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Footy Tipping 2015 – NRL / AFL Season Wrap-Up

Could two grand-finals be more different?
In the AFL Hawthorn demonstrated another expression of their dominance, comfortably winning a third straight title.
In the NRL North Queensland score on a play that began with fifteen seconds of regular time remaining; Jonathan Thurston fails to win with a conversion attempt, but lands a drop-goal after opposite half Ben Hunt knocks on the kick off in extra time.
As the AFL game concluded thoughts mainly turned toward wondering how any team will match the standard of this team next year.
In the final moments of regular time in the NRL game I was sitting in awe of coach Wayne Bennett’s skill in securing a title with a team that lacked any semblance of cohesion at the end of last year.
But then North Queensland rewrote the script.

So, for the sake of completion:
NRL (last round 1/1; season tally 123/193)
AFL (last round 1/1; season tally 143/209)

See you next year.

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Hear Our Prayer – Sunday Songs

Continuing a semi-regular series featuring tracks from EMU Music’s Songs For Little Rooms 2 Album.
Hear Our Prayer is another song that has reasonable lyrics, but I wonder how the melody works as a corporate song.
Vocalists can sing it okay but something about the combination of pace and melody makes it hard for me to visualise a room full of other people singing it with confidence and volume. That said, it’s a pretty easy melody to pick up.
I wonder if you’d find yourself humming the tune. That sort of thing.
The lyrics on the other hand make a very strong statement well suited to the start of worship.
The lyrics:
Hear our prayer, God above
As we come to you and seek your patient love
Hear our hearts, hear our minds
Hear the echoes of the words we cannot find
Be our hope, be our guide
In our wanderings of weakness break our pride
Not for ease shall we pray
But for strength that we may walk with you this day
So we pray in faith, your will be done
As we long to see your kingdom come
We ask with one voice
Through Jesus Christ our Lord
Hear our prayer, faithful one
Shape our yearnings to the gospel of your Son
Free our hearts, free our minds
From the war that sin will wage till you arrive
Be our joy, be our stay
Give us eyes to see you answer prayer this day
Hear us praise all you’ve done
We rejoice as we receive the victory won

Words and music: © 2014 Greg Cooper (Rhinoceros Music Publishing) & Andrew Judd
Based on the hymn ‘Father, hear the prayer we offer’ (Words: Love M. Willis 1859)

Here’s EMU’s rendition.

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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 39

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 39

Q & A 89
Q How is the Word made effectual to salvation?
A The Spirit of God makes the reading, but especially the preaching, of the Word, an effectual means of convincing and converting sinners, and of building them up in holiness and comfort, through faith, unto salvation.*1

Q & A 90
Q How is the Word to be read and heard, that it may become effectual to salvation?
A That the Word may become effectual to salvation, we must attend thereunto with diligence, preparation, and prayer;2 receive it with faith and love, lay it up in our hearts, and practice it in our lives.3

*1 Nehemiah 8:8-9; Acts 20:32; Romans 10:14-17; 2 Timothy 3:15-17.
*2 Deuteronomy 6:16 ff; Psalm 119:18; 1 Peter 2:1-2.
*3 Psalm 119:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:10; Hebrews 4:2; James 1:22-25.

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Five Questions A Pastor Should Ask Themselves In Preparation For Sunday Morning

Kent Hughes shares five questions he asks himself as a pastor in preparation for Sunday morning.
They’re also good points for those praying for pastors as well.

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Forgiven (preparing for mgpc 4/10/2015)

Songs of preparation: Lord Vindicate Me (Psalm 26) and Salvation Belongs To Our God.
Responsive call to worship:
Praise: From All That Dwell Below The Skies.
Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Jesus Paid It All; The Apostle’s Creed; Now To The King Of Heaven.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 25:1-17 – Chapters 25-32 contain a series of oracles against most of the states of the ancient Near East. Chapter 25 features prophecies against Ammon, Moab, Seir, Edam, and Philistia..
Bible memorisation: Psalm 3:3,4.
Praise: Consider Christ.
Reading: 2 Samuel 12:1-31
Sermon: Forgiven – God confronts David over his sin and David responds and is restored.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Bless The Lord, O My Soul – 10,000 Reasons.

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Footy Tipping 2015 – NRL / AFL Grand Finals

Well, so much for two grand finals composed entirely of teams from outside the states in which the respective Grand Finals are held.
Fremantle: get some players who can kick a winning score.
The NRL Grand Final is the most even I can remember for some time. It doesn’t matter who wins, though I lean toward North Queensland, both because I think any team with Jonathan Thurston deserves favouritism and because they haven’t won a premiership before. But if Brisbane win I wouldn’t be surprised at all.
In the AFL Hawthorn are my pick because I think they have another gear and will simply explode on the day, like last year when they proved themselves a class above Sydney. West Coast winning would be a huge upset.

NRL (last round 2/2; season tally 122/192)
North Queensland

AFL (last round 1/2; season tally 142/208)

I’ll do a wrap up for completion’s sake on Monday.