Articles | August 2015

  • Real People, Real Problems

    Devotionals | August 31, 2015

    Jesus came into the real world, a world filled with real people who have real problems. Some days we are the ones calling others to live up to the high calling we have in Jesus, and some days we are the ones who need to hear and respond to Jesus’s call. Even as we extend grace and encouragement to others, we need it for ourselves. Don’t neglect the habit of allowing God to encourage and strengthen you through Scripture and heartfelt prayer. As we receive God’s hope and encouragement, we will be able to pass it on to others.

  • God and God Only

    Devotionals | August 28, 2015

    The temptation to please people rather than God typically stems from a desire to be well thought of by those around us, whether friends, family, coworkers, leaders, or people in general. Instead of exalting God, these people-pleasing tendencies exalt other people and our own desires. Living to exalt God alone pleases Him and ultimately serves the best interests of others, whether or not they realize it at the time. What tends to replace God as the center of your life? Keep the eyes of your heart focused on pleasing and exalting God as you lead like Jesus today.

  • We Are Accountable to God

    Blog | August 27, 2015

    Timothy McVeigh, the man convicted of the 1995 bombing that killed 168 people at a federal office building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, wrote these words before his 2001 execution: “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”

    McVeigh was sadly mistaken. Like everyone on earth, he was accountable to God. In Ezekiel 18:4 the Lord said, “all souls are Mine,” and in verse 20 He added, “The soul who sins shall die.”

  • Loving Others Judging Ourselves

    Devotionals | August 26, 2015

    How easy it is to get our eyes off our own hearts and become obsessed with the failures and frailties of others. As if we ourselves were not, are not, prone to failure and sin. Only as we acknowledge our own sinful tendencies is there hope for lasting transformation in our lives. God’s mercy and grace leads us to repentance and enables us to come alongside others, rather than judging them when they fall.

  • New Beginnings

    Devotionals | August 24, 2015

    As Jesus ascended into heaven, His disciples faced a new phase in their leadership. Their first choice was to decide whether they would try to lead in their own strength or wait for the power of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus had told them to do. Whatever new beginnings we face in our leadership journey, we have the same choice as the disciples. Will we choose to lead in His strength or try to forge ahead in our own power?

  • Friends on Mission

    Devotionals | August 21, 2015

    Although Jesus calls us to serve, He does not call us His servants. Instead, He calls us His friends. Why? Because He has fully revealed Himself to us. He has brought us into God’s family, given us the mind of Christ, freely given us His Spirit, and shared with us the Father’s hopes, dreams, and purposes. He has asked us to join Him on mission, to enter into the Father’s love, and to lay down our lives along with Him. You are not alone as you enter this day. Jesus, your friend, travels with you.

  • Heather Day

    When Being Right is Wrong

    Blog | Heather Day | August 20, 2015

    There the cursor blinked at me, its steady beat mimicking the pounding of my heart. To send or not to send… That was the question.

    Earlier that morning, I’d received a scathing email pointing out a handful of mistakes I’d made on a recent project – nothing major, but embarrassing blunders nonetheless.

  • Grace-based Leadership

    Devotionals | August 19, 2015

    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. 

  • Two Kinds of Habits

    Devotionals | August 17, 2015

    Lead Like Jesus emphasizes two kinds of habits - habits of being and habits of doing. Each is important. Practicing the being habits supports ongoing personal transformation, keeping our hearts humble before God and open to His Spirit’s leading. These spiritual disciplines shape our leadership motivation, point-of-view, and the way we deal with others. As a result, the Spirit increasingly shapes our reactions and responses so that we find ourselves more naturally reflecting Jesus’ leadership style.

  • Back to the Present

    Devotionals | August 14, 2015

    Some people are prone to dwell in the past, reflecting on and rehashing the successes and failures of earlier days. Some are forever dreaming of the future, reflecting on and rehearsing how it will be someday soon. To lead like Jesus involves learning from the past as God draws us into the future. Lessons from the past can enhance our vision, goals, strategies, and tactics. Seek God’s perspective on the past, present, and future, so that you can lead like Jesus today. Where do you need to respond to Jesus in faith by leading as He would today?

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