• The Straight Path

    Blog | Craig McAndrews | October 05, 2017

    Have you ever come face to face with the profound question; now what am I going to do?  I am not talking about the day-to-day application of this question where you might decide you are hungry, or interested in going out for the night.  I am talking about the moment when this question hits you square in the gut as a result of a major life change.  It happened to me several months ago, and despite my professed trust in God, I found myself searching for an answer.  Lord, what am I going to do now?

  • What's Your Name?

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | October 05, 2017

    "Becky, Kathy, Casper, Ginger, oh whatever your name is..." mom's voice was shrill and exasperated by the time she went through the list of names in our household. She was adamant and forceful when I heard her say the final name, "SHERYL DEANN." Oops, now she used both my first and middle name. Even at seven years old, my ears burned when I heard the tone of her command and the title she used to summon me. I knew I was in big trouble. She had called me by name, and you'd better believe her tone, intent and even use of my titles had achieved the ultimate goal.

  • Online or Offline

    How do you lead your family?

    Blog | Kim Rider | September 28, 2017

    Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, Instagram, emojis, email, text, Messenger – In this day and time, our dependency on technology is at an all-time high. There is an app for everything and it is so easy for our lives to become an open book for the world to see.  Everywhere you look someone has a face in their phone…sometimes it’s even us or our family members.  So, how much is too much?  What’s the good, the bad, and the ugly with online activity and how does it affect the way you lead your family?

    The Good

  • Why Knowing God Matters

    Blog | Karen McGuire | September 26, 2017

    I teach a small group at my church each week. We’ve been following the current sermon series on the life of Jesus. It has been a wonderful time together as we’ve looked at the chronological life of Jesus through all four gospel accounts. Recently, our pastor took a couple of weeks to preach on other topics related to a church emphasis. I asked our group what they’d like to do during these two weeks. Several of them mentioned the names of God.

  • Speak Life

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | September 19, 2017

    Early in my career, I arrived at the office and was told that the Colonel wanted to see me.  I reported to his office and was offered a seat.  He came from behind his desk and sat down next to me. He looked at me and asked, “Sergeant Camacho, is everything okay?  Are you having any problems that I can help you with?”

  • The Power of Change

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | September 14, 2017

    “I don’t believe it! They’re moving me to another room next year. I’ll have to change everything around to fit. This isn’t fair!”

    I’d really had enough of this teacher’s complaining. Every time I came into the faculty lounge, there she was, ranting on and on about the unfairness and whining about how put upon she was having to move to a different classroom. I usually didn’t say much, but that day I let her have it… in a very calm and measured way, of course.

  • 5 Ways to Deepen Your Integrity

    Blog | September 07, 2017

    Daniel and his three friends are some of my favorite Bible characters. They modeled what it means to live a life of integrity. Several years ago, James Patterson and Peter Kim authored the book, The Day America told the Truth. They conducted a survey asking Americans what they would be willing to do for 10 million dollars and were shocked at their discovery. In this post, with a backdrop of their findings, I suggest 5 ways to deepen your integrity from the book of Daniel.

    Here’s what the authors learned about integrity from their research.

  • Zur – God My Rock

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | August 31, 2017

    I live in California. Earthquakes are common talk. We wonder when ‘the big one’ will hit.  Earthquake preparedness is a must: schools participate in earthquake drills, companies host earthquake preparedness seminars and individuals prepare earthquake survival kits. We try to be as prepared as we can be for the inevitable. But when a 3.5 quake rattled our peaceful community, I was caught off guard. It happened early in the morning, I was in my bedroom making my bed and suddenly the floor underneath my feet shifted down, like an elevator’s sudden descent.