• A Prescription for Wise Words

    By Lisa Nuss

    The last time I was prescribed a medication by my doctor, I read the instructions that came with it, and after listing all of the possible side effects there was a statement that caught my attention. “Your doctor has prescribed this medicine for you because it is believed that the benefit outweighs the risk of possible side effects.” In other words, the end result of taking this prescription is worth the minor discomfort it may possibly create. The thought of it being worth it despite the potential drawbacks makes me consider an analogy to tie to our new sermon series, “Worth It.” God is sometimes referred to as the Great Physician, right? Well, if God is the physician, then the Bible is his prescription for my life. There may be some consequences or side effects from following his directives that …

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  • 3 Ways to Renew Your Mind

    By Lisa Nuss

    I don’t just like lists, I need lists: to-do lists, packing lists, shopping lists, etc. If I didn’t make lists, there’s no way my brain could remember everything I need it to from day to day. It’s too full and too chaotic in there! At the end of some days, I’ve been known to say, “My brain hurts!” and that’s because I’m mentally exhausted from thinking all day about everything for which I am responsible, second-guessing the decisions I’ve made, wondering if I’m being the best friend, sister, daughter I can be, and on and on. As an over-thinker, it seems like my mind is constantly spinning. When this happens, I have to remind myself of Romans 12:2 – “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may …

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  • Reclaimed, Redeemed, Reminded

    By Lisa Nuss

    When I sat down to write this blog post, I decided to look up the definition of the word “reclaimed.” Here are just a few of the definitions I found: To rescue from an undesirable state To demand or obtain the return of; to regain possession of To get a usable material from materials that have been used before The third definition may bring to mind an image of reclaimed wood, which Pastor Dan talked about in yesterday’s message. Another example of something being reclaimed is sea glass – pieces of glass that are tumbled around in the ocean for months, years, sometimes even decades, before washing up on the beach. I love sea glass and have quite a few pieces of jewelry featuring these reclaimed pieces of glass. I love it because it’s pretty, because it reminds me of …

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  • I’ll Be With You in a Moment

    By Lisa Nuss

    Yesterday was Mother’s Day – a day that brings with it different emotions for each one of us. For some, it can be a reminder of what they’ve lost while for others, it’s a reminder of what they want more than anything but have not yet been able to experience. For another group of people, it’s a time to recognize and celebrate the wonderful women in their lives. For some it’s a combination of these. For me, Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate my mom, who I happen to think is pretty awesome! Growing up, my mom was definitely my mother and not necessarily my friend, but she always supported whatever I wanted to do without trying to impose her own thoughts on me of who I should be and what I should pursue. She wasn’t perfect and she …

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  • What Now?

    By Lisa Nuss

    Last week we talked about the question “Why Me?” and while we may never have a complete answer to that question, a natural follow-up question is “What Now?” Something has happened to you or to someone you love, for whatever reason, if there even is a reason, so what do you do with that now? There are as many different responses to bad things that happen as there are people that they happen to. Some people are fixers – they want to jump right in and figure out what they can do to make it better. Some people are avoiders – they want to bury their head in the sand like an ostrich and hope that when they pick their head back up the problem will have solved itself or have magically changed for the better. Some people try to …

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  • Wrecking Religion

    By Lisa Nuss

    This year at our Easter service we talked about “Doubting Thomas.” Maybe not the most likely of characters to talk about in an Easter message, but who better than someone who represents a whole lot of the human race? Thomas is the epitome of “I’ll believe it when I see it.” I don’t know about you, but I know that I’ve said that about various things from time to time. (Most recently our snow forecasts, right?) Lucky for Thomas, he ended up being able to see a resurrected Jesus with his own eyes. This may cause you to think that this made having faith super easy for him because he could physically see Jesus in front of him. What about us? We can’t physically see or touch a risen Jesus, so how can we really believe? I like to use …

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  • Don’t Touch That

    By Lisa Nuss

    If you’ve spent any time at all with kids, I can almost guarantee you’ve uttered the following words: “Don’t touch that!” Whether it’s a hot stove or a wad of gum that someone spit out on the sidewalk, young children seem inexplicably drawn to touch things that they shouldn’t. But they learn. We learn. Not only do we learn to not touch things that are hot or sharp, we also learn, erroneously, that there are people or situations that we should avoid. In middle school it’s the girl who doesn’t dress right, the boy who’s a little odd. “Don’t talk to her. You don’t want to be friends with him. If you sit with them at lunch, you’ll never be part of the ‘cool’ kids.” As we become adults, the situations change, and the judgment may be a little more …

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  • Who is the Father?

    By Lisa Nuss

    We started a new sermon series at church yesterday titled, “Who is God?” That’s such a big question, isn’t it? Ask ten people, and you may hear ten different answers! As Christians, we believe in the Trinity – one God that exists in three distinct persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), each being fully God, but only one true God. Confusing? It certainly can be. An analogy that I’ve often heard used to try and make this idea easier to grasp is that of an egg. There are three main parts to an egg – shell, white, yolk. All three parts are different, but all still egg, and together make up one egg. Now, any analogy can only take you so far in understanding. Studying what the Bible has to say about all of this is the most important way to …

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  • Finding Awe in the Awful

    By Lisa Nuss

    It’s December and Christmas is just around the corner! I’ve always loved Christmas – the lights, the smells, the joy and awe on the faces of children. Here’s the thing – joy and awe aren’t just for the kids, or at least they shouldn’t be! However, sometimes it’s easier to see the awful than the awe. Fighting traffic and crazy drivers trying to get the year’s hottest toy for your kids, the first Christmas without someone you love, another holiday fighting with your family around the dinner table. While family can be great, it can also be really hard. And yet we know that Christmas is supposed to be all about the birth of Jesus. How do we reconcile that? The New Testament opens with the story of the first Christmas. It doesn’t begin with a star, an angel, or …

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  • 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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