Devotionals

  • Without Words

    Devotionals | November 26, 2015

    What if you could no longer speak? What if you could no longer say the words “I love you, I appreciate you” to those you love and lead? How would you show them that they matter to you? Would you hug them more? Would you spend more time with them? Would you forgive more freely or smile more often? How can you come alongside others and communicate how much they mean to you and to God? What opportunities will you have today to share God’s grace, forgiveness, and encouragement, through your actions?

  • Overflowing with Thankfulness

    Devotionals | November 25, 2015

    Thankfulness is key to our leadership. It grounds us in humility as we realize that Jesus has done for us what we could not do for ourselves. Kneeling before His cross with open hands, we look up in gratitude and wonder. Following His gaze, we look around us at those He came to save, and we rise to serve in His name. Thankfulness pours itself out in service to others. Only a thankful, humble heart can receive the gift of salvation and rise to follow in Jesus in sacrificial service.

  • 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 Leader Who Strengthens Others

    Devotionals | November 20, 2015

    Deborah gave her life in service to God and His people. Her wisdom and discernment brought stability during a time of oppression. When the time came for God to move on behalf of His people, God’s chosen leader would not move forward without Deborah at his side. Are you a leader who serves with God-given wisdom and discernment? Are others able to depend on you, knowing that You have God’s purposes in mind and will stand beside them to see God’s plan accomplished?

  • 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

  • When Strengths Go Bad

    Devotionals | November 16, 2015

    Responsibility, loyalty, a desire to make a positive difference, deep compassion and commitment, all of these are admirable leadership qualities. But when these desires and qualities are divorced from trust in God, they eventually become self-serving. Edging God out, we become controlling, frustrated, disengaged, impatient, and self-protective. Where do you need to guard your strengths by exalting God as the object of your worship, the source of your security, self-worth and wisdom, and your audience and judge?

  • Enough

    Devotionals | November 13, 2015

    How much is enough when it comes to our relationship with God? How much do we want to know Him, to be transformed by Him? God offers Himself fully and freely to us through the Son and the Spirit. But what about us? Are we satisfied with knowing Him from afar, instead of experiencing relationship with the living God?

  • This Is How We Do It

    Devotionals | November 11, 2015

    Jesus gave His life for others. First, He gave Himself wholeheartedly to the Father, and then He gave Himself to reconcile the world to the Father. We are beneficiaries of Jesus’ lifework, and we are called alongside Him to give our lives in the same cause. We do this just as He did, choosing to live our lives for others.

  • Trust

    Devotionals | November 09, 2015

    When we trust in the name of God, we are trusting in God’s character, believing Him to be who He says He is and trusting Him to act in line with His word and promises. When we pray in the name of Jesus, we are trusting in Jesus’ character as the Son of God who opened the way into the Father’s presence for His disciples. We are taking Him at His word, believing that through Him we have been given new life and new hope by the Spirit. Who are you prayerfully and actively trusting in today?

  • The Source of Confidence

    Devotionals | November 06, 2015

    From an early age, Jesus knew whose He was and who He was. Obstacles, even Mary’s and Joseph’s lack of understanding, didn’t cause Him to question His identity as the beloved Son of God or God’s call on His life. What difference did this make in His leadership? His secure, intimate relationship with the Father made it natural for Jesus to actively and confidently depend upon His Father to meet every challenge that arose. He invites us to follow His example.

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