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? …

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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 …

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When God Fights For You

Jeff General, Prayer, Spiritual Warfare

For all of you who are in need of an answer, you who are begging a breakthrough, you who are concerned how much further you will be able to continue…this blog’s for you. Daniel, in the Old Testament, was a godly man living in an ungodly place during ungodly times.  His culture did not appreciate nor allow for Daniel to worship …

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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 …

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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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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 …

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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 …

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Lingering & Leaping

Jeff Relationships, Sacrifice, Spiritual Growth

Falling asleep last night, I found myself thinking on the difference between my having pity on a person and my having compassion.  Both of these traits are important parts of who we are as believers in Christ but, right before entering a night of satisfying rest, I made the mental note that pity just doesn’t go far enough.  I must …

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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 …

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Unsuspected Goodness

Jeff Gratitude, Praise, Salvation

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 …

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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 …

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A Source Of Hope…Really?

Jeff Hope, Politics/Government

Well, it seems like we will be getting released from being chained to the word IOWA.  Last night the Republican candidates for President of the United States finally learned how their efforts paid off in the nation’s first caucus.  Lots of promises and campaign commitments have been made for over a month there and at 8 PM the doors were …

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Why Wait For An Alternative?

Jeff General, Prayer

You need help today.  Actually, you need far more help than you could ever realize.  You awoke in a world that is guided by a system that opposes your faith in Christ.  Your flesh has never cooperated with Gospel mandates and today will be no different.  To top it all off, you have a strategic and very powerful enemy whose …

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The Excessive, Exploited Conscience

Jeff grace, theology

Has God given you a heart sensitive to your sin?  Most people in our world have a moral barometer and know the difference between right and wrong.  They live out their days endeavoring to keep the scales heavier on their good than on their bad, yet this is not the same thing as a sin-sensitive conscience.  Are you aware that …

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Necessary, Gritty & Bold Faith

Jeff FAITH, General, grace, Gratitude, peace, Salvation, Worship

Is your God demanding or delightful?  Involved or indifferent?  When you sense His countenance is it stern or smiling?  If someone told you that His hand is moving toward you, would your instincts tell you that His hand would be nudging you back into line or graciously moving things out of your way so that you would make progress? These …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Optimism…Pessimism…Realism?

Jeff Cultural Observations, emotions, General, Hope, Spiritual Growth, theology

Several times over the last week I’ve been involved in conversations where the issue of one’s general outlook on life comes up.  We typically throw one another into two groups: the optimist or the pessimist.  While I’m unsure if too many people are always optimistic about everything or habitually pessimistic concerning all topics, I do believe we all have a …

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