Devotionals

  • 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.

  • The Difference

    Devotionals | July 24, 2019

    Some people talk about how much easier it would be to trust Jesus if He were physically present. But Scripture reminds us that wasn’t the case for many who met Him, including the people in Jesus’ hometown. The condition of our hearts is what matters. Do you have a heart that humbly accepts Jesus or one that takes offense at Him?

  • True to His Character

    Devotionals | July 22, 2019

    How often do you call out to God to show mercy, pour out His grace, bring justice, forgive, or show compassion? You can ask God to act in these ways because God is just and forgiving, compassionate, full of mercy and grace, and faithful in all His ways. In a world that cries out for justice and compassion, God calls us to be people who mirror His heart. He calls us to be peacemakers, not finger-pointers or name-callers. Our world desperately needs to see living examples of what it means to love, live, and lead like Jesus. Who will experience His love through you today?

  • Gripped

    Devotionals | July 19, 2019

    Jesus was gripped by the call of God on His life. His wholehearted devotion to the Father flowed throughout His life and ministry. Everything—from publicly clearing out the temple to private interactions with individuals and His final selfless sacrifice—flowed from His being gripped by the love of the Father and living to exalt Him. What grips your heart and motivates you to take action? How is the love of the Father transforming your life and leadership?

  • Praying Like Jesus

    Devotionals | July 17, 2019

    Jesus revealed His top priorities as He taught His disciples how to pray. His first priority was (and is) exalting the Father; His second priority, seeing the world transformed as God's kingdom is established. Jesus' thinking was permeated with an awareness of God's greatness and God's design for the world. His God-shaped perspective shaped His prayers, priorities, and life. What shapes your life?

  • Known For

    Devotionals | July 15, 2019

    In Jesus’ public ministry, He was known for a lot of things: performing life-giving miracles, teaching crowds, and rising to the challenge of the religious leaders. He was also known for caring about people that those same leaders considered beneath them: tax collectors, sinners, women, and those who were poor, hurting, and outcast. God’s love and purpose defined the scope of His life and ministry. What are you known for? Who or what defines your life and leadership?

  • Take the Time

    Devotionals | July 12, 2019

    The young apprentice startled his sleeping master with his words: “Here I am; you called me.” Then again: “Here I am; you called me.” And a third time: “Here I am; you called me.” Rather than being irritated or offended at Samuel’s repeated interruptions, Eli took the time to help Samuel understand what was happening and gave him specific directions regarding what to do next. How willingly do you patiently assess and respond to the needs of those around you?

  • Transform

    Devotionals | July 10, 2019

    The religious leaders of Jesus’ time could not imagine that God would come in the form of a humble and uncredentialed man. It didn’t enter their thinking that God’s Chosen One would challenge their carefully thought-out religious beliefs. Like them, we may slip into thinking of God from a human perspective and miss what He is doing. We forget that God is—after all—God. This is His world and He is free work in unexpected ways. Where do you need to trust that God is God? Where does God want to transform your perspective?

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