Articles | December 2017

  • Looking through His Eyes

    Devotionals | December 29, 2017

    Many of us use this time of year to review how God is at work in, around, and through us. Is this your practice? What if you take some time before the end of the year to reflect on your leadership journey using questions like these: “What do you see when you look at this year through God’s eyes? How have you experienced God’s faithfulness? How is He growing you as a leader? How is He using you in your spheres of influence? What is He calling you to in the year ahead?” Who can you invite to join you in acknowledging God’s faithfulness and seeking His guidance?

  • Feeling Overlooked in Your Workplace?

    Wait for Advancement or Move On?

    Q&A | December 28, 2017

    I know that we are leaders everywhere and at all times—Jesus modeled that for us. But I have an issue that I’ve been struggling with. I’ve been overlooked for leadership positions in my company, although I believe I am qualified. How can I know whether I should continue doing my best where I am, hoping for advancement, or just move on?



    Leslie sent in the above question asking for biblical wisdom on how to deal with the tension she feels between her desire for advancement and feeling overlooked as a leader in her workplace.

  • Leadership or Life

    Blog | Karen McGuire | December 28, 2017

    Do you prefer to be liked and appreciated or would you rather be mistreated? Do you prefer to be understood when you speak or would you rather be misunderstood?

    Silly questions, I know. I don’t know anyone who would answer either question in the negative. Sometimes, however, it is the way we treat each other.

  • Living and Leading in Light of the Manger

    Devotionals | December 27, 2017

    The shepherds left the manger infused with a new purpose and carrying a message of God’s promise fulfilled. Yes, they went back to their jobs as shepherds, caring for their flocks and earning a living for their families, but they were not the same people as before. They had a new assurance of whose they were and a new sense of who they were. What about us? How does the reality of the manger reshape our sense of identity and calling?

  • What’s On Your Plate?

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | December 26, 2017

    We do something unique at the end of every year. We call it doing our “plates”. This tradition has been a part of our life since 2000, and is now vigorously anticipated by our adult children. In fact, the discussion about the end of the year always has the question, “When are we doing our plates?”

    As parents of adults and one grandboy we’re thrilled to see an activity we began when our children were 11 and 15 still being embraced and now passed along to the next generation.

  • The Baby in the Manger

    Devotionals | December 25, 2017

    Look at the newborn infant. With Mary and Joseph, gaze upon the miraculous Son of God, Jesus (‘the Lord saves’), whose mission is to save people from their sins. Don’t rush past this moment. Don’t lose sight of the child in the midst of celebration, hardship, struggle, or daily tasks. Remember that the Creator God of the universe entered the joys and sorrows of this world so that you could be redeemed. In His name, He sends you to carry Jesus’ presence into your own world. Let this truth linger in your heart and reshape your leadership.

  • The Long-awaited Manger

    Devotionals | December 24, 2017

    Can you imagine the joy at the manger? The long-awaited and anticipated plan of God was coming to fulfillment at last! The angel spoke of “great joy for all the people” (Lk. 2:10) and then was joined by a huge number of angels praising God and proclaiming God’s glory! Christmas is the heavenly celebration of love, hope, peace, and joy breaking into the world. Christmas is the wellspring that enables us to break out of our self-serving nature and transforms us into serving leaders.

  • Drawn to the Manger

    Devotionals | December 22, 2017

    The story of God becoming one of us challenges people’s presuppositions about who God is and how people relate to God. We rightly and intuitively understand that God is greater than we are, and in our humanness, we understand the desire for greatness, to have God-like power and control over the circumstances of our lives. But do we understand the desire to serve that prompted the incarnation? How counterintuitive it is to think of the God of the universe humbly taking on human flesh as a helpless baby. Yet this is God-like greatness.

  • Grieving and Getting Through the Holidays

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | December 21, 2017

    Is there an empty place at your table this Christmas? For many, this will be their first holiday season without their loved one. It’s okay to remember them. This year, my dad is celebrating his third Christmas in heaven. We recently visited dad’s grave at the beautifully decorated Central Valley veteran’s cemetery; a moving experience to see hundreds of natural pine wreaths with their bright red bows placed lovingly in front of each white marble headstone. Dad would have loved it.

  • All Eyes on Jesus

    Devotionals | December 20, 2017

    Jesus’ original disciples had to work through the implications of His life and teachings in their lives and culture, just like we do. Sometimes they got it right, sometimes they got it wrong, and the whole time, people were watching. In Galatia, Peter’s fear-based behavior negatively influenced the behavior of other leaders and believers. Where do you need to keep your eyes on Jesus, not on other people, regardless of who they are, so your leadership points to Jesus?