• Leadership Perspective

    Is Sacrifice Another Word for Blessing?

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | July 16, 2019

    We share an unspoken desire motivated by the need to provide for our families, care and nurture our children, love and honor our parents, and perhaps make the world a better place.  We pray that our efforts are blessed, perhaps so that others won’t have to face the struggles we have endured. We can point to, and perhaps boast about, our accomplishments; but, often fail to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of others, including God. It may be we lack humility, but I would rather believe we simply take our blessings for granted.  When we take our blessing for granted, Hebrews 13:16

  • Tests

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | July 11, 2019

    “I’m calling to let you know we have the results of your test. There is no sign of cancer.”

    I breathed out a quiet sigh that felt like I had been holding in forever. After more than a month of detailed medical screenings, those anxious thoughts tapping on my shoulder, I knew I would always honor prayer requests from people undergoing tests.

  • Do the Right Thing

    Expect to be Surprised

    Blog | Paul Swamidass | July 04, 2019

     “Who will roll away the stone?” 

    When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” (Mark 16:1-3). 

  • Big Plans for the Little Ones

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | June 27, 2019

    I was thrilled when I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I was elated when a few months later, I gave birth to my daughter. I learned a lot about God’s love through being a parent. Soon after, I was excited when God gave me the opportunity to serve Him in children’s ministries in my church. I learned about God’s tenderness by serving in the nursery, I found out about God’s patience in potty-training toddlers, I understood God’s playful side when I organized games for elementary kids.

  • Megan Pacheco

    What’s Your TRUST Foundation?

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | June 25, 2019

    “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:10).

    Survey after survey shows that trust is a big deal. No, let me rephrase that. Survey after survey shows that lack of trust is a big deal. I’m not sure this is a “new” thing; after all trust issues go all the way back to the garden of Eden, don’t they? I guess you could say Adam and Eve were the first ones who failed the trust test, and we’ve been struggling with trusting one another—and trusting God—ever since.

  • Portion

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | June 18, 2019

    “Where are you going with that huge bowl of ice cream?”

    I was a new server at our local country club, my first job working for someone besides my father. I stood there with what I thought was a proper portion of this familiar treat. After all, I knew how much it was going to cost the customer, and I wanted him to get his money’s worth. My supervisor, however, stopped me before I could leave the kitchen.

  • When the Heat is On, Leaders Lead

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | June 13, 2019

    It was late in the evening as the military Casualty Affairs Officer and the Chaplain approached the door.  After knocking, the door opened, and they were greeted by “the look.”  It is no ordinary look but one that communicated the knowledge that something was wrong.  They were ushered into the living room.  The family members sat down and heard the dreaded words, “It is with deep sorry and regret that we must inform you of the death of your (husband, wife, son or daughter).” There is no way to convey the feelings and there are no words to express the pain, so they cry.

  • A Father's Impact

    Blog | Karen McGuire | June 11, 2019

    I was blessed with a great father. My parents were both older when I was born, I was a surprise and an only child. Neither one of my parents had a college education; my mother had a high school diploma and my father had an eighth-grade education. He was a construction worker during my growing up years but had been a long-haul truck driver, covering the north/south route from Maine to Florida for a national food distributor.

  • Confessions of an Aspiring Jesus-like leader

    I’m Not There Yet

    Blog | Owen Phelps | June 06, 2019

    I’m not often tempted to pat myself on the back. At my age, I know know better. It would make my shoulder hurt. (Don’t ask me how I know that.)

    Nonetheless, if I’m ever tempted to try – again – another simple but painful experience, God should deliver me from the temptation.

    Despite more than a decade devoted to teaching people how to Lead Like Jesus, when it comes to me being a Jesus-like leader myself, I’m not there … yet.

    How do I know? Here’s the backstory.

  • Working with Jesus for “Impossible” Outcomes

    Blog | Paul Swamidass | May 30, 2019

    Compassionate leader

    When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”