Worth It All

Jeff General

“We had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict.” –1 Thessalonians 2:2 Paul knew what he was talking about. When we examine the biblical biography of Paul we quickly learn that his whole story was immersed in conflict. He was in conflict as a non-Christian as he purposed in …

Endeavoring To Endure

Jeff General

How much influence do you believe that your personal attitude has on your life? We would probably say that our attitudes are housed somewhere in our minds, our intellects. We believe attitude is primarily the outflow of how we are thinking. While I would agree with that line of reasoning, I would add caution that attitudes are not exclusively intellectual …

He Loves To Hear Your Voice

Jeff General

“From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for Him.” –Isaiah 64:4 {ESV} I wonder how many of you who read today are in the midst of waiting on God for something. It is likely that most of the followers of Christ …

When Is Graduation?

Jeff General

“Christian growth does not occur by behaving better but, rather, by believing better.” –Tullian Tchividjian Most Mondays begin for me with several hours spent emerging from the fog of a marathon Sunday the day before. It’s understandable why most pastors take Mondays off as it seems that we aren’t exactly at our spiritual best. Truth be known, most of the tears …

Expectation Fulfilled

Jeff General

“We know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is…” 1 John 3:2 {ESV} This morning brought to mind something that I wish I would remember more often. In the midst of a fairly busy life, filled with demands and duties and delights, I suffer regularly from spiritual amnesia. In short, I often …

4:4 CHURCH

Jeff General

For many weeks God has been soaking my heart with some substantial desires on behalf of the people of Meadow. We are in our 49th year of existence as a local assembly and His grace to us has been nothing short of amazing. What a transformation has occurred since a small group of believers gathered together for the first time …

Breakthroughs Still Happen

Jeff General

There are occasions in the Christian life when your need drives you to a level of desperation for God. Sometimes that desperation motivates you to brokenness and it is there that God delivers to you what He has been working on your behalf. For many months, if not for over a year, I have sensed the grip of God squeezing …

I Mean It, You’re Really Free

Jeff General

“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will He keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward …

Looking Up

Jeff General

What an incredibly profitable time God gave me in Jacksonville while I attended the annual Pastors Conference at First Baptist Church. Nathan Young and I spent six consecutive days talking, listening, singing, growing and meeting other men in vocational ministry together. God was incredibly gracious to me as I went down to the conference with much on my mind that …

An Ancient Companion Stops By

Jeff General

“You who seek God, let your hearts revive.” – Psalm 69:32 {ESV} Psalm 69 and 91 have been great friends to me of late. The 91st Psalm has reminded me of the awesome commitment of God to His own. I’ve been reminded that He is suited for timely rescue and able to be leaned upon heavily. These inspired truths will …

Fondly and Faithfully

Jeff General

“My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.” –1 Corinthians 16:24 I’ve enjoyed my time at the conference this week and have been challenged and edified by some of my fellow pastors. The teaching has been strong, substantive and perfectly timed as I am now realizing how discouraged I was becoming before leaving for the conference on Thursday. We are …

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. …