Articles | February 2017

  • Me First

    Devotionals | February 15, 2017

    “Me first,” children cry. Wanting to be first in line or when taking turns on the playground, children clamor for privilege. When mistakes happen, they quickly point fingers to others or offer excuses for their behavior. How different it is for we who lead like Jesus. He calls us to freely choose to be last, to step aside from claiming self-serving privilege. Instead, it becomes our privilege to lead the way in selfless living. When challenges arise, we practice humble self-examination, own our mistakes, and make our apologies, seeking reconciliation and renewed trust.

  • I Will Always Love You…

    But some days I may not like you!

    Blog | Kim Rider | February 14, 2017

    I love you! This all familiar phrase is probably used hundreds…maybe even thousands of times a day.  I love….my dog, my cat, my kids, my significant other, selfies, chocolate, running, football, sweet tea, binge watching….and the list goes on.  What exactly are we saying when we say we love something?

  • More than Self

    Devotionals | February 13, 2017

    What does it look like for us to love others more than self? Jesus is our example. His Spirit works within us, taking our eyes off ourselves and teaching us to consider others above ourselves. Selflessness displaces selfishness. Through Him, we can open our hearts to love others more than self, and express God’s love through our acceptance, understanding, help, and encouragement.

  • Winners and Losers

    Devotionals | February 10, 2017

    The world likes to focus on winning and losing, using competition and comparison as a means of defining self-worth and assigning value. Financial resources, independence, and status are viewed as the marks of winners; humility and dependence, the very qualities esteemed in God’s kingdom, as the marks of losers. Jesus turns the world’s value system upside down. We no longer need to find our value in human assessments of worth. He has already declared us valuable and worthwhile.

    No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. –Romans 8:37

  • Megan Pacheco

    Leadership and Unclear Expectations

    3 Simple Ways to Set and Manage Expectations

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | February 09, 2017

    The following scenario has played out in homes thousands of times, I’m sure. It certainly has in mine. Let me set the stage.

    When my husband and I brought our newborn baby home from the hospital, the joy and excitement seemed unending—until the routine of nightly wake-up calls began.

  • Helping Hands

    Devotionals | February 08, 2017

    Hands are designed to interact with the world around us. We use them to touch people, to lift objects, to work with tools, to soothe the hurting, and to point the way. Hands can also strike out, push people away, and lay motionless. How we use our hands is a matter of the heart. Transformed by God, our hands can bring hope and help, and make a difference in the world around us. Are our hands, as well as our minds, being used to exalt God and serve others? What will your hands reveal about the state of your heart today?

  • Expecting Results

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | February 07, 2017

    “So, when are my pictures coming back?”

    In the days before digital photography, we used disposable cameras in our family. I had given one to Jacob, our six-year-old son, to use on vacation, his first independent picture taking experience.

    “Well, they’ll come back when I take the camera in to get the pictures developed. Just give it to me and I’ll take care of it.”

    I could tell from his downcast expression that something was amiss.

    “Oh. I threw it away last week. You said it was disposable.”

  • Jesus’ Vision

    Devotionals | February 06, 2017

    Jesus’ purpose for His disciples was that they would follow in His footsteps, living lives devoted to the Father and empowered by the Holy Spirit, and calling others to do the same. He started with the end in mind, a vision of transformed people loving God and others.  The early disciples embraced His vision and mission, going on to influence the thinking, behavior, and development of those they met. We are called to the same great vision and mission today. How will your life today contribute to Jesus’ vision and mission?

  • Go Where He Tells You

    Devotionals | February 03, 2017

    Jesus always has a reason for the things He says. He sent His disciples to Galilee after His resurrection so that He could meet with them. What if they hadn’t gone? What if they hadn’t paid attention to what He said? They would have missed out on time with Him and on hearing His life-changing commission directly from Him. What about you? What has Jesus told you to do? Where has He sent you?

    Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. –Matthew 28:16

  • Phyllis Hennecy Hendry: Questions Leaders Must Ask

    Whose Am I?

    Podcast | February 02, 2017

    Phyllis Hennecy Hendry, President and CEO of Lead Like Jesus, talks about critical questions every leader must answer in order to influence those around them. Answers to those critical qeustions determine how leaders interact with others, and how they respond to external pressures they constantly face. 

    In today's podcast Phyllis tackles the question of: Whose Am I?