Articles | September 2018

  • Blessings Await

    Devotionals | September 28, 2018

    Consider the benefits of meditating on Scripture found in Psalm 19:7-8. Do you ever feel weary? Do you need supernatural wisdom? Do you long for joy? Do you need light and understanding to dawn on you and show you the way forward? David finds all of this and more in God’s law. God reveals the way to abundant life and shalom in His statutes, precepts, and commands. Let God’s Word refresh you and lead you to live in light of who He is.

  • When Lambs Stray

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | September 27, 2018

    The night I found out Julie (real name withheld) had moved in with her boyfriend, my mind reeled in unbelief. Julie had been a regular in my women’s Bible study group and on our college leadership team. I couldn’t believe she had become a ‘lost lamb.’

    Lost lambs are people we’ve been discipling or mentoring who choose to live in sin and walk away from the Lord. Here are some principles I’ve learned that might help you, too, deal with lost lambs.

  • Leaning In

    Devotionals | September 26, 2018

    Some days are harder than others. Pressures mount, deadlines loom, and people press in. How many times did Jesus experience problems and confrontations? Even His family was against Him! In the midst of your pressure, take time to lean into your relationship with Jesus. Turn your attention to the One who loves you and is for you. Rest in His presence. Listen for His voice. Let Him guide you as you turn once again to lead in His name.

  • Lessons from God's Book

    Blog | Karen McGuire | September 25, 2018

    I’ve learned to love God’s Word. I became a follower of Jesus a long time ago but often found the Old Testament to be somewhat challenging to read, especially the pronunciation of the Hebrew names. I found that I would skip over them or just skip certain books like Numbers to avoid them. God challenged my thinking about that several years ago. So, I started reading the Bible using an app that would also read to me as I read along. I concluded that if God put my name in His Book to tell a story, then I would want others to read my name and story.

  • Carry the Message

    Devotionals | September 24, 2018

    God is in the business of remaking, restoring, and rebuilding people. The Spirit moves within us, revealing our brokenness, offering to restore our souls and reshape us to love, live, and lead like Jesus. Let God transform your heart, reshape your perspective, and restore your relationship with Him and others. Then let Him use you to help others experience the difference that a relationship with Him makes.

  • Living Out God’s Servant Mandates

    Devotionals | September 21, 2018

    In Genesis 1, God gives man and woman the responsibility to oversee His creation. This is God’s very first mandate. It involves the whole of creation and every sphere of life. Jesus’ mandate in the New Testament is equally sweeping. He places no limits on who or where we are to serve. Quite the contrary, He calls us to humbly serve God’s purpose everywhere God places us. Where has God placed you? Whose lives do you impact? Let God’s Word realign your leadership so that others can experience His goodness and care through you today.

  • Do You Get It?

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | September 20, 2018

    When you’re hearing a new concept do you dig into what you don’t quite understand? Or do you let the fuzzy bits just pass by?

    Sure, it’s not always possible to understand everything immediately when you’re learning to lead like Jesus. But it’s important to continue digging.

    Dig until you get it.

    Why? Because what you learn from digging might just change your view on everything in life.

    Here’s a personal experience that reinforces this understanding.

  • Shine

    Devotionals | September 19, 2018

    Some people like to complain about the darkness around them. Jesus wasn’t one of them. He took action. He stepped into the world’s brokenness and brought light into the darkness. He calls us to do the same. Our lives are to illuminate the darkness. As Jesus transforms you to be more like Him, your life increasingly radiates the presence of God. Jesus calls you to follow His example and shine His light and life everywhere God sends you.

  • What You See Isn’t Always What You Get

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | September 18, 2018

    We are bombarded with daily messages about having and using the right make-up, bath soap, toothpaste, or mouthwash.  We are, expected to have the right smell, whiter teeth, and especially the right image.  The internet, television, radio and print media tell us we should weigh less, be leaner and fitter, have a certain size or ideal body type. 

  • You Matter

    Devotionals | September 17, 2018

    You matter to God. He knows who you long to be and how you want to honor Him. He is at work in you. He knows what it costs you to follow Him. He is committed to helping you do what He has called you to do. He is pleased with your efforts to serve others in Jesus’ name. He wants to have even more access to your heart and head. He wants to use your hands to minister to others. He wants His love to overflow through you to others. He wants you to let His Spirit lead through you. Will you?