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Love Over Fear

Today, I want to ask an important question. It’s a question that is an undercurrent to so much of the discussion, worry, and anxiety around COVID-19. It’s a question that lurks behind our worries about our jobs, our finances, our families, and even our country. It’s a question that, unless it’s addressed firmly and clearly,…

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Bloom: Empowering by design

“And I will make of you a great nation,  and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” Genesis 12.3 Like Abraham, we are called to be a blessing to the nations… and yet, it’s sometimes difficult to know how to do that!  Reflections on Christian missions show us…

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Finding a different rhythm

I recently read this quote, which caused me to think about how I live my life. It is from Henry David Thoreau: “Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different…

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For Thine is the Kingdom

This past weekend, we wrapped up our sermon series on The Lord’s Prayer. And, it was only afterwards that I realized I’d left something out. This is what happens to me sometimes when I get preaching and moving around. But, what I love about our church is that we pay attention. Many of you asked…

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Update from the Suggetts: “Is there anything more ordinary than bread?”

“And give us this day, our daily bread…” So begins the book “Blessed Broken Given: How Your Story Becomes Sacred in the Hands of Jesus” by Glenn Packiam. I’ve only just begun the book but it’s already got me hooked.  Packiam writes, “It is the very commonness of bread that accounts for its appearance again and…

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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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