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  • How do I start spiritual practices? Wednesday, September 28, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson When I start something new, I go a little too hard. If I’m going to start a new exercise routine, I buy all the gear and create an unsustainable workout plan. Whe...
  • What does the Bible say about prayer? Wednesday, September 21, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson Prayer is a mystery to me. Sometimes it comes so naturally that I feel like I’m in a constant state of prayer, and other times it just feels rote. One thing I wi...
  • How do I breathe in God? Wednesday, September 14, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson Have you ever had the wind knocked out of you? It can be a terrifying experience. The first time it happened to me I was 8 years old. As I was swinging across the monkey...
  • What habits do I need to stop? Wednesday, September 7, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson In this week’s YouVersion Reading Plan , Day 1 introduces us to the idea of spiritual practices as a form of training. Just like an athlete or musician trains to be...
  • Why can't I rest? Wednesday, August 31, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson There is a room in my house that has no modern technology in it except for a record player. I sit and look out the window in my leather chair, with my feet propped u...
  • How am I broken? Wednesday, August 24, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson In Rev. Doug Meyer’s message on Sunday, he said that the first step to healing the brokenness in others is to recognize how we are broken. I’ve been meditating ...
  • How can I be more like Jesus? Wednesday, August 17, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson In this week’s Life + God Podcast episode, Rev. Gracie Millard and I talked about the different understandings of grace identified by John Wesley: prevenient, justif...
  • Do I need community? Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson I am an introvert. If you’ve met me, that might be a surprise to you because I’ve been told I exude confidence and come off as an outgoing, outspoken person. It ...
  • Does God care about money? Wednesday, August 3, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson I have trust issues. My default setting is to assume that someone is trying to take advantage of me or manipulate me in some way. My guard is always up. Don’t worry...
  • Can I disagree with the Bible? Wednesday, July 27, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson How do we approach Bible stories that leave us discontented? To try to wrap my head around some of the weirdest Scriptures, I’ve explored historical and cultural ...
  • Whose side is God on? Wednesday, July 20, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson At the root of humanity, we are tribal. We establish both figurative and literal borders to separate ourselves and create safety. We label individuals or groups who don&rsquo...
  • When Bears Attack Wednesday, July 13, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson And now for a Bible story that needs no introduction, 2 Kings 2:19:25: Now the people of the city said to Elisha, “The location of this city is good, as my lord sees...
  • Do the ends justify the means? Wednesday, July 6, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson This question is full of ethical dilemmas. We ask, “Do the ends justify the means,” when we see someone with good intentions, trying to get to a righteous place, ...
  • Do you wrestle with God? Wednesday, June 29, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson We’re having a little bit of fun this summer with our worship series Weird . In this series we’re taking a look at some of the weirdest stories from the Ol...
  • Where is the Holy Spirit? Thursday, June 23, 2022
    by Pam Taylor I’ve always tried to be in tune with the Holy Spirit. As a child, my mother prayed to the Holy Spirit, asked the Holy Spirit for help, and referenced the Holy Spirit quite of...

Prayer for Emanuel AME

Please join me in praying for those affected by the shooting and deaths at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Below is a collective prayer forwarded from our Bishop, Michael McKee.   Eternal God, The senseless act in Charleston breaks our hearts, and we acknowledge that your heart was the first to break. Pour your love and peace into the brokenness of all our lives. Wrap your arms of everlasting love around those who are deeply hurting. Teach us how to be... Read More
at Friday, June 19, 2015
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Finding God in Appalachia

Bruce Wills had never been on a mission trip before. His experience with the youth mission trip over Spring Break changed both his life and his relationship with his son. Bruce was introduced to the church late, so Braeden, now a high school freshman, came to church late. And his son was struggling with it and not too excited to go to Appalachia to work on people’s homes over his spring break.  “Think about the bigger picture,” Bruce told him. “We’re going to go help others. It’s... Read More
at Monday, June 15, 2015
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Climbing Everest

"So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her family continued to eat for many days. There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah."  I Kings 17:15-16 (NLT)      This week we begin our new worship series, EVEREST: Conquering Challenges with God's Mighty Power. Sometimes our lives present challenges that we feel are very much as big as Everest! This three week series will help lead us... Read More
at Friday, June 5, 2015
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Forever Young, Forever Serving

For many years, Joe and Vicki Culwell have taken their RV and their friends to Gore, Oklahoma, to volunteer at the United Methodist Boys Ranch there. This year, the trip was an official ministry of Forever Young, our group of vintage adults. They left on Mother’s Day for a full week of working at the Boys Ranch.  “Positively, it was a chance to see the good work and positive influence,” said Larry Deering, one of the men on the trip. “They are affecting lives, possibly... Read More
at Monday, June 1, 2015
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