• Gratitude and Thankfulness

    Blog | Karen McGuire | May 14, 2020

    You may have read those words in the title and thought, “I have nothing for which to be grateful or thankful! This is May 2020 and COVID-19 is still slowing down, changing my life and I don’t, and I won’t like it at all!” Ok, maybe, it’s not you but you know someone who is feeling that way.

    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV) reminds us to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

  • 5 Traits of a Flourishing Leader

    Blog | Charles Stone | May 07, 2020

    Some people have a green thumb and others don’t. Those that do can grow plants and flowers that seem to flourish with life, color, and vibrancy. Leaders also fall into two categories. Those who flourish and those who don’t. What are some common traits of flourishing leaders? I believe what happened in the early church gives us clues to the traits of a flourishing leader.

  • Leading Through Crisis

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | April 28, 2020

    The usually busy streets of Chicago are empty.  The city responding, like so many others, with a lockdown.  In the mist of the silence, WGN television reports on a lone voice singing “Hallelujah.” The local street performer, Andrew David said, “What is the purpose behind the performance? I realized that people are looking – in the midst of calamity – for peace.”

  • Learn, Unlearn, Relearn

    Blog | Karen McGuire | April 23, 2020

    Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order

    that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.

    Titus 3:14 (NIV)

    “Tomorrow's illiterate will not be the man who can't read; he will be

    the man who has not learned how to learn." – Alvin Toffler

  • Fear Among Us

    Blog | Kim Rider | April 21, 2020

    As we find ourselves in this state of social distancing, it’s easy to let fear creep in and overtake our thoughts. When all of this started, I found that my social media feeds were very full of fear and anxiety. Then, on March 20, one of my friends made a comment in a post that said, “I noticed on Wednesday night that Facebook instantly went from being the CDC to being TBN.”  Since that day, my feed has become full of Scriptures, encouraging quotes, and loving people.

  • Jehovah Rapha

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | April 16, 2020

    “You have cancer,” announced Dr. Du. Immediately, my senses went numb and the room began to spin. As the harsh reality set in, my mind reeled, Cancer, me? How could that be, there’s no cancer in my family. I looked across the doctor’s office at my husband, Paul. I said, “This is really bad.” I remembered Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” And then I made a choice—to give God more attention than the cancer.

  • Is It Possible to Thank God Too Much?

    Blog | Paul Swamidass | April 14, 2020

    Give thanks always 

    In the first chapter of Romans, the Apostle Paul addresses the sinfulness of people, who failed to glorify God and failed to thank Him: 

    “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Romans 1:21). 

    “They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice” (Romans 1: 29). 

  • Light of Life

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | April 09, 2020

    “This is the place where the Lord Jesus was born.”

    “This is the place where they crucified the Lord Jesus.”

    “And this is the place where they laid the body of the Lord Jesus.”

    Our guide, Ruthie, consistently referred to Jesus as “the Lord” all through our visit to Israel. Yet I knew she wasn’t a believer. She had her “degree in Christianity,” but she wasn’t a Christian. She was certainly knowledgeable about the life and times of Jesus, but there was no spark of faith in her.

  • Leading in Turbulent Times

    4 Essentials

    Blog | Charles Stone | March 31, 2020

    If you are a leader, you will face turbulence in your ministry or organization. Sometimes the turbulence feels so intense that leading seems impossible. If you’re currently facing turbulent times in your role, consider what one of the most revered men in history did when he faced such times.

  • The God Who Sees Me

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | March 26, 2020

    The God of the Old Testament, El Roi is still “The God Who Sees.” But sometimes we feel distant from God. In Psalm 43:2, David cried, “You are God my stronghold. Why have you rejected me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?” He sees us in our depression, desperation, and difficulty. If you’ve ever felt rejected by God, you are in like company. God wants us to press into Him. He wants to be invited to take us to a deeper walk with Him. El Roi sees everything and knows everything; He knows and understands all that happens.