• Forward

    Devotionals | June 26, 2019

    The journey of learning to lead like Jesus includes ups and downs, success and failure. How could it be otherwise, human as we are? We are learning, but none of us have arrived yet. When we fail, Jesus provides a haven for all who acknowledge their need for forgiveness and transformation. In Him, we are freed from guilt and shame and find confidence to keep going. As we follow Jesus, He will increasingly transform our hearts and understanding and teach us how to lead as He did. Where do you need to accept God’s forgiveness, lift your head, and move forward with Jesus?

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    What’s Your TRUST Foundation?

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | June 25, 2019

    “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:10).

    Survey after survey shows that trust is a big deal. No, let me rephrase that. Survey after survey shows that lack of trust is a big deal. I’m not sure this is a “new” thing; after all trust issues go all the way back to the garden of Eden, don’t they? I guess you could say Adam and Eve were the first ones who failed the trust test, and we’ve been struggling with trusting one another—and trusting God—ever since.

  • Safe Places, Safe People

    Devotionals | June 24, 2019

    As we learn to lead like Jesus, the value of trusted traveling companions cannot be overestimated. We need safe places where we can share our struggles and find godly perspectives. We need to cultivate relationships with safe people and develop relationships marked by confidentiality, grace, spiritual accountability, encouragement, and prayer. Who are the safe people who walk with you? If you can’t think of anyone who knows your story and journeys with you, ask the Lord to bring trustworthy companions into your life. Look for who He will send. Don’t journey alone. Jesus didn’t.

  • Loved

    Devotionals | June 21, 2019

    Are you ever tempted to think that you have to present a flawless public persona for God and others to respect you? Maybe it isn’t respect you long for, but acceptance, love, or feeling valued. The common human tendency is to believe that our value is based on performance. But God—who knows us better than we know ourselves—loves us unconditionally. We are His and He is for us. Our humanity (with all its imperfections) does not prevent God from loving us. Neither does it keep Him from coming to our aid and redeeming our mistakes when we humbly call out for help.

  • Leading Like Pharisees

    Devotionals | June 19, 2019

    Leading like Jesus begins within your heart. If it doesn’t start within our own hearts, we will lead like the Pharisees, whose focus on externals only proved to burden people. In contrast, God desires us to experience life—abundant life, life as He designed it to be lived—through relationship with Jesus. As we learn to lead like Jesus, we join Him in the work of creating a world that nurtures life and reveals God’s good intentions for every part of creation. How can you breathe life into people’s lives today?

  • Portion

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | June 18, 2019

    “Where are you going with that huge bowl of ice cream?”

    I was a new server at our local country club, my first job working for someone besides my father. I stood there with what I thought was a proper portion of this familiar treat. After all, I knew how much it was going to cost the customer, and I wanted him to get his money’s worth. My supervisor, however, stopped me before I could leave the kitchen.

  • Sufficient

    Devotionals | June 17, 2019

    Where do you struggle to trust that God is sufficient for the challenges you face? Jesus’ frequent “I am” statements in John are meant to strengthen His disciples’ trust in Him. He repeatedly assures them that He is sufficient to meet their deepest needs. Do you have needs? Do you hunger? Do you grieve in the face of death? Are you concerned about the future? Do you want to experience the peace and joy that Jesus experienced in relationship with the Father? Look to Jesus. He is present with you in your circumstances. He is sufficient for your every need.

  • Like No Other

    Devotionals | June 14, 2019

    Fathers are prominent throughout the pages of the Bible. Think of Adam, the father of humankind; Abraham, the father of all who believe; Joseph, who served as the adopted father of Jesus; and the unnamed father of the prodigal, whose love for his rebellious son knew no bounds—each one gives us a glimpse into the heart and character of God. How do their lives inspire you to love and lead well? How has the father-love of God shaped your life?

  • When the Heat is On, Leaders Lead

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | June 13, 2019

    It was late in the evening as the military Casualty Affairs Officer and the Chaplain approached the door.  After knocking, the door opened, and they were greeted by “the look.”  It is no ordinary look but one that communicated the knowledge that something was wrong.  They were ushered into the living room.  The family members sat down and heard the dreaded words, “It is with deep sorry and regret that we must inform you of the death of your (husband, wife, son or daughter).” There is no way to convey the feelings and there are no words to express the pain, so they cry.

  • In Step

    Devotionals | June 12, 2019

    Scripture reminds us that our life with God is lived by the power of—and in step with—the Spirit. Any and all transformation in your life and leadership flows from the Spirit’s work. Listen for His voice as you read Scripture. Follow His prompting in prayer. Keep in step with what He is doing in the world. Living and leading by the Spirit transforms you and exalts God only. It leaves no place for pridefully taking credit for your transformation or comparing yourself to others. Where is God calling you to keep in step with the Spirit?