• Loving Others Judging Ourselves

    Devotionals | August 26, 2015

    How easy it is to get our eyes off our own hearts and become obsessed with the failures and frailties of others. As if we ourselves were not, are not, prone to failure and sin. Only as we acknowledge our own sinful tendencies is there hope for lasting transformation in our lives. God’s mercy and grace leads us to repentance and enables us to come alongside others, rather than judging them when they fall.

  • New Beginnings

    Devotionals | August 24, 2015

    As Jesus ascended into heaven, His disciples faced a new phase in their leadership. Their first choice was to decide whether they would try to lead in their own strength or wait for the power of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus had told them to do. Whatever new beginnings we face in our leadership journey, we have the same choice as the disciples. Will we choose to lead in His strength or try to forge ahead in our own power?

  • Friends on Mission

    Devotionals | August 21, 2015

    Although Jesus calls us to serve, He does not call us His servants. Instead, He calls us His friends. Why? Because He has fully revealed Himself to us. He has brought us into God’s family, given us the mind of Christ, freely given us His Spirit, and shared with us the Father’s hopes, dreams, and purposes. He has asked us to join Him on mission, to enter into the Father’s love, and to lay down our lives along with Him. You are not alone as you enter this day. Jesus, your friend, travels with you.

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    When Being Right is Wrong

    Blog | Heather Day | August 20, 2015

    There the cursor blinked at me, its steady beat mimicking the pounding of my heart. To send or not to send… That was the question.

    Earlier that morning, I’d received a scathing email pointing out a handful of mistakes I’d made on a recent project – nothing major, but embarrassing blunders nonetheless.

  • Grace-based Leadership

    Devotionals | August 19, 2015

    The Golden Rule calls us to do to treat others the way we want them to treat us. In essence, it calls us to living a life centered on understanding, forgiving, encouraging, and supporting others. Each of these characteristics describes the way God relates to us and the way Jesus related to His disciples. Jesus says this same grace-based, action-oriented leadership is to characterize us as His disciples. We are to lead from grace, relating to others with the same grace that God has shown us. 

  • Two Kinds of Habits

    Devotionals | August 17, 2015

    Lead Like Jesus emphasizes two kinds of habits - habits of being and habits of doing. Each is important. Practicing the being habits supports ongoing personal transformation, keeping our hearts humble before God and open to His Spirit’s leading. These spiritual disciplines shape our leadership motivation, point-of-view, and the way we deal with others. As a result, the Spirit increasingly shapes our reactions and responses so that we find ourselves more naturally reflecting Jesus’ leadership style.

  • Back to the Present

    Devotionals | August 14, 2015

    Some people are prone to dwell in the past, reflecting on and rehashing the successes and failures of earlier days. Some are forever dreaming of the future, reflecting on and rehearsing how it will be someday soon. To lead like Jesus involves learning from the past as God draws us into the future. Lessons from the past can enhance our vision, goals, strategies, and tactics. Seek God’s perspective on the past, present, and future, so that you can lead like Jesus today. Where do you need to respond to Jesus in faith by leading as He would today?

  • Confident Assurance

    Devotionals | August 12, 2015

    Paul was certain of God's call in his life, even as he wrote from a place of imprisonment. When we know who we are in Christ Jesus, our circumstances may shape the out working of our calling, but they do not keep us from accomplishing all that God wants to do through us. Due to his imprisonment, rather than simply traveling and speaking in person to churches, Paul wrote letters that have since become part of the New Testament. His commitment in adversity has blessed millions through the millennia. 

  • A New Normal

    Devotionals | August 10, 2015

    Jesus calls us to a new normal, a new way of living and leading, one that reflects the reality of His calling and the transforming power of His Spirit. No longer are we to follow the world’s patterns, allowing culture to dictate our perspective and practices. Instead, God wants to permanently realign our thinking and behavior so that leading like Jesus becomes a normal part of how we live. Do you want the normal, everyday pattern of your life to reflect Jesus to others?

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