Bethany Baptist Church

Luke Sorensen lives and works six hours away in Arkansas so it was a special thing to have him with us this Sunday. Snatches of conversation were heard about the Percheron horses he works with. Everybody is happy that he has a job that he likes, we just wish that it could be close enough to have him home every week.

It has been a joy to have visitors at church each Sunday over the past few weeks. Two persons were baptized and four persons joined the church. This is encouraging for a small church.

Work continues in the maintenance and improvement of the church building. The entrance to the church driveway was repaired and paved last week.

Norma Stillings, Darlene Sorensen, and Sally Sorensen are planning to attend the Ladies Retreat at Camp JOY, Thursday through Saturday this week. Others are planning to attend one day or the other in that time. Norma and Darlene will be helping with the music for the Retreat.

Dan Stillings sang a special song, “Home in the Sky” an adaptation from the song, “Home on the Range.” Darlene Sorensen sang a special song, “Telling the World That I’ve Been Born Again,” in the evening service prior to the baptizing.

A statement is made in 1 Corinthians 2:8 that if the princes of this world had known the wisdom of God, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. We might ask, why did they not know? The prophecies concerning Christ were written and read in the synagogues. The rich man of Luke 16 might protest “If only I had known it would be so bad, that there would be no relief from the pain, no drop of water for my thirst…. If only I had known that salvation was a free gift in Jesus…. If only I had known that I did not have another day….” The Christian, who is reaping great loss for letting sin into his life, may say, “If only I had known how painful the reaping would be?” The Christian at the judgment may cry, “If only I had known how important it was to use my time and money to get the gospel of salvation out to lost sinners.” The truth is that all these things are written in God’s word, taught by faithful preachers, but not received in faith by the hearers. The words, “If only I had known” will not be an excuse.