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I Want to Host Alpha – Now What?

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that explore the basics of the Christian faith. This Fall, churches all over Niagara are preparing to launch many Alpha groups starting the week of September 15. If you’ve been praying for a friend, neighbour, family member or co-worker this summer to come to know Jesus, then it’s…

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Why You Can Start A Home Church

If you’ve ever been at the start of one of Bethany’s weekend services, then you’ve probably heard someone invite you to stand up and greet the people around you. The reason for this is that we truly believe following Jesus is best done together and in community. In fact, we think it’s pretty hard to…

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Alpha or Home Church: What’s the Right Fit for You?

Are you familiar with the 401 highway running through Toronto? It has two parts to it – the express lanes and the collectors. Two parts of the highway running parallel to each other, each full of vehicles going in the same direction, but each doing so with a slightly different purpose. That’s the picture I’ve…

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Update from the Suggetts: Reaching Rural Communities in PNG

Dot & Colin Suggett are Bethany-supported missionaries who work with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Their work with the Turka people of Burkina Faso came to an end on April 1, 2019 and they have begun their new roles within Wycliffe. Colin has joined *SIL’s Language Technology group as their lead tester for Bloom – a software product…

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Alpha: Pray, Host, Help

Earlier this summer, we explored the reality that it is sometimes hard to invite and introduce people to Jesus. To help with this, we are launching and facilitating Alpha this coming fall. Well, actually, it’s not just us, but rather churches across Niagara, and even across Canada, are joining together to launch Alpha wherever they are!…

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The Gift of Patience

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m pretty driven. I have task lists that I love to check off each and every day. And, I often ask Krista, “How was your day?” implicitly asking, “What did you accomplish?” This is part of who I am, and how I’m wired. But, what I’m also learning is that…

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Weekend Review: An Invitation to Something More

This past weekend, we explored the reality that it is sometimes hard to invite and introduce people to Jesus. To help with this, we are launching and focusing in on Alpha this coming Fall. To start, we watched the first Alpha video together in the weekend services, and then challenged every follower of Jesus to…

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Our Stories Have Power

If you think about it, the Bible is a book of stories. That’s really what it is. And, I’m not saying that to diminish the inspiration or power of the Bible, but to actually raise the power of stories in our lives. The Old Testament is full of the stories of Jewish people and their…

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What Unsettles You?

Here is my challenge as a pastor: I am called, in many ways, to create spaces in which people might feel unsettled. And, this is a weird calling. Because, truthfully, I don’t like being unsettled. I don’t like being provoked. I don’t like be convicted or confronted. But, what I also know is that this…

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WEEKEND REVIEW: Money

This past weekend, we opened up a difficult conversation around money, finances, wealth, profits, economics, and capitalism. And, since we are in a series looking at nuance (Grey Area), we began by realizing both the subtle power of money, as well as the good of money. Money can do really great things, but it can…

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