Be Strong And Courageous, Session 6 (Call Others to Step Forward): Seasons of a Leader’s Life


Excerpt from Seasons of a Leader’s Life by Jeff Iorg (B&H, 2013) Lesson 16 Serve Humbly   John 13:1–20 Jesus and the disciples gathered just before the Passover for their evening meal. During the meal, Jesus quietly slipped away from his place at the table, removed his robe, tied a towel around his waist, and […]

Be Strong And Courageous, Session 5 (Work Through Conflict): Moving Beyond Life’s Messes


God loves His children, whether or not their beds are made. Lately I’ve been observing a side of me I don’t like. It’s a sarcastic, critical, nagging side concerning my early-digit teen daughter, Ashley. I find myself annoyed at small things: her leaving her clothes on the bathroom floor, not hanging up her towel, not putting away her books or colored pens, leaving […]

Be Strong And Courageous, Session 4 (Move Beyond Failure): The Artistry of God


    The Artistry of God God creates a mosaic masterpiece from the shards of your life. Human beings are like snowflakes — there are no two alike. Everyone is utterly unique from everyone else, and that uniqueness can be seen in the physical, emotional, and mental makeup of any single person. What’s more, that […]

Be Strong And Courageous, Session 2 (Be Confident in God’s Power): Holding Tight


  Holding Tight A father places his five daughters in God’s hands. by Polly House When Jeremy Adkins’ wife died nine days after giving birth to their fifth daughter, he just wanted to run. And he did. “I knew I had a choice to make,” Jeremy said. “I could either run to God or away […]

Be Strong And Courageous, Session 1 (Accept Your Leadership Role): Lessons From a Mentor


I AM WRITING this column about one week after I learned that one of my professional mentors has announced his retirement. As his friend and coworker, I have watched him live his faith in his home and in his ministry. He is for me what a mentor ought to be: someone who so walks with God that you want to […]

Like Glue, Session 2 (Stick With Encouragement): Common Ground


BY SCOTT ATTEBERY Bound together by the need for grace. I don’t belong here. That was my first thought when I walked into the room labeled, “Singles.” I had recently relocated and was interested in building rela- tionships in my new church home. On that particular Sunday morning, I was greeted at the church entrance […]

Like Glue, Session 1 (Stick With Love): True Colors


BY MICHAEL KELLEY The greatest mark of those who follow Christ is love. Certain patterns of behavior are associated with discipleship or growing in maturity in our relationship with Christ. These patterns, classically called spiritual disciplines, are the means of grace God has given us that help us to develop intimacy with Him. But I’ve […]

Like No Other, Session 8 (Exalted Like No Other): More than a Feeling


 BY MICHAEL KELLEY Set up faith as the engine of your life instead of your emotions. It’s confession time: I didn’t go to the gym this morning. It wasn’t because I suddenly decided that working out was no longer beneficial, nor was it because I had something else pressing that I had to do. I […]

Like No Other, Session 6 (Resurrected Like No Other): Finding Hope In Life’s Saturdays


by PETE WILSON The Bible gives us many of the difficult details concerning the death of Jesus. From his hands and feet being nailed to the cross, to the soldiers gambling over his clothes. We’re told in the gospel of Matthew that “darkness fell across the whole land.” That was the first day, a dark […]

Like No Other, Session 5 (Death Like No Other): Abundant Cross


Jesus emptied His life so your life could be full. by David Mathis Twice Jesus was offered wine while on the cross. He refused the first, but took the second. Why? The first time is referenced in Mark 15:23, “They tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh, but He did not take it.” William […]