Articles | July 2016

  • The Test of Prosperity

    Devotionals | July 15, 2016

    Like our response to adversity, our response to prosperity reveals our hearts. What kind of prosperity do we long for? Do we long for more of God Himself? Do we want a better relationship with Him for ourselves and for others? Do we long to see His love, grace, mercy, justice, and faithfulness characterize the world? Do we work for that in our spheres of influence? How can you steward your energy and resources today to help others prosper in these ways? God has placed us where we are and prospered us for His purposes. Let us serve Him with grateful hearts.

  • Being an agent for good isn’t difficult. Every human on this planet has the ability to do good to his or her fellow human. A smile. A warm meal. A kind word. Many, many people contribute to the well-being of their neighbors each day through large and small selfless acts of kindness. By their good works they influence others.

    Leadership is influencing others.

    If what you do, say, or how you live influences others… you’re leading. You are a leader.

  • The Test of Adversity

    Devotionals | July 12, 2016

    Adversity comes into our lives in many ways, and it comes to all of us. Our response to adversity matters, because it reveals the condition of our hearts. When we are at the mercy of forces beyond our control, where do we turn? Do we run, and if so, do we run to God? Do we stand, and if so, do we stand in His strength? Are we changed, and if so, are we changed into Jesus’ likeness?

  • It was the early 1960s, and schools in Florida had not yet integrated. My wife and her friends would gather in the morning to walk a mile to the school bus stop. Minnie, her mother, would occasionally send them off saying, “walk with a purpose.” This was more than a caution, it was a directive which meant don’t get distracted, don’t meander, don’t deviate or delay, hurry to the bus stop and above all get your education.

  • Jeff McCall is a young leader who, at 35, is serving as a Vice President/Head of Strategy at TruGreen. After earning his MBA at Harvard, Jeff worked for the financial giants in New York. Through his various leadership experiences, he became a turnaround executive. 
    In today's podcast, Jeff talks about the stewardship aspect of leadership, and why so many leaders tend to "check out" during moments of adversity.
  • Let Us Hear

    Devotionals | July 08, 2016

    How many voices clamor for our attention? Voices that matter, voices that clutter our thoughts, voices that tempt and deceive, voices that bring truth and wisdom. How do we sort out the voices that matter from those that are superfluous? Jesus called people to hear, to listen, to respond to truth. Why? So that they, so that we, might find life, and in finding life, learn to live it. And in living life from God’s perspective, lead others to do the same. Jesus is still speaking. Do you hear Him?

  • First, Center, All

    Devotionals | July 07, 2016

    Where does your source of security, self-worth, and wisdom lie? Over and over, Scripture warns us that this world we live in is temporary, fleeting. We are cautioned that riches are deceptive and that the longing for power and prestige does not reflect the values of God’s kingdom. Jesus calls us to set our eyes on the cross, to work for treasure that is stored for us in heaven, to not be so busy trying to make a life here that we lose ourselves in the process. Where does your source of security, self-worth, and wisdom lie?

  • Phyllis

    What Do You Want…Really? 3 Important Truths for Desperate Leaders

    Blog | Phyllis Hennecy Hendry | July 07, 2016

    “Get the ball!” he shouted at the top of his lungs from the bleachers. “You’ve got to want it. REALLY want it!”

    Frankly, I was pretty frustrated with this father, who had been shouting this same same mantra to his daughter throughout the entire event. And now as a tangle of seventh grade girls struggled to get the basketball from one another at the end of a very close game, the intensity of his “encouragement” elevated to a whole new level.

  • Stand Firm and Hold Fast

    Devotionals | July 06, 2016

    God has given us this day to live, to love, to lead like Jesus. Whatever yesterday held, whatever may come our way tomorrow, we trust it all to Him. Today, this day, we live, love, and lead by faith. Today we live by engaging with each opportunity; we love by honoring those around us; we lead by serving God with heart, head, hands, and habits. Today lies before us. How will our lives and leadership exalt God today?