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

"Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son but the Father alone. (Matthew 24:35-36, NAS) In contrast, Colossians 1:13-16 says, "His dear Son... Who is the image of the invisible God... For by Him were all things created." Many times Christ claims to be the Creator God. "I and My Father are one." (John 1:30 Omniscience, is an attribute of Christ, our God, which means that He has all knowledge.

WEDNESDAY, October 3, 2012
6:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Inside-Out Night

Pastor Appreciation
Sunday, October 21 2012

You are all invited to show your appreciation for our pastors' whole-hearted dedication to the ministry by joining us at our annual Pastor Appreciation covered dish dinner on Sunday, October 21, immediately following the morning service.

Make plans now to participate as we express our appreciation to Pastor Cosand and Pastor Beaman. All members and friends of Bethel Baptist Church are invited to rejoice with us in marking the occasion. Indicate your plan to attend using the sheet posted on the church bulletin board or call the church office. The main dish and dessert will be provided, and you're invited to bring your favorite hot or cold side dish or salad.

I decided to write an entire Beacon article on Satan, not because it is an interesting subject, but because we must learn to be wise about him. And even a study of Satan can be glorifying to God. To see the evil of the devil only serves to remind us that God is holy and good. To see the lies of Satan reminds us that God will never lie to us. To see the limitations of Satan reminds us that God is sovereign. To see the condemnation of Satan reminds us that God is just. To see how Satan is ultimately frustrated in his work reminds us that God is almighty. I attempt to do two things in this article: 1) to describe Satan so we will know and recognize our enemy and how he works; 2) to magnify God, as we see Him in stark contrast to Satan who is an evil liar.

To start with, let us remember that Satan is a real being. This is especially important to consider because in our culture Satan is fodder for humor on television and in movies. The effect of that foolish view of him is that many people do not take him seriously or even believe he exists. 2 Peter 2:10,11 says that only the foolish have no healthy respect for these angelic forces of evil. In a war, you cannot be glib about your enemy or else he will destroy you before you know what happened. And make no mistake about it, Satan is our enemy.

The following is a short story I wrote last year, focusing on our need to hold fast to our faith in God and His providential care over our lives. SB

As his strong young hands gripped the rope supporting himself and his sister above the little cave on the mountainside, Abijah thought about how things had gotten really bad. One sign of that truth was Abigail's crying a few nights ago.

Ma and Pa had named the kids carefully and Abby's name fit her to a "T." Pa always said that Abigail meant "source of joy," and everybody knew that Abby was a joyful little spirit, and her laugh brought a smile to the hardest of folks.