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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.

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Partners with the God of Peaches

In yesterday’s devotion, we reflected on the fact that God created fruit, such as the delicious peaches grown in the Texas Hill Country. Every single peach from this region reflects God’s design and creative power. Yet, God does not work alone to grow peaches, though I suppose that wild peaches exist somewhere. The vast majority of peaches, however, including those grown in Texas, are the result of God’s creative power and plenty of human effort.

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God of Peaches

When I read Genesis 1:11-12, I can’t help but think of my life in the Texas Hill Country. For seven years, my family and I lived in this beautiful region to the west of Austin and San Antonio. It features rolling hills, rocky outcroppings, winding rivers, and millions of oak trees. If you’ve never been to the Hill Country, I heartily recommend a visit.

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The Step-by-Step God

Patience is not one of my strengths. Impatience is. Or, I suppose I might more accurately say impatience is one of my weaknesses.

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God as the Leader Who Defines Reality

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor. That sums up the progress of an artful leader.”

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All that Good Stuff

Historically, Christians have had a tendency to neglect the basic goodness of stuff.

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That’s Pretty Good!

Several times throughout Genesis 1 God saw the goodness of his creation.

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Hearing the Voice of God in Jesus

According to John 1:1-3, the voice of God in creation was something more than simply God speaking.

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Even More Powerful Than E. F. Hutton

By speaking, God actually creates.

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God the Worker

Given how familiar I am with the creation narrative in Genesis 1, I find it hard to step back and see it with fresh eyes.

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You Have Resurrection Power

The same God who created all things has the power to bring to life one who is truly dead.

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So You Think You Have Power?

I’m not convinced denying our power is the best path to genuine humility. A better way forward emerges from Genesis 1.

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Will Creativity Empower Me to Be the Master of My Own Universe?

I would suggest that our creativity will be enhanced the more we recognize God’s unparalleled creativity and live in relationship with our unique Creator.

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The Astonishing Creativity of God

The vast panoply of Heaven was so vivid, so bright, and so textured that it seemed as if it were just beyond the reach of my hand.

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The Curious Meaning of “God”

The very first verse of Genesis introduces us to God. The word “God,” which serves here almost as God’s name, raises some interesting questions.

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The Story of God

Sometimes great stories introduce the protagonist in the very first paragraph.

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