Articles | January 2017

  • To Dream the Impossible Dream

    Devotionals | January 16, 2017

    Where does life find you today? Are you on the mountaintop, experiencing the fulfillment of a dream, or do you find yourself longing for what seems to be an impossibility? Or perhaps you are working toward the day when your dream will become a reality. God-given dreams do not necessarily become reality without our involvement. At times, this means remaining humble and faithful while God does work we cannot do. At other times, this entails working with all our heart and soul and strength in the power of the Spirit to bring about God’s will.

  • Deeply Loved

    Devotionals | January 13, 2017

    God has declared His deep and undying love for us, a love that was willing to sacrifice Himself rather than see us separated from Him. Have we allowed this love—by nature unconditional, freely given, self-sacrificial, forgiving, life-transforming—to flow over, into, and through us? Knowing and experiencing the depths of the love of God cannot be underestimated in our leadership. Only as we are immersed in God’s love can His love heal, restore, revive, and transform our souls. Only then will we be able to love like Jesus, selflessly serving and loving others in His name.

  • What do you really know?

    Blog | Karen McGuire | January 12, 2017

    Do you ever wonder about what you know? Do you ever think that some things you think are true really might not be true? If we recognize that we don’t use our brains to peak performance every day, then some things we think are true, simply aren’t. With the advent of the internet and Google, a lot of information is readily available. It may or may not be true but it is available. If we put our trust in Google, some of what we “know” might be inaccurate or just plain wrong.

  • When the Need Is Overwhelming

    Devotionals | January 11, 2017

    At times, we find ourselves in seasons of life when the demands placed upon us feel overwhelming. Despairing of our ability to rise to the challenges before us, we confess our inadequacy. If so doing, we are in good company, for Paul himself testifies of being in the same place, and in Gethsemane Jesus confessed His desperation. Where do you need God to act on your behalf?

  • Leading Through Disappointment

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | January 10, 2017

    The next year will hold many triumphs and blessings. Our calendars are filling up, our mission is set, and our desire is to glorify God and lead like Jesus in all things.

    Ah yes. Give glory and honor to God, and His Son Jesus. Regardless.

    Along our leadership journey we will be confronted with disappointment. Whether it’s our disappointment or someone else’s, it doesn’t matter. Obstacles, setbacks, calamities and misfortune are a part of leading.

    We need to continue to lead forward. But how?

    5 Ways to Lead Forward

  • He is Able

    Devotionals | January 09, 2017

    Whatever challenges we face, our confidence lies in the One who is able. He is able to bring order to our circumstances, to restore our souls, to shine light into our darkness, and to guide us into the future in Jesus’ name and for His glory. He is able to replace fear with God-confidence, and to overcome our stubborn pride, replacing it with Jesus-like humility. He is able to do all of this in the hearts and lives of men and women like you and me, asking only that we place ourselves in His hands and make ourselves available to be used by Him.

  • Join Him

    Devotionals | January 05, 2017

    God is at work, shaping history to accomplish His purposes. He is continually inviting us to join in. Are you listening? He speaks through His Word and His Spirit. He opens our understanding to give us perspective as events unfold in our lives, at work, at home, in the world. Seek Him. Seek His purposes and perspective above all else. Join Him. Become part of His story. Lead like Jesus.

  • Phyllis

    Success Formula for 2017

    Blog | Phyllis Hennecy Hendry | January 05, 2017

    Have you been pondering what is ahead in 2017?  You may be aware of some opportunities and challenges ahead, but you know there will be unexpected ones too.

    Joshua knew that too as we read in the opening chapter of the book of Joshua where it says, After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: Moses my servant is dead.  Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them – to the Israelites.

    This verse has always made me pause. 

  • In His Image

    Devotionals | January 04, 2017

    The world around us presses in, trying to shape us into its image. Yet we do not belong to the world, and we do not need to allow it to conform us into its image of who we are. We are leaders, yes, but we are serving leaders. We are created in the image of God, made for responsibility, yet always conscious that we are not God. Therefore, we lead as those who serve Him, living to exalt Him, and to lead others to know Him better. We will have opportunities this day to point to Him, to reflect His goodness and unconditional love into the world around us.