Articles | October 2021

  • A Trustworthy Teacher

    Devotionals | October 29, 2021

    Jesus was clear with His disciples. He told them that they could trust Him to tell the truth about God and the way to life. He told them to focus on building the kingdom of God and loving others. He told them that they were to follow His example of servant leadership, regardless of how others responded to them. He told them that the Spirit would empower them and teach them day-by-day. How are these truths shaping Your life today?

  • Wisdom...Just Ask

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | October 28, 2021

    Wisdom. Most of us need more. When we understand our lack, we can ask God for His provision. And when we do, He gives it. This aspect of relying on God's wisdom is especially important since we live in a shame-based culture. Control is maintained by creating a sense that if you don't conform to social norms, you are not acceptable. The world wants us to live up to the image of what the world thinks is socially acceptable. When this happens, social acceptance becomes the main cultural value. The fear of rejection and being ostracized is a powerful motivator.

  • A Prayer for the Discouraged

    Devotionals | October 27, 2021

    Every leader faces times when things don't go the way they planned. Times when troubles come fast and furious, when no choice seems like a good choice. In times such as these, we have the example of men and women of faith who turned to God for help. God never intended for us to face difficulties in our own strength. He wants us to depend on Him. The Psalms help us give voice to our need.

    Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.—Psalm 25:16-17

  • What Do You See?

    Devotionals | October 25, 2021

    What do you see when you look at the people around you? Do you see people whom God loves and desires to save? Sometimes it can be hard to see God’s design in fallen people or to realize how far God has brought another person on the journey. As you allow God to transform your vision, you will be able to see the world through God’s eyes.

    Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.—Mark 8:25

  • What Are You Learning?

    Devotionals | October 22, 2021

    What are you learning? Each day holds multiple opportunities for us to learn how to live as servant leaders. Servant leaders are lifelong learners, as the pages of Scripture and the changing nature of relationships remind us. The good news is that Jesus is on the journey with you, and He gives you His Spirit to be your teacher and guide. What does He want to teach you today?

  • Unmet Expectations

    Devotionals | October 20, 2021

    How do you respond when you fall short of meeting people’s expectations, or when their responses fall short of meeting your expectations? Do you automatically assume a defensive posture, or do you tend to take a solution-oriented approach? When you stop and think it about it, it becomes obvious that one response flows from pride and fear, while the other flows from humility and confidence. How do you need God to refocus and reshape your responses?

  • Serendipity and Spiritual ADD

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | October 18, 2021

    “Believe in Something Bigger!” That was quite a statement of promise on a sign in the window of my local convenience store. Then at the bottom I saw what that “bigger” something was: Powerball. The multi-state lottery.

    I am amused when the secular world tries to be profoundly spiritual. Whether it is shampoo, lotions, accessories, cars, or lottery tickets, everyone wants their promotion to appear deeper than just crass commercialism.

  • Unlikely Choice

    Devotionals | October 18, 2021

    Knowing yourself as you do, what makes you an unlikely choice as a person whom God wants to use? Is it pride, fear, lack of training, questions and doubts, lack of consistency in your spiritual life? Jesus has a knack for picking people that the rest of the world overlooks and undervalues. He looks for a heart that responds to His call, a person who wants to be transformed and used for His purposes. How will your life reflect the transformational power of God to those around you?