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  • God Restores The Broken Wednesday, April 13, 2022
    Rev. Karen Chraska shares her thoughts on God's restoration. God heals brokenness. Come celebrate the ultimate restoration with us this week for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter . May a...
  • Restorative Time Alone Wednesday, April 6, 2022
    Denise Robinson shares her realization that restoration doesn't have to be work; it can simply be a time of rest: 2020 and 2021 were especially tough for me. I know what you’re think...
  • Stripping Your Paint Monday, April 4, 2022
    Rev. Doug Meyer thinks about his personal restoration compared to restoring furniture: A number of years ago I decided to tackle restoring an old piece of furniture. It was your basic 100 year...
  • Lessons Learned From the Garden Wednesday, March 30, 2022
    Alyssa Robinson shares what Laura Sennott taught her about God's restoration, using her garden as a teaching tool. I bought my first house in 2020. I was so proud and excited, and my family ...
  • 20 Years of Restoration Monday, March 28, 2022
    Bob Mersereau shares his story of restoration. It took 20 years to learn how to trust God and give up on anger and resentment, but when he did he found a bottomless well of peace and love. My wi...
  • A Vision of Restoration Tuesday, March 22, 2022
    Dana Phillips is in the midst of God's restoration , and it began with a vision: Jesus restores us in the middle of our failures, mistakes, hurts, and brokenness. Sometimes it is one step b...
  • Restoration in a Lonely Pew Tuesday, March 15, 2022
    Rev. Daniel Humbert shares how God's restoration can be a time of quiet support from a friend: I’m the youngest of four—three boys and a girl. There were roughly 3 years separa...
  • God Restores Hope Tuesday, March 8, 2022
    Van Weaver is our Butterfly Ministry Coordinator at Trietsch and today she shares her personal story of restoration : I met Nate in 2011. We went on a first date and instantly felt a connection...
  • How does God see me? Wednesday, February 16, 2022
    This month we are challenging ourselves to “See What God Sees” in other people. As Christ-followers, we are on a journey toward greater compassion, empathy, and love for all of God&rsquo...
  • Meaning Behind The Magnificat Thursday, December 9, 2021
    Rev. Karen Chraska shares why the Magnificat is so meaningful to her: Special songs signify special occasions: “Happy Birthday” at a birthday party, “The National Anthem&rdqu...
  • The Millennium in Revelation Sunday, November 21, 2021
    Revelation 20 refers to the millennium. Please see the below explanation of the 1000-year period mentioned in Revelation. Wnat to know more about the Book of Revelation? CLICK HERE to read Rev. D...
  • What We Believe About Revelation Tuesday, November 9, 2021
    Senior Pastor Rev. Daniel Humbert shares context around the Book of Revelation and how The United Methodist Church interprets this Scripture. For many, the mere mention of the Book of Revel...
  • The Four Views of Revelation Thursday, November 4, 2021
    In the Methodist tradition we believe that there are multiple ways to interpret Scripture, and Revelation is no exception. Rev. Daniel Humbert has outlined below four of the most popular understandin...
  • Messages & Symbols in Revelation Thursday, November 4, 2021
    Do you want to read the book of Revelation, but not sure where to start? Rev. Daniel Humbert compiled a list of symbols, messages, and the meaning behind each to help you get started. Looking fo...
  • Live Simply, Spark Generosity! Tuesday, October 26, 2021
    Alyssa Robinson shares where she is currently with her giving and how she wants to grow. You can learn more about living generously at TMUMC.ORG/pledge . In 2019 along with all the other Netfli...

Category: Devotional

Everyone Needs Joy!

Tony Campolo is an American sociologist, pastor, author, public speaker and former spiritual advisor to U.S. President Bill Clinton. In the below video, he shares an interesting story from a time when he was in Honolulu and somehow found himself throwing a birthday party for prostitutes. Everyone deserves a celebration in the church of Jesus Christ! Thoughts to Consider What evidence of God’s transformation in your life (perhaps through practicing spiritual... Read More
at Wednesday, March 28, 2018
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Rejoice!

"I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete."  (John 15:11). "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!"  (Philippians 4:4) "Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy." (Psalm 47:1) "Let us rejoice and be glad and give him the glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready."  (Revelation 19:7) "A... Read More
at Monday, March 26, 2018
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What to Expect When Fasting

What can you expect to experience during a fast? Hunger... your physical body needs food and is trained to expect food. You will probably experience both a physical and psychological craving for food (or for the food groups you are fasting from). Here are some ways to turn your physical hunger into spiritual growth: Turn hunger and craving into prayer. "God, as my body craves food, I crave Your presence." Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat... Read More
at Wednesday, March 7, 2018
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Pray With Your Kids

Our focus this week has been Lectio Divina. Did you know you can also do this spiritual practice with your kids? It might be a little different than if you were trying it by yourself (possibly more entertaining). Rev. Clay Horton and his wife Errinne led their kids Coleson and Brenna through Lectio Divina. Watch his intro video and try it with your kids or grandkids. He even included the full video of their time together and what scripure they read. Click here for a more... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Thursday, March 1, 2018
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Visio Divina

Visio divina is another way to be contemplative. Visio divina shares roots with the ancient practice of lectio divina. (Lectio divina calls for a slow, careful interaction with scripture through meditation and prayer, allowing a word or phrase to rise in one's consciousness, a holy word to be savored and examined.) Similarly, visio divina invites one to encounter God through images. Try Visio Divina Look at the image above painted by our own Rev. Doug Meyer. Let your eyes stay... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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Lectio Divina

This week we invite you to join us in the ancient practice of reading Scripture called Lectio Divina. Lectio Divina can be done individually or in a small group. The passage we are going to explore is John 4:7-15. Begin by acknowledging God’s presence during this set-aside time. Read the passage. Listen for any words or phrases that jump out. Read the passage again. Spend a moment reflecting on the words or phrases. What is God saying to you through this word or phrase? ... Read More
at Monday, February 26, 2018
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Create Space

Rev. Clay Horton and Director of Discipleship Denise Robinson share how to create a space to encounter God: The spiritual practice of solitude is a gift, but it takes intentionality. How can you create space to find solitude on a regular basis? Creating space may mean a physical space in your house, or it might be creating space in your calendar. Spend time today creating time and space for solitude. Add some time for solitude to your calendar so that you'll practice it over the... Read More
at Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Solitude & Silence

Invite God to be with you as you and bless your time together. At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them. - Luke 4:42 But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray. - Luke 5:15-16 Reflect on the following questions. Feel free to... Read More
at Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Breath Prayer

Breath prayer is an ancient Christian prayer practice dating back to at least the sixth century. Historically, it is associated with the Eastern Church, particularly Greek and Russian Orthodox churches. If you're trying to learn how to pray or what to pray, the breath prayer is a great place to start. Known as the "Jesus Prayer" or "Prayer of the Heart," early practitioners would repeat to the rhythm of their breath the phrase, "Lord Jesus Christ, Son... Read More
at Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Be Still Prayer

Be still and know that I am God - Psalm 46:10 Instruction Find a quiet place, gently close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Prepare to pray the Psalm in 5 consecutively diminishing sentences. Either aloud or quietly to yourself, say the words, “Be still and know that I am God.” After a couple deep breaths, pray, “Be still and know that I am.” After a couple deep breaths, pray “Be still and know.” After a couple deep breaths,... Read More
at Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Experience God in Solitude

Rev. Clay Horton  and Director of Discipleship Denise Robinson share tips to experience God through solitude: "And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed." - Mark 1:35 Examples of Jesus finding solitude are throughout the Gospels. Even Jesus needed to escape and find stillness. As we live into our first week of our lenten practices, we invite you to add a time of solitude to... Read More
at Monday, February 19, 2018
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I Live Here

I am Brandon. Today I pray for you: May God’s call on your life lead you to ministry in your own community. May partnership and friendship be the start of a beautiful foundation in communities everywhere. I grew up in South Dallas. It's not that no one gets out and becomes successful. That's not part of the problem. The problem is that we get out, we find success and we stay away. We don't give this neighborhood the chance to benefit from our growth. Not me. I found... Read More
at Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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