Devotionals

  • Leading During Change and Crisis

    Devotionals | September 11, 2015

    Leading during change and crisis calls for exceptionally careful, consistent, and clear communication. As leaders, our job is to help people face the reality of present circumstances, regardless of how challenging or desperate they may be, and then help people realize how their choices can impact the outcome. This is where our ability to communicate clearly as leaders makes a difference. It isn’t easy to communicate during crisis. Especially as the emotional climate heats up, it is vital that we use our words wisely.

  • Great Pressure

    Devotionals | September 09, 2015

    Person after person in God’s story would affirm that answering God’s call can only be done by depending wholly on God Himself. Moses, Elijah, and Jeremiah had strategic roles as God’s prophets. Mary and Joseph shepherded the very Son of God. Jesus and His disciples carried the gospel to a hostile world. All encountered great opposition. All are remembered today as faithfully representing God under great pressure. When pressure mounts in your life, put God first and allow Him to accomplish His purposes through you.

  • Life-affirming Relationships

    Devotionals | September 07, 2015

    Each season of the year brings opportunities to connect with family members and friends. Vacations, holidays, or simply day-to-day activities and weekends allow us to enjoy time with those close to us. Strong, healthy relationships allow trust to flourish, and trusting relationships create a climate that allows influence to grow. Like Jesus did with His friends and disciples, take advantage of opportunities to spend time with family and friends. Relax together. Value one another. Talk, laugh, listen, encourage, and build one another up.

  • Reflecting Reality

    Devotionals | September 04, 2015

    John’s gospel, like his letters, reflect a lifetime of knowing and serving Jesus. It is only in John’s gospel that we have the story of Jesus’ washing the disciples’ feet and Jesus’ prayer as He prepared for the cross. The depth of John’s insight and simplicity of his writing show that he has internalized the message of living, loving, and leading like Jesus. Does Jesus’ leadership perspective permeate our lives so that we, too, reveal Jesus in all we say and do?

  • Uncommon Courtesy

    Devotionals | September 02, 2015

    “Please” and “thank you,” “I’m sorry” and “you’re welcome” are common phrases that we teach children. Spoken from a sincere heart, these simple words have great power to build trusting relationships. How often do these words come from our lips throughout the day? Too often, we can begin to presume that we are owed the service of others, that they should simply know what we want, that we don’t need to express appreciation for little things, or that they should simply understand when we are distracted or irritable. Common courtesy is often uncommon today.  

  • Real People, Real Problems

    Devotionals | August 31, 2015

    Jesus came into the real world, a world filled with real people who have real problems. Some days we are the ones calling others to live up to the high calling we have in Jesus, and some days we are the ones who need to hear and respond to Jesus’s call. Even as we extend grace and encouragement to others, we need it for ourselves. Don’t neglect the habit of allowing God to encourage and strengthen you through Scripture and heartfelt prayer. As we receive God’s hope and encouragement, we will be able to pass it on to others.

  • God and God Only

    Devotionals | August 28, 2015

    The temptation to please people rather than God typically stems from a desire to be well thought of by those around us, whether friends, family, coworkers, leaders, or people in general. Instead of exalting God, these people-pleasing tendencies exalt other people and our own desires. Living to exalt God alone pleases Him and ultimately serves the best interests of others, whether or not they realize it at the time. What tends to replace God as the center of your life? Keep the eyes of your heart focused on pleasing and exalting God as you lead like Jesus today.

  • Loving Others Judging Ourselves

    Devotionals | August 26, 2015

    How easy it is to get our eyes off our own hearts and become obsessed with the failures and frailties of others. As if we ourselves were not, are not, prone to failure and sin. Only as we acknowledge our own sinful tendencies is there hope for lasting transformation in our lives. God’s mercy and grace leads us to repentance and enables us to come alongside others, rather than judging them when they fall.

  • New Beginnings

    Devotionals | August 24, 2015

    As Jesus ascended into heaven, His disciples faced a new phase in their leadership. Their first choice was to decide whether they would try to lead in their own strength or wait for the power of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus had told them to do. Whatever new beginnings we face in our leadership journey, we have the same choice as the disciples. Will we choose to lead in His strength or try to forge ahead in our own power?

  • Friends on Mission

    Devotionals | August 21, 2015

    Although Jesus calls us to serve, He does not call us His servants. Instead, He calls us His friends. Why? Because He has fully revealed Himself to us. He has brought us into God’s family, given us the mind of Christ, freely given us His Spirit, and shared with us the Father’s hopes, dreams, and purposes. He has asked us to join Him on mission, to enter into the Father’s love, and to lay down our lives along with Him. You are not alone as you enter this day. Jesus, your friend, travels with you.

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