• Words to Live By

    Devotionals | June 22, 2020

    New Testament “epistles” were written to believers scattered across the ancient world. They address challenges being experienced in local churches. Explain theology. Remind believers of the value of knowing Jesus. Encourage perseverance and faith amid challenges. Exhort disciples to live today with an eye on the future God has in store for them. Their lessons and encouragement remain available to you today. Which of these do you need so you can love, live, and lead like Jesus?

  • Blessings that Empower

    Devotionals | June 19, 2020

    Consider the following blessings that are ours in Christ Jesus. The Spirit baptizes us into one body, the body of Christ, and nourishes us with God’s lifegiving power (1 Cor. 12:12-27). We have become children of God, having been adopted into the family of God (John 1:12-13, Romans 8:14-16). Jesus has prayed for us to enter the unity that He and the Father share (John 17:20-23). How do these blessings empower and influence your leadership?

  • Guard Against Cynicism

    Devotionals | June 17, 2020

    The events of this world can cause us to despair. To question what God is doing. To feel helpless. To worry about our safety. About how we will survive. Even to feel abandoned. Amid addressing these concerns, we can be tempted to question God’s goodness ... Word ... dependability. Even to question His existence or His power to make a difference in our circumstances. Cynicism creeps into our thinking. Cynicism based in brokenness, confusion, hurt, and pride. Psalm 119 reminds us to guard our minds as well as our hearts. How can you feed and nourish yourself spiritually?

  • Striving or Stressing

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | June 16, 2020

    “Why are you crawling up the stairs?” I was watching my youngest son, who had just started his high school track career, struggling in agony to reach the second floor to his bedroom.

    “My legs hurt so much! I took some Tylenol, but it doesn’t seem to help,” he moaned.

    “Well maybe you should cut back on your running. Just tell the coach you can’t compete this week.”

    “No, Mom! I have to be there! I can’t give up now!”

  • God’s Servants

    Devotionals | June 12, 2020

    God’s kingdom has many citizens. We are scattered throughout the earth, placed as His chosen representatives and stewards. Your life matters to God. Your leadership matters to God. Your servant attitude matters to God. And it matters to those around you. This doesn’t mean that all will go smoothly or turn out well. In the context of brokenness, God ministers deeply to and through us, causing us to reflect His presence and purpose. And so, Paul writes:

  • Consistency

    Taking the Guesswork Out of Leadership

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | June 11, 2020

    We begin each day with a degree of certainty and consistency.  The sun will rise in the east and set in the west.  The oceans tide will ebb and flow throughout the day, and the earth will circumnavigate the sun.  We long for this same level of certainty and consistency in all aspects of our lives; especially leadership but are often disappointed.

  • The Silence We Seek

    Devotionals | June 10, 2020

    Silence can be a precious commodity in our world. Headlines and news feeds find us wherever we are. Emergency alerts shatter family time, while deadlines push us forward. Silence can be difficult to build into our lives. Some might view silence as emptiness. But for those who follow Jesus, silence is not a mindless escape. And it is certainly not empty. Our silence is pregnant with expectation. We quiet our minds in order to listen for His voice. We don’t ignore our difficulties, but pour them out to a living, listening God. Our silence is full of His presence, wisdom, and peace.

  • Solitude

    Blog | Karen McGuire | June 09, 2020

    Then, because so many people were coming and going that

    they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come

    with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." Mark 6:31

    When you were a small child, you may recall your parents telling you to “Stop, Look and Listen” as you approached an intersection to cross the street. Before you crossed the street, they wanted you to

  • Empty Words

    Devotionals | June 07, 2020

    The LORD often rebuked His people for using empty words in their worship. Jesus cautioned His disciples against babbling in prayer. How does it happen that we find ourselves mindlessly repeating familiar phrases in prayer or worship? How is it that we give God “lip service” but fail to serve Him with our hearts, heads, hands, and habits? Could it be that we forget that God is a person? Jesus knew that His Father was alive and well. Their conversations were personal and intimate, never formulaic. The early disciples learned to talk with Jesus and listen for His reply. What about you?