• Leadership Lessons from Video Games

    Blog | Kim Rider | June 17, 2021

    Much like many of the teens and tweens these days, my grandson loves to play video games. He likes one particular game where you are on a team and the goal is to beat the team you are playing against. You are randomly placed on a team each time you play so you don’t get to pick your team members. As your team wins, you get points and work your way up to different levels. Of course, as you get more points, the games get more challenging.

  • Stage of Life

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | June 15, 2021

    “Dinner is served.”

    The entire audience erupted in applause and cheers as my husband, the butler, made his entrance and delivered his first words. Even though it was never his intention, he had just committed the unforgiveable: upstaging the lead. The audience’s response threw off the timing of the scene, and the lead actor almost forgot his next line. I’m sure he was wondering just who this bit player was who had just stolen a scene with his entrance.

  • It Only Takes a Minute

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | June 10, 2021

    “Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should” (PSALM 90:12, TLB).  How should we spend our time?  We’re encouraged to make the best use of our time.  But what does that really mean?  Should we aim to be more productive?  Is the goal a better quality of life?  Will owning a bigger house, living in a better community, going to a better school lead us to happiness and fulfillment?  How should we use our time to have the biggest impact?

  • When Jesus was crucified cruelly on a wooden cross, two local robbers were also crucified, one on either side of Jesus (Mark 15:27). They observed Jesus for a few hours, while all three were nailed to and hung on the cross, bleeding in excruciating pain. Based on their observation of Jesus, both robbers formed strong but opposing opinions about Jesus on the cross.

    One robber could NOT see the real Jesus on the cross

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • I learned a lesson about leadership composure from an unlikely source. Several years ago, I had scheduled a plumber to fix minor leaks in some toilets in our home as we prepared to sell our house. My wife was to meet the plumber in my absence and give him the instructions I had given her. At about ten minutes after the appointment time, she called and told me that he had come and said the fixes were so simple I could do them. I asked her what he charged us to give us that sage advice. Her response? “$125.” I was not a happy camper.

  • Working for A Fresh Start

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | April 27, 2021

    Easter morning!  The sunrise brings the promise of a new day.  We gather to share our faith and lift our voices in song.  We believe that better things are yet to come.  Although we often fall short, we seek to reset our behaviors, thoughts, and actions to align with the example and leadership provided by Jesus.   We celebrate the resurrection.  Our joyfulness so profound, perhaps overwhelming, that we can easily forget that Easter is also a time for fresh starts.