• When Your Best Isn’t Good Enough

    By Chris Bisaccia

    I’m sure many of you can relate, but when I get an expensive gift from someone for my birthday or Christmas I feel like I owe the person who gave it. Now I feel like I must get that person a gift as expensive as the one they got me, or I’m indebted to that person somehow. Why is it when someone gives us a gift we now must get them one? Why can’t we just enjoy the gift and not feel obligated to give in return? There are many ways to answer that question, but I want to focus on one aspect of it. The person who gave the gift just showed through the gift that they cared about you and that you mean something to them. If we don’t do something for that person in return it can …

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  • Want to Grow Spiritually? Look at Your Watch.

    By Chris Bisaccia

    Our lives and the time we are given is a gift, and it is up to us how we make use of such a blessing. We are forced to look in a mirror and examine ourselves when we are posed with questions like, is it worth it how we spend our time? Does what I do with my time really matter? Does how I spend my time honor God? These are key questions we must ask ourselves as we study this topic. How to Figure Out What You Treasure For me it can be humbling to look at my day-to-day life and realize how little time I spend actually living for God. Honestly, I have a tendency to live only for the things that please me. There are moments when I’m fully obeying God and living fully for him, but …

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  • What God Wants to Do With Your Worst Moments

    By Chris Bisaccia

    As a culture we celebrate key moments in our lives: graduations, getting married, and becoming parents. Moments like these are so powerful that we remember the exact date on which they occurred and the exact place. We celebrate these unforgettable moments in our lives in the form of school reunions and wedding anniversaries. But what about other moments that define our lives, more negative moments? Moments in which we made a bad decision that negatively impacted our lives. It can feel like it opened a pit that once we fall into it we can’t get out. When a loved one dies, the day they died is seared into our memories like fire. To us it seems like nothing good can ever happen on that day because of the terrible loss that took place. One of the greatest aspects about the …

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  • Crossing Cultural Lines

    By Chris Bisaccia

    In school did you ever have that kid or group of kids that no one would sit with or talk to? In fact, people would go out of their way just to avoid them, and when someone would stop and talk to them it would shock other students. In the context of a school this is an example of crossing a cultural line. As Christians we should not fear crossing cultural lines because Jesus did it all the time. When he crossed cultural lines and did things no Jewish man of his day would do he was sending a message to people everywhere. Inside that message is a question for each and every one of us. Are we going to obey and do the will of God or are we going to conform to what everyone around us is doing? …

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  • What to Do When the Bible Seems to Get Old

    By Chris Bisaccia

    I still remember vividly the first time I read the Bible of my own free will. I was 18 and had just come back from youth group where I had just accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I had a Bible in my room that I never touched, but when I got home that night I opened it up and started reading. I started in the book of Matthew and after only a few months I read all the gospels. I was raised Catholic and I heard many of the stories about Jesus before, but the difference was now that I truly believed in him they came alive for me like never before. I drank in Jesus’ words eagerly because they were nourishment for my soul. As I grew in my Christian walk, I went on reading plans where …

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  • A Song of Thanksgiving

    By Chris Bisaccia

    The book of Psalms ends with chapter 150, and it’s a psalm of praise to God. It’s short but meaningful. “Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! 2 Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! 3 Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! 4 Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! 5 Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. 6 Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!” With Thanksgiving approaching I think this is a perfect Psalm for us to reflect on as a church. I don’t know about you, but every Thanksgiving I think about all that God has done in my life that year and appreciate the …

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  • Breaking Free From Pride

    By Chris Bisaccia

    Even the Proud Knee Can Bend We are told at an early age to believe in ourselves. While having confidence in ourselves and our abilities is a good thing, when we begin to think of ourselves more highly than we ought that confidence becomes pride. Having pride is a huge hindrance for coming to God because when we think of ourselves as being the center of the universe there is not enough room for both God and our ego. Pride truly becomes a sin when we begin to worship ourselves and our achievements instead of giving thanks to God for what He’s done in our lives. When I think of pride in the Bible King Nebuchadnezzar comes immediately to my mind. He was the ruler of Babylon when the people of Israel were taken captive there. King Nebuchadnezzar is an …

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  • David & Goliath

    By Chris Bisaccia

    What makes a King? Typical rulers or kings in biblical times gained power by strength of arms or because of their lineage. David was not born into nobility and probably had no aspirations to rule over a nation, yet he was the one God choose for a king over Israel after Saul failed in that role. David was a humble shepherd and the youngest of his brothers. When the prophet Samuel comes looking for Saul’s successor, David’s father doesn’t even consider him. Samuel is presented with all of David’s other brothers while David is off in the fields tending to the sheep. When David’s elder brother Eliab is brought before Samuel, the prophet thinks surely, he is the Lord’s chosen king. Eliab looked as a king should in Samuel’s eyes because he was tall, strong, and handsome. God responds to …

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  • Living Courageously // A Lesson from David’s Mighty Men

    By Chris Bisaccia

    As humans, we all look up to and admire men and women of courage, in other words heroes. We flock to movies that show larger than life heroes, who despite all the challenges that face them manage to emerge victorious. Personally as a young boy, I loved reading and watching stories of King Arthur and his knights of the round table. These knights, these brave warriors, gathered around this great king they believed in. They followed Arthur and alongside him accomplished great deeds. I didn’t really make the connection until recently but King Arthur and his knights mirror another group from ancient Israel, King David and his Mighty Men. It’s easy for us to overlook David’s Mighty Men and just focus on David and the events of his life, but I think it would be a mistake for us to …

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  • 5 Ways You Can Invest & Invite

    By Chris Bisaccia

    Over the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about how we can REACH Berks County.  One of the things we talk about regularly is how we can “Invest and Invite.”  Investing and Inviting is a way of sharing Jesus with your friends; at GT, we believe that the best way to invite someone to church is investing in a relationship with them and then inviting them to come with you!  So here are five ways that you can Invest & Invite! Invite someone to go with you to GT.  The best way to do this is to simply ask a family member, friend, or coworker to go with you to GT. It might be a good idea to give them one of GT’s handouts advertising a new series that might interest them. A year ago, I invited my family to go …

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