Pastor Bob Sorensen, Darlene, and Sally returned home, Friday, after an extended visit in Nebraska. While there, Pastor Bob preached at a Mission Conference at Harvest Time Baptist Church in Grand Island, Nebraska. They saw two saved. Then on the 22nd they drove to the home of Bob’s parents, Jack and Sally Sorensen, and spent 9 days visiting with family members in the area.
During the absence of Pastor Sorensen, Bro. Bob Helms and Bro. Jeff Corder filled the pulpit very well. Each of these men are skilled in the Word and well liked by the people at Bethany Baptist Church, but it was good to have Pastor Bob back in the pulpit this Sunday.
The “surprise” birthday party for Pastor Sorensen was well attended. Lunch was served in the Fellowship Hall at noon. Pastor had observed the food being brought in and there was no hiding the good smells that came out of the kitchen during the morning service. There was an ample amount of food topped off with cake and ice cream.
A couple of the ladies of the church, Bobbye Priddy and Norma Stillings, made a trip to Silver Dollar City last week for the Southern Gospel Music Picnic. The lines were long at some of the performances, but they were able to hear some good Gospel music.
Bill and Sandra Rogers handed out water Saturday morning at the Farmers’ Market. Norma Stillings played the piano at 10:00 and made visits at the Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center that morning.
The Youth Choir sang Sunday morning before Pastor Sorensen brought a message out of Joshua 14 on the life and testimony of Caleb. Caleb was well into his 80’s when he asked Joshua to give him the mountain where the giants lived with cities “great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.” So Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb, because Caleb had “wholly followed the LORD God of Israel.” We can say that Caleb was a great man of God.
If we want to become great Christians, we must make an everyday commitment to holiness, honesty, and be willing to endure hardships. We will be required to do things that are contrary to the desires of the flesh. Our greatest enemy may be the flesh, but we can’t let the flesh control us. Even our “good works” can’t be done in the flesh. We must commit to the sacrifice of our time, talent, and resources. We must commit to endure to the end, to finish the course will require staying “fit” and it will cost something. The reward for greatness will be to hear the Lord say, “Well done!” That will be worth it all.