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  • 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...
  • What if the church has hurt me? Wednesday, June 22, 2022
    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 s...
  • Where did the Trinity come from? Wednesday, June 15, 2022
    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 ...
  • What does God want from me? Tuesday, June 7, 2022
    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 fin...
  • 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...

Category: Pastor Note

Meaning Behind The Magnificat

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” at a Sporting Event or Patriotic Concert, “Silent Night” at a Christmas Eve candlelight service. When I am happy, I sing.  When I am sad, I sometimes sing uplifting songs to make me happy. Music can express deep feelings and emotions that words sometimes... Read More
at Thursday, December 9, 2021
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What We Believe About Revelation

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 Revelation sends chills up the spine! It is a distinctive and unique book of the Bible—one that is difficult to comprehend. It is often left unread, unstudied, and unknown because of this difficulty. All the imagery, metaphor, descriptions, and even language seem mysterious,... Read More
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Hurricane Ida Relief

Friends in Christ, I hope that you and all your friends and family on the Gulf Coast were safe and secure as Hurricane Ida passed through, leaving destructive flooding and wind damage in its wake. I praise God that my in-laws, who live in a New Orleans suburb, just happened to be here visiting us in Flower Mound when the storm struck! My prayer is that all the people you love were able to evacuate or find a place of refuge to ride out the storm. Hurricane Ida’s death-toll is still... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Thursday, September 2, 2021
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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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Praying the Psalms for Understanding

As we head into Easter, Rev. Dr. Nick McRae shares how you can seek understanding in the Psalms. Join us for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter worship online or in person. Check out worship times at TMUMC.ORG/easter . Here we are, the sixth and final week of Lent, right on the cusp of Easter! I hope that these meditations on praying the Psalms have helped you encounter God through Scripture in a new way. I truly believe that praying the Psalms helps us prepare—and stay... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Thursday, April 1, 2021
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Praying the Difficult Psalms

Pastor Nick McRae gives advice on how to pray the Psalms that aren't very easy to pray: I didn’t always love the Psalms. Not at all. For a long time I even avoided the Psalms because, honestly, I didn’t know what to do with them. Maybe you’ve been there, too. Maybe you’re there right now. I really struggled with the Psalms. Any given psalm I’d read might be absolutely beautiful, but then suddenly, out of nowhere, it would take a disturbing turn. Psalm... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, March 22, 2021
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Seeing the Church in the Psalms

Can our Church community be found in the Psalms? Rev. Dr. Nick McRae walks us through this question: Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor and theologian who opposed the evils of Hitler and the Nazi regime. Because of his courageous work, Bonhoeffer was tragically executed in a Nazi concentration camp only 14 days before the camp was liberated by US troops. Throughout his life, Bonhoeffer was devoted to Scripture as the word of God, and he had a special love for the Psalms. He understood... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Tuesday, March 16, 2021
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Seeing Christ in the Psalms

As you're continuing your journey through the Psalms this Lent, Rev. Dr. Nick McRae shares where he sees Jesus in the book of Psalms: As I was praying through the Psalms this week, I couldn’t help thinking about Jesus. Specifically, I found myself considering how often Jesus would ask people to keep what he was doing a secret. Again and again Jesus would heal someone and then command them not to tell anyone. And when the disciples started to figure out that Jesus was the Messiah,... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, March 8, 2021
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