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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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Up, With & Out

We can be honest in church, right? I want to take a moment to share a bit about the heartbeat behind the disciple-making framework we use at Bethany (Connecting daily with Jesus [Up], journey closely with others [With], and serving & blessing [Out]), as I understand it. I want to do this because I have…

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WEEKEND REVIEW: WITH

This past weekend, we opened up the topic on our second core action: Journey deeply WITH others. And, we did this by exploring Romans 12, and Paul’s call to the Church to create a home in a heartless Empire. To help us better understand the context of this passage, we looked at two fictional, but historically accurate…

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WHO WE ARE: WITH

This weekend, we are going to be diving into our second action that we believe all followers of Jesus are called to do: Journey deeply WITH others. And, I think this is something to which many of us readily agree, but struggle to practice. We agree that life is lived better together, but when it…

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WEEKEND REVIEW: UP

God wants to change the world, and the way He does that is by creating disciples who partner with Him. And, for us here at Bethany, being a disciple means this:  Connect UP daily with God. Journey deeply WITH others. Serve OUT in the community. This past weekend, we explored the first of these three…

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WHO WE ARE: UP

This weekend, we are continuing in our series, Who We Are. And, we are moving from discussing our three core values (Grace, Discipleship, Vulnerability), toward learning more about the three core actions that define our Discipleship Framework (UP-WITH-OUT). Because, values guide actions, but values without actions aren’t enough. To start, we will explore one of…

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WEEKEND REVIEW: Vulnerability

This past weekend, we looked at the last of our three core values here at Bethany: Vulnerability. That when it comes to who we are and the values that guide us, this is one that we are committed to live by, along with Grace and Discipleship. We explored how vulnerability is revealing who you really are to…

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Disruption

This week, I read that 800 people at GM in St. Catharines will be laid off on Monday. Sometimes, in academics or even theology, they call these experiences “moments of disruption.” Most other people just call them awful. And, they are. Whether you lose a job or have a health crisis, there’s a job layoff…

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WEEKEND REVIEW: Grace

This past weekend, we opened up a new sermon series called, “Who We Are,” looking at our core identity and direction. We began by sharing the three core values within our DNA, which we will be unpacking over the next few weeks… Grace Discipleship Vulnerability We also believe that every Christian needs to be engaged in…

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