• A Prayer for the Discouraged

    Devotionals | October 27, 2021

    Every leader faces times when things don't go the way they planned. Times when troubles come fast and furious, when no choice seems like a good choice. In times such as these, we have the example of men and women of faith who turned to God for help. God never intended for us to face difficulties in our own strength. He wants us to depend on Him. The Psalms help us give voice to our need.

    Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.—Psalm 25:16-17

  • What Do You See?

    Devotionals | October 25, 2021

    What do you see when you look at the people around you? Do you see people whom God loves and desires to save? Sometimes it can be hard to see God’s design in fallen people or to realize how far God has brought another person on the journey. As you allow God to transform your vision, you will be able to see the world through God’s eyes.

    Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.—Mark 8:25

  • What Are You Learning?

    Devotionals | October 22, 2021

    What are you learning? Each day holds multiple opportunities for us to learn how to live as servant leaders. Servant leaders are lifelong learners, as the pages of Scripture and the changing nature of relationships remind us. The good news is that Jesus is on the journey with you, and He gives you His Spirit to be your teacher and guide. What does He want to teach you today?

  • Unmet Expectations

    Devotionals | October 20, 2021

    How do you respond when you fall short of meeting people’s expectations, or when their responses fall short of meeting your expectations? Do you automatically assume a defensive posture, or do you tend to take a solution-oriented approach? When you stop and think it about it, it becomes obvious that one response flows from pride and fear, while the other flows from humility and confidence. How do you need God to refocus and reshape your responses?

  • Serendipity and Spiritual ADD

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | October 18, 2021

    “Believe in Something Bigger!” That was quite a statement of promise on a sign in the window of my local convenience store. Then at the bottom I saw what that “bigger” something was: Powerball. The multi-state lottery.

    I am amused when the secular world tries to be profoundly spiritual. Whether it is shampoo, lotions, accessories, cars, or lottery tickets, everyone wants their promotion to appear deeper than just crass commercialism.

  • Unlikely Choice

    Devotionals | October 18, 2021

    Knowing yourself as you do, what makes you an unlikely choice as a person whom God wants to use? Is it pride, fear, lack of training, questions and doubts, lack of consistency in your spiritual life? Jesus has a knack for picking people that the rest of the world overlooks and undervalues. He looks for a heart that responds to His call, a person who wants to be transformed and used for His purposes. How will your life reflect the transformational power of God to those around you?

  • Taking Things in Stride

    Devotionals | October 15, 2021

    Our world is filled with ups and downs, highs and lows. Just as Jesus came into the world because we needed a Savior, God sends us into situations because people still need to see Jesus’ example and hear His wisdom. He calls us to leadership roles because He needs someone to represent Jesus, especially when the challenges come. When difficulties arise, how will you reflect Jesus' example of servant leadership to those around you?

  • Spiritual Power and Authority

    Devotionals | October 13, 2021

    Trying to lead in your own power and authority will never achieve God's results. God's purposes are birthed through prayer and listening to His voice, and lived out in humble dependence and obedience. His work is accomplished through Spirit-led servant leaders who live in daily awareness of Jesus' presence and commands. Whose power and authority guides your life today?