Stephen Hyder: Prayer as a First Step Towards a New Job

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

Stephen Hyer (second from right) with members of the BCBC youth ministry.

Stephen Hyer (second from right) with members of the BCBC youth ministry.

Losing a job is one of the most stressful life experiences. And today, nearly 94 million Americans are neither employed nor looking for work.

For them, it’s normal to feel angry, hurt, depressed, scared, and grief at all that they’ve lost. It’s normal to feel anxious about what the future holds.

Job loss and unemployment can rock your sense of purpose and self-esteem.

While it can all seem overwhelming, there are many things you can do to take control of the situation. And at the top of the list is prayer.

Pastor Tommy tells us, “Prayer is a cornerstone of life.”

On life’s journey, sometimes prayer is forgotten. It can get lost as we become overwhelmed by issues of the moment.

Stephen Hyder recently went through one of those times—the fear of a job slipping away followed by the trepidation of a job lost. But unlike many who in difficult times forget to pray, he turned towards prayer for support and guidance.

Here is his moving story.

Warm Sweet Junes

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.  (Proverbs 31:10)

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Cougar Adult Groomin beautiful amazing

I’m reading Secrets of the Proverbs 31 Woman by Rae Simons. One chapter tells a great story picture about marriage that I thought I’d share. It’s about gaining perspective over time. About how marriage is in part about the art of reconciliation. Being able to reconcile differences and trusting each other with our intentions and our shortcomings.

This woman is totally faithful to her husband. He can have confidence in her, because she will not let him down….

He does not maintain jealous guard over her or keep his valuables locked up so that she cannot access them. (Proverbs 31:11)

Your husband needs to be able to count on your ability to love him no matter what and even give him a pass if he’s a little more self-consumed or preoccupied one day.

And husbands, giving your wife the benefit of the doubt when she’s just not herself, and building up a trust where she knows it won’t be held against her is crucial. This trust in one another is the bridge between you.

It is the only way to keep walls from going up. Walls that could block the sun when seasons change…

The author says, “Like the seasons, married love has cycles. Sometimes our marriages may seem cold and dead as January, but if we wait, if we’re patient, spring always comes once more… It would be easier to run away the first time November’s chilly gray skies settle over our marriages. But just think of all the warm, sweet June’s we would miss if we did!”

The author talks about the greater perspective after going through these ups and downs… and back ups. The marriage ceremony doesn’t “cancel out our selfish nature”. Instead it’s a continued understanding that things will get hard now and then, but it’s the dedication to reconciling differences for a lifetime that gets you through.

Waaaarm sweeeet Juuuuunes. ☀️🍡

Edited from Lisa LaFortune: Families! Change the World blog.



You’re Getting There, One Brave Day at a Time

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Brave mamas and papas. I used to think the “brave” referred to facing the long days, the tired babies, the relentless needs of our precious children. Teaching them and letting them go as they grow up. Braving the hard that comes with parenting and marriage.

I was wrong.

Brave mamas and papas you are brave because you’re staring Satan in the eyes each day and telling him he can not have your family. You’re standing up to the brokenness that surround your young ones. In the world and in your home. The competing themes that pull in you and your Godly intentions for your babies. We wake up every morning, and sometimes during the night, and we brave the chance that our reaction will be impatient, selfish, unloving, unkind. Whether you feel it each evening as you start the nighttime routine, or if you haven’t felt it in awhile, the opportunity for an impatient and tired response is there. But that’s not what God intended.

The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you. (2 Timothy 4:22)

It could be the subtle message you send your kids when you’re more concerned with updating your status on FB. The message that tells them they don’t come before others, or they’re not interesting enough.

It could be the way you treat your spouse when you’re tired and rushing to get out the door. When you ignore the moment it takes to kiss goodbye, or spend the moment being short with each other, instead of saying “I love you.” I’m guilty of this too.

It’s all disguised as a small, don’t-give-it-a-second-thought reaction to the hustle and bustle of the day.

Don’t be fooled.

This is Satan at work, slowly and systematically breaking down the safety net in your kids world. Playing with the subconscious of your spouse as they wonder why that moment wasn’t worth a friendly loving goodbye.

If we remember, God asked us to multiply, to have a family and be stewards to our little ones and to hold each other up as husband and wife. Satan would like nothing more than to tear our family down. If you suffer in your marriage, spend time reconnecting. Don’t let Satan have a clear shot at your children through a broken connection with your spouse. Pray for each other. Find time to spend together.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

If you can’t find the energy to marvel at your children no matter the age, get away for a morning and recharge your batteries. Then go back to them and stare at them closely as they tell you something about their day. It will come back to you. The wonder and amazement they bring to your heart. Think past the difficult season you might be in to where you want your family to be in the future. You’re getting there, one brave day at a time


Edited from Lisa LaFortune: Families! Change the World blog.

Pray for our Teachers and Students

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:8)

Pray for the teachers and their students. BCBC 8/28/16

Pray for the teachers and their students. BCBC 8/28/16

Teachers who are Christians cannot compartmentalize their faith. It impacts every aspect of their lives.

So, as the new school year gets started, let’s pray for our teachers, that they may educate our children and serve in a way that supports His will to be done.

Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants. (Deuteronomy 32:2)

At the same time, pray for our young students, that they may learn and become wise.

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)

Peace is Possible

The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace. (Psalm 29:11)

Small Rhythmic Landscape. Paul Klee (1920)

Small Rhythmic Landscape. Paul Klee (1920)

In a world of constant conflict and suffering, is there any hope for peace?


In the Bible, God promises that peace is possible. He promises peace so extraordinary that it “surpasses all understanding”.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Through meaningful worship, the study of selected Scriptures, and small group opportunities, we will trust God to help us discover:

  • Peace with God
  • Peace with ourselves
  • Peace with others
  • Peace when our world is shaken
  • Peace with death and dying

Never forget…

If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.…(John 14:15)

Defining Marriage from a Christian Perspective

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, (Romans 1:6)

Same-sex marriage has emerged, not because our definition of marriage has “evolved” or “expanded”. Rather, it’s because what it means to be “married” has degenerated.

“Most Americans feel our culture is coming apart at the seams,” says Rachel Lu, at the University of St. Thomas. “Marriage is part of this grim picture. Most everyone nowadays agrees it’s a good thing, but somehow it’s prohibitively difficult to do.”

Ryan Anderson, writing in the Federalist, laments, “Blindness to the truth about the human person has led to a crisis of family and sexuality.” For the Church, the latest intellectual and cultural challenge is not the nature of God or redemption. Rather, it’s about humanity and morality. Our challenge is to explain marriage, what humans are fundamentally, and how we are to relate to one another.

Pastor Tommy Bridges

Pastor Tommy Bridges

Listen here starting at 22:34 minutes as Pastor Tommy presents a clear definition of a biblical marriage and its importance in society today.

To understand God’s design for marriage, we have to realize that marriage is more than just an emotional or romantic attraction between two people. It’s a union between husband, wife, and Christ. When done correctly it’s a reflection of God’s love for the church.

Yes, there will be failures and defects on both sides. It is the nature of being human. But this does not alter the relationship.

Young At Heart Sunday School Events

Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not;  until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. (Psalms 71:18)

seniors_2Bent Creek Baptist Church offers an opportunity for continuing growth in the senior years. Yes, the body may break down, but the spirit is capable of growth, renewal, or even new birth in old age.

For those looking for spiritual growth, BCBC invites you to join us and find a new or renewed faith commitment in Christ. Believers and nonbelievers all have can grow in fellowship toward spiritual maturity. In fact, many of this world’s greatest prayer warriors are senior citizens. Despite change, loss, and chronic health conditions, elderly people can continue to cultivate their relationship with God.

Here is a list of activities taking place in March through June sponsored by our Young at Heart Sunday School members.

  • March 6th, 2015, Friday, 4:00 pm
    • Mark Lowery & The Martins get together
  • March 21st, 2015, 4:00 pm
    • Chili/Potato Bar and Desserts
  • March 29th, 2015, Sunday
    • 5th Sunday Night Gospel Singing
  • April 18th, 2015, Saturday, all day
    • Narroway Theater
  • June 1st, all day
    • Hymn Sing at The Cove

Please join us. Call the office for more information. 828-667-9818


Sign up for the Women’s Christmas Tea!

Ladies, you are cordially invited to

“Elizabeth’s Reflections,

Celebrating a Christmas Frozen in Time”

Shared by Michelle Butler

Annual Women’s Ministry Christmas Tea

Saturday, December 13th

2 – 4 pm

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3 Biggest Benefits of the BCBC Community Yard Sale

The Bent Creek Community Yard Sale is scheduled for September 20, 2014, at 7:00 am – 1:00 pm..

Here are the three benefits of this event.

yard_saletrans1. Find unique treasures that you wouldn’t spend money on in a store, but are affordable at yard sale prices.

2. Keep stuff out of landfills, especially baby toys that are used for a short time and made of plastic.

3. Meet the neighbors while engaging kids in an outdoor activity.

Mark you calendar.

See you at Bent Creek Baptist Church


“Cor9:24” Starts Again on September 3rd

As a church, we are all called to be followers of Christ! Too, we’re called to go and make disciples of Christ. Paul writes…

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-25 [thus the name “Cor9:24”])

On Wednesday and Sunday nights, Bent Creek Baptist will offer a variety of “small groups” to help you with your “core training.” They are open to everyone regardless of your affiliation with Bent Creek Baptist Church. These classes will connect and encourage you on the journey of discipleship!

Wednesday Night Groups (6:30-8:00)

Answering Hard Questions:

  • “Can we know truth?” “Does God exist?” “Can we trust the Bible?” The world has become a fast-paced race of ideas. How do we engage the many worldviews and questions that challenge our faith?
  • 1 Peter 3:15 says, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as Holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
  • In this class, we’ll explore the worldviews influencing our culture and learn how to engage these with the Gospel in ‘gentleness and respect.’

Beginning Spanish: (NOTE: this class begins on September 17th)

  • If you have ever had a desire to learn Spanish or brush up on your skills, here is your chance!
  • Being able to communicate in another language can open so many new doors to build relationships and share the love of Christ with a whole new people group.
  • You will learn basic-intermediate Spanish skills and have the opportunity to use them in conversational settings. No previous Spanish required! Any age is welcomed!
  • Ready? ¡Vamos!

Women’s Bible Study:

  • During the dark time of Judges where everyone did what was right in their own eyes, the book of Ruth stands out as a shining beacon of hope and redemption.
  • Join us for an 8-week in depth study of the short but packed book of Ruth. (Written and taught by Patty Nicholas)

Worship Team:

  • Psalm 95:2 says “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and worship him with music and song.”
  • Join the worship team as they enjoy fellowship and worship together! (And prepare to lead our church family in worship on Sunday morning.)


  • Join a team that serves a vital ministry in the lives of our children (preschool to 6th grade).
  • You’ll help the kids learn the Bible (as well as learning more yourself)!

Encouragement 101:

  • Ever had a chance to visit and encourage someone in a nursing home?
  • This group will be focus on ministering to those in our church who are home-bound or in nursing homes.

Foundations – New Members Class:

  • Have you been attending Bent Creek and are now interested in becoming a member?
  • We will discuss Bent Creek’s core beliefs and practices as well as help you discover your spiritual gift!


Sunday Night Groups (Meet at 6:00)

Men’s Bible Study:

  • Men, this is a great opportunity to meet with other men and talk honestly about issues that we face on our journey of discipleship!
  • Join this group for stimulating Bible discussion and practical help from 1 John.

Youth Group (meets at Davis’ home):

  • Join other students (6th to 12th grade) for fun relationships and engaging time in the scriptures!


It will be the most rewarding time you’ll spend all week. Join us at Bent Creek Baptist Church on Sunday and Wednesday evenings beginning September 3rd. Childcare is available on Wednesday nights.



• Need a Marriage Assessment?

divorceHaven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator made them ‘male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.? So they are no longer two, but one flesh.’ Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate. (Matthew 19:4-6)

The BCBC pastoral staff is available to meet with you for an assessment of your marriage. Call the church office to make an appointment. 828-667-9818