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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 47

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 47

Q & A 102
Q What do we pray for in the second petition?
A In the second petition, which is, Your kingdom come, we pray that Satan’s kingdom may be destroyed;1 and that the kingdom of grace may be advanced,2 ourselves and others brought into it, and kept in it;3 and that the kingdom of glory may be hastened.4

*1 Matthew 12:25-28; Romans 16:20; 1 John 3:8.
*2 Psalm 72:8-11; Matthew 24:14; 1 Corinthians 15:24-25.
*3 Psalm 119:5; Luke 22:32; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5.
*4 Revelation 22:20.

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Kiss The Wave

Charles Spurgeon, as quoted by David Cook in a sermon this afternoon:
“I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.”
The subjective experience of adversity brings us into contact with the objective experience of God and his gracious love.

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Talking To Yourself (preparing for mgpc 29/11/2015)

Songs of preparation: To You I Lift My Soul (Psalm 25) and Humble Thyself / Our God Is An Awesome God.
Call to worship:
Praise: O Come, O Come Emmanuel.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness; The Apostle’s Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 33:1-20 – The duty of the prophet likened to that of a ‘watchman’ on the walls of the city, and individual moral responsibility emphasised.
Bible memorisation: 2 Samuel 22:2-3.
Praise: Jesus Calls Us O’er The Tumult.
Reading: Romans 12.
Sermon: Talking To Yourself. Guest preacher – David Cook.
Pastoral prayer and the Lord’s Prayer
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Come, Set Your Rule And Reign (Build Your Kingdom Here).

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Captain America: Civil War Trailer

This looks interesting.
The third Captain America movie looks like a stealth Avengers movie instead.
The comic book run of Civil War was something I hated.
Putting a personal relationship at the centre of a division between the characters, and developing themes from the previous Avengers movie seems to make more sense.

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When Terror Lives At Home

For publication in our local paper this week. A reflection on White Ribbon Day.

Another White Ribbon Day has come and gone. The day challenges us to acknowledge that, for a significant portion of Mount Gambier’s population, home is not a place of security and nurture, but a place of fear and abuse.While the day is gone, that situation goes on.
This is not a circumstance that is distant and unlikely to personally impact us, like the terror attacks in Paris, Sydney or Beirut. This is violence that occurs within sight of our front doors. And, for some of you reading this, within your front door.
We demand our governments be vigilant to protect us from distant threats. How can we do anything less than demand that we ourselves stand against a threat on our doorstep?
Any consideration of the statistics available is horrifying. Any hearing of the stories of victims or survivors is harrowing.
Apart from physical suffering, the emotional and psychological effects of abuse can continue long after the abusive relationship is ended; the deepest scars are those that are in our minds. Bruises and bones heal, there are supports that can help reorient feelings and reactions, but the memories will never change.
While acknowledging that sometimes the victims of violence are men, campaigns like White Ribbon Day demand that we confront ourselves with the reality that is men’s violence against women and children, and continue to work toward a society in which is safer and more secure for all.
The Bible demands that every husband should devote their life toward the support, nurture and care of their wife. Violence, threats, financial blackmail, verbal abuse or any other form of coercion are completely unacceptable. Excuses about needs, circumstances, stress, alcohol, illness, or any other form of justification are wrong.
No one ever deserves to be brutalised. If you are, or were, a victim: it is not your fault. If you are someone who behaves in this way: you are an abuser, you must stop, and there is help and support available.
The feeling of shame among perpetrators and victims is strong. But that is no reason to keep the situation concealed. Healing can only come through the situation being addressed.
It is observed that leaving an abusive relationship is a brave action. Confessing that you are an abuser and that you need help to change is a brave act as well. Abuse is not about strength, it is driven by fear.
Don’t let fear rule your life and relationships.
The heart of Christian belief revolves around forgiveness and a new life. Life with Jesus is about change and growth. Churches strive to be communities where those who have been hurt can heal and learn to trust, and where those who have been abusers can be renewed and learn to be worthy of trust.
There are numerous agencies and groups in our town who would willingly support those who want to leave abuse behind, as well as those who have been victims.

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The Turkey Drop, 2015

My friend Matt has a tender heart, loves birds, and celebrates Thanksgiving.
In honour of him this is the 2015 post of a classic clip from WKRP in Cincinnati.
For the few of you who don’t know, this is the set-up: Arthur “Big Guy” Carlson has a big idea for an unforgettable Thanksgiving giveaway/promo for the struggling radio station he manages — drop live turkeys from a helicopter into a crowd waiting below.
What could go wrong?

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Of Making Many Study Bibles There Is No End (via Carl Trueman)

Carl Trueman on the proliferation of Study Bibles, generally produced by publishers and para-church groups:

There are many comments one could make about the plethora of such Bibles. The most obvious is that, to any with eyes to see, it is a publishing racket, designed to reinvent markets and thus invigorate income streams. It helps establish the dominance of particular individuals within the evangelical world. It meets no real need in the church. It is simply a part of the economy of finance, control, and promotion that characterizes today’s Big Evangelicalism. Study Bibles create a need which they then generously fill, a bit like the Apple iPhone, whose constant but trivial evolution keeps the gullible customer permanently dissatisfied and thus willing to shell out cash for whatever comes next. But perhaps that is too harsh. At least this one is ‘centered on the gospel message’ which is good and praiseworthy, if completely inane as a statement. In my experience, the best Bibles I have ever read have generally been centered on the gospel message. Indeed, if you have a Bible in your possession which is not centered on the gospel message, I suspect you may find that it is not actually a Bible at all but something else entirely — a novel by Tom Clancy, for example.
It also seems that there is a certain oddity to the endeavor, a kind of incipient megalomania, even if such is not actually intended. I used to take a copy of whatever Study Bible came immediately to hand into my Reformation class, the one on the Protestant notion of the uniqueness and sufficiency of scripture, open it up to the inside page and say ‘The Holy Bible: Written by God. But edited by Top Man.’

Read the whole post here.