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  • How Your Work Can Shape Your Faith

    Blog | Craig McAndrews | July 03, 2018

    I love the story in the Bible about the launch of Jesus’ ministry and how He goes about selecting the early disciples.  The book of Matthew recounts the selection process in chapter 4, verses 18-22.  In one case, with Simon (later called Peter) and Andrew, Jesus interrupted them at work with a bold invitation.  “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19 NASB).  Can you imagine being at work and a stranger comes along with an invitation to follow Him?  Jesus changed the course of their lives by altering the way they thought about their profession.  Why fish for f

  • Step off the Sidewalk

    Blog | Karen McGuire | June 28, 2018

    Desmond Tutu is a South African Anglican pastor and theologian known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He was the Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then the Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996. In both cases he was the first black man to hold the position.

  • Jesus’ 6-Step Strategy for Resolving Conflict

    Blog | Charles Stone | June 26, 2018

    Conflict is unavoidable in relationships. Conflict isn’t necessarily sinful or destructive, but it can be depending on how we handle it. Jesus outlines a clear, specific and workable process in Matthew 18. And we simply can’t improve on what Jesus says. I’ve summarized, into a 6-step process, the essence of what I believe Matthew 18 teaches us.

    We simply can’t improve on what Jesus says.

  • App Interruption

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | June 21, 2018

    As an avid runner, my favorite app on my iPhone 5 to help monitor my progress and chart my running goals is Map My Run. This cool device helps track my running mileage, gauges my pace and even audibly tells me how many calories I’ve burned. Last week, I was enjoying my run, breathing the fresh air deep into my lungs, just getting warmed up.

  • Use What You've Been Given

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | June 19, 2018

    “You’re a second alto,” the choir director told me.

    “No. I’m a first soprano,” I assured him. I was now a freshman in college, and I told this new director that for the past six years I’d sung the highest voice in the choir all through junior and senior high school. How could I suddenly be an alto?

    “Well, you may be able to hit those high notes, but your strength is in your lower range. You’ll be a great second alto.”

  • Growing in Community

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | June 14, 2018

    We had the privilege of spending time with a husband and wife celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  We were married 25 years to their 50 years, so we felt like babies in comparison. They were rich in so many ways, not in dollars and cents but in all the other ways which truly last.

    Gerry and Shirley taught us so much about how to build and nurture a community. Were they perfect? No. However, what we learned from this couple before they passed will remain with us always.

  • Failure to Launch

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | June 08, 2018

    I believe that Father’s Day, the third Sunday in June, is a great opportunity to discuss fatherhood and leadership.  In 1966, President Johnson, by presidential proclamation, said “In our Nation, we look to fathers to provide the strength and stability which characterize the successful family.  If the father’s responsibilities are many, his rewards are also great -- the love, appreciation, and respect of his children and spouse.”  It may seem awkward to some to discuss leadership and fatherhood in the same breath.

  • The Worship of Work

    Blog | Craig McAndrews | June 05, 2018

    The first time I heard the concept of work being worship I thought it was a little strange.  Personally, I had a number of days where I worked long hours going from meeting to meeting, jumping on conference calls and solving problems without taking a single minute to pray.  There were other days where I got up before the crack of dawn to rush to the airport and spend the day visiting stores without taking any time to read my Bible.  Honestly, there were times I thought work was the exact opposite of worship and in some cases an interruption to real worship.  How can I worship God when work

  • Megan Pacheco

    This Is Where Most Leaders Fail

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | May 29, 2018

    “…shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” 1 Peter 5:1-4

    Football is a big part of our family’s life; hence it often provides us with leadership and life lessons.

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