• Fair Is Where You Get Cotton Candy

    By Jessica Fackler

    ‘Fair is where you get cotton candy’. I must say this to my kids at least 4 times a week. It used to be more frequent but I think they are finally catching on. Or they are becoming better at hiding their arguments from me and don’t require my intervention. Either way, if you have kids, IT’S NOT FAIR has echoed in your home a time or two. Or in your car. Or in a restaurant. Or in a store… As adults, we know the hard truth that life is rarely fair.  When the health fanatic becomes ill. When the cheater wins the game. When the liar is the favorite. When the sinner is given grace.  ITS NOT FAIR. I think we all struggle at times with the thought of a God who would offer a murderer the same grace …

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  • 5 Ways to Appreciate Dad this Father’s Day

    By Eric Stoudt

    Dads are a lot different than moms in the way they relate , understand and communicate with us, so I couldn’t just change all the pronouns in from last month’s Mother’s Day article. (Full disclosure, I considered it, and I did copy and paste a little bit.) These manly suggestions for appreciating dads aren’t based on anything mushy like love languages just the cool stuff we enjoy. 1.) Do something with him that he likes. Men can be more relational when there is a common activity taking place. This is why men enjoy getting together for things like fishing trips and sporting events. Whatever dad’s hobbies or interests are, the companionship of a shared experience with you is something that can really speak into him. 2.) Allow him to teach you something. Dads love to feel like experts and they …

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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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  • Don’t Waste Your Summer

    By Annie Fox

    Summer—what a season! If you’re in a sour mood, it seems like all you have to do is step outside and soak in some rays to achieve an instant boost of energy and optimism. But when you have kids and you’re desperately trying to get them to turn off their TV, tablet, or phone long enough to bask in all the gloriousness that summer has to offer, it can be a challenge. Sometimes it’s not as easy as tossing them outside and shutting the door behind them while you channel your mother’s “Get some fresh air” grumbles. Planning activities doesn’t have to be a daily (or even weekly!) occurrence, but it can be handy to have a few tricks up your sleeve. That’s why I’m here! Hopefully, I can provide some ideas to keep your tots or teens entertained this …

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  • Staying Connected This Summer

    By Betsy Fick

    Ah, summer.  Fresh cut grass, sunshine, vacation! Personally, I’m SO excited for summer…give me an iced coffee, sunglasses, and driving with my windows down any day!  But summer also brings different schedules and often, travel. So if you’ll be on the road this season, don’t forget to stay in touch with us here at GT!  There are a few ways you can stay connected while you’re traveling: The GT App The GT App is a great way to stay up to date with what’s going on at GT!  Check out the events calendar, read through the announcements section each week so you don’t miss anything, and, of course, watch past services!  A great way to utilize the app during long drives is to listen to the audio versions of past GT sermons! Social Media Probably the easiest way to stay …

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  • Vacationing on a Budget

    By Sherri McGaffin

    “Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.” – Mark 6:31 NLT I LOVE going on vacation. I love exploring new places, learning about other cultures, trying new foods and just experiencing what the world has to offer. Americans don’t vacation as much as people in other countries. After doing a little research, I was shocked to learn that the average American employee takes a vacation of only four days. This is hardly enough to scratch the surface of all of the beautiful places there are to see around the globe, and it’s not nearly enough time to come back refreshed. My husband and I take multiple vacations each year. …

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  • Why A Volunteer Firefighter

    By Megan Stubblebine

    My husband is a first responder, a volunteer firefighter to be more specific. While it’s not my calling it was a pleasure to learn more about God’s plans for his life and his own thoughts and feelings during the short time he has been involved with our local company.   Why a Volunteer Firefighter? Clint explained that during his early adulthood and while training to work aboard a cruise ship he had to undergo a level of fire and safety training before he could be employed, he reflects on that being the experience he needed to have the resolve and almost personal burden to attempt to give back to whatever community he would eventually settle in. While it certainly took some time to settle into a new community back home, nearing his mid thirties Clint didn’t become a volunteer firefighter …

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  • Sirens

    By Craig Daniels

    First responders are incredible people.  They are trained and available and can drop whatever they are doing to go to the scene of an accident or a crisis and begin to bring order to chaos.  I like what Pastor Bryan says about first responders – while everyone else is running away from disaster, the first responders are running towards it.  It’s assuring to know that there are people out there who are willing to step into the middle of trauma and assist in bringing resolution. It is shocking how quickly things can flip from peaceful or even mundane to immediate crisis mode without any warning at all.  Disasters seem to jump out of nowhere and quickly become the center of attention.  A little over a year ago I found myself in a situation like this and was very thankful for …

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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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  • Going Home

    By Craig Daniels

    My mother-in-law passed away this past October.  It was a very unsettling time for my family, and it left us reeling and searching for a foothold on a path that had suddenly started to shift.  She was in her seventies and had been in and out of the hospital several times during the past few years.  We thought that this time would be the same as the others, a week’s stay and then back home to normal life.  But this hospital visit turned out to be the last one, and the clock that kept track of her allotted time on this earth had run out of hours, minutes, and seconds. Sadness descended on us during that time and along with the aftershock came the onslaught of a million things that suddenly demanded our attention and had to be attended to. …

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