• Desperate Search for the Lost

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | January 03, 2019

    We tore the sheets off the bed, shined flashlights under tables and chairs, even dug through the kitchen silverware drawers looking for one of our most valuable possessions. It seemed to have vanished. Not more than thirty minutes earlier, my husband Jim held his left hand up to show me his loose wedding ring and then turned his fingers toward the floor. I watched the band slide off his finger and into the palm of his other hand. “You might want to get that sized,” I said.

  • Only Because of Him

    Devotionals | January 02, 2019

    Paul’s heartfelt prayer for the Colossian believers is a prayer to pray as we look to the future. Which of his words capture your prayer? Pray for the knowledge of God’s will to permeate your life and leadership.

  • Keeping Pace with God

    Devotionals | December 31, 2018

    God’s timetable and plan are often different from our own. We may be tempted to run ahead of Him, moving in our own strength and forgetting to keep pace with His Spirit. Alternatively, we may find ourselves lagging behind Him, unsure and even fearful of moving forward. When you reach the end of a day—or week, month, or year—do you find yourself discouraged at what remains to be done? Instead of giving in to pride, fear, or discouragement, let’s keep in step with God.

    Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. –Galatians 5:25

  • Wisdom Calls

    Devotionals | December 28, 2018

    God offers us His wisdom to guide us through life. Scripture brings us the wisdom of the ages. In its pages, we see God interacting with people to lead and guide them to live in relationship with Him. In Jesus, we see love, truth, mercy, and wisdom in action. The Spirit of Truth calls to us, convincing us of our need for wisdom and pouring God’s wisdom into the hearts and minds of those who respond. Where do you need God’s wisdom?

  • The Worrying and Fearful Leader

    Blog | Charles Stone | December 27, 2018

    Worry and anxiety can stifle the effectiveness of the best leader. In my life, when anxiety gets the best of me, my leadership always suffers. So what goes on in the mind of a leader when he or she worries and what can we do about it? Consider these suggestions.

    When we feel anxious, a process in our brain starts because God created our brains to help us survive. When we feel threatened and anxious from a roar we hear outside our tent while camping or from a roar from a nasty email, it initiates a flight-fight response in our bodies.

  • Longings Fulfilled

    Devotionals | December 26, 2018

    Shepherds were surprised by an angelic host who sent them to find a newborn child in a manger. Simeon’s and Anna’s longings of a lifetime were fulfilled when they saw the infant Jesus, God’s Anointed One. The Magi followed a star for great distances, certain that at the end of their quest lay One who deserved their treasure. Yet others living in Bethlehem failed to perceive God’s presence in their midst. What longings drive your pursuits? Do they ultimately lead you to Jesus as your hope and the fulfillment of all your longings?

  • Worthy

    Devotionals | December 25, 2018

    Consider the ordinary events of Jesus’ birth. A little boy was born, took His first breaths, and was swaddled, just like any other newborn. But He was far from ordinary. This child’s conception and birth were announced by angels. Shepherds and Magi alike came to worship Him. He offers the right to become children of God to all who recognize, receive, and trust Him.

  • The Gift of Presence

    Devotionals | December 24, 2018

    God gave the gift of His presence to the world in Jesus, Immanuel (“God with us”). Jesus gave His Spirit to live within us. Just as God sent Jesus, He also sends us to reflect His unconditional love, grace, forgiveness, and encouragement to others. Where has God sent you? Are there people in your life who need to experience God’s life-giving presence? How will you reflect His presence to them today?

  • Trusted Friends

    Devotionals | December 21, 2018

    What a gift it is when people come alongside us to speak words of faith and affirmation! Think of the encouragement that both Elizabeth and Mary found together during their pregnancies. Two women—one young, one old, both unexpectedly pregnant—were able to encourage and strengthen one another. We need people with whom we can share what God has done, what God is doing, and what we are counting on Him to do. We need people who will come alongside us, pray for us, and point us to God’s wisdom and sufficiency.