For When You Have Been Wronged

Jeff emotions 7 Comments

Every now and then, 10 minutes in the bible will wreck me for about an hour.  Sometimes it makes me wish I had not even opened that sacred book at that particular moment.  Occasionally it helps me discover that I am not always in the mood for God to arrest my attention in the middle of what was supposed to …

Surge or Substance?

Jeff emotions, FAITH

You don’t always feel your faith, do you?  The strength that God has given you – there’s not a constant sense of it being there each moment of every day.  The peace that Jesus promised us, and has given- why do you not always experience that inner tranquility? What about confidence?  None of us have experienced even a full week where …

The Place Christians Don’t Talk About

Jeff emotions

There exists a place that Christians don’t often speak of.  This place is unpleasant and, in the history of the Church, nobody has ever requested to go there.  But most of us have done so at one time or another.  This place is cold and dark, hollow and quite lonely.  It is not fixed in one location because believers in …

No-Staggering Zone

Jeff emotions, FAITH

The weekend ends.  Your freedom is replaced with duty and responsibility.  Traffic is once again your enemy, and your next opportunity to avoid all your have-to’s is approximately five days away.  Yes, it’s Monday and you may find yourself less than enthusiastic about this reality.  I share your pain on most Mondays, but today is different.  Today I’ve chosen not to stagger …

A Prayer For The Sorrowful

Jeff emotions

The Puritan prayer handbook, The Valley of Vision, is a treasure in my personal library. Receiving some heartbreaking news this week, I took comfort from these words from that precious book. Perhaps they will also help some of you. – Jeff   O SPIRIT OF GOD, Help my infirmities;       When I am pressed down with a load     of sorrow,   perplexed and …

A Runway For Monday

Jeff emotions

It is no secret that I am not overly fond of Mondays. I apologize if that disappoints you, but I have never liked Mondays. Thanks to The Bangles 1986 hit, Manic Monday, I have even had a theme song to serve as permission for me to dislike Mondays. Yet, Mondays do not give me a free pass, so I have …

Refusing Carry-On’s

Jeff emotions, Forgiveness, grace

In a very simple illustration during Sunday’s message, Father gave breakthrough to many people.  I should not be surprised because the moment in the message was basically a last minute thought which hit me about an hour before I was to preach the morning service.  It was not elaborately planned nor sermonically scripted.  I was not even confident that I …

A Dumb Husband & The Attentive God

Jeff emotions, Family, Marriage

There are a lot of things wrong with our country today but I would like to take a moment and highlight something that is wise, good and profitable with the good ol’ US of A.  In America a man can only have one wife – this is a really good thing. In all fifty states bigamy has been illegal for …

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 blueness of heart that attaches itself to us like lint.  We can’t quite define it …

Our Standing Can Still Our Struggles

Jeff emotions, grace, theology

Last night I finished up three consecutive nights with some dear people at a nearby church who had invited to come and share the Word with their flock.  We spent those evenings focused on the life of Elijah in chapters 17-19 of 1st Kings.  Personally, I was refreshed to get reacquainted with the biography of that rustic preacher from a …

“Fear Not!”…Great Advice For Us All

Jeff emotions, Fear

  “The worst evils of life are those which do not exist except in our imagination.  If we had no troubles but real troubles, we should not have a tenth part of our present sorrows.  We feel a thousand deaths in fearing one, but the (the Christian) cured of the disease of fearing.” – Charles Spurgeon If there is one …

God Above You & Those Around You

Jeff emotions, Relationships

Here’s a risky confession for a pastor: I’ve found myself very recently spending much of my times of prayer calling out to my God as I ask Him where He is, what he is up to and why He doesn’t answer my cries with clarity.  Have you ever found yourself in this place? Of course you have.  Have you ever …

Delayed Disclosure – What Are You Doing, God?

Jeff emotions, FAITH, Fear

Speaking with an elderly lady in the midst of suffering, I hung up the phone yesterday after spending some time wanting to identify with her in her pain.  I’ve learned over the years that sometimes knowing that someone else listened to us, sought to understand our struggle and took a few moments of time to remind us that we are …

Dealing With Disarray

Jeff emotions, General, Hope

Our minds cloud easily.  Clutter enters one worthless piece at a time and, before long, our thoughts are in disarray.  Somewhere along the line our emotions become tangled up in the nest also and we find ourselves having difficulty in discerning what we should think, how we should feel and where we must turn.  In the meantime there are our …

We Have What We Need

Jeff emotions, FAITH, grace, Mercy

The week is not yet halfway through and I’ve been welcomed into the lives of a handful of friends who are groaning with burdens:  two of my sisters in Christ are caring for their fathers who are gravely ill, one near death and perhaps already gone as I write these words.  There is also a married couple who are battling …

Anticipating Your Own Personal Tsunami?

Jeff emotions, FAITH, Fear

How many days have you spent with fear, dread or anxiety?  I’ve come to the conclusion that some level of one of those negative forces haunts me for a portion of nearly every day.  It could be something as small as a moment of worry about the welfare of my wife – where is she?  Is she okay? How is …

Stop Knitting Your Own Noose

Jeff emotions, Fear, Forgiveness, General, Sin

How would you classify your conscience?  Some posses a sensitive conscience which pierces them quickly and deeply each time they transgress.  Others among us have a dulled conscience which has been insulated through layers of unseen callouses, built up through years of willful sin.  There are also Christians who have the experience of the Holy Spirit’s conviction of wrongdoing while …

Aiming For Encouragement

Jeff Church Life, emotions, lonely, Love, Relationships

What’s the longest time period you have ever allowed yourself to remain discouraged?  Some people are naturally upbeat, positive thinkers, glass-half-full types of folks.  Others have to work hard at maintaining a grasp on the positive, affirming and hopeful.  I was talking with a man some time back and noted that he had a negative slant on just about everything …

Assistace With Your Faith-Struggle

Jeff emotions, FAITH, Fear, Spiritual Growth

Perhaps one of the most uncomfortable occasions in a Christian’s life is to come to the conclusion that your faith is much smaller than it should be.  Usually this moment occurs when there is a challenge that looms so large that it opens a door of doubt in your heart and, once Doubt enters, he brings with him his sorry …

Making Pain Work For You

Jeff emotions, Endurance, General, Mercy

There is one thing that you must accept in this life.  Pain, heartbreak and tragedy will touch you at some point.  We are not afforded permanent insulation from the undesirable sting of loss while we make our way through life.  We are a fallen people living in a fallen world next to other fallen people.  It is still true that …

A Lesser Change Of Scenery

Jeff emotions, Family, Perserverance

When the moving vans pulled away from our new home last Thursday I realized that a four-month process had come full circle.  The Lyles had been relocated from the hustle and bustle of the Mall of Georgia area to the quiet outskirts of suburbia off of Spout Springs Road.  God has been gracious to us and we are humbled and …

He Totes His Child

Jeff emotions, FAITH, Fear

Towards the end of my work day yesterday I spoke on the phone with a friend of our family who is hurting immensely.  Interestingly, I have seen this sister more often than not in the realm of joy and strength but she is currently battling through a host of very real issues in life and she feels they threaten to …

Sunday Essentials

Jeff emotions, General, Hope

There are many things we can live without on Sunday.  We can make it through the day if our favorite football team fails on the field.  If we choose our Sunday best to wear, only to discover in the church parking lot a previously unnoticed stain or rip…we must press on, valiant warrior.  Perhaps the sanctuary was a little too …

The War With Weariness

Jeff emotions, Endurance, Family, Spiritual Growth

Last Sunday evening was a helpful, healthy time in God’s Word.  I’m preaching through a topical series concerning what constitutes biblical love and all day the focus was on loving our enemies.  At some point while I was preparing the message I realized that I’m unaware of a single human enemy that I have right now.  We must never view …