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Songs Of Salvation

Do you ever sing songs to yourself when things get really tough? Way back in 1971 a guy called Gavin Bryars came across a homeless man in London singing these lyrics:

‘Jesus’ blood never failed me yet / Never failed me yet / Jesus’ blood never failed me yet / There’s one thing I know / For he loves me so’

He was repeating them over and over to himself. Bryars recorded and looped it into a powerful 74-minute track.

So simple but it’s the heart of our faith! Jesus’ blood is the unfailing sign of God’s unfailing love for us.

Are things or people failing you? How about singing that homeless guy’s song a few times over to yourself this week?

Listen to Jars of Clay’s cover here: http://bit.ly/1qtIVZD

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Jesus’ Relationship Rescue

Near the end of Jesus’ agonising time on the cross he said three words: ‘It is finished.’ (John 19v30)

What was finished? Everything that needed to be done to make our relationship with God right again.

Do you believe that? A guy called Darrell Johnson said that we can either believe Jesus did that relationship-rescue work for us or we can spend the rest of our lives trying to get it done ourselves.

Are you trying hard to earn a good relationship with God by doing all the right things, or feeling despair cos you can’t get it right?

Here’s good news. Jesus did it already. It is finished.

Read John 19 here: http://bit.ly/1iwbliy and Ephesians 1 here: http://bit.ly/1dLNnvu

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The Good, the Bad, and the Risen

Are you a bad person? Or a good one? Maybe you’re not as bad as some people you know but not super good just yet?

A guy called Ravi Zacharias once said this: ‘Jesus didn’t come to make bad people good but to make dead people live!’

So true! As Easter draws near let’s get our minds right about what Jesus died for: to make us alive and able to relate to God again. No matter how ‘bad’ or ‘good’ we think we are.

All of us have been dead to God. Are you alive?

Read what Paul said about this in Ephesians 2v1-10 here: http://bit.ly/1gpUIbd

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Our Sentence, Jesus’s Death

Here’s a reflection for Lent from #brettfish. It’s longer than usual but worth reading to the end!

As we head towards Easter, we remember it as a time when Jesus died on the cross.

The cross was an instrument of torture created for the enemies for Rome. It was designed to cause suffering. Do you ever think how strange it is that Christians use the symbol of the cross as a piece of art and jewellery?

If Jesus had stood in front of a firing squad, would we all wear golden guns? And what if the electric chair had been around?

While it may seem crazy when we think about it that way, it may help to switch focus from what the cross did to Jesus to what it did to us.

Our sin. Our death sentence. And yet Jesus takes our place. He performs the role of scapegoat, the one who bears the sins of the entire nation, or in our case, world.

Then suddenly the cross takes on a whole different meaning. Because now it is a reminder of the gift of Love that God demonstrated by sending Jesus for us. A memorial to His death so to speak.

And so when we look at the cross, we try not so much to remember the suffering it caused for Jesus, but the freedom from suffering that it won for each of us who chooses to follow Him.

Read an account of his death and final words here – http://bit.ly/1mb3vO2

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