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Our devotional series will help you go deeper in your relationship with God. Each series is perfect for personal devotions or for small group study.

Imagination: Redeemed and Redemptive

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

This devotional series is meant to inspire your imagination for good, that is, for the good of God’s kingdom and all that it entails. If we are going to exercise our imaginations redemptively, then they will need to be redeemed. And when they are redeemed by God, our imaginations will have immense capacity to be redemptive for God’s purposes. This means God can and will use your imagination for good that, indeed, you have not yet begun to imagine!

Treasure in Clay Jars

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

This series focuses on 2 Corinthians 4-5 – chapters perfect for the season of Lent. This series will remind us of our mortality, but will also reassure us of the hope of God’s glorious future. We are like clay jars, fragile, earthly, impermanent. But God’s treasure – glorious and eternal – lives within us. 


Why Easter Matters

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

For Christians, Easter is not just a day. It’s a season, the 50-day season known as Eastertide. During this season we have the opportunity to grow in our understanding and experience of the resurrection of Jesus. In this series, we consider how the prayer in Ephesians 1:17-20 helps us discover why Easter matters.


Can’t Do It Alone

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

If you want to flourish in life, you can’t do it alone. God created you to live, work, and love in community with others. Relationships are essential for human flourishing in every season of life. No matter who you are or what you’re facing in life, remember: Can’t Do It Alone. 

Work in Light of Christmas

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

For many of us – but not all of us – Christmas is a time to get a break from work. Yet there is much in the biblical narrative of the birth of Jesus that makes connections between work and Christmas. 

Advent in the Psalms

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

Christmastime is often so filled with activities that we hardly have a spare moment. We can easily miss the true meaning of Christmas, the celebration of the birth of our Savior. In this devotional series, Mark explores the meaning and purpose behind the Christian season of Advent in hopes that we might grab hold of the opportunity to slow down, reflect, and prepare our hearts for a joyous and full celebration of God coming among us in Jesus.

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Thanksgiving Preseason

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

Thanksgiving day is one of gratitude and celebration. But for some this holiday is so full that we hardly have a moment to express thanks to God. In this series we’ve set apart ten days as Thanksgiving Preseason, a time to get our “gratitude muscles” ready to be fully and joyfully grateful, not just on one day, but throughout the year.

Encouragement from 1 Thessalonians

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

Do you need some encouragement today? It’s quite likely that you do, especially given all of the discouraging aspects of life in 2022. We yearn for encouragement based on what’s real, what’s true. This is exactly what we find in one of the shorter books of the Bible, Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians.

Invitation to a Flourishing Life

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

God did not design us merely to get along. We were created to flourish, that is, to live full and fruitful lives. Psalm 92 presents the promise that if we live rightly, we will flourish like healthy, beautiful, productive trees. God invites us to a life of genuine flourishing.

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Wisdom from Above

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

As you face the complexities of life, know that you’re not on your own to figure out what’s best. There is “wisdom from above” available to you.

God’s Transformational Calling

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

The doctrine of calling or vocation is both theologically essential and practically transformational. It can give us a whole new way of living. The fact is that God is calling you to a life of deeper purpose, community, and hope. Will you hear and respond to his call?

Keeping Christmas Well

Devotional Series by Mark D. Roberts

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to keep Christmas well, not just on one special day or during one special season of the year?

Devotions for Advent

Devotional Series by Mark D. Roberts

A set of devotions for Advent to be used with an Advent wreath.

Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change

Devotional Series by Tod Bolsinger

What type of leadership is needed in a moment that demands adaptive change?

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Cultivating Hope

Devotional Series by Inés Velásquez-McBryde

From the examples of Abram/Abraham in the Bible and her grandmother, her abuela Sara, Inés helps us to have hope in these challenging days.

Rhythms of Work

Devotional Series by Susie Lipps

The lessons from the vineyard apply to many spheres of life, and offer us a new way of being, working, and leading through the many seasons of life.

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Following Jesus Today

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

In a time of uncertainty, when we’re not sure quite what to do, it’s good to follow Jesus. When we wonder where our lives are headed and what they’ll be like when we get there, it’s good to follow Jesus.

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Walking with God in Uncertain Times

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

In the midst of a global pandemic and widespread economic disruption, we find ourselves in truly uncertain times. What difference does God make in times like these?

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Life in Lockdown

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

During the coronavirus pandemic, millions upon millions of people are living in virtual lockdown. How might we grow into a deeper relationship with God in this strange time of life?

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Easter and COVID-19

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

This Life for Leaders devotional series seeks biblical answers to the question: How does the resurrection of Jesus matter as we live in the challenge of the COVID-19 crisis?

Finding Our Bearings in a Crashing Economy

Article Series by Michaela O’Donnell Long

A global pandemic and crashing economy rightly catalyze urgent questions about our businesses, our leadership, and our livelihoods.

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Leading in a Crisis: The Difference God Makes

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

This series reflects on circumstances in the midst of the COVID-19 “coronavirus” crisis, and the difference God can make for those of us who are leading in this crisis.

Live Who You Are

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

Today we begin a new devotional series on Colossians 3:12-17. This passage speaks with amazing succinctness and relevance to our lives today. We’re encouraged to ask: Am I really living my life in Christ?

Aging Faithfully

Devotional Series by Alice Fryling

If we hope to keep growing spiritually as we age, we will need to embrace God’s invitation to new ways of looking at ourselves and new ways of living.

Lamentations in Lent

Devotional Series by Mark Roberts

The biblical book of Lamentations recognizes the hardness of life.

Holy Week and Work: Five Devotions

Devotional Series by Mark D. Roberts

We might wonder if Holy Week has anything to do with “normal life,” especially our daily work? If we reflect on the events and themes of Holy Week, we’ll discover many connections to what we do during the week

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