Articles | July 2018

  • God's Leadership Lesson

    The Freedom to Serve

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | July 17, 2018

    In July, the citizens of the United States celebrate our freedom and independence; concepts which are taken for granted often.  We celebrate a nation founded on the principles of freedom and independence.  In the Declaration of Independence, we not only proclaim our nation free from the rule of the British Empire; we acknowledge these as profound gifts from God: 

  • Gratitude

    Devotionals | July 16, 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.

  • Turn Around

    Devotionals | July 13, 2018

    How do you respond when you feel overwhelmed by life and leadership? Jeremiah recorded his discouragement in the midst of ongoing leadership pressures. He spiraled into thinking that it was him against the world. His perspective became narrow, self-centered, and filled with complaint. In Lead Like Jesus terms, Jeremiah had edged God out of his thinking. God called Jeremiah to turn around and look to him instead of focusing on his circumstances or emotions.

  • You're Doing It Wrong!

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | July 12, 2018

    “Mom, what do we DO with all of this?”

    My young children whispered their overwhelmed anxiety as they took in the array of china, silver, and crystal in front of each of them. Our family had been invited to a fancy wedding reception, children included. I knew they would behave well and appropriately since we had carefully guided their table manners over the years. However, these elaborate place settings intimidated us all.

  • God Loves You

    Devotionals | July 11, 2018

    God loves you. Do you know this? Do you believe this? This is why He sent Jesus: because He loves the world. This is why Jesus needed time with His disciples before the cross: not just to train them, but because He loved them. This is why the Father, Son, and Spirit come to make their home with us: because they love us. Abide in God’s love for you today. Make your home with Him. Let His love flow into you. Let it wash away your need to prove yourself. Rest in His love as you rise to serve in Jesus’ name.

  • Megan Pacheco

    Producing or Pretending?

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | July 10, 2018

    I recently heard a thought-provoking message from one of my pastors, Miles Welch. He unpacked an important relational principle from Galatians 6, one that deals with burdens and loads.

    Miles illustrated how getting this principle wrong can negatively impact us, our family relationships, our friendships and our workplace. Today I want to look at the way this principle of burdens and loads applies to teams.

    In the first few verses of Galatians 6 we read: “Carry each other’s burdens” and “Each one should carry their own load.”

  • Love Language

    Devotionals | July 09, 2018

    Do you know any people who are quick to take (and cause) offense? They freely speak their mind but discount others’ opinions. Do these words ever describe you? There is a difference between speaking your mind and knowing when and how to speak. The heart behind our words matters. We are called to express God’s truth with love, forgiveness, and kindness, even to those with whom we disagree. Do your words accurately reflect God’s character and heart?  

  • Saturate

    Devotionals | July 06, 2018

    The world’s values, practices, and problems bombard us daily from a variety of sources. Jesus made conscious decisions to reflect on God’s Word and to allow it to shape His priorities and values. Like Jesus, we can choose to saturate our minds with Scripture, listen to it being read and taught, read it ourselves, discuss it with others, memorize and meditate on it. As we do so, God’s truth will transform our lives. What steps can you take to allow God’s Word to increasingly penetrate, cleanse, and saturate your mind?

  • Leadership Transparency

    4 Ways to Build It

    Blog | Charles Stone | July 05, 2018

    Leadership transparency can build or break trust. Without trust, leadership suffers. However, when a staff, customers, or congregation trust their leaders, good things happen. Several years ago, our church made some significant changes to our governance and our church constitution. After a two-year study process, our board of elders presented the changes to our church resulting in overwhelming approval, a unanimous vote. A key reason the process went so well was because they ruthlessly practiced leadership transparency.

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