Devotionals

  • 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.

  • When the Crowd Applauds

    Devotionals | March 26, 2015

    As Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he was greeted by people who looked at Him as their conquering hero. By the end of the week, the crowds would be complicit in His crucifixion. How did Jesus maintain His equilibrium and composure in the midst of wildly changing approval ratings? He kept His eyes fixed on God, the One who had called Him, the One whom He lived to please. All things, He knew, were going according to God's plan. Where is God calling you to follow in Jesus' footsteps, living for His approval, regardless of what the crowds say or do?

  • Running Ahead or Lagging Behind

    Devotionals | March 26, 2015

    In our rush to see results, we can find ourselves outpacing God. Conversely, when the time is right for action, we might lag behind. Through the trusting relationships Jesus built with His disciples, He was able to shape them, correct them, or urge them on as needed. He does the same for us today. As leaders following Jesus, we need to keep pace both with Him and with those in our leadership spheres. Where might you be running ahead of or lagging behind Jesus and others?

  • A Time to Speak

    Devotionals | March 23, 2015

    Peter, overwhelmed by his experience on the Mount of Transfiguration, blurted out the first thing that came to mind. His intentions were honorable, but he misunderstood the situation. How many times are we as leaders confronted with situations that we don't fully understand? We may want to acknowledge and honor those involved, or perhaps we even want to make a contribution to the conversation. Wisdom urges us to listen and observe, rather than speaking from pride or fear. Then when it is time to speak, we will know what questions to ask and how to add value to the conversation.

  • Followers First, Leaders Second

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    It can be easy to forget, especially if we hold formal leadership positions, that being a leader is not our identity or calling. We are first children of God, called to follow Jesus. Only as we live into our identity and calling in Jesus will we be able to lead like Him. We must never mistake ourselves as the leader of our own lives; Jesus is the leader who lives within us, the One whom we follow. Let Him lead you into your day.

  • Use or Misuse of Power

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    Human leaders who lead from a sense of power tend to issue orders, expecting those orders to be obeyed by subordinates without question. Isn't it interesting that Jesus, who had ultimate power and authority, chose to lead His followers not from a sense of power but from the basis of humility and love? His power was displayed against evil. But with His followers, He led from relationship, using His power to serve them with life-giving words and acts of service on their behalf. What motivates your words and actions, the world's power-driven model of leadership or Jesus' servant model?

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