Baby Pandas Grow Up Fast

We were at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (website) a few weeks back visiting “China” – one of the many exhibits there designed for hand’s on learning.  This particular exhibit is about wildlife (panda) conservation and it educates about the growth cycle of pandas.  As I sat there to taking a photo of my three-year old, Adelyn, the sign above her caught my eye “Baby Pandas Grow Up Fast.”  I thought, “yes they do…” My little panda has grown too fast! It’s in moments like this that I find myself in awe of how quickly little ones grow up.  It’s in moments like this that I find myself concerned for the… Read More

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Our Ministries

Do you ever think what am I doing?  (Add the inflection in that question any where you’d like – have you ever asked that?) I know I do but I ask it more like what and I doing? When I’m a little more troubled I may add the emphasis on “what;” however, often I find the emphasis on “I” … I take this challenge as I reflect on “our Ministries” and I struggle sometimes to see just exactly what I am doing or how I am involved.  As a congregation we seek our opportunities as well and the I becomes we – “what are we doing?” … to live out Christ’s love;… Read More

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Become Children of the Kingdom

by Mikal Farley, Indianapolis, Indiana Becoming a Child in the Kingdom… through a self-descriptive parable; but, who is Jesus to me? Matthew 13:24-30 New International Version (NIV) The Parable of the Weeds 24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ 28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he… Read More

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Good Morning, God – It’s Me Again

By Mikal Farley, Indianapolis, Indiana Do you ever wake up in super early in the morning for no real reason at all? For the past several months I’ve been waking up around 3:30 – 4 in the morning as if my alarm clock is going off and it’s time to go to work.  At first, I tried to bargain for a little more time (I tried to go back to sleep); but, when I couldn’t I slumbered up, made some coffee, put on some worship music, and started working on some this website and our Mission Center Facebook pages. I’ve been away from “church” for a while, not intentionally, but… Read More

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“We” – that’s God and Me

I’ve got a few confessions to make: I’m terrible at calling people – I’m not good at “emotions” – and I don’t always know how to express myself except through a logical sequence of methodical isolation and reconciliation.  I’m not the best at blogging – I’m very forward and factual… My Mother passed away January 7, 2017 at the age of 56 from Cancer and just a few short days ago (June 24) my family held an “Ash Ceremony” in Independence, MO to burry her ashes to nourish the forsythia bushes near where my mother grew up. This is what I wrote that day:   Genesis 3:19 19 “By the… Read More

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Tithing – A Step towards Stewardship

2 Corinthians 8:9 New International Version (NIV) 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. Do you give 10% of your income to the church? I don’t mean to offend anyone, but I bet for the vast majority of us, the answer is no (as a matter of fact, according to this article I’ll bet only about 3% – 10% actually do). Here’s what I’ll proclaim though, tithing is a step towards stewardship.  We are challenged to be stewards of the Earth. Look at Genesis – You know;… Read More

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Vulnerable to the Spirit

Have you ever seen Radio? It’s a 2003 Sony Pictures movie based loosely on a true story of coach Harold Jones and Radio (James Robert Kennedy) – a mentally challenged man.  Whereas, the director took our some artistic licenses on some of the scenes, many of the events remained true (or at least the core principles behind the events). [at the final confrontation in the barbershop] “… but the truth is,we’re not the one been teachin’ Radio, Radio’s the one been teachin’ us – cause the way he treats us all the time is the way we wish we treated each other even part of the time.” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0316465/quotes?item=qt2778575 What I… Read More

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Our Identity and Calling: The Key to Our Future

I want to repeat the call that our Mission Center just posted to our social media pages because it highlights our calling as a congregation.  Our Congregation isn’t secluded; we’re in the middle of a neighborhood.  Are we embracing the fulness of our name?  Where is God calling us?  as an individual? as a family member? as a member of the community? as a congregation?  as a mission center?  Where are we being called? Where are we being lead? “Community of Christ,” your name, given as a divine blessing, is your identity and calling. If you will discern and embrace its full meaning, you will not only discover your future,… Read More

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I’ve been busy…

I’ve Been Busy… By MIKAL FARLEY, Indianapolis, Indiana USA I’ve been busy recently preparing for camp, reworking our website, working on our mission center social media pages and getting ready for the busy season ahead.   But I am renewed; I am overjoyed; I am excited for you to experience the season ahead, the posts to come on our Mission Center pages and on the Indianapolis pages. Moreover, I am excited because I am a disciple. I’ve looked at this phrase every day; I’ve spoken it to myself over and over again, so much so, that it’s become second nature.  God where will your Spirit lead me today?  What adventure,… Read More

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Matthew Chapter 3

Matthew Chapter 3 is quite a voyage in itself.   John the Baptist emerges out of the wilderness drawing large crowds.  He preaches of a baptism never before heard of, a baptism of turning away from evil thoughts and actions.  John insults the Pharisees and preaches about not even being worthy to be a slave of the one who will come next. Then John baptizes Jesus and God proclaims exactly who Jesus is and confirms His mission. John the Baptist John the Baptist: dressed in camel hair clothes, a leather belt, and living off the land.  All four Gospels mention the wilderness and in that time, the Bible and teachings… Read More

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