Bethany Independent Presbyterian Church





Covid-19 Teaches


Covid-19 teaches

Life is absolutely fragile in every sense of the word

Hundreds of thousands of people are infected with the virus

Tens of thousands of lives were lost across the globe

How fragile we really are!

Let us seek to carefully protect this very life of us


Covid-19 teaches

Life is collectively shared, and it thus is communal

Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent to help the sick

Many health workers risk their own lives to save others

How together we must be!

Let us do our parts following ‘orders and guidelines’


Covid-19 teaches

Life is individually loaned to us all as a gift from above

We have no control over our own life, no matter how hard we try

Now is a time to realize and reckon with this truth

No one escapes God’s rule!

Let us come to our senses today, not tomorrow



Inspiration from Luke 12:13-21
By Pastor Tomas Zatel

19 April 2020

Father of Lights


Every good and perfect gift is of God our Father

They have come down from heaven above;

Father of lights, bestows upon us all, regardless of our colors and creeds

Let‘s learn to look up to God for all our needs


Some of God’s gifts we should never take for granted:

The rain and water, the air we breathe in,

The sunshine we get, and the soul we are created to be for Him;

The Word revealed is the priceless one indeed


How should we best respond to this Father of lights?

He is neither double-minded nor fault-finding;

He rather is generous and kind to us all in spite of our weaknesses

May we all seek to be doers of the Word



Inspiration from James 1:17
By Pastor Tomas Zatel

16 April 2020



God has planned to save us all

Prophets of the ancient times had sought to understand this mystery

Angels of God do not comprehend this plan of God’s redemption


Christ Jesus has paid the price in full

He redeemed us at a great price, going through sufferings on our behalf

There are glories that we will share with Christ as God’s people


We are partakers of God’s grace

We were chosen even before we were born

There is a price for us to pay as Disciples of Christ on earth


Salvation is truly a gift

This is a gift of life, and thus, of God’s grace

May we remain ever grateful for this gift of eternal life



Inspiration from 1 Peter 1:11
By Pastor Tomas Zatel

12 April 2020

The Lamb of God


Who is this Lamb of God?

He bears our sins and takes away all of them

When He was hanged on the tree at the Calvary

This is He of whom all the Apostles were witnesses

He is none other than Jesus a man of Nazareth


Who is this Lamb of God?

As He was foreordained before the foundation of the world

So He suffered and died at the hands of the Gentiles

This is He of whom all the Prophets of old have intimated to us

He is the Redeemer God has sent for us


Who is this Lamb of God?

He was slain, yet remains victorious over all enemies

He promised us of the paradise He prepares

He would surely return to take us home when we are done

He is the Lord whose return to earth we await



Inspiration from John 1:29, 35
By Pastor Tomas Zatel

10 April 2020

No Longer a Thought


God desires that we belong to Him now
This is the noblest thought of salvation one must know and reckon with
And that we are loved makes us stand strong against all odds of life

Christ executes the will of God in His flesh
This is the dearest gift of life in Christ one must find and stand in awe
And that we are saved makes us “more than conquerors” at the end of life

The Holy Spirit effectively intercedes for us
This is the profoundest help of the Spirit one must be confident in
And that we are led makes us stay on the course till the very end


Inspiration from Romans 8
By Pastor Tomas Zatel

04 April 2020

The Word and I


Jesus came to fulfill the Word

He Himself was the embodiment of the Word

He unwaveringly ordered His whole life by the Word


Paul too imitated Christ the Word

He knew so well that he was to fulfill the Word

He thus consistently lived, fulfilling the living Word


What is my lot in this life here?

I am convinced I am called to fulfill the Word

I must consciously seek to abide by the Word of God



Inspiration from Colossians 1:24-25
By Pastor Tomas Zatel

27 March 2020