• Shine

    Devotionals | September 19, 2018

    Some people like to complain about the darkness around them. Jesus wasn’t one of them. He took action. He stepped into the world’s brokenness and brought light into the darkness. He calls us to do the same. Our lives are to illuminate the darkness. As Jesus transforms you to be more like Him, your life increasingly radiates the presence of God. Jesus calls you to follow His example and shine His light and life everywhere God sends you.

  • What You See Isn’t Always What You Get

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | September 18, 2018

    We are bombarded with daily messages about having and using the right make-up, bath soap, toothpaste, or mouthwash.  We are, expected to have the right smell, whiter teeth, and especially the right image.  The internet, television, radio and print media tell us we should weigh less, be leaner and fitter, have a certain size or ideal body type. 

  • You Matter

    Devotionals | September 17, 2018

    You matter to God. He knows who you long to be and how you want to honor Him. He is at work in you. He knows what it costs you to follow Him. He is committed to helping you do what He has called you to do. He is pleased with your efforts to serve others in Jesus’ name. He wants to have even more access to your heart and head. He wants to use your hands to minister to others. He wants His love to overflow through you to others. He wants you to let His Spirit lead through you. Will you?

  • He is Near

    Devotionals | September 14, 2018

    What challenges are you facing today? What circumstances cause you to question God’s goodness, power, and presence? Take time to bring these to Him. Lay them at His feet. Become aware of His presence. Let Him minister to you. Let His nearness encourage your heart. Allow His Spirit and Word to speak to your need. Receive His correction and guidance. Commit yourself to His care as you rise to begin this day. Return to Him as often as needed to be refreshed and renewed throughout the day.

  • Being Thoughtful

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | September 13, 2018

    Hmmm… “Crafted with thoughtful ingredients.” I pictured a group of people sitting around a kitchen table or hovering over a stove, testing one ingredient after another. They nod in agreement or argue about choosing blueberries over strawberries to make the perfect snack bar. Well, maybe not. But I know the company wanted me to believe they had put thought into its product, even if the package label was a bit over the top.

  • It’s Your Choice

    Devotionals | September 12, 2018

    It’s your choice. You choose who it is that gets to decide who you are, who gets to decide your value and worth, and who shapes your view of the future. Make no mistake about it; the world is actively trying to tell you who you are. The world is bombarding you with its agenda and promoting its values. But Jesus said His followers are no longer part of the world. Choose to follow Him. Choose to live and lead in light of who He says you are.

  • Lessons From Jesus

    Good Leaders Don’t Let Problems Fester

    Blog | Owen Phelps | September 11, 2018

    One of the many great blessings in my life was the opportunity to lead a chain of weekly newspapers at the tender age of 27.

    It was a great blessing for me, but probably not so much for many of my colleagues on the payroll. They had the mixed blessing of being on hand to see me grow – struggle upon struggle – as a leader. Sometimes the hard lessons landed hardest on me. Sometimes they landed harder on my colleagues.

  • Leading in the Ordinary

    Devotionals | September 10, 2018

    Some parts of life are filled with routine: chores, personal care, cooking, caring for family members, driving to work, setting up for ministry events, handling administrative details. We find ourselves doing things out of rote, allowing muscle memory to do the work while our minds wander. Jesus’ incarnation brings the presence and power of God into the everyday routines of life and makes the ordinary sacred. What is your ordinary daily routine? What would it look like to invite God into the ordinary rhythms of your life and leadership?

  • Dare to Be Different

    Devotionals | September 07, 2018

    Jesus demonstrated such a revolutionary way to lead that the ruling authorities at the time didn’t know what to do with Him. His picture of the future didn’t align with theirs. His ways and teaching ran counter to their objectives, strategies, and goals. Despite the prevailing cultural climate, Jesus continued to pursue God’s call. His life reflected God’s love and will in spite of opposition. Where do you experience pressure to follow the latest cultural, ministry, or business leadership trends instead of following Jesus?

  • God-Thoughts

    Devotionals | September 05, 2018

    When Jesus walked the earth, people thought they knew better than He did. When His words and claims offended them, they ignored what He said. They added to Scripture and explained away the parts that inconvenienced them. What does your response to God’s Word say about the condition of your heart? Do you impose your own preferences on Scripture or do you allow Scripture to reorient you to God’s perspective?