For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
Dave Betzner serves as our Vacancy Pastor until a new pastor is called. He is celebrating his 50th year in ministry this year having served as Pastor, Vacancy Pastor and an Intentional Interim Pastor.
He spends his free time fishing, bike riding, gardening, and being part of the lives of his 3 children and 8 grandchildren. His wife of 48 years died in 2014.
Pastor Dave has served churches in North Carolina, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.
This is the 3rd “pause” of a 4 part series connected with the Fall 2019 Stewardship Campaign at St. Paul’s. Please participate in the following “stewardship activity” toward growing your understanding and commitment to our Lord and the growth of his Kingdom.
Start by gathering the following items and placing them on a table or counter in your main living area: Bible, cross, catechism, prayer book or portals of prayer, Ephesians Bible Study resources and any other items that support your faith life, build a stronger Christian identity for you, and challenge you to grow up into the child of God you were called to be.
Begin with prayer: Thank you Lord for these spiritual resources, help me to rely on them on a daily basis, bless and grow me by your grace through them to new depths of faith and action and by your spirit compel me to love you and serve others in your name. Amen.
Read/meditate on the following passages to deepen, grow, enrich and more profoundly understand your relationship with God and others.
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; you are precious and honored in my sight and I love you.” Isaiah 43: 1-4a
“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the head, that is Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does it’s work.” Ephesians 4:14-16
“I am the bread of life.” John 6:48
“But as for you, continue in what you have and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you have learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:14-15
“If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31b-32
A leper after he was healed returned to give thanks.
At his command after catching nothing they let down their nets on the other side and caught a mess.
The widow gave her last mite.
The Samaritan woman at the well got living water and brought others to him.
The wise man built his house n the Rock (Christ)
Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much.”
Thankfulness is a response to the realization that the material gifts (possessions), relational gifts (people) and spiritual gifts (scripture, faith and grace) I have received by God’s grace (undeserved) have so added to my life that I want to thank God for them by sharing them (material, relational and spiritual gifts) with others not because they deserve them because he loves them as he has loved me. Touched by his love, freed by his forgiveness, enriched by his grace and empowered by his Spirit I am blessed to be a blessing.
“Therefore, I urge you, sisters and brothers in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God………this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is------his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2
The Lord bless you every day to be a blessing. That’s my prayer for you every day.