Bethany Renew
Midweek Email Devotion
16 September 2015  
Greetings!

WELCOME!  
I welcome you to Bethany Renew! This is our church's weekly online connection on the topic of church and spiritual renewal.  
Every midweek, you will receive a devotion, a prayer, or an essay that are intended to stir up conversations and ideas of how we will proceed on the path of renewal. Feel free to forward this email to anyone who you think will be interested in receiving these readings.  You are welcome to respond or make comments, or otherwise just sit back and enjoy your weekly readings and reflections!  


THIRD PRAYER & DISCERNMENT MEETING

Sept. 20, after worship 
Topic: Our Church Mission Statement

 
 


MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY

STARTS: SEPT. 16 
6:00 p.m.  
"REVIVAL"
A bible study on faith and spirituality as John Wesley lived it. 
Click HERE to watch promotional video.   
See you tonight!  
    


SPRC MEETING 
Sept. 27,
After Worship

For any questions or concerns, please talk to Chair Blaine Hanson

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL

EVERY SUNDAY
10:00 a.m.
 A lectionary-based study on our weekly scripture lesson. 
THIS SUNDAY'S TEXT:  
Mark 9:30-37 
(If you are able, please read the weekly text prior Sunday).  
BRING YOUR BIBLE! 
 

OPEN MY EYES 
Blessed are those that are pure in heart for they will see God (Matthew 5:8)

 An astronaut after traveling in outer space claimed in an interview, "There is no God. I don't see any angels or heaven out there."
 
It's hard to see God when you are looking for a long-bearded grandpa floating in outer space, or angels with haloed heads. God is a Spirit, and those who seek God seek Him not in outer space and scientific labs--but deep within their inner selves, and discerningly, in this wonderfully unfolding reality called Life.
 
God is at work in spiritual healing and social transformation.
God is manifested on the face of a newborn baby and the gentle touch of morning's sunlight.
God is even present in conflicts, suffering with the displaced, and working with genuine peacekeepers.
God's image is visible when we look on a mirror, or even when we face a political opponent.
 
But we sometimes we cannot see God because our eyes are clouded with dread, doubts or discontent. We cannot see the miraculous in life's "ordinary." We cannot find faith in honest uncertainties. We cannot see spiritual growth through financial struggles. We cannot see God's face when we are busy searching for God's blessings.
 
And then some thinks that life is simpler if they avoid asking questions. And so they hide from God in the safety of their anti-religious remarks or ironed religious dogmatism. Jesus invites us to come out, ask, seek, and know,
and in the purity of our hearts, see God's pervading presence. Jesus invites us to look inside, and in the window of pain and doubts, we might encounter the unconditional, abiding friendship that we have in God.
 
The Message translation put it this way, "You're blessed when you get your inside world - your mind and heart - put right. Then you can see God in the outside world" (Matthew 5:8, MSG Translation).
 
Enjoy watching God this week!

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Pastor Ferdie Llenado
Bethany United Methodist Church
personal email: ferdiellenado@hotmail.com
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