Articles | April 2017

  • A Heart for His Own

    Devotionals | April 28, 2017

    God loves us. Let that sink in. The Spirit pours out God’s love within us, reassuring us that we are valuable, loved by the God of the universe. He is for us. He acts mercifully and compassionately on our behalf.  Father, Son, and Spirit work together so that we know the love of God in the depths of our being. How might it affect your leadership for you to live in the awareness of His love today?

  • Recalling Easter – for me a day of two resurrections

    Blog | Owen Phelps | April 27, 2017


    I Bless the Lord, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name!

    Bless the Lord, my soul; do not forget all the gifts of God,

    Who pardons all your sins, heals all your ills,

    Delivers your life from the pit, surrounds you with love and compassion,

    Fills your days with good things; your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

    - Psalm 103, 1-5


    In 2003, Easter Sunday arrived on April 20. So did my heart attack.

  • Don’t Give Up

    Devotionals | April 26, 2017

    Nearing the end of his life and ministry, Paul writes to Timothy, his protégée and trusted colleague. His purpose is to strengthen Timothy in the midst of ongoing leadership challenges. Paul reaffirms the essentials of faith and practice, and urges Timothy to feed on Scripture and focus on fulfilling his God-given calling. Leadership, within or without the church, is difficult. Where do you need strength to persevere in life and leadership?

  • Leave It to Him

    Devotionals | April 24, 2017

    God calls us to leave it all to Him, to entrust ourselves and our circumstances to Him. Some days, this is easy to do; at other times, it is easier said than done. Regardless of what our circumstances look like, or the extent of our limitations, God is more than sufficient for the challenges we face. This is true, whether we feel it or not. The Creator God who sustains the universe and redeems His people is the object of our faith. Our trust is not in our own abilities, it is in Him. Where do you need to hear this today?

  • Dependent

    Devotionals | April 21, 2017

    The lifelong journey of leading like Jesus is lived in daily dependence on God. For this reason, Lead Like Jesus emphasizes practicing daily habits that sustain our relationship with God. Growing confidence and competence as leaders can cause us to drift into edging God out, mistakenly thinking that we can handle life on our own. Jesus’ example reminds us to cultivate our relationship with God daily, so that our perspective remains one of exalting God only by depending on Him wholly.

  • Radiate His Love

    Devotionals | April 19, 2017

    Who will you encounter today? Will your sphere of influence consist of family and friends, or perhaps brothers and sisters in Christ? Will you interact with the wider community in which you live, co-workers, community members, even strangers? We never know exactly whose paths we will cross, nor the difference our words and actions may make in someone else’s life. Let God use you, wherever He places you today, to reflect the love and life of Jesus.

  • Scott Kedersha: Leaders, Marriage and the Local Church

    Finding Forgiveness and Grace

    Podcast | April 18, 2017

    Scott Kedersha is a Director of Premarital and Newly Married Ministries at Watermark Community Church in Dallas. Today he shares with us his story of how the Lord used a loving, local church to redeem his broken life.

    After years of pursuing the world and all it had to offer, including addiction, lust and alcohol, Scott’s life was impacted by the local church and loving friends. Inside of the local church Scott found a safe place to deal with the shame and guilt of his past.

  • The First Day

    Devotionals | April 16, 2017

    That Monday after Jesus’ resurrection was the first time the disciples awoke with a fresh understanding of who Jesus was and who they were in relationship with the Risen Lord. Their relationship with Him had been catapulted to a new level. What it all meant, they weren’t quite sure, but they knew life was not—nor could it ever be—the same. From this realization and empowered by the Holy Spirit, they became the leaders of the early church. Leaders today need the same realization and the same Spirit to lead in Jesus’ name.