Bethany Renew
Midweek Email Devotion
12 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! 

10:00 a.m.
 A lectionary-based study on our weekly scripture lesson. 
Mark 13:1-8

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)

Advent Season 
Starts Nov. 29

Dec. 18 
Blue Christmas
An alternative Christmas event that comforts the soul during a difficult time on a holiday season. Receive Christ's love. Everyone's welcome.
coming soon: 
More details on Sunday.

"I'm bored!" You'll hear it mostly from the x'ers and the millenials. But with the emergence of various technology gadgets, apps, and social platforms, everyone it seems is getting hook with the constant need to check what's trending, viral videos, memes, updates, and unending entertainment buzz.
I'm not saying that there is something wrong with that. (I have all that on my phone). But when we need to unplug from technology, and found that moment as dull and boring, then that attitude can lead to some wrong things.
Because there are instances that when people start to get bored with life: they start to believe that their marriage was a mistake; school is a pain; church is tedious and irrelevant; their career is a machinery of mental weariness; and then they start to fantasize of a life that they don't have or can never have.
Don't get me wrong, I believe in recreation, fun and adventure. I believe in progress, change and dynamism. But sometimes we are bored not because we lack all those, but because we stopped being amazed.
We allow familiarity to kill our appreciation of the blessings we already have: our family, our health, our faith; our freedom; our car; our house; the sunset; the grass; the light ran; being alive; being children of God. We also allow our jobs to be routinary instead of opportunities to discover something new, bless somebody's life or lift someone's spirit. We are bored because we cannot see God at work daily in lour lives. That alone is so amazing to behold and yet there are days that we missed those epiphanies passed us by.
David was always amazed. That is the reason why he wrote so many songs about nature, loved ones, wisdom-and he saw all these in the splendor of God's beauty. In fact, one of those few occasions he got bored was when he stayed home when he was supposed to go to battle. 2 Samuel 11:1 said, At the time when kings go to war...David stayed in Jerusalem." Sadly, in one of those boring afternoons, he got hooked with a married woman.
Are you bored? I bet you have some valid reasons. But I think they will still be incomparable to the immense reasons why we could still say everyday, "life is simply amazing!" 

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