Sing, Pray & Reflection

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Sing, Pray & Reflection chapels are dedicated completely to worship through music and prayer.


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Reflection/Discussion Questions:

 

Songs from Chapel:

Come People of the Risen King

Your Glory

Brokenness Aside

Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)

Sandy Emmett

Monday, February 25, 2019
Sandy Emmett

Sandy Emmett Picture

Sandy is the recently appointed Wellness Synergist for Global Partners. Global Partners is the missional arm of The Wesleyan Church denomination, headquartered in Fishers, Indiana (see link here https://www.globalpartnersonline.org/ ). As a synergist, Sandy is the connection to provide resources, coaching and partnerships to ensure that members going to places in the world that are far from their own home and hard places to live in can thrive while they work alongside local leaders to amplify local church mission for global transformation. Sandy grew up learning language in places like Switzerland and Kenya, and graduated high school at Rift Valley Academy. She and her husband Bill served for seven years in Latin America in a communication and healthcare mission, taking their three (now adult) children with them – who all speak Spanish. Sandy & Bill are excited to welcome their first grand baby in a few months!  Throughout her life, Sandy has seen the themes of crossing cultures and language barriers, managing logistics to create order, and being a safe place to help others in their spiritual searches and personal development.

How are you addressing your need to belong?

As a Christ believer, how do you live out the “one another” directives?

What is the next Kingdom work you can do, and what’s the first step?


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Reflection/Discussion Questions:

  1. How are you addressing your need to belong?
  2.  As a Christ believer, how do you live out the “one another” directives?
  3. What is the next Kingdom work you can do and what’s the first step?

 

Songs from Chapel:

You Are Good

I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever

Nothing But the Blood

Pastor John Ramsey

Friday, February 22, 2019
 Senior Pastor John Ramsey

John Ramsey

Pastor John F. Ramsey Sr. is the gifted and anointed Senior Pastor of New Life Worship Center, an exciting and rapidly growing church located in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Pastor Ramsey attended Fort Wayne public schools and graduated from Snider High School. Following graduation, inspired by his love of athletics, he accepted a football scholarship at Miami University of Ohio and began pursuing a major in Education.  Fully expecting to become a school teacher, he began ferociously studying to become an extraordinary educator.  During his junior year at the age of 21, while experiencing the overwhelming power and love of God, he accepted God’s Call to the Ministry.  It was during these college years that he began readying himself to do the Will of God on a full-time basis.

A dynamic preacher, prolific bible scholar and teacher, and a visionary leader, Pastor Ramsey boldly and unashamedly proclaims Gospel messages to encourage and empower God’s people.  He ministers with power and prophetic anointing while using humor to make often complex biblical concepts enjoyable, simple, relevant, “down-to-earth,” and practical. With an uncompromising and clear mandate from God found in Matthew 28:18-20, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age,” Pastor Ramsey developed a central theme for New Life Worship Center:  A Local Church with a Global Vision. Pastor Ramsey and the New Life Worship Center family are fully positioned to reach God’s people on a local, regional, national, and international basis.

Prior to serving as Pastor of New Life Worship Center, Pastor Ramsey founded and began pastoring the Victory Christian Center, a small storefront church located in the inner-city of Indianapolis. Starting with just one member, Victory Christian Center grew into a strong congregation within seven years. Under Pastor Ramsey’s leadership, the congregation purchased a church site and paid off the mortgage within a three-month period.  Pastor Ramsey’s dedication, commitment, and love of Victory Christian Center moved God’s Heart to provide for Pastor Ramsey to open the doors of New Life Worship Center on August 5, 2001.  Under his dynamic and visionary leadership and to accommodate its magnificent growth, New Life Worship Center moved from its initial 350 seat sanctuary (Kessler location) and ultimately into a new main location, a 13-acre 80,000 square feet 1,400 seat facility, in the city’s historic Traders Point neighborhood in July 2005.  Since inception, the church has grown to over 5,000 members with 30 active ministries. To more effectively serve the Indianapolis community, in 2007 New Life Worship Center also completed the CASH purchase of a central campus location in Center Township located at 3425 Boulevard Place.

Pastor Ramsey serves as mentor and spiritual father to a number of local pastors.  He is blessed to serve under Bishop I.V. Hilliard of New Light Christian Center, Houston, Texas as his spiritual father.  He also is a member of the Association of Independent Ministries.  Pastor Ramsey is a much sought after preacher and a featured national keynote speaker for various leadership and development programs.  God’s anointing has enabled Pastor Ramsey to bring some of the nation’s leading pastors, teachers, and recording artists to New Life Worship Center to bless the congregation and the Indianapolis community each year.

Pastor Ramsey is most passionate about helping families to become stronger. He is known for his anointing in the areas of faith, relationships and financial stewardship.  He is currently working on his first book about relationships entitled, “A Marriage Made in Heaven, But Going Through Hell.”  His previously published books include “Smart Money Management: A Biblical Approach to Financial Stability and “Armed and Dangerous: Equipping Leaders for Effective Ministry.” He is co-author of a highly regarded book entitled, “About My Father’s Business:   Merging Industry & Ministry.

Pastor Ramsey is married to his lovely wife, Alicia and they are the proud parents of three wonderful children-a daughter, Judah Maree, and sons Jeremiah David and John Jr.


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Reflection/Discussion Questions:

1. How are you practicing healthy communication in your different relationships?

2. How do you find your identity in Christ and not in your significant other?

 

Songs from Chapel:

Fight My Battles

Turning Around For Me

Rev. Jon Cavanagh

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Rev. Jon Cavanagh

Jon Cavanagh

Rev. Jon Cavanagh, Campus Pastor at Taylor University since 2015, is a 1998 Taylor University alumnus. He has served at Taylor since 2007, filling roles that have included Director of University Apartments/Coordinator of Off Campus Community, Co-Chair of Residence Life Programming, Hall Director at  Wengatz Hall , Head Men’s Golf Coach, and committee assignments including Chair and member of the Community Life Committee, Lighthouse and J-term Capstone Co-Leader, and the leadership of various devotional groups.

In addition to his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education from Taylor, Cavanagh holds a Master of Divinity from Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Findlay, Ohio (2008). He is an ordained minister in the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (N.A.C.C.C.). Prior to returning to Taylor, Cavanagh served as Associate Pastor for Plain Congregational Church in Bowling Green, Ohio, and as resident director at Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky., and Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. He also filled the role of Church Planter for Mercy and Grace Ministries in Sheridan, Wyo., from 1999 to 2000.

Jon and his wife Kara are the parents of 2 daughters, Phoebe (8) and Hattie (18 months).


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Reflection/Discussion Questions:

1. What will it take for you to go from consider to commitment?

2. What does being committed to Christ look like in your day to day life?

 

Songs from Chapel:

Holy Spirit

Great Are You Lord

God With Us

 

 

Robert Gelinas

Monday, February 18, 2019
Robert Gelinas

Robert Gelinas

 

Robert Gelinas is pastor who deeply desires for people to experience God’s unfathomable love and presence. 

He leads Colorado Community Church, a multi-cultural, inter-denominational mission of 3000+ practicing Christians committed to washing the feet of the city. He holds a BA in Biblical Studies and an MA in Missiology.

Robert and his wife, Barbara live with their six children in the Denver area.


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Reflection/Discussion Questions:

1. Imagine yourself as a disciple of Jesus after his crucifixion. Suddenly, Jesus appears to you and leads you in a Bible study. How is this different from any other Bible study? What about Jesus’ presence makes following Jesus more dynamic?

2. Why to you think it’s so easy to slip into following programs for discipleship rather than following Jesus?

 

Songs from Chapel:

Reckless Love

How Great Thou Art

 

Rev. Skye Jethani

Friday, February 15, 2019
Rev. Skye Jethani

Skye J

Skye Jethani is an award-winning author, speaker, consultant and ordained pastor. He also serves as the co-host of the popular Holy Post Podcast, a weekly show than blends astute cultural and theological insights with comical conversation. Skye is the president of Measure  the Clouds, a non-profit organization helping a post-Christian generation discover a ravishing vision of life with God. He also leads SkyPilot Media which develops multimedia resources for use by churches, colleges, and community groups navigating the intersection of faith and culture.

For over a decade, Skye served in numerous editorial and executive roles at Christianity Today, a communications ministry launched by Billy Graham in 1956. His roles there included Managing and Executive Editor of Leadership Journal, Director of MissionAdvancement, and Senior Producer of This Is Our City, a multi-city, multi-year project telling the stories of Christians working for the common good of their communities. He also helped CT pioneer new projects to engage younger audiences and church leaders, and he is a Featured Preacher on CT’s Preaching Today website.

Skye has been a sought after consultant for groups facing challenges at the intersection of religion and society like The Lausanne Movement, The White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and the Interfaith Youth Core. Beyond writing for Christianity Today’s publications, Skye’s work has also been featured in The Washington Post, Relevant, ChurchLeaders.com, The Huffington Post, and he has been quoted in The New York Times. Skye is frequently featured on radio programs around the country including Moody Radio, WORDfm in Pittsburgh, Chicago Public Radio’s Vocolo, and he has been interviewed on PBS Television.

Skye served for six years in full-time pastoral ministry at Wellspring (formerly Blanchard) Alliance Church in Wheaton, Illinois, as a teaching pastor and also helped launch the church’s second campus in Warrenville, Illinois, in 2006. Skye now speaks regularly at churches, conferences, colleges, and retreats both in the U.S. and internationally. He has spoken at venues as diverse as the progressive Chautauqua Institution and the evangelical Catalyst Conference. He has been a frequent voice at Q Conferences and at Trinity Grace Church in NYC. Skye has been invited to speak at historic Black churches like Fellowshi Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, and at Korean congregations like Onnuri Community Church in Seoul—one of the largest churches in the world. His ability to blend faith and cultural insights have made him a popular speaker at both Christian colleges like Wheaton and Taylor University, as well as secular campuses like Northwestern and the U.S. Naval Academy. Skye has also led spiritual retreats and workshops for marketplace leaders both in the United States and Asia.

Skye and his wife, Amanda, have been friends since high school. They were married in
1999 and currently live in Wheaton, Illinois, with their three children, Zoe, Isaac, and Lucy.


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Reflection/Discussion Questions:

1. What have you assumed Jesus meant when he said, “Do not judge”? Share a time when you felt judged.

2. Who do you think your community excludes or views as less valuable? How do you see this kind of “judgment” happening?

3. How can you tell when wise Christian discernment has crossed into ungodly condemnation?

 

Songs from Chapel:

Death Arrested

Praises (Be Lifted Up)

 

Dr. Bob Aronson

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Dr. Bob Aronson

Dr. Bob

A social scientist, he is known for his ethnographic work on masculine gender ideology and high-risk sexuality, and the use of community-based participatory research strategies to understand and address racial disparities in health status. Some of his more recent work has focused on understanding the causes of health disparities experienced by African American males, and identifying effective intervention strategies for this population across the social ecology. He received a four-year cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control to develop and test a culturally and contextually congruent HIV prevention intervention for heterosexually active African American male college students.  He was also a founding member and participant in the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative between 2003 and 2013.

Among Dr. Aronson’s more than 50 peer reviewed publications include the following: “Brothers Leading Healthy Lives: Outcomes from the Pilot Testing of a Culturally and Contextually Congruent HIV Prevention Intervention for Black Male College Students” (AIDS Education and Prevention, 2013); and “Challenges to Masculine Transformation Among Low Income African American Men” (American Journal of Public Health, 2003).  Select book chapters include: “Strengthening Communities and the Roles of Individuals in Building Community Life” in, Social Injustice and Public Health, edited by Vic Sidel and Barry Levy (Oxford University Press, 2013); “Informing and Developing Research in the Context of Community-Based Participatory Research and Undoing Racism” in, The Uncharted Path from Clinic-based to Community-based Research, edited by Bonita Stanton, Jennifer Galbraith and Linda Kaljee (Nova Science Publishers, 2008); and “Undoing Racism Training as a Foundation for Team Building in CBPR” in, Community-Based Participatory Research for Health, edited by Meredith Minkler and Nina Wallerstein, (Jossey Bass Publishers, 2008). Dr. Aronson and his wife Jenifer live in Marion, Indiana.  Their daughter Elena lives in Richmond, VA and their son David and his wife Sara live in Syracuse, NY.


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Reflection/Discussion Questions:

1. If Taylor were to close, would grant county notice?
2. What are ways that you can be a blessing too loudly?
3. Which is more important, what we say or who we are becoming?

 

Songs from Chapel:

Only King Forever

More Than Anything

You’re the Only One