Scratchy Christians

Jeff Bible 1 Comment

Recently, the preaching schedule at my home church has allowed me to take regular time to listen as one of the other pastors preaches. On those Sundays, it has been so helpful for me to receive preaching from others. Truth be known, I had forgotten how much I need to sit under live preaching at my own home church. 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 …

That Book

Jeff Bible

It is the most widely read book in the history of civilization.  It has been translated in its entirety into 469 languages – more than any other book .  People sacrificed their lives so that accessibility to it would be granted to the common man.  Yes, I’m speaking of God’s Word, the bible.  The bible itself claims that it originated …

So You’re One Of Those Bible-Believers…

Jeff Bible, Holy Spirit

In 2007 something was birthed in my heart from Heaven. The process is a little too involved to be included in today’s post, but the result of this leading of the Lord in my life was the ministry now known as Transforming Truth. What began as a request for sermon CD’s from two ladies in the northern part of Georgia, …

Sweet Sunday Meals

Jeff Bible, Sundays

If you wake up and attend a local church today which places the preaching of Scripture in a primary place, then you are part of a diminishing minority.  Throughout church history up until about the midway point of the last century, the teaching of the Bible held prominence when God’s people gathered together on the Lord’s Day to worship.  Now, …

Remarriage In The Church

Jeff Bible, Church Life, Holy Spirit

God is working a highly proactive plan in your life. He is not casual about you.  You are not lost in the innumerable mass of humanity populating the planet.  He is so wise, so focused and so omni-capable that His eternal eye falls upon you this moment, and He will never miss a thing that you do for the rest …

Moving Forward From The Potential God

Jeff Bible, FAITH, Spiritual Growth, Victory

Allow me to provoke you to consider something about the Kingdom today.  Most followers of Jesus are clear concerning our mission as the people of God.  We are called to advance the Kingdom of God by proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ, and compelling people to acknowledge His lordship over their lives by faith.  In essence, as followers of …

Gateway To Beauty

Jeff Bible, Spiritual Growth

As Christians read, study and meditate upon Scripture there occur some shifts within them.  God’s Word begins to layer our minds and hearts with truth that seeps down into that mysterious place called the soul.  When this happens to us we begin to live with the mind of Jesus Christ as the Holy Spirit weaves His life into our own.  …

Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Balanced Belief

Jeff Bible, Holy Spirit

We need heroes in the faith.  Someone to inspire us, someone with whom we sense a connection of purpose and spirit, someone who coaxes us beyond our fears and out from our selves – we need a few of these along the way.  The man that led me to Jesus, Scott Johnson, will forever be heroic to me for reaching …

So, Where Do You Stand?

Jeff Bible, Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized

In John 8:31-32 Jesus said to some who had believed on Him: “If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Abiding in the truth given by Jesus validates that we are His followers. This abiding in His truth, according to Jesus, leads to ongoing …

An Uncluttered Approach To Truth

Jeff Bible, FAITH, theology

“You are not thinking long enough nor hard enough about this, Jeff.” So came the words from a person whom I trust and love.  His commitment to Christ is unquestionable in my opinion.  He knows His bible.  He is degreed from a well-known Christian seminary and has both age and years of experience on me.  For those reasons I felt …

Forced To Choose?

Jeff Bible, FAITH, Holy Spirit

Sitting on a bench in a dugout at a softball field twenty years ago, I was caught off guard by a man who look disgusted when he found out that I attended a Baptist church.  I had been saved less than a month and understood very little about the differences in beliefs among those who professed Christ as King.  This …

Allow Me To Enter Into The Debate…

Jeff Bible, Holy Spirit

I’m noticing something about the followers of Jesus with whom I spend much of my time.  Whether they are young or old, American or of international birth, male or female… they seem to be falling into one of two camps: those who spend their lives wishing to hear something of God and those who spend their lives wishing to see …

What’s Your God’s Name?

Jeff Bible, FAITH, theology

I used to like to hide from God.  Somewhere along the way I picked up the notion that I had God summed up fairly well and I could cram Him down in my pocket and pull Him out whenever I thought He would suit my purposes.  God was, in my mind, an authoritarian to be feared, a killjoy to be …

First Works: You & Your Bible

Jeff Bible

Two years before God graciously saved me I began to read the Bible.  It was a weird experience then because I had no enlightenment from the Spirit to help me spiritually comprehend what I was reading.  Academically I was able to process the data between its covers but, frankly, I never grasped its potency in those days.  At times it …

Have A Goal And Pursue It Doggedly

Jeff Bible, FAITH

Wishing each and every one of you a blessed year to come, I want to leave you with a very brief thought on this first day of 2012.  Something will define the upcoming year for you.  If God allows you to be here in 365 days you will look back and say, “2012, for me, was more about _______ than …

The Best Blog I’ve Ever Written

Jeff Bible, General, Leadership, Perserverance

Okay, I just chose the above title in order to get you to read today’s post about leaders and followers.  I repent of the manipulation but really hope it works. Being entrusted with ministry challenges in recent months, I’ve tended to scope out bible passages that involve interaction between leaders and followers in order to glean some principles for my …

A Needful Exchange

Jeff Bible

“…the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…”  Isaiah 61:3 What a drudgery life can be when our wardrobe is nothing other than cloaks woven with the threads of a heavy spirit.  Sunshine and blue skies seem hollow.  The loud laughter of fretless children are irritating.  A banquet fit for a king is only to be pushed around on …

Just How Saved Am I?

Jeff Bible, FAITH, Forgiveness, Salvation

This is for any and all who have bowed their hearts in trust to Jesus Christ: you need to be very careful not to make the following mistake.  If you give in to this particular temptation it is really going to cost you.  Precious components of life such as peace, joy, rest, gratitude, praise and selflessness will be forfeited quickly …

Good News For Monday Morning

Jeff Bible, election, General, grace, reformed theology, Salvation, sovereignty, theology

For a while now it has been my desire to seek to encourage you on Monday mornings more so than any other day of the week. Many of you experience a peak in gathering with the family of God on Sundays.  You worship with your brothers and sisters in Christ and spend time in committed service unto God and others.  …

Backtracking Believers

Jeff Bible, Cultural Observations, Leadership, Politics/Government

In a little more than a year, should God allow Amy and me to still be here, I predict that there will be a sigh of relief in the Lyle home.  This exhale of relief will be released because, in a little more than a year, the Presidential election of 2012 will be over.  One might wonder if I’m presuming …

Love & Truth

Jeff Bible, Church Life, Cultural Observations, Love

It’s Sunday morning and I find myself in the middle of the minister’s weekly dilemma.  The Lord’s Day is the time when God’s children gather together for the express purpose of worshiping Jesus Christ.  The ideal manifestation of this purpose would be for every single believer in a local assembly to arrive at the church house prayed up, full of …