Articles | October 2018

  • A Vision of Greater Things

    Blog | Paul Swamidass | November 01, 2018

            One of the most exhilarating moments recorded in the gospels occurred when Nathaniel met Jesus Christ; he exclaimed: “… Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” (John 1:49, ESV). Jesus’ response was timeless: “… You will see greater things than these” (John 1:50). In American slang, for emphasis, Jesus might have sounded like this: “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”  

  • Light in the Darkness

    Devotionals | October 31, 2018

    Today is a new day to spread the presence and message of Jesus. This is our calling: to shine Jesus’ light into a world that needs to taste and see that God is good. Wherever you go today, you will find people for whom Jesus came, people that Jesus loves. He calls you to reflect His love and truth to them, to let the light of Jesus shine through you. What does this look like? Treat others with respect, meet them at their point of need, embrace the hurting, seek the lost, speak words that draw others to His love, light, and truth, lead like Jesus.

  • Trust Jesus

    Devotionals | October 29, 2018

    Jesus lived His life on earth in complete dependence on the Father. He calls you to follow in His footsteps and to trust in Him with every aspect of your life. What does that look like for you today? Are there situations that cause you to waver in unbelief? Family or professional challenges that stare you in the face? Jesus knows your struggles. He, too, faced personal attacks, hostile opponents, spiritual battles, overwhelming pressures, and confused followers during His days on earth. You can depend on Him to lead you in all circumstances. Do you believe this?

  • The Heart of the Question

    Devotionals | October 26, 2018

    We’re familiar with the ongoing attempts of the religious leaders to discredit Jesus. Jesus’ responses revealed God’s heart and truth despite their prideful questions. His answers revealed their hearts even as they revealed truth by which the hearers could be saved. What do your questions reveal about your heart?

  • Serving or Being Served:

    Which is Your Style?

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | October 25, 2018

    Within the past month, we have lost two iconic Americans that should cause us to pause and question our motivation as leaders, citizens, employees, church or family members.  Senator John S. McCain and Aretha Franklin are far from similar.  The differences between them are more than just racial, gender, or even geographical; however, despite their differences there are some common threads throughout their lives. 

  • A Life-Changing Relationship

    Devotionals | October 24, 2018

    Commitment, imitation, and relationship are life-changing words. Who are you committed to? Who do you imitate? What relationship are you most invested in? Jesus is committed to living in relationship with you, to teach, empower, and protect you. Are you committed to living in relationship with Him? Is it your goal to become like Him? What three words describe your relationship with Jesus?

  • Where Is Your Here?

    Blog | Karen McGuire | October 23, 2018

    You may be familiar with the phrase, “Bloom where you are planted,” which was popular several years ago. It simply meant to do the best you can wherever you happen to find yourself regardless of the circumstances. Of course, if you’ve lived any time at all, you know that is more difficult to do than to say.

  • According to Their Need

    Devotionals | October 22, 2018

    Throughout the gospels, we see Jesus engaging with people according to their need. When direct communication is required, He speaks clearly. When needed, He acts forcefully. When people need compassion, Jesus freely gives it. When a story will help, He tells one. He fields endless questions, challenges people’s thinking, provides ongoing encouragement, and meets people where they are in various ways. Perhaps this is seen most powerfully when Jesus meets Thomas’s need for proof of His resurrection.

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