Devotionals

  • Dispensers of Grace

    Devotionals | November 23, 2018

    God’s grace finds its fullest expression as we live into who God created us to be. Your strengths and gifts will be different from those around you. Don’t let that distract you. Focus on serving well. Let Him use you to pour His grace into the world.

  • A Thankful Heart

    Devotionals | November 21, 2018

    The heart is the source of all our leadership motivations. If we want to discover the condition of our heart, all we have to do is look at our lives. As you look at your life today, what do you see? Does your life reflect a sense of gratitude? Or entitlement? Grateful praise or lingering unforgiveness? Are you fearful of the future or edging God out as you think about the days ahead? Take time to bask in the awareness of God’s goodness and faithfulness through the years. Where your affection and focus have slipped, seek His forgiveness.

  • Don’t Just Pretend

    Devotionals | November 19, 2018

    Leading like Jesus comes down to one word: love. Jesus calls us to love one another. Paul and John call us to love others, so do Peter and James. Selfless love for others is the identifying mark of those who follow Jesus. It is the motivation for all that Jesus did. Do you desire to lead like Him? Then let His love fill you and flow through you. Jesus doesn’t just pretend to love you. He doesn’t make His love conditional. He devotes Himself to your well-being and works tirelessly on your behalf. He is gracious and compassionate with you. Who are you loving like Jesus?

  • Sneering at Jesus

    Devotionals | November 16, 2018

    The Pharisees worked hard to undermine Jesus, constantly testing Him in an effort to trip Him up and squelch His influence. Luke 16:14 says they actually sneered at Him! Their disdain revealed their true values and priorities and showed their love of the world instead of God. While it is easy for us to criticize them, we might want to search our own hearts. Where do you think you know better than Jesus? What do your reactions reveal about your values and priorities?

  • Public and Private

    Devotionals | November 14, 2018

    On his journey to Jerusalem, Paul reflected on his ministry among the Ephesians. In every setting, public and private, his motivation had been to fulfill God’s calling and serve people at their point of need. His message and motivation were consistent in both public and private settings. Can the same be said of you?

    You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. —Acts 20:20

  • Hidden Servants

    Devotionals | November 12, 2018

    Many who serve are hidden from sight. They serve behind the scenes or in settings far removed from our daily life. We may never know the sacrifice they make or realize the blessings we have as a result of their faithful service. Jesus had many unnamed disciples who followed Him while He was here on earth. We know the names of eleven faithful disciples, but there were 120 who gathered in the Upper Room and were part of the early church. Look for the hidden servants. Pray for them to serve in Jesus’ name. Thank them.

  • Undercover Disciples

    Devotionals | November 09, 2018

    Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus step forward as disciples only after Jesus’ death. Unlike Nicodemus’ night-time talk with Jesus, we don’t know that Joseph ever met Jesus face-to-face. As a member of the Jewish council, he had undoubtedly heard Jesus’ teaching and participated in discussions about Jesus. What we do know is that when the time came and casting aside all thoughts of human praise or dishonor, Nicodemus and Joseph publicly stepped forward to provide a kingly burial for Jesus’ body.

  • Ask God

    Devotionals | November 07, 2018

    Scripture calls us to pray for those in leadership. In the midst of a hostile political climate, Paul urged believers to pray for all people—including governmental authorities—to “ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them” (1 Timothy 2:1-2 NLT). Who are you praying for today?

  • A Quiet Place

    Devotionals | November 05, 2018

    The sounds of life fill our days with noise. Even our minds can be noisy places. Jesus calls us to step into the inner world, deep within where Father, Son, and Spirit make their home in us. Here, in your heart, He calls you to listen to one voice only: His. He asks you to lay down all your worries and cares, plans and designs, and thoughts that clamor for attention. Simply give them into His care. Now, in this quiet place, turn your attention to the One who formed you. Let His voice be the only one you hear.

  • Fair-weather Disciples

    Devotionals | November 02, 2018

    Jesus’ teaching so challenged the hearts and minds of His disciples that some of them turned back. Have you ever been tempted to do this? Have there been times when you wonder whether Jesus really knows the way forward? Maybe you question whether Jesus understands what it is like to lead from a perspective of exalting God only and serving selflessly. Jesus knows the cost. He knows the way. He calls you to follow. Will you?

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