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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...

My Feisty Southern Lady

Alice Klemashevich shares her experience as a Stephen Minister and one woman who made a huge impact on her view of care: In 2014 I got a call from Joe Shafer, asking if I was available to take on a new Care Receiver. I'd been a Stephen Minister for several years and had closed out my last assignment so I said yes. Joe went on to tell me that my new Care Receiver was a woman in her 80s with cancer. "Ugh!" I thought. "This is going to be a beating! I'll have... Read More
at Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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Boy, Have I Got a Story!

Susan Warren shares how her story lead to a ministry based on unconditional love: When Daniel said, "Tell me a story." I thought, "Boy, have I got a story!" My mind raced. My story started when I was 17 and I left a small town in North Carolina to go to a big university. I met the man of my dreams there and we got married and settled down and had three children. Little did I know, 17 years later when I was 34, I would be returning to that same big... Read More
at Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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Unexpected Ministry: Foreign Exchange

Ashley Whitehead found ministry in a place she didn't expect. Read her story and consider serving with Kids Eat Free : A little over a year ago, my husband and I decided to become host parents to a foreign exchange student. Throughout my 20’s I travelled a lot and interacted with a lot of different cultures and customs. It's a passion of mine. So… when the opportunity came up to share our home with a foreign exchange student, I was excited. I... Read More
at Thursday, August 11, 2016
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A Puzzle of a Parable

Amy Parsons 's love of puzzles helps her understand Jesus's parables: I like puzzles.  I enjoy a good word find, crossword and I love geocaching, although, I guess that's more of a "mystery" than a puzzle. I think I get it from my grandmother who was ALWAYS doing puzzles.  I would stay at her house and when I woke up in morning she'd have the paper doing the Word Jumble, the crosswords and anything else. Note for our... Read More
at Tuesday, August 9, 2016
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God Opens Doors

As E'an Verdugo starts his next big adventure at The Village, he reflects on how God used Trietsch to make a path to fatherhood:   About a year ago was when Rachel and I began pursing the crazy idea of doing foster care with the hope of adopting. At the time, we were renting a tiny run-down house, we had 1 and a half working cars and barely making any money doing freelance work. It was something that we strongly felt the Lord was putting on our... Read More
at Thursday, August 4, 2016
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Grace Abounds in a Courtroom

Kim Beck experienced God's grace and mercy in a Texas courtroom. All praise to God! "Wow!" That's all I can say after what I witnessed today. "God, you are incredible. Wow!" I feel like I've just been to church. But I was in a courtroom. Everyone in that courtroom had the same sense. You could feel it. It was electrifying. No doubt God was in that room and the Holy Spirit was working mightily. In my ministry at the Gainesville State School there are... Read More
at Tuesday, August 2, 2016
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