Thursday, January 12, 2012

JESUS vs RELIGION

check out this spoken word poetry, well said Jason Bethke!!

What if I told you Jesus came to abolish religion
What if I told you voting republican really wasn't his mission
What if I told you republican doesn't automatically mean Christian
And just because you call some people blind
Doesn't automatically give you vision
I mean if religion is so great, why has it started so many wars
Why does it build huge churches, but fails to feed the poor
Tells single moms God doesn't love them if they've ever had a divorce
But in the old testament God actually calls religious people whores
Religion might preach grace, but another thing they practice
Tend to ridicule God's people, they did it to John The Baptist
They can't fix their problems, and so they just mask it
Not realizing religions like spraying perfume on a casket
See the problem with religion, is it never gets to the core
It's just behavior modification, like a long list of chores
Like lets dress up the outside make look nice and neat
But it's funny that's what they use to do to mummies
While the corps rots underneath
Now I ain't judgin, I'm just saying quit putting on a fake look
Cause there's a problem
If people only know you're a Christian by your Facebook
I mean in every other aspect of life, you know that logic's unworthy
It's like saying you play for the Lakers just because you bought a jersey
You see this was me too, but no one seemed to be on to me
Acting like a church kid, while addicted to pornography
See on Sunday I'd go to church, but Saturday getting faded
Acting if I was simply created just to have sex and get wasted
See I spent my whole life building this facade of neatness
But now that I know Jesus, I boast in my weakness
Because if grace is [water](undefined), then the church should be an ocean
It's not a museum for good people, it's a hospital for the broken
Which means I don't have to hide my failure, I don't have to hide my sin
Because it doesn't depend on me it depends on him
See because when I was God's enemy and certainly not a fan
He looked down and said I want, that, man
Which is why Jesus hated religion, and for it he called them fools
Don't you see so much better than just following some rules
Now let me clarify, I love the church, I love the bible, and yes I believe in sin
But if Jesus came to your church would they actually let him in
See remember he was called a glutton, and a drunkard by religious men
But the son of God never supports self righteousness not now, not then
Now [back](undefined) to the point, one thing is vital to mention
How Jesus and religion are on opposite spectrum's
See one's the [work](undefined) of God, but one's a man made invention
See one is the cure, but the other's the infection
See because religion says do, Jesus says done
Religion says slave, Jesus says son
Religion puts you in bondage, while Jesus sets you [free](undefined)
Religion makes you blind, but Jesus makes you see
And that's why religion and Jesus are two different clans
Religion is man searching for God, Christianity is God searching for man
Which is why salvation is freely mine, and forgiveness is my own
Not based on my merits but Jesus's obedience alone
Because he took the crown of thorns, and the blood dripped down his face
He took what we all deserved, I guess that's why you call it grace
And while being murdered he yelled
"Father forgive them they know not what they do."
Because when he was dangling on that cross, he was thinking of you
And he absorbed all of your sin, and buried it in the tomb
Which is why I'm kneeling at the cross, saying come on there's room
So for religion, no I hate it, in fact I literally resent it
Because when Jesus said it is finished, I believe he meant it

- Jason Bethke

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Forget religion, Remember love

Part 1:

"So you're a christian?", he asks, "well I'm gay so what does your God have to say about that?"

Frozen. Still. Religious law between us like a wall. 
Your question not a question, just a point you're trying to make. 
And you wait for me to say it, just to hear me say it too. 
But as I dig inside me for answers, religion I do not find. 
I just see the God of love "who died for me while I was still a sinner" 
The God who looks past my mess and sees His Son in me. 
The God who embraces me even with the sins that I do not yet see. 
The faithful friend who walks with me, completely understands me, my battles and blindness... yet doesn't rush me, but patiently teaches me and leads me gently in steps, a journey to freedom.
The wall has dropped, at least for me... and I see the question beneath your question.
"What does your God actually think of ME?"

I look up at my friend, "lets put all debates to the side" I say, "and leave it up to God, 
to show you the answers his way, for plain words can not describe... 
But for now, my friend, what matters most, the thing you gotta know is:
"Forget Religion - Remember Love"  - and in time he'll show you


Part 2:

So here's my answer to your question, what you gotta know; 
It's that God really loves you, and there's nothing you can DO...
Even at the worst in life, he'll never change how he feels for you.

So forget all condemnation, what you've done or who you are.
Before you change a thing, he still takes you as you are! 
Jesus made a way, the creator - he accepts YOU!!! 
Even at your worst....his back is not turned, and if you think it is, 
please turn around, cause he's the one facing YOU!

Maybe bruised and confused, but HE knows who you are. 
The mess doesn't phase him, he just wants you as you are! 
So no more faking or hiding or denying the reality inside you, 
for the God who made you knows it all & offers life to you NOW!

Misjudged, misunderstood; a past of no more words? 
And you may think he would never understand what brought you to be like this? 
But He knows and he was there, and every painful moment - your tears he shared.

So for a moment please forget religion, and just remember LOVE...
For love is simply who God is, and it's that you cannot miss!

He loves you, he loves you, no matter what you DO.
You can run and try ignore, but let's face it, it's the one thing your hearts aching for!!! 
Love. Acceptance and no need at all to earn it. 
But why and how? For me, a mess like this???? 
Listen up! The price was paid, our freedom bought, for all who don't deserve it.
So I guess that counts both me and you too? We do not need to earn it!

Many waist their time trying to work their way to God,
But never really get to rest in his loving arms. 
Others keep their distance as they just cannot believe,
That this gift of love is actually free, but its really love they just can't receive.

The king himself says to you
"Relax my child ... be still.
Now take a moment, take a breath
Receive. Know I'm with you.
I'm here if your back is turned 
And I'm here if your facing me.
Either way i'm right here but I'm never leaving you.

I'll wait and wait for you... 
Don't try fixing yourself first. 
Simply walk with me now, 
and I will show you meaning and rest.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Knit Bombing

Check out this creative grafitti movement!!!

I always think of Peggy when I see this......
In our Stanford community, she was the queen of knitting!! I've never seen a jersey selling at an auction for 1800 pounds....but somehow, Peggy managed to pull that off at a 24-7 fundraiser in Amsterdam! I bet she'd make a great knit bomber too! he he..... Anyway, I think this is great; street art always inspires me..... it puts a smile to my face when I may be walking around possibly having an average day!! Well...Better get knitting now :P























Update: Knit Bombing project in March 2011 - we did it!!!
Our mission was to cover loads of bike parking u-rails around Perth City... it brightened up the CBD a little more and def seemed to make bicycle parking more fun for those couple months!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Dreaming Once Again


For a while I found myself sinking into small mindsets and starting to get used to the norm – that this was it and I had to lower my expectations of life.

Then today at lunch while I sat on a bench to think, you stirred something in me… like a tugging inside that began some new ideas. Even though I almost gave up on myself - God, you never did. You renewed hope in me today… hope to dream once again. Thank you Father.

Never stop dreaming. Dream big… Never lose it…. Always continue to think BIG cause Big thinkers will go places… while small thinkers may just remain settled in all they’ll ever know and never realize what they actually had in them.

Big dreamers see the victory far ahead,
not the falls along the way.


And yes, it’s a journey. I’m learning to be patient and to appreciate that these times along the way are what it’s all about! It’s hard work to reach for the mountains… but I must climb it. I must try. Cause those mountain peaks – they do exist and I want to be there! And I’m not talking about highs and thrills now…. I’m talking about choosing the lifestyles you dream of, and climbing toward it!!!

While you’re working
9 to 5 in an office, you might be the one dreaming of spending your time living amongst villages that are rich in culture and so fresh from your usual western world that it blows your mind and changes you completely. And you begin to feel alive like never before. Your values for what’s more important have turned upside down and while you’re dreaming, some people out there are living it! Their dream may not be the thrilling rush at the top you’d imagine, but what a treasured lifestyle they’ve found?!

While you may be loving the adventures and outdoors, but just wish you could get out more – some other guy has found a way to make it his life and career - and to now share his passion with others! While you’re skating down the road and so bored of delivering mail, some other guy is skating miles across countryside as a cancer fundraiser for MTV. There’s another guy fighting for lives as a rescuer, risking his life everyday, but he wouldn’t trade it for anything – it’s what makes him feel alive! He may not be famous, but he’s a hero. I walked past a beautiful painting today and thought – wow – I really should get out the canvas and start painting away again…it was so much fun! And then seeing a few of my friends now who are making it in the music scene - they really have worked hard to get there…but they’re living their dreams every live gig they play. And my old school buddy who was always such a dreamer herself, that big dreaming spark in her is still very much alive as she plans to hit the Broadway to act, sing and dance in
London!

"If you can envision it, then you'll be on your way toward it...and eventually living it"

Sunday, September 5, 2010

My Year in Europe!!

G'day friends... !!!

This is my new blog.... I've just arrived back from a crazy unforgettable year in Europe!
For those of you who wanna know what the flip I've been up to the whole year away --> read on...

So I lived in England with the best housemates ever! We were a wonderful mix from all over the world... Sara from Gothenburg in Sweden ~ Shirelle from Austin Texas, USA ~ Mike from Belfast, Northern Ireland ~ Joanna from Surrey, England and Steve from the wonderful town of Corringham, England ....lots of laughs and good fun all living together esp. the cultural differences that we got to learn from each other! he he

We came over England to experience a
24-7 Prayer Community ...there are loads of them around the world impacting their cities - our household group lived among the Stanford&Corringham Boiler Room Community! We came as students to do a coarse with them called "Transit" .....the whole year was def worth it and brought me such a new perspective on life, culture, myself.....& "practical rythyms" to live out like the importance prayer - mission - justice - hospitality - creativity – learning .....and theres alot more to all those values than I've ever realised before!!
















Was so great living only 40min train ride from London - so much action there in that city!! I loved the musicals especially!! I also experienced my first snowy winter which was well good for us in England that year!! I also did some travelling around Europe during some of my breaks.... and my highlights were Paragliding over the Swiss Alps, celebrating New Years Eve in Edinburgh, the hiking & irish culture in Northern Ireland & Dublin - and of coarse spending some quality time in Ibiza over the summer doing some great stuff with the 24-7 team there!!

Arriving back was so weird... seeing the familiar streets and places of my Perth home town was like waking up from something and wondering..."did I just dream that whole up? did I just make all those people up in my head?" thank goodness for photos, facebook and skype!!! ha ha....they are real!! and how i miss them all SO MUCH already!!!!!

So here I am, back at my job...working in the government department of transport, cycling - we're basically looking out for the marketing and infrastructure of cycling here in our state... with a few good old friends...and now also some new people to get to know....things are slowly coming together as I've been trying to settle back here… and I am beginning to dream once again of new exciting things that I can't wait to start doing! This year away has taught me so much and changed me for good! Treasured lessons and inspiration to take on in the rest of my life. Can't wait to share it with some of you over the time we catch up and journey on!! :P