Joyous greetings from everyone at Bethel Baptist!

I hope you had a great weekend at your end of the world.  Ours was quite pleasant here in the SW desert.  PTL from Whom all blessings flow.  I was meditating this morning on God’s Omniscience, Omnipotence, & Omnipresence.  Is He not amazing?  As I pondered Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart & lean not unto thy own understanding ….”  I thought about how trustworthy our God is.  We can trust Him because of His qualities just mentioned and ALL of His other divine qualities which makes Him the Almighty God.  He is Something Else!  But I further thought about trust in Him.  The beginning of trust is focus.  If I am not focused on Him, I cannot fully trust Him.  Therefore if I am focusing on circumstances, people, or anything other than the Lord, my trust is skewed.  And that is what this proverb is saying: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart & lean not to thine own understanding ….”  It is so easy for me to get distracted from Him to the difficulties of the day.  But as I was reminded of the Spirit today, my job is to stay focused on the LORD.  His promise is that He will direct my path as I do just that.  Wow!

Yesterday here at Bethel that attendance was up a bit.  J  We were privileged to have Missionaries George & Lexie Binoka who are on deputation to Kenya, Africa.  They were a blessing to us all especially in the evening service.  The Missions Committee met with them before the evening service in an intimate meeting to get to know them better.  Their testimonies in the evening service were electrifying to us all.  To Hear of God’s grace in their lives & to where He has brought them was stirring indeed!  

The AM service had excellent music from our church musicians that truly set the tone for the day.  The choir was good as they sang, “None Like You,” but when they broke into four part harmony, it was delightfully sounding!  And the accompaniment on the piano by Mrs. Blewett was perfect.  Our hearts were blessed by the choir performance indeed.  But that was not all of the good music in the AM!  Pastor Seth accompanied on the piano for Autumn who played an amazing trumpet solo of “Be Thou my Vision.”  The strong brass sound was good, but when she kicked it into high gear, it was incredible!  Wow.  But there was even more fine music to follow.  Mrs. Lexie Binoka sang, “Hark the Voice of Jesus Calling.”  Her bright vibrant smile with her clear solo voice radiates to the words, “Here am I, Lord, Send me.”  Pastor Seth accompanied her on the piano & again we were stirred & thrilled by the musical message in song.

I then preached from Acts 2 on “Change & the Will of God.”  BIG changes from God were instituted in Acts chapter two.  I followed how God brought them into being & drew the comparison to the worship wars in our churches today across the land.  God brought change through prophesy, specific time & circumstances & then He verified the changes by fulfilled Scriptural prophesy & finally vindicated His changes by transformational revival.  It was a contemporary message to the church today that raised pertinent, penetrating questions to ponder in lieu of God’s Word.  I think folks were thinking a lot about what many churches are doing these days & why Bethel does what we do & why we do not do some things.  Hmm, I would say it was a thought-provoking message.

So there you have it from Tucson.  It was a wonderful day in the Lord.  And I hope it was likewise where you were too.  Have a great week, folks!

Pastor S.