Articles | Heart

  • A God Who Understands

    Devotionals | January 20, 2016

    God knows us intimately; He knows where we are on this transformational journey, and He knows where we need to be more like Jesus. As our Creator, He knows how we are formed; as our Father, He loves us and works on our behalf. Trust Him to deal with you compassionately and according to how He made you; and set your eyes on the goal of being more like Jesus each day.

    The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From his throne he observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do.—Psalm 33:13-  15 NLT

  • Fresh Starts

    Devotionals | January 11, 2016

    The weight of past failure can cling to us, muddying our thinking, obscuring the future, and sapping our motivation and confidence. God does not intend for the past to hinder us. The forgiveness He provides in Jesus dispels the past and opens the way for us to walk into the future. He offers us a fresh start with renewed energy and hope. Where do you need a fresh start today?

  • Phyllis

    A Greater View

    Blog | Phyllis Hennecy Hendry | January 06, 2016

    When my granddaughter, Abbey, was about two years old, she already loved going to the beach. My daughter and her husband would take her, and Abbey would be saying, “beach, beach” as soon as she saw the water. As they all three began to walk toward the ocean, Abbey would sit down with her sand bucket at the first tide pool, where the ocean had filled a small hole in the sand, content that she had arrived. She stopped short, seeing only the small pool when the entire ocean was available.

  • Well-Placed Trust

    Devotionals | January 04, 2016

    The first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with everything in us—heart, soul, mind, and strength. As we focus on our relationship with Him, we are able to accept the changing circumstances of life with confidence and trust. He frees us to love others, and we find true community and contentment in knowing that our lives are in His hands.

    I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart.—Ps. 34:1-2 NLT

  • Never Ending Praise

    Devotionals | December 25, 2015

    All that God had set in motion from before the beginning of the world unfolds in the birth of a child. He is here! Jesus, Savior, Immanuel, the Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Son of Man, the Righteous One. Because of Him, the night skies were filled with angels, shepherds hurried to see, Mary and Joseph were propelled from obscurity onto the pages of Scripture, and countless lives have never been the same. Are you one of them? Celebrate His birth!

  • Believing is Seeing

    Devotionals | December 24, 2015

    Mary knew about believing the Lord’s promises. For nine months before Jesus’ birth, she trusted God to sort out all of the details surrounding Gabriel’s announcement. She traveled to see Zechariah and Elizabeth, she told Joseph and her parents what the angel had said. She watched how they responded even as she felt the signs of new life take shape within her. With each breath she trusted God, she saw His faithfulness, and she placed her trust in Him. His promises to her proved true.

  • Heather Day

    The Miracle of Christmas: God with Us

    Blog | Heather Day | December 23, 2015

    There I sat in the family waiting room, an obvious outsider somehow dropped into this deeply personal moment. Not knowing what else to do, I made small talk with the four young girls, just trying to keep them calm as best as I knew how. When their mom walked in with the chaplain not far behind, we all knew what was coming; in the course of one afternoon, their lives would be changed forever. A father, a husband, taken.

    In the midst of the shock and grief, I was astounded at my friend’s unshakable confidence.

  • Blessing from Heaven

    Devotionals | December 14, 2015

    Who does God use to bless you? God wants to bless us through everyday interactions with people in our communities: work and ministry colleagues, friends and family members, and brothers and sisters in Christ. Jesus modeled mutually-supportive human relationships with disciples and friends who blessed Him by their very presence. How are you being blessed by being in relationship with others? Who are you blessing through your interactions with them?

  • Examination

    Devotionals | December 02, 2015

    Leading like Jesus is a daily commitment. On this lifelong journey, each day begins with a mindset focused on serving others and ends with an opportunity to reflect on how we have done. Asking God to examine our motives, to search our hearts and minds, keeps pride from taking root in our hearts and allows God to continually shape us as servant leaders. What does God want to reveal to you about your heart and mind today?

    Test me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;Psalm 26:2