A Word About My Dad

Jeff Family 1 Comment

It’s Father’s Day, and I won’t get to see my dad today, but I woke up grateful for him today and wanted to share a few words to honor him. He’s a good man, that Doug Lyle, and he continues to have an impact on me, even in my late forties. Dad will tell you that he is flawed, and …

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Their Mother, My Amy

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When I proposed to Amy in May of 1997 I spoke the verse from Proverbs 18:22 which says, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.”  I asked her to marry me, and she changed my life when she told me that she would be my wife.  Three years later our firstborn, a …

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When Tempted To Withdraw

Jeff Church Life, Family

“Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.” – Proverbs 18:1 The individual above is described as someone who purposefully separates himself from others. In essence, it would seem that the person is, in some fashion, hiding from others so as not to have to listen to their counsel. He has learned to trust …

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Summer Break

Jeff Family

That wonderful time of year has found me as I step away from ministry duties for a couple of weeks in order to gain some refreshment for my body, mind and soul.  My blogging will take the hiatus along with me so please excuse the lack of writing between now and the early part of July.  If I come to …

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Happy Mother’s Day, Amy Lyle

Jeff Family

Most men that I know and do life alongside have good wives.  Most of us husbands can easily admit that we do not quite grasp the intricacies of the female mind and heart.  Women are strangely beautiful creatures to men and we go back and forth between being curious and being perplexed when we seek to understand how you ladies …

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Talking About My Girl

Jeff Family, Marriage

On Sundays I will usually post something about the most important person in my life, Jesus.  If it is not about Him or His Father or His Spirit then it is often that I write about the greatest gift He has ever given me – the gift of life though His sacrifice on the cross.  I love to write about …

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When The Nest Grows Overnight

Jeff Family, Guest Posts

So grateful to have Shirsten Dreyer guest-posting today.  Her perspective helps many of you who might need a little break from the male/laser-like/conquer-the-hill tone in my own posts.  Today she shares some of her experiences about transitioning into that season of life when the birdies fly off from the nest.   – Jeff   Someone recently asked me, “Are you …

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Bridging Your Generation & The Next

Jeff Family, Prayer, Sundays

Lord, raise up young Christians who will be Gospel-soaked and Gospel-loyal as the end approaches. I’m afraid that my generation has not done its job in preparing the next so I’m asking You for some time and some help today. Place within the next generation a holy disgust for anything that seeks to bring an alloyed state of being to …

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Naked Dancing Boy With Weapon

Jeff Family, Love

Recently I came across this blog post from five years ago and I decided it would be a good one to leave up for the end of this week.  My children bring me delight and God uses my relationship with them to teach me much.  Here’s a helpful snapshot of a night when Landon was about four years old that …

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The Need For A Helpful Haven

Jeff Family, Guest Posts

A few years back I opened up our local paper and was happily surprised to see an article penned by a lady with whom I attended high school.  I didn’t know Shirsten that well back then but remembered sharing a few classes with her over the years.  Her article blessed me that day and I emailed the address attached to …

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Father’s Day Weekend: A Tribute To My Dad

Jeff Family, Relationships

The first time I can recall ever having a discussion about Jesus Christ was with my dad while we rode down I-85 somewhere near where Spaghetti Junction is today.  We had just left church and I wanted to know how Jesus could be God and also be human.  Typical little pre-kindergarten boy, I thought that my daddy could articulate an …

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Addressing Bad Lighting

Jeff Family, Parenting, Relationships

Please forgive at the onset the critical tone of this post today.  I’ve been wrestling with the thought of a great and inglorious exchange that has occurred in my lifetime.  It is the swapping of heroes for celebrities.  The question should be asked, “Where are the modern day heroes?” I submit that they can only be found in the shadows …

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Family Snapshots

Jeff Family

Family time is important.  How many times have we heard that?  For many this statement merely rises to the level of that nagging feeling that you have when you know the oil in your car should have been changed 300 miles ago.  Well, this isn’t our car, this is our family and I’m wondering how you might be doing in …

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A Dumb Husband & The Attentive God

Jeff emotions, Family, Marriage

There are a lot of things wrong with our country today but I would like to take a moment and highlight something that is wise, good and profitable with the good ol’ US of A.  In America a man can only have one wife – this is a really good thing. In all fifty states bigamy has been illegal for …

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Pasta & A Naked Fireman

Jeff Family, Parenting

Raising children is one of the most stretching seasons of life that one can imagine.  Amy and I are blessed with two incredible kids and I know that every parent out there believes their children are the best but I gently proclaim that all of you are dead wrong.  We happen to have the best and we will ask them …

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Well-Aimed Arrows

Jeff Family

So grateful to have a Father who taught me Jesus as a boy.  Dad was there for me when, after running far away from the principles he taught me, grace brought me to my knees and into the Kingdom – he did not walk away from me in those wandering years but he refused to coddle me while I chose …

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Mashed Potato Man

Jeff Family, Humility

So I’m having this beautiful, spiritual, victorious day at Meadow yesterday.  God began really moving in my heart on Friday and it carried me all the way through as I pondered my two sermons and the leadership meeting that was scheduled between them.  In a rare occurrence, all three worked out swimmingly with the morning message being delivered with God’s …

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Considering Childlikeness At Christmas

Jeff Family, peace

Children are precious little gifts to the world.  My thoughts have rested upon children the last several days as Christmastime has again come upon us.  My young son, Landon, was unusually affectionate with me as he, his sister and Amy loaded up this week to visit friends in Florida  He’s a typical seven-year-old boy but has an untypical sweet spot …

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Pizza, Puzzles & God’s Purposes

Jeff Endurance, Family, Perserverance

My kids have been great sources of material for my sermons and blogs for years.  It is a questionable pastor who passes up the heaps of illustrations and anecdotes that are provided free of charge to him as he observes his offspring growing up in a world that is larger than their capacity to comprehend. Hey preacher, you go ahead …

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Upon The Advice Of A Friend…

Jeff Endurance, Family, General

Today my family will trek down to Atlanta Medical Center, a place which became an unwelcome part of our lives last Summer after the collision which severely injured my precious lady.  Our appointment is with Amy’s pain doctor who is a skilled professional who has shown great kindness to our family in his care of Amy.  We are taking the …

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Sleeping In Without Apology

Jeff Family, General

Ok, so I received this unexpected blessing of a never-before-offered opportunity for a Sunday date night with Amy.  What type of pastor takes the sacred Sunday and whisks his lady off to a cozy eatery for some cuddle time? A smart one who knows a rare opportunity when he sees it!  Our offspring were abducted at church by some family …

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Monsters In The Basement

Jeff FAITH, Family, Fear

Fear is a pretty potent force.  You have your fears, I have mine.  Some monster out there on the horizon dares you to challenge it while something inside of you begs you to play it safe.  We can fear failure.  We can fear loss of something we currently hold.  We can fear being alone or stuck in one place forever.  …

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11 Acres Of Simple Instruction

Jeff FAITH, Family, General, Gratitude

It was a strange place for a shiny newer-model minivan – a citified vehicle in the middle of the countryside.  Gravel popped out from beneath our slow moving tires as we crept down the long, narrow driveway surrounded on all sides by Georgia pines and thick brush.  Amy, the kids and I had been eager to see Uncle Mark & …

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I Have Little To Add

Jeff Family, General, Spiritual Growth

Do you get sick of me talking about my son?  I do it in the pulpit with great frequency but Landon also occasionally worms his way into my blog because God uses the little man to speak to me on a regular basis.  Most of us parents and grandparents see “something special” in our little ones and I think that …

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I Got The Best One

Jeff Family

Martin Luther was known for a mouth that could release the highest theological thoughts and the sharpest of personal barbs.  Once he made up his mind about something and expressed his thoughts verbally, you would have no lack of clarity about where he stood on the issue.  I enjoy reading him and have even discovered a little website that scrolls …

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