Articles | June 2021

  • Make Us Like You

    Devotionals | June 30, 2021

    Leading like Jesus involves defining success as God defines it, while humbly and confidently depending on God and moving steadily toward the goal. Jesus knew this. His relationship with the Father was His number one priority in life. At times He withdrew from the public sphere to spend time with God. As a result, when it was time to act, He demonstrated God-grounded confidence. He kept His focus on the cross always and moved in sync with the Father’s will. How will you emulate His example today?

  • It's Our Choice

    Devotionals | June 28, 2021

    Each of us has a choice as to where and how we invest our lives. We choose what kind of difference to make in other people’s lives. We choose whether to make God’s priorities our own. We choose to trust God and follow His leading in our challenging circumstances, or we choose the world’s ways. Moment by moment, we have the choice to live, love, and lead like Jesus. What will you choose today?

  • Leading the Unwilling

    Devotionals | June 25, 2021

    How do we respond when people resist direction and insist on going their own way? No matter our leadership role, we all will face times when others do not agree with the direction we are moving. In these difficult situations, we are responsible to keep a close watch on our leadership motivations and actions. Jesus calls us to speak the truth in love, even when others do not respond as we desire.

  • Critics: Stay Away or Draw Close to Them?

    Blog | Charles Stone | June 24, 2021

    Criticism hurts, especially the non-constructive kind. We tend to stay away from such critics. But is that the wisest choice? Should we draw close to them instead of pulling away from them? In this post I explore the idea of not shunning your critics.

    The Bible reminds us in Proverbs 15:31-33 that “whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise. Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding. Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.”

  • Seeing Like Jesus

    Devotionals | June 23, 2021

    Everywhere Jesus went, He saw through the Father’s eyes. He saw people with pressing needs, religious leaders who needed to refocus on God’s priorities, and disciples who needed to be trained. More importantly, Jesus saw what the Father was doing in sending Him into the world. This prompted Him to speak words of truth, hope, guidance, and correction, to act with compassion and courage, and to press forward with His God-given mission. What do you see the Father doing? Who and what does He want you to see today? How does He want you to respond to what you see?

  • Jehovah Shammah: The God Who is There

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | June 22, 2021

    A loud crash woke me up from a deep sleep. I opened my eyes, sat up and squinting, tried to sort through the all-encompassing shadows. As if blinking my eyes would dissipate the thick, inky, suffocating blackness, there was no difference from when my eyes were closed. I couldn’t see anything. I didn’t remember where I was. I cried out to God, “Help me, Lord.” Immediately I felt peace, comfort and hope in the shelter of God’s presence. Instead of feeling breathless from fear, a sigh of relief became my prayer of thanksgiving and praise. “Thank you Jehovah-Shammah.”

  • Loving Like Jesus

    Devotionals | June 21, 2021

    Grace, forgiveness, community, and encouragement are expressions of God’s love poured out to us. Stop and think: What difference do these expressions of His love make in your life? Who would you be without His love? Who are you becoming because of His love? How are you relating to others differently because of how you have experienced His love? Jesus had one overriding commandment for His disciples, that they would love one another as He had loved them.

  • Family Matters

    Devotionals | June 21, 2021

    After personally leading a successful campaign to return the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, David “returned home to bless his family” (1 Chron. 16:43). Jesus, in the midst of His suffering on the cross, becoming the means of forgiveness for the sin of the whole world, gave His mother Mary into the care of the disciple whom He loved (Jn. 19:26-27). Are we as focused on living, loving, and leading like Jesus in our family relationships as we are in professional or ministry roles? Jesus clearly was.