Blog - June 2021

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  • How do I listen for God? Wednesday, February 1, 2023
    by Alyssa Robinson Learning to slow down and listen is one of the most difficult lessons of growth for me. Listening typically isn’t one of our core values. We live in a culture tha...
  • How do I shift from change to transformation? Wednesday, January 25, 2023
    by Alyssa Robinson In 2019 I went through a pretty rough divorce. It was not something I wanted, and it took me a while to accept that it was actually happening. It felt like almost everythin...
  • Am I ready to love change? Wednesday, January 18, 2023
    by Tammy Hise This month our worship series has been Ready or Not. We all know that no matter what, change happens. It is the only constant. As we’ve talked about life changes, it made me ...
  • Am I strong and courageous? Wednesday, January 11, 2023
    by Alyssa Robinson As I step into the motion of the new year, I’ve reflected on how I handle change. Am I “strong and courageous?” The Bible repeats this phrase in m...
  • What are you searching for? Wednesday, January 4, 2023
    by Alyssa Robinson As the Digital Strategist of this church, I get a unique look into the analytics of our website, social media channels, Google account, and more. To many people this mi...
  • Am I ready for change? Wednesday, December 28, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson Jesus’s birth changed everything, but are we ready for that change? We’ve just spent an entire month anticipating the birth of Jesus, and Jesus is here! But ...
  • Where is hope in the Christmas story? Wednesday, December 21, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson TMUMC.ORG/christmas If you grew up in the church, or maybe even if you didn’t, you’ve probably heard the Christmas story every year of your life. The Clif...
  • Do you hear what I hear? Wednesday, December 14, 2022
    This week’s featured YouVersion Bible Reading Plan is titled “Carols & Lessons for Advent.” It dives into some of our most loved Christmas hymns and carols to explore the ...
  • How can I prepare for Christ? Wednesday, November 30, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson tmumc.org/christmas In the United Methodist Tradition, the season of Advent represents the beginning of the new year in the Christian calendar. It is marked by the fo...
  • A Psalm of Thanksgiving Wednesday, November 23, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson I love Jonah, Chapter 2. This Psalm of Thanksgiving rests smack in the middle of Jonah’s story. At this point of the story he has been in the belly of a whale for 3...
  • What is happening in our denomination? Wednesday, November 16, 2022
    a letter from Rev. Daniel Humbert In this month of gratitude, I give thanks for you and the ministry of Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church of which we are all a part. Our mission of ...
  • How do I cope with grief? Wednesday, November 9, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson My grandmother, Jeannine Johnson, died the day after Thanksgiving in 2020. As she took her last breaths, we were gathered around her as a family praying, singing, and tel...
  • Is God chasing me? Wednesday, November 2, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson Jonah 1:1-3 Jonah Tries to Run Away from God Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying, “Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and c...
  • What if we gave generously? Wednesday, October 26, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson What if we gave generously? This is a big question that I think about often. What if everyone in the world who claimed to follow the teachings of Jesus gave generously? W...
  • Does God care about money? Wednesday, October 19, 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...

What is the Church?

The church is the body of Christ—all the people who accept Christ’s gift of salvation and follow Christ’s teachings. It is much more than a building. In the Bible, “church” never refers to a building. It always refers to people—the people who follow Jesus Christ. Being part of the body of Christ means we are called to be continually shaped to be more and more like Christ. This happens by letting the Word of God, the Bible , guide our faith and our lives,... Read More
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Our Human Nature

Methodists distinguish between human nature as it was created, and human nature as it exists now. Humans were created in the image of God, having reason and will. They filled a place in the order of creation that stretched from God and the angels on one end through humans down to lower organisms and inanimate objects at the other. As such, humans were in harmony with God and with creation, and in a position to mediate and distribute God's goodness through the rest of creation, but we fall... Read More
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What is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is God's present activity in our midst. When we sense God's leading, God's challenge, or God's support or comfort, we say that it's the Holy Spirit at work. In Hebrew, the words for  Spirit ,  wind , and  breath  are nearly the same. The same is true in Greek. In trying to describe God's activity among them, the ancients were saying that it was like God's breath, like a sacred wind. It could not be seen or held: "The wind... Read More
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Who is Jesus?

In trying to find words to express their faith in Jesus, the New Testament writers gave him various names. Jesus was Master, Rabbi, Teacher. He was the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He was the Doorway to the sheepfold, the Light of the world, the Prince of Peace, and more. In the church's long tradition, scores of other names or titles have been given. Let's look at five of the most central biblical names for Jesus: Son of God We believe in Jesus as God's special child. We... Read More
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Who is God?

When we say the Apostles' Creed, we join with millions of Christians through the ages in an understanding of God as a Trinity—three persons in one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God, who is one, is revealed in three distinct persons. "God in three persons, blessed Trinity" is one way of speaking about the several ways we experience God. We also try to find adjectives that describe the divine nature. In our  Articles of Religion  and  Confession of Faith ,... Read More
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Grateful for MAD Camp

Pam Taylor has been the organizer of MAD Camp since 2015, and although MAD Camp looked different in 2020 and 2021 - the deep love for the kids stays the same. For those that haven’t heard of MAD Camp for Jesus, let me give you a little background. MAD stands for Music - Arts - Drama & Dance.  It’s a camp we provide for the kids from the Wesley-Rankin Community Center (WRCC) in West Dallas. The community around the WRCC is very low income, primarily... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Wednesday, June 23, 2021
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Biblical Easter Eggs

Randee Paraskevopoulos shares what reading through the Bible has meant to her. Learn more about getting started reading Scripture at TMUMC.ORG/bible . Did you know Disney movies all have a hidden Mickey Mouse in them? Or that Stan Lee appeared in a cameo in every Marvel movie until he died? These little surprises are called Easter Eggs. They’re hidden by the movie makers simply to give the audience some fun in discovering them. These days, they can be found in video games, movies,... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Wednesday, June 16, 2021
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