Stained Glass Round

Message from the Pastor
from the Bethel Beacon

            Bethel Lutheran Church       Bemidji, Minnesota

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October and November 2019


“On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”


“...Looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” Hebrews 12:2

All season long, after each touchdown, the coach sent in the kicker to kick the extra point.  The coach knew a sure thing when he saw one.  Mario couldn’t miss!  He was a foreign exchange student from Argentina, and he played soccer all the time.  Since the town had no soccer team, he came to kick, and kick he did!  But at the semi-final game, something changed.  The coach became nervous, and worried about the other team.  Instead of playing to his strength, he imitated the other coach’s strategy of going for a two-point conversion.  But his team wasn’t used to doing it; didn’t practice it very often; and, predictably, failed at getting the extra points.  They lost the game 20-18.  He admitted his mistake to the players after the game.  “I should have trusted Mario.” 

            So it is with all of us. We are at our best when we look to Jesus, our “sure thing” instead of looking at what is missing.  In something as fleeting as a football game, a team can decide, “We play to our strengths.”  Similarly, in something as enduring as the mission of God, we can decide, “We play to our strength.”  God has graciously given us all that we need so that we can share his love and gifts of grace.  Jesus calls us to share our lives and resources the same way he did: with compassion and confidence in the grace and presence of God.  These are our strengths also!  Let’s play to them!



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