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? …


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 …


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 …


Conditionally Connected

Jeff Cultural Observations, Mercy, Service

It is highly likely that our deepest relationships are with people who have something to offer to us that we value.  Our nature is reluctant to enter into commitments that are one-sided and require more from us than we receive in return.  Marriages fall apart often because one spouse feels like there are more withdrawals than deposits from the other …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …