Bethany Baptist Church had a big lunch of pulled pork, potato salad, baked beans, and dessert ready right after the morning services to honor the local law enforcement personnel that showed up for the “Blue and White Sunday.” During the 1:00 p.m. service Pastor Bob gave a few words of appreciation for men and women for their courage and willingness to serve in order to provide protection and safety for the rest of us. We do respect and are grateful for that service.
Some ladies of the church made cakes for the November birthdays at the Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center. Norma Stillings and Darlene Sorensen helped serve cake and ice cream to several residents that came to the dining room to hear the good music. These musicians do such a good job and are so faithful to come.
Tuesday was also a big day at Bethany Baptist Church. They hosted the Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting. The menu was baked potatoes with all the toppings Bob and Darlene could think of.
Dan Stillings sang a special song in keeping with Veterans’ Day. Pastor Bob Sorensen brought a message on another, “My Life for Him.”
Jesus said that if anyone would “come after me”, they would have to take up their cross and follow him. Taking up the cross meant making a lifelong commitment “to death.” No one would make such a commitment if they were not sure of Christ and all his promises. They must be sure of salvation, sure of heaven, sure of everlasting life. The disciples followed not for profit nor for pleasure, but for a purpose. Faith will allow the disciple to go beyond his capabilities to please his Lord and Savior.
This denial of self will only come when we consider that Jesus took up the cross for us. He did not turn back or fall away to save his own life, but Jesus humbly submitted to the cross and its shame. Jesus did not resist the humiliation or suffering of the cross. He did not threaten or call on the ten thousand angels, but died in payment for our sins. We are indebted to him, so we should be willing to die daily to our own pride and selfish desires for “things.”