A Prayer For Courage To Turn Loose

Jeff Uncategorized

Believing that many of us are being moved by the Spirit of God into new territory, I wanted to offer intercession on our behalf.  The intense pull between the safety of familiarity and the zeal for new horizons can leave us stretched & sore inside.  We want but we fear.  We are motivated but caution in our hearts turns into …

You & Your Tidy Almighty

Jeff Uncategorized

So I was walking out of my comfort zone last year and decided that I wasn’t really up to it. So I turned around to go back only to discover that God had sealed it off.  Go figure.  I guess He had decided it was time to move forward in my life and that my beloved comfort zone would not …

Yes, I’m Still On Vacation

Jeff Uncategorized

The Lyles bolted from Georgia on Sunday afternoon June 15th and have been in decompression mode ever since.  Florida’s atmosphere was just what we needed and we are grateful to God to have the ability to get away together.  I’ve considered blogging a few times during our extended holiday but the process requires a little more intensity than I currently …

One Aim This Lord’s Day

Jeff Uncategorized

O worship the King, all glorious above, O gratefully sing His power and His love; Our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days, Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise. O tell of His might, O sing of His grace, Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space, His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form, And dark is His …

Here’s What I Am Asking

Jeff Uncategorized

Today is the national day of prayer in the United States.  While I have some deep concerns about our country and the direction we are heading, I am glad that there is still some semblance of our dependence upon God.  It is certainly not as robust as it once was but I will take any encouragement I can find on …

You Really Need To Make That Call

Jeff Endurance, pride, Uncategorized

Samson was a human see-saw. Up one moment and way down the next, this man’s life is one of the most interesting of all the people in the Old Testament. I’ve often wanted to preach his biography and call it “Squandered Potential” as his is a tale of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Few people in Scripture disappoint …

My Woes Are Bigger Than Yours!

Jeff Humor, Uncategorized

There’s a trend among us that I feel may be seeking to swallow us whole.  I call it “the witness of worser woes”… or, more succinctly WWW.  True, the word worser is not actually a legitimized word in the English language  but it certainly captures the spirit of what I’m seeking to describe.  WWW occurs when someone mentions a struggle, …

Tis The Season To…Exhale

Jeff Uncategorized

Children are precious little gifts to the world.  My thoughts have rested upon children the last several days as Christmastime has fully engulfed us all again.  My young son, Landon, was unusually affectionate with me towards the end of the week and it did us some good just to cuddle with each other and talk.  I don’t know if it …

Sounds Good To Me

Jeff Uncategorized

From the day I arrived at the Kilimanjaro Airport in Moshi there has been a constant awareness of the sounds in Africa.  Two African pastors picked me up at the airport and we drove about 45 minutes in a van with the windows rolled down to cool things off.  Bars and nightclubs lined the road and there was loud African …

Prayer Calendar For Africa Mission

Jeff Uncategorized

After months of logistical and financial preparation, the time has arrived for me to get on a plane and make the long trip to the east coast of Africa.  Phase 1 in Kenya has already been completed and now I will join the team in Tanzania for Phase 2 of the equipping of African pastors.  Many have asked about prayer …

Plenty To Say…No Time To Say It

Jeff Uncategorized

Hi, my name is Jeff… and I used to be a blogger. Some seasons in life seem to dictate what we can and cannot do.  If you are a regular visitor to the TT website you already know that my blogging frequency is not what it once was.  This has been a rather busy year and, with the incredible opportunity …

Yes, This Is Really In Your Bible

Jeff Uncategorized

Nearly eleven months ago I began a verse-by-verse study of the book of 2nd Corinthians.  During those months I have shared with the flock at Meadow some of the keys to living in the resurrection power of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Because the life of faith is inherently paradoxical, most of us struggle with what it means to rest in …

Enough For Today

Jeff Uncategorized

Tomorrow morning I intend to post something with a little more content than today’s post.  I’m not sure it will have as much impact as the 4 minute video below though.  For any and all who battle a fretful heart or for those who are connected to people they care for who struggle with worry, take a few moments and …

Pressure Washed

Jeff Uncategorized

“My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for He will pluck my feet out of the net.  Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.  The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.  Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.” Psalm 25:15-18 Scripture is filled …

Grizzly Fear

Jeff Uncategorized

Fear is a heavy, coarse-haired bear and devastating to wrestle with.  Her size smothers you.  Her jaws can crush you.  Her teeth tear at you and she is awful to tame and conquer.  Because of this, our enemy likes to unleash her on us as often as possible, lest we remember the promises of God which have, like David did …

Taking A Short Break From Ye Ol’ Blog

Jeff Uncategorized

    It’s a little bit of a hectic pace right now for me so I will be needing to take a little bit of time off from writing. Hopefully next week will be more conducive to sharing. Blessings to you!      

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 …

Encouraging Reminder From Landon

Jeff Uncategorized

The plan is to continue yesterday’s post concerning Suffering tomorrow morning.  In the meantime, I am posting a photo of some lyrics that my son wrote a few days after his 8th birthday.  It should tide us over as a good bridge between yesterday’s blog post and tomorrow’s.  It happens to be the best song ever written in the history …

See You Soon!

Jeff Uncategorized

Most of you know that I have been looking forward to the next few weeks as a combined time of family vacation plus a time of sequestered solitude at the end of my break.  The last 11 months have been exhausting but incredibly profitable for the ministry entrusted to me.  Many thanks to my wife and children who have given …

When Nature Strikes…

Jeff Uncategorized

Typing from the microscopic keyboard on my iPad, I am letting you know that Sunday’s storms have rendered us without Internet connectivity at the TT offices.  Until our service is restored (maybe Tuesday?) my blog will be on pause.  Hopefully the downtime will result in some fresh thought from me.  We can still process orders and prayer requests from our …

Love Fangs

Jeff Cultural Observations, theology, Uncategorized

The pressure is not imaginary.  As a matter of fact it has been imposing its squeeze on us for so long now that you may no longer feel its discomfort.  It is likely that you have gotten used to it, perhaps yielded to it and, God forbid, maybe even started exerting it yourself.  To what do I refer?  There is …

Lesson From The Litterbox

Jeff Uncategorized

It’s the Monday after an amazing Easter Sunday and I’m still rejoicing in the time we shared together around the theme of Resurrection yesterday.  Rarely do I allow myself to soak in what has passed but I would have to say that God blessed Meadow in such a profound way through music, prayer and Communion yesterday that it will likely …

He Knows…

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized, Victory

This week Amy and I have been privileged to share the weight of some burdens that others are carrying.  We have been blessed to listen and to pray while the gears of their lives turn.  With them in mind (and you, if you have heavy loads today), I share some verses to remind all of you that you are not …