Devotionals

  • Let Me Teach You

    Devotionals | June 04, 2018

    Jesus wants to teach us about life and leadership from God’s perspective. Much depends on our willingness to be taught. By humbling ourselves under His leadership, others will be able to see and experience Him at work in and through us. Are you willing for Jesus to teach you? Are you willing for Jesus to lead you in exalting God and serving others in His name? Remain intimately connected to Him. Allow Him to minister to you, to give you rest and to shape you in His image.

  • Living a Life of Faith

    Devotionals | June 01, 2018

    Everyone wants to be like the heroes of the faith mentioned in the "Hall of Faith" (Hebrews 11). We aspire to live lives that reveal the great work of God, lives like Abraham and Sarah lived. What we may forget is the condition for living lives of faith, having "confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Abraham and Sarah's desperate need drove them to a living trust in God's presence and promises. What are you trusting God for today? Whose example encourages you to trust God?

  • Remade and Renewed

    Devotionals | May 30, 2018

    Without Jesus’ intervention, pride and fear hold us captive. But when we invite His Spirit to begin the work of remaking and renewing us in His image, He breaks the chains that have kept us bound to self-protection and self-promotion. Don’t let the enemy’s lies drown out the good news that God bends to meet you at your point of need. Let God give You a new heart, His heart, so that You are free to serve and love in Jesus’ name.

  • Willing to Die

    Devotionals | May 28, 2018

    Jesus willingly gave His life on behalf of helpless people. Beginning with His incarnation, He repeatedly offered Himself up—at His baptism, day by day all the way to Gethsemane, culminating with his death on the cross—so that others might find eternal freedom and life. Men and women through the ages have also laid down their lives to protect and free others. Remember those who have given their lives so that you might live. Honor their sacrifice and lift up the families who mourn their loss.

  • Entrusted to Your Care

    Devotionals | May 25, 2018

    Jesus faithfully cared for those entrusted to Him by His Father. When it was time for Jesus to return to heaven, He entrusted Peter with feeding and caring for His sheep. The apostles took seriously their God-given responsibilities as leaders of the rapidly growing church. They provided heartfelt pastoral care and leadership for all the churches founded through their ministry. Who has God entrusted to your care? How has He called you to serve them? How will that influence how you interact with them today?

  • Just Jesus

    Devotionals | May 23, 2018

    The world tempts us to add something to Jesus when we envision leadership. Unruly hearts clamor for acknowledgement while our worldview can become caught up in the latest leadership trends. Silently, and often without our awareness, the world’s perspective creeps into our thinking, changing our leadership equation to “Jesus (plus popularity),” “Jesus (plus power),” or “Jesus (plus prestige).” Sometimes the “plus one” even sounds godly or spiritual: “Jesus (plus greater ministry impact).” How are you tempted to fill in the blank in your life and leadership?

  • Freshly Empowered

    Devotionals | May 21, 2018

    Peter’s opening sermon in Acts 2 and the disciples’ ongoing ministry in Acts are amazing demonstrations of the Spirit’s power. They were recipients of the Spirit doing His work of witnessing to Jesus in and through their words and actions (John 16:7-11). We, too, are called to allow Him to witness to others by depending on the Spirit’s power as we lead. Let Him empower you to witness to Jesus in your spheres of influence today. 

  • Waiting Well—Pentecost

    Devotionals | May 18, 2018

    In Jesus’ final words before His ascension He told His disciples to wait on the promised coming of the Holy Spirit. At His word, the disciples returned to Jerusalem. Their gathering together this time is in stark contrast to their fear-based gatherings after Jesus’ crucifixion. This time, they invested time together in prayer, and Peter stepped into his role of taking care of Jesus’ disciples. Where are you waiting on God’s empowering Spirit to lead you forward? Who are you gathering with to pray? What internal strengthening and realignment will prepare you when God’s time comes?

  • Defining Moments

    Devotionals | May 16, 2018

    Each of us have defining moments that shape our leadership journey. Jesus’ miracle of turning water into wine was one of those defining moments for His disciples. This was just one of many instances in which Jesus used His power not to serve Himself, but to serve others. His disciples witnessed Him using His power to serve the needs of a family in danger of public humiliation. Prior to this, they had followed Him as a teacher; now their understanding of who He was expanded exponentially and caused them to believe in Him.

  • Aspire

    Devotionals | May 14, 2018

    To what do you aspire in your leadership? More to the point, who do you aspire to be like? Too many leaders get caught in the trap of trying to make a name for themselves. Jesus, who had nothing to prove, was only concerned with enhancing the reputation of the Father. He consistently called His disciples to be like Him in living life as He did. Nothing has changed over the generations. The goal of leading like Jesus is to exalt God only by becoming more and more like your teacher and master, Jesus, the Son of God. Who or what are you aspiring to be like?

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