The Bible Verse That Messes With Our Heads

Jeff Fear, Legalism, Spiritual Growth

With Springtime here and the Summer quickly approaching, the atmosphere is beginning to change in the Lyle household. While we typically enjoy all the seasons during a calendar year, the warm weather really seems to be a better friend to us than the darker, colder and rainy days of Fall and Winter.  We downsized from our former home last August …

Real & Enduring Success

Jeff Fear, Sacrifice

The thought occurred to me this morning that my God is incredibly generous.  Several things rushed into my mind as I removed the scruff off my face with my morning razor, and I began to really consider the reality that God never ceases to give.  He is so very different than us in this regard, and one of the reasons …

Spiritually Soothed

Jeff Fear, Forgiveness, General, grace, Mercy

Weakened? Forgotten? Seeking to move on from a personal fumble? Exhausted with life, people, barriers and breakdowns? I have earned a Masters Degree in those areas. More than once in my life, I have needed the help of God in my season of spiritual suffocation. “We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, …

Flunk This Class

Jeff Fear, Love

There are few subjects that I wish I were a poorer student in.  From a very young age I have always wanted to pursue my goals wholeheartedly – to win each contest, ace every exam and score the winning run.  This unabashed pursuit of zealous results is likely why I was entrenched in alcohol and drug use for so long …

Beautiful, Borrowed Thoughts From An Honest Trembler

Jeff Fear

It would be impossible for me to count the number of roommates I have had over my lifetime. While sharing apartments with friends in my wandering days, it was not uncommon for someone to live with us for a few months at a time and sleep on the floor or the couch. More often than not, I would grow weary …

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 …

Getting Free From Fear

Jeff Fear

There’s a weird streak running through my veins which has been active since as far back as I can remember: I never grow tired of watching practical jokes that include some unsuspecting person getting scared to death by a friend.  It probably isn’t altogether holy, but there is just something about witnessing someone jump out of their skin when they …

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 …

How Christmas Conquers Fear

Jeff Fear, joy, peace

If you read through the Christmas narratives in the gospels of Matthew and Luke, an interesting element seems to appear with a greater frequency than we might think.  It occurs to me that, when the announcement of the coming of the Messiah was spoken, it was repeatedly accompanied with one form or another of the message, “Don’t be afraid.”  The …

Swapping Obsessions

Jeff Fear, peace

The Lord Jesus Christ was a reassuring Man.  Please do not mistake that statement to be all that could be said of Him.  He is God.  He is Savior. He is Lord. He is King.  No single aspect of His revealed nature could encompass all that He is so we must agree that we are never done learning His infinite …

Bouts With Doubts

Jeff FAITH, Fear

The stoutest of faiths will occasionally experience the deepest of shaking.  Over and over again the Scripture magnifies the holiness of our Supreme God.  He is the merciful and loving Father, The Almighty, unblemished in His nature, never-failing, inseparable from His holy love, compassionate yet just, lavish in grace, steadfast in patience, and perfect in all His purpose.  We, on the …

Getting My Fix

Jeff Fear, peace

Nobody ruins my day.  Nobody makes me angry. Nobody gets me in a bad mood.  As a matter of fact I am fully capable of doing that on my own and would like to step up and say that when my day is ruined, when I am angry and when my mood is foul…you nor anyone else get the credit …

At The Helm

Jeff FAITH, Fear

The last handful of days have been rather sobering.  If you are like many, your priorities have been rearranged and your problems put in perspective.  The things that bothered me on Saturday and Sunday seemed very insignificant on Monday.  Winds have blown and lives have been shaken. “…the winds were against us…we sailed slowly for a number of days and …

Besieged By Life? Courageously Wait

Jeff Endurance, FAITH, Fear

Out of options.  Discouraged.  Jaded.  Disgusted.  Fearful. Bitter. Fatalistic.  I have experienced all of these undesirable aspects of life.  I wish I could boldly declare that these facets of living below only occurred before my delivering conversion.  I prefer not to lie to you, however.  No, I have often hit some low spots in this journey with Christ and know …

Words From The Elder Stateman

Jeff Fear, Guest Posts

Wishing everyone a grand weekend as we prepare to enter Holy Week and celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Sunday March 31st.  If you don’t have anywhere to worship please consider this my open invitation for you to join me at Meadow at 10 AM on Easter Sunday.  My dad sent this to me a few weeks ago and …

“Fear Not!”…Great Advice For Us All

Jeff emotions, Fear

  “The worst evils of life are those which do not exist except in our imagination.  If we had no troubles but real troubles, we should not have a tenth part of our present sorrows.  We feel a thousand deaths in fearing one, but the (the Christian) cured of the disease of fearing.” – Charles Spurgeon If there is one …

The Temptress We All Find Attractive

Jeff FAITH, Fear, Perserverance

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 then in a slow tirckle and now in an uncontrollable torrent, we find that God’s word still …

Delayed Disclosure – What Are You Doing, God?

Jeff emotions, FAITH, Fear

Speaking with an elderly lady in the midst of suffering, I hung up the phone yesterday after spending some time wanting to identify with her in her pain.  I’ve learned over the years that sometimes knowing that someone else listened to us, sought to understand our struggle and took a few moments of time to remind us that we are …

Ain’t No Point To Worry

Jeff FAITH, Fear

Here’s another guest post from Doug Lyle while my family & I are still enjoying time away.  I trust you all are faring well and enjoying the grace and mercy of an ever-active King!   Have you ever had one of those nights where, no matter what you did, you couldn’t get to sleep because your mind was busy worrying …

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.  …

Who Lied To You And Told You That You Were In Control?

Jeff Fear, Salvation, Worship

The thing that is bigger than you controls you.  You are aware that you are not the largest, strongest, prettiest, smartest, holiest, deepest, most lasting, most powerful or most successful.  Each of us bows to something and that thing becomes our inevitable master.  It shapes our ideas, anchors our values, motivates our decisions, orders our actions and eventually directs the …

Anticipating Your Own Personal Tsunami?

Jeff emotions, FAITH, Fear

How many days have you spent with fear, dread or anxiety?  I’ve come to the conclusion that some level of one of those negative forces haunts me for a portion of nearly every day.  It could be something as small as a moment of worry about the welfare of my wife – where is she?  Is she okay? How is …

Stop Knitting Your Own Noose

Jeff emotions, Fear, Forgiveness, General, Sin

How would you classify your conscience?  Some posses a sensitive conscience which pierces them quickly and deeply each time they transgress.  Others among us have a dulled conscience which has been insulated through layers of unseen callouses, built up through years of willful sin.  There are also Christians who have the experience of the Holy Spirit’s conviction of wrongdoing while …

Assistace With Your Faith-Struggle

Jeff emotions, FAITH, Fear, Spiritual Growth

Perhaps one of the most uncomfortable occasions in a Christian’s life is to come to the conclusion that your faith is much smaller than it should be.  Usually this moment occurs when there is a challenge that looms so large that it opens a door of doubt in your heart and, once Doubt enters, he brings with him his sorry …