Pushing Back Against Loneliness

Jeff Uncategorized

Perhaps one of the most understated or undervalued aspects of salvation is the aspect of God’s companionship.  It is ironic because the core of being one with God through faith in Jesus Christ is that we are never alone without Him.  His personal, purposed presence is the saving element in our lives, whereas once we were lost and estranged from …

OneRace Event at New Bridge Church

Jeff Uncategorized

Mark your calendars for Friday evening 10/27/17 for the next OneRace gathering. We will meet at the church where I serve, New Bridge Church. We will begin at 7:30 (come early!) that evening at 1446 Calvin Davis Circle, Lawrenceville GA 30043. The answer to the escalating racial issues in America must come from the voice of the Church. Join your …

Don’t Ride A Horse To Church

Jeff Uncategorized

Did you watch the Lone Ranger growing up? That pillar of black and white television hit the screen in 1949 and kept streaming out ample heroic goodness for 220 more episodes. Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels were some mellow but macho dudes who had an uncanny ability to knock off the bad guy in the nick of time. They were …

How To Hear God

Jeff Spiritual Growth

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” – Jesus Christ What a strange thing for us to hear the Savior say. He was talking to believers. Jesus was telling His committed followers that there was so much more that He had the ability to reveal to them, but they were not yet …

Of Passion & Purpose

Jeff Holy Spirit, Worship

“God loves with a great love the one whose heart is bursting with a passion for the impossible.” – William Booth You need to know yourself… and you need to know God. You also need to recognize that marvelous things occur when these two pieces of knowledge intersect, because this is the whole of the Christian experience: bringing all that …

Where Patience (His, Not Yours) Takes You

Jeff Praise, Victory

Today, it would serve us well to slow down a bit, catch our breath from the weekend, and think upon the patience of God.  We look at a world blanketed in unbelief, pulsing with immorality, boiling with outrage, and ringing with the noise of foolishness, so it is easy for us to acknowledge that God is very patient…with them, all …

Hard Truth vs. National Pride

Jeff Prophecy

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 consider. Whereas there is nothing …

Passing Through…With A Shout

Jeff joy

Don’t check your bank account this morning to determine if you are blessed.  Don’t step on the scale or look in the mirror to determine your outlook for the next 24 hours.  Refuse to allow your to-do list, your iCalendar, your housework or your lack of any of these things be the tuning forks for your attitude today.  With nationwide …

What To Think…What To Do

Jeff peace, Psychology, Relationships

What do you do when a decision is being required of you and there is no clear guidance from the Scriptures?  All of us face situations – usually daily ones – that don’t require writing in the sky from God.  Yet, as His children, all of us want our pathway to be honorable unto the Lord.  Many times we are …

Vision Test

Jeff FAITH

It was 1974, and I was a child in an intimidating lobby of a doctor’s office.  Though so long ago, I can clearly remember standing in front of a fish tank in the lobby looking through my one eye at the colored little fish darting amidst the bubbles in the water.  A few days before, I had endured a surgery …

Surge or Substance?

Jeff emotions, FAITH

You don’t always feel your faith, do you?  The strength that God has given you – there’s not a constant sense of it being there each moment of every day.  The peace that Jesus promised us, and has given- why do you not always experience that inner tranquility? What about confidence?  None of us have experienced even a full week where …

Taking It Back

Jeff FAITH

The journey of the Christian is a journey of faith. We begin our relationship with the invisible God by faith. By faith, we bow before a King who is alive in another realm and, in complete abandon, we pledge our lives and eternities to Him. We give significant portions of our income to a mission by faith. We devote intentional …

Releasing The Mute Button

Jeff Church Life

“Why are we sitting here until we die?…We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news. If we are silent and wait until the morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come; let us go and tell the king’s household.”  – 2 Kings 7:3-4,9-10 The above text was the first passage of Scripture I ever …

His Final Touch Awaits

Jeff Victory

God created the cosmos from nothing. God formed man from the dust of the earth and breathed life into him (Genesis 2:7, 21) God established an innumerable host of angels to serve as His own eternal ministers of good (Hebrews 1:7) God sustains the entire universe by the Word of His power (Hebrews 1:3) While we praise God for His …

A Little Break

Jeff Uncategorized

This week will have me taking a break from writing here in the blog. I need a little refreshing of the waters, so I plan to take a short hiatus from writing for 7-10 days while I’m waiting on some mental fog to blow out. Life is really good right now, but there are times when I hear Father coaxing …

Running With Others

Jeff Relationships

Running has never been an activity which I’ve enjoyed.  Sports have been a delight to me since childhood but running, with no ball, nobody pursuing, no threat of tackle or interruption…that has never been something I’ve enjoyed.  In the past I’ve bought treadmills (plural), only to turn around and sell them when it no longer made sense to keep them …

Thin Ice Under Big People

Jeff Humility, pride, Service

In the midst of a work-from-home day on Monday, with unusual quietness, few interruptions and a welcome break from routine office atmosphere, I found myself at two different points surprised with one aspect of my flesh that is still alive and kicking.  The specifics of these two occasions are not really important, but I will tell you that the battle …

God Says It With A Smile

Jeff FAITH

Is your God demanding or delightful?  Involved or indifferent?  When you sense His countenance is it stern or smiling?  If someone told you that His hand is moving toward you, would your instincts tell you that His hand would be nudging you back into line or graciously moving things out of your way so that you would make progress? These …

Too Soon

Jeff Relationships

We have all done it.  A chunk of data finds its way onto the hard drive of our mind and we select a folder, place that data within us, and encrypt so it cannot be accessed, or deleted by another.  We have all made snap-judgments, formulated prejudices and rendered verdicts without having the necessary component of knowing the full disclosure …

Praying To My Friend

Jeff Prayer

Lord Jesus, This morning I thank You for something which has never entered my mind before: this morning, I thank You that You are not a begrudging Savior.  We want to be good to You, but we will never, in this lifetime, be as good to You as we should.  Your Holy Spirit impacted me hard this morning with the …

Why The Church Remains Divided

Jeff Uncategorized

Unless anyone desires to protest or prove otherwise, I am assuming we all agree that the Church is divided. The embarrassing walls between us are many: racial classifications, generational preferences, denominational traditions, liturgies, creeds, pet-doctrines, music preferences, music preferences, music preferences and, not to mention, music preferences. Frankly, if I cared to squander the time, I believe I could mention …

A Spontaneous Moment of Racial Unity

Jeff Uncategorized

For several weeks leading up to Sunday, August 13, 2017, I had planned to begin a new sermon series on unity in the Church. My first message was to be a strong call for the tearing down of racial division in the church and community. God had moved me to heavily promote this message on social media and I began …

Salvation Balloons, Racism & The Ricochet

Jeff Humor

My first year in the pastorate was filled with lots of twists and turns.  Most of them were enjoyable and a few, well, not so much.  One fond memory involves a room full of five grown men and about 500 helium filled-balloons,  Someone on the leadership team had the bright idea of setting some balloons free in our city which …

When He Is Bringing The New

Jeff FAITH, Prayer

Father, help us to joyfully embrace and seek after new things from You.  Give us enlightenment to what You have placed in Your word about how You love to give us what is new.  Nearly 150 times You word connects You with something new happening.  Beyond that, there are scores of other times where my bible mentions Your commitment to bringing …

When It Gets Raw

Jeff Endurance, Perserverance, Prayer

A few years back, I shared a message of comfort from the book of Lamentations with the people of Meadow Baptist Church.  I called that message “A Strange Place For Praise” because it features some of the most beautiful statements on the character of God that you will find anywhere in your Old Testament – that’s the praise part.  The …