My Last Post of 2020

Glad it’s over, but at least I’m better prepared for the next catastrophe. Amen?

Thank you, everyone. All of you who have read any of my posts, all of you are appreciated, even Stephen in Canada 😉

Tonight, at 6pm our time, we are going to be having a New Year’s Eve service. It won’t be a long one, nor will it be a traditional-like service. All I plan to do is read a verse or two from the Bible and ask if anyone would like to share a word or two about the past year. Then, as Jesus and his disciples did right before He was taken to be tried, we will have our version of the Passover meal: the Lord’s Supper.

Jesus said of the Passover meal, and by extension the celebration of that last supper we observe today, “Do this in remembrance of me.” Paul said that as often as we partake in the communion meal, we “proclaim His death” until He returns. I want to offer it tonight for both those reasons.

Remember Jesus. If that is one thing we probably did not do enough of is think of Jesus during the last year. On the other hand, it is very possible that many people who never thought about God at all had their minds on things eternal. Did we as Christians take advantage of that opportunity? Did we think about life and death as much as those who were without hope?

I can’t help but think that the Church has been given a rare opportunity, at least a once-in-a-lifetime chance to offer Christ during a time of great uncertainty and questioning. For most of the past year we have seen something comparative to the Ethiopian reading a scroll he barely understood and we as Phillip being sent to answer his questions. How many of us have even considered the answers?

Proclaim His death until He comes. The second thing about communion is that by partaking in it we show that we have put our faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. We believe that His blood was shed and His body was broken on our behalf, and that Jesus was buried only to rise again. And we believe, as He promised to rise again, He also promised to return. Therefore, we partake with a grateful and expectant heart as we proclaim to the watching world where our faith lies.

Before I go, I want to clue you in to the subject matter of my next substantive post. As some of you may have read, a man named Stephen has been leaving some pretty harsh and antagonistic comments here on the blog. I have honestly come close a time or two to blocking him. However, I’ve not been able to do that.

So, in a previous comment to Stephen, I said that I would like to take his accusations and false charges and answer them one-by-one. Unfortunately, a lot has happened over the last couple of months and I forgot to do so. However, I am in the process of compiling ALL Stephens comments going back to January of this year. From these comments I am going to pull specific issues and questions that I will attempt to address. Please pray that the Lord will use the material I post to open the eyes of blind and allow the hard-of-hearing to hear His voice.

May the joy of the Lord be your strength in 2021.

Put Jesus first in all you do.


Filed under Bethlehem Baptist Church, blogging, Church, current events, Future, God

20 responses to “My Last Post of 2020

  1. Merry new years to you. Glad its over as well. Wishing everyone fresh wind in their sails. And a call for everyone to crack their bibles open often.. specially in Matthew 5,6,7 Blessings and good health to you all, by Gods grace! Eyes to the sky and feet to the path. Blessings Anthony to you and your family and your labor.

  2. Bless you for your kindness and patience, Anthony. I’m praying you’ll be able to able many hearts in the coming year, even Stephen’s. Happy New Year, my friend!

  3. Stephen

    Looking forward to reading your post. If I can’t be nice, I just won’t respond at all.

    Happy New Year

    • Happy New Year. And yes, I will be nice. I’m always nice… when I’ve had plenty of coffee and I don’t forget my phone, of course.

    • Stephen, I just finished a reading of all your comments up to the one where you said you were quarantined. They totaled eleven pages, the first comment coming back in January of 2020. I just thought I’d let you know that in the time it took to read through your comments I easily found at least 20 personal attacks and multiple uses of profanity.

      How about let’s BOTH be nice?

      • Stephen

        My comment was, “ If I can’t be nice, I won’t comment at all”
        I was saying that, if I can’t be nice, I won’t comment on your response.
        I know you think you’re always nice, but I know that I’m not always nice.
        Wether or not you deserve respect is irrelevant to the fact that I personally believe I should be nicer to those I disagree with.
        We should all be a little nicer to one another.. But I sometimes succumb to the Trump syndrome where I need to belittle people that are contrary to me. Sorry about that, I’m working on it.

  4. Blessings for a stunning 2021!

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