I want to take you on a journey with me to Israel. I have to admit the history was fascinating, I could not imagine I was in some of the places Jesus walked, performed miracles, taught with authority, wept over Jerusalem, the place where he was arrested, imprisoned for the night, beaten, crucified, buried, and resurrected. WOW!
I cannot begin to tell you how this trip had opened my eyes to a deeper yearning for the spirit of God. I was able to sit back and just watch God show me things through the scripture. They were jumping right off the pages piercing my heart as I read every word. While observing my heart I did not like what I saw. I saw how much I had missed the mark. I saw how far I have drifted from just sitting at his feet worshipping him for who He is, I have been complacent and comfortable in my walk with the Lord. I have allowed business and works to interfere with my first love. I was like the church of Ephesus in Revelation 2: 1-7 ?I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; and you have perseverance and have endured for my name?s sake, and have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of it?s place-unless you repent!? I know you probably think Ray your being to hard on yourself. NO! I am just being honest; it is the beginning of healing for my soul, and restoration to a lost relationship. Jesus is no respecter of man; our sins will find us out. And by no means is it the fault of the Church, we have some of the most incredible leaders at BCC; they have set it up to where we as your pastors get poured into 2 times a week, and take enough time off for our families. I am blessed to have leaders who know what is important and healthy for us. This is a matter of the heart, our own personal hearts. We have to always take a look at what is in the inside and make adjustments when necessary. I hope and pray that you will be opened to evaluate your heart this morning as God has sent a saint to hear from Him to deliver a message to His people. As it says in Revelation 2:7 ?He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the church.? Let us pray.
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Ray and Herman are just back from their trip to Israel. It was a life-changing trip for both of the guys and for the next two Sundays they will be sharing with us in morning worship about the trip. I hope you will invite your friends to come and hear Ray speak this Sunday.
We are looking into planning a trip to Israel next Spring. If you would like to know more about the trip then please let us know so that we can include you in our mailings once the final itinerary and costs are determined.
We have come to the 21st chapter of the Apocalypse. I want to call this study, ?A Longing Fulfilled.? There is a longing in the human heart for something more, something better than what we are experiencing in this life. I see evidence of this everywhere I look today. We hear reports on the news about the number of folks who suffer from depression. I know that there are medical reasons why people suffer this horrible malady, but I will tell you that much of our depression and discouragement with life is because we know there has to be something more than what we are presently experiencing. I visit with people on a weekly basis that are in a crisis situation of some kind. They are not content in their quagmire because they feel in their heart that what they are experiencing is not the norm, there has to be something better out there somewhere. Each of us has friends who have gone through a divorce; some of us have experienced the nightmare of divorce ourselves? Why? Because what we experienced was not what we thought it would be. People get disappointed with their mate, their relationship, and they choose to end it.
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The task of raising children requires great vision, faith, and great perseverance on behalf of parents. There is no other task in all the world which demands such great day-to-day concentration, discipline, and selflessness with so few instant rewards. Moms, let?s face it, no matter how much time you give to your children, no matter how focused you are on being ?Mom Of The Year,? there are few times in their early years, while they are still living under your roof, that your children will rise up and ?call you blessed.? If you think I?m being pessimistic then just ask yourself, when was the last time your child said, ?Mom, I don?t see how you do it. You work all day to help provide for our family then you come home and work so hard at making me feel so important. I really love you mom.? ?Mom, you will never know how much I marvel at your selflessness. I know you are a brilliant woman, but for my sake you have chosen to stay home to be with me, to devote yourself to preparing me for life.? ?You know dad and I appreciate the way you limit yourself at work so that you can be here with me in the evening. I appreciate the way you make me feel special by wanting to spend time with me instead of your friends.? ?Sit down mom and dad, I want to honor you by praising you for what you do for me.? If your children have ever graced you with any of those words, or words along those lines, then you are truly blessed because that is not the norm, it is the exception.
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Hello all my?brothers and sisters!- Shalom
I wanted to let everybody know that the days are going by quickly and? I am awed more and more each day. We have spent the last two days here in Jerusalem and have had the opportunity to walk in some places I could only imagine. Even in my sanctified imagination, I could have never imagined what I would behold here in the Holy Land.?I want to take you all with me to May 7, 2007. We left the hotel in Tiberias and journeyed south toward Jerusalem. On the way we stopped in the desert region just southeast of Jerusalem. In the picture you will see me standing atop a mountain overlooking a valley.
It is believed that this valley is the very valley David was in when he wrote the 23 Psalms. This is a very familiar passage to all of you I am sure. I have read it time and time again in my life, but to stand atop that mountain and look out over the valley was truly amazing.? As we stood atop this mountain we recited this Psalm. You can see the trees in the lower portion of the valley, that follow the stream. The journey through the valley was first of all hot, so David definitely needed some high quality H2O (He leadeth me beside the still waters). Not only that there are hills to each side, which would make you an easy target( even though I walk through the valley…)?”David says I will not fear for though art with me.”? The Lord was with David in the valley and He will be with you in your valleys of life as well. All you have to do is trust Him and know “Thou art with me.” David rested in the comfort of the Lord. Brothers and sisters you have to rest in the assurance that the Lord that the Lord will provide the protection. Wherever He is leading you, He will be with you all the way.
The second picture shows me stop the mountain pointing toward Jerusalem. Even on this desert mountain we were still headed up to Jerusalem. Or journeying on up to Zion if you will. The city that sits on a hill. I have to close for now and will send out more later. Look at the pictures and read through the Psalm and let the Lord minister to your heart. I am praying for each of you!
Because He Lives,
????????? How many of you have ever been in a courtroom and watched the proceedings of the court?? As the Judge enters the courtroom the called is raised, ?All rise.?? The docket is read; roll call takes place as those present acknowledge their presence. Then each person on the docket approaches the bench one-by-one to be read the charge against them. The defendant then has the opportunity to plead ?guilty? or ?innocent.?? The Judge hears the evidence and renders his or her decision based on the facts of the case. If the decision is that the defendant is guilty then the Judge must pick a punishment that fits the crime. Oftentimes the guilty party will appeal the case and try to get off.
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Free Fingerprinting, Photo?and ID Booklet for all children ages 2-12!
During the 10:45 am service, all children are invited to join us upstairs for Safety Day!? Officer Kim Luther will talk to our children about safety!? Kids will watch a fun and helpful Stranger Danger video!? Kids will also receive coloring books, stickers, pencils and more!?
Parents, your participation is needed after the second service concludes… simply come upstairs to complete the CHILD ID Booklet and to receive?other important?information on your child.
You don’t want to miss this!? Questions?? Contact Kristin Von Feldt at email@example.com.
Good Morning Everyone,
I wanted to ask you to keep our Associate Pastor, Herman Stevenson, and our Youth Pastor, Ray Arechiga, in your prayers as they land in Israel for 18 days of walking, studying, and praying where Jesus ministered so long ago. I was so blessed to be able to make this trip last year and it literally changed my life. I have been so excited about Ray and Herman being able to make this trip since I found out that they would be going.
I also want to encourage you to check our website often as Ray and Herman post entries about what they are doing while in Israel. It was such a blessing for me to be able to send back pictures and entries each day last year to keep you up on what I was doing. You might want to go back and check out my entries from last year. Last of all, keep Ray and Herman’s families in your prayers as Dana and Sylvia are left to carry out all of the responsibilities of family while their husbands are gone.