• Stop Wishing, Start Hoping

    By Lisa Nuss

    Fa-La-La-La-La “Tis the season!” What comes to mind when you hear that phrase? Maybe the song “Deck the Halls” pops into your head – tis the season to be jolly…or maybe not. While the Christmas season certainly can be one of joy and peace, fun and laughter, it can also be a time of sadness and disappointment. The child you love so much isn’t coming home. You’ve prayed for healing and it hasn’t happened. You may be dreading all of the stress that you know the holiday season will bring. Or perhaps this season is a mix of all of these things. Hoping and Wishing As human beings living this world of ours, we will experience suffering and struggle. It’s guaranteed. Really hopeful, right? But there IS hope! The key is not to put our hope in other people or …

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  • Don’t Wait Until Thursday

    By Lisa Nuss

    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year. I love that it’s a more simple holiday, at least for my family. All that we really do for Thanksgiving is spend time together and eat good food. I look forward to my grandmother’s potato filling all year long and am always excited when there are leftovers for me to take home! And even more than that, it’s an opportunity to pause and really think about all of the things for which I am thankful. My family has a tradition of going around the table and each person saying one thing they are thankful for before we pray and dig in to the food. Why Thankfulness Can’t Wait But why do so many people, myself included, wait until Thanksgiving to do that? Paul told the Thessalonian Christians to “Rejoice always, …

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  • Things Need to Change

    By Lisa Nuss

    The World’s Methods Changed Do you remember your first computer? I do. I was in 5th grade and I often had to negotiate with my parents for a little more time online when they needed to use the phone. Dial-up problems, right? I remember thinking how great it was that instead of consulting the very old 1973 World Book Encyclopedia set in my house for information for a school project, I could now get more up-to-date information about pretty much any topic at the click of a mouse button. And I’m not going to lie, all of the cool computer games that I now had at my disposal for entertainment were a pretty fun perk as well. Oregon Trail, anyone? Technology has transformed the way that human beings communicate in profound ways. From quill and ink to ballpoint pens, from …

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  • Would You Rather

    By Lisa Nuss

    Would you rather give up carbs for a month or dairy for a month? Would you rather give up pizza forever or not be able to eat french fries ever again? Would you rather suddenly become allergic to cookies or develop an intolerance to cupcakes? Luckily, these are just choices I’d have to make while playing a “Would You Rather” game and not choices I have to live by! But there are choices when it comes to food that I do have to make every day. Do I choose oatmeal for breakfast or that leftover piece of cake from last night? Do I drink water or soda with my lunch? Do I cook dinner at home or go out to a fast food restaurant? Your Body is a Temple 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that your bodies …

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  • 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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