• Gratitude is Good Medicine - Today and Every Day

    Blog | Owen Phelps | November 23, 2017

    This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24


    When each of my parents died, I had a choice to make. But when the news came, what happened next didn’t seem like a choice.

    Neither passing was a total surprise. Both were ill. Still, when death came it was like a punch to my heart.

    People can hover on the brink of death for months, even years. We think we are ready for the ultimate transition. Then we learn – painfully -- that we’re not. The event is so final, the loss seemingly so complete.

  • Thankful or Grateful?

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | November 21, 2017

    When would you use the word “thankful” vs. “grateful”?

    What do these two words mean to you?

    We discussed the idea of being thankful or grateful after reading one man’s realization that he’d been misspelling the word “grateful” as “greatful” his entire life. He said that he’d been grateful so seldom in his life that he never knew how to spell the word.

    “I had been spelling it as though a greatful person was a person full of greatness, rather than a person full of gratitude.”

  • Show AND Tell

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | November 16, 2017

    “Don’t tell me it’s a beautiful day. Show me!” This ongoing message to my writing students over the years encouraged them to use descriptive words and action verbs. I wanted them to talk about the radiant sun, the cotton ball clouds pinned to the azure sky, the warm, gentle breeze bending the daffodils. Help me see it! 

    When it comes to our Christian life, we also need to do more than just talk about it. We should show by example, not by anecdote. Our lives should be the picture of God’s message of love and grace.

  • Stand Down

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | November 14, 2017

    What battles rage on your field today? Are you disappointed in someone who has let you down? Are you frustrated in your job, suffering from financial loss, grieving a loved one, struggling with addiction? Take “time out” to regroup your troops and “stand down.” King Jehoshaphat led the Israelites in a literal war against their evil enemies. These same lessons can be applied to today’s spiritual battles.

  • Help! I Need an Adultier Adult Please!

    Blog | Kim Rider | November 09, 2017

    As with most children, mine were all too anxious to reach that 18th birthday and become an official “adult”!  They had big dreams of how great it would be to not have rules, do whatever they wanted whenever they wanted, and be able to gain access to those privileges that required you to be 18 to enjoy.  They somehow ignored all the things their dad and I told them about the other side of becoming an adult – getting a job, paying bills, saving money, paying consequences for decisions and not having mom and dad clean up the mess! 

  • Take Initiative

    Dealing with Difficult Conversations

    Blog | Owen Phelps | October 31, 2017

    It was one of those awkward moments for everyone – and especially for Jesus, who had to engage two difficult conversations in a matter of minutes.

    You’ll find the story in the 20th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, where we meet the mother of the apostles James and John – perhaps history’s first ever pushy “stage mother.” She’s no fool. As she approaches to ask a favor, we’re told she paid him homage and then indicated she had a question to ask. He invites her to ask it.

  • Megan Pacheco

    What Is the Basis of Your Leadership?

    Moral Absolutes vs. Momentary Convenience

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | October 26, 2017

    When you think about it, all our decisions derive their basis from a specific “somewhere.” That “somewhere” differs from person to person, but if we look beyond the surface, the root of our leadership and decision-making will most likely stem from one of two sources.

    We make decisions that originate either from our moral compass and those moral absolutes ingrained deep inside of us, or from a sense of momentary convenience and what’s most beneficial and expedient to “me” right now.

  • 5 Leadership Lessons I Learned from my Dogs

    Blog | Charles Stone | October 24, 2017

    I love dogs. We’ve owned as many as four at one time. One currently makes her home with us. Lulu (in the picture on the left) is a combination of a cat, a rat, and a dog. She’s as quick as a cat and looks like a hybrid rat-dog. She was a stray when we took her in “for just a few days until we find her owner.” We became the owners. 


  • 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

  • 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.