• Lead Like Jesus Anyway

    Devotionals | September 25, 2015

    Life presents challenges to anyone who wants to lead like Jesus. The challenges may come in the form of people, even close companions, who undermine our best efforts. There may be situations that confuse us or cause us to question our commitment to serve in love. We may be discouraged by having taken a step forward, only to find ourselves suddenly two steps behind where we started. In all these circumstances, we have a choice to make, either to succumb to the pressure or to choose to lead like Jesus anyway. How will you choose today?

  • When God Prompts

    Devotionals | September 23, 2015

    Whispers, by their very nature, require that we be close enough for someone to whisper to us and quiet enough to hear their words. Elijah was accustomed to hearing God’s whispers, as were the prophets to whom “the word of the Lord came.” While God may use external circumstances to get our attention, His guidance comes through His Spirit. This is why the habits of spending time in solitude, reading and meditating on Scripture, and communicating with God in prayer, are so crucial.

  • Life Changing

    Devotionals | September 21, 2015

    The Good News of Jesus Christ is life-changing, transforming a person’s heart, head, hands, and habits. Hearts of stone are replaced with living hearts, and personal perspectives begin to reflect the mind of Christ. This newness of life is shaped by God’s Spirit as we discover increasing intimacy with God the Father and His Son Jesus. We become living, breathing examples of God’s grace. How is the Good News changing your life, your perspective, your habits, and your leadership?

  • Dreams and Aspirations

    Devotionals | September 18, 2015

    What do you long for? Where do you find your dreams and aspirations? Are they anchored in this world, or are they anchored in eternity? After experiencing God’s deliverance, provision, and protection, the Israelites decided they would rather give up God and be like the nations around them. It is easy to become blinded to God’s presence and purposes. Ask God to focus your heart and mind as you begin this day.

  • People of Encouragement

    Devotionals | September 16, 2015

    Barnabas, the son of encouragement, was a servant leader who used his gifts to build others up according to their needs. When Paul needed an advocate shortly after his conversion, Barnabas interceded with the leaders in Jerusalem. When Paul and John Mark had a falling out, Barnabas believed in John Mark’s potential and took on the role of coaching him. Because of Barnabas’s influence in Paul’s life, Christianity gained an influential leader who expanded the reach of Jesus’ message, and his influence in John Mark’s life restored him to productive ministry.

  • Self-reliance or God-reliance?

    Devotionals | September 14, 2015

    1 Samuel 15 records Saul’s failure as king, a failure fueled by the lethal combination of fear and pride. Fearing the people instead of fearing God, Saul abdicated his God-given task. He substituted his own best thinking for God’s instructions. He became so deluded with his own importance that he set up a monument to himself and even protested that he had fully carried out God’s instructions, despite clear evidence to the contrary. Before judging Saul too harshly, perhaps we would do well to examine ourselves.

  • Leading During Change and Crisis

    Devotionals | September 11, 2015

    Leading during change and crisis calls for exceptionally careful, consistent, and clear communication. As leaders, our job is to help people face the reality of present circumstances, regardless of how challenging or desperate they may be, and then help people realize how their choices can impact the outcome. This is where our ability to communicate clearly as leaders makes a difference. It isn’t easy to communicate during crisis. Especially as the emotional climate heats up, it is vital that we use our words wisely.

  • Great Pressure

    Devotionals | September 09, 2015

    Person after person in God’s story would affirm that answering God’s call can only be done by depending wholly on God Himself. Moses, Elijah, and Jeremiah had strategic roles as God’s prophets. Mary and Joseph shepherded the very Son of God. Jesus and His disciples carried the gospel to a hostile world. All encountered great opposition. All are remembered today as faithfully representing God under great pressure. When pressure mounts in your life, put God first and allow Him to accomplish His purposes through you.

  • Life-affirming Relationships

    Devotionals | September 07, 2015

    Each season of the year brings opportunities to connect with family members and friends. Vacations, holidays, or simply day-to-day activities and weekends allow us to enjoy time with those close to us. Strong, healthy relationships allow trust to flourish, and trusting relationships create a climate that allows influence to grow. Like Jesus did with His friends and disciples, take advantage of opportunities to spend time with family and friends. Relax together. Value one another. Talk, laugh, listen, encourage, and build one another up.

  • Reflecting Reality

    Devotionals | September 04, 2015

    John’s gospel, like his letters, reflect a lifetime of knowing and serving Jesus. It is only in John’s gospel that we have the story of Jesus’ washing the disciples’ feet and Jesus’ prayer as He prepared for the cross. The depth of John’s insight and simplicity of his writing show that he has internalized the message of living, loving, and leading like Jesus. Does Jesus’ leadership perspective permeate our lives so that we, too, reveal Jesus in all we say and do?