• I Will Not Run With Scissors

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | July 26, 2018

    “I can’t believe he did it anyway” I thought, “he asked my opinion, I told him – NO. I didn’t think we should get involved in a new ministry. And he did it anyway.”  It happened again. That’s right, someone I love hurt me deeply by asking my advice and then doing the opposite of what I thought was best. I was livid. My passive-aggressive self-preserving anger turned into an erupting volcano of bitterness because I was unwilling to forgive. I was wronged; felt double-crossed and believed my loved one did not deserve to be forgiven.

  • How to Pray

    Blog | Karen McGuire | July 24, 2018

    Has anyone ever asked you, “How’s your prayer life?” or “How do you pray and when?” In my early life those seemed to be more popular questions than today.

    I first realized, as a young follower of Jesus, that my prayer life was lacking.  I came across a verse in Matthew (6:7) that said in the King James Version,

                “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they    shall be heard for their much speaking.”

  • Preventing Being Disconnected

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | July 19, 2018

    Last week we were traveling in places where our cell phones didn’t work. These small devices we rely on for communication and connection, for information, education and even amusement, were useless.

    We would reach for our cell phones constantly, almost compulsively, and each time we were startled to discover how disconnected we felt when they didn’t work. It was disconcerting. (And not in a good way, either!) To add to this experience, the telephone land line was dead and there was no Wi-Fi.

  • God's Leadership Lesson

    The Freedom to Serve

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | July 17, 2018

    In July, the citizens of the United States celebrate our freedom and independence; concepts which are taken for granted often.  We celebrate a nation founded on the principles of freedom and independence.  In the Declaration of Independence, we not only proclaim our nation free from the rule of the British Empire; we acknowledge these as profound gifts from God: 

  • You're Doing It Wrong!

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | July 12, 2018

    “Mom, what do we DO with all of this?”

    My young children whispered their overwhelmed anxiety as they took in the array of china, silver, and crystal in front of each of them. Our family had been invited to a fancy wedding reception, children included. I knew they would behave well and appropriately since we had carefully guided their table manners over the years. However, these elaborate place settings intimidated us all.

  • Megan Pacheco

    Producing or Pretending?

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | July 10, 2018

    I recently heard a thought-provoking message from one of my pastors, Miles Welch. He unpacked an important relational principle from Galatians 6, one that deals with burdens and loads.

    Miles illustrated how getting this principle wrong can negatively impact us, our family relationships, our friendships and our workplace. Today I want to look at the way this principle of burdens and loads applies to teams.

    In the first few verses of Galatians 6 we read: “Carry each other’s burdens” and “Each one should carry their own load.”

  • Leadership Transparency

    4 Ways to Build It

    Blog | Charles Stone | July 05, 2018

    Leadership transparency can build or break trust. Without trust, leadership suffers. However, when a staff, customers, or congregation trust their leaders, good things happen. Several years ago, our church made some significant changes to our governance and our church constitution. After a two-year study process, our board of elders presented the changes to our church resulting in overwhelming approval, a unanimous vote. A key reason the process went so well was because they ruthlessly practiced leadership transparency.

  • 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.