Bethel Baptist Church

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

The Beacon

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.”
—Jim Davis

Christ is not only a remedy for your weariness and trouble, but he will give you an abundance of the contrary, joy and delight. They who come to Christ do not only come to a resting place after they have been wandering in a wilderness, but they come to a banqueting house where they may rest, and where they may feast. They may cease from their former troubles and toils, and they may enter upon a course of delights and spiritual joys.

—Jonathan Edwards

Thank you, veterans!

On Veterans Day, we honor men and women who’ve served and sacrificed in one of America’s armed services.

On November 11, 1918, America and her allies signed a truce with German leaders, ending World War I. In 1919, President Wilson decided the United States should remember with gratitude the end of that war and honor military members by marking Armistice Day, or “truce” day. In 1954, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day, honoring veterans of every era.

Veterans Day highlights our country’s quest for peace, justice and freedom throughout the world. Followers of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, pray for unity among all nations and for the day when “nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4, NIV).

lessons from the suffering of John Bunyan

Beginning in November the next book the men of our church will study (and anyone else who wants a book) will be The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. The Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory describing the journey of a man ("Christian") from this world to heaven, including his conversion and the obstacles and trials he encounters on his way to the "Celestial City." This book, written almost 350 years ago, has been described as "the widest circulating single piece of literature in the history of the human race outside the Bible" and has been translated into over 200 languages. Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892), the great London pastor, is said to have read Pilgrim’s Progress through at least once every year. The book was written during Bunyan's twelve-year stay in a jail in England.

John Bunyan (1628-1688) was a Baptist Puritan pastor in Bedford, England during a time when the English government was intolerant of worship practices outside the established Church of England. The Act of Uniformity in 1662 required strict adherence to Church of England doctrines and the Common Book of Prayer and, as a result of dissent, 2,000 Puritan pastors and teachers were forced out of their positions. During this period, from 1660 to 1672, Bunyan was imprisoned for his unwillingness to conform to corrupt church practices and doctrines. He was 32 when he entered prison, with a pregnant wife and four children under the age of 10 at home. His first wife had died one year earlier. His oldest child, daughter Mary, had been born blind. His second wife, Margaret, miscarried during Bunyan’s first year in prison. He would spend 11 more years away from his family.

TINE & JAN HARDEMAN OC International
Faith Academy
P.O. Box 2016 M.C.P.O.
0706 Makati City, M.M. - Philippines
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What does a Sports Chaplain do in summer? Many times, we travel to visit our partners in this venture. Along the way, we see family and other friends. We love to bring them up to date concerning our ministry and the Philippines. But what about when we don’t travel and we stay at home?

This summer has been a wonderful time for Jan and me to catch up on our reading. What have we read? Our first book, No Time for Tombstones, was about a family who ministered to primitive tribes in Vietnam. They sent their daughter to Faith Academy in the Philippines for school. Her father lost his life in the Communist invasion.

Interwoven was about three families who ministered in the Philippines: the Goehrings, the DeVries, and the Eborsoles. The DeVries family was here during the war with Japan and was taken as prisoners of war. Gene was scheduled to be executed, but American forces arrived just in time to prevent it. Six of their children came to Faith Academy. Tine had several of them in class and on teams.

Up the Notched-Log Ladder was about a family that served in Indonesia. The Mouws did an amazing work with the Dyaks of Borneo. Bod truly blessed their ministry. This story was written by one of my Westmont friends, Siddy Mouw. I had dated her a few times. I must say that knowing Siddy and hearing of her struggles as a missionary kid was the beginning of God’s work in my life, leading me to spend 60-plus years as a teacher, providing a place for missionary kids to get an education while their parents are doing missionary work out in the Province. Thanks, Siddy.

And thank you to all of you who support us and pray for us.

Tine and Jan


If Psalms, the prayer book, is the most popular volume of the Old Testament, Leviticus, with its shadow-pictures of Christ, is the least read. Jews have not made these offerings since the Temple’s destruction by the Romans in 70 A.D., and we wonder if they will ever regain the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and reinstate the sacrificial system. Psalms is the Temple’s songbook, while Leviticus gives rules for the daily sacrifices, yearly feasts, and regular work of the priests. When Christ said, “It Is Finished!”, He completely fulfilled Leviticus, as explained in Hebrews. But today, we find enormous teaching value in Leviticus, because it better helps us to understand the sufferings of the Lamb of God.

The law of the whole burnt offering requires that the entire lamb, goat or bull is consumed by fire upon the brazen altar located in the court of the Tabernacle. It must be a male without blemish, and its skin is kept by the priests for their support. The atoning blood is caught in a bowl by the priest and sprinkled at the base of the altar. Just as the Jews did long ago, I stretch out both arms and lay hands on the head of Christ. With confession of sins, this is a transfer of my guilt to the innocent LAMB. Christ, who knew no sin, becomes sin for me! Christ is accepted by God, to make atonement, or a cover for my sins so that God’s holy eyes do not even see them. “He shall kill”, means that my sins killed Jesus, and that the Innocent had to die for the guilty. In trusting Him, I yield my life to Christ, and serve, not sin, but Him only. His one sacrifice is like a sweet aroma, well-pleasing to the Father. There is no space to brag about my self-righteousness, because salvation is all from the Lord.

For several years I have read the Bible through twice in 12 months. It is a great and powerful tree, each word of which is a mighty branch. Each of these branches have I well shaken, so desirous was I to know what each one bore and what it would give me. And the shaking of them has never disappointed me.

—Martin Luther

Minister to your ministers

In honor of Pastor Appreciation Month, use these alphabetical reminders of how to treat your pastors:

Accept them as people.
Build them up. Say “thank you.”
Communicate with them.
Defend them when someone tries to run them down.
Entertain them. They like to have fun, too!
Family. Allow them to have a family life.
Genuine. Be honest with them. Be yourself around them.
Honor them. Don’t put them on a pedestal, but respect them.
Income. Pay them enough so money isn’t a concern.
Judge not! Avoid being critical.
Kind. Treat pastors as you want to be treated.
Love. See 1 Corinthians 13.
Maintain. Their families have the same needs as other families.
Nurture. Help them grow in grace.
Offer to help. The list of things you can do is endless.
Pray for them. Lift up their names to God daily.
Quelch not. Encourage instead!
Rejoice in and with them.
Surprise them — in little and big ways.
Trust them. Believe in them.
Understand them. Put yourself in their place.
Vacation. They need time away.
Welcome them into your home. Don’t wait for an invitation.
eXpend yourself, not them.
Yoke. Help them bear their burdens with grace and dignity.
Zap all gossip!

Faithful Christian, seek the truth, hear the truth, learn the truth, love the truth, speak the truth, adhere to the truth, defend the truth to death; for truth will make you free from sin, the devil, the death of the soul and finally from eternal death. —John Hus (1369-1415)