• Love Language

    Devotionals | July 09, 2018

    Do you know any people who are quick to take (and cause) offense? They freely speak their mind but discount others’ opinions. Do these words ever describe you? There is a difference between speaking your mind and knowing when and how to speak. The heart behind our words matters. We are called to express God’s truth with love, forgiveness, and kindness, even to those with whom we disagree. Do your words accurately reflect God’s character and heart?  

  • Saturate

    Devotionals | July 06, 2018

    The world’s values, practices, and problems bombard us daily from a variety of sources. Jesus made conscious decisions to reflect on God’s Word and to allow it to shape His priorities and values. Like Jesus, we can choose to saturate our minds with Scripture, listen to it being read and taught, read it ourselves, discuss it with others, memorize and meditate on it. As we do so, God’s truth will transform our lives. What steps can you take to allow God’s Word to increasingly penetrate, cleanse, and saturate your mind?

  • Leadership Transparency

    4 Ways to Build It

    Blog | Charles Stone | July 05, 2018

    Leadership transparency can build or break trust. Without trust, leadership suffers. However, when a staff, customers, or congregation trust their leaders, good things happen. Several years ago, our church made some significant changes to our governance and our church constitution. After a two-year study process, our board of elders presented the changes to our church resulting in overwhelming approval, a unanimous vote. A key reason the process went so well was because they ruthlessly practiced leadership transparency.

  • Living Free

    Devotionals | July 04, 2018

    We are free to live like Jesus because Jesus lives in us. Do you need to love unlovable people? Do you long to increasingly reflect Christ-like humility and God-confidence? Do you want the mind of Christ? Are you freely investing your life in others? Do you freely extend grace and forgiveness to those around you? Jesus can empower you to do all this and more. Let Him lead you in using your freedom to serve others.  

  • How Your Work Can Shape Your Faith

    Blog | Craig McAndrews | July 03, 2018

    I love the story in the Bible about the launch of Jesus’ ministry and how He goes about selecting the early disciples.  The book of Matthew recounts the selection process in chapter 4, verses 18-22.  In one case, with Simon (later called Peter) and Andrew, Jesus interrupted them at work with a bold invitation.  “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19 NASB).  Can you imagine being at work and a stranger comes along with an invitation to follow Him?  Jesus changed the course of their lives by altering the way they thought about their profession.  Why fish for f

  • Look for the Helpers

    Devotionals | July 02, 2018

    Jesus warned His disciples about following the example of religious leaders of their day. These men took delight in burdening others with expectations without ever coming alongside them to help. Their focus was on personal power, titles, and recognition. But Jesus said that greatness in His kingdom was reserved for those who humbly helped others. Whose example and teaching do you follow? Do you seek personal recognition or God’s approval? When others look for helpers, can they look to you?

  • He Knows

    Devotionals | June 29, 2018

    Jesus knows the challenges we face. He faced ongoing pressure from opponents and disciples and family members. People around Him pressured Him to be the person, teacher, and messiah that they wanted Him to be. Crowds pulled at Him; people who needed His touch shouted His name; religious leaders confronted Him. His disciples pulled Him aside to ask questions and didn’t understand what He was doing. Does any of this sound familiar to you? Know that Jesus understands the struggles you face as a leader. He empathizes with you and intercedes on your behalf. Depend on Him today.

  • Step off the Sidewalk

    Blog | Karen McGuire | June 28, 2018

    Desmond Tutu is a South African Anglican pastor and theologian known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He was the Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then the Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996. In both cases he was the first black man to hold the position.

  • Let Jesus Lead the Way

    Devotionals | June 27, 2018

    Jesus’ invitation to His original disciples was simple and direct: “Follow me,” He said. His message hasn’t changed. No matter who we are—hated tax collectors like Zacchaeus, people who work with their hands, religious or corporate leaders, parents and teachers—Jesus calls us to follow Him. Who are you? Where do you find yourself today? What are you facing? Jesus’ call remains the same: “Follow me.” Jesus invites you to follow Him today. Will you?

    The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”—John 1:43