• Take the Time

    Devotionals | July 12, 2019

    The young apprentice startled his sleeping master with his words: “Here I am; you called me.” Then again: “Here I am; you called me.” And a third time: “Here I am; you called me.” Rather than being irritated or offended at Samuel’s repeated interruptions, Eli took the time to help Samuel understand what was happening and gave him specific directions regarding what to do next. How willingly do you patiently assess and respond to the needs of those around you?

  • Tests

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | July 11, 2019

    “I’m calling to let you know we have the results of your test. There is no sign of cancer.”

    I breathed out a quiet sigh that felt like I had been holding in forever. After more than a month of detailed medical screenings, those anxious thoughts tapping on my shoulder, I knew I would always honor prayer requests from people undergoing tests.

  • Transform

    Devotionals | July 10, 2019

    The religious leaders of Jesus’ time could not imagine that God would come in the form of a humble and uncredentialed man. It didn’t enter their thinking that God’s Chosen One would challenge their carefully thought-out religious beliefs. Like them, we may slip into thinking of God from a human perspective and miss what He is doing. We forget that God is—after all—God. This is His world and He is free work in unexpected ways. Where do you need to trust that God is God? Where does God want to transform your perspective?

  • In Control

    Devotionals | July 08, 2019

    We live in the midst of God’s activity. Whether we can sense it or not, He is always at work around us. Jesus knew this. He reminds the Pharisees of this truth when they criticize His ministry. This is the key to Jesus’ peace and focus. He consistently spends time talking with the Father so that He can work in alignment with Him. God wants to strengthen and sustain you and give you the peace, confidence, and ability to follow Jesus’ example.

  • Free

    Devotionals | July 05, 2019

    The Bible tells of God’s redeeming acts in the lives of His people: He creates people in His image to live in partnership and on mission with Him. He sets them aside to be a blessing to the world. In the Exodus, He sets them free from slavery to live in covenant relationship with Him. He gives the Law and judges and prophets to teach them to live in freedom. Eventually, God Himself comes to live with them so that all people can find freedom in and through Jesus Christ. God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—makes His home in you, so that you, too, can live in freedom.

  • Do the Right Thing

    Expect to be Surprised

    Blog | Paul Swamidass | July 04, 2019

     “Who will roll away the stone?” 

    When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” (Mark 16:1-3). 

  • Set

    Devotionals | July 03, 2019

    What pressures are you facing in your life and leadership? Pressures come at us from all sides, just as they did for Jesus and the early disciples. As His followers, our perseverance and hope are not based on human strength. Instead, we set our hope on God’s power to deliver us—attested to in Scripture, seen in past experience, empowered by His Spirit, and supported by the prayers of other Christians. Where do you set your hope under pressure?

  • Your People

    Devotionals | July 01, 2019

    Solomon was aware that he was responsible to watch over God’s people. What about you? Who has God given you to watch over? Take a moment to consider your various spheres of influence. Reflect on the faces and names of the people your life touches in a given day. As each one comes to mind, pause and let God speak to you about them. Remember that God knows each of their names and the challenges they face. Ask Him to guide your words and actions as you interact with them today.

  • Rest

    Devotionals | June 28, 2019

    David’s words in Psalm 62 point us to God as the source of hope and rest. Are the pressures of life coming at you from all sides? Do you wonder if you can bear up under life’s circumstances? Have you been looking for assurance, direction, or stability? David knew these challenges in every area of his life—within his family and in all his leadership roles and responsibilities. So he writes from experience as he declares “truly my soul finds rest in God” (vs. 1). Where do you need rest?

  • Big Plans for the Little Ones

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | June 27, 2019

    I was thrilled when I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I was elated when a few months later, I gave birth to my daughter. I learned a lot about God’s love through being a parent. Soon after, I was excited when God gave me the opportunity to serve Him in children’s ministries in my church. I learned about God’s tenderness by serving in the nursery, I found out about God’s patience in potty-training toddlers, I understood God’s playful side when I organized games for elementary kids.