Bethany Renew
Midweek Email Devotion
01 October 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!  




MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY

EVERY WEDNESDAY 
6:00 p.m.  
"REVIVAL"
A bible study on faith and spirituality as John Wesley lived it. 
Click HERE to watch promotional video.   
 
    


CHARGE  
CONFERENCE 
October 15,
7 p.m.





ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL

EVERY SUNDAY
10:00 a.m.
 A lectionary-based study on our weekly scripture lesson. 
THIS SUNDAY'S TEXT:  
Mark 10:2-16  
(If you are able, please read the weekly text prior Sunday).  
BRING YOUR BIBLE! 
 

A PLACE CALLED NOW  
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:34)
 
At times living in the "now" is an almost impossible life.
 
Our minds are trained to be goal-oriented, futuristic and five steps ahead of the game. These are both necessary and noble. To envision is both inspiring and enlightening. But forecasting should not usher us to exist in the future. Envisioning should not consume us with thoughts of what tomorrow might bring. Preparation for the forthcoming should not steal the joy of what today can offer.
 
Consider this: as we wash our face in the morning, we think about breakfast. As we eat breakfast we think about going to work. While working, we think about coming home. While at home we think about work the next day. And on and on it goes.
 
Our minds have been programmed like a 5-minute-ahead-machine. Very seldom we enjoy the savor of the present moment: the laughter of children, the mild sunlight that touches your face; the aroma of your morning coffee; the comfort of a restful evening; God's gentle whisper in your heart saying, I care.
 
And so...
  • Quit worrying about something you cannot change today;
  • Let go of unrealistic goals that will dishearten you after failing;
  • Refrain from the fantasy of making a better past.
 Live today. Enjoy today. Embrace today. Love today.
Give it your best today.
 
The God that we trust is not the I was nor the I will. He is the great I AM-the ever present God who dwells where we are-a place called now.
 
Consider cultivating a lifestyle of living in the now this week, or this day, or this very moment.
 
Look closely at the front porch of this place called now.
It has a sign that says, "Welcome home."

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