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Showering In The 1960’s

Heritage listed shower stall at the Matthew Flinders Motor Inn, Coonabarabran.
A very comfortable night’s sleep.


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Youngest Daughter, As Drawn By Eldest Daughter

From back in 2004. It’s going home as a souvenir, but it’s not in great condition. 


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Bread, Milk, Wheelchair

The IGA supermarket in Maryborough (QLD) has an aisle dedicated to crutches, walking frames and wheelchairs.
Apparently they know their market.


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Undivided – Sunday Songs

When I get home there’ll probably be a copy of EMU Musics Songs For Little Rooms 2.
A follow-up to the original album Songs For Little Rooms, the premise is to present a mixture of favourites and a couple of new ones with simplified arrangements and renditions.
Sort of like what 95% of local churches could aspire to when using them.
They’re releasing video clips for some of the songs.
Here’s Undivided.
The lyrics.
Give me an undivided heart
That I might fear your name
Teach me to walk in righteous paths
And follow in your ways
For you are gracious and forgiving
Hear, O Lord, and answer me

  1. Give me an undivided mind
    That I might love your word
    Help me to hunger for your voice
    And know your Spirit’s sword
    For you are good, your truth unchanging
    Life is found in serving you

Undivided – I want to live for you
Single-minded – all that I say, all that I do
Sanctify me, take me and make me new
That I might live for Christ, my Lord

  1. Give me an undivided love
    For all that you desire
    Make me a living sacrifice
    Ignite in me your fire
    For you, O Lord, are God eternal
    All my ways are known to you

Undivided – counting my gains as loss
Single-minded – whatever the pain, whatever the cost
Sanctify me, help me take up my cross
And live for him who died for me

© 2010 Rob Smith

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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 30

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 30

Q & A 57
Q Which is the fourth commandment?
A The fourth commandment is, Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shall you labor, and do all your work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservent, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.*1

Q & A 58
Q What is required in the fourth commandment?
A The fourth commandment requires the keeping holy to God such set times as he has appointed in his Word; expressly one whole day in seven, to be a holy sabbath to himself.*2

Q & A 59
Q Which day of the seven has God appointed to be the weekly sabbath?
A From the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, God appointed the seventh day of the week to be the weekly sabbath;3 and the first day of the week ever since, to continue to the end of the world, which is the Christian sabbath.4

Q & A 60
Q How is the sabbath to be sanctified?
A The sabbath is to be sanctified by a holy resting all that day, even from such worldly employments and recreations as are lawful on other days;5 and spending the whole time in the public and private exercises of God’s worship,6 except so much as is to be taken up in the works of necessity and mercy.*7

Q & 61
Q What is forbidden in the fourth commandment?
A The fourth commandment forbids the omission, or careless performance, of the duties required, and the profaning the day by idleness, or doing that which is in itself sinful, or by unnecessary thoughts, words, or works, about our worldly employments or recreations.*8

Q & A 62
Q What are the reasons annexed to the fourth commandment?
A The reasons annexed to the fourth commandment are, God’s allowing us six days of the week for our own employments,9 his challenging a special propriety in the seventh, his own example, and his blessing the sabbath day.10

*1 Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15.
*2 Exodus 31:13, 16-17.
*3 Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 20:11.
*4 Mark 2:27-28; Acts 20:7; Corinthians 16:2; Revelation 1:10.
*5 Exodus 20:10; Nehemiah 13:15-22.
*6 Exodus 20:8; Leviticus 23:3; Luke 4:16; Acts 20:7.
*7 Matthew 12:1-13
*8 Nehemiah 13:15-22; Isaiah 58:13-14; Amos 8:4-6.
*9 Exodus 20:9; Leviticus 23:3.
*10 Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 20:11; Exodus 31:17.

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Sermons That Do Not Just Settle For General Inspiration And Moralising (via Tim Keller)

“To show how a text fits into its whole canonical context, then, is to show how it points to Christ and gospel salvation, the big idea of the whole Bible. Every time you expound a Bible text, you are not finished unless you demonstrate how it shows that we cannot save ourselves and that only Jesus can. That means we must preach Christ from every text, which is the same thing as saying we must preach the gospel every time and not just settle for general inspiration and moralising.”
Tim Keller, Preaching, Viking, 2015, pg 48.

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The Local Paper Has Good Headlines 

This is today’s effort.
I don’t want to read the article, the headline ‘Sewer Rage’ is enough.