Truth From A Rocker & A King

Jeff Perserverance, Wisdom

Standing in a convenience store this weekend, I heard a song from my junior year of high school being piped in through the store’s speakers. It was one of my all-time favorites back in the day and, when I heard it, I started wondering why I liked it so much because it was quite slow and mellow. Back in 1987, …

When It Gets Raw

Jeff Endurance, Perserverance, Prayer

A few years back, I shared a message of comfort from the book of Lamentations with the people of Meadow Baptist Church.  I called that message “A Strange Place For Praise” because it features some of the most beautiful statements on the character of God that you will find anywhere in your Old Testament – that’s the praise part.  The …

Your Unrelenting, Undaunted God

Jeff FAITH, General, Perserverance, Spiritual Growth

You have been in some bad places before.  You know what it is like to have the acrid taste of anxiety flavor everything you are digesting in life.  You know all about fear, dread, worry and defeat.  Seasons of darkness have not been kept from you and there is no doubt that you are not among those very rare people …

The Temptress We All Find Attractive

Jeff FAITH, Fear, Perserverance

One of the amazing aspects of the bible is that it is timeless in its central themes.  Though the cultures of the human authors in scripture were different from our own, though science and technology were basically nonexistent then, though information came forth then in a slow tirckle and now in an uncontrollable torrent, we find that God’s word still …

Pizza, Puzzles & God’s Purposes

Jeff Endurance, Family, Perserverance

My kids have been great sources of material for my sermons and blogs for years.  It is a questionable pastor who passes up the heaps of illustrations and anecdotes that are provided free of charge to him as he observes his offspring growing up in a world that is larger than their capacity to comprehend. Hey preacher, you go ahead …

The Undiminished God

Jeff Endurance, General, Perserverance, Spiritual Growth, Victory

Your life is always in flux.  You are growing, aging, changing, becoming stronger in some ways and finding yourself weaker in others.  People move in and out of your life like wind and, looking about you, you catch your breath as you conclude that there is nothing here today that is promised to be there tomorrow.  This can be overwhelming …

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 …

A Lesser Change Of Scenery

Jeff emotions, Family, Perserverance

When the moving vans pulled away from our new home last Thursday I realized that a four-month process had come full circle.  The Lyles had been relocated from the hustle and bustle of the Mall of Georgia area to the quiet outskirts of suburbia off of Spout Springs Road.  God has been gracious to us and we are humbled and …

Settling Down

Jeff Endurance, grace, Perserverance, Spiritual Growth

Perhaps you’ve wondered at times why you can’t seem to achieve consistency in your Christian walk.  Maybe you have experienced highs and lows and have learned over time that your feelings tend to impact your level of commitment.  Now that you have journeyed with Jesus Christ for a bit, it is likely that you’ve wished inwardly that you could enjoy …

That Silly Mistrust In Your Heart

Jeff Endurance, Hope, Perserverance

Sovereignty never takes a holiday.  The fathomless, inexhaustible God over all does not sleep when you sleep.  He doesn’t even nap.  God never turns His attention from you in order to place His omniscient focus on the needs of another.  He has never overlooked a detail, missed a deadline or gone through the motions halfheartedly.  As God acts on your …

The Best Blog I’ve Ever Written

Jeff Bible, General, Leadership, Perserverance

Okay, I just chose the above title in order to get you to read today’s post about leaders and followers.  I repent of the manipulation but really hope it works. Being entrusted with ministry challenges in recent months, I’ve tended to scope out bible passages that involve interaction between leaders and followers in order to glean some principles for my …

The Perpetual Acorn

Jeff Church Life, Endurance, Perserverance

Yesterday brought me the news that my former pastor has been diagnosed with cancer.  Years ago, Jack Lawson went way out on a thin limb for me when reason might have told him to instead hug the trunk.  In 1997 Pastor Lawson invited me to join his small staff at Meadow to serve as the director of evangelism.  I had …

The Supreme Relief

Jeff Bible, Cultural Observations, emotions, FAITH, Perserverance, Salvation

Sundays always come about with my heart full of anticipation.  I love the Lord’s Day and eagerly look forward to the activities associated with the gathering of the saints at Meadow.  I so enjoy God’s people and experience deep satisfaction at serving them.  The act of corporate worship is a reminder of a coming day wherein every single saint of …

Beating The Monday Blah’s

Jeff Cultural Observations, General, Perserverance, Spiritual Growth

Monday and I have not been on good terms for years.  We have an understanding that we need to make the best of an awkward relationship but I can tell you, we don’t exactly thrive on each other.  I’ve always resented Monday for being the one who never asks my opinion before shooing away my weekend.  Maybe it’s because Sunday …

Holding The Seed, Seeing The Harvest

Jeff Bible, FAITH, Forgiveness, Hope, Perserverance, Spiritual Growth

On Wednesday, December 14th 1994 I experienced what is commonly referred to as “the call to preach”.  I sensed strongly that night an inner voice compelling me to give my life toproclaim God’s truth.  Later that evening God confirmed this call to me through a passage in Ezekiel and I consequently found my life purpose.  On the first Sunday in …