Overhauling Your Desert

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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 4 Comments

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

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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

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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 …

Where There Is Oil There Is Fire

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 …

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 …

What Is The Holy Spirit Doing Today?

Jeff Holy Spirit

Fifty days after the Passover Sabbath, in the year Jesus was crucified, entombed and raised, the Day of Pentecost arrived.  This day was a Jewish observance which had been observed for centuries as devout Hebrews celebrated their Feast of Weeks.  In the year that Jesus died, the Day of Pentecost was the day when God the Spirit came to indwell the …

Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Balanced Belief

Jeff Bible, Holy Spirit

We need heroes in the faith.  Someone to inspire us, someone with whom we sense a connection of purpose and spirit, someone who coaxes us beyond our fears and out from our selves – we need a few of these along the way.  The man that led me to Jesus, Scott Johnson, will forever be heroic to me for reaching …

An Open Word About My Approach To Controversial Doctrine

Jeff Holy Spirit, Uncategorized

What an interesting first few months of 2015 it has been.  Going back to the late summer of last year, I knew God was stirring in me to share what He had been layering in my heart concerning the need for His presence and power in the modern church.  Deeply concerned that we biblical conservatives have unwittingly embraced a modified Trinity of “Father, …

Forced To Choose?

Jeff Bible, FAITH, Holy Spirit

Sitting on a bench in a dugout at a softball field twenty years ago, I was caught off guard by a man who look disgusted when he found out that I attended a Baptist church.  I had been saved less than a month and understood very little about the differences in beliefs among those who professed Christ as King.  This …

I’ve Been Drinking Again

Jeff FAITH, Holy Spirit, Spiritual Growth

It’s early in a new week and, before the clock and calendar really start to ascend to their dual-dictator thrones, I wanted to share some thoughts while they are fresh.  Many of you have walked with Jesus longer than I and I hope you might be able to agree with what I am about to write.  We not only learn …