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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...

Merry Christmas from Bishop McKee

Bishop Michael McKee wishes Christmas blessings to us all: Surprise is God's way of telling the world that God works in unlikely ways and places. The celebration of the birth of the Christ Child affirms this. I am always surprised at how God reveals hope, joy, love, and peace during this season to me. Several days ago, I attended a Christmas concert featuring several groups in the Dallas area. One of the groups was the Dallas Street Choir. The Street Choir is composed of men and... Read More
at Thursday, December 22, 2016
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Redeeming Grace

Kim Beck reflects on the meaning of her favorite Christmas Hymn, "Silent Night." In the last few days before Christ's birth, we wish you heavenly peace. What's your favorite hymn? Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright, round yon virgin, mother and child, holy infant, tender and mild, sleep in heavenly peace. sleep in heavenly peace. Silent night, joly night, Son of God, love's pure light, radiant beams from thy holy face, with the dawn of ... Read More
at Tuesday, December 20, 2016
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Am I the Only One?

Alyssa Robinson   stopped inviting friends to church a long time ago.  Maybe it's time to rethink invitation. Read her thoughts: The idea of inviting someone to church scares me. I have no real rationale for it; it just makes me uncomfortable. It might be because of my upbringing. Many of you might know my parents, Denise and Chris Robinson, or my grandparents, Bill and Jeannine Johnson. If don't know them, just trust me...I was raised in the church. I personally was... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Thursday, December 15, 2016
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Daydreaming About Mary

Alyssa Robinson has been daydreaming about Mary this week. I only really think about Mary at Christmas. It's sad, but true. In the stories of Jesus, this is the only time she's the leading lady. Most other stories she's in, she seems to be a supporting character. After Daniel's sermon last Sunday, I've been thinking a lot this week about Mary's role in giving life to Jesus. I've always just kind of glanced over her pregnancy. In my mind, she went... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Thursday, December 8, 2016
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