A Theological Framework for Prayer ‘88
Jan 1, 1988
How our hearts long to see the day when the unity of Christ’s body will be manifest in truth and power Not power without truth! For the apostle says the last days will be shot through with demonstrations of…
Clusters of Hope
Jan 2, 1988
We can't sustain hope in God if we remain alone. We need each other's cheering exhortations to stay afloat.
What Might This Mean?
Jan 4, 1988
On Sunday, January 3, 1988 those in attendance at Bethlehem gave an offering of $73,450.33. Not counting designated gifts, $55,232.84 of that was applicable to the budget needs of 1987. This exceeded the budget need by $23,232.84 Our contingency plan…
Now Where with the Word of God?
Jan 11, 1988
John Piper introduces his preaching series on 1 Corinthians 1-3.
"We Are Counted As Sheep to Be Slaughtered"
Feb 1, 1988
“In 1983, the Sudan (the darkened country in the photo below) was declared an Islamic republic. At that time, Islamic Sharia law was imposed on all the country’s citizens. Since then, dozens of Christian pastors have been killed and countless…
Husbands, May I Suggest a Valentine
Feb 8, 1988
Take a piece of paper and write Dear _______! (wife’s first name; don’t use Mrs. or Ms.) This is not your Valentine’s gift. It’s an I.O.U. I hereby promise to take you away for a weekend on March 18-20. Think…
Putting the Ministries Fair in a Missions Context
Feb 15, 1988
Last week I spoke in four daily chapels at Western Seminary in Portland. It was part of their missions emphasis week. The topic they gave me was: How to Bring Missions Vision and Life to a Local Church. There…
Rethinking the "Carnal Christian"
Feb 22, 1988
The difference between the spiritual Christian and the carnal Christian is one of degree.
Why Cluster Meetings? Why an All Church Dinner?
Feb 29, 1988
The Cluster Meetings are mainly for information and interrogation The All Church Dinner is mainly for inspiration and adoration. Cluster Meetings Starting with the Deacon Council, Board chairmen and spouses on Friday, March 4, there will be 12…
What Is Success on Commitment Sunday?
Mar 14, 1988
We should give as radical as we can in pursuit of our best biblical judgment.
Char Ransom Returns Next Fall to Public School Teaching
Mar 21, 1988
Char and I have talked about this for months. A couple of times I think I succeeded in persuading her that staying was best. But this time she was more sure about the wisdom of returning to public school teaching…
We Need to Talk and Pray
An Invitation to an Open Forum and a Reminder to Pray
Apr 4, 1988
Great things continue to happen at Bethlehem but, of course, that doesn’t mean everything is easy or that everything is as it should be. A week ago Tuesday we took a day away as a staff and spent some time…
Monday Morning Meditation on Thirst
Apr 11, 1988
A spring satisfies thirst not by removing the need you have for water, but by being there to drink from when you get thirsty.
O Cross of Christ, My Liberty and Power!
Apr 18, 1988
The cross remains precious to us because we continually find new reasons why we need its power.
The Necessity of Perseverance in Faith and the Assurance of Salvation
May 2, 1988
Perseverance and assurance are maintained by taking both the promises and threats of Scripture seriously.
The Calls Accepted
May 16, 1988
The church voted on April 21 to call Laurel Bisset as Interim Minister for Children for one year beginning July 1. On April 24 the church voted to call Dan Lehn as Business Administrator beginning May 16. We have now…
Are Christians Satisfied?
Aug 1, 1988
Christ is the source of all satisfaction and total satisfaction. But the depth of this satisfaction is not drunk all at once.
What Can Keep a Missionary Going?
Aug 8, 1988
Here are some of the stupendous promises to sustain us in a work that may be long and may be hard, but will triumph in the end.
Why a Conference Commission on Prayer?
Aug 10, 1988
Some of My Prayer Practices Tuesdays and Thursdays I get up, put on my running shoes, and jog to the Metrodome five blocks from our house. I have Navigator memory cards in my right hand and a tract called “Comfort…
Free Rent and Frontline Mission
Aug 15, 1988
Three blocks from Bethlehem is a 22-unit apartment building newly remodeled but in disarray. It’s at the S.E. corner of 15th St. and 11th Ave., just south of the Dairy Queen and across from Augustana. An amazing opportunity for neighborhood…
"The Last Temptation of Christ"
Aug 22, 1988
For the last six years I have written “Advent Poems” which take a biblical character and imaginatively recreate details of their lives on which the Bible is silent. I have created situations and conversations and emotions which very likely…
What’s Happening with ‘SPAN the Nineties’?
Aug 29, 1988
After the “SPAN the Nineties” fund raising effort last spring, several factors led the leadership of the church to reconsider certain aspects of the original proposal 1) For example, the cost to remodel the “Hacking Property” for Children's…
Bethlehem’s New Sermon Series for the Fall of 1988
Sep 6, 1988
Fight the good fight of faith. (1 Timothy 6:12) The essence of righteousness is to trust in God. The root of all sin is unbelief. Unbelief is dissatisfaction with God’s fellowship and fortunes. It is discontent with his presence and…
Why I Am So Excited about Year Five of the “20:20 Vision”
Sep 12, 1988
I can remember the hours that Steve Roy and I spent four years ago dreaming and planning and praying about the ministry of home cell groups at Bethlehem. We were captivated by two biblical principles The One Another Principle When…
Another Astonishing Vote for ‘SPAN the Nineties’
Sep 26, 1988
On Sunday evening, September 25, the church reached an astonishing consensus on two recommendations from the Council of Deacons Of the 173 voting members 98.8% (only 2 no votes!) said yes to the recommendation that we proceed with construction of…
From Misplaced Shame to Mission Flame
Oct 3, 1988
Bible promises remove the mountains of shame that can hinder your missions involvement.
Closed Countries and Retirement
Oct 8, 1988
There is no such thing as a closed country unless you're looking to minister in perfect safety, without risk.
Saving Babies and Saving Sinners
Oct 10, 1988
The diversity of Christ's church is what allows for the diversity of ministries that the world so desperately needs.
An Outpouring of Extraordinary Power
Oct 17, 1988
What are revivals and why should we want them?
We Are Not Content Just to Sow
Nov 7, 1988
Love for people doesn’t just say, “Here’s the seed, take it or leave it.”
Two Crucial Committees You Should Know About (and Pray For!)
Nov 14, 1988
Building Committee Things are moving fast since the congregation voted to move ahead immediately with sanctuary planning and construction. The Building Committee is hard at work. That’s no exaggeration—they have meetings at 6:30 A.M.! The members of this committee are …
Enjoying God’s Being God
Nov 21, 1988
God loves to be God for the childlike, who look to him for all they need.
The Loaves and Fishes
Nov 27, 1988
A boy that's got to steal a cake has never seen what God can make.
Naaman's Servant Girl
Dec 4, 1988
"Grandma." "Yes, Sarah." "Mamma told Me once about how very bold You were when you were nine or ten, And how a mob of Syrian men Stole you away from home at night. She said there was an awful fight…
How to Be Like Jesus During Advent
Dec 5, 1988
It is a wonderful problem! The Bethlehem nurseries are overflowing with little children. And all the more so because of so many visitors. We need your help. Even one hour over the next three weeks would be appreciated. Call Laurel…
Dec 11, 1988
Come, children, gather ‘round tonight, And listen in the candlelight To how your great grandfather died. It is a tale my father tried To fix inside my heart so deep That children after me would keep The story in their…
Year End Thinking About What Is Not Our God (Money)
Dec 12, 1988
What is our ministry and mission budget for 1988? $995,000 How much of this remains to be given this year? $129,500. That’s 87% of the budget (that has been given). How does this compare with last year at this time? …
For Noel on Our 20th Wedding Anniversary
Dec 18, 1988
A poem from 18 years ago celebrating God's goodness in marriage.