40 Days To Easter: Day #3

Jeff  —  February 26, 2015 — Leave a comment

Today’s Reading: John 12:12-19

What stands out to me the most about John’s account of the triumphal entry is the disciples’ response to these events as they unfolded.  Verse 16 is very telling as to what the disciples were thinking and feeling on this incredible day.

“At first the disciples did not understand all this.  Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.”

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40 Days To Easter: Day #2

Jeff  —  February 25, 2015 — Leave a comment

Today’s reading: John 12:1-11 

In today’s passage, we see an incredible display of extravagant worship that cost Mary everything she had.  Driven by deep gratitude for Jesus, she did what a person does when they realize just how much they have been forgiven.  She took a jar of very expensive perfume and regardless of the cost poured it all on Jesus’ feet.  Instead of thinking about how much she was giving up, her thoughts focused on how much was given to her. In light of the incredible grace extended to her, the gift she gave still fell short.  This goes to show us that extravagant worship spares no expense.  When we focus on the grace extended to us, there is no display of worship that is too costly. Continue Reading…

40 Days To Easter: Day #1

Jeff  —  February 24, 2015 — Leave a comment

Today’s Reading: Matthew 21:1-11
Today is an exciting day as we begin to prepare ourselves for the greatest day in history, the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  I believe over the next forty days God will speak to us as a church family and stir something new within us.  My prayer is that we would not stumble into this Easter season but that we would anticipate what God wants to do in us.  My prayer over these next forty days is that we would encounter Christ in a fresh way.

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I’m Full!

Jeff  —  November 30, 2013 — Leave a comment

I’m not full just because of all of the turkey and pie that I have consumed this week, but I am full as I think about the past fifteen months of my life.  As you can see, I have been very quiet here on my blog during that span of time.  And by quiet…I do mean incredibly absent.  Even though I have been absent here, I have endeavored to be incredibly present in other areas of my life.  The past fifteen months for my family and I has been an incredible season of transition and new beginnings. Following is just the tip of the iceberg.

1.  We have moved to Henderson, KY to assume the Senior Pastor role of First Assembly of God.
Leading a thriving church has been a dream of mine since I was very young.  After God called me into the ministry, I always knew that I would lead a church and trusted God to bring about the correct timing.  In July of 2012 that dream was realized as I was elected Senior Pastor of First Assembly of God.  The past fifteen months has been filled with moving to a new city, building new relationships, getting settled into a new house, and getting to know and love the staff team that God has put in place here at First Assembly.  We have seen many exciting things happen over the past number of months as people have come to Christ, been baptized, and have been equipped for ministry.  I am so excited to be able to pastor such a great family of believers and to be a part of the unique calling that God has placed on First Assembly.
2.  Madelynn started Pre-school!
Madelynn's first day of pre-school!

Madelynn’s first day of pre-school!

Just before last Thanksgiving Madelynn started Pre-school.  It is so hard to believe that I already have a child who is in school.  She is loving school and making new friends all of the time. It is so fun to hear about what she is learning and how the mind of  pre-schooler works.
 
3.  Rochelle, Madelynn and I welcomed our new baby girl Joy Renee into the world.
On August 21, 2013 at 11:15am Joy Renee Ferguson made her debut into the world.  She is living up to her name already and has been welcomed with open arms by her big sister.  Unfortunately, she had to stay in the NICU for seven days, but is a very healthy baby who cannot stop smiling.  We are actually going to have Joy dedicated in our Sunday morning service on December 8.  I am looking forward to that day as it will be something we will remember forever.
What a smile!

What a smile!

The Ferguson family has been moving at a pretty high speed for the past fifteen months!  As I look back it is hard to believe everything that has happened in such a short amount time.  God has truly blessed us in every area of our life and we cannot wait to see where He will take us.

For those of you who did not know that this blog even existed, I want to encourage you to subscribe by clicking on the envelop icon or the orange rss feed icon at the top right of the page.  These posts can come to you right in your email box or through your rss feed.  Moving forward, you can expect a post more than once in every fifteen months.  Well…I will do more than that and will aim for posting on a weekly basis, but I can’t make any promises.  I talk about topics mainly having to do with family, ministry, and leadership.  There will also be a great deal about what is happening at First Assembly as well so that you can stay up to date on events, information, and the direction of our church.
Before you leave go ahead and leave a comment below on what God has been doing in your life over the past couple of months.

Since January 2011 I have been working hard to complete my Master of Arts in Theological Studies Degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary here in Kansas City. Over two weeks ago I walked across a stage to receive my diploma and breathed a sigh of relief and satisfaction. Throughout this experience there have been many lessons that I have learned. Here are just a few of them.

1. Do not give up on formal education.

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My pastor and I are are co-teaching a class on the Spiritual Disciplines during our Wednesday night service.  We are four weeks into this series and it has already been very challenging.  This past week I taught on the spiritual discipline of service.  It impacted me so much that I thought I would post an excerpt here.  The following points come directly from Richard Foster in his book, “Celebration of Discipline.”  These are some ways that you can tell the difference between self-righteous service and true service.  By the way, if you have not read this book I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy.  You will be challenged!   Continue Reading…

Down Time

Jeff  —  December 30, 2011 — Leave a comment

This is what every day has looked like since being in California.  No emails…no to do lists…no appointments…just time with my family to relax and prepare for the new year.  For the past several years I have had the opportunity of taking the week between Christmas and New Years off.  This is a week where I recuperate from the end of the year rush as well as take time to think ahead and set goals for the future.
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I’m Still Here…

Jeff  —  October 16, 2011 — Leave a comment

So it has only been about seven months and seven days since my last post, but who’s counting?  Well…I am.  I have finally come to the realization that I needed to sit down and get back on track.  That is what this post is all about.  I am a long way off of my post per week goal, but with this post I hope to regain some traction. Continue Reading…

Busy and Overwhelmed

Jeff  —  March 8, 2011 — Leave a comment

I am overridden with guilt as I realize that it has been almost a month since I last posted. Definitely a far cry from my 3-4 post per week goal!  The story behind this? Well…I have spent the past few weeks finishing my first term for my Master’s Degree.  Between that, spending time with my family, and doing my “regular” job…blogging has fallen in priority.  I told myself that during my week break in between terms I would get back on track.  A week has gone by and I am not on track.  I find myself a little overwhelmed with everything that is going on right now. Continue Reading…

A few weeks ago my pastor said from the pulpit that the church is supposed to be supplemental in the raising of your children.  I take this idea very seriously as a pastor and I am always trying to find ways to equip parents.  Today I want to recommend what I would consider the best worship music out there for children right now.

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