Becoming Lead Servants: Farsightedness

Becoming Lead Servants: Farsightedness

April 21, 2018By Uli Chi

As the story of Joseph remarkably demonstrates, farsightedness is a core gift of leadership. Joseph’s ability to see and understand what others do not opens the doors for his work as lead servant of Egypt. He sees the implications of Pharaoh’s dreams… And he simultaneously sees what should be done… Leadership requires both insight into the fundamental problems facing an organization and insight into the trajectory of their resolution.

Seeking God Always

Seeking God Always

April 20, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

How do we seek the Lord? What does this mean for those of us who are already in covenant relationship with him? In part, seeking God is a matter of paying attention… We pay attention to him from the moment we wake to the moment we close our eyes at night. We don’t look for God only in so-called “sacred” spaces, but equally in so-called “secular” places. God is present and active everywhere. We are invited to discern his presence and activity wherever we are.

Our First Glimpse of the Church and Why It Matters

Our First Glimpse of the Church and Why It Matters

April 19, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

The church is Christ’s body, the physical representation of Christ on earth. And the church is, in some way, the vehicle and container for all that God is doing in the universe. As we move through Ephesians, we’ll learn much more about the church, its identity and role. For now, we have been introduced to the church and sense its centrality to the story of Ephesians… Even now we begin to understand how central the church is to God’s plans for the world.

Living Each Day with Christ as Your Supreme Authority

Living Each Day with Christ as Your Supreme Authority

April 18, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

We live in the tension between the fact that Christ is head over all things and the fact that all things are not as God intends them to be. Many people in our world reject the sovereignty of Christ, and he allows them to have this freedom. Yet, we who know Christ as Savior and Lord have the opportunity not only to live under Christ’s headship in our personal lives, but also to bring parts of our world under his authority.

Jesus is Your Friend… and So Much More

Jesus is Your Friend… and So Much More

April 17, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

It’s a wonderful thing to know Jesus as our friend. Yet, sometimes we become so enamored with relating to Jesus as our friend that we forget who this friend really is. Ephesians 1:19-23 serves as a corrective to our tendency to reduce Jesus to merely a nice guy, someone to hang around with… The Jesus who is our friend is also the One who is seated with God the Father in Heaven, exalted above all other powers in the universe.

The Easter Difference: Knowing Resurrection Power

The Easter Difference: Knowing Resurrection Power

April 16, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

Ephesians 1 says that the very power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to us. This does not mean, however, that we can control this power. The power of God is not like the Force in Star Wars, something we can learn to manipulate. Rather, we have access to God’s power because God dwells in us and among us through the Holy Spirit. God determines how his power will be used in our lives.

Attention-Giving vs. Attention-Getting

Attention-Giving vs. Attention-Getting

April 15, 2018By Tim Yee

Jesus was attentive… Attention-giving can be especially difficult in a culture where attention-getting is so highly valued. Being attentive can be hard amidst Facebook posts, work deadlines, and endless emails. But numerous opportunities to join God in his kingdom work abound daily for those who cultivate a lifestyle of attentiveness to God’s will, to self-care, and to others’ needs.

Revolutionary Communicator

Revolutionary Communicator

April 14, 2018By Tim Yee

What can we expect to learn from Jesus about communicating in a modern world, when he didn’t have to compete for the attention of people immersed in emails, podcasts, text messages, Facebook, Instagram, Netflix, and emerging virtual reality technologies? Can growing our skills of attentiveness help us connect with people who give their attention to these powerful technologies?

The God of Play

The God of Play

April 13, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

He created us in his image, calling us to be fruitful and multiply, to work so that the world might be filled… But God also created play. He made us with the capacity to jest, to dance, to laugh. The example of Leviathan encourages us to enjoy life, to do things that are not necessarily productive in the ordinary sense, though they are productive of delight, health, and community. Our playfulness reflects the creative intentions of our playful God.