Devotionals

  • This Is How We Do It

    Devotionals | November 11, 2015

    Jesus gave His life for others. First, He gave Himself wholeheartedly to the Father, and then He gave Himself to reconcile the world to the Father. We are beneficiaries of Jesus’ lifework, and we are called alongside Him to give our lives in the same cause. We do this just as He did, choosing to live our lives for others.

  • Trust

    Devotionals | November 09, 2015

    When we trust in the name of God, we are trusting in God’s character, believing Him to be who He says He is and trusting Him to act in line with His word and promises. When we pray in the name of Jesus, we are trusting in Jesus’ character as the Son of God who opened the way into the Father’s presence for His disciples. We are taking Him at His word, believing that through Him we have been given new life and new hope by the Spirit. Who are you prayerfully and actively trusting in today?

  • The Source of Confidence

    Devotionals | November 06, 2015

    From an early age, Jesus knew whose He was and who He was. Obstacles, even Mary’s and Joseph’s lack of understanding, didn’t cause Him to question His identity as the beloved Son of God or God’s call on His life. What difference did this make in His leadership? His secure, intimate relationship with the Father made it natural for Jesus to actively and confidently depend upon His Father to meet every challenge that arose. He invites us to follow His example.

  • Two Simple Words

    Devotionals | November 04, 2015

    Consider for a moment the power of the two simple words “thank you.” This simple phrase validates other people as individuals who matter to us and to God. Instead of taking them for granted, we humble ourselves and honor them. When we thank them for their actions or attitude, we affirm the difference they are making in the world. We acknowledge that they had a choice to make and that their choice has value. For someone today, hearing “thank you” may be life-changing. Will they hear it from you?

  • God is Great

    Devotionals | November 02, 2015

    When bad news comes your way, where do you turn? Hezekiah immediately turned to prayer when he was threatened. But he didn’t just pray for help. Hezekiah began and ended his prayer by remembering who God was. He exalted God, praising Him, honoring Him as greater than any threat he faced. Put your problems in perspective by focusing on God and His greatness.

  • Shining Brightly

    Devotionals | October 30, 2015

    What would it look like to live today without any complaining or arguing? How would it affect your peace of mind and the quality of your relationships? What difference would it make in your workplace and home? God calls us to trust Him with the ups and downs of life, and to honor those who are in authority over us. He calls us to reflect Him in all aspects of our lives, in every sphere of leadership entrusted to us. May others see the Father through you today and give glory to Him.

  • Hypocrisy or Humility

    Devotionals | October 28, 2015

    It is easy to be critical of Peter’s self-confident corrections of Jesus. First he corrected Jesus’ understanding of what it meant to be the Messiah. Then he boasted that he would die for Jesus. Before criticizing Peter, however, perhaps we need to look at ourselves. How easy is it for us to humble ourselves before God? What about humbling ourselves before other people? How easily do we receive needed correction from them or from the Lord? This kind of humility isn’t found within humanity’s self-seeking and honor-defending nature; it flows from the heart of God Himself.

  • Rising to the Challenge

    Devotionals | October 26, 2015

    God has always used challenges in the life of faith. He brought the Israelites to the Red Sea in order to teach them to trust Him when they faced overwhelming obstacles. Consider how God grows us through challenges, teaching us about faith, revealing His goodness and power to us as we look to Him. The same God who met Moses and the Israelites as they faced the Red Sea will meet us in our challenges. He will make a way as we look to Him and follow His lead.

  • A Leader's Desire

    Devotionals | October 23, 2015

    Our hearts’ desires shape our actions. What is inside of us bubbles up and overflows in our prayers, our goal-setting, habits, and interactions with others. How often do we pray for God to make us like Him? Is our first concern the need and well-being of those entrusted to our care? At home, within the church, in the workplace and the world-at-large, people need to experience the love and mercy of God. They need to experience Jesus. Will they meet Him in you today? What is your desire?

  • In Light of Jesus' Return

    Devotionals | October 21, 2015

    The early disciples lived in light of the day when Jesus would return. His incarnation, His death and resurrection had inaugurated a new day. They knew Jesus would return as He promised. This is why in the midst of great opposition and persecution, the apostles urged the early church to rejoice. This is why grace and peace and joy were present realities for them. Jesus had come, Jesus was with them, they were in Him and He in them, and He was coming back again. Is this truth a reality for you today? Live in such a way that your life reveals His living presence.

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