I’ve Got Some Good News and Some Bad News

I’ve Got Some Good News and Some Bad News

April 24, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

If we don’t grasp the bad news of our condition outside of Christ, then we won’t grasp the good news of what God has done for us in Christ. And if we don’t feel the horror of the bad news, we’ll miss the joy of the good news. Too often these days, Christians downplay the bad news because we don’t want to put anyone off. But, by ignoring the bad news, we diminish the amazing goodness of the good news.

Excited at the Gates of Disneyland

Excited at the Gates of Disneyland

April 23, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

I will never forget the feeling. There I was, a young boy standing just outside the gates of Disneyland. Beyond the turnstiles, I could see the Main Street station of the Disneyland Railroad. And beyond that? Adventure! Excitement! Joy! I could hardly contain myself. I’m reminded of that feeling today as we stand just outside the gates of Ephesians 2. I realize this might seem odd to you… Yet, I find the story of God in Ephesians 2 to be absolutely compelling, life-changing, and, yes, exciting.

Help Me Help You: Valuing the Voice of Your Team

Help Me Help You: Valuing the Voice of Your Team

April 22, 2018By Breon Wells

Do you value the voice of your team members? Take a moment and intentionally reflect on this question. When they speak, do you actually stop to listen to what they are saying, or are you merely seeking to check off the “sought counsel” box? Do you feel that you can trust the insight that they give you? Leaders sometimes lament that good help is hard to find. If this is true, this also means that you must work to keep this good help once you find it.

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.