• Getting Out of the Storm

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | September 21, 2021

    Why do bad things happen?  Humans have been asking this question, probably, since the beginning of time, or at least after we were pushed out of Eden.  In our past few articles, we’ve explored storms (bad things).  We’ve seen why God causes or allows storms, how the behaviors of others may affect us, and how we sometimes bring the storms upon ourselves. 

    Why do bad things happen?

  • Disappointments and Regrets

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | September 14, 2021

    “Mom, why aren’t you coming to my recital?”

    “I’m just too nervous.”

    “But you know how hard I’ve worked on this piece all year! You’ve heard me practice!”

    “I know. But I don’t want to be disappointed if you make mistakes.”

    But I don’t want to be disappointed if you make mistakes

  • Preventative Maintenance

    Blog | Kim Rider | August 31, 2021

    There are many things that require preventative maintenance. Probably the most common is our automobiles. Each automobile comes with a recommended maintenance schedule which includes things like oil and filter changes, transmission service, belt replacement, and tire rotation.

    Why does the auto manufacturer make these recommendations? These recommendations are made to ensure the auto runs better and lasts longer. Without this regular maintenance the automobile is more likely to fail and need major repairs.

  • From Setback to Comeback

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | August 24, 2021

    Setbacks are part of life. We’ve each experienced delays, faced interruptions, encountered postponements, and suffered disappointment. In fact, Jesus told us to expect trials and tribulation. John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

    Setbacks are part of life.

  • Scars (Come with Living)

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | August 17, 2021

    Life is full of storms.  We’ve previously discussed the circumstances that explain life’s storm.  They can be captured in three categories those caused by God, the actions of others or our actions and decisions (August, 2021).  We are in a pandemic and many debate the use of vaccines, wildfires consume the western United States while the extreme drought is happening, historic heat waves spread across the world and climate change solidifies its grip on humanity. 

  • “Why Am I Standing Here?”

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | August 10, 2021

    One of my favorite programs to watch with my children was The Muppet Show. The sketches were funny at both the kid and adult levels. One character, the janitor, seemed to have the most obvious but profound answers. In one sketch he was asked, “Beauregard, why are you standing there?” He calmly replied, “This is where my feet stopped.”

    I still laugh at the simpleminded answer. Yet how many times have I found myself standing in the middle of a room wondering why and having no other answer than “This is where my feet stopped!”

  • Navigate Life’s Storms

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | August 02, 2021

    Hurricane Season, typically June through November, marks a period of uncertainty and anxiety, especially in the Southern US.  Hurricanes don’t develop all at once instead they progress through stages:  Tropical Wave, Tropical Disturbance, Tropical Depression, Tropical Storm, and Hurricane.   A storm’s ability to cause damage, as it grows in intensity, is measured in categories ranging from least severe (Category 1) to total destruction (Category 5).   While Hurricanes can cause great damage, they seldom catch us by surprise.  Technology allows us to use reconnaissance aircraft and weather b

  • El Berith: The God of The Covenant

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | July 27, 2021

    The only One who keeps every promise He has ever made to us is our covenant God: El Berith. Our God is a covenant-keeping God. He always keeps His promises. Even when the fulfillment of these promises is still in the future and unseen, Christ-centered hope must be the foundation of our lives. Hard times come and hard times go, but God’s promises are forever.

    El Berith. Our God is a covenant-keeping God. 

  • Buoys and Leadership

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | July 13, 2021

    “Just circle around like you always do so I can drop a ski.”

    My dad shouted back: “I can’t swing the boat over there anymore because of the buoy!”

    I squinted at the water surface to the left of our dock. Sure enough there was a floating metal object put there by our new neighbor. Apparently he didn’t want to spend the money for a boat hoist and decided to sink a buoy line to tie up his boat. However, there was no boat currently attached, and the buoy was small enough and far enough from the shore to be easily missed by any passing boat or by a water skier like me.

  • My vocational call is a pastor. But I also write books. I’ve written six with a seventh coming this fall (intersects Jesus’ teaching principles with the neuroscience of teaching). To improve my writing, a few years ago was a part of a coaching group led by a really smart book marketer, Chad Cannon. I also attended an intense 1-day session on book marketing he led several years ago.  It was an amazing day I spent with him and eight bright and talented creatives. Our focus was not on leadership.