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14

Sep

Instead of shaming us, God sent His Son to bear the shame for us, and by His wounds we are healed.

12

Sep

100 famous bass riffs and drum beats in one take -- watch

So this is awesome.

07

Sep

No Condemnation

There is therefore no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1

"What a joyful statement it is! It makes one laugh for joy of heart. If you have ever been burdened with a sense of sin, you will know the sweetness of the text. You that are not [considering yourselves] sinners—you good respectable people who are sailing to Heaven in your own ship—there is nothing in it for you! Gospel assurances are not for you—you would not prize them and, therefore, you have neither part nor lot in them. For Jesus Christ came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

But you that have been whipped of the devil and dragged at the heels of your sins—you that have been broken and crushed as in a mortar, with a pestle, till you are ground fine under the hand of conviction—you are the people that will leap for joy as you hear the silver trumpet ring out the note of “no condemnation!” Come, let us be glad! Let us rejoice together because there is now no condemnation to us!

You may preach the demands of the Law as long as you like and tell men that they must merit salvation—and you will only make them worse and worse. But go and proclaim the dying love of Jesus! Tell them that Free Grace reigns and that undeserved mercy saves the sinner through faith in Christ—and that the moment he believes in Jesus there is no condemnation to him—and you shall see miracles accomplished!”

Charles Spurgeon

03

Sep

I can’t believe this album is a thing……….

(Source: Spotify)

27

Aug

How to Help a Grieving Friend: 11 Things to Do When You're Not Sure What to Do

Very helpful.

There is so much heartache and pain in our lives, so many hurts that we don’t know how to hold ourselves or for each other. But we can start somewhere, and by God’s grace we will be able to love each other deeply in the darkest places.

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25

Aug

surisburnbook:

Blue Ivy’s anonymity is very important to her parents, unless Beyonce is getting an award on basic cable, in which case all bets are off. Blue charmed her way through the Video Music Awards, dancing and helping present Beyonce with her statue.

It’s all very cute, but that dress looks off the rack. If Beyonce is wearing a custom sparkly leotard, the least she could do is buy Blue Ivy a show-stopping red carpet number.

When people are surprised by “good” people doing bad things (Bible characters like David or pastors), it shows what they believe: that Christianity is about how you should live your life so that God will bless you and take you to heaven. But Christianity is that God continually and persistently works with and gives His grace to people who don’t deserve it, seek it, or even appreciate it once they get it. It’s that the best people cannot overcome their sin, flaws, and self-centeredness; but if they cling to the grace of God until the end of their lives they will triumph.
Tim Keller, David and Bathsheba (free sermon online)

24

Aug

African-American Evangelicals on Race

I have been helped by this mini-series from Christianity Today. So far Bryan Loritts and Leonce Crump II have shared. I would encourage you to read their posts.

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15

Aug

atlanticinfocus:

From Desperate Iraqi Minorities Flee ISIS Attacks, one of 36 photos. Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, ride a donkey as they make their way towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh, on August 10, 2014. Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq’s Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq’s human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday. (Reuters/Rodi Said)

atlanticinfocus:

From Desperate Iraqi Minorities Flee ISIS Attacks, one of 36 photos. Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, ride a donkey as they make their way towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh, on August 10, 2014. Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq’s Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq’s human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday. (Reuters/Rodi Said)

14

Aug

You may know her from the incredibly popular song “Somebody That I Used to Know,” but in my opinion, Kimbra is one of the most revolutionary artists in music right now.

I’ve posted a video of the making of her upcoming album, The Golden Echo. You’ll see her tinker with production and someone going HAM on the synth. You can also get the first listen of each track on the album at NPR.

In her newest single “Miracle,” she literally mimics a horn section with her voice in the middle of the song. She says, “I sound like an alien, but it’s so much more interesting than just getting a horn section in. And cheaper!”

Kimbra is my musical soul-mate :) She’s heavily influenced by and enjoys R&B, but is able to take that and end up with this funky indie pop sound that’s totally unique to the pop music scene. I have so much respect for her as a musician and performer.