• You Don’t Need to Look Back to Move Forward

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | August 15, 2019

    Why is this happening to me?  This is a question that we have all asked ourselves.  You don’t understand why things keep happening that hold you back. You sit in a chair at home, in the office or perhaps church and think about the job or the promotion that you didn’t get.  If you had only made a different decision. You should have taken that high visibility assignment when it was offered, but your plate was already full.  At home things aren’t going well either.  You relive the argument you had with your spouse or child.  You wish you could take back the hurtful words.

  • Can I Fix It?

    Blog | Karen McGuire | August 08, 2019

    Before I was born my father had worked as a long-haul truck driver on the U.S. east coast. After I came along, he took a position that kept him closer to home. My father and I had a great relationship. He was my go-to person for everything. I loved him with all my heart.

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    Leadership Lessons from a Chinese Bamboo Tree

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | August 06, 2019

    I don't know about you, but as I look back on my childhood and teenage years, I don’t remember life being so hectic. Both of my parents worked, yet I have many great memories of playing with them and spending afternoons with neighbors and friends.

    Today life seems so rushed. So full of activities. So unsympathetic and almost merciless toward patience, waiting, rest and unannounced visits. Even those of us who follow Jesus often struggle with the “be still and know” aspect of our walk with Him. (Psalm 46:10)

  • I Believe in You!

    Blog | Kim Rider | July 30, 2019

    Facebook reminded me of a memory from four years ago the other day.  It was a drawing from my, then 8-year-old, grandson. The caption I put with it indicated that I had had many technical challenges that day that were apparently overheard by my grandson. He drew a great little person and then wrote, “I belive (believe) in you mimi you can do it !!!!!!”   

  • Belief Brings Relief

    Blog | Chelsea Arrington | July 25, 2019

    I believed a lie for two decades. It was something I had been told as an 8-year-old ballet student. The other students made negative and demeaning comments about my appearance. “You are fat” which my mind translated into “You are not good enough.” It felt like a poison dart and it affected my self-perception. You might struggle with the same lie; or perhaps the lies you believe are different.

  • Why is That?

    Blog | Karen McGuire | July 23, 2019

    It’s January 1st and we’ve decided to go to the gym daily and to lose weight in the new year. We’re all geared up and ready to go! By February 15th at the latest, we are not going to the gym and losing weight will have to wait for another year.

    Why is that?

    We’re a high school senior and looking at college choices, degrees, lifetime decisions, etc. and we finally find the college/university of our dreams and then we put that life on hold and decide to go to work to save money.

    Why is that?

  • Megan Pacheco

    Consider your Ego

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | July 18, 2019

    “For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself” (Galatians 6:3, ESV).

    Our hubris and inflated (or deflated) ego tend to blind us.

    According to a recent Harvard Business Review article, inflated ego is the enemy of good leadership. And if you’ve ever interacted with someone who has an inflated ego—be it at work, home or in friendships—you know its destructive power.

  • Leadership Perspective

    Is Sacrifice Another Word for Blessing?

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | July 16, 2019

    We share an unspoken desire motivated by the need to provide for our families, care and nurture our children, love and honor our parents, and perhaps make the world a better place.  We pray that our efforts are blessed, perhaps so that others won’t have to face the struggles we have endured. We can point to, and perhaps boast about, our accomplishments; but, often fail to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of others, including God. It may be we lack humility, but I would rather believe we simply take our blessings for granted.  When we take our blessing for granted, Hebrews 13:16

  • Tests

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | July 11, 2019

    “I’m calling to let you know we have the results of your test. There is no sign of cancer.”

    I breathed out a quiet sigh that felt like I had been holding in forever. After more than a month of detailed medical screenings, those anxious thoughts tapping on my shoulder, I knew I would always honor prayer requests from people undergoing tests.

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    Expect to be Surprised

    Blog | Paul Swamidass | July 04, 2019

     “Who will roll away the stone?” 

    When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” (Mark 16:1-3).