Articles | August 2019

  • Pressure to Act

    Devotionals | August 19, 2019

    A common pressure of life is the sense of having to hurry up and do something. Even the first disciples felt this pressure. When they heard about Jesus’ dear friend Lazarus’ condition, they immediately decided that action was called for. Jesus, on the other hand, felt no such compulsion. He knew that jumping up to get to Lazarus would hinder—not reveal—God’s work. Because Jesus waited on the Father’s timing, God was exalted in Lazarus’ resurrection. Where is God calling you to trust His timing?

  • Presence

    Devotionals | August 16, 2019

    Some people in life change our lives simply by being present. The gift they bring is one of caring about who we are and inviting us to do life with them. They value us by seeing, acknowledging, and listening to us. We may or may not realize at the time just how valuable their presence is nor the life-changing power of their loving presence. But in the process of being known, we are changed. Who are the people who have changed your life simply by being present?

  • You Don’t Need to Look Back to Move Forward

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | August 15, 2019

    Why is this happening to me?  This is a question that we have all asked ourselves.  You don’t understand why things keep happening that hold you back. You sit in a chair at home, in the office or perhaps church and think about the job or the promotion that you didn’t get.  If you had only made a different decision. You should have taken that high visibility assignment when it was offered, but your plate was already full.  At home things aren’t going well either.  You relive the argument you had with your spouse or child.  You wish you could take back the hurtful words.

  • Putting It into Action

    Devotionals | August 14, 2019

    There comes a time that we have to move from talking to action. It’s one thing to talk about Jesus’ mandate to serve, it’s another thing to serve. It is easier, of course, to talk about serving than it is to actually serve people at their point of need. But God is more interested in your actions than your words. Where is God calling you to stop talking and put your words into action?

  • Much to Learn

    Devotionals | August 12, 2019

    Simon Peter’s first fishing lesson with Jesus showed him just how much he had to learn. As an experienced fisherman, Peter’s pride surfaced easily at the thought that Jesus might do a better job at catching fish than he could. Moments later, Peter was on his knees in shock and awe at Jesus’ success. This was just the first of many times that Peter had to let go of his human perspective and yield to Jesus’ way of doing things. What about you? Where does God want you to learn to trust His ways?

  • Why Jesus

    Devotionals | August 09, 2019

    Why lead like Jesus? Why not lead like some other person, past or present? Jesus’ disciples and fellow Jews revered past civic and religious leaders like Moses and Elijah, Joshua and Samuel, and kings David and Solomon. John the Baptizer was a contemporary religious leader that several early disciples followed before following Jesus. But Jesus outshone them all. Jesus’ resurrection from death to life affirms Him as the Son of God and the leader for everyone to follow and emulate.

  • Can I Fix It?

    Blog | Karen McGuire | August 08, 2019

    Before I was born my father had worked as a long-haul truck driver on the U.S. east coast. After I came along, he took a position that kept him closer to home. My father and I had a great relationship. He was my go-to person for everything. I loved him with all my heart.

  • A Trick Question

    Devotionals | August 07, 2019

    The spies sent to trick Jesus severely underestimated His insight and intuition. Jesus knew the motive behind their insincere flattery. He knew the significance of the question they posed. He also knew that others were listening, and He was aware of the politically charged nature of the question. His words ring with wisdom. Where do you need to seek and follow Jesus’ wisdom?

    “Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” He saw through their duplicity and said to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. 

  • Megan Pacheco

    Leadership Lessons from a Chinese Bamboo Tree

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | August 06, 2019

    I don't know about you, but as I look back on my childhood and teenage years, I don’t remember life being so hectic. Both of my parents worked, yet I have many great memories of playing with them and spending afternoons with neighbors and friends.

    Today life seems so rushed. So full of activities. So unsympathetic and almost merciless toward patience, waiting, rest and unannounced visits. Even those of us who follow Jesus often struggle with the “be still and know” aspect of our walk with Him. (Psalm 46:10)

  • Words

    Devotionals | August 05, 2019

    Jesus warns against simply giving ‘lip service’ to God. Our words—spoken in prayer or in conversation with others—are not to be spoken lightly or casually. Nor is God impressed with long speeches or extravagant promises. He looks for honest humility and trustworthy speech and actions. Can people trust that you mean what you say? Can God?

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