Earlier this month we were approached about a local ministry wanting to utilize our building to store and put together bikes for kids in the Katy area. We willingly agreed!! It's awesome to begin to see this building and house be a useful resource not only to Bethel but also for ministries in our community. Below are some pics of the bikes and the assembly process.
125 Bikes to Children in Need in the Katy Area!!!
Construction has begun out at the property! They have completed the demo work on the metal building and are beginning to frame up walls. This week they are working hard on the electrical in the building. Between Thanksgiving and the rain, the dirt work is going slowly, but TRI is looking to bring in heavier equipment soon to get the job done. Check the images below to see the progress.
Over the last several weeks we have been studying through the book of Joshua in our Bible Study on Sunday mornings. The word consecrate keeps coming up in the text as we study. It's even coming up in conversations outside of Sunday mornings. We believe the Lord is asking us to take some time to consecrate ourselves before Him just like He did with the people of Israel just before the crossed over the Jordan River into the Promise Land. Joshua 3:5 says this...Joshua said to the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you." I don't know about you but I am hungry for God to do wonderful works in my life personally. I don't know about you, but I am anxious for the God of the universe to do wonderful works in our churches life-the kind of works that can only be explained by the powerful work of the Lord in our midst.
Join us the week of July 19-26 for a time to consecrate yourself before the Lord personally and for us as a church to consecrate ourselves before Him as we prepare for the next season in Bethel's history...
Be on the lookout later this week for the daily reading plan and more instructions for each of the steps as we seek to consecrate ourselves before the Lord!
7 times in the book of Joshua we learn that Joshua set up standing stones as a memorial to the power of God at work in their midst. The first time is in Joshua 4. The Israelites have just crossed over the Jordan River. Like the Red Sea, the Lord parted the waters of the Jordan and the people crossed on dry ground while the Levitical priests stood amidst the Jordan. Once they passed over, Joshua appointed a man from each of the tribes of Israel to collect 12 stones out of the river where the priests stood. They set up the stones at Gilgal as a memorial forever (Josh. 4:7, 20). Joshua told the people of Israel, "When your children ask their fathers in times to come, what do these stones mean?" then you should let the children know, Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground so that all the people of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever." (Josh. 4:21-24)
This passage reminds us to look back at the faithfulness of our God. As we have journeyed through the Call to Worship project, we have seen God prove His faithfulness time and time again. Remember and never neglect to tell the story of God's faithfulness to the generations coming behind us.
This passage also reminds us to know the hand of the LORD is mighty. From Bethel's earliest days, we have prayed that God's good hand would be upon this fellowship; that by His power and might men, women, and children would see, hear, and respond the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Take just a moment this today to thank God for His work in our midst and pray for His continued power and favor to rest upon our precious fellowship!
First Fruits was one of feasts the Lord instructed the people of Israel to participate in annually as a reminder of His faithfulness and His provision. Essentially, a small sheaf of grain was brought into the temple and offered to the priest. The priest would then wave the sheaf as a means of thankfulness for the upcoming harvest and a petition for the Lord to accept their offering.
The most amazing piece of this feast is that the people of Israel presented a thanksgiving offering to the Lord before the knew what the harvest would be like. It's as if God wanted them to posture their hearts on gratefulness for who He is regardless of the outcome. I firmly believe Bethel had the chance to participate in this kind of posture this past Sunday.
On Sunday we celebrated our First Fruits Sunday. The day was designed for our congregation to collectively bring an offering before the Lord for the land we are in a contract to purchase. It was so beautiful to watch our fellowship come up and drop their gift in the basket and pray for God to bless this endeavor. We truly laid our crowns down at the feet of Jesus. Our offering for the day including online giving was $269, 408.37! Even though we are still a little short of our goal, our hearts are grateful for His work in our lives over the past several weeks to bring us all to this point. Please continue to pray for God to be made famous as a result of this project, for our leadership to have wisdom in the days ahead and for the current landowner as we finalize this process.
"But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness." Psalm 86:15
GOD, you are faithful! May we revel in that truth today as we worship you!
On February 7, Bethel Bible Fellowship entered into a contract to purchase land just southwest of Katy. We are currently in a 60-day inspection period to determine the feasibility of this potential transaction. We invite you on the journey to pray, give and worship God every step of the way with us! Our deepest desire and longing is for God to be made famous through this journey! We believe the Lord is leading us to pursue this, and day by day we are trusting in His faithfulness as we take each step. We invite you to stand with us as we strive to see something only God can do so that we may make much of His name throughout this land.
If you are interested in praying with us through this journey, please go to lifeatbethel.org/a-call-to-worship and click on the PrayerPoints PDF located at the bottom of the page. You can also find a prayer calendar for the month of March on our homepage that gives specific prayer points for each day. If you are interested in giving, please go to lifeatbethel.org/a-call-to-worship and designate a gift to land for this project. Whatever you do, PLEASE WORSHIP GOD WITH US during this journey!