Topic: Ministry

Smiles as You Serve — compiled by Tim Wesemann

Editor’s note: Usually Share publishes a devotion on Monday mornings, suitable for use at the meetings you lead during the week. We’ve made an exception this week, hoping that you and those with whom you meet this week will enjoy our Creator’s gift of laughter. If you need a devotion also, feel free to scroll back…

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Did You Hear Me?

I am looking down at my phone as a child talks to me. I feel I am doing a fine job of checking the latest headlines as I listen. Suddenly I feel a little hand lifting my chin. The child says, “Did you hear me?” I have to be honest with myself. I heard what…

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Welcome to the Father’s House! — A free devotion for this week’s meetings

 Editor’s note: This brief devotion is adapted slightly from Journey to the Cross, a journal designed to provoke reflection and prayer in the 40 days of preparation leading up to Easter Sunday. If you use it, plan time for discussion. (Hint: you may want to provide paper, asking participants to jot down their responses to…

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Jesus Raises Lazarus — A free devotion for this week’s meetings

 Editor’s note: This brief devotion is adapted slightly from Journey to the Cross, a journal designed to provoke reflection and prayer in the 40 days of preparation leading up to Easter Sunday. If you use it, plan time for discussion. (Hint: you may want to provide paper, asking participants to jot down their responses to…

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That Post-Christmas Letdown—Here’s Help!

By now, the Christmas tree is being recycled or lies resting in the attic until next December. All the parties have ended and the candlelight services are only a memory. The hours of daylight are lengthening, but ever so, so, so slowly. And February’s biting winds have arrived a few days early in many towns…

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Humble Majesty

And being found in human form, [Jesus] humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:8 When Queen Elizabeth II visited the United States, she came in majestic fashion. She brought 4000 pounds of luggage, including two outfits for every occasion, a mourning outfit in case someone…

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Help Everyone Grow Closer to Jesus this Spring—Journey to the Cross

Easter comes early this year. Very early! March 31 early! Ash Wednesday, the traditional entryway into Easter preparation in many Christian churches, falls on February 13. So it’s not too early for you to begin thinking about ways to use the weeks ahead to spark growth in faith and service. If you’re looking for a…

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Jesus’ Love for “Whoever” — a free devotion for this week’s meetings

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 What is your favorite Bible verse? Whenever they hear that question, many people answer, John 3:16. This matches the evidence gathered at www.topverses.com. That website names John 3:16 as…

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It’s Not Too Late to Plan That Church Staff Retreat!

December got a little hectic for most of us. The urgent elbowed out much that’s important. For instance, you intended to schedule time to get away with your leadership team—staff and/or key volunteers. Right? But time got away instead. Now, you’re worried that this year’s opportunity for team building has come and gone. It’s not…

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Jesus’ Love for His Father — a free devotion for this week’s meetings

Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Luke 23:46 The day was nearing an end. As the darkness deepened, a young mother tucked her toddler son into bed. Together, they prayed. They ended as they always did…

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