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 …

Your Fear. My Fear. God’s Grace.

Jeff FAITH, Fear

The biblical blockbuster, ‘Hall of Faith’ in Hebrews chapter eleven is one of my favorite passages in the New Testament.  There we are given a long list of both named and unnamed individuals who endured difficulty in order to live out their lives of faith.  These are that great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us to enter the fullness …

Please Shut Up

Jeff Humility, Parenting, Relationships

In the sixth grade our teacher in economics spent what seemed like an unbearable amount of time seeking to explain to twelve year old minds the Law of Supply & Demand.  Completely disinterested but forced to listen, I came away with the basic understanding that the law states that “the more there is of any given substance, the less value …

Backtracking Believers

Jeff Bible, Cultural Observations, Leadership, Politics/Government

In a little more than a year, should God allow Amy and me to still be here, I predict that there will be a sigh of relief in the Lyle home.  This exhale of relief will be released because, in a little more than a year, the Presidential election of 2012 will be over.  One might wonder if I’m presuming …

The Supreme Relief

Jeff Bible, Cultural Observations, emotions, FAITH, Perserverance, Salvation

Sundays always come about with my heart full of anticipation.  I love the Lord’s Day and eagerly look forward to the activities associated with the gathering of the saints at Meadow.  I so enjoy God’s people and experience deep satisfaction at serving them.  The act of corporate worship is a reminder of a coming day wherein every single saint of …

Beating The Monday Blah’s

Jeff Cultural Observations, General, Perserverance, Spiritual Growth

Monday and I have not been on good terms for years.  We have an understanding that we need to make the best of an awkward relationship but I can tell you, we don’t exactly thrive on each other.  I’ve always resented Monday for being the one who never asks my opinion before shooing away my weekend.  Maybe it’s because Sunday …

Holding The Seed, Seeing The Harvest

Jeff Bible, FAITH, Forgiveness, Hope, Perserverance, Spiritual Growth

On Wednesday, December 14th 1994 I experienced what is commonly referred to as “the call to preach”.  I sensed strongly that night an inner voice compelling me to give my life toproclaim God’s truth.  Later that evening God confirmed this call to me through a passage in Ezekiel and I consequently found my life purpose.  On the first Sunday in …

Monday Is A Punk Who Needs A Beat-Down

Jeff General, Hope, Humor

Most Monday mornings I approach my keyboard and open up the blog editor and stare at the screen with a little dribble of saliva hanging from the corner of my mouth and resting upon my right pectoral muscle.  My mind is still somewhere between the end of Sunday evening service and the toothpaste bottle in my Monday morning bathroom experience.  …