Articles | September 2020

  • They Forgot

    Devotionals | September 30, 2020

    Paul writes 1 Corinthians to believers who had gotten off-track. Once established in Christ Jesus, they had lost sight of Him and gotten their focus on themselves. They argued about who was the greatest and which was the greatest spiritual gift. They forgot the One who had called them out of their former self-centered lives. The One who gave Himself for them. The One who made His home within and among them. They forgot what it meant to love, live, and lead in the name of the One whose name they carried.

  • The Grace Choice

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | September 29, 2020

    To give grace or not to give grace? That is the question. I am not talking about whether you should pray at a restaurant in public. I am referring to Jesus' example to serve others through sacrificing ourselves. "But Sheryl," you might say, "we don't have a choice about offering grace to others or not, the Bible says we have to give grace."

  • To Serve Patiently

    Devotionals | September 27, 2020

    Jesus’ patience with people is remarkable. Consider how often the crowds misunderstood His teaching and actions. Think about the ongoing attempts to discredit Him. The persecution by the religious leaders. The false accusations. His inner circle’s arguing about which of them was the greatest, even as He prepared to give His life for them. Talk about patience! Talk about someone who loves us and works with us in our weakness. Jesus shows us the way, and we know from personal experience the difference it makes. In what ways can you go and do the same today?

  • Love Starts the Conversation

    Devotionals | September 25, 2020

    Love doesn’t overlook problems. Love communicates clearly; establishes expectations, goals, and boundaries; journeys with, empowers, and holds people accountable. Love acknowledges the truth and encourages change. Jesus wasn’t afraid of speaking the truth His disciples needed to hear. They needed to learn a different way of loving, living, and leading. Jesus believed that speaking truth would lead the way to transformation. Do you?

  • Celebrate

    Blog | Karen McGuire | September 24, 2020

    You may be wondering what in the world we have to celebrate during 2020! With COVID, economic uncertainty and more, it can seem that there is little to celebrate. I would like to suggest that celebrating even the small things can change our minds, our hearts and our countenance.

    As children, we may remember looking forward to our birthdays, Christmas and other family celebrations throughout each year. As adults, we may have participated in planning, executing and cleaning up celebrations with family, friends, colleagues or others.

  • Life-Giving Correction

    Devotionals | September 23, 2020

    Proverbs 15:31-32 reminds us of the self-destructive nature of those who disregard discipline. The ancient words sound as if they could have been written today. Pride still plagues us, does it not? We, like people throughout the ages, tend to think we have to act as if we have it all together. But when things go wrong, it is humility—not pride—that enables us to acknowledge our need for life-giving correction. Will you receive the correction God longs to give you? What is He saying to you as you wait before Him?

  • Missed Blessings

    Blog | Kim Rider | September 22, 2020

    Do you ever wonder how many blessings a day you miss because you make a decision without checking with God first? How many boxes are going to be stacked in Heaven’s warehouse marked, “Kim’s missed blessings?” I recall when I was in 4th grade, our teacher was making a bulletin board and put the following question on it: What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? I did not have to think twice. I had always wanted to be a teacher. But, as she went around the room, all the girls were saying they wanted to be teachers.

  • Helping God Out

    Devotionals | September 21, 2020

    Abram and Sarai repeatedly tried to help God fulfill His promise of a son. Each time—whether it was Abram saying his wife was his sister or Sarai deciding to help God out using culturally-accepted methods—it backfired. Things we attempt to do in our human strength result in personal frustration, damage to others, and far-reaching unforeseen consequences. God’s promises are within His power to fulfill. Increasing dependence on God honors and exalts Him.  What fuels your leadership—human power or God’s power?

  • God Rules

    Devotionals | September 18, 2020

    Scripture repeatedly declares God’s sovereignty. This is His universe. He alone holds ultimate power and control over all that He has created. He is at work to weave together all the strands of history to achieve His purpose. As leaders who have been called to partner with Him, we are called to align ourselves with His goals and His method. Jesus clearly proclaimed that we are to follow His example of selflessly loving and serving others, orienting our lives and leadership according to the values of God’s kingdom rather than the values of this world.

  • Making the Invisible Visible

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | September 17, 2020

    Have you ever entered a room and failed to see someone? Driven a route and not noticed the billboards? Failed to hear a spouse, child, or friend speaking to you?  Maybe you were waiting on the traffic light to turn green, only to realize that you missed it.  I think most of us can relate to experiences like these.  Sometimes, we get so caught up in our lives, or in the moment that we miss what is going on around us.  It isn’t that we don’t care; it’s just that we weren’t paying attention.