Devotionals

  • Presence

    Devotionals | August 16, 2019

    Some people in life change our lives simply by being present. The gift they bring is one of caring about who we are and inviting us to do life with them. They value us by seeing, acknowledging, and listening to us. We may or may not realize at the time just how valuable their presence is nor the life-changing power of their loving presence. But in the process of being known, we are changed. Who are the people who have changed your life simply by being present?

  • Putting It into Action

    Devotionals | August 14, 2019

    There comes a time that we have to move from talking to action. It’s one thing to talk about Jesus’ mandate to serve, it’s another thing to serve. It is easier, of course, to talk about serving than it is to actually serve people at their point of need. But God is more interested in your actions than your words. Where is God calling you to stop talking and put your words into action?

  • Much to Learn

    Devotionals | August 12, 2019

    Simon Peter’s first fishing lesson with Jesus showed him just how much he had to learn. As an experienced fisherman, Peter’s pride surfaced easily at the thought that Jesus might do a better job at catching fish than he could. Moments later, Peter was on his knees in shock and awe at Jesus’ success. This was just the first of many times that Peter had to let go of his human perspective and yield to Jesus’ way of doing things. What about you? Where does God want you to learn to trust His ways?

  • Why Jesus

    Devotionals | August 09, 2019

    Why lead like Jesus? Why not lead like some other person, past or present? Jesus’ disciples and fellow Jews revered past civic and religious leaders like Moses and Elijah, Joshua and Samuel, and kings David and Solomon. John the Baptizer was a contemporary religious leader that several early disciples followed before following Jesus. But Jesus outshone them all. Jesus’ resurrection from death to life affirms Him as the Son of God and the leader for everyone to follow and emulate.

  • A Trick Question

    Devotionals | August 07, 2019

    The spies sent to trick Jesus severely underestimated His insight and intuition. Jesus knew the motive behind their insincere flattery. He knew the significance of the question they posed. He also knew that others were listening, and He was aware of the politically charged nature of the question. His words ring with wisdom. Where do you need to seek and follow Jesus’ wisdom?

    “Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” He saw through their duplicity and said to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. 

  • Words

    Devotionals | August 05, 2019

    Jesus warns against simply giving ‘lip service’ to God. Our words—spoken in prayer or in conversation with others—are not to be spoken lightly or casually. Nor is God impressed with long speeches or extravagant promises. He looks for honest humility and trustworthy speech and actions. Can people trust that you mean what you say? Can God?

  • Vitality

    Devotionals | August 02, 2019

    Hunger is a powerful force. So is thirst. Just as these physical needs cry out to be met, so do your spiritual needs. Think about how the Being Habits fulfill your basic spiritual needs and offer the essential components of spiritual life. All together, these habits nourish you with spiritual food, allow the life-giving water of the Holy Spirit’s presence to refresh your soul, and invite you into deeper relationship with God and brothers and sisters in Christ. Do you recognize the signs of spiritual hunger and thirst in your life?

  • To Will and to Act

    Devotionals | July 31, 2019

    Paul reminds us that God’s power at work within us is meant to affect how we live. God’s transforming work in our hearts fuels the ongoing transformation of our heads and hands and habits. As you rise to greet this new day, take inventory of where you are in your journey. Remember how far God has brought you and the transformation the Spirit has brought about so far. Let Him breathe fresh life into you. Take time to work out the implications of His salvation for your life and leadership today.

  • Closer

    Devotionals | July 29, 2019

    The disciples heard Jesus’ public teaching, just as the crowds did. The difference was that the disciples weren’t content with just hearing Him teach and seeing His miracles. As awe-inspiring as all that was, when the opportunity arose, they said yes to intimate personal relationships with Him, relationships that transformed the trajectory of their entire lives. What about you? Are you satisfied with knowing Jesus from a distance or do you want an intimate relationship with Him?

  • Restored

    Devotionals | July 26, 2019

    She had a chronic illness that the doctors couldn’t figure out, one that made her unclean in others’ eyes. To get close enough to Jesus to see if He could heal her required risking additional shame and scorn. Her desperation overrode her pride and in humility she grabbed at His robe. Jesus, concerned with her whole person, restored her and lifted her up as an example of faith and humility.

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