• Wait, Watch, Act

    Devotionals | December 05, 2018

    Few of us like waiting on someone else to make decisions that affect us. In our human understanding, we may be tempted to pridefully rush ahead of God or lag behind Him out of fear. We see something different in Jesus. He consistently trusted the Father’s timing and direction, humbly and watchfully waiting on Him. Then when He sensed the Father’s prompting, He was ready to act. God calls us to wait, watch, and act like Jesus: humbly watching for Him, confident that everything will come together according to God’s will. Where is God calling you to wait, watch, and act like Jesus?

  • Dedicated to God’s Service

    Devotionals | December 03, 2018

    In Scripture, the ways of the world are set in opposition to the ways of God. The world’s customs, philosophies, and ways of life distract us from God’s presence and purpose. Jesus calls His own out of the world into the light of His presence. Infused with God’s Spirit, our transformed lives testify to His love and goodness. Where is God calling you to rededicate yourself to reflecting God’s presence through your life?

  • A Marvel

    Devotionals | November 30, 2018

    Paul never stopped marveling at the fact that Jesus considered him trustworthy. He knew who he had been before Jesus. He knew now whose he was and who he was in Jesus. No longer bound by his past, he was transformed by God’s mercy and grace and entrusted with a new calling. What about you?

  • Compliments or Flattery?

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | November 29, 2018

    “Let’s clap for Mom for a wonderful meal!”

    Our youngest, just a baby in the high chair, joined his older siblings for an enthusiastic acclamation of my dinner. My husband started this tradition when our oldest daughter was that little diner with a food-smeared bib. She couldn’t express with words her appreciation for the food served to her. But he knew that she had learned to “patty cake” and would quickly join in to applaud her mother.

  • Let Trust Have Its Way

    Devotionals | November 28, 2018

    Trust is essential to the leader-follower relationship. What difference does trust make? Trust sees us through hard times: it counteracts fear and keeps us confident while we wait for God to make His way known. Trust opens us up to someone else’s influence: it fosters humility that allows us to learn from God and His Word. Jesus lived His life in obedience to God’s Word. He was wholly committed to fulfilling His mission because He trusted the Father completely. Wholehearted trust in Jesus motivated the first disciples to fulfill the mission Jesus gave them. Do you trust God?

  • Ambitiously Anticipating Advent

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | November 27, 2018

    “When can we open our presents?” my eight-year old daughter asked. “Only seven more sleeps,” I said. I’d been teaching my children to be patient through a special ‘finding the baby Jesus’ hide and seek game we played each morning before I sent them off to school. They were looking forward to opening their gifts and daily anticipated the arrival of Jesus’ birthday. Maybe you, too, are looking forward to something, as you await the arrival of company to join in your holiday festivities, school to be on break or to unwrap presents placed under the Christmas tree.

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  • Endless Opportunities

    Devotionals | November 26, 2018

    What is your driving motivation? This is a question that we face repeatedly throughout our lives. Each day, each new circumstance, each new encounter with people confronts us with the same question. Will you and I choose to exalt God, or will we edge Him out and pursue our own satisfaction? Will we trust Him to be faithful, good, and trustworthy? Or do we doubt His goodness, power, and love? What will your answer be today?

  • Dispensers of Grace

    Devotionals | November 23, 2018

    God’s grace finds its fullest expression as we live into who God created us to be. Your strengths and gifts will be different from those around you. Don’t let that distract you. Focus on serving well. Let Him use you to pour His grace into the world.