• Don’t Miss Him

    Devotionals | January 16, 2019

    God longs to spend time with you. He gave Himself in Jesus so that you could become His son or daughter. He—Father, Son, and Spirit—makes His home with you so that you never have to live one minute of your life separated from Him. But it is possible to miss the blessing of His presence, like family members that run past one another as one heads out the door. Don’t let that happen to you. Stop, even now, and turn your attention to the One who loves and cares for you. Let Him carry you into this day.

  • Taking Stock in the New Year

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | January 15, 2019

    As we closeout 2018, we give thanks for our blessing, take note of unachieved goals, and begin to set new expectations for the upcoming year.  We begin to pull together documents in preparation for tax season, and we update our family budget. We may look at our savings, and maybe even our investments.   Each day about 169 million Americans look to Wall Street, considered the center of the financial market, to take stock on the performance of their investments.  These investments fluctuate daily based on how well these publicly traded companies perform.

  • What a Change

    Devotionals | January 14, 2019

    What a change occurred in Saul’s perspective after he met Jesus on the road to Damascus! Leaving on his journey, he was sure that what he believed was right. When Jesus’ voice pierced Saul’s heart, his whole worldview turned upside down. Everything Saul thought he knew had to be rethought: his understanding of truth, his worldview, his life mission. This encounter was just the beginning of his transformation from Saul the persecutor to Paul the apostle to the Gentiles. What difference has encountering Jesus made in how you live and lead?

  • On Earth as It Is in Heaven

    Devotionals | January 11, 2019

    What is your vision for the world? Jesus clearly expressed His vision as He taught His disciples to pray: that God’s kingdom would come to characterize the world He created. He calls us to continue to pray that God’s “will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Is this your vision, too? How can you be part of bringing God’s kingdom to life in your spheres of influence today?

  • Being Valued

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | January 10, 2019

    “Did you tell her we’re here? We had an appointment for 11:00 a. m. and we’ve been waiting for twenty minutes.”

    “She’s with someone else right now. Would you like to reschedule?”

    “No. This is the time we set aside.”

  • Life Together

    Devotionals | January 09, 2019

    Jesus called His disciples into a life of community. He did that with His first disciples, and He continues to do that today. Following Jesus as our leader is not merely an individual exercise. He calls us into His body, His family. He knows that we will need traveling companions—brothers, sisters, people to encourage us, people to challenge us, people to walk alongside us. Who are you walking alongside today? Who encourages you as you learn to lead like Jesus? Who are you strengthening by your presence?

  • My Purpose

    Which question are you asking yourself?

    Blog | Owen Phelps | January 08, 2019

    “Be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth.”

     Ephesians 4:23-24, New American Bible, revised edition

    It’s still early enough in the New Year that we might not yet have abandoned all of our New Year’s Resolutions -- and perhaps we are still trying to chart our way through 2019.

  • Constant Contact

    Devotionals | January 07, 2019

    Do you ever feel isolated as a leader? Do you wonder if anyone understands the challenges you are facing? When we lead like Jesus, we are privileged to have constant contact with God. Jesus opened the way for you to experience intimate fellowship with God and urges you to take advantage of His closeness. You are not left on our own; you have instant, unhindered access to the Father every moment of every day. He is ever ready to provide wisdom and guidance and to share your burdens with you. Are you taking advantage of the freedom to come to the Father in Jesus’ name?

  • Celebrate God’s Faithfulness

    Devotionals | January 04, 2019

    Psalm 145 is a celebration of God’s faithfulness and character. Over and over, David testifies to the difference it makes to follow the Lord and trust in His faithfulness. Whatever good has come in David’s life is a testimony to God’s presence and activity in His life. Even in difficulties, God has faithfully watched over David and shown Himself strong on David’s behalf. Is this your testimony today?

    The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. –Psalm 145:17-18

  • Driven by Your Top Priority

    Blog | Paul Swamidass | January 04, 2019

    Our top priority ought to drive us. Jesus noticed a problem with the priorities of His followers. Their top priority was being eroded by mundane problems and worries. Jesus prescribed their top priority this way:

    So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ ...But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:31-33).