Devotionals

  • To Serve Patiently

    Devotionals | September 27, 2020

    Jesus’ patience with people is remarkable. Consider how often the crowds misunderstood His teaching and actions. Think about the ongoing attempts to discredit Him. The persecution by the religious leaders. The false accusations. His inner circle’s arguing about which of them was the greatest, even as He prepared to give His life for them. Talk about patience! Talk about someone who loves us and works with us in our weakness. Jesus shows us the way, and we know from personal experience the difference it makes. In what ways can you go and do the same today?

  • Love Starts the Conversation

    Devotionals | September 25, 2020

    Love doesn’t overlook problems. Love communicates clearly; establishes expectations, goals, and boundaries; journeys with, empowers, and holds people accountable. Love acknowledges the truth and encourages change. Jesus wasn’t afraid of speaking the truth His disciples needed to hear. They needed to learn a different way of loving, living, and leading. Jesus believed that speaking truth would lead the way to transformation. Do you?

  • Life-Giving Correction

    Devotionals | September 23, 2020

    Proverbs 15:31-32 reminds us of the self-destructive nature of those who disregard discipline. The ancient words sound as if they could have been written today. Pride still plagues us, does it not? We, like people throughout the ages, tend to think we have to act as if we have it all together. But when things go wrong, it is humility—not pride—that enables us to acknowledge our need for life-giving correction. Will you receive the correction God longs to give you? What is He saying to you as you wait before Him?

  • Helping God Out

    Devotionals | September 21, 2020

    Abram and Sarai repeatedly tried to help God fulfill His promise of a son. Each time—whether it was Abram saying his wife was his sister or Sarai deciding to help God out using culturally-accepted methods—it backfired. Things we attempt to do in our human strength result in personal frustration, damage to others, and far-reaching unforeseen consequences. God’s promises are within His power to fulfill. Increasing dependence on God honors and exalts Him.  What fuels your leadership—human power or God’s power?

  • God Rules

    Devotionals | September 18, 2020

    Scripture repeatedly declares God’s sovereignty. This is His universe. He alone holds ultimate power and control over all that He has created. He is at work to weave together all the strands of history to achieve His purpose. As leaders who have been called to partner with Him, we are called to align ourselves with His goals and His method. Jesus clearly proclaimed that we are to follow His example of selflessly loving and serving others, orienting our lives and leadership according to the values of God’s kingdom rather than the values of this world.

  • How Big Is Your Heart

    Devotionals | September 16, 2020

    It can be easy for a person’s focus to shrink inward, to become so consumed with our own concerns that we forget how big God’s heart is. His heart encompasses the whole world. He desires to bring life-giving light and salvation to all, and He is at work to that end. As men and women who follow Jesus, God’s heart increasingly transforms the focus of our concerns and leadership. Ask God to enlarge your heart to see people as He sees them, and to show His love for others so that they might see Jesus.

  • When in Doubt

    Devotionals | September 14, 2020

    Leading like Jesus doesn’t mean we always know what to do. Discerning the path forward frequently requires multiple considerations, some of which are not readily clear. Jesus modeled for His disciples a constant turning to the Father as He navigated the ups and downs of life. When He needed to select key leaders, He spent the night in prayer. After a long day of ministry, He stayed up late or woke up early to spend time with the Father. When in doubt, when pressure mounts, when you need to find a way forward, follow Jesus’ example, and turn to the Father.

  • Carried

    Devotionals | September 11, 2020

    We remember days behind us. Days of unbelievable pain and sorrow. Days of joy, of growth and accomplishment, of fear and courage and faith, of pride and forgiveness and humility. Monumental days that changed the course of our lives and the world itself. Days still ahead will bring joy, transformation, grief, sorrow, love, courage, forgiveness, struggles, new horizons and opportunities. Let the God of our days carry you each day.

  • Into the Unknown

    Devotionals | September 09, 2020

    No one knows exactly what the future holds. Humanity is neither all-knowing nor all-seeing. Yet each of us has times when we want to control our life circumstances and determine the outcomes according to our desires. If we’re honest, we realize that putting ourselves in control is to choose pride over trust, self-confidence over God-confidence. Because God is who He is—all-knowing and all-seeing, faithful and good, loving and kind, the great Shepherd of His flock—we can walk into an unknown future (with all its unpredictability) in trusting God-confidence.

  • Words We Long to Hear

    Devotionals | September 07, 2020

    “Well done, good and faithful servant.” These are the words all God’s servants long to hear. It is nice to hear them from time to time during our lives on earth. But human accolades pale in comparison to receiving God’s approval. When His Spirit touches our heart and whispers pleasure and blessing, all else fades away. We enter into God’s joy and delight when we live for Him. Do you long for intimacy with God? Increased joy in what you do? Serve the One who loves you more than life itself. Enter into God’s presence and delight today.

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