You’ve Been Chosen!

You’ve Been Chosen!

January 17, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

It’s a great thing to be chosen for something wonderful… According to Ephesians 1:4, we have been chosen by God. That’s right. God has chosen us. Verse 5 adds that God has “predestined” us. This means God wants us. God wants you. This is very good news, don’t you think?

How to Be a Conduit of God’s Blessing

How to Be a Conduit of God’s Blessing

January 16, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

According to Ephesians 1:3, God has blessed us aplenty… We have been blessed “with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” This raises a question: What are we to do with the blessings God showers upon us? Yes, to be sure, we are to enjoy the gifts of God. That’s one common and sensible response to blessing. But that’s not the end of it.

God Has Blessed You Abundantly

God Has Blessed You Abundantly

January 15, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

Do you feel blessed by God? I expect some Life for Leaders readers will quickly say, “yes, more than I could ever deserve.” Others, especially those going through difficult times, might hesitate. Perhaps you know in your head that God has blessed you, but, right now, you don’t exactly feel blessed. Our text today offers reassurance and hope. God has blessed you, not just a bit, but abundantly.

Blueprints: Introduction

Blueprints: Introduction

January 14, 2018By Breon Wells

In Luke 14, Jesus begins to discourse with the people about the cost of discipleship. During this dialogue, he presents the idea of someone building a tower without counting the cost—drafting a detailed plan and accurately assessing what it would take to complete the task… While Jesus was talking about counting the cost in following Christ, the same principle applies to leadership.

In Jesus’s Name

In Jesus’s Name

January 13, 2018By Uli Chi

I’ve come to believe that acting “in the name of Jesus” is fundamentally about acting in congruence with Jesus’s character and mission. What mattered to me as a business owner was that my employees understood what we wanted to do as a company (our mission) and who we intended to be as a company (our character). So, as followers of Jesus, we need to thoughtfully reflect God’s mission and character in our everyday work.

What is God’s Majesty?

What is God’s Majesty?

January 12, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

When it comes to Psalm 93:1, God’s being robed in majesty represents his being enveloped in the esteem of his creatures. God’s great strength calls forth honor. God’s glory demands praise. Thus, this psalm reminds us why we worship God even as it calls us to worship. In a sense, we join ourselves to the robe of majesty that surrounds God when we worship him.

Finding Yourself in the Story of God

Finding Yourself in the Story of God

January 11, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

The stories we hear have the power to shape us or to shame us. If we’re going to live integrated and meaningful lives, we need to be guided by stories full of truth and grace. Most of all, we need to comprehend the biggest and most influential story of all, the story of God. God’s story, when it becomes our primary story, has the power to transform our lives and to summon us into God’s transformation of the world.

Grace and Peace, What We Need!

Grace and Peace, What We Need!

January 10, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

Ephesians 1:2 is one of those verses we might be tempted to race by in order to get to the good stuff in Paul’s letter. Verse 2 can sound like a typical opening to a letter, the sort of thing you write whether you mean it or not… Paul did indeed begin his other letters by mentioning grace and peace… Was this simply epistolary boilerplate, a first-century version of “Dear Ephesians”? Or did it mean more?

Sharing in the Life of Christ

Sharing in the Life of Christ

January 9, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

Our being “in Christ” can and should be the defining relationship of our life. Whether we are at work or at play, whether we are teaching children or caring for aging parents, whether we are beginning our careers or well into our “third third,” we are blessed to share in the life of Christ, experiencing his presence and power, his grace and peace.