Articles | October 2017

  • Steadfast

    Devotionals | October 18, 2017

    Jesus could steadfastly pursue God’s agenda despite ongoing obstacles. He overcame the devil’s testing. He persevered even when His family and disciples misunderstood His passion and plan. Neither internal disputes among the disciples nor external opposition derailed Him. He remained fixed on the goal of exalting God only through His life. His life shows us the importance of beginning our leadership at the level of our personal relationship with God, with an understanding of whose we are and who we are.

  • The Importance of Trusting in the Lord

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | October 17, 2017

    Those times in life when it feels like you’re being crushed on every side, and everyone is against you, are hard. Really hard! It can feel like all hope is lost, and life is not worth living anymore.

    Yet, even in these times we’re called to trust in the Lord.

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

  • Not Like the Rulers of This World

    Devotionals | October 16, 2017

    Jesus draws a vivid contrast between the way the world’s rulers lead and the leadership He expects from His disciples. It would never have occurred to Jesus to consult Pilate or Herod or Caesar for leadership advice. Their purposes, values, and perspective were the exact opposite of God’s. They were not interested in sacrificially loving or serving those they led. But that was exactly Jesus’ perspective, and the model He gives us. The contrast could not be more dramatic. What is your leadership perspective? Do you rule over or bend to serve those who look to you?

  • When you don’t understand: Trust and Believe

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | October 13, 2017

    I woke up this morning and turned on the TV hoping to get a weather update, instead I was greeted by the death of more than 50 people in Las Vegas.  I was more than appalled at the senseless loss of innocent lives; I was mad.   I didn’t know these people but you should be able to go to a concert without worrying about your safety or the safety of your family. 

  • Joyous Envy

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | October 13, 2017

    “Oh, I wish I could play the piano like you do!” How many times have I heard this comment over the years?

    “But I’ll bet you wouldn’t want to spend all of the hours in lessons and practicing,” is my usual response. And then we both smile in the recognition that their envy is actually a joyous expression of an appreciation for my musical gift.

  • Habits of Life

    Devotionals | October 13, 2017

    The Being Habits are essential practices for the person who wants to live, lead, and love like Jesus. God reshapes our motivations and perspective as we abide in His unconditional love and spend time in solitude, Scripture, prayer, and community. Note that simply practicing the habits is not the goal; they are tools that bring us into the transforming presence of the living God. Ask God to transform you as you use the Being Habits to deepen your relationship with Him.

  • Unexpected News

    Devotionals | October 11, 2017

    The disciples received unexpected news from Jesus at their final Passover meal together: “I am going away, and you can’t come.” Although He had told them about His coming death, they didn’t understand what He was saying, and they had no idea the time had come. Why was He talking like this? Why would He abandon them? It didn’t make any sense. But Jesus didn’t ask them to understand; He asked them to trust. Where is He telling you to trust Him?

    Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. —John 14:1 (NLT)

  • The Difference Love Makes

    Devotionals | October 09, 2017

    Consider the difference love makes. Simon became Peter, Saul became Paul, a “Son of Thunder” became “the disciple whom Jesus loved,” and Jesus’ unbelieving brother became the head of the church in Jerusalem. All were unlikely candidates at the beginning. What was it that changed their lives? How did it happen? They came to know the love of Jesus, the relentless, unconditional, selfless, sacrificial, life-giving love of God, love that exposed their pettiness and greed and selfishness, love that tore down their defenses, and remade them in His image. What difference does love make?

  • And God Said

    Devotionals | October 06, 2017

    Genesis 1 is remarkable in many ways, not the least of which is God’s ability to speak new things into being. All of us have wished that we could do the same. When we want to see our vision become reality, we would like to echo God’s words, “let there be,” and immediately see magnificent results. Lead like Jesus reminds us that change is a process. First, we ourselves seek and embrace God’s vision, mission, and perspective, and begin to live it out. As leaders, we serve others as they learn to do the same.

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