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  • Prepare to Keep Control

    Blog | February 01, 2018

    Snow days in the South are celebrated like holidays.  We don’t get very many, but when we do, it’s the headline for weeks.  Grocery stores quickly run out of milk and bread, entire states shut down, and many of the major thoroughfares become parking lots.  As a result, we are faced with the “We are all stuck in the house and can’t go anywhere” blues.

    Control…or lack of it

  • Poor, Hungry, Desperate

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | January 25, 2018

    I did a lot of soul searching upon a recent re-entry from a mission trip to one of the poorest countries in the world – Uganda. Extreme poverty is defined as living on $1.25 or less a day. Almost one in three people in sub-Saharan Africa go hungry, far higher than any other region in the world, with the exception of South Asia. Yet, in many ways Africans are wealthier than billionaire Steve Jobs. And the peoples’ contentment has nothing do with whether or not their stomach is full. On the contrary, their satisfaction has to do with their focus and attitude toward their Creator.

  • Live Rightly and Well

    Blog | Karen McGuire | January 23, 2018

    I have heard of an unusual number of deaths recently – young and old. Family and friends scurry around to discover the best way to say who this person was to those that matter. In obituaries, tributes, conversations, people describe who this person was to them. Sometimes those memories are painful or difficult; sometimes it’s relief after a long illness or debilitating disease. Regardless, these situations are always sad on some level.

  • Abide

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | January 11, 2018

    “Now if everyone agrees to abide by these rules, we should get along just fine this year.” I smiled at the class, at the same time making sure they understood my expectations for their behavior. As one former student said, “I don’t know why some kids have a problem with Mrs. V. She tells us what she expects and she follows through.” Indeed, I made it clear I would not tolerate, abide blatant misbehavior.

    This kind of “abiding” is not often expressed these days. Yet the meaning is clear: Don’t do it! I won’t put up with it! Compliance is expected.

  • Resolutions

    When you fall off the horse, get back on

    Blog | Owen Phelps | January 09, 2018

    We’re only little more than a week into the New Year and already I have to ask: Do you still have any resolutions left to keep?

    Pardon the rude question. It’s really a matter of projecting my own weaknesses on the world. For most of my 79 years, my experience has been that I could break resolutions just as fast as I could make them.

    That’s right: some didn’t even survive a day. Most drifted off into a thick haze before the middle of January.  A little research tells me I’m not alone in this regard.

  • Fasting in a Leader’s Life: 8 Benefits

    Blog | Charles Stone | January 04, 2018

    Fasting is a spiritual practice the Bible encourages. The Old Testament mentions it many times as did Jesus. We often hear and teach that fasting can help us deepen our walk with Jesus, but I also believe that leaders should consider fasting to help them find clarity and focus. Taken from the book of Isaiah, fasting can bring these eight spiritual benefits to the life of every leader.

  • Leadership or Life

    Blog | Karen McGuire | December 28, 2017

    Do you prefer to be liked and appreciated or would you rather be mistreated? Do you prefer to be understood when you speak or would you rather be misunderstood?

    Silly questions, I know. I don’t know anyone who would answer either question in the negative. Sometimes, however, it is the way we treat each other.

  • What’s On Your Plate?

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | December 26, 2017

    We do something unique at the end of every year. We call it doing our “plates”. This tradition has been a part of our life since 2000, and is now vigorously anticipated by our adult children. In fact, the discussion about the end of the year always has the question, “When are we doing our plates?”

    As parents of adults and one grandboy we’re thrilled to see an activity we began when our children were 11 and 15 still being embraced and now passed along to the next generation.

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