Devotionals

  • Walking into the Future

    Devotionals | January 04, 2021

    Proverbs 16:9 may be a familiar saying to many of us. It’s a good reminder to keep in mind any day of the year. It is human nature to make plans—for today, tomorrow, this week, next week, the coming months and years. Some of us set our plans in concrete, forgetting that the Lord holds the final decision. Some of us hold our plans lightly, willing for God to rearrange them as He sees fit. Wisdom teaches us to ask the Lord to establish our steps and to keep us flexible and faithful as we walk into the future with Him. What lies ahead of you today?

  • Make Yourself Known

    Devotionals | January 01, 2021

    A new year begins. It carries with it last year’s yet-to-be-fulfilled hopes and dreams and plans. It offers renewed hope that God will make Himself known to and through us. That He will do away with all that hinders us from being the leaders we long to be. That He will transform our fear into God-confidence . . . pride into humility . . . personal hurts and failure into restoration and renewal. We pray for transformation, to love more like Jesus, to live and lead more like Him, to experience His transforming power more fully.

  • Voices of Encouragement

    Devotionals | December 30, 2020

    If you’ve ever been part of a newborn baby’s life, you know the twenty-four/seven care that a newborn requires. Just as the joy and excitement of Jesus’ birth was fading, when Mary and Joseph were overcome with the reality of caring for a newborn child, God arranged for the new parents to come into contact with Anna and Simeon (Luke 2:22-38). He knew Mary and Joseph needed people to reaffirm that He was at work in their lives, people to assure them that this child truly was sent from God. Anna and Simeon, too, were encouraged by meeting Mary and Joseph and God’s Promised One.

  • Christ-like Humility

    Devotionals | December 28, 2020

    Jesus modeled a humility that stood in contrast to the religious leaders of His day. Humility fueled His incarnation and ministry as He joined us in our human condition and in this broken world. Learning our challenges firsthand, meeting us where we are, He invited us to share His life, to enter His world and work. He didn’t hoard the blessing of fellowship with God for Himself but invited us to join Him and learn from Him. What an example of how humility powers leadership that empowers others. Will you lead like Jesus?

  • He’s Here

    Devotionals | December 25, 2020

    Mary had waited for nine long months, carrying the child whose conception had been announced to her by the angel Gabriel. She had overcome countless obstacles—the stigma of being an unwed mother, the shock of family and friends, the judgment of the community, the fear of losing Joseph, the long trip to Bethlehem. And now it was time. Mary faced the birth of her firstborn with faith that the One who had carried her through her pregnancy would see her through. And God did. Jesus, the long-promised Anointed One of God, the Son of God, was born.

  • It’s Almost Time

    Devotionals | December 23, 2020

    Anticipation brings us to our toes. Like children peeking into a package, like brides and grooms waiting for their wedding day, like waiting for a birthday . . . like waiting for Christmas. Preparations are underway: cooking, cleaning, choosing gifts. In the last-minute hustle and bustle, let’s not forget to prepare ourselves to welcome the One whose birth we celebrate. Receptive hearts, minds focused on the gift of God with us, and hands ready to extend the gifts of love and grace and reconciliation to all. Are you ready for Christmas?

  • Waiting with Love

    Devotionals | December 21, 2020

    Worry overwhelms thoughts and emotions, clouding judgment and priorities, and stirring up anxiety and irritability. It draws a person’s focus away from God, allowing worry to replace the assurance of His presence and love. Abiding in God’s love displaces worry from the center of our hearts and minds, overshadowed by the reality the love of Christ. We are freed to experience the ongoing, overwhelming, and life-changing love that transforms even times of waiting into times of worship, trust, and love-in-action.

  • For Us

    Devotionals | December 18, 2020

    God is for us. This simple truth is one that many find difficult to believe. Even those of us called by His name may find it hard to believe at times. Moses did. One of the greatest of God’s servants struggled with feelings of inadequacy, disillusionment, and discouragement. And when he did, he wasn’t afraid to call out to God. God responded to Moses at his point of need. He will respond to us, too, speaking the words He knows we need to hear. Pour out your heart to Him. Then listen to what He has to say next.

  • No One Wants to Fail

    Devotionals | December 16, 2020

    No one actually sets out to fail. We try our best, give it our all, wanting and hoping that what we have to offer will be enough. Still, we fail at times. The question isn’t ‘if’ we will fail, but when . . . and how . . . and what happens next. Peter’s relationship with Jesus points the way. Think of how often Peter thought he knew better than Jesus. And time and again, he was proved wrong. But Jesus didn’t discard Peter because of failure. He taught him. He corrected him. He sought him out. Jesus does the same with us. And He wants us to do the same with those we lead.

  • Waiting with Peace

    Devotionals | December 14, 2020

    Peace is a gift. It flows from knowing whose we are and who we are. It flows from knowing that God is in control, this is His world, and He is writing His story through the lives of His people. Peace flows from time spent in His presence. It flows through hearing Him speak to us in His Word and by His Spirit. It flows from giving all that troubles us to Him and trusting that He will direct and guide us. God gives us His peace in this hurried, broken, impatient world. Where do you need His peace?

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