Jeremiah Griffin

That my life would reflect His Glory

are you poured out for God? Grace that has been given to you is not to be hidden, it is to be shared

Abundance of Grace

are you poured out for God? Grace that has been given to you is not to be hidden, it is to be sharedThe more we grow in grace, the more shall we flourish in glory. Though every vessel of glory shall be full, yet some vessels hold more.  — Thomas Watson

Are we living a life for Christ out of the abundance of God’s grace in our lives? Are we praying to be stretched to overflowing and used of God? Are we willing to be poured out in the process?

2 Timothy 2:1–2
You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

Part of grace in our lives is pouring the grace we have received outside of us!  Why have you been strengthened?  To strengthen others.  We are designed for community and it seems to be missing in the “ME” – “MINE” or “I WANT” mindset that permeates our world.

Momma always said, “If you want to have a friend then be a friend and don’t be selfish or mean…” It is the away we are, our sin is pride, when we let our message become prideful it will be centered inward and we will hold the Good news of Grace in our hearts and not GO like we have been instructed.

So what are you waiting for? GO!

Play ground bully vs. Spiritual bully


Been thinking a lot today about bullies. I have been a volunteer a few days a week at “the little’s” school and have been first hand at several bully events. Let me put a few out there as I ponder and see if you can identify or track in your own life.Play ground bully vs. Spiritual bully


  1. The puncher:  This is the kid who knows he is stronger and bigger than other kids.  Often he uses physical abuse to push the others into submission.  A skilled bully will quickly learn that after the intimidation has been learned just his presence can subdue the class
  2. The Lawgiver:  This is the kid who knows all the rules and has become the “enforcer” for the class.  It doesn’t matter what you are doing there is this bully cracking the whip and keeping the teacher and the kids on their toes.
  3. The Talker:  He knows that he can “motivate” people to do the right or wrong things.  He pushes verbally and mentally abuses the people around him to do his bidding.  This is the troublemaker that is least seen and often has the “victim” mindset.  Everything is about him, it doesn’t matter good or bad, he wants the attention.
  4. Mr. Quiet: Unsuspecting authority often think of him/her as the good kid, this one is able to withstand the other abusers because he is plotting something more.  Strong willed and controlling in their silence this is the manipulator.

As I wrote these down several faces popped into my mind and the kids that I am just beginning to know.  At the same time I have known a lot of adults in my life that fit these “types” as well.  All in all it makes me feel more like another kid on the playground.

Now apply these to church or small group.


  • Mr. Physical:  Just the awe that follows him keeps the others in line.  A suggestion becomes a threat and a desire becomes a driving force for the church/small group
  • The Lawgiver:  This is the guy who routinely says, “I don’t know what Pastor thinks about that” and has the Church constitution on his iPad.  Beware lest you cross him and his superior mind label you the “uninformed”
  • The Talker:  It isn’t just about one upping a person, this is the guy who can make you feel like you are the bully when you try and put a word in edgewise.  The talker will quickly become the victim when called into attention, everything they do will be built around their own agenda.
  • Mr. Quiet: Suspiciously never has an opinion, but always shares the opinions of others.   Manipulation of the group happens because we think “slow to speak” means wisdom.  Watch out for this quiet one that will control the group without saying a word.

Who have you run into in your circles?  Have you had other types of bullies in your life?  Do you have bullies that you run into on Facebook or down the pew?

Lots to chew on tonight.

After I posted this I was given several other links on a similar view:

— 9-traits-of-church-bullies


September 2015 – Psalms Hymns and Spiritual Memes

Building quotes for every day of the month for our church has turned into a great resource.  I am working on a quote database to include searchable tags and images.  This then could be used by multiple churches to provide quotes for a month.  Since Social networking is so fickle we can determine which ones got the most shares/views and reuse them in coming months.


You shall be holy, for I am holy

Hard Questions

A hard question in one of my devotionals this morning.

Am I getting nobler, better, more helpful,
more humble, as I get older?
Oswald Chambers

Sanctification means that there is a change that happens. God Takes you as you (salvation) are and makes you something different (sanctification). If you are not seeing the hand of God in your life, get on your knees, beg God to be at work in your life. Can’t hear God’s voice? Open your Bible and read.

Some may call it legalism, I call it discipline. Be Holy, as God is Holy.

You shall be holy, for I am holy

1 Peter 1:13–25 (ESV)

13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for

“All flesh is like grass

and all its glory like the flower of grass.

The grass withers,

and the flower falls,

25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

And this word is the good news that was preached to you.


August Quotations

Ending up the month I figure I had better get them all up for future use.  Facebook will end and the next latest and greatest will replace it.  So I post these here for a record I can control and keep …

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This is my favorite Bible, lots of personal notes and great knowledge inside the study notes etc.

Top 5 – Bibles

I had a couple of people ask me what is a good study Bible to have so I made a Top 5 Bibles for you to pick apart or reorganize.  You can comment on the versions – but the only thing I will tell you is to go back to the Greek and Hebrew with some trusted study tools, but since you can’t always carry a Vine’s or Strong’s with your Bible, these may help.  A
s with all Study materials for the Bible, be wary of the teachings and compare it to the scripture to be tested by the Spirit.


This is my favorite Bible, lots of personal notes and great knowledge inside the study notes etc.

This is my faithful KJV Study Bible, still on my shelf and so many sermon ideas written down in the wide margins…


  1. The Reformation Heritage KJV (Beeke, Barrett, & Bilkes)
    $42 –
    This is a relative newcomer to the shelf and one I preordered from another book distributor and it NEVER showed up.  Amazon was the winner and so I will link to it for the rest of the books.  I am thrilled with the Joel Beeke commentary added and I am certain that he would screen the other two enough.  This is one I have just started to explore.
  2. The John MacArthur Study Bible
    #32 –
    The old standard for Study Bibles in our house. This is a great resource and if nothing else stretches the reader.  The onle thing this Bible did for me was make me want to read more of John MacArthur books. Dig down deep and get rooted in the Word.
  3. The Life Application Study Bible NASV or NKJV
    $55 –
    My wife was a ”Life Application Study Bible” fan but it only had NIV.  We don’t use the NIV anymore for personal preferences but the joy of the Life Application seriese using a different version makes it something to read for nice, light weight easy study.
  4. The King James Study Bible Wide Margin Edition (Thomas Nelson)
    $150.00 – They don’t make this one anymore, but you can find it used for about $55 and I will say mine is pretty much destroyed for the covers from use, the binding still holds. I am going to try and get a used one and see once I have $60 or more, but how to move my years of personal notes in the margin.  I love mine, I am keeping my eyes out for another copy or possibly a reprint.  Article authors include, Fallwell, Dobson, Patterson, Towns and Yarbrough – yes I just revealed my IFB bloodlines.
  5. Reformation Study Bible ESV (RC Sproul)
    $44.29 –
    Hands down a great book. Once you get over the paedobaptism teachings that slip in from a Presbyterian perspective this Bible is the one I love to have on hand.  It doesn’t matter what Bible study I walk into the notes are deep and provide a solid foundation.  The notes are such that you can see simple sermon outlines and I have actually caught other pastor’s “borrowing” from it’s sample outlines and teachings.  Okay the Covenant vs Dispensational Theology is interesting and unimportant to most of the folks that will read this but I noticed something different in these notes, it is worth some time to study.