Waters deep

 

Happiness is the cry of our generation. Our highest pursuit being that of hedonistic satisfaction. We numb ourselves to the real questions of existence and ultimately stay empty. We hope to satisfy the insatiable desire for more with more, but more is not really what we are looking for.

“Are you happy?” is an understandable but ultimately misguided question. “Are you whole, are you healed, have you the character to endure, has peace filled your heart?” These are better questions.

Waters deep is a song about my struggle to resist the temptation to settle for mere happiness. Pursuing a life of significance is a trying journey, I have failed more times than I care to admit here. But in the end, I believe that the reward (both now and in the future) will be worth it.

WATERS DEEP

Find me here in waters deep
All for love and a heart that beats
Paths of ease before me lie
But life is found in the road untried

I am falling in
But hope will rise again
I will not sink but swim to shore

For He will come

Blazing fire and burning light
Love alive in the eyes of life
Words of truth a courage speaks
Drawing strength from feeble knees

All have fallen in
But hope will rise again
We will not sink but swim to shore

For He will come

This promise my defence and yours

That He will come

All have fallen in
We will not sink but swim
His love will lead our hearts to shore

Yes He will come.

Much Love
Matt

#givekindness

This Christmas I want to invite you to join me in the #givekindness initiative.The idea is very simple really.

SHARE:
Use #givekindness to share this post with as many people as possible. The more people involved, the greater the impact.

ACT:
On Christmas day, connect with people around you for whom this time is often lonely and difficult. Think of creative ways to demonstrate the love and generosity of God to people beyond your immediate circle of family and friends. Listen to someones story, offer a word of encouragement, invite a stranger to your house for Christmas lunch… The possibilities are many and the need is great.

KEEP IT UP:
Think of this as learning a lifestyle rather than as being involved in a project. Christmas in just the beginning. Let the love of God continuously move you out of your comfort zone and into the lives of those around you.

Thanks for your time in reading this. I hope that in sharing Jesus with others you’ll discover Him more for yourself.

Much love
Matt

 

Barefoot souls

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Last week I was in Port Elizabeth with my long time friend Dean Cothill and new friend Justin Mulder.

They run a podcast called Barefoot Souls. We spent a morning talking about life, faith, evangelism, christianity, culture, spirituality and what it means to authentically struggle with the questions of our time (the typical things you talk about over breakfast). The conversation is attached below in two parts. I hope that there is something helpful amidst our ramblings and painfully corny jokes.

If you have any thoughts on our discussion feel free to comment. I would love to continue the conversation around some of these issues.

Much Love
Matt

When God draws near

PSALM 116 (MSG)

1-6 I love God because he listened to me,
    listened as I begged for mercy.
He listened so intently
    as I laid out my case before him.
Death stared me in the face,
    hell was hard on my heels.
Up against it, I didn’t know which way to turn;
    then I called out to God for help:
“Please, God!” I cried out.
    “Save my life!”
God is gracious—it is he who makes things right,
    our most compassionate God.
God takes the side of the helpless;
    when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me.

7-8 I said to myself, “Relax and rest.
    God has showered you with blessings.
    Soul, you’ve been rescued from death;
    Eye, you’ve been rescued from tears;
    And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling.”

9-11 I’m striding in the presence of God,
    alive in the land of the living!
I stayed faithful, though bedeviled,
    and despite a ton of bad luck,
Despite giving up on the human race,
    saying, “They’re all liars and cheats.”

12-19 What can I give back to God
    for the blessings he’s poured out on me?
I’ll lift high the cup of salvation—a toast to God!
    I’ll pray in the name of God;
I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do,
    and I’ll do it together with his people.
When they arrive at the gates of death,
    God welcomes those who love him.
Oh, God, here I am, your servant,
    your faithful servant: set me free for your service!
I’m ready to offer the thanksgiving sacrifice
    and pray in the name of God.
I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do,
    and I’ll do it in company with his people,
In the place of worship, in God’s house,
    in Jerusalem, God’s city.
Hallelujah!

May these words bring strength, comfort and hope at your deepest point of need. As you draw near to the God who draws near to you may you come to know, with ever increasing clarity, what life really is.

Much Love
Matt

Discovering worship

“I don’t serve empire with my life I serve a living Jesus.”

“For me worship is ultimately about trusting God.”

“I just don’t get the sense that Jesus just wants me to ‘tell’ Him something.”

“The Gospel is fairy tale and comedy and tragedy.”

“You know and love what you hold and what you’ve been held by and I’ve been held by Jesus.”

“I worship because I don’t know what else I would do.”

I was so inspired by this sincere and thoughtful reflection on worship and the Christian life from Jason Upton.

I hope it is as inspiring and helpful for you and that it leads you further on your journey in knowing God.

Much Love
Matt

A city of hope

As i sit in Crete getting ready for a day of training and ministry in this great city of Chania I find myself so deeply stirred by the truth of the song “City of hope” by Amanda Cook. 

It is easy to be overwhelmed in a post Christian culture that seems so disinterested in God.

It is easy to mistake perception for reality

But the reality is today what it has always been. Jesus is building His Church and the gates of hell will not overcome it. The Great God who set this world in motion is finishing what He started. Jesus has and is reconciling all things to Himself. His arm is not short to save.

Today I  am reminded that this is not my fight. The fight is His and it has been won. My privilege is simply to join Him in the beautiful ministry of reconciliation as one who has been reconciled. What is impossible with man is possible with God and I cannot wait to stand in the midst of His miracle.

Jesus. “You are mending the broken hearted. You are making all things new. You’re rebuilding, out of the ruins, a city of hope with the ones you love.” Thank you that we are the ones you love.

May you find yourself in the midst of His miracle today.

Much Love
Matt

THE KING AND I

The king and I is a song I wrote some time ago but only got around to recording recently.

The song is inspired by the beautiful truth that – as a Christian- “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”Gal 2:20 

I am not defined by my actions but by His. This is not a cop out but a great comfort. Left to my own devices I am decidedly weak. I have no wisdom, integrity or purity of heart without Christ. I so profoundly relate to Paul’s sentiments in Romans 7:15 “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”

And yet I am so grateful for how that passage ends “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!…” Romans 7:24-25

When I see Him, truly see Him, who He is dethrones every lesser thing within me and in His strength I find my own.

I am a person of many failings just like you. But Christ is a God who raises the dead to life. I pray that He would awaken your soul to realise that – In Jesus- you are all you are afraid you’ll never be.

Much Love
Matt

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Oh this light
Is breaking the darkness and night
This sacred revealing of life in all as all He owns

This King and I
This lion that walks by my side
His fire that burns in my eyes
His heart astounds my own.

Oh I see so clearly
Oh I see so clearly now
Oh I see so clearly
The lover of my soul

Awake my love, awake He says to me

For you are all you are afraid you’ll never be
The fall you fear I fell as Love would lead
And yours is everything you never dared believe

So wont you take my hand
It’s stronger than your own
And you’ll be free
The war is won, your eyes to see

Oh I see, Oh I see
Oh I see you now