DUSTIN KENSRUE // REJOICE

DUSTIN KENSRUE REJOICE

Dustin Kensrue, former font man of Thrice, recently released a new album under the Mars Hill Music label called THE WATER AND THE BLOOD. It’s got some great tracks and I’m really enjoying the album. Below is an acoustic version of the opening track “REJOICE”. A good song that I’d love to see in the mix with the songs we do at Soulies and St Faiths. Here it is:

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HOW DO YOU AVOID LOSING THE GOSPEL FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT?

remain-in-christ

I’ve outlined previously the danger of Christian culture. One generation preaches the gospel of Jesus and within a few small steps later generations have assumed, neglected and then denied the good news of Jesus. How do you avoid this? In Colossians 2:6-7 Paul urges his readers to continue in Christ. See the Colossians sermon below to see how I unpack this idea of remaining in Christ.

DAVE MIERS SERMON ON “REMAINING IN CHRIST” (right click to download etc)

Here is the structure:

ONE GENERATION AWAY FROM LOSING THE GOSPEL
KEY VERSE: COLOSSIANS 2:6-7
1) FULLNESS IS FOUND ONLY IN CHRIST (Colossians 2:8-15)
2) FREEDOM IS FOUND ONLY IN CHRIST (Colossians 2:16-23)
KEY VERSE: COLOSSIANS 2:6-7
ONE GENERATION AWAY FROM CHANGING THE WORLD

PHILIPPINES DISASTER RELIEF WITH COMPASSION // @COMPASSIONAU

PHILIPPINES DISASTER RELIEF (PHOTO AFP)

Devastating scenes coming out of the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. There is an urgent need to bring relief to survivors. There are plenty of relief organisations offering support. Choose one and give as soon as you can! We have given money through Compassion Australia’s appeal. I love the work that Compassion do and they are part of ongoing, longterm work in the country. The people they work with have been significantly impacted by the tragedy.

CLICK HERE TO GIVE NOW // See below for details from the Compassion website:

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PURITAN PRAYERS: DEVINE MERCIES

DEVINE MERCIES

Puritan Prayers is a fantastic site with a solid collection of prayers from the Puritans. I used one of them tonight after the first block of songs at church. I love the movement from adoration to confession of sin and then through to thanksgiving. Here it is:

Thou Eternal God, Thine is surpassing greatness, unspeakable goodness, super-abundant grace; I can as soon count the sands of ocean’s ‘lip’ as number thy favours towards me; I know but a part, but that part exceeds all praise. I thank thee for personal mercies, a measure of health, preservation of body, comforts of house and home, sufficiency of food and clothing, continuance of mental powers, my family, their mutual help and support, the delights of domestic harmony and peace, the seats now filled that might have been vacant, my country, church, Bible, faith. But, O, how I mourn my sin, ingratitude, vileness, the days that add to my guilt, the scenes that witness my offending tongue; All things in heaven, earth, around, within, without, condemn me – the sun which sees my misdeeds, the darkness which is light to thee, the cruel accuser who justly charges me, the good angels who have been provoked to leave me, thy countenance which scans my secret sins, thy righteous law, thy holy Word, my sin-soiled conscience, my private and public life, my neighbours, myself – all write dark things against me. I deny them not, frame no excuse, but confess, ‘Father, I have sinned’; Yet still I live, and fly repenting to thy outstretched arms; thou wilt not cast me off, for Jesus brings me near, thou wilt not condemn me, for he died in my stead, thou wilt not mark my mountains of sin, for he levelled all, and his beauty covers my deformities. O my God, I bid farewell to sin by clinging to his cross, hiding in his wounds, and sheltering in his side.

Good one, right? (From here)

Each week that I lead the church service I normally do a prayer that involves confession of sin. That is something that is often missing from contemporary church services. We do corporate confession when we share the Lord’s Supper, but that is only once a month at Arvo Church slightly less at Night Church. So after the opening block of songs, I will normally flow off the back of the song, into confession and then onto the gospel and a prayer for the rest of our gathering.

I switch between prayers of confession from: the Common Prayer book; based on scripture; or using the wording from the song just sung. This was the first time using a Puritan prayer. I swapped the personal pronouns from singular to plural (I to we etc). It meant I probably tripped over a few words, but I think it was well received.

Does your contemporary, relaxed church service keep confession of sin type prayers in your gathering? If so, what does it look like? Feel free to leave a comment.

ps – warm fuzzy if you can name the Puritan in the pic above…

FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, I AM A SLAVE OF JESUS CHRIST // #NYMC 2013 SUMMARY

#NYMC 2013 SUMMARY

As a young man, Bill Bright, wrote down a commitment that he made to God.

“From this day forward, I am a slave of Jesus Christ.”

It was a pivotal moment in his Christian life. Bright was the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, commissioned the JESUS Film and many lives have been impacted through his lifetime of proclaiming Jesus.

On the final night of NYMC 2013 Andy Hawthorne spoke about Bright and urged everyone from Romans 12:1-2 to give ourselves wholeheartedly to the cause of Christ. Hawthorne gave a fantastic summary of Romans 1-11 and the gospel of free grace for sinners through faith in Christ Jesus. He then showed how this was the mercy described in Romans 12:1 “in view of God’s mercy”. It was my favourite talk of the conference and I am compelled to continue seeking to live out Romans 12:1-2 as a slave of Jesus.

#NYMC 2013 SUMMARY

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THE CROSS: A MESSAGE OF HOPE

THE CROSS

Evangelist Billy Graham has preached about the cross to millions of people around the world—and now he brings the timeless message of hope and redemption in Jesus Christ to the world once more. “With all my heart I want to leave you with the truth that He loves you and wants to forgive you of your sins.” This is the third (see part 1 here and part 2 here) in a series of special programs for My Hope with Billy Graham on his 95th birthday. This is my favourite one. It also features a powerful story from Lecrae. (Click here if you can’t see it)

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REDEEMING SOCIAL MEDIA // #NYMC

REDEEMING SOCIAL MEDIA

The following is a bunch of resources from my REDEEMING SOCIAL MEDIA Professional Development Seminar from NYMC 2013. It was a fruitful 3 hours with stimulating discussion and a resolve to think this stuff through theologically. I began the seminar by disagreeing with my underlying premise from a similar workshop at NYMC 2011 (see some of those resources here). Previously my foundational principle was that “all technology is neutral, what matters is that we avoid the harmful and unleash it for good”. I still believe we should avoid the harmful and unleash it for good, however I don’t think all technology is neutral. I shared with people my journey in changed thinking. One of the books mentioned below was pivotal in my thinking shift. Keep reading to find out more!

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YOUTH MINISTRY IDEAS // RUNNING KILLER CAMPS #NYMC

#KillerCamps

YOUTH MINISTRY IDEAS is a series of short videos by Dave Miers. See more here.
“RUNNING KILLER CAMPS” was also a workshop I ran at the National Youth Ministry Convention 2013. There are downloadable resources below including the Keynote presentation; camp timetable x 2; one to one questions; some videos.

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