Articles | November 2016

  • The Impact of Hello

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | November 17, 2016

    “It’s the Vogelsangs!” With that announcement, the receptionist hurried to the back room of the Wawona Hotel and called out the rest of the staff to meet us. Well, this was an unexpected greeting!

  • Transformed and Transforming

    Devotionals | November 16, 2016

    The early disciples began as people who needed to be led; through their time with Jesus, they were transformed into people who could lead others as He had led them. Walking with Jesus changed them. They became people of prayer, people with a testimony of God’s power and faithfulness, people who selflessly gave themselves to God’s call on their lives. Jesus transforms lives. Yours, mine, and through us, He reaches into the lives of others. Lead like Jesus today, walking in the way of His love, and become part of what He is doing in the lives of those around you.

  • The Power of Expectancy

    Blog | Chelsea Arrington | November 15, 2016

    “Dear Lord, I know You can heal him if it be Your will…”

    “Oh Father, would You reveal Yourself to her?”

    “If it’s possible, God, will You…?”

    Have you prayed prayers like these as I have? Wanting to see miracles happen, but not wanting to be disappointed? I often feel that my prayers become a spin cycle of repetition. I have less and less faith the longer I pray for something or someone until I simply cease to pray about it at all.

    Lacking Expectation

  • Humility

    Devotionals | November 14, 2016

    Humility is just one of a list of unexpected qualities that are to set us apart from other leaders. But it is central to all the other qualities. Humility first leads us into the presence of God, and causes us to recognize Him as being worthy of worship. As we humbly yield our lives to His keeping, His transforming power begins to shape us into the image of Jesus. What role has humility had in making you into someone who leads like Jesus?

  • Honoring Those Who Serve

    Devotionals | November 11, 2016

    The world honors those who hold positions of great prestige and power. What about honoring those who serve? Many people serve selflessly, giving themselves to maintain peace, justice, and order in our communities, countries, and world. They are often unseen, seemingly forgotten or overlooked, but ready to serve, with no thought of themselves, at a moment’s notice. This is the role of a servant, is it not, to be ready and available, always prepared, waiting for the moment of need, and responding at a word from their leader? Who can you honor today for their faithful service?

  • What Does It Look Like?

    Devotionals | November 10, 2016

    Now that the 2016 United States election is over, what is the response of Jesus-followers? We are reminded in Scripture that we are to be “salt and light” to the culture around us but what does that look like? Salt brings freshness, healing and preservation; while light counteracts the darkness. Salt looks like compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline … even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive … And regardless of what else you put on, wear love (Col. 3:12-14 MSG). Light looks like 1 Cor. 13:4-7 (MSG) – loving everyone in all ways and above all else.

  • The Importance of Prayer

    Devotionals | November 09, 2016

    Paul knew the importance of the prayers of God’s people in his ministry role. Whether it is in our personal discipleship, as a friend or family member, or within the church, business world, or community, our spheres of influence have been entrusted to us by God.  In these settings, some have extra responsibility to lead others. Like the rest of us, they need people who will faithfully pray for them to steward their leadership well. Who prays for you as you exercise the privilege and responsibility to lead in Jesus’ name? Who are you praying for to lead well?

  • Jesus’ Touch: Connecting to Influence Change

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | November 08, 2016

    In March 2010, doctors at Sydney Hospital in Australia, fought to save the life of Jamie Ogg.  Jamie and his sister were born too early.  After 20 minutes, Jamie was pronounced dead.  Doctors passed him to his parents, Kate and David, so they could say good bye.  Kate placed him on her bare chest.  The parents caressed and talked to their son; and within a few minutes something unexpected happened, some call it a miracle, Jamie came to life (New Zealand Herald, March 2012).