on February 15th, 2024
My story is fairly simple, and it spans 72 years. I was born into a Catholic environment. I attended a Catholic school and church through eighth grade. I went to church on Sunday and was taught about God, the Trinity, heaven, hell, and sin. I continued to attend Catholic church on Sundays as I grew into an adult. I grew up with only a mother and lacked the guidance of a father. Mom and dad split u...
on January 4th, 2024
The story of how I came to faith does not have a knock your socks off moment. In fact, I don't recall any memories of becoming a Christian. I just assumed I was because I was Catholic. However, years later I would realize your heritage does not make you right with God, but your relationship does through repentance.I was born in the small town of Elizabeth, Pennsylvania in 1952, and raised by godly...
Beyond Angel Tree
on December 14th, 2023
Each year, the generosity of people at GAC continues to grow. This year, with Angel Tree, we received gifts for 49 children from 24 families. Angel Tree is an organization that receives the names of local children with an incarcerated father or mother who is unable to be with their child for Christmas. The gifts are given to the children as a gift from their parents. The Carson Discipleship Family...
on November 9th, 2023
My family growing up consisted of my older sister, me, my younger brother, my mom, and my dad. My dad was a construction worker and a member of the PA National Guard, and my mom worked at the local Mini Mart. My mom took us kids to church every time the doors were open. My dad only went on occasion, but he always made sure we accompanied my mom. I must admit I didn’t enjoy going, and I made sure m...
Wax Cold, Wax Hot
on October 20th, 2023
The words “waxing cold” came to my mind as I sat to write this. That phrase comes from the King James Version of the Bible in Matthew 24:12. “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” The NIV translates this passage, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,” it continues in verse 13, “but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” ...
on September 15th, 2023
Have you ever watched Shark Week on the Discovery Channel?Did you know Shark Week originally premiered in 1988?Here’s a funny story. I was terrified of sharks, not that there were many sharks in my world in Bethel Park, PA, at age 3. I most likely saw a commercial for the movie Jaws or I happened to be in the room when the movie was on (unbeknownst to my parents). When a trip to Lake Erie was plan...
A Unique Perspective
on December 22nd, 2022
Frequently when talking about Thanksgiving, the ideas that come to my mind are two extremes…A generous meal around a large dinner table with family and friendsVolunteering with an organization to serve a meal in a soup kitchen to homeless people in NEEDWhat really defines NEED though can be relative and may require an adjustment of our understanding.This year, the Bag Brigade served approximately ...
on September 2nd, 2022
This summer, one of our Discipleship Families decided to set up a table at the weekly Monongahela Area Farmer’s Market. They called the table THE HOPE DEPOT. There they offered to pray for people or to have them fill out a prayer request card. Each week 10-20 people stopped by to be prayed for or just to talk. Some were believers, but many were people who were just hurting. The market organizers w...
on July 22nd, 2022
As Julie and I explored the Oregon coast we were awed by the majesty and splendor of Creation. I thought how what is created demonstrates what the Creator is like. From powerful waves crashing upon the rocky coast to a giant whale emerging from the depths, I was humbled by the majesty and splendor of God Himself. As we explored the “untamed wilderness” of the Pacific Northwest, another phrase came...
Unlearning the Learned
on June 1st, 2022
As a part-time college student, learning is part of my daily activities. But what happens when something that you have learned is not only wrong, but a lie meant to destroy? John 10:10 says that the thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. This is where I have found myself over and over and over again - married to a bunch of lies.I have believed lies that I didn’t even know were lies.I ha...
on November 2nd, 2021
You may have heard we have new partners in Kosovo!School’s in session!Praise God! The girls’ school opened in person and we have started language training. Here is a picture of the first days of school for all of us!https://storage.snappages.site/62CFV6/assets/files/scott-family.pngEliana and Malia are attending an international school called Prishtina High School. They are adjusting well and gett...
Discipleship Family has First Responder's Breakfast
on October 11th, 2021
On September 25, 2021 Gospel Alliance had a contingent of first responders show up at the front doors of the building. It was not in response to a big emergency and it was not a surprise to one of our Discipleship Families (DF). One of our DFs held an appreciation breakfast for the local first responders which included fire, police, and emergency medical departments. All three services were repre...