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Pres Life June/July 2015 – News From The Presbyterian Church Of Queensland

preslifePres Life is the new name for the Presbyterian Church of Queensland’s news magazine. (Formerly New Directions)
It seems to be a magazine style layout now, on a quarterly schedule.
Contents include:

  • Grass-Roots Reflections
  • Church News
  • Mission News
  • Generation Next
  • Kids Weekender Camps
  • Inductions
  • Chaplaincy
  • PresCare
  • Involving your children in Church

There’s still a pdf available for download, or you can use one of these new-fangled issuu online reader editions.


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Slugs and Bugs / Sing the Bible (Vol. 2) Kickstarter Project Now Open

11698782_10152843526860683_5882708175372038761_oI was happy to see that Slugs And Bugs have begun a Kickstarter campaign to fund a second volume of Sing The Bible scripture based songs.
Volume 1 was a real hoot, continuing the inventive fun and musical excellence of earlier releases, but focussing on making selections from the Bible memorable.
Volume 2 promises more of the same with some differences in musical style.
I expect the total will be raised, but here’s your chance to get in and support a great project.
All rewards were sent out in a timely fashion, as promised, last time. They may not be out here in Australia by Christmas, but they’ll make great listening in 2016.
All the details about the reward levels are here.


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Vale Spearmint Leaves

allens_spearmint_leaves_bagDriving quarter-way around the country last week has left me so far out of the loop that I hadn’t heard that Allens Confectionary are discontinuing production of Spearmint Leaves.
(I’ve decided to defy the government media ban on the ABC by linking to a report from their site.)
The retail site I appropriated this image from described them as ‘One of Australia’s favourite lollies’.
Not any more.


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Home – Sunday Songs

Well, it’s been an unexpected couple of weeks, without a lot of certainty about timing ahead.
I don’t know when I’ll be home, but that’s not really where I expect to be forever anyway.
This song by CityAlight is called Home, and expresses a lot of what I’m feeling presently.
The lyrics:
Verse 1
Jesus lead me day by day
Fix my eyes upon Your face
Guide my feet Lord as I run
Hold me Saviour in Your love
Verse 2
Jesus keep me free from sin
Help me fight the war within
Shield me now from fear and doubt
Break these chains that weigh me down

Oh we sing together now

Chorus
Yes! I am running
Won’t be long ‘til I am home
Yes! I am running
Jesus bring me safely home
Verse 3
Jesus You have run the race
Perfect love and perfect faith
We are weary, You are strong
In Your grace we carry on

Oh we sing together now

Bridge
I do not know what I will see,
when all my tears are wiped away
But I am sure that it will be,
the world that I was saved to see

And He has said that I will know,
a joy beyond my deepest hope
A Father’s love, a Saviour’s peace,
when I am truly home

By Jonny Robinson & Rich Thompson
© 2014 CityAlight Music

Here’s their music video.


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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 27

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 27

Q & A 45
Q Which is the first commandment?
A The first commandment is, You shall have no other gods before me.*1

Q & A 46
Q What is required in the first commandment?
A The first commandment requires us to know and acknowledge God to be the only true God, and our God; and to worship and glorify him accordingly.*2

Q & A 47
Q What is forbidden in the first commandment?
A The first commandment forbids the denying,3 or not worshiping and glorifying, the true God as God,4 and our God;5 and the giving of that worship and glory to any other, which is due to him alone.6

Q & A 48
Q What are we specially taught by these words before me in the first commandment?
A These words before me in the first commandment teach us, that God, who sees all things, takes notice of, and is much displeased with, the sin of having any other God.*7

*1 Exodus 20:3; Deuteronomy 5:7.
*2 1 Chronicles 28:9; Isaiah 45:20-25; Matthew 4:10.
*3 Psalm 14:1.
*4 Romans 1:20-21.
*5 Psalm 81:10-11.
*6 Ezekiel 8:16-18; Romans 1:25.
*7 Deuteronomy 30:17-18; Psalm 44:20-21; Ezekiel 8:12.