• A Time for Everything!

    Blog | Karen McGuire | July 23, 2020

    There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time

  • Prepared

    Devotionals | July 22, 2020

    We don’t choose the times in which we live. But we know the One who does. God has determined that this is our time in His world and in His story. He has placed us here to accomplish His purposes in and through us. The Spirit has gifted and empowered us to love and serve people. To testify to a different way to live. Through His presence, we become a living testimony to Jesus’ love and the transformation He brings. We are sent into the world to be His hands and feet, to bring healing and peace and hope. This broken world needs us to love, live, and lead like Jesus.

  • Singular Focus

    Devotionals | July 20, 2020

    Erecting idols is not as common a practice today as it was long ago. But idols don’t have to be physical sculptures. They may be immaterial: pride, prestige, respect, success, vanity. Physical manifestations of idols might be reflected in an obsessive desire to look young, naming a building after oneself, or insisting on possessing the latest electronic gadgets. Jesus lived a life of simplicity and service, with a singular focus of worshiping and serving God. What keeps you from doing the same?

  • Contributing Factors

    Devotionals | July 17, 2020

    A person’s leadership perspective is influenced by a combination of factors: the state of the heart, who or what they worship, confident trust in God, meditating on Scripture, seeking godly wisdom, living in the light of God’s truth, the prompting of the Holy Spirit, the support of trustworthy and likeminded companions, and reflection on life experience. Lead like Jesus emphasizes the importance of all these factors in the process of transforming a leader’s motivation, perspective, and practices. What factors influence your life and leadership?

  • The Longing in Belonging

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | July 16, 2020

    Why do we congregate at church, barbeques, or family gatherings? Why do people take issue with socially distancing and isolation?  Psychologists warn us that separating ourselves from family, friends and even co-workers can have physical, psychological, and emotional effects.  With self-isolation and quarantine becoming the new norm, it seems that we are losing the sense of community, the sense of belonging that previously united us.  Psychologist Abraham Maslow calls this the “need for love and belonging.” 

  • Jesus Cares

    Devotionals | July 15, 2020

    Sometimes the demands of leadership are so overwhelming that we forget what we’re doing and why it matters. At times, we get lost in daily, unending routines that are unseen and unrecognized by others. Jesus, the author and creator of life, came into this world and lived a singular life devoted to glorifying God and serving others. His miraculous sign at Cana reveals His concern and involvement in people’s lives, as do His healings and provision of food for hungry people. Trust His concern for you and your life.

  • Steadfast in Christ

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | July 14, 2020

    “Well you two certainly have acquired a beautiful tan on this cruise!”

    We complimented a couple from Canada we had met onboard our ship during our trip to the Caribbean. It was mid-February, a time for people from the northern latitudes to escape the chill and snow and soak up every hour of sun they could manage.

    “That’s been our major goal,” they assured us. “But we’ll soon be back to our usual winter pallor. When we exit the plane in Edmonton, there will be big circles of brown on the snow where our tans slide off.”

  • Bring Life and Peace

    Devotionals | July 13, 2020

    It is easy for people to rationalize their behavior: “I wasn’t feeling well . . . I was busy . . . I was having a bad day.” When it comes to other people, the human tendency is to judge more harshly: “they were wrong . . . they knew better . . . they did it on purpose.” What makes us excuse our own behavior yet condemn others? Does your behavior reflect humility or pride, grace or judgment, God’s values or your own?

  • Stuck

    Devotionals | July 10, 2020

    It’s easy to get stuck in our own ways of thinking, acting, and leading. Current leadership behavior may yield compliance or just enough success that we are tempted to think we know all about leadership. Yet others may be suffering consequences or have ideas that can increase effectiveness. Surely, none of us would claim that we love, live, and lead like Jesus one hundred percent of the time. Even when you think your own ways are right, do you willing seek Jesus and His guidance?

    A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart. —Proverbs 21:2