When He Is Bringing The New

Jeff FAITH, Prayer 0 Comments

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 3 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 1 Comment

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 …

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 …

Whichever Generation Will Say YES

Jeff FAITH, Fear

“…and You brought them into the land that You had told their fathers to enter and possess. So the descendants went in and possessed the land, and You subdued before them the inhabitants of the land…” – Nehemiah 9:23-24   These two verses contain both greatness and sadness in them.  Upon first glance we would likely pass by without even …

A Biblical Snapshot Of Wet Feet

Jeff FAITH, General

Listen to these familiar phrases: “Take a step of faith…” “Make a leap of faith…” “Put one foot in front of the other…” “Every great journey begins with a single step…” Are you tired of the clichés yet?  We have all said and heard statements like these so often that they are now actually counterproductive when we hear them because …

When He Tests You

Jeff FAITH

Many of us have a large gap in our understanding of what it means to be wholly saved. We know that there was a moment in our past when we placed our trust in Christ and He immediately pardoned our sin and made us His very own. We know we have been justified. There is also the confidence that there will …

Your Fear. My Fear. God’s Grace.

Jeff FAITH, Fear

The biblical blockbuster, ‘Hall of Faith’ in Hebrews chapter eleven is one of my favorite passages in the New Testament.  There we are given a long list of both named and unnamed individuals who endured difficulty in order to live out their lives of faith.  These are that great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us to enter the fullness …

Let’s Get Honest, Folks…

Jeff FAITH, Holy Spirit, Spiritual Warfare

Is the Christian faith kinetic or static?  Do our spiritual beliefs move or do they rest in neutral?  Are we animated or passive as the followers of Jesus Christ?  The answers to these questions are probably easy for us to discern.  We understand by Scripture and by history that our theology comes bundled with a clear call to action from …

Living Life In A Lower Gear

Jeff Cultural Observations, FAITH

Talking with a retired friend the other day, I was surprised when he confided in me that he found it extremely difficult to adjust the pace of his mind from making numerous, important daily decisions to the reality that nobody really needing anything from him anymore.  He had been programmed for decades to be part of a process wherein very important …