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 number of day markers from a calendar scattered on the floor

Count Your Days

We renew our trust in our timeless God and we ask for his favor so that we might make a difference through our work in the brief time allotted to us.

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Responding to the Wonder of Christmas:
Part 3 – Action

In this season of Christmas, as you reflect on the implications of the birth of Christ, be open to what God might lead you to do.

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Responding to the Wonder of Christmas:
Part 2 – Resolution

During the season of Christmastide, as you ponder the birth of Jesus and its meaning, ask the Lord if there is something you need to do.

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Responding to the Wonder of Christmas:
Part 1 – Fear

Hear for yourself the message of the angel, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.”

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Part of the nativity set of Linda Roberts. Photo by Mark Roberts.

Our God Gets It

Merry Christmas! At Christmas we celebrate the coming of God as a human being.

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Lambs in a stall

How Silently, How Silently

The birth of Jesus was quite “silent,” in the sense that it happened with almost no fanfare or human attention.

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Longing for a True King

The more we are close to those who are suffering, the more we will be drawn into the spirit of Advent.

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The Way of Peace

In Advent we will often encounter the holiday wish for “Peace on Earth.”

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The Tender Mercy of Our God

God holds you with God’s own tender mercy, embracing you with a womb-like love that will never let you go.

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The Interweaving of Time in Advent

Time is interwoven in Advent. Past, present, and future are braided together as we hope for the coming of Christ.

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Lord, Have Mercy!

May you live these days with the joy of knowing God is rich in mercy toward you.

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The Mysteries of Magnification

You might say that Advent is a time for magnification.

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The Advent wreath at Irvine Presbyterian Church, with three of the four candles lit

Jumping for Joy in Advent

May your Advent be a time of rejoicing as you look forward to the celebration of Christmas.

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Michiel van Coxcie, Annunciation, 1580s Oil on panel, 30 x 39 cm The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Ultimate Availability

May God give us the grace to respond to this call in the way of Mary: “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”

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God of the Impossible

In the pregnancy of the Virgin Mary, God did the impossible once again.

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