• Stop and Search

    Devotionals | August 23, 2019

    Caring for your heart is an ongoing process. Peter needed the Spirit to challenge the pride and fear and preconceived ideas that clouded his perspective. When you struggle to lead like Jesus, take a moment to examine your heart and head. Ask yourself whether pride and fear or humility and God-confidence are prompting your decisions and actions. Will you use this simple question to expose your self-centered thinking today?

  • Don’t Repeat Defeat

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | August 22, 2019

    Is it possible NOT to repeat defeat? Absolutely. Do you feel frustrated, defeated and like you want to give up? You haven’t made it even a month or two to achieve what you’ve set out to do. If you’ve accepted your responsibility and confessed sin, then the next and best thing to do is look up. Psalm 121:1, 2 says, “I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.”

  • People, Not Projects

    Devotionals | August 21, 2019

    Paul’s concern for Timothy, his protégé and partner in ministry, encompassed all areas of Timothy’s life. Paul knew Timothy’s family. He advised Timothy on ministry matters and doctrine. He counseled him regarding how to relate to others most effectively and with integrity. Paul’s concern for Timothy included concern for his health as well. Leading like Jesus means that we treat others like human beings, not projects or tools. How well do you know the people with whom you work? How concerned are you for their welfare—physical, professional, personal, relational, mental, and spiritual?

  • Peter Demos: Afraid to Trust

    Podcast | August 20, 2019

    Before Peter surrendered his life to God, his marriage was a ticking time bomb, only salvageable by divine intervention. His business was his idol, and he felt immense pressure to run others over with it. Peter was a walking ball of fear, which manifested itself as uncontrolled anger. But Christ changed all that, granting Peter the peace he had not realized was possible. Dedicating his life and his business to God didn’t take away all of Peter’s problems. Keeping his new restaurant, Peter D’s, running was incredibly challenging and was the source of some of his biggest business failures.

  • Jesus the Spiritual EMT

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | August 20, 2019

    “Oh, Christine! This isn’t how I imagined my retirement years would be. I was hoping to travel and enjoy my life, but all of that is gone.”

    My dear friend was lamenting to me during a recent visit to her nursing care facility. She is two years younger than I am, and she relished reminding me of that fact every year as new birthdays arrived. But now her life was ebbing away because of a rare neurological disease.

  • Pressure to Act

    Devotionals | August 19, 2019

    A common pressure of life is the sense of having to hurry up and do something. Even the first disciples felt this pressure. When they heard about Jesus’ dear friend Lazarus’ condition, they immediately decided that action was called for. Jesus, on the other hand, felt no such compulsion. He knew that jumping up to get to Lazarus would hinder—not reveal—God’s work. Because Jesus waited on the Father’s timing, God was exalted in Lazarus’ resurrection. Where is God calling you to trust His timing?

  • Presence

    Devotionals | August 16, 2019

    Some people in life change our lives simply by being present. The gift they bring is one of caring about who we are and inviting us to do life with them. They value us by seeing, acknowledging, and listening to us. We may or may not realize at the time just how valuable their presence is nor the life-changing power of their loving presence. But in the process of being known, we are changed. Who are the people who have changed your life simply by being present?

  • You Don’t Need to Look Back to Move Forward

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | August 15, 2019

    Why is this happening to me?  This is a question that we have all asked ourselves.  You don’t understand why things keep happening that hold you back. You sit in a chair at home, in the office or perhaps church and think about the job or the promotion that you didn’t get.  If you had only made a different decision. You should have taken that high visibility assignment when it was offered, but your plate was already full.  At home things aren’t going well either.  You relive the argument you had with your spouse or child.  You wish you could take back the hurtful words.

  • Putting It into Action

    Devotionals | August 14, 2019

    There comes a time that we have to move from talking to action. It’s one thing to talk about Jesus’ mandate to serve, it’s another thing to serve. It is easier, of course, to talk about serving than it is to actually serve people at their point of need. But God is more interested in your actions than your words. Where is God calling you to stop talking and put your words into action?

  • Much to Learn

    Devotionals | August 12, 2019

    Simon Peter’s first fishing lesson with Jesus showed him just how much he had to learn. As an experienced fisherman, Peter’s pride surfaced easily at the thought that Jesus might do a better job at catching fish than he could. Moments later, Peter was on his knees in shock and awe at Jesus’ success. This was just the first of many times that Peter had to let go of his human perspective and yield to Jesus’ way of doing things. What about you? Where does God want you to learn to trust His ways?

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