• For Him

    Devotionals | December 09, 2020

    Mary’s pregnancy left Mary, Joseph, and their extended families vulnerable to scorn, slander and shame. Few people knew or believed their story during the years prior to Jesus’ resurrection. Their solace was that God knew the truth. He was the Audience of One for whom they lived their lives. In what circumstance is God calling you, like them, to live for God alone?

  • Waiting with Faith

    Devotionals | December 07, 2020

    When waiting on God stretches on for a long time, faith in God’s intervention in our lives can grow dim. Although we might not say so, we would be shocked for God to show up. We resign ourselves to being the one God forgot. Zechariah and Elizabeth found themselves in that place, serving God on behalf of others, only to be surprised by God’s intimate and personal knowledge of their situation. What can you do to keep your focus on God when you have to wait?

  • For the Long Haul

    Devotionals | December 04, 2020

    Some challenges are not easily overcome. They require focus and continual effort. They tax our minds and call our commitment into question. They cause us to question whether it’s worth the trouble and daily effort. We find ourselves praying for God to break through people’s dullness, to soften hearts, to do something—anything—to make a difference. It’s in times like these that God reminds us of what He is doing. He is strengthening us to keep the faith, persevere, and lead with humility and God-confidence. Where does God want to strengthen you today?

  • Running from God

    Devotionals | December 02, 2020

    It’s easy to think of Jonah as the prime example of a person who runs from God. He did so in the most literal way possible, going in the exact opposite direction from where God wanted him to go. It wasn’t as if he hadn’t understood God. He simply didn’t want to do what God said. (It’s interesting, isn’t it, that he wanted God’s blessings for himself, but not for others.) What about us? Do we begrudge others the kindness and mercy of God? Do we delay in having that conversation or forgiving others? What is God saying to you?

  • Waiting with Hope

    Devotionals | November 30, 2020

    Israel’s long wait for God’s Promised One to appear stretches across the pages of the Old Testament. The stories found there reveal much about God’s chosen leaders—prophets, priests, and kings—their character, values, decisions, and actions. We see their deep-seated faith that God would act in accordance with His character, their confidence that God could be depended upon to fulfill His promises. Their confidence in God’s character and Word allowed them to lead in their time even as they waited for His promise to be fulfilled. What are you waiting for God to do?

  • With Thanksgiving

    Devotionals | November 27, 2020

    Giving thanks realigns our minds, calms anxious hearts, and makes us aware of God’s presence and power—regardless of how dire a situation seems. Powerful words about prayer and thanksgiving come in the context of Paul’s words about conflict among church leaders in Philippi. Paul focuses on the joy and truth of the Lord’s presence as he urges the believers to pray and give thanks. The results of Jesus-centered prayer and thanksgiving are peace-filled hearts and minds and the ability to focus on what is good. What fills your heart and mind today?

  • Giving Thanks Even If

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | November 26, 2020

    “Why are you riding a city bus to school? That’s not right! Teachers shouldn’t be riding the bus!”

    My seventh grade student, a very mature young man who had failed this grade at least twice, was indignant that his teacher was using public transportation.

    “I appreciate your concern, Charles, but I’m just fine riding the bus. My husband needs the car during the day, and this works out for us.”

    Two days later, Charles sat on my desk and leaned in confidentially:

    “I’ve got a great lead on a sweet red convertible that you’d look really good driving.”

  • A Story to Tell

    Devotionals | November 25, 2020

    Psalm 107 recounts stories of God’s redemption and deliverance. Time and again, the LORD delivered those who cried out to Him. He heard their cry and met them at the point of their need. Their needs and circumstances varied, but the LORD’s unfailing love and wonderful deeds were steadfast. His unfailing love and willingness to act on behalf of those who seek Him are as reliable today as they were in the past. What stories can you tell of the LORD’s love and deliverance?  

  • Believe God More

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | November 24, 2020

    “Our belief in God is not blind faith. Belief is having a firm conviction something is true, not hoping it’s true,” said Max Lucado. Have you looked forward to something for a long time, then when you finally got it, it wasn’t at all what you thought it would be. Did you feel deceived? You had faith in the object, not in the one it came from. Is it any surprise some of us have a hard time trusting God? When bad things happen to good people, we second-guess God’s love for us.