How I Go to Worship

I wear on my wrist a little black band that says One With Them. It’s in the shape of barbed wire, and evokes the tragic image of Christians imprisoned the world-over for their faith in Jesus Christ. It reminds me to pray for them. It reminds me to remember them. It reminds me to not take for granted the unbelievable […]

Old Guys Rule: Anna and the King

There are only three verses recording her story, and yet within the broad expanse of God’s written Word, Anna leaps out as a compelling, winsome and remarkable woman seasoned by life and her Lord. Take in the whole of her story, as recorded in Luke 2:36-38: And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of […]

The Price of Fellowship

“Write This Down…” provides a restatement of selected points or observations from various teaching venues at which Pastor Matthew speaks. The following material is from Pastor Matthew’s sermon entitled, “The Terrible Price of Fellowship”, part of the sermon series “Memoirs of an Ancient Prophet: A Study of the Book of Daniel,” presented the weekend of February 20, 2011, at Bethel […]

Prayers Welcome for Red River Valley — Again

UPDATE (APRIL 2, 2010): God heard our prayers. The community saw the waters rise to potentially disastrous heights, but God’s hand kept it from rising higher, God’s wisdom empowered our leaders to help us prepare well, and God’s mercy fell upon us all, granting us strength, courage, stamina, and patience. Our community came together prior to the crest this year […]

In All Circumstances

It sure seems unlikely that one should elevate gratitude into the nebulous stratosphere of God’s will, but that is exactly what Paul does in 1 Thessalonians 5:18. It seems improbable because one would expect instead some great exhortation toward fulfilling a noble charge, as if Paul should exhort each of us to become a president or a pastor or a […]