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Study Advice From Gandalf

There isn’t a point where you can’t tell where Ian McKellen is going with his important advice to these students, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable.

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Your Name – Sunday Songs

The church I worshipped with this morning sang Your Name by Paul Baloche and Glen Packiam.
Baloche makes a lot of resources and charts for his songs available free at his website.

The lyrics:
As morning dawns and evening fades
You inspire songs of praise
That rise from earth to touch Your heart and glorify Your Name
Your Name is a strong and mighty tower
Your Name is a shelter like no other
Your Name, let the nations sing it louder
‘Cause nothing has the power to save
But Your Name
Jesus, in Your Name we pray
Come and fill our hearts today
Lord, give us strength to live for You and glorify Your Name
Your Name is a strong and mighty tower
Your Name is a shelter like no other
Your Name, let the nations sing it louder
‘Cause nothing has the power to save but Your Name

Paul Baloche and Glenn Packiam
© 2006 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music and Vertical Worship Songs c/o Integrity Media, Inc., 1000 Cody Road, Mobile, AL 36695 All rights reserved.

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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 42

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 42

Q. What does God forbid in the eighth commandment?
A. He forbids not only the theft and robbery which civil authorities punish, but God also labels as theft all wicked tricks and schemes by which we seek to get for ourselves our neighbor’s goods, whether by force or under the pretext of right, such as false weights and measures, deceptive advertising or merchandising, counterfeit money, exorbitant interest, or any other means forbidden by God. He also forbids all greed and misuse and waste of his gifts.

Q. But what does God require of you in this commandment?
A. That I work for the good of my neighbor wherever I can and may, deal with him as I would have others deal with me, and do my work well so that I may be able to help the poor in their need.

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Sitting At Jesus’ Feet (via William Taylor)

William Taylor, Rector of St Helen’s Bishopsgate speaks about the singular necessity of sitting at Jesus’ feet in discipleship and ministry.
Those who preach and those who hear must share the conviction that we must sit at Jesus’ feet and be fed.

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Now This Is What Personalised Voicemail Messages Should Sound Like

Sting was on Jimmy Fallon and recorded an outgoing voicemail message for an audience member.
The first part of the video has Sting singing classic ringtones and realising ‘Marimba’ rips off ‘Synchronicity’.
The choice of voicemail message is a classic Police track.
Not Every Breath You Take.

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Preach The Gospel At All Times… (via Adam4d)

Adam4d offers a helpful corrective to the idea that a life which adorns the Gospel is a substitute for sharing the Gospel.


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When Did Arrogance Cease To Be Immoral? (via John Ortberg)

John Ortberg hits the bullseye in considerations about Mark Driscoll’s resignation from Mars Hill.
The temptation is to focus on what we do or don’t do instead of looking deeply into our character.
The pastor, the board said, had been guilty of arrogance — along with other attitudes and behaviors associated with arrogance. But had not been charged with “immorality.”
When did arrogance cease to be immoral?
I suspect that most folks in our evangelical subculture will understand that “immorality” is really being used as a substitute term for sexual misbehavior. But why would we reduce such an important word to code language for one area of misconduct?

Read the whole post here.