There Is Grace

Jeff grace

GRACE …for when you’re not sensing spiritual depth …for when your body is tired and your mind taxed …for when your flesh seems greater than your faith …for when doubt dares your holy confidence to show up for today GRACE …for days when you’re more faithful to serving God than you are to worshiping Him …for days when you’re more concerned about what others think than what God knows …

Swapping Lenses For Better Focus

Jeff grace, Prayer, Spiritual Growth

There are days in life when you arise to find the surprising pleasure that nothing is troubling you.  For me, those days are the exception rather than the rule, but I will take as many of those easy mornings as God chooses to give.  Confession time: I like my life over-easy, my challenges well-done, and my final results with no …

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, …

True Love Will Not Look Away

Jeff grace, Hope, Love

It is probably good for me to go ahead and confess that I have been negligent in my ministry concerning one specific book in the Bible: The Song of Solomon.  Frankly, I have always been a little embarrassed by the content of this Old Testament book. I have no issues with reading it, learning from it or personally treasuring it …

Escaping The Pressure

Jeff grace, Spiritual Growth

You have likely wondered at times why you can’t seem to achieve uninterrupted consistency in your Christian walk.  Maybe you have experienced highs and lows and have learned over time that your feelings tend to impact your level of commitment to God and His Kingdom.  Now that you have journeyed with Jesus for a bit, it is likely that you’ve …

Why He Pokes A Hole In Your Soul

Jeff grace, Sundays

    And King David said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” – 2nd Samuel 9:3   Lord Jesus, David expresses Your own royal heart with the question he just asked. Those words might have come through Your own mouth, when David asked if there was …

The Downpour You Want To Get Stuck In

Jeff grace, Love

Amy and I were speaking not too long ago about the desire of most women to be pursued by their man.  I had made a comment in a recent sermon that most men are at the top of their game romantically in the “pursuit stage” of their future wife.  It would seem that the pattern is that the majority of …

2016: Your Voice, God’s Ear

Jeff grace, Prayer

We are soon to cross over the threshold of a new calendar year.  The books will be finalized on 2015 and the first page of a new book called 2016 will begin to be written.  There is much ahead of us in the new year, and I am pondering my need to increase my commitment to intentional prayer.  That may …

Refusing Carry-On’s

Jeff emotions, Forgiveness, grace

In a very simple illustration during Sunday’s message, Father gave breakthrough to many people.  I should not be surprised because the moment in the message was basically a last minute thought which hit me about an hour before I was to preach the morning service.  It was not elaborately planned nor sermonically scripted.  I was not even confident that I …

Swapping Limelight For Shade

Jeff grace

It is the lifetime work for all of us to embrace what John the Baptizer declared of his own life 2,000 years ago. As his own ministry was fading in popularity and preeminence, John responded to those asking him why this diminishing of his work was happening by saying, “Jesus must increase.  I must decrease.” This same release must also come …

The Hand That Snatched You Steadies You

Jeff grace, Humility

Hey, Mr Self-Reliant…Psssssttt, Ms. Born-To-Handle-Things…listen up because I have a word for you when the cracks in your capability are starting to appear.  We can sometimes fall into the trap that God got things started on our behalf and then turned over the reins for us to carry it forth on our own from that point forward. Occasionally we live …

The Never-Napping God

Jeff grace

What an awesome though today to realize that while my mind shuts down in sleep, as my body rests vulnerable in the night’s darkness, and at the same time that I am doing nothing in slumber…God Almighty is doing everything in engaged omnipotence.  The Sovereign Shepherd never naps.  We may therefore calmly rest in His hands today. “Blessed be the …

A Victorious Debate With Accusation

Jeff grace, Mercy, Salvation

Accusation: “Has anyone seen Jeff’s shackles? I want to put him on spiritual lock-down again.” Justification: “Those shackles are in the bottom of the sea.  As far as east is from west.” Accusation: “True…but Jeff forgets that with a little provocation from me.  I specialize in cultivating a shamed, guilty conscience.” Mercy: “His God’s grace is far greater than Jeff’s …

Where You Stand Today

Jeff grace, peace

May I share a few simple statements with you that you will be tempted to gloss over for the fact that they are, in fact, simple? Let me give them to you anyway because they are 100% true and can transform us if we would ever truly believe them.   God, the Creator, knows you perfectly and deeply cares for …

For Anyone Scoring Less Than 100%

Jeff grace, Salvation

Last night at Meadow I shared the chapter in the life of Jacob where the reader witnesses Jacob’s entire family morally imploded in one chapter.  Because we tend to read the Scriptures in ways that enable us to forget that these are real people, living during real eras, feeling real pain and leaving real legacies, I wanted to ensure that …

My Prayer For You On Sunday

Jeff grace

May the God whose watchful eye never sleeps, the God of wonders, power and love – May He keep your feet from falling and make your thanks be endless, until the coming of the full deliverance that is ready to be revealed in the last time. May the God whose robe is light, whose canopy is space Whose mercies are …

Holding On Versus Being Held

Jeff FAITH, grace

Those who split hairs in order to prove a point can be irritating.  God made me to be a “headline” thinker and I often find myself surrounded with “fine print” thinkers.  Sometimes we irritate each other because I want them to simplify and they want me to amplify.  Interestingly, when both types of people operate under the power of God’s …

Dealing With Dirty Laundry

Jeff Forgiveness, grace

In your heart there needs to be an assurance of a right standing before God.  Guilt in our hearts produces doubts in our minds which can, over time, undermine the prospect of joy and reality of spiritual potency in our lives.  Zechariah was an Old Testament prophet who, 2500 years ago, received a series of intense visions from God.  In …

Cool Shade

Jeff grace, Love, Mercy

God does not need you to do anything for Him.  The awesome Father in Heaven has never had a need that He could not meet by Himself.  God has not lacked resources, opportunity, wisdom or desire to accomplish whatever His bottomless heart desires.  World religions abound in number and variety but they all preach the same mantra: do something for …

Opting Out Of The Great Debate

Jeff election, FAITH, grace, sovereignty, Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized

Tedium drives me nuts. Arrogant Christians are a bore.  Knee-jerk, reactionary emotionalism is saddening.  Hostility over the truths of Scripture between those who genuinely love the Lord is one of the most damaging ironies of our day. Brothers and sisters, at the risk of alienating both sides of the debate about God’s sovereignty I humbly submit my viewpoint which will …

Spiritual Growth: Be There When It Happens

Jeff grace, Spiritual Growth

None of us has reached the pinnacle of our salvation.  We can simplify salvation in this manner: Justification (past activity of God on our behalf) > Sanctification (present activity of God on our behalf) > Glorification (full act of God on our behalf).  Because we are living in the process of sanctification we should be well aware that we are …

Our Standing Can Still Our Struggles

Jeff emotions, grace, theology

Last night I finished up three consecutive nights with some dear people at a nearby church who had invited to come and share the Word with their flock.  We spent those evenings focused on the life of Elijah in chapters 17-19 of 1st Kings.  Personally, I was refreshed to get reacquainted with the biography of that rustic preacher from a …

Lessons From a Piece Of Georgia Clay

Jeff grace, Sundays

Sunday worship should serve to level the playing field which our lives raise up for our own benefit during the week.  We are pressured by our culture to excel in the arena of our personal choosing.  Excel as a mother.  Excel as a CEO.  Excel on your sales team.  Excel in your athletic prowess.  Excel in ministry.  We raise up …

Believe This Or Misinterpret All Of Life

Jeff grace, Humility, Wisdom

A friend recently asked me about the oft-quoted verse about Heaven that is not about Heaven.  Paul’s declaration in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him” has been misapplied by many of us to describe the glories of Heaven which await …

Don’t Bargain For Blessing

Jeff grace, Mercy, Worship

Let me confess that I do not regularly find myself immersed in that section of Scripture known as the Minor Prophets.  I opened there the other day and little pockets of dust popped up as I turned the pages.  Interestingly, for the last three weeks I find myself continually drawn back to that handful of prophecies and am thoroughly enjoying …