Articles | January 2019

  • Saturated

    Devotionals | January 30, 2019

    Saturating your mind with God’s Word strengthens you to face the future with confidence. As you spend time in Scripture, God’s point-of-view becomes increasingly familiar. Knowing how He worked in the lives of people in the past helps you recognize Him at work around you today. Let an increasing knowledge of God’s character and wisdom saturate your perspective and shape your confidence as you move into the future.

  • How’s Your Heart?

    Blog | Kim Rider | January 29, 2019

    During this past holiday season, I learned of a gentleman known as “Secret Santa.”  He is a businessman who travels to different parts of the US every year during the holidays and passes out hundred-dollar bills to random strangers as he senses a need.  During the 2018 season, he travelled to Phoenix, AZ, and enlisted the assistance of a local homeless man. He gave the homeless man around $3000 in hundred-dollar bills and told him to go bless people.  This homeless man went to a sidewalk in town and attempted to start conversations with people walking down the sidewalk.

  • With All Your Heart

    Devotionals | January 28, 2019

    The call to lead like Jesus takes a different shape in each of our lives according to how God has shaped us. Has God wired you to lead like Nehemiah by stepping out in faith and prayer to lead large projects? Or has He created you to be more like Barnabas, discerning God’s work in others and coming alongside to encourage and support them? Perhaps He shaped you to be a marketplace leader like Priscilla and Aquila. Whoever He has made you to be, wherever He places you, lead like Jesus with a heart devoted to loving God and others.

  • Do Not Disturb

    Devotionals | January 25, 2019

    At times Jesus pulled away from everything going on and chose to focus exclusively on His relationship with the Father. If He had had one, He may well have set His smartphone to Do Not Disturb. His choice to pull away to spend time with the Father refreshed and energized Him to love and serve others with His whole life. How frequently do you do the same? Where do you need God’s refreshment in your heart, head, hands, and habits?

  • God's Best

    Devotionals | January 23, 2019

    This broken world is filled with problems of every sort. Inundated with challenges from multiple directions, we can be tempted to settle for short-term fixes. If we want God’s best, we need to stop, take time to seek His wisdom, and allow God’s peace and perspective to permeate our thinking. Where are you longing for a more permanent solution instead of temporary relief? Where do you need to seek not just what works but God’s perspective?

  • Resolutions for Life

    Blog | Karen McGuire | January 23, 2019

    For many people the first of each new year is a time to reflect on the year just ended and to make impossible goals for the new year just ahead. I realized a long time ago that I never made it to January 31 before I’d dropped, broken or changed my goals. I’d started with such lofty ideas, goals, dreams and felt certain that God would bless my efforts. Then I’d be surprised each year when I became a failure before I had hardly started.

  • Bridgebuilders

    Devotionals | January 21, 2019

    God longs for the day when we will see and treat people as He does. From the beginning, He made human beings in His image. Each person is of inestimable worth, created to live in life-giving relationship with others and work for the good of the world. But sin brought division, discord, and alienation from God and one another. Through Jesus, we have found forgiveness and reconciliation with God and we are being restored to God’s original purpose for life and humanity. God longs for all people to be reconciled to Him and with one another.

  • Giving It into Jesus’ Hands

    Devotionals | January 18, 2019

    The man was a religious leader in his community and a father. Now like so many others, life had taken a downward turn and he was without hope. Whatever illness and suffering had led up to his daughter’s death, the worst had now happened. Still, he had heard of Jesus. And so, he came. Consider his faith. Humbly, without regard for who else was around, he knelt before Jesus. He had heard the stories. Now he dared to believe Jesus might be willing to do for him what He had done for others.

  • Under the Influence

    Blog | Chelsea Arrington | January 17, 2019

    Have you ever been frustrated by other drivers on the road? What a question! Who hasn’t been frustrated by other drivers? God recently convicted me of overexerting my highway prowess and it caused me to think about the areas in my life where I have influence.