How To Debate With Accusation

Jeff grace, Mercy, Salvation

Accusation: “Has anyone seen Jeff’s shackles? I want to put him on spiritual lock-down again.” Justification: “Those shackles are in the bottom of the sea.  As far as east is from west.” Accusation: “True…but Jeff forgets that fact with a little provocation from me.  I specialize in cultivating a shamed, guilty conscience.” Mercy: “His God’s grace is far greater than …

You Have All You Need

Jeff FAITH, General

There is a conspiracy against all parents’ personal sanity.  No doubt, it is a calculated effort, strategized behind closed doors by powerful marketing executives long before it appeared before our eyes.  At just the right moment, the stars all having aligned perfectly, the outflow of this fiendish conspiracy can cause a strong mother to weep, a patient father to snap …

Scratchy Christians

Jeff Bible

Recently, the preaching schedule at my home church has allowed me to take regular time to listen as one of the other pastors preaches. On those Sundays, it has been so helpful for me to receive preaching from others. Truth be known, I had forgotten how much I need to sit under live preaching at my own home church. To …

Today’s Rising Prayer

Jeff Praise, Prayer, Uncategorized

Father, On this day we come before You with nothing that You need.  We sometimes scramble to bring You something when we come to pray. Today, I bring you nothing more than a heart with two spiritual chambers: one full of praise and one full of need. We are not quite able to comprehend that You have eternally existed in …

Fighting The Voice of Accusation

Jeff Spiritual Warfare

Over the last few days, both through my own mind and from outside sources, the Father has been speaking to me concerning this important issue of His children unnecessarily (and dangerously!) listening to the voice of the accuser. Have you ever pondered this passage from Revelation? “I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power …

GRACE: Your Voice, God’s Ear

Jeff grace, Prayer

Many of you who follow Transforming Truth’s media streams are  doing so from a distance. We are blessed to hear from people all over the United States who have been touched by the Lord through the ministry here. We have relationship with people in other parts of the world who both contribute and receive from the messages, blogs and social …

Silencing Voices of Accusation

Jeff Spiritual Warfare

“So you’ve gotten right with God, have you?  You think you’re all religious now and are naive enough to believe that God is just going to accept you with open arms because of what Jesus supposedly did.  Well, tell me something, my precious – how come you can still sin like you did before your little religious experience?  How come …

While You Wait

Jeff Prayer

For you who have long prayed for God to move on your behalf, I want to deposit some encouragement with you in hope that your cries will not be silenced by spiritual fatigue. Perhaps, one of the most confounding elements of being a Jesus-follower is that we often find ourselves in the waiting room of unanswered prayers. Would it shock …

No Strength Required

Jeff FAITH

Most of the time, most of us are not too weak. Most of the time, most of us are far too strong.   We feel that we lose when our weaknesses are prominent. We want unlimited resources. We prefer strong bodies. We pray for elevation and advance and consistent breakthroughs. It just seems right that we would operate in our …

When Things Get Sideways Relationally

Jeff Church Life, Relationships

So, who has your face on their dartboard today? Is there someone’s face on yours? Let’s peel back the curtain for a moment and acknowledge that behind all the desires and commitments for Jesus-followers to honor one another, we all have a propensity to get sideways with others from time to time. A simple survey of the New Testament shows …

God Wants You Naked

Jeff REVIVAL

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 vaster 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 as potential fig leaves behind …

Pinched-Off Pieces of Clay

Jeff grace

Our understanding of God’s grace should serve to level the playing field which our egos might raise up for our own benefit during the week.  Living daily in a culture that tries to demand that you and I must participate in the rat-race of the American Dream can distract us and distort us from the higher calling that we are …

Don’t Surrender Your Beans

Jeff Integrity

Every now and then, you remember something you wrote and decide to resurrect it for the present moment. I went back to the vault and decided to share something I posted some time ago.  I hope it helps you.  It did me. – Jeff   “And next to him was Shammah, the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines gathered together …

My Prayer For You Today

Jeff grace

May the God whose watchful eye never sleeps, the God of wonders, power and love – May He keep your feet from falling and make your thanks be endless, until the coming of the full deliverance that is ready to be revealed in the last time. May the God whose robe is light, whose canopy is space Whose mercies are …

Compelled By A Throne

Jeff Worship

Until the Christian receives her own grasp of the Kingdom purposes of God, she will continue to be distracted by small slivers of Christianity while never entering into the whole of God’s eternal purposes and power.  As long as that man who longs for God’s presence and the resulting sense of personal identity remains committed to splashing around in the …

Your Glance & Your Gaze

Jeff KINGDOM, Psychology

For my entire lifetime, I have been hearing about air pollution. Growing up in suburban Atlanta, we really did not have any major issues with smog but, in sixth grade, I did a report on what we called then “acid rain”. It resulted in me having a slight phobia about the potential to turn into a puddle of goo anytime …

Pardon Me

Jeff Forgiveness, Sundays

How many times has our opposition charged against us at full strength, seemingly to shred us to the smallest of bits, and then dance upon the shards?  More than once it has been human opposition – we remember their names and faces, and their words and tones.  Beyond the human foes, there is Satan, along with his army, who every …

Responding to a Season of Affliction

Jeff Endurance, Fear

Out of options.  Discouraged.  Jaded.  Disgusted.  Fearful. Bitter. Fatalistic.  I have experienced all of these undesirable aspects of life.  I wish I could boldly declare that these facets of living below only occurred before my delivering conversion.  I prefer not to lie to you, however.  No, I have often hit some low spots in this journey with Jesus, and I …

Enduring The Shadowed Season

Jeff emotions

I love to do biographical studies of the people we find on the pages of our Bibles. There is something about intentionally focusing on an entire life of someone whom God chose to memorialize in His Word. Elijah, that grizzled Old Testament prophet, has been a regular source of encouragement for me over the last twenty-five years.  Elijah is presented …

Embracing Brokenness – Amy Lyle testimony

Jeff Uncategorized

This past Sunday evening, my co-pastor, Billy Humphrey, asked my wife, Amy, to share some of her story. In 2011, Amy was hit head-on by a distracted driver. She nearly died, but God allowed her to survive the impact of the collision.  Her mother who was her passenger, heartbreakingly, did not survive. Amy received extensive injuries which threatened to leave …

Confessions of a Love-Stutterer

Jeff Uncategorized

If you have been following the Transforming Truth blog for any length of time, you are familiar with the pulse that is in my Kingdom veins. You know what I think – my bend, my passions, my contentions and my priorities. If you have been with me for a couple of years or more, and if you consider yourself a …

My Pursuit For 2019

Jeff Love

It is not unusual for many Christians to spend some time in introspection at the end of one year and the beginning of a new one. I do this without trying every year around Christmas and through the month of January. At the beginning of every January, I always seem to hear Holy Spirit’s whispers to me about the condition …

My 2019 Break-Up Letter

Jeff FAITH

January 1, 2019 Dear Doubt, Hey there. Please forgive the formality of me writing a letter to you. I know it seems weird, especially since we have spent time together lately. I really felt like I needed to put my thoughts down on paper so you would understand clearly what I need to say to you. It is a brand …

A Word to Shepherds & Sheep

Jeff KINGDOM, REVIVAL

Pastors & church leaders, God is not doing anything yesterday. Don’t seek to preserve it – even the best of it. Status quo leaders shepherding status quo flocks is not the Kingdom. We are commissioned to stay at pace with the God who is making all things new. Don’t play it safe today. Lead! Stretch the people of God. Challenge …