Articles | November 2015

  • Broken Bread

    Devotionals | November 30, 2015

    Where do you see yourself in the story of Jesus feeding thousands with just a few fish and loaves of bread? Are you part of the hungry crowd? Are you one of the disciples, helpless to know how to help, then amazed at seeing Jesus’ solution? Are you the little boy, having brought enough for yourself, willingly offering what you have? Or do you relate to Jesus, asking God to bless and multiply limited resources to care for needy people? Offer yourself to serve others today in Jesus’ name. Ask God to use you to make a difference.

  • Displacing Greed with Gratitude

    Devotionals | November 27, 2015

    Living with an eternal perspective changes us. From being self-absorbed people, preoccupied with power, possessions and prestige, we learn to rest in who God is and what He has done for us. Instead of living for the next great thing, we begin to trust God for provision for our needs. Remember Jesus’ prayer for daily bread? It is that simple. Gratitude displaces greed as we learn to receive what God gives with grateful hearts, and give our time and energy to seeking first His kingdom.

  • Without Words

    Devotionals | November 26, 2015

    What if you could no longer speak? What if you could no longer say the words “I love you, I appreciate you” to those you love and lead? How would you show them that they matter to you? Would you hug them more? Would you spend more time with them? Would you forgive more freely or smile more often? How can you come alongside others and communicate how much they mean to you and to God? What opportunities will you have today to share God’s grace, forgiveness, and encouragement, through your actions?

  • Overflowing with Thankfulness

    Devotionals | November 25, 2015

    Thankfulness is key to our leadership. It grounds us in humility as we realize that Jesus has done for us what we could not do for ourselves. Kneeling before His cross with open hands, we look up in gratitude and wonder. Following His gaze, we look around us at those He came to save, and we rise to serve in His name. Thankfulness pours itself out in service to others. Only a thankful, humble heart can receive the gift of salvation and rise to follow in Jesus in sacrificial service.

  • Megan Pacheco

    Mistake-proof Leadership

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | November 24, 2015

    Some time ago, an Italian newspaper interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin. At the end of the interview the journalist asked these two questions:

    “What is your biggest regret in life?” and “What do you consider a mistake that you would never want to make again?”

    Vladimir Putin confidently answered: “I will be quite frank with you. I cannot recollect anything of the kind. By the grace of God, I have nothing to regret in my life.”

  • Advice or Wisdom

    Devotionals | November 23, 2015

    Many people give advice, while others are sources of wisdom. How can you tell one from the other? Advice typically comes in the form of opinion and reflects the viewpoint of the person offering it. Wisdom, the kind of wisdom that Jesus exhibited in His life, has the ring of God’s truth about it, an overarching truth that transcends human understanding. Even His enemies marveled at Jesus’ selfless, God-centered wisdom. Do you give advice or offer godly wisdom?

  • A Leader Who Strengthens Others

    Devotionals | November 20, 2015

    Deborah gave her life in service to God and His people. Her wisdom and discernment brought stability during a time of oppression. When the time came for God to move on behalf of His people, God’s chosen leader would not move forward without Deborah at his side. Are you a leader who serves with God-given wisdom and discernment? Are others able to depend on you, knowing that You have God’s purposes in mind and will stand beside them to see God’s plan accomplished?