• Tradition

    Devotionals | May 06, 2019

    Traditions often spring up in families and organizations. They begin as intentional practices that reflect individual and group values. Over time, these practices that once held great meaning may lose their original significance. Where does clinging to “the way we’ve always done things” hold you and others back? Which traditions—in your personal life, family, church, or organization—create and support a culture of following Jesus? What would it take to make following Jesus “the way we do things around here” in your life and family and spheres of influence?

  • Grow

    Devotionals | May 03, 2019

    When was the last time you spent time alone with God, abiding in His love, praying, looking to His Word and Spirit for guidance? Who are your trusted advisors who encourage you to lead like Jesus? Ask God to remind you of whose you are and who you are. Live out of your identity in Jesus. Mirror Jesus’ approach to life and leadership, expressing God’s love to those around you. Grow in your knowledge of God and His love!

  • Committed to Prayer

    Devotionals | May 01, 2019

    When challenges come our way, the temptation is to worry, as if we alone are responsible for overcoming the obstacles we face. Yet nowhere in the New Testament do we see Jesus worrying about the challenges facing Him. Nor do we see Him urging us to worry about the challenges facing us. On the contrary, He repeatedly and clearly teaches us to rely on God’s love and provision for even our most basic needs. Where does He want you to take Him at His word today?

  • Megan Pacheco

    Nice Guys Finish Last

    Or Do They?

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | April 30, 2019

    “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32 (ESV)

  • Without a Doubt

    Devotionals | April 29, 2019

    The early believers depended on God to move on their behalf. Living in an unsympathetic culture, persecuted by fellow Jews who disputed Jesus’ identity and claim to be Messiah, their fledgling movement faced enormous pressure. Frequently, the first disciples found themselves at odds with political and religious leaders as when Peter found himself imprisoned with a likely death sentence hanging over his head. But God had other plans for Peter’s life. Fellow believers met to pray, confident that God would hear their prayers and move on Peter’s behalf.

  • Overflow

    Devotionals | April 26, 2019

    God’s grace offers us forgiveness and hope and gives us courage and confidence to lead like Jesus. As we experience the grace of God, we are increasingly able to extend His grace to those around us. Consider the difference God’s grace makes in your life and leadership. Where do you need to know afresh the life-changing nature of His grace? Let God’s grace overflow through you into the lives of others today.

  • Operator, Can You Help Me With This Call?

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | April 25, 2019

    In 1972, inspired by his military service, Jim Croce wrote and recorded the song “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels).”  According to his widow, Ingrid, while at training, Croce felt disconnected from the things and people that he loved. He routinely saw lines of soldiers waiting to use the telephone, many calling about Dear John letters received. Because they did not always have telephone numbers or numbers had been changed, they relied on the help of the telephone operator to be connected.

  • Lingering Doubts

    Devotionals | April 24, 2019

    Thomas is often known as “doubting” Thomas, as if no other disciple has ever had doubts about Jesus’ resurrection. Remember that none of the disciples believed the women’s testimony initially; Peter and John even ran to the tomb to check out their story (Luke 24:9-11). When the disciples met Jesus in Galilee, some still doubted (Mt. 28:16-17). Jesus came to His doubting disciples and gave them the assurance they needed. What doubts keep you from fully trusting Jesus’ as your leader? What assurance do you need?

  • Time

    Numbering Our Days

    Blog | Karen McGuire | April 23, 2019

    What was your first reaction when you read the first word? Maybe you just cringed. Maybe you thought I don’t have enough of it. Maybe you thought that time was getting away from you as your kids, grandkids and others grow taller, older, smarter.

  • Morning Dawns

    Devotionals | April 22, 2019

    The day, the world, and even life itself, felt new. The disciples felt liberated, newly born! Yesterday had brought news that revitalized their hearts, transformed their perspective, and brought new confidence and hope. What would today hold? They didn’t know. What they did know was that Jesus was alive and well. He had clearly shown Himself to be who He had claimed to be all along. Joy, hope, and expectation pulled them into the day ahead of them. Let the joy and hope of Jesus’ resurrection shape your expectations and draw you into the day ahead.