• Living Ink // Humble Pie

    By Beira Brown

    My husband and I were recently called out and convicted of our sin in a rather humorous way. One evening in recent months, after After a long day of work and family life (and probably a 1,001 questions/requests from our son), my husband gave our son a snappy response to his latest request. What happened next was unusual. Micah, who is nine and not always the calm, cool, and collected one, used a scripture to bring correction in an appropriate and respectful manner. It was a moment when the Word served to restore and actually strengthen their father-son relationship even though it came in the shape of pie, humble pie. The story gets better. I’m not throwing my husband under the bus. The next morning as I sat on the couch, my 5 year-old Eliora approached me and told me, …

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  • When God Seems Asleep at the Wheel

    By Salina Iavarone

    My husband has what he calls “a vast array of useless knowledge”.  Let the record show that he calls it that, not me.  I swear he knows a little bit about almost everything, and the rest he knows ALL about. It’s both amazing and annoying at the same time.  Which is why if we ever play Trivial Pursuit (which we love to play) we must be on the same team or the competition and trash talking can get fierce. All in good fun of course. Mostly. We are also firm believers that if you’re not willing to risk family relationships for a good board game then you’re playing it wrong.  The Spongebob Life game nearly ended us once…I kid.  Kinda. But inevitably when we’re playing something like Trivial Pursuit where he has to draw on some of that vast array …

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  • Peace from the Scriptures

    By Doug Franks

    A Scriptural meditation.  Peace from the Scriptures. Recent issues have seemed heavy including current events, historical records and personal issues. Turning away from the noise of current broadcasts and social media to hear the still, peaceful voice of the Spirit of God in the scriptures gives hope. “You are Christ’s and Christ is God’s.” “You were bought at a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God’s.” “The Son of God loved me and gave himself for me.” “Christ is a son, over his own house, whose house we are.” “They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, on the day that I make them my jewels.”

  • Memorizing the Ink

    By Betsy Fick

    I remember being a little kid in Sunday School and learning memory verses each week.  For me, the verses themselves were never too hard to remember, but I couldn’t get the chapter and verse numbers straight.  John 3:16 became John 4:19.  Psalm 23 was Psalm 25.  I knew it was in the Bible, and had a general idea of where, but don’t ask me the exact GPS coordinates. Fast forward to my early twenties.  I was on the Real Life staff and was prepping to lead a team of teenagers to the Dominican Republic.   During one of our meetings, we had students sit down with us one-on-one and they recited some Scriptures that we had given them a few weeks before.  As I sat there listening to sixteen and seventeen year-olds either confidently recalling Bible verses from memory, or nervously …

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  • Why Every Marriage Needs a Little Coaching

    By Salina Iavarone

    My husband Frank and I started dating when we were 18. We have literally been together now for more than half our lives and that means a few things: We have a lot of really embarrassing pictures of each other from our college years. And, That’s a whole lot of nights of me listening to him snore. I would NEVER snore. We were Christians from the day we said “I do” which I believe has helped our marriage tremendously, but it doesn’t mean we’re perfect. And it certainly doesn’t mean our marriage is perfect. After so many years together, with kids, and jobs and mortgages, it’s easy to put the marriage on auto pilot and go on with life. It’s the whole attitude of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But just like a car needs maintenance so do …

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  • My Life as a GT Volunteer

    By Jessica Fackler

    In my experience, serving has always lead me to good things.  In my mid 20s I found myself struggling with the whole dating scene. I was ready for the picket fence and 3.2 children. I just had not found the right guy to help me accomplish these goals. Motherhood was something I desperately wanted and according to my calculations, this needed to happen before I turned 30! At the suggestion of my grandmother, I found myself signing up to be a mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. It was a chance to interact with children and maybe calm the maternal flames down a bit. After about a year or so, my ‘little’ as they called them and I were at a BBBS fall picnic. She and I were meandering through the Lancaster County park on a scavenger hunt looking for a …

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  • Obeying the Ink

    By Chris Bisaccia

    With Valentine’s day fast approaching many of us turn our thoughts to celebrating that special someone in our lives. We go out with them to a nice restaurant or buy them a special gift or card. It’s a day to celebrate love and relationships, but what about those that don’t have those relationships yet? I could write an inspirational story on my love for my wife Stephanie Bisaccia, but I’d rather write a story about the friend who helped bring us together to demonstrate an example of the Godly relationships we all have. In our lives, I believe we all have or can be the kind of friend that really makes a difference in someone else’s life. Jesus said in John 15:13 greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friend.” Jesus was …

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  • Just Choose Jesus // A Story About Water Baptism

    By Betsy Fick

    Being on a church staff can be awkward sometimes. When we came to GT, I was just graduating high school. I had grown up in a church and been baptized as a baby, and for a while, I didn’t feel compelled to be baptized as an adult because I felt like it was almost disrespectful to the promises my parents had made when they baptized me as an infant. When I was in middle school, I went through Confirmation and affirmed those promises for myself. So when we ended up at GT a few years later, I really had mixed feelings about water baptism.  I knew that water baptism as an adult was an important part of GT’s beliefs, but I just didn’t feel compelled to do it.  It was this strange tug of guilt and yet at the same …

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  • Self Care is Not Selfish

    By Angie Piskorski

    I’m going to jump straight to the heart of the matter.  Are you ready?!  Our big idea goes against everything society will try and tell you otherwise.  It’s huge! Here it goes… SELF CARE IS NOT SELFISH! We live in a world of endless and often unrealistic expectations.  Readily available and always on-call by the accessibility of cell phones, ipads, and the internet; we are pinged, alerted, and notified endlessly.  Research tells us the average person checks their electronic device 150 times per day.  Think about how quickly we get roped into feeds, emails, or what other people are doing.  We are overstimulated and ultimately exhausted. We give so much of ourselves to our jobs, volunteer commitments, and providing for our homes.  From the moment we get out of bed, until the second we return to it, our days are …

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  • Singing the Ink

    By Betsy Fick

    Lately, I’ve been thinking about the act of worship.  And recent conversations with good friends have me asking myself if I’ve been living my day-to-day as an act of worship.  Five or six years ago, I spent some time being angry at God.  It was the kind of anger where I wanted to be angry, but I knew better, so I couldn’t fully enter into the anger. Does that make me sound crazy?  Probably. But in the interest of being transparent, I’ll just be straightforward and tell you that that’s where I was.  I didn’t understand why I was going through what I was going through and while I knew God was trying to teach me something, I didn’t really care to learn it. But that’s the funny thing about God.  He sticks by you and teaches you the hard lessons whether you …

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