• 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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  • Veterans Making a Difference

    By Eric Stoudt

    Challenges Facing Veterans We have all heard the stories. We have all seen the movies about the brave men and women who serve our country. Maybe a story from a relative that served in Iraq influenced you, or a movie like Saving Private Ryan. Real people lived through the wartime situations depicted by stories and movies like these. Our fellow Americans have fought to protect the freedoms of that make our country great. We might not know each person’s story or the details of the sacrifices they have made, but these heroes walk beside us every day. We pass them in the produce aisle or pump gas at the next nozzle over. We sit next to them at restaurants and wait in lines behind them. Sometimes, they sit on city sidewalks, with pain and hurt in their eyes and we …

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  • What’s with the Attitude, Jesus?

    By Justin Chen

    What do people think we stand for? The first word many people think of when they think of Christians is ‘judgmental’. It’s easy to see why that is, since it seems like a fairly common theme in the media that Christians are recognized by what they stand against. If you tune in to televangelists, what you frequently hear from them is how God is against any number of things when in reality, what they present is their own personal opinion. I think we’ve let this judgmental reputation hold us back for far too long. Should we not strive to be known instead for our compassion? For our willingness to reach out to people in need and give them our help? For the Love of the God who commands us?  Shouldn’t we be known for more than condemnation? Should we not …

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  • We Value People Because People Matter to God

    By Rob Tomes

    For God So Loved… Abkhazians, Afghans, Albanians, Algerians, Americans, American Samoans, Andorrans, Angolans, Antiguans, Argentines, Armenians, Australians, Austrians, Bahamians, Bangladeshi, Belarusians, Belgians, Belizeans, Beninese, Bermudians, Bhutanese, Bolivians, Batswana, Brazilians, British, British Virgin, Islanders, Bruneians, Bulgarians, Burkinabe, Burmese, Burundians, Cambodians, Cameroonians, Canadians, Cape Verdeans, Caymanians, Central Africans, Chadians, Chileans, Chinese, Christmas Islanders, Cocos Islanders, Colombians, Comorians, Cook Islanders, Congolese, Costa Ricans, Cubans, Cypriots, Czechs, Danes, Djiboutian, Dominicans,  Egyptians, Emirians, Salvadorans, Eritreans, Estonians, Ethiopians, Falkland Islanders, Faroese, Fijians, Finns, French, French Polynesians, Gabonese, Gambians, Georgians, Germans, Ghanaians, Greeks, Greenlanders, Grenadians, Guadeloupians, Guatemalans, Guinean’s, Haitians, Hondurans, Hungarians, Icelanders, Indians, Indonesians, Iranians, Iraqis, Irish, Israelis, Italians, Ivorians, Jamaican’s, Japanese, Jordanians, Kazakhstanis, Kenyans, North Koreans, South Koreans, Kosovars, Kuwaitis, Lao, Latvians, Lebanese, Mosotho, Liberians, Libyans, Liechtensteiners, Lithuanians, Luxembourgers, Macedonians, Malawians, Malaysians, Maldivians, Malians, Maltese, Marshallese, Martiniquais, Mauritanians, Mexicans, Micronesians, Moldovans, Montenegrins Monacans, Mongolians, Montenegrins, Moroccans, …

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  • When Your Best Isn’t Good Enough

    By Chris Bisaccia

    I’m sure many of you can relate, but when I get an expensive gift from someone for my birthday or Christmas I feel like I owe the person who gave it. Now I feel like I must get that person a gift as expensive as the one they got me, or I’m indebted to that person somehow. Why is it when someone gives us a gift we now must get them one? Why can’t we just enjoy the gift and not feel obligated to give in return? There are many ways to answer that question, but I want to focus on one aspect of it. The person who gave the gift just showed through the gift that they cared about you and that you mean something to them. If we don’t do something for that person in return it can …

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  • Why I Wear the Same Shirt Every Single Sunday

    By Eric Stoudt

    What I Thought More effort than I ever imagined goes into a Sunday morning service at GT Church. When I sat in the seats as someone new to the church, I assumed Pastor Bryan threw together some notes throughout the week and picked out the best Saturday afternoon. I figured the worship team practiced the songs, but I would have guessed Pastor Dan finalized everything just before walking out on the stage. I thought both men relied more on talent than preparation. I was wrong. Sunday services take up to 6 months to plan and it takes more than two people to plan them. What I Learned I became curious about the church and started asking questions. Many of my answers included phrases from the church’s mission statement. I understood mission, vision and corporate values from classes in college, but …

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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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  • What Makes Jesus Laugh

    By Annie Fox

    Have you ever met someone who can’t laugh at themselves? They just can’t seem to let loose and have a good time because they’re so busy trying to keep up appearances? Let’s be honest—they’re a great big Debbie Downer and no one wants to hang out with someone like that. And yet, sometimes the church can come off like that. Where the Church Has Gotten It Wrong Years ago, there were many churches that worked very hard at telling people what they couldn’t do. They couldn’t go to the movies, women couldn’t wear makeup or jewelry, and something as crazy as dancing was highly frowned upon. Many people looked at those rules and thought, I’ll pass. And who can blame them? I know I wouldn’t want to attend that church! The church shouldn’t be so busy telling you what you …

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  • 2 Reasons You Should Stop Going to Church

    By Andrew Arrol

    I think you should stop just going to church. No, really. Stop it. I grew up in the church. I work at a church. Why don’t I think you should just go to church? Well… Jesus isn’t asking us to go to church Wait, what? That’s right. Jesus does not ask us to go to church. Where in the Bible does he ask you to revolve your faith & life around visiting a building for 1 hour a week? I don’t see it. Here’s what I do see: When Jesus began his ministry, he said things like: “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near,” and “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” (Matthew 4:17b & 19b) It would make sense for Jesus to start his ministry …

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  • 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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