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  • Finding Purpose Amidst the Pandemic

    Blog | Boris Joaquin | January 13, 2022

    Where there is no vision, the people perish... (Proverbs 29:18a)

    How have you been since the pandemic?

    Globally, this pandemic has turned our world upside down – disrupting our lives physically, socially, mentally, and financially. These have been trying times for everyone – maybe more troubling for some than others – but nonetheless, everyone. Hope has become a challenge, especially when you feel helpless, as if there is nothing you can do.

  • Self-Care Is Not Being Selfish

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | January 11, 2022

    “I don’t care how loud she cries. Do not let her in! Here’s the key in case there’s a true emergency.”

    Those were my directions to my mother-in-law who had kindly agreed to come help the first week home with our second child. The luxury of naps and self-care was not possible with a toddler demanding my time, especially now that there was competition in the house. I just wanted a shower by myself without that little person pulling aside the curtain to check on Mommy. I knew she was perfectly safe outside that bathroom door. My singing got louder as her angry pleadings elevated.

  • Begin Your Year with Emotional Intelligence in Christ

    Blog | Lauren Miller | January 06, 2022

    Anytime we are in a position to influence another human being, we are leading. As we ground our sense of identity in who God says we are, we gain authority over the devil’s trickery. Emotionally intelligent behavior from a worldly stand point rises and falls depending upon how the world judges it at that moment in time. Emotional Intelligence in Christ is the activation of the Holy Spirit within us to discern and manage our emotions and behavior in a way that honors God by loving others well as Jesus did. (EmotionalIntelligenceinChrist.com).

  • Making Room for God’s Plans in the New Year

    Blog | Kristin Beyer | December 30, 2021

    In 2016, my New Year’s goal was to clear out 2,016 things from my home. It seemed like a huge number, but I’d read about this idea to set specific decluttering goals from Kathy Lipp’s book Clutter Free, and I felt equipped and motivated. My strategy for accountability was to keep a running tally on a piece of paper on the side of my refrigerator, and my unwanted items either went into the trash, were donated, or were put on Facebook to offer up to friends and family. I met my goal by that summer, and I was so proud to show off my tally list to disbelieving friends!

  • Christmas Is Upon Us!

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | December 20, 2021

    There were warnings all morning. A major blizzard was forecast to hit our city, Fort Wayne, Indiana. My boss was sending everyone home early to stay ahead of the storm. It was January 1978, years before the blessing of cell phones. I finally reached my husband at the seminary after several panicky calls.

  • How to Lead at Christmas (and every other day)

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | December 20, 2021

    In a popular Christmas song, Andy Williams (1963) told us, “It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."  Holiday music fills the air, children are excited, the tree shimmers, and the kitchen bustles with the sounds and smells of the feast season. Traditional Christmas movies like: It’s a Wonderful Life, the Miracle of 34th Street, Scrooge, White Christmas, and Imitation of Life will compete with the slate of more than forty-five college football bowl games scheduled. At times, it makes you ask, have we lost the meaning of Christmas?

  • Leaders Are Always Drifting or Driving

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | November 16, 2021

    I recently signed up for a streaming radio service. I had this service before and cancelled it so I wasn’t sure what I would find. I came across “The Message,” a Christian station, as if on cue, the host said: “Our challenges either drive us towards or cause us to drift further away from God.”  It must have been the right time for me to hear this message.

  • "Thanks A Lot!"

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | November 09, 2021

    “Now that everyone is on board, we have just a few disclaimers we want to share. There may be times when we have to readjust our landing to avoid power lines. Also if the landing area is rough and the wind is too strong, you will need to hang on tight in case the basket is dragged across the ground. But don’t worry! I’m sure we’ll have a great ride with no problems.”

  • 5 Signs that you Need to Quit Something

    Blog | Charles Stone | November 03, 2021

    Quitters never win and winners never quit was drilled into my mind at an early age. I believed it. I practiced it. I lived it. I only quit one thing in my life before age 18, my high school football team. I quit because I sat on the bench 99.976% of the time. Since, then, however, I’ve questioned the veracity of that phrase, as catchy as it may sound. And recently I heard a concept that further spurred my thinking about quitting – strategic quitting. What is strategic quitting and why should pastors and leaders practice it?

  • 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.

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