• God’s Correction

    Devotionals | June 22, 2018

    Jesus’ rebuke of Peter holds a lesson for all of us. Even those of us who have been seeking to lead like Jesus for a long time can get caught up in self-centered ways of living and leading. We may find ourselves listening to see if our contributions have been recognized or start pushing our own agenda instead of God’s. We may compare the quality of our work to that of others instead of working for our audience of One. We may find ourselves reading Scripture in a perfunctory way or reciting prayers instead of communicating with God.

  • App Interruption

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | June 21, 2018

    As an avid runner, my favorite app on my iPhone 5 to help monitor my progress and chart my running goals is Map My Run. This cool device helps track my running mileage, gauges my pace and even audibly tells me how many calories I’ve burned. Last week, I was enjoying my run, breathing the fresh air deep into my lungs, just getting warmed up.

  • Relational Barriers

    Devotionals | June 20, 2018

    What barriers keep you from developing healthy relationships with your colleagues, family, and friends? While it is easy to point out other people’s behaviors, words, and attitudes that cause friction, Jesus calls us to first look within ourselves. What might you be doing that causes separation, breeds comparison, or distorts the truth?

  • Use What You've Been Given

    Blog | June 19, 2018

    “You’re a second alto,” the choir director told me.

    “No. I’m a first soprano,” I assured him. I was now a freshman in college, and I told this new director that for the past six years I’d sung the highest voice in the choir all through junior and senior high school. How could I suddenly be an alto?

    “Well, you may be able to hit those high notes, but your strength is in your lower range. You’ll be a great second alto.”

  • Modeling a Different Way

    Devotionals | June 18, 2018

    The world is still full of people who, like Saul, are motivated by pride and fear. As those who have had to confront our own pride and fear, we know the struggle, and we know how God met us in our misguided attempts to lead. How does God want to use you today to model Jesus’ way of leading out of humility and God-confidence?

  • God Our Father

    Devotionals | June 15, 2018

    Jesus invites you into an intimate and trusting relationship with God the Father, the same quality of relationship that He experiences with the Father. Jesus’ death and resurrection opens the way to relationship with the Father, reveals the Father’s love, and produces life characterized by joy, love, peace, purpose, and fruitfulness. Centered in your relationship with God—Father, Son, and Spirit—who loves you, you are free from grasping for identity, acceptance and approval, and the need to prove your worth. Let the Father’s love bear life-giving fruit in and through your life.

  • Growing in Community

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | June 14, 2018

    We had the privilege of spending time with a husband and wife celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  We were married 25 years to their 50 years, so we felt like babies in comparison. They were rich in so many ways, not in dollars and cents but in all the other ways which truly last.

    Gerry and Shirley taught us so much about how to build and nurture a community. Were they perfect? No. However, what we learned from this couple before they passed will remain with us always.

  • Margie Blanchard: What's so Special about Trust?

    Trust is the foundation for all relationships

    Podcast | June 13, 2018

    Dr. Margie Blanchard, cofounder of The Ken Blanchard ® Companies.

    Dr. Blanchard has earned a reputation worldwide as a compelling motivational speaker, an accomplished management consultant and trainer, a best-selling author, and an entrepreneur. She was the corecipient with her husband, Dr. Ken Blanchard, of the Entrepreneur of the Year award from Cornell University.

  • Godly Ambition

    Devotionals | June 13, 2018

    Paul’s aspiration and ambition was to represent Jesus well as he lived out his God-given calling. He willingly endured hardship, crossed cultural barriers, and humbly gave all the credit for success to Jesus. Throughout his letters, Paul calls us to do the same. What has God given you to do? What is your aspiration and ambition as you fulfill your God-given calling?

  • Called to Be Different

    Devotionals | June 11, 2018

    The world is full of leaders who seek power, possessions, and prestige. It was as true in Jesus’ day as it is for us today. Thus, Jesus’ critique and rejection of worldly values and leadership practices remain eternally relevant. With the words “not so with you,” Jesus draws a clear line between how the world leads and how He and His disciples led. He expects us to be different and to follow His mandate and example of choosing humble service for the benefit of others. Where is He saying “not so with you” to you today?