Articles | January 2016

  • What’s in a Title?

    Blog | Karen McGuire | January 21, 2016

    President. Manager. Doctor. CEO. Teacher. Director.

    I recently led a devotion where I asked participants to name two professional titles they had held over the course of their careers. The professional titles were given in a matter-of-fact way that indicated little or no emotion or passion.

    On the second time around, I asked the group to each name two personal titles.

  • A God Who Understands

    Devotionals | January 20, 2016

    God knows us intimately; He knows where we are on this transformational journey, and He knows where we need to be more like Jesus. As our Creator, He knows how we are formed; as our Father, He loves us and works on our behalf. Trust Him to deal with you compassionately and according to how He made you; and set your eyes on the goal of being more like Jesus each day.

    The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From his throne he observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do.—Psalm 33:13-  15 NLT

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: A Call to Service

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | January 18, 2016

    On the third Monday in January, America celebrates the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    For many, this day has become just another holiday; although not reaching the same level of commercialization. When was the last time you saw a television commercial for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Clearance Sale? Like Rodney Dangerfield, “it gets no respect;” but I don’t think Dr. King would mind. In fact, it even seems fitting, because this day is not about sales or profit margins; it’s about service.

  • Lengths

    Devotionals | January 18, 2016

    Most of us will go to great lengths to ask God to go along with our plans. We spend time thinking about and pleading for God to do what we think is best. But how often do we go to God to ask Him what He thinks is best? Are we as focused on hearing God’s thoughts and plans as we are on telling Him ours? Are we as passionate about pursuing His vision as we are on pursuing our own?

    Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.—Colossians 4:2

  • In All Our Ways

    Devotionals | January 15, 2016

    God’s trustworthiness encompasses all of life; His unlimited wisdom and comprehension greatly exceed our own. As Creator of the universe, it is He who gives us wisdom and knowledge. Yet He never intends for us to exercise our intellect independently of Him. He calls us to acknowledge Him as the source of all wisdom, to follow His revealed Word, and to trust His ways in all we do. It is in trusting God wholeheartedly that we show ourselves trustworthy to others.

  • In today's podcast John Wilfong, a financial planner in Memphis, TN and David Lewis, Executive Director, WiseHeart Foundation, talk about the importance of generosity in every leader's life. They share experiences of working with many leaders, helping them understand the importance of investing wisely and purposefully instead of randomly.

  • 7 Ways to Shape Your Day with Values

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | January 14, 2016

    We all have an equal number of days in each year, and yet, it seems like those days clump together faster than ever to equal another year. Whoosh. Another year done – a new one beginning. Now what?

    Make every day worth more than the last.

    Let’s try a little exercise in choice.

    Consider this list of attributes from Galatians 5 – ones we can assume everyone would want to pursue:

  • Anytime

    Devotionals | January 13, 2016

    Taking on the role of a leader is as simple, and as challenging, as responding to the opportunities God places before us. These opportunities may be scheduled, or occur unexpectedly; they may involve guiding, challenging, correcting, or encouraging others. To lead like Jesus is to view any time as an opportunity to let God work through us. What opportunities will you have to lead today? Will you step up and take on the role of a leader, or will you shrink back and lose the opportunity to make a difference?

  • There is a quandary faced routinely by upper management all across the corporate world. How can we develop today’s workers into tomorrow’s leaders?

    Scores of development programs are available to take on that issue, but Lead Like Jesus believes there is a better way—a spiritual approach, gleaned fresh from the pages of Scripture. A great example of a person who underwent God’s leadership development course is Moses.

  • Fresh Starts

    Devotionals | January 11, 2016

    The weight of past failure can cling to us, muddying our thinking, obscuring the future, and sapping our motivation and confidence. God does not intend for the past to hinder us. The forgiveness He provides in Jesus dispels the past and opens the way for us to walk into the future. He offers us a fresh start with renewed energy and hope. Where do you need a fresh start today?