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I love good kiwi (and australian) homegrown music.  Worship Central AUNZ is a collaborative collection of worship leaders and musicians from both nations who came together to write and record music that reflects our heartbeat.

I also love songs about the mercy of God.  I am so thankful for His grace and mercy so abundantly lavished upon me.  In my flaws I am covered by mercy.  In my sin I am forgiven by mercy.  In my everyday His mercy is there.

1 Peter 1:3

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the phrase HERE WE ARE AGAIN jumps into my head

but then i remind myself

THIS is a fresh moment

a fresh minute

a fresh second

a fresh adventure

a fresh activity

a fresh situation

a fresh conversation

right NOW is fresh and new

and i can choose to fill it with the grace of a new moment

or carry with me the regret, discouragement, disappointment and bitterness of the past

HERE WE ARE AGAIN

repeated patterns of unforgiveness, a neglect of grace, a choosing to hold onto the brokeness and failings of another person, of self, of circumstance

HERE WE ARE AGAIN

keeping score and record of wrongs

BUT

HERE WE ARE AGAIN

God’s mercy is new every morning

every day God’s mercy will find me, cover me, restore me

there is grace for every moment and every falling

love covers and keeps no record of wrongs

it is my choice, again, to forgive, to redeem, to reconcile, to love

HERE WE ARE AGAIN

a fresh moment to experience the joy of living

 

Five Minute Friday is a feature over at Lisa-Jo Bakers TALES FROM A GYPSY MAMA blog.  i first read about it on my friend Fee’s blog and thought it sounded fun!

So, let’s do this thing. Let’s write.

Set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

Oh and Ahem, if you would take pity and turn off comment verification, it would make leaving some love on your post that much easier for folks!

OK, are you ready?

#FiveMinuteFriday —>Click to Tweet that.

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Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”  Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh.  Jonah 3:1-3

 

God gave jonah a second chance and called him again.

to me that is beautiful.

because i think my would not be so grace-filled.

i think my response would be something like this: you blew it when you ran jonah, so sorry, relegating you to the plebs bench, you’re demoted.

but God isnt like that.  and i’m so glad.  because i’m worthy of demotion a lot.

its by grace i’m saved and its by grace i’m called and its by grace i live and its by grace i serve.

God uses flawed broken people to demonstrate His goodness and might and grace.

witnesses, who have experienced grace, to talk about grace.

as i read this, i pray that i am more like God, grace-filled.  a person extending second chances.

God’s redemptive plan is always bigger than we expect. His grace and mercy know no bounds!

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Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”  Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh.  Jonah 3:1-3

 

God gave jonah a second chance and called him again.

to me that is beautiful.

because i think my would not be so grace-filled.

i think my response would be something like this: you blew it when you ran jonah, so sorry, relegating you to the plebs bench, you’re demoted.

but God isnt like that.  and i’m so glad.  because i’m worthy of demotion a lot.

its by grace i’m saved and its by grace i’m called and its by grace i live and its by grace i serve.

God uses flawed broken people to demonstrate His goodness and might and grace.

witnesses, who have experienced grace, to talk about grace.

as i read this, i pray that i am more like God, grace-filled.  a person extending second chances.

God’s redemptive plan is always bigger than we expect. His grace and mercy know no bounds!

 

 

 

The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.  When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. Then he issued a proclamation in Nineveh:
“By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let any man or beast, herd or flock, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”  When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.  Jonah 3:5-10

 

we all deserve punishment for our sin.

we have all gone astray.

we have all rejected and rebelled against God.

we are all deserving of wrath.

the wages of sin is death and we have earned it.

 

but the gift of God is grace and eternal life.

the mercy of God covers our sin.

Jesus took upon Himself the punishment.

 

we were deserving of punishment but Jesus took that all upon Himself and purchased righteousness and grace for us.

 

And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God. You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. But his Son became a human and died. So God made peace with you, and now he lets you stand in his presence as people who are holy and faultless and innocent.  Colossians 1:19-22

 

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace  Ephesians 1:7

 

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13

 

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers,  but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.  1 Peter 1:18-19

 

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 john 1:7

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Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;

according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.

Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak

and justified when you judge.

Surely I was sinful at birth,

sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

Surely you desire truth in the inner parts;

you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Let me hear joy and gladness;

let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.

Create in me a pure heart, O God,

and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me from your presence

or take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,

and sinners will turn back to you.

Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.

You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;

you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Psalm 51

 

 

this psalm is so poignant in its rawness, so real in its expression and so powerful in the way that we can all identify with those feelings of brokenness and repentance and failure.

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Intro: On the 10th April 1993 I became a Christian at a youth group easter camp. I have now being a Christian longer than I have not being a Christian in my life.

Main Message: The Woman Caught In Adultery – How Jesus Responds – The Gospel

John 8:1-11 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. And early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him. And He sat down and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman taken in adultery. And standing her in the midst, they said to Him, Teacher, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the Law commanded us that such should be stoned. You, then, what do you say? They said this, tempting Him so that they might have reason to accuse Him. But bending down, Jesus wrote on the ground with His finger, not appearing to hear. But as they continued to ask Him, He lifted Himself up and said to them, He who is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her. And again bending down, He wrote on the ground. And hearing, and being convicted by conscience, they went out one by one, beginning at the oldest, until the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. And bending back up, and seeing no one but the woman, Jesus said to her, Woman, where are the ones who accused you? Did not one give judgment against you? And she said, No one, Lord. And Jesus said to her, Neither do I give judgment. Go, and sin no more.

DID YOU NOTICE: Jesus is the ONLY one there who could have thrown a stone! He IS sinless! He could have cast the stone because he was sinless.

Hebrew 4:15 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.”

1 Peter 2:22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

1 John 3:5 “. . . And in him is no sin.”

Isaiah 53:9 “He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.”

NOTE: The Old Testament listed adultery as a capital crime (Lev. 20:10). This is horrifying to the modern reader, when it merits no punishment in our society. Though we are no longer under Old Testament civil law, it is defensible–especially when compared to the other ancient Near Eastern law codes. The Mosaic law was very tough on crimes against people, relationships, and the family unit.

The TRAP: If he agreed with the Old Testament law and called for her execution, they could accuse him of sedition before the Romans, because since 30 AD the Romans had taken away the Jews’ right of capital punishment. If he said she shouldn’t be stoned, they could accuse him of false teaching and discredit him with the people, because of what the Old Testament law mandated.

Instead, Jesus/GRACE says “I do not condemn you–now go and sin no more.” He isn’t saying merely that he won’t prosecute her (he can’t). Neither is he saying that she isn’t responsible for her actions (“go and sin no more”). Neither is he saying that he accepts her apology to him (she didn’t apologize or do anything to him). He is forgiving what she did to others, and to God. In other words, he is issuing a declaration of divine forgiveness (as in Mk. 2), even though she is guilty!! How can he do this without making a complete mockery of God’s justice? He can do this for two reasons: Because he is willing to pay the penalty for her sins himself (read 1 Jn. 2:1,2). This is why it is “fair”–because the penalty will be paid (Rom. 3:26).

1 John 2:1-2 My little children, I write these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He is the propitiation concerning our sins, and not concerning ours only, but also concerning the sins of all the world.

GOSPEL: In a real sense, this woman is an illustration of all of us. We have sinned, we have been caught by God’s justice, we deserve death–but Jesus is willing and able to completely deliver us from God’s condemnation. And this is the way all of us are to get forgiveness: not by trying to pay our sins off (impossible), not by denying responsibility–but by coming to Jesus and asking him for the full forgiveness that he offers you. When we do this, we are completely and permanently accepted by God (Rom. 8:1). Have you done this?

Jesus replaces our guilt with grace.

DID YOU NOTICE: She calls him Lord. She acknowledges that he is the one who saves her.

THE GOSPEL: Jesus has paid for our sins upon the cross.

Colossians 1:20-22 And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God. You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. But his Son became a human and died. So God made peace with you, and now he lets you stand in his presence as people who are holy and faultless and innocent.

Ephesians 2:12-13 At that time you did not know about Christ. You were foreigners to the people of Israel, and you had no part in the promises that God had made to them. You were living in this world without hope and without God, and you were far from God. But Christ offered his life’s blood as a sacrifice and brought you near God.

Rom 3:23-25 All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. But God treats us much better than we deserve, and because of Christ Jesus, he freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins. God sent Christ to be our sacrifice. Christ offered his life’s blood, so that by faith in him we could come to God. And God did this to show that in the past he was right to be patient and forgive sinners. This also shows that God is right when he accepts people who have faith in Jesus.

 

jesus cares more than we ever could comprehend.  his thoughts towards us are so great and unlimited.  his love is everlasting.  do you know him?  do you know his love and care???

one of the things i really love about God is the “tension” between total love and grace for me right now – and the working out-ness of holiness in our own lives – that  there is that pull to be better people – conformed into the character and likeness of Jesus.  holy.

yet even though i am not “there” yet does not disqualify me from been loved by God.

or liked by God.

right now, today, as i am, God loves me.  he is my Father and he loves me.

he is at work in my life to make me willing to do his will and to transform me and all that, but right now i am loved.

God does not go far away from us because we are not perfect – rather he draws near with compassion and mercy and shows the way for us to walk, and gives us grace and strength and encouraagement for us to walk out our faith and to obey him.  he forgives us when we stuff up.  he has given us the righteousness of Christ to be our record of rights.  he made us new and clean and adopted us into his family.

yet somewhere in our human nature (or sonspiracy theory if you will – the lie of the enemey) we step back from God if we are falling down.  we hide our faces.  we cover our nakedness…  but God, who sees all, knows all, walks towards us, calling us by name… (Genesis 3)  yet in our inperfectness we should even more draw near to God – in hebrews it says that because of the sacrifice of Jesus we can BOLDLY aproach the throne of God, enter the holy of holies, and find grace at our time of need.  what is our time of need?  when we are imperfect and falling down.

God doesnt turn us away.  he forgives us.  he loves us.  in our imperfectness he loves us.  we dont need to be perfect to enjoy God and worship him and live for him.   [disclaimer: that doesnt mean we wallow in our sin and carry on like that – as paul would say – forbid that! goodness no!]

so great was the love of God for YOU and for ME – in real life – not just some theological esoterical thought – that he sent Jesus as the sacrifice to make us acceptable to himself.  we then outwork tha t in our lives from the inside out….   we make the righteousness that is on the inside – the righteousness of Jesus that our spirit has – and we outwork that in our real lives, body, soul….

dont let anything hold you back from loving God and been loved by Him.  know his love.  know he makes all things new.  know his grace.  know it and live in that knowledge.

 

prayer changes things.

most importantly it should change us, it should change our heart and our mind and our lives.

we should day by day be transformed and be more and more like Jesus.

we cry out for the mercy of God to transform us and for it to transform our families and communities and nations.

only God can bring peace.

only God can bring change.

 

 

ps there is a noisy ciacaida in the house!

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