• Waiting with Hope

    Devotionals | November 30, 2020

    Israel’s long wait for God’s Promised One to appear stretches across the pages of the Old Testament. The stories found there reveal much about God’s chosen leaders—prophets, priests, and kings—their character, values, decisions, and actions. We see their deep-seated faith that God would act in accordance with His character, their confidence that God could be depended upon to fulfill His promises. Their confidence in God’s character and Word allowed them to lead in their time even as they waited for His promise to be fulfilled. What are you waiting for God to do?

  • With Thanksgiving

    Devotionals | November 27, 2020

    Giving thanks realigns our minds, calms anxious hearts, and makes us aware of God’s presence and power—regardless of how dire a situation seems. Powerful words about prayer and thanksgiving come in the context of Paul’s words about conflict among church leaders in Philippi. Paul focuses on the joy and truth of the Lord’s presence as he urges the believers to pray and give thanks. The results of Jesus-centered prayer and thanksgiving are peace-filled hearts and minds and the ability to focus on what is good. What fills your heart and mind today?

  • Giving Thanks Even If

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | November 26, 2020

    “Why are you riding a city bus to school? That’s not right! Teachers shouldn’t be riding the bus!”

    My seventh grade student, a very mature young man who had failed this grade at least twice, was indignant that his teacher was using public transportation.

    “I appreciate your concern, Charles, but I’m just fine riding the bus. My husband needs the car during the day, and this works out for us.”

    Two days later, Charles sat on my desk and leaned in confidentially:

    “I’ve got a great lead on a sweet red convertible that you’d look really good driving.”

  • A Story to Tell

    Devotionals | November 25, 2020

    Psalm 107 recounts stories of God’s redemption and deliverance. Time and again, the LORD delivered those who cried out to Him. He heard their cry and met them at the point of their need. Their needs and circumstances varied, but the LORD’s unfailing love and wonderful deeds were steadfast. His unfailing love and willingness to act on behalf of those who seek Him are as reliable today as they were in the past. What stories can you tell of the LORD’s love and deliverance?  

  • Believe God More

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | November 24, 2020

    “Our belief in God is not blind faith. Belief is having a firm conviction something is true, not hoping it’s true,” said Max Lucado. Have you looked forward to something for a long time, then when you finally got it, it wasn’t at all what you thought it would be. Did you feel deceived? You had faith in the object, not in the one it came from. Is it any surprise some of us have a hard time trusting God? When bad things happen to good people, we second-guess God’s love for us.

  • Prepared

    Devotionals | November 23, 2020

    It’s common to invest time and energy preparing for special occasions and visitors, just as we do for important presentations and critical decisions. Jesus did the same, preparing His disciples for His eventual departure long before the time was at hand. Prayer and time with the Father were an essential part of His preparation throughout His ministry, not just for big events, but for daily life. What part do prayer and time with the Father have in your preparation for daily life and special events?

  • No Ordinary Leader

    Devotionals | November 20, 2020

    Jesus’ leadership was so out of the ordinary that the religious rulers of His day didn’t recognize Him as Messiah. How could God’s Anointed One consort with ordinary people? How could He spend time with the undesirables of society? How could He touch the untouchable and unclean? Make no mistake, Jesus was no ordinary leader. He didn’t cocoon Himself from the ills of the world. He wasn’t immune from experiencing deprivation. He loved the unlovable and made His daily life among ordinary people. He invested in the lives of the common person.

  • Take Off Those Blinders

    Blog | Kim Rider | November 19, 2020

    When I was 7 years old, I asked for a new bicycle for Christmas. This was in addition to the many other items I had circled in the annual Sears and Roebuck Christmas Wish Book. I did not expect to receive a new bike for Christmas, as it was more than my parent’s budget allowed. But a girl can wish, can’t she? Christmas morning came and my brother and I opened all our gifts and we got most everything we wanted, but there was no bike under the tree for me. As we started enjoying our new toys, my dad asked if I would get him a glass of water from the kitchen.

  • Jesus' Approach

    Devotionals | November 18, 2020

    Jesus’ approach to developing His disciples is one for us to emulate today. He was confident that the time He spent pouring into them would be worth it. He trusted that experiencing the love of God and fellowship with Him would open their hearts and minds. It seems almost unbelievable that He was able to take the raw material of their lives—their diverse occupations, socially divided backgrounds, politically divided perspectives, and self-serving motives—and transform their lives so radically. But He did. What would it look like for you to do the same?

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