Following Jesus Today

A Life for Leaders Devotional Series

by Mark D. Roberts, Ph.D.
Senior Strategist
Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership

© Copyright 2020 De Pree Center. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

This series is sorted by date in ascending order.


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When in Doubt, Follow Jesus

By Mark Roberts | 05/25/2020

No matter the context, no matter the challenge, no matter the confusion engulfing us, it’s always good to turn our attention back to Jesus. I don’t know what will be expected of me in the future. I don’t know the challenges I’ll face or the opportunities that will be presented to me. But I do know this: When in doubt, follow Jesus!

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sun rays inside cave - reminds us of An empty tomb viewed from the inside with the sunlight shining in

The Good News of Easter

By Mark Roberts | 04/17/2022

Because of the resurrection, everything changes. And it’s all based on the simple good news: Christ is risen!

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Is the Resurrection of Jesus an Idle Tale?

By Mark Roberts | 04/18/2022

When some of the women who followed Jesus returned from his tomb, announcing to the other disciples the good news of the resurrection, those who heard their announcement considered it an “idle tale” (Luke 24:11).

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Women as Witnesses to the Resurrection: A Striking Implication

By Mark Roberts | 04/19/2022

The gospel stories of Jesus’s resurrection have some surprising features, in addition to the most obvious surprise. One of these surprises has to do with the prominent role of women as witnesses to the resurrection.

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Women as Witnesses to the Resurrection:
Another Striking Implication

By Mark Roberts | 04/20/2022

The centrality of women in the resurrection stories gives us a dramatic picture of God using women for a crucial and wonderful aspect of his revelatory work.

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Three young men with backpacks on a hike, hiking away from the camera

The Curious Puzzles of the Road to Emmaus

By Mark Roberts | 04/24/2022

The beloved story of “The Road to Emmaus” includes several curious puzzles. One of the most perplexing is why the two disciples of Jesus who were walking on the road failed to recognize the risen Jesus when he appeared to them.

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The Necessity of the Cross

By Mark Roberts | 04/25/2022

As Jesus walked along with two of his disciples after his resurrection, he explained to them how the Hebrew scriptures informed and guided his messianic work.

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How Jesus Makes Himself Known, Part 1

By Mark Roberts | 04/26/2022

When the resurrected Jesus joined two of his disciples for dinner, they had no idea who he was. But when he broke the bread and handed it to them, at that moment they recognized Jesus.

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How Jesus Makes Himself Known, Part 2

By Mark Roberts | 04/27/2022

There’s something about sharing food and conversation that opens us to deeper relationships with other people and with Jesus.

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