Articles | November 2017

  • Jesus' Example

    Devotionals | November 17, 2017

    As Jesus bent to wash the disciples’ feet, He left them (and us) an indelible picture of what it looks like to lead like Jesus. Jesus didn’t become a servant in that moment; He was already a servant, the Servant of the Lord. He willingly did whatever needed to be done to make disciples who would imitate Him in word and action. He knew that would require making it as plain and simple for them as it could be. Will you follow His example today?

  • Tami Heim: Faithful in Small Things

    Podcast | November 16, 2017

    Tami Heim is a President/CEO of Christian Leadership Alliance. Her professional career includes executive leadership experience in the technology, marketing, publishing and retail industries. She has served as a partner in The A Group – Brand Development, executive vice president and chief publishing officer for Thomas Nelson Publishers, and as the president of Borders, Inc.

  • Show AND Tell

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | November 16, 2017

    “Don’t tell me it’s a beautiful day. Show me!” This ongoing message to my writing students over the years encouraged them to use descriptive words and action verbs. I wanted them to talk about the radiant sun, the cotton ball clouds pinned to the azure sky, the warm, gentle breeze bending the daffodils. Help me see it! 

    When it comes to our Christian life, we also need to do more than just talk about it. We should show by example, not by anecdote. Our lives should be the picture of God’s message of love and grace.

  • Full Access

    Devotionals | November 15, 2017

    God is interested in revealing Himself in and through our lives. He wants to make a difference in our families, work settings, church families, and communities. He wants His people to be testimonies to His life, love, and goodness. This is why the Father, Son, and Spirit have made their dwelling place within us. He wants to transform our motivations and pursuits, perspectives and practices, and relationships and habits. Give Him access to all of you today, and trust Him to lead you for His glory, and for your good and the good of everyone around you.

  • Stand Down

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | November 14, 2017

    What battles rage on your field today? Are you disappointed in someone who has let you down? Are you frustrated in your job, suffering from financial loss, grieving a loved one, struggling with addiction? Take “time out” to regroup your troops and “stand down.” King Jehoshaphat led the Israelites in a literal war against their evil enemies. These same lessons can be applied to today’s spiritual battles.

  • Love Does No Harm

    Devotionals | November 13, 2017

    Jesus replaced the world’s overarching cultural value of pursuing honor with a kingdom value of love as the highest and greatest good. What does love look like in real life? God’s love was revealed at the cross. Even to those who crucified Him, Jesus did not retaliate. Decades later, Paul reiterated Jesus’ words about loving others as fulfilling God’s law. Jesus calls his followers to love God, to love one another, and to love our enemies. Have you adopted God’s highest value as your own? How will you put it into practice today?

  • Conflict Part 2

    Ways to Restore Trust

    Q&A | November 10, 2017

    Suzanne sent in a question about conflict and personality differences in the workplace. Here is her question: How does one deal with personality conflicts between leaders and great difficulty gelling as a team as well as a lack of trust with one another? 

    In our previous Q&A we answered the first part of Susan’s question about personality differences.

    Today we will address the second part of the question dealing with conflicts that naturally occur on any team and how to effectively settle these disputes.

    Why Conflict Occurs  

  • Honoring Those Who Sacrificially Serve

    Devotionals | November 10, 2017

    The call to honor God rings throughout the Old and New Testaments. Likewise, Scripture records the call to honor governmental authorities, religious leaders, parents and elders, and all those to whom honor is due. Those who offer their lives in service to protect and care for others are to be honored for their faithfulness and sacrifice. Often their sacrifice is unseen by us, and because of that, overlooked and left unrecognized. Take time today to thank God for those whose sacrifice allows you to enjoy and pursue your life’s calling; then give them the honor and respect they deserve.

  • Help! I Need an Adultier Adult Please!

    Blog | Kim Rider | November 09, 2017

    As with most children, mine were all too anxious to reach that 18th birthday and become an official “adult”!  They had big dreams of how great it would be to not have rules, do whatever they wanted whenever they wanted, and be able to gain access to those privileges that required you to be 18 to enjoy.  They somehow ignored all the things their dad and I told them about the other side of becoming an adult – getting a job, paying bills, saving money, paying consequences for decisions and not having mom and dad clean up the mess! 

  • Enduring Faithfulness

    Devotionals | November 08, 2017

    In writing to the Corinthian church, Paul began with thanksgiving for God’s enduring and sustaining faithfulness in the lives of His people. The church in Corinth was struggling at the time, conflicted and divided. They needed to be reminded of who they were in Jesus and the purpose for which He had called them. Paul emphasizes all that God has done in the past as he speaks to their present situation. He reminds them that God’s faithfulness endures forever, sustaining and enabling His people’s faithfulness and perseverance in faith.