The Great Offense: Was Jesus Really Crucified?
Jan 1, 1994
A brief defense of the truth of Christ's death.
Please Pray for the Pastors' Conference
Jan 5, 1994
The seventh annual Bethlehem Conference for Pastors is coming January 24-26. The theme this year is “Sanctification by Faith Alone,” and the keynote speaker will be Daniel Fuller, Emeritus Professor of Hermeneutics at Fuller Theological Seminary The fact…
The Unmerited, Conditional Grace of God
Reflections on Psalm 25
Feb 2, 1994
There is a profound difference between sinners who keep God’s covenant and those who don’t.
Today's Mercies for Today's Troubles
Tomorrow's Mercies for Tomorrow's Troubles
Mar 2, 1994
Trusting Christ today includes trusting him to give you tomorrow’s trust when tomorrow comes.
Dominion Theology or Reconstructionism
Apr 1, 1994
We're not approaching a true understanding of the kingdom of God in this world if that means using more of the sword to authorize kingdom values.
What Is the Philosophy of Worship that Unites Us?
Apr 1, 1994
Nine values about corporate worship that we hold in common at Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Inspired by the Incredible Early Church
Apr 6, 1994
Six reasons for why the Christian movement spread so fast in its early years.
Putting the Gods in Their Place
Apr 13, 1994
The truth we must hold to through all the cosmic conflict of this age is: All the nations belong to God.
God Made Black and God Made White
May 4, 1994
We are a church in the city. A fairly big city—forty-second largest city in the country. We are fairly average when it comes to racial proportion: the U.S. has 80.3% white and 19.7% minority while Minneapolis has 78.4% white and…
"Do All Things without Grumbling"
Meditation on Philippians 2:14
Jun 1, 1994
Grumbling is self-feeding because it obscures the light of God’s gracious, all-controlling providence.
Seeking the Master Concerning the Master Plan
Jun 8, 1994
The Elders and the Financial and Property Administrators have spent several meetings recently praying and discussing how to discern God’s will concerning pressing questions that we face as a church. For example Whom are we trying to help meet God…
Institutions: Hazardous and Helpful
Jun 15, 1994
Is it God’s will revealed in Scripture to advance the influence of biblical truth through human institutions?
Five Dangers of Computer Unreality
Oct 19, 1994
1) The hook of constant curiosity Personal computers offer a never-ending possibility for discovery. Even the basic environment of Windows can consume hours and days and weeks of curious punching and experimenting. Color schemes, layouts, screen-savers, short-cuts, icons, file-managing, calculators…
Where Will the Money Come From?
The Meaning of $1,069
Nov 2, 1994
God’s math is strange. Consider the way it worked in the churches of Macedonia We wish to make known to you the GRACE of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, that in a GREAT ORDEAL OF…
We Need Your Input
Nov 16, 1994
God often speaks through the company of “lay-priests” (1 Peter 2:5, 9), namely, you, the congregation. On Sunday, November 20, a crucial all-church questionnaire was handed out to everyone present in the worship services. You may get one at the…
Advent Series: "For God So Loved the World"
Meditations on John 3:16
Nov 21, 1994
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life I believe that the time has come to devote four messages to John 3:16. I…
Dec 4, 1994
The morning after Job had lost His children and his wealth, he crossed The half-plowed pasture to the east, And made his way once more as priest And father, to the altar on The the distant hill where he had…
A Year-End Plea to Strengthen Your Faith for What Man Cannot Do
Dec 7, 1994
All human odds are against it happening. Namely, giving enough to cover all our 1994 expenses. We have not borrowed from any bank to get us through the lean months. We have borrowed from our own designated and undesignated reserve…
Dec 11, 1994
Some days the swelling pinched his eyes Shut, so he couldn't see the flies That gorged their black bellies in The putrid pus that seeped like thin And yellow sap from crimson bark Built up with dreadful days of dark…
Life and Death at Christmas
Dec 14, 1994
Let every loss and every delight send your hearts homing after heaven.
Dec 18, 1994
The deep blue sky above the land Of Uz was cloudless. Stillness spanned The circle of the earth with peace, As if there had been made to cease Some monumental strife unseen Beyond the blue and arching screen Of heaven…
Fasting, Prayer and the Course of History
Is God Calling Bethlehem to a Season of Fasting?
Dec 21, 1994
There is a reason why we begin each year with a week of concerted prayer. It’s because we need more of the fullness of God. Paul prays, “I bow my knees before the Father [asking] . . . that you…