• Compassionate Coffee

    By Abigail McKinney

    At GT Church this past month, we’ve heard about being moved with compassion for our neighbors, the world, the children, and the lost. More importantly than just hearing about it, many of us have been moved to action that shows compassion. As we go through the weeks and months ahead, look for ways to get to know people and show them the same compassion that God shows to us every day.   COMPASSIONATE COFFEE The mercury only reaches 7 degrees today. The wind whips my cheeks and stings my face. Sitting in front of the coffee shop, people come and go with their cup of joe. Do they see me, Do they know? Do they know I am cold? That a warm cup of joe will fill my soul? I blow into my hands for some warmth. My eyes travel …

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  • My Response to the Angry Woman on Facebook

    By Dorothy Hoerr

    Several years ago, I saw a post on Facebook that I’ll never forget. The post had to do with Charlie Roberts, the man who attacked an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County. Most people in the discussion were remarking on the amazing forgiveness shown for this man by the godly people in the Amish community. Despite the overwhelming pain he had caused when he brutally killed five of their children before committing suicide, they attended his funeral and even offered consolation to his grieving family. But scrolling through the discussion, I was stopped by one post. A woman I don’t know had written, “I could never believe in a God who would forgive a person like this.” Moved with Frustration I admit, when I read this, my first reaction was not charitable. I thought: who does she think she is that …

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  • What to Do When Your Kids Annoy You

    By Annie Fox

    Sometimes, my kids can be annoying. Did that make you gasp? Are you appalled that I could be so cold and callused toward my own flesh and blood? Let’s be real for a minute. I love my children more than life itself and I love nothing more than spending time with them, loving on them, and making them smile. But sometimes, just sometimes, they annoy me. And that’s okay! I’m human, after all. My Kids My baby just turned one and she literally has the face of a cherub. Her round little cheeks are the perfect pinchable size and one even has the cutest dimple you’ve ever seen. She’s adorable and so sweet—and it borders on ridiculous. But recently, my husband and I started to worry that maybe she was coming down with a cold or teething because she was …

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  • When God Breaks Your Heart

    By Eric Stoudt

    What Breaks Your Heart? I remember being a kid and changing the channel when I saw UNICEF commercials come on TV. I may not have fully realized it at the time, but I think on some level, I knew I was more fortunate than the kids in the videos. Maybe I felt I couldn’t help them. Maybe it was guilt that I felt. Maybe I just didn’t like any commercials. I don’t remember my exact thoughts. I only remember changing the channel. I wasn’t born into a wealthy family and they aren’t perfect either, but I never had to worry about where I would get my next meal. The house I grew up in wasn’t huge, but it was always a safe place, where the water always ran and the lights always turned on. The family car wasn’t brand new, …

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  • Jesus’ Worst Habit

    By Andrew Arrol

    It’s not chewing with his mouth open. It’s not leaving all the lights on in the house. Jesus just doesn’t seem to get it. He has this habit that nobody seems to want to talk about. Sure, we’ll sing all the songs, we’ll say all the right words, we’ll pray over dinner, but we often don’t want to point out this thing Jesus does ALL THE TIME. Jesus has this bad habit of loving the wrong people. Jesus hangs out with the wrong people, he declares the guilty forgiven, and even desires the best for his enemies. You know how that turned out? Got him killed. Just sayin’. Jesus often spoke of & placed a lot of weight on ‘loving our neighbor as ourselves.’ If you’re fine with thinking & living like Jesus, here’s 3 ways he really just didn’t …

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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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  • 4 Ways God Repurposed My Doubts

    By Andrew Arrol

    All of us do it at some point. Whether we realize it or not, all of us have experienced doubt in our lives. From doubting if we’ll make it to work or school on time and get all of our projects done; to what our calling is, how God wants to work in our lives, or if God is even real at all, we’ve all experienced some form of doubt. These times of doubt can feel paralyzing: “How could my significant other doubt that I love them?” “How could my professor doubt the validity of my work?” “How could my coach doubt that I’ve been giving it all I’ve got?” Or even, “How could I doubt my own convictions? Is there something wrong with me?” Anytime we think of doubt, most of us-followers of Jesus or not- seem to attach …

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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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  • College Debt, Uncertainty, & God’s Plan

    By Julian Kramer

    Hey! My name is Julian Kramer and I am a nineteen-year-old college student. I have been attending GT Church for almost six years now. The last nine months I have been blessed to be a part of GTLA (GT Leadership Academy). I chose the worship ministry track and had the privilege of working alongside of our worship pastor, Dan Sarna. This last school year was challenging to say the least but the amount of growth I have experienced is incomprehensible. It was the farthest thing from easy but was so worth it. Following the call that God has on your life is always a journey. Let me give you a back story. My freshman year of college I attended a private Christian university called Southeastern University in central Florida. Going into that year I was completely terrified. The pressure from …

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  • What God Wants to Do With Your Worst Moments

    By Chris Bisaccia

    As a culture we celebrate key moments in our lives: graduations, getting married, and becoming parents. Moments like these are so powerful that we remember the exact date on which they occurred and the exact place. We celebrate these unforgettable moments in our lives in the form of school reunions and wedding anniversaries. But what about other moments that define our lives, more negative moments? Moments in which we made a bad decision that negatively impacted our lives. It can feel like it opened a pit that once we fall into it we can’t get out. When a loved one dies, the day they died is seared into our memories like fire. To us it seems like nothing good can ever happen on that day because of the terrible loss that took place. One of the greatest aspects about the …

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