Articles | March 2018

  • The Shadow of the Cross

    Devotionals | March 31, 2018

    The shadow of the cross followed Jesus’ disciples into the Sabbath. From what we read in Scripture, they had no hope of seeing Him again; they prepared for the future in light of their knowledge of the present. Was their Sabbath rest troubled by confusion, sorrow, and anxiety? Most likely. But the Sabbath gave them an opportunity to be still and cast their anxiety on the Lord. When the present presses in on you, remember to rest in Him as you wait for His redemption to be revealed.

  • To His Final Breath

    Devotionals | March 30, 2018

    The cross looms large over this day. The instrument of our salvation reveals the extent to which God’s love was willing to go for us. Jesus lived every breath of His life in light of the final breath He would take that day on Calvary. It dominated His thoughts throughout His ministry even as it dominates our thoughts today. He came to give His life. It was that simple. And that costly. His commitment to serve God knew no bounds. How about your commitment? What has He called you to? Will you also serve Him until your last breath?

  • Doing as He Has Done

    Devotionals | March 29, 2018

    Four times in John’s Farewell Discourse, Jesus calls His disciples to follow His example. Twice, He calls them to love one another as He has loved them (Jn. 13:34; 15:12). Once, to follow His example in serving one another with humility (Jn. 13:15). And once, He promises that if they keep His commands, they will experience the assurance and security of remaining in His love, just as He has kept the Father’s commands and remained in the Father’s love (Jn. 15:10). Will you make Jesus your example? Will you follow Him in love, service, and obedience?

  • The Enemy of Expectations

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | March 29, 2018

    Expectations – love ‘em or hate ‘em? Yes, me, too. For twenty plus years, I’ve struggled with expecting positive reactions from people, only to be dissatisfied with the results. Maybe like me, you too expect to be treated a certain way or be given a specific amount of attention. As you might remember, we’ve been disappointed more than once. And we’ve also been hurt by others. They have not followed through the way we think they should. It helps to pull back to try to figure out why we feel this way.

  • Undercurrents

    Devotionals | March 28, 2018

    The pressure on Jesus continued to intensify leading up to the cross. The religious leaders’ collusion and Judas’ betrayal spring readily to mind. Scripture also records the disciples’ ongoing lack of understanding of His mission and vying for positions of greatness. Despite these undercurrents, Jesus maintained His composure and focused on completing the work the Father had given Him to do. What opposition are you facing?

  • In Word and Action

    Devotionals | March 27, 2018

    Jesus committed his whole life to serving His own. His mission was to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10) and to call out a people who would join Him in exalting God through their lives (Matthew 5:16). Those who welcomed Him to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday had no idea of the type and extent of salvation He would bring them nor the cost He would bear. But He did. And to this end He gave His whole life. How will your words and actions honor Jesus and exalt God as you lead today?

  • Listen.Think.Act

    Blog | Karen McGuire | March 27, 2018

    Occasionally, someone surprises me. It happened recently.

    I grew up in Washington, DC, played on city streets and took advantage of many of the opportunities there. One of my favorite Sunday afternoon activities was to visit the National Gallery of Art. It was just a short bus ride from home. I’d walk up to the marble building with the dome on the top (not the US Capitol but a dome nonetheless) and pull on the enormous bronze doors and be prepared to be dazzled again!

  • Leading with Intentionality

    Devotionals | March 26, 2018

    Jesus’ commitment to completing all that God had given Him to do was evident throughout the week leading up to His crucifixion and resurrection. He approached these final days with the same intentionality that characterized all the other days of His life. Each day was filled with lessons, signs, parables, and actions that pointed to the oncoming fulfillment of His mission and the futility of thwarting God’s purposes. What has God given you to do? Live and lead with intentionality so that God’s purposes will be fulfilled through you today.

  • Set on Exalting God

    Devotionals | March 23, 2018

    Jesus always knew that His road led through the cross. He tried repeatedly to help His disciples understand this, even though they never understood what He was telling them. He wasn’t fooled or swayed by the crowd’s adulation on Palm Sunday. Nor was He surprised or dismayed at His arrest and trial. His heart was set on exalting God and fulfilling His God-given mission every step of the way. What are you set on?