Friday, February 26, 2010

What Do You Look For In Potential Leaders?

When considering someone for leadership you have to consider certain charicteristics. According to the wisdom of Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, we find some of these outlined in Exodus 18:21-23.
  1. Able and Gifted
  2. Fear God
  3. Love and Live the Truth
  4. Hate Covetousness
  5. People of Influence
  6. Sound in Judgement
  7. Able to withstand Pressure
  8. Know their Boundaries

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

19 years ago today

19 years ago today, Beverly and I were married in Manchester Ohio. She truly is my soul mate and the love of my life. God allowed our paths to meet even as children, playing in the yard at my aunt Genevie's house in Canal Fulton, Ohio.

Later our paths would meet again as my parents and her parents connected together in ministry. From there we set our hearts to seek the Lord and were married at the young age of twenty.

I'm still married to my sweetheart.

Because in everything I do
You always have a part,
Because a loving thought of you
Is always in my heart,
Because each little wish of mine
You've tried to make come true --
On this, our day, I want to say
How dearly I love you.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

God's Instrument - Rev. Robert Penny, Sr.

I see the hands that hold God's word
And fold in prayer to seek His will.
I see the feet that walk the path
And offers of praise as from lofty hill.

I see the hands that serve Him well,
The ears that seek to hear His call,
The mouth that speaks truth and wisdom,
The busy feet that carry the message to all.

I see the heart that was pricked and entered
When God's man answered the gospel call
And yielded his life as a humble servant,
A man who is willing, as was Apostle Paul.

I see all of this as he stands in the pulpit,
An instrument through which God speaks
The words of wisdom, of love and peace,
To lead and guide all those whom God seeks.

Judy Crowe

Monday, February 15, 2010

Well Done Good and Faithful Servant

My Hero: Rev. Robert Penny, Sr.

Rodney Griffin

I dreamed my life was done
I stood before God's son
It was time to see what my reward would be
With love He reviewed my life
To count what was done for Christ
For that is what will last eternally

See I'd done my best to share
That Jesus really cares
And He would save if they just believe
Oh, but seldom did harvest come
And so few did I see won
Until the Lord said, "turn around and see."

Then He showed me the faces of the ones who'd come because of me
So many faces that my life had led to calvary
All those years I thought nobody saw as I labored in lowly places
That's when Jesus smiled and showed me all the faces.

He said though you did not see the yield,
You were faithful to plow the field
At other times you helped Me plant the seed
No matter how small the task, you did just as I asked
And thanks to you these souls have been set free.

Then He showed me the faces of the ones who'd come because of me
So many faces that my life had led to calvary
All those years I thought nobody saw as I labored in lowly places
That's when Jesus smiled and showed me all the faces.

And for those years you thought
Nobody saw as you labored in lowly places
One day He'll smile and show you all the faces.
... the faces... you'll see their faces.

Friday, February 12, 2010

A Celebration of Life

Penny, Robert W. Sr.
February 11, 2010

Robert William Penny, Sr. 72, of Indianapolis, IN went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 9, 2010. He was born November 4, 1937 in Duplin County, NC the son of the late Robert and Lummie Penny.

Robert was an ordained minister and an Elder at Bethel Family Worship Center. He retired from General Motors and was a veteran of the United States Navy. He graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather; he will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Robert is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Margaret; his three sons, Rick (Rose) Penny, Roger (Teresa) Penny, and Robert (Robin) Penny, Jr.; three brothers, Ottis, Raymond, and Roland Penny; three sisters, Zannie Atkinson, Glenda Mobley, and Clara Marshburn; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services to celebrate his life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 13, 2010 at Bethel Family Worship Center officiated by Pastor Russell Hylton. Entombment will follow at West Ridge Park Cemetery Mausoleum. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Friday, February 12, 2010 and from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at Bethel Family Worship Center.

Funeral services will be live streamed at Arrangements are in the care of Family Funeral Care.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Homegoing of Bishop Robert Penny Sr.

November 4, 1937 - February 9, 2010

This morning, my hero, Rev. Robert Penny Sr., went home to be with Jesus. He stood with me personally as well as with our church, BFWC, for over 10 years. He was a member of our pastoral team and a "preacher's preacher." Words cannot describe how I feel in my heart at this moment. I'm torn between joy and sorrow. However, Bishop told me not to cry at his passing - he told me to rejoice and meet him on the other side. He then said, "Pastor, we're going on!"

Please post any comments you may have.


  • Bethel Family Worship Center
  • Friday, February 12th - 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 13th - 10:00 am - 11:00 am


  • Bethel Family Worship Center
  • Saturday, February 13th - 11:00 am
  • 2:00 pm dinner at church

Family Funeral Care
5791 Rockville Road
Indianapolis, IN 46224-9118
(317) 381-7100

Flowers can be delivered to the church from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm M-F at BFWC. (Door #4)


Pastor Hylton

Saturday, February 6, 2010

ebay auction for the next three days

BFWC is auctioning off two Wilson Footballs that have been authentically autographed by the Indianapolis Colts players! All proceeds will go to the repair of our church bus.

Football #1 Click to go to ebay auction
#7 - Curtis Painter
#12 - Jim Sorgi
#17 - Austin Collie
#31 - Donald Brown
#40 - Jamie Silva
#58 - Gary Brackett
#61 - Richard Jamey
#65 - Ryan Lilja
#66 - Kyle De Van
#68 - Eric Foster
#71 - Ryan Diem
#74 - Charlie Johnson
#76 - Daniel Federkeil
#78 - Mike Pollak
#81 - Hank Baskett

Football #2 Click to go to ebay auction
#7 – Curtis Painter
#12 – Jim Sorgi
#17 – Austin Collie
#40 – Jamie Silva
#44 - Dallas Clark
#58 – Gary Brackett
#63 – Jeff Saturday
#65 – Ryan Lilja
#67 – Tony Ugoh
#76 – Daniel Federkeil
#78 – Mike Pollak

Your help is greatly appreciated!

Monday, February 1, 2010

No Doubt About It

None of us are immune to doubt. We all face it.
  • Doubt is not the opposite of Faith. Unbelief is the opposite of Faith.
  • However, if you don't deal with your doubts it can lead to unbelief.
  • Unbelief can lead to sin. "Whatever is not of faith is sin." (Romans 14:23)

Doubt must be recognized. We first have to admit that we're having doubts before we can remedy the doubts. Of course, there are reasons for doubt and results that linger when we don't deal with it rapidly.

John the Baptist had his own share of doubts when he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, "Are You the one or should we look for another?" John had doubts - not about his salvation - but doubts due to his circumstances.

There are reasons for doubt:

  • Circumstances
  • Expectations not met
  • Ministry potential not achieved.
  • Mistrust of people

Sure, we can look at John the Baptist and point our religious finger in his face and say "John, how could you doubt Jesus? Aren't you the one who declared Him to be the 'Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world?'"

But before we do, who among us has never doubted since we came to faith? I know I have. Even in my doubts, God's assurance broke through my unsetteledness.

Listen to this sermon and learn how to remedy the doubts in your life.