• Jesus Slept

    By Annie Fox

    It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it also tends to be the busiest time of the year. The month of December is often filled with Christmas concerts, family get-togethers, and commitments of all sorts. And that already busy schedule is made even busier by things like decorating, filling out Christmas cards, and taking the kids to see Santa at the mall. Who has time for rest?! Trying to Find Rest During the Holidays In an effort to make the holiday perfect, many times we overextend ourselves. We want to cram all the memories and traditions into a few short weeks and, in turn, we wind up exhausted and feeling like the season quickly passed us by. But this year, let’s try to do something a little different. This year, let’s take a little time to …

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  • Peace in Times of Conflict

    By Justin Chen

    Peace in Times of Turmoil The holidays can be a stressful time of year. Relatives coming to visit, traveling to visit relatives, spending time with family, last second Christmas shopping and all that entails, and all of these other things can place a lot of demand on both our attention and our patience. That seems to be the way the holiday season is nowadays. A Bit of History There was a time, more than a hundred years ago, when groups of men fighting on two different sides of the Western Front in World War I decided that Christmas of 1914 was the day there would be peace, even if it was just for a short time. These men, far from home, decided that Christmas would not be sullied by violence. Some men exchanged gifts, others sang carols, and still others …

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  • 3 Ways to Rely on God When Life is Hard

    By Kaylee Roth

    Exodus 14:14: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Being still means to stop trying to figure things out on your own. Being a young adult means you are stuck in this weird in between stage of being in the real world and not being in the world. Young adulthood means figuring out life for you. You get to develop who you are going to be, the opinions you are going to listen to, the friend group you are going to allow to influence you, and the relationship with God you are going to have. I think young adulthood is hard because it is a tearing away of your old perspective of the world that was given to you by your parents and creating a new one for yourself. Figuring young adulthood out is not …

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  • Stop Wishing, Start Hoping

    By Lisa Nuss

    Fa-La-La-La-La “Tis the season!” What comes to mind when you hear that phrase? Maybe the song “Deck the Halls” pops into your head – tis the season to be jolly…or maybe not. While the Christmas season certainly can be one of joy and peace, fun and laughter, it can also be a time of sadness and disappointment. The child you love so much isn’t coming home. You’ve prayed for healing and it hasn’t happened. You may be dreading all of the stress that you know the holiday season will bring. Or perhaps this season is a mix of all of these things. Hoping and Wishing As human beings living this world of ours, we will experience suffering and struggle. It’s guaranteed. Really hopeful, right? But there IS hope! The key is not to put our hope in other people or …

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  • 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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