Articles | Heart

  • Great Pressure

    Devotionals | September 09, 2015

    Person after person in God’s story would affirm that answering God’s call can only be done by depending wholly on God Himself. Moses, Elijah, and Jeremiah had strategic roles as God’s prophets. Mary and Joseph shepherded the very Son of God. Jesus and His disciples carried the gospel to a hostile world. All encountered great opposition. All are remembered today as faithfully representing God under great pressure. When pressure mounts in your life, put God first and allow Him to accomplish His purposes through you.

  • God and God Only

    Devotionals | August 28, 2015

    The temptation to please people rather than God typically stems from a desire to be well thought of by those around us, whether friends, family, coworkers, leaders, or people in general. Instead of exalting God, these people-pleasing tendencies exalt other people and our own desires. Living to exalt God alone pleases Him and ultimately serves the best interests of others, whether or not they realize it at the time. What tends to replace God as the center of your life? Keep the eyes of your heart focused on pleasing and exalting God as you lead like Jesus today.

  • Loving Others Judging Ourselves

    Devotionals | August 26, 2015

    How easy it is to get our eyes off our own hearts and become obsessed with the failures and frailties of others. As if we ourselves were not, are not, prone to failure and sin. Only as we acknowledge our own sinful tendencies is there hope for lasting transformation in our lives. God’s mercy and grace leads us to repentance and enables us to come alongside others, rather than judging them when they fall.

  • New Beginnings

    Devotionals | August 24, 2015

    As Jesus ascended into heaven, His disciples faced a new phase in their leadership. Their first choice was to decide whether they would try to lead in their own strength or wait for the power of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus had told them to do. Whatever new beginnings we face in our leadership journey, we have the same choice as the disciples. Will we choose to lead in His strength or try to forge ahead in our own power?

  • Friends on Mission

    Devotionals | August 21, 2015

    Although Jesus calls us to serve, He does not call us His servants. Instead, He calls us His friends. Why? Because He has fully revealed Himself to us. He has brought us into God’s family, given us the mind of Christ, freely given us His Spirit, and shared with us the Father’s hopes, dreams, and purposes. He has asked us to join Him on mission, to enter into the Father’s love, and to lay down our lives along with Him. You are not alone as you enter this day. Jesus, your friend, travels with you.

  • Early Warning Signs

    Devotionals | July 24, 2015

    Are you familiar with the warning signs that fear is edging its way into your leadership? What about the signs of pride’s deadly influence? Initially, fear and pride find footholds in our hearts before corrupting our perspectives and showing up in our actions and attitudes. Comparison, competition, impatience, being overly critical, defending or promoting ourselves, isolation from others—these are telltale signs that we need to examine ourselves and seek God’s intervention. Where are fear and pride undermining your ability to lead like Jesus?

  • Free to Live

    Devotionals | July 03, 2015

    Our gift of freedom is not to be taken lightly. The truth is that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. Only Jesus sets us free. Through Jesus, we are free from condemnation, free to love, and free to serve. We are free to live, love, and lead like Jesus because Jesus Himself is alive in us. Celebrate His life, be transformed by His love, and lead by serving, as He does!

    To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”—John 8:31-32

  • Open to Correction

    Devotionals | July 01, 2015

    Responding to God’s correction requires humility and courage. The prophet Nathan was so impressed by all that God was doing through King David that he impulsively affirmed David’s future dreams. What kind of courage did it take to go back and admit that he had spoken without hearing from God? Where do you, like Nathan, need to receive God’s correction and, with courage and humility, do what God says?

  • What a Privilege!

    Devotionals | May 20, 2015

    What a privilege to be a child of God, a partner with Him in His work in the world, a follower and friend of Jesus His Son. What a privilege to know the fellowship of His Spirit, of His people, of trusted spiritual mentors and friends. What a privilege to hold His Word in our hands, to meditate on His truth, to have a firm foundation for life. What a privilege to be able to talk with the God of the Universe, to know He hears and answers when we seek Him. What a privilege to be able to model our lives and leadership after the One in whom there is no falsehood, no error, no missteps.

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