Strong Kingdom Currents

Jeff FAITH, Holy Spirit Leave a Comment

For many, when they first begin hearing intentional teaching about the Kingdom of God, there can arise an unsettling in their hearts. Because most Western Christians have been indoctrinated with a less-than-Kingdom version of Christianity, the concept of a literal Kingdom of God, currently invisible but fully visible in the future, can seem foreign and awkward to them. Suddenly their Christianity …

Shorelines: Personal Encounter With God

Jeff emotions, Holy Spirit 2 Comments

Over the years, I have been asked more than once why and how I went from being a solely expositional, theological church leader to one who believes and practices the more experiential components of Christianity. I usually try to clarify that I have never been ONLY about theology. My very conversion in 1994 was one of profound and inexplicable power …

When God Ruins Things

Jeff Holy Spirit, KINGDOM 5 Comments

Many years ago, the Lord ruined me. When I was first saved, He ruined me from enjoying all the unlawful pleasures that had defined my life for the decade prior to my conversion. Shortly thereafter, He ruined me in any attempt to draw my satisfaction from temporal pursuits like wealth, fame or power. In 1997, God ruined me from living …

Holy Spirit: Why I Changed Lanes

Jeff Holy Spirit

Some of you are familiar with my testimony as it pertains to my theological shift in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s regarding the person and work of the Holy Spirit. I learned so much incredible theology from those who poured into my life after I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord in 1994. As a matter of fact, I …

Why Two Mergers in Three Years?

Jeff Bible, Holy Spirit

Moses met Him at a burning bush when he no longer had confidence that God could use him.  Hagar encountered Him when her husband had cast her and her son out, so he could be with another woman.  Isaiah had a personal revelation of Him when he went to the temple and saw Him in His stunning glory.  Mary Magdalene’s intersected …

Why The Gifts of The Spirit?

Jeff Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts, theology

After God saved me in the Summer of 1994, I immediately began to proclaim everything that I knew (which was not much!) about Jesus to anyone who would listen. I testified about how He had delivered me from a life of misery. I shared in homeless shelters and prisons about how the King had broken the power of my decade-long …

Overhauling Your Desert

Jeff Holy Spirit

Recently, the Holy Spirit and I hunkered down in Psalm 63 together (you may wish to pause right now and read it yourself so you will understand more of what I am about to share).  Trekking through those familiar verses, a familiar stirring began to move again in my heart. This stirring within is a physical and emotional response to …

Something You Should Ask God

Jeff Holy Spirit, Spiritual Growth

Recently I spent some time with a man whose heart is longing for more of God. Some people cringe at the phrase “more of God” but I have no issues with using it. When someone says that they desire more of God, they are expressing their desire for deeper experience with Him. They want to interact with the God they …

Wisely Stewarding Your Anointing

Jeff Holy Spirit

Here are a couple of back-to-back verses that could potential cause you to squirm in your seat just a bit: “Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed David in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward…Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a harmful …

Of Passion & Purpose

Jeff Holy Spirit, Worship

“God loves with a great love the one whose heart is bursting with a passion for the impossible.” – William Booth You need to know yourself… and you need to know God. You also need to recognize that marvelous things occur when these two pieces of knowledge intersect, because this is the whole of the Christian experience: bringing all that …

Why We All Must Be Spirit-Filled

Jeff Holy Spirit

Over the last few years I have been led by God to place a strong private and public emphasis on what the Scripture teaches concerning the person and work of God the Spirit. For some, this shift in my  public emphasis was a struggle, as most of my history was rooted in a denomination of Christianity that did not emphasize …

So You’re One Of Those Bible-Believers…

Jeff Bible, Holy Spirit

In 2007 something was birthed in my heart from Heaven. The process is a little too involved to be included in today’s post, but the result of this leading of the Lord in my life was the ministry now known as Transforming Truth. What began as a request for sermon CD’s from two ladies in the northern part of Georgia, …

You & Holy Spirit

Jeff Holy Spirit, Uncategorized

If someone asked you if you would want to spend today with Jesus walking right by your side, physically present with you, able to be seen, heard and touched, you would likely not hesitate to affirm that you would love this opportunity. I believe that most of us would trade anything for this possibility. Can you imagine what it would …

So Now What?

Jeff Holy Spirit

Trusting that my purpose in sharing my own testimony about how God has led me in a journey with Holy Spirit has been accomplished, I conclude my posts in this mini-series today. From New York to the West Coast of America, to England & Africa, and back to my home state of Georgia, I have been blessed to hear from …

Part Six: Conflict & Clarity

Jeff Holy Spirit

One of the hardest things to accomplish in writing this mini-series on my personal journey with Holy Spirit has been choosing what to include and what to leave out. I am condensing close to twenty years of progress and illumination into a six-part blog series (thus far).  Today, we come to another installment which brings us right up to where …

Part Five: 3 Adversaries & 1 Ally

Jeff Holy Spirit

The story continues today with my recount of that season wherein God began to convince me of the necessity of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. One lesson that the Lord has taught me over the years is that He is not obligated to use a template when working with each of His children. Oswald Chambers wrote in his devotional My …

Part Three: Compromising My Calling

Jeff Holy Spirit

Today’s post follows the two previous posts that I shared last week regarding my own personal journey with the Holy Spirit. If you do not read the first two, this one will not make much sense. Last week’s posts contained my testimony about how God incrementally brought me from my beginning as a denominational cessaitonist, to one who could no …

My Pentecost Sunday Prayer

Jeff Holy Spirit, Sundays

Holy Spirit, Thank You for coming and fulfilling the promise of our Lord Jesus.  He told His followers that You would come to live in us, to complete the work which He began.  As the Father sent the Son, the Son sent You, and You are accompanying us as You send us forth to carry out the commission which originated …

Part Two: Surpised By A Joy-Ambush

Jeff Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts, Uncategorized

Because I have been asked to share my story as it pertains to the migration from Baptist cessationist to one who believes in the ongoing availability of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, it seemed prudent to put it down in writing for any who wished to understand the dynamics that led up to such a significant shift in my theology …

My Personal Journey With The Holy Spirit

Jeff Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts, theology

With the launch of New Bridge Church last month, many have wondered how I, as a Baptist minister, arrived at the place of leading our church into a journey that included the validating of the active status of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Granted, this belief is not the norm for those who have been Baptists their entire Christian …

Let’s Get Honest, Folks…

Jeff FAITH, Holy Spirit, Spiritual Warfare

Is the Christian faith kinetic or static?  Do our spiritual beliefs move or do they rest in neutral?  Are we animated or passive as the followers of Jesus Christ?  The answers to these questions are probably easy for us to discern.  We understand by Scripture and by history that our theology comes bundled with a clear call to action from …

Remarriage In The Church

Jeff Bible, Church Life, Holy Spirit

God is working a highly proactive plan in your life. He is not casual about you.  You are not lost in the innumerable mass of humanity populating the planet.  He is so wise, so focused and so omni-capable that His eternal eye falls upon you this moment, and He will never miss a thing that you do for the rest …

It’s Hard To Remain Simple

Jeff Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts, Sundays

So, I have been teaching on the gifts of the Holy spirit for several weeks, with several more weeks to go.  Perhaps the thing which stands out to me more than everything else is that God’s Word constantly affirms our oneness with each other each time the variety of spiritual gifts in operation among us are highlighted.  Looking backwards over …

A Preface To My Sermon Series On Spiritual Gifts

Jeff Holy Spirit, theology

So many among God’s people are sensing some difficult-to-define rumblings taking place. God’s divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, as stated in Second Peter 1:3.  The objective Word of God constantly serves as a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105), so we may walk by faith …