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Grace Awaiting Me – Sunday Songs

Grace Awaiting Me is another song from EMU Music that I haven’t featured here.
A very reflective treatment.

The lyrics:
I will see the world to come
For one has suffered in my place
Now there is grace awaiting me, awaiting me.
Judgement’s done, atonement’s made
the ransom’s paid, no guilt remains
now there is grace awaiting me, awaiting me!

Grace – a welcome from the Father
Grace – forgiveness full and free
Grace – that’s greater than our failings
Oh there is grace awaiting me

I take comfort in the hope
of the thief upon the cross
For I am worthy of as little love as he.
Like this man, I won’t despair
for life’s ahead, what joy we’ll share
now there is grace awaiting me, awaiting me!

Jesus you have loved and bought me
By your death my debts are paid
I am yours, I stand beside you
Fearless face the coming day.

I will see the world to come
Despite the sin that I have done
For there is grace awaiting me, awaiting me.
All who call upon the Lord
will rise to life with peace assured
For there is grace awaiting me, awaiting me.

Words: Simone Richardson
Music: Philip Percival
© 2013 Simone Richardson & Philip Percival

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Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 7

Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 7

Q & A 18
Q What are God’s works of providence?
A God’s works of providence are his most holy,1 wise,2 and powerful preserving3 and governing4 all his creatures; ordering them, and all their actions,5 to his own glory.6

*1 Psalm 145:17.
*2 Psalm 104:24; Isaiah 28:29.
*3 Hebrews 1:3.
*4 Psalm 103:19.
*5 Matthew 10:29-31; Genesis 45:7.
*6 Romans 11:36; Isaiah 63:14.

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Confession – A Word From The Dead Surrendering To Life

From Robert Farrar Capon:
Confession is not the first step on the road to recovery; it is the last step in the displaying of a corpse.
Between Noon and Three, pg 74.
Confession is not a transaction, not a negotiation in order to secure forgiveness; it is the after-the-last grasp of a corpse that finally can afford to admit it’s dead and accept resurrection.
Kingdom, Grace, Judgment, pg 297.

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Gospel Actions & Reactions (preparing for mgpc 14/2/2016)

Songs of preparation: Who With God Most High Finds Shelter (Ps 91).
Call to worship:
Praise: Jesus Is The Name We Honour.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Alas, And Did My Saviour Bleed?; The Apostle’s Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 47:1-12 which describes a life-giving river which shall flow from the temple, an image which Jesus employs in describing Himself as the source of “living water” (John 4:10-14; compare 7:37-39).
Memory verse: Acts 14:22
Praise: I Will Glory In My Redeemer.
Reading: Acts 13:13-52.
Sermon: Gospel Actions & Reactions – The actions the Gospel inspires, the content of the Gospel shared, the reactions the Gospel creates.
Praise: Behold The Lamb (Communion Song).
Pastoral prayer and the Lord’s Prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Guide Me, O My Great Redeemer.

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The Little Pocket On Blue Jeans

Turns out that little pocket on the front of blue jeans was originally to put a pocket watch in.
Don’t take my word for it.
Levi Strauss & Co say so.
It’s hard to argue with them.
Read about it here, along with a few other items of blue jean miscellany.

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Remembering The One Who Gave Up Everything

Prepared for our local newspaper, the Border Watch.

Even though the date changes from year to year, the name ‘Ash Wednesday’ gives rise to powerful memories that abide more that thirty years after the fires raged through the affected areas of South Australia and Victoria. Having moved to this region over a decade ago it is impossible to miss the way the events of that tragic time cast a shadow over lives and events today, especially at this time of year.
Over the next week as the actual anniversary date passes many people will pause and take time to reflect on how their lives changed because of that day. There will be expressions of grief for loss, expressions of thanks for support received and for new lives forged after extraordinary ordeals, and a continuing determination to be vigilant against such danger in the future.
Those of us who were not there stand alongside them, and learn from their reactions to that ordeal.
It is fitting that this bittersweet anniversary often falls during a time of year when many Christians engage in a prolonged season of spiritual reflection.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a period of time that culminates in Easter. Over that time Christians remember what Jesus experienced on their behalf, think about what he has done for them, and recommit themselves as his disciples.
The Bible teaches that Jesus underwent a particular time of trial in a wilderness. He was sustained during that trial by faith in the Scriptures, faith in God, and faith in the promises made by God. His resistance of temptation is understood to be central to his capacity of being the Saviour of God’s people.
In remembering Jesus in this way the primary focus is not on emulation, but commemoration and celebration.
Remembering what others have been through develops empathy into their situations and insight into our reactions in our own circumstances. It doesn’t mean we’ve gone through what others have gone through, or share the credit what they’ve done.
In a similar way, the various activities leading up to Easter don’t mean we share responsibility for Jesus’ work.
Rather we are encouraged to recall that Jesus has done what only Jesus could do. We draw instruction from his focus, inspiration from his tenacity, and reassurance from his success. Again and again we learn that he successfully walked where we could not; and because he has the consequences of our own inabilities are overcome.
We remember the past well if we are determined to be informed by that which we’ve experienced rather than have our past experiences define us.
For those grieving past losses, even those from decades ago, be encouraged to look for future renewal. May those who will stand with you in support and empathy surround you.
For those seeking to remember the faithfulness of Jesus during these weeks, remember not to find your confidence in your own acts of devotion, but rather in the finished work of our Lord emphatically declared on your behalf in the resurrection.

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Weekly Commentary On The Westminster Larger Catechism by Daniel Hyde

Daniel Hyde (accompanied by others) has relaunched the blog Meet The Puritans at Reformation 21.
One feature is Wednesday @ Westminster, a weekly commentary on the Westminster Larger Catechism.
This week is Question 1.
Brief, helpful, well referenced and practical.