Articles | January 2020

  • The Difference Prayer Makes

    Devotionals | January 15, 2020

    As leaders, we know the importance of having others pray for us. We know how we need wisdom, encouragement, and endurance to run the race God has set before us. Do we, in turn, pray for those around us and over us? What difference might it make in their leadership if we faithfully pray for them?

  • Limits

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | January 14, 2020

    “Just be patient with me please. I need to step up with my good leg.”

    My mother was always calm and insistent when others tried to hurry her along. She paid attention to the challenges of stairs and steps. When I was two years old, she contracted polio, which left her weak in one of her legs. It also robbed her of the active life she had lived up until then. Bowling, golf, enthusiastic dancing were all part of her past life, a life I had never witnessed.

  • An Unlikely Leader

    Devotionals | January 13, 2020

    Moses is an example of a man who tried to lead in his own strength, knew the sting of failure and disgrace, and yet was used by God in a mighty way. Many of us know the sense of feeling inadequate, of knowing our own sins, pride, and fear too well to ever believe that God could redeem us and use us. May Moses' life remind us that God often chooses to work through unlikely people.

  • A Turning Point

    Devotionals | January 10, 2020

    What caused you to turn from following the world's model of self-centered leadership to leading like Jesus? A life or leadership crisis? The example of someone who leads like Jesus? The Spirit uses many ways to surface the need for a new leadership perspective in our lives. When we hear Him speak, how will we respond? Will we say, "Speak, Lord, Your servant is listening"?

    The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”—1 Samuel 3:10

  • Megan Pacheco

    The Habit of Laziness

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | January 09, 2020

    Once in a while all of us want to be “lazy”— even if just for a little bit: Do nothing. Veg on the couch. Stare at the TV screen without having to engage much of our body or mind.

    Needing time to recover, decompress and renew isn’t true laziness. We all need rest, and our heavenly Father has modeled rest as a necessary practice that should not be overlooked or undervalued.

    Resting involves ceasing, for a short period of time, from a season of activity and productivity.

  • An Example to Follow

    Devotionals | January 08, 2020

    People are looking for role models. They want their lives to count, to make a difference in the world. Lead Like Jesus looks to Jesus as the ultimate role model for leadership. Who has shown greater commitment to a cause than Jesus? Who has shown greater integrity than Jesus? Who has done more for others than Jesus? Who has made a bigger difference in the world than Jesus? As we follow Jesus, the Father empowers us to be living role models and make a lasting difference. Who do you model your life after?

  • A Future With or Without God

    Blog | Paul Swamidass | January 07, 2020

    “That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, ‘If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?’ And they said to each other, ‘We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.’” (Numbers 14:1-4).

    Fear-induced rebellion

  • By Faith

    Devotionals | January 06, 2020

    Living "by faith" is mentioned 22 times in Hebrews 11; the word "faith" is used almost 30 times. This chapter is about faith in God and how that faith is revealed in the lives of His people. Faith calls us to recognize that this world belongs to God. Faith calls us to align ourselves with God's purposes in the world, to obey Him despite what others think. Faith in God's promises gives us courage to walk into the future. Where is God calling you to live and lead by faith, faith in who He is and what He says?

  • A Step in the Right Direction

    Devotionals | January 03, 2020

    All change begins with one step in a new direction. That step can be taken with great optimism or great reluctance. Whatever the accompanying attitude, moving in a new direction reflects humility and confidence, hope and courage. God draws us into the future, shaping us to be more like Jesus each step of the way. Allow Him to guide you today as you step into the future He has planned.

    Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. —Galatians 5:25