Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Rev. Karen Chraska shares her thoughts on God's restoration. God heals brokenness. Come celebrate the ultimate restoration with us this week for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter . May all who feel broken be healed!
I am extremely fortunate that I have enjoyed good health throughout my life. The things that have caused me physical pain make me so grateful that typically I live in comfort.
Just this week I had a root canal. Ugh. Unfortunately, not my first one. On...
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Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Denise Robinson shares her realization that restoration doesn't have to be work; it can simply be a time of rest:
2020 and 2021 were especially tough for me. I know what you’re thinking…wasn’t it tough for everyone? Yes, of course. I experienced emotions and feelings that I had never experienced before. It was a time of extreme pressure, extreme loss and then extreme burnout.
I have experienced times in my life where I was so exhausted that I needed to take...
at Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Monday, April 4, 2022
Rev. Doug Meyer thinks about his personal restoration compared to restoring furniture:
A number of years ago I decided to tackle restoring an old piece of furniture. It was your basic 100 year old chest of drawers.
It was nothing fancy: a heavy oak dresser, 4 drawers, straight clean lines, covered with multiple layers of paint.
How hard could it be?
After a waltz around the paint aisles at Home Depot, I came upon the recommended toxic chemical used for stripping furniture. The...
at Monday, April 4, 2022
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Alyssa Robinson shares what Laura Sennott taught her about God's restoration, using her garden as a teaching tool.
I bought my first house in 2020. I was so proud and excited, and my family and friends shared in my excitement. But here’s the thing. Nobody warned me about the rude realities that come with homeownership. They were probably colluding with each other and whispering, “We got another one to take the plunge!”
Why does every little update cost at least...
at Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Monday, March 28, 2022
Bob Mersereau shares his story of restoration. It took 20 years to learn how to trust God and give up on anger and resentment, but when he did he found a bottomless well of peace and love.
My wife committed adultery.
Four words no husband ever wants to be true. Yet they were.
I knew. Yet I didn't know.
At first, it was the little things in our relationship that were different. Not quite right.
Even in good relationships, there are times when things seem a bit off.
at Monday, March 28, 2022
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Dana Phillips is in the midst of God's restoration , and it began with a vision:
Jesus restores us in the middle of our failures, mistakes, hurts, and brokenness. Sometimes it is one step backward, two steps forward. Sometimes it is a defining moment, other times it is a long journey. No matter what, Jesus’s willingness to go to the cross for us is the doorway to restoration.
We have a multi-ethnic family built through birth and adoption: we have two white kids, one Korean...
at Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Rev. Daniel Humbert shares how God's restoration can be a time of quiet support from a friend:
I’m the youngest of four—three boys and a girl. There were roughly 3 years separating each of us in age. Throughout my childhood and even into young adulthood, I admired the creativity, tenacity, and fortitude of my sister Diane. She was, after all, one female amongst three strong-tempered males in the family. She could always hold her own.
Like many adult children, we...
at Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Van Weaver is our Butterfly Ministry Coordinator at Trietsch and today she shares her personal story of restoration :
I met Nate in 2011. We went on a first date and instantly felt a connection. After that date, he came over for dinner every night for a year. After that first year, we decided to move in together, became engaged, and married in 2013. It was a whirlwind and so exciting, fun, and amazing, until 2016. It became common for us to get into arguments that I didn’t...
at Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
This month we are challenging ourselves to “See What God Sees” in other people. As Christ-followers, we are on a journey toward greater compassion, empathy, and love for all of God’s creation. As I thought about seeing what God sees, I realized that before I start hypothesizing how God sees others, I must first ask myself the question, “How does God see me?”
Maybe it sounds selfish, but I believe all paths to growth and expansion start with introspection. What...
at Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Rev. Karen Chraska shares why the Magnificat is so meaningful to her:
Special songs signify special occasions: “Happy Birthday” at a birthday party, “The National Anthem” at a Sporting Event or Patriotic Concert, “Silent Night” at a Christmas Eve candlelight service. When I am happy, I sing. When I am sad, I sometimes sing uplifting songs to make me happy. Music can express deep feelings and emotions that words sometimes...
at Thursday, December 9, 2021
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Revelation 20 refers to the millennium. Please see the below explanation of the 1000-year period mentioned in Revelation. Wnat to know more about the Book of Revelation? CLICK HERE to read Rev. Daniel Humbert's blog post, "What We Believe About Revelation."
Postmillennialism: looks for a literal 1000-year period of peace on earth. At the end of the 1000-years, Satan will be unleased once more, but then Christ will return to defeat him and reign forever. Christ’s...
at Sunday, November 21, 2021
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Senior Pastor Rev. Daniel Humbert shares context around the Book of Revelation and how The United Methodist Church interprets this Scripture.
For many, the mere mention of the Book of Revelation sends chills up the spine! It is a distinctive and unique book of the Bible—one that is difficult to comprehend. It is often left unread, unstudied, and unknown because of this difficulty. All the imagery, metaphor, descriptions, and even language seem mysterious,...
at Tuesday, November 9, 2021