Articles | Heart

  • Take Heart

    Devotionals | April 27, 2016

    Where does your confidence lie? What brings you peace during chaos? When facing difficult days, where do you find courage and strength? Scripture reveals God’s faithfulness as His people’s rock, fortress, and protection. Jesus acknowledged that His disciples would face hard times, even as He Himself was facing the cross. In the face of this reality, He called His disciples to take heart and find peace in Him. When troubles come into your life, when leadership challenges overwhelm you, turn to Him. Take heart! He knows the way forward.

  • Longings of the Heart

    Devotionals | April 18, 2016

    What do our hearts long for? Success, prestige, power, security? How do we define success? Whose prestige do we long to increase? Whose power do we want to see displayed? Where does our security come from? In the face of an overwhelming enemy, Isaiah led the people to focus their longings on the hope that comes from God alone. Let the Lord shape the longings of your heart today.  

  • How’s Your Heart Today?

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | April 12, 2016

    In the Lead Like Jesus Encounter leadership workshop, the heart is the first of the Four Domains we discuss to be aware of what makes a leader. Understanding the role of the heart involves an in depth awareness of the importance of motives: “Effective leadership starts on the inside — it’s a heart issue. If you don’t get the heart right, then nothing will make you a leader like Jesus.”

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    Who’s in Your Penalty Box? The Super-Natural Act of Forgiveness

    Blog | Phyllis Hendry Halverson | April 06, 2016

    Humanly speaking, forgiveness is impossible.

    Probably everyone on the planet has been hurt by the actions or words of another person. The experiences of hurt come in a variety of ways, from broken trust to broken people. A partner sabotages your business; your spouse has an affair; a family member turns others against you; members of your church criticize you; a person you love is abusive; or someone injures a loved one. As followers of Jesus, we are taught we must forgive.

  • Personal Discovery

    Devotionals | March 28, 2016

    After His resurrection, Jesus revealed Himself to His followers at different times and in different ways. Mary Magdalene saw Jesus that first Sunday morning. Peter and John saw the empty tomb. The two disciples returning to Emmaus walked and talked with the Lord before realizing His identity. Later Jesus appeared in the midst of a group of disciples to confirm that He was alive. Where does Jesus want to reveal Himself to you as your risen Lord? 

  • Unspeakable Joy

    Devotionals | March 27, 2016

    “He is alive!” 

    Can you imagine the joy of the women, of the other disciples? Can you imagine how the news spread, person to person? Can you feel the flutters of hope? Can you imagine running to the tomb with the disciples to see for yourself? Can you imagine daring to believe that this not the end, that God has done something only God could do, and that all your hopes and beliefs are true? It is true! He is alive! Jesus is Lord!

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    Abiding in God's Love

    Blog | Phyllis Hendry Halverson | March 02, 2016

    I recently had an experience in a fast-food restaurant that reminded me of what it is to love without conditions.

    Walking toward the drink machine, I saw a little girl of about three waiting while her dad filled their cups. The girl saw me and ran to me, smiling, and I smiled back. The girl’s dad walked over and explained that his daughter had never run up to a stranger that way before. I said I must look like someone the girl knows.

  • A Place to Begin

    Devotionals | February 26, 2016

    Sometimes the challenges in front of us loom so large that we don’t know where to start. The weight of what needs to be accomplished seems to hold us in place, sapping our strength and paralyzing our ability to think. Fear has us in its hold. Recognizing fear’s presence, naming it, begins the process of releasing us from its power. We turn to the Lord, humble ourselves before Him, and yield ourselves to His care and guidance. He reassures us of His presence, and fears begin to dissipate as He renews our hearts and minds.

  • Love Without Limits

    Devotionals | February 12, 2016

    God’s love knows no limits. His love far exceeds the greatest love this world can offer. Why then do we so easily chase after other ‘loves’? Have we not experienced the self-sacrificial, unconditional love of God? Have we not embraced His forgiveness and salvation? Do we not think He wants the best for us? Have we allowed ourselves to be misled by the world’s standards of love? Let the love of Jesus sweep through you today, saturating your heart and soul, your head and perspective. Then let it overflow through you into the lives of others.