Category Archives: Reborn

You’re Brand New Now…Ya Gotta Let Go Of Your Past!!

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Isaiah 43:18-19

“Forget the former things;

do not dwell on the past. 

See, I am doing a new thing!

Now it springs up;

do you not perceive it?

I am making a way in the dessert

and streams in the wasteland.”

Brand new!!

Is that person in the mirror looking back at you?

It’s true!

But, you can’t see it…

‘Cause you’re stuck on what you’ve been through…

You got that white knuckle, red faced…

Kung fu grip on all your chains..

But, that’s not who are…

I’m here to let you know…

You gotta let it go…

You were made for something more…

So, come on…

And let it go!!

Tell me why…

You’d think that you deserve a life of just getting by…

You are alive!!!

Stop taking flowers to the grave of the old you that died…

If God can take your sin and free ya…

Forget, just like amnesia…

Why are you holding on?

I’m here to let you know…

You gotta let it go…

You were made for something more…

So, come on…

And let it go!!

Let it go!

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 2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore,

if anyone is in Christ,

the new creation has come:

The old has gone,

the new is here!”

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“Brand New looks so good on you!!”

Amen! 

Jesus, Set Me Free!!

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Galatians 5:1

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.

Stand firm, then,

and do not let yourselves be burdened again

by a yoke of slavery.”

It hasn’t always been this way…

I remember brighter days!

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(My son, Casey… and our drama team choreographer, Kaya… at a community Outreach)

Before the dark ones came…

Stole my mind…

Wrapped my soul in chains!

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Now I live among the dead…

Fighting voices in my head…

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Hoping someone hears me crying in the night

And carries me away…

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Set me free of the chains holding me...

Is anybody out there hearing me?

Set me free!!

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Morning breaks another day

Finds me crying in the rain…

All alone with my demons I am!

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Who is this man that comes my way?

The dark ones shriek…

They scream His Name!!!

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Is this the One they say will set the captives free?

Jesus, rescue me!!!

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As the God man passes by…

He looks straight through my eyes!

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And darkness cannot hide!!

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Do you want to be free?

Lift your chains…

I hold the key!!

All power on Heav’n and Earth belong to Me!!!
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You are free !
You are free !!
You are free!!!!

Do you want to be Free???

Romans 8:1-2

“Therefore,

there is now no condemnation

for those who are in Christ Jesus,

because through Christ Jesus

the law of the Spirit who gives life

has set you free from the law of sin and death.”

John 8:36

“So if the Son sets you free,

you will be free indeed.”

Amen!!

Sweet Holy Spirit!

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Acts 2:1-4

“When the day of Pentecost came,

they were all together in one place.

Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from Heaven

and filled the whole house where they were sitting.

They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire

that separated and came to rest on each of them.

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit

and began to speak in other tongues

as the Spirit enabled them.”

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Romans 8:2-6

“…because through Christ Jesus

the law of the Spirit who gives life has set youfree

from the law of sin and death.

For what the law was powerless to do

because it was weakened by the flesh,

God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh

to be a sin offering.

And so He condemned sin in the flesh,

in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us,

who do not live according to the flesh

but according to the Spirit.”

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Romans 8:9

“You, however,

are not in the realm of the flesh

but are in the realm of the Spirit,

if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.

And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ,

they do not belong to Christ.”

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Interview with Joel Parisen: Newworldson

What has God been teaching you lately?

Joel:  “How to not be a lip-service Christian. How to talk less and to let my life be my message, which is incredibly hard to do. How to not say one thing and be doing another. Some people struggle with surrender and trusting that God has a plan; that part’s been easy for me. My problem is knowing that in my partnership with Him, I have work to do too. It’s not all sit back and enjoy the ride.”

http://jesusfreakhideout.com/interviews/Newworldson2008.asp

Behind the Song:
We were coming to the end of a full day in the studio when I decided to sit down at the piano to unwind. I just started playing these chords when Mark came over and said, ‘We’re recording that tomorrow.’  And that was that. I wrote my lyrics and Josh wrote his right on the spot.

It’s a prayer.

They’re words we needed to hear.”

– Joel Parisien (Newworldson)

http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/lyrics/new/track.asp?track_id=9396

Pride weighing you down?

 

 

Choking your heart?

 

 

Chained up and bound?

 

 

Pride is your prison…

 

But Grace is your key!

 

Pray…

 

“Sweet Holy Spirit!

 

Come rescue me!

Spirit, Spirit, I submit to You now

Spirit, Spirit

I surrender

Spirit

Sweet Holy Spirit!”

Are you drowning?

Hopeless and lost at sea?

I was!

But, Lord You threw me a line…

Brought me back to Your shore…

Now, I can feel the light from Your lighthouse…

Shining down on me…

Yes, I can!

Worry???

Oh, what can I say?

I’ve worried so much…

I forget how to pray…

Well, I’m down on my knees…

And this is coming from my soul…

Sweet Holy Spirit…

Come make me whole!!

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Let this be your prayer, too!!

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Luke 11:13

“If you then,

though you are evil,

know how to give good gifts to your children,

how much more will your Father in Heaven

give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

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Now That’s Sweet!!!!

Amen!

“Marked By Our Past…Transformed By Love!”

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We are a small group of people humbled by the love of Jesus,”

Read the entire Denison Forum Cultural Commentary on Truth and Culture,

Tattooed Jesus:  Blasphemy or Blessing?

http://www.denisonforum.org/cultural-commentary/856-tattooed-jesus-blasphemy-or-blessing#jesus-tattoo-video

To form your own opinion!!!

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Saved!!!

Accepted

Free

Loved

Trusting

Holiness

Joy

Redeemed

Set Free

Purpose

Cherished

Brave

Humble

Peace

Confident

Child of the One True God!!!!

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No longer…

Outcast

Addicted

Jealous

Fearful

Sin

Hurt

Mistake

Scarred

Worthless

Invisible

Coward

Self-Righteous

Strife

Depressed

Lost!!!!!!

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1 Peter 2:21-25

“To this you were called,

because Christ suffered for you,

leaving you an example,

that you should follow in His steps.

 ‘He committed no sin,   

and no deceit was found in His mouth.

When they hurled their insults at Him,

He did not retaliate;

when He suffered,

He made no threats.

Instead,

He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.

‘He Himself bore our sins’

in His body on the Cross,

so that we might die to sins

and live for righteousness;

‘by His wounds you have been healed.”

For ‘you were like sheep going astray,

but now you have returned to the

Shepherd and Overseer

of your souls.”

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Isaiah 53:5

“But He was pierced for our transgressions,   

He was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was on Him,   

and by His wounds we are healed.”

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1 Peter 1:18-19

“For you know that it was not with perishable things

such as silver or gold

that you were redeemed from the empty way of life

handed down to you from your ancestors,

but with the precious blood of Christ,

a lamb without blemish or defect.”

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1 Peter 3:18

“For Christ also suffered once for sins,

the righteous for the unrighteous,

to bring you to God.

He was put to death in the body

but made alive in the Spirit.”

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Thank you, Jesus…

For taking the marks of my past on Your body…

And transforming me…

 With Your amazing love!!

I’m humbled!!!

Amen!

Speak Up! God Can’t Bare Your Silence!!

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Come Closer!!

You’re Too Far Away!!

Break your silence!

Talk to God…

About what you’re experiencing…

Let His Holy Spirit guide you through your life…

When you feel far from Him…

Whisper His Name!

Find a quiet place…

Away from the noise of this world…

Where you can be alone with God!

Speak Up!

Speak to Jesus in Love-tones!

Reach Out!

To have a relationship with Him!

Prepare to receive His Love!

It flows eternally from the Cross!

Seek His Face!

Then, listen!

Hear His Voice!

He’ll hear yours!

He’s delighted that you opened your heart…

To His Presence!

Take His Hand!

He’s already bridged the distance!

By running to you!

By sending His Son to die for you…

Go the distance!

He came to hear you cry out for Him!

He wants to commune with you!

“His eyes search to and fro throughout the earth…

Looking for one whose heart is seeking Him…”  (2 Chronicles 16:9)

Genesis 28:15

 “I Am with you

and will watch over you wherever you go,

and I will bring you back to this land.

I will not leave you

until I have done what I have promised you.”

And when you meet Him???

Ahhhh..

JOY!!!

Mutual JOY!!

(Read Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

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and April 8th-Pg.103)

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“God shows His love

in spanning the canyon between mankind and Himself

with the humble cross.”

-Shawn Craig –

of

Phillips, Craig & Dean

You could’ve waited…

But You couldn’t stand the distance…

You wouldn’t bare the silence anymore

Love broke the fall…

Bridged across to reach us…

You opened Heaven’s door…

‘Cause You couldn’t stand the distance!

You saw the love I needed… 

You ran to where I was waiting…

Your love crossed the canyon between us…

You came to save me!

In Your mercy…

You ran to me…

Your forgiveness embraced me…

It called me by name…

Hallelujah!

You couldn’t stand the distance…

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1 John 4:19

“We love because He first loved us.”

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1 John 4:10

“This is love:

not that we loved God,

but that He loved us

and sent His Son

as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

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Genesis 5:1

“…When God created mankind,

He made them in the likeness of God.”

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Leviticus 26:12

“I will walk among you

and be your God,

and you will be My people.”

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Revelation 3:20

“Here I am!

I stand at the door and knock.

If anyone hears My Voice and opens the door,

I will come in and eat with that person,

and they with Me.”

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John 15:14-15

“You are My friends

if you do what I command. 

I no longer call you servants,

because a servant does not know his master’s business.

Instead, I have called you friends,

for everything that I learned from My Father

I have made known to you.”

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Ephesians 2:13

“But now in Christ Jesus

you who once were far away

have been brought near

by the blood of Christ.”

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God could never stand the distance between us…

Or my silence…

And when I no longer could stand it either…

He sent Jesus to bridge the gap…

And we connected!

Amen!

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Are You Washed By The Water!?!

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John 3:5

“Jesus answered,

Very truly I tell you,

no one can enter the kingdom of God

unless they are born of water and the Spirit.'”

The story behind the song:

-Bear Rinehart-

Needtobreathe

“It’s a song about my dad.

He’s a pastor.

He just uh, he went through –

if you know anything about how preachers are,

they just…

You know,

there’s a lot of stuff that gets said in the church.

There was some stuff that got said at our church

that actually turned out to not be true

when it all came out, or whatever.

I just thought it was a cool thing

that my dad kept his integrity throughout that whole situation.

Yeah, and we put sort of a gospel feel to it.

There’s a gospel choir on the record that we recorded.

And yeah. It’s one of my favorites too.”

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Even when the rain falls

Even when the flood starts rising

Even when the storm comes

I am washed by the water

Daddy was a preacher

She was his wife

Just tryin’ to make the world a little better

You know, shine a light

People started talking

Trying to hear their own voice

Those people tried to accuse my father

Said he made the wrong choice

Though it might be painful

You know that time will always tell

Those people have long since gone

My father never failed

Even when the rain falls

Even when the flood starts rising

Even when the storm comes

I am washed by the water

Even if the Earth crumbles under my feet

Even if the ones I love turn around and crucify me

I won’t never ever let you down

Won’t fall, won’t fall, won’t fall

as long as you’re around me

Even when the rain falls

Even when the flood starts rising

Even when the storm comes

I am washed by the water

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Hebrews 10:22

“…let us draw near to God

with a sincere heart

and with the full assurance that faith brings,

having our hearts sprinkled

to cleanse us from a guilty conscience

and having our bodies washed with pure water.”

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Ephesians 5:25-26

“…just as Christ loved the Church

and gave Himself up for Her 

to make Her Holy,

cleansing Her

by the washing with water

through the Word,”

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John 13:5-11

“After that, He poured water into a basin

and began to wash His disciples’ feet,

drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him.

He came to Simon Peter,

who said to Him,

‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’

Jesus replied,

You do not realize now what I am doing,

but later you will understand.’

No,’ said Peter, ‘You shall never wash my feet.’

Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you,

you have no part with Me.’

‘Then, Lord,’

Simon Peter replied,

‘not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!’

 Jesus answered,

Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet;

their whole body is clean.

And you are clean,

though not every one of you.

For He knew who was going to betray Him,

and that was why He said not every one was clean.”

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Isaiah 12:2-3

“‘…Surely God is my salvation;   

I will trust and not be afraid.

The Lord, the Lord himself,

is my strength and my defense;   

He has become my salvation.’

With joy you will draw water   

from the wells of salvation.”

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John 4:14

“…but whoever drinks the water I give them

will never thirst.

Indeed, the water I give them

will become in them

a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

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John 7:38-39

“‘Whoever believes in Me,

as Scripture has said,

rivers of living water

will flow from within them.’

By this He meant the Spirit,

whom those who believed in Him were later to receive.

Up to that time the Spirit had not been given,

since Jesus had not yet been glorified.”

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Revelation 22:1-2

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life,

as clear as crystal,

flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb

down the middle of the great street of the city.

On each side of the river stood the Tree Of Life,

bearing twelve crops of fruit,

yielding its fruit every month.

And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”

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Revelation 22:17

The Spirit and the bride say,

‘Come!’

And let the one who hears say,

‘Come!’

Let the one who is thirsty come;

and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.”

Amen!