ARE YOU LOOKING FOR SOMETHING? I remember the week I lost my sunglasses. I was on the verge of panic. You see, these weren’t just any sunglasses. They were outlandishly expensive Oakley(c) sunglasses, and my mom had given them to me as a Christmas present. I wore them every day of my life for over […]continue reading Intro to Life Worth Living
Download: MSWord File When I taught my first ReNEW class, I realized that I couldn’t assume everyone was on the same page spiritually, so I also created this smaller class session that specifically focused on what it means to begin a journey with Jesus. I still like this material, but it has proven to be […]continue reading Following Jesus
Download: MS Word & Powerpoint Files Back in 2001, I developed a concept for an annually recurring class that I would teach in my church every January as a refresher course in church membership to prepare for our “Recommitment Sunday” in the first week of February. The class I taught in January 2002 contained a […]continue reading ReNEW Class Materials
According to Jesus, the greatest command in all the Bible is this:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and all your strength” (Mark 12:30).
In other words, the most important thing for people to work on in their lives is to cultivate a deep love for God that permeates every aspect of their lives. This kind of love is a love that puts God first above everything else. Ultimately, that’s the foundation point of the spiritual life. It’s a life that acknowledges God’s supremacy over everything.continue reading LWL 101: Living a Life of Worship
Mark 6:14-7:37 All of us have a step of spiritual growth to take. In fact, none of us can encounter Jesus without becoming more aware of our need to grow. Are you growing? In this message, Pastor Jeff encourages us to deal with what’s holding us back from our own spiritual growth. Download Now Subscribe […]continue reading 025-05 — What’s Holding You Back?
The spiritual growth curriculum that I’ve been developing for the past four years is a series of classes called “Life Worth Living.” The classes are based on the four core commitments of the spiritual life arranged in logical order: <li>Worship: God is number one in my life.</li> <li>Community: I need others as much as they […]continue reading Life Worth Living
I’ve been frustrated for a few weeks now about a “feature” of Windows XP. It automatically dials a network connection whenever it thinks I want it. I have DSL at home and a motorola router, but I also have a VPN connection set up on my home computer so that I can dial in to […]continue reading Win XP Autodial problem fixed
I just got a note from a pastor in Canada who’s using my materials.continue reading People use my materials!?
Get physically fit in just 20 minutes a day? Well, get spiritually fit in only SEVEN!continue reading Seven Minutes with God
I’ve just been re-energized in my spiritual life! Only a couple of weeks ago, I was feeling depressed and really down in many ways, but that all changed when I went to the Midwest Baptist Conference’s Leadership Retreat in Champaign, Illinois. The first night there, I was challenged by a message by Jim Botts about […]continue reading Close to God
Well, I have finally succumbed to the world of blogging. I hope that anyone who reads this will be enriched by whatever I have to say, and that most of all, people will receive the wonderful blessing of knowing God personally. I can’t think of anything more important than developing a close personal relationship with […]continue reading My First Blog
Mark 4:35-41 Special guest speaker Dennis Nordine continues our series by challenging us to replace fear with faith. Download Now Subscribe to this series by dragging this link to your podcast software or RSS reader. LINKcontinue reading 025-04 — Terror at Sea (Guest Dennis Nordine)
Mark 3:13-4:29 Did you realize that the benefit you get from Jesus depends upon how you respond to Jesus? If you want to know the power of God in your life… Well, you’ll have to listen to find out! Download Now Subscribe to this series by dragging this link to your podcast software or RSS […]continue reading 025-03 — What Do You Want from Jesus?
Mark 1:40-3:12 What do you think of Jesus? If he were here right now, what would you expect him to do? To say? The problem is that Jesus is never limited by our expectations. He is an outside-the-box kind of person, and he’s just too much for some to handle. Listen up to see if […]continue reading 025-02 — Too Hot to Handle
Mark 1:1-39 It’s a brand new year and it’s a perfect time for us to get a fresh view of Jesus. The question is, are we ready to meet him? In this message Pastor Jeff challenges us that if we want to get a fresh perspective on Jesus, our hearts need to be prepared. Listen […]continue reading 025-01 — Are You Ready