• 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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  • 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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