Articles | Heart

  • Being an agent for good isn’t difficult. Every human on this planet has the ability to do good to his or her fellow human. A smile. A warm meal. A kind word. Many, many people contribute to the well-being of their neighbors each day through large and small selfless acts of kindness. By their good works they influence others.

    Leadership is influencing others.

    If what you do, say, or how you live influences others… you’re leading. You are a leader.

  • First, Center, All

    Devotionals | July 07, 2016

    Where does your source of security, self-worth, and wisdom lie? Over and over, Scripture warns us that this world we live in is temporary, fleeting. We are cautioned that riches are deceptive and that the longing for power and prestige does not reflect the values of God’s kingdom. Jesus calls us to set our eyes on the cross, to work for treasure that is stored for us in heaven, to not be so busy trying to make a life here that we lose ourselves in the process. Where does your source of security, self-worth, and wisdom lie?

  • Phyllis

    What Do You Want…Really? 3 Important Truths for Desperate Leaders

    Blog | Phyllis Hennecy Hendry | July 07, 2016

    “Get the ball!” he shouted at the top of his lungs from the bleachers. “You’ve got to want it. REALLY want it!”

    Frankly, I was pretty frustrated with this father, who had been shouting this same same mantra to his daughter throughout the entire event. And now as a tangle of seventh grade girls struggled to get the basketball from one another at the end of a very close game, the intensity of his “encouragement” elevated to a whole new level.

  • Stand Firm and Hold Fast

    Devotionals | July 06, 2016

    God has given us this day to live, to love, to lead like Jesus. Whatever yesterday held, whatever may come our way tomorrow, we trust it all to Him. Today, this day, we live, love, and lead by faith. Today we live by engaging with each opportunity; we love by honoring those around us; we lead by serving God with heart, head, hands, and habits. Today lies before us. How will our lives and leadership exalt God today?

  • Freedom

    Devotionals | July 04, 2016

    Jesus’ message and ministry was one of freedom. He proclaimed that He Himself was (and is) the One who brings the fullness of salvation, forgiveness, and deliverance to those who are oppressed and held captive by sin. His wisdom-infused teaching and life-restoring miracles confirmed that He Himself is the source of life and freedom. Celebrate the freedom found in Him, freedom to know the life and love found in Him, freedom to love and serve others in His name.

  • Would You Be Free

    Devotionals | July 01, 2016

    Men and women long for freedom. That longing can lead us astray. Blinded by the world in which we live, we may think that the freedom we seek is found in the things and people that surround us. “If only,” we begin to think. If only my life were like that person’s life, in only my family were like theirs, if only I had what they have, if only my circumstances were different. God offers us a different perspective. If only, He says, people would turn to me, if only they would trust me, if only they would receive my love, if only they would follow me.

  • The LORD Watches Over You

    Devotionals | June 24, 2016

    As leaders, we know what it is to watch over people. As those who have been given responsibility to lead the way, we watch over organizational vision, values, and mission. At home, we watch over family members; at work, we watch over employees; at church, we watch over the family of God. Sometimes the load of responsibility feels overwhelming. Who watches over us? Repeatedly, Scripture assures us that it is the LORD Himself who watches over and cares for us. He knows everything about the load we carry, and He is always with us to guide and protect.

  • God Alone

    Devotionals | June 01, 2016

    What idols do we turn to instead of turning to the LORD? How might these idols reflect our reliance on our personal strengths? Do we tend to trust in our own abilities, our own intelligence and resources, edging God out through self-reliance? Or do our idols reflect our weaknesses, weakening us as we center our lives around them and live under their control, again edging God out of our lives and circumstances? Center your life on Him so that, in your weakness and in your strength, God will be exalted in and through your life.  

  • Heather Day

    Destined or Doomed: The Heart of the Marriage Matter

    Blog | Heather Day | May 25, 2016

    They say that opposites attract – and that’s certainly been true for me.

    If our Myers-Briggs types were geographical locations, my ENFP self would be partying with the elves at the North Pole, while my ISTJ husband would be quietly reading amongst the penguins at the South.

    He’s the toast to my jelly. The brake petal to my accelerator. The Milli to my Vanilli. I need him, and he needs me.

    But here’s what “they” don’t always say.

  • Do Not Worry

    Devotionals | May 25, 2016

    Few of us try to make our lives more difficult than they need to be. Yet when difficulties mount, and we are distracted and worried, and we may become anxious. Our stressful reactions only contribute to the problems in front of us. This is just one of the reasons Jesus so emphatically tells us not to worry about our lives. Even more importantly, Jesus knows that our lives are part of the story God is writing. As challenges come your way, let them be reminders to more intentionally seek the Lord, and to follow Him into the future.