Devotionals

  • Finding Strength in God

    Devotionals | September 01, 2017

    Do you ever feel at a loss as a leader? When calamity strikes, when you simply don’t see the results you have hoped and worked for, when your challenges seem beyond your ability to overcome, is a constant prayer for strength your daily plea? Person after person in the Bible found their strength in God. Acknowledging their desperate need and personal inadequacy, they exalted God, and chose to rely on Him. As a result, God worked in and through them, empowering them to serve—to lead—in His name.

  • The Gift of Truth Tellers

    Devotionals | August 30, 2017

    What a gift it is to have trusted, spiritual friends to encourage, support, and guide us. Friends who speak the truth—God’s truth—are valuable friends indeed. Their concern for us, and their discernment and wisdom, may at times prompt them to speak truths that are difficult for us to hear. These words are gifts from God, also. Think of the restoration God worked in David’s life by sending Nathan to speak truth to him. Who can you trust to tell you the truth? How do you treat the truth tellers in your life? Do you welcome their honesty? Do you seek out their perspective?

  • Distractions

    Devotionals | August 28, 2017

    The world is full of distractions, some clearly counter-productive, others intriguing with their potential for good. They may cause us to overlook people, and to miss early signs that all is not as it should be. Indulging in meaningless pursuits absorbs minutes and hours, resulting in wasted days and lack of productivity. Is it your aim to know Jesus and to lead like Him? What do you need to put aside to accomplish the assignment God has given you?

    The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. —1 John 2:17

  • Grace Rules

    Devotionals | August 25, 2017

    God’s grace has overwritten our sin. Let this wonderful news sink in. Grace restores our relationship with God, and frees us to live the life Jesus offers. His grace allows us to face our past, to confess our sins, and to repent and lead in a new way today. It frees us to apologize to those we have hurt, and guides us as we make amends. How is God’s grace transforming you as a leader?

  • Stay the Course

    Devotionals | August 23, 2017

    What leadership responsibilities has God given you? Has He placed you in workplace or ministry settings? Has He given you marriage, parenting, or community roles? What assignment or task has He given you to complete? Jesus lived all of life—throughout the whole course of His life—for the glory of the Father. Where would we be if He had stopped short? Don’t stop short of living, leading, and loving like Jesus. Stay the course. By the power of the Spirit, stay the course!

  • If I Only

    Devotionals | August 21, 2017

    Never underestimate the power of a single moment, conversation, or encounter with Jesus. The gospels tell story after story of people’s lives being transformed by encountering Him. Sometimes it was a look or a word; other times it involved a simple touch. Sometimes Jesus initiated the encounter; other times people reached out to Him. Today, you will encounter people who are desperate to touch Jesus. Will they encounter Him through you?

  • Lasting Change

    Devotionals | August 18, 2017

    Lasting change is more than behavior modification. It finds its roots in a transformed heart. Scripture repeatedly emphasizes and examines the state of the heart. With our hearts we think, feel, choose, commit, respond, and persevere. Our hearts are the storehouses for our beliefs and character, and from our hearts come our words, actions, and habits. Leading like Jesus isn’t about behavior modification. Leading like Jesus flows from transformed hearts that fuel a life-long journey of serving Him, and stepping out to serve others in His name.

  • Shine the Spotlight

    Devotionals | August 16, 2017

    One of the potential downfalls leaders face is the temptation to shine the spotlight on ourselves. Exalting our personal contributions at home, church, work, or in the world, we edge God out. Lacing our conversation with “I,” “me,” and “my,” we imply that the contributions of others are not as significant as ours. Jesus pointed to the Father as the source of all His power, served in the Father’s name, and exhorted and empowered others to do the same. Today, how will you follow His example?

  • Transforming Your Attitude

    Devotionals | August 14, 2017

    Have you noticed the difference a leader’s attitude makes in the lives of others? This is especially true when bad news comes, or in seasons of prolonged stress. How do we as leaders maintain our emotional health so that we can continue to support others in difficult times? Paul closes his letter to the Thessalonians with three directives that remind us to keep our focus on God in every season of leadership. Looking to Him, we will find the strength and ability to face a challenging present or an uncertain future.

  • When We Are Wrong

    Devotionals | August 11, 2017

    The state of our hearts comes clearly into focus when we realize that we are in the wrong. The heart that longs to exalt God moves quickly to apologize and make amends; the heart that exalts self insists on self-justification, blaming, and posturing. When we find these indications of pride sneaking into our thinking, we need to stop, and humble ourselves before God. He will show us what we need to do. Forgiven by Him, we can take God-honoring steps to make amends, rebuild trust and restore broken relationships.

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