Refusing A Dunce-Cap Destiny

Jeff FAITH, Humility, Wisdom 1 Comment

It is not that we are ignorant.  It is not that we are uneducated.  It is not for a lack of information or opportunity or access to knowledge.  No, if it were any of these things we might very well be candidates for God’s pity and mercy.  But we are none of these things.  Do you know what we are? …

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Getting Low On Purpose

Jeff Humility

I know that the preacher meant well, but I wish he had been a little more cautious with his attempt to encourage and embolden his audience. He spoke unilaterally of our greatness in Jesus…but I left there wondering if people were going to remember the “in Jesus” part of the equation. Honestly, it felt more like a Christian pep-rally than …

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Don’t Love This Enemy. Kill Him.

Jeff Humility, Service

Sunday’s highest calls are for us to love & worship Jesus Christ, and then to love & serve others.  That sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?  Truly it would be, if not for one persistent problem that continually seeks to get in your way.  Nope, it’s not the devil.  It’s not your spouse, your children, the weather, the music at church, …

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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 …

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A Prayer From One Who Does Not Have It All Together

Jeff Humility, Prayer

If you happen to have it all together then I congratulate you and ask for you to pardon me for what is written below.  If you do not have it all together than I hope you will be helped by a prayer I wrote this morning to our faithful and true God.  I love Him…but I cannot comprehend Him.   …

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An Absence Of Peacocks

Jeff Humility

People sometimes chuckle and other times they stare in disbelief when I tell them that Amy, my wife, and I have never been in a heated fight.  She has never screamed at me.  I cannot recall a time when I ever raised my voice to her.  Our children have never heard the parents fight and, in spite of the fact …

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Chiseled People

Jeff FAITH, Humility

I’m keeping it somewhat short and potentially sweet today. I want to submit some scriptural taffy for us to chew on this morning from the life of that unlikely Old Testament hero, Gideon, and his life lessons. A hundred years ago Christians understood the concept of God’s usage of sovereign reduction. My great grandfather’s generation had a firm grasp on …

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Bend Low, Aim High

Jeff Humility, Spiritual Growth

There is an inherent risk in engaging the ministry of public preaching, teaching and writing.  Your words are preserved and open for multitudes of people to remember, reinterpret, misunderstand or misquote.  The particular danger of being misunderstood is the hardest for me to accept because misquotes and misinterpretations can be resolved objectively while being misunderstood is entirely subjective because the …

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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 …

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Please Don’t Forget This

Jeff FAITH, Humility, Uncategorized

At some point we need to make up our minds concerning whether or not God is for us.  So many of us who have experienced the greatest gift of redemption through the work of Christ have lived long seasons where we wrestle with whether or not God will give us the lesser gift of temporary provision.  While we sing and …

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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 …

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Mashed Potato Man

Jeff Family, Humility

So I’m having this beautiful, spiritual, victorious day at Meadow yesterday.  God began really moving in my heart on Friday and it carried me all the way through as I pondered my two sermons and the leadership meeting that was scheduled between them.  In a rare occurrence, all three worked out swimmingly with the morning message being delivered with God’s …

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I Hope Your Life Is Too Big For You

Jeff Humility, Praise

“Let Your work be shown to your servants, and Your glorious power to their children.  Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” – Psalm 90:16-17 {ESV} This Psalm is a good one for a new year.  The Psalmist is reflective …

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One Worn-Out Puppy

Jeff Endurance, Humility

Waking up this morning to begin a fairly busy week of ministry, my first duty was the life-changing, soul-stirring, high impact task of… turning off all the outdoor Christmas lights.  Three pulls of the plugs and the front of the house and all the shrubs went black and then I was off to conquer some Monday morning Kingdom terrain. Arriving …

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Lessons From Landon & Desperaux

Jeff FAITH, Humility

  A few years back during Christmas-time our family made the trek to a local movie theater to enjoy the family-friendly animation titled The Tale Of Desperaux. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of a little mouse who would become an unlikely hero and I’ve watched it more than once since we first saw it in the theater. Desperaux is a strange looking …

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Thinking Rightly…But Not On Your Own

Jeff Humility, Sundays

In your world this morning there are two approaches to life all over the globe.  The ways of the God of the bible stand juxtaposed against the ways of humanity.  No matter what particular isms we might inspect today, the ways of man can be bunched into one and set up against the ways of God.  God’s ways are said …

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Better Never Than Late

Jeff grace, Humility, peace

Living with a mild case of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) has been something I’ve joked about for years.  No doctor has ever really diagnosed me officially but I’m quite confident that it would be an easy call for one of them if I presented myself as a voluntary lab rat.  Some of us just don’t settle down all that well …

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Gifted

Jeff Humility

Last week, prior to Mother’s Day, I found myself doing what I don’t often do well: waiting.  There was some perfume I wanted to get my lady for Mother’s Day and I was told by the salesperson that the bottle could be engraved with a personal note to Amy for no extra charge.  They showed me some samples of the …

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Bad Strength

Jeff Humility

It’s nothing new.  You’ve likely seen it happen a few times in your life.  I’ve had the misfortune of seeing it myself more times than I’m happy to acknowledge.  Usually, it’s a young man who falls prey to it but men of all ages – and women also – can have it happen to them and the results are heartbreaking.  …

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Blowing The Mind Of An Intellectual

Jeff FAITH, Heaven, Humility, Spiritual Growth

It would seem that, out of all the Apostles of Jesus Christ, only one of the men could be classified as an intellectual.  Granted, all of them were endowed with great spiritual wisdom during their lives but only Paul was formally trained and groomed theologically for the calling that ultimately found him.  The man was analytically brilliant, top of his …

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Please Shut Up

Jeff Humility, Parenting, Relationships

In the sixth grade our teacher in economics spent what seemed like an unbearable amount of time seeking to explain to twelve year old minds the Law of Supply & Demand.  Completely disinterested but forced to listen, I came away with the basic understanding that the law states that “the more there is of any given substance, the less value …

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The Thing We Need But Rarely Wish For

Jeff Humility, Perserverance, Spiritual Growth

What humbles you? Scripture points us to the conclusion that humility is an essential part of the life which brings God glory as it esteems others more essential than itself.  Certainly we are to humble ourselves as Scripture commands (Ex. 10:4, 1 Peter 5:6, James 4:10) but, if you are anything like me, God has to ensure that the job …

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Working Through Spiritual Arthritis

Jeff Humility, Prayer

Some of my favorite people in the world are senior citizens.  From day one as a young follower of Christ, God saw fit to surround me with some seasoned senior-saints who have deeply impacted my life and ministry.  Sharing meals, traveling with one another, working shoulder to shoulder in the Kingdom… I’ve benefited greatly from those a generation (sometimes two) …

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