Celebrating Others

Jeff Church Life, Ministry 1 Comment

“Do nothing from rivalry or arrogance, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” – Philippians 2:3  What a strange charge is given to Christians from the heart of the wise Apostle Paul.  He instructs us all when he tells the church at Philippi not to interact with one another in rivalry and arrogance.  We have to be told …

When Your Nets Are Empty

Jeff FAITH, Hope, Ministry

“On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on Jesus to hear the word of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret,   and He saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.  Getting into one of the boats, which was Peter’s, He asked him to put …

Pastors, Pulpits & People In The Pew

Jeff Church Life, Leadership, Ministry, Preaching

One of the strangest, most unfortunate aspects of the modern church is often found in the expectation of what happens in the pulpit from those who sit in the pews (or chairs).  Somewhere before I was saved, it must have begun it’s slow creep into local churches.  I’ve been a Christian for more than two decades, and I have watched this …

Evicting Jesus

Jeff Church Life, Legalism, Ministry

We are ten days into the new year and I thought it was time to post a devotional blog, focusing on a passage of Scripture. Spending my morning in Matthew’s eighth chapter, I was struck at the difference between how this chapter begins and how it ends. Look at this with me:   Matthew 8:1 – “When He came down …

Fat On Molasses

Jeff Church Life, Ministry

Today my mind rests on how we Christians regard those who do not know Christ. The endorsed approach for the last thirty years by many evangelicals makes a priority out of removing all uncomfortable confrontation when it comes to people and their need for the Gospel. The new approach is what I call molasses evangelism – it’s sweet going down …

Unforeseen Harvest

Jeff Ministry, Service

God will not always allow you to see visible fruit from your visible labors.  Sometimes you are doing everything properly, at the right time, with an excellent motivation but no visible results are manifested – such is the work of the Kingdom.  Yet, there are other seasons which I find even more peculiar.  These occur when you are seemingly exerting …

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 …

Words From Long Ago

Jeff Ministry, Service

From the Puritan book of prayers, The Valley of Vision, I lend you the words of the prayer titled “The Servant In Battle”.  May Monday be kind to us all and, if it is not, may the never-ending kindness of God to us be more real than the unkindness of a passing day.   O LORD, I bless thee that …

Encouraging Ministry Update/Prayer Request

Jeff Ministry, Vision

God blesses me inwardly to know that I have opportunity to communicate His truth to you though this website.  We have never had an agenda and I think I can say that, from TT’s inception, we have committed to doing what was right before us during whatever season we were in.  When we began the television broadcast in 2007, we …

Sabbatical Plans

Jeff Ministry, Pastors & Pastoring

It would be difficult to overstate how much I am looking forward to the ministry break I have scheduled from June 17-July 7.  It has been a demanding twelve months since I last enjoyed a substantial respite from ministry and my mind, body and spirit are ready to turn things down a notch for a short time.  I will have …

The Joy Of Motion

Jeff Ministry, Sacrifice, Service, Victory

Each week I am a happy witness to scores of people engaged in Kingdom work.  Much of life connects with others who have been given a passion for advancing the mission of Jesus Christ and most of them do not teach, preach or sing (these are often misunderstood as the Big 3 of ministry).  I’m blessed to see people drive …

Overspiritualizing Christian Ministry

Jeff Ministry, Service, Spiritual Growth

Moses split the sea.  Elijah hit the tarmac in a heavenly chariot and was ushered into God’s glory.  Isaiah caught a glimpse of the Almighty in His fulness during a vision in the sanctuary on the Lord’s Day.  Though not for long, Peter did indeed walk on waves, Paul raised the dead and John saw the climax of the ages …

When Jeff & Phil Collide

Jeff Cultural Observations, Leadership, Ministry

Let me predict that this post will disappoint of few of you who want straightforward bible devotions when I post.  Most of the time I awake in the early morning and pray/read/blog and the finished product is what you read right here each day that I post.  Today is different because I’m writing it at 2:10 PM on a Thursday …

Global Air War

Jeff Ministry, Prayer

During our television broadcasts each week it is my custom to invite the viewers to join us at Meadow the following week.  We really believe that being among the people is vastly different than watching on the television so we encourage those who live within proximity of the church property to come and be our guests the following week.  I …

Busy But Not Blessed

Jeff Church Life, Ministry, Service

Sitting still is no longer popular in America.  It’s even less popular in American churches.  You must even take it down a further notch in Baptist churches.  After all, doesn’t the Bible say that exhaustion is next to godliness? We place a premium on constant motion because you have to be moving to be doing and have to be doing …