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 …

Seeking For Peace

Jeff peace

“He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” – Isaiah 2:4   From Charles Spurgeon Oh, that these happy times were come! At present the nations are …

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. …

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 …

Threatened By The Rival King

Jeff Cultural Observations, Salvation

Not everyone is happy that Christ is being celebrated.  Every year the intolerance to His holy name grows more and more rigid.  Who would have believed that, in our lifetime, America would move to a clear position of hostility towards recognition of the birth of Jesus Christ?  We will celebrate the holidays…but not Jesus Christ. We will welcome a season …

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 …

Brand Spanking New

Jeff FAITH, Forgiveness, Hope, Humility, Salvation

I remember clearly that morning.  Leaving work in a raggedy, low-rider truck I made my way out of the parking lot of my workplace.  I turned right and drove a quarter of a mile with trembling hands guiding the steering wheel.  I made another right turn and continued about 200 yards before turning left into the parking lot of my …

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 …

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 …

An Essential Ingredient

Jeff Cultural Observations, FAITH, General, Humility

Sometimes it does not matter how right we are.  We can have 100% clarity on the objective truth, be skilled at asserting that truth, have a thousand voices saying amen to that truth and, yet, still be completely wrong.  While seeking to welcome the unenlightened masses to the Light of the Gospel we could potentially cause the reverse effect of …