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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...

Being a Witness is Being a Friend

Denise Robinson learned through her 2-year-old granddaughter that being a witness doesn't have to be scary: My daughter Stephanie and 2-year-old granddaughter Sarah were at an Easter party at the Army post where Steph’s husband is currently stationed. The event was filled with fun events for children including a bounce house. Sarah LOVED the bounce house. She would jump for a little while, run to her mommy to check in and then go right back in the bounce house. On one occasion, she... Read More
at Thursday, March 31, 2016
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And He Will Be My Savior

The hymn "First Song of Isaiah" has followed Amy Parsons throughout her life, renewing her relationship with God: In 1978, I got to sing it in children's choir with the adult choir singing, too! My mom was the children's choir director and my granddad was in the adult choir. In 1988, I got to sing it in youth Choir with the adult choir singing, too! My brother sang with me, our mom was the youth choir director and our granddad was in the adult choir. (Mom was in high demand - or more... Read More
at Tuesday, March 29, 2016
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Unshackled From My Bologna

An 8-year-old girl helped unshackle Rev. Daniel Humbert from his selfish thinking: When I discovered last year that our Sr. High youth would be participating in the Appalachia Service Project (ASP), I was tremendously excited! I was excited on the one hand because it would allow them to emulate the values of our church—radical love, servant ministry and Biblical relevance. I was also excited because I knew they were about to have the same kind of transformational experience that I... Read More
at Thursday, March 24, 2016
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New phone. Who's this?

For Randee Paraskevopoulos , it was a technology glitch that made her realize she needs to work harder at relationships: I got a new phone back in November. It's the new Windows 10 phone. Great camera, simple interface and Cortana is great about reminding me of stuff. I love it. About the same time, I decided to clean up my contact lists on my computer, which then would sync with my new phone. I had duplicates in my personal account, my work account, an old account, my Facebook,... Read More
at Tuesday, March 22, 2016
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My Life is Full of Weeds!

Rev. Doug Meyer has learned a lot about his faith life by working in his yard. Check out a note from Doug: I find weed pulling very therapeutic.  It's as simple 1-2-3... I see a weed in my lawn or flower bed I bend over and pull it out or spray it with some horrible toxic chemical BOOM – no more weed!  Wouldn’t it be nice if pulling the weeds out of our lives were as simple?! In reality life-weed pulling is not as simple as that. First, you have to... Read More
at Friday, March 18, 2016
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Entertaining Angels

Allison Lassahn, Trietsch's Hospitality Coordinator, shares how her definition of hospitality transitioned from logistics to relationships. Do you have a story to share? Contact Alyssa Robinson at alyssar@tmumc.org . I don’t know about you, but middle school was hard for me. It was when I first became familiar with concept of a clique and just how cruel kids can be. There were kids (mostly other girls) who would not talk to me because I didn’t live in the right neighborhood or wear the... Read More
at Tuesday, March 15, 2016
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Noticing God's Beauty Through Prayer

Observations about prayer by Rev. Clay Horton: This past weekend, I attended a wedding for Errinne’s cousin. They must have spent $10,000 on flowers! There were two huge centerpieces, two massive arrangements at the doors of the reception tent, and then special arrangements all throughout the reception area. I, however, didn’t notice any of the flowers, except for Errinne’s bouquet that I used to save our seats at a dinner table. I’m clearly not a big flower guy,... Read More
at Thursday, March 10, 2016
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The Servant

Amy Parsons shares a moment of compassion that changed her life: I worked the "Feed the Homeless" program one cool Saturday morning and was not prepared for a sermon. Sermons usually come on Sunday morning and very eloquently, effortlessly and full of wisdom (I should add in case my pastor is reading this). I enjoy hearing what God has to say to me through the lessons in church, but this particular morning, I wasn’t prepared to receive a multitude of sermons and even less prepared for... Read More
at Tuesday, March 8, 2016
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Building the Kingdom!

A story about serving alongside Honey Dudes by Alyssa Robinson. If you have a story you'd like to share, contact me at alyssar@tmumc.org . Kevin Cummings, founder of Honey Dudes, recently invited me to tag along on one of their local projects. My initial thought was -- why not? He told me that it would take less than an hour, and he'd really like for people to learn more about the ministry. I showed up expecting to help with a few odds and ends around the house and snap some... Read More
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