Your Convictions Are Not Enough

Jeff FAITH

The story of Gideon in the book of Judges is a really interesting account.  He trickles onto the scene in less-than-impressive fashion, as our first notice of Gideon occurs when he is hiding from the enemy and trying to get his daily chores done without being killed. An angel sent from God comes to Gideon and declares the human-twig to …

Filling Up

Jeff FAITH

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth …

Living With Both Eyes Opened

Jeff FAITH

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 …

Scorched Places & Soul Deserts

Jeff FAITH, Hope

I know what it is to live in dryness.  Days spent in a baked-earth reality have been my personal Christian experience more often than I care to admit.  Beyond the fact that it is embarrassing, I have a strong sense that it is simply wrong.  It is wrong for an individual who has been totally forgiven and welcomed by God …

Tent People Living In Castles

Jeff FAITH

I have a friend who just received the immeasurably good news that she is cancer-free.  It has been a long journey for her: the terrifying initial diagnosis, prescribed treatments, surgeries, difficult medical reports, physical suffering, powerlessness and much more than the rest of us can possibly understand.  She was transparent enough to chronicle some of her journey to her support …

New Thing

Jeff Cultural Observations, FAITH

What is God up to today? We rarely think this way and it could be that many of us miss what God is doing because we have not been encouraged to look for it. There is a danger for the followers of Jesus that is manifested when we assume that God is done with all of His creative work. He …

Toppling Giants

Jeff FAITH, Victory

King David is my favorite person in the Old Testament.  A very rare mixture characterizes David’s heart as a man who was both a poet and warrior.  He wrote beautiful songs for God but also cut off the head of a giant with the same hands that spread the parchment and dipped the quill.  As I strive to grow more …

Extended Hand, Open Hand

Jeff FAITH, Money, Relationships

A slight irritation began to find me when a friend refused to let me bless him recently.  This is a good guy, a hard-working servant of the Lord.  I became aware of a need that he had and did some investigative work to see if I could facilitate that need being met.  Respectful of boundaries, I started gently indicating to …

An Uncluttered Approach To Truth

Jeff Bible, FAITH, theology

“You are not thinking long enough nor hard enough about this, Jeff.” So came the words from a person whom I trust and love.  His commitment to Christ is unquestionable in my opinion.  He knows His bible.  He is degreed from a well-known Christian seminary and has both age and years of experience on me.  For those reasons I felt …

Out On Your Limb

Jeff FAITH, Sundays, Uncategorized

Sometimes it lodges in pretty deep before we are even aware of it. Somewhat like a blemish that appears on your face overnight while you slept – you wake up and discover something is gnawing at you. Often the result is irritability, or perhaps a blueness of heart that attaches itself to you like lint from the dryer. You can’t …

Forced To Choose?

Jeff Bible, FAITH, Holy Spirit

Sitting on a bench in a dugout at a softball field twenty years ago, I was caught off guard by a man who look disgusted when he found out that I attended a Baptist church.  I had been saved less than a month and understood very little about the differences in beliefs among those who professed Christ as King.  This …

Upsizing Our Understanding

Jeff FAITH, Spiritual Growth

Two thousand years ago the earliest followers of Jesus Christ were asking the wrong question.  Coming out of the soul-stretching season of watching their Messiah betrayed, crucified and entombed, only then to experience the ecstasy of seeing Him raised, the disciples were eager to understand what Jesus would be doing from that point on. Here’s what Luke records as the …

A Person Of Faith

Jeff FAITH

So I call myself a person of faith. But do I live a life of faith? Do I commit to things that stretch me out of myself and into a complete reliance upon a God who rarely supplies details about all that He ordains for me?  Some who would easily assume (and declare to others) that they are people of …

I’ve Been Drinking Again

Jeff FAITH, Holy Spirit, Spiritual Growth

It’s early in a new week and, before the clock and calendar really start to ascend to their dual-dictator thrones, I wanted to share some thoughts while they are fresh.  Many of you have walked with Jesus longer than I and I hope you might be able to agree with what I am about to write.  We not only learn …

The Lies Told To You

Jeff FAITH, Psychology, Spiritual Warfare

The voice you listen most often too determines your direction.  The direction you walk in most frequently determines your destination.  The destination at which you arrive becomes your life.  So let’s walk this backward for a minute and finish where I just began: what voice do you listen to the most? Most of us recognize that we have an inner …

The Lure Of The 1-Mile Marker

Jeff Endurance, FAITH

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 guides so much of my life philosophy.  When people or circumstances or a diminishing of your will all beg you to stop trying, stop continuing, stop sacrificing…then we need to remember the teaching of …

Jackhammers, Bird Nests & Blank Road-Maps

Jeff FAITH, Spiritual Growth

Here’s how it works: Saturdays find me as intense as a laser in preparation, Sundays I explode like a bomb in ministry and Mondays I feel like snail on muscle relaxers, barely able to achieve the basics.  I try not to schedule anything that might have some semblance of significance on my Mondays because there is no other time during …

Blessed To Be In The Sequel

Jeff FAITH, Salvation

For years, Amy and I have been customers at a dry cleaner which is owned and operated by a very kind family from India.  I remember that this family hand-delivered flowers to our home after Amy got out of the hospital following the auto collision which changed our lives forever.  The sweet family wanted to show their kindness and I …

Theology + Encounter – Is It Yours?

Jeff FAITH, Holy Spirit

You are reading a blog posted on a website from a ministry called Transforming Truth.  I spent a large chunk of my former years searching for truth that I could stake my life upon.  Having experienced some disillusioning events as a child and willfully committing myself to a pathway of cynicism, bitterness and anti-authoritarian living during my teenage years, as …

Christian Pyromania

Jeff FAITH

Why do we ask the sovereign, all-wise God to do things for us?  Well, for one, Christians are commanded to pray. We clearly understand Christians cannot glorify God without prayer, for prayer is the means by which we communicate with God. Followers of Jesus reveal their dependence upon God through the activity of prayer.  We worship God as we pray. …

Tuning Out The Noise

Jeff FAITH, Relationships

There is a slightly humorous saying that I have heard a few times in the last few years of ministry:  “God loves you and people have a great plan for your life.”  This, of course, is a spinoff of the true adage that God loves you and that He has a great plan for your life. In your life today …

Confessing The Dry Well

Jeff FAITH

The handle turns, the bucket lowers, the mechanics are all in place but…the bucket keeps coming back up with nothing in it.  This is my season lately when it comes to writing and I kept waiting for things to change but they have not.  Rather than leaving an empty blog with some random, outdated post listed at the top, it …

Beggars & Breakthroughs

Jeff FAITH, Prayer

Stifled prayers are the aim of the devil.  He does not mind so much that you think upon Christ or remain aware of your deep need of a touch from Him… but the enemy will fight you to no end in order to prevent you from calling out to Jesus.  He has several mute buttons that he pushes in your …

Recurring Obstacles Are God’s Invitation

Jeff FAITH

The longer one walks with God the easier it is to recognize recurring themes that He addresses in our faith-journey.  Some things come easily to you.  Effortlessly you stride to, breeze through and hop over certain challenges and never slow your pace.  Others around you stumble over these very same things and you secretly wonder why they are not stronger, …

The Theology Behind “OUCH!”

Jeff FAITH

Not every day is a good day for you circumstantially.  Nor is every day a bad day for you.  Most of you reading this have lived long enough to discern that there are seasons in this life – an ebb and flow that we seem to experience.  Recently I have connected with people who are experiencing the following: Deep grief …