New Bethel Weekly (22 June 2017)

6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.
7 “May peace be within your walls, And prosperity within your palaces.”

                                        Psalm 122: 7-8 (NASB)

There is physically only one place on Earth that the Lord God has set aside as His, Israel. “‘The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine;’” (Leviticus 25:23).  For this reason alone, there may be no more important place on the whole Earth.  Yet, there is also so many promises associated with the land and the people of Israel that makes this small piece of land important.  Speaking to Abraham, the father of Israel, “And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who [a]curses you I will [b]curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.’” (Genesis 12:3), maybe the most famous of these. Of course, it is also the place where our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, lived, died, was buried, and rose again.

Israel even gives us reassurance that the promises God has given us personally will be fulfilled.  It is amazing that we can read Leviticus 25 and later read accounts of Israel being overrun and restored in scripture.  Not only can we read it, but we can see that promise being fulfilled in modern times.  The most notable being the restoration of Israel, to the world, on May 14, 1948.  God’s promises are not only yes and amen, but eternal!

There are many things that I love about New Bethel and just one of them is the honor we show Israel.  Part of our Morning Prayer Call includes a time to pray for the peace of Israel.  Our WhatsApp Prayer Group regularly has people calling on our members to prayer for specific events happening in the Holy Lands.  We are not only passionate about what happens in our community, but are passionate about the destiny of Israel.

This Sunday will be extra special as two of our own, Judy Biemer and Ellen Cureton, have returned from a recent trip to the Holy Land. They will be sharing about their time there, complete with pictures, stories and even testimonies.  I am so excited to hear what they will say!  In addition to being a special day for us, it is a great chance to invite a friend to experience Israel.

Blessings,

Allen Wilson

 

New Bethel Weekly (15 June 2017)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

                                                                             Galatians 5:22-23 (NASB)

 

 

Two days and two shootings in the news.  The United States seems to love tragedy and hatred.  When it is not in the news, it’s readily available in the form of entertainment.  I cannot even begin to count the number of CSI, Law & Order and true life crime dramas on TV.  Throw in reruns and it seems the message of outrage and violence can fill our minds 24/7.  Where is the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control?

 

The truth is, all of those things are the fruit of the Spirit and should be within us.  When Jesus told us to love our neighbors, I am convinced He wanted us to show them love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  When He said we would do “even greater things,”  I am convinced He expected us to get out and help a stranger, neighbor or friend.  I believe a key to bringing freedom to our region isn’t just setting ourselves apart from the world in our hearts and minds, but stepping into the world and shinning.

 

The truth is, we have the answers to every question, problem and/or situation in Christ Jesus.  We ARE the solution in most cases.  My challenge to you is to go be the solution.  Find a person you can help and start helping.  Help fix a broken fence, babysit a young couple’s kids so they can have a night out, teach a teenager how to work on a car, or make lunch and share it with a grandmother.  There are thousands of problems in our area and we have the answers to each one.  You, you reading this, you have the answer!  Just pick one problem and start being awesome!

 

Here’s the kicker, you don’t have to talk about Jesus.  Sure, because He is such a big part of your life, Jesus will come up at some point.  When that happens, go with it and let Holy Spirit speak through you.  Until that happens, just keep problem solving.  The kindness of a stranger is so counter cultural that stories about it go viral on social media.  The world is starving for good news and the Good News.  With that in mind, I encourage you to be strange this weekend.  Be counter cultural.  Show your neighborhood a little more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control and a lot less of the other stuff.

 

Blessings,

~Allen Wilson

New Bethel Weekly – Christmas Edition

As I prayed about what to write for this edition of New Bethel Weekly I was continually taken back to my 10th grade math teacher.  I don’t remember her name, but I remember something she did.  The last day before Christmas break she closed her classroom door, told us to put everything away, and began to speak to us.  She laid out the gospel, prayed over us, and then offered the gift of salvation to anyone who wanted it.  This was in a public school, and she had printed letters for any student to take to the principle explaining what she did.  Then she shared why she did it.

When I was her student she had been teaching for 18 years and had been sharing the same message for 10 years.  Her 7th year of teaching two of her students committed suicide over the holiday break.  She had no idea what was going on in their lives, there were no clues that she picked up on, and she didn’t know if they were saved.  Her message wasn’t an attempt to “win souls” but rather an attempt to save lives and hopefully touch that one life that felt worthless and unloved.

You see Christmas is an amazing time.  Families come together (I’m in Georgia with my family as I write this), gifts are shared, and an overwhelming feeling of love tends to fill each house.  For many, this season is a reminder of our salvation.  Some, however, do not know this peace.  When they look at the lights, festivity and family, they feel empty inside.  There is no hope.  If you are reading this and know that this is you, you are not alone.

Jesus loves you.  Every story in the Bible, every Sunday message, every door banger and Bible thumper, every song about Jesus on the radio today, is a message of love.  The best part is that love is for you personally.  If no one except you said yes to Jesus, He still would have given His life for you. This is the promise of the Christmas manger, Jesus’s life for yours.  A promise fulfilled with His death and resurrection.

With the acceptance of Jesus, comes hope, joy and love.  You no longer have to walk alone, the burdens of your life become shared. Best of all, Jesus is someone who has your best interest at heart.  However, He loves you just as you are. Jesus isn’t about control or manipulation.  The things He asks of His followers are designed to bring freedom and peace.  He does not want your daily decisions driven by the next fix (whatever that vice may be).  He shows you places in your life that keep you from accepting unconditional love, and helps you overcome them.  He moves you from a place of fear and suspicion, to a place of love and trust.

There is hope today, right now for you.  Not only can you have a friend, you will gain a family.  No matter how different we look, or act, the message of the whole Church is simply this: Jesus loves you and so do we.  If you are lonely, depressed and need some help, there are some great people at 1-800-273-8255 (The National Suicide Prevention Line) waiting to talk to you and help.  If you need a friendly word of encouragement or want to talk more about Jesus call me at 919-618-8127.  If you want to experience the hope and love of Jesus then pray right now:

Dear God in heaven,

                I come to you in the name of Jesus.  I acknowledge to You that: I am a sinner, I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived and I need your forgiveness.

                I believe that Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.

                You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.

                Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul.  With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead.  This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.

                Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins.  Lord Jesus, transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself.

                Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.   AMEN

Ever week, I close the weekly with I love you, this is not an empty or cute statement.  Among the many things Jesus has done for me, He took my cold heart and filled it with love.  He truly has given me a love for each of you.  I will not be at New Bethel this Sunday, but if you read this and chose to give Jesus a chance to love you, there will be people there Sunday, 10:30am, who would love to welcome you the Family of God. I love ya and Merry Christmas to all.

 

Blessings,

~Allen Wilson

 

New Bethel Weekly 12/17/2015

It is finally here!  The New Bethel CHRISTmas Extravaganza is finally here!  Okay maybe extravaganza is “selling” it a bit too much.  Still, this Sunday is our special Christmas Celebration Service which will kick off at 10:30am.  There will be a covered dish fellowship following service.  Thank you to everyone who has signed up to bring a dish. Pastor Boris is asking that everyone who is bringing food to please have it at New Bethel by 10:15am so you will have time to join us for the full Christmas Service.  There is still room for you to sing up, we are a little light on vegetables and drinks, so click here to do so.

It has been a very unique year for New Bethel, with some exciting changes.  For those who have stood with us and helped through a few transitions thank you. For our newest members to the New Bethel Family, I know it can seem chaotic at times (transition can bring some chaos), it is my prayer that through it all you have seen the love and grace that defines New Bethel.

I’m writing my year end close now, because this is the last traditional weekly of the year. I hope you will stay tuned for a special Christmas and New Year’s edition of the Weekly.  I want you to know it has been a huge blessing to serve you, and with you, this year.  Thank you for the love and support you have shown and given me through the year.  You are awesome!  I love you and look forward to celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, with you this Sunday.
Blessings,

~Allen Wilson

New Bethel Weekly 12/10/15

Thank you to everyone who is working to make this Christmas a wonderful time of year for New Bethel.  I would like to say thank you to With Love From Jesus (WLFJ) for donating the big awesome tree that now sits in our sanctuary.  It is beautiful.  As a reminder this Saturday is New Bethel’s partnership day with WLFJ.  We meet at 9am at their Raleigh location, 421 Chapanoke Rd. Raleigh NC 27603.  This is a great time to minister to the community, and give of yourself.

Our new Courageous Youth leaders, Nick and Keisha are asking for all the Courageous parents to stay after service this Sunday for a quick meeting.  The meeting will last about 10-20 minutes. If you are unable to attend please email Nick, villarreal.nicholas@gmail.com, for details.

A new stop has been added on our Christmas trail.  The Cary Vine group is inviting everyone to go caroling!  They will be at Smithfield Rescue Mission Wednesday December 16th, 2015 at about 6:45pm.  There will also be a carpool meeting at New Bethel at 5:45 and leaving promptly at 6pm.  You are welcome to join either the car pool or meet at the Mission.  Smithfield Rescue Mission is located at 523 Glenn Street Smithfield, NC 27577. For questions please contact, Andrea Mathews amathews3842@gmail.com, or Martha Ellington ellington5106@bellsouth.net, thank you.

Our CHRISTmas celebration is just 10 days away!  New Bethel you are doing an awesome job with the sign-up sheet.  Thank you to everyone who has already agreed to contribute to our Covered Dish.  There are still a number of slots open, such as veggies and side dishes, to be filled.   For those who don’t like to cook, we still need drinks, ice, and paper goods. Also, our clean-up team only has Mama Linda Wiggins, she could really use your commitment to helping with clean up.  To sign up click here, or go to www.perfectpotluck.com  use last name: wilson and password: 7777.  Thank you, I love ya, and I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday.

 

Blessings,

~Allen Wilson