• Cash for Clunkers

    By Eric Stoudt

    Salvation is like a “Cash for Clunkers” 1994 Dodge Ram work truck; 300,000 miles, bald tires, black oil on the dipstick and completely out of gas. Coasting it into the last spot on the dealership lot, the owner was finally trading it in. Cash for Clunkers was a federal program from 2009 designed to spur the economy. If certain model cars and trucks, produced in specific years were traded in on new gas efficient models, then the government guaranteed a preset value at the point of sale. The enticing part for the consumer was the condition of the vehicle didn’t matter. The federal allowance was valid as long as the car qualified and the dealerships that traded the cars were able to cash the government checks, passing on the savings to the customer. Gas guzzlers from everywhere were being traded …

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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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  • Five Things You Can Do to Increase Your Net Worth

    By Sherri McGaffin

    The year is 2018 and Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, tops Forbes list of wealthiest people with a net worth of $158.8 billion. Next on the list, we have Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, with a net worth of $95.7 billion. Rounding out the top three is Warren Buffett, investment champion and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, with a net worth of $87 billion. The year is 2018, what is your net worth? Have you ever calculated your net worth? Do you even know what net worth is? Investopedia defines net worth as, “a concept applicable to individuals and businesses as a key measure of how much an entity is worth.” More simply put, net worth is the monetary value of something or someone. To calculate one’s net worth you must first add up everything a person owns (their …

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  • One of the Biggest Lies Men Believe

    By Rob Tomes

    Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” The Hollywood Image When I was growing up, the male heroes portrayed by Hollywood were strong, independent, and didn’t seem to have too many friends other than their trusty steed or supernatural sidekick. From Han Solo in “Star Wars” to Sylvester Stallone in “Rocky” and from Clint Eastwood in “Dirty Harry” to Michael Knight in “Knight Rider”, these men were loners, self-sufficient, and portrayed intelligence and strength. The Biblical Image I can tell you that God did not create men to be alone and that isolation from other men in the Christian community is a tactic of the enemy. See, the enemy of our soul loves to divide and conquer. If he can get you out of community, if he can get you to bend to your pride of …

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  • Want to Grow Spiritually? Look at Your Watch.

    By Chris Bisaccia

    Our lives and the time we are given is a gift, and it is up to us how we make use of such a blessing. We are forced to look in a mirror and examine ourselves when we are posed with questions like, is it worth it how we spend our time? Does what I do with my time really matter? Does how I spend my time honor God? These are key questions we must ask ourselves as we study this topic. How to Figure Out What You Treasure For me it can be humbling to look at my day-to-day life and realize how little time I spend actually living for God. Honestly, I have a tendency to live only for the things that please me. There are moments when I’m fully obeying God and living fully for him, but …

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  • Two Big Questions About Talent

    By Annie Fox

    When I was in junior high, I wanted to be on the dance team. The girls on the dance team were basically like cheerleaders, but they could dance. And they didn’t have to be able to do nearly as many gymnastics—which seemed like a great big bonus to me. Two years in a row, I went to the first night of tryout practice and watched intently as we were taught the routine. And two years in a row, I went home after that first practice knowing that it wasn’t in the cards for me because I couldn’t even remember the routine to be able to practice once I got home! Dancing was not my talent—no matter how much I wanted it to be. How Should We View Our Talents? There’s a common saying people tell their children and, although it’s …

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  • 3 Reasons You Should Embrace Your Passion

    By Abigail McKinney

    Sometimes people can think it is a bad idea to be consumed by your passion(s) but I disagree. I believe that your passion is what makes you special. Diving head first into your passion can work wonders in your life for many reasons. When embracing your passion you could possibly help somebody, you will definitely grow as a person, and you are doing God’s work. Help Someone If you’ve ever been inspired by a good painting or had your mood changed by a song, you were changed by someone’s passion. Aside from artistic passions that can help people, there are plenty of other passions which can help people. Some people who are passionate about animals can help educate people on how to treat animals and the environment better, thus creating a more harmonious balance between animals and humans. But helping …

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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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  • Why I Double Dunked on Baptism Sunday

    By Rob Tomes

    Baptism Sundays are some of my favorite services at GT Church! This year I have had the opportunity and privilege to baptize numerous people that have given their lives over to Christ and are taking this important step of obedience in their walk with Him. One particular baptism reminded me of my own baptism that occurred approximately eighteen years ago. A Bunch of Dunkards Dru George entered the baptismal tank on GT’s stage, he smiled with a nervous smile, and I got him into position to get ready for a “Pastor Rob Power Dunk.” Before I spoke words of prophecy over Dru, he leaned over and said, “I need as much of Jesus as possible.” Dru’s words took me back to my own baptism. My first baptism was when I was seven years old and I remember getting into the …

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  • 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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