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Bethany Lutheran church is located in Austin, TX. We are a church dedicated to Christ and creating a community for people to belong. Bethany is a place to belong, explore, and enjoy the presence and grace of Christ.

Bethany Lutheran Church Various

    • Religion & Spirituality
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Bethany Lutheran church is located in Austin, TX. We are a church dedicated to Christ and creating a community for people to belong. Bethany is a place to belong, explore, and enjoy the presence and grace of Christ.

    Healthy Rhythms | Corporate Worship

    Healthy Rhythms | Corporate Worship

    Throughout the gospels we see Jesus worshiping at the temple or in the synagogues with his fellow Jews. Jesus practiced the healthy rhythm of being with other believers in corporate worship. As New Testament people we are still called and gathered by the Holy Spirit to be served by God in word and sacrament so that we can be empowered to be Jesus’ witness’ in our daily lives.

    2 Samuel 7:1-11 (ESV)
    Now when the king lived in his house and the LORD had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you.”

    But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: Would you build me a house to dwell in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’  Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house.

    John 7:14-17 (ESV)
    About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching.  The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?”  So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.  If anyone's will is to do God's will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.

    • 27 min
    Healthy Rhythms | Sabbath

    Healthy Rhythms | Sabbath

    Jesus reestablished what a healthy rhythm of a 24-hour period of rest ought to look like. The Sabbath is a gift that God has given us so that we ca n truly rest in his goodness and provision. Adopting the practice of Sabbath into your life may be the most countercultural witness of your faith that you can put on display for the world to see.

    Matthew 12:1-8 (ESV)
    At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.  But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.”  He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: 4 how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?  Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless?  I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.  And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.  For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”

    Exodus 20:8-11 (ESV)
    “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor, and do all your work,  but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.  For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

    • 17 min
    Healthy Rhythms | Fasting

    Healthy Rhythms | Fasting

    The first story we read about Jesus’ adult life is one where he fasts for 40 days and he battles with Satan in the desert. The early church continued this healthy rhythm by fasting twice a week for over a millennia. Yet, it is a spiritual practice that has fallen by the way side in our current generation. This morning we will look at why this may or may not be a helpful and healthy rhythm for you to begin practicing in your walk with Jesus.

    Joel 2:12-13 (ESV)
    “Yet even now,” declares the Lord,
        “return to me with all your heart,
    with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
         and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
    Return to the Lord your God,
        for he is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
        and he relents over disaster.

    Matthew 6:16-18 (ESV)
    “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."

    • 25 min
    Healthy Rhythms | Scripture Reading

    Healthy Rhythms | Scripture Reading

    We live in a world that is full of half truths and misinformation. Satan, the deceiver, is known as the Father of Lies. This morning’s teaching will help us see the why behind having a healthy rhythm of daily time in the Scriptures is the best weapon we can wield against the lies that bombard us every minute of every day. 

    Matthew 4:1-11 (ESV)
    Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written,
    “‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
        but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
    Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,
    “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’
    and
    “‘On their hands they will bear you up,
        lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
    Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,
    “‘You shall worship the Lord your God
        and him only shall you serve.’”
    Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.
    John 8:31-47 (ESV)

    The Truth Will Set You Free
    So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”
    Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”
    You Are of Your Father the Devil
    They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham's children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father—even God.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

    • 24 min
    Healthy Rhythms | Prayer

    Healthy Rhythms | Prayer

    Jesus was a busy guy, but he had built in an intentional healthy rhythm of regularly getting away from his disciples and the crowds to simply be in the loving presence of his Heavenly Father. As we begin to develop this rhythm our prayer is that these intentional times of silence and solitude become sacred moments where you are filled with the love of our heavenly Father so you can engage the world around you with grace and peace.

    Luke 11:1 (ESV)
    Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”

    Matthew 6:9-13 (ESV)
    Pray then like this:
    “Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name.
    Your kingdom come,
    your will be done,
        on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread,
    and forgive us our debts,
        as we also have forgiven our debtors.
    And lead us not into temptation,
        but deliver us from evil.

    • 27 min
    Healthy Rhythms | Silence & Solitude

    Healthy Rhythms | Silence & Solitude

    Jesus was a busy guy, but he had built in an intentional healthy rhythm of regularly getting away from his disciples and the crowds to simply be in the loving presence of his Heavenly Father. As we begin to develop this rhythm our prayer is that these intentional times of silence and solitude become sacred moments where you are filled with the love of our heavenly Father so you can engage the world around you with grace and peace.

    Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7-8 (ESV)
    For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
    a time to tear, and a time to sew;
    a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
    a time to love, and a time to hate;
    a time for war, and a time for peace.

    Luke 4:38-42 (ESV)
    And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon's house. Now Simon's mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed to him on her behalf. And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them.
    Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.
    And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them,

    • 20 min

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