• By God’s Grace

    Devotionals | March 29, 2017

    God places us where He needs us. Where has God placed you? What has He given you to do? Who has He placed in your life to care for in His name? All that we are, all that we have, all that we are called to do is because of Him. We are His, His children, His agents to show His grace, mercy, and love for humanity, one person, one situation at time. In this work, each of us has our part to do. All of this is given to us by His grace. Live in the awareness of God’s grace today. Let His grace shine through You to others.

  • Megan Pacheco

    3 Ways to Spot a Fear-Driven Leader

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | March 28, 2017

    All of us are motivated by something. Whether it’s money, power, control—even the feeling of being needed—we all have internal motivating factors that drive our thinking, beliefs and, ultimately, our actions.

    Fear is one of the most common, but least talked about, factors that drives leaders every day.

    It’s not talked about often because fear is actually pretty hard to spot. When we think about fear, we usually envision someone cowering in a corner paralyzed by fright.

  • The God We Serve

    Devotionals | March 27, 2017

    Time and again the challenges of life and leadership call us back to remembering who God is so that we can reset our vision and values and chart a course forward. As we seek Him in His Word, as we see Him revealed in Jesus’ life, as we walk in the Spirit, we get to know Him better. This God, who so loved us that He willingly gave Himself for us, continues to pour out His love into our hearts by His Spirit, empowering us to love others as He loves us. Get to know Him better today.

  • Meaning

    Devotionals | March 24, 2017

    People often wonder if their lives have meaning. Are you one of them? Do you find yourself endlessly wondering if you measure up—wondering if God approves of you, if you have done enough, performed well enough, and sacrificed enough to earn His approval, and the approval of those around you? Stop. Doing something for others doesn’t give our lives meaning. God is the One who gives our lives meaning through His work on our behalf. He—God Himself—created us in His image with inherent value and worth.

  • Changed

    Devotionals | March 22, 2017

    Over and over in his letters to churches, Paul begs believers to lead lives worthy of those who have been called by God. Should there be any doubt as to what he means, he describes lives of humility, overflowing joy, patience, love for one another, and peace, unity, and self-control. His words echo Jesus and other New Testament writers. Knowing Jesus is not about abstract concepts or philosophies, it is about changed lives, changed values, changed habits and relationships. To lead like Jesus means that we are being changed by Jesus.

  • Rumors and Lies

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | March 21, 2017

    “I need to ask you something, Mrs. V.” Tears threatened to brim over as his eyes searched mine.

    “My goodness! What’s wrong, Felix?” This was a young man I had had in eighth grade two years before and who was now one of my high school students. We had always had a good relationship, even a kindred spirit.

    “A kid in your second period class is telling people you call us Mexicans ‘Beaners.’ Is it true?”

  • Compelled

    Devotionals | March 20, 2017

    Jesus was firmly committed to accomplishing the Father’s purpose. His disciples might not understand, others might oppose Him, but He purposefully pursued the Father’s will. Nothing derailed him. Whatever the difficulties, He would not be deterred from fulfilling His purpose in coming to live among us. The misunderstanding and rejection that marked His path did not sway Him from moving forward. He looked beyond the struggle and suffering to see the vision of the future that included God’s redemption of men and women like you and me. Love for the Father and love for us compelled Him.

  • God Knows Best

    Devotionals | March 17, 2017

    Time after time, the first disciples thought they knew best how to exalt God in the world. Consider Peter. Having rightly perceived Jesus as God’s Anointed One, Peter thought he could tell Jesus how to go about His business. After being privileged to glimpse a sacred moment at Jesus’ transfiguration, Peter thought he could give God advice about how to memorialize that moment. Seeing the soldiers coming to arrest Jesus, Peter’s action led to wounding another and interfering with Jesus’ purposes. How often do we, like Peter, overestimate our own knowledge and strength?

  • Hopelessly Devoted

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | March 16, 2017

    I am a woman of many moods and they all require chocolate. If chocolate were prescribed for feelings, maybe dark chocolate would be given for occasional bouts of depression.  With financial trouble, possibly chewy caramel and nuts with milk chocolate, or for stress - semi-sweet chocolate with rice krispies. So many emotions and so many chocolates, so little time. But am I hopelessly devoted to chocolate? Hardly. Though today’s variety of chocolate enticements might offer me a temporary emotional escape, the chocolate hangover and extra pounds are definitely not worth the indulgence.