• Keep Going

    Devotionals | August 07, 2020

    God continues to transform us as we look to Him. We learn to practice habits that nourish and sustain us on this journey of transformation. Our goal is to increasingly become people of humility and God-confidence who exalt God and serve like Jesus. This is why we return to Scripture again and again, pray, and consciously abide in God’s unconditional love. This is why we seek times of solitude where we can hear the Master’s voice.

  • Sticking Points

    Devotionals | August 05, 2020

    Sticking points come in many forms. Relationships. Temptations. Conflict. Self-control. Trying to do things in our own strength. Edging God out—of life, leadership, and goals. The allure of this world and all that it holds. Stubbornness. Pride. Fear. Being wise in our own eyes. Not trusting others. All of us have sticking points, those places where we struggle to put into practice Jesus’ model of love, life, and leadership. What is yours? How is it holding you back?

    Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10

  • Share the Message

    Devotionals | August 03, 2020

    What opportunities have you had lately to share about what God is doing in your life? Your work settings may or may not give you witnessing opportunities. Perhaps opportunities are more readily found in your other spheres of influence: sitting around the dinner table with family or having coffee with friends or colleagues. These unexpected, casual conversations can bring up opportunities to tell people about your journey of learning to lead like Jesus. Be on the lookout for ways you can exalt God in interactions with others.

  • Inundated

    Devotionals | July 31, 2020

    Have you ever been held captive by information-induced paralysis? You are not alone, we all have. We become so focused on gaining relevant knowledge that we forget to seek wisdom. Previous generations had much less information than many of us today, but they had the wisdom to seek God’s wisdom and perspective. Let their wisdom remind you to do the same. You can count on God’s wisdom, regardless of the amount of information you have. Will you?

    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. – Proverbs 1:7

  • Better Than Biscuits

    Blog | Kim Rider | July 30, 2020

    A friend on social media shared this story:

    A while back I read a story of a visiting pastor who attended a men's breakfast in the middle of a rural farming area of the country.

    The group had asked an older farmer, decked out in bib overalls, to say grace for the morning breakfast.

  • Forgiving Like Jesus

    Devotionals | July 29, 2020

    Jesus’ parable of the unmerciful servant is about forgiveness. Today—two millennia after Jesus spoke—this parable still finds its mark. God’s deep love for wayward sons and daughters is always available to all who desire it. Yet, we, His people, far too often offer stingy forgiveness that trickles from hearts of stone. Who do you struggle to forgive like God forgives you?

  • Sacred Surgery

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | July 29, 2020

    The historical surgery took place on February 15, 1921. Dr. Kane applied local anesthesia to his patient and cut through skin and tissues, found the infected appendix, removed it. The patient assured the medical team he experienced minimal pain and discomfort. The patient’s name? Dr. Evan Kane. The patient and the doctor were one in the same person.

  • Trust

    Devotionals | July 27, 2020

    Trust is essential in all relationships—with God and with those around us. (No one voluntarily follows people they do not trust.) God went to great lengths to show us that we can trust Him, and He continues to build trust with us day by day. We build trust in the same way: one person and one interaction at a time, keeping our commitments and reflecting Jesus-like compassion and character. How can you build trust with others?

    Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you. – Psalm 84:12

  • Unsettled Times

    Devotionals | July 24, 2020

    Unsettled times often linger longer than we wish. Like the disciples who lived in fear and confusion as Jesus was being tried and crucified, we wonder when and if the nightmare will ever end. When will things go back to the way they were? Instead of longing for the days of the past, God calls us to look for His presence here and now. Remembering who He is and whose we are steadies our hearts and transforms our perspective.