Devotionals

  • Words to Live By

    Devotionals | June 22, 2020

    New Testament “epistles” were written to believers scattered across the ancient world. They address challenges being experienced in local churches. Explain theology. Remind believers of the value of knowing Jesus. Encourage perseverance and faith amid challenges. Exhort disciples to live today with an eye on the future God has in store for them. Their lessons and encouragement remain available to you today. Which of these do you need so you can love, live, and lead like Jesus?

  • Blessings that Empower

    Devotionals | June 19, 2020

    Consider the following blessings that are ours in Christ Jesus. The Spirit baptizes us into one body, the body of Christ, and nourishes us with God’s lifegiving power (1 Cor. 12:12-27). We have become children of God, having been adopted into the family of God (John 1:12-13, Romans 8:14-16). Jesus has prayed for us to enter the unity that He and the Father share (John 17:20-23). How do these blessings empower and influence your leadership?

  • Guard Against Cynicism

    Devotionals | June 17, 2020

    The events of this world can cause us to despair. To question what God is doing. To feel helpless. To worry about our safety. About how we will survive. Even to feel abandoned. Amid addressing these concerns, we can be tempted to question God’s goodness ... Word ... dependability. Even to question His existence or His power to make a difference in our circumstances. Cynicism creeps into our thinking. Cynicism based in brokenness, confusion, hurt, and pride. Psalm 119 reminds us to guard our minds as well as our hearts. How can you feed and nourish yourself spiritually?

  • God’s Servants

    Devotionals | June 12, 2020

    God’s kingdom has many citizens. We are scattered throughout the earth, placed as His chosen representatives and stewards. Your life matters to God. Your leadership matters to God. Your servant attitude matters to God. And it matters to those around you. This doesn’t mean that all will go smoothly or turn out well. In the context of brokenness, God ministers deeply to and through us, causing us to reflect His presence and purpose. And so, Paul writes:

  • The Silence We Seek

    Devotionals | June 10, 2020

    Silence can be a precious commodity in our world. Headlines and news feeds find us wherever we are. Emergency alerts shatter family time, while deadlines push us forward. Silence can be difficult to build into our lives. Some might view silence as emptiness. But for those who follow Jesus, silence is not a mindless escape. And it is certainly not empty. Our silence is pregnant with expectation. We quiet our minds in order to listen for His voice. We don’t ignore our difficulties, but pour them out to a living, listening God. Our silence is full of His presence, wisdom, and peace.

  • Empty Words

    Devotionals | June 07, 2020

    The LORD often rebuked His people for using empty words in their worship. Jesus cautioned His disciples against babbling in prayer. How does it happen that we find ourselves mindlessly repeating familiar phrases in prayer or worship? How is it that we give God “lip service” but fail to serve Him with our hearts, heads, hands, and habits? Could it be that we forget that God is a person? Jesus knew that His Father was alive and well. Their conversations were personal and intimate, never formulaic. The early disciples learned to talk with Jesus and listen for His reply. What about you?

  • When God is Ready

    Devotionals | June 05, 2020

    Sometimes we pray for things for a long time. We see a need and we humbly and confidently turn to God. We realize that we need Him to turn the tide. Without His involvement, things will not change. We may need Him to transform us or move in the hearts and minds of others. Either way, we know that God has the power to make a difference. Yet time drags on. Still, Scripture teaches us to pray without ceasing, to never give up hope. Trust that God cares. He is always working even when we can’t see it. When He is ready, when the time is right, we will see His answer.

  • Pentecost

    Devotionals | June 03, 2020

    Pentecost refers to the day when the Holy Spirit moved in power to anoint the early disciples for ministry. Dramatic events resulted from the Holy Spirit’s movement and attracted a crowd of people. When almost 3000 people responded to Peter’s message, the need to disciple new disciples emerged. The original one hundred and twenty mature disciples used four essential practices to disciple these novices. They put into practice the very things they had experienced while walking with Jesus during His earthly ministry.

  • Basis for Confidence

    Devotionals | June 01, 2020

    The heart of Psalm 51 declares the confidence David has in seeking God’s forgiveness (v.1). David doesn’t base his request for forgiveness on his own broken spirit or contrite heart. His hope and plea are based on the character of God alone. He confidently trusts God’s forgiveness will meet him where he is (v.7). He trusts God’s power to transform his heart (v.10). He hopes in God’s unfailing love and great compassion, knowing that the LORD is his Savior (v.14). He trusts that God will listen to his plea from a humble heart (v.17). He trusts that God can restore him and transform Him.

  • Deciding like Jesus

    Devotionals | May 29, 2020

    Jesus knows what it is like to make complex and challenging decisions. How did He do it? First, He made it His primary goal to please the Father. He spent focused time in solitude seeking the Father’s perspective. Then He trusted the Father to walk Him through each situation as it arose. What complex decisions are you facing? How does your desire to lead like Jesus impact your decision-making?

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