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  • 5 Ways to Deepen Your Integrity

    Blog | September 07, 2017

    Daniel and his three friends are some of my favorite Bible characters. They modeled what it means to live a life of integrity. Several years ago, James Patterson and Peter Kim authored the book, The Day America told the Truth. They conducted a survey asking Americans what they would be willing to do for 10 million dollars and were shocked at their discovery. In this post, with a backdrop of their findings, I suggest 5 ways to deepen your integrity from the book of Daniel.

    Here’s what the authors learned about integrity from their research.

  • Zur – God My Rock

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | August 31, 2017

    I live in California. Earthquakes are common talk. We wonder when ‘the big one’ will hit.  Earthquake preparedness is a must: schools participate in earthquake drills, companies host earthquake preparedness seminars and individuals prepare earthquake survival kits. We try to be as prepared as we can be for the inevitable. But when a 3.5 quake rattled our peaceful community, I was caught off guard. It happened early in the morning, I was in my bedroom making my bed and suddenly the floor underneath my feet shifted down, like an elevator’s sudden descent.

  • Be Determined

    Blog | Karen McGuire | August 24, 2017

    I recently lead a teaching time for a monthly call that Lead Like Jesus hosts for our leadership development facilitators. I spoke with them about Nehemiah. Years before, I had read a book by Warren Wiersbe – one of my favorite theologians – on Nehemiah and learned much about leadership.

    Here’s some background on Nehemiah. The Children of Israel were divided into two Kingdoms when Solomon’s son, Rehoboam was king in 930 BC. The two kingdoms were Israel (consisting of 10 tribes) and Judah (consisting of Judah and Benjamin).

  • Credibility

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | August 17, 2017

     

    “Why don’t you help that little girl over there?”

    I looked around the appliance store, wondering what “little girl” the salesman was referring to. I had my three young children with me, one a babe in a stroller. Seeing no one else in the area, I realized he was talking about me. For heaven’s sake! I was thirty-two years old. Hardly a little girl. I was there to buy my first microwave oven, a big investment back in the early days of that miracle technology. I expected to be taken seriously, especially with money in my wallet.

  • Service Beyond Significance

    Blog | Owen Phelps | August 15, 2017

    I have an old and dear friend who will turn 86 before the end of this month. From time to time, he wonders if and how his life has made a difference.

    He never married or had children, so he has no wife or children around to assure him – in either word or deed – that his life has mattered.

    He was a professor of mine and an incredible presence on our college campus back in the tumultuous sixties, so I can say without reservation that his life has made a huge and wonderful difference in my own.

    But he still wonders.

  • Rules of Engagement: Acting and Reacting Like Jesus

    Blog | Chelsea Arrington | August 10, 2017

     

    When I was in seventh grade, I started wearing a WWJD, or What Would Jesus Do, bracelet. It was trendy and my church friends all had one. Mine was navy. I wore it all the time and thought it would explain to the world why I didn’t say certain words or go to parties with my school friends. My WWJD bracelet was my non-verbal declaration, ‘I’m a good girl. I’m a Christian.’ Little did I know that what Jesus would do meant a lot more.

  • Five Leadership Dynamics of Jesus’ Life

    Blog | Charles Stone | August 08, 2017

    Some time back I delivered a message on how Jesus modeled masculinity. As I reflected on that talk, I realized similar parallels apply to leadership. Jesus lived within these leadership dynamics during the three years He ministered on earth. Although fully God in every way, He lived as a human in every way as well, yet was without sin. He perfectly balanced each of these qualities below that appear as opposites. As you read these five dynamics, ask yourself which ones reflect your strengths and which ones need strengthening.

    Power and Compassion

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    5 Signs Your Work Ethic Needs “Work”

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | August 03, 2017

    When it comes to leadership, we often focus on the positional leader, the person near the top, addressing various opportunities for growth and development of habits and disciplines that, if cultivated, should eventually lead to success.

    In this blog, however, I’d like to focus on another facet of the leadership spectrum—our role as employees. We’ll see that exhibiting a poor work ethic is really a failure to lead from within and can seriously jeopardize our influence and witness.

  • The Link of Hope

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | July 27, 2017

     Survivors of the Auschwitz holocaust say the only thing that pulled them through horrific years of torture and captivity in the German concentration camps was to hold on to hope. Our Christian hope is linked to the presence of Jesus Christ. The more aware we are of the presence of Jesus Christ, the more hopeful we will feel. We must not hesitate to ask for Jesus’ help especially when we feel distant. We can pray simple prayers like “Jesus make me aware of You.”

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