• In Need of Help

    Devotionals | September 04, 2019

    He was traveling, minding his own business, when suddenly, he saw someone in desperate need of help. The decision—to stop and help or go on his way—was thrust upon him without any warning. Excuses could be made—he was a stranger here in this place, after all, and who knew what danger lurked? Perhaps those who had assaulted this man were still nearby. But the Samaritan man’s pity for the victim stirred him to action. What stirs you to action?

  • A Much-Needed Getaway

    Devotionals | September 02, 2019

    The breeze on their skin and the sunlight on the water were just what Jesus and His disciples needed. Jesus’ invitation to come away with Him was a welcome change from their hectic schedule. How good to have time alone with Jesus and to relax together as they sailed! The sound of the waves lapping against the boat and the wind in the sails helped them unwind as they talked with Jesus away from the demands of ministry. When they were plunged back into ministry as they landed, their respite with Jesus gave them the strength to re-engage.

  • Jesus Cares

    Devotionals | August 30, 2019

    The sudden storm overwhelmed the disciples. In their panic, they cried out to Jesus, not with faith and God-confidence, but with doubt and fear, questioning Jesus’ care for them. Isn’t that what many of us do when overwhelmed? How could God allow this to happen, we cry. Jesus’ immediate action reveals that He does care, not only about the storm that threatens them but about the fear that holds them captive. Where do you need to trust that Jesus cares about everything that concerns you?

  • On Purpose

    Devotionals | August 28, 2019

    Many forces pull at us and try to distract us from what God has given us to do in life. Temptation and opposition are obvious ones, but others—well-meaning friends, success, and popularity—can be just as distracting. Jesus was familiar with all of these. Consider how He responded to His disciples’ well-intentioned but off-target suggestion. Time with the Father kept Him focused on His mission and purpose despite success and the good intentions of others. What distractions attempt to derail you? What helps you stay focused on God’s direction and purpose for your life?

  • The Great Exchange

    Devotionals | August 26, 2019

    A great exchange is required to lead like Jesus. It starts in your heart—exchanging self-centered leadership for selfless leadership, turning from edging God out of your life to exalting God only, choosing to live by faith in Jesus. Then the exchanges move to your head as you begin to exchange your self-made leadership perspective for Jesus’ perspective. With a renewed focus on God’s purpose for your life and leadership, you are empowered to exchange self-promotion for selflessly investing in others like Jesus did. What exchange is God calling you to make today?

  • Stop and Search

    Devotionals | August 23, 2019

    Caring for your heart is an ongoing process. Peter needed the Spirit to challenge the pride and fear and preconceived ideas that clouded his perspective. When you struggle to lead like Jesus, take a moment to examine your heart and head. Ask yourself whether pride and fear or humility and God-confidence are prompting your decisions and actions. Will you use this simple question to expose your self-centered thinking today?

  • Don’t Repeat Defeat

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | August 22, 2019

    Is it possible NOT to repeat defeat? Absolutely. Do you feel frustrated, defeated and like you want to give up? You haven’t made it even a month or two to achieve what you’ve set out to do. If you’ve accepted your responsibility and confessed sin, then the next and best thing to do is look up. Psalm 121:1, 2 says, “I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.”