April 8

Last Sunday was Founder’s Day with Dr. Ed Nelson as our keynote speaker!

We were so delighted to welcome back to our pulpit, Dr. Ed Nelson who was the founder of Bethel Baptist.  He is 94 years young now & as vibrant as ever.  J  Although he is not as physically strong as he used to be, he is spiritually resplendent & was a delight to all that heard him preach yesterday!  His excellent message from II Peter 1 on “These Things” was a classic indeed.  Decisions were received, lives were changed, & God was glorified.  PTL for such an excellent day in the Lord for all of us in attendance.

The morning serviced had a good attendance.  A couple who visited LAST Sunday to hear Dr. Nelson came back & were not short changed in the least!  We enjoyed hosting Shining Light Baptist Church in the evening service with their wonderful pastor, Greg Dawson.  Mrs. Dawson graced us with a special vocal solo of “Settled at the Cross” accompanied by a piano player from SLBC.  It was outstanding.  Shining Light is a church plant that was initiated by Dr Nelson when he pastored here.  He sent Pastor Dawson & some families from Bethel.  That church is autonomous now, has their own property, & is being used of God in a great way!  So it was a victory service in many ways & a royal blessing to all in attendance.  (I wish you were here for it!)  

The morning service had a good strong attendance too.  Our choir sang “I Will Glorify.”  They had good dynamics, but the balance in sound was not as good as usual.  Still, our hearts were blessed indeed.  The offertory was an instrumental  orchestral arrangement of “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.”  The strong string section joined by the brass sound was delightful as they joined in melodies to remind us of trust in the Lord.  Dr. Nelson preached from Psalm 2 on “God Is in Charge.”  He quoted a few of his famous poems that both stirred our hearts & humored our souls.  It was a wonderful time in the Lord for sure!

In both services after the final amen, he was swamped by friends who wanted to see him again & folks who wanted to meet the great man of God.  His humble way & enigmatic demeanor caused people to want to just be near him.  I was so honored to take him & his son, David to lunch & have some private moments with him also.  Someone said that he reminded them of Moses in the OT.  It may have been his full shock of white hair that reminded them of Moses, but truly he has been a faithful servant & a leader for God all his adult life.

So there you have it from Bethel yesterday.  It was a special day for all of us.  You should have been here.  We would to love to have had you with us.  I know that you would have been blessed clean down to your gizzard too.  PTL!