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

Vacation Bible School
VBS is just around the corner - June 18-22. This year's school will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. for children starting Kindergarten through eighth grade in he fall. A brief, but important organizational meeting will be held on Sunday, May 20 after the evening service. If you cannot attend this meeting, please let Judy Landenberger know before May 20. Please pray for VBS and those who will be helping this year.


Nothing Like a Good Cup of Coffee
One morning, a grandmother was surprised to find that her 7-year old grandson had made her coffee! Smiling, she choked down the worst cup of her life. When she finished, she found three little green Army men at the bottom. Puzzled, she asked, "Honey, what are these Army men doing in my coffee?" Her grandson answered, "Like it says on TV, Grandma. 'The best part of waking up is soldiers in your cup.'"

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
'If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.'

2. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
'If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!'

3. My mother taught me LOGIC.
'Because I said so, that's why.'

4. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
'If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me.'

Rick and Connie Stomps - Awana Clubs International

We are grateful for our salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ and the Awana ministry He called us to over 27 years ago! This has been a great year . . . busy, but great! We want to "Bless the Lord . . . and forget not all His benefits." Psalm 103:2

The year has been packed with club visits and Awana activities. While each event requires a great amount of time to plan and execute, we praise God for the harvest of souls! This could not be done alone. Our Ministry Team makes everything look easy. They help our ministry move forward.

James 5:1-20

James 5:1-6: It is sad to see anyone weep, but the Lord is telling the selfish rich to cry, groan, howl and lament as they face the miseries of impending judgment. "Your gold and silver is rusted; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you." The dazzling brilliance of treasures, uninvested in the Bank of Heaven, can never satisfy the empty' souls's need for it's God, Jesus Christ. Tear stains on the hoarded treasures, come from workers whom the rich boss has cheated out of their pay. Cries of the poor have reached the Almighty Commander of heaven's armies, and even now he is gathering gold-rust and blood of the innocent, for condemning evidences at the Judgment Day trial. "You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy . . . on his day you shall give him his wages, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor and sets his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the Lord, and it be sin unto thee" (Deuteronomy 24:14-16). Pleasures and luxuries, self-fatten rich hearts for the day of slaughter (Luke 16:19,25, Job 21:13).

Probably, all of us are much like the Apostle Peter. In the midst of the storm he ventured out of the boat, to walk on water with Jesus, only to take his eyes off the Lord and begin to sink. Our focus on Heaven probably isn’t a constant, it probably wavers as well.

When you listen to the news, or hear stories about all the violence, evil, and horror that is life on Planet Earth, if you are like me, you long for Heaven. Hearing news about a fellow believer that has fallen into sin, or a marriage breaking up, or getting a glimpse of our own sinfulness can bring the promises of Heaven to mind.