Devotionals

  • Like No Other

    Devotionals | June 14, 2019

    Fathers are prominent throughout the pages of the Bible. Think of Adam, the father of humankind; Abraham, the father of all who believe; Joseph, who served as the adopted father of Jesus; and the unnamed father of the prodigal, whose love for his rebellious son knew no bounds—each one gives us a glimpse into the heart and character of God. How do their lives inspire you to love and lead well? How has the father-love of God shaped your life?

  • In Step

    Devotionals | June 12, 2019

    Scripture reminds us that our life with God is lived by the power of—and in step with—the Spirit. Any and all transformation in your life and leadership flows from the Spirit’s work. Listen for His voice as you read Scripture. Follow His prompting in prayer. Keep in step with what He is doing in the world. Living and leading by the Spirit transforms you and exalts God only. It leaves no place for pridefully taking credit for your transformation or comparing yourself to others. Where is God calling you to keep in step with the Spirit?

  • Spirit-Empowered

    Devotionals | June 10, 2019

    Pride tempts us to take an idea and run with it in our own strength, while fear taunts us with feelings of inadequacy, abandonment, and impending failure. As Jesus turned His mission over to the first disciples, they could have been tempted by both pride and fear. But Jesus called them to move forward with humility and confidence in the power of the Holy Spirit. Any power they had and any success they experienced would come from God and reveal Jesus to the world. Where do you need to rely on the Holy Spirit as you lead in Jesus’ name?

  • Forever Grateful

    Devotionals | June 07, 2019

    As Paul closes his letter to the church in Rome, he mentions dozens of women and men who are dear to him. These brothers and sisters in Christ have been his benefactors, partners, friends, and fellow sufferers for the cause of the gospel. The book of Acts and the remainder of Paul’s letters reveal that Paul, that strong and independent church planter and theologian, had a rich network of trusted companions and partners. Who is on your list of people with whom you share a deep connection of mutual encouragement?

  • The Greatest Good

    Devotionals | June 05, 2019

    Jesus was concerned for people, fearless in confronting evil, and passionate about exalting the Father. He wanted people to know the living God and enter into a relationship with Him. Love for God and people was His heartbeat. Love fueled His words and actions. When challenged, He pointed to the priority of loving God and loving others. He knew that this was the greatest good He could do while on earth. What is most important to you? What drives you as a leader?

  • Courage Under Pressure

    Devotionals | June 03, 2019

    Daniel and his friends found themselves about to suffer the consequences for other peoples’ failure. Instead of lashing out, blaming others, or complaining about the injustice, Daniel sought to understand what was going on and asked to be allowed to do something about it. In doing so, he saved his own life and that of others. How do you respond to injustice? What does this response reveal about you as a leader?

  • A Dangerous Prayer

    Devotionals | May 31, 2019

    Caught up in the wonder of God's forgiveness, God's majesty, and God's call for someone to take His message, Isaiah volunteered. Was he expecting the next part of God's call? "Take my message to people who won't hear and won't respond." Leadership can be hard. Ask Isaiah, Nathan, Esther, Moses, Mary, or any of the prophets or disciples. Praying Isaiah's prayer puts you in good company. Have you heard God's call? Are you willing to volunteer?

  • Are You Ready?

    Devotionals | May 29, 2019

    Sometimes ministry opportunities arise unexpectedly. A phone call to a colleague, friend or family member turns out to be God’s sovereign timing, and you discover that God has placed you in a unique position to speak into their life. Where do you find words of wisdom, comfort, and encouragement? Jesus often spoke in parables, helping people find spiritual truth through everyday examples. He was so familiar with Scripture that He could speak God’s truth in any situation. What about you?

  • Lives Given

    Devotionals | May 27, 2019

    People give their lives to different things. Some give their lives in pursuit of pleasure … or money … or recognition. Some give their lives to pursue what’s in it for them in every circumstance. But Jesus chose differently. He gave His life to pursue God’s will and God’s best for you and me: freedom to live life in relationship with God. Many have followed in Jesus’ footsteps, giving their lives so that others would be free to live and to choose life with God. Will you follow in their footsteps?

  • Your One and Only Life

    Devotionals | May 24, 2019

    Leadership always begins with us. Each of us—you and me and everyone around you—has a choice to make. We must decide whose we are and who we are living for—who our audience is. Do you live your one and only life as if you are the only one who matters? Or do you acknowledge that you are not your own? Who will you live for today?

    Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have   received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. —1 Corinthians 6:19-20

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