Something We Need To Hear

Jeff General

“We worship our work, work at our play and play at our worship.” –Gordon Dahl I know nothing of Gordon Dahl beyond the fact that, when he penned this statement in 1972, he hit the nail squarely on its head (Work, Play, and Worship in a Leisure-Oriented Society; Augsburg Fortress Publishers). Mr. Dahl wrote that nearly forty years ago when there …

Evicting Two Unwelcome Guests

Jeff General

It was an interesting scene and an even more interesting monologue. I entered the den where I saw my nearly six year old son – all 45 pounds of him – straddling the giant leg of my father-in-law…all 6 feet, 7 inches of him. Gradndanny is your quintessential southern boy: trucker baseball cap, overalls, thick curly beard and he’s a …

Eleven Day To Success … Or 40 Years If You Prefer

Jeff General

“It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-barnea. In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses spoke to the people of Israel according to all that the Lord had given him in commandment to them… saying, “The Lord our God said to us in Horeb, ‘You have stayed …

Two Men Who Teach Us

Jeff General

“How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” –Genesis 39:9-10 {NIV} “And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man.” –2 Samuel 12:7 {KJV} Joseph was a slave. David was a king. Joseph owned nothing. David had it all. Living in Egypt, Joseph was a young man on his own. Reigning in Israel, David was a middle aged man surrounded …

Hear, O Father!

Jeff General

Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.” –Psalm 86:6 All of you who are placed in Christ by God have the overwhelming joy of knowing that your voice is heard in Heaven. What father among us does not listen to the needy cries of his helpless, frail children? I suppose that there could be some …

Another Blog About A Chair

Jeff General

Apparently my mind is fixated on chairs this week as this is the second post in a few days about a chair. The first entry was serious, this one…not so much. I took a seat in the place of defeat last night…and not for the first time. Things had been going along swimmingly all day. Amy and I were sharing …

Red Clay Removal

Jeff General

Romans 5:20b-21 – “…where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: that as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” There’s red clay on my lips. It’s on my nose also. Man alive, this clumpy red clay is on my forehead and matted in my remaining hair. …

The School Of Wisdom – Now Enrolling

Jeff General

“Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.” –Proverbs 9:9 {ESV} Perhaps one of the most dangerous things for us is that we would permanently make up our minds. Someone once told me that arrogant Christians were much like concrete – all mixed up and permanently …

Grow Your Library By One

Jeff General

“If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, I do not know what is going to become of us as a nation. If truth is not diffused – error will be. If God and His Word are not known and received – the devil and his works will gain the ascendancy. If the evangelical volume …

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 …