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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Remembering that Jesus rescues us in both future and present ways encourages us to live with energy and purpose today.

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Workday Prayers: Worshiping God Rather than Work

Our workplace can demand allegiance that feels almost like worship. But God alone is worthy of our full allegiance, our complete devotion.

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Turning to God from Idols

We do have our own “idols,” the things we value most of all, the things that can keep us from full devotion to God. The example of the Christians in Thessalonica encourages us to turn away from our “idols” so we can serve God completely.

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Are You Jesus’s Type?

The more we grow in our relationship with Christ, the more we will become like him. As this happens, our example will inspire others to become Jesus’s type of person as well.

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Third Third Difference: A Great Way to Begin Serving Your Third Third Disciples

These days, more and more pastors are looking for ways to serve their third third congregants, that is, folks roughly 55 years of age…

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Are You a Leader People Should Imitate?

People will imitate you, especially if you’re a leader. So, it would be good to ask yourself the question: “Am I a leader people should imitate?”

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Clarifying Your Purpose in the Third Third of Life, Part 1

Introduction Recently I was talking with several people who are in or soon to enter the third third of life. We were speaking about…

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Whom Do You Imitate?

From our earliest days, we imitate the people around us. This is one of the main ways we learn how to live.

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Workday Prayers: Worshiping God at Work

Faithful work is one way we respond to God’s shepherding care for us.

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Are You Living the Gospel?

You may want to ask yourself today: Am I living the gospel I believe? Is the good news of Jesus evident in the way I treat others?

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You Are Beloved by God

The Bible celebrates the fact that God loves the world. But God’s love is not just for the whole world. Scripture teaches us that God loves each individual, including you.

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Steadfastness of Hope, Part 2

Centuries ago, some Christians in the Greek city of Thessalonica had hope in Jesus Christ and his future kingdom. This hope enabled them to hang in there even in difficult times.

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Steadfastness of Hope, Part 1

We live in a time of increasing hopelessness. Yet genuine Christian faith leads to “steadfastness of hope.”

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Workday Prayers: Remembering God’s Deliverance

When we look back upon our work lives, we see so many ways that God has been present, helpful, and redemptive.

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Labor of Love

Love isn’t always a matter of sweetness and romance. Often, genuine love leads to labor, a difficult and even painful action.

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