Articles | January 2021

  • Focus on Jesus

    Devotionals | January 29, 2021

    Lead like Jesus offers a variety of insights and tools to become Jesus-like leaders. All of these are meant to point us to Jesus and the life-transforming power of His Spirit. Scripture provides example after example of Jesus in action—serving, loving, training His disciples, intent on accomplishing the Father’s will—as He addresses the needs of those around Him on a daily (even hourly) basis. As we spend time in His presence and focus on Him, we increasingly become like Him.

  • Beware of the Snare

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | January 28, 2021

    Ever felt stuck? Maybe you’ve struggled with an annoying habit or irritating addiction? You wonder how you can break loose. Yes, I get it. For decades, I was unaware I was caught up in a trap expertly designed for me by the enemy. For twenty years, I was hung up by a series of rejections that happened in my childhood. I believed the hurtful lies and owned the labels that had been spoken over me when I was bullied in my ballet class. I didn’t know I was misled. I was naïve about the tricks, traps, and snares that entangled me.

  • Free-flowing Obedience

    Devotionals | January 27, 2021

    Obedience to God flows from trust and love. Obedience invites God into our life and leadership and opens the door for God to work through us. It allows God to show the world who He is and how He works. The obstacles of fear and pride keep us from taking God at His word and doing what He tells us to do. They limit God’s ability to use us to accomplish His will. Humility acknowledges that we don’t know everything and that God just might have a better idea than we do. Confidence in who God is reminds us that He is trustworthy and gives us the courage to do what He says to do.

  • Open Your Eyes

    Blog | Karen McGuire | January 26, 2021

    In 2 Kings 6, we find several stories of the prophet Elisha. One of the stories involves the king of Aram who is chasing Elisha and wishes to capture the prophet. In verse 13, the king says, “Go and see where he is, so I can send men to capture him.”  So off the army goes to Dothan (not Alabama) by night and surround the city.

  • Recognizing God’s Voice

    Devotionals | January 25, 2021

    Conversation with God—prayer—is key to leading like Jesus. Time spent in solitude, silence and Scripture trains us to recognize and respond to God’s voice. It shapes us into people who know His voice and faithfully follow Him. His relationship with His Father motivated everything He did. Even with all of the voices calling out to Him, trying to conform Him to the world’s standards, He focused on only one voice. When we, too, tune our hearts to recognize and follow God’s voice alone, we will be positioned to lead like Jesus.

  • What Are You Waiting For

    Devotionals | January 22, 2021

    Waiting is part of life. We wait for any number of things: for people to complete tasks, for phone calls, for circumstances to change. The Bible is full of waiting, too. Moses waited through ten plagues, David endured persecution as he waited to be crowned king, Ruth, Esther, Nehemiah, Jeremiah—ultimately, each one was waiting for God. They trusted that God was at work even in their waiting. When we humbly wait on God, He prepares us to respond in God-exalting confidence when it is time. What are you waiting for?

  • 4 Traits of the World’s Second Greatest Leader

    Blog | Charles Stone | January 21, 2021

    I believe Jesus was the world’s greatest leader. I would call the Apostle Paul the world’s second greatest leader because he wrote much of the New Testament and because he spread Christianity into the West through his missionary journeys. The book of Acts details much of those early missionary journeys. Acts 16 describes four traits that Christian leaders should emulate.

  • Jesus-like Integrity

    Devotionals | January 20, 2021

    Integrity—honesty and moral uprightness—exalts God and creates trust with others. Jesus life and ministry were so characterized by integrity that no charge could be found against Him (Mark 14:55-59). His disciples followed His example, and they call us to live with God-honoring integrity. Does your life and leadership exhibit Jesus-like integrity?

  • The Essence of Leadership is Faith, Hope and Love

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | January 19, 2021

    We can only hope!  This was the message delivered by many newscasters in the final broadcasts of the year. It is a new year and most of us couldn’t be happier that 2020 is in our rearview mirror. It was a long and tiring year. We’re tired of viruses, masking, social distancing, and maybe a little tired of each other because of quarantines. It isn’t that we don’t love each other or don’t enjoy being together; we’re just tired. I think we passed tired a few months back, now we’re fatigued. While not a clinical definition, fatigue simply means that we are tired of being tired. Fatigue drains u

  • Beyond the World’s Wisdom

    Devotionals | January 18, 2021

    Jesus knows the vast gap between the state of the world and the life God intended. Time and again, He exposed the limitations of the world’s wisdom and clarified what it looks like to live as God’s people. His life and words still inspire and challenge us to be shaped by God’s love and values, not the world’s. He led by example and called others to do the same. What difference will your words and example make today?