• Holy Week Approaches

    Devotionals | April 12, 2019

    As Holy Week approaches, we have the sense of peering into the Holy of Holies where high priests long ago came into the presence of God on behalf of their people. In this week we remember the passion, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Anointed One of God. It is a week set apart, a time to remember, to watch, and a time to worship. Remember who your high priest, leader, and Lord is. Remember what He has done to open the way into God’s presence. Remember His great love for you. Then rise to serve in His name.

  • Letting Go Must Have Been Hard for Jesus

    Seven Steps to Help You do it Too

    Blog | Owen Phelps | April 11, 2019

    At this point in Lent, as we find ourselves on the threshold of Easter coming quickly, it’s a good time to consider the challenge of letting go. It could be any number of things:

    • Giving your children a little more independence and/or responsibility;
    • Delegating some things to others at work who could be ready … or maybe not;
    • Moving from your own home into a condo or assisted living arrangements because chores are getting to be too much.

    Whatever the circumstances, letting go is nearly always a challenge.

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    Devotionals | April 10, 2019

    Proverbs emphasizes the importance of seeking godly wisdom, stating flatly that this is a matter of life and death. Embracing His wisdom leads to life, not only for us but also for those around us. God is the source of life and all that is good. Only His wisdom leads to life. Yet we often find ourselves tempted to ignore God’s wisdom and trust in our own human understanding. Listen to the pleading voice of wisdom calling out for you to listen to her and walk in her ways. Where are you listening, watching, and waiting for God’s wisdom in your life and leadership?

  • Humble Beginnings

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | April 09, 2019

    “I can’t find a bowl. I wonder where she keeps them?”

    We were enjoying the generosity of one of our members who had insisted we take their private cabin for the weekend. An unfamiliar kitchen had me searching for utensils and bowls to prepare our dinner. And then I opened a cupboard to the sight of stacks of empty margarine containers and bags of used twist ties.

  • Lionel Hollins is an American basketball coach and a former professional basketball player. Drafted out of Arizona State University, he played for the Portland Trail Blazers. After retiring from playing professional basketball, he had a successful career coaching teams like the Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets.

  • His Breath in Our Lungs

    Devotionals | April 08, 2019

    We, along with the whole universe, were created through Jesus and for Jesus. The very air we breathe is His, a reminder that life itself—the sheer fact of my daily existence—is a gift from God. The only reasonable response to knowing that our lives are not our own is to give ourselves to serve His purposes. How does belonging to Jesus affect the way in which you approach leadership? What will you do with the life and breath He gives you today?

  • The Servant Heart of God

    Devotionals | April 05, 2019

    Jesus’ life and ministry reveals the servant heart of God, Father, Son, and Spirit united in purpose, one in heart, and at work in the world. God is intimately involved in the world He created. He does not leave it to run on its own power. As Jesus-like leaders, we depend on Him to transform our hearts to reflect His servant heart for the world. Our call to lead like Jesus extends to every sphere of influence into which He sends us.

    In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”—John 5:17

  • 5 Ways to Respond When Life Throws You a Curveball

    Blog | Charles Stone | April 04, 2019

    Curveballs in life are inevitable. Unexpected surprises can level us or become opportunities to learn. The curveball thrown to Joseph when Mary told him about her “surprise” pregnancy certainly caught Joseph off guard, quite a curveball. But the story in Matthew 1 gives us 5 insights on how to respond when life throws you a curveball.

  • Help Wanted

    Devotionals | April 03, 2019

    As Jesus walked the earth, person after person reached out to Him for help. News that He was nearby caused hurting people to call His name in hope that He might turn their way. He brought God’s perspective, power, and healing to those who called out to Him. What keeps you from loving, living, and leading like Jesus? Are you calling out His name daily? Do you believe that Jesus will respond to your call? Ask Him to restore you to living a God-centered life and transform you into a Jesus-like leader.

  • The Lent Buzz

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | April 02, 2019

    Okay folks, it’s Lent, not lint. Most of us have noticed the ‘Lent buzz’ has begun. And Lent is not what you clean from your drier vent. Lent is talked about in the news, there are multiple Facebook suggestions, even social media solutions are offered. First, let’s define what Lent is. Biblegateway.com offers this definition for Lent: