Devotionals

  • Called to Be Different

    Devotionals | June 11, 2018

    The world is full of leaders who seek power, possessions, and prestige. It was as true in Jesus’ day as it is for us today. Thus, Jesus’ critique and rejection of worldly values and leadership practices remain eternally relevant. With the words “not so with you,” Jesus draws a clear line between how the world leads and how He and His disciples led. He expects us to be different and to follow His mandate and example of choosing humble service for the benefit of others. Where is He saying “not so with you” to you today?

  • Unchanging

    Devotionals | June 08, 2018

    The changing circumstances of life mean that all of us will face uncertainty and upheaval at times. Think of the unexpected events that Jesus’ disciples experienced as they followed Him: confrontation with crowds and authorities, supernatural miracles, watching Jesus at work, and witnessing His transfiguration, death and resurrection! When unexpected circumstances catch us by surprise, Jesus, the Unchanging One, calls us to rely in who He is and confidently follow Him.

  • Needing Encouragement

    Devotionals | June 06, 2018

    Do you need to be encouraged today? If so, you are not alone; actually, you are in good company. Even Jesus needed to be encouraged. He regularly turned to the Father in prayer and drew strength from His relationship with the Father and the Spirit. He retreated from the crowds to spend time with His disciples and friends. He not only spent time encouraging His disciples, He sought encouragement from them. Where do you turn to be encouraged?

  • 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. 

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