Big-Time Mercy

Jeff Mercy

“And David had success in all his undertakings, for the LORD was with David.” – 1 Samuel 18:14 Father, as I watch You work in David’s life on the pages of my Bible I get very hungry, Lord. You chose David for significant purpose in his generation.  You ordained a lasting destiny for this boy who would become a king.  …

Spiritually Soothed

Jeff Fear, Forgiveness, General, grace, Mercy

Weakened? Forgotten? Seeking to move on from a personal fumble? Exhausted with life, people, barriers and breakdowns? I have earned a Masters Degree in those areas. More than once in my life, I have needed the help of God in my season of spiritual suffocation. “We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, …

Relentless Mercy

Jeff Mercy, Sin

Today marks the beginning of another year, a new year, a fresh start on the calendar. As I awoke today, I had a strong confidence that one thing has not changed as we enter 2017: Gd’s mercy to all of us.  If the end of one mercy from God did not immediately lead to the beginning of a new one …

Urgent Kingdom Need Overseas

Jeff Mercy

There has never been an occasion in the ten years of Transforming Truth’s existence when I have made an online financial plea for our own support needs. We trust God implicitly, and approach Him in prayer, and He always has children in the Kingdom who can help us with our media outreach.  When we do make requests for financial help, …

The Hand That Made You Will Help You

Jeff Mercy

Christians 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 as if the outcome of our earthly endeavors rested squarely upon our own shoulders, and believe that we had better turn it up a …

Look Around For Them

Jeff Mercy, Sundays

“Look to the right and see: there is none who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for my soul.” – Psalm 142:4 God, help us to have wisdom and commitment today that we might fixate on two things when we gather for our Sunday times of worship.  Help us to think upon You, wait for You, listen …

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 …

A Victorious Debate With Accusation

Jeff grace, Mercy, Salvation

Accusation: “Has anyone seen Jeff’s shackles? I want to put him on spiritual lock-down again.” Justification: “Those shackles are in the bottom of the sea.  As far as east is from west.” Accusation: “True…but Jeff forgets that with a little provocation from me.  I specialize in cultivating a shamed, guilty conscience.” Mercy: “His God’s grace is far greater than Jeff’s …

Where Jesus Works

Jeff Mercy

It is wise to be occasionally reminded that, in the strict theological sense, Jesus is not here working on earth any more.  In the very same body which emerged from the tomb and walked around Palestine for forty days prior to His ascension, Jesus Christ now sits upon His throne in Paradise. He told His disciples that He would leave …

Compassionate God…Compassionate Children

Jeff Mercy, Ministry

Last night I was blessed to lead the people of Meadow in a study revolving around the compassion of God.  Frankly, life has been cruel to some who were present last night.  Meadow is no syrupy-sweet church filled with painless people.  All of us have stories which involve a few chapters of personal suffering so I thought it might be …

9/11 Immerse Service

Jeff Leadership, Mercy, Wisdom

Wednesday nights around Meadow have been uniquely blessed of God in recent weeks.  Sensing His leadership to overhaul our approach to the Wednesday gathering, we have placed an emphasis on immersing ourselves as one in a purposed time of connecting with God and with one another.  Believe me, our IMMERSE Services are anything but fancy or impressive.  Perhaps this is …

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 …

Don’t Bargain For Blessing

Jeff grace, Mercy, Worship

Let me confess that I do not regularly find myself immersed in that section of Scripture known as the Minor Prophets.  I opened there the other day and little pockets of dust popped up as I turned the pages.  Interestingly, for the last three weeks I find myself continually drawn back to that handful of prophecies and am thoroughly enjoying …

Questions Which Lead Us Home Again

Jeff Forgiveness, grace, Mercy, Sin

  Sometimes the Lord declares.  Sometimes The Almighty thunders truths punctuated with an exclamation point.  Many times He promises and swears oaths.  On occasion, when God wishes to impact us…He sends some questions our way.  In rare but unavoidable moments He demands answers from us.   “O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? …

A Song & A Prayer

Jeff General, Mercy, Prayer

  A Debtor To Mercy Original lyrics by Augustus M. Toplady, additional words and music by Bob Kauflin © 1998 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI) A debtor to mercy alone Of covenant mercy I sing I come with Your righteousness on My humble offering to bring The judgments of Your holy law With me can have nothing to do My Savior’s obedience and blood Hide all my transgressions From view …

Conditionally Connected

Jeff Cultural Observations, Mercy, Service

It is highly likely that our deepest relationships are with people who have something to offer to us that we value.  Our nature is reluctant to enter into commitments that are one-sided and require more from us than we receive in return.  Marriages fall apart often because one spouse feels like there are more withdrawals than deposits from the other …

The Kindness Of God To You

Jeff Forgiveness, grace, Mercy

Yesterday, over some ridiculously delicious Sunday afternoon Mexican food, I was discussing with those at my table the various ways the members of the Lyle family awake in the morning.  Highly unusual for a boy his age, Landon springs out of bed as soon as enough sunlight enters his room and his typical demeanor is that of a warrior desiring …

We Have What We Need

Jeff emotions, FAITH, grace, Mercy

The week is not yet halfway through and I’ve been welcomed into the lives of a handful of friends who are groaning with burdens:  two of my sisters in Christ are caring for their fathers who are gravely ill, one near death and perhaps already gone as I write these words.  There is also a married couple who are battling …

Untouchable

Jeff General, Hope, Mercy, Praise

Wait…hope…rest…trust…pour out your heart.  Now this is great advice for every Monday. Hear it:  Wait… hope… rest… trust… pour out your heart.  One of the beautiful things about the bible is that it fully discloses the frailties that define the human experience.  Not one of us has felt strong and capable for all of his or her days.  At best, …

Overheard…What God Says To His Child

Jeff grace, Mercy, peace, Prayer

  “God, just how sovereign are You?” “Fully.  Completely. Comprehensively.  I am in control of it all.” “You are in control of all the good stuff?” “Yes” “All the bad stuff too?” “Indeed, child.” “That’s confusing to us.  We thought the devil is in control of the bad stuff.” “He’s often involved but I control even him as I work …

More Than One Way To Rouse You

Jeff grace, Mercy

At about 6 PM on Saturday evening I set my clock ahead one hour as we do each time this year for Daylight Savings Time.  I needed to awake early on Sunday and re-submerge myself in my Sunday sermons for some fine tuning.  I had nearly forgotten to set the clock ahead which would have robbed me of a valuable …

Making Pain Work For You

Jeff emotions, Endurance, General, Mercy

There is one thing that you must accept in this life.  Pain, heartbreak and tragedy will touch you at some point.  We are not afforded permanent insulation from the undesirable sting of loss while we make our way through life.  We are a fallen people living in a fallen world next to other fallen people.  It is still true that …

Merciful Fathers

Jeff Mercy, Parenting

A few nights ago our family was heading back to our home in Lawrenceville after a trip up to the home we hope to secure this month in Flowery Branch.  Both of my children are chatterboxes – Alicia with a hundred questions of wonder and Landon with an equal amount of declarations with thunder.  My little boy made mention of …