• The Priority of Prayer

    Devotionals | January 03, 2022

    When new opportunities appear, decisions must be made, relationships are strained, and goals must be met, is it your practice to turn to God? Jesus modeled a life of prayer, prayer as a daily spiritual practice, especially as the demands on Him increased. The larger the crowds and the greater His success, the more determined He was to guard His relationship with His Father. This allowed Him to stand for God even when the world turned against Him. What about you?

  • The Great Exchange

    Devotionals | December 31, 2021

    How tightly do you cling to your accomplishments and possessions? Pride in self-accomplishment frequently pushes God out of the picture as the giver of all good things. God calls us to exchange pride in self for humble thanksgiving and reliance on God. As we daily acknowledge His presence as Creator and Sustainer, we come to trust Him as the source of all our confidence and power. Who are you trusting in today, yourself or God?

  • Making Room for God’s Plans in the New Year

    Blog | Kristin Beyer | December 30, 2021

    In 2016, my New Year’s goal was to clear out 2,016 things from my home. It seemed like a huge number, but I’d read about this idea to set specific decluttering goals from Kathy Lipp’s book Clutter Free, and I felt equipped and motivated. My strategy for accountability was to keep a running tally on a piece of paper on the side of my refrigerator, and my unwanted items either went into the trash, were donated, or were put on Facebook to offer up to friends and family. I met my goal by that summer, and I was so proud to show off my tally list to disbelieving friends!

  • Responding to God's Call

    Devotionals | December 29, 2021

    From being driven by pride, Paul became a man who lived with humility and confidence born of an encounter with Jesus Christ. In response to God's call, Paul lived his life with a new focus of taking the message of Christ to both Jews and Gentiles. God's call and God's grace reshaped Paul's perspective and approach to life. How are God's call and grace reshaping your perspective and approach?

    I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.—Ephesians 3:7

  • The Power of Love

    Devotionals | December 27, 2021

    What impact has the love of God made in your life? God's love changes the human heart. It creates new life, transforming hardened hearts and creating new patterns of living. Just as Jesus' love for His Father was revealed in His sacrificial love for others, those transformed by Jesus' unconditional love cannot remain the same. Where is God's transforming love at work in you? How is it changing your relationships with others?

    Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.—1 John 4:7

  • Never Ending Praise

    Devotionals | December 25, 2021

    All that God had set in motion from before the beginning of the world unfolds in the birth of a child. He is here! Jesus, Savior, Immanuel, the Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Son of Man, the Righteous One. Because of Him, the night skies were filled with angels, shepherds hurried to see, Mary and Joseph were propelled from obscurity onto the pages of Scripture, and countless lives have never been the same. Are you one of them? Celebrate His birth!

  • Believing is Seeing

    Devotionals | December 24, 2021

    Mary knew about believing the Lord’s promises. For nine months before Jesus’ birth, she trusted God to sort out all of the details surrounding Gabriel’s announcement. She traveled to see Zechariah and Elizabeth, she told Joseph and her parents what the angel had said. She watched how they responded even as she felt the signs of new life take shape within her. With each breath she trusted God, she saw His faithfulness, and she placed her trust in Him. His promises to her proved true.

  • Let His Light Shine

    Devotionals | December 22, 2021

    Many people think of holidays as anything but ‘holy days.’ Yet holidays provide opportunities to create God-centered celebrations and memories whose impact will linger far into the future. Don’t rush into or hurry past these opportunities. Let God’s presence infuse this holiday season with eternal significance. Take time to gain His perspective, focus on the people in front of you, and express God’s love to others.

    We love because he first loved us.—1 John 4:19

  • Christmas Is Upon Us!

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | December 20, 2021

    There were warnings all morning. A major blizzard was forecast to hit our city, Fort Wayne, Indiana. My boss was sending everyone home early to stay ahead of the storm. It was January 1978, years before the blessing of cell phones. I finally reached my husband at the seminary after several panicky calls.

  • How to Lead at Christmas (and every other day)

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | December 20, 2021

    In a popular Christmas song, Andy Williams (1963) told us, “It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."  Holiday music fills the air, children are excited, the tree shimmers, and the kitchen bustles with the sounds and smells of the feast season. Traditional Christmas movies like: It’s a Wonderful Life, the Miracle of 34th Street, Scrooge, White Christmas, and Imitation of Life will compete with the slate of more than forty-five college football bowl games scheduled. At times, it makes you ask, have we lost the meaning of Christmas?