The Worth of ALL Persons

By: Anjala Dick, Indianapolis, Indiana My story is a long one, but I will try to make this as condensed as possible. It is not always pleasant or easy, but I am learning as I go that all the struggles make it worth it. I grew up attending church, but not Community of Christ. Attending Community of Christ came later in my life, however, it is definitely part of my faith journey. When I found Community of Christ, I was looking for a place that would accept me and my husband. My husband and I are not in a “typical” marriage as he is a transman. We were not accepted… Read More

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Adelyn (3 YOA) on a slie.

Experience God’s Love

By Alisha Bauman-Farley (Indianapolis, Indiana) I have a three year old daughter who loves making friends. Every day she asks to go play on the playground so she can see her “friends”. When she says this, she means anyone who might be walking around outside. She simply wants to be around people. The other day she sat on the top of the slide all alone. Nearby a group of kids, who I assume were siblings, were chasing the oldest that was riding a bike. My daughter sat in silence, her eyes locked on their every movement. Not one of them came over to play. My daughter will be an only… Read More

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Holding Your Breath

You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath…. Have you seen “Despicable Me” when the little girl holds her breath because she does not get her way? I think I do the same thing with Jesus, but just in other ways. When we accept Christ’s love, are we placing conditions with it? For example: “I will accept this love of yours, Jesus, only if you give me everything I ask for and do it exactly how I expect it to be done. If not then I will hold my breath until you agree.” How do we “hold our breath”? As much as we think we could be hurting Jesus or… Read More

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“You Are Not Doing Your Job”

On this Mission Initiative Monday we examine “Invite Others to Christ.” As I was looking through the archives I found this one from Alisha Bauman-Farley (from 2012) and wanted to share.   https://heraldmagazine.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/you-are-not-doing-your-job/#comments “You Are Not Doing Your Job” BY ALISHA BAUMAN, Carmel, Indiana, USA A few months back a non-church friend confronted me about a serious issue. “Why haven’t you invited me to church? You are a minister. You are not doing your job.” I quickly invited him to church, feeling that is what he wanted to hear, and I apologized for not doing it before. I now realize those were not the right words. I thought about what I would… Read More

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Jack & Jenn: Invite People to Christ

Jack & Jenn Week 2: Follow along in this series as we learn about… Explore Jesus’ mission of inviting others to him, especially those who are considered by others as not worthy. Luke 19:1-10 New International Version (NIV) Zacchaeus the Tax Collector 19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. 5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked… Read More

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If we are the body…

IF WE ARE THE BODY…  By MIKAL FARLEY Indianapolis, Indiana https://youngadultministries.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/if-we-are-the-body/ ) https://youngadultministries.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/if-we-are-the-body/ ) If we are the body, Why aren’t his arms reaching? Why aren’t his hands healing? Why aren’t his words teaching? Working in the medical field, I saw a lot of hurt every day. I saw people when they are experiencing the worst moments of their lives. I saw homeless people, sick and injured individuals, and people who seemingly had given up hope on life. At 14 years old I started working in the medical field on a fire department as an Explorer.  When we went to calls one of the most common questions was “Why? Why are you helping… Read More

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Inviting the Unchurched

Inviting the Unchurched By John C. Hamer, Toronto, Ontario, Canada The 21st century often is dubbed the “Age of the Nones.” The Pew Research Center’s 2015 survey of religion noted that among faith traditions in the USA, the fastest-growing group is the unaffiliated. When asked, “What is your religious affiliation?” 22.8 percent of residents answered “none”—up from 16.1 percent in 2007. The change is even more remarkable because the unaffiliated are concentrated in the youngest generation. Just over a third of Millennials say they are unconnected with organized religion. While important, this data does not surprise Community of Christ members in the USA and Canada. For decades, our congregations have… Read More

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Jack & Jenn: The Not-So-Secret Mission

Follow along in this series as we learn about: Evangelism: to invite others and tell them about Jesus; Compassion: to be a friends to others, caring for them and bringing hope and help; and Peacemaking: to be a peacemaker and showing others how to live in peace or be peacemakers too. Matthew 14:22-32 New International Version (NIV) Jesus Walks on the Water 22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the… Read More

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“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”

Terry Meloan from Fort Wayne brought the message to us.  He reminded us that Jesus is our guide on the path to show us how to follow God’s way. John 14:1-14 New International Version (NIV) Jesus Comforts His Disciples 14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me.2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know… Read More

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