• A Turning Point

    Devotionals | January 10, 2020

    What caused you to turn from following the world's model of self-centered leadership to leading like Jesus? A life or leadership crisis? The example of someone who leads like Jesus? The Spirit uses many ways to surface the need for a new leadership perspective in our lives. When we hear Him speak, how will we respond? Will we say, "Speak, Lord, Your servant is listening"?

    The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”—1 Samuel 3:10

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    The Habit of Laziness

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | January 09, 2020

    Once in a while all of us want to be “lazy”— even if just for a little bit: Do nothing. Veg on the couch. Stare at the TV screen without having to engage much of our body or mind.

    Needing time to recover, decompress and renew isn’t true laziness. We all need rest, and our heavenly Father has modeled rest as a necessary practice that should not be overlooked or undervalued.

    Resting involves ceasing, for a short period of time, from a season of activity and productivity.

  • An Example to Follow

    Devotionals | January 08, 2020

    People are looking for role models. They want their lives to count, to make a difference in the world. Lead Like Jesus looks to Jesus as the ultimate role model for leadership. Who has shown greater commitment to a cause than Jesus? Who has shown greater integrity than Jesus? Who has done more for others than Jesus? Who has made a bigger difference in the world than Jesus? As we follow Jesus, the Father empowers us to be living role models and make a lasting difference. Who do you model your life after?

  • A Future With or Without God

    Blog | Paul Swamidass | January 07, 2020

    “That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, ‘If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?’ And they said to each other, ‘We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.’” (Numbers 14:1-4).

    Fear-induced rebellion

  • By Faith

    Devotionals | January 06, 2020

    Living "by faith" is mentioned 22 times in Hebrews 11; the word "faith" is used almost 30 times. This chapter is about faith in God and how that faith is revealed in the lives of His people. Faith calls us to recognize that this world belongs to God. Faith calls us to align ourselves with God's purposes in the world, to obey Him despite what others think. Faith in God's promises gives us courage to walk into the future. Where is God calling you to live and lead by faith, faith in who He is and what He says?

  • A Step in the Right Direction

    Devotionals | January 03, 2020

    All change begins with one step in a new direction. That step can be taken with great optimism or great reluctance. Whatever the accompanying attitude, moving in a new direction reflects humility and confidence, hope and courage. God draws us into the future, shaping us to be more like Jesus each step of the way. Allow Him to guide you today as you step into the future He has planned.

    Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. —Galatians 5:25

  • Faith-Infused Goals

    Devotionals | January 01, 2020

    Throughout His life, Jesus consciously moved in line with God's purpose to bring salvation to humanity. Making disciples, teaching, performing miracles, sacrificing Himself on the cross, His goals, each choice and act, reflected His awareness of God's purpose for His life. Commitment to His Father, along with faith that God would sustain Him, gave Him daily direction and courage. What are your faith-infused goals the coming year?

  • A Turning Point

    Devotionals | December 30, 2019

    Depending on how our year has gone, December 31 can be either a celebration or a relief. God, who sustained Jesus every day of His life, holds us in His hand. How does knowing Him transform your evaluation of the past and your perspective on the future?

  • Changed

    Devotionals | December 27, 2019

    Jesus' coming transformed the lives of His mother Mary, of Joseph, and of the shepherds who came to the manger. No one who came to the manger stayed the same. Life with its responsibilities continued, but they were different people. They were changed, transformed. They had a bigger vision of God, one that overflowed from them into the lives of others. How are you different because you have met Jesus?

  • A Heartfelt Celebration

    Devotionals | December 25, 2019

    As Mary cradled her newborn son, her heart was full, overwhelmed with the realization that she held the Son of God. Will you—like Mary, like Joseph, like the shepherds—take time today, tonight, tomorrow, to marvel at what God has done? Jesus has been born. He is here. Come to the manger and worship.

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