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Ladies, what are you worth?

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Blog, Jeff | 0 comments

1 Peter 3:1–6 (ESV) (1) Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, (2) when they see your respectful and pure conduct. (3) Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— (4) but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. (5) For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, (6) as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.

Ok, this is a tad longish, but it’s only because I have been thinking a lot about women lately.  No, not because I’m a guy, and no this is not a confession!  It’s because I just preached on Mother’s Day.  Mother’s Day is always an interesting Sunday for me – on one hand, I want to honor the mothers in our congregation.  But on the other hand, I don’t want to make the women who aren’t mothers feel left out.  I also want to be sensitive to the people who have lost their mothers, who have had a bad relationship with their mothers, who can’t be with their mothers, who have had the best moms in the world, and who have had the worst moms in the world.  And it doesn’t help that I’m a guy who is generally less connected to his emotions than women are.

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Finding hope in the field…

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Blog, Jeff | 0 comments

Matthew 13:24–30 (ESV) (24) He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, (25) but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. (26) So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. (27) And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ (28) He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ (29) But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. (30) Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’ ”

Studying and preaching through this “parable of the weeds” was fairly convicting to me, and not just because I am a sinner who needs a savior.  It was convicting to me because the parable made me think of weeds, which made me think of my yard, which made me think about how overgrown it gets sometimes, which made me think about dilapidated buildings, which made me think about all the abandoned farmhouses I see on my travels, which made me think of how they died, which made me think about not caring for things, which made me think about how I don’t care for things as I should.

Which made me think of this blog.

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The gospel changes you…

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Blog, Jeff | 0 comments

Let me just start by saying that I refuse to believe that I’m getting older – I really can do everything I was able to do when I was younger, and I’ll prove it.  My family and I recently began taking Tae Kwon Do (TKD), which I did in college. Its actually pretty awesome, like college.

Come to find out, I can do everything now that I could do in college!  I even have the same belt and the same uniform.  The proof goes further yet!  In college, I had a rib separated while sparring in a tournament.  Just recently, I bruised my ribs while doing takedown drills – not separated exactly, but the pain is actually worse this time around – and worse is better, right?!

Another time in college, in a tournament right before a trip to nationals, I overextended on a kick and snapped my right hamstring.  Fast forward to a few weeks ago – yup, overextended on a kick and ripped my left hamstring.  I got quite a bruise, but it didn’t tear as bad as the one in college – maybe my body can handle injury better now after all!

And just yesterday, I evidently didn’t let my hamstring heal enough and pulled it again.  I never did that in college!

So what does any of that have to do with the price of tea in China?

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What is the gospel anyway?

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Blog, Jeff | 0 comments

What is the gospel?

It seems like such a simple question, doesn’t it?  Four little words.  And three of them are “what”, “is”, and “the”.

Gospel.

Simple, right?

So, what is the gospel?

Let’s start with the definition of “gospel” – The Greek word we get “gospel” from is “euangelion” which literally means “good news.”

Imagine reading the sports section in the Dallas Morning News on January 31st, 1994 and seeing the headline “BACK TO BACK CHAMPS!”  Good news indeed!  To Cowboys fans anyway.

Imagine waking up on the morning of Tuesday, May 8th, 1945 to see this headline:  “VICTORY!  Nazis reveal surrender to Western Allies, Russia.”  Great news indeed.  Unless you were a Nazi.

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Wash, rinse, repeat…

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Blog, Jeff | 0 comments

Indulge me while I geek out a bit here, and if I mention something about computer games or 80′s music, just nod like you know what I’m talking about. Oh, and just to make things clear, nothing I talk about here can be considered “old”…”retro” maybe, but not “old”.

And I’m a geek, not a nerd.

Now that we have that straight…

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The Greatest Miracle oft Forgotten…

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Blog, Jeff | 0 comments

So, I learned a few things this week.  One – sushi tastes WAY better on the way down than on the way up.  Two, really, sushi tastes WAY better on the way down.

OK, maybe that’s the only thing I learned this week.

One thing I was reminded of this week, in the midst of my suffering through a bout with the flu, is that I do some of my best thinking when I’m asleep.  And it’s by God’s grace that I remember any of it when I wake up.  During one of my naps, I was reminded of something miraculous.

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The faith of a child…

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in Blog, Jeff | 0 comments

Sometimes I envy my children.  They ask a question, I answer it as best as I can, and they generally just accept the answer.  No explanations are necessary.

“Dad, why is the sky blue?”
“Because the moisture in the air reflects light at around 475 nanometers, and your eyes see it as blue.”
“Thanks dad!”

“Dad, what is sin?”
“Sin is anything that God considers wrong.  It’s actions, thoughts, words, deeds, part of who we are.  Each one of us is sinful because we aren’t perfect, and everybody does things that God hates.”
“Thanks dad!”

“Dad, where do babies come from?”
“Go ask your mother.”
“Thanks dad!”

Sure, sometimes we hash out difficult things, but even in those times they usually don’t challenge – they ask with a genuine desire to learn.

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