• If You Care

    Devotionals | August 03, 2018

    Paul’s letters to Timothy were filled with exhortation, guidance, and encouragement. His words were uniquely suited to Timothy’s situation. Paul had invested in Timothy, spent time with him, and knew his personality and his challenges. Leading like Jesus means that we don’t just care about the job that needs done, but we care about the people who are doing it. We get to know who they are. We discern their ability to do the task in front of them. And we adjust our leadership to help them succeed. Our treatment of others reflects our heart toward them. Do you care about those you lead?

  • Lead With Love

    A Formula For Living Your Faith at Work

    Blog | Craig McAndrews | August 02, 2018

    There was a time when I thought the words love and work would never be used in the same sentence. I believed business was built on intense competition, boot-strapping operating methods and a commitment to winning. I finished college and transitioned into the business world in the early 1990s. During that time, several of the largest corporate layoffs in the history of business occurred. Terms like downsizing, rightsizing, and other fancy phrases for letting people go created a work environment that lacked trust.

  • Draw Near

    Devotionals | August 01, 2018

    Some people more naturally think highly of themselves, while others struggle to appreciate who God made them to be. It is true that we are not yet all that God created us to be in Christ Jesus. It is equally true that God values us and loves us. He draws near to you just as you are, inviting you to draw near to Him. Look to the One who loves you. Receive His love. Let it wash over you. Rest in it. Let Him transform your perspective of who you are. Do you value who God created you to be?

  • Adjust, Adapt, Overcome

    Blog | Kim Rider | July 31, 2018

    It’s easy to be happy and laid back when things are going right. It’s easy to be a leader when there aren’t any conflicts or disruptions. Unfortunately, life isn’t perfect. So, what do you when the going gets tough? Billy Ocean, a singer popular in the 1980’s, sang a song that said, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Sometimes that is easier said than done.

  • So Much More

    Devotionals | July 30, 2018

    Jesus wants to enlarge our vision for life and leadership. He told His disciples that God wanted to use them in ways they could not yet imagine. God wanted them to witness to Jesus in the face of opposition. He wanted them to guide and care for those who would come to believe in Jesus. He pictured their ability to bear fruit in terms of a branch that draws nourishment and life from a vine. He urges us to learn to live in intimate relationship with Him so that He can bear fruit through us. What does God want to do through you?

  • Free to Ask

    Devotionals | July 27, 2018

    We often find the disciples asking Jesus questions, even as they neared the end of their time with Him. They had learned a lot about who He was as they followed Him, but there was still much that they didn’t yet understand. The same is true for us. Regardless of where we are in learning to follow Jesus and lead like Him, we need to follow their example. He is always available to talk with us. What new or challenging circumstances are you facing in your family, church, or workplace? What questions do you want to ask Jesus?

  • I Will Not Run With Scissors

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | July 26, 2018

    “I can’t believe he did it anyway” I thought, “he asked my opinion, I told him – NO. I didn’t think we should get involved in a new ministry. And he did it anyway.”  It happened again. That’s right, someone I love hurt me deeply by asking my advice and then doing the opposite of what I thought was best. I was livid. My passive-aggressive self-preserving anger turned into an erupting volcano of bitterness because I was unwilling to forgive. I was wronged; felt double-crossed and believed my loved one did not deserve to be forgiven.

  • Live Beyond

    Devotionals | July 25, 2018

    Paul’s life testifies to the difference faith in God makes in difficult times. During his imprisonment, Paul considered how he could still fulfill his God-given call. The letters he wrote during that time ultimately became part of the New Testament we read today. God wasn’t limited by Paul’s circumstances. He isn’t limited by ours. Where do you need to look to the Lord for direction and strength in the midst of pressure?

  • Brian Kluth: Joyful Living and Giving

    Open or closed fisted?

    Podcast | July 24, 2018

    Brian Kluth is a best-selling Christian author, speaker and writer on generosity, God's provisions, and legacy living. Over 650,000 copies of his books and materials are in print and have been translated into over 40 languages. His ministry travels have taken him across the United States and to more than 50 countries.

    In today's episode Brian talks about generosity and living either closefisted or open handed.

  • How to Pray

    Blog | Karen McGuire | July 24, 2018

    Has anyone ever asked you, “How’s your prayer life?” or “How do you pray and when?” In my early life those seemed to be more popular questions than today.

    I first realized, as a young follower of Jesus, that my prayer life was lacking.  I came across a verse in Matthew (6:7) that said in the King James Version,

                “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they    shall be heard for their much speaking.”