Articles | May 2020

  • Deciding like Jesus

    Devotionals | May 29, 2020

    Jesus knows what it is like to make complex and challenging decisions. How did He do it? First, He made it His primary goal to please the Father. He spent focused time in solitude seeking the Father’s perspective. Then He trusted the Father to walk Him through each situation as it arose. What complex decisions are you facing? How does your desire to lead like Jesus impact your decision-making?

  • Rooted and Grounded

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | May 28, 2020

    “Those rose trees aren’t looking very good. I wonder what’s happening to them?”

    The lovely roses that had greeted us in our new home were no longer thriving. I grabbed a slender trunk and gently waggled it. Seconds later I stood there holding up a rootless plant. Something had eaten away the roots. Poor thing! 

  • Taught by Jesus

    Devotionals | May 27, 2020

    Jesus spent forty days teaching His disciples after His resurrection. Who was this dying and rising Jesus? There was much for them to learn. He needed to teach them the implications of His crucifixion, death, and resurrection. Jesus took them through Scripture. Old truths took on fresh meaning. Many truths—understandable only in light of His resurrection—now became clear. As He ascended to heaven, they were convinced of whose they were and who they were. Are you?

  • 4 Ways to Renew Hope During COVID-19

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | May 26, 2020

    You are done with quarantine, lock-down, and social-distancing. Life as you knew it. Pre-COVID-19, is totally different. And not much to your liking. You miss your family, friends, and future. Your plans have changed, and your dreams have died. Loss is all around you. Yes, I get it. COVID chaos has affected my family, too. My sweet daughter and son-in-law have lost their jobs, dear Margie is losing her home, and my courageous friend Julie’s stepdad passed away after becoming infected with the coronavirus. How can we renew our hope during COVID-19?

  • One Life to Give

    Devotionals | May 25, 2020

    We see people giving their one life for many things as we look around us. Jesus calls His disciples to first give their lives to Him. Then we follow where He leads us. For some, like many in the early years of the faith, the path leads to persecution, suffering, or death in service of others. For others, the call leads to building on the sacrifice of those who have gone before us. Today we remember those who, like Jesus, gave their lives so that we might live. We honor those who gave their lives for truth and the benefit of others.

  • Fan Hope into Flame

    Devotionals | May 22, 2020

    How do you fan hope into flame? Keep your eyes on the hope set before you. Remember that God cannot—and does not—lie. Spend meaningful time with Him. Trust His Word, His promises. Draw hope and courage from knowing that God is with you. Entrust yourself to His care.

  • This year, 2020, has taught us many things. Some of the things we likely wish we had not had to learn; but many of the things that came out are good things. We learned how to appreciate others for what they do for us, we learned how much we value spending time with those we love, we learned that we enjoy being in the presence of our loved ones, we learned that a phone call or text can make someone’s day, and we learned that life is valuable and sometimes taken for granted.

     

  • As God Leads

    Devotionals | May 20, 2020

    A leader’s spheres of influence range from large to small. The world we live in tends to equate bigger with better and smaller with lesser. But God focuses on our hearts, that most personal and intimate space, where we are alone with Him. God also called Jesus into the silence and solitude of quiet places. Hard places. Counterintuitive places. Recall that Jesus didn’t immediately launch His public ministry after His baptism. Instead, the Spirit led Him into the wilderness. Time and again, Jesus rejected popular acclaim to pursue God’s purpose.

  • Faithful Leadership

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | May 19, 2020

    Leading is easy when things are going well; but when the train is derailed a leader’s response speaks loudly about their character; and it speaks volumes about their faith. “Faith and leadership go hand in hand, in that good leadership is not dependent upon one’s talents or gifts but upon one’s total surrender to God and dependence upon the Holy Spirit to amplify what God has given them.” Leadership is never needed more than during times of crisis, and now is one of those times.

  • Wisdom

    Devotionals | May 18, 2020

    We say that we want wisdom. Yet too often we struggle to find the wisdom we desire. Or we fail to consult God, choosing instead to rely on ourselves and the wisdom of those around us. Solomon’s son Rehoboam had this problem. As he began his reign, he faced the choice of how he would lead God’s people. They begged for Rehoboam to lighten their load. He asked for advice from experienced counselors. Then he went to his friends. But Rehoboam failed to consult the Lord. Tragically, Rehoboam’s choice brought unnecessary suffering for everyone, including himself. Who do you listen to?

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