Articles | September 2021

  • Leadership Interrupted

    Blog | Kristin Beyer | September 30, 2021

    My cell phone buzzed as I sat at the table for a quick bite to eat on Sunday morning, five kids whirling around me, ready to hop in the car and leave for church as soon as I got up. The phone call coming in was from a woman who usually called when she had a big favor to ask of me, and I didn’t think I had time to listen to whatever it was that I thought she needed.

  • Listen!

    Devotionals | September 29, 2021

    How often do you find yourself listening during the day? Not just hearing words or noise, but actually listening. Listening to what people are saying and listening to God. Jesus frequently included a call to hear in His parables. What He was saying was, "Stop, pay attention, listen, understand and respond!" When you take time to listen, you take a giant step toward becoming a servant leader.

    "Whoever has ears, let them hear."—Matthew 13:9

  • Don't Park in Your Past

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | September 28, 2021

    “We are all products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it,” said Pastor Rick Warren, best-selling author of The Purpose-Driven Life. When we become Christians, wouldn’t it be great if God erased the memory of our past mistakes? I used to think if ONLY God would delete the hard drive of my unhappy memories, that would be a huge relief. What I didn’t know was that it was my choice whether or not to park in my past or allow God to help me move onward into maturity in Christ.

  • Like You

    Devotionals | September 27, 2021

    What would the world look like today if every person followed your example? What if the words they spoke carried the same tone and message as yours? What if their responses echoed your responses? What if their actions mimicked your actions? Would people look more like Jesus? Would relationships reflect His forgiveness and compassion? Would the world be any different?

    I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.—John 13:15

  • Impossible Situations

    Devotionals | September 24, 2021

    Some days it can seem impossible to see how God can possibly transform the situations around us. Yet situations are shaped by the choices and responses of the people involved in them. When we focus on being Christ-like servant leaders, God can use us to influence people, and consequently situations. What difference does God want to make, not in your situation or those around you, but in you today?

    Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.—3 John 1:11

  • Imitate Your Leaders

    Devotionals | September 22, 2021

    Who is your role model of a Christ-like servant leader? Who embodies the heart, head, hands and habits of Jesus? What can you thank God for in their example? What do you want to imitate in their faith and lifestyle? While our eyes are first to be on Jesus, men and women through the ages have followed Him, providing examples of faith and servant leadership. Circumstances and situations may change, but Jesus’ example of servant leadership is timeless.

  • Getting Out of the Storm

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | September 21, 2021

    Why do bad things happen?  Humans have been asking this question, probably, since the beginning of time, or at least after we were pushed out of Eden.  In our past few articles, we’ve explored storms (bad things).  We’ve seen why God causes or allows storms, how the behaviors of others may affect us, and how we sometimes bring the storms upon ourselves. 

    Why do bad things happen?

  • Jesus is Praying for You

    Devotionals | September 20, 2021

    Jesus' ministry on our behalf continues in heaven. He has now rested from the work of providing salvation, yet He continues to care for and strengthen His own. He is praying for you today, asking the Father to help you live and lead like Him. How do you want Him to pray for you today?

    … because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.—Hebrews 7:24-25

  • In Jesus' Name

    Devotionals | September 17, 2021

    To many people today, the words "in Jesus' name" are tacked on at the end of a prayer before saying "Amen." Yet the book of Acts tells a different story. The early disciples boldly stepped out to serve in Jesus' name. In Jesus' name, people were forgiven, healed, restored, baptized and commissioned. What about you? Is Jesus' name just a catch phrase for you? Or does His name compel you to serve others as He did and carry His message to others?