Forwarding Your Mail Out Of Nazareth

Jeff sovereignty, Spiritual Growth

If God entrusted to me the ability to remove one thing from our hearts as His people, I think I would choose to dislodge our sense of familiarity of Him. For those of us who have been in the Kingdom for many years, there is a very real danger of losing our sense of wonder. For those who have been believers …

God’s Timing

Jeff FAITH, Prophecy, sovereignty

“When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” – Galatians 4:4-5 What a remarkable thought: there was a fullness of time that God had ordained into which He would inaugurate the visible unfolding of …

A Folk Song & God’s Sovereignty

Jeff sovereignty, theology

There is a plane somewhere in the air right now which will eventually make its way to the Atlanta airport.  On that plane is a seat reserved for me and I’ll be planted in it for several hours as I head out on a little ministry jaunt.  Flying does not bother me but airports do.  I do not like the …

Divine Mist & Human Sweat

Jeff Service, sovereignty, Spiritual Growth

For some reason I have several flash-memories of being in the back seat of a vehicle and traveling down I-85 as a little boy.  My family lived in DeKalb County and I know that, in these memories, I was not yet tall enough to see clearly out the back seat window.  I was always looking up because my line of …

He Did Not Spill Your Sacrifice

Jeff Sacrifice, sovereignty

Some of you reading today are wrestling with silent confusion about what God is doing with you.  Inside of you there is some filter that makes you hesitant to ask aloud about the incongruity of what you have presented to the Lord and what He has chosen to do with it.  Some time ago there was a clear vision and …

Opting Out Of The Great Debate

Jeff election, FAITH, grace, sovereignty, Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized

Tedium drives me nuts. Arrogant Christians are a bore.  Knee-jerk, reactionary emotionalism is saddening.  Hostility over the truths of Scripture between those who genuinely love the Lord is one of the most damaging ironies of our day. Brothers and sisters, at the risk of alienating both sides of the debate about God’s sovereignty I humbly submit my viewpoint which will …

When God Says No

Jeff sovereignty, Spiritual Growth

Sometimes we desire something with intensity.  It’s not an issue of longing for the forbidden, some unlawful no-no;  sometimes we want something that is good that seems reasonable, beneficial, healthy and honorable.  Yes, there are times when we submit it to God in prayer, seeking permission and aid to obtain that thing we desire.  Perhaps it’s a job.  It might …

Things Are Way Too Big For You

Jeff Praise, sovereignty

I thought on the end of time this morning.  Yes, I know, a rather impractical and lofty topic for such pragmatic people like we.  Nonetheless, I allowed my mind to drift past political debates, crumbling economies and conflicts between raging armies.  I zoomed past the bloated calendar of have-to’s on my smartphone, the leadership meetings begging preparation, baseball playoffs desiring …

Why Are The Stars There?

Jeff sorrow, sovereignty, Worship

I’m on day four of my time away and enjoying sunshine, sand and surf.  The beach is beautiful, the family content and my mind and body being refreshed.  Today’s post is from our family friend, David Price.  David is a source of regular encouragement and support and is one of the most thorough bible teachers I know.  Today’s post from …

Undiminished Hope

Jeff Deborah Samples, General, Heaven, sovereignty, Worship

A year ago yesterday marked the beginning of a new way of living for the Lyle family.  Most of you are familiar with our story but for those who are not, feel free to check my blog archives beginning 6/17/2011 and you will learn of what the gracious God of Heaven deemed best for us upon our journey.  Mark my …

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 …

Good News For Monday Morning

Jeff Bible, election, General, grace, reformed theology, Salvation, sovereignty, theology

For a while now it has been my desire to seek to encourage you on Monday mornings more so than any other day of the week. Many of you experience a peak in gathering with the family of God on Sundays.  You worship with your brothers and sisters in Christ and spend time in committed service unto God and others.  …

Changing Lanes With The Lord

Jeff General, Service, sovereignty

I awoke today in the will of God and that brought me relief before my feet ever touched the floor.  Some people cringe when they hear the phrase “the will of God” because it sounds very religious, very deep – perhaps, for some, very frightening.  I think some are uncomfortable with this concept because they fear that they might not …