I guess i could write this all in third person and keep it sounding official,

but we’ve all seen that episode of Seinfeld and we know that it didn’t

end well for Jimmy…

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If you’re reading this, then i’m guessing that you heard some of my music and found your way here.My hope is that you like it, but my prayer is that it changes you. That it draws you into the presence of a good and loving Father, who’s love cannot be overwhelmed.That it brings you to a head on collision with the scandalous love of Jesus, that won’t be turned away by your worst (or ‘best’ ) deeds. That you sense the very real presence of the Holy Spirit (btw, the only other person i know cool enough to have ‘the’ as his first name is ‘the edge’- just saying’) and that some part of you, no matter how small, will be changed- back into His image- the same image that He created you in.



The Story…

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Here’s the short version, i can tell you the long version next time we grab a coffee:

I grew up in the church. Every time the place was open we were there, sometimes we’d drive past on off nights just to make sure we weren’t missing anything. I always heard about a God (maybe one with a little ‘g’) who kept a record of our faults and sins, who judged our humanity (that He created, by the way) as weak and disgusting, who cared more about rules and how we kept them, then anything else. I feared that God, but i didn’t love Him, and the fruit of that was unhealthy.

Then it happened,,, between Brennan Manning, and Henri Nouwen, and Graham Cooke (my first cyber mentor), and Jason Upton, my heart was awakened to a love stronger than sin, or fault, or sickness, or even death. To a Jesus that recklessly loved the worst sinners and saw in them the kingdom of heaven- he saw in them, in me, in you-the pearl of great price. To a Father, who kissed his unwashed prodigal son(s) and ripped heaven open to shout ‘ you are my beloved son, and on you my favor rests.’

That revelation changed my life.

Jesus is still in the business of turning Sauls into Pauls, of turning ‘sons of thunder’ into ‘the one that Jesus loved’. So I pray, as Paul did, ‘that you may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. And to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.’ (Eph 3.19 niv). And I hope that what you found here plays it’s small part in His amazing plan for you.

with love,

 

-jm