Devotionals

  • With All Your Heart

    Devotionals | January 28, 2019

    The call to lead like Jesus takes a different shape in each of our lives according to how God has shaped us. Has God wired you to lead like Nehemiah by stepping out in faith and prayer to lead large projects? Or has He created you to be more like Barnabas, discerning God’s work in others and coming alongside to encourage and support them? Perhaps He shaped you to be a marketplace leader like Priscilla and Aquila. Whoever He has made you to be, wherever He places you, lead like Jesus with a heart devoted to loving God and others.

  • Do Not Disturb

    Devotionals | January 25, 2019

    At times Jesus pulled away from everything going on and chose to focus exclusively on His relationship with the Father. If He had had one, He may well have set His smartphone to Do Not Disturb. His choice to pull away to spend time with the Father refreshed and energized Him to love and serve others with His whole life. How frequently do you do the same? Where do you need God’s refreshment in your heart, head, hands, and habits?

  • God's Best

    Devotionals | January 23, 2019

    This broken world is filled with problems of every sort. Inundated with challenges from multiple directions, we can be tempted to settle for short-term fixes. If we want God’s best, we need to stop, take time to seek His wisdom, and allow God’s peace and perspective to permeate our thinking. Where are you longing for a more permanent solution instead of temporary relief? Where do you need to seek not just what works but God’s perspective?

  • Bridgebuilders

    Devotionals | January 21, 2019

    God longs for the day when we will see and treat people as He does. From the beginning, He made human beings in His image. Each person is of inestimable worth, created to live in life-giving relationship with others and work for the good of the world. But sin brought division, discord, and alienation from God and one another. Through Jesus, we have found forgiveness and reconciliation with God and we are being restored to God’s original purpose for life and humanity. God longs for all people to be reconciled to Him and with one another.

  • Giving It into Jesus’ Hands

    Devotionals | January 18, 2019

    The man was a religious leader in his community and a father. Now like so many others, life had taken a downward turn and he was without hope. Whatever illness and suffering had led up to his daughter’s death, the worst had now happened. Still, he had heard of Jesus. And so, he came. Consider his faith. Humbly, without regard for who else was around, he knelt before Jesus. He had heard the stories. Now he dared to believe Jesus might be willing to do for him what He had done for others.

  • Don’t Miss Him

    Devotionals | January 16, 2019

    God longs to spend time with you. He gave Himself in Jesus so that you could become His son or daughter. He—Father, Son, and Spirit—makes His home with you so that you never have to live one minute of your life separated from Him. But it is possible to miss the blessing of His presence, like family members that run past one another as one heads out the door. Don’t let that happen to you. Stop, even now, and turn your attention to the One who loves and cares for you. Let Him carry you into this day.

  • What a Change

    Devotionals | January 14, 2019

    What a change occurred in Saul’s perspective after he met Jesus on the road to Damascus! Leaving on his journey, he was sure that what he believed was right. When Jesus’ voice pierced Saul’s heart, his whole worldview turned upside down. Everything Saul thought he knew had to be rethought: his understanding of truth, his worldview, his life mission. This encounter was just the beginning of his transformation from Saul the persecutor to Paul the apostle to the Gentiles. What difference has encountering Jesus made in how you live and lead?

  • On Earth as It Is in Heaven

    Devotionals | January 11, 2019

    What is your vision for the world? Jesus clearly expressed His vision as He taught His disciples to pray: that God’s kingdom would come to characterize the world He created. He calls us to continue to pray that God’s “will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Is this your vision, too? How can you be part of bringing God’s kingdom to life in your spheres of influence today?

  • Life Together

    Devotionals | January 09, 2019

    Jesus called His disciples into a life of community. He did that with His first disciples, and He continues to do that today. Following Jesus as our leader is not merely an individual exercise. He calls us into His body, His family. He knows that we will need traveling companions—brothers, sisters, people to encourage us, people to challenge us, people to walk alongside us. Who are you walking alongside today? Who encourages you as you learn to lead like Jesus? Who are you strengthening by your presence?

  • Constant Contact

    Devotionals | January 07, 2019

    Do you ever feel isolated as a leader? Do you wonder if anyone understands the challenges you are facing? When we lead like Jesus, we are privileged to have constant contact with God. Jesus opened the way for you to experience intimate fellowship with God and urges you to take advantage of His closeness. You are not left on our own; you have instant, unhindered access to the Father every moment of every day. He is ever ready to provide wisdom and guidance and to share your burdens with you. Are you taking advantage of the freedom to come to the Father in Jesus’ name?

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