Service Schedule

Sundays 

Traditional Service 8:00 am

Sunday School 9:15 am (adult and children's options available)

Contemporary Blend 10:30 am (child care available)

Junior Church (K-5th Grade) 10:30 am

BYM Sr (8th thru 12th grade) - 6:00 pm

 

Wednesdays

Choir Practice 6:30 pm

Prayer Meeting 7:30 pm

Kidz Klub (age 4 thru 4th grade) - 6:30 pm

BYM Jr (5th thru 8th grade) - 6:30 pm

Men's and Ladies' Bible Studies - 6:30 pm

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We are located at 155 Reedsville Road, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972

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If you need to contact us, please call our office at (570) 739-2241. For office hours, click here.

Wet Cement Theology

 A blog from Jeff Byerly at Bethesda EC Church

The world doesn't need another know-it-all theologian. My goal is simply to search the Scriptures, analyze current theological dicussions, respond to the events of the global, national, and local communities in which I live, and share my life incarnationally in order to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with my God. As I do this please realize that I am wrong from time-to-time and more often than I think. :-) I am also naturally skeptical and often doubt convictions that are held tightly by many others. I invite you to dialogue with me in this same spirit--to explore how Jesus intersects with our world and to keep our sanity as we view this world from his kingdom perspective. 

What are you doing with your one life?

Posted by Jeff Byerly on Friday, March 14, 2014 @ 2:44 PM

If you could do anything, what would you do? There are lots of various ways to answer that question, but only a few that really would provide a viable answer that would matter. The caution that we need to observe is that although many possibilities are open for us to consider, but not all are viable. We are all limited in certain arenas of life. For instance, I probably could not create a Fortune 500 company and run it. I have limitations … whether it be startup costs, ideas, age, certain skills, education, or a rich uncle. So I’ll set that option aside for now.

However, if you are anything like me, you occasionally do dream about possibilities. And you ask the big kinds of questions: Where is my life heading? How did I get to where I am? What should I be doing with my life? Yeah, that one! What should I be doing with my life? If you’re like most people, you have ended up sort of wherever you’re at, and haven’t really thought much about it. You have followed a bunch of choices; some with multiple options; others where the decision seems to have been made for you.

So here you are, doing what you’re doing, and living where you’re living. So, the if-you-could-do-anything-what-would-you-do question rarely gets explored. However, you probably entertain several dreams throughout your lifetime, but you are paralyzed into thinking that you have to let them go. Dreams are fun to entertain (for a while), but then the more serious thoughts of life crowd in to snap us back into the real world. Sadly, many dreams die on the imagination vine.

Let me just say the obvious: You have one life to live! And you might as well make it worthwhile. Even aside from being a pastor, I’ve come to realize that the greatest satisfaction comes from following the imagination that Jesus reveals about life. It’s all in his classic teaching called the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew, chapters 5-7).

Amazingly enough, we dream because God made us to dream. And Jesus has a vision for your life that keeps filtering through in your dreams. Now, before you quit your job, sell your house, and buy a motor home to tour the American frontier, let me just say that God’s dream involves following Jesus into new frontiers of your life. Don’t do anything too rash!

Jesus wants more than to be accepted into your life, and to come along for the ride while you make choice after choice and end up wherever it is you’ve ended up. Rather, he wants you to trust him enough to surrender this one life to him. He actually may have a better navigation plan than the cut-and-paste, piecemeal life that you are staring at right now. Think about it.

He’s not offering a religion, or a church life experience, or an intellectual faith. It’s bigger than finding the right spouse, the right friends, the right job, the right political party, or the right clothes. It’s bringing your life into harmony with the right Person … the One who created it – the same One who gives you those dreams that make sense and would be perfect for you.

Jesus calls us into this dream by painting the picture of a kingdom. Many have mistaken these words for future glory in heaven, but his stories reveal a dream for how to live in this world now. Check out that Sermon on the Mount! It’s a series of pictures that Jesus wants for your life! So what are you going to do with your one life?

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