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Created to Create

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By Kayla Phillips
Several years ago, I was teaching an adult painting class and the disgruntled murmurs of the participants waged. “This is terrible,” breathed one. “I’m so not creative,” sighed another. While true, not all are the next Van Gogh, the ability to create and make is innately in us.

Open your Bible to the very first page. “In the beginning God created,” it reads. We skim over the words, having seen them millions of times. But don’t miss this: the very first action and attribute God tells us about himself is that he is a creator and he created. In the beginning God the Father is speaking and ordaining, the Spirit is hovering (Genesis 1:1) and adorning (Job 26:13), and Jesus is making all things (John 1:3, Colossians 1:15-17). God—Father, Son, Spirit—is the creator of everything.

The fact that the Triune God was present at creation is significant as Scripture is clear that God in his very nature and essence is a creator; it is woven through his personhood. The Triune God crea…

Our Faithful God

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Draw Near While You Wait

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By Lindsay Musselman
Beautiful, delicate snowflakes can be captivating to watch, as they first melt on the pavement and then slowly accumulate. We snuggle up with a warm beverage and enjoy the rare opportunity to be stuck at home. But by the time March comes around, we have seen enough snow, slipped on enough ice, and wiped our nose with plenty of tissues. We are ready for spring.
It can be easy to bemoan the winter weather and simply bide our time until it is warm enough to open the windows and enjoy outdoor activities. I have been challenged recently to not waste the days until whatever is better comes along, specifically as it relates to the lingering winter, for we are directed in Ephesians 5:16 to make the best use of the time.
In the cold, darkness, and sickness of winter months, motherhood is a greater struggle for me. I am tired of my children’s cabin fever as I struggle with it myself. I am tired of looking at the same walls and listening to the same noises from the singing toys…

There's a Place for You at the Table!

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By Genae Andris
Table [tey-buhl] noun
1. an article of furniture consisting of a flat, slab-like top, supported by legs or other supports
2. a time for the women of the church to gather in small groups to laugh, chat, and learn a new name or two in order to create a stronger community among all types of women
As different as these two descriptors of the same word are, they show one great similarity: Both need support in order to stand firm. As women, we need to know we aren’t holding it all up on our own! The women at Bethany Baptist Church come from vastly varying backgrounds, walks of life, and experiences. With those different experiences come different needs. There are the single women who are looking for a friend—someone who is willing to listen and understand the struggles of trying to do it all on their own. A young mom is looking for a mentor—someone who has raised their children and has lived through the crazy season of life to tell the story—and maybe give some help as to how to…

Biblical Counseling Ministry

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By Debbie Lalicker

It is a privilege to share my passion and love for Biblical counseling with you and the road which led me to it.Many times I had thought about becoming a secular counselor in the earlier years of my life.However, at a young age I made the choice to be a mom and put my counseling desires on the back burner.That was okay because I was doing the most rewarding thing I could think of.
Skip forward to having other careers in my past and my two boys grown, I found myself at Bethany in the fall of 2013 where I was encouraged to attend the Faith Biblical Counseling Conference in February of 2014.Bethany friends who had attended before shared how it had impacted their life.I’m not sure if my decision to attend was due to my curiosity, longing to grow deeper in my faith, desire to counsel others, or the Holy Spirit’s prompting me (most likely the latter), but I decided to sign up.It was an intense week of daily sessions leading into early evening.The speakers were inspiring and…