January 2018

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CWLC Advocates, here's some updated information for you! 

We now have an instagram account. Join us at Instagram.com/cwlcleaders 

 We have two more graduates for our Leadership Certificate Program! Congratulations, Mary Callahan and Marian Evans! That makes 15 graduates! In honor of you all, I've written a blogpost that will be up in the next day or so! 

Changing Lives in a Hurting World: Do you want to take part in what He is doing?

When a Christian woman finds herself leading, she will be wise to consider God’s purpose. It’s possible for her to completely separate her identity with Christ and lead like any other woman might lead, and by doing so, she’ll do herself and those around her a disservice. She might even lose the opportunity to be part of a wonderful plan God has to change the lives of those who work with her.


Shouldn’t a Christian leader lead differently? If not, why not? 

Day 21: Greater Things!

Read: Start by reading John 1:47–51 out loud. 

Day 20: Good for Nothing

Read: Start by reading John 1:43–46 out loud. 

The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.—John 1:43–46 NIV

Day 19: The Meaning of a Name

Read: Start by reading John 1:40–42 out loud. 

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).—John 1:40–42 NIV

Day 18: Come and See

Read: Start by reading John 1:38–39 out loud. 

Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”  So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon. —John 1:38–39 NIV

Day 17: Leaders Know Whom to Follow

Read: Start by reading John 1:35–37 out loud a few times. 

“The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God!’ When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus” (John 1:35–37 NIV).

Day 16: Discernment

Read: Start by reading John 1:32–34 out loud. 

“Then John gave this testimony: ‘I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, “The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.” I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One’ “ (John 1:32–34 NIV).

Day 15: The Big Reveal

Read: Start by reading John 1:29–31 out loud. 

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, “A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.” I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel’ ” (John 1:29–31 NIV).

Day 14: Insignificant

Read: Start by reading John 1:28 out loud a few times. 

“This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing” (John 1:28 NIV).

Meditate: The place called Bethany in verse 28 is truly insignificant, except that John the Baptist probably baptized Jesus there. 

Day 13: Not Worthy

Read: Start by reading John 1:24–27 out loud. 

Now the Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet? I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” —John 1:24–27 NIV

Day 12: Knowing Your Purpose

Read: Start by reading John 1:22–23 out loud. 

Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’ ” —John 1:22–23 NIV

Day 11: What I’m Not

Read: Start by reading John 1:19–21 out loud. 

Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”

They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” 

He said, “I am not.” 

“Are you the Prophet?”

He answered, “No.”

—John 1:19–21 NIV

Day 10: Making Him Known

Read: Start by reading John 1:18 out loud a few times. 

“No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:18 NIV).

Day 9: Real Grace

Read: Start by reading John 1:16–17 out loud a few times. 

“Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:16–17 NIV).

Day 8: Cutting in Line

Read: Start by reading John 1:15 out loud a few times. 

John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me’ ” (John 1:15 NIV).

Day 7: Seeing Glory

Read: Start by reading John 1:14 out loud a few times. 

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14 NIV).

Meditate: Imagine a Holy God coming from a glorious heaven to live in a mortal body. It must have been a challenge for Jesus to limit Himself to the capabilities of mankind given that He is God.

Day 6: Born on Purpose

Read: Start by reading John 1:12–13 out loud a few times. 

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” (John 1:12–13 NIV).

Meditate: Just as John the Baptist was born for a purpose, God also created each of us on purpose. 

Yes! You, too, were born on purpose. 

Day 5: Unopened Gift

Read: Start by reading John 1:10–11 out loud a few times. 

“He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him” (John 1:10–11 NIV).

Meditate: Jesus came at a time like today when the world needed to hear a message of hope. When Jesus went to His hometown, He used a reference from Isaiah to explain the gift He came to offer the world,

Day 4: His Presence in Us

Read: Start by reading John 1:8–9 out loud a few times. 

“He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world” (John 1:8–9 NIV).

Day 3: Sent to Tell

Read: Start by reading John 1:6–7 out loud a few times. 

“ There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe” (John 1:6–7 NIV).

Meditate: Is it possible that as Christians in a hurting world, we should also be a witness so that many might believe? As you meditate on this thought, read the verses again replacing the words man, he, and him with woman, she, and her and the name John with your own name.

Day 2: Misunderstood

Read: Start by reading John 1:5 out loud a few times. 

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5 NIV).

Meditate: Why is it that darkness does not overcome or understand the light?

As a Christian woman, you can think of the very presence of Jesus as a light shining in you. Imagine His light shining through you in this hurting world that does not understand the light. Read John 1:5 again with that thought in mind.

Day 1: Light of the World

Read: Start by reading John 1:1–4 out loud a few times. 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind” (John 1:1–4 NIV).

Meditate: What words are especially meaningful to you today?

Did God really make us on purpose and for a purpose?