Month: March 2013

Jesus. #FREEDOMFRIDAY

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Today is Good Friday. Therefore, for Freedom Friday this week I am not going to be profiling any particular ministries, charities or organisations for their great work to abolish trafficking and slavery.

Rather, I am going to very simply profile the greatest Abolitionist of all-time –

Jesus.

He is the ultimate chain-breaker. The only One who can set us free from slavery to sin, the grip of guilt and the clutches of death. By the blood that He shed on the cross He ransomed us from our dead, futile former lives, liberating us to a life of abundance and eternal significance. As Christians who wage war on slavery and exploitation, everything we do is simply a pale reflection of what Christ did for us on the cross – redeeming us to be people of freedom. We fight, we prevail and we don’t quit in our quest for freedom, because Christ fought, prevailed and didn’t give up on securing our freedom at Calvary.

I could write for hours about Jesus the Great Abolitionist. But I won’t. Rather I’ll let Scripture do the talking:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” Luke 4 v 18-19

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10 v 45

“you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” 1Peter 1 v 18-19

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree’” Galatians 3 v 13

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5 v 1

“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1 v 5-6

 

Enjoy the grace and freedom of the cross guys.

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The A21 Campaign #FREEDOMFRIDAY

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It was their 5th birthday yesterday, so I thought that this week’s Freedom Friday post should be dedicated to the A21 Campaign.

It’s probably fair to say that after God started to open my eyes to the horrors of human trafficking the first Christian ministry that I became aware of that was actively combatting trafficking was A21. A21’s founder, the irrepressible Christine Caine, is a passionate and seemingly tireless advocate for freedom and her talk at last year’s Passion conference was as gut-wrenching as it was gripping.

With several offices, thousands of active abolitionists, multiple restoration centres and hundreds of awareness events throughout the world, A21’s impact is significant. I would encourage you to grab a coffee and take some time to check out their website here. Also take a few moments to check out the video below that compellingly illustrates what A21 is all about:

I wanna be like Ezra!

photo-85I love my kids.

All of them.

They are such a gift on so many levels, not least for the way that they never cease to innocently and surprisingly open my eyes to humbling truths about myself and glorious truths about God. Despite the Challenges, tears and tantrums (not just mine!!) I learn so much from each of them. Those who have followed this blog for some time will appreciate that from time to time I like to post little nuggets of grace that I glean from being a dad to a tribe of such epic kids. (Check out Lessons I Learned From My Little Girl for some good examples!)

Today, I want to share a bit about my big boy, Ezra!

Ezra is the big, male half of our twins! He’s been purpose-built by God for rugby, wrestling and beating up anyone stupid enough to hurt his sisters! He is strong, courageous, warm-hearted, occasionally nuts, always hungry and still a big baby at heart. But here’s what I want to share about Ez in this post – he LOVES adventure!

Literally every time I kit him out in his coat and shoes and we step outside the door into the big he starts bouncing up and down and shouting “Excited! Excited!…” I think “excited” was one probably one of his first words! However, it’s not his vocabulary that blesses me, it’s his heart! He doesn’t see the world as a place to fear, to hide from, to be avoided. No, he sees it as a place to explore, an adventure to embrace, a challenge to grab by the scruff of the neck and grapple with!

That’s just Ezra! He might only be 2, but he’s a trooper!

The reason that I share that is because those kind of qualities resonate with me. My dad is like that. My sister is like that. I am like that. And I believe that Christians should be like that!

Now hear me right, I’m not for a minute endorsing a brand of reckless Christianity that runs head-long into the world regardless of the consequences. I am acutely aware (through painful, personal experience) that the world is a dark, dangerous place and that tenacity should always be tethered to wisdom. However, I am calling for a brand of Christianity that doesn’t cower and hide from the world, but rather sees it for what it is – a mission-field. A battle-field. A reason to be be alive!

Was Jesus reckless? No!

He saw a broken world worth stepping into and laying down His life for!

Were the Apostles reckless? No!

They lived, served and even died for a cause that was greater than themselves – the cause of Christ crucified!

Why is the church in the West so weak, wimpy and impotent right now?

  • Perhaps it’s because we are running scared of the very world that we were saved to reach and rescue in the name of King Jesus!
  • Perhaps it’s because we’re cowards who don’t want conflict…or even worse, Pharisees who don’t want to be contaminated.
  • Perhaps we’ve taken our eyes off Jesus and loosened our grip on the cross.
  • Perhaps we need to don a pair of gospel goggles and look at the world from heaven’s perspective.
  • Perhaps we need to follow Ezra’s lead, stepping out with a spring in our step, a heart full of courage and a world to win!

You excited?

Me too!

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3 v 16)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1 v 9)

Redemption Sessions – POSTPONED!

Hey guys just a really quick post to announce that unfortunately we have had to cancel this month’s Redemption Sessions prayer event. It will be rescheduled for new date that will be announced shortly.

Thanks for your understanding.

God bless.

Redemption Sessions Postponed poster march 2013