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  • I learned a lesson about leadership composure from an unlikely source. Several years ago, I had scheduled a plumber to fix minor leaks in some toilets in our home as we prepared to sell our house. My wife was to meet the plumber in my absence and give him the instructions I had given her. At about ten minutes after the appointment time, she called and told me that he had come and said the fixes were so simple I could do them. I asked her what he charged us to give us that sage advice. Her response? “$125.” I was not a happy camper.

  • Working for A Fresh Start

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | April 27, 2021

    Easter morning!  The sunrise brings the promise of a new day.  We gather to share our faith and lift our voices in song.  We believe that better things are yet to come.  Although we often fall short, we seek to reset our behaviors, thoughts, and actions to align with the example and leadership provided by Jesus.   We celebrate the resurrection.  Our joyfulness so profound, perhaps overwhelming, that we can easily forget that Easter is also a time for fresh starts. 

  • How to Tell Yourself the Truth

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | April 15, 2021

    “I just don’t feel like doing it.” And so I did absolutely nothing on day one. I stayed in bed all day. Day two – I felt the same. Not only was I unproductive, I was discouraged and I was overwhelmed with anxiety. Days melted into weeks, weeks into months, before I knew it, six months was lost. I was stuck. I didn’t know how to get out of the pit. I didn’t think I deserved to be forgiven. I felt unforgiven, unloved, and ashamed; I felt unworthy and condemned. These lies Satan fed me prevented me from believing God’s truth about myself.

  • The Witness of Post-resurrection Apostles

    Blog | Paul Swamidass | March 31, 2021

    A Monumental Decision

    Upon the death of Judas, who betrayed Jesus Christ that resulted in His capture, crucifixion, death and resurrection, the Apostles decided to find a replacement for him. Peter, took the lead in defining the qualification of the new Apostle, who would take the place of Judas in the post-resurrection era; accordingly, Peter said,

  • Lent is a Time to Listen

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | March 24, 2021

    “Say what?” “Can you hear me now?” These familiar jingles have been used in popular commercials to get our attention. The catch phrases invite us to listen in. Hearing is what we do in response to an audible voice, startling noise or soothing music. According to Google, ‘to hear means to perceive with the ear the sound made by someone or something.

  • True Grit

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | March 16, 2021

    Do you remember the “Old Westerns” from television and movies years ago?  People seemed kinder, and more civil.  The “Good Guys” wore white, and those wearing black were usually trouble.  Roy Rogers, Alan Ladd, Gary Cooper, and John Wayne epitomized men with values.  They defended those abused and exploited, tipped their hats to the ladies, and left their guns outside at church.  When facing trouble, they were determined and dedicated; they showed “True Grit.” 

  • Connect and Disconnect

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | March 11, 2021

    “Someone forgot to shower today!”

    The class halted our small group discussions and stared at the one person who dared say out loud what everyone else was thinking. This wasn’t the first time my high school ESL class was startled by a comment from this girl. In fact, the other girls in the class, all immigrants from Hispanic cultures couldn’t understand the bold way this young lady spoke and acted. Finally a few of them approached me one day expressing their puzzlement over this classmate who used an “unusual dialect” and behaved so strangely.

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