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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Powered Off

Jeff Cultural Observations, Family, Hope, Spiritual Growth

Sitting at my office desk this morning for the first time in ten days I found myself feeling like I had never really left.  A smile found my face when, of its own accord, a blue-tooth device for my phone communicated in a computerized female voice that it was shutting down.  Right before I began typing the opening words above …

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 …

High Hopes From The Lower Deck

Jeff General, Hope, Spiritual Growth

Sundays are to be tremendous days in the lives of Christians.  So much of our thought-life, our aspirations and our longings should find their expressions when we blend together in corporate worship.  We have a great God and our indescribable delight is knowing that He, indeed, has us.  We have believed, therefore we celebrate and praise Him. “Praise the Lord! …