Peter wrote two letters to congregations on the fringes of the Roman Empire during a turbulent and dangerous time for the Christian church. In July of 64 A.D. Rome was burned. Emperor Nero took this opportunity to blame the Christians, whom he intensely disliked, for the burning of Rome, and many were martyred. Peter himself was crucified later that year. At some time during the months before his death, Peter wrote these epistles to churches in five distant provinces so that they would be prepared, strengthened and encouraged for the persecution that was to come. We Christians today face our own forms of persecution in a world that we are called to reach into for the sake of Jesus Christ and the gospel. Come, join Pastor Tim Wendelin as we read and digest Peter’s letters. In doing so, like Peter’s early readers, you too will find strengthening of your faith for the purpose of persevering in whatever struggles this life brings you. Through the work of the Holy Spirit by God’s gifts of grace and forgiveness, you will be blessed, encouraged and fulfilled as you live your life for Him.
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Hi, I’m Pastor Tim. I’ve been a part of the Bethlehem family my entire life, 61 years and counting! Born, raised, and educated at Bethlehem’s day school, I went on to high school and then to college in the Denver area. I graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a Master’s degree in Physics and worked for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for 37 years. I retired from NREL in 2018 and became part of a small company that develops large scale solar power technology. Several years ago, I felt a pull to the ministry and so went back to school as a student at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. In early 2016, I was ordained and called as a pastor here at Bethlehem. My wonderful wife Sandy, whom I met here at Bethlehem 37 years ago also serves here at Bethlehem as our Director of Discipleship. As a part-time pastor, my main ministry areas are pastoral care and visitation, Bible teaching and Senior ministry. I also sing with our contemporary worship teams. In my spare time I spend time with my wife, my extended family and golf. There is a reason I have been at Bethlehem my entire life. By God’s grace, this wonderful Christ centered faith community has been and will continue to be my extended family for years to come. I pray it can be yours as well. May you find the love and gifts of Christ here at Bethlehem!