Stained Glass Round

Message from the Pastor
from the Bethel Beacon

            Bethel Lutheran Church       Bemidji, Minnesota

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June and July 2019


“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD,  plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” 

-Jer. 29:11

June is the month that many families begin their vacation travels for the summer.  Whenever we traveled over the years, and especially when the kids were smaller, often the questions arising from the back seats were: “When are we going to get there?  Are we there yet?  How much farther?”  Long ago a similar question was asked of Jesus by the disciples: “Lord, is this the time you are going to restore Israel?” Acts 1:6 The disciples didn’t realize that the restoration would be far different from what was popularly imagined.  They weren’t going to just sit back and watch God do something for them; they would be at the ‘tip of the spear’ in God’s mission.  Jesus reminded them, and all of us who are anxious about what God is up to, that the important thing is that God is not going to act in some distant, far off future; rather, God is already acting in our lives right now!  And that his disciples then and now will be empowered by His very own Spirit: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be my witnesses...” Acts 1:8

            Pentecost reminds us that the Holy Spirit is a present reality.  God’s power has been given to us all!  God’s kingdom has at its center Jesus, and through his spirit we will mature and grow; constantly being shaped to the image of Jesus himself.  That is our hope.  That is our future. 

Thanks be to God! 



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