• In Need of Help

    Devotionals | September 04, 2019

    He was traveling, minding his own business, when suddenly, he saw someone in desperate need of help. The decision—to stop and help or go on his way—was thrust upon him without any warning. Excuses could be made—he was a stranger here in this place, after all, and who knew what danger lurked? Perhaps those who had assaulted this man were still nearby. But the Samaritan man’s pity for the victim stirred him to action. What stirs you to action?

  • A Much-Needed Getaway

    Devotionals | September 02, 2019

    The breeze on their skin and the sunlight on the water were just what Jesus and His disciples needed. Jesus’ invitation to come away with Him was a welcome change from their hectic schedule. How good to have time alone with Jesus and to relax together as they sailed! The sound of the waves lapping against the boat and the wind in the sails helped them unwind as they talked with Jesus away from the demands of ministry. When they were plunged back into ministry as they landed, their respite with Jesus gave them the strength to re-engage.

  • Jesus Cares

    Devotionals | August 30, 2019

    The sudden storm overwhelmed the disciples. In their panic, they cried out to Jesus, not with faith and God-confidence, but with doubt and fear, questioning Jesus’ care for them. Isn’t that what many of us do when overwhelmed? How could God allow this to happen, we cry. Jesus’ immediate action reveals that He does care, not only about the storm that threatens them but about the fear that holds them captive. Where do you need to trust that Jesus cares about everything that concerns you?

  • On Purpose

    Devotionals | August 28, 2019

    Many forces pull at us and try to distract us from what God has given us to do in life. Temptation and opposition are obvious ones, but others—well-meaning friends, success, and popularity—can be just as distracting. Jesus was familiar with all of these. Consider how He responded to His disciples’ well-intentioned but off-target suggestion. Time with the Father kept Him focused on His mission and purpose despite success and the good intentions of others. What distractions attempt to derail you? What helps you stay focused on God’s direction and purpose for your life?

  • The Great Exchange

    Devotionals | August 26, 2019

    A great exchange is required to lead like Jesus. It starts in your heart—exchanging self-centered leadership for selfless leadership, turning from edging God out of your life to exalting God only, choosing to live by faith in Jesus. Then the exchanges move to your head as you begin to exchange your self-made leadership perspective for Jesus’ perspective. With a renewed focus on God’s purpose for your life and leadership, you are empowered to exchange self-promotion for selflessly investing in others like Jesus did. What exchange is God calling you to make today?

  • Stop and Search

    Devotionals | August 23, 2019

    Caring for your heart is an ongoing process. Peter needed the Spirit to challenge the pride and fear and preconceived ideas that clouded his perspective. When you struggle to lead like Jesus, take a moment to examine your heart and head. Ask yourself whether pride and fear or humility and God-confidence are prompting your decisions and actions. Will you use this simple question to expose your self-centered thinking today?

  • People, Not Projects

    Devotionals | August 21, 2019

    Paul’s concern for Timothy, his protégé and partner in ministry, encompassed all areas of Timothy’s life. Paul knew Timothy’s family. He advised Timothy on ministry matters and doctrine. He counseled him regarding how to relate to others most effectively and with integrity. Paul’s concern for Timothy included concern for his health as well. Leading like Jesus means that we treat others like human beings, not projects or tools. How well do you know the people with whom you work? How concerned are you for their welfare—physical, professional, personal, relational, mental, and spiritual?

  • Pressure to Act

    Devotionals | August 19, 2019

    A common pressure of life is the sense of having to hurry up and do something. Even the first disciples felt this pressure. When they heard about Jesus’ dear friend Lazarus’ condition, they immediately decided that action was called for. Jesus, on the other hand, felt no such compulsion. He knew that jumping up to get to Lazarus would hinder—not reveal—God’s work. Because Jesus waited on the Father’s timing, God was exalted in Lazarus’ resurrection. Where is God calling you to trust His timing?

  • Presence

    Devotionals | August 16, 2019

    Some people in life change our lives simply by being present. The gift they bring is one of caring about who we are and inviting us to do life with them. They value us by seeing, acknowledging, and listening to us. We may or may not realize at the time just how valuable their presence is nor the life-changing power of their loving presence. But in the process of being known, we are changed. Who are the people who have changed your life simply by being present?

  • Putting It into Action

    Devotionals | August 14, 2019

    There comes a time that we have to move from talking to action. It’s one thing to talk about Jesus’ mandate to serve, it’s another thing to serve. It is easier, of course, to talk about serving than it is to actually serve people at their point of need. But God is more interested in your actions than your words. Where is God calling you to stop talking and put your words into action?