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Hahaha… my friend Lisa is an absolute champion. We’re definitely gonna try all the tutes :)
I’ve been thinking a lot about the GIFT of salvation… it’s so hard to accept gifts that we feel like we don’t deserve. In this world we’re taught that nothing comes for free, and if it does come for free, it either lacks in quality, or we’ll have to pay for it in the future. I was really encouraged by this verse this morning. It’s the Message version of Ephesians 2.
Reminding myself of what Jesus has done for me, for us… it never ever gets old!
It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company wtih Jesus, our Messiah. Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. But don’t take any of this for granted. It was only yesterday that you outsiders to God’s ways had no idea of any of this, didn’t know the first thing about the way God works, hadn’t the faintest idea of Christ. You knew nothing of that rich history of God’s covenants and promises in Israel, hadn’t a clue about what God was doing in the world at large. Now because of Christ-dying that death, shedding that blood-you who were once out of it altogether are in on everything…
Why? I do not know.
Side note, today I got a “trim” that turned into a half-shave. To put it nicely (?), I look like a girl who is not into guys. I guess sometimes it doesn’t pay to say “yeah, go crazy” to the hairdresser.
Ok, I dunno if I’ve tried enough muffins in the world, but this is certainly the best in Brisbane! I have at least one every week. You can find it at a tiny little coffee place called “Mad Espresso” kinda off Queen st Mall. It’s right next to that Vapiano’s pasta place. YOU NEED TO GO TRY IT. SERIOUSLY.
If you go early enough (like, 7.30-8am) they’re still fresh from the oven! So much so that when you cut it open it’s still steamy… it really makes my morning. OH and, every morning they have different flavours! This morning’s flavour was Peach & White Chocolate.
Oh and while we’re on the topic of muffins, I’ve had this (genius) idea for a long time now… I’ve always wanted to make a t-shirt with a muffin on it, just so people can say, “hey, nice muffin top!” ;)
To put it simply…
Benefits of growing up: Buying as much candy as you want
Costs of growing up: Paying the dental bills
This is an awesome blog: Awesome People Hanging Out Together. It has candid photos of random famous people together. Below is Evel Knievel and Kanye West. I love it when old people try and contextualise. I would even go so far as to say that Mr Knievel is owning the gangsta here. Sorry Kanye, you look too friendly.
I am so guilty of putting my own spiel on things in life, including (or especially) God’s word. Just so they can come in line with what I want to think or my own perceptions. But some things are indisputable… God’s word is indisputable, yet I try and refit what the bible clearly says to try excuse or justify my own habits.
Today I read this verse: “Everything that does not come from faith is a sin” – Romans 14:23 (NIV)
After reading that, I was like what the heck does that mean? Because A LOT of things do not come from faith.
So, I read another translation: “If the way you live is not consistent with what you believe, then it is wrong” (MSG)
The Message translation always puts it so simply… in a way that slaps the face. A good slap in the face.