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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...

Everyone is Human

I am Shawana. Pray with me today: May we rise out of our own fears. May we see a face on the street we don't know and love them as Jesus taught us to love. Put your hands in it. It is one thing to send money to a cause or to hear about a cause, but it is far more rewarding for all involved if everyone is reaching in and digging deep. A community can see real change then. The Dallas Bethlehem Center was a community center when I was growing up. I'm happy to see it alive and... Read More
at Friday, March 31, 2017
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Hope in the Garden

I am Glenda. Pray with me today: I pray for God to give me strength to get through the trials and tribulations in my own life. I put my trust in him. I thank him for the strength to get through each day and for places in our community where we can stay busy and be positive. I used to pick pecans out front of the Bethlehem Center. They have some really large trees and I enjoyed the activity and the shade. One Saturday I decided to bring the kids up to the center for breakfast. George... Read More
at Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Don't Believe Everything

I am Mark. Pray with me today: Lord, help me be your child in this world. May I show others the same saving grace that you have afforded. May I be an agent of change in your world to turn eyes to you. I'm the Deputy Chief of Community Prosecution in Community Courts in the City of Dallas, the Pastor of Victory Baptist Church, and recently appointed Municipal Court Judge for the City of Dallas. South Dallas is home to me. My wife is a principal here and my kids are being educated here.... Read More
at Saturday, March 25, 2017
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Being a Backyard Missionary

Jane Parker discovered that she can be a missionary in her own town. Have you found your passion in God's kingdom? After I retired from 30 years as a classroom teacher, I was substituting at a middle school one day when I heard a Hispanic student call an Asian student, "Hey, Chin!" At that time, I didn't know anything about the Burmese, Christian minority people of Chin State from northwestern Burma (now Myanmar). I thought the offending student was calling his... Read More
at Thursday, March 23, 2017
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It's a Job. That's Enough.

I am LeKendric. Pray with me today: Lord, thank you for the gift of a job. May those that I meet in their homes or on the street find hope in your glory and grace. I'm not one to talk too much. I've lived my life and made my mistakes. I grew up right here in South Dallas and in Oak Cliff. My story is the same as many around these parts, I suppose. I lost a brother in high school to gang violence and life wasn't always perfect. I'm married now and have a son and a... Read More
at Thursday, March 23, 2017
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The Introverted Pastor

Rev. Daniel Humbert is an introverted pastor...how does that work? Read his thoughts: I have a confession to make. I need your utmost love and forgiveness! I need to know it's safe for me to make this confession. I need to trust you with this confession. Will you love me even though I make this confession? Here's the confession. I am an introvert! I'm not shy. I'm an introvert. What I mean is that I would rather be reading a book or be with... Read More
at Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Unite to Say No

I am Mark. Pray with me today: Be with our children. Be with their parents. Help all of us to show love and support to those who most need it in our communities. Want to come to South Dallas? Come on down. Not as a savior but as a brother and sister in Christ. This community wants that. We want people who want to come down and partner with us as brothers and sisters in Christ. We need more people in our community to advocate at City Hall for more police officers. Not just patrol, but to be... Read More
at Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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I Knew the Cowboys

I am Steven. Pray with me today: Lord, give me the strength to do your work in South Dallas. May I help this community build to a better future for all of those that live here. I've spent my life in Alabama. I'm an only child and close to my family so when I graduated from college and told them that I wanted to go away for a year, they were unsure. I decided to join AmeriCorps VISTA, Volunteers in Service Towards America and was told I would be serving in South Dallas for one... Read More
at Friday, March 17, 2017
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Asha, from Somalia

Vic Heatter served with Refugee Services of Texas and will never forget the experience: I became interested in refugees as I learned about our wandering spiritual ancestors in the Hebrew testament and about God's directions to them: Abraham, the stranger in a strange land, Joseph in Egypt. Sometimes they were hungry, other times searching or escaping. When the Jews were settled, God told them to "remember" that they were once strangers. He told them to be fair to the... Read More
at Thursday, March 16, 2017
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Children Will Feel Loved

I am Marianne. Pray with me today: May jobs be created in this community so that our children can someday earn an honest living. May they have a lifetime of blessings in their hometown to look forward to. After 17 years of teaching, I was asked by the Assistant Superintendent to develop a program to help kids in danger of dropping out of high school finish their degrees. We had a group of 18-year-old students who had been double retained in elementary school and were only at a sophomore... Read More
at Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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Feeding the Flock

I am Mark. Pray with me today: Grant the faith leaders in South Dallas strength to move past their own worldly desires to be a beacon of hope and truth for a community. Unite us as one. The Faith Coalition started by the Zip Code Connection is a group who has a group of church leaders from all denominations who have come together to clean up the community, share information and really get to know each other. Some of the pastors live here but not all do. When we come to work, we come to... Read More
at Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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My Name is on Your Name

I am Shawana. Pray with me today: Peace Lord, help your people find peace. I pray for the parents of the children in this community. May they teach their children about respect and instill good morals in them so that this community may find joy in peace. Summertime was my favorite growing up. There were several recreation centers in South Dallas that offered free activities for children and we had so many great times doing art, music, playing volleyball or tether ball. Growing up in the... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Friday, March 10, 2017
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