set Forth – Romans 3:24-25
* Four Ramifications of Justification by Faith – Romans 3:26-31

We all come to Christ in the same way. The ground at the foot of the cross is all even.
You can ignore God and his commandments, but by doing so you will be affected deeply.
How much must a man sin before he “falls short” of the glory of God? One act of disobedience was all it took for Adam and Eve. All fall short of God’s glory. Whether a foot short or a mile short… we’re all short!
Do you sense God’s approval on your life?
What would you do without forgiveness of the sins that are in the past?
What does “propitiation” mean? It has the idea of “placating,” that’s not all, but also includes “making satisfaction” for something.
God set forth Jesus as the propitiation for my sins and my guilt. So that they could be blotted out – completely eradicated. It is only through Christ that our sins can be fully satisfied.
Colossians 2:14-15 – Jesus was making atonement, blotting out the “ordinance” the “indictment” that was against us.
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All Are Under Sin - Wayne Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/all-are-under-sin/ Thu, 03 May 2018 19:23:35 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3172 <p>While our judgement is often untrustworthy, God’s judgement is always reliable. “To believe in the fact of divine judgement points to the intrinsic value of human existence. For if God regards what we do important enough to judge, He must regard us important enough to matter.” (Stuart Briscoe) Paul also examines the presumptuous piety of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/all-are-under-sin/">All Are Under Sin</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> While our judgement is often untrustworthy, God’s judgement is always reliable. “To believe in the fact of divine judgement points to the intrinsic value of human existence. For if God regards what we do important enough to judge,
* The Integrity of Divine Judgement (2:1-16)

* The importance of divine judgement
* The unreliability of human judgement
* Eight Criteria if Divine judgement


* The Presumptuous Piety of the Self-Righteous Jew (2:1-29)

* Presumptuous piety characterized (2:1-16)
* Four false assumptions of the self-righteous religious jew (2:17-29)


* What Advantage The Has The Jew? (3:1-8)

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The Sinfulness & Ungodliness of Man - Wayne Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/the-sinfulness-ungodliness-of-man/ Wed, 02 May 2018 19:20:46 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3169 <p>Text – Romans 1:18-32 In the opening chapters of Romans, Paul brings all men into the courtroom of Heaven, and he indites them all as sinners before a holy God. He explores how sin corrupts the experience of man; Sin and disobedience are a slippery slope that leads to a degenerate life. Properly understanding sin […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-sinfulness-ungodliness-of-man/">The Sinfulness & Ungodliness of Man</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text – Romans 1:18-32 In the opening chapters of Romans, Paul brings all men into the courtroom of Heaven, and he indites them all as sinners before a holy God. He explores how sin corrupts the experience of man; Sin and disobedience are a slippery slo... In the opening chapters of Romans, Paul brings all men into the courtroom of Heaven, and he indites them all as sinners before a holy God. He explores how sin corrupts the experience of man; Sin and disobedience are a slippery slope that leads to a degenerate life. Properly understanding sin is necessary to correctly understand anthropology and soteriology.
Seven Steps to Moral Depravity:

* Holds the truth of God in unrighteousness. (1:18)
* Ignores the revelation of God (1:19-20)
* Rejects the knowledge of God (1:21)
* Forsakes the worship of God (1:22-23)
* Abandoned to uncleanness (1:24-25)
* Abandoned to vile affections (1:26-27)
* Abandoned to a reprobate mind (1:28)

A pervasive lifestyle of sin results (1:29-32)
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The Power of the Gospel - Wayne Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-the-gospel/ Tue, 01 May 2018 19:15:27 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3166 <p>The spiritual truths found in this scripture (and many scriptures!) are incredibly deep. No matter the amount of times that we look at these scriptures we will usually find something new here. Romans 1:1-17 – This seems to basically a prologue to the book of Romans. It is an overview of what the author is […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-the-gospel/">The Power of the Gospel</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The spiritual truths found in this scripture (and many scriptures!) are incredibly deep. No matter the amount of times that we look at these scriptures we will usually find something new here. Romans 1:1-17 – This seems to basically a prologue to the b... Romans 1:1-17 – This seems to basically a prologue to the book of Romans. It is an overview of what the author is going to cover in the rest of the text.
Paul says three things about himself, things that he was passionate about.

* A servant of Jesus Christ
* Called to be an apostle
* Separated to the Gospel of God

Paul introduces the Gospel in the next few verses. Central to the doctrine of salvation is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

* The Gospel is of God. It is God’s idea and God’s plan.
* The Gospel is promised and for told by the prophets and the scriptures. God’s plan was carefully put together by sovereign and holy God.
* The Gospel is made available in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.
* Because of Pauls obedience the Gospel was made available to the world. The Gospel is non-ethnic. It is for all nations. No particular people group.

The recipients of the Gospel are called by Christ and they are loved of God. You, my friend are beloved by God. If we can get a deep sense of this the world around us will loose its attraction.
Paul speaks of the faith of the Romans and says that it is spoken of throughout the whole world. Let us aspire to have a faith like that too! God intends that we impact the world, God does not intend for the world to impact the church.
Pauls commitment to the church in Rome is covered in what he says here.

* He prays for them.
* He desires to visit them.
* He desires a mutual relationship wit them.

Pauls commitment to the Gospel is talked about a bit more in verses 14 and 15.

* He says that he is a debtor through the Gospel to all. Paul is saying that he is under an obligation to share the Gospel.
* He says that he is ready to preach the Gospel. He is eager to preach the Gospel to them at Rome. He is “chomping at the bit” to share with them.
* He is not ashamed of the Gospel. It is the power of salvation to those who believe! The just shall live by faith.

The essence and the nature of the Gospel, the four fundamental truths about the Gospel.

* A Gospel that is the power of God unto Salvation.
* A Gospel that is available to all.
* A Gospel made operative by faith.
* A Gospel that reveals the righteousness of God.

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Not Only in Word, but with Power - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/not-only-in-word-but-with-power/ Sun, 29 Apr 2018 17:30:34 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3163 <p>Texts: I Thessalonians 1; Also Acts 17:1-10, James 1:23,24 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16) The gospel– the power of God– is vital, not only at […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/not-only-in-word-but-with-power/">Not Only in Word, but with Power</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Texts: I Thessalonians 1; Also Acts 17:1-10, James 1:23,24 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16) The gospel– the power of God– is vital, not only at conversion, but also in the ongoing life of the believer. Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. (I Corinthians 15:1,2)

* Introduction and I Thessalonians 1
* The Gospel

* Must be an ongoing experience
* Christians still need
* Only powerful if more than words


* When The Gospel Loses its Power

* High Unemployment
* Joy Shortage
* Idol Retention



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Worship in Lament - Milo Zehr https://bmcgladys.com/worship-in-lament/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 02:02:43 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3158 <p>Referenced texts: Psalm 130, 6, 22, 38; Lamentations 1, 2, 3; Habakkuk; Job 3, 6, etc.; Isaiah 53, 57, 58; Matthew 4:23, 8:14-17 Summary: Many people experience times of darkness and despair- a ‘midnight of the soul’. This is a consequence of living in a world broken and thrown into chaos by the tyranny of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/worship-in-lament/">Worship in Lament</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Referenced texts: Psalm 130, 6, 22, 38; Lamentations 1, 2, 3; Habakkuk; Job 3, 6, etc.; Isaiah 53, 57, 58; Matthew 4:23, 8:14-17 Summary: Many people experience times of darkness and despair- a ‘midnight of the soul’. Summary: Many people experience times of darkness and despair- a ‘midnight of the soul’. This is a consequence of living in a world broken and thrown into chaos by the tyranny of sin. The Bible gives us a way of dealing with this… through lament.
The Bible itself is full of examples. In response to the darkness of evil and the pain evil produces, Scripture gives us prayers of lament.
Prayers of lament are an expression of faith. Here we speak honestly to God about our distress. We speak in broad and general terms about the darkness we experience. In lament we ask questions– not necessarily for the sake of getting an answer, but to express our pain.
And often these words of lament end with a note of praise– praise that God has heard the cry of the sufferer. Like Job, if we continue the path of worship in lament we will see the goodness of God.
The life of Christ relates directly to our distress. He took all our griefs and sorrows into His own experience. Because He bore our infirmities to the cross we can find healing and rest for our souls.
Jesus came to bring justice, to break the cords of evil; We are cooperators with Him in His healing work and resisting– in a proper way– evil in the world.
Four things to do when you experience despair and injustice… the path of holy lament:

* Identify your grief
* Turn to God with it
* Cry out to Him for help
* Worship

Hebrews 4:12 – 16… Jesus is able to receive our lament, and minister to us in our situation as One who has also suffered great suffering and anguish. And He can bring healing in our lives as we cry out to Him.
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From Defeat to Victory - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/from-defeat-to-victory/ Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:58:32 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3153 <p>Throughout history, God’s people have found themselves in bleak circumstances and despair… and yet God provided great deliverance for them. We know that God wins. God is able to work through weakness and seemingly impossible situations to bring glory to Himself. Some examples from Scripture: Joseph Moses The People of Israel/Ai Paul Jesus Christ Christians […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/from-defeat-to-victory/">From Defeat to Victory</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Throughout history, God’s people have found themselves in bleak circumstances and despair… and yet God provided great deliverance for them. We know that God wins. God is able to work through weakness and seemingly impossible situations to bring glory t... Some examples from Scripture:

Joseph
Moses
The People of Israel/Ai
Paul
Jesus Christ

Christians are on the winning side… God’s resources are always more than we could even ask for. He is never defeated!
p.s. I apologize for the audio quality of this recording. We had a recording issue and this is our backup.
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What Are You Doing Here Elijah? - Dan Freed https://bmcgladys.com/what-are-you-doing-here-elijah/ Sun, 08 Apr 2018 12:56:14 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3140 <p>Romans 15:4 and 1 Kings 19:1-18 We have faith in a living, risen Christ! This gives us a hope for the future as well as today and this week. Elijah on the run ‎Elijah under the tree ‎Elijah in the cave What are you doing here? God has a purpose for each of us! Elijah […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/what-are-you-doing-here-elijah/">What Are You Doing Here Elijah?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Romans 15:4 and 1 Kings 19:1-18 We have faith in a living, risen Christ! This gives us a hope for the future as well as today and this week. Elijah on the run ‎Elijah under the tree ‎Elijah in the cave What are you doing here? We have faith in a living, risen Christ! This gives us a hope for the future as well as today and this week.

* Elijah on the run
* ‎Elijah under the tree
* ‎Elijah in the cave

What are you doing here? God has a purpose for each of us!

* Elijah experienced disappointment
* ‎God heard Elijah
* ‎God sent help
* ‎God guided Elijah
* ‎God spoke softly
* ‎God corrected Elijah

Questions…

* Do you feel pressed in by the things of life?
* ‎Are you over whelmed?
* ‎is the future unknown?

The answer to all of these questions is the same… Jesus.
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A Resurrected Life - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/a-resurrected-life/ Mon, 02 Apr 2018 01:53:10 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3137 <p>Four qualities of the resurrected life: Purpose – 2 Cor. 5:14-17; Eph. 2:10 Hope – 1 Peter 1:3-5 Joy – John 20:19-20 Power – Eph. 1:15-20; Romans 6:4, 5</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/a-resurrected-life/">A Resurrected Life</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Four qualities of the resurrected life: Purpose – 2 Cor. 5:14-17; Eph. 2:10 Hope – 1 Peter 1:3-5 Joy – John 20:19-20 Power – Eph. 1:15-20; Romans 6:4, 5
* Purpose – 2 Cor. 5:14-17; Eph. 2:10
* Hope – 1 Peter 1:3-5
* Joy – John 20:19-20
* Power – Eph. 1:15-20; Romans 6:4, 5

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Real Faith - Jerrill Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/real-faith/ Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:08:50 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3133 <p>Text: Hebrews 11 There are many things we can put our faith in Our faith is not in God, not ourselves Five Essential Elements of our Faith Solid Foundations – 1 Peter 2:4-7, Luke 6:48, Psalm 71:3 – We find this in God, in His word, and in prayer A Sure Hope in the Father […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/real-faith/">Real Faith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Hebrews 11 There are many things we can put our faith in Our faith is not in God, not ourselves Five Essential Elements of our Faith Solid Foundations – 1 Peter 2:4-7, Luke 6:48, Psalm 71:3 – We find this in God, in His word,
* There are many things we can put our faith in
* Our faith is not in God, not ourselves

Five Essential Elements of our Faith

* Solid Foundations – 1 Peter 2:4-7, Luke 6:48, Psalm 71:3 – We find this in God, in His word, and in prayer
* A Sure Hope in the Father – Hebrews 11:1
* Faith pleases God – Hebrews 11:6
* Faith sees ahead to the Homeland – Hebrews 11:15,16, Ephesians 2:4-6
* And Ongoing Relationship with God, Like Enoch – Gen. 5:22,24 –


* God enjoyed being with Enoch
* In this communion with God we join the Heavenly worship

Some Practical Suggestions:

* Turn off talk radio and listen to the Bible
* Consider your music… feed yourself with edifying music that has no hint of evil
* Ask for forgiveness
* Pray for others
* Practice stillness before God

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The Day of Reckoning - Brian Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/the-day-of-reckoning/ Mon, 19 Mar 2018 02:19:20 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3125 <p>This message is part of the 2018 Youth Rally. Here are links to each of the sermons. Called To Serve The King A Vessel Prepared Whats In Your Vessel My Father’s Business The Day of Reckoning Texts: Revelation 22:12 and Luke 19:12 – 27; Other references: Matthew 10:32, Romans 8:17, Luke 12:42 – 46 Our […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-day-of-reckoning/">The Day of Reckoning</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This message is part of the 2018 Youth Rally. Here are links to each of the sermons. Called To Serve The King A Vessel Prepared Whats In Your Vessel My Father’s Business The Day of Reckoning Texts: Revelation 22:12 and Luke 19:12 – 27; Other references...
* Called To Serve The King
* A Vessel Prepared
* Whats In Your Vessel
* My Father’s Business
* The Day of Reckoning

Texts: Revelation 22:12 and Luke 19:12 – 27;

Other references: Matthew 10:32, Romans 8:17, Luke 12:42 – 46
Our life here affects our eternal destiny

Those that choose to serve Him here will continue to serve Him there
We WILL give an account for how we have served

This morning God is the voluntary King over His voluntary servants; But He will at the end be King over all as every knee bows before Him
We need to have the vision that Jesus has; His interests come first; after all, He’s got our back!

We benefit from the advance of the kingdom, because we are co-heirs with Christ
Jesus wants faithfulness; We need a strong sense of stewardship

The King is coming and I am going to give an account
Some people will not start if they are not guaranteed success
Two Concerns:

* How we build (I Corinthians 3:11)
* The Law of Sowing and Reaping (II Corinthians 9:6)

Salvation is not the only big decision we must make… what will we do with what we are given?

The King is coming… and His reward is with Him!
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My Father’s Business - Brian Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/my-fathers-business/ Mon, 19 Mar 2018 02:16:55 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3123 <p>This message is part of the 2018 Youth Rally. Here are links to each of the sermons. Called To Serve The King A Vessel Prepared Whats In Your Vessel My Father’s Business The Day of Reckoning Texts: Luke 2; Ephesians 1:4,12,23,24; II Corinthians 9:12; Numbers 14:21; Habakkuk 2:14 Ephesians 4:15,16 Who are we and what […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/my-fathers-business/">My Father’s Business</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This message is part of the 2018 Youth Rally. Here are links to each of the sermons. Called To Serve The King A Vessel Prepared Whats In Your Vessel My Father’s Business The Day of Reckoning Texts: Luke 2; Ephesians 1:4,12,23,
* Called To Serve The King
* A Vessel Prepared
* Whats In Your Vessel
* My Father’s Business
* The Day of Reckoning

Texts: Luke 2; Ephesians 1:4,12,23,24; II Corinthians 9:12; Numbers 14:21; Habakkuk 2:14 Ephesians 4:15,16
Who are we and what are we doing here?

I belong to the King and I’m here to do the Father’s business
God is working on a huge story

His business becomes our business
We have made the decision that we’d rather serve Jesus, than serve ourselves

God’s primary purpose for saving you: for His praise to the glory of His name
What is the Father’s Business?

* That the praise would flow
* That the world would know
* That the Church would grow

The further we get from Christ’s example of dying for His brothers, the further we get from the Biblical model of the Church

If all you do in life is to plug yourself into your Church – love it, pray for it, serve it – that is not a wasted life

God’s business is everywhere
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Whats In Your Vessel - Brian Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/whats-in-your-vessel/ Sun, 18 Mar 2018 02:14:03 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3121 <p>This message is part of the 2018 Youth Rally. Here are links to each of the sermons. Called To Serve The King A Vessel Prepared Whats In Your Vessel My Father’s Business The Day of Reckoning It matters what’s in our vessels. Serving God is a Spiritual exercise. What was the dif between Cane and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/whats-in-your-vessel/">Whats In Your Vessel</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This message is part of the 2018 Youth Rally. Here are links to each of the sermons. Called To Serve The King A Vessel Prepared Whats In Your Vessel My Father’s Business The Day of Reckoning It matters what’s in our vessels.
* Called To Serve The King
* A Vessel Prepared
* Whats In Your Vessel
* My Father’s Business
* The Day of Reckoning

It matters what’s in our vessels.
Serving God is a Spiritual exercise.
What was the dif between Cane and Abel’s offering? One was accepted, the other wasn’t.
Cane was rejected maybe cause something was wrong on the inside.
Our first concern is does God approve of this. Don’t worry about people around you, worry about God.
Hebrews 12:28
Gods grace affects how we talk and act and live life.
Grace is only a gift of God.
We need love and humility in service to God.
We have to have Godly motives in our service to others. Rich philanthropists often give lots and sometimes with good motives but they don’t really give till it hurts. We are called to give all to God.
We need to leave behind a flavor of God whenever we serve.
Whatever we do there is a spiritual and visible effect.
2 Corinthians 4:2-3 – Paul says that he took care that there was nothing in his vessel that would adulterate his message about Christ.
The biggest hindrance to our Christian witness is when we have something in our lives that covers our lives.
Whatever we do for the king music be done in the attitude of 2 Corinthians 4:7 KJV

[7] But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
The power of Christ comes through the life of submission to a God. Spiritual life springs from spiritual life. Just like the law of biogenesis
We all have treasure in our vessels. They can figure out where our hearts are.
We need love in our service. It can do so much to pull people closer to God.
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A Vessel Prepared - Brian Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/a-vessel-prepared/ Sun, 18 Mar 2018 02:11:05 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3116 <p>This message is part of the 2018 Youth Rally. Here are links to each of the sermons. Called To Serve The King A Vessel Prepared Whats In Your Vessel My Father’s Business The Day of Reckoning John 12:26 God’s goal is to change us to his image. Life is not meant to entertain. It is […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/a-vessel-prepared/">A Vessel Prepared</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This message is part of the 2018 Youth Rally. Here are links to each of the sermons. Called To Serve The King A Vessel Prepared Whats In Your Vessel My Father’s Business The Day of Reckoning John 12:26 God’s goal is to change us to his image.
* Called To Serve The King
* A Vessel Prepared
* Whats In Your Vessel
* My Father’s Business
* The Day of Reckoning

John 12:26

God’s goal is to change us to his image.
Life is not meant to entertain. It is for shaping and teaching.
We should be like clay and God is the potter.
God is willing to crush and reshape us through his insistent mercy.
God doesn’t care about the outside of the “vessel”
God looks for devotion and willingness to do his work.
If we are we willing to be used and cleansed, we can be useful vessels.

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Called To Serve The King - Brian Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/called-to-serve-the-king/ Sun, 18 Mar 2018 02:08:17 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3113 <p>This message is part of the 2018 Youth Rally. Here are links to each of the sermons. Called To Serve The King A Vessel Prepared Whats In Your Vessel My Father’s Business The Day of Reckoning John 12:26 We can choose who we will follow and serve. The biggest obstruction between me and God is […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/called-to-serve-the-king/">Called To Serve The King</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This message is part of the 2018 Youth Rally. Here are links to each of the sermons. Called To Serve The King A Vessel Prepared Whats In Your Vessel My Father’s Business The Day of Reckoning John 12:26 We can choose who we will follow and serve. This message is part of the 2018 Youth Rally. Here are links to each of the sermons.

* Called To Serve The King
* A Vessel Prepared
* Whats In Your Vessel
* My Father’s Business
* The Day of Reckoning


John 12:26

We can choose who we will follow and serve.
The biggest obstruction between me and God is me.
God is asking us for a God-first relationship.
The disease of self determination infects our culture.
“Christians” today try to gain  status in both kingdoms.
We must chose. We can’t serve both kingdoms.
The decision has eternal consequences.

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Life Giving Blood - Jerrill Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/life-giving-blood/ Sun, 11 Mar 2018 19:09:04 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3110 <p>This morning we are talking about Easter. Moses was called upon to go into Egypt and take the Israelites out. Then there were then plagues. The last and most important one was the last where God killed all of the firstborns Luke 22:7 the Communion, life giving blood from Jesus They were ready for the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/life-giving-blood/">Life Giving Blood</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This morning we are talking about Easter. Moses was called upon to go into Egypt and take the Israelites out. Then there were then plagues. The last and most important one was the last where God killed all of the firstborns Luke 22:7 the Communion,
* Moses was called upon to go into Egypt and take the Israelites out. Then there were then plagues. The last and most important one was the last where God killed all of the firstborns
* Luke 22:7 the Communion, life giving blood from Jesus
* They were ready for the Passover. A special one for Jesus, cause this was the last one He’d be at till He returns for His people
* The kingdom of Christ is like leaven, grows and works it’s way through the world.
* A new day was dawning as they celebrated this Passover
* Israel was under the bondage of Rome just like they had been under the bondage of Egypt years before
* There was a lot of drama that lead up to the Egyptians letting go of Israel
* Exodus 11 the last plague where God destroys the first born
* Exodus 12 talks of how the blood on the door posts can save the firstborn
* Hebrews 10 the law was a shadow of things to come.
* Now with the blood of Jesus covering our sins we can be forgiven … our sins aren’t just covered
* The most important part of the new covenant is that we can have a relationship with God.
* Romans 7:18 there was a desire in the Israelites to do right but they couldn’t do it perfectly
* After the last supper we have the perfect sacrifice and then the Divine Comforter
* Hebrews 10:22-23 it says that we should draw near, hold fast the profession of our faith.

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Ye Must Be Born Again - Sam Troyer https://bmcgladys.com/ye-must-be-born-again-sam/ Mon, 05 Mar 2018 03:13:47 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3107 <p>John 3:1-16 What does it mean to be born again? We all know what it means to be born? At least we know the basics… the key word in our text this morning is the word right after born – “again.” This birth comes by the power of God. We can’t be born by our […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/ye-must-be-born-again-sam/">Ye Must Be Born Again</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> John 3:1-16 What does it mean to be born again? We all know what it means to be born? At least we know the basics… the key word in our text this morning is the word right after born – “again.” This birth comes by the power of God. What does it mean to be born again?
We all know what it means to be born? At least we know the basics… the key word in our text this morning is the word right after born – “again.”
This birth comes by the power of God. We can’t be born by our own strength or the strength of someone else. It can only happen by the power of God.
Who needs to be born again?
The answer here is pretty straight forward. If we’ve only been born once, we need to be born again.
That means everyone needs to be born again.
We can’t impress God. Jesus wasn’t impressed by Nicodemus, a faithful, knowledgeable pharisee.
How does it work to be born again?
If we know that we need it, what is the process of being born again?
Being born again is a dramatic thing for some people, but not for some other people. In some ways its like waking up to an alarm clock, some people wake up immediately when the alarm goes off, others take some time.

* The new birth is a mystery. We can’t fully understand it. Jesus said that it is as hard to quantify as the wind.
* Repentance is necessary. Being born of water is tied into repentance.
* It is the work of the Holy Spirit. When the Spirit speaks to you and you don’t respond you will become hardened. The Spirit convicts us and draws us to himself.
* It is a miracle.
* It requires faith.

Conclusion
Have you been born again? If you haven’t the opportunity is available to you. Come to God in repentance, acknowledge that you are a sinner, and look to Jesus. Accept His death, his atonement for your sin.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Thank God for His great mercy and His great love!
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My Life is a Letter - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/my-life-is-a-letter/ Mon, 26 Feb 2018 01:33:12 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3104 <p>In the Old Testament we read about the Children of Israel being led out of Egypt by Moses. It was a great crowd of people. After much time they arrived at Mount Sinai. Text: Exodus 31 and 32 It is one thing write the law of God on stone, to preserve it, to hold it, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/my-life-is-a-letter/">My Life is a Letter</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> In the Old Testament we read about the Children of Israel being led out of Egypt by Moses. It was a great crowd of people. After much time they arrived at Mount Sinai. Text: Exodus 31 and 32 It is one thing write the law of God on stone, Text: Exodus 31 and 32
It is one thing write the law of God on stone, to preserve it, to hold it, to teach it, review it, study it, etc… but it is quite another to get that law inside the heart and mind in such a way that a persons life is changed to reflect the message of the law of God.
Jeremiah 31:33 – God makes a covenant with the house of Israel. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be there God and they shall be my people.”
Ezekiel 11:19 – A hard stoney heart taken out and replaced with a soft heart of flesh.
Ezekiel 36:24 – God made a promise and he was faithful to his promise.
2 Corinthians 1:18-22 – God keeps his promises. God did send his word. God did convert hearts. God gives his spirit to work in us.
2 Corinthians 3:1-3 – We are an epistle. We are a letter that can be read by those around us.
Romans 8:1 – Our lives are read by other people as they see us and watch us living.
2 Samuel 12 – After David had sinned with Bathsheeba Nathan came to David and confronted him with his sin. David recognized his sin. Nathan replied and told him that his sin was put away… however… There was a consequence for his sin, regardless of whether or not the sin had been forgiven.
Romans 2 – If we sin, we are not writing a good letter.
1 Timothy 6:1 – If we call ourselves a Christian but aren’t living like Christ, we won’t be attracting people to God. In fact we’ll be doing the opposite, pushing people away from God.
It is possible for hearts to cool, to start to get stiff and to eventually return to stone. We need to continually commune with the Lord, and walk with the Lord.
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Greatness in the Kingdom - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/greatness-in-the-kingdom/ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:18:34 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3102 <p>Text: Matthew 20:20-25 4 Lessons: Those that suffer greatly for Christ will be rewarded greatly Committed followers of Christ eventually grow up Pursuing “greatness” leads to division and hinders the gospel God rewards lowly service 4 Ways We Might Quietly Seek “Greatness”: Being stingy with our praise for piers Focusing on Flaws Keeping quiet about […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/greatness-in-the-kingdom/">Greatness in the Kingdom</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Matthew 20:20-25 4 Lessons: Those that suffer greatly for Christ will be rewarded greatly Committed followers of Christ eventually grow up Pursuing “greatness” leads to division and hinders the gospel God rewards lowly service 4 Ways We Might Qui... 4 Lessons:

* Those that suffer greatly for Christ will be rewarded greatly
* Committed followers of Christ eventually grow up
* Pursuing “greatness” leads to division and hinders the gospel
* God rewards lowly service

4 Ways We Might Quietly Seek “Greatness”:

* Being stingy with our praise for piers
* Focusing on Flaws
* Keeping quiet about our own faults
* “Lowly” Service

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Blameless, Righteous, Truthful - Jerrill Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/blameless-righteous-truthful/ Mon, 12 Feb 2018 01:10:05 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3096 <p>Psalm 15 and 1 Samuel 4 – Israel was defeated before the Philistines. Why did this happen? They recognized it was from the Lord. Then they decided to take the ark out to the battle. We serve God, God doesn’t serve us The Philistines had to deal with God God demonstrated that He is greater […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/blameless-righteous-truthful/">Blameless, Righteous, Truthful</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Psalm 15 and 1 Samuel 4 – Israel was defeated before the Philistines. Why did this happen? They recognized it was from the Lord. Then they decided to take the ark out to the battle. We serve God, God doesn’t serve us The Philistines had to deal with Go... Why did this happen? They recognized it was from the Lord. Then they decided to take the ark out to the battle.

* We serve God, God doesn’t serve us
* The Philistines had to deal with God
* God demonstrated that He is greater than Israel and the Philistines

Matthew 5:3-8 and Matthew 12:34

* Blameless
* Righteous
* Truthful

This is only possible by our commitment to and the indwelling of Christ.
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Is God my Friend? - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/is-god-my-friend/ Sun, 28 Jan 2018 23:26:24 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3093 <p>Genesis 1:1-2 – There was perfect fellowship between God and man. Then came the fall. We know the story, it is a tragic story. From a clear understanding of the greatness and goodness of God to a sinful choice… a choice that brought a number of circumstances with it. What happened in the Garden? What […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/is-god-my-friend/">Is God my Friend?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Genesis 1:1-2 – There was perfect fellowship between God and man. Then came the fall. We know the story, it is a tragic story. From a clear understanding of the greatness and goodness of God to a sinful choice… a choice that brought a number of circums... From a clear understanding of the greatness and goodness of God to a sinful choice… a choice that brought a number of circumstances with it.
What happened in the Garden? What happened with man afterwards until the time of the flood and ever since? In wicked environments the truth of who God is is grossly corrupted and lost. Hearts are darkened.
When we loose track of who God is a shadow can come over our understanding of who God is.
We have a God like no other religion claims to have. No wonder Moses sang, “who is like thee oh God?” David, in his last years praised God saying, “What can I say more unto thee? For though Lord God knowest thy servant.”
Jesus didn’t just come to show us that God loved us… He also came to redeem us. He was criticized for being associated with publicans and sinners, he was a friend to them. He came to seek and to save that which was lost.
Those things that we really need are the things that God supplies. He is the God that we need.
Have you ever heard of another “god” who promises a heavenly existence with him?
Is God my friend? Would he call me his friend like he did Abraham?
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Praise in Trial - Jerrill Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/praise-in-trial/ Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:15:05 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3090 <p>Acts 16:6 – This is a message about a great God among ordinary people. We as Christians have a constant “Macedonian call.” Often what we dream and what reality ends up being are very different. We plan our lives one way and then the unplanned comes along and changes things. This lady named Lydia was […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/praise-in-trial/">Praise in Trial</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Acts 16:6 – This is a message about a great God among ordinary people. We as Christians have a constant “Macedonian call.” Often what we dream and what reality ends up being are very different. We plan our lives one way and then the unplanned comes alo... Often what we dream and what reality ends up being are very different. We plan our lives one way and then the unplanned comes along and changes things.
This lady named Lydia was ready to hear and open to accept the message of the Lord. Things seemed to be going really well, there is an open door, there is lodging, there is meals. What more could a missionary ask for?
Then there was a “snag” that came along. This often happens in our lives as well. We can learn to walk the walk and talk the talk but not really live the life of being a Christ child. If we find ourselves in this place there is a way out, there is a way forward.
Paul addressed the problem of this woman, he commanded the demon to leave her. We don’t know what all happened to her after this, perhaps, hopefully she became a real voice for God in the kingdom.
In casting out the demon Paul not only tangled with the powers of darkness, but he also tangled with some evil and corrupt men. They had been using this demonic bondage that the woman was under and the casting out of the demon really didn’t sit well with them.
Paul and Silas were quickly hauled to a magistrate and stuck in jail. They weren’t out looking for trouble, they didn’t plan to be against the prison wall in shackles. It was however the place that God had taken them.
We will find ourselves in places that we’d rather not be, it will happen to us as children of God.
2 Corinthians 12:8 – It may be something that God wants to use to show his own greatness. When we are weak then God can be our strength.
2 Corinthians 2:14-17 – When we are crushed we can give off the aroma of Christ – an aroma of Christ at work.
It seemed like a huge cost to Paul and Silas. But what God put on the record about the situation is that, at midnight they were singing and the rest of the prisoners were hearing the gospel.
He brought them to hope even in their cell. God is still doing this in us today… bringing hope in our hours of trial.
Revelation 12:7 – There is no battle, there is no trial that is to great for our God. Let us maximize our dependency on God. There is strength and grace for us when we immediately look to Christ for help in our time of needs.
We are not alone. God is with us.
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Root Out the Thorns in Your Life - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/root-thorns-life/ Sun, 07 Jan 2018 22:09:48 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3087 <p>Luke 8:1-15 – Mark 4 What is God’s purpose for every seed that is sowed? That it would grow and be fruitful! Some of the seed did this, while some of the seed did not produce seed. Be carful how you listen. Pay close attention. Other places Jesus talks about loosing what we have. In […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/root-thorns-life/">Root Out the Thorns in Your Life</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Luke 8:1-15 – Mark 4 What is God’s purpose for every seed that is sowed? That it would grow and be fruitful! Some of the seed did this, while some of the seed did not produce seed. Be carful how you listen. Pay close attention. What is God’s purpose for every seed that is sowed? That it would grow and be fruitful! Some of the seed did this, while some of the seed did not produce seed.
Be carful how you listen. Pay close attention.
Other places Jesus talks about loosing what we have. In the parable of the talents the one talent was taken from the one who had simply buried his talent and given to the one who had worked well with what he had received.

* There are those who are hardened to the word of God, some go as far as to try to destroy it.
* There are those who are shallow. They hear and they start well, but when things get tough they give up.
* There are those who hear, and then go out and are choked out by the cares, riches, and pleasures of life. There is too much competition.

Matthew 6 – Jesus makes it clear that we are to seek first the kingdom of God and that God will not let the things that we need overwhelm us.
May God help us to recognize any thorns that may be in our lives. Not only recognize them but confess them and root them out. If we work the soil, and work out the things that are problematic… We can be good soil.
James 3:13-18 – A spiritual person who sees a thorn start to sprout… He digs it out and deals with it, the spirit rules.
1 Peter 1:22-25 – A heart purifued results in spiritual fruit. loving sincerely and fervently. In these hearts the word will bear fruit.
Hear the word. Keep the word. Bear fruit.
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Pray For Each Other - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/pray-for-each-other/ Sun, 31 Dec 2017 23:33:34 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3085 <p>1 John 5:1-21 – There are a few questions in this passage that we will try to wrestle with a little this morning. What are the water and the blood? How do they testify? Why are verses 7 and 8 so different in different versions? What is a sin that leads to death? Is the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/pray-for-each-other/">Pray For Each Other</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 John 5:1-21 – There are a few questions in this passage that we will try to wrestle with a little this morning. What are the water and the blood? How do they testify? Why are verses 7 and 8 so different in different versions?
* What are the water and the blood? How do they testify?
* Why are verses 7 and 8 so different in different versions?
* What is a sin that leads to death? Is the death that John is talking about here spiritual or is it physical?
* What does it mean that Satan “can’t touch us?”

Treasure your life in the son. We are not like scuba divers with an air supply attached to them. No matter how good a life we try to live we need to live in the son or we will eventually die spiritually.
Pray for your brother’s life. All wrongdoing is sin and is damaging, but John is saying here that we should pray for each others relationships with God. That God would bring repentance and healing. Don’t just warn your brother, pray for him too. Don’t just pray for him, warn him too.
Be confident in the power and protection of Christ. The world is in the power of the evil one, but we are not under Satans power.
Keep yourselves from idols. This is an abrupt way to finish this chapter, life is in the Son, we are in him who is true, realizing and believing this we are called to keep ourselves from anything that would come between us and God. If we love the world the love of the Father is not in him.
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Immanuel - God With Us - Sam Troyer https://bmcgladys.com/immanuel-god-us/ Sun, 24 Dec 2017 16:56:51 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3082 <p>Isaiah prophesied about Jesus coming to the Earth many years before he was actually born. God did not leave us alone. He created man in a beautiful situation, but man messed it up right away. Ever since there was a separation between man and God. What we want to focus on this morning is that […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/immanuel-god-us/">Immanuel – God With Us</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Isaiah prophesied about Jesus coming to the Earth many years before he was actually born. God did not leave us alone. He created man in a beautiful situation, but man messed it up right away. Ever since there was a separation between man and God. God did not leave us alone. He created man in a beautiful situation, but man messed it up right away. Ever since there was a separation between man and God.
What we want to focus on this morning is that God did not abandon us, even though mankind fell, God reached out to us even after we had failed.
Why was Jesus incarnate? Why should he leave his throne in heaven and come to earth? Why should he take on the struggles and frustrations of being a man on earth.
God wanted to show the human race that he cared, that they could be saved. Immanuel – God with us.
How could God become man? How could he be 100% God and 100% man in the same body?
Matthew 1:18-23, John 1:9-18 – Immanuel means “with us is God.”
Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?

* Jeremiah 31, 2 Corinthians 4, Colossians 1, Luke 8:22, John 11, Matthew 8:28-34, Luke 19 – Jesus came to earth so that we might know God. In the new covenant we can know God in a much better way because Jesus came to show us God… that we might know God. Our joy is great that Jesus was born, but it is even greater that he went to the cross for us.
* Hebrews 2:10 – That God might know us. When Jesus was here he became an understanding high priest. We know that Jesus understands us and knows what we are going through because Jesus went through those things as well. He reached out to us as a faithful High Priest.
* Isaiah 53:1-12 – That we might be saved. This is our greatest need, so God sent a Savior. There can be no peace except through the atonement that is available to us through the cross. We are saved because we trust in Jesus and his atoning work for us.

We celebrate Christmas, a season of great joy. It is appropriate that we celebrate, but it is important that we celebrate with the knowledge that God has drawn near, that He was willing to come to earth, to show us who God is, to experience who we are, and ultimately so that we might be saved.
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An Unfaltering Focus - Jerrill Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/an-unfaltering-focus/ Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:12:07 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3079 <p>Just as there were Herod’s and Pharisees and scoffers and doubters in the days of Jesus and following… so we too have many things fighting for our attention today. We need an unfaltering focus on our Savior. Nehemiah 6 – The walls are up, the gates are about ready to go in and there seems […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/an-unfaltering-focus/">An Unfaltering Focus</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Just as there were Herod’s and Pharisees and scoffers and doubters in the days of Jesus and following… so we too have many things fighting for our attention today. We need an unfaltering focus on our Savior. Nehemiah 6 – The walls are up, Nehemiah 6 – The walls are up, the gates are about ready to go in and there seems to be a last ditch effort to change things. “They thought to do me mischief…” Their mission was larger than just to compromise Nehemiah, they were looking to compromise the work that he was doing.
We walk on the water, we fulfill our purposes when our God is in it. God sent deliverance to his people through his own peoples faithfulness to him.
What were the distractions posed by Sanballat?
It is when we are making progress in our Christian life that the devil will launch an attack.
Sometimes it is the call to truth and obedience that will bring us to a place where we can do the things that we are called to. When we are faced with doubts we need to be as Nehemiah and ask God to “strengthen my hand.”
Nehemiah didn’t loose focus of the task at hand. Neither did Peter drown in the sea… they both kept their focus where it should be, on God. While their focus may have faltered, it continually came back to God.
We are all called to have a similar focus. Called to faithfully run the race before us, one step at a time. It isn’t an easy task, it’ll require more than what we can offer on our own. We are so blessed to have Jesus, our Lord and Master who is walking the way with us. He wants us to move forward, He wants us to be successful in his work.
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The Great Birth Announcement - Dan Freed https://bmcgladys.com/great-birth-announcement/ Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:55:22 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3076 <p>Luke 2 – When any of us where born there were people who were excited! Our lives, as insignificant as they might be can become significant. This is the greatest birth announcement ever known. The Great Announcement Revealed What are some of the great things about this announcement? Great light Great fear Great announcement Great […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/great-birth-announcement/">The Great Birth Announcement</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Luke 2 – When any of us where born there were people who were excited! Our lives, as insignificant as they might be can become significant. This is the greatest birth announcement ever known. The Great Announcement Revealed What are some of the great t... The Great Announcement Revealed
What are some of the great things about this announcement?

* Great light
* Great fear
* Great announcement
* Great joy
* Great audience – all people
* Great timing – Jesus was born at the right time, even though for Mary and Joseph it may have seemed like the worst possible timing.
* A Great savior is born, that is the key to all of this announcement.
* Philippians 2 – Jesus was born in great humility
* Great praise – There was one angel giving the initial announcement and then there was a great multitude praising God!

The Announcement Results

* There is going to be glory to God in the highest
* There is going to be peace

Jesus saves us from eternal separation from God.
We’ll never get done learning about our Savior. He is beyond finding out, yet we can learn things about him.
We should proclaim the savior, telling the story to others.
2 Corinthians 5 – Salvation, a gift from God. God is making his appeal to the world through us.
Our response should be to seek him, to find him, to learn more about him and to proclaim and praise him.
This is the great announcement in a nutshell. May this scripture come alive for us this Christmas song.
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Receiving the Gift of Christmas Peace - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/receiving-gift-christmas-peace/ Sun, 03 Dec 2017 22:44:28 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3073 <p>John 14, Romans 5 – these are the main two passages behind this message. Jesus is telling his disciples not to be troubled, that they need to “Believe in me instead.” If they believe in him Jesus promises them peace. What kind of peace is this? This is not the world’s versions of peace. It […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/receiving-gift-christmas-peace/">Receiving the Gift of Christmas Peace</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> John 14, Romans 5 – these are the main two passages behind this message. Jesus is telling his disciples not to be troubled, that they need to “Believe in me instead.” If they believe in him Jesus promises them peace. What kind of peace is this? Jesus is telling his disciples not to be troubled, that they need to “Believe in me instead.” If they believe in him Jesus promises them peace.
What kind of peace is this? This is not the world’s versions of peace. It is a courageous peace.

* Put your faith in Jesus and walk with Him. Having been justified by faith we have peace with God. We don’t get anywhere without this. The thing that is different about the peace that Jesus offered is that it isn’t a one time gift. It is an ongoing gift. This gift of peace that Jesus offers is something that we experience continually as we walk with the Prince of Peace. It is only as we abide in Jesus that we will continue to have/find peace.
* Believe that God works good. Romans 8:28 is followed by a little phrase that we shouldn’t forget. “Being conformed to the image of the Son.” God wants to make us more like His Son.
* We need to adopt the agenda that God has for us. Is becoming more like Christ of utmost importance for you? Having the same goals as Christ can really be a source of courage, despite whatever comes along in life.

May you enjoy God’s peace throughout the holidays this year.
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Mustard Seed Conversions - Jerrill Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/mustard-seed-conversions/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:21:53 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3070 <p>John 3 – Nicodemus had a lot of questions, questions that we would likely have had in the same situation. Romans 12 – We come to Christ as a “living” sacrifice. What am I doing to convert the blessings that are in my life into fruit for the Kingdom? How can I be a partaker […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/mustard-seed-conversions/">Mustard Seed Conversions</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> John 3 – Nicodemus had a lot of questions, questions that we would likely have had in the same situation. Romans 12 – We come to Christ as a “living” sacrifice. What am I doing to convert the blessings that are in my life into fruit for the Kingdom? Romans 12 – We come to Christ as a “living” sacrifice.
What am I doing to convert the blessings that are in my life into fruit for the Kingdom? How can I be a partaker with Christ in a substantive way in the Kingdom?
How well are we participating with Christ in His Kingdom? There is no way to come up with a mathematical “conversion rate” for this.
Luke 13:18 – The size of the mustard seed is incredibly tiny. Yet, within that little seed is life, the potential for great return on the effort put into growing it.
The new birth isn’t just a simple thing. Birth is often stressful, painful and requires some labor.
Many of us have come to Christ and we’re pretty messed up, there may be trauma, psychological issues, sin issues, etc… Healing and growing takes time. We are called to become more like Christ and to be more fruitful and productive.
Matthew 18 – We don’t “have to” if we “want to.” If our focus is on becoming more like the master, when we have that kind of humility there will be a “want to” on our part to become more like Him.
We come as little children to Christ. Wanting to learn. Wanting to be like Jesus when we get big. This means filling our time with Jesus, focusing on Christ, instead of ourselves.
Galatians 6:10, Luke 14:26 – We need to develop a strong connection with our local body of believers and fellow believers.
Mark 17 – We do need faith. We will face struggles and satanic strongholds. We will need to pray and fast and battle against the fleshly desires that strive to entangle us.
What is our report card like today? Are the fruits of the spirit flowing out of our lives? Or are there things that we need to crucify and take care of?
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A Cup for Salvation - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/a-cup-for-salvation/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 02:45:17 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3068 <p>Matthew 27, 1 Corinthians 10:16 – A cup for our salvation, for the saving of our souls. Scripture speaks of a number of other cups that we are far more deserving of. Think about the great things that Jesus has done for us. Great mercy. Great forgiveness. We can begin to take for granted the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/a-cup-for-salvation/">A Cup for Salvation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Matthew 27, 1 Corinthians 10:16 – A cup for our salvation, for the saving of our souls. Scripture speaks of a number of other cups that we are far more deserving of. Think about the great things that Jesus has done for us. Great mercy. Think about the great things that Jesus has done for us. Great mercy. Great forgiveness.
We can begin to take for granted the forgiveness and deliverance that we have available and have experienced through Jesus Christ.
Part of communion is response, our response to what Christ has offered to us.
We cannot fix ourselves to be suitable to come into the presence of God. We have nothing of ourselves, there is no excuse or anything of equal value that we can barter with God for. Yet Jesus calls us to “come.”

Just as I am, without one plea, oh, Lamb of God, I come…

The surrender terms that Jesus offers us are incredibly kind and compassionate. Jesus calls us to take his yoke, surrender, learn and find rest. His yoke is easy and his burden is light. This kind of surrender isn’t “loosing” it is gaining!
Acts records Paul sharing his testimony many times. This was an incredible thing to Paul, that God was merciful to him, chief of sinners though he may have been.
We don’t just come the way we are and stay the way we are. God wants us to grow and to change.
Ephesians 4:1 – Let us walk worthy of the vocation that you we are called to. By God’s grace we can make every thought subject to Christ and His Lordship.
When we sin, we need to also repent and offer ourselves anew to Christ. God can tell which of us really love him, He sees our decisions and our motives and how we follow and obey him.
When we worship and love the Lord more than anything else, the second commandment follows more naturally. We will find it much more easy to love our brothers and our sisters.
This morning we come as we are. We commit ourselves first to Him in surrender. We commit ourselves to follow and obey him. We worship him.
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What is That in Your Hand? - Sam Troyer https://bmcgladys.com/what-is-that-in-your-hand/ Mon, 13 Nov 2017 02:39:58 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3066 <p>Evaluating the influence of digital technology in our hearts and lives. Is this an area with some shadiness in our lives? Are we living under the influence of our digital technology?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/what-is-that-in-your-hand/">What is That in Your Hand?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Evaluating the influence of digital technology in our hearts and lives. Is this an area with some shadiness in our lives? Are we living under the influence of our digital technology? Are we living under the influence of our digital technology?
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The Cancer of Complacency - Josh Good https://bmcgladys.com/the-cancer-of-complacency/ Mon, 06 Nov 2017 03:18:27 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3063 <p>Breaking the bread of life is a sobering responsibility. Let us pray that we can hear the call this evening to pursue a life of godliness and holiness. Jesus is soon returning for His bride, His church. The Church is made of people just like me and people just like you. If the Church is […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-cancer-of-complacency/">The Cancer of Complacency</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Breaking the bread of life is a sobering responsibility. Let us pray that we can hear the call this evening to pursue a life of godliness and holiness. Jesus is soon returning for His bride, His church. The Church is made of people just like me and peo... The Church is made of people just like me and people just like you. If the Church is going to be holy and without blemish, I need to personally have a passion to protect the purity and the holiness of the church.
What kind of church do you want to be a part of? Honest? Pure? Holy? On fire for the Lord? You’ll need to be faithful personally in each of these different ways. We are the church.
Cancer is no respecter of persons. It comes to the young, to the middle aged, to the old. It comes silently, and often by the time it has been detected the victims fate has been sealed. Cancer eats away at the body slowly and surely till their very life is gone.
It seems like cancer is everywhere. It seems to be running wild.
There is a cancer that is running wild in our churches today. This cancer has been responsible for the deaths of thousands of people and churches across the world. It is lethal to the church where it is found. This cancer of course is complacency.
If ignored the cancer of complacency in a church leads to death in 100% of the case. But if it is taken care of it doesn’t have to spell death for a church.
Matthew 24 – In the last days there will be many who once were walking with the Lord who will grow cold in their spiritual experience and loose their fire for the Lord. It is vitally important that we take inventory of our spiritual life.
What is your temperature? It often gives us a clear indicator of where we are in our spiritual life.
Revelation 3 – Who is talking here? This is Jesus, speaking to the church at Laodicea. Who said something makes a difference. This isn’t just anyone, it is Jesus. The church here was a commercial center, they did banking they manufactured clothes, they made medicines.
It appears that the material riches of the people at Laodicea blinded their eyes to their needs spiritually. We often don’t view ourselves as being as bad off as we really are. The thing that we want to note especially though is their temperature. They were lukewarm, neither cold nor hot.
Temperature is very important when it comes to food in particular. Hot food’s have to be hot and cold food needs to be cold. Being lukewarm in our relationship with Christ is also a dangerous place to be. We make Jesus sick. He says he will spew us out of his mouth.
There is no person who is harder to reach than the person who is self sufficient, complacent and blind to their own need. There is a tendency for all of us to be “ok” with our own lives. Sometimes we assume that our relationship with Christ will just “work itself out.”
It takes effort. It takes desire. It takes daily maintenance. What does it take for a cup of hot coffee to get lukewarm? Nothing… just some time. The same is true with our relationships with Christ.
Satan would love if we would just do nothing. He would like us to be satisfied with where we are at. He wants us to be so busy doing good things that we neglect our relationship with Christ.
Jesus is calling us to come and open up and let Him. He is pleading for us to come to him and experience a personal relationship with him. To those who overcome Jesus promises that they will live with him, they will reign with him.
Jesus is looking for hearts that are sold out to him. Let us examine our hearts and ask where are we? What is our temperature?

* Keep moving – movement, progression in our Christian life is vitally important. Let us constantly press on and live out our faith with Jesus Christ. Paul tells us to forget the things that are behind us and look forward and press forward to those things that are in front of us. Satan loves to bring up the past,]]>
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The Deceitfulness of Disobedience - Part 2 - Josh Good https://bmcgladys.com/deceitfulness-disobedience-part-2/ Mon, 06 Nov 2017 03:15:03 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3061 <p>Ephesians 4:11-16 – This is the prayer that we need to have for ourselves. This is a beautiful picture. Christ is the head of the church. There are those put in different places within the body of Christ to further grow and nurture the group of believers. This is how an army of disciples of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/deceitfulness-disobedience-part-2/">The Deceitfulness of Disobedience – Part 2</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Ephesians 4:11-16 – This is the prayer that we need to have for ourselves. This is a beautiful picture. Christ is the head of the church. There are those put in different places within the body of Christ to further grow and nurture the group of believe... We fight and over come deception with the truth or God’s word. There is a vital connection between truth and how important it is to fight deception.
Wealth, just like sin and disobedience is deceptive. It promises so much but gives so little in return.
Mark 4:7-20 – Satan gets us so busy taking care of our stuff that we loose the ability/time/desire for the things of God. It’s about prioritizing our time. What is important to you? You will find time in the day to do the things that are important to you. Satan tries to make prosperity look appealing and the Word of God dull and drab.
Ephesians 5:6-19 – We have two contrasting words here. Darkness and light. The Christian’s music should edify us. It should teach us in a way that improves and nurtures our minds. Walk as children of the light. Be filled with the Spirit!
Satan is reeking havoc in the homes of people today. Let us guard our homes with our lives. God’s Word needs to be an every day part of our lives. Make the Word of God a central part of your life.
1 Corinthians – There is a direct connection between the quality of our friends and the quality of our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Abstain – a word that sounds simple, but its not. Perhaps we need to abstain from things. When we get to the point when we can say “its not worth it” and give it up. When did the Bible say that being a disciple of Christ would be easy and convenient? In fact the Bible would seem to say the opposite. If things are getting between us and our relationship with God, they need to go!
Where is your focus, what is important to you?
Self denial is not a mark of weakness it is the mark of a try child of the King.
Deception is a major tool in Satan’s “last days” toolbox. We guard against deception by recognizing the power of the Word of God. God’s Word is relevant for all generations. God’s Word is unchanging, it wasn’t “just for them back in the day.” It is definitely for us here today.
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The Deceitfulness of Disobedience - Part 1 - Josh Good https://bmcgladys.com/deceitfulness-disobedience-part-1/ Mon, 06 Nov 2017 03:14:01 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3058 <p>Peace is a beautiful thing that cannot be bought with money. Peace also doesn’t come in the same package as the Devils schemes. When we follow the truth of God’s word, God grants us a peace that is hard to explain. Hebrews 3:12-14 – Deception is one of the most worn tools in Satan’s toolbox. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/deceitfulness-disobedience-part-1/">The Deceitfulness of Disobedience – Part 1</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Peace is a beautiful thing that cannot be bought with money. Peace also doesn’t come in the same package as the Devils schemes. When we follow the truth of God’s word, God grants us a peace that is hard to explain. Hebrews 3:12-14 – Deception is one of the most worn tools in Satan’s toolbox. None of us are immune to this. We are all called to stand, to put up a guard.
We have the answer to this tactic, “hold fast to the truth.” We must build on the truth of God’s word. We also cannot live the Christian life on our own. We must be in community, the struggles that we are dealing with are not something that we alone struggle with.
The heart doesn’t harden quickly. The hardening that we are talking about is something that happens little by little. Casualness. Indifference. Lack of sensitivity. This process is so slow we often don’t even realize that it is happening.
When this happens we find ourselves living a life of deceit. We never intended to go there, we never intended to come to this place.
All sin is deceitful, it always promises more than it can deliver. Wealth. Prosperity. Popularity. Etc.

Sin assures us of pleasures that it never imparts.

Jeremiah 6 talks about a people who are beyond shame. They are completely past it when they sin. They have given up.
Genesis 2:2 – The end of sin is always death. Satan would never tell you that up front, but the Bible makes it very clear that the penalty of sin is ultimately death.
James 1:14-15 – Note the progression here. This is the life cycle of sin. Starts with me and my flesh, yielding to the supposed happiness or reward that Satan puts in front of us. Again the end result is death, but Satan keeps that well hidden from us at the start.
We commit sin for many different reasons, but the one reason that is always part of the equation is Satan’s desire to deceive us. He is portrayed in scripture as being “very busy.”
Satan would like us to not know these things. He would like these things to be kept hidden.

* Satan is the adversary, slanderer of God and man.
* Satan is the accuser. He will say, “oh you think you’re a christian? Why do you keep doing that?”
* Satan often wears the clothes as an angel of light. Yes he is also a roaring lion, but that usually doesn’t come until we are bound and captive. Then he roars out his

Samson, at the end, after he had told the truth to Delilah. We read that Samson new not that the Lord had departed from him. How many people think that they are doing ok, but don’t realize that God’s spirit has left them?
1 Kings 13 – A man of God, who started out by doing God’s will, then he went to doing nothing. He was then deceived. Many Christians don’t make it when they are in survival mode when it comes to their walk with God. Survival mode is never a good place for a Christian to be.
Acts 4:32-37 and Acts 5:1-11 – Disobedience to the brotherhood agreement. It sounds like the people weren’t required to sell their properties, but it seems as if there was an understanding that if they were to sell, they would give the money to the church.
There was intentional deception here. Ananias new, his wife new, they both were intentional in how they lied to try to cover what they had really sold the land for. They were not simply lying to Peter, they were also lying to the Holy Spirit.
There is a similar progression in each of these stories. A good start. A temptation. An openness to what Satan has to say. Disobedience then becomes logical. There is a lack of sensitivity to the Lord. Then there is a taking of the bait, and ultimately the paying of the price.

Don’t give place to the Devil. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

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The Poverty of Prosperity - Josh Good https://bmcgladys.com/the-poverty-of-prosperity/ Sun, 05 Nov 2017 02:04:16 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3054 <p>1 Corinthians – We have so much at our disposal spiritually but too often we choose poverty as it relates to spiritual prosperity. The Bible has very little positive to say about wealth. Most of scripture speaks of the power of wealth to cause us to forget God and trust in ourselves. What are the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-poverty-of-prosperity/">The Poverty of Prosperity</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Corinthians – We have so much at our disposal spiritually but too often we choose poverty as it relates to spiritual prosperity. The Bible has very little positive to say about wealth. Most of scripture speaks of the power of wealth to cause us to fo... What are the values that we are passing on to our children about money. Sometimes we look around at our young people and we raise our eyebrows as if there is a problem. Perhaps we could trace back those problems back to the fathers and mothers of those kids… of your kids… What values are they living based on?
When it comes to wealth there are several world views.

* Societies world view – having more, fitting in, hobbies, easy retirements, etc. Primary pleases self. The end of such a world view often ends in spiritual and physical ruin.
* Christians world view – money is only a tool, something to be used to bring honor to God, a gift from God.

Ecclesiastes 5 – Who is writing this? It is the richest man who ever lived! He is saying that he is never satisfied with his income, it’s never enough!
Luke 12 – Don’t pursue prosperity at the expense of your relationship with God.
What am I doing with what I have? Is it how can I benefit more from this? Or is it “how can I be a better brother or sister?” Or “how can I help those who are less fortunate than I am?”

This world last for just a little bit. The one that is to come is forever. Where is your treasure?

Trust God to provide. He cares for the little things in life, he will take care of you. Don’t be running after all the things of the world. God knows what you need. Seek the kingdom of God and all the things you need will be taken care of.
We need to be careful where we put our heart. Our heart is going to be where our treasure is… worry about where you treasure is. Where is your treasure?
Riches are deceiving. They never fully deliver what they promise.
Psalm 112:1-3 – The man who delights in the Word of God is a truly rich man. He may be listed in the “poverty level” but in God’s standard his doing well!
It isn’t that we should be lazy, but we do need to trust God.
Luke 21:28-36 – The last days will not be hopeless. By standing firm you may gain life. If you have a heavenly focus, not looking around, you won’t miss the last days. Are you looking down and around you? Or are you looking up?
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What Trophy Are You Chasing? - Steve Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/what-trophy-are-you-chasing/ Mon, 30 Oct 2017 03:00:07 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3052 <p>1 Corinthians 3 – What is my purpose in life? What should be my priorities? In my business am I doing what God has placed me to do? The world may forget what we do while we are here. God will never forget what we’ve done while here on earth in the cause of the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/what-trophy-are-you-chasing/">What Trophy Are You Chasing?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Corinthians 3 – What is my purpose in life? What should be my priorities? In my business am I doing what God has placed me to do? The world may forget what we do while we are here. God will never forget what we’ve done while here on earth in the caus... The world may forget what we do while we are here. God will never forget what we’ve done while here on earth in the cause of the kingdom.
How do we live in light of this?
Whatever we’re doing in life… ask yourself the question. Why? Why are you working hard on the things that you’re working on?
We know that we cannot serve two masters. We must choose what kingdom we will belong to, which kingdom we’ll serve.
As you think of serving and spending your life for a purpose there is a reward that goes with it.
What are your trophies in life? What is your purpose and goal? Especially in light of eternity.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 – A crown. A trophy. One that will fade away… Paul is placing up against one that will not fade away.
Are you living in the present at the expense of the future? Will you find that the trophy you are after here on earth is not worth it?
What does God want of me? How can I know him?

* Jesus relationship with his father was a priority for him.
* Prayer was a priority.
* Reaching people was a priority.
* Children
* Lepers
* The blind

Jesus saw people… but he didn’t just see a “person” he saw a soul. Let us allow Jesus priorities to become our priorities.
Haggai 1:2-11 – Our lives are an exchange. We exchange each day, each moment for time. We are spending each day, each moment, we can save them. We have no idea how many days we’ll have. When the day is gone it is gone, we won’t get it back.
Each day we take this gift, the day and we spend it.

Seek first the kingdom of God… Matthew 6

We all know that the kingdom of God should be first in our lives, but there are a lot of things out there that are seeking to be first in our lives. If we don’t think about our priorities we tend to start focusing on the things that are self serving, towards idols, away from God. Be alert! Be awake! Be aware!
Let what God has called us here to do be the center, the core of what we are doing here. Not a small piece of pie.
We will never find satisfaction outside of God’s purpose for our lives. We need to deliberately, purposely put God’s desires and purposes before the our own selfish desires and purposes.
Who are my heroes? My role models? My goals?
James 1:5 – If any of you lack wisdom. Ask of God.
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Model Forgiveness - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/model-forgiveness/ Mon, 23 Oct 2017 02:16:26 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3048 <p>Luke 6:35-38 – When Jesus was teaching the Lord’s prayer to his disciples, immediately after he taught them about forgiveness. Forgive and be forgiven Jesus taught. This is a sobering truth. Why does God consider forgiveness so important? Why is he so concerned that his children should forgive and be forgiven? Our father which art […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/model-forgiveness/">Model Forgiveness</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Luke 6:35-38 – When Jesus was teaching the Lord’s prayer to his disciples, immediately after he taught them about forgiveness. Forgive and be forgiven Jesus taught. This is a sobering truth. Why does God consider forgiveness so important? Why does God consider forgiveness so important? Why is he so concerned that his children should forgive and be forgiven?
Our father which art in heaven is kind to mankind. We represent him here. Mercy is the attribute on which Salvation depends. Without God’s forgiveness we are lost! There is no hope for us.
God calls us to model the kind of forgiveness that he shows to his children. As the Father… so the children… When we show this characteristic to one another we glorify God and we show people something that can call people to God.
There Must be an Offense
Without an offense there is no need for forgiveness. What is an offense?

* An injury, physical or emotional caused by another person.
* Someones callousness can offend us
* Rudeness can offend us
* Broken promises can cause offense. Little things… big things…
* Robbery, crime, etc.

The Response to Offense
Once there is an offense we have to look at our response. We are creatures of emotion and the natural response to offense is annoyance/anger/rage/etc. We tend to look for repayment of the wrong.
Ephesians 4:31 – We, as Christians are called to a higher response. A great contrast is shown here to that of the initial desire to respond with “fairness and justice.” Our judgement in responding to offenses can be clouded, self centered and often isn’t really honestly fair.
God wants us to forgive. Forgiveness is the letting go of the right to repayment of a debt that is owed. It is a conscious erasing of accounts due from the record. True forgiveness takes the grace and work of God within us.
Steps to Forgiveness
As we respond to offenses that come our way we don’t really think about the steps we go through. However there are several steps that occur as we process an offense.

* Acknowledge that there has been an offense. Something happened.
* Consider the thing. Many times offenses are misread, assumed or imagined. They are born out of lack of love or suspicion. Following Christ and being more like Jesus will allow us to be offended less easily. Selfishness is the root of many misunderstandings. 1 Corinthians 13

* Compare our debt to God with the debt that our offender has to us.
* Think about the question, “Is God in Control?” Joseph is a model example of forgiveness when he forgave his brothers. He acknowledged that God was sovereign and that God had allowed it. His brothers meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.


* Forgiveness. A conscious decision, by the grace of God to lay down our rights to justice and forgive our offender and release him from the debt.

Even when we forgive often toe offense comes back and hurts us again… in such a case we need to be willing to go through the process of forgiving again. Forgiveness is part of the cross life, dealing with self.
Believe. Trust. Obey. Forgive.
Minister to the offender
Romans 12:20 – Jesus also calls us to minister to those who have hurt us. Do not overcome evil, overcome evil with Good. In ministering in this way our own souls are being ministered to and being strengthened.

* Love the offender. We are called to love those who have hurt us, those who are our “enemies.”
* Pray for the offender. Pray for their salvation, for blessing on their life. Don’t pray selfishly.
* Do good to the offender.

We haven’t truly forgiven an offender until we can do these things for him. Love. Pray. Do good for them.
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Faith - The Source of Victory - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/faith-source-victory/ Mon, 16 Oct 2017 01:10:29 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3045 <p>1 John 5 God’s commandments are not burdensome. Christians are over-comers. Our source of victory is our faith.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/faith-source-victory/">Faith – The Source of Victory</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 John 5 God’s commandments are not burdensome. Christians are over-comers. Our source of victory is our faith.
* God’s commandments are not burdensome.
* Christians are over-comers.
* Our source of victory is our faith.

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Jesus - The Master Carpenter - Rich Bowman https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-master-carpenter/ Mon, 16 Oct 2017 01:08:03 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3043 <p>As we go through life we tend to use examples from our daily lives to explain thoughts/concepts that we have to someone else. David often used sheep/shepherds to talk about his relationship with God. Paul used a soldiers armor to talk about spiritual warfare. He also used the human body to talk about the body […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-master-carpenter/">Jesus – The Master Carpenter</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> As we go through life we tend to use examples from our daily lives to explain thoughts/concepts that we have to someone else. David often used sheep/shepherds to talk about his relationship with God. Paul used a soldiers armor to talk about spiritual w... Mark 6:2-3 – Scripture tells us that Jesus was a carpenter. His ministry started when he was 30, so we can somewhat gather that he was a carpenter for 25-30 years. What did he build? We don’t really know, perhaps tables and chairs… but it could have been towers or synagogues!
Construction is something that most of us can relate to and are familiar with. Jesus was equally familiar with everything. We have a line of things that we are familiar with, Jesus didn’t have a line where his knowledge and familiarity ended.
1 Corinthians 3:10-13 – Paul is talking about our lives, and whether our work will stand the test of time. Have we built on the foundation?
Luke 14:28-30 – Perhaps this is something that Jesus did with Joseph. Sitting down and figuring out what the job was going to cost before beginning, deciding whether there are sufficient resources before beginning. Are we aware of what all resources we’ll have to use to follow Jesus? What is it costing you and I to be a follower of Jesus Christ? Have we learned from this example?
Luke 13:4-5 – Jesus talking about a tower. Probably a news story of the day. Jesus is using this to make a point – unless we repent we will perish.
Luke 12:13-21 – This rich fool decided to tear down his barns and build larger ones. He was resting on his success… That night his soul was required of him and what was the value of the things to this man?
Matthew 21:33-40 – Jesus often talks about towers. This master of a house did a lot of work, he did all of the right things to have a prosperous vineyard, but his servants didn’t cooperate. He was sorely disappointed in their lack of commitment. Jesus has done everything for us to have an abundant life. He has full right to expect fruit from our lives. Have we given him proper respect as Lord of our lives? What difference does it make in our lives if Jesus is Lord of all?
Matthew 16:13-20 – There is no better foundation to build on than that of Jesus Christ. We do well to ponder, are we really building squarely on the foundation of Jesus Christ?
Luke 6:46-49 – Obedience. Jesus is using building and construction to show that there is profound need for obedience.
1 Corinthians 10:23, Ephesians 4:29, Acts 20:32, Ephesians 2:20, Colossians 2:7, Ephesians 2:21 – Peter and Paul used a lot of building references as well.
Let us start with Jesus as the foundation for everything else. Let us take heed with how we are building.
Jesus said, “I will build my church.” Will you and I be a part of that?
God will accomplish his will. Will you, will I be part of that? Or will we be getting in the way and confusing things?
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God's Inexhaustible Grace - Jerrill Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/gods-inexhaustible-grace/ Mon, 09 Oct 2017 03:06:15 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3041 <p>Nehemiah 5:1-19 In the first verse we see that “There was a great cry!” There was an outcry. Nehemiah’s response was very direct, he set up an assembly. He appeals to the nobles to restore and repair. Help bring them back up, they are your people and your brothers. Usary. Justice. Compassion/Mercy Let’s Talk About […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/gods-inexhaustible-grace/">God’s Inexhaustible Grace</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Nehemiah 5:1-19 In the first verse we see that “There was a great cry!” There was an outcry. Nehemiah’s response was very direct, he set up an assembly. He appeals to the nobles to restore and repair. Help bring them back up, In the first verse we see that “There was a great cry!” There was an outcry. Nehemiah’s response was very direct, he set up an assembly. He appeals to the nobles to restore and repair. Help bring them back up, they are your people and your brothers.
Usary. Justice. Compassion/Mercy
Let’s Talk About Mercy
Micah 6:6-8 – What does the Lord require of thee? Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly with thy God.
Psalm 103:10, Romans 5:6-8 – When we were helpless, without strength. We are completely undone without God. Even with us in that state Christ died for us.
A story was read/told from “A Case for Faith.”

Grace is not fair. Everyone should be grateful for that.

God’s grace is inexhaustible.
Let us be thankful for that. This grace is for you, for me, for our neighbors, for all.
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Koinonia In the Church - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/koinonia-in-the-church/ Sun, 01 Oct 2017 16:20:18 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3038 <p>1 John 1 – Koinonia is a greek word used to talk about the church and the relationships within churches. How much does this matter to me? How much am I willing to invest into a Koinonia? Fellowship with the Saints 2 Corinthians 6:14 – If you’re not walking in the light you cannot have […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/koinonia-in-the-church/">Koinonia In the Church</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 John 1 – Koinonia is a greek word used to talk about the church and the relationships within churches. How much does this matter to me? How much am I willing to invest into a Koinonia? Fellowship with the Saints 2 Corinthians 6:14 – If you’re not wal... How much does this matter to me? How much am I willing to invest into a Koinonia?
Fellowship with the Saints
2 Corinthians 6:14 – If you’re not walking in the light you cannot have Koinonia with those inside the light. Even if you’ve grown up in a church all your life. If you’re not walking with God you’re not going to be in fellowship.

Nurture is no substitution for being born again.

Participation/Communion
1 Corinthians 10:14-22 – Through sharing in communion we become participators. Paul makes it clear that communion is more than just a memorial service. As we drink together we share the sacrificed body of Christ.
As we share together in Christ we are drawn closer together. We are saying to each other “we are one body.” If we take part with our heart right towards God, something spiritual is happening within us and we are being drawn together. If we miss communion we are missing out on something special about our relations within the church.
Time With One Another
Acts 1:13-2:42 – Jesus has ascended to heaven. The disciples had returned to Jerusalem and they had gathered in the upper room. There was a good sized group meeting together regularly.
They devoted themselves not only to the Apostles teaching but also to fellowship. If you show up just for the teaching, and leave right after a service you will have missed out on the interaction that happens before/after a church service. This Koinonia is important.
Hebrews 10:24-25
Unity – A Healthy and Functional Body
1 Corinthians 1:9-17 – Philippians 2 – The Corinthians had a flawed fellowship practice. Each of us has been called into the fellowship with Christ. This makes conflict within the body of believers inappropriate.
A divided church is injuring itself, its not getting anywhere fast. It might just destroy itself.
Ephesians 4 – Division is one of Satans favorite weapons against he church. When a body of believers is filled with humility, gentleness, patience and love they can come to a good place of unity. There will be differences, but if we support each other and support the body and are dedicated to each one we can walk together in unity.
Church Family = Family
Mark 10:29-30 – These titles of family indicate a loyalty and bond to each other. A bond that can be as strong as that in a family. That is the kind of bond that can come within a church of believers who are committed to and fellowshipping with each other.
Romans 10, 1 Corinthians 12:26 – Think of a strong family that you look up to. There is love, loyalty, respect and belonging. A healthy church has the same kinds of characteristics. There is love for all of the members. Everyone belongs and everyone matters.
Some Challenges

* Try to get to know that person that you don’t know.
* Don’t just relate to just those who are related to you.
* If someone joins our church, they should feel just as much a part as if he was family.
* Watch out for those who may be slipping through the cracks.

The bad news is that Koinonia takes a lot of work and effort. It is much easier to not care that much. Especially in a busy, individualistic American culture. How much are you willing to give up for your church? For the fellowship that Christ died for.
1 John 3:16 – May God give us the strength, love, wisdom to develop a strong Koinonia here at Bethel.
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God is Working - Sam Troyer https://bmcgladys.com/god-is-working/ Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:58:12 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3028 <p>Continuing on in a series about the doctrine of God. John 9 – We’ve looked at God’s attributes and His character, but what about his work? God’s work defines Him we get a better idea of who God is when we look at the things that God does. God’s Plan for Us Ephesians 1:3-14 – […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/god-is-working/">God is Working</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Continuing on in a series about the doctrine of God. John 9 – We’ve looked at God’s attributes and His character, but what about his work? God’s work defines Him we get a better idea of who God is when we look at the things that God does. John 9 – We’ve looked at God’s attributes and His character, but what about his work? God’s work defines Him we get a better idea of who God is when we look at the things that God does.
God’s Plan for Us
Ephesians 1:3-14 – When we work on something we should have a plan. God did when he created us.

* God chose us before the foundation of the world. This should make us feel special. We, as a body of believers were elected to salvation.
* God has elected those who believe.
* Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. This is a very strong teaching that is very important to how we believe. God is not willing that any should parish.
* God’s plan includes the expression of his great love.
* God’s plan includes His sovereignty and man’s personal responsibility. Acts 2
* God’s plan is based on His wisdom and knowledge.
* God’s plan results in His glory!

God’s Workplace

* Psalm 111 – God is at work in the universe that He created.
* God is at work in our social structures. Family. Churches. Government.
* God is at work in the hearts of men.

God’s Tools

* Acts 9 – God uses people. God used Paul, someone who was striving hard against Him. Does God need people to do his work? No, God could use anything… but he chooses to work with people.
* God uses circumstances to do His work.
* God uses his word as a tool.

Working With God
God is here, he is present, he is involved. He desires that we get involved with is work as well. We are his workers, we work with him.

* If you want to work with God you need to be prepared to work with God.
* We need to submit to Gods desire to work with us and within us.
* We are God’s stewards. Working with God means stewardship. Stewardship of the opportunities that we are given.
* We represent God in the world. We are his ambassadors. This is a high office. We are the face of God to those around us. What do they see in us?
* We are working with God when we are willing. God can use those who are willing when they don’t have that much natural ability perhaps or don’t feel like they are qualified. If we are willing God can and will use us.

God is working. He is working in the universe. God is working in our country. God is working in your family. God has a plan for you, for your family. Are we going to be willing to be a part of God’s plan?
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What Are You Full Of? - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/what-are-you-full-of/ Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:21:43 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3023 <p>John 7, 2 Corinthians 2:14-17 – Jesus speaks of those who believe in him and how, out of them will flow rivers of living water. A living testimony flowing outward. This morning we’ll look at some practical examples of how this living water can and should flow out of us. Demands for what we own. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/what-are-you-full-of/">What Are You Full Of?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> John 7, 2 Corinthians 2:14-17 – Jesus speaks of those who believe in him and how, out of them will flow rivers of living water. A living testimony flowing outward. This morning we’ll look at some practical examples of how this living water can and shou... This morning we’ll look at some practical examples of how this living water can and should flow out of us.

* Demands for what we own. We can’t say yes to everything and it would be irresponsible to say yes to everything, but the question here is “what bubbles up in our minds to guide our decisions when asked to give up something we own?” This isn’t something that just applies to “things” but also to time.
* Sinful allurements and temptations. We are acquainted enough with the world around us to know that there are lots of temptations everywhere we look. A person ruled by selfish passions will “leave the decision till later.” Instead we need to make solid, decisive decisions when the question comes up. It is likely that the decision being made in weakness will result in a fall.
* Unjust treatment.
* When our will is crossed.
* Threats to our comfort and security. Our lives here in America tend to be much easier than they are in other places in the world. You can only grow in persecution what is in place before the persecution begins. It isn’t reasonable to expect that when a large test comes we’ll suddenly be giants of faith if we aren’t walking with God on a daily basis in the small, regular, normal things of life.

Titus 3:3-7, 2 Timothy 3 – In the last days there will be perilous times. Men will be lovers of themselves. We should continue in the things that we know, being strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God is able to keep what is entrusted to him, but we are too keep the things that are for us as well. The Christian life is more than doing good things and not doing bad things, it is to be a fragrance of Christ, a manifestation of the beatitudes.
What we are filled with doesn’t just affect us, it affects others. Whether for good or whether for bad.
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Beguiled and Cursed - Jerrill Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/beguiled-and-cursed/ Sun, 17 Sep 2017 12:34:04 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3025 <p>Genesis 1 – 3 This is a review for us. First of all about who we are as a people in God’s sight because of what happened in the garden shortly after creation and then how we can be restored to a good relationship with our God. Man was made in God’s image. Male and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/beguiled-and-cursed/">Beguiled and Cursed</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Genesis 1 – 3 This is a review for us. First of all about who we are as a people in God’s sight because of what happened in the garden shortly after creation and then how we can be restored to a good relationship with our God. This is a review for us. First of all about who we are as a people in God’s sight because of what happened in the garden shortly after creation and then how we can be restored to a good relationship with our God.
Man was made in God’s image. Male and Female. God blessed them and they multiplied. Things were perfect.
Then there was a temptation. The serpent convinced the woman and the man to eat the fruit that was the one thing they weren’t supposed to eat.
There was the sin. Adam and Eve chose to eat the fruit of the tree.
Then there was a judgement set for Adam and Eve.
Then there was a mercy. God moved Adam and Eve out of the garden and placed cherubim to keep the way of the tree of life. If they ate of the tree of life they would live for ever… that would have left him trapped in continual death… God in his mercy shut off the access to tree of life.
Stepping forward we see Jesus on the earth. Healing the sick. Giving hope to mankind. God didn’t want to leave man in the state when he left the garden and He didn’t.
Hebrews 9:22-28, Matthew 6:26, Romans 5:5 – sin entered the world and caused death… Christ is the only remedy for our dilemma.
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That Kind of Love - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/that-kind-of-love/ Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:39:55 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3021 <p>1 John 4 – God could not have done a better job of proving that he loved us. He sent his son so that we might live through him. This is an ongoing relationship that produces life in us. The poorest person on earth who has Christ is far better off than the richest person […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/that-kind-of-love/">That Kind of Love</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 John 4 – God could not have done a better job of proving that he loved us. He sent his son so that we might live through him. This is an ongoing relationship that produces life in us. The poorest person on earth who has Christ is far better off than ... The poorest person on earth who has Christ is far better off than the richest person on earth without Christ.
When Jesus died on the cross, one of the things that he was doing was “purchasing” this kind of relationship that we can have. Friction between two members of the brotherhood can cause huge problems in the brotherhood, we need to preserve this love and care at all costs.
We are incomplete without God abiding in us and working in us. He makes us complete. God abides in us, he isn’t just visiting, he stays busy – he came to change things, he is perfecting us.
Romans 8:16 – The spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.
We’ll never be like Jesus, but if we don’t resembles Jesus there is little basis for confidence in where we stand with Christ.
John uses the words “not loving” and “hate” interchangeably. Hating and not loving are both dangerous places to be. “He who hates others does not love God.”
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What Mean Ye By These Stones? - Steve Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/mean-ye-stones/ Mon, 04 Sep 2017 00:37:19 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3019 <p>Sermon text Joshua 3, 4 More important than what your last name is, is whether or not your name is in the book of life. The title of this sermon is a question that was meant to be asked by the generations following the ones that are written about in our text. What did they […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/mean-ye-stones/">What Mean Ye By These Stones?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Sermon text Joshua 3, 4 More important than what your last name is, is whether or not your name is in the book of life. The title of this sermon is a question that was meant to be asked by the generations following the ones that are written about in ou... More important than what your last name is, is whether or not your name is in the book of life.
The title of this sermon is a question that was meant to be asked by the generations following the ones that are written about in our text. What did they experience? How did God work that day in our ancestors? How can I apply these truths to my life today?
How can I pass these truths to the next generation?
We live in a changing world. It seems like a lot of thing become obsolete almost as soon as we start to use them. Its likely that no time in history has seen as many changes as we are seeing in these days. Changes in the way we live, the way we think, the way we relate to each other, etc.
The human race has a pretty poor track record when it comes to learning from what has happened in the past. There are always weaknesses and inconsistencies. Often the same mistakes are made, perhaps in a different way.
Some questions to consider.

* What do we learn from past generations? Did they have good things to teach us?
* Am I, are you, passing on to the next generation truths that can help them along their walk with God?

One of our problems as humans is that we forget. The challenge for us this morning is to remember, and to apply what we have learned to our lives in practical ways, passing these truths on to the next generation.
This isn’t the only time in that Joshua did “something with stones.” These stones have a message. What was the message? “God is at work, he made a way where there wasn’t a way.” Remember it! Don’t forget it! Pass it on!
There are these piles of stones. Each one has a story to tell, something to remember. A reminder of God’s provision.
God doesn’t forget his promises. We as humans tend to forget though. We need reminders.
Deuteronomy 4:9 – Moses stresses there importance of remembering the things that God has done.
Judges 2:7-10 – It took them one generation to forget. These people seem especially prone to forgetfulness… but they don’t have a corner on the market. We forget constantly as well. It is amazing how quickly not only the story, but also the principles can be lost.
We are all writing a story right now. It is a continued story, we don’t know how long our story will be.
Does my little pile of stones point to God? A God who has met my need every single time?
Israel didn’t cross the Jordan by themselves. These stones were intended to tell the story, to cry out, that God did a miracle leading the children of Israel through on dry land.

With time, the decedent turns into the ancestor.

It is very easy to make decisions based on the feeling of today instead of the basis of the long term. The decisions we make today are going to affect those who come behind us.
Psalm 71:12-18 – What does my pile of stones mean?
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God is All-Wise - Sam Troyer https://bmcgladys.com/god-is-all-wise/ Sun, 20 Aug 2017 22:17:14 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3013 <p>Experience and wisdom, what we can get from years and years of doing something, is what can make the difference between success and failure. Would you rather have a pilot who has been flying for 2 years or 20 years in the case of an engine failure? It isn’t always easy to comprehend God’s nature. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/god-is-all-wise/">God is All-Wise</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Experience and wisdom, what we can get from years and years of doing something, is what can make the difference between success and failure. Would you rather have a pilot who has been flying for 2 years or 20 years in the case of an engine failure? It isn’t always easy to comprehend God’s nature. God is all-wise.
Romans 11 and 16 – This morning we are talking about Gods wisdom. He is all-wise. He knows all things.
We need God’s wisdom and God is willing to share that with us.
What is Wisdom?
Wisdom is somewhat difficult to define.
It is the ability to judge correctly and to follow the best course of action, based on our knowledge and understanding. Knowledge is gained by having many experiences in life.
A wise person is one who is knowledgeable and who has been around for a long time. God knows everything and has been around forever…
Deuteronomy 29 – The choices that we make are based on the things that we know. When we ask for wisdom from God, we are asking him to reveal the things that he knows. God does reveal things to us that we need to know, He will help us to make choices.
Human wisdom exalts humans. God’s wisdom exalts God. This is the reason that many people scoff at the Bible and all things Christian. The message of the cross is a very different message than what human wisdom give us.
Solomon urged his son to search for wisdom so that when crisis comes we don’t need to fear because we have confidence in God.
Five Reasons to buy into God’s Wisdom over that of the World
1 Corinthians 1:18-31

* God’s wisdom is preeminent. God’s wisdom is above the wisdom of the world. The message of the cross is offensive to many people. We live the way of the cross, we identify with the cross. It makes no sense to the wise people of the world. The world says that this is foolishness…
* God’s wisdom is permanent. God’s wisdom is going to be there, it has and will continue to stand the test of time. Wise men come and go, they are looked up to one day and replaced the next. God is different.
* God’s wisdom is powerful. Even the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisest of men. The greatest miracle that has ever occurred is the miracle of a changed life.
* God’s wisdom is paradoxical. A paradox is something that doesn’t make sense. Why would the simple people come to Christ when the ones who were “wise” and well taught shunned him, even tried to kill him? As we sense our own inadequacy and then we look at God, we see our great need for him and for his leading and wisdom.
* Ephesians 2 – God’s wisdom is purposeful. It is there to show that we need him and that we glorify him as we receive his wisdom. Gods wisdom and mercy is shown in our lives and it brings glory to him when we follow him. We have been given an incredible gift.

What Does God’s Wisdom Mean to Us?

* Proverbs 9 – We need to begin with the fear of the Lord.
* Matthew 7 – Obedience lays the foundation for wisdom in our lives.
* Spend time in God’s will. God’s word is were he has reveled himself to us.
* Godly associations bring godly influence.
* Let God’s wisdom influence your conduct and relationships.

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Committed To Building Spiritually - Jerrill Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/committed-building-spiritually/ Sun, 13 Aug 2017 20:10:33 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3009 <p>Nehemiah 3 and 4 – If you’ve ever done clean up work, you know that it isn’t the most fun kind of work. It is dirty. There is sweat. In chapter 4 we see more of the “how” of the rebuilding of the wall. Some questions we can ask here. Can evil be stopped? Can […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/committed-building-spiritually/">Committed To Building Spiritually</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Nehemiah 3 and 4 – If you’ve ever done clean up work, you know that it isn’t the most fun kind of work. It is dirty. There is sweat. In chapter 4 we see more of the “how” of the rebuilding of the wall. Some questions we can ask here. In chapter 4 we see more of the “how” of the rebuilding of the wall.
Some questions we can ask here.

* Can evil be stopped?
* Can good prevail?
* Is going agains the culture for the sake of holiness and godliness worthwhile?

Psalm 23 – the job of being a shepherd is often overlooked. These shepherds are with the sheep day and night, day after day. Not a “fun” job. Jesus is our shepherd, he gets in to the dirty places and walks with us no matter where we are or what our experiences.
1 Corinthians 10:13 – God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can handle – and he will always provide a way of escape.
Nehemiah 4 – The rubble was an almost insurmountable obstacle. This is also one of the favorite tactics of the devil, he is very quick to point out the obstacles that are between you and the things that you want to do or desire to do and be.
It takes our “all” to have our souls restored. The devil loves to throw that in our face and say “there is no way that you can get though all the sin, rubble, mistakes… you just can’t do it.” Satan is always ready to pounce, to discourage, to take down the work that we’ve done, to steal, to kill, to destroy.
When these times of trial come, don’t stop building. This is what the devil wants, but not what Jesus wants. Jesus is there with us and he takes action on our behalf.
Jesus doesn’t want us to have just a mediocre life. He wants us to be satisfied, filled and content. “I have come that they may have life, that they may have life to the full.”
Nehemiah saw the intimidation tactics, but he called for a rally, to take extra steps to protect themselves and to continue to work. Adrenaline works for a while, but eventually fatigue will set in… When we are weary, the Lord will step in and provide the strength that we need to keep on.
For us, there is a good example here. If we wish to build and to succeed we also have the responsibility to protect. This covers all parts of life, from influence, to our children, to our families to our hearts.
What does it mean to bring every thought under the subjection of Christ? This isn’t every other thought, every third thought… its every thought. The person who consciously makes this decision, is the person who is building the most impenetrable spiritual wall possible.
Philippians 4:4-9 – When we commit to being under Christ, commit no matter what… that is when we can find success in building in the kingdom of God. When the opposition gets stronger, so must our commitment.
1 Corinthians 1:18 – Foolishness to those who don’t believe. Everything to us who believe.
We need to catch the vision for what we are building. We aren’t just “laying brick” we are “building a cathedral” – we are all called to be a part of the building of God’s kingdom.
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What Kind of Steward are You? - Rich Bowman https://bmcgladys.com/what-kind-of-steward-are-you/ Sun, 06 Aug 2017 21:07:06 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3006 <p>Would you say that you are a steward? 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – we are all stewards. Stewards of everything. When we think of a steward the main thing that we are concerned with is whether or not they are a trustworthy and faithful steward. Genesis 15 – Abraham had a serious situation. He needed to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/what-kind-of-steward-are-you/">What Kind of Steward are You?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Would you say that you are a steward? 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – we are all stewards. Stewards of everything. When we think of a steward the main thing that we are concerned with is whether or not they are a trustworthy and faithful steward. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – we are all stewards. Stewards of everything.
When we think of a steward the main thing that we are concerned with is whether or not they are a trustworthy and faithful steward.
Genesis 15 – Abraham had a serious situation. He needed to find a life companion for his son.
Genesis 39 – Joseph was a steward. He was in charge of everything for Potiphar.
John 4:24 – Jesus was also a good steward. Jesus knew that he was on earth with a job to do, even at a young age he told his parents that he “needed to be about his Father’s business.”
Genesis 1 – From the very beginning God clearly gave man the responsibility to be a steward of his creation.
What all are we stewards of?
1 Peter 4, Romans 12:6 – We are stewards of the gifts and grace that God has freely given us. We all have gifts that God has given us, we are stewards of this manifold grace.
1 Corinthians 4, Luke 18 – Luke tells us that when we give money to those in need we will receive a reward in heaven. This is something of a mystery to us.
1 John 1:9 – Forgiveness – as we forgive others we will receive forgiveness from God. Confessing brings cleansing.
John 12:24 – The dying of the seed has to happen before it can sprout to life.
Romans 8:1-4 – Life in the Spirit. We all know (at least to some extent) how gravity affects us. We also know that an airplane can overcome this affect. Similarly the Spirit can change everything for us.
Jesus told his disciples often that the way to be great is to be a servant. To surrender your will for the will of others. This isn’t how things seem to work in our world, but in God’s kingdom serving others is how we become great. This is a mystery, but we are stewards of this mystery.
We are stewards of the children that God has blessed us with. They are probably the single biggest way we will impact the world around us.
Hebrews 3:5 – We are stewards of life’s experiences. Moses chose to suffer with the people of God rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin that could have been his. Moses didn’t know what all he was signing up for.
Deuteronomy 30 – Moses isn’t going into the land, the people he’s lead are going in, but Moses isn’t. Even now he is faithful to warn these people not to make the same mistake that he had.
God brings experiences into our lives. He helps us through them and then we are stewards of that experience. We need to be willing and ready to share from our experiences to comfort and guide those that God puts into our lives.
We don’t choose what we are stewards of, but we are stewards none the less of the experiences that God brings into our lives.
We are all stewards. The only question is whether we are faithful stewards or not.
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Five Attributes of Spiritual Cynics - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/five-attributes-spiritual-cynics/ Sun, 30 Jul 2017 19:26:51 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3003 <p>Several weeks ago we talked about the seven attributes of effective seekers. We all face disappointments. Maybe we are failing, or maybe we don’t find God doing the things that we wanted him to. Malachi was a contemporary of Nehemiah. Malachi is a good book for studying the topic of cynicism. 5 Marks of Spiritual […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/five-attributes-spiritual-cynics/">Five Attributes of Spiritual Cynics</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Several weeks ago we talked about the seven attributes of effective seekers. We all face disappointments. Maybe we are failing, or maybe we don’t find God doing the things that we wanted him to. Malachi was a contemporary of Nehemiah. We all face disappointments. Maybe we are failing, or maybe we don’t find God doing the things that we wanted him to.
Malachi was a contemporary of Nehemiah. Malachi is a good book for studying the topic of cynicism.
5 Marks of Spiritual Cynics

* The first mark of a spiritual cynic – they question whether God loves them – Malachi 1:1 – How have you loved us? That is quite a question coming from people who have been led out of captivity and their city and temple have been rebuilt.
* The second mark of a spiritual cynic – a carelessness towards obedience – Malachi 1:6 – If the president came to your house for lunch you wouldn’t serve him the least of what you have. You’d serve him the best. The priests in the temple were doing the same thing to God, offering offerings that were not according to the standard that God required.
* The third mark of a spiritual cynic – a weariness towards serving God – Malachi 1:9-11 – It is a drag to serve God for the cynic. It isn’t a joy. They still go through the motions, but their hearts aren’t in it. Cynics find service tough and don’t see its value.
* The fourth mark – God’s justice is out of office, when they see evil doers prosper – Malachi 2:17
* The fifth mark – they don’t think they are rewarded enough – Malachi 3 – The people have been slacking when it comes to tithes. They aren’t getting the rewards that they think they deserve.

Fruits of this Cynicism

* Those who have started to question God have quit worshiping him and giving him honor.
* Spiritual cynics continue to go through the motions, but the offerings being made are being a waste.
* People are turned away when people become spiritual cynics. They cause many to stumble. They push people away from God.f
* Blessings are lost. God tells the people that they are “cursed” because they are robbing Him. God was withholding his blessing from them.
* They become spiritually clueless. Look at all the questions that have been posed here in Malachi. These people are asking questions that show that they don’t understand, they’ve lost touch and their perspective towards evil and sin.
* Their standing with God is in grave danger.

God’s Challenges for Spiritual Cynics
Malachi 3:10 – God isn’t done with the cynic. He tells them that if they return to Him, He will return to them. God challenges them to stop robbing Him, and return and trust him.
If you find yourself questioning God’s love. Or if any of these marks are showing up in your life… consider where you are.
We can never serve God “well enough.” A good question to ask ourselves is, “where am I robbing God in my life?”
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The Man With a Godly Plan - Jerrill Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/man-godly-plan/ Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:24:19 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=3001 <p>Once again I don’t have notes from this service. I apologize for that… but the text is taken from Nehemiah 2.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/man-godly-plan/">The Man With a Godly Plan</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Once again I don’t have notes from this service. I apologize for that… but the text is taken from Nehemiah 2. ]]> Bethel Mennonite Church clean 43:59 3001 Leadership, Laity and Roles in Church Decision Making - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/leadership-laity-roles-church-decision-making/ Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:21:17 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2999 <p>Ministers Ministers are called by God. Ministers are charged when they are ordained. Ministers are human. They need God’s grace, just like everyone else. Ministers are brothers. Although they have a different role in the church, they are not to be regarded as “lords” with a different status. – Colossians 1, Hebrews. Let all of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/leadership-laity-roles-church-decision-making/">Leadership, Laity and Roles in Church Decision Making</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Ministers Ministers are called by God. Ministers are charged when they are ordained. Ministers are human. They need God’s grace, just like everyone else. Ministers are brothers. Although they have a different role in the church,
* Ministers are called by God.
* Ministers are charged when they are ordained.
* Ministers are human. They need God’s grace, just like everyone else.
* Ministers are brothers. Although they have a different role in the church, they are not to be regarded as “lords” with a different status. – Colossians 1, Hebrews. Let all of us, as a body together consider each other in order to stir up love and good works.
* Ministers are leaders of the church. 1 Timothy 5:17, Romans 12:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:12, Hebrews 13.
* Ministers are shepherds, God called them to be shepherds. They are to lead as servant leaders, not as lords, but as servants. Matthew 20:25-28, Acts 20, John 10.
* Ministers are accountable. They are accountable to the brotherhood. They are accountable to God. Being a leader is a serious calling and it comes with accountability. James 3, Hebrews, 1 Peter 5:4.

Church Decision Making
The children of Israel were lead by a cloud and a pillar of fire. God doesn’t lead us in this manner today, but he does work through leaders, through brothers, through sisters.
Churches don’t approach church decision making in the same way.
There are two dangerous ditches that churches can fall into when it comes to decision making.

* Doing church as a democracy, where leaders are only moderators.
* The flip side of this is also a danger, when the leader leads by control. Abusing his authority.

So, how should church decision making work?
Acts 15 – the leaders and the elders of the early church discussed the thing that they were struggling with. They, along with the Holy Spirit came to a point of understanding on the issue at hand.
What is the goal in our decision making? It should be “what does God want? How would God have us choose?”
By what process should a decision be reached? This will vary from church to church.
For churches to reach good decisions, there needs to be Spirit directed people. There should be input given, input received, respectful and charitable on both sides. There also needs to be Spirit empowered submission once a decision is reached.
The best decisions are made when a group of committed believers love God and love each other and fill their roles.
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Seven Attributes of Effective Seekers https://bmcgladys.com/seven-attributes-effective-seekers/ Sun, 09 Jul 2017 19:27:39 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2996 <p>2 Chronicles 11 – Those who had set their hearts to follow the God of Israel followed the levites as they left. What does it mean to set your heart to seek God? King Asa and Jehoshaphat 2 Chronicles 14 – Asa did what was right and took away foreign alters. He called the people […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/seven-attributes-effective-seekers/">Seven Attributes of Effective Seekers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 2 Chronicles 11 – Those who had set their hearts to follow the God of Israel followed the levites as they left. What does it mean to set your heart to seek God? King Asa and Jehoshaphat 2 Chronicles 14 – Asa did what was right and took away foreign alt... What does it mean to set your heart to seek God?
King Asa and Jehoshaphat
2 Chronicles 14 – Asa did what was right and took away foreign alters. He called the people to seek the Lord. Asa was an effective seeker. His son was as well.
2 Chronicles 20 – Jehoshaphat had trouble, just as his father had. “We are powerless against this great horde, but our eyes are on the Lord.” This must have been quite a scene, everyone from oldest to youngest was there.
God responded with a message for Jehoshaphat and the people. Do not be afraid, the battle is the Lords, you will not need to fight.
Attributes of Effective Seekers
What do you think about when you think about seeking God? And what are some attributes of those who do this well?

* Effective seekers are inquiring of God. They look to God for direction. How interested are you in knowing what God wants from you?
* Effective seekers rely on God. They believe that God is almighty and that they need help. They also give credit to God when things go well.
* Effective seekers are courageous. It takes courage to seek God. Not because God is scary, but because we have an enemy who is apposed to it and also because we have to make ourselves second.
* Effective seekers are worshipers of God.
* Effective seekers are obedient, they get rid of sin. Seeking and obedience go hand in hand. Psalm 24, Isaiah 55:6-7, Psalm 119:2, James 4:8 – Seeking God is impossible without obeying him, without turning from sin.
* Effective seekers are concerned about others. Seekers care about the things that God cares about, they want others to join them in seeking, obeying and turning from sin.
* Effective seekers are wholehearted, on the inside a seeker has resolve to draw near to God. Seeking God isn’t about going through the the motions, only those who seek God with the whole heart will find God. Jeremiah 29 – “You will call me, and I will hear you… when you seek me with all your heart.”

Bad things still happen to seekers, but they can hope in God and find confidence in Him.
Seeking God isn’t something that you do just once and they you’re done. Asa stopped relying God at some point. It is very sad, but it is a reality, that a heart that seeks God isn’t to be taken for granted.
The point of seeking God isn’t about a mystical experience, its about aligning yourself with God, figuring out wha the wants from you and then doing it.
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Joab - Winner, Loser - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/joab-winner-loser/ Mon, 03 Jul 2017 01:54:40 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2993 <p>There are no notes available for this sermon. Some of the scriptures used are 2 Samuel 2, 1 Chronicles 21, 1 Kings 2.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/joab-winner-loser/">Joab – Winner, Loser</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> There are no notes available for this sermon. Some of the scriptures used are 2 Samuel 2, 1 Chronicles 21, 1 Kings 2. ]]> Bethel Mennonite Church clean 40:04 2993 Maintaining and Gaining Altitude - Leon Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/maintaining-gaining-altitude/ Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:27:17 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2990 <p>Ephesians 1:19 – A christian has a connection to God’s power. It isn’t just important for an airplane to take off, but it also needs to have sufficient power to climb and fly. For the Christian, we need the power of the Spirit to lift and rise against the pull of the world around us. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/maintaining-gaining-altitude/">Maintaining and Gaining Altitude</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Ephesians 1:19 – A christian has a connection to God’s power. It isn’t just important for an airplane to take off, but it also needs to have sufficient power to climb and fly. For the Christian, we need the power of the Spirit to lift and rise against ... It isn’t just important for an airplane to take off, but it also needs to have sufficient power to climb and fly. For the Christian, we need the power of the Spirit to lift and rise against the pull of the world around us.
Satan is very glad, and works silently, to regain lost ground in us. It is easy to “gain altitude” during a time of revival in a persons life, and then to slowly ease back to the trajectory that we had before. Are we maintaining altitude or are we loosing altitude?
In the Christian life when there is more weight in our lives it is much harder to maintain altitude. If there are things in your life, when weights of sin are not dealt with, the power of Christ in our lives is diminished.
Things We Can Not Neglect
Prayer – we all have a lot of things that we need to do, or things that we would rather be doing. We know that prayer is important. We know that it makes a difference in our lives and in the lives of those that we pray for. Paul tells us that we should “continue in prayer, devote yourselves to prayer.
Do you pray? It is a private thing, it is a matter between yourself and God. The neglect of prayer is one of the greatest causes of backsliding. The Bible doesn’t tell us how much time we should spend in prayer, but we do know that it does have a great affect in our lives.
A Nutritious Diet – it is important to partake of the prepared food that is offered in weekly services. Continued growth demands that we get in to the Bible ourselves an meditate. How are we doing when it comes to the quantity and the quality of our daily diet.
Too often we “snack” on the word of God instead of feasting on it. We need the Word of God, we need to spend time in the Word and with the Father. We can face the challenges that we have in life, with God’s help we can set priorities and make/find the time and ways to expose ourselves to the Word.
A Pure Purpose – we are in a holy war against sin. It is a life and death struggle. Galatians 6:7 tells us that the things that we sow will be the things that we reap. True repentance includes the intent to lay the sin aside and return no more. It is a clean break from the sin.
Isaiah 55 – We need to live with a sensativity to sin and the Spirit’s conviction to forsake temptation and sin.
Where are you at?
Are you ascending? Are you descending? Are you struggling?
There is hope. We are homeward bound pilgrims. As such we need to be looking up, hoping, desiring and longing for our home.
May our hope add urgency and meaning and longing to our prayer, our time in the Word, our service, and our witness… as we climb and soar towards heaven.
The power is available to us. God has given us the Spirit of power.
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The Heritage of a Father - Jerrill Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/the-heritage-of-a-father/ Sun, 18 Jun 2017 16:54:48 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2986 <p>Psalm 127 and 128 – Psalms of Ascents. Fathers, in everything we are dependent, fully dependent on the grace of God. Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build the house. We do our part, but the increase is God’s. It is so easy to be pulled in to the trap […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-heritage-of-a-father/">The Heritage of a Father</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Psalm 127 and 128 – Psalms of Ascents. Fathers, in everything we are dependent, fully dependent on the grace of God. Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build the house. We do our part, but the increase is God’s. Fathers, in everything we are dependent, fully dependent on the grace of God. Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build the house. We do our part, but the increase is God’s.
It is so easy to be pulled in to the trap of workaholism. It isn’t that there aren’t going to be busy times, but if we are becoming entangled in the things of this world… we need to be aware of how much time we are spending on things of this world vs our family.
It is important for Fathers to teach their children that they have dignity before God, that they belong to God. God has called us to a higher place.
Malachi 2:15 – Children are a heritage from the Lord. Raising children is the father’s highest and most mobile calling. What else do we find in scripture that is a heritage from the Lord.
If you’re struggling as a dad, there is good news! God doesn’t want you just to survive as a father, he wants to help you thrive in your position and role as a father.
Psalm 127: 4-5 – A good archer in the Bible times needed to really know his arrows. They were all a bit different. Children are similar in that they have uniquer personalities and are capable of doing incredible things. Study your children carefully, support and nurture them as they grow.
Zechariah 4:6 – “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”
We have a high calling, but we also have a great God. A God who is also our good, good Father.
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No Compromise - Galen Yoder https://bmcgladys.com/no-compromise/ Sun, 11 Jun 2017 16:43:54 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2984 <p>Psalm 127:1-5 – If God isn’t with you in the things that you do, they will turn out to be a waste of time and energy. 1 Kings 11:28-43 – The story of Jeroboam. He had a lot going for him, but he got scared. Jeroboam received a great promise from God. If you walk […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/no-compromise/">No Compromise</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Psalm 127:1-5 – If God isn’t with you in the things that you do, they will turn out to be a waste of time and energy. 1 Kings 11:28-43 – The story of Jeroboam. He had a lot going for him, but he got scared. Jeroboam received a great promise from God. 1 Kings 11:28-43 – The story of Jeroboam. He had a lot going for him, but he got scared. Jeroboam received a great promise from God. If you walk with me I will make of you a sure house!
1 Kings 12 – Jeroboam is king, but he is a nervous king. In this stressful situation he seems to have forgotten God’s promise to him. Jeroboam responds to the trouble that he was in and he made two calves of gold and set them up as “gods.”
1 Kings 14 – Jeroboams son is sick, so he sends his wife to Ahija the prophet. The result was a condemnation upon the house of Jeroboam. A very sad turn about from the original good place that Jeroboam started.
2 Chronicles 13 – 16 – the end of the story of Jeroboam.
There are two things that we want to notice here.

* Making compromises, when it comes to sin, is never the way to go. Perhaps it looks like the compromise will make things better, the end result is never worth it. Since all good and perfect gifts come from God, it is never worth making these compromises that will hurt the relationship that we have with God.
* God is the one, ultimately, who builds up and tears down. God’s purposes are not going to be defeated. No one can keep God from fulfilling his promises to us.


Unless the Lord builds the house, they that build labor in vain.

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Faith Is - Milo Zehr https://bmcgladys.com/faith-is/ Sun, 04 Jun 2017 18:19:03 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2981 <p>Hebrews 11 – Faith, “the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen.” Faith is one of, if not the, most important things we need for pleasing God. What does it mean to “believe that God is?” How does faith make it possible to please God? What does it take to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/faith-is/">Faith Is</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Hebrews 11 – Faith, “the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen.” Faith is one of, if not the, most important things we need for pleasing God. What does it mean to “believe that God is? Faith is one of, if not the, most important things we need for pleasing God.

* What does it mean to “believe that God is?”
* How does faith make it possible to please God?
* What does it take to please God?
* How much faith does it take to please God?
* Am I pleasing God? If I’m not what part does faith play there?
* How do I get faith?

Faith is in God, and in the things that he said. The promises that he has given. Things that God has said are true that cannot be proven rationally or through a scientific method.
In some things we often find ourselves having a fair amount of faith, but then there are often other parts of our lives that don’t experience the same sort of faith.
Exodus 14 – Fear not. God is going to do something. We may not know exactly what, but God is up to something!
Exodus 32 and 33 – Moses went up on the mountain, God told him that he had a problem. “Your people are down there worshiping a golden calf.” Moses plead with God for these people. Moses had a lot of faith to be able to beg God to be present with him. We cannot live life, we cannot go on and do well without God.
The need to make sense of things and explanations for everything so that we can be ok with them… as valid as this is, too much of this can be harmful to faith. We often attribute things to God and make him responsible for things that he has nothing to do with, at times even things that are works of the devil.
When we put our faith in people we often are disappointed. People aren’t God. Our faith has to be in God. God always has a good purpose in mind.
God… keep us and work with us…
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Lessons in Building from Nehemiah - Jerrill Schrock https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-building-nehemiah/ Sun, 28 May 2017 20:29:43 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2979 <p>Romans 12:1-8 – A living sacrifice. Not to think highly, but to think soberly. Nehemiah 1:1-11 – Nehemiah felt and accepted the responsibility for his people and responded with prayer and fasting. In his prayers Nehemiah went back to the promises of God. The more one grows in grace, the meaner he is in his […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-building-nehemiah/">Lessons in Building from Nehemiah</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Romans 12:1-8 – A living sacrifice. Not to think highly, but to think soberly. Nehemiah 1:1-11 – Nehemiah felt and accepted the responsibility for his people and responded with prayer and fasting. In his prayers Nehemiah went back to the promises of Go... Nehemiah 1:1-11 – Nehemiah felt and accepted the responsibility for his people and responded with prayer and fasting. In his prayers Nehemiah went back to the promises of God.

The more one grows in grace, the meaner he is in his own eyes. ~ Moody

Having these gifts, let us use them. Job was brought to a state where it wasn’t about him, but rather about God and who God is.
Are we truly associating ourselves with our brethren in Christ? We need to recognize that God has us here for a reason, a part of this body of Christ. We want Christ to be all in all.
Have we repented as did Nehemiah? Do we recognize our sin?
We need to realize that we aren’t up to the tasks that we are called to do. It is only through the Lord and through his strength in our lives that we can do the things we are called to.
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Who God Is https://bmcgladys.com/who-god-is/ Mon, 22 May 2017 01:00:36 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2976 <p>Is God a big part of your life? What is he to you? Deuteronomy 6:1-15 Can I Know God? Isaiah 55 – God is incomprehensible, this is one of his characteristics and attributes. We are finite, this limits in our ability to understand and infinite God. Psalm 50 – God has chosen to reveal himself. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/who-god-is/">Who God Is</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Is God a big part of your life? What is he to you? Deuteronomy 6:1-15 Can I Know God? Isaiah 55 – God is incomprehensible, this is one of his characteristics and attributes. We are finite, this limits in our ability to understand and infinite God. Deuteronomy 6:1-15
Can I Know God?
Isaiah 55 – God is incomprehensible, this is one of his characteristics and attributes. We are finite, this limits in our ability to understand and infinite God.
Psalm 50 – God has chosen to reveal himself. Through nature. Through the Word. Is God a cattleman? No, but he is a great God who owns everything. The entirety of the world is his.
God described. Often we understand God by recognizing comparing him to things that we can understand.
God is Spirit
John 4:23-24 – God is Spirit. A human body doesn’t limit God.
John 1:18 – God is invisible. We cannot see God with our eyes.
John 3 – When we are born again, we can relate to God on a spiritual level. Our spirits need to be made alive. God is available anywhere and anytime.
God is a Person

* God is self-aware
* God is self determined
* God is intelligent – all knowledge, all wisdom
* God is emotive – Genesis 6:5 – God experiences emotions.

God is Life
Life and God are in some ways synonymous. God is the owner of life.
God is a living God, he is the source of life. He gives life and has the authority to take it.
We gain eternal life in a relationship with God.
God is Perfect
You cannot improve God. Which is why he cannot change. Everything on the earth changes, but God never changes.
Because God is consistent and unchanging; His response to man changes to maintain that perfect position… God response to people as they respond to him. There is no shadow of turning with God. The shadow moves because we move, not because God is moving.
The Trinity – One God; three Persons
It is important that the trinity is a very difficult concept to grasp, and likely we will never have a full understanding of it on earth.
Wrong concepts about the trinity:

* The Trinity is equivalent to three Gods – This is wrong, we are not tritheists, we are monotheists – The Lord our God is one.
* The Trinity is three manifestations of God (modalism) – This is wrong, the trinity concept tells us that there are three persons. Not three manifestations.
* The Father created the Son or the Holy Spirit – This is wrong because the Son is not a created being. He is God. He has been with the Father for all of eternity.
* Christ or the Holy Spirit was a power or attribute of God – Jesus was a mere man energized by God. This is wrong as well.

John 1 – God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all distinct persons. Each person has a distinct center of consciousness.
The trinity is “One in essence. Three in person.”
Why should we know God?

* Scripture commands us to seek God. He, at the same time is seeking us.
* Knowing God better helps us to know ourselves. We become more and more like the person that we spend time thinking about.
* Eternal life is based on whether we know God or not.
* We should know God better so that we can be more like God. Stretching towards the goal of knowing Christ Jesus.
* To know God is to love God.

How can we know God?

* By faith.
* By the Word of God.
* By desire.

Who is God to you?
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Since We Have… https://bmcgladys.com/since-we-have/ Mon, 15 May 2017 00:56:30 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2974 <p>Hebrews 10:19-25 – The blood is the basis for the new covenant. Jesus told his disciples that his blood was the new covenant. Less than a day after Jesus told his disciples this, Jesus blood was poured out and he died. We have confidence this morning since we have the blood of Jesus. We also […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/since-we-have/">Since We Have…</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Hebrews 10:19-25 – The blood is the basis for the new covenant. Jesus told his disciples that his blood was the new covenant. Less than a day after Jesus told his disciples this, Jesus blood was poured out and he died. We have confidence this morning since we have the blood of Jesus.
We also have a great high priest, Jesus is our perfect high priest is there to defend us, he is our advocate.
God has put in to place the perfect solution for mans problem. He has provided a way for us to be right with him and to walk in closeness with him. It is a new and perfect way.
Three things that we must have. These aren’t nice to haves, they are must haves, necessary if we want to survive as Christians.

* Draw near to the heart of God. We need to have faith and a clean conscience before we can draw near to God. As amazing as it is to be forgiven, it isn’t the final goal. Draw near, approach, keep approaching the Father. Pursue his presence in worshipful surrender.
* Hold fast to your hope. God isn’t going to let go of the rope because he has changed, God is constant, he has been faithful, he is faithful. It is good for us to recognize that God has brought us through things, because he is faithful. We must hold fast to this hope. Don’t make room for doubt.
* Let us consider how we can walk together and help each other. How can we motivate each other to walk closer to God? We need each other more than ever, we need to be encouraging each other and speaking into each others lives.

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Christian Victory https://bmcgladys.com/christian-victory/ Mon, 08 May 2017 00:55:17 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2972 <p>We have an enemy whose purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. He is an enemy with limitations and boundaries that he isn’t able to cross. Our enemy knows our weak points and he tries to capitalize on those. Paul tells us that we can’t give any ground to Satan, when we do we give […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/christian-victory/">Christian Victory</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We have an enemy whose purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. He is an enemy with limitations and boundaries that he isn’t able to cross. Our enemy knows our weak points and he tries to capitalize on those. Paul tells us that we can’t give any ground to Satan, when we do we give him a place to set up camp, a place to start building and eventually take over more and more territory, with the end goal of overthrowing us completely.
Defeat
At a very young age, when learning to walk even, we have to deal with falling down. Even as older folks we occasionally experience physical falling.
Falling in a spiritual sense is also a part of life. When we do, we need to ask God to forgive our sins.
Proverbs – Sometimes, in our own humanness we see someone who maybe have a problem fall, we almost feel like it serves them right. This isn’t right…
We need to walk within the boundaries that God has given us for our own good.
Humility is a very important attitude for us to have in our christian lives.
Victory
The God that we serve loves us and cares about us, even when we fall!
The cross is a place of new beginnings. We can come back to the cross and start again.
2 Peter 1, 1 Samuel 4 – Victory depends on a close and continual walk with God. If we walk in the light as he is in the light, we can have fellowship with the Father.
Hebrews – Our faith in Christ gives us the hope of future victory and the strength to find victory in our daily lives.
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Put Your House in Order – Cameron Funeral https://bmcgladys.com/put-house-order-cameron-funeral/ Mon, 01 May 2017 00:51:31 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2970 <p>This death has rocked us to the core. Young person, old person, all of us in between. If you’re gambling with the decision of whether to accept Christ as your Savior, you’re making a huge mistake. John 11 – Lazerus died and his sisters said, “Lord if you had been here our brother wouldn’t have […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/put-house-order-cameron-funeral/">Put Your House in Order – Cameron Funeral</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This death has rocked us to the core. Young person, old person, all of us in between. If you’re gambling with the decision of whether to accept Christ as your Savior, you’re making a huge mistake. John 11 – Lazerus died and his sisters said, Young person, old person, all of us in between. If you’re gambling with the decision of whether to accept Christ as your Savior, you’re making a huge mistake.
John 11 – Lazerus died and his sisters said, “Lord if you had been here our brother wouldn’t have died.” Mary, when she said this, fell at the feet of Jesus. That is where we need to be in the midst of our pain too.
What do you do when you’re in trouble and don’t have the power to fix it? We all have a death sentence hanging over us. No amount of money, or anything that we can do to earn freedom from this death sentence. Adam and eve tried to hide, they couldn’t… it won’t work now either.
Do you want justice? Its something that the world talks about today, getting what you deserve. If any of us are honest we have to admit that we don’t want justice, we don’t want what deserve. What we long for is grace, unmerited favor. A just God, unable to be unjust in even the slightest has provided a way to receive complete and full grace for our sin problem.
We need an advocate, a go between to help us bridge the gap between the justice of a holy God and the justice that should be required for us in our current unholy state.
Colossians 1:15, Hebrews 1 – Jesus is the best lawyer that we can have. He is qualified.
John 8 – Before Abraham was, “I am.” Jesus holds all things together, He is actively involved in things today.
Jesus can present us holy and without accusation. That is incredible. Beyond the ability of us to comprehend.
Jesus forces himself on no one. We have to chose him. Why on earth wouldn’t we?
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Jesus Took Time for Two of “The Rest” https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-took-time-two-rest/ Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:11:00 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2966 <p>Luke 24:13-49 – They were just two of “the rest” of the disciples. They were going home. They had had a couple of really bad days, and they were walking home. Disciples of the Lord, pouring out their hearts to each other. This is the picture that we get here of these two disciples. They […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-took-time-two-rest/">Jesus Took Time for Two of “The Rest”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Luke 24:13-49 – They were just two of “the rest” of the disciples. They were going home. They had had a couple of really bad days, and they were walking home. Disciples of the Lord, pouring out their hearts to each other. Disciples of the Lord, pouring out their hearts to each other. This is the picture that we get here of these two disciples. They were walking together, not just physically on the road, but also in their spiritual lives.
It lessens our pain when others feel our pain with us. It builds trust. Even strangers can be encouraging to us when they have experienced a pain that you have struggled with. We can quickly build trust based on a shared pain.
Jesus in his discussion with these two disciples took the words they had heard growing up, the entire law and prophets and explained the crucifixion to them. It wasn’t the end… it was just he beginning!
These two had a serious problem, they were seriously discouraged. Jesus, a stranger to these two at the time, took the scripture and showed them the solution their problem. When was the last time that you experienced that? That is what scripture is able to do for us. It is there to challenge, elevate, encourage, shape and mold us.
Once they realized these things, and once they realized who Jesus was they ran back to Jerusalem. They wanted to share with the other disciples what they had witnessed. They wanted to share together.
We need to be willing to open our hearts to each other. We need to listen.
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What Makes God Accessible? https://bmcgladys.com/makes-god-accessible/ Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:59:15 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2964 <p>God is accessible, we can reach out to him and experience what he offers us through Christ. Salvation and a holy life that is useful in the kingdom. Acts 17:22-34 – Paul is in Athens, waiting for Silas and Timothy. He had just been pushed out of Thessalonica and Berea and ended up in Athens. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/makes-god-accessible/">What Makes God Accessible?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> God is accessible, we can reach out to him and experience what he offers us through Christ. Salvation and a holy life that is useful in the kingdom. Acts 17:22-34 – Paul is in Athens, waiting for Silas and Timothy. Acts 17:22-34 – Paul is in Athens, waiting for Silas and Timothy. He had just been pushed out of Thessalonica and Berea and ended up in Athens. Paul was never one to be idle, so he was observing the people of the city in Athens. These people were religious people, but they didn’t worship God they worshiped idols.
God doesn’t need us. We need him. He is the source of life, we are created by him and we need him.
We have a God who wants to be know, who wants to make himself known.
What Makes God Accessible?
Proximity – God is not far from us. He is close. He is not distant. God is everywhere. Where we are, he is there too.
Approachability – Does God want us coming to him? Esther 4 tells us about the plot to kill the Jews. The message to Esther, “go to the king and plead for us.” She replied that she hadn’t been called for 30 days… Most kings don’t just give audience to anyone. God is a different kind of king! He invites us to come to him. He accepts our coming and our presence. We have a standing invitation with God.
Attentiveness – Psalm 65:2 – God is attentive to hear when we come to him. A God who pays attention and who cares. God is a hearer of prayers. Not just back then in the New Testament times, but today, in our day and age.
James 4:8 – there is a question of proximity from our side of things as well. God is near to each of us, how near are we to him? Are we drawing closer to him? How open are we to his truth?
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Irvan Swarey Funeral Message https://bmcgladys.com/irvan-swarey-funeral-message/ Sun, 09 Apr 2017 21:51:12 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2961 <p>John 11 – When Lazarus died Jesus came to the community. He cared. He cried. The Jews noticed… they said, “see how he loved Lazarus!” God gives comfort and healing over time, but life will never be quite the same. What has happened cannot be avoided or ignored, it is previous… We must hold to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/irvan-swarey-funeral-message/">Irvan Swarey Funeral Message</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> John 11 – When Lazarus died Jesus came to the community. He cared. He cried. The Jews noticed… they said, “see how he loved Lazarus!” God gives comfort and healing over time, but life will never be quite the same. God gives comfort and healing over time, but life will never be quite the same. What has happened cannot be avoided or ignored, it is previous… We must hold to the one thing that cannot and will not change. Our heavenly Father.
1 John 3 – How utterly dark life would be if God where not love. If he were only all powerful and not also full of love… his gaze on man would only be cold and stern. But this is not our heavenly father! The Bible says “Look at the love of the Father!”
God is not only sovereign, all powerful and all knowing. He is also a God of boundless love.
The world didn’t recognize Jesus when he came. Likewise they don’t understand the relationship we can have with him. They don’t understand the hope that we can have for the future.
The children of God are part of an unseen, yet very real spiritual kingdom. Even as we walk on this earth amongst many people who do not understand.
Purifying ourselves is not just finding forgiveness through the mercies of God that are new every morning. But it is also the change that happens in our lives as God works in our hearts and lives. A response to God’s great love.
Christ is coming again for his children. In a moment. In the twinkling of an eye. The dead shall be raised first. We shall be changed. Our place will be changed. All for the better. We don’t know all the details, but we can and should rest in the knowledge that it will be better, much better than the best of things that this world has to offer.
For the faithful children of God there is a promise of a glorious future, something to long for, live for and be watchful and ready for. This hope is as certain and sure as the moment that we are alive today.
This promise is in the future and we don’t know how far in the future. In the meantime there will be many reminders of the shortcomings in this life. Life will hurt.
God is with us. Now. In this present time and through great grief. His grace is available through all the pain that comes our way in this life. Jesus can fix things and bring healing.
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We Wrestle Against Spiritual Powers of Darkness https://bmcgladys.com/wrestle-spiritual-powers-darkness/ Sun, 02 Apr 2017 12:22:07 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2951 <p>Ephesians 6:10-18 God has called us to wrestle spiritually in such a way that the result will expand the borders of the Kingdom of God. We need to love truth more than we love ourselves. If we don’t love truth we are going to, by default, choose to love ourselves. The first purpose of the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/wrestle-spiritual-powers-darkness/">We Wrestle Against Spiritual Powers of Darkness</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Ephesians 6:10-18 God has called us to wrestle spiritually in such a way that the result will expand the borders of the Kingdom of God. We need to love truth more than we love ourselves. If we don’t love truth we are going to, by default, God has called us to wrestle spiritually in such a way that the result will expand the borders of the Kingdom of God.
We need to love truth more than we love ourselves. If we don’t love truth we are going to, by default, choose to love ourselves.
The first purpose of the armor is to allow us to get across the field of battle without being killed. The second purpose of the armor is to allow us to wrestle actively against evil.
We aren’t just here to not get burned. We are here to do something. The armor that we read about here is not just for protection, it also allows us to do battle.
The first battle that we win has to be our walk with Christ on a personal level.
Having the right attitudes about things is a powerful way to wrestle.
Having the right values is another way to wrestle. What things are valuable in heaven?
Three weapons of offense that are available to us.

* Luke 12:35-40 – Be ready. Be watching. Be waiting. A mission mind set, birthed by the Holy Spirit. When we come in to the kingdom we are not called to be relaxed… we are prepared, ready to be used for/by God.
* Ephesians 6:17 – The sword of the Spirit – the Word of God. If you are discouraged look to Jesus! Talk to some stranger about God, use the sword of the Spirit. Become students of the Word of God. This is the sword that God has made avaliable to us, we can all become better acquainted with it and with how to use it.
* Ephesians 6:18 – Pray in the Spirit always. Are you pouring your soul out to God? Pray. Pray in public. Pray in private. Pray earnestly.

We are God’s last line of defense against Satan. We are here to wrestle. We are here to work for the kingdom. God is depending on us to be those who know how to pour out our souls before God and wrestle.
The Christian life is an uphill climb. We are going against the flow. Give your will to God, be dressed and ready, become a student of the Word and learn to pray always.
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Youth With Influence https://bmcgladys.com/youth-with-influence/ Sun, 02 Apr 2017 12:19:42 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2947 <p>Part 1 God wants to change the world through Christian influence. We can’t hold people at gunpoint, but we may, should and are be influencing others. How does ketchup come out of a bottle? It is through the “squeezing” action. Christian influence is God being able to release the treasure of the Holy Spirit through […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/youth-with-influence/">Youth With Influence</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Part 1 God wants to change the world through Christian influence. We can’t hold people at gunpoint, but we may, should and are be influencing others. How does ketchup come out of a bottle? It is through the “squeezing” action. God wants to change the world through Christian influence. We can’t hold people at gunpoint, but we may, should and are be influencing others.
How does ketchup come out of a bottle? It is through the “squeezing” action. Christian influence is God being able to release the treasure of the Holy Spirit through you and me.
We’re going to be looking at four things this morning.
A Right Source for My Identity
1 Peter 3:1-6, Luke 10:20
Who are you really?
Our tendency in life is to do things and identify with things that make us feel validated. Our identity is crucial. As a christian we need to, over the course of our lifetime, take on, more and more, the identity of Jesus Christ.
What we identify with, will form our identity. How much influence we can have in our church and in the kingdom is directly related to where our identity is.
We should be validated by the things that are hidden, not by our haircut, Facebook, cars, music, etc… instead be validated by the things that are hidden. It is a matter of the source. Are we forming our identity by things that are all outside of us? If so, what happens when those thing are gone?
We tend to value so much stuff. Stuff that God doesn’t value at all!
Philippians 3:4-21 – That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
What do people remember about us?
Battlefield Mentality
2 Timothy 2:1-4
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
Having a battlefield mentality means having the mentality of being on duty.
Who is Jesus to me? Is he the captain of my life? Have you picked Jesus to be on your team or has he picked you to be on his team?
This is a calling that we come to in a submission. We don’t know what all God has in store for us, but we need to come with submission, admitting that we don’t have the answers, but we need to be willing to be formed, taught, chosen by Jesus.
The “American Dream Christianity” that says you can be whoever you want, do all these things that are selfishly motivated, and tack Jesus on at the end is a huge problem. It isn’t compatible with a battlefield mentality.
Is there anything more profitable than knowing that God is pleased by us, his soldiers, his children?
When others are making soft choices for short term rewards we need to be making hard choices for long term rewards. Perhaps asking whether something is “sin” as the first question is the wrong thing to be asking. Are the choices we are making wrapping us up and entangling us and hurting our ability to be used and useful in the kingdom?
Part 2
Proper Boundaries in Sexuality
1 Thessalonians 3:1-13
This is one of the biggest boundaries that youth will ever face. The battle for sexual purity.
There are few of Christianity’s teachings more offensive, unpalatable, and likely to drive people away from hearing the Gospel than its sex ethic.

~ C.S. Lewis
The consequences of moral sin are devastating. There are few sins that are more shaming and painful to confess.
This is a battle that we all will face until we die.
This directly connects to our ability to have influence. It is hard to have influence if we are unstable. Having wrong boundaries in our sexuality causes instability.
You can win!
God wants to give you a settled peace in your heart.
The word “fornication” isn’t just related to sleeping with someone outside of the bonds of marriage.
So what can’t we do or “give in to?”

* Lust – Matthew 5
* Pornography
* Self gratification
* Fantasizing about relationships that are unlawful
* Marriage after divorce – Galatians 5

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Ernest Yoder Funeral Message https://bmcgladys.com/ernest-yoder-funeral-message/ Sat, 01 Apr 2017 21:45:16 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2959 <p>This is the message that was preached at the funeral of Ernest Yoder on the 1st of April 2017. I don’t have any notes from the service, but the speaker is none other than Calvin Yoder who was here for a week of meetings.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/ernest-yoder-funeral-message/">Ernest Yoder Funeral Message</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This is the message that was preached at the funeral of Ernest Yoder on the 1st of April 2017. I don’t have any notes from the service, but the speaker is none other than Calvin Yoder who was here for a week of meetings. ]]> Bethel Mennonite Church clean 38:42 2959 Exposing the Veil of Self https://bmcgladys.com/exposing-veil-self/ Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:19:42 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2946 <p>A couple of the texts used in this sermon. Romans 6: 1-13 Colossians 3:1-13 Matthew 27 Some of the points that are covered Self admiration Self indulgence Self defense Self righteousness Self preservation</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/exposing-veil-self/">Exposing the Veil of Self</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> A couple of the texts used in this sermon. Romans 6: 1-13 Colossians 3:1-13 Matthew 27 Some of the points that are covered Self admiration Self indulgence Self defense Self righteousness Self preservation
* Romans 6: 1-13
* Colossians 3:1-13
* Matthew 27

Some of the points that are covered

* Self admiration
* Self indulgence
* Self defense
* Self righteousness
* Self preservation

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A Burden for the Local Church https://bmcgladys.com/burden-local-church/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:19:40 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2945 <p>What is the super glue that will hold a church together? How much wind does it take to blow the house over? God has a purpose for the church – and we are to align ourselves to the purpose of the church. Acts 4:31-35 What are the things that the Holy Spirit birthed when he […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/burden-local-church/">A Burden for the Local Church</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> What is the super glue that will hold a church together? How much wind does it take to blow the house over? God has a purpose for the church – and we are to align ourselves to the purpose of the church. Acts 4:31-35 What are the things that the Holy Sp... God has a purpose for the church – and we are to align ourselves to the purpose of the church.
Acts 4:31-35
What are the things that the Holy Spirit birthed when he ‘fell upon’ them?

* They spake the Word of God with Boldness.
* They were of one heart and soul
* They were effected on an economic level
* Great grace was upon them all.

That looks like some pretty amazing glue.
None of them lacked. There was equality. They had all things common.
If we search scripture and try to discover what God’s heart is in the church – and there are so many things. Themes in the New Testament that are emphasized in the church.
God has a purpose for the church. It has to do with his Glory, his Kingdom, with eternity, etc.
Secondary Purposes

* Not to give you a country club / time share
* Not primarily a social club / fellowship needs to be more than social interaction.
* Not primarily a big youth group
* Not primarily so you can find a church that you are comfortable with
* Not primarily to have a church that matches your convictions and standards.

But our primary reason for being part of a church shouldn’t be for secondary reasons.
What are God’s Primary Purposes?
5 Purposes – Ephesians 3; Ephesians 4
“That unto him be Glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.”
We come into the Kingdom of God as a “me” and step right into a “we”. It’s a whole lot harder.

* Community – commitment / loyalty / fellowship
* Ministry – equipping our people to be effective ministers.
* Purity – 1 Corinthians 5 – Paul’s primary concern for the Corinthians church is purity. God is primarily concerned for the purity of the bride.
* Reproduction – making disciples / having the wisdom to be one step ahead so that we can lead others to Christ.
* Maintenance – 1 Thessalonians 5:21 – maintenance is important. Holding fast to that which is good.

Putting our greatest energy into those thing that are of highest importance to him!
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The Call of the Kingdom https://bmcgladys.com/the-call-of-the-kingdom/ Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:17:24 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2939 <p>We all want to be relevant in our churches. Something more important than being relevant to being relative in the culture – it’s being relevant in the Kingdom of God. And when we are relevant in the Kingdom of God we are relevant in the culture. If we are going to be Christians of influence, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-call-of-the-kingdom/">The Call of the Kingdom</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We all want to be relevant in our churches. Something more important than being relevant to being relative in the culture – it’s being relevant in the Kingdom of God. And when we are relevant in the Kingdom of God we are relevant in the culture. Something more important than being relevant to being relative in the culture – it’s being relevant in the Kingdom of God. And when we are relevant in the Kingdom of God we are relevant in the culture.
If we are going to be Christians of influence, it’s important to understand what values & principles you are going to influence people with.
Today we see a Christianity without a Cross and without a loss. We are not here to live for the American Dream. We are here to embrace, promote, and call others to live for the values of the Kingdom of the Heaven – and it is very opposite to what most other people are living.
Your primary duty as a Christian is to be relevant to the Kingdom of God.

John 3:3-5
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
Unless you have had your heart changed – unless the life flows in…But when you have been born again you can see the Kingdom of God.
Being born again gives me immediate citizenship in the Kingdom of Heaven. You have your green card. You are guaranteed a residence in Heaven eventually.
Citizenship requires loyalty.

The biggest difference between popular Christianity and Christ’s Christianity:
In popular Christianity: Being saved is the the purpose of salvation.
In Christ’s Christianity: Living for the Kingdom of Heaven is the purpose of Salvation.

The Constitution of the Kingdom
A born again Christian has the attitudes of the beatitudes.
Matthew 5 & 6

What is our responsibility in the Kingdom of Heaven?

* My Time
* My Talent
* My Treasure

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Life Which is in Christ Jesus https://bmcgladys.com/life-christ-jesus/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:18:28 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2938 <p>John 7:37-38 – Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 2 Timothy 1:1 – We are not born with a spiritual life that is vibrant, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/life-christ-jesus/">Life Which is in Christ Jesus</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> John 7:37-38 – Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 2 Timothy 1:1 – We are not born with a spiritu... 2 Timothy 1:1 – We are not born with a spiritual life that is vibrant, but we may partake of it if we ask of Jesus, coming unto him and drinking. When this life becomes part of us we cannot not be changed by it.
John 1:1-16 – Jesus is the exact representation of who God is to us.
Do you possess this life?
Jesus doesn’t just possess life. He is life!
Do you know what its like to be outside of the will of God and the things of God seem boring, tasteless and a drudgery and then when you experience true repentance a desire is born?
Jesus wants you and I to possess this life. It isn’t that hard… its a matter of putting down our flesh and saying “yes” to God.
He came to those who were “his own.” Most of them didn’t receive him, but to those who did receive him, to them he gave the power to become the sons and daughters of God.
John 10:10 – How do we take possession of this life? It’s through faith. It’s through believing in His name. This isn’t just a mental “I believe.” It is a real saving faith.
Faith is the vehicle that carries the life of Jesus into our lives.
John 5:24 – Hearing and believing… these things lead to life.
Jesus modeled what this life is supposed to look like – full of grace and truth.
Jesus wants to be “dressed” with you. As you go about your daily life, Jesus wants to be the life within you. It will come out… it will make a difference.
Galatians 2:20 – Christ liveth in me.
Numbers 14:1-12 – Why do some Christians not demonstrate the life that is in Christ Jesus?
The life which was in Christ Jesus is intended to be a part of the life of the Christian. How full is your reservoir tonight? How plentiful is the flow coming out of your heart and life?
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A Marriage on the Rock https://bmcgladys.com/a-marriage-on-the-rock/ Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:59:20 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2935 <p>Ephesians 5, Matthew 7:24-27 In a marriage a man and woman leave their parents and come together as one flesh. If you have a treasure you cherish it. You take care of it. It takes value over all things. This is the way a spouse is supposed to be treated, as a treasure, a cherished […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/a-marriage-on-the-rock/">A Marriage on the Rock</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Ephesians 5, Matthew 7:24-27 In a marriage a man and woman leave their parents and come together as one flesh. If you have a treasure you cherish it. You take care of it. It takes value over all things. This is the way a spouse is supposed to be treate... In a marriage a man and woman leave their parents and come together as one flesh.
If you have a treasure you cherish it. You take care of it. It takes value over all things. This is the way a spouse is supposed to be treated, as a treasure, a cherished treasure.
Fathers first calling in leadership is spiritual. Not just to be a provider of physical things, but most importantly a provider in a spiritual sense for their wives and children.
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Go Ye Therefore https://bmcgladys.com/go-ye-therefore/ Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:58:28 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2933 <p>We’ve been to the mountain. Now what? Jesus doesn’t just call us to the mountain. He then tells us to go, to go forth and put the things that we’ve learned to good use. Matthew 28 – These last recorded words of Christ in Matthew are ones that we should listen to. Wheel look at […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/go-ye-therefore/">Go Ye Therefore</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We’ve been to the mountain. Now what? Jesus doesn’t just call us to the mountain. He then tells us to go, to go forth and put the things that we’ve learned to good use. Matthew 28 – These last recorded words of Christ in Matthew are ones that we should... Jesus doesn’t just call us to the mountain. He then tells us to go, to go forth and put the things that we’ve learned to good use.
Matthew 28 – These last recorded words of Christ in Matthew are ones that we should listen to. Wheel look at the main 4 parts of this call to action.

* All Power – Jesus says that all power is his. Jesus is the risen savior, he has met Satan face to face, Christ is the all powerful Lord. The power of Jesus becomes available to us as we focus on him.
* All Nations
* All Things – teaching the observation of all things. We as Christians can sometimes seem to be somewhat apologetic for what we believe. We serve the king of all power, there is no reason to be ashamed of Him!
* All Ways – Christ promises to be with us all ways. Everywhere.

There is a “sandwich” here, where Christ is on both ends of things. All power is his, he will be with us all ways.
Consider the path that you are going to walk in life.
We receive a lot of influence and pressure to make good plans for our lives.
We all want to be successful in our lives, but how do we measure success when it comes to our Christian lives? God measures success by how faithful we are.
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Scaling the Heights https://bmcgladys.com/scaling-the-heights/ Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:55:53 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2930 <p>We need to be prepared if we are going to be climbing mountains. Some things you’ll need as you climb – each of these have spiritual parallels as well. A good set of hiking shoes Plenty of water A map of the area you’ll be visiting Not only will you need to be prepared with […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/scaling-the-heights/">Scaling the Heights</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We need to be prepared if we are going to be climbing mountains. Some things you’ll need as you climb – each of these have spiritual parallels as well. A good set of hiking shoes Plenty of water A map of the area you’ll be visiting Not only will you ne... * We need to be prepared if we are going to be climbing mountains.

Some things you’ll need as you climb – each of these have spiritual parallels as well.

* A good set of hiking shoes
* Plenty of water
* A map of the area you’ll be visiting


* Not only will you need to be prepared with the things you bring with you, you’ll also need to be prepared for resistance. If we are walking with God there is no reason that we should flee.

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Keep your eyes on your goal. It is so easy in this life to get distracted and take our eyes off of the goal and focus on distractions… Focus on the things that you do want instead of the things that you don’t want.


Hebrews 12:22 – Satan dangles all kinds of things in front of us. Do we keep our eyes on Jesus?

* Ecclesiastes 4:9 – When we are going through life, don’t try to go it alone. God designed us to be people who depend on and help and encourage each other.


* People who travel together can give affirmation.
* 2 Corinthians 11 – As we climb the mountains of life we are all going to stumble and fall. It is necessary that we give each other assistance. Sometimes we know exactly what it is that we need to do we simply don’t have the strength to do it on our own.
* Acceptance – how we interact with each other when one of us is struggling has everything to do with how much we accept each other.
* Abandonment – sacrifice yourself. Give up your comforts to help your brother or sister on their journey.
* Accountability – Two can stand together much better than one can stand alone.

God does not expect us to hike alone. Jesus called 12 disciples so that they could be with him, so that they could be together.
Paul didn’t climb alone. Jesus didn’t climb alone.
Let us not climb alone.
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Meeting God on the Mountain – Part 2 https://bmcgladys.com/meeting-god-mountain-part-2/ Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:51:25 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2928 <p>Olivet – God’s Protection 2 Kings 6 – This mountain is not named. This is a story of Elisha. Often we don’t see things as they actually are, instead we tend to see things as they “seem to be.” In this story Elisha and his people were completely surrounded by the enemy. Elisha could see […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/meeting-god-mountain-part-2/">Meeting God on the Mountain – Part 2</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Olivet – God’s Protection 2 Kings 6 – This mountain is not named. This is a story of Elisha. Often we don’t see things as they actually are, instead we tend to see things as they “seem to be.” In this story Elisha and his people were completely surroun... 2 Kings 6 – This mountain is not named. This is a story of Elisha.
Often we don’t see things as they actually are, instead we tend to see things as they “seem to be.”
In this story Elisha and his people were completely surrounded by the enemy. Elisha could see beyond the army and he could see that Gods servants were man more in number and had surrounded their enemies.
Psalm 3 – A Psalm of David when he fled from his son.
Find your identity in God. He is your shield.
Mount Mariah – God’s Provision
Genesis 22:8 – Abraham new what he was being asked to do.
What is the most precious thing in your life? What are you hanging onto? Maybe your dreams. Maybe security. Maybe possessions. Whatever it is, giving that thing to God allows his provision to become clearly seen.
Find your identity in God. When we see clearly we will be honest enough to admit that nothing is as important as finding your identity in Christ.
Mount Horeb – God’s Purpose
Exodus 3:1, 1 Kings 19:8 – Moses met God on Mount Horeb.
As you look at your life do you feel like your life is fulfilled or do you feel like there is something more for you.
God has a purpose for your life. Perhaps you feel like you have a good idea of what that is, but God is also very good at bringing things up in your life that help shape that purpose as you go, moment by moment.
What we do when we see people headed towards a fire while we are doing our own things? It is pretty easy to see this and say, “it’s not my job.”
Today we are in the position of Isaac. We have the ability to choose whether we will give ourselves up to him or if we will do our own thing and refuse to give control of our lives over to God.
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Meeting God on the Mountain – Part 1 https://bmcgladys.com/meeting-god-mountain-part-1/ Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:48:56 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2926 <p>As you read the scriptures mountains seem to have some sort of significance in numerous places. Jesus spent a fair amount of time with his disciples on mountains. …and he will teach us His ways. — Isaiah Have you asked yourself, “where is God?” God showed himself to other people and he showed up in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/meeting-god-mountain-part-1/">Meeting God on the Mountain – Part 1</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> As you read the scriptures mountains seem to have some sort of significance in numerous places. Jesus spent a fair amount of time with his disciples on mountains. …and he will teach us His ways. — Isaiah Have you asked yourself, “where is God?
…and he will teach us His ways. — Isaiah

Have you asked yourself, “where is God?” God showed himself to other people and he showed up in their situations. At times we feel like God hasn’t showed up in our lives like he has for others.
Mount Sinai – God’s Presence
Exodus 19:20 – As God was working in the children of Israel they were excited. However the farther they got away from the things that were familiar, the places where God had miraculously done things for them, they started to ask if God was even among them any more.
God wants to reveal Himself and his presence to us.
On Mount Sinai the Lord showed himself to his people in a way that was never seen before and hasn’t been seen since. There was no doubt in the minds of anyone that God was there.
Be encouraged. Seek God’s presence. Ask God to show himself to you.
Psalm 139 – Sometimes our emotions can take us to places we don’t like going. Even there we need to know that God is there with us, regardless of where we are or think we are.
Seek God’s presence. God wants to show himself to you.
Mount Ararat – God’s Promises
Genesis 9:8-17 – We see a lot of “nice” pictures of the ark and the animals. Peacefully floating along… This is definitely not a 100% accurate portrayal of how things really were. Noah’s family undoubtedly was experiencing some cabin fever.
Maybe it feels like your world has fallen apart. Perhaps not, but at some point in your life you will be disappointed, people will disappoint you, things will not go as you wish them to. When this happens lift your eyes and look to the heavens. Look to the God who promises that he is here for us, right beside us, right with us.
Mount Caramel – God’s Power
1 Kings 18 – The people of Israel were in the middle of a drought. It hadn’t rained for a number of years!
Where the power really lay was something that was very evident when the sacrifice was completely consumed on Mount Caramel.
Perhaps you feel at time you feel like the world is entirely against you. Maybe you feel like no one understands you, what you are facing and your amazing struggles.
Know that God knows where you are. He has the power and the strength to show up in your life.
Seek God’s presence and allow Him to show himself to you and in and through you.
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Called to the Mountain https://bmcgladys.com/called-to-the-mountain/ Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:46:10 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2923 <p>” Why climb mount Everest? Because it is there.” – George Mallory Isaiah 2:3 – There are spiritual mountains to climb. Our desire this weekend is to go to the mountain, meet God and allow Him to teach us and then to walk in His paths. Matthew 28:16-20 – This is the great commission. We […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/called-to-the-mountain/">Called to the Mountain</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> ” Why climb mount Everest? Because it is there.” – George Mallory Isaiah 2:3 – There are spiritual mountains to climb. Our desire this weekend is to go to the mountain, meet God and allow Him to teach us and then to walk in His paths. ” Why climb mount Everest? Because it is there.” – George Mallory

Isaiah 2:3 – There are spiritual mountains to climb. Our desire this weekend is to go to the mountain, meet God and allow Him to teach us and then to walk in His paths.
Matthew 28:16-20 – This is the great commission. We need to be careful that we don’t miss verses 16 and 17. We need to be sure that we are meeting God on the mountain before we go out into the world.
The Call to Worship
Jesus was calling his people to come to the mountain and worship and then go out and work in the field.
What is the significance of worship? People were created to worship. We will worship. The church is called to worship.
Many times we think that the mission of the church is to go to other places in the world and teach people about God. We need to be sure we don’t miss the importance of worship.

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate.” —John Piper

Ezra 3 – Christian service is also preceded by worship. There are many accounts in scripture that emphasize this point. The first thing that the people in Ezra got back to Jerusalem was to build an alter and reestablish a worshipful relationship with God.
2 Chronicles 20 – Jehoshaphat had his priorities in order. The first thing he did was hold a prayer meeting. He focused on God before he was focusing on the work that needed to be done. Who did he send out to face the army then? A bunch of singers!
Our spiritual warfare would be much more effective if we were to spend more time focusing on God and worshipping him and who he is. Until we know what it is to worship God face to face we aren’t prepared to work for him.
We are going to spend eternity worshipping God.
Who is the recipient of our worship now?
We all worship something. Worship isn’t something that just happens on Sunday mornings. What takes the highest priority in your life? This is a really big indicator of who or what we are worshiping.
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Why Doctrine Matters https://bmcgladys.com/why-doctrine-matters/ Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:51:08 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2918 <p>2 Timothy 3:14-17 Doctrine isn’t something that we can just tailor to fit what we like. Doctrine is foundational, it is the basis for our view of scripture and our view of God. Doctrine is a word that means “teaching.” The Bible refers to the teachings or doctrine of men, demons, and God. Doctrine is […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/why-doctrine-matters/">Why Doctrine Matters</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 2 Timothy 3:14-17 Doctrine isn’t something that we can just tailor to fit what we like. Doctrine is foundational, it is the basis for our view of scripture and our view of God. Doctrine is a word that means “teaching. Doctrine isn’t something that we can just tailor to fit what we like. Doctrine is foundational, it is the basis for our view of scripture and our view of God.
Doctrine is a word that means “teaching.” The Bible refers to the teachings or doctrine of men, demons, and God.
Doctrine is teaching from God… about God… that directs us to the glory of God.
There are basically 7 great doctrines of the Bible. These are basic teachings of scripture that are profound and foundational.

* The doctrine of God – Theology
* The doctrine of Christ – Christology
* The doctrine of the Holy Spirit – Pneumatology
* The doctrine of Man – Anthropology
* The doctrine of Salvation – Soteriology
* The doctrine of the Church – Ecclesiology
* The doctrine of last things – Eschatology

Doctrine Speaks to Our Point of Need
All doctrine begins with God, but there was no need for doctrine until man sinned. God is meeting that need through his word.
Man is cut off from God. He needs to hear the doctrine of salvation. It is the only way to bridge the gap between God and man.
Exodus 19:1-19 – God wanted to impress his people with his holiness. This is what the doctrine of God is all about… God’s awesome holiness.
Man becomes his own point of reference.
Man suffers alienation from God. All humans experience this separation because of sin. The doctrine of salvation shows us how much God wants to bridge that gap.
Man searches for meaning.
Man marches inevitably towards death.
Doctrine is Communication from God
Doctrine is how God communicates to us about himself, holiness, sin, salvation, etc. We love God and want to know all about him. Like any good relationship the desire should be growing to get closer, to see more and more of what makes God who he is.
The doctrine of God is inexhaustible. There is no better pursuit than to know God better, to study what it is that God has revealed to us about himself.
The doctrine of salvation is communicated in two ways. First a proposition, what does it take to be saved? Secondly a person, when we look at salvation we are looking at Jesus. Jesus comes into our lives, impacts our lives and lives in us.
Doctrine Shapes our Spiritual Walk
The way we walk with God is shaped by the the way we understand God.
Biblical doctrine helps us to understand the world that we live in.
What we learn about God will affect the way we relate to Him. What does your God look like?
What we think about salvation will bring security or insecurity into our lives.
Our understanding of doctrine affects our worship of God.
Doctrine Provides a Basis for Faith
Romans 10 – Doctrine is the instrument of faith. It is the thing that we can use to understand what reality is. Sincerity doesn’t bring salvation, it is truth that sets us free. Our faith in the truth of God’s word should change our will.
Faith has three levels. Doctrine is the basis for all of these.

* Knowing facts
* Believing the facts
* Commitment to the facts

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Beams, Moats & Judging https://bmcgladys.com/beams-moats-judging/ Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:05:16 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2915 <p>Matthew 7:1-29 God is the one who divides asunder the soul and spirit discerning the very thoughts of everyone. Very often we don’t know all of the details about situations and we need to be careful before we jump to too many conclusions. When we are able to get the whole picture often times it […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/beams-moats-judging/">Beams, Moats & Judging</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Matthew 7:1-29 God is the one who divides asunder the soul and spirit discerning the very thoughts of everyone. Very often we don’t know all of the details about situations and we need to be careful before we jump to too many conclusions. God is the one who divides asunder the soul and spirit discerning the very thoughts of everyone. Very often we don’t know all of the details about situations and we need to be careful before we jump to too many conclusions.
When we are able to get the whole picture often times it makes a ridiculous amount of difference in how we have judged a situation. We must be careful with our attitudes and give people the benefit of the doubt if we don’t know the whole story.
James 4:11-17 – There is one lawgiver and one judge. Who are we to assume the position of him?
Romans 14:10-13 – We shall all stand before the throne on the judgment day, all on the same level. This isn’t saying that we should be blind and undiscerning, but don’t set yourself up in the place of God by judging others.
Matthew 6:14-15 – The measure that you use to judge others is the same way that we will be measured.
It is much easier to pick out a flaw or character deficiency in someone else than it is to see huge issue in ourselves. First we need to cast the beam out of our own eye, then we can see clearly enough to help our brother get the thing out of his own eye.
Galatians 6:1 – There is still an obligation towards our brothers. It isn’t a harsh attitude that “I’m here to straighten you out.” Instead it is a careful, humble and merciful coming to our brother.
If there was something wrong in your heart and God would nudge someone to comet talk to you about it, who would you rather have come and approach you about your fault? The publican or the pharisee?
God is a God of much mercy and grace, this should give us much hope for ourselves and we should offer that same mercy and grace to each other.
Love covers a multitude of sins. This isn’t to say that we should overlook sins, but we are called to love each other and work with each other and overlook the some of the shortcomings of our brothers and sisters.
We cannot live this out without the help of God. Ask. Seek. Knock. This is a powerful promise to us. If we are asking, seeking and knocking consistently it is a constant, daily striving. The promise is that the door will be opened to us.
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Confidence, Assurance and Fruit https://bmcgladys.com/confidence-assurance-fruit/ Sun, 12 Feb 2017 22:25:52 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2913 <p>1 John 3:11-24 – There are three lessons we want to think about from this passage. Our Fruit Should Be a Reassurance There are times when it is hard to know whether our heart is telling us the truth or not. There are people who feel like they are fine and are not fine with […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/confidence-assurance-fruit/">Confidence, Assurance and Fruit</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 John 3:11-24 – There are three lessons we want to think about from this passage. Our Fruit Should Be a Reassurance There are times when it is hard to know whether our heart is telling us the truth or not. Our Fruit Should Be a Reassurance
There are times when it is hard to know whether our heart is telling us the truth or not. There are people who feel like they are fine and are not fine with God. There are others who feel less assured of where they stand with God when indeed they are securely walking with Christ.
When we love one another, God is abiding in us and he is working to perfect his love within us. Perfect love, love that has been perfected, shows us that God is at work within us – that we are the children of God.
If we are Christians we will be bearing fruit. If our heart is bothering us, the good fruit that is being produced in our lives should help us be reassured that God is working in our lives.
There are dangers if this is taken too far.

– Our fruit isn’t what saves us.

– Our fruit isn’t more important than our relationship with Christ.

– Our fruit shouldn’t overshadow sin in our lives.
An Unassured Heart is Unhealthy
1 John 2:28 – The word confidence means “openness, freedom of speech, boldness.” Lacking confidence of this type, the relationship with Christ cannot be what it should be.
Confident Christians Bear More Fruit
Asking and receiving is one of the biggest ways that we can bear fruit. Those who ask and receive are more fruitful than those who don’t ask and don’t receive.
If we are doubting of our relationship with God we will be more hesitant to ask him for things. If we have a healthy, fruitful relationship with Christ we will tend to be much more quick to pray and ask humbly, and with faith, of our Father.
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Wisdom Age and Grace https://bmcgladys.com/wisdom-age-grace/ Sun, 05 Feb 2017 19:55:20 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2910 <p>It is a great comfort to know that Jesus loves us. Whether we are young or whether we are older folks. Just as children are an important part of our church, so older folks are also a very important part of our churches and families. Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 – Solomon is here describing an older person […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/wisdom-age-grace/">Wisdom Age and Grace</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> It is a great comfort to know that Jesus loves us. Whether we are young or whether we are older folks. Just as children are an important part of our church, so older folks are also a very important part of our churches and families. Just as children are an important part of our church, so older folks are also a very important part of our churches and families.
Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 – Solomon is here describing an older person who is getting older. Often the sight grows dimmer, the body slows down, things are not nearly as easy as they were.
Very few people leave this earth like Moses did. As we age there are more physical limitations, but there is still usefulness.
Let us remember that we can learn from older folks. Yes it is true that older folks can learn from young people, however there is a special wisdom that comes with age that should not be ignored.
Titus 2:2-8 – The only way that younger folks learn from older folks is if they listen to and respect older folks. There are things that can be an inspiration to us and help us grow even if we don’t 100% agree with them.
Luke 2:25-38 – Simeon and Anna both aged, godly people who spent a lot of time in the temple. If we would have met these two folks we undoubtedly would have been impressed by their maturity, godliness, and the work that God was doing in them and through them. We should want to be these kind of older folks… this is something that starts a long time before we are considered “older folks.”
Job said, “my days are swifter than a runner!” Time passes swiftly. This is something that older folks will tell you. For younger folks its hard to imagine this being true, things like school, or simply growing up seem to take so long.
2 Samuel 17:27 – There is a lot that older folks can do. Perhaps it seems that they are doing less and less as they grow older. However things like prayer are great works that older folks have more time for and are often able to give themselves to more frequently.
Let us honor older folks, not to unduly raise them higher than we should, but to recognize where they’ve been and the blessing they are to us.
Psalm 71, Philippians 1:6, Isaiah 40, Psalm 92 – an encouragement for those who are older. God doesn’t give up on us as we grow older. Older folks will still bring forth fruit in their old age.
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Avoiding the Trap of Balaam https://bmcgladys.com/avoiding-trap-balaam/ Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:19:34 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2907 <p>Numbers 24:10-14, Revelation 2, Peter 2:15 We are being affected today. We are witnessing an unprecedented acceptance of God’s word to turn around and negate his message. Genesis 3:1 – The devil brings a question into the mind of Eve, “hath God said?” This isn’t something new that has come into existence recently, this is […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/avoiding-trap-balaam/">Avoiding the Trap of Balaam</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Numbers 24:10-14, Revelation 2, Peter 2:15 We are being affected today. We are witnessing an unprecedented acceptance of God’s word to turn around and negate his message. Genesis 3:1 – The devil brings a question into the mind of Eve, “hath God said? We are being affected today. We are witnessing an unprecedented acceptance of God’s word to turn around and negate his message.
Genesis 3:1 – The devil brings a question into the mind of Eve, “hath God said?” This isn’t something new that has come into existence recently, this is something that has been around since the very beginning.
If we aren’t firmly grounded pressure brings about changes in our lives, what we believe and what we choose to believe.
Who would you find to be your favorite musical artist? Do you know them, their background, what they stand for?
What about your favorite preacher?
What about your favorite author?
What bout your best friends?
These are people who will influence you. Are their lives consistent with the things they teach? Are the consistent with what we say we believe?
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Awareness of Spiritual Failure https://bmcgladys.com/awareness-spiritual-failure/ Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:47:27 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2904 <p>1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Most of us know at least some of the story of the Titanic. A huge boat that sank in the early 1900’s. Something in the neighborhood of 1500 people lost their lives. It is easier to learn from others mistakes than our own. It can also save us a lot of heart […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/awareness-spiritual-failure/">Awareness of Spiritual Failure</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Most of us know at least some of the story of the Titanic. A huge boat that sank in the early 1900’s. Something in the neighborhood of 1500 people lost their lives. It is easier to learn from others mistakes than our own. Most of us know at least some of the story of the Titanic. A huge boat that sank in the early 1900’s. Something in the neighborhood of 1500 people lost their lives.
It is easier to learn from others mistakes than our own. It can also save us a lot of heart ache if we are able to learn from the things that others have done incorrectly.
Spiritual maturity isn’t in seeing how close to evil we can get and not be harmed. Instead it is having the courage and ability to stay away from the these evil things entirely.
Paul gives voice to a fear that he has of, after preaching for much of his life that he might lose out in the end.
Experiences We Share with Israel
God’s presence was obvious with the Children of Israel as they moved out of Egypt toward Canaan. It is also with us today through the Holy Spirit.
God’s deliverance for Israel was great and incredible. Our deliverance from sin is equally as great.
God’s provision for the Children of Israel was pretty incredible. However, with most of the children of Israel God was not pleased.
Hebrews 3:14-17 – All of us need to take personal stock of where we are with Christ that we be not disqualified in the end. The problem is in our hearts, the things that we love and long for.
Is it possible to sit in church week after week, do all the things that God’s people do and still have our hearts set on evil things?
Examples of Failure
Exodus 32 – The Children of Israel fell into idolatry. Paul is warning us here that we must be aware of what we are worshiping. Do we worship God on Sunday and then “whatever” throughout the rest of the week?

* Our family.
* Possessions.
* Our body.
* Our work.
* Anything that takes the place of God.

Is there anything that you need to get rid of that has too high a place of importance in our lives?
Immorality is a rampant issue today. We are surrounded by many influences that push us towards immorality. Take action against the sin of immorality.
God’s patience is amazing and huge. Does God get to the end of his patience? Yes he does. There is a warning here to not put God to the test.
Are you a grumbler? There is a warning here against being dissatisfied with the things that God has put in your life. Grumbling is serious… here it is the same list with idolatry, immorality and testing God.
The Exhortation
We must be aware lest we fall. Where are we?
God is faithful, He is never the problem. God makes everything available to us, but we still have a choice in these matters. We need confidence in God but not in our own ability.
Encouragement
There is a way out!
Temptation begins with our natural desires, but God has made a way of escape so that we can overcome.
Temptation has been happening since the beginning of time. God gives us the tools to resist temptation, we must use these tools to find the way of escape from our temptation.
Let us learn from history. The failures of the past don’t have to be failures that we experience.
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He Gave Gifts Unto Men https://bmcgladys.com/gave-gifts-unto-men/ Mon, 16 Jan 2017 02:34:33 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2901 <p>Ephesians 4:1-16 Salvation is a gift from God. None of us are worthy in and of ourselves. It is only through Christ that we can live a changed life walking as Jesus would have us to. At Christmas time there is often a pile of gifts, different shapes, different sizes, different things. The church is […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/gave-gifts-unto-men/">He Gave Gifts Unto Men</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Ephesians 4:1-16 Salvation is a gift from God. None of us are worthy in and of ourselves. It is only through Christ that we can live a changed life walking as Jesus would have us to. At Christmas time there is often a pile of gifts, different shapes, Salvation is a gift from God. None of us are worthy in and of ourselves. It is only through Christ that we can live a changed life walking as Jesus would have us to.
At Christmas time there is often a pile of gifts, different shapes, different sizes, different things. The church is like this as well. We all get “general gifts” but we also receive special gifts as children of the most high God.
2 Corinthians 12, Romans 12, Ephesians 4, 1 Peter 4… all these scriptures talk about gifts.
The Holy Spirit bestows upon each believer such gifts as he wills for the building up of the body of Christ.
Wherever we are, we are called to “fill our slot.” That slot can seem overwhelming, it can seem mundane, but it all looks different if you realize that God has put you there for a reason.
We all have gifts that we can share with those around us.
Spiritual gifts are like muscles, if we don’t exercise them and use them they get weaker. If we do exercise them we can expect them to grow!
As we go about our days, let’s come to God and ask him to help us see those who need the gifts that we have.
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Righteous Behavior and Growth https://bmcgladys.com/righteous-behavior-growth/ Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:49:03 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2898 <p>1 John 2:29-3:10 A few things that we want to look at today. Being God’s Children How do we, as God’s Children, behave? How is this passage useful today? Being God’s Children You cannot find a righteous person who is not a child of God. People born of God live righteous lives. This is the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/righteous-behavior-growth/">Righteous Behavior and Growth</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 John 2:29-3:10 A few things that we want to look at today. Being God’s Children How do we, as God’s Children, behave? How is this passage useful today? Being God’s Children You cannot find a righteous person who is not a child of God. A few things that we want to look at today.

* Being God’s Children
* How do we, as God’s Children, behave?
* How is this passage useful today?

Being God’s Children
You cannot find a righteous person who is not a child of God. People born of God live righteous lives.
This is the first time in this book that John uses this term “born of God.” How is possible for us to be the children of God? It is only through the love of God that we can become his children.
God’s love leads to action. It is because of God’s love for each of us that Jesus left heaven, came to earth to live, die and conquer death. All to take away our sins.
How do God’s Children Behave?
John says that God’s children practice righteousness because God himself is righteous. The new birth must be followed by new behavior.
God’s children also hope in God. Right now we are God’s children, we don’t know what we’re going to look like when we get to heaven, but we do know that when we see him face to face we will be like him. We will be transformed.
2 Corinthians 3:4 – We are being transformed even now. When he comes we will be further transformed. His work in us will be complete. It is a hope that we place in Him.
1 Peter 1:3 – A living hope. A hope that causes us to purify ourselves now, but that will be taken significantly further at the appearance of Christ.
John says that a child of God is going to be committed to sinning less. There is evidence throughout the New Testament that christians will fall into sin at least occasionally. The words that John is using here talks about a continued action of sinning less and less. The difference here is between living in sin and not living in sin.
God is love. We cannot be children of God not love our brothers and sisters in Christ. There is a quality of love that can only really comes from God.
Behavior reveals the parent. Children of God live lives patterned after God. Children of satan live like satan does.
Ephesians 2 – We are regenerated for the purpose of doing good, not evil. It is unnatural and “weird” for christians to go about sinning. For us to sin is to go against the mission of Christ. We need to experience sorrow for our sin, we were not designed for sinning.
This Resemblance is Natural and Should Continue to Grow
God is on our side. We hope in him.
If our growth in Christ stalls, we should be increasing in maturity in resemblance of our Lord and Savior.
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Serving the Lord with Gladness https://bmcgladys.com/serving-lord-gladness/ Sun, 01 Jan 2017 22:22:21 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2889 <p>Luke 1:6 – Zechariah and Elizabeth Luke 1:38 – Mary Matthew 1, 2 – Joseph – every time God spoke Joseph obeyed swiftly Luke 2 – Simeon & Anna – servants at heart Luke – Shepherds – Wisemen Sermon Text: Psalm 100 – God wants us to be faithful servants but he also wants us […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/serving-lord-gladness/">Serving the Lord with Gladness</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Luke 1:6 – Zechariah and Elizabeth Luke 1:38 – Mary Matthew 1, 2 – Joseph – every time God spoke Joseph obeyed swiftly Luke 2 – Simeon & Anna – servants at heart Luke – Shepherds – Wisemen Sermon Text: Psalm 100 – God wants us to be faithful servants b... * Luke 1:6 – Zechariah and Elizabeth
* Luke 1:38 – Mary
* Matthew 1, 2 – Joseph – every time God spoke Joseph obeyed swiftly
* Luke 2 – Simeon & Anna – servants at heart
* Luke – Shepherds – Wisemen

Sermon Text: Psalm 100 – God wants us to be faithful servants but he also wants us to be glad while we serve him!
Gladness, joy, thanksgiving and singing are definitely part of a life of service.
Deuteronomy 30:10-20 – We all choose who we will serve.
Joshua 24:15 – Joshua realized that he was moving on. He saw the choice that his people had before them. Who would they choose?
Romans 6:16-20 – Paul is making it clear, we will be servants to either sin or righteousness. It is a choice that is before us.
Matthew 12:30 – Jesus is saying that we are either scattering or helping… there is no in between.
Self, sin and Satan are all the same thing. The Lord God is the only other choice.
John 18:36, Mark 9:35 – A leader must be a servant, that is how it works in the kingdom of God.
Daniel 3:28 – These men were willing to die rather than worship any god besides the God they knew.
1 Samuel 3:10 – If we are going to be children of God we must be yielded.
Isaiah 6:8 – Here am I, send me.
Acts 9 – “Lord, what would you have me to do?”
Luke 5:8 – Peter knew all there was to know about fishing. Peter knew that it made no sense to try again… but it wasn’t just any carpenter… this was Jesus. He threw the net because Jesus asked him to.
Luke 22 – Jesus in the garden, knowing how much pain would be coming his way prayed “not my will, but thine be done.”
Psalm 19:9 – The keeping of the commandments of the Lord promises great reward. Obedience, a characteristic of a surrendered servant.
Hebrews 9 – To have our consciences purged by the blood of Christ.
Romans 12 – A transformed mind.
David understood that the mind was important, having a willing mind and perfect heart was important.
Philippians 2 – Being a servant means having a mind that is like that of Jesus. It will cause us to shine like “stars in the universe.”
Can being a servant really be done with joy? Looking at these characters that we’ve mentioned this morning it is clear that yes, we can have joy and serve others and Christ at the same time.
Matthew 25 – You’ve been faithful… enter into the joy of the Lord.
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God is With Us – Emmanuel https://bmcgladys.com/god-is-with-us-emmanuel/ Sun, 25 Dec 2016 23:01:03 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2885 <p>Texts: John 3:16, Isaiah 7:14, Luke 1:11, Luke 2, John 1:14 In the joy of Christmas let us not lose sight of the incredible cost of Christ coming to earth, living among the people, and dieing as a sacrifice that allows us to be sons and daughters of the King!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/god-is-with-us-emmanuel/">God is With Us – Emmanuel</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Texts: John 3:16, Isaiah 7:14, Luke 1:11, Luke 2, John 1:14 In the joy of Christmas let us not lose sight of the incredible cost of Christ coming to earth, living among the people, and dieing as a sacrifice that allows us to be sons and daughters of th... In the joy of Christmas let us not lose sight of the incredible cost of Christ coming to earth, living among the people, and dieing as a sacrifice that allows us to be sons and daughters of the King!
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The Secret of Contentment https://bmcgladys.com/the-secret-of-contentment/ Mon, 19 Dec 2016 01:20:23 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2881 <p>Sermon Text: Philippians 4:1-23 What is contentment? What is the secret of contentment? How can we learn contentment? What is Contentment? Dictionary definition of contentment is – Contentment is the state of happiness and satisfaction. Is the secret of contentment having the right stuff? If we were to believe all of the advertisements we come […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-secret-of-contentment/">The Secret of Contentment</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Sermon Text: Philippians 4:1-23 What is contentment? What is the secret of contentment? How can we learn contentment? What is Contentment? Dictionary definition of contentment is – Contentment is the state of happiness and satisfaction.
* What is contentment?
* What is the secret of contentment?
* How can we learn contentment?

What is Contentment?
Dictionary definition of contentment is – Contentment is the state of happiness and satisfaction.
Is the secret of contentment having the right stuff? If we were to believe all of the advertisements we come out about there.
Is contentment living in the right place and right house? Americans tend to move on average every 5 years.
Is contentment found in marrying the right person?
Contentment can be found only in walking with Christ. The inner sense of peace and rest that comes when we know we are right before God.
There is no true contentment outside of a right and good relationship with Jesus Christ.
1 Timothy 6 – Godliness with contentment is great gain.
How can we Learn Contentment

* Praising the Lord always.
* Let your requests be known to God.
* Let God’s peace guard you.
* Thinking right thoughts.
* Hanging out with people and patterning our lives after Godly examples.
* Put others first.

Summary
The secret of contentment must be learned by a relationship with Jesus.
Even as Christians we will struggle with contentment, relying on Jesus will help us to find peace and contentment with where we find ourselves in life.
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The Head Covering – A Sign of Authority https://bmcgladys.com/head-covering-sign-authority/ Sun, 11 Dec 2016 14:05:13 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2878 <p>Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 Ruth 1:16 – Ruth had married into this family and she was committed to this family in a way that is really incredible. Ruth would not leave her mother in law because of her faith in God and his direction. The head covering is a symbol of obedience to the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/head-covering-sign-authority/">The Head Covering – A Sign of Authority</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 Ruth 1:16 – Ruth had married into this family and she was committed to this family in a way that is really incredible. Ruth would not leave her mother in law because of her faith in God and his direction. Ruth 1:16 – Ruth had married into this family and she was committed to this family in a way that is really incredible. Ruth would not leave her mother in law because of her faith in God and his direction.
The head covering is a symbol of obedience to the word and submission to Christ and the Godhead.
For many of us as Mennonites we’ve grown up with sisters who wear the covering, but there are many people who wonder about our application here. So this morning we’ll be taking a look at what the Bible says about this issue.
The church has rejected this practice in the last thirty or forty years, not because of new interpretive insights because of pressure from the world.
~ R.C. Sproul Jr.
Why has the church moved away from the covering in worship?
It isn’t the understanding of scripture that has changed. There is a very interesting correlation between the move away from this practice and the female liberation movement.
When we adjust our understanding and beliefs based on something in culture, not on scripture, we will never end up at a good place.
Traditions
Traditions are not all that we seem to want to apply to them these days. A tradition is simply something that is passed on, from one generation to the next.
Traditions are not inherently good or bad in and of themselves. Tradition is something that, as it relates to scripture, we need to be careful – both ways.
What is the head covering?
There are three possibilities that have been proposed.

* Something worn on the head.
* The long hair.
* The husband.

Primarily as we look through this passage the original language would have been referring to a piece of cloth worn on the head.
There are actually two head coverings talked about here in 1 Corinthians 11. There is the piece of cloth and there is the long hair.
Distinctions between long hair and cloth covering.

* When it is worn.
* Who puts it on.
* How the wearing is taught.
* Its relationship to religion.
* Its purpose or effect.

The Scriptural Basis for the Wearing of the Head Covering.

* To show the headship order.
* For glory and honor.
* Because of the angels.
* Nature’s teaching about hair length.
* The universal practice of the church.

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The Temptations https://bmcgladys.com/the-temptations/ Mon, 05 Dec 2016 02:34:29 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2875 <p>Text: Luke 4:1-13</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-temptations/">The Temptations</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Text: Luke 4:1-13 ]]> Bethel Mennonite Church clean 41:10 2875 A Proper Response to Chastening https://bmcgladys.com/proper-response-chastening/ Mon, 28 Nov 2016 03:08:25 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2873 <p>Faith and the Cloud of Witnesses Hebrews 12 – This is a familiar passage. It follows the chapter of faith, a chapter telling us what faith is. The substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. We see people who believed the promises of God and looked beyond the things of this […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/proper-response-chastening/">A Proper Response to Chastening</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Faith and the Cloud of Witnesses Hebrews 12 – This is a familiar passage. It follows the chapter of faith, a chapter telling us what faith is. The substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. Hebrews 12 – This is a familiar passage. It follows the chapter of faith, a chapter telling us what faith is. The substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. We see people who believed the promises of God and looked beyond the things of this earth.
As we come into chapter 12 we see the application for us. Let us also live like they lived. We see this cloud of witnesses, bearing testimony of to our lives.
Let us lay aside every weight and every sin that doth so easily beset us. There are so many things that can become distractions in our Christian life. If it is an interference to our growth and ability to contribute to the Kingdom, we need to consider whether it is something that we should “cast aside.” This isn’t always just sin things either, it can be legitimate things that take too much time/energy.
Looking to Jesus
Looking to Jesus affects our faith. He is the founder and pioneer of our Faith. He is the one who goes before us. He is the one who finishes and completes it as well.
Looking to Jesus is an inspiration to us. Through his suffering, he provided a way for each of us to come to salvation. When we compare our sufferings to those of Christ we have suffered little, by his grace we can overcome.
The Fruit of Righteousness
As we look to Jesus we need to remember that we are sons, children of the Father. What exactly is chastening? Chastening is a discipline that helps to educate the one who is being chastened.
A working definition of chastening. “Difficult experiences that will, by our right and worshipful response and the gracious work of God’s spirit  will produce in us spiritual fruit, more godly character, and a stronger faith.”
Chastening can be major, but it can also be very minor.

* We are not to despise chastening or be discouraged by it.
* As we respect our human fathers, so much more we should respect our heavenly father’s chastening.
* God’s chastening always has a holy purpose.
* If we respond to God as he would have us to we will grow and we will find peace.

Conclusion
Some right responses to chastening.

* A prayer for help. Acknowledge God in your difficulty.
* A prayer for submission. Surrender and accept what it is, remember that God has a purpose.
* A prayer for insight. God, what would you have me to learn in this situation?
* A prayer for help in our time of need. God is ready to help, he is ready to offer grace in our time of need.
* A prayer of thanksgiving. Ephesians 5:20 – Give thanks for all things and in all things.

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Abide in Him https://bmcgladys.com/abide-in-him/ Sun, 20 Nov 2016 20:25:46 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2867 <p>1 John 2 Those who are trying to deceive you Anti-Christs aim to deceive. It isn’t that they are accidentally spreading false teaching, they teach with the motive of deception. Anti-Christs remind us that we are in the “last era.” The next thing on the horizon is the return of Christ. Anti-Christs are not “of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/abide-in-him/">Abide in Him</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 John 2 Those who are trying to deceive you Anti-Christs aim to deceive. It isn’t that they are accidentally spreading false teaching, they teach with the motive of deception. Anti-Christs remind us that we are in the “last era. Those who are trying to deceive you

* Anti-Christs aim to deceive. It isn’t that they are accidentally spreading false teaching, they teach with the motive of deception.
* Anti-Christs remind us that we are in the “last era.” The next thing on the horizon is the return of Christ.
* Anti-Christs are not “of us.” They acted like they belong but they are really wolves in sheep’s clothing.
* Anti-Christs are liars. They deny Christ and that he came in the flesh.

Anointed with the Holy Spirit
We are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit is our teacher. We all need teaching that helps with the understanding of scripture, however, we don’t need teaching that is adding to scripture.
If we are following the Holy Spirit we will find our lives lining up with scripture.
Perhaps the biggest danger here is that we can mislead ourselves. That is where scripture and the Holy Spirit can really help keep us on the right track.
Abide in this truth.
There are some things that we all learned as youngsters that will always be true. There is no circumstance that will make 1+1 come to something other than 2.
The Holy Spirit has lead you into truth. Let it continue to lead you into truth.
When we abide in Christ we miss out on nothing. Galatians 5:22-23.
John 15 – Unless we are abiding in Christ, as a branch in the vine, we can do nothing.

* We need to hold fast onto the truth that we’ve heard and believed.
* We need to obey the truth that we’ve heard and believed.
* We need to stay with and before Christ. Abiding in Christ is the only source of true strength.

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The Just Shall Live By Faith https://bmcgladys.com/just-shall-live-faith/ Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:19 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2862 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/just-shall-live-faith/">The Just Shall Live By Faith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Bethel Mennonite Church clean 44:09 2862 A Close Communion https://bmcgladys.com/a-close-communion/ Sun, 13 Nov 2016 23:48:42 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2861 <p>A Participation A Proclamation A Remembrance A Feast A Call to Accountability</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/a-close-communion/">A Close Communion</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> A Participation A Proclamation A Remembrance A Feast A Call to Accountability * A Participation
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Let’s Talk About Church Standards https://bmcgladys.com/lets-talk-church-standards/ Wed, 09 Nov 2016 23:48:40 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2860 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/lets-talk-church-standards/">Let’s Talk About Church Standards</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Bethel Mennonite Church clean 43:46 2860 Lessons We Can Learn from History – Civil War https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-can-learn-history-civil-war/ Mon, 07 Nov 2016 03:02:37 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2855 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-can-learn-history-civil-war/">Lessons We Can Learn from History – Civil War</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Bethel Mennonite Church clean 42:06 2855 The Families at Home – Civil War https://bmcgladys.com/families-home-civil-war/ Mon, 07 Nov 2016 03:02:33 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2854 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/families-home-civil-war/">The Families at Home – Civil War</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Bethel Mennonite Church clean 37:16 2854 A Growing Conscience – Civil War https://bmcgladys.com/growing-conscience-civil-war/ Mon, 07 Nov 2016 03:02:27 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2853 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/growing-conscience-civil-war/">A Growing Conscience – Civil War</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Bethel Mennonite Church clean 34:24 2853 Faith of Our Fathers – Civil War https://bmcgladys.com/faith-fathers-civil-war/ Sun, 06 Nov 2016 01:30:07 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2852 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/faith-fathers-civil-war/">Faith of Our Fathers – Civil War</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Bethel Mennonite Church clean 51:39 2852 Submitting to Authority in My Life https://bmcgladys.com/submitting-authority-life/ Mon, 31 Oct 2016 13:29:19 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2849 <p>Matthew 8:5-13 – The attitude of this centurion towards authority is impressive. Jesus was impressed by it, and when we see Jesus being impressed we should sit up and take notice. This centurion was humble. He knew that his bloodline didn’t make him part of “the people of God.” We also see that he had […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/submitting-authority-life/">Submitting to Authority in My Life</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Matthew 8:5-13 – The attitude of this centurion towards authority is impressive. Jesus was impressed by it, and when we see Jesus being impressed we should sit up and take notice. This centurion was humble. This centurion was humble. He knew that his bloodline didn’t make him part of “the people of God.” We also see that he had a genuine concern for his servant. He believed that Jesus’ word could heal his servant.
No matter where we find ourselves in life we will find ourselves under some sort of authority. There are a number of ways we can look at authority. Today we are going to focus on how we respond to the authority that God has placed in our lives.
Let us remember that whatever authority is over us has been placed or allowed by God. When God does something there is always a purpose in his plan and way.
We have a responsibility to fulfill our role under whatever authority we find ourselves under. Think about this in a personal way… how do I respond to the authority that God has placed in my life?
Satan opposes God’s authority. We see it at the very beginning of scripture as he attempted, and successfully convinced Adam and Eve to refuse to submit to God’s authority. He is still in the business doing this.
God is very interested in how we respond to authority. How we respond to authority says a lot of where our heart is.
Philippians 2:8 – Jesus is the example that we need to follow in submission.
1 Peter 2:13-17 – Submit for the Lord’s sake. Think about Peter here. Who was the government authority in his day? Nero… a wicked, brutal fellow who used Christians as torches to light up the night. Yet, we see Peter here saying that we need to “honor the king.”
Romans 13:1-7 – We tend towards rebellion. We don’t like authority. We like to do our own thing. Because we are naturally proud and naturally selfish we naturally want to do our own thing.
God is much more interested in my attitude towards authority. Much more so than making our authority figure be a “perfect authority figure.”
There is a time to stand up for what is right. However it is only with utmost care and the leading of the spirit that we should come to that place.
As we think about authority we tend to go to the extremes. We desire the place of authority. Or we resent the authority that is over us and we desire to rebel against the authority.
Rebellion has been a problem throughout history. The tower of Babel. The Children of Israel. The Kings of Israel. and many, many more.
Jesus never participated in rebellion. He cleansed the temple. He challenged the religious leaders of the day. Jesus never lead a campaign of rebellion.
Had Jesus chosen to lead a campaign of rebellion it is very likely that would have gained an instant following. The disciples often misunderstood Jesus purpose and the kingdom that he was creating. Instead Jesus said that his followers wouldn’t fight, he also said that Caesar had rights and that his followers were to give to Caesar the things that belonged to him.
How can we ignore the example of our Christ?
We see a lot of anti-authority in our world today. Rebellion is made to look glamourous and something to desire. How do we deal with this when it is such a part of our society?
God’s authority brings order to society and protection to our lives.
Being a leader is hard. God gives grace for whatever he calls us to and he will never leave us alone in that calling… We will have to give account to God for how we lead others. All of us are leaders in some way.
We can get quite upset with all the things that are happening in our nation. It is vital to remember, always, that our King is still on the Throne!
Romans 13:2 – Does God mean what he says here?
God can perfectly orchestrate his will. He did it with Nero. He did it with Herod. He did it with Pharoah. God will always be the ultimate authority figure.]]>
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Sitting at Jesus’ Feet https://bmcgladys.com/sitting-jesus-feet/ Mon, 24 Oct 2016 02:24:38 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2846 <p>Luke 10:38-42, John 5:24 – Are you thrilled to be a Christian today? We have passed from death to life because of Christ. There was an important visitor coming to Martha’s house. The place was buzzing with excitement! Jesus was coming to visit Martha, Mary and Lazarus. John 10:5 – Jesus loved this family very […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/sitting-jesus-feet/">Sitting at Jesus’ Feet</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Luke 10:38-42, John 5:24 – Are you thrilled to be a Christian today? We have passed from death to life because of Christ. There was an important visitor coming to Martha’s house. The place was buzzing with excitement! Jesus was coming to visit Martha, There was an important visitor coming to Martha’s house. The place was buzzing with excitement! Jesus was coming to visit Martha, Mary and Lazarus.
John 10:5 – Jesus loved this family very very much. Martha new and felt that Jesus loved her. Martha wanted express her great appreciation and acceptance of this love that she felt from Jesus.
Martha had a lot to do. She had many things to do in not a lot of time. Every part was important in the service of Jesus.
Jesus was talking about many wonderful things. Mary seems to have forgotten whatever her job was and she was engrossed in listening to what Jesus was saying.
A Personal Choice
Sitting at the feet of Jesus is a personal choice. Mary made the choice to sit at the feet of Jesus listening to what he had to say.
Martha on the other hand had made the choice to try to do as many things to make sure that everyone had a good experience.
Jesus will not force eternal life on anyone. He offers it to anyone who will listen, accept and believe. We can chose to accept or reject this offer that is freely available to us.
If we’ve chosen to answer the call of Jesus we have a daily choice to make. Do we sit at Jesus feet and listen for his speaking into our lives each day?
John 6:68 – Peter made a choice. He chose to stand with and for Christ.
Even in our business we can chose to to listen to Christ. It is important though to spend specific and unique time sitting at Jesus feet.
A Peaceful Experience
Sitting at Jesus’ feet is a peaceful experience.
When we are overwhelmed we need to go to Jesus and ask for help. Martha, in her overwhelm went to Jesus.
Jesus answered her… “My dear Martha…” These are words that Christ has for us when we are overwhelmed as well.
Philippians 4:6 – Don’t be anxious. This is what Jesus was helping Martha to understand. Jesus saw that Martha was anxious and troubled.
How often are we anxious and troubled?
A Prime Importance
Sitting at Jesus’ feet is a priority. A very important aspect of our lives.
Mary was where she needed to be. We need to take our hands off of “people management” at times as well.
Regardless of what is on your to-do list this coming week, all that we do should be as unto the Lord. But we must do them with an ear listening for the words of Jesus.
In all of our doing and activity we need to never forget to listen to Jesus.
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Abrahams Persevering Faith https://bmcgladys.com/abrahams-persevering-faith/ Sun, 16 Oct 2016 23:10:21 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2843 <p>Hebrews 11:8-19 – People of faith experience a lot of things. At times it can seem like God isn’t taking action and that things aren’t really going anywhere. The call this morning is to keep on. To have persevering faith. We can do this because of the promises of a faithful God. Abraham seemed to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/abrahams-persevering-faith/">Abrahams Persevering Faith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Hebrews 11:8-19 – People of faith experience a lot of things. At times it can seem like God isn’t taking action and that things aren’t really going anywhere. The call this morning is to keep on. To have persevering faith. The call this morning is to keep on. To have persevering faith. We can do this because of the promises of a faithful God.
Abraham seemed to spend a lot of his life waiting for God to work. God promised him many good things… Abraham had to, at times, continue to wait.
Promises
Perseverance in faith is possible because of the promises God has made to those who will be faithful.
What is a promise? A declaration of a future action or inaction. A promise is only as valid as the trustworthiness of the person making the promise. God is the only one who can really follow through on all of his promises.
God promised Abraham that in the future his children would receive the land that he could see. Abraham never saw the fulfillment of the promise, but he was faithful and his children did indeed inherit that land.
God also gave Abraham a spiritual promise. Indeed Abraham did become the Father of all who follow in his footsteps… we are children of Abraham as well in a spiritual sense.
God can and does forgive our sins entirely. As far as the east is from the west he can remove them.
God has promised us the Holy Spirit. A comforter to walk with us each and every step of the way.
God promised that his grace would be sufficient for us in each day.
2 Peter 1 – As believers we receive these promises in the same way that Abraham did. We receive them by faith. It is often these promises that can keep us going through life.
Obedience
Abraham obeyed God. This is a key part of persevering faithfully. Press on in obedience to the things that we already know God is asking us to do.
As we step out in obedience we start to realize more of who God is. And it makes obedience a thing that is not just a duty but something that we are happy and willing to do.
Faith in God is validated by action. Abraham didn’t start another Bible Study. He packed up his camels and set off. James tells us that this is a key concept for those who indeed have faith.
Abraham’s faith was immediate, active and submissive to what God was asking of him.
Patience
Job was an incredibly patient man. Abraham was also a very patient man.

* Abraham waited.
* Abraham struggled.
* God’s purposes are not accomplished overnight.

Lamentations 3:19 – The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. The faithfulness of the Lord is great. Much greater than anything we know.
We have a need of patience in our faith. It is a long hard race, this life.
Pilgrimage
This is the practical part of practicing perseverance in our faith today.
It is so easy to forget that we are not at home yet. Sure, we have a place to go at night. We have land to live on and to work, we have jobs, we have things that we are a part of… but we are not home yet. We are pilgrims here.
A soul that is longing for home is something that we should have as we continue here on this earth. We are citizens of another country.

* Abraham had a tent. Nothing too expensive or substantial. We can invest too much in our place of abode. Our tent can be functional, useful and nice… but it doesn’t need to be a castle. This is a principle of pilgrimage.
* The Altar. Wherever Abraham went he would build an altar. Wherever we are we need to set up our worship. It needs to be a priority.
* The view. Abraham looked at the stars. We need to keep in mind such a view of life, and the promises of God as well.

As we walk we need to keep our focus and our view on the future. On the goal that we have. The goal of the promises of God.
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The Righteous Tongue https://bmcgladys.com/the-righteous-tongue/ Sun, 09 Oct 2016 21:06:11 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2839 <p>James 3:1-18, Proverbs 25:11, Colossians 4:6 There are lots of “taste receptors” on our tongues that pick up the intricacies in the flavor of things. The tongue is there for many things having to do with eating. It is also there of course for speech. It would be very difficult to speak and enunciate clearly […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-righteous-tongue/">The Righteous Tongue</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> James 3:1-18, Proverbs 25:11, Colossians 4:6 There are lots of “taste receptors” on our tongues that pick up the intricacies in the flavor of things. The tongue is there for many things having to do with eating. It is also there of course for speech. There are lots of “taste receptors” on our tongues that pick up the intricacies in the flavor of things. The tongue is there for many things having to do with eating. It is also there of course for speech. It would be very difficult to speak and enunciate clearly without our tongues.
Today we have lots of ways that we can communicate. In the day of James however most communication would have been done verbally. Although James is speaking of the verbal sense of communication most of these things would apply to communication in general.
There are many negative examples of people using their tongue. There are, on the other hand, many examples of good done with the tongue as well.
1 Timothy 5:13, Luke 6:45 – The tongue is the bodies instrument of expression. It doesn’t act on its own, it is an expresser of what is in the heart.
As a brotherhood, when brothers are cursing each other and there are enemies… there is something that is not right.
There is a very real danger of not saying things when we don’t know what to say or when we are in the middle of a conflict… there are times when we need to say things that we don’t say anything.
In wisdom there is not pride, arrogance or an evil way. No partiality or hypocrisy. We need to be speaking out of wisdom.
2 Corinthians 2:14 – We as followers of Christ can be apt to be upset or respond in a less than Christlike way. When the Christian is crushed we should be releasing the pleasant smell like that from the life of Christ.
Bridled horses are very useful. Ships, because of a little rudder can be used to travel the seas and carry large loads. The tongue too can be a very useful tool if it is used properly.
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What does John Mean to “Not Love the World?” https://bmcgladys.com/john-mean-not-love-world/ Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:04:14 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2837 <p>Encouragement For Each Maturity Level 1 John 2:12-14 – This is a passage that has puzzled a lot of people over the years. There is some repetition here, but enough differences that you notice them. John is talking about different levels of maturity in faith. Those who are young in the faith – new believers. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/john-mean-not-love-world/">What does John Mean to “Not Love the World?”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Encouragement For Each Maturity Level 1 John 2:12-14 – This is a passage that has puzzled a lot of people over the years. There is some repetition here, but enough differences that you notice them. John is talking about different levels of maturity in ... 1 John 2:12-14 – This is a passage that has puzzled a lot of people over the years. There is some repetition here, but enough differences that you notice them.
John is talking about different levels of maturity in faith. Those who are young in the faith – new believers. Those who are a bit older – no longer new believers. Fathers… those who have a deep relationship with God.
Love Not The World
1 John 2:15-17 – John says that we shouldn’t love the world. This is the natural outcome of loving God with all of our being.
The world is something that needs to be overcome.
John 8 – You are from below, I am from above.
John 15 – If you were of the world the world would love you as your own. But because you aren’t… the world hates you.
So What is this World?

* It is anti God.
* We can be a member of it.
* It is filled with evil desires.
* All that is in the world is not from the Father.
* It isn’t going to last.
* It is attractive.

The world is the anti God system that is designed to feed evil desires. It is attractive and we need to be on guard against it.
James 4:4 – Friendship with the world is enmity with God. Being a friend of the world makes us an enemy of God.
We should be concerned and on guard about loving the world.
Three Desires of the World

* Lust of the flesh. What your body wants.
* Lust of the eyes. You see it and you want it.
* Pride of life. The desire to be lifted up above those around us.

All three of these were evident in the sin in the garden of Eden. These three desires are like evil rulers who would like to rule our lives.
A pattern of obeying these lusts can move you rapidly towards loving the world.
What Does it Mean to Love the World?
The word used here for love is referring to behavior as apposed to feeling. This isn’t just about “talking about not loving the world.” It is an action, it is a behavior.
Becoming a consumer of an anti God product we are in danger of loving the world. If we are doing things to impress people we aren’t buying into God’s philosophy.
This is a heart issue. However the things we love are a direct reflection on where we are in our hearts.
So how do we obey this command?

* Matthew 22 – We must understand how much we need God and what he did for us not he cross.
* 1 Timothy 6:17 – Hope in God. Riches can steal our hope. If we fall for this we have fallen for the worlds philosophy.
* Practice restraint. Ask the question, “why am I doing this?”
* Listen to your brothers and sisters. Be open to outside guidance. There may be people who can see things more clearly than you can.

Love God with all your heart. Loving the world is a hard problem. Don’t just coast along, ask yourself questions about why you are doing the things you are doing.
May God help us to love him above everything else.
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Why Should I Love my Brothers and Sisters? https://bmcgladys.com/love-brothers-sisters/ Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:59:40 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2832 <p>1 John 2 – This passage is full of indicators or “barometers” of how we are doing spiritually. Those who know God will have this pattern of obedience in their lives. There are lots of people who know a lot about God but who don’t do well at obeying God. This isn’t a “head knowledge” about […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/love-brothers-sisters/">Why Should I Love my Brothers and Sisters?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 John 2 – This passage is full of indicators or “barometers” of how we are doing spiritually. Those who know God will have this pattern of obedience in their lives. There are lots of people who know a lot about God but who don’t do well at obeying God... There are lots of people who know a lot about God but who don’t do well at obeying God. This isn’t a “head knowledge” about God, but rather a relationship with God through Christ.
Do we abide in Christ? Do we walk how Christ walked?
Jesus cared for people. He wasn’t caught up in the “American” or “Israelite” dream… he was all about the Father’s dream.
1 John 2:7-11 – Why should we love our brother? Loving your brother is a major theme of John’s. He talks about it in a number of chapters here.
Why should I love my brother?
God commands us to love each other. Not loving each other is a breach of this command. What if you don’t hate your brother but don’t love him either?
Being indifferent about and not loving our brother is a big problem. Later John says, “whoever does not love abides in death.”
1 John 4:20 – Does not love is the same thing as hate in John’s eyes. This can be a problem. Those who love walk in the light.
What does this love look like?
What is love? Love isn’t something that is described by a feeling. Love has to do with how we treat each other.

* Service. This is what John emphasizes a lot in this letter. Serving is necessary in love. It is one thing to see a brother’s need, it is another thing (and love that causes it) to be spurred to action. If we just talk nice but never do anything nice… we are probably fakes. Love is service. It is looking out for each other. It is making sacrifices for each other. How far should we take this? John said that a measure of true love is whether we would be willing to lay down our lives for a brother.
* Forgiveness – 1 Corinthians 13:5 – A person who loves doesn’t keep track of wrongs others have made to us. Just as we need forgiveness we must forgive others.
* Patience – 1 Corinthians 13:4 – If we love each other we will be patient with each other. Love understands that people and circumstances are not perfect. Growth takes time.

We need each of these aspects of love this morning. Have you ever needed someone to serve you? Have you ever needed forgiveness? Have you ever needed someone to be patient with you?
There aren’t any exceptions here. This isn’t just something that applies to those we like more than others.
If we love each other we will treat each other as we would like others to treat you.
This is what our churches need. A love that leaves us willing to lay down our lives for each other.
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Renewed Strength https://bmcgladys.com/renewed-strength/ Mon, 19 Sep 2016 01:11:13 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2828 <p>Isaiah 40:1-31 Isaiah is addressing this letter to the people of Israel. Before they were even in captivity. He gives strength to the weary, and gives power to the week. He gently leads those who have young. There is no possibility of us as humans holding the moon and stars and heavenly bodies in their […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/renewed-strength/">Renewed Strength</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Isaiah 40:1-31 Isaiah is addressing this letter to the people of Israel. Before they were even in captivity. He gives strength to the weary, and gives power to the week. He gently leads those who have young. Isaiah is addressing this letter to the people of Israel. Before they were even in captivity. He gives strength to the weary, and gives power to the week.

He gently leads those who have young.
There is no possibility of us as humans holding the moon and stars and heavenly bodies in their course, but God can do it, and he does!
There are days when we are just busy. Mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters. There are so many things to take your time and energy.
It is natural to wonder how am I going to do “this” how am I going to keep on putting one foot in front of another.
Perhaps you’re a student.
Perhaps you’re on the mission field.
Perhaps you just got married.
Not matter where we are we have thoughts that go through our minds, not just about the grass being greener elsewhere, but also questions about whether we’ve made the correct decisions or not.
Satan loves to work on these feelings and thoughts, he loves to make us feel like we aren’t on course.
God knows and he understands. Responding in these moments has less to do with what we can do and more to do with who God is and what he can do.
We all have expectations. We go into things thinking one thing will happen and another thing happens. This is life. Sometimes our expectations are low at times and God gives us a blessing that we weren’t looking for.
Acknowledge our Weakness
Isaiah 40:6 – Every man shares the same physical reality, we will all die. The grass withers and the flower falls.
At the end of the day, even if we are living godly lives our “goodness” is “as filthy rags.”
In and of ourselves we are not able to reach the realities that we want to reach. We aren’t able to stay away from the depths that we are drawn to.
We need to acknowledge our weakness.
Embrace the Shepherd
There are many ways that we can face the reality that we are weak, that we are mortal.
Turning to and embracing God and recognizing that his word is sure, that he is eternal, that he is all powerful. This is the only correct response to this understanding and acceptance that we are mortal, weak, human beings.
Job said, “though he slay me… yet will I praise him” This is a testimony of one who embraces what God has for him.
Our God is a shepherd. He gently leads those with young.
Invest in your Relationship with God
James 1:17 – There is no variation and no turning from God. As we learn to adore and appreciate God we can start to see how poor the offer of the world becomes.
We are all human. We all have this in common. We will all be faced with weariness, with weakness.
We are all blessed with a great and gracious God and Savior.
A reminder to all of us. Most battles are won inch by inch. Foothold by foothold. It is often hard to see the blessings we have even in the midst of our hardships.
Only God can bring us through. It is only by embracing and walking with God that we can be victorious.
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the creator. He will not grow tired. He will not grow weary. His wisdom, knowledge and knowledge are unfathomable. Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles.
This isn’t something that happens once in our lives, he will be there to renew us often.
Let us turn our hearts heavenward. The Lord is the everlasting God.
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Jesus First Myself Last and Others in Between https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-first-last-others/ Sun, 18 Sep 2016 21:06:25 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2826 <p>2 Timothy 3:1-4 – A somewhat depressing description of our times. Of mankind, unregenerate. It is important for children to learn to share and get along with others. We expect to see this be a struggle with children, we don’t expect adults to be this way. Unfortunately though, being selfish is something that we as […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-first-last-others/">Jesus First Myself Last and Others in Between</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 2 Timothy 3:1-4 – A somewhat depressing description of our times. Of mankind, unregenerate. It is important for children to learn to share and get along with others. We expect to see this be a struggle with children, It is important for children to learn to share and get along with others. We expect to see this be a struggle with children, we don’t expect adults to be this way.
Unfortunately though, being selfish is something that we as grownups also struggle with.
These people that Paul was describing to Timothy were lovers of themselves. They disregarded the needs of others and best interests and rights of others. The attitude they have is “me first” not thinking of others.
Romans 16:17-18, Philippians 3 – To some degree all of us have fallen into this place. Isaiah 56 tells us that we have all strayed, we have all turned to our own way.
Even after we have surrendered to Jesus and committed ourselves to following him… even when we are living this new life, most of us find that there are outbreaks of resistance to the surrender terms. Self centeredness surfaces again.
It can show up when we are facing a temptation. We can give in. We yield. It can show up when we review a critical remark we’ve heard that troubles us. When there is constant concern about “what are others thinking about me” vs. “what is God thinking of me?”
The battle goes on. Sometimes we forget that God’s ways are perfect and best or we simply forget God’s ways and the damage that we do ourselves and our testimonies.
We would like to be free of this, we would like to be spiritually mature. When we mean business and are surrendered and want to know Christ… it does bring maturing. God is changing us.
Romans 6:11-18, Romans 12:1-2 – We are invited to yield ourselves to the blessed, kind call of God. A living sacrifice. We are alive. We are able to choose. We can still be useful in service.
Jesus tells his disciples that if they would follow him they need to deny themselves. It isn’t the self denial of skipping dessert, not buying a sweater, etc. Denying oneself is denying one’s own authority, losing sight of selfishness, forgetting self and its own interests. It isn’t denying our personality or make us a “non person.” It is a call to become Christ like, not cluttering our lives with selfishness.
There is a lot of talk in the world about “self esteem” or “self worth” while there is definitely valid points to be made regarding this, often this is a fancy term for selfishness.
Matthew 16:24 – Jesus said to his disciples, “If you want to follow me, deny yourself and take up your cross and follow me.”
Jesus isn’t talking just about afflictions of life. He is talking of the consequences of following Jesus and living a life dedicated to Him and to others, a selfless life.
Matthew 10:37, Luke 14:26 – Except a man love his family members less than Christ… putting his love for Christ first.
Romans 15:3 – What would Jesus do in our situations? How would he respond? We do know that he would put others first, he would serve others.
1 Corinthians 10:24, Philippians 2:3 – Seek the good of others. Esteem others better than yourself.
Think about the things you could do to help, encourage a person in whatever situation you find yourself in. How can I serve?
Romans 12:15 – No jealousy, rejoice and weep with those who are rejoicing and weeping.
Galatians 6:2 – Surrender. Denying self. Taking up Christ’s cross, following Jesus and serving others.
Abraham was a man of faith. The herdsmen of Lot and Abraham had trouble because there wasn’t enough water and grass for everyone.
Abraham and Lot had a discussion. Abraham, selfless and trusting God told Lot to choose where he would take his herds and tents. Lot chose the best. He suffered for that decision.
Abraham didn’t complain about being left with the “left overs.” He was surrendered to God. God blessed him abundantly.
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What Does it Mean to You to be Part of the Family of God? https://bmcgladys.com/mean-part-family-god/ Sun, 11 Sep 2016 22:01:08 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2823 <p>Which is the greatest institution of God? The home or the church? The same things that make marriage work, makes the church work. It takes commitment to make a marriage work and to make a church work. Adoption is a wonderful thing, a family reaching out and saying, “we want you to be a part […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/mean-part-family-god/">What Does it Mean to You to be Part of the Family of God?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Which is the greatest institution of God? The home or the church? The same things that make marriage work, makes the church work. It takes commitment to make a marriage work and to make a church work. Adoption is a wonderful thing, The same things that make marriage work, makes the church work. It takes commitment to make a marriage work and to make a church work.
Adoption is a wonderful thing, a family reaching out and saying, “we want you to be a part of our family.”
Romans 8:15 – None of us are born into the family of God by our biological birth. God uses marriage terms for his church, he talks of the wedding, a bride, etc.
Ephesians 5 – The church and marriage used to describe each other.
All of us are born with a need to “belong.” Family units are God’s plan for humans. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters… walking together.
Boys and girls join clubs or gangs, as a way to get a sense of belonging. God wants our homes to be loving, close knit, marriages to be a strong bond of love. Our need to belong needs to be filled firstly in Christ and the family of God.
Leviticus 26:12 – I will be your God. You will be my people.
Matthew 12:47-50 – The church, the followers of Christ, this follows through family lines. It is possible to have a relationship that is deeper with those in the family of God than our biological ones.
Home is where we are to be understood. A safe place where we have people who care.
We need to remind ourselves that first and foremost our belonging needs to be to Christ and his family.
Often we know people are struggling and we care, but we don’t understand. Jesus understands, knows and cares. Jesus gets it right 100% of the time. Even the best father or mother or sister or brother will fail you at some point. Jesus will never fail you.
Luke 13:34, Isaiah 40:11 – God is as a shepherd. He feeds his sheep. He gathers the little ones in his arms and carries them. He’s meeting their needs. He knows their needs.
Philippians 2 – This is a tall order for each of us. Esteeming others as being higher than we are. Putting others first, meeting their needs.
We live in a world where homes are becoming less and less functional. There are more and more people who are not getting at hone what they need, what God intended. As the family of God we need to be reaching out and being there for these people.
How do we make being part of the family of God practical?
It must be only through coming to Christ, having him as Lord as our life. There is no other way but through confession and repentance.
Matthew 6:12 – It should not surprise us, that as a normal family, there are things that God expects of us.
John 13:35 – Love for one another. One of the biggest telling things of the family of God is whether or not we love one another. This is one of the quickest ways to damage our ability to project Jesus to the world.
1 Peter 1:22 – Love one another fervently. The family of God loves one another.
Matthew 20:25 – The family of God serves each other. Whoever will be great among you, let him be your servant. Christ came not to be ministered to but to minister and give his life.
Acts 15 – The early church grappled with what it means to be part of the family of God. We still grapple with that today.
As we look at the book of Acts we don’t see a church that had no problems. There are needs not being met. There was lying. They had to figure out how to deal with things.
There are expectations in the family of God. We learn from each other. We need to walk together, being willing to give or receive correction. This isn’t easy, but it is part of being in the family of God.
To be part of the family of God requires commitment. If we are going to have good marriages or good families or good churches we need to walk in knowledge of this commitment.
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Hope in God https://bmcgladys.com/hope-in-god/ Sun, 04 Sep 2016 21:50:35 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=2802 <p>Romans 5:1-5 – We see the word “hope” in this passage a number of times. We know that it has a range of meanings. “I hope we have nice weather.” “The hope of the glory of God.” The opposite of hope is a miserable place. It is an awful thing. Despair. Darkness. Gloom. No encouragement. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/hope-in-god/">Hope in God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Romans 5:1-5 – We see the word “hope” in this passage a number of times. We know that it has a range of meanings. “I hope we have nice weather.” “The hope of the glory of God.” The opposite of hope is a miserable place. It is an awful thing. Despair.
* “I hope we have nice weather.”
* “The hope of the glory of God.”

The opposite of hope is a miserable place. It is an awful thing. Despair. Darkness. Gloom. No encouragement. Nothing pointing to a good outcome, ever.
In this status of grace that we can be a part of we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Christ is our hope. Without him we are completely lost.
1 Timothy 1:1 – The Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope.
Hebrews 18:19 – The hope we have set before us, an anchor of the soul, sure, steadfast – Jesus.
1 Peter 1:3 – A living hope, because of the merciful Lord Jesus.
1 John 3:2, Titus 2:13 – Our hope, and his appearing, Jesus Christ.
John 14 – I go to prepare a place for you. If I go to prepare a place, I will come to receive you to myself.
There is a hope within us as children of the living God. A hope that we are redeemed, children of God, and a promise of a future with Him in heaven for all of eternity.
On the earth there are troubles, disappointments, sorrows, griefs. The hope that Paul is talking about isn’t just something in the future, but something that we can experience here as well.
Psalm 42 – a beautiful call to hope in God. Everything else is a false hope.
Most of us know what discouragement is. It can be in small areas or in very large areas. In these times we sometimes forget to remind ourselves that there is hope in God. There is hope in Jesus.
There are many reasons that can cause discouragement.

* Failure
* Health
* Accidents
* Finances
* Freedoms
* Relationships

We can reach a point where we think there is no way we can take one more thing. Then sure enough… one more thing comes along.
Paul encourages us to rejoice in these tribulations. How can we do that? What do we do when the way looks dark and confusing and uncertain? What have other victorious, hopeful Christians done?
This “panting after God as a deer pants for the brook” is often not thought about in context of the rest of this passage.

* Prayer – seems like a “no-brainer” but we often forget to go to God first. Allow your dark times to drive you closer to God. Often we don’t realize how desperately we need God, even when things seem smooth and like things are going well.
* Prepare – what are the things that are at the top of your mind as you prepare for your devotions or anything else. Worship. Hope. We need God’s help in times like these. Scripture promises that if we draw near to him, he will come near to us.
* Perform – often we don’t see the results we are looking for. At times we just need to recognize that small bit of clarity and take that step towards it.

In a Christian it takes grace to have godly responses. Godly responses bring more grace. Godly responses produce patience, endurance. Endurance produces evidence of God working in our lives, character.
Hebrews 12:11-13 – This hope we’ve been looking at is the working out of these verses in Hebrews.
“My creator is engineering my circumstances for my good. I rejoice in that truth. I will not accommodate the devil by giving in to self pity and discouragement.”
God, the tender shepherd, offers hope. Not just redemption and a promise of heaven, but also a hope that can be experienced here on this earth as well. Jesus with us.
Jesus told his disciples to, “be of good cheer… I have overcome the world.”
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A Case for Atonement https://bmcgladys.com/a-case-for-atonement/ Sun, 28 Aug 2016 22:24:37 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=2798 <p>1 John 2:2 – He himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world! Let’s look at this verse and try to understand it. There are basically two ways to think of this… Jesus provided a potential for forgiveness for everyone. Unlimited Atonement. Jesus […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/a-case-for-atonement/">A Case for Atonement</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 John 2:2 – He himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world! Let’s look at this verse and try to understand it. There are basically two ways to think of this… Jesus provided a potential for for... Let’s look at this verse and try to understand it. There are basically two ways to think of this…

* Jesus provided a potential for forgiveness for everyone. Unlimited Atonement.
* Jesus didn’t really die to save everyone, he only died to save certain people. Limited Atonement.

Two reasons that this is worth studying. We will find ourselves hearing about this kind of thing and it touches on the nature of God. Does God really want all the sinners out there to be saved?
What did God intend to do when he sent his son to die on the cross? Did he intend to save only the elect or did he intend to save those who would choose salvation?
Limited Atonement
There are three main arguments we’ll look at on the “for limited atonement” side of things.
World

* John 1:29 – The word “world” doesn’t mean the entire world, instead it is referring to the fact that salvation isn’t just for Jews.
* 1 John 4:14, John 12:47 – How can Jesus be the savior of those he didn’t save?
* John 6:33, John 6:51 – Does every individual in the world get some of this bread sent from heaven?
* 1 John 2:2 – Have everyone’s sins, in the entire world been removed?

Is it somewhat odd that the natural meaning of the word “world” should mean “not only the Jews, but the Gentiles also” in all of these places.
Can Jesus be the savior of people he didn’t save?
Many

* Matthew 20:28 – Jesus died to save many. Not everyone. If the writer meant everyone he should have said everyone.

Daniel 12:2 – If what Jesus did on the cross talk about only “many” this argument would make more sense. Many doesn’t have to mean just “some,” it can also mean “all.”
What happened on the cross?

* Hebrews 9:12 – Jesus actually saved and secured certain people’s salvation on the cross. He didn’t just give the “possibility” he actually did the salvation.
* 2 Corinthians 5:19 – While Jesus was on the cross he was reconciling people to himself.

This sacrifice brings reconciliation, he had us in mind when he died on this cross. In 2 Corinthians 5:20 there is a call to “be reconciled to Christ.”
Unlimited Atonement

* Hebrews 2:9 – Jesus tasted death… for everyone.
* 1 Corinthians 8:11 – Paul is introducing a scenario where a person was once saved and lost his salvation.
* Hebrews 10:28-29 – Talking about someone who was sanctified, but has trampled the blood of the covenant and has fallen away. Christ did die to save this person… but he wasn’t saved in the end.
* 1 Timothy 2:1-6 – Prayers and supplications for “all people.” Christ desires “all people” to be saved.
* 2 Peter 3:9 – Peter is talking to a group of people who have “like precious faith.” Wouldn’t they have already come to repentance?
* 2 Peter 2:1 – Jesus suffered and died for those who are against him.
* 1 Timothy 4:10 – The savior of all people… especially those who believe. Jesus is still the savior to those who don’t believe, he is their source of salvation.
* 1 John 3:16-18 – If you have the kind of love that God has you won’t just say nice things, you’ll also help people if you can. God does what he can for those he loves. Does God love everyone?

Conclusion
Christ is offering salvation, not to just us, but for the entire world. God sent his son to die for us because he loves us.
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Spiritual Entitlement Denied https://bmcgladys.com/spiritual-entitlement-denied/ Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:41:23 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=2795 <p>Romans 9 Abraham was called out of the land where he was living. Israel was the apple of God’s eye. She was miraculously led out of Egypt by a pillar of cloud and fire. Christ is over all. As his children we need to know this and let others now about it. John 3:16 – […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/spiritual-entitlement-denied/">Spiritual Entitlement Denied</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Romans 9 Abraham was called out of the land where he was living. Israel was the apple of God’s eye. She was miraculously led out of Egypt by a pillar of cloud and fire. Christ is over all. As his children we need to know this and let others now about i... Abraham was called out of the land where he was living. Israel was the apple of God’s eye. She was miraculously led out of Egypt by a pillar of cloud and fire.
Christ is over all. As his children we need to know this and let others now about it.
John 3:16 – God loved the world and gave his son for it. God is able to save his people completely. This is his will.
The Jewish leaders of the day tried to pull Jesus into their traps. Had their hearts been soft and open to the kingdom of God they would have understood the things he was speaking to them.
Revelation 7:9 – a great multitude, without number, before the throne.
God’s will is that none should perish.
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Growing and Changing https://bmcgladys.com/growing-and-changing/ Sun, 14 Aug 2016 16:21:58 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2792 <p>We are all changing. There is no such thing as “staying the same” or “being static.” The choices we make today, the things we are doing today become habits. Whatever this is it takes as long to change the thing as it did to grow it. People are not math problems. The things that affect […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/growing-and-changing/">Growing and Changing</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We are all changing. There is no such thing as “staying the same” or “being static.” The choices we make today, the things we are doing today become habits. Whatever this is it takes as long to change the thing as it did to grow it. The choices we make today, the things we are doing today become habits. Whatever this is it takes as long to change the thing as it did to grow it.
People are not math problems. The things that affect change in our lives are not numbers in a math problem. It would be nice at times if life and change would be a math equation, but it isn’t.
That being said there are definitely factors that contribute to who we are, as we are, the way we are. These are the things that have to change if we want to change.
Most of us have intended to grow and change all of our lives. The reality is that most people struggle to “do it,” we all struggle to change.
The Bible talks about growing and growing up.
Areas that are involved in changing.

* The desire to change.
* Cooperating with God and what he wants to do.
* Surrender to Jesus.
* Doing something about our thoughts, feelings and attitudes.
* The beliefs we have and hold.
* What feels true to us.
* The commitments we’ve made.
* The choices we make, and the things we base those choices on.
* The memories we chose to remember.

Do we need to change?
No matter where we are in life we all can grow.
Sometimes we are very blind to our own needs. There is a good chance though that those around you have a better view about how you are doing and the needs you have.
Ephesians 4:22-24
There are many stories in scripture told that are very summarized. We get the big picture of things but we don’t get all the nitty gritty details.
In some respects change is more about what God does than what we manage.
1 Corinthians 1:10 – These were a sinful bunch, yet Paul refers to them as saints. Set apart and belonging to God. Being a child or daughter of God… not sinless perfection, having arrived at a sinless state.
We do need to change. But there is hope because Jesus is alive, he rose from the dead.
A desire for something to be different.
John 5:5-9 – Jesus asks the man if he’d like to be healed. The man replies that he can’t get into the water by himself.
Do we want to change? We don’t usually change unless we really really want to.
A cooperative effort between us and God.
Philippians 2, 3, Romans 6
Most people cannot change themselves. People cannot change unless God is working.
It is fairly easy to feel hopeless about other people who don’t change. Paul is saying, I believe that God will continue to work in you.
We don’t always know whether or how God is working, but he is always working. God is working and we work out what God works in.
Growth and change requires surrender to Jesus.
Luke 9, 13 – This isn’t about “saving myself.” Surrender is about yielding myself to Jesus. My thoughts. My feelings. My attitude. My whatever.
Surrender to Jesus is letting go of our commitment to keep ourselves alive apart from Jesus.
This is a process and journey that will go on all throughout life.
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A New Better Covenant https://bmcgladys.com/new-better-covenant/ Sun, 07 Aug 2016 21:10:14 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2788 <p>Hebrews 8:1-13 A covenant is: An agreement between two people or groups that involves a promise on the part of each to the other. (Nelson’s Bible Dictionary) A covenant is however more than just a contract. It is setting up a relationship. There were other covenants in scripture. Why would God set up a covenant […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/new-better-covenant/">A New Better Covenant</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Hebrews 8:1-13 A covenant is: An agreement between two people or groups that involves a promise on the part of each to the other. (Nelson’s Bible Dictionary) A covenant is however more than just a contract. It is setting up a relationship. A covenant is: An agreement between two people or groups that involves a promise on the part of each to the other. (Nelson’s Bible Dictionary)
A covenant is however more than just a contract. It is setting up a relationship.
There were other covenants in scripture.
Why would God set up a covenant with a human?
God is faithful, he doesn’t need to make any promises. God is 100% true and faithful and he knows that man will mess up and man will fail.
Genesis 12:1-3 – Because you are faithful to me I will make of you a great nation. Abrahams part of the covenant was that he had to step out in faith.
The Old Testament law was a covenant between God and Israel. Many people still believe that the OT law is the covenant that God has with us.
The Covenant with Israel
This covenant with Israel includes a lot of laws.
Hebrews tells us that the Old Covenant had problems.

* It was limited in scope. It was never intended to be the final solution. – Galatians 3
* It could not give life. It didn’t change the hearts of the people. Galatians 3
* The people couldn’t keep their end of the agreement.

Luke 22:19-20, Hebrews 9 – The New Covenant was instituted at the Last Supper Jesus had with his disciples.
When Jesus died this “will” he set up took effect.
We are heirs of this new covenant. We are the beneficiary of the will and testament of Christ. What do we inherit? We inherit eternal life!
We receive eternal life because we are in the will.
Why Is This a New and Better Covenant?

* It replaces shadows with reality. Colossians 2. The reality, the substance is Christ.
* Romans 8 – It replaces externalism with heart change.
* 1 John, Philippians – It replaces insecurity with a relationship.
* It replaces covering with forgiveness.

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God is Light https://bmcgladys.com/god-is-light/ Mon, 01 Aug 2016 02:09:27 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2785 <p>Let me warn you first… the audio for this particular podcast episode is pretty horrible. I apologize… totally my fault. 1 John 1:1-2:2 Although he doesn’t specifically say it, it seems that this letter is written by John. John obviously had no idea how big things would get. He started his career as a lowly […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/god-is-light/">God is Light</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Let me warn you first… the audio for this particular podcast episode is pretty horrible. I apologize… totally my fault. 1 John 1:1-2:2 Although he doesn’t specifically say it, it seems that this letter is written by John. 1 John 1:1-2:2
Although he doesn’t specifically say it, it seems that this letter is written by John.
John obviously had no idea how big things would get. He started his career as a lowly fisherman, followed Jesus the Son of God, saw him crucified, saw him after the resurrection and then went on to write New Testament books that would be read by millions over the next couple thousand years. John is a great example of what God can do with our lives if we totally give our lives to him.
There are two things that John is wanting to do with this letter.

* He wants to “sure them up” and encourage them.
* He wants to help them combat false teaching.

Introduction
John is talking about the Word of Life. Something that could be seen, touched, handled and heard. It is the gospel, not just the words of the gospel but a gospel that is lived out.
His message here is to relay this message, a message that makes a difference. It is the message of life.
God is Light
1 John 1:5 – John is starting at the beginning here. If a person had to describe God in a single statement this would be a good place to start. God is light.
God is perfect. He is good. He is just. There is no darkness.
1 Timothy 6:16 – God is the ultimate in holiness, in goodness.
Revelation 21 – The source of light in the New Jerusalem is God. It is hard for us to grasp immutability, unchanging in our changing word.
James – There is no change in the goodness of God. No matter what happens.
John 3 – God is also the revealer. He shines light on things.
Daniel 2 – In his prayer of thanks to God for revealing the dream to him, Daniel makes sure it is clear that God is the revealer.
Like the world needs the light of the sun, so we also need the light of the Son.
Isaiah 6 – Isaiah got a glimpse of who he was and where he stood in cleanliness to God.
We Cannot Walk in Darkness with God
John is talking here about a pattern of living. A pattern of living in sin.
John says, if you think it doesn’t matter how you walk… think again. You can’t be “in God” and “in darkness” at the same time.
Light doesn’t mix with darkness.
Abiding in Christ will change you. If you want to walk in darkness, God will not walk with you there.
God’s Light Brings Cleansing
If we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive our sins.
John says that even as Christians there is a fairly good chance we’ll find ourselves having sinned. We aren’t perfect people, we will fail.
We sin, and we need help. Where do you go to get out of the darkness? We go to the light. The light of Jesus can and will cleanse us.
To confess is to agree with what the light is showing us. That we have sinned. We aren’t watering down our sin, we recognize that we’ve broken God’s law.
Conclusion
God is faithful. He is just. His forgiveness is anchored in this immutable reality and faithfulness. God’s faithfulness and justice also means that when we confess God is going to forgive us.
God is eager to cleanse us. Forgiveness isn’t something that he does begrudgingly, he is eager to forgive.
God is Light. He is pure goodness. He won’t change.
We can’t walk in darkness and walk with God.
If we walk in the light we are under his cleansing. When we sin, he will absolutely forgive us and cleanse us.
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Redeeming the Time https://bmcgladys.com/redeeming-the-time/ Sun, 31 Jul 2016 22:20:05 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2782 <p>Ephesians 5:1-21 We are often struck with a thought of “where did the time go?” We all find ourselves in “times” or “seasons” of life. Regardless of where we are in life we are called to live and take advantage of the moments that we find ourselves living in. Often times it is the mundane […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/redeeming-the-time/">Redeeming the Time</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Ephesians 5:1-21 We are often struck with a thought of “where did the time go?” We all find ourselves in “times” or “seasons” of life. Regardless of where we are in life we are called to live and take advantage of the moments that we find ourselves liv... We are often struck with a thought of “where did the time go?”
We all find ourselves in “times” or “seasons” of life. Regardless of where we are in life we are called to live and take advantage of the moments that we find ourselves living in.
Often times it is the mundane parts and times of life that are the most difficult to “redeem.”
2 Corinthians – Whenever we give, not of ourselves, for the glory of our Father we are “unto God as a sweet savor,” like a good aroma. We are always leaving an “odor” either of good or of bad.
Let your walk flow from goodness, from righteousness, from truth. Christ is the light of the world. Let us walk and move ahead doing the things that God has called us to do.
In thinking about and planning for the future don’t let yourself forget to be the kind of person that Christ would call you to be today. This hour. This minute.
May this thought be ever-present in our minds… “is the thing I am doing, or how I am approaching this upcoming thing being done in a redemptive manner?”
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Our Victorious Jesus https://bmcgladys.com/our-victorious-jesus/ Sun, 24 Jul 2016 21:16:24 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2778 <p>Luke 4:1-13 Luke wrote both the book of Luke and the book of Acts to this “Theophilus” guy. In Luke 4 we will be taking a look at Jesus and his temptation in the desert. He was tempted for 40 days! A lot of times we struggle because of past sins. We are tempted partially […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/our-victorious-jesus/">Our Victorious Jesus</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Luke 4:1-13 Luke wrote both the book of Luke and the book of Acts to this “Theophilus” guy. In Luke 4 we will be taking a look at Jesus and his temptation in the desert. He was tempted for 40 days! A lot of times we struggle because of past sins. Luke wrote both the book of Luke and the book of Acts to this “Theophilus” guy.
In Luke 4 we will be taking a look at Jesus and his temptation in the desert. He was tempted for 40 days!
A lot of times we struggle because of past sins. We are tempted partially because of our past sin, however a victory can lead to the courage to win another battle.
Jesus temptation took place in the desert. Forty days is a long time to endure temptation.
It is important for us to understand that temptation isn’t sin. It can feel contaminating, but it isn’t sin.
After Jesus baptism there was a voice that came from heaven saying, “this is my Son in whom I am very pleased!” After this amazing experience Jesus was led out to the desert and faced these 40 days of temptation.
God’s Provision
Satan begins by questioning who Jesus said he was. He uses the same tactic on us often, “If you’re really a Christian why would you even be tempted by this?”
Jesus didn’t take things into his own hands. He trusted God knew best.
God’s Plan for Jesus
Satan knew that Jesus was planning to redeem man. Satan didn’t know all the details, but he did realize that Jesus was on earth to restore fellowship with God.
Satan’s idea was that Jesus could worship him, as a different way to restore all the world for Jesus.
Satan always mixes the truth with the lie. Jesus replied that it was unthinkable to trust anyone else but God and God’s plan for his life and the world.
We can stand up to Satan as well and say, “I’m worshiping God with my life.”
Presuming on God’s Promises
It is right to trust and believe God’s promises, but we dare not presume that things apply to things that they don’t apply.
We need to always listen with discernment. Filtering everything through the scripture and the Holy Spirit.
Hebrews and Corinthians tell us that Jesus knows exactly how it feels to be tempted as we are. We are not alone in the thing that we are tempted to do.
Whatever our need today, whether salvation or encouragement we can find it in Jesus.
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The Rest https://bmcgladys.com/the-rest/ Mon, 18 Jul 2016 01:27:54 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2774 <p>Hebrews 3,4, Numbers 13:27 Rest is faith in action, it can happen when we know that we belong to God, that we are his. Joshua and Caleb saw an opportunity for God’s power to take care of the Children of Israel. The other spies saw themselves in front of the giants, just small flesh against […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-rest/">The Rest</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Hebrews 3,4, Numbers 13:27 Rest is faith in action, it can happen when we know that we belong to God, that we are his. Joshua and Caleb saw an opportunity for God’s power to take care of the Children of Israel. Rest is faith in action, it can happen when we know that we belong to God, that we are his.
Joshua and Caleb saw an opportunity for God’s power to take care of the Children of Israel. The other spies saw themselves in front of the giants, just small flesh against large flesh.
This rest is something that God has promised his followers. God made us in his image, he wants us to have fellowship with him and he wants us to have fellowship with him.
There is only one way for man to be at rest with God. It can only be when he has a clean and open relationship with God. When we reject God we reject the only thing that can bring true fulfillment.
Revelation 14:11, Romans 16:16
God works through us as a body of believers, when we pray together, when we seek his face.
We are called to labor, go to the word, to seek and pursue what God has to say to us. The word of God has the ability to do a spiritual surgery within us. By allowing this work to take place in our lives we become more and more like him.
Matthew 11:28-30
One of the reasons for God’s yoke being easy and burden being lite is that the closer we get to Jesus the more we can abide in his rest.
John 14:1
This rest that is promised to the followers of God is not just a rest that we can find here on earth. It is also an eternal rest, a great place prepared for each of us.
John 14:26
God sent a comforter, the Holy Spirit, who leads us to a deeper relationship with our creator. That is where true rest and peace can be found.
1 Peter 1:13-16
As we move ahead in obedience to God’s will, like Caleb and Joshua were willing to do, we are again brought closer to the image of God. As we become more like our savior we can find a deeper and fuller rest.
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Rich Beyond Measure https://bmcgladys.com/rich-beyond-measure/ Sun, 10 Jul 2016 22:36:15 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2771 <p>1 Timothy 6 If we take a look at what we have and compare it to many in the world we are very rich. We have worked hard, we’ve (generally) earned what we have. Regardless of what we have or what we’ve accumulated we should not be proud of it. Ultimately all that we have […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/rich-beyond-measure/">Rich Beyond Measure</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Timothy 6 If we take a look at what we have and compare it to many in the world we are very rich. We have worked hard, we’ve (generally) earned what we have. Regardless of what we have or what we’ve accumulated we should not be proud of it. If we take a look at what we have and compare it to many in the world we are very rich. We have worked hard, we’ve (generally) earned what we have.
Regardless of what we have or what we’ve accumulated we should not be proud of it. Ultimately all that we have comes from God.
The apostle Paul didn’t push for a revolution or redistribution of wealth. He did suggest however that those with needs would be taken care of by those who had plenty.
In a given church there may be a big variety in the material things that members have. These things should never cause walls or division amongst brothers.
We need to ask ourselves, are we content with the bare necessities? Food. Clothing. Shelter. Have we learned to be content, as Paul says he has learned to be in Philippians?
If we are to be content with just “the necessities” shouldn’t we be living a life that reflects this?
Watch yourself, if you are ever willing to do something unethical it is pretty clear that we love money more than the truth.
Career, business and earning are only one platform from which to reach those around us for Christ. It isn’t the only way, it is an important ministry opportunity.
It is important to keep important things first. The people around us are more important than a successful business or career. Love your family. Love your neighbors. Love your customers.
Flee the things of earth and evil. Run after righteousness. Fight the good fight of faith.
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Because of Their Faith https://bmcgladys.com/because-of-their-faith/ Sun, 03 Jul 2016 15:05:46 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2767 <p>Hebrews 11:8-16 – They were seeking something beyond this life here. A better and a heavenly place. As strangers and pilgrims here on earth. Abraham considered his life a pilgrimage. A pilgrim is one who is traveling through a foreign land. Or a devotee traveling to a shrine or a holy place. For us as […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/because-of-their-faith/">Because of Their Faith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Hebrews 11:8-16 – They were seeking something beyond this life here. A better and a heavenly place. As strangers and pilgrims here on earth. Abraham considered his life a pilgrimage. A pilgrim is one who is traveling through a foreign land. Abraham considered his life a pilgrimage.
A pilgrim is one who is traveling through a foreign land. Or a devotee traveling to a shrine or a holy place. For us as Christians this term fits well, we are all traveling through life, we are making decisions, we are traveling through a foreign land headed to a holy place.
Characteristics of Pilgrims

* Pilgrims have chosen to be pilgrims.
* Pilgrims see with spiritual eyes. Matthew 11:25
* Pilgrims know the importance of the things above. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 2 Timothy 2
* Pilgrims recognize that the things of this world are at war with them. 1 Peter 2:11, 1 John, Ephesians 6:12
* Pilgrims aren’t traveling alone. Pilgrims travel in groups. Pilgrims also travel with their leader. Hebrews 10:22
* Pilgrims are messengers. We have message to share everywhere we go. Matthew 28:16-20
* Pilgrims have a destination. We have a hope, a home.

How grateful we should be and recognize the opportunity that God has blessed us with here on this earth. Let us not get distracted and bogged down with life here.
Let us be clear in our purpose here. We are here as pilgrims. We have a message for those around us and we have a destination.
Let us give ourselves to this calling with no reserve, no retreat, and no regrets.
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Being Serious About Sin https://bmcgladys.com/being-serious-about-sin/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 01:47:56 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2764 <p>Mark 9:42-50 – There is a central message here that we need to be sure not to miss. Sin is serious. As we go in to this we need to be sure to remember that we will never be sin free people. We will always be in need of the grace and cleansing of Christ. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/being-serious-about-sin/">Being Serious About Sin</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Mark 9:42-50 – There is a central message here that we need to be sure not to miss. Sin is serious. As we go in to this we need to be sure to remember that we will never be sin free people. We will always be in need of the grace and cleansing of Christ... As we go in to this we need to be sure to remember that we will never be sin free people. We will always be in need of the grace and cleansing of Christ.
What is a millstone? This is a big rock, turned by a donkey. Who is this warning directed towards? Anyone… Anyone who causes a “little one” to fall.
Causing Someone to Stumble
What does it mean to cause someone to “sin”, “be offended”, etc. Sometimes it clearly means “to be offended” or “to make someone angry.”
Matthew 13:21 – sometimes this has the meaning to of causing someone to fall away.
So, what does it mean here in Mark 9? After weeding a few of the possibilities, we’ll go with “causing to sin.”
Who are we not supposed to call to sin? Does this mean literal children? Does it mean spiritual children?
Jesus introduced the idea of “spiritual children” back in Matthew 18:3-4. There is a strong transition earlier between “little one” and “brother.”
How do we “cause someone to sin?” If you are the one through whom the temptation comes, you are one step from being the one who causes someone to stumble.
1 Corinthians 8:7 – This passage is very clear that Paul is speaking about a brother in the church and causing him to stumble.
The one who stumbles does have a choice. With every temptation comes a way of escape. We are all accountable.
Sin is serious.
Sin is Serious because it is Contaminating
If we are living in sin we can encourage others to sin. If you have a sin problem it is contaminating to those around you.
The Jews in Jesus day did believe in an eternal hell. They used the valley as a reference to “the lake of fire.”
Sin is Serious Because it Can Destroy Us
Does this warning really apply to us? Should we tear out an eye if it causes us to sin? If we are not at a place where we are willing to make serious sacrifices to deal with a sin problem. We are in a serious place.
We are promised a way of escape with every temptation. We often wish it would be “like an elevator” to lift us out of the temptation. Instead a lot of times its more like climbing a vertical rock wall.
How do we apply this?

* If you’ve sinned. Repent.
* If it isn’t your calling to go down this path, you are probably called to cut it off.

Sin is serious because if we ignore a sin problem it can destroy us spiritually.
Let us be willing to look out for these issues and take severe measures to deal with them.
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The Leader Man https://bmcgladys.com/the-leader-man/ Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:20:24 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2760 <p>This is a message directed to fathers. It doesn’t come from a place of having attained perfection as a father, but out of a call to deeper commitment to leading as God calls fathers to lead. Genesis – We see Adam in the garden as a groundskeeper. For Adam there wasn’t a helper found. So […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-leader-man/">The Leader Man</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This is a message directed to fathers. It doesn’t come from a place of having attained perfection as a father, but out of a call to deeper commitment to leading as God calls fathers to lead. Genesis – We see Adam in the garden as a groundskeeper. Genesis – We see Adam in the garden as a groundskeeper. For Adam there wasn’t a helper found. So God took a rib from Adam and created a woman from that rib. She was designed and perfectly fit the needs of Adam as a help meet.
1 Timothy 2:13-15, 1 Corinthians 11:3, Ephesians 5, 6 – God grows us and is sanctifying us to be more like him. God’s design for the family is pretty clear. The father is called to be a leader, in a humble and solid way.
What is it that God calls fathers to?
1 Timothy 6:6 – Fathers are to provide for his own. For those under his care. Not just physical, but spiritual as well.
Impressing others, or attempting to, brings about self inflicted pain. This is true not only for trivial things, but also in how we lead and provide for our family.
As fathers we are called to lead in truth and in holiness. Even when popular opinion goes against this truth and this holiness.
Fathers need to be in tune with God, with the Spirit and with his Word. “If there is anything good in my family, it is only by the grace of God.”
If we are doing well, if our families are doing well it is only by the grace of God. We do need to do our part, but ultimately it is by the grace of God.
Psalm 127:1-5 – It is only when the Lord builds the city (or the family) that we can accomplish anything good.
Imagine a person being given an diamond. Imagine him trading that diamond for something worth only a couple of dollars. The concept is similar to what happens when a father who has a wife and children doesn’t understand the value of what he has, what has been I trusted to him.
Psalm 127 likens children to arrows in the quiver of an archer. The archer crafts his arrows carefully. He knew them intimately. It takes time to raise a child to maturity, but it really isn’t “too long.” They start as so dependent and in a few short years they grow so fast.
How Should a Father Raise His Children?
A Father, by his example and direction, should be teaching his children to love and appreciate his father.
A Father should be teaching his children a biblical world view from a young age. Scripture. Prayer. Sex. Current events. News. The world around you. Etc. Don’t wait for the world around you to teach your children about such things.
A Father, Ephesians 6:4, is called to keep his children’s hearts.
A Father is called to help his children focus on the Father in heaven. Bring your children to God, not just once, but often, daily pointing them to the Father in heaven.
Jesus taught his disciples as he walked. This is the best way to teach our children as well. Walking with them. Teaching as we go. Leading by example.
A Father, Hebrews 10:25, should be influential in participating, with his family, in the local body of believers.
Matthew 6:5-15 – Closing commitment prayer.
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Our Words https://bmcgladys.com/our-words/ Sun, 12 Jun 2016 23:06:44 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2758 <p>Isaiah 50:4-7, Psalms 19:12-14 God knows our words even before we speak. God will judge our words. We should all be concerned that all our words are acceptable to God. Words come from the heart…the heart is the real person. Words carry messages. Words are like trucks. Some are empty, some carry explosives, some carry treasures. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/our-words/">Our Words</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Isaiah 50:4-7, Psalms 19:12-14 God knows our words even before we speak. God will judge our words. We should all be concerned that all our words are acceptable to God. Words come from the heart…the heart is the real person. Words carry messages. God knows our words even before we speak.
God will judge our words. We should all be concerned that all our words are acceptable to God.
Words come from the heart…the heart is the real person.
Words carry messages. Words are like trucks. Some are empty, some carry explosives, some carry treasures.
Only that which is constructive/wholesome should come from our mouth. “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth.”
Wrong Words:
Presumptuous words are not up building
Angry words are bad. Don’t.
Venting is poisonous. Gossip sows strife and harms friendships. It enjoys seeing reputations tarnished.
Taking the Lords name in vain is strictly commanded against in God’s Word.
Name calling – speaking in a way that tears someone down
Idle words – men shall give account for them on the day of judgment. These are lazy, useless words.

Good Words:
Out of a heart in tune with God should flow rivers of living water – gracious, loving words. “That which ministers grace to the hearers.”
Our relationship with God should affect our conversations.
Our heart often conveys an unspoken message, in the way we love, the way we care.
Edifying words come from a heart that has been and is being edifyed by Gods word.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”
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A Perfect Salvation https://bmcgladys.com/a-perfect-salvation/ Sun, 05 Jun 2016 20:52:35 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2755 <p>Matthew 5:48 – Jesus told his disciples that they need to be perfect. As we get older it is easier to become more skeptical. More problems come up. More disappointment. Fewer answers. A measure of insecurity can come into our lives as we realize that we often fail. One of the main answers to this […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/a-perfect-salvation/">A Perfect Salvation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Matthew 5:48 – Jesus told his disciples that they need to be perfect. As we get older it is easier to become more skeptical. More problems come up. More disappointment. Fewer answers. A measure of insecurity can come into our lives as we realize that w... A measure of insecurity can come into our lives as we realize that we often fail.
One of the main answers to this is to focus on something other than ourselves. Turn your focus to Christ. See the marvelous salvation that he has made possible for us.
A perfect salvation. A perfect savior.
What is Perfection
What is perfection? What does it mean?
The quality of being perfect – freedom from fault or defect. Flawless. Mature. Accurate. Excellent. Exemplification of Supreme excellence (God – Jesus).
When we receive a perfect salvation we are restored to a relationship with God that we were designed to be in.
As we focus on Christ and his awesome perfection we realize and sense God’s incredible power. We should react like Peter did, he recognized how imperfect he was in the presence of a perfect Christ.
What Makes Jesus’ Sacrifice Perfect?
Hebrews 10:1-18

* Jesus sacrifice is better than the sacrifice of animals. Jesus gave himself. Sacrifices under the old covenant were a shadow of what Jesus would later do.
* Jesus sacrifice is a substantial sacrifices. This was the real thing. Not the shadow like all previous sacrifices.
* Jesus sacrifice was voluntary.
* Jesus sacrifice was an adequate sacrifice. Adequate for you. Adequate for me. Adequate for all.
* Jesus sacrifice was an atoning sacrifice.

What Does The Perfect Sacrifice Mean for Me?

* It means my guilt can be removed.
* It means that I can be pardoned from the just reward for my sins.
* It means that God’s remembrance of our sin is removed.
* It means I can be secure in my salvation. God will not turn me away.

Jesus Sat Down

* Christ’s work of atonement is done.
* God is satisfied with the sacrifice.
* Jesus is granted sovereignty with his Father. Philippians 2
* My Salvation is complete and effective. It is accomplished.

What is Faith?

* Faith is knowledge. Faith begins with knowledge. This is not a level of saving faith, but it is absolutely necessary.
* Faith is assensus – an intellectual assent.
* Faith is Fiducial – personal trust and reliance.

When we cast ourselves on God, committing to him, that is a saving faith. It is difficult to pinpoint where faith comes from, but it is clear that it comes by hearing and responding.
Sanctification is a Work in Progress
Our salvation is a done deal when we throw ourselves on Christ. Our salvation is perfect. Jesus accomplished that sacrifice for me.
As to perfection, there is an ongoing process of sanctification. Submitting to Christ’s work in our lives means that we will continue to be sanctified.
We need to continue to allow ourselves to be worked on.
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The Love Not the World Side of Loving the Lord with All Our Heart https://bmcgladys.com/love-not-world-side-loving-lord-heart/ Mon, 30 May 2016 15:13:35 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2751 <p>Deuteronomy 6:4-5 – It was often easier for the Children of Israel to recognize and fear the Lord than it was for them to remember to love him. Matthew 22:35 – This command of love for God and others will never be demoted. This first commandment is still the first. It supersedes doctrinal differences. It […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/love-not-world-side-loving-lord-heart/">The Love Not the World Side of Loving the Lord with All Our Heart</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Deuteronomy 6:4-5 – It was often easier for the Children of Israel to recognize and fear the Lord than it was for them to remember to love him. Matthew 22:35 – This command of love for God and others will never be demoted. Matthew 22:35 – This command of love for God and others will never be demoted. This first commandment is still the first. It supersedes doctrinal differences. It is the underlying thing that all other laws and commands are based upon.
Love is hard to measure. There is no window into the mind. There is no “dipstick.” We may talk about it, but that doesn’t prove it exists.
There are a lot of practical ways for us to live out love. Love and obedience are often written of in a manner that shows they are intertwined deeply.
1 John 2:15-16 – There is no way to love something with all your heart unless you stop loving something else. Love is a powerful thing. It can set our course, determine our decisions and ensure our destiny.
We live in an incredible time. A time when the noise of the world turns christianity into something that people mostly just talk about on Sundays.
As time goes on and the world around us continues to change, the true church of Christ will become more and more set apart as we continue to become more like Christ and by doing so, become less and less like the world.
Revelation 17, 21 show us two entirely different women. The pure woman who is the bride, the collective body of Christ, ready to spend eternity with Christ. The contrast between her and the whore could not be more stark.
Because the bride has said yes to one (Christ) she is also saying no to everyone else. The harlot on the other hand says yes to everyone. The church does well to set limits for itself.
There are different kinds of love. The love of feeling and the love of decision.
The world is a beautiful place. The world however is broken. It is filled with broken people. Most of what we need comes from the earth. The food chain. The lumber. The oil. So many things come from the world around us, from God’s good earth.
1 Timothy – Stay humble. Don’t trust any wealth you can have. Wealth is deceptive. God gives us all things to enjoy. God has given us those things to enjoy. We delight in the earth that God has given us, but we do so responsibly. Enjoy it, but don’t love it. Use it but don’t trust it.
Colossians 3:2, John 1:10, John 3:16 – God created and loves the world. Think about how Jesus loved the world. He loves it in a manner that lead to giving himself for the world.
James 4:4 – Don’t you know that a friend of the world means you are an enemy of God? James is talking about abandoning single mindedness and starting to accept other things.
We will struggle with the world around us. How do we live in the world and use it but not love it? Even the legitimate things in life can be a snare.
Who are you serving? Who are you aligning yourself with?
God abhors what fallen man esteems. Any thing that replaces love and devotion to God in the hearts of people is a direct challenge to the single devotion that God requires.
If we are doing things for God’s glory that is a good barometer of how we are doing in this area. Worldliness is a pressure in every age.
Titus 2:11-13 – Grace has come to give us salvation. Grace has also set us on a new path, a path that denies ungodliness and worldliness and the direction we are headed.
Luke 16:26 – There is a great gulf between loving the Lord with all of our heart and loving the world. May that gulf be visible to all those who see us and know us.
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Adoring Jesus at Communion https://bmcgladys.com/adoring-jesus-communion/ Sun, 22 May 2016 21:47:12 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2749 <p>Hebrews 3:1-19 Let us focus in on Christ this morning in a worshipful way. It is often difficult to push away the things of life and this world and really focus on Christ, but our prayer this morning is to do this. Hebrews was written to show the supremacy of Christ. The writer seems to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/adoring-jesus-communion/">Adoring Jesus at Communion</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Hebrews 3:1-19 Let us focus in on Christ this morning in a worshipful way. It is often difficult to push away the things of life and this world and really focus on Christ, but our prayer this morning is to do this. Let us focus in on Christ this morning in a worshipful way. It is often difficult to push away the things of life and this world and really focus on Christ, but our prayer this morning is to do this.
Hebrews was written to show the supremacy of Christ. The writer seems to be addressing the Hebrews.
Exodus 32:1-14
How long does it take for us to develop a heart of unbelief? Moses interceded for the Children of Israel. God did judge them, but he didn’t wipe them out.
Numbers 14:2 – The Children of Israel had been on the way to Canaan for some time. After Moses had sent the spies into Canaan the people were quite afraid. They even went so far as to decide to go back to Egypt.
As a society we’ve rejected God as the author and creator of us and of our universe. We are living in perilous times, times when it seems that we are being pressed and attacked, pushed to be something less than what being in the image of God would call us to be.
Let us not become calloused by the pushing in of the world around us. Let us not become hardened to sin.
It is often to start a project than it is to finish it. The Christian life is often like that too. God is asking us to put in the work with him on the project of our spiritual lives. To be faithful. To have confidence.
Hebrews 1:1-3
Jesus is the one we are serving this morning. What should be our response to his sacrifice? The greatest sacrifice ever given?
1 Corinthians 11:23-34 – Our response is to remember. Christian communion should be a way of life for us. Not something that we do twice a year or four times a year or weekly. It is a way of life.
This morning as we share this time together, let us consider and adore our Savior for what he has done for us. He is so great. He is the greatest. The Alpha. The Omega.
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What Does it Mean to Be Great in God’s Kingdom? https://bmcgladys.com/mean-great-gods-kingdom/ Sun, 15 May 2016 20:18:18 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2746 <p>Mark 9:33-37 – Matthew 18:1-6 Before we look at what Jesus has to say about greatness, lets take a look at this argument the disciples had just had. Jesus had just warned his disciples again that he would die and rise again. The disciples knew that they were going to Jerusalem, and although they didn’t […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/mean-great-gods-kingdom/">What Does it Mean to Be Great in God’s Kingdom?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Mark 9:33-37 – Matthew 18:1-6 Before we look at what Jesus has to say about greatness, lets take a look at this argument the disciples had just had. Jesus had just warned his disciples again that he would die and rise again. Before we look at what Jesus has to say about greatness, lets take a look at this argument the disciples had just had.
Jesus had just warned his disciples again that he would die and rise again. The disciples knew that they were going to Jerusalem, and although they didn’t know what exactly would happen, they probably thought that Jesus was about to set up his Kingdom.
The transfiguration is also in recent history. Jesus had only taken three disciples up on the mountain with him.
It is unfortunate that this argument took place, especially when it did, but we are fortunate that Jesus used this opportunity to teach his disciples and us.
Reject Self Promotion
Jesus in outlining the path to greatness begins with service. A self promoting attitude will guarantee that you won’t have a place of importance in the kingdom of God. (In fact it is much more serious than that.)
Matthew 18:3-6 – For disciples thinking about crowns and scepters need an “about face.” There is no point in arguing about your place in heaven if you aren’t even qualified to enter the kingdom.
We must reject the spirit of self promotion. It can show up in many ways.

* Daydreaming about impressing people.
* Do we do better/worse than others?
* Comparison with others.

There are many manifestations of this spirit that the disciples were struggling with. Each of them get in the way of what Jesus wants to do with us.
Pursue a Child Like Humility
Mark 10:13-16 – Jesus was indignant that the disciples were turning the children away.
What does it mean to become like a child in the Kingdom of God?

* Children are humble because they are dependent on others and are very aware of that. They are quick to acknowledge and ask for help.
* Children don’t care about rank. We like to think that people need us, and that we know more thank others and are ranked “more highly” than others.

Why does this make us great in the kingdom of heaven? It is because we empty ourselves and admit our need and complete reliance on God.
Serve as Christ Served
Mark 9:37 – Take time for your brother. Be gentle. Be compassionate. Watch out for each other.
Here is why we should serve our brothers and sisters as Jesus did. They represent Christ. When we welcome them in Jesus name, or mistreat them… we are welcoming or mistreating Christ.
When we serve each other because of our love of Christ, we are serving Christ. Instead of thinking “how can I be better than my brother,” we need to be thinking, “how can I better serve my brother?”
Philippians 2:1-11 – Our service to our brothers and sisters should be humble, genuine and loving.
Conclusion
We all want to be effective in God’s Kingdom. We want to be instruments that God can use.
The only way we can do that is to be humble, reject self and depend on God, and focus on Christ’s pattern and serve as he would.
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The Help Meet https://bmcgladys.com/the-help-meet/ Sun, 08 May 2016 20:26:47 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2743 <p>Genesis 2:18-25, 1 Corinthians 11:3, Ephesians 6:4, Titus, 1 Peter – Leaders and help meets are never born with all of the qualifications they need. They are however able to grow. There is no doubt that the mother speaks a lot of influence into the future of a child. Holy Behavior 1 Peter 3:3 – […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-help-meet/">The Help Meet</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Genesis 2:18-25, 1 Corinthians 11:3, Ephesians 6:4, Titus, 1 Peter – Leaders and help meets are never born with all of the qualifications they need. They are however able to grow. There is no doubt that the mother speaks a lot of influence into the fut... There is no doubt that the mother speaks a lot of influence into the future of a child.
Holy Behavior
1 Peter 3:3 – A woman is called to live a life to based on the things of God, not based on the things that those around her desire to see in her. The same is obviously true for women.
Look at your heart in light of the word before you look into the mirror and make decisions about how to clothe or adorn yourself.
1 Corinthians 13:4-6 – A quiet spirit, not making a big deal about themselves, seeking not your own.
Keepers of Home
Titus 2:5 – There are plenty of ways for a woman to tear down her house. It is difficult to build a home for Christ if you have a heart and treasure that are found looking at the things of the world.
Teaching children. Scheduling things. Giving advice. A woman has a huge, huge role to play in the raising of children. As a spiritual leader and a team mate, she is a powerful voice.
A mother can also provide a huge amount of grounding and perspective. Instead of piling on to a bad attitude, for example, she can remind the family member of the “other angle” to look at it. Or any of a number of other similar situations.
Sara called Abraham her Lord, not because he was smart, not because he was a jerk and he made her call him Lord. Instead she looked up to him, he was a good man, Sara understood the headship order. She made Abraham more complete, more perfect.
Loving Service
1 Timothy 5:10 – What is the reward for all of “this?” There are some that may be immediate? Then there are other more permanent reads. We should all be reaching out. How can we help those around us? How can we feed the hungry? How can we clothe those who are needy?
God didn’t create us to further clutter the world wide web. God didn’t create us to be served or to be pampered. God created us to serve. In serving we can find fulfillment and peace.
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The Baptisms of Jesus and John https://bmcgladys.com/baptisms-jesus-john/ Sun, 01 May 2016 23:08:32 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2741 <p>Luke 3:1-22 John the Baptist was an incredible man. Jesus and others throughout the New Testament spoke highly of him. John lived in the same as some very important people, Caesar, Herod and some others. Yet we are told in the New Testament that John the Baptist “eclipsed them all.” John the Baptist was stern […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/baptisms-jesus-john/">The Baptisms of Jesus and John</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Luke 3:1-22 John the Baptist was an incredible man. Jesus and others throughout the New Testament spoke highly of him. John lived in the same as some very important people, Caesar, Herod and some others. Yet we are told in the New Testament that John t... John the Baptist was an incredible man. Jesus and others throughout the New Testament spoke highly of him. John lived in the same as some very important people, Caesar, Herod and some others. Yet we are told in the New Testament that John the Baptist “eclipsed them all.”
John the Baptist was stern and unafraid in his preaching. He spoke against what the pharisees and the leadership of the day. His listeners heard what he said and were moved by his messages.
John was different than those around him. He was humble, “Jesus must increase, I must decrease.” He wasn’t showy. He wasn’t greedy. He did what he said those who listened to him should do.
John the Baptist was a good example for all of us. His example shows us that it is all about pointing others to Christ. It wasn’t about him. It was all about Jesus.
Johns message to those that would listen was to repent. Repentance includes a turning. Turning away from sin. Turning towards Christ. Repentance does cause a changed life.
Have we truly repented? Have we swept the house? Let us be sure that we are constantly repenting when the Holy Spirit shows us that we have done wrong.
Johns baptism was about repentance, but he said that one would come after him who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
Matthew 28:16-20 – When Jesus sent out his disciple he told them to go out and make disciples, baptizing those who would follow Christ.
Baptism is about identifying with Jesus, but it is also about identifying with the body of Christ – fellow believers. Jesus is building his church and is inviting all to come and be a part. In baptism we choose to identify as a brother or sister in this church of Christ.
Our greatest opportunity is to bless our brothers and sisters in our local church. Are we willing and intent to relate meaningfully with our fellow believers?
Thankfully God has provided us with the power and ability to cary out the calling that he has placed on our lives. Jesus prayed after his baptism and the heavens parted and the Holy Spirit descended upon him as a dove.
At Jesus baptism God’s voice assured him of his sonship and that the Father approved of him.
Romans 8:15-16 – We can be adopted, as his own children. Sons and daughters of the most high God. We really belong in His family.
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There is a City of Light https://bmcgladys.com/there-is-a-city-of-light/ Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:29:26 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2737 <p>3 John 4, Isaiah 61:3, Job 7, Romans 8:28, Job – Life is serious and short. You can live a life of pleasure committed to sinful things or you can live a life dedicated to Christ and to the church. When we are born we all have a specific number of days assigned us. For […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/there-is-a-city-of-light/">There is a City of Light</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 3 John 4, Isaiah 61:3, Job 7, Romans 8:28, Job – Life is serious and short. You can live a life of pleasure committed to sinful things or you can live a life dedicated to Christ and to the church. When we are born we all have a specific number of days ... When we are born we all have a specific number of days assigned us. For some that number is large. For others that number is not very large.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
All that matters, the only thing that matters, is whether we know God as our personal Lord and Savior.
2 Corinthians 5:10 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
If you are counting the cost, please quit counting and surrender your life to God. There is no other way that we can get enter the pearly gates of heaven.
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Church and Family https://bmcgladys.com/church-and-family/ Sun, 24 Apr 2016 20:25:49 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2733 <p>Too often we have a vision for how to grow our business but lack having a vision for the future of the church. Comparison is the biggest robber of joy, be content with what God is asking you to do. Once a culture is developed and engrained, it is difficult to change the culture. Church […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/church-and-family/">Church and Family</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Too often we have a vision for how to grow our business but lack having a vision for the future of the church. Comparison is the biggest robber of joy, be content with what God is asking you to do. Once a culture is developed and engrained, Comparison is the biggest robber of joy, be content with what God is asking you to do.
Once a culture is developed and engrained, it is difficult to change the culture. Church has culture and it is important to have a culture that is pointing people towards community and growing together in Christ.
Church membership has become a very decisive topic in our circles. We aren’t all mature, we need each other. It isn’t easy often for ministry to know how to handle issues relating to membership.
Why I Need the Church

* I need the fellowship. I need to learn from you.
* I need the teaching. I am not wise or discerning enough to make it on my own.
* I need something to do. We are not an island, we all need to feel loved and needed and we need to be able to make a contribution to the whole.
* I need to feel a sense of belonging. Not unlike belonging to a birth or adoptive family.
* I need the stabling factor that a church provides.
* I need accountability. We need to work together to be accountable and submitting to each other.
* I need the help and benefit of others and I need to be able to help and benefit others.

In general, we as an anabaptist people have done well with brotherhood. The things we do for each other, as a family, are incredible.
The Burden of Family
Genesis 18:19, 1 Corinthians 11:1 – Raising children is a lot like raising quail. It takes constant training. Can your children follow you as you follow Christ?
Remember that we are always to be imprinting the following things into our children’s lives.

* God honoring.
* Obedience to God’s will.
* To be productive citizens here on earth.

Restitution is huge in raising children. It brings relief, it is helpful in learning to not make the same mistake again.
There are over 500 verses in scripture speaking of being obedient to those in authority over you. It starts with parents, and moves on to others.
1 Samuel 15 – Obedience is vitally important in the lives of your children.
Luke 6 – The language that we use is a very good indicator of the condition of the heart. You can be depraved or not, but either one will become evident by what comes out of your mouth.
Teach your children to assume responsibility for their choices and actions. Not everything is your child’s fault, but if your child thinks that everything is someone else fault you are setting them up to live as a victim, thinking that everything is everyone else fault.
Family Devotions – No matter what you do or how busy life is please make an attempt to spend quality time together with your family. Whether it is mealtime or game night or something else, make that happen.
When you immerse your children in God’s Word day after day it will make a difference in their lives. Not only is this difference something that will affect them here, it will affect them for eternity.
Mark 1:35, Psalm 5:3-4 – No matter what you decide to do for family devotions, make a plan, otherwise it’ll never happen.
John 4:22 – God is looking for you and me. Be there for that time of meeting with God.
3 John 1:5 – Pray with your family. Pray for your family. Be specific with your family prayers. The needs of the day. The unsaved.
Even though we serve the same God and we read the same Bible, a lot of things have changed over the past 50 years. The roles of Fathers and Mothers has become muddied. The Bible does lay out the foundation for how this is supposed to be done.
Be aware of the influences on your home. This is something that is more difficult than it used to be with the internet being so readily available.
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A Man After God’s Own Heart https://bmcgladys.com/man-gods-heart/ Sat, 23 Apr 2016 12:18:34 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2731 <p>Isaiah 45, Romans 9:20 – Are you satisfied with the way God made you? Surrendering to the will of God is often not easy. There are times when we won’t know why, but it is the only place to be. All of us want to be part of the cool group don’t we? The pharisees […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/man-gods-heart/">A Man After God’s Own Heart</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Isaiah 45, Romans 9:20 – Are you satisfied with the way God made you? Surrendering to the will of God is often not easy. There are times when we won’t know why, but it is the only place to be. All of us want to be part of the cool group don’t we? Surrendering to the will of God is often not easy. There are times when we won’t know why, but it is the only place to be.
All of us want to be part of the cool group don’t we? The pharisees wanted the approval of men more than they wanted the approval of God. Aren’t we often that way too? The praise of men often leads to the condemnation of God.
Proverbs 2:16 – Don’t fool yourself with the idea that you will have plenty of time to get your life right with God. We never know when God will call you home.
The time between the age of 15 and 30 or so can feel a lot like Charles Dickens said, “the best of times and the worst of times.”
All of us face these questions in our younger years. Does God have a plan for my life? If he does have a plan for me, can I trust him?
1 Samuel 9:2, 1 Samuel 10 – Saul was a special man. He stood out from everyone, he was tall and handsome. When they went to anoint him king, he was humble… bashful… hiding. Saul also had some issues, he was proud, he was impatient and these things lead the kingdom being pulled from him and given to David.
Who did God replace Saul with? A young shepherd boy, “a man after God’s heart.”
God doesn’t see us in the same way that those around us do. God looks past the masks, the bark, the fluff – right to the place where he sees exactly who we are on the inside.
Sometimes God has to use the little guys and girls with the crippled legs or arms. Why? Because the big handsome guys and girls are too busy being the “pretty cup” and aren’t useful to God.
Our teen years should be the years when we are preparing for a life in service to God. Are we thinking about that? Or are we thinking about things that aren’t nearly as important?
1 Corinthians 4:1 – God created you and he gifted you. It doesn’t really matter who our parents are. God is asking you to be faithful. God can and will use those who have an obedient heart.
We need to learn to desire Gods plan for our life. When God called David to be king, David resigned his own plans and gave them up for God’s plans.
Jeremiah 29:11 – How can we trust God’s plan for our lives? Gods plans for us are always good ones. When God says he wants to use us, we need to live as if God has already given us the assignment. It may take surrender of something that you really really like.
When God opens doors, we have a responsibility to walk through them. Often we find that things that we thought we couldn’t do are really the things that God has designed us for.
Every man. Every woman. Every boy. Every girl. All can be a child after God’s own heart. All we have to do to get started is surrender to God and let him open the doors for His honor and his glory.
A great variety of nails is necessary for building a complete house. The same is true in building the kingdom of God. There is a place and a use for each of us, with our own unique experience and talents.
What kind of a cup do you want to be? What kind of a nail are you?
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An Encouragement for Mission and Outreach https://bmcgladys.com/encouragement-mission-outreach/ Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:18:24 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2729 <p>Revelation 5:9 – Every tribe, every nation, every kind of people… not just our kind of people! My race, my clan, your race, your clan… all are recipients of God’s grace. We have a tremendous responsibility to share the things that God has done for us, and that he wants to do for those around […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/encouragement-mission-outreach/">An Encouragement for Mission and Outreach</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Revelation 5:9 – Every tribe, every nation, every kind of people… not just our kind of people! My race, my clan, your race, your clan… all are recipients of God’s grace. We have a tremendous responsibility to share the things that God has done for us, We have a tremendous responsibility to share the things that God has done for us, and that he wants to do for those around us.
What is hindering the harvest of souls from every tribe and every nation today? Are there too many obstacles? Do we just not have what it takes?
There are two seasons in the farmers life when time is of essence. The first is the seed planting time and the second is the time of the year when they need to be harvesting.
Matthew 9 – Have we heard God’s call? Have we caught the vision? What if we lived in a time when God seldom spoke, or when we had the Word of God so readily available to us?
God wanted to speak to Samuel, it wasn’t Eli that God wanted to talk to. Sometimes we wait for God to speak to those around us, are we listening for God to speak to and use us?
As we go through the scripture we see God calling a specific person to do a specific work in their time and in their country.
Abraham was called to move. Where? To a country that God would show him.
Moses was called to move and to lead the children of Israel

through the desert to the promised land.
Isaiah 6:1 – Have you poured your life and energy into your work for God’s glory? Are you pursuing your own ambitions and goals on your own?
1 Kings 19:21 – When God’s call came Elisha he left everything behind.
Hebrews 11 – We don’t have time to look at all of these tonight, but Hebrews tells us about a lot of people who were led by God to do something, and who answered the call.
Romans 1:20, Ecclesiastes 3:11 – Every man and woman, according to these verses, should be able to see God in the creation around us. God has also placed a longing for and questioning about eternity into our hearts.
When a church body isn’t actively engaged in outreach we tend to turn our energies to being fruit inspectors of those in our church body around us. This often has a destructive effect on a church body.
Developing a personal sensitivity for where I can help and then helping is vitally important for Christians today.
What will our generation be remembered for? Many of our ancestors as anabaptists were tortured and put to death for their faith. What will we be remembered for? Our baking? Our carpentry?
Galatians 6:10 – Don’t forget to see the needs of those around you, especially those in the church, but not just them.
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Living Consistently in Front of Our Children https://bmcgladys.com/living-consistently-front-children/ Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:32:56 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2727 <p>Genesis 22:1-14 – To take a biblical position in your child training when the world has gone far off course is difficult. Yet it is vitally important. Parenting wasn’t for cowards in the olden days, it is still definitely not for the faint of heart. There are a lot of things that are not said […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/living-consistently-front-children/">Living Consistently in Front of Our Children</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Genesis 22:1-14 – To take a biblical position in your child training when the world has gone far off course is difficult. Yet it is vitally important. Parenting wasn’t for cowards in the olden days, it is still definitely not for the faint of heart. Parenting wasn’t for cowards in the olden days, it is still definitely not for the faint of heart.
There are a lot of things that are not said here in Genesis, but we can imagine some of these things. Abraham had packed his bags to follow God, to where? To a place that God would show him.
James 4:17 – How quick are we to follow the gentle (or not so gentle) direction of the Holy Spirit in our lives?
Why did Isaac stand there and allow his father to do all these things to him? Isaac could have likely gotten away from his dad if he’d have wanted to… We don’t know all the answers, but it would seem that Abraham had lived a life of consistency that Isaac was able to trust and follow.
Matthew 12:36-37, Ephesians 5, Ecclesiastes 12:14 – Speech – The scripture has a lot to say about the things that we say. Our speech will keep us out of heaven if we don’t keep it under God’s control.
Romans 12:22 – Music is something that we have to be very careful about. Most of the “stuff” on the radio has a toxic affect on those who listen.
Admit when you’re wrong. Be quick to ask for forgiveness and work through the problems that will arise.
Do your children see an example of Godly character when they live in your shadows and watch every single thing that you do? To often parents have one standard for themselves and another one for everyone else.
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Reading and Living by the Book https://bmcgladys.com/reading-living-book/ Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:25:21 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2724 <p>Psalm 1:2, Joshua 1:7-9 – What are we thinking about as we go about our days? Do we constantly reflect on Biblical truth and its principles? Many Christian people are in a rut, there is no or little joy in their Christian journey. Could it be that we are “doing it wrong” and have been […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/reading-living-book/">Reading and Living by the Book</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Psalm 1:2, Joshua 1:7-9 – What are we thinking about as we go about our days? Do we constantly reflect on Biblical truth and its principles? Many Christian people are in a rut, there is no or little joy in their Christian journey. Many Christian people are in a rut, there is no or little joy in their Christian journey. Could it be that we are “doing it wrong” and have been for a long time? Are we saturated and grounded in God’s word?
Romans 12:1 – Guilt is a poor motivator for reading the Bible. Either we are in the Word and are being conformed by it or the world is cramming us into its mold.
Matthew 6 – Often it is more difficult to make, or find the time to dig into the word. We need to be students of “The Book” for our selves.
We won’t be farmers (or whatever your vocation is) in heaven… but we will be worshiping the King and the author of the Bible.
Why Study the Bible
1 Peter 2:2, Psalm 19:10 – We should long for and crave the Word. Day and night a new baby longs for milk, this is how we should long for the Word.
Hebrews 5:11-14 – Bible study is essential for spiritual maturity. Time is very important. With time there should be growth. The mark of spiritual maturity isn’t so much how much we understand but rather how much we obey what we already know.
2 Timothy – Have you ever wished that your life was more effective for kingdom work? Are you trying to grow orchids without reading the orchid book?
Mathew 4:1-11 – Satan was defeated by Jesus 3 times… how? He quoted scripture from Deuteronomy.
Bible reading is good for correction. It often opens the doors to the closets and cupboards of our lives. We’ll be lead to see things that need to be cleaned up and straightened up.
God wrote his message in a book. He asked us to study it for the following reasons.

* It is essential for growth
* It is essential for maturity
* It is essential for equipping and training for God’s use and glory.

Lets Talk about Daily Life
To be successful at Bible study you need to learn to read and study. It will take discipline. You’ve got to read and study it for yourself.
Some tips. Read in a different version. Read out loud. Change it up, but it will always take effort on your part to make it happen.
Deuteronomy 6 – God is seeking those who will worship him.
Revelation 1:3-4 – It is unlikely that we will fully and completely understand on this side of heaven. But there is a blessing to be had when we obey what we do know and there is a blessing that is also to be had in reading scripture.
Only you can set your schedule and make sure that there is time set aside for the reading and studying of the scriptures. Something or somebody will always want your attention. People, neighbors and children need our attention. However it is often the things that we allow to crowd into our lives that keep us from studying the word.
Do you need a “study help?” They can be helpful, but it is often more important to know the scriptures themselves.
Some Hinderances
Technology isn’t necessarily bad, however too often it is used for things that can hinder our spiritual growth. Only you can put the your finger on the things that are competing with your time for God.

* Newspapers?
* Sports?
* Hobbies?
* Business?
* Volleyball?
* Hunting?

1 Timothy 5:13 – Make sure you are keeping things in there place, don’t let these kinds of things compete for your heart. Don’t become absorbed with things that have no eternal value.
Ezra 7:10 – Let us learn to read and live by the Word of God and to share it with others.
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A Call to be Saints https://bmcgladys.com/a-call-to-be-saints/ Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:36:48 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2722 <p>What is a saint? Are you and I saints? Isaiah 6:1-7 – Even our greatest efforts fall far short of God’s Holy and perfect standard. Deuteronomy 10:12-13 – A summary of God’s will and desire for his people. God expects the same of us today. At times it seems as if those who call themselves […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/a-call-to-be-saints/">A Call to be Saints</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> What is a saint? Are you and I saints? Isaiah 6:1-7 – Even our greatest efforts fall far short of God’s Holy and perfect standard. Deuteronomy 10:12-13 – A summary of God’s will and desire for his people. God expects the same of us today. Isaiah 6:1-7 – Even our greatest efforts fall far short of God’s Holy and perfect standard.
Deuteronomy 10:12-13 – A summary of God’s will and desire for his people. God expects the same of us today. At times it seems as if those who call themselves christians have very little evidence of a righteous life.
Jeremiah 17:9-10 – Sometimes we don’t seem to be too concerned about the things that make such a big difference in our hearts. God knows our thoughts and intentions, we can’t hide anything from God.
1 Corinthians 11:28 – We need to be the one who is searching our hearts and looking to see how we are doing.
There is one thing that we can be sure about, that the blood of Christ is more than adequate to take care of any sin problems we have. God has made provision for us to be able take care of things even while we are still here on earth.
Romans 1:18-32 – Be careful what you approve of.
Saint is usually used to describe someone of unusual godly character. Usually its someone who has been around for a while and who has made a big impact on a lot of people.
2 Corinthians 2:1 – Paul addresses his readers as “sanctified” – called to be saints.
Titus 2:14, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – We are not our own, we’ve been bought with a price.
This is what a saint is. Someone who has been sanctified and who is under the lordship of Jesus.
Saints are not perfect. Even our best deeds at times are stained with imperfect motives or performance.
Galatians 5:17 – Sin is sin and such conduct is unbecoming to saints. Sinning is breaking God’s law. Scripture says that when we break one sin we are breaking all of God’s law.
Galatians 3:10 – God’s standard is obedience, not performance. God is also more concerned about our obedience than our understanding. We need to be obedient to the truth we know first of all.
Sin separates us from God. Some sins do have larger consequences here on earth than others do.
1 Timothy 1:15, Romans 8:13, Colossians 3:5 – Duty without desire produces drudgery, a chore.
Hebrews 9:22 – The only way to enjoy freedom and forgiveness is only through the blood of Christ.
James 4 – Ungodliness – living life with no, or very little thought about God. There are so many people in this world who are nice and good to deal with… they may even go to Church, but they live their lives as if God doesn’t exist.
Too often we don’t think we need God as much when things are going well as we do when we are sick, or when we need money, or any of a number of other things.
Psalm 131:1-4 – God is aware of us and he sees our ever deed and hears our every word.
Philippians 4:6, 1 Peter – Jesus invites us to cast our cares upon him. He cares about us. He cares for us. He wants to share our cares with us.
Luke 18:11, 1 Samuel 2:7 – When we condemn others we easily fall victim to a self righteous attitude. Pride is something that is so easy to see in others, but is often really difficult to see in ourselves. All that we are, all that we have is a gift from God.
Proverbs 3:27 – Don’t withhold good from people if it is within your power to help them. Defend those who don’t have the power to stick up for themselves.
Colossians 3:21 – Don’t be so proud that you can’t say “I’m sorry.” You’ll find that people almost always think better of you instead of worse of you if you are honest about your short comings.
Romans 14:4 – We often become critical of others. Do we continually find fault with others? Those who have different opinions than we do?
Have you been to Jesus with your sin problem? Have you accepted his death and blood for your sins? Only the blood of Christ can take care of our sin problem.
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Everyone Needs a Little Hope https://bmcgladys.com/everyone-needs-little-hope/ Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:26:47 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2719 <p>Everyone needs a little hope. Ecclesiastes 5:4 – Vows are to be taken seriously. Don’t promise something that you don’t intend to keep. Genesis 6:9 – Noah was righteous, he was blameless among the people of his time. Noah walked with God. James 1:27 – A picture of pure religion. Colossians 2:20-23 – We can […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/everyone-needs-little-hope/">Everyone Needs a Little Hope</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Everyone needs a little hope. Ecclesiastes 5:4 – Vows are to be taken seriously. Don’t promise something that you don’t intend to keep. Genesis 6:9 – Noah was righteous, he was blameless among the people of his time. Noah walked with God. Ecclesiastes 5:4 – Vows are to be taken seriously. Don’t promise something that you don’t intend to keep.
Genesis 6:9 – Noah was righteous, he was blameless among the people of his time. Noah walked with God.
James 1:27 – A picture of pure religion.
Colossians 2:20-23 – We can wear the right clothes yet be immoral and evil within our hearts. Often we learn to perform whether we are right with God or not.
2 Timothy 2:15 – Study takes time and commitment. How can we learn to meet God’s approval? Study the scriptures.
John 14:15 – God’s approval comes when we obey. It doesn’t come from a performance… it comes from obedience.
How do we find God’s approval? Do we make every effort to live for the approval of God?
Joshua 9:17 – Own up to your mistakes and weaknesses. Confession is huge. Honestly facing the things that we’ve failed at is important.
Nehemiah 9:3 – These people were serious about knowing God’s word and confessing all the filthiness and nastiness that had accumulated in their lives.
How hard do we resist the constant downward drag of the world around us? We can become calloused and desensitized very easily.
Do not be ashamed of the way the you are building your christian life. People are watching.
Luke 19:8 – Making full restitution is the only way to get victory and to have peace. It is worth it to be able to lay your head down at night and have complete peace.
Psalm 34:19 – The joy of being forgiven is very special.
Hebrews 2:11 – The walk to freedom is something that we should always be able to remember, it should be etched in our hearts and minds. It is more than a road, it is a release.
Do you remember the call of God on your life? Who walked with you the day that you were set free?
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Faith is the Victory https://bmcgladys.com/faith-is-the-victory/ Sun, 17 Apr 2016 15:22:39 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2716 <p>Mark 9:14-29, Matthew 12 In whatever struggle we are facing, the key to victory is faith. Satan’s forces are at war with us Satan doesn’t let go easily, this demon in this boy was difficult to cast out. It was constantly trying to torment him, and even kill him. Satan is prowling around, looking for […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/faith-is-the-victory/">Faith is the Victory</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Mark 9:14-29, Matthew 12 In whatever struggle we are facing, the key to victory is faith. Satan’s forces are at war with us Satan doesn’t let go easily, this demon in this boy was difficult to cast out. It was constantly trying to torment him, In whatever struggle we are facing, the key to victory is faith.
Satan’s forces are at war with us
Satan doesn’t let go easily, this demon in this boy was difficult to cast out. It was constantly trying to torment him, and even kill him.
Satan is prowling around, looking for someone to devour.
Unbelief Cripples Us
Mark 3 – Jesus gave the disciples the authority to cast out demons.
Matthew 17:19-20 – The disciples seemed to struggle with a lack of faith. There are numerous places throughout the gospels where Jesus rebukes and chastises them for their lack of faith.
When we are faced with an obstacle that doesn’t move, it causes frustration and anger.
Unbelief is not a neutral force, it is empowering to Satan.
Faith Makes All Things Possible
A mountain is big. A mustard seed is very small. Its difficult to come up with two objects that are more different in size. The lesson here is that God can move powerfully even with only a small bit of faith.
Our faith needs to be alive and growing. Like a seed it should have the potential to grow into a large bush.
God is so powerful and so generous with his power. All we need to bring to the table is a mustard seed of faith.
Now, we do need to balance things here. Jesus is speaking directly to the power that God can and does give us to overcome our the obstacles in our lives.
Faith Needs Exercise in Prayer
Faith and prayer are tightly tied together. Prayer can strengthen faith, the two go hand in hand.
Persistence in prayer is necessary to get rid of obstacles. The father of this boy who is demon possessed has been persistently seeking help for years. He is also humble, he came to Jesus and fell on his knees before Jesus. In this desperate situation the father is also extremely honest. “Help me with my unbelief.”
Prayer needs to be persistent, humble and honest… it will have effect.
What About Fasting?
Jesus encourages fasting, he told his disciples that they should fast in such a way that didn’t draw attention to themselves.
Prayer and fasting is a consistent theme throughout the Bible. Fasting can strengthen our prayers.
Conclusion
Resistance against Satan isn’t futile. Without faith we are crippled, but with faith we can defeat the attacks of Satan.
When we are facing something tough, whether it be internal or external, instead of giving a spiritual shrug and giving into defeat we need to get on our knees… and stay on our knees.
God is capable of moving mountains. The question isn’t whether God can do something on our behalf, but rather, are we facing this obstacle with prayer and faith?
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Advantageous – A Clear Advantage for You https://bmcgladys.com/advantageous-clear-advantage/ Sun, 10 Apr 2016 11:39:49 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2712 <p>For a number of reasons the sermon this morning does not have any notes attached to it… We apologize for this, and will try our best to return to doing things in a consistent manner going forward. John 16 – A Clear Advantage for You</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/advantageous-clear-advantage/">Advantageous – A Clear Advantage for You</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> For a number of reasons the sermon this morning does not have any notes attached to it… We apologize for this, and will try our best to return to doing things in a consistent manner going forward. John 16 – A Clear Advantage for You John 16 – A Clear Advantage for You
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Basic Bible Study https://bmcgladys.com/basic-bible-study/ Mon, 04 Apr 2016 10:49:04 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2708 <p>The scripture is precious to us, or it should be. We should look at scripture differently than we do any other works of literature. The Bible has a consistent message throughout, although there are many authors. The Bible has a larger circulation than any other book and can be found in almost every corner of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/basic-bible-study/">Basic Bible Study</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The scripture is precious to us, or it should be. We should look at scripture differently than we do any other works of literature. The Bible has a consistent message throughout, although there are many authors.
* The Bible has a consistent message throughout, although there are many authors.
* The Bible has a larger circulation than any other book and can be found in almost every corner of the globe.
* The Bible has been translated more than any other book. Almost anywhere you look in the world there is a Bible, or at least part of the Bible, in the native language.
* The Bible is unique in its survival as well. It has been attacked more than any other work of literature.
* The Bible is also unique in its influence in peoples lives.
* The Bible is also unique in its inerrancy. This is because of who the author is. God cannot lie.
* The Bible has a source that is entirely unique. It is not just a book, it is the message of God to us.

Our practice as a Christian church must be tied directly to the Word of God.
The Basics of Interpretation
Some would say that we should simply read and obey what the Bible has to say. The problem is more in the obedience than in the reading. However there are also times when the scripture isn’t entirely clear in what we are to take from it.
What is interpretation? It is bringing some piece of information into something that we can understand.
There are two main problems with just reading scripture.

* We are weak in our understanding. The nature of the reader makes a difference.
* The nature of the scripture is also something that affects our interpretation of scripture. There are things that we cannot always relate to.

When we read the scripture, we are bringing things along with us.

* We bring our past experiences.
* We bring along the culture that we’ve grown up in.
* We bring our prior understating.
* We bring our religious background.
* We bring our English language.

The things that we bring along to the scripture can lead us astray and can cloud our interpretation of what scripture says or means.
It is vital that we are careful about how we interpret scripture. Because the Bible is the most critical document that we have and can interpret, we must have some framework to follow as we dig into the word.
The Bible is both human and Divine. We believe that the words in scripture were inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Bible was also given in human words/terms in history. It actually happened and a human wrote the words based on his context, language and surroundings.
God chose numerous ways to reveal and communicate his truth to us.

* Narrative – about 80% of scripture is stories.
* The Old Testament Law
* Poetry
* Prophetic Oracles
* Parables
* Letters
* Apocalyptic Literature

Exegesis
This is the careful systematic study of scripture to discover what the original intention and meaning of the writing was.
This is something that needs to be done constantly. We need to continually look at scripture and understand that these words were real men who were trying to convey a message to their readers. It is important to work hard to find the message that they were attempting to convey.
Honesty is important as we look at scripture and attempt to understand it.

* Read the text carefully. Read it multiple times.
* We need to constantly ask questions of the text. Why? How? What?

Some other questions we can ask as we study scripture.

* Sin to confess?
* Promise to claim?
* Attitude to change?
* Command to obey?
* Example to follow?
* Prayer to pray?
* Error to avoid?
* Truth to believe?
* Something to praise God for?

Context
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Who Owns Your Heart https://bmcgladys.com/who-owns-your-heart/ Sun, 03 Apr 2016 19:31:28 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2706 <p>Ephesians 6:1-9 – All of these things need to be done with a common central theme. That theme is Jesus, and bringing glory to God. In the New Testament the strict jews would fast twice each week. Jesus spoke against this attitude and this kind of fasting, instead he brought the focus back to God. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/who-owns-your-heart/">Who Owns Your Heart</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Ephesians 6:1-9 – All of these things need to be done with a common central theme. That theme is Jesus, and bringing glory to God. In the New Testament the strict jews would fast twice each week. Jesus spoke against this attitude and this kind of fasti... In the New Testament the strict jews would fast twice each week. Jesus spoke against this attitude and this kind of fasting, instead he brought the focus back to God.
Exodus 31:15 – The fourth commandment was to keep the sabbath holy. It was something that had severe repercussions.
The danger here is to live after a form and not have an actual changed life filled and changing as a result of the Holy Spirit living in our lives.
Here in Ephesians we can clearly see that there is a heart desire and relationship that is necessary to have a life centered around Christ. A sound and healthy heart brings good results, while a malnourished unhealthy heart doesn’t.
The condition of the heart hinges on two things.

* Does God own this heart? Or do I own it? Has my heart been surrendered and committed to God?
* What is the heart fed and nourished with?

Hopefully each of us have a heart that has been committed to God… but the second part is also super important. What are we feeding our hearts and how are we taking care of our hearts?
1 John 1, 2 Peter 1:4-21 – It is clear here who owned the hearts of both John and Peter. It is also clear what they were feeding their hearts on.
Ephesians 3:14-21 – Paul was praying for others, that they would experience what Paul himself had experienced and knew to be true for his own life.
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The Significance of Easter https://bmcgladys.com/the-significance-of-easter/ Sun, 27 Mar 2016 21:43:57 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2701 <p>Philippians 2:5-11 – Jesus became obedient, even to death on the cross. At some point in your life you will become aware that the only relationship that really matters is the one that we can have with Jesus. The Easter story is one of love, humility, obedience, scorn, blood, death, spiritual life, and many other […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-significance-of-easter/">The Significance of Easter</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Philippians 2:5-11 – Jesus became obedient, even to death on the cross. At some point in your life you will become aware that the only relationship that really matters is the one that we can have with Jesus. The Easter story is one of love, humility, At some point in your life you will become aware that the only relationship that really matters is the one that we can have with Jesus. The Easter story is one of love, humility, obedience, scorn, blood, death, spiritual life, and many other things.
We often want to know “what the bottom line” of something is. The bottom line of life is Jesus and knowing him.
Psalm 22:11-21, Isaiah 53 – There is nothing as vulnerable as a sheep on the sheering table. This is exactly how Christ appears in this scripture.
Luke 22:42 – What does the crucifixion mean for us? We are the offenders, we have rebelled against God, against our maker.
Genesis 3 – Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden.
Hebrews 7 – Life is nothing more than vanity unless we have the power of Christ in our hearts. It is vital.
Colossians 1:16-18 – Who else, besides Jesus would be worthy to have all of these things be said of him? There is no one. Christ is the only one who deserves it and receives it.
Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 13 – There is forever alienation between us and God. Jesus is the only thing that can bridge the divide that exists between us and a righteous and Holy God.
We are living in the shadow of death. We can live in life despite the surrounding darkness. This is only because of Jesus, his work on the cross and subsequent resurrection.
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Living Life with Purpose – Session 5 https://bmcgladys.com/living-life-purpose-session-5/ Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:13:36 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2683 <p>God is Holy If there was a single word to describe God, this is it. God is holy. Psalms, Isaiah, 1 Peter, Revelation It is only right that we, as the children of God would live in a pure and holy way. If God’s holiness is his main and defining characteristic, it should be evident […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/living-life-purpose-session-5/">Living Life with Purpose – Session 5</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> God is Holy If there was a single word to describe God, this is it. God is holy. Psalms, Isaiah, 1 Peter, Revelation It is only right that we, as the children of God would live in a pure and holy way. If God’s holiness is his main and defining characte... If there was a single word to describe God, this is it. God is holy.
Psalms, Isaiah, 1 Peter, Revelation
It is only right that we, as the children of God would live in a pure and holy way.
If God’s holiness is his main and defining characteristic, it should be evident in our lives.
God is Love
1 John, John, Romans
While we were still sinners. Christ died for us. We were vile, wicked and corrupt. Yet Christ loved us.
How can our neighbors and friends best understand the love of God? By seeing our love.
God’s love cost him. It will be the same for us. Love gives and love serves.
God is Immutable
Matthew, Hebrews, James, Revelation
How do we illustrate a God who is unchangeable? By living a life of integrity, by being dependable. If we live by these principles and let them govern our lives, we will be dependable.
Our integrity as Christians illustrates this consistent truth.
God is Merciful
Psalms, Luke, Jonah, Micah
As long as there is time we can go to a merciful God. He is there to forgive us.
We show God’s mercy to others by how we forgive others.
God is Truth
John, Revelation, Titus, John
Why is it important that we live a life of honesty? Because God is truth, he embodies truth. Jesus was “full of grace and truth.” God hates lying lips, they are a contradiction of who he is.
We show God’s truth to others by living honest lives.
God is an Eternal Spirit
John, Psalms, Exodus, Isaiah
God is self existent. No one made God. He is. He is an eternal spirit. God is not like us. He is not a human being. He is not building an earthly kingdom.
When we live with an eternal perspective, we witness the reality of a future kingdom where God and his children will dwell for all of eternity.
God is Glorious
1 Chronicles, Luke, Psalms, Isaiah 42:8, Jeremiah 9:23-24, 1 Corinthians 11
God is glorious. Words can’t really describe God and it is impossible to describe his glory and majesty.
We show glory go God when we live modest lives – pointing to and illustrating a God who is worthy of all glory.
God is Authority
Romans 15:1, John 19:11, Daniel 4
When we submit to authority we give an illustration to those around us of who God is and the ultimate authority that is His.
Matthew 5:14 – “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Conclusion
Unless we live out a principled life it is super difficult to lead others to Christ.
This is where the “why” we are here on this earth is answered.
If we let our lights shine, we will have opportunity to show Christ to others and tell them that Christ is there to change their lives too.
The Series
This is part of a series of messages preached by Glenn Horst at our Youth Rally weekend in March 2016. All of the sessions are linked below.

* Living Life with Purpose – Session 1
* Living Life with Purpose – Session 2
* Living Life with Purpose – Session 3
* Living Life with Purpose – Session 4
* Living Life with Purpose – Session 5

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Living Life with Purpose – Session 4 https://bmcgladys.com/living-life-purpose-session-4/ Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:10:38 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2680 <p>Revelation 3:21 – This verse speaks of a very special time, a day when we can leave behind the struggles that we face in this life and can sit down with Christ on the throne of victory. Purity Matthew 5:8 – Pure in heart, free from iniquity, free from the corruption of the world around […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/living-life-purpose-session-4/">Living Life with Purpose – Session 4</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Revelation 3:21 – This verse speaks of a very special time, a day when we can leave behind the struggles that we face in this life and can sit down with Christ on the throne of victory. Purity Matthew 5:8 – Pure in heart, free from iniquity, Purity
Matthew 5:8 – Pure in heart, free from iniquity, free from the corruption of the world around us, that love the kingdom. They shall see God.
2 Timothy 2:22 – Many of the desires of our hearts don’t lead us closer to God. We need to flee these youthful lusts and follow righteousness, faith, love and peace. We will find ourselves in good company, with others who also have a pure heart.
Titus 1:15 – Either you are pure everything about us is pure. However if we are defiled in one area, it taints all of who we are.
1 Peter 1:22 – How are we purified? In obeying the truth. How will the way that we think be changed? It will happen because we read, know, think, understand, and live out the truth.
2 Corinthians 7:1 – To live in this corrupt society should “grate” on us. It shouldn’t feel like home. Our desire should be to be becoming more and more perfect in our holiness.
We often ask the question, “what’s wrong with it?” This is basically asking, “how far away from God’s perfection can I be and still be ok?” Stop and think about it, we should be asking, “how is this leading me closer to perfection in holiness in the fear of God?” This is where the principle of purity will draw us.
So, what is purity?

– Looking to God for our standards

– Freedom from corruption.

– Absence of contamination.

– Complete, whole, unmixed.
Purity is a principle of the christian life. Purity affects everything about us.
Examples
Joseph was a long way away from his home. He wasn’t able to check up on them via Facebook. He was living, integrated in the culture of Egypt. Yet he fled the advances of the wife of his master.
Acts 4:10,23 – Peter and John – The power of the name of Jesus. Peter made sure that it was clear by whose power the miracle had been done. It was impossible to deny that something incredible and powerful had happened… They were told to not preach any more in the name of Jesus, but they would not, they could not be silent.
Psalms 51 – David gives us the “blueprint” for the response that can bring us back to purity. None of us are perfect, we can all apply something of what David says here. There is a way, the path of repentance, from impurity back to a clean heart.
Forgiveness
Matthew 6 – Here in the Lord’s prayer we see the importance of forgiveness. When we refuse to forgive others, we cannot be right with God.
Matthew 18 – Jesus standard is much much higher than that of the Pharisees of that day. Jesus point isn’t about the number of times that forgiveness should be given, but rather that there is nothing that someone can do to us that cannot be forgiven.
The more we understand about the holiness of God, the more we can understand the incredible amount that God is capable of forgiving us. When we can understand, even a little bit of what God has done for us through Jesus Christ… we should be more than willing to forgive others around us.
Colossians 3:13 – Forgiveness should be the way we “tend” towards forgiveness no matter what happens. It changes the way that we act, but it is an attitude, it is a governing force of how we live our lives.
What is forgiveness?

– To release a debt.

– To free from pardon and penalty.

– Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past.
Examples
If there was anyone who should have been filled with unforgiveness and bitterness. It should have been Joseph. But he didn’t! Joseph told his brothers that they meant it for evil, but God had everyones good in mind.
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Living Life with Purpose – Session 3 https://bmcgladys.com/living-life-purpose-session-3/ Sun, 20 Mar 2016 00:00:56 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2677 <p>Honesty Matthew 5:37 – Any time that your yes or no means more than yes or more than no… Jesus says that is unnecessary, indeed it is evil. Ephesians 4:25 – Put away lying. It is an “old man” behavior. Colossians 3, Revelation 21:8 – Honesty is a principle that should govern the life of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/living-life-purpose-session-3/">Living Life with Purpose – Session 3</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Honesty Matthew 5:37 – Any time that your yes or no means more than yes or more than no… Jesus says that is unnecessary, indeed it is evil. Ephesians 4:25 – Put away lying. It is an “old man” behavior. Colossians 3, Matthew 5:37 – Any time that your yes or no means more than yes or more than no… Jesus says that is unnecessary, indeed it is evil.
Ephesians 4:25 – Put away lying. It is an “old man” behavior.
Colossians 3, Revelation 21:8 – Honesty is a principle that should govern the life of every christian.
Hebrews 13:18 – Honesty isn’t all about speech. Living an honest life is something more than just what we say. We need to live our lives in a manner that is true to our conviction.
The definition of honesty or truth? Telling it like it is. This is more than just what we say with our words, it is what we say with our lives.
Are your life and actions governed by truth?
Examples
Achan – After the battle of Jericho there was a battle at Ai, and the odds seemed stacked in the favor of Israel. They lost badly. We know of course that Achan had sinned. Achan wasn’t living in honesty.
Acts 5 – Ananias and Sapphira – Both of Ananias and Sapphira were in on the scheme. They both failed to withhold the principle of honesty. God requires honesty of his people.

* Abraham lied about who Sarah was.
* Abraham Lincoln earned a reputation as an honest man when he was young and working at a store. When he made a mistake he would walk whatever made it right over to that person.

We have no control over a lot of things. However there is one thing that we can control, that being the value of our word. This is one of the most valuable things that we can have.
Let your yes be yes and your no be no.
Integrity
Proverbs 11:3, Proverbs 4:25-27, 1 Peter 3:16, Luke 16
In everything you do, do everything to be trustworthy.
Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is looking. It is choosing the right thing. It is choosing consistently. It is the state of being whole and undivided.
You can’t have integrity and be one person when you are in one setting and another person in another setting.
Examples
Job was a godly man who was incredibly blessed. He lived a life of integrity.
Daniel was taken away as a young man to a foreign city. It wasn’t a rule given back in Jerusalem that kept Daniel from eating the kings meat… Daniel had purposed in his heart, it was integrity.
Paul’s life was one of consistency. Paul was who he was. No matter where he was. Paul didn’t change from city to city. He was consistent.
What was it that kept the three Hebrew men standing? It was integrity that wouldn’t let them. They could have been tempted to stay “standing on the inside,” but no, they kept standing and worshiped God in public just like they did in private.
It is extremely hard to respect someone who talks “the right talk” on Sunday but live an entirely different life the rest of the week.
Modesty
Modesty isn’t just about dress. That is an entirely too small of a focus.
Romans 12:3 – Think soberly. Don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought to.
Philippians 2 – Jesus was truly equal to God. It wouldn’t have been robbery for Jesus to say “I don’t have to deal with this, I’m God.” Instead we see Jesus coming to earth, as a man, and humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.
1 Corinthians 4:7 – Immodesty brings glory to ourselves. Modesty is reflecting and bringing glory to Christ.
1 Peter 5:5 – Modesty is the desire to not be glorified, to conceal any glory that we might have. If you are going to live a victorious Christian life, you must have modesty in your life. Humility is the currency in the kingdom of God.
Grace is the power of God to do the will of God. Jesus came to earth, and rose from the dead to give us the power of God to do the will of God.
If we are immodest. If we are proud. God resists us. This is one of the only times we hear God resisting a group of p...]]>
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Living Life with Purpose – Session 2 https://bmcgladys.com/living-life-purpose-session-2/ Sat, 19 Mar 2016 23:56:37 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2674 <p>What is a rule? “A rule or belief governing one’s personal behavior.” A rule is external, but a principle is a personal, deep conviction that is core to who you are. Everything that you do will be governed by this principle. A speed limit is a rule, not a principle. Living with purpose has to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/living-life-purpose-session-2/">Living Life with Purpose – Session 2</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> What is a rule? “A rule or belief governing one’s personal behavior.” A rule is external, but a principle is a personal, deep conviction that is core to who you are. Everything that you do will be governed by this principle. A speed limit is a rule, A rule is external, but a principle is a personal, deep conviction that is core to who you are. Everything that you do will be governed by this principle.
A speed limit is a rule, not a principle. Living with purpose has to be principle living. Otherwise we will go wherever the wind blows us, which doesn’t bring meaning and it doesn’t bring happiness.
The will of God isn’t hard to understand, it isn’t confusing. The will of God is something around 90% about who you are inside and about 10% about what you do on the outside. These principles that we are talking about will give you a basis for being the kind of person that God wants you to be on the inside.
We have a natural tendency to resist rules. However, when a rule aligns with something that I believe on the inside, it no longer feels like a rule, it is something that we are glad to do.
Thoughtful christians are powerful christians. It is incredible how little we think, it is very easy to be like “zombies.” There is a big difference between a person who memorizes facts and someone who understand why something works the way it does.
If the principles of God’s word are simply facts, they won’t become deeply personal to you. The principles that we are going to look at flow from the very character of who God is.
Love
Mark 12:29-31 – Jesus leaves nothing out here, he is asking us to love God with our entire being. This is the single greatest command that Jesus brings up.
This is a governing principle – Love God and love your neighbors. All of the other laws depend on this.
Romans 13:8 – The focus of this verse is love. If we have other debts, we can pay them off… but we can never fulfill all of the love that we owe.
1 John 4 – God is, in his very essence love. When we are born again we begin to love people in ways that we never thought we could. God first loved us, our response is to love him back, the love that comes into us from God also flows out to those around us. If we can’t love those around us, if it isn’t the basis for all of our relationships… we are liars.
John 13:34-35 – This is the identifiable characteristic of christians. We love people. We love everyone. Earlier in this chapter we see the incredible love that Jesus had for his disciples, he stooped down and washed their feet. To love is to serve.
Matthew 25:31-46 – Jesus makes the same statement about those who were separated to both sides. The difference is that one served him, not because he was Jesus, but because they saw a need and they helped.
Love is an action word. It involves sacrifice. It involves self denial. Love isn’t primarily a feeling, there is a feeling involved with love, but it isn’t primarily that. It is primarily an expression of character. It has much less to do with the person who we are loving, and more to do with who we are.
Luke 10, Matthew 8 – Jesus reached out and touched this man with leprosy. In spite of how the man looked and smelled… Jesus reached out and touched him.
Jim & Elisabeth Elliot – Jim was a very talented man. He had everything going for him. Many people told him that he should give up his desire to reach the natives in Ecuador. He was speared to death. His wife made it her life mission to reach those people, and she did. That is love. A powerful example of what love does.
Love has to be able to look beyond the circumstances, beyond the filth and the dirt… love has to govern what you do.
What are some practical ways in our life that are affected by love?

* Love will motivate us to speak to those around us who aren’t ready for eternity.
* Love isn’t primarily a feeling. When we act in love the feelings often follow.
* Love listens to understand how to better show love.
* Love shows mercy.
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Living Life with Purpose – Session 1 https://bmcgladys.com/living-life-purpose-session-1/ Sat, 19 Mar 2016 23:53:20 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2670 <p>Even if you don’t know why you are here this morning, God knows why you are here. Titus 2:11-14 – John 3 – Numbers – Jesus tells us that we need to be saved, and that we need to be born again. He also refers back to a place in Numbers, where the people of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/living-life-purpose-session-1/">Living Life with Purpose – Session 1</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Even if you don’t know why you are here this morning, God knows why you are here. Titus 2:11-14 – John 3 – Numbers – Jesus tells us that we need to be saved, and that we need to be born again. He also refers back to a place in Numbers, Titus 2:11-14 – John 3 – Numbers – Jesus tells us that we need to be saved, and that we need to be born again. He also refers back to a place in Numbers, where the people of Israel who had been bitten by a poisonous snake were told to look at a “serpent on a pole” and they would be healed.
If we look, in faith, to Jesus Christ who was raised up on a cross, and if we believe that he can and will take away our sins… The poison of sin can be taken care of in our lives.
What happens when we are saved? The Bible tells us that salvation produces some results in our lives. Salvation produces some “peculiar” people.

* Denying, ungodliness, worldly lusts.
* There is some living as well, righteously, Godly.

Is there a dramatic difference between the way you live your life and the way that your neighbors live their lives? Are you dramatically different than you were before you were saved? If not, there isn’t something wrong with God. The problem is with us.
Walk Away?
There is a disturbing trend amongst our churches today, there are more and more people who are choosing to walk away from what they professed in the past. Why is that?
The trend is very real. The majority of those young people who chose to leave, don’t throw away their beliefs and meaningful relationship with Jesus “on purpose.”
Why do you do it?
This is an important question. Those who’ve walked away generally do so because of how they answer this question.

* Why do you do do the things you do?
* Why do you live the way you do?
* Why do you do “it?”

Are God’s reasons for living the way we do not good enough? Or perhaps we aren’t relating these reasons as well as we should. You’ve probably heard, “well look at where your grandkids will be.” It’s true, but its also not working as well as a “reason” for why we do the things we do. Little course shifts in each generation create incredible shifts in direction over time.
The choices you make about what is acceptable for you can affect about 50,000 people in 6 generations. Its true… do the math.

* Why is it sinful to brag about your accomplishments?
* Why shouldn’t we run around wearing a t-shirt with the name of a worldly band on it?
* Why shouldn’t we enjoy all of the things coming out of Hollywood?
* Why is it wrong to break the speed limit?
* Why is it wrong to disobey your boss?

There are loads of questions we could ask about practical things like this. Why? Look at where your grandchildren will be? My church says so? Are those reason enough?
Lets look at some Biblical reasons.

* Obedience – “Thus saith the Lord” shows up some 400 reasons in the Old Testament alone. God asks and expects us to obey. It isn’t that God is trying to make your life miserable, instead he is looking out for your own good. He always has your good in mind. While obedience is an important reason to do things, it isn’t the only reason.
* Protection – Is the reason that we do things because God is protecting us? There are so many things that God is protecting us from. 1 Samuel 2:9 – If protection is the only reason for us to do things is the only reason we do things, there is a chance that we’ll get in trouble when we find out that going past those guardrails doesn’t “kill us.” Again, this is an important reason to do the things we do, but it can’t be the only reason.
* Identity – Numbers 15 – The fringes on their garments were to help them remember that they were different, to identify themselves. – 2 Corinthians 6:17 – Come out and be separate. Is this why we do the things that we do? This is, again, a Biblical reason for doing things, but it can’t be the only reason.

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Lessons from Lent https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-from-lent/ Sun, 13 Mar 2016 21:21:29 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2626 <p>What is Lent? Lent is a 40 day period prior to Easter, it begins on Ash Wednesday. Lent usually skips Sundays, although there are some different ways of approaching that.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-from-lent/">Lessons from Lent</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> What is Lent? Lent is a 40 day period prior to Easter, it begins on Ash Wednesday. Lent usually skips Sundays, although there are some different ways of approaching that. Lent isn’t “just a Catholic thing.” Lent originated in the early church and was meant to help people remember and prepare for Easter. Specifically to remember the journey of Christ in the days before his death.
We are currently in the last two weeks of lent. Many believers around the world observe Lent. It is meant to be a six week time of soul searching, reflection, and repentance.
During Lent many people observe a period of fasting, self denial and spiritual discipline. All with the purpose of focusing more intentionally on Jesus, his life leading up to the cross, and his suffering on the cross.
Jesus’ Temptations
Matthew 4 – God has given us the desires and needs that need to be fulfilled. Satan asked Jesus to turn the stones into bread. The problem here isn’t the bread, it is the “getting it the wrong way,” that is the issue here.
The second temptation (to throw himself off the temple and expect God to take care of him) is to expect God to take care of us when we are reckless or when we aren’t doing what the Father wants us to do.
The third temptation (to worship Satan) is to demand someone to serve us, but refuse to serve them, to expect others to trust us when we don’t trust them.
Lessons from Lent
Luke 9:51-56 – Jesus steadfastly set his face to go towards Jerusalem, even though he knew what was waiting for him there. He was resolutely committed to fulfill his purpose unwaveringly. The time had arrived, Jesus knew it was time for him to go to the cross, so he resolved to do it.
Will we follow Jesus wherever He wants you to go? Where he wants you to go may not be where he wants someone else to go.
Put your hand to the plow, don’t look back. Set your eye on the goal and head towards it focusing intentionally on that goal.
The Bible doesn’t teach us to “go in our own strength” that isn’t the way of the Bible. But it does require some effort on our part.
The cross that we are called to bear is more than just “the hard things of life.” It is more of trusting God in the hard things, giving up the need to always have things “our way.”
Luke 19:28-48 – The disciples didn’t know what to do with Jesus. The things he was saying were going to happen didn’t fit with the things that they thought he should or was going to do.
Jesus lead the way. He was praised and worshiped as he road along the road on the colt. This praise didn’t last long.
Anything that you do (fasting, prayer, studying) that helps you think about and focus on Jesus and the areas in your heart and life that need cleansing will certainly be helpful.
Isaiah 66:10-14 is a scripture that is good to meditate on during this time of Lent.
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The Power of Christ’s Influence https://bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-christs-influence/ Sun, 28 Feb 2016 21:04:26 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2616 <p>Think for a minute about the food pyramid that the FDA has created. It gives us divisions or groups to put the food that we eat into. The power of Christ’s Influence in our lives is something that we should look at, it is integral to our very Christian life. The disciples had seen the miracle of loaves and fishes. Their boat had been suddenly transported from one side of the lake to the other.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-christs-influence/">The Power of Christ’s Influence</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Think for a minute about the food pyramid that the FDA has created. It gives us divisions or groups to put the food that we eat into. The power of Christ’s Influence in our lives is something that we should look at, The power of Christ’s Influence in our lives is something that we should look at, it is integral to our very Christian life.
The disciples had just seen the miracle of loaves and fishes. Their boat had been suddenly transported from one side of the lake to the other.
John 6 – I am the living bread which came down from heaven. We can only live if we are feeding on the bread and drinking the water that Jesus is offering to us.
John 17 – We are really influenced by the things that are around us. As we commune with Christ our very nature should be changed, morphed more into the image of Christ.
Jesus told his disciples that he was going to leave, that they wouldn’t be able to find him. The disciples had given up so much, they had laid aside a lot of things in life to follow Jesus. They likely thought that they would continue going on with him and building a ministry. They had bought into Christ.
John 14 – Jesus tells the disciples that he will be sending the Spirit to dwell in them and comfort them. We like to see and hear others. The disciples probably felt a bit like this was a bit of a vague promise… but it wasn’t it was a very real promise, and it is extended to us here today as well.
Jesus, and the Holy Spirit is the one thing that should have the greatest influence on our lives.
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To Follow Jesus https://bmcgladys.com/to-follow-jesus/ Sun, 21 Feb 2016 20:26:00 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2604 <p>What was Jesus doing here by referring to himself as “the son of man” instead of the “son of God?” Jesus is emphasizing his humanity, and is actually referencing a prophecy in Daniel 7:13. Peter recognized Jesus as being not only the Christ, but also the son of God. Jesus praises Peter for his answer and blesses him. When we recognize Jesus as the son of God, we will be blessed as well. The disciples here are still thinking that Jesus has come to set up an early kingdom. They know that he has God’s power...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/to-follow-jesus/">To Follow Jesus</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> What was Jesus doing here by referring to himself as “the son of man” instead of the “son of God?” Jesus is emphasizing his humanity, and is actually referencing a prophecy in Daniel 7:13. Peter recognized Jesus as being not only the Christ, Who is Jesus and what is his mission?
What was Jesus doing here by referring to himself as “the son of man” instead of the “son of God?” Jesus is emphasizing his humanity, and is actually referencing a prophecy in Daniel 7:13.
Peter recognized Jesus as being not only the Christ, but also the son of God. Jesus praises Peter for his answer and blesses him. When we recognize Jesus as the son of God, we will be blessed as well.
The disciples here are still thinking that Jesus has come to set up an early kingdom. They know that he has God’s power in him. They probably thought that Rome wouldn’t even know what hit them… the disciples have sacrificed a lot up till now, but things won’t turn out as they are thinking at this point.
Jesus rebukes Peter very severely for attempting to tempt Jesus towards another path. This is only a few verse after Peter had been praised and blessed for recognizing who Jesus was.
What does it mean to follow the son of man?
Disowning ourselves doesn’t mean that we hate ourselves, it simply means that we reject ourselves and what we want as number one and most important. Instead we should be centering and building our lives around the things of God.
Luke 9:17 – Taking up our cross daily simply means that we need to be willing to suffer and die for Christ. Right now an “American cross” is in some ways simper to bear than a “Syrian cross.” We need to be faithful regardless of which cross we are called to bear.
“Follow me,” Jesus said. When we follow someone we are wanting to be where he is and imitate the person. We also need to be listening and responding to the leading of the one who is leading us…
What about the cost of following Jesus?
When the cost of following Jesus looks too big, we need to be sure that we are considering how little we are giving up to gain so much. We are hugely unworthy of being a follower/child of God.
There is a joy and peace that can be found if we fully embrace the life of Jesus and follow him with all that we are and have.
Take up your cross. Deny yourself. Follow Christ.
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Recognized by Jesus https://bmcgladys.com/recognized-by-jesus/ Sun, 14 Feb 2016 16:32:47 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2597 <p>Why don’t you “come and see.” This is one of the simplest ways to talk to people about Jesus. We can argue all day about Jesus, but often it is best to simply say, “come and see.” Jesus called 12 disciples. He calls us as well. We are his disciples, we his work must do. Jesus knew Nathanial. He saw him under the fig tree, before Philip called him. Jesus knows everything about everyone. Which would be scary, except that Jesus loves all of us. Do we recognize Jesus? Jesus knows and recognizes us, but can...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/recognized-by-jesus/">Recognized by Jesus</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Why don’t you “come and see.” This is one of the simplest ways to talk to people about Jesus. We can argue all day about Jesus, but often it is best to simply say, “come and see.” Jesus called 12 disciples. He calls us as well. We are his disciples, Why don’t you “come and see.” This is one of the simplest ways to talk to people about Jesus. We can argue all day about Jesus, but often it is best to simply say, “come and see.”
Jesus called 12 disciples. He calls us as well. We are his disciples, we his work must do.
Jesus knew Nathanial. He saw him under the fig tree, before Philip called him. Jesus knows everything about everyone. Which would be scary, except that Jesus loves all of us.
Do we recognize Jesus? Jesus knows and recognizes us, but can we recognize him? There is an incredible joy that we can experience when we are able to see Jesus at work in our lives.
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How to Enter the Kingdom https://bmcgladys.com/how-to-enter-the-kingdom/ Sun, 07 Feb 2016 22:09:32 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2588 <p>What are the spiritual “things” that happen, or are happening when a person enters the kingdom? Who is qualified to enter the kingdom? What is the promise of God to Abraham, that all people throughout history would be his children, and they are all qualified to enter (there is some qualification). Jesus words here focus on the necessity of believing that Jesus is the son of God. He is the source of life, he is the one who can deliver us from condemnation and death. It is only those who fear and believe that...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/how-to-enter-the-kingdom/">How to Enter the Kingdom</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> What are the spiritual “things” that happen, or are happening when a person enters the kingdom? Who is qualified to enter the kingdom? What is the promise of God to Abraham, that all people throughout history would be his children, * What are the spiritual “things” that happen, or are happening when a person enters the kingdom?
* Who is qualified to enter the kingdom?
* What is the promise of God to Abraham, that all people throughout history would be his children, and they are all qualified to enter (there is some qualification).

Faith – John 3, 5, 8 – Jesus words here focus on the necessity of believing that Jesus is the son of God. He is the source of life, he is the one who can deliver us from condemnation and death. It is only those who fear and believe that can experience eternal life. Those who do not believe will “die in their sins,” Jesus says.
Repentance – the turning of the mind and heart towards God, away from all of the “other things” that we’ve looked to and depended on in our lives up to this point. Matthew 3:1-2 – John the Baptist and Jesus both preached that people should “repent, and believe, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Acts 2:38, repent and be baptized. Repentance is tied to conversion and conversion is impossible without it. Repentance is impossible apart from humility.
Humility – The importance of humility is very evident in the story of the Pharisee and the Publican in Luke 18. The publican shows us exactly what humility is, he couldn’t even bring himself to look up. “God be merciful to me, a sinner.” It is easy to imagine that we are very humble, but it is also easy at times to feel some great need to feel ourselves better than others and to put others down.
How does one get Faith, Repentance, and Humility? God has to be working in our lives.
Regeneration – Titus 3:5-8 – The word regeneration means literally, “born again.” It is the process of receiving a new and changed heart. This idea is touched on in many other places in the New Testament. This is the rebirth that Jesus was describing to Nicodemus. This is a work of God in our hearts, it is only possible through and in Him.
Preaching of the Word – Many passages in the New Testament talk about preaching more than we normally talk about. It is spoken of in the context in which faith in Jesus Christ is birthed. It is also the context in which regeneration happens. There may be exceptions, but this is generally how it happens. Luke 8 talks about the fact that the soil that the Word falls into, and how it is prepared, will make the difference for how affective the word can be as it is planted.
What did they preach? – Not only was repentance preached, but they also proclaimed that the promise that God made to Abraham (that in Abrahams seed the entire world would be blessed) was fulfilled in Jesus. Acts 3:19 – The Jewish reaction, in general to any suggestion that Jesus dead and resurrection fulfilled God’s promise to Abraham was vehemently denied.
Summary
The way to enter into the kingdom.

* Faith
* Repentance
* Humility

The result

* Regeneration
* Deliverance
* Reception of the Holy Spirit

A major theme of the preaching in the early church was that Jesus was the fulfillment of the promise to Abraham.
There was a resistance from a lot of the Jews that Gentiles could become a part of the family of God, without following the law of Moses.
In some respects, becoming a follower of believer isn’t as complicated as we some times make it seem. It isn’t a like a math problem that requires special knowledge. It isn’t a science that requires every step to be done perfectly correctly.
Jesus way to the kingdom could be summarized something like this – “I am the way, the truth, and the life, trust me to be what you can’t be for yourself.” Jesus is saying that He is what we need.
Jesus is the one who is “making people to be born again.” This is a miracle, something that we cannot explain.
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The Stunted Christian https://bmcgladys.com/the-stunted-christian/ Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:49:25 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2582 <p>Babies are cute. They are sweet. They are helpless. Perhaps God made them that way so that we would take care of them even though at times they are a bit of a chore to take care of. While it is incredibly amazing to watch a child develop and grow. It is very painful for a parent to watch their child grow and realize that they are not growing and developing as they should. Time does not bring maturity automatically in the Christian life. Are you still as you were when you became a Christian...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-stunted-christian/">The Stunted Christian</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Babies are cute. They are sweet. They are helpless. Perhaps God made them that way so that we would take care of them even though at times they are a bit of a chore to take care of. While it is incredibly amazing to watch a child develop and grow. Babies are cute. They are sweet. They are helpless. Perhaps God made them that way so that we would take care of them even though at times they are a bit of a chore to take care of.
While it is incredibly amazing to watch a child develop and grow. It is very painful for a parent to watch their child grow and realize that they are not growing and developing as they should.
Time does not bring maturity automatically in the Christian life. Are you still as you were when you became a Christian, or are you growing and becoming more mature?
What does it mean to be “stunted?” Someone who is no longer growing and maturing as they should. It is someone who has been born again, they are walking with Christ, but have not grown and matured as they should have.
The Characteristics

* Someone who is a stunted Christian tends to have a faulty connection between the ear (hearing) and the heart. There is nothing wrong with the ear or the heart, but the connection isn’t being made. There is a hearing disconnect. Luke 8:11-18 – Jesus is saying “listen up.” It is very important to listen all the way down to the heart, whether we are at church, in our private devotions or any other place where God is speaking to us.

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The stunted Christian is someone who isn’t able to teach. It isn’t that they can’t teach, its a lack of interest in the spiritual things. Colossians 3:16 – meditate not he word, take it in. Is the word interesting to you? A sign of maturity in the Christian life is when they take off their bib and put on an apron.

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There is nothing wrong with milk. It’s nutritious, it is incredibly helpful for growth. It is what is done with the milk that is important. The poor use of milk marks the life of the stunted Christian. You have to start as a child with a good use of milk. How else will you get to a point that you can eat more solid food? This shows up with disobedience, lack of self control, etc. Learn to develop a craving for the pure, spiritual milk that is available through the Word.

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The stunted Christian is constantly building a foundation. They always want to lay the same foundation over and over again. Instead of being interested in building upon the foundation. Conversion, for instance, is very foundational. Build upon that! Don’t stay there!


The Consequences
What is wrong with being a stunted Christian? Look at yourself and ask yourself if you are a stunted Christian.

* With a stagnation of growth there is a very real danger of apostasy. A stunted Christian has tasted and experienced the word and power of God. This is for Christians, not non Christians. Christians can and do fall away.

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The prognosis for recovery isn’t very good. The stunted Christian is continually fiddling around in his “garden.”

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2 Peter 2:17-22 – The message here isn’t to scare you, rather it is to encourage you to continue to grow. We need to look at the fruits in our lives. Are we growing in our walk with Christ?


The Cure
The cure is the opposite of all of the characteristics of the stunted Christian.

* Listen all the way to the heart.
* Be willing to teach.
* Move on from the milk.
* Build on the foundations of faith. Don’t simply rebuild the foundation.


* God is faithful.
* Be diligent. Don’t be content to sit in the same place.
* God has given us great examples to follow. We should imitate these great men and women of faith.

The Christian life is serious. We all know that, but the challenge here is to really think about that. God wants us to grow up in maturity. Do we have any of these characteristics of a stunted Christian?
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When They Knew God https://bmcgladys.com/when-they-knew-god/ Sun, 17 Jan 2016 21:30:14 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2541 <p>“When they knew God.” In that chapter there is a progression downward of ungodly people. When they knew God, they didn’t follow him or worship him, they grabbed at their own wisdom instead of God’s wisdom. They worshiped idols. “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you.” God is offering you abundance. The isn’t just a wish or wishful thinking on the part of Peter, rather it is the desire of a loving heavenly Father. We need to have a foundation. A place to start from. Peter begins by...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/when-they-knew-god/">When They Knew God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> “When they knew God.” In that chapter there is a progression downward of ungodly people. When they knew God, they didn’t follow him or worship him, they grabbed at their own wisdom instead of God’s wisdom. They worshiped idols. 2 Peter 1:1-11 – “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you.” God is offering you abundance. The isn’t just a wish or wishful thinking on the part of Peter, rather it is the desire of a loving heavenly Father.
We need to have a foundation. A place to start from. Peter begins by describing this. “A like precious faith.” The foundation that we need to start with is faith.
We should notice two things here – God’s divine power and his incredibly great and precious promises. It is only through these two things that we can escape the corruption of the world around us and be partakers in the divine nature.
John 1 – To those who received him, the right was given to become sons of God. Born of the will of God. This power makes the promises that God gives sure. Political campaign promises aren’t all they are cracked up to be, with God we can be sure that his promises are sure.
God offers to us all of the things that are essential for life and godliness. He offers all that we need, it is impossible for us to say that God gave us an assignment but forgot to give as the “wherewithal” to accomplish it.
There are those who approach the Bible and God and they try to do/be christians but fail to get anywhere. They are trying in their own power, it is impossible without the tools and grace that God offers to us.
Besides all of this, we need to give all diligence to supplement our faith and grow in Christ.

* Virtue – the godly life that comes from following and obeying Christ. As we believe in and trust in Christ and surrender our spirit, we obey and become more of a reflection of the character of Christ.
* Knowledge – the importance of reading/studying the Bible is very clear. We need to learn about God, his provisions and promises, we learn about God’s will for holy living and the truth about sin. There is so much to learn.
* Temperance – self control. We obey God’s spirit working inside of us. Our flesh becomes “restrained” by a mind that is controlled by the Holy Spirit. A carnal Christian gives in to his flesh and pride and sinful desires far too often.
* Patience – endurance. The endurance to “keep on keeping on” by God’s grace through difficult times. Keeping an eye on the goal, consistently keeping on, step after step, right choice after right choice.
* Godliness – becoming more Christlike. There is a devotion to God, a fear of God, a reverence for God. Our character needs to be molded by God.
* Brotherly Kindness – affection for others.
* Charity – agape love.

These are all “rungs” or “steps” on a ladder. However the analogy doesn’t completely hold up because they aren’t all necessarily in order. Although these things are presented and ordered from “more basic” to “more advanced” – there is a measure of each of these steps before we even get started.
2 Corinthians 3:18 – From glory to glory, a continued growth.
There are Christians who begin. There was faith, forgiveness and cleansing. However there are those who lack these “graces,” instead of these things growing they are growing dull and becoming “less obvious.” They’ve quite learning, they’ve quit advancing, they’ve forgotten their deliverance.
If we have these qualities and they are growing, the more productive and useful we can become. “Give diligence to making your calling and election sure.” If we are sincere and earnest Peter tells us “if you do these things, you will never fall.”
All that we need is offered to us and available to us. We all have a ways to go, but let us give diligence to doing our part.
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Listening to & Understanding Jesus https://bmcgladys.com/listening-understanding-jesus/ Sun, 10 Jan 2016 21:56:53 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2532 <p>Jesus is the image of an invisible God. Here in Mark we get a good glimpse at this image. Jesus isn’t a teacher who stands apart and teaches, refusing to intermingle with the people. Jesus was very involved with the people. Jesus is compassionate for the people. He wasn’t just combining ingredients, he was creating fish out of nothing. This is the third time that Jesus creates fish out of nothing. The religious leaders of the day often had a lot of differences between themselves, but they...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/listening-understanding-jesus/">Listening to & Understanding Jesus</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Jesus is the image of an invisible God. Here in Mark we get a good glimpse at this image. Jesus isn’t a teacher who stands apart and teaches, refusing to intermingle with the people. Jesus was very involved with the people. Colossians 1:15 – Jesus is the image of an invisible God. Here in Mark we get a good glimpse at this image. Jesus isn’t a teacher who stands apart and teaches, refusing to intermingle with the people. Jesus was very involved with the people.
Jesus is compassionate for the people. He wasn’t just combining ingredients, he was creating fish out of nothing. This is the third time that Jesus creates fish out of nothing.
Mark 8:11-13
The religious leaders of the day often had a lot of differences between themselves, but they were united on what they thought about Jesus.
In Mathew Jesus is recorded as saying that these people can read the weather, but they can’t read the signs of the times. Jesus left.
Mark 8:14-21
Why did the disciples misunderstand Jesus?
They only had one loaf of bread between them all. It was likely the disciples “job” to take care bread and material needs. Perhaps they are getting hungry…
Jesus makes the statement, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” The disciples immediately go to the fact that they didn’t have enough bread. It seems like this is all they can think about.
When we make a big deal out of something that really isn’t a big deal things can become cloudy and we can start to “miss things.”
Why was Jesus so hard on them?
This was an important warning for them to hear. The Pharisees, Herod, etc, all were things that the disciples would face on and ongoing basis. They needed to be on guard against the teachings of these groups of people.
Jesus tells them that they haven’t really understood the feeding of the 4000. The bread or lack of it wasn’t the problem, the problem was disciples who weren’t understanding.
It is a big deal to miss out on spiritual truth that God is trying to teach us.
How dow we learn from the disciples mistake and keep from repeating it?

* We need to be careful not to get bent out of shape about things that aren’t actually “that important.” It takes a fair bit of discipline to keep things in perspective or the proper order of importance. As we care more about the things that God cares about we are much more likely to be “on the same wave length” as God about what is important.
* The disciples are clearly not understanding here, but they also don’t ask Jesus for help. Previously they had been open to asking Jesus about what he meant. Perhaps their pride was getting in the way. After reasoning amongst themselves they come to a very inaccurate conclusion. We need to stay humble and admit our weakness and come to God for wisdom and clarity.
* We need to apply the truth that Jesus has already revealed. Jesus had revealed to the disciples a lot of things, yet they failed to correctly apply the things that Jesus had revealed to them not long before at the feeding of the 4000.

Jesus wasn’t impressed with the head knowledge of the disciples. They were able to answer his questions about the amount left over from the feeding of the 4 and 5 thousand.
The truth about Jesus should apply to every day life. Even to things as minor as lunch.
Summary
Jesus mission for our lives is similar to the one that he had for the disciples. He want’s to lead us and guide us.
We need to make sure that the communication between us and God is always clear. We then need to constantly seek God’s direction in our lives and then apply what he has already revealed to be true in our lives.
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The Narrative of the Magi https://bmcgladys.com/the-narrative-of-the-magi/ Mon, 04 Jan 2016 00:58:18 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2528 <p>There is potential to get “Christmas fatigue.” However we should never get tired of the true Christmas story. Numbers 24:17 - A prophet, Balaam, from the Old Testament foretells the star. Balaam was a wicked prophet who continually tried to bring a curse against the people of Israel. His goal was to earn some money… Mathew 2:1-23 - The story of the Magi following a star to find Jesus. The Magi were the first gentiles to come to see the fulfillment of the prophecy of Jesus.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-narrative-of-the-magi/">The Narrative of the Magi</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> There is potential to get “Christmas fatigue.” However we should never get tired of the true Christmas story. Numbers 24:17 - A prophet, Balaam, from the Old Testament foretells the star. Balaam was a wicked prophet who continually tried to bring a cur... Numbers 24:17 – A prophet, Balaam, from the Old Testament foretells the star. Balaam was a wicked prophet who continually tried to bring a curse against the people of Israel. His goal was to earn some money…
Matthew 2:1-23 – The story of the Magi following a star to find Jesus. The Magi were the first gentiles to come to see the fulfillment of the prophecy of Jesus.
The Magi believed in this particular prophecy enough that they traveled, very likely a very large distance. The first place they looked was in Jerusalem. They were looking for a newborn king. They really believed in what they were after, they came expecting to find a new “King of the Jews.”
Why would Herod have been so upset by the visit of the Magi? It is very likely that these men were very well known and respected in the east. Herod understood earthly authority, it seems that he was gripped with fear when the Magi introduced him to the idea of a new King being born.
The wise men worshiped a true king. The wise men will always worship the true king.
How far will you go to give devotion to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords? Or how often will we be more like Herod in our reaction to the King of Kings, only worried about our own life.
Mathew 12:50 – Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven. He is part of my family. To do lip service to our king is much easier to do than “walking the walk.”
Mathew 16:24, Luke 9:16 – These Magi had singleness of purpose. They didn’t let Herod’s pomp and show influence them. They simply continued to follow the star.
Let us be true wise men. Going forward into our lives with the wisdom that only comes from God.
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Spiritual Stairways https://bmcgladys.com/2520-2/ Sun, 27 Dec 2015 21:46:10 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2520 <p>Jacob in his dream saw a ladder/stairway, on the ladder where angels going up and down. God was at the top of the ladder and he spoke a blessing and encouragement on Jacob. Spiritual progress for us here on earth is usually in “steps” as well. The angels on the ladder didn’t make great leaps from earth to heaven. Instead they made a bunch of smaller steps… steps that led them up and down the ladder. “When they knew God.” Everyone of us has a start...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/2520-2/">Spiritual Stairways</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Jacob in his dream saw a ladder/stairway, on the ladder where angels going up and down. God was at the top of the ladder and he spoke a blessing and encouragement on Jacob. Spiritual progress for us here on earth is usually in “steps” as well. Spiritual progress for us here on earth is usually in “steps” as well. The angels on the ladder didn’t make great leaps from earth to heaven. Instead they made a bunch of smaller steps… steps that led them up and down the ladder.
Romans Ladder Down
Romans 1:18-32
“When they knew God.” Everyone of us has a starting place. In some way these people had some kind of knowledge of God. This place of knowledge of God was the starting place for these people Paul is writing about.
The people spoken of here decided that they didn’t want to acknowledge God, give him honor or offer thanks. They turned away from God and started to move down.
The result was cloudy/empty thinking. They lost touch with the truth that would make a difference in their lives and in eternity.
Man can rationalize and convince himself, but if it doesn’t line up with what God says… it is wrong.
1 Corinthians 10:13
These people didn’t acknowledge and worship God. If we are constantly acknowledging and worshiping God we will be drawn towards God.
Romans Ladder Up
Romans 5:1-5
Again we see that there is a starting place for this ladder, a foundation that you can work from. It is important to make sure that your ladder is securely set on the ground and is at the proper angle.
Faith in Christ is a gateway to the grace in which we stand. It is here in this grace that we can rejoice in the hope that we have in God. Once this is in place, we are ready to start climbing.
We will face hardships and tribulations in life. We can and should endure them because we are God’s children. Hebrews 12 talks about tribulation and that they are grievous, but that they always have a purpose.
Paul asked that God would take away his thorn in the flesh. He asked three times. God’s reply to him was that, “my grace is sufficient for thee.” Paul then said that he would glory in his infirmaries because of the power of Christ working in him.
We can blame God and be angry at the situation. This doesn’t help us as we climb the ladder, not in the least. In fact it is counter productive to the idea of climbing the ladder.
A christian’s life is constantly made up of small choices that are made in light of God and God’s design for our lives. When we make a habit of making the correct decision in the small things, our character is shaped and grows slowly over time.
Loving, knowing and experiencing God’s love leads to having a hope that can hold us through to the end. Paul suffered trials, health issues, beatings, no money, etc… but he could sing and worship through it all. Paul knew that God loved him, he had a hope that was built on experience.
Conclusion
2 Peter, Hebrews 4, Luke 13, Philippians – There is a serious effort that needs to be made as we go about our Christian lives.
God wants us to climb ladders. He has provided us with everything that we need for spiritual life. May we be constantly pressing on the upward way. Let us give all diligent to grow and go higher and closer to God.
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Christmas and the Shepherds https://bmcgladys.com/christmas-and-the-shepherds/ Sun, 20 Dec 2015 23:07:23 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2514 <p>This morning we are going to talk some about the shepherds. We are reading somewhat between the lines, but it appears that they were people who were in touch with God. The life of a shepherd does look attractive at times. There is a lot that we don’t know about these “faithful few” who surround the Christmas story. It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to realize that they must have had a relationship with God before He put them in as a part of the...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/christmas-and-the-shepherds/">Christmas and the Shepherds</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This morning we are going to talk some about the shepherds. We are reading somewhat between the lines, but it appears that they were people who were in touch with God. The life of a shepherd does look attractive at times. The life of a shepherd does look attractive at times. There is a lot that we don’t know about these “faithful few” who surround the Christmas story. It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to realize that they must have had a relationship with God before He put them in as a part of the Christmas story.
Luke 2
Mary pondered all of these things in her heart. We aren’t sure what all that means or what exactly that looked like, but it seems like she may have realized that something big was happening, and that she was a part of it.
The shepherds were going about their responsibilities. They were in the fields at night doing the thing that they did for a living. God uses us right where we are, right in the things we are responsible for.
1 Samuel – David was a young man. God was looking for someone to replace Saul as king. David was out taking care of the sheep when Samuel came to Jesse’s house to find the next king.
Moses found himself out in the desert. He was taking care of his sheep, doing nothing glamorous. God comes to him and gives him a a huge responsibility.
Gideon was threshing wheat when God came to him and tasked him with saving Israel from the Midianites.
Peter and Andrew. James and John. All of these were being faithful in the things that they were doing when Jesus came and called them to follow him.
Exodus 2:16 – are shepherds always men? There are at least 8 female shepherds in scripture… there is a decent chance that some of these shepherds were women.
Often when we are out at night and its dark… we look up. It is difficult to comprehend the vastness and complexity of space. It is good for us to be out at night from time to time, looking up to the skies and thinking.
The shepherds were men of action. They took action based on what they were told by the angels.
What about the sheep? Sheep are generally easy to spook… we don’t really know what happened with the sheep here. The shepherds minds seemed to be on other things.
It is probably safe to assume that the shepherds weren’t normally comfortable with going to find a newly born baby. A lot of times we tend to be really cautious. The shepherds could have thought like this… its night… its a new baby… we’ll be going into town on Friday anyway… However it doesn’t appear that that is how they approached the decision to go find Jesus. Instead they decided, “lets go!”
Some times common sense can get in the way of prompt action when God speaks to us. Not that we should make rash decisions. But we do need to be willing to move when God speaks.

* Are we being faithful in the present responsibilities that God has given us?
* Are we ready and willing to believe the unbelievable?
* Are we willing to act when God asks us to move?

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The Kingdom of Jesus https://bmcgladys.com/the-kingdom-of-jesus/ Mon, 14 Dec 2015 02:22:54 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2506 <p>How do we process all that is going on around this time of year? We are part of the kingdom of Christ, but do we loose focus because of the events in the news and the times we find ourselves living in? How do we relate to all this? It is good for us to know that living our lives in a way that reflects Christ does make a difference. Even though we aren’t always aware of the differences we are making in the lives of those around us. If you were to set up a king...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-kingdom-of-jesus/">The Kingdom of Jesus</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> How do we process all that is going on around this time of year? We are part of the kingdom of Christ, but do we loose focus because of the events in the news and the times we find ourselves living in? How do we relate to all this? We are part of the kingdom of Christ, but do we loose focus because of the events in the news and the times we find ourselves living in?
How do we relate to all this?
It is good for us to know that living our lives in a way that reflects Christ does make a difference. Even though we aren’t always aware of the differences we are making in the lives of those around us.
If you were to set up a king, what would that king look like?
Jeremiah talks about those who settle for inanimate objects, those who worship what they’ve created with their hands.
If we are looking for a king, we need to be looking for something greater than a president or worldly king.
Luke 17:20 – The kingdom God is within me, it is within you. Jesus’ method is entirely different. In the world we see boundaries and borders.
Isaiah 9:6, 1 Corinthians, Mark 10:19, Acts 17:24
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A Christian’s Devotional Life https://bmcgladys.com/a-christians-devotional-life/ Mon, 07 Dec 2015 02:08:03 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2501 <p>We must be abiding, living, remaining in Jesus to be fruitful Christians. Abiding involves all the Christian's life. We are to be fruitful in every area of our life. A critical part of abiding in Christ is devotional time. One good measure of our spiritual health is our devotional life. Let's be idealistic and think about a perfect devotions: Regulatory - a pattern of planned events. Prepare - putting away distractions. Prayer - asking God to speak to us from his word...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/a-christians-devotional-life/">A Christian’s Devotional Life</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We must be abiding, living, remaining in Jesus to be fruitful Christians. Abiding involves all the Christian's life. We are to be fruitful in every area of our life. A critical part of abiding in Christ is devotional time. One good measure of our spiritual health is our devotional life. Let’s be idealistic and think about a perfect devotions:

* Regulatory – a pattern of planned events.
* Prepare – putting away distractions / Prayer – asking God to speak to us from his word. A prepared heart.
* Enough Time
* Meaning – can only happen when we meet God through his word. We don’t know the book until we know the message. We don’t know the message until we know the messenger.
* Illumination – When the light shines on our souls and on our minds – Spiritual food received. We are learning. Wisdom, Guidance, and direction happens.
* Assimilation – when the ‘plant’ absorbs the nutrients and grows and bears fruit. Receiving and responding to new information and making it a part of our life. Digesting spiritual food.
* Supplications – laying our needs before the LORD and acknowledging how needy we are. For grace to help in time of need. For deliverance. Intercession for others, the church, for our mission.
* Delight – the joy of the LORD. Joy is a result of a prepared heart consistently meets with God.

There are rich rewards.
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Commas Save Lives https://bmcgladys.com/commas-save-lives/ Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:00:59 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2494 <p>Lets eat, grandma. vs Lets eat grandma. There is only one difference between these two statements. The comma changes everything. We are talking about gossip and lies. The tongue is a very small and common thing. It’s like the comma in these two sentences, it changes everything. Gossip is like dandelion seeds. Once they are turned loose there is no bringing them back. They are “in the wind” its impossible to tell where they will go...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/commas-save-lives/">Commas Save Lives</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Lets eat, grandma. vs Lets eat grandma. There is only one difference between these two statements. The comma changes everything. We are talking about gossip and lies. The tongue is a very small and common thing. Lets eat, grandma. vs Lets eat grandma. There is only one difference between these two statements. The comma changes everything.
We are talking about gossip and lies. The tongue is a very small and common thing. It’s like the comma in these two sentences, it changes everything.
Gossip is like dandelion seeds. Once they are turned loose there is no bringing them back. They are “in the wind” its impossible to tell where they will go or where they will grow.
We all know that gossip is wrong. Yet we tend not to think of ourselves as potential gossips. We need to do some careful consideration, it’s often hard to see our own weaknesses and faults.
Often when we know something about someone that no one else knows, we find ourselves wanting to tell someone else. Usually this has to do with trying to make our image better even when damaging the image of another.
Proverbs 18:8, Exodus 40:16, Proverbs 6:16-19, Proverbs 16:28, James 1:26, Romans 1:29
It’s impossible to accidentally murder someone. God takes gossip very seriously.
Am I willing to learn to use my tongue wisely?
We know that gossip is wrong, what do we do about our tendency to gossip? Repent and turn… walk a different path. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Let us not trivialize what God calls sin.
This is something that can only be done through the power of Christ. He is the only one who can take something that our flesh wants to use selfishly and turn it into a useful tool for his glory.
God doesn’t miss anything. He knows what we say and why we say what we say.
How do we handle gossip when someone brings it to me?
How do we know the difference between gossip and a proper, genuine concern? What is the motivation? Is it accurate?
1 Peter 2:21 – What if I am the target of the gossip? The easy thing is to react with retaliation.
May God give us wisdom as we encounter and deal with gossip.
Is it true?

Is it helpful?

Is it inspiring?

Is it Necessary?

Is it Kind?
Psalm 141:3
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Thanksgiving With Jesus https://bmcgladys.com/thanksgiving-with-jesus/ Mon, 23 Nov 2015 01:57:05 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2489 <p>God is good. Even when we don't understand. Colossians 1:12 - God rules over the powers of darkness today, just as he did at the time that these words were written. All of God's creation is sustained by his power. All of creation, the milky way, the stars, the oceans, all of it is under the control and is sustained by God. Isaiah 40:12-20 - How big is God. He weighed out the mountains and the valleys. We can come together and worship Christ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/thanksgiving-with-jesus/">Thanksgiving With Jesus</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> God is good. Even when we don't understand. Colossians 1:12 - God rules over the powers of darkness today, just as he did at the time that these words were written. All of God's creation is sustained by his power. All of creation, the milky way, God is good. Even when we don’t understand.
Colossians 1:12 – God rules over the powers of darkness today, just as he did at the time that these words were written.
All of God’s creation is sustained by his power. All of creation, the milky way, the stars, the oceans, all of it is under the control and is sustained by God.
Isaiah 40:12-20 – How big is God. He weighed out the mountains and the valleys.
We can come together and worship Christ without fear of harassment or fear from persecution. We don’t know how much longer we’ll have this gift and it is important to enjoy it while we have it.
We’ve been blessed with food and the wherewithal to care for our loved ones.
When Jesus told the 10 lepers to go and show themselves to the priest the Bible tells us that they were healed as they went.
Most of them kept running on to the priests. One however remembered the one who had healed him… he returned and with a loud voice he glorified God.
Jesus was grieved that the other 9 didn’t acknowledge his part in their healing.
We are so prone to miss the things that God does in our lives. Instead we tend to think that somehow things worked out because we made it happen.
It’s all about Jesus. We need to be thankful and be thanking him this Thanksgiving season (and every day).
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An Inconvenient Truth https://bmcgladys.com/an-inconvenient-truth-the-permanency-of-marriage/ Mon, 16 Nov 2015 03:36:54 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2480 <p>Marriage is for life. Divorce is not God's plan. These are things we believe, but that we don't talk about too much. The permanence of marriage is an inconvenient truth for many different groups of people. Many conservative christian people are "up at arms" about homosexuality, it is a sin. That remarriage after divorce is a sin as well is something that is also true. How grounded are you in the teaching of the scripture on the topic...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/an-inconvenient-truth-the-permanency-of-marriage/">An Inconvenient Truth</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Marriage is for life. Divorce is not God's plan. These are things we believe, but that we don't talk about too much. The permanence of marriage is an inconvenient truth for many different groups of people. Many conservative christian people are "up at ... Marriage is for life. Divorce is not God’s plan. These are things we believe, but that we don’t talk about too much. The permanence of marriage is an inconvenient truth for many different groups of people.
Many conservative christian people are “up at arms” about homosexuality, it is a sin. That remarriage after divorce is a sin as well is something that is also true.
How grounded are you in the teaching of the scripture on the topic of divorce and remarriage?
Romans 7:2-3, Mark 10:2-12 – These are very clear words from scripture.
Genesis 2:18-24 – What is God’s purpose for marriage?

* Companionship
* Enjoyment
* Fruitfulness
* Protection

The Marriage Bond
Marriage is a universal practice. Two people are joined together. God creates a bond between these two, whether they be in Japan, Alaska, Saudi Arabia, or anywhere in the world.
Marriage is a “pre-christian” institution. God honors and creates this bond of marriage whether it is done in a church, at a justice of the peace or elsewhere.
Marriage is permanent. What God has put together let not man put asunder. As long as both parties are still living. Marriage is for life.
Marriage is a “God-designed” bond. Just this bond can be “legally separated” it is not actually separated according to the scripture.
Jesus ended the period of tolerance of the Old Testament by “raising the bar.”
What is the Exception Clause
Mathew 19:9 – It is important that we understand that Jesus is not referring to adultery only, it encompasses quite a number of things.
There was a divorce needed to break the engagement of the New Testament time. Joseph was going to “divorce” Mary when it was found that she was with child. He was going to do it quietly. Jesus gives allowance for this separation during the betrothal period.
Is Divorce and Remarriage a Sin? A literal reading of the scripture is pretty clear… yes. It is.
The Inconvenient Part
So what do we tell those that we know who have a second or third marriage where everything seems to be going well?
We know the story of John the Baptist… He told Herod that he shouldn’t have his brother’s wife. He eventually lost his life because of it.
Forgiveness requires repentance. Repentance includes turning around and quitting doing the thing.
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Father Glorify Thy Name https://bmcgladys.com/father-glorify-thy-name/ Mon, 09 Nov 2015 02:15:11 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2476 <p>We don't know exactly what Mary new at this point and what she didn't know. Did she know that Jesus was going to die? Jerusalem was crowded with pilgrims who had come from all over to celebrate the Passover. They didn't know that they were about to witness the "real" Passover lamb's sacrifice. There was a large crowd of people following Jesus. The religious leaders of the day didn't appreciate this fact. They were scheming that...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/father-glorify-thy-name/">Father Glorify Thy Name</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We don't know exactly what Mary new at this point and what she didn't know. Did she know that Jesus was going to die? Jerusalem was crowded with pilgrims who had come from all over to celebrate the Passover. We don’t know exactly what Mary new at this point and what she didn’t know. Did she know that Jesus was going to die?
Jerusalem was crowded with pilgrims who had come from all over to celebrate the Passover. They didn’t know that they were about to witness the “real” Passover lamb’s sacrifice. There was a large crowd of people following Jesus. The religious leaders of the day didn’t appreciate this fact. They were scheming that they needed to get rid of both Jesus and Lazarus.
Jesus death and resurrection were the hour of Satan’s defeat.
Jesus life and love are glorious. His being lifted on the cross are Jesus supreme example of his love. Jesus said, “When I am lifted up I will draw the people to me…”
This hour of glory also included the resurrection. Jesus winning the victory over death, living and reigning forever. Jesus compared it to the grain of wheat that falls to earth and dies, but because of that death it can also sprout and grow into something that gives many more seeds than the one that died. Jesus had the power within him to give life, but first he had to die… then he could be raised.
Jesus loved the Father’s will more than his own. He wanted to give his life to/for many… to you and to me.
We too need to die to our old selfish nature and life, then be raised to walk in a new life, one where we are placing our faith and lives in the hands of God.
Surely Jesus didn’t often struggle did he? At Lazarus grave he wept… he was troubled… As Jesus came into Jerusalem he saw the city and knowing that most would reject him he wept… Later in the garden of Gethsemane Jesus wept.
Hebrews 5:7 – Perhaps this is speaking primarily of the prayer in the garden? or perhaps it is referring to other times when Jesus was struggling with what was before him.
“Father, glorify thy name.” There is submission in this prayer, similar to how he prayed later in the garden. He was willing to suffer because it would bring glory to the Father. We purpose here, this is why Jesus had come to earth.
Jesus went through all of this because of his love for his Father… and his love for you and for me.
We go through tough times. There are many things that distress us. Death. Health problems. Wayward children. Rejection. Loneliness. Evil.
Satan does have some power in this world. It is power that the Father has allowed him to have. But satan can only do so much. The Father is in control.
When we tell the Father to “glorify thy name.” We are saying that we are willing to go through whatever is in the Father’s will. Praying in faith means committing our future to the will of our Father. Everything in life takes on significance. All of life has purpose. God will answer the prayer of the faithful.
God help us to grow in faith and in submission to the will of the Father.
We worship our suffering savior this morning.
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Trumpets Shall Sound https://bmcgladys.com/trumpets-shall-sound/ Mon, 02 Nov 2015 02:04:01 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2472 <p>The people of Jericho knew that there was a people coming who were formidable beyond anything that they had seen before. These people had crossed the read sea. They had went up against numerous nations along their journey towards the Canaan. When the son of man appears it will be incredibly clear. It is incredibly easy to become depressed when we see the terrible things that go on around us. It is an encouragement to know...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/trumpets-shall-sound/">Trumpets Shall Sound</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The people of Jericho knew that there was a people coming who were formidable beyond anything that they had seen before. These people had crossed the read sea. They had went up against numerous nations along their journey towards the Canaan. Mathew 24 – When the son of man appears it will be incredibly clear. It is incredibly easy to become depressed when we see the terrible things that go on around us. It is an encouragement to know that we are getting close to the return of Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:52 – We shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye, from death to life, from corruptible to incorruptible. Death will finally be consumed.
This trumpet call will be the irresistible call for the congregation of the saints.
Hebrews 12 – At the trump of God every knee will bow. Both the believer and unbeliever will be brought to their knees at the final trump of God.
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Living Christ Like at Home at Work and in the World https://bmcgladys.com/living-christ-like-at-home-at-work-and-in-the-world/ Mon, 26 Oct 2015 01:26:20 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2465 <p>Our attention must be on Jesus Christ and the Word. By recognizing Jesus and his death and resurrection our old life is dead and buried… we are raised with Christ. We are told to live out our faith within our homes, to grow up to maturity. When we are at home we tend to let down our guard and drop the pretenses that we may have… even there we are called to live out the Christ life.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/living-christ-like-at-home-at-work-and-in-the-world/">Living Christ Like at Home at Work and in the World</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Our attention must be on Jesus Christ and the Word. By recognizing Jesus and his death and resurrection our old life is dead and buried… we are raised with Christ. We are told to live out our faith within our homes, to grow up to maturity. Our attention must be on Jesus Christ and the Word. By recognizing Jesus and his death and resurrection our old life is dead and buried… we are raised with Christ.
We are told to live out our faith within our homes, to grow up to maturity. When we are at home we tend to let down our guard and drop the pretenses that we may have… even there we are called to live out the Christ life.
We need to word of Christ to enrich us so that we are able to lead a faithful life in our work, at home and everywhere. If we are Christ’s followers all of what we do is a reflection upon our relationship with him.
Galatians 3:28 – Males and females are equal in Christ. But he isn’t retracting the roles that he says apply to both the husband and the wife.
Wives should, and do have a voice. Your opinions and thoughts are valuable, your husband should listen to you. This is also true for husbands. Wrong methods of manipulation should not be used from either side.
Christian love is not based on merit. We are to love our wives (or husbands) even when they have shortcomings and are not all that they should be. We are to accept our spouses just as they are, appreciating their good qualities along with the bad ones.
Acceptance doesn’t mean that we don’t want our spouse to grow, but we aid them most in their growth if we love them and care for them.
Children, obey your parents in all things, for this pleases God.
Fathers, don’t scold your children constantly and put them down. Make sure that they know that they are valuable.
Parents live out the gospel in front of and towards your children. Assure your children that they are loved and appreciated for who they are, not who they can or should be. Obedience should not be a condition to your love.
This thing of parenting is more than we can do on our own. We can teach and train them, but they will need to reach out to Christ who is the only one who can change their heart.
We are to give a good effort for our boss at all times. We should give ourselves totally to the task at hand, the job may seem trivial and unimportant, but we need to do our best. God is watching and he knows exactly what we are doing.
We need to have respect for every person. Everyone is a bearer of the image of God. We must be friendly and respectful to everyone that we meet.
Every last person is to be honored and respected. We need to always be gracious and kind.
Wherever we find ourselves on a given day or at a given time… life is to be lived for and in the name of Christ. We are his representatives and we must live with his power.
Our wives, husbands, children and all those we meet need us to live for Christ.
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The Way of the Cross https://bmcgladys.com/the-way-of-the-cross/ Sun, 18 Oct 2015 22:11:00 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2425 <p>Let’s take another look at the cross of Christ and think about what it really means for each of us. The blood of Jesus is something that we understand as Christians. The blood is only part of the cross experience. By faith we also die with Christ on that cross. Every day as we take up the cross anew we experience death again. The disgrace that Hebrews talks about here is the cross, the symbol of disgrace and death.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-way-of-the-cross/">The Way of the Cross</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Let’s take another look at the cross of Christ and think about what it really means for each of us. The blood of Jesus is something that we understand as Christians. The blood is only part of the cross experience. Let’s take another look at the cross of Christ and think about what it really means for each of us.
Hebrews 13:11-16 – The blood of Jesus is something that we understand as Christians. The blood is only part of the cross experience. By faith we also die with Christ on that cross.
Every day as we take up the cross anew we experience death again. The disgrace that Hebrews talks about here is the cross, the symbol of disgrace and death. We are being asked to do the same, pick up our cross and go out into the world.
What is the cross? What does it mean to me? What does it mean to take up the cross?
Luke 9:23-24, Luke 14:27 – If I want to be a follower of Christ, I’m going to have to take up a cross. As a Christian we have but one choice, we must be willing to bear our cross.

* Jesus is asking us to Deny Ourselves – Ephesians 4:7 – The idea here is to break a relationship with ourselves. Peter when he denied Christ he said, “I don’t know him!” That is the same thing that we are called to do when we deny ourselves.
* Jesus is asking us to Take up our Cross Daily – The same instrument of death that Jesus died on is the one that we are to raise to our shoulders every day. If we want to follow Christ we must be willing to take up our cross daily.
* Jesus is asking us to Follow Him – A man who loves his life will loose it – John 12; My father will honor the one who serves me.

What is our Cross?

* Our cross is the instrument of our death – Galatians 2, Romans 6
* Our cross is our identification with Christ in His death
* Our cross is how we achieve victory in our battle with sin
* Our cross is our expression of faith in God and His working
* Our cross is how we show our submission to God’s will

Hebrews 13 – Cross bearing provides isolation for the Christian. We enjoy being with people and relating with them. There is isolation and separation that happens between us and those who have no interest in following the cross.
Galatians 6 – There are times when there will be disgrace and shame that is associated with walking with Christ.
Hebrews 13 – Sacrifice is another thing that comes along with taking up our cross. There are many sacrifices that we will be called upon to make. They should bring us joy.
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Settling Who God Is https://bmcgladys.com/settling-who-god-is/ Sun, 11 Oct 2015 22:01:11 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2421 <p>Thomas was a loyal disciple of Jesus. He wanted to know the truth. He didn’t trust the other disciples when it came to whether Jesus had actually been raised from the dead. Thomas wasn’t going to be mislead by his friends. When Jesus talked to Thomas he said, “look at my hands and my side…” He didn’t say, “Thomas, here I am, believe it.” What would the other disciples have said if they were in Thomas’s place? Have we settled who God is? </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/settling-who-god-is/">Settling Who God Is</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Thomas was a loyal disciple of Jesus. He wanted to know the truth. He didn’t trust the other disciples when it came to whether Jesus had actually been raised from the dead. Thomas wasn’t going to be mislead by his friends. When Jesus talked to Thomas he said, “look at my hands and my side…” He didn’t say, “Thomas, here I am, believe it.” What would the other disciples have said if they were in Thomas’s place?
Isaiah 4:6 – Have we settled who God is? We need to know exactly who God is and deeply know God and the power of his resurrection.
A lot of people decide that they don’t want to believe. The children of Israel saw God… yet they didn’t enter the promised land because they didn’t believe. They didn’t want to believe.
The Holy Spirit teaches us all things. He cannot do that if we refuse him and quench the Spirit. We are tempted at times to doubt in different situations, we are constantly bombarded with the temptation to doubt.

* Does God exist?
* Is God Good?
* Is the Bible true?
* Is Christ who he says he is?

Romans 1 – If we really know God these questions will often be secondary. There is lots of evidence that God exists…
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New Behavior of the New Man https://bmcgladys.com/new-behavior-of-the-new-man/ Mon, 05 Oct 2015 02:32:40 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2413 <p>We see in verses from both the old and the new covenant - truth is very important to God. Even Christians within the body of Christ struggle with telling the truth. Maybe we complement people when we don’t really feel it. You might say you’re glad to see someone when you’re not. You may say you’re fine when you’re not. Lying is a bad thing for the body… silence is also not a good thing for the body of Christ. As Christians we...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/new-behavior-of-the-new-man/">New Behavior of the New Man</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We see in verses from both the old and the new covenant - truth is very important to God. Even Christians within the body of Christ struggle with telling the truth. Maybe we complement people when we don’t really feel it. Speaking the Truth
We see in verses from both the old and the new covenant – truth is very important to God. Even Christians within the body of Christ struggle with telling the truth.

* Maybe we complement people when we don’t really feel it
* You might say you’re glad to see someone when you’re not
* You may say you’re fine when you’re not

Lying is a bad thing for the body… silence is also not a good thing for the body of Christ. As Christians we are called to “put off the lying and speak the truth to each other.”
Controlling our Anger
Some forms of anger are not sins in and of themselves. However, no form of anger should lead us to a sinful reaction.
When is it acceptable to say “Jesus, please step aside for a second while I set this person strait. The we’ll get things back on track.” That is never the correct way to handle anger.
Even appropriate anger can turn into self-righteousness and hatred.
Allowing Satan to even have a small foothold in our hearts is exactly what Satan wants. His first order of business is to expand the lines, or blur the lines.
Speaking Wholesome Words
The verse here speaks about “rotten” speech. Unwholesome speech is contaminating to the person who speaks it.
Slander, blasphemy, these are all forms of unwholesome speech. We shouldn’t speak like this, it damages relationships and can contaminate others.
Instead we are to speak edifying words. We often feel like if we speak about spiritual things we will be looked at strangely or self-righteous. Edifying, life-giving words should always have a place in our speech.
Do not Grieve the Holy Spirit
When we put on destructive behaviors we are grieving the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a being who we have a relationship with, we can do things that affect that relationship.
When we refuse to put on new behavior we are rejecting what the Holy Spirit is trying to do in our hearts and our lives.
Verse 29 speaks of being “sealed for the day of redemption.” When the Holy Spirit is in our hearts it is a mark that we are God’s.
The Holy Spirit is the greatest thing that the Christian has going for us. The last thing we should do is offend the one who is doing the most good for us.
Making these Behaviors part of our Lives
Paul doesn’t really give us a step by step list for how to implement these things in our lives. Instead he says, “quit doing the old thing and start doing the new thing.”
Philippians – The power to make these changes comes from the Holy Spirit.
If we are struggling with these things we need to go back to the source of our strength. Am I sitting at the feet of Jesus? Am I digging into the word? Am I pulling my nutrients from the vine?
We need to be aware of what is expected of us, but putting on the new man is about having a good relationship with Jesus Christ.
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Sow Seed and Faint Not https://bmcgladys.com/sow-seed-and-faint-not/ Sun, 27 Sep 2015 21:24:56 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2405 <p>If we are going to reap fruit we do need to plant. Paul says here that we will plant… we need to make sure we are planting good seed, that we are making a good investment. A farmer invests in good seed and good fertilizers he puts in the work. He trusts that if he puts in the work, effort and investment he can reap some kind of benefit at some point in the future. It takes an ongoing will and determination on our part if we...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/sow-seed-and-faint-not/">Sow Seed and Faint Not</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> If we are going to reap fruit we do need to plant. Paul says here that we will plant… we need to make sure we are planting good seed, that we are making a good investment. A farmer invests in good seed and good fertilizers he puts in the work. A farmer invests in good seed and good fertilizers he puts in the work. He trusts that if he puts in the work, effort and investment he can reap some kind of benefit at some point in the future.
It takes an ongoing will and determination on our part if we are going to be of good use in God’s kingdom. If the seed that we sow is going to come to fruition there is more to do than just plant the seed and cover it up.
Ephesians 6:10 – Use a disciplined approach. Put on your armor. Stand. Hold your ground.
We need to pace ourselves. No matter what we are involved with, using a disciplined approach to what we are doing will help us accomplish growing a crop. It doesn’t all have to happen in one day. If we prepare well we can get a lot done in one big push.
Will what we are doing stand the test of time? Or is it something that we are simply doing to “pass the time?”
Are our motives correct? We can do the right thing with the right motives or we can do the right thing with the wrong motives.
Psalm 127 – Except the Lord build the house, those who are building it are building it in vain.
What happens if our goal for our spiritual brotherhood isn’t met? A church can be better… we all have room to grow in Christ’s likeness. We have not reached the pinnacle by any means.
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After God’s Own Heart https://bmcgladys.com/after-gods-own-heart/ Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:41:54 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2401 <p>The heart is very important. It is the seat of our thoughts and attentions and attitudes. Above all things, guard your heart. The heart of a man (or a woman) is very important. Our heart makes us who we really are. God knows our hearts. He knows our hearts completely. What God sees in our hearts should matter to us. What kind of heart pleases God? David was described as a “man after God’s own heart."</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/after-gods-own-heart/">After God’s Own Heart</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The heart is very important. It is the seat of our thoughts and attentions and attitudes. Above all things, guard your heart. The heart of a man (or a woman) is very important. Our heart makes us who we really are. God knows our hearts. Deuteronomy 4:9 – Above all things, guard your heart. The heart of a man (or a woman) is very important. Our heart makes us who we really are.
Acts – God knows our hearts. He knows our hearts completely. What God sees in our hearts should matter to us.
1 Samuel 13:14 – What kind of heart pleases God? David was described as a “man after God’s own heart.”
What are some characteristics that we would expect to see in a person who has a heart who is “after God’s heart?” How about someone who is “not a man after God’s own heart.”
1 Samuel 11, 2 Samuel 5 – Both Saul and David were chosen by God to be kings of Israel. Both were anointed by Samuel. They were both outstanding men in their younger years. God was with both of them at the beginning of their reigns.
Characteristics of a Man After God’s Heart
Obedience – most of the time a person isn’t necessarily a terrible person, but they often refuse to do anything besides “the things they want to.” They aren’t willing to follow the instructions of those over him, especially not God. Saul failed to follow God’s requirements, he rebelled and didn’t do what he was asked to do. Rebellion and disobedience are things that are part of Satan’s kingdom. A man after God’s own heart is obedient from the heart. It brings him joy to do the will of God.
Humility – Saul went to Mount Carmel to set up a monument to himself. When Samuel caught up to Saul he talked about “when Saul was still small in his own eyes.” Saul heard the women singing, “Saul has slain his thousands, but David his tens of thousands.” Saul let this line go to his head and bothered him, he tried to kill David for most of his remaining life. David on the other hand, when he was trying to convince Saul to let him go into battle with Goliath said, “The God who helped me kill a lion and a bear while keeping my Father’s sheep… he will help me faith Goliath.” Later he told Goliath that, “the Lord God will deliver you into my hand.” James tells us that God resists the proud.
Repentance – Saul told Samuel that he had done what God had asked him to do. Indeed Samuel had not followed God’s instruction. David’s life was a contrast to Saul’s, David wasn’t perfect. In 1 Kings 15 – David did that which was right in the eye of the Lord… except for the matter with Bathsheba’s husband. David, when he realized his sin said, “I have sinned,” and he meant it. Saul was sorry because of the consequences of his sin, David was sorry because he knew he was wrong.
Holiness – A man after God’s own heart is forgiven. Saul was uncleanness and unforgiven, he was moving farther and farther from God. Psalm 51 – David is asking God to “purge me, restore me, deliver me.” David was forgiven. We aren’t just holy because we are cleansed but also because we are continually choosing holiness – 1 Peter 1:2, closing to be “Holy as He is Holy.”
Beginning well is a really good thing. An equally important thing is to end well. Saul and David both began well, Saul was a foolish man and he didn’t end well. David on the other hand was obedient, humble, repentant and holy, David ended well.
The heart of man determine matters of tremendous importance. It defines our character and our choices… it determines our destiny.
May God help us to keep our hearts with all diligence.
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The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Believer https://bmcgladys.com/the-holy-spirit-in-the-life-of-the-believer-2/ Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:35:30 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2396 <p>The Holy Spirit is associated with the power to live differently than we would live without the Holy Spirit. The Holy Sprit was within Jesus “without measure.” The Holy Spirit will also be given to us in sufficient abundance that it will pour out. The Holy Spirit is available for you and me “without measure.” We are the only ones who can hinder the amount that we have in our lives. Be filled with the Spirit. The context tells us...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-holy-spirit-in-the-life-of-the-believer-2/">The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Believer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The Holy Spirit is associated with the power to live differently than we would live without the Holy Spirit. The Holy Sprit was within Jesus “without measure.” The Holy Spirit will also be given to us in sufficient abundance that it will pour out. John 7:37-39 – The Holy Spirit is available for you and me “without measure.” We are the only ones who can hinder the amount that we have in our lives.
Ephesians 5:18 – Be filled with the Spirit. The context tells us that we should be controlled by the Spirit… not with wine. Life tomorrow will be a lot the same as last week, but for the Christian there is always the newness of walking in the Spirit.
Two Things That Hinder Our Being Filled With The Spirit

* 1 John – Not dealing with the sin in our lives hinders our being filled with the Spirit. We do not intentionally go out and plan to sin. If we do we are deciding to put God back on the throne of our hearts. God wants to be at the center of our lives and on the throne. We need to be a clean vessel.
* We must be willing to be used in whatever way God wants. A lot of the things God calls us to are scary, we often would rather let someone else do it. We often just want to fit in.

God can and will use you and me to build his kingdom in ways that we can never orchestrate. We need to be aware of the direction of the Spirit of God in our lives.
The Work of the Holy Spirit
John 16:7-15 – The Holy Spirit is a power source within us to change us and convict us to be more and more like Christ. More of an instrument that He can use. We’ve all been given a conscience but it needs to be sensitive and available for the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. The Holy Spirit is serious about showing us our sin. We cannot come to Jesus by ourselves, we need to conviction of the Spirit. Conversion is a miracle. Jesus is the only way. No man comes to the Father unless the Holy Spirit draws him.
John 3:1-15, Ephesians 5, Hebrews 12:10 – The Holy Spirit can change us. Do we want to be different 5 years from now than we are tonight? Where are we going to go? Have we reached the place we want to go spiritually? Do we want to become a person that God can use in a greater way? Our normal condition should be that we are filled with the Holy Spirit, filled to overflowing. Is there a difference when the trials of life come? What is our response, what shows up in our lives?
Romans 15:13 – The Holy Spirit empowers us. How is he power of God flowing out of you? Do people see you or do they see something different? How does the Holy Spirit give you ability to stand for Him?
Our lives have something that the world is looking for, something that the world needs. Are we ready to be used in that work?
God has great things to do through people who are willing to mind the Spirit. God wants to use your gifts. Are you willing to be used?
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Practicing a Forgiving Spirit https://bmcgladys.com/practicing-a-forgiving-spirit-2/ Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:29:40 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2391 <p>God is big enough to bring healing in any situation. How do you sense when someone has a problem with you? How do we deal with it once we realize that a brother or sister has a problem with you. We need to ask ourselves, is this person intentionally trying to hurt me or are we just being too sensitive. Both Jacob and Esau had a responsibility here in their reconciliation and forgiveness.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/practicing-a-forgiving-spirit-2/">Practicing a Forgiving Spirit</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> God is big enough to bring healing in any situation. How do you sense when someone has a problem with you? How do we deal with it once we realize that a brother or sister has a problem with you. We need to ask ourselves, Mathew 5 – How do you sense when someone has a problem with you? How do we deal with it once we realize that a brother or sister has a problem with you.
We need to ask ourselves, is this person intentionally trying to hurt me or are we just being too sensitive.
Genesis 32:1-33:20 – Both Jacob and Esau had a responsibility here in their reconciliation and forgiveness.
This practice of forgiving changes our lives. If we don’t forgive someone it hurts us more than it hurts the other person.
Can you imagine the times that David had to forgive Saul for chasing him? David mourned mightily the death of Saul.

* Am I clothed in humility? If we have a humble spirit we can walk in forgiveness.
* Am I committed to peacemaking?
* Do I choose and pray for love?
* Is it easy for people to come to me when I’ve offended them?
* Am I merciful to others?
* Am I sympathetic to others?
* Am I a cooperative person?
* Am I a reasonable person?
* Do I take care of the little things as they come up?

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The Need of Forgiveness https://bmcgladys.com/the-need-of-forgiveness/ Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:19:42 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2385 <p>If we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive our sins. Our sins are removed as far as the east is from the west, not as far as the north and the south. We needed forgiveness and God has given us forgiveness. Not only at the point of our conversion, but also on an ongoing basis. This is a reality of life, we all need forgiveness. Jesus is willing to forgive us. When we look at the cross and we see what Jesus did...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-need-of-forgiveness/">The Need of Forgiveness</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> If we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive our sins. Our sins are removed as far as the east is from the west, not as far as the north and the south. We needed forgiveness and God has given us forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive our sins. Our sins are removed as far as the east is from the west, not as far as the north and the south.
We needed forgiveness and God has given us forgiveness. Not only at the point of our conversion, but also on an ongoing basis. This is a reality of life, we all need forgiveness.
Jesus is willing to forgive us. When we look at the cross and we see what Jesus did for us it spells forgiveness, over and over, for each and every one of us.
Without this forgiveness we are doomed. God empowers us to forgive.
Forgiveness isn’t saying “oh it doesn’t matter” it is saying “because of what Jesus has done for me I will forgive you.”
Forgiveness is a choice. It isn’t something that comes naturally.
When there has been a hurt, we need to choose to forgive. The healing may take some time, but the forgiveness is the place to start.
Why are we so sensitive? Why are we so easily offended?
We need to be communicative about our hurts and be willing to forgive.
The lack of forgiveness will put up a wall that will cause us great harm.
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Learning to Walk in Sanctification https://bmcgladys.com/learning-to-walk-in-sanctification/ Sun, 06 Sep 2015 21:00:59 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2372 <p>Our society has more access to information than at any time in history. We are also more educated than ever… yet we seem to be somewhat more ignorant than we’ve ever been. Paul is talking about a change of behavior to match the change what has changed on the inside. The new self isn’t something that we just come up with on our own. It is created. This process is only possible for those who have been born again. We aren’t just...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/learning-to-walk-in-sanctification/">Learning to Walk in Sanctification</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Our society has more access to information than at any time in history. We are also more educated than ever… yet we seem to be somewhat more ignorant than we’ve ever been. Paul is talking about a change of behavior to match the change what has changed ...
* Lay aside the old self
* Be renewed in your mind
* Put on the new self

Paul is talking about a change of behavior to match the change what has changed on the inside. The new self isn’t something that we just come up with on our own. It is created.
This process is only possible for those who have been born again. We aren’t just forgiven and given the motivation to do better. There is a transformation that happens within our very being.
2 Corinthians – If anyone is in Christ he is a new creature.
The new creature being frustrated by sin is a good sign. It definitely points to a real change having happened deep within us. If sin doesn’t bother us that is a very bad sign, something that we should definitely be worried about.
There will always be a battle.
Laying Aside the Old
This isn’t something that we are just going to do once. It isn’t something that God is going to just do and that we don’t have anything to do with.
Laying aside the old is going to be something that we do for the rest of our lives.
This means that we need to stop letting the flesh make our decisions for us. Paul says that he is continually beating his body into submission.
Putting On the New Self
James – This means we, as Christians should start acting like Christians. Faith means that we need to produce good works. The rest of Ephesians lays out what this kind of life looks like.
None of these three steps are going to work on their own. You can’t get from the laying off of the old self to the putting on of the new self without having a renewing of our mind.
1 Peter 2:1, Colossians 3:1-3 – We need to know God and we need to feed on the truth. Today we have less excuse than any generation to feed on God’s truth. Someone who is feeding on the word of God will be changed.
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The Church 1.0 https://bmcgladys.com/the-church-1-0/ Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:44:52 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2368 <p>With Christ as the cornerstone the church will be built. The gates of hell won’t be able to overcome the church. The children of Israel were one of the first referred to as a “congregation.” We see here the beginning of the “congregation of Israel.” Abraham was called and he went. "Abraham was our father. We are part of his bloodline, that's what is important.” It was for Abraham's faith that God chose him as the father of Israel.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-church-1-0/">The Church 1.0</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> With Christ as the cornerstone the church will be built. The gates of hell won’t be able to overcome the church. The children of Israel were one of the first referred to as a “congregation.” We see here the beginning of the “congregation of Israel. Genesis 12:1-4 – The children of Israel were one of the first referred to as a “congregation.” We see here the beginning of the “congregation of Israel.” Abraham was called and he went.
John 8:39 – “Abraham was our father. We are part of his bloodline, that’s what is important.” It was for Abraham’s faith that God chose him as the father of Israel.
What is the purpose of the church? To glorify God, the creator and sustainer.
John 3:16 – We see the undying love of God for humanity.
Romans 12 – We have direct access to our father God, through the means of Christ’s blood which speaks to us. In a very large sense, God wants an “organic” or direct connection between us and him.
Why should God receive glory? As our creator and the maker of the universe who else should receive all honor praise and glory?
Is Church for Me?
God intends for us to relate together as a group of believers. Not only is he desiring a direct “organic” relationship with us, he also uses people (as in a church) to pull us together and towards him.
Jesus didn’t institute a bunch of committees and events and such when he was here on earth. It is important for us to stay focused on the reason for why we are doing things the way we are doing them. All for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 11:23-34 – There is a tendency for us to focus on whether we are worthy to take a part in communion. Of ourselves we will never be worthy. Instead we should be focusing on glorifying Christ through our celebration of his death and resurrection. James tells us that if there is something we need to take care of, confess it, work on it, take care of it.
Acts 20:7, Revelation 5:9-14, Revelation 19:1-4 – We see a great multitude, a congregation, coming together, fully united and bringing praise to God!
We are all a very small part of God’s church… but it is God’s church and we can, and should, be a part of it.
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Listen to the Speaking Blood https://bmcgladys.com/listen-to-the-speaking-blood/ Sun, 23 Aug 2015 22:06:20 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2358 <p>Abel's blood was speaking so loudly that it was heard in heaven. The blood of Jesus, which was shed on the cross is speaking better things than the blood of Abel. Blood is very important. If you lose too much blood you lose life. Blood is important because life is important. What is it that Abel’s and Jesus’ blood is speaking to us? Abel’s blood in the ground was really bad news for Cain. Jesus blood for us is very good news!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/listen-to-the-speaking-blood/">Listen to the Speaking Blood</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Abel's blood was speaking so loudly that it was heard in heaven. The blood of Jesus, which was shed on the cross is speaking better things than the blood of Abel. Blood is very important. If you lose too much blood you lose life. Blood is very important. If you lose too much blood you lose life. Blood is important because life is important.
Abel’s Blood
What is it that Abel’s and Jesus’ blood is speaking to us? Abel’s blood in the ground was really bad news for Cain. Jesus blood for us is very good news!
Adam and Eve were created to live forever. After they sinned death became a part of their (and our) lives.
Genesis 4:1 – Abel’s blood spoke loudly. It was heard in heaven by God. It was heard by Cain in his conscience. We can hear it today.
God has placed a high price on blood and life. Cain was guilty. God’s punishment wasn’t for Cain to die… but Cain was the one who said, “the first person who meets me will kill me.” God in his mercy limited the punishment that Cain experienced.
Jesus’ Blood
Jesus blood said, “Father forgive them…”
God, in his mercy comes to us and says, “What have you done?” Instead of saying, “I don’t know what happened… I haven’t done anything.” We have the opportunity to accept the gift of Jesus’ forgiveness for all of our sins.

* Revelation 12:11 – We can overcome sin by the blood of Jesus
* 1 John 1:7 – The blood of Jesus speaks of fellowship.
* Jesus blood will reconcile all things to himself.
* 1 Peter 1:18-19 – Jesus blood can change our lives.
* Hebrews 9:14 – The blood of Jesus can change our consciences and our sense of right and wrong.

The blood of Jesus is still speaking today. It is encouraging those who will listen. Will we listen? We each have a choice in that… will we accept what is extended to us.
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Man and God’s Sovereignty https://bmcgladys.com/man-and-gods-sovereignty/ Mon, 17 Aug 2015 01:38:09 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2353 <p>The sovereignty of God is well established in scriptures. God is over all, all-powerful, all-knowing and all-wise. Just as nothing was created without him, nothing is beyond his reach or beyond his rule. When God decrees something, it will happen. Man can choose to rule his own life. God holds man accountable for the choices that he makes. Whether we are a christian or a sinner, to hear that God is sovereign will make us feel differently.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/man-and-gods-sovereignty/">Man and God’s Sovereignty</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The sovereignty of God is well established in scriptures. God is over all, all-powerful, all-knowing and all-wise. Just as nothing was created without him, nothing is beyond his reach or beyond his rule. When God decrees something, it will happen. When God decrees something, it will happen.
From the Human Side
Man can choose to rule his own life. God holds man accountable for the choices that he makes.
Whether we are a christian or a sinner, to hear that God is sovereign will make us feel differently. As christians we rejoice. As sinners we tremble.
The decisions and the choices that we make are made within the boundaries that are placed upon us by God. There are laws of nature that constrain what we can choose. There are things we cannot change, family, when we were born, how we were born, etc.
2 Thessalonians speaks of Gods restraint on an evil world… until God removes the restraint, at which time evil will abound more and more.
If God chooses to limit himself, it is within his sovereignty to do so.
Nahum 1:6 – Sinners try to ignore God. God does not ignore the sinner. Jonah knew God, he knew what God wanted him to do, but he didn’t want to do what God wanted him to. God was with him even as he tried to run from God. God taught Jonah a very valuable lesson. Rebels can run, but they cannot escape.
Acts 4:26-28 – Everyone was gathered together against Jesus to kill him. They were doing what God in his foreknowledge had decreed and decided should be done.
Revelation 20:11-15 – God has decided a time when he will bring about the final judgment. It will come.
From the Christian Side
For the christian to know God as sovereign is a wonderful blessing.
Those who choose God are chosen by God.
Because God is sovereign his promises are sure and true. God can and will carry out every promise he has made.
Psalm 139:6, Hebrews 11
God is with us.
God has purposes in all things that happen.
There is no chaos with God.
Even though we may be scared, bothered in many ways we are no less secure than when the waters are calm around us.
2 Corinthians 1:20 – God is sovereign. He rules over all. God gives man choice. He invites man to choose him. Man can choose God, or himself, but he is accountable to sovereign God.
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Thankfulness in Colossae https://bmcgladys.com/thankfulness-in-colossae/ Wed, 12 Aug 2015 01:20:57 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2346 <p>What we really need, and the only way to grow in Christ, is to have a life giving and life changing relationship with Jesus Christ. Paul makes it clear that he and Epaphras were not competing. They were in fact working together. The gospel was being preached, people were accepting it and lives were being changed. How can we be planters and waterers and proclaimers and encouragers? It seems like Paul was praying constantly.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/thankfulness-in-colossae/">Thankfulness in Colossae</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> What we really need, and the only way to grow in Christ, is to have a life giving and life changing relationship with Jesus Christ. Paul makes it clear that he and Epaphras were not competing. They were in fact working together. Paul makes it clear that he and Epaphras were not competing. They were in fact working together. The gospel was being preached, people were accepting it and lives were being changed.
How can we be planters and waterers and proclaimers and encouragers?
It seems like Paul was praying constantly. He was thanking God for them and was also interceding for them. Anything that Paul did he first prayed about. Paul is a great model of how we should approach our prayer lives.
Paul was thankful for the love, endurance and steadfastness of the people in the church at Colossae. The whole church was standing together like a solid wall of defense. They were ready to refute the false teaching that they were facing.
Paul prays for the church, that they live in thankfulness. Are we joyful this morning? Are we constantly filled with gratitude that moves us to love Jesus and commit to him and obey him more completely?
Things We Should Be Thankful For

* Our heavenly father has made us qualified to share in the inheritance of the saints. This means that we as Christians are truly sons and daughters of God!
* We were once in the kingdom of darkness… but we have been or can be rescued and brought into the kingdom of light.
* Redemption is something that is available to us. God, with his great love and mercy has provided forgiveness for our sins.
* Jesus is the great reconciler. No longer do we need to be enemies of God.
* We are being changed. We are not perfect yet… we are sinful, but we are on the way.

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Growing Up A Church https://bmcgladys.com/growing-up-a-church/ Sun, 02 Aug 2015 20:55:47 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2340 <p>If the Holy Spirit lives in you, you are a gifted person. Maybe you don't feel like you have something special to offer all the time... but you do. What Jesus has given you is valuable, Jesus is not a stingy giver. He knows you better than anyone and has created you for a special purpose. If the price of these gifts that we have received was Jesus coming to earth and dying on the cross... that is a very expensive gift. We need to show...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/growing-up-a-church/">Growing Up A Church</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> If the Holy Spirit lives in you, you are a gifted person. Maybe you don't feel like you have something special to offer all the time... but you do. What Jesus has given you is valuable, Jesus is not a stingy giver. In order to give us gifts, Christ had to come down from heaven, die, rise from the grave and ascend back into heaven.
Why We Need to Be Involved in Our Church
If the Holy Spirit lives in you, you are a gifted person. Maybe you don’t feel like you have something special to offer all the time… but you do.
What Jesus has given you is valuable, Jesus is not a stingy giver. He knows you better than anyone and has created you for a special purpose.
If the price of these gifts that we have received was Jesus coming to earth and dying on the cross… that is a very expensive gift. We need to show appreciation for these gifts by allowing God to use us and our gifts.
You Have Been Called
1 Peter 4:8-11 – Everyone is called to the ministry. This isn’t something that just applies to those who lead our services and open the word and preach from it. This applies to all of us.
Galatians 6:1 – You who are spiritual…
Your Church Needs You
The growth of the church body is directly related to how all of the pieces of the body are working properly together. Are we going to get to the place where everyone is just pouring themselves into the church? Probably not, but its definitely a good way to be heading.
The church needs you because you have a unique combination of gifts.
A church is a lot like a football team. You need both the offensive linemen and the wide receivers. No good football team is made up of just linemen or just wide receivers.
If you have unique abilities and are not contributing to our church… the church is missing out.
The body needs you, but you need the body even more – God’s design is for us to grow up together.
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Jesus – The Same Today and Forever https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-the-same-today-and-forever/ Mon, 27 Jul 2015 02:37:02 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2334 <p>There are a lot of things that change, but Jesus never changes. He is rock solid. This doesn't mean that he doesn't move. Jesus is always at work and moving among and within those who are his. We will all face death. Death is a huge change. If we know Jesus it is a great change. If we do not know Jesus it is a really bad change. Niagara falls is considered to be one of the 7 wonders of the world. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/jesus-the-same-today-and-forever/">Jesus – The Same Today and Forever</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> There are a lot of things that change, but Jesus never changes. He is rock solid. This doesn't mean that he doesn't move. Jesus is always at work and moving among and within those who are his. We will all face death. Death is a huge change. We will all face death. Death is a huge change. If we know Jesus it is a great change. If we do not know Jesus it is a really bad change.
Hebrews 1:10 – Niagara falls is considered to be one of the 7 wonders of the world. When you visit over a number of years it seems as if things are not changing, but there are small bits of the falls that are changing over time.
Jesus the creator is rock solid and stable. He is complete in himself. Because Jesus doesn’t change, his plan for our change is ongoing. God wants to work in our lives every single day.
Malachi, Psalm 90 – God is a God of eternity and stability.
Revelations 1:8, James 1:7 – All good things come from God… who is unchanging… He is someone we can trust.
What Does This Mean for Us?

* Because Jesus is unchanging we can have confidence in him. Jesus has promised that He will be with us and will supply our needs and will help us change into the kind of person who he is, reflecting his image. The world tends to ask “how can I get a little more?” Jesus says, I am your helper and I will provide, people, money and cars will change… but Jesus will not change. Our health will fail. Our houses will grow old and leak. Jesus never changes.
* Because Jesus is unchanging we can be content in him. Jesus knows what we need, both physically and spiritually.
* We are complete and perfect in Jesus. This is something that seems impossible, but with God all things are completely possible. We only see a very small piece of “the picture,” God sees the entire picture.

Ephesians, 2 Corinthians, Colossians, 2 Peter, John, Jude
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Death – The Final Enemy https://bmcgladys.com/death-the-final-enemy/ Sun, 19 Jul 2015 23:03:08 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2329 <p>The last enemy to be destroyed is death. We shouldn't be preoccupied with dead, but it is very good for us to take a look every once in awhile at the issue of death. It is a very important subject for us to think about and come to terms with. God did not plan for death but He knew it would happen. God did not say that if Adam and Eve ate of the tree they weren't supposed to that he would kill them.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/death-the-final-enemy/">Death – The Final Enemy</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The last enemy to be destroyed is death. We shouldn't be preoccupied with dead, but it is very good for us to take a look every once in awhile at the issue of death. It is a very important subject for us to think about and come to terms with. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
We shouldn’t be preoccupied with dead, but it is very good for us to take a look every once in awhile at the issue of death. It is a very important subject for us to think about and come to terms with.
God did not plan for death but He knew it would happen.
Genesis 2 – God did not say that if Adam and Eve ate of the tree they weren’t supposed to that he would kill them. God did not kill them.
Satan is an instrument of death. Jesus came to earth to fight against death.
There are at least three types of death in the scripture.

* Physical death – Job – Physical death begins the moment that we are born.
* Spiritual death – Colossians 2
* Eternal death – Revelation 20 – The separation from God for ever.

What is the origin of death? God created us and wanted us to live forever in relationship with him. Sin is the root cause for death. Sin is the agent of death.
Romans 5 – When Adam and Eve decided to sin they were choosing Satan over God.
The Fear of Death
The purpose of Christ’s coming was to destroy Satan’s power and to deliver those who are slaves to the fear of death.
The fear of death is often “beneath the surface,” some of it is natural, we all want to survive.
The fear of death is wrong when it holds us captive. Jesus came to deliver those who are held captive by their fear of death.
If we have a fear of death and we are trying to cover it up by adding to the “stuff” that we do… maybe this message is for us. There is something wrong and something that needs to be taken care of. We are being held captive by a fear of death.
The Defeat of Satan
1 John 3 – Jesus came and died to crush the power of Satan. Delivery from the power of death is tied in with the defeat of Satan at calvary. Satan did have the power of death.
When Adam and Eve sinned they switched their allegiance from God to Satan. They chose to follow Satan’s suggestion and to sin. The powers and kingdoms of the world became Satan’s domain.
The Deliverance from the Fear of Death
John 11 – Death is something that we will all face. What allows us to look ahead at death and be confident…

* Our sins our forgiven.
* We have been born into His family.
* God loves us and wants us to live with him forever.
* The power of God is more than adequate to overcome death – Ephesians 1.
* We are ready to go!

1 Thessalonians 4 – But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
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The Water of Life https://bmcgladys.com/the-water-of-life/ Sun, 12 Jul 2015 21:29:32 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2320 <p>Our bodies need water. Water is a solvent, which means that it dissolves other things, in our body this means that water carries all kinds of things to all parts of our body. A healthy body needs to have a correct balance of water inside and outside of each cell. Our bodies are largely water... we can live without food for a long time, but we can't live without water.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-water-of-life/">The Water of Life</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Our bodies need water. Water is a solvent, which means that it dissolves other things, in our body this means that water carries all kinds of things to all parts of our body. A healthy body needs to have a correct balance of water inside and outside of... Judges 15:16-20 – God provided water for Samson when he was desperately thirsty.
Our bodies need water. Water is a solvent, which means that it dissolves other things, in our body this means that water carries all kinds of things to all parts of our body. A healthy body needs to have a correct balance of water inside and outside of each cell. Our bodies are largely water… we can live without food for a long time, but we can’t live without water. Without water we will die in a couple of days.
Genesis – Lot chose the valley because it was green, there was a good source of water in the valley.
While the Children of Israel were in the dessert there were multiple times that God told Moses to strike or speak to a rock and God would provide a source of water for the Children of Israel.
Deuteronomy – God is remembered as the one who “brought forth water out of the rock, causing water to rain down like rivers.”
A Spiritual Thirst
John 4:6-14 – Jesus and his disciples were going through Samaria. The disciples went into town and Jesus waited for them by the well. Jesus and the woman who came to draw water had a conversation about “a well of water springing up to everlasting life.”
Jesus saw a thirsty soul. Someone who was confused about what she really needed. We don’t know what her name is, or what her childhood had been like. But we do know that her pursuits hadn’t satisfied her. She was thirsty. As the conversation continued Jesus kindly and carefully led this Samaritan lady to the truth and the water of life.
1 Corinthians, Revelation 22 – In the future when we are in the presence of God and are finally delivered from all the things that are sinfully inspired, we will be able to drink more deeply than we’ve ever been able to here on earth.
John 7 – The Spirit of God is to be like a fountain, a life giving, fruit bearing, fountain welling up within us.
Psalm – Are we thirsty? Do we long for God as the deer pants for the water?
Keep on… reading the word. Obeying the word. Repenting when convicted… even if we find our current place in life to be a dry place, we can find the life giving water we need if we are willing to keep on.
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The Forgiving Brother https://bmcgladys.com/the-forgiving-brother/ Sun, 05 Jul 2015 19:21:20 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2317 <p>Jesus wants the living seed that he has given us to grow deep and change the way that we interact with those around us, especially our brothers and sisters in Christ. After Jacob had died and was buried. The brothers of Joseph began to wonder what Joseph would do to them. Would he punish them for how they had treated him years ago?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-forgiving-brother/">The Forgiving Brother</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Jesus wants the living seed that he has given us to grow deep and change the way that we interact with those around us, especially our brothers and sisters in Christ. After Jacob had died and was buried. The brothers of Joseph began to wonder what Jose... Genesis 50:15-21 – After Jacob had died and was buried. The brothers of Joseph began to wonder what Joseph would do to them. Would he punish them for how they had treated him years ago?
Joseph made it clear to his brothers that he had forgiven them. He would take care of them and their children, just as he had before Jacob had died.
We should be able to have good conversations and discussions with our brothers without becoming enemies.
We need to be very careful how we take advice and perceive other people. Its always best to look for someone who tells the truth, even if it isn’t exactly what we want to hear.
Forgiveness doesn’t mean that we don’t acknowledge the hurt. It doesn’t mean that we won’t need time for healing. We can’t look ahead and make good decisions if we have our eyes glued to the rear view mirror.
Psalms 51:17, Romans – A suffering of genuine remorse and repentance is what God would have those who wrong others experience.
Mathew 5:43 – Understanding someone else and why they act the way that they do can be a real way to aid us in forgiving.
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Occupy Your Mountains https://bmcgladys.com/occupy-your-mountains/ Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:49:19 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2309 <p>Some opportunities are fun and exciting. Other times we wish that opportunities that come our way would go on past us. What would happen if instead of trying to find excuses and reasons for not taking part in some opportunities we would instead look at them as opportunities to "occupy our mountain." Ephraim and Manasseh were asking that...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/occupy-your-mountains/">Occupy Your Mountains</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Some opportunities are fun and exciting. Other times we wish that opportunities that come our way would go on past us. What would happen if instead of trying to find excuses and reasons for not taking part in some opportunities we would instead look at... Some opportunities are fun and exciting. Other times we wish that opportunities that come our way would go on past us.
What would happen if instead of trying to find excuses and reasons for not taking part in some opportunities we would instead look at them as opportunities to “occupy our mountain.”
Joshua 17 – Ephraim and Manasseh were asking that they be given a larger lot of land. Joshua’s response uses what they asked for and turns it back around. “You are a great people. You should have more land. Although it is hard… you can do it!”
Joshua further told them that if they could take the mountain they could use them as a stronghold.
We all have mountains in our lives. There are giants… there are chariots. Our tendency is to avoid the nasty spots and stick to the small places that are relatively trouble free – our comfort zones.

* We need to focus on doing things because of God – 1 Samuel 17 – David understood that something needed to be done with Goliath. He understood that Goliath was speaking directly against God and it really bothered him. God’s reputation was really important to David.
* Know your history – Joshua 14:7 – Caleb knew that God had made promises… and he kept them. Caleb also realized that the reason he was were he was was only because God had gotten him there. It is vital that we remember that God has been keeping promises for a very long time.
* Lean on God from start to finish – Nehemiah 2 – God is looking for opportunities to show himself strong. These are often the opportunities that are the least appealing to us.
* Be thorough – The good samaritan made sure that the opportunity was thoroughly taken care of.

As we go into this coming week and opportunities come our way… let us think about things in light of whether it is something God would like for us to get involved with. Perhaps it is a good place for us to establish a stronghold for the kingdom.
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The Role of a Parent https://bmcgladys.com/the-role-of-a-parent/ Mon, 22 Jun 2015 01:05:27 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2293 <p>It is much easier to begin planting and watering when children are younger. Teaching our children is something that begins at a very early age. Every home has to deal with difficult things. How parents respond and how they deal with that can be a real testimony to their children. There is a spiritual battle going on. Each of us are being attacked.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-role-of-a-parent/">The Role of a Parent</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> It is much easier to begin planting and watering when children are younger. Teaching our children is something that begins at a very early age. Every home has to deal with difficult things. How parents respond and how they deal with that can be a real ... Plant and Water
Deuteronomy – It is much easier to begin planting and watering when children are younger. Teaching our children is something that begins at a very early age.
Every home has to deal with difficult things. How parents respond and how they deal with that can be a real testimony to their children.
Guard the Gates of Your Home
Ephesians 6:10-13 – There is a spiritual battle going on. Each of us are being attacked. Our homes are being attacked.
James 4:4, Romans 16:19, Hebrews 3:13, Joshua
Achan heard all the warnings about what would happen if anyone kept some of the gold for himself. Yet he kept some of the gold for himself. Achan and his entire family was destroyed.
In guarding our families and our homes we must be alert. Children have an innate selfishness that wants what they want. We must watch and pray and be alert to falsehoods that are out there. False philosophies and lifestyles.
There are so many ways that the devil and the world use to try to rule the world and guide it. We need to guard against these things. Bad music? Bad books? Bad movies?
Know who your children friends are. Know your children. Watch who they admire and where they are looking…
Beseech the Father
Psalm 127 – Parents certainly have a huge part to play in bringing up their children. God also has a huge part to play. We build with the Lords help.
If we try to go it alone we will fail. We must approach parenting with the help of our Father.
John 2 – We know the story of how Jesus turned the water into wine. We can fill the water pots with water… but only God can convert the water into wine. We can teach and train our children, but the decision to follow God is something that will be between God and each individual.
May our children see an earnest desire in our hearts to love and follow the Lord.
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The Gospel of the Kingdom https://bmcgladys.com/the-gospel-of-the-kingdom/ Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:29:10 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2288 <p>Jesus calls people to submit to him as Lord, but Jesus always claims that submitting to him as Lord will be in our best interest. Submitting to him will be a restful place, a place in which you will not be harassed, and Jesus will have your best interest in mind. He will care for you. Is this still the gospel of the kingdom today? Do we live today as if...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-gospel-of-the-kingdom/">The Gospel of the Kingdom</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Jesus calls people to submit to him as Lord, but Jesus always claims that submitting to him as Lord will be in our best interest. Submitting to him will be a restful place, a place in which you will not be harassed, Jesus calls people to submit to him as Lord, but Jesus always claims that submitting to him as Lord will be in our best interest. Submitting to him will be a restful place, a place in which you will not be harassed, and Jesus will have your best interest in mind. He will care for you.
Is this still the gospel of the kingdom today? Do we live today as if all that Jesus said and taught is true?
Mathew 5:2-12 – we call these verses “the beatitudes.” Jesus shows us in these verses that there are times that life will “not be ok.” Jesus doesn’t just say that he will fix everything for us.

* We are to be grieved by the same things that grieve God.
* When we are stressed out by life it is easy to move out of meekness and respect for other people.
* Jesus is living your life with you.

God is alive and is working still today. He can and work with you, within you and through you.
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Moses’ Decisive Faith https://bmcgladys.com/moses-decisive-faith/ Sun, 07 Jun 2015 23:30:13 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2280 <p>Today when we talk about having “a situation,” we are often saying that we have a dilemma. We will face dilemmas in our lives, situations that require us to make a decision. Is your faith going to factor into the decision that you make? Will you look inward? Will you look back at situations you’ve had in the past? Will you look at other people...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/moses-decisive-faith/">Moses’ Decisive Faith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Today when we talk about having “a situation,” we are often saying that we have a dilemma. We will face dilemmas in our lives, situations that require us to make a decision. Is your faith going to factor into the decision that you make? Hebrews 11:23-29 – Today when we talk about having “a situation,” we are often saying that we have a dilemma. We will face dilemmas in our lives, situations that require us to make a decision.
Is your faith going to factor into the decision that you make? Will you look inward? Will you look back at situations you’ve had in the past? Will you look at other people and the way they’ve responded to similar situations?
Moses was born into a world that “required” that he be killed. Moses’ parents however decided to go against the kings edict and keep the child.
We as parents can’t give our children faith. We wish we could! We can however, by God’s grace, create an environment that makes it easy or difficult for our children to come to faith.
Decision
Moses made a decision to follow the God of his birth parents, to identify with the people of God. This decision had a huge impact on his life. He was choosing to not be the son of pharaoh’s daughter. He was choosing to identify with the slaves of Egypt.
What motivated him to do this? Our text tells us that it was his faith that helped him make this decision.
Our decisions are often based on the safe thing or fear of what might happen. Fear of loss of status. Fear of failure. Fear of humiliation. The decisions made out of fear are often the wrong decisions.
Fear doesn’t have to paralyze us. Faith shows us the reality of the obstacle ahead and the power of God that is available to help us overcome it.
We need to understand that God is there for us and he is dependable and loving… and make our decisions based on that.
Three things that Moses did here.

* He identified with the people of God.
* He did it for the sake of Christ.
* He looked ahead towards the reward.

Delay
Acts 7:23-34 – Moses experienced a time of delay between his decision to identify with the people of God and when he was asked to act.
This time was useful to Moses. He learned about God. He raised a family. He learned patience and reliance on God. The decision to only trust God and not his own abilities was learned while in the desert.
There is no real shortcut to this… we often need to learn to rely on God through our own desert experiences.
Demonstration
Exodus – Moses had to come to grips with God asking him to go and lead the people out of Egypt. Moses had a hard time coming to grips with this, but again it is his faith in God that allowed him to respond to this task.
God is asking us to throw down our rods and to pick up his working in us. God wants to work in us and through us… if we are willing, by faith, to allow him to.
Disappointment
Numbers – The story of Moses doesn’t end here. Towards the end of the journey with the children of Israel Moses disobeyed God by striking the rock instead of speaking to it.
Because he didn’t obey God, Moses was not allowed to lead the children of Israel into the land of Canaan.
Moses was special because of his faith in God. Moses failed in the end to trust God… and his humanity shows here as the people got to him, they got under his skin. Moses had had enough of this ungrateful people.
Failure to have faith in God as we make decisions will lead to failure.
Moses was allowed to look over into the land of Canaan. He was a great man of faith, but he was also very human – just as we are.
Conclusion
How do we apply this to our own lives and the decisions that we make?
Are we going to look up when we have decision to make? Is our faith in God and his goodness and his love and his power? Will we trust him and his intentions?
May God help us to make decisions based on our faith in God…
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I Will Trust Him https://bmcgladys.com/i-will-trust-him/ Sun, 31 May 2015 20:16:18 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2272 <p>The times we live in can be confusing. It is important to stop and analyze life and to choose to trust God. This is the point that all of us need to come to. God is the only one who is truly trustworthy. Life can get very confusing and we might not know what’s going on… God can seem distant at times. It is in those times that we need to come to the place where we can say...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/i-will-trust-him/">I Will Trust Him</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The times we live in can be confusing. It is important to stop and analyze life and to choose to trust God. This is the point that all of us need to come to. God is the only one who is truly trustworthy. Life can get very confusing and we might not kno... God is the only one who is truly trustworthy. Life can get very confusing and we might not know what’s going on… God can seem distant at times. It is in those times that we need to come to the place where we can say, “I will trust God regardless…”
We need to especially be here for our young people, as examples, as role models, as confidants, to support and lift up their hands. Everyone makes their own choices, but let us not have to look back in 10 years and ask if things could have been different if we had been willing to stand with our young people.
Hebrews 12:1-2 – Life is like a race. The reward is at the end of the race. In the middle of the race is the sweat and fatigue that is associated with the race.
Abraham trusted God, even in the most difficult thing that he was asked to do, offer his son on the altar – the very son God had promised him.
We must be careful to not allow the things around us to rob us of the time and energy and interest in the things of God. We need to stop and analyze our lives with God’s help to get an idea of where we are.
It wasn’t until the priests entered the water of the swollen and flooded Jordan that God parted the waters. It looked impossible as they walked towards the river… but God had told them to cross the river and He did take care of the details – when they trusted that He would.
Satan doesn’t show us where things will take us. Lots life ended in a really sad place. We can trace that back to where he started making poor choices and took the land that looked best and included Sodom and Gomorrah.
2 Corinthians 4 – Life can be tough. He speaks of trouble on every side… and yet he found strength in his faith and trust in God. Paul said he was pressed down, but he wasn’t pinned down. Although it looked like there wasn’t a way out of his situation he believed that God always provides a way.
Can we trust God? Can we trust that what God says in the Bible is true?
God is looking for people who will trust Him and commit to following Him, regardless of if we have to go it alone and stand by ourselves.
Do we want the road that leads to life?
We may not find all the answers in this life, but we can trust in God and know that He will lead us to the correct place. Like a father asking his child to “jump and trust me to catch you” God often asks us to do the same… trust Him for the outcome.
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Bartimaeus Cries To Jesus https://bmcgladys.com/bartimaeus-cries-to-jesus/ Sun, 24 May 2015 19:22:45 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2265 <p>We don’t know whether Bartimaeus was born blind or if it was something that happened to him later in life. Regardless, he faced a sever handicap that affected how he faced each and every day. Bartimaeus had heard about Jesus. When a crowd passed by and Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was coming by he cried out to Jesus… and kept calling earnestly.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/bartimaeus-cries-to-jesus/">Bartimaeus Cries To Jesus</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We don’t know whether Bartimaeus was born blind or if it was something that happened to him later in life. Regardless, he faced a sever handicap that affected how he faced each and every day. Bartimaeus had heard about Jesus. Bartimaeus had heard about Jesus. When a crowd passed by and Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was coming by he cried out to Jesus… and kept calling earnestly.
Jesus heard. Jesus healed. Bartimaeus followed Jesus, glorifying God.
If it hadn’t mattered much to Bartimaeus would Jesus have stopped? Would Jesus have continued his way on into town if he hadn’t cried out?
1 Corinthians 11, Galatians, Hebrews, Revelation – in each of these cases we can be sure that the shortcomings and sins hindered the progress of these people and these churches. It undoubtedly hindered the ability of these churches to help each other as brothers and sisters.
In dealing with these lacks and weaknesses, what difference would it make if we would call out as Bartimaeus did for the help of God?
Needs we Need to Deal With
Let’s take a look at some of our great needs.

* Psalm 139:23-24 – It’s so important to recognize our needs. It is quite easy to look past our needs and not see how big of a deal they are.
* James 1:22 – It’s important to see the steps that we need to take and then to do what we know we need to do. It is easy to be convicted about something but when it comes to the “doing” we tend to put things off “till tomorrow.”
* Luke 11 – God hears us when we pray. The Lord’s prayer describes so many of our needs so well. God hears the earnest, persistent prayers of his children and the Holy Spirit gives us power to know the things we need to do and to then live that kind of life.

Blind Bartimaeus had a need. It was a need that God cared about. What difference would it make in our lives if we would more often cry out in desperation to God to “know thy ways and walk in the everlasting way.”
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Worthy is the Lamb https://bmcgladys.com/worthy-is-the-lamb/ Mon, 18 May 2015 01:03:52 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2250 <p>We are here to remember. We are here to remember while we take of the bread and drink of the cup. We remember Him, who he is, what he did and what he is like. Who is Jesus? He is the lamb of God who came and made provision so that the sin of the world could be taken away. The Jewish people were expecting a warrior, instead they got a “lamb of God.”</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/worthy-is-the-lamb/">Worthy is the Lamb</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We are here to remember. We are here to remember while we take of the bread and drink of the cup. We remember Him, who he is, what he did and what he is like. Who is Jesus? He is the lamb of God who came and made provision so that the sin of the world ... We remember Him, who he is, what he did and what he is like.
Who is Jesus? He is the lamb of God who came and made provision so that the sin of the world could be taken away.
John 1:29 – The Jewish people were expecting a warrior, instead they got a “lamb of God.”
Isaiah 53:7 – To know God is to love him.
Worthy. Worthy is the Lamb!
What makes the Lamb worthy?

* He is worthy because of his sovereignty – he is a conquering king, the Son of God, the righteous one. Philippians 2 – Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
* He is worthy because of his sinlessness. 1 Peter 1 – Jesus had to be sinless. The only sacrifice that could satisfy the holiness of God.
* He is worthy because of his submission. Mathew 26:36-44 – “Thy will be done.”
* He is worthy because of his sacrifice. Hebrews 10 – Jesus laid down his life as a sacrifice and atonement for our sin.

The blood that Jesus shed as he laid down his life is adequate for the sins of the whole world. We must believe and accept by faith that he died for us. The whole world is not saved because they don’t all believe.
Do you believe that the sacrifice of the Lamb of God was for you?
Worthy is the Lamb.
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Honoring Our Sisters (and Mothers) https://bmcgladys.com/honoring-our-sisters-and-mothers/ Mon, 11 May 2015 01:03:07 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2248 <p>The husband wife relationship is a relationship. We are all in relationships, whether or not we are married. Have we been awake to our responsibilities and relationships? We need to be attentive to the needs of those that are around us. All of us need to be “awaken” at times to see the needs of the ones we relate to...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/honoring-our-sisters-and-mothers/">Honoring Our Sisters (and Mothers)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The husband wife relationship is a relationship. We are all in relationships, whether or not we are married. Have we been awake to our responsibilities and relationships? We need to be attentive to the needs of those that are around us. Ephesians 5:14-33 – Have we been awake to our responsibilities and relationships? We need to be attentive to the needs of those that are around us. All of us need to be “awaken” at times to see the needs of the ones we relate to.
One of the biggest challenges of marriage is the fact that we are committing to love and stick with someone else who is imperfect, as we are. To be able to love an imperfect person requires a power outside of ourselves.
Love is essential to all relationships.
What is this love?
Here in Ephesians the word is “agape” – A love that is totally unselfish, seeking not its own satisfaction, nor even a return of affection. Jesus has modeled this love in how he loves his bride the church.
God’s love is amazing. It isn’t dependent on the other persons behavior. It isn’t dependent on a return of the affection. Courtesy. Humility. Kindness. Etc.
Is it possible to love this way? The way the Bible describes love? It is only possible by the grace and power of God.
What are we willing to give up for the needs of those around us? Especially our spouses?
Mothers and Womanhood
Titus 2:5 – Caring for and teaching children is incredibly valuable. Whether that is in the home, teaching school, or however you touch the lives of those around you.
The life of a godly mother or woman is something that will be noticed by those around you.
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Personal Authority in Christ https://bmcgladys.com/personal-authority-in-christ/ Mon, 04 May 2015 01:01:59 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2246 <p>When Christ talked people listened. Jesus taught as one having authority. We need to keep in mind that our kingdom is not of this world. Our king commands, based on this truth, that we not fight. Instead of fighting authority we are told that we should obey authority and respect those in authority and pray for them. There will be times when...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/personal-authority-in-christ/">Personal Authority in Christ</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> When Christ talked people listened. Jesus taught as one having authority. We need to keep in mind that our kingdom is not of this world. Our king commands, based on this truth, that we not fight. Instead of fighting authority we are told that we should... We need to keep in mind that our kingdom is not of this world. Our king commands, based on this truth, that we not fight. Instead of fighting authority we are told that we should obey authority and respect those in authority and pray for them.
There will be times when we do need to stand in opposition to the authority of this world. Not violently, but standing and accepting the consequences that will come, relying on God for the outcome.
Colossians 4:5-6, 1 Peter 3:13-15, Judges 26:25 – How does authority affect us? The lack of God ordained authority brings about confusion.
1 Corinthians 14:33, James 3:16 – God designed authority. It is good for creation and for mankind.
We may not be able to change the world. Most of the time we are not called to change the world. God will do that in his own time and in his own way. Changing the world is only a good thing if the changes are good. There are a lot of changes that are not good.
Authenticity
Authenticity is key to living a life under God’s authority. Jesus was authentic, he was, is and always will be “the real deal.”
Psalm 100:3, 1 Peter 2:5, Leviticus 21 – The person who has a relationship with Jesus has an obligation to proclaim. We have an opportunity and an obligation today to present this precious truth to others.
Adherence to Scripture
If we are living stones and part of a royal priesthood it seems that we would naturally do what our leader wants us to do. There is a propensity in all of us to “take the convenient and ignore the inconvenient.” We can’t be picking and choosing when it comes to adhering to scripture.
Will we go our own way? Or will we follow the sanctification of God in our lives.
2 Peter 2:1 – God is at work redeeming and making us holy.
John 10:10 – If we are truly living an abundant life the Holy Spirit will be speaking into our lives. It won’t always be what we want to hear… but it will be what we need to hear.
We can look like we are doing well and still be dying on the inside. Jesus wants us to be alive and vibrant and full of life.
If you are wondering or wandering spiritually the only thing that can help is to call out to the savior.
Galatians 5:22, Mathew 5:44 – If we are having a problem loving someone. There is a practical solution… Jesus told us that we should pray for them.
We may never be called to preach to thousands. We may never be called to heal the lame. We are called to participate in the divine power and do the things that God calls us to do.
This calling is for today, tomorrow… for now… Grow the treasure, don’t suppress it.
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The Power of Our Gospel https://bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-our-gospel/ Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:35:35 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2222 <p>When we stop hearing and we stop doing - we stop walking with him. The time is here and the time is now. If we don’t act on what we hear the urgency goes away. Here we are and if “it” still isn’t done, the best time to do it is today. If God has been showing you something, take care of it now. Today is the best day to do it. As believers we have something...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-our-gospel/">The Power of Our Gospel</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> When we stop hearing and we stop doing - we stop walking with him. The time is here and the time is now. If we don’t act on what we hear the urgency goes away. Here we are and if “it” still isn’t done, the best time to do it is today. Romans 1:16 – As believers we have something that the world around us really needs. The power of the gospel hasn’t changed and it will not change. How about our conviction? Does this gospel have the power to change lives?
We are recipients of the gospel for our needs. We are also recipients of the gospel to share it with those around us.
We often miss opportunities because we aren’t looking for them. Failure stings and it can last for a long time. When the day of reckoning comes there will be rejoicing, but there will also be some missed opportunities that will be remembered. We need to be cranking… not cranky, but cranking the seed of the gospel daily upon the soil that we come into contact with.
Genesis 1:12 – Everything that has physical life either reproduces or dies out. Flowers. Animals. People. Trees. Etc.
John 15:16, Galatians 5 – There comes a time when our lives are meant to produce fruit – the evidence of God’s life in us. God’s nature should be evident in all aspects of our lives. People need to see that the fruit in our lives is a result of a life lived with Jesus.
In every life there is a seed. In each of us is the potential to bear fruit and produce a seed with the power to germinate and grow in the life of others. Humility and love are fruits. In these fruits is a seed that has the potential to germinate.
Genesis – Our desire should be to be fruit bearing Christians, influencing, helping and growing the kingdom of God.
2 Corinthians 10:4 – When our zeal is stirred we often think of ways to find more support and start something. Perhaps it isn’t a matter of better funding or new methods, but rather recognizing the spiritual aspect of the battle.
2 Corinthians 3:12-15 – The light that shines on the world has one source. The same thing is true for Christians, the light of Jesus has to be what is doing the work.
2 Corinthians 4:1-4 – Our lives should bring people to a place of decision. Conviction can only happen when light shines into hearts and into their souls.
The biggest hindrance to the gospel is the spiritual veil that can be put up. This veil can lie across the mind of the unbeliever. It can also lie with the believer as well.
As believers living in a physical world we are also dealing with spiritual realities that can either hinder or enhance our spiritual work in a physical environment.
2 Corinthians 4:7 – We cannot ignore the power of a life that is given to the Lord and exemplified by pure, honest living. All of us are earthen vessels, but the power comes from the source inside of us.
Jeremiah 15:19 – How would it be if when we spoke to someone, they would tremble as if God himself was speaking to them? We need to do maintenance in our lives, take those things out that don’t please the Lord and encouraging those things that do.
We often miss the importance of prayer.
John 12:24 – Missions are a chance to die. – Amy Carmichael – We are not called just to sow the seed, we are also called to be the seed. The most fertile ground there is, is the ground where we are called to be sowing.
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Working Towards Unity https://bmcgladys.com/working-towards-unity/ Sun, 26 Apr 2015 02:23:46 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2220 <p>Sometimes the initial beginnings of a church are easier than “the long haul.” Maintaining purpose and maintaining unity requires ongoing maintenance. It is easy at times to become disillusioned with our churches and believe that other churches “have it figured out.” Rest assured that there is no “perfect” church. How is Christian brotherhood...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/working-towards-unity/">Working Towards Unity</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Sometimes the initial beginnings of a church are easier than “the long haul.” Maintaining purpose and maintaining unity requires ongoing maintenance. It is easy at times to become disillusioned with our churches and believe that other churches “have it... It is easy at times to become disillusioned with our churches and believe that other churches “have it figured out.” Rest assured that there is no “perfect” church.
Mathew 12:46 – How is Christian brotherhood different from the other brotherhoods that we see around us?
Ephesians 2:13-22 – This is what Jesus is doing to make a church possible. Jesus is the mediator between God and man, he is restoring relationships between God and man. Jesus is also breaking down the wall between different groups and drawing them together.
John 15 – The foundation to a strong church is strong individuals. In this picture of the grape-vine we also see a picture of the brotherhood. How we respond to our own pruning is a thing between us and God. How we respond to the pruning in others lives is a thing of brotherhood.
1 Corinthians 12 – There are many disconnected parts in a body of believers that are being brought together. God puts us where he wants us to be, in the brotherhood where he wants us. It is good to help other people, it is also important for us to be willing to say “I need you” to a brother. We are designed to build together.
Ephesians 4:16 – The goal laid out here is the growth of the brotherhood through unity. Grace is a personal thing that we receive as we walk with the Lord. As we relate to each other that grace builds a connection… it is through this that the entire church is knit together.
If only the ministry is contributing, the church will grow very slowly. If half of the body is contributing, the church will grow at half speed. If everyone is contributing, the church can grow as it should! A rock pile is not a building. Body parts are not a body. Without unity we don’t have a church.
1 Corinthians 1:10 – There is a large variety of people in each of our churches. Different jobs. Different ways of doing things. How can we all be joined together perfectly with the same mind? Only with an inner attitude change and commitment to God can we come together as God asks us to.
John 17:11-26 – Of all the things Jesus could have prayed he prayed for unity. Jesus set a high standard here that as God the Father and Jesus the Son are one… we, the church, would be one.
Can we submit to each other? Can we honor another persons preferences?
Ephesians 3:10 – Is unity worth the effort? The greatest impact that we can have on the world around us is that we show them the power of God through our unity.
Ephesians 4 – Unity is something that happens on purpose. It isn’t just about “getting along.” How do we respond when something concerns us? How we feel about someone affects how we respond to them.
Mathew 18:15 – Disunity is an open door for Satan’s agenda. The cycle of mistrust can be broken. Ask for clarification and some communication. Check your own heart.
Mathew 5:23 – Who’s job is it to make the “first move” towards reconciliation. If we are called to serve the Lord and realize that we’ve offended someone, we need to do our part to make that right before we serve the Lord.
John 13 – True unity can’t happen until both parties do their part. Insecurity breeds the exact opposite of unity. The towel of service, washing each others feet, is a restorative attitude. If we want a brotherhood that works, the towel is the best place to start. We aren’t too important and we aren’t too good to serve our brothers.
Acts 4:32-33 – Often brotherhood problems are not caused by a great chasm between people, instead they begin with small cracks. It is the responsibility of every one of us in the body of Christ to work to heal these cracks and work towards unity.
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The Church and Brotherhood https://bmcgladys.com/the-church-and-brotherhood/ Sun, 26 Apr 2015 02:12:47 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2218 <p>Wherever God’s spirit is working he is working to build a local body that functions as a reflection of the New Testament practice. There is a lot of definition here - either of us or not of us. The requirement to be "of us" is to continue with us and among us. How would we apply this thing of submitting to our brothers and sisters...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-church-and-brotherhood/">The Church and Brotherhood</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Wherever God’s spirit is working he is working to build a local body that functions as a reflection of the New Testament practice. There is a lot of definition here - either of us or not of us. The requirement to be "of us" is to continue with us and a... Acts 5:12, 1 John 2:19 – There is a lot of definition here – either of us or not of us. The requirement to be “of us” is to continue with us and among us.
1 John 1:6; Mathew 18:15-20
How would we apply this thing of submitting to our brothers and sisters, which is clearly stated in scripture, without the context of a church brotherhood?
Romans 14:17 – We tend to apply this to the “weaker members,” it is, however, directed to the one who feels at liberty to do “these things,” not the one who doesn’t feel that freedom.
Many commands in scripture are irrelevant if we don’t have a brotherhood in which to practice them. Washing each others feet. Communion. Etc. We need a brotherhood to give us a context for so many of these things.
One person can never accurately represent the body of Christ. It takes two or three. God works in individuals, but brotherhood participation opens us up to a richer experience that isn’t available otherwise.
Ephesians 3:21 – The brotherhood is much like a marriage, the deeper the commitment the deeper the satisfaction.
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A Living Sacrifice https://bmcgladys.com/a-living-sacrifice/ Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:36:22 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2213 <p>1 Kings 20:1-12 - Can you imagine the position that king Ahab was in here? Ahab surrendered to the wishes of the king outside. Have we surrendered our lives to Jesus? What kind of relationship are we going to have with Jesus? A mediocre Christian life isn’t really worth it. Jesus work on Calvary was a very expensive transaction...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/a-living-sacrifice/">A Living Sacrifice</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> 1 Kings 20:1-12 - Can you imagine the position that king Ahab was in here? Ahab surrendered to the wishes of the king outside. Have we surrendered our lives to Jesus? What kind of relationship are we going to have with Jesus? What kind of relationship are we going to have with Jesus? A mediocre Christian life isn’t really worth it. Jesus work on Calvary was a very expensive transaction. He did it for us, providing the basis for salvation.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 – There is no way to repay the debt that we incur when someone dies in our place. There is a debt that remains for the rest of our lives.
Jesus invites us to respond to him. He doesn’t push down the door…
Luke 14:25 – Life itself is worth pouring out to follow the cause of Jesus. When Jesus takes possession of our lives he doesn’t just ask for our hearts and souls, he wants everything.
Christianity without the concept of discipleship is weak and empty. It’s as attractive as salt is without any flavor.
The only way that we can respond to the Lord is with what Jesus has already done for us and given us.
Hebrews 10:5-7 – The attitude of Jesus was that he was here to do the will of his father, regardless of what that meant. He had a body, given to him by his father and he was ready and willing to give it back.
John 17, Hebrews 1:9 – Jesus didn’t seek his life, he gave it. Joy comes through submission and being yielded to God.
Romans 12:1 – A living sacrifice is worth much more to God than a dead one. Jesus wants us, he wants our lives… are we willing to say “anywhere, anyhow, and whenever” to God?
Necessary Uses of Altars in our Lives
There is an initial cleansing that happens when we accept Jesus as our savior. However walking with God, walking in the light, is a lifelong thing. The more that the light exposes the more we need to surrender and the closer we can walk with God.
The heart is capable of locking itself on anything and turning it into a “little idol.” There are things that we begin to think we can’t get along without. The rich young ruler came to Jesus and asked what he needed to do to follow Jesus. Jesus pointed out an idol to him, his wealth, that needed to be taken care of before he could follow Jesus.
Job’s altar was different from Abraham’s altar. Job lost everything in one day – he had no say in the matter. Abraham was asked to offer up the one thing that was incredibly special to him. We need to have an “altar attitude” – God gave it to me and he can take it away.
Genesis 12:1-7, Genesis 13, Genesis 22 – The story of Abraham is continually punctuated with a return to the altar where he worshiped the Lord. The last altar Abraham built is the one upon which he laid his son. Abraham’s attitude was the same as Jesus attitude – “you have given me a life and a body, here I am to serve you.” Every time Abraham built an altar, God met with him.
When we face an offering, God is there on the other side, he is there to meet us and walk with us. Even as we give back the things that God has given to us… God will fill us and bless us.
God wants to take care of us. God knows and cares and can provide when we face altars and say yes.
We can never put God into debt to us. We will always be in debt to God. For the duration of our lives God will be the giver and we will be in debt to him.
Has the issue of lordship been answered in our lives? This is probably the single greatest issue that will affect the trajectory of our lives.
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Living in Bondage and Finding Victory https://bmcgladys.com/living-in-bondage-and-finding-victory/ Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:09:40 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2198 <p>When we come from the outside to the inside of the kingdom of God that is only the beginning. The world around us, the temptations, the struggles, they are all still very much a part of our lives. Even people who are in the kingdom of God struggle. There is some debate around holiness and how “free from sin” God...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/living-in-bondage-and-finding-victory/">Living in Bondage and Finding Victory</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> When we come from the outside to the inside of the kingdom of God that is only the beginning. The world around us, the temptations, the struggles, they are all still very much a part of our lives. Even people who are in the kingdom of God struggle. Romans 6:17-18 – Even people who are in the kingdom of God struggle. There is some debate around holiness and how “free from sin” God want’s/needs us to be. How much is too much? How much is enough? Perhaps the real question should be, how healthy do we want to be? If we would go to the doctor for cancer and he asked how cured we want to be, the obvious answer is that we would like to be entirely cured!
God’s will for our lives is spiritual health, freedom from sin and living as servants of righteousness. When God says he wants us to be holy like he is holy, he wants us to be as healthy as he is.
Dealing with temptation is different than “simple choices” – although dealing with temptation is a choice. We all know what it is like to struggle… and hopefully we all know what it is like to be victorious.
Revelation 3:21 – The one thing that is common in all of these letters to the seven churches, is that there was always something that was worth encouraging, there was hope. Even though the entire church around you is going the wrong way you can make a different life, there is hope.
What does overcoming look like? We would love to see the enemy laid out cold on the canvas… however it isn’t like that for us, the victory for us is often that we are still standing at the end of the day. It’s a daily struggle.
Defeat is sometimes spectacular. Some people end their Christian lives with a “big bang.” Often though it is very subtle and very quiet, something that happens gradually over a long period of time. Satan doesn’t care how he gets you off of the path of life. He just cares that he can get you off the path that you should be on.
How we approach our lives and the battles that we experience is vital to victory.
Ephesians 2:1-7
The Course of the World
Society is not holding still. There is a constant movement from where it is, to where it is going.
There are lines drawn in society around us that people think they will never cross. Interestingly enough all of those lines seem to be “subject to change.” Things have changed and shifted. We are 45 years down stream from so many things that if we were to compare today to 50 years ago, we would see have changed drastically.
Satan is definitely involved with shaping the course that the society around us is on. The world around us is not a lake. It is a river… it is coming from somewhere and it is going somewhere. When we talk about nonconformity we need to realize that satan is trying to mold people slowly but surely.
James 1:14 – There are two words here, temptation and lust. Temptation is what the world is incredibly good at. The world promises to please and fulfill us. Lust on the other hand is our problem, the desire of forbidden things. Temptation and lust work together like two magnets. There is a tremendous force between the two that often brings them together.
John 8:34, 2 Peter – In our battle with temptations, who has the advantage? Who is going to win? There is a bondage factor for a person who is used to living in sin. We are free to choose a master, but we are not free to choose the consequences for that choice.
What is bondage? Sin is no longer a choice, it is a reaction. A lot of times it begins with curiosity. At some point it is no longer a choice, it is the result of a series of decisions over a long period of time.
Luke 4:18 – Jesus is a breaker of chains and a freer of captives. So why was Romans 7 written? (I know what I want to do but I do the other thing.)
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A Holy God & the Problem of Sin https://bmcgladys.com/a-holy-god-the-problem-of-sin/ Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:51:09 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2195 <p>God knows those who are his own. He will never make a mistake. We don't know about some of the people we see around us at times, but God never makes those kinds of mistakes. This is a comfort to the children of God while at the same time being something that should be terrifying to those who don't know...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/a-holy-god-the-problem-of-sin/">A Holy God & the Problem of Sin</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> God knows those who are his own. He will never make a mistake. We don't know about some of the people we see around us at times, but God never makes those kinds of mistakes. This is a comfort to the children of God while at the same time being somethin... Two Things We Should Be Thankful For

* There is an open door. Wouldn’t it be awful to not have the ability to go through the door from darkness to light. To not even have an option?

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The Holy Spirit is actively pursuing men and guiding them from one side of this door to the other side.


John 16:7-8 – When Jesus was on the earth the Spirit was not poured out. Jesus was a constant and visible example of what righteousness looks like. When Jesus left the earth the Spirit came and is continuing to remind people of what that righteousness and holiness looks like.
A Pure and Holy God
We as people cannot understand mercy unless we understand justice. It is difficult to understand the love of God unless we have some idea of the alternative.
Romans 11:22 – We like the goodness of God, but the justice/holiness part of him is just as real as his goodness. We can’t accept only some aspects of who God is and not the others.
Revelation 4:8 – This is a picture of worship and holiness being offered to a worthy God.
Scripture describes God as holy, righteous, just, perfect, supreme, etc. We are not used to looking at something as perfect as God. The things that we see here on earth as “perfect” are nowhere near as perfect as God is.
Romans 7 – When God gave us laws he wasn’t making suggestions for the way we should live. These laws are like an extension of his nature, rooted in the very core of who he is.
Anyone who thinks that their own goodness is “enough” needs to take a serious look at the measuring stick they are really going to be measured with.
God isn’t just concerned about our actions… he shows us this by giving the last of the ten commandments, after all the ones that have to do with things that we can commit physically he says “thou shalt not covet.”
Mathew 5: 21 – God sees the problem that is deeper than the actual act of murder, he sees and condemns hatred, a thing of the heart. Both the physical act and the spiritual act are condemned by God.
Mathew 5:27 – Immorality can be seen all around us in all kinds of ways. It isn’t just a moral law, it’s also a spiritual law. God’s law not only covers the physical law, it goes much deeper – to holiness of the heart.
Romans 3:10-17 – Paul talks about the sinfulness of man in his unredeemed state, this describes something about ourselves. There are two extremes here… either end of the spectrum is dangerous, believing that we can do anything we want to and not be held accountable or on the other end feeling like we have gone too far and there is no hope for us.
Something about sin hardens the conscience. We can always come back and repent after sinning, but the more times we do that the harder it becomes to repent and regain what we had before.
Sin looks so easy to retreat and back up from, but it never is as easy as it seems. God will see to it that we cannot sin without there being consequences.
True holiness is when our hearts and the attitudes line up with the heart and the attitudes of the Father.
Romans 6:17 – This thing of a loving God punishing sin and sinners so severely is a difficult thing. As God looks at people, the more he loves the people the more he is going to hate the sin that damages those people.
The longer that we live in sin… the more the basic programming of our soul is marred by this problem of sin.
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Part of the Kingdom of God https://bmcgladys.com/part-of-the-kingdom-of-god/ Wed, 22 Apr 2015 02:12:17 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2188 <p>Can you imagine a place where God’s character is the law? Can you imagine the perfection… perfect love, nothing out of place, selfishness is so unheard of that every action is motivated by selfless concern for another, perfect holiness, a sin free place. A place where God’s spirit is the atmosphere. This place of course fits the definition of heaven perfectly.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/part-of-the-kingdom-of-god/">Part of the Kingdom of God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Can you imagine a place where God’s character is the law? Can you imagine the perfection… perfect love, nothing out of place, selfishness is so unheard of that every action is motivated by selfless concern for another, perfect holiness, This place of course fits the definition of heaven perfectly. Jesus calls it “the kingdom of heaven.”
Why is repentance key to the kingdom of heaven? Jesus said to “repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.”
Deuteronomy 11:18-21 – The sum of Jesus teaching is how men here on earth can come join the kingdom of heaven even though we are here on earth.
There is an unseverable link between the kingdom in heaven and the kingdom of heaven here on the earth. We can be a part of this “outpost,” or “embassy” of the kingdom of heaven.
The church transcends earthly government. Throughout history there has been a clash between the government of the world and the church.
Only one kingdom will remain in the end. God’s kingdom will not fail, he will “get it done.” It is going forward and it won’t stop… regardless of if it appears that we are moving backwards in our society today.
Luke 17:20 – Scripture gives us a picture of the kingdom of heaven. Wherever we find a man or woman with a submitted and yielded heart, there we also find the kingdom of God. A person under the lordship of Jesus and the law of heaven is all that is needed for the kingdom of God to be “there.”
Revelation – The most beautiful beautiful thing about the kingdom of heaven is the King!
Colossians 1:16-19 – When Jesus came to the earth, he came as the essence of the kingdom of heaven. When we do church life and decide things and make choices, the highest importance, the approval that we seek, the focus, is the king. When Jesus came he could have done so in a very different manner. He could have came with a great display of force… but he didn’t. Jesus is a unique king.
Zechariah 9:9, John 15:1-26
Jesus shows us the picture of a grape vineyard and how it is like the kingdom of God. Jesus shows us that there are two ways to respond to the kingdom of God.
Mathew 5 gives us a good picture of just how “upside down” the kingdom of God really is. This kingdom is so different than any kingdom we’ve ever seen.
Christ kingdom is a kingdom of bowed hearts. Hearts under the lordship of Jesus Christ. Kingdom people want to please the king and kingdom people want to be like the king.
Mathew 25:1-46 – When God and man look at something they always see different things. Man sees the outside. God sees the inside. There are a lot of similarities in this story. All virgins. All waiting. All hoping to celebrate with the bridegroom. All had lamps. All trimmed their lamps. The difference showed up when the bridegroom came… some had oil… some did not.
If we are living in a way that isn’t real. If we are not living as a subject of his laws… when we come to the end there will be complete transparency – the only thing left and all that matters is what is let, the things that God sees.
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If You Would Walk With God https://bmcgladys.com/if-you-would-walk-with-god/ Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:41:25 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2177 <p>Any time a relationship happens between man and God it only happens because of God’s initiative. Jesus is the only hope we have to know God. We are faced with the choice to open the door and have a relationship with the creator of the universe. Or to not open the door when he calls us. How can a man walk with God? Man, even in his wisest...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/if-you-would-walk-with-god/">If You Would Walk With God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Any time a relationship happens between man and God it only happens because of God’s initiative. Jesus is the only hope we have to know God. We are faced with the choice to open the door and have a relationship with the creator of the universe. Luke 10:22 – Jesus is the only hope we have to know God. We are faced with the choice to open the door and have a relationship with the creator of the universe. Or to not open the door when he calls us.
How can a man walk with God? Man, even in his wisest moments is far less wise than Gods foolishness.
Psalm 24:1-6 – God’s whole creation is designed to meet the needs of the creatures in creation. The world is full of all that we need.
Isaiah 63:8, Hebrews 11:5, Genesis 6:9
If we are serious about walking with God we need to pay attention to these three things.
John 14:29-31 – Wherever God finds a heart that loves the Lord, God is drawn to that heart and he wants to dwell there. If we are honest we probably don’t love God as we should.
There are things that we can measure our love of God by.

* Our choices.
* Our priorities.
* Our obedience.

Don’t think that our devotion to God is not tested. There are many things upon which we can lay our affections in the world around us today. It is easy for us to stop and look and admire these other things before moving on to worship our God.
Do we love him? How?
It is impossible to go the same direction as God unless we agree with God about what is important and where we are going.
Malachi 2:6, Psalm 11:7 – God loves to see us working to forgive instead of exacting justice.
Men that walk with God love the things that God loves.
Isaiah 5:20 – There is a tremendous blurring of lines in the world today. We get so used to seeing the darkness that we can become comfortable in a mediocre situation, twilight.
Proverbs 6:16-19 – These are things that God hates. The content of our heart has a lot to do with how God walks with us.
Do you agree with God?
If we are going to walk with God we must walk humbly.
Micah 6:8, 1 Peter 5:5-6
It is entirely inconsistent to think that we can submit to God while refusing to submit to our brothers and sisters in Christ.
God says that he resists the proud. This isn’t a passive looking the other way, rather it is an active resistance.
Grace is somewhat like water from heaven, as it runs it seeks the lower areas leaving the high ones untouched. God wants to be there and bless the humble person. The higher we get, the more untouchable we are by grace and the more difficult it is for God to work in us.
Pride can reside in all sorts of people. It may be expressed differently but it is the same thing. Pride is like climbing a ladder, we can’t walk with God when we are climbing a ladder.
Daniel 2 – Pride is like 90 feet of pretense set up to flatter other people. Pride produces an image of who we wish we were.
We can’t walk with God while holding up a false pretense.
Pride is spiritual superiority. The publican and the pharisee show us this picture very clearly. People who have religious pride are people who own their own goodness and let other people know it.
Isaiah 57:15 – God lives in two places. The expanse of eternity and the humble heart. What a contrast…
If we find ourselves standing on something to get closer to God, it’s time to quit that. If we are living behind a facade it is time to take it off.
Beautiful things happen when the images that we put up come down. If we are dry and empty and isolated, beautiful things happen when these things come down in our lives.
How do we walk with God? Love him with all of our heart. Agree with God. Walk humbly with him.
Micah 4:5 – almost everyone wants to be identified by something. What evidence is there that we walk with God? The only way to end up where God is going is to go the same way he is going – by walking with Him.
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What is Your God Like? https://bmcgladys.com/what-is-your-god-like/ Mon, 20 Apr 2015 01:47:24 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2171 <p>God is a lot smaller and impersonal to people today than he should be. God is neither small nor impersonal. God told Moses in Exodus 3, that “I am that I am.” God is eternal, the self existing one. When we look at the names of God we start to get an idea of who he is. God is all powerful. God needs nothing outside of himself.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/what-is-your-god-like/">What is Your God Like?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> God is a lot smaller and impersonal to people today than he should be. God is neither small nor impersonal. God told Moses in Exodus 3, that “I am that I am.” God is eternal, the self existing one. When we look at the names of God we start to get an id... God told Moses in Exodus 3, that “I am that I am.” God is eternal, the self existing one.
When we look at the names of God we start to get an idea of who he is.

* God is all powerful.
* God needs nothing outside of himself.
* God is the perfection of love.
* God is the standard for all other holiness.

Water is hydrogen and oxygen, you can pull them apart, but water doesn’t exist if you take it apart. God is the same way. You can’t take his mercy, love, perfection, power, etc., apart. God is all of these things together.
Genesis 1:1 – How is it that God being a spirit created a physical world? How is it that God who is limitless created things that have limits? These are incredible questions about God and his creation.
The earth is incredible beautiful. It is easy for us to see the finger prints of God all over creation. Imagine how it must have been before creation. God is the master of creativity.
Acts 1:26, Hebrews 11 – It is only faith that can cross the gap between what we know and believing in God.
There is one place in the entire universe where the eternal intersects with the physical – our hearts. The only way to experience God is with faith in our hearts.
1 John 3:1 – The most amazing thing about God isn’t the physical things that we can see that he has created. It is that this God wants to be our father. He calls us to be sons and daughters of his. Sons and daughters of an all mighty God.
John 16:15 – Jesus says that he has access to all the storehouse, wealth, resources of heaven. He tells us that he is going to make these things available to us, his children.
2 Peter 1:3 – Everything we need for our physical and spiritual life is available to us. If God is our father what can we expect from him?
Life requires a lot. We tend to dump a lot of time and energy into the things of just living. Yet too often we forget that it is from God that all the things that we really need come.
God knows what we need and he knows when we need it. When God is our father he is enabling us. Life is a challenge that is too big for us to handle on our own.
Philippians 4:15 – God will be there when we need him.
God used something that David was already used to a sling… yet it wasn’t the tool that he used, it was that he had God on their side.
James tells us that if we need wisdom and we ask him for it, God will give us wisdom. We have constant access to God, there are no limits on time, there are no limits to his accounts. We can come because of what we need. We can come because he loves us.
We need to think about our concept of God. Whenever God is small and man is large the relationship is skewed.
Having a proper perspective and outlook of who God is, is simply incredible and it changes everything…
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Never Stop Improving https://bmcgladys.com/never-stop-improving/ Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:45:06 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2154 <p>Our spiritual lives are somewhat like a house. When we become Christians, God makes a bunch of really great changes in our lives, but there is still work that needs to be done. James 1:19-27 - Using a mirror is a good place to start if we have something on our face. However just looking into a mirror doesn’t make the food on our face go away.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/never-stop-improving/">Never Stop Improving</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Our spiritual lives are somewhat like a house. When we become Christians, God makes a bunch of really great changes in our lives, but there is still work that needs to be done. James 1:19-27 - Using a mirror is a good place to start if we have somethin... James 1:19-27 – Using a mirror is a good place to start if we have something on our face. However just looking into a mirror doesn’t make the food on our face go away. Nor does just reading our Bibles or listening to sermons or listening to good music make our spiritual lives better.
The goal of this message is to help us prepare for our revivals this week. That we could come to the point this week that when God points something out in our lives we actually tackle it and resolve to do work on it.
A Person Who had A Blemish & Didn’t Respond Correctly
1 Samuel 2:29-30
Eli had a lot of good things going for him. However he had a major problem as well. Eli honored his sons more than he honored God.
Eli was warned twice, by this man of God and then later by Samuel, that judgement was coming. Eli apparently does nothing even with these two warnings from godly men.
Why We Look In The Mirror And Walk Away

* We can get used to our problems.
* We can get tired of trying to work on our problems without success.
* We can have distractions in our lives that cause us to lose focus.

We do need to be careful that we don’t get to the point where we are overly sensitive about the problems in our lives. We need to be aware and working on things, but we also need to realize that we will never be perfect.
Why We Need To Work On Our Shortcomings
Our shortcomings do affect the church family around us. A high level of tolerance for our personal faults can be discouraging to other members around us.
We don’t need to be perfect people before we reach out to others, but having spiritual blemishes can seriously affect how effective our outreach is.
John 15:7 – If we are content with what we see in the mirror and don’t make any changes, we aren’t letting God’s word abide in us.
2 Peter 1:10 – At some point our spiritual blemishes can become a rash. If we aren’t making every effort… there is a very good chance that we can have serious problems because of that.
What If God Speaks To Us This Week?

* Surrender – not the kind of surrender that says “Lord I’ll do anything – as long as _________.” Full, complete surrender.
* Seek God’s wisdom/strength – ultimately this is not about self-discipline and willpower, but rather our connection to God.
* Study God’s word – find some verses about the thing that God is speaking to you about and perhaps memorize them.
* Scrutinize our priorities – maybe there are other things that are more important to us. What are the things that are pulling you away from taking action on the things God is speaking to you about.
* Share your struggles – James 5:16
* Set your expectations – realize that it could take some time, there could be setbacks, but ultimately God can and will be faithful in doing the work in us. 1 Corinthians 1

Our lives can be useful, but there are always things that we can work on in our spiritual lives.
Let us never stop improving.
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A Rebellious Heart Is A Serious Thing https://bmcgladys.com/a-rebellious-heart-is-a-serious-thing/ Sun, 12 Apr 2015 21:59:17 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2148 <p>Every two year old has two questions that they are grappling with. If they can’t get these two questions answered in the right manner, they will find that they have a “tough row to hoe.” Can I do what I want to? Do I really have to obey authority? If we as parents have children who are growing up without getting the answers...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/a-rebellious-heart-is-a-serious-thing/">A Rebellious Heart Is A Serious Thing</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Every two year old has two questions that they are grappling with. If they can’t get these two questions answered in the right manner, they will find that they have a “tough row to hoe.” Can I do what I want to? Do I really have to obey authority?
* Can I do what I want to?
* Do I really have to obey authority?

If we as parents have children who are growing up without getting the answers to these questions we are making it difficult for them to get a no from their Heavenly father.
Nehemiah 9:16-17 – here was a group of people who had sinned, but God was there, ready to forgive.
God has laws. They are a lot like gravity. They are there, whether we believe them or respect them or not. Not all of God’s laws are as obvious as gravity, but they are there none the less.
Symptoms of the Rebellious Heart
Where do these kinds of questions come from? Where do they start?
Isaiah 14:12-14, Luke 10:18, Revelation 12:7-11, Genesis 3:1-6, Numbers 12:1-16
God does not look kindly on people who have rebellious hearts. God honored the immediate repentance we see here to Miriam and Aaron.
Numbers 16:1-50 – here we have a similar thing happen, but the outcome is quite different.
1 Samuel 15:22-23
What Is The Solution?
1 John 1:9 – What is the solution if we discover that we have a rebellious heart? God tells us here in 1 John that if we repent, He is faithful to forgive us.
Jesus was submissive to his parents. We don’t know all the details about Jesus childhood, he could have educated his parents about things they didn’t understand, but he was submissive to them.
Jesus was also submissive to his Heavenly father. He asked if there was another way, but submitted to the will of the Father.
Hebrews 5:6-9 – all of them who obey him. Obedience was important for Jesus, it is important for you and me as well.
We are deceived if we think as parents we can rebel against authorities in our lives while maintaining the respect and authority with and of our children.
It’s like defying gravity. It doesn’t work that way. Our children see it and they understand it at a much younger age than we can ever imagine.
We are dealing with these questions that hopefully two year olds are getting ahold of. A rebellious heart is a very serious thing.
Submission, obedience and respect is what God expects of his children. Let us check our hearts. If there is rebellion there, let us submit and obey and trust God – He knows what he is doing.
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The Importance of the Resurrection https://bmcgladys.com/the-importance-of-the-resurrection/ Sun, 05 Apr 2015 11:46:52 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2140 <p>The news cycle today is pretty short. The resurrection of Jesus is never old news. Acts, Romans - The disciples continually were preaching about Jesus being raised from the dead. The fact of the resurrection is told in Scripture, it is believable to those who are open to it. Jesus resurrection was prophesied in the Old Testament.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-importance-of-the-resurrection/">The Importance of the Resurrection</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The news cycle today is pretty short. The resurrection of Jesus is never old news. Acts, Romans - The disciples continually were preaching about Jesus being raised from the dead. The fact of the resurrection is told in Scripture, Acts, Romans – The disciples continually were preaching about Jesus being raised from the dead. The fact of the resurrection is told in Scripture, it is believable to those who are open to it.
Psalm 16:10 – Jesus resurrection was prophesied in the Old Testament.
The resurrection was an astonishing and miraculous event. The terrific power that was portrayed is incredible – all the forces of hell could not keep Jesus in that grave.
Jesus was dead – past tense. He was buried – past tense. But He is alive forevermore, both now in the present and in the future.
Romans 10:9 – The importance of believing in the resurrection is very clear here. It is a necessary part of salvation.
Without the resurrection, all that the scripture says about Jesus and his sacrifice is a solution that is not available to us.
1 Corinthians 15:1-34 – Many do not believe the resurrection. They’ve heard the stories… but they would rather think about other things on Easter. To them it is just too incredible.
The process of the resurrection for many is as complicated and difficult to think about as the creation story as laid out in Genesis.
It was difficult for a lot of the disciples to come to believe in the resurrection as well. They did come to believe… but it wasn’t an easy place to come to.
Romans 4:23-25, Romans 5:10 – There is a life to live from the moment of accepting our savior and risen Lord.
Romans 7:1-25 – We cannot live a good and holy life in and of ourselves. Even if we are good citizens, we have hearts and minds that have selfishness that is unsurrendered. Only Christ can bring that change to those who surrender to him.
Ephesians 2:1-10, 2 Peter 1:1-11
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Triumphal King! https://bmcgladys.com/triumphal-king/ Sun, 29 Mar 2015 20:54:24 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2135 <p>If we go home today in a mindset of refection of what Christ has done for us, then we will have gotten what Christ has for us today.The history of the Passover makes the Passover very important to the Jewish people in years past and today. There is much more importance for us as Christians. From a kingly point of view the donkey wouldn't have...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/triumphal-king/">Triumphal King!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> If we go home today in a mindset of refection of what Christ has done for us, then we will have gotten what Christ has for us today.The history of the Passover makes the Passover very important to the Jewish people in years past and today. Zechariah 9:9, Luke 19:28-40, Exodus 12:1-28
The history of the Passover makes the Passover very important to the Jewish people in years past and today. There is much more importance for us as Christians today.
Luke 2:46-49, Mathew 21:1-11, John 12:1-50
From a kingly point of view the donkey wouldn’t have been ask “kingly” as an Arabian horse. Jesus rode on a donkey. The donkey was a lowly, everyday mode of transportation and beast of burden.
Christ wasn’t interested in making a military presentation. He was more interested in making an exaltation of the “soul kingdom.”
Jesus received the highest of praise from the common people. People who recognized Jesus had the qualities of a messiah. He had met them, each one, right where they were.
Revelation 19:11-21 – There will be a final triumphal entry. This is a picture of the triumphant king, Jesus Christ. This will take place soon… the air is thickening with anticipation. Let’s be ready for that great and triumphal entry!
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Two Enemies of Stewardship https://bmcgladys.com/two-enemies-of-stewardship/ Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:38:52 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2113 <p>It is a blessing of each of us to be able to give. Giving is an act of faith. Jesus didn’t say that we would necessarily receive a return in the same kind of currency. Jesus makes it clear that the return is only valid in the Kingdom of God. Jesus isn’t just talking about money of course. He is also talking about time, energy and things like that.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/two-enemies-of-stewardship/">Two Enemies of Stewardship</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> It is a blessing of each of us to be able to give. Giving is an act of faith. Jesus didn’t say that we would necessarily receive a return in the same kind of currency. Jesus makes it clear that the return is only valid in the Kingdom of God. Giving is an act of faith.
Mark 10:29-31, Luke 18:28
Jesus didn’t say that we would necessarily receive a return in the same kind of currency. Jesus makes it clear that the return is only valid in the Kingdom of God.
Jesus isn’t just talking about money of course. He is also talking about time, energy and things like that.
God is interested in people who are willing to invest in his kingdom.
A lot of times our eyes are too dim to see the many ways that God can and will reward us. God sees what we need, not so much what we want.
Mathew 6:19-24, Romans 5:1-11
God is so much bigger and more infinite that we can ever imagine. The things that we do in our calling here on earth is counted as if we did it in heaven for him.
Even the best bank account isn’t secure. There is no way to grab onto our money and hold on to it. In heaven on the the other hand, we can put our investment and it’ll not be lost. In fact it will gain interest – Jesus said 100 times over.
Galatians 6:8-10 – We often don’t see the outcome right away.
When Jesus sent out his disciples he seems to have given his disciples access to “his account.” Each of us has our own “account,” there is a sense in which our family and church can have an account as well. We can be blessed by the things we give.
Philippians 4:14
If you are having struggles in your life it may be a good time to check your account. Are you investing? A little investment with God goes a long way.
Revelation 3:14-22
Are we pouring our energies and investments into the kingdom of God? Or are we allowing our eternal bank account to go broke?
Let’s not be wealthy in earthly goods, instead lets focus on the wealth that we can place in the secure accounts we have in the kingdom of God.
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Establishing Ownership https://bmcgladys.com/establishing-ownership/ Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:36:41 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2106 <p>Let’s look at God’s ownership of our bodies. In the beginning Satan lied to Adam and Even by telling them that God was with-holding good things from them. It is the same lie that Satan uses on us today as well. In what sense does “God own us?” He created us! God also gave us a free will. God didn’t make us to be a robot. God made us in...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/establishing-ownership/">Establishing Ownership</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Let’s look at God’s ownership of our bodies. In the beginning Satan lied to Adam and Even by telling them that God was with-holding good things from them. It is the same lie that Satan uses on us today as well. In what sense does “God own us? In the beginning Satan lied to Adam and Even by telling them that God was with-holding good things from them. It is the same lie that Satan uses on us today as well.
In what sense does “God own us?” He created us!
God also gave us a free will. God didn’t make us to be a robot. God made us in his image and he isn’t a robot. How would we be able to actually worship God if we didn’t have free will? Would it be worship if we didn’t choose to do it?
Mankind has lost his identity as God’s person.
Exodus 12:12-20 – It was through the blood of the lamb on the doorpost that God recognized which of the houses to pass over. In each house hold with the blood on the door, there was a price paid for the first born.
Numbers 3:11-13 – God chose the Levites to replace his “First Born.” We see that God has a special people that he owns.
1 Peter 2:9 – We are a chosen people, a peculiar people, a property of God, purchased and possessed by God.
Acts 20:28, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 1 Peter 1:18-19
We have been bought by the blood that Jesus spilled while he was hanging on the cross. We are God’s possession. We are owned by God. It is this purchase that makes our bodies the temple of God.
This purchase price is incredible and should signify to us the value that God has placed on having a relationship with us.
We become the possession of Jesus now, not just in eternity or after we die. Our lives are going to be changed as we come to understand this better. Too many people only believe that salvation is only something that affects the future, after we die – although that is true… it begins now, as we actively pursue following Jesus in a personal way.
Eternal life begins now. Jesus came and lived an exemplary life for us to follow. We need to live the life that Jesus lived before we can make the decisions and choices that Jesus would make. We choose to do what we do because of who we are, what our identity is.
You’re not going to be able to play the game if you aren’t willing to live the life. There are so many things that are going to have to make a part of our ever day lives if we are going to live like Jesus did.
Jesus went to the cross knowing who he was. He went as himself, he had been becoming the Jesus who was ready to go to the cross for 33 years prior to that moment.
The devil is really good at conspiracies. He wants to stop christians from being effective. When young people are inspired to give up the things of this world and walk with Jesus… Satan loses out. Satan isn’t a fan of Christians, but he is even less of a fan of a zealous Christian.
The only thing that pays for our sins is the blood of Jesus Christ. No thing that we can do can ever pay for even one of our sins.
Isaiah 64:6-7 – This is a verse that is often taken out of context today. If we are following Jesus with a proper motive our righteousness is seen as a beautiful thing.
Hebrews 13:21, Philippians, Revelations 19 – If we are doing righteous deeds in the name of Jesus, it is beautiful. It is definitely not a filthy odor before God.
Jesus says that he came to give us life, an abundant life. This isn’t just a reference of what happens to us after we die, rather it is meant to show up in our lives here and now on this earth.
Romans 6:12, Philippians 3:13 – The call of Paul here is a call to service. A call to follow Christ.
We can be pleasing to God. The things that we do in Christ name aren’t an odor before God. It is pleasing to God and he loves to assist us as we do the things that he would have us to.
We have a choice to be servants of Jesus Christ!
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The Truth Misrepresented https://bmcgladys.com/the-truth-misrepresented/ Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:33:22 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2115 <p>God gave Solomon an extra dose of wisdom. He didn’t need a DNA test to tell which of the two ladies was the actual mother of the baby. The motive for the one lady being willing to give the baby to the other woman was love for her baby. This is the same motive that will have a large part to play in our eternal judgement as well. Today everything...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-truth-misrepresented/">The Truth Misrepresented</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> God gave Solomon an extra dose of wisdom. He didn’t need a DNA test to tell which of the two ladies was the actual mother of the baby. The motive for the one lady being willing to give the baby to the other woman was love for her baby. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Today everything we do is an act of faith. We can’t see our effect in heaven, but we trust what God has given and told us.
As we put our time and effort into God’s kingdom, this compassion must come from the fleshly heart that God can give us.
Jesus saw that the large crowd was hungry. We are told that Jesus had compassion on them. Jesus had no obligation to these people, rather his heart was touched with compassion when he saw their need.
Ezekiel 36:26
Jesus disciples seemed like they might have been a bit frustrated, Jesus tells them to “feed the people.” Jesus fed the people because he had compassion on them.
Mathew 15:32-38, Luke 9:51-62
The disciples didn’t have the same kind of compassion that Jesus did on Jerusalem. Jesus told them that they needed this heart of compassion. Jesus didn’t come to destroy mans life, but to save them.
Mark 3:1-6
Jesus healed the man with the withered hand in front of everyone. He could have went outside, instead he made a point while he was also healing his hand. Jesus saw the need (the man with the withered hand) on one side, and on the other side he saw people around him that cared nothing for this man who had been suffering.
It is easy for us to become hardened and calloused to the needs around us. What would we have done in this situation? Would we have had a heart of compassion toward him?
Hebrews 3:13 – It is possible for us, even with the operation that we have on our hearts, to become calloused and hardened. We need to exhort each other and encourage each other to compassion.
Luke 10:25-37
There is an element in which we have accountability based on our proximity. The Good Samaritan saw the need of this man who had fallen among the thieves and he had compassion on him. It was immediate, when he saw him.
Jesus told this lawyer to go and do likewise. Where he saw a need he should show compassion and love.
Luke 16:19-31
Lazarus was definitely in need. The ruler of the house didn’t mistreat Lazarus, but he didn’t seem to have any compassion on Lazarus – at least not that we are told about.
What should we get out of this story? Is it not that it is a serious thing for us to not have compassion – the ruler here went to hell. Do we have compassion in our hearts? Have we allowed our hearts to be hardened?
God wants us to have the heart that he has. We need to know what that heart is like so that we can have that kind of a heart. None of us have a desire to go to hell… but it is very true that people can be very religious and not have compassion in our hearts.
Mathew 25:31-46
We could spend a lot of time on this, but we have all of these kinds of needy people among us. Do we have a heart of compassion for each of these? When we see needs do we meet those needs?
Jesus is calling us to cast our bread upon the waters. We must do this with a heart of compassion as stewards of God’s. A faithful steward knows the heart of the owner and follows the desires of that heart.
We are here to be active, agents of God’s doing his work. God is not a hard master… he tells us to take one step and he will reward us 100 times over.
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New Covenant Stewardship https://bmcgladys.com/new-covenant-stewardship/ Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:29:25 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2109 <p>Many fallacies in doctrine stem from a false understanding of who God is, but a lot of them also come from a false understanding of who we are. If we look at creation we can see how each part of creation, apart from humans, operates on instinct. God could have made humans who did the same thing… but he didn’t. A clarity and understanding...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/new-covenant-stewardship/">New Covenant Stewardship</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Many fallacies in doctrine stem from a false understanding of who God is, but a lot of them also come from a false understanding of who we are. If we look at creation we can see how each part of creation, apart from humans, operates on instinct. If we look at creation we can see how each part of creation, apart from humans, operates on instinct. God could have made humans who did the same thing… but he didn’t.
A clarity and understanding of the differences between the old and new covenant is important for us. The Bible tells us that God is the same yesterday today and forever… Yet Jesus brought change to the old covenant.
What is the distinction between the old and new covenant?
2 Corinthians 3:1-18 – What was written on the tables of stone? The ten commandments of course. God could have chosen any other thing to write those commandments on, but it is significant that he would chose to write them on stone.
Jeremiah 31:33 – The promise here is that God will bring a new covenant. One that won’t be written on tables of stone, but rather on the fleshly tables of the heart.
So what changed with the new covenant? The surface upon which it was written. The new covenant is a spirit that is written upon our hearts instead of carved out on tablets of stone.
The old covenant is one that has no emotion, the new covenant has emotion. Instead of “thou shall not kill,” Jesus tells us that we are to, “love our neighbor as ourselves.”
If your heart isn’t hard, you will be drawn by the love of Christ. How could a person show more love than hanging on a cross for the very people he is trying to show his love to.
Jesus wants to touch your heart, he wants to give us a new heart that feels and longs for the things of God.
Numbers 18:20-24, Mathew 23:23-24 – Tithing has changed in the new covenant. It isn’t something that is written in a table of stone, each person will express it in a different manner.
Exodus 20:8 – Sabbath keeping is basically tithing with our time, in the old covenant it was a law, set in stone. The consequences for breaking the law of God was death.
Mathew 12:1-14 – It’s never ok to do something wrong because someone else is doing wrong, but Jesus is saying here that David understood the law, he wasn’t living by the letter of the law but rather by the spirit.
The old covenant… written in stone because the peoples hearts were hard.
The new covenant… written in the soft flesh of our hearts. The finger of God touches and changes our hearts.
God doesn’t change. He simply wrote the new covenant on a different surface – our hearts.
Will we allow God to break our hard hearts and replace it with a heart of flesh? Will we then allow God to day by day write on our hearts and express his character in and through us to those around us?
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The Chief End of Man https://bmcgladys.com/the-chief-end-of-man/ Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:26:48 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2104 <p>God is a social God… He loves to interact and he created us in his image so that he could interact with us. God said that it is “not good that man should be alone.” God was planning a time of fellowship way back then, he was planning for fellowship when he made you. To bring glory to God is man’s “purpose,” but to “become known” and to “have a relationship...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-chief-end-of-man/">The Chief End of Man</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> God is a social God… He loves to interact and he created us in his image so that he could interact with us. God said that it is “not good that man should be alone.” God was planning a time of fellowship way back then, God said that it is “not good that man should be alone.” God was planning a time of fellowship way back then, he was planning for fellowship when he made you.
To bring glory to God is man’s “purpose,” but to “become known” and to “have a relationship with God” is also a part of the purpose of man.
If you are going to serve God as a young person you need to develop a relationship with God. He has a very individual focus for your life, a relationship that he wants to have with you.
It’s a bit difficult to wrap our heads around how God can have a unique and personal relationship with millions of unique people, but as we learn more about God and who he is we can begin to get a bit of a “comprehension” of how that can be.
Love needs to be expressed. God made man and because he, God, is love, he created man. Think of Jesus, he wasn’t here to promote a certain kind of conduct, he was here to show his love!
Genesis 3:1-24 – Adam hid from God when he new that he was not clothed. The relationship between God and Adam was broken. What had been there between Adam and God was gone.
In God’s eyes… man was disconnected from him. Man had died.
We look at death as changing from this life to the next life. In reality they are more alive than they are here. A lot of times we just don’t grasp what death is.
Genesis 5:22-23 – For three hundred years Enoch walked with God, developing a special relationship with God. Enoch walked with God by faith. He believed God was there… and God was there.
Hebrews 11:1-40 – It is only by faith that we can have this relationship with God.
Jonah 1:3, 4:1-11 – When God looked upon Nineveh he saw that the people were repenting. God repented of what he was planning to do with Nineveh. Jonah knew that God was a merciful God, but when the people began to repent Jonah wasn’t too happy. God asks Jonah if it is a good idea for him to be angry… Jonah didn’t even reply.
Exodus 33:11, Deuteronomy 4:10 – Moses spoke face to face with God, as a man would speak to his friend. God and Moses talked. We can have a relationship like this with God as well.
Exodus 32:7-20 – Moses reasons with God here. Moses is interceding for the people. It seems here that Moses was having a direct affect on God’s decision.
Mathew 11:29 – Meekness is necessary for us to have a relationship with God. As soon as our hearts get caught up in pride we lose this relationship.
Genesis 18:22-33 – Abraham also reasoned with God. He asked God to spare Sodom and Gomorrah if there was any righteous person found there.
God wants this kind of relationship with each of us. God is close to us. Maybe we know things about God but we also need to accept this relationship that he offers us. It isn’t difficult, God made it very simple, but we have to take that step.
The more that we relate to the owner of our lives the more effective our lives can be.
Psalm 23:1-6 – David wasn’t a perfect man… but he had a relationship with God and because of that he was able to write this Psalm in all sincerity.
As a steward of God we need to develop a relationship with the owner.
Sparrows are probably some of the most common birds around. God says that he notices when even one of these sparrows falls to the ground. God is telling us that we are special and he has time for us.
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The Danger of Anger https://bmcgladys.com/the-danger-of-anger/ Sun, 15 Mar 2015 23:18:07 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2097 <p>In the small country of Cameroon, there is a lake. This lake is known to be “the deadliest lake in the world.” This lake is an extinct volcano with the lake in the center of it. The lake is around 700ft deep. There is a small village there on the mountainside. On August 22nd, 1986 there was a man who was riding a bike towards the small village...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/the-danger-of-anger/">The Danger of Anger</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> In the small country of Cameroon, there is a lake. This lake is known to be “the deadliest lake in the world.” This lake is an extinct volcano with the lake in the center of it. The lake is around 700ft deep. In the small country of Cameroon, there is a lake. This lake is known to be “the deadliest lake in the world.” This lake is an extinct volcano with the lake in the center of it. The lake is around 700ft deep.
There is a small village there on the mountainside. On August 22nd, 1986 there was a man who was riding a bike towards the small village, he saw a dead antelope laying beside the road. He stopped and picked it up and continued on his way. He began to see other dead animals, rats, dogs etc and began to wonder what exactly happened.
When this man arrived at a hut he stopped to see what had happened. The people in that hut were dead as well. He headed home as fast as he could.
As doctors and scientists descended on the area they found devastation everywhere they turned. Whatever it was that had killed everything seemed to have disappeared without a trace.
This lake had a legend of being a “bad lake” full of evil spirits. Scientists began to suspect that there was some connection to this lake and the deaths. The scientists started to do experiments and realized that there were large amounts of carbon dioxide in the lake. The deeper they went the more carbon dioxide there was.
Today we want to talk about one of the deadliest emotions in the world – anger.
Just because we don’t “blow up” doesn’t meant that we don’t have an anger problem. Just like the carbon dioxide at the bottom of the lake, we can keep the anger locked up inside of us until it just boils over.
A lot of times we feel like we have a right to hold on to anger when someone has hurt us.
We see anger throughout the Bible. Kings in the Old Testament. Human. Jonah. Esau. Peter. The list could go on. These are all people who got anger and as a result bad things happened.
We need to recognize anger for what it is. Sin. Blaming others for our choices is simply wrong. We might as well understand that life isn’t always fair, people are imperfect, the world is full of injustice and hurt and hard things. These are facts of life.
People handle their anger in numerous ways. Some explode. Some have “crock pot anger” where anger can simmer and grow.
In Mathew 5:21-26 Jesus talks about anger.
Most of the time in our lives our flesh/self feels like it has a right to be angry. Jesus tells us that this type of anger is a sin.
Colossians 3:21 – Paul tells fathers not to anger their children.
God is serious about this powerful emotion being under control and surrendered. When this emotion is surrendered it changes who we are and what happens in our heart.
James 1:19-20 – We can’t be angry and do the work that God calls us to do.
How does anger affect us?
Anger affects our relationships, both with God and with those around us.
An angry person tends to worry and be pessimistic, it leaves us feeling empty and unfulfilled. Anger tends to make us want to justify our own sin.
Psalm 7:11 – God also has anger… but his anger is always a just and perfect anger, a reaction to evil.
Mark 3:4-5 – Jesus was responding to those with hard hearts around him. He looked around on them with anger…
Hebrews 4:15 – Jesus was tempted just like we are, yet he didn’t sin. If Jesus was angry it was for the right reasons.
If anyone had a reason to be angry, Jesus did. Jesus endured all kinds of injustice. Especially during his last few days.
Ephesians 4:31 – There doesn’t seem to be a lot of room for anger.
This emotion of anger comes to all of us. It is a choice that we make to stay angry. We can choose to explode or we can choose to keep a bitterness deep in our hearts.
With God’s grace and power our lives can be used for his Glory.
John 4:13-14 – Jesus tells the woman at the well where she can find living water! Don’t be a dangerous lake with anger lurking d...]]>
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Let My People Go! https://bmcgladys.com/let-my-people-go/ Mon, 09 Mar 2015 02:42:33 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2088 <p>This may bring to mind the Old Testament story of Moses, Aaron and Pharaoh. As we look at this story of Moses let's think of how it correlates to the season of Easter. This is a time of year that should be leading up to a really special and deep experience for the Christian. What do you think of when you think of Easter? Do you think of lent?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/let-my-people-go/">Let My People Go!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> This may bring to mind the Old Testament story of Moses, Aaron and Pharaoh. As we look at this story of Moses let's think of how it correlates to the season of Easter. This is a time of year that should be leading up to a really special and deep experi... As we look at this story of Moses let’s think of how it correlates to the season of Easter. This is a time of year that should be leading up to a really special and deep experience for the Christian.
What do you think of when you think of Easter?
Do you think of lent? A period of time beginning on Ash Wednesday when orthodox Christians begin a fast, forty days prior to Easter.
Do you think of Easter eggs and painting them?
God has set a type for Easter in the Old Testament. God wanted a lamb for a sacrifice.
What is Easter really about for us? What is the “meat” of the season for the Christian?
Easter is all about God freeing his people. Why do God’s people need to be free? Exodus 3:7
Exodus 5:1-23 – Pharaoh didn’t know who the Lord was. He didn’t know who he was up against. He did learn a bit more about the Lord…
The devil doesn’t really care about the kind of bondage that a person is in. He is just concerned that they are in bondage.
Evil doesn’t always recognize itself. Pharaoh saw the Israelites as something less than human… he was willing to force them into labor that would eventually kill them.
We are often so shortsighted.
Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23, Galatians 4:3, John 3:15-18
Without Christ and the beautiful true story of Easter, we are under a cruel task master. One who has no mercy, who wants death for us. Until we get on the right side, the side of Christ, we are like a slave, held for the benefit of another.
Because of Easter, there is incredible beauty ahead for the Christian. Christ came to release us to our fullest heavenly potential.
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A Product of God’s Grace https://bmcgladys.com/a-product-of-gods-grace/ Mon, 02 Mar 2015 02:37:12 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2079 <p>We sometimes take so much credit for ourselves that we forget where everything comes from. Everything is a product of God’s grace in our lives. God’s grace comes down to us and is showered freely upon us. We are to pass this grace that we have received on to those around us. God’s grace is not for us to keep, but rather to pass on to others.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/a-product-of-gods-grace/">A Product of God’s Grace</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We sometimes take so much credit for ourselves that we forget where everything comes from. Everything is a product of God’s grace in our lives. God’s grace comes down to us and is showered freely upon us. We are to pass this grace that we have received... 1 Corinthians 4:6-16
Defining God’s Grace

* Grace is – God’s unmerited favor
* Grace is – God’s sufficiency or God’s fulness in the life of the believer
* Grace is – Costly
* Grace is – exhibited clearly in the atonement of Christ on the cross
* Grace is – Portrayed in the lives of believers

God’s grace comes down to us and is showered freely upon us. We are to pass this grace that we have received on to those around us. God’s grace is not for us to keep, but rather to pass on to others.
Personal Awareness of God’s Grace
My Spiritual Gifts – Romans 12:3-8 – Notice the word grace as we look at this passage. God determines the type and amount of the gifts that we have – and yes we have these gifts among us in this church body.
My Heart – The things that we are passionate about. These interests are given to us by God. Mark 12 tells us to love God with all that we are, all that we have.
My Abilities – The natural talents that we have. The ability to talk. The ability to run. The ability to think. The ability to make money. We need all of these abilities in our church body. Your natural ability should be used for his glory!
My Personality – Your personality is unique. God uses your personality in his church.
My Life Experiences – God is using the things that you experience in life to bless this church. The things that you have been through have made you who you are… God is using these things to shape our lives.
How Should We Respond to God’s Grace?
God’s grace is freely showered upon us. What is our response? What should our response be?

* Gratitude. This is perhaps the most important way to respond. Thankfulness for the grace that God has given us and continues to give us. Ephesians 2:1-10 – Our lives need to be filled with gratitude for the grace that we have received from God.

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Humility – 1 Peter 1:5 – We are asked to clothe ourselves with humility. If we think that we can do life on our own, God says that he will resist those who are proud, but He gives grace to the humble. You cannot win as a proud person. God will resist you.

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Submission – God gives his grace freely to those who will receive it. We can reject God’s grace, many have done that. In order to receive God’s grace we must submit to his working in and on us.

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Availability – 1 Peter 4:10 – We respond to God’s grace by making ourselves available to be used by God.


We are a product of God’s grace and it calls for a response from each one of us.
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Qualifications of a Minister https://bmcgladys.com/qualifications-minister/ Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:24:49 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2074 <p>If you want to be where God wants you to be and you want to serve him the best you know how... he will be faithful. Romans 10:14 - Paul tells us that we need some preachers. Some people need to be in a leadership opportunity, but we do all need to be teachers. God could get his message out in a lot of different ways, but he uses men and women to get the...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/qualifications-minister/">Qualifications of a Minister</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> If you want to be where God wants you to be and you want to serve him the best you know how... he will be faithful. Romans 10:14 - Paul tells us that we need some preachers. Some people need to be in a leadership opportunity, Romans 10:14 – Paul tells us that we need some preachers. Some people need to be in a leadership opportunity, but we do all need to be teachers.
God could get his message out in a lot of different ways, but he uses men and women to get the news out to the world.
This thing of leadership can be very criticized. Moses was criticized as a leader, there are still plenty of people like that.
God wants a few broken and committed individuals to take the responsibility of a leader.
1 Timothy 3, Titus 1, 2 Timothy 2:2

* Qualified brothers need to be doctrinally sound.
* Look for men who even under pressure will do what they know to be right.
* Look for a man who is faithful where he is. He that is faithful in the little things will also be faithful in much.
* The home life of a man is another thing that needs to be considered. How a man relates to his wife and children is very telling.
* 2 Timothy 2:24 – A preacher needs to be patient. Criticism will come, how will a minister control himself when it comes? Self is a huge problem causer if it isn’t controlled.
* Humility is a very necessary trait of a minister and preacher.
* A minister must have shepherds heart. “Keep the food low so that the lambs can reach it.”

There are some dangers that come along with being a preacher. At the end of the day these are men. They are human. There are a lot of leaders who have fallen.

* Pride is probably one of the biggest perils that faces a preacher.
* Entanglement with the things of this life can be a real danger for a minister.
* Immorality can be a big problem for ministers. Paul told Timothy to treat all women with purity.
* A man’s wife is a partner in the ministry of their husband. Look for a man who has a supportive wife.
* Trying to please men is another peril that a preacher faces.
* Having proper balance in what you preach about is also important. Giving proper balance to things.
* Laziness and complicity is another thing that can be a problem for a preacher.

Look for a man who is a great follower of Jesus. It is impossible to be a good leader of a church without following Jesus closely.
Humble. Committed. Surrendered. A Shepherd. Such a man will make a good leader.
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Qualifications of a Church https://bmcgladys.com/qualifications-church/ Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:21:24 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2070 <p>Romans 15:5-6 - One mind and one mouth glorifying God. 1 Corinthians 1:10-17, Philippians 1:27-30 - The church is to stand together, with one heart, one mind and one voice. United. We need to have one goal in mind as we move forward, to find leadership going forward, leadership that can lead us as God would have us go. How do we find...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/qualifications-church/">Qualifications of a Church</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Romans 15:5-6 - One mind and one mouth glorifying God. 1 Corinthians 1:10-17, Philippians 1:27-30 - The church is to stand together, with one heart, one mind and one voice. United. We need to have one goal in mind as we move forward, 1 Corinthians 1:10-17, Philippians 1:27-30 – The church is to stand together, with one heart, one mind and one voice. United.
We need to have one goal in mind as we move forward, to find leadership going forward, leadership that can lead us as God would have us go.
How do we find the will of God as a congregation?
No one person in the church has a monopoly on the Holy Spirit. God expects the church to work together to find the will of God. In the early church they were told to “look for men who were qualified.” God wants the whole church body involved in the process.
The final result of this should be that the person who is called can be sure that God called him. We may not as a congregation understand, but to be called to be a leader in a church means that there will be tough times. There will be times of loneliness.
The church is facing an increasingly hostile world. Things are getting increasingly dark in our world. God is calling us as a church to demonstrate Jesus to this world.
What should the church be like? The church is like an army. We are in a battle, it is an example that Paul uses often to describe the life of a christian. This isn’t a playground. This is a battlefield.
Ephesians 6:10-20 – Stand and withstand… this takes strong soldiers, strong committed men and women and churches. The work of the church is not for cowards.
We won’t think alike in everything, but we should have the same goal.
Judges 6,7 tell the story of Gideon. The Midianites were around. They were “as grasshoppers” it was an incredible army. They were a real problem to the Israelite people. God called Gideon and said, “if you do it the way I tell you to do it, you can smite the Midianites as one man.” Gideon started out with 30,000 men and ended up with 300 to go with him against the Midianites.
The ones who were left were together. 300 men who were obedient, brave and willing to listen to Gideon and do exactly what he told them to do. The secret to the final victory seems to be that every man “stood in his place.” They smote the Midianites as one man – that is what unity under the direction of God can do.
The church is to be like a brotherhood. How do brothers/sisters relate? “He’s not heavy, he’s my brother.”
Romans 12:10-11 – Paul tells us that we should each “prefer” our brothers. The attitude being that I’d be glad to do what needs to be done, but I’d be happy if you did it a humble, submitted spirit.
Jesus told his disciples in John 14, as he was preparing to leave, that if they truly loved him they would realize that he was going back to the Father… and would be glad for him.
The church is also like a body. Many members that are controlled by the head – Christ. It is incredible how the body works. All the controls in the head, but the members go all the way to the feet. Our bodies work together to get things done. When one member suffers the entire body suffers with suffers. When one member rejoices the entire body rejoices together.
A sick body attacks other parts of the body. A healthy body compensates for the weakness and difficulty of another.
Proverbs says “only by pride comes contention.” James tells us that striving and fighting comes from the fighting in our hearts. Sometimes there needs to be a “surgery” to bring the body back into health, even then there is a right way to do it. All things need to be done in a body as Christ would have us to do them.
Mathew 18 – where two or three are gathered together in my name, there Jesus will be with them.
The final message of Christ to the church before he left was to repent and get right with God, then to do the will of God.
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Gaining Spiritual Perspective https://bmcgladys.com/gaining-spiritual-perspective/ Sat, 14 Feb 2015 20:40:25 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2060 <p>We don't always understand everything and we don't always know what God wants. There are times when we need to trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We are influenced by those people and things around us that we place importance on and value. Those are the things that have an impact on us. If we value the Holy Spirit and his impact on us, we will...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/gaining-spiritual-perspective/">Gaining Spiritual Perspective</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We don't always understand everything and we don't always know what God wants. There are times when we need to trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We are influenced by those people and things around us that we place importance on and value. We are influenced by those people and things around us that we place importance on and value. Those are the things that have an impact on us. If we value the Holy Spirit and his impact on us, we will be influenced by Him.
The worldly wisdom that was being preached in Corinth was in opposition to the cross. Paul was concerned about that.
The message of the cross strips us of pride. As we accept the power of the cross into our lives we live by his power. We daily take up our crosses and follow him.
1 Corinthians 2:1-16 – That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
When the Holy Spirit comes into our lives it changes our perspective – our outlook on life. We used to look at life from a “natural” perspective. Hopefully we are moving towards more of a “spiritual” perspective.
Our power and direction for living can’t be coming from us. There is a greater “thing” that we need to generate that power for us.
Acts 1:8 – The power of the Holy Spirit is what should be powering our lives. It gives us the power and perspective that we need for life.
Man will ultimately become what he surrounds himself with the most in life.
What are we placing around ourselves to influence our lives? It is vital that we think about the things that we place around us.
As spiritual people and Christians we need more than just earthly influences on our lives. We need more. We need the influence of the Holy Spirit in our minds and lives.
Definitions
What/who is the “natural man?” He is a natural man who does not have the Spirit of God living in him. Jude 1:19
What/who is the “spiritual person?” He is the one who has received the Holy Spirit to indwell in him. Romans 8:8-11
What/who is the “carnal Christian?” He is the one who is a “baby” Christian. 1 Corinthians 3:1-3
The natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, they are folly to him. It isn’t that this man is “messed up,” their brains understand the words, but they struggle to have a spiritual perspective on things. The reason is because they don’t value the things of the spirit. Spiritual things are “gibberish” to a natural man.

* The Holy Spirit gives us a deeper perspective on everything.
* The Spirit also brings a deeper understanding of the things that have been given us by God.
* The Spirit is also actively showing us the character of Christ. We weren’t there when Jesus walked on the earth, but the Holy Spirit can show us and remind us of the things that Jesus taught while he was here on the earth.
* The Spirit illuminates the Word.

Gaining Spiritual Perspective

* Do an evaluation of where you are spiritually. Not how you are “performing” in the outward things of “being a Christian.” Take time to sit before the Lord and consider where you are with Him.
* Give the Holy Spirit priority in your life. Welcome the relationship that the Holy Spirit provides for us. He wants to take control and lead our lives. Do we value the things of the Spirit? Are you exposing yourself to Him and his leading?
* Obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22 – if we live by the Spirit let us keep in step with the Spirit.

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Leading our Children to Truth https://bmcgladys.com/leading-children-truth/ Sun, 01 Feb 2015 22:14:10 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2055 <p>When we stop and think about the volume of truth that is available as well as the amount of untruth that is available it is truly incredible. We have a responsibility to lead our children into truth, helping them to discern the differences between truth and the untruth. As parents we are specifically called to that role. 1 Samuel 2:1-21 - This is Hannah's prayer...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/leading-children-truth/">Leading our Children to Truth</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> When we stop and think about the volume of truth that is available as well as the amount of untruth that is available it is truly incredible. We have a responsibility to lead our children into truth, helping them to discern the differences between trut... When we stop and think about the volume of truth that is available as well as the amount of untruth that is available it is truly incredible.
We have a responsibility to lead our children into truth, helping them to discern the differences between truth and the untruth. As parents we are specifically called to that role.
By Example
1 Samuel 2:1-21 – This is Hannah’s prayer of triumph after Samuel was born. Hannah was out of Samuel’s life for the most part. She left him with Eli and he was on his own. Somehow Samuel was sure that his mother knew and loved the Lord – she had instilled in him a love for truth and discernment for the things of God.
As Samuel ministered at the temple, his mother undoubtedly lead him with her tears and her sacrifice. The robe that she brought him each year was a gift of sacrifice.
“How will my children understand the importance of coming to church if I don’t come when it is somewhat inconvenient.”
God calls us as parents to lead by example, by sacrificial commitment.
Respect Truth and Consequences – Don’t Shield Your Children From the Truth
1 Samuel 2:22-36
Eli’s sons were corrupting the temple. We don’t have a record of Eli going to his sons and warning them about the judgement that was going to come on them if they continued in their ways… but it is very likely that he gave them a stern rebuke and then stood back and let them go their way.
Eli probably could have done better in warning and training his sons. Eli’s lack of response, coupled with his son’s wickedness caused Israel a lot of problems.
Are we teaching our children about consequences?
Ephesians tells us that “children need to obey their parents.” It would be nice if we could just show our children those verses and they would just “get it,” but it takes time and effort to train them in the way they should go.
The Power of Discipline to Achieve Purpose
Jeremiah 35:1-18 – The Rechabites turned down the offer of wine because of what their fathers had taught them. It had been many years since they had heard the teaching but they still held to what they had been taught.
Purpose is a very powerful motivator, but good purpose is an even better motivator.
Ephesians 4:28 – What if we taught our children that they might should save their money so that they can help those in need when the opportunity arises.
Luke 12:21-34 – God knows what we need and he will supply it if we trust him.
We need to teach our children that their lives will not be greater than their purpose. What do our children see as the underlying purpose in our lives? Do we have a purpose?
God bless us with wisdom as we give discernment to our children and those we are examples to.
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My Life Story – Tim Croft https://bmcgladys.com/life-story-tim-croft/ Sun, 01 Feb 2015 22:08:18 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2049 <p>Tim Croft shares his life story with us. Simply put his life has had a lot of twists and turns that most of us have never had to experience. Throughout the entire evening he puts an emphasis on the wonderful grace and mercy of God that is the only reason any of us can have hope. "This is a work that God himself has done!" "Each one of us can give a testimony of a salvation that is great."</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/life-story-tim-croft/">My Life Story – Tim Croft</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> Tim Croft shares his life story with us. Simply put his life has had a lot of twists and turns that most of us have never had to experience. Throughout the entire evening he puts an emphasis on the wonderful grace and mercy of God that is the only reas... “This is a work that God himself has done!”
“Each one of us can give a testimony of a salvation that is great.”
 
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Relationships & I’m Sorry https://bmcgladys.com/relationships-im-sorry/ Mon, 26 Jan 2015 03:21:47 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2040 <p>There are two ways that our relationship with others can be disturbed. We can be offended. We can offend someone else. As God’s people, who are concerned about pleasing God, we want to follow peace with all men. Whether we have been offended or whether we have offended someone else, we have an obligation. If we have been wronged we are...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/relationships-im-sorry/">Relationships & I’m Sorry</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> There are two ways that our relationship with others can be disturbed. We can be offended. We can offend someone else. As God’s people, who are concerned about pleasing God, we want to follow peace with all men. There are two ways that our relationship with others can be disturbed.

* We can be offended.
* We can offend someone else.

As God’s people, who are concerned about pleasing God, we want to follow peace with all men. Whether we have been offended or whether we have offended someone else, we have an obligation.
If we have been wronged we are to forgive those who have done the wrong. When you are praying and the wrong that someone has done against us comes to our mind… We are to forgive. If necessary, we are told in Mathew 18:15-20, it may take some work.
Mathew 5:23-25 tells us that our obligation when we have wronged someone else and are coming to prayer and this wrong comes up in our mind… we need to do something about it. If we have offended someone, if we know someone has something against us, we are obligated according these scriptures to take the initiative and apologize. When we do, our worship can and will become sweeter!
Luke 19:1-10 is the story of Zacchaeus. He had defrauded people, it was why he was a wealthy man. In the presence of Jesus he was convicted and decided to give money back to those who he had cheated. He settled up with them. Three words that he surely said were “I am sorry!”
Saying “I’m sorry” can be so hard to do. We can think that the person might think less of us if we admit that we are wrong. It’s humiliating, it puts me beneath that person and obligates me to them. If we allow this kind of reasoning to rule our decisions and postpone action on or part we can reason away our obligation. That’s not something that we want to do.
Be prompt in your admission of guilt – Jesus taught us that we should agree with the one who we have aught against while we are “in the way.”
Ephesians 4:26 – Paul tells us that we should take care of our issues with anger before the sun goes down. Whether it is afternoon morning or whenever we should be prompt. An offense left not taken care of can sit and fester… the offended can begin to assume that there is a motive behind the action that was worse than it actually was!
Proverbs 18:19 When you know that you’ve done something that hurt someone else, take care of it, take care of it as soon as possible.
1 Peter 3:7-12
We need to consider how we would feel if someone had treated us in the manner that we have treated someone else. If we have trouble feeling sorry when we’ve hurt someone, that may indicate a weakness in our character. It is definitely something that we should bring to God and ask him to help us with.
Psalm 51:4 – David begins by bringing his offense before God first. Any wrong is a wrong against God. If we have committed an offense we have committed it against God.
When we approach the offended one we need to be honest, specific and genuine. Be clear that you value that relationship and you want to seek peace.
Part of saying I’m sorry is to intend to not commit the wrong again. Jesus said that we should forgive 70 times 7. He didn’t say that it is ok to offend and say “I’m sorry” 70 times 7.
1 Samuel 24:16-18 David had at least two opportunities to kill Saul. Both times Saul recognized that he was wrong and made his sincere intention to no longer pursue David known.
James 3:17 – Saying I’m sorry and being willing to quickly ask for forgiveness is part of Christian growth.
Children need to hear “I’m sorry” from their parents. Parents should also hear it from their children. Wives and husbands. Employees and employers. All relationships matter, sincere apologies cultivate a greater sensitivity for the feelings of others and how they are doing.
Mathew 5:9 – May God help us to think about our lives and our relationships, especially our responses to others. If there is clean up that needs to happen lets do it. Let’s be faithful in following peace and holiness.
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Why Praise the Lord? https://bmcgladys.com/praise-lord/ Sun, 18 Jan 2015 21:15:21 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2034 <p>We should praise the Lord because God hears us when we pray. God doesn’t always answer prayer the way that we want him to, but he does hear our prayers. David was experiencing great fear that the people of Gath would kill him. So he did something very strange… he pretended to be insane. God is near to those who have a broken and crushed spirit.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/praise-lord/">Why Praise the Lord?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We should praise the Lord because God hears us when we pray. God doesn’t always answer prayer the way that we want him to, but he does hear our prayers. David was experiencing great fear that the people of Gath would kill him. We should praise the Lord because God hears us when we pray.
God doesn’t always answer prayer the way that we want him to, but he does hear our prayers.
1 Samuel 21:10-15
David was experiencing great fear that the people of Gath would kill him. So he did something very strange… he pretended to be insane.
God is near to those who have a broken and crushed spirit. God is in the business of rebuilding. He is willing to come and get close to us.
Luke 4:18, Psalm 51:17
God is impressed and blessed and drawn to a broken heart.
God holds us. Just as he held Jesus.
God’s hands are good hands to have holding us. We need to be willing to just place ourselves in God’s hands.
John 10:1-42
God protects us and gives us security in Jesus. It isn’t in ourselves… its all because of Him!
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The Rise and Fall https://bmcgladys.com/rise-fall/ Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:29:23 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2027 <p>The Jews were a very patriotic bunch of people. Many people came to rely on the Jewish religious structure. A lot of Jews traded their heavenly inheritance for an earthly religiosity. The day the casket lid closes… that isn’t the end of the tree. That tree continues to grow and becomes more and more beautiful. A person without Christ’s leavening can only...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/rise-fall/">The Rise and Fall</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> The Jews were a very patriotic bunch of people. Many people came to rely on the Jewish religious structure. A lot of Jews traded their heavenly inheritance for an earthly religiosity. The day the casket lid closes… that isn’t the end of the tree. The Jews were a very patriotic bunch of people. Many people came to rely on the Jewish religious structure.
A lot of Jews traded their heavenly inheritance for an earthly religiosity.
2 Corinthians 12:9, 1 Corinthians 1:18-30
The day the casket lid closes… that isn’t the end of the tree. That tree continues to grow and becomes more and more beautiful.
Luke 13:18-20
A person without Christ’s leavening can only be useful for a short time. The truth is that without giving oneself to Christ, dieing and being reborn into life, a person is short-changing their potential for eternity.
When we die to ourselves and become alive to Christ, that doesn’t mean we become less useful here. It actually means that we can become more useful here on earth.
We are either part of the kingdom that is rising or we are a part of the kingdom that is falling.
It’s not so important where we are on our climb or fall… it is more important where we are heading. Let’s be heading up.
Luke 13:24-30
Individuals rose and fell in those first few days of Christ. The same was true throughout the early church… and even today it is still true.
It isn’t enough to know about Jesus. We need to embrace Christ and his identity.
James 2:19, 1 Corinthians 1:29
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Christian Humility https://bmcgladys.com/christian-humility/ Mon, 05 Jan 2015 16:02:44 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2019 <p>We, as Christians are to “have the mind of Christ." Jesus is the perfect model of humility. There is another model of “humility." Ever since the fall of man, we have known about both models of humility. Both pride and humility. True humility begins with a bowing before God and acknowledging him. Humility abounds in a heart that has crucified...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/christian-humility/">Christian Humility</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> We, as Christians are to “have the mind of Christ." Jesus is the perfect model of humility. There is another model of “humility." Ever since the fall of man, we have known about both models of humility. Both pride and humility. We, as Christians are to “have the mind of Christ.”
Mathew 11:28-30
Jesus is the perfect model of humility.
There is another model of “humility.”
Isaiah 14:13-14
Ever since the fall of man, we have known about both models of humility. Both pride and humility.
True humility begins with a bowing before God and acknowledging him. Humility abounds in a heart that has crucified self and pride.
When we are truly walking in humility we see the people around us in a completely different light.
Christian humility is not natural. Pride is a natural approach to life.
Our view of God and ourselves depend largely on our humility and our pride.
Psalm 36:1-2, Proverbs 30:12, Jeremiah 9:23-26, Romans 12:1-2
It isn’t enough to just be “not like the world.” Jesus wants us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
As we walk humbly with our God we see ourselves more clearly. We can see better where we fit in the body of Christ.
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What To Do With Disappointments https://bmcgladys.com/disappointments/ Mon, 29 Dec 2014 16:43:28 +0000 http://bmcgladys.com/?p=2011 <p>It’s the end of the year. For a lot of people it is a time that we do inventory, looking at the year that has passed and thinking about the year to come. Because Bible stories are true stories, we can definitely learn from Bible stories. The Lord was with Joseph, time and time again throughout this story we are told...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com/disappointments/">What To Do With Disappointments</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church</a>.</p> It’s the end of the year. For a lot of people it is a time that we do inventory, looking at the year that has passed and thinking about the year to come. Because Bible stories are true stories, we can definitely learn from Bible stories. Because Bible stories are true stories, we can definitely learn from Bible stories.
Genesis 40:1-23
The Lord was with Joseph, time and time again throughout this story we are told that God was with Joseph.
It seems like up to this time Joseph’s life was a series of steps “downward.” Everything he did seemed to end in disappointment.
After interpreting the dreams for the cup bearer and the baker, Joseph must have experienced another disappointment.
Would today be the day that the cup bearer remembered him?
Was today the day th