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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Megan Pacheco

    5 Signs Your Work Ethic Needs “Work”

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | August 03, 2017

    When it comes to leadership, we often focus on the positional leader, the person near the top, addressing various opportunities for growth and development of habits and disciplines that, if cultivated, should eventually lead to success.

    In this blog, however, I’d like to focus on another facet of the leadership spectrum—our role as employees. We’ll see that exhibiting a poor work ethic is really a failure to lead from within and can seriously jeopardize our influence and witness.

  • The Link of Hope

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | July 27, 2017

     Survivors of the Auschwitz holocaust say the only thing that pulled them through horrific years of torture and captivity in the German concentration camps was to hold on to hope. Our Christian hope is linked to the presence of Jesus Christ. The more aware we are of the presence of Jesus Christ, the more hopeful we will feel. We must not hesitate to ask for Jesus’ help especially when we feel distant. We can pray simple prayers like “Jesus make me aware of You.”

  • Let Patience Have It’s Perfect Work

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | July 20, 2017

    Challenges arise for every leader. Thorny circumstances can emerge in every leadership situation. The need for tolerance is ever present.

    To lead like Jesus, we need patience. It’s one of the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), which the Apostle Paul refers to as longsuffering (possibly a more realistic term).

    To lead like Jesus, we need patience

  • When Will Won’t Do!

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | July 18, 2017

     It was June 1984, Annie and I were standing in the airport in Majorca, Spain.  We had already been married for 5 years and had lived in Clarksville, Tennessee and Frankfurt, Germany. This was the first time that we had really gotten away.  As we waited for our luggage, I reached into my pocket and pulled out my pack of cigarettes and realized that I had only one left.  I remember looking at that cigarette and thinking that Annie had never known me without a cigarette.

  • Impulse

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | July 13, 2017

    “I’ll do it!” My husband, after our many years of marriage, wasn’t all that surprised I had volunteered to be the “weather reporter” on our NBC studio tour. It wasn’t as if I was pushing my way into the opportunity. Our tour guide kept urging our reluctant group to join in, and I wanted to help out. That’s just me. Today I have a DVD of myself waving my arms in front of a weather map while reading from the prompter. And I look quite the part too!

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