How Does the Past Help Us Understand the Future?

How Does the Past Help Us Understand the Future?

April 5, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

When John reports his vision of “a new heaven and a new earth,” we hear echoes from the past. The first and most obvious echo is of the first creation. The opening line of Scripture reads, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1). The new heaven and new earth seen by John are also created by God, along the lines of Genesis 1. As we’ll see, in some ways the new creation is consistent with the first creation and in some ways it is distinct from it.

What’s Wrong with Heaven?

What’s Wrong with Heaven?

April 4, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

By all means, I preferred everlasting life to endless death. But I wasn’t all that sure about the rest of what Heaven involved. Hanging out with Jesus and my relatives seemed fine as something to do for a while. But forever?

Showing Compassion, Right Where You Are

Showing Compassion, Right Where You Are

April 3, 2016By Deidra Riggs

A recent StoryCorps recording featured a conversation with François Clemmons. Clemmons played the role of Officer Clemmons on the program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Clemmons, an African-American graduate student, met Fred Rogers, a white Methodist minister, in 1968. After meeting, Fred Rogers invited Clemmons to participate on his television program which was marketed toward children but which, quite arguably, was a gentle teacher to many adults who sat with their children to watch the show.

How’s Your Compassion Quotient?

How’s Your Compassion Quotient?

April 2, 2016By Deidra Riggs

Compassion is tricky. It behaves like an emotion — rising up within us without our willing it or wishing its arrival. Sometimes, the depth of our compassion toward others astounds even us. When we feel it, we’re often moved to action on behalf of someone else.

The End, But Stay Tuned

The End, But Stay Tuned

March 31, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

Today we finish our devotional study of Genesis. Ironically, this is also the final day of the first year of the Life for Leaders devotions. The De Pree Center began publishing Life for Leaders on April 1, 2015. After a few devotions related to Easter, we dove into Genesis on April 6 with “First Impressions.” Since then, we’ve seen over and over again how God’s speaks to us through Genesis, not just about our personal lives, but also about our work, our leadership, and our participation in the world.

God’s Amazing Plans

God’s Amazing Plans

March 30, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

Every time I come upon Genesis 50:20, I am amazed. It captures in a nutshell the superior sovereignty and generous grace of God. It offers encouragement for us in our work and in every part of life. And it calls us to worship the God whose intentions are truly marvelous.

Use the Power of Your Words to Bless Others, Part 2

Use the Power of Your Words to Bless Others, Part 2

March 29, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

In yesterday’s Life for Leaders devotion, we began to consider a passage from Genesis 49 in which Jacob testified to the power of his verbal blessings to affect the life of his son Joseph. “The blessings of your father,” Jacob said, “are stronger than the blessings of the eternal mountains” (49:26). From this starting point, we reflected on the power of our words to bless others or to hurt them. This power is expressed, not just within family systems, but also in the workplace. With words, we can build each other up or tear each other down.

Use the Power of Your Words to Bless Others, Part 1

Use the Power of Your Words to Bless Others, Part 1

March 28, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

Words have power. With your words you can wound and weaken the people who matter most in your life, such as your colleagues and subordinates, your family members and friends, your neighbors near and far. Or you can use your words to bless those who are close to you, to build them up, encourage, and energize them.