• Opposition

    Devotionals | January 17, 2018

    We all face opposition in our leadership at times, just as Jesus faced opposition to His leadership. But God gives us His Word and Spirit to meet the challenges, and Jesus’ example shows us the way forward. His responses to opposition range from silence to rebuke, exhortation, correction, redirection and witness as He persevered under pressure. Seek God’s guidance when you face opposition, and focus on exalting Him only.

  • Refreshed in the Lord

    Devotionals | January 15, 2018

    David often refreshed himself in the Lord, as did the prophets and Jesus Himself. Christians throughout the ages, those who faced ongoing social rejection and persecution, did the same. All of them called upon God to renew their spirits and show Himself strong on their behalf. Where do you need God to renew you and show Himself strong on behalf of you and others?

  • Eyes on God

    Devotionals | January 12, 2018

    As leaders, we are called to look with clear eyes at the reality before us. Sometimes what we see feels overwhelming, and we realize that without God’s intervention the outlook is bleak. Such clarity can lead to personal discouragement at a time when others need us to help them find the way forward. But God does not call us to face the present or the future alone. He calls us to keep our eyes on Him as He personally cares for, leads, serves, and carries us into the future.

  • Abide

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | January 11, 2018

    “Now if everyone agrees to abide by these rules, we should get along just fine this year.” I smiled at the class, at the same time making sure they understood my expectations for their behavior. As one former student said, “I don’t know why some kids have a problem with Mrs. V. She tells us what she expects and she follows through.” Indeed, I made it clear I would not tolerate, abide blatant misbehavior.

    This kind of “abiding” is not often expressed these days. Yet the meaning is clear: Don’t do it! I won’t put up with it! Compliance is expected.

  • Ordering Your Leadership

    Devotionals | January 10, 2018

    The demands of the world and of other people push in against us constantly, and we may be tempted to think that leading by serving means that we routinely make ourselves subservient to their demands. This is not the case. Jesus Himself did not always do what people wanted or expected of Him. His obedience was to the Father alone. At the Father’s direction, Jesus discerned when and how to meet the needs of others. His doing so was to lead them to a growing understanding of God’s presence, goodness, and power.

  • Resolutions

    When you fall off the horse, get back on

    Blog | Owen Phelps | January 09, 2018

    We’re only little more than a week into the New Year and already I have to ask: Do you still have any resolutions left to keep?

    Pardon the rude question. It’s really a matter of projecting my own weaknesses on the world. For most of my 79 years, my experience has been that I could break resolutions just as fast as I could make them.

    That’s right: some didn’t even survive a day. Most drifted off into a thick haze before the middle of January.  A little research tells me I’m not alone in this regard.

  • 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?

  • Fasting in a Leader’s Life: 8 Benefits

    Blog | Charles Stone | January 04, 2018

    Fasting is a spiritual practice the Bible encourages. The Old Testament mentions it many times as did Jesus. We often hear and teach that fasting can help us deepen our walk with Jesus, but I also believe that leaders should consider fasting to help them find clarity and focus. Taken from the book of Isaiah, fasting can bring these eight spiritual benefits to the life of every leader.