Where We Rest

Jeff Forgiveness, Salvation 1 Comment

  “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” – Luke 23:34   Man’s worst moment had arrived. Roman spikes had been driven through the hands and feet of Jesus Christ, pinning Him to terrible timbers. A naked spectacle hung before human eyes that ranged from the raging to the reverent, the Lamb of God …

Christmas Desire

Jeff Hope, Salvation 1 Comment

Jesus was born once upon on earth that we might be born twice for Heaven. Jesus was announced by angelic heralds so that we might learn the value of proclaiming Him as human heralds. Jesus was worshiped by blue-collar shepherds so that all classes of humanity might see they are welcome to do the same. Jesus was held by a …

Knowing My Place

Jeff Relationships, Salvation, Sundays

“Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great, for it is better to be told, “Come up here,” than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.” – Proverbs 25:6-7 If there is a skill to be mastered by us all, it is that we should endeavor to know …

Banished Shame, Evicted Fear

Jeff Forgiveness, Salvation

Most of you well-know the account of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  Growing up in America we have been exposed to the facts of the Gospel, especially here in the Bible Belt where many of you were raised.  Whether or not we have staked our souls on the claims of the Gospel is an entirely different matter…but most of us …

Blessed To Be In The Sequel

Jeff FAITH, Salvation

For years, Amy and I have been customers at a dry cleaner which is owned and operated by a very kind family from India.  I remember that this family hand-delivered flowers to our home after Amy got out of the hospital following the auto collision which changed our lives forever.  The sweet family wanted to show their kindness and I …

My Song – 20 Years Ago Tomorrow

Jeff Salvation, Uncategorized

Charles wesley wrote this song in 1739 (I think).  It conveys a truth that became my personal experience and ongoing reality on August 4th, 1994.  I weep just about every time I sing it.  He still fills dungeons with light and He still leads any who will follow Him from those cells.  Praise be to my King, Jesus Christ the …

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 …

“God Ain’t Never Done Nothin’ For Me…”

Jeff Salvation

I’ve heard it more than once and there is a high likelihood that these words might have escaped my own lips during my lost years.  It is the confession of a bitter and blind soul. Some time back, while sharing the Gospel with a time-weathered man, he spoke with a barely-contained scowl, “God ain’t never done nothin’ for me.” It …

For Anyone Scoring Less Than 100%

Jeff grace, Salvation

Last night at Meadow I shared the chapter in the life of Jacob where the reader witnesses Jacob’s entire family morally imploded in one chapter.  Because we tend to read the Scriptures in ways that enable us to forget that these are real people, living during real eras, feeling real pain and leaving real legacies, I wanted to ensure that …

Winners

Jeff Salvation, Worship

It is easy for you to forget that you already have the victory.  It may seem like a gift unwrapped or a package not yet sent, but you truly have it already.  Victory is something we sometimes believe we do not possess because we usually define victory rather poorly.  We think of those external tokens of victory.  We think of …

Smoking Primate Evangelist: A True Story

Jeff Salvation, Victory

It was the hottest day of our time in Africa during our mission late last year.  Part of the morning had involved me preaching a couple of times to more pastors than I could number and I was physically, mentally and spiritually exhausted.  Waiting for our van to return and pick us up I enjoyed some time in the shade …

Getting There

Jeff Heaven, Salvation

Younger people do not often think of Heaven.  Smiling as I wedge myself again into the category of “younger people”, I trust I am still qualified at age 43.  Thinking of Heaven as a place – it is that impractical, hard to define, enigmatic concept of the geography of eternity that can feel a little awkward and overwhelming.  I’ve been …

19 Years & Counting

Jeff Salvation, Sundays

As I knelt down this morning for some time before the Lord, it occurred to me that 19 years ago today, on the other side of this very same city of Lawrenceville, I knelt before Him for the very first time in surrender.  In a little apartment off of Sweetwater Road I was saved on August 4, 1994 after many …

No Grandchildren

Jeff Relationships, Salvation

There was a day in Israel’s history when a second-grader was made their king.  No, seriously…a second-grade boy wore a crown and inherited a throne.  I have two children, both of whom have successfully triumphed over the second grade.  Brilliant as they both are, neither of them needs to be on a throne ruling a nation.  Yet in God’s providence, …

Testimony Of The Unchained

Jeff Forgiveness, Salvation

  The song below says most of what I want to say in today’s post but, as you listen to Tasha Cobbs hammer it home, I want to tell you that I’m blessed to know exactly what she sings about.  She’s singing about a great change that we all need.  She’s belting out some gospel-soaked lyrics that testify of a …

A Trip To See Brother Johnson

Jeff Gratitude, Salvation

In 1991 I used to see this fellow, a little younger than I was, pushing a mail cart around the halls of the financial services company where I worked.  He had a rather committed 1990’s mullet hairstyle working for him and he and I almost never spoke as we passed each other in those narrow corridors at the office complex …

The Rumor Is Absolutely True

Jeff grace, Salvation, theology

You are not good enough.  You are not educated enough.  You are not experienced enough, skilled enough, or holy enough.  It’s not found in the depth of your prayer life or your good deeds which benefit others.  Your baptism does not provide it.  Church attendance doesn’t hold it all together.  No, not your parental devotion, your marital excellence, your bible …

Back & Forth Across The Line

Jeff grace, Salvation, Sin

Occasionally God just has to show us His greatness.  Every now and again we forget His glory, His awe, His power and it is then that we cease to appropriately tremble in the presence of the Almighty.  You have likely experienced the greatness of God’s merciful rescue in your life.  I hope that you have been made to know the …

A Reason To Boast

Jeff Gratitude, Salvation

It’s not about me although it involved me.  It didn’t originate in my heart or mind though it led to ongoing radical transformation of both.  Certainly it wasn’t deserved by me but, hallelujah, it is undoubtedly mine and nothing can ever change that.  You see, eighteen years ago today, August 4, 1994, a miserable young man – blind, lost, hurting …

Who Lied To You And Told You That You Were In Control?

Jeff Fear, Salvation, Worship

The thing that is bigger than you controls you.  You are aware that you are not the largest, strongest, prettiest, smartest, holiest, deepest, most lasting, most powerful or most successful.  Each of us bows to something and that thing becomes our inevitable master.  It shapes our ideas, anchors our values, motivates our decisions, orders our actions and eventually directs the …

Unsuspected Goodness

Jeff Gratitude, Praise, Salvation

When I converse with those who are not followers of Christ I usually note one thing among others that seems to stand out.  Whether or not they are educated or uneducated, moral or unrestrained, American born or from another country, there seems to be a common thread that is woven in the fabric of their minds.  What is it?  They …

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 …

Threatened By The Rival King

Jeff Cultural Observations, Salvation

Not everyone is happy that Christ is being celebrated.  Every year the intolerance to His holy name grows more and more rigid.  Who would have believed that, in our lifetime, America would move to a clear position of hostility towards recognition of the birth of Jesus Christ?  We will celebrate the holidays…but not Jesus Christ. We will welcome a season …