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

Odds & Ends: September 2017

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.
—Nathaniel Hawthorne

Back-to-school humor

  • Summer is over. Time to officially remember what day of the week it is!
  • “Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.” (Bill Dodds)
  • Receiving new textbooks, one student to another: “Psst. How do you turn this thing on?”
  • Parent: “What did you learn today?” Kindergartner: “Not enough. I have to go back tomorrow.”

A prayer for perspective

A prayer written for use during the Jewish New Year (September 30-October 1) is pertinent for Christians, too:
Eternal God! Grant us gratitude enough to look
backward and be thankful;
courage enough to look forward and be hopeful;
faith enough to look upward and be humble;
kindness enough to look outward and be helpful.

Was that a compliment?

After a worship service, a pastor was greeting people at the front door. A woman shook his hand vigorously and said, “That was a very helpful sermon. You know, you ought to have your sermons put in a book.” “Thank you!” answered the pastor. “Maybe my wife will have some of them published after I’m dead.” “Well,” responded the elderly saint, “the sooner the better.”

Perfect peace

Peace is Christ’s distinctive gift — not money, not worldly ease, not temporal prosperity. These are at best very questionable possessions. They often do more harm than good to the soul. They act as clogs and weights to our spiritual life.

Inward peace of conscience, arising from a sense of pardoned sin and reconciliation with God, is a far greater blessing. This peace is the property of all believers, whether high or low, rich or poor.

—J.C. Ryle

To worship is to sing

The worshiper who sings ... drinks more deeply of the message of the hymns. The gospel as found in our hymns is the same as that in the Scriptures.
The worshiper who sings ... becomes more deeply involved in the service; less of a spectator and more of a participant.
The worshiper who sings ... draws more closely to those who worship with him.
The worshiper who sings ... expresses faith by lifting his or her voice in praise to God.
The worshiper who sings ... upholds the service, making it finer and richer for fellow worshipers, the pastor, the church and God.

“Use what talent you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those who sang best.”
—Henry Van Dyke

"Our walk counts far more than our talk, always!"
—George Mueller

A powerful weapon

Satan dreads nothing but prayer. His one concern is to keep the saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, he mocks our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.

—Samuel Chadwick