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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...

Thirsting for Righteousness

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6 The Scriptures tell us that righteousness and justice are the foundation of God’s throne (Psalm 89:14). But when we see families held in slavery, vulnerable girls sexually assaulted, widows forced from their homes, innocent men and women in prison—the very foundation by which God established right order and governance appears shaken. The forces of evil in the world... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, March 25, 2019
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Don't Stare, Say Hello!

Shelby Rabjohn has a message for us to help us grow in relationship with our special needs families. I spent my high school years here at FMHS where I became President of Circle of Friends my Junior and Senior year. After that I took a few courses at NCTC and later transferred to McMurry University for an opportunity allowing me to aide in a SPED class during the day at a Title I Elementary school and take classes at night. I got the chance to move back to my home town and thought I... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Wednesday, March 20, 2019
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An Attitude of Meekness

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5 As justice seekers, we are bold and courageous in our prayers and determined in our actions. We zealously take hold of the vision to seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow (Isaiah 1:17). And because God enables us to accomplish amazing things, we can be tempted to hold our boldness, our passion and our zeal as ideals. But Jesus tells us that the meek shall inherit the... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, March 18, 2019
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Comforting the Mourners

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 As IJM confronts injustice around the world, we find there is much to mourn: There are 40 million slaves in the world today—more than at any other time in human history. Thousands of widows are literally fighting for their lives because their land and only source of provision has been violently stolen away from them. 1 in 4 slaves is a child. Innocent men and women are arrested,... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, March 11, 2019
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A Reflection on Ash Wednesday

A devotion from Pastor Doug Meyer based on his Ash Wednesday message: I have a confession to make – I do not like cleaning. I do not like making my bed, or doing the dishes, or running the vacuum, or washing and putting away the laundry. I do not like cleaning out my garage or washing my car. But… I really like sleeping on clean sheets and eating off clean plates. I like the smell and feel of a clean house and car. I like walking in to my garage and looking... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Friday, March 8, 2019
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Fasting for Justice

Typically, we fast from some food, product, or behavior during Lent as a means to better connect with God and truly understand the nature of Christ’s suffering for us. This year, we encourage you to discover a Lenten fast that will connect you with those suffering from human trafficking. Below are listed some common contributions to human trafficking. Consider fasting from one or more of these items either throughout Lent or perhaps try one per week of Lent. Fast from: ... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Thursday, March 7, 2019
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The Work of Solitude

“Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him and he began to teach them saying: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’ ” Matthew 5:1-3 Picture this scene: Jesus on the mountainside, drawn away from the crowds. Before his disciples reach him, we can imagine Christ in sacred moments of solitude and prayer. He withdrew from those seeking him and, for a moment, laid aside the... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Wednesday, March 6, 2019
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