Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA https://bmcgladys.com/ A Conservative Christian Church (and podcast) in Gladys Virginia Sat, 04 Feb 2023 14:46:20 +0000 en hourly 1 https://www.bmcgladys.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/cropped-MG_8043-32x32.png Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA https://bmcgladys.com/ 32 32 Bethel Mennonite Church clean episodic Bethel Mennonite Church eldonyoder@gmail.com eldonyoder@gmail.com (Bethel Mennonite Church) Conservative Christian Sermons - Bethel Mennonite Church Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA https://bmcgladys.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/Bethel_Mennonite_Church_Podcast_Cover-054.jpg https://www.bmcgladys.com TV-G Gladys, Virginia Gladys, Virginia Weekly Growing Old Gracefully - Steve Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/growing-old-gracefully/ Sun, 29 Jan 2023 22:40:28 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4379 https://www.bmcgladys.com/growing-old-gracefully/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/growing-old-gracefully/feed/ 0 <p>We can choose to grow old happily and God can help us do it through His love. To live a life that honors God and leaves a good legacy for future generations, we must work for it. Put God first, stay healthy, and do good things so that we can grow old happily with God’s […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/growing-old-gracefully/">Growing Old Gracefully</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> We can choose to grow old happily and God can help us do it through His love. To live a life that honors God and leaves a good legacy for future generations, we must work for it. Put God first, stay healthy, and do good things so that we can grow old happily with God’s help. Instead of chasing things that will soon be gone, seek God’s words for an abundant life. Growing old gracefully means learning more about Jesus and what He teaches us. Be kind, loving, and humble, and learn from the wisdom of those who came before us. If we love God and our neighbor, we can glorify God and become like strong and fruitful palm trees in our old age.

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We can choose to grow old happily and God can help us do it through His love. To live a life that honors God and leaves a good legacy for future generations, we must work for it. Put God first, stay healthy, ]]> Bethel Mennonite Church clean 52:07
The Apostles’ Teaching, Then and Now - John Waldron https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-apostles-teaching-then-and-now/ Sun, 22 Jan 2023 18:13:15 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4370 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-apostles-teaching-then-and-now/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-apostles-teaching-then-and-now/feed/ 0 <p>The early church was a close-knit community that followed Jesus, shared possessions, and welcomed new members. Preaching was used to help people understand God and grow closer to Him. The Great Awakening was a time when churches became very active, and people read and listened to the Bible to learn about God. Reading Scripture helps […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-apostles-teaching-then-and-now/">The Apostles’ Teaching, Then and Now</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> The early church was a close-knit community that followed Jesus, shared possessions, and welcomed new members. Preaching was used to help people understand God and grow closer to Him. The Great Awakening was a time when churches became very active, and people read and listened to the Bible to learn about God. Reading Scripture helps us to learn about Jesus and how we should live righteously. The Bereans believed in Jesus after checking if what Paul said was true, and were very noble. Read the Bible, think and learn about it, and try to follow its teachings. Invite others to church to learn about God, just like D.L. Moody and the early Christians did. Ask Jesus to help us find people to use our services.

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The early church was a close-knit community that followed Jesus, shared possessions, and welcomed new members. Preaching was used to help people understand God and grow closer to Him. The Great Awakening was a time when churches became very active, ]]> Bethel Mennonite Church clean 47:57
The Modesty and Submission Misunderstanding - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-modesty-and-submission-misunderstanding/ Mon, 16 Jan 2023 00:35:38 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4358 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-modesty-and-submission-misunderstanding/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-modesty-and-submission-misunderstanding/feed/ 0 <p>Modesty is a quality that is important for both men and women to have and involves being polite and respectful to each other. It helps us to become closer to God and live in a balanced way. Modesty is about showing good manners and is not about controlling what men think. God wants us to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-modesty-and-submission-misunderstanding/">The Modesty and Submission Misunderstanding</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Modesty is a quality that is important for both men and women to have and involves being polite and respectful to each other.

It helps us to become closer to God and live in a balanced way.

Modesty is about showing good manners and is not about controlling what men think.

God wants us to be modest, respectful, and kind to take care of each other.

We should not let anyone do bad things.

By being modest, we can show the world our special and honorable characters.

Scriptures used: Ruth, 1 Timothy, James, 1 Peter, Revelation

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Modesty is a quality that is important for both men and women to have and involves being polite and respectful to each other. It helps us to become closer to God and live in a balanced way. Modesty is about showing good manners and is not about control... It helps us to become closer to God and live in a balanced way.
Modesty is about showing good manners and is not about controlling what men think.
God wants us to be modest, respectful, and kind to take care of each other.
We should not let anyone do bad things.
By being modest, we can show the world our special and honorable characters.
Scriptures used: Ruth, 1 Timothy, James, 1 Peter, Revelation
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The Power of Corporate Prayer https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-corporate-prayer/ Sun, 08 Jan 2023 19:36:09 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4346 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-corporate-prayer/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-corporate-prayer/feed/ 0 <p>Are we doing all that we can or should? Are we focused on the kingdom? Are we holding the ropes? Let us pray together that great work may be begun. Scriptures used: Ruth, Job, Ecclesiastes, Jeremiah, Jonah, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, 1 Thessalonians, James</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-corporate-prayer/">The Power of Corporate Prayer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Are we doing all that we can or should? Are we focused on the kingdom? Are we holding the ropes? Let us pray together that great work may be begun.

Scriptures used: Ruth, Job, Ecclesiastes, Jeremiah, Jonah, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, 1 Thessalonians, James

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Are we doing all that we can or should? Are we focused on the kingdom? Are we holding the ropes? Let us pray together that great work may be begun. Scriptures used: Ruth, Job, Ecclesiastes, Jeremiah, Jonah, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Scriptures used: Ruth, Job, Ecclesiastes, Jeremiah, Jonah, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, 1 Thessalonians, James
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Redeem the Time: (How Do) We Go On (?) - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/redeem-the-time-how-do-we-go-on/ Mon, 02 Jan 2023 01:46:13 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4335 https://www.bmcgladys.com/redeem-the-time-how-do-we-go-on/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/redeem-the-time-how-do-we-go-on/feed/ 0 <p>Scriptures used: Ruth, Ezra, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Galatians, Colossians, James</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/redeem-the-time-how-do-we-go-on/">Redeem the Time: (How Do) We Go On (?)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Scriptures used: Ruth, Ezra, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Galatians, Colossians, James

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God Became a Baby - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/god-became-a-baby/ Sun, 18 Dec 2022 22:22:39 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4327 https://www.bmcgladys.com/god-became-a-baby/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/god-became-a-baby/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/god-became-a-baby/">God Became a Baby</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> The post God Became a Baby appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA.

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Living Agape Love - John Waldron https://www.bmcgladys.com/living-agape-love/ Sun, 11 Dec 2022 22:22:38 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4326 https://www.bmcgladys.com/living-agape-love/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/living-agape-love/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/living-agape-love/">Living Agape Love</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> The post Living Agape Love appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA.

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Love at Home - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/love-at-home-2/ Sun, 04 Dec 2022 16:58:44 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4322 https://www.bmcgladys.com/love-at-home-2/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/love-at-home-2/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/love-at-home-2/">Love at Home</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> The post Love at Home appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA.

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Living With Joy - John Waldron https://www.bmcgladys.com/living-with-joy/ Mon, 28 Nov 2022 00:54:47 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4318 https://www.bmcgladys.com/living-with-joy/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/living-with-joy/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/living-with-joy/">Living With Joy</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> The post Living With Joy appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA.

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Copying Christs Love for the Church - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/copying-christs-love-for-the-church/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 00:42:07 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4317 https://www.bmcgladys.com/copying-christs-love-for-the-church/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/copying-christs-love-for-the-church/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/copying-christs-love-for-the-church/">Copying Christs Love for the Church</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> The post Copying Christs Love for the Church appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA.

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Clothe Yourself With Compassion and Love - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/clothe-yourself-with-compassion-and-love/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 00:42:05 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4316 https://www.bmcgladys.com/clothe-yourself-with-compassion-and-love/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/clothe-yourself-with-compassion-and-love/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/clothe-yourself-with-compassion-and-love/">Clothe Yourself With Compassion and Love</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> The post Clothe Yourself With Compassion and Love appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA.

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The Church's Responsibility to Ministry - Steve Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-churchs-responsibility-to-ministry/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 02:51:00 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4311 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-churchs-responsibility-to-ministry/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-churchs-responsibility-to-ministry/feed/ 0 <p>This is probably not a message your home pastor would preach. Ministry is work, yes it is a joy and a blessing but ministry is work. Sometimes it can be a heavy load. God gives grace and strength but ministry is often heavy and hard work. The church has a responsibility to know and appreciate […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-churchs-responsibility-to-ministry/">The Church’s Responsibility to Ministry</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> This is probably not a message your home pastor would preach.

Ministry is work, yes it is a joy and a blessing but ministry is work. Sometimes it can be a heavy load. God gives grace and strength but ministry is often heavy and hard work.

The church has a responsibility to know and appreciate its leaders. They are to be thankful for those leaders. Find ways to express appreciation for your leaders, you can make a real difference by showing appreciation.

A church has a responsibility to esteem its leaders very highly. The leader shouldn’t be the focus and what the church is all about… At the same time, a minister is to be respected.

The church is called to obey those who are leaders over them. The Bible is clear that we are to obey God rather than man, but it is also clear that we are to obey those who are in leadership over us.

The church has a responsibility to remember its leaders. When life is busy it is easy to forget those who labor among us. Remember them, pray for them, pray for your church.

The church has a responsibility to follow its leaders. We all need examples and role models. This doesn’t mean that the person we are following is perfect, but we all need role models, someone who is learning from daily life and from the Father.

The church has a responsibility to support those who are in leadership. You can’t put a dollar amount on what your preacher does. He probably works a full-time job too… Be generous.

The church has a responsibility to watch out for the spiritual direction of its leaders. The leader is watching out for his flock, but the members should also help and aid them in walking in the right direction.

The church has a responsibility to help ensure that the ministry is fed as well. Many leaders are greatly encouraged by attending leadership meetings or other things where they don’t have to be in charge and just be fed, encouraged, and lifted up.

The church has a responsibility to a minister’s wife and family. The wife shares in her husband’s calling. These dear women have to share their husbands with others in ways that many wives don’t have to. Preachers children have a unique road too, then need encouragement too.

Ephesians 4:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13, Hebrews 13, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Timothy 5:17-18, Jeremiah 3:13


Transcript: Note, this is automatically generated from the recording… it may not be 100% accurate.

I greet you in Jesus’ name this morning. It’s a blessing to be here and to participate in this important event in the church here at Gladys, the church’s responsibility to the minister. What do you think that would be? I’d like to begin here in Ephesians chapter four, verse eight. And maybe this is a little bit of an odd place to begin, but let’s look at a verse there. Ephesians four, verse eight it says, therefore he sayeth when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive and gave gifts unto men. I’m just focusing on the last phrase of that verse.

God gives gifts unto to men. God has given us many gifts and we could spend all day making a list of what those gifts could be. And I hope we’re truly grateful this morning for the gifts, God showers upon us every day, even life itself and all the, the things that surround it and all, not only life itself and and what it takes to live, to be alive and to function, but there’s many extras I guess you could call it in life. There’s color, there’s sound, there’s music, there’s light, which I guess is necessary for life. But lots and lots of things God gives us.

And the gift that we’re especially thinking about here today, this morning is found in verse 11 and he gave some, he gave notice that this is a gift, verse 11, and he gave some apostles, some prophets and some evangelists and some pastors and teachers. And what is this gift for verse 12, For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. So this local congregation has been thinking and praying about this ordination for some time. And I’m sure you’ve done some soul searching as you thought about how this should be and, and what your part should be in, in the work of this particular congregation.

And I suppose there’s been some, even some personal struggle as you think about whether you would be willing to serve in this capacity or have someone that you love or close to to serve in that capacity. And I’m sure you thought about the qualifications of a minister and we’re well aware that minister is to serve the church. That’s very much a part of his role. And I trust we realize that the minister is a gift from God. But I believe we need reminders that as a congregation, as a church, we have a tremendous responsibility to our leaders. And that’s the purpose for this message here this morning. The church’s responsibility to the me to the minister.

I’ll say this, the message I’m about to preach is probably one that you will not hear your local minister preach. And what I’m about to say is probably awkward for your minister to say to his own congregation. So this message rather gets preached. In fact, I have not preached this at home. So as a visiting minister, I feel a freedom to share on this subject. Oh boy, <laugh>, no, I don’t feel that way. But it is a unique opportunity to be able to share some things that no one is thinking, Oh, he’s, he’s thinking about that situation or that person. It’s none of that we’re looking at at scripture and, and just my own experience and, and watching others notice in middle of verse 12, that middle phrase for the work of the ministry, ministry is work. I don’t know how else better to say it than that.

Yes, ministry is a blessing. It is a joy to be able to serve in what you are convinced God has called you to. But ministry is work and at times it’s a heavy load. And not to ask for sympathy because God gives us the strength we need as we need it. And when he calls us to work, there’s always the strength and grace needed for that work. But ministry is work and sometimes it’s a heavy load. So I’m not asking for sympathy for me or for your local ministers here and not intending to paint a discouraging picture, but many people have no idea of what’s involved or the time and the effort that’s involved in ministry, the sacrifice, the dedication, the average minister experiences. And so this is why your local minister probably won’t say these things, but I have the freedom to. So I’m just gonna mention a few things.

There’s lots of things I could say, but just that’s really not the point I’m trying to make here. Just for an example, it varies a lot between ministers, how much time it takes to prepare a message for the average typical Sunday morning service. Varies a lot. I’m sure there’s some gifted men out there that can, could almost preach a good sermon off the top of his head. Most of us can’t do that. There would be some that would probably struggle for weeks trying to put something together. So we’re all different. So it varies a lot as to how long they work in preparation for a Sunday’s morning message.

But did you know that for the many ministers, they will probably spend anywhere from 10 to 20 hours on a message? And I’ll just ask this, where would you find that time in your schedule? Think about it. 10, 20 hours. Where would you fit that in? You gotta be realistic. It takes time. It takes work. Yes, I know teaching son to school take the lesson and son to school takes effort as well and all the other things that are involved in the work of the church. And praise God for those willing people who give of their time and their effort to share in those classes or, or in other ways of serving the church. Generally those responsibilities have a term of service, a length of time that they’re serving for the minister generally just calling us for life. So I don’t say that to ask for sympathy or to somehow pat ourselves on the back as as leaders, but as the congregation just give you a glimpse of what’s involved. Takes a lot of work, takes a lot of dedication.

Many of you would remember my dad and he served as a minister for 55 years and one day until you retired. And he died a few weeks after that in 2017. But in his life he preached 3036 sermons. That’s a lot of sermons, that’s a lot of time at the desk. And I’m not lifting up a man, I’m just saying that it takes a level of dedication that many of us haven’t poured ourselves out, at least to that extent for that at least that particular work. But preaching and preparing to preach is only part of what a minister is called to. A good minister is involved in the lives of the people he is called to serve. He’s mentoring, he’s caring for, he’s arranging, he’s challenging, he’s encouraging, he’s watching for their souls. Sometimes his efforts are not appreciated or they’re even criticized and sometimes his work is lonely and he’s often put on the spot and he’s supposed to have answers that he don’t, doesn’t know what to say.

Many times he’s on call 24 7 and he’s often scrutinized for his skill or the lack of skill or compared to other skilled ministers as he carries out his duties. And sometimes the ministers criticize for being a normal human being with weaknesses and struggles just like everyone else in perfects, just like anyone else he gets, we are in overwhelmed just like anyone else. He is called to minister to all age groups, all maturity levels. He’s called to minister to people with all different levels of commitment or to the Lord or their journey with the Lord different places in life.

And what I’m saying is he’s called to minister to the elderly person. He’s called to minister to the youth and everywhere in between. So there’s not a formula he can use to minister to people because we’re all at different places in life and many of us, if we’re normal human beings, which we all are, we have our own backgrounds, our own differences, our own assortment of baggage if you wanna call it that, things that we struggle with. And this brother is supposed to bring all of us very different people together to be able to work together. And we all know that the Lord is behind all of this and he is the one that’s supplying the grace and strength needed, but it’s the minister many times that is puffing it out, trying to make this work.

So he is supposed to be doing all that as well as caring for his own wife and family. And in the end, he will give an account to God. So that’s a really big job. So again, I’m not asking for sympathy or a pat on the back, I’m simply saying what your local minister may not say. And I’m just challenging us to be understanding of the man whom God has called to this work. You as a congregation can make a big difference in your ministry team. Yes you can. You have the responsibility to those in leadership and that’s what this message is about. And so what does the Bible say about the responsibility of the church to their leaders? Several points I’d like to make, if you turn to First Thessalonians, chapter five, couple of verses there.

First Thessalonians chapter five verses 12 and 13. And we besse your brethren to know them, which are labor among you and are over you in the Lord and to and admonish you and to esteem them very highly in love for the work’s sake and be at peace among yourselves. So the first point I have here is the church has the responsibility to know and to appreciate their leaders. What does no mean there? In verse 12, We are to know them, that labor among us. Well, the word hints at appreciating what you notice about your leader and seems like Paul is admonishing these thessalonian believers to appreciate those who are laboring among them. They are to be thankful for those leaders who were willing to sacrifice themselves to spend themselves physically and mentally and emotionally for the benefit of the flock.

They are responsible for the flock God has given that, given them that responsibility. Now we probably all can think of situations somewhere else of leaders who have used their authority or their position to kind of be bullies. And I don’t believe that this calling is a place for that to happen. It should never be a leader should never be hardheaded and too proud to listen to the people he’s responsible, responsible for. So we look to Jesus for a good example, the best example of what a servant leader should look like. Jesus served his disciples over and over again. He served them rather than cracked the whip above their backs. Leaders are the, to follow that example I believe. Now Jesus said some tough things. He, he confronted them at times with things, but he wasn’t a bully. He was a servant leader. Leaders have the responsibility to be uncompromising and to give warning to the waiver to encourage a struggling and the struggling one and rejoicing with those that rejoice. So a leader is called to be tough and tender at the same time. And that’s a hard balance to find.

It’s hard to have thick tender skin as you deal with situations in life. Personalities come into play here. Some of us are, tend to be more compassionate. Others see black life as black and white. And we, we tend to make decisions that’s how it needs to be. And we can run over people. And so we really need to be both in your home or other responsibilities. We need to be uncompromising and yet compassionate. And I look to Jesus for that perfect example of that. A good minister cares deeply for those that he serves. And his heart cry is for everyone to get home safely. And so the first point in this subject of the responsibility of the church to the minister is to appreciate their efforts.

There’s many ways to do that. There’s words that could and should be said thankful heart brings us to do and say and, and things that are encouraging to our leaders. Faithful church attendance. You’d be surprised how encouraging or discouraging that can be when there’s faithful church attendance or a habitual lack of church attendance. Faithful church attendance sends a message. I want to hear what you have to say. I want to hear from God. And even more than that, faithful church attendance sends a message that I want to, to grow. I want to understand better and to know how to apply life, apply truth to life in a, in a more complete way.

And so my point being, find ways to, to encourage your minister, express appreciation. Tell him so don’t flatter him, but express appreciation for his efforts. Know of some men who have rarely had that happen and I, I feel for them. So brother or sister, church member, you can make a real difference in the life of your minister by showing appreciation for what he is, who he is and what he does. Know your leader. Point number two, the church has the responsibility to esteem their leaders highly. Verse 13, In fact, it says they’re there to esteem them very highly in love.

I think it’s the nrv that says something like this, Hold them in highest regard and love because of their work. And I trust we understand there’s a balance needed here. You should never put a leader on a pedestal where the leader becomes the focus and what the church is all about. Yes, a leader and his gifts certainly flavor the church, but the church is not about the preacher, it’s about the Lord Jesus. At the same time, a minister is to be respected. And I think that’s what Paul is saying here. There’s a way to serve in a leadership role in humility without doing it for the praise of men. There’s a way to do that. It takes the grace of God, of course, and some deliberate choices.

Even the most skillful minister still has weaknesses, still has limitations. He’s human. God has called ’em to a special work and we need to esteem them very highly. I guess the, the human tendency with authority, whatever that kind of authority might be, the human tendency is either to view that authority either with almost adultry or the opposite extreme would be to disdain authority. And neither extreme is right. It’s just as wrong to worship our leaders as it is to disrespect them. We need God’s help in filing this bow so steaming our leaders very highly. As Paul writes and doing it in a proper way, our leaders have not campaigned for their work, their job. They have not fought for position as many people have in our world, in different positions, whether it be politics or in business or whatever. Now our church leaders have been called to service by God himself and that has that calling has changed their life forever. Think about that.

So esteem our leaders highly. Point number three, the last part of verse 13. And be at peace among yourselves. The church has the responsibility to strive for peace amongst a few things are more discouraging to a church leader than have the congregation butting heads. And my subject this morning is not focusing on peace and the brotherhood, but according to the wa a word of God peace between brothers and sisters. It’s part of the responsibility of all of us in a congregation. And our willingness and commitment to being at peace among ourselves has a tremendous impact on our leaders. And a godly church leader will, will labor long and hard trying to resolve issues, trying to get to the bottom of relationship problems.

And I think we ought to be, I ought to be ashamed of myself when I insist on holding onto some grudge, some disagreement, and I’m giving the silent treatment, you know, fill in the blank, whatever it may be. But I am not giving along with my brother and my sister. And this tension that is between this is probably more obvious than we think it is. The church leader grieves over it and your wax his brain to try to, how can I help this situation? And I know there’s a time to disagree and I’m not saying that there never is a time to disagree because there is some things matter, very, very much. Also know that we can disagree over some pretty silly things, some misunderstanding, some perceived insults, some disrespect that may not even be true, at least not completely true.

And my pastor res it’s not only the right thing to do in God’s sight to have peace between us, but it will greatly lighten the burden of leadership. That’s all my church leaders shoulders when I have peace between me and my brother, my sister, they got help us to have peace among ourselves. Point number four, we’re gonna turn to the book of Hebrews for this one. Hebrews chapter 13 verse 17. The church has the responsibility to submit and to obey its leaders. Hebrews 13 verse 17, Obey them that have rule over you and submit yourselves for they watch for your souls. They that must give an account that they may do it with joy, not with grief for that is unprofitable for you.

I believe this is not blind obedience like the followers of some weird cult that obey out of blind loyalty or fear. I believe the ob obedience that Hebrews talks about there refers to not only doing what the Bible says to do, but also doing it because of knowing their leader well enough to see his relationship with God and to be confident that he will go in the right direction. And I can follow him. Bible is clear that we are toey, obey God rather than men. It’s also clear that we are to obey God ordained authority and we can have a lot of excuses. But the Bible says to obey within everything that, that we, that’s possible because God has put that authority structure in my life. God of course is the ultimate authority, but he has put structure and authority figures in my life and I better be really careful and prayerful for challenging those authority figures. Of course, there’s a time to appeal to my authority figure, but let it never be done in a disrespectful way with an attitude of I wanna do my own thing.

And in the case of the church, no one has forced me to be a member is a voluntary decision of mine. No one tied me up, drug me to the church and said, Here, you’re going to be a member who knows a voluntary choice. And I vowed I made some vows vowed to uphold agreements of the church. Do those vows matter? Sometimes we forget those. I think. I believe they do matter. Again, I know there’s a time where we have to obey God rather than men. And that’s a very difficult situation to be in. Romans 13 verses one and two, Let every soul be subject into the higher powers for there’s no power but of God, The powers that be ordained of God who’s whoever, therefore resistance of power resist that the ordinance of God, the they that and they that resists shall receive to themselves. Examination, talking about civil leaders I know there, but just the whole attitude of of being respectful and cooperation and being in submission to the, the authority structure that God has put in place. How can it be okay for me to kind of go do my own thing and ignore what I vow? I don’t think that’s okay. I know that there’s leaders who have done poorly, they have been selfish, they’ve been prideful and unkind, but that doesn’t give me the right to treat them badly or to have bad attitudes about them.

Yes, the church has the responsibility to obey and why do we, Well, what it said there in, in Hebrews 13 verse 17, it’s because they’re watching for your souls. And God has put their that person in, in a, in a authority structure. And he has put me someplace in that, that structure. Point number five, the church has a responsibility to remember their leaders. Go back to Hebrews again, 13 verse seven. Remember them which have rule over you, who have spoken unto you. The word of God whose faith followed considering the end of their conversation now is, is that a suggestion or command? And I’ll let you answer that.

Remember them which have the rule over you and in the business of life, this is how it is for me. It’s probably this way for you and the business of life. It’s easy to forget those who labor among us and we take them for granted. The writer of Hebrews here tells us to remember them. I suppose one of the greatest ways we can remember our church leaders is to pray for them. Specifically. I I’ll just say this, I am very blessed to have some prayer warriors who often bring their church leader to God, a prayer, tremendous, tremendous encouragement.

They know who’s preaching which Sunday they will occasionally ask, How you doing? How can I pray for you? And they’re praying for right now. And I deeply appreciate that. Some ministers don’t have people that remember and just, so just an encouragement for us. Remember your leaders, pray for them. Tell them that you pray for them. Encourage them in that way. We can come boldly to the throne of grace on behalf of my church leader. Brother, please invest in his life because he needs you in this way. Point number six, the church has a responsibility to follow their leader’s. Example Hebrew 13 again, verse seven, Whose faith follow with the idea of coming along behind? All of us need examples to follow. We need role models. We need someone to show us how someone we can learn from. Doesn’t mean that the person we’re following that he knows everything. He makes mistakes too. And sometimes we can have some unrealistic expectations of of the person we’re following and, and maybe even unfairly so. But he makes mistakes too. He or she makes mistakes depending on who, who you’re talking about that you’re following and learning from. But we all need role models. We need someone who has experience and has lived life and, and is applying truth to daily life. We can learn a lot from those people.

So you’ve been thinking about qualifications of a leader. Actually, I believe God wants all believers to have these virtues. That’s especially important for leaders to have these qualities because people need a visible role to follow. I need one. Paul said, Be imitators of me just as I, I am also imitating Christ. When a leader is doing his utmost to follow Christ in the best way, He knows how that’s a person we’re following. Not because he’s perfect, but because he’s growing. He’s learning how to follow Christ even closer in everyday life. And there’s a lot I can learn from a faithful follower of Jesus. Point number seven, the church has the responsibility to support its leaders. We’ll go to one Timothy chapter five, couple of verses there, one Timothy chapter five verses 17 and 18. Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word ind doctrine for the scripture sayeth al shett not muzzle the opposite truth. Out the ox troth out the corn, the labor is worthy of his reward.

Now, as an Baptists, we shy away from hiring the pastor and rightfully so because of the, the temptation of the hired preacher having itching years and saying what the congregation wants to hear because his job depends on pleasing the people there. There’s some issues with that. I think we understand that the danger of tying money to the work of the church, however, in some cases I wonder whether we’ve gone to the opposite extreme and been stingy with our church leaders. So you you, you can’t put a dollar figure amount on what your pastor does. But the church leader has bills and needs just like everyone else. He probably works a full-time job to make ends meet. And then he’s expected to have time and energy to do the work of the church as well as caring for his family. And that’s a big task. And so my encouragement to us this morning is to be generous with your leaders.

May we never allow money to be the motivating factor in a church’s leader’s life. But on the other hand, may we never neglect the needs of the minister and his family as he serves the church. And of course this goes way beyond just financial things. That’s just one example that actually includes all of life. Sometimes it’s easier to throw money at a situation than it is to give time, give energy to sacrifice some of those things. And my point being, what can I contribute to my church leader’s life? I have a responsibility to do that. I encourage you to think and pray about that. Support your leaders.

Point number eight, the church has the responsibility to watch out for the spiritual direction of its leaders. Did you just hear what I said? The church has a responsibility to watch out for the spiritual direction of its leaders. Now maybe that sounds a bit backwards because according to scripture, the leaders are watching for the souls of of the church, the people in the church. And that’s true, but the minister is also on a spiritual journey. Maybe they are mature in a lot of ways, maybe they have some experience, maybe they are skilled in many ways.

But mature and experienced leaders can also make mistakes. They can get off track. And as a congregation we can be a help and an aid to them and keeping them in the right direction or helping them walking the right direction. I think we would need to seek some good counsel and spend time in prayer before we make a respectful appeal to a leader. And doing that in humility and love. It may be often it’s that when we see a leader that’s not quite sure where he is going and why, and that seems a little weird to me sometimes. Maybe many times it’s because we don’t know the whole story, we don’t see the other side of what he’s grappling with. All those kinds of things. We need to be mindful of that. These can be touchy and delicate situations. And I’m not here to say how it should be done, but an airing church leader is my brother. And if I love him and I love the church, I need to respectfully and humility make an appeal. All church leaders have blind spots and weaknesses. But when there’s a good relationship between my leader and I, then there’s something that there’s something built there already to where there can be dialogue, there can be conversation that can even be challenged and we can help each other in our weaknesses.

So the church does have a responsibility to watch out for the spiritual direction of its leaders. Point number nine, the church has a responsibility to help its leaders be spiritually fed in their own lives. Now of course, all of us are responsible for our personal walk with God. And what I’m getting at here is that the minister gives and gives and gives and gifts. When does he drink in? It’s a challenge. I don’t really have a script reference to go along with this point. I’m speaking from experience here. Each minister’s different, but many leaders are greatly encouraged. For example, by attending minister’s meetings, those kinds of things where you can have the opportunity not to be responsible for this or that other thing that’s happening that particular day, but just to drink in. That’s important. I know I have been greatly impacted by others put in my life and to just be able to sit down with other leaders who have similar burdens and temptations and struggles and dilemmas. I cannot tell you how encouraged I have been, but other ministers who know exactly what I’m talking about or what what I’m experiencing. So encouraging.

We’re all busy. We have our own work. That is very true. But let me encourage us to encourage our church leaders if that would be a help to them to go somewhere occasionally and just be fed. What an encouragement that could be. Your church leader will likely have more to give when he has been welled himself. Point number 10, the church has a responsibility to the minister’s wife and family. Now, I’ll just say here before I embarrass anyone that this morning we have a little bit different situation of who’s being ordained. And I’m just going to let you mentally adjust in your mind what I’m about to say to fit the occasion. Okay?

The focus in this ordination is for finding the leader that God would have with this congregation or the leaders in this case. And that’s right. But let’s not forget there is a wife who shares in her husband’s calling. She plays a quiet and often unappreciated but vital role. So think with me about the wives of your church leaders and get the picture in your mind. Who are those ladies? You got that? These dear women have to share their husbands with many people in ways that most women don’t have to His time, his energy, his focus, his emotional strength, all these things are shared, which means there’s less for her.

And too often she gets the leftovers. And I’ll just confess that’s the way it’s been in our home sometimes. How thankful we ought to be for these courageous women who are just doing, They’re not sure how to do it. They’re just doing what they feel like God has called them to and faithful in that they are the cheerleaders, they’re encouragers of weary ministers. She lives in a glass house. People watch the lives of their leaders, including his wife and family, and their marriage is watched. Their children are watched the way they go about life many times is open for everyone to see and they’re criticized at times. And I suppose I’m not a wife, never will be praise the Lord. But I suppose many times she just wants to be a normal wife.

She needs women, other women, just like other women do. She needs friends. She needs love. She needs patience. She needs understanding. She needs encouragement. She works hard at enabling her husband to carry out his calling without pay. And most of the time without recognition, she’s also available 24 7. And she’s fulfilling a role that’s not very well defined. Many, many young ministers wives are confused and intimidated by this undefined role that lands in their lap. Why do I do this? You really can’t turn to a verse that says this is how it’s done. Sometimes people have used the minister’s wife as a conduit to get something done that they wanna see get done or a complaint through the minister’s wife and you know, that kind of thing that puts her in a very delicate situation. She’s supposed to be perfect, but she isn’t.

And like her husband, she’s supposed to have a lot of answers and she doesn’t. You know, what about this stress? What about this misbehaving child? What about this relationship, strained relationship, all these things, minister’s wife can be hurt in a hundred ways and she can’t fight back. Now I’m not advocating woman worship this morning, but I’m just saying these are women that have been called to a very unique role and I think we ought to be appreciative of them. I suppose there’s no person on earth who is more influential in a minister’s life than his wife.

And probably these ladies would all say that they feel inadequate for their calling. I know of no other work that a man could be involved in, was a plumber or carpenter or construction guy, whatever it may be. Know of another work that a man can be involved in, in which his wife is, is expected to sacrifices her sacrifice, her preferences in the way that a minister’s wife Is that play a vital role. Let’s be thankful for these dear ladies. The church has a responsibility to care for the wife of their minister is my point. Pray for her, be her friend. Encourage her, appreciate her. She’s playing a quiet but a vital role.

Moving on to children of the minister. Much could be said about their unique role. They also have to share daddy with many people like in ways that that other children possibly don’t have to. Their behavior is watched and may be held to an unfair, higher standard than other children. Sometimes they often have to keep things confidential that they hear because daddy gets phone calls and visits and they see their burden that their daddy carries. These young people also need our prayer and encouragement because they’re just people too. Let’s encourage these people. And God has also called to serve alongside of their husband or their daddy in the work of the church.

So I’ve mentioned 10 things here and I know this list is not complete, but let me encourage us to take seriously our role to our church leaders. The 10 points were let’s appreciate them, know them. Number two, let’s esteem them highly. Number three, strive, repeat them among ourselves. Number four, submit and obey our leaders. Number five, remember to pray for them and pray for them obviously. So in other words that they know that they’re being prayed for. Number six, follow the example. Number seven, support them fa financially and other ways as well. Number eight, watch their spiritual direction. Number nine, see that they have the opportunity to be spiritually fed themselves. Number 10, care for his wife and family. So the minister has a big job, but so does the church. God has called us to serve in a unique place. And wherever you fit into God’s the work in God’s church, may we be faithful in that.

Two brothers will be called to serve here in a, in a new way. In this congregation here today, let’s take our responsibility as a church toward our church leaders seriously. Jeremiah three verse 15. And I will give you pastors according to my heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. God bless you as a congregation, as you could seriously consider your role in supporting and encouraging and appreciating your leadership team here. And I just want to call attention to the verse upon the board here, Roman ten verse 15. It’s actually a quote from the book of Isaiah. And to these brothers being ordained here today, you have beautiful feet. The Bible says so.

 

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This is probably not a message your home pastor would preach. Ministry is work, yes it is a joy and a blessing but ministry is work. Sometimes it can be a heavy load. God gives grace and strength but ministry is often heavy and hard work. Ministry is work, yes it is a joy and a blessing but ministry is work. Sometimes it can be a heavy load. God gives grace and strength but ministry is often heavy and hard work.
The church has a responsibility to know and appreciate its leaders. They are to be thankful for those leaders. Find ways to express appreciation for your leaders, you can make a real difference by showing appreciation.
A church has a responsibility to esteem its leaders very highly. The leader shouldn’t be the focus and what the church is all about… At the same time, a minister is to be respected.
The church is called to obey those who are leaders over them. The Bible is clear that we are to obey God rather than man, but it is also clear that we are to obey those who are in leadership over us.
The church has a responsibility to remember its leaders. When life is busy it is easy to forget those who labor among us. Remember them, pray for them, pray for your church.
The church has a responsibility to follow its leaders. We all need examples and role models. This doesn’t mean that the person we are following is perfect, but we all need role models, someone who is learning from daily life and from the Father.
The church has a responsibility to support those who are in leadership. You can’t put a dollar amount on what your preacher does. He probably works a full-time job too… Be generous.
The church has a responsibility to watch out for the spiritual direction of its leaders. The leader is watching out for his flock, but the members should also help and aid them in walking in the right direction.
The church has a responsibility to help ensure that the ministry is fed as well. Many leaders are greatly encouraged by attending leadership meetings or other things where they don’t have to be in charge and just be fed, encouraged, and lifted up.
The church has a responsibility to a minister’s wife and family. The wife shares in her husband’s calling. These dear women have to share their husbands with others in ways that many wives don’t have to. Preachers children have a unique road too, then need encouragement too.
Ephesians 4:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13, Hebrews 13, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Timothy 5:17-18, Jeremiah 3:13

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I greet you in Jesus’ name this morning. It’s a blessing to be here and to participate in this important event in the church here at Gladys, the church’s responsibility to the minister. What do you think that would be? I’d like to begin here in Ephesians chapter four, verse eight. And maybe this is a little bit of an odd place to begin, but let’s look at a verse there. Ephesians four, verse eight it says, therefore he sayeth when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive and gave gifts unto men. I’m just focusing on the last phrase of that verse.
God gives gifts unto to men. God has given us many gifts and we could spend all day making a list of what those gifts could be. And I hope we’re truly grateful this morning for the gifts, God showers upon us every day, even life itself and all the, the things that surround it and all, not only life itself and and what it takes to live, to be alive and to function, but there’s many extras I guess you could call it in life. There’s color, there’s sound, there’s music, there’s light, which I guess is necessary for life. But lots and lots of things God gives us.
And the gift that we’re especially thinking about here today, this morning is found in verse 11 and he gave some, he gave notice that this is a gift, verse 11, and he gave some apostles, some prophets and some evangelists and some pastors and teachers.]]>
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Qualifications of Church Leaders - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/qualifications-of-church-leaders/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 02:04:48 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4306 https://www.bmcgladys.com/qualifications-of-church-leaders/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/qualifications-of-church-leaders/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/qualifications-of-church-leaders/">Qualifications of Church Leaders</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> The post Qualifications of Church Leaders appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA.

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The Things I Leave Behind Me - Delvin Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-things-i-leave-behind-me/ Sun, 16 Oct 2022 23:27:36 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4303 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-things-i-leave-behind-me/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-things-i-leave-behind-me/feed/ 0 <p>We should be intentional about the things we leave to those who come behind us. We are also following in the paths of those who have gone before us too. What kind of legacy will we leave behind us when we leave this world? What is the difference between a legacy and a way of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-things-i-leave-behind-me/">The Things I Leave Behind Me</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> We should be intentional about the things we leave to those who come behind us. We are also following in the paths of those who have gone before us too. What kind of legacy will we leave behind us when we leave this world?

What is the difference between a legacy and a way of life? We all want to be remembered to some level. We shouldn’t be focused on our legacy, we should be focused on our walk with the Lord, which will inevitably leave to a good and godly legacy.

Scriptures used – Proverbs 13:22, 1 Peter 2:1-10

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We should be intentional about the things we leave to those who come behind us. We are also following in the paths of those who have gone before us too. What kind of legacy will we leave behind us when we leave this world? What is the difference between a legacy and a way of life? We all want to be remembered to some level. We shouldn’t be focused on our legacy, we should be focused on our walk with the Lord, which will inevitably leave to a good and godly legacy.
Scriptures used – Proverbs 13:22, 1 Peter 2:1-10
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Peace - John Waldron https://www.bmcgladys.com/peace/ Sun, 09 Oct 2022 20:36:09 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4299 https://www.bmcgladys.com/peace/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/peace/feed/ 0 <p>Shalom is one of the keywords of the Torah. God is the source of shalom. All of the separation that happened after the fall in the garden of Eden happened because of the breaking of shalom. As much as we are able to we have a responsibility to achieve our brother’s wholeness, completeness, and perfection. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/peace/">Peace</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Shalom is one of the keywords of the Torah. God is the source of shalom. All of the separation that happened after the fall in the garden of Eden happened because of the breaking of shalom.

As much as we are able to we have a responsibility to achieve our brother’s wholeness, completeness, and perfection. He has the same responsibility for us.

Scriptures used – Galatians 5:22, Judges 6:24

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Shalom is one of the keywords of the Torah. God is the source of shalom. All of the separation that happened after the fall in the garden of Eden happened because of the breaking of shalom. As much as we are able to we have a responsibility to achieve ... As much as we are able to we have a responsibility to achieve our brother’s wholeness, completeness, and perfection. He has the same responsibility for us.
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Worshiping and Praising God in Private and Congregational Singing - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/worshiping-and-praising-god-in-private-and-congregational-singing/ Sun, 02 Oct 2022 22:19:57 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4295 https://www.bmcgladys.com/worshiping-and-praising-god-in-private-and-congregational-singing/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/worshiping-and-praising-god-in-private-and-congregational-singing/feed/ 0 <p>Singing and praying can take the ideas in our minds and take them deeper into our person to impact our hearts and souls. An essential purpose of congregational singing is to worship and praise God. Beautiful singing is lovely. The kind of songs we listen to and sing individually affect our feelings and beliefs. The […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/worshiping-and-praising-god-in-private-and-congregational-singing/">Worshiping and Praising God in Private and Congregational Singing</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Singing and praying can take the ideas in our minds and take them deeper into our person to impact our hearts and souls. An essential purpose of congregational singing is to worship and praise God.

Beautiful singing is lovely. The kind of songs we listen to and sing individually affect our feelings and beliefs. The types of songs we sing and the way we sing have an impact on the spiritual and emotional health of a congregation.

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Singing and praying can take the ideas in our minds and take them deeper into our person to impact our hearts and souls. An essential purpose of congregational singing is to worship and praise God. Beautiful singing is lovely. Beautiful singing is lovely. The kind of songs we listen to and sing individually affect our feelings and beliefs. The types of songs we sing and the way we sing have an impact on the spiritual and emotional health of a congregation.
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Nehemiah - A Willing Cupbearer - Lowell Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/nehemiah-a-willing-cupbearer/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 11:15:27 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4291 https://www.bmcgladys.com/nehemiah-a-willing-cupbearer/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/nehemiah-a-willing-cupbearer/feed/ 0 <p>God used Ezra and other men for other things, but he used a burdened Nehemiah and directed him to do something about the wall around Jerusalem. Nehemiah’s example of leadership should challenge us, he said “come, let us,” true leadership invites partnership and walking with those under the leadership. Likewise, Jesus works with us, he […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/nehemiah-a-willing-cupbearer/">Nehemiah – A Willing Cupbearer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> God used Ezra and other men for other things, but he used a burdened Nehemiah and directed him to do something about the wall around Jerusalem.

Nehemiah’s example of leadership should challenge us, he said “come, let us,” true leadership invites partnership and walking with those under the leadership. Likewise, Jesus works with us, he pulls against the yoke with us.

Nehemiah was willing to be used. So many people have been used in many mighty ways. But they all have one thing in common… availability.

Nehemiah, as the king’s cupbearer, had a very important role in the palace. Even so, he had not forgotten his people, the Jews back in Jerusalem. He wondered how they were doing and wept when he heard the report. He prayed a beautiful prayer both for himself and for his people in Jerusalem.
The king, on seeing his sadness, wondered what was wrong and Nehemiah told him. The king gave him permission to go to Jerusalem and see what could be done. He sent letters and cavalry with him.

Nehemiah didn’t go to Jerusalem flaunting his letters. He was a man of action but developed a plan of action first. He said, “Come, let us rebuild”. Not a command but an invitation. He used powerful words like us and we. He transferred his vision to the people. He delegated.

Lessons we can learn from Nehemiah:

  1. God gives special burdens to people. He gives us different gifts and tasks to do, maybe in areas of concern that we have. Nehemiah’s burden came from God.
  2. We should be challenged by Nehemiah’s example of leadership. Servant leadership gets involved and uses words like we and us.
  3. His willingness to be used. We need to be willing and available to do the task. In the kingdom of God no one is above a job.

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God used Ezra and other men for other things, but he used a burdened Nehemiah and directed him to do something about the wall around Jerusalem. Nehemiah’s example of leadership should challenge us, he said “come, let us, Nehemiah’s example of leadership should challenge us, he said “come, let us,” true leadership invites partnership and walking with those under the leadership. Likewise, Jesus works with us, he pulls against the yoke with us.
Nehemiah was willing to be used. So many people have been used in many mighty ways. But they all have one thing in common… availability.
Nehemiah, as the king’s cupbearer, had a very important role in the palace. Even so, he had not forgotten his people, the Jews back in Jerusalem. He wondered how they were doing and wept when he heard the report. He prayed a beautiful prayer both for himself and for his people in Jerusalem.
The king, on seeing his sadness, wondered what was wrong and Nehemiah told him. The king gave him permission to go to Jerusalem and see what could be done. He sent letters and cavalry with him.
Nehemiah didn’t go to Jerusalem flaunting his letters. He was a man of action but developed a plan of action first. He said, “Come, let us rebuild”. Not a command but an invitation. He used powerful words like us and we. He transferred his vision to the people. He delegated.
Lessons we can learn from Nehemiah:

* God gives special burdens to people. He gives us different gifts and tasks to do, maybe in areas of concern that we have. Nehemiah’s burden came from God.
* We should be challenged by Nehemiah’s example of leadership. Servant leadership gets involved and uses words like we and us.
* His willingness to be used. We need to be willing and available to do the task. In the kingdom of God no one is above a job.

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Patience - John Waldron https://www.bmcgladys.com/patience/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 17:44:16 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4287 https://www.bmcgladys.com/patience/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/patience/feed/ 0 <p>Patience is hard, but it will be rewarded.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/patience/">Patience</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Patience is hard, but it will be rewarded.

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God Requires a Blood Atonement - Gabriel Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/god-requires-a-blood-atonement/ Sun, 21 Aug 2022 21:31:20 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4280 https://www.bmcgladys.com/god-requires-a-blood-atonement/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/god-requires-a-blood-atonement/feed/ 0 <p>We are here this morning to remember Christ and His work for us on the cross. There are lots of scriptures that we can look at this morning. There are man types and shadows that we won’t have time to look at here, but we want to celebrate Christ and what He has done for […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/god-requires-a-blood-atonement/">God Requires a Blood Atonement</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> We are here this morning to remember Christ and His work for us on the cross. There are lots of scriptures that we can look at this morning. There are man types and shadows that we won’t have time to look at here, but we want to celebrate Christ and what He has done for us.

It is very difficult to “sell a cure” unless we are aware of our “malady.” Sin brings death, we have to recognize that this morning.

Adam and Eve were the first to sin, plunging all of humanity into sin after them. But God was not willing that any should perish! He has kept a path available for those who would be saved.

Blood atonement the Bible is full of it, it is a major theme of scripture. Our sin requires blood atonement. The innocent dying in place of the sinful.

God gave the law through Moses, showing how to deal with sin through the regular offering of sacrifices. Hebrews tells us that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.

Jesus replaced the law for love and judgment for joy. In place of the “cup of wrath and judgment” in the Old Testament Jesus offers a “cup of joy.”

When we partake in communion we are saying yes to Jesus. Are we really living as if we are anticipating His return? We are the bride of Christ. He is coming back to claim us!

On this earth, while we wait for His return we are to be singly given to Him, living for and reaching for Him while we wait.

Scriptures used – 1 John 1:8, Leviticus 17:10-11, Exodus 12:3-13, Hebrews 9:22, Hebrews 10, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Matthew 26:26, John 14:1-6

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We are here this morning to remember Christ and His work for us on the cross. There are lots of scriptures that we can look at this morning. There are man types and shadows that we won’t have time to look at here, It is very difficult to “sell a cure” unless we are aware of our “malady.” Sin brings death, we have to recognize that this morning.
Adam and Eve were the first to sin, plunging all of humanity into sin after them. But God was not willing that any should perish! He has kept a path available for those who would be saved.
Blood atonement the Bible is full of it, it is a major theme of scripture. Our sin requires blood atonement. The innocent dying in place of the sinful.
God gave the law through Moses, showing how to deal with sin through the regular offering of sacrifices. Hebrews tells us that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.
Jesus replaced the law for love and judgment for joy. In place of the “cup of wrath and judgment” in the Old Testament Jesus offers a “cup of joy.”
When we partake in communion we are saying yes to Jesus. Are we really living as if we are anticipating His return? We are the bride of Christ. He is coming back to claim us!
On this earth, while we wait for His return we are to be singly given to Him, living for and reaching for Him while we wait.
Scriptures used – 1 John 1:8, Leviticus 17:10-11, Exodus 12:3-13, Hebrews 9:22, Hebrews 10, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Matthew 26:26, John 14:1-6
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The Lord Himself Must Examine Me - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-lord-himself-must-examine-me/ Sun, 14 Aug 2022 20:01:25 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4276 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-lord-himself-must-examine-me/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-lord-himself-must-examine-me/feed/ 0 <p>This is a “pre communion” sermon and the question that we want to consider is “do we have a clear conscience?” Paul says that he has a clear conscience, and he says some things about why he has a clear conscience. In the first chapter, Paul entreats the people at Corinth to agree with each […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-lord-himself-must-examine-me/">The Lord Himself Must Examine Me</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> This is a “pre communion” sermon and the question that we want to consider is “do we have a clear conscience?” Paul says that he has a clear conscience, and he says some things about why he has a clear conscience.

In the first chapter, Paul entreats the people at Corinth to agree with each other and not be divided over the different leaders in their midst. The appeal he makes is “in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Paul also contrasts the wisdom of God with the “wisdom” of man. He talks about two wisdoms, two spirits, and two representative people.

3:18 summarizes a warning to them that they deceive not themselves by thinking that they are wiser than they are. It is important to be self-reflective and not to be self-deceived. Be careful not to overestimate your or your leader’s importance or standing or opinion.

Heading into chapter 4 now, Paul uses himself and Apollos as an example so that the people at Corinth will learn “not to go beyond what is written.” Paul begins by saying that they are elevating the stewards of God’s mysteries (the ordained) higher than they should.

Paul is saying that if the people choose him (versus other leaders), it doesn’t matter to him. It doesn’t make him a more important person if they were to elevate him above other leaders.

Paul is saying that he is not the final judge, he can have a thought about, an evaluation of himself, but he doesn’t have the final say. He couldn’t just get in his corner, and add up his positives and negatives… there is still God, above all, and overall.

Paul isn’t specifically talking about preparation for communion and examining one’s self. Paul is saying that he isn’t seeking their praise or approval.

We often have negative evaluations of ourselves as a result of someone else shaming, judging, or demeaning us. Paul tells the folks at Corinth to stop judging and choosing between their leaders. Paul also says that he wants to apply this to Apollos and himself so that they can learn “not to paint outside the lines.”

In verse 7 Paul says that the different gifts, that they have and should neither boast about themselves nor be elevated by these gifts.

Elevating people, or its opposite, shaming them is common. Not only in the world around us, but also amongst believers! These things ought not to be!

Scriptures used – 1 Corinthians 1-4

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This is a “pre communion” sermon and the question that we want to consider is “do we have a clear conscience?” Paul says that he has a clear conscience, and he says some things about why he has a clear conscience. In the first chapter, In the first chapter, Paul entreats the people at Corinth to agree with each other and not be divided over the different leaders in their midst. The appeal he makes is “in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Paul also contrasts the wisdom of God with the “wisdom” of man. He talks about two wisdoms, two spirits, and two representative people.
3:18 summarizes a warning to them that they deceive not themselves by thinking that they are wiser than they are. It is important to be self-reflective and not to be self-deceived. Be careful not to overestimate your or your leader’s importance or standing or opinion.
Heading into chapter 4 now, Paul uses himself and Apollos as an example so that the people at Corinth will learn “not to go beyond what is written.” Paul begins by saying that they are elevating the stewards of God’s mysteries (the ordained) higher than they should.
Paul is saying that if the people choose him (versus other leaders), it doesn’t matter to him. It doesn’t make him a more important person if they were to elevate him above other leaders.
Paul is saying that he is not the final judge, he can have a thought about, an evaluation of himself, but he doesn’t have the final say. He couldn’t just get in his corner, and add up his positives and negatives… there is still God, above all, and overall.
Paul isn’t specifically talking about preparation for communion and examining one’s self. Paul is saying that he isn’t seeking their praise or approval.
We often have negative evaluations of ourselves as a result of someone else shaming, judging, or demeaning us. Paul tells the folks at Corinth to stop judging and choosing between their leaders. Paul also says that he wants to apply this to Apollos and himself so that they can learn “not to paint outside the lines.”
In verse 7 Paul says that the different gifts, that they have and should neither boast about themselves nor be elevated by these gifts.
Elevating people, or its opposite, shaming them is common. Not only in the world around us, but also amongst believers! These things ought not to be!
Scriptures used – 1 Corinthians 1-4
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Bethel the House of God - John Waldron https://www.bmcgladys.com/bethel-the-house-of-god/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 01:07:43 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4271 https://www.bmcgladys.com/bethel-the-house-of-god/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/bethel-the-house-of-god/feed/ 0 <p>The early church met in homes and it wasn’t until the time of Constantine that they started building larger churches. Often if you go to Central America you’ll often find small houses around huge churches. God is too big to build into a house. No matter how big you make a house it’s just not […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/bethel-the-house-of-god/">Bethel the House of God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> The early church met in homes and it wasn’t until the time of Constantine that they started building larger churches. Often if you go to Central America you’ll often find small houses around huge churches.

God is too big to build into a house. No matter how big you make a house it’s just not big enough to “box God in.” The blessing for the building comes not because of the building itself, but because of the people who meet there.

Is the church the place where God lives? Is it a club where good people go to hang out? Is it a place to go where you meet with God? Is it a place where you go for emotional support?

The things that are needed before we enter the doors of the church for true worship.

  • Other people. There is such a thing as private worship, but it is important to be with other people as well.
  • Some effort.
  • Personal sacrifice. We need to be willing to sacrifice when we come in the door.
  • Heart preparation. Jesus says that the most important thing is peace and reconciliation.
  • God focus.

A few lessons from the story of Bethel.

  • God does choose particular places to choose to reveal Himself to people.
  • Sometimes we need to go back to places we were before to recapture our relationship with God.
  • Sometimes we need to start over.

Scriptures used – Genesis 28:10-22, 2 Chronicles 6, Psalm 24, Genesis 35, 2 Kings, Hosea, 2 Samuel, Matthew 5, Hebrews 12

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The early church met in homes and it wasn’t until the time of Constantine that they started building larger churches. Often if you go to Central America you’ll often find small houses around huge churches. God is too big to build into a house. God is too big to build into a house. No matter how big you make a house it’s just not big enough to “box God in.” The blessing for the building comes not because of the building itself, but because of the people who meet there.
Is the church the place where God lives? Is it a club where good people go to hang out? Is it a place to go where you meet with God? Is it a place where you go for emotional support?
The things that are needed before we enter the doors of the church for true worship.

* Other people. There is such a thing as private worship, but it is important to be with other people as well.
* Some effort.
* Personal sacrifice. We need to be willing to sacrifice when we come in the door.
* Heart preparation. Jesus says that the most important thing is peace and reconciliation.
* God focus.

A few lessons from the story of Bethel.

* God does choose particular places to choose to reveal Himself to people.
* Sometimes we need to go back to places we were before to recapture our relationship with God.
* Sometimes we need to start over.

Scriptures used – Genesis 28:10-22, 2 Chronicles 6, Psalm 24, Genesis 35, 2 Kings, Hosea, 2 Samuel, Matthew 5, Hebrews 12
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Four Questions for Dads - Michael Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/four-questions-for-dads/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 20:14:08 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4266 https://www.bmcgladys.com/four-questions-for-dads/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/four-questions-for-dads/feed/ 0 <p>As we think about a godly old man, what could bring more joy to him than to see his children walking in the faith and raising godly children? Dads are heroes to their children. Dads, are you the kind of man that you want your sons to become? Are you the kind of person you […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/four-questions-for-dads/">Four Questions for Dads</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> As we think about a godly old man, what could bring more joy to him than to see his children walking in the faith and raising godly children? Dads are heroes to their children.

Dads, are you the kind of man that you want your sons to become? Are you the kind of person you want your daughters to grow up and marry?

Our fathers have a tremendous impact on who we become. Those of us who are fathers are setting things up for our children for who we are as a man. The choices we make will have a lasting impact not only on us, but also on our children. Are we taking that seriously enough?

Whatever stage we are at as fathers, may God give us grace and strength to do it well. God has given us a tremendous role to fill. God is a father, He is the first father, the perfect example of a father. He has entrusted us as dads to fill that role for our children.

If you think about fatherhood, even just in a natural sense without the spiritual implications, the consequences of the role of a father are huge in the life of a child. There are many homes where fathers are not present, some don’t even know who their biological dad is.

Are we fully engaged as fathers? Are we partially engaged? Are we unengaged? It is important for us to be there, be involved, to be active. Are we giving our children our best as a dad, or are they just getting the left overs?

This morning we’ll look at four questions to consider as we think about our own fathering experience, where we are at, and how are we doing.

  1. Is your heart turned toward your children? In every child, there is a longing for a relationship with their father. In every father, there is a longing for a relationship with their children. Sin, selfishness, and pride will fight this, they can and will destroy these natural affections.
  2. Do you have a vision for your family? What do we want the outcome of our family to be? What do we want our children to be when they are adults and are raising their own families? Where do we want them to spend eternity? What kind of family culture do we want? What atmosphere in the home?
  3. Are we taking responsibility for what is going on in our homes? Are we fully engaged? God has given fathers the responsibility, are we taking that responsibility? Do we lead out in family worship? Are we teaching God’s ways to our children? Don’t leave all of this on your wife, you are a team working together on these things. It is important to open our homes up to our church community. Even as a community we work together to raise our children… but dads, the responsibility is ultimately yours.
  4. Are we the men that God has called us to be? If we aren’t who we should be as a man, spiritually, morally, and behaviorally, we will not fare well with our children. How will we teach our children to submit if we don’t submit? How will we teach them humility if we are not humble? How can we shape an eternal soul unless we are abiding in Christ? How can I teach my children God’s word unless the Holy Spirit resides within us?

If we are abiding in Christ, we are not doing this by ourselves. Christ is laboring alongside us to get this done. Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.

Scriptures used – Psalm 127:1, Malachi 4:5-6, 2 Kings 21:6, 2 Timothy 3:1-3, Proverbs 29:18, Ephesians 4 & 5, Psalm 127

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As we think about a godly old man, what could bring more joy to him than to see his children walking in the faith and raising godly children? Dads are heroes to their children. Dads, are you the kind of man that you want your sons to become? Dads, are you the kind of man that you want your sons to become? Are you the kind of person you want your daughters to grow up and marry?
Our fathers have a tremendous impact on who we become. Those of us who are fathers are setting things up for our children for who we are as a man. The choices we make will have a lasting impact not only on us, but also on our children. Are we taking that seriously enough?
Whatever stage we are at as fathers, may God give us grace and strength to do it well. God has given us a tremendous role to fill. God is a father, He is the first father, the perfect example of a father. He has entrusted us as dads to fill that role for our children.
If you think about fatherhood, even just in a natural sense without the spiritual implications, the consequences of the role of a father are huge in the life of a child. There are many homes where fathers are not present, some don’t even know who their biological dad is.
Are we fully engaged as fathers? Are we partially engaged? Are we unengaged? It is important for us to be there, be involved, to be active. Are we giving our children our best as a dad, or are they just getting the left overs?
This morning we’ll look at four questions to consider as we think about our own fathering experience, where we are at, and how are we doing.

* Is your heart turned toward your children? In every child, there is a longing for a relationship with their father. In every father, there is a longing for a relationship with their children. Sin, selfishness, and pride will fight this, they can and will destroy these natural affections.
* Do you have a vision for your family? What do we want the outcome of our family to be? What do we want our children to be when they are adults and are raising their own families? Where do we want them to spend eternity? What kind of family culture do we want? What atmosphere in the home?
* Are we taking responsibility for what is going on in our homes? Are we fully engaged? God has given fathers the responsibility, are we taking that responsibility? Do we lead out in family worship? Are we teaching God’s ways to our children? Don’t leave all of this on your wife, you are a team working together on these things. It is important to open our homes up to our church community. Even as a community we work together to raise our children… but dads, the responsibility is ultimately yours.
* Are we the men that God has called us to be? If we aren’t who we should be as a man, spiritually, morally, and behaviorally, we will not fare well with our children. How will we teach our children to submit if we don’t submit? How will we teach them humility if we are not humble? How can we shape an eternal soul unless we are abiding in Christ? How can I teach my children God’s word unless the Holy Spirit resides within us?

If we are abiding in Christ, we are not doing this by ourselves. Christ is laboring alongside us to get this done. Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.
Scriptures used – Psalm 127:1, Malachi 4:5-6, 2 Kings 21:6, 2 Timothy 3:1-3, Proverbs 29:18, Ephesians 4 & 5, Psalm 127
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Lessons from the Strawberry Transplanter - Lowell Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/lessons-from-the-strawberry-transplanter/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 01:42:55 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4259 https://www.bmcgladys.com/lessons-from-the-strawberry-transplanter/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/lessons-from-the-strawberry-transplanter/feed/ 0 <p>This morning we’ll be talking about everyday life… the thread of eternity runs through our ordinary lives. There are several common issues that arise during the process of transplanting these little baby strawberry plants. Lend A Hand to the Struggling Despite the snail’s crawling pace, often one of the planters will fall behind in getting […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/lessons-from-the-strawberry-transplanter/">Lessons from the Strawberry Transplanter</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> This morning we’ll be talking about everyday life… the thread of eternity runs through our ordinary lives.

There are several common issues that arise during the process of transplanting these little baby strawberry plants.

Lend A Hand to the Struggling

Despite the snail’s crawling pace, often one of the planters will fall behind in getting all of his plants into the holes. As a planter gets behind the problem gets worse as there is further to reach.

There are several ways to catch back up. You can whistle to the driver who can slow down or stop. Or the person across the row can take care of a plant or two for his partner.

We all are frail human beings. We have problems. We either need help now, or we will soon need help. Jesus knew this, and He worked to teach this to His disciples. Wash each other’s feet.

We often get so focused on the things we are doing, our own life struggles, to notice our brother struggling. Take time, and be intentional.

Seeing From Another Perspective

The planting season is quite stressful. It needs to be done in a timely way. It needs to be done properly.

When issues arise it is easy to blame the tractor driver. When you’re on the planter you can’t see down the row. The tractor driver often has a better overall view of things.

In everyday life, there is something about our perspective that limits our ability to see the whole picture. There are often times when we don’t see the full picture.

Hindrances Hinder

There are numerous ways that hindering happens during the transplanting. There are things outside of our control and then there are preventable issues.

In life, we have these same types of hindrances too. The normal circumstances of life that we have to navigate, but at times we pull things into our lives that make our lives more difficult.

There are better things coming. There is hope for the future. The example of Jesus and the strength that He gives us each day is the best resource we have for making it through this tough world.

Stay Current

The best way to plant strawberries is to plant slightly ahead of where you need to be. If you can be reaching forward to put your plant in the coming hole, it makes recovering so much easier, there is more room for error.

Spiritually we can be much more effective planters if we live in a constant current state. Constant awareness of the passing of time, the seriousness of life, making our moves count.

Jesus says that He is “coming soon.” We don’t know exactly when that’ll be. Life is often shorter than we expect. Stay current.

Scriptures used – Isaiah, Matthew 25:40, Hebrews 13, Romans 12:10, Ephesians 4:29, 1 Peter 4:13, 1 Peter 5:10, Hebrews 12:1-3, Revelation 22:20

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This morning we’ll be talking about everyday life… the thread of eternity runs through our ordinary lives. There are several common issues that arise during the process of transplanting these little baby strawberry plants. There are several common issues that arise during the process of transplanting these little baby strawberry plants.
Lend A Hand to the Struggling
Despite the snail’s crawling pace, often one of the planters will fall behind in getting all of his plants into the holes. As a planter gets behind the problem gets worse as there is further to reach.
There are several ways to catch back up. You can whistle to the driver who can slow down or stop. Or the person across the row can take care of a plant or two for his partner.
We all are frail human beings. We have problems. We either need help now, or we will soon need help. Jesus knew this, and He worked to teach this to His disciples. Wash each other’s feet.
We often get so focused on the things we are doing, our own life struggles, to notice our brother struggling. Take time, and be intentional.
Seeing From Another Perspective
The planting season is quite stressful. It needs to be done in a timely way. It needs to be done properly.
When issues arise it is easy to blame the tractor driver. When you’re on the planter you can’t see down the row. The tractor driver often has a better overall view of things.
In everyday life, there is something about our perspective that limits our ability to see the whole picture. There are often times when we don’t see the full picture.
Hindrances Hinder
There are numerous ways that hindering happens during the transplanting. There are things outside of our control and then there are preventable issues.
In life, we have these same types of hindrances too. The normal circumstances of life that we have to navigate, but at times we pull things into our lives that make our lives more difficult.
There are better things coming. There is hope for the future. The example of Jesus and the strength that He gives us each day is the best resource we have for making it through this tough world.
Stay Current
The best way to plant strawberries is to plant slightly ahead of where you need to be. If you can be reaching forward to put your plant in the coming hole, it makes recovering so much easier, there is more room for error.
Spiritually we can be much more effective planters if we live in a constant current state. Constant awareness of the passing of time, the seriousness of life, making our moves count.
Jesus says that He is “coming soon.” We don’t know exactly when that’ll be. Life is often shorter than we expect. Stay current.
Scriptures used – Isaiah, Matthew 25:40, Hebrews 13, Romans 12:10, Ephesians 4:29, 1 Peter 4:13, 1 Peter 5:10, Hebrews 12:1-3, Revelation 22:20
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Remember Thy Creator In The Days of Thy Youth - Rich Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/remember-thy-creator-in-the-days-of-thy-youth/ Mon, 18 Jul 2022 01:41:13 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4258 https://www.bmcgladys.com/remember-thy-creator-in-the-days-of-thy-youth/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/remember-thy-creator-in-the-days-of-thy-youth/feed/ 0 <p>Good solid men in our society are becoming more and more scarce. This morning we’ll be talking about young men. Godly young men are fundamental in establishing and leading out in Christian homes. There is no better time for young men, or anyone, to start remembering their creator than in the days of their youth.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/remember-thy-creator-in-the-days-of-thy-youth/">Remember Thy Creator In The Days of Thy Youth</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Good solid men in our society are becoming more and more scarce. This morning we’ll be talking about young men. Godly young men are fundamental in establishing and leading out in Christian homes.

There is no better time for young men, or anyone, to start remembering their creator than in the days of their youth.

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Good solid men in our society are becoming more and more scarce. This morning we’ll be talking about young men. Godly young men are fundamental in establishing and leading out in Christian homes. There is no better time for young men, or anyone, There is no better time for young men, or anyone, to start remembering their creator than in the days of their youth.
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The Power of the Gospel - Acts 3 - Delvin Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-the-gospel-acts-3/ Mon, 11 Jul 2022 01:41:10 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4257 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-the-gospel-acts-3/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-the-gospel-acts-3/feed/ 0 <p>Acts chapter three is the core of what we want to talk about, but there are some peripheral things that we’ll be looking at here as well. Are we just following teachings we’ve been taught all of our lives? Is the foundation of the gospel something that we can build on?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-the-gospel-acts-3/">The Power of the Gospel – Acts 3</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Acts chapter three is the core of what we want to talk about, but there are some peripheral things that we’ll be looking at here as well. Are we just following teachings we’ve been taught all of our lives? Is the foundation of the gospel something that we can build on?

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Put on the New Self - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/put-on-the-new-self/ Mon, 04 Jul 2022 01:19:03 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4249 https://www.bmcgladys.com/put-on-the-new-self/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/put-on-the-new-self/feed/ 0 <p>The focus in these verses that we’re going to be looking at this morning is putting off the old self and putting on the new self. The KJV begins verse 5 by talking about putting to death, which does sound like a battle! Two questions. Who is this new self that we are called to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/put-on-the-new-self/">Put on the New Self</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> The focus in these verses that we’re going to be looking at this morning is putting off the old self and putting on the new self. The KJV begins verse 5 by talking about putting to death, which does sound like a battle!

Two questions. Who is this new self that we are called to put on? How do we put on this new self?

We’ll divide these verses into three sections.

Deprive of power evil desires and their expressions

You were dead in your sins. When Christ circumcised your heart you were buried with Christ. That resulted in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh. So, there is an operation in the heart at conversion that puts to death whoever we were and the bodily activity of sin that was part of who we were.

We are supposed to be counting as dead evil desires and their expressions. Paul’s focus here is on two things that need to be counted as dead. The evil desires that lead to sins and the sins that come as a result of these desires. This list of sins is not exhaustive.

The process looks something like this. This requires intention, courage, and daily surrender to Christ and it is a lifetime process. It doesn’t just happen to us, other than the first step. We participate at every step by surrendering, inviting Jesus to work within us and to change us.

  1. At conversion, Jesus performs an operation inside of us that “dies us with Himself” just like He died on the cross.
  2. We must enter into, in our hearts and minds, and count as dead all the things that Christ has died for.
  3. We then need to replace evil habits with righteous habits

Something new cannot grow and flourish unless something dies. We have to give up our commitment to our cherished feelings. We all have them. Mortification is not self denial and self control, it may include that but it is taking up your cross and following Christ.

Strip off behavior and the old self as clothes that no longer fit

The idea of “strip off” is about removing something that no longer serves a purpose. Something that no longer fits who we are.

Paul mentions anger, rage, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication, and lying.

Clothe yourself with new behavior and the new self

The person who has died and risen with Christ is in the process of becoming a new person. This “new person” includes this person who dies to self when we are converted, it isn’t necessarily something we see or feel, but it is a reality that God accomplishes.

The “new self” is the person we are becoming because we are putting on the new behavior, the new habits. How is this individual becoming a new person? By being renewed, the grown towards maturity and knowledge. Knowledge alone is not enough, but we don’t grow as a result of ignorance.

The new man has a new way of thinking about and relating to people. Social barriers, racial barriers, etc, should not exist amongst believers, they don’t count. Everyone is on an equal footing.

Be sympathetic, be kind, be generous, be gracious, be humble, be meek, be patient, don’t retaliate, bear with the faults and irritations of others. There are many more of these.

If everyone thought the way that we do, saw things the way that we do, that would help! But that just isn’t how it is is it? Paul summarizes all this by saying to abide in peace and in the love of God.

Scriptures used – Colossians 3:5-17

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The focus in these verses that we’re going to be looking at this morning is putting off the old self and putting on the new self. The KJV begins verse 5 by talking about putting to death, which does sound like a battle! Two questions. Two questions. Who is this new self that we are called to put on? How do we put on this new self?
We’ll divide these verses into three sections.
Deprive of power evil desires and their expressions
You were dead in your sins. When Christ circumcised your heart you were buried with Christ. That resulted in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh. So, there is an operation in the heart at conversion that puts to death whoever we were and the bodily activity of sin that was part of who we were.
We are supposed to be counting as dead evil desires and their expressions. Paul’s focus here is on two things that need to be counted as dead. The evil desires that lead to sins and the sins that come as a result of these desires. This list of sins is not exhaustive.
The process looks something like this. This requires intention, courage, and daily surrender to Christ and it is a lifetime process. It doesn’t just happen to us, other than the first step. We participate at every step by surrendering, inviting Jesus to work within us and to change us.

* At conversion, Jesus performs an operation inside of us that “dies us with Himself” just like He died on the cross.
* We must enter into, in our hearts and minds, and count as dead all the things that Christ has died for.
* We then need to replace evil habits with righteous habits

Something new cannot grow and flourish unless something dies. We have to give up our commitment to our cherished feelings. We all have them. Mortification is not self denial and self control, it may include that but it is taking up your cross and following Christ.
Strip off behavior and the old self as clothes that no longer fit
The idea of “strip off” is about removing something that no longer serves a purpose. Something that no longer fits who we are.
Paul mentions anger, rage, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication, and lying.
Clothe yourself with new behavior and the new self
The person who has died and risen with Christ is in the process of becoming a new person. This “new person” includes this person who dies to self when we are converted, it isn’t necessarily something we see or feel, but it is a reality that God accomplishes.
The “new self” is the person we are becoming because we are putting on the new behavior, the new habits. How is this individual becoming a new person? By being renewed, the grown towards maturity and knowledge. Knowledge alone is not enough, but we don’t grow as a result of ignorance.
The new man has a new way of thinking about and relating to people. Social barriers, racial barriers, etc, should not exist amongst believers, they don’t count. Everyone is on an equal footing.
Be sympathetic, be kind, be generous, be gracious, be humble, be meek, be patient, don’t retaliate, bear with the faults and irritations of others. There are many more of these.
If everyone thought the way that we do, saw things the way that we do, that would help! But that just isn’t how it is is it? Paul summarizes all this by saying to abide in peace and in the love of God.
Scriptures used – Colossians 3:5-17
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Is it Right for You to be Angry? - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/is-it-right-for-you-to-be-angry/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 20:45:35 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4245 https://www.bmcgladys.com/is-it-right-for-you-to-be-angry/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/is-it-right-for-you-to-be-angry/feed/ 0 <p>This morning we’re going to talk about what anger is. Is it wrong to become angry? As well as some other things around anger and what God has to say about anger. So, what is anger? It is an emotion or a range of emotions. It can vary from being hopping mad to just being […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/is-it-right-for-you-to-be-angry/">Is it Right for You to be Angry?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> This morning we’re going to talk about what anger is. Is it wrong to become angry? As well as some other things around anger and what God has to say about anger.

So, what is anger? It is an emotion or a range of emotions. It can vary from being hopping mad to just being smolderingly ticked off about things. We usually feel like we have not been treated right, that someone has treated us unkindly.

It is possible to be angry without sinning. God can get angry. Jesus got angry. Being able to experience the emotion of anger is part of being made in God’s image. It would have been good and right for Eve to be angry about what the servant was saying about God.

Although it may be right for Christians to be angered about things at times… we are not to be characterized by anger. People who become angry quickly are not godlike, He is slow to anger.

How does anger lead to sin? Far too often our anger leads us to do things that are not positive things for the kingdom. The most obvious way that anger leads to sin is when our temper gets riled up. You will be a poor soldier if you lose your temper.

No matter how provoked we are, anger never makes striking back ok. Most likely we won’t explode at people, but we are much more likely to find ways to get back at them that are more devious.

Cain’s anger was not valid. God asked him “why are you angry?” He would have saved himself a world of hurt if he would have recognized that his anger was not justified.

Anger can take up residence in our hearts. It was designed to be a visitor to us, but not a long-term resident in our hearts. Not letting the sun go down on our anger suggests dealing with it fairly soon.

Jesus said that being angry at a brother is a risky place to stay, it is something that should be resolved as quickly as possible. Anger should ultimately be replaced with resting in the Lord and trusting Him to take care of things.

So, what should we do when we are angry?

  1. Admit that you’re angry. It puts the ball in your court. No matter how provoked you are, your response is yours.
  2. Abort your first inclination in the heat of the moment.
  3. Apply a selfishness filter to your anger. Recognize to what extent your anger is based on selfish reasons.
  4. Decide whether you (or someone else) were actually wronged. Was it an accident?
  5. Take action to resolve the anger. This will vary depending on who you have the issue with. Bring the situation to God and commit it to God.
  6. Watch out for an internal replay of the event. If you find yourself going back to it over and over, go back to step 5.

The Bible says to be angry and sin not.
– Don’t lose your temper.
– Don’t let your anger turn into passive-aggressive behavior.
– Don’t let anger become a long-term resident.
– Ask yourself if Jesus would have been angry in this situation.

Scriptures used – Jonah 4, Ephesians 4:31, Colossians 3:8, James 1, Proverbs 14:29, Genesis 4, Matthew 5:21

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This morning we’re going to talk about what anger is. Is it wrong to become angry? As well as some other things around anger and what God has to say about anger. So, what is anger? It is an emotion or a range of emotions. So, what is anger? It is an emotion or a range of emotions. It can vary from being hopping mad to just being smolderingly ticked off about things. We usually feel like we have not been treated right, that someone has treated us unkindly.
It is possible to be angry without sinning. God can get angry. Jesus got angry. Being able to experience the emotion of anger is part of being made in God’s image. It would have been good and right for Eve to be angry about what the servant was saying about God.
Although it may be right for Christians to be angered about things at times… we are not to be characterized by anger. People who become angry quickly are not godlike, He is slow to anger.
How does anger lead to sin? Far too often our anger leads us to do things that are not positive things for the kingdom. The most obvious way that anger leads to sin is when our temper gets riled up. You will be a poor soldier if you lose your temper.
No matter how provoked we are, anger never makes striking back ok. Most likely we won’t explode at people, but we are much more likely to find ways to get back at them that are more devious.
Cain’s anger was not valid. God asked him “why are you angry?” He would have saved himself a world of hurt if he would have recognized that his anger was not justified.
Anger can take up residence in our hearts. It was designed to be a visitor to us, but not a long-term resident in our hearts. Not letting the sun go down on our anger suggests dealing with it fairly soon.
Jesus said that being angry at a brother is a risky place to stay, it is something that should be resolved as quickly as possible. Anger should ultimately be replaced with resting in the Lord and trusting Him to take care of things.
So, what should we do when we are angry?

* Admit that you’re angry. It puts the ball in your court. No matter how provoked you are, your response is yours.
* Abort your first inclination in the heat of the moment.
* Apply a selfishness filter to your anger. Recognize to what extent your anger is based on selfish reasons.
* Decide whether you (or someone else) were actually wronged. Was it an accident?
* Take action to resolve the anger. This will vary depending on who you have the issue with. Bring the situation to God and commit it to God.
* Watch out for an internal replay of the event. If you find yourself going back to it over and over, go back to step 5.

The Bible says to be angry and sin not.
– Don’t lose your temper.
– Don’t let your anger turn into passive-aggressive behavior.
– Don’t let anger become a long-term resident.
– Ask yourself if Jesus would have been angry in this situation.
Scriptures used – Jonah 4, Ephesians 4:31, Colossians 3:8, James 1, Proverbs 14:29, Genesis 4, Matthew 5:21
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God’s Gift of Mothers and Fathers - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-gift-of-mothers-and-fathers/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 15:40:51 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4238 https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-gift-of-mothers-and-fathers/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-gift-of-mothers-and-fathers/feed/ 0 <p>Parents and pastors and teachers must be mature enough to do what is right for the child and not just what is the easiest. Children need help to learn, boundaries, instruction, etc. Children need an example, they need to see their parents living what they say they believe. The Christian tradition and all that really […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-gift-of-mothers-and-fathers/">God’s Gift of Mothers and Fathers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Parents and pastors and teachers must be mature enough to do what is right for the child and not just what is the easiest. Children need help to learn, boundaries, instruction, etc. Children need an example, they need to see their parents living what they say they believe. The Christian tradition and all that really matters in Christianity is primarily taught and understood in the home.

The person who offers belonging cares for themself and others at the same time. They remain stable in difficult situations, and they know how to return to a safe place themselves when they need to. They are devoted to taking care of the child. Nurturing, providing tender care, cherishing them with tender love.

How does a father nature his children? Most fathers work hard to earn a living, to provide. Children learn what they see, when a child is emotionally distraught the responsibility of the parent is to be with the child, not to dismiss the thing that has them upset, but to let them know that they are not alone. We all need input. We all need to talk.

We need to have a long-term view. It is helpful for parents as they look at their own lives and as they relate to their children and their lives and futures.

You don’t have to be a terrible parent. You are not the average of all of the parents in the world today. You are a parent before God, your children are a gift to you from God, and you are God’s gift to them as well.

What do you have that your children need? Be that. Do that.

Scriptures used – 1 Thessalonians 2

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Parents and pastors and teachers must be mature enough to do what is right for the child and not just what is the easiest. Children need help to learn, boundaries, instruction, etc. Children need an example, The person who offers belonging cares for themself and others at the same time. They remain stable in difficult situations, and they know how to return to a safe place themselves when they need to. They are devoted to taking care of the child. Nurturing, providing tender care, cherishing them with tender love.
How does a father nature his children? Most fathers work hard to earn a living, to provide. Children learn what they see, when a child is emotionally distraught the responsibility of the parent is to be with the child, not to dismiss the thing that has them upset, but to let them know that they are not alone. We all need input. We all need to talk.
We need to have a long-term view. It is helpful for parents as they look at their own lives and as they relate to their children and their lives and futures.
You don’t have to be a terrible parent. You are not the average of all of the parents in the world today. You are a parent before God, your children are a gift to you from God, and you are God’s gift to them as well.
What do you have that your children need? Be that. Do that.
Scriptures used – 1 Thessalonians 2
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The Results of the Resurrection - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-results-of-the-resurrection/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 14:17:11 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4235 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-results-of-the-resurrection/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-results-of-the-resurrection/feed/ 0 <p>Paul says that asceticism and mysticism are a failure to understand and experience the death and resurrection of Christ inside ourselves. Paul talks about a philosophy of men, contrasted with who Christ is and living an ordered life out of this living in Christ. How are we raised with Christ? What is the result of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-results-of-the-resurrection/">The Results of the Resurrection</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Paul says that asceticism and mysticism are a failure to understand and experience the death and resurrection of Christ inside ourselves. Paul talks about a philosophy of men, contrasted with who Christ is and living an ordered life out of this living in Christ.

How are we raised with Christ? What is the result of it? This is a fundamental, Biblical teaching of being a Christian. If you are a believer this is something that you have experienced. It is an assumed reality for the follower of Christ. It is not a maybe kind of thing.

When we identify with Christ when we receive Him as our Savior and Lord. At that moment something happens inside of us, when we identify with Him it is as if we died on the cross with Him. Whatever it means for Christ to die on the cross, that is what happens to us at the new birth.

So, what dies? Romans 6:6 talks about what dies as being our “old man” getting crucified with Him. The person that we were as a descendant of Adam, prior to our regeneration, the “old self.” When the “old man” dies, the body of sin can be destroyed.

What is the “body of sin?” Our identification with, participation in, walking in sin. When this dies it results in a different kind of life to what we were living before.

The Bible teaches that this is the process that God is working in His people. He is moving them out of the self they were before, moving them into a new person.

The love of Christ compels us to live for Him, the one who died for us and rose again. Every person who experiences this death that God works in a new believer becomes a new creation, something dies and something new is created. This happens in a place inside of us that nobody sees, it is hidden at a deep level of “who I am.”

The results of our resurrection to life with Christ include a life seeking heavenly realities, a life hidden with Christ, a life setting the affections (mind) on heavenly realities, and a new lifestyle.

The believer is not focused on human reasoning, he is focused on heavenly thoughts. Not human systems and solutions. The mind is focused on Christ’s thoughts. The believer seeks to know who Christ is and what Christ is thinking.

Another result is a new lifestyle. Paul says to put to death the evil attitudes and actions.

Scriptures used – Colossians 3:1-5, Colossians 2:12, Romans 6:1-11, 2 Corinthians 5:14-17

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Paul says that asceticism and mysticism are a failure to understand and experience the death and resurrection of Christ inside ourselves. Paul talks about a philosophy of men, contrasted with who Christ is and living an ordered life out of this living ... How are we raised with Christ? What is the result of it? This is a fundamental, Biblical teaching of being a Christian. If you are a believer this is something that you have experienced. It is an assumed reality for the follower of Christ. It is not a maybe kind of thing.
When we identify with Christ when we receive Him as our Savior and Lord. At that moment something happens inside of us, when we identify with Him it is as if we died on the cross with Him. Whatever it means for Christ to die on the cross, that is what happens to us at the new birth.
So, what dies? Romans 6:6 talks about what dies as being our “old man” getting crucified with Him. The person that we were as a descendant of Adam, prior to our regeneration, the “old self.” When the “old man” dies, the body of sin can be destroyed.
What is the “body of sin?” Our identification with, participation in, walking in sin. When this dies it results in a different kind of life to what we were living before.
The Bible teaches that this is the process that God is working in His people. He is moving them out of the self they were before, moving them into a new person.
The love of Christ compels us to live for Him, the one who died for us and rose again. Every person who experiences this death that God works in a new believer becomes a new creation, something dies and something new is created. This happens in a place inside of us that nobody sees, it is hidden at a deep level of “who I am.”
The results of our resurrection to life with Christ include a life seeking heavenly realities, a life hidden with Christ, a life setting the affections (mind) on heavenly realities, and a new lifestyle.
The believer is not focused on human reasoning, he is focused on heavenly thoughts. Not human systems and solutions. The mind is focused on Christ’s thoughts. The believer seeks to know who Christ is and what Christ is thinking.
Another result is a new lifestyle. Paul says to put to death the evil attitudes and actions.
Scriptures used – Colossians 3:1-5, Colossians 2:12, Romans 6:1-11, 2 Corinthians 5:14-17
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The Tradition of Christ vs the Tradition of Men - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-tradition-of-christ-vs-the-tradition-of-men/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 16:17:03 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4230 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-tradition-of-christ-vs-the-tradition-of-men/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-tradition-of-christ-vs-the-tradition-of-men/feed/ 0 <p>This is one of the most difficult chapters in the Bible. Some of the verses are hard to understand. We don’t know exactly what all the errors were that Paul was addressing. Paul criticizes four things that we may or may not be guilty of. The philosophy of man is the foundation for the three […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-tradition-of-christ-vs-the-tradition-of-men/">The Tradition of Christ vs the Tradition of Men</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> This is one of the most difficult chapters in the Bible. Some of the verses are hard to understand. We don’t know exactly what all the errors were that Paul was addressing. Paul criticizes four things that we may or may not be guilty of.

The philosophy of man is the foundation for the three things that Paul says is wrong in verses 16-23. The first half of the chapter mostly talks about the adequacy of Christ to combat these false teachings and beliefs. Then Paul talks about the problem that he is trying to address.

Scriptures used – Colossians 2

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This is one of the most difficult chapters in the Bible. Some of the verses are hard to understand. We don’t know exactly what all the errors were that Paul was addressing. Paul criticizes four things that we may or may not be guilty of. The philosophy of man is the foundation for the three things that Paul says is wrong in verses 16-23. The first half of the chapter mostly talks about the adequacy of Christ to combat these false teachings and beliefs. Then Paul talks about the problem that he is trying to address.
Scriptures used – Colossians 2
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Love at Home - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/love-at-home/ Sun, 29 May 2022 21:34:35 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4226 https://www.bmcgladys.com/love-at-home/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/love-at-home/feed/ 0 <p>We are always called as Christians to be more fervent in our love, for God and for each other. Love must be everywhere that Christians are. God is love, so His children should portray that characteristic as well. The Christian home is the workshop where love is to be first felt, watched, learned, and observed […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/love-at-home/">Love at Home</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> We are always called as Christians to be more fervent in our love, for God and for each other. Love must be everywhere that Christians are. God is love, so His children should portray that characteristic as well.

The Christian home is the workshop where love is to be first felt, watched, learned, and observed in everyday life. It is a laboratory where love is tested and tried in day-to-day experience. Everything that is true about Christian love and what it is mean to be is needed at home.

Love at home begins by parents who love God. Loving God means that a relationship is a first responsibility for mom and dad, for any of us. Christian love springs from a healthy and growing relationship with God. It involves time in prayer and a life of obedience.

Jesus also tells us that we are to love God more than our families. A true disciple puts Jesus first and everything else is second, of lesser importance. Does that mean that we are to hate our families? No, we are to love Jesus most, everything else is secondary.

Jesus is in our hearts, He knows our hearts, what does this place need? He wants us to look at things, to ask if there are things that need to change.

When we open our hearts to God and when we confess our needs and cry out for help… He is there. God is there in a way that He wouldn’t be when we don’t pray when we are going through the motions. We can’t overestimate the power and grace that God brings to a Christian home.

We need God’s help to fulfill our mission. It is easier to bring our church faces along on Sunday than to always wear them at home. Home is where the rubber hits the road.

Scriptures used – 1 Corinthians 13, Galatians 5, Ephesians, 1 Peter 1:22, Matthew 22, Luke 14, Matthew 10

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We are always called as Christians to be more fervent in our love, for God and for each other. Love must be everywhere that Christians are. God is love, so His children should portray that characteristic as well. The Christian home is the workshop where love is to be first felt, watched, learned, and observed in everyday life. It is a laboratory where love is tested and tried in day-to-day experience. Everything that is true about Christian love and what it is mean to be is needed at home.
Love at home begins by parents who love God. Loving God means that a relationship is a first responsibility for mom and dad, for any of us. Christian love springs from a healthy and growing relationship with God. It involves time in prayer and a life of obedience.
Jesus also tells us that we are to love God more than our families. A true disciple puts Jesus first and everything else is second, of lesser importance. Does that mean that we are to hate our families? No, we are to love Jesus most, everything else is secondary.
Jesus is in our hearts, He knows our hearts, what does this place need? He wants us to look at things, to ask if there are things that need to change.
When we open our hearts to God and when we confess our needs and cry out for help… He is there. God is there in a way that He wouldn’t be when we don’t pray when we are going through the motions. We can’t overestimate the power and grace that God brings to a Christian home.
We need God’s help to fulfill our mission. It is easier to bring our church faces along on Sunday than to always wear them at home. Home is where the rubber hits the road.
Scriptures used – 1 Corinthians 13, Galatians 5, Ephesians, 1 Peter 1:22, Matthew 22, Luke 14, Matthew 10
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Jesus Christ, the Antidote to False Teaching - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-christ-the-antidote-to-false-teaching/ Mon, 23 May 2022 01:10:25 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4220 https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-christ-the-antidote-to-false-teaching/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-christ-the-antidote-to-false-teaching/feed/ 0 <p>The purpose of Paul’s struggle for the Colossians church. He wanted to encourage their hearts as they are knit together in love, in close fellowship. The value of this exhorting is in direct proportion to the knitting together in love. Being “knit together” is to be welded together in genuine unity. He also wanted them […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-christ-the-antidote-to-false-teaching/">Jesus Christ, the Antidote to False Teaching</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> The purpose of Paul’s struggle for the Colossians church. He wanted to encourage their hearts as they are knit together in love, in close fellowship. The value of this exhorting is in direct proportion to the knitting together in love. Being “knit together” is to be welded together in genuine unity.

He also wanted them to experience the full assurance of spiritual understanding. Our goal is to help people gain assurance that their understanding of the gospel is correct, and that they are in it, that they can live assurance. People do need help to recognize that they are sinning if indeed we are. They don’t need to be shamed, but they need help to gain assurance of God’s will and that they are in it.

Paul also wants them to become intimately acquainted with the mystery of Christ, the treasure of wisdom and knowledge. Knowledge gained through reasoning is less completing than knowledge that is gained through relationships and conversation.

Wisdom and knowledge are a bit different. Knowledge has to do with understanding how something works, wisdom is more along the lines of applied knowledge.

So, what are the benefits of knowing Christ deeply? To begin with, we are less likely to be enticed, or give into falls reasoning and persuasive arguments. This type of reasoning tends to simplify what is obscure and bring to the level of human reason that which is above and beyond human reason.

Another benefit is a deeper and fuller and overflowing gratitude for Christ, and what He has done for us and in us. It also helps protect us against reasonings of men, oral tradition of the Jews, and rudiments/elements of the world.

The alternative to deception is to walk according to the tradition of Christ. The fullness of Christ dwells in Christ. He is the head of all principalities and He circumcises our hearts. Our whole work, our “who we were and how we lived” all of that is stripped off at conversion. It is a process that continues to happen in our lives. Christ’s death and resurrection frees us from whatever judges and condemns us.

Scriptures used – Colossians 2:1-15

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The purpose of Paul’s struggle for the Colossians church. He wanted to encourage their hearts as they are knit together in love, in close fellowship. The value of this exhorting is in direct proportion to the knitting together in love. He also wanted them to experience the full assurance of spiritual understanding. Our goal is to help people gain assurance that their understanding of the gospel is correct, and that they are in it, that they can live assurance. People do need help to recognize that they are sinning if indeed we are. They don’t need to be shamed, but they need help to gain assurance of God’s will and that they are in it.
Paul also wants them to become intimately acquainted with the mystery of Christ, the treasure of wisdom and knowledge. Knowledge gained through reasoning is less completing than knowledge that is gained through relationships and conversation.
Wisdom and knowledge are a bit different. Knowledge has to do with understanding how something works, wisdom is more along the lines of applied knowledge.
So, what are the benefits of knowing Christ deeply? To begin with, we are less likely to be enticed, or give into falls reasoning and persuasive arguments. This type of reasoning tends to simplify what is obscure and bring to the level of human reason that which is above and beyond human reason.
Another benefit is a deeper and fuller and overflowing gratitude for Christ, and what He has done for us and in us. It also helps protect us against reasonings of men, oral tradition of the Jews, and rudiments/elements of the world.
The alternative to deception is to walk according to the tradition of Christ. The fullness of Christ dwells in Christ. He is the head of all principalities and He circumcises our hearts. Our whole work, our “who we were and how we lived” all of that is stripped off at conversion. It is a process that continues to happen in our lives. Christ’s death and resurrection frees us from whatever judges and condemns us.
Scriptures used – Colossians 2:1-15
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Communion, A Time to Remember - John Waldron https://www.bmcgladys.com/communion-a-time-to-remember/ Sun, 15 May 2022 22:33:28 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4215 https://www.bmcgladys.com/communion-a-time-to-remember/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/communion-a-time-to-remember/feed/ 0 <p>Think of a famous event that happened in your lifetime. Often you’ll remember exactly where you were, and what was happening around you. You’ll remember what was going on in your heart, in your life. Our human tendency is to forget. Things that happen in our lifetime are important, and things that happened before we […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/communion-a-time-to-remember/">Communion, A Time to Remember</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Think of a famous event that happened in your lifetime. Often you’ll remember exactly where you were, and what was happening around you. You’ll remember what was going on in your heart, in your life.

Our human tendency is to forget. Things that happen in our lifetime are important, and things that happened before we were born are “ancient history.”

Jesus, through His death, frees us, but He is also leading us onwards. There is a goal, a destination beyond just freedom. The Israelites were to celebrate Passover every year forever. He knew that they would need the reminder, they would forget otherwise.

Wherever we find ourselves, we need to remember. Remember the God that we serve, and the sacrifice that He made for us. How do we remember? Art has been used to help people remember great moments in history.

This morning let us remember. Having a celebration without remembering is not ideal. What should we remember at communion? What did Jesus do… and why did He do it…

We can’t understand the depth of love that was required for Jesus to give His life on the cross. It is easy for us to cast stones at Peter and say our love for Christ is more than Peter’s was, the simple reality is that none of us have been tested like Peter was.

The why behind Jesus dying on the cross… the why is me, the why is you.

Our human tendency is to forget. This morning as we take celebrate communion, let us remember what Jesus did, and why He did it.

Scriptures used – Judges, Exodus 12, Matthew 16:24, Psalm 147:4-6, Joshua 24, 2 Chronicles 30, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Romans 5:7-8, John 15:13, John 21:15-17, 1 John 4, Luke 22:18-20

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Think of a famous event that happened in your lifetime. Often you’ll remember exactly where you were, and what was happening around you. You’ll remember what was going on in your heart, in your life. Our human tendency is to forget. Our human tendency is to forget. Things that happen in our lifetime are important, and things that happened before we were born are “ancient history.”
Jesus, through His death, frees us, but He is also leading us onwards. There is a goal, a destination beyond just freedom. The Israelites were to celebrate Passover every year forever. He knew that they would need the reminder, they would forget otherwise.
Wherever we find ourselves, we need to remember. Remember the God that we serve, and the sacrifice that He made for us. How do we remember? Art has been used to help people remember great moments in history.
This morning let us remember. Having a celebration without remembering is not ideal. What should we remember at communion? What did Jesus do… and why did He do it…
We can’t understand the depth of love that was required for Jesus to give His life on the cross. It is easy for us to cast stones at Peter and say our love for Christ is more than Peter’s was, the simple reality is that none of us have been tested like Peter was.
The why behind Jesus dying on the cross… the why is me, the why is you.
Our human tendency is to forget. This morning as we take celebrate communion, let us remember what Jesus did, and why He did it.
Scriptures used – Judges, Exodus 12, Matthew 16:24, Psalm 147:4-6, Joshua 24, 2 Chronicles 30, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Romans 5:7-8, John 15:13, John 21:15-17, 1 John 4, Luke 22:18-20
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What is the Purpose of the Lord’s Supper and Who is Qualified to Partake? - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-is-the-purpose-of-the-lords-supper-and-who-is-qualified-to-partake/ Sun, 08 May 2022 12:54:22 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4211 https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-is-the-purpose-of-the-lords-supper-and-who-is-qualified-to-partake/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-is-the-purpose-of-the-lords-supper-and-who-is-qualified-to-partake/feed/ 0 <p>Jesus interprets the character/purpose of the meal as a covenant-making event. This covenant is one that Jesus is making with every person who is unable to save himself, who is unworthy to sit at the table and partake with Christ, he is not able to make himself good enough or valuable enough to sit at […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-is-the-purpose-of-the-lords-supper-and-who-is-qualified-to-partake/">What is the Purpose of the Lord’s Supper and Who is Qualified to Partake?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Jesus interprets the character/purpose of the meal as a covenant-making event. This covenant is one that Jesus is making with every person who is unable to save himself, who is unworthy to sit at the table and partake with Christ, he is not able to make himself good enough or valuable enough to sit at the table with Jesus. Jesus blood and sacrifice allow us to be friends of Jesus, to belong to Jesus. This is what qualifies.

It doesn’t seem like many, if any, of the twelve disciples were qualified to eat with Jesus. Judas was there, he was going to betray Jesus. Peter was about to deny Jesus.

Our worthiness is not based on our ability to live a sinless life, and it’s not based on being able to perfectly evaluate whether we have some sin and perfectly repent. It isn’t humanly possible to perfect any of these things. Not to say that we shouldn’t strive for perfection, that is definitely the goal.

When we partake of the Lord’s supper we remember what Jesus has done, we repent of known sin (as we are able to), we remember that He is coming again and we renew our commitment to love and follow Jesus.

Scriptures used – Luke 22, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

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Jesus interprets the character/purpose of the meal as a covenant-making event. This covenant is one that Jesus is making with every person who is unable to save himself, who is unworthy to sit at the table and partake with Christ, It doesn’t seem like many, if any, of the twelve disciples were qualified to eat with Jesus. Judas was there, he was going to betray Jesus. Peter was about to deny Jesus.
Our worthiness is not based on our ability to live a sinless life, and it’s not based on being able to perfectly evaluate whether we have some sin and perfectly repent. It isn’t humanly possible to perfect any of these things. Not to say that we shouldn’t strive for perfection, that is definitely the goal.
When we partake of the Lord’s supper we remember what Jesus has done, we repent of known sin (as we are able to), we remember that He is coming again and we renew our commitment to love and follow Jesus.
Scriptures used – Luke 22, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
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Filled With The Spirit - Brian Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/filled-with-the-spirit/ Sun, 01 May 2022 23:53:06 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4207 https://www.bmcgladys.com/filled-with-the-spirit/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/filled-with-the-spirit/feed/ 0 <p>Man has tried to elevate society to a place where it functions at its best. The reason it has always failed is that the human problem of sin, greed, etc has never been dealt with. When God made man, He didn’t just have the body and its biology in mind. All life originates with God. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/filled-with-the-spirit/">Filled With The Spirit</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Man has tried to elevate society to a place where it functions at its best. The reason it has always failed is that the human problem of sin, greed, etc has never been dealt with.

When God made man, He didn’t just have the body and its biology in mind. All life originates with God. What God formed from the dust was flesh and bone. He then added something extra to man.

What happens when the governing force that God wants to be in our lives isn’t there? Every one of us has a soul that is meant to operate in harmony with the Spirit of God. When we are without God’s Spirit he is without the benefit of what God wants him to understand.

The carnal person is very much controlled by the things of the flesh. All of us would choose life over death, health over sickness, safety over sickness, etc. One mark of a carnal person is an “animal” type response to the situations of life.

Is it possible to know the Lord and be a carnal person?

There are two important things that happen at the new birth of a believer. God has our attention, and He is doing a divine work in our hearts. The second thing is that we are engaging our will in a new direction, we are no longer seeking the things of the world.

In the great spiritual battle that we are a part of, our soul is the prize. God wants to redeem it, Satan wants to destroy it. God through the Spirit wants to introduce a heavenly draw that pulls our spirits, and souls upward. When the Spirit is in control we get the fruit of the Spirit showing up in our lives.

Scriptures used – Galatians 5:13-26, Genesis 2:7, Genesis 2:19, John 3:3-12, Romans 8:1-8

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Man has tried to elevate society to a place where it functions at its best. The reason it has always failed is that the human problem of sin, greed, etc has never been dealt with. When God made man, He didn’t just have the body and its biology in mind.... When God made man, He didn’t just have the body and its biology in mind. All life originates with God. What God formed from the dust was flesh and bone. He then added something extra to man.
What happens when the governing force that God wants to be in our lives isn’t there? Every one of us has a soul that is meant to operate in harmony with the Spirit of God. When we are without God’s Spirit he is without the benefit of what God wants him to understand.
The carnal person is very much controlled by the things of the flesh. All of us would choose life over death, health over sickness, safety over sickness, etc. One mark of a carnal person is an “animal” type response to the situations of life.
Is it possible to know the Lord and be a carnal person?
There are two important things that happen at the new birth of a believer. God has our attention, and He is doing a divine work in our hearts. The second thing is that we are engaging our will in a new direction, we are no longer seeking the things of the world.
In the great spiritual battle that we are a part of, our soul is the prize. God wants to redeem it, Satan wants to destroy it. God through the Spirit wants to introduce a heavenly draw that pulls our spirits, and souls upward. When the Spirit is in control we get the fruit of the Spirit showing up in our lives.
Scriptures used – Galatians 5:13-26, Genesis 2:7, Genesis 2:19, John 3:3-12, Romans 8:1-8
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Kingdom First - Ricky Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/kingdom-first/ Sun, 24 Apr 2022 14:17:52 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4203 https://www.bmcgladys.com/kingdom-first/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/kingdom-first/feed/ 0 <p>We have lots of competing demands on our time. It is very helpful to know helpful to have a top priority that we can filter things through. Matthew 6 – Jesus gave his disciples a number one priority. The Kingdom of God is something that Jesus talked about quite a bit, like a treasure hidden […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/kingdom-first/">Kingdom First</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> We have lots of competing demands on our time. It is very helpful to know helpful to have a top priority that we can filter things through.

Matthew 6 – Jesus gave his disciples a number one priority. The Kingdom of God is something that Jesus talked about quite a bit, like a treasure hidden in a field, selling all that he owns to purchase the field.

The Kingdom of Heaven is something that grows. Like a farmer plants seeds that eventually yields a harvest. Like leaven in a batch of dough that grows and spreads. He talked about it as something that has to be entered.

Jesus also talks about how the Kingdom of Heaven is only something that will be visible when separation happens at the judgment.

So, what is the Kingdom of Heaven? The territory that is submitted to God. Whatever is submitted to and living according to the will of the Father.

Our own self must die if we’re going to have room in our hearts for the Kingdom of God. When we are standing in line for the bathroom at school, self wants to shove back, but Jesus says to turn the other cheek! Self wants to be nice to people who are kind to us and ignore or mistreat those who mistreat us.

In light of the fact that Jesus’ Kingdom will last for eternity, we should be seeking the eternal over the temporary. We have something temporary (our lives) but we can give them up to gain the thing that we can not lose. One way to do this is to invest in people, souls will last for eternity!

Have you ever worried about whether your house was prepared for company? Or whether you have enough food to feed folks? The relationship is more important than these details. Are we using our temporary lives to build something that will last for eternity?

We need to prioritize people and relationships that will last, but even relationships can come between us and God, and the Kingdom. Even our family needs to not come between us and the Kingdom of the Father.

We need to choose faith over fear. Seeking the Kingdom of God can be scary. God is asking us to give, to do things that don’t come naturally. When we have real, immediate needs, it can be hard to remember Jesus’ teaching here.

Jesus offers us the priority to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

Scriptures used – Matthew 6:19-34, Luke 9:23-25, Luke 18:29-30, 1 Kings 17:8

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We have lots of competing demands on our time. It is very helpful to know helpful to have a top priority that we can filter things through. Matthew 6 – Jesus gave his disciples a number one priority. The Kingdom of God is something that Jesus talked ab... Matthew 6 – Jesus gave his disciples a number one priority. The Kingdom of God is something that Jesus talked about quite a bit, like a treasure hidden in a field, selling all that he owns to purchase the field.
The Kingdom of Heaven is something that grows. Like a farmer plants seeds that eventually yields a harvest. Like leaven in a batch of dough that grows and spreads. He talked about it as something that has to be entered.
Jesus also talks about how the Kingdom of Heaven is only something that will be visible when separation happens at the judgment.
So, what is the Kingdom of Heaven? The territory that is submitted to God. Whatever is submitted to and living according to the will of the Father.
Our own self must die if we’re going to have room in our hearts for the Kingdom of God. When we are standing in line for the bathroom at school, self wants to shove back, but Jesus says to turn the other cheek! Self wants to be nice to people who are kind to us and ignore or mistreat those who mistreat us.
In light of the fact that Jesus’ Kingdom will last for eternity, we should be seeking the eternal over the temporary. We have something temporary (our lives) but we can give them up to gain the thing that we can not lose. One way to do this is to invest in people, souls will last for eternity!
Have you ever worried about whether your house was prepared for company? Or whether you have enough food to feed folks? The relationship is more important than these details. Are we using our temporary lives to build something that will last for eternity?
We need to prioritize people and relationships that will last, but even relationships can come between us and God, and the Kingdom. Even our family needs to not come between us and the Kingdom of the Father.
We need to choose faith over fear. Seeking the Kingdom of God can be scary. God is asking us to give, to do things that don’t come naturally. When we have real, immediate needs, it can be hard to remember Jesus’ teaching here.
Jesus offers us the priority to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
Scriptures used – Matthew 6:19-34, Luke 9:23-25, Luke 18:29-30, 1 Kings 17:8
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Walking Through Holy Week - Gabriel Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/walking-through-holy-week/ Sun, 10 Apr 2022 19:42:06 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4195 https://www.bmcgladys.com/walking-through-holy-week/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/walking-through-holy-week/feed/ 0 <p>When we are having communion we are remembering the Lamb of God, His blood applied to our lives. No one enjoys death, not even Jesus. Jesus wrestled with His flesh and won. “Not my will, but Thine be done.” Jesus, walking by the Spirit, showed us how to live. He showed us how to die. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/walking-through-holy-week/">Walking Through Holy Week</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> When we are having communion we are remembering the Lamb of God, His blood applied to our lives.

No one enjoys death, not even Jesus. Jesus wrestled with His flesh and won. “Not my will, but Thine be done.”

Jesus, walking by the Spirit, showed us how to live. He showed us how to die.

Scriptures used – Matthew 21-28, 1 Corinthians 2:8, Revelation 1:18

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When we are having communion we are remembering the Lamb of God, His blood applied to our lives. No one enjoys death, not even Jesus. Jesus wrestled with His flesh and won. “Not my will, but Thine be done.” Jesus, walking by the Spirit, No one enjoys death, not even Jesus. Jesus wrestled with His flesh and won. “Not my will, but Thine be done.”
Jesus, walking by the Spirit, showed us how to live. He showed us how to die.
Scriptures used – Matthew 21-28, 1 Corinthians 2:8, Revelation 1:18
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Who is Christ? - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/who-is-christ/ Sun, 03 Apr 2022 20:47:46 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4191 https://www.bmcgladys.com/who-is-christ/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/who-is-christ/feed/ 0 <p>Deliverance – we are rescued from the power of darkness, the domain of darkness. This is in sharp contrast to the life spoken of at the end of verse 12. This rescue includes a change in ownership, we are qualified to be children of light by an act of God in us. Translation – we […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/who-is-christ/">Who is Christ?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Deliverance – we are rescued from the power of darkness, the domain of darkness. This is in sharp contrast to the life spoken of at the end of verse 12. This rescue includes a change in ownership, we are qualified to be children of light by an act of God in us.

Translation – we are translated, transferred, transplanted from the kingdom of Satan and darkness into the Kingdom of Christ. Sometimes it is helpful to actually stop and think about what the scripture says! Think about the Father’s view of the Son. This translation is something that God does, not something that we can do for ourselves.

Redemption – to be freed from bondage. Redemption is possible because Christ died on the cross for us. Our redemption cost Christ His life, His blood. In scripture, we see that “the life” is in “the blood.” If we were more aware of the grand and glorious things that Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Father do inside of people.

Forgiveness – to be released from obligation and punishment. The New Testament view of forgiveness is that it renews the whole person.

Christ is the agent in creation, the Lord of the universe, the Lord of the Church, and the Agent of reconciliation. In Christ the nature and being of God have been perfectly revealed, the Son has revealed the Father. He is the perfect expression of the Father.

Christ is working in creation to bring everything that He has created into the fullness of His purposes. The goal that He has for creation, He has been working to fulfill. We know that this can be a very puzzling thing to ponder in light of all that is going on in the world around us.

We are called to trust that Jesus Christ is actually doing this, rather than to fall into hopeless despair that everything is a disaster. He is doing this thing that He says He is doing, working to bring all of creation to its created purpose.

Christ earned the right to be the Head of the Church through His death and resurrection. What does it mean that Christ is Head of the Church? Christ is the Church’s life, and He is the Lord and Master.

Christ is the Beginning, the First Born from the Dead. He is the first to experience the resurrection power. He communicates this to His people. He is the first of more resurrection life and power. Christ is the first fruit of the dead, this gives Him the right to be preeminent. He is the source of the resurrection from the dead.

All that are in Christ have access to the fullness of God, the fullness of God’s grace. We do not need a special revelation.

Christ’s reconciling work brings harmony, peace, and fellowship. The goal of reconciliation is that we can be set apart to God, set apart from sin, unreprovable, etc, this is a blessed place to be because of Jesus.

Scriptures used – Colossians 1:13-23, Romans 3:24-25, Hebrews 1:3, John 1, Romans 8, Colossians 2

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Deliverance – we are rescued from the power of darkness, the domain of darkness. This is in sharp contrast to the life spoken of at the end of verse 12. This rescue includes a change in ownership, we are qualified to be children of light by an act of G... Translation – we are translated, transferred, transplanted from the kingdom of Satan and darkness into the Kingdom of Christ. Sometimes it is helpful to actually stop and think about what the scripture says! Think about the Father’s view of the Son. This translation is something that God does, not something that we can do for ourselves.
Redemption – to be freed from bondage. Redemption is possible because Christ died on the cross for us. Our redemption cost Christ His life, His blood. In scripture, we see that “the life” is in “the blood.” If we were more aware of the grand and glorious things that Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Father do inside of people.
Forgiveness – to be released from obligation and punishment. The New Testament view of forgiveness is that it renews the whole person.
Christ is the agent in creation, the Lord of the universe, the Lord of the Church, and the Agent of reconciliation. In Christ the nature and being of God have been perfectly revealed, the Son has revealed the Father. He is the perfect expression of the Father.
Christ is working in creation to bring everything that He has created into the fullness of His purposes. The goal that He has for creation, He has been working to fulfill. We know that this can be a very puzzling thing to ponder in light of all that is going on in the world around us.
We are called to trust that Jesus Christ is actually doing this, rather than to fall into hopeless despair that everything is a disaster. He is doing this thing that He says He is doing, working to bring all of creation to its created purpose.
Christ earned the right to be the Head of the Church through His death and resurrection. What does it mean that Christ is Head of the Church? Christ is the Church’s life, and He is the Lord and Master.
Christ is the Beginning, the First Born from the Dead. He is the first to experience the resurrection power. He communicates this to His people. He is the first of more resurrection life and power. Christ is the first fruit of the dead, this gives Him the right to be preeminent. He is the source of the resurrection from the dead.
All that are in Christ have access to the fullness of God, the fullness of God’s grace. We do not need a special revelation.
Christ’s reconciling work brings harmony, peace, and fellowship. The goal of reconciliation is that we can be set apart to God, set apart from sin, unreprovable, etc, this is a blessed place to be because of Jesus.
Scriptures used – Colossians 1:13-23, Romans 3:24-25, Hebrews 1:3, John 1, Romans 8, Colossians 2
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The Lord is My Shepherd - Rich Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-lord-is-my-shepherd/ Sun, 27 Mar 2022 20:26:16 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4187 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-lord-is-my-shepherd/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-lord-is-my-shepherd/feed/ 0 <p>David had confidence in facing Goliath because the Lord was his shepherd. The Lord had shown up for him in the past, and David had faith that he would do it again. David could identify with the picture of the man who stole his neighbor’s sheep. It stirred up the exact feelings in David that […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-lord-is-my-shepherd/">The Lord is My Shepherd</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> David had confidence in facing Goliath because the Lord was his shepherd. The Lord had shown up for him in the past, and David had faith that he would do it again.

David could identify with the picture of the man who stole his neighbor’s sheep. It stirred up the exact feelings in David that God wanted to bring up.

Where we put the emphasis in the first line of Psalm 23 can change the meaning quite a bit. Depending on where we are in life and what we are experiencing we may look at it differently.

Shepherds meet the needs of their sheep. That is just what shepherds do! The psalmist is describing what it means to not have want, to have needs met.

We can live without fear. We can experience the goodness of the Lord because the Lord is MY shepherd.

Scriptures used – Psalm 1, 1 Chronicles 21:17, Isaiah 40, John 10

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David had confidence in facing Goliath because the Lord was his shepherd. The Lord had shown up for him in the past, and David had faith that he would do it again. David could identify with the picture of the man who stole his neighbor’s sheep. David could identify with the picture of the man who stole his neighbor’s sheep. It stirred up the exact feelings in David that God wanted to bring up.
Where we put the emphasis in the first line of Psalm 23 can change the meaning quite a bit. Depending on where we are in life and what we are experiencing we may look at it differently.
Shepherds meet the needs of their sheep. That is just what shepherds do! The psalmist is describing what it means to not have want, to have needs met.
We can live without fear. We can experience the goodness of the Lord because the Lord is MY shepherd.
Scriptures used – Psalm 1, 1 Chronicles 21:17, Isaiah 40, John 10
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Using the Right Measuring Tape - Music Tests #2 - Steve Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/using-the-right-measuring-tape-music-tests-2/ Mon, 21 Mar 2022 01:53:51 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4167 https://www.bmcgladys.com/using-the-right-measuring-tape-music-tests-2/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/using-the-right-measuring-tape-music-tests-2/feed/ 0 <p>Do you know what a standard measurement is? It is a way of measuring things specified by country, or group of countries. Inches, gallons, liters, centimeters, etc. There would be a lot of confusion if there wasn’t a standard to work off of. What is a good way to measure music? If we have a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/using-the-right-measuring-tape-music-tests-2/">Using the Right Measuring Tape – Music Tests #2</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Do you know what a standard measurement is? It is a way of measuring things specified by country, or group of countries. Inches, gallons, liters, centimeters, etc. There would be a lot of confusion if there wasn’t a standard to work off of.

What is a good way to measure music? If we have a piece of music in front of us, how do we look at it to measure its “goodness.”

Has your measuring tape for measuring music been altered or changed? Is it accurate? If we are constantly adjusting for an error in our tape we’ll eventually make a decision.

We need more than just our feelings about music to use as a measurement of whether music is good, bad, compromised, etc. God gives us preferences, a musical ear, but we need something accurate to measure with.

What kind of tape measure do you think Satan wants you to use? It really doesn’t matter to him, as long as it isn’t accurate. Not all things that are evil are openly evil.

There are many important questions to think about as we consider music. We’ve got an arsenal of methods to measure music by. The questions can be hard to pinpoint, but with God’s wisdom, we can consider and come to a good conclusion.

Scriptures used – Leviticus 19:15, Isaiah 14:12-14, Matthew 4:9, Revelation 12:9


This is part of a series of sermons preached by Steve Yoder at Youth Rally 2022. Here is a list of the sessions in order.

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Do you know what a standard measurement is? It is a way of measuring things specified by country, or group of countries. Inches, gallons, liters, centimeters, etc. There would be a lot of confusion if there wasn’t a standard to work off of. What is a good way to measure music? If we have a piece of music in front of us, how do we look at it to measure its “goodness.”
Has your measuring tape for measuring music been altered or changed? Is it accurate? If we are constantly adjusting for an error in our tape we’ll eventually make a decision.
We need more than just our feelings about music to use as a measurement of whether music is good, bad, compromised, etc. God gives us preferences, a musical ear, but we need something accurate to measure with.
What kind of tape measure do you think Satan wants you to use? It really doesn’t matter to him, as long as it isn’t accurate. Not all things that are evil are openly evil.
There are many important questions to think about as we consider music. We’ve got an arsenal of methods to measure music by. The questions can be hard to pinpoint, but with God’s wisdom, we can consider and come to a good conclusion.
Scriptures used – Leviticus 19:15, Isaiah 14:12-14, Matthew 4:9, Revelation 12:9

This is part of a series of sermons preached by Steve Yoder at Youth Rally 2022. Here is a list of the sessions in order.

* Basis for Choices in Music
* The Power of Music #1
* The Power of Music #2
* Music Tests #1
* Using the Right Measuring Tape – Music Tests #2

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Music Tests #1 - Steve Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/music-tests-1/ Mon, 21 Mar 2022 01:52:53 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4166 https://www.bmcgladys.com/music-tests-1/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/music-tests-1/feed/ 0 <p>What is a good method for choosing good music? This morning we are going to look at some music tests that should be helpful for all of us. We all have personal tastes and opinions that form how we look at music. Personal tastes and opinions are not enough for looking at and deciphering what […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/music-tests-1/">Music Tests #1</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> What is a good method for choosing good music? This morning we are going to look at some music tests that should be helpful for all of us.

We all have personal tastes and opinions that form how we look at music. Personal tastes and opinions are not enough for looking at and deciphering what music we should be listening to. We are human, and we don’t see things clearly always.

  1. Scripture test – Are there any lies in the music that we are listening to? We can’t listen to lies, sensuality, rebellion, etc without being affected.
  2. Lyrics test – Carefully consider what the words actually say. Find the words of the song. What do they, without the music say?
  3. First and Greatest Commandment test – How does my music affect me? Is my music an idol to me?
  4. Mixing of the two Kingdoms test – What about crossover music? Where should the line be? We can’t see anyones heart or intentions, we don’t want to doubt anyones sincerity, but when the two kingdoms are mixed as if it doesn’t matter that is a red flag.
  5. Excellence vs. Compromise test – Music is communication, it suggests ways to live. We become what we feed on. What does my music promote? Is it entertainment or is it admonition? What fruit does my music grow in my life?
  6. Body language test – Lets not sugarcoat something just because we happen to like it. A coat of nice paint doesn’t change a Trojan horse.
  7. Associations test – There are a lot of trees to eat from in the Forrest of music. Why would we choose ones that are questionable? Are we feeding on the best that there is?
  8. Meat offered to idols test – The idol is powerless, the meat is unaffected. However the association with the idol offended people, be careful for how your choices affect your brother or sister.
  9. Prayer and surrender test – Being a Christian means we belong to Jesus Christ. We surrender to Him. Nothing should be held back, not even music. We tend to want to hang on to what we love. Music is something that can be incredibly deeply woven into our hearts. Lord, what do you think about this music?
  10. “Leaning tree” test – We’ve all seen trees that have fallen. Perhaps a storm comes through and a tree gets blown down. Which way does a tree fall? We know how gravity works, generally it falls the way its leaning. Most music pushes in one direction or another. When we make compromised music a habit we the pull of our flesh can pull us further and further towards the ground. Good music on the other hand does the opposite!

Scriptures used – Ephesians 5:19, 2 Kings 6, Philippians 4:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:22, 2 Kings 17:33-41, 2 Corinthians 7:1, 1 Corinthians 8, Psalm 139


This is part of a series of sermons preached by Steve Yoder at Youth Rally 2022. Here is a list of the sessions in order.

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What is a good method for choosing good music? This morning we are going to look at some music tests that should be helpful for all of us. We all have personal tastes and opinions that form how we look at music. We all have personal tastes and opinions that form how we look at music. Personal tastes and opinions are not enough for looking at and deciphering what music we should be listening to. We are human, and we don’t see things clearly always.

* Scripture test – Are there any lies in the music that we are listening to? We can’t listen to lies, sensuality, rebellion, etc without being affected.
* Lyrics test – Carefully consider what the words actually say. Find the words of the song. What do they, without the music say?
* First and Greatest Commandment test – How does my music affect me? Is my music an idol to me?
* Mixing of the two Kingdoms test – What about crossover music? Where should the line be? We can’t see anyones heart or intentions, we don’t want to doubt anyones sincerity, but when the two kingdoms are mixed as if it doesn’t matter that is a red flag.
* Excellence vs. Compromise test – Music is communication, it suggests ways to live. We become what we feed on. What does my music promote? Is it entertainment or is it admonition? What fruit does my music grow in my life?
* Body language test – Lets not sugarcoat something just because we happen to like it. A coat of nice paint doesn’t change a Trojan horse.
* Associations test – There are a lot of trees to eat from in the Forrest of music. Why would we choose ones that are questionable? Are we feeding on the best that there is?
* Meat offered to idols test – The idol is powerless, the meat is unaffected. However the association with the idol offended people, be careful for how your choices affect your brother or sister.
* Prayer and surrender test – Being a Christian means we belong to Jesus Christ. We surrender to Him. Nothing should be held back, not even music. We tend to want to hang on to what we love. Music is something that can be incredibly deeply woven into our hearts. Lord, what do you think about this music?
* “Leaning tree” test – We’ve all seen trees that have fallen. Perhaps a storm comes through and a tree gets blown down. Which way does a tree fall? We know how gravity works, generally it falls the way its leaning. Most music pushes in one direction or another. When we make compromised music a habit we the pull of our flesh can pull us further and further towards the ground. Good music on the other hand does the opposite!

Scriptures used – Ephesians 5:19, 2 Kings 6, Philippians 4:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:22, 2 Kings 17:33-41, 2 Corinthians 7:1, 1 Corinthians 8, Psalm 139

This is part of a series of sermons preached by Steve Yoder at Youth Rally 2022. Here is a list of the sessions in order.

* Basis for Choices in Music
* The Power of Music #1
* The Power of Music #2
* Music Tests #1
* Using the Right Measuring Tape – Music Tests #2

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The Power of Music #2 - Steve Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-music-2/ Sun, 20 Mar 2022 01:47:43 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4165 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-music-2/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-music-2/feed/ 0 <p>Music can grab our attention like nothing else. Does the devil know that? Yes, he does… In seconds most of us can get a message from music. Music is communication. Music has a tendency of going right past all the less personal communication zones straight to the intimate zone. Music matters, we need to be […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-music-2/">The Power of Music #2</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Music can grab our attention like nothing else. Does the devil know that? Yes, he does…

In seconds most of us can get a message from music. Music is communication. Music has a tendency of going right past all the less personal communication zones straight to the intimate zone.

Music matters, we need to be choosing carefully.

Scriptures used – Psalm 130:1-2, Psalm 95:1


This is part of a series of sermons preached by Steve Yoder at Youth Rally 2022. Here is a list of the sessions in order.

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Music can grab our attention like nothing else. Does the devil know that? Yes, he does… In seconds most of us can get a message from music. Music is communication. Music has a tendency of going right past all the less personal communication zones strai... In seconds most of us can get a message from music. Music is communication. Music has a tendency of going right past all the less personal communication zones straight to the intimate zone.
Music matters, we need to be choosing carefully.
Scriptures used – Psalm 130:1-2, Psalm 95:1

This is part of a series of sermons preached by Steve Yoder at Youth Rally 2022. Here is a list of the sessions in order.

* Basis for Choices in Music
* The Power of Music #1
* The Power of Music #2
* Music Tests #1
* Using the Right Measuring Tape – Music Tests #2

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The Power of Music #1 - Steve Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-music-1/ Sun, 20 Mar 2022 01:47:42 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4164 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-music-1/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-music-1/feed/ 0 <p>What matters more in a song? The music or the words? A lot of people think that music is amoral, neither right or wrong. Is a single note right or wrong? Is a single letter right or wrong? Music, in and of itself sends a message. Music, or most of it, is not neutral. Can […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-power-of-music-1/">The Power of Music #1</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> What matters more in a song? The music or the words? A lot of people think that music is amoral, neither right or wrong. Is a single note right or wrong? Is a single letter right or wrong?

Music, in and of itself sends a message. Music, or most of it, is not neutral. Can we put good lyrics to the music of the world? Yes, words affect the listener and yes words matter. If the music itself affects us the music itself is a moral issue.

As Christians, we are to surrender everything to the Lord. That includes our thoughts, our emotions, our actions, and our music.

Has Satan left music alone? No, he is very involved. Do you think that he uses music to try to control people? Is there a spiritual side to music itself?

It is difficult to draw perfect, simple lines with music, but we are wise to consider the music in the songs we listen to. Most music is written and sang with purpose.

Good music is an incredible opportunity to fill our minds with music that will encourage us on the right paths. Music can be so tremendously positive.

So where do we draw the lines? Can we taste things that mix the kingdom of the world and the Kingdom of God? We cannot mix the two things without diluting the message of the Kingdom of God.

As Christians we make decisions all the time, every day, we have to choose what’s good, and bad, and what’s in between. Let us get whatever ministers to our souls from a pure soul. Let us make sure what we listen to comes from a good place…

Scriptures used – Philippians 1


This is part of a series of sermons preached by Steve Yoder at Youth Rally 2022. Here is a list of the sessions in order.

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What matters more in a song? The music or the words? A lot of people think that music is amoral, neither right or wrong. Is a single note right or wrong? Is a single letter right or wrong? Music, in and of itself sends a message. Music, or most of it, Music, in and of itself sends a message. Music, or most of it, is not neutral. Can we put good lyrics to the music of the world? Yes, words affect the listener and yes words matter. If the music itself affects us the music itself is a moral issue.
As Christians, we are to surrender everything to the Lord. That includes our thoughts, our emotions, our actions, and our music.
Has Satan left music alone? No, he is very involved. Do you think that he uses music to try to control people? Is there a spiritual side to music itself?
It is difficult to draw perfect, simple lines with music, but we are wise to consider the music in the songs we listen to. Most music is written and sang with purpose.
Good music is an incredible opportunity to fill our minds with music that will encourage us on the right paths. Music can be so tremendously positive.
So where do we draw the lines? Can we taste things that mix the kingdom of the world and the Kingdom of God? We cannot mix the two things without diluting the message of the Kingdom of God.
As Christians we make decisions all the time, every day, we have to choose what’s good, and bad, and what’s in between. Let us get whatever ministers to our souls from a pure soul. Let us make sure what we listen to comes from a good place…
Scriptures used – Philippians 1

This is part of a series of sermons preached by Steve Yoder at Youth Rally 2022. Here is a list of the sessions in order.

* Basis for Choices in Music
* The Power of Music #1
* The Power of Music #2
* Music Tests #1
* Using the Right Measuring Tape – Music Tests #2

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Basis for Choices in Music - Steve Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/basis-for-choices-in-music/ Sun, 20 Mar 2022 01:47:41 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4163 https://www.bmcgladys.com/basis-for-choices-in-music/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/basis-for-choices-in-music/feed/ 0 <p>When a subject is controversial we tend to not want to bring it up. We all have different opinions on music, there is room for differences. Is music important to you? To some people, it is more important to some people than others, but music is very important to most of us and affects us […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/basis-for-choices-in-music/">Basis for Choices in Music</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> When a subject is controversial we tend to not want to bring it up. We all have different opinions on music, there is room for differences.

Is music important to you? To some people, it is more important to some people than others, but music is very important to most of us and affects us very deeply.

This weekend we’ll be trying to look at things from the point of view of “what kind of music does God like?” God is not silent on the subject of music, but we don’t have direct instruction for every kind of music.

God loves music, He invented music. We all have things that affect how we look at life, music is no exception.

Musics’ first purpose is to honor and glorify God. Some things are acceptable to the Lord and some things are not. We are instructed to make melody in our hearts and to sing a “spiritual song.”

If music is for God’s glory that can help us tremendously in looking at what music we should be listening to. If God created music, He has the right to say what good music should be.

Music has a great influence on us. Satan is heavily involved with music. Music can affect our spiritual growth or lack thereof. Music is communicating messages. Music touches our hearts and reveals what is inside, what we love.

Music matters because it matters to God.

Four of the Ten Commandments are about worship. The highest calling of the church is worship. There is no higher calling for our lives to bring Him glory.

As you think about the music you don’t have to think very far to think of music that brings God down to the level of a human. The Bible never speaks of Jesus being a boyfriend or a lover in a sensual way.

Are our music choices excellent? Or do we spend a lot of time in the gray area?

We cannot see into the hearts of the people who write and record the music around us. However, we have much more access today to these people than we did in the past. We can learn a lot about the people who produce today’s music.

The message of the words and the message in the music need to compliment each other to make the most powerful connection to the listener.

Coca-Cola is one of the most recognized drinks in the world. This Coca-Cola bottle has been filled with motor oil. It looks like a soda, but it isn’t soda. We’ll be healthiest if we stick closest to water.

Think about your music choices and the mixes that are possible.

What drives the production of music?

If I’m an amateur musician, why would people buy your music? Is it your creativity and your ability to communicate?

Earning a living as a musician is not easy, much like any other job you do what you have to to pay the bills. You can’t sell someone something that they don’t want. Money drives the production of music that the public wants, above all else.

Carefully consider what is upstream from the water you’re drinking.

Scriptures used – 1 Corinthians 5:6-20, Matthew 5:29-30, 6:24, 12:25


This is part of a series of sermons preached by Steve Yoder at Youth Rally 2022. Here is a list of the sessions in order.

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When a subject is controversial we tend to not want to bring it up. We all have different opinions on music, there is room for differences. Is music important to you? To some people, it is more important to some people than others, Is music important to you? To some people, it is more important to some people than others, but music is very important to most of us and affects us very deeply.
This weekend we’ll be trying to look at things from the point of view of “what kind of music does God like?” God is not silent on the subject of music, but we don’t have direct instruction for every kind of music.
God loves music, He invented music. We all have things that affect how we look at life, music is no exception.
Musics’ first purpose is to honor and glorify God. Some things are acceptable to the Lord and some things are not. We are instructed to make melody in our hearts and to sing a “spiritual song.”
If music is for God’s glory that can help us tremendously in looking at what music we should be listening to. If God created music, He has the right to say what good music should be.
Music has a great influence on us. Satan is heavily involved with music. Music can affect our spiritual growth or lack thereof. Music is communicating messages. Music touches our hearts and reveals what is inside, what we love.
Music matters because it matters to God.
Four of the Ten Commandments are about worship. The highest calling of the church is worship. There is no higher calling for our lives to bring Him glory.
As you think about the music you don’t have to think very far to think of music that brings God down to the level of a human. The Bible never speaks of Jesus being a boyfriend or a lover in a sensual way.
Are our music choices excellent? Or do we spend a lot of time in the gray area?
We cannot see into the hearts of the people who write and record the music around us. However, we have much more access today to these people than we did in the past. We can learn a lot about the people who produce today’s music.
The message of the words and the message in the music need to compliment each other to make the most powerful connection to the listener.
Coca-Cola is one of the most recognized drinks in the world. This Coca-Cola bottle has been filled with motor oil. It looks like a soda, but it isn’t soda. We’ll be healthiest if we stick closest to water.
Think about your music choices and the mixes that are possible.
What drives the production of music?
If I’m an amateur musician, why would people buy your music? Is it your creativity and your ability to communicate?
Earning a living as a musician is not easy, much like any other job you do what you have to to pay the bills. You can’t sell someone something that they don’t want. Money drives the production of music that the public wants, above all else.
Carefully consider what is upstream from the water you’re drinking.
Scriptures used – 1 Corinthians 5:6-20, Matthew 5:29-30, 6:24, 12:25

This is part of a series of sermons preached by Steve Yoder at Youth Rally 2022. Here is a list of the sessions in order.

* Basis for Choices in Music
* The Power of Music #1
* The Power of Music #2
* Music Tests #1
* Using the Right Measuring Tape – Music Tests #2

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Growing Toward Maturity in the Life of the Church - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/growing-toward-maturity-in-the-life-of-the-church/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 19:28:17 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4158 https://www.bmcgladys.com/growing-toward-maturity-in-the-life-of-the-church/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/growing-toward-maturity-in-the-life-of-the-church/feed/ 0 <p>Paul is talking about how people live. In very practical ways how they move, how they walk humbly and worthily. Paul says this is done as we do four things. Bearing fruit – walking worthy of the Lord Increasing in the knowledge of God – the knowledge of God is a source of truth as […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/growing-toward-maturity-in-the-life-of-the-church/">Growing Toward Maturity in the Life of the Church</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Paul is talking about how people live. In very practical ways how they move, how they walk humbly and worthily. Paul says this is done as we do four things.

  1. Bearing fruit – walking worthy of the Lord
  2. Increasing in the knowledge of God – the knowledge of God is a source of truth as we know God, who He is, His character.
  3. Being empowered and strengthened – power and strength that equips us in the moment of testing so that we can stand.
  4. Giving thanks.

This is the way that we walk worthily.

Becoming the person he intended us to be, apart from sin, is Paul’s goal in his ministry. That they might be presented in the end as mature.

We do need to rest sometimes, but we are called here to work in the Kingdom.

In the way that we are not complete and whole, we cause agony and pain to other people. We are more than what is wrong with us, more than the brokenness that is agonizing to others because Christ lives in each of us.

Christ is with His people when they live from day today. Christ is with His people when they are together. Christ is with His people as they suffer and die to sin and seek His faith and arise with Him in the moment of temptation.

Paul talks about the methods that he uses.
– Preaching, teaching Christ.
– Warning, the idea of correcting through appeal.
– Teaching, instruction in the Word, and what is right to do

Paul says he strives for these things according to the energy that God was giving him. Paul doesn’t say here how to get this power, but it is rooted in prayer and the work of Christ in us.

What opportunities do we have in the life of our church to grow in the way that Paul and the New Testament church did? Relationships don’t happen unless we spend time together.

Scriptures used – Colossians 1, 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12, Acts 28

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Paul is talking about how people live. In very practical ways how they move, how they walk humbly and worthily. Paul says this is done as we do four things. Bearing fruit – walking worthy of the Lord Increasing in the knowledge of God – the knowledge o...
* Bearing fruit – walking worthy of the Lord
* Increasing in the knowledge of God – the knowledge of God is a source of truth as we know God, who He is, His character.
* Being empowered and strengthened – power and strength that equips us in the moment of testing so that we can stand.
* Giving thanks.

This is the way that we walk worthily.
Becoming the person he intended us to be, apart from sin, is Paul’s goal in his ministry. That they might be presented in the end as mature.
We do need to rest sometimes, but we are called here to work in the Kingdom.
In the way that we are not complete and whole, we cause agony and pain to other people. We are more than what is wrong with us, more than the brokenness that is agonizing to others because Christ lives in each of us.
Christ is with His people when they live from day today. Christ is with His people when they are together. Christ is with His people as they suffer and die to sin and seek His faith and arise with Him in the moment of temptation.
Paul talks about the methods that he uses.
– Preaching, teaching Christ.
– Warning, the idea of correcting through appeal.
– Teaching, instruction in the Word, and what is right to do
Paul says he strives for these things according to the energy that God was giving him. Paul doesn’t say here how to get this power, but it is rooted in prayer and the work of Christ in us.
What opportunities do we have in the life of our church to grow in the way that Paul and the New Testament church did? Relationships don’t happen unless we spend time together.
Scriptures used – Colossians 1, 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12, Acts 28
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Bethel Mennonite Church clean 38:09
Jesus Returns for the Church - Edward Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-returns-for-the-church/ Sun, 06 Mar 2022 19:50:14 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4153 https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-returns-for-the-church/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-returns-for-the-church/feed/ 0 <p>Peter’s message here is for the church. The fact that Jesus is going to return is not something that is new to us, but this morning we want to be reminded about Jesus’ return for the church. There will be (are) scoffers and mockers who deny that Jesus will return. “Where is the promise of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-returns-for-the-church/">Jesus Returns for the Church</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Peter’s message here is for the church. The fact that Jesus is going to return is not something that is new to us, but this morning we want to be reminded about Jesus’ return for the church.

There will be (are) scoffers and mockers who deny that Jesus will return. “Where is the promise of His coming?” Not only do they say this with their lips, but also with how they live their lives. They walk after their own lusts. Regardless of what scoffers say, Jesus will return again.

Peter reminds these scoffers that simply by the spoken word God brought the earth into being. By the same word, he says, they can be destroyed.

But dear church… one day with the Lord is a thousand years and a thousand years as a day. A reminder of the delay of Jesus’ return. Just because He delays His return does not mean that He will not return. As Jesus delays His return we have time… time to repent, time to serve the Lord. He is giving us opportunity after opportunity. When Jesus returns the door is shut, no more opportunity, no more time.

God’s heart is that no one would perish. That does not mean no one will perish, but God’s desire is that we choose not to perish, that we turn to Him.

The dreadful day of His return… the Lord will return with terror for the unbeliever. A dreadful day for those who are not ready for His return. The foundations of the world are going to quake and shake.

As we think about the Lord’s return, for us to escape this awful dreadful day there must be another power at work within us. The power of the Holy Spirit. We cannot be walking after our own lusts, there must be the work of the Holy Spirit within us.

The deliverance at His coming… When Jesus returns for His church, He is going to deliver us. Those who are cleansed, who have Christ in their lives, whose conversation is godly, He is coming to take us from this world. We must continue to look up.

Deception before His return. Jesus says there will be a perversion and twisting of the scriptures. Especially as it relates to the writings of Paul. The Word of God has become “market-driven.”

Decay before His return. Before Jesus can return for His church there will be a falling away from the truth.

The developing church. Jesus is going to return for a developing church, one that is growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior. We must never underestimate the possibility of growth. All living things must grow from within. If we are to grow in grace and knowledge there has to be spiritual life within us.

Scriptures used – 2 Peter 3:1-18, Matthew 24, Joel 2:30, Psalm 15:3, Joel 2:1-2, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Luke 21:28, 2 Thessalonians, Exodus 12:37

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Peter’s message here is for the church. The fact that Jesus is going to return is not something that is new to us, but this morning we want to be reminded about Jesus’ return for the church. There will be (are) scoffers and mockers who deny that Jesus ... There will be (are) scoffers and mockers who deny that Jesus will return. “Where is the promise of His coming?” Not only do they say this with their lips, but also with how they live their lives. They walk after their own lusts. Regardless of what scoffers say, Jesus will return again.
Peter reminds these scoffers that simply by the spoken word God brought the earth into being. By the same word, he says, they can be destroyed.
But dear church… one day with the Lord is a thousand years and a thousand years as a day. A reminder of the delay of Jesus’ return. Just because He delays His return does not mean that He will not return. As Jesus delays His return we have time… time to repent, time to serve the Lord. He is giving us opportunity after opportunity. When Jesus returns the door is shut, no more opportunity, no more time.
God’s heart is that no one would perish. That does not mean no one will perish, but God’s desire is that we choose not to perish, that we turn to Him.
The dreadful day of His return… the Lord will return with terror for the unbeliever. A dreadful day for those who are not ready for His return. The foundations of the world are going to quake and shake.
As we think about the Lord’s return, for us to escape this awful dreadful day there must be another power at work within us. The power of the Holy Spirit. We cannot be walking after our own lusts, there must be the work of the Holy Spirit within us.
The deliverance at His coming… When Jesus returns for His church, He is going to deliver us. Those who are cleansed, who have Christ in their lives, whose conversation is godly, He is coming to take us from this world. We must continue to look up.
Deception before His return. Jesus says there will be a perversion and twisting of the scriptures. Especially as it relates to the writings of Paul. The Word of God has become “market-driven.”
Decay before His return. Before Jesus can return for His church there will be a falling away from the truth.
The developing church. Jesus is going to return for a developing church, one that is growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior. We must never underestimate the possibility of growth. All living things must grow from within. If we are to grow in grace and knowledge there has to be spiritual life within us.
Scriptures used – 2 Peter 3:1-18, Matthew 24, Joel 2:30, Psalm 15:3, Joel 2:1-2, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Luke 21:28, 2 Thessalonians, Exodus 12:37
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Bethel Mennonite Church clean 46:22
Jesus Prays for the Church - Edward Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-prays-for-the-church/ Sun, 06 Mar 2022 19:49:03 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4152 https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-prays-for-the-church/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-prays-for-the-church/feed/ 0 <p>There is a sense in which this morning where we should be taking the shoes off of our feet. We are about to tread on holy ground as we look at this precious prayer. Jesus our Lord was a praying man, He prayed a lot. We only have a few sketches of Jesus praying in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-prays-for-the-church/">Jesus Prays for the Church</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> There is a sense in which this morning where we should be taking the shoes off of our feet. We are about to tread on holy ground as we look at this precious prayer.

Jesus our Lord was a praying man, He prayed a lot. We only have a few sketches of Jesus praying in His time here on earth.

It is important to understand the context in which Jesus prays this prayer. Jesus knows that He is about to go to the cross, and so He prays a prayer of benediction for His disciples, and for His church, for you and I.

In the first eight verses here Jesus is praying for Himself. He asks God to return to the glory that He had before He came down to the earth. Jesus saw beyond the shame of the cross.

In verse nine he shifts to praying for the disciples and the future church. God is intimately involved and working in the local body of believers.

Jesus narrows down to about four things that He prays for the church.
– He prays for separation from the world. Why did Jesus leave the disciples behind when He returned to the Father? Jesus left them behind for the sake of the going forth of the Gospel.
– He prays for sanctification. Jesus understood that there would be lots of unsound doctrines.
– He prays for unity among believers. Jesus prays for the church to experience oneness like that of the Father and the Son. We live in a world that is centered around individualism.
– He prays for glory of the believers. That we too may share with Him that glory that He had with the Father. There are two things that are always manifested when God’s glory is present. God is present there. God’s power is there.

Scriptures used – John 13-17:1-26, Mark 1:35, Luke 6:12, Hebrews 12:1-2, Exodus 14, 2 Corinthians 3:18

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There is a sense in which this morning where we should be taking the shoes off of our feet. We are about to tread on holy ground as we look at this precious prayer. Jesus our Lord was a praying man, He prayed a lot. Jesus our Lord was a praying man, He prayed a lot. We only have a few sketches of Jesus praying in His time here on earth.
It is important to understand the context in which Jesus prays this prayer. Jesus knows that He is about to go to the cross, and so He prays a prayer of benediction for His disciples, and for His church, for you and I.
In the first eight verses here Jesus is praying for Himself. He asks God to return to the glory that He had before He came down to the earth. Jesus saw beyond the shame of the cross.
In verse nine he shifts to praying for the disciples and the future church. God is intimately involved and working in the local body of believers.
Jesus narrows down to about four things that He prays for the church.
– He prays for separation from the world. Why did Jesus leave the disciples behind when He returned to the Father? Jesus left them behind for the sake of the going forth of the Gospel.
– He prays for sanctification. Jesus understood that there would be lots of unsound doctrines.
– He prays for unity among believers. Jesus prays for the church to experience oneness like that of the Father and the Son. We live in a world that is centered around individualism.
– He prays for glory of the believers. That we too may share with Him that glory that He had with the Father. There are two things that are always manifested when God’s glory is present. God is present there. God’s power is there.
Scriptures used – John 13-17:1-26, Mark 1:35, Luke 6:12, Hebrews 12:1-2, Exodus 14, 2 Corinthians 3:18
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Bethel Mennonite Church clean 47:25
Conscience, Conviction, Character - Edward Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/conscience-conviction-character/ Sun, 06 Mar 2022 02:52:16 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4149 https://www.bmcgladys.com/conscience-conviction-character/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/conscience-conviction-character/feed/ 0 <p>This evening we’d like to look some at the story of Daniel. Daniel chapter 6 is quite a few years after chapter 1. Our convictions in many ways are shaped and formed by our consciences. Our character reveals what our convictions really are. It is the inward conviction to do right to the highest standard […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/conscience-conviction-character/">Conscience, Conviction, Character</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> This evening we’d like to look some at the story of Daniel. Daniel chapter 6 is quite a few years after chapter 1. Our convictions in many ways are shaped and formed by our consciences.

Our character reveals what our convictions really are. It is the inward conviction to do right to the highest standard of behavior.

Daniel chapter 1 covers a good bit of time, maybe three or four years. We find conflict as quick as the first verse of the chapter. There was a conflict between Jerusalem and Babylon, between the God of Israel and the god of Babylon.

Babylon wants our young people. The Kingdom of God needs young people (and the rest of us) as well.

Nebuchadnezzar had a program developed to integrate these young men. He started off by requiring that they speak the language of the Babylonians.

In verse 5 Nebuchadnezzar said that the diet of these young men needed to change. Daniel purposed in his heart that he wouldn’t defile himself with the portion of the kings meat. Daniel drew a line, his conviction wouldn’t allow him to step across that line. We must never view our personal convictions as something that we are proud or boastful about. Yes, we draw a line, but we are humble about it.

The next thing that Nebuchadnezzar changed was the young mens names. Our names mean something don’t they. We have ideas that are connected to names like “Esther” or “Jezebel.” The names that they were given were meant to identify them with the gods of Babylon.

Was Nebuchadnezzar able to put Babylon into these boys?

Let us live lives that are pure, that are separate from the immorality and evil that surrounds us. Babylon was full of gods, the world around us is full of gods as well. May our convictions help us maintain lives that are pure and clean before Jehovah.

Let’s move on to Daniel chapter 5. This is a generation later, and Daniel had not lost his identity. He was still known as Daniel.

Now lets go another generation later, and Daniel spent a night with the lions. The king rushed to the den the following morning. “Is thy God who thou serves continually able to deliver you from the lions?”

Daniel knew that the decree had been signed, but he went and prayed to his God, Jehovah anyway. Daniels conscience was free, innocent and clear. He understood that God was his judge. He never lost sight of that.

Scriptures used – Daniel 1 & 5, 1 Corinthians 10, John 8, Hebrews 11, Acts 10, 1 Thessalonians

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This evening we’d like to look some at the story of Daniel. Daniel chapter 6 is quite a few years after chapter 1. Our convictions in many ways are shaped and formed by our consciences. Our character reveals what our convictions really are. Our character reveals what our convictions really are. It is the inward conviction to do right to the highest standard of behavior.
Daniel chapter 1 covers a good bit of time, maybe three or four years. We find conflict as quick as the first verse of the chapter. There was a conflict between Jerusalem and Babylon, between the God of Israel and the god of Babylon.
Babylon wants our young people. The Kingdom of God needs young people (and the rest of us) as well.
Nebuchadnezzar had a program developed to integrate these young men. He started off by requiring that they speak the language of the Babylonians.
In verse 5 Nebuchadnezzar said that the diet of these young men needed to change. Daniel purposed in his heart that he wouldn’t defile himself with the portion of the kings meat. Daniel drew a line, his conviction wouldn’t allow him to step across that line. We must never view our personal convictions as something that we are proud or boastful about. Yes, we draw a line, but we are humble about it.
The next thing that Nebuchadnezzar changed was the young mens names. Our names mean something don’t they. We have ideas that are connected to names like “Esther” or “Jezebel.” The names that they were given were meant to identify them with the gods of Babylon.
Was Nebuchadnezzar able to put Babylon into these boys?
Let us live lives that are pure, that are separate from the immorality and evil that surrounds us. Babylon was full of gods, the world around us is full of gods as well. May our convictions help us maintain lives that are pure and clean before Jehovah.
Let’s move on to Daniel chapter 5. This is a generation later, and Daniel had not lost his identity. He was still known as Daniel.
Now lets go another generation later, and Daniel spent a night with the lions. The king rushed to the den the following morning. “Is thy God who thou serves continually able to deliver you from the lions?”
Daniel knew that the decree had been signed, but he went and prayed to his God, Jehovah anyway. Daniels conscience was free, innocent and clear. He understood that God was his judge. He never lost sight of that.
Scriptures used – Daniel 1 & 5, 1 Corinthians 10, John 8, Hebrews 11, Acts 10, 1 Thessalonians
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Bethel Mennonite Church clean 49:04
Homes Passing Faith to the Next Generation - Edward Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/homes-passing-faith-to-the-next-generation/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 03:12:22 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4146 https://www.bmcgladys.com/homes-passing-faith-to-the-next-generation/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/homes-passing-faith-to-the-next-generation/feed/ 0 <p>Not only does God’s Word teach us how to live, but it also gives us examples of men and women who actually lived such lives. The faithfulness of the Rechabites had been continuing for generations and generations. If the Lord tarries for another 300 years, may he find our children and our children’s, children standing […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/homes-passing-faith-to-the-next-generation/">Homes Passing Faith to the Next Generation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Not only does God’s Word teach us how to live, but it also gives us examples of men and women who actually lived such lives. The faithfulness of the Rechabites had been continuing for generations and generations.

If the Lord tarries for another 300 years, may he find our children and our children’s, children standing firm. It is believed that you can find descendants of the Rechabites in the Middle East today.

We kind of have to put pieces into the puzzle of the Rechabites to get a picture of their history. Jehu had just been anointed king, he was cleansing Israel of Baal worship. Jonadab was a shepherd, and there was a good possibility that he had brought his sheep to Samaria to sheer his sheep. According to 2 Kings, there is a good possibility that Jehu and Jonadab knew each other. It almost sounds like they were peers… they went together to Samaria to work on the cleansing of Baal worship.

A good definition for “vision” is “giving the future our immediate attention.” Jonadab understood that if he was going to do something for his future and that of his family, he needed to do something to make a difference. Jonadab returned to his family and draws some lines for his home and his family.

Lets look at some of these things as they would relate to us and our families.

  1. Drink no wine – Not drinking wine was not something that the Lord had commanded them not to do. This was a principle that was higher than just not drinking wine. The principle here is self discipline. It is important to live lives if self discipline if we’re going to pass our faith on to our children.
  2. Don’t plant vineyards – Again this is not something that the Lord had commanded them not to do. The principle here is integrity if you don’t drink wine don’t produce it for other people to drink. How can we pass faith to the next generation if there isn’t integrity?
  3. Don’t build houses, live in tents – The principle here is simplicity of life. Let us remember that we are only strangers and pilgrims in this life, we are on a journey. Don’t allow your roots to get so deep that we can’t say “yes Lord, I’ll do that” when He calls us elsewhere.
  4. Sow no seed – Again, there is nothing wrong with sowing seed. The principle here is simply that there must be time for family togetherness. The shepherds were out on the hillsides herding their sheep, they interacted and worked together as a family. Somehow we must have time together if faith is to be passed on.

Be encouraged that God has a plan for your family. Spend time with your children, raise them for the Lord.

Scriptures used – Matthew 28, Psalm 78, Jeremiah 35, 2 Kings 10

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Not only does God’s Word teach us how to live, but it also gives us examples of men and women who actually lived such lives. The faithfulness of the Rechabites had been continuing for generations and generations. If the Lord tarries for another 300 years, may he find our children and our children’s, children standing firm. It is believed that you can find descendants of the Rechabites in the Middle East today.
We kind of have to put pieces into the puzzle of the Rechabites to get a picture of their history. Jehu had just been anointed king, he was cleansing Israel of Baal worship. Jonadab was a shepherd, and there was a good possibility that he had brought his sheep to Samaria to sheer his sheep. According to 2 Kings, there is a good possibility that Jehu and Jonadab knew each other. It almost sounds like they were peers… they went together to Samaria to work on the cleansing of Baal worship.
A good definition for “vision” is “giving the future our immediate attention.” Jonadab understood that if he was going to do something for his future and that of his family, he needed to do something to make a difference. Jonadab returned to his family and draws some lines for his home and his family.
Lets look at some of these things as they would relate to us and our families.

* Drink no wine – Not drinking wine was not something that the Lord had commanded them not to do. This was a principle that was higher than just not drinking wine. The principle here is self discipline. It is important to live lives if self discipline if we’re going to pass our faith on to our children.
* Don’t plant vineyards – Again this is not something that the Lord had commanded them not to do. The principle here is integrity if you don’t drink wine don’t produce it for other people to drink. How can we pass faith to the next generation if there isn’t integrity?
* Don’t build houses, live in tents – The principle here is simplicity of life. Let us remember that we are only strangers and pilgrims in this life, we are on a journey. Don’t allow your roots to get so deep that we can’t say “yes Lord, I’ll do that” when He calls us elsewhere.
* Sow no seed – Again, there is nothing wrong with sowing seed. The principle here is simply that there must be time for family togetherness. The shepherds were out on the hillsides herding their sheep, they interacted and worked together as a family. Somehow we must have time together if faith is to be passed on.

Be encouraged that God has a plan for your family. Spend time with your children, raise them for the Lord.
Scriptures used – Matthew 28, Psalm 78, Jeremiah 35, 2 Kings 10
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Bethel Mennonite Church clean 46:47
Three Men & Three Minds - Edward Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/three-men-three-minds/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 02:17:13 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4143 https://www.bmcgladys.com/three-men-three-minds/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/three-men-three-minds/feed/ 0 <p>The brain is a computer, as well as a chemical factory. Scientists and doctors have a limited understanding of how all the circuits and chemicals of the brain work together. The apostle Paul is reminding the church at Corinth of how he had come to them a number of years earlier. He had determined to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/three-men-three-minds/">Three Men & Three Minds</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> The brain is a computer, as well as a chemical factory. Scientists and doctors have a limited understanding of how all the circuits and chemicals of the brain work together.

The apostle Paul is reminding the church at Corinth of how he had come to them a number of years earlier. He had determined to not come to them with excellent speech or with lots of wisdom. Paul had a burden for this church at Corinth. There is something deeper than man’s wisdom.

Tonight we want to look at three men that Paul talks about. They were around way back then, and they are still around today.

  • Natural Man – The soul-ish part of man. He is earthly, sensual, and devilish. The natural man is governed by his five senses. The natural man finds himself in a box, he is limited to his five senses. This knowledge of the natural man is temporary. It is only here for a time, it will come to naught.
  • Spiritual Man – We must begin to think differently if there is going to be a transformation of the mind. The spiritual man gains the sense of the Spirit. He has the ability to move outside of those four walls, he is governed by faith. His mind is controlled not only with the sensory but also by the Spirit. If the spiritual man is going to grow and develop we must spend time with the spiritual.
  • Carnal Man – This has to do with the bodily part of man. The carnality, unregenerate part of man. The thought patterns of this man are childishly. There is nothing wrong with being a baby, but with time the Christian should mature and grow in the faith. Our Heavenly Father wants us to move beyond carnality and thinking as children think. What does flesh want?

Which man do we answer to? By God’s grace, we want to be more responsive to the Spiritual Man. May God help all of us to continue to grow and mature.

Scriptures used – 1 Corinthians 2 & 3, James 3:15, Isaiah 64, Daniel 12, Philippians 2:5, 1 Peter 4:1, Hebrews 5:14

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The brain is a computer, as well as a chemical factory. Scientists and doctors have a limited understanding of how all the circuits and chemicals of the brain work together. The apostle Paul is reminding the church at Corinth of how he had come to them... The apostle Paul is reminding the church at Corinth of how he had come to them a number of years earlier. He had determined to not come to them with excellent speech or with lots of wisdom. Paul had a burden for this church at Corinth. There is something deeper than man’s wisdom.
Tonight we want to look at three men that Paul talks about. They were around way back then, and they are still around today.

* Natural Man – The soul-ish part of man. He is earthly, sensual, and devilish. The natural man is governed by his five senses. The natural man finds himself in a box, he is limited to his five senses. This knowledge of the natural man is temporary. It is only here for a time, it will come to naught.
* Spiritual Man – We must begin to think differently if there is going to be a transformation of the mind. The spiritual man gains the sense of the Spirit. He has the ability to move outside of those four walls, he is governed by faith. His mind is controlled not only with the sensory but also by the Spirit. If the spiritual man is going to grow and develop we must spend time with the spiritual.
* Carnal Man – This has to do with the bodily part of man. The carnality, unregenerate part of man. The thought patterns of this man are childishly. There is nothing wrong with being a baby, but with time the Christian should mature and grow in the faith. Our Heavenly Father wants us to move beyond carnality and thinking as children think. What does flesh want?

Which man do we answer to? By God’s grace, we want to be more responsive to the Spiritual Man. May God help all of us to continue to grow and mature.
Scriptures used – 1 Corinthians 2 & 3, James 3:15, Isaiah 64, Daniel 12, Philippians 2:5, 1 Peter 4:1, Hebrews 5:14
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Bethel Mennonite Church clean 52:28
Following Jesus - Putting Your Hand to the Plow - Edward Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/following-jesus-putting-your-hand-to-the-plow/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 02:11:18 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4141 https://www.bmcgladys.com/following-jesus-putting-your-hand-to-the-plow/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/following-jesus-putting-your-hand-to-the-plow/feed/ 0 <p>This evening we’ll be looking at three men who desired to follow Jesus. For us to understand properly we need to understand the context that Jesus gives these words in. What was Jesus experiencing? Jesus was on a mission, He was on the way to Jerusalem. The Call to Follow Christ Requires a Commitment This […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/following-jesus-putting-your-hand-to-the-plow/">Following Jesus – Putting Your Hand to the Plow</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> This evening we’ll be looking at three men who desired to follow Jesus. For us to understand properly we need to understand the context that Jesus gives these words in.

What was Jesus experiencing? Jesus was on a mission, He was on the way to Jerusalem.

The Call to Follow Christ Requires a Commitment

This first man says “Lord I will follow you wherever you go!” A “following Jesus gospel” isn’t very popular today, but it is definitely the gospel of the Bible. Jesus replies to this man and says, “the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head…”

If we are going to follow Jesus it is going to call for a level of commitment. Jesus asked this man to make a commitment. Jesus was honest with the man about what kind of a commitment was necessary. Often following Christ requires a level of commitment that we don’t know about at the beginning.

Jesus says that unless we take up the cross of Jesus, there is no way that we can be a follower of Jesus. Outside of the cross of self-denial, there is no way.

The Call to Follow Christ Requires Labor and Work

The second man was asked by Jesus to “follow me.” The man replies and says he will follow Jesus… but first he needed to go and take care of his parents first.

Jesus was not saying disregard your father, but He was making a point. When we say “yes Lord, I want to follow you.” It will require a level of labor and of work.

Jesus replied straightforwardly, “go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

Kingdom work is just that… work. When we choose to follow Christ it will call for an intense amount of labor.

The Call to Follow Christ Requires Focus

The third man said, “I will follow you!” Jesus makes a point in His reply… if you put your hand to the plow, keep it there.

When we say “yes Lord I will follow You.” We need to keep our eyes on our Lord. If we spend time looking behind us we might start to long for and be discouraged by the things that we’ve left behind. Keep your eyes on Jesus.

Scriptures used – Luke 9:57-62, Luke 14:27, Matthew 16, Matthew 24, Luke 17, Genesis 1

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This evening we’ll be looking at three men who desired to follow Jesus. For us to understand properly we need to understand the context that Jesus gives these words in. What was Jesus experiencing? Jesus was on a mission, What was Jesus experiencing? Jesus was on a mission, He was on the way to Jerusalem.
The Call to Follow Christ Requires a Commitment
This first man says “Lord I will follow you wherever you go!” A “following Jesus gospel” isn’t very popular today, but it is definitely the gospel of the Bible. Jesus replies to this man and says, “the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head…”
If we are going to follow Jesus it is going to call for a level of commitment. Jesus asked this man to make a commitment. Jesus was honest with the man about what kind of a commitment was necessary. Often following Christ requires a level of commitment that we don’t know about at the beginning.
Jesus says that unless we take up the cross of Jesus, there is no way that we can be a follower of Jesus. Outside of the cross of self-denial, there is no way.
The Call to Follow Christ Requires Labor and Work
The second man was asked by Jesus to “follow me.” The man replies and says he will follow Jesus… but first he needed to go and take care of his parents first.
Jesus was not saying disregard your father, but He was making a point. When we say “yes Lord, I want to follow you.” It will require a level of labor and of work.
Jesus replied straightforwardly, “go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Kingdom work is just that… work. When we choose to follow Christ it will call for an intense amount of labor.
The Call to Follow Christ Requires Focus
The third man said, “I will follow you!” Jesus makes a point in His reply… if you put your hand to the plow, keep it there.
When we say “yes Lord I will follow You.” We need to keep our eyes on our Lord. If we spend time looking behind us we might start to long for and be discouraged by the things that we’ve left behind. Keep your eyes on Jesus.
Scriptures used – Luke 9:57-62, Luke 14:27, Matthew 16, Matthew 24, Luke 17, Genesis 1
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Bethel Mennonite Church clean 49:33
Being Renewed on a Daily Basis - Edward Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/being-renewed-on-a-daily-basis/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 02:23:44 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4137 https://www.bmcgladys.com/being-renewed-on-a-daily-basis/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/being-renewed-on-a-daily-basis/feed/ 0 <p>The Word of God is for all people, wherever we find ourselves, God’s Word is for all of us. It is our desire to better understand scripture and to grow in wisdom, but just because we haven’t discovered it yet doesn’t mean that it isn’t true. 1 Thessalonians 3 – Pray that the Word of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/being-renewed-on-a-daily-basis/">Being Renewed on a Daily Basis</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> The Word of God is for all people, wherever we find ourselves, God’s Word is for all of us. It is our desire to better understand scripture and to grow in wisdom, but just because we haven’t discovered it yet doesn’t mean that it isn’t true.

1 Thessalonians 3 – Pray that the Word of God would have freedom and be able to minister to our hearts this week.

2 Chronicles 30 – We need to be renewed day by day. We tend to have weeds growing in our lives, we need to set aside time to rekindle the flame, revisit where we are.

Hezekiah invited all the people of Judah to come to the House of the Lord in Jerusalem and return to God. In verse 9 he reminds them that God is gracious, that God is merciful. Let us not forget that ourselves. We serve a God today that is yet gracious and merciful.

Renewal, revival, is always conditional. Hezekiah says “if ye return to the Lord.” Our renewal is always going to be conditional. Hezekiah messengers were laughed to scorn as they shared the message that they were to give. The people thought there was no need for a return to the Lord.

In verse 11 we see a contrast! There were those who did heed the message of king Hezekiah. They said, “yes, we will return.”

Six Things That Must Take Place for Revival

  1. We must humble ourselves. We’ll never experience renewal unless we have humble hearts. It goes directly against our nature, we are a proud people… Sometimes this is painful. Our loving Father tends to take us through times in life that are meant to humble us. God resists the proud, but He gives grace to the humble. The only way we can receive grace is if our heart is humble.
  2. There must be a turning back, or turning to the Word of God, to the absolute truth of the Word of God.
  3. When there is revival there is a renewal, there is a destroying of evil. True revival makes a difference in the way that we live. Jesus reminded us that sometimes we need to put the knife things and “cut them off.”
  4. When there is revival, sin must be seen as shameful. Sin must bring guilt. In many ways in the world around us sin is no longer seen as sinful.
  5. When there is a renewal, there is cleansing. We continually need cleansing, we become filthy and dirty and so we need cleansing. The blood of Jesus cleanses us and makes us clean.
  6. We must seek God. There must be a seeking after God. Are you seeking the face of God tonight? Are you searching for God and seeking after Him? God reveals Himself to those who pursue Him, it is a lifetime of pursuit.
  • If I am spiritually dead, I have no appetite for the things of God. I won’t seek God.
  • If we are spiritually sick, we lose our appetite for God and the things of God.
  • If we are feeding on junk food spiritually, the filth of this world will destroy our hunger for God and the things of God.

If there is going to be renewal we must seek God with our whole hearts. Do we want God to encompass every corner of our life?

Six Results of Revival

  1. Renewal and revival will always bring healing to a people, both individually and collectively.
  2. Renewal and revival will always bring praise and gladness.
  3. Renewal and revival will always bring confession. If we’ve failed, we confess. There is honesty and transparency, hypocrisy must not be a part of that revival experience.
  4. Renewal and revival will always bring rejoicing.
  5. Renewal and revival will always bring great joy.
  6. God hears the prayers of those who are renewed.

Though the outward man perishes, the inward man must be renewed day by day.

Scriptures used – 1 Thessalonians 3, 2 Chronicles 30, Micah 7:18, Matthew 11:8, 2 Chronicles 7:13, Psalm 27:8, Philippians 3:10, Matthew 23

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The Word of God is for all people, wherever we find ourselves, God’s Word is for all of us. It is our desire to better understand scripture and to grow in wisdom, but just because we haven’t discovered it yet doesn’t mean that it isn’t true. 1 Thessalonians 3 – Pray that the Word of God would have freedom and be able to minister to our hearts this week.
2 Chronicles 30 – We need to be renewed day by day. We tend to have weeds growing in our lives, we need to set aside time to rekindle the flame, revisit where we are.
Hezekiah invited all the people of Judah to come to the House of the Lord in Jerusalem and return to God. In verse 9 he reminds them that God is gracious, that God is merciful. Let us not forget that ourselves. We serve a God today that is yet gracious and merciful.
Renewal, revival, is always conditional. Hezekiah says “if ye return to the Lord.” Our renewal is always going to be conditional. Hezekiah messengers were laughed to scorn as they shared the message that they were to give. The people thought there was no need for a return to the Lord.
In verse 11 we see a contrast! There were those who did heed the message of king Hezekiah. They said, “yes, we will return.”
Six Things That Must Take Place for Revival

* We must humble ourselves. We’ll never experience renewal unless we have humble hearts. It goes directly against our nature, we are a proud people… Sometimes this is painful. Our loving Father tends to take us through times in life that are meant to humble us. God resists the proud, but He gives grace to the humble. The only way we can receive grace is if our heart is humble.
* There must be a turning back, or turning to the Word of God, to the absolute truth of the Word of God.
* When there is revival there is a renewal, there is a destroying of evil. True revival makes a difference in the way that we live. Jesus reminded us that sometimes we need to put the knife things and “cut them off.”
* When there is revival, sin must be seen as shameful. Sin must bring guilt. In many ways in the world around us sin is no longer seen as sinful.
* When there is a renewal, there is cleansing. We continually need cleansing, we become filthy and dirty and so we need cleansing. The blood of Jesus cleanses us and makes us clean.
* We must seek God. There must be a seeking after God. Are you seeking the face of God tonight? Are you searching for God and seeking after Him? God reveals Himself to those who pursue Him, it is a lifetime of pursuit.


* If I am spiritually dead, I have no appetite for the things of God. I won’t seek God.
* If we are spiritually sick, we lose our appetite for God and the things of God.
* If we are feeding on junk food spiritually, the filth of this world will destroy our hunger for God and the things of God.

If there is going to be renewal we must seek God with our whole hearts. Do we want God to encompass every corner of our life?
Six Results of Revival

* Renewal and revival will always bring healing to a people, both individually and collectively.
* Renewal and revival will always bring praise and gladness.
* Renewal and revival will always bring confession. If we’ve failed, we confess. There is honesty and transparency, hypocrisy must not be a part of that revival experience.
* Renewal and revival will always bring rejoicing.
* Renewal and revival will always bring great joy.
* God hears the prayers of those who are renewed.

Though the outward man perishes, the inward man must be renewed day by day.
Scriptures used – 1 Thessalonians 3, 2 Chronicles 30, Micah 7:18, Matthew 11:8, 2 Chronicles 7:13, Psalm 27:8, Philippians 3:10, Matthew 23
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Bethel Mennonite Church clean 50:02
Offenses will come… - Ben Miller https://www.bmcgladys.com/offenses-will-come/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 19:09:17 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4134 https://www.bmcgladys.com/offenses-will-come/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/offenses-will-come/feed/ 0 <p>Biblical forgiveness must be conditioned upon repentance. Repentance is a turning and changing, and a recognition of what was being done was a sin. God is perfect and holy and in no way in need of our forgiveness. We may feel angry at God, but he doesn’t need our forgiveness. When horrific evil takes place, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/offenses-will-come/">Offenses will come…</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Biblical forgiveness must be conditioned upon repentance. Repentance is a turning and changing, and a recognition of what was being done was a sin.

God is perfect and holy and in no way in need of our forgiveness. We may feel angry at God, but he doesn’t need our forgiveness.

When horrific evil takes place, through God’s help we may offer forgiveness, even if pardon is never sought.

We are called to let love cover a multitude of sins. Especially amongst believers, this applies to so many situations.

The litmus test of the true disciple of Jesus is to graciously offer forgiveness. Forgiveness is a commitment to bury a sin. Forgiveness is inextricably connected to reconciliation. Love covers a multitude of sins.

Scriptures used – Ephesians, 1 Peter 4:8, Matthew 18

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Biblical forgiveness must be conditioned upon repentance. Repentance is a turning and changing, and a recognition of what was being done was a sin. God is perfect and holy and in no way in need of our forgiveness. We may feel angry at God, God is perfect and holy and in no way in need of our forgiveness. We may feel angry at God, but he doesn’t need our forgiveness.
When horrific evil takes place, through God’s help we may offer forgiveness, even if pardon is never sought.
We are called to let love cover a multitude of sins. Especially amongst believers, this applies to so many situations.
The litmus test of the true disciple of Jesus is to graciously offer forgiveness. Forgiveness is a commitment to bury a sin. Forgiveness is inextricably connected to reconciliation. Love covers a multitude of sins.
Scriptures used – Ephesians, 1 Peter 4:8, Matthew 18
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Bethel Mennonite Church clean 36:38
An Anchor of the Soul - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/an-anchor-of-the-soul/ Sun, 20 Feb 2022 22:31:04 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4130 https://www.bmcgladys.com/an-anchor-of-the-soul/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/an-anchor-of-the-soul/feed/ 0 <p>In the fall from fervently following Christ to bitterly opposing Him, there is a state of sluggishness that occurs. The writer Hebrews says this can happen, but he doesn’t want it to happen to the reader. In verse 13 we have an example of Abraham. We have a God who promised, and we have Abraham […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/an-anchor-of-the-soul/">An Anchor of the Soul</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> In the fall from fervently following Christ to bitterly opposing Him, there is a state of sluggishness that occurs. The writer Hebrews says this can happen, but he doesn’t want it to happen to the reader.

In verse 13 we have an example of Abraham. We have a God who promised, and we have Abraham who obtained the promise. We’ll also take a look at how firmly the anchor of this promise held and holds.

God, from the foundation of the world, knew all things and had a plan for fallen man, to deliver him from sin and condemnation and to spiritually prosper those who accept His plan and provisions.

Does an oath make someone’s word worth more or more credible? God wanted Abraham to believe the promise, the oath that God swore to Abraham was to help Abraham trust and believe it.

God pleads with us to trust Him. Faith reaches for a God who is trustworthy and believable. God wanted to help Abraham believe and trust Him.

God’s promise to Abraham had two parts. First that Abraham’s descendants would be greatly multiplied. Second that all the nations of the world would be blessed by one of his descendants.

God’s promise with an oath was a piece of strong evidence. But the greater evidence was Jesus’ life on earth, the fulfillment of the promise made to Abraham. We trust someone that we love more easily than someone we are suspicious of. God didn’t just promise good things, He wants to help us trust Him.

Why did God approach Abraham instead of someone else? Nehemiah says that the Lord God chose Abraham, his heart was found faithful. God saw something in Abraham’s heart and knew how he would respond and approached him.

Over the years Abraham’s faith grew as he got to know God more closely, as he related to God. Trusting God is not only about believing God’s promises are true, but also that His commandments are right and good and that we should follow them. Abrahams faith wobbled at times, but generally, he listened to God and followed, and as he did his faith grew stronger.

With a strong faith, there is a strong hope. With a weak faith, not so much, we can be more easily discouraged.

The anchor that holds… a boat or ship that is offshore, away from a dock, is subject to wind and waves. Anchors are designed for one purpose, to secure a vessel in one spot so the ship doesn’t drift about.

What are we fleeing from? What are we fleeing to? We were desperately lost sinners under condemnation. We flee for refuge, for grace, for guidance and victory and comfort. We live in a world that is careening towards the end times, but the conqueror, Jesus will have a great victory.

Scriptures used – Hebrews 6:13-20, Genesis, Galatians 3, James, Nehemiah 9:7-8, John 8, Psalm, Acts 27, Revelation, 1 Peter 1

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In the fall from fervently following Christ to bitterly opposing Him, there is a state of sluggishness that occurs. The writer Hebrews says this can happen, but he doesn’t want it to happen to the reader. In verse 13 we have an example of Abraham. In verse 13 we have an example of Abraham. We have a God who promised, and we have Abraham who obtained the promise. We’ll also take a look at how firmly the anchor of this promise held and holds.
God, from the foundation of the world, knew all things and had a plan for fallen man, to deliver him from sin and condemnation and to spiritually prosper those who accept His plan and provisions.
Does an oath make someone’s word worth more or more credible? God wanted Abraham to believe the promise, the oath that God swore to Abraham was to help Abraham trust and believe it.
God pleads with us to trust Him. Faith reaches for a God who is trustworthy and believable. God wanted to help Abraham believe and trust Him.
God’s promise to Abraham had two parts. First that Abraham’s descendants would be greatly multiplied. Second that all the nations of the world would be blessed by one of his descendants.
God’s promise with an oath was a piece of strong evidence. But the greater evidence was Jesus’ life on earth, the fulfillment of the promise made to Abraham. We trust someone that we love more easily than someone we are suspicious of. God didn’t just promise good things, He wants to help us trust Him.
Why did God approach Abraham instead of someone else? Nehemiah says that the Lord God chose Abraham, his heart was found faithful. God saw something in Abraham’s heart and knew how he would respond and approached him.
Over the years Abraham’s faith grew as he got to know God more closely, as he related to God. Trusting God is not only about believing God’s promises are true, but also that His commandments are right and good and that we should follow them. Abrahams faith wobbled at times, but generally, he listened to God and followed, and as he did his faith grew stronger.
With a strong faith, there is a strong hope. With a weak faith, not so much, we can be more easily discouraged.
The anchor that holds… a boat or ship that is offshore, away from a dock, is subject to wind and waves. Anchors are designed for one purpose, to secure a vessel in one spot so the ship doesn’t drift about.
What are we fleeing from? What are we fleeing to? We were desperately lost sinners under condemnation. We flee for refuge, for grace, for guidance and victory and comfort. We live in a world that is careening towards the end times, but the conqueror, Jesus will have a great victory.
Scriptures used – Hebrews 6:13-20, Genesis, Galatians 3, James, Nehemiah 9:7-8, John 8, Psalm, Acts 27, Revelation, 1 Peter 1
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The God of Details - Lowell Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-god-of-details/ Sun, 13 Feb 2022 17:57:33 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4124 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-god-of-details/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-god-of-details/feed/ 0 <p>You’ve heard the saying “the devil is in the details.” This means that the idea sounds simple, but the success of the plan depends on the little plans of the details. This morning we’ll be looking at how God cares about, arranges, and notices the details. The God Who Cares About Details 2 Kings 6 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-god-of-details/">The God of Details</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> You’ve heard the saying “the devil is in the details.” This means that the idea sounds simple, but the success of the plan depends on the little plans of the details.

This morning we’ll be looking at how God cares about, arranges, and notices the details.

The God Who Cares About Details

2 Kings 6 – The story of the floating ax head. It was a borrowed ax, the head flew off while they were chopping trees for this new project. An ax was something that was quite valuable.

There is more recorded in the Bible about this happening than about the actual building project! God is active in our lives, He is in the details of our lives and He cares about the things that matter to us.

There are lots of things that matter to us. Little things. Big things. Things that should probably be little, but they look big to us. God cares about all of these things.

The God Who Arranges Details

God is active and engaged. He has been actively involved throughout history. To say otherwise is to deny that God is who He says He is, and that He has shown himself to be.

We’ve got numerous stories in the Bible that show God’s involvement. The story of Joseph. The story of Esther.

There are things that show us God is involved today too, just a few months ago there were the missionaries that escaped in Haiti. So many details worked out leading up to and during their escape.

Mark 10:46-52 – The story of blind Bartimaeus. He was warned to be quiet, but he cried out even louder. Jesus called him to come to Him, and Jesus healed him. How many days do you think Bartimaeus sat there begging? There is a lot that we don’t know about him, but we do know that the God of details would get within shouting distance of each other on this one day.

The God Who Notices Details

Matthew 10:30 – Don’t be afraid… God knows what is going on, He knows exactly how many hairs you have on your head. Not only is this an expression of God’s all-knowing, but also His love and His care for us.

Psalm 56:8 – Tears, tiny little, salty drops of waters. God knows when we are sad. Many times tears come in the night when others can’t see us. Tears are private things, and we don’t often want people to see our tears. The God who cares about us sees and cares about our tears.

We are people made of flesh and blood. We are designed for relationships. We experience pain. God cares, even when it seems like things are unraveling. Sometimes it’s hard to see that, especially in the middle of the night, but there is always a sunrise for God’s children.

Heavenly Details

John 20:27, Revelation 5:6 – Thomas was struggling with believing that Jesus had really risen from the dead. Jesus appeared to the disciples, and He invited Thomas to see and touch.

Jesus, in His resurrected and glorified body still bore the marks of His crucifixion. Small, but powerful details that remind us of His care, and sacrifice for us.

Scriptures used – 2 Kings 6, Mark 10:46-52, Matthew 10:30, Psalm 56:8, Psalm 139, John 20:27, Revelation 5:6, 1 Peter 2:24

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You’ve heard the saying “the devil is in the details.” This means that the idea sounds simple, but the success of the plan depends on the little plans of the details. This morning we’ll be looking at how God cares about, arranges, This morning we’ll be looking at how God cares about, arranges, and notices the details.
The God Who Cares About Details
2 Kings 6 – The story of the floating ax head. It was a borrowed ax, the head flew off while they were chopping trees for this new project. An ax was something that was quite valuable.
There is more recorded in the Bible about this happening than about the actual building project! God is active in our lives, He is in the details of our lives and He cares about the things that matter to us.
There are lots of things that matter to us. Little things. Big things. Things that should probably be little, but they look big to us. God cares about all of these things.
The God Who Arranges Details
God is active and engaged. He has been actively involved throughout history. To say otherwise is to deny that God is who He says He is, and that He has shown himself to be.
We’ve got numerous stories in the Bible that show God’s involvement. The story of Joseph. The story of Esther.
There are things that show us God is involved today too, just a few months ago there were the missionaries that escaped in Haiti. So many details worked out leading up to and during their escape.
Mark 10:46-52 – The story of blind Bartimaeus. He was warned to be quiet, but he cried out even louder. Jesus called him to come to Him, and Jesus healed him. How many days do you think Bartimaeus sat there begging? There is a lot that we don’t know about him, but we do know that the God of details would get within shouting distance of each other on this one day.
The God Who Notices Details
Matthew 10:30 – Don’t be afraid… God knows what is going on, He knows exactly how many hairs you have on your head. Not only is this an expression of God’s all-knowing, but also His love and His care for us.
Psalm 56:8 – Tears, tiny little, salty drops of waters. God knows when we are sad. Many times tears come in the night when others can’t see us. Tears are private things, and we don’t often want people to see our tears. The God who cares about us sees and cares about our tears.
We are people made of flesh and blood. We are designed for relationships. We experience pain. God cares, even when it seems like things are unraveling. Sometimes it’s hard to see that, especially in the middle of the night, but there is always a sunrise for God’s children.
Heavenly Details
John 20:27, Revelation 5:6 – Thomas was struggling with believing that Jesus had really risen from the dead. Jesus appeared to the disciples, and He invited Thomas to see and touch.
Jesus, in His resurrected and glorified body still bore the marks of His crucifixion. Small, but powerful details that remind us of His care, and sacrifice for us.
Scriptures used – 2 Kings 6, Mark 10:46-52, Matthew 10:30, Psalm 56:8, Psalm 139, John 20:27, Revelation 5:6, 1 Peter 2:24
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Bethel Mennonite Church clean 33:09
This Do In Remembrance of Me - Delvin Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/this-do-in-remembrance-of-me/ Sun, 06 Feb 2022 15:15:56 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4121 https://www.bmcgladys.com/this-do-in-remembrance-of-me/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/this-do-in-remembrance-of-me/feed/ 0 <p>Communion symbolizes why Jesus came. Our commemoration of Christs death and remember His life and sacrifice is symbolized and typified in the symbols of communion. In a larger picture, our lives need to be an extension of what communion is all about. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 – Paul was not one of Jesus 12 disciples, so […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/this-do-in-remembrance-of-me/">This Do In Remembrance of Me</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Communion symbolizes why Jesus came. Our commemoration of Christs death and remember His life and sacrifice is symbolized and typified in the symbols of communion. In a larger picture, our lives need to be an extension of what communion is all about.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 – Paul was not one of Jesus 12 disciples, so he is passing on what he had learned from the original disciples.

Can we proclaim the Lord’s death in our living?

“This do…” Jesus isn’t just speaking about things related to big moments, big choices etc, all of the small things in life also fit into this “this do” that Jesus is calling us to.

Luke 22:7-38 – Jesus knew that he needed an adequate place for the passover supper. Our intentional Jesus asked the disciples to practice communion to commemorate something that hadn’t even happened yet.

We should develop a habit of asking God for practical assistance in planning our days. Is there a connection I should make today? Do I have something I need to take care of from yesterday? Is there a “this do” that the Spirit is giving us as we look at the day?

Life isn’t always scripted… our days don’t always “go to plan.” What about surprises? What about painful things that happen?

We need to hear Jesus calling us even as we struggle to surrender to the circumstances that He has allowed in our lives. Our flesh is often where our battle is, it wants to hold on to hurts and ask why.

Sometimes all we can do is lift our hands just a little, but He will give us the strength to do what He asks us to do. This is a team effort, Jesus is on your side, you ware not alone.

Scriptures used – Hebrews 12:1-3, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Luke 22:7-38

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Communion symbolizes why Jesus came. Our commemoration of Christs death and remember His life and sacrifice is symbolized and typified in the symbols of communion. In a larger picture, our lives need to be an extension of what communion is all about. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 – Paul was not one of Jesus 12 disciples, so he is passing on what he had learned from the original disciples.
Can we proclaim the Lord’s death in our living?
“This do…” Jesus isn’t just speaking about things related to big moments, big choices etc, all of the small things in life also fit into this “this do” that Jesus is calling us to.
Luke 22:7-38 – Jesus knew that he needed an adequate place for the passover supper. Our intentional Jesus asked the disciples to practice communion to commemorate something that hadn’t even happened yet.
We should develop a habit of asking God for practical assistance in planning our days. Is there a connection I should make today? Do I have something I need to take care of from yesterday? Is there a “this do” that the Spirit is giving us as we look at the day?
Life isn’t always scripted… our days don’t always “go to plan.” What about surprises? What about painful things that happen?
We need to hear Jesus calling us even as we struggle to surrender to the circumstances that He has allowed in our lives. Our flesh is often where our battle is, it wants to hold on to hurts and ask why.
Sometimes all we can do is lift our hands just a little, but He will give us the strength to do what He asks us to do. This is a team effort, Jesus is on your side, you ware not alone.
Scriptures used – Hebrews 12:1-3, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Luke 22:7-38
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Am I Qualified to Participate in Communion? - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/am-i-qualified-to-participate-in-communion/ Sun, 30 Jan 2022 19:46:04 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4111 https://www.bmcgladys.com/am-i-qualified-to-participate-in-communion/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/am-i-qualified-to-participate-in-communion/feed/ 0 <p>Each verse from 6-10 here in 1st John is written as a condition and if that condition is met there is a result. According to scripture, no one can have peace with God and live in known sin at the same time. The remedy for this condition is to walk in the light and to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/am-i-qualified-to-participate-in-communion/">Am I Qualified to Participate in Communion?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Each verse from 6-10 here in 1st John is written as a condition and if that condition is met there is a result.

According to scripture, no one can have peace with God and live in known sin at the same time. The remedy for this condition is to walk in the light and to do what you know is right. This is the ongoing work of Christ.

When we are walking in the light, living what is right and good, we are being cleansed from all sin. This continued cleansing deals with unknown sin.

Confession deals with known sin and walking in the light provides and allows Christ to cleanse us from all sin. God has made provision to cleanse us from any sin that otherwise mars our relationship with Christ.

The obvious question becomes, how perfectly do we have to walk in the light to have this cleansing from all sin. The difficulty here is that if we walk perfectly we wouldn’t need this cleansing. No doubt it is talking about a desire too, and a commitment to walking in the light.

If we say that we do not have a natural tendency towards sin, or are incapable of sinning are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in them. People who hold this view must deny that they do any wrong, if they do wrong they may say the devil did it through them.

The remedy for this error is found in verse 9. Confess your sins. Start being honest. Start confessing your known sins. Every time we confess a sin that we are aware of we confirm that we know that we can sin.

The unfortunate reality is that confessing a particular sin does not automatically mean the person will not commit the same sin again. This matter of being a Christian does not automatically deliver us from ever sinning. The reality is that this thing of spiritual growth is a process.

The results of confession of sin, John says, is that God forgives our sins and we are cleansed from sin.

Verse 10 talks about another error, if we deny that we sin as if we have entered a sinless state. We can get very committed to not being wrong, and feeling like whatever we are doing is good and right. This makes God out to be a liar, we’re actually pretty good. John says if this is how we think, God’s word is not in us.

The remedy for this error can be found in the following chapter. It is the same remedy as mentioned before, confessing our sins.

The goal is not to sin, but there is an answer for sin. John emphasizes that a believer can, and does sin. This is not the same as saying a person must, or wants to sin.

The reason we can be forgiven and have peace is Christ. He is the propitiation for our sins. He is the place where God’s righteousness and our unrighteousness meet.

Texts used – 1 John 1, 1 John 2

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Each verse from 6-10 here in 1st John is written as a condition and if that condition is met there is a result. According to scripture, no one can have peace with God and live in known sin at the same time. According to scripture, no one can have peace with God and live in known sin at the same time. The remedy for this condition is to walk in the light and to do what you know is right. This is the ongoing work of Christ.
When we are walking in the light, living what is right and good, we are being cleansed from all sin. This continued cleansing deals with unknown sin.
Confession deals with known sin and walking in the light provides and allows Christ to cleanse us from all sin. God has made provision to cleanse us from any sin that otherwise mars our relationship with Christ.
The obvious question becomes, how perfectly do we have to walk in the light to have this cleansing from all sin. The difficulty here is that if we walk perfectly we wouldn’t need this cleansing. No doubt it is talking about a desire too, and a commitment to walking in the light.
If we say that we do not have a natural tendency towards sin, or are incapable of sinning are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in them. People who hold this view must deny that they do any wrong, if they do wrong they may say the devil did it through them.
The remedy for this error is found in verse 9. Confess your sins. Start being honest. Start confessing your known sins. Every time we confess a sin that we are aware of we confirm that we know that we can sin.
The unfortunate reality is that confessing a particular sin does not automatically mean the person will not commit the same sin again. This matter of being a Christian does not automatically deliver us from ever sinning. The reality is that this thing of spiritual growth is a process.
The results of confession of sin, John says, is that God forgives our sins and we are cleansed from sin.
Verse 10 talks about another error, if we deny that we sin as if we have entered a sinless state. We can get very committed to not being wrong, and feeling like whatever we are doing is good and right. This makes God out to be a liar, we’re actually pretty good. John says if this is how we think, God’s word is not in us.
The remedy for this error can be found in the following chapter. It is the same remedy as mentioned before, confessing our sins.
The goal is not to sin, but there is an answer for sin. John emphasizes that a believer can, and does sin. This is not the same as saying a person must, or wants to sin.
The reason we can be forgiven and have peace is Christ. He is the propitiation for our sins. He is the place where God’s righteousness and our unrighteousness meet.
Texts used – 1 John 1, 1 John 2
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Making Disciples in the Life of the Church https://www.bmcgladys.com/making-disciples-in-the-life-of-the-church/ Sun, 23 Jan 2022 16:21:54 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4106 https://www.bmcgladys.com/making-disciples-in-the-life-of-the-church/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/making-disciples-in-the-life-of-the-church/feed/ 0 <p>The mission of the early church is found in the words of Jesus in Matthew. To grow people into whatever it is that Jesus wants them to do by immersing them in scripture, the presence of other believers, and discipling each other for spiritual and emotional growth. In order to fulfill this mission, a church […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/making-disciples-in-the-life-of-the-church/">Making Disciples in the Life of the Church</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> The mission of the early church is found in the words of Jesus in Matthew. To grow people into whatever it is that Jesus wants them to do by immersing them in scripture, the presence of other believers, and discipling each other for spiritual and emotional growth.

In order to fulfill this mission, a church needs to intentionally provide opportunities for worship, teaching the word, developing honest relationships, honest sharing of life.

In Romans 15 Paul says that the people he is writing to, are knowledgeable about things and that they are qualified to instruct and warn one another. Paul is talking about ordinary believers, not ordained people, not trained therapists or counselors. Paul is not talking about the spiritual elite, he is talking about ordinary believers.

Matthew 18 gives details about what a believer should do when another believer sins against them. Every one of us has been sinned against. It is impossible to live in our fallen world and not be sinned against. There is also the sad reality that we each have likely sinned against others. Most people are more aware of how other people have sinned against them than they are of how they may have sinned against someone else.

1 Thessalonians 5 tells us that different people need different types of admonishment or instruction. Seek to understand the motive, the reason, etc. The lazy need to be warned and the faint-hearted need to be encouraged.

Scriptures used – Romans 15:14, Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew 18:15-20, 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15, Ephesians 4:11-16

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The mission of the early church is found in the words of Jesus in Matthew. To grow people into whatever it is that Jesus wants them to do by immersing them in scripture, the presence of other believers, and discipling each other for spiritual and emoti... In order to fulfill this mission, a church needs to intentionally provide opportunities for worship, teaching the word, developing honest relationships, honest sharing of life.
In Romans 15 Paul says that the people he is writing to, are knowledgeable about things and that they are qualified to instruct and warn one another. Paul is talking about ordinary believers, not ordained people, not trained therapists or counselors. Paul is not talking about the spiritual elite, he is talking about ordinary believers.
Matthew 18 gives details about what a believer should do when another believer sins against them. Every one of us has been sinned against. It is impossible to live in our fallen world and not be sinned against. There is also the sad reality that we each have likely sinned against others. Most people are more aware of how other people have sinned against them than they are of how they may have sinned against someone else.
1 Thessalonians 5 tells us that different people need different types of admonishment or instruction. Seek to understand the motive, the reason, etc. The lazy need to be warned and the faint-hearted need to be encouraged.
Scriptures used – Romans 15:14, Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew 18:15-20, 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15, Ephesians 4:11-16
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Kindness: First Cousin of Goodness - John Waldron https://www.bmcgladys.com/kindness-first-cousin-of-goodness/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 20:09:49 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4099 https://www.bmcgladys.com/kindness-first-cousin-of-goodness/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/kindness-first-cousin-of-goodness/feed/ 0 <p>In Genesis, we have the story of Joseph. Joseph’s response to his brothers when they came down to Egypt to get food during the famine is an incredible act of kindness. Joseph had the power to do whatever he wanted to his brothers, instead, he chose to forgive them. Joseph believed that God had a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/kindness-first-cousin-of-goodness/">Kindness: First Cousin of Goodness</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> In Genesis, we have the story of Joseph. Joseph’s response to his brothers when they came down to Egypt to get food during the famine is an incredible act of kindness. Joseph had the power to do whatever he wanted to his brothers, instead, he chose to forgive them.

Joseph believed that God had a purpose in what had happened to him and why he had ended up in Egypt. Joseph was willing to be God’s love in every situation. He said “God sent me before you” as though he was some kind of advance “preparer of the way” for them.

His brothers still didn’t get it. When their father was about to pass away they thought he would finally get revenge for the awful things they had done to him. Joseph told them not to fear, they meant it for evil, but God had meant it for good.

Forgiveness meant more than forgetting the past, it was a commitment to loving his brothers and their families going forward.

So, what does kindness look like? It is hard to separate out all the different things that go into kindness.

It begins with compassion and seeing the need, but then there has to be action. Good intentions are not enough.

Our human tendencies are to focus on the needs that are closest to us. If we pray though, God will give us the spiritual glasses to see farther and to see the opportunities. We are busy, but what are we filling our hours and minutes and days up with?

We interpret needs as needing to be met, but we think that someone else will take care of it, it is someone else’s responsibility. It is more important that we show kindness than that we leave a blessing for someone else to work on.

We sometimes feel the need to speak truth. These days people put a lot of value on speaking truth, but maybe we need to put more emphasis on speaking in love. Even the prophets in the Old Testament who had to say hard things, always had the goal of restoration.

Scriptures used – 2 Samuel 9, Matthew 9:35-36, John 11:35, Ephesians 4:15

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In Genesis, we have the story of Joseph. Joseph’s response to his brothers when they came down to Egypt to get food during the famine is an incredible act of kindness. Joseph had the power to do whatever he wanted to his brothers, instead, Joseph believed that God had a purpose in what had happened to him and why he had ended up in Egypt. Joseph was willing to be God’s love in every situation. He said “God sent me before you” as though he was some kind of advance “preparer of the way” for them.
His brothers still didn’t get it. When their father was about to pass away they thought he would finally get revenge for the awful things they had done to him. Joseph told them not to fear, they meant it for evil, but God had meant it for good.
Forgiveness meant more than forgetting the past, it was a commitment to loving his brothers and their families going forward.
So, what does kindness look like? It is hard to separate out all the different things that go into kindness.
It begins with compassion and seeing the need, but then there has to be action. Good intentions are not enough.
Our human tendencies are to focus on the needs that are closest to us. If we pray though, God will give us the spiritual glasses to see farther and to see the opportunities. We are busy, but what are we filling our hours and minutes and days up with?
We interpret needs as needing to be met, but we think that someone else will take care of it, it is someone else’s responsibility. It is more important that we show kindness than that we leave a blessing for someone else to work on.
We sometimes feel the need to speak truth. These days people put a lot of value on speaking truth, but maybe we need to put more emphasis on speaking in love. Even the prophets in the Old Testament who had to say hard things, always had the goal of restoration.
Scriptures used – 2 Samuel 9, Matthew 9:35-36, John 11:35, Ephesians 4:15
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Praying for One Another - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/praying-for-one-another/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 22:39:21 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4091 https://www.bmcgladys.com/praying-for-one-another/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/praying-for-one-another/feed/ 0 <p>Colossians 1:1-12 – Paul starts out by talking about people, himself, Timothy. Paul refers to himself as an Apostle, called and appointed by God. Timothy had a Jewish mother and a Greek father, Paul viewed him as a “son in the faith.” Colossians is addressed to the “saints.” This is a position then, separated to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/praying-for-one-another/">Praying for One Another</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Colossians 1:1-12 – Paul starts out by talking about people, himself, Timothy. Paul refers to himself as an Apostle, called and appointed by God. Timothy had a Jewish mother and a Greek father, Paul viewed him as a “son in the faith.”

Colossians is addressed to the “saints.” This is a position then, separated to God and separated from sin. It also refers to the kind of life a person who is a saint lives.

The Prayer for Their Full Knowledge of Christ

Paul’s writing can go on and on and on for a long time. It can be a bit difficult and complex to unravel. In this prayer, Paul focuses on two things. A prayer of thanksgiving and a prayer of petition.

  • Paul gives thanks for his readers by praying for them.
  • Paul gives thanks because he heard about their faith and love.
  • Paul gives thanks for the process and universality of the gospel.

A few questions we can ask.

  • What is the relationship between faith in Christ and loving others?
  • Should we be concerned if we are frustrated and angry with other believers? What is the meaning of our frustration? What would need to happen in my heart so that I would have the kind of love for my brother that Christ did?

It is helpful, perhaps not necessary, but it is helpful for God’s people to “get out” some. It can help you realize that people worship God differently in other places, and that is ok. The Gospel goes out into all the world, even as it is working in us.

Paul has been praying that they would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. Insight into the true nature of things, the actual reality of a teaching or situation.

Paul has also been praying that they would please God by walking worthily with Him.

  1. Paul is praying that they would be bearing fruit.
  2. Paul is praying that they would increase in knowledge of God.
  3. Paul is praying that they would be empowered, that they would be strengthened. God is the source of the believers power and strength. The goal of this store thing in is patience and long-suffering.
  4. Paul is praying that they would give thanks to the Father.

These are all things that are active, they are an ongoing part of walking with Christ and being submerged in the Word of God.

How to Pray for Other Believers

  1. Be thankful for their faith and changed lives.
  2. Ask God to help them know His will.
  3. Ask God to give them spiritual wisdom and understanding.
  4. Ask God to help them live to honor and please Him.
  5. Ask God to give them more knowledge of Himself.
  6. Ask God to give them strength for endurance and patience.
  7. Ask God to fill them with joy and thankfulness.

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Colossians 1:1-12 – Paul starts out by talking about people, himself, Timothy. Paul refers to himself as an Apostle, called and appointed by God. Timothy had a Jewish mother and a Greek father, Paul viewed him as a “son in the faith. Colossians is addressed to the “saints.” This is a position then, separated to God and separated from sin. It also refers to the kind of life a person who is a saint lives.
The Prayer for Their Full Knowledge of Christ
Paul’s writing can go on and on and on for a long time. It can be a bit difficult and complex to unravel. In this prayer, Paul focuses on two things. A prayer of thanksgiving and a prayer of petition.

* Paul gives thanks for his readers by praying for them.
* Paul gives thanks because he heard about their faith and love.
* Paul gives thanks for the process and universality of the gospel.

A few questions we can ask.

* What is the relationship between faith in Christ and loving others?
* Should we be concerned if we are frustrated and angry with other believers? What is the meaning of our frustration? What would need to happen in my heart so that I would have the kind of love for my brother that Christ did?

It is helpful, perhaps not necessary, but it is helpful for God’s people to “get out” some. It can help you realize that people worship God differently in other places, and that is ok. The Gospel goes out into all the world, even as it is working in us.
Paul has been praying that they would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. Insight into the true nature of things, the actual reality of a teaching or situation.
Paul has also been praying that they would please God by walking worthily with Him.

* Paul is praying that they would be bearing fruit.
* Paul is praying that they would increase in knowledge of God.
* Paul is praying that they would be empowered, that they would be strengthened. God is the source of the believers power and strength. The goal of this store thing in is patience and long-suffering.
* Paul is praying that they would give thanks to the Father.

These are all things that are active, they are an ongoing part of walking with Christ and being submerged in the Word of God.
How to Pray for Other Believers

* Be thankful for their faith and changed lives.
* Ask God to help them know His will.
* Ask God to give them spiritual wisdom and understanding.
* Ask God to help them live to honor and please Him.
* Ask God to give them more knowledge of Himself.
* Ask God to give them strength for endurance and patience.
* Ask God to fill them with joy and thankfulness.

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The Miracle of God’s Intervention in History https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-miracle-of-gods-intervention-in-history/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 17:57:33 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4086 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-miracle-of-gods-intervention-in-history/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-miracle-of-gods-intervention-in-history/feed/ 0 <p>Introduction: Theme verses: Fear not, Mary; you have found favor with God and will conceive and bear a Son, for nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:30-31, 37). How does a person capture the awe and wonder and even fear that Mary and Joseph and Zechariah and Elizabeth experienced?  How can we enter into the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-miracle-of-gods-intervention-in-history/">The Miracle of God’s Intervention in History</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p>
  • Introduction: Theme verses: Fear not, Mary; you have found favor with God and will conceive and bear a Son, for nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:30-31, 37).
    1. How does a person capture the awe and wonder and even fear that Mary and Joseph and Zechariah and Elizabeth experienced?  How can we enter into the story they experienced first hand?
    2. Two weeks ago Rich preached a sermon with the title, The Presence of God in the time of need.  He used the stories of four people to illustrate God’s presence: David, Elijah, John the Baptist, and Paul.
    3. This morning is the day after Christmas, so I would like to focus on the story of the birth of Jesus, and what I would like to focus on is the miracles surrounding God’s intervention in Jesus’ birth.  As Rich suggested God has been present throughout history, from creation itself, and God’s miraculous intervention in history is nowhere more visible than in the birth of Jesus.
  • Miracles surrounding Jesus’ birth
    1. John 1 
      1. John shows Jesus as fully human and fully divine.  This is a miracle.
      2. v. 2 Jesus already existed in the beginning with God (a beginning that had no beginning is a miracle).
      3. Jesus participated in creation.  Jesus gave life to everything he created.  
      4. v. 14 = This same person who was in the beginning and created the universe became flesh or became enfleshed in a human body, became human.  Here we have a miracle.  How could the eternal “Word that was God” become a human?  And how could Jesus be fully God and fully man at the same time?  Science cannot answer this question.
      5. Although the eternal God came in human form and flesh, Jesus never ceased to be the eternal God who has always existed, the eternal creator and sustainer of all things, and the source of human and eternal life.
      6. John 1:14 also says that Jesus is the Father’s one and only Son, the unique one of a kind Son.  We are sons and daughters of the Father, but we are not fully divine and fully human in the way Jesus is.
      7. This is the truth about Jesus and this is the foundation of all truth.
      8. Phil. 2:6-8 tells us that although Jesus existed “in the form of God,” i.e., although Christ has eternally possessed the very nature of God, he did not consider this divine-heavenly existence something to selfishly grasp and hang on to but instead accepted a servant’s position and appeared in the likeness of a man.
    2. Luke 1:5-20
      1. Zechariah and Elizabeth practiced both outward and inward obedience, and because of this God said they were righteous.
      2. Verse 7 says Elizabeth was too old to bear a child, but God can do impossible things. 
      3. The angel Gabriel appeared visibly to Zechariah as he was burning incense.  Scripture says Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear.  He certainly was not expecting to see an angel.
      4. The angel said God has heard your prayer and your wife will bear a son and you will name him John.  The angel gave Zechariah some instructions about what John could eat and drink and how he should live his life.  The angel also told Zechariah that John would possess the spirit and power of Elijah.
      5. Zechariah made the mistake of asking Gabriel how can I know this will happen because I and my wife are well along in years, so the angel said you will not be able to talk until the child is born.  Zechariah not being able to talk was a miracle.
      6. So Elizabeth conceived and John was born and Elizabeth said the child should be named John and Zechariah wrote on a tablet that his name was John, which surprised the people.
    3. .Luke 1:26-38
      1. The miracle of Gabriel’s appearance to Mary= God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth to talk to the virgin Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”
      2. Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean, but of course, Mary could not figure it out. So the angel tried to calm Mary by saying, “Don’t be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God!” But then the angel said, “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”
      3. In Mary’s mind, this was an impossibility = 34 Mary responded to the angel with a question. “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”
      4. The miracle of the Holy Spirit = 35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.
      5. The angel than told Mary about the miracle of Elizabeth being pregnant = 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For the word of God will never fail.”
      6. The miracle of Mary’s response = 38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.
      7. (They did not read these verses.)  The miracle of Elizabeth’s baby leaping in her womb when Mary greeted her.  39 A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town 40 where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. 41 At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
      8. Elizabeth’s comments to Mary, 42 Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. 43 Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? 44 When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. 45 You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”
      9. This song contains amazing insights.  She mentions her place in history, the respect people will have for her; she is not being proud but is recognizing the gift God has given her to be the mother of the Savior of the world.  She understands that Jesus is coming for the poor, the oppressed, and the despised.  Mary’s attitude is itself a miracle.
    4. D.Matt. 1:18-25= 18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is a miracle.  19 Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.
      1. 20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. This is a miracle.  “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
      2. The angel quoted Isa. 7:14
      3. 24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. 25 But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.  
      4. Apparently Joseph saw only two options: stone her or divorce her.  The angel gave him a third option: marry her.
      5. The angel told Joseph that the child Mary carried was conceived by the action of the Holy Spirit, that Mary would have a son, and that Joseph should name the child Jesus.
      6. Jesus means “the Lord saves.”  Jesus came to earth to be our Savior.  We cannot save ourselves.
    5. The implications of Mary’s visit with Elizabeth
      1. Mary was young, poor, and female, all of which in her day made her unusable in the minds of some people.
      2. God’s favor and Mary’s obedience did not deliver her from pain and trouble.  In her day, her peers would ridicule her.  Unless Joseph agreed to marry her, she would remain unmarried for life.  If her father rejected her, she would be forced into begging or prostitution in order to earn a living.  And if she told people that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit, she would be considered crazy.  Mary is a lesson to us not to demand to see all the results if we obey.
      3. 1:38 = Mary’s willingness to be used of God did not reduce her need to visit Elizabeth.  The angel had told her that Elizabeth was pregnant too and Mary needed support.  Elizabeth’s response tells us that Elizabeth believed Mary and would be a support to Mary.  Mary was a normal person.  She needed support, friends, understanding.  We all need understanding and friendship in difficult times.
    6. God has used various methods to communicate throughout history.
      1. Angels: Jacob, Zechariah, Mary, shepherds
      2. Dreams: Jacob, Joseph, a baker, a cup-bearer, Pharaoh, Isaiah, Joseph in NT, wise men
      3. Writing on the wall: Belshazzar
      4. Talking donkey: Balaam
      5. Pillars of cloud and fire: Israel
      6. Swallowed by a fish: Jonah
      7. Verbally: Abraham, Moses, Jesus’ baptism, Paul
      8. Fire: Moses
      9. God’s Son
      10. Scripture
      11. The Holy Spirit in our hearts and minds
  • Lessons: 
    1. Christ’s life began with numerous miracles and then he performed miracles throughout his life.  But then his resurrection from the dead matches the miracle of his virgin birth.
    2. God has and still does intervene in circumstances to achieve his purposes.  In fact, every spiritual, emotional, and physical redemption or growth or healing is the result of Christ’s miraculous intervention in human history.
    3. God is a miracle working God.  God can do the impossible.
    4. God uses all kinds of people.  Especially in the Christmas story God used common people to change the course of history, poor people, lowly people, women.  God still does that.  Christmas reminds us that God uses the weak and lowly to accomplish divine purposes.  You are a vessel in whom the divine Christ dwells, and God has Kingdom work for you to do right where you are.
    5. On Christmas day, we don’t just celebrate Christ’s first coming.  We also celebrate his continued coming into the hearts of people until the end of the age.
    6. Christ’s birth is a profound statement that the divine and human is joined, that God does not despise the human aspect of our existence, that our human existence can be characterized by hope and trust and confidence because God is present with and in us.
    7. In the same way that God was present in the world in Christ, God is present in the world in us because Christ lives in us.
      1. John 1
      2. Luke 1
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    Introduction: Theme verses: Fear not, Mary; you have found favor with God and will conceive and bear a Son, for nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:30-31, 37). How does a person capture the awe and wonder and even fear that Mary and Joseph and Zecha... Introduction: Theme verses: Fear not, Mary; you have found favor with God and will conceive and bear a Son, for nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:30-31, 37).

    How does a person capture the awe and wonder and even fear that Mary and Joseph and Zechariah and Elizabeth experienced?  How can we enter into the story they experienced first hand?
    Two weeks ago Rich preached a sermon with the title, The Presence of God in the time of need.  He used the stories of four people to illustrate God’s presence: David, Elijah, John the Baptist, and Paul.
    This morning is the day after Christmas, so I would like to focus on the story of the birth of Jesus, and what I would like to focus on is the miracles surrounding God’s intervention in Jesus’ birth.  As Rich suggested God has been present throughout history, from creation itself, and God’s miraculous intervention in history is nowhere more visible than in the birth of Jesus.


    Miracles surrounding Jesus’ birth

    John 1 

    John shows Jesus as fully human and fully divine.  This is a miracle.
    v. 2 Jesus already existed in the beginning with God (a beginning that had no beginning is a miracle).
    Jesus participated in creation.  Jesus gave life to everything he created.  
    v. 14 = This same person who was in the beginning and created the universe became flesh or became enfleshed in a human body, became human.  Here we have a miracle.  How could the eternal “Word that was God” become a human?  And how could Jesus be fully God and fully man at the same time?  Science cannot answer this question.
    Although the eternal God came in human form and flesh, Jesus never ceased to be the eternal God who has always existed, the eternal creator and sustainer of all things, and the source of human and eternal life.
    John 1:14 also says that Jesus is the Father’s one and only Son, the unique one of a kind Son.  We are sons and daughters of the Father, but we are not fully divine and fully human in the way Jesus is.
    This is the truth about Jesus and this is the foundation of all truth.
    Phil. 2:6-8 tells us that although Jesus existed “in the form of God,” i.e., although Christ has eternally possessed the very nature of God, he did not consider this divine-heavenly existence something to selfishly grasp and hang on to but instead accepted a servant’s position and appeared in the likeness of a man.


    Luke 1:5-20

    Zechariah and Elizabeth practiced both outward and inward obedience, and because of this God said they were righteous.
    Verse 7 says Elizabeth was too old to bear a child, but God can do impossible things. 
    The angel Gabriel appeared visibly to Zechariah as he was burning incense.  Scripture says Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear.  He certainly was not expecting to see an angel.
    The angel said God has heard your prayer and your wife will bear a son and you will name him John.  The angel gave Zechariah some instructions about what John could eat and drink and how he should live his life.  The angel also told Zechariah that John would possess the spirit and power of Elijah.
    Zechariah made the mistake of asking Gabriel how can I know this will happen because I and my wife are well along in years, so the angel said you will not be able to talk until the child is born.  Zechariah not being able to talk was a miracle.
    So Elizabeth conceived and John was born and Elizabeth said the child should be named John and Zechariah wrote on a tablet that his name was John, which surprised the people.


    .Luke 1:26-38

    The miracle of Gabriel’s appearance to Mary= God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth to talk to the virgin Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”
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    For God so Loved the World - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/for-god-so-loved-the-world/ Sun, 19 Dec 2021 14:57:15 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4070 https://www.bmcgladys.com/for-god-so-loved-the-world/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/for-god-so-loved-the-world/feed/ 0 <p>John 3:14-21 – As we learn to know the love of God, it will change us. There is condemnation talked about here, but Jesus explained to Nicodemus that God did not send Jesus into the world to condemn the world, but to save it. The primary purpose of Christ coming to earth is to redeem […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/for-god-so-loved-the-world/">For God so Loved the World</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> John 3:14-21 – As we learn to know the love of God, it will change us.

    There is condemnation talked about here, but Jesus explained to Nicodemus that God did not send Jesus into the world to condemn the world, but to save it. The primary purpose of Christ coming to earth is to redeem and to save.

    Genesis 1 – Let us think about the world, the creation that God made. We know the history of how God created Adam and Eve and that they had perfect fellowship. We know the story too of how this perfect fellowship was broken by sin.

    God’s love is more than emotion, it is a motivation to action. It is good for us to think widely sometimes. Do we think about what it cost heaven when Christ came to the earth? The beloved son of God was being sent to earth, the loyal angels wondered and watched to see how it would unfold.

    Genesis 22 – We are familiar with the story of Abraham and how God asked him to offer his son as a burnt offering. As parents, or anyone who loves children, we can imagine the anguish and the torment of this request… this likely gives us an image of God in heaven when Christ came to earth.

    Luke 15 – This is a chapter that talks about lost things that illustrate God’s heart. The big message of these stories is the shepherd who searched for the lost sheep. The woman who valued the coin that was lost. In the story of the prodigal son the father is a reminder of God and how He longs for His son to return. These parables show the helplessly lost condition of man, but the incredible love and longing for man.

    Isaiah 61 – If you would ask some of the people whose lives were utterly changed by Jesus… they would understand the verses from Isaiah, they experienced the healing, the liberty, the oil of joy, the beauty for ashes.

    The better that we understand our sin and our need, and what God has done for us… the more we will appreciate the immense amount of love that God has for us.

    Other scriptures mentioned – Psalm 78, Ephesians 3

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    John 3:14-21 – As we learn to know the love of God, it will change us. There is condemnation talked about here, but Jesus explained to Nicodemus that God did not send Jesus into the world to condemn the world, but to save it. There is condemnation talked about here, but Jesus explained to Nicodemus that God did not send Jesus into the world to condemn the world, but to save it. The primary purpose of Christ coming to earth is to redeem and to save.
    Genesis 1 – Let us think about the world, the creation that God made. We know the history of how God created Adam and Eve and that they had perfect fellowship. We know the story too of how this perfect fellowship was broken by sin.
    God’s love is more than emotion, it is a motivation to action. It is good for us to think widely sometimes. Do we think about what it cost heaven when Christ came to the earth? The beloved son of God was being sent to earth, the loyal angels wondered and watched to see how it would unfold.
    Genesis 22 – We are familiar with the story of Abraham and how God asked him to offer his son as a burnt offering. As parents, or anyone who loves children, we can imagine the anguish and the torment of this request… this likely gives us an image of God in heaven when Christ came to earth.
    Luke 15 – This is a chapter that talks about lost things that illustrate God’s heart. The big message of these stories is the shepherd who searched for the lost sheep. The woman who valued the coin that was lost. In the story of the prodigal son the father is a reminder of God and how He longs for His son to return. These parables show the helplessly lost condition of man, but the incredible love and longing for man.
    Isaiah 61 – If you would ask some of the people whose lives were utterly changed by Jesus… they would understand the verses from Isaiah, they experienced the healing, the liberty, the oil of joy, the beauty for ashes.
    The better that we understand our sin and our need, and what God has done for us… the more we will appreciate the immense amount of love that God has for us.
    Other scriptures mentioned – Psalm 78, Ephesians 3
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    A Present Help in Trouble - Rich Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-present-help-in-trouble/ Mon, 13 Dec 2021 01:28:18 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4063 https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-present-help-in-trouble/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-present-help-in-trouble/feed/ 0 <p>1 Kings 19 – This is when Elijah realized that his life was in danger and that Jezebel was out to get him. God was present with Elijah and He met his need! John the Baptist is someone that we know a decent amount about. He was a cousin to Jesus, and he paved the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-present-help-in-trouble/">A Present Help in Trouble</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> 1 Kings 19 – This is when Elijah realized that his life was in danger and that Jezebel was out to get him. God was present with Elijah and He met his need!

    John the Baptist is someone that we know a decent amount about. He was a cousin to Jesus, and he paved the way for Jesus and His ministry. The crowds had been following John the Baptist, and then they started to follow Jesus.

    At some point, John the Baptist was put into prison. He knew why he was in prison, but while he was in prison it seems like he started to have some second thoughts. He sent some of his disciples to ask Jesus if He was for sure the Christ, or had John misunderstood. Jesus confirms to John that yes, He is the Christ.

    2 Timothy 4 – There are things here that give us a little window into Paul’s life and are worth thinking about. Paul knew how quickly people’s opinions and outlooks can change.

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    1 Kings 19 – This is when Elijah realized that his life was in danger and that Jezebel was out to get him. God was present with Elijah and He met his need! John the Baptist is someone that we know a decent amount about. He was a cousin to Jesus, John the Baptist is someone that we know a decent amount about. He was a cousin to Jesus, and he paved the way for Jesus and His ministry. The crowds had been following John the Baptist, and then they started to follow Jesus.
    At some point, John the Baptist was put into prison. He knew why he was in prison, but while he was in prison it seems like he started to have some second thoughts. He sent some of his disciples to ask Jesus if He was for sure the Christ, or had John misunderstood. Jesus confirms to John that yes, He is the Christ.
    2 Timothy 4 – There are things here that give us a little window into Paul’s life and are worth thinking about. Paul knew how quickly people’s opinions and outlooks can change.
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    The Pitfall of the Pious - Ricky Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-pitfall-of-the-pious/ Sun, 05 Dec 2021 22:18:42 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4057 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-pitfall-of-the-pious/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-pitfall-of-the-pious/feed/ 0 <p>This first verse kind of sums up the first part of this chapter. If we are doing our good works for the sake of others, that’s as much benefit as we’ll receive from it, there is no eternal reward. Jesus gives three examples of areas that we are prone to do our acts of righteousness […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-pitfall-of-the-pious/">The Pitfall of the Pious</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> This first verse kind of sums up the first part of this chapter. If we are doing our good works for the sake of others, that’s as much benefit as we’ll receive from it, there is no eternal reward.

    Jesus gives three examples of areas that we are prone to do our acts of righteousness before men instead of before and for God. Jesus contrasts the way that we should live with the way that pagans and hypocrites live.

    A few lessons for us from these verses.

    God sees everything that we do, the good, and the bad. There is no point in trying to hide things from God, He sees it all. These good deeds are normal, expected behavior for the Christian. “When you give,” “when you pray,” “when you fast.”

    The pitfall here is not that a person is giving, praying, or fasting, it is the attitude that they approach the thing with. A righteous life draws attention to God, not us.

    Is it possible to do good deeds in public with good motives? Yes, we have examples of this elsewhere in the Bible. It can be a good thing, but only when it points others to Christ.

    Jesus is addressing one ditch on the side of the road. We need to guard ourselves against these wrong motives that Jesus is addressing.

    In Luke Jesus tells a parable that gives us an example of what this looks like. The Pharisee was doing a lot of things right, but he had the wrong mindset. He was looking down on others, and he thought that all the good things he was doing were justifying him before God.

    Seeking the praise of men can take many forms. We can be hypocrites in many different ways.

    We may never say out loud that it is “futile to serve God,” but what do our lives say, what do the things that we spend time and energy on say?

    Giving in a Proper Manner

    It begins by recognizing that the things that we have are gifts from God. This gives us a completely different perspective on giving.

    Especially here in America, there is the idea that if we work hard for what we have, we should enjoy it! This isn’t to say that we aren’t to enjoy life, and the things that God has given us, but recognizing that everything we have comes from God changes our approach to possessions and wealth.

    Money doesn’t help every situation, it is easy to give money and feel good about that, but perhaps that isn’t what is needed. This shouldn’t keep us from giving, but we should be encouraged to find other ways to give as well.

    In the Old Testament first fruits were talked about often, are we giving our best and our “first fruits?.” Are we as intentional about giving as we are about investing, or hobbies, or other things?

    Give cheerfully, not grudgingly, you can enjoy giving!

    Give sacrificially. Our ability to give to God sacrificially doesn’t depend on our amount of wealth. Similarly, our financial situation doesn’t mean that we aren’t unable to give sacrificially.

    Praying in a Proper Manner

    What is the purpose of prayer? Jesus makes it clear that it isn’t to make God aware of our needs, but we are to recognize God for who He is “our Father in Heaven.”

    We are also to align ourselves with God’s will. “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done.”

    We also need to recognize how much we depend on God for our spiritual and physical needs.

    God knows so much more than we do, yet He is still moved by our interest, our prayers, our concerns.

    Fasting in a Proper Manner

    Fasting is often inconvenient. It isn’t just simple to fast, it can actually be somewhat difficult. Why don’t we do it more? Do we only do it occasionally?

    What is fasting? What does it look like?

    Fasting can be used as a regular discipline to deny ourselves and our flesh and focus on God. Fasting is similar to (and synonymous) with prayer. It can be done on a regular schedule, or it can be done when we have a specific need.

    Ahab was one of the most wicked kings, yet when he fasted and prayed and humbled himself before God, God’s heart was touched.

    The king in Nineveh proclaimed a fast, by their fasting they demonstrated how serious they were about repenting.

    Are we feeling strongly enough about our needs and others needs?

    Let us not neglect fasting.

    Conclusion

    Have we fallen into the pitfall of the pious? Are we doing good things to be seen by others? Is the root of why we do things for others to see them and think positively of me? Am I more concerned about what others think or about what God thinks.

    Scriptures used – Matthew 5, Matthew 6:1-24, Acts 4, Acts 12, Acts 13, Daniel 6, Esther 4, Luke 18:9-14, Malachi 3, 1 Timothy 6, 2 Corinthians, Luke 21, 1 Kings 21:21-29, Jonah 3:4-10

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    This first verse kind of sums up the first part of this chapter. If we are doing our good works for the sake of others, that’s as much benefit as we’ll receive from it, there is no eternal reward. Jesus gives three examples of areas that we are prone t... Jesus gives three examples of areas that we are prone to do our acts of righteousness before men instead of before and for God. Jesus contrasts the way that we should live with the way that pagans and hypocrites live.
    A few lessons for us from these verses.
    God sees everything that we do, the good, and the bad. There is no point in trying to hide things from God, He sees it all. These good deeds are normal, expected behavior for the Christian. “When you give,” “when you pray,” “when you fast.”
    The pitfall here is not that a person is giving, praying, or fasting, it is the attitude that they approach the thing with. A righteous life draws attention to God, not us.
    Is it possible to do good deeds in public with good motives? Yes, we have examples of this elsewhere in the Bible. It can be a good thing, but only when it points others to Christ.
    Jesus is addressing one ditch on the side of the road. We need to guard ourselves against these wrong motives that Jesus is addressing.
    In Luke Jesus tells a parable that gives us an example of what this looks like. The Pharisee was doing a lot of things right, but he had the wrong mindset. He was looking down on others, and he thought that all the good things he was doing were justifying him before God.
    Seeking the praise of men can take many forms. We can be hypocrites in many different ways.
    We may never say out loud that it is “futile to serve God,” but what do our lives say, what do the things that we spend time and energy on say?
    Giving in a Proper Manner
    It begins by recognizing that the things that we have are gifts from God. This gives us a completely different perspective on giving.
    Especially here in America, there is the idea that if we work hard for what we have, we should enjoy it! This isn’t to say that we aren’t to enjoy life, and the things that God has given us, but recognizing that everything we have comes from God changes our approach to possessions and wealth.
    Money doesn’t help every situation, it is easy to give money and feel good about that, but perhaps that isn’t what is needed. This shouldn’t keep us from giving, but we should be encouraged to find other ways to give as well.
    In the Old Testament first fruits were talked about often, are we giving our best and our “first fruits?.” Are we as intentional about giving as we are about investing, or hobbies, or other things?
    Give cheerfully, not grudgingly, you can enjoy giving!
    Give sacrificially. Our ability to give to God sacrificially doesn’t depend on our amount of wealth. Similarly, our financial situation doesn’t mean that we aren’t unable to give sacrificially.
    Praying in a Proper Manner
    What is the purpose of prayer? Jesus makes it clear that it isn’t to make God aware of our needs, but we are to recognize God for who He is “our Father in Heaven.”
    We are also to align ourselves with God’s will. “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done.”
    We also need to recognize how much we depend on God for our spiritual and physical needs.
    God knows so much more than we do, yet He is still moved by our interest, our prayers, our concerns.
    Fasting in a Proper Manner
    Fasting is often inconvenient. It isn’t just simple to fast, it can actually be somewhat difficult. Why don’t we do it more? Do we only do it occasionally?
    What is fasting? What does it look like?
    Fasting can be used as a regular discipline to deny ourselves and our flesh and focus on God. Fasting is similar to (and synonymous) with prayer. It can be done on a regular schedule, or it can be done when we have a specific need.
    Ahab was one of the most wicked kings, yet when he fasted and prayed and humbled himself before ...]]>
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    Risking for the Kingdom - Gabriel Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/risking-for-the-kingdom/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 02:06:37 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4053 https://www.bmcgladys.com/risking-for-the-kingdom/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/risking-for-the-kingdom/feed/ 0 <p>We often look at life and wonder how we’re doing. How are your dreams? Are they on track? If your childhood dreams haven’t worked out, let’s take a look and see if we can reevaluate some of these things. Many times the things that we think will bring happiness, money, homes, wives, husbands, etc. indeed […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/risking-for-the-kingdom/">Risking for the Kingdom</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> We often look at life and wonder how we’re doing. How are your dreams? Are they on track? If your childhood dreams haven’t worked out, let’s take a look and see if we can reevaluate some of these things.

    Many times the things that we think will bring happiness, money, homes, wives, husbands, etc. indeed do not fulfill us and bring us happiness. God wants us to be happy, fulfilled people, the problem comes when we take it into our own hands and try to “perform” and “make it happen” on our own terms.

    Psalm 106:13-15 – The Children of Israel were begging for things and God gave them these things, with them came “leanness of soul.” When we unwittingly turn to idolatry (what we hold on to becomes our master and lord) we will have fear in our lives.

    We can’t easily break free and serve boldly because we often fear the unknown, and we’re scared that we might lose the comforts we have. What if we have nothing to lose? What if we were to wholeheartedly jump into the Word, and into the work of the Kingdom of God?

    Judges 6 – Gideon was a very normal guy in a very difficult situation. The Lord saw a strength and faith in Gideon. Gideon ended up with 300 men to go up against a much, much larger force of Midianites. The victory was had, and God got all of the glory.

    C. T. Studd – Charles was known for his athletic skills. Charles had two brothers, after graduating from college one of the brothers fell deathly ill. Charles was faced with the question, what is fame, what is all the stuff worth in light of eternity. His response to God’s call in his life was to go serve in China under Hudson Taylor.

    God wants to take our desire for exploration and even our seeking of things that are somewhat risky and use that for the work of His Kingdom. It isn’t safe to follow God in an all-out way, but it can be, it is so rewarding.

    Are we living in our comfort zone or are we stepping outside of it and living for the gain of Heaven?

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    We often look at life and wonder how we’re doing. How are your dreams? Are they on track? If your childhood dreams haven’t worked out, let’s take a look and see if we can reevaluate some of these things. Many times the things that we think will bring h... Many times the things that we think will bring happiness, money, homes, wives, husbands, etc. indeed do not fulfill us and bring us happiness. God wants us to be happy, fulfilled people, the problem comes when we take it into our own hands and try to “perform” and “make it happen” on our own terms.
    Psalm 106:13-15 – The Children of Israel were begging for things and God gave them these things, with them came “leanness of soul.” When we unwittingly turn to idolatry (what we hold on to becomes our master and lord) we will have fear in our lives.
    We can’t easily break free and serve boldly because we often fear the unknown, and we’re scared that we might lose the comforts we have. What if we have nothing to lose? What if we were to wholeheartedly jump into the Word, and into the work of the Kingdom of God?
    Judges 6 – Gideon was a very normal guy in a very difficult situation. The Lord saw a strength and faith in Gideon. Gideon ended up with 300 men to go up against a much, much larger force of Midianites. The victory was had, and God got all of the glory.
    C. T. Studd – Charles was known for his athletic skills. Charles had two brothers, after graduating from college one of the brothers fell deathly ill. Charles was faced with the question, what is fame, what is all the stuff worth in light of eternity. His response to God’s call in his life was to go serve in China under Hudson Taylor.
    God wants to take our desire for exploration and even our seeking of things that are somewhat risky and use that for the work of His Kingdom. It isn’t safe to follow God in an all-out way, but it can be, it is so rewarding.
    Are we living in our comfort zone or are we stepping outside of it and living for the gain of Heaven?
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    Communion is all About Jesus - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/communion-is-all-about-jesus/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 00:10:36 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4047 https://www.bmcgladys.com/communion-is-all-about-jesus/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/communion-is-all-about-jesus/feed/ 0 <p>1 Corinthians 11:17-22 – Paul admonishes them about a sin that they were committing when they come together for a “love feast.” The early church celebrated a feast meal prior to communion. They also had the Lord’s Supper at least weekly (if we understand correctly). Paul is correcting them for selfishness and for lack of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/communion-is-all-about-jesus/">Communion is all About Jesus</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> 1 Corinthians 11:17-22 – Paul admonishes them about a sin that they were committing when they come together for a “love feast.” The early church celebrated a feast meal prior to communion. They also had the Lord’s Supper at least weekly (if we understand correctly).

    Paul is correcting them for selfishness and for lack of love. In this correction, Paul is correcting the tendency to create groups or classes of people in a church. Perhaps the rich and the poor, or the have and have nots or any other division that violates the broken body and shed blood of Christ.

    Christ came to address everyone’s sins and needs. He came to form all into one body. This is only possible if we have the same attitude of self-giving and love that Jesus had in His death.

    1 Corinthians 11:23-26 – Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper the same night that He was betrayed. Just as the Passover celebrated deliverance from slavery in Egypt. The Lord’s Supper is a celebration of deliverance from Satan and sin and everything that is against God’s Kingdom.

    Christ offered His body as a sacrifice for our redemption. This is what we are remembering. Christ bore our sins and suffered unto death for our sins. Paul says that the “cup” is the covenant between God and humans, ratified by the blood that Christ shed.

    The bread and cup remind us of Christ’s broken body and shed blood, freely offered on our behalf.

    1 Corinthians 11:27-34 – Christ invites all to examine themselves and then to come and eat the bread, and drink the cup.

    What does it mean to “eat unworthily” for what purpose are we to “examine ourselves?” Christ shed His blood for all people, even those who have not. Eating selfishly and viewing others as possibly “less redeemed.” Another way to eat unworthily is to not place the proper value on the blood and body of Christ.

    As we commune let us remember all of Christ’s work on our behalf.

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    1 Corinthians 11:17-22 – Paul admonishes them about a sin that they were committing when they come together for a “love feast.” The early church celebrated a feast meal prior to communion. They also had the Lord’s Supper at least weekly (if we understa... Paul is correcting them for selfishness and for lack of love. In this correction, Paul is correcting the tendency to create groups or classes of people in a church. Perhaps the rich and the poor, or the have and have nots or any other division that violates the broken body and shed blood of Christ.
    Christ came to address everyone’s sins and needs. He came to form all into one body. This is only possible if we have the same attitude of self-giving and love that Jesus had in His death.
    1 Corinthians 11:23-26 – Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper the same night that He was betrayed. Just as the Passover celebrated deliverance from slavery in Egypt. The Lord’s Supper is a celebration of deliverance from Satan and sin and everything that is against God’s Kingdom.
    Christ offered His body as a sacrifice for our redemption. This is what we are remembering. Christ bore our sins and suffered unto death for our sins. Paul says that the “cup” is the covenant between God and humans, ratified by the blood that Christ shed.
    The bread and cup remind us of Christ’s broken body and shed blood, freely offered on our behalf.
    1 Corinthians 11:27-34 – Christ invites all to examine themselves and then to come and eat the bread, and drink the cup.
    What does it mean to “eat unworthily” for what purpose are we to “examine ourselves?” Christ shed His blood for all people, even those who have not. Eating selfishly and viewing others as possibly “less redeemed.” Another way to eat unworthily is to not place the proper value on the blood and body of Christ.
    As we commune let us remember all of Christ’s work on our behalf.
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    The Cleansing of the Temple - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-cleansing-of-the-temple/ Mon, 15 Nov 2021 00:08:28 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4045 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-cleansing-of-the-temple/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-cleansing-of-the-temple/feed/ 0 <p>1 Corinthians 11, 2 Corinthians 4:7 – God knows what we are made of, He knew how his disciples struggled. Peter, even with the best of intentions denied Jesus. He knows how the weaknesses that we have in our flesh affect us. Mark 11:1-33 – Jesus was coming into Jerusalem riding the donkey, He was […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-cleansing-of-the-temple/">The Cleansing of the Temple</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> 1 Corinthians 11, 2 Corinthians 4:7 – God knows what we are made of, He knew how his disciples struggled. Peter, even with the best of intentions denied Jesus. He knows how the weaknesses that we have in our flesh affect us.

    Mark 11:1-33 – Jesus was coming into Jerusalem riding the donkey, He was surrounded by a mob who were shouting Hosanna! Matthew says that the people were shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David.” There was a lot of support and adoration for Jesus, but not all were adoring Him.

    The Scribes and Pharisees were not on board with all of these praises and adoration. They were indignant and upset. When Jesus declared that the Jews had made the temple into a den of thieves they plotted to destroy Jesus. Not only who He was, but they were terrified of the support He was receiving from the people.

    Jesus knew the hardness of their hearts. He knew the judgment that was going to come upon Jerusalem. If we look at the characteristics of these Jews and compare them to ourselves, we will see sometimes faint similarities.

    Even as converted disciples of Jesus we can struggle with the old nature and the different ways that it can raise its head and manifest itself.

    Diagnostics Tests on Ourselves With the Help of the Spirit

    • How does my love match up with God’s description of what love is? – 1 John 5:2-3, 1 Corinthians 13, Romans 13:10 – We are familiar with the first and second commandments. Not even the Bible can tell an individual man whether he loves the Lord or not. It does tell us though what a life of a person who loves the Lord looks like.
    • Humility – Jesus came riding a donkey into Jerusalem. Jesus was lowly and humble, even though He was King, and Creator of the universe.
    • Mercy – Luke 6:36 – It is a tendency of man not to extend mercy. Which characteristic is strongest when we are thinking about other people? What about ourselves? Do we look for justice or do we look first for mercy?
    • Maintenance – Through carelessness and indifference we can sometimes not work on the things that we need to as we pursue holiness. We need to take care of our hearts. A converted heart that is feeding on the things of God has great potential to grow and mature.
    • Prayer – Are we a “house of prayer?” Do we come to Jesus humbly and repentantly? “Help though my unbelief.” Pray for God’s work in our hearts and lives that we may become more mature, more like Christ. Do concerns that we hear not just register as troubling? Our first thought should be prayer…

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    1 Corinthians 11, 2 Corinthians 4:7 – God knows what we are made of, He knew how his disciples struggled. Peter, even with the best of intentions denied Jesus. He knows how the weaknesses that we have in our flesh affect us. Mark 11:1-33 – Jesus was coming into Jerusalem riding the donkey, He was surrounded by a mob who were shouting Hosanna! Matthew says that the people were shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David.” There was a lot of support and adoration for Jesus, but not all were adoring Him.
    The Scribes and Pharisees were not on board with all of these praises and adoration. They were indignant and upset. When Jesus declared that the Jews had made the temple into a den of thieves they plotted to destroy Jesus. Not only who He was, but they were terrified of the support He was receiving from the people.
    Jesus knew the hardness of their hearts. He knew the judgment that was going to come upon Jerusalem. If we look at the characteristics of these Jews and compare them to ourselves, we will see sometimes faint similarities.
    Even as converted disciples of Jesus we can struggle with the old nature and the different ways that it can raise its head and manifest itself.
    Diagnostics Tests on Ourselves With the Help of the Spirit

    * How does my love match up with God’s description of what love is? – 1 John 5:2-3, 1 Corinthians 13, Romans 13:10 – We are familiar with the first and second commandments. Not even the Bible can tell an individual man whether he loves the Lord or not. It does tell us though what a life of a person who loves the Lord looks like.
    * Humility – Jesus came riding a donkey into Jerusalem. Jesus was lowly and humble, even though He was King, and Creator of the universe.
    * Mercy – Luke 6:36 – It is a tendency of man not to extend mercy. Which characteristic is strongest when we are thinking about other people? What about ourselves? Do we look for justice or do we look first for mercy?
    * Maintenance – Through carelessness and indifference we can sometimes not work on the things that we need to as we pursue holiness. We need to take care of our hearts. A converted heart that is feeding on the things of God has great potential to grow and mature.
    * Prayer – Are we a “house of prayer?” Do we come to Jesus humbly and repentantly? “Help though my unbelief.” Pray for God’s work in our hearts and lives that we may become more mature, more like Christ. Do concerns that we hear not just register as troubling? Our first thought should be prayer…

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    Bethel Mennonite Church clean 35:44
    God's Design for the Family - Part 3 - Davey Showalter https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-design-for-the-family-part-3/ Mon, 08 Nov 2021 00:05:53 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4043 https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-design-for-the-family-part-3/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-design-for-the-family-part-3/feed/ 0 <p>This discipline, this training, it takes work. Because I care, I am willing to sacrifice. In training our children, we need a no pain, no gain attitude. We have only one life to impart a faith that can save our children. God wants us to communicate our story to our children. tell them what God […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-design-for-the-family-part-3/">God’s Design for the Family – Part 3</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> This discipline, this training, it takes work. Because I care, I am willing to sacrifice. In training our children, we need a no pain, no gain attitude. We have only one life to impart a faith that can save our children.

    God wants us to communicate our story to our children. tell them what God has delivered you from.

    How can you understand someone, without talking to them? We need to listen, to ask questions. We communicate by spending time with our children as we work, play, eat meals, etc.

    Scriptures: Proverbs 22:6; Deuteronomy 6:1-25

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    This discipline, this training, it takes work. Because I care, I am willing to sacrifice. In training our children, we need a no pain, no gain attitude. We have only one life to impart a faith that can save our children. God wants us to communicate our story to our children. tell them what God has delivered you from.
    How can you understand someone, without talking to them? We need to listen, to ask questions. We communicate by spending time with our children as we work, play, eat meals, etc.
    Scriptures: Proverbs 22:6; Deuteronomy 6:1-25
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    Bethel Mennonite Church clean 44:04
    God's Design for the Family - Part 2 - Davey Showalter https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-design-for-the-family-part-2/ Mon, 08 Nov 2021 00:02:28 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4041 https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-design-for-the-family-part-2/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-design-for-the-family-part-2/feed/ 0 <p>In the last message we addressed the role of the husband to lead. Now we will look at the role of his help-meet. Women are designed to care for others, and to help; even in the temptation in the garden, Satan appealed to Eve’s desire to help. When we sin, we often try to cover […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-design-for-the-family-part-2/">God’s Design for the Family – Part 2</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> In the last message we addressed the role of the husband to lead. Now we will look at the role of his help-meet.

    Women are designed to care for others, and to help; even in the temptation in the garden, Satan appealed to Eve’s desire to help.

    When we sin, we often try to cover it up. And it takes a lot of work to cover…

    Because of sin, women have a tendency to want control. And this is exacerbated when men fail to lead and take responsibility.

    When God’s design for the family is not followed, the home, the church, and society crumble. Can we expect our children to follow God’s design if we don’t model it?

    Ladies, are you doing what God asks of you? Let’s do it God’s way.

    God’s design is not for the demeaning of men or women—it is for the building up of His kingdom.

    Scriptures: Genesis 2:19-24; Proverbs 31:27; Romans 5:19; I Peter 3:1-6

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    In the last message we addressed the role of the husband to lead. Now we will look at the role of his help-meet. Women are designed to care for others, and to help; even in the temptation in the garden, Satan appealed to Eve’s desire to help. Women are designed to care for others, and to help; even in the temptation in the garden, Satan appealed to Eve’s desire to help.
    When we sin, we often try to cover it up. And it takes a lot of work to cover…
    Because of sin, women have a tendency to want control. And this is exacerbated when men fail to lead and take responsibility.
    When God’s design for the family is not followed, the home, the church, and society crumble. Can we expect our children to follow God’s design if we don’t model it?
    Ladies, are you doing what God asks of you? Let’s do it God’s way.
    God’s design is not for the demeaning of men or women—it is for the building up of His kingdom.
    Scriptures: Genesis 2:19-24; Proverbs 31:27; Romans 5:19; I Peter 3:1-6
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    Bethel Mennonite Church clean 42:16
    God's Design for the Family - Part 1 - Davey Showalter https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-design-for-the-family-part-1/ Sat, 06 Nov 2021 22:58:24 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4038 https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-design-for-the-family-part-1/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-design-for-the-family-part-1/feed/ 0 <p>We see men that are turning away from leading the home, the church, etc. It’s time for us to step up to the plate and lead spiritually. We are supposed to lead. It is God’s design. It is His proper order of headship. We need to take this seriously, to be committed personally to Jesus […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-design-for-the-family-part-1/">God’s Design for the Family – Part 1</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> We see men that are turning away from leading the home, the church, etc. It’s time for us to step up to the plate and lead spiritually.

    We are supposed to lead. It is God’s design. It is His proper order of headship.

    We need to take this seriously, to be committed personally to Jesus Christ first of all… And to take our god-given responsibility in the home.

    Be the godly person and leader that God called you to be.

    When God brought Eve to Adam, He did not bring her to him to be his boss, to tell what to, to assume all the responsibilities—she was to be his cheerleader, his aid, his helper. Are we fulfilling that design that God created? Are you fulfilling that?

    This is a headship order rooted in the creation itself.

    Adam was created, placed in a garden, and given a command. THEN God created Eve. Who was responsible to tell Eve the command? I see in that garden experience Adam falling down on the job.

    We do fail our wives. But when we do fail, there is a very simple remedy—“I’m sorry”. The Christian life is making peace with God, with our family when we fail.

    Where are the men who will lead out? Who will mentor those that need it? Who will we reach out to?

    We need to give discipline, leadership, encouragement. Our lives affect others in eternal ways. Our leadership or lack of it will affect more than we usually think about.

    If we fall down on the job, almost always, the women pick up the slack. So if a husband is lacking in giving leadership, or discipline, usually the wife will take over it. When women assume the roles of men, the proper order of headship that was designed by God at creation is turned upside down.

    When boys grow up in that sort of topsy-turvy home it affects them in work, in society, and so on, because they tend to buck authority.

    God’s design for the family is for men to step up to the plate and lead. To lead out in the home, to lead out in godliness.

    Scriptures: Genesis 2:7-25; I Corinthians 11:7-12; Ephesians 5:28-33; Genesis 3:6, Romans 8:14; Revelation 3:21

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    We see men that are turning away from leading the home, the church, etc. It’s time for us to step up to the plate and lead spiritually. We are supposed to lead. It is God’s design. It is His proper order of headship. We need to take this seriously, We are supposed to lead. It is God’s design. It is His proper order of headship.
    We need to take this seriously, to be committed personally to Jesus Christ first of all… And to take our god-given responsibility in the home.
    Be the godly person and leader that God called you to be.
    When God brought Eve to Adam, He did not bring her to him to be his boss, to tell what to, to assume all the responsibilities—she was to be his cheerleader, his aid, his helper. Are we fulfilling that design that God created? Are you fulfilling that?
    This is a headship order rooted in the creation itself.
    Adam was created, placed in a garden, and given a command. THEN God created Eve. Who was responsible to tell Eve the command? I see in that garden experience Adam falling down on the job.
    We do fail our wives. But when we do fail, there is a very simple remedy—“I’m sorry”. The Christian life is making peace with God, with our family when we fail.
    Where are the men who will lead out? Who will mentor those that need it? Who will we reach out to?
    We need to give discipline, leadership, encouragement. Our lives affect others in eternal ways. Our leadership or lack of it will affect more than we usually think about.
    If we fall down on the job, almost always, the women pick up the slack. So if a husband is lacking in giving leadership, or discipline, usually the wife will take over it. When women assume the roles of men, the proper order of headship that was designed by God at creation is turned upside down.
    When boys grow up in that sort of topsy-turvy home it affects them in work, in society, and so on, because they tend to buck authority.
    God’s design for the family is for men to step up to the plate and lead. To lead out in the home, to lead out in godliness.
    Scriptures: Genesis 2:7-25; I Corinthians 11:7-12; Ephesians 5:28-33; Genesis 3:6, Romans 8:14; Revelation 3:21
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    An Acceptable Worship - In Spirit and Truth - Brian Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/an-acceptable-worship-in-spirit-and-truth/ Sun, 31 Oct 2021 16:39:38 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4024 https://www.bmcgladys.com/an-acceptable-worship-in-spirit-and-truth/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/an-acceptable-worship-in-spirit-and-truth/feed/ 0 <p>Struggle is a theme from Genesis to Revelation. There is a worship that God delights in and there is one that He doesn’t. There is one that He accepts and one that He does not. Truly worship expands beyond what we do on Sundays. How do we prepare to worship? Most of us dressed up […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/an-acceptable-worship-in-spirit-and-truth/">An Acceptable Worship – In Spirit and Truth</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Struggle is a theme from Genesis to Revelation. There is a worship that God delights in and there is one that He doesn’t. There is one that He accepts and one that He does not. Truly worship expands beyond what we do on Sundays.

    How do we prepare to worship? Most of us dressed up a little bit, combed our hair, etc. Who taught us that these things are necessary for worship? We need to understand that there are other things necessary for worship.

    Revelation 4 – Worship is a matter of the heart, long before it is a matter of Sunday morning. We don’t worship perfectly here on earth. In heaven worship is continual, and it is perfect. Hearts are pure, the object of worship is clear and present, there is no distraction.

    We’re not there yet, we are still here on earth, making decisions and worshiping here.

    Ourself gets in the way of true worship more than anything else can or will. The only thing we can do is go and lay it down on the altar.

    Scriptures mentioned – Revelation, Genesis, Exodus 33, Isaiah 6, Ephesians 2:18, John 4:23

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    Struggle is a theme from Genesis to Revelation. There is a worship that God delights in and there is one that He doesn’t. There is one that He accepts and one that He does not. Truly worship expands beyond what we do on Sundays. How do we prepare to worship? Most of us dressed up a little bit, combed our hair, etc. Who taught us that these things are necessary for worship? We need to understand that there are other things necessary for worship.
    Revelation 4 – Worship is a matter of the heart, long before it is a matter of Sunday morning. We don’t worship perfectly here on earth. In heaven worship is continual, and it is perfect. Hearts are pure, the object of worship is clear and present, there is no distraction.
    We’re not there yet, we are still here on earth, making decisions and worshiping here.
    Ourself gets in the way of true worship more than anything else can or will. The only thing we can do is go and lay it down on the altar.
    Scriptures mentioned – Revelation, Genesis, Exodus 33, Isaiah 6, Ephesians 2:18, John 4:23
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    A Better Christian Experience - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-better-christian-experience/ Mon, 25 Oct 2021 01:13:34 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4013 https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-better-christian-experience/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-better-christian-experience/feed/ 0 <p>This morning we’ll be looking at two groups of people in the Bible. Both are having a “frustrated religious experience.” The motivation of this sermon is just to remind us of some basic principles. Isaiah 58 & 59 – This group of people was not doing well, but they are described as seeking God daily […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-better-christian-experience/">A Better Christian Experience</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> This morning we’ll be looking at two groups of people in the Bible. Both are having a “frustrated religious experience.” The motivation of this sermon is just to remind us of some basic principles.

    Isaiah 58 & 59 – This group of people was not doing well, but they are described as seeking God daily and delighting to know His ways. Usually, we would expect people doing this to have a great relationship with God. They are seeking God, but are not getting the response they expect.

    James 4:1-12 – Another group of believers who are struggling. James puts their struggles in extreme language. James says that the cause of these problems is selfishness. James calls them to begin by submitting to God. Draw near to God. Resist the Devil. Cleanse your hands.

    • It is possible to be a Christian and yet not walking fully with God.
    • Selfishness leads to spiritual poverty.

    We should all examine our hearts to see if we are as surrendered as we know how to be.

    Two questions that we should be asking God on a regular basis.

    1. Acts 9:6 – Lord, what would you have me to do?
    2. Lord, how am I being selfish?

    Living the Christian life can be difficult sometimes. It is a lot harder when we are not fully surrendered. Sincerely asking God what we need to do and how we are bing selfish is a good way to work with this.

    If we have a basic surrender problem we will miss out on blessings and will have a dissatisfying walk with God. There is no spiritual activity that is going to make up for this problem. There is not a perfect devotional book, podcast, sermon, or church that will fix this problem.

    The thing of surrender is an ongoing pursuit. The basic goal for all of us is to be as surrendered as we know how to be.

    Scriptures used – Isaiah 58 & 59, James 4:1-12, Acts 9:6

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    This morning we’ll be looking at two groups of people in the Bible. Both are having a “frustrated religious experience.” The motivation of this sermon is just to remind us of some basic principles. Isaiah 58 & 59 – This group of people was not doing we... Isaiah 58 & 59 – This group of people was not doing well, but they are described as seeking God daily and delighting to know His ways. Usually, we would expect people doing this to have a great relationship with God. They are seeking God, but are not getting the response they expect.
    James 4:1-12 – Another group of believers who are struggling. James puts their struggles in extreme language. James says that the cause of these problems is selfishness. James calls them to begin by submitting to God. Draw near to God. Resist the Devil. Cleanse your hands.

    * It is possible to be a Christian and yet not walking fully with God.
    * Selfishness leads to spiritual poverty.

    We should all examine our hearts to see if we are as surrendered as we know how to be.
    Two questions that we should be asking God on a regular basis.

    * Acts 9:6 – Lord, what would you have me to do?
    * Lord, how am I being selfish?

    Living the Christian life can be difficult sometimes. It is a lot harder when we are not fully surrendered. Sincerely asking God what we need to do and how we are bing selfish is a good way to work with this.
    If we have a basic surrender problem we will miss out on blessings and will have a dissatisfying walk with God. There is no spiritual activity that is going to make up for this problem. There is not a perfect devotional book, podcast, sermon, or church that will fix this problem.
    The thing of surrender is an ongoing pursuit. The basic goal for all of us is to be as surrendered as we know how to be.
    Scriptures used – Isaiah 58 & 59, James 4:1-12, Acts 9:6
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    Goodness - Fruit of the Spirit - John Waldron https://www.bmcgladys.com/goodness-fruit-of-the-spirit/ Mon, 18 Oct 2021 01:10:17 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=4011 https://www.bmcgladys.com/goodness-fruit-of-the-spirit/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/goodness-fruit-of-the-spirit/feed/ 0 <p>God could have made a completely utilitarian creation. He could have made things a lot “uglier” and they would have worked “fine” but that isn’t what He did! He created a world that is wonderful to see and hear and be a part of. God is righteous and good and we are not… yet that […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/goodness-fruit-of-the-spirit/">Goodness – Fruit of the Spirit</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> God could have made a completely utilitarian creation. He could have made things a lot “uglier” and they would have worked “fine” but that isn’t what He did! He created a world that is wonderful to see and hear and be a part of.

    God is righteous and good and we are not… yet that is what we are called to be. Psalm 46 – God is good not because He causes good things to happen in our lives, but because in the midst of the storms of life God comes closer to us than the storm could ever be. It isn’t always that the storm is calmed, but that God is right there close beside us as we go through it.

    What does goodness mean in our lives?

    • Be honest about your motives. We are good at rationalizing the reasons why we do things and making them seem better than they are.
    • Be a blessing without a reason. The point isn’t that we shouldn’t do nice things for our friends and family, but don’t just stop there! The point of following Jesus is not to just do the bare minimum.
    • Love the unloved. Figuring out a way to minister to people’s needs in a way that doesn’t make them feel less.
    • Part of being good is crucifying self. Our human nature gets in the way of blessing others.
    • Galatians 6:9 – Be decisive – often if you wait the opportunity will be wasted.
    • Stand for the right.
    • Be willing to be misunderstood.
    • Goodness should be private. If we are keeping the things that we do for others private and secret we won’t be as concerned about our motives.

    We understand that God is good. Our goal is to be like Him, striving to bless others and not ourselves.

    Scriptures – Psalm 46, Luke 7:1-10, Luke 10

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    God could have made a completely utilitarian creation. He could have made things a lot “uglier” and they would have worked “fine” but that isn’t what He did! He created a world that is wonderful to see and hear and be a part of. God is righteous and good and we are not… yet that is what we are called to be. Psalm 46 – God is good not because He causes good things to happen in our lives, but because in the midst of the storms of life God comes closer to us than the storm could ever be. It isn’t always that the storm is calmed, but that God is right there close beside us as we go through it.
    What does goodness mean in our lives?

    * Be honest about your motives. We are good at rationalizing the reasons why we do things and making them seem better than they are.
    * Be a blessing without a reason. The point isn’t that we shouldn’t do nice things for our friends and family, but don’t just stop there! The point of following Jesus is not to just do the bare minimum.
    * Love the unloved. Figuring out a way to minister to people’s needs in a way that doesn’t make them feel less.
    * Part of being good is crucifying self. Our human nature gets in the way of blessing others.
    * Galatians 6:9 – Be decisive – often if you wait the opportunity will be wasted.
    * Stand for the right.
    * Be willing to be misunderstood.
    * Goodness should be private. If we are keeping the things that we do for others private and secret we won’t be as concerned about our motives.

    We understand that God is good. Our goal is to be like Him, striving to bless others and not ourselves.
    Scriptures – Psalm 46, Luke 7:1-10, Luke 10
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    Working With God - Lowell Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/working-with-god/ Sun, 10 Oct 2021 20:46:22 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3955 https://www.bmcgladys.com/working-with-god/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/working-with-god/feed/ 0 <p>Our hands are very useful things. We can probably all think of someone who is missing arms, or fingers, or legs. For folks in this situation normal things are more difficult, they can usually adapt, but things are more complicated. Why would God want to limit Himself to work through our hands? He is the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/working-with-god/">Working With God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Our hands are very useful things. We can probably all think of someone who is missing arms, or fingers, or legs. For folks in this situation normal things are more difficult, they can usually adapt, but things are more complicated.

    Why would God want to limit Himself to work through our hands? He is the all-powerful creator of the world, is there really a need for Him to use our hands? Does He let us “help” so that we can feel good about ourselves?

    We all know that there is work to do. Jesus certainly referred to the “work” that the Father had for Him. He sensed an obligation even from an early age. There is work to do, and God would like our hands to be busy.

    Paul uses the term “servant” to talk about himself frequently. Peter and James also talk about being “servants of Jesus Christ.” We are not our own, we were bought with a price.

    2 Corinthians 6:1 – God’s “co-workers,” we are working together with Him. We are involved in what gets done. We have an ownership stake in the agenda and we are invested in what is going on. We are in a partnership with God to accomplish His agenda and to work in His Kingdom.

    God is looking for active partners who are willing to work long hours to get the job done. Workers who have a vision and some ownership.

    What does the “work” of the Kingdom look like?

    There is work for all of us to do. When we are partners with Christ and invested in His program, there is always plenty to do. We feel inadequate, not gifted enough, or maybe we aren’t in the right church office. If God is asking us to partner with Him, there is a value that we have to offer.

    1. John 13:44-45 – Love is more than a feeling. It is a choice, a decision, action. Perhaps sometimes it is even “work.” Loving and caring for each other is an effective witness, regardless of where you are on the globe.
    2. Galatians 6:9-10, Titus 3 – Do good. Doing good is more than just avoiding what is bad. Doing good is active. It isn’t just bemoaning the evil in the world around us. As Christians, we are called to “regular acts of goodness” not “random acts of goodness.” Look for opportunities to serve and help each other.
    3. 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians 3:7-13 – Providing. Too often we compartmentalize “working in the kingdom” and “working to feed my family.” Can we get too involved in our work? Yes, we can… but in our work, we should have good attitudes and do better work because we are a part of God’s Kingdom.

    God wants to partner and work with us. It is overwhelming, but at the same time it should make us smile, and it should encourage us to keep on doing the work that we are called to.

    1 Corinthians 15 – The work that we do when we are partnering with God, is not done in vain.

    Scriptures used – John 9:3-4, Acts 13, 2 Corinthians 6:1, John 13:44-45, Galatians 6:9-10, Titus 3, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians 3:7-13, 1 Corinthians 15

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    Our hands are very useful things. We can probably all think of someone who is missing arms, or fingers, or legs. For folks in this situation normal things are more difficult, they can usually adapt, but things are more complicated. Why would God want to limit Himself to work through our hands? He is the all-powerful creator of the world, is there really a need for Him to use our hands? Does He let us “help” so that we can feel good about ourselves?
    We all know that there is work to do. Jesus certainly referred to the “work” that the Father had for Him. He sensed an obligation even from an early age. There is work to do, and God would like our hands to be busy.
    Paul uses the term “servant” to talk about himself frequently. Peter and James also talk about being “servants of Jesus Christ.” We are not our own, we were bought with a price.
    2 Corinthians 6:1 – God’s “co-workers,” we are working together with Him. We are involved in what gets done. We have an ownership stake in the agenda and we are invested in what is going on. We are in a partnership with God to accomplish His agenda and to work in His Kingdom.
    God is looking for active partners who are willing to work long hours to get the job done. Workers who have a vision and some ownership.
    What does the “work” of the Kingdom look like?
    There is work for all of us to do. When we are partners with Christ and invested in His program, there is always plenty to do. We feel inadequate, not gifted enough, or maybe we aren’t in the right church office. If God is asking us to partner with Him, there is a value that we have to offer.

    * John 13:44-45 – Love is more than a feeling. It is a choice, a decision, action. Perhaps sometimes it is even “work.” Loving and caring for each other is an effective witness, regardless of where you are on the globe.
    * Galatians 6:9-10, Titus 3 – Do good. Doing good is more than just avoiding what is bad. Doing good is active. It isn’t just bemoaning the evil in the world around us. As Christians, we are called to “regular acts of goodness” not “random acts of goodness.” Look for opportunities to serve and help each other.
    * 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians 3:7-13 – Providing. Too often we compartmentalize “working in the kingdom” and “working to feed my family.” Can we get too involved in our work? Yes, we can… but in our work, we should have good attitudes and do better work because we are a part of God’s Kingdom.

    God wants to partner and work with us. It is overwhelming, but at the same time it should make us smile, and it should encourage us to keep on doing the work that we are called to.
    1 Corinthians 15 – The work that we do when we are partnering with God, is not done in vain.
    Scriptures used – John 9:3-4, Acts 13, 2 Corinthians 6:1, John 13:44-45, Galatians 6:9-10, Titus 3, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians 3:7-13, 1 Corinthians 15
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    Bethel Mennonite Church clean 25:11
    The Value of Good Christian Singing - Nathan Good https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-value-of-good-christian-singing/ Mon, 04 Oct 2021 12:33:29 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3952 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-value-of-good-christian-singing/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-value-of-good-christian-singing/feed/ 0 <p>The main text for this sermon is Psalm 96. A homework assignment for you. What percentage of singing referred to in the Bible is “group” singing, as opposed to “individual” singing? Singing is useful in teaching and admonishing one another. Singing together provides the music for the worship service. The Bible commands us to sing […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-value-of-good-christian-singing/">The Value of Good Christian Singing</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> The main text for this sermon is Psalm 96.

    A homework assignment for you. What percentage of singing referred to in the Bible is “group” singing, as opposed to “individual” singing?

    • Singing is useful in teaching and admonishing one another.
    • Singing together provides the music for the worship service. The Bible commands us to sing many times.
    • The old and young can do it together. It can be a teaching tool for the younger.
    • Good Christian singing is a good way to express our beliefs and our doctrines and teachings.
    • It is also a good way to express our Christian experiences.
    • It is a good means for individuals and as a congregation to be able to respond to a message or even a general response to God.
    • It is valuable because it provides strength and encouragement in special times of need.

    Psalm 96 talks about a new song. In the New Testament the word “new” is used for a person who is walking with God 24 times, 9 of these times it is talking about a “new song” as well.

    Psalm 40 – What is a “new song” does it mean words you’ve never sung before? Does it mean a “fresh” song? From a “new heart”? Not from an old sinner but from one who has been born again and has a new heart?

    If you’re singing in holiness before God, it is a beautiful thing to God. We are to worship and sing in the beauty of holiness.

    Scriptures used – Psalm 96, Psalm 40, Hebrews 13:15, Psalm 27:6

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    The main text for this sermon is Psalm 96. A homework assignment for you. What percentage of singing referred to in the Bible is “group” singing, as opposed to “individual” singing? Singing is useful in teaching and admonishing one another. A homework assignment for you. What percentage of singing referred to in the Bible is “group” singing, as opposed to “individual” singing?

    * Singing is useful in teaching and admonishing one another.
    * Singing together provides the music for the worship service. The Bible commands us to sing many times.
    * The old and young can do it together. It can be a teaching tool for the younger.
    * Good Christian singing is a good way to express our beliefs and our doctrines and teachings.
    * It is also a good way to express our Christian experiences.
    * It is a good means for individuals and as a congregation to be able to respond to a message or even a general response to God.
    * It is valuable because it provides strength and encouragement in special times of need.

    Psalm 96 talks about a new song. In the New Testament the word “new” is used for a person who is walking with God 24 times, 9 of these times it is talking about a “new song” as well.
    Psalm 40 – What is a “new song” does it mean words you’ve never sung before? Does it mean a “fresh” song? From a “new heart”? Not from an old sinner but from one who has been born again and has a new heart?
    If you’re singing in holiness before God, it is a beautiful thing to God. We are to worship and sing in the beauty of holiness.
    Scriptures used – Psalm 96, Psalm 40, Hebrews 13:15, Psalm 27:6
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    Bethel Mennonite Church clean 47:36
    Footsteps of Jesus, Come Follow Me - Delvin Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/footsteps-of-jesus-come-follow-me/ Sun, 26 Sep 2021 21:02:52 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3947 https://www.bmcgladys.com/footsteps-of-jesus-come-follow-me/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/footsteps-of-jesus-come-follow-me/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 16:4 – Jesus often used the phrase “follow me” when he was inviting people to be His disciple. If we want to be followers of Jesus we should watch how He lived and take up His cross, the life He has for us, and follow Him. We are all “little” in God’s sight. Jesus […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/footsteps-of-jesus-come-follow-me/">Footsteps of Jesus, Come Follow Me</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Matthew 16:4 – Jesus often used the phrase “follow me” when he was inviting people to be His disciple. If we want to be followers of Jesus we should watch how He lived and take up His cross, the life He has for us, and follow Him.

    We are all “little” in God’s sight. Jesus cares about us, just as a good shepherd cares for His sheep. Jesus doesn’t give up on lost sheep! A sheep that was lost and is now found is cause for rejoicing! Jesus desires that all would find Him, He rejoices over those who “stay found” as well!

    Jesus is the light of the world. He is the cure for spiritual blindness and He can also cure physical blindness. The trouble we see is an opportunity to bring Jesus into our day-to-day lives and to see His glory.

    Jesus came down to earth and lived life as a man so He knows how life goes down here. Our lives here should be spent learning from our master and following the footsteps that He has left for us. He knows what we’re going through, He has walked in our shoes.

    Scriptures used – Matthew 16, Matthew 4, Matthew 18, John 9, 1 Peter, John 14, Revelation 3:20

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    Matthew 16:4 – Jesus often used the phrase “follow me” when he was inviting people to be His disciple. If we want to be followers of Jesus we should watch how He lived and take up His cross, the life He has for us, and follow Him. We are all “little” in God’s sight. Jesus cares about us, just as a good shepherd cares for His sheep. Jesus doesn’t give up on lost sheep! A sheep that was lost and is now found is cause for rejoicing! Jesus desires that all would find Him, He rejoices over those who “stay found” as well!
    Jesus is the light of the world. He is the cure for spiritual blindness and He can also cure physical blindness. The trouble we see is an opportunity to bring Jesus into our day-to-day lives and to see His glory.
    Jesus came down to earth and lived life as a man so He knows how life goes down here. Our lives here should be spent learning from our master and following the footsteps that He has left for us. He knows what we’re going through, He has walked in our shoes.
    Scriptures used – Matthew 16, Matthew 4, Matthew 18, John 9, 1 Peter, John 14, Revelation 3:20
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    Bethel Mennonite Church clean 38:11
    Trusting God With Your Treasure - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/trusting-god-with-your-treasure/ Mon, 20 Sep 2021 01:50:09 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3944 https://www.bmcgladys.com/trusting-god-with-your-treasure/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/trusting-god-with-your-treasure/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 6:19-34 – So, what is a treasure? A dictionary would say it is wealth, money, jewels, stored up. Something of great worth and value. For this message we’ll say, a treasure is “that which is valued most, desired most, is most dear to us.” Earthly treasure is temporary. It will perish. There are many […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/trusting-god-with-your-treasure/">Trusting God With Your Treasure</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Matthew 6:19-34 – So, what is a treasure? A dictionary would say it is wealth, money, jewels, stored up. Something of great worth and value. For this message we’ll say, a treasure is “that which is valued most, desired most, is most dear to us.”

    Earthly treasure is temporary. It will perish. There are many people who can tell stories about great material losses, some of them very suddenly.

    In contrast, heavenly treasure is very secure! No moths, no rust, no fading, it is reserved in heaven for you.

    All of us, along with every other person on the earth, are laying up treasure somewhere. We all work towards various goals. What are we trying to get?

    How tragic would it be for someone to reach their goals and but found at the end that it was all for nothing. What a tragic ending that would be.

    Matthew 16:24-26 – Would a man sell his eternal soul for all the money in the world? Many would… and sadly enough many do for much less.

    Things will not give us happiness, or lengthen our life, or give us eternal life. This is the crux of what Jesus is saying, your treasures should be in heaven, a much better place to store your life investments.

    Another reason that the place you are putting your treasure is important is that your heart follows your treasure. Our hearts often go to it, we set our goals, we make our choices, according to where we are putting our treasure.

    Luke 12:33 – The only true treasure is Jesus, the Kingdom of Heaven, the joy of salvation, our sins forgiven, and an obedient life of service to God.

    There are many issues here that we need to grapple with. A “treasure test” might help us to know where we are. Here are some things that are true of those who’s treasure in heaven.

    • Their material things are used for things of the Kingdom
    • Their material things are God’s and they are responsible to Him for how things are used
    • Earthly things held loosely
    • If a financial calamity occurs can we say, blessed be the name of the Lord!

    Jesus was concerned about wrong attitudes and wrong trust and dependence on material things.

    No one can serve two masters. You cannot serve God and money. How is your focus? Are you focused on Christ and the Kingdom of God? Or are you focused on the size of your bank account?

    If we have invested our lives and devotions to heavenly treasures. We could wonder, will I be able to feed myself and my children? God says here, “don’t worry, I know about all the things that you need.”

    If God takes care of the birds and the flowers… can He not take care of you too? The ungodly wish and long and worry about things that are more than what they need.

    Scriptures used – Matthew 6:19-34, Matthew 16:24-26, 1 John 3:17, 1 Timothy 6:17, Proverbs 6:6-8

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    Matthew 6:19-34 – So, what is a treasure? A dictionary would say it is wealth, money, jewels, stored up. Something of great worth and value. For this message we’ll say, a treasure is “that which is valued most, desired most, is most dear to us. Earthly treasure is temporary. It will perish. There are many people who can tell stories about great material losses, some of them very suddenly.
    In contrast, heavenly treasure is very secure! No moths, no rust, no fading, it is reserved in heaven for you.
    All of us, along with every other person on the earth, are laying up treasure somewhere. We all work towards various goals. What are we trying to get?
    How tragic would it be for someone to reach their goals and but found at the end that it was all for nothing. What a tragic ending that would be.
    Matthew 16:24-26 – Would a man sell his eternal soul for all the money in the world? Many would… and sadly enough many do for much less.
    Things will not give us happiness, or lengthen our life, or give us eternal life. This is the crux of what Jesus is saying, your treasures should be in heaven, a much better place to store your life investments.
    Another reason that the place you are putting your treasure is important is that your heart follows your treasure. Our hearts often go to it, we set our goals, we make our choices, according to where we are putting our treasure.
    Luke 12:33 – The only true treasure is Jesus, the Kingdom of Heaven, the joy of salvation, our sins forgiven, and an obedient life of service to God.
    There are many issues here that we need to grapple with. A “treasure test” might help us to know where we are. Here are some things that are true of those who’s treasure in heaven.

    * Their material things are used for things of the Kingdom
    * Their material things are God’s and they are responsible to Him for how things are used
    * Earthly things held loosely
    * If a financial calamity occurs can we say, blessed be the name of the Lord!

    Jesus was concerned about wrong attitudes and wrong trust and dependence on material things.
    No one can serve two masters. You cannot serve God and money. How is your focus? Are you focused on Christ and the Kingdom of God? Or are you focused on the size of your bank account?
    If we have invested our lives and devotions to heavenly treasures. We could wonder, will I be able to feed myself and my children? God says here, “don’t worry, I know about all the things that you need.”
    If God takes care of the birds and the flowers… can He not take care of you too? The ungodly wish and long and worry about things that are more than what they need.
    Scriptures used – Matthew 6:19-34, Matthew 16:24-26, 1 John 3:17, 1 Timothy 6:17, Proverbs 6:6-8
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    Keeping the Right Focus When Church is in a Lurch - Gabriel Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/keeping-the-right-focus-when-church-is-in-a-lurch/ Sun, 05 Sep 2021 20:51:55 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3940 https://www.bmcgladys.com/keeping-the-right-focus-when-church-is-in-a-lurch/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/keeping-the-right-focus-when-church-is-in-a-lurch/feed/ 0 <p>Distractions are everywhere. Have you ever started on something, got half way and then got hung up on some details? The enemy is constantly looking for ways to defeat the work that God is doing in the local church. We must not miss what Christ has for the church because the church itself is in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/keeping-the-right-focus-when-church-is-in-a-lurch/">Keeping the Right Focus When Church is in a Lurch</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Distractions are everywhere. Have you ever started on something, got half way and then got hung up on some details?

    The enemy is constantly looking for ways to defeat the work that God is doing in the local church. We must not miss what Christ has for the church because the church itself is in the way.

    We are to be actively living out the Christian life. It can be a natural tendency during tough times to be discouraged and wore down. When we are in that state it is much harder to encourage our brothers and sisters and can ultimately effect our church work.

    Galatians 6:9 – In the midst of everything we must keep our eyes on Christ, and not loose heart.

    Hebrews 12:11-15 – Even in the middle of chastening and pain, we are called to continue to strengthen each other and encourage each other. Do you ever feel like you just don’t have the strength to keep on?

    When Peter walked on the water, Jesus didn’t stop the storm to make it possible for Peter to walk on water. The miracle was that Jesus allowed Peter to walk on the waves, in the midst of the storm. When we are in the midst of uncertain times, it is more important than ever to keep our eyes on Christ.

    We can also tend to think only about how these things around us affect me. If we can ponder and recognize that everything is about us it can really make a huge difference in numerous ways.

    1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – You are not your own. You were bought at a price. When we say “yes” to Jesus we also must say “no” to ourselves. Trading myself and my sin and my death problem for eternal life… it is only reasonable to give all of our life to Him!

    1 Corinthians 1:1-9 – Paul makes it clear that there was a lot right in the Corinth church in spite of the problems they had. He lifted them up not because of what they had done, but because of what the Lord had done through them.

    We should practice speaking Christ’s blessing over each other. Just like Paul did here in Corinthians. Giving truth to fellow believers must not be done without love.

    It is normal for us to want people to just see things our way.

    1 Corinthians 2:1-5 – Paul consistently wanted to help people look for and see Christ. Paul determined to only know “Christ, and Him crucified.”

    Truly life is not about us. It is all about our Creator, He deserves every bit of our life.

    Scriptures used – Galatians 6:9, Hebrews 12:11-15, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Romans 12:1, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, Hebrews 12:2

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    Distractions are everywhere. Have you ever started on something, got half way and then got hung up on some details? The enemy is constantly looking for ways to defeat the work that God is doing in the local church. The enemy is constantly looking for ways to defeat the work that God is doing in the local church. We must not miss what Christ has for the church because the church itself is in the way.
    We are to be actively living out the Christian life. It can be a natural tendency during tough times to be discouraged and wore down. When we are in that state it is much harder to encourage our brothers and sisters and can ultimately effect our church work.
    Galatians 6:9 – In the midst of everything we must keep our eyes on Christ, and not loose heart.
    Hebrews 12:11-15 – Even in the middle of chastening and pain, we are called to continue to strengthen each other and encourage each other. Do you ever feel like you just don’t have the strength to keep on?
    When Peter walked on the water, Jesus didn’t stop the storm to make it possible for Peter to walk on water. The miracle was that Jesus allowed Peter to walk on the waves, in the midst of the storm. When we are in the midst of uncertain times, it is more important than ever to keep our eyes on Christ.
    We can also tend to think only about how these things around us affect me. If we can ponder and recognize that everything is about us it can really make a huge difference in numerous ways.
    1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – You are not your own. You were bought at a price. When we say “yes” to Jesus we also must say “no” to ourselves. Trading myself and my sin and my death problem for eternal life… it is only reasonable to give all of our life to Him!
    1 Corinthians 1:1-9 – Paul makes it clear that there was a lot right in the Corinth church in spite of the problems they had. He lifted them up not because of what they had done, but because of what the Lord had done through them.
    We should practice speaking Christ’s blessing over each other. Just like Paul did here in Corinthians. Giving truth to fellow believers must not be done without love.
    It is normal for us to want people to just see things our way.
    1 Corinthians 2:1-5 – Paul consistently wanted to help people look for and see Christ. Paul determined to only know “Christ, and Him crucified.”
    Truly life is not about us. It is all about our Creator, He deserves every bit of our life.
    Scriptures used – Galatians 6:9, Hebrews 12:11-15, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Romans 12:1, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, Hebrews 12:2
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    Grace & Works - Delvin Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/grace-works/ Sun, 29 Aug 2021 22:24:54 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3937 https://www.bmcgladys.com/grace-works/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/grace-works/feed/ 0 <p>God has a reason for salvation, and grace needs to be worked out and expressed in the way that we live. A new Christian can sleep well at night, his sins are forgiven, he can be secure in God’s grace. Yes, there are things to do, but he can rest in Christ. We as humans […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/grace-works/">Grace & Works</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> God has a reason for salvation, and grace needs to be worked out and expressed in the way that we live. A new Christian can sleep well at night, his sins are forgiven, he can be secure in God’s grace. Yes, there are things to do, but he can rest in Christ.

    We as humans have a pretty small role to play, but there is an element of choice that God gives to us. God gives us the “want to” and the “doing” to live a life of holiness and continued growing.

    Jesus wants us to have an affect on the world around us. Our life and our works should show His saving, and His walking/working power.

    What are the “works” that the Bible talks about? The way we live our lives is a combination of all the works that we do. There are thoughts, and attitudes, and deeds, etc.

    Humans are “doers” from the creation God had man “doing.” God made us to be doers, it is part of living under the King. Jesus taught us in the Lord’s Prayer to pray that God’s will would be implemented through us here on the earth.

    Luke 23:39-43 – It helps to have motivation to do good things. We reinforce good behavior with things that motivate us. Scripture gives us some motivation for doing good works.

    Hebrews 10:7 – Jesus life is an example of a life lived for others. He was caring, and loving and compassionate. His life was full of God honoring work. Jesus came to do God’s will.

    Jesus sacrifice on the cross was a significant thing. Jesus in His death performed an incredible act of servitude and love. As participants in communion we should be inspired to obedience. It is because of grace that we can serve God acceptably.

    Jesus is coming again, for the believer this is a huge motivation for living a life that is according to the pattern that is set for us in Scripture. Our citizenship is in heaven, we eagerly await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. Because of this, stand firm in the Lord.

    Why are works work? Maybe this is a strange question, but why don’t they just flow naturally from the Christian? Aren’t they supposed to be fruits that’ll just pop out everywhere?

    There is work for all of us. May Jesus give us grace to walk with Him and to be full of works which reflect His character.

    Scriptures used – Luke 23:39-43, Hebrews 10:7, John 13, Hebrews 12, Philippians 3

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    God has a reason for salvation, and grace needs to be worked out and expressed in the way that we live. A new Christian can sleep well at night, his sins are forgiven, he can be secure in God’s grace. Yes, there are things to do, We as humans have a pretty small role to play, but there is an element of choice that God gives to us. God gives us the “want to” and the “doing” to live a life of holiness and continued growing.
    Jesus wants us to have an affect on the world around us. Our life and our works should show His saving, and His walking/working power.
    What are the “works” that the Bible talks about? The way we live our lives is a combination of all the works that we do. There are thoughts, and attitudes, and deeds, etc.
    Humans are “doers” from the creation God had man “doing.” God made us to be doers, it is part of living under the King. Jesus taught us in the Lord’s Prayer to pray that God’s will would be implemented through us here on the earth.
    Luke 23:39-43 – It helps to have motivation to do good things. We reinforce good behavior with things that motivate us. Scripture gives us some motivation for doing good works.
    Hebrews 10:7 – Jesus life is an example of a life lived for others. He was caring, and loving and compassionate. His life was full of God honoring work. Jesus came to do God’s will.
    Jesus sacrifice on the cross was a significant thing. Jesus in His death performed an incredible act of servitude and love. As participants in communion we should be inspired to obedience. It is because of grace that we can serve God acceptably.
    Jesus is coming again, for the believer this is a huge motivation for living a life that is according to the pattern that is set for us in Scripture. Our citizenship is in heaven, we eagerly await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. Because of this, stand firm in the Lord.
    Why are works work? Maybe this is a strange question, but why don’t they just flow naturally from the Christian? Aren’t they supposed to be fruits that’ll just pop out everywhere?
    There is work for all of us. May Jesus give us grace to walk with Him and to be full of works which reflect His character.
    Scriptures used – Luke 23:39-43, Hebrews 10:7, John 13, Hebrews 12, Philippians 3
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    3 Characteristics of Profitable, Useful Servants of Jesus - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/3-characteristics-of-profitable-useful-servants-of-jesus/ Mon, 23 Aug 2021 01:36:44 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3934 https://www.bmcgladys.com/3-characteristics-of-profitable-useful-servants-of-jesus/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/3-characteristics-of-profitable-useful-servants-of-jesus/feed/ 0 <p>Philemon 1:1-25 – Onesimus, the slave of Philemon was suddenly gone. He didn’t show up, he had run away. Even before running away Onesimus was already a disappointment, he wasn’t a very good servant. How might Paul and Onesimus connected in Rome? We don’t know. Did things get bad for Onesimus and he hit bottom […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/3-characteristics-of-profitable-useful-servants-of-jesus/">3 Characteristics of Profitable, Useful Servants of Jesus</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Philemon 1:1-25 – Onesimus, the slave of Philemon was suddenly gone. He didn’t show up, he had run away. Even before running away Onesimus was already a disappointment, he wasn’t a very good servant.

    How might Paul and Onesimus connected in Rome? We don’t know. Did things get bad for Onesimus and he hit bottom and thought about Paul? There is a good chance that Onesimus remembered Paul from his visits to Philemon. Regardless of all the details, Onesimus became a Christian, and he returned to Philemon, the man who owned him.

    Not only was Onesimus redeemed now, he became a useful servant.

    • Dedicated – A useful servant of the Kingdom is dedicated, even unto death. Jesus came to be a servant, not to be served. Not like slaves to a conquered country, but a personal surrender to become a bond servant. Fully dedicated to service. A life of worship through action. Devoted first to God, serving for the love of Jesus our master.
    • Perceptive – Do we see a field of service? When Paul wrote 1 Corinthians he was in Ephesus, he wanted to visit Corinth but he said he would stay in Ephesus for a time. Servants vary in how easily they recognize the work, but Paul saw opportunities for effective service all around him.
    • Faithful – I’m yours God. This day is yours. I am yours. I am your servant. Wherever you find yourself, it is worship to serve the Father and the Kingdom where you are. Jesus was a faithful servant to His Heavenly Father. Paul was a faithful servant. Let us be faithful as well.

    Scriptures used – Hebrews, Philippians, Philemon, 1 Corinthians, 2 Timothy 4, Ephesians 5:15, Luke 17:10

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    Philemon 1:1-25 – Onesimus, the slave of Philemon was suddenly gone. He didn’t show up, he had run away. Even before running away Onesimus was already a disappointment, he wasn’t a very good servant. How might Paul and Onesimus connected in Rome? How might Paul and Onesimus connected in Rome? We don’t know. Did things get bad for Onesimus and he hit bottom and thought about Paul? There is a good chance that Onesimus remembered Paul from his visits to Philemon. Regardless of all the details, Onesimus became a Christian, and he returned to Philemon, the man who owned him.
    Not only was Onesimus redeemed now, he became a useful servant.

    * Dedicated – A useful servant of the Kingdom is dedicated, even unto death. Jesus came to be a servant, not to be served. Not like slaves to a conquered country, but a personal surrender to become a bond servant. Fully dedicated to service. A life of worship through action. Devoted first to God, serving for the love of Jesus our master.
    * Perceptive – Do we see a field of service? When Paul wrote 1 Corinthians he was in Ephesus, he wanted to visit Corinth but he said he would stay in Ephesus for a time. Servants vary in how easily they recognize the work, but Paul saw opportunities for effective service all around him.
    * Faithful – I’m yours God. This day is yours. I am yours. I am your servant. Wherever you find yourself, it is worship to serve the Father and the Kingdom where you are. Jesus was a faithful servant to His Heavenly Father. Paul was a faithful servant. Let us be faithful as well.

    Scriptures used – Hebrews, Philippians, Philemon, 1 Corinthians, 2 Timothy 4, Ephesians 5:15, Luke 17:10
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    The Faithfulness of God to His People - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-faithfulness-of-god-to-his-people/ Sun, 15 Aug 2021 20:54:48 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3931 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-faithfulness-of-god-to-his-people/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-faithfulness-of-god-to-his-people/feed/ 0 <p>2 Timothy 2 – When we talk about God being absolutely faithful we mean it is an absolute truth, it isn’t going to change. There is no circumstance or factor that changes this truth. If we endure, we will also reign with Him. God does have a plan for us, this plan is in the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-faithfulness-of-god-to-his-people/">The Faithfulness of God to His People</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> 2 Timothy 2 – When we talk about God being absolutely faithful we mean it is an absolute truth, it isn’t going to change. There is no circumstance or factor that changes this truth.

    If we endure, we will also reign with Him.

    God does have a plan for us, this plan is in the future, it is with Him, and it is beyond generous. If God is faithful (and He is) this is the kind of statement that should be able to get us through just about anything.

    The Christian life, even with its blessings, will have difficulties as well. We are called to endurance, God will be faithful to take us through the difficult times.

    God is Faithful in Guarding Us

    God is not just faithful if we endure, He is also faithful to help us endure.

    2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 – These verses talk about evil and wicked men, and the evil one. There is a prayer request here, that Paul and his companions would be delivered from evil men. Paul then goes on to state in verse three that whether or not they are delivered from the evil men, God will be faithful to strengthen and protect him and his companions.

    Satan is limited in how he can attack us. Have you ever wondered how many times God has told Satan “no” on our behalf? If we could see that side of things, we would likely be more thankful and appreciative!

    1 Corinthians 10:13 – God is doing his part to make sure we can endure. He won’t allow Satan to push us past what we are able to endure.

    God is faithful in guarding His children. He wants us to reign with Him.

    God is Faithful in Forgiving Us

    1 John 1:5-10 – John is probably somewhat older than he was when he was walking with Jesus around Galilee. John includes himself in verse 8 when he says “we all have sinned.” We all need continued washing from our sins, it can be counted on, if we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins.

    God will forgive those who confess and are repentant. Even in the Old Testament there are examples of really wicked men who turned to God and repented and God was moved to forgive them.

    The daily work of the blood of Jesus is another way that God is faithful to us.

    God is Faithful in Sustaining Us

    1 Corinthians 1:4-9 – God doesn’t get distracted or loose interest in His “projects” (us). He will sustain us to the end. Paul is confident that the Corinthians would be sustained and presented faultless before the throne.

    1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, Philippians 1:6 – If we are serious about growing in godliness, God is faithful to continue the work in His children.

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    2 Timothy 2 – When we talk about God being absolutely faithful we mean it is an absolute truth, it isn’t going to change. There is no circumstance or factor that changes this truth. If we endure, we will also reign with Him.
    If we endure, we will also reign with Him.

    God does have a plan for us, this plan is in the future, it is with Him, and it is beyond generous. If God is faithful (and He is) this is the kind of statement that should be able to get us through just about anything.
    The Christian life, even with its blessings, will have difficulties as well. We are called to endurance, God will be faithful to take us through the difficult times.
    God is Faithful in Guarding Us
    God is not just faithful if we endure, He is also faithful to help us endure.
    2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 – These verses talk about evil and wicked men, and the evil one. There is a prayer request here, that Paul and his companions would be delivered from evil men. Paul then goes on to state in verse three that whether or not they are delivered from the evil men, God will be faithful to strengthen and protect him and his companions.
    Satan is limited in how he can attack us. Have you ever wondered how many times God has told Satan “no” on our behalf? If we could see that side of things, we would likely be more thankful and appreciative!
    1 Corinthians 10:13 – God is doing his part to make sure we can endure. He won’t allow Satan to push us past what we are able to endure.
    God is faithful in guarding His children. He wants us to reign with Him.
    God is Faithful in Forgiving Us
    1 John 1:5-10 – John is probably somewhat older than he was when he was walking with Jesus around Galilee. John includes himself in verse 8 when he says “we all have sinned.” We all need continued washing from our sins, it can be counted on, if we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins.
    God will forgive those who confess and are repentant. Even in the Old Testament there are examples of really wicked men who turned to God and repented and God was moved to forgive them.
    The daily work of the blood of Jesus is another way that God is faithful to us.
    God is Faithful in Sustaining Us
    1 Corinthians 1:4-9 – God doesn’t get distracted or loose interest in His “projects” (us). He will sustain us to the end. Paul is confident that the Corinthians would be sustained and presented faultless before the throne.
    1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, Philippians 1:6 – If we are serious about growing in godliness, God is faithful to continue the work in His children.
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    Bethel Mennonite Church clean 28:50
    The View from the Cross - Delvin Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-view-from-the-cross/ Mon, 09 Aug 2021 00:25:31 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3929 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-view-from-the-cross/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-view-from-the-cross/feed/ 0 <p>Grace is what God does… faith, belief, these are the things that are part of our “mustard seed” response to God’s offer. If we respond in faith it results in a “new birth” or the “beginning of the salvation journey.” One thing that is a common thread between the newest most immature babe in Christ, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-view-from-the-cross/">The View from the Cross</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Grace is what God does… faith, belief, these are the things that are part of our “mustard seed” response to God’s offer. If we respond in faith it results in a “new birth” or the “beginning of the salvation journey.”

    One thing that is a common thread between the newest most immature babe in Christ, and the most mature, gray-haired, lifelong, pious, saint, a sense of unworthiness and indebtedness to Christ.

    Hebrews 12:1-3 – Why Jesus went to the cross in a nutshell… He had grace on His mind, He had us on His mind. The cross was a horrible Roman instrument of torture and shame. For Christians, though it is a very different thing now, it is now a symbol of grace and redemption.

    Philippians 2:1-11 – Jesus, God’s only son, planned and chose to submit Himself to death… even death on a cross. We don’t understand totally all the details of why, but we do know that Jesus did it voluntarily. From the very foundations of the world, Jesus planned to offer Himself as a sacrificial lamb on the cross.

    Satan must have thought that things were going according to plan during the week leading up to Easter. The disciples were in flight, the leaders of Israel were becoming more and more belligerent in their hatred for Jesus. Everything was looking “really good” from satans perspective. Obviously, and thankfully, he turned out to be wrong…

    Why death on a cross? It was one of the worst ways for a person to die in those days, it was the “best” that Satan could come up with. Yet Jesus chose to accept death in this terrible way.

    John 12:32 – Jesus was looking down from the cross, looking to lift the people he was seeing up, looking to lift us up.

    There were two men crucified with Jesus. They were very real men, they had real feelings, and they were facing real consequences for things they had done. They were being punished for the kind of life they had been living.

    We need grace for life. God’s grace was poured out in a huge measure that day on the cross. We want to be thankful people for Him and what He did and does in our life.

    Did you ever stop to think that God is going to be as pleased to have you with Him in Heaven as you are to be there? – A. W. Tozer

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    Grace is what God does… faith, belief, these are the things that are part of our “mustard seed” response to God’s offer. If we respond in faith it results in a “new birth” or the “beginning of the salvation journey. One thing that is a common thread between the newest most immature babe in Christ, and the most mature, gray-haired, lifelong, pious, saint, a sense of unworthiness and indebtedness to Christ.
    Hebrews 12:1-3 – Why Jesus went to the cross in a nutshell… He had grace on His mind, He had us on His mind. The cross was a horrible Roman instrument of torture and shame. For Christians, though it is a very different thing now, it is now a symbol of grace and redemption.
    Philippians 2:1-11 – Jesus, God’s only son, planned and chose to submit Himself to death… even death on a cross. We don’t understand totally all the details of why, but we do know that Jesus did it voluntarily. From the very foundations of the world, Jesus planned to offer Himself as a sacrificial lamb on the cross.
    Satan must have thought that things were going according to plan during the week leading up to Easter. The disciples were in flight, the leaders of Israel were becoming more and more belligerent in their hatred for Jesus. Everything was looking “really good” from satans perspective. Obviously, and thankfully, he turned out to be wrong…
    Why death on a cross? It was one of the worst ways for a person to die in those days, it was the “best” that Satan could come up with. Yet Jesus chose to accept death in this terrible way.
    John 12:32 – Jesus was looking down from the cross, looking to lift the people he was seeing up, looking to lift us up.
    There were two men crucified with Jesus. They were very real men, they had real feelings, and they were facing real consequences for things they had done. They were being punished for the kind of life they had been living.
    We need grace for life. God’s grace was poured out in a huge measure that day on the cross. We want to be thankful people for Him and what He did and does in our life.

    Did you ever stop to think that God is going to be as pleased to have you with Him in Heaven as you are to be there? – A. W. Tozer

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    Can We Believe Romans 8:28? - Steve Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/can-we-believe-romans-828/ Mon, 02 Aug 2021 00:23:25 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3926 https://www.bmcgladys.com/can-we-believe-romans-828/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/can-we-believe-romans-828/feed/ 0 <p>Romans 8:28 – This is probably one of the most well-known verses in the Bible, right up there with John 3:16. What does it mean for us? Many of us one way or another have experienced hard things in life. Sometimes these hard things are short-lived and then life is back to normal. When those […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/can-we-believe-romans-828/">Can We Believe Romans 8:28?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Romans 8:28 – This is probably one of the most well-known verses in the Bible, right up there with John 3:16. What does it mean for us?

    Many of us one way or another have experienced hard things in life. Sometimes these hard things are short-lived and then life is back to normal. When those things seem to go on and on, believing this verse can become more difficult… when it seems that there is no end in sight.

    How could Paul know that all things work together for good? The things that this promise includes, covers things that we often think might should be left out. Would it be more accurate to say “somethings” work together for good? God instructed Paul to write “all things” work together for good.

    Being able to look back at things that were hard, and see good things that God did through it can be incredibly encouraging. God can use hard things for our good. We tend to quickly forget those things though, and we go on, get our feet back under us and we get distracted and busy.

    Romans 8:28 is the hardest to embrace in the middle of a struggle. We can have nagging doubts, our enemy loves to slap us in the face with the promises in the Bible and what is being allowed in our life. Is God coming through for you? Has He given you any answers? This is what Satan was doing with Job…

    Sometimes this verse is like a balm to the soul, it is encouraging and gives us hope. At other times it can feel like a cruel joke.

    So, what do we do with Romans 8:28?

    Some Things Romans 8:28 Does Not Say

    First, we cannot live recklessly and expect God to wave a wand over our dumb choices and turn them into good things. There are consequences for sin and we will reap what we say. God can and will forgive us when we make poor choices and sin, He gives us what we need to live in victory and to walk with Him.

    Second, this is a promise to those who love Him and are living for Him. There is a qualification for the promise that is being given. This promise is for a true believer who seeks to live for Christ in all of life.

    This verse also doesn’t say that “all things are good in and of themselves.” Until Jesus returns sin will continue to devastate those who indulge in it. Our world is broken and groans under the weight of sin.

    No matter how positively we force ourselves to think, there is nothing good about cancer, abuse, murder, and all the terrible things that people experience. Although Satan is powerful, God is infinitely more powerful, that is the key reminder here in this verse. If we can grasp the one-sidedness of this reality it will help us choose more wisely.

    We Must Begin With God

    As we experience tough things in life, we must begin with God instead of adding Him on at the end. Our typical response is to try to steer things in a specific direction, we are far better off when we begin with God and seek His direction.

    God is there at the beginning. Not only in the book of Genesis but also the day we are born, the moment we go into a tough situation. He was there long before we got there.

    God is at the end as well, but He is there at the beginning and throughout all the hard things we face. Whatever you are facing, God is there.

    More than likely God has been preparing us for this moment. The circumstances of life, the gifts He has given us, the opportunities we have.

    Life is not a fairy tale. There is so much we don’t understand. It is so hard to see how these things can be good things because they aren’t good things, but God in His infinite power can use these horrible things for His purpose, and for His (and our) good.

    The darkness is still dark, the pain still hurts, the unknown is still scary… but God is there, and that changes everything.

    Can we believe Romans 8:28? Yes, but we need to start with God and not just tack Him on as an afterthought.

    When we experience tough things it isn’t that God’s power is just barely keeping up. Rather God is restraining His power because He knows that we need tough things to grow and to learn.

    We Need an Eternal Perspective

    So many things are unexplainable. Why does a tornado destroy one house and leave the next? Why does one people struggle with health and another one doesn’t. Why does a tumor come back with the doctor thought they got it all? Why does that person who is counted on heavily pass away?

    As humans, we tend to judge the end by the right now. We tend to judge what we cannot see by what we can see. When tragedy strikes we assume that there isn’t a purpose. The opposite is what we need to do, judge right now in light of what we know the end will be.

    When you put two things together and they become more than they are on their own, that is synergy. God’s power and wisdom can work together with the things in our life have a purpose. God is working, He is up to something and that something is always good, even if we don’t understand it.

    God begins with the raw materials of life. As we surrender to our powerful creator, something beautiful is being created. God continually is shaping and molding us. God is busy even today in the situation you find yourself in.

    We Must Define the Word Good – What Does Good Mean Here?

    Most of us would define good as “wealth, happiness, money, ease of life, etc.” Generally, we might say that a good life is a better set of circumstances.

    We tend to choose trinkets over treasure in life. Wealth, stuff, phones, houses, prosperity, fun, etc, are trinkets that Satan dangles in front of us to lure us away from the true treasure.

    The next verse talks about being “conformed to the image of His Son.” God has a purpose for His children to become like Jesus. This is the good that is being talked about in verse 28.

    Whatever it takes to make you and I more like Jesus… that is what is good. That is difficult to say and believe because that can include bad things. We reach out more to God when we are in pain than we do when we are in good health. Even as we experienced pain and hard things we can know that God is up to something.

    Many times we don’t see the things that God is doing. When we know the character of God though, we can be assured that God is doing good things. There is a lot that we don’t know, but we do know that God is at work.

    A Few Final Things

    We must understand the qualifications for this verse to be true in our lives. This promise is not for the unbeliever. This promise is not for a person who says they love God but lives as if they love something else. God does hear the prayer of the repentant believer, but this promise does have a qualification.

    It isn’t always possible to explain the unexplainable. Sometimes it is just better to admit that we don’t know why.

    We must understand that Gods and our values aren’t always the same. It’s kind of like saying “we understand that we don’t fully understand.”

    Hard times have a way of revealing to us what our treasure is and what really matters to us.

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    Romans 8:28 – This is probably one of the most well-known verses in the Bible, right up there with John 3:16. What does it mean for us? Many of us one way or another have experienced hard things in life. Sometimes these hard things are short-lived and ... Many of us one way or another have experienced hard things in life. Sometimes these hard things are short-lived and then life is back to normal. When those things seem to go on and on, believing this verse can become more difficult… when it seems that there is no end in sight.
    How could Paul know that all things work together for good? The things that this promise includes, covers things that we often think might should be left out. Would it be more accurate to say “somethings” work together for good? God instructed Paul to write “all things” work together for good.
    Being able to look back at things that were hard, and see good things that God did through it can be incredibly encouraging. God can use hard things for our good. We tend to quickly forget those things though, and we go on, get our feet back under us and we get distracted and busy.
    Romans 8:28 is the hardest to embrace in the middle of a struggle. We can have nagging doubts, our enemy loves to slap us in the face with the promises in the Bible and what is being allowed in our life. Is God coming through for you? Has He given you any answers? This is what Satan was doing with Job…
    Sometimes this verse is like a balm to the soul, it is encouraging and gives us hope. At other times it can feel like a cruel joke.
    So, what do we do with Romans 8:28?
    Some Things Romans 8:28 Does Not Say
    First, we cannot live recklessly and expect God to wave a wand over our dumb choices and turn them into good things. There are consequences for sin and we will reap what we say. God can and will forgive us when we make poor choices and sin, He gives us what we need to live in victory and to walk with Him.
    Second, this is a promise to those who love Him and are living for Him. There is a qualification for the promise that is being given. This promise is for a true believer who seeks to live for Christ in all of life.
    This verse also doesn’t say that “all things are good in and of themselves.” Until Jesus returns sin will continue to devastate those who indulge in it. Our world is broken and groans under the weight of sin.
    No matter how positively we force ourselves to think, there is nothing good about cancer, abuse, murder, and all the terrible things that people experience. Although Satan is powerful, God is infinitely more powerful, that is the key reminder here in this verse. If we can grasp the one-sidedness of this reality it will help us choose more wisely.
    We Must Begin With God
    As we experience tough things in life, we must begin with God instead of adding Him on at the end. Our typical response is to try to steer things in a specific direction, we are far better off when we begin with God and seek His direction.
    God is there at the beginning. Not only in the book of Genesis but also the day we are born, the moment we go into a tough situation. He was there long before we got there.
    God is at the end as well, but He is there at the beginning and throughout all the hard things we face. Whatever you are facing, God is there.
    More than likely God has been preparing us for this moment. The circumstances of life, the gifts He has given us, the opportunities we have.
    Life is not a fairy tale. There is so much we don’t understand. It is so hard to see how these things can be good things because they aren’t good things, but God in His infinite power can use these horrible things for His purpose, and for His (and our) good.
    The darkness is still dark, the pain still hurts, the unknown is still scary… but God is there, and that changes everything.
    Can we believe Romans 8:28? Yes, but we need to start with God and not just tack Him on as an afterthought.
    When we experience tough things it isn’t that God’s power is just barely keepi...]]>
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    An Invitation to Come to Jesus, Just As You Are - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/an-invitation-to-come-to-jesus-just-as-you-are/ Mon, 26 Jul 2021 00:19:59 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3924 https://www.bmcgladys.com/an-invitation-to-come-to-jesus-just-as-you-are/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/an-invitation-to-come-to-jesus-just-as-you-are/feed/ 0 <p>Whosoever will may come. Whoever desires to, is invited to come to Jesus. These are great invitations, Jesus says that few will respond to his invitation. We’ve sung the song “Just As I Am” many times. Though it is often sung at revival meetings, it seems like it is applicable to all of a Christians […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/an-invitation-to-come-to-jesus-just-as-you-are/">An Invitation to Come to Jesus, Just As You Are</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Whosoever will may come. Whoever desires to, is invited to come to Jesus. These are great invitations, Jesus says that few will respond to his invitation.

    We’ve sung the song “Just As I Am” many times. Though it is often sung at revival meetings, it seems like it is applicable to all of a Christians life. From conversion to wherever we are in our spiritual journey towards greater Christlikeness.

    We start our Christian life without any merit. We have no plea, no case that we can make on our own. We have no chance before a holy God except for two things. First, that Christs blood was shed for me, and second, that Christ calls us to come to Him!

    1 John tells us that if we believe we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and forgive us. When we falter and stumble and fall… even after we have come to Christ. When we fall we must repent… and we need to come to Him as we are, messy, dirty, not so pretty and needing to be cleaned up… and He is there.

    There is a power there for all of the sons of Christ. We are still hearing the shepherds call and we must respond… Hebrews says that when we hear the call, we must not harden our hearts. Sometimes it is conviction, sometimes it is direction, sometimes it is insights and a call to draw nearer to him, but we are still hearing that call.

    There are other calls in scripture, John 15 calls us to abide in Christ, just like a branch on a grape vine is connected and abides in the main trunk of the plant.

    Say yes to the call of God, commit yourself to the new man. Instead of unforgiveness forgiveness. Instead of covetousness contentment. Instead of impurity purity.

    Sometimes we are also called to suffer. 1 Peter 2 tells us that we are called to follow in the steps of Christ, even when we enter into sufferring.

    Mark 1:17 – We are called to join Jesus and the Spirit in calling others.

    Sometime we will hear the last call. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 – when we answer that call we will forever be with the Lord. We will have arrived, we will be praising Him forever.

    References mentioned – John 7:37, Revelation 21:17, Acts 2, 1 John 1, Hebrews 4:14, Hebrews 3:1-15, John 15, Mathew 11, 1 Peter, Mark 1:17, 1 Thessalonians 4:17

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    Whosoever will may come. Whoever desires to, is invited to come to Jesus. These are great invitations, Jesus says that few will respond to his invitation. We’ve sung the song “Just As I Am” many times. Though it is often sung at revival meetings, We’ve sung the song “Just As I Am” many times. Though it is often sung at revival meetings, it seems like it is applicable to all of a Christians life. From conversion to wherever we are in our spiritual journey towards greater Christlikeness.
    We start our Christian life without any merit. We have no plea, no case that we can make on our own. We have no chance before a holy God except for two things. First, that Christs blood was shed for me, and second, that Christ calls us to come to Him!
    1 John tells us that if we believe we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and forgive us. When we falter and stumble and fall… even after we have come to Christ. When we fall we must repent… and we need to come to Him as we are, messy, dirty, not so pretty and needing to be cleaned up… and He is there.
    There is a power there for all of the sons of Christ. We are still hearing the shepherds call and we must respond… Hebrews says that when we hear the call, we must not harden our hearts. Sometimes it is conviction, sometimes it is direction, sometimes it is insights and a call to draw nearer to him, but we are still hearing that call.
    There are other calls in scripture, John 15 calls us to abide in Christ, just like a branch on a grape vine is connected and abides in the main trunk of the plant.
    Say yes to the call of God, commit yourself to the new man. Instead of unforgiveness forgiveness. Instead of covetousness contentment. Instead of impurity purity.
    Sometimes we are also called to suffer. 1 Peter 2 tells us that we are called to follow in the steps of Christ, even when we enter into sufferring.
    Mark 1:17 – We are called to join Jesus and the Spirit in calling others.
    Sometime we will hear the last call. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 – when we answer that call we will forever be with the Lord. We will have arrived, we will be praising Him forever.
    References mentioned – John 7:37, Revelation 21:17, Acts 2, 1 John 1, Hebrews 4:14, Hebrews 3:1-15, John 15, Mathew 11, 1 Peter, Mark 1:17, 1 Thessalonians 4:17
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    Bethel Mennonite Church clean 40:07
    Characteristics of a New Testament Church - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/characteristics-of-a-new-testament-church/ Mon, 19 Jul 2021 00:15:27 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3922 https://www.bmcgladys.com/characteristics-of-a-new-testament-church/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/characteristics-of-a-new-testament-church/feed/ 0 <p>Text: Matthew 28:18-20 Other Scriptures referred to: Habakkuk 2:2; Acts 2, 4; Acts 10, 11; Galatians 2:11; Acts 15; Colossians 2 Characteristics of a New Testament church: It has a mission or purpose (Matthew 28:18-20) It has a shared vision of what God wants to accomplish through this church It has struggled with relational and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/characteristics-of-a-new-testament-church/">Characteristics of a New Testament Church</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Text: Matthew 28:18-20

    Other Scriptures referred to: Habakkuk 2:2; Acts 2, 4; Acts 10, 11; Galatians 2:11; Acts 15; Colossians 2

    Characteristics of a New Testament church:

    • It has a mission or purpose (Matthew 28:18-20)
    • It has a shared vision of what God wants to accomplish through this church
    • It has struggled with relational and disciplining issues — these are not a reason to panic
    • It clarifies beliefs and practices
    • It has ordained leaders (didn’t have time to address)

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    Text: Matthew 28:18-20 Other Scriptures referred to: Habakkuk 2:2; Acts 2, 4; Acts 10, 11; Galatians 2:11; Acts 15; Colossians 2 Characteristics of a New Testament church: It has a mission or purpose (Matthew 28:18-20) It has a shared vision of what Go... Other Scriptures referred to: Habakkuk 2:2; Acts 2, 4; Acts 10, 11; Galatians 2:11; Acts 15; Colossians 2
    Characteristics of a New Testament church:

    * It has a mission or purpose (Matthew 28:18-20)
    * It has a shared vision of what God wants to accomplish through this church
    * It has struggled with relational and disciplining issues — these are not a reason to panic
    * It clarifies beliefs and practices
    * It has ordained leaders (didn’t have time to address)

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    Bethel Mennonite Church clean 1:03:40
    Life Lessons from Esther Glick - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/life-lessons-from-esther-glick/ Sun, 04 Jul 2021 20:09:02 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3916 https://www.bmcgladys.com/life-lessons-from-esther-glick/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/life-lessons-from-esther-glick/feed/ 0 <p>Esther was a remarkable lady. She was born with some handicaps but she didn’t let them stop or discourage her, she was a cheerful soul. She was contented, and at peace with how things were. Esther may not have moved gracefully or easily, but she did move. She had limitations, what can a person with […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/life-lessons-from-esther-glick/">Life Lessons from Esther Glick</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Esther was a remarkable lady. She was born with some handicaps but she didn’t let them stop or discourage her, she was a cheerful soul. She was contented, and at peace with how things were.

    Esther may not have moved gracefully or easily, but she did move. She had limitations, what can a person with limitations do for others? God values and uses small things. Things that man would call insignificant, unimportant, and foolish even.

    1 Corinthians 1:27 – God often uses what to man are small, unimportant, unimpressive things to further His purpose. Esther was a useful member of the Kingdom. Small things are great when offered with devotion, God uses faithful, devoted people, regardless of what they appear to have to offer.

    Esther did faithfully what she could, God blessed her for that, and He used her to bless others. Though she was handicapped, she had a heart of gold. She fully embraced a simple gospel and had a strong faith in Christ.

    Psalm 23 – God was with Esther all of her life, He showed her goodness and mercy. She is with her in His presence, with her forever. Esther loved Jesus, and she followed Jesus.

    There was a kindness and an interest in people in Esther that was attractive to others. She was always ready to listen to the troubles that people shared with her. She ministered to and encouraged many people offering comfort and blessing.

    Esther prayed a lot, she had a long list of family and others who she prayed for often. She was a pillar in this church, for the support and the prayers she offered. A pillar isn’t necessarily about prominence, but its main function is support. Her prayers and encouragement and support were very supportive to us as a church.

    Esther would say, “I sing, I pray, I chase the devil away.” God watched Esther serve, God noticed.

    John 4:1-3 – Jesus is preparing a place for those who love Him and who are devoted to Him and love others. Esther wanted to get back home while she was in the hospital, and though she didn’t make it back to her home here on earth, she is home, finally and forever home.

    1 John 3 – People who love Jesus and are living for Jesus don’t live for themselves or for the world. We can have confidence when a saint passes away that they have gone to be with Jesus. We also have faith that someday Jesus is coming for those who are redeemed.

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    Esther was a remarkable lady. She was born with some handicaps but she didn’t let them stop or discourage her, she was a cheerful soul. She was contented, and at peace with how things were. Esther may not have moved gracefully or easily, Esther may not have moved gracefully or easily, but she did move. She had limitations, what can a person with limitations do for others? God values and uses small things. Things that man would call insignificant, unimportant, and foolish even.
    1 Corinthians 1:27 – God often uses what to man are small, unimportant, unimpressive things to further His purpose. Esther was a useful member of the Kingdom. Small things are great when offered with devotion, God uses faithful, devoted people, regardless of what they appear to have to offer.
    Esther did faithfully what she could, God blessed her for that, and He used her to bless others. Though she was handicapped, she had a heart of gold. She fully embraced a simple gospel and had a strong faith in Christ.
    Psalm 23 – God was with Esther all of her life, He showed her goodness and mercy. She is with her in His presence, with her forever. Esther loved Jesus, and she followed Jesus.
    There was a kindness and an interest in people in Esther that was attractive to others. She was always ready to listen to the troubles that people shared with her. She ministered to and encouraged many people offering comfort and blessing.
    Esther prayed a lot, she had a long list of family and others who she prayed for often. She was a pillar in this church, for the support and the prayers she offered. A pillar isn’t necessarily about prominence, but its main function is support. Her prayers and encouragement and support were very supportive to us as a church.
    Esther would say, “I sing, I pray, I chase the devil away.” God watched Esther serve, God noticed.
    John 4:1-3 – Jesus is preparing a place for those who love Him and who are devoted to Him and love others. Esther wanted to get back home while she was in the hospital, and though she didn’t make it back to her home here on earth, she is home, finally and forever home.
    1 John 3 – People who love Jesus and are living for Jesus don’t live for themselves or for the world. We can have confidence when a saint passes away that they have gone to be with Jesus. We also have faith that someday Jesus is coming for those who are redeemed.
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    In The Christian Church Everyone Should Matter - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/in-the-christian-church-everyone-should-matter/ Sun, 27 Jun 2021 19:09:55 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3912 https://www.bmcgladys.com/in-the-christian-church-everyone-should-matter/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/in-the-christian-church-everyone-should-matter/feed/ 0 <p>1 Thessalonians 5:11-15 – These are instructions to every member of the church in Thessalonica to comfort one another. Always pursue what is good for both yourselves and for all. Do all of these things in patience. Some churches would say, and would actually have it written in their constitution, that church member problems are […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/in-the-christian-church-everyone-should-matter/">In The Christian Church Everyone Should Matter</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> 1 Thessalonians 5:11-15 – These are instructions to every member of the church in Thessalonica to comfort one another. Always pursue what is good for both yourselves and for all. Do all of these things in patience.

    Some churches would say, and would actually have it written in their constitution, that church member problems are the work of the deacons. In many Anabaptist churches that is “the ministers work” to get fixed.

    What can often happen is when a member notices a problem or an issue, they go to a minister and expect them to take care of it. Paul didn’t say that troubles between church members are the leadership’s problems, he says that addressing these things are the role of anyone, and everyone.

    Brothers and sisters looking out for each other, the brotherhood is a mission and a concern and a burden for all of us.

    Ephesians 4:11-16 – To the church God has given apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers.

    The purpose of all of these is for the equipping of the saints. Teaching, inspiration, encouragement, helping to feel a burden, providing tools with the goal of a unity of faith in Jesus and the knowledge of Jesus the Son of God. There is a second purpose, growth and becoming more and more like Christ.

    We are not to remain children and continue in the struggles that we’ve had all of our lives. We are meant to grow in Christ and bear spiritual fruit for the Kingdom. Some grow in leaps and bounds, others grow more slowly… we all have room to grow.

    God makes the whole body fit together perfectly. The whole body can be healthy and growing and full of life. Here we have numerous members of a church, there are points of contact, ligaments that hold us together, blessings can flow through those points of connection. These are meant to flow in both directions, sometimes it’s me in great need and someone encourages me. Sometimes, maybe I even bless someone else!

    What Are The Characteristics of People Who Edify Others

    Jude 1:20 – Keep yourselves in the love of God, building yourselves up… it isn’t really us doing the work, but it is us taking the steps and doing the things necessary for God to live in and work in our hearts. To be effective we need to start by edifying ourselves.

    Love – If you go throughout the New Testament this is mentioned over and over again. All of these other characteristics are rooted and founded in love.

    John 13:34 – Love is the thing that sets the Christian apart.

    Romans 12:9-10 – Love needs to be genuine, it needs to be worked out.

    Galatians 6:2 – Prayer for others, for ourselves for their and our burdens. Ask God to help you see the needs and burdens of others.

    Philippians 2 – Humility, look out not only for the interests of yourself but also the needs of others. Don’t compare yourself to them, be interested in them, be a servant, someone who washes the feet of others. A person who is an edifier is a humble person.

    Romans 16:1 – Appreciation is something that is usually very evident in those who are edifying others. When we acknowledge that someone blessed us in some way beyond ourselves, it is a good habit to acknowledge the effort of others. It does something for us, and it does something for the person we are commending.

    1 Thessalonians 5:14 – Patience, be patient with all. We can become irritated at people, impatient with people, etc. This is not a helpful attitude. How patient and gentle has God been with us?

    Galatians 6:1 – Empathy, being able to sympathize with others. Considering yourself, and your own problems, you can identify with this brother, listen, care, encourage, firmness, but all with sympathy.

    Luke 10:25-37 – The Samaritan had compassion. He had empathy, he cared for the man, he cared about him. He engaged with the man who had been robbed.

    Ephesians 4:32 – Mercy… don’t set up conditions before you will forgive someone. We must have a forgiving attitude even if the wrong is not acknowledged or asked for. We can have peace by extending mercy and forgiveness, this is true everywhere, but especially effective within the church between brothers and sisters.

    Hebrews 12:14-15 – We all affect others, God has called us to the high calling of edifying and encouraging one another in the brotherhood. If we don’t it is possible to have a very harmful effect, even in the church!

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    1 Thessalonians 5:11-15 – These are instructions to every member of the church in Thessalonica to comfort one another. Always pursue what is good for both yourselves and for all. Do all of these things in patience. Some churches would say, Some churches would say, and would actually have it written in their constitution, that church member problems are the work of the deacons. In many Anabaptist churches that is “the ministers work” to get fixed.
    What can often happen is when a member notices a problem or an issue, they go to a minister and expect them to take care of it. Paul didn’t say that troubles between church members are the leadership’s problems, he says that addressing these things are the role of anyone, and everyone.
    Brothers and sisters looking out for each other, the brotherhood is a mission and a concern and a burden for all of us.
    Ephesians 4:11-16 – To the church God has given apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers.
    The purpose of all of these is for the equipping of the saints. Teaching, inspiration, encouragement, helping to feel a burden, providing tools with the goal of a unity of faith in Jesus and the knowledge of Jesus the Son of God. There is a second purpose, growth and becoming more and more like Christ.
    We are not to remain children and continue in the struggles that we’ve had all of our lives. We are meant to grow in Christ and bear spiritual fruit for the Kingdom. Some grow in leaps and bounds, others grow more slowly… we all have room to grow.
    God makes the whole body fit together perfectly. The whole body can be healthy and growing and full of life. Here we have numerous members of a church, there are points of contact, ligaments that hold us together, blessings can flow through those points of connection. These are meant to flow in both directions, sometimes it’s me in great need and someone encourages me. Sometimes, maybe I even bless someone else!
    What Are The Characteristics of People Who Edify Others
    Jude 1:20 – Keep yourselves in the love of God, building yourselves up… it isn’t really us doing the work, but it is us taking the steps and doing the things necessary for God to live in and work in our hearts. To be effective we need to start by edifying ourselves.
    Love – If you go throughout the New Testament this is mentioned over and over again. All of these other characteristics are rooted and founded in love.
    John 13:34 – Love is the thing that sets the Christian apart.
    Romans 12:9-10 – Love needs to be genuine, it needs to be worked out.
    Galatians 6:2 – Prayer for others, for ourselves for their and our burdens. Ask God to help you see the needs and burdens of others.
    Philippians 2 – Humility, look out not only for the interests of yourself but also the needs of others. Don’t compare yourself to them, be interested in them, be a servant, someone who washes the feet of others. A person who is an edifier is a humble person.
    Romans 16:1 – Appreciation is something that is usually very evident in those who are edifying others. When we acknowledge that someone blessed us in some way beyond ourselves, it is a good habit to acknowledge the effort of others. It does something for us, and it does something for the person we are commending.
    1 Thessalonians 5:14 – Patience, be patient with all. We can become irritated at people, impatient with people, etc. This is not a helpful attitude. How patient and gentle has God been with us?
    Galatians 6:1 – Empathy, being able to sympathize with others. Considering yourself, and your own problems, you can identify with this brother, listen, care, encourage, firmness, but all with sympathy.
    Luke 10:25-37 – The Samaritan had compassion. He had empathy, he cared for the man, he cared about him.]]>
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    Some Thoughts on What a New Testament Church Means - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/some-thoughts-on-what-a-new-testament-church-means/ Sun, 20 Jun 2021 19:27:34 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3908 https://www.bmcgladys.com/some-thoughts-on-what-a-new-testament-church-means/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/some-thoughts-on-what-a-new-testament-church-means/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 28:18-20 – The mission of the church of Jesus Christ is to make disciples of all nations. Disciples who are formed into the character of Christ. We are called to bring people into a yielded heart relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord. Galatians 4:19 – That Christ may be formed in you. Seeing Christ […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/some-thoughts-on-what-a-new-testament-church-means/">Some Thoughts on What a New Testament Church Means</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Matthew 28:18-20 – The mission of the church of Jesus Christ is to make disciples of all nations. Disciples who are formed into the character of Christ. We are called to bring people into a yielded heart relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord.

    Galatians 4:19 – That Christ may be formed in you. Seeing Christ formed in each individual is the mission of the church.

    Some characteristics of a Biblical community.
    – The people have a common truth base. They gather together around the scripture.
    – They have a common understanding of who Christ is in the church. They believe that Christ is the way, the truth, the life, He is the one around whom people gather. Everything revolves around Jesus.
    – A common understanding of the role of the Church and its role in the ongoing work of Christ in the world.
    – A common mission.
    – A common creed and standards.
    – A Biblical community has common traditions.
    – A common understanding of the role of authority.

    What is unity? It is not the absence of difference debate or diversity. It is rather the presence of a common vision and passion resting on the foundation of commonalities. All rooted in one great truth, Jesus Christ is Lord of heaven and earth and all that is therein.

    Wisdom is a moral quality moving to the heart. All of us are foolish about something but wisdom comes as we learn to repent.

    The goal of the ministry is to lead the church in a wide purposeful change of standards and traditions without loosing the foundation that those standards and traditions are based upon.

    God is calling us to a belonging relationship with Jesus Christ.

    Christ has not called us into bondage but to a love relationship that leads us to love and serve others freely from the heart.

    Repent. Fellowship cannot be organized around practices. It must be organized around God.

    The characteristics of those who turn to Christ are humility, willingness to let Christ be Lord. Jesus calls us to look away from satan and his temptations and to look instead to Jesus.

    The dynamic energy of the Holy Spirit is not apposed to the organization in the church. Jesus is Lord, but this proclamation must be worked out in the life of the church.

    Honesty is not the ability to accurately describe how one feels. Honesty is the freedom to exercise integrity in exploring the real reasons why I feel and act the way I do. There is surface honesty, moral honesty, and honesty with integrity to move to repentance.

    The gospel does not offer us deliverance from death, fulfillment of our dreams, immediate escape from suffering. Instead, it offers us life, the path to life is death, God is calling us to surrender rather than preserve our life.

    No significant change is painless. Confusion is an understood companion of change. One cannot wait to make decisions until all confusion is gone. Dynamic change will always result in the death of something. When we choose one choice of action we have to simultaneously put another one to death.

    How do we live well in the present in light of eternity? The hard circumstances in life are not the cross… the surrender to Christ in the hard circumstances is the cross. This is how you enter eternal life, through the cross.

    Death only has power over what you hold onto. Whatever we yield to Christ the devil has no power to destroy. The strength that we admire in people is found in daily dying to Christ.

    The greatest moments in leadership always follow great moments of struggle or disaster. The greatest challenge of leadership is to offer something life-giving without destroying what people have that is good.

    Acts 15 – The Jerusalem conference. Leaders are not tyrants but they do have authority.

    We face the challenge of helping each person experience growth and gain, to follow Christ before Christ has answered all of our questions or removed all our fears. We have to move away from the demand that Jesus and others save us without our heart, mind and will participating.

    Colossians 2 – No philosophy of man can replace the word of God. Proper interpretations of scripture require that we have to keep both sides of the issue in proper tension.

    Acts 4 – The early church had no plan, but they had their experience with Jesus and they prayed. That is what we read. They didn’t try to figure out how to make this thing work. They didn’t try to figure out how to make this thing work like a business would. They spent a lot of time together. They shared together in victories and losses. They struggled with relational and other issues. Struggles in the life of the church are not uncommon.

    Scriptures used – Matthew 28:18-20, Galatians 4:19, Acts 15, Colossians 2, 2 Corinthians 3, Acts 4

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    Matthew 28:18-20 – The mission of the church of Jesus Christ is to make disciples of all nations. Disciples who are formed into the character of Christ. We are called to bring people into a yielded heart relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord. Galatians 4:19 – That Christ may be formed in you. Seeing Christ formed in each individual is the mission of the church.
    Some characteristics of a Biblical community.
    – The people have a common truth base. They gather together around the scripture.
    – They have a common understanding of who Christ is in the church. They believe that Christ is the way, the truth, the life, He is the one around whom people gather. Everything revolves around Jesus.
    – A common understanding of the role of the Church and its role in the ongoing work of Christ in the world.
    – A common mission.
    – A common creed and standards.
    – A Biblical community has common traditions.
    – A common understanding of the role of authority.
    What is unity? It is not the absence of difference debate or diversity. It is rather the presence of a common vision and passion resting on the foundation of commonalities. All rooted in one great truth, Jesus Christ is Lord of heaven and earth and all that is therein.
    Wisdom is a moral quality moving to the heart. All of us are foolish about something but wisdom comes as we learn to repent.
    The goal of the ministry is to lead the church in a wide purposeful change of standards and traditions without loosing the foundation that those standards and traditions are based upon.
    God is calling us to a belonging relationship with Jesus Christ.
    Christ has not called us into bondage but to a love relationship that leads us to love and serve others freely from the heart.
    Repent. Fellowship cannot be organized around practices. It must be organized around God.
    The characteristics of those who turn to Christ are humility, willingness to let Christ be Lord. Jesus calls us to look away from satan and his temptations and to look instead to Jesus.
    The dynamic energy of the Holy Spirit is not apposed to the organization in the church. Jesus is Lord, but this proclamation must be worked out in the life of the church.
    Honesty is not the ability to accurately describe how one feels. Honesty is the freedom to exercise integrity in exploring the real reasons why I feel and act the way I do. There is surface honesty, moral honesty, and honesty with integrity to move to repentance.
    The gospel does not offer us deliverance from death, fulfillment of our dreams, immediate escape from suffering. Instead, it offers us life, the path to life is death, God is calling us to surrender rather than preserve our life.
    No significant change is painless. Confusion is an understood companion of change. One cannot wait to make decisions until all confusion is gone. Dynamic change will always result in the death of something. When we choose one choice of action we have to simultaneously put another one to death.
    How do we live well in the present in light of eternity? The hard circumstances in life are not the cross… the surrender to Christ in the hard circumstances is the cross. This is how you enter eternal life, through the cross.
    Death only has power over what you hold onto. Whatever we yield to Christ the devil has no power to destroy. The strength that we admire in people is found in daily dying to Christ.
    The greatest moments in leadership always follow great moments of struggle or disaster. The greatest challenge of leadership is to offer something life-giving without destroying what people have that is good.
    Acts 15 – The Jerusalem conference. Leaders are not tyrants but they do have authority.
    We face the challenge of helping each person experience growth and gain,]]>
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    Difficulties, Circumstances, Weakness and Their Affect On Our Service to Christ - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/difficulties-circumstances-weakness-and-their-affect-on-our-service-to-christ/ Sun, 13 Jun 2021 21:34:26 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3903 https://www.bmcgladys.com/difficulties-circumstances-weakness-and-their-affect-on-our-service-to-christ/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/difficulties-circumstances-weakness-and-their-affect-on-our-service-to-christ/feed/ 0 <p>What was Paul’s thorn in the flesh? There are several ideas, but it seems to be some kind of “bodily ailment.” What does God mean by “weakness?” When God says that His grace is made perfect in weakness He isn’t talking about character flaws. God can do more through weak people. God’s power can do […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/difficulties-circumstances-weakness-and-their-affect-on-our-service-to-christ/">Difficulties, Circumstances, Weakness and Their Affect On Our Service to Christ</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> What was Paul’s thorn in the flesh? There are several ideas, but it seems to be some kind of “bodily ailment.”

    What does God mean by “weakness?” When God says that His grace is made perfect in weakness He isn’t talking about character flaws.

    God can do more through weak people. God’s power can do more with people who are aware of their limitations. Are the things that God is accomplishing through you the same things that God wanted to accomplish with you?

    Strong people are vulnerable to pride. The original purpose of Paul’s thorn in the flesh was to help keep him from being conceited.

    Even Paul needed to be weak. Paul asked God to remove this thorn in His flesh three times. It likely made a lot of sense for this thorn in his flesh to be removed. He had lots of churches he was responsible for, he had a lot to do, couldn’t he do more without this thorn in his flesh?

    • If you can do something about your weaknesses you probably should. God expects us to seek healing, pray about our sicknesses, etc.
    • Don’t feel guilty about the things that you aren’t able to do. The devil would like us to concentrate on these things and get us angry, crushed, confused.
    • Keep pushing yourself in spite of limitations and handicaps. Paul didn’t use his thorn as a reason to stay home. This does call for a lot of wisdom, but at times we need to give God the opportunity to work in spite of our limitations.
    • Seek to find contentment in your difficulties. Paul says that he is content in spite of his weaknesses and difficulties. If in the end, God can use us more effectively, that should be a source of contentment.
    • Remember that your limitation might be doing something important in you.
    • Remember that we are weak anyway. Whether we have lots of hardships or none that we can think of… remember that we are weak and limited anyway. We are unable to do anything worthwhile without God’s help.

    Scriptures used – 2 Corinthians 12:1-10, Galatians 4, Ephesians 4, 1 Corinthians 1:26

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    What was Paul’s thorn in the flesh? There are several ideas, but it seems to be some kind of “bodily ailment.” What does God mean by “weakness?” When God says that His grace is made perfect in weakness He isn’t talking about character flaws. What does God mean by “weakness?” When God says that His grace is made perfect in weakness He isn’t talking about character flaws.
    God can do more through weak people. God’s power can do more with people who are aware of their limitations. Are the things that God is accomplishing through you the same things that God wanted to accomplish with you?
    Strong people are vulnerable to pride. The original purpose of Paul’s thorn in the flesh was to help keep him from being conceited.
    Even Paul needed to be weak. Paul asked God to remove this thorn in His flesh three times. It likely made a lot of sense for this thorn in his flesh to be removed. He had lots of churches he was responsible for, he had a lot to do, couldn’t he do more without this thorn in his flesh?

    * If you can do something about your weaknesses you probably should. God expects us to seek healing, pray about our sicknesses, etc.
    * Don’t feel guilty about the things that you aren’t able to do. The devil would like us to concentrate on these things and get us angry, crushed, confused.
    * Keep pushing yourself in spite of limitations and handicaps. Paul didn’t use his thorn as a reason to stay home. This does call for a lot of wisdom, but at times we need to give God the opportunity to work in spite of our limitations.
    * Seek to find contentment in your difficulties. Paul says that he is content in spite of his weaknesses and difficulties. If in the end, God can use us more effectively, that should be a source of contentment.
    * Remember that your limitation might be doing something important in you.
    * Remember that we are weak anyway. Whether we have lots of hardships or none that we can think of… remember that we are weak and limited anyway. We are unable to do anything worthwhile without God’s help.

    Scriptures used – 2 Corinthians 12:1-10, Galatians 4, Ephesians 4, 1 Corinthians 1:26
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    A Gentle Might Under God's Control - John Waldron https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-gentle-might-under-gods-control/ Sun, 06 Jun 2021 21:17:22 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3899 https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-gentle-might-under-gods-control/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-gentle-might-under-gods-control/feed/ 0 <p>It isn’t that we’re so strong, it is that we are under God’s control and choose to be gentle no matter what situation we find ourselves in. We often think of cowardly, weakness, etc when talking about meekness, but that isn’t the real definition of meekness. If you care deeply about something you’ll find your […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-gentle-might-under-gods-control/">A Gentle Might Under God’s Control</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> It isn’t that we’re so strong, it is that we are under God’s control and choose to be gentle no matter what situation we find ourselves in. We often think of cowardly, weakness, etc when talking about meekness, but that isn’t the real definition of meekness.

    If you care deeply about something you’ll find your passion showing up when someone attacks or challenges the thing you care deeply about. Meekness is almost more about how we do things than what we things we do.

    What is the opposite of meekness? Meekness is having control over your anger regardless of the situation.

    Moses plead for his sister and for the Children of Israel multiple times. We often plead for ourselves, but how often do we plead for others?

    Jesus is a perfect example of everything. Jesus never got upset over personal attacks, He got upset over people making the template a den of thieves.

    God rewards those who are not focused on themselves.

    Why should we be meek?

    1. It is commanded in scripture. If you follow the Spirit, you will be meek!
    2. There are rewards offered for the meek.
    3. We will reach more for the kingdom when we put on meekness.

    What does meekness in practice look like in our daily life.

    1. The meek is slow to anger, and never angry because of an offense to ourselves.
    2. Meekness means forgiveness. Deal quickly with anger when you realize that you need to. The only people you have to forgive are those that Jesus died for… (in case that isn’t clear, that means everyone). The point of meekness is not that we don’t care about the past, but that we refuse to bring it up with a desire of vengeance on someone.
    3. The meek are patient in adversity. The key is understanding who it is that we are waiting on, we are waiting on God, not some human.
    4. The meek are gentle with those who are weaker than we are.

    Scriptures used – Galatians 5:22-26, Numbers 12:1-15, Exodus 32:33-35, Matthew 11:28-30, Matthew 5:5, Matthew 18:13, 1 Corinthians 10, 1 Corinthians 9, James 1:19-20, Proverbs 19:12, Proverbs 14:29, Proverbs 15:1, Mark 11:25, Romans 8:25, Psalm 37:7-9, James 5:7-9, Acts 23, 1 Thessalonians

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    It isn’t that we’re so strong, it is that we are under God’s control and choose to be gentle no matter what situation we find ourselves in. We often think of cowardly, weakness, etc when talking about meekness, If you care deeply about something you’ll find your passion showing up when someone attacks or challenges the thing you care deeply about. Meekness is almost more about how we do things than what we things we do.
    What is the opposite of meekness? Meekness is having control over your anger regardless of the situation.
    Moses plead for his sister and for the Children of Israel multiple times. We often plead for ourselves, but how often do we plead for others?
    Jesus is a perfect example of everything. Jesus never got upset over personal attacks, He got upset over people making the template a den of thieves.
    God rewards those who are not focused on themselves.
    Why should we be meek?

    * It is commanded in scripture. If you follow the Spirit, you will be meek!
    * There are rewards offered for the meek.
    * We will reach more for the kingdom when we put on meekness.

    What does meekness in practice look like in our daily life.

    * The meek is slow to anger, and never angry because of an offense to ourselves.
    * Meekness means forgiveness. Deal quickly with anger when you realize that you need to. The only people you have to forgive are those that Jesus died for… (in case that isn’t clear, that means everyone). The point of meekness is not that we don’t care about the past, but that we refuse to bring it up with a desire of vengeance on someone.
    * The meek are patient in adversity. The key is understanding who it is that we are waiting on, we are waiting on God, not some human.
    * The meek are gentle with those who are weaker than we are.

    Scriptures used – Galatians 5:22-26, Numbers 12:1-15, Exodus 32:33-35, Matthew 11:28-30, Matthew 5:5, Matthew 18:13, 1 Corinthians 10, 1 Corinthians 9, James 1:19-20, Proverbs 19:12, Proverbs 14:29, Proverbs 15:1, Mark 11:25, Romans 8:25, Psalm 37:7-9, James 5:7-9, Acts 23, 1 Thessalonians
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    A Conflict of Wills for Horses, Christians, Children - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-conflict-of-wills-for-horses-christians-children/ Sun, 30 May 2021 19:51:13 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3896 https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-conflict-of-wills-for-horses-christians-children/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-conflict-of-wills-for-horses-christians-children/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 6:9-15 – We know that God’s will is not done on earth as it is in heaven… so how does this prayer even begin to be answered? A lack of cooperation is a trait of untrained, unbroken horses. They are big and strong and can be dangerous if they are not under control. To […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-conflict-of-wills-for-horses-christians-children/">A Conflict of Wills for Horses, Christians, Children</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Matthew 6:9-15 – We know that God’s will is not done on earth as it is in heaven… so how does this prayer even begin to be answered?

    A lack of cooperation is a trait of untrained, unbroken horses. They are big and strong and can be dangerous if they are not under control. To be useful, horses need to be broken and trained.

    The godless, kicking and bucking in rebellion agains restraints, casting away Gods laws and ways for what they think is freedom. Disobedience and rebellion today is from the same root as Adam and Eve’s.

    The problem with people, and horses, is a conflict of wills. God has called the Christian to surrender, to submit to His plan and design. A plan and design of order and of peace.

    God’s design means that we also have authorities of early type over us. Whether to the king, or governor, parents, church leaders, etc.

    For the Christian, submission goes way beyond obedience. Obedience is actually often the simple part. Christian submission includes how we obey, what our motive is, etc.

    The Christian identifies with the garden prayer… “not my will, but thine be done.” Fitting into God’s order, the way that God intended for things to work.

    Matthew 11:28-30 – “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” We often think of this for people who are in very difficult situations.. but there is more here than just that. We often are distressed because we aren’t surrendered, we aren’t walking step by step with Christ.

    It’s one thing to submit ourselves to the government… it is another thing to submit ourselves to the government, for the Lord’s sake.

    Someone obeying God from the heart isn’t worried about whether a parent will find out, or a police man is parked around the corner. It isn’t basing cooperation on how nice, or even how fair the authority is.

    We are also to submit to one another. Caring about the needs and desires of others before our own. Submitting yourselves to one another in the fear of God.

    Even Christians who are in positions of authority are servants. They are accountable to God, they are to submit themselves to others also, and submit themselves to those they have responsibilities for.

    Eventually, all people will submit to God.

    Scriptures used – Matthew 6:9-15, Psalm 32:9, 2 Timothy 3, Romans 13, 1 Peter 2:13, Colossians 3:22, Hebrews 12:9, Matthew 11:28-30, Philippians 2, James 2:8

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    Matthew 6:9-15 – We know that God’s will is not done on earth as it is in heaven… so how does this prayer even begin to be answered? A lack of cooperation is a trait of untrained, unbroken horses. They are big and strong and can be dangerous if they ar... A lack of cooperation is a trait of untrained, unbroken horses. They are big and strong and can be dangerous if they are not under control. To be useful, horses need to be broken and trained.
    The godless, kicking and bucking in rebellion agains restraints, casting away Gods laws and ways for what they think is freedom. Disobedience and rebellion today is from the same root as Adam and Eve’s.
    The problem with people, and horses, is a conflict of wills. God has called the Christian to surrender, to submit to His plan and design. A plan and design of order and of peace.
    God’s design means that we also have authorities of early type over us. Whether to the king, or governor, parents, church leaders, etc.
    For the Christian, submission goes way beyond obedience. Obedience is actually often the simple part. Christian submission includes how we obey, what our motive is, etc.
    The Christian identifies with the garden prayer… “not my will, but thine be done.” Fitting into God’s order, the way that God intended for things to work.
    Matthew 11:28-30 – “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” We often think of this for people who are in very difficult situations.. but there is more here than just that. We often are distressed because we aren’t surrendered, we aren’t walking step by step with Christ.
    It’s one thing to submit ourselves to the government… it is another thing to submit ourselves to the government, for the Lord’s sake.
    Someone obeying God from the heart isn’t worried about whether a parent will find out, or a police man is parked around the corner. It isn’t basing cooperation on how nice, or even how fair the authority is.
    We are also to submit to one another. Caring about the needs and desires of others before our own. Submitting yourselves to one another in the fear of God.
    Even Christians who are in positions of authority are servants. They are accountable to God, they are to submit themselves to others also, and submit themselves to those they have responsibilities for.
    Eventually, all people will submit to God.
    Scriptures used – Matthew 6:9-15, Psalm 32:9, 2 Timothy 3, Romans 13, 1 Peter 2:13, Colossians 3:22, Hebrews 12:9, Matthew 11:28-30, Philippians 2, James 2:8
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    The Answer to Separation from God and Hopelessness - Redemption - Gabriel Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-answer-to-separation-from-god-and-hopelessness-redemption/ Mon, 24 May 2021 01:45:04 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3894 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-answer-to-separation-from-god-and-hopelessness-redemption/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-answer-to-separation-from-god-and-hopelessness-redemption/feed/ 0 <p>It starts in Genesis. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth… God saw it all, and it was good! After Adam and Eve sinned, entropy began. Everything that has order, moves towards chaos. The only way to maintain that order is through an intelligent outside force. Just as a worn-out and wrecked […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-answer-to-separation-from-god-and-hopelessness-redemption/">The Answer to Separation from God and Hopelessness – Redemption</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> It starts in Genesis. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth… God saw it all, and it was good!

    After Adam and Eve sinned, entropy began. Everything that has order, moves towards chaos. The only way to maintain that order is through an intelligent outside force.

    Just as a worn-out and wrecked vehicle can’t restore itself, neither can a fallen man fix his relationship with God on his own. Without God’s help we are separated and without hope.

    Jesus is Creator and also Redeemer. Out God is a redemptive God.

    Starting over is often much easier than trying to fix something that is broken. Starting over isn’t the way that God works, He is constantly starting with broken things and making new things.

    We need to be thankful to God for the redemption that He has done in our lives. We really have an awesome, loving God. He didn’t create us, watch us fall, and then eliminate us. He has done all of the redeeming work, all we need to do is respond and accept His gift.

    From creation to crucifixion so that we can pass from entropy to eternity. God’s redemptive work doesn’t stop after we believe. He wants to, and does, continue to work in us and move us towards greater perfection.

    We have wounds… Jesus too has wounds/scars. We all have a past, many of us have been wounded by our past. Jesus has a heart for people that carry wounds. If we can let things go and give them to Jesus, He will bring healing into our lives. Jesus wants to redeem those wounds.

    God often uses those who He brings out of really dark place to minister to those who are still in that place. God is glorified in our lives when we trust Him with our brokenness.

    Scriptures used – Genesis 1, 2, Colossians 1:13-18, 1 Peter 1:7, 2 Corinthians 12:8, Isaiah 42

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    It starts in Genesis. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth… God saw it all, and it was good! After Adam and Eve sinned, entropy began. Everything that has order, moves towards chaos. The only way to maintain that order is through an ... After Adam and Eve sinned, entropy began. Everything that has order, moves towards chaos. The only way to maintain that order is through an intelligent outside force.
    Just as a worn-out and wrecked vehicle can’t restore itself, neither can a fallen man fix his relationship with God on his own. Without God’s help we are separated and without hope.
    Jesus is Creator and also Redeemer. Out God is a redemptive God.
    Starting over is often much easier than trying to fix something that is broken. Starting over isn’t the way that God works, He is constantly starting with broken things and making new things.
    We need to be thankful to God for the redemption that He has done in our lives. We really have an awesome, loving God. He didn’t create us, watch us fall, and then eliminate us. He has done all of the redeeming work, all we need to do is respond and accept His gift.
    From creation to crucifixion so that we can pass from entropy to eternity. God’s redemptive work doesn’t stop after we believe. He wants to, and does, continue to work in us and move us towards greater perfection.
    We have wounds… Jesus too has wounds/scars. We all have a past, many of us have been wounded by our past. Jesus has a heart for people that carry wounds. If we can let things go and give them to Jesus, He will bring healing into our lives. Jesus wants to redeem those wounds.
    God often uses those who He brings out of really dark place to minister to those who are still in that place. God is glorified in our lives when we trust Him with our brokenness.
    Scriptures used – Genesis 1, 2, Colossians 1:13-18, 1 Peter 1:7, 2 Corinthians 12:8, Isaiah 42
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    Attitudes for Elders & All of Us In Service - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/attitudes-for-elders-all-of-us-in-service/ Sun, 16 May 2021 17:46:18 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3891 https://www.bmcgladys.com/attitudes-for-elders-all-of-us-in-service/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/attitudes-for-elders-all-of-us-in-service/feed/ 0 <p>Our attitude affects us, but it also affects those around us. We do have something to say in our current attitudes. There is a lot of teaching here that applies to everyone in the church, not just Elders. 1 Peter 5:1-4 – Peter first reminds his readers that he is qualified to talk to them […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/attitudes-for-elders-all-of-us-in-service/">Attitudes for Elders & All of Us In Service</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Our attitude affects us, but it also affects those around us. We do have something to say in our current attitudes. There is a lot of teaching here that applies to everyone in the church, not just Elders.

    1 Peter 5:1-4 – Peter first reminds his readers that he is qualified to talk to them about the frustrations that they are experiencing. He has experienced firsthand the teachings of Jesus. He has the same eternal hope that they have.

    We should not have a grudging attitude

    We should not be serving because we have to. The sincerity of heart, do it as to the Lord and not for man.

    1. Grudging service is not usually unto the Lord. Pretty much anything we should do but don’t want to do should be done as unto the Lord.
    2. Grudging service is not whole-hearted.
    3. Grudging service is not cheerful giving. Our service is one way in which we give to the Lord.

    Be aware of when you have a grudging attitude and don’t just take it for granted that it is ok. It can come so naturally that we can just assume it’s “normal and right.” Think about what is something that a service I have to do for the church, or at work, or whatever… and is there a way that I can have a better more willing attitude about it?

    We can get too focused on the results of what we’re doing. Sometimes things don’t work out quite the way we expected. Leave the results to God and be faithful to do the thing that you should.

    We can help each other have a better attitude… be thankful for what people are doing, especially if it isn’t something that people notice.

    Don’t serve for what you can get out of it

    Have a sincere attitude, and desire to serve the flock and the Father. Having clear motives, not mixed is very important as we approach service.

    Am I doing things in a different way because lots of people will find out about it?

    Don’t have a “lording over” attitude

    Peter is warning leaders against a “lording” or “grand” attitude and he is calling them to a “lowly” one. He is asking leaders not to think his ideas and thoughts are best.

    A lowly attitude is what Peter is asking leaders to have. Peter is asking leaders to be an example, there is no service too lowly for a leader or for any of us. Leaders should be authentic and practice what they preach.

    Jesus says the way to greatness is not by pursuing greatness, but to pursue lowly service. Is my position more important to me than transparency or honesty?

    Attitudes for Everyone

    Submission to those who are in authority over you can be difficult, but Peter says we should be in submission. The church is not going to function well without submission being true in the group.

    Have a humble attitude. There are two dimensions to this, our attitudes towards each other and towards God. If we wear humility people will, or should, see it, it communicates something to people. Pride gets in the way of surrender.

    Scriptures used – 1 Peter 5, Ephesians 6, 2 Corinthians 9, Hebrews 13

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    Our attitude affects us, but it also affects those around us. We do have something to say in our current attitudes. There is a lot of teaching here that applies to everyone in the church, not just Elders. 1 Peter 5:1-4 – Peter first reminds his readers... 1 Peter 5:1-4 – Peter first reminds his readers that he is qualified to talk to them about the frustrations that they are experiencing. He has experienced firsthand the teachings of Jesus. He has the same eternal hope that they have.
    We should not have a grudging attitude
    We should not be serving because we have to. The sincerity of heart, do it as to the Lord and not for man.

    * Grudging service is not usually unto the Lord. Pretty much anything we should do but don’t want to do should be done as unto the Lord.
    * Grudging service is not whole-hearted.
    * Grudging service is not cheerful giving. Our service is one way in which we give to the Lord.

    Be aware of when you have a grudging attitude and don’t just take it for granted that it is ok. It can come so naturally that we can just assume it’s “normal and right.” Think about what is something that a service I have to do for the church, or at work, or whatever… and is there a way that I can have a better more willing attitude about it?
    We can get too focused on the results of what we’re doing. Sometimes things don’t work out quite the way we expected. Leave the results to God and be faithful to do the thing that you should.
    We can help each other have a better attitude… be thankful for what people are doing, especially if it isn’t something that people notice.
    Don’t serve for what you can get out of it
    Have a sincere attitude, and desire to serve the flock and the Father. Having clear motives, not mixed is very important as we approach service.
    Am I doing things in a different way because lots of people will find out about it?
    Don’t have a “lording over” attitude
    Peter is warning leaders against a “lording” or “grand” attitude and he is calling them to a “lowly” one. He is asking leaders not to think his ideas and thoughts are best.
    A lowly attitude is what Peter is asking leaders to have. Peter is asking leaders to be an example, there is no service too lowly for a leader or for any of us. Leaders should be authentic and practice what they preach.
    Jesus says the way to greatness is not by pursuing greatness, but to pursue lowly service. Is my position more important to me than transparency or honesty?
    Attitudes for Everyone
    Submission to those who are in authority over you can be difficult, but Peter says we should be in submission. The church is not going to function well without submission being true in the group.
    Have a humble attitude. There are two dimensions to this, our attitudes towards each other and towards God. If we wear humility people will, or should, see it, it communicates something to people. Pride gets in the way of surrender.
    Scriptures used – 1 Peter 5, Ephesians 6, 2 Corinthians 9, Hebrews 13
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    Dealing With Difficult Relationships - Ricky Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/dealing-with-difficult-relationships/ Sun, 09 May 2021 21:54:35 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3887 https://www.bmcgladys.com/dealing-with-difficult-relationships/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/dealing-with-difficult-relationships/feed/ 0 <p>We all know that good relationships make life much more enjoyable. In 1 John 4 we get a clear picture and reminder that our love for each other and our love for God are very much connected. We’ve probably all heard of cure-alls or home remedies that can fix just about anything. When we read […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/dealing-with-difficult-relationships/">Dealing With Difficult Relationships</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> We all know that good relationships make life much more enjoyable. In 1 John 4 we get a clear picture and reminder that our love for each other and our love for God are very much connected.

    We’ve probably all heard of cure-alls or home remedies that can fix just about anything. When we read these scriptures, the Bible really has the answers for whatever ails us.

    What should we do when we find ourselves in a relationship that is underlined with mistrust?

    Luke 6:27-36 – Jesus talks about how we should relate to our enemies, and then he talks about how we relate to our brothers.

    Jesus starts out by saying we should look inward. Do my actions reflect an attitude of love? Jesus says to love our enemies, do good to them, and pray for them. It isn’t so much our best relationships that show how our relationship with God is, it is our worst relationships.

    Luke 6:41-42 – Do we need to be perfect before correcting someone else? Probably not, because none of us are, but we should make sure we aren’t blinded by pride, or anger, or jealousy.

    Galatians 5:25-26 – Reach out gently, make sure we aren’t the problem, that we aren’t being hypocritical, and then we can go on to confront the sin. Lead by example, take the first step in reconciliation.

    How often do we justify negative actions or feelings based on how someone else has handled a situation? We are to respond first, following the golden rule. If everyone waits for the other person to take the first step in reconciliation, it’ll never happen.

    Matthew 18:15-17 – Jesus talks about how we should address issues between brothers and sisters in the church. Start small, go to the person you have a struggle with. If there is no progress, escalate to several people, this is for numerous reasons. If there is still no progress, get the rest of the church involved.

    So, what should we take away from this study? It is how we do with difficult relationships that show how we are doing walking with God. Not the better ones.

    Scriptures used – 1 John 4, Luke 6:27-42, 1 Corinthians 16, 1 John 5:16-17, Galatians 5:25, Matthew 18:15-17

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    We all know that good relationships make life much more enjoyable. In 1 John 4 we get a clear picture and reminder that our love for each other and our love for God are very much connected. We’ve probably all heard of cure-alls or home remedies that ca... We’ve probably all heard of cure-alls or home remedies that can fix just about anything. When we read these scriptures, the Bible really has the answers for whatever ails us.
    What should we do when we find ourselves in a relationship that is underlined with mistrust?
    Luke 6:27-36 – Jesus talks about how we should relate to our enemies, and then he talks about how we relate to our brothers.
    Jesus starts out by saying we should look inward. Do my actions reflect an attitude of love? Jesus says to love our enemies, do good to them, and pray for them. It isn’t so much our best relationships that show how our relationship with God is, it is our worst relationships.
    Luke 6:41-42 – Do we need to be perfect before correcting someone else? Probably not, because none of us are, but we should make sure we aren’t blinded by pride, or anger, or jealousy.
    Galatians 5:25-26 – Reach out gently, make sure we aren’t the problem, that we aren’t being hypocritical, and then we can go on to confront the sin. Lead by example, take the first step in reconciliation.
    How often do we justify negative actions or feelings based on how someone else has handled a situation? We are to respond first, following the golden rule. If everyone waits for the other person to take the first step in reconciliation, it’ll never happen.
    Matthew 18:15-17 – Jesus talks about how we should address issues between brothers and sisters in the church. Start small, go to the person you have a struggle with. If there is no progress, escalate to several people, this is for numerous reasons. If there is still no progress, get the rest of the church involved.
    So, what should we take away from this study? It is how we do with difficult relationships that show how we are doing walking with God. Not the better ones.
    Scriptures used – 1 John 4, Luke 6:27-42, 1 Corinthians 16, 1 John 5:16-17, Galatians 5:25, Matthew 18:15-17
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    The Mysteries Found in Ephesians - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-mysteries-found-in-ephesians/ Mon, 03 May 2021 01:37:36 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3884 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-mysteries-found-in-ephesians/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-mysteries-found-in-ephesians/feed/ 0 <p>Ephesians is full of lofty ideas. Sometimes they are ideas that dig deep inside. Our focus this morning is on three mysteries that are discussed in Ephesians. The Mystery of God’s Redemption in Christ Ephesians says quite a bit about redemption in Christ. Some of it is simple, and some of it is more complex […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-mysteries-found-in-ephesians/">The Mysteries Found in Ephesians</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Ephesians is full of lofty ideas. Sometimes they are ideas that dig deep inside. Our focus this morning is on three mysteries that are discussed in Ephesians.

    The Mystery of God’s Redemption in Christ

    Ephesians says quite a bit about redemption in Christ. Some of it is simple, and some of it is more complex and lawful.

    Talking about a mystery here means that there was a truth that was hidden in the past but had now, or is being revealed. We have redemption through Christ’s blood, the forgiveness of sins according to His grace. This is God’s purpose through Christ’s shedding of blood on the cross.

    God’s purpose is to work in such a way that His best goodwill and eternal purposes for everything He has created comes to its fullness. This almost sounds like the redemption and reclaiming and reordering of everything that God has created. It almost sounds like universalism… where everything comes back to God.

    A question for us to ponder. Are we being brought more and more into harmony with God and His purposes where we are? We can’t control the world, and we can’t affect the redemption of everything. We can engage in the world and try to lead a Kingdom of God life where we are. Are we becoming more in tune with God’s goals for us and for His world?

    Whatever God accomplishes in these areas that we don’t know part of what they mean… we will be happy with what He does.

    God is Forming a Kingdom Composed of Jews and Gentiles

    In the New Testament this is spoken of in a number of places, that the Jews and Gentiles will be brought together into a family of Christ. There is absolutely no reason for people to be in hostility towards anyone.

    By Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, he made utterly irrelevant the antagonism between Jew and Gentiles. The Gentiles were without God and without hope… they did not have a relationship with God. Paul abruptly moves from this hopeless position of Gentiles and says Gentiles are now united to Christ through His shed blood! They have given the opportunity to draw near and belong to God, and God’s family.

    God’s purpose all along was to bring Gentiles, and Jews into close harmony and fellowship through the blood of Christ’s cross. The Father of all humankind intends to unite all people with Himself and to bring all people into unity with each other.

    The Mystery of the Church

    The Church is in union with Christ. We are members of His body, this is a great mystery. There are many parallels between Christ and the Church and the marriage of a man and a woman.

    The Church is under Christ and is filled with the presence of Christ. To the extent that we are in union and harmony with Christ, this is the extent to which we experience His presence and work among us.

    The Church is like a building. The building belongs to God. We are not God and we don’t own the building. Christ is the cornerstone and the rest of the building is made up of people. Christ holds the Church together and He grows the building up.

    Scriptures Used

    Ephesians 1:1-14, Ephesians 3:16-17, Colossians 1:26-27, Ephesians 2, Romans 4, 1 John 2, Ephesians 5

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    Ephesians is full of lofty ideas. Sometimes they are ideas that dig deep inside. Our focus this morning is on three mysteries that are discussed in Ephesians. The Mystery of God’s Redemption in Christ Ephesians says quite a bit about redemption in Chri... The Mystery of God’s Redemption in Christ
    Ephesians says quite a bit about redemption in Christ. Some of it is simple, and some of it is more complex and lawful.
    Talking about a mystery here means that there was a truth that was hidden in the past but had now, or is being revealed. We have redemption through Christ’s blood, the forgiveness of sins according to His grace. This is God’s purpose through Christ’s shedding of blood on the cross.
    God’s purpose is to work in such a way that His best goodwill and eternal purposes for everything He has created comes to its fullness. This almost sounds like the redemption and reclaiming and reordering of everything that God has created. It almost sounds like universalism… where everything comes back to God.
    A question for us to ponder. Are we being brought more and more into harmony with God and His purposes where we are? We can’t control the world, and we can’t affect the redemption of everything. We can engage in the world and try to lead a Kingdom of God life where we are. Are we becoming more in tune with God’s goals for us and for His world?
    Whatever God accomplishes in these areas that we don’t know part of what they mean… we will be happy with what He does.
    God is Forming a Kingdom Composed of Jews and Gentiles
    In the New Testament this is spoken of in a number of places, that the Jews and Gentiles will be brought together into a family of Christ. There is absolutely no reason for people to be in hostility towards anyone.
    By Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, he made utterly irrelevant the antagonism between Jew and Gentiles. The Gentiles were without God and without hope… they did not have a relationship with God. Paul abruptly moves from this hopeless position of Gentiles and says Gentiles are now united to Christ through His shed blood! They have given the opportunity to draw near and belong to God, and God’s family.
    God’s purpose all along was to bring Gentiles, and Jews into close harmony and fellowship through the blood of Christ’s cross. The Father of all humankind intends to unite all people with Himself and to bring all people into unity with each other.
    The Mystery of the Church
    The Church is in union with Christ. We are members of His body, this is a great mystery. There are many parallels between Christ and the Church and the marriage of a man and a woman.
    The Church is under Christ and is filled with the presence of Christ. To the extent that we are in union and harmony with Christ, this is the extent to which we experience His presence and work among us.
    The Church is like a building. The building belongs to God. We are not God and we don’t own the building. Christ is the cornerstone and the rest of the building is made up of people. Christ holds the Church together and He grows the building up.
    Scriptures Used
    Ephesians 1:1-14, Ephesians 3:16-17, Colossians 1:26-27, Ephesians 2, Romans 4, 1 John 2, Ephesians 5
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    How Should I Be Using the Time I Have Left? - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-should-i-be-using-the-time-i-have-left/ Sun, 25 Apr 2021 22:25:35 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3868 https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-should-i-be-using-the-time-i-have-left/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-should-i-be-using-the-time-i-have-left/feed/ 0 <p>Peter talks about a number of things but keeps coming back to the theme of a limited amount of time, there is an end coming. The question then is how should I be using the time I have left? Christians need to keep learning to think like Jesus. People who think like Jesus are a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-should-i-be-using-the-time-i-have-left/">How Should I Be Using the Time I Have Left?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Peter talks about a number of things but keeps coming back to the theme of a limited amount of time, there is an end coming. The question then is how should I be using the time I have left?

    Christians need to keep learning to think like Jesus. People who think like Jesus are a serious threat to the kingdom of darkness. Christians who don’t think like Jesus aren’t very well equipped. People who think like Jesus will change as they learn to see as Jesus does.

    What did Jesus slow down for? Who or what did Jesus make time for?

    Be serious about life and prayer. We need to realize that life is a very serious business. This doesn’t mean that we can’t be light hearted and can’t enjoy jokes, but there needs to be room for volleyball, playing games, being silly, etc. Behind all of this though, we need to stay anchored to the reality that life is very serious.

    Love and serve the body of Christ. Peter isn’t talking about sins being ignored. Even as we are learning to think and be more like Jesus, we are human and we will make mistakes. Even though this is the case, love is the thing that can help us make things right.

    Be hospitable without grumbling. Often we bump into little issues when we consider helping others. What might cause us to grumble in situations like this, extra work, loss of personal space, can cost money, etc. The end goal here is to serve the Body of Christ and to bring glory to God.

    These are things that the world needs to see us doing. As we love and care for each other we also experience God’s love in a deeper, fuller way.

    It is a lot harder to accept difficulty if we think that no one else has to go through it. Peter is saying here that it is not strange, nor uncommon to endure trials. In verse 17 Peter says that the process of being saved can, and often does, require some difficulties. Difficulties are normal occurrences for the Christian. If we’re following Jesus and He carried a cross, might we expect some trouble too?

    Why did Peter choose the word “Creator” here at the end of 1 Peter 4. Jesus will continue to work on us. He is reminding us where we came from.

    So, how should we be spending the rest of our lives?

    1. Keep learning to think like Jesus.
    2. Think seriously about life and let that fuel your prayer life.
    3. Be involved in the body with loving service.
    4. Expect difficulty and trust God with it.

    Scriptures mentioned – 1 Peter 4:1-19, Proverbs 10:12

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    Peter talks about a number of things but keeps coming back to the theme of a limited amount of time, there is an end coming. The question then is how should I be using the time I have left? Christians need to keep learning to think like Jesus. Christians need to keep learning to think like Jesus. People who think like Jesus are a serious threat to the kingdom of darkness. Christians who don’t think like Jesus aren’t very well equipped. People who think like Jesus will change as they learn to see as Jesus does.
    What did Jesus slow down for? Who or what did Jesus make time for?
    Be serious about life and prayer. We need to realize that life is a very serious business. This doesn’t mean that we can’t be light hearted and can’t enjoy jokes, but there needs to be room for volleyball, playing games, being silly, etc. Behind all of this though, we need to stay anchored to the reality that life is very serious.
    Love and serve the body of Christ. Peter isn’t talking about sins being ignored. Even as we are learning to think and be more like Jesus, we are human and we will make mistakes. Even though this is the case, love is the thing that can help us make things right.
    Be hospitable without grumbling. Often we bump into little issues when we consider helping others. What might cause us to grumble in situations like this, extra work, loss of personal space, can cost money, etc. The end goal here is to serve the Body of Christ and to bring glory to God.
    These are things that the world needs to see us doing. As we love and care for each other we also experience God’s love in a deeper, fuller way.
    It is a lot harder to accept difficulty if we think that no one else has to go through it. Peter is saying here that it is not strange, nor uncommon to endure trials. In verse 17 Peter says that the process of being saved can, and often does, require some difficulties. Difficulties are normal occurrences for the Christian. If we’re following Jesus and He carried a cross, might we expect some trouble too?
    Why did Peter choose the word “Creator” here at the end of 1 Peter 4. Jesus will continue to work on us. He is reminding us where we came from.
    So, how should we be spending the rest of our lives?

    * Keep learning to think like Jesus.
    * Think seriously about life and let that fuel your prayer life.
    * Be involved in the body with loving service.
    * Expect difficulty and trust God with it.

    Scriptures mentioned – 1 Peter 4:1-19, Proverbs 10:12
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    The Inner Dynamic That Motivates Kingdom Morality - John D Martin https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-inner-dynamic-that-motivates-kingdom-morality/ Sun, 18 Apr 2021 22:08:49 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3867 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-inner-dynamic-that-motivates-kingdom-morality/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-inner-dynamic-that-motivates-kingdom-morality/feed/ 0 <p>We are so worried about a works religion that we don’t want to talk about practical things. What are we doing with our stuff? What are we doing with this world? The goal of true religion is perfection and God loves people who are patiently pursuing that goal. Do you have a passion for being […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-inner-dynamic-that-motivates-kingdom-morality/">The Inner Dynamic That Motivates Kingdom Morality</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> We are so worried about a works religion that we don’t want to talk about practical things. What are we doing with our stuff? What are we doing with this world?

    The goal of true religion is perfection and God loves people who are patiently pursuing that goal. Do you have a passion for being perfect?

    Here in Matthew 6, Jesus exposes a divided personality that is common among man. If we are not careful we are constantly divided, self can come back to plague us in prayer, religion, etc.

    The Jews considered prayer greater than all good works other than alms. Jesus warned against meaningless, long public prayers, and repetitious prayers. Jesus says that the desirable prayer is prayed in secret.

    Prayer is a two-way communication, God speaks to us as we speak to Him. When we do our devotion God speaks to us. He tells us to pray in secret.

    The disciples saw that Jesus’ secret was His prayer. The only thing that they asked Him to teach them was how to pray. He prayed when the Spirit came upon Him and many, many other times before something incredible happened.

    We often think that the battle is out there where we are facing the issues. Jesus tells us that the battle is won in the closet. Jesus gives us the model prayer to show us how we should pray.

    We need to learn to pray as a son. God is our Father, how do children relate to a father? Absolute trust.

    There are no plural pronouns in this prayer, it is all “our.” When we come to the alter, we are to come with our brother in our mind.

    1 John 2:10 – Is it true that all sin stems from a bad relationship with someone? If we could truly love everyone, there wouldn’t be an occasion for sin.

    Pray with reverence, “which art in heaven.” Nothing will be seen properly until we learn to see from God’s perspective. Concentrate more on what God has said and let that be the interpretation of what you see.

    “Hallowed by thy name” – when people see us do they see that God is holy? Until you come to terms with the sin in your life you won’t be able to have a relationship with God. What people see in us is what they are going to conclude about God.

    “They will be done” – no excuses for our human weakness. How do we know God’s will? If it’s God’s will it will harmonize with what God has told us.

    There is a difference between pleasing God and obeying Him. Above and beyond what is required of us.

    What is legalism? Legalism is when you have a code of behavior. The code may make you a pretty good person, but you can’t reference the person behind the code.

    Pray for necessities, “give us this day our daily bread.”

    Pray for forgiveness, this is the only part of this prayer that is repeated. Jesus says that if we don’t forgive others we won’t experience forgiveness ourselves.

    There are many people who are in bondage to all kinds of things, depression, loneliness, addictions, inferiority, etc. Is there anyone you haven’t forgiven? We make our own prisons. Jesus says that we are just as free as we make other people.

    The prayer ends with a plea that God would deliver us from the evil one. Jesus recognized that evil is a reality. Jesus assured us that God is on our side against evil.

    Scriptures used – Matthew 6:5-14, Mark 14:22, 1 John 2, Psalm 50, Philippians, Romans 5,

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    We are so worried about a works religion that we don’t want to talk about practical things. What are we doing with our stuff? What are we doing with this world? The goal of true religion is perfection and God loves people who are patiently pursuing tha... The goal of true religion is perfection and God loves people who are patiently pursuing that goal. Do you have a passion for being perfect?
    Here in Matthew 6, Jesus exposes a divided personality that is common among man. If we are not careful we are constantly divided, self can come back to plague us in prayer, religion, etc.
    The Jews considered prayer greater than all good works other than alms. Jesus warned against meaningless, long public prayers, and repetitious prayers. Jesus says that the desirable prayer is prayed in secret.
    Prayer is a two-way communication, God speaks to us as we speak to Him. When we do our devotion God speaks to us. He tells us to pray in secret.
    The disciples saw that Jesus’ secret was His prayer. The only thing that they asked Him to teach them was how to pray. He prayed when the Spirit came upon Him and many, many other times before something incredible happened.
    We often think that the battle is out there where we are facing the issues. Jesus tells us that the battle is won in the closet. Jesus gives us the model prayer to show us how we should pray.
    We need to learn to pray as a son. God is our Father, how do children relate to a father? Absolute trust.
    There are no plural pronouns in this prayer, it is all “our.” When we come to the alter, we are to come with our brother in our mind.
    1 John 2:10 – Is it true that all sin stems from a bad relationship with someone? If we could truly love everyone, there wouldn’t be an occasion for sin.
    Pray with reverence, “which art in heaven.” Nothing will be seen properly until we learn to see from God’s perspective. Concentrate more on what God has said and let that be the interpretation of what you see.
    “Hallowed by thy name” – when people see us do they see that God is holy? Until you come to terms with the sin in your life you won’t be able to have a relationship with God. What people see in us is what they are going to conclude about God.
    “They will be done” – no excuses for our human weakness. How do we know God’s will? If it’s God’s will it will harmonize with what God has told us.
    There is a difference between pleasing God and obeying Him. Above and beyond what is required of us.
    What is legalism? Legalism is when you have a code of behavior. The code may make you a pretty good person, but you can’t reference the person behind the code.
    Pray for necessities, “give us this day our daily bread.”
    Pray for forgiveness, this is the only part of this prayer that is repeated. Jesus says that if we don’t forgive others we won’t experience forgiveness ourselves.
    There are many people who are in bondage to all kinds of things, depression, loneliness, addictions, inferiority, etc. Is there anyone you haven’t forgiven? We make our own prisons. Jesus says that we are just as free as we make other people.
    The prayer ends with a plea that God would deliver us from the evil one. Jesus recognized that evil is a reality. Jesus assured us that God is on our side against evil.
    Scriptures used – Matthew 6:5-14, Mark 14:22, 1 John 2, Psalm 50, Philippians, Romans 5,
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    Christian Piety - First Things First - John D Martin https://www.bmcgladys.com/christian-piety-first-things-first/ Sun, 18 Apr 2021 20:08:48 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3866 https://www.bmcgladys.com/christian-piety-first-things-first/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/christian-piety-first-things-first/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 5 deals with moral issues, chapter 6 deals with Christian piety and the spiritual aspects of our lives. Matthew 6:16-18 – Jesus assumes that we will fast, He says, “when you fast.” The Jews were really involved in fasting. To the Jews, fasting was a sign of repentance. The senses are heightened during fasting. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/christian-piety-first-things-first/">Christian Piety – First Things First</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Matthew 5 deals with moral issues, chapter 6 deals with Christian piety and the spiritual aspects of our lives.

    Matthew 6:16-18 – Jesus assumes that we will fast, He says, “when you fast.” The Jews were really involved in fasting. To the Jews, fasting was a sign of repentance. The senses are heightened during fasting.

    Matthew 6:19-34 – Jesus is uncompromising when talking about our treasure, seeking permanent riches. After you have attended to your morals, you need to attend to your values. What is important, and what is less important. There is nothing wrong with money or possessions, but they are of secondary importance.

    Luke 3:10-14 – Why are we putting energy into things that are “going back into the box.” Jesus calls us to put energy into things that will last through all eternity! Jesus wants to see tangible evidence that we have repented.

    Luke 16:1-31 – Jesus told us what the final test is going to be and He gave us the answers! God wants us to get it all right on the test at the end. Jesus talks a lot about money and possessions, He knows that it is a big issue for us. You cannot serve both God and money.

    Where your treasure is, that is where your heart is. Where is your pile of stuff? What do your checkbook and your schedule say about your resource focus? If you want to change your heart, change your treasure.

    Whatever you worship, you will serve. That is the thing that you’ll put your time and energy into. You cannot serve two masters at one time. We must choose, the lie is that we can have both, but Jesus says that isn’t possible.

    Scriptures used – Matthew 6, Luke 3, Matthew 25, Luke 16, Proverbs 20:22, 2 Peter 1:9,

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    Matthew 5 deals with moral issues, chapter 6 deals with Christian piety and the spiritual aspects of our lives. Matthew 6:16-18 – Jesus assumes that we will fast, He says, “when you fast.” The Jews were really involved in fasting. To the Jews, Matthew 6:16-18 – Jesus assumes that we will fast, He says, “when you fast.” The Jews were really involved in fasting. To the Jews, fasting was a sign of repentance. The senses are heightened during fasting.
    Matthew 6:19-34 – Jesus is uncompromising when talking about our treasure, seeking permanent riches. After you have attended to your morals, you need to attend to your values. What is important, and what is less important. There is nothing wrong with money or possessions, but they are of secondary importance.
    Luke 3:10-14 – Why are we putting energy into things that are “going back into the box.” Jesus calls us to put energy into things that will last through all eternity! Jesus wants to see tangible evidence that we have repented.
    Luke 16:1-31 – Jesus told us what the final test is going to be and He gave us the answers! God wants us to get it all right on the test at the end. Jesus talks a lot about money and possessions, He knows that it is a big issue for us. You cannot serve both God and money.
    Where your treasure is, that is where your heart is. Where is your pile of stuff? What do your checkbook and your schedule say about your resource focus? If you want to change your heart, change your treasure.
    Whatever you worship, you will serve. That is the thing that you’ll put your time and energy into. You cannot serve two masters at one time. We must choose, the lie is that we can have both, but Jesus says that isn’t possible.
    Scriptures used – Matthew 6, Luke 3, Matthew 25, Luke 16, Proverbs 20:22, 2 Peter 1:9,
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    The Ideal Resistance - John D Martin https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-ideal-resistance/ Sat, 17 Apr 2021 22:08:47 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3865 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-ideal-resistance/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-ideal-resistance/feed/ 0 <p>Tonight we are talking about resistance against evil, and against those who harm us. Unlimited love was definitely shadowed within the Old Testament. Jesus said that He had come not to destroy lives but to save them. Jesus demonstrated a better way. We are called to a battlefield, we are fighting a real battle, but […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-ideal-resistance/">The Ideal Resistance</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Tonight we are talking about resistance against evil, and against those who harm us. Unlimited love was definitely shadowed within the Old Testament. Jesus said that He had come not to destroy lives but to save them.

    Jesus demonstrated a better way. We are called to a battlefield, we are fighting a real battle, but we have a different commander, have different rules of engagement.

    If love doesn’t conquer, nothing else will. This is the most powerful thing that anyone can use to actually win the battle that is going on in someone’s heart.

    The nuclear weapon of the Christian faith is his willingness to faith death without fighting back.

    References mentioned – Matthew 5:38-42, Leviticus 19, Deuteronomy 23 & 25, Proverbs 4:29, Luke 22, Romans 13, Isaiah 53:12, Luke 6:32-36

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    Tonight we are talking about resistance against evil, and against those who harm us. Unlimited love was definitely shadowed within the Old Testament. Jesus said that He had come not to destroy lives but to save them. Jesus demonstrated a better way. Jesus demonstrated a better way. We are called to a battlefield, we are fighting a real battle, but we have a different commander, have different rules of engagement.
    If love doesn’t conquer, nothing else will. This is the most powerful thing that anyone can use to actually win the battle that is going on in someone’s heart.
    The nuclear weapon of the Christian faith is his willingness to faith death without fighting back.
    References mentioned – Matthew 5:38-42, Leviticus 19, Deuteronomy 23 & 25, Proverbs 4:29, Luke 22, Romans 13, Isaiah 53:12, Luke 6:32-36
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    Bethel Mennonite Church clean 47:50
    Eliminating Our Enemies - John D Martin https://www.bmcgladys.com/eliminating-our-enemies/ Fri, 16 Apr 2021 22:08:46 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3864 https://www.bmcgladys.com/eliminating-our-enemies/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/eliminating-our-enemies/feed/ 0 <p>The law was intended for our well-being. God mercifully telling His people how to live. God created the universe, He was telling man right upfront how the universe should be worked with. Man needs law, our wills are lazy. We need the reminder that we need to do some things. We are clever at making […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/eliminating-our-enemies/">Eliminating Our Enemies</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> The law was intended for our well-being. God mercifully telling His people how to live. God created the universe, He was telling man right upfront how the universe should be worked with.

    Man needs law, our wills are lazy. We need the reminder that we need to do some things. We are clever at making things right in our minds, even though deep down we know they are wrong.

    We are masters at rationalizing our behavior, and we need the law to call us up short. David put God’s law into song, he said, I want to sing God’s law.

    The only genuine freedom is to be in line with the laws of the universe. How can we do this? By having a righteousness that exceeds. If we allow what God has told us to be internalized we can go beyond.

    Does God ask us to do things that are impossible? If God tells us that we can do something, He knows! Jesus calls us to deliberately choose the right thing.

    Jesus was a great believer in man, He never put man down. The three words on Jesus’ lips were the least, last, and lost, but contempt is active hatred. If you demean someone that is active hatred.

    Take the offensive, clear up the offense as quickly as you can. Don’t even put religious activities first! Take initiative even if you weren’t the cause. If you know someone has something against you, go to them.

    How do we eliminate our enemies? By turning them into friends.

    Scriptures used – Romans 8:1-4, Deuteronomy, Isaiah 9:15, Colossians 2:16, Philippians 2

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    The law was intended for our well-being. God mercifully telling His people how to live. God created the universe, He was telling man right upfront how the universe should be worked with. Man needs law, our wills are lazy. Man needs law, our wills are lazy. We need the reminder that we need to do some things. We are clever at making things right in our minds, even though deep down we know they are wrong.
    We are masters at rationalizing our behavior, and we need the law to call us up short. David put God’s law into song, he said, I want to sing God’s law.
    The only genuine freedom is to be in line with the laws of the universe. How can we do this? By having a righteousness that exceeds. If we allow what God has told us to be internalized we can go beyond.
    Does God ask us to do things that are impossible? If God tells us that we can do something, He knows! Jesus calls us to deliberately choose the right thing.
    Jesus was a great believer in man, He never put man down. The three words on Jesus’ lips were the least, last, and lost, but contempt is active hatred. If you demean someone that is active hatred.
    Take the offensive, clear up the offense as quickly as you can. Don’t even put religious activities first! Take initiative even if you weren’t the cause. If you know someone has something against you, go to them.
    How do we eliminate our enemies? By turning them into friends.
    Scriptures used – Romans 8:1-4, Deuteronomy, Isaiah 9:15, Colossians 2:16, Philippians 2
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    The World is Not a Friend to Grace - John D Martin https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-world-is-not-a-friend-to-grace/ Thu, 15 Apr 2021 22:08:45 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3863 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-world-is-not-a-friend-to-grace/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-world-is-not-a-friend-to-grace/feed/ 0 <p>Joy is the infallible evidence of God’s grace in life. The beatitudes don’t leave us staring at the heavens but at a scared and messed up humanity. The Lord really wants to perfect us. We empty ourselves to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Does the Spirit get all of you when you become a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-world-is-not-a-friend-to-grace/">The World is Not a Friend to Grace</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Joy is the infallible evidence of God’s grace in life.

    The beatitudes don’t leave us staring at the heavens but at a scared and messed up humanity. The Lord really wants to perfect us.

    We empty ourselves to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Does the Spirit get all of you when you become a Christian?

    The joyful warrior embraces peacemaking. Some people believe peacemaking is always being nice and telling everyone to calm down. A person that does that is a peace lover, but he isn’t a peacemaker. A peacemaker faces difficulty head-on.

    We are not called the sons of God in this list of beatitudes until we begin to have an effect on the world around us. This is not an easy task.

    Christ did not come to make life easy but to make men great.

    Tribulation works patience, as you experience tribulations you get more and more patience to continue to go on. The final result of tribulation is a great ability to love.

    So, are we willing to be peacemakers? Are we willing to face the clash between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of the world?

    The Kingdom on display – The Bible says that we should show off the praises of Him who has called us out of the darkness! We all have a desire to make a difference, to have some influence. This is a God-given desire.

    We have to be salt before we can be light. We have too many people who want to be a light before they let the salt have its effect.

    The only way that salt loses its saltiness is if it gets mixed with something else. So, what are some things that can get into this mixture? Individualism. Selfishness. Don’t blend with the group.

    If we can get ourselves out of the way we’ll be much closer to gelassenheit. Individualism is the greatest threat to our churches today.

    The Christian is still thankful no matter what the circumstances, he is filled with the Spirit and experiences a positive attitude in every situation.

    It is lawlessness that causes people to cool off spiritually.

    The world is a full course meal, if you want any of it you will eventually get all of it.

    Scriptures mentioned – Matthew 5, Romans 5, 1 Peter, Matthew 24:12, 2 Timothy 3:1

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    Joy is the infallible evidence of God’s grace in life. The beatitudes don’t leave us staring at the heavens but at a scared and messed up humanity. The Lord really wants to perfect us. We empty ourselves to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The beatitudes don’t leave us staring at the heavens but at a scared and messed up humanity. The Lord really wants to perfect us.
    We empty ourselves to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Does the Spirit get all of you when you become a Christian?
    The joyful warrior embraces peacemaking. Some people believe peacemaking is always being nice and telling everyone to calm down. A person that does that is a peace lover, but he isn’t a peacemaker. A peacemaker faces difficulty head-on.
    We are not called the sons of God in this list of beatitudes until we begin to have an effect on the world around us. This is not an easy task.
    Christ did not come to make life easy but to make men great.
    Tribulation works patience, as you experience tribulations you get more and more patience to continue to go on. The final result of tribulation is a great ability to love.
    So, are we willing to be peacemakers? Are we willing to face the clash between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of the world?
    The Kingdom on display – The Bible says that we should show off the praises of Him who has called us out of the darkness! We all have a desire to make a difference, to have some influence. This is a God-given desire.
    We have to be salt before we can be light. We have too many people who want to be a light before they let the salt have its effect.
    The only way that salt loses its saltiness is if it gets mixed with something else. So, what are some things that can get into this mixture? Individualism. Selfishness. Don’t blend with the group.
    If we can get ourselves out of the way we’ll be much closer to gelassenheit. Individualism is the greatest threat to our churches today.
    The Christian is still thankful no matter what the circumstances, he is filled with the Spirit and experiences a positive attitude in every situation.
    It is lawlessness that causes people to cool off spiritually.
    The world is a full course meal, if you want any of it you will eventually get all of it.
    Scriptures mentioned – Matthew 5, Romans 5, 1 Peter, Matthew 24:12, 2 Timothy 3:1
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    Characteristics of the Newly Reborn - John D Martin https://www.bmcgladys.com/characteristics-of-the-newly-reborn/ Wed, 14 Apr 2021 22:08:44 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3862 https://www.bmcgladys.com/characteristics-of-the-newly-reborn/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/characteristics-of-the-newly-reborn/feed/ 0 <p>Jeremiah 10:23 – Right action isn’t intuitive, it doesn’t make sense to forgive, to give your extra money away, to turn the other cheek. Jesus bases His Kingdom on a radically transformed character. Matthew 5 – Did you ever wonder why the sermon on the mount doesn’t start with the new birth? The beatitudes are […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/characteristics-of-the-newly-reborn/">Characteristics of the Newly Reborn</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Jeremiah 10:23 – Right action isn’t intuitive, it doesn’t make sense to forgive, to give your extra money away, to turn the other cheek. Jesus bases His Kingdom on a radically transformed character.

    Matthew 5 – Did you ever wonder why the sermon on the mount doesn’t start with the new birth? The beatitudes are a practical look at what the new birth looks like!

    Jesus says that joy has nothing to do with circumstances. When a man can stand at the stake and sing, certainly his joy has nothing to do with his circumstances. Joy is found in a deep sense of security and relationship with God.

    Jesus says that without Him we can do nothing. We like to think that we can do a little without Jesus, but the truth is that we can do nothing apart from Him!

    Self on the cross, Christ on the throne, this is where we want to try to live. When we do this we being to see ourselves and how selfish we are. They cause us grief, we see the world is a battleground instead of a playground.

    The cross shows us the horror of what sin can do.

    Jesus says we are to be blameless and as harmless as doves. Let it not be said that we said things in a hurtful way, we have things to say that are heavy, but let us not do it in any way that causes harm.

    Joseph did what he did because he said over and over again that I fear God. That was the controlling principle of his life.

    The meek person can afford to do good and wait. He is on the side of the universe.

    Human beings all try to act as if they are good people. Most people want to be good. Why is everyone haunted with this desire to being good? God wants us to pursue perfection, he put that desire into our hearts.

    If you have a passion for righteousness you will become more righteous. God looks at the passion and the pursuit and He credits that.

    A person who has completely surrendered to Christ. A person who hungers and thirsts for righteousness. A person who has finally come to the point where he can see God. We see what we are prepared to see, the person who is pure in heart is ready to see God!

    Matthew 5:48, Colossians, Luke 6:40, Ephesians 4:11-13

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    Jeremiah 10:23 – Right action isn’t intuitive, it doesn’t make sense to forgive, to give your extra money away, to turn the other cheek. Jesus bases His Kingdom on a radically transformed character. Matthew 5 – Did you ever wonder why the sermon on the... Matthew 5 – Did you ever wonder why the sermon on the mount doesn’t start with the new birth? The beatitudes are a practical look at what the new birth looks like!
    Jesus says that joy has nothing to do with circumstances. When a man can stand at the stake and sing, certainly his joy has nothing to do with his circumstances. Joy is found in a deep sense of security and relationship with God.
    Jesus says that without Him we can do nothing. We like to think that we can do a little without Jesus, but the truth is that we can do nothing apart from Him!
    Self on the cross, Christ on the throne, this is where we want to try to live. When we do this we being to see ourselves and how selfish we are. They cause us grief, we see the world is a battleground instead of a playground.
    The cross shows us the horror of what sin can do.
    Jesus says we are to be blameless and as harmless as doves. Let it not be said that we said things in a hurtful way, we have things to say that are heavy, but let us not do it in any way that causes harm.
    Joseph did what he did because he said over and over again that I fear God. That was the controlling principle of his life.
    The meek person can afford to do good and wait. He is on the side of the universe.
    Human beings all try to act as if they are good people. Most people want to be good. Why is everyone haunted with this desire to being good? God wants us to pursue perfection, he put that desire into our hearts.
    If you have a passion for righteousness you will become more righteous. God looks at the passion and the pursuit and He credits that.
    A person who has completely surrendered to Christ. A person who hungers and thirsts for righteousness. A person who has finally come to the point where he can see God. We see what we are prepared to see, the person who is pure in heart is ready to see God!
    Matthew 5:48, Colossians, Luke 6:40, Ephesians 4:11-13
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    Bethel Mennonite Church clean 1:04:35
    What is the Kingdom of God - John D Martin https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-is-the-kingdom-of-god/ Tue, 13 Apr 2021 22:08:41 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3861 https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-is-the-kingdom-of-god/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-is-the-kingdom-of-god/feed/ 0 <p>God has given us desires, we need to know how to use these desires properly, but the desires themselves are from God. The problem with these desires is that the devil takes these desires and perverts it. God’s righteous rule is just, and kind, and good, and right. The problem is that the gospel is […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-is-the-kingdom-of-god/">What is the Kingdom of God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> God has given us desires, we need to know how to use these desires properly, but the desires themselves are from God. The problem with these desires is that the devil takes these desires and perverts it.

    God’s righteous rule is just, and kind, and good, and right. The problem is that the gospel is presented a lot of times as a “save me” gospel. Salvation isn’t an end in and of itself, it is a beginning.

    God’s Kingdom here on earth is to be a little colony of heaven on earth that demonstrates how God originally designed the world to be. This is why we don’t believe in exercising coercion over people.

    So, what is the Kingdom? The sphere where God’s authority rules. When Jesus is Lord of your life, he will not take advantage of you. He rules on a different level.

    Ephesians 1:15-23 – This is to be the result, that they would know what the hope of their calling was. What the riches of the glory of your inheritance is. The church is God’s inheritance, when He looks at our Church, he sees his inheritance.

    We stop with personal salvation. God needs to salvage our life. There is an ongoing work of redemption that God is doing.

    Deuteronomy 4:6-8 – Salvation is a means to an end, not an end in and of itself.

    Deuteronomy 28:14 – Keep God’s law, don’t veer to the right or the left. The law of the Lord is perfect.

    If our purpose is to always have things worked out, we’ll see a much better version of the church. Many people leave churches because they are disillusioned with churches that are not working towards this purpose.

    Acts 19:39-41 – The term here is “ecclesia” which literally means, called out to govern, to bring God’s government to the earth and demonstrate how people are to relate to God’s rule.

    What about the Kingdom of God and man? Every man is hardwired with the basic ideals of the Kingdom. We were made for the Kingdom, we were not made to be selfish and to focus here, but to focus on Christ’s Kingdom and bring it to bear on the earth.

    Humanism describes man’s capacities, but they cannot be realized until selfishness is taken care of. Communism projects the ideal society, but it doesn’t happen because selfishness is always a problem.

    Scriptures mentioned – Matthew, Luke, John

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    God has given us desires, we need to know how to use these desires properly, but the desires themselves are from God. The problem with these desires is that the devil takes these desires and perverts it. God’s righteous rule is just, and kind, God’s righteous rule is just, and kind, and good, and right. The problem is that the gospel is presented a lot of times as a “save me” gospel. Salvation isn’t an end in and of itself, it is a beginning.
    God’s Kingdom here on earth is to be a little colony of heaven on earth that demonstrates how God originally designed the world to be. This is why we don’t believe in exercising coercion over people.
    So, what is the Kingdom? The sphere where God’s authority rules. When Jesus is Lord of your life, he will not take advantage of you. He rules on a different level.
    Ephesians 1:15-23 – This is to be the result, that they would know what the hope of their calling was. What the riches of the glory of your inheritance is. The church is God’s inheritance, when He looks at our Church, he sees his inheritance.
    We stop with personal salvation. God needs to salvage our life. There is an ongoing work of redemption that God is doing.
    Deuteronomy 4:6-8 – Salvation is a means to an end, not an end in and of itself.
    Deuteronomy 28:14 – Keep God’s law, don’t veer to the right or the left. The law of the Lord is perfect.
    If our purpose is to always have things worked out, we’ll see a much better version of the church. Many people leave churches because they are disillusioned with churches that are not working towards this purpose.
    Acts 19:39-41 – The term here is “ecclesia” which literally means, called out to govern, to bring God’s government to the earth and demonstrate how people are to relate to God’s rule.
    What about the Kingdom of God and man? Every man is hardwired with the basic ideals of the Kingdom. We were made for the Kingdom, we were not made to be selfish and to focus here, but to focus on Christ’s Kingdom and bring it to bear on the earth.
    Humanism describes man’s capacities, but they cannot be realized until selfishness is taken care of. Communism projects the ideal society, but it doesn’t happen because selfishness is always a problem.
    Scriptures mentioned – Matthew, Luke, John
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    Little Things - Humble Like A Little Child - John Waldron https://www.bmcgladys.com/little-things-humble-like-a-little-child/ Sun, 11 Apr 2021 18:57:19 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3852 https://www.bmcgladys.com/little-things-humble-like-a-little-child/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/little-things-humble-like-a-little-child/feed/ 0 <p>The issue with a fishhook in the finger is not the fishhook so much as the barb on the end of the fishhook. This little tiny barb makes all the difference in the world! If you have something in your eye, it doesn’t need to be very big at all to potentially do a lot […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/little-things-humble-like-a-little-child/">Little Things – Humble Like A Little Child</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> The issue with a fishhook in the finger is not the fishhook so much as the barb on the end of the fishhook. This little tiny barb makes all the difference in the world!

    If you have something in your eye, it doesn’t need to be very big at all to potentially do a lot of damage. You wouldn’t want to just put some numbing agent in the eye, you need to get that thing out of the eye!

    Zechariah 4:10 – The world today isn’t a huge fan of small things. The tendency is to reward people who think a lot of themselves and talk a lot about themselves.

    Judges 6 and 7 – This is the story of Gideon. God came and asked Gideon to lead forces against the Midianites. Gideon was pretty sure that he and his clan were just too small. Gideon wasn’t enough on his own, he had an army of 32,000 men, but the odds were still 3 to 1. God paired his army down to 300 men!

    1 Samuel 17 – This is the story of David and Goliath. Goliath was a big man, he was trained and a battle hardened warrior. David shows up and hears Goliath’s challenge and was ticked off! He eventually went against Goliath without armor. He, a little man with crude weapons, but with God on his side, won a massive victory. His confidence was not in his sling, or his skill, but was in his God whose call he answered.

    God sees the abilities that we have and He chooses us based on those, but the most important thing is that we are willing to answer His call. God expects us to use the abilities that He has given us for the benefit of His servants.

    Too often we focus on our abilities or our weaknesses. God uses humans, in spite of our weaknesses. He can easily use anyone, but he uses you and me.

    What would a job posting for Gods kingdom look like? It probably wouldn’t mention any talents, not because they aren’t important but because God can use any of us. He has created us, He knows us. The question is not whether we are qualified but whether we would answer that job posting.

    God won the victory through David. Saul was jealous of David and became very upset. This contrast says a lot of things about each of these two men.

    What Are The Instruments that God Uses? – 1 Corinthians 1:22-31 – There are two types of people represented here. The thinkers and the feelers. The Jews wanted a sign, the Greeks wanted a deep philosophy that could stretch their minds.

    Paul says that God has chosen us to be where we are, and to be His hands and His feet where we are.

    God wants to teach us about His power and Glory. God is the source of all good, if we are successful it is because of His greatness, not because of who we are. God speaks through humans because we hear him better than if He speaks with His mighty voice.

    Sometimes we come to Jesus and we almost think He is lucky that we have chosen to follow Him. How absurd. We must humble ourselves before Him and when we work with others.

    How we come to people makes all the difference, if we come as the “messenger of God” they will be put off by it, but if we come in humility, sharing what God has done for us, the potential to connect and make a difference.

    Luke 6:38 – God works in us through others. We should be givers, when God blesses us He is going to use others to bless us. Just as God works through us, He works through those around us. It would be “easier” in many ways if God would send an angel to “set things right.” God uses men and women around us, and like us.

    We must always remember that God is enough even when we don’t feel adequate for situation. It isn’t that God discounts our abilities, but He also doesn’t want us to use our weaknesses as an excuse.

    If we don’t listen to and respond to God’s call, He isn’t going to twist our arm. What does it mean to become as a little child? It means trust, it means smallness, a willingness to accept that we have limitations.

    Other scriptures used: Proverbs 3:5-6, Jeremiah 9:24, 1 Kings 19:11-12, James 4:10

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    The issue with a fishhook in the finger is not the fishhook so much as the barb on the end of the fishhook. This little tiny barb makes all the difference in the world! If you have something in your eye, it doesn’t need to be very big at all to potenti... If you have something in your eye, it doesn’t need to be very big at all to potentially do a lot of damage. You wouldn’t want to just put some numbing agent in the eye, you need to get that thing out of the eye!
    Zechariah 4:10 – The world today isn’t a huge fan of small things. The tendency is to reward people who think a lot of themselves and talk a lot about themselves.
    Judges 6 and 7 – This is the story of Gideon. God came and asked Gideon to lead forces against the Midianites. Gideon was pretty sure that he and his clan were just too small. Gideon wasn’t enough on his own, he had an army of 32,000 men, but the odds were still 3 to 1. God paired his army down to 300 men!
    1 Samuel 17 – This is the story of David and Goliath. Goliath was a big man, he was trained and a battle hardened warrior. David shows up and hears Goliath’s challenge and was ticked off! He eventually went against Goliath without armor. He, a little man with crude weapons, but with God on his side, won a massive victory. His confidence was not in his sling, or his skill, but was in his God whose call he answered.
    God sees the abilities that we have and He chooses us based on those, but the most important thing is that we are willing to answer His call. God expects us to use the abilities that He has given us for the benefit of His servants.
    Too often we focus on our abilities or our weaknesses. God uses humans, in spite of our weaknesses. He can easily use anyone, but he uses you and me.
    What would a job posting for Gods kingdom look like? It probably wouldn’t mention any talents, not because they aren’t important but because God can use any of us. He has created us, He knows us. The question is not whether we are qualified but whether we would answer that job posting.
    God won the victory through David. Saul was jealous of David and became very upset. This contrast says a lot of things about each of these two men.
    What Are The Instruments that God Uses? – 1 Corinthians 1:22-31 – There are two types of people represented here. The thinkers and the feelers. The Jews wanted a sign, the Greeks wanted a deep philosophy that could stretch their minds.
    Paul says that God has chosen us to be where we are, and to be His hands and His feet where we are.
    God wants to teach us about His power and Glory. God is the source of all good, if we are successful it is because of His greatness, not because of who we are. God speaks through humans because we hear him better than if He speaks with His mighty voice.
    Sometimes we come to Jesus and we almost think He is lucky that we have chosen to follow Him. How absurd. We must humble ourselves before Him and when we work with others.
    How we come to people makes all the difference, if we come as the “messenger of God” they will be put off by it, but if we come in humility, sharing what God has done for us, the potential to connect and make a difference.
    Luke 6:38 – God works in us through others. We should be givers, when God blesses us He is going to use others to bless us. Just as God works through us, He works through those around us. It would be “easier” in many ways if God would send an angel to “set things right.” God uses men and women around us, and like us.
    We must always remember that God is enough even when we don’t feel adequate for situation. It isn’t that God discounts our abilities, but He also doesn’t want us to use our weaknesses as an excuse.
    If we don’t listen to and respond to God’s call, He isn’t going to twist our arm. What does it mean to become as a little child? It means trust,]]>
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    There Will Be Opposition - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/there-will-be-opposition/ Sun, 28 Mar 2021 18:45:19 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3851 https://www.bmcgladys.com/there-will-be-opposition/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/there-will-be-opposition/feed/ 0 <p>Ephesians 6:10-20 – We won’t be specifically talking about the armor that is covered here. We read about the spiritual life being a journey sometimes, but it is not just a leisurely stroll, it is often a battle. There is opposition all along the way. Matthew 26 and 27 – We know the story of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/there-will-be-opposition/">There Will Be Opposition</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Ephesians 6:10-20 – We won’t be specifically talking about the armor that is covered here. We read about the spiritual life being a journey sometimes, but it is not just a leisurely stroll, it is often a battle. There is opposition all along the way.

    Matthew 26 and 27 – We know the story of Jesus. Throughout his life, from the cradle to the grave, he was constantly being apposed and attacked. As Christians, as follows of Jesus we should expect that there will be apposition as well.

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    Ephesians 6:10-20 – We won’t be specifically talking about the armor that is covered here. We read about the spiritual life being a journey sometimes, but it is not just a leisurely stroll, it is often a battle. There is opposition all along the way. Matthew 26 and 27 – We know the story of Jesus. Throughout his life, from the cradle to the grave, he was constantly being apposed and attacked. As Christians, as follows of Jesus we should expect that there will be apposition as well.
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    The Love of God is Vast and Unsearchable - Gabriel Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-love-of-god-is-vast-and-unsearchable/ Sun, 21 Mar 2021 18:45:59 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3850 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-love-of-god-is-vast-and-unsearchable/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-love-of-god-is-vast-and-unsearchable/feed/ 0 <p>This morning we are going to look at John 15:9-17 – What a packed portion of scripture. Looking at God’s love is such a vast and unsearchable depth.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-love-of-god-is-vast-and-unsearchable/">The Love of God is Vast and Unsearchable</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> This morning we are going to look at John 15:9-17 – What a packed portion of scripture. Looking at God’s love is such a vast and unsearchable depth.

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    This morning we are going to look at John 15:9-17 – What a packed portion of scripture. Looking at God’s love is such a vast and unsearchable depth. ]]> Bethel Mennonite Church 34:41
    Who Can Harm You? - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/who-can-harm-you/ Mon, 15 Mar 2021 01:52:20 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3847 https://www.bmcgladys.com/who-can-harm-you/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/who-can-harm-you/feed/ 0 <p>1 Peter 3:13-17 – Peter asks a rhetorical question here, and the implied answer is “No one.” The whole letter from Peter kind of expects persecution, he is writing to people who are in the middle of suffering. Peter is saying that there is a sense in which no one can harm God’s children. We know […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/who-can-harm-you/">Who Can Harm You?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> 1 Peter 3:13-17 – Peter asks a rhetorical question here, and the implied answer is “No one.” The whole letter from Peter kind of expects persecution, he is writing to people who are in the middle of suffering. Peter is saying that there is a sense in which no one can harm God’s children.

    We know that no one can separate us from God’s love. No one can snatch us from God’s hand. We won’t be tempted beyond what we can endure. We are kept by the power of God through faith.

    From an eternal perspective, a child of God is safe and secure, no one can harm us and our soul.

    Matthew 5:10-11 – those who suffer for Christ can expect great rewards in heaven. When we give something to God He gives us back something more, often it isn’t something tangible, but when we give up things to God, He gives back more.

    What does it mean to “be ready to offer a defense of the hope that is in you?” Apologetics is important and has its place, but not everyone has the time, the opportunity, the education, or even the head for remembering a bunch of scholarly arguments. Peter is talking about something that every Christian should be able to do.

    This verse is about us pointing people to Jesus, this is important at all times, but especially when we are in the midst of suffering. There is definitely a place for intellectual answers to difficult questions, but pointing to Jesus is something that we all can do.

    Part of being ready to give an answer is having a good conscience and good conduct. If we don’t have these we really aren’t ready to give an answer. If that is the case we will be ashamed instead of the other way around. Non-Christians should be impressed when they get up close to us, there should be something different about us.

    • You will be blessed for doing the right thing.
    • My choices must come from a heart that hallows the Father

    Christ Also Suffered – 1 Peter 3:18-22

    Christ suffered once for our sins. Peter knows what he is talking about, he saw it up close. He was a witness to the suffering of Christ. He knows that Jesus was a good and innocent man.

    He knew that he had denied Jesus 3 times. He knew that Jesus had risen and was victorious, vindicated, and glorified. Peter is calling Christians to travel this same road.

    Verse 19 is a bit of a curious verse. There are a number of things that people think this means. There is a lot going on in the spiritual realm that we don’t 100% understand.

    Baptism isn’t Peter’s main point here. He is saying that Christ suffered for us and should be glorified above all else. What he is saying about baptism is that it correlates to the ark and the flood. Peter says that baptism saves us, it isn’t the water itself that does this, it isn’t the ritual itself. He is talking about the spiritual truth that it represents in Christ. It is the answer of a good conscience towards God.

    Jesus has shown us that we can trust all outcomes to the Father. Jesus committed Himself to Him who judges righteously. He left the outcome to God.

    Therefore Arm Yourselves – 1 Peter 4:1-6

    We are able to do something about how spiritually minded we are. It isn’t something we can do on our own, but it isn’t something that God does entirely on His own without anything on our part.

    Choosing the mindset of Christ is the key to spiritual victory.

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    1 Peter 3:13-17 – Peter asks a rhetorical question here, and the implied answer is “No one.” The whole letter from Peter kind of expects persecution, he is writing to people who are in the middle of suffering. We know that no one can separate us from God’s love. No one can snatch us from God’s hand. We won’t be tempted beyond what we can endure. We are kept by the power of God through faith.
    From an eternal perspective, a child of God is safe and secure, no one can harm us and our soul.
    Matthew 5:10-11 – those who suffer for Christ can expect great rewards in heaven. When we give something to God He gives us back something more, often it isn’t something tangible, but when we give up things to God, He gives back more.
    What does it mean to “be ready to offer a defense of the hope that is in you?” Apologetics is important and has its place, but not everyone has the time, the opportunity, the education, or even the head for remembering a bunch of scholarly arguments. Peter is talking about something that every Christian should be able to do.
    This verse is about us pointing people to Jesus, this is important at all times, but especially when we are in the midst of suffering. There is definitely a place for intellectual answers to difficult questions, but pointing to Jesus is something that we all can do.
    Part of being ready to give an answer is having a good conscience and good conduct. If we don’t have these we really aren’t ready to give an answer. If that is the case we will be ashamed instead of the other way around. Non-Christians should be impressed when they get up close to us, there should be something different about us.

    * You will be blessed for doing the right thing.
    * My choices must come from a heart that hallows the Father

    Christ Also Suffered – 1 Peter 3:18-22
    Christ suffered once for our sins. Peter knows what he is talking about, he saw it up close. He was a witness to the suffering of Christ. He knows that Jesus was a good and innocent man.
    He knew that he had denied Jesus 3 times. He knew that Jesus had risen and was victorious, vindicated, and glorified. Peter is calling Christians to travel this same road.
    Verse 19 is a bit of a curious verse. There are a number of things that people think this means. There is a lot going on in the spiritual realm that we don’t 100% understand.
    Baptism isn’t Peter’s main point here. He is saying that Christ suffered for us and should be glorified above all else. What he is saying about baptism is that it correlates to the ark and the flood. Peter says that baptism saves us, it isn’t the water itself that does this, it isn’t the ritual itself. He is talking about the spiritual truth that it represents in Christ. It is the answer of a good conscience towards God.
    Jesus has shown us that we can trust all outcomes to the Father. Jesus committed Himself to Him who judges righteously. He left the outcome to God.
    Therefore Arm Yourselves – 1 Peter 4:1-6
    We are able to do something about how spiritually minded we are. It isn’t something we can do on our own, but it isn’t something that God does entirely on His own without anything on our part.
    Choosing the mindset of Christ is the key to spiritual victory.
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    Humility in Our Resolutions - Delvin Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/humility-in-our-resolutions/ Sun, 07 Mar 2021 22:31:43 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3843 https://www.bmcgladys.com/humility-in-our-resolutions/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/humility-in-our-resolutions/feed/ 0 <p>Regardless of when you hear this, the fact is that the present is always a good time to be preparing for the future. 2 Corinthians 4:16 – Even if it is March, there is time to start the things you need to be working on. The top 13 New Years’ resolutions include things like, lose […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/humility-in-our-resolutions/">Humility in Our Resolutions</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Regardless of when you hear this, the fact is that the present is always a good time to be preparing for the future.

    2 Corinthians 4:16 – Even if it is March, there is time to start the things you need to be working on.

    The top 13 New Years’ resolutions include things like, lose weight, quit smoking, take a trip, etc. Most New Year’s resolutions tend to be at least somewhat self-centered. Is that a problem?

    Isaiah 14 – Satan says “I will ascend into heaven.” This was a resolution that Satan was putting forth for himself. He had plans, and goals, and dreams.

    Often our resolutions are aimed at benefiting us or improving our lot in life. They are often pride-based, and that isn’t God’s way for us.

    David is a good example of making resolutions that please God. He also made some really boneheaded decisions and did some things that weren’t in line with God’s desires.

    God knows everything and He is everywhere. These two ideas are too big to fit inside of a building, or a universe. This is a great truth to teach our children and to know ourselves. A frightening thing for sinners, but a huge comfort for saints.

    Psalm 139:1-24 – This lovely Psalm describes how God knows all about us, no matter where we are or what we are doing. He wants to help us, and improve us, and mold us into His image.

    When God is holding you firmly with His hand there isn’t a lot of wiggle room. This is great if we aren’t trying to have our own way, but if we are trying to get our own way it isn’t something we like.

    God has thoughts about your way of life, He has plans for you that are good! God has spent time in each of us, He has invested time in thinking about us and planning each of our lives.

    Psalm 51 – This is a Psalm that David wrote at a very low point in his life. Nathan had just confronted him with his sin with Bathsheba, and the fact that he was a murderer.

    After David recognizes the awfulness of his sin he says in verse 10 “Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.” Once we acknowledge who God is, and that He knows all about us, and we humbly ask Him to work within us… that is when He can start with a humble person and build something beautiful.

    Whoever you are, humility before God is where God wants us to be.

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    Regardless of when you hear this, the fact is that the present is always a good time to be preparing for the future. 2 Corinthians 4:16 – Even if it is March, there is time to start the things you need to be working on. 2 Corinthians 4:16 – Even if it is March, there is time to start the things you need to be working on.
    The top 13 New Years’ resolutions include things like, lose weight, quit smoking, take a trip, etc. Most New Year’s resolutions tend to be at least somewhat self-centered. Is that a problem?
    Isaiah 14 – Satan says “I will ascend into heaven.” This was a resolution that Satan was putting forth for himself. He had plans, and goals, and dreams.
    Often our resolutions are aimed at benefiting us or improving our lot in life. They are often pride-based, and that isn’t God’s way for us.
    David is a good example of making resolutions that please God. He also made some really boneheaded decisions and did some things that weren’t in line with God’s desires.
    God knows everything and He is everywhere. These two ideas are too big to fit inside of a building, or a universe. This is a great truth to teach our children and to know ourselves. A frightening thing for sinners, but a huge comfort for saints.
    Psalm 139:1-24 – This lovely Psalm describes how God knows all about us, no matter where we are or what we are doing. He wants to help us, and improve us, and mold us into His image.
    When God is holding you firmly with His hand there isn’t a lot of wiggle room. This is great if we aren’t trying to have our own way, but if we are trying to get our own way it isn’t something we like.
    God has thoughts about your way of life, He has plans for you that are good! God has spent time in each of us, He has invested time in thinking about us and planning each of our lives.
    Psalm 51 – This is a Psalm that David wrote at a very low point in his life. Nathan had just confronted him with his sin with Bathsheba, and the fact that he was a murderer.
    After David recognizes the awfulness of his sin he says in verse 10 “Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.” Once we acknowledge who God is, and that He knows all about us, and we humbly ask Him to work within us… that is when He can start with a humble person and build something beautiful.
    Whoever you are, humility before God is where God wants us to be.
    ]]>
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    Salt & Light - Be Real and Shine Bright - Ricky Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/salt-light-be-real-and-shine-bright/ Mon, 22 Feb 2021 02:45:40 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3839 https://www.bmcgladys.com/salt-light-be-real-and-shine-bright/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/salt-light-be-real-and-shine-bright/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 5:13-16 – We know that large crowds were following Jesus as He went around to teach and heal people in different towns. Jesus was seeking out the ones who were outcasts and were despised. Jesus was speaking to people who believed Him and were receptive to Him. Jesus had just started His ministry and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/salt-light-be-real-and-shine-bright/">Salt & Light – Be Real and Shine Bright</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Matthew 5:13-16 – We know that large crowds were following Jesus as He went around to teach and heal people in different towns. Jesus was seeking out the ones who were outcasts and were despised. Jesus was speaking to people who believed Him and were receptive to Him.

    Jesus had just started His ministry and had just called His disciples. There were likely people here who were just curious, but there were many who had listened to John the Baptist preach and were ready to follow Jesus. Some of them had probably had a family member or friend healed by Jesus.

    What is Jesus saying?

    In this day of sodium-free, calorie-free food we may not appreciate salt as much as we should. We do at least know that it helps make our food better.

    The most conspicuous light is the sun. Jesus doesn’t compare us to the sun, but rather to a city on a hill or a small candle in a dark room. We take lamps and light for granted, but the concept remains, if we want to use lights we shouldn’t hide them.

    What does Jesus mean with these comparisons?

    Is Jesus saying that you are unique and have a special job to do but there are ways you can mess it up? Like salt losing its saltiness. If salt isn’t salty it isn’t much good, at least as “salt.” In the same way, if we have lost our saltiness, our passion, our fear of the Lord we aren’t much good for the Kingdom of God either.

    When you are persecuted, don’t retreat, follow Me!

    How can we be salt & light?

    Be real, be genuine

    None of us are perfectly christlike, but when we see things in our lives that don’t measure up to Christ’s standard we should take note of that and with God’s help do better.

    We won’t ever attain the level of Jesus, but that should be our goal, to be as real as we can be. The real salt of the earth.

    Shine with what you’ve been given

    Sometimes our affectedness can be limited by feelings of inadequacy or discouragement.

    How can we offer hope to people when we struggle with hopelessness ourselves? How can we share the gospel when we don’t see as much evidence of it in our lives as we would like? Maybe we are like a lamp under a bowl and not shining as brightly as we should.

    Look to Jesus, the Light of the World, to brighten your light. Jesus invites people to come to him who are weary and burdened. Go back to the light, soak in His brightness.

    Sometimes we can become so focused on ourselves that we miss the opportunities to do good things for those around us. Are we looking for these opportunities are we feeling too sorry for our own selves?

    Hebrews 3:13 – We can encourage each other. If we are feeling discouragement maybe others are as well, and maybe we can help them to feel less discouraged. There are a lot of hurting people around us.

    1 Thessalonians 4:13 – Remember what you have, there is a hope that we have. We have access to the Father, the Light of the World. What a privilege that is! We may not feel like we have it together all the time, but we know where to go for help and direction. An honest growing Christian is a bright light.

    Conclusion

    The two primary lessons here.

    We have to be real, we have to have the character of Jesus and be yielded to the Spirit to affect the world around us. When Christians are real it makes the Kingdom of God much more attractive to those around us.

    Shine with what you’ve been given. Get the focus off of yourself, look to Jesus as your source of hope, and point people to Him as the ultimate source of hope as well.

    Other passages mentioned: Genesis 39:4-5, 2 Kings 5:1-14, James 5

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    Matthew 5:13-16 – We know that large crowds were following Jesus as He went around to teach and heal people in different towns. Jesus was seeking out the ones who were outcasts and were despised. Jesus was speaking to people who believed Him and were r... Jesus had just started His ministry and had just called His disciples. There were likely people here who were just curious, but there were many who had listened to John the Baptist preach and were ready to follow Jesus. Some of them had probably had a family member or friend healed by Jesus.
    What is Jesus saying?
    In this day of sodium-free, calorie-free food we may not appreciate salt as much as we should. We do at least know that it helps make our food better.
    The most conspicuous light is the sun. Jesus doesn’t compare us to the sun, but rather to a city on a hill or a small candle in a dark room. We take lamps and light for granted, but the concept remains, if we want to use lights we shouldn’t hide them.
    What does Jesus mean with these comparisons?
    Is Jesus saying that you are unique and have a special job to do but there are ways you can mess it up? Like salt losing its saltiness. If salt isn’t salty it isn’t much good, at least as “salt.” In the same way, if we have lost our saltiness, our passion, our fear of the Lord we aren’t much good for the Kingdom of God either.
    When you are persecuted, don’t retreat, follow Me!
    How can we be salt & light?
    Be real, be genuine
    None of us are perfectly christlike, but when we see things in our lives that don’t measure up to Christ’s standard we should take note of that and with God’s help do better.
    We won’t ever attain the level of Jesus, but that should be our goal, to be as real as we can be. The real salt of the earth.
    Shine with what you’ve been given
    Sometimes our affectedness can be limited by feelings of inadequacy or discouragement.
    How can we offer hope to people when we struggle with hopelessness ourselves? How can we share the gospel when we don’t see as much evidence of it in our lives as we would like? Maybe we are like a lamp under a bowl and not shining as brightly as we should.
    Look to Jesus, the Light of the World, to brighten your light. Jesus invites people to come to him who are weary and burdened. Go back to the light, soak in His brightness.
    Sometimes we can become so focused on ourselves that we miss the opportunities to do good things for those around us. Are we looking for these opportunities are we feeling too sorry for our own selves?
    Hebrews 3:13 – We can encourage each other. If we are feeling discouragement maybe others are as well, and maybe we can help them to feel less discouraged. There are a lot of hurting people around us.
    1 Thessalonians 4:13 – Remember what you have, there is a hope that we have. We have access to the Father, the Light of the World. What a privilege that is! We may not feel like we have it together all the time, but we know where to go for help and direction. An honest growing Christian is a bright light.
    Conclusion
    The two primary lessons here.
    We have to be real, we have to have the character of Jesus and be yielded to the Spirit to affect the world around us. When Christians are real it makes the Kingdom of God much more attractive to those around us.
    Shine with what you’ve been given. Get the focus off of yourself, look to Jesus as your source of hope, and point people to Him as the ultimate source of hope as well.
    Other passages mentioned: Genesis 39:4-5, 2 Kings 5:1-14, James 5
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    Christ's Mission for the Church as Stated in Matthew 28 - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/christs-mission-for-the-church-as-stated-in-matthew-28/ Mon, 15 Feb 2021 13:22:15 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3835 https://www.bmcgladys.com/christs-mission-for-the-church-as-stated-in-matthew-28/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/christs-mission-for-the-church-as-stated-in-matthew-28/feed/ 0 <p>It is an extremely daunting task for a church to figure out how to apply or pursue the vision that they agree upon as their mission. When you try to put this into words and develop a framework in a church it can be quite challenging. We are guilty at times when it comes to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/christs-mission-for-the-church-as-stated-in-matthew-28/">Christ’s Mission for the Church as Stated in Matthew 28</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> It is an extremely daunting task for a church to figure out how to apply or pursue the vision that they agree upon as their mission. When you try to put this into words and develop a framework in a church it can be quite challenging.

    We are guilty at times when it comes to the task or mission of the church. We like to think and reason about it, and what it might look like, like we are having a business meeting for a business. Yes, we have to think and reason about it, but we have to base our reasoning on scripture.

    Matthew 18:18-20 – In these three verses we have three missions.

    1. Go and make disciples
    2. Baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
    3. Teach them all the things that Jesus commanded.

    Go and Make Disciples

    The idea here is that we make disciples as we go. Every disciple of Christ is “going” where we are. As we go, we are called to make disciples.

    So, the question is, how do you do that? Are we doing it?

    Everything that we do and say comes out of who we are. Are we a disciple? If so, out of that we “make disciples” of those around us.

    All nations, all ethnic groups, all disciples belong to Jesus, and they belong to Abraham’s family and family of faith.

    John 17:20-26 – All of these people belong to each other as well.

    What is the basis for a person to become a part of the family of God? A person becomes a disciple by trusting Jesus as Savior and Lord. When this happens they become a spiritual descendant of Abraham.

    How does a church, or believer be unique in their time and place, and not dechristianize other people who are doing the same thing? It is a tremendous challenge for us as conservative Christians.

    A disciple is an “apprentice,” a learner… this person is a follower, someone who is learning from a teacher, a follower of Jesus is someone who in a very basic sense is learning to do the things that Jesus says to do.

    The regeneration that happens when someone is born again is from above, it is the work of Christ. To trust Jesus and have our sins forgiven isn’t the only that being a disciple means, in Matthew 16 Jesus says that we need to take up our cross and follow Him. We are to give up control of and maintaining our life apart from Jesus.

    Surrender includes our sins, our desires, our aspirations, our selves. Surrendering one’s life to Jesus isn’t giving up and falling into a lifeless space, it is letting go of being one’s own god and master and lord and instead, doing whatever Jesus wants to be done.

    Mark 10 – The rich young ruler is an example of what surrender doesn’t look like. He couldn’t let go of his riches and his control.

    Being a disciple is also about being conformed to the character of Christ. This is not something that happens once and we are done with it, it is a lifelong process.

    This commitment to making disciples goes beyond just getting people to say “Jesus is my Savior” it is about walking with them as they surrender and become more like Christ.

    Baptize Them in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

    While this verse is connected to water baptism, it is about bringing people into a deep immersion into the presence and power of God. As a congregation, this means that we congregate to worship God. We congregate to listen to God’s word, fellowship in the Spirit, to talk with each other about who God is and what that means in our life.

    We immerse ourselves in God together when we immerse ourselves in God’s Word and are talking about what God is doing, or where we’ve failed, where we have needs, where we are growing.

    Some of these things are particularly difficult these days because of covid and circumstances that we find ourselves in.

    To immerse ourselves into God as a congregation means that we need to be immersed in our personal lives.

    This requires that people are able to be together without pretense. It is incredibly difficult when people feel like they need to perform and act like their life is a certain way when it really isn’t.

    This requires honesty and humility and care for each other even when we admit that things are not ok. It requires that we don’t demand perfection of people when people aren’t perfect. It requires extending grace and mercy for where a person is, even when we’re helping them to move, or walking with them as they move to a different and better place.

    To immerse in God’s presence means we have to give up on “having everything figured out.” It can be a tendency to think that we need to know exactly how everything is or should be. The “one right way” mentality can make it very difficult for people to express themselves, their needs, or state what God is doing in their lives.

    Teaching Them to Observe all that I Have Commanded You

    Most believers hear this and immediately think about the most prominent things that their denomination or local church views as things that you need to obey. It is very easy to get focused on one or two or three external things that make us “who we are” and forget that there are many other areas of obedience that Christ wants to teach us about.

    Whatever change God is calling us to requires scripture and truth. People cannot learn to obey apart from learning what is true, and what it is that God wants. We need the truth in love, but we do need truth.

    People will not experience inner transformation and external obedience unless they give up on the notion that people simply have to decide to feel, believe, different. You have to want to, but it isn’t true that the decision to change is all that matters. There needs to be a learning to think a different way, how to cooperate with God and other factors. It is more than just a strong will, it is a will that moves us to surrender and to cooperate with God. This involves feelings, desires, commitments, etc.

    Conclusion

    Jesus said that we need to go in His power. He has all authority, and we can only go in His power, His strength, and with His leadership. This isn’t something that we can do ourselves.

    Jesus says that we are working in tandem with Jesus, He is with us, we are not alone. Jesus bore to the cross everything that is opposed to the Kingdom of God.

    Acts 2 and Acts 4 – Immediately after Pentecost, the early church experienced a large influx of new believers. Peter said that to be saved the people needed to “repent, believe, and be baptized.” The picture of this group of people is one that is very dynamic. Were they being that way just because it was fresh and new and they were carried away with what was going on? What was going on for them that they were so enthused and dynamic?

    What is it that produces a group of people that are so dynamic about what Jesus has done for them, and that is so alive when they are together, and so in love with each other? They did have their problems and challenges there in Acts.

    Jesus’ mission is an invigorating vision and mission for the Church. The early church experienced it, and lived in it, and walked with each other in it.

    Let us together commit ourselves to this vision and mission and to understand it and live in it.

    Other text mentioned – Romans 4:7-12, 2 Corinthians, Joel

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    It is an extremely daunting task for a church to figure out how to apply or pursue the vision that they agree upon as their mission. When you try to put this into words and develop a framework in a church it can be quite challenging. We are guilty at times when it comes to the task or mission of the church. We like to think and reason about it, and what it might look like, like we are having a business meeting for a business. Yes, we have to think and reason about it, but we have to base our reasoning on scripture.
    Matthew 18:18-20 – In these three verses we have three missions.

    * Go and make disciples
    * Baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
    * Teach them all the things that Jesus commanded.

    Go and Make Disciples
    The idea here is that we make disciples as we go. Every disciple of Christ is “going” where we are. As we go, we are called to make disciples.
    So, the question is, how do you do that? Are we doing it?
    Everything that we do and say comes out of who we are. Are we a disciple? If so, out of that we “make disciples” of those around us.
    All nations, all ethnic groups, all disciples belong to Jesus, and they belong to Abraham’s family and family of faith.
    John 17:20-26 – All of these people belong to each other as well.
    What is the basis for a person to become a part of the family of God? A person becomes a disciple by trusting Jesus as Savior and Lord. When this happens they become a spiritual descendant of Abraham.
    How does a church, or believer be unique in their time and place, and not dechristianize other people who are doing the same thing? It is a tremendous challenge for us as conservative Christians.
    A disciple is an “apprentice,” a learner… this person is a follower, someone who is learning from a teacher, a follower of Jesus is someone who in a very basic sense is learning to do the things that Jesus says to do.
    The regeneration that happens when someone is born again is from above, it is the work of Christ. To trust Jesus and have our sins forgiven isn’t the only that being a disciple means, in Matthew 16 Jesus says that we need to take up our cross and follow Him. We are to give up control of and maintaining our life apart from Jesus.
    Surrender includes our sins, our desires, our aspirations, our selves. Surrendering one’s life to Jesus isn’t giving up and falling into a lifeless space, it is letting go of being one’s own god and master and lord and instead, doing whatever Jesus wants to be done.
    Mark 10 – The rich young ruler is an example of what surrender doesn’t look like. He couldn’t let go of his riches and his control.
    Being a disciple is also about being conformed to the character of Christ. This is not something that happens once and we are done with it, it is a lifelong process.
    This commitment to making disciples goes beyond just getting people to say “Jesus is my Savior” it is about walking with them as they surrender and become more like Christ.
    Baptize Them in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
    While this verse is connected to water baptism, it is about bringing people into a deep immersion into the presence and power of God. As a congregation, this means that we congregate to worship God. We congregate to listen to God’s word, fellowship in the Spirit, to talk with each other about who God is and what that means in our life.
    We immerse ourselves in God together when we immerse ourselves in God’s Word and are talking about what God is doing, or where we’ve failed, where we have needs, where we are growing.
    Some of these things are particularly difficult these days because of covid and circumstances that we find ourselves in.
    To immerse ourselves into God as a congregation means that we need...]]>
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    God's Order of Headship in 1 Corinthians 11 - Rich Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-order-of-headship-in-1-corinthians-11/ Sun, 24 Jan 2021 22:14:40 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3831 https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-order-of-headship-in-1-corinthians-11/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-order-of-headship-in-1-corinthians-11/feed/ 0 <p>1 Corinthians 11 – Paul was addressing this issue because he felt like it needed attention. We aren’t talking about this morning because we need a major overhaul, but rather to encourage what we’re currently doing. God has a plan for order, when we fit into His order, that is the best place that we […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/gods-order-of-headship-in-1-corinthians-11/">God’s Order of Headship in 1 Corinthians 11</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> 1 Corinthians 11 – Paul was addressing this issue because he felt like it needed attention. We aren’t talking about this morning because we need a major overhaul, but rather to encourage what we’re currently doing.

    God has a plan for order, when we fit into His order, that is the best place that we can be.

    Some teach that this scripture was just for the people there in Corinth. This is the only letter that Paul wrote that has this. In 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 – Paul is addressing this letter to the folks at Corinth, but he also says it is for people everywhere.

    The scriptures around this portion talking about headship are not things that churches today don’t accept as being for us today. It is a bit odd that the first half of chapter 11 is sometimes taught to just have been for the Corinthians.

    As we observe God throughout history and scripture we see that God is a God of order. If you look at the stars in the sky, the birds in the air, the grass, the trees, and all things in creation there is incredible order. Many of these things can be “understood” simply because of the predictable nature of things that God has created.

    Christ submits to God, who is perfect and good in every way. Man submits to Christ, who is perfect and good in every way. Women submits to man, who is not perfect and good in every way. It is clear then that Women have the more difficult role as they submit to a head that is not perfect in every way.

    There are things that we can learn from Jesus and His perfect submission. He submitted to His parents. Did it put Jesus in a box to be submissive to His parents? No, it didn’t hinder Him at all to become what God was calling Him to in life.

    This whole thing of submission of a wife to a husband has been abused badly at times. If there is abuse happening, please, please get help. Talk to a godly person you trust, this is not what God has in mind.

    We as men need to start by submitting to Christ. We have a role to play in God’s order, just as much as women do. As we submit to Christ, this paves the way for the women in our lives to submit as well.

    In the Lord, Paul says there is equality in the way that God views and relates to men and women, and interdependence on each other. God has a plan for order, this is the best place that we can be.

    Other passages mentioned – James 4:7, Ephesians 5:21, 1 Peter 3:7, Galatians 3:26, 1 Corinthians 4, 1 Timothy 3,

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    1 Corinthians 11 – Paul was addressing this issue because he felt like it needed attention. We aren’t talking about this morning because we need a major overhaul, but rather to encourage what we’re currently doing. God has a plan for order, God has a plan for order, when we fit into His order, that is the best place that we can be.
    Some teach that this scripture was just for the people there in Corinth. This is the only letter that Paul wrote that has this. In 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 – Paul is addressing this letter to the folks at Corinth, but he also says it is for people everywhere.
    The scriptures around this portion talking about headship are not things that churches today don’t accept as being for us today. It is a bit odd that the first half of chapter 11 is sometimes taught to just have been for the Corinthians.
    As we observe God throughout history and scripture we see that God is a God of order. If you look at the stars in the sky, the birds in the air, the grass, the trees, and all things in creation there is incredible order. Many of these things can be “understood” simply because of the predictable nature of things that God has created.
    Christ submits to God, who is perfect and good in every way. Man submits to Christ, who is perfect and good in every way. Women submits to man, who is not perfect and good in every way. It is clear then that Women have the more difficult role as they submit to a head that is not perfect in every way.
    There are things that we can learn from Jesus and His perfect submission. He submitted to His parents. Did it put Jesus in a box to be submissive to His parents? No, it didn’t hinder Him at all to become what God was calling Him to in life.
    This whole thing of submission of a wife to a husband has been abused badly at times. If there is abuse happening, please, please get help. Talk to a godly person you trust, this is not what God has in mind.
    We as men need to start by submitting to Christ. We have a role to play in God’s order, just as much as women do. As we submit to Christ, this paves the way for the women in our lives to submit as well.
    In the Lord, Paul says there is equality in the way that God views and relates to men and women, and interdependence on each other. God has a plan for order, this is the best place that we can be.
    Other passages mentioned – James 4:7, Ephesians 5:21, 1 Peter 3:7, Galatians 3:26, 1 Corinthians 4, 1 Timothy 3,
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    Pressing Forward and Forgetting the Past - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/pressing-forward-and-forgetting-the-past/ Mon, 18 Jan 2021 00:57:55 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3826 https://www.bmcgladys.com/pressing-forward-and-forgetting-the-past/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/pressing-forward-and-forgetting-the-past/feed/ 0 <p>Philippians 3 Pressing Forward and Forgetting the Past We are in the first month of a new year, and I wonder if you have made any new year’s resolutions, or thought about how you want to live this year, or thought about whether the direction of your life and the target you are aiming at […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/pressing-forward-and-forgetting-the-past/">Pressing Forward and Forgetting the Past</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Philippians 3 Pressing Forward and Forgetting the Past

    1. We are in the first month of a new year, and I wonder if you have made any new year’s resolutions,
      1. or thought about how you want to live this year,
      2. or thought about whether the direction of your life and the target you are aiming at will take you to the goal you want to reach.
      3. There is a proverb that goes like this: “If you aim at nothing you will hit it every time.”
      4. Another proverb might go something like this: ”If you aim at something you might hit it some of the time.”
    2. In Phil. 3 Paul says he is aiming at something.
      1. He tells us that his supreme goal is to pursue knowing Christ Jesus and the power of His resurrection and be conformed to His death.
      2. Paul says that although he has not yet arrived at the goal, he pursues this goal (presses toward the mark).
      3. Paul also tells us in Phil. 3 what he has to leave behind in order to press forward toward this goal.
      4. This morning I want to talk with you about what you need to leave behind (release from your grasp) and what you need to press forward toward (lay hold of or grasp) during 2021.
    3. Phil. 3:2-16, NASB= “2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; 3 for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and take pride in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh, 4 although I myself could boast as having confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he is confident in the flesh, I have more reason: 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.  7 But whatever things were gain to me, these things I have counted as loss because of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them mere rubbish, so that I may gain Christ, 9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in (of) Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11 if somehow I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.  12 Not that I have already grasped it all or have already become perfect, but I press on if I may also take hold of that for which I was even taken hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not regard myself as having taken hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore, all who are mature, let’s have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that to you as well; 16 however, let’s keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.”
    4. Outline
      1. Leave some things behind.
      2. Press forward toward the goal.

    Leave some things behind.

    This idea is taken from verse 13 where Paul makes the statement that he does not consider himself to have reached the goal, but what he is doing is “forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.” The context of this “leaving behind” statement is Paul contrasting the value of his heritage and religious tradition with the value of knowing Christ.

    In 3:2-7 Paul lists the supposed advantages of his heritage and religious tradition.

    1. v. 2= Paul says ”Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision” (mutilators) =
      1. The “dogs” are the Jews who hounded him (they literally chased him from one city to the next like a dog does a deer) on his missionary journeys whenever he talked about Gentiles becoming children of promise through the death and resurrection of Christ without being circumcised (Acts 13:46-50; 14:1-6, 19),
      2. and “the false circumcision” means “those who mutilate” themselves or require others to mutilate themselves without heart circumcision.  They operate on their bodies but do not let God operate on their hearts.
    2. v. 3 = In contrast to mutilators, in verse 3 Paul presents followers of Christ as the true circumcision because they have received circumcision of their hearts.  Notice these three things.
      1. These people worship God in the power of the Holy Spirit,
      2. they glory in Christ Jesus,
      3. and they have no confidence or do not place their hope in the “flesh”, meaning their hope does not depend on earthly privileges, human attainments, and religious accomplishments.
    3. In verses 4-6 Paul lists his own earthly privileges, human attainments, and religious accomplishments in order to demonstrate that he is not downplaying the value of these things because he is jealous or doesn’t possess them.  He does possess the things the Jews value highly.
      1. Circumcised the eighth day
      2. A Jew by birth, not a proselyte
      3. from the tribe of Benjamin
      4. a Hebrew of the Hebrews = both parents Jews or maybe he spoke Hebrew and Aramaic.  Actually, I read somewhere that Paul spoke 12-15 languages.
      5. a Pharisee= the most orthodox party, the most zealous supporters and interpreters of OT law
      6. very zealous in promoting Judaism and condemning Christians, even willing to hunt down Christians
      7. meticulous in his observance of the law

    In 3:7-11 Paul contrasts the value of these past accomplishments with the value of knowing Christ.

    1. In vv. 7-8 Paul says that he counts all these supposed gains or advantages as having no value at all when he compares them to what Christ has to offer.
      1. v. 8= Paul says that knowing Christ Jesus my Lord is far superior in value to all the earthly privileges, human attainments, and religious accomplishments he just listed.
      2. In comparison these human advantages are like garbage or table scraps that are fed to the dog or like manure (the KJV word is “dung”), and Paul says the loss of these things is no loss at all.
      3. At the end of verse 8 Paul says that by counting all these past accomplishments as having no value “for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord”, Paul will be able to “win” (gain or obtain or possess) Christ.

    2.v. 9 = Paul says what it means to gain or win Christ.

    1. To gain or win Christ is to be in a “be found in Christ” relationship, and he says that this kind of relationship with Christ is not the result of his own “righteousness” (his own earthly privileges, human attainments, and religious accomplishments), but is rooted in “the faith of Christ” . . . “by faith.”  I want to camp a little on the meaning of the phrase “the faith of Christ.”
    2. When Paul says he can “be found in Christ” . . . “through the faith of Christ”, he is not talking about his faith in Christ.  The “faith of Christ” and our “faith in Christ” are two different things.
      1. By “faith of Christ” he is talking about the personal faith or faithfulness of Christ, and Paul is saying that our righteousness is the result of Christ’s faithfulness and obedience throughout life and in death.
      2. The righteousness that justifies is rooted in the personal faith-life, faith-death and faith-resurrection of Christ, not in becoming a Jew and not in keeping the law.
      3. The righteousness of Christ that delivers us from God’s judgment is rooted in Christ’s faithfulness in his own life to the heavenly Father, and the heavenly Father’s faithfulness to His promises and to His Son.
      4. This faithfulness of Christ, and the faithfulness of the heavenly Father to Christ, is the reason God raised Christ from the dead.
      5. To restate, we can be “found in Christ” “through the faithfulness of Christ.”
    3. But at the end of verse 9 Paul says that this “found in Christ” relationship is also the result of a “righteousness which is of God by faith.”
      1. “By faith” refers to our faith in Christ.
      2. So this verse is saying that both Christ’s personal faithfulness and our personal faith in Christ are necessary for us to experience this “found in Christ” relationship.
    4. In this verse, then, Paul is contrasting “mine own righteousness, which is of the law” with a “through the faith of Christ” righteousness which is of God (has its source in God, not human attainment) by faith,” and he is saying that “mine own righteousness, which is of the law” is worthless and that the righteousness of God by faith (a righteousness that has its source in God and is received by trusting God/Christ) is valuable.
    • v. 10 = Paul says that a “found in Christ” relationship is rooted in knowing Christ.
    1. This verse explains in more detail what the “knowledge of Christ” mentioned in verse 8 means.
    2. The “knowledge of Christ”
      1. in verse 8 = “knowledge” is a noun translated from the Greek word ginosis
      2. and the word “know” in verse 10 is a verb translated from the Greek word ginosko.
      3. The meaning of these Greek words is knowledge that is known within an intimate relationship.
      4. It is within our intimate relationship with Christ that we gain knowledge of Christ, gain knowledge of the will of Christ, and gain strength to be faithful in the time of testing.

    4.v. 10 = Paul says that a “found in Christ” relationship makes the power of Christ’s resurrection available to the believer.

    1. This refers to experiencing the power of Christ’s resurrection in our own daily life.
    2. This idea is developed more fully in Rom. 6:3-4: “3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in newness of life.”
      1. I believe “baptized into” happens when a person enters into relationship with Christ, or when a person is regenerated and justified.
      2. The person who is “baptized into” Christ is “placed in” and identified with Christ, and is co-buried and co-raised with Christ.
      3. Those who are “baptized into Christ” have died and been buried, and have been raised from the dead, with Christ.
      4. This means that the person who is “baptized into Christ” experiences the same death to sin and resurrection to life in his or her body of flesh that Jesus experienced in his body of flesh.
      5. The person who is in Christ is now in a position and reality of life, not death, and stands and lives and walks on resurrection ground.
      6. God begins to work this death and resurrection in our bodies/persons at the time of conversion when we surrender to Christ and God continues to work this death to sin and resurrection to righteousness inside us every time we surrender to Christ in the moment of temptation or trial.
    • In v. 10 Paul also says that the person who is in a “found in Christ” relationship will know “the fellowship of” (participation in) Christ’s “sufferings, being made conformable unto his death”
    1. The idea here is the same as Phil. 1:29, which says that those who believe in Christ will “suffer for his sake.”
    2. Col. 1:24 says believers “fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ”,
      1. meaning that Christ suffered for the sake of righteousness during his life and on the cross,
      2. and all those who are in fellowship with Christ likewise suffer for the sake of righteousness.
      3. Christ never promised that people who trust him will be exempt from human suffering,
      4. and any suffering as a result of fellowship with Christ is a continuation and completion of the suffering of Christ.
    3. The phrase “being made conformable unto his death” expands on the previous phrase, “know the fellowship of his suffering.”  “Being made conformable unto his death” is not talking about physical death but about identifying so fully with the death and resurrection of Christ that Christ’s death works death to the former life.
    • v. 11= Paul says that experiencing verses 8-10 makes it possible to “attain unto the resurrection from the dead.”
    1. Resurrection to a righteous life
    2. Resurrection when Christ returns

    Press forward toward the goal (Phil. 3:12-16)

    1. v. 12=Paul begins by saying that he has not fully attained the objectives he mentioned in verses 10-11.
      1. He has not fully experienced the resurrection power of Christ, sharing in the sufferings of Christ, being made like Jesus in death, and experiencing resurrection from the dead in relation to temptation and trials.
      2. Paul says he is not already “perfect”
        1. The word “perfect” does not mean sinless perfection.  It means goal or end.
        2. Paul says he has not reached the end or goal for which he was designed, or has not experienced to the fullness what he has described as the results of knowing Christ.
        3. Not a single one of us has reached or seized the goal or fullness of who God created us to be.  We are all in the process of being transformed.
      3. Even though he has not reached full maturity or experienced fully what is available to him in his “found in Christ” relationship, Paul says he is going to “follow after” (KJV) or pursue the goal.  He is not going to give up.  He is not going to return to the old way of depending on earthly privileges, human attainments, and religious accomplishments.
      4. Paul says he is going to press on (pursue) in order to “apprehend” or seize or lay hold of or possess as his own that for which Christ laid hold of (or possessed) him.
        1. The idea of “press on” or “pursue” is the word used for a runner in a foot race.  The runner is “speeding on earnestly” toward the goal, the end, in order to seize the prize.
        2. This is a beautiful concept.
        3. Christ seized (laid hold of or took possession of) Paul so that Paul could speed earnestly with outstretched hand and seize or grasp or lay hold of and experience full maturity,
        4. so he could experience these “found in Christ” benefits,
        5. so Paul is going to pursue this goal and seize these blessings and make them his own.
    2. v. 13 = Paul restates what he has said in verse 12, that he has not yet seized everything that his “found in Christ” relationship offers, but he is fully committed to this one thing, to “forget those things which are behind and reach for and seize the things that are before/ahead.”
      1. The forgetting he is talking about is not an erasing from memory of past events.
      2. He is not going to dwell on or return to placing value on the earthly privileges, human attainments, and religious accomplishments that he mentioned in verses 4-6.
      3. He is not going to depend on past spiritual growth.
      4. He is going to focus on and reach toward the maturity and fullness of spiritual experience that Christ has in store for him, which includes the resurrection power of Christ, sharing in the sufferings of Christ, being made like Jesus in death, and experiencing resurrection from the dead in the midst of temptations and trials.
    3. v. 14=Paul says he is pressing toward the mark or goal or prize to which God is calling him in Christ Jesus.  This is a heavenly, other worldly prize.  It is an “in Christ Jesus” prize, a prize that only those who are “found in Christ Jesus” can seize.
    4. verses 15-16=15 All of us who are mature or perfect [all those who are pursuing the goal of spiritual maturity] should have this attitude, that we have not yet achieved full spiritual maturity. And if in any respect you have a different attitude, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us stay true to what we have already attained.”
    5. In order to pursue full maturity, and know and experience Christ’s death and resurrection, you must press toward the goal of knowing Christ more deeply, and in order to do this you have to let go of hanging onto what you have already attained and reach forward to seize what lies ahead.  This is the attitude you should have.
    6. Paul says that if this is not the attitude you have, God will work in you so you arrive at this attitude.
    7. As we move forward, don’t forget to live what you have already learned on the journey and don’t forget the commitment you have made to seize everything for which you were seized.

    Summary

    1. Paul is very clear.  A major hindrance to knowing Christ more fully and experiencing death to sin and resurrection to upright living is hanging on to and grasping earthly privileges, human attainments, and religious accomplishments.  A major hindrance to growth toward spiritual and emotional maturity is grasping past human and religious attainments.
      1. Whatever you are hanging on to and grasping and seizing right now makes it impossible for you to lay hold of and grasp and seize something else, something better.  You can’t seize something else until you let go of what you already have seized and are clutching.
      2. One thing that hinders progress is our commitment to the familiar, to what feels safe and secure, our commitment to the past or to present habits or human attainments, or commitment to our vows to live a safe life or not to let our fleshly desires die.
      3. Not only did Paul have to release his grasp on past earthly privileges, human attainments, and religious accomplishments, he also had to release his grasp on past failure.
        1. Paul was known in the early church as a notorious persecutor of followers of Jesus Christ.
        2. We have to let go of our guilt and shame for past sins committed by and against us before we can become fully who God created us to be.
    2. Paul is also very clear that a “be found in Christ” relationship and position depends on several things.
      1. The faithfulness of Christ in his life, death, and resurrection.
      2. Our faith in the faithful Christ.
    3. Paul is also very clear that the goal he is pursuing is a resurrection life with Christ that results in death to sin and resurrection to upright living.
    4. Finally, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit knows you, knows who you were created to be, knows who you will be when you reach the goal, when you reach full spiritual and emotional maturity.
      1. This is the goal God is working toward.
      2. Whatever you do, don’t give up on God’s goal for you.
      3. Don’t settle for something less than God’s intention and purpose.
      4. But pursue God’s goal in the power of the resurrected Jesus and not in your own power.

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    Philippians 3 Pressing Forward and Forgetting the Past We are in the first month of a new year, and I wonder if you have made any new year’s resolutions, or thought about how you want to live this year, or thought about whether the direction of your li...
    * We are in the first month of a new year, and I wonder if you have made any new year’s resolutions,

    * or thought about how you want to live this year,
    * or thought about whether the direction of your life and the target you are aiming at will take you to the goal you want to reach.
    * There is a proverb that goes like this: “If you aim at nothing you will hit it every time.”
    * Another proverb might go something like this: ”If you aim at something you might hit it some of the time.”


    * In Phil. 3 Paul says he is aiming at something.

    * He tells us that his supreme goal is to pursue knowing Christ Jesus and the power of His resurrection and be conformed to His death.
    * Paul says that although he has not yet arrived at the goal, he pursues this goal (presses toward the mark).
    * Paul also tells us in Phil. 3 what he has to leave behind in order to press forward toward this goal.
    * This morning I want to talk with you about what you need to leave behind (release from your grasp) and what you need to press forward toward (lay hold of or grasp) during 2021.


    * Phil. 3:2-16, NASB= “2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; 3 for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and take pride in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh, 4 although I myself could boast as having confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he is confident in the flesh, I have more reason: 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.  7 But whatever things were gain to me, these things I have counted as loss because of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them mere rubbish, so that I may gain Christ, 9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in (of) Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11 if somehow I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.  12 Not that I have already grasped it all or have already become perfect, but I press on if I may also take hold of that for which I was even taken hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not regard myself as having taken hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore, all who are mature, let’s have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that to you as well; 16 however, let’s keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.”
    * Outline

    * Leave some things behind.
    * Press forward toward the goal.



    Leave some things behind.
    This idea is taken from verse 13 where Paul makes the statement that he does not consider himself to have reached the goal, but what he is doing is “forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.” The context of this “leaving behind” statement is Paul contrasting the value of his heritage and religious tradition with the value of knowing Christ.
    In 3:2-7 Paul lists the supposed advantages of his heritage and religious tradition.

    * v. 2= Paul says ”Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision” (mutilators) =

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    How to Grow in Wisdom - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-to-grow-in-wisdom/ Sun, 10 Jan 2021 19:50:15 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3822 https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-to-grow-in-wisdom/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-to-grow-in-wisdom/feed/ 0 <p>This is a New Years’ message… sort of. Looking back at 2020 a lot of us would say that it was a very challenging year and we’re hoping that 2021 will be a better year. Regardless of what this new year brings we can know that God will be faithful. We all need wisdom, for […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-to-grow-in-wisdom/">How to Grow in Wisdom</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> This is a New Years’ message… sort of. Looking back at 2020 a lot of us would say that it was a very challenging year and we’re hoping that 2021 will be a better year. Regardless of what this new year brings we can know that God will be faithful.

    We all need wisdom, for raising children, for church, and for other things. How can we be growing in wisdom as we head into this new year?

    1. Proverbs 2:1-15 – A person will grow in wisdom if he has the following characteristics. If he has an incentive ear and an inclined heart, cries out for wisdom, and hunts for wisdom. If we are going to grow in wisdom we need to be seekers.
    2. Proverbs 13:20 – To grow in wisdom we need to walk with otherwise people! Walking alone is a disadvantage. It is slower and more difficult to go through life alone and don’t walk with the wrong people.
    3. Proverbs 13:10 – To grow in wisdom we need to listen to wise advice. Seek out advice with sensitive, serious issues that you are struggling with or wrestling with. It may be humbling to admit that you need help and advice, but it is worth it.
    4. Proverbs 9:8-9 – To grow in wisdom we need to be open to correction. Accurate correction is very helpful. Don’t spurn correction because of how it is packaged.
    5. Psalm 19:7 – To grow in wisdom we need to be reading the Bible. There is a lot of advice out there, but the best advice you can find is from carefully reading the Bible and looking to apply it to your life. Believe that it is God-breathed and that it is valuable.
    6. James 1:5 – To grow in wisdom we should be asking God for wisdom. Often God gives us wisdom through the wise counsel of others and through reading his word and life experiences.
    7. Job 28:28 – To grow in wisdom we need to fear and trust God. The fear of the Lord is a deep reverence and awe of who God is. Just taking God very seriously, because He is the almighty creator and ultimate judge. It shouldn’t produce insecurity and terror in our hearts, instead, it should give us a deep sense of security and peace.

    There shouldn’t be any areas of our life that are off-limits to God. As we yield to Him, he will lead us and direct our paths. God will be doing road work on our future, and we’ll be heading in the right direction.

    Let’s take God seriously, and surrender to God in all areas of our life.

    Other passages mentioned – Colossians 3:16, 1 Kings 3, Proverbs 12, Proverbs 19:20, Proverbs 15, Proverbs 9:10, Isaiah 11, Proverbs 14

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    This is a New Years’ message… sort of. Looking back at 2020 a lot of us would say that it was a very challenging year and we’re hoping that 2021 will be a better year. Regardless of what this new year brings we can know that God will be faithful. We all need wisdom, for raising children, for church, and for other things. How can we be growing in wisdom as we head into this new year?

    * Proverbs 2:1-15 – A person will grow in wisdom if he has the following characteristics. If he has an incentive ear and an inclined heart, cries out for wisdom, and hunts for wisdom. If we are going to grow in wisdom we need to be seekers.
    * Proverbs 13:20 – To grow in wisdom we need to walk with otherwise people! Walking alone is a disadvantage. It is slower and more difficult to go through life alone and don’t walk with the wrong people.
    * Proverbs 13:10 – To grow in wisdom we need to listen to wise advice. Seek out advice with sensitive, serious issues that you are struggling with or wrestling with. It may be humbling to admit that you need help and advice, but it is worth it.
    * Proverbs 9:8-9 – To grow in wisdom we need to be open to correction. Accurate correction is very helpful. Don’t spurn correction because of how it is packaged.
    * Psalm 19:7 – To grow in wisdom we need to be reading the Bible. There is a lot of advice out there, but the best advice you can find is from carefully reading the Bible and looking to apply it to your life. Believe that it is God-breathed and that it is valuable.
    * James 1:5 – To grow in wisdom we should be asking God for wisdom. Often God gives us wisdom through the wise counsel of others and through reading his word and life experiences.
    * Job 28:28 – To grow in wisdom we need to fear and trust God. The fear of the Lord is a deep reverence and awe of who God is. Just taking God very seriously, because He is the almighty creator and ultimate judge. It shouldn’t produce insecurity and terror in our hearts, instead, it should give us a deep sense of security and peace.

    There shouldn’t be any areas of our life that are off-limits to God. As we yield to Him, he will lead us and direct our paths. God will be doing road work on our future, and we’ll be heading in the right direction.
    Let’s take God seriously, and surrender to God in all areas of our life.
    Other passages mentioned – Colossians 3:16, 1 Kings 3, Proverbs 12, Proverbs 19:20, Proverbs 15, Proverbs 9:10, Isaiah 11, Proverbs 14
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    The God Man, Jesus (Wesley Glick Funeral) - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-god-man-jesus-wesley-glick-funeral/ Sun, 03 Jan 2021 22:18:38 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3816 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-god-man-jesus-wesley-glick-funeral/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-god-man-jesus-wesley-glick-funeral/feed/ 0 <p>James 4:14 – We aren’t here for very long, even for those who live many years it is a short time. Knowing Jesus gives us a bright and very different perspective about brother Wesley’s passing. Because of Jesus, it is possible in grief and loss to have a great and settled hope. John 3:16 – […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-god-man-jesus-wesley-glick-funeral/">The God Man, Jesus (Wesley Glick Funeral)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> James 4:14 – We aren’t here for very long, even for those who live many years it is a short time.

    Knowing Jesus gives us a bright and very different perspective about brother Wesley’s passing. Because of Jesus, it is possible in grief and loss to have a great and settled hope.

    John 3:16 – Jesus came into a messy world. A sin-sick and dying world it was. Crippled by the fall and oppressed by the devil it was full of conflict and commotion. Jesus saw all of it.

    Jesus didn’t come as a tourist or a reporter. He wasn’t a bystander, he was a servant to these people. He had great compassion for people, he wept for them and prayed for them. He was moved to act and reach out. He healed the sick. He fed the hungry. He delivered people of demons. He even raised people to life.

    Jesus also touched the souls of people. He called people to repent from their sins and turn to God. John tells us that “as many as received Jesus, to them he gave the right to become God’s children.”

    Were those people in Jesus’ day loved or cared about any more than we are? It’s been a couple of thousand years since Jesus’ time on earth. Many people who were alive during Jesus’ day didn’t see Jesus either. They were reached by missionaries and heard the Gospel.

    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Nothing! We don’t literally see Jesus here among us, but He is here in the presence of His Spirit. Nothing can separate us from His love, He said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”

    Other scriptures mentioned – Matthew 12, Psalm 119, Hebrews 13:5, John 14, 1 Peter

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    James 4:14 – We aren’t here for very long, even for those who live many years it is a short time. Knowing Jesus gives us a bright and very different perspective about brother Wesley’s passing. Because of Jesus, Knowing Jesus gives us a bright and very different perspective about brother Wesley’s passing. Because of Jesus, it is possible in grief and loss to have a great and settled hope.
    John 3:16 – Jesus came into a messy world. A sin-sick and dying world it was. Crippled by the fall and oppressed by the devil it was full of conflict and commotion. Jesus saw all of it.
    Jesus didn’t come as a tourist or a reporter. He wasn’t a bystander, he was a servant to these people. He had great compassion for people, he wept for them and prayed for them. He was moved to act and reach out. He healed the sick. He fed the hungry. He delivered people of demons. He even raised people to life.
    Jesus also touched the souls of people. He called people to repent from their sins and turn to God. John tells us that “as many as received Jesus, to them he gave the right to become God’s children.”
    Were those people in Jesus’ day loved or cared about any more than we are? It’s been a couple of thousand years since Jesus’ time on earth. Many people who were alive during Jesus’ day didn’t see Jesus either. They were reached by missionaries and heard the Gospel.
    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Nothing! We don’t literally see Jesus here among us, but He is here in the presence of His Spirit. Nothing can separate us from His love, He said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”
    Other scriptures mentioned – Matthew 12, Psalm 119, Hebrews 13:5, John 14, 1 Peter
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    Joy to the World - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/joy-to-the-world/ Sun, 27 Dec 2020 17:45:41 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3813 https://www.bmcgladys.com/joy-to-the-world/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/joy-to-the-world/feed/ 0 <p>There were many people who were looking for the Messiah! Simeon and Anna praised and blessed God. The shepherds believed when the angels appeared and told them about Jesus. There was sickness and death and cruelty and injustice in the world when Jesus, the Messiah, came to earth. He provided a hope, and a peace, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/joy-to-the-world/">Joy to the World</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> There were many people who were looking for the Messiah! Simeon and Anna praised and blessed God. The shepherds believed when the angels appeared and told them about Jesus.

    There was sickness and death and cruelty and injustice in the world when Jesus, the Messiah, came to earth. He provided a hope, and a peace, and a joy to those who accepted him.

    Acts 8 – There was great joy in that city.

    1 John 1 – And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

    What is this Joy? How can we find it and experience it?

    Both of these things are preferred as opposed to other options. But earthly happiness is not Christian joy. Christian joy is a deep emotion.

    Earthly happiness is more superficial and on the surface. Christian joy is the result of a changed heart. It wells up within us from a spiritual source.

    Earthly happiness depends on events and things around us. Christian joy grows with our familiarity with God and the closer we grow to God, the greater we’ll find our Christian joy.

    Joy is part of the fruits of the spirit. It is intended to be part of the Christian experience. It is a gauge that says something about how our Christian life is going.

    Discouragement and despondency can eat away our enthusiasm for life. It can affect our walk with God too. The joy of the Lord can, and does, strengthen us, and brings us more joy!

    The Psalmist trusted God and trusted God. He was helped by God. His joy increased and his faith increased.

    If Paul and Silas had been crying, sobbing, and moaning… the other prisoners would have been less impressed with them and with their God.

    Christians don’t always feel joyful. Is that a problem? Sometimes there is a confusion between faith and feeling. Christians are subject to the same emotions as anyone else, they can feel joy, anger, sadness, etc. We aren’t programmed to only express joy once we are converted.

    Emotions other than joy may come to the forefront of how we are feeling and they can sort of dominate where we are.

    Psalm 42:11 – We may be feeling sad and discouraged at some point, but if we are truly Christ’s disciples and are devoted to Him there is something there that a non-Christian may not have.

    Philippians 3 – Joyful followers of Christ pursue Christ. Paul’s goal was pursuing Christ, the person of Christ, not pursuing joy. We can do things, and listen to music, or be in a situation where our hearts are stirred but our spirit not be touched.

    Those who pursue Jesus are committed to Him. It’s not just a trial commitment, it is a forever commitment. As we pursue Christ let us express our praise and adoration.

    Those who pursue Christ feed on the living bread. Reading the Bible and praying are practical things that help draw us closer to Christ.

    When Jesus calls “come and follow Me” He means more than “let’s be friends” He is calling us to be more like Him, to become like Him. True disciples desire to please Him, walking by faith, and obeying Christ.

    Joyful Christians pursue service to others. Paul says that we should look at Jesus and have the same attitude that He did. He took upon himself the form of a servant.

    The world is packed with people who are pursuing joy and happiness in their own way. They may all have fun and enjoyment, but they’ll not experience the joy of Jesus apart from Jesus.

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    There were many people who were looking for the Messiah! Simeon and Anna praised and blessed God. The shepherds believed when the angels appeared and told them about Jesus. There was sickness and death and cruelty and injustice in the world when Jesus,... There was sickness and death and cruelty and injustice in the world when Jesus, the Messiah, came to earth. He provided a hope, and a peace, and a joy to those who accepted him.
    Acts 8 – There was great joy in that city.
    1 John 1 – And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
    What is this Joy? How can we find it and experience it?
    Both of these things are preferred as opposed to other options. But earthly happiness is not Christian joy. Christian joy is a deep emotion.
    Earthly happiness is more superficial and on the surface. Christian joy is the result of a changed heart. It wells up within us from a spiritual source.
    Earthly happiness depends on events and things around us. Christian joy grows with our familiarity with God and the closer we grow to God, the greater we’ll find our Christian joy.
    Joy is part of the fruits of the spirit. It is intended to be part of the Christian experience. It is a gauge that says something about how our Christian life is going.
    Discouragement and despondency can eat away our enthusiasm for life. It can affect our walk with God too. The joy of the Lord can, and does, strengthen us, and brings us more joy!
    The Psalmist trusted God and trusted God. He was helped by God. His joy increased and his faith increased.
    If Paul and Silas had been crying, sobbing, and moaning… the other prisoners would have been less impressed with them and with their God.
    Christians don’t always feel joyful. Is that a problem? Sometimes there is a confusion between faith and feeling. Christians are subject to the same emotions as anyone else, they can feel joy, anger, sadness, etc. We aren’t programmed to only express joy once we are converted.
    Emotions other than joy may come to the forefront of how we are feeling and they can sort of dominate where we are.
    Psalm 42:11 – We may be feeling sad and discouraged at some point, but if we are truly Christ’s disciples and are devoted to Him there is something there that a non-Christian may not have.
    Philippians 3 – Joyful followers of Christ pursue Christ. Paul’s goal was pursuing Christ, the person of Christ, not pursuing joy. We can do things, and listen to music, or be in a situation where our hearts are stirred but our spirit not be touched.
    Those who pursue Jesus are committed to Him. It’s not just a trial commitment, it is a forever commitment. As we pursue Christ let us express our praise and adoration.
    Those who pursue Christ feed on the living bread. Reading the Bible and praying are practical things that help draw us closer to Christ.
    When Jesus calls “come and follow Me” He means more than “let’s be friends” He is calling us to be more like Him, to become like Him. True disciples desire to please Him, walking by faith, and obeying Christ.
    Joyful Christians pursue service to others. Paul says that we should look at Jesus and have the same attitude that He did. He took upon himself the form of a servant.
    The world is packed with people who are pursuing joy and happiness in their own way. They may all have fun and enjoyment, but they’ll not experience the joy of Jesus apart from Jesus.
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    The Miracle of God With Us - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-miracle-of-god-with-us/ Sun, 20 Dec 2020 23:56:27 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3810 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-miracle-of-god-with-us/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-miracle-of-god-with-us/feed/ 0 <p>This morning we’re going to focus briefly on some of the miracles surrounding God’s supreme gift of His Son. The virgin conceived and the “Word who was in the beginning” came to earth as a baby. In Christ’s birth God is with us. Christ’s self-sacrifice can transform us into humble servants. John 1:1-2 – The […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-miracle-of-god-with-us/">The Miracle of God With Us</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> This morning we’re going to focus briefly on some of the miracles surrounding God’s supreme gift of His Son.

    1. The virgin conceived and the “Word who was in the beginning” came to earth as a baby.
    2. In Christ’s birth God is with us.
    3. Christ’s self-sacrifice can transform us into humble servants.

    John 1:1-2 – The “in the beginning” eternal Word became a baby.

    According to John 1:1-2 – In the beginning, the Word already existed. This statement defies human comprehension and sounds like a miracle. It refers to a beginning as if it is a starting point, but then it says that someone already existed at that starting point, affirming that both God the Father and Christ the Son who is the Word (the ultimate revolution of God the Father) have no beginning and are eternal.

    John 1:3-14 – God created everything through this Word, and then the divine eternal Word became enfleshed in a baby’s body and entered into the world He had created. Here is another miracle, how could the eternal “Word that was God” become a human?

    Matthew 1 – Joseph was contemplating how to dismiss his wife quietly because she became pregnant during their engagement. The angel of the Lord came to Joseph and told him that what was in Mary was conceived of the Holy Spirit.

    Philippians 2 – Jesus divested himself of the “form of God” and took on himself the “form of a servant.” This is in the context of Paul talking about the need for us to be humble and divest ourselves of high-mindedness and thinking too highly of ourselves. Although Christ was equal with God, He didn’t cling to the things of heaven that were His, he voluntarily relinquishes these heavenly privileges and was born as a human, for the purpose of suffering and dying for the people He had created.

    • Genesis 1 and John 1 teach that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit existed (were) “in the beginning” this is a miracle.
    • This same Word who in the beginning was God and was with God became a human.
    • Christ’s human birth is a miracle because he had no human father. The eternal Son of God became enfleshed in a human mother by the miraculous action of the Holy Spirit.
    • The miraculous birth of Christ by the action of the Holy Spirit allowed God to be with us. In the same way that the eternal Word was enfleshed in Mary by the miraculous activity of the Holy Spirit, the eternal Word is infested in us, living inside us, ministering to us, relating to us through the miraculous and mysterious action of the Holy Spirit.
    • Humility and service require relinquishing supposed glory and honor and advantages or self-enrichment and self-exaltation that a person might desire or enjoy. Relinquishing one’s supposed advantages requires surrounding to and suffering under the Lordship of Christ in order to fulfill the Father’s purpose for your life.
    • In through surrender to the Lordship of Christ we are transformed into the humble mind of Christ, God will work in us both “to will and to do His good pleasure.”
    • According to Luke 2, when the heavenly angelic army appeared to the lowly shepherds to announce Jesus’ birth, the shepherds were frightened by the glory of the Lord shining around them, but then one of the Angeles told them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people.” Then the whole army of Angeles praised God by saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is well-pleased.” The announcement of Jesus’ miraculous birth was a promise of joy and hope and peace.
    • In this time of uncertainty and anxiety (2020), God is still offering us joy, hope, and peace through his gift, Jesus Christ.

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    This morning we’re going to focus briefly on some of the miracles surrounding God’s supreme gift of His Son. The virgin conceived and the “Word who was in the beginning” came to earth as a baby. In Christ’s birth God is with us.
    * The virgin conceived and the “Word who was in the beginning” came to earth as a baby.
    * In Christ’s birth God is with us.
    * Christ’s self-sacrifice can transform us into humble servants.

    John 1:1-2 – The “in the beginning” eternal Word became a baby.
    According to John 1:1-2 – In the beginning, the Word already existed. This statement defies human comprehension and sounds like a miracle. It refers to a beginning as if it is a starting point, but then it says that someone already existed at that starting point, affirming that both God the Father and Christ the Son who is the Word (the ultimate revolution of God the Father) have no beginning and are eternal.
    John 1:3-14 – God created everything through this Word, and then the divine eternal Word became enfleshed in a baby’s body and entered into the world He had created. Here is another miracle, how could the eternal “Word that was God” become a human?
    Matthew 1 – Joseph was contemplating how to dismiss his wife quietly because she became pregnant during their engagement. The angel of the Lord came to Joseph and told him that what was in Mary was conceived of the Holy Spirit.
    Philippians 2 – Jesus divested himself of the “form of God” and took on himself the “form of a servant.” This is in the context of Paul talking about the need for us to be humble and divest ourselves of high-mindedness and thinking too highly of ourselves. Although Christ was equal with God, He didn’t cling to the things of heaven that were His, he voluntarily relinquishes these heavenly privileges and was born as a human, for the purpose of suffering and dying for the people He had created.

    * Genesis 1 and John 1 teach that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit existed (were) “in the beginning” this is a miracle.
    * This same Word who in the beginning was God and was with God became a human.
    * Christ’s human birth is a miracle because he had no human father. The eternal Son of God became enfleshed in a human mother by the miraculous action of the Holy Spirit.
    * The miraculous birth of Christ by the action of the Holy Spirit allowed God to be with us. In the same way that the eternal Word was enfleshed in Mary by the miraculous activity of the Holy Spirit, the eternal Word is infested in us, living inside us, ministering to us, relating to us through the miraculous and mysterious action of the Holy Spirit.
    * Humility and service require relinquishing supposed glory and honor and advantages or self-enrichment and self-exaltation that a person might desire or enjoy. Relinquishing one’s supposed advantages requires surrounding to and suffering under the Lordship of Christ in order to fulfill the Father’s purpose for your life.
    * In through surrender to the Lordship of Christ we are transformed into the humble mind of Christ, God will work in us both “to will and to do His good pleasure.”
    * According to Luke 2, when the heavenly angelic army appeared to the lowly shepherds to announce Jesus’ birth, the shepherds were frightened by the glory of the Lord shining around them, but then one of the Angeles told them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people.” Then the whole army of Angeles praised God by saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is well-pleased.” The announcement of Jesus’ miraculous birth was a promise of joy and hope and peace.
    * In this time of uncertainty and anxiety (2020), God is still offering us joy, hope, and peace through his gift, Jesus Christ.

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    The Man The King Delights to Honor - Ricky Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-man-the-king-delights-to-honor/ Sun, 13 Dec 2020 20:00:04 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3805 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-man-the-king-delights-to-honor/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-man-the-king-delights-to-honor/feed/ 0 <p>Matthew 5, Luke 6 – Here we have a list of things that Jesus values. He promises to bless us if we have these values. We live in a world that has a very different value list than what Jesus talks about here. The rewards for these kinds of people are all about pleasing ourselves […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-man-the-king-delights-to-honor/">The Man The King Delights to Honor</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Matthew 5, Luke 6 – Here we have a list of things that Jesus values. He promises to bless us if we have these values.

    We live in a world that has a very different value list than what Jesus talks about here. The rewards for these kinds of people are all about pleasing ourselves and getting more for ourselves.

    When we look at the beatitudes, and Jesus’ values, how do our values, ideas, and thoughts line up with them?

    The kind of people who are blessed

    Those with needs.

    The poor in spirit – a poor person can still have a covetous heart. This is about those who have needs, and recognize their needs. Jesus said that he has not come to help the righteous but those who are sick.

    Those who mourn – those who care and are grieved by the trouble and sin and problems they see around them. James 4 – When there is sin and trouble there should be grief and mourning. To ignore this and entertain or distract ourselves is not the approach that Jesus wants from his followers.

    Those who have good desires

    Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness – these folks are not satisfied and complacent about where they are currently at spiritually. James 4:8 – come near to God and He will come near to you.

    Those who are pure in heart – purity means clean, it means desiring good and not evil, a heart-led by the spirit and not the flesh. Psalm 119 – a pure life is lived according to God’s commands, and also a heart that is seeking and devoted to God. 2 Peter – Lot was tormented in his soul about the evil around him. He was not a perfect man, but he was troubled greatly by the sin around him.

    Those with Christ-like character

    Those who are meek – a meek person is quiet, gentle, and submissive. Not someone who is meek, but someone who doesn’t demand all the things that they deserve. Abraham could have demanded the best land when his and Lot’s herds got too big to coexist, instead, he let Lot have the better land. Jesus is a good example, he went to the cross like a lamb to the slaughter.

    Those who are merciful – none of us deserve God’s mercy. We can never earn God’s mercy, but we should be eager and willing to extend mercy to others because of how God has been merciful to us.

    Those who are peacemakers – overwhelming force is not Jesus’ way of making peace. 1 Corinthians 6:7, James 3:18 – if we live a life of making peace, there will be a harvest of righteousness eventually.

    Those who are mistreated

    Those who are persecuted because of righteousness – this isn’t just anyone who is treated unfairly or has hardship. When we are mistreated because of Jesus, there will be blessings and a great reward in heaven. This is the hardest of these values of Jesus to share, we don’t know too much about persecution through personal experience. The kind of person who can rejoice in persecution and people are saying false things about them are people who are looking for 100% of their approval from God.

    Looking at the blessings

    Some of these blessings appeal to everyone. Some of them though are only for those who are following Jesus. Are these blessings high on our list of things that we want?

    We desire to belong to something bigger than ourselves, something important. Being part of God’s kingdom is being part of the greatest kingdom that has ever been.

    We can have hope. Everyone wants hope, in these blessings we can find hope, both here on earth, but especially hope in heaven.

    Jesus is a good and kind king. He loves us and wants to have a relationship with us.

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    Matthew 5, Luke 6 – Here we have a list of things that Jesus values. He promises to bless us if we have these values. We live in a world that has a very different value list than what Jesus talks about here. We live in a world that has a very different value list than what Jesus talks about here. The rewards for these kinds of people are all about pleasing ourselves and getting more for ourselves.
    When we look at the beatitudes, and Jesus’ values, how do our values, ideas, and thoughts line up with them?
    The kind of people who are blessed
    Those with needs.
    The poor in spirit – a poor person can still have a covetous heart. This is about those who have needs, and recognize their needs. Jesus said that he has not come to help the righteous but those who are sick.
    Those who mourn – those who care and are grieved by the trouble and sin and problems they see around them. James 4 – When there is sin and trouble there should be grief and mourning. To ignore this and entertain or distract ourselves is not the approach that Jesus wants from his followers.
    Those who have good desires
    Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness – these folks are not satisfied and complacent about where they are currently at spiritually. James 4:8 – come near to God and He will come near to you.
    Those who are pure in heart – purity means clean, it means desiring good and not evil, a heart-led by the spirit and not the flesh. Psalm 119 – a pure life is lived according to God’s commands, and also a heart that is seeking and devoted to God. 2 Peter – Lot was tormented in his soul about the evil around him. He was not a perfect man, but he was troubled greatly by the sin around him.
    Those with Christ-like character
    Those who are meek – a meek person is quiet, gentle, and submissive. Not someone who is meek, but someone who doesn’t demand all the things that they deserve. Abraham could have demanded the best land when his and Lot’s herds got too big to coexist, instead, he let Lot have the better land. Jesus is a good example, he went to the cross like a lamb to the slaughter.
    Those who are merciful – none of us deserve God’s mercy. We can never earn God’s mercy, but we should be eager and willing to extend mercy to others because of how God has been merciful to us.
    Those who are peacemakers – overwhelming force is not Jesus’ way of making peace. 1 Corinthians 6:7, James 3:18 – if we live a life of making peace, there will be a harvest of righteousness eventually.
    Those who are mistreated
    Those who are persecuted because of righteousness – this isn’t just anyone who is treated unfairly or has hardship. When we are mistreated because of Jesus, there will be blessings and a great reward in heaven. This is the hardest of these values of Jesus to share, we don’t know too much about persecution through personal experience. The kind of person who can rejoice in persecution and people are saying false things about them are people who are looking for 100% of their approval from God.
    Looking at the blessings
    Some of these blessings appeal to everyone. Some of them though are only for those who are following Jesus. Are these blessings high on our list of things that we want?
    We desire to belong to something bigger than ourselves, something important. Being part of God’s kingdom is being part of the greatest kingdom that has ever been.
    We can have hope. Everyone wants hope, in these blessings we can find hope, both here on earth, but especially hope in heaven.
    Jesus is a good and kind king. He loves us and wants to have a relationship with us.
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    What is the Role of Faith During Discouraging Times? - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-is-the-role-of-faith-during-discouraging-times/ Sun, 06 Dec 2020 18:27:34 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3801 https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-is-the-role-of-faith-during-discouraging-times/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-is-the-role-of-faith-during-discouraging-times/feed/ 0 <p>If you listen to the things around us it is troubling. There are many troubles in the world. Beyond this, we all have our own troubles and burdens. We live in a fallen world, there are physical consequences of the fall that we all experience. What role does faith have in life being what it […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/what-is-the-role-of-faith-during-discouraging-times/">What is the Role of Faith During Discouraging Times?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> If you listen to the things around us it is troubling. There are many troubles in the world. Beyond this, we all have our own troubles and burdens. We live in a fallen world, there are physical consequences of the fall that we all experience.

    What role does faith have in life being what it is? There are even times when it feels like God isn’t listening to our prayers.

    How do you respond to communication like, “I’m not even sure if life is worth fighting for…”?

    We want to focus this morning on some stories in the Bible where people faced difficulties and see what God did for them. The Bible is literally full of stories like this! People in trouble and God did things for them!

    When you’re struggling, read the stories in the Bible. You are not alone, there are lots of people who needed God to show up in their lives.

    Moses and the Egyptians and the Israelites and Other Things

    Exodus 2 and 3 – Moses cared a lot about the injustices that were being done towards his people. How he responded wasn’t right (killing an Egyptian), and he had to flee for his life.

    Eventually, in God’s timing, he did lead the people out of Egypt. He fulfilled God’s purposes for his life despite the difficulties and even the mistakes he made.

    Ephesians talks about Moses and talks a lot about his faith. It is obvious though that he didn’t have superhuman faith all the time. He did at times, but he didn’t have his faith perfected.

    Isaiah and the Stubborn People of Israel

    Israel had been overrun by Assyria. Isaiah was a prophet to Judah.

    Isaiah 1 – Isaiah compared Israel to Sodom and Gomorrah. He told the people God’s message, a very tough message. This was a very common message throughout the Old Testament.

    Isaiah 12 – I will trust and not be afraid, God is my salvation.

    Isaiah goes on to predict judgment on different nations, even those nations that were in power.

    Isaiah says that peace, comfort, and quietness can be found in God.

    There are so many things out of order, it is super depressing apart from faith and confidence in God being in control.

    Isaiah 42:1-7 – Talking about Jesus. He will not shout or raise his voice in public or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to those who have been wronged. He will take them by the hand. This is very personal.

    Jeremiah’s Call

    God told Jeremiah no to be afraid of the people because God would protect him! Jeremiah delivered the message that God gave him. There were calls for Jeremiah to be killed.

    Jeremiah 20 – Jeremiah thought that everyone was against him. He cursed the day that he was born. He was very, very discouraged. God responded and said, “these people will not conquer you, I am with you and will rescue you!”

    Daniel – Captive in Exile in Babylon

    Daniel was promoted to a high place in Babylon. Daniels three friends were thrown into the furnace, the king was watching them and said, “I see four men unbound walking around in the fire. The fourth looks like a god.” Jesus was with them.

    Daniel and the lion’s den is a very familiar story. Daniel was second in command. Others became jealous of him and came up with an idea for the king that would cause Daniel to be put in the lion’s den. Daniel prayed three times a day just as he always had. The king was trapped and said go ahead and throw him in with the lions. The king even said, “may the God that you serve rescue you.”

    Jesus

    Throughout Jesus’ life, the Jews were seeking to kill Him, not because of any of the good things that he had done, instead because they believed he, a human, was claiming to be God.

    Conclusion

    There have been many, many people in very difficult places. Not to downplay your troubles at all.

    A firm faith in Jesus is what we need to go on.

    Life is hard and the devil is at work… but Jesus is alive! He isn’t dead, He isn’t in the grave, He does things for people sometimes that they don’t even realize He is doing.

    God is still alive, and He is still working. the Bible is full of these accounts where people thought they were alone, and God was there.

    Give God permission to be present with you. Invite Him to grow and maintain your faith.

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    If you listen to the things around us it is troubling. There are many troubles in the world. Beyond this, we all have our own troubles and burdens. We live in a fallen world, there are physical consequences of the fall that we all experience. What role does faith have in life being what it is? There are even times when it feels like God isn’t listening to our prayers.
    How do you respond to communication like, “I’m not even sure if life is worth fighting for…”?
    We want to focus this morning on some stories in the Bible where people faced difficulties and see what God did for them. The Bible is literally full of stories like this! People in trouble and God did things for them!
    When you’re struggling, read the stories in the Bible. You are not alone, there are lots of people who needed God to show up in their lives.
    Moses and the Egyptians and the Israelites and Other Things
    Exodus 2 and 3 – Moses cared a lot about the injustices that were being done towards his people. How he responded wasn’t right (killing an Egyptian), and he had to flee for his life.
    Eventually, in God’s timing, he did lead the people out of Egypt. He fulfilled God’s purposes for his life despite the difficulties and even the mistakes he made.
    Ephesians talks about Moses and talks a lot about his faith. It is obvious though that he didn’t have superhuman faith all the time. He did at times, but he didn’t have his faith perfected.
    Isaiah and the Stubborn People of Israel
    Israel had been overrun by Assyria. Isaiah was a prophet to Judah.
    Isaiah 1 – Isaiah compared Israel to Sodom and Gomorrah. He told the people God’s message, a very tough message. This was a very common message throughout the Old Testament.
    Isaiah 12 – I will trust and not be afraid, God is my salvation.
    Isaiah goes on to predict judgment on different nations, even those nations that were in power.
    Isaiah says that peace, comfort, and quietness can be found in God.
    There are so many things out of order, it is super depressing apart from faith and confidence in God being in control.
    Isaiah 42:1-7 – Talking about Jesus. He will not shout or raise his voice in public or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to those who have been wronged. He will take them by the hand. This is very personal.
    Jeremiah’s Call
    God told Jeremiah no to be afraid of the people because God would protect him! Jeremiah delivered the message that God gave him. There were calls for Jeremiah to be killed.
    Jeremiah 20 – Jeremiah thought that everyone was against him. He cursed the day that he was born. He was very, very discouraged. God responded and said, “these people will not conquer you, I am with you and will rescue you!”
    Daniel – Captive in Exile in Babylon
    Daniel was promoted to a high place in Babylon. Daniels three friends were thrown into the furnace, the king was watching them and said, “I see four men unbound walking around in the fire. The fourth looks like a god.” Jesus was with them.
    Daniel and the lion’s den is a very familiar story. Daniel was second in command. Others became jealous of him and came up with an idea for the king that would cause Daniel to be put in the lion’s den. Daniel prayed three times a day just as he always had. The king was trapped and said go ahead and throw him in with the lions. The king even said, “may the God that you serve rescue you.”
    Jesus
    Throughout Jesus’ life, the Jews were seeking to kill Him, not because of any of the good things that he had done, instead because they believed he, a human, was claiming to be God.
    Conclusion
    There have been many, many people in very difficult places. Not to downplay your troubles at all.
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    Brotherhood in Boots - Walking Each Other Home - Delvin Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/brotherhood-in-boots-walking-each-other-home/ Mon, 30 Nov 2020 00:26:52 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3797 https://www.bmcgladys.com/brotherhood-in-boots-walking-each-other-home/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/brotherhood-in-boots-walking-each-other-home/feed/ 0 <p>There is a phrase that is often used to talk about helping someone through the end of life journey “walking someone home.” This world is not our home. Walking someone home means going as far as we can with someone towards their destination. Brotherhood looks appealing, maybe even inexpensive. The fact is though that good […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/brotherhood-in-boots-walking-each-other-home/">Brotherhood in Boots – Walking Each Other Home</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> There is a phrase that is often used to talk about helping someone through the end of life journey “walking someone home.” This world is not our home. Walking someone home means going as far as we can with someone towards their destination.

    Brotherhood looks appealing, maybe even inexpensive. The fact is though that good brotherhood takes work.

    Luke 24:13-35 – The two disciples on the Emmaus road met Jesus. Jesus walked them towards home. A home is a place of peace.

    We need each other for our journeys home. Walking each other home is doing things together as brothers and sisters.

    • 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 – Walking each other home means walking with Jesus. We won’t walk together unless we have the same guide and the same goal.
    • Hebrews 10:24-25 – Walking home together doesn’t just happen. It isn’t the “default” setting in brotherhood. We have to choose to walk together. Do we think about our brothers & sisters? What could I do to encourage them?
    • Walking home together means caring on a practical level. What would smooth the journey? How can I lighten their load?

    We as Christians are walking each other home. If Christ is our guide and companion we are walking together. In a sense, we are together now, but we’ll be more fully together on the other side.

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    There is a phrase that is often used to talk about helping someone through the end of life journey “walking someone home.” This world is not our home. Walking someone home means going as far as we can with someone towards their destination. Brotherhood looks appealing, maybe even inexpensive. The fact is though that good brotherhood takes work.
    Luke 24:13-35 – The two disciples on the Emmaus road met Jesus. Jesus walked them towards home. A home is a place of peace.
    We need each other for our journeys home. Walking each other home is doing things together as brothers and sisters.

    * 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 – Walking each other home means walking with Jesus. We won’t walk together unless we have the same guide and the same goal.
    * Hebrews 10:24-25 – Walking home together doesn’t just happen. It isn’t the “default” setting in brotherhood. We have to choose to walk together. Do we think about our brothers & sisters? What could I do to encourage them?
    * Walking home together means caring on a practical level. What would smooth the journey? How can I lighten their load?

    We as Christians are walking each other home. If Christ is our guide and companion we are walking together. In a sense, we are together now, but we’ll be more fully together on the other side.
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    Take Care of Each Other, Fight Evil With Good, Stay the Course - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/take-care-of-each-other-fight-evil-with-good-stay-the-course/ Sun, 22 Nov 2020 23:58:19 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3792 https://www.bmcgladys.com/take-care-of-each-other-fight-evil-with-good-stay-the-course/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/take-care-of-each-other-fight-evil-with-good-stay-the-course/feed/ 0 <p>1 Peter 3:1-22 Let’s take care of each other. Let’s fight evil with good. Let’s stay the course. Let’s be growing in brotherly love towards each other. Christians should have a special love towards each other. One exercise to think about here if you have a sibling that you really love, is there a resemblance […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/take-care-of-each-other-fight-evil-with-good-stay-the-course/">Take Care of Each Other, Fight Evil With Good, Stay the Course</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> 1 Peter 3:1-22

    • Let’s take care of each other.
    • Let’s fight evil with good.
    • Let’s stay the course.

    Let’s be growing in brotherly love towards each other. Christians should have a special love towards each other.

    One exercise to think about here if you have a sibling that you really love, is there a resemblance between how I care for that person and how I care for other Christians or members in my church? It won’t be exactly the same, but there should be some resemblance probably.

    If there is someone in my church that I have a “hang up” with, am I treating them (and the situation) like I would if it was a biological sibling?

    Good people who are trying to follow Jesus, but are struggling, still need to receive a blessing and care from other followers of Jesus.

    We are in a war, and the way we “return fire” is by blessing people.

    1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 – There is a battle going on, and doing good towards others and responding correctly is how we inflict damage on satan and his kingdom.

    Psalm 34:1-22 – David is running for his life from Saul. He ends up in Gath a Philistine town. David pretends to be a mad man, and the king turns David loose and David escapes.

    David says that even the righteous, good people can go through a lot of trouble. The path for a man to see good David says is to continue to trust the Lord through all this and expect his eventual deliverance.

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    1 Peter 3:1-22 Let’s take care of each other. Let’s fight evil with good. Let’s stay the course. Let’s be growing in brotherly love towards each other. Christians should have a special love towards each other.
    * Let’s take care of each other.
    * Let’s fight evil with good.
    * Let’s stay the course.

    Let’s be growing in brotherly love towards each other. Christians should have a special love towards each other.
    One exercise to think about here if you have a sibling that you really love, is there a resemblance between how I care for that person and how I care for other Christians or members in my church? It won’t be exactly the same, but there should be some resemblance probably.
    If there is someone in my church that I have a “hang up” with, am I treating them (and the situation) like I would if it was a biological sibling?
    Good people who are trying to follow Jesus, but are struggling, still need to receive a blessing and care from other followers of Jesus.
    We are in a war, and the way we “return fire” is by blessing people.
    1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 – There is a battle going on, and doing good towards others and responding correctly is how we inflict damage on satan and his kingdom.
    Psalm 34:1-22 – David is running for his life from Saul. He ends up in Gath a Philistine town. David pretends to be a mad man, and the king turns David loose and David escapes.
    David says that even the righteous, good people can go through a lot of trouble. The path for a man to see good David says is to continue to trust the Lord through all this and expect his eventual deliverance.
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    Qualifications for a Leader - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/qualifications-for-a-leader/ Sun, 15 Nov 2020 19:06:44 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3789 https://www.bmcgladys.com/qualifications-for-a-leader/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/qualifications-for-a-leader/feed/ 0 <p>We’re talking together this morning about qualifications for a leader. This is an important part of the life of a church. Our nation just went through an election to choose a leader for our country. The church is not like that! Jesus said that his kingdom is not of this world. It is a holy […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/qualifications-for-a-leader/">Qualifications for a Church Leader</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> We’re talking together this morning about qualifications for a leader. This is an important part of the life of a church. Our nation just went through an election to choose a leader for our country. The church is not like that!

    Jesus said that his kingdom is not of this world. It is a holy process… It should be a peaceful process because the members of the church are surrendered to the Lord and to His will. It is a brotherly process because there is “body thinking.” We are all part of the body, and we all have work to do.

    May God’s will be done. May Christian charity rule in our hearts and in our church.

    We know that the church is not perfect, it has its flaws and its weaknesses. We can be confident that God is with us, that He is working and that He cares about this church very much.

    The men that are available to be chosen are not perfect either. They have different personalities and gifts, even levels of maturity. None of your current ministers would claim to be perfect either!

    We do seek a brother with qualities and the kind of heart soil that grows spiritual fruit. That God is working in their heart and producing fruit. As we look through the brothers in our congregation let us be praying, and review these qualifications, and praying that there would be one or several that would stand out to be chosen for this work.

    Acts 6:1-7 – The whole church was involved. The leaders were leading out, but the congregation was involved as well. The congregation was not just there as spectators.

    1 Timothy 3:1-13 – We’re not looking at anything new here. We’ve heard these things before, heard sermons about them before, etc. We are simply reviewing this morning.

    We are looking for a Spirit filled brother. What does a Spirit filled person look like? He seeks the Kingdom first. He loves God, and wants to love Him more and more. God has the highest place in his life. He has a living and genuine relationship with Christ. He knows what it is to walk with Jesus. He isn’t just going through the motions.

    James 3 – We are looking for a wise brother. This isn’t referring to how smart he is, whether he graduated with top honors from school or not, he may not have the best or first answer for everything. He knows and follows the way of God with right and pure motives. A wisdom that comes from time with God. He is guided by Christlike motives and attitudes.

    We are looking for a man whose home is in good order. There is a parallel between family and church management. Is it a godly household? What is family life like? What are family relationships like? This doesn’t mean that there aren’t disruptions, occasional issues, etc, but it does mean that the father is aware and addresses those kinds of issues.

    We are looking for a brother who has made friends of mammon. He uses money and material things in a way that is honoring to God and is a blessing to you and to others. What we do with our resources beyond providing for our necessities is what Jesus is referring to. We should use our material possessions to serve others.

    Philippians 2 – We are looking for a brother who is a servant leader. Jesus came with a different attitude towards leadership than the leaders of his day. We don’t read about “leader” Moses, you read about the “servant” Moses. Humble, not looking for power or position. Serving the flock. The shepherd is approachable. The sheep feel comfortable approaching him. Jesus said that the good shepherd is willing to lay down his life for the sheep.

    God was in the work there in Jerusalem. It was a healthy church. A church that God was working in and working through.

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    We’re talking together this morning about qualifications for a leader. This is an important part of the life of a church. Our nation just went through an election to choose a leader for our country. The church is not like that! Jesus said that his kingdom is not of this world. It is a holy process… It should be a peaceful process because the members of the church are surrendered to the Lord and to His will. It is a brotherly process because there is “body thinking.” We are all part of the body, and we all have work to do.
    May God’s will be done. May Christian charity rule in our hearts and in our church.
    We know that the church is not perfect, it has its flaws and its weaknesses. We can be confident that God is with us, that He is working and that He cares about this church very much.
    The men that are available to be chosen are not perfect either. They have different personalities and gifts, even levels of maturity. None of your current ministers would claim to be perfect either!
    We do seek a brother with qualities and the kind of heart soil that grows spiritual fruit. That God is working in their heart and producing fruit. As we look through the brothers in our congregation let us be praying, and review these qualifications, and praying that there would be one or several that would stand out to be chosen for this work.
    Acts 6:1-7 – The whole church was involved. The leaders were leading out, but the congregation was involved as well. The congregation was not just there as spectators.
    1 Timothy 3:1-13 – We’re not looking at anything new here. We’ve heard these things before, heard sermons about them before, etc. We are simply reviewing this morning.
    We are looking for a Spirit filled brother. What does a Spirit filled person look like? He seeks the Kingdom first. He loves God, and wants to love Him more and more. God has the highest place in his life. He has a living and genuine relationship with Christ. He knows what it is to walk with Jesus. He isn’t just going through the motions.
    James 3 – We are looking for a wise brother. This isn’t referring to how smart he is, whether he graduated with top honors from school or not, he may not have the best or first answer for everything. He knows and follows the way of God with right and pure motives. A wisdom that comes from time with God. He is guided by Christlike motives and attitudes.
    We are looking for a man whose home is in good order. There is a parallel between family and church management. Is it a godly household? What is family life like? What are family relationships like? This doesn’t mean that there aren’t disruptions, occasional issues, etc, but it does mean that the father is aware and addresses those kinds of issues.
    We are looking for a brother who has made friends of mammon. He uses money and material things in a way that is honoring to God and is a blessing to you and to others. What we do with our resources beyond providing for our necessities is what Jesus is referring to. We should use our material possessions to serve others.
    Philippians 2 – We are looking for a brother who is a servant leader. Jesus came with a different attitude towards leadership than the leaders of his day. We don’t read about “leader” Moses, you read about the “servant” Moses. Humble, not looking for power or position. Serving the flock. The shepherd is approachable. The sheep feel comfortable approaching him. Jesus said that the good shepherd is willing to lay down his life for the sheep.
    God was in the work there in Jerusalem. It was a healthy church. A church that God was working in and working through.
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    Bethel Mennonite Church clean 42:35
    2020.11.08 - The Preeminence of Christ - Gabriel Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-preeminence-of-christ/ Sun, 08 Nov 2020 18:15:09 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3786 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-preeminence-of-christ/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-preeminence-of-christ/feed/ 0 <p>When the world is going crazy we need to be doing what we should have been doing all along, going, and looking to Christ. John 15:1-27 – The word of God is all about Jesus. Genesis through Malachi has the theme “He is coming.” The Gospels theme then is “He is here” and the rest […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-preeminence-of-christ/">The Preeminence of Christ</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> When the world is going crazy we need to be doing what we should have been doing all along, going, and looking to Christ.

    John 15:1-27 – The word of God is all about Jesus. Genesis through Malachi has the theme “He is coming.” The Gospels theme then is “He is here” and the rest of the New Testament “He is coming again.”

    There are lots of different kinds of vines. Pole beans. Virginia creeper. Jesus chose to talk about the grapevine, and Jesus says that He is the “true vine.”

    We aren’t born connected to the vine. The invitation is open to all though! Jesus, through great personal sacrifice, has opened up a way (and only one way), that we can become a part of the Kingdom. Our purpose then is to bear fruit and to bring glory.

    Before Christ, we were floundering around in life trying to find a purpose, which vine would we be “attached to?” We were living and yet dead.

    Jesus is the life-giving source. The role of a father is also clear, God the Father is the kind of gardener with clippers. There are two things that the vinedresser is doing, removing branches that aren’t producing fruit, and remove parts of the plant that are hindrances. God is going through our lives and shaping us more into the image of his son.

    This abiding is very critical to the life of the believer. Intermittent “juice” doesn’t produce a lot of good fruit. Is there anything in the way of your “graft” this morning?

    There is only one life-giver, and it is in the blood and life of Jesus Christ.

    If Jesus is so great a part of my life, am I quick to point out the source? “This is not me, it’s because of Jesus.”

    Philippians 2:9-11 – When Jesus is lifted up, that is glorifying to the Father! We need to be a church, and a people, that is unashamedly lifting up Jesus.

    Are you unashamed? Am I unashamed?

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    When the world is going crazy we need to be doing what we should have been doing all along, going, and looking to Christ. John 15:1-27 – The word of God is all about Jesus. Genesis through Malachi has the theme “He is coming. John 15:1-27 – The word of God is all about Jesus. Genesis through Malachi has the theme “He is coming.” The Gospels theme then is “He is here” and the rest of the New Testament “He is coming again.”
    There are lots of different kinds of vines. Pole beans. Virginia creeper. Jesus chose to talk about the grapevine, and Jesus says that He is the “true vine.”
    We aren’t born connected to the vine. The invitation is open to all though! Jesus, through great personal sacrifice, has opened up a way (and only one way), that we can become a part of the Kingdom. Our purpose then is to bear fruit and to bring glory.
    Before Christ, we were floundering around in life trying to find a purpose, which vine would we be “attached to?” We were living and yet dead.
    Jesus is the life-giving source. The role of a father is also clear, God the Father is the kind of gardener with clippers. There are two things that the vinedresser is doing, removing branches that aren’t producing fruit, and remove parts of the plant that are hindrances. God is going through our lives and shaping us more into the image of his son.
    This abiding is very critical to the life of the believer. Intermittent “juice” doesn’t produce a lot of good fruit. Is there anything in the way of your “graft” this morning?
    There is only one life-giver, and it is in the blood and life of Jesus Christ.
    If Jesus is so great a part of my life, am I quick to point out the source? “This is not me, it’s because of Jesus.”
    Philippians 2:9-11 – When Jesus is lifted up, that is glorifying to the Father! We need to be a church, and a people, that is unashamedly lifting up Jesus.
    Are you unashamed? Am I unashamed?
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    Bethel Mennonite Church clean 38:40
    How Far Away is Heaven? - Brian Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-far-away-is-heaven/ Sun, 01 Nov 2020 14:08:15 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3782 https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-far-away-is-heaven/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-far-away-is-heaven/feed/ 0 <p>We live in interesting times these days, the issues that our country and the world is facing require a lot of wisdom to get through. Revelation 1:3 – There is a blessing for those who read this book. Regardless of how our week went, God is still on the throne and He is still in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-far-away-is-heaven/">How Far Away is Heaven?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> We live in interesting times these days, the issues that our country and the world is facing require a lot of wisdom to get through.

    Revelation 1:3 – There is a blessing for those who read this book. Regardless of how our week went, God is still on the throne and He is still in control.

    There are two realms that are “in play” every day, there is the physical universe that we live in, but there are also the spiritual realities that many people don’t believe exists, but that we are aware of. Man was created a physical being, but we also share a part in the spiritual side. We are working with both realms in our lives.

    When the separation came between the two realms, what was earth and what is heaven, man lost his ability to see God, but God didn’t lose his ability to see man. In many ways, Jesus was the “reopening” of the door between the two realms.

    Revelation 4:1-11 – John tells us that the door was opened in heaven, this was a changing of the scene, a changing of direction. This was a door that man, or Adam, couldn’t open, but God can open it, and He did for John.

    God spoke to different people throughout the Bible in different ways, Moses, Isaiah, Ezekiel, etc. In 1st Corinthians 12, we get a different picture, the door is open, “come here and I’ll show you some things.” A calling to God’s side.

    We (and all men) live in full view of Heaven. When we look at the sky we should consider it a one-way mirror, God can see in, the angels can see in, but we can’t see into heaven from this side.

    God is aware and engaged in what is going on on the earth. God is well aware. The separation between earth and heaven is not very great.

    God can forgive sin, one thing that He will never allow in His kingdom is rebellion and insubordination. As we surrender to the one on the throne we become part of the every growing “thing” that God is doing on the earth.

    Matthew 24:31 – There is a day coming, a day of complete unification. A trumpet will sound. The dead in Christ will rise first and we will meet Him in the air. So shall we be forever with the Lord.

    Not all is well on earth. The Bible tells us that the last days of the earth will be a rough time.

    Heaven was made for us to come into and enjoy. The devil’s work will end, God will prevail.

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    We live in interesting times these days, the issues that our country and the world is facing require a lot of wisdom to get through. Revelation 1:3 – There is a blessing for those who read this book. Regardless of how our week went, Revelation 1:3 – There is a blessing for those who read this book. Regardless of how our week went, God is still on the throne and He is still in control.
    There are two realms that are “in play” every day, there is the physical universe that we live in, but there are also the spiritual realities that many people don’t believe exists, but that we are aware of. Man was created a physical being, but we also share a part in the spiritual side. We are working with both realms in our lives.
    When the separation came between the two realms, what was earth and what is heaven, man lost his ability to see God, but God didn’t lose his ability to see man. In many ways, Jesus was the “reopening” of the door between the two realms.
    Revelation 4:1-11 – John tells us that the door was opened in heaven, this was a changing of the scene, a changing of direction. This was a door that man, or Adam, couldn’t open, but God can open it, and He did for John.
    God spoke to different people throughout the Bible in different ways, Moses, Isaiah, Ezekiel, etc. In 1st Corinthians 12, we get a different picture, the door is open, “come here and I’ll show you some things.” A calling to God’s side.
    We (and all men) live in full view of Heaven. When we look at the sky we should consider it a one-way mirror, God can see in, the angels can see in, but we can’t see into heaven from this side.
    God is aware and engaged in what is going on on the earth. God is well aware. The separation between earth and heaven is not very great.
    God can forgive sin, one thing that He will never allow in His kingdom is rebellion and insubordination. As we surrender to the one on the throne we become part of the every growing “thing” that God is doing on the earth.
    Matthew 24:31 – There is a day coming, a day of complete unification. A trumpet will sound. The dead in Christ will rise first and we will meet Him in the air. So shall we be forever with the Lord.
    Not all is well on earth. The Bible tells us that the last days of the earth will be a rough time.
    Heaven was made for us to come into and enjoy. The devil’s work will end, God will prevail.
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    Keep on Asking, Seeking, and Knocking - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/keep-on-asking-seeking-and-knocking/ Mon, 26 Oct 2020 01:04:14 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3779 https://www.bmcgladys.com/keep-on-asking-seeking-and-knocking/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/keep-on-asking-seeking-and-knocking/feed/ 0 <p>Psalm 116:1-11 – Imagine yourself on a frosty roof for some reason and you slip and fall. As you slide you are grasping and scratching and clawing, but there is no way to stop yourself. This is a very helpless feeling. Sometimes we feel like we are completely helpless. An inner struggle that has gotten […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/keep-on-asking-seeking-and-knocking/">Keep on Asking, Seeking, and Knocking</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Psalm 116:1-11 – Imagine yourself on a frosty roof for some reason and you slip and fall. As you slide you are grasping and scratching and clawing, but there is no way to stop yourself. This is a very helpless feeling.

    Sometimes we feel like we are completely helpless. An inner struggle that has gotten the best of you and you don’t know which way to turn or what step to take. Or perhaps things seem hopeless.

    What do you do when all seems hopeless?

    Luke 11:9 – Jesus says that if we ask we’ll receive. He who seeks will find. To him who knocks it will be open. He doesn’t say that it will be given to us immediately, or that the door will be opened immediately, but if we’re asking God we are at the right person and are asking the right person. He is the one who can give us what we need and He can open the door.

    Solomon Asks God for Wisdom

    2 Chronicles 1:7-12 – Solomon was a fresh new king. God asked Solomon what thing He could grant him… Solomon in his wisdom asked God for more wisdom and knowledge. Solomon wanted wisdom to serve in a God-honoring way, by himself he felt incredibly insufficient. We dare not be too confident in ourselves!

    Jeremiah 10:23, James 1:5-8, Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 19:20 – We need more than our own intelligence and God knows that. He promises that if we come humbly we can expect to receive from Him. Lean on Him, don’t trust your own wisdom and knowledge!

    If we have prayed and sought the Lord for direction and guidance and the way ahead still seems cloudy and unclear, if we are kneeling and praying we are still closer to the source of the answer than if we hadn’t been praying, asking, seeking, and knocking.

    Does God care for and love you as much as Solomon? Scripture would tell us that He does, He cares about you and your wisdom.

    Hezekiah Pleads for Deliverance

    2 Kings 18 – An army was entrenched against Hezekiah and Jerusalem. Other countries had fallen before the Assyrians. Hezekiah didn’t know what to do next except to fall before the Lord from a humble and desperately pleading heart.

    God moved on behalf of the people of Israel and delivered them! So too we can lay our needs and concerns before the Lord and He can and will help us too.

    There are things that we are praying about that we don’t know the answer to… but if we have prayed and if we have sought the Lord for intervention. Even if it seems as if nothing is changing, we are still closer to the source of power and deliverance.

    So we keep asking and asking earnestly, and we keep seeking earnestly, and we keep knocking earnestly.

    The Gadarene Man’s Storm is Calmed by Jesus

    Mark 5:6 – At the end of the previous chapter a fierce storm arose quickly, the disciples were terrified and so they woke Jesus up. The storm was calmed with a few words from Jesus.

    The storm on the lake was a lot like the storm in the heart of the Gadarene man. He hated himself and often harmed himself. He wished for release from the bondage that he was under. Something drew him to Jesus.

    Though he was possessed by a demon, he must have been able to do some things on his own, but the demons took over his body and his voice. Jesus had mercy on this man, He knew the doubt and hurt in his heart and life. Jesus ordered them to leave, so they did.

    The Gadarene loved Jesus. Jesus had delivered him. The Gadarene wanted to follow Jesus, but Jesus told him to stay where he was and be a testimony of the change that God can do and his power.

    Romans 5:6 – We are unable to save ourselves. When we were weak, when we were helpless, Christ gave Himself as a sacrifice in our place.

    2 Corinthians 5:17 – Are you sometimes disappointed with the juvenile, selfish, wrong thoughts that come to your mind? Jealousy, pride, a critical spirit, suspicious and judgmental, or impure thoughts. We don’t want these things, but they come. We know that Paul says, if we are in Christ we are a new creation, all things have become new. Still, we have these struggles.

    As we struggle in prayer, seeking the Father, asking for the direction of the Holy Spirit. Know that your Heavenly Father knows what you need, and He wants to give you what you need. We need to have a sense of where we are and our needs.

    Luke 18 – The tax collector was a desperate man. He wasn’t embarrassed to stand in the temple before a lot of people and to plea to God… “be merciful to me a sinner!” Jesus said that this man was justified, not the proud Pharisee.

    If we’ve prayed and sought the Lord for deliverance from some besetting sin. If we’ve sought the Lord for growth in our lives. If we sometimes despair that there seems to be no victory and no change. Keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking… we’re still closer to the source of power, the source of all things.

    Does Jesus love you as much as He did the demon-possessed Gadarene man? Yes, yes He does.

    We want to be close enough to God and praying constantly to Him about our needs, sensing them deeply. Let us stretch our hands towards the Father. Without God, we are lost. With God, we are not lost! God is with us!

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    Psalm 116:1-11 – Imagine yourself on a frosty roof for some reason and you slip and fall. As you slide you are grasping and scratching and clawing, but there is no way to stop yourself. This is a very helpless feeling. Sometimes we feel like we are completely helpless. An inner struggle that has gotten the best of you and you don’t know which way to turn or what step to take. Or perhaps things seem hopeless.
    What do you do when all seems hopeless?
    Luke 11:9 – Jesus says that if we ask we’ll receive. He who seeks will find. To him who knocks it will be open. He doesn’t say that it will be given to us immediately, or that the door will be opened immediately, but if we’re asking God we are at the right person and are asking the right person. He is the one who can give us what we need and He can open the door.
    Solomon Asks God for Wisdom
    2 Chronicles 1:7-12 – Solomon was a fresh new king. God asked Solomon what thing He could grant him… Solomon in his wisdom asked God for more wisdom and knowledge. Solomon wanted wisdom to serve in a God-honoring way, by himself he felt incredibly insufficient. We dare not be too confident in ourselves!
    Jeremiah 10:23, James 1:5-8, Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 19:20 – We need more than our own intelligence and God knows that. He promises that if we come humbly we can expect to receive from Him. Lean on Him, don’t trust your own wisdom and knowledge!
    If we have prayed and sought the Lord for direction and guidance and the way ahead still seems cloudy and unclear, if we are kneeling and praying we are still closer to the source of the answer than if we hadn’t been praying, asking, seeking, and knocking.
    Does God care for and love you as much as Solomon? Scripture would tell us that He does, He cares about you and your wisdom.
    Hezekiah Pleads for Deliverance
    2 Kings 18 – An army was entrenched against Hezekiah and Jerusalem. Other countries had fallen before the Assyrians. Hezekiah didn’t know what to do next except to fall before the Lord from a humble and desperately pleading heart.
    God moved on behalf of the people of Israel and delivered them! So too we can lay our needs and concerns before the Lord and He can and will help us too.
    There are things that we are praying about that we don’t know the answer to… but if we have prayed and if we have sought the Lord for intervention. Even if it seems as if nothing is changing, we are still closer to the source of power and deliverance.
    So we keep asking and asking earnestly, and we keep seeking earnestly, and we keep knocking earnestly.
    The Gadarene Man’s Storm is Calmed by Jesus
    Mark 5:6 – At the end of the previous chapter a fierce storm arose quickly, the disciples were terrified and so they woke Jesus up. The storm was calmed with a few words from Jesus.
    The storm on the lake was a lot like the storm in the heart of the Gadarene man. He hated himself and often harmed himself. He wished for release from the bondage that he was under. Something drew him to Jesus.
    Though he was possessed by a demon, he must have been able to do some things on his own, but the demons took over his body and his voice. Jesus had mercy on this man, He knew the doubt and hurt in his heart and life. Jesus ordered them to leave, so they did.
    The Gadarene loved Jesus. Jesus had delivered him. The Gadarene wanted to follow Jesus, but Jesus told him to stay where he was and be a testimony of the change that God can do and his power.
    Romans 5:6 – We are unable to save ourselves. When we were weak, when we were helpless, Christ gave Himself as a sacrifice in our place.
    2 Corinthians 5:17 – Are you sometimes disappointed with the juvenile, selfish, wrong thoughts that come to your mind? Jealousy, pride, a critical spirit, suspicious and judgmental,]]>
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    Don't Worry About Anything & Pray About Everything - Rich Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/dont-worry-about-anything-pray-about-everything/ Mon, 19 Oct 2020 00:16:32 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3777 https://www.bmcgladys.com/dont-worry-about-anything-pray-about-everything/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/dont-worry-about-anything-pray-about-everything/feed/ 0 <p>This morning we’ll be looking at a story in the Bible that we have a fair amount of detail about. Sometimes we look at different stories in the Bible and wonder why we hear more about one person in a story than another person in the same story. This morning we are going to be […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/dont-worry-about-anything-pray-about-everything/">Don’t Worry About Anything & Pray About Everything</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> This morning we’ll be looking at a story in the Bible that we have a fair amount of detail about. Sometimes we look at different stories in the Bible and wonder why we hear more about one person in a story than another person in the same story.

    This morning we are going to be looking at the church at Philippi. We have a fair amount of detail about how the church at Philippi started. There was a jailer involved, Lydia a merchant was involved, Paul & Silas were there too, they ended up in prison because they cast a demon out of a girl.

    The Beginning of the Church at Philippi

    Acts 15 – There was a big gathering in Jerusalem to try to decide what the Christian church was going to require of Gentile believers. At this point a lot of the new believers were Jewish, but as Gentiles came to the faith there was quite a bit of disagreement about how this was going to work. The church in Jerusalem asked Paul, Silas, Barnabas, and Judah to take a letter to the churches and share their decision with them.

    Acts 16:11-34 – Maybe Paul was willing to take the beating to meet the man in his dream. He waited to claim his Roman citizenship until after he was beaten and put into jail.

    We have a record that the jailer and his household were baptized. We also know that Lydia and her household were part of the church there as well. What did these have in common? They lived in the same city, they were most likely Roman citizens, this was a military outpost where everything was done just as if you were in Rome. They were all sinners, and they all believed in the Lord and were baptized.

    What things may have been different between these people? They probably had different social statuses. They likely had different income levels. It is also quite likely that they didn’t know each other prior to coming to know Jesus.

    Pauls Letter to the Church at Philippi

    Paul wrote many letters to the churches he was involved with. This letter was written about 10 years after the church had been started. This is considered one of Paul’s most personal letters to a church.

    Philippians 1:1-30 – Paul really compliments and praises the church for the ways they have cared for him in the past. There are some very well known passages in Philippians. Paul is continually pointing back to Christ. He talks a fair amount about Epaphroditus. He was sent from the Philippian church. He was working very hard and got very sick (almost died!) and Paul wanted to be sure that the church back at Philippi was properly thanked for the help he had been.

    Recurring Words in Philippians

    There are some all-inclusive and all exclusive words that Paul uses here in this letter. This is a bit rambling, but there are nuggets of truth here and maybe one of them will stick out and help you.

    • Philippians 2:14 – “Do all things without murmuring and disputing…”
    • Philippians 3:8 – “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord”
    • Philippians 3:21 – “he is able even to subdue all things unto himself”
    • Philippians 4:12 – “everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
    • Philippians 1:4 – ‌”Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy”
    • Philippians 1:18 – ‌”whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice”
    • Philippians 2:4 – ‌Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
    • Philippians 2:10-11 – Every knee. Every tongue.
    • Philippians 1:20 – Paul is no longer very young. We see a tension between Pauls wanting to be helpful here on earth and longing to go home to be with the Father.
    • Philippians 2:12 – You have always obeyed!

    Peace is a buy product of not worrying about anything and praying about everything. You can’t do one without the other.

    The question for us here is “what is that one thing in your life?” What is that one thing that we do in our life? Paul was pressing on towards the mark for the prize in Christ Jesus.

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    This morning we’ll be looking at a story in the Bible that we have a fair amount of detail about. Sometimes we look at different stories in the Bible and wonder why we hear more about one person in a story than another person in the same story. This morning we are going to be looking at the church at Philippi. We have a fair amount of detail about how the church at Philippi started. There was a jailer involved, Lydia a merchant was involved, Paul & Silas were there too, they ended up in prison because they cast a demon out of a girl.
    The Beginning of the Church at Philippi
    Acts 15 – There was a big gathering in Jerusalem to try to decide what the Christian church was going to require of Gentile believers. At this point a lot of the new believers were Jewish, but as Gentiles came to the faith there was quite a bit of disagreement about how this was going to work. The church in Jerusalem asked Paul, Silas, Barnabas, and Judah to take a letter to the churches and share their decision with them.
    Acts 16:11-34 – Maybe Paul was willing to take the beating to meet the man in his dream. He waited to claim his Roman citizenship until after he was beaten and put into jail.
    We have a record that the jailer and his household were baptized. We also know that Lydia and her household were part of the church there as well. What did these have in common? They lived in the same city, they were most likely Roman citizens, this was a military outpost where everything was done just as if you were in Rome. They were all sinners, and they all believed in the Lord and were baptized.
    What things may have been different between these people? They probably had different social statuses. They likely had different income levels. It is also quite likely that they didn’t know each other prior to coming to know Jesus.
    Pauls Letter to the Church at Philippi
    Paul wrote many letters to the churches he was involved with. This letter was written about 10 years after the church had been started. This is considered one of Paul’s most personal letters to a church.
    Philippians 1:1-30 – Paul really compliments and praises the church for the ways they have cared for him in the past. There are some very well known passages in Philippians. Paul is continually pointing back to Christ. He talks a fair amount about Epaphroditus. He was sent from the Philippian church. He was working very hard and got very sick (almost died!) and Paul wanted to be sure that the church back at Philippi was properly thanked for the help he had been.
    Recurring Words in Philippians
    There are some all-inclusive and all exclusive words that Paul uses here in this letter. This is a bit rambling, but there are nuggets of truth here and maybe one of them will stick out and help you.

    * Philippians 2:14 – “Do all things without murmuring and disputing…”
    * Philippians 3:8 – “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord”
    * Philippians 3:21 – “he is able even to subdue all things unto himself”
    * Philippians 4:12 – “everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
    * Philippians 1:4 – ‌”Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy”
    * Philippians 1:18 – ‌”whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice”
    * Philippians 2:4 – ‌Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
    * Philippians 2:10-11 – Every knee. Every tongue.
    * Philippians 1:20 – Paul is no longer very young. We see a tension between Pauls wanting to be helpful here on earth and...]]>
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    Getting Practical About Information Technology and the Church - Kyle Stoltzfus https://www.bmcgladys.com/getting-practical-about-information-technology-and-the-church/ Mon, 12 Oct 2020 02:12:00 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3773 https://www.bmcgladys.com/getting-practical-about-information-technology-and-the-church/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/getting-practical-about-information-technology-and-the-church/feed/ 0 <p>Children becoming functioning adults doesn’t happen by accident. The opposite is also true, it isn’t an accident when people who have struggles emerge from communities and families. Ezra 8:21 – We are seeking a right way for us. This is what the church of Christ is instructed and authorized to do. The digital revolution has […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/getting-practical-about-information-technology-and-the-church/">Getting Practical About Information Technology and the Church</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Children becoming functioning adults doesn’t happen by accident. The opposite is also true, it isn’t an accident when people who have struggles emerge from communities and families.

    Ezra 8:21 – We are seeking a right way for us. This is what the church of Christ is instructed and authorized to do.

    The digital revolution has happened quickly. What we need is more than just simple restriction, thoughtful preaching, etc to get us where we need to go. There are three pillars that we’ll be looking at and how information technology affects them.

    Information Technology at Home

    With the digital information and revolution that we are living in we need to make decisions that our parents just didn’t have to make. How much screen time should my child have? What content should they have access to?

    It isn’t baseless to claim that in the first three years of a child’s life there is no benefit for a child, but there is an opportunity to cause damage. Many times technology is just a cheap baby sitter.

    There is lots of technology that promises to teach our children. The reality is that screen time is not a replacement for personal engagement. It is not a replacement for time spent with real people.

    When we offer screens in place of physical connection we are depriving them of the preparatory work they are going to need to develop into functioning adults. Learning something that our children do, not something that technology can do to them. Play for young children is very important for the full development of a young child.

    Information Technology at Work

    Genesis 2 – In a lot of ways this is an expansion on what happened in Genesis 1. As God’s representatives human kind have work to do. They find meaning and satisfaction in the work that they do.

    We can loose a sense of meaning in our work as we experience more fragmentation. Computers used to only be able to run one program at a time. Now they can run a lot of programs at the same time. As our computers got more powerful we often need more screens just to keep up with the information that is coming at us.

    We call this multitasking, it isn’t so bad when the tasks are all clustered. When we’re switching between activities of the same sort. Often though we randomly jump between tasks. The average office worker checks his email every hour. Smartphones are picked up on average about 1500 times per week, it more frequently for a “power user.”

    The reality is that we, humans, can’t multitask. We only have one attention to give. The light of the body is the eye, not the eyes. Why does this matter? The enemy of simplicity is multiplicity, the division of mental, financial, spiritual energy. Simplicity often disappears from our lives because of the “harmless” and “good” things that we allow in our lives. When we are trying to do all these things at once we are loosing our ability to live in simplicity and with focus.

    How do we find meaning in our work? The reason we work is to meet needs. We don’t work to make money, we work to do things like feed our children and to keep them warm, to bring their minds and hearts alive. The more we work for these reasons the more satisfaction we can gain.

    Information Technology and Faith

    Technology allows us to stand by as bystanders of incredible violence. We can live through our finger tips the most violent moments of history. Participation in the standing by watching content like this does have an affect. Technology has walked right into reach, right to our finger tips. When we celebrate the violent success of a movie, or the script of a game we play pits us in deadly conflict with people we begin to loose touch with the connection between our actions and their affects in real life.

    What do you think of when we say “morality” and “internet” in the same sentence. Often we think about pornography. The demoralizing affect of technology is something that takes place long before a person becomes addicted to pornography.

    There is a tendency to “amuse” ourselves with technology teaches us to be apathetic in the face of stress and other situations of life. Hard things and stressful things can be instructive. When we go through hard things and work through them we build moral capital, we build character.

    Dealing with Technology and its Challenges

    Our ability to discriminate and to make good choices with technology can be redeemed. We don’t have to be guided by technology we can use it as a tool and not have it dominate our lives.

    We can deal with technology by retreating into digital deserts of our own making.

    We can also choose to be conscious and intentional. We need to be demanding of technology. Where we can’t do this we should probably “cast it from us.”

    Our willpower is in fact a very limited resource. We need to build a culture where openly confessing weaknesses, tendencies and even addictions is possible. We can build deserts, and retreat from technology, but we also need to be transformed.

    We do well to remember that the audience that Jesus addressed struggled to give Him their full attention… and they didn’t have cell phones! As we deal with challenges of our times it is good to remind ourselves that we are only facing new faces to problems that have been issues for some time.

    The mature believer is one who has his senses trained to discern good and evil in a variety of circumstances. Perhaps more importantly this kind of believer can also discern between good and best.

    It takes practice and the inconvenience of community that is committed to each other and to do walk through this together. Does this choice form me after Christ, His commands, His desires, His image?

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    Children becoming functioning adults doesn’t happen by accident. The opposite is also true, it isn’t an accident when people who have struggles emerge from communities and families. Ezra 8:21 – We are seeking a right way for us. Ezra 8:21 – We are seeking a right way for us. This is what the church of Christ is instructed and authorized to do.
    The digital revolution has happened quickly. What we need is more than just simple restriction, thoughtful preaching, etc to get us where we need to go. There are three pillars that we’ll be looking at and how information technology affects them.
    Information Technology at Home
    With the digital information and revolution that we are living in we need to make decisions that our parents just didn’t have to make. How much screen time should my child have? What content should they have access to?
    It isn’t baseless to claim that in the first three years of a child’s life there is no benefit for a child, but there is an opportunity to cause damage. Many times technology is just a cheap baby sitter.
    There is lots of technology that promises to teach our children. The reality is that screen time is not a replacement for personal engagement. It is not a replacement for time spent with real people.
    When we offer screens in place of physical connection we are depriving them of the preparatory work they are going to need to develop into functioning adults. Learning something that our children do, not something that technology can do to them. Play for young children is very important for the full development of a young child.
    Information Technology at Work
    Genesis 2 – In a lot of ways this is an expansion on what happened in Genesis 1. As God’s representatives human kind have work to do. They find meaning and satisfaction in the work that they do.
    We can loose a sense of meaning in our work as we experience more fragmentation. Computers used to only be able to run one program at a time. Now they can run a lot of programs at the same time. As our computers got more powerful we often need more screens just to keep up with the information that is coming at us.
    We call this multitasking, it isn’t so bad when the tasks are all clustered. When we’re switching between activities of the same sort. Often though we randomly jump between tasks. The average office worker checks his email every hour. Smartphones are picked up on average about 1500 times per week, it more frequently for a “power user.”
    The reality is that we, humans, can’t multitask. We only have one attention to give. The light of the body is the eye, not the eyes. Why does this matter? The enemy of simplicity is multiplicity, the division of mental, financial, spiritual energy. Simplicity often disappears from our lives because of the “harmless” and “good” things that we allow in our lives. When we are trying to do all these things at once we are loosing our ability to live in simplicity and with focus.
    How do we find meaning in our work? The reason we work is to meet needs. We don’t work to make money, we work to do things like feed our children and to keep them warm, to bring their minds and hearts alive. The more we work for these reasons the more satisfaction we can gain.
    Information Technology and Faith
    Technology allows us to stand by as bystanders of incredible violence. We can live through our finger tips the most violent moments of history. Participation in the standing by watching content like this does have an affect. Technology has walked right into reach, right to our finger tips. When we celebrate the violent success of a movie, or the script of a game we play pits us in deadly conflict with people we begin to loose touch with the connection between our actions and their affects in real life.
    What do you think of when we say “morality” and “internet...]]>
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    Our Identity - What it Means to Belong to Christ - Kyle Stoltzfus https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-identity-what-it-means-to-belong-to-christ/ Mon, 12 Oct 2020 02:08:26 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3771 https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-identity-what-it-means-to-belong-to-christ/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-identity-what-it-means-to-belong-to-christ/feed/ 0 <p>With all the “stuff” that information technology offers us, are we really coming out on top? We are constantly wired into things that can give us constant anxiety. When we are too thickly immersed in information technology there are certain skills that we fail to develop. It’s not as simple as just counting on the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-identity-what-it-means-to-belong-to-christ/">Our Identity – What it Means to Belong to Christ</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> With all the “stuff” that information technology offers us, are we really coming out on top? We are constantly wired into things that can give us constant anxiety. When we are too thickly immersed in information technology there are certain skills that we fail to develop. It’s not as simple as just counting on the promise of technology to deliver.

    So, what do we do with technology? The particulars of technology aren’t addressed in the Bible. There are a lot of decisions that we have to make with technology, that need to be put into the framework, and principles that the scripture does give us direction in. Understanding technology through the lens of discernment.

    Ephesians 5:17, Romans 12:1-2, Hebrews 5:14 – this is a gift, but it is also a faculty, something that we exercise. Our ability here to discriminate and make choices is commanded by God. It needs to be practiced and developed. It is something that we need to do together.

    We hope to accept some of the benefits of technology without the problems. We do this like putting our computers in public spaces. We may have a smart phone, but perhaps we have expectations about what age is acceptable to have one.

    There are major benefits, but there are also major pitfalls related to information technology.

    Let’s explore some liabilities while connecting them to a purpose.

    A Fool With a Tool is Still a Fool

    A tool is something that extends the kind of ability and skill and character that is already available to the user of the tool. A “force multiplier” takes a small input and makes the resulting force many multiples more.

    The usefulness of a tool are not its features. It is in the character of the person who is using the tool. If you give a fool a tool you’ve only made a dangerous fool. It is a mistake to assume that a tool is a substitute for ability.

    When we mistake tools for ability and character and skill, life becomes mired down in all kinds of upgrades and technological tool grabbing. Let us marry the tool to its use, evaluate a tool by what you’re going to do with it.

    A limitation isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, it can inspire creativity. It is a mistake to imagine that technology will improve our character. Technology has closed the gap between our impulses and their satisfaction. It has extended the consequences of our actions.

    Matthew 7:18 – If technology is providing us with an identity we’ve taken a major misstep.

    Don’t Give Whiskey to the Alcoholic

    Tools like alcohol change us into certain kinds of people. An alcoholic has a low resistance to the false promises of alcohol. Because of this low resistance he will partake frequently. If you want to help this person out, don’t give him whiskey, that won’t be helpful.

    We all have a similar composition, this helps us to understand each other. At some level we do have similar needs, urges, longings, impulses, etc. This is what makes us people.

    We all have a need to belong, an urge to escape, and a longing to make an impact. We use technology for each of these. There is a tradeoff that happens here. Technology does help us in these things, but it also affects us and changes us.

    Technology promises to aid us, it sparks our imaginations and giving us an idea of what we could become. We imagine within the confines that are encouraged by our technology. Tools have formational capacity. When we bring our needs and hopes to technology they will form themselves around it.

    We all have this need to belong. When we use social media this is a way of quickly and efficiently sharing our needs and the things we are enjoying. Social media and messaging can compliment in person connections, but it cannot replace it.

    Most of us, whether we realize it or not, are living for an audience and applause of someone. What do we see when we look out at the world? What technology gives us in this quest to belong is to bring potential for applause into everything we do.

    Technology brings into reach the audience of many. This can cause us to look in the word with multiplied, unfocused, simplified eyes. We can very easily begin to live as though that applause of many is what is ultimately going to matter.

    Technology and our desire to escape. The plot line of digital media that we consume and the devices we have with us compete with the value of the everyday lives we live. We are often awkwardly straddled between plot lines in our real lives.

    Are we going to live in the world which is around us? The lack of glamour. The normalcy. Etc. Or will we take up the plot that is suggested by media and escape the boring lives we have?

    When Christ tells us that the Kingdom of God is at hand He is telling us that we don’t need to escape the world to see His Kingdom at hand. The Kingdom of God is here and now, it isn’t just over the hill.

    We all want to make an impact in the world. Imagine a world where everyone has their little soapbox to stand on and rage and pontificate and lament. The craving that we all have to make a difference may be satisfied, but the actual change that is made is often very small. Something more has to happen if we actually are going to say that a difference was made.

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    With all the “stuff” that information technology offers us, are we really coming out on top? We are constantly wired into things that can give us constant anxiety. When we are too thickly immersed in information technology there are certain skills that... So, what do we do with technology? The particulars of technology aren’t addressed in the Bible. There are a lot of decisions that we have to make with technology, that need to be put into the framework, and principles that the scripture does give us direction in. Understanding technology through the lens of discernment.
    Ephesians 5:17, Romans 12:1-2, Hebrews 5:14 – this is a gift, but it is also a faculty, something that we exercise. Our ability here to discriminate and make choices is commanded by God. It needs to be practiced and developed. It is something that we need to do together.
    We hope to accept some of the benefits of technology without the problems. We do this like putting our computers in public spaces. We may have a smart phone, but perhaps we have expectations about what age is acceptable to have one.
    There are major benefits, but there are also major pitfalls related to information technology.
    Let’s explore some liabilities while connecting them to a purpose.
    A Fool With a Tool is Still a Fool
    A tool is something that extends the kind of ability and skill and character that is already available to the user of the tool. A “force multiplier” takes a small input and makes the resulting force many multiples more.
    The usefulness of a tool are not its features. It is in the character of the person who is using the tool. If you give a fool a tool you’ve only made a dangerous fool. It is a mistake to assume that a tool is a substitute for ability.
    When we mistake tools for ability and character and skill, life becomes mired down in all kinds of upgrades and technological tool grabbing. Let us marry the tool to its use, evaluate a tool by what you’re going to do with it.
    A limitation isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, it can inspire creativity. It is a mistake to imagine that technology will improve our character. Technology has closed the gap between our impulses and their satisfaction. It has extended the consequences of our actions.
    Matthew 7:18 – If technology is providing us with an identity we’ve taken a major misstep.
    Don’t Give Whiskey to the Alcoholic
    Tools like alcohol change us into certain kinds of people. An alcoholic has a low resistance to the false promises of alcohol. Because of this low resistance he will partake frequently. If you want to help this person out, don’t give him whiskey, that won’t be helpful.
    We all have a similar composition, this helps us to understand each other. At some level we do have similar needs, urges, longings, impulses, etc. This is what makes us people.
    We all have a need to belong, an urge to escape, and a longing to make an impact. We use technology for each of these. There is a tradeoff that happens here. Technology does help us in these things, but it also affects us and changes us.
    Technology promises to aid us, it sparks our imaginations and giving us an idea of what we could become. We imagine within the confines that are encouraged by our technology. Tools have formational capacity. When we bring our needs and hopes to technology they will form themselves around it.
    We all have this need to belong. When we use social media this is a way of quickly and efficiently sharing our needs and the things we are enjoying. Social media and messaging can compliment in person connections, but it cannot replace it.
    Most of us, whether we realize it or not, are living for an audience and applause of someone.]]>
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    How is Information Technology Changing How We See and How We Hear - Kyle Stoltzfus https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-is-information-technology-changing-how-we-see-and-how-we-hear/ Sun, 11 Oct 2020 02:00:55 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3769 https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-is-information-technology-changing-how-we-see-and-how-we-hear/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-is-information-technology-changing-how-we-see-and-how-we-hear/feed/ 0 <p>When we talk about technology we can say that we are living through a revolution. Technology has made huge changes in all aspects of our lives. Revolutions are unsettling, disruptive times. Most Americans now spend a fair amount of time working in front of a screen. A lot of us have a smart phone in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/how-is-information-technology-changing-how-we-see-and-how-we-hear/">How is Information Technology Changing How We See and How We Hear</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> When we talk about technology we can say that we are living through a revolution. Technology has made huge changes in all aspects of our lives. Revolutions are unsettling, disruptive times.

    Most Americans now spend a fair amount of time working in front of a screen. A lot of us have a smart phone in our pockets. We have witnessed huge achievements in healthcare, sciences, agriculture, etc related to technology.

    Some people are elated with all these changes, but it isn’t all for the positive, there are a lot of things to be concerned about as well.

    It is time for us to sit up and pay attention and be moved to action. It is for us to discern and embrace technology where appropriate and reject it where appropriate.

    Revelation 1-3 – John wants to reveal Jesus to these churches. He addresses each church individually and then wraps up each one the same way, “whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

    In some sense we all have the instrument of hearing, but just hearing doesn’t mean understanding and taking to heart. This is something that happens through the work of the Holy Spirit.

    Ezekiel says that “they have eyes to see and ears to hear, but they do not see and they do not hear.” This was true of the people in Ezekiels day, it was true in Johns day, it is true in our world today.

    Part of living in this Information Age means having more content and information available to us. There is a lot to see, a lot to hear, it is almost overwhelming.

    Learning to stop listening. Learning to look and listen to what does matter.

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    When we talk about technology we can say that we are living through a revolution. Technology has made huge changes in all aspects of our lives. Revolutions are unsettling, disruptive times. Most Americans now spend a fair amount of time working in fron... Most Americans now spend a fair amount of time working in front of a screen. A lot of us have a smart phone in our pockets. We have witnessed huge achievements in healthcare, sciences, agriculture, etc related to technology.
    Some people are elated with all these changes, but it isn’t all for the positive, there are a lot of things to be concerned about as well.
    It is time for us to sit up and pay attention and be moved to action. It is for us to discern and embrace technology where appropriate and reject it where appropriate.
    Revelation 1-3 – John wants to reveal Jesus to these churches. He addresses each church individually and then wraps up each one the same way, “whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
    In some sense we all have the instrument of hearing, but just hearing doesn’t mean understanding and taking to heart. This is something that happens through the work of the Holy Spirit.
    Ezekiel says that “they have eyes to see and ears to hear, but they do not see and they do not hear.” This was true of the people in Ezekiels day, it was true in Johns day, it is true in our world today.
    Part of living in this Information Age means having more content and information available to us. There is a lot to see, a lot to hear, it is almost overwhelming.
    Learning to stop listening. Learning to look and listen to what does matter.
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    Husbands, Wives, Marriage and Responsibilities of Both - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/husbands-wives-marriage-and-responsibilities-of-both/ Sun, 04 Oct 2020 23:35:23 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3765 https://www.bmcgladys.com/husbands-wives-marriage-and-responsibilities-of-both/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/husbands-wives-marriage-and-responsibilities-of-both/feed/ 0 <p>1 Peter 3:1-8 – This sermon is from the same passage we looked at a few weeks ago when we talked about adornment. However we’re looking at it from a different angle this morning. Characteristics of an Excellent Wife An excellent wife needs to be submissive – Peter suggests that the holy women have understood […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/husbands-wives-marriage-and-responsibilities-of-both/">Husbands, Wives, Marriage and Responsibilities of Both</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> 1 Peter 3:1-8 – This sermon is from the same passage we looked at a few weeks ago when we talked about adornment. However we’re looking at it from a different angle this morning.

    Characteristics of an Excellent Wife

    An excellent wife needs to be submissive – Peter suggests that the holy women have understood this from the beginning. Husbands can make it extremely hard for wives to be submissive, but this passage tells us that having a bad husband is not free a wife from her responsibility to submit.

    An excellent wife needs to be chaste – Even the husband of Peters wife wasn’t perfect. Peter expects pure conduct, not excuses.

    An excellent wife needs to be respectful – Peter isn’t commanding wives to call their husbands lord, but he is asking them to be respectful in language, behavior and how she talks about her husband.

    An excellent wife has a gentle and quiet spirit – These attributes need to be on the inside first of all, they come out of the heart of someone who is trusting in God. This is a spiritual trait, not a personality trait. Meek – humble surrender (not timid or cowering). Gentle – mildness and consideration. A woman who is gentle or meek is not quick to argue, she is gentle and thoughtful.

    An excellent wife is courageous – What do you think these women were afraid of? There is a new focus, instead of focusing on fear, they focus on God. Daughters of Sarah are also holding on to God’s promises. They don’t let fear keep them from doing good.

    Proverbs 31 – The impact that an excellent wife can have on her husband is huge! Whether he is a Christian or not. Husbands who are trying to be obedient to the Bible still need godly wives. Without words, Peter says, you don’t need to be skilled in apologetics and theology. Living for Jesus is a very, very powerful testimony.

    Characteristics of an Understanding Husband

    Understanding husbands live in an understanding way. You have a spiritual inheritance, you do too. They are not second class citizens, neither is an understanding husband. A praying couple is a powerful thing! When a husband doesn’t live in an understanding way with his wife, their home is going to suffer.

    Ephesians 5 – A clueless husband is not going to be a very good one. You need to be aware of what is going on in your wife life. She isn’t the same person that you are. Nourish and cherish her as yourself, to do that you need to be aware of what is going on in her life.

    Some hindrances to being an understanding husband. – This is just a few of them, there are plenty of others that aren’t on this list.

    • Assuming everything is fine – We are busy, and maybe aren’t talking much and are assuming everything is fine. Slow down and check in with your wife. Your wife may be assuming that you know what she’s thinking or feeling, but you think everything is fine.
    • Allowing a wall to grow between you and her – Whatever it is, don’t let a wall grow up between you. God wants your marriage to model Christ and the church.
    • Being authoritarian and micromanaging – You don’t need to do this to be a good leader. Spiritual leadership doesn’t require you to be authoritative in managing everything.
    • Wishing she was different – Complaining about these things isn’t helpful. The best way to help your wife is to be the kind of husband you should be! There is a place for constructive criticism, but that goes both ways and should happen in a positive and open way. Focus on your wife good points and honor her!

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    1 Peter 3:1-8 – This sermon is from the same passage we looked at a few weeks ago when we talked about adornment. However we’re looking at it from a different angle this morning. Characteristics of an Excellent Wife An excellent wife needs to be submis... Characteristics of an Excellent Wife
    An excellent wife needs to be submissive – Peter suggests that the holy women have understood this from the beginning. Husbands can make it extremely hard for wives to be submissive, but this passage tells us that having a bad husband is not free a wife from her responsibility to submit.
    An excellent wife needs to be chaste – Even the husband of Peters wife wasn’t perfect. Peter expects pure conduct, not excuses.
    An excellent wife needs to be respectful – Peter isn’t commanding wives to call their husbands lord, but he is asking them to be respectful in language, behavior and how she talks about her husband.
    An excellent wife has a gentle and quiet spirit – These attributes need to be on the inside first of all, they come out of the heart of someone who is trusting in God. This is a spiritual trait, not a personality trait. Meek – humble surrender (not timid or cowering). Gentle – mildness and consideration. A woman who is gentle or meek is not quick to argue, she is gentle and thoughtful.
    An excellent wife is courageous – What do you think these women were afraid of? There is a new focus, instead of focusing on fear, they focus on God. Daughters of Sarah are also holding on to God’s promises. They don’t let fear keep them from doing good.
    Proverbs 31 – The impact that an excellent wife can have on her husband is huge! Whether he is a Christian or not. Husbands who are trying to be obedient to the Bible still need godly wives. Without words, Peter says, you don’t need to be skilled in apologetics and theology. Living for Jesus is a very, very powerful testimony.
    Characteristics of an Understanding Husband
    Understanding husbands live in an understanding way. You have a spiritual inheritance, you do too. They are not second class citizens, neither is an understanding husband. A praying couple is a powerful thing! When a husband doesn’t live in an understanding way with his wife, their home is going to suffer.
    Ephesians 5 – A clueless husband is not going to be a very good one. You need to be aware of what is going on in your wife life. She isn’t the same person that you are. Nourish and cherish her as yourself, to do that you need to be aware of what is going on in her life.
    Some hindrances to being an understanding husband. – This is just a few of them, there are plenty of others that aren’t on this list.

    * Assuming everything is fine – We are busy, and maybe aren’t talking much and are assuming everything is fine. Slow down and check in with your wife. Your wife may be assuming that you know what she’s thinking or feeling, but you think everything is fine.
    * Allowing a wall to grow between you and her – Whatever it is, don’t let a wall grow up between you. God wants your marriage to model Christ and the church.
    * Being authoritarian and micromanaging – You don’t need to do this to be a good leader. Spiritual leadership doesn’t require you to be authoritative in managing everything.
    * Wishing she was different – Complaining about these things isn’t helpful. The best way to help your wife is to be the kind of husband you should be! There is a place for constructive criticism, but that goes both ways and should happen in a positive and open way. Focus on your wife good points and honor her!

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    Progressive Sanctification - Moving Toward Holiness - Milo Zehr https://www.bmcgladys.com/progressive-sanctification-moving-toward-holiness/ Sun, 27 Sep 2020 20:23:59 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3763 https://www.bmcgladys.com/progressive-sanctification-moving-toward-holiness/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/progressive-sanctification-moving-toward-holiness/feed/ 0 <p>This morning we’re talking about progressive sanctification. This is a subject that can take hours and hours of a class, so we won’t be able to chase down all details. What do we mean by progressive sanctification? Progressively separated from sin and more dedicated to righteousness with the result being that the Christian becomes progressively […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/progressive-sanctification-moving-toward-holiness/">Progressive Sanctification – Moving Toward Holiness</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> This morning we’re talking about progressive sanctification. This is a subject that can take hours and hours of a class, so we won’t be able to chase down all details.

    What do we mean by progressive sanctification? Progressively separated from sin and more dedicated to righteousness with the result being that the Christian becomes progressively more free and sanctified from sin.

    Generally, we understand that there is often a huge gap between how we (or someone we know) lives and how the Bible says a Christian can and should live.

    John Wesley represents an attempt to correct the weakness of Lutheranism and Calvinism (the reformed tradition). He offered some methods for growth, meeting together in small groups and ask each other questions. His understanding of progressive sanctification was hampered by his belief that a person should have a “crisis” at conversion and attain sinless sanctification.

    A lot of discipleship training people promote comes down to learning Bible verses and what is right and good and trying harder to do the right thing. Each of the things in their place can be ok and helpful, even accountability can fall into this category. The problem here is that this doesn’t address the deeper issues that cause sin.

    Common False Assumptions That Hinder Growth

    Some of these may be partially true, but they are often twisted some from what the Bible says.

    • All you need to do is go to church, read your Bible, and pray.
    • Just try harder.
    • Just repent of sin in your life.
    • Just be obedient, don’t go too much on your feelings.
    • If you had a real conversion you would be delivered from your sinful habits.
    • You just lack baptism of the Holy Spirit.
    • If you believe the right things you’ll behave the right way.
    • People will change if you make them feel guilty or ashamed enough.
    • All change requires is to decide to do it.

    Marks of a Disciple of Christ

    Born again – John 3 – Jesus tells Nicodemus that he “must be born again” this is a work of the Holy Spirit. We must be born again and trusting that Jesus is Lord and that He bore everything that is wrong with me to the cross. My salvation depends on Jesus.

    Growing in a deeper and more authentic relationship with Christ – John 15, 2 Corinthians 3:18-19 – Being a Christian isn’t about just believing certain doctrines. It is about being in a relationship with Christ and growing deeper in that relationship. Being in the vine and being nourished by His life.

    Learning what is true and righteous and best based on scripture Ephesians 4 – Based on scripture, the Holy Spirit, and righteous people in their lives. The result is that they will grow in spiritual maturity and will grow in the image of Christ. This is a lifetime process and there is not a single Christian who becomes perfectly mature in this life.

    How a Disciple of Christ Grows

    Growth towards spiritual maturity is identifying sinful behavior. The difficulty with this is that you can maybe get people to stop their sinful behavior for a time, but if you don’t help them beyond that they will eventually fall back into their sinful behavior. If we try to treat this behavior as the root sin, it doesn’t result in lasting change. Lasting change in our sinful behavior patterns requires a change in our attitudes and hearts.

    Growth towards spiritual maturity means addressing heart attitudes and conditions. Some of these heart attitudes and conditions… fear, anxiety, powerlessness, guilt, shame, nobody cares about me, I don’t belong to anyone, lack of trust, lack of love, the feeling of guilt, and there are others. Christ can redeem these conditions and feelings that result in sinful attitudes and behaviors, often people aren’t even aware of having these attitudes and feelings.

    Growth towards spiritual maturity means addressing untrue beliefs of the heart and the mind. There are two kinds of beliefs, there are beliefs of the mind and there are beliefs of the heart. They are not the same. Beliefs of the mind are what we claim to believe, what we think the Bible teaches. People can know a lot of things in their head that they can say is the truth, this is good! Beliefs of the heart on the other hand are “what feels true to me.” Often the beliefs of our hearts can contradict what we believe to be true in our minds.

    What is Required to Change?

    A change requires learning the truth from God’s word. We can’t learn to do the right thing in a vacuum. Change requires being completely honest with ourselves and learning to identify and acknowledge our sinful behavior and any sinful attitudes we have and any false “it feels true to me” beliefs that contribute to sinful attitudes and behavior.

    A change requires repenting of one’s addiction to doing whatever makes me feel good. The addiction to feeling good is hard to change if the primary goal in our life is to feel good.

    A change requires more than just a strong will. We can’t change if we don’t choose to change, but the first choice we need to make is to surrender our sinful attitudes and thoughts and behaviors and feel goods and it feels true to me beliefs to Jesus and allow Him to work in our heart in places that we can’t directly change.

    We cannot “control ourselves” out of sin. Jesus and the Holy Spirit has to work in us, we can’t do it alone. Change requires learning to surrender everything we want to be different to God.

    2 Corinthians 3:18 – Change requires private and public worship. This is something that is very difficult for some people. Worship is the primary place where God changes us. Some people need more than just private and public worship, there are times when people need more help.

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    This morning we’re talking about progressive sanctification. This is a subject that can take hours and hours of a class, so we won’t be able to chase down all details. What do we mean by progressive sanctification? What do we mean by progressive sanctification? Progressively separated from sin and more dedicated to righteousness with the result being that the Christian becomes progressively more free and sanctified from sin.
    Generally, we understand that there is often a huge gap between how we (or someone we know) lives and how the Bible says a Christian can and should live.
    John Wesley represents an attempt to correct the weakness of Lutheranism and Calvinism (the reformed tradition). He offered some methods for growth, meeting together in small groups and ask each other questions. His understanding of progressive sanctification was hampered by his belief that a person should have a “crisis” at conversion and attain sinless sanctification.
    A lot of discipleship training people promote comes down to learning Bible verses and what is right and good and trying harder to do the right thing. Each of the things in their place can be ok and helpful, even accountability can fall into this category. The problem here is that this doesn’t address the deeper issues that cause sin.
    Common False Assumptions That Hinder Growth
    Some of these may be partially true, but they are often twisted some from what the Bible says.

    * All you need to do is go to church, read your Bible, and pray.
    * Just try harder.
    * Just repent of sin in your life.
    * Just be obedient, don’t go too much on your feelings.
    * If you had a real conversion you would be delivered from your sinful habits.
    * You just lack baptism of the Holy Spirit.
    * If you believe the right things you’ll behave the right way.
    * People will change if you make them feel guilty or ashamed enough.
    * All change requires is to decide to do it.

    Marks of a Disciple of Christ
    Born again – John 3 – Jesus tells Nicodemus that he “must be born again” this is a work of the Holy Spirit. We must be born again and trusting that Jesus is Lord and that He bore everything that is wrong with me to the cross. My salvation depends on Jesus.
    Growing in a deeper and more authentic relationship with Christ – John 15, 2 Corinthians 3:18-19 – Being a Christian isn’t about just believing certain doctrines. It is about being in a relationship with Christ and growing deeper in that relationship. Being in the vine and being nourished by His life.
    Learning what is true and righteous and best based on scripture Ephesians 4 – Based on scripture, the Holy Spirit, and righteous people in their lives. The result is that they will grow in spiritual maturity and will grow in the image of Christ. This is a lifetime process and there is not a single Christian who becomes perfectly mature in this life.
    How a Disciple of Christ Grows
    Growth towards spiritual maturity is identifying sinful behavior. The difficulty with this is that you can maybe get people to stop their sinful behavior for a time, but if you don’t help them beyond that they will eventually fall back into their sinful behavior. If we try to treat this behavior as the root sin, it doesn’t result in lasting change. Lasting change in our sinful behavior patterns requires a change in our attitudes and hearts.
    Growth towards spiritual maturity means addressing heart attitudes and conditions. Some of these heart attitudes and conditions… fear, anxiety, powerlessness, guilt, shame, nobody cares about me, I don’t belong to anyone, lack of trust, lack of love, the feeling of guilt, and there are others. Christ can redeem these conditions and feelings that result in sinful attitudes and behaviors, often people aren’t even aware of having these attitudes and fee...]]>
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    The Snare of Sluggishness - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-snare-of-sluggishness/ Sun, 20 Sep 2020 19:19:46 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3759 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-snare-of-sluggishness/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-snare-of-sluggishness/feed/ 0 <p>Hebrews 6:1-20 – Paul was an enemy of Christ. We know how he despised the way, and the followers of the way. He persecuted the church in many ways before he was converted… but he was converted! 2 Peter 2:20-22 – There is no question that the person talked about here is at a very […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-snare-of-sluggishness/">The Snare of Sluggishness</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Hebrews 6:1-20 – Paul was an enemy of Christ. We know how he despised the way, and the followers of the way. He persecuted the church in many ways before he was converted… but he was converted!

    2 Peter 2:20-22 – There is no question that the person talked about here is at a very high risk spiritually. As long as this person is in this state of resistance against God, and has this frame of mind, he is in a place where he isn’t able to repent and be renewed. God’s Spirit can call and His mercy is great, even yet, there is still hope!

    Romans 15:14 – Diligence in good works. God notices this, He will not forget. They are not earning their salvation, it is the fruit that is produced in the lives of saved people.

    Hebrews 6:12 – That you do not become sluggish. Through faith and patient endurance inherit the promise.

    How does this sluggishness happen? There are many more, but here are a few that can be big issues for us.

    • The deceitfulness of sin affects us. If sin is allowed and we are compromised, we will be weakened.
    • The deceitfulness of riches and an easy life. When things just “keep on the way they’ve always gone” we can become sleepy and less alert and less guarded for our souls.

    Sluggishness is a waypoint on the way down to apostasy. When Christians are sluggish it weakens our resistance to temptation and to deceit.

    Acts 4 – “You can only grow in persecution what you go into persecution with.” The Jews were impressed with the disciples, they took note that they had “been with Jesus.” They were prepared for difficult times! The didn’t cringe, they prayed for boldness!

    Daniel prayed 3 times a day… from his youth! It wasn’t something that he just started doing when he was taken to Babylon. He was prepared for hard times and for persecution.

    Grace didn’t come dumping down on them when Paul and Silas were arrested. They had been singing and worshipping and praying for years beforehand.

    We, here in America, have had a pretty easy life. It is good for us to read stories of Christians in other places and in years past. We have been spared a lot, but the snare of sluggishness can affect us so incredibly easily.

    Trouble is looming for Christians, even here in America. We can see that things in the world are getting worse. The Bible talks of terrible times coming and that it is time for the patience and endurance of the saints. Things will be getting worse before Christ comes to take His children to heaven.

    Are we prepared? Bad things can happen quickly. How do we become more diligent and less sluggish? Let us be alert and aware of our tendencies towards sluggishness, let us not just coast along.

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    Hebrews 6:1-20 – Paul was an enemy of Christ. We know how he despised the way, and the followers of the way. He persecuted the church in many ways before he was converted… but he was converted! 2 Peter 2:20-22 – There is no question that the person tal... 2 Peter 2:20-22 – There is no question that the person talked about here is at a very high risk spiritually. As long as this person is in this state of resistance against God, and has this frame of mind, he is in a place where he isn’t able to repent and be renewed. God’s Spirit can call and His mercy is great, even yet, there is still hope!
    Romans 15:14 – Diligence in good works. God notices this, He will not forget. They are not earning their salvation, it is the fruit that is produced in the lives of saved people.
    Hebrews 6:12 – That you do not become sluggish. Through faith and patient endurance inherit the promise.
    How does this sluggishness happen? There are many more, but here are a few that can be big issues for us.

    * The deceitfulness of sin affects us. If sin is allowed and we are compromised, we will be weakened.
    * The deceitfulness of riches and an easy life. When things just “keep on the way they’ve always gone” we can become sleepy and less alert and less guarded for our souls.

    Sluggishness is a waypoint on the way down to apostasy. When Christians are sluggish it weakens our resistance to temptation and to deceit.
    Acts 4 – “You can only grow in persecution what you go into persecution with.” The Jews were impressed with the disciples, they took note that they had “been with Jesus.” They were prepared for difficult times! The didn’t cringe, they prayed for boldness!
    Daniel prayed 3 times a day… from his youth! It wasn’t something that he just started doing when he was taken to Babylon. He was prepared for hard times and for persecution.
    Grace didn’t come dumping down on them when Paul and Silas were arrested. They had been singing and worshipping and praying for years beforehand.
    We, here in America, have had a pretty easy life. It is good for us to read stories of Christians in other places and in years past. We have been spared a lot, but the snare of sluggishness can affect us so incredibly easily.
    Trouble is looming for Christians, even here in America. We can see that things in the world are getting worse. The Bible talks of terrible times coming and that it is time for the patience and endurance of the saints. Things will be getting worse before Christ comes to take His children to heaven.
    Are we prepared? Bad things can happen quickly. How do we become more diligent and less sluggish? Let us be alert and aware of our tendencies towards sluggishness, let us not just coast along.
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    Jesus is the Way - Daryl Witmer https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-is-the-way/ Sun, 13 Sep 2020 13:04:32 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3756 https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-is-the-way/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-is-the-way/feed/ 0 <p>Our goal this morning is to stir up our hearts and minds to understand the true meaning in life. There are many things that can be distractions in our lives. Church problems, health problems, personal problems, etc. John 14:1-7 – Jesus tells us that He is the way, the truth and the life. This morning […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/jesus-is-the-way/">Jesus is the Way</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Our goal this morning is to stir up our hearts and minds to understand the true meaning in life.

    There are many things that can be distractions in our lives. Church problems, health problems, personal problems, etc.

    John 14:1-7 – Jesus tells us that He is the way, the truth and the life. This morning we want to focus on Jesus as “the way.”

    Often as we read this passage we think about heaven, and the mansions that God is building for us. John tells us more about that place in Revelation.

    Jesus is talking about more than just a heavenly place made with gold. He is talking about a place of abiding, a place of dwelling. There are many dwelling places, this is something for everyone.

    What makes heaven heaven is our abiding with God. This abiding with God isn’t something that happens when we get to heaven, it starts at conversion.

    Where was Jesus “going?” This is just before Jesus went to the cross. Jesus was making a way, making the way, for us to abide in Him and dwell with Him.

    Let us be busy while we are here on earth, but let’s be ready to go when our time comes! Let’s not miss Jesus when He comes to get us.

    How can we be in this way, and be abiding in Christ? What does it look like to believe in Jesus?

    What is a childlike faith? Sometimes we know too much, and we don’t believe God because of that. Sometimes we are filling our minds with things that aren’t all that important in a heavenly perspective.

    What about trusting the Father even when we feel insecurities along the way or when problems arise because of errors caused by other people.

    There are counterfeit securities. If we believe God we can’t get wrapped up in the counterfeit security of things that keep us from following Jesus all the way?

    What is the way? Is it about believing? There is no belief that doesn’t affect the outcome of our lives, or how we live. If it is a true belief we’ll do something about it, allowing it to be part of our lives.

    We want to be followers of Jesus! Following Jesus is following Him to the cross so that we might have new life.

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    Our goal this morning is to stir up our hearts and minds to understand the true meaning in life. There are many things that can be distractions in our lives. Church problems, health problems, personal problems, etc. There are many things that can be distractions in our lives. Church problems, health problems, personal problems, etc.
    John 14:1-7 – Jesus tells us that He is the way, the truth and the life. This morning we want to focus on Jesus as “the way.”
    Often as we read this passage we think about heaven, and the mansions that God is building for us. John tells us more about that place in Revelation.
    Jesus is talking about more than just a heavenly place made with gold. He is talking about a place of abiding, a place of dwelling. There are many dwelling places, this is something for everyone.
    What makes heaven heaven is our abiding with God. This abiding with God isn’t something that happens when we get to heaven, it starts at conversion.
    Where was Jesus “going?” This is just before Jesus went to the cross. Jesus was making a way, making the way, for us to abide in Him and dwell with Him.
    Let us be busy while we are here on earth, but let’s be ready to go when our time comes! Let’s not miss Jesus when He comes to get us.
    How can we be in this way, and be abiding in Christ? What does it look like to believe in Jesus?
    What is a childlike faith? Sometimes we know too much, and we don’t believe God because of that. Sometimes we are filling our minds with things that aren’t all that important in a heavenly perspective.
    What about trusting the Father even when we feel insecurities along the way or when problems arise because of errors caused by other people.
    There are counterfeit securities. If we believe God we can’t get wrapped up in the counterfeit security of things that keep us from following Jesus all the way?
    What is the way? Is it about believing? There is no belief that doesn’t affect the outcome of our lives, or how we live. If it is a true belief we’ll do something about it, allowing it to be part of our lives.
    We want to be followers of Jesus! Following Jesus is following Him to the cross so that we might have new life.
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    The Issue of Christian Adornment and Modesty - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-issue-of-christian-adornment-and-modesty/ Sun, 06 Sep 2020 19:22:14 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3750 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-issue-of-christian-adornment-and-modesty/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-issue-of-christian-adornment-and-modesty/feed/ 0 <p>Is there a Biblical basis for “looking different” and not “adorning ourselves” with makeup, jewelry, etc. Philippians 2:3-9 – Jesus came to us as a simple, humble, unselfish, man. He was a poor carpenter without a lot of “trappings.” Keep that in mind as we continue on. Peter and Paul on Internal and External Adornment […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-issue-of-christian-adornment-and-modesty/">The Issue of Christian Adornment and Modesty</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Is there a Biblical basis for “looking different” and not “adorning ourselves” with makeup, jewelry, etc.

    Philippians 2:3-9 – Jesus came to us as a simple, humble, unselfish, man. He was a poor carpenter without a lot of “trappings.” Keep that in mind as we continue on.

    Peter and Paul on Internal and External Adornment

    1 Peter 3:1-6 – Peter is discouraging external adornment. He has a few specific examples in mind.

    1 Timothy 2:8-11 – Peter and Paul use a similar word here for adornment. It is the same word that is translated as “world” in other places. It is the word that we get “cosmetic” from.

    What Paul is saying here in 1 Timothy is that he cares about modest apparel and especially good works. There is a list of things that he (and Peter) have concerns about. They are both interested firstly on the inside, but also on the external.

    So, why don’t most Christians follow these verses?

    • Your beauty comes from inward adornment, so if you have inward adornment, it’s actually ok to have outward adornment. Peter and Paul both talk about outward adornment, and they both express concern about it. The early church fathers had concerns in this area as well.
    • Some argue that Paul is talking about women only needing to be unadorned during worship services. Some of these things only apply during worship, but most of them apply inside and outside of worship.
    • Ezekial 16:11-13 – God speaks positively about adornment in some passages. Hopefully, we’ll all be wearing some sort of head decoration in heaven! The question is, is this appropriate for God’s pilgrims as we travel through this world, and we all struggle with lust and with pride.

    Why would Peter & Paul care about outward adornment at all?

    1 Corinthians 8 – Modesty tends to decline when outward adornment is something that we focus on.

    Our behavior can underscore or undermine what is in our hearts.

    Our “outward adornment” is part of our testimony. We remember that the context that 1 Peter is talking about, the church, its impact on the world, winning over a disobedient husband, etc. Our conduct is our primary method of impacting the world.

    Why is this teaching hard for us sometimes?

    We know that this is possible. There are serious Christians that are serious about following Jesus. They also don’t share the same opinion that we do on outward adornment. Some are going too far if Peter and Paul are saying what we believe they are.

    We know that it is possible to be very adorned on the outside and to be quite empty on the inside.

    Matthew 23:23 – Jesus warned the scribes and Pharisees to be concerned with matters of the heart instead of propping up people’s opinions of them by outward actions and appearance.

    Does any of this apply to men?

    The principles here definitely do apply to men. Modest apparel, acting appropriately, having an inward “handsomeness.” We definitely can have issues as men with pride and trying to dress stylishly.

    Even if this didn’t apply to men, it would be terrible leadership for men to dress stylishly and immodestly and then try to require that of women.

    Applying Outward Adornment Principles

    If we’re not going to brush off these things that Paul and Peter are asking of us, then it makes sense that we’ll have to say no to some things from time to time.

    Here are a few questions we can ask ourselves.

    • Is it on the list?
    • Does it fit the list?
    • Does the motivation fit?

    We do need to be making the “I’m not going to wear, or I’m not going to buy this” decision from time to time. It isn’t just something that we’ve inherited from our Amish forefathers.

    Inward Adornment

    The good news is that inward beauty is that it is incorruptible, and can grow with time. It is very precious in God’s sight.

    True beauty is on the inside. If you want to give something precious to Jesus, as Mary did… be beautiful on the inside.

    Isaiah 3, Luke 7:25 – We don’t get to pick whether we are beautiful, or handsome. Jesus certainly could have had some input into how He appeared on earth. John the Baptist was a pretty plain dresser, Jesus and His disciples weren’t wearing fancy clothes either.

    Those who responded to Jesus realized that on the inside He was full of grace and truth.

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    Is there a Biblical basis for “looking different” and not “adorning ourselves” with makeup, jewelry, etc. Philippians 2:3-9 – Jesus came to us as a simple, humble, unselfish, man. He was a poor carpenter without a lot of “trappings. Philippians 2:3-9 – Jesus came to us as a simple, humble, unselfish, man. He was a poor carpenter without a lot of “trappings.” Keep that in mind as we continue on.
    Peter and Paul on Internal and External Adornment
    1 Peter 3:1-6 – Peter is discouraging external adornment. He has a few specific examples in mind.
    1 Timothy 2:8-11 – Peter and Paul use a similar word here for adornment. It is the same word that is translated as “world” in other places. It is the word that we get “cosmetic” from.
    What Paul is saying here in 1 Timothy is that he cares about modest apparel and especially good works. There is a list of things that he (and Peter) have concerns about. They are both interested firstly on the inside, but also on the external.
    So, why don’t most Christians follow these verses?

    * Your beauty comes from inward adornment, so if you have inward adornment, it’s actually ok to have outward adornment. Peter and Paul both talk about outward adornment, and they both express concern about it. The early church fathers had concerns in this area as well.
    * Some argue that Paul is talking about women only needing to be unadorned during worship services. Some of these things only apply during worship, but most of them apply inside and outside of worship.
    * Ezekial 16:11-13 – God speaks positively about adornment in some passages. Hopefully, we’ll all be wearing some sort of head decoration in heaven! The question is, is this appropriate for God’s pilgrims as we travel through this world, and we all struggle with lust and with pride.

    Why would Peter & Paul care about outward adornment at all?
    1 Corinthians 8 – Modesty tends to decline when outward adornment is something that we focus on.
    Our behavior can underscore or undermine what is in our hearts.
    Our “outward adornment” is part of our testimony. We remember that the context that 1 Peter is talking about, the church, its impact on the world, winning over a disobedient husband, etc. Our conduct is our primary method of impacting the world.
    Why is this teaching hard for us sometimes?
    We know that this is possible. There are serious Christians that are serious about following Jesus. They also don’t share the same opinion that we do on outward adornment. Some are going too far if Peter and Paul are saying what we believe they are.
    We know that it is possible to be very adorned on the outside and to be quite empty on the inside.
    Matthew 23:23 – Jesus warned the scribes and Pharisees to be concerned with matters of the heart instead of propping up people’s opinions of them by outward actions and appearance.
    Does any of this apply to men?
    The principles here definitely do apply to men. Modest apparel, acting appropriately, having an inward “handsomeness.” We definitely can have issues as men with pride and trying to dress stylishly.
    Even if this didn’t apply to men, it would be terrible leadership for men to dress stylishly and immodestly and then try to require that of women.
    Applying Outward Adornment Principles
    If we’re not going to brush off these things that Paul and Peter are asking of us, then it makes sense that we’ll have to say no to some things from time to time.
    Here are a few questions we can ask ourselves.

    * Is it on the list?
    * Does it fit the list?
    * Does the motivation fit?

    We do need to be making the “I’m not going to wear, or I’m not going to buy this” decision from time to time. It isn’t just something that we’ve inherited from our Amish forefathers.
    ]]>
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    The Christian and Politics - John Waldron https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-christian-and-politics/ Sun, 30 Aug 2020 12:43:42 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3754 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-christian-and-politics/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-christian-and-politics/feed/ 0 <p>1 Peter 3:16-17 – We know that Nero was the emperor at this point, he wasn’t kind to many people under him, Christians and non-christians. Peter is talking about the Roman government and he tells us a number of things here. Obey the government. Identify them as God ordained even if they are not Christ-honoring. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-christian-and-politics/">The Christian and Politics</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> 1 Peter 3:16-17 – We know that Nero was the emperor at this point, he wasn’t kind to many people under him, Christians and non-christians.

    Peter is talking about the Roman government and he tells us a number of things here.

    • Obey the government.
    • Identify them as God ordained even if they are not Christ-honoring. They are put there for a reason.
    • We need to live in a consistent and Christ-honoring way.
    • Serve God as well as those God has put in positions of authority

    The Christians in Peter’s day couldn’t vote for a new emperor. Even in the time of Constantine, there were very few positions that Christians could have taken in government.

    Early writers say that.
    – Christians refueled to fight in an army
    – Christians fought a war of piety

    Over time the church became intertwined with government. As democracy evolved Christians had more and more opportunities to be in places of government.

    William Wilberforce

    A son/grandson of independently wealthy merchants, when he was originally elected to the House of Commons. When he was 35 he was converted.

    He was counseled by John Newton to continue in parliament and to try to make a difference. He pushed for the ending of the slave trade. He also pushed for fines for too much drinking and other such things.

    Prohibition in the US

    At the end of the 1800s, some people began to push for the prohibition of alcohol. People spent money they didn’t have on alcohol and did things they wouldn’t normally due while under its influence.

    Charles Sheldon in his book, In His Steps, talks of how Jesus would have run for office and would have pushed for prohibition.

    Prohibition did reduce the use of alcohol by 50%-60% this decrease was a good thing. It also reduced alcohol-related diseases as well.

    Another result was that there was a lot of illegal movement of, and use of, alcohol. There was also a loophole where people could get a prescription for alcohol.

    Prohibition couldn’t make people Christians. It may have made them more moral, but it didn’t change people’s hearts.

    While we can through laws force our neighbors to clean up the outside of their homes, only God can change their hearts.

    What is Christians Responsibility to Government

    Romans 13:1-7 – Paul begins here by listing the things that the government does. We know that some governments do these things better than others.

    So what are Christians to do in response?

    Jeremiah 27:5 – We are to obey those who God has put in a position of authority, not because they are Christian.

    Acts 5:29 – There is a place for disobedience when the government asks us to do things that are contrary to the way that God asks us to live.

    We are to obey to avoid God’s wrath. God will judge those who do not obey the laws of the land that they live in.

    We are to obey for the sake of conscience. In every way that does not inhibit our relationship and obedience with God.

    We are to pay taxes. This could just fall under “obey the government,” but Paul and Jesus both talk about it. They both were under Rome, a very “non-Christian” government, yet they both said to pay the taxes.

    Finally, we are to pray for our government. It is important for us to pray for our government, and for the governments around the world.

    Most of all we should be praying for revival in our hearts and lives, and in the hearts and lives of those around us.

    Change happens not when the right laws are put in place but when God changes a heart.

    The dangers we focus when we focus too much on politics

    Jonah 4 – Hyper Patriotism – We don’t understand at the beginning of the book of Jonah why he didn’t want to go to Nineveh. By the end of the book it is clear that Jonah thought that God should look favorably on Israel, to the exclusion of all others. Does God wish for the redemption of even very evil people? Of course He does!

    We can cease to see people as in need of a Savior. The thief on the cross needed the Gospel.

    Ephesians 5:15 – There is a tendency to spend time campaigning rather than evangelizing. We all have a limited amount of time.

    John 12:20 – We can create antagonistic views in those whose opinions differ from us. Most people only see Jesus in the way that we are Jesus to them.

    Matthew 4 – It is Satan’s seduction to tell us that politics is an easier way. Look at the temptations that the devil brought to Jesus. The temptation was Satan saying, “there is an easier way.”

    What is our mission statement? How do we best put into place the mission of the Gospel.

    The question isn’t how do we make people behave better around us. It is instead, how can I better introduce and show Jesus to those around me. Our focus is not to be on the domination of others.

    It is easy to get dragged into the idea that God’s will cannot be done unless the right person is put into power. God’s will is not something that can be circumvented that easily.

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    1 Peter 3:16-17 – We know that Nero was the emperor at this point, he wasn’t kind to many people under him, Christians and non-christians. Peter is talking about the Roman government and he tells us a number of things here. Obey the government. Peter is talking about the Roman government and he tells us a number of things here.

    * Obey the government.
    * Identify them as God ordained even if they are not Christ-honoring. They are put there for a reason.
    * We need to live in a consistent and Christ-honoring way.
    * Serve God as well as those God has put in positions of authority

    The Christians in Peter’s day couldn’t vote for a new emperor. Even in the time of Constantine, there were very few positions that Christians could have taken in government.
    Early writers say that.
    – Christians refueled to fight in an army
    – Christians fought a war of piety
    Over time the church became intertwined with government. As democracy evolved Christians had more and more opportunities to be in places of government.
    William Wilberforce
    A son/grandson of independently wealthy merchants, when he was originally elected to the House of Commons. When he was 35 he was converted.
    He was counseled by John Newton to continue in parliament and to try to make a difference. He pushed for the ending of the slave trade. He also pushed for fines for too much drinking and other such things.
    Prohibition in the US
    At the end of the 1800s, some people began to push for the prohibition of alcohol. People spent money they didn’t have on alcohol and did things they wouldn’t normally due while under its influence.
    Charles Sheldon in his book, In His Steps, talks of how Jesus would have run for office and would have pushed for prohibition.
    Prohibition did reduce the use of alcohol by 50%-60% this decrease was a good thing. It also reduced alcohol-related diseases as well.
    Another result was that there was a lot of illegal movement of, and use of, alcohol. There was also a loophole where people could get a prescription for alcohol.
    Prohibition couldn’t make people Christians. It may have made them more moral, but it didn’t change people’s hearts.
    While we can through laws force our neighbors to clean up the outside of their homes, only God can change their hearts.
    What is Christians Responsibility to Government
    Romans 13:1-7 – Paul begins here by listing the things that the government does. We know that some governments do these things better than others.
    So what are Christians to do in response?
    Jeremiah 27:5 – We are to obey those who God has put in a position of authority, not because they are Christian.
    Acts 5:29 – There is a place for disobedience when the government asks us to do things that are contrary to the way that God asks us to live.
    We are to obey to avoid God’s wrath. God will judge those who do not obey the laws of the land that they live in.
    We are to obey for the sake of conscience. In every way that does not inhibit our relationship and obedience with God.
    We are to pay taxes. This could just fall under “obey the government,” but Paul and Jesus both talk about it. They both were under Rome, a very “non-Christian” government, yet they both said to pay the taxes.
    Finally, we are to pray for our government. It is important for us to pray for our government, and for the governments around the world.
    Most of all we should be praying for revival in our hearts and lives, and in the hearts and lives of those around us.
    Change happens not when the right laws are put in place but when God changes a heart.
    The dangers we focus when we focus too much on politics
    Jonah 4 – Hyper Patriotism – We don’t understand at the beginning of the book of Jonah why he didn’t want to go to Nineveh.]]>
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    Grace, Grace, God's Grace - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/grace-grace-gods-grace/ Sun, 23 Aug 2020 21:23:42 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3747 https://www.bmcgladys.com/grace-grace-gods-grace/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/grace-grace-gods-grace/feed/ 0 <p>We’ve read the Bible, the New Testament and the epistles and the greetings and closing farewell blessings many of them have. They are encouraging to read, but we often buzz over them like they are filler and polite expressions. If we read them thoughtfully though, there is power to be found in those words. Romans […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/grace-grace-gods-grace/">Grace, Grace, God’s Grace</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> We’ve read the Bible, the New Testament and the epistles and the greetings and closing farewell blessings many of them have. They are encouraging to read, but we often buzz over them like they are filler and polite expressions. If we read them thoughtfully though, there is power to be found in those words.

    Romans 1:7, Romans 16:20-27, 2 Corinthians, Ephesians 1:2, 1 Timothy – May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. These greetings and closing farewells aren’t just the common “hello, how are you, sincerely, yours,” type of greetings. They are blessings that are intentionally given by Paul and these other authors.

    What is God’s Grace?

    Ephesians 2 – What is grace? A simple definition is, the unmerited favor of God. The grace of God is a kindly and generously offered, free gift.

    Grace is a kind and merciful and voluntary divine intervention of deliverance and rescue and restoration. All because of, and motivated by God’s love. It is for our benefit, not because we’ve earned it or deserve it in any way.

    God’s grace is so broad. From his comfort to his work in our hearts, the whole redemption thing of cleansing and healing and recreating us, the restoration, the new man, the life of the believer and the Spirit of God in the life of a believer. All of this is part of God’s great and marvelous grace.

    John 1:14-17 – Jesus came in the flesh, and he was full of grace and truth. Filled completely! An inexhaustible supply of grace and truth.

    God’s Grace Includes Blessings and Gifts

    Everyone has received gifts from God. But for those who believe in Jesus Christ and follow Him in faith, we can recognize his grace in our life, grace upon grace. Spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing. We get the picture of an outpouring of abundance from God.

    As grace is given and grace is used, the supply is replenished from a fresh supply! Not everyone experiences the abundant grace upon grace that is offered.

    James 4:6 – Scripture is clear that there are conditions to this grace, God resists the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.

    Paul says that he was who he was because of the grace of God. He worked hard, but God’s grace was the difference in him becoming a very different person than he was in his earlier “persecuting the followers of Christ” days.

    Romans 5 – We can stand because of grace. When we stand on something we are present in it, and we continually can stand because of the grace of God.

    Titus 2:11-12 – Because of the grace of God we can learn. It’s God’s grace and Spirit that is leading us and teaching us how to live in our daily walk. God is teaching us.

    Hebrews 4:14-16 – God invites us to come boldly before the throne… because of grace.

    The disciples received and accepted Christ, and they experienced a “great grace.”

    Paul Experienced God’s Grace

    Paul, when he was converted, was met by a guy named Ananias who was told by God to “go, he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name. I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” We know how Paul responded to this call. He was sent “into the fray.”

    Paul, by the grace of God, found joy in the suffering that came. He was able to handle all of these things by God’s incredible grace. Even the thorn in his flesh, God said, “my strength is made perfect in your weakness.”

    Romans 5:30 – Paul had learned to rejoice in his suffering. Not through his strength, but through and because of the grace of God to him.

    To the God of all grace be glory, both now and forever, amen.

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    We’ve read the Bible, the New Testament and the epistles and the greetings and closing farewell blessings many of them have. They are encouraging to read, but we often buzz over them like they are filler and polite expressions. Romans 1:7, Romans 16:20-27, 2 Corinthians, Ephesians 1:2, 1 Timothy – May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. These greetings and closing farewells aren’t just the common “hello, how are you, sincerely, yours,” type of greetings. They are blessings that are intentionally given by Paul and these other authors.
    What is God’s Grace?
    Ephesians 2 – What is grace? A simple definition is, the unmerited favor of God. The grace of God is a kindly and generously offered, free gift.
    Grace is a kind and merciful and voluntary divine intervention of deliverance and rescue and restoration. All because of, and motivated by God’s love. It is for our benefit, not because we’ve earned it or deserve it in any way.
    God’s grace is so broad. From his comfort to his work in our hearts, the whole redemption thing of cleansing and healing and recreating us, the restoration, the new man, the life of the believer and the Spirit of God in the life of a believer. All of this is part of God’s great and marvelous grace.
    John 1:14-17 – Jesus came in the flesh, and he was full of grace and truth. Filled completely! An inexhaustible supply of grace and truth.
    God’s Grace Includes Blessings and Gifts
    Everyone has received gifts from God. But for those who believe in Jesus Christ and follow Him in faith, we can recognize his grace in our life, grace upon grace. Spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing. We get the picture of an outpouring of abundance from God.
    As grace is given and grace is used, the supply is replenished from a fresh supply! Not everyone experiences the abundant grace upon grace that is offered.
    James 4:6 – Scripture is clear that there are conditions to this grace, God resists the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.
    Paul says that he was who he was because of the grace of God. He worked hard, but God’s grace was the difference in him becoming a very different person than he was in his earlier “persecuting the followers of Christ” days.
    Romans 5 – We can stand because of grace. When we stand on something we are present in it, and we continually can stand because of the grace of God.
    Titus 2:11-12 – Because of the grace of God we can learn. It’s God’s grace and Spirit that is leading us and teaching us how to live in our daily walk. God is teaching us.
    Hebrews 4:14-16 – God invites us to come boldly before the throne… because of grace.
    The disciples received and accepted Christ, and they experienced a “great grace.”
    Paul Experienced God’s Grace
    Paul, when he was converted, was met by a guy named Ananias who was told by God to “go, he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name. I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” We know how Paul responded to this call. He was sent “into the fray.”
    Paul, by the grace of God, found joy in the suffering that came. He was able to handle all of these things by God’s incredible grace. Even the thorn in his flesh, God said, “my strength is made perfect in your weakness.”
    Romans 5:30 – Paul had learned to rejoice in his suffering. Not through his strength, but through and because of the grace of God to him.
    To the God of all grace be glory, both now and forever, amen.
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    Choosing to be Humble - Delvin Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/choosing-to-be-humble/ Mon, 17 Aug 2020 01:22:09 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3743 https://www.bmcgladys.com/choosing-to-be-humble/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/choosing-to-be-humble/feed/ 0 <p>1 Peter 5:5-6 – God is in charge of what happens in our lives and we want to strive for patience as we encounter life’s issues. Isaac doesn’t get a lot of “press” in the Bible. His life only takes up several pages in the Bible, but even a lot of that has to do […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/choosing-to-be-humble/">Choosing to be Humble</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> 1 Peter 5:5-6 – God is in charge of what happens in our lives and we want to strive for patience as we encounter life’s issues.

    Isaac doesn’t get a lot of “press” in the Bible. His life only takes up several pages in the Bible, but even a lot of that has to do with his finding a wife!

    • Submission to His Father – When Abraham and Isaac were going to the mountain for the sacrifice, he carried the wood for the altar. And then when it became time for the sacrifice he allowed himself to be placed on the altar. He trusted his father.
    • He walked in the cool of the evening and was meditating when Eleazar came back.
    • He was a sensitive fellow.
    • Isaac was praying for his wife and that God would bring them a child.

    Isaac Digging Wells

    Genesis 26:1-32 – Isaac doesn’t just sit and passively accept bad circumstances. He actively worked to better his circumstances.

    God had promised to bless Isaac and now he is. Things are going well, except for a relationship problem with his neighbors. Abimelek and his people are envious. They were afraid of Isaac, and came to him and said “you are too strong for us… you should probably leave!”

    Wouldn’t it make the most sense that Isaac would say “Well why don’t you go? If I am stronger than you?” Isaac doesn’t do this, instead he moves his tents and his herds.

    After Isaac moved away Abimelek came to visit and wanted to swear an oath amongst themselves that they wouldn’t harm each other.

    Digging wells is a tough job, sometimes the walls cave in and there are other things that can go wrong. Oh… and remember that they were definitely digging these by hand!

    When you get done with digging a well you’d like to have some benefits from your hard work. Perhaps you’d like to sit under a tree and sip some nice cool sweet water.

    The people came to him from that area and said “this is our water! You go somewhere else!”

    So Isaac moved and dug another well… and the exact same thing happened. Isaac explains to his family that God was still in control, and He would take care of things. Isaac once again moved his family and once again they started to dig another well.

    This well was a good one, and the neighbors didn’t come and cause problems. Isaac said, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”

    Before too long, what do you know… Isaac held the well loosely. He accepted the well as a gift from God, and walked away, moving his family back to Beersheba. When they got to Beersheba he dug another well!

    What can we learn from this story?

    Isaac was trying to find the source of life, not just water. He was actively involved in searching for and seeking God.

    When difficult things come our way let us remember that God has a bigger thing going on. Let us not strive against men, or against each other.

    God is in control. Let us continue to humbly serve him and seek peace with both God and Man.

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    1 Peter 5:5-6 – God is in charge of what happens in our lives and we want to strive for patience as we encounter life’s issues. Isaac doesn’t get a lot of “press” in the Bible. His life only takes up several pages in the Bible, Isaac doesn’t get a lot of “press” in the Bible. His life only takes up several pages in the Bible, but even a lot of that has to do with his finding a wife!

    * Submission to His Father – When Abraham and Isaac were going to the mountain for the sacrifice, he carried the wood for the altar. And then when it became time for the sacrifice he allowed himself to be placed on the altar. He trusted his father.
    * He walked in the cool of the evening and was meditating when Eleazar came back.
    * He was a sensitive fellow.
    * Isaac was praying for his wife and that God would bring them a child.

    Isaac Digging Wells
    Genesis 26:1-32 – Isaac doesn’t just sit and passively accept bad circumstances. He actively worked to better his circumstances.
    God had promised to bless Isaac and now he is. Things are going well, except for a relationship problem with his neighbors. Abimelek and his people are envious. They were afraid of Isaac, and came to him and said “you are too strong for us… you should probably leave!”
    Wouldn’t it make the most sense that Isaac would say “Well why don’t you go? If I am stronger than you?” Isaac doesn’t do this, instead he moves his tents and his herds.
    After Isaac moved away Abimelek came to visit and wanted to swear an oath amongst themselves that they wouldn’t harm each other.
    Digging wells is a tough job, sometimes the walls cave in and there are other things that can go wrong. Oh… and remember that they were definitely digging these by hand!
    When you get done with digging a well you’d like to have some benefits from your hard work. Perhaps you’d like to sit under a tree and sip some nice cool sweet water.
    The people came to him from that area and said “this is our water! You go somewhere else!”
    So Isaac moved and dug another well… and the exact same thing happened. Isaac explains to his family that God was still in control, and He would take care of things. Isaac once again moved his family and once again they started to dig another well.
    This well was a good one, and the neighbors didn’t come and cause problems. Isaac said, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”
    Before too long, what do you know… Isaac held the well loosely. He accepted the well as a gift from God, and walked away, moving his family back to Beersheba. When they got to Beersheba he dug another well!
    What can we learn from this story?
    Isaac was trying to find the source of life, not just water. He was actively involved in searching for and seeking God.
    When difficult things come our way let us remember that God has a bigger thing going on. Let us not strive against men, or against each other.
    God is in control. Let us continue to humbly serve him and seek peace with both God and Man.
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    Counting the Cost - Gabriel Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/counting-the-cost/ Sun, 09 Aug 2020 15:58:09 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3741 https://www.bmcgladys.com/counting-the-cost/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/counting-the-cost/feed/ 0 <p>Texts used – Luke 14:25-33, Psalm 34:8, Luke 9:23-26, John 15:14, John 16:7, I Peter 4:17, Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus put the cost of discipleship front and center. He did not hide the cost of following Him. He was not very “seeker-sensitive”! Seeing Jesus’ bluntness– why did the crowds stumble over themselves to find Him? He […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/counting-the-cost/">Counting the Cost</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Texts used – Luke 14:25-33, Psalm 34:8, Luke 9:23-26, John 15:14, John 16:7, I Peter 4:17, Matthew 7:21-23

    Jesus put the cost of discipleship front and center. He did not hide the cost of following Him. He was not very “seeker-sensitive”!

    Seeing Jesus’ bluntness– why did the crowds stumble over themselves to find Him? He is the pearl of great price; He is the treasure hidden in the field; He is life itself.

    What is the cross? It is an instrument of death. In order to take up the cross something inside me has to die. My fleshly desires and sins cannot coexist with following Christ. Jesus wants all of us.

    Following Jesus includes keeping His commands. The presence of God gives us the power to obey. This is not works-based, because it is rooted in God’s provision for us.

    Judgment is coming– the choice is now. Will we follow Jesus fully, as He asks?

    This surrender to Christ has blessings beyond ourselves. Unity in the Church comes about as individuals come to Jesus embracing the cross and yielding their will to Him.

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    Texts used – Luke 14:25-33, Psalm 34:8, Luke 9:23-26, John 15:14, John 16:7, I Peter 4:17, Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus put the cost of discipleship front and center. He did not hide the cost of following Him. He was not very “seeker-sensitive”! Jesus put the cost of discipleship front and center. He did not hide the cost of following Him. He was not very “seeker-sensitive”!
    Seeing Jesus’ bluntness– why did the crowds stumble over themselves to find Him? He is the pearl of great price; He is the treasure hidden in the field; He is life itself.
    What is the cross? It is an instrument of death. In order to take up the cross something inside me has to die. My fleshly desires and sins cannot coexist with following Christ. Jesus wants all of us.
    Following Jesus includes keeping His commands. The presence of God gives us the power to obey. This is not works-based, because it is rooted in God’s provision for us.
    Judgment is coming– the choice is now. Will we follow Jesus fully, as He asks?
    This surrender to Christ has blessings beyond ourselves. Unity in the Church comes about as individuals come to Jesus embracing the cross and yielding their will to Him.
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    Christian Leaders – Leading as a Servant https://www.bmcgladys.com/christian-leaders-leading-as-a-servant/ Sun, 02 Aug 2020 04:20:19 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3737 https://www.bmcgladys.com/christian-leaders-leading-as-a-servant/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/christian-leaders-leading-as-a-servant/feed/ 0 <p>This is a father’s day sermon, but there are things here for all of us. Ephesians 5:23, Ephesians 6:1-4 – The responsibility is placed on the father for his family.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/christian-leaders-leading-as-a-servant/">Christian Leaders – Leading as a Servant</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> This is a father’s day sermon, but there are things here for all of us.

    Ephesians 5:23, Ephesians 6:1-4 – The responsibility is placed on the father for his family.

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    This is a father’s day sermon, but there are things here for all of us. Ephesians 5:23, Ephesians 6:1-4 – The responsibility is placed on the father for his family. Ephesians 5:23, Ephesians 6:1-4 – The responsibility is placed on the father for his family.
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    A Healthy and Sensitive Guidance System - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-healthy-and-sensitive-guidance-system/ Mon, 20 Jul 2020 01:25:31 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3734 https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-healthy-and-sensitive-guidance-system/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-healthy-and-sensitive-guidance-system/feed/ 0 <p>Acts 24:14-16 – Paul says that he goes to great lengths to keep a clear conscience before God and his brothers and sisters. Romans 2:14 – The conscience is a gift from God! Paul says that the law is written in our hearts. Even with the infection of sin in the garden, man still has […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/a-healthy-and-sensitive-guidance-system/">A Healthy and Sensitive Guidance System</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Acts 24:14-16 – Paul says that he goes to great lengths to keep a clear conscience before God and his brothers and sisters.

    Romans 2:14 – The conscience is a gift from God! Paul says that the law is written in our hearts. Even with the infection of sin in the garden, man still has an innate sense of justice, and right and wrong.

    Romans 9:1 – The conscience isn’t the same as the Holy Spirit. Even a very wicked and sinful person has a conscience. The Spirit uses the conscience.

    The conscience can change, it isn’t something that is set once and never changes. Think about David before he was king and then after he became king. His conscience had been dulled, and something was out of balance. It wasn’t gone, he was quick to recognize his sin and repent when he was confronted about his sin with Bathsheba.

    In the Old Testament Israel had the sacrificial system. It was symbolic of what was to come, but in Hebrews 9 it says that those gifts and sacrifices could not make the person perfect in regard to the conscience. It couldn’t solve the conscience problem, there was still guilt and condemnation.

    Jesus said that when the Spirit of Truth comes, he would guide them (the disciples and early church) in all truth.

    Hebrews 5:13-14 – The skilled in the Word are reading the Bible and praying and learning, their conscience is being sharpened and developed as they study scripture.

    Hebrews 3:12-13 – People together exhorting one another, this is the goal and the purpose of a local body of believers.

    Hebrews 10:24-25 – Being around good people is an inspiration and an encouragement. It can help us a lot in developing and maintaining our own conscience.

    1 Corinthians 3 – Christian fellowship is important, it is something that God intended for us to participate in and benefit from.

    We have a guidance system, our conscience, we want it to be sensitive and healthy. We don’t want to be making choices that grieve the Holy Spirit but don’t grieve us. We want to be sensitive enough to be grieved when the Holy Spirit is grieved.

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    Acts 24:14-16 – Paul says that he goes to great lengths to keep a clear conscience before God and his brothers and sisters. Romans 2:14 – The conscience is a gift from God! Paul says that the law is written in our hearts. Romans 2:14 – The conscience is a gift from God! Paul says that the law is written in our hearts. Even with the infection of sin in the garden, man still has an innate sense of justice, and right and wrong.
    Romans 9:1 – The conscience isn’t the same as the Holy Spirit. Even a very wicked and sinful person has a conscience. The Spirit uses the conscience.
    The conscience can change, it isn’t something that is set once and never changes. Think about David before he was king and then after he became king. His conscience had been dulled, and something was out of balance. It wasn’t gone, he was quick to recognize his sin and repent when he was confronted about his sin with Bathsheba.
    In the Old Testament Israel had the sacrificial system. It was symbolic of what was to come, but in Hebrews 9 it says that those gifts and sacrifices could not make the person perfect in regard to the conscience. It couldn’t solve the conscience problem, there was still guilt and condemnation.
    Jesus said that when the Spirit of Truth comes, he would guide them (the disciples and early church) in all truth.
    Hebrews 5:13-14 – The skilled in the Word are reading the Bible and praying and learning, their conscience is being sharpened and developed as they study scripture.
    Hebrews 3:12-13 – People together exhorting one another, this is the goal and the purpose of a local body of believers.
    Hebrews 10:24-25 – Being around good people is an inspiration and an encouragement. It can help us a lot in developing and maintaining our own conscience.
    1 Corinthians 3 – Christian fellowship is important, it is something that God intended for us to participate in and benefit from.
    We have a guidance system, our conscience, we want it to be sensitive and healthy. We don’t want to be making choices that grieve the Holy Spirit but don’t grieve us. We want to be sensitive enough to be grieved when the Holy Spirit is grieved.
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    Presenting Honorable Conduct to a Messed up World - Galen Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/presenting-honorable-conduct-to-a-messed-up-world/ Sun, 12 Jul 2020 22:01:04 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3731 https://www.bmcgladys.com/presenting-honorable-conduct-to-a-messed-up-world/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/presenting-honorable-conduct-to-a-messed-up-world/feed/ 0 <p>1 Peter 2:11-25 – This morning we’ll be talking about honorable conduct and how our conduct affects the world around us. We see two possible effects that our conduct can have on the lost around us. First off, they could respond by joining us, this is the outcome we hope for the most! Secondly, they […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/presenting-honorable-conduct-to-a-messed-up-world/">Presenting Honorable Conduct to a Messed up World</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> 1 Peter 2:11-25 – This morning we’ll be talking about honorable conduct and how our conduct affects the world around us.

    We see two possible effects that our conduct can have on the lost around us. First off, they could respond by joining us, this is the outcome we hope for the most! Secondly, they may see who we are and because of our excellent conduct quit attacking us.

    When we think about our country and its problems, or our church and its problems, the “raw material” the people isn’t what changes. It is instead the things around us and the conduct we have.

    How Should We Be Living?

    Romans 13:1-7 – Recognize that authorities are appointed by God. We need to obey them not only because they can “put us in jail” or “fine us,” but we also need to obey for the sake of our conscience.

    Titus 3:1-2 – Whether the president is a Republican or a Democrat or someone we agree with we need to honor them and be obedient. Some day we may get to the point where we need to disobey the government because of God’s laws and His word. The more concerned we are about that possibility the more we should be concerned about our consistency now.

    Our good behavior needs to come as a package. Don’t love the brotherhood and be rude to a telemarketer. Consistency is vital. This is what the church needs to remember. We don’t want to look good from all sides but be hiding a “wrecked” side that is very inconsistent.

    How Do We Get to the Place Where We Live This Way?

    The simple answer to the question, “How do we get to the place where our conduct is good” is Jesus.

    We are pretty messed up people. People who are salt and light to the world are being led by the Shepherd who is guiding us and is responsible for our healing.

    Not only is there a conversion that happens. There is an ongoing walking with Jesus.

    We are called to follow in the steps of Jesus. We must not find His teachings revolting, we need to admire and lift up and pattern ourselves after His conduct and example and teachings.

    Our motivation in all these things needs to be having a good conduct for the Lord’s sake.

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    1 Peter 2:11-25 – This morning we’ll be talking about honorable conduct and how our conduct affects the world around us. We see two possible effects that our conduct can have on the lost around us. First off, they could respond by joining us, We see two possible effects that our conduct can have on the lost around us. First off, they could respond by joining us, this is the outcome we hope for the most! Secondly, they may see who we are and because of our excellent conduct quit attacking us.
    When we think about our country and its problems, or our church and its problems, the “raw material” the people isn’t what changes. It is instead the things around us and the conduct we have.
    How Should We Be Living?
    Romans 13:1-7 – Recognize that authorities are appointed by God. We need to obey them not only because they can “put us in jail” or “fine us,” but we also need to obey for the sake of our conscience.
    Titus 3:1-2 – Whether the president is a Republican or a Democrat or someone we agree with we need to honor them and be obedient. Some day we may get to the point where we need to disobey the government because of God’s laws and His word. The more concerned we are about that possibility the more we should be concerned about our consistency now.
    Our good behavior needs to come as a package. Don’t love the brotherhood and be rude to a telemarketer. Consistency is vital. This is what the church needs to remember. We don’t want to look good from all sides but be hiding a “wrecked” side that is very inconsistent.
    How Do We Get to the Place Where We Live This Way?
    The simple answer to the question, “How do we get to the place where our conduct is good” is Jesus.
    We are pretty messed up people. People who are salt and light to the world are being led by the Shepherd who is guiding us and is responsible for our healing.
    Not only is there a conversion that happens. There is an ongoing walking with Jesus.
    We are called to follow in the steps of Jesus. We must not find His teachings revolting, we need to admire and lift up and pattern ourselves after His conduct and example and teachings.
    Our motivation in all these things needs to be having a good conduct for the Lord’s sake.
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    Faithful in the Little Things and the Big Things - Rich Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/faithful-in-the-little-things-and-the-big-things/ Sun, 05 Jul 2020 21:20:19 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3728 https://www.bmcgladys.com/faithful-in-the-little-things-and-the-big-things/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/faithful-in-the-little-things-and-the-big-things/feed/ 0 <p>One thing that isn’t in the book of Daniel is much about his life before he came to Babylon. We don’t know anything about his parents or his siblings. Scripture indicates that he was probably from a royal family. The name Daniel means, “God is my judge.” This was a constant reminder to Daniel that […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/faithful-in-the-little-things-and-the-big-things/">Faithful in the Little Things and the Big Things</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> One thing that isn’t in the book of Daniel is much about his life before he came to Babylon. We don’t know anything about his parents or his siblings. Scripture indicates that he was probably from a royal family.

    The name Daniel means, “God is my judge.” This was a constant reminder to Daniel that even when he was far from home, God was his judge, and someday he would answer for the things he did in life.

    What is a core? When you eat an apple you are left with a core… What is a value? What is a “core value?” A core value is something that a person bases their life on.

    Daniel 1 – It appears that Daniel had learned as a child God’s laws about food. He knew that the food that was being set aside for the group of men he was in would defile him. Instead of digging his heels in throwing a fit, he asked that they do an experiment.

    Daniel was faithful in the little things, later we’ll see Daniel was also faithful in the big things. The same thing tends to be the case for people today. If we can be faithful in the little things, we are building a foundation of faithfulness that will stand when things are very difficult.

    Daniel 2 – The king had a dream. He wanted someone to interpret it for him, but he wanted them to tell them the dream and the interpretation. Daniel prayed and asked God to reveal the dream and its interpretation to him. God answered Daniel’s prayer. Daniel had full confidence that God had revealed the dream and its interpretation to him.

    Daniel 3 – We see Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego not bowing down to the image. We don’t know where exactly Daniel was, but we can be sure that he wouldn’t have bowed down to this image either. Perhaps the king knew that Daniel wouldn’t bow down so he had him off doing something else in a far corner of the kingdom.

    These young men feared God more than they feared the king and his fire. Nebuchadnezzar threw them into the fire and quickly became a believer that there was something special about these men. Also, there was a fourth man in the fire! He looked like the Son of God!

    Commitment to God involves faithfulness in little things because bigger things are coming.

    Daniel 6 – A trap was set for Daniel. Daniel knew that he was going against the king’s decree. Daniel continued his normal three times per day by the window, just like normal. There is a good chance that this started at home with his parents. At the very least it isn’t something that Daniel had started a few weeks earlier. God saved Daniel from the lions.

    Core values are front and center in Daniel’s life. Everyone has core values. They may not be godly values, but it is important for us to have core values that are aligned with God’s values.

    What can we learn from Daniel?

    1. Commitment to God involves faithfulness in little things. We don’t size things the way God does, we may see something as small, but God may see it as a big thing.
    2. Core values can be instilled in our children at home. Parents you’re working yourselves out of a job. Teach your children well.
    3. Be a person of prayer.
    4. God is our judge. Ultimately we will stand before God. God is holy and just. He is also merciful and loving – Matthew 12:20

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    One thing that isn’t in the book of Daniel is much about his life before he came to Babylon. We don’t know anything about his parents or his siblings. Scripture indicates that he was probably from a royal family. The name Daniel means, The name Daniel means, “God is my judge.” This was a constant reminder to Daniel that even when he was far from home, God was his judge, and someday he would answer for the things he did in life.
    What is a core? When you eat an apple you are left with a core… What is a value? What is a “core value?” A core value is something that a person bases their life on.
    Daniel 1 – It appears that Daniel had learned as a child God’s laws about food. He knew that the food that was being set aside for the group of men he was in would defile him. Instead of digging his heels in throwing a fit, he asked that they do an experiment.
    Daniel was faithful in the little things, later we’ll see Daniel was also faithful in the big things. The same thing tends to be the case for people today. If we can be faithful in the little things, we are building a foundation of faithfulness that will stand when things are very difficult.
    Daniel 2 – The king had a dream. He wanted someone to interpret it for him, but he wanted them to tell them the dream and the interpretation. Daniel prayed and asked God to reveal the dream and its interpretation to him. God answered Daniel’s prayer. Daniel had full confidence that God had revealed the dream and its interpretation to him.
    Daniel 3 – We see Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego not bowing down to the image. We don’t know where exactly Daniel was, but we can be sure that he wouldn’t have bowed down to this image either. Perhaps the king knew that Daniel wouldn’t bow down so he had him off doing something else in a far corner of the kingdom.
    These young men feared God more than they feared the king and his fire. Nebuchadnezzar threw them into the fire and quickly became a believer that there was something special about these men. Also, there was a fourth man in the fire! He looked like the Son of God!
    Commitment to God involves faithfulness in little things because bigger things are coming.
    Daniel 6 – A trap was set for Daniel. Daniel knew that he was going against the king’s decree. Daniel continued his normal three times per day by the window, just like normal. There is a good chance that this started at home with his parents. At the very least it isn’t something that Daniel had started a few weeks earlier. God saved Daniel from the lions.
    Core values are front and center in Daniel’s life. Everyone has core values. They may not be godly values, but it is important for us to have core values that are aligned with God’s values.
    What can we learn from Daniel?

    * Commitment to God involves faithfulness in little things. We don’t size things the way God does, we may see something as small, but God may see it as a big thing.
    * Core values can be instilled in our children at home. Parents you’re working yourselves out of a job. Teach your children well.
    * Be a person of prayer.
    * God is our judge. Ultimately we will stand before God. God is holy and just. He is also merciful and loving – Matthew 12:20

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    Bethel Mennonite Church clean 41:40
    Our Lives Are A Story - Who Is Your Author? - Delvin Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-lives-are-a-story-who-is-your-author/ Sun, 21 Jun 2020 16:18:08 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3724 https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-lives-are-a-story-who-is-your-author/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-lives-are-a-story-who-is-your-author/feed/ 0 <p>Are we making the efforts that God expects from serious believers? Are we doing the things that He thinks are important? When things fall apart, what are we left with? What is real when the nonessentials are stripped away? Life is a story. We are writing part of our story today! We have trouble, and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/our-lives-are-a-story-who-is-your-author/">Our Lives Are A Story – Who Is Your Author?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Are we making the efforts that God expects from serious believers? Are we doing the things that He thinks are important?

    When things fall apart, what are we left with? What is real when the nonessentials are stripped away?

    Life is a story. We are writing part of our story today!

    We have trouble, and we can get distracted by trouble. It can pull our attention away from things that are more important. I’d like to think more about the important things.

    Jesus is coming for us, whether it is in a whirlwind of fire, or a car wreck, or old age, or whatever… we need to be prepared for that, and that is the most important thing.

    Our story isn’t over yet! We don’t have to just wish the past was different, we can consider how our story is being written now and when we look back at it in the future what will our story be about today and in the coming weeks and months.

    Let’s let Jesus help write our stories.

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    Are we making the efforts that God expects from serious believers? Are we doing the things that He thinks are important? When things fall apart, what are we left with? What is real when the nonessentials are stripped away? Life is a story. When things fall apart, what are we left with? What is real when the nonessentials are stripped away?
    Life is a story. We are writing part of our story today!
    We have trouble, and we can get distracted by trouble. It can pull our attention away from things that are more important. I’d like to think more about the important things.
    Jesus is coming for us, whether it is in a whirlwind of fire, or a car wreck, or old age, or whatever… we need to be prepared for that, and that is the most important thing.
    Our story isn’t over yet! We don’t have to just wish the past was different, we can consider how our story is being written now and when we look back at it in the future what will our story be about today and in the coming weeks and months.
    Let’s let Jesus help write our stories.
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    Bethel Mennonite Church 26:01
    Worshiping the King of Glory - Leon Yoder https://www.bmcgladys.com/worshiping-the-king-of-glory/ Sun, 14 Jun 2020 16:14:49 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3722 https://www.bmcgladys.com/worshiping-the-king-of-glory/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/worshiping-the-king-of-glory/feed/ 0 <p>Psalm 24 – The world that we live in is in turmoil. The changes that have happened since the beginning of the year even is incredible. The Bible tells us that there is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God. We want to think about worshiping our King of Glory this […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/worshiping-the-king-of-glory/">Worshiping the King of Glory</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Psalm 24 – The world that we live in is in turmoil. The changes that have happened since the beginning of the year even is incredible. The Bible tells us that there is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God.

    We want to think about worshiping our King of Glory this morning. We’re talking about more than worshiping together or personal worship. We’re talking about an entire life lived for God.

    Hebrews 11:6 – God is real, and He is engaged in the goings-on in the world. Not just believing in God, but in a God who has a character of love and who cares about His creation.

    Romans 8:31 – There are rewards for those who diligently seek the Father. This is a serious earnestness, it is richly rewarded. Half-hearted, lazy seeking doesn’t result in this blessing.

    John 4 – It is the heart of the worshipper, the temple of the heart where this worship that is acceptable to God springs forth. Worship to the Father in spirit and in truth.

    Daniel – True worship moves us to action, to right choices and right living. Daniel and his friends were ordered to bow to the image that the king had set up. These three men said no, they were worshippers of the true God and would never bow to this image.

    James 1:7 – You are my friends if you do what I command you. Love God first, love our neighbors. True worship demands action. It’s not just head knowledge, but it involves a changed life.

    Matthew 10:40 – Service is part of worship, acceptable worship. He who receives you receives me. When we serve others, motivated by love, God rewards, and blesses. However, not all acts of service are done out of a heart of worship for God.

    Do we believe that God loves us? Do we believe that He will continue the good work in us?

    Jude 20 – A life of worship, building, praying, looking… keep yourselves in the love of God. In our building and our praying and our looking let us keep ourselves in the love of God.

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    Psalm 24 – The world that we live in is in turmoil. The changes that have happened since the beginning of the year even is incredible. The Bible tells us that there is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God. We want to think about worshiping our King of Glory this morning. We’re talking about more than worshiping together or personal worship. We’re talking about an entire life lived for God.
    Hebrews 11:6 – God is real, and He is engaged in the goings-on in the world. Not just believing in God, but in a God who has a character of love and who cares about His creation.
    Romans 8:31 – There are rewards for those who diligently seek the Father. This is a serious earnestness, it is richly rewarded. Half-hearted, lazy seeking doesn’t result in this blessing.
    John 4 – It is the heart of the worshipper, the temple of the heart where this worship that is acceptable to God springs forth. Worship to the Father in spirit and in truth.
    Daniel – True worship moves us to action, to right choices and right living. Daniel and his friends were ordered to bow to the image that the king had set up. These three men said no, they were worshippers of the true God and would never bow to this image.
    James 1:7 – You are my friends if you do what I command you. Love God first, love our neighbors. True worship demands action. It’s not just head knowledge, but it involves a changed life.
    Matthew 10:40 – Service is part of worship, acceptable worship. He who receives you receives me. When we serve others, motivated by love, God rewards, and blesses. However, not all acts of service are done out of a heart of worship for God.
    Do we believe that God loves us? Do we believe that He will continue the good work in us?
    Jude 20 – A life of worship, building, praying, looking… keep yourselves in the love of God. In our building and our praying and our looking let us keep ourselves in the love of God.
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    Bethel Mennonite Church 51:11
    The Authority of Jesus - Ricky Bowman https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-authority-of-jesus/ Sun, 07 Jun 2020 12:56:50 +0000 https://bmcgladys.com/?p=3719 https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-authority-of-jesus/#respond https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-authority-of-jesus/feed/ 0 <p>Texts: Matthew 8; Matthew 9:1-8 Other Texts: Matthew 7:28; Matthew 28; Romans 8:31-39; 2 Peter 1:3 What is authority? A definition might be ‘the power to command obedience or the right to control something or someone’. Without authority, it is hard to command anyone to do anything. What gave Jesus His authority? Jesus knew what […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com/the-authority-of-jesus/">The Authority of Jesus</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.bmcgladys.com">Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA</a>.</p> Texts: Matthew 8; Matthew 9:1-8
    Other Texts: Matthew 7:28; Matthew 28; Romans 8:31-39; 2 Peter 1:3

    What is authority? A definition might be ‘the power to command obedience or the right to control something or someone’. Without authority, it is hard to command anyone to do anything.

    What gave Jesus His authority? Jesus knew what he was talking about. He taught with authority. His approval came from God, not from men.

    Five encounters with Jesus:

    Matthew 8:1-4

    The leper had no question about Jesus’ ability to heal him. It’s also interesting that Jesus wanted Him to go to the priest. Even though Jesus was a far greater authority than the priest he still followed the normal routine and honored them.

    Matthew 8:5-13

    We know that the centurion was a very important man. He could well have felt that he deserved some help from Jesus, but that’s not his attitude at all. He doesn’t feel worthy for Jesus to even enter his house. He recognized Jesus’ authority over sickness.

    Because of this man