• 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. 

  • How to Tell Yourself the Truth

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | April 15, 2021

    “I just don’t feel like doing it.” And so I did absolutely nothing on day one. I stayed in bed all day. Day two – I felt the same. Not only was I unproductive, I was discouraged and I was overwhelmed with anxiety. Days melted into weeks, weeks into months, before I knew it, six months was lost. I was stuck. I didn’t know how to get out of the pit. I didn’t think I deserved to be forgiven. I felt unforgiven, unloved, and ashamed; I felt unworthy and condemned. These lies Satan fed me prevented me from believing God’s truth about myself.

  • The Witness of Post-resurrection Apostles

    Blog | Paul Swamidass | March 31, 2021

    A Monumental Decision

    Upon the death of Judas, who betrayed Jesus Christ that resulted in His capture, crucifixion, death and resurrection, the Apostles decided to find a replacement for him. Peter, took the lead in defining the qualification of the new Apostle, who would take the place of Judas in the post-resurrection era; accordingly, Peter said,