Devotionals

  • Family Matters

    Devotionals | June 03, 2015

    After personally leading a successful campaign to return the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, David “returned home to bless his family” (1 Chron. 16:43). Jesus, in the midst of His suffering on the cross, becoming the means of forgiveness for the sin of the whole world, gave His mother Mary into the care of the disciple whom He loved (Jn. 19:26-27). Are we as focused on living, loving, and leading like Jesus in our family relationships as we are in professional or ministry roles? Jesus clearly was.

  • Seasons of Rest

    Devotionals | June 01, 2015

    David paints a picture of rest and refreshment in Psalm 23:1-2. We can imagine ourselves in the green pastures, see the sunlight glinting off the rippling water, and sense the shepherd nearby. Just a few phrases later, David speaks of dark valleys, lurking pressures and enemies, yet he finds comfort and courage in the Lord’s guidance, presence, and goodness. Seasons of rest are God’s provision to strengthen us for the challenging work of leading like Jesus. Take advantage of the seasons of rest He gives you, then renewed and refreshed, rise to lead, knowing that He goes with you.

  • 20/20 Vision

    Devotionals | May 29, 2015

    As leaders, people around us depend on us to have excellent vision. They depend on us to know where we are taking them and how to get there. To see accurately, we need to need to see at macro and micro levels. We need to see the vision and the larger context within which we are pursuing our goal, the culture, the historical setting, and future trends. We need to see our people clearly, to know their strengths and weaknesses, their developmental level and best fit within the organization. Where do you need God to sharpen your vision?

  • Words of Hope

    Devotionals | May 27, 2015

    What kind of words cause you to rise to a challenge? The exact words may differ from person to person, but typically they can be categorized as words of hope, encouragement and belief. When we hear trusted friends and associates verbalize their faith in us, those words continue to ring deeply in the well of our souls. They echo back to us long past the moment when they were uttered, becoming a source of ongoing encouragement and motivation. Jesus believes in you today; let His voice drown out the voice of discouragement with words of hope. Take courage and be strong!

  • Carried by Friends

    Devotionals | May 25, 2015

    There may be times when we sense that the task before us is too great for the resources available to us. We may realize that God is our only hope, but we can’t seem to find it in ourselves to pray or to believe that He is hearing our prayers. If you find yourself facing such a time, let the story of the paralytic carried by friends into the presence of Jesus inspire you. Call together trusted friends and ask them to come alongside you, seeking God’s intervention on your behalf.

  • Empowered by the Spirit

    Devotionals | May 22, 2015

    Pentecost marks the coming of the Holy Spirit to empower Jesus’ disciples to fulfill the commission He had given them. On that day, Peter and the disciples, commissioned by Jesus and anointed by the Holy Spirit, stepped into leadership roles in the newly formed and rapidly growing church. We are part of that church today, in part because they were willing to accept the leadership responsibilities given to them by God. How does believing that God has placed you in your present leadership roles change your perspective on how to lead today?

  • What a Privilege!

    Devotionals | May 20, 2015

    What a privilege to be a child of God, a partner with Him in His work in the world, a follower and friend of Jesus His Son. What a privilege to know the fellowship of His Spirit, of His people, of trusted spiritual mentors and friends. What a privilege to hold His Word in our hands, to meditate on His truth, to have a firm foundation for life. What a privilege to be able to talk with the God of the Universe, to know He hears and answers when we seek Him. What a privilege to be able to model our lives and leadership after the One in whom there is no falsehood, no error, no missteps.

  • When We Are Weary

    Devotionals | May 18, 2015

    Scripture is full of examples of perseverance under pressure and of exhortations to keep going when the journey is hard. Jesus dealt with constant opposition, and His earliest followers faced the antagonism of the entire Roman Empire as well as the Jewish religious culture. Jesus-like values and leadership principles stand in opposition to a world system that is focused on self-protection and self-promotion. Yet, we are called to a higher standard than living for the here-and-now. Let us keep our eyes on God's approval and keep going!

     

  • Leading from a Sense of Entitlement

    Devotionals | May 15, 2015

    Success is not always a trustworthy friend. One of the dangers for successful leaders is to forget that they lead at God's pleasure and as He allows them influence in the hearts and minds of others. When leaders begin to lead from a sense of entitlement, whether that stems from power, position, education, or past success, they rapidly lose credibility and influence with those around them. To earn the trust of others requires a humble attitude that seeks to serve people and the organization and cause which brings them together. What fuels your leadership?

  • When Jesus Speaks

    Devotionals | May 13, 2015

    Whose opinion do you wait to hear before forming your own opinion? Whose voice rings loudest in your ear when you face challenging decisions? Jesus' constant call to the crowd was "Listen! Listen and understand! Find wisdom! Find life!" Why did the Hebrews who had been delivered from slavery wander for 40 years and never enter the Promised Land? Because they chose to listen to other voices instead of God's, refusing to trust His promise. Whose voice will you listen to as you step out to be a voice of influence today?

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