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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...

Praying the Difficult Psalms

Pastor Nick McRae gives advice on how to pray the Psalms that aren't very easy to pray: I didn’t always love the Psalms. Not at all. For a long time I even avoided the Psalms because, honestly, I didn’t know what to do with them. Maybe you’ve been there, too. Maybe you’re there right now. I really struggled with the Psalms. Any given psalm I’d read might be absolutely beautiful, but then suddenly, out of nowhere, it would take a disturbing turn. Psalm... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, March 22, 2021
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Seeing the Church in the Psalms

Can our Church community be found in the Psalms? Rev. Dr. Nick McRae walks us through this question: Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor and theologian who opposed the evils of Hitler and the Nazi regime. Because of his courageous work, Bonhoeffer was tragically executed in a Nazi concentration camp only 14 days before the camp was liberated by US troops. Throughout his life, Bonhoeffer was devoted to Scripture as the word of God, and he had a special love for the Psalms. He understood... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Tuesday, March 16, 2021
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Seeing Christ in the Psalms

As you're continuing your journey through the Psalms this Lent, Rev. Dr. Nick McRae shares where he sees Jesus in the book of Psalms: As I was praying through the Psalms this week, I couldn’t help thinking about Jesus. Specifically, I found myself considering how often Jesus would ask people to keep what he was doing a secret. Again and again Jesus would heal someone and then command them not to tell anyone. And when the disciples started to figure out that Jesus was the Messiah,... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, March 8, 2021
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How to Pray the Psalms

Today Pastor Nick shares how to pray the Psalms. This is a great way to get started in your Lenten fast each day because the Psalms are both encouraging and challenging: As I’m writing this, I’ve just finished my morning prayers. One of the psalms I prayed today begins with these lines: “I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth” (Ps. 121:1-2). Those are beautiful words. The truth... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, March 1, 2021
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