Sam & Josh |

two amazing people came up for an adventure in Balmain with me today. they are so much fun and their marriage is an awesome display of Jesus’ love. I can’t wait to share these with you and tell their story.

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"Revival is preceded by prayer, birthed through intercession, and sustained by fervent, persevering prayer. Prayer is the central living element to every spiritual awakening and every moving of the Holy Spirit.’

{F. Damazio}   

Today history was made as countless Christians prayed throughout the world for Iraq on the International Day Of Prayer run by Open Doors, where we stood up and said We Are N.

'Tonight, we were writing the history of our faith. Tonight, we wrote into the history of the Church in Iraq through our prayers.' Mike Gore

There is a future for the Church and the spread of the gospel in Iraq.

He’s building His Church.

‪#‎WeAreN‬

Anonymous asked:

Hi! :) Do you a link to this picture on the phone here : /post/87466889819/in-autumn-i-celebrated-6-years-loving-and ? Thank you in anticipation. xx

hey anon, just posted it here :)

joyously in Jesus, athena grace.

for the anon that asked for the picture on my phone in this post.
that was such a random, beautiful request. here it is.
taken on the streets of Balmain the day I moved in on the FujiXT1 35mm at f1.4

for the anon that asked for the picture on my phone in this post.

that was such a random, beautiful request. here it is.

taken on the streets of Balmain the day I moved in on the FujiXT1 35mm at f1.4

1 0 0 D A Y S |
Alex & Rach.
29th November 2014.
I can’t wait to shoot their beautiful wedding.
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1 0 0 D A Y S |

Alex & Rach.

29th November 2014.

I can’t wait to shoot their beautiful wedding.

instagram: @athenagracee / fujixT1, 35mm / vsco film 05

His City |

"God has many more people in this City. People that are His, people that He will call to Himself through His Church as we go and tell people the good news of Jesus. What if we were a Church that loved so radically that the only explanation was the gospel? To be so rich in doing good and showing kindness that if we ever left this community the community would feel the loss?” Gav, City Light Balmain.

last week an old Hungarian man came into my cafe and saw me taking a photo of the sunset. We got talking and I told him about my love for the city. He took out his phone and showed me a photo he took the previous day of a sunset from the top of his building in Pyrmont. I couldn’t believe it.

His City |

"God has many more people in this City. People that are His, people that He will call to Himself through His Church as we go and tell people the good news of Jesus. What if we were a Church that loved so radically that the only explanation was the gospel? To be so rich in doing good and showing kindness that if we ever left this community the community would feel the loss?” Gav, City Light Balmain.

last week an old Hungarian man came into my cafe and saw me taking a photo of the sunset. We got talking and I told him about my love for the city. He took out his phone and showed me a photo he took the previous day of a sunset from the top of his building in Pyrmont. I couldn’t believe it.

Reach the City for Jesus |

On Saturday night the 94 members of City Light Balmain Church gathered for a night called ‘Re:Focus’ where we discussed the next step for us as a Church. Our building is full every sunday, and growth has stagnated. The leadership have sought hard after God over what’s next, and we’ve decided to split into two congregations in order to reach more people for Jesus. Here’s a summary of what my Pastor Gav said to us. I was beyond encouraged. You know when you’re so thankful you want to explode? Yeah, that was me.

"Over the past 18 months City Light has seen people come to know Jesus for the first time, and others fall more in love with Jesus. We have seen people healed emotionally and spiritually, and have seen people grow in their courage to live out their faith and share the good news of Jesus to people who desperately need to hear it. From 27 to 94 members who call City Light home, it is clear God is building His Kingdom. But we have only just begun.

God has placed on our hearts to reach this city for Jesus.
God has placed on our hearts to make Him known throughout this place.
God has placed on our hearts Matthew 28 - Go and make disciples.

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It’s been almost 3 months since I moved into my new house.
It seemed a bit crazy to move to the city on a very, very small income to join a church where I knew no one to serve a city so unwilling to hear about Jesus in order to love the lost, serve His Church, and grow to trust Him more.
my, has the last 3 months taught me to trust Him. Trust Him to bring in just enough money each month to live, and still give to bless others. Trust Him to provide beautiful, deep friendships with girls who’ve shown me more of what it looks like to love Jesus and love each other. Trust Him to give me gospel confidence to go out and share the truth of how Jesus has changed my life, even though it’s not easy and is often met with rejection.
God is so faithful, and trustworthy, and is proving every day anew His mercy for me in Jesus. Thankful.

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It’s been almost 3 months since I moved into my new house.

It seemed a bit crazy to move to the city on a very, very small income to join a church where I knew no one to serve a city so unwilling to hear about Jesus in order to love the lost, serve His Church, and grow to trust Him more.

my, has the last 3 months taught me to trust Him. Trust Him to bring in just enough money each month to live, and still give to bless others. Trust Him to provide beautiful, deep friendships with girls who’ve shown me more of what it looks like to love Jesus and love each other. Trust Him to give me gospel confidence to go out and share the truth of how Jesus has changed my life, even though it’s not easy and is often met with rejection.

God is so faithful, and trustworthy, and is proving every day anew His mercy for me in Jesus. Thankful.

instagram: @athenagracee / fujixT1 / julia trotti’s London LR4 preset.


"At one’s first entrance into the school of waiting on God, their heart is chiefly set on the blessing which they wait for. 
God graciously used our need and desire for help to educate us for something higher than we were thinking of. We were seeking gifts; He, the giver, longs to give Himself and to satisfy the soul with His goodness. 
It is just for this reason that He frequently withholds the gifts and that the time of waiting is made so long. 
He is all the time seeking to win the heart of His child for Himself. 
He hopes that not only when He gives the gift will we say, “how good is God!” but that long before it comes, and even if it never comes, we will always be experiencing: it is good that a man should quietly wait. 
“The LORD is good to those who wait on Him, to the soul that seeks Him.” Lamentations 3:25
Andrew Murray, ‘Waiting on God.’

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"At one’s first entrance into the school of waiting on God, their heart is chiefly set on the blessing which they wait for.

God graciously used our need and desire for help to educate us for something higher than we were thinking of. We were seeking gifts; He, the giver, longs to give Himself and to satisfy the soul with His goodness.

It is just for this reason that He frequently withholds the gifts and that the time of waiting is made so long.

He is all the time seeking to win the heart of His child for Himself.

He hopes that not only when He gives the gift will we say, “how good is God!” but that long before it comes, and even if it never comes, we will always be experiencing: it is good that a man should quietly wait.

“The LORD is good to those who wait on Him, to the soul that seeks Him.” Lamentations 3:25

Andrew Murray, ‘Waiting on God.’

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It’ll be like our young love again when I brought you out of Egypt. I will betroth you to me forever, and it will be like the heights of pleasure a honeymoon brings.

God.
(From Hosea 2, spoken by Nancy Guthrie at #onelove2014.)

There is healing. I will always take you back. I’ve written across your life in the red blood of My Son: 
Cleansed, 
Washed, 
Beloved, 
Accepted, 
Mine.

Nancy Guthrie on Hosea and the Gospel, #OneLove2014.
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Carriage Works / Sydney, Australia.

There is healing. I will always take you back. I’ve written across your life in the red blood of My Son:

Cleansed,

Washed,

Beloved,

Accepted,

Mine.

Nancy Guthrie on Hosea and the Gospel, #OneLove2014.

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Carriage Works / Sydney, Australia.

Truly the Bible is magnificent. 
Early twentieth-century evangelist Billy Sunday pictured the Bible like a majestic palace. He wrote,

I entered through the portico of Genesis and walked down through the Old Testament’s art gallery, where I saw the portraits of Joseph, Jacob, Daniel, Moses, Isaiah, Solomon and David hanging on the wall; I entered the music room of the Psalms and the Spirit of God struck the keyboard of my nature until it seemed to me that every reed and pipe in God’s great organ of nature responded to the harp of David, and the charm of King Solomon in his moods.
I walked into the business house of Proverbs.
I walked into the observatory of the prophets and there saw photographs of various sizes, some pointing to far-off stars or events—all concentrated upon one great Star which was to rise as an atonement for sin.
Then I went into the audience room of the King of Kings, and got a vision from four points—from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. I went into the correspondence room, and saw Peter, James, Paul and Jude, penning their epistles to the world. I went into the Acts of the Apostles and saw the Holy Spirit forming the Holy Church, and then I walked into the throne room and saw a door at the foot of a tower and, going up, I saw One standing there, fair as the morning, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and I found this truest friend that man ever knew; when all were false I found Him true.

(Billy Sunday Speaks [New York: Chelsea House, 1970], p. 23).

Truly the Bible is magnificent.

Early twentieth-century evangelist Billy Sunday pictured the Bible like a majestic palace. He wrote,

I entered through the portico of Genesis and walked down through the Old Testament’s art gallery, where I saw the portraits of Joseph, Jacob, Daniel, Moses, Isaiah, Solomon and David hanging on the wall; I entered the music room of the Psalms and the Spirit of God struck the keyboard of my nature until it seemed to me that every reed and pipe in God’s great organ of nature responded to the harp of David, and the charm of King Solomon in his moods.

I walked into the business house of Proverbs.

I walked into the observatory of the prophets and there saw photographs of various sizes, some pointing to far-off stars or events—all concentrated upon one great Star which was to rise as an atonement for sin.

Then I went into the audience room of the King of Kings, and got a vision from four points—from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. I went into the correspondence room, and saw Peter, James, Paul and Jude, penning their epistles to the world. I went into the Acts of the Apostles and saw the Holy Spirit forming the Holy Church, and then I walked into the throne room and saw a door at the foot of a tower and, going up, I saw One standing there, fair as the morning, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and I found this truest friend that man ever knew; when all were false I found Him true.

(Billy Sunday Speaks [New York: Chelsea House, 1970], p. 23).

come messy.

"This is the gospel, the welcoming heart of God. God cheers when we come to Him with our wobbling, unsteady prayers. Jesus does not say, ‘Come to Me, all you who have learned how to concentrate in prayer, whose minds no longer wander, and I will give you rest." No, Jesus opens His arms to His needy children and says, ‘Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest’ (Matthew 11:28). The criteria for coming to Jesus is weariness. Come overwhelmed with life. Come with your wandering mind. Come messy.”

A Praying LifePaul E. Miller

The reason we turn to other things is because we actually love the sin more than the Saviour.

What will overcome our love for sin? A greater Love.

The love of the One who would give Himself for us, despite our sin and transgression, and would raise us to God and seat us at His right hand.

Bryan Chapell / #onelove2014

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