Devotionals

  • According to Their Need

    Devotionals | October 22, 2018

    Throughout the gospels, we see Jesus engaging with people according to their need. When direct communication is required, He speaks clearly. When needed, He acts forcefully. When people need compassion, Jesus freely gives it. When a story will help, He tells one. He fields endless questions, challenges people’s thinking, provides ongoing encouragement, and meets people where they are in various ways. Perhaps this is seen most powerfully when Jesus meets Thomas’s need for proof of His resurrection.

  • Different

    Devotionals | October 19, 2018

    In our hyper-connected world, media and newsfeeds flood our hearts and minds with the world’s perspectives and priorities. Few of these reflect Jesus’ perspective, priorities, or methods. Jesus doesn’t offer self-help programs or quick-fixes. He reveals God and God’s way in contrast to that of the world. He offers Himself; He offers the transforming power of living in relationship with Him. He calls you to a lifelong journey that transforms your perspective, priorities, and approach to leadership. Will you join Him? Will you let Him replace your perspective and priorities with His?

  • Reflect

    Devotionals | October 17, 2018

    What has God done in your life? What are you grateful for? What stirs your heart to praise? God’s forgiveness, healing, restoration, patience and grace are life-giving and life-changing. His touch reshapes the contours of our lives, redefines our purpose, and re-envisions our future. Take time today to reflect on Whose you are. What difference has God made in your life?

  • To Lead like Jesus

    Devotionals | October 15, 2018

    Leading like Jesus isn’t meant to be a catchy slogan or an abstract philosophy. The focus of leading like Jesus is Jesus—the Servant of the Lord, the Son of God, our teacher and master. Just like the first disciples, we have a living teacher, role model, and mentor. As we live in relationship with Him, He transforms us to be more like Him. Where do you need to focus on Jesus so that you can be more like Him in all you do?

  • In His Time

    Devotionals | October 12, 2018

    The Lord’s timing is often not our own. We perceive a need and want it handled right away. Yet we live in a world set in time and space and we are often limited in our discernment and perspective. Jesus sees and knows our needs. He knows far more than we do about how best to care for the world He created. He asks us to keep our eyes on Him, bringing Him our needs, and asking Him to fulfill His purpose—in and for us, others, and the world—as we wait for Him.

  • Caught Unaware

    Devotionals | October 10, 2018

    Have you ever been surprised at your own words or perspective? You suddenly realize you are comparing yourself with others and have edged God out of your thinking. You find yourself wondering what your mission is or realize that you can’t remember your values (let alone which one has priority over the others). Maybe you feel unexpectedly bound by prideful actions and fearful thoughts. Remember that Jesus is ready and waiting to restore you. Where do you need to turn to Him today?

  • Loved

    Devotionals | October 08, 2018

    Jesus was at home in the Father’s love. He knew without a doubt that His relationship with the Father was secure. The Father’s love fueled His ministry and teaching. As Jesus approached the cross, He invited His disciples to share the joy He shared with the Father. His desire was that they (and we) would experience that same joy. Remain in God’s unconditional love and delight in the joy of doing the Father’s will.

  • Good News

    Devotionals | October 05, 2018

    Mark begins his account of Jesus by announcing that he is proclaiming good news! These words would have grabbed the attention of people of his day, just as the promise of good news grabs our attention today. Everyone wants to hear good news. Our broken world fills the headlines with bad news, but Scripture records Jesus’ and the disciples’ proclaiming the good news of hope and redemption. Believe this good news today! Let Mark’s good news shape your worldview and vision, mission, and values. Let it permeate your words, actions, and attitudes today.

  • When You Need to Say No

    Devotionals | October 03, 2018

    Leaders sometimes have to say no. It’s easiest to see when we think about training a novice or apprentice for a new task: they need clear direction, so they can learn the task, how their task and role relate to the larger picture, and what is within their area of responsibility. Sometimes the most loving thing you can do for a person is to say no. Jesus was able to give direction, set clear boundaries, and even say a resounding no when needed. Let Him teach you when and how to do the same.

  • Responding to Hostility

    Devotionals | October 01, 2018

    The writer of Hebrews wrote to believers who were living in a hostile culture. They were being attacked from every side. This wise Christian leader reminded them that accusations and retorts are not the way to respond; these only foster weeds of bitterness, hopelessness and anger. They derail us and others from the work of living at peace with those around us, cultivating a life set apart to God, and looking after the spiritual well-being of others. Where do you need to heed his words today?

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