Devotionals

  • Inclinations of the Heart

    Devotionals | December 06, 2017

    Scripture repeatedly emphasizes the importance of guarding our hearts and tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. What we center our lives around, what we treasure in our hearts, and what we consciously choose to focus on matter. These things matter because they shape the pattern of our lives and influence the choices we make in the spur of the moment. Our lives reflect the inclinations of our hearts. What shapes the inclinations of your heart, the fear of the Lord that leads to wisdom or the fear of the world?

  • You Were Made for This

    Devotionals | December 04, 2017

    What leadership roles has God given you? Living into your God-given opportunities to influence the thinking, behavior, and development of others is part of God’s plan for your life. He has created you to be a living, breathing reflection of Jesus in word and action. His Spirit within you equips and empowers you to do good works that reflect a heart being transformed by God. Let these truths shape your approach to this day. Live into the call to live, love, and lead like Jesus.

  • Waiting for the Manger

    Devotionals | December 01, 2017

    The story of the manger began in the infinite wisdom of God and sprung from His heart of love. God’s people through the ages waited to see how His plan would unfold. In today’s world, the weeks before Christmas are rarely characterized by God-focused waiting. Calendars and to-do lists are filled with holiday preparations and events, end-of-year business deadlines, family gatherings, and church celebrations. As leaders, we have the opportunity to shape how our families, churches, and businesses approach Christmas.

  • Mid-week Refresh

    Devotionals | November 29, 2017

    By this point in the week, we may need to step back, breathe deeply, and refocus on why we do what we do. The Psalms are always a good place to go to realign our heart, head, hands, and habits. Let Him rejuvenate your heart and reframe your perspective. This is His world, and He is working out His story. He has invited you to live in relationship with Him and join Him in what He is doing. Let time in His presence refresh you to lead like Jesus.

  • In the Moment

    Devotionals | November 27, 2017

    Jesus constantly encountered people who needed His touch as He traveled throughout the land, even on the Sabbath. What about you? Do you look and listen for God’s prompting as you walk through your day? Are you willing to lay aside your agenda to be present for those around you if this is what God needs you to do? How will you respond to unexpected opportunities to exalt God and lead like Jesus?

    “This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?”—Luke 13:16 NLT

  • Preparing Your Heart

    Devotionals | November 24, 2017

    Each day offers new opportunities to follow in the footsteps of Jesus our leader. To continue to humbly serve others in love day after day requires a heart tenderized by, and overflowing with, God’s love. That requires spending time anew in worship and prayer, and allowing His love and forgiveness to wash over us and sensitize us so that we can hear His voice and sense His Spirit’s leading. Take time right now to ask the Lord to prepare you to love and serve others in Jesus’ name.

  • Giving Thanks

    Devotionals | November 22, 2017

    What if thanksgiving was a lifestyle, a daily habit, instead of being reserved for special occasions? Maybe this is already your practice; your prayers regularly overflow with thanksgiving for who God is and how He is at work, and your conversations with family, friends, and co-workers are liberally sprinkled with “thank you” and “what a blessing you are!” Maybe you have already learned how to thank God in the hard times, when giving thanks is a sacrifice and an expression of trust in God. Let thankfulness characterize your life today and every day.

  • Practice Required

    Devotionals | November 20, 2017

    Jesus pointed out of the folly of those who call Him Lord but do not follow His commands. It isn’t that putting Jesus’ words into practice is necessarily easy. He says we need to dig deep and take time to build a solid foundation. It takes time and intentionality to learn to lead like Jesus. But the results are worth it!

  • Jesus' Example

    Devotionals | November 17, 2017

    As Jesus bent to wash the disciples’ feet, He left them (and us) an indelible picture of what it looks like to lead like Jesus. Jesus didn’t become a servant in that moment; He was already a servant, the Servant of the Lord. He willingly did whatever needed to be done to make disciples who would imitate Him in word and action. He knew that would require making it as plain and simple for them as it could be. Will you follow His example today?

  • Full Access

    Devotionals | November 15, 2017

    God is interested in revealing Himself in and through our lives. He wants to make a difference in our families, work settings, church families, and communities. He wants His people to be testimonies to His life, love, and goodness. This is why the Father, Son, and Spirit have made their dwelling place within us. He wants to transform our motivations and pursuits, perspectives and practices, and relationships and habits. Give Him access to all of you today, and trust Him to lead you for His glory, and for your good and the good of everyone around you.

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