Articles | July 2019

  • Praying Like Jesus

    Devotionals | July 17, 2019

    Jesus revealed His top priorities as He taught His disciples how to pray. His first priority was (and is) exalting the Father; His second priority, seeing the world transformed as God's kingdom is established. Jesus' thinking was permeated with an awareness of God's greatness and God's design for the world. His God-shaped perspective shaped His prayers, priorities, and life. What shapes your life?

  • Leadership Perspective

    Is Sacrifice Another Word for Blessing?

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | July 16, 2019

    We share an unspoken desire motivated by the need to provide for our families, care and nurture our children, love and honor our parents, and perhaps make the world a better place.  We pray that our efforts are blessed, perhaps so that others won’t have to face the struggles we have endured. We can point to, and perhaps boast about, our accomplishments; but, often fail to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of others, including God. It may be we lack humility, but I would rather believe we simply take our blessings for granted.  When we take our blessing for granted, Hebrews 13:16

  • Known For

    Devotionals | July 15, 2019

    In Jesus’ public ministry, He was known for a lot of things: performing life-giving miracles, teaching crowds, and rising to the challenge of the religious leaders. He was also known for caring about people that those same leaders considered beneath them: tax collectors, sinners, women, and those who were poor, hurting, and outcast. God’s love and purpose defined the scope of His life and ministry. What are you known for? Who or what defines your life and leadership?

  • Just like our physical heart muscle that can be vibrant and healthy or dark and unhealthy, our spiritual heart displays the same healthy or unhealthy characteristics. And just like our physically unhealthy heart will look and behave differently than our physically healthy heart, our spiritual heart condition is also revealed by various external behaviors and attitudes. There are three critical questions that help us determine the spiritual condition of our heart. Today’s Leadership Conversations with Phyllis Hendry Halverson will explore these questions and more!

  • Take the Time

    Devotionals | July 12, 2019

    The young apprentice startled his sleeping master with his words: “Here I am; you called me.” Then again: “Here I am; you called me.” And a third time: “Here I am; you called me.” Rather than being irritated or offended at Samuel’s repeated interruptions, Eli took the time to help Samuel understand what was happening and gave him specific directions regarding what to do next. How willingly do you patiently assess and respond to the needs of those around you?

  • Tests

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | July 11, 2019

    “I’m calling to let you know we have the results of your test. There is no sign of cancer.”

    I breathed out a quiet sigh that felt like I had been holding in forever. After more than a month of detailed medical screenings, those anxious thoughts tapping on my shoulder, I knew I would always honor prayer requests from people undergoing tests.

  • Transform

    Devotionals | July 10, 2019

    The religious leaders of Jesus’ time could not imagine that God would come in the form of a humble and uncredentialed man. It didn’t enter their thinking that God’s Chosen One would challenge their carefully thought-out religious beliefs. Like them, we may slip into thinking of God from a human perspective and miss what He is doing. We forget that God is—after all—God. This is His world and He is free work in unexpected ways. Where do you need to trust that God is God? Where does God want to transform your perspective?

  • In Control

    Devotionals | July 08, 2019

    We live in the midst of God’s activity. Whether we can sense it or not, He is always at work around us. Jesus knew this. He reminds the Pharisees of this truth when they criticize His ministry. This is the key to Jesus’ peace and focus. He consistently spends time talking with the Father so that He can work in alignment with Him. God wants to strengthen and sustain you and give you the peace, confidence, and ability to follow Jesus’ example.

  • Free

    Devotionals | July 05, 2019

    The Bible tells of God’s redeeming acts in the lives of His people: He creates people in His image to live in partnership and on mission with Him. He sets them aside to be a blessing to the world. In the Exodus, He sets them free from slavery to live in covenant relationship with Him. He gives the Law and judges and prophets to teach them to live in freedom. Eventually, God Himself comes to live with them so that all people can find freedom in and through Jesus Christ. God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—makes His home in you, so that you, too, can live in freedom.

  • Do the Right Thing

    Expect to be Surprised

    Blog | Paul Swamidass | July 04, 2019

     “Who will roll away the stone?” 

    When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” (Mark 16:1-3).