• A Path to Restoring Trust

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    As men and women who want to lead like Jesus, how do we handle our mistakes? We consistently and humbly seek God's evaluation of our words and actions. We recommit to living according to His Word and by humble dependence on His Spirit. We personally acknowledge our responsibility to those who have been impacted by our wrong choices and ask for their forgiveness. We do what is needed to restore trust. As we do so, we model humility and build renewed trust with others.

  • Heart Check: Despair

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    The writer of Ecclesiastes leads us on a journey of evaluating the significance of life and work. Asking "What's in it for me?" leads him to despair. Despair blinds him to asking more important questions like "Whose am I? What has God called me to do? How can I exalt God through my life?" Don't let despair blind you to the presence and purposes of God. Let it drive you to seek Him and His perspective, so that you can rise to serve Him.

    So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun.—Ecclesiastes 2:20

     

  • Honesty and Leadership

    Blog | March 20, 2015

    Honesty is the single most important “building block” in the leader-follower relationship.  To many people, honesty is the same as sincerity, truthfulness, integrity, frankness, candor, and openness.  Though some leaders don’t consciously realize it, honesty includes not only telling the truth, but also leaving the right impression.  Albert Einstein said, “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”

  • Managing Disagreement and Leadership

    Blog | Frank Bragg | March 20, 2015

    For many years, I’ve coached men and women on the importance of this leadership topic.  When little “d” (small disagreement) becomes big “D” (BIG DISAGREEMENT), then things have moved to real conflict, and the successful management of a “disagreement” has been lost.  In fact, the management of that “disagreement” has failed, if things have moved into conflict.

  • Megan Pacheco

    Truth or Lie? Can You Even Tell?

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | March 20, 2015

    Have you ever been lured by a lie disguised as truth?

    Have you ever been sold on a bill of goods too good to be true, but you did not have strong enough internal compass to detect it?

    The real question here is not if, but why?

    Why are we so easily swayed by persuasive voices and eloquent arguments that are so contrary to the truth? Why do we fail to recognize those moments and nip them in the proverbial bud?

  • How a Humble Heart Will Draw Your Spouse Closer

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | March 20, 2015

    Humility might not be the first attribute that comes to mind when you consider closeness in marriage.  However, if you consider how close Jesus was to His Father and disciples, then you can see how a humble heart can make all the difference.

    Jesus had no difficulty with pride or fear. But in marriage this can often be a struggle, unless we live and lead like Jesus.

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    Are You Looking Beyond the Obvious?

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | March 20, 2015

    Have you ever had a conversation with someone or attended a lecture where one or two profound thoughts stood out that you’ve carried with you ever since?

    A long time ago, my former pastor was teaching on a subject I can’t even recall, but during that sermon, he said something that’s stuck with me for years. He said, “Don’t just take every word that’s being spoken from the pulpit at face value; test it against God’s Word.”

    In 1 John 4:1 we are told something very similar: “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test every spirit to see whether they are from God.”

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