• Megan Pacheco

    Committed or Just Involved?

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | September 19, 2019

    I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race…” (2 Timothy 4:7).

    Are You Committed or Just Involved?

    Regardless of our position, title or role, when it comes to our cause, project, plan or relationship, we are either committed to it or we are merely involved in it.

  • Patience

    Devotionals | September 18, 2019

    Patience is one of the greatest gifts we can give others. Too often we want people to hurry up and get with it—the ‘it’ often being aligning with our perspective. We think we know what (and when and how) people should act and speak. ‘If they would just follow our advice,’ we think (and often say), ‘everything would work out.’ The truth is that God is the only one who knows their entire situation and story. He alone knows the best what and when and how for them. Our impatient demands only add more stress and get in the way of God’s work.

  • Beware the Judgment Trap

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | September 17, 2019

    It’s no big secret. There are no shortages of criticisms, critics, or judges.  Turn on the radio, pick-up a magazine, watch television, walk around the office or just sit in any food court and you’ll find plenty of people ready to tell us what is wrong with the world.  You may hear, or perhaps say to yourself, things like they should eat healthier, control their children, dress appropriately, be more productive at work and of course should do more at home.  We are far from perfect and one of most harmful things we do is judge ourselves and others.

  • Look Up

    Devotionals | September 16, 2019

    What does this day hold for you—work, play, meetings, ministry, chores? Start by looking up and committing your day to God. Then attend those meetings with Him. Listen to His Spirit’s whispers and wisdom. Work with your hands like Jesus did. Minister to others in the same way that Jesus ministers to you. Love the people around you. And do it all with a grateful heart, thanking God for the blessings of life and His presence and guidance. Trust His love for you. Commit your day to leading like Jesus and commit yourself to His care as you lay down to rest.

  • Clasped Hands

    Devotionals | September 13, 2019

    Jesus’ hands bear the marks of His incarnation and sacrifice. His hands worked with construction tools, scooped up mud to heal a blind man, and were pierced by an executioner’s nails. Jesus experienced the worst that evil could imagine and enters into our everyday experiences and pain. Because He willingly stepped into human life and experience, you can trust Him to understand everything you face. Where are you trusting Him to reach out His hands to you and through you today?

  • No Thanks!

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | September 12, 2019

    “Hurry, Christine! Grab that net over there and help me land this beauty!”

    My dad had invited me along ice fishing so I could enjoy the smooth skating surface we’d been blessed with that winter. The bay ice stretched for miles, and I took full advantage of this almost endless rink. But now my dad was struggling with an exceptionally large fish on the end of a taut line.

  • Hope and Help in Hard Times

    Devotionals | September 11, 2019

    Jesus repeatedly warned His disciples that hard times awaited them. His coming did not magically right all the wrongs in this broken world. But He does provide a way for us to find hope and direction in navigating the world. He calls us to keep our eyes on Him, to remain in relationship with Father, Son, and Spirit, and to live by His priorities of love, service, and obedience. As we do this, our lives testify to Him, just as the lives of the first disciples did. Let God’s presence transform your perspective and lead you forward.

  • Team Waffle House

    Blog | Kim Rider | September 10, 2019

    Last summer, my husband and I stopped to have breakfast at our favorite Waffle House in Cornelia, GA. As usual, they were extremely busy with the morning rush. As we sat down, I noticed that most of the patrons in the restaurant did not have any food. My first thought was, “This is going to take forever!” We were not in a big rush that morning, so we hung around.  As a people watcher,  I love to just sit and watch people. As I was looking around the restaurant, I saw happy people laughing and appearing to have a great time while they waited on their food.

  • Battered

    Devotionals | September 09, 2019

    Steadfast hope in God’s presence in our lives sustains us during life’s challenges. This hope grounds us as His Spirit prompts us to turn to Him. As we cry out for mercy, He calms our hearts and minds and shows us the way forward. His Spirit reassures us that He is present. What challenges threaten to overwhelm you? Take courage. Turn to God. Place your hope in Him.

    Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. —Psalm 42:5

  • Motivated by Love

    Devotionals | September 06, 2019

    John’s gospel and letters reflect his personal experience of knowing Jesus and being changed by His love. His experience motivated him to tell others about Jesus in hopes that they, too, would come to know Jesus and experience His love for themselves. Our world still needs to hear the message of God’s love, a love that meets the need of human hearts, transforms lives, and empowers Jesus-like leadership. How has God’s love changed you? How is it changing the way you interact with others?