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Supermarket Mysteries Of Life: Mexican Softdrinks

In the Mexican food section of Woolworths these bottles of soft-drink have turned up.
Appropriately, they’re from Mexico.
Nothing else about them is special, they seem to contain the same contents as the beverages in the soft-drink aisle a few rows along.
I like to think I’m up on pop culture, but the brand name doesn’t ring any bells.
Who in Woolworths thought there’d be a sufficient market for soft-drinks from Mexico that they’re importing and stocking them in stores across the country?
I’d prefer them to stock dried ancho and chipotle chilies for cooking.
(This post did cause me to recall that back in the day my home district had its own soft-drink factory and brand: ‘Win-em’, so points for nostalgia, I guess.)

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Death Shall Not Destroy My Comfort – Chad Robison’s New Album

_robison_deathWith Death Shall Not Destroy My Comfort, Chad Robison produces a melodic album of hymns sung in contemporary style.
As the album title suggests, this collection showcases a set of songs that demonstrate how deeper themes can be introduced to corporate worship while using band instrumentation.
A great introduction to some classic lyrics (including the title track, which was unknown to me) and a few more recent compositions (O God Beyond All Praising and Come Away From Rush And Hurry) as well.
It also stands as an album for personal listening as well.
It’s available on iTunes and other download formats.
You can listen on Spotify to get an idea of the sound.

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No Sea, But There Will Be A River (via R.C. Sproul)

I always maintain that my lack of affection for beaches is simply a matter of anticipated eschatology.
This excerpt from R.C. Sproul’s Surprised By Suffering reminds us that the future promise is really about what is present and what is absent, and the comfort that should arise from that expectation.
Scripture often speaks of the entire creation awaiting the final act of redemption. To destroy something completely and to replace it with something utterly new is not an act of redemption. To redeem something is to save that which is in imminent danger of being lost. The renovation may be radical. It may involve a violent conflagration of purging, but the purifying act ultimately redeems rather than annihilates. The new heaven and the new earth will be purified. There will be no room for evil in the new order.

Surprised by Suffering by R.C. Sproul is available to download the ebook free through August 31, 2014.

From Ligonier.

A hint of the quality of the new heaven and new earth is found in the somewhat cryptic words, “Also there was no more sea” (Rev. 21:1). For people who have a love for the seashore and all that it represents in terms of beauty and recreation, it may seem strange to contemplate a new earth without any sea. But to the ancient Jew, it was a different matter. In Jewish literature, the sea was often used as a symbol for that which was ominous, sinister, and threatening. Earlier in the Revelation of John, we see the Beast emerging from the sea (Rev. 13). Likewise, in ancient Semitic mythology, there is frequent reference to the primordial sea monster that represents the shadowy chaos. The Babylonian goddess Tiamat is a case in point.
In Jewish thought, the river, the stream, or the spring functioned as the positive symbol of goodness. This was natural in a desert habitat where a stream was life itself. If we look at a relief map of Palestine, we see how crucial to the life of the land is the Jordan River. It cuts like a ribbon through the heart of an arid and parched land, connecting the Sea of Galilee in the north with the Dead Sea in the south.
The Mediterranean coast of western Palestine is marked by rocky shoals and jutting mountains. The ancient Hebrews did not develop a sea trade because the terrain was not suitable for much shipping. The sea represented trouble to them. It was from the Mediterranean that violent storms arose.
We see this contrasting imagery in Psalm 46. The psalmist writes: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling” (vv. 1–3). Then he adds, “There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God” (v. 4).
I live in central Florida. Our area is sometimes described as “the lightning capital of America.” The summer months bring severe electrical storms. My grandchildren are frequently frightened by what they call the “booming.” The loud thunderclaps are not a part of what they would envision heaven to include.
But the Jews feared other problems from the sea besides turbulent storms. Their traditional archrivals, marauders who beset them countless times, were a seacoast nation. The Philistines came from the direction of the sea.
The Jew looked to a new world where all the evils symbolized by the sea would be absent. The new earth will have water. It will have a river. It will have life-giving streams. But there will be no sea there.

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Supermarket Mysteries Of Life: Orange Slice

Holidays is a time to wander around supermarkets and ponder a variety of issues.
Today’s trip gives rise to an old mystery that seems to have no solution: ‘Who purchases Arnott’s Orange Slice biscuits?’
Tolerable pretenders in Assorted Creams, but who would buy a whole packet just on their own?
I have a feeling they probably go well with International Roast instant coffee.

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Worthy Of All Praise – Sunday Songs

Worthy Of All Praise is another selection from the EMU music catalogue.
It’s a pretty good Rob Smith song that’s ageing well enough.

The lyrics.
Jesus, Lord of creation,
King of Salvation,
Great God of grace.
Messiah, promised redeemer
Our risen saviour,
Author of peace.
You are worthy of all praise,
Worthy of all honour,
Worthy of glory, wisdom and strength.
And so we’ll sing through endless days
That you alone are worthy;
Worthy of all power,
Worthy of all praise.
For you sought us, wonderfully bought us
You paid for us dearly,
The price was your blood.
And you freed us, brought us to pardon,
Back to the garden,
Safe in your love.

© 2004 Rob Smith