• When it Comes to Mistakes, Here is a Formula for Disaster

    Blog | Owen Phelps | February 16, 2019

    It is not that I have already taken hold of it or have already attained perfect maturity, but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ Jesus.
    Philippians 3:12
    What are we to make of mistakes – most especially our own?
    Having worked most of my life in media, where employers pay huge sums to make sure all of our subscribers see all of our mistakes, I soon came to see them as opportunities for learning and growth. How else could I deal with them?
  • Followers of Christ

    Devotionals | February 15, 2019

    God gives us the privilege and opportunity to reflect Jesus to a watching world. The way we interact with others, handle our responsibilities, and live our lives—these reveal what matters most to us. Remember that Jesus’ early followers did not assume the designation “Christian” for themselves; instead, they were originally called Christians, “followers of Christ,” by other people. Are you living in such a way that others see Jesus in you?

  • The Most Excellent Way

    Devotionals | February 13, 2019

    Paul’s words about love in 1 Corinthians 13 are directed to believers who were pridefully comparing themselves to one another in terms of spiritual giftedness. In response, Paul holds up love as the “most excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31), the only thing that counts. His words call them (and us) up short. What motivates you: self-exaltation, or selfless love that builds others up?

  • Everywhere

    Blog | Karen McGuire | February 12, 2019

    When I was in high school, I studied both French and Spanish. Because of my participation in French club as well as other language related events, I was invited to participate in a two-week trip to Paris, France to increase my language skills. Of course, the catch was my parents had to pay for the trip. I, of course, was thrilled at this opportunity and really, really, really wanted to go!

  • Rest

    Devotionals | February 11, 2019

    When we have done all we can do, God calls us to rest in Him. He asks us to lay down our weary souls, to give our challenges into His hands, and to trust that He has not and will not abandon us. The One who gave His own Son for us is on our side. He is for us, even if we cannot see what He is doing and do not sense His presence in the present moment. Where is God calling you to rest and trust Him with your present and your future?

  • To the Very End

    Devotionals | February 08, 2019

    Jesus promised His disciples that He would be with them as they set about fulfilling their mission to make disciples. That mission still exists today, as does the promise of His presence. Jesus is with you, whatever He has given you to do, wherever He leads you. This is a promise you can count on. Jesus will not fail you. You can depend on Him each and every day to the very end.

  • Our World Needs Jesus

    Devotionals | February 06, 2019

    Daily headlines and news alerts stream across our phones, a continual reminder of how much our world needs Jesus. As our hearts and minds are bombarded by the constant flow of information, we can practice asking and acting on one simple question: Is there anything I can do? If the answer is yes, do it in God’s strength. If not, cast your anxiety on God, trusting that He cares even more than you do and knows best how to intervene. Seek His perspective and do what He says.

    Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. —1 Peter 5:7

  • Megan Pacheco

    3 Common Leadership Weaknesses

    (And How to Minimize Them)

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | February 06, 2019

    “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14

     

    God’s Word clearly teaches that all of us are “fearfully and wonderfully made” in His image. It also points out that each of us has been entrusted with a unique combination of skills and gifts to help us fulfill our calling and to mutually build up one another.

    Our differences go even further—some of us are quiet introverts who rarely speak up, and others are highly interactive extroverts with a true gift of gab!

  • Where Do You Turn

    Devotionals | February 04, 2019

    When hard times come your way, what gets you through? Where do you turn? What Scriptures has God written on your heart and mind? What prayer captures the cry of your heart? Which friends can you trust to walk beside you? Hard times come to all of us. Don’t wait for the day of trouble before you turn to God. Practice the habits that Jesus practiced in His life. Lean into your relationship with God. Meditate on His Word. Center your life on Him so that you can lead like Jesus no matter what your day holds.

  • Fill These Hands

    Devotionals | February 01, 2019

    Look at your hands. Are they holding your phone as you read this devotional? Perhaps they are hovering over your computer keyboard, folded in prayer, or turning the pages of your Bible. Jesus’ hands touched people with mercy and healing. They gestured as He lifted loaves and fish to the Father and blessed and taught crowds. His hands trembled in agony on the cross. Later, they bore witness to doubting disciples that He had been resurrected. Beside the Sea of Galilee, they prepared breakfast for hungry, tired disciples. What will your hands do in His name today?

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