God Is Good When We Are Not

Jeff grace, Humility, Wisdom

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

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

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!

Jeff Uncategorized

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

“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

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

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

Jeff Uncategorized

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

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

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

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

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, …

Holy Spirit: Why I Changed Lanes

Jeff Holy Spirit

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 a matter of fact, I …

Moving Out Of Nazareth

Jeff sovereignty, Spiritual Growth

If God entrusted to me the ability to remove one thing from our hearts as His people, I think I would choose to revoke our sense of familiarity of Him. For those of us who have been in the Kingdom for many years, there is a very real danger of losing our sense of wonder. For those who have been believers …

What’s New At Transforming Truth?

Jeff Uncategorized

Below is an update on what God is doing at Transforming Truth and my personal invitation for more people to get involved. Take a few minutes and watch the video to learn about some new observations about how we need to move in order to keep up with technological, missional and generational changes among Christians throughout the world.  

What A Kindergartener Taught Us

Jeff General

Driving back from Sunday lunch many years ago as a family, Amy, Alicia and I learned something amazing about Landon who was five years old at the time. The little fellow dropped some stunning news about himself upon us and we were unsure of how to respond. Landon declared form his car seat that day that he had the ability to …

Jesus & Hard Truths

Jeff Bible, Pastors & Pastoring, Salvation, Sin

“No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:3 Jesus wrapped volcanic words like these 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 truth to those who desperately needed …

Why Two Mergers in Three Years?

Jeff Bible, Holy Spirit

Moses met Him at a burning bush when he no longer had confidence that God could use him.  Hagar encountered Him when her husband had cast her and her son out, so he could be with another woman.  Isaiah had a personal revelation of Him when he went to the temple and saw Him in His stunning glory.  Mary Magdalene’s intersected …

Stirring Up

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Vision

In seventh grade I was assigned a project, for which I had little interest, by my science teacher. She gave me two pages of instructions detailing how I was to complete a project on soil erosion. Equipped with a Polaroid instant camera I trekked about a half-mile deep into the woods behind our neighborhood, and walked along the banks of …

When God Interrupts

Jeff FAITH

Sometimes God changes things up on you when you were not looking for anything to change.  Our of nowhere comes an intrusive ripple in your normally manageable pond. He did not announce it was coming beforehand. He did not dialogue with you to see if it was convenient for you. Also, God did not ask your permission. He just initiated …

Trusting God on Purpose

Jeff Uncategorized

Today you awoke and immediately, whether consciously or subconsciously, began to look for something in which to place your confidence. We get up each morning trusting in something for our sense of stability, meaningfulness and peace. We pick a particular harbor in which to drop anchor for a while. My guess is that most people awaken each day and subconsciously …

How Not To Miss Your Calling

Jeff Uncategorized

I’m a firm believer that every human has a purpose from the heart of God. While my thoughts in this post will center upon Christians and their assignments from the Father, I also believe that every non-believer also has a purpose that is centered in the wisdom of a sovereign God. He makes all vessels for His glory. No human …

The Church and Seekers

Jeff Preaching

Today my mind rests on how we Christians regard those who do not know Christ.  The newly endorsed approach by many evangelicals makes a priority out of removing all uncomfortable confrontation concerning human sin and the righteousness of God.  It’s molasses evangelism and it’s sweet going down but unhealthy when it settles.  Much of modern Christianity intentionally removes any and …

No-Fret Zone

Jeff emotions, FAITH

Sometimes it lodges in pretty deep before we are even aware of it.  Somewhat like a blemish that appears on the face overnight while we sleep – we wake up and discover something is gnawing at us.  Often the result is irritability, or perhaps a heaviness of heart that attaches itself to us like undesirable emotional lint – we can’t …

Leaving the Church of Politics For Good

Jeff POLITICS, Uncategorized

On this 4th of July I submit to you that American politics has now become the fastest growing religion in the Republic. It has two denominations, Church of the Left and Church of the Right. There are 100 Bishops (better known as Senators) and 435 Priests (located in the House of Representatives). Countless citizen-evangelists in both denominations dot the landscape …