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 …

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 …

God’s Timing

Jeff FAITH, Prophecy, sovereignty

“When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” – Galatians 4:4-5 What a remarkable thought: there was a fullness of time that God had ordained into which He would inaugurate the visible unfolding of …

Dispelling Doubts

Jeff FAITH

Some mornings I wake up and wonder why God let me. It is not often but I must confess the occasional morning when my first thought is that I am ill-equipped to live the life assigned to me. Every now and then, before the sun rises, strong doubts arise in my heart and an unhealthy voice begins to try and …

More Than The Shore

Jeff FAITH

What if I suggested that Jesus was not as committed to your need to feel secure as you think He is? What if I told you that He was actually calling you out to a place that holds much more for you than where you currently are? Would you give me the time of day if I refused to stop …

Jettisoning Our Religious Freight

Jeff FAITH, Prayer

Jesus said something in one of His prayers that deeply impacted me almost twenty years ago. The first time I read John 17:3, I paused and went back to read it again and again.  Jesus makes a stunning theological statement to the Father when, in His prayer, He says, “And this is eternal life, that they know You, the only …

Faith: We Are No Longer Explanation Addicts

Jeff FAITH, Sundays

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.” – Hebrews 11:8 Who does this anymore? Who among the followers of God is willing to hear a unilateral command from God, and obey it, no questions asked? …

Well-Led

Jeff FAITH, Sundays

  “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you will go: I will guide you with My eye.” – Psalm 32:8 To know that the immeasurable God of the universe has declared His willingness to guide us along our way is an overwhelmingly encouraging thought. Far be it from Him to shout instruction to us from …

Keeping Your Name On The Short-List

Jeff FAITH, Leadership

About 3,500 years ago, less than a dozen men determined the next four decades of a massive group of people, possibly over two million in number.  It is highly likely that you will not know much about them, if anything at all. The Scriptures preserve their names, along with the names of their fathers in Numbers 13:1-16. These men were …

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 …

The Tailwinds Of Trust

Jeff FAITH

“Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do…” – 1 Samuel 16:3 Allow me to share a brief word with you about how God is working in your life today.  He is doing with you what He was doing in the verse above with Samuel 3,000 years ago. He is doing with you the same …