Category: Faith

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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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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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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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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How Do I Invite Someone to Alpha?

I’m hoping to host an Alpha in my home and invite my neighbours, but I have no idea if they’re going to be interested. My wife and I have been getting to know some of our neighbours a lot more over the past couple of years. We’ve had them in our home a few times,…

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Weekend Review: How to Change the World

This past weekend, we took a look at a strange, challenging, but ultimately incredibly transformative story in Mark 5. In the story, we meet a man who is demon possessed and in terrible pain and anguish. Jesus sees the man and frees him. Because the presence and power of Jesus brings liberation. The story has…

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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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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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