Devotionals

  • Following Jesus' Custom

    Devotionals | May 04, 2015

    Can you remember a significant teacher in your life, a person without whose influence you would not be the same person? It may be someone who believed in you, who said just the right thing at the right time or challenged you when you needed it. Investing time, energy, wisdom, and skill in the lives of others, teachers trust that their work will make a life-changing difference in people's lives. Jesus invested His life in teaching others. How are you following His custom?

     

  • Heart

    Devotionals | May 01, 2015

    Where is your trust today? Is it flourishing, God-confident, ready to take on the world? Or is today one of those days when it takes a mental effort to trust that God is at work in and through you? Jesus called the crowds to trust Him, assuring them that trust in Him is well-placed. Your salvation, your relationship with God, your empowering by the Holy Spirit, your ability to live and lead in Jesus' name, all is secure when you trust Jesus.

  • An Endless Supply

    Devotionals | April 29, 2015

    What do you need today in order to lead like Jesus leads? Wisdom, grace, understanding, compassion, courage, confidence, humility, strength, patience, encouragement? Jesus found all that He needed in His Father. In relationship with the Father, Jesus could freely pour out His need in prayer, knowing that He was being heard and that His Father would answer out of His unending goodness and love. We can have that same confidence. The Father is a trustworthy confidante, and He is more than willing to lead us as we look to Him.

  • A Story to Tell

    Devotionals | April 27, 2015

    Everyone has a story, a story of where they have come from, what has shaped them, who is important to them, where they hope to go, what they hope to achieve. Our stories shape our lives, just as the larger story in which we find ourselves shapes us. Finding ourselves in God's story and in relationship to Jesus transforms our stories and infuses them with meaning. What story does your life tell?

  • This Is Our Father's World

    Devotionals | April 24, 2015

    God's desire to create and nurture life is reflected in the world He made. His creative power transformed darkness and chaos into light and life. In Jesus' incarnation, the life of God entered the world in a unique way, unleashing new waves of love's creative, life-giving power. Jesus sends us to continue His work of reflecting God's light and life into every sphere of life.

  • We Do Not Travel Alone

    Devotionals | April 22, 2015

    Who is helpful to you in the work God has called you to? Who works alongside of you so that together you accomplish more than you could on your own? Jesus had disciples to whom He entrusted the next phase of His master plan. Paul had traveling companions along with personal representatives that stayed on to complete work that he had begun. Under duress, both Jesus and Paul called their closest friends to their side to keep them going. At home, at work, let those around you know how much you value them and their partnership.

  • A Needed Transfusion

    Devotionals | April 20, 2015

    The temptation to live our lives in our own strength is always before us, just as it was for Jesus. Yet Jesus consciously chose to live life in dependence on the Holy Spirit and according to what He saw the Father doing. He offers us the opportunity to exchange our lives for His, to be made new, to let Him live within us. What difference would it make to your interactions with others to accept His offer today?

  • A Needed Transfusion

    Devotionals | April 20, 2015

    The temptation to live our lives in our own strength is always before us, just as it was for Jesus. Yet Jesus consciously chose to live life in dependence on the Holy Spirit and according to what He saw the Father doing. He offers us the opportunity to exchange our lives for His, to be made new, to let Him live within us. What difference would it make to your interactions with others to accept His offer today?

  • Cheat Sheet

    Devotionals | April 17, 2015

    What is on your cheat sheet? You know, that short list of what is most important to you, the one that you turn to when you need extra help. What names and relationships appear? What life goals? What guiding principles and values? What rank-ordered priorities? Without a clear understanding of these key issues, you will be susceptible to the influence of other voices, competing visions, and contradictory values. Take time to prayerfully update your personal mission, vision, and values statement, and commit it to memory. You never know when a test might come.

  • Ever Present Help

    Devotionals | April 15, 2015

    One of the amazing realities of serving a risen Lord is that we are never without His presence and help. Through the Holy Spirit, He is constantly with us, even as He simultaneously serves as our advocate in the presence of the Father. How welcome is He in your life? How open are you to His guidance? Where do you need His help today?

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