Bethany Baptist Church

The Corder twins, Rose and Liz, who live in Indiana, have been guests the last two weeks at the home of their grandparents, Jim and Ruby Corder. It has one of the highlights of the summer vacation time at Bethany Baptist Church to see the girls as they have grown from toddlers to “tweens.”

The folks at Bethany Baptist Church enjoyed another “Pizza and Movie Night,” Friday evening. There were three or four different kinds of pizza, fresh cucumbers, brownies, pie, and ice cream. No one went away hungry. The movie was one of those that featured a beautiful child whose dream would seem to be impossible, but miraculously came true. It was not the first time that the adult characters in a movie went from hopelessness and despair to joy by recognizing what was really important in life and being grateful for what they have.

Darlene Sorensen, Sally, and Sally’s friend Hailey sang a special song, Sunday morning, that was about “The Value of One.” Pastor Bob Sorensen brought a message from Mark 2:1-12, “Raising the roof to get a sinner saved!”

There were five kinds of people present that day when Jesus entered a house in Capernaum. There were so many curious onlookers that when four men came carrying a man with palsy, they could not get him in the door. So they uncovered a place in the roof to let the man down. The first of these five kinds of people is the crippled sinner who represents all of us for all have sinned. Next we see the concerned saints who wanted to get the cripple to Christ. Then we see the compassionate Savior. “When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” Now we see the fourth kind of persons, those who have critical spirits. Not only had they stood in the way not offering to help the crippled man, they were critical of Jesus’ answer to the problem, accusing him of blasphemy. “Who can forgive sins but God only?”

But Jesus did that so they would know that the Son of man had power to forgive sins. When Jesus said, “Arise, and take up they bed, and go thy way into thine house,” we see the fifth kind of person. We see a healed, forgiven man. This is evidenced by his reaction. He arose, took up his bed, and did what Jesus had told him. When we have been forgiven of our sins we should also do what Jesus has told us to do. And that is to go out and bring in the poor crippled sinners to Him.