• Meaning

    Devotionals | March 24, 2017

    People often wonder if their lives have meaning. Are you one of them? Do you find yourself endlessly wondering if you measure up—wondering if God approves of you, if you have done enough, performed well enough, and sacrificed enough to earn His approval, and the approval of those around you? Stop. Doing something for others doesn’t give our lives meaning. God is the One who gives our lives meaning through His work on our behalf. He—God Himself—created us in His image with inherent value and worth.

  • Changed

    Devotionals | March 22, 2017

    Over and over in his letters to churches, Paul begs believers to lead lives worthy of those who have been called by God. Should there be any doubt as to what he means, he describes lives of humility, overflowing joy, patience, love for one another, and peace, unity, and self-control. His words echo Jesus and other New Testament writers. Knowing Jesus is not about abstract concepts or philosophies, it is about changed lives, changed values, changed habits and relationships. To lead like Jesus means that we are being changed by Jesus.

  • Compelled

    Devotionals | March 20, 2017

    Jesus was firmly committed to accomplishing the Father’s purpose. His disciples might not understand, others might oppose Him, but He purposefully pursued the Father’s will. Nothing derailed him. Whatever the difficulties, He would not be deterred from fulfilling His purpose in coming to live among us. The misunderstanding and rejection that marked His path did not sway Him from moving forward. He looked beyond the struggle and suffering to see the vision of the future that included God’s redemption of men and women like you and me. Love for the Father and love for us compelled Him.

  • God Knows Best

    Devotionals | March 17, 2017

    Time after time, the first disciples thought they knew best how to exalt God in the world. Consider Peter. Having rightly perceived Jesus as God’s Anointed One, Peter thought he could tell Jesus how to go about His business. After being privileged to glimpse a sacred moment at Jesus’ transfiguration, Peter thought he could give God advice about how to memorialize that moment. Seeing the soldiers coming to arrest Jesus, Peter’s action led to wounding another and interfering with Jesus’ purposes. How often do we, like Peter, overestimate our own knowledge and strength?

  • The Arc of Life

    Devotionals | March 15, 2017

    The arc of life moves from one season to another. Spring turns to summer, summer to fall, fall to winter, winter to spring, in an endless cycle. Jobs, projects, ministry, and family life, all have their seasons. Life itself moves through seasons—from infancy to childhood, youth, young adulthood, middle age, and older adulthood—leading us into eternity. Each season, each setting, has its joys, lessons, and sorrows. As we walk with Jesus, He leads us into and through the changing seasons.

  • Time to Regroup

    Devotionals | March 13, 2017

    What has been the big push in your life lately? Have you had a work or ministry project, a family crisis, a joyful event, a personal goal for which you have given your all? Perhaps the exhilarating outcome, while grand, has left you feeling exhausted. Perhaps the results were not what you hoped, prayed, and worked for, and exhaustion causes you to question whether it was worth it. Perhaps the work remaining feels overwhelming. When you find yourself exhausted, Jesus invites you to come away with Him. Take time to be refreshed physically, mentally, and spiritually.

  • Remember Whose You Are

    Devotionals | March 10, 2017

    When the world is pushing hard against us, God calls us to remember. Remember who He is. Remember His character. Remember His love, faithfulness, and power. Remember whose we are. Remember who He shows Himself to be on the pages of Scripture and in the lives of His people. Remember who we are. We are His by creation and design. We are His children, created anew in Christ Jesus. We are His workmanship. Remember, then live into who He is, and who you are in Him.

  • Show Us Your Strength

    Devotionals | March 08, 2017

    Where is God leading you? What does your day hold? Past success may tempt you to rely on your own strength, to think that you can control the future. Likewise, past failure may cause you to doubt your ability to successfully accomplish what lies ahead. Both perspectives are faulty, both rely on human reasoning and human strength. God alone holds the future, God alone can chart a course that leads to success. God alone has the power and strength we need. He will accomplish more than we imagine when we exalt Him only.  

  • Given a Trust

    Devotionals | March 06, 2017

    It’s all His. Every part of life belongs to God. We are entrusted by Him with influence, position, resources, skill, even the energy to breathe. God is the owner; we are charged to invest and use what He has given us. Every aspect of our lives is to be lived to accomplish His purposes, not our own. What has He entrusted to you—a family, a job, a sphere of influence, a position of authority, an opportunity to serve others in His name? How does He want you to steward your life for His glory? Will He find you faithful?

  • Followers

    Devotionals | March 03, 2017

    In a world where everyone wants to be a leader, being a follower is often looked down upon.  Yet none of us stands alone. Everyone follows someone. Peter and Andrew, James and John, and others chose to follow Jesus. Accepting His invitation changed their lives. What about you? Have you accepted Jesus’ invitation? Has becoming His follower transformed the focus of what you do? What difference will being His follower make in your life today?