Articles | August 2019

  • Jesus Cares

    Devotionals | August 30, 2019

    The sudden storm overwhelmed the disciples. In their panic, they cried out to Jesus, not with faith and God-confidence, but with doubt and fear, questioning Jesus’ care for them. Isn’t that what many of us do when overwhelmed? How could God allow this to happen, we cry. Jesus’ immediate action reveals that He does care, not only about the storm that threatens them but about the fear that holds them captive. Where do you need to trust that Jesus cares about everything that concerns you?

  • On Purpose

    Devotionals | August 28, 2019

    Many forces pull at us and try to distract us from what God has given us to do in life. Temptation and opposition are obvious ones, but others—well-meaning friends, success, and popularity—can be just as distracting. Jesus was familiar with all of these. Consider how He responded to His disciples’ well-intentioned but off-target suggestion. Time with the Father kept Him focused on His mission and purpose despite success and the good intentions of others. What distractions attempt to derail you? What helps you stay focused on God’s direction and purpose for your life?

  • The Great Exchange

    Devotionals | August 26, 2019

    A great exchange is required to lead like Jesus. It starts in your heart—exchanging self-centered leadership for selfless leadership, turning from edging God out of your life to exalting God only, choosing to live by faith in Jesus. Then the exchanges move to your head as you begin to exchange your self-made leadership perspective for Jesus’ perspective. With a renewed focus on God’s purpose for your life and leadership, you are empowered to exchange self-promotion for selflessly investing in others like Jesus did. What exchange is God calling you to make today?

  • Stop and Search

    Devotionals | August 23, 2019

    Caring for your heart is an ongoing process. Peter needed the Spirit to challenge the pride and fear and preconceived ideas that clouded his perspective. When you struggle to lead like Jesus, take a moment to examine your heart and head. Ask yourself whether pride and fear or humility and God-confidence are prompting your decisions and actions. Will you use this simple question to expose your self-centered thinking today?

  • Don’t Repeat Defeat

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | August 22, 2019

    Is it possible NOT to repeat defeat? Absolutely. Do you feel frustrated, defeated and like you want to give up? You haven’t made it even a month or two to achieve what you’ve set out to do. If you’ve accepted your responsibility and confessed sin, then the next and best thing to do is look up. Psalm 121:1, 2 says, “I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.”

  • People, Not Projects

    Devotionals | August 21, 2019

    Paul’s concern for Timothy, his protégé and partner in ministry, encompassed all areas of Timothy’s life. Paul knew Timothy’s family. He advised Timothy on ministry matters and doctrine. He counseled him regarding how to relate to others most effectively and with integrity. Paul’s concern for Timothy included concern for his health as well. Leading like Jesus means that we treat others like human beings, not projects or tools. How well do you know the people with whom you work? How concerned are you for their welfare—physical, professional, personal, relational, mental, and spiritual?

  • Peter Demos: Afraid to Trust

    Podcast | August 20, 2019

    Before Peter surrendered his life to God, his marriage was a ticking time bomb, only salvageable by divine intervention. His business was his idol, and he felt immense pressure to run others over with it. Peter was a walking ball of fear, which manifested itself as uncontrolled anger. But Christ changed all that, granting Peter the peace he had not realized was possible. Dedicating his life and his business to God didn’t take away all of Peter’s problems. Keeping his new restaurant, Peter D’s, running was incredibly challenging and was the source of some of his biggest business failures.

  • Jesus the Spiritual EMT

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | August 20, 2019

    “Oh, Christine! This isn’t how I imagined my retirement years would be. I was hoping to travel and enjoy my life, but all of that is gone.”

    My dear friend was lamenting to me during a recent visit to her nursing care facility. She is two years younger than I am, and she relished reminding me of that fact every year as new birthdays arrived. But now her life was ebbing away because of a rare neurological disease.