• The Hero of Your Story

    Devotionals | February 20, 2017

    Moses is a Jewish national and religious hero. Called by God to lead His enslaved people out of Egypt, His story is told still today. The exodus from slavery in Egypt is celebrated as the turning point of Israel’s history. Yet Moses would say that God is the hero of his story. It is God who redeemed Moses’ humble birth, saved him from death time and again, forgave his sins and redeemed his mistakes, working through His reluctant servant. God is the hero of Moses’ life and story. Who is the hero of your story?

  • Dropping the Baton

    Devotionals | February 17, 2017

    Jesus has gone before us, showing the way, offering Himself as a sacrifice and servant to bring us life. His Spirit empowers us to live a Jesus-like life of selfless service. As we draw on His living presence, we take up the baton to pass along the call and privilege of following Him. Make no mistake, the lives we live matter. It is our privilege and responsibility to pass on Jesus’ mandate to serve one another, in His name and for His cause. Run well today, don’t drop the baton!

  • Me First

    Devotionals | February 15, 2017

    “Me first,” children cry. Wanting to be first in line or when taking turns on the playground, children clamor for privilege. When mistakes happen, they quickly point fingers to others or offer excuses for their behavior. How different it is for we who lead like Jesus. He calls us to freely choose to be last, to step aside from claiming self-serving privilege. Instead, it becomes our privilege to lead the way in selfless living. When challenges arise, we practice humble self-examination, own our mistakes, and make our apologies, seeking reconciliation and renewed trust.

  • More than Self

    Devotionals | February 13, 2017

    What does it look like for us to love others more than self? Jesus is our example. His Spirit works within us, taking our eyes off ourselves and teaching us to consider others above ourselves. Selflessness displaces selfishness. Through Him, we can open our hearts to love others more than self, and express God’s love through our acceptance, understanding, help, and encouragement.

  • Winners and Losers

    Devotionals | February 10, 2017

    The world likes to focus on winning and losing, using competition and comparison as a means of defining self-worth and assigning value. Financial resources, independence, and status are viewed as the marks of winners; humility and dependence, the very qualities esteemed in God’s kingdom, as the marks of losers. Jesus turns the world’s value system upside down. We no longer need to find our value in human assessments of worth. He has already declared us valuable and worthwhile.

    No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. –Romans 8:37

  • Helping Hands

    Devotionals | February 08, 2017

    Hands are designed to interact with the world around us. We use them to touch people, to lift objects, to work with tools, to soothe the hurting, and to point the way. Hands can also strike out, push people away, and lay motionless. How we use our hands is a matter of the heart. Transformed by God, our hands can bring hope and help, and make a difference in the world around us. Are our hands, as well as our minds, being used to exalt God and serve others? What will your hands reveal about the state of your heart today?

  • Jesus’ Vision

    Devotionals | February 06, 2017

    Jesus’ purpose for His disciples was that they would follow in His footsteps, living lives devoted to the Father and empowered by the Holy Spirit, and calling others to do the same. He started with the end in mind, a vision of transformed people loving God and others.  The early disciples embraced His vision and mission, going on to influence the thinking, behavior, and development of those they met. We are called to the same great vision and mission today. How will your life today contribute to Jesus’ vision and mission?

  • Go Where He Tells You

    Devotionals | February 03, 2017

    Jesus always has a reason for the things He says. He sent His disciples to Galilee after His resurrection so that He could meet with them. What if they hadn’t gone? What if they hadn’t paid attention to what He said? They would have missed out on time with Him and on hearing His life-changing commission directly from Him. What about you? What has Jesus told you to do? Where has He sent you?

    Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. –Matthew 28:16

  • A Core Value

    Devotionals | February 01, 2017

    Values play a far greater role in leadership than many realize. They guide and inform our personal mission and vision, and shape our decisions on a moment-by-moment basis. Without God’s intervention, we will always place self-satisfaction and self-importance at the top of our list of values. A vital part of God’s transformation of our hearts is moving from being a self-serving leader to a selfless leader, adopting God’s value of selfless service as our own.

  • By What Authority

    Devotionals | January 30, 2017

    Jesus frequently found Himself in conflict with the religious and political leaders of His day. When He ignored or replaced their teaching and traditions, they bristled, challenging His right to make changes. “By what authority?” was their common rebuff. Whose authority undergirds your leadership decisions? As you set your sights on leading like Jesus, let God-confidence strengthen you to do what is right in the eyes of God, regardless of opposition.