• Do You Believe This?

    Devotionals | May 22, 2019

    God knows the desires of your heart and He answers according to His wisdom, goodness and grace. Do you believe this? If not, the prayers you and I pray may miss the mark. We may expect too little of God or insist on our preconceived solutions. We may spend time asking for what He has already given instead of thankfully receiving God’s promise, provision and power. If we trust that God knows our needs—spoken and unspoken—we can trust His answers. We can humbly entrust Him with what concerns us and confidently move into this day, trusting that He at work in us and in the world around us.

  • The Hands of Jesus

    Devotionals | May 20, 2019

    Take a moment to consider the importance of your hands. What do you do with your hands on a regular basis? Through them, we interact with the people and world around us. But our hands don’t move on their own; they move at the impulse of our hearts and heads. Look at Jesus’ hands. They bear the marks of His sacrificial and selfless service for you and me. He sends us to serve in His name. What marks do your hands bear? Who will experience Jesus’ touch through you today?

  • Push and Pull

    Devotionals | May 15, 2019

    The world pushes and pulls at us trying to distract us from God’s presence in our lives. Our thinking becomes muddled, our focus drifts away from exalting Him only, and we slip into leading in our own strength. Yet Scripture reminds us that we serve a living God who desires a relationship with us above all else. He longs to be invited into your life and involved in all you do. What helps you become aware of the presence of the living God? What can you do to maintain your focus on leading like Jesus in the face of real-world pressure?

  • Eyes to See

    Devotionals | May 13, 2019

    God’s choice for Israel’s king was an obscure shepherd boy, overlooked and labeled unimportant by his family. But God sees past external appearances; He looks at the characteristics of the heart. David’s heart, filled with humility and God-confidence, made him God’s choice. David’s heart for God meant that God would be able to guide him to shepherd His people. A transformed heart is essential to leading like Jesus. When God looks at your heart, what does He see?

  • The Faith of a Mother

    Devotionals | May 10, 2019

    Moses’ mother gave birth to him in difficult, even dangerous, circumstances. Pharaoh’s decree meant that his life was in danger from the moment of his birth. His mother did all she could to protect her son and preserve his life. When God provided for Moses’ adoption through Pharaoh’s daughter, Moses’ mother willingly assumed the role of a servant to care for him.

  • Light-bearers

    Devotionals | May 08, 2019

    We live in a broken world, a world characterized by disconnection from the Person and purpose of God. Scripture refers to this condition as living in darkness and speaks about people being blind and deaf to God’s presence and voice. Into this broken world came John, testifying to the light that was to come: Jesus, who came as a light shining into the darkness. Now, Jesus sends us out to carry His light into the world. Who will catch a glimpse of the light of Jesus through you today?

  • Tradition

    Devotionals | May 06, 2019

    Traditions often spring up in families and organizations. They begin as intentional practices that reflect individual and group values. Over time, these practices that once held great meaning may lose their original significance. Where does clinging to “the way we’ve always done things” hold you and others back? Which traditions—in your personal life, family, church, or organization—create and support a culture of following Jesus? What would it take to make following Jesus “the way we do things around here” in your life and family and spheres of influence?

  • Grow

    Devotionals | May 03, 2019

    When was the last time you spent time alone with God, abiding in His love, praying, looking to His Word and Spirit for guidance? Who are your trusted advisors who encourage you to lead like Jesus? Ask God to remind you of whose you are and who you are. Live out of your identity in Jesus. Mirror Jesus’ approach to life and leadership, expressing God’s love to those around you. Grow in your knowledge of God and His love!

  • Committed to Prayer

    Devotionals | May 01, 2019

    When challenges come our way, the temptation is to worry, as if we alone are responsible for overcoming the obstacles we face. Yet nowhere in the New Testament do we see Jesus worrying about the challenges facing Him. Nor do we see Him urging us to worry about the challenges facing us. On the contrary, He repeatedly and clearly teaches us to rely on God’s love and provision for even our most basic needs. Where does He want you to take Him at His word today?