Articles | February 2019

  • Seeking Him

    Devotionals | February 27, 2019

    Do we see what Jesus sees as we look around us? Do we seek Him—His presence, His perspective, His guidance—as we walk into the challenges and opportunities of this day? What does your day look like? What does it hold? God is ever-present and ever at work to redeem and restore our world. You can rely on this as you walk into your very specific and personal circumstances today. Seek first His kingdom and allow Him to weave your life and circumstances into His greater story.

  • Break Every Chain

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | February 27, 2019

    “How could church people be so mean?” I thought to myself. Just a few hours earlier, my pastor-husband had been told to turn in his resignation. Now, I was the sole supporter of our little family of four with only a part-time job. Bitterness and anger raged inside of me. I vowed, “I will never forgive the men who did this to us.” And I didn’t. Months turned into years, years turned into spiritual strongholds. Unknowingly, I’d built a wall of distrust with bricks of unforgiveness held together with the mortar of anger and hate.

  • Fleeting Impressions

    Devotionals | February 25, 2019

    Are you a looker or a doer? Do you read Scripture so that you can check it off your To Do list? Or is your time in God’s Word an opportunity to spend time with God? Do you come expectantly, ready to enjoy being in His presence? Do you listen and learn so that you can embrace His perspective? Will you put His Word into practice so that you become more like Jesus? James warns us about the danger of merely looking at or listening to God’s Word (1:22-24). Are you listening?

  • Equip and Empower

    Devotionals | February 22, 2019

    Matthew records Jesus appointing and sending out twelve disciples as apostles (“messengers, sent ones”). He sent them out on a strategic mission to the people of Israel and gave them specific instructions for their mission. He knew who He was sending them to and the purpose He had for them to accomplish. Later, when He expanded their mission field to the whole world and they were further along in their development, He simply sent them with instructions to make disciples. Equip and empower your people with direction and instruction appropriate to their developmental level like Jesus did.

  • Every Company Needs an Ana!

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | February 21, 2019

    “Oh shoot! No WiFi in this area either!” I had signed in to the free Internet at the Los Angeles airport. However, the signal was so weak in most gate areas that it was of no use. We had a long delay ahead of us, and I was tired of searching for a signal.

    Nevertheless I stood up with phone in hand to walk out into the main corridor. And then I saw her. She had a bright orange vest with two words boldly printed on the back: ASK ME

  • The Importance of Being Trustworthy

    Devotionals | February 20, 2019

    Trust between people is a fragile commodity. Some of us extend trust freely and easily. Other people, more cautious in their approach, offer trust sparingly. Once earned, trust can be broken, and when broken, rebuilding trust takes time, intentionality, and significant effort. Honesty, humility, and integrity go a long way in both creating and rebuilding trust. Barnabas, Paul, and John Mark experienced both the impact of broken trust and the process of rebuilding trust in their ministry partnerships. What about you: how readily do you trust others?

  • Leadership is a Matter of Conviction, not Convenience

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | February 20, 2019

    We are blessed to live in a time that offers so many conveniences.  We get news and weather by turning on the television or radio, bank via the ATM, cook or call for home delivery.  Many conveniences, like cell phone or texting, allow us to communicate with loved ones when we are away, but they can also foster a sense of isolation.  How many times have you witnessed people walk past each other without speaking a word, not even a “Good Morning”, texting instead of talking, or walking into traffic while reading their texts?

  • Be That Leader

    Devotionals | February 18, 2019

    Be the leader that you want others to be. Be the leader that God designed you to be, the one His Spirit can empower you to be. Be the leader other people need you to be. Wherever you are and everywhere you go, the world needs people who share Jesus’ heart, worldview, and attitude. The world needs men and women who carry His life, love, and light. People are hungry and thirsty for someone who will see them through Jesus’ eyes and hear the cries of their hearts. Will you be that person, the one who leads like Jesus?

  • When it Comes to Mistakes, Here is a Formula for Disaster

    Blog | Owen Phelps | February 16, 2019

    It is not that I have already taken hold of it or have already attained perfect maturity, but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ Jesus.
    Philippians 3:12
    What are we to make of mistakes – most especially our own?
    Having worked most of my life in media, where employers pay huge sums to make sure all of our subscribers see all of our mistakes, I soon came to see them as opportunities for learning and growth. How else could I deal with them?
  • Followers of Christ

    Devotionals | February 15, 2019

    God gives us the privilege and opportunity to reflect Jesus to a watching world. The way we interact with others, handle our responsibilities, and live our lives—these reveal what matters most to us. Remember that Jesus’ early followers did not assume the designation “Christian” for themselves; instead, they were originally called Christians, “followers of Christ,” by other people. Are you living in such a way that others see Jesus in you?