Jeff  —  February 2, 2011 — 3 Comments

It is the aftermath of what people are calling, “Snowmageddon.” The snow has finally stopped, but to try and get out of your house or neighborhood is virtually impossible.  My next priority is to shovel the driveway.  This should be fun, since it is 2 degrees outside right now.  I honestly think that this is the worst snowstorm that I can ever remember!  So this leads to the question, what to do on a snow day?  These are some of the things I will be doing. Continue Reading…

Purity…Much Bigger Than Sex

Jeff  —  January 26, 2011 — 4 Comments

Next week we are starting our purity series in our student ministry.  I am calling this a purity series because purity is so much bigger than sex.  There is the mistaken notion that there is this line drawn somewhere, and when we cross it we have lost our purity. What a horrible view that we often pass down to our students.  Ironically, this view leads to both permissiveness and legalism. Both of which are prevalent among students, leaders, and parents.  Not only is this wrong but it is unbiblical. Continue Reading…

Brokers of Truth

Jeff  —  January 24, 2011 — 1 Comment

“…I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.”

Jude 3 ESV

Lately, I have been drawn to the book of Jude.  This verse has my attention and I have been thinking through its implications for us today.  These words, written by the brother of Jesus are a call to action.  A call for us not to sit idly by, but to be an active part in viscously defending the truth. Continue Reading…

More Than A Coach

Jeff  —  January 22, 2011 — 3 Comments

A couple of days ago I learned that my high school football coach, Jack Schugars, retired after 42 years of coaching.  This is definitely an accomplishment and much more can be said about his coaching.  His win/loss record was 262-78.  He won 19 league titles.  He had 20 playoff appearances, won 3 state titles, and is the Muskegon area’s most winningest football coach.  Not to mention that he was my dad’s assistant football coach when my dad played football.  Talk about staying power!  Why would I dedicate an entire post to my football coach?  Because he was more than a coach. Continue Reading…

“All To Us” by Chris Tomlin

Jeff  —  January 18, 2011 — 2 Comments

I feel like I have stumbled upon what could be the next big declaration of worship for the local Church.  Every so often, there comes a song that says what we are feeling and thinking, but can’t quite put into words.  These songs, when sung corporately, seem to have a distinct energy and power to them.  Instead of a song, these become declarations that we want to live our lives by. Continue Reading…

Do We Have Answers?

Jeff  —  January 16, 2011 — Leave a comment

“If parents are not intellectually engaged with their faith and do not have sound arguments for Christian theism and good answers to their children’s questions, then we are in real danger of losing our youth.”

-William Lane Craig

I came across this quote in a book called, “Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics,” which I am  reading for my apologetics course. Continue Reading…

I’m Going Back To School!

Jeff  —  January 10, 2011 — 3 Comments

It’s official!  I am going back to school!  Today I begin work on my Masters of Theological Studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  This is something that my wife and I have been talking about for some time now.  We finally decided that this is probably the best time to continue my education.  Life will only get more complicated and filled with more responsibility…so why not now? Continue Reading…

And I Married This Woman?

Jeff  —  January 8, 2011 — 1 Comment

Marriage is about sacrifice, selflessness, and a willingness to place the needs of your family ahead of your own.  That is what today is all about for the Ferguson family.  I am not in this partnership for what I can get out of it.  I am in this partnership to be a willing servant, to make sure that my wife feels loved and appreciated.  Today…that is what I am setting out to do. Continue Reading…

“Everybody cheats.  This principle is already at work in your life…one way or another.  When you put it to work for you, it has the power to transform every facet of your life.  When you choose to cheat in accordance with God’s priorities for your life, it is an invitation for Him to bless you in ways you never dared to imagine.”

-Andy Stanley

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Need A Reading Plan?

Jeff  —  January 5, 2011 — 3 Comments

I am a huge believer in using some sort of Bible reading plan every year.  It helps people stay on track with their reading as well as see their progress.  I want to challenge you to begin using some sort of plan this year if you are not doing so already.  I guarantee you it will bring more life and consistency to your time with God.

There are many plans out their that are geared for people of all levels of spiritual maturity. There is no excuse why you couldn’t try at least one these plans. Continue Reading…