Seeking Smallhood

Jeff General

“Because your heart was tender, and you have humbled thyself before the Lord…” – 2 Kings 22:19 Smallness — what a profitable passageway to all things good. Can you think of any lasting work of good in your life which was not preceded by a tenderhearted humility? When God saved me, He had to break me, and at age twenty …

How Do You Prefer Your Clouds?

Jeff General

“Because he holds fast to Me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows My name.” –Psalm 91:14 {ESV} Have you ever felt that you stood in need of borrowing a cup of someone else’s faith? Sometimes life is cooking up more than you feel equipped to handle and you don’t exactly know which way …

The Almighty’s Shadow

Jeff General

“His faithfulness is a shield and buckler…” –Psalm 91:4 Sweet relief is ours this morning with a precious promise from on high. In a heated and hostile world, where does the Christian find hope for his continuance? How is it that we will experience the eventual outcome of victory and lasting rest? One might have been taught that this potential …

Mostly Sunny, Clouds Moving Out

Jeff General

“Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” –Proverbs 16:24 Communicators, beware! Your words today may have the potential to severely help someone! Yesterday was a day stocked with sporadic encouragement proceeding from the lips of my fellow humans. Finding myself surprised and delighted it seemed that God wanted some of the heaviness …

Aiming High

Jeff General

What is the greatest potential which this day holds? The greatest potential is not that we might see one soul come to Christ; this is certainly immense among all human privileges, but it is not the single greatest possibility for today. A physical healing for you or one close to you is a monumental occasion but it cannot rest atop …

A Fine Line Which Makes A Big Difference

Jeff General

Today and tomorrow loom before me hissing, “I dare ya. Come on, give us your best shot if you think you’re up to it. You’ll never make it.” Do you ever hear life speaking to you in an intimidating voice? When my life does so, it primarily seeks to utilize demands of time upon me. Today begins in an hour with …

Mavericks and Heroes

Jeff General

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a …

Olive Breath

Jeff General

“This is an olive dish from Cypress. The large section is for the olives, the little ones are for the pits.” –Tom & Karen, missionaries to Cypress. On Sunday I was handed a little green gift bag by a dear couple who have invested decades into missions work. Tom and Karen are currently back in the USA for a short …

A Lengthy But Needy Blog Entry

Jeff General

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” –Proverbs 12:25 {ESV} “Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.” –Proverbs 12:25 {KJV} “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” –Proverbs 12:25 {NIV} “Worry weighs a person down; an …

Upon Request Of A Handful

Jeff General

Yesterday morning I shared a message with the Meadow family concerning the call of Christ for His followers to carry their own cross and deny themselves. Strongly worded, Jesus made this a non-negotiable requirement for following Him. At the end of the message I confessed to the church that I often struggle at the close of our worship services. The …

Speaking Of The Savior In Scotland

Jeff General

About this time last year I was preparing for an overseas trip to Scotland. Missionary Nathan Young, Pastor Scott Kay and I planned, prayed and eventually packed for this week-long ministry endeavor which would allow me, as Nathan’s friend and pastor, to experience the land of his calling. The trip was enjoyable and exhausting with long days of foot travel …

Fire and Fruit

Jeff General

“He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.” –Exodus 3:2 {ESV} “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.” –2 Corinthians 4:16 {ESV} It’s been a while since I lost a night of sleep due to a mind at unrest. There have …

No Fragile Truce

Jeff General

“How then can man be justified with God? Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?” –Job 25:4 The suffering saint from ages ago submits to us the question of eternity. Flavoring the question is the seasoning of incredulity, an awareness of the impossible holiness of God mingled with an undeniable consciousness of the depravity of …

Prescritpion For The Whiners

Jeff General

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” – Matthew 5:13 {ESV} I frequent a Christian satire blog that allows for a forum to comment on what the blogger has written. …

White Blind

Jeff General

It rarely snows in Georgia where I live but we are currently immersed in the second snowfall in the last three weeks. For southerners, this one is a doozy as we are not accustomed to dealing with the white stuff. As we finished up our Sunday services and began to relax at home last night, Amy & I saw giant …

Something You Can Do Today

Jeff General

“I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.” –Psalm 146:2 {ESV} On Sundays, when it comes time to record some thoughts in this blog, I purpose to keep it simple. More often than not my thoughts scurry during the week and one of the delights of …

Can We Still Laugh At Ourselves?

Jeff General

Here is an opportunity for you to have a laugh on a Saturday. Nothing spiritual or serious today, just an exaggerated look at a facet of the American church that could use some tweaking. For all you die-hard evangelists who would send an objection to the satire video below, please save yourself the time and just realize that even beneficial …

Chest Thumping and Breast Beating

Jeff General

“The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, …

How Does That Sandal Taste?

Jeff General

“Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah’ – not knowing what he said.” – Luke 9:33 {ESV} May the antennae be raised of every one of us who speak quickly and often. Peter, that well hammered anvil of example, …

More From God

Jeff General

Heavenly Father, we praise You this morning for being the God of highest Heaven and lowest earth. Your glory exceeds the universe and yet fills the heart of each of Your children. You are Supreme over all but still stoop in grace to lift up the broken soul. You are wise beyond comprehension yet still invest Yourself in the hearts …

Ride The Brakes A Little This Year

Jeff General

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.” –Proverbs 21:5 {ESV} “Fools are always in a hurry.” –John MacArthur So did you spit out a resolution for the New Year? This is the unilaterally awkward week of the year where we traditionally declare what we will do and won’t do …