Pastors, Pulpits & People in the Pews

One of the strangest, most unfortunate aspects of the modern church is often found in the expectation of what happens in the pulpit from those who sit in the pews (or, more commonly, chairs).  Somewhere before I was saved in 1994, it must have begun its slow creep into local churches.  I’ve been a Christian…

Read More

For Those In-Between

Today is part of the process. Today is neither the beginning nor the end, simply another day wherein your great God works on you a little more. Before there was a physical you, there was an intent for you, the divine idea of you in the infinite heart of God. Then He sovereignly chose when…

Read More

What the Enemy Says About You

There’s a great character study on a not-so-famous fellow in the Old Testament named Gideon.  If his story was rewritten today in a modern scenario, Gideon would have been a nerdy underachiever who flunked out of community college, took a minimum wage job, and spent the bulk of his time in his parents’ basement playing Xbox while occasionally…

Read More

When Your Awe-Tank Hits Empty

Recently, the Holy Spirit and I hunkered down in Psalm 63 together (you may wish to pause right now and read it yourself so you will understand more of what I am about to share). Trekking through those familiar verses, a well-known stirring began to move again in my heart. This stirring within is a…

Read More

Holy Spirit: When & Why I Changed My Views

Some of you are familiar with my testimony as it pertains to my theological shift in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s regarding the person and work of the Holy Spirit. I learned so much incredible theology from those who poured into my life after I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord in 1994. As…

Read More

The Salted Slug in the Church

“No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:3 Jesus wrapped volcanic words like those above in a blanket of love, sensing no inner conflict when doing so. God’s Son did not give a preface or disclaimer to what He was going to say. He just stated the…

Read More

3 Holy Spirit Gifts We Must Pursue

For many years I did not believe in the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit. In those days, when I read First Corinthians, chapters 12-14, I understood those references to things like prophecy, miracles, healings, and tongues as being gifts to the historical church that no longer had present day availability to Christians. Around 1999,…

Read More

The Trickle Before the Torrent

The longer you are an active participant in the Kingdom of God, the more your citizenship allows you to see. To be a Christian is far deeper than asking Jesus into your life, being water baptized, joining a church, behaving morally and learning theology. While all of these things are good, they also can serve…

Read More

About God’s Timing

“When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” – Galatians 4:4-5 What a remarkable thought: there was a fullness of time that God had ordained into which He would…

Read More

Un-Muting the Prophets

“…then they will know that a prophet has been among them.” – Ezekiel 33:3 Our generation is in dire need of the ministry of the prophets.  These unique individuals are seen in Scripture to be those who, without fear of people, boldly spoke God’s truth in a way which addressed the times in which they…

Read More

Getting Close To Midnight

Christians, can we admit that in our darkest moments of doubt and struggle we find ourselves still not convinced of the greatness of God?  We would never be so brash as to deny that God is good – holy, wise, powerful and faithful – but we deeply struggle at times to believe if His inherent…

Read More

Pregnant With Hope

On the first day of the week for nearly two millennia, the followers of Christ have found a time and place to gather with one another for the purpose of worship and oneness. Most of us would casually deem these groups of people as “religious gatherings”, inadvertently diminishing the significance of who we are, what…

Read More

CONFLICT: The Mantle of Nehemiah

There was a very long season for me in ministry when I rarely went a week without some level of significant resistance from another human being. It was maddening and discouraging on some days, but on other days I found myself stirred for the fight. Looking back, none of it felt holy because the conflict was…

Read More

You Are Powerfully Blessed

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the one against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” – Romans 4:7-8   Heavenly Father, in a world that offers us no shelter from turmoil, we run to this refuge again and again and find it always waiting…

Read More

Freed Up From Fear

There’s a funny little strand of my DNA which has been active since as far back as I can remember: I never grow tired of watching practical jokes that include some unsuspecting person getting scared to death by a friend. It probably isn’t an altogether holy component of who I am, but there is just…

Read More

A Prayer For A Pop of Color

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and…

Read More

10 Hammocks For The Anxious

For years I courageously refused to heed the lie of my own fallen conscience, that oft-unreliable inner voice, which tempts me to doubt the exceeding broadness of God’s grace. There have been moments where I have literally shouted down that nagging sense of anxiety or dread that bad things would just turn worse. In moments…

Read More

Guard Your Anointing

Here are a couple of back-to-back verses that could potential cause you to squirm in your seat just a bit: “Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed David in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward…Now the Spirit of the LORD departed…

Read More

More Than 2022 Has Come

What does it mean when the writer of Hebrews says, “For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come”? As we recall that the entire Book of Hebrews is written to call those who would follow Jesus Christ to live with a constant mindset of pressing on, moving…

Read More

Your Present Victory

The messengers from Heaven had been dispatched for the purpose of announcing to the followers of Christ that something dramatic had occurred. Of all places to be sent, the angels waited at a tomb for the beleaguered, devastated disciples to arrive. When they finally appeared, it was not Peter the angels met.  John and James…

Read More

Expecting God To Move

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To Him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” – 1 Peter 5:10-11   Father, today we take great comfort in the reminder that…

Read More

There Is Always Something To Fear

Peter left the boat while the other eleven Jesus-followers stayed put. The impressive King David fled his own realm when his renegade son, Absalom, facilitated a coup. Peter, the aforementioned water-walker, was the same man who trembled in the presence of a teenage girl and denied his Savior. Frankly, all the disciples scattered like birds…

Read More

Drunk on Deception in America

This crazy culture is full of dark deception and frenzied with audacious lies. From the media, the government, the elites in Hollywood and the power-gripping cabals scattered across the globe, it’s a constant sewage-stream of lies. And I am not hesitant to declare this publicly. Jesus Christ came to set us free from sin, and…

Read More

Jesus Thirsted So You Don’t Have To

Jeff_Lyle

“Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said, I thirst” – John 19:48 Upon the cross, our dying King never lost His awareness of what was happening with Him. John testifies above that Jesus Christ was fully cognizant of the precision of the process of His own suffering…

Read More

The Right Thing The Wrong Way

There is a wrong way to do the right thing. How many times must we learn that God seeks to leads us from “the what” into “the how” of the what. The Almighty is not a celestial pragmatist that merely scans to see if an objective is being accomplished by His servant. He is a…

Read More