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.

Is Retirement Good for You? Or Not?

A few weeks ago I started to wonder: Is retirement good for you? Are retired people healthier? Happier? Do those who retire live better,…

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Worry Doesn’t Help

Jesus encourages us not to worry about our lives.

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You Matter So Much More!

We live in a time filled with anxiety. But Jesus urges us not to worry.

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Words for the Worried

There is so much going on around us – and in our own lives – that causes us to worry.

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Your Labor in the Lord Really Matters

Sometimes it can feel is our work really doesn’t matter.

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Living as a Community of Forgiveness

Together, we are to be places in which forgiveness is practiced regularly.

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Reasons to Forgive, Part 2

Why should we forgive people who wrong us?

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Reasons to Forgive, Part 1

Why should we forgive others?

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Tenderhearted Compassion

Ephesians 4:32 urges us to be kind to each other, adding that we should be “tenderhearted.”

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A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

In Ephesians 4:32 we’re told to “be kind to one another.” That seems pretty simple, though we can easily forget to put it into practice.

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Taking Stock of Your Life

Sometimes it’s good to take stock of our lives, to prayerfully look at ourselves with courageous honesty.

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Please God with Your Words

When we use words to tear someone down, God is grieved. But when we use words to build someone up, God rejoices.

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God Feels Joy Over You

Does God feel joy over you?

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Can You Give God Joy?

Could using words to build people up actually delight the heart of God?

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Another Reason Why Your Words Matter to God

We can speak in a way that glorifies God. Or we can speak in a way that grieves God’s own Spirit.

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