Articles | October 2018

  • According to Their Need

    Devotionals | October 22, 2018

    Throughout the gospels, we see Jesus engaging with people according to their need. When direct communication is required, He speaks clearly. When needed, He acts forcefully. When people need compassion, Jesus freely gives it. When a story will help, He tells one. He fields endless questions, challenges people’s thinking, provides ongoing encouragement, and meets people where they are in various ways. Perhaps this is seen most powerfully when Jesus meets Thomas’s need for proof of His resurrection.

  • Different

    Devotionals | October 19, 2018

    In our hyper-connected world, media and newsfeeds flood our hearts and minds with the world’s perspectives and priorities. Few of these reflect Jesus’ perspective, priorities, or methods. Jesus doesn’t offer self-help programs or quick-fixes. He reveals God and God’s way in contrast to that of the world. He offers Himself; He offers the transforming power of living in relationship with Him. He calls you to a lifelong journey that transforms your perspective, priorities, and approach to leadership. Will you join Him? Will you let Him replace your perspective and priorities with His?

  • Encouraging Other Couples

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | October 18, 2018

    We’ve been interested in encouraging husbands and wives for quite a while. From what we see in North America, our environment isn’t an easy place for couples to thrive. Marriage is hard. It takes perseverance, effort and huge helpings of grace. A little encouragement from others can go a long way, especially from a person in leadership.

    Have you ever tried to encourage couples you lead?

  • Reflect

    Devotionals | October 17, 2018

    What has God done in your life? What are you grateful for? What stirs your heart to praise? God’s forgiveness, healing, restoration, patience and grace are life-giving and life-changing. His touch reshapes the contours of our lives, redefines our purpose, and re-envisions our future. Take time today to reflect on Whose you are. What difference has God made in your life?

  • Will the Real Me Please Stand?

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | October 16, 2018

    “I am doing just fine.” I blurted. I lied to myself; I thought if I wanted the words to be true and then spoke them aloud to my concerned friend, I might convince my frozen emotions to respond appropriately. I knew the drill. I was an actress. Not on the big screen or Broadway, of course, but I expertly manipulated people and situations, putting a cheerful smile on my face to assure everyone all was well, while inside I wished I could die. I hid my real self. I was good at impersonating. On the outside, I appeared professional and appropriate to my roles.

  • To Lead like Jesus

    Devotionals | October 15, 2018

    Leading like Jesus isn’t meant to be a catchy slogan or an abstract philosophy. The focus of leading like Jesus is Jesus—the Servant of the Lord, the Son of God, our teacher and master. Just like the first disciples, we have a living teacher, role model, and mentor. As we live in relationship with Him, He transforms us to be more like Him. Where do you need to focus on Jesus so that you can be more like Him in all you do?

  • In His Time

    Devotionals | October 12, 2018

    The Lord’s timing is often not our own. We perceive a need and want it handled right away. Yet we live in a world set in time and space and we are often limited in our discernment and perspective. Jesus sees and knows our needs. He knows far more than we do about how best to care for the world He created. He asks us to keep our eyes on Him, bringing Him our needs, and asking Him to fulfill His purpose—in and for us, others, and the world—as we wait for Him.

  • Women in the Workplace

    What Would Jesus Do?

    Blog | Owen Phelps | October 11, 2018

    The rise of the #MeToo movement – and most especially the recent U.S. Senate hearings regarding the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh – has more than a few men feeling very vulnerable in the workplace, most especially about false accusations.

    I’ve heard that from men. And recently the sentiment was very publicly expressed when Donald Trump Jr., the father of three sons and two daughters, said that the #MeToo movement has him more worried for his sons than for his daughters.

  • Caught Unaware

    Devotionals | October 10, 2018

    Have you ever been surprised at your own words or perspective? You suddenly realize you are comparing yourself with others and have edged God out of your thinking. You find yourself wondering what your mission is or realize that you can’t remember your values (let alone which one has priority over the others). Maybe you feel unexpectedly bound by prideful actions and fearful thoughts. Remember that Jesus is ready and waiting to restore you. Where do you need to turn to Him today?

  • Comparing

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | October 09, 2018

    “So, do you like it?” she asked cautiously, expecting me to offer a less-than-approving comment.

    “Like it? I love it!”

    “Well, it isn’t the nicest house in town, but we worked to get it ready for you the best we could.”

    I couldn’t say enough to assure the wife of the church trustee that this three-bedroom parsonage was absolutely wonderful. Compared to the apartments and, more recently, the 60-foot trailer we’d lived in during the past five years, this was a mansion!