• Deciding like Jesus

    Devotionals | May 29, 2020

    Jesus knows what it is like to make complex and challenging decisions. How did He do it? First, He made it His primary goal to please the Father. He spent focused time in solitude seeking the Father’s perspective. Then He trusted the Father to walk Him through each situation as it arose. What complex decisions are you facing? How does your desire to lead like Jesus impact your decision-making?

  • Taught by Jesus

    Devotionals | May 27, 2020

    Jesus spent forty days teaching His disciples after His resurrection. Who was this dying and rising Jesus? There was much for them to learn. He needed to teach them the implications of His crucifixion, death, and resurrection. Jesus took them through Scripture. Old truths took on fresh meaning. Many truths—understandable only in light of His resurrection—now became clear. As He ascended to heaven, they were convinced of whose they were and who they were. Are you?

  • One Life to Give

    Devotionals | May 25, 2020

    We see people giving their one life for many things as we look around us. Jesus calls His disciples to first give their lives to Him. Then we follow where He leads us. For some, like many in the early years of the faith, the path leads to persecution, suffering, or death in service of others. For others, the call leads to building on the sacrifice of those who have gone before us. Today we remember those who, like Jesus, gave their lives so that we might live. We honor those who gave their lives for truth and the benefit of others.

  • Fan Hope into Flame

    Devotionals | May 22, 2020

    How do you fan hope into flame? Keep your eyes on the hope set before you. Remember that God cannot—and does not—lie. Spend meaningful time with Him. Trust His Word, His promises. Draw hope and courage from knowing that God is with you. Entrust yourself to His care.

  • As God Leads

    Devotionals | May 20, 2020

    A leader’s spheres of influence range from large to small. The world we live in tends to equate bigger with better and smaller with lesser. But God focuses on our hearts, that most personal and intimate space, where we are alone with Him. God also called Jesus into the silence and solitude of quiet places. Hard places. Counterintuitive places. Recall that Jesus didn’t immediately launch His public ministry after His baptism. Instead, the Spirit led Him into the wilderness. Time and again, Jesus rejected popular acclaim to pursue God’s purpose.

  • Wisdom

    Devotionals | May 18, 2020

    We say that we want wisdom. Yet too often we struggle to find the wisdom we desire. Or we fail to consult God, choosing instead to rely on ourselves and the wisdom of those around us. Solomon’s son Rehoboam had this problem. As he began his reign, he faced the choice of how he would lead God’s people. They begged for Rehoboam to lighten their load. He asked for advice from experienced counselors. Then he went to his friends. But Rehoboam failed to consult the Lord. Tragically, Rehoboam’s choice brought unnecessary suffering for everyone, including himself. Who do you listen to?

  • An Encouraging Word

    Devotionals | May 15, 2020

    The Bible speaks frequently of encouragement. Sometimes the focus is on the encouragement we have in our relationship with God. Sometimes the focus is on encouraging one another by talking or meeting together. Sometimes it’s about making encouraging others a daily priority. Sometimes it’s about the encouragement that comes when we know God will re-direct us if we get off track. Sometimes the focus is on the encouragement that comes from getting an eternal perspective. Who do you know who needs to be encouraged today? Is it you?  

  • Any Way He Leads

    Devotionals | May 14, 2020

    Spiritual gifts are the outworking of the Spirit, who empowers us to love and serve in Jesus’ name. At times, He calls us to pray and trust God to meet needs in supernatural ways. At other times, He calls us to serve in ways that are comfortable and familiar. Sometimes He leads us out of our comfort zones to be used in unexpected ways. In all this, God gets the glory and honor and we, along with others, are blessed.

  • Drawn In

    Devotionals | May 11, 2020

    What draws, even demands, your attention? It could depend on your season of life. Every life has both joy and challenges. External circumstances beyond your control impact you. Financial matters or health issues can dictate days, even months or years, of your life. You may find yourself wrestling through spiritual issues or dealing with trauma and emotional distress. Saul once had an unexpected day, blinded by Jesus’ light and stunned by the sound of Jesus’ voice (Acts 9:1-9). Wherever you find yourself today, Jesus knows your circumstances. He knows where you are.

  • Obedience

    Devotionals | May 08, 2020

    The central habit of leading like Jesus is to obey God and express His love. This is the guiding principle and practice for each of us. The obedience God looks for consistently reveals His unconditional love to each person. Obeying this command flows from the central habit of accepting and abiding in God’s unconditional love. As you experience God’s grace, love, forgiveness, and encouragement, you will begin to pass it on to others.