• 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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  • Change the World

    By Chris Bisaccia

    The question should not be, how can we as Christians change the world? Rather the question should be how can we as Christians not change the world? At the end of the book of Matthew chapter 28, Jesus gives his disciples the famous great commission. He says to them, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I’m with you always to the end of the age.” After receiving the great commission by Jesus, as well as the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the disciples became emboldened.  Jesus’s message that began in Israel, his disciples spread all over the known world of their time. They faced terrible persecution but the disciples …

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  • How to Leverage Your Social Media Presence for Jesus

    By Betsy Fick

    If you’re anything like me, Facebook is one of the first things you tune into each morning.  In fact, I read Facebook more than I do the news paper.  And if you’re anything like me, you might find it easy to get bogged down by the keyboard wars and arguments that grace your newsfeed, but there’s something to be said for the power of social media.  At GT, we aim to make our social media channels a light in the darkness.  We want to flood your newsfeed with positive, encouraging, uplifting messages and articles, and we realize the power that social media has to reach thousands of people just with a few keystrokes! So, in the interest of harnessing the power of social media, here are three simple ways that you can leverage your social media for Jesus! 1 // Use that …

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  • Navigating the Discipleship Pathway

    By Salina Iavarone

    If you’ve attended GT for more than a week, I’m sure you’ve heard the buzzwords “Discipleship Pathway” and I’m sure at some point you’ve thought, What the heck is that? Well good news! I’m going to debunk the mystery for you today! The Discipleship Pathway came out of a felt need for clear steps to connection and spiritual growth at GT. Church can be a very lonely place if you don’t know anyone, and EVERYONE wants to know and be known. And I think we can all agree that it would be super awkward to raise your hand in the middle of Sunday morning service and say, “Pastor, I don’t get it?!”  when you come across a passage of scripture you don’t understand. We want you to know and to grow and it was with this in mind that the Pathway was carefully …

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  • Activate Grace & Compassion

    By Eric Stoudt

    There are plenty of examples of biblical grace and compassion in God’s Word. In the Old Testament Joseph demonstrates grace toward his brothers for the horrible way he was treated when he was younger (Gen 50:17). Through Nathan, God shows grace to King David when he repents of his sins (2 Sam 12:13). In the New Testament, Jesus’ compassion for his followers is demonstrated by countless miracles, like raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11:43). After the crucifixion, the Holy Spirit works through the people of the early church. Peter and John continue demonstrating God’s grace by healing the man outside the temple (Acts 3:6). God’s most precious gift to us is grace. His Word contains story after story about how he delivers us such a priceless gift. There is one story that stands out to me above all the …

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  • Intersections: Sharing Jesus at Work

    By Heather Huber-Miccio

    When you live in New York City, you define and are defined by intersections. Intersections of culture, faith, food, fashion, art, music, theatre, comedy, tragedy, indoors, outdoors, weather, emotions, relationships, conversations overheard, and of course street crossings.  There is nothing sacred in a city where life is lived both quietly and out loud in front of everyone else.  This lack of boundary imbues a contagious energy that magnetizes people from all over the globe to pick up their lives and move there; to see what piece of it they can try to contain for themselves.  In their mixing, no one is ever any one thing, so in order to grasp who is who, you get slotted by places.  Where you live, work, and play acts as a fulcrum for others more so than what you do, wear, or say.  You …

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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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  • Expand Your Influence

    By Angie Piskorski

    God is so good!  Sometimes, when you think you don’t know where to begin or what to say, He shows up right where you are!  I’m going to quickly assume you’ve been there too!  Right before I started writing this blogpost, I was on a plane to Florida for a work commitment.  I pulled out my Bible and prayer journal, beginning to read my daily study, and the lady next to me says, “Excuse me.  I just want to say, it is really nice to see a Bible that’s so written in.”  I stopped for a moment, and realized God quite literally uses every moment and every interaction for His glory.  You don’t have to be anywhere, but right where you are to truly expand your influence.  I could honestly conclude this post here, but I would love to share …

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  • Why Everyone Needs a Spiritual Coach

    By Eric Stoudt

    Why do we all need a spiritual coach?  Here are five reasons all beginning with the letter A. (“Why all with letter A?” You ask. Because the first 3 were natural so I expanded it to 5 and it worked.) Answers We’ve all heard Pastor Bryan joke about not emailing him when he says something from the pulpit that may bring some controversy or complaints from those of us sitting in the Worship Center. Imagine how flooded his inbox and voicemail would be if he served as everyone’s go to question master when we need answers to spiritual matters, bible verses, or a recent Sunday morning message. One person can’t handle all of that and even the church staff as a whole would be overwhelmed answering the questions of over 3,000 people every week. We must learn to lean on …

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  • I Love Me Some Lent

    By Angie Piskorski

    I grew up a religious mutt.  As I child, I was baptized Episcopal, confirmed Lutheran, accepted Jesus as my Savior in a Non-Denominational church, and then received my First Holy Communion in the Catholic church as an adult.  I went where my Mom led us; not realizing it, this hybrid development of religion fed my hunger to learn more as an adult.  I ask a lot of questions to God, trusted counsel, and my mentor.  My walk through religion, my unending desire to seek God, and hope to love like Jesus lead through each of these religious seasons straight to the foot of the cross. Each religion has some shape of customs or traditions.  These traditions either lead you towards the cross or away from it.  Lent is a practice commonly found in organized religions.  With its expectation of rules …

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