• Types and Factions

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | October 08, 2020

    “And here fresh from her performance in Dark of the Moon is our own Christine, type cast as the “Dark Witch!”

    A burst of laughter erupted from the high school students I knew so well. The thought I would be considered a true “Dark Witch” was beyond them. They had known me for years and would never believe I could change so drastically after just a few months away at college. This joke, coming from my beloved drama teacher, produced my expected response of mock indignation.

  • With Jesus

    Devotionals | October 07, 2020

    Jesus accepted His disciples for who they were. He knew each of them by name; He understood who they were and what they were capable of. Jesus doesn’t seem to have tried to get any of them to be more like any of the other disciples. Instead, Jesus invited them to walk with Him and work with Him. This relational way of influencing others, of helping them become who God created them to be, is at the core of leading like Jesus. Who are you investing in like this?  

  • Do You Problem Solve Too Much?

    Blog | Charles Stone | October 06, 2020

    Good leaders help team members solve their own problems with their own insight. Average leaders tend to solve their team members’ problems, thus truncating their opportunity to grow themselves. So, how do we help our team members learn to problem solve on their own? In this post I begin with a story and then suggest ways to problem solve in a balanced way.

     

  • Give It Over

    Devotionals | October 05, 2020

    Each of us carries burdens, some that we openly share, others that we keep to ourselves. Yes, we need to be wise about what we share and who we share with. But hiding our worries and struggles out of pride and fear prolongs and intensifies their hold on us. Jesus understands our struggles far better than we do. He invites us to cast everything on Him. He wants to take our burdens and carry them for us. He wants us to humbly trust Him every day in every aspect of life and leadership. Will you give Him your burdens and see what He will do?

  • Fixed on God

    Devotionals | October 02, 2020

    Psalm 119 celebrates and extols the virtue of God’s Law. The author uses all the words he has to express his desire to live in a right relationship with God. He wants to live according to God’s wisdom. His heart cries out to God, His desire is clear: He doesn’t want anything to get in the way of his relationship with God. His hope in the midst of suffering and affliction, trouble and persecution, is fixed on God. Only God sustains his life. Only God gives him hope and guidance and keeps him going. What keeps you going?

  • They Forgot

    Devotionals | September 30, 2020

    Paul writes 1 Corinthians to believers who had gotten off-track. Once established in Christ Jesus, they had lost sight of Him and gotten their focus on themselves. They argued about who was the greatest and which was the greatest spiritual gift. They forgot the One who had called them out of their former self-centered lives. The One who gave Himself for them. The One who made His home within and among them. They forgot what it meant to love, live, and lead in the name of the One whose name they carried.

  • The Grace Choice

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | September 29, 2020

    To give grace or not to give grace? That is the question. I am not talking about whether you should pray at a restaurant in public. I am referring to Jesus' example to serve others through sacrificing ourselves. "But Sheryl," you might say, "we don't have a choice about offering grace to others or not, the Bible says we have to give grace."

  • To Serve Patiently

    Devotionals | September 27, 2020

    Jesus’ patience with people is remarkable. Consider how often the crowds misunderstood His teaching and actions. Think about the ongoing attempts to discredit Him. The persecution by the religious leaders. The false accusations. His inner circle’s arguing about which of them was the greatest, even as He prepared to give His life for them. Talk about patience! Talk about someone who loves us and works with us in our weakness. Jesus shows us the way, and we know from personal experience the difference it makes. In what ways can you go and do the same today?

  • Love Starts the Conversation

    Devotionals | September 25, 2020

    Love doesn’t overlook problems. Love communicates clearly; establishes expectations, goals, and boundaries; journeys with, empowers, and holds people accountable. Love acknowledges the truth and encourages change. Jesus wasn’t afraid of speaking the truth His disciples needed to hear. They needed to learn a different way of loving, living, and leading. Jesus believed that speaking truth would lead the way to transformation. Do you?

  • Celebrate

    Blog | Karen McGuire | September 24, 2020

    You may be wondering what in the world we have to celebrate during 2020! With COVID, economic uncertainty and more, it can seem that there is little to celebrate. I would like to suggest that celebrating even the small things can change our minds, our hearts and our countenance.

    As children, we may remember looking forward to our birthdays, Christmas and other family celebrations throughout each year. As adults, we may have participated in planning, executing and cleaning up celebrations with family, friends, colleagues or others.

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