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Author: Mark Roberts

Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders, and the founder of the De Pree Center’s Flourishing in the Third Third of Life Initiative. Previously, Mark was the Executive Director of the De Pree Center, the lead pastor of a church in Southern California, and the Senior Director of Laity Lodge in Texas. He has written eight books, dozens of articles, and over 2,500 devotions that help people discover the difference God makes in their daily life and leadership. With a Ph.D. in New Testament from Harvard, Mark teaches at Fuller Seminary, most recently in his D.Min. cohort on “Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation.” Mark is married to Linda, a marriage and family counselor, spiritual director, and executive coach. Their two grown children are educators on the high school and college level.

A Leader Speaks the Truth, Even When It’s Bad News

Joseph shows that he has the character of a strong leader in his ability to speak hard truth.

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Keep God’s Steadfast Love Before Your Eyes

God’s love can transform our reason for working and our relationships in the workplace.

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O Lord, Be My Teacher!

The more we consider what it means to let God be our teacher, the more we will echo the prayer of Psalm 25:5…

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God Is in the Middle of Our Mess

God is holy, set apart from us and our sinfulness. God is perfect, in whom there is not the slightest imperfection. God is good, untainted by evil. And yet, God condescends to be active in our lives, to work in and through sinful, imperfect, evil people. God chooses to be in the middle of our mess. We see this throughout Scripture, especially in Genesis 38.

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Don’t Let Hatred Harden Your Heart

I read the closing verses of Genesis 37 with sadness and wonder. I am sad for Jacob, who is grieving what he believes to be the death of his son Joseph. And I wonder how Joseph’s brothers could allow their own father to feel grief they knew to be unfounded.

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God’s Mysterious Weavings

“And they took Joseph to Egypt.” If you know the story of Joseph, then you know how this little sentence is filled with significance. Moreover, if you’re familiar with the wider story of Israel, then you know that this sentence is the beginning of the most formative story in the Old Testament—the “Exodus” of God’s people from Egypt. It all began when Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelites.

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Messed Up Families: There Is Hope

I ended our last devotion by asking: Is there hope for families? Can families break out of the cycle of dysfunctionality and learn to relate in healthy, holy ways? I noted that I believe the answer to these questions is “yes.” But I would hasten to add that the road to health in our close relationships is not a level, straight one that is easy to travel. It’s more like driving on a turning, twisting mountain road. It takes time, patience, commitment, and, above all, God’s grace.

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Messed Up Families: Will We Never Learn?

We see it all the time. Children imitate their parents—not only in sweet ways, but also in bitter ones. The dysfunctions of one generation are so often passed on to the next. …

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Truth that Can Change Your Life and Leadership

Psalm 24 can change your life. It can change the way you lead. It can change how you work and how you think about your work. Psalm 24 can make all the difference in the world . . . literally.

Please allow me to explain what I mean.

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Sustainability: Not as New as You Might Think

I can’t quite remember when I first heard people talking about sustainability. I expect it was sometime in the last fifteen years or so. Now, I run into this word practically every day. (You may be interested to learn that Google’s Ngram Viewer, which measures the frequency of word usage in literature from 1500 through 2008, demonstrates an explosion of usage of “sustainability” in the last twenty years, after almost no use of the word prior to 1990.)

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A Life of Faithful Service

And Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died, and she was buried under an oak below Bethel. So it was called Allon-bacuth…

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Broken Living in a Broken World

To be honest, there is part of me that wishes Genesis 34 were not in the Bible. This chapter is painful to read, with its account of sin piled on top of sin, pain stacked on pain. Yet, at the same time, I am grateful for the fact that the Bible doesn’t pretend life is all sweetness and light. Genesis 34, like so many other passages from Scripture, tells the story of human depravity without flinching. Thus, it speaks to our broken world, to the pains and longings of the twenty-first century, to the struggles we face in our lives.

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Do You Have Enough?

As you know, Lord, we live in a culture that encourages us not to be satisfied with what we have. Enough is rarely enough. Help us, Lord, to think about our possessions differently. Give us wisdom to know when enough is enough. Teach us to be satisfied with, and, yes, grateful for what we have.

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The Sweetness of Reconciliation

Broken relationships are sour. Alienation within families can be among the bitterest of all things in life. Conversely, reconciliation is sweet, with reconciliation in families even sweeter.

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Wrestling with God

Today, we return to Genesis, where we left off with Life for Leaders in mid-December. Now that Advent and Christmas have passed, it’s time to return to our meandering, devotional walk through Genesis.

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