• A Song of Praise

    By Lisa Nuss

    “Praise the Lord!” or “Praise God!” How many times have you said some version of this phrase? It’s a staple in the Christian vocabulary! God answers a prayer, things are going well in your life, a family member comes to know Christ as Savior – all of these things are good reason to praise Him. But have you ever stopped and really thought about what you’re saying? What does it truly mean to praise God? The English word praise means to express approval, admiration, respect, and gratitude. There are multiple Hebrew words that translate to praise in the Bible; here are a few: Yadah – to praise, give thanks, or confess; to lift or throw arms upward in praise and surrender Hallal – to praise, glorify, boast Zamar – to make music or sing praises Tehillah – to praise vocally …

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  • Rise Up and Become

    By Lisa Nuss

    Yesterday was a baptism day at GT, and I love these days! Watching people declare their faith in Jesus inspires me every time. It also reminds me of my own baptism day many years ago. At eleven years old, I understood that it was a significant moment in my life because I was declaring to everyone in the church that I believed in Jesus and was committing to live my life for Him. What I perhaps understood less at the time but much more so now was that I was committing to become more like Jesus every day of my life. EVERY day. Of my ENTIRE life. That’s quite an undertaking – a lifelong process with a goal that can only be fully attained in heaven. Some people might ask, if that’s the case why bother striving for it? I …

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  • Rise Up and Battle

    By Lisa Nuss

    Rise up and battle! Sounds like a great rallying cry from a movie, right? When I think of the word “battle,” I picture two armies meeting in the middle of a field or the great battle scene from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. While that may not be the kind of battle that most people will ever experience, we all do battle in our everyday lives, even if we don’t realize it. I’m not talking about physical battle, but spiritual. We all have the same enemy in spiritual battle – Satan, who is also referred to in the Bible as the serpent, the devil, the thief, and the enemy – and his goal is to stop the kingdom of God from advancing around the world. In 1 Peter 5:8, it says the devil “prowls around like a roaring …

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  • Rise Up and Build

    By Lisa Nuss

    When I hear the phrase “Rise Up and Build,” my mind automatically pictures a construction site. And it’s fitting, because in this sermon series we are going to be taking a closer look at the book of Nehemiah which tells us how Nehemiah rallied the people of Jerusalem to rebuild the walls around the city in just 52 days – certainly a large construction project! Now, I am not an architect or a carpenter, and I have very little ability when it comes to using tools. In fact, when I want to hang a picture on the wall, my tools of choice are 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips or hooks! While I may not have a great deal of construction know-how, I do know that just about anything well-built has a solid plan behind it. I can relate to the …

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  • All Things

    By Lisa Nuss

    “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” Said as a cheer, along with hand motions, I memorized Philippians 4:13 as a young child at a sports-themed VBS one summer. While I may not remember all of the motions that went along with it, the verse has stuck with me. And although I can still rattle it off without even thinking about it, it has come to mean so much more than just an encouraging rally cry of “You can do it!” So often, we use that verse to encourage someone who is struggling, but many times we use it in the sense of, “If you pray and rely on Christ’s strength in you, your dream will come true!” or, “You should never say you can’t do something, because in Christ you can!” These sentiments come from good …

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  • Do Not Judge

    By Lisa Nuss

    It’s easy to pass judgment on people and situations, and we have all done it. We judge others based on a variety of factors – appearance, actions, in-actions, the opinions of other people, etc. – and sometimes the conclusions we make are incorrect because we are looking at these factors out of context. I’ve always been a very quiet, reserved person, and I’d call myself the epitome of an introvert. Despite that fact, I decided to audition for marching band drum major my senior year of high school. To my fellow band members and perhaps even the staff, it probably seemed quite an odd thing for me to do since a drum major needs to be rather loud and able to lead a large group of people. However, they were seeing me, and therefore judging me, based on my actions …

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  • Calming Your Ocean of Emotion

    By Lisa Nuss

    I grew up going to the beach and still go every year. I love the ocean and remember my dad teaching me how to duck under a wave if it looked like it was going to crash right on top of me. I was pretty good at judging when that was necessary, but there was one particular time I recall when the waves just kept coming. When I went out into the water, the waves were small and calm, but somewhere along the way, so gradually I didn’t even realize it, they grew larger and more frequent. I kept ducking under them, but barely had time to come back up and catch my breath before having to dive back down. I eventually made it back to shore, but felt like I had been through a washing machine! Life can be …

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  • 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Share Jesus with Their Friends

    By Lisa Nuss

    Picture a preschooler belting out the song “Jesus Loves Me” at the top of her lungs on a crowded Walt Disney World transportation bus taking tired guests back to their resort from the Magic Kingdom. This was my recent experience when I was there on vacation. The bus driver was making a big deal over the intercom system about the princess with the beautiful voice that was riding with us. (I’m guessing he had overheard her singing while boarding the bus.) With a captive audience in place, he asked if she would like to sing her song for all of us to hear. She happily started in on “Let it Go” (of course). After a wild round of applause from all of the passengers, the driver asked if she would like to sing anything else. I was expecting another princess …

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