On Behalf of Those Who Are Strangers In Church Today

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“Likewise, when a foreigner, who is not of Your people Israel, comes from a far country for Your name’s sake (for they shall hear of Your great name and Your mighty hand, and of Your outstretched arm), when he comes and prays toward this house, hear in heaven Your dwelling place and do according to all for which the foreigner …

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 …

Expecting God To Move

Jeff Prayer, Sundays

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To Him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” – 1 Peter 5:10-11   Father, today we take great comfort in the reminder that anything and all that is …

Not Yet, But Certainly Soon

Jeff Sundays

“May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” – Colossians 1:11-12   Father, we thank You that this prayer has been answered for all of us who are in Christ.  …

Welcome The Prophets

Jeff Preaching, Sundays, Vision

The world is getting louder.  Our culture is becoming bolder.  Shut our eyes as we might, it is no longer possible to honestly say that things are going to improve apart from a Holy Spirit initiated awakening in America.  Let’s hold to a semblance of integrity and call things as they are: America is in trouble, and the voices of …

The Thirsty Jesus

Jeff Sundays

“Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said, I thirst” – John 19:48 Upon the cross, our dying King never lost His awareness of what was happening with Him. John testifies above that Jesus Christ was cognizant of the precision of the process of His own suffering. As the human eye would be …

God’s Accent

Jeff General, Sundays

“Today, if you will Hear His voice…” – Psalm 95:7 I remember when I began to learn that many, if not most, Christians that I met could not confidently say that they heard God speaking to them. My conversion was so very radical and my calling into ministry was equally defined in clarity to me. I heard God speak. To …

Blessing The Burdened

Jeff General, Sundays

“Cast your burden on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.” –Psalm 55:22 There is a lot of conflict out there. The longer I am graced to walk by faith with Jesus Christ, the more I see the fragility of human relationships. Husbands and wives, parents and children, pastors and parishioners…these …

Let It Be Now How It’s Gonna Be Then

Jeff Sundays

“And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be one and His name one.” – Zechariah 14:9  What better reminder could we find today? As millions of people who are called Christian meet in tens of thousands of worship centers with hundreds of differing denominational splinters dividing us, this bold prophecy from nearly …

Mary’s Release… And Yours

Jeff Sundays

“He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name…” – Luke 1:49 Jesus, the words from this precious young woman who was Your mother motivate me this morning. She had not seen Your face nor yet held Your little body. She had not yet been awestruck by Your wisdom, nor had she seen Your miracles …

Wrestling For Peace

Jeff Sundays

Father, I feel it in the air. I am taking some of it into my lungs. It tastes like spiritual smog, and I need your help, Holy Spirit, to clean up what I am breathing in. This season of hurrying, scurrying and worrying is the complete opposite of what it should be. This is that year-end time when our hearts …

Why He Pokes A Hole In Your Soul

Jeff grace, Sundays

    And King David said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” – 2nd Samuel 9:3   Lord Jesus, David expresses Your own royal heart with the question he just asked. Those words might have come through Your own mouth, when David asked if there was …

Borrowed Prayer

Jeff Sundays

If you have never spent time reading the book of Puritan prayers and praise, The Valley Of Vision, you really should get yourself a copy. On this hopeful Sunday, I allow one of the prayers from this book to hover over us. “Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly, Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision, where I …

One Year Ago Today…

Jeff Church Life, Sundays

On the first Sunday of October in 2015, I awoke refreshed, having spent most of the previous two days with a group of men whom I’d never met before.  Pastor Dustin Pennington of Cornerstone Fellowship had asked me to come and pour into the men of his church as they spent the weekend in a retreat together. God moved among …

War & Peace

Jeff Sundays

Lord Jesus, This is Your day – the primary day of the week when Your name is proclaimed, Your songs are sung, Your sacrifice is exalted, strength is gained so that Your mission is advanced, and Your salvation is offered to broken recipients.  We wake on Sundays with stirred anticipation about what Holy Spirit might accomplish when Your gospel is …

This One Thing

Jeff Sundays

Sundays tend to draw my mind to that one event that distinguishes Jesus Christ from every other prophet, Christianity from every other religion and each individual Christian from every other human being. What is it? RESURRECTION. Long ago, the messengers from Heaven had been dispatched for the purpose of announcing to the followers of Christ that something dramatic had occurred. …

Sunday’s Prayer For Color

Jeff Sundays, Worship

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of …

My Pentecost Sunday Prayer

Jeff Holy Spirit, Sundays

Holy Spirit, Thank You for coming and fulfilling the promise of our Lord Jesus.  He told His followers that You would come to live in us, to complete the work which He began.  As the Father sent the Son, the Son sent You, and You are accompanying us as You send us forth to carry out the commission which originated …

Getting Out Of The Way

Jeff Sundays

“For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.” – Acts 17:20 Jesus, please help us today to clearly speak what You desire to be shared. Empower us to consciously avoid our churchy clichés and our non-essential theological verbiage. Help us to remember that we live in a post-Christian America, and …

A Prayer We Must Offer & Endeavor To Answer

Jeff KINGDOM, Sundays

Some prayers that are offered by God’s people could be answered by the Father with, “I have heard your prayer, My children. It is an approved request. No go and be the answer to what you have asked of Me.”  These are beautiful opportunities because they help us in so many ways.  Firstly, we humble ourselves in acknowledging that we …

Becoming Unrestrained

Jeff Prayer, Sundays

”And David danced before the Lord with all his might…So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn.” – 2 Samuel 6:14-15 Father, thank You for a reason to celebrate.  Thank You that all of Your people arose this morning in a state of spiritual victory, even as some cannot …

Living While Alive

Jeff Resurrection, Sundays

Resurrection is not a nuance of the Christian faith. Resurrection is not limited to some historical event. Resurrection is the ultimate promise of what we believe as Christians and it is an experience that all Christians will enjoy. Resurrection is, in all actuality, a Person. This Person is the Son of God and the Savior of all who believe. Resurrection …

A Small Prayer For a Big Day

Jeff Prayer, Sundays

Father, You know that today is a significant day for me and the people with whom I serve and worship. You know all of the moments which have led up to this particular moment. You know each step wherein we have walked with precision and balance.  You know every place where we have stumbled and staggered.  You have blazed this …

Sweet Sunday Meals

Jeff Bible, Sundays

If you wake up and attend a local church today which places the preaching of Scripture in a primary place, then you are part of a diminishing minority.  Throughout church history up until about the midway point of the last century, the teaching of the Bible held prominence when God’s people gathered together on the Lord’s Day to worship.  Now, …

Blessed… You Are Powerfully Blessed

Jeff Sundays

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the one against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” – Romans 4:7-8   Heavenly Father, in a world that offers us no shelter from turmoil, we run to this refuge again and again and find it always waiting for us in open welcome.  …