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Rev. Paul Pruitt’s Article
A Woman’s Perspective
Mrs. Donna McCall
Is Complete Deliverance A Possibility?
Rev. Paul Ritchie
God Is In Control
Rev. Don Loss
The Protocol of Abiding In Christ
– Pastor Ronnie Turner
From The Heart Of The Women’s Campus
– Kendra McQuinn
Homecoming / Golf Tournament details
Celebrating that the Lord is GOOD!
(previous Homecoming Celebration)
Bethel Lawn Care
Is that not where we find ourselves today? We find ourselves in a place we never imagined we would be. In our desperation we reach out for help. The issue is, many times we reach out to the one who will place us in bondage. Maybe it is the drug dealer who will give us something to ease the pain and then we find ourselves in slavery to the drugs and the dealer. Maybe we reach out to a doctor to help us ease the thoughts, the memories, and we find we cannot survive without the pill that will take control of our thoughts. Maybe in our desperation we seek to find a temporary solution which leads to bondage.
The story is the same down through the ages. People in need wanting to be delivered and looking in all the wrong places for that deliverance. The question becomes “How do I get help?” “Can I be free?”
The answer is, and always will be, yes! You can be free from the bondage and slavery. Yes, there is help.
As you know, God sent Jesus as the ultimate Deliverer. Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” Luke 4:18 Under God’s guidance, Bethel Colony’s pastoral counseling team has developed a program to help people be set free. Both men and women. The same Spirit that was upon Jesus lives in us. Through His strength and guidance, we are seeing freedom from bondage. The slave to sin has become free. The slave to drugs, alcohol, addictions has been set free. Complete freedom is still available today no matter how bad or how deep the wounds from the past.
These 5 steps are key to maintaining that freedom:
Now we know the truth and how to apply it. The truth will set you free! Join the many who have come through our campuses and now walk in freedom.
Please be sure to watch Bethel’s live-streaming Homecoming service on Sunday, October 4th and hear the many stories of men, women, and families who have come out of bondage and are walking free in Christ Jesus!
Where mercy flows,
Gods In Control
Rejoice in the Lord always again I say rejoice, in fact this is the way that God wants us to live: rejoicing in Him always, regardless of what’s going on around us because He said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you, therefore you may boldly say the Lord is my helper and I will not fear what man may do to me.” I was just sharing with the men this morning a little bit of my experience when I was being robbed at gunpoint. So I guess I will share it with you and how God was there with so much power. It was a beautiful experience. I’m glad it happened to me to have had the experience of God’s faithfulness to take care of us in our time of need.
It was a Wednesday evening. I had been to church and had two large castings in my pickup truck that had been surface ground. Cast-iron, when it has been ground, will turn brown in a moment. It doesn’t take much moisture in the evening air to turn it brown. I did not want this to happen so after church I took them to Belmont which is where I had a space in a machine shop with another man. Most of my work was coming out of Queen City Foundry. I would do any drilling and tapping and/or mailing that needed to be done on these castings and if there was any other machining to be done he and I would do that. I backed up to the dock to unload these two castings. I went into the shop to get a hand-truck and when I got back there was a tall thin man standing beside my truck. I hollered at him in a loud commanding voice; “What are you doing here?” He replied; “Are you going to Gastonia?” I said, “No, I’m going the opposite way.” About that time, he pulled out a little silver-plated revolver and his partner stood up on the far side of the truck, a little short guy. It reminded me of Mutt and Jeff from the funny papers except I didn’t think it was funny. So then, he demanded that I give him my wallet.
I’ve not been in the habit of carrying much money with me as long as I have gasoline in the truck to get home. In fact, I did not even have a single dollar bill in my wallet just some change, probably about $0.50 worth. I was standing there looking that gun over. I could see the bullets in the cylinder and fear came over me and I said, “Lord, if this is my time I’m ready.” It brings tears to my eyes when I tell you about this. Folks, it was like a giant translucent cylinder that you could see through dropped over me and I felt as safe as if I was sitting in Jesus’ lap. God showed up in a big way that day. He was right there all the time. All fear left me and I was trying to think of how to witness to these people. It probably was a pretty feeble witness but nevertheless that’s what was on my mind. As I write this the tears are coming, I can hardly see what I’m trying to do. The man with the gun said, “Lay down on the ground face down.” I could hear him going through my wallet and I’m trying to think what to say, so I said, “What you need is not money.” However, the only thing that he heard was money. He said, “You have some more money on you?” I said “No, I don’t.” He then said, “Get up!” I did and he put a scarf around my face and held it at the back of my head and we went up the steps onto the dock and into the building. Right inside the building was a men’s room. He kind of pushed me in and said; “Lay down and don’t come out for five minutes or I’ll blow your head off”. So I calmly lay down. There was some light coming under the door and I looked at my watch. It was 8:55 so at 9:00 I tippy-toed over to the door which had been left open about 4 inches. I didn’t hear anybody outside so I gingerly walked out; didn’t see anybody. There was some woods and then a golf course coming in from the other road at the back of the shop and they must’ve come through the golf course and then through that little stretch of woods to the shop. I didn’t hear any vehicles just silence so I locked the door and called the police.
The parking lot was fairly large and there was a grocery store on the other side of it that closed at 9. These fellows were probably planning on robbing him when he came out with the money. However, I came along just a little before that and most probably interrupted their plans so they decide to rob me. That was a poor choice. Not only did I not have much money, I had the Lord on my side, hallelujah! The Lord and I are more than a match for anybody. At least the Lord is!
Remember I said they look like Mutt and Jeff from the funny papers. About a week later two fellows with the same description robbed a taxi driver in Gastonia and pistol-whipped him and put him in the hospital with concussions because he did not have enough money on him to suit them. But remember the closest thing they come to touching me was to put a scarf around my head and march me up the steps. Before they put me in the men’s room I was trying to think what to say about Jesus and you know how it is when you go talk to somebody you try to turn and face them. The big guy with the gun said; “Don’t you look at me.” Well, praise the Lord! I heard more fear in his voice than there was in my voice. By this time I was feeling very comfortable. God gave me a sense that He was the one in control and I was just trying, rather awkwardly, to talk to them about Jesus. Praise God Almighty Who was and is and is to come. He showed up when I needed him and God took control. Hallelujah.
Pastor Paul Ritchie
The Protocol of Abiding in Christ
Mankind is constantly forging idols in his heart. He finds a way of living as he sees proper. He is thoroughly convinced that his way of thinking trumps any other view. “There is a way that seems right to a man.” (Proverbs 14:12) Without Christ, his end is death. “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (I John 5:12.) The way without Christ is a road of depravity. It is ingrained with the spirit of antichrist. This is the protocol of one who does not believe Christ. According to the scriptures there “is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens to all. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead.” (Ecclesiastes 9:3) Being “full of evil” does not necessarily mean that the fullness of the evil is witnessed. It takes on various expressions that are rooted in rebellion and pride. Its branches spread out through the world. Many are trying to change what is by nature unchangeable. Only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can do that.
There is a protocol for Christians; the way that they are called to live. That protocol can only be followed by abiding in Christ who is designated as the True Vine in John 15:1-8. Jesus is emphasizing to his circle of disciples the relationship about to be experienced between Him and them after His resurrection. They will be in a new position (in me) vv. 1-3. There is an obligation in this position (to abide in me) v 4. The fulfillment or failure in this duty is (to bear fruit or to burn) vv. 5-8. 1.”I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away. And every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3. You are already clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what your desire, and it shall be done for you. 8. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” According to verse 3, the word has brought Jesus’ disciples into the kingdom of God. Those who make a profession of faith in Christ are united with Him. There are branches that do not bear fruit even though they are attached to the vine. The phrase in v2 ‘takes away’ can also be translated as ‘lifted up’. These are the branches that are lying on the ground wet and dirty. They will not bear fruit until the vinedresser lifts up the branch, cleans it, and puts it back on the fence where it can get light. It is here that it begins to bear fruit again. Those who do not bear fruit have dirtied their souls with sin and the lusts of the world. If this persists they will be fruitless and thrown into the fire. It is a judgment on the branch. “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered: and they gather them and throw them in the fire, and they are burned.” They did not follow the protocol of abiding in Christ. The good branch abiding in the vine will bear fruit. It is his only hope of bearing fruit. He cannot do this on his own. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (v4)
Discipleship in the word of God and abiding in Christ is the protocol for bearing fruit for God. Being spiritually minded is the way in which Christ can continually make His strength dwell in them and act through them. Looking to Christ to perform that which He has created for us to do. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:9) Bearing fruit will not happen without prayer. “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”
There is a pruning process that we who are in Christ will incur as a result of conforming us to the image of Christ. “Every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” This process of fruit-bearing will by necessity be a cutting away of those things that will nullify the branch bearing more fruit. There will be many experiences that we will all face that will be hard. Attitudes, emotions, choices, trials, mountains, valleys, relationships, pain, suffering, self, pride, sin will all go under the pruning knife of the Lord. In our weakness, a constant reliance on prayer at the throne of grace, will be the normal Christian life. We cannot survive without it. The branch receives sap only from the vine. The believer will only bear fruit as he abides in The Vine. That is why the Lord has given us His promises. We draw sap from Him in the form of strength, help, and mercy. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16) “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” (vs 9-11)
Where the grace blows,
Pastor Don Loss
Associate Director / Director of Counseling
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Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and Lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths”. These verses are some of the most quoted in the entire Bible. As the people of God, we cling to these verses in times of duress, and in other circumstances that seem to be insurmountable and which leave us bewildered and scratching our heads. Please understand, these verses are valuable for each of these situations, but there are times when we lose sight of God’s providential preeminence which lies in these precious words. According to Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “traditional theism holds that God is the creator of heaven and earth and that all that occurs in the universe takes place under divine providence which is under God‘s sovereign guidance and control. God governs creation as a loving father, working all things for good.“ (Romans 8:28)
On May 18, 2018, I prayed and sought God’s thoughts, and after claiming Proverbs 3:5-6, I made a decision to leave Bethel Colony of Mercy to become the director of Christ Centered Recovery Program, in Morganton, North Carolina. I made this decision with peace and in my heart; I believe God was guiding this decision. This journey had its’ hills and valleys, but through it all God’s eyes were upon every step and He did bless the next one and a half years, and used me at CCRP. Then something happened; my path seemed to be re-directed or straightened, leading back to Bethel Colony of Mercy. As a result, on September 17, 2019, God opened the door for me to return to Bethel Colony of Mercy as a member of the pastoral counselling staff. So remember the next time you are seeking guidance and trusting in the Lord with all your heart, as your path goes in a different direction than you expect; there will be times when God in His Divine Providence will gently re-direct your path to bring glory to Himself, and to work all things for His good and for yours.
Trusting in His Divine Providence,
Pastor Ronnie Turner
Pastor / Counselor
(Please pray for these and all of Bethel’s graduates)
Testimonies from the heart of Bethel Women’s Campus
Testimonies of Bethel Graduates
Before I came to Bethel, I thought that getting clean and staying clean was what I needed to do to change my life. Then, I realized that I needed more, and that what I needed was God. While trying to figure out what rehab to go to, God placed an old friend back in my life who told me about Bethel Colony of Mercy. I was still debating whether or not I was actually going to come to Bethel once I was accepted and promised a bed. The devil was in my head hardcore trying to convince me that I didn’t need it when I clearly heard a voice say; Go! I felt such a peace about it at that point that my mind was made up. Once I got here, I knew in my heart that this was the place I was supposed to be. I was slow at opening up, but once I did, I became so receptive to all I was learning and my heart began to change. Not all at once, but gradually, little by little. I completed Bethel’s basic 65-day program and thought I would be leaving when I graduated, but God shut every door in my face. At that point, I chose to sign up for two more 30-day extensions and again thought I was ready to go home. But, God said no, again. So, I signed up for the 6 months Vocational Student Program. That was a time of learning and growth for me. I had to learn to walk out my faith and stick to my commitments because the devil was on me hard about leaving before my 6 months was over. But, I stuck it out and had a breakthrough when I did. Then, at the last minute, God laid it on my heart to apply for a position as volunteer staff.
Even though some days are extremely hard and I don’t know how I will do it, I am learning to trust God more and more every day. This is the refining fire that is helping mold me into the woman of God that I was created to be. And, even though I don’t know what the future holds, I know that right now this is God’s will for me and I know as long as He is with me I will make it through.
Women’s Campus Lawn Care
more from the heart of the Women’s Campus…
I came to Bethel Colony of Mercy Women’s Campus because I needed help with drug and alcohol addiction. Before coming to Bethel, I ended up in jail because of drugs and almost dying from a drug overdose. I knew I had to get help. I couldn’t live that lifestyle any longer. Worn down emotionally, physically and mentally, I found the love of Jesus Christ while in jail. I began praying every night asking God to find a place for me to go where I could finally get free from the chains of addiction and truly get to know Him because I wanted to be a better person; the person that God intended for me to be.
My mom found out about Bethel and I applied the day after getting out of jail. In less than one month, I was in Bethel and God answered my prayers immediately by showing me His love right away. I was nervous about going to a faith based program, but I was willing to give Bethel a shot. After about a week here, I finally began warming up to the idea of letting God heal me. My whole life had been a struggle with my emotions and how to express them. I had never learned a healthy way to show my feelings and I suppressed them. Since coming to Bethel, I’ve learned how to dig deep inside of me with the help of God’s Holy Spirit. I’m also learning life skills such as self-discipline. When in active addiction, I didn’t care about taking care of myself and having any kind of routine. I needed this structure and Bethel is helping me to ingrain discipline into my everyday life. This is still a learning process and I am still struggling with both areas of my life, but every day I am growing stronger. With experience and spending more time with God and in His Word, I will become a better person, a healed woman.
I am still figuring out what it is like to be a Christian. I’ve spent 35 years of my life never knowing God and relying on myself for everything. This has been a big part of my downfall. I now KNOW that I can do NOTHING without God and His perfect guidance and direction. I am still learning how to love others, how to let others love me, and how to discern God’s voice. That is why I asked to extend my time at Bethel for 30 more days after completing the basic 65-day program. I know that God is still molding me into a warrior for Him and He is working on me daily. I have so much more learning and growing to do and I cannot do it alone. I need God and Bethel to help me.
I want to be a light for others and to be part of something bigger than just helping myself. I know that I can’t do this until I am stronger in my faith and my emotions. Every day at Bethel is an experience of a lifetime. God brought me here to train me for something in my future. He is teaching me who Brooke is and who I am in Christ. I know I have a big heart and I love helping others. Working in the office at the Women’s Campus is one of the greatest privileges I’ve ever had! I’ve always wanted to work with others, especially those who are struggling with addiction. Working in the office as a part of Bethel’s Vocational Student Program has given me opportunity to help other women even more. I am able to be involved with other women who are applying to come to Bethel. Being a VSP at Bethel is a 6 months commitment and I believe God led me to apply for that program because He has more to teach me and wants me to say at Bethel longer.
During the duration of my VSP commitment, I want to work on developing a more intimate love relationship with my Savior. Even though some days are tough, I love being at Bethel. The enemy does not want me here. I feel like I am a part of something so vital here at Bethel. We’re changing lives of others, as well as our own. I appreciate how God is using Bethel to help me spiritually. I am retaining knowledge and wisdom daily. I know that I am in the right place here at Bethel, exactly where God wants me.
Bethel Colony Women’s Campus Office VSP
BETHEL’s 72nd HOMECOMING
Sunday, October 4th
Live-stream beginning at 9:00 a.m.
In order to protect our staff and students,
Bethel’s HOMECOMING will look a little different this year.
Bethel’s Worship Center will NOT be open to guests this year
and we will NOT be sharing a Homecoming meal together.
However, we are looking forward to what God has in store for us through
the testimonies of former Bethel students
whose lives and families have been drastically changed
by the power and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This year, Bethel’s Homecoming service will be live-streaming through
Facebook, YouTube, and Bethel’s website (www.bethelcolony.org).
SCHEDULE OF LIVE-STREAM EVENTS
9:00 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks…Pastor Paul Pruitt
Prayer with Pastor Don Loss, current students, staff, and their families.
9:15 a.m. Praise and Worship led by Marc Whitson
9:45 a.m. Introduction of Bethel’s Board Members and Staff Members
10:00 a.m. Roll Call…will include some live and some pre-recorded
testimonies of former students, current staff, and VSP’s
11:00 a.m. Opportunity to Give to the Ministry of Bethel Colony
11:15 a.m. Bethel’s Praise Team
Homecoming Message by Dr. Rudolph Outlaw
Dr. Outlaw is an exciting bible teacher and preacher.
He brings the Word alive and the living Word will make you alive!
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
Rudolph Outlaw was placed in an orphanage at age 4 when his father died. His mother remarried when he was 14 and took him out of the orphanage. Having a jealous step-father, he was put out of the home and was living on his own as a teenager. He was taken advantage of by a man who took him and other young people all across the country selling magazines door to door. When his mother and step-father separated he came back home, got a job, finished school and got married right out of school. He began drinking alcohol in high school and it eventually became a real problem for his home and family. At the age of 34, he heard Nicky Cruz give his testimony about how Jesus had made a difference in his life.
After hearing Nicky Cruz give his testimony in 1972, Dr. Outlaw gave his heart to Jesus Christ and answered a call to preach. In 1976, he started a Thursday night Bible study with one man and his family which eventually grew to become a church. Dr. Outlaw pastored this church for 30 years while traveling and preaching in other churches and at Bible conferences. Dr. Outlaw received an Honorary Doctorate from Emmanuel Baptist Seminary in 1989 and served on the board of directors at Southeastern Free Will Baptist College for a number of years.
In 2004, he resigned as pastor and has continued to travel as an evangelist sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Bethel’s Annual Golf Tournament
Brushy Mountain Golf Club
Friday, October 2, 2020
Registration will be available online at http://bethelcolony.org/golf thru Wed., Sept. 30th.
Express check-in for those who register and pay online.
SHOTGUN STARTS – begin at NOON
Captain’s Choice – 4 person teams ($220.00 per team)
Entry fee: $55.00 per person (includes lunch and prizes)
Get your team together and contact Nick Rabah or Cathi Loss at 828-754-3781 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Celebrating that the Lord is GOOD!
Check out our previous Homecoming Celebration
Bethel Lawn Care!!!
Bethel’s Lawn Care Service is part of our ongoing program and coincides with our mission statement – teaching the deliverance message of Jesus Christ. Part of our approach is daily work assignments. Work assignments are designed to teach men responsibility and stewardship. As we help more folks in our community the Lawn Care service not only helps men with responsibility and stewardship but instills a Christian work ethic, provides a skill they can use to get a job, and teaches them to give back to their community and to Bethel.
Our goals are to help the men with:
- Work Ethic
- Living out their faith in public
- Lawncare skills
- Landscaping Skills
- Horticulture Skills
This helps Bethel by:
- Helping to fulfill our approach with daily work assignments
- Creating more work for the men
- Creating ways to give back to our community
- Creating more community awareness
- Creating an income that helps keep Bethel’s program cost down.
- Creating a full time staff position to oversee this part of the program
Call Jeff Hollar at Bethel
for prices and to schedule an appointment.