Articles | Heart

  • Confident Assurance

    Devotionals | August 04, 2021

    Paul was certain of God's call in his life, even as he wrote from a place of imprisonment. When we know who we are in Christ Jesus, our circumstances may shape the out working of our calling, but they do not keep us from accomplishing all that God wants to do through us. Due to his imprisonment, rather than simply traveling and speaking in person to churches, Paul wrote letters that have since become part of the New Testament. His commitment in adversity has blessed millions through the millennia. 

  • In Service of the King

    Devotionals | July 30, 2021

    Who do we serve? Whose goals, values, methods drive us? Scripture is clear that words alone are not sufficient evidence that we know God. Only as we deny ourselves and embrace God's purposes, God's plan, and God's principles will we see God's vision of reality come to pass. This is what Jesus was committed to, in word and in action. This was the focus of His whole life. Ask God what it would look like for you to exchange your goals, values, and methods for His. How will you live differently today because of what He is telling you?

  • A Helper When We Fall

    Devotionals | July 16, 2021

    As God’s people, we are not to live lives characterized by sin. Our lives are to be characterized by knowing Jesus Christ, the righteous one. Yet sin is a reality in this fallen world, and at times we will succumb to temptation. Perhaps we are prone to failing to lead in humility and God-grounded confidence. Perhaps we forego words of encouragement and loving correction, choosing instead to speak harsh words of judgment that stem from our own pride or fear.

  • Stop, Look, and Listen!

    Devotionals | July 08, 2021

    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?

  • Leading with Boldness

    Devotionals | July 02, 2021

    Jesus was able to lead with boldness because He was committed to pursuing God’s will and way above all else. God’s Word shaped His life and leadership perspective, and God’s Spirit sustained Him when challenges arose. His awareness of who He was and whose He was filled Him with assurance and confidence in every aspect of His ministry. Does the same humility and commitment to God underlie our leadership? This is the distinguishing characteristic between arrogance and boldness.

  • Make Us Like You

    Devotionals | June 30, 2021

    Leading like Jesus involves defining success as God defines it, while humbly and confidently depending on God and moving steadily toward the goal. Jesus knew this. His relationship with the Father was His number one priority in life. At times He withdrew from the public sphere to spend time with God. As a result, when it was time to act, He demonstrated God-grounded confidence. He kept His focus on the cross always and moved in sync with the Father’s will. How will you emulate His example today?

  • Spirit-led Journey

    Devotionals | January 08, 2018

    Throughout his epistles, Paul constantly returns to the theme of being saved by God’s grace through Christ Jesus, apart from any human efforts to earn a right standing with God. Building on that foundation, he speaks of the quality of life that flows from becoming new creations in Jesus. His messages culminate with exhortations to turn from worldly practices and to focus on practices and habits that support and reflect the new life we have in Jesus.

  • Going Where God Leads

    Devotionals | January 05, 2018

    As the Christmas season draws to a close, we remember the Magi—the wise men—who followed the signs they had in order to find the newly born king. Not satisfied with the wisdom they already possessed, they pressed forward to seek greater wisdom. They journeyed to find the Christ child at great personal cost and with great humility and courage. Will our lives reflect their commitment to seeking and following the truth God has given us? How committed are you to reorienting your life and leadership journey around seeking, worshiping and following Jesus?

  • Jesus Our Passover Lamb

    Devotionals | April 14, 2017

    The Passover Feast celebrates the Lord’s deliverance of His people from slavery in Egypt. From a life of slavery to harsh taskmasters, God redeemed His people, and brought them into a life-giving, love-based relationship with Him. This is the “Good” in Good Friday; with Jesus as our Passover lamb, we are redeemed from the bondage of sin, as recipients of God’s great love. We have found life anew, and now live and lead out of the wellspring of who God is and what He has done in our lives.