Follow Me

Bob Rugg brought our message today. Last week, Jami Smith emphasized the word “call”. Bob focused on “follow”. Did you know there are more than 33 definitions for follow? Bob shared nine of them with the congregation that were most pertinent to following Christ. He encouraged us to choose one or two that were most meaningful to us to reflect on. Follow is a verb and, therefore, involves action. One of the ways that we follow Jesus is by bearing our testimony to others about what Christ has done for us. By doing so, we are living out the mission initiative “Invite others to Christ.” Who needs to hear your… Read More

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Christ is Born!

Prophecy and Hope (adapted from Isaiah 11) Listen, O people, to the voice of the Lord. The Messiah will come from Israel and he shall be great like King David. He shall come as a branch from the great tree that grows out of the roots of greatness. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and fear and delight in God…. He shall come with justice and with righteousness and will stand with the meek of the earth. When he comes he will establish his kingdom and it shall be a peaceable one. The wolf… Read More

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Proclaim the Good News: Peace

Today’s message was brought by Carla Long through her video “Be the Message”.  Carla shared the premise of one of her favorite books called “I am the Messenger”.  She told the story of the main character, Ed, who is a self-proclaimed loser and certainly could be called “ordinary”.  Ed begins receiving playing cards in the mail with addresses on them.  Curious, he goes to each address and encounters a variety of people and situations.  In each situation, he enters into relationship with the person he encounters.  His life, and theirs, is made better because of his willingness to be open to share.  In the last line of the book, Ed… Read More

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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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Letting Go and Following Christ

Hi. My name is Anjala and I am an addict. These are the hardest words I have ever spoken or written.  I first spoke these words for the first time just over 7-years-ago at my first 12-step meeting (Overeaters Anonymous).  It was terrifying and freeing all at the same time. During these 7 years, I have struggled repeatedly to fight my addiction. Steps one through three of most 12-step meetings are: We admitted we were powerless over food — that our lives had become unmanageable. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over… Read More

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[Reblogged] FAITH

INTRODUCTION By James Stytle, Crawfordsville, IN I am a Christian. I try to follow the teachings of Jesus, as I understand them. I follow a man who preached love. Jesus told the rich to give up their wealth; He did not preach the Gospel of Prosperity. Jesus told his followers to practice nonresistance; He did not preach the conquest of His enemies. Jesus told his followers to love their neighbors; He did not preach hatred for those that were different. Jesus made it clear that it is not our place to judge others. We are to love like He loved. I am not perfect, and I think that is okay.… Read More

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Intentional Acts of Kindness

A few weeks ago, I was driving home from visiting family and I was pondering about the phrase, “Random Acts of Kindness.”  I never really thought about this before, but, on this day, it made me think of why do acts of kindness need to be random.  How can we create intentional acts of kindness? How would an intentional act of kindness look?  Would it be something for which we seek recognition?  Would it be something quiet and anonymous? Now, as I reflect back on this, it reminds me of the scripture from John 8:3-11.  In this scripture, we learn about an adulterous woman.  We learn how the scribes and… Read More

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President’s Message Urges Giving

President’s Message Urges Giving 8/16/2017 A video statement released today on www.CofChrist.org and as a DVD explains the urgent need for giving, specifically to Worldwide Mission Tithes. President Steve Veazey reminds Community of Christ members that “sharing for the common good is the spirit of Zion.” He emphasizes that $14.9 million in tithing is needed by the end of 2017 to meet the Worldwide Mission budget. Without that amount, ministries and staff could be cut. Veazey points to eTithing, which enables recurring electronic payments. “I invite you to experience the joy the spiritual practice of generosity,” he says. His video message is accompanied by others, including messages from individuals who have benefited… 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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