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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...

Will You Continue to Pray?

A Closing Reflection on Human Trafficking Great movements of history – from early abolition to civil rights – have often been led by the Church and fueled by prayer. Prayer builds and illuminates the pathway. As we engage the work of justice through prayer, we join a global movement of intercessors, co-laborers and justice seekers spanning history to bring slavery and violent oppression to an end. In a world of slavery, human trafficking and other forms of violent... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, April 22, 2019
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Joy in Persecution

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10 The work of justice is not easy. As we intercede on behalf of victims of oppression, we will meet adversity. You may experience doubt and question whether praying is actually enough. There will be the voice of the accuser that says you should be spending your time more efficiently—the voice that taunts “God is not listening.” And perhaps there... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Thursday, April 18, 2019
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For the Love of Humanity

Did you know... Today, there are more people living in slavery than at any other time in history? But there's good news: we can be part of changing that. We can Fund Freedom. Trietsch has joined together with International Justice Mission (IJM) to raise money to end slavery—and we won't stop until we meet our goal. Together, we will raise more than we ever could alone. Help us reach our goal of $50k by making a donation to IJM. Make a Donation! Learn more about... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson
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Victory Through Peace

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9 Being a peacemaker is not a passive, quiet stance. In fact, the Scriptures describe peace through a very different perspective. Peace is likened to a river (Isaiah 66:12)—unstoppable, flowing, covering rocks and debris, shaping its own course. It is the God of peace who will soon crush the evil one under his feet (Romans 16:20). Peace is the part of the armor upon which we stand, the... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, April 15, 2019
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Seeing God

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8 God dwells in the high and holy place, but also amongst the broken and lowly. We often think about wanting to “see God” according to our own place of need, but as we approach this Beatitude, we are reminded of the places beyond our own need—places where we may most deeply see God. As followers of Christ, we are called to become pure in heart like our Savior. God’s heart is for others;... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, April 8, 2019
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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

Randee Paraskevopoulos talked to MAD for Jesus servants about their experience last summer with Wesley-Rankin kids. "Thank you for teaching me about Jesus." "Thank you for letting me pray." "Thank you for loving me." "This program was one of the most spiritually rewarding gifts I’ve experienced," said Pam Taylor, the director of the annual MAD Camp at Trietsch.  MAD camp 2014 was Pam’s first experience with MAD –... Read More
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Mercy for the Unmerciful

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.” Matthew 5:7 One of the most difficult things to do as justice-seekers is to pray for the perpetrators of injustice, showing mercy to those who, in our human estimation, deserve no mercy. We are humbled by the words of Jesus in this Beatitude as we remember that he showed us mercy when we ourselves deserved none. And he has called us to do the same. Jesus went to the cross for the sins of all humanity. In one great... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, April 1, 2019
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