Your Gift-Muscle

Jeff Spiritual Gifts, Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized

You may not have noticed, but we are subtly walking through a blog mini-series over the last four posts (including today’s). God honors the intentional communication of what His word says, and we are always helped to think about how we apply what He has written to our present-day realities.  Thus far in this little series we have covered: The …

Being Young: Promises & Pitfalls

Jeff Uncategorized

Over the last two years, an awareness that I am no longer the young kid has found me. I began full-time vocational ministry twenty years ago at age twenty-seven. Our church was an older group of people back then, and I regularly found myself as the youngest person in leadership meetings, conferences and fellowships. I actually enjoyed the privilege of …

An Encouragement Burger

Jeff FAITH, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, Uncategorized

Finishing up this three-installment blog series today, I want to ask you a very simple question: do you believe in your heart that God is for you, that He wants you to win? Please linger over that question a few moments before you answer. Your response is actually a big deal, and both the trajectory and the quality of your …

When God Takes His Time

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, Uncategorized

In my last post, I began to unpack an explanation of why your breakthrough sometimes lingers longer than we desire. If you did not read it, please take a few minutes and do so before reading today’s post. Most of us have a hard time waiting on God to move when we sense that the pressure is rising while the …

Honest Thoughts On Growing Pains

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized

“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Herein we find the reason for so much of life’s poundings.  Those three words, “sanctify you completely” reflect the determination of God for every one of …

The Breakup Letter I Should Have Written Sooner

Jeff Uncategorized

September 20, 2005 Dearest Religion, It has been a long journey together, but today I need to let you know that I have finally decided to leave you for good. You may be surprised by what seems like a sudden decision on my part but, if you will search your heart, you will have to confess that you likely saw …

You & Holy Spirit

Jeff Holy Spirit, Uncategorized

If someone asked you if you would want to spend today with Jesus walking right by your side, physically present with you, able to be seen, heard and touched, you would likely not hesitate to affirm that you would love this opportunity. I believe that most of us would trade anything for this possibility. Can you imagine what it would …

Two Seasons For Growth – Part 2

Jeff Uncategorized

I began first grade in 1975 in Doraville, GA.  My family lived in an apartment complex called Plymouth Colony and, though we had next to nothing, I remember that year as a really happy time. In those days, a six-year-old could walk out of his family’s apartment on a Saturday at 9 AM and stay gone for hours, playing with …

Joy Continues On (Final Thoughts on Joy)

Jeff joy, Uncategorized

Weary of your struggles or suffering?  You cannot wish it away or ignore it into oblivion.  When pain comes it can do a number on us in a short time.  When it remains, it can actually influence us so much that we change into a person different from who we were before the pain arrived.  When we respond properly to suffering …

Finding The Changing Room

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized

“…the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…” Isaiah 61:3 What a drudgery life can be when our wardrobe is nothing other than cloaks woven with the threads of a heavy spirit. Sunshine and blue skies seem hollow. The loud laughter of fretless children is irritating to our preoccupied minds. Under the spirit of heaviness, a banquet fit for a …

Check Back Next Week…

Jeff Uncategorized

Thanks to those of you who have contacted me, asking about the next part of the blogged testimony which I have been sharing lately. I really want to finish the series up in (hopefully) just one more post.  My plan is to tackle that early next week.  Until then, Happy Memorial Day weekend. I hope you will join me in …

Part Two: Surpised By A Joy-Ambush

Jeff Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts, Uncategorized

Because I have been asked to share my story as it pertains to the migration from Baptist cessationist to one who believes in the ongoing availability of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, it seemed prudent to put it down in writing for any who wished to understand the dynamics that led up to such a significant shift in my theology …

Woman To Woman – Amy Lyle on Mothering

Jeff Uncategorized

Four moms have influenced me during my life: the mom who gave birth to me and raised me until the age of nine. The mom who married my dad when I was twelve years old, and who loved me unconditionally, and who taught me not to fear. The mother in law who exemplified Christ to me for 13+ years until …

So, Where Do You Stand?

Jeff Bible, Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized

In John 8:31-32 Jesus said to some who had believed on Him: “If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Abiding in the truth given by Jesus validates that we are His followers. This abiding in His truth, according to Jesus, leads to ongoing …

An Open Word About My Approach To Controversial Doctrine

Jeff Holy Spirit, Uncategorized

What an interesting first few months of 2015 it has been.  Going back to the late summer of last year, I knew God was stirring in me to share what He had been layering in my heart concerning the need for His presence and power in the modern church.  Deeply concerned that we biblical conservatives have unwittingly embraced a modified Trinity of “Father, …

Out On Your Limb

Jeff FAITH, Sundays, Uncategorized

Sometimes it lodges in pretty deep before we are even aware of it. Somewhat like a blemish that appears on your face overnight while you slept – you wake up and discover something is gnawing at you. Often the result is irritability, or perhaps a blueness of heart that attaches itself to you like lint from the dryer. You can’t …

A Precious Tribute

Jeff Uncategorized

It has been a while since my friend, Shirsten Dreyer, has posted here and I was so blessed when she answered my request for her to send something for the TT blog.  As I read her words below about one of her mentors, it made me grateful for the older men in my own life who have helped me along …

Pretty Sure

Jeff Uncategorized

I’m pretty sure I heard God chuckle when I handed him a piece of paper with my own plans for my life written down. I’m pretty sure I heard that paper being crumpled up by a gentle, omnipotent hand and I’m pretty sure He had a compassionate smile on His face as He did so. I’m pretty sure I heard …

Toad-Taught Theology

Jeff Uncategorized, Wisdom, Worship

Walking into my office this morning, my attention was drawn to an object perched right outside my door, directly in the light from the streetlamp. As I took a few steps closer I realized that I was looking at a large brown toad who was enjoying the predawn moisture from the sidewalk as he must have been pondering the majestic …

Merry Christmas & Happy 2015

Jeff Uncategorized

Wishing all of you an enriching Christmastime and a bountiful year to come.  I plan to resume writing after the New Year begins.  Celebrating the birth of Jesus with you!  

Tracking Answered Prayer

Jeff Prayer, Uncategorized

This is the time of year when I become reflective. Another year has nearly passed and a new, unknown one is inked upon the calendar sitting upon my desk.  Looking back on some things I wrote to Father in 2013 I realize how many prayers of mine (which I forgot) He has answered in some definitive ways (proving that He …

Refreshed In Scotland

Jeff Uncategorized

Thanks to all who prayed for safe travels for me. I arrived safely in Scotland fourteen hours after leaving Atlanta and finally went to sleep after testing my mental boundaries with 34 hours straight of being awake.  Missionaries, Nathan and Krystal Young excel at hosting and have set me up nicely in their home here in Stonehaven.  We had a …

All The Redeemed Believe In Encounter

Jeff Uncategorized

Last week was a time of seclusion for me in the hill country of North Carolina.  While taking a hiatus from all of my responsibility, I had asked God to turn six days into a deep and profitable time of personal encounter with Him.  The opportunity to receive edifying instruction in a seminar there had been scheduled months ahead. I …

Prayers Toward A Non-chaotic Throne

Jeff Sundays, Uncategorized, Worship

Father, it is a great relief to know this morning that You abide in the realm of perfect tranquility.  You are unafraid of missiles exploding, of Ebola infecting, of money disappearing, of immorality abounding or of rage unleashing.  You are above the fray and yet not disengaged from it.  Your sovereignty is incontestable so we sometimes find ourselves confused at …