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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...

A Baby Born to an Unwed Teenage Girl. Pure Joy!

A note from Rev. Daniel Humbert about a personal experience of joy: Even though it was almost 20 years ago, I remember it as if it were yesterday. The details are vivid and bright. It was a day unlike any other in my life. In many ways there has not been one quite like it since. Yet that day not only taught me what true joy could be; it set the standard for my understanding of joy.    It was spring, 1996. Kay and I had recently relocated from Wichita Falls to Argyle, TX. We... Read More
at Thursday, December 24, 2015
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Moving From Fear to Faith

A note about overcoming fear and anxiety from Camille May:  About a week after my 21st birthday, my grandmother died. Ten days later my father died from a brain aneurism. All of this took place days before Thanksgiving and a few weeks before my final exams.  I remember wishing that time would stand still so that I could find my bearings. I often wonder how I even managed to finish college. I felt a wide range of emotions and took a lot of naps. I had family and friends to... Read More
at Monday, December 21, 2015
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I Am Disgusted!

A note about feeling disgusted by Rev. Clay Horton : Disgust. I’ve felt this a lot lately, and it’s not because I’m changing diapers or discovering 3-week-old leftovers in the fridge. In fact, I’d change diapers all day if I could somehow reduce the level of disgust many of us have felt over the past month or two. When I look at the world around us and watch the news, it’s hard not to feel some level of disgust. It swells up inside my belly and moves to my heart. It's not a comfortable... Read More
at Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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How to Move From Anger to Love

A note about dealing with anger from Karen Chraska : Anger isn’t a cheery thing to ponder this Christmas Season. In fact, when the worship team first landed on the Inside Out Christmas theme, I’ll admit I was less than confident the choice was a good one. Now after digging deeper and living into the themes, I am so thankful we are going there! As the oldest child of an alcoholic, I live into the stereotype quite well. I am super responsible. I never want to let anyone down. I want... Read More
at Wednesday, December 9, 2015
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What Can Be Learned From Sadness?

A note about dealing with sadness from Rev. Doug Meyer: “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” ~ C. S. Lewis  For the better part of my life I viewed sadness as an emotion to be avoided at all costs! I could see no value in being sad. All the experiences I had that elicited a sad response were "no good , very bad, don’t ever want to have that happen again" types of events. I carried that... Read More
at Thursday, December 3, 2015
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