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Hope Spreads Further: From Crisis to New Life


May 7, 2020

My mother went on a trip to Turkey, Greece and Rome with Dr Paul Maier while he filmed the study series, Odyssey of St Paul.  Some of you may remember that BLC small groups used this video a few years ago.  It was a very interesting visit because of Dr Maier’s wonderful knowledge of both the secular and spiritual history of the area.  Especially in Turkey, Dr Maier had to be careful while he filmed his...

I've Got the Music in Me - Part 1

May 1, 2020

Music has been a part of my life since the day I was born.  My folks are both vocalists who met in The Acapella Choir at Holland High School.  As far back as I can remember, my mom sang in a trio with one of my aunts and a mutual friend of theirs.  They “toured” Holland, singing at many area churches.  She, my dad, my sister and I have all been members of the adult church choir since we were teens.  My dad was relegated to sitting with me and my siblings during church while we were young, but once we were...

Thinking about the 23rd Psalm

April 30, 2020

During this shutdown, stay home, stay safe period I have been thinking about Psalm 23.  To me, this is an inspirational chapter in the Book of Psalms.  During the next few weeks I want to share some thoughts I have about this wonderful and inspiring passage.  Now, I am no Bible scholar or theologian – I leave that to Pastor Paul.  I am simply giving you some of my...

Beginning, Middle, End

April 29, 2020

Many people have given us hope throughout the past few months by telling us that the current Covid 19 situation has a beginning, a middle and an end.  While we are still in the middle, each day we are getting closer to the end.  Pr Paul and staff are working towards the time that we are...


April 26, 2020

Hello Bethlehem Faithfuls!  

This is a picture of the beautiful orchid that Barbara and I have in our office. How, you ask, does this picture portray hope?  Look at the center, below the blossoms on the left hand stems, and you will see a new branch growing!  I’ve always thought budding flowers represented one of God’s most beautiful signs of hope. We know that with proper care, those buds will, in time, turn into pretty flowers. I am certain that, with proper care, we will all be able to 

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