Mavericks & Misfits with Jeff Lyle on MOR Music Podcasts
Mavericks & Misfits with Jeff Lyle Mavericks & Misfits with Jeff Lyle With all the mixed signals being sent out about God’s Kingdom, we need a spot to land and a place to live in the faith. Standing in front of Jesus, Pilate asked the epic question, “What is truth?” He wasn’t the last person to wonder. Amidst all the fading trends and fossilized traditions that pass themselves off as Christianity, many Jesus-followers find themselves spiritually homeless, living without a tribe to which they can connect. There has to be a landing spot for mavericks and misfits - a place they can call their home. Jeff Lyle, a self-declared church maverick and ministry misfit, hosts this podcast in order to cut through through all the incomplete, inaccurate and inadequate expression of modern Christianity. In the end, for all mavericks and misfits looking for God’s answers to life, eternity, relationships, culture and theology... home should always be where the truth is. Influencers/Authors

Episodes

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    September 14, 2021 Is Falling Out In the Spirit Legitimate?

    Many who come from a denominational version of Christianity were caught off guard the first time they witnessed someone falling out in a Charismatic worship gathering. Because of their lack of exposure to such things, they found themselves confused when they observed someone falling to the ground and remaining there, presumably under the weight of the presence of the Lord. Even among those who have been reared in Charismatic/Pentecostal representations of Christianity there are some who have wondered, “Is falling out in the Spirit legitimate?” In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff goes straight to the written Word of God in order to answer this question. Is there scriptural witness to this phenomenon? What is the answer to those who presume that it is the work of the flesh - or worse - the demonic realm? What exactly is it that might come from God that would bring a person to the ground? Listen to better understand what is happening when someone falls out in the Holy Spirit. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    September 7, 2021 The Need Among Today’s Prophets

    The Church needs to go on record and declare that there is a desperate need for more God-sent prophets today who speak the true word of the Lord. Our generation is being pulled with deception from multiple directions each and every day. Holy Spirit-guided prophets gain the attention of the people and refocus them on what God has said and is still saying. This present generation needs an authoritative, clear prophetic voice.   But there is an alarming trend of unaccountable prophets who seem to have the Word of the Lord… but not His heart.   In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff calls all of us to consider that God evaluates not only what we say, but how we say it. It is not enough to merely have the truth and release it. God expects those who speak for Him to intentionally reflect who He is, not just what He is saying. There is one singular passage of New Testament scripture that clearly addresses the heart-posture of all of God’s servants. We cannot shirk the call to challenge and confront, but there is a lurking danger that we need to address if we are truly going to speak in the name of the Lord. Younger prophetic people especially need to hear what Paul declared to Timothy concerning those who expose, confront, correct and rebuke those who are caught in lies. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    August 31, 2021 Covid 19 & The Mark of the Beast

    Jesus foretold the growing number of pestilences (pandemics) that will hit the planet at the end of the age. The last twenty years has clearly initiated the beginning of the fulfillment of His prophecy. Multiple pestilences will continue to spread across the planet as we near the Second Coming. Governments across the globe will have to respond to the growing health crisis. Medical teams will research, respond and facilitate approaches for howe to contain or eliminate the diseases and viruses that arise. The question that many are already asking sounds something like, “Could these government-facilitated injections be the mark of the beast referred to in the book of Revelation?”   In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff walks us though Revelation 13 and the teachings about the activity of the antichrist, the false prophet and the mark of the beast. Should people taking the vaccine consider that they might be aligning with the coming one-world government which will eventually be led by the antichrist? Is all the Covid 19 pandemic and vaccine science an unholy platform for current or future spiritual deception? Christians need to be informed, and the bible gives us the perfect information to bring us to a truthful conclusion about whether or not the Covid 19 vaccine is connected in any way to the mark of the beast.  Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    August 24, 2021 Fighting With Truth As Your Weapon

    This crazy culture is full of dark deception and frenzied with audacious lies. From the media, the government, the elites in Hollywood and the power-gripping cabals scattered across the globe, it’s a constant sewage-stream of lies. Jesus Christ came to set us free from all inward deception, and within that spiritual freedom, He also wants us to live in an outward freedom. There is no way to escape the clear principle found in Scripture that God values our freedom. Of course, there is that most famous of freedom statements from Jesus Christ himself that we can anchor in when He declared in John 8:32, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” With these words we discover the eternal connection between truth and freedom. In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff pulls no punches as he unapologetically exposes some of the lies of the culture which Christians are choosing to believe. Spiritual warfare almost always sources itself in some form of deception from the demonic realm. Yes, Satan goes after our minds. Each of us needs to do a regular inventory of what we are thinking and believing so that we can know that we are free in Christ and no longer servants of deception.  Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    August 17, 2021 Setting Yourself Apart

    We have all heard the term religious spirit. We typically think of someone who is critical, judgmental, sanctimonious, and possibly controlling. Nobody wants to be that person and, frankly, nobody wants to be around that person. Sometimes, people make the mistake that any talk of consecration, sanctification, obedience, and holiness is nothing more than the communication of a person with a religious spirit. They could not be farther from the truth. God is calling His people to a devotion-fueled consecration the closer we get to the return of Jesus. In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff reminds us that revival cannot come to a compromised Christian. Churches that are casual about holiness and sanctification will remain lukewarm and eventually grow cold in their love toward Jesus. God is raising up a generation of sons and daughters who hate legalism while loving holiness. This episode helps us all to determine the difference between these two things, and to go after sanctification with a heart of joy.  Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    August 10, 2021 Explaining Hebrews 6:4-6

    The go-to passage for those who believe that a truly born again Christian can fall away from the faith is typically Hebrews 6:4-6. But does this passage actually teach that? If so, how does it get reconciled with the enormous amount of other bible passages that teach the opposite? On a surface reading, it is easy to conclude with trembling that Hebrews 6:4-6 warns us that we must hold ourselves in the faith. Yet, when we look at the surrounding verses and previous chapters in Hebrews, we can discern that there is another explanation for what the author of Hebrews is teaching. We have to get this passage of scripture right! In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff provides some necessary in-depth teaching on this famous passage of scripture. Also, when Jesus’ parable of the four soils is laid up next to Hebrews 6, we can find great understanding (and deep relief!) about what is and is not being communicated by these controversial verses. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    August 3, 2021 Guarded By God

    In this final of four episodes on the topic of the great falling away at the end of the age, we take time to consider whether or not the idea that truly saved people can ever become lost is consistent with the character of God. In each of these episodes, we have submitted dozens of passages of Scripture that clearly teach that part of genuine saving faith is the element of enduring unto the end. In this final episode, we learn that our Bible reveals a Father, Son and Spirit commitment to fully deliver those who have been fully redeemed. In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff appeals to the listener to consider the weight of the Scripture in order to answer for themselves the question, “Why should I have confidence that I will never fall away from the faith?” There is no sliding scale for answering this question. Either Christians can depart from the faith or we cannot. Whatever you believe, there are practical ramifications which follow. We must align with the Word of God.  Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    July 27, 2021 Jesus & John Talk About Falling Away

    In this third episode on the topic of the great falling away at the end of the age, we give our ear to the words of the Apostle John and the words of Jesus Christ. Both Jesus and John spoke specifically about the issue of whether or not a genuinely converted believer can commit apostasy or renounce the faith. Surprisingly, what they teach is not complicated to understand, yet many seem to gloss over the unquestionable words of the Savior and His apostle on this topic. We cannot afford to do so as we approach the end of the age. In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff takes us through a small handful of scriptiures and calls us to ask and answer the question, “What is the Bible saying about who can and cannot renounce the faith?” Who exactly are these people who were once connected to the Church, declared allegiance to Jesus, served in ministry…only to later recant all that they once said they believed? Is there any danger that I might become one of those people? There are clear answers to these questions and this episode helps us to throw down our anchors in these choppy waters of theology. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    July 20, 2021 Might I Fall Away? Well, It Depends

    In this second episode on the topic of those who fall away and commit apostasy at the end of the age, we dive into several passage of Scriptures that help clear up some of the surrounding issues to this difficult topic. Clearly, there are people within the visible church who once seemed zealous for Jesus, who later fade away, fall into sin, or abandon the faith all together. What are we to think of these people? Scripture is clear that those who are saved are those who endure unto the end - so those who don't endure don't make it into the eternal Kingdom, right? Right. In this Mavericks & Misfits episode, Jeff addresses the question of whether or not those who abandon Christ lose their salvation...or whether they ever had it to begin with. Focusing on the doctrine of salvation, Jeff calls the listener to search the Bible to understand what it means to be truly saved. When we gain a firm grip on how we come to Christ, we are better equipped to answer the question as to whether or not those who truly come to Him can ever abandon Him. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    July 13, 2021 Who Can Fall Away at the End of the Age?

    Scripture is clear that there will be a massive rebellion and rejection of Christ at the end of the age. The teachings of Jesus, along with the writings of the Apostles Paul, Peter and John all declare that the coming of the antichrist will be connected to a global repudiation of the person and teachings of Jesus Christ. Additionally, God will send a massive delusion into the earth whereby untold numbers of people will embrace the deception of the antichrist. The question that needs to be answered is whether truly saved people will be a part of those who will apostatize and reject Jesus. Is it possible for those chosen in Christ before the foundation of the earth to renounce and reject Him at the end of the earth? In this Mavericks & Misfits episode, Jeff takes the listener through a passage of Scripture that is crucial to our discerning just who it is that will be deceived before the Second Coming of Jesus. Are we left to our own thinking to determine if it might possibly be true Christians? Does the Bible leave such an important issue in the fog? This episode is the first of several that will be released on Mavericks & Misfits that will serve to help us understand what true Christians should expect as we approach the end of the age. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    July 6, 2021 Six Flies That Spoil the Oil

    Operating under the anointing is a non-negotiable for the servant of God. Mark it down: God NEVER gives an assignment that can be sustained apart from His abiding anointing. He does not want His children to think they can do anything apart from His touch. This is why God makes advancing the Kingdom impossible apart from His presence. Solomon once wrote a strange statement apart flies that spoil the oil. From that ancient, inspired word in Ecclesiastes 10:1, we can learn some very common elements that rob us of our own anointing. In this Mavericks & Misfits episode, Jeff offers six elements of the flesh that undermine our living in the anointing of God. Many of these are regularly tolerated by Christians and churches today. Jeff's hope is that the upcoming generation will give strong pushback against these compromises and reclaim ground that Jeff's own generation has surrendered. It is time to pluck out the flies that spoil the oil.  Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    June 29, 2021 Here Come The Spiritual Fathers

    If there is one thing we should never be known for, it is the reputation of being a generational critic. What is it about some Christians who seek to grow in the art of pointing out all that is wrong with the generation coming behind them? How did that become something so easily done by us as we get older? Let’s also point out that younger Christians can tend to be dismissive of older Christians, wrongly believing that those who are no longer young are also no longer relevant. Part of spiritual warfare that is occurring right now is the activity of Satan and his demons that seeks to divide the generations of believers from one another. The reason why? Because God has ordained that one generation invests, equips, loves and leads the generation coming behind them. Satan fights this with all his might. In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff calls on those in his generation (and older!) to enthusiastically take up the mantle of spiritually parenting the younger generation of Christians. Highlighting verses from Psalm 78, Jeff passionately exhorts the listener to embrace his or her part in either investing in those coming behind them or, if they are younger, to place themselves humbly in the sphere of influence of older, wiser Christians. God is meeting spiritual orphanhood with spiritual fathers and mothers. When we all say YES to this activity from Heaven, some pretty amazing things begin to happen. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    June 22, 2021 Race, Politics & Outrage in the Church

    All Christians understand on some level that we are get along with each other. Fewer understand the intense spiritual reality that God has established that makes our unity a priority. Jesus did not merely die for individuals so that they could go to Heaven. Jesus died to make people who are vastly different from one another to become one in Him. Sadly, this reality of oneness with each other has become an ever-diminishing concept in the modern Church. Especially in America, we have become divided, scattered and weakened through things that we have allowed to undermine our unity which flows from oneness. This trend must be called out and reversed. In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff doesn’t even attempt to be diplomatic or politically correct. He calls Christians of all ethnicities and political persuasions to realign with the oneness we have in Christ, and to renounce lesser loyalties which divide us. Exposing the core issues among blacks and whites, Jeff includes a call for us all to repent of our self-serving, self-seeking ways. There is plenty of room for us to 1) be helped with the content of this episode or 2) to grow more offended with those with whom we do not share racial nor political views. We can be helped, or we can be hardened - the choice is the listener’s to make. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    June 15, 2021 When God Goes Silent

    Many Christians pursue deeper encounters with God. The God of the bible is highly interactive. In fact, God so desired interaction with humans that He became one of us in the person of Jesus Christ. God the Son experienced what it meant to be fully human. Ultimately, Jesus was born, lived, grew, died and arose so that God might interact with us forever as His children. But what do we make of those times when God is anything but interactive with us? What are we to think of those seasons wherein God goes silent on us? In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff unpacks the single most bewildering Jesus ever had with an individual. This account is found in only place in the Gospels, and there is nowhere else in the account of Jesus’ life that looks remotely similar to how He interacted with the woman in this passage. From this account, we are enlightened and empowered to understand what to make of God’s seasons of silence in our lives. There is so much good fruit that can come to us when the interactive God of Heaven goes silent on us on earth.  Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    June 9, 2021 How Jesus Fixes Hypocrisy

    In ancient times, an actor on stage was often known as a comes from the Greek word hypókrisis, meaning “play acting”. It referred to a person who wore a mask in front of others to pretend they were someone else. This is the essence of all hypocrisy. The hypocrite thinks himself or herself to be something other than what they truly are. In Matthew 7:1-5, Jesus warns His followers that we all have the potential to live as hypocrites. He firmly tells us what we must do to avoid this disastrous potential for our lives.   In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff calls the listener to consider if life has become frustrated, stagnant and generally unhappy. For some, it is for no other reason than that they have become fixated on what is wrong with others. This leads to judgmentalism and comparative-ism. When we are more concerned with what is lacking in others than we are in what is lacking in ourselves, we are in the process of becoming hypocrites. This podcast throws up a massive U-Turn sign for those heading in that direction. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    June 1, 2021 Jesus When You Are Weak

    In the dream, everyone was dirty, struggling, hungry and without direction. The scene was a dusty, third-world marketplace. A handful of Americans were ministering to Africans and Middle Easterners who were flooding the marketplace needing food and assistance. The need was great, but the resources were insufficient. Somehow, Jesus was meeting the needs through the small number of servants that He had there. Nothing was easy. Nobody was strong. But Jesus was helping countless people. In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff shares this recent dream and ties it in to what he believes the Lord is saying to many Christians who are presently stretched, un-anointed, weary, doubting and struggling to continue to wait on breakthrough. What does Jesus think on us when we are weak in mind, body and soul? When we feel we are invisible to Him, is He actually keeping His eye upon us? The enemy seeks to exploit us in our seasons of weakness, but the Scripture is clear that God uses these seasons to powerfully develop something inside of us that we will need all of our days. Listen closely and reignite your confidence that even in your weakness, Jesus is doing something gloriously good. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    May 25, 2021 The Ministry of Accusation

    What if you were actually loading the weapon that the devil is about to shoot you with? The issue of spiritual combat is not something any of us get to opt out from. You are being targeted by the demonic realm. The primary place where they wage ware is against your thinking. For anyone who experiences crippling doubt, shame, fear and guilt, there needs to be a wake-up alarm sounded because that person is actually cooperating with the enemy. In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff unapologetically reminds all Christians exactly what Jesus has accomplished for them. The devil’s ministry of accusation is meant to run interference in our souls so that we cannot rest in all that Christ has accomplished. You and I are authorized and empowered to send the devil and his demons feeling from us. What is our primary weapon? The truth of Christ and the power of the Gospel. This episode weaves in Jeff’s personal testimony of how he combats warfare and offers you advice you can use today to never fall prey again to the accusation of the enemy. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    May 18, 2021 How God Delivers Us From Doubt

    The life of faith is sometimes pictured as God calling us out into the deep waters where we quickly find ourselves in over our heads. This is actually an accurate illustration of what following Jesus is supposed to look like. God does give you more than you can handle. God does put impossibilities in front of you. God does ordain circumstances that are not within your strength to handle, fix, or overcome. The reason that God does these types of things is because, if you could handle this stuff on your own, you would never learn to depend upon Him. If you never learn to depend upon Him, you will never know what it means to partner with Him. When God calls you out into deep waters, doubt will tell you to locate a sandbar that you can stand on. There’s no glory on a sandbar. He wants you in over your head because that is where He swims. In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff uses a familiar story in Mark 9 to help us acknowledge our doubts, mark them as unworthy, and overcome them in growing trust of God and His ways. Everyone struggles somewhere along the line to trust God. We are called and empowered to live rich lives of growing trust…but not by continually playing it safe. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    May 12, 2021 The Desire & Destiny of Satan

    Many people understand and believe in a literal devil. The Bible teaches that he exists. Jesus was fully aware of the reality of Satan, and He battled Satan in the wilderness. But where did the devil come from? How did he become what he is today? In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff unpacks two rare Old Testament passages that serve to reveal to us how Lucifer, a once-glorious angel in Heaven, became Satan, the evil dragon whom God cast out of Heaven and destined for destruction. If you know your enemy, you are better equipped to defeat him. If you can stay aware and confident in the final scene of Satan’s existence on earth, you would never fear him again - nor would you ever cooperate with his schemes. Here is the story that the devil hates to be told.  Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    May 4, 2021 Charismatics & Baptists Together?

    What if I told you that one of the most significant prophetic words I have ever heard came from a 5-point Calvinist Baptist preacher in the year 1855? You might very well choke on your skepticism. But it is the truth. One of the most famous historical Baptist pastors who ever lived released a word about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that I believe is coming to pass in this present generation. My heart’s desire is for the Baptists and Calvinists to receive that word from their hero. In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff walks us through his own testimony of having begun his Christian journey as a Baptist, only to be encountered by the Spirit in such a way that he has never been the same. God is going after His Baptist children in this present season. All over the nation, Baptists and other conservative evangelicals are awakening to their own need for Holy Spirit power. This podcast challenges both Charismatics and Baptists to come into agreement about God the Spirit, and to partner in the truth of the written Word for Kingdom advancement. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    April 27, 2021 Muzzling the Devil

    It seems that there is no shortage of talk about spiritual warfare. It is always a hot topic among believers and most Christians are interested in it on some level. In fact, Christians love to debate one another on the issues of spiritual warfare, demons, the devil and what it means to wage war in the Spirit. Sadly, we are more skilled at talking about it and debating it than we are in actually winning the battles against Hell. This has to change. It needs to be addressed in your own life. In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff helps us to discern how the enemy is strategizing against the individual believer in this immediate moment. In what way is the prowling lion seeking to devour you? Where is he seeking the open door and what must you do to keep that door bolted shut? In this first episode on the topic of spiritual warfare, Jeff exposes the tactics of the enemy against your mind and provides guidance about immediate steps you must take to intercept his strategy against you. Much is at stake. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    April 20, 2021 Perceiving A New Move of God

    God is not trapped in the Bible. While He never operates in contradiction to what He reveals about Himself in Scripture, God is not locked in a historical vault. While you might think that is obvious, many Christians will fight militantly for the idea that God is not doing anything today that He has not already done in the past. These believers fail to consider that there is a new move of God in their generation. What they do not believe in, they cannot perceive. In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff takes us back 2,500 years to the days of Ezra when God had clearly released a new move into a generation of His people who had never seen Him move. While the younger people enthusiastically embraced this new move of God, the older generation fell into the trap of wishing they could relive what God did in their younger years. From the examples of both the younger and the older, we can learn much about how to steward the move of God in our present day. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    April 13, 2021 Five Accusations Against the Servant of God

    When two loudmouthed losers showed up on the scene at an ancient scene where God was doing a new work, the accusations they released against God’s servants got preserved in the Word of God. From their intentionally harmful accusations, we can expose how our enemy comes against us today after we have said YES to the assignment from Heaven for our lives. In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff strengthens and encourages you in the need to ignore the enemy as he consistently uses these five accusations against those who serve Christ. These debilitating phrases are repeatedly used by Satan and his demons against us. When you know them ahead of time, and how you must respond to them, you are able to finish the assignment which God offered to you. Sometimes, you simply have to shut the devil up.  Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    April 6, 2021 What To Look For In A Leader

    Many of us have read more leadership books than we can count. These books can be very valuable to those who are called by God to lead in the Kingdom. Yet not all of these books seem to agree with each other about what the non-negotiables are for spiritual leaders. Jesus called twelve men to become His disciples and He planned to release them into leading the early Church after He ascended back to Heaven. Surprisingly, none of the twelve knew how to lead. Jesus had to train them, model leadership for them, and then empower them to succeed while putting up with their deep flaws as growing leaders. In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff challenges us to look for a few non-negotiable qualities in those who lead in the Kingdom. Using the biblical account of an incredible moment of leadership failure by James and John, Jeff points out the clear and present dangers for all of us when we are considering 1) becoming a leader or 2) a leader whom we will follow. If we learn the primary principle offered in this episode, we will have the potential to walk in powerful Kingdom leadership and also recognize the right spiritual leaders who are worthy of us following. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    March 30, 2021 Misplaced Priorities In The Kingdom

    Jesus used some interesting, thought-provoking phrases when He preached to the crowds. On one particular day, Jesus told some proud religious leaders that they constantly lived life “straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel.” What in the world was He talking about when He called out these religious leaders to stop living judgmental lives of hypocrisy? What does it mean to strain a gnat and swallow a camel? Well, it’s extremely important that we learn what Jesus was talking about because He told those proud leaders that woe was upon them for committing this type of sin. We do not want to follow in their footsteps, do we? In this episode, Jeff unpacks the meaning behind this strange phrase that Jesus used only one time. Ultimately, we learn that Jesus is not content to allow any Kingdom person to live with misplaced priorities. We must discern what God is doing in our generation and aim all our energies in getting in on that. Judgmentalism, superiority, religious pride and performance-based righteousness are all dangers for those who are swallowing camels. It is time that we spit those camels out. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    March 18, 2021 Fixing A Broken Mind

    Your mind has always had a bullseye on it. More than your body or your emotions, the enemy designs to seize control of your thinking because the mind is the control center for the life of the Christian. Anger, depression, anxiety, fear, selfishness and paranoia are just a few of the proven flaming arrows which Satan and the demonic realm have fired at the bullseye of your mind. Is it possible to be 100% completely immune to the attacks of the enemy on our minds? Can we rise above even the human weaknesses that try to cycle in and out of our thinking? The answer is undoubtedly YES. In this Mavericks & Misfits episode, Jeff layers our understanding with one key Old Testament verse which is a non-negotiable in the battle over our minds. In this one verse, God releases a statement of truth about our minds, a promise to dominate our lives with peace and an equipping instruction that tells us how to live above the flaming arrows of the enemy. It is time for the people of God to say YES to this offer from Heaven and to permanently receive the key to fixing a broken mind. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    March 16, 2021 How To Fight Fairly In The Kingdom

    Most of us were told as children, “Don’t play with fire.” This is wise and helpful instruction from parents to children which is meant to protect them from harming themselves and others. There is also a very important spiritual parallel to the call for us not to play around with fire. Satan and his demons have declared war against all that God loves. The forces of hell are not messing around in their strategy against us. They show no mercy as they seek to steal, kill and destroy. Christians have the upper hand because we operate with the authority and power of God. That is…as long as we are in holy fellowship with Him. In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff reveals what it looks like when a group of people who were not walking with God sought to fight the devil. From their mistakes, we soberly learn the danger of playing with spiritual fire. We also get to see what it looks like when we operate in holiness, faith and confidence that the enemy is a defeated foe. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    March 11, 2021 This Generation: It's Time For You to Step Out

    What if Holy Spirit chose not to ever show up again at your home church? Is an idea like this even possible? Well, it depends on whether or not we simply presume upon His omnipresence versus hungering for His presiding presence. He doesn’t show up at churches simply to observe. If He is present, it is to oversee and lead the entire thing. This is a season where individuals, families, churches, ministries and entire cities need to recognize that God is not obligated to anoint, honor or bless anything we might choose to offer up to Him. He does not blow up simply because we show up. Holy Spirit is looking for the hungry, ravenous Christian and church who cannot bear the idea of remaining in a status-quo version of representing the King. God is calling this generation of Jesus-followers to step out in an undeniable fashion, moving in both Word and Spirit, faith and fire.

    In this episode of Mavericks & Misfits, Jeff releases a prophetic charge as he calls the listener to recognize that God intends to something dynamic through any willing believer. Jeff cautions us that we can spend years waiting on God to send revival, not knowing that He is waiting on us to simply step out and start walking in it. Revival is already released, but it will only be experienced by the hungry, risk-taking, whatever-it-costs Christians and churches. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    March 9, 2021 This Generation: What God Will Do

    The most important thing that we can understand in any generation is the answer to the question, “What is God presently doing?” Throughout the history of the Church, God has always had a remnant of people who cared deeply to discern what was His current activity. Think about it: if we do not know where and how God is working in a generation, how can we cooperate with His plan? Those ancient sons of Issachar were not the last people of faith who discerned the times, knew what God was doing among them and understood how to respond. These types of people are in every generation. God wants to make you one of them.

    In this episode, Jeff utilizes an ancient passage from Isaiah 42 to help see some of the things God is presently doing in our own generation. He never changes, so there are some activities from God that never cease. In this Mavericks & Misfits episode, Jeff highlights four present works of God that He wants His people to embrace and cooperate with. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    March 4, 2021 Can We Love Our Bibles Too Much?

    Don't be shocked, but the answer is YES. We can actually love our bibles too much. Jesus is actually the one who taught us this startling truth. The two extremes that seem to mark the American church is 1) those who have little regard for the written word because they see it as religious, doctrinal suppression and 2) those who idolize the Scriptures and are unaware that they know the Book but not its Author. In this Mavericks & Misfits episode, Jeff uses the words of Jesus, who confronted the most conservative, moral and biblically educated people of His day. Jesus exposes their bibliolatry, and calls them to discern the difference between knowing the bible and knowing God. From His words, we can learn the dangers of assuming we are walking in authentic discipleship in the Spirit simply because we are pursuing academic scholarship in the Scriptures. These two things are not the same. This podcast will help you see if you are in danger of falling into this common trap and how to get free from it. Your heart longs for more than mastering a book about God. You were made to personally, intimately know God Himself. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    March 2, 2021 Second Coming: Instructions & Preparations

    We are in trouble if we ever lose our awareness that all of the commands, instructions and practical counsel of Scripture is given to us in the context of being ready for the return of Jesus. When God tells us how to live, it is not an abstract set of rules given to a mindless group of robots. The Scriptures are God's love letter which, in part, prepare His children to be reunited with Him in such a way that we are absent of sorrow, regret or loss. The father wants us ready to meet His Son face to face. Christians must live with a constant awareness that this moment is the next grand event on God's prophetic calendar. Yes, Jesus is returning to planet earth. And we must get prepared. In this Mavericks & Misfits episode, Jeff highlights some specific instructions given by Paul to the Christians living in Thessalonica. From what Paul wrote to them, we clearly see that how we are living prior to the return of Jesus is crucial to how we will exist in the coming Kingdom. Much of our focus on the Second Coming tends to rest upon timeline, world governments, the identity of the antichrist and geopolitical events that speak of the end of the age. Yet, in Scripture, we find repeatedly that the mentions of the Second Coming are attached to very specific, clear and practical instructions concerning how God expects Christians to be living. Now is the season for us to consecrate our lives and prepare ourselves to meet the King. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    February 23, 2021 Nadab & Abihu - Why Supernatural Encounter is Not Enough


    What if you were handpicked by God and invited to ascend up a mountain to meet with Him in personal, visible supernatural encounter? You would be overwhelmed with that kind of immeasurable honor, right? Well, we would like to believe that that type of privilege would so radically change our lives that we would never again be the same.  But this actually happened to two men and, later on in their lives, they became causal with the stewarding the worship and presence of God. Sadly, Nadab and Abihu are famous for their failure to honor God…and paying the ultimate price because their own supernatural encounter with Him was not enough to produce holy awe and obedience from them. In this Mavericks & Misfits episode, Jeff calls the listener to consider what it truly means to live a life of supernatural encounter. We have become far too casual and flippant with how we handle the presumed presence of God. In Charismatic circles, we are in danger of treating the power and presence of Holy Spirit like a freakish side show in a spiritual circus. This episode summons us to learn from Nadab and Abihu's lives so that our own encounters with God produce holy awe, lasting reverence and deep obedience to the One who meets us on the mount. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    February 18, 2021 Where Did the Prophets Go?

    We should thank God for pastors and teachers who ground us in the Word and lead us as the flock of God. We should rejoice when apostolic mantles become evident on those in the Kingdom who will take new territory for the Kingdom and invite us to run with them into new Kingdom missions. Evangelists keep our hearts fresh with the passion of Jesus for the lost, forgotten, discarded and rejected. We need these men and women to lead in the Church. But where are the prophets? Where is the fresh voice of God that flames and boils in the hearts of men and women in our generation? Teachers can bring us light…but prophets bring the heat. In this Mavericks & Misfits episode, Jeff emphasizes and exhorts the Church to pray for a new crop of God-saturated prophets to arise in our generation. We are to watch for them, listen to them., weight their words and strongly align with the exhortations and rebukes which God sends to His true prophets. The Church has lost her appetite for the prophetic word, and we have consequently become lukewarm and, in some places, desensitized, paralyzed and fossilized. Prophets bring awakening and the listener may soon discern that God is calling you to emerge as a prophetic voice in your generation. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    February 11, 2021 Understanding Identity & Assignment

    Do we still believe that God calls people to significant purposes in our generation? If so, do we consider that one of those people whom He is calling is…you? So many people have believed the lies and accusations fed them from a godless culture and from the demonic realm which serve to short-circuit their identity in the Kingdom and their God-ordained purposes for being alive in this generation. From the life of one Old Testament man, Gideon, we can learn how God patiently works to bring us back into alignment with our identity so that we can powerfully fulfill our destined assignments. In this Mavericks & Misfits episode, Jeff calls the listener to boldly reconsider that God Almighty has a powerful reason for the listener being alive at this time. Though the culture is dark and the enemy is active, God is seeking people who will believe His promises and step up so that they can step out into callings that they have not considered in a long time. This empowering episode kicks doubts to the curb and motivates us through Kingdom truth to live the life God has ordained for us. If Gideon can do it, we all can. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    February 9, 2021 CHANGES: Swapping Out Your Saul for David

    God doesn’t have to ask permission. God doesn’t have to wait on an invitation. God never puts His sovereign plans on pause until we are comfortable. If you are living in the Kingdom, you are living under the promise of regular seasons of change. What are we to do when God ordains that something we presumed was permanent is now being swapped out for something else? People, places, assignments and relationships are all temporary in this life. Anything is subject to be changed by a wise, loving and highly precise God. Sometimes, when God wants to raise up a new King David in our lives, we tend to cling on to our former King Saul. In seasons of change, God requires our trust and our obedience. In this message, Jeff highlights the struggle of Samuel when God required him to move on from all he had invested in King Saul. From Samuel’s reluctance to accept the change of plans, we can look into a mirror and see our own struggle when God interrupts us and ordains a new direction. In the midst of this episode, Jeff shares with the audience a recent shift of intense magnitude in his own life and ministry. God is on the throne, and He sometimes decrees from that throne, “It is now time for a shift.”


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    February 4, 2021 Upsizing Your View of the Kingdom

    If we only grasped the intense difference between a little-k & big-K view of God’s Kingdom, we would never settle for the lesser version of Christianity. What does it mean to upsize your understanding of God’s Kingdom? As long as we are saved, does it really matter if we are little-k’ers or big K’ers? Is my ministry, my family and my church rooted in the Kingdom or something less? What will Jesus say at the judgment seat to those who exchanged a kingdom for a Kingdom? In this Mavericks & Misfits episode, Jeff unapologetically exposes the differences between a hijacked, cultural view of God’s Kingdom versus a biblical, everlasting view of it. Listen and prepare to be motivated to press in to all that God has for you, refusing to settle for the diluted, compromised offer of Christianity that has infected the 20th & 21st century Church. Once you make up your mind that you will not remain someone who settles for less than Jesus purchased for you with His blood, you will be fueled-up and freed to step into the amazingly different realm of powerful, big-K Kingdom living. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    February 2, 2021 How should a Christian Voice Political Dissent?

    The Church in America has a love/hate relationship with politics. We love when our candidate wins and the other one loses. We want our politicians to express and advance our spiritual, philosophical and cultural values. It is clear that the Church has drawn heavily from the well of culture to drink rather than the culture drinking from what the Church has to offer. We are a divided nation, and the Church looks sadly similar to the political divide we see in America. So…we disagree. Now what? In this episode, Jeff uses Scripture to address the issue of where the boundaries are drawn for us expressing our political discontent. Are we allowed by God to protest? Is there a place for civil disobedience? Should we use our influence to expose the decay in the lives and views of politicians? If we are permitted to do so, how much is too much? The bible actually has quite a bit to say in response to these types of Christians. The most important question may be, “Is the Christian willing to affirm and align with what the bible has to say about our attitudes and actions concerning governmental authority? Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org


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    January 28, 2021 The Kingdom of God Is Not What You Think

    When the new year found us on the calendar, many of us made a resolution to… shrink. We wanted to drop a few pounds and lose a few inches. The holidays brought meals, sweets and treats and the bathroom scale told us that we celebrated well. Getting smaller is an annual hope for many of us each January. There is another kind of shrinkage that is taking place in the Church. We have been prone to shrink down our understanding of the Kingdom of God. There is something inside each Christian that tends to reduce the Kingdom down to something that resembles us, our tribe, our church, our denomination or even our political and cultural views. God wants us to remove our grubby little hands off of His Kingdom and to welcome it to remain all that He ordained it to be.

    In this episode, Jeff helps us to understand how easily we all can take what is immeasurable in the Kingdom and unwisely, even sinfully, shrink it down to suit our own tastes. As we approach the end of the age, Jesus is not going to return to endorse our own version of the Kingdom. He is presently shaking all that can be shaking so that only what cannot be shaken will remain. What remains will inevitably be the Kingdom that He has designed since before time began. This is the Kingdom view that He will endorse, advance and manifest through us. Additional resources are available at TransformingTruth.org  


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    January 26, 2021 How to Receive the Gift of Prophecy

    In this final episode in the series on Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Jeff Lyle release practical counsel based on scriptural wisdom about how all of us can pursue the gift of prophecy. While nowhere in Scripture is there listed a 3-step method to receiving and honing spiritual gifts, we are given the launching pad in God's Word about how we should approach the command for us to operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. So many are simply waiting on God to "zap them" with the gifts of the Spirit. God doesn't typically operate that way. Instead, He invites us to partner with Him in both the pursuit and perfecting of how we operate in prophecy and all the other gifts. In this episode, Jeff pastors the listener into how to begin the approach to operating in prophetic gifting. Both newbies and seasoned saints will be helped by this guidance into growing and flowing in prophecy. Additional resources available at: TransformingTruth.org Reference: 1 Corinthians 14:1, 29; Romans 12


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    January 21, 2021 Can A True Prophet Get It Wrong?

    "Houston, we have a problem!" Those famous words from decades in the past are often used by us in modern days to indicate that there is a significant issue which needs to be addressed. Church, we have a problem! The issue of modern-day prophets missing the mark when it comes to the fulfillment of the words they release is an issue that authentic believers cannot afford to ignore. If we are going to lead in the power and gifting of the Holy Spirit, then we must remain concerned that we are all operating in a consistent flow of excellence. With the volume of public prophecies given about the outcome of the Presidential election, the question has been raised both inside and outside of the Church, "Can a true prophet ever get it wrong?" The answer is YES. But how they respond when they get it wrong may be the revelation of whether or not they are true prophets of God. In this episode, Jeff shows how a New Testament prophet missed the mark in an important word that he released to the Apostle Paul. From this biblical example, we can discern the answers to many questions that are currently being asked about the gift of prophecy and the office of a prophet in the Church. These are no longer side-issues. These are central, and we must give honest answers to difficult questions. Additional resources available at: TransformingTruth.org Reference: Acts 11 & 21


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    January 19, 2021 Is There a Difference Between Old Testament Prophecy and New Testament Prophecy?

    The controversy over prophetic ministry is nothing new. In fact, the early Church, in order to keep the gift of prophecy from being recklessly used, employed a means of testing and confirming prophetic words. Prophecy was not a gift and ministry that happened independently from the community of believers working together. According to the Apostle Paul’s teachings, prophecy is the most vital spiritual gift, so the modern Church needs to get reacquainted with this reality and come together in a commitment to reel in sloppy prophetic ministry. One of the main reasons we have a problem today in prophetic ministry is due to the fact that we fail to distinguish the differences between Old Testament prophets and the New Testament gift of prophecy. If we can understand these important differences, we can adjust how we release and receive prophetic words.

    In this episode, Jeff walks us through the unhealthy results that occur when unaccountable Christians operate with a “Thus saint the Lord...” mentality as they carelessly release prophetic words. Sloppiness is neither a gift nor fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is important to God that we constantly operate in partnership with Him when engaging in prophetic ministry. May those who listen to this episode come into agreement that Holy Spirit is offering us all a better way to flow in the gift of prophecy.


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    January 12, 2021 PROPHECY: What Exactly Is This Gift?

    2020 was, for many, the year where an ugly spotlight fell on prophetic ministry. So many voices in the Charismatic Church boldly declared that Donald Trump would win the election and have another four years in the Oval Office. Obviously, that did not come to pass. Because of this, and also many other less notable prophetic words that never come to pass, many are asking if there is validity to the gift of prophecy, the answer remains YES! Yet, we believe that there is a great need for reformation to prophetic ministry in the Church. In our next focus in our current series on The Gifts of the Holy Spirit, we open up a discussion about the gift of prophecy. In this episode, Jeff begins to explain three essential components of how the gift of prophecy is exercised: Revelation, Interpretation & Application. He also addresses the failure of the Church to prioritize the gift of prophecy as he removes the idea that prophecy is no longer a valid gift. In fact, Jeff shows why prophecy is seen in Scripture as the most important gift. For those new to this gift, and for those who are comfortable in prophetic environments, there is much we need to learn in order to ensure that we honor Christ as we pursue and use this vital gift of the Spirit. Reference: 1 Corinthians 14:1-5 Topics: prophecy, Old Testament prophets, testing the prophetic word, cessationism, divine revelation, false prophets, growing in the prophetic  Additional resources available at: TransformingTruth.org


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    January 7, 2021 Tongues: Heavenly Passion & Humble Precision

    God did not send the gifts of the Spirit so that Christians could argue about them. These gifts are ministry tools to advance the Gospel and edify believers. If we are spending more time debating them than actually pursuing them, we are breaking the heart of God. Yet, as we pursue the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we must acknowledge that there definitely right ways and wrong ways to use the gifts. We cannot rest until we are releasing spiritual gifts in the way God prescribes to us. In this 4th and final episode on the gift of tongues, Jeff highlights the best of use of tongues and what the results are when Christians operate in this manner. Challenging the status-quo use of tongues among Charismatics, Jeff teaches through some often-overlooked guidelines for how to use this gift when the Church is gathered together. We often assume that any scriptural regulating of tongues risks quenching the Spirit. What is we are actually quenching the Spirit by failing to honor the very instructions about tongues which He placed in God’s Word? We can possess the right gift but be using it the wrong way. When it comes to the gift of tongues, we need both the passion and the precision for God to bless it in its fullest. Reference: 1 Corinthians 14:14-20 Topics: tongues, prophecy, local church, private worship, spiritual unity, praying in the Spirit, building up ourselves, building up others, spiritual maturity


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    December 31, 2020 TONGUES: Avoiding Two Extremes

    How did the gift of tongues become so controversial? Why is it that things can get awkward (or even heated!) when this topic arises among sincere Christians who view tongues differently than one another. One segment of the Body of Christ may have an issue with overemphasizing the importance of tongues. The other side of the aisle may tend to cause confusion by undervaluing or even dismissing this gift. Here are the two extremes we all must avoid: showing off tongues and shutting down tongues In this episode, Jeff calls both Charismatics and those who do not believe in the gifts of the Spirit to take a fresh look at what the Scriptures say about tongues. We all have room to grow (or grow up!) when it comes to this gift. We cannot allow tongues to be the defining issue of who we are in Jesus. Neither can we afford to measure others by this one spiritual gift. God gave all of the gifts to unite us and help us build up the Body of Christ. Anywhere a spiritual gift is used to divide Christians, it is not the activity of God.  How do we come to discern if we are rightly using the gift of tongues properly? It is all spelled out in the Word. From the Word of God we can avoid the two extremes of the gift of tongues. This episode will help you to personally grow in your attitude and activity surrounding the gift of tongues. Reference: 1 Corinthians 14


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    December 29, 2020 TONGUES: Uses, Misuses & Abuses

    The most theological man found in all of the Bible was the Apostle Paul. He was an intellectual genius. His mind was unparalleled. He was biblically informed and deeply disciplined. And, according to his own testimony, Paul prayed in tongues more than anyone he knew. He also boldly wrote that he wanted all believers to speak in tongues. In this episode, Jeff begins to address the proper regard we should all have for the gift of tongues. From its prophetic use in the gathered church when tongues are interpreted, to the private use of tongues in prayer and praise which requires no interpreter, this gift is given to build up the body of Christ. Yet, many Christians fail to recognize that the Word of God places guardrails on the usage of the gift of tongues in the gathered assembly. If we fail to properly use any of the gifts which Holy Spirit provides for us, then that gift can become a tool of division and even sin. This message calls all of us to consider our attitudes and activities surrounding the gift of tongues. Reference: 1 Corinthians 14


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    December 22, 2020 TONGUES: The Orbit of the Controversy

    Finally! We get to dive into the ever-controversial gift of Tongues. In this first session about tongues, we explore the three times tongues are mentioned in the Book of Acts. Many who struggle with the gifts of the Holy Spirit still being valid do so because they have a biblical misunderstanding of the gift of tongues. Are tongues known languages? If so, which of the 20,000 historical languages/dialects are tongues given? What is meant by "the tongues of angels"? Have we in the Church possibly educated ourselves out of experiencing this gift? The book of Acts may help show us that we have placed upon the gift of tongues some forms of validation that actually are not found in the Bible? In this episode, Jeff begins to teach several sessions on the need for us to understand this amazing gift of the Spirit. Each of these sessions on tongues will help the listener be equipped to understand the gift, desire the gift, properly use the gift and help others experience this gift. We need to value the gift of tongues to the same degree that God does!   Topics: tongues, baptism of the Spirit, laying on off hands, mighty rushing wind, tongues of fire, cessationism More resources from Jeff Lyle are available at TransformingTruth.org Reference: 1 Corinthians 14:1-5


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    December 17, 2020 Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Speaking Gifts & Serving Gifts

    The Apostle Paul was not the only writer who addressed the gifts of the Spirit. In his first letter, the Apostle Peter laid out some important, yet simple, spiritual guidance about the charismata (Holy Spirit gifts). Peter breaks down the gifts into two categories to help us better understand how the gifts are used. These two categories are 1) speaking gifts and 2) serving gifts. In this episode, Jeff unpacks Peter's instructions and calls the listener to once again consider how and why God the Spirit has gifted him/her for ministry. You have spiritual gifts! God has given them to you to glorify Him, fulfill your personal ministry assignment and to serve the Body of Christ with what you have been given. This is an extremely encouraging and empowering episode because it once again highlights the Kingdom reality that every Christian is profitable to what the Lord is doing in our generation.   Topics: prophecy, leadership, giving, serving, teaching, exhorting. More resources from Jeff Lyle are available at TransformingTruth.org Reference: 1 Peter 4


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    December 10, 2020 Practical Guidance for Using Your Spiritual Gifts

    All of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are supernatural giftings. They are not the same as natural talents or learned skills. While talent and skill can be used by God, they are never a substitute for the charismata (grace gifts from the Spirit). You have spiritual gifts if you are saved. Having gifts that are uniquely given to you by God the Spirit, you are called to be using them. In this episode, Jeff walks us through a few verses in Romans 12 wherein Paul is giving examples about how Christians are to use their own spiritual gifts. Some of these gifts, on the surface, may not even appear to be overly supernatural - but they are! Jeff takes intentional time to talk about the proper use and the potential misuse of the gift of prophecy. This episode will increase your hunger to know your gifting from God and to use it in deliberate ways that bring Him glory and bring solid help to those around you.   Topics: prophecy, leadership, giving, serving, teaching, exhorting. More resources from Jeff Lyle are available at TransformingTruth.org Reference: Romans 12:6-8  


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    December 8, 2020 What Are the Specific Gifts & How Do We Use Them?

    Most of those listening to this podcast series on the gifts of the Spirit will be familiar with terms such as word of knowledge, word of wisdom, prophecy, healings, tongues, interpretation of tongues, healings and discerning of spirits. These are well known descriptions of the charismata – gifts of the Holy Spirit. So, what exactly do we need to know about these gifts? What might it look like when these gifts are used by us or those in our churches? In this episode, Jeff leads the listener through an initial list of spiritual gifts found in 1 Corinthians 12. Because God intends for believers today to operate in these gifts, it is essential that we know as much as is possible from the bible about them. Chances are, the listener will discover in this episode and the one which follows at least one gift of the Holy Spirit that God has granted them. Once we discover our individual spiritual gifts, we can experience the joy of partnering with Him in using them.   Topics: faith, healing, miracles, tongues, praying in the Spirit, discerning of spirits, prophecy, building up ourselves, building up others, spiritual maturity. Reference: 1 Corinthians 12:7-10


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    December 3, 2020 Spiritual Gifts: Blueprints for the Body

    When the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of a person, He comes bearing gifts. The book of 1st Corinthians has much to say about these gifts and how important it is that Christians understand what is taught about them.   How many different gifts are there? Who chooses which gifts we get to flow in? Can I obtain a gift I do not currently seem to have? Is everyone expected to manifest all of the gifts?   In this episode, Jeff unpacks what the Bible says about the main purpose God has given us the gifts of the Spirit. The listener will also learn how and why God intentionally grants certain gifts and withholds other gifts from us as individuals. So much encouragement is found in this episode for those who do not yet know their primary spiritual gifting, or who wrongly believe they have no gifts or significance in the Kingdom. At the end of this episode, Jeff calls each believer to move wholeheartedly toward seeking higher levels of the gifts of the Spirit so they can use them for the Father’s intended purposes. Topics: spiritual unity, spiritual diversity, Body of Christ, cooperation instead of competition, tongues, praying in the Spirit, prophecy, building up ourselves, building up others, spiritual maturity. Reference: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31


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    November 26, 2020 Spiritual Gifts: Green Lights & Guardrails

    God gives the Church the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the purpose of building up others in the faith. The gifts are ministry tools, not ministry tricks. We not only need to seek, receive and use the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we need to do so in a way that always seeks to benefit others and bring honor to God. Because of major misuse and abuse of the gifts among Charismatics, many Christians have turned their backs on the potential to walk in the supernatural gifting of the Holy Spirit. Yet, the misuse of the gifts must never become the disuse of the gifts. We have a green light from Heaven to walk in the power and gifts of God the Spirit. Yet, there are also guardrails that come with those green lights. We are told how to use the gifts when the Church is gathered together. In this episode, Jeff addresses the need for those who practice the gifts of the Spirit to tighten up how these gifts are employed through our lives. The Charismatic circus is not the proper display of the gifts of the Spirit. We owe a debt of love to all people to seek the gifts, receive the gifts and to employ the gifts as the Scriptures outline for us. Nobody wants to quench the moving of the Spirit, but nor do we ever want to bring dishonor to Him by carelessly treating His tools as toys. Topics: tongues, prophecy; order in the Church; Holy Spirit manifestations; flesh; More resources from Jeff Lyle are available at TransformingTruth.org Reference: 1 Corinthians 12, 13 & 14


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    November 24, 2020 Debunking the Myth of Cessationism

    Did you know that the Bible teaches that there will be a time when the gifts of the Holy Spirit completely cease? Tongues will vanish. Prophecy will pass off the scene. Revelatory knowledge will no longer be an active ministry gift. The Bible is clear that there is an appointed time that the gifts will cease. But has that day already come or are we offered and expected by God to be operating in the gifts of the Spirit today? The doctrine of cessationism teaches that the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit ceased around the end of the first century. Some Christians believe that the completion of the writings that make up the New Testament resulted in the Holy Spirit no longer releasing His supernatural gifts to believers. Others believe that when the last of the Apostles died, the signs, wonders and supernatural gifts died with them. This may be the most important message in the current podcast series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In this episode, Jeff takes 30 minutes to debunk the myth of cessationism by using the very same passage of Scripture that cessationists use to support their belief that the gifts ceased. If we are going to help family and friends understand that the gifts are available and necessary today, we must love them enough to show them from the bible why they must forsake the myth of cessationism and move into the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit.   More resources from Jeff Lyle are available at TransformingTruth.org.  Reference: 1 Corinthians 13:8-12


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    November 19, 2020 Why Do We Need the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?

    One of the reasons many Christians do not prioritize the gifts of the Holy Spirit is because they have never seen them used as God designed. We who operate in the supernatural gifting of God the Spirit are well aware that sometimes we can get sloppy with the gifts. Sometimes, we allow confusion to come as we manifest the gifts. Sometimes we do not operate in love and concern for others when we are moving in the supernatural power of the Spirit. Because of these types of errors, many believers who might otherwise press in for themselves to experience spiritual gifts have turned and walked the other way. Charismatics need to get refreshed as to why God ever gave the gifts in the first place. We need to recommit to using the gifts for those reasons.   In this episode, Jeff explains from 1st Corinthians 12 why and how the gifts are given to believers. There is so much to be said about this, and it is the height of flippancy to ignore the large number of verses that explain how God the Spirit imparts His gifts to us. To dismiss spiritual gifts as something belonging to the ancient Church but no longer to us today is simply not able to be supported by the Bible. Listen to this episode and see just how intentional the Spirit is in making sure each Christian receives the exact gift(s) that He wants for them to use.   Topics: tongues, praying in the Spirit, prophecy, building up ourselves, building up others, spiritual maturity   Reference: 1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12; Ephesians 4; 1st Peter 4;


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    November 19, 2020 Who Needs the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?

    Every. Single. Christian. That’s who needs the gifts of the Holy Spirit.   What is even better news is that all Christians are already gifted by the Holy Spirit. As we study the Scriptures, we see clearly that spiritual gifts were not just for a select few or for a certain slice of the body of Christ. No, the teaching of the Bible reveals that all who are born again through faith in Jesus are born of the Spirit, and also supernaturally gifted by Him. Nobody is exempt, and none of us can fulfill the mission of the Father apart from the gifts of the Spirit. The gifts are for all of us! In this episode, Jeff calls the listener to discipline his or her thinking to believe only what the Scriptures begin to teach about the gifts of the Spirit. If it was not an option for the first-century Church, it cannot be an option for us to live our lives apart from these gifts. Listen carefully to see if what you have been taught about Holy Spirit gifts matches up with what the Word says. A great difference in your Christian living will appear when you move from what someone says the Word says and into what the Word of God actually says within itself. Reference: 1 Corinthians 12:1


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    November 12, 2020 What the Apostle Paul Teaches About the Holy Spirit

    The call of the Father for all of those who have believed upon His Son is to walk in the Spirit. The Christian life is not primarily intellectual or emotional. It is relational. We Christians are to do life with God. How do we accomplish this? We have God the Spirit alive within us. As we grow in knowing Him, experiencing Him, submitting to Him and enjoying Him, life as a Jesus-follower takes on an incredible dynamic that ruins us for dead religion and cultural Christianity. We become alive in the Holy Spirit. While Jesus said more about the Holy Spirit than anyone else in the New Testament, the Apostle Paul instructs us specifically on what it means to be regenerated by the Spirit, led by the Spirit, filled with the Spirit, gifted by the Spirit and transformed in the Spirit. You may have experienced countless encounters in the Holy Spirit, but can God use you to help those who have been wrongly taught that the supernatural working of the Holy Spirit has ceased? In this episode, Jeff challenges all believers to know what they believe about God the Spirit…and why they believe it. Experience alone is not enough. We can know what Scripture says about the working of Holy Spirit so that we can be equipped and empowered to help those who have been taught by religion never to expect much from Him. This is the second episode in our mini-series that is focusing on the person and work of the Spirit of God. Reference: Romans 8  


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    November 10, 2020 What Jesus Teaches About the Holy Spirit

    How is it that people who equally love and honor Jesus can reach such different conclusions about the person and work of God the Spirit? Isn’t it just like the devil to create division in the Church over that member of the Godhead who lives inside the Christian and is at work in the earth today! Having the same Bible, you would think that we would believe the same things about the Holy Spirit, His ministry, the gifts He imparts and how He leads and guides believers today. But large numbers of Jesus-followers intensely disagree and divide over what they believe (or do not believe) concerning the Holy Spirit. This episode of Mavericks & Misfits walks us through what Jesus himself teaches about Holy Spirit. While there is much more written in Scripture than what we find from the Lord in John 16, we can certainly learn much about what Jesus intended for every generation of His followers to learn and believe about God the Spirit. This episode begins a series of podcasts which will help both Charismatics and non-Charismatics to frame up their views on the Holy Spirit that is free from denominational limitations, unexamined traditions and unsupported practices. We need to align with the Word of God in all our beliefs. What we believe about the Holy Spirit is no exception. Reference: John 16


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    November 5, 2020 Revival & Refusing to Give In to Weariness

    When you received Jesus as Lord over your life, there was one component that He made a permanent reality without asking for your input. Jesus made you a SOLDIER in His army. That’s right, none of us come into the Kingdom without also being drafted into the Army of God. So, the question is not IF we will fight but, rather, when and how we will fight.  Spiritual warfare is a constant activity in the life of all Jesus-followers. Satan and his demons are not unclear on the reality of the battle. They are a committed host and never take go on leave. Though the final outcome has already been decided, each Christian is called to take territory for the King while also defending territory that the enemy seeks to reclaim from us. This constant warfare can be both exhausting and isolating - especially when so many Christians have gone AWOL and we are tempted to wonder if we are fighting alone. This message features an obscure Old Testament warrior whose example in fighting the enemy can help us remain in the fight, crush our enemy and bring God all of the glory…even if we find ourselves fighting alone. Weariness is real. The battle can be exhausting. Yet, for those who refuse to give in to that weariness, there awaits an amazing outcome. Reference: 2nd Samuel 23:9-10


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    November 3, 2020 Revival & the Call to Honor

    When Jesus assumed the role of the lowest household servant by washing the feet of the disciples, He left us an example. He told the disciples that they could not comprehend in the moment what exactly He was doing when He washed their feet. He promised them that they would understand later as they followed His example by intentionally humbling themselves and showing honor to each other.  So, what does Jesus want Christians today to learn about humility, serving others and showing honor to each other? How do we wash each other’s feet in this current season of hostility and division? Who among us is willing to follow the vulnerable example of the King who served in the lowliest way? When we take the time to consider in depth the great differences between the disciples whose feet Jesus washed that day, we can understand the richness of His present call for us to show honor to one another - especially those who are very different from us in the Body of Christ. God honors those who honor others. At some point, He will call us to show honor to those with whom we have great differences. This message shows us what that looks like. Reference: John 13:1-7; Luke 6:14-16


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    October 27, 2020 Revival & the Need for Oil

    Jesus once released a famous parable that focused on a wedding. There were ten virgin bridesmaids all awaiting the Bridegroom to appear so that the wedding festivities could begin. In the parable, Jesus declares that half of those bridesmaids were wise, and that half were foolish. What made the difference between the two groups? The wise ones carried oil and the foolish ones did not. This parable centers around the Second Coming of Jesus at the end of the age. The bridesmaids represent two types of people: those who are prepared for the coming of the Bridegroom and those who are not. Because Jesus highlights the presence of oil as the defining mark between the two groups, what do we need to glean from what He taught? What is the oil and how do I know if I have it? What do the lanterns that each virgin held represent? Can't I have oil without the lantern? Can I have the lantern without the oil? This is no small lesson from the Son of God. The closer we get to the end of the age, the more important it becomes for each of us to discern if we have oil for our lanterns. It is not enough to hold the lantern because, if there is no oil, we become like the foolish virgins who experienced much loss when the Bridegroom appeared unexpectedly.


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    October 27, 2020 Revival & the Sanctity of Life

    It is likely that every true Christian would desire God-sent revival if they thought long enough about the possibility. Who among us would not wish to witness mass salvations, widescale miraculous healings, open deliverance from demonic strongholds put on display, or a fresh outpouring of signs and wonders through the power of Holy Spirit? We would all desire to be a witness to these things that characterized the Church in the Book of Acts. The question that needs to be answered first is, "Are we ready to steward such an outpouring from God?" God will likely withhold revival on the grand scale until His people are hungry, humble, unified and purified. There are current barriers to revival coming to the Church in America that must first be addressed. This podcast highlights one of the most significant demonic strongholds that is very much apparent among those who consider themselves Jesus-followers. This stronghold is anchored in the American Christian's willingness to embrace the philosophy and practice of abortion. What is God's heart toward the practice of abortion? Is there anything from Scripture that might serve to indicate how God will deal with us as it pertains to abortion? Does the Bible clearly address the issue or is it truly as confusing as our culture portrays it? This is NOT a political issue. This is a topic that either exalts God or diminishes God in the eyes of those who are looking to the Church to take a position. Take the time to listen to Jeff Lyle walk us through the issues surrounding abortion, and then personally answer the only essential question: Do I believe God and stand with God on this issue of abortion and the sanctity of life? If we can come to agreement on this issue in the American Church, we have cleared a massive hurdle in our pursuit of awakening and revival.


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    October 27, 2020 Remarrying Word & Spirit

    If forced to choose which of these two treasures would most flavor your Christianity, which would you pick?  The Word of God or The power of the Holy Spirit Quite the dilemma, isn’t it? Well, thanks be to God that He has never asked us to choose, nor will He. Sadly, many (if not most) churches and denominations want us to do so. A great divorce has occurred and Christians are often forced to pick which parent they will live with: Word or Spirit. The early Church was marked by God with apostolic truth (the Word) and Holy Spirit’s supernatural gifts and power (the Spirit). Why should today’s manifestation of Christianity be any different? We must prioritize both. In this podcast, Jeff Lyle calls us to embrace the remarriage of Word and Spirit in our own walks and in the churches wherein we worship and serve. We cannot afford to prioritize either one while ignoring the other. The early Christians required both in their generation and so do we.


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    October 14, 2020 Introducing, Mavericks & Misfits!

    Amidst all the fading trends and fossilized traditions that pass themselves off as Christianity, many Jesus-followers find themselves spiritually homeless, living without a tribe to which they can connect. There has to be a landing spot for mavericks and misfits - a place they can call their home. Jeff Lyle, a self-declared church maverick and ministry misfit, hosts this podcast in order to cut through through all the incomplete, inaccurate and inadequate expression of modern Christianity.