Articles | August 2018

  • Together

    Devotionals | August 31, 2018

    Jesus doesn’t call people to accomplish God’s purposes in their own strength. Human strength is a poor substitute for God’s and it often misses the mark. Instead, Jesus modeled a life of wholehearted dependence on the Father. He simply let the life of the Father flow through Him; His relationship with the Father was the heartbeat of His life. Where is God calling you to give up leading in your own strength so that He can lead through you?

  • Steve Rubado is the Program Manager for Lifeshape, one of Chick-fil-A’s nonprofit foundations.

    By building intentional relationships across all sectors of society, Lifeshape enables marketplace professionals to engage others with the message of Jesus, while using their greatest strengths to meet the world's greatest needs. 

  • What Would You Do??

    Blog | Karen McGuire | August 30, 2018

    During a recent sermon series at my church, we’ve been going through the book of Colossians. One of the sermons was on Colossians, chapter 2. But before I go there, let’s review some of the background.

    Paul, the author of this letter to the church at Colossae, was in prison in Rome. Paul had never been to Colossae but a faithful friend of his, Epaphras, was at the church in Colossae. Epaphras was burdened by what was happening at the church and sought Paul’s help in resolving his concerns.

  • Always the Right Time

    Devotionals | August 29, 2018

    Jesus didn’t love people because they were lovable. He didn’t lead with humility and God-confidence because everything was going His way. Jesus loved, lived, and led based on whose He was and who He was. Steeped in the Father’s love and certain of His identity as beloved Son and Servant of the LORD, Jesus lived in tune with the Father’s heart. He reflected the Father wherever He went, and He calls us to do the same. It’s always the right time to love, live, and lead like Jesus. What are you waiting for?

  • How to be a Likable Leader

    Blog | Charles Stone | August 28, 2018

    Great leaders lead by influence. Their character, competencies, and relational skills or lack thereof, can determine their leadership effectiveness. And as a pastor, perhaps my relational skills influence my leadership impact the most. Integral to relational skills is the vibe others feel from us. If someone feels like you like him or her, they’re more likely to respond positively to your leadership. If they don’t, and enough people feel the same way, your leadership will suffer. Consider these simple ways to become a likable leader.

  • It’s a Date

    Devotionals | August 27, 2018

    Where do you meet with God? When do you open your heart to Him and pour out your thoughts, concerns, hopes, and dreams? How often do you ask Him to search your heart to reveal any areas where you may be harboring unforgiveness? How frequently do you open God’s Word and meditate on it? When was the last time you asked Him for specific direction and waited to hear His response? Following Jesus daily is only possible if you make it a priority to maintain honest and open communication with Him. Do you schedule time with Him into each day? When, where, and how will you meet with Him today?

  • This Day

    Devotionals | August 24, 2018

    Scripture repeatedly emphasizes the importance of living each day in light of God’s character and call. Joshua called the Israelites to choose “this day” whom they would serve (Joshua 24:15). Jesus called people to focus on seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness today and to leave tomorrow in God’s hands (Matt. 6:33-34). The Psalmist calls Israel to hear the Lord’s voice today (Ps. 95:6-7), while the writer of Hebrews urges Jesus’ disciples to encourage one another to trust God today (Heb. 3:13). Where do you need to intentionally choose to live this day in light of who God is? 

  • From Never Neverland to Fairytale Ending

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | August 23, 2018

    All of us want a story that begins, “once upon a time” and ends like fairytales do; “and they lived happily ever after.” The day the tragic motorcycle accident tore Pastor Paul’s physical presence from this earth, my world collapsed. I watched the helicopter disappear from view, as they took Paul to the trauma unit. I was overwhelmed. Just an hour before, I was strolling hand in hand with my beloved Paul. In a split second, everything changed.  I had taught Jeremiah 29:11-12 just a few hours before the accident, but now I was in a living nightmare.

  • Seeing as He Sees

    Devotionals | August 22, 2018

    What do you see when you look around you? More specifically, what do you see in the lives of those around you? What is God doing in the lives of your friends and family, your co-workers or students or neighbors? Are they novices, apprentices, journeymen, or master teachers when it comes to leading like Jesus? What can you affirm in them? How can you encourage them? How can you model a better attitude or offer a different perspective? Ask Jesus for insight into how you can influence the thinking, behavior, and development of the people in your world.

  • Alert in Prayer

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | August 21, 2018

    There he goes again. Must be hungry. Wake up, Mom.

    But by the time I sat up and reached over to scoop up our newborn son, the little fellow was sound asleep. Over the next five hours his rustlings and squeaks and grunts kept me alert to his possible needs. Except for one legitimate feeding, each time I shook the sleep from my head, he had settled back down. That was the last night this noisy sleeper shared a room with me.