Devotionals

  • 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?

  • Living Bread, Fresh Faith

    Devotionals | May 11, 2015

    As the Hebrews wandered in the wilderness they lived on manna, which appeared each day according to God's promise and provision. Hoarding yesterday's manna did them no good, since each morning God provided what they needed to sustain them. In a similar way, we are called to trust God anew day by day, living in fresh faith, knowing that He will provide for the needs and challenges of the day ahead. Jesus is our bread from heaven who lives eternally. Humbly and confidently trust Him to provide for you today.

    I am the bread of life.—John 6:48

  • Giving Honor Where It Is Due

    Devotionals | May 08, 2015

    We are who we are because someone else has built into our lives. Jesus, certainly, but most likely there are others who have come alongside us and believed in us through the years. Not one of us is able to claim that we are self-made people. Parents, teachers, family members, friends, and associates have taught us through their words and examples, have supported and challenged us. Who do you need to thank for their influence in your life? How can you honor them by the way you live and lead?

  • Following Jesus' Custom

    Devotionals | May 04, 2015

    Can you remember a significant teacher in your life, a person without whose influence you would not be the same person? It may be someone who believed in you, who said just the right thing at the right time or challenged you when you needed it. Investing time, energy, wisdom, and skill in the lives of others, teachers trust that their work will make a life-changing difference in people's lives. Jesus invested His life in teaching others. How are you following His custom?

  • Heart

    Devotionals | May 01, 2015

    Where is your trust today? Is it flourishing, God-confident, ready to take on the world? Or is today one of those days when it takes a mental effort to trust that God is at work in and through you? Jesus called the crowds to trust Him, assuring them that trust in Him is well-placed. Your salvation, your relationship with God, your empowering by the Holy Spirit, your ability to live and lead in Jesus' name, all is secure when you trust Jesus.

  • An Endless Supply

    Devotionals | April 29, 2015

    What do you need today in order to lead like Jesus leads? Wisdom, grace, understanding, compassion, courage, confidence, humility, strength, patience, encouragement? Jesus found all that He needed in His Father. In relationship with the Father, Jesus could freely pour out His need in prayer, knowing that He was being heard and that His Father would answer out of His unending goodness and love. We can have that same confidence. The Father is a trustworthy confidante, and He is more than willing to lead us as we look to Him.

  • A Story to Tell

    Devotionals | April 27, 2015

    Everyone has a story, a story of where they have come from, what has shaped them, who is important to them, where they hope to go, what they hope to achieve. Our stories shape our lives, just as the larger story in which we find ourselves shapes us. Finding ourselves in God's story and in relationship to Jesus transforms our stories and infuses them with meaning. What story does your life tell?

  • This Is Our Father's World

    Devotionals | April 24, 2015

    God's desire to create and nurture life is reflected in the world He made. His creative power transformed darkness and chaos into light and life. In Jesus' incarnation, the life of God entered the world in a unique way, unleashing new waves of love's creative, life-giving power. Jesus sends us to continue His work of reflecting God's light and life into every sphere of life.

  • We Do Not Travel Alone

    Devotionals | April 22, 2015

    Who is helpful to you in the work God has called you to? Who works alongside of you so that together you accomplish more than you could on your own? Jesus had disciples to whom He entrusted the next phase of His master plan. Paul had traveling companions along with personal representatives that stayed on to complete work that he had begun. Under duress, both Jesus and Paul called their closest friends to their side to keep them going. At home, at work, let those around you know how much you value them and their partnership.

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