Devotionals

  • Stop, Look, and Listen!

    Devotionals | July 15, 2015

    Jesus often called His disciples to open their eyes and see the possibilities in front of them. Still today He calls us to stop pursuing our own agendas, look at the situation around us, and humbly listen to realign ourselves with His purpose and ways. Whether we are navigating planned change, unexpected opportunities, or dealing with spur-of-the-moment crises, Jesus-like leaders set their hearts on following Him. Where is God calling you to stop, look, and listen?

  • Words of Encouragement

    Devotionals | July 13, 2015

    Encouragement is a universal need in the world. Whoever we meet, wherever we go, during good times and bad times, task-specific and personal encouragement always reaps powerful leadership dividends. Wise leaders know this. They take personal responsibility for motivating and encouraging those they lead. Sometimes people need words of affirmation, knowing that we understand and believe in them. Other times, they may need us to give instruction or to help them solve problems. Whatever the need, effective leaders discern the best way and time to encourage others. Who will you speak to today?

  • Valuing Rest and Renewal

    Devotionals | July 10, 2015

    Rest is one of God’s values. He designed life with daily, weekly, and seasonal periods to be set aside for rest and renewal. A good night’s rest, daily times of solitude, keeping the Sabbath, sabbaticals, vacations, and spiritual retreats, all have their place in the life of a leader. As the pace of modern life increases, we need to be intentional about building this time into our lives. What do you do to refocus, reengage with your calling, fine-tune your personal mission, and rebuild your energy reserves?

  • A Prayer for Challenging Times

    Devotionals | July 08, 2015

    Jesus faced challenges in every aspect of life. He was tempted by Satan, experienced family tension and public opposition, and was abandoned and betrayed by close friends and followers. Being God’s Son did not shield Him from the hardships of life and leadership. If anything, it increased the pressure. Just as it did for Jesus, Scripture-based prayer can strengthen our trust in God and His Spirit when we face challenging times.

  • Surprised by Jesus

    Devotionals | July 06, 2015

    How many times were people surprised by Jesus? Repeatedly, He surprised, not only the crowds, but His disciples, as well, with His counter-cultural perspective and actions. Loving the unlovely, believing in the potential of unlikely followers, offering grace and forgiveness instead of judgment, serving instead of demanding to be served, preferring solitude and the companionship of friends to popularity and the public spotlight. Does your leadership surprise people, too? How are your leadership attitudes and actions different from the world?

  • Free to Live

    Devotionals | July 03, 2015

    Our gift of freedom is not to be taken lightly. The truth is that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. Only Jesus sets us free. Through Jesus, we are free from condemnation, free to love, and free to serve. We are free to live, love, and lead like Jesus because Jesus Himself is alive in us. Celebrate His life, be transformed by His love, and lead by serving, as He does!

    To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”—John 8:31-32

  • Open to Correction

    Devotionals | July 01, 2015

    Responding to God’s correction requires humility and courage. The prophet Nathan was so impressed by all that God was doing through King David that he impulsively affirmed David’s future dreams. What kind of courage did it take to go back and admit that he had spoken without hearing from God? Where do you, like Nathan, need to receive God’s correction and, with courage and humility, do what God says?

  • The Leader's Determination

    Devotionals | June 29, 2015

    What are you determined to do? Who are you determined to be? We have been created to be like Jesus and to live as He lived, in total dependence on the Father. We look to see what the Father is doing in His world so that we can join Him. We follow His lead, not the other way around. Moving into this new day, let us look to our God who leads the way and follow Him. Where are you determined to follow God and lead like Jesus today?

  • When the Answers Aren't Easy

    Devotionals | June 26, 2015

    Leading like Jesus doesn’t guarantee we have all the answers or that we will always know the steps to take in a given situation. When the pressure builds, we need even greater focus in our communion and communication with the Father. Jesus spent long hours in prayer with His Father throughout His time on earth, from His earliest days of ministry to the final hours of His life. Don’t forego the wisdom, guidance, and encouragement God has for you in times of stress. Be more intentional than ever about connecting with Him in meaningful ways.

  • Leading in Light of Ultimate Reality

    Devotionals | June 24, 2015

    What overarching reality guides your life? Scripture tells us that one day every knee will bow to Jesus. This is the ultimate reality toward which all of history flows. Jesus has called us into relationship with Him, into God’s unfolding story in the world. As men and women who follow Jesus and are called to serve in His name, we are caught up in the flow of what God is doing. Where has He placed you to live out your role in His story?

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