Articles | May 2019

  • A Dangerous Prayer

    Devotionals | May 31, 2019

    Caught up in the wonder of God's forgiveness, God's majesty, and God's call for someone to take His message, Isaiah volunteered. Was he expecting the next part of God's call? "Take my message to people who won't hear and won't respond." Leadership can be hard. Ask Isaiah, Nathan, Esther, Moses, Mary, or any of the prophets or disciples. Praying Isaiah's prayer puts you in good company. Have you heard God's call? Are you willing to volunteer?

  • NBA Coach Lionel Hollins: Success and Overcoming Adversity Part 2

    Never take shortcuts

    Podcast | May 30, 2019

    Lionel Hollins is an American basketball coach and a former professional basketball player. Drafted out of Arizona State University, he played for the Portland Trail Blazers. After retiring from playing professional basketball, he had a successful career coaching teams like the Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets.

    In today's podcast Coach Hollins is sharing all of the life lessons he learned from being a player, being a coach, and from watching other coaches and players. Today's message is about consequences of our choices, commitment, and not taking shortcuts to success.

  • Working with Jesus for “Impossible” Outcomes

    Blog | Paul Swamidass | May 30, 2019

    Compassionate leader

    When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”

  • Are You Ready?

    Devotionals | May 29, 2019

    Sometimes ministry opportunities arise unexpectedly. A phone call to a colleague, friend or family member turns out to be God’s sovereign timing, and you discover that God has placed you in a unique position to speak into their life. Where do you find words of wisdom, comfort, and encouragement? Jesus often spoke in parables, helping people find spiritual truth through everyday examples. He was so familiar with Scripture that He could speak God’s truth in any situation. What about you?

  • Make Me!

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | May 28, 2019

    “You can choose one of these three outfits.” I calmly told my three year old what her options were for church attire. I wasn’t as concerned about her appearance during the week, especially if we weren’t venturing from the house. But heads would turn if I allowed her to select her church outfit. Having a choice was the battle, and I gave her that choice… within limits.

  • Lives Given

    Devotionals | May 27, 2019

    People give their lives to different things. Some give their lives in pursuit of pleasure … or money … or recognition. Some give their lives to pursue what’s in it for them in every circumstance. But Jesus chose differently. He gave His life to pursue God’s will and God’s best for you and me: freedom to live life in relationship with God. Many have followed in Jesus’ footsteps, giving their lives so that others would be free to live and to choose life with God. Will you follow in their footsteps?

  • Your One and Only Life

    Devotionals | May 24, 2019

    Leadership always begins with us. Each of us—you and me and everyone around you—has a choice to make. We must decide whose we are and who we are living for—who our audience is. Do you live your one and only life as if you are the only one who matters? Or do you acknowledge that you are not your own? Who will you live for today?

    Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have   received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. —1 Corinthians 6:19-20

  • Plan to Succeed

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | May 23, 2019

    You’ve failed. Again. It’s time to reorganize. Start over. Begin again. Use a fresh approach, a new strategy. When you are discouraged, it’s probably not that you are doing the wrong thing, but you might be doing it in the wrong way. Our natural temptation is to give up on our dream. We think, “Maybe God didn’t give me this dream in the first place.” No, it’s probably just the opposite. However, it might be time to expand your vision and ask God to give you new ways of thinking.

  • Do You Believe This?

    Devotionals | May 22, 2019

    God knows the desires of your heart and He answers according to His wisdom, goodness and grace. Do you believe this? If not, the prayers you and I pray may miss the mark. We may expect too little of God or insist on our preconceived solutions. We may spend time asking for what He has already given instead of thankfully receiving God’s promise, provision and power. If we trust that God knows our needs—spoken and unspoken—we can trust His answers. We can humbly entrust Him with what concerns us and confidently move into this day, trusting that He at work in us and in the world around us.

  • Leadership Lessons from the Game of Golf

    Blog | Kim Rider | May 21, 2019

    I grew up with a father and a brother who were both avid golfers.  My father attempted to teach me the game as well.  I caught on but not to the extent that my brother did.  I played more for fun than for competition. Now that I am much older, I decided that golf would be a good hobby since my children are grown and I needed something to do with all that time that was spent raising children!  My husband and I play about once a week, weather permitting.  As I have watched and played golf over the years, I’ve seen several leadership lessons that can be learned from the game of golf.