Ouch! The Ministry Of Poking

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Wisdom Leave a Comment

The human mind is weird. Perhaps, more dignified, I should say that the human mind is mysterious. Frankly, we understand only a fraction about that thing with which we understand everything else. Shortly after I awoke this morning, my own mind recalled images of something I have only seen once in my lifetime, and I wanted to tell you about …

The Question Of The Ages

Jeff theology, Wisdom, Worship

Once upon a time I was an invisible observer of a debate in an online chatroom which was focusing on the issue of what was required for a person to be granted good standing with God.  This was during the pre-Facebook days of the internet and chatrooms were where a lot of the action took place.  Dozens of people were …

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 …

Wisdom That Moves Forward

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, Wisdom

We often assume that the wisdom which comes with age is primarily a wisdom which is given in order to “ride the brakes”. This wisdom is seen as a regulator, a cautionary force. This side of wisdom slows down the potentially erratic or reckless steps of a person who might be acting outside of wisdom.  My personal opinion is that …

Relinquishing? We Need To Get Honest

Jeff Wisdom

Living with a mild case of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) has been something I’ve joked about for years. No doctor has ever really diagnosed me officially but I’m quite confident that it would be an easy call for one of them if I presented myself as a voluntary lab rat. Some of us just don’t settle down all that well …

Seasons

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Wisdom

School lets out this week for my children and thus another Summer will commence.  We like the Summer in the Lyle home because it brings some seasonal goodies our way: family vacation, family-Fridays together, sleeping in for Amy and the kids, and a slightly lightened schedule as some of the normal goings-on at the church taper down for a couple …

Taking A Bite Out Of The Fight

Jeff Wisdom

The best fight I ever ended was with my childhood friend, Scott.  I was a punk and probably about 10 years old when Scott finally had enough of me mouthing off about something.  Somehow we started getting into it and he was much bigger than me and taught me that my vocabulary was much stouter than my pugilistic skills.  Before …

9/11 Immerse Service

Jeff Leadership, Mercy, Wisdom

Wednesday nights around Meadow have been uniquely blessed of God in recent weeks.  Sensing His leadership to overhaul our approach to the Wednesday gathering, we have placed an emphasis on immersing ourselves as one in a purposed time of connecting with God and with one another.  Believe me, our IMMERSE Services are anything but fancy or impressive.  Perhaps this is …

When The Scales Are Balanced

Jeff Wisdom

My words will be few today.  With the tragedy of what occurred in Boston yesterday afternoon I think it is important that I apply restraint and not say too much.  There is a danger in commenting on what happened too much so that today’s blog might seem opportunistic, using an act of terror against America as a platform to vent …

Believe This Or Misinterpret All Of Life

Jeff grace, Humility, Wisdom

A friend recently asked me about the oft-quoted verse about Heaven that is not about Heaven.  Paul’s declaration in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him” has been misapplied by many of us to describe the glories of Heaven which await …

Being Little

Jeff Sundays, Wisdom, Worship

“Because your heart was tender, and you have humbled thyself before the Lord…” – 2 Kings 22:19 Smallness — what a profitable passageway to all things good. Can you think of any lasting work of good in your life which was not preceded by a tenderhearted humility? When God saved me, He had to break me, and at age twenty …