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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...

Counting on God

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... Read More
at Thursday, July 28, 2016
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Why Shouldn't I Get Drunk?!

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... Read More
at Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Agape Love

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... Read More
at Tuesday, July 19, 2016
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My Day at Kids Eat Free

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... Read More
at Thursday, July 14, 2016
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Look for the Helpers

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... Read More
at Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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Faith Lessons from a Rose Bush

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... Read More
at Tuesday, July 12, 2016
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Memories of VBS

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."  What did... Read More
at Monday, July 11, 2016
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Lord, Please Heal Our Wounds

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. Our... Read More
at Friday, July 8, 2016
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Cancer Can't Stop Joy

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... Read More
at Tuesday, July 5, 2016
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