• Belief Brings Relief

    Blog | Chelsea Arrington | July 25, 2019

    I believed a lie for two decades. It was something I had been told as an 8-year-old ballet student. The other students made negative and demeaning comments about my appearance. “You are fat” which my mind translated into “You are not good enough.” It felt like a poison dart and it affected my self-perception. You might struggle with the same lie; or perhaps the lies you believe are different.

  • The Difference

    Devotionals | July 24, 2019

    Some people talk about how much easier it would be to trust Jesus if He were physically present. But Scripture reminds us that wasn’t the case for many who met Him, including the people in Jesus’ hometown. The condition of our hearts is what matters. Do you have a heart that humbly accepts Jesus or one that takes offense at Him?

  • Why is That?

    Blog | Karen McGuire | July 23, 2019

    It’s January 1st and we’ve decided to go to the gym daily and to lose weight in the new year. We’re all geared up and ready to go! By February 15th at the latest, we are not going to the gym and losing weight will have to wait for another year.

    Why is that?

    We’re a high school senior and looking at college choices, degrees, lifetime decisions, etc. and we finally find the college/university of our dreams and then we put that life on hold and decide to go to work to save money.

    Why is that?

  • True to His Character

    Devotionals | July 22, 2019

    How often do you call out to God to show mercy, pour out His grace, bring justice, forgive, or show compassion? You can ask God to act in these ways because God is just and forgiving, compassionate, full of mercy and grace, and faithful in all His ways. In a world that cries out for justice and compassion, God calls us to be people who mirror His heart. He calls us to be peacemakers, not finger-pointers or name-callers. Our world desperately needs to see living examples of what it means to love, live, and lead like Jesus. Who will experience His love through you today?

  • Gripped

    Devotionals | July 19, 2019

    Jesus was gripped by the call of God on His life. His wholehearted devotion to the Father flowed throughout His life and ministry. Everything—from publicly clearing out the temple to private interactions with individuals and His final selfless sacrifice—flowed from His being gripped by the love of the Father and living to exalt Him. What grips your heart and motivates you to take action? How is the love of the Father transforming your life and leadership?

  • Megan Pacheco

    Consider your Ego

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | July 18, 2019

    “For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself” (Galatians 6:3, ESV).

    Our hubris and inflated (or deflated) ego tend to blind us.

    According to a recent Harvard Business Review article, inflated ego is the enemy of good leadership. And if you’ve ever interacted with someone who has an inflated ego—be it at work, home or in friendships—you know its destructive power.

  • Praying Like Jesus

    Devotionals | July 17, 2019

    Jesus revealed His top priorities as He taught His disciples how to pray. His first priority was (and is) exalting the Father; His second priority, seeing the world transformed as God's kingdom is established. Jesus' thinking was permeated with an awareness of God's greatness and God's design for the world. His God-shaped perspective shaped His prayers, priorities, and life. What shapes your life?

  • Leadership Perspective

    Is Sacrifice Another Word for Blessing?

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | July 16, 2019

    We share an unspoken desire motivated by the need to provide for our families, care and nurture our children, love and honor our parents, and perhaps make the world a better place.  We pray that our efforts are blessed, perhaps so that others won’t have to face the struggles we have endured. We can point to, and perhaps boast about, our accomplishments; but, often fail to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of others, including God. It may be we lack humility, but I would rather believe we simply take our blessings for granted.  When we take our blessing for granted, Hebrews 13:16

  • Known For

    Devotionals | July 15, 2019

    In Jesus’ public ministry, He was known for a lot of things: performing life-giving miracles, teaching crowds, and rising to the challenge of the religious leaders. He was also known for caring about people that those same leaders considered beneath them: tax collectors, sinners, women, and those who were poor, hurting, and outcast. God’s love and purpose defined the scope of His life and ministry. What are you known for? Who or what defines your life and leadership?

  • Just like our physical heart muscle that can be vibrant and healthy or dark and unhealthy, our spiritual heart displays the same healthy or unhealthy characteristics. And just like our physically unhealthy heart will look and behave differently than our physically healthy heart, our spiritual heart condition is also revealed by various external behaviors and attitudes. There are three critical questions that help us determine the spiritual condition of our heart. Today’s Leadership Conversations with Phyllis Hennecy Hendry will explore these questions and more!