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Ultimate Archery Skill Demonstration

Way back when in High School it was so disappointing to discover that archery didn’t work like in the movies or comic books.
But the guy in this video has totally restored my faith.
Sometimes the video seems like a spoof, but always takes itself very seriously.

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Be The Church Instead Of Trying To Fix The Church (via Carlos Whittaker)

Thoughts from Carlos Whittaker:

The local church isn’t hinging on how you decorate it.
The local church isn’t going to die if you don’t fix it.
The local church isn’t in need of your systems.
The local church isn’t going to fall apart without the next generation fixing the last generation’s version.
The local church isn’t some experiment.
The local church is the bride of Christ and will survive and thrive regardless of our churching skill level.
So this week.
Relax with the plans…Take a deep breath…And BE the church instead of trying to FIX the church. It’s better that way…


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Australia Day Movie

A man’s home is his castle.


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Inside A Hamster’s Cheeks

X-Ray image showing how big a hamster’s cheeks really are.

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More Of You And Less Of Me – Sunday Songs

More Of You (And Less Of Me) from EMU Music’s latest album Songs Of The Saved caught my ear.

The video below features some backstory to the song, a modernised version of some older hymn words, a tutorial and an acoustic performance that begins at 2:34.

Original verse words: Theodore Monod (1874). Music and additional words: © 2013, Greg Cooper (Rhinoceros Music Publishing), Grant and Brooke Norsworthy (Team Tasman Music), Jamie Seyfang and Luke Woodhouse (2013)

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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 4

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 4

Q & A 5
Q Are there more Gods than one?
A There is but one only,1 the living and true God.2

Q & A 6
Q How many persons are there in the Godhead?
A There are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost;3 and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.4

*1 Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:21-22; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6
*2 Jeremiah 10:10; John 17:3; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; 1 John 5:20
*3 Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2
*4 Psalm 45:6; John 1:1; John 17:5; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 9:5; Colossians 2:9; Jude 1:24-25

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Come And Hear Again About The God Who Works His Purposes Through Your Weaknesses

I hope if you attend Christian worship tomorrow you won’t be subjected to a lesson in moral improvement, an exhortation about how God can use you by your following a list of steps of moral improvements drawn from Bible narrative turned into object lessons.
I trust you’ll hear about God’s redemptive love, which always achieves its purposes not by making people better so that they’re useful, but by making the imperfect actions of people serve His better purpose of bringing His people into family and caring for and preserving them.

Mark Altrogge has a few more thoughts on the subject.