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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...

The Dad I Never Knew

The death of Rev. Daniel Humbert's dad taught him the meaning of leaving boldly:  My dad died 24 years ago at the age of 59. We were both far too young for him to die. For him it was a chronological thing, for me it was a maturity thing. He died of colon cancer. It was six months from diagnosis to death. His death, however, is the reason I have already had 3 colonoscopy procedures and another on the horizon! My dad never knew either of my children and... Read More
at Thursday, April 28, 2016
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The Older I Get, The Less I Know

Rev. Doug Meyer gets personal as he shares his own blind spots that stunt his knowledge growth. He is learning humbly: I spent the first half of my life gathering information. I learned all sorts of things, from the basics of life to career fundamentals to the challenges of relationships to what foods I should not eat late in the evening. Then one day I hit a tipping point (or a wall). I realized I did not know as much as I thought I knew.  There is much more that I do not know... Read More
at Tuesday, April 26, 2016
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Little Einsteins Learn Humbly

Randee Paraskevopoulos's 6th grade Confirmation group reminded her how to learn humbly: Working with kids and youth is not where I like to serve. That’s just a nice way to say I really don’t like it. I stood up in worship a while back when we studied spiritual gifts and admitted kids are not my comfort zone and definitely not my passion.  The only exception I’ve made is to work with each of my daughters as they went through Confirmation – a year-long study that ends with the 6th... Read More
at Thursday, April 21, 2016
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Confessions of a 27-Year-Old Idiot

I’m 27 years old and I don’t know how to love completely. This is a public confession from me to you. Please read it as a confession and not as a political stance, official position of Trietsch or a marketing ploy. This is me, Alyssa Robinson.    When I was a teenager, I knew everything. Just ask my parents (shout out to the real MVPs – Denise & Chris Robinson). I knew what I believed. I knew where I was going in life. I knew I didn’t need advice... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, April 18, 2016
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My Pets Taught Me to Love

Karen Chraska strives to love completely like her pets do with such ease. Join us this Sunday at 8, 9:30 or 11 am as we learn to love together: I am a total animal lover. For the past 6 months the screen saver on my cell phone has been a photo of my “babies,” not the kind with 2 legs but 4. Currently we have 2 enormous dogs, 2 sweet cats, 10 pet chickens and 7 baby chicks. Our pets give me great pleasure and serve as a great stress reliever, but most of all in simple ways they convey... Read More
at Thursday, April 14, 2016
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Be Passionate. Be Present.

Clay Horton shares what living passionately is really about: Why walk down a hall if you can run?  Why talk when you can shout?  Why limit the size of your bite with a fork when you can get so much more food in your mouth by using your whole hand? I envy the passion that my 3 and 4 year old children have for all aspects of life. While it makes life busy, loud, and messy most of the time, I hope my children can always live passionately.  Pre-schoolers are “all... Read More
at Monday, April 11, 2016
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Just One Word

Trisha McWilliams prays for a word from God each year to focus on. Read what she's learned about herself: A few years ago, I was so blessed to hear Jon Gordon speak at an Early Childhood Education Conference. He had such passion in his motivational talk that it intrigued me to learn more about his speaking. As I searched his website, I came across the One Word book he had written. After reading the book just before Christmas, the Lord placed it on my heart to begin praying about... Read More
at Wednesday, April 6, 2016
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