• Imagine...

    Blog | Karen McGuire | December 10, 2019

    Do you like to think about how things might be rather than remain as they are? Do you imagine what it will be like when your children or grandchildren become adults and are out on their own? Do you imagine how your current work assignment might become your dream job rather than your drudgery job? Do you imagine what your next career move might be and the adjustments it might require? Most of us imagine things regularly.

  • Messaging and Tone

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | November 28, 2019

    “So how did you think my first year of teaching went? Any suggestions?”

    My young colleague was looking for my feedback now that the school year had ended and we were leaving for our summer break. I’d had a good view of his overall style and manner since we taught the two fourth grades as a team. He had experienced many of the pitfalls of a new teacher. However, he had a wonderful knowledge of his subject matter and conveyed it well. He had high expectations for classroom behavior. The message was good. It was his tone that was lacking.

  • Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | November 26, 2019

    Are you counting down the days before Christmas? Whether we use a wall calendar with openings for each day or read a daily Bible verse to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, observing Advent helps keep Jesus at the center of Christmas. As believers, we wait and watch for the arrival to celebrate the date of a man who came to earth more than two thousand years ago. Jesus Christ came to earth and changed everything. But why focus on waiting for someone who has already come? So glad you asked. Perhaps you’re wondering “what is Advent all about?”

  • Work-Life - Is There a Balance?

    Blog | Kim Rider | November 21, 2019

    A little over 10 years ago, I welcomed my 40’s with a stressful work environment, lots of overtime, neglect of my family, elevated blood pressure and a few other health issues. When I was sitting in the doctor’s office feeling horrible and getting my prescription for blood pressure medicine, it became real to me. All these years of “I can handle this”, “I’ll do that”, “I have to work late”, and “I’m too tired to (fill in the blank)” had caught up with me. It was affecting my health, my time, my family and my life.  I knew I was the only one who could fix it. So, I did.

  • Appreciation and Gratitude: It’s more than saying “Thank You”

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | November 19, 2019

    We are thanked many times throughout the day, sometimes I think we have become immune to its effect, or it’s so subtle we don’t notice. We see these words on doors at malls, restaurants receipts; we are even thanked on bills for our prompt payment.  But how can these words help us improve our effectiveness in our roles as leaders at work, home or church?  What qualities make a good or effective leader? 

  • Seasons of Life

    Blog | Karen McGuire | November 14, 2019

    All throughout the Bible, followers of Jesus are reminded to express our gratitude for all the Lord has done for us by teaching, singing and work. Colossians 3:16 (HCSB) says it well, Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God.

  • Megan Pacheco

    Blinded by Groupthink

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | October 29, 2019

    In 2006 Turkish shepherds watched as hundreds of their sheep followed each other over a cliff. It started with just one sheep who thought it could cross the ravine, and the next thing the shepherds knew, 1,100 other sheep followed suit. In total, 400 of the “non-thinking followers” plunged to their deaths while the rest managed to survive.

    While reading the article in disbelief, I kept thinking: How could the sheep be so foolish? Didn’t they see the cliff? Didn’t they see the first few plunge to their deaths? And if they did, why did they keep following?

  • Find Strength in Surrender

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | October 24, 2019

    Sometimes, just like in the movies, you want to call a “cease fire.”  You need the hostilities directed your way to stop.  You haven’t seen a promotion, bonus or pay raise in a while.  You’re spending less time at home; relationships are beginning to crumble.  The kids are entering their teens, and they seem to be rebelling more.  You’ve missed Bible study, choir rehearsal, and even skipped services to pick up odd jobs.  You’re putting in more hours, maybe you’ve taken on a second job, but not seeing any progress.  There are more demands than you can handle.