Praise From One Freed

Jeff Gratitude, Worship Leave a Comment

You are not a victim.  You are not a prisoner.  You are not a pawn.  There is a Reason.  There is a Purpose.  There is a Planner.  Heaven’s throne is not vacant and you are not a hapless puppet hanging on tangled twine. The sovereign God of Heaven never slept last night, and He governed everything that exists – both …

Slowing Down To Say Thanks

Jeff General, Gratitude

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” –1 Thessalonians 5:18 I have a very simple thought for this Monday. It is spoken of so often in Christian circles that you might be tempted to pass over it because there is no novelty attached to it. I’m pondering the high call of the …

Diagnosing Forgetfulness

Jeff Gratitude

Ever-patient Amy has an unofficial title in our home which greatly benefits Alicia, Landon and me.  Amy is the Semiomnisicent One.  When we reverently approach her we chant, “Have you seen the…Do you know where the…Mom, I can’t find the…Amy, where are my…”  You get the picture. For me it is usually a quest for my keys, my phone or …

I Never Saw It Coming

Jeff Gratitude

Today I am remembering the day that I knew that You had found me.  I’m recalling the lightness in my heart when I crawled off that worn piece of carpet in my apartment bedroom, as one who had been forgiven.  I can almost sense the comfort of those sheets on that old bed (really, just a mattress on the carpet) when …

Focusing On Thanking

Jeff Gratitude

The week is upon us which officially inaugurates the end of the year holiday season in America.  It is beneficial to us that this season begins with a time where we place emphasis on gratitude.  The historical roots of Thanksgiving in America are a blessing in and of themselves for us to know.  It was a time of celebrating a …

Learning From My Boy

Jeff Gratitude

My son has been asking his mother and me for money every week.  He has little understanding of what it takes to contribute to our household but he certainly lacks no confidence that, whatever is needed, he can get it done in such a way that warrants a handsome compensation.  The boy is convinced he needs some money.  Now, all …

The Art Of Restoration

Jeff Gratitude, Holy Spirit

Yesterday was a full and profitable day for the people of Meadow.  There were fewer of us in number than usual due to the local schools being on Spring Break this week, but the Lord was gracious in blessing us with His presence.  Beginning a new Sunday morning series which will focus on the biblical themes of restoration and renewal, …

Holy Week Monday: Stillness of Heart

Jeff Forgiveness, Gratitude

  The week of Easter affords Christians a opportunity to recognize a calendar holiday that is uniquely our own.  Somehow Easter has avoided the mark of secularization that hijacked Christmas from its original intent.  Easter is exclusively about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, twin pillars of the Christian faith.  My hope is to spend much of this week …

Kingdom Keys: Recognizing How Much

Jeff Gratitude, Love, Sundays, Uncategorized

“Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” – Luke 7:47 What benefit is there in hearing about our sin?  Isn’t this a negative message – a downer in a generation of people that already has so much negativity coming their way?  Preachers who talk about sin are …

A Trip To See Brother Johnson

Jeff Gratitude, Salvation

In 1991 I used to see this fellow, a little younger than I was, pushing a mail cart around the halls of the financial services company where I worked.  He had a rather committed 1990’s mullet hairstyle working for him and he and I almost never spoke as we passed each other in those narrow corridors at the office complex …

Attitude Adjustment!

Jeff Gratitude, Guest Posts

I’m spending Thanksgiving week enjoying some Family Time on a mini-getaway after a tremendous 10th Anniversary Sunday with the church family yesterday.  Jack Greenwood writes an insightful guest post for us today.  Jack is a good friend, thoughtful follower of Christ and a true servant-hearted man for God’s Kingdom.  Be refreshed with what he shares today and return tomorrow for …

Appreciating Others

Jeff Gratitude, Leadership, Relationships

“So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:8 {ESV} The Apostle Paul was no CEO in ministry. His theology had not allowed him to hide in his office away from the people …

A Reason To Boast

Jeff Gratitude, Salvation

It’s not about me although it involved me.  It didn’t originate in my heart or mind though it led to ongoing radical transformation of both.  Certainly it wasn’t deserved by me but, hallelujah, it is undoubtedly mine and nothing can ever change that.  You see, eighteen years ago today, August 4, 1994, a miserable young man – blind, lost, hurting …

Ahhhhh…You Nearly Forgot You’re A Winner

Jeff grace, Gratitude, Victory

Every now and again it happens.  It finds you, ambushes your soul and wraps you up, fully owning you for a moment in time and then it disappears, leaving a smile on your face and an increased measure of desire in your heart.  What am I talking about?  That difficult to describe experience of spiritual fulness when you can nearly …

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 & …

Most Of The World

Jeff General, Gratitude

I woke up this morning with plenty of food to eat …most of the world did not I woke up this morning in a comfortable bed…most of the world did not I woke up this morning in a happy home with a beautiful family in reasonably good health…most of the world did not I woke up this morning in a …

Unsuspected Goodness

Jeff Gratitude, Praise, Salvation

When I converse with those who are not followers of Christ I usually note one thing among others that seems to stand out.  Whether or not they are educated or uneducated, moral or unrestrained, American born or from another country, there seems to be a common thread that is woven in the fabric of their minds.  What is it?  They …

Gladly Acknowledging That Today Is His

Jeff General, grace, Gratitude, Worship

There are few things which carry more of a sense of hope in my heart than Sunday, His day.  We may believe we have grown so spiritual that no one day on our calendar has more significance than another.  In a way, this is certainly true.  Yet is it not more significant to gather with the saints in a single …

A Word Of Thanks

Jeff Church Life, Family, General, Gratitude, Service, Spiritual Growth

Amy was sitting in the cozy lift chair in our den on Sunday afternoon as we discussed her eventual return to Meadow’s worship gatherings.  She greatly misses being with her church family on Sundays and Wednesdays so we’ve been looking forward to the day of her return which is not yet pinpointed on our calendars. We have agreed that, when …