Articles | Heart

  • Spirit-led Journey

    Devotionals | January 08, 2018

    Throughout his epistles, Paul constantly returns to the theme of being saved by God’s grace through Christ Jesus, apart from any human efforts to earn a right standing with God. Building on that foundation, he speaks of the quality of life that flows from becoming new creations in Jesus. His messages culminate with exhortations to turn from worldly practices and to focus on practices and habits that support and reflect the new life we have in Jesus.

  • Going Where God Leads

    Devotionals | January 05, 2018

    As the Christmas season draws to a close, we remember the Magi—the wise men—who followed the signs they had in order to find the newly born king. Not satisfied with the wisdom they already possessed, they pressed forward to seek greater wisdom. They journeyed to find the Christ child at great personal cost and with great humility and courage. Will our lives reflect their commitment to seeking and following the truth God has given us? How committed are you to reorienting your life and leadership journey around seeking, worshiping and following Jesus?

  • Jesus Our Passover Lamb

    Devotionals | April 14, 2017

    The Passover Feast celebrates the Lord’s deliverance of His people from slavery in Egypt. From a life of slavery to harsh taskmasters, God redeemed His people, and brought them into a life-giving, love-based relationship with Him. This is the “Good” in Good Friday; with Jesus as our Passover lamb, we are redeemed from the bondage of sin, as recipients of God’s great love. We have found life anew, and now live and lead out of the wellspring of who God is and what He has done in our lives.

  • Not of this World

    Blog | Karen McGuire | September 22, 2016

    I’m always intrigued by the things people put on their cars, so I try to catch a glimpse of some as I drive. As you’ve observed, there are current and past political stickers, catchy quotes, stick figures of family and pets, “my wonderful child …” stickers, and more.

  • Jesus Meets Us

    Devotionals | September 19, 2016

    The desire to lead like Jesus is a lofty aspiration. We are following a leader who is the only perfectly sinless, wholly righteous person who has ever lived. To follow in His footsteps is a daring and humbling ambition. We will stumble along the way, just as Peter did when he faltered. Just as He came to Peter, Jesus comes to us, recalling us to our relationship with Him and the call He has given us. Where do you need to hear Jesus’ words of hope and restoration today?

  • For Such a Time as This

    Embracing God’s Plan for YOU

    Blog | Karen McGuire | August 25, 2016

    I just finished reading the Book of Esther this morning during my quiet time. I’m always amazed at the truths that I find there.

    If you’re not familiar with it, Esther is a fascinating story found in the Old Testament, just after the story of Nehemiah. It’s easily read in one sitting. Interestingly, Esther is also the only Old Testament book that makes no mention of God, but it the story of some Jews and how God used one woman to save the remnant that lived in her area.

    This truly is the story of a remarkable woman.

  • Confidence in Life and Leadership

    Devotionals | August 03, 2016

    Because of Jesus, we are not bound to pursuing our own or the world’s agenda for our lives. He has freed us to pursue life of another dimension, a life of humility, worship, and service. His death on the cross broke the power of sin, and opened the way into life, life characterized by the very presence and spirit of God. So we turn from self-centered pursuits to selflessly giving ourselves away as He did. We follow our leader, confident that He knows the way to live and lead.

  • Who the Spirit Leads

    Devotionals | July 22, 2016

    God has invited us to become partners with Him in what He is doing in the world. Think of it! He, sovereign over all the universe, invites us into intimate relationship with Him so that we can be active participants in making earth “as it is in heaven.” We experience the reality of life characterized by intimate relationship with Him, and through His Spirit, we become bearers of His light, life, and truth. He desires to lead us today. Pride and fear will keep us isolated from Him. Will you humbly place yourself at His disposal?

  • The Two Most Important Questions Every Leader Must Answer

    Blog | Karen McGuire | July 19, 2016

    From the time we are born until we die (I suppose), we all seem to have a lot of questions. As a little child, we want to know “Why is the sky blue?” “Why do fish swim underwater?” “Why do you do that?” and more!!

    As a youth, we want to know “Why can’t I stay out as late as my friends?” “Why can’t I watch that on TV or at the movies?” “Why do I have to clean my room? No one ever goes in my room.” And again, more!!