• An Encouraging Word

    Devotionals | May 15, 2020

    The Bible speaks frequently of encouragement. Sometimes the focus is on the encouragement we have in our relationship with God. Sometimes the focus is on encouraging one another by talking or meeting together. Sometimes it’s about making encouraging others a daily priority. Sometimes it’s about the encouragement that comes when we know God will re-direct us if we get off track. Sometimes the focus is on the encouragement that comes from getting an eternal perspective. Who do you know who needs to be encouraged today? Is it you?  

  • Any Way He Leads

    Devotionals | May 14, 2020

    Spiritual gifts are the outworking of the Spirit, who empowers us to love and serve in Jesus’ name. At times, He calls us to pray and trust God to meet needs in supernatural ways. At other times, He calls us to serve in ways that are comfortable and familiar. Sometimes He leads us out of our comfort zones to be used in unexpected ways. In all this, God gets the glory and honor and we, along with others, are blessed.

  • Gratitude and Thankfulness

    Blog | Karen McGuire | May 14, 2020

    You may have read those words in the title and thought, “I have nothing for which to be grateful or thankful! This is May 2020 and COVID-19 is still slowing down, changing my life and I don’t, and I won’t like it at all!” Ok, maybe, it’s not you but you know someone who is feeling that way.

    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV) reminds us to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

  • Is Jesus' leadership model relevant to us today? Can we apply His ways of leading, influencing, equipping, and empowering others in today's workplaces? We tackle this question and more with John Sparks, Senior Director of Shared Services at World Vision International. With vast experience in the military, corporate America, and faith-based nonprofit, John helps us consider this question from all of those angles.

  • Drawn In

    Devotionals | May 11, 2020

    What draws, even demands, your attention? It could depend on your season of life. Every life has both joy and challenges. External circumstances beyond your control impact you. Financial matters or health issues can dictate days, even months or years, of your life. You may find yourself wrestling through spiritual issues or dealing with trauma and emotional distress. Saul once had an unexpected day, blinded by Jesus’ light and stunned by the sound of Jesus’ voice (Acts 9:1-9). Wherever you find yourself today, Jesus knows your circumstances. He knows where you are.

  • Obedience

    Devotionals | May 08, 2020

    The central habit of leading like Jesus is to obey God and express His love. This is the guiding principle and practice for each of us. The obedience God looks for consistently reveals His unconditional love to each person. Obeying this command flows from the central habit of accepting and abiding in God’s unconditional love. As you experience God’s grace, love, forgiveness, and encouragement, you will begin to pass it on to others.

  • 5 Traits of a Flourishing Leader

    Blog | Charles Stone | May 07, 2020

    Some people have a green thumb and others don’t. Those that do can grow plants and flowers that seem to flourish with life, color, and vibrancy. Leaders also fall into two categories. Those who flourish and those who don’t. What are some common traits of flourishing leaders? I believe what happened in the early church gives us clues to the traits of a flourishing leader.

  • Sustaining Habits

    Devotionals | May 06, 2020

    Jesus and His disciples traveled throughout Israel together. Some days were filled with public teaching, healing, and interaction. Other days involved time with family or private teaching times. Our schedules and responsibilities differ from day to day, also, and so can the habits that sustain our relationship with God. You can read far and wide in Scripture. Other times, you might focus on a particular section or story. Sometimes conversational prayer flows throughout a busy day of serving others. Another day might hold solitude and silence or a conversation with trusted companions.

  • Plus One

    Devotionals | May 03, 2020

    The pressures of everyday life and leadership rise and fall. At times, we celebrate God’s faithfulness. At other times, we may be tempted to feel all alone. The truth is: we are never alone!  Jesus assured His disciples that God — Father, Son, and Spirit—makes His home within us (John 14:16-17, 23). God is our “plus one,” our constant companion, present in every situation, empowering us to lead like Jesus.

  • All the Way to the End

    Devotionals | May 01, 2020

    Many of Israel’s and Judah’s kings started well but ended poorly. They forgot—or chose to forget—God’s command to revere Him, to write out His law, and to read His Word daily (Deuteronomy 17:18-20). Their decisions were increasingly made from fear or pride, or both. God’s Word contains timeless stories and wisdom that speak to life and leadership today. The Spirit will use it to guide, encourage, train, correct—and even rebuke—you. Let Scripture equip you for every good work God has planned for you.