Devotionals

  • Seeing Like Jesus

    Devotionals | June 23, 2021

    Everywhere Jesus went, He saw through the Father’s eyes. He saw people with pressing needs, religious leaders who needed to refocus on God’s priorities, and disciples who needed to be trained. More importantly, Jesus saw what the Father was doing in sending Him into the world. This prompted Him to speak words of truth, hope, guidance, and correction, to act with compassion and courage, and to press forward with His God-given mission. What do you see the Father doing? Who and what does He want you to see today? How does He want you to respond to what you see?

  • Family Matters

    Devotionals | June 21, 2021

    After personally leading a successful campaign to return the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, David “returned home to bless his family” (1 Chron. 16:43). Jesus, in the midst of His suffering on the cross, becoming the means of forgiveness for the sin of the whole world, gave His mother Mary into the care of the disciple whom He loved (Jn. 19:26-27). Are we as focused on living, loving, and leading like Jesus in our family relationships as we are in professional or ministry roles? Jesus clearly was.

  • Loving Like Jesus

    Devotionals | June 21, 2021

    Grace, forgiveness, community, and encouragement are expressions of God’s love poured out to us. Stop and think: What difference do these expressions of His love make in your life? Who would you be without His love? Who are you becoming because of His love? How are you relating to others differently because of how you have experienced His love? Jesus had one overriding commandment for His disciples, that they would love one another as He had loved them.

  • When We Are Weary

    Devotionals | June 16, 2021

    Scripture is full of examples of perseverance under pressure and of exhortations to keep going when the journey is hard. Jesus dealt with constant opposition, and His earliest followers faced the antagonism of the entire Roman Empire as well as the Jewish religious culture. Jesus-like values and leadership principles stand in opposition to a world system that is focused on self-protection and self-promotion. Yet, we are called to a higher standard than living for the here-and-now. Let us keep our eyes on God's approval and keep going!

     

  • Living Bread, Fresh Faith

    Devotionals | June 14, 2021

    As the Hebrews wandered in the wilderness they lived on manna, which appeared each day according to God's promise and provision. Hoarding yesterday's manna did them no good, since each morning God provided what they needed to sustain them. In a similar way, we are called to trust God anew day by day, living in fresh faith, knowing that He will provide for the needs and challenges of the day ahead. Jesus is our bread from heaven who lives eternally. Humbly and confidently trust Him to provide for you today.

    I am the bread of life.—John 6:48

  • Giving Honor Where It Is Due

    Devotionals | June 11, 2021

    We are who we are because someone else has built into our lives. Jesus, certainly, but most likely there are others who have come alongside us and believed in us through the years. Not one of us is able to claim that we are self-made people. Parents, teachers, family members, friends, and associates have taught us through their words and examples, have supported and challenged us. Who do you need to thank for their influence in your life? How can you honor them by the way you live and lead?

  • Following Jesus' Custom

    Devotionals | June 09, 2021

    Can you remember a significant teacher in your life, a person without whose influence you would not be the same person? It may be someone who believed in you, who said just the right thing at the right time or challenged you when you needed it. Investing time, energy, wisdom, and skill in the lives of others, teachers trust that their work will make a life-changing difference in people's lives. Jesus invested His life in teaching others. How are you following His custom?

  • Heart

    Devotionals | June 07, 2021

    Where is your trust today? Is it flourishing, God-confident, ready to take on the world? Or is today one of those days when it takes a mental effort to trust that God is at work in and through you? Jesus called the crowds to trust Him, assuring them that trust in Him is well-placed. Your salvation, your relationship with God, your empowering by the Holy Spirit, your ability to live and lead in Jesus' name, all is secure when you trust Jesus.

  • An Endless Supply

    Devotionals | June 04, 2021

    What do you need today in order to lead like Jesus leads? Wisdom, grace, understanding, compassion, courage, confidence, humility, strength, patience, encouragement? Jesus found all that He needed in His Father. In relationship with the Father, Jesus could freely pour out His need in prayer, knowing that He was being heard and that His Father would answer out of His unending goodness and love. We can have that same confidence. The Father is a trustworthy confidante, and He is more than willing to lead us as we look to Him.

  • A Story to Tell

    Devotionals | June 03, 2021

    Everyone has a story, a story of where they have come from, what has shaped them, who is important to them, where they hope to go, what they hope to achieve. Our stories shape our lives, just as the larger story in which we find ourselves shapes us. Finding ourselves in God's story and in relationship to Jesus transforms our stories and infuses them with meaning. What story does your life tell?

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