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

The Beacon

Did God plan my marriage, my home, and my family?

Looking back over many years of happy married life, I wonder what part was purely accidental and which part was the Providence of God. Was it by chance that I found my wonderful life partner, had 2 godly children and established a Christ-centered, heaven-like home here on earth?

Was it an accident that brought Rebecca to the well to welcome Abraham’s servant which led to her marriage to Isaac? (Gen. 24) Was it by chance that Ruth met Boaz? (Ruth 2) Was my wife specially created as Eve was skillfully made for Adam? (Gen. 2:21-25) Think of the meaning that Christ has given to my marriage as He works out His will in my family! Think of the importance of Christian marriage in God’s great Master Plan. Was it by luck that Joseph met Mary? No. Our marriages are not controlled by chance or blind fate, but by God working out His plan in Christ for us. “All things work together and are (fitting into a plan) for good to those who love God and are called according to (His) design and purpose” (Rom. 8:28, Amplified).

Author Steve Farrar encourages Christian fathers to be spiritual submarines under the surface of their children’s lives. “Through your prayers you have the ability to affect situations where you are not physically present,” he writes in Standing Tall. “You may be undetected, but that does not mean that you are ineffective.”

A man who puts on the armor of God and goes to war on his knees for his children is a force to be reckoned with, Farrar adds. “When it comes to battle … understand that you have been given awesomely powerful weapons.”

Parents of children 8-12 years old, who are interested in their child attending a one-hour weekly catechism class taught by Pastor Cosand, are asked to contact him.  

Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. beginning Tuesday, June 20 and ending August 22.  Parents are welcome to attend. Catechism booklets and schedules are available on the usher’s table in the foyer. 

Every summer Wednesday evening, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.,  children from age three (potty trained) through sixth grade will learn Godly character using Bible stories, observations of God’s creatures in nature, and personal application during craft time.

Each week's lesson will focus on a different character quality, for example, creativity, gratefulness, attentiveness, and so forth.  In addition, older students will act out a Bible story and share a brief gym or outdoor time. 

Teens are invited to the concurrent youth activity. There is no charge for Character Club.  Please direct any questions to Carol Hackleman.

THE SHIELD OF FAITH
meditation on Ephesians 6:16

Ephesians 6 describes the Christian life as a life of battling against the enemy. It is a symbolic picture of the often-neglected reality of the life of a Christian, namely that every Christian, of every age, is at war. This passage calls on us to take off our rose-colored glasses and see that we are in a life and death struggle. Satan is described in the Bible as wanting to sift us like wheat (Lk 22:31). He is compared to a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour (1 Pet 5:8).

This passage in Ephesians reminds us that the battle belongs, ultimately, to the Lord. It is His war. We fight because we have joined His army, but the war is, fundamentally, between God and Satan. The battle is personal to us because we are being attacked and we must fight, but it is not our private war. It is God’s war. This is a great encouragement to us. Our leader in this war is Almighty God and He never loses. He will not lose this struggle. He cannot lose this struggle. He is the omnipotent God and so we live our lives with overwhelming confidence that even though we have many struggles with our sin and with Satan, victory will ultimately be ours.