MARCH THEME: ARE YOU ON THE RIGHT PATH?

Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in; hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. —Psalm 107:4-7

Even when we believe, we often wander in desert wastes, trying to find the path on which God wants us. Anyone who thinks that he controls and successfully builds his life is prideful. A Christian knows that it is the Lord that controls and builds lives and that the greatest need one has is dependence on God. When we depend fully on God, it is then that we develop a relationship with Him that helps us to find the path He has set for us. That is a result of faith!

We know that following the path is not easy. There will be twists, turns and obstacles. In places, the fog will be thick and obscure the way. There will be attractive diversions that we will want to take. The obstacles and difficulties refine and strengthen our spirits! If we ultimately follow the path, it is the single instance in which the end justifies the means! Find the pot of gold at the end of the path!

DESKTOP WORSHIP IS NOT AVAILABLE TODAY

Due to technical difficulties, desktop worship could not be posted today. We apologize. Please watch an older one available on the church website, on You Tube at Bethany Christian Church, Arapahoe, on the church Facebook page or on Torrie’s Facebook page. Happy Valentine’s Day!

FEBRUARY THEME: GOD LOVES A BROKEN HEART

God loves a broken heart!

 “My first heart break came early in life, and Noah was not even aware of how his actions hurt me. You may have experienced the same feeling of rejection from a simple note with a simple question. “do you love me, check yes or no and return to me”. I waited anxiously for his reply and was not prepared for the box checked “NO” on that plain piece of paper.

I did recover from my grammar school heartache to only experience more of the same much later in life as I imagine you have also. I believe we all find our own way to deal with pain and hopefully it is a path that brings healing through the love of Christ.

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.—Psalm 34:17-18

Everyone probably has had the experience. similar to that of the writer of the first two paragraphs, of having his or her heart broken. The broken heart may be from loss of a friend, a family member, loss of a job, estrangement from a spouse or loss of a competition. There are many things that can break our hearts. The scripture says, God loves a broken heart! Why? Because we tend to ignore God when things are going well for us.

However, when our hearts are broken, our egos are severely bruised, or we experience pain from a loss and our hearts become contrite. God can begin to heal a broken heart when it is a contrite heart! That is when the doors to our souls are open to God and He can come in. We must be ready to receive God. Unfortunately, many people with broken hearts do not turn to God; instead, they turn to bitterness, drugs, rage and the like. But if they turn to God and ask Him for help, they are on the right path to healing!

So, we must acknowledge our troubles and pain, and pray to God for solace. That act of contrition is the first step. Then, when we have asked God for help, he will hear us: The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

JANUARY ’21 THEME IS: MEET GOD IN THE MORNING

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. —Psalm 143:8

Thank goodness 2020 has moved on to a new year! We as individuals, families, and communities have faced tough and trying times that have tested our faith in our everyday lives. The culprits of Covid-19, the shutdown of our schools and businesses, the introduction of the  “mask”, the decided/undecided election outcomes have taken us for a wild ride. Our emotions have been on a rollercoaster ride. We are all hoping for a smoother 2021! Maybe a little less change would be refreshing.

Pavilion, Airlee Gardens, Wilmington.

What better for our lives than to spend more time with God. Try meeting Him every morning in some way. Locate a meeting spot (a comfortable chair, dining room table, a bench outside in the beauty of the morning), bring the essentials (Bible, pen and writing pad for notes), and lastly an open mind and heart. “Good Morning God I am here”.

One can meet God in many ways. To really know Him, though, one must read His word. From Genesis, when we first meet Him as the creator of all, to the gospels, where we meet Him as the savior of all, to Revelation, where we meet Him as the Perfector, we learn about Him and what He wants from us and for us. Reading His word is much like meeting Him in reality—and what we get from reading empowers us as much as it informs us. It is a large part of building a relationship with Him. Reading God’s word can lift weights from your shoulders and inspire you to do His will.

Knowledge is power and reading God’s word imbues one with great power—power to avoid worry and anxiety, and power to travel on the road God wants you to. God loves us and wants us to meet Him and know Him. Read His word, talk to Him in quiet places, pray to Him and thank Him, Meet God every morning: Be with God as He is with you!