• 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?

  • A Quiet Place

    Devotionals | November 05, 2018

    The sounds of life fill our days with noise. Even our minds can be noisy places. Jesus calls us to step into the inner world, deep within where Father, Son, and Spirit make their home in us. Here, in your heart, He calls you to listen to one voice only: His. He asks you to lay down all your worries and cares, plans and designs, and thoughts that clamor for attention. Simply give them into His care. Now, in this quiet place, turn your attention to the One who formed you. Let His voice be the only one you hear.

  • Fair-weather Disciples

    Devotionals | November 02, 2018

    Jesus’ teaching so challenged the hearts and minds of His disciples that some of them turned back. Have you ever been tempted to do this? Have there been times when you wonder whether Jesus really knows the way forward? Maybe you question whether Jesus understands what it is like to lead from a perspective of exalting God only and serving selflessly. Jesus knows the cost. He knows the way. He calls you to follow. Will you?

  • 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!”