• Whole

    Being Fully Present

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | May 24, 2018

    “Would you like me to take that back to the kitchen and have them remove the head?”

    I warily looked down at the fish that was eying me. Of course it was dead… and also beautifully prepared, by the way. But this “whole fish” concept was a bit unsettling. I quickly agreed that I’d enjoy my dinner much more if I didn’t feel I should be conversing with my entrée.

  • Blind Spot

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | May 22, 2018

    “Whew, that was close,” I thought, as I maneuvered my car back into the center lane, realizing I’d missed hitting the car I’d passed, by just a few inches. “That Mazda was in my blind spot.” Although the Mazda was there, it was not in view when I’d checked the lane out. I didn’t see it. However, if we had collided, the collision would have been my fault.

  • I Got Caught!

    Blog | Kim Rider | May 17, 2018

    At the age of 49, I got my first ticket – a speeding ticket. I must be honest in saying that this was not the first time I sped, it was just the first time I got caught! I greeted the officer with my license and registration and he returned with a nice little piece of paper with my fine printed on it. I had an hour and a half left on my journey before I got home and had to tell my husband. Many thoughts went through my head.  I was mad at myself because this was completely avoidable.

  • Shower the People with Love

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | May 15, 2018

    Music has always been an important part of my life.  Through it, as a child, I escaped many saddening experiences.  Music opened the doors of possibility to a brighter world, and it helped me create bonds of friendship.  Today, I find comfort and inspiration; especially with contemporary Christian music. 

    When the opportunity to see James Taylor in concert recently presented itself, Annie and I bought our tickets.  We made our way to the Amway Center, and spent the night at a hotel in Orlando so that we could enjoy the experience and not feel rushed to get back home.

  • How Would Jesus Celebrate Mother’s Day

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | May 10, 2018

    Mother's Day is celebrated in many parts of the world as a day to honor mothers and motherhood.  In the United States, Canada, and Australia it is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in May.

    One indicator of the importance of Mother’s Day is that it’s the busiest day of the year for phone calls, with an estimated 122 million phone calls made in the U.S. alone.  There’s a natural desire in most people to want to honor their mother, if it’s possible. That’s why billions of dollars are spent on buying flowers, cards, and taking Mom out to dinner.

  • Leadership Begins on the Inside

    Blog | Owen Phelps | May 08, 2018

    Leadership is about relationships more than structure – much more. So it may seem counter-intuitive that leadership begins on the inside. But effective leadership, especially Jesus-like leadership, does begin on the inside. It starts with the leader’s motivation.

    If we don’t get the heart right, not much else can turn out good either. 

  • Are you a Grateful Leader?

    3 Key Indicators

    Blog | Charles Stone | May 03, 2018

    Jesus once performed an amazing mass healing when he healed 10 lepers all at once (Luke 17.11-19). However, what amazed Jesus most was that only one leper came back to thank him. The responses these lepers gave so astounded Jesus that Luke records three questions He asked out loud after the healing. “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?

  • Fairness Bias

    Blog | April 26, 2018

    “It’s not fair!” “Life’s not fair!”

    As either an adult, parent or child, each one of us has said those words to ourselves, our children or others. We truly believed that what had happened to us or around us was not fair. defines fair as “in accordance with the rules or standards; legitimate.” This begs the question, of course, who’s rules and standards?!  For most of us, 'who' generally means our perspective whatever that might be!

  • The Mindful Leader

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | April 24, 2018

    I think at some time in our lives we have all been there.  We awaken and rather than feeling refreshed, we are overcome by feelings of anxiety.  Perhaps, our relationships are going through trying times, taxes and bills are due, work is falling behind, or we aren’t feeling well.