• 6 Dangers of Self-Appointed Leaders

    Blog | Charles Stone | November 08, 2018

    Malcolm Webber is one of my favorite authors. In one of my favorite books of his, Healthy Leaders, he draws insight from a self-appointed leader named Korah described in the Old Testament book of Numbers, chapters 16-17. I’ve paraphrased these dangers below and contrasted them with 6 qualities of true God-appointed leaders.

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  • Ask God

    Devotionals | November 07, 2018

    Scripture calls us to pray for those in leadership. In the midst of a hostile political climate, Paul urged believers to pray for all people—including governmental authorities—to “ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them” (1 Timothy 2:1-2 NLT). Who are you praying for today?

  • A Quiet Place

    Devotionals | November 05, 2018

    The sounds of life fill our days with noise. Even our minds can be noisy places. Jesus calls us to step into the inner world, deep within where Father, Son, and Spirit make their home in us. Here, in your heart, He calls you to listen to one voice only: His. He asks you to lay down all your worries and cares, plans and designs, and thoughts that clamor for attention. Simply give them into His care. Now, in this quiet place, turn your attention to the One who formed you. Let His voice be the only one you hear.

  • Fair-weather Disciples

    Devotionals | November 02, 2018

    Jesus’ teaching so challenged the hearts and minds of His disciples that some of them turned back. Have you ever been tempted to do this? Have there been times when you wonder whether Jesus really knows the way forward? Maybe you question whether Jesus understands what it is like to lead from a perspective of exalting God only and serving selflessly. Jesus knows the cost. He knows the way. He calls you to follow. Will you?

  • A Vision of Greater Things

    Blog | Paul Swamidass | November 01, 2018

            One of the most exhilarating moments recorded in the gospels occurred when Nathaniel met Jesus Christ; he exclaimed: “… Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” (John 1:49, ESV). Jesus’ response was timeless: “… You will see greater things than these” (John 1:50). In American slang, for emphasis, Jesus might have sounded like this: “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”  

  • Light in the Darkness

    Devotionals | October 31, 2018

    Today is a new day to spread the presence and message of Jesus. This is our calling: to shine Jesus’ light into a world that needs to taste and see that God is good. Wherever you go today, you will find people for whom Jesus came, people that Jesus loves. He calls you to reflect His love and truth to them, to let the light of Jesus shine through you. What does this look like? Treat others with respect, meet them at their point of need, embrace the hurting, seek the lost, speak words that draw others to His love, light, and truth, lead like Jesus.

  • Trust Jesus

    Devotionals | October 29, 2018

    Jesus lived His life on earth in complete dependence on the Father. He calls you to follow in His footsteps and to trust in Him with every aspect of your life. What does that look like for you today? Are there situations that cause you to waver in unbelief? Family or professional challenges that stare you in the face? Jesus knows your struggles. He, too, faced personal attacks, hostile opponents, spiritual battles, overwhelming pressures, and confused followers during His days on earth. You can depend on Him to lead you in all circumstances. Do you believe this?

  • The Heart of the Question

    Devotionals | October 26, 2018

    We’re familiar with the ongoing attempts of the religious leaders to discredit Jesus. Jesus’ responses revealed God’s heart and truth despite their prideful questions. His answers revealed their hearts even as they revealed truth by which the hearers could be saved. What do your questions reveal about your heart?