Articles | November 2018

  • Don’t Just Pretend

    Devotionals | November 19, 2018

    Leading like Jesus comes down to one word: love. Jesus calls us to love one another. Paul and John call us to love others, so do Peter and James. Selfless love for others is the identifying mark of those who follow Jesus. It is the motivation for all that Jesus did. Do you desire to lead like Him? Then let His love fill you and flow through you. Jesus doesn’t just pretend to love you. He doesn’t make His love conditional. He devotes Himself to your well-being and works tirelessly on your behalf. He is gracious and compassionate with you. Who are you loving like Jesus?

  • Sneering at Jesus

    Devotionals | November 16, 2018

    The Pharisees worked hard to undermine Jesus, constantly testing Him in an effort to trip Him up and squelch His influence. Luke 16:14 says they actually sneered at Him! Their disdain revealed their true values and priorities and showed their love of the world instead of God. While it is easy for us to criticize them, we might want to search our own hearts. Where do you think you know better than Jesus? What do your reactions reveal about your values and priorities?

  • You're Not Done Yet

    5 Ways to Mentor Others

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | November 15, 2018

    Are you finishing up your term, heading toward that magic age which society says is the finish line, or just closing a particular chapter? Are you experiencing a change in your life? Maybe your children have flown the coop, or your spouse is no longer living. Or maybe someone else has taken over a leadership role that was yours.  

    So now you think you’re done.

    Well, God sees things differently.

    As Paul stated to the Philippians, God wants to complete the good work He started in you:

  • Public and Private

    Devotionals | November 14, 2018

    On his journey to Jerusalem, Paul reflected on his ministry among the Ephesians. In every setting, public and private, his motivation had been to fulfill God’s calling and serve people at their point of need. His message and motivation were consistent in both public and private settings. Can the same be said of you?

    You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. —Acts 20:20

  • How Lincoln and Lead Like Jesus Saved a Friendship

    Blog | Owen Phelps | November 13, 2018

    In some versions of the Lead Like Jesus Encounter, participants are asked to discuss a story from the Civil War. In it, a Colonel Scott, one of the commanders of troops guarding the Capital from attack by Confederate forces in Northern Virginia, comes to President Lincoln to request a dear favor.

    Scott’s wife had been in Washington to help nurse him back to health from an illness. But on the way home the steamship on which she was a passenger was involved in a collision in Chesapeake Bay and she drowned.

  • Hidden Servants

    Devotionals | November 12, 2018

    Many who serve are hidden from sight. They serve behind the scenes or in settings far removed from our daily life. We may never know the sacrifice they make or realize the blessings we have as a result of their faithful service. Jesus had many unnamed disciples who followed Him while He was here on earth. We know the names of eleven faithful disciples, but there were 120 who gathered in the Upper Room and were part of the early church. Look for the hidden servants. Pray for them to serve in Jesus’ name. Thank them.

  • Undercover Disciples

    Devotionals | November 09, 2018

    Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus step forward as disciples only after Jesus’ death. Unlike Nicodemus’ night-time talk with Jesus, we don’t know that Joseph ever met Jesus face-to-face. As a member of the Jewish council, he had undoubtedly heard Jesus’ teaching and participated in discussions about Jesus. What we do know is that when the time came and casting aside all thoughts of human praise or dishonor, Nicodemus and Joseph publicly stepped forward to provide a kingly burial for Jesus’ body.

  • 6 Dangers of Self-Appointed Leaders

    Blog | Charles Stone | November 08, 2018

    Malcolm Webber is one of my favorite authors. In one of my favorite books of his, Healthy Leaders, he draws insight from a self-appointed leader named Korah described in the Old Testament book of Numbers, chapters 16-17. I’ve paraphrased these dangers below and contrasted them with 6 qualities of true God-appointed leaders.

    Self-appointed leaders…

  • Ask God

    Devotionals | November 07, 2018

    Scripture calls us to pray for those in leadership. In the midst of a hostile political climate, Paul urged believers to pray for all people—including governmental authorities—to “ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them” (1 Timothy 2:1-2 NLT). Who are you praying for today?