• Yes, God Is For Us

    Devotionals | August 19, 2020

    God’s faithfulness and goodness is proclaimed throughout Scripture. Beginning with Adam and Eve, God’s desire to restore broken lives is on display. Yet, we may question whether He will be the same for us as He was for the people in the Bible. We wonder if He will once more show His forgiveness, love, and power on our behalf. Is God’s willingness to save still available? Does He still act on behalf of His people? Jesus’ words, quoted from Isaiah 41, give a resounding yes to our longings and questions.

  • Calming the Raging Sea

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | August 18, 2020

    History shows us that tension will eventually boil over and the oppressed will fight back.  It isn’t a matter of if, but when it will happen.  Whether enslaved by Pharaoh, under repressive family or work environments, or impoverished conditions, at some point, the human spirit will rise demanding dignity, equality, and respect.  In Egypt, the Jews cried out, Pharaoh didn’t listen; God did (Exodus 3:7).  Across the globe, people are demanding social justice and protesting perceived governmental actions or inactions.  These protests have mostly been peaceful and nonviolent, but some have turn

  • As It Is In Heaven

    Devotionals | August 17, 2020

    The days of our lives are in God’s hands. He uses every one of them to transform us into the image of Jesus, even the hard ones. He sustains us as we live in this broken world, and He longs for our broken world to be made new. As we pray and offer each day to Him, the Holy Spirit empowers us to participate with God in the work of redemption. Let Him transform you so that the life you live on earth reflects life in heaven.

    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. – Matthew 9:b-10

  • To Live or Simply Exist

    Devotionals | August 14, 2020

    The sun rises, a new day begins. Today is a gift. You didn’t create it. You can’t sustain it. Your circumstances may or may not be to your liking. Either way, how you use this day is up to you. The Lord is near. He decided that you should be alive today, and He wants you to humbly, confidently trust Him. It’s your choice. Will you live today or merely exist . . . exalt God or edge Him out . . . depend on His strength or your own? God longs to make a difference in your life today. Will you let Him?

  • Do You Wanna Be Happy?

    Blog | Karen McGuire | August 12, 2020

    All the news is draining the life out of us. Whether it’s COVID news or other news, it’s just depressing. I’ve heard from many that they are experiencing this sense of ennui, blah, etc. etc. etc. My question is “Do you wanna be happy?”

  • Caught Up

    Devotionals | August 12, 2020

    Paul warns Timothy not to allow other things to edge out God’s place in his life. Just as Paul said of himself, “to live is Christ” (Philippians 1:21), his letters urge Timothy to be faithful and focused on ministry. We, too, are called to make God our audience of One, wholeheartedly seeking Him and His purpose. What are you caught up in? Does your heart lead you to exalt God or to edge Him out of your life and leadership?

    No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. – 2 Timothy 2:4

  • Shaped by Scripture

    Devotionals | August 10, 2020

    Jesus’ visit to the temple as a boy revealed His commitment to understanding Scripture and having it shape His values and priorities. He did not allow His mind to be carried to and fro by the world’s thinking. He filled His mind with Scripture and let it drive His choices and actions. Jesus prioritized God’s Word in His life and ministry. Do you? If not, what can you do to let Scripture shape your life and leadership?

  • Keep Going

    Devotionals | August 07, 2020

    God continues to transform us as we look to Him. We learn to practice habits that nourish and sustain us on this journey of transformation. Our goal is to increasingly become people of humility and God-confidence who exalt God and serve like Jesus. This is why we return to Scripture again and again, pray, and consciously abide in God’s unconditional love. This is why we seek times of solitude where we can hear the Master’s voice.

  • Sticking Points

    Devotionals | August 05, 2020

    Sticking points come in many forms. Relationships. Temptations. Conflict. Self-control. Trying to do things in our own strength. Edging God out—of life, leadership, and goals. The allure of this world and all that it holds. Stubbornness. Pride. Fear. Being wise in our own eyes. Not trusting others. All of us have sticking points, those places where we struggle to put into practice Jesus’ model of love, life, and leadership. What is yours? How is it holding you back?

    Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10