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  • Jesus' Reading List

    Devotionals | December 18, 2015

    What's on your reading list? In a day and age when copies of Scripture were rare and difficult to come by, Jesus, even as a young man, made a point of knowing the Scripture. His life mission was grounded in God's Word, what we today call the Old Testament. This knowledge strengthened Him for opposition and prepared Him to resist temptation. How familiar are you with the Bible that Jesus knew, loved and memorized?

  • A Job Well Done

    Devotionals | December 07, 2015

    What criteria do you use to evaluate yourself as a leader? John 17 records Jesus’ prayer as He assessed His season of leadership. He evaluated His personal focus on His God-given mission, His responsibility to teach His disciples what they needed to know to be successful, having protected them while they were under His leadership, and having prepared them for the future. How would you assess your leadership using these same criteria?

    I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.—John 17:4

  • Displacing Greed with Gratitude

    Devotionals | November 27, 2015

    Living with an eternal perspective changes us. From being self-absorbed people, preoccupied with power, possessions and prestige, we learn to rest in who God is and what He has done for us. Instead of living for the next great thing, we begin to trust God for provision for our needs. Remember Jesus’ prayer for daily bread? It is that simple. Gratitude displaces greed as we learn to receive what God gives with grateful hearts, and give our time and energy to seeking first His kingdom.

  • Advice or Wisdom

    Devotionals | November 23, 2015

    Many people give advice, while others are sources of wisdom. How can you tell one from the other? Advice typically comes in the form of opinion and reflects the viewpoint of the person offering it. Wisdom, the kind of wisdom that Jesus exhibited in His life, has the ring of God’s truth about it, an overarching truth that transcends human understanding. Even His enemies marveled at Jesus’ selfless, God-centered wisdom. Do you give advice or offer godly wisdom?

  • A Job Well Done

    Devotionals | November 18, 2015

    What criteria do you use to evaluate yourself as a leader? John 17 records Jesus’ prayer as He assessed His season of leadership. He evaluated His personal focus on His God-given mission, His responsibility to teach His disciples what they needed to know to be successful, having protected them while they were under His leadership, and having prepared them for the future. How would you assess your leadership using these same criteria?

    I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.—John 17:4

  • Hesitating

    Devotionals | October 14, 2015

    There may be times when we as leaders find ourselves hesitating to move forward with what God has given us to do. Regardless of our commitment to follow His leading, we struggle to find a path forward. What blocks our way—fear, pride, internal pressures, or external circumstances? What concerns us—the cost required, how others will respond, the likelihood of success, or uncertainty about how to proceed? How does God factor into our thinking? Seeking Him is always a good start.

    I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.—Proverbs 8:17

  • If Not Jesus, Who?

    Devotionals | October 12, 2015

    Everyone follows someone. Each of us has a leadership role model. Who is yours? Who is the person that you want to be like? Is it one of your parents, a teacher who believed in you, or perhaps a boss or mentor? How does that person’s leadership reflect Jesus? Above all, how is Jesus’ leadership example influencing your leadership? Don’t let your example mislead others. How will your words and actions reflect Him to those who look to you as their leadership role model?

  • A Wise Investment

    Devotionals | October 07, 2015

    Values, like relationships and tasks, need to be prioritized. What is of highest value to you? Time, money, family, success, pleasure? Proverbs urges us to seek wisdom as our highest priority. God’s truth and wisdom is available to all, although it requires personal effort to attain it. Do you want God’s wisdom? He has much to say, if we are willing to ask and listen to what Him. Where do you need God’s wisdom today?

  • 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?

  • 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.

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