Category: Faith

Become Like Children

I think that our world is concerned with “bigness.” As in, we want to become bigger and better at everything. We want to matter, and we want to seem important. We so often position ourselves to be seen as successful, winning and thriving. It’s in office conversations, and all over Instagram. But, this path is…

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7 Deadly Sins: Lust

This weekend, we’re diving into a topic that is often forgotten or ignored – the deadly sin of lust. And, this is a topic that matters for all of us, because it is such a part of the world/culture around us. So, please join with us as we look at how Jesus wants to address…

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Why Home Church

If you’ve ever been to Bethany for the start of a weekend service you’ve no doubt heard us say something like “we believe it’s impossible to follow Jesus well and remain strangers.” And this isn’t just something we think sounds good but a reality we feel Jesus has taught and modelled for us. It doesn’t…

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Join, Host or Lead a Home Church This Spring!

As a church, Bethany places a really high value on being a disciple of Jesus. If you’re not familiar with that term, it just means that we are learners and followers of Jesus, letting His teaching and His Spirit move and transform us to become more full of grace, truth and love in any and…

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The Source of Evil

“Sin is…the kind of purity that wants the world cleansed of the other rather than the heart cleansed [of sin].” – Miroslav Volf I’ve been thinking and noticing just how divided, polarized and violence-prone our world is. Obviously, this isn’t something new, but it just seems to be increasingly coming to the forefront. Hate seems…

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Armchair Musing: Spiritual Disciplines – A Foreign Land

A few weeks ago, I went to California for my cousin’s wedding. Becky (my wife) & I were staying in an Airbnb, which meant we had to find a grocery store, and other amenities we would utilize while we were there (most importantly, coffee shops!). As you would imagine, the first day or so we…

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People to Be Loved, or Things to Be Used

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives, and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” – Martin Luther King Jr. Today, I want to write about how we…

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What’s Your Reminder?

Today, I want to talk about remembering. Because, I believe a key pathology of our age is forgetfulness. That, due to the pace of our world, the speed of our world, the constant pressure to move on to the next thing and the next notification, we as a culture are in the habit of forgetfulness….

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What Are You Scared Of?

The truth is, I’m scared of a lot. And, if you listen to fear, it only speaks louder, and more confidently. The problem with listening to your fears isn’t only that fear lies, but that fear controls your freedom. Fear controls your freedom. Erwin McManus put it this way: “What you fear establishes the boundaries…

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The Next Move. Just Say Yes.

Introduction: Andrew Epp is Bethany’s new Executive Pastor, starting in January 2019.  This is the first in a series of posts that we hope will help you to get to know Andrew, his family, and their desire to serve the Lord. The following post was written by Genevieve Epp (Andrew’s wife) and published on her…

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