Articles | February 2018

  • Tempted to Compare

    Devotionals | February 28, 2018

    None of us are immune to the temptations of pride and fear. As Peter walked with Jesus after being freshly commissioned by Him—with Jesus’ words “Follow me!” still ringing in his ears—Peter turned to compare himself with another disciple. Was Peter’s question prompted by fear in light of Jesus’ warning about the suffering his service would entail? Did it spring from pride in being commissioned by Jesus Himself? What about you? Where are you tempted to compare yourself with others? Where is Jesus calling you to follow Him?

  • Virtues in Action

    Devotionals | February 26, 2018

    Paul urges believers to let their relationships with one another be characterized by Jesus-like virtues: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, bearing with one another and forgiveness (Col. 3:12-13). As vital as practicing each of these virtues is to building Jesus-like relationships, one virtue stands supreme: love. Love, also, must be consciously chosen and actively put into practice. In all of this, we follow Jesus, our leader. As Jesus chose the path of love, so we consciously choose to live as new creations in Him and reflect Him in our relationships with others.

  • Self-Control

    Devotionals | February 23, 2018

    The temptation to take shortcuts, to pull a power play and bend to the world’s methods “just this once,” can gain a foothold in our motives under pressure. When this temptation arises, it can take all the self-control we can muster to keep our hearts fixed on Jesus. Paul reminds us that the source of humble, God-honoring self-control is the Spirit. It is this type of Spirit-empowered self-control that Jesus demonstrated throughout His life, especially as pressure mounted against Him. What pressures are you facing?

  • God-Grounded Confidence

    Devotionals | February 21, 2018

    In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he spends time defending his apostleship and ministry. Regardless of what people had to say about him, Paul (like Jesus) knew whose he was and who he was. He knew what God had called him to do, and he pursued it vigorously in the face of opposition. What about you? Do you know what God has called you to do? Is your confidence grounded in yourself and your own abilities or in the person and power of God at work in and through you?

  • Danita Bye: Becoming an Effective Mentor and Coach

    What Millennials really want from Boomers

    Podcast | February 20, 2018

    Successful business leaders see their experienced leaders retiring soon. Panic strikes when they see how few millennials have the leadership and sale acumen to fuel their business growth or transition.

    In today's podcast Sales & Growth Expert and a Business Consultant, Danita Bye, shares what Millennials really want from older generations. Danita unveils that Millennials don't want a traditional boss, but a coach and a mentor who is transparent and authentic.

  • Discipline

    Unpleasant but Necessary

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | February 20, 2018

    A few days ago, my wife and I were watching Good Morning America. Michael Strahan was interviewing Logan Paul, a celebrity video blogger on YouTube.  Paul has been in the news lately for his poor decision in airing controversial footage showing the corpse of an apparent suicide victim in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest. 

  • Trusting God's Way

    Devotionals | February 19, 2018

    Scripture paints a picture of a God beyond human comprehension. He speaks the universe into being and is working all of history according to His plan. His highest value is love expressed in sacrificial service. He entered our world and goes before us even now. Will you dare to trust and follow Him today?

  • Personally Involved

    Devotionals | February 16, 2018

    Jesus’ perspective on leadership is eminently practical. If He saw someone in need, He met their need. Consider the man waiting to be healed beside the pool of Bethesda. Discerning that the man was willing to allow Jesus to help him, Jesus spoke directly to his need. When Jesus’ disciples initiated a theological discussion regarding a man’s blindness in John 9, Jesus was not content to leave the man blind when He had it in His power to heal him.

  • For Leader's Who Want to Grow

    Deepen Your Commitment to Listening

    Blog | Owen Phelps | February 15, 2018

    “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts...” (Hebrews 3:15)


    I was asked to consult for a multi-million dollar communications division of a national church. Its leader had come to the table only weeks before with impressive credentials in the private and NGO fields.

    He had accumulated a slew of prestigious awards. He had been brought on board in the midst of crisis. The very survival of the ministry depended on his decisive, sure-handed leadership.

  • The Face of Love

    Devotionals | February 14, 2018

    For an example of true love, simply look to Jesus and the cross. His life reveals what it looks like to put someone else’s interests before our own, to value others and their well-being to the extent that we choose to sacrificially serve them at their point of need. As God’s self-giving love transforms our hearts, reshapes our perspective and teaches us to love like He loves, we, too, are empowered to love and serve others for their good and God’s glory. Who is God calling you to love in Jesus’ name?