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Why Does God Allow Evil and Suffering?

Posted by Mike Farley on

As we watch the scenes of city of Texas and Florida submerged in the deluge of hurricanes and Mexico digging out from a ferocious earthquake (and all in the same month!), at some point we can hardly help wondering “Why?” Why does God allow events like this to occur? This is a hard...

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Sustaining Prayer for Revival

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Are your prayers too small? On Pentecost Sunday (June 4), Pastor Clay Smith gave a stirring and inspiring sermon about the kind of prayer that sustains our participation in God’s full mission. While God certainly cares about the smallest details of our lives, he also calls us to lift our...

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Four Services, One Story

Posted by Mike Farley on

When Jews celebrate the Passover meal, the youngest child asks the question, “Why does this night differ from all other nights?” Since we will soon celebrate Jesus’ fulfillment of Passover during Holy Week, it is good for us to ask a similar question: “How does this week...

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A Taste of Central

Posted by Mike Farley on

Are you new to Central? Have you had questions like "How can I find out more about what is happening at Central?" or "Who are the pastors and other leaders in this church?" If you have these or other such questions, we invite you to attend the "Taste of Central" lunch on Sunday, August 21...

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Tags: discovery, new, new members, orientation, taste of central

3 Questions & Answers About Spiritual Formation

Posted by Mike Farley on

Last summer, my title changed from “Pastor of Worship and Arts” to “Pastor of Spiritual Formation.”  Since that time, some people at Central have asked me some very good questions about the meaning of my new title, and I want to share what I hope are some good...

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Tags: discipleship, farley, spiritual formation

Observing the Season of Lent

Posted by Mike Farley on

Traditionally, the Lenten season is the entire forty-day period during which the church prepares for the celebration of Easter.  When it first emerged in church history, Lent served primarily as a time of intense instruction, fasting, and prayer for converts to the Christian faith in the...

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