Refusing A Dunce-Cap Destiny

Jeff FAITH, Humility, Wisdom 1 Comment

It is not that we are ignorant.  It is not that we are uneducated.  It is not for a lack of information or opportunity or access to knowledge.  No, if it were any of these things we might very well be candidates for God’s pity and mercy.  But we are none of these things.  Do you know what we are? …


Respecting Them Enough To Be Honest

Jeff Church Life, Ministry, Preaching

  Today my mind rests on how we regard those who do not know Christ.  The newly endorsed approach by many evangelicals makes a priority out of removing all uncomfortable confrontation.  It’s molasses evangelism and it’s sweet going down but unhealthy when it settles.  I wonder if it is reasonable that we should aim for allowing for the experience of …


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. …


Withdrawal or Emergence – A Sunday Issue

Jeff Church Life, Cultural Observations, Relationships, Sundays

Most Sundays I awake with a strange mixture of anticipation and concern.  The Lord’s Day means so much to me and I am always looking for God to accomplish something before my eyes that I will remember forever.  I anticipate each Sunday that this might be the day when someone I’ve long prayed for will commit themselves to Jesus Christ.  …


Two Things We Don’t Always Believe

Jeff Salvation, theology

From about the age of fourteen to the age of twenty-four I was on a quest.  Looking for something solid to believe in, I spent those years dabbling in anything I thought might make my emptiness disappear only to conclude a thousand different times that my skills as a hunter for truth must be sorely lacking.  Nothing worked.  I found …


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 …


Who Lied To You And Told You That You Were In Control?

Jeff Fear, Salvation, Worship

The thing that is bigger than you controls you.  You are aware that you are not the largest, strongest, prettiest, smartest, holiest, deepest, most lasting, most powerful or most successful.  Each of us bows to something and that thing becomes our inevitable master.  It shapes our ideas, anchors our values, motivates our decisions, orders our actions and eventually directs the …


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 …


Retiring Your Gavel

Jeff grace, Mercy, Relationships

The degree to which I understand my own sinfulness is the same degree that I will appreciate God’s grace.  Perhaps the greatest need in modern Christians’ lives is to properly estimate the degree of our own depravity.  If only we would comprehend how perilously close to Hell we would be this very second if it was not for intervening grace.  …


Isn’t There More?

Jeff Cultural Observations, FAITH, Spiritual Growth

Gathering with a group of friends last night at Meadow, I was so blessed to see the diversity among those who had come to pray.  My little group consisted of me, a woman in her fifties, another in her sixties and yet another precious lady in her seventies.  I looked around at one point and saw a man that was …