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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...

Jesus as Lord

Rev. Karen Chraska shares what it means to her when she says, "Jesus is Lord." In G.F. Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” my favorite and the most thrilling part from the Hallelujah Chorus is when the chorus sings, “King of King and Lord of Lords!” It gives me goose bumps every time. I believe these words, taken directly from Revelation 19:16, are true. In Confirmation classes I have taught students that Jesus is Lord. In seminary I had to... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, August 30, 2021
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Jesus as Prophet

Rev. Bill Mauldin shares why he loves exploring who Jesus was as a prophet: I have always liked a little bit of danger; I think it adds a little spice to life. As a teen I really enjoyed the danger of contact sports. I always felt it wasn’t much fun unless you could get hurt. I had basketball goal in my back yard in high school that I painted the words “No Blood, No Foul." That was just a more fun way to play the game. I extended this... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Sunday, August 22, 2021
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Jesus as Teacher

Rev. Doug Meyer shares the qualities of a good teacher and how Jesus exemplified the role of teacher. For me there are few things more fun than a class with an animated engaging teacher: one who captures my mind through a multisensory teaching style helping me encounter the subject from many different angles. That is the way Jesus teaches! Jesus, the teacher, used everyday items and occurrences to capture the listener’s attention and heart. From a wheat field to a water well, to... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, August 16, 2021
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Jesus as Friend

Rev. Daniel Humbert  shares his understanding of who Jesus is as a man, focusing on his role as a friend: I have been tremendously fortunate to have had many close friends throughout my life. They have been there for me and with me through thick and thin, good times and bad. Like all good friends they offered me connection, commitment and companionship. A true friend will never let you down. My earliest “best” friend was Keith. He and I lived down the street... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, August 9, 2021
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Jesus as Son

Rev. Dr. Nick McRae shares his understanding of who Jesus is as a man, focusing on his role as a son: Our worship series this month is called THE MAN , and it’s all about Jesus, the man. One of the central truths of the Christian faith is that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully human at the same time. Our hope this month is that, by exploring the full humanity of Jesus and the many human roles he held during his ministry on earth, we can come to a better understanding of his... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, August 2, 2021
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