Devotionals

  • A Needed Transfusion

    Devotionals | April 20, 2015

    The temptation to live our lives in our own strength is always before us, just as it was for Jesus. Yet Jesus consciously chose to live life in dependence on the Holy Spirit and according to what He saw the Father doing. He offers us the opportunity to exchange our lives for His, to be made new, to let Him live within us. What difference would it make to your interactions with others to accept His offer today?

  • Cheat Sheet

    Devotionals | April 17, 2015

    What is on your cheat sheet? You know, that short list of what is most important to you, the one that you turn to when you need extra help. What names and relationships appear? What life goals? What guiding principles and values? What rank-ordered priorities? Without a clear understanding of these key issues, you will be susceptible to the influence of other voices, competing visions, and contradictory values. Take time to prayerfully update your personal mission, vision, and values statement, and commit it to memory. You never know when a test might come.

  • Ever Present Help

    Devotionals | April 15, 2015

    One of the amazing realities of serving a risen Lord is that we are never without His presence and help. Through the Holy Spirit, He is constantly with us, even as He simultaneously serves as our advocate in the presence of the Father. How welcome is He in your life? How open are you to His guidance? Where do you need His help today?

  • Convincing Proof

    Devotionals | April 13, 2015

    Some might question the effectiveness of Jesus' leadership style. The Pharisees certainly did not think Jesus had the right perspective on leadership. Even Jesus' disciples questioned His choices. Jesus knew that He was living and leading in ways that pleased God and would ultimately impact others. If you question the wisdom in following His example, consider how His life continues to impact lives today.

  • If we take time to listen

    Devotionals | April 10, 2015

    After all the momentous events surrounding Jesus' resurrection, the disciples must have longed to simply spend time in His presence. Yet the daily necessities of life still required attention: meals, laundry, caring for families, work and business responsibilities, all of the daily interactions of life. Jesus still had much to teach His disciples about what it looked like to live life in light of His resurrection. He has much to teach us, too, if we will take time to listen to Him.

  • Encountering Jesus changes everything

    Devotionals | April 08, 2015

    After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples privately and corporately, to those on the road to Emmaus, Peter, the gathered disciples, the 500, his brother James, and Saul who became known as Paul. No one remained the same after encountering Jesus. He reshaped their thinking, their understanding of who He was and how the world is meant to be. He continues to reveal Himself to men and women, transforming lives as radically today as He did then. What is your story of encountering the Risen One? How is He transforming you?

  • At the Foot of the Cross

    Devotionals | April 03, 2015

    The events of Jesus' passion—betrayal, condemnation, abandonment, suffering, death—remind us that God's love for us knows no bounds. Jesus willingly sacrificed Himself for us. At the foot of the cross, there were no sermons being preached; there was nothing left to be said. There was only heartbreak, that of a grieving Father and grieving disciples, as God's Son was sacrificed. On what has come to be known as Good Friday, we take our place at the foot of the cross, looking at our suffering Savior, bleeding and dying on behalf of a broken world..

  • Remember

    Devotionals | April 02, 2015

    Remembering Jesus as we share the Lord's Supper calls us back to Passover and Holy Week. Taking part in this remembrance is a personal and corporate spiritual habit of being, reminding us that we are who we are because of God's deliverance and Jesus' sacrifice. Our lives are not our own. We owe everything to the God who loves us and saves us. Remember Jesus' washing the disciples' feet, remember His life and death. Meditate on the forgiveness and life He brings us. Let His humble, sacrificial example shape us as leaders.

  • Under Intense Pressure

    Devotionals | March 31, 2015

    We call the days from Palm Sunday to Easter 'Holy Week.' These eight days lead Jesus from the heights of public acclamation and through the depths of unjust judgment and suffering, culminating in glorious resurrection. What sustained Jesus through these days of intense pressure? The New Testament gives us glimpses of intimate fellowship with God and trusted friends, solitude, intense prayer, and a flow of Old Testament Scriptures through Jesus' thoughts.

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