Devotionals

  • Carried by Friends

    Devotionals | May 25, 2015

    There may be times when we sense that the task before us is too great for the resources available to us. We may realize that God is our only hope, but we can’t seem to find it in ourselves to pray or to believe that He is hearing our prayers. If you find yourself facing such a time, let the story of the paralytic carried by friends into the presence of Jesus inspire you. Call together trusted friends and ask them to come alongside you, seeking God’s intervention on your behalf.

  • Empowered by the Spirit

    Devotionals | May 22, 2015

    Pentecost marks the coming of the Holy Spirit to empower Jesus’ disciples to fulfill the commission He had given them. On that day, Peter and the disciples, commissioned by Jesus and anointed by the Holy Spirit, stepped into leadership roles in the newly formed and rapidly growing church. We are part of that church today, in part because they were willing to accept the leadership responsibilities given to them by God. How does believing that God has placed you in your present leadership roles change your perspective on how to lead today?

  • What a Privilege!

    Devotionals | May 20, 2015

    What a privilege to be a child of God, a partner with Him in His work in the world, a follower and friend of Jesus His Son. What a privilege to know the fellowship of His Spirit, of His people, of trusted spiritual mentors and friends. What a privilege to hold His Word in our hands, to meditate on His truth, to have a firm foundation for life. What a privilege to be able to talk with the God of the Universe, to know He hears and answers when we seek Him. What a privilege to be able to model our lives and leadership after the One in whom there is no falsehood, no error, no missteps.

  • When We Are Weary

    Devotionals | May 18, 2015

    Scripture is full of examples of perseverance under pressure and of exhortations to keep going when the journey is hard. Jesus dealt with constant opposition, and His earliest followers faced the antagonism of the entire Roman Empire as well as the Jewish religious culture. Jesus-like values and leadership principles stand in opposition to a world system that is focused on self-protection and self-promotion. Yet, we are called to a higher standard than living for the here-and-now. Let us keep our eyes on God's approval and keep going!

     

  • Leading from a Sense of Entitlement

    Devotionals | May 15, 2015

    Success is not always a trustworthy friend. One of the dangers for successful leaders is to forget that they lead at God's pleasure and as He allows them influence in the hearts and minds of others. When leaders begin to lead from a sense of entitlement, whether that stems from power, position, education, or past success, they rapidly lose credibility and influence with those around them. To earn the trust of others requires a humble attitude that seeks to serve people and the organization and cause which brings them together. What fuels your leadership?

  • When Jesus Speaks

    Devotionals | May 13, 2015

    Whose opinion do you wait to hear before forming your own opinion? Whose voice rings loudest in your ear when you face challenging decisions? Jesus' constant call to the crowd was "Listen! Listen and understand! Find wisdom! Find life!" Why did the Hebrews who had been delivered from slavery wander for 40 years and never enter the Promised Land? Because they chose to listen to other voices instead of God's, refusing to trust His promise. Whose voice will you listen to as you step out to be a voice of influence today?

  • Living Bread, Fresh Faith

    Devotionals | May 11, 2015

    As the Hebrews wandered in the wilderness they lived on manna, which appeared each day according to God's promise and provision. Hoarding yesterday's manna did them no good, since each morning God provided what they needed to sustain them. In a similar way, we are called to trust God anew day by day, living in fresh faith, knowing that He will provide for the needs and challenges of the day ahead. Jesus is our bread from heaven who lives eternally. Humbly and confidently trust Him to provide for you today.

    I am the bread of life.—John 6:48

  • Giving Honor Where It Is Due

    Devotionals | May 08, 2015

    We are who we are because someone else has built into our lives. Jesus, certainly, but most likely there are others who have come alongside us and believed in us through the years. Not one of us is able to claim that we are self-made people. Parents, teachers, family members, friends, and associates have taught us through their words and examples, have supported and challenged us. Who do you need to thank for their influence in your life? How can you honor them by the way you live and lead?

  • 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.

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