Articles | May 2018

  • Remade and Renewed

    Devotionals | May 30, 2018

    Without Jesus’ intervention, pride and fear hold us captive. But when we invite His Spirit to begin the work of remaking and renewing us in His image, He breaks the chains that have kept us bound to self-protection and self-promotion. Don’t let the enemy’s lies drown out the good news that God bends to meet you at your point of need. Let God give You a new heart, His heart, so that You are free to serve and love in Jesus’ name.

  • Megan Pacheco

    This Is Where Most Leaders Fail

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | May 29, 2018

    “…shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” 1 Peter 5:1-4

    Football is a big part of our family’s life; hence it often provides us with leadership and life lessons.

  • Willing to Die

    Devotionals | May 28, 2018

    Jesus willingly gave His life on behalf of helpless people. Beginning with His incarnation, He repeatedly offered Himself up—at His baptism, day by day all the way to Gethsemane, culminating with his death on the cross—so that others might find eternal freedom and life. Men and women through the ages have also laid down their lives to protect and free others. Remember those who have given their lives so that you might live. Honor their sacrifice and lift up the families who mourn their loss.

  • Entrusted to Your Care

    Devotionals | May 25, 2018

    Jesus faithfully cared for those entrusted to Him by His Father. When it was time for Jesus to return to heaven, He entrusted Peter with feeding and caring for His sheep. The apostles took seriously their God-given responsibilities as leaders of the rapidly growing church. They provided heartfelt pastoral care and leadership for all the churches founded through their ministry. Who has God entrusted to your care? How has He called you to serve them? How will that influence how you interact with them today?

  • Whole

    Being Fully Present

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | May 24, 2018

    “Would you like me to take that back to the kitchen and have them remove the head?”

    I warily looked down at the fish that was eying me. Of course it was dead… and also beautifully prepared, by the way. But this “whole fish” concept was a bit unsettling. I quickly agreed that I’d enjoy my dinner much more if I didn’t feel I should be conversing with my entrée.

  • Just Jesus

    Devotionals | May 23, 2018

    The world tempts us to add something to Jesus when we envision leadership. Unruly hearts clamor for acknowledgement while our worldview can become caught up in the latest leadership trends. Silently, and often without our awareness, the world’s perspective creeps into our thinking, changing our leadership equation to “Jesus (plus popularity),” “Jesus (plus power),” or “Jesus (plus prestige).” Sometimes the “plus one” even sounds godly or spiritual: “Jesus (plus greater ministry impact).” How are you tempted to fill in the blank in your life and leadership?

  • Blind Spot

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | May 22, 2018

    “Whew, that was close,” I thought, as I maneuvered my car back into the center lane, realizing I’d missed hitting the car I’d passed, by just a few inches. “That Mazda was in my blind spot.” Although the Mazda was there, it was not in view when I’d checked the lane out. I didn’t see it. However, if we had collided, the collision would have been my fault.

  • Margie Blanchard: Work Life Balance

    Relationships or Success?

    Podcast | May 21, 2018

    Dr. Margie Blanchard, cofounder of The Ken Blanchard ® Companies.

    Dr. Blanchard has earned a reputation worldwide as a compelling motivational speaker, an accomplished management consultant and trainer, a best-selling author, and an entrepreneur. She was the corecipient with her husband, Dr. Ken Blanchard, of the Entrepreneur of the Year award from Cornell University.

  • Freshly Empowered

    Devotionals | May 21, 2018

    Peter’s opening sermon in Acts 2 and the disciples’ ongoing ministry in Acts are amazing demonstrations of the Spirit’s power. They were recipients of the Spirit doing His work of witnessing to Jesus in and through their words and actions (John 16:7-11). We, too, are called to allow Him to witness to others by depending on the Spirit’s power as we lead. Let Him empower you to witness to Jesus in your spheres of influence today. 

  • Waiting Well—Pentecost

    Devotionals | May 18, 2018

    In Jesus’ final words before His ascension He told His disciples to wait on the promised coming of the Holy Spirit. At His word, the disciples returned to Jerusalem. Their gathering together this time is in stark contrast to their fear-based gatherings after Jesus’ crucifixion. This time, they invested time together in prayer, and Peter stepped into his role of taking care of Jesus’ disciples. Where are you waiting on God’s empowering Spirit to lead you forward? Who are you gathering with to pray? What internal strengthening and realignment will prepare you when God’s time comes?