• Saving Ink

    By Jessica Fackler

    I come from a long line of improvisers.  We call ourselves the ‘MacGyver’s’, named after a popular TV series that aired in the late1980s and early 1990s.  The show was about a man who worked for an agency that was hired by the government to ‘get the bad guys’.  He possessed a great amount of scientific knowledge and was constantly able to defeat evil with simple, hand made contraptions containing found objects. Surely handcuffs and ammunition would have been more practical but where is the fun in that? My mother is an expert of this skill. I have seen her fix a toilet, hang a light fixture, and change a tire all with just the contents of her purse.  It was her wisdom that taught me the value of a good roll of duct tape and the magical relationship between …

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  • 5 Ways to Pray for Our Government

    By Betsy Fick

    I don’t know about you, but this past year’s election was one that left me feeling sick.  The mud-slinging from both sides of the aisle, the keyboard warriors on social media, and the media circus that surrounded every debate and headline often made me want bury my head in the sand, wishing that everyone would just stop the fighting. Whether you are excited about our newest president or are dreading the next four years, there’s no denying that we have clear directions in Scripture about what our attitudes should be toward government.  1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” Praying for our government and it’s leaders …

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  • Fasting – Why, When, and How

    By Peter Emerick

    What if I told you that fasting isn’t just something that people did in “Bible times” and it’s not just for super Christians or pastors of churches or religious leaders? What if I told you that at its core fasting is a reflection of what Christ did for us by leaving Heaven and dying on the cross so that we could eternal life through having a relationship with Him? Instead of keeping asking “what if” let’s get right into the headline of this post, the why and when of fasting. Fasting can be a daunting task when it’s looked at from a human perspective, and it can bring up a lot of natural questions.  You mean I’m not going to eat for a day or two days or a week? But won’t I be hungry? I’m certainly going to get …

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  • Praying the Ink

    By Angie Piskorski

    There is something about talking to your best friend!  My best friend, Amanda, lives in North Carolina.  We don’t get to physically see each other as much either of us would like, but our phone conversations minimize the geographical gap between us.  No matter where in life’s journey I find myself, talking to her is always refreshing! If Amanda and I did not take the time to talk to one another, our relationship would suffer.  This was the case when she lived abroad and I was starting my family.  Time changes and different seasons of life often prevented us from diving in and connecting.  Our conversations consisted of the superficial check-ins of “how’s life,” or “how’s the weather.”  We never got past those layers of perspective to truly dive into the heart of the matter.  Several years later, life brought …

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  • Treating Your Body Like A Temple

    By Sherri McGaffin

      When I compare myself to where I was last year at this time, I’ve gained some weight. When I compare myself to where I was 10 years ago, I’ve gained A LOT of weight. I have a wider range of sizes in my closet than most stores do. I have read countless books and magazines, attended various support groups and weekly weigh-ins, looked to success stories, and the list goes on and on. I know a lot about losing weight and have actually lost weight in the past. One time I even lost 60 pounds! Unfortunately; however, I gained it all back and then some. It is so frustrating. As my weight has increased, I have noticed that I have developed new health problems and health problems I already had have gotten worse. I have plantar fasciitis that has …

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  • Making Family Time for God’s Word

    By Megan Stubblebine

    Two years ago it was my personal New Year’s Resolution to start speaking into my children the Word of God in a very intentional way, the problem was as a newer Christian myself I felt unqualified and unsure where to start. Maybe you’re like me or perhaps you have been studying the Bible for quite some time but you again are feeling intimidated about how to teach into your children or family biblical truths and ways of living. It is my hope for your family this year that you will use these or other resources to start a consistent time of praise and teaching a biblical world view this year. GT God Time Cards: We receive these each Sunday in crossroads at GT West Lawn, these cards have been the catalyst for our family spending time in God’s Word together …

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  • Reading the Ink

    By Craig Daniels

    What does it mean to be alive?  What does life look like to us?  When we as humans think of something as having life, we usually think in terms that relate to the physical or material world.  Beings that can move and function on their own are said to be alive.  Thought, reason, or operating by instinct indicates that life is present.  Inanimate objects like chairs, mailboxes, ipads, or books are not alive.  With one exception.  There is a book that actually is alive, but not in the way that we normally associate life.  No, it doesn’t move or think or interact literally in the physical world, but it is very much alive spiritually. That book is the Bible – God’s Word to us and a physical doorway to knowing how God thinks and what He expects and desires from …

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  • Goal Setting for an Abundant New Year

    By Angie Piskorski

    There is so much optimism at the start of a new year.  Many of us are elated the year past has finally come to an end bringing the fresh start of all the future has to hold.  Hopes, dreams, and goals are the sitting at the forefront of our minds with aspirations of conquests and celebrations of a better version of ourselves.  A simple Google search of New Year’s Resolutions generated “about 3,0500,000 results (0.61 seconds).”  The lists are endless of ways to lose weight, manage your time better, or simplify your life; yet, countless researchers and statisticians claim 80% of all New Year’s resolutions fail and less than 10% actually attain their goal. Here’s the thing, my friends!  That’s what “they” say!  What God says, is a vastly different story!  Psalm 20:4 reminds us that God wants to give …

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  • Devotional Resources: A Guide

    By Betsy Fick

    It’s hard to believe that we’re in the first days of 2017, but the new year is here! While the start of a new year brings lots of new goals and aspirations for the year ahead, one of the things that often tops resolution lists is to get into a daily devotional routine! Finding a devotional or Bible-reading plan can seem like a daunting task…there are so many options out there!  We’d love to help you get started on the road to having a consistent, daily devotional life by recommending some resources!  Click on the title of any of these resources to learn more! Online/Mobile Resources: GT Blog | For Everyone.  GT’s own blog team publishes posts devotional posts each Monday that relate to that week’s sermon, lending real-life, personal perspective through a blog-like devotional, paired with Scripture references, journal prompts, and …

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  • The Abundant Life

    By Betsy Fick

    Ah, the start of a new year.  Everything feels fresh, new, exciting, maybe a bit overwhelming.  If you’re like me, you probably have a pang of sadness at the end of the holiday season.  To be honest, when January 1st rolls around and life goes back to normal, it comes with this pit in the bottom of my stomach.  The magic of Christmas has faded, the tree comes down, the house suddenly feels a little bit emptier with the decorations packed away. The New Year brings the return of the normal rhythms of life.  The kids go back to school, work resumes as normal, and everything gets a little sloppier with the threat of winter weather in the air.  We make promises to ourselves to get our lives in order.  We plan to budget our money, plan our meals, go …

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