Bethany, Council Road hosts Easter Run, supports girls program

BETHANY—As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Glenda Bitner knows why the 8th annual Easter Run benefiting the House of Healing is important.Hundreds of runners participate in the 10K and 5K races and the One-Mile Fun Walk. The event is March 31, at The Cube at Bethany, Council Road.House of Healing is a local organization that helps teenage girls, many with difficult pasts like Bitner, find emotional and spiritual healing and discover freedom, hope and restoration.“I wish something like these programs, this place, had been available to me. I was in pain, confused and making poor choices. I needed help, but I had no idea how to ask for it or what that would look like. I didn’t trust adults,” Bitner said.Currently, Bitner serves as a mentor and one of the Equine Specialists at the House of Healing.Bitner explained, “I’ve been trained to work with horses and people, creating a safe environment to build relationships with equine and people. These girls come to us with a wide range of …

Philippians 2:3–4: True Humility Ends in Glory

True humility bends low in service, gives to others at a cost to self, and receives a kingdom in the end.Watch Now

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Forgiven Much? Love Much

     Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume. I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Luke 7:44-47 (NLT)Lord Jesus, I show up in this story in many places. I’m Simon, the self-righteous Pharisee. Too often, I look at people through the lens of criticism and quick judgment—especially if their actions hurt, irritate, or inconvenience me; or if their sins are simply different than mine. I grieve this, Lord. Forgive me for my arrogance and self-righteousness. That’s not who I want t…

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P&R (Presbyterian & Reformed) Publishing takes this month’s Publisher Spotlight with an outstanding collection of must-have resources. Through March 31, get great deals on some of their most popular titles—at up to 40% off.Check out the Publisher Spotlight page for a full listing of deals. Meanwhile, you won’t want to miss these featured resources:Gospel According to the Old Testament (18 vols.). 40% offNoted pastor-scholars in this series present grounded biblical exposition that shows how Old Testament doctrine is about Jesus Christ—not just in the occasional Messianic prophecy, but in the overall message. Discover the gospel of Christ in the account of Joseph, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and more in this important collection.Save 40% now.Explorations in Biblical Theology (11 vols.) 40% offEach title in Explorations in Biblical Theology collection develops the author’s theology of a particular book of the Bible or follows a single theme across Scripture. Scholarly, reverent, and…

Exodus 35; John 14; Proverbs 11; Ephesians 4

Exodus 35; John 14; Proverbs 11; Ephesians 4THE FAREWELL DISCOURSE, beginning in John 14, includes some extraordinarily rich material on the Holy Spirit. Some highlights:(1) In Greek, every noun is grammatically designated masculine, feminine, or neuter. The word for “spirit” is neuter. When a pronoun referring to “spirit” is used, it too should be neuter. In this chapter, however, the pronoun is sometimes masculine, breaking grammatical form, a way of gently affirming that the Holy Spirit is personal.(2) Among his titles is “Counselor” (14:16), or, in some English versions, “Comforter” or “Helper.” When Comforter is coined, it drew from Latin words that meant “to strengthen” or “to strengthen along with.” Today a comforter is either a thick quilt or someone who helps the bereaved, and is therefore too restrictive to convey what is meant here. The Greek word is capable of a variety of nuances, so some do not translate it but merely transliterate it (i.e., put it into English spelling)…

Weekend reading (3/24)

No, Easter Isn’t Pagan, EitherLuke Harrington:Let’s start at the beginning, though. We’ve all heard the most popular theory that gets bandied about this time of year by the usual cadre of atheists, neo-pagans, and fundamentalist Christians, the one about how the word Easter is actually derived from Ēostre, the name of an ancient pagan goddess of spring and fertility, who was associated with bunnies and eggs. (To which, no doubt, most of her congregants would respond, “What do bunnies and eggs even have to do with a fertility goddess? We’re really losing track of the true meaning of Ēostre.”) None of that is actually true, though. Or, at least, there’s close to zero evidence for it.Bill Hybels Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Former Willow Creek LeadersOh dear.Life Has Not Been EasyTim Challies:I can’t say life has been particularly easy in recent weeks, and too often I’ve found myself complaining about some of the circumstances I am in. Some of these are related to my health and my ina…

Life in the Presence of God

This e-book was chosen by our readers to be placed on sale.Author(s): Kenneth Boa
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
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God is everywhere and always with us. So why don’t we experience his presence more?Life is full of distractions, and our 24/7 news cycles and social media drown out the voice of God. It can be hard to discern God’s presence in the midst of the hubbub. But experiencing God is not just for the super-spiritual or ultra-mature. Every Christian can learn to cultivate a greater awareness of God in the everyday.Ken Boa offers a contemporary guide to practicing the presence of God. He offers biblical foundations and historical examples of how we can walk with God and abide in his presence. We need to rethink how we use our time and technology to make room for God, to train ourselves with new habits that deepen our awareness of God. This handbook offers not just one magical technique, but dozens of practical exercises and disciplines that help us draw close to G…