Blog - May 2022

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  • How can I prepare for Christ? Wednesday, November 30, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson 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 my spiritual gift? Wednesday, October 12, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson I love personality tests and self-discovery books. Myers Briggs, Strengths Finder, Enneagram…I just can't help myself. I feel like I always learn something new abo...
  • Where is God? Wednesday, October 5, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson John 20:11-18 (NLT) Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and...
  • 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 ...

What's Your Ministry Style?

We believe that when you discover your giftedness, you are empowered and overjoyed to serve God's kingdom. But discovering your giftedness isn't just about your spiritual gift, it's also about your ministry style.  So let's focus a little on ministry styles today. If your spiritual gift is what God has given you, then your ministry style is how you use it. Just because two people have the same spiritual gift, that doesn't mean they'll use their gift the same... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Tuesday, May 31, 2022
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Spiritual Gift of Administration

The church doesn't exist without administrators. It's true! Who helps us organize the intake of supplies to serve people in need? Administrators. Who can look at a puzzle of ideas and neatly construct a schedule, divvy responsibilities, and see the potential? Administrators. Who makes things happen? ADMINISTRATORS! We have a running joke on the Trietsch staff that the most popular spiritual gift in our congregation is administration because they are the only ones focused enough to... Read More
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Spiritual Gift of Apostleship

When you hear "apostle" you might think of missionaries who travel overseas to spread the news of Christ to people who have never been exposed to the Gospel, and that is one way that people with the gift of apostleship live out their passion. But apostleship could just as easily be about spreading the good news to a different micro-culture within your community, maybe a different generation for example. Do you know someone who can genuinely share Jesus's message with people... Read More
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Spiritual Gift of Discernment

Today, let’s focus on the gift of discernment. This sounds like a tough one to wrap our heads around, but people with the gift of discernment are simply able to separate truth from falsehoods. Are you basically a human lie detector? Can you easily tell when you are being led astray and recognize when someone is trying to manipulate you? Are you vocal about sharing the truth, so others aren’t led astray? You might have the gift of parenting! Just kidding, parents may have... Read More
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Spiritual Gift of Evangelism

Evangelism has gotten a bad rap in the last couple of decades because it has been seen as intrusive, intolerant of, or inconsiderate of other cultures. This couldn’t be further from the truth, although most of us can think of examples of people or groups who have misused evangelism. Evangelism was the cornerstone of the Wesleyan movement. It’s all about intimate relationships, genuine connection, and sharing of your most personal faith experiences. Does that last sentence tug at... Read More
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Spiritual Gift of Exhortation (Encouragement)

Exhortation is just a fancy word for encouragement. The dictionary definition of exhortation is, “an address or communication emphatically urging someone to do something.” But we care more deeply about the spiritual definition of exhortation. Is there a specific person you go to when you could use some uplifting? Does this person make you feel comforted and empowered to move forward boldly? They might have the gift of exhortation! Here is how we define the spiritual... Read More
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Spiritual Gift of Faith

Let's learn about the spiritual gift of faith. Your first reaction to this might be, "How can faith be a gift? Aren't we all supposed to have faith as believers in Jesus Christ?" Faith is absolutely a gift! It is specifically mentioned as a spiritual gift in scripture (1 Corinth. 12:9). Because it is a spiritual gift, that means not everyone has the gift of faith. And that's okay. We can all strive for faith, but for some people the confidence in the truth of God... Read More
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Spiritual Gift of Giving

Did you know giving is a gift? It might sound silly, but it’s true. We all have the capability to give and God calls us each to offer what we have to serve the kingdom. However there, are some people who have a better understanding of giving than the rest of us. Not only does generosity come more naturally to them, they also know when to give, where to give, and how much to give. Here is how we define the gift of giving: Giving is the gift of the ability to manage money,... Read More
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Spiritual Gift of Healing

Have you ever heard a story about a modern-day miraculous healing? Maybe a doctor said there was no hope for recovery, and then, with no medical explanation, the sick person recovers in a way that their abilities go far beyond what the doctor ever imagined. Maybe you know someone who was diagnosed with a fatal illness and managed to beat it. Most of us have either heard one of these stories or have had personal involvement with these moments. Did the thought ever cross your mind that someone... Read More
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Spiritual Gift of Helping

There are certain people in every organization who are willing to do whatever is necessary to support the mission. Sometimes we call them “foot soldiers,” “workhorses,” or “worker bees.” Just based on the words we use to describe them; can you tell they are underappreciated? I’m talking about the helpers. These are people endowed with the spiritual gifts of helping. These are the people who will do anything that needs doing, require no credit or... Read More
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Spiritual Gift of Knowledge

Have you ever met someone who knows a little bit about everything? Or maybe they know a lot about everything! They are the kind of people who love doing research, learning about new topics, and would never give you half-truths or incomplete information. If so, you might know someone with the spiritual gift of knowledge. Knowledge is a spiritual gift because their deep attention to facts, process, and love of study challenges the church to function at a higher level. They build the Kingdom... Read More
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Spiritual Gift of Leadership

Some people are uniquely gifted to lead others into the future with gusto! Leadership is a valuable spiritual gift that helps propel all the other gifts into action. Those blessed with the gift of leadership are good at high-level thinking, seeing the big picture, and transitioning the church into future goals. We’ve probably all participated in a group at some point that was led by someone without the gift of leadership, and it can be painful. But how can you recognize someone with... Read More
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