About the devos and the writer

Email: jjbratt@juno.com

I am a follower of Christ, a husband, a father of three, and served as a pastor for 21 years, 15 in Dearborn, MI. I served as Director of Christian Life and Growth/Chaplain at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY from 2008-2018.

I am a musician. I love music, all kinds of music. I believe that Christian Leadership and all of Christian Life often shares some commonality with music. Sometimes it is the conductor setting the direction for the orchestra, sometimes it is the individuals willing to bring their gifts and skills together, sometime it is jazz – to discover how to bring it all together – to create sound that brings joy, peace, grace, laughter, and love. Reflections on Christian Life and Leadership is aims to explore what it means to join with the Creator in guiding, directing, loving, pacing, and praying for God’s purposes in God’s ways.Whether just seeking to live life as a Christian from day to day or whether you seek to aid others in walking in the way of Christ, I hope these “prayer and thought starters” will help you to think, pray, and live out the way of Christ.

Each Monday I post a devotional that highlights a biblical text from the Old or New Testament, offers a personal thought, asks a few questions to prompt further thinking and reflection, and ends with a brief prayer.

Having read thousands of devotionals over the years, my favorite format was that used by Eugene Peterson in his “Praying with” devotionals. My commitment is to have devotions in 100 words or less. This is for two reasons:

  • It serves the college students in the community that I work with, and
  • James 1:19 says, “everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak…” Often I have had the feeling in reading devotions that a writer is more interested in speaking and being heard, than helping me listen to the voice of God and His workings in my life. In Reflections on Christian Life and Leadership – I am more interested in prompting myself and the readers to “listen” for God’s voice through the text. If a reflection or question that comes to my heart and mind aid that listening, “devotions” are most valuable.

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