Articles | August 2015

  • Confident Assurance

    Devotionals | August 12, 2015

    Paul was certain of God's call in his life, even as he wrote from a place of imprisonment. When we know who we are in Christ Jesus, our circumstances may shape the out working of our calling, but they do not keep us from accomplishing all that God wants to do through us. Due to his imprisonment, rather than simply traveling and speaking in person to churches, Paul wrote letters that have since become part of the New Testament. His commitment in adversity has blessed millions through the millennia. 

  • A New Normal

    Devotionals | August 10, 2015

    Jesus calls us to a new normal, a new way of living and leading, one that reflects the reality of His calling and the transforming power of His Spirit. No longer are we to follow the world’s patterns, allowing culture to dictate our perspective and practices. Instead, God wants to permanently realign our thinking and behavior so that leading like Jesus becomes a normal part of how we live. Do you want the normal, everyday pattern of your life to reflect Jesus to others?

  • In Service of the King

    Devotionals | August 07, 2015

    Who do we serve? Whose goals, values, methods drive us? Scripture is clear that words alone are not sufficient evidence that we know God. Only as we deny ourselves and embrace God's purposes, God's plan, and God's principles will we see God's vision of reality come to pass. This is what Jesus was committed to, in word and in action. This was the focus of His whole life. Ask God what it would look like for you to exchange your goals, values, and methods for His. How will you live differently today because of what He is telling you?

  • Phyllis

    The Stewardship of Influence

    Blog | Phyllis Hennecy Hendry | August 05, 2015

    When I was a child, an adult said to me, “You are a born leader.” I didn’t know exactly what that meant, but I liked the idea. I knew I liked being in front and being in charge. I was extremely responsible, and people often did what I asked them to do. At 11 years old, I thought I had leadership figured out.

  • Whatever

    Devotionals | August 05, 2015

    ‘Whatever’ is one of those words we hear and say in general ways. Often, it is used in a derogatory sense to criticize another person or to dismiss what people say. Paul uses it very differently from modern culture. He uses ‘whatever’ in the sense of everything. Everything in our lives, He says, is to reflect the reality of the transforming power and presence of our Lord Jesus. Jesus, the first disciples, and the writers of the New Testament would agree with him. Jesus comes to redeem every aspect of our lives. Whatever you do today, remember that you represent Jesus to the world.

  • Words of Value

    Devotionals | August 03, 2015

    What if we valued people around us for who they are? What if we accorded people with the same dignity and respect God has showered on us? What if we saw in them the image of God? As we talk with people or tell others about them, what if we affirmed the impact their contributions (real or potential) make? How would making these 'what ifs' a reality transform their lives, your relationships, and the world around you? Who can you love, serve, and affirm today? How can you use your words to make a positive difference in someone else’s life today?