Monthly Archives: February 2013

Fresh Eyes: Who Am I?

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Video Tuesday : He Is Here by Amena Brown with Gungor.

Hope you enjoy this powerful video and poetry by Amena Brown, you can check out more of her wonderful stuff here.

The music in this video is by Gungor, if you don’t know who they are check them out as well, at this link!

 

Happy Tuesday you guys!

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Exodus Week-End Review for Feb. 21st

 

OK folks, do yourself a big favor and watch this video. It is fabulous, you won’t regret it!! OH and a Happy Birthday to Mr. Alan Chambers our very fearless leader (as he well proves in this video, you guys crack us up!)

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Video Tuesday: Let It Be Known!

Hopefully this song will get you up and dancing this fake Tuesday. I am posting this today because Mon. was a holiday and that completely threw me off  and I totally woke up today thinking it was Tuesday . My bad. Anyway you get to profit from my silliness by enjoying this wonderful video and song!

I found this video on a really great blog from a guy named Peter Ould , we’ve shared some of his writings before .

He is a brilliant writer (among many other things) and speaks with a lot of wisdom check out his blog An Exercise in the Fundamentals of Orthodoxy .

The video comes from a group of people called Worship Central, check them out as well, very cool stuff!!

Anyway happy fake Tuesday or real Wednesday !

Come on let’s turn it up
We’re gonna sing it out
For all the world to hear
Oh oh oh whoa

There’s love for everyone
A new day has began
Something to shout about

Let it be known
That our God saves
Our God reigns
We lift You up up
Let it be known
That love has come
Love has won
We lift You up up up oh

Nothing can stop us now
No one can keep us down
We’ve found out voice again
Oh oh oh whoa

No need for fear and shame
There’s power in His name
Come on let’s free the reign

Let it be known
That our God saves
Our God reigns
We lift You up up
Let it be known
That love has come
Love has won
We lift You up up up oh

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Let it be known, let it be known
That our God reigns, our God rose to the throne
Let it be known that everybody know
That love has won, love has come

We lift Your name up higher and higher
We lift Your name up
We shout Your name now louder and louder
We shout it out now

We lift Your name up higher and higher
We lift Your name up, Jesus
We shout Your name now louder and louder
We shout it out now

Let it be known
That our God saves
Our God reigns
We lift You up up
Let it be known
That love has come
Love has won
We lift You up up up

Let it be known
That our God saves
Our God reigns
We lift You up up
Let it be known
That love has come
Love has won
We lift You up up up oh

Let it be known, let it be known
That our God reigns, our God rose to the throne
Let it be known, let it be known
That love has won, love has come
(Let it be known)
Let it be known, let it be known
That our God rose to the throne
Let it be known that everybody know
That love has come, love has won

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Exodus Week-End Review for Feb.15th

This week’s review topics are. . .

  • Leadership Reunion recap
  • Upcoming Freedom Conference details
  • Question of the week ” Does Exodus Have A Policy on Gay Marriage?”
  • Donating to the Exodus Freedom scholarship fund

To help support Exodus or to donate to the scholarship fund visit exodusinternational.org/support-exodus/give-now/

For more info and to register for the conference  go to exodusfreedom.org  

 

 

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“Do what you will; but I will hinder it, if I may.”

Last week I had the opportunity, thanks to the generosity of some wonderful people, to attend the Exodus Leadership Reunion in Orlando. It was literally a life changing several days for me. God opened my eyes to some things that I believe  will be defining in my life for days, weeks, months and years ahead. I am deeply grateful for the chance to be a part of such an amazing and inspiring group of people.

There are many things I’m going to share about the last several days, but I want to start with the least expected and most surprising of my experiences.

One of the things I was looking forward to most on this trip was having the chance to finally get to have a face to face conversation with Brad Sargent, a man I have admired for some time. Brad is a man of intelligence beyond description, but what I like about him most is the way he radiates pure joy and excitement for the world around him.

eowynOne of the many things we discussed was the importance of storytelling in our lives, one in particular, Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings. During one of these conversations (there were a few ;>) I shared with Brad about why I am drawn to the character Eowyn. I have never been a fan of “girl power” messages mostly having to do with their tendency to encourage women to compare themselves to men and come out ahead. It’s rare to find a strong heroine that does not in some way out-do her male peers in her rise to glory, or in some way imply that she is not their equal, but superior. In the character of Eowyn we find a young woman who longs to do the job of a man, to protect and defend those she loves, so much so she’s willing to pretend to be a man. But when her moment comes the only way to do what must be done is to be exactly who she is, a woman. I remember when my Mom read this part to my siblings and I for the first time and I thought “that is the type of girl I am.”

On the plane ride home I started thinking about that conversation again and about our Creator and being made in his image. I started to deeply ponder what it is to be a woman made in the image of God. I’ll admit that the maternal nature of God is something I’ve always struggled with. I had my fair share of struggles in my relationship with my own Mom and through that filter I wasn’t able to get as comfortable with God the Mother as I am with God the Father. In that moment I realized that I have been able to relate to God as a daughter, as a child, even as a sister, but not as an image bearer. Silently and without even realizing it I began asking God to show me how I am made in his image as a woman and almost as quickly as I asked He showed me something astounding.

The picture that came to my mind was that of a lioness defending her cubs and then of Jesus on the cross. It seemed confusing at first but then it came together. As I thought and prayed I realized that when I think about the path to the cross I picture a sorrowful and resigned Jesus, I think of Jesus’ lionessconversation with his Father in the garden and his human plea to let this cup pass from him. I see Jesus carry his cross, broken, bleeding, and silently mourning the actions of his creations. On that airplane somewhere between Orlando and Dallas God made it clear to me that this picture I have carried in my heart and mind for my entire life was wrong.  The image of the lioness came back to my mind. There’s a beautiful violence and determination in the way mothers protect their young that isn’t limited to the animal kingdom, I dare you to lay a hand on one of my sisters children! The maternal instinct to protect is different than the protector in a man. I saw Jesus again, but this picture was different. The resignation I’d always seen was replaced by a steady determination. The sorrow I had always pictured was gone and instead I saw Jesus carrying His cross in righteous rage, every labored step forward roaring in the way that only a mother can, “You will have to go through me to get to them!”

For the first time I began to see what it means to be a woman who bears the image of God. I recognized that this was what I admired about Eowyn’s character. The image of God in women shows itself in our ferocity.

This is only the beginning of a discovery for me, I’m sure, but it reminds me how much bigger God is than I give Him credit for sometimes. I can’t go back to the image of Jesus I had before that moment. I recognize the fierce love I saw in Jesus’ face in the second picture because I have felt it, and that’s the image I was made in.

Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.

– Isaiah 53:4-5

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Video Tuesday: Sing Along by Christy Nockels

I love this song so much. The White Flag album is amazing and has a lot of wonderful songs but this one ministers to me and puts me in such an attitude of prayer ! Enjoy and share .

From babies hidden in the shadows,
To the cities shining bright,
There are captives weeping far from sight.
For every doorway there’s a story,
And some are holding back the cry,
But there is One who hears us in the night.

Great God, wrap Your arms around the world tonight,
Around the world tonight.
And when You hear our cry, sing through the night.
So we can join in Your song,
And sing along, yeah, we’ll sing along.

For the farthest corners of the earth,
Still His mercy reaches,
Even to the pain we cannot see.
And even through the darkness,
There’s a promise that will keep us.
There is One who came to set us free.

Great God, wrap Your arms around the world tonight,
Around the world tonight.
And when You hear our cry, sing through the night.
So we can join in Your song,
And sing along, yeah, we’ll sing along.

So let Your song rise and fill up the earth,
And let Your hope ring out, let Your heart be heard.

Get just the song or the whole album here.

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Torn: A Review by Christopher Yuan

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If you have read this book I hope you will check out this insightful review by Christopher Yuan. If you have not read this book I hope you will because I believe that what Justin shares is an important thing for The Church to hear. We need to hear what it is like to feel misunderstood in your struggle as a member of the Body of Christ. We need to understand that it’s not simple, it’s not easy and sometimes fellow Christians do not make the confusion any easier to navigate. We need to learn to see people that deal with Same Sex Attractions as more than just a person with a solvable problem and we need to acknowledge the ways that we bring shame and more confusion to the table by not taking the time to try and understand. I am very grateful that Justin was willing to share his experiences so that we can start to change the way we respond to those in our midst that are hurting and perhaps with this understanding we can make choices in the future that will save the hurting people around us a lot of unnecessary pain.

That being said, there are some areas in this book that I do not believe are true to Scripture, Christopher Yuan does a great job of helping us to look at the Scriptures and better understand . What ever you believe about the biblical stand on homosexuality I hope you will give both of these a read !

Oh and don’t forget to click on the image to go to Justin’s page where he talks about the book .You can get the links to buy Torn from Justin’s page as well.

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