• A Trick Question

    Devotionals | August 07, 2019

    The spies sent to trick Jesus severely underestimated His insight and intuition. Jesus knew the motive behind their insincere flattery. He knew the significance of the question they posed. He also knew that others were listening, and He was aware of the politically charged nature of the question. His words ring with wisdom. Where do you need to seek and follow Jesus’ wisdom?

    “Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” He saw through their duplicity and said to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. 

  • Words

    Devotionals | August 05, 2019

    Jesus warns against simply giving ‘lip service’ to God. Our words—spoken in prayer or in conversation with others—are not to be spoken lightly or casually. Nor is God impressed with long speeches or extravagant promises. He looks for honest humility and trustworthy speech and actions. Can people trust that you mean what you say? Can God?

  • Vitality

    Devotionals | August 02, 2019

    Hunger is a powerful force. So is thirst. Just as these physical needs cry out to be met, so do your spiritual needs. Think about how the Being Habits fulfill your basic spiritual needs and offer the essential components of spiritual life. All together, these habits nourish you with spiritual food, allow the life-giving water of the Holy Spirit’s presence to refresh your soul, and invite you into deeper relationship with God and brothers and sisters in Christ. Do you recognize the signs of spiritual hunger and thirst in your life?

  • 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?