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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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Mar 7/8, 2020 – Lent: Famous Last Words – It Is Finished

Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!”…

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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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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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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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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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Update from Guatemala, Pt. 2

Leaving our second home… Mixed emotions are all part of the process of leaving a place we love and feel connected. As the bus pulled away, team members looked out the window at the community of Iglesia Bautista ‘Monte Santo’ in Los Liros that quickly became family. I’m always astounded at how easily we can…

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A Message from Voice of the Martyrs

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?” ~ Isaiah 58:6 ESV It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so this time my words will be…

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Update from Missionary Nichola Henry

Dear Bethany family, Thank you for supporting OM (Operation Mobilization) & me throughout 2018 as we work to see vibrant communities of Jesus followers in least-reached communities. 2018 was a year of change; ministry-wise and personally. From being on the international audit team and working from home; to my admitting that I couldn’t live alone…

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