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William And Catherine, Duke And Duchess of Cambridge, Attend St Andrews’ Cathedral Sydney On Easter Sunday

The Bible Society have a post about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending an Easter Morning service at St Andrew’s Anglican Cathedral in Sydney.
You can easily search around and find many other articles.
Perhaps not all of those will mention the central focus of the morning.
“Despite the hype and thousands of royal fans clamouring for a glimpse of the royal couple beyond the Cathedral doors, no mention was made of the Duke and Duchess during the service. In a nod to the real reason for Easter, the Dean of the Cathedral, Phillip Jensen said in his opening remarks: “We’re here today to welcome the Prince—of Peace, the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings.””

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Mike Baird, New South Wales’ New Premier On Character And Personal Faith (via CPX)

Mike Baird is the new Premier of New South Wales following his predecessor’s rapid departure due to forgetfulness.
Christian Faith wasted no time posting this three-year old interview with Baird conducted by the Centre For Public Christianity.
It provides a little bit of background and some information on the new leader of New South Wales’ aspirations regarding personal character.

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Thine Is The Glory – Sunday Songs

We sang this at a sunrise service led by the local pastors and later at mgpc.
What more needs to be said.
He is risen!

The lyrics:
Thine is the glory,
risen, conquering Son;
endless is the victory
thou o’er death hast won.
Angels in bright raiment
rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes
where thy body lay.
Thine is the glory,
risen, conquering Son;
endless is the victory
thou o’er death hast won.
Lo! Jesus meets us,
risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us,
scatters fear and gloom.
Let the church with gladness
hymns of triumph sing,
for the Lord now liveth;
death hath lost its sting.
No more we doubt thee,
glorious Prince of life!
Life is naught without thee;
aid us in our strife.
Make us more than conquerors
through thy deathless love;
bring us safe through Jordan
to thy home above.

I think we sounded as good as this, so it’ll give you some idea of how we went.

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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 16

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 16

Q. Why did Christ have to suffer death?
A. Because the righteousness and truth of God are such that nothing else could make reparation for our sins except the death of the Son of God.

Q. Why was he “buried”?
A. To confirm the fact that he was really dead.

Q. Since, then, Christ died for us, why must we also die?
A. Our death is not a reparation for our sins, but only a dying to sin and an entering into eternal life.

Q. What further benefit do we receive from the sacrifice and death of Christ on the cross?
A. That by his power our old self is crucified, put to death, and buried with him, so that the evil passions of our mortal bodies may reign in us no more, but that we may offer ourselves to him as a sacrifice of thanksgiving.

Q. Why is there added: “He descended into hell”?
A. That in my severest tribulations I may be assured that Christ my Lord has redeemed me from hellish anxieties and torment by the unspeakable anguish, pains, and terrors which he suffered in his soul both on the cross and before.

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Everyone Means Everyone (preparing for MGPC 20/4/2014)

The good news of the resurrection is for everyone.
We’ll remember that again this Easter Sunday.

Now Open Wide The Gates For Me (Psalm 118) and New Song In My Heart are our songs of preparation with Christ The Lord Is Risen Today commencing worship.
Our prayer of adoration and confession will recall the scope and extent of God’s love, and commit ourselves to never forgetting it.
My Lord, What Love Is (Amazing Love), the Nicene Creed and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow will be our testimony of faith and assurance.
In God’s Word, John 9:18-41 continue the account of the healing of the man born blind; then we’ll continue memorising Hebrews 9:28.
Yours Is The Glory, Risen Conquering Son will be another song of resurrection praise.
After reading Acts 10:34-43, the sermon will focus on the centrality of the death and resurrection of Jesus as the message the church carried forth; as the reason why the message went forth; and even explaining the inclusiveness of the Gospel.
We’ll be led in pastoral prayer, give our tithes and offerings, then conclude worship singing See What A Morning.

And then have Easter buns in the hall for morning tea.

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Michael Bloomberg On Getting Into Heaven

Michael Bloomberg is the very rich former mayor of New York who continues to be active in all sorts of areas of social advocacy.
He’s quoted in the New York Times as reflecting on the situation of advancing years and his own mortality in these terms:

But if he senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

There’s nothing in the article to suggest the statement is tongue in cheek.
In any case, that would pretty much sum up the attitude of a lot of folks here in Mount Gambier.
People think they know what Christians believe, but a lot of the time all they believe is that being good gets you into heaven.
The good news is that only bad people get to go to heaven, and they go because Jesus has taken our punishment on himself and shares his resurrection life with us.