The Squeezings of my Brain Grapes.

Jesus did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.

Not the righteous, but people who make mistakes.

Not the righteous, but people who went too far in their last relationship.

Not the righteous, but people who haven’t read their Bible since forever.

He came for screw-ups, basket-cases, burn-outs, knuckle-heads, weirdos, the sick, the lame, the miserable. 

For You. Me. Us.

The tragedy is that every time life reminds us that we’re sinners, we feel like maybe we don’t measure up to this Jesus thing.

But Jesus did not come to call the righteous.  He came for sinners.

He came for people who’ve cheated.

He came for people who’ve been too afraid to step out in the first place.

He came for home-wreckers. For people with blood on their hands.  For people with sex on their brain.

He came for addicts, failures, and losers. And even for people who look down on addicts, failures, and losers.

For You. Me. Us.

He came to teach us a new life that isn’t that way.  But he came knowing full well the life we’ve already lived.

Tomorrow, you may fall again.  If not tomorrow, soon.  And when it happens, when you do the unthinkably terrible for the first time, or simply the terribly familiar for the thousandth time, you will be tempted.

Tempted to think that this Jesus thing isn’t for you.  Tempted to think your actions prove you didn’t make the cut.

But in that moment, remember.  Remember that Jesus loves you.  Remember that Jesus wants you.  And, then, remember:

Jesus did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.

Christy Younger - Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus
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“Nothing But The Blood of Jesus”, the classic hymn, is the special music track from this month’s Bridge Box. Sung by the lovely and talented Christy Younger (wife of Say That cohost and super-blogger Lee Younger).

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Love Isn’t Earned

If you’ve ever worked a job, you know that the arrangement is really simple.  When you do what the boss tells you, he likes you.  And when you don’t, he doesn’t.  Do a good job long enough, and you get a promotion.  Do a bad job long enough, and you get fired.

In fact, most relationships in life feel that way.  If we’ve dated somebody before, we’ve seen this same dynamic at work. When you’re a good and attentive boyfriend, it tends to go well for you in the land.  And when you forget birthdays, anniversaries, and favorite colors, you tend to get dumped.

Some of us have had this experience with our parents.  When we got good grades and made the cut for the team or the orchestra or whatever, things were peaceful.  And when we screwed up, disapproval rained down from on high.

So, it makes a whole lot of sense to assume that the relationship between you and God would work the same way.

Except that it doesn’t.  At all.

Real love – which is to say God’s love – is never earned.  It isn’t increased when you do good things, and it isn’t decreased when you do bad things.  This is because God’s love is not an evaluation of your performance.  In fact, God’s love for you and your behavior don’t have anything to do with each other.  They are not connected.

So, what is God’s love about, exactly?

It turns out that God’s love is a decision he made to be devoted to your good, no matter what.  It’s a decision that he made before time itself even existed – in other words, before you had had a chance to do anything good or bad.  (Ephesians 1:3-6, MSG)

This matters, because it means that you can relax.  You will – like the rest of us – make mistakes.  You will do things that are wrong, and that you know are wrong, and that you know you shouldn’t do, and that you decide to do anyway.  And, when those moments come, some part of you is going to wonder where you stand with God as a result.

Sure, if God were a boss, you might get fired.  And if God were a boyfriend, you might get dumped.  And if God were an earthly parent, you might get disowned.

But God isn’t any of those things.  God is God. He’s holy – which is to say, different.  He doesn’t think like anybody else.  And he doesn’t act like anybody else.

No, when those moments come, what you’ll find is that God is just as devoted to your good as he was before you did that thing.  In other words, he loves you exactly as much as he did before you sinned. 

So you can relax.  You can go to him and say, “I’m sorry I did that wrong thing.  Please help me get back up.”  And He will stand you up, brush you off, and help you keep on walking with Him. 

“This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.” (1 John 4:10, MSG)

Jed Brewer and Mission:USA - So Here I Am
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Hey my friends, I’ve had a number of requests for the chord chart on this song, so, here you go! If you run into any problems, let me know, and we’ll sort it out.

Click here to download a PDF:

Thanks y’all.



I had the privilege of hearing this song live at The Bridge service last week.  It’s a ministry that serves ex-convicts, gangsters, and those recovering from addiction.  Please support these guys, they’re the real deal and I totally believe in what they’re doing for the inner-city.


Hey guys,

This is a worship song I wrote for men and women coming out of prison and drug addiction.  If you listen to the song, you’ll hear about 100 ex-convicts and recovering drug addicts singing this at the top of their lungs.  That’s an unparalleled privilege in my life.

I have a chord chart for those who would like it - just message me.


So Here I Am

If you were looking for accomplishment
Then you know I wouldn’t stand a chance
But you said you wanted failures, so here I am

If you were looking for intelligence
Then you know I wouldn’t stand a chance
But you said you wanted fools, so here I am

Thank you God for love I don’t deserve
Thank you God for love I did not earn

If you were looking for good citizens
Then you know I wouldn’t stand a chance
But you said you wanted prisoners, so here I am

If you were looking for faithful men
Then you know I wouldn’t stand a chance
But you said you wanted doubters, so here I am

Thank you God for love I don’t deserve
Thank you God for love I did not earn

If you were looking for righteous men
Then you know I wouldn’t stand a chance
But you said you wanted sinners, so here I am

If you were looking for worthy men
Then you know I wouldn’t stand a chance
But you said you wanted me, so here I am 

Thank you God for love I don’t deserve
Thank you God for love I did not earn


Hey my Tumblr friends,

So, I wrote a new song for our inner-city worship service (The Bridge).  It’s all about Grace - what Grace is, how it works, etc.  This video is me leading our service in singing it.

Well, now, we’re running a contest right now, where if you film yourself or your youth group singing the song, you could win a case of our Live At The Bridge worship CD’S!

There’s a link below for details/chord charts/etc.  Don’t be shy.  I know y’all have the talent - bust it out!



Jed Brewer leading our new song “Grace” live at The Bridge.

Make your video of a group, or just you solo, and send it in! Fabulous prizes.

contest details here


You can own “Grace’ by Tasha Lawson, written by Jed Brewer for your very own!

Follow this link to NoiseTrade and download it. 

There is an option to tweet or Facebook the link, please do!

There is also a place to leave a tip, a little something for the effort if you will. Please leave whatever amount you want ($0 is definitely an option). Any money we make goes to helping Jed write and make more awesome music for you guys. It also is the first step in The Bridge hopefully using these kinds of resources to raise money for urban missionaries who don’t have the means to raise support! We are trying to change the way ministry world, and we want you to be a part of it!

-Matt from The Bridge


The first entry in the “Grace” contest, from our dear friend Lee Younger and the high school and college folks at Christ Community Church in Oak Ridge, TN.

Contest details here


Hey Tumblrarians,

We hope you have had a chance to listen to the awesome “Grace” by Bridge team member Tasha Lawson (written by our own Jed Brewer). We are going to have a little contest. Here’s the deal:

1) record you (or your youth group, small group, etc) singing the song, thelyrics are here and a .PDF of the chords is here.

2) post it on your tumblr and send us the link or email the video to

3) the winner will get a case of Live at The BRIDGE CDs of Jed leading his original worship songs at the Bridge.

You’ve got nothing to lose. If you have any questions feel free to ask!

Tasha Lawson - Grace
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If you like Beyonce or Rihanna, then you’ll LOVE this! Check out your soon-to-be favorite song!

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Jed Brewer wrote an awesome worship song about the concept of grace. One of our Bridge team, Tasha Lawson, provided the vocals. It’s got more soul than James Brown’s jumpsuits. Who doesn’t need cool music and who doesn’t need to be reminded of the grace we have been given? Put this in your ear sockets, then tell a friend.

grace is the choice God made about me
grace is the choice that he’d be for me
grace is the choice to pay for my wrongs
that’s what you did, up on the cross

and you did it
because you love me
and you did it
because you want me
and you did it
so i can come home
and you did it
to make me your own

grace is a force that I can’t conquer
your grace endures even though I wander
grace is a force that drives me back home
cause my God is love and my God is strong

and you give it
because you love me

grace is a gift that i have not earned
grace is a gift that i don’t deserve
grace is a gift not something i’m owed
grace is a gift, oh. grace is a gift

that you give me
because you love me

-written by Jed Brewer listen here