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Don’t Waste Your Life
11 February 2010, 10:36 am
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If you haven’t read John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life, you should check it out (you can down load it for free here and download all of John Piper’s other books for free here). It’s such a challenging call to abandon our trivial pursuits and pleasures in this life and to take up our cross and treasure Christ above all things.

Check out this two powerful videos from Desiring God and Lecrae about not wasting your life. I’ve found them both really challenging as I’ve been preparing to speak at a youth event in Liverpool tomorrow.

What do you think?

Don’t Waste Your Life.


LiVE: Mission as Identity
5 February 2010, 12:23 pm
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Always great stuff from Tim Chester.

Mission as Identity
For many people mission has become an event. We have guest services. Evangelistic courses. Street preaching. Youth programmes. There’s nothing wrong with these things. But mission is more than a slot into our schedules. It is an identity and a lifestyle. Mission is about living all of life, ordinary life, with gospel intentionality.

Missional Communities
We are called to be missional communities – not lone evangelists. Our love for one another reveals our gospel identity. The world will know that Jesus is the Son of God sent by God to be Saviour of the world through the community life of believers (John 17:20-23).

Scattered communities of light
We are not be like a lighthouse, occasionally sending a beam of light across the city. We are to be communities of light and hope and love in a dark and broken world at street level, on the street corner.

Read the whole thing here.

If you haven’t picked up in previous posts – this is what we’re trying to do at LiVE in 2010. It’s a big challenge, but we’re trusting that as we keep our eyes focused on Jesus, that our lives and our community will be shaped by his gospel and his mission, and that by God’s mercy we might win some.

LiVE: going deep into the Word. building gospel community. overflowing in creative service.

The Missional Church: Simple
1 February 2010, 2:00 pm
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This is quite simply, awesome.

We have recognized the massive challenge that we face at LiVE (the young adults community at Factory Night Church) to be missional. We need a radical mindshift to see that we are the agents of mission in our communities. In 2010, we hope to see real relationships built with people in the community as we seek to love and serve the Blue Mountains.

One practical thing that we are doing in Term One is having a Pub Team. When we meet every Wednesday we are going to commission a team of young adults to go to the local pub to build relationships with people and look for opportunities to communicate the gospel in our community. We are really excited about this opportunity and praying that God will be at work through us in powerful ways as we seek to make him known in Springwood.

I guess we want to see the transformation that is highlighted in the above video happen in our lives and church – moving away from events and comsumer church, to being trained for mission in our own community, building relationships in the community, seeking to serve and love our neighbours and share our lives and God’s mercy with them, all in the hope that through us God might save some.

This is really pretty scary stuff. It means we’re all going to be pushed right out of our comfort zones and be forced to ask “what risks am I willing to take for the gospel?” Please pray for us as we seek to be a community who is committed to serving God, one another and our community.

Cracked, Crazed, Unimpressive
1 February 2010, 11:53 am
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My good friend and co-worker for the gospel Sam Atwood recently posted reflecting on the year to come. We’ve both been reading through 2 Corinthians and his thoughts on what he’s been reading and his approach to 2010 are worth checking out:

Things are winding up for the year. My uni internship is falling into place, ministries are gearing up, the rhythm of life is returning after its January break. And despite dropping some responsibilities this year, I still find myself thinking “What have I got myself into?!”

How am I going to accomplish what is before me?

In the midst of being reminded of my sheer inadequacy and weakness, I am reminded of God’s strength…It is not me, but Christ who works in me. I am a jar of clay – cracked, crazed, unimpressive. I pray that will show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to me.

Am I still worried about some things? Yes.

Do I have doubts? Yes.

But I hope that God will continue to humble me as well as do his work through me.

Read the whole thing here.

Small Kid, Big Difference
29 January 2010, 3:38 pm
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This is an incredible story of a small kid who wanted to make a big difference. Seven-year-old Charlie Simpson, from the UK, saw photos from the Haiti earthquake and wanted to do something to help out. He hoped to raise £500 for UNICEF’s earthquake appeal by cycling eight kilometers around a local park. After the story caught the attention of the British media, support flooded in from around the world. Carlie ended up raising £150,000 for the earthquake appeal. Check it out this incredible story:

Today, Tomorrow
28 January 2010, 5:00 pm
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Some people live for today and die tomorrow. Christians die today and live for tomorrow. The true Christian life is about living for something else. It’s about having a vision for eternity that makes sacrifice now worthwhile.

Our life is but a moment, a breath. It’s the tick of a clock. A blink of an eye. A click of the fingers.

You get one life, one chance. And there’s no reply, no rewind.

Don’t live for the moment. Live for eternity.

Your suffering and your shame are for a moment. Your reward is forever.

Your temptations and your sin are for a moment. Hell is forever.

Your pride and your achievements are for a moment. God’s glory is forever.

Your career is for a moment. God’s “Well done, good and faithful servant” is forever.

Your love life and sex life are for a moment. Your union with Christ is forever.

Your money and possessions are for a moment. Your heavenly treasure is forever.

Tim Chester. The Ordinary Hero. pp. 205-208.

Can you consent to all this?
28 January 2010, 2:21 pm
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In 1812 Adoniram Judson, aged twenty-three, sailed for Burma with the wife he had married twelve days before. He was the first American overseas missionary. He spent the rest of his life there. This is the letter he had written to Ann Hasseltine’s father, asking for her hand in marriage:

I have now to ask, whether you can consent to part with your daugther early next spring, to see her no more in this world; whether you can consent to her departure, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of missionary life; whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean, to the fatal influence of the southern climate of India; to every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution and perhaps a violent death. Can you consent to all this, for the sake of him who left his heavenly home, and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls; for the sake of Zion, and the glory of God? Can you consent to all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with the crown of righteousness, brightened with the acclamations of praise which shall redound her Saviour from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?

Her father let her decide. She said ‘Yes’.

Tim Chester. The Ordinary Hero. pp. 202-203