Right Now VS. After This

Jeff Heaven, Hope, Prophecy Leave a Comment

Every human soul has an immeasurable state of existence awaiting.  Ever since I was a young boy I have allowed my mind to occasionally ponder the concept of forever.  As a grade-schooler I remember telling my father in a sense of frustration that I simply couldn’t get my brain wrapped around it.  I confess today that it is no easier …

How God’s Wind Blew For Me

Jeff Gratitude 3 Comments

When I converse with those who are not followers of Christ I usually note one thing among others that seems to stand out.  Whether or not they are educated or uneducated, moral or unrestrained, American-born or from another country, there seems to be a common thread that is woven in the fabric of their minds.  What is it?  They all …

Swapping Lenses For Better Focus

Jeff grace, Prayer, Spiritual Growth

There are days in life when you arise to find the surprising pleasure that nothing is troubling you.  For me, those days are the exception rather than the rule, but I will take as many of those easy mornings as God chooses to give.  Confession time: I like my life over-easy, my challenges well-done, and my final results with no …

Revenge & The Rarely Offered Prayer

Jeff FAITH, pride, Relationships

There is the unfortunate occasion for most of us to discern that we have become an enemy to another.  It can happen a dozen different ways but we know the experience of having someone gunning for us, hoping to bring us down.  They make speak against us or commit to resist us in ways that provide opportunity for our harm. …

That Friend With Whom You’ve Lost Touch

Jeff General, Humor, joy, Victory

What’s the current temperature in your pressure cooker?  It’s ironic that we who live in a world of advanced technology which is supposed to breed unprecedented convenience, instead find ourselves battling stress amidst others who have already lost that battle.  I have perceived that I have less energy but more demand than ever before.  Many of you have duties that …

What Do You Do With All That Mercy You’ve Received?

Jeff Forgiveness, Relationships

My little boy was my instructor last night around 9 PM.  He’s been devouring a new “bible” that I bought him and placed in his little hands on Saturday with the promise of $50 if he reads the whole thing.  It’s not an actual bible but more of a pictorial book which gives a very broad summary of scriptural accounts …

Free Makeover

Jeff Prayer, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, Victory

How many times have we heard someone make the comment (or we make it ourselves) that an acquaintance “let herself go”.  Usually when such an observation is made it is referring to someone who entered a season of life wherein they stopped taking care of their appearance and a clear downgrade has been the result.  Maybe it was visible weight …

Settling Down

Jeff Endurance, grace, Perserverance, Spiritual Growth

Perhaps you’ve wondered at times why you can’t seem to achieve consistency in your Christian walk.  Maybe you have experienced highs and lows and have learned over time that your feelings tend to impact your level of commitment.  Now that you have journeyed with Jesus Christ for a bit, it is likely that you’ve wished inwardly that you could enjoy …

A Politically Incorrect Rant

Jeff Cultural Observations, General

My son came home from kindergarten this week and informed me that he had been shoved to the ground by a child one grade above him.  From what Landon’s big sister says, this little fellow that knocked down my son has a big brother with behavioral issues galore and that the chief offender is also aggressive with other children.  I …

Just How Saved Am I?

Jeff Bible, FAITH, Forgiveness, Salvation

This is for any and all who have bowed their hearts in trust to Jesus Christ: you need to be very careful not to make the following mistake.  If you give in to this particular temptation it is really going to cost you.  Precious components of life such as peace, joy, rest, gratitude, praise and selflessness will be forfeited quickly …

Undeniable & Eventual – Fullness In Grace

Jeff grace

It’s a good thing to use technology for the purpose of spreading the Gospel and building up other people.  Blogs and Tweets were not something I would have given consideration to in my flaming-fundamentalist days.  In fact, I’m quite certain I could have fished out a few ‘Amen’s!’ by declaring in a sermon just how worldly e-witnessing really is.  Recognizing …

Love & Truth

Jeff Bible, Church Life, Cultural Observations, Love

It’s Sunday morning and I find myself in the middle of the minister’s weekly dilemma.  The Lord’s Day is the time when God’s children gather together for the express purpose of worshiping Jesus Christ.  The ideal manifestation of this purpose would be for every single believer in a local assembly to arrive at the church house prayed up, full of …

Everyone’s Battle

Jeff Church Life, pride, Service, Spiritual Warfare, Worship

Sunday’s high call is to worship Christ and serve others.  That sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?  Truly it would be if not for one persistent problem that continually seeks to get in the way.  Nope, not the devil.  It’s not your spouse, your children, the weather, the economy or the person who did you wrong… Your biggest obstacle to worshiping …