Articles | October 2020

  • Everyday Shuffle

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | October 15, 2020

    “Don’t merely wait for better days, you must make them," said Pastor Chuck Swindoll. Easier said than done. Can I ask you a personal question? Are you tired of plodding through life? We won’t initiate change until we are “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Sometimes life seems so regular. Our next steps appear somewhat obvious. We may be bored or feel worn out as we run our routine into the ground.

  • Doing God’s Work

    Devotionals | October 14, 2020

    Jesus was laser-focused on His mission. He knew exactly what He had come to earth to do. In contrast, many people wanted Him to follow their traditions . . . to do more miracles . . . to be the kind of Messiah that they envisioned. People want to make you into the person that they want you to be, also, and to have you do what pleases them. But God has a reason for you to be alive right now. What does God want you to do?  

  • Generosity Across Ethnic or Racial Barriers

    Blog | Paul Swamidass | October 14, 2020

    The “good Samaritan” parable

    The phrase “Good Samaritan” refers to one of the most popular parables of Jesus Christ in the Bible. This parable describes a stranger helping another stranger in critical need of help. When Jesus was asked, “Who is my neighbor,” Jesus coined the “Good Samaritan” parable as His reply to this question. 

  • Love ‘Always’

    Devotionals | October 12, 2020

    Paul gives multiple examples of what it looks like to live out a core value of love. The four ‘always’ of love—always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres—drive home the point that none of us can love like this in our own strength. But, praise God, God’s love transforms and empowers us. We are living examples that His love changes lives. Let God’s love pour into you and pour through you to others.

  • God, Who Raises the Dead

    Devotionals | October 09, 2020

    We can imagine the apostle Paul moving through each day with God, led by the Spirit, trusting that whatever the day held—whether or not it aligned with his plans or expectations—all was good. But Paul also wrote about pressing troubles and pressure that caused deep despair. He testified that God used those days to teach the disciples to turn from self-reliance and rely on God. What circumstance is God teaching you to rely on Him and who He is?

  • Types and Factions

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | October 08, 2020

    “And here fresh from her performance in Dark of the Moon is our own Christine, type cast as the “Dark Witch!”

    A burst of laughter erupted from the high school students I knew so well. The thought I would be considered a true “Dark Witch” was beyond them. They had known me for years and would never believe I could change so drastically after just a few months away at college. This joke, coming from my beloved drama teacher, produced my expected response of mock indignation.

  • With Jesus

    Devotionals | October 07, 2020

    Jesus accepted His disciples for who they were. He knew each of them by name; He understood who they were and what they were capable of. Jesus doesn’t seem to have tried to get any of them to be more like any of the other disciples. Instead, Jesus invited them to walk with Him and work with Him. This relational way of influencing others, of helping them become who God created them to be, is at the core of leading like Jesus. Who are you investing in like this?  

  • Do You Problem Solve Too Much?

    Blog | Charles Stone | October 06, 2020

    Good leaders help team members solve their own problems with their own insight. Average leaders tend to solve their team members’ problems, thus truncating their opportunity to grow themselves. So, how do we help our team members learn to problem solve on their own? In this post I begin with a story and then suggest ways to problem solve in a balanced way.

     

  • Give It Over

    Devotionals | October 05, 2020

    Each of us carries burdens, some that we openly share, others that we keep to ourselves. Yes, we need to be wise about what we share and who we share with. But hiding our worries and struggles out of pride and fear prolongs and intensifies their hold on us. Jesus understands our struggles far better than we do. He invites us to cast everything on Him. He wants to take our burdens and carry them for us. He wants us to humbly trust Him every day in every aspect of life and leadership. Will you give Him your burdens and see what He will do?

  • Fixed on God

    Devotionals | October 02, 2020

    Psalm 119 celebrates and extols the virtue of God’s Law. The author uses all the words he has to express his desire to live in a right relationship with God. He wants to live according to God’s wisdom. His heart cries out to God, His desire is clear: He doesn’t want anything to get in the way of his relationship with God. His hope in the midst of suffering and affliction, trouble and persecution, is fixed on God. Only God sustains his life. Only God gives him hope and guidance and keeps him going. What keeps you going?

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