“Feeding the Homeless of Indianapolis” The SEGway News–December 2017
“Pearl: The Impact of a Name” The SEGway News–November 2017
“Songwriting Tips for Beginners” The SEGway News–September 2017
“Whose Image is on You” Called Journal–December 2016
“The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life” Evangelical Church Library Association–August 2018
“Building the body: 12 Characteristics of a Fit Church” Evangelical Church Library Association–June 2018
“The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life” The Aboite Independent–May 2018
“Building the body: 12 Characteristics of a Fit Church” Waynedale News–April 2018
“Building the body: 12 Characteristics of a Fit Church” The Aboite Independent–March 2018
“We are So Blessed” Evangelical Church Library Association–December 2017
“Freedom’s Ring: Historical Fiction” Evangelical Church Library Association–August 2017
“Freedom’s Ring” The Aboite Independent–July 2017
“Freedom’s Ring: Historical Fiction” The SEGway News–June 2017
“Tweetable Nietzsche: Philosophy light for the young” The SEGway News–May 2017
“Radicalizing Peace” Evangelical Church Library Association–March 2017
“Radicalizing Peace” The SEGway News–March 2017
“Crossing the Waters” Evangelical Church Library Association–February 2017
“The Final Service” Evangelical Church Library Association–February 2017
“The Final Service” The Aboite Independent–February 2017
“Crossing the Waters” The SEGway News–January 2017
“Pearl: The Impact of a Name” The Aboite Independent–November 2017
“Confidence in God” The Aboite Independent–January 2017
“Things Unseen” (co‑writer and vocals on recording) Things Unseen–not yet released
“Full Moon” (co‑writer and vocals on recording) Things Unseen–not yet released
“Song of Hope” (co‑writer and vocals on recording) Reclamation–2015
“All In” (co‑writer and lead vocals on recording) Reclamation–2015
“Completely Yours” (co‑writer and lead vocals on recording) Reclamation–2015
“Alive for the First Time” (co‑writer and vocals on recording) Alive for the first Time–2013
“All things New” (co‑writer and vocals on recording) Alive for the first Time–2013
“Not Going Back” (co‑writer and dulcimer on recording) Alive for the first Time–2013
“Family Band” (co‑writer and vocals on recording) Alive for the first Time–2013
“101 Devotions for Busy Families” (I wrote a devotion in this book and edited and contributed to the entire book) Carpenter's Son Publishing–2013
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A group of about 60 volunteers meets on the corner of East and Ohio Streets in Indianapolis every Sunday morning at 7:30. The group quickly forms a circle with a few people standing beside a table of food. The others are walking around with empty, plastic shopping bags putting together 120 lunch sacks.
The “group” is an organization called “Find and Feed” – a ministry devoted to the homeless of Indianapolis. Corey Lawery, one of the three founders, said, “This ministry has changed my life forever! From the volunteers to the men and women we serve, God has used this work to draw me closer to Him and to focus on His will for me.”
After a prayer, Find and Feed volunteers walk across the street to an alley where they begin to interact with the homeless. Debbie Howell, a volunteer from Indianapolis, said, “There is no sense of ‘us and them.’” After the greeting time, there is a song and a message. On the morning of November 5th, Pastor McCray gave the message. His passion showed in his delivery. He enthusiastically preached on the importance of not blaming others for personal problems, and he encouraged the unusual congregation by proclaiming they have value and are loved.
Next, Robert Jones, a homeless man known as “Saint Lewis,” took center stage (or “center alley” as it was). “I just got confirmation from a pastor that I am worth something,” Jones said. “I don’t have to do drugs. I may be homeless, but I have a home because my daddy above loves me. I may not be worth much to people downtown, I may not be worth anything to people on the street, but I am worth something to the Most High.”
A volunteer, Apryl Napier, has been serving at Find and Feed with her family for more than a year. She and her husband bring their 8‑year‑old daughter and 12‑year‑old son to serve. They regularly attend Geist Christian Church in Indianapolis, but at least twice a month they come to Find and Feed. “It has been fun to see how it starts off as something you do and then your children begin to take it on,” Napier said. Her daughter ran to her with a big bag of Halloween candy, and she explained that the children had decided to pick a few pieces for themselves but to bring the rest to the people in the alley.
Candy and Ron Kennedy have been helping with Find and Feed from its early stages and now take part every Sunday. Candy said, “We prayed for five years for God to give us a local ministry, and then we found Find and Feed.” Candy serves Corey as his executive assistant, and she makes the spreadsheets so the volunteers know what food to bring. Ron serves as chairman of the newly established board. The staff is entirely volunteer—even the pastors and those who serve on the board.
Four years ago Lawery had a vision to help the homeless. He and his friends Marc Adetou and Matt Rogers began by walking the streets of Indianapolis on Friday mornings and handing out sack lunches. They also made coffee and carted it in a children's wagon.
“It was hard to find people actually standing in the streets,” Adetou said. “If we saw someone sleeping, we would just leave a bag beside him.” One Friday morning, the men walked into the alley off Ohio Street near a rescue mission and found around 50 men. “We found our ‘why,’” Adetou continued, “and from that day on, we have always come here.” Now the ministry has around 60 volunteers who meet every Sunday morning. Lawery said, “It's one of the few things my wife and [I] do together outside of family stuff. I have great friendships that were formed with Christ at the center. Who could ask for more?“
Those interested in learning more about Find and Feed can visit the Facebook page or come to “the alley” on the corner of East and Ohio Streets in Indianapolis any Sunday at 7:30 a.m.—rain or shine.
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl: Matthew 13:44‑46 (NIV) — “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
I was given a family name when I was born. Margaret was the name of my great:great:grandmother, as well as two of my great aunts. I am not sure if my parents knew the meaning of my name when they gave it to me. For as long as I can remember, they have referred to me by my nickname “Maggie.”
I remember looking up the meaning of my name about ten years ago. I was pleased to discover that the name Margaret (or Maggie) meant pearl, but I did not think much beyond that — until about a year ago.
I struggled with insecurity for a long time. It was selfish and prideful, and most of my insecurities were entirely untrue (the rest are irrelevant). Yet, they felt real. When attacked by insecurity, nothing feels truer. The funny thing about insecurity is that it tricks one into thinking it's humility, but it's actually nasty, disgusting pride that gets in the way of being the person the LORD wants one to be. I believed I wasn't good enough, I wasn't pretty enough, I wasn't like:able or even lovable. Then a friend reminded me of my name. Pearl: highly prized as a gem.
That same friend reminded me of the parable of the treasure (the pearl), and the joy of the man who found it: he sold all he had just to get it.
Of course, saying that I am the pearl is taking the parable out of context. The parable says that the Kingdom of Heaven is like the pearl, but that, I think, is the most beautiful part of the story. The reminder of my name's meaning and its biblical reference not only helped me to see my inherent value in Christ, but it also gently showed me that I am actually not the important thing: that place is only reserved for my LORD.
The pearl reminder has been an Ebenezer — a remembrance — when my insecurities begin to intrude. When pride creeps in to steal my joy and attack my impact, the LORD patiently reminds me that I do have value, but that I am not the most important thing — His Kingdom is.