There Is Always Something To Fear

Jeff FAITH, Fear 5 Comments

Peter left the boat while the other eleven Jesus-followers stayed put. The impressive King David fled his own realm when his renegade son, Absalom, facilitated a coup. Peter, the aforementioned water-walker, was the same man who trembled in the presence of a teenage girl and denied his Savior. Frankly, all the disciples scattered like birds when the rock of man’s …

Ugly Doors Which You Will Need To Open

Jeff FAITH 1 Comment

What if I told you that you that it is essential for the good of your soul for you to experience some trouble. As a matter of fact, without some shake-ups in your life, you would remain a Kingdom toddler. If God does not allow some significant sifting and shifting through difficulty, you and I would hit our later years …

Vision Test

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It was 1974, and I was a child in an intimidating lobby of a doctor’s office.  Though so long ago, I can clearly remember standing in front of a fish tank in the lobby looking through my one eye at the colored little fish darting amidst the bubbles in the water.  A few days before, I had endured a surgery …

Surge or Substance?

Jeff emotions, FAITH 1 Comment

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 …

Taking It Back

Jeff FAITH 4 Comments

The journey of the Christian is a journey of faith. We begin our relationship with the invisible God by faith. By faith, we bow before a King who is alive in another realm and, in complete abandon, we pledge our lives and eternities to Him. We give significant portions of our income to a mission by faith. We devote intentional …

God Says It With A Smile

Jeff FAITH

Is your God demanding or delightful?  Involved or indifferent?  When you sense His countenance is it stern or smiling?  If someone told you that His hand is moving toward you, would your instincts tell you that His hand would be nudging you back into line or graciously moving things out of your way so that you would make progress? These …

When He Is Bringing The New

Jeff FAITH, Prayer

Father, help us to joyfully embrace and seek after new things from You.  Give us enlightenment to what You have placed in Your word about how You love to give us what is new.  Nearly 150 times You word connects You with something new happening.  Beyond that, there are scores of other times where my bible mentions Your commitment to bringing …

How To Respond When Idiots Rule The World

Jeff FAITH, Worship

Occasionally we just need something poured into us. Life can often feel like a high powered-vacuum cleaner that is sucking everything out of you down to the very last grain of competency that you have within. It seems that many of us find ourselves lacking time, lacking energy, lacking money or lacking motivation. I have personally spent moredays in seasons …

Jesus & His Chisel

Jeff FAITH, Humility

I’m keeping it somewhat short and potentially sweet today. I want to submit some scriptural taffy for us to chew on this morning from the life of that unlikely Old Testament hero, Gideon, and his life lessons. A hundred years ago, Christians understood the concept of God’s method of employing the takeaway. My great grandfather’s generation had a firm grasp …

God Is Working Hard This Weekend

Jeff FAITH

God is always moving us toward something. We rarely pause long to consider this but the core of God’s desire for us has a trajectory, a forward moving direction. We usually think in terms of God’s plan being stationary, anchored in time and location and present circumstances, but God does not think in those terms on our behalf. God is …

Does My Behavior Really Matter?

Jeff Church Life, FAITH, Spiritual Growth

In my last post, I shared from the Apostle Paul’s words to the young pastor, timothy, concerning Timothy’s need to rise above some of the stereotypical pitfalls of young people, specifically, young men, even more specifically, young male zealots. As we move farther into looking at what else Paul wrote to Timothy, the field of applying his words to everyday …

An Encouragement Burger

Jeff FAITH, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, Uncategorized

Finishing up this three-installment blog series today, I want to ask you a very simple question: do you believe in your heart that God is for you, that He wants you to win? Please linger over that question a few moments before you answer. Your response is actually a big deal, and both the trajectory and the quality of your …

The Hook In Your Mouth

Jeff FAITH, Spiritual Growth

Occasionally I have to conclude that God is purposefully endeavoring to get His point across to me.  It is likely that He works this way in your life also from time to time.  It often includes a repetitive message that follows you from various, unconnected sources.  Maybe it’s a sermon you heard in church followed a few days later by …

In Between Touches

Jeff FAITH, General

For some reading today, it’s been a long while since God made things clear to you.  My dad has told me more than once that people love to fully understand things because we can control what we fully understand.  I confess this to be true for me as I much prefer to operate in full knowledge and iron-clad guarantees than …

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 …

The Strong Shadow Of Doubt

Jeff FAITH

Looking out on the people who gathered at New Bridge Church yesterday, as I was preaching, I could not suppress my active awareness that there were close to a dozen people who stood in need of some level of physical healing or spiritual deliverance. From those present with injury and chronic pain, to those with aggressive cancer, all the way …

God & The Mannequin Challenge

Jeff FAITH

In 2016 most of us were made aware of something called The Mannequin Challenge. It is a viral Internet video trend where people remain frozen in action like mannequins while a moving camera films them. It got old rather quickly but for a while it was cool. If you are unfamiliar with it, search for it online and watch a few of …

When We Know More Than We Believe

Jeff FAITH, Spiritual Growth

You likely would not be reading these words in on this website if you did not have some degree of faith in Jesus.  Faith is a response to God’s gracious communication to you, trusting as He is sharing His truth about His heart, His will, His love and His Son.  Faith looks to the Lord and says, “I really believe you.” …

Little Ripples, Lasting Rewards

Jeff FAITH

There will be many surprises awaiting us in Heaven.  Our little minds – even the most creative among us – hold no ability to foresee what God has prepared for those who love Him.  Occasionally I find myself getting restless for Heaven, not for what I know awaits me there, but for what I do not know that awaits me.  …

Faith: Shadow or Substance?

Jeff FAITH

Like a muscle, Faith must be stretched before it can be exercised.  Faith must be exercised before it is grown and built.  Nobody becomes spiritually stronger until their faith is taken beyond its current state and made to intrude into previously unexplored territory.  You can read many books about faith but never grow in your willingness to implement it.  I …

Your Regrettable Trip To Egypt

Jeff FAITH

One of the amazing aspects of the bible is that it is timeless in its central themes.  Though the cultures of the human authors in scripture were different from our own, though science and technology were basically nonexistent then, though information came forth at that time in a slow trickle, and in our day in an uncontrollable torrent, we find …

Slaying Perfectionism

Jeff FAITH, Legalism

Are you one who desires and strives for excellence?  If so, you likely expect it in others also.  You give your very best nearly all of the time, and your default mindset is that we should all rise up to accomplish everything in life wholeheartedly, with maximum skill and efficiency.  In weaker moments you find yourself frustrated that things are …

Swimming With John Piper

Jeff FAITH

These are certainly days where I am hearing from many of God’s people that He is stretching their faith.  It is not that these people are all saying that they are going through faith-stretching difficulty or pain – some of them are, but most of the people I dialogue with are sensing God moving them to something greater in their …

The Unstoppable Wave of Promise

Jeff FAITH, Heaven

We have all heard this quaint saying which is actually rooted in solid truth:  God loves you and has a great plan for your life.  While this is a true statement, it is not sufficient in the way it is communicated, specifically because we have been trained to associate love with pleasure and ease.  Also, when we hear the words …