Articles | Habits

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Real People, Real Problems

    Devotionals | August 31, 2015

    Jesus came into the real world, a world filled with real people who have real problems. Some days we are the ones calling others to live up to the high calling we have in Jesus, and some days we are the ones who need to hear and respond to Jesus’s call. Even as we extend grace and encouragement to others, we need it for ourselves. Don’t neglect the habit of allowing God to encourage and strengthen you through Scripture and heartfelt prayer. As we receive God’s hope and encouragement, we will be able to pass it on to others.

  • Loved By the Father

    Devotionals | June 19, 2015

    How much does our Heavenly Father love us? So much that He sent His one and only Son for us. Consider the sacrifice He willingly made on our behalf! When human fathers reflect God’s unconditional love into their families, families and generations are transformed. Pray for the fathers in your life and community. Pray for them to receive and abide in God’s love. Pray for them to invite His Spirit to transform them and the way they love and lead their families.

  • Seasons of Rest

    Devotionals | June 01, 2015

    David paints a picture of rest and refreshment in Psalm 23:1-2. We can imagine ourselves in the green pastures, see the sunlight glinting off the rippling water, and sense the shepherd nearby. Just a few phrases later, David speaks of dark valleys, lurking pressures and enemies, yet he finds comfort and courage in the Lord’s guidance, presence, and goodness. Seasons of rest are God’s provision to strengthen us for the challenging work of leading like Jesus. Take advantage of the seasons of rest He gives you, then renewed and refreshed, rise to lead, knowing that He goes with you.

  • Words of Hope

    Devotionals | May 27, 2015

    What kind of words cause you to rise to a challenge? The exact words may differ from person to person, but typically they can be categorized as words of hope, encouragement and belief. When we hear trusted friends and associates verbalize their faith in us, those words continue to ring deeply in the well of our souls. They echo back to us long past the moment when they were uttered, becoming a source of ongoing encouragement and motivation. Jesus believes in you today; let His voice drown out the voice of discouragement with words of hope. Take courage and be strong!

  • Carried by Friends

    Devotionals | May 25, 2015

    There may be times when we sense that the task before us is too great for the resources available to us. We may realize that God is our only hope, but we can’t seem to find it in ourselves to pray or to believe that He is hearing our prayers. If you find yourself facing such a time, let the story of the paralytic carried by friends into the presence of Jesus inspire you. Call together trusted friends and ask them to come alongside you, seeking God’s intervention on your behalf.

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