Articles | November 2015

  • Michael Cardone Jr. is the Owner and Chief Strategy Officer of Cardone Industries, Inc., a leading producer of new and remanufactured auto parts. In this podcast, Michael shares with us his insights about how he's been able to live out Jesus' model of leadership in his workplace, and why it's important for every leader to understand whom or what they follow. Michael also dives into issues like success, and why defining what success means first is a critical part of leadership.

  • A Job Well Done

    Devotionals | November 18, 2015

    What criteria do you use to evaluate yourself as a leader? John 17 records Jesus’ prayer as He assessed His season of leadership. He evaluated His personal focus on His God-given mission, His responsibility to teach His disciples what they needed to know to be successful, having protected them while they were under His leadership, and having prepared them for the future. How would you assess your leadership using these same criteria?

    I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.—John 17:4

  • When Strengths Go Bad

    Devotionals | November 16, 2015

    Responsibility, loyalty, a desire to make a positive difference, deep compassion and commitment, all of these are admirable leadership qualities. But when these desires and qualities are divorced from trust in God, they eventually become self-serving. Edging God out, we become controlling, frustrated, disengaged, impatient, and self-protective. Where do you need to guard your strengths by exalting God as the object of your worship, the source of your security, self-worth and wisdom, and your audience and judge?

  • Enough

    Devotionals | November 13, 2015

    How much is enough when it comes to our relationship with God? How much do we want to know Him, to be transformed by Him? God offers Himself fully and freely to us through the Son and the Spirit. But what about us? Are we satisfied with knowing Him from afar, instead of experiencing relationship with the living God?

  • When is it Enough?

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | November 12, 2015

    How many times do you need to say “thank you” before it’s enough? Your spouse is wonderful, and you tell him/her that all the time. This is the 1,637th time he’s vacuumed the living room – surely he won’t need to be thanked again. Will he?

    Is there a set amount of Scripture that’s enough to know? You’ve memorized more Scripture verses than your church leaders. You have your arsenal to quote. Often. Your phone has a Bible app. Every room in your house has a different verse displayed. You read the Bible daily. Yes. You’re Biblically well-versed.

  • Kemmons Wilson Jr. (whose family founded the Holiday Inn chain) serves as the Chairman of the Board of Wilson Hotel Management. In today's podcast Mr. Wilson shares lessons he learned from his parents on character, integrity and the importance of living out strong biblical values in both personal and corporate life. As a successful businessman, Mr. Wilson shares ways seasoned leaders can pass on a strong work ethic and strong values to younger generations.

    He shares with us this sobering statement: "Reputation is built by many acts, but it's lost by one." 
  • This Is How We Do It

    Devotionals | November 11, 2015

    Jesus gave His life for others. First, He gave Himself wholeheartedly to the Father, and then He gave Himself to reconcile the world to the Father. We are beneficiaries of Jesus’ lifework, and we are called alongside Him to give our lives in the same cause. We do this just as He did, choosing to live our lives for others.

  • Megan Pacheco

    Lukewarm leadership: We are supposed to be different

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | November 10, 2015


    The news headline caught my attention. It read: “Marathon Cheat Crosses the Line to Win Second Place.” Intrigued, I started reading about a marathon runner who was so determined to get on the podium that he resorted to cheating. Instead of running the race with all of his competitors, he hid among the spectators and rejoined the group of runners shortly before crossing the finish line.

    His success was short-lived. Soon after the race, the young man was exposed, arrested, and will be facing fraud charges. Ouch!

  • Trust

    Devotionals | November 09, 2015

    When we trust in the name of God, we are trusting in God’s character, believing Him to be who He says He is and trusting Him to act in line with His word and promises. When we pray in the name of Jesus, we are trusting in Jesus’ character as the Son of God who opened the way into the Father’s presence for His disciples. We are taking Him at His word, believing that through Him we have been given new life and new hope by the Spirit. Who are you prayerfully and actively trusting in today?