News Articles:

Rev. Paul Pruitt’s Article
The LORD is Good!

A Woman’s Perspective
Mrs. Donna McCall
What can wash away my sins?

Paul’s Pen
Rev. Paul Ritchie
Six Elementary Principles of Christ cont’d…

Counseling Corner
Rev. Don Loss
The Powerful Antidote for Idolatry


Four Foundation Stones by which Bethel Colony of Mercy has operated
by: Rev. Charles F. Cook

Other News:

70th Homecoming Celebration Pictures
2018 Golf Tournament Pictures
Women’s Campus Update

The LORD is Good!

“For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.” Psalm 100:5

What a wonderful Homecoming this was! 70 grand years of His glory poured onto His “Hill”! We had more people at this Homecoming than the previous years and it was so wonderful to catch up with so many!

It is always fun to catch up but this goes deeper. Catching up at Homecoming is like the Apostle Paul and Ananias coming back to Damascus and memorializing their conversation. So many men who were hopeless on their death bed not knowing where to turn – but GOD intervened and now they are testifying of His goodness.

Adam Hudson was literally homeless, walked out of the woods to talk to a stranger, and that stranger happened to be a former graduate of Bethel,,,But God! Now he is a faithful employee and serving at his local church.

Scott Hennesy had been kicked out of a cancer treatment program because of his use while getting chemo, on the verge of a divorce….But God! Now he is healed of cancer, ordained and leading Celebrate Recovery at his church!

Christian Rathbone was desperate to get help but was failing at all the answers he was getting until he found out the real answer is Jesus! Now he just got married and is being faithful to God.

David and Bethany Marsh were broke, having to move in with their in-laws while David was stuck in his addiction. His wife didn’t know what to do, they had a toddler and a new baby on the way and then God intervened. Now they are in Bible College preparing for the call God has on their life!

After having many more wonderful testimonies of God’s redeeming power we shared some fellowship and a meal. The only hard part was trying to get around to speak to everyone.

After the meal, Jonathan Loss gave a heart-warming speech about his mom and dad, Don & Cathi, for their 35 years of service at Bethel. This year not only celebrates 70 years of ministry at Bethel but the Losses have served here for half of that time. We are so thankful for their commitment, sacrifice and love that they have shared with so many. God has used this couple to help thousands for His glory!

I think you are getting the picture – it was a glorious day! To add to that, the Lord added more to His family. Two men came to the Lord and many met God at the altar as He worked on hearts. Through Bible Conference we saw more men get saved and others rededicate their lives to the Lord. We are so thankful to Dr. Billy and Barbara Martin for making Homecoming and Bible conference a special week to remember.



If you didn’t get to make it this year, we ask you to go ahead and put it on your calendar for next year! Sunday, October 6, 2019! But know, even if you didn’t get to be on the property this year, you are part of the celebration as you pray, give and tell people where they can come to get set free from bondage!

We are thankful for you!

Pastor Paul & Stacy Pruitt
Executive Director

Woman’s Perspective

What can wash away my sins?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus, right? Today this is not the most popular of all thoughts. First, we cringe when we hear the word SIN. And, the fact is there is only one way to get relief from the sin which is the blood shed by Jesus.

Reading the scripture, we find Jesus explained “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me.” John 14:6 Why did we need Jesus to make a way? Because all have sinned we are told and fall short of the glory of God. (Rom. 3:23) Here is the statement revealing that sin is an issue for all. Since Adam and Eve, no one has escaped the act of sin.

God is all loving, all kind, and all compassionate. He is rich in mercy and grace. You cannot bankrupt His ability to cover our sins. His love never fails, never gives up, and will never ever change concerning us. Jesus paid the price for us all so we could be spotless. When God looks on us He sees the blood of His Son and not our sin if we have accepted Jesus’ offer of redemption. Where sin did abound, grace much more abounds. (Romans 5:20)

So all sinners have a Savior. Why do we find it so hard then to admit we have sinned? Why does it make us cringe to hear someone preach about sin or talk about it? Does it make it not a fact if we do not confess it? One man became sin who knew no sin. He took our place and accepted the penalty. Jesus, the spotless, became spotted with our transgressions.

Today, we water down our actions and call them failures or diseases. We say things like “I made a mistake” or “I messed up”. Then to make it sound even less of our responsibility we classify actions as disease. Alcoholism, drug addiction, obesity must be some form of illness. Fact is we fell short. We did not line up with the principles laid out in the Word and we sinned. We made a choice and that choice was the opposite of what God wanted or wants.

Just think for one minute about sin. Sin caused a separation from God. God brought reconciliation through Jesus. What do we have to gain by not calling sin what it is? Hiding it does not make it go away nor does it make it right. Saying it is something that happened that is beyond our control does not resolve the issue either. What resolves the issue is this. While we were yet sinners Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:8)

Don’t allow the condition you are in to keep you there. Come clean before God. He is the only way for redemption in all our lives. Our bodies are the temple of Holy Spirit if and when we are born again. To violate that temple is sin. There is no sin more sinful than any other. The only downfall for us is if we stay where we are when God is calling us to repent. Confess it and turn away. That is what He is looking for.

Our future and God’s plan can only be thwarted by our inability to change. That change must begin with a heart set on pleasing God and not self. Without faith we are told it is impossible to please God. That is how we must begin. Have faith God will forgive our sins and He will transform us. Have faith that He who begins the work in us will complete it. That is a promise He makes in Philippians 1:6. Just let go of all your past and trust Him with your future.

Now, admit it. Sin is not such a bad topic. It can bring such freedom when we discuss it. He whom the Son, Jesus, sets free is free indeed! Enjoy living free from the burden or weight of sin. Confess it and take away its right to hold you back.

Where Mercy Flows,

Donna McCall,
Director of Women’s Campus

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.” Psalm 42:1

We are so thankful for the streams running through the property at our Women’s Campus. It reminds us just how much we need His rivers of love to flow through us. This is just one of many streams which runs through our property.

Paul's Pen

Six Elementary Principles of Christ cont’d…

“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, Let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.” Hebrews 6:1-2

The laying on of hands is the fourth of the six elementary principles of Christ. The laying on of hands is often overlooked in the practices of the faith. It is a method that God has chosen to transfer from one person or persons to another, depending on the need and purpose for the transfer to take place.

In Leviticus 16:20-22, the priest would lay hands on the head of a live goat and confess the sins of the people transferring the sins of the people onto the goat. The goat was then sent into the wilderness along with the blood of the offering, signifying sending away the curse of sin. “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” Here is an example of transferring a gift of God to a fellow Christian. Again in I Timothy 4:14; “Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.” In Luke 4:40, Jesus healed by laying His hand on the sick. John 14:12 declares that we are to do as He did, again transmitting healing power to the sick. Please read John 14:12; “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” We are to do the same as He did.

Mark 16:18 says; “They will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.” In a church that Eldora and I served in, the husband of our piano player reported to me that she would not be able to come to church that Sunday as she was sick. I asked if it would be alright if we were to go to their home and pray for her and we did. When we walked in she was on the couch looking rather pale. I laid hands on her head and prayed for her healing. Just before the morning service was to begin she walked in looking fine and she was quite able to play for the morning service. Praise the Lord!

Here are some of the occasions in which laying on of hands is employed: healing, ordinations, sending qualified people out to ministry, receiving the Holy Spirit, imparting spiritual gifts, imparting a blessing (the ability to accomplish God’s plan and purpose in the life of a believer), blessing your children and others.

Some don’ts in the laying on of hands: I Timothy 5:22; “Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people’s sins; keep yourself pure.” Sending out those you do not know or those who are not ready for the responsibility. Otherwise, are they prepared? Is there evidence of a call of God? Imparting spiritual gifts (Galatians 6:1). How spiritual is the person? How well do you really know them? If not mature in the faith, they may do more damage than good. Take into consideration the purpose for laying on of hands.

My ordination to the ministry was a very important event in my life. First I was examined by an ordination committee of pastors who questioned me to some length. After I passed their examination, a date was set by our church for the ordination. Next was a sermon on the responsibilities of a pastor. Then all of the ordained deacons and pastors present lined up (there were about 25 or 30 there) and each came by, laying hands on my head and prayed a blessing over me. There were some very wise men in that group and I believe that event had a lot to do with the success of my ministry. Also, the many years before as God was using every experience of my life to bring me to that point in my life.

If you are not used to the concept of laying on of hands, this may sound strange to you. However, God considers it as one of the six (number of man) elementary principles of the Christian faith. I believe that my wedding and my ordination were two very important events in my life. Both were much more than a ceremony in my life. They were Spiritual happenings that changed my destiny. I am blessed because of BOTH and would not have wanted it to be otherwise. When my great grandson, Johnny Kelly, was ordained to the ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I made sure that I had the opportunity to lay hands on his head and ask God to bless him exceedingly. I am grateful that I had that opportunity.

Also, when the directorship of Bethel Colony was passed on to Pastor Paul Pruitt, we laid hands on him asking God’s blessing in this capacity as the new Executive Director. I am convinced that God has honored that request. I am fully convinced that he was, and is, God’s man for that position at this time. God has given mankind dominion on earth. (Genesis 1:26-28) Therefore, it is fitting that we lay hands on those that are called out by God to do His work here on earth and ask His blessing to accomplish His purpose.

Pastor Paul Ritchie

Senior Pastor


Counseling  Corner

Reverend Don Loss

The Powerful Antidote for Idolatry

In contemplating the two belief systems of trusting in God and the love of idolatry, trusting in God will outshine the love of idolatry every time. There is a fragrance of Christ that emanates from those who trust in God. On the other hand, there is a spirit of the world emanating the spirit of death for those who love idolatry. The fragrance of Christ diffuses the fragrance of God’s knowledge in every place. It is the aroma of life leading to life. Whereas the spirit of idolatry is the aroma of death leading to death. This undying trust in God is the powerful antidote against idolatry. Trust is the trump card that defeats the world of idolatry.

“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?” II Corinthians 2:14-16

In Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan writes of Christian and Faithful encountering the materialism while in the town of Vanity where the spirit of idolatry rules. “I then saw in my dream that when they had gotten out of the wilderness, they saw a town before them and the name of the town is Vanity. A fair is set up in the town and it is called Vanity Fair. It is held there year round and it bears the name of Vanity Fair because the town where it is located is lighter than Vanity.” Bunyan inserts scripture next to the phrase “lighter than vanity.” It describes men of low and high stature as being weighed on the scales. “Surely men of low degree are a vapor, men of high degree are a lie. If they are weighed on the scales they are all together lighter than vapor.” (Psalm 62:9) The point being that there is no weight to their souls. There is no substance or solidity in their souls. There is a meaningless that gives way to nothingness in their delighting in Vanity Fair. All things sought after in Vanity Fair will end in this judgment, “This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.” Ecclesiastes 2:26.

Bunyan continues to write, “Everything that is sold there or that comes from there is meaningless, as in the saying of the Wise, everything to come is meaningless. This fair is not a recent standing established business, but a thing of ancient standing.” It reeks of the aroma of death leading to death.

But there are other people in this Vanity Fair that are not the subjects of Beelzebub, the ruler of this kingdom. They are the children of God who are living in and for Christ with the joy of the Lord. Nehemiah 8:10. You find them throughout the whole world. They are the disciples of Jesus praising and worshiping the Lord. They are raising their families in the Lord. They are fellowshipping in the church with others who know the same Lord. They are the light of the world. Matthew 5:14. They are people of trust and they hate idolatry. They are like King David in Psalm 31. “In you, O’ Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness.” In Psalm 31:1 David prays that he would never put the Name of Christ to shame, the Name which he bears in his soul and life. His trust in the Lord has also given him a hatred for idolatry, the aroma of death leading to death. He detests the way of Vanity Fair and its pleasures, merchandise, and luxuries that attract the people of the world.

Note David’s wisdom in his thoughts on idolatry. “I have hated those who regard useless idols; but I trust in the Lord.” Psalm 31:6. This attitude will trump any spirit of idolatry, whether it be drugs, alcohol, pain pills, false gods, sexual sins, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, or the pride of life. Empty souls cannot cope with life because their hopes are full of the emptiness of idolatry. You must hate them for they are the savor of death leading to death. Only a trust in God and a hatred for the things that are worshiped in place of the Lord will enable you to cope with the pressures and stresses of life. Pursue the Lord. Follow and serve Him. “For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalm 107:9. “Happy are the people whose God is the Lord.” Psalm 144:15. May the Lord bless you.

Where the grace blows,

Pastor Don Loss
Associate Director / Director of Counseling

*  If you would like to read previous Counseling Corners we are now archiving by topic/title for your future reference.Click on link: Counseling Corner Archives

There are four foundation stones by which Bethel Colony of Mercy has operated that have made this ministry successful and glorifying to God.

First is the stone of FAITH in the Word of God, without which God cannot be pleased. Hebrews 11:1 and 6: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” v. 6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he who cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” 1 John 5:4: “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” God’s plans for the universe work by faith.

Second is the stone of the GRACE OF GOD. It is the foundation that gives all glory to God. John 1:16 — “And of His fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 — “…My grace is sufficient for thee…”
James 4:6 — “…He giveth more grace…”

Third is the stone of HOPE for the hopeless. Romans 5:5 — “…Hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit Who is given unto us.” 1 Peter 1:3 — “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who…hath begotten us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 John 3:3 — “…Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as He is pure.”

Fourth is the stone of GOD’S ETERNAL LOVE. 1 John 3:1 — “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God …” 1 John 3:16 — “By this perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” John 19:30 — Dying on the cross, “Jesus … said ‘IT IS FINISHED!’ … ” God’s plan of salvation was finished by His Eternal Love sacrificing His Beloved Son for our sins. GOD’S ETERNAL LOVE is embedded in all of His attributes and speaks of all His actions. Thus the conclusion of 1 John 4:8 — “GOD IS LOVE“.

Respectfully submitted by Rev. Charles F. Cook, Pastor Emeritus of Berea Baptist Church in Hiddenite, N.C.
(Served 15 years (1982-1997) on the Bethel Colony of Mercy Board of Directors, 13 of them as Secretary)

Bethel’s 70th Homecoming celebration!!!

2018 Golf Tournament pictures

This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it!

2018 Golf Tournament
Hole Sponsors


And, we would like to thank all of our door prize donors:


Hannah’s BBQ
AJ’s Family Steakhouse
Hibriten Supply
Firehouse Subs
Fatz Cafe
Advance Auto
O’Reilly’s Auto Parts
Mayflower Seafood
PJ’s Steakhouse and Seafood
Blue Moose
Appalachian Tire
Lenoir Golf Club
Ole Still Golf Club
Leap of Faith
Vintage Cafe
Krispy Kreme
Dunkin Donuts
GNC of Lenoir
Anytime Fitness
Golden Tickets Cinema
Cedar Rock Country Club
Catawba Country Club
Lake Hickory Country Club
Tractor Supply
Dunham Sports
Abigail’s Gifts
Mr. Tire
White Tire Center
Rooster Bush
Pizza Hut
Cookies & Cream
Shake n Dog
The Gold Mine
1841 Cafe
Baker Tire (Hudson)

Update on Bethel Women’s Ministry

The Women’s Campus has experienced much renovations to date. A mission group from Eastern NC Baptist Association came up to stay for 1 week at the facility. They got walls put up, floors put in, and much clean-up completed. When they left we only had mirrors to put in place in one cabin. Thank God for that group and their hard work. We have the beds set up and the dressers in place. We are almost ready for the ladies in that one.

Another cabin is almost done as well. We had to slow down a little on that one. The director’s home was vacated and we are working to get that done so the director can move in soon. The rain also has taken a toll on the roads so we are taking measures for a long range fix. We hope to have that done before the winter begins.

There have been many more church groups who came out to help us do work. The grounds are so much clearer now. Trees have been removed which was necessary for our internet and phone system. Praise God the phones are working there now. Cell connection is available. This was a big hurdle and we are grateful to our IT Manager, Josh McGee for all his hard work on that. Not only to get the clearing done but also to get the best price.

Allen Shiflett takes a crew out almost daily to work on the campus. This crew consists of volunteer students who work diligently to help in this effort. They go to classes each day and then come out to work. What a blessing to have these men. Allen does a wonderful job and we are thankful to have him. He has worked on weekends and at times when it was not convenient for him. These men have worked on all the buildings. They sand, paint, plumb, clean, cut trees, scrape roads, etc. Whatever it takes. They work alone or with other volunteers. We know with their help, this will happen.

We are thankful to all the volunteers who have come. They are such a blessing to us. Not only what they do but getting to know them is a great experience for us. Anyone who wants to come help can contact Donna McCall, Director at 828-754-3781 or email

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
And gathered out of the lands, From the east and from the west,
From the north and from the south.
They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way;
They found no city to dwell in.
Hungry and thirsty, Their soul fainted in them.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He delivered them out of their distresses.
And He led them forth by the right way,
That they might go to a city for a dwelling place.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.
Psalm 107: 1-9

Thank you for praying with us and for supporting the wonderful work God has been doing at Bethel Colony Men’s Campus for 70 years.

Please pray with us as we begin accepting applications from women who need to be delivered out of their distresses. Only He can satisfy their longing souls and fill their souls with goodness.