Blog - June 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 ...

Do you wrestle with God?

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 Old Testament to find truth and hope for today. The list of weird stories is long, so we hope you’ll tune in to the Life + God Podcast and read our weekly blog posts to explore even more weird stories beyond Sunday morning. Maybe the perfect story to start with is Jacob wrestling at the... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Wednesday, June 29, 2022
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Where is the Holy Spirit?

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 often. I guess I thought everyone did. She taught 2nd grade Catechism for as long as I can remember. To be honest, I don’t remember really praying to Jesus (he was our example), but praying specifically either to God the Father or God the Holy Spirit. Anyway - I have encounters with the Holy... Read More
at Thursday, June 23, 2022
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What if the church has hurt me?

by Alyssa Robinson In every church I’ve been part of, there is a huge emphasis on seeking the “unchurched.” They want to reach people who didn’t grow up in a church to share the Good News. It makes sense. Every organization wants to reach new people and bring them into the fold. It’s exciting to share the love of Jesus with someone who’s never been exposed to it. I’ve attended webinars, special events, read articles, and watched videos on... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Wednesday, June 22, 2022
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Where did the Trinity come from?

by Alyssa Robinson I don’t want to mislead you… I don’t know the answer to this question. Rev. Dr. Nick McRae educated me about about the Trinity, where it came from, and why it’s in our doctrine in this episode of the Life+God Podcast. Listen  here or wherever you get your podcasts. Having the conversation with Pastor Nick about where the Trinity came from led me to the root self-examination, what was I taught about the Trinity? The way we teach... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Wednesday, June 15, 2022
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What does God want from me?

by Alyssa Robinson I tend to put too much pressure on myself. I’m always looking to what’s next and examining the things left undone. At work, home, or even with hobbies, once I finish a project, I’m immediately reflecting on how I could have done it better. Historically, I’ve put everything I have into everything I do, and that worked for me for a long time – until it didn’t. Like many people, I powered through the pandemic and thought I was doing... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Tuesday, June 7, 2022
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