Conditionally Connecting With Others

Jeff Cultural Observations, Mercy 3 Comments

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 …

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 …

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 …

Kitchen Floors & Towering Mountains

Jeff Family, General, joy

So I’m waking up my son yesterday morning for school and finding it as it usually is: a challenging endeavor.  The little fellow loves him some sleepy-time and prefers half-day stints under his covers if permissible.  Yesterday, after a prolonged succession of grunts and moans he finally poked his face out from under his blanket and with a look of …

Is A Revival Something You Attend?

Jeff Church Life, General, Spiritual Growth, theology, Worship

A few years back I mentioned to Mr. David Price, a dear friend in England, that I was going to “preach a revival” in another state.  The communication was through email so I could not exactly detect his tone when he politely requested that I clarify what I meant by using the term revival.  Stumbling through my response I sought …

Deborah Samples – When Wisdom Has To Wait

Jeff Bible, Family, Heaven, Humility

We live in a world and amongst a generation of people who are so blind to spiritual wisdom that, when they encounter it, they view it as foolishness. I’m not seeking to be edgy today, just real. Tomorrow I’m officiating in a service where the godliest woman I’ve ever known will be memorialized and later buried. Only a few esteemed …

An Object Lesson Out Of Season

Jeff Bible, Family, General, Hope, Prayer, Spiritual Growth

It’s a couple of days before July.  I’m writing in the Southeastern United States where it has been, I believe, around 225 degrees for the last month.  It doesn’t rain here any more and I really need to get out there and mow my acre of dirt which used to resemble a lawn in days of greater moisture.  Yes, it’s …

Strength Received From A Burden Shared

Jeff Church Life, Family, General, Hope, Prayer, Spiritual Growth

Some things don’t make much sense on paper.  I should be living out this morning very discouraged and worried and anxious and angry.  I should be full of fear and looking for ways to control and fix the circumstances that have found me in recent days.  There ought to be surges of dread in me as I struggle with when …

The Attack Against Fullness

Jeff Church Life, Cultural Observations, General, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare

Awaking today, I find myself confidently assured that the finality of my standing before God is forever anchored.  Because of the comprehensive perfection of Christ’s work – His incarnation, His sinless life on earth, His sacrificial death as my substitute, His death-destroying resurrection, His documented ascension back to Heaven and His present ministry of intercession – there is not a …

In Case We Forget Where We’re Heading…

Jeff General, Hope

My friend, Paul, linked this incredibly encouraging piece to one of his recent twitter comments.  I highly recommend that you take 5 minutes, make sure all around you is quiet, and welcome the Holy Spirit to calm your heart, soothe any fears you might be holding and breathe just a little bit of the glorious air which will be ours …

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.  …