Blessed Limitations

Jeff FAITH, General

After a challenging time together in the morning services yesterday, God graced the Meadow Family with some robust encouragement and soul-moving worship in the evening gathering.  Psalm 126 was our text and we shared some time together reflecting on God’s ongoing ability to turn difficulty on its head and bring sweet relief to those who are desperate for it.  I …

A Profitable Place To Be

Jeff Cultural Observations, FAITH, General

If you have been living in a cave recently and have emerged to check your email, I’m glad you also took opportunity to stop by the TT blog today.  While you were arranging rocks in your cave the world’s financial structure has been falling apart.  I checked the headlines yesterday and saw that EU economic state is “worsening by the …

Calling Out The Clutchers Among Us

Jeff FAITH, General, Money

There’s no need for me to avoid it because it is obvious to me that the individual God is currently using in my life to impact me is my six year old son, Landon.  What makes it all the more clear is that there is no possible way that the boy could understand the dynamics of how God communicates to …

Just How Saved Am I?

Jeff Bible, FAITH, Forgiveness, Salvation

This is for any and all who have bowed their hearts in trust to Jesus Christ: you need to be very careful not to make the following mistake.  If you give in to this particular temptation it is really going to cost you.  Precious components of life such as peace, joy, rest, gratitude, praise and selflessness will be forfeited quickly …

No Need To Be Strong

Jeff Endurance, FAITH, Fear

There are days when you have no qualms about awakening and getting about your day.  Your mind is sharp, your physical abilities are found to be well-tuned.  On days like this you have confidence with both God and man, feeling as if your determined service unto both will yield much fruit in time to come.  Nobody could discourage you from …

Hiking Trails

Jeff FAITH, Leadership

Thinking about life’s pathway over the last few days I sought to boil down what it is that I want to do with the remainder of the second half of my years.  Statistically, I’m beyond the chronological mid-point of my lifespan and there is not the option of shuffling my feet, stuffing my hands in my pockets and living out …

Breathe Easier

Jeff FAITH, Fear, grace, Humility, Love

Every now and again we just need a word spoken at the right time to get us through.  Most of us have grown up in the Lord enough to where we don’t have to have reassurance and encouragement from Him each and every hour.  There are seasons of our Christian journey wherein God does not speak discernibly to us about …

The Supreme Relief

Jeff Bible, Cultural Observations, emotions, FAITH, Perserverance, Salvation

Sundays always come about with my heart full of anticipation.  I love the Lord’s Day and eagerly look forward to the activities associated with the gathering of the saints at Meadow.  I so enjoy God’s people and experience deep satisfaction at serving them.  The act of corporate worship is a reminder of a coming day wherein every single saint of …

Who…Not How

Jeff emotions, FAITH, Fear, peace, Prayer, Spiritual Warfare

Worry is a stubborn scab. For some, it is a scar that doesn’t fade.  Worry is a state of being that even the most masquerading among us cannot remove from their countenance.  If I am not mistaken, the most often repeated single command in Scripture is the command of God for us to desist in being afraid.  When I am …

Brand Spanking New

Jeff FAITH, Forgiveness, Hope, Humility, Salvation

I remember clearly that morning.  Leaving work in a raggedy, low-rider truck I made my way out of the parking lot of my workplace.  I turned right and drove a quarter of a mile with trembling hands guiding the steering wheel.  I made another right turn and continued about 200 yards before turning left into the parking lot of my …

Round 2? If So, Not As Intense

Jeff FAITH, Family, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare

Amy’s 73 year-old Aunt Jeanette said it well a few minutes ago.  Standing in a pile of wet towels heaped upon my kitchen hardwoods that sweet lady declared, “When it comes, it comes in bunches, doesn’t it, Jeff?” She was referring to the mess we awoke to see this morning.  Apparently, the ice maker water line gave up the ghost …

I’m Not A Priest But . . .

Jeff FAITH, Fear, General

In a few hours I’ll be heading back to a place that I’ve grown not to like.  Downtown Atlanta used to remind me of the Varsity and its delicious cuisine.  I used to associate downtown Atlanta with Turner Field and my beloved Braves.  Ever since June 16th of this year, when I think of Atlanta, I think of orthopedic surgeons, …

Anchored

Jeff FAITH, Family, Prayer, Spiritual Growth

What a strange Sunday morning.  My alarm went off early as it always does on the Lord’s Day.  When it did so, I soon recognized that this time of rising from bed would be the lone component of normalcy on this Sunday.  I did not wake up next to my precious wife because she now sleeps in a hospital bed …

Taking Advantage Of Grief

Jeff emotions, FAITH, Family, Grief, Hope, Spiritual Growth

I spoke with my father in law yesterday morning.  He’s a tough man, that Danny Samples.  He stands at about 6 feet, 7 inches tall and looks to weigh a stout 837 pounds.  He’s a grizzly bear on the outside with a Teddy Bear’s heart.  He was forced to say farewell to the love of his life before he wanted …

Holding The Seed, Seeing The Harvest

Jeff Bible, FAITH, Forgiveness, Hope, Perserverance, Spiritual Growth

On Wednesday, December 14th 1994 I experienced what is commonly referred to as “the call to preach”.  I sensed strongly that night an inner voice compelling me to give my life toproclaim God’s truth.  Later that evening God confirmed this call to me through a passage in Ezekiel and I consequently found my life purpose.  On the first Sunday in …

An Essential Ingredient

Jeff Cultural Observations, FAITH, General, Humility

Sometimes it does not matter how right we are.  We can have 100% clarity on the objective truth, be skilled at asserting that truth, have a thousand voices saying amen to that truth and, yet, still be completely wrong.  While seeking to welcome the unenlightened masses to the Light of the Gospel we could potentially cause the reverse effect of …