Devotionals

  • Better Together

    Devotionals | December 18, 2017

    Scripture reveals the apostle Paul as a strong, confident, assertive leader who boldly took the gospel across cultural and ethnic boundaries throughout the Roman Empire. It also reveals Paul as a man who forged alliances and partnerships with fellow believers. His letters often contain greetings to believers and leaders with whom he partnered in ministry; many of these letters come from both Paul and one of his trusted associates. To whom do you look for accountability, clarification, advice, and support? 

  • The Way of the Manger

    Devotionals | December 15, 2017

    No one anticipated that God’s Chosen and Anointed One would enter the world in such a humble way. Certainly, no one expected that God Himself would become Immanuel, ‘God with us,’ by becoming a vulnerable child born to a young, unmarried peasant woman. Yet God’s vision and God’s way is not the way of the world. To make us into the men and women He wants us to be, He willingly and humbly came to the manger, not as an observer, but as a participant in accomplishing His purposes in the world. 

  • A Leader Who Strengthens Others

    Devotionals | December 13, 2017

    Deborah gave her life in service to God and His people. Her wisdom and discernment brought stability during a time of oppression. When the time came for God to move on behalf of His people, God’s chosen leader would not move forward without Deborah at his side. Are you a leader who serves with God-given wisdom and discernment? Are others able to depend on you, knowing that You have God’s purposes in mind and will stand beside them to see God’s plan accomplished?

  • Advice or Wisdom

    Devotionals | December 11, 2017

    Many people give advice, while others are sources of wisdom. How can you tell one from the other? Advice typically comes in the form of opinion and reflects the viewpoint of the person offering it. Wisdom, the kind of wisdom that Jesus exhibited in His life, has the ring of God’s truth about it, an overarching truth that transcends human understanding. Even His enemies marveled at Jesus’ selfless, God-centered wisdom. Do you give advice or offer godly wisdom?

  • Traveling toward the Manger

    Devotionals | December 08, 2017

    Mary and Joseph had to say goodbye to comfort and familiarity to become part of God’s plan. The need to travel to Bethlehem wasn’t their choice nor was it convenient for them, but it turned out to be part of God’s plan. Becoming part of what God is doing required humility and faith for them, just as it does for us. As you travel toward the manger this year, what is God calling you to give up so that you can become part of what He is doing to bring light and life to the world?

  • Inclinations of the Heart

    Devotionals | December 06, 2017

    Scripture repeatedly emphasizes the importance of guarding our hearts and tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. What we center our lives around, what we treasure in our hearts, and what we consciously choose to focus on matter. These things matter because they shape the pattern of our lives and influence the choices we make in the spur of the moment. Our lives reflect the inclinations of our hearts. What shapes the inclinations of your heart, the fear of the Lord that leads to wisdom or the fear of the world?

  • You Were Made for This

    Devotionals | December 04, 2017

    What leadership roles has God given you? Living into your God-given opportunities to influence the thinking, behavior, and development of others is part of God’s plan for your life. He has created you to be a living, breathing reflection of Jesus in word and action. His Spirit within you equips and empowers you to do good works that reflect a heart being transformed by God. Let these truths shape your approach to this day. Live into the call to live, love, and lead like Jesus.

  • Waiting for the Manger

    Devotionals | December 01, 2017

    The story of the manger began in the infinite wisdom of God and sprung from His heart of love. God’s people through the ages waited to see how His plan would unfold. In today’s world, the weeks before Christmas are rarely characterized by God-focused waiting. Calendars and to-do lists are filled with holiday preparations and events, end-of-year business deadlines, family gatherings, and church celebrations. As leaders, we have the opportunity to shape how our families, churches, and businesses approach Christmas.

  • Mid-week Refresh

    Devotionals | November 29, 2017

    By this point in the week, we may need to step back, breathe deeply, and refocus on why we do what we do. The Psalms are always a good place to go to realign our heart, head, hands, and habits. Let Him rejuvenate your heart and reframe your perspective. This is His world, and He is working out His story. He has invited you to live in relationship with Him and join Him in what He is doing. Let time in His presence refresh you to lead like Jesus.

  • In the Moment

    Devotionals | November 27, 2017

    Jesus constantly encountered people who needed His touch as He traveled throughout the land, even on the Sabbath. What about you? Do you look and listen for God’s prompting as you walk through your day? Are you willing to lay aside your agenda to be present for those around you if this is what God needs you to do? How will you respond to unexpected opportunities to exalt God and lead like Jesus?

    “This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?”—Luke 13:16 NLT

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