Dear Bethel Family,
What a wonderful Sunday it was last week as we enjoyed the Salem Singers. They presented the gospel message in song and many hearts were touched. What a wonderful ministry the Lord has given them over so many years. Only eternity will reveal the many people who came to know the Savior because of their ministry. Last Sunday also marked our second anniversary as a church. I am excited to see what God will do with His church as we move forward. It's important that our focus remain on Him and not our circumstances. He has blessed us in many ways and as we are obedient to Him He will continue to bless this church.
What a beautiful day to worship Him! Palm Sunday has special meaning because we remember that it is the beginning of the holy week. Jesus rode into Jerusalem with shouts of “Hosanna” only later to hear cries of “Crucify Him.” How quickly people's hearts change. He rode into Jerusalem that day knowing that His time on this earth was very quickly drawing to a close. What wonderful love He has for you and I!
We begin a new chapter in the life of our church as we worship the Savior in this beautiful chapel. If only these walls and pews could talk! Can you imagine the stories they would share? I sat here alone the other evening just as the sun was going down and I could feel the presence of the Lord. It is a holy place and my desire is that Jesus would be lifted up, honored, and glorified as we worship Him. We are especially grateful to Marilyn and Marty and working with us to make this happen. It is truly a blessing! To you both we say thank you! May Jesus be the center of our worship, and may we be a lighthouse here in Canby to those who do not have a relationship with the Lord. I pray that each of us would live our lives in such a way that people around us would know for certain that we are children of the King. We are ambassadors for Jesus. Lets go to work winning others to Him!
Have a great week and remember what Jesus has done for you. Keep your focus on Him and the Cross. May the Lord bless you and may He continue to bless Bethel.
Solus Christus, “In Christ alone”,
"God cares for people through people."
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