• App Interruption

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | June 21, 2018

    As an avid runner, my favorite app on my iPhone 5 to help monitor my progress and chart my running goals is Map My Run. This cool device helps track my running mileage, gauges my pace and even audibly tells me how many calories I’ve burned. Last week, I was enjoying my run, breathing the fresh air deep into my lungs, just getting warmed up.

  • Use What You've Been Given

    Blog | June 19, 2018

    “You’re a second alto,” the choir director told me.

    “No. I’m a first soprano,” I assured him. I was now a freshman in college, and I told this new director that for the past six years I’d sung the highest voice in the choir all through junior and senior high school. How could I suddenly be an alto?

    “Well, you may be able to hit those high notes, but your strength is in your lower range. You’ll be a great second alto.”

  • Growing in Community

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | June 14, 2018

    We had the privilege of spending time with a husband and wife celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  We were married 25 years to their 50 years, so we felt like babies in comparison. They were rich in so many ways, not in dollars and cents but in all the other ways which truly last.

    Gerry and Shirley taught us so much about how to build and nurture a community. Were they perfect? No. However, what we learned from this couple before they passed will remain with us always.

  • Failure to Launch

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | June 08, 2018

    I believe that Father’s Day, the third Sunday in June, is a great opportunity to discuss fatherhood and leadership.  In 1966, President Johnson, by presidential proclamation, said “In our Nation, we look to fathers to provide the strength and stability which characterize the successful family.  If the father’s responsibilities are many, his rewards are also great -- the love, appreciation, and respect of his children and spouse.”  It may seem awkward to some to discuss leadership and fatherhood in the same breath.

  • The Worship of Work

    Blog | Craig McAndrews | June 05, 2018

    The first time I heard the concept of work being worship I thought it was a little strange.  Personally, I had a number of days where I worked long hours going from meeting to meeting, jumping on conference calls and solving problems without taking a single minute to pray.  There were other days where I got up before the crack of dawn to rush to the airport and spend the day visiting stores without taking any time to read my Bible.  Honestly, there were times I thought work was the exact opposite of worship and in some cases an interruption to real worship.  How can I worship God when work

  • Megan Pacheco

    This Is Where Most Leaders Fail

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | May 29, 2018

    “…shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” 1 Peter 5:1-4

    Football is a big part of our family’s life; hence it often provides us with leadership and life lessons.

  • Whole

    Being Fully Present

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | May 24, 2018

    “Would you like me to take that back to the kitchen and have them remove the head?”

    I warily looked down at the fish that was eying me. Of course it was dead… and also beautifully prepared, by the way. But this “whole fish” concept was a bit unsettling. I quickly agreed that I’d enjoy my dinner much more if I didn’t feel I should be conversing with my entrée.

  • Blind Spot

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | May 22, 2018

    “Whew, that was close,” I thought, as I maneuvered my car back into the center lane, realizing I’d missed hitting the car I’d passed, by just a few inches. “That Mazda was in my blind spot.” Although the Mazda was there, it was not in view when I’d checked the lane out. I didn’t see it. However, if we had collided, the collision would have been my fault.

  • I Got Caught!

    Blog | Kim Rider | May 17, 2018

    At the age of 49, I got my first ticket – a speeding ticket. I must be honest in saying that this was not the first time I sped, it was just the first time I got caught! I greeted the officer with my license and registration and he returned with a nice little piece of paper with my fine printed on it. I had an hour and a half left on my journey before I got home and had to tell my husband. Many thoughts went through my head.  I was mad at myself because this was completely avoidable.