The Squeezings of my Brain Grapes.
Approaching your relationship with Jesus with the mindset of ‘I have to get an A+ at this’ will make you miserable. You start out a giant mess, and then Jesus works on you over time and you grow and change. That is how it works. To embrace that, you have to let go of the pressure of being an A+ student at everything.

Jed Brewer on episode 134 of Say That

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Love has found you. It’s not your actions, good or bad, that He loves, it’s just you. He likes your style, He loves your personality. He adores you, and you are a treasure to him. Pity those poor souls who can’t see the amazing things that God sees in you.
Unka Glen (unkaglen.tumblr.com)

A Say That (question) EMERGENCY!

thebridgechicago:

Ok, emergency may be a little dramatic, but we do need a few more questions for our recording session on Sunday (We record 2 episodes at a time). So, if you have a question for the Say That guys (or just Glen) that you have been dying to ask- now is your moment!

Ask right on this here blog (put “for Say That” in your question) -or-

email us at saythatpodcast(at)gmail(dot)com.

**NOTE: megapastor-sponsored cyborgs from the future need not apply**

The Bridge LOUD - 24- Christianese
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A new Episode of The Bridge LOUD is up! It features a sermon Unka Glen in front of former gang members and ex-cons in Chicago, and face-meltingly awesome heavy worship songs.

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thebridgechicago:

Say That 134 is up!
How do I tell my parents that I don’t like their church? How do we know God is real and not mythology or fairy tale? If two people go too far physically in a relationship, is it mandatory that they break up?
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thebridgechicago:

Say That 134 is up!

How do I tell my parents that I don’t like their church? How do we know God is real and not mythology or fairy tale? If two people go too far physically in a relationship, is it mandatory that they break up?

Get it Free on iTunes or our Website

The Bridge Podcast - 57-How Do I Know Who to Listen To
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This week’s Bridge podcast features a sermon from Unka Glen on how to know who you can listen to, an original Jed Brewer worship song recorded live in Chicago, and a fresh take on a classic hymn by Knoxville folk duo Southern Harmonic.

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If you’re needing a little extra worship-time in your week, check this out. I bet you’ll dig it.

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This month’s BridgeBox looks at what you need to live a healthy Christian life and stay connected to Jesus. Sign up at missionusa.com/bridgebox.

BridgeBox Presents: Southern Harmonic - Southern Harmonic - Come You Who Are Thirsty
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Old Truth Meets New Folk - Spin This.

Southern Harmonic has recorded a track that combines some of the most comforting words in all of Scripture with an addictive folk groove that doesn’t quit. The good news of free grace just sounds better with close, smooth harmonies, so listen in, be encouraged, then reblog and tell your friends.

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AWESOME SAUCE!!

Fear writes its own gospel. It replaces the true gospel message, one that brings courage and passion and boldness, with a false and ugly gospel of worry, where I’m found cringing in my lack of accomplishment, and my ongoing sins. Fear opens the door to lies and makes me easy to manipulate. 

Guilt writes its own gospel. It teaches us the absurd lie that our bad behavior changes God’s mind about us. Guilt teaches us to “pay” for our own sins by beating up on ourselves, thus ignoring the need for a Savior. It teaches us that it’s not God’s love that binds our relationship together, it’s my behavior. But the true gospel teaches us: if it’s paid for, put it behind you.

Shame writes it’s own gospel. It preaches the lie that you are what you’ve done, therefore, you can’t escape your past. The one true gospel says that I am who loves me, and that God loves me in a way that is too deep and wide and tall for me to comprehend. Fear, guilt, and shame open the door to the enemy’s main lie: you are not worthy.

So let’s dismiss these shabby, disgusting, and religious-sounding fake gospels, and return to the real gospel: I am a sinner saved by grace. I didn’t earn it, I never was worthy of it, I’m saved because God is in charge, and that’s exactly how God wanted it to be. And, it turns out, I’m exactly the kind of scoundrel who will accept eternal life in paradise without deserving it in the least. 

So now my focus needs to be on my savior, not on the sins He’s already paid for. My focus needs to be on the good he is calling me to, not the sin He is calling me from.

“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group”
“Jesus straightened up and asked her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ ‘No one, sir,’ she said.
‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared. ‘Go now and leave your life of sin.’” -John 8:3,9-11

Even the earthly consequences of lust are not beyond Jesus’ ability to restore and repair. Jesus can heal and make positive things come from even the most negative of consequences. You are never too late or too far to come back to God.

From the August ‘14 BridgeBox Bible Study (via thebridgechicago)