Articles | July 2016

  • Never Alone

    Devotionals | July 29, 2016

    One of the greatest promises in the Bible is that as Jesus’ disciples we are never alone. Before Jesus’ ascension, as He commissioned His disciples, Jesus promised His abiding presence would be with them always. His commitment to us as His disciples is unconditional, unending, and empowering. Through Him we have entered into the reality of eternal life, which is found in intimate relationship with the Father and Son through the Spirit. What has Jesus given you to do today? How does His promise that you are never alone strengthen and encourage you?

  • Megan Pacheco

    I Want a Fit Body… But I Also Want Tacos: Every Leader’s Dilemma

    Leadership and Self Deception

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | July 28, 2016

    As I was finishing up a divine slice of tiramisu for breakfast (don't judge!) a meme I recently saw flashed in my mind. It read: “I want a hot body, but I also want tacos.”

    As I chuckled, it occurred to me that this is the age-old struggle for all of us. And I don't mean the choice between a fit body and tacos, or in my case, tiramisu. This silly meme represented the struggle between our deepest, long-term desires and the impulses for immediate gratification that always seem to stand in the way.

  • Are You Blessed

    Devotionals | July 27, 2016

    Have you been blessed by God? Many people speak of being blessed by God when good things happen. They look to visible evidence of prosperity and peaceful circumstances as evidence of His blessing. There is a level of truth to this. The Lord is the author of life, the giver of all good gifts, and the source of peace and wellbeing. These are His attributes, whether or not they are currently part of our experience. As Jesus’ followers, we have been blessed because we recognize Him as the Son of God and the Living Word. Is this your perspective today?

  • After almost 20 years as executive chairman and board member at Yum! Brands, Inc., David Novak stepped down in May to devote his professional life to preaching the Gospel of Recognition.

    It’s a huge step. Yum! Brands is the restaurant and food franchise behemoth that owns KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell. It has nearly 43,000 restaurants in more than 130 countries and had over $13 billion in revenues in 2015. It opens an average of six new restaurants per day!

  • Heavy Hearts

    Devotionals | July 25, 2016

    When the world presses in, responsibilities loom, and it feels hard to take another step forward, where do we find our hope and strength? The writers of Scripture call us to look to the Lord. He is our hope. He is our strength, our confidence, our joy. Moses, like Jesus, knew the burdens of leadership, and called out to God for help. The circumstances around us may weigh heavily on our hearts and minds, but the Lord offers to carry our burdens for us.

  • Who the Spirit Leads

    Devotionals | July 22, 2016

    God has invited us to become partners with Him in what He is doing in the world. Think of it! He, sovereign over all the universe, invites us into intimate relationship with Him so that we can be active participants in making earth “as it is in heaven.” We experience the reality of life characterized by intimate relationship with Him, and through His Spirit, we become bearers of His light, life, and truth. He desires to lead us today. Pride and fear will keep us isolated from Him. Will you humbly place yourself at His disposal?

  • Finding Rest in God's Love

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | July 21, 2016

    One of the best things about the Lead Like Jesus Encounter is the unique experience it brings for growth in leaders. It works because leaders take time out for positive self-care as they uncover brand new ways to further practice God's presence. Through solid Bible teaching, group interaction and vulnerable activities, participants are encouraged to become engaged and to explore fresh ways to grasp a deeper understanding of the passion of God. 

  • When the Spirit Leads

    Devotionals | July 20, 2016

    Jesus’ example shows the importance of timing as a key element in leadership. Aligning Himself closely with the Father’s perspective, He recognized the times in which He lived and knew His part of God’s unfolding story. Prompted by the Spirit, He knew when and how to respond to those around Him. Peter, following Jesus’ example, became the first to take Jesus’ message across cultural boundaries. Developing God’s perspective allows us to respond when the time is right. Following our leader, we will be ready to respond when the Spirit leads.

  • The Two Most Important Questions Every Leader Must Answer

    Blog | Karen McGuire | July 19, 2016

    From the time we are born until we die (I suppose), we all seem to have a lot of questions. As a little child, we want to know “Why is the sky blue?” “Why do fish swim underwater?” “Why do you do that?” and more!!

    As a youth, we want to know “Why can’t I stay out as late as my friends?” “Why can’t I watch that on TV or at the movies?” “Why do I have to clean my room? No one ever goes in my room.” And again, more!!

  • Encouraging One Another

    Devotionals | July 18, 2016

    Encouragement is a universal need. Each person that comes across your path today needs encouragement in some area of their life. They may be struggling with core issues like identity and purpose, or feeling inadequate in some area of life. They may be experiencing difficulties in a relationship, or in fulfilling a task. Sometimes these issues show themselves in discouragement, or depression. Sometimes they show up in inattentiveness, or argumentative words. Be alert today. Ask the Lord to encourage you, and then use you to encourage others.