• 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.

  • Take Off Those Blinders

    Blog | Kim Rider | November 19, 2020

    When I was 7 years old, I asked for a new bicycle for Christmas. This was in addition to the many other items I had circled in the annual Sears and Roebuck Christmas Wish Book. I did not expect to receive a new bike for Christmas, as it was more than my parent’s budget allowed. But a girl can wish, can’t she? Christmas morning came and my brother and I opened all our gifts and we got most everything we wanted, but there was no bike under the tree for me. As we started enjoying our new toys, my dad asked if I would get him a glass of water from the kitchen.

  • When Ministry Knocks You Down

    And Getting Back Up

    Blog | Charles Stone | November 05, 2020

    If you’re a pastor, a missionary, or serve in a church, you can’t avoid discouragement, disappointment, and hurt from ministry. The Bible even uses the not-so-complimentary metaphor “sheep” to describe those we serve. And sheep get dirty and smelly and often kick and bite. Sometimes those sheep in the church do the same to their shepherds. So when you get kicked, forgotten, disrespected, ignored, mistreated, gossiped about, or misunderstood, how do you move forward?

  • If Only

    Blog | Karen McGuire | October 29, 2020

    How many times in life have you uttered those words – if only! If only I had a better job, if only I made better grades, if only my teacher liked me, if only, if only, if only ….

    We wish and wish that things were different, better, less stressful, easier, etc. It seems that IF ONLY this one thing would go my way then life would improve, at least in whatever way we want at that moment.

    Often we find, after time has passed that if our IF ONLY wish had come true, life would be more complicated, difficult and less pleasing. Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20!

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.