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Start With Love

As we look forward to a new year, I have a simple challenge. And, it’s one that’s pretty good, because it comes from Jesus: This is the year to love your neighbours.  I mean, this is what Jesus calls us to do in Mark 12:30-31 (NLT): “You must love the Lord your God with all your…

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Finding Connection

Being part of something that matters is exciting for me. Maybe it’s the same for you. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? It’s being part of something where I know I matter and where others matter as well. Where we’re seen, heard, connected and find our purpose, together. This is so much of what…

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Home Church: Winter 2020

Jesus connects us to God and each other This Christmas at Bethany our hope is that everyone will felt a sense of “home” when they came to be part of one of our Christmas Eve services. And I like that a lot because home, in the best sense of the word, is where I can…

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A Post-Halloween Lesson

Like many parents after Halloween, all the candy makes us and our kids crazy. Therefore, we ration what our kids can eat, so we can keep our sanity. I also eat it both as a parent tax, and also to lessen the amount they have. I’m a good parent like that. But, this week, I saw…

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WEEKEND REVIEW: When It Gets Too Heavy

This past weekend, we looked at the question: What do you do when things get too heavy? And, what I mean by that is what do you do when you feel overwhelmed, and are just done with it all? What do you do when you feel like you are drowning in the wilderness under all…

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WEEKEND REVIEW: A Challenge and an Opportunity

This past weekend, we continued in our series, IN THE WILD, exploring the wilderness – the dry and difficult places we find ourselves in our lives. And, what we looked at was the journey of the Israelites in Exodus 15-17. At the start of this passage, the Israelites are miraculously saved by God, but then…

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IN THE WILD: A Challenge and an Opportunity

We are entering the second week of our sermon series, IN THE WILD, which is all about really exploring, not only how we end up in difficult seasons in life, but how we can survive and leave them. Last weekend, we began the series by realizing that if we are ever going to leave the wilderness,…

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Fear

Our boys have a habit of writing out their prayers. This is something they were taught at KidZone. They were even given little journals. And, often what we do is read their prayers together. A while back, this is the prayer that Asher wrote… Don’t worry, I’ll translate his handwriting for you. It says: “God, can…

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WEEKEND REVIEW: What is the Wilderness?

This past weekend, we began our sermon series, IN THE WILD, looking at how to survive the dry and difficult places in which we find ourselves. We began by exploring this theme of wilderness, learning about how it is a place of lacking, dryness, difficulty, challenge, temptation, and testing. We also saw how it can…

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IN THE WILD: What is the Wilderness?

This weekend, we are starting a brand new series called, IN THE WILD. And, the idea is really simple: To spend the next five weeks exploring the wilderness. Because, the theme of wilderness and wild is seen throughout the Bible. It’s something that Jesus, Moses, David, Joshua, and so many others have gone through. And, it’s…

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