Articles | September 2020

  • How Big Is Your Heart

    Devotionals | September 16, 2020

    It can be easy for a person’s focus to shrink inward, to become so consumed with our own concerns that we forget how big God’s heart is. His heart encompasses the whole world. He desires to bring life-giving light and salvation to all, and He is at work to that end. As men and women who follow Jesus, God’s heart increasingly transforms the focus of our concerns and leadership. Ask God to enlarge your heart to see people as He sees them, and to show His love for others so that they might see Jesus.

  • Energized Contentment

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | September 15, 2020

    “So you take one of these trays of metal plates and tip them into the feeding channel. Start the machine and you’re ready to go!”

    I was learning the ins and outs of my new position as secretary to the company president. One of my random duties was to print the addresses on the customer bills and send them to the accounting department. The woman I was replacing had just started this monthly task, and the huge Addressograph machine was chugging and clanging along.

    THUNK!

    “What was that?”

  • When in Doubt

    Devotionals | September 14, 2020

    Leading like Jesus doesn’t mean we always know what to do. Discerning the path forward frequently requires multiple considerations, some of which are not readily clear. Jesus modeled for His disciples a constant turning to the Father as He navigated the ups and downs of life. When He needed to select key leaders, He spent the night in prayer. After a long day of ministry, He stayed up late or woke up early to spend time with the Father. When in doubt, when pressure mounts, when you need to find a way forward, follow Jesus’ example, and turn to the Father.

  • Carried

    Devotionals | September 11, 2020

    We remember days behind us. Days of unbelievable pain and sorrow. Days of joy, of growth and accomplishment, of fear and courage and faith, of pride and forgiveness and humility. Monumental days that changed the course of our lives and the world itself. Days still ahead will bring joy, transformation, grief, sorrow, love, courage, forgiveness, struggles, new horizons and opportunities. Let the God of our days carry you each day.

  • Into the Unknown

    Devotionals | September 09, 2020

    No one knows exactly what the future holds. Humanity is neither all-knowing nor all-seeing. Yet each of us has times when we want to control our life circumstances and determine the outcomes according to our desires. If we’re honest, we realize that putting ourselves in control is to choose pride over trust, self-confidence over God-confidence. Because God is who He is—all-knowing and all-seeing, faithful and good, loving and kind, the great Shepherd of His flock—we can walk into an unknown future (with all its unpredictability) in trusting God-confidence.

  • Words We Long to Hear

    Devotionals | September 07, 2020

    “Well done, good and faithful servant.” These are the words all God’s servants long to hear. It is nice to hear them from time to time during our lives on earth. But human accolades pale in comparison to receiving God’s approval. When His Spirit touches our heart and whispers pleasure and blessing, all else fades away. We enter into God’s joy and delight when we live for Him. Do you long for intimacy with God? Increased joy in what you do? Serve the One who loves you more than life itself. Enter into God’s presence and delight today.

  • Preparing for the Future

    Devotionals | September 04, 2020

    When Elijah found himself adrift, desperate, and isolated, God met him precisely at his point of need (1 Kings 19). Exhausted? Eat and sleep, there is a journey ahead. Discouraged, confused? Come into My presence and let Me reveal Myself to you. Can’t find your purpose or the way forward? No worries, I know the way forward, because I am the way, and I am at work in My world. I have a bigger and broader perspective than you do. Trust me. Overwhelmed, desperate, isolated? I never planned for you to go it alone. Accept my gift of a companion and servant and successor to train.

  • When Exhaustion Hits

    Devotionals | September 02, 2020

    Do you ever get tired? Even Elijah—the prophet who courageously revealed God’s truth and power to a corrupt people and nation, the prophet who raised a boy to life and called down fire from heaven—yes, even Elijah got tired. The public display of God’s power in and through him was not without cost. Jezebel’s threat came at a point of extreme exhaustion, drained as he was after confronting the faithless, Baal-worshiping crowd and all that ensued. Fear washed over him. His only thought was to get away. He was done, but God was not done with him.

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