Bethany Renew
Midweek Email Devotion
4 November 2015  

I welcome you to Bethany Renew! This is our church's weekly online connection on the topic of 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!  

Nov. 8, 15, & 22

A Stewardship Campaign that  will empower us to belong, believe, and become
Don't  miss it! 
(You will all receive a letter of invitation this week from stewardship team)

Do you want to give a short stewardship testimony?
    Share a simple, short story (3-5 min.) during the service about your life of giving and God's blessings.
(If interested, talk to the pastor) 

10:00 a.m.
 A lectionary-based study on our weekly scripture lesson. 
Mark 12:28-34

Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Community Dinner
A missional event to serve thanksgiving dinner to the people in our community. 
(We are still accepting donations.
For more info talk to Bella or Jeremy)

What shall I compare the kingdom of God to?" It is like a yeast a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough (Matthew 13: 21).
Yeast. Its alive! It is a microscopic leavening agent that grows and produces carbon dioxide through the process of fermentation. During Jesus' time, it was commonly used for dough-rising. It was one of the most inspiring subjects Jesus used to explain the kingdom's presence within you and me--illustrating growth and transformation in the midst of overwhelming forces pressing against it.
Have you ever felt insignificant and weak in the midst of pressing influences around you? Demands, worries, gossips, intimidations. Be strong! We are called to be yeasts! This "microscopic faith" in our hearts has the power to weaken cruelty, silence fear, sow peace, change lives, and empower the weak in our society.
But you don't need to feel alone. Miniscule yeasts can fuse together to create a big "dough" of impact. "Give me your hand, give God your heart," and see the amazing ways we can reflect the love of Christ.  
  • When in darkness, we can light a candle.
  • When in chaos, we can exemplify calmness.  
  • Facing persecution, we clothe ourselves with strength and humility.
  • In front of danger, we become a source of courage.
  • In weariness, we sow strength and encouragement to others.
  • Tainted by the "yeast of the Pharisees", we allow the yeast of the Lord to wash our souls and shine a light that points people towards God.
Prayer for this week: Lord Jesus, you are an amazing yeast and I praise you! Fill my heart with love, faith and courage that I may not conform to ungodly patterns when I'm in my workplace, school, home and community. And though at times I may feel insignificant, help me to be always reminded that in your hands, I can be a yeast that will make a difference in this world. Amen.

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