Life in the Lowlands

Mountain-top experiences may be exhilarating, but most of life is lived in the lowlands. Certainly that is made clear in the historical accounting of a father and his demonized son, and the various people that are connected with their drama. Read through Mark 9:14 and following for the details: And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great […]

Witness . . . to the World

Forty days had passed since the Lord Jesus rose from the dead and walked out of a borrowed tomb into the bright morning sunshine of Jerusalem. Now the time had come for him to return to his Father—his return commonly known as the Ascension. Being that Jesus would be returning to Heaven, physically departing from his disciples, it seems reasonable […]

Action, Attitude and Agreement

Micah 6:8 offers a powerful glimpse at how one transformed by the redemptive power of God ought to live. In God’s economy mere transactional living is not sufficient. Transactional living is when believers rest selfishly on the idea that they have put their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation; they have their “Get Out of Hell Free” card, their fire insurance. […]

A King, A Fisherman, and an Old Woman

Bethel Church is a disciple-making community helping the spiritually hungry experience and proclaim the life-changing power of Jesus Christ. This is what drives everything that we are about as a church family. But what does it mean to be a “disciple-making community,” especially in a world in which the word “disciple” seems so utterly cliché? It is vital to note […]

Why Are You in the Boat?

Now [the disciples] had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. And [Jesus] cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, […]

Values for the Disciple

Mark 7:31-37 offers a striking moment in which to grapple with some important values for every disciple of Jesus. To begin with, consider the story, as told from Mark’s perspective: Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to him a man […]