Un-muting God

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I remember when I began to learn that many, if not most, Christians that I met could not confidently say that they discerned God speaking to them. My own conversion was so very radical, and my subsequent call to ministry was equally defined in clarity to me. In both of these events, I heard God speak to me. To this day …

The Place Christians Forget To Talk About

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Yesterday we allowed ourselves to be taken into The Hole in order to acknowledge that life can be (and often is) messy, dark, painful and frightening.  Today I want us to travel in the opposite direction and ascend The Hill. What joy comes to us when we retain the assurance that, no matter the haunting depths we may experience in …

Refusing The Enemy’s Chatter

Jeff General

There’s a great character study on a not-so-famous fellow in the Old Testament named Gideon.  If his story was rewritten today in a modern scenario, Gideon would have been a nerdy underachiever who flunked out of community college, took a minimum wage job, and spent the bulk of his time in his mom’s basement playing Xbox.  As far as our eyes could see, …

It’s Ruined…Hallelujah!

Jeff General

Recently listening to the Sovereign Grace song, The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus, I was struck by the singer’s statement to Christ that He had ruined her for the world. Those are great words for us to ponder. Prior to coming to Christ, in one form or another, we were all destined to be worldlings. We were locked into auto-pilot, …

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 …

When God Fights For You

Jeff General, Prayer, Spiritual Warfare

For all of you who are in need of an answer, you who are begging a breakthrough, you who are concerned how much further you will be able to continue…this blog’s for you. Daniel, in the Old Testament, was a godly man living in an ungodly place during ungodly times.  His culture did not appreciate nor allow for Daniel to worship …

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, …

God’s Accent

Jeff General, Sundays

“Today, if you will Hear His voice…” – Psalm 95:7 I remember when I began to learn that many, if not most, Christians that I met could not confidently say that they heard God speaking to them. My conversion was so very radical and my calling into ministry was equally defined in clarity to me. I heard God speak. To …

Blessing The Burdened

Jeff General, Sundays

“Cast your burden on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.” –Psalm 55:22 There is a lot of conflict out there. The longer I am graced to walk by faith with Jesus Christ, the more I see the fragility of human relationships. Husbands and wives, parents and children, pastors and parishioners…these …

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 …

New Website Coming!

Jeff General

Transforming Truth is undergoing an overhaul in the next few days. We’ve had the same website design for quite some time and have opted for a new, refreshed look which should also simplify some of the processes of accessing the blog, browsing products in the website and making contributions. Until we get the new site up and going I’ll be …

Historical Day At Meadow Today

Jeff General

Today is a great day in the fifty year history of Meadow Baptist Church. For the first time ever we will be formally commissioning a missionary family which will be sent overseas directly from our church without the use of any outside agency. About eight years ago, Meadow had a similar privilege when we commissioned the Meredith Ransom family to …

A Song & A Prayer

Jeff General, Mercy, Prayer

  A Debtor To Mercy Original lyrics by Augustus M. Toplady, additional words and music by Bob Kauflin © 1998 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI) A debtor to mercy alone Of covenant mercy I sing I come with Your righteousness on My humble offering to bring The judgments of Your holy law With me can have nothing to do My Savior’s obedience and blood Hide all my transgressions From view …

Leadership: Where The Chips Fall

Jeff General, Leadership, Service

There is a wrong way to do the right thing.  How many times must we learn that God seeks to leads us from “the what” into “the how” of the what.  The Almighty is not a celestial pragmatist that merely scans to see if an objective is being accomplished by His servant.  He is a Father who has attached His …

Savages & Saints

Jeff General, grace, Humility

As I began a few weeks ago to teach on Sunday nights through the book of Second Corinthians, I did not anticipate fully the amount of emphasis that we would experience on the issue of our commitment to reconcile our conflicts with one another.  The context for Paul’s letter to the Christians at Corinth is one of “strained relationship” but …

The Workshop Behind The Wall

Jeff General

When I was a teenager and living with my parents in Lilburn, Georgia, my room was in the basement. On the other side of one of my walls was my father’s workshop. He was pretty skilled at handyman stuff and was frequently in there working. Sometimes, I was not allowed to go in there. He might have been assembling Christmas …

Deny Dimness Before It Leads To Darkness

Jeff General

For a while now the simplicity of the Proverbs has beckoned me.  If I’m being honest I’m regularly in a place where my mind is taxed due to a constant influx of duties, appointments and opportunities.  In my weaker moments I’m tempted to put off the most important things like committed, secluded morning prayer or personal Bible study.  I sometimes …

Your Unrelenting, Undaunted God

Jeff FAITH, General, Perserverance, Spiritual Growth

You have been in some bad places before.  You know what it is like to have the acrid taste of anxiety flavor everything you are digesting in life.  You know all about fear, dread, worry and defeat.  Seasons of darkness have not been kept from you and there is no doubt that you are not among those very rare people …

Enough For Today

Jeff General

Sundays are big days for me due to the nature of my calling.  In fifteen years of marriage Amy and I have never ridden to church together on a Sunday because of the duties of pastoral ministry beginning long before people arrive at the church house.  I love getting up early on Sunday in anticipation of what God might do …

Still Think You Are Calling The Shots?

Jeff General

There are 3 things that should convince you that you are never in absolute control:  your birth, your life and your death.  Taking a quick look at these can serve to humble us to the place where we address the issue of, “If we are not in control then… who exactly is?” Maybe you think this to be a tedious …

Wishing You A…

Jeff General

I sincerely desire that God’s very best will find you in the upcoming year.  None of us knew what 2012 would have held and we have made it through with a mixture of joy and pain, confidence and confusion, fear and hope, successes and failures.  2013 will likely hold much of the same for us but let us be determined …

The World Didn’t End…Yet

Jeff General, Prophecy, theology

The world didn’t end this morning and if you are reading after the end of 12/21/12 then you can breathe a sigh of relief that the Mayans got it all wrong and the Scriptures still hold true.  The world hasn’t ended but one day it will.  Here is a concise look at what I believe Scripture teaches about what is …

Bold In Our Blaming

Jeff General, Integrity

There are few things that shock me anymore. Having my eyes opened by grace more than eighteen years ago, and having them opened further still through Scripture’s wisdom all during these ensuing years, I have come to the conclusion that human beings are capable of the most audacious actions.  My heart, like your own, is broken over the horrific mass …

What Has God Given You?

Jeff General

  “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” – James 1:17 {ESV} In a few days there will be the wonderful occasion of exchanging gifts around the world.  To any and all Christmas hardliners, I add a note that …