Thursday, July 28, 2016
Dana Phillips reminds herself that she can count on God for anything: a beautiful reminder as we focus on the Prodigal Son this week:
I can count on Him to love me, even when I am not loveable.
Like you, I like things my way, and when events or circumstances happen my first reaction can be to bristle and blame others for my unhappiness. Not too long ago, I said some unkind things to someone I really love. I said them because I was hurt, because I was offended and...
at Thursday, July 28, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Sydney Patrick gets real about her struggle with alcohol and the realization that God wants more for her. This is her story:
Instant gratification comes at the cost of your joy…
Ephesians 5:17-18 says, "Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to reckless indiscretion. Instead, be filled with the Spirit."
To a college student, this just sounds like another rule to follow from a book...
at Thursday, July 21, 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Carleen Alderman has been on staff since 2000. She shares how tangible proof of unconditional love has made an impact on her personally:
I experienced the Walk to Emmaus in October 1988 when I was in my mid-forties. Before that time I had always been a believing Christian. Our family was members of a small Presbyterian Church in a town of 3,000 people. We were in church every time the doors were open. It was not a choice that I made whether to attend youth group or not when I was in...
at Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016
15-year-old Alex Mrak learned that Kids Eat Free is about more than feeding kids. Read his story:
Last week I went to Kids Eat Free at a Budget Suites. I knew we were giving food and toys to kids that get free school lunch but that's about it. The sign outside said daily, weekly or longer rates. This is their home.
I saw kids playing near the parking lot waiting for the lunch truck. We brought sidewalk chalk, bubbles and slap bracelets. A lot of kids came...
at Thursday, July 14, 2016
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Camille May shares how childhood lessons from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood still ring true in her adult life:
Mr. Rogers from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood taught me many things as a child including weaving paper placemats, the care and feeding of fish and that it is cool to have a favorite sweater. As an adult, I have a growing appreciation for his sentiment on looking for the "helpers" in our world. Mr. Rogers calls us to slow down...
at Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Lee Greer, Chairman of the Leaderboard, shares how he's seen God use change to grow our church:
A red rose is one of God's wondrous creations. I have a red rose bush outside my kitchen window. I planted it for my wife, for Mother's Day, shortly after we moved into our house 16 years ago, right around the time we joined Trietsch. This rose bush has been a source of great joy, some consternation and a little pride. While I gave it to my wife as a...
at Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Monday, July 11, 2016
Denise Robinson shares how VBS was a reliable, welcoming place in the constantly changing life of an Army brat. Please consider volunteering with VBS to make a memorable experience for our kids!
I am an Army brat. I wear it as a badge of honor. Did you know that "Army brat" actually has an official definition? It is "a child of a career soldier, especially one who has lived in various places as a result of military transfers."
at Monday, July 11, 2016
Friday, July 8, 2016
Rev. Clay Horton turns to God for healing in the wake of a week of devastation:
We come from a variety of backgrounds and are feeling a variety of emotions. We come in mourning with a loss of words. We come feeling scared, sad, angry, frustrated, lost and overwhelmed. Many of us have wept numerous times over the past several days. Perhaps words can't describe how we feel, but we know we need something. And so we turn to God in prayer.
at Friday, July 8, 2016
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Story by Alyssa Robinson :
I meet with people often to help share their stories. Recently it was suggested to me to interview a woman named Carrie Simpson. All I knew about Carrie is she's a cancer survivor.
We met at a coffee shop and she quickly laid out the timeline of her life. It was obvious that this wasn't the first time she's shared her journey. Here is the timeline of turmoil she walked me through with a smile on her face:
1988 - House burnt down day after...
at Tuesday, July 5, 2016