Bethany Lutheran Church

This certainly is a joyous season! Christmas music fills the air. Christmas greetings arrive from distant friends. Families gather joyfully around the Christmas dinner. Children try unsuccessfully to contain their excitement as Christmas draws near. What is a “Merry Christmas,” anyway? To some, a...
“The lake (Superior), it is said, never gives up her dead … when the gales of November come early.” And so goes the story of “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” This is probably the most recognized ship disaster of the Great Lakes, due in large part to Gordon Lightfoot’s 1975 ballad of the same...
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. (2 Corinth. 4:6) When the author and poet, Robert Louis Stevenson, was 12 years old, he found himself one evening looking...
“I hope I can find a job after I graduate.” “I hope I meet the right person and get married one day.” “I hope my new college or university is a good fit.” “I hope my team wins the championship.” “I hope I get to go to heaven.” When we use the word “hope,” there is often a lot of uncertainty...
It was just hours before Jesus would be arrested, face an illegal trial, and be brutally killed by crucifixion. He and his disciples were gathered together at the “Last Supper” in the upper room. Jesus then gets up from the table, takes a towel and a basin of water, and proceeds to wash each of his...
You perhaps have heard the story of the little girl who was on a cruise ship that was caught in a hurricane off the Florida coast. One of the other passengers observed how calm she was despite the fearful storm and the panic of most of the adults. He asked, “How can you be so calm and unconcerned...
As Thanksgiving approaches and especially on the Day, individuals and families often reflect on what they have to be thankful for over the past year. Many families have had significant events taking place. A young (or older!) couple getting married. A little baby is born. A new addition to the...
“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:6)          These past few months have been a very trying time for our nation and the world. The coronavirus has had millions of people sheltering in place by order of local, state and federal governments. “We have to...
“On the evening of that first day of the week, the disciples were together behind locked doors because of their fear of the Jews. Jesus came, stood among them, and said to them, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord...
 “We also have the completely reliable prophetic word. You do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your hearts.” 2 Peter 1:19 The darkness of winter has set in. Have you felt it affecting you? In the north, you can...

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