This Sunday October 23, 2021

Branding and marketing is a powerful tool in today’s market place. Some names bear great significance to the person or product bearing the name. Today a name may simply be an acronym for a product, or the initials of the official or legal or corporate name.  Sometimes an acronym becomes the public name simply because the official name is too long and complex to use for every identification.  Not so with the names of God.  Each of God’s names reflects the relationship He had with His people in their time of crisis.

Sunday I’m beginning a series on the names of God.  There are 13 distinct names of God given us in the Old Testament.  In the days ahead we’ll look at the circumstances of the crisis and the way God met their need in that circumstance.

God knows who we are, what we’re going through and how to bring encouragement in our time of trouble. This is exciting.  I hope you’ll join me as we watch the ways and times God revealed himself to Abraham and Moses and others that are recorded for us.

Sunday’s theme is “The Revelation of His Name”. Isaiah defined Him, (9:6), “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting  Father, Prince of Peace.”  Please join me as we explore the names God used to reveal Himself and His relationships to His people.  What a great heritage we have in God.

Please invite a friend and join us this Sunday. We’re going to have a great time of fellowship around the Word of God.

Sincerely, Yours and His,
Pastor Dwane

Operation Christmas Child 2021

SAMARITAN’S PURSE OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

National Collection Week is November 15-22, 2021!

It would be great to surpass the number of boxes Bethel Church donated last year, so the time to start is NOW The clock is ticking!

Boxes will be provided, so if you plan to participate, please let us know of your intentions.

The holidays will be here before you know it…and the National Collection Day  (November 15-22) even sooner.  Making these boxes extra-special to a child requires thought, planning, and resources.  To that end, consider:

  • Praying for the project, and the children who will receive the gifts
  • Seek GOD’s guidance on the level of your involvement
  • Plan out what you will donate and when you will acquire the items
  • Consider donating also to “The Greatest Journey” evangelistic effort to share the Good News about Jesus Christ
  • Start putting away some money now.  Set a goal – little things add up to great things over time.
  • Consider having “Meatless Meals” every now and then, saving the money you would have spent on meat.
  • Consider occasionally passing up on eating out, putting the money towards a child’s gift

Thanks in advance for the sharing of your time and resources.  Just think…through your generosity, compassion, and following of the Great Commission, you may be introducing a child to CHRIST for the very first time.

TO GET YOU THINKING, HERE ARE SOME GIFT IDEAS BY AGE:

For 2 -4 Year Olds

blocks, crayons & coloring books, stuffed animals, toy cars, trains, picture books, sunglasses, brightly colored clothing items, wash cloths, toothbrush, bar soap (Be sure to check tags for age-compatibility).

For 5-9 Year Olds

crayons & coloring books, writing and drawing materials, silly putty, stuffed animals, toy cars, trains, dolls and doll accessories, soccer ball with pump, Legos or blocks, binoculars, kaleidoscopes, clothing, sunglasses, flip-flops, wash cloths, toothbrush, bar soap (Be sure to check tags for age-compatibility).

For 10-14 Year Olds

crayons & coloring books, writing and drawing materials, silly putty, stuffed animals, toy cars, trains, dolls and doll accessories, soccer ball with pump, Legos or blocks, binoculars, kaleidoscopes, clothing, sunglasses, flip-flops, scissors, small chalkboard and chalk, backpack, wind-up flashlights, solar powered calculators, musical instruments, wash cloths, toothbrush, bar soap (Be sure to check tags for age-compatibility).

More suggestions can be found at the Samaritan’s Purse website:

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions

IMPORTANT NOTE!   –  Do Not Include

Candy; toothpaste; gum; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

This Sunday October 17, 2021

Last week we began looking at the parable of the lost son in Luke 15. Did you recognize the hidden message? It’s my contention that the father recognized his problem with the younger son, but didn’t observe the problem with his older son.  

To get the greatest benefit from any part of scripture we have to put ourselves in the story. Where do we fit in the parable? The younger son full of anger at having to put up with someone over him, giving orders restricting his freedom to go, think & do what he wants without considering the ultimate price? Or the older son, who was really proud of his compliant  “out of duty” relationship with his father; quietly angry at the surroundings, unable to celebrate forgiveness and restoration, forgetting about the fact the family was back together. Or are we like the father caught in the middle? Sunday I’m going to talk about the older brother and the father, what they did, what they could have done and what will God lead us to do if/when we find ourselves in one of these places.

My theme for Sunday is “The Hidden Message”. I extend my personal invitation to you to join us Sunday.  Don’t miss out on the search for our fit into this story. Where do we fit? How will we  experience God’s value that’s here for us?

God is doing some great things in the Bethel Family, while some struggle, gasping for air, praying for answers, looking for a hand up. Many of our people are really being blessed; great things are happening in their lives, others are longing for great blessings! Some we see openly, some are subliminal.   We long to see the open blessing of God on each member of the Bethel family.

Our personal struggles are thinly veiled pathways to new and greater blessings from our Heavenly Father. I’m praying you and I will see through the veil and find hope, refreshment and growth through the circumstances of our life.

Thanks for taking this time with me. I’m looking forward to more fellowship with you. I’m praying you begin seeing the power of God working in you in a great way this week.

Sincerely, Yours and His, Pastor Dwane

This Sunday September 26, 2021

This Sunday September 26, 2021, because of local and world events, I’m changing the direction for the message. Our theme is “When it is difficult to hold fast”.  I’ll focus on John 14 & Hebrews 10:21-25.

The hymn writer put it well when he said, “In times like these you need a Savior, in times like these you need an anchor; be very sure your anchor holds and grips the solid rock”

How is your grip? Join with us on Sunday, as we look at the scriptures for hope in these unbearable times.  I’m looking forward to seeing you, fellowshipping with you.

Yours and His,

Pastor Dwane

This Sunday September 19, 2021

To the Bethel family, Vetra and I would like to say “Thank You” for allowing us to have a few days away. We have enjoyed much of God’s creation along the Columbia River, Washington Cascades and Okanogan valley, the fruit basket of the North West. Driving through this state,  we saw all the crops the beauty of the landscape supplying food & recreation for Washingtonians and those living beyond Washington’s borders. These scenes reminded us of our need to be thankful; we need to be more thankful for the hours of labor dedicated to the agricultural & recreational industries as well as the residual labor required.  Be even more thankful that God used the ingredients of His creation to make the crops grow and sustain our environment. It is all for our benefit.

I want to thank the Elders for selecting pulpit supply for me.  Vetra and I are anxious to hear from Ben Bradley’s heart Sunday. I hope you’ll give him your attention too. I believe your heart will be blessed.  We’ve  been away  but we did not leave you out of our heart. We’re looking forward to seeing you Sunday and hearing from Ben and what God has put on his heart.

Just a reminder, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” [Heb 10:24].

Yours and His,
Pastor Dwane

This Sunday September 12, 2021

A friend of ours, when facing a stressful situation, often said, “I’ll just shut my eyes and hope it will go away!” Unfortunately troubled days seldom just go away without our addressing the issues – “facing the music”.  The real question is how do we face the music? We’ll talk about that on Sunday.

Think with me about John 16:33 where Jesus said, I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.] [Amplified Bible]  “Tribulation” could also be translated troubled and the AMP version has detailed the word.

The routine of today gives us enough trouble.  “Other things” interrupt our routine and tend to give us extra anxiety.  Vetra and I received two of those “Oh No” calls this week. Our very good neighbor passed Wednesday morning about 10 am, and a long time close friend in Spokane followed her yesterday about 7:30p.m. Neither was unexpected, but it still leaves a hole in our psyche. In Christ, we know there is eternity with Jesus but for those left behind there is a recovery that takes time and personal exercise to get through.

Sunday’s title is “Troubled”. Our theme is what do we do with troubles in light of future events. The next item in Bethel’s doctrinal statement is LAST THINGS. The “LAST THINGS” covers several important events, more than we can cover in one day so I‘ll break this apart as we move forward.

I’m looking forward to seeing the Bethel Family on Sunday. Come join me expecting a blessing from God.

Yours and His,

Pastor Dwane

This Sunday September 5, 2021

I invite you to join me at Bethel Church this Sunday September 5 at 11 a.m. My subject is “The Great Commandment”.  The church is really given only one responsibility, many steps but only one primary responsibility.  Some may disagree with my analysis but walk with me on Sunday.

We tend to get the idea that the Bible is full of commands, but not so much. There are many passages on moral living, lists of sinful activities to avoid and the encouragement to act in God’s plan but I’ll still stick with the announced topic.  Come and find out what the commandment is.

Again, I invite you to join with us Sunday.

Yours and His,
Pastor Dwane

This Sunday August 29, 2021

It has been said the only thing that does not change is change itself. Experience tells us that change is a big part of life. A couple weeks ago things looked a lot different then today. The Covid variant has surfaced with an aggressive attitude. Americans and those who supported Americans are being moved out of Afghanistan as fast as possible; the Taliban has assumed control of the nation and on we go, everything has changed in two weeks.

What has not changed? Jesus has not changed, God’s eternal purpose has not changed, our need for the indwelling Holy Spirit’s daily empowering has not changed, and our need to follow the guidelines laid down by of God has not changed. Heb 13:8 lays it out clearly, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

I’ve said before, here it is again.  If the scriptures and the plan of God are not sufficient for every day, it is of less value then we understood.  We’ll see this again Sunday as we look at the biblical guidelines of marriage. This week I want to address “the Marriage Covenant”.  In preparation for Sunday take a look at Bethel’s doctrinal statement on marriage [Pg 3]. Except for a decision to receive Christ as your savior, marriage may be the most important decision you’ll ever make.  When a couple follows the biblical guidelines for marriage it is the most fulfilling experience life has to offer.  If the guidelines are ignored it can be the biggest fiasco life has to offer. Sunday we’ll address the biblical guidelines for successful marriage.

The Old Normal – New Again

Covid restrictions are here again. No one likes the restrictions, some doubt their value, but we’ll do the best we can for the sake of each other. Masks inside the building, distancing please, extend kindness & respect for each other’s space.

It’s always a delight to have you at Worship!  Your presence encourages every one there, but the greatest reason for your church attendance is for your benefit. We want you to grow in Christ, build healthy relationships with other believers & develop your spiritual gifts. Church is one of the best places to begin developing your spiritual life. Come join us grow with us.

I hope to see you on Sunday. I want to see you enjoying the life God planned for you.

Sincerely Pastor Dwane

This Sunday August 22, 2021

The day we are born we begin the process of maturity that is ultimately the end of earthly life. In this world we are gifted for power to live and the ability to explain Jesus. At the conclusion of the message last week I gave a homework assignment.  If you were there, I hope you are doing the assignment. If not here it is again; you will be blessed if you do the assignment.

LOOK CLOSELY AT 1 COR 12 – WHAT ARE YOUR GIFTS? WHERE SHOULD you use them in the Body of Christ? How many spiritual gifts did you find? In this examination consider your gifts, skills and abilities. There will be a lot of overlap but some differences too.
Looking at the key passages on spiritual gifts (Rom. 12; 1 Cor. 12; Eph. 4) what do you determine your gifts to be?

You’ll find discrepancy even within that listing. Some people say the gifts of administration (1 Cor. 12:28) and leadership (Rom. 12:8) are the same gift. And, some claim service (Rom. 12:7) and helps (1 Cor. 12:28) are the same gift. That would then change the total number of gifts. You’ll also find additional comments on spiritual gifts if you dig deeper. Some people add in craftsmanship and music because of the skilled people God brought in to help with the Old Testament tabernacle. Exodus 31 says God filled Bezalel “with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts.

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How do you find your gifts? That may be an ongoing personal study but here are a few steps to get your journey started.

1.      After prayerfully reading through 1 Cor12, Romans 12, & Ephesians 4, where do you think you fit?
2.      What do you like to do in everyday living?  Which named spiritual gifts speak to your interests?
3.      Talk with people closest to you about the same question. Those close to us often confirm our giftedness clearer then we do.

The second question I gave, “where would you like to use your gifts {Romen12, 1COR 12} in service to the Lord through our church?” I would love to talk with you on this subject. I want you to be comfortable and successful in your area of service.  So when can we have a helpful conversation? Call text or email me with your findings and let’s set a time to get together in person or by phone.

The Sunday theme is “ON My Way To Heaven”.  Our focus is learning how to make the Word of God practical for every day living. Salvation has two benefits. There is the forgiveness of our sin and removal of the barrier between God and man. In addition there are benefits for everyday living. {Psa 68:19, …”loads us with benefits”, KJV;  “daily bears us up ESV; carries our burdens, NIV,NASB; each day He carries us, NLT}.

The Word of God gives us practical principles for living; finding a pathway of peace, motivation, and a successful relationship with God and man.   There is a pathway to a successful family life, wholesome business life, desirable & beneficial community relationship; steps to protect what we have socially, politically and economically.   I hope you’ll join us as we explore the benefits of walking with God.

Yours and His, Pastor Dwane

This Sunday August 15, 2021

I love history, mostly because it defines the root of everything. and as we follow the events of life we see how today got to be what it is. As we go through our Constitution and Bylaws we can’t escape taking an occasional look at Bethel’s history but mostly we’ll be looking at what we believe and how that gives us strength for everyday living.

Since it’s beginning, Bethel has been known as a church where the Bible is taught and preached without compromise. Sunday I plan to elaborate on that statement as we begin a study of Bethel’s doctrinal statement. There will be copies of the full statement available for everyone who wants one.   At the churches 125th anniversary celebration in 2014 I made the statement, “we’ll be changing the method of ministry, but we will not change the message”. I am more committed to that point today than I was in 2014.

I hope you’ll plan to join our family in worship this Sunday.  The message will not be a history lesson, but we’ll talk about why we depend on our Heavenly Father for strength to live out each day.  My theme will be “Walking With God Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” We’ll be looking at several scripture passages, but as seed for thought think on Heb 1:12b, “But you [Lord] are the same, and your years will have no end.”

Pray that God will be uniquely present this Sunday Morning. I’m looking forward to worshiping with you this Sunday.

Yours and His,
Pastor Shockley