• A Story to Tell

    Devotionals | June 03, 2021

    Everyone has a story, a story of where they have come from, what has shaped them, who is important to them, where they hope to go, what they hope to achieve. Our stories shape our lives, just as the larger story in which we find ourselves shapes us. Finding ourselves in God's story and in relationship to Jesus transforms our stories and infuses them with meaning. What story does your life tell?

  • 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

  • This Is Our Father's World

    Devotionals | June 01, 2021

    God's desire to create and nurture life is reflected in the world He made. His creative power transformed darkness and chaos into light and life. In Jesus' incarnation, the life of God entered the world in a unique way, unleashing new waves of love's creative, life-giving power. Jesus sends us to continue His work of reflecting God's light and life into every sphere of life.

  • We Do Not Travel Alone

    Devotionals | May 28, 2021

    Who is helpful to you in the work God has called you to? Who works alongside of you so that together you accomplish more than you could on your own? Jesus had disciples to whom He entrusted the next phase of His master plan. Paul had traveling companions along with personal representatives that stayed on to complete work that he had begun. Under duress, both Jesus and Paul called their closest friends to their side to keep them going. At home, at work, let those around you know how much you value them and their partnership.

  • 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.

  • A Needed Transfusion

    Devotionals | May 26, 2021

    The temptation to live our lives in our own strength is always before us, just as it was for Jesus. Yet Jesus consciously chose to live life in dependence on the Holy Spirit and according to what He saw the Father doing. He offers us the opportunity to exchange our lives for His, to be made new, to let Him live within us. What difference would it make to your interactions with others to accept His offer today?

  • 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.

  • Cheat Sheet

    Devotionals | May 24, 2021

    What is on your cheat sheet? You know, that short list of what is most important to you, the one that you turn to when you need extra help. What names and relationships appear? What life goals? What guiding principles and values? What rank-ordered priorities? Without a clear understanding of these key issues, you will be susceptible to the influence of other voices, competing visions, and contradictory values. Take time to prayerfully update your personal mission, vision, and values statement, and commit it to memory. You never know when a test might come.

  • Ever Present Help

    Devotionals | May 21, 2021

    One of the amazing realities of serving a risen Lord is that we are never without His presence and help. Through the Holy Spirit, He is constantly with us, even as He simultaneously serves as our advocate in the presence of the Father. How welcome is He in your life? How open are you to His guidance? Where do you need His help today?

  • Convincing Proof

    Devotionals | May 19, 2021

    Some might question the effectiveness of Jesus' leadership style. The Pharisees certainly did not think Jesus had the right perspective on leadership. Even Jesus' disciples questioned His choices. Jesus knew that He was living and leading in ways that pleased God and would ultimately impact others. If you question the wisdom in following His example, consider how His life continues to impact lives today.