How to Create Sharpening Moments

by Wendysue Fluegge "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."  - Proverbs 27:17 Every day is filled with sharpening moments.   Chances to be encouraged and challenged by others.  Chances to do the encouraging and challenging for others.  Sometimes both are happening at once - mutual maximum sharpening. This…

Three Ways to Step into Courage Today

by Heidi Goehmann When I was in third grade, I wrote a letter to invite the governor of our state asking him to come and visit my elementary school. It was an election year and I had seen ads that showed him in a classroom, just like mine, talking with…

Three Principles of Mentoring I Learned from Elizabeth and Mary

by Sharla Fritz   Conflict. Never fun. Often bewildering. When I was a new pastor’s wife, I experienced a conflict with a member. Nothing serious, but I was in a situation I didn’t know how to handle. My husband had four years of training as a pastor, but I had…

Wins and Wows: Scoring Big in a New Leadership Role

by Sarah Holtan, Ph.D.   You’re in a new position of leadership. You don’t have a clue what you’re supposed to do. Did someone really think you were qualified for this?!? You feel like a walking, talking fraud and experience an out-of-body feeling each time you’re introduced by your new…

Gaining Wisdom with Others

by Marge Franzen God’s Solutions You may, like me, find yourself in a period of isolation, whether that be geographically, physically emotionally, spiritually. The source can vary, either illness or overload can shove you into a new aloneness, a sense that no one is here but me.  What an excellent…

Emboldened Defined

The meaning behind the word embolden is to give (someone) the courage or confidence to do something or to behave in a certain way. In other words, to instill a boldness that allows them to act. As Christians, our actions are a response to the love Christ has for us…

WHY DON’T WE?

By Rev. Dr. Daniel Paavola Jenny hadn’t belonged to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church long. She hadn’t grown up there, as most had, but we could count on seeing Jenny, her husband Charlie, and their three boys every Sunday. One day, after church, Jenny asked me the question that had no good…