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.  …

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 …

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 …