EASTER IS GOOD NEWS FOR THE BROKEN

GOOD NEWS

The world is broken. It doesn’t take too much to notice that so many of the news stories on TV, Radio, in print and online are stories of brokenness. Planes that disappear in the ocean. Athletes that shoot their girlfriend. Genocide that kills close to 1 million people. Tsunamis. Bombings. Wars. Riots. All of these are evidence that the world is broken. Things are not as they should be.

But it’s not just “out there” that things are broken. Brokenness is always near by. In our suburbs. In our schools. In our homes. In our minds. You might be reading this and know all too well of the brokenness near to you. Issues with your parents. Issues with bullies. Addiction. Illness. Loss.

According to the Bible the root of all our brokenness is our rejection of God. Not only is the world broken, but our relationship with God is broken. We are cut off from Him. And even if you seem to have things in your life together, this brokenness is the worst of all and effects us all.

Easter is good news for the broken.

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JERUSALEM // FREE @CITYALIGHT SONG AND RESOURCES FOR CHURCHES

I’m a long time fan of the congregational tunes coming out of St Paul’s Castle Hill in Sydney’s north west. They have just released a new track – Jerusalem – under the new name ‘CityAlight‘. In my opinion it is one of their best songs.

Jerusalem beautifully traces Jesus’ journey into Jerusalem, to the cross, his death, the empty tomb and now reigning on the throne in the New Jerusalem.

Here is the second half of verse 3:

Feel the earth is shaking now
See the veil is split in two
And He stood before the wrath of God
Shielding sinners with His blood

In a time where some are seeking to remove the wrath of God from their singing, I appreciate the explicit reference to the work of Jesus turning aside God’s wrath from sinners and onto Himself. What a Saviour!

I also love the movement from Jerusalem to the New Jerusalem and that it begins with people crying out for murder but ends with people crying out in praise of the One who saves. Brilliant!

Check out the website for: free mp3 download; video download; lyrics and chord chart. All great resources for churches. If you like it, go to iTunes and buy the track to help keep it at number 1 and to support this great ministry! I’m eagerly anticipating the full album coming out in June.

If you’ve stumbled here and don’t know much about what Jesus’ death on the cross was all about… listen to the song and then read this, this and this.

GREAT NEW TV AD FROM @THANKYOUAUS

Great new commercial for THANK YOU. If you haven’t tried their products – do it! They’re top quality and each purchase helps someone in need. Here’s the blurb from the vid:

Introducing our new TV commercial that aims to showcase our range of life-changing products and educate Australia on the meaning of social enterprise.

Thanks to Channel 7 and Channel 9 for agreeing to air this ad at absolutely no cost to Thankyou. This ad was created in partnership with Kintaro Studios and Aspect Media, both of which provided services at reduced costs.

Thankyou is a social enterprise that exists for the sole purpose of funding life-changing projects in developing nations with 100 per cent of profits going towards water, food and health and hygiene solutions.

We’re here to empower you to ‘live every day, give every day’ through simply switching the brand of products you buy during your weekly grocery shop.

For more info on Thankyou and our range of life-changing products, head to www.thankyou.co

YOU WON’T BELIEVE THE QUESTION THIS GUY ASKS; AND HE ASKS IT TWICE!

Don’t you hate all the sensational headlines used by buzzfeed, upworthy and co that people share virally on Facebook? Me too. I’m sorry if you clicked through to this one expecting more! But I do think that Napoleon Dynamite’s question is funny. My whole way through college when lecturer’s asked for questions, I always wanted to ask this one. I didn’t.

If you’re looking for more uplifting content. See the latest two posts:

JESUS IS MY MATE // #JESUSIS

"ME AND GOD, WE'D BE MATES"

Jesus has street cred. He’s respected by all the major world religions. And even the average person who isn’t particularly religious respects Jesus.

In pop culture, Jesus is often presented as a likeable figure.

Hollywood celebrities including Ashton Kutcher, Brad Pitt, Madonna, Pamela Anderson and Ben Affleck helped to make famous a t-shirt declaring that JESUS IS MY HOMEBOY. You know, we hang together, roll together, he’s got my back, I’ve got his back. Word.

Then there is BUDDY CHRIST. Originally from a movie no-one can actually remember, Buddy Christ is a parody trying to show a friendly, Jesus-is-my-buddy type of Jesus. This particular image was then made into a bobble head, what’s not to love about a Bobble Head Christ! Jesus is my buddy, my pal and good for a laugh.

But the ultimate example of Jesus as a likeable figure is from the classic 1986 Aussie movie, Crocodile Dundee. Mick Dundee responds to the question of whether he was afraid of dying after being attacked by a crocodile…

I read The Bible once. You know God and Jesus and all them apostles? They were all fishermen, just like me. Yeah, straight to heaven for Mick Dundee. Yep, me and God, we’d be mates.

Most Aussies would believe that, if there is a God, then just like Mick Dundee “me and God, we’d be mates”.

Is it right to refer to God and Jesus this way? Is Jesus your mate?
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MITCH EVERINGHAM // JESUS IS MY HOPE

Mitch Everingham is a young guy from our church who has been a massive encouragement to me. On the 23rd December 2010 his sister Rachel died suddenly in their family home. In this video, Mitch shares of the struggle to deal with this grief, the choices he made, and the hope he has found only in Jesus. Powerful stuff.

Check out christianity.net.au or jesus-is.org.au for more info about the hope that Jesus brings.

DOES GOD MAKE SENSE?

DOES GOD MAKE SENSE?

Does God make sense to you? Check out this fantastic (and freshly updated) website: www.christianity.net.au

Excellent for those checking out Jesus. Likewise a great resource for Christians to pass on to friends who are considering Jesus.