Articles | September 2019

  • An Outward Focus

    Devotionals | September 30, 2019

    As men and women who want to lead like Jesus, we are aware that it isn’t about us. God is working out His plan for the world and His purposes in history. He calls us to live for Him. Toxic fear—that tells us God isn’t sufficient for our needs—and false pride—that exalts our thinking and interests over God—keep us from experiencing the very thing we so desire: to love, live, and lead like Jesus. Let God search your heart and mind. Let Him transform your motivation and perspective as you meditate on who He is.

  • Seeking God’s Favor

    Devotionals | September 27, 2019

    All of us want our efforts to make a difference and to accomplish the goals we have in mind. It doesn’t matter what our work is—large or small, at home, in the marketplace, or at church. We invest our time and energy and we look for a return on our investment. We strategize and work and pray, asking God to bless our efforts. Whose goals are you seeking to accomplish—yours or God’s? Where might you need to lay down your goals to accomplish His?

    “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.”—Isaiah 66:2

  • Opportunity Not Obstacle

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | September 26, 2019

    Ever had to let go of something familiar and embrace something brand new? Of course, all of us have. If you’ve ever changed churches, you know what it feels like to leave familiar terrain and faces, and walk into the new place and ask for directions. It’s weird to worship with strangers. Years ago, my pastor- husband and I were looking for a church. He was in-between jobs. We were late because we couldn’t find the kids’ classrooms, we thought we’d slip into the service, the prelude was ending but there were no empty seats in the back.

  • We Never Know

    Devotionals | September 25, 2019

    We never know what a day will hold. Think about the blind man whom Jesus healed. The blind man did not awaken that morning with any expectation that he would be seeing by day’s end. He did not expect that Jesus would turn his world upside down by restoring his sight. Nor did he expect that his newly given sight would cause him to be grilled by Jewish leaders and that his parents would be called into questioning. Most of all, He had no idea that the Messiah would reveal Himself to him that day. What might your day hold?

  • Friends

    Blog | Karen McGuire | September 24, 2019

    As an only child, I grew up in a small family. My parents both passed away when I was a young adult and my last close relative passed away when I was 40. I was married for a few years and have a son, daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren – still a pretty small family.

  • What a Privilege

    Devotionals | September 23, 2019

    Jesus calls His disciples to go “in His name” as living manifestations of Him in the world. He sends us into every kind of situation and circumstance. Some situations are easy, and the people are receptive, while other circumstances are complicated and the people are resistant. In every case, Jesus calls us to go in His name and the Holy Spirit’s presence empowers us. Think of it, Jesus trusts us to represent Him in the world. Where is He sending you as His representative today?

  • Being Led by Jesus

    Devotionals | September 20, 2019

    The first disciples experienced literally being led by Jesus. Together, they climbed mountain roads to Jerusalem, traveled across Samaria, and roamed the lakeside roads in Galilee. Even when Jesus sent them off to do His work, they always came back to being in His physical presence. Where He went, they went. Jesus’ words on the night of His betrayal remind us that we, too, are always with Him, for He tells us that He, the Father, and the Holy Spirit make their home in us. Do you make your home with Jesus? Let Him lead you where He wants to take you today.

  • Megan Pacheco

    Committed or Just Involved?

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | September 19, 2019

    I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race…” (2 Timothy 4:7).

    Are You Committed or Just Involved?

    Regardless of our position, title or role, when it comes to our cause, project, plan or relationship, we are either committed to it or we are merely involved in it.

  • Patience

    Devotionals | September 18, 2019

    Patience is one of the greatest gifts we can give others. Too often we want people to hurry up and get with it—the ‘it’ often being aligning with our perspective. We think we know what (and when and how) people should act and speak. ‘If they would just follow our advice,’ we think (and often say), ‘everything would work out.’ The truth is that God is the only one who knows their entire situation and story. He alone knows the best what and when and how for them. Our impatient demands only add more stress and get in the way of God’s work.

  • Beware the Judgment Trap

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | September 17, 2019

    It’s no big secret. There are no shortages of criticisms, critics, or judges.  Turn on the radio, pick-up a magazine, watch television, walk around the office or just sit in any food court and you’ll find plenty of people ready to tell us what is wrong with the world.  You may hear, or perhaps say to yourself, things like they should eat healthier, control their children, dress appropriately, be more productive at work and of course should do more at home.  We are far from perfect and one of most harmful things we do is judge ourselves and others.