Devotionals

  • For the Long Haul

    Devotionals | December 04, 2020

    Some challenges are not easily overcome. They require focus and continual effort. They tax our minds and call our commitment into question. They cause us to question whether it’s worth the trouble and daily effort. We find ourselves praying for God to break through people’s dullness, to soften hearts, to do something—anything—to make a difference. It’s in times like these that God reminds us of what He is doing. He is strengthening us to keep the faith, persevere, and lead with humility and God-confidence. Where does God want to strengthen you today?

  • Running from God

    Devotionals | December 02, 2020

    It’s easy to think of Jonah as the prime example of a person who runs from God. He did so in the most literal way possible, going in the exact opposite direction from where God wanted him to go. It wasn’t as if he hadn’t understood God. He simply didn’t want to do what God said. (It’s interesting, isn’t it, that he wanted God’s blessings for himself, but not for others.) What about us? Do we begrudge others the kindness and mercy of God? Do we delay in having that conversation or forgiving others? What is God saying to you?

  • Waiting with Hope

    Devotionals | November 30, 2020

    Israel’s long wait for God’s Promised One to appear stretches across the pages of the Old Testament. The stories found there reveal much about God’s chosen leaders—prophets, priests, and kings—their character, values, decisions, and actions. We see their deep-seated faith that God would act in accordance with His character, their confidence that God could be depended upon to fulfill His promises. Their confidence in God’s character and Word allowed them to lead in their time even as they waited for His promise to be fulfilled. What are you waiting for God to do?

  • With Thanksgiving

    Devotionals | November 27, 2020

    Giving thanks realigns our minds, calms anxious hearts, and makes us aware of God’s presence and power—regardless of how dire a situation seems. Powerful words about prayer and thanksgiving come in the context of Paul’s words about conflict among church leaders in Philippi. Paul focuses on the joy and truth of the Lord’s presence as he urges the believers to pray and give thanks. The results of Jesus-centered prayer and thanksgiving are peace-filled hearts and minds and the ability to focus on what is good. What fills your heart and mind today?

  • A Story to Tell

    Devotionals | November 25, 2020

    Psalm 107 recounts stories of God’s redemption and deliverance. Time and again, the LORD delivered those who cried out to Him. He heard their cry and met them at the point of their need. Their needs and circumstances varied, but the LORD’s unfailing love and wonderful deeds were steadfast. His unfailing love and willingness to act on behalf of those who seek Him are as reliable today as they were in the past. What stories can you tell of the LORD’s love and deliverance?  

  • Prepared

    Devotionals | November 23, 2020

    It’s common to invest time and energy preparing for special occasions and visitors, just as we do for important presentations and critical decisions. Jesus did the same, preparing His disciples for His eventual departure long before the time was at hand. Prayer and time with the Father were an essential part of His preparation throughout His ministry, not just for big events, but for daily life. What part do prayer and time with the Father have in your preparation for daily life and special events?

  • No Ordinary Leader

    Devotionals | November 20, 2020

    Jesus’ leadership was so out of the ordinary that the religious rulers of His day didn’t recognize Him as Messiah. How could God’s Anointed One consort with ordinary people? How could He spend time with the undesirables of society? How could He touch the untouchable and unclean? Make no mistake, Jesus was no ordinary leader. He didn’t cocoon Himself from the ills of the world. He wasn’t immune from experiencing deprivation. He loved the unlovable and made His daily life among ordinary people. He invested in the lives of the common person.

  • Jesus' Approach

    Devotionals | November 18, 2020

    Jesus’ approach to developing His disciples is one for us to emulate today. He was confident that the time He spent pouring into them would be worth it. He trusted that experiencing the love of God and fellowship with Him would open their hearts and minds. It seems almost unbelievable that He was able to take the raw material of their lives—their diverse occupations, socially divided backgrounds, politically divided perspectives, and self-serving motives—and transform their lives so radically. But He did. What would it look like for you to do the same?

  • Thoughts on New Beginnings

    Devotionals | November 16, 2020

    Beginnings are significant. A new day. A new job. The start of a new class or the start of a personal relationship. A business collaboration. A new ministry or leadership role. Meeting someone for the first time. A new child. You may be enthused and optimistic about your new beginnings, aware of God’s hand orchestrating this fresh start. Or you may feel overwhelmed, unsure about how to move forward. Jeremiah’s words point us to God’s goodness, even when our new beginnings are unexpected or seem far away.

  • Overwhelmed

    Devotionals | November 13, 2020

    Feeling overwhelmed is typical for apprentices who have begun to encounter the challenges of learning a new skill. Honestly, that sense of feeling overwhelmed isn’t limited to apprentices. We have all experienced it at one time or another: a rush of challenging circumstances, the pain of life in this less than perfect world, a steep learning curve as we step into a new role. Like overwhelmed apprentices, we need someone to come alongside us, encourage us, help us walk through the obstacles we face, and show us the way forward. The writer of Hebrews knew that. Do you?

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