Articles | May 2021

  • We Do Not Travel Alone

    Devotionals | May 28, 2021

    Who is helpful to you in the work God has called you to? Who works alongside of you so that together you accomplish more than you could on your own? Jesus had disciples to whom He entrusted the next phase of His master plan. Paul had traveling companions along with personal representatives that stayed on to complete work that he had begun. Under duress, both Jesus and Paul called their closest friends to their side to keep them going. At home, at work, let those around you know how much you value them and their partnership.

  • Fears and Stays

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | May 27, 2021

    “So Ryan, did you hear the part I just played? It’s really important that this comes through. It’s one of the main songs in the musical, so you fellows really have a chance to shine. Could you follow your part?”

    “I’m sorry. I couldn’t hear it over the sound of my own panic!”

    I smiled at his comment, but it spoke volumes of the trepidation this young actor was feeling as a new member of our theatre group. It would be my job as the music director to calm his fears and show him he could succeed.

  • A Needed Transfusion

    Devotionals | May 26, 2021

    The temptation to live our lives in our own strength is always before us, just as it was for Jesus. Yet Jesus consciously chose to live life in dependence on the Holy Spirit and according to what He saw the Father doing. He offers us the opportunity to exchange our lives for His, to be made new, to let Him live within us. What difference would it make to your interactions with others to accept His offer today?

  • Overcoming Hopelessness with Hope

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | May 25, 2021

    To abide in hope is not just saying I wish. It’s more than desiring something to come to pass, looking forward to an event or being in a person’s presence. Hope is defined by Webster as “to cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true 2: to expect with confidence: TRUST.”

    Hope is more than mere wishful thinking, yet hopelessness can bring on despair, depression and even thoughts of suicide.

  • Cheat Sheet

    Devotionals | May 24, 2021

    What is on your cheat sheet? You know, that short list of what is most important to you, the one that you turn to when you need extra help. What names and relationships appear? What life goals? What guiding principles and values? What rank-ordered priorities? Without a clear understanding of these key issues, you will be susceptible to the influence of other voices, competing visions, and contradictory values. Take time to prayerfully update your personal mission, vision, and values statement, and commit it to memory. You never know when a test might come.

  • Ever Present Help

    Devotionals | May 21, 2021

    One of the amazing realities of serving a risen Lord is that we are never without His presence and help. Through the Holy Spirit, He is constantly with us, even as He simultaneously serves as our advocate in the presence of the Father. How welcome is He in your life? How open are you to His guidance? Where do you need His help today?

  • Convincing Proof

    Devotionals | May 19, 2021

    Some might question the effectiveness of Jesus' leadership style. The Pharisees certainly did not think Jesus had the right perspective on leadership. Even Jesus' disciples questioned His choices. Jesus knew that He was living and leading in ways that pleased God and would ultimately impact others. If you question the wisdom in following His example, consider how His life continues to impact lives today.

  • Make Time for Now

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | May 18, 2021

    If God sent someone to seek your advice or just talk to you, would you ignore them?  Of course, my answer (and probably yours too) is no way!  While reading Acres of Diamonds (J. Franklin, 2020), this question has been placed in my heart, undoubtedly, to make me look at my own behavior.  I thought of times when someone wanted to speak with me, but I told them I had an appointment.  When someone came to my office and I pretended to be busy, or times I thought my work was more important than spending time with the family.  These were opportunities that I can never get back.

  • When the Crowd Applauds

    Devotionals | May 17, 2021

    As Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he was greeted by people who looked at Him as their conquering hero. By the end of the week, the crowds would be complicit in His crucifixion. How did Jesus maintain His equilibrium and composure in the midst of wildly changing approval ratings? He kept His eyes fixed on God, the One who had called Him, the One whom He lived to please. All things, He knew, were going according to God's plan. Where is God calling you to follow in Jesus' footsteps, living for His approval, regardless of what the crowds say or do?

  • Running Ahead or Lagging Behind

    Devotionals | May 14, 2021

    In our rush to see results, we can find ourselves outpacing God. Conversely, when the time is right for action, we might lag behind. Through the trusting relationships Jesus built with His disciples, He was able to shape them, correct them, or urge them on as needed. He does the same for us today. As leaders following Jesus, we need to keep pace both with Him and with those in our leadership spheres. Where might you be running ahead of or lagging behind Jesus and others?