• Above and Beyond

    Devotionals | April 21, 2019

    Awakening to the first day of the week, the women hurried to the tomb to honor their fallen Master. But all was not as they expected. Where they expected to encounter obstacles, they found the way opened before them. Where they expected death, they found life. Where they expected to minister to Jesus, they found Jesus ministering to them. Jesus—risen, now alive forevermore—shattered and exceeded their expectations beyond anything they could have imagined. Suddenly, the world was different!

  • Despair

    Devotionals | April 20, 2019

    The Sabbath following Jesus’ death and burial was a day of despair, fear, and darkness for Jesus’ friends and followers. The events of the day before left them drained, devastated, and fearful for their lives. Hearts in turmoil, heads spinning, they wondered if they were next. This Sabbath was anything but peaceful. They struggled to sense the Lord’s presence and to trust God in what looked like utter calamity and ruin. Have you experienced similar times? Where are you waiting for God to break through the fear and sense of dread and bring light and hope?

  • Alone

    Devotionals | April 19, 2019

    Alone. Deserted by His closest friends as He hung on the cross, bearing the burden of the world’s sin, Jesus was utterly alone. Neither His mother nor the women who stood watch nor John, grieving His agony, could intervene, nor would Jesus have them do so. He was committed to giving His all to complete the course set for Him by the Father. How does love for God and commitment to following Jesus sustain you during the dark hours of leadership?

  • Don’t You Know Me

    Devotionals | April 18, 2019

    Just hours before Jesus’ crucifixion, Jesus knelt to serve His disciples by washing their feet. In the conversation that followed, He called them to place all their trust in Him and to follow Him in loving and serving others. Questions swirled in their minds as they struggled to understand Jesus’ call. They needed assurance that they were hearing Him correctly and that they were right to trust Him. Do you hear Jesus calling you to selfless, sacrificial, servanthood? Where do you need assurance that His way can be trusted?

  • Watching for an Opportunity

    Devotionals | April 17, 2019

    Judas’ disappointment in Jesus had been growing. Finally, he could take it no longer. Tired of waiting for Jesus to fulfill his dreams and expectations, Judas went to the religious leaders and struck a bargain. It turned out that Judas’ motivation all along was one of self-interest; asking “what’s in it for me?” led him to betray his master. In contrast, Jesus asked, “what’s in it for others?” and selflessly served people with a heart that exalted God only. Which perspective drives you as a leader?

  • A Gift of Love

    Devotionals | April 16, 2019

    Mary’s anointing of Jesus’ feet was a precious gift that ministered to Jesus in the final days as He approached the cross. Though others did not understand what she was doing, Jesus knew. He knew that her sacrifice reflected her love for Him, just as His coming sacrifice would flow from His love for us. He received her anointing as the gift of love that it was. How do you express your love for Jesus?

  • Lent is a Time to Listen

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | April 16, 2019

    “Say what?” “Can you hear me now?” These familiar jingles have been used in popular commercials to get our attention. The catch phrases invite us to listen in. Hearing is what we do in response to an audible voice, startling noise or soothing music. According to Google, ‘to hear means to perceive with the ear the sound made by someone or something.

  • Just Yesterday

    Devotionals | April 15, 2019

    What a welcome the crowds had given Jesus as He entered Jerusalem! Their voices hardly seemed to reflect the dire warnings Jesus had recently given the disciples. The crowds greeted Him with praise and adulation, gave Him a welcome fit for a king, and hailed Him as the long-awaited, prophesy-fulfilling, God-sent king of Israel. But Jesus knew not to trust in human praise. All that mattered to Jesus was fulfilling the Father’s will and hearing God’s “Well done, my good and faithful servant!” What matters to you? Where do you seek approval?

  • Holy Week Approaches

    Devotionals | April 12, 2019

    As Holy Week approaches, we have the sense of peering into the Holy of Holies where high priests long ago came into the presence of God on behalf of their people. In this week we remember the passion, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Anointed One of God. It is a week set apart, a time to remember, to watch, and a time to worship. Remember who your high priest, leader, and Lord is. Remember what He has done to open the way into God’s presence. Remember His great love for you. Then rise to serve in His name.