The Lure Of The 1-Mile Marker

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There is something healthy and helpful with the concept of “go a little farther”.  It is not something I am always conscious of, but this principle really does guide so much of my life’s philosophy.  When people, hard circumstances or a diminishing of your abilities all tempt you to stop trying, stop continuing, stop sacrificing…then we need to remember the …

Thoughts About Rock-Bottom

Jeff Endurance

Maybe most of us fear hitting rock-bottom because we somehow became convinced it is the one place in the cosmos where God does not exist.  Most everyone has a scenario where they don’t let their minds travel.  This scenario is the ugliest, hairiest, most intimidating place that your mind can conceive.  It is the thing you dread the most. Your …

When It Gets Raw

Jeff Endurance, Perserverance, Prayer

A few years back, I shared a message of comfort from the book of Lamentations with the people of Meadow Baptist Church.  I called that message “A Strange Place For Praise” because it features some of the most beautiful statements on the character of God that you will find anywhere in your Old Testament – that’s the praise part.  The …

Handling Your Opposition

Jeff Endurance, Relationships

There was a very long season for me in ministry when I rarely went a week without some level of significant resistance from another human being. It was maddening and discouraging on some days, but on other days I found myself stirred for the fight. Looking back, none of it felt holy because the conflict was almost always involving another believer. …

Two Seasons For Growth – Part 1

Jeff Endurance, Spiritual Growth

There is a happy woman in Hoschton, Georgia. She has been nearly giddy over the dropping temperatures. She spoke in excited tones when she saw some browned leaves on the ground at the foot of the maple tree in our yard.  Out of nowhere, there has appeared on my front porch a large, ceramic pumpkin with a bible verse painted across …

Those Trickles Of Trouble

Jeff Endurance, FAITH

When things are comfortable, safe and manageable, I feel confidently secure.  When circumstances are well-oiled and unobstructed, I easily sense momentum, empowerment and certainty.  During times of human approval, when there are a dozen or more people who have my back, when my detractors are muted by the shouts of my supporters, I walk a little more deliberately and swiftly …

Not Quite Done

Jeff Endurance, Spiritual Growth, Sundays

Sunday worship reminds us that we are a people who are living in-between.  There is an already-but-not-yet reality to the Christian life and our gatherings on Sunday punctuate this in various ways.  We gather and rejoice over an already-completed salvation through the life and offering of Jesus Christ.  Yet we cannot deny that experiencing our complete deliverance from the very …

You Really Need To Make That Call

Jeff Endurance, pride, Uncategorized

Samson was a human see-saw. Up one moment and way down the next, this man’s life is one of the most interesting of all the people in the Old Testament. I’ve often wanted to preach his biography and call it “Squandered Potential” as his is a tale of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Few people in Scripture disappoint …

Candid Thoughts About Quitters

Jeff Endurance, Victory

It is important to preface my thoughts today with an acknowledgment: God reserves the right to move His people from one place to another, from one set of priorities to another and/or from one ministry to another.  Some of the closest friends I have ever had were called away by God from my side as He sovereignly opened up other …

Some Days…

Jeff Endurance

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” – Pslam 27:13-14      Father, as we begin a new day we sense somewhere within us a reluctance about the challenges we face.  In bolder moments we are convinced …

Big God…Long Wait

Jeff Endurance, FAITH

Hear me loudly and clearly on this: God is for you on a level that you do not understand.  He loves you with a depth that no human on this side of Heaven has fully fathomed.  His plans for you blow away the miniscule little sandcastle dreams and goals that you formed for yourself.  His goodness toward you towers like …

Besieged By Life? Courageously Wait

Jeff Endurance, FAITH, Fear

Out of options.  Discouraged.  Jaded.  Disgusted.  Fearful. Bitter. Fatalistic.  I have experienced all of these undesirable aspects of life.  I wish I could boldly declare that these facets of living below only occurred before my delivering conversion.  I prefer not to lie to you, however.  No, I have often hit some low spots in this journey with Christ and know …

The Need For Two-Eyed Bible Reading

Jeff Endurance, Hope, Uncategorized

The Bible does an amazing job at balancing the human experience  with a divine dosage of reality.  Perhaps one of the easiest ways to bring harm to the cause of Christ is for us to upset this balance by a one-eyed reading of Scripture.  Let me explain:  God’s word is constantly revealing both the negative and the positive about our …

One Worn-Out Puppy

Jeff Endurance, Humility

Waking up this morning to begin a fairly busy week of ministry, my first duty was the life-changing, soul-stirring, high impact task of… turning off all the outdoor Christmas lights.  Three pulls of the plugs and the front of the house and all the shrubs went black and then I was off to conquer some Monday morning Kingdom terrain. Arriving …

Getting Close To Midnight, Isn’t It?

Jeff Endurance, FAITH, Prayer

Christians, can we admit that in our darkest moments of doubt and struggle we find ourselves still not convinced of the greatness of God?  We would never be so brash as to deny that God is good – holy, wise, powerful and faithful – but we deeply struggle at times to believe if His inherent goodness will ever flow our …

Pizza, Puzzles & God’s Purposes

Jeff Endurance, Family, Perserverance

My kids have been great sources of material for my sermons and blogs for years.  It is a questionable pastor who passes up the heaps of illustrations and anecdotes that are provided free of charge to him as he observes his offspring growing up in a world that is larger than their capacity to comprehend. Hey preacher, you go ahead …

Upon The Advice Of A Friend…

Jeff Endurance, Family, General

Today my family will trek down to Atlanta Medical Center, a place which became an unwelcome part of our lives last Summer after the collision which severely injured my precious lady.  Our appointment is with Amy’s pain doctor who is a skilled professional who has shown great kindness to our family in his care of Amy.  We are taking the …

The Undiminished God

Jeff Endurance, General, Perserverance, Spiritual Growth, Victory

Your life is always in flux.  You are growing, aging, changing, becoming stronger in some ways and finding yourself weaker in others.  People move in and out of your life like wind and, looking about you, you catch your breath as you conclude that there is nothing here today that is promised to be there tomorrow.  This can be overwhelming …

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 …

She Still Teaches Us

Jeff Endurance, FAITH, Family

Most of you never met Deborah Samples; she is my mother in law and she lives in Heaven now.  After a devastating auto collision in June of last year, she went home to be with the Lord in the first week of July.  A quiet and simple woman, she loved her husband, children and grandchildren in a way that impacted …

Settling Down

Jeff Endurance, grace, Perserverance, Spiritual Growth

Perhaps you’ve wondered at times why you can’t seem to achieve consistency in your Christian walk.  Maybe you have experienced highs and lows and have learned over time that your feelings tend to impact your level of commitment.  Now that you have journeyed with Jesus Christ for a bit, it is likely that you’ve wished inwardly that you could enjoy …

That Silly Mistrust In Your Heart

Jeff Endurance, Hope, Perserverance

Sovereignty never takes a holiday.  The fathomless, inexhaustible God over all does not sleep when you sleep.  He doesn’t even nap.  God never turns His attention from you in order to place His omniscient focus on the needs of another.  He has never overlooked a detail, missed a deadline or gone through the motions halfheartedly.  As God acts on your …