Articles | November 2018

  • A Marvel

    Devotionals | November 30, 2018

    Paul never stopped marveling at the fact that Jesus considered him trustworthy. He knew who he had been before Jesus. He knew now whose he was and who he was in Jesus. No longer bound by his past, he was transformed by God’s mercy and grace and entrusted with a new calling. What about you?

  • Compliments or Flattery?

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | November 29, 2018

    “Let’s clap for Mom for a wonderful meal!”

    Our youngest, just a baby in the high chair, joined his older siblings for an enthusiastic acclamation of my dinner. My husband started this tradition when our oldest daughter was that little diner with a food-smeared bib. She couldn’t express with words her appreciation for the food served to her. But he knew that she had learned to “patty cake” and would quickly join in to applaud her mother.

  • Let Trust Have Its Way

    Devotionals | November 28, 2018

    Trust is essential to the leader-follower relationship. What difference does trust make? Trust sees us through hard times: it counteracts fear and keeps us confident while we wait for God to make His way known. Trust opens us up to someone else’s influence: it fosters humility that allows us to learn from God and His Word. Jesus lived His life in obedience to God’s Word. He was wholly committed to fulfilling His mission because He trusted the Father completely. Wholehearted trust in Jesus motivated the first disciples to fulfill the mission Jesus gave them. Do you trust God?

  • Ambitiously Anticipating Advent

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | November 27, 2018

    “When can we open our presents?” my eight-year old daughter asked. “Only seven more sleeps,” I said. I’d been teaching my children to be patient through a special ‘finding the baby Jesus’ hide and seek game we played each morning before I sent them off to school. They were looking forward to opening their gifts and daily anticipated the arrival of Jesus’ birthday. Maybe you, too, are looking forward to something, as you await the arrival of company to join in your holiday festivities, school to be on break or to unwrap presents placed under the Christmas tree.

  • Scott Limerick is a Church Relationship Manager at Compassion International. In today's podcast Scott shares his personal story of growing up in extreme poverty and learning later in life that he was conceived during a date rape. Scott shares boldly about ways his past wounds helped him embrace God's love and compassion and become the man and leader he is today. 

  • Endless Opportunities

    Devotionals | November 26, 2018

    What is your driving motivation? This is a question that we face repeatedly throughout our lives. Each day, each new circumstance, each new encounter with people confronts us with the same question. Will you and I choose to exalt God, or will we edge Him out and pursue our own satisfaction? Will we trust Him to be faithful, good, and trustworthy? Or do we doubt His goodness, power, and love? What will your answer be today?

  • Dispensers of Grace

    Devotionals | November 23, 2018

    God’s grace finds its fullest expression as we live into who God created us to be. Your strengths and gifts will be different from those around you. Don’t let that distract you. Focus on serving well. Let Him use you to pour His grace into the world.

  • Leadership Lessons from Hallmark Movies

    Blog | Kim Rider | November 22, 2018

    I love Hallmark movies – especially the Christmas ones!  I call it the adult fairy tale channel. It amazes me how they can take the same, highly predictable plot and make it work in so many ways – boy & girl meet, they fall for each other, have some form of conflict, and then discover their happily ever after together. If we dig a little deeper into the plots, we can learn some valuable leadership lessons.


  • A Thankful Heart

    Devotionals | November 21, 2018

    The heart is the source of all our leadership motivations. If we want to discover the condition of our heart, all we have to do is look at our lives. As you look at your life today, what do you see? Does your life reflect a sense of gratitude? Or entitlement? Grateful praise or lingering unforgiveness? Are you fearful of the future or edging God out as you think about the days ahead? Take time to bask in the awareness of God’s goodness and faithfulness through the years. Where your affection and focus have slipped, seek His forgiveness.

  • Thanksgiving

    If We Aren’t Acting, We’re Lip-Synching

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | November 20, 2018

    Thanksgiving Day is often marked with an “official” day off from work, holiday sales, annual pageants and parades, and of course, football.  But as Thanksgiving Day approaches, we need to make a distinction between the “tradition” and “the meaning of Thanksgiving.”