Articles | July 2018

  • Adjust, Adapt, Overcome

    Blog | Kim Rider | July 31, 2018

    It’s easy to be happy and laid back when things are going right. It’s easy to be a leader when there aren’t any conflicts or disruptions. Unfortunately, life isn’t perfect. So, what do you when the going gets tough? Billy Ocean, a singer popular in the 1980’s, sang a song that said, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Sometimes that is easier said than done.

  • So Much More

    Devotionals | July 30, 2018

    Jesus wants to enlarge our vision for life and leadership. He told His disciples that God wanted to use them in ways they could not yet imagine. God wanted them to witness to Jesus in the face of opposition. He wanted them to guide and care for those who would come to believe in Jesus. He pictured their ability to bear fruit in terms of a branch that draws nourishment and life from a vine. He urges us to learn to live in intimate relationship with Him so that He can bear fruit through us. What does God want to do through you?

  • Free to Ask

    Devotionals | July 27, 2018

    We often find the disciples asking Jesus questions, even as they neared the end of their time with Him. They had learned a lot about who He was as they followed Him, but there was still much that they didn’t yet understand. The same is true for us. Regardless of where we are in learning to follow Jesus and lead like Him, we need to follow their example. He is always available to talk with us. What new or challenging circumstances are you facing in your family, church, or workplace? What questions do you want to ask Jesus?

  • I Will Not Run With Scissors

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | July 26, 2018

    “I can’t believe he did it anyway” I thought, “he asked my opinion, I told him – NO. I didn’t think we should get involved in a new ministry. And he did it anyway.”  It happened again. That’s right, someone I love hurt me deeply by asking my advice and then doing the opposite of what I thought was best. I was livid. My passive-aggressive self-preserving anger turned into an erupting volcano of bitterness because I was unwilling to forgive. I was wronged; felt double-crossed and believed my loved one did not deserve to be forgiven.

  • Live Beyond

    Devotionals | July 25, 2018

    Paul’s life testifies to the difference faith in God makes in difficult times. During his imprisonment, Paul considered how he could still fulfill his God-given call. The letters he wrote during that time ultimately became part of the New Testament we read today. God wasn’t limited by Paul’s circumstances. He isn’t limited by ours. Where do you need to look to the Lord for direction and strength in the midst of pressure?

  • Brian Kluth: Joyful Living and Giving

    Open or closed fisted?

    Podcast | July 24, 2018

    Brian Kluth is a best-selling Christian author, speaker and writer on generosity, God's provisions, and legacy living. Over 650,000 copies of his books and materials are in print and have been translated into over 40 languages. His ministry travels have taken him across the United States and to more than 50 countries.

    In today's episode Brian talks about generosity and living either closefisted or open handed.

  • How to Pray

    Blog | Karen McGuire | July 24, 2018

    Has anyone ever asked you, “How’s your prayer life?” or “How do you pray and when?” In my early life those seemed to be more popular questions than today.

    I first realized, as a young follower of Jesus, that my prayer life was lacking.  I came across a verse in Matthew (6:7) that said in the King James Version,

                “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they    shall be heard for their much speaking.”

  • Life-Changing

    Devotionals | July 23, 2018

    Peter was confused when Jesus knelt to wash his feet. Jesus’ actions were just as countercultural then as they are today. As He knelt at their feet and went to the cross, Jesus' disciples experienced the selfless, self-giving, life-changing nature of God’s love. After His resurrection, they rose to follow His example. What about you?

  • Gratitude

    Devotionals | July 20, 2018

    Take a moment to reflect on what Jesus has done for you. Let gratitude wash over your heart and mind as you consider His sacrificial love and life. Consider the most recent challenge He has brought you through. Reflect on His faithfulness during your current challenges. Thank Him for inviting you to rely upon Him and for the assurance that He hears and answers prayer. Let gratitude transform your attitude and guard your heart and mind as you begin this day.

  • A Morning Prayer

    Devotionals | July 20, 2018

    What are You thinking about this morning, Lord? This is the most important question I can ask, isn’t it? Because to follow You as my leader, I need to first hear Your voice. Open my ears. I need to see where You are at work. Open my eyes to see You. Give me a heart to obey You, and make me more like You.

    I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. —Psalm 130:5-6