Lent 2020

Teach us to pray; Sunday & Thank you

Hello readers and friends, Jennifer here. It has been my privilege to publish the writings of our talented authors here 6 days a week since Feb ##. I think we only had one day without a post, which I appreciate because the goal of Lent…
Jennifer Stanley
April 14, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach us to pray; Saturday

Luke 23: 55-56 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment. Saturday…
Liz Carder
April 10, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach us to pray; Burn the Ships

Recently I was flipping through the radio and stopped on the song “Burn the Ships” by for King & Country. Out of curiosity, I wanted to know the origin of the title. In 1519, Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes landed on Mexican shores with a clear…
Nate Clark
April 7, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; Surrender to our Sustainer

‘But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’ Matthew 6:33-34 Still, to this day,…
Melia Ozbun
April 6, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; Sacrificial Love

“Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That’s the most sensible way to serve God. Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you…
Ryan Gernand
April 5, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; Martha Davis 1920-2018

Martha Davis is the beloved mother and grandmother of Wil Davis and his family. Her life was marked with a quiet determination and steadfast faith. She was married to a devoted preacher, had five children, and knew how to stretch a dollar as far as…
Jennifer Stanley
April 3, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; Christy Close

Proverbs 2:2, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— Has a person delivered a message to you, which you ultimately realized was from God? I became a parent at age 27, several years later than I had hoped to start my…
Christy Close
April 2, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; In the Unexpected Pause

Jonah 1: 17 Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Six months ago, I experienced what I’m told qualifies as a major life event: unexpected retirement. It’s okay;…
Madelyn Ferris
April 1, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; From Despair to Hope

Habakkuk 1:5 Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. I was lying on the floor, at the end of myself. I wanted to…
Shawn Ozbun
March 31, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; Still, Small Voice

1 Kings 19: 11-13 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great a powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord,…
Mike Lunsford
March 30, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; The Resurrection of Spring

Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? We are living in an unusual time. Some days it seems to me like a bad reality show.…
Debbie Fuller
March 30, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; Gratitude over Anxiety

Philippians 4.4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And…
Jeremy Neckers
March 26, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; The Disappointment Virus

James 1: 2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  …
Audrey Behrendt
March 26, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; In our Grief

John 11:32 “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” Most people have surrounded a loved one as they breathed their last breath. At times, it is a gentle and peaceful process as they pass from this life. If this has…
Melia Ozbun
March 25, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; In our Frustration

Matthew 17: 14-17 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples,…
Gabriele Replogle
March 23, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; Through the Doubt

Matt:14, 22-31 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there…
Alyson Hunter
March 23, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; Teresa of A’vila 1515-1582

Teresa of A'vila Spanish noblewoman who felt called to monastic life in the Catholic Church. A Carmelite nun, a prominent Spanish mystic, religious reformer, author, and theologian of the contemplative life and mental prayer. She earned the rare distinction of being declared a Doctor of…
Jennifer Stanley
March 20, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; The Fruit He Gives

Galatians 5:22-23 (The Message Translation) But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard- things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with…
Jessie Andry
March 19, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; Connected

  Luke 6:12a “And it came to pass in those days, that He went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called unto Him his disciples: and of them He chose twelve, whom…
Steve Varner
March 18, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; Rooted

Ephesians 3:16-19 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may…
Jill Dubois
March 16, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; Abiding Always

John 15:4-5 Remain in me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who…
Tammy Varner
March 15, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; St. Patrick (386-461)

On Saturdays, our prayers will be from those who have had great influence on our faith and our world. With St. Patrick's day approaching, we felt good about publishing St. Patrick's prayer. Last year, Matt taught a sermon about the life of St. Patrick.  You…
Jeremy Neckers
March 14, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; for peace over anxiety

Pandemic. Just the word feels surreal and causes my mind to wander somewhere between a future apocalyptic sci-fi movie and a History Chanel documentary. This week has been historic, mind-blowing, and hard. It is my turn to write the prayer blog and what I wrote…
Jennifer Stanley
March 13, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; for our teachers

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 “Teaching is the hardest job…
Jacob DeCroes
March 11, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; for our enemies

“Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into…
Ryan Gernand
March 10, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; with compassion

‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:36-37‬ “Which of these three do you think proved himself a neighbor to the man who encountered the robbers?” He answered, “The one who showed compassion and mercy to him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and constantly do the same.” ‭“I’ve got to…
Erica Clark
March 9, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray; with humility

Isaiah 66:2 All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.   When…
Ryan Ellsworth
March 8, 2020
Lent 2020

Oops… Day 5 was delivered early!

Oops! We accidentially published day five YESTERDAY, which was a Sunday. The 40 days of Lent do not include Sundays. So, we invite you to use today to catch up on any blogs you may have missed last week and spend a little time in…
Jennifer Stanley
March 1, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray ‘The Lord’s Prayer’- Day 5

Matthew 6:9a “Pray then like this:  ‘Our Father in heaven...’” Jesus taught us to begin our prayers, “Our Father…”  Such a personal title.  Not Lord. Not King. Father.  To be able to call God our Father is an intimate privilege, but it can also be…
Leah Chandler
February 29, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray – Desmond Tutu (1931- present)

On Saturdays, our prayers will be from those who have had great influence on our faith and our world. Desmond Tutu Today's prayer is by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, adapted from an original prayer by Sir Francis Drake. Bishop Tutu (born October 7, 1931) is…
Matt Carder
February 28, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray – Day 3

Matthew 6.5-8 “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get.  But when you pray,…
Jeremy Neckers
February 27, 2020
Lent 2020

Teach Us To Pray – Day 2

Luke 11:1  One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”    I planned my 7th-grade ski trip outfit very carefully. I wanted to…
Jennifer Stanley
February 26, 2020
Lent 2020

Welcome To Lent – Day 1

Welcome to our daily readings for Lent.  Thank you for joining us here on Day 1—you’re off to a great start! Perhaps you’re wondering, “What is this about?” Fair enough. As we venture into this experience, I’d like to tell you what to expect about…
Matt Carder
February 26, 2020
Writer's Circle

Lessons from a Running Back

As football season gets closer to its big game, the Super Bowl, it has me thinking about my time as a running back on our high school football team.  One of the most valuable lessons of my life came from those years, but it was…
Dwight Ferris
January 24, 2020
Advent 2019

Advent 2019 Week 4: LOVE

Psalm 89: 1-4 I will sing of your steadfast love, O LORD, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.  I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.  You said, "I have…
Gabriele Replogle
January 19, 2020
Advent 2019

Advent 2019 Week 2: Peace

This morning, in this second week of Advent, we light the PEACE candle. Our Advent reflection was written by Commonway member, Leah Chandler, and can be found on the Commonway blog. Listen, as Isaiah prophesies about the coming of Jesus in Isaiah 9: 6 For…
Leah Chandler
December 15, 2019
Advent 2019

Advent 2019 Week 3: JOY

Thank you to the Martin and Nancy Brown for reading for week three, JOY. Psalms 146: 5-10 Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God,  who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that…
Wil Davis
December 15, 2019
Advent 2019

Advent 2019 Week 1: HOPE

Thank you to the Behrandt family for reading for week one. For centuries, it has been a tradition in the Christian church to use the lighting of candles within a wreath to symbolize the anticipation surrounding Jesus’ coming into the world. The wreath is made…
Jennifer Stanley
December 1, 2019
Slow Change Blog Series (2019)

The Joy of Slow Change

Everyone's life is a story that influences their world views, their choices, their relationships, and their behavior. There are some constants in life, but each person's story is unique. We all will die, and for those who grow old, there are things that happen to…
Robin Lett
September 24, 2019
Writer's Circle

Summer’s Here and Summer’s Gone

Summer’s Here and Summer’s Gone by Gabriele Replogle Ahhhhh, is it time for Sleepy summer days Lazy hammock breezy days Catching rays and catching waves Flying flags and big parades Crickets chirp and birds serenade Grills are lighted and friendships made   Busy nights, busy…
Gabriele Replogle
July 19, 2019
Writer's Circle

Summer: When Rest Requires Work

When Rest Requires Work By Melia Ozbun When I tell most people my family is avid campers, I usually get the same surprised response. “That’s not relaxing, that’s work.” And to be honest, their response is partly correct. Camping is work. When else do you…
Melia Ozbun
July 8, 2019
Writer's Circle

Summer: The Birth of the Adventure Day

The Birth of the Adventure Day By Leah Chandler It was the summer of 2003, back in our college ministry days, which often meant packing up the family and heading to whatever mountain or coast was hosting a summer leadership project for our college students.…
Leah Chandler
July 5, 2019
Writer's Circle

The Joy of (Great) grand-parenting

Have you ever wondered what makes a GREAT grandparent? I know I have. I’ve asked myself questions like: "What can I, as a grandparent, bring to the table that strengthens our family’s dynamic?"   "What can I plan to do with my grandkids that will be…
Dwight Ferris
June 14, 2019
Lent

The Other Side of Easter

Well, here we are on the other side of Easter. We have journeyed together several weeks through Lent, into the events of Holy Week and ultimately on to celebrate the world-changing good news of Jesus’ resurrection! Our hope is that, along the way, you have…
Matt Carder
April 28, 2019
Lent

Day 40: Celebration

Day 40: Celebration Written by Liz Carder Celebration as a discipline. What? “We must celebrate with a feast….so the party began.” Luke 15:23-24 I attended a wedding recently that was really really focused on the guests having a great time. I left wanting to send…
Liz Carder
April 20, 2019
Lent

Day 39: Good Friday

Day 39: Good Friday We invite you to join us (or wherever you may live) for Stations of the Cross. Commonway Church will be open from 12pm-7pm for this self led journey. Children are welcome to participate with their parents.  Mark 15 15 Very early…
Jeremy Neckers
April 19, 2019
Lent

Day 38: Stations of the Cross

Day 38: Stations of the Cross Written by Jennifer Stanley The first time I participated in Stations of the Cross, I had no idea what to expect. It was sometime around 2006 (I think) and I wanted to find somewhere to worship on Good Friday.…
Jennifer Stanley
April 17, 2019
Lent

Day 37: Celebration

Day 37: Celebration Written By Martin Brown Celebration is the core, the center, of all the Spiritual Disciplines—Richard Foster Without the discipline of celebration, the others can lead to a sense of obligation and drudgery. But for celebration to be genuine and meaningful, it must…
Jeremy Neckers
April 16, 2019
Lent

Day 36: Guidance; His Still Small Voice

Day 36: His Still Small Voice Written by Ralph Dowling Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After…
Ralph Dowling
April 16, 2019
Lent

Day 35: Trusting God’s Guidance

Trusting God’s Guidance Written By Eric Andrews I’d like to start today’s reading a little differently. Stop what you are doing. Close your eyes and focus. Think about the last time God truly let you down or dropped the ball. Seriously. Stop, close your eyes,…
Eric Andrews
April 14, 2019
Lent

Day 34: Worship: Our Response to His Seeking

Worship:  Our Response to His Seeking Written by Bobby Moran “Service as a substitute for worship is idolatry.  Activity is the enemy of adoration. (Foster, 161).” How would this statement change our lives if we actually decided that we were going to live out this…
Bobby Moran
April 11, 2019
Lent

Day 33: Heaven and Earth Collide

Heaven and Earth Collide Written by Melia Ozbun When most people think of the word worship, there are probably similar things that come to mind. Praise songs sung by melodious voices, finely tuned instruments that are neither too loud nor too quiet, great spotlighting and…
Melia Ozbun
April 11, 2019
Lent

Day 32: Simple Worship

Simple Worship by Jill DuBois I recently had the privilege of taking twenty-three 4th and 5th graders to an overnight conference tailored to their age group.  The kids were able to hear messages tailored to them, see a Ninja Warrior complete some pretty cool obstacle…
Jill Dubois
April 11, 2019
Lent

Day 31: Compelled to Confess

Compelled to Confess Written by Gus Goggin Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Jesus had this strange habit of forgiving people of their sins. Two thousand years later, we accept that part…
Gus Goggin
April 9, 2019
Lent

Day 30: The Healing Power of Confession

The Healing Power of Confession Written By Madelyn Ferris I once heard a Mom loudly insist to her teenaged daughter, “You need to go to confession!”  I remember thinking how intimidated I would be to step into a private chamber and confess my sins: I’m…
Madelyn Ferris
April 9, 2019
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Day 29: Deeper

Deeper Written by Jennifer Stanley Every year it’s the same story:  we drive south in pursuit of warm sunshine, sand between our toes, and quality time with our family. We get to the beach and put our toes in the surf and we are exhilarated!…
Jennifer Stanley
April 8, 2019
Lent

Day 28: Service; The Other 98%

The Other 98% I was curious, so I added up all the days I’ve spent outside the United States. The total comes to 199 (about 1.4% of my life). I suppose that may not be too impressive. I have friends whose Total Days Outside the…
Jeremy Neckers
April 5, 2019
Lent

Day 27: Service

How Children Learn to Serve Written By Jill DuBois If you’ve ever been around a toddler, you know that serving others is not always an innate, natural response they have to someone else.  In a toddler’s defense, much of their life is waiting for others…
Jill Dubois
April 4, 2019
Lent

Day 26: Service

Service Where You Are: A Mother’s Perspective By Jessie Andry I was walking through a store the other day and I came across a mug with an interesting saying on it. In swirly gold lettering it read, “You have the same 24 hours a day…
Jessie Andry
April 4, 2019
Lent

Day 25: Submission

Saying ‘Yes’ to the Adventure Written by Debbie Fuller Submission - the word alone elicits an almost instinctive defensiveness. While for some people this is a legitimate response based on abuses by those in power, for most of us it is more about control (no…
Debbie Fuller
April 2, 2019
Lent

Day 24: Submission

Mouth Shut; Happy Heart  Written by Audrey Behrendt “Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ” Ephesians 5:21 When I first told my husband, Mike, that I was going to be participating in the “Write this Way” project and would be writing about…
Audrey Behrendt
April 2, 2019
Lent

Day 23: Submission (Not My Will, But Yours)

Not My Will, But Yours Written by Wil Davis “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) He was 27 days old.…
Wil Davis
April 1, 2019
Lent

Day 22: Solitude

Solitude in Small Moments By Sarah Cooper Solitude. What do you think of when you hear the word solitude? What thoughts come to your mind when you think about solitude as a spiritual discipline? Does solitude make you feel sad, angry, afraid, lonely, or secluded?…
Sarah Cooper
March 27, 2019
Lent

Day 21: Solitude

One On One By Dwight Ferris One of my favorite memories as a kid was catching my dad in moments of solitude. We lived on a farm and in the evening, especially in the summer, when I was doing my daily chores before bed time,…
Dwight Ferris
March 27, 2019
Lent

Day 20: Simplicity

If Only For A Moment by Julie geisen-Ritchey “Then in a certain sense it is nothing I shall do…in this silence is the beginning.”                                                            -Kierkegaard   The moments of simplicity may be different for each of us… It may come in an exhalation during…
Julie Geisen-Ritchey
March 27, 2019
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Day 19: Simplicity

A Simple Life Written by Mike Lunsford “God made man simple, man’s complex problems are of his own devising.”  Ecclesiastes 7:30 Living a simple life, or with a discipline of simplicity, is easy to say, but not so easy to accomplish.  By definition, simple is:…
Mike Lunsford
March 26, 2019
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Day 18: The Simplicity of the Gospel

Embracing The Simplicity of the Gospel Written by Robin Lett “Our heart is restless until it rests in You (Lord).” Augustine I often think about the simple, rustic lifestyle I lived for years in a log cabin with no running water or electricity in the…
Robin Lett
March 26, 2019
Lent

Day 17: How’s It Going?

How's It Going? By Jennifer Stanley Here we are; day 17! For me, the time has gone quickly from Ash Wednesday to this nearly half way point in the season of Lent. Most days, reading the blog post is the first thing I do and…
Jennifer Stanley
March 25, 2019
Lent

Day Sixteen: Study

My Daily Light By Madelyn Ferris In the early 90s, I was invited to go on the Women’s Emmaus Walk, a weekend of fun, food, and spiritual refreshment.  As part of the weekend, there were 15 short talks on various topics; the one I didn’t…
Madelyn Ferris
March 21, 2019
Lent

Day Fifteen: Study

“Study to shew thyself approved” There is nothing I look forward to more each morning then studying the scriptures. However, it didn’t start out that way. I have to admit, at one time I rarely read or spent much time meditating on the scriptures. Shamefully,…
Shawn Ozbun
March 21, 2019
Lent

Day Fourteen: Study

Discover God’s Love Letter to You By Leah Chandler “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103 (ESV) There is an old Jewish tradition that involves giving a child a piece of candy the first time they…
Leah Chandler
March 21, 2019
Lent

Day Thirteen: Fasting

Everyday Fasting Written by Lisa Davis From Richard Foster‘s book Celebration of Discipline, we find that throughout scripture fasting refers to abstaining from food for spiritual purposes. Fasting helps us have a more intimate walk with God. It often reveals the inner attitudes of our…
Lisa Davis
March 20, 2019
Lent

Day Twelve: Fasting

Let’s Take Baby Steps Written by Gabriele Replogle I don’t think I had ever observed fasting growing up.  Perhaps my parents had done it on occasion, without making much to-do about it… but it was never something that was a communal activity - one I…
Gabriele Replogle
March 19, 2019
Lent

Day Eleven: Fasting

Day Eleven: Fasting Written by: Leah Chandler Focus on God: Body, Mind, and Soul “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.” (John 4:34 ESV) Jesus’ words strike a chord in our current culture of nearly…
Leah Chandler
March 18, 2019
Lent

Day Ten: Prayer

Day Ten: Prayer Written by: Wil Davis Scripture:   “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside of your Father’s care.”  (The words of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 10: NIV) It was one…
Wil Davis
March 16, 2019
Lent

Day Nine: Prayer

Day Nine: Prayer Written by Christy Close Praying in Color Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. - James 5:13 I have a confession.  Prayer is hard for me.  Despite years of faith, I…
Christy Close
March 15, 2019
Lent

Day Eight: Prayer

Day Eight: Prayer Written by Bobby Moran When I look back on my childhood, I see that I probably learned prayer in a very different way than most people.  I grew up in an environment that both of my parents prayed dangerously in front of…
Bobby Moran
March 14, 2019
Lent

Day Seven: Meditation

Day Seven: Meditation Knowing His Voice By Gabriele Replogle As a Father’s Day gift I have been compiling my father’s ‘dadisms’ and am planning to get several of his fourteen grandkids to make a recording impersonating him. You know, those sayings that if you heard…
Gabriele Replogle
March 13, 2019
Lent

Day Six: Meditation

Day Six: Meditation Written by Ryan Gernard I’m In Over My Head “As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before…
Ryan Gernand
March 12, 2019
Lent

Day Five: The Inner Focus

Day Five: The Inner Focus Written by Jeremy Neckers Large, ornate churches have a strange effect on me. In Muncie, we have High Street and First Presbyterian. They’re beautiful, inside and out. But perhaps you’ve had the chance while traveling to see an actual cathedral.…
Jeremy Neckers
March 11, 2019
Lent

Day Four: Sabbath

Day Four: Sabbath Did you know that the forty days of lent do not include the Sabbath days? Typically, those are the days of worship so in our case, Sunday. We wanted to address Sabbath before the first one (tomorrow)! Written by Gus Goggin Without…
Gus Goggin
March 8, 2019
Lent

Day Three: Our Journey Together

Day Three; Our Journey Together Written by Jennifer Stanley When I wake up in the morning, I DON’T think to myself, “Gee, I really want to go somewhere and make my body do things that cause my heart to pump harder, sweat to drip, and…
Jennifer Stanley
March 8, 2019
LentWriter's Circle

Day Two: Your Personal Journey

Day Two: Your Personal Journey Written by Jeremy Neckers “God is not interested in your “spiritual life.” God is just interested in your life. He intends to redeem it.” -John Ortberg The Life You’ve Always Wanted My wife Maggie has this great thing she says…
Jeremy Neckers
March 7, 2019
LentWriter's Circle

Day One: What Is Lent

Day One; What is Lent? Written by Matt Carder Welcome to our daily readings for Lent. We’re glad you’re curious enough about this to find yourself reading Day 1—you’re off to a great start! Our hope and prayer is that we all find the writings…
Matt Carder
March 6, 2019
Writer's Circle

Stretching Your Spiritual Muscles

<< Back to Main BlogIt’s now the official New Year everywhere, so if you missed your chance in January, the year of the Hog and the Lunar New Year allows you another chance to re-evaluate your life.  If you’re like me, you needed this extra…
Gabriele Replogle
February 15, 2019
Writer's Circle

Everyday Influence

For better or worse, since childhood I’ve been a bit of a clever clogs*. Thanks Peppa the Pig for introducing me to this idiom. In other words, I’m a “know it all”. As a young adult I would tell my mom how to parent my…
Gabriele Replogle
January 22, 2019
Writer's Circle

The New Years List That Sticks

I have noticed how the parking lot at Planet Fitness is pretty full in January; but, by mid-February, it’s back to normal. And I’m pretty sure January is  the biggest month for Weight Watchers sign ups. Although it depends on who you ask, by now,…
Madelyn Ferris
January 15, 2019
Writer's Circle

The Mystery of Unwavering Child-like Faith

My Mom describes the look on my doctor’s face as one of pure astonishment after he questioned me about personal safety during a routine childhood visit. The conversation went a little something like this: Doctor: Do you wear your seatbelt? Me: Sometimes. Doctor: You know…
Melia Ozbun
December 22, 2018
Writer's Circle

Your Best Kept Secret

When I was a little girl, I would get so excited to the point of my toes tingling. Did that happen to anyone else or was it just me? No? Just me? That’s okay, my mom thought it was a bit strange too, but that’s…
Jordan Wallace
December 11, 2018
Writer's Circle

Gratitude & Aging

“Nouns are leaving me at an alarming rate.” I laughed out loud when I read this; it perfectly sums up only one of the telltale signs of aging that I am experiencing. Sometimes, a change comes on suddenly, like the 40-something experience of seeing blurry…
Madelyn Ferris
November 20, 2018
Nicaragua

Nicaragua Update

Nicaragua Trip Canceled We have been planning a trip in June with fourteen people from Commonway to travel to Caulatuú, Nicaragua. In the last six weeks, the country has experienced a level of unrest unseen in the past few decades. In response, Food for the…
Jeremy Neckers
May 23, 2018
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201 E. Charles St.

201 E. Charles St. Hopefully, you've heard us say recently that the move to our new church home is going to be a bit later than we had hoped. And if you've ever been involved in a building or remodel project, you probably weren't surprised…
Jeremy Neckers
May 16, 2018
Small Group Questions

HEAVEN

Heaven Small Group Questions from May 6th We all have ideas and assumptions that we make about Heaven. Chances are, if we shared those ideas, we'd find differences, for sure, and plenty of similarities, as well. BUT....Make it your goal, at least while thinking and…
Commonway Church
May 7, 2018
Reflections

Matt & Liz Take a Sabbatical

Sabbatical In Hebrew: shabbat In Latin: sabbaticus In Greek: sabbatikos The word literally means "a ceasing." It is a rest from work, and traditionally, it finds its origin in the Biblical idea of Sabbath. In Leviticus 25, God commands the Israelites to take every 7th…
Jeremy Neckers
April 30, 2018
Small Group Questions

Uncharted Week 4 – Go Home

Uncharted Following Jesus Into New Territory Small Group Questions from April 29th Intro Questions You have $1,000,000 and five years. You can do anything you want as long as you go somewhere (or somewheres). What would you do? To clear up a few things....you don't…
Commonway Church
April 30, 2018
Small Group Questions

Uncharted Week 1 – Now What?

Uncharted Following Jesus Into New Territory Small Group Questions from April 8th Share a story of when you've done something that was a brand new experience...traveled overseas, changed careers, new baby...anything like that. What were your fears? What was good? What was challenging? What did…
Commonway Church
April 9, 2018
Small Group Questions

Easter Discussion Questions

Easter Sunday Small Group Questions When we tell stories (especially about ourselves), there's this weird truth that the more specific something is, the easier it is for someone else to relate to it. Like, you could say, "My parents are crazy," and lots of people…
Commonway Church
April 2, 2018
Small Group Questions

Mountains & Valleys – Joy & Trial

Mountains & Valleys - Joy & Trial Small Group Questions from March 11th Read James 1.1-8 together. James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because…
Commonway Church
March 12, 2018
Small Group Questions

Mountains & Valleys – Contentment

Mountains & Valleys Small Group Questions from March 4th 1)    This series is about our experience throughout the cycles of life. Where do you currently fit on this adventure?  Mountaintop? Valley? Somewhere in between?  If you aren’t in a valley, are you willing to share with the group…
Commonway Church
March 5, 2018
FH

Nicaragua Trip, Days 6 – 8

Commonway in Nicaragua Days 6, 7, & 8 Day 6 – Goodbyes After another morning in Caulatú, we stopped by the FH office in the afternoon to say our goodbyes. Regardless of how many of us make to Nicaragua in the next seven years, this…
Jeremy Neckers
February 19, 2018
FH

Nicaragua Trip, Day 5

Commonway in Nicaragua Day 5 Community Leaders When we talk about Caulatú at church, it probably seems like we’re only involved in one community. Really, it’s three. Caulatú is the largest and serves, somewhat, of a hub for the surrounding area. Yesterday we were in…
Jeremy Neckers
February 19, 2018
FH

Nicaragua Trip, Days 3 & 4

Commonway in Nicaragua Days 3 & 4 Day 3 (cont.) – Sponsored Children The highlight of the trip, for most, is getting to spend some time with their sponsored child. It’s remarkable how quickly a bond forms. It’s almost as if this child, who until…
Jeremy Neckers
February 19, 2018
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Nicaragua Trip, Day 3

Commonway in Nicaragua Day 3 Day 3 – The FH Team We spent some time this morning at the local FH office. When we first came a year-and-a-half ago, they had a staff of 10 or 12. Today they have close to 30 folks (all…
Jeremy Neckers
February 15, 2018
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The Nicaragua Trip

Commonway in Nicaragua The First Two Days Our trip started with some unfortunate news. Both Liz and Audrey were too sick to make the journey, and so both of them and Audrey's daughter, Sophie, stayed behind. Our group of ten is now a group of…
Jeremy Neckers
February 14, 2018
FH

Caulatú, Nicaragua

Caulatú, Nicaragua Food for the Hungry & Commonway Just over two years ago, Matt & Liz visited Nicaragua for the first time. They didn't make it to Caulatú on that trip, but they did see the work that Food for Hungry is doing in other…
Jeremy Neckers
February 8, 2018
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Jesus Believed in Repentance

Jesus Believed in Repentance Small Group Questions from 2.4.18 Read Luke 16.19-31 together. When you read this parable, who do you naturally relate with first?  Whose shoes do you put yourself in? Why do you think you do that? This is the only parable that Jesus…
Commonway Church
February 5, 2018
Small Group Questions

Jesus Believed in Authentic Faith

Jesus Believed in Authentic Faith Small Group Questions from January 28th Read Luke 4.16-30. It would be an extreme understatement to say that it took some serious courage for Jesus to make these proclamations.  What exactly is He claiming in versus 16 to 21? And…
Commonway Church
January 29, 2018
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Advent: Week 1 – Christ the Redeemer

Advent: Week 1 - Christ the Redeemer Small Group Questions from December 3rd 1.     Warmups: When did you start listening to Christmas music? What is your favorite Christmas song?  Why? 2.     Advent serves two purposes: looking forward to the celebration of Jesus’ birth AND anticipating his return.  Do…
Commonway Church
December 4, 2017
Small Group Questions

The Echo of Kind Words

Small Group Questions Taking Back Monday from November 19 Name one person from your past or present who was (or is) particularly impactful, in a positive way, in developing how you think of yourself? What has the person done or said to help build you…
Commonway Church
November 20, 2017
Small Group Questions

Meaningless?

Small Group Questions Taking Back Monday from November 12 This might be more difficult for some to answer… What’s your favorite part of your job? What’s your favorite part of your job?  (Keep in mind; we don’t all equate “job” with a paycheck.) There are…
Commonway Church
November 12, 2017
Small Group Questions

You Were Made to Follow Jesus

You were made to follow Jesus. Small Group Questions - Week 6 Here’s a big question to start with…What comes to mind when you hear the word follower? How about disciple? And fanatic? How important are the differences? Continue to explore this idea of following…
Commonway Church
October 20, 2017
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You Were Made to Rest in God’s Grace

You were made to rest in God's grace. Small Group Questions - Week 4 As we’ve done before, let’s begin with a definition. What is grace? For the sake of this question, though, let’s define grace by answering these questions…How would you describe a PERSON…
Commonway Church
October 11, 2017
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In the Secret

Perhaps you too remember when Sonicflood released their first worship album and basically created the latest fad of rock ballad worship songs that changed the worship scene as we know it. Twenty years ago I purchased my own copy of Sonicflood. That’s right, back then…
Gabriele Replogle
July 12, 2017
Talk It Over

Talk It Over, Lent part 6

1. Often, folks who are wrestling with Jesus have some barriers in place that prevent them from placing their faith in him. For many, these are intellectual concerns. What sort of experiences or examples can you share? 2. Other times, people hesitant to be involved…
Commonway Church
April 10, 2017
Talk It Over

Talk It Over, Lent Pt. 5

Matt demonstrated the times in which Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians as a step ladder.  The rich and powerful and people of influence were seen as at the top of the ladder.  It was a place most wanted to be and even cunning…
Commonway Church
April 3, 2017
Talk It Over

Talk It Over, Lent Pt. 3

What are you afraid of ? How do you respond when you are afraid? Do you try to control or run Away? Like in Martin Luther King's story, talk about a time when your fear had been replaced with faith. Talk about a time when the…
Commonway Church
March 20, 2017
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From Slavery to Freedom

From Slavery to Freedom By Gabriele Replogle Hurry hurry. Quick, quick quick! Focus. Accomplish. Wait. Sit. Know and understand ALL things. Google me. Trend me. Twittering Angry Bird Feed Me!! Drive this. Eat that. Wear this, not that. Love yourself, and dress well. Hip &…
Gabriele Replogle
March 15, 2017
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Lent, Pt. 2

“Blessed Assurance Jesus is Mine....This is my story this is my song….” – As a long time and much sung hymn, I was intrigued by the words, “This is my story, this is my song. Praising my Savior all the day long.” What does that…
Commonway Church
March 12, 2017
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Lent, Pt. 1

As we begin the season of Lent, it's a great chance to think about and even reassess our understanding of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Start by thinking about and responding to this statement. Jesus was fearless. -What's your first reaction? -What examples can…
Commonway Church
March 6, 2017
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New Enriching Marriage Groups!

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?  So they are…
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Tough Choices, Pt. 3

Cliff and the worship team are simply awesome.  They utilize their gifts and talents and work hard to lead us in a time of worship and thanksgiving.  Please take time to pray and give thanks to God for these individuals who volunteer their time for…
Commonway Church
January 29, 2017
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Tough Choices, Pt. 2

Scripture: 1 Samuel 24:1-15 *Feel free to read it, or perhaps, someone from the group who was there Sunday could summarize this story of David hiding in the cave as King Saul comes in unknowingly. What are the reasons David could have given for going…
Commonway Church
January 25, 2017
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Presence

Can you identify with any of the examples that Carl gave—in other words, compulsions to check your phone, social media, texts, etc.? Can you think of a time when you observed this “distracted” behavior in someone else and it really bothered you? How did it…
Commonway Church
January 9, 2017
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – The Thrill of Hope, Pt. 3

Read Matthew 1.18-25. Then read Isaiah 7.13-14. Matthew wanted his readers (and us) to see something. No matter your understanding of Old Testament stories, why do you think it’s important to connect the Christmas story to the Old Testament Israelites? In a very broad overview,…
Commonway Church
December 20, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk It Over, The Thrill of Hope, Pt. 2

Salvation in its ordinary sense just means: rescue, deliverance, protection, help. Savior is the individual who does the rescuing (like firefighter rescuing someone from a burning building).  Does anyone have a story of either themselves or someone they know being “saved” in a dramatic way…
Commonway Church
December 12, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – How Do We Grow, Pt. 4

Scripture: Galatians 5:22-25 Luke 6:43-45 Philippians 2:12-13 We all have desires that we need to have fulfilled - security, peace, contentment, significance, connection, and wholeness. Are these desires good? If so, then why does the pursuit of these desires go so wrong so often? When…
Commonway Church
November 21, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – How Do We Grow, Pt. 3

Read Matthew 5:20 What do you think Jesus meant by this? (Hint: if you get stuck, how did the Pharisees tend to define their “righteousness.”)  Why is it important for us to know what Jesus meant by this statement? In other words, what is Jesus…
Commonway Church
November 14, 2016
Service

Muncie’s Help Portrait…Needs Your Help!

Dignity isn't something you 'give' to someone. It's something you affirm in them. A simple photo can do that. We are so passionate about Help Portrait for this very reason. And we need volunteers. Big time. What is Help Portrait? Photographers donate their time and…
Sara Coggins
November 1, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – How Do We Grow, Pt. 1

Cliff and the awesome worship team led us in a new song that included the words,“Let Your love come in Like a rushing wind Saturate my heart and soul again.” From Cliff’s gleanings, he asked the following question: Why don’t we readily step in and experience Jesus the Christ?…
Commonway Church
October 31, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk it Over – Avoiding Election Infection

“Avoiding Election Infection” (message by Andy Stanley) Intro: Politics can so color the way we see the world that we’re left wondering if someone could hold political beliefs different from our own and still follow Jesus. How would our outlooks change if we filtered our…
Commonway Church
October 23, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Don’t Quit Now

Scriptures: Psalm 73:2 (to set up the idea of giving up), Galatians 6:9, I Corinthians 15:58 Fun question to get started:  Can anyone share about a time (like maybe when you were a kid) when you quit something that you perhaps now regret?  In your…
Commonway Church
October 18, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk it Over – Juan Pablo

*From Matt: these kinds of more “story-telling” messages are a little more challenging to derive group discussion questions from. That said, there are a few questions here that I think are really significant if we take the time and are willing to dig past surface…
Commonway Church
October 11, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk it Over – Jesus is the Center

Cliff led a beautiful time of worship including phrases from songs: “You are good,” “You’re never gonna let me down,” “For endless days we will sing your praise,” “Holy Spirit you are welcome here” and “To be overcome by your Presence.” What were you sensing or feeling during…
Commonway Church
October 3, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk it Over – Fear

How do you usually respond to fear? Matt talked about two normal reactions - panicked decisions or paralysis - which camp do you fall into? Read Psalm 27 together. David wrote that we was confident - Where does that confidence spring from? (Look at versus…
Commonway Church
September 26, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk it Over – Beyond Their Ability

Matt talked about Paul leaving out the Macedonians when it came to helping the church in Jerusalem because they were so poor. Talk about a time you have left someone out because you thought you were helping by not asking? How has/did this affect the…
Commonway Church
September 19, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk it Over – Seating Chart

Scripture: Luke 14:1-23   What do you like about this parable? How might it have been offensive to those first hearing it?  Why does the Master (representing God) in the parable want his “house full”?  How did Jesus see people in his day who were considered…
Commonway Church
September 11, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk it Over – “Two Words”

Key Scripture Matthew 16.16-18 1 John 1.3-4 1 John 1.5 - 2.2 Talk it Over 1. Looking at Matthew 16.16-18, Jesus says He will build His church...except the word isn't actually "church" like we think about it. It's ecclesia - a gathering.  What if instead…
Commonway Church
August 28, 2016
AnnouncementsEventsReflections

Celebrating 5 Years

This July, we mark five years as a church. Looking back over this time, we're amazed to see all God has done in and through this community. There are likely more stories than we will ever now, but we do know there are stories and…
Adam Bouse
July 28, 2016
Stories

Commonway Stories

“What will the world miss if you don’t tell your story?” – Donald Miller Every single person has a story. We believe every story matters and God is working in and through each one of us. We may not all have dramatic or shocking stories…
Adam Bouse
July 9, 2016
AnnouncementsMissions

Annual Shoe Drive Kicks Off

Do you want to help kids who have a very basic need heading into the new school year? For several years, Commonway has contributed to the Hearts & Hands United annual shoe drive. Churches and individuals from around Muncie help by providing new shoes that…
Adam Bouse
July 7, 2016
Groups

Two New Groups To Help You Explore and Grow

Two areas of life at Commonway we always want to be intentional are giving you opportunities to meet other people and providing meaningful ways for you to explore your faith, the Bible, and Jesus. This Summer, we’re pulling together two groups that give you some practical…
Adam Bouse
June 1, 2016
Resources

4 Tools to Help You Stay Connected This Summer

Summertime brings a change in our calendars, rhythms, and habits. We spend more time outdoors, going on adventures with family, traveling to favorite spots, and maximizing all of the extra daylight. It’s a favorite season for many people, for good reason. At the same time, it's easy…
Adam Bouse
June 1, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – “Honor Beyond a Day”

Note: The weekly Talk It Over will be taking a break staring next week. We will provide a few reflection questions inside of the Bible App Event each week. Talk It Over will start back up in August. For more information about Bible App Events,…
Adam Bouse
May 8, 2016
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