Bethel Baptist Church

"For from Him and to Him and through Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen." Romans 11:36

Bulletin: Week of June 24

Morning Worship Service
Sunday, June 24, 2018

Scripture Reading
Philippians 2:19-30

Sermon
Dr. Cosand
TWO EXAMPLES  -  servant and sacrifice

Verse for the Week

1 Corinthians 10:31

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Daily Scripture Reading

June 24 Mark 13-14
June 25 Mark 15-16
June 26 Luke 1-2
June 27 Luke 3-4
June 28 Luke 5-6
June 29 Luke 7-8
June 30 Luke 9-10

Missions Update

Stephen & Ginger Jordan
Ethnos 360
Philippines

Last week, E., one of our church leaders, passed away. The physical battle at the end of his life was hard as his body gave into the cancer. However, the spiritual battle that followed for his wife and his daughter (the only believers in his family) has been fierce. All the other family members (unbelievers) insisted upon a traditional funeral for E. There was little his wife could do as she was overwhelmingly outnumbered. The day arrived on June 20 for E’s funeral. Obviously, his wife and daughter, and all the believers were disappointed in the way the funeral was to take place. The extended family did as they wanted. Then E’s body was taken to the cemetery where things were still done according to tradition.

I and most of the believers watched from a distance. As the casket was being closed and about to be placed into the grave, I saw his wife say something to her daughter. The daughter then immediately came out of the cemetery and walked right up to me. She expressed that her mother wanted me to come in. I did so, followed by several of the believers. At that moment, her mother did something I have never seen before in this culture. She stopped the burial. And then she just looked at me. I took just a few minutes to share the truth that E’s soul is already in heaven because of his faith in Jesus. Then another believer read a passage from the Bible and prayed.

It doesn’t really sound like much as I type these words. However, in the end, by her actions, the wife didn’t allow tradition to have the last word. She honored her husband’s faith and the Lord, and Truth had that last word. With E’s burial, it would be nice to say the battle is over for the believers in this village, and especially for his wife and daughter. But we are sure more heartaches and attacks will come. Please pray for us, the believers, and especially for his wife and daughter. Please pray that, through their courageous stand and testimony, others will come to know Jesus as their Savior. Thank you very much.