Articles | August 2017

  • Lasting Change

    Devotionals | August 18, 2017

    Lasting change is more than behavior modification. It finds its roots in a transformed heart. Scripture repeatedly emphasizes and examines the state of the heart. With our hearts we think, feel, choose, commit, respond, and persevere. Our hearts are the storehouses for our beliefs and character, and from our hearts come our words, actions, and habits. Leading like Jesus isn’t about behavior modification. Leading like Jesus flows from transformed hearts that fuel a life-long journey of serving Him, and stepping out to serve others in His name.

  • Credibility

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | August 17, 2017

     

    “Why don’t you help that little girl over there?”

    I looked around the appliance store, wondering what “little girl” the salesman was referring to. I had my three young children with me, one a babe in a stroller. Seeing no one else in the area, I realized he was talking about me. For heaven’s sake! I was thirty-two years old. Hardly a little girl. I was there to buy my first microwave oven, a big investment back in the early days of that miracle technology. I expected to be taken seriously, especially with money in my wallet.

  • Shine the Spotlight

    Devotionals | August 16, 2017

    One of the potential downfalls leaders face is the temptation to shine the spotlight on ourselves. Exalting our personal contributions at home, church, work, or in the world, we edge God out. Lacing our conversation with “I,” “me,” and “my,” we imply that the contributions of others are not as significant as ours. Jesus pointed to the Father as the source of all His power, served in the Father’s name, and exhorted and empowered others to do the same. Today, how will you follow His example?

  • Service Beyond Significance

    Blog | Owen Phelps | August 15, 2017

    I have an old and dear friend who will turn 86 before the end of this month. From time to time, he wonders if and how his life has made a difference.

    He never married or had children, so he has no wife or children around to assure him – in either word or deed – that his life has mattered.

    He was a professor of mine and an incredible presence on our college campus back in the tumultuous sixties, so I can say without reservation that his life has made a huge and wonderful difference in my own.

    But he still wonders.

  • Transforming Your Attitude

    Devotionals | August 14, 2017

    Have you noticed the difference a leader’s attitude makes in the lives of others? This is especially true when bad news comes, or in seasons of prolonged stress. How do we as leaders maintain our emotional health so that we can continue to support others in difficult times? Paul closes his letter to the Thessalonians with three directives that remind us to keep our focus on God in every season of leadership. Looking to Him, we will find the strength and ability to face a challenging present or an uncertain future.

  • When We Are Wrong

    Devotionals | August 11, 2017

    The state of our hearts comes clearly into focus when we realize that we are in the wrong. The heart that longs to exalt God moves quickly to apologize and make amends; the heart that exalts self insists on self-justification, blaming, and posturing. When we find these indications of pride sneaking into our thinking, we need to stop, and humble ourselves before God. He will show us what we need to do. Forgiven by Him, we can take God-honoring steps to make amends, rebuild trust and restore broken relationships.

  • Rules of Engagement: Acting and Reacting Like Jesus

    Blog | Chelsea Arrington | August 10, 2017

     

    When I was in seventh grade, I started wearing a WWJD, or What Would Jesus Do, bracelet. It was trendy and my church friends all had one. Mine was navy. I wore it all the time and thought it would explain to the world why I didn’t say certain words or go to parties with my school friends. My WWJD bracelet was my non-verbal declaration, ‘I’m a good girl. I’m a Christian.’ Little did I know that what Jesus would do meant a lot more.

  • Make Time for What Matters

    Devotionals | August 09, 2017

    What does your day hold today? Is it filled with tasks to accomplish, places to go, people to meet and interact with? Are you eager to begin a new project, or perhaps intent on finishing well? All of us have the same number of hours given to us each day. How we use them matters for eternity, today and every day. Scripture urges us to redeem the time, to make the best use of our days, hours, and minutes. How will you use the time given to You today?

  • Five Leadership Dynamics of Jesus’ Life

    Blog | Charles Stone | August 08, 2017

    Some time back I delivered a message on how Jesus modeled masculinity. As I reflected on that talk, I realized similar parallels apply to leadership. Jesus lived within these leadership dynamics during the three years He ministered on earth. Although fully God in every way, He lived as a human in every way as well, yet was without sin. He perfectly balanced each of these qualities below that appear as opposites. As you read these five dynamics, ask yourself which ones reflect your strengths and which ones need strengthening.

    Power and Compassion

  • Jim Montgomery is the Chief International Office for Lead Like Jesus, and for the last 4 years he has been working around the globe to implement the leadership message and model of Jesus.

    Jim was raised in a Muslim home and lived in Turkey for many years. At the age of 24, through reading the Bible, Jim came to the saving knowledge of Jesus, and began a journey as His follower.

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