• An Impossible Task

    Devotionals | August 23, 2021

    Has God ever called you to an impossible task? Something that you knew you could not (or cannot) accomplish in your own strength; something that you know will require you to depend wholly on Him. Something that will serve to draw you closer to His side, to seek His wisdom, to cling to Him for strength, and to follow Him more closely. What impossible task is God calling you to today?

    “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”—Luke 1:38

  • A Good Receiver

    Devotionals | August 20, 2021

    Have you ever known anyone who had a hard time receiving gifts? Whether an expression of gratitude or the offer of help, some people have a hard time receiving. They prefer to be on the giving side of things, perhaps so they won't be indebted to anyone, even God. Through Jesus, God offers a new heart, real life, and the freedom to be more than we ever imagined we could be. Have you received His gift?

  • A Dual Focus

    Devotionals | August 18, 2021

    Are you task-oriented or relationship-oriented? Relationships offer opportunities for reflecting the kindness, compassion and wisdom of Jesus. Tasks to be done provide opportunities to serve others at their point of need and to reflect character qualities of integrity and perseverance. Jesus modeled a life that blended a dual focus on accomplishing tasks with highly valuing relationships with God and people. How can you emulate Him today?

    For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.—Ephesians 2:10

  • Scars (Come with Living)

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | August 17, 2021

    Life is full of storms.  We’ve previously discussed the circumstances that explain life’s storm.  They can be captured in three categories those caused by God, the actions of others or our actions and decisions (August, 2021).  We are in a pandemic and many debate the use of vaccines, wildfires consume the western United States while the extreme drought is happening, historic heat waves spread across the world and climate change solidifies its grip on humanity. 

  • Leading from a Sense of Entitlement

    Devotionals | August 16, 2021

    Success is not always a trustworthy friend. One of the dangers for successful leaders is to forget that they lead at God's pleasure and as He allows them influence in the hearts and minds of others. When leaders begin to lead from a sense of entitlement, whether that stems from power, position, education, or past success, they rapidly lose credibility and influence with those around them. To earn the trust of others requires a humble attitude that seeks to serve people and the organization and cause which brings them together. What fuels your leadership?

  • When the Answers Aren't Easy

    Devotionals | August 13, 2021

    Leading like Jesus doesn’t guarantee we have all the answers or that we will always know the steps to take in a given situation. When the pressure builds, we need even greater focus in our communion and communication with the Father. Jesus spent long hours in prayer with His Father throughout His time on earth, from His earliest days of ministry to the final hours of His life. Don’t forego the wisdom, guidance, and encouragement God has for you in times of stress. Be more intentional than ever about connecting with Him in meaningful ways.

  • Grace-based Leadership

    Devotionals | August 11, 2021

    The Golden Rule calls us to do to treat others the way we want them to treat us. In essence, it calls us to living a life centered on understanding, forgiving, encouraging, and supporting others. Each of these characteristics describes the way God relates to us and the way Jesus related to His disciples. Jesus says this same grace-based, action-oriented leadership is to characterize us as His disciples. We are to lead from grace, relating to others with the same grace that God has shown us. 

  • “Why Am I Standing Here?”

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | August 10, 2021

    One of my favorite programs to watch with my children was The Muppet Show. The sketches were funny at both the kid and adult levels. One character, the janitor, seemed to have the most obvious but profound answers. In one sketch he was asked, “Beauregard, why are you standing there?” He calmly replied, “This is where my feet stopped.”

    I still laugh at the simpleminded answer. Yet how many times have I found myself standing in the middle of a room wondering why and having no other answer than “This is where my feet stopped!”

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