Articles | October 2016

  • Preparing for Leadership Moments

    Devotionals | October 17, 2016

    What will today hold for us in terms of leadership moments? While none of us can fully anticipate the situations that will arise, even now we can prepare ourselves to meet them with humility and God-confidence. Take this time to pray, reaffirming your trust in God as the source of your life and leadership.

    Jesus said, “This is how you should pray: “Father, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. Give us each day the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation.”—Luke 11:2-4 NLT

  • Jesus Prayed

    Devotionals | October 14, 2016

    It is somewhat remarkable to realize that Jesus Himself, being God, prayed. He consciously made time to spend with the Father, not doing life based on His own understanding, but cultivating and maintaining a close connection with the Father. Prayer was His ongoing practice, one that uniquely impressed His disciples. How is your prayer life? What might Jesus want to teach you about prayer?

    One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”—Luke 11:1

  • Love-Driven Accountability

    Blog | Hector Murrieta | October 13, 2016

    Jesus’ leadership model is perfect; it’s those of us in leadership positions who are the imperfect ones.

    Our imperfection is due, in part, to a misunderstanding of, or sheer resistance to, the teachings of Jesus and their practical application in our jobs. Jesus’ call to all of us, in leadership positions and not, is quite simple: to love one another as He has loved us (John 13:34).

  • Loving the Unlovable

    Devotionals | October 12, 2016

    If loving others were easy, everyone would do it. Perhaps this is why Jesus said that our love for one another is to be the identifying mark of His disciples. Not only that, He calls us to love our enemies. That’s right. Jesus wants us to love the person who annoys us, who rubs us the wrong way, the one that we don’t understand. He wants us to love those who want to do us harm. What would it look like for you to love others the way Jesus calls us to love them?

  • Take Time for Tea

    Lessons About Legacy

    Blog | Kim Rider | October 11, 2016

    I received an out-of-office email reply that really stuck with me. Here is an excerpt from it:

    Thank you for your email.

    I’m currently on a Daddy Daughter Date of a Lifetime with my 9-year-old, complete with daily tea parties, walks in the park, and memories made for a lifetime. For these precious few days ahead, she will have my full attention. 

  • Safety and Protection

    Devotionals | October 10, 2016

    One of a leader’s top priorities is the safety of their people. Whether speaking of children within your home, leading a ministry, or managing a group of employees, as a leader, you are responsible for the safety of those within your care. Jesus demonstrated this with His disciples, defending them, equipping them for ministry, providing for their needs, and praying for their spiritual protection. Do you do the same? What steps can and will you take to do so today?

  • The Power of the Cross

    Devotionals | October 07, 2016

    Paul knew from experience that the cross sounded like foolishness to those whose perspectives were shaped by the world’s wisdom. He wisely points out that the world’s wisdom is foolishness when compared to God’s wisdom. Journeying to the cross, Jesus brought life and salvation for us. He set the standard for us as leaders. We are to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him along the path of self-sacrifice. At the cross, we die to ourselves. With Him, we rise to live for others.

  • Phyllis

    Courageous Leadership

    Blog | Phyllis Hennecy Hendry | October 06, 2016

    Have you ever had a really bad moment? A moment when you let yourself down and others who depended on you? A moment when you were not your best self? A moment that would embarrass you if others knew? Even as I type these words, I am convicted by those moments in my life.

  • When Deadlines Loom

    Devotionals | October 05, 2016

    Deadlines help us to pace our work, to prioritize and make value decisions, to focus and complete important work. Deadlines can also cause stress, causing us to retreat into fear (or pride), lose sight of God in the face of others’ demands, and even lose hope in ourselves and in God. Jesus knew the pressure of being called upon to prove Himself, with others’ misunderstanding His purpose, all the while knowing time was growing short, and that there was much left to do.

  • Calculated Risks

    Why Standing Still is Not an Option

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | October 04, 2016

    “I’ll bet you a dollar he strikes out!”

    “I’ll take that bet!”

    The batter struck out, and the dollar bill passed down the line of young baseball fans.

    “I’ll bet you a dollar that he makes it to first base!”

    “I’ll take that bet!”

    The batter got a walk, and the same dollar bill passed back to the original owner.