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,…

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transforming truth

I was going through some old files on my hard drive and stumbled across this breakup letter I wrote in 2005. Sometimes I forget how long the process has been for me to live as one fully extracted from the trappings of status-quo, Bible-Belt Christianity. Based on the original date, I am going on my…

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Psalm 18:32-34 – “The God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”   Sometimes, we sense inwardly that we…

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There is a cooperation between the Christian and God. He is sovereign, so God has total power and authority over all of His creation, yet God invites His people to cooperate with Him in order for their lives to arrive at the place He appoints for them. There is no legitimate way to presume that…

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There are a couple of things swirling about in my heart as I get back into my office for the first time today in over a week. Last week, I spent an uninterrupted week in a prayer room in Missouri, listening for the voice of God, reading His word, interceding for numerous things and writing…

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There is a way in which to live the Christian life that results in a strong sense of consistent inner assurance that things are well between you and God. There is another way in which to live the Christian life that is lacking that sense of assurance. You may be surprised that the Father desires…

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Do you have more regrets about the things that you said (and wished you had not) or things you didn’t say (but now wished you had)?  Most of us speak more than we might realize and, if you are of the fairer gender, you speak nearly three times as many daily words as your male…

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The stoutest of faiths will occasionally experience the deepest of shaking.  Over and over again the Scripture magnifies the holiness of our Supreme God.  He is the merciful and loving Father, The Almighty, unblemished in His nature, never-failing, inseparable from His holy love, compassionate yet just, lavish in grace, steadfast in patience, and perfect in…

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Jeff Lyle

These are days in which many among God’s people are awakening to a growing sense of sobriety concerning the end of the age. While it is not popular to intentionally speak of the prophetic description of the events that comprise the end-times, it is perhaps the most necessary message with which the Church must get…

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It’s a different season on planet earth these days. Certainly, there has always been a level of disturbance, a modicum of trouble, an atmosphere of unsettledness in our nation, yet something is clearly different these days. There is an added element that has entered the equation which should cause all of us to pause and…

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Many years ago, Holy Spirit led me to do a personal, intentional study of the life of David. I read every passage in the Old Testament about David’s life, and devoured three lengthy biographies about David written by biblical scholars. What God did in my heart in those months more than twenty years ago is…

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Saved out of a life of intense rebellion, I experienced somewhat of a flip-of-the-switch inside me the moment I surrendered to Jesus. Instantly purged from my life were a whole host of sinful activities that had dominated me for the decade prior to my conversion. God did not only save my soul, He changed the way…

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I spoke at length last night with a Christian woman who admitted her occasional struggles with whether or not she has truly been saved. This is not a rare conversation for me to have with someone in the Church. Numerous factors can assault our personal sense of assurance that we are safe within the hand…

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Jeff Lyle

Dear Kingdom Leaders (and all who follow them), Both the testimony of experience and the testimony of Scripture teach us that Kingdom leaders will need to endure short seasons of loneliness. It is far better for you to experience that loneliness on the leading edge of what God is doing next, than to experience that…

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In just a few days we will pause and remember that, eighteen years ago, some of our enemies did great harm to us.  Terror was introduced to our homeland as a visible reality, and no longer could it be pushed to the outer edges of our thinking.  The bad guys brought to the core of…

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Some mornings I wake up and wonder why God let me. It is not often but I must confess the occasional morning when my first thought is that I am ill-equipped to live the life assigned to me. Every now and then, before the sun rises, strong doubts arise in my heart and an unhealthy…

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Lord Jesus, Today, Great Savior, work in us powerfully so that our hearts, minds and wills are centered in Your mighty love.  Help us, O King, not be distracted by even the best of all those lesser things which beg for our attention.  May your Love ride on the top of every powerful worship song…

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It is no secret that I am not overly fond of Mondays. I apologize if that disappoints you, but I have never liked Mondays. Thanks to The Bangles 1986 hit, Manic Monday, I have even had a theme song to serve as permission for me to dislike Mondays. Yet, Mondays do not give me a…

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Once upon a time I was an invisible observer of a debate in an online chatroom which was focusing on the issue of what was required for a person to be granted good standing with God.  This was during the pre-social media days of the internet and chatrooms were where a lot of the action…

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I wanted to share something that I felt would translate better on video than in writing. I hope it helps you recognize the bigger picture of what is happening around us. I hope we all recognize it before it starts happening inside us. The strategy of the enemy is sidelining believers. Bitterness, anger, frustration and…

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The noise around us is getting louder. It is also becoming more rapidly paced in its release toward us. Our ears, minds and emotions are under a consistent barrage of global news, cultural philosophies and theological assertions from an innumerable number of sources. Recently, I decided to stop ingesting information from my normal stream of…

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When we first were made to see, You showed us a cross. It was there that we saw our sin, our guilt, our shame impaled on those timbers where a Man hung whom we had not met. We first encountered Him there when we were made to see Him, and we found forgiveness for those nails…

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As we approach the end of this blog series called 3 Questions, I want to deposit one more primary thing that I hear God saying to the Church in this present hour. While God is always speaking to His people, and while we have open access to hear His voice at any time we choose…

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In the last post in this 3 Questions blog series, I sought to make sure that we all grasp the two primary words by which God communicates. His written Word, the Bible, is the plumb line for all of His communication. The secondary means by which God speaks to us is through what is called…

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I have really been wanting to get to this portion of the blog series that I’ve been in over the last few weeks. It’s time to address what God is speaking to this present generation. Each previous post has addressed 3 Questionsthat all Christians should seek to know the answers to. Those three questions are…

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