Blessed Are the Upsizers

Jeff FAITH, KINGDOM, Spiritual Growth Leave a Comment

Two thousand years ago the earliest followers of Jesus Christ were asking the wrong question.  Coming out of the soul-stretching season of watching their Messiah betrayed, crucified and entombed, only then to experience the ecstasy of seeing Him raised, the disciples were eager to understand what Jesus would be doing from that point on. Here’s what Luke records as the …

Strong Kingdom Currents

Jeff FAITH, Holy Spirit Leave a Comment

For many, when they first begin hearing intentional teaching about the Kingdom of God, there can arise an unsettling in their hearts. Because most Western Christians have been indoctrinated with a less-than-Kingdom version of Christianity, the concept of a literal Kingdom of God, currently invisible but fully visible in the future, can seem foreign and awkward to them. Suddenly their Christianity …

Chasing Down Purpose

Jeff KINGDOM, Spiritual Warfare Leave a Comment

Scripture reveals that God gives assignments to His children throughout their lives. More often than not, the ones from the Bible that we remember most often are the mega-assignments that are connected with destiny and the grand purposes given to well-known individuals. Noah was called to build an ark in a world that had never known flooding. Abraham was given the …

Right Now VS. After This

Jeff Heaven, Hope, Prophecy Leave a Comment

Every human soul has an immeasurable state of existence awaiting.  Ever since I was a young boy I have allowed my mind to occasionally ponder the concept of forever.  As a grade-schooler I remember telling my father in a sense of frustration that I simply couldn’t get my brain wrapped around it.  I confess today that it is no easier …

4 Strategies of Satan

Jeff Uncategorized 3 Comments

Yes, the enemy has a plan for your life. He is organized. He is committed. He is relentless. Satan and his demonic army are real and active. The last thing he wants us to do is to notice his activity. He prefers covert ops. This morning, the Lord gave me four distinct words that serve to describe four tactics by …

Snap the Shackles, Jesus!

Jeff Uncategorized 3 Comments

“You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men. And He said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition!” – Mark 7:8-9 Jesus, thank You for rebuking leaders who cling to their preferred traditions. Thank You, Lord, for not being neutral about the strongholds …

Smothering Your Strut

Jeff Humility Leave a Comment

Since I received the blessing of getting married to Amy Samples in November of 1997, we have worked hard at cultivating a healthy marriage. There have been seasons when we moved perfectly in synch and found ourselves very fulfilled. Truthfully, there have been other seasons which have been very trying with both of us figuring out on the move how …

Shorelines: Personal Encounter With God

Jeff emotions, Holy Spirit 2 Comments

Over the years, I have been asked more than once why and how I went from being a solely expositional, theological church leader to one who believes and practices the more experiential components of Christianity. I usually try to clarify that I have never been ONLY about theology. My very conversion in 1994 was one of profound and inexplicable power …

The Lure Of The 1-Mile Marker

Jeff Endurance Leave a Comment

There is something healthy and helpful with the concept of “go a little farther”.  It is not something I am always conscious of, but this principle really does guide so much of my life’s philosophy.  When people, hard circumstances or a diminishing of your abilities all tempt you to stop trying, stop continuing, stop sacrificing…then we need to remember the …

Spiritual Nearsightedness

Jeff KINGDOM 2 Comments

This life is not big enough. My vocabulary is not wide enough. The understanding I have is not deep enough. Our songs do not reach high enough. The sermons we hear and preach are not passionate or precise enough. Our relationships are not committed enough. My love is not lavish enough. Enough for what, you ask? Enough in the level …

God Is Good When We Are Not

Jeff grace, Humility, Wisdom Leave a Comment

A friend recently asked me about the oft-quoted verse about Heaven…that is not actually about Heaven.  Paul’s declaration in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him” has been misapplied by many of us to describe the glories of Heaven which await …

How God’s Wind Blew For Me

Jeff Gratitude 3 Comments

When I converse with those who are not followers of Christ I usually note one thing among others that seems to stand out.  Whether or not they are educated or uneducated, moral or unrestrained, American-born or from another country, there seems to be a common thread that is woven in the fabric of their minds.  What is it?  They all …

The Broken People

Jeff Mercy Leave a Comment

It is wise to be occasionally reminded that, in the strictest theological sense, Jesus is not here working on earth any more.  In the very same body which emerged from the tomb and walked around Palestine for forty days prior to His ascension, Jesus Christ now sits upon His throne in Paradise. He told His disciples that He would leave …

Mission Accomplished!

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Below is a short video that acknowledges the success of our raising the money for our friends in Kenya. With the $5,000 raised, we will be able to provide a motorcycle which Pastor Sospeter will use in visiting the members of the church there. Also, children will be able to continue their education as we supply tuition for the schools. …

Celebrating Others

Jeff Church Life, Ministry 1 Comment

“Do nothing from rivalry or arrogance, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” – Philippians 2:3  What a strange charge is given to Christians from the heart of the wise Apostle Paul.  He instructs us all when he tells the church at Philippi not to interact with one another in rivalry and arrogance.  We have to be told …

God & Your Emotions – Part II

Jeff emotions 1 Comment

In 2011, my family experienced an unexpected, unpreventable catastrophe. When my wife, Amy, and her mom were on their way back to our house from picking up my birthday cake, a car coming the other way crossed the center line and hit them head on. The result was horrific. Amy’s precious mother never regained consciousness and passed to Heaven several …

God & Your Emotions

Jeff emotions 1 Comment

One of the amazing characteristics of the Bible is that its revelation is presented to us in transparency when it comes to the faults of the people on its pages. When the Holy Spirit inspired the writers to inscribe the truths of Scripture, He did not allow those human authors to pretty anything up. Adam blamed his wife when he …

Kenya Mission 2018

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God has opened another door for Transforming Truth to come alongside of Pastor Sospeter Onzere in Kenya. Would you take a few minutes and watch this video and then consider contributing to this project? Your donation of any size will help us make a very real difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Africa. The video contains …

CHOICES: Momentum or Museum

Jeff Cultural Observations, FAITH Leave a Comment

When I read yesterday that a Brazilian museum had tragically burned down, destroying countless ancient and priceless relics, I got to thinking about how we all treasure a connection to the past. Most times, this is a healthy desire. We want to both honor and learn from our histories. I sense loss for those people in Brazil who lost something …

The Neutering of the Church

Jeff Spiritual Warfare 1 Comment

We often assume that the wisdom which comes with age is primarily a type of wisdom which is given in order to “ride the brakes”. This wisdom is evidenced as a regulator, a cautionary force. This side of wisdom slows down the potentially erratic or reckless steps that are typical of a younger person who might be acting independently of …

When God Ruins Things

Jeff Holy Spirit, KINGDOM 5 Comments

Many years ago, the Lord ruined me. When I was first saved, He ruined me from enjoying all the unlawful pleasures that had defined my life for the decade prior to my conversion. Shortly thereafter, He ruined me in any attempt to draw my satisfaction from temporal pursuits like wealth, fame or power. In 1997, God ruined me from living …

A Church Divided?

Jeff Relationships Leave a Comment

Many people make the mistake of romanticizing past ages in the history of the Church.  They think that Christianity of yesteryear was pristine and seamless, fluid and unchunked with the sediment that causes the church to sometimes gasp for fresh spiritual air today.  Because of this poorly constructed thinking, many people have abandoned the concept of belonging to a church, …