• Beware of the Snare

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | January 28, 2021

    Ever felt stuck? Maybe you’ve struggled with an annoying habit or irritating addiction? You wonder how you can break loose. Yes, I get it. For decades, I was unaware I was caught up in a trap expertly designed for me by the enemy. For twenty years, I was hung up by a series of rejections that happened in my childhood. I believed the hurtful lies and owned the labels that had been spoken over me when I was bullied in my ballet class. I didn’t know I was misled. I was naïve about the tricks, traps, and snares that entangled me.

  • Open Your Eyes

    Blog | Karen McGuire | January 26, 2021

    In 2 Kings 6, we find several stories of the prophet Elisha. One of the stories involves the king of Aram who is chasing Elisha and wishes to capture the prophet. In verse 13, the king says, “Go and see where he is, so I can send men to capture him.”  So off the army goes to Dothan (not Alabama) by night and surround the city.

  • 4 Traits of the World’s Second Greatest Leader

    Blog | Charles Stone | January 21, 2021

    I believe Jesus was the world’s greatest leader. I would call the Apostle Paul the world’s second greatest leader because he wrote much of the New Testament and because he spread Christianity into the West through his missionary journeys. The book of Acts details much of those early missionary journeys. Acts 16 describes four traits that Christian leaders should emulate.

  • The Essence of Leadership is Faith, Hope and Love

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | January 19, 2021

    We can only hope!  This was the message delivered by many newscasters in final broadcasts out the year. It is a new year and most of us couldn’t be happier that 2020 is in our rearview mirror. It was a long and tiring year. We’re tired of viruses, masking, social distancing, and maybe a little tired of each other because of quarantines. It isn’t that we don’t love each other or don’t enjoy being together; we’re just tired. I think we passed tired a few months back, now we’re fatigued. While not a clinical definition, fatigue simply means that we are tired of being tired. Fatigue drains us s

  • Grieving and Getting Through the Holidays

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | December 16, 2020

    Is there an empty place at your table this Christmas? For many, this will be their first holiday season without their loved one. It’s okay to remember them. This year, my dad is celebrating his third Christmas in heaven. We recently visited dad’s grave at the beautifully decorated Central Valley veteran’s cemetery; a moving experience to see hundreds of natural pine wreaths with their bright red bows placed lovingly in front of each white marble headstone. Dad would have loved it.

  • Why Do We Come Together?

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | December 10, 2020

    Every year at churches, street corners and even the mall, carols and hymns can be heard bringing in the Christmas season. Christmas isn’t just another day; it’s different. It’s not because of the snow, not everyone gets it.  It’s not the parades or bowl games, not everyone watches.  It’s not about the gifts, we don’t always get want we want.  Something about this season changes us.  The feeling is perhaps described best in the movie Scrooged (1988).  Frank Cross, portrayed by Bill Murray, asserts:

  • Giving Thanks Even If

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | November 26, 2020

    “Why are you riding a city bus to school? That’s not right! Teachers shouldn’t be riding the bus!”

    My seventh grade student, a very mature young man who had failed this grade at least twice, was indignant that his teacher was using public transportation.

    “I appreciate your concern, Charles, but I’m just fine riding the bus. My husband needs the car during the day, and this works out for us.”

    Two days later, Charles sat on my desk and leaned in confidentially:

    “I’ve got a great lead on a sweet red convertible that you’d look really good driving.”

  • Believe God More

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | November 24, 2020

    “Our belief in God is not blind faith. Belief is having a firm conviction something is true, not hoping it’s true,” said Max Lucado. Have you looked forward to something for a long time, then when you finally got it, it wasn’t at all what you thought it would be. Did you feel deceived? You had faith in the object, not in the one it came from. Is it any surprise some of us have a hard time trusting God? When bad things happen to good people, we second-guess God’s love for us.