• Navigate Life’s Storms

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | August 02, 2021

    Hurricane Season, typically June through November, marks a period of uncertainty and anxiety, especially in the Southern US.  Hurricanes don’t develop all at once instead they progress through stages:  Tropical Wave, Tropical Disturbance, Tropical Depression, Tropical Storm, and Hurricane.   A storm’s ability to cause damage, as it grows in intensity, is measured in categories ranging from least severe (Category 1) to total destruction (Category 5).   While Hurricanes can cause great damage, they seldom catch us by surprise.  Technology allows us to use reconnaissance aircraft and weather b

  • El Berith: The God of The Covenant

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | July 27, 2021

    The only One who keeps every promise He has ever made to us is our covenant God: El Berith. Our God is a covenant-keeping God. He always keeps His promises. Even when the fulfillment of these promises is still in the future and unseen, Christ-centered hope must be the foundation of our lives. Hard times come and hard times go, but God’s promises are forever.

    El Berith. Our God is a covenant-keeping God. 

  • Buoys and Leadership

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | July 13, 2021

    “Just circle around like you always do so I can drop a ski.”

    My dad shouted back: “I can’t swing the boat over there anymore because of the buoy!”

    I squinted at the water surface to the left of our dock. Sure enough there was a floating metal object put there by our new neighbor. Apparently he didn’t want to spend the money for a boat hoist and decided to sink a buoy line to tie up his boat. However, there was no boat currently attached, and the buoy was small enough and far enough from the shore to be easily missed by any passing boat or by a water skier like me.

  • My vocational call is a pastor. But I also write books. I’ve written six with a seventh coming this fall (intersects Jesus’ teaching principles with the neuroscience of teaching). To improve my writing, a few years ago was a part of a coaching group led by a really smart book marketer, Chad Cannon. I also attended an intense 1-day session on book marketing he led several years ago.  It was an amazing day I spent with him and eight bright and talented creatives. Our focus was not on leadership.

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • 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