If I Love…

Jeff Love, Relationships

In pastoral ministry there is a joyful experience of welcoming new people into the flock.  It always excites me when God entrusts new families to our church and I’m often eager to find out His purposes in merging a singular life or a full family with the group of believers at New Bridge Church where I serve.  When someone commits his …

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 …

3 Leanings

Jeff Cultural Observations, Love, Relationships, Service

Thinking deeply.  Working diligently.  Loving fervently. Chances are that you naturally lean more towards one of these three than the others.  We are all hardwired uniquely by God, and that wiring from Him suits His purposes for our lives. Some of you have been granted patient minds that often desire to understand the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’.  Others of you …

Flunk This Class

Jeff Fear, Love

There are few subjects that I wish I were a poorer student in.  From a very young age I have always wanted to pursue my goals wholeheartedly – to win each contest, ace every exam and score the winning run.  This unabashed pursuit of zealous results is likely why I was entrenched in alcohol and drug use for so long …

Love’s Dance

Jeff Love

There a certain passages of Scripture that embed themselves in you and will be with you until the day you die. Sometimes they are famous verses like John 3:16 or John 14:16 or the 23rd Psalm.  Other heart-grippers are not as well known to others, but the Holy Spirit anchored them in your own soul, and they bring great hope …

Please Hold The Lemon

Jeff Love

Here is a big-old-fat-hairy lie: Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me. Many of you reading today have long forgotten some bruising and beatings from your childhood years. Most of us men grew up fighting our peers on one level or another when we were boys. I was a short little fellow, and often found myself …

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 …

God’s Delights

Jeff Love

Today is a day wherein my prayer rests upon the desire for God’s children to know and to sense His delight in them.  So much of religion presses us to do something.  Do something delightful, good or worthy in order to gain acceptance from this incomprehensible God.  Major world religions of various stripes place the constant onus on you to work …

I Am Plotting An Assassination

Jeff Legalism, Love

Yesterday morning, I spent some time unplugging from everything and welcoming the Holy Spirit to preach to me as I ingested some spiritual nourishment from Luke’s Gospel.  Repeatedly, I was seeing just how tender the Lord Jesus was with the outcasts and the broken people.  Conversely, I also noted how intentionally forceful He was with the religious power-brokers who misrepresented …

Down With The Veil, Up With The Banner

Jeff Love, Sundays, Worship

Lord Jesus, Today, Great Savior, work in us powerfully so that our hearts, minds and wills are centered in Your mighty love.  Help us, O King, not be distracted by even the best of all those lesser things which beg for our attention.  May your Love ride on the top of every powerful worship song. Cause Your love to linger at a …

Hurting People

Jeff Love, Relationships

Recently, God has allowed me to spend time with some people who are going through deep seasons of struggle and pain.  An incarcerated man who is reaping the whirlwind from his addictions looked at me through a plane of glass in the prison where he now lives and recounted his story of downward spiral to me. Few valleys are as …

I Love You

Jeff Love

We cannot strategize ourselves into spiritual revival.  We cannot study ourselves into breakthroughs that seem to have evaded us for too long.  We will not discipline ourselves into joy, peace and love.  While I personally believe in and engage in strategic planning, studying of God’s word and practice personal spiritual disciplines… I find that the hungers of my own heart …

He Works With Ash

Jeff Love, Mercy

God created the cosmos from nothing. God formed man from the dust of the earth and breathed life into him. God established an innumerable host of angels to serve as His own eternal ministers of good. God sustains the entire universe by the Word of His power.  He is an awesome, glorious, immeasurable, all-wise, all-mighty conquering King of the universe …

Naked Dancing Boy With Weapon

Jeff Family, Love

Recently I came across this blog post from five years ago and I decided it would be a good one to leave up for the end of this week.  My children bring me delight and God uses my relationship with them to teach me much.  Here’s a helpful snapshot of a night when Landon was about four years old that …

Truth For Tanzania – December 2013

Jeff Love, Pastors & Pastoring

  An incredible event in Africa.  A Kingdom project.  An opportunity for you to participate. For more information after watching the short video below, email us at info@transformingtruth.org or call 678-551-7333.   Find out more about International Bible Conference at http://www.internationalbibleconference.org/        

Dude Called Me Obtuse

Jeff Love

Someone once called me obtuse.  At the time I did not know what it meant but the fellow had a curled lip when he said it and I gathered that he was not complimenting me.  My mind flashed back to 8th grade geometry and I recalled that an obtuse triangle was kind of wide on one side so I thought …

The Phone Call That I Could Not Shake

Jeff Cultural Observations, Love

When I hung up the phone I just sat there kind of numb for a few minutes.  A couple of tears rolled down my cheeks and my heart took on a heaviness that still had not left me a couple of days later.  I had just spoken for the second time with a man who, perhaps, had the worst childhood …

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 …

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 …

Your Soul-Hammock

Jeff grace, Love, reformed theology, Worship

When will we really believe Him?  Not with lip service or doctrinal statements or quaint songs but, rather, with indomitable commitment, risky confidence and pride-emptying relentlessness.  When will we really trust that our acceptance before Him is not tethered to our performance or our worthiness or our potential?  In the falling dust of our undeniable inconsistencies, when will we lay …

Aiming For Encouragement

Jeff Church Life, emotions, lonely, Love, Relationships

What’s the longest time period you have ever allowed yourself to remain discouraged?  Some people are naturally upbeat, positive thinkers, glass-half-full types of folks.  Others have to work hard at maintaining a grasp on the positive, affirming and hopeful.  I was talking with a man some time back and noted that he had a negative slant on just about everything …

Beyond 1 Day For Love

Jeff Love, peace, Relationships

From where does most of the pressure you face originate?  Is it really outside of you or does it actually come from within?  We are learning that there is very little we can do to fully control outside circumstances which have the ability to cause inside stress and anxiety.  Scripture has much to say about God’s desire and ability to …

Important Christmas Questions

Jeff Love, Salvation, sovereignty

Perhaps one of the most tragic potentials for us who have been set free through faith in Christ is that we might arrive to a place in life where we lose our wonder at our redemption.  To wake up each day and not sense any amazement that the God of Heaven chose us, chased us, secured us and shepherds us…few …