Needing To Know

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Worship 0 Comments

Jesus Christ made an amazing statement in one of the most profound recording of His words in Scripture.  He was praying to the Father in the most intimate of ways, revealing a communion and oneness with Him that is difficult for us to soak in. Amazingly, Jesus begins to speak in this prayer of those who would carry on the …

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Where To Look

Jeff Worship 5 Comments

When I am praying I need to see Jesus enthroned.  It is essential for me to remember the One to whom I am speaking, and where He has affixed Himself while we are living below.  He is not walking the earth anymore as the Son of Man, where He once experienced hunger and weariness and pain and death.  He is …

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Refuse To Lose Your Wonder

Jeff Worship

One of the most tragic potentials for us who have been set free through faith in Christ is that we might arrive at a place in life where we lose our wonder at our own redemption. It is my opinion that humans are no more depraved now than at other periods of our history.  I do, however, believe that we …

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The Myth Of The Foggy Mist

Jeff Vision, Worship

Most of us are able to look back to a season in our journey wherein we thought we had most everything figured out. Our answers were bold, our confidence high, our expectations certain and our dogma pronounced. We did not know it then but, looking back now, we discern that we lived with some inner swagger that proceeded from an …

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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 …

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I Married A Singer

Jeff Guest Posts, Worship

Worship wars are nothing new for American Christians. Most of us have a particular style of music that we prefer which produces  in us a more profound sense of pleasure in worshiping Christ. I totally get that. Sadly, Christians seem to be prone to the habit of identifying their particular flavor of music as being the right one which other …

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His Victory, Our Gift

Jeff Resurrection, Worship

“For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise from the dead.” – John 20:9 For all that had been told them, shown them, promised them and granted to them … those original followers of Jesus Christ just did not comprehend the Resurrection.  It certainly was not from a lack of clarity from their Master – …

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An Unexpected Attitude Adjustment

Jeff Church Life, Worship

I used to think those who went to church on Sunday were rather lame.  My cynicism about “organized religion” was the altar at which I regularly bowed and I saw no need to partake in corporate worship gatherings.  I didn’t need church to know God and my inner rebel was quick to let me know why there was no legitimacy …

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No Lesser Loyalties

Jeff Sundays, Worship

Until the Christian receives her own grasp of the Kingdom purposes of God, she will continue to be distracted by small slivers of Christianity while never entering into the whole of God’s eternal purposes and power.  As long as that man who longs for God’s presence and the resulting sense of personal identity remains committed to splashing around in the …

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Christmas In Motion

Jeff Salvation, Worship

Two thousand years ago, here is a little of what was happening in Heaven and on Earth:   God the Father declared in Heaven that the fullness of time on earth had arrived – He sent His Son to us with an unstoppable plan of rescue. Supreme God would become fully human as the Creator entered into His own creation. …

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Down With The Veil, Up With The Banner

Jeff Love, Sundays, Worship

Lord Jesus, Today, Great Savior, work in us powerfully so that our hearts, minds and wills are centered in Your mighty love.  Help us, O King, not be distracted by even the best of all those lesser things which beg for our attention.  May your Love ride on the top of every powerful worship song. Cause Your love to linger at a …

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Of Passion & Purpose

Jeff Holy Spirit, Worship

“God loves with a great love the man whose heart is bursting with a passion for the impossible.” – William Booth You need to know yourself… and you need to know God. You also need to recognize that marvelous things occur when these two pieces of knowledge intersect, because this is the whole of the Christian experience: bringing all that …

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What God Does, We Want To Do

Jeff Sundays, Worship

“The Lord thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and He will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.” – Deuteronomy 30:5 Father, You are so incredibly good that we have no issues with this verse today.  You have ordained a time for us.  You have prepared a …

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Upward Forevermore

Jeff Sundays, Worship

All of time and eternity, all that was created and has ever been, all manifestations of light and darkness, all tangible matter and each intangible thought, every prayer and all praise, each pain and all pleasure, both demon and angel, sinner and saint, all children of darkness and each child of the light, every speck of earthly dust and every …

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Deeper, Father, Deeper…Deeper

Jeff Sundays, Worship

Father, Take us deeper today.  Bring us out of the shallows and lead us into the dimensions that are provided for us in Jesus, Your Son.  Help us no longer to associate the idea of our maturing in the faith with the simple belief that we must grow deeper in what we have already learned.  Help all of your children …

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Worshiping Christ…Or Christianity?

Jeff Sundays, Worship

Perhaps there will be empty seats in your church today because, for too long a time, our worship gatherings have been more about Christianity than Christ Himself.  With all of the emphasis on the -isms, –osophies and –ologies that are connected to the message of the Church, it would seem that many have given up on attending, perhaps, because, in too …

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Seeing Jesus

Jeff Sundays, Worship

Somebody will unlock the doors before you arrive on Sunday.  You will enter into a place which will likely be filled with activities that have been planned and prepared for.  Another person was up late praying for those who will enter in.  Musicians and singers will have meticulously gone over songs to ensure that they are offered in excellence unto …

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In Addition To Vanilla

Jeff Legalism, Spiritual Growth, Worship

The more I think on it (and I think on it constantly), the more I am convinced that we Christians have an innate tendency to find a singular flavor of Christianity that suits our spiritual taste buds and we then choose to make that our perpetual one-course feast.  Once upon a time it was my belief that the angle I …

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Worship Him

Jeff Sundays, Worship

When we first saw, You showed us a cross. It was there that we saw our sin, our guilt, our shame Impaled to those timbers on which hung a man we had not met. We met Him there when we were made to see Him and we found forgiveness for the nails our sin demanded and the crown of thorns …

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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 …

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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 …

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Making It

Jeff Sundays, Worship

I need to be careful about what I make it today.  I can make it about results.  I can make it about measurable, visible outflow.  I might choose to make it about people’s responses to what is said.  If I am not careful I can make it all about the music I hear, the style of teaching someone offers or …

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Slowing Down To Say Thank You

Jeff Sundays, Worship

Abba, Thank You for keeping watch over us while we slept.  We were vulnerable but did not even think of it because our confidence in You is woven so deeply in us that we go to sleep without obsessing over the dozens of haunts and hazards that might have otherwise owned our minds.  Now we are awake and approaching this …

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Higher Aim In Low Valleys

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Worship

So you are in a battle.  You do not have the option of closing your eyes and wishing all the badness to go away.  You are a human being living on earth therefore you will encounter some very difficult days.  But what will you do? How will you respond?  For all who are in Jesus Christ there are some promises …

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The Command With No Downside

Jeff Worship

Why would those of us who believe in an omnipresent God commit to a pursuit of Him?  Is it even biblical for one of us to express verbally the notion that we should seek encounter with the Creator?  If we do so, is it not possible that we become one of those who places experience at a level that is …

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