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Songs Of The Saved – New Album From EMU Music

EMU Music have just released Songs Of The Saved, a collection of songs seeking to express the great themes common to the experience of God’s redeemed people.
I’m listening to it at various times to see if anything strikes me as demanding to be sung.
There’s no immediate stand-outs, although More Of You is probably leading the pack at the moment.

Here’s EMU’s blurb for the album:

sos165x165There’s an equation that runs right through Scripture – from the song of Moses in Exodus 15 to the song of the heavenly multitude in Revelation 19 – that goes like this: when God saves his people, his people are filled with joy, and when his people are filled with joy, they sing songs of praise to God. The Bible, of course, records many of these songs, and we do well to sing them. But over the last 2,000 years, Christians have written many more that faithfully convey biblical truth and powerfully proclaim God’s praise.
This new album contains 11 freshly written ‘songs of the saved’ – songs of adoration, celebration, dedication, exhortation and petition. They have all been intentionally crafted for congregational use – to give those who have experienced the joy of redemption through faith in Jesus Christ some new songs to sing together in praise of our great God and saviour. For it is not God’s purpose that we remain silent, but that we learn to publicly declare his praise. As the psalmist writes:
I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love
and your faithfulness from the great congregation.
Psalm 40:10

If you’re on Spotify, you can check it out here.

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The Death Of Phillip Hughes


The Adelaide Oval Scoreboard

It’s hard to know why an event grips public consciousness.
Phillip Hughes, a professional cricketer died today of an injury sustained during a game.
Search the internet and you’ll find countless articles reporting the story.
One young man of undoubted talent who continued to strive to establish himself at the highest level of his sport.
A life’s ambition not completely realised, a talent and skill not fully developed.
There was something in the straightforward way in which he was seeking to overcome the various setbacks which his career encountered that endeared him many inside and outside the sport.
In cricket when a batsman is not dismissed before the close of the innings their score is denoted as ‘not out’.
Hughes’ incomplete final innings will be recorded as ‘retired hurt’, another way of indicating a turn at bat which was not completed, a marker to a career halted by interruption not by choice.
On a day when I celebrated the 28th birthday of my first-born, the death of a man who was three days short of his 26th birthday strikes a strange resonance.
Parents and siblings in loss, friends and comrades in sport, fans and the public all express loss.
Remembering life is precious, and there are times when words should be few, it is a good time to recall that we should number our days, not to jealously hoard them, but to make sure that each is lived to its fullest.

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This Old Spice ad highlights differing parental perspectives on the growing up of their sons.
It doesn’t have to be confined to sons, though.
Maybe I over-identify with the dads in this about my kids growing up.
Especially today, when my eldest daughter turns 28, having moved into her own home earlier this year.
They all make me feel so proud.

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Another Christmas Gift Idea

I’m told this should totally be a Christmas gift for me.

This is another possibility, I think.

They’re both featured at this post.
Apparently I’m impossible to buy gifts for. (Seems everything I want, I’ve already got)

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Fighting The Awe War

Paul Tripp takes five minutes to explain that humans are hard-wired for awe, that we should live in awe of God not in awe of anything else, and how those who are meant to lead the ongoing battle for our awe to be of God can lose their own awe of Him.

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Paleo Pumpkin Pie

This year’s version is paleo, using a nut based crust and coconut sugar and maple syrup as sweeteners in the filling.
Gluten free, dairy free and tastes pretty good, I think.


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Speaking The Truth In Love by David Powlison – Kindle Edition Free At Amazon For Limited Time

Some of you will want a copy of David Powlison’s Speaking The Truth In Love.
Kindle edition currently free for a couple of days at Amazon.
Thanks Gospel eBooks.

The blurb:

Speaking-Truth-In-Love-198x300You probably speak 20,000 words a day, give or take, and each one influences those who listen. No wonder God has so much to say about our words. We are all counselors, whether we realize it or not!
Speaking Truth in Love is a blueprint for communication that strengthens community in Christ. The principles outlined in this pivotal work are specific to counseling, yet extend to marriage, family, friendship, business, and the church.
Have you ever wondered how to be a more effective counselor?
Have you ever looked for a better way to talk to difficult people?
Have you ever wanted to express faith and love more naturally in your relationships?
Practical in its approach yet comprehensive in its scope, Speaking Truth in Love is sure to become required reading for anyone interested in pursuing a career as a counselor or anyone else who longs for ways to redeem relationships.