the first of the greatest month. let’s call it advent.
The word advent means “coming.” This season is about the mission of God to seek and to save lost people. He is a God on a mission. He is not aloof or passive or indecisive. He is sending, pursuing, searching, saving. That’s the meaning of Advent.
- The Dawning Of Indestructible Joy / John Piper.
Keen to spend the next 25 days intentionally celebrating our pursuing God who came to seek and save the lost. To spend the next 25 days taking the vertical advent of God in the mission of Jesus and bend it out horizontally in the mission of the church to the world.
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Sometimes I loved it, sometimes it felt monotonous. But after some time i realised the truths in this are satisfying enough to last not just a month but forever. Every day I keep hearing the same thing.
He loves me. He loves me.
My sin is not held against me. I am washed. I am reading impossible truths made not just possible, but earth-shatteringly real, through the death and resurrection of Jesus:
The eternal God who is King over all loves my fleeting, fickle heart. I am full of iniquity, disease, in the pit, deserving of anger, sinful, like dust and grass, fleeting. But He is Forgiver. Healer. Redeemer. Steadfast. Merciful. Satisfying. Renewing. Righteous. Known. Slow to Anger. Abounding in Love. Remover of Sin. Father. Compassionate. Everlasting. Lord. King.
Think about reading it every day of November. I can testify that feasting on those truths each morning radically changed the responses of my heart to the circumstances of October.
I love the bible. It’s audacious, and scandalous, and shows a God who put on flesh and moved into the neighbourhood to eat amongst prostitutes, call embezzlers to follow Him and rebuke the high-flying religious leaders.
Today Jesus declared an adulterous woman free from condemnation (John 9:11), His followers freed from darkness (12) and from slavery to sin (36). I love intimately knowing a God who doesn’t ignore brokenness, but restores it. Who doesn’t condemn darkness, but brings light into it. My heart is full.
“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight, At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more, When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death, And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”
there’s so much to do between now and August. // My 21st is only T H R E E sleeps away, and my excitement is growing // Less than one month till @lianaerwin & @joelloveday get M A R R I E D. so much to do, so much thankfulness & so much letter writing & tea drinking.
“Revival is preceded by prayer, birthed through intercession, and sustained by fervent, persevering prayer. Prayer is the central living element to every spiritual awakening and every moving of the Holy Spirit.’
Today history was made as countless Christians prayed throughout the world for Iraq on the International Day Of Prayer run by Open Doors, where we stood up and said We Are N.
‘Tonight, we were writing the history of our faith. Tonight, we wrote into the history of the Church in Iraq through our prayers.' Mike Gore
There is a future for the Church and the spread of the gospel in Iraq.
God is my Father. And because He calls me a child and not an employee, my failures don’t get me fired. I can live like a forgiven child who obeys precisely because of that forgiveness. Obedience without forgiveness is useless, but forgiveness without obedience is incomplete. Both come through relationship through Jesus - both come through embracing our identities as chosen, forgiven, redeemed and beloved children of the King of kings.
Shooting my first wedding of the season home in Sydney, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Creativity is an act of worship, for it is mimicking the Father.
Adam gets to join God in the creation process. God brings all the animals of the earth and says, “Come on, I want to see what you name them!” Adam didn’t name them by numbers as an accountant. He was joining the Father in creation! God dared to leave something uncreated so His sons and daughters could sit on His lap and create with Him. - Jonathan Helser, Brave Worship.
“If anyone loves God, he is known by God.” 1Corinthians 8:3
“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.” Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage.