• Look to God

    Devotionals | October 18, 2019

    Who do you turn to when present challenges overwhelm you and the future looks bleak? While fear would have us believe that all is lost, God reminds us that He holds our present and future in His hands. God has called us into the story of redemption that finds its center—and its ultimate conclusion—in Jesus, who gives us access to God. When honoring God is our central focus, we are able to step back, consider our circumstances in light of His presence, and trust Him to lead us in this present moment. Where does God want you to remember to look to Him today?

  • I Love to Wait!

    Said No One - EVER!

    Blog | Kim Rider | October 17, 2019

    Waiting! We do it in the line at the store, at the doctor’s office, in the carpool line at school, on the interstate in traffic, after we’ve had a test and want results. Even in this age of instant gratification technology, we still have to wait.

    Why does waiting bother us so much?

  • In the Best Interests of Others

    Devotionals | October 16, 2019

    Multiple servants were instrumental in Naaman’s healing. A young unnamed female Hebrew slave first suggested that Elisha could help cure Naaman. When the king of Israel took offense, it was the Lord’s servant Elisha who stepped in to calm him. Then Naaman’s servants stepped in to calm and advise their outraged master. Each of these servants acted strategically and in the best interests of those they served. As a result, God was glorified, war was avoided, and suffering was relieved.

  • Hide and Seek

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | October 15, 2019

    “I’m covering my eyes. I’ll count to one hundred. Now all of you go hide.” Most of us have played the children’s game of hide and seek. And maybe you even took time off today, to enjoy some playtime with your children or grandchildren? Although the game is fun for youngsters, as adults, we might revert to ‘hide and seek’ as a coping skill or a sneaky way to manipulate others. You know how it goes.

  • Outraged or Open

    Devotionals | October 14, 2019

    Do you ever wonder about the way people in the Bible reacted to the Lord’s direction? Consider Naaman. Accustomed to power and prestige, Naaman scoffed at the prophet Elisha’s simple God-given instruction for curing his leprosy. Naaman’s erroneous expectations and prideful rage only delayed his healing and prolonged his suffering. Where do you need to lay aside your preconceptions and pride and act on what God is telling you?

  • Jesus, God Incarnate

    Devotionals | October 11, 2019

    A daily companion, a mentor in every situation, teacher, guide, comforter, encourager, accountability partner—Jesus is all this and more. He is unique in all creation, the Son of God, Creator, and Savior. He loves and forgives. He is God Incarnate, the Chosen and Anointed One, the Servant of the Lord, the Living Word, the Light of the World, and the Risen Lord. In all of this, He is Immanuel, God with us. Which of Jesus’ many names and roles are most significant for you today?

  • Jesus Detects Greed and Self-Indulgence in Leaders

    Blog | Paul Swamidass | October 10, 2019

    “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. (Matthew 23:25). 

    The magnified sins of leaders 

    Jesus told the Pharisees to clean up their act. He said, “Blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean” (Matthew 23: 26). 

  • Searching for Answers

    Devotionals | October 09, 2019

    Questions and problems frequently come up in the course of life. Time deadlines or the impact on other people often increase the pressure we feel. As the pressure mounts, pride, fear or worry can begin to gain a foothold in our thinking. We may try to solve problems and find answers in our own strength, all the while edging God out of our thoughts. Where do you need God’s wisdom?

    Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.—Psalm 25:4-5 NLT

  • Power Struggles

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | October 08, 2019

    “Charles! Take that attitude and mouth with you when you leave. The office is expecting you. NOW!”

    Charles was a fifteen-year-old student in my seventh grade class. He had given even the most seasoned teachers the runaround the first three months of the school year. I was a rookie, and I had my hands full dealing with his ongoing disruptive behavior. We all celebrated in the teachers’ lounge the day Charles moved to California to live with his mother.

  • In Every Way

    Devotionals | October 07, 2019

    The psalms portray the Lord as the shepherd of His people, the One they can cry out to at all times. Jesus identifies Himself as the good shepherd, the One who can be trusted to care for His own. Likewise, God’s Holy Spirit helps and guides every disciple. We do not serve a God who remains distant and detached. He cares deeply about your well-being and about the things that concern you. Trust Him to lead and care for you in every way.