Audacious Prayer

November 30, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

We live in a curious tension when it comes to the Lord. On the one hand, we rightly bow before him, offering ourselves in humble worship. On the other hand, we experience friendship with God that invites us to be completely honest with him.

The Perplexing ROI for the Follower of Jesus

November 29, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

In Mark 10:25, Jesus said that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God. This distressed his disciples, who wondered who could be saved. When Jesus said that everything is possible with God, Peter wanted to make sure his place in the kingdom was secure. So he said, “We have left everything to follow you!” (10:28). Peter was probably hoping for a word of reassurance, something like, “Don’t worry, Peter, you’re in. You’ve earned your spot by your sacrifice.” But what he heard from Jesus must have been both comforting and perplexing.

Hearing the Hard Word of Jesus

November 28, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21   Mark 10:17-27 is one of those passages in the Gospels that makes most of us terribly uncomfortable. Like … Read More

Ready for a Change

November 27, 2016By Tim Yee

In yesterday’s devotion I suggested that in our world of instant-gratification, we need a season like Advent to teach us how to wait. Advent is a season of longing for a Savior to touch our lives and heal our hurting world. Today, on this first Sunday of Advent, the prophet speaks of a longing for change — the desire for God to shape our lives amidst a world that often seems like it’s out to crush and derail us from following the One who came in the flesh to show us the way home.

Preparing for Advent: Learning to Wait

November 26, 2016By Tim Yee

With tomorrow being the first Sunday of Advent, I want to suggest this season of intentional waiting is a perfect context for leaders to grow in this discipline.

Keeping Christmas Well . . . by Caring for the Whole People Who Work for You

December 29, 2015By Mark D. Roberts

In yesterday’s devotion, we saw that Ebenezer Scrooge was transformed from someone who treated his worker, Bob Cratchit, poorly, to a boss who paid just wages. Seeking justice in the workplace is an essential element of keeping Christmas well, both in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and in the Scripture. Yet, there is more to keeping Christmas well for those of us who are in a position of leadership in our workplaces.

Keeping Christmas Well . . . with the Family of God

December 27, 2015By Mark D. Roberts

Yet, I recognized that some of us are not able to be with our own families, even during the holidays. In times like these, we can find comfort and joy as “members of the household of God” (Eph 2:19).

I want to share with you three different snapshots of the family of God at Christmas…