• When God is Ready

    Devotionals | June 05, 2020

    Sometimes we pray for things for a long time. We see a need and we humbly and confidently turn to God. We realize that we need Him to turn the tide. Without His involvement, things will not change. We may need Him to transform us or move in the hearts and minds of others. Either way, we know that God has the power to make a difference. Yet time drags on. Still, Scripture teaches us to pray without ceasing, to never give up hope. Trust that God cares. He is always working even when we can’t see it. When He is ready, when the time is right, we will see His answer.

  • Leadership lessons are most effective when they are “caught,” as opposed to simply being “taught.” Gregg Fischer, Content Director for the Global Teen Challenge is one of those leaders who not only embraced the leadership model of Jesus personally but is implementing it throughout his place of work. Here is part one of our interview with Greg where he shares ways he is practically living our the model of leading like Jesus.

  • God Gave Aaron a Second Chance

    Blog | Paul Swamidass | June 04, 2020

    Aaron fell  

    Aaron was approached by people, who asked him to "make us gods who shall go before us" (Exodus 32:1; ESV), while their leader, Moses, was gone for a meeting with God on Mt. Sinai, unexpectedly, for 40 long days. Aaron did not resist, instead, obliged them, almost immediately, with a well-publicized effort to make a golden calf for the nation to worship: 

  • Pentecost

    Devotionals | June 03, 2020

    Pentecost refers to the day when the Holy Spirit moved in power to anoint the early disciples for ministry. Dramatic events resulted from the Holy Spirit’s movement and attracted a crowd of people. When almost 3000 people responded to Peter’s message, the need to disciple new disciples emerged. The original one hundred and twenty mature disciples used four essential practices to disciple these novices. They put into practice the very things they had experienced while walking with Jesus during His earthly ministry.

  • Basis for Confidence

    Devotionals | June 01, 2020

    The heart of Psalm 51 declares the confidence David has in seeking God’s forgiveness (v.1). David doesn’t base his request for forgiveness on his own broken spirit or contrite heart. His hope and plea are based on the character of God alone. He confidently trusts God’s forgiveness will meet him where he is (v.7). He trusts God’s power to transform his heart (v.10). He hopes in God’s unfailing love and great compassion, knowing that the LORD is his Savior (v.14). He trusts that God will listen to his plea from a humble heart (v.17). He trusts that God can restore him and transform Him.

  • Deciding like Jesus

    Devotionals | May 29, 2020

    Jesus knows what it is like to make complex and challenging decisions. How did He do it? First, He made it His primary goal to please the Father. He spent focused time in solitude seeking the Father’s perspective. Then He trusted the Father to walk Him through each situation as it arose. What complex decisions are you facing? How does your desire to lead like Jesus impact your decision-making?

  • Rooted and Grounded

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | May 28, 2020

    “Those rose trees aren’t looking very good. I wonder what’s happening to them?”

    The lovely roses that had greeted us in our new home were no longer thriving. I grabbed a slender trunk and gently waggled it. Seconds later I stood there holding up a rootless plant. Something had eaten away the roots. Poor thing! 

  • Taught by Jesus

    Devotionals | May 27, 2020

    Jesus spent forty days teaching His disciples after His resurrection. Who was this dying and rising Jesus? There was much for them to learn. He needed to teach them the implications of His crucifixion, death, and resurrection. Jesus took them through Scripture. Old truths took on fresh meaning. Many truths—understandable only in light of His resurrection—now became clear. As He ascended to heaven, they were convinced of whose they were and who they were. Are you?

  • 4 Ways to Renew Hope During COVID-19

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | May 26, 2020

    You are done with quarantine, lock-down, and social-distancing. Life as you knew it. Pre-COVID-19, is totally different. And not much to your liking. You miss your family, friends, and future. Your plans have changed, and your dreams have died. Loss is all around you. Yes, I get it. COVID chaos has affected my family, too. My sweet daughter and son-in-law have lost their jobs, dear Margie is losing her home, and my courageous friend Julie’s stepdad passed away after becoming infected with the coronavirus. How can we renew our hope during COVID-19?

  • One Life to Give

    Devotionals | May 25, 2020

    We see people giving their one life for many things as we look around us. Jesus calls His disciples to first give their lives to Him. Then we follow where He leads us. For some, like many in the early years of the faith, the path leads to persecution, suffering, or death in service of others. For others, the call leads to building on the sacrifice of those who have gone before us. Today we remember those who, like Jesus, gave their lives so that we might live. We honor those who gave their lives for truth and the benefit of others.