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Worship As An Encouragement To Others (via Jared Wilson)

Gathering together with other Christians in worship is an act of encouragement to them.
And that’s before you even do anything else.
From Jared Wilson:

Your church attendance is an encouragement to others. This is especially true in smaller to medium-sized congregations, but it’s even true in very large local churches where you may be tempted to think your absence would go unnoticed. Presence is impressive. When the saints gather, there is something spiritually helpful about the physical proximity of the brethren and even about the relative fullness of the sanctuary.
Even if you make the mistake of not talking to anyone, even if you don’t think you’re getting much out of the church or they’re not getting much out of you, your actual presence communicates to those around you: “This is worth it. You, brothers and sisters, are worth it.” Having pastored a church, I can tell you that while I didn’t get to speak to every attendee every Sunday, I was encouraged when I saw people loyally showing up week after week. I’m willing to bet your presence encourages your pastors as well.
This is to say nothing of the immense help and encouragement you can be when you actually reach out with kind words or a helping hand to the brethren you see week after week.


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A House Divided (preparing for MGPC 22/4/18)

Song: Your Love Defends Me
Call to Worship
Song: In Christ Alone
Prayer Of Confession
Song: The King Of Love My Shepherd Is
Affirming our Faith: Westminster Shorter Catechism Q26
Song: Now To Him Who Loved Us
Bible Reading: 1 Timothy 1:1-24 – Salutation and warnings against false teachers; their doctrines contrasted with the true gospel.
Bible Memorisation: James 5:13
Song: God Whose Almighty Word
Video: Kings Video
Bible Reading: 1 Kings 12:1-24
Sermon: A House Divided
Song: Who Is On The Lord’s Side
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Blessed be Your Name

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How Can I keep From Singing by Buddy Greene

How Can I Keep From Singing by Buddy Greene, from his album A Few More Years.

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All Things Sad by Buddy Greene

All Things Sad by Buddy Greene, from Together in the Harvest: The A Rocha Project.

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Footy Tipping 2018 – NRL Round 7 / AFL Round 5

Well, if nothing else, I’m consistent.
These seem to be same scores that I got for both comps last round.

NRL (last round 4/8; season tally 23/48)
Saint George
North Queensland

AFL (last round 7/9; season tally 25/36)
Greater Western Sydney
West Coast
Port Adelaide
Gold Coast

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Why Is “Sic ‘em” Used As A Command For Dogs To Attack? (via Today I Found Out)

Another of life’s big questions: where did the practice of using the phrase “sic ‘em” to command dogs to attack come from?
No mention of where the succinct Australian variation “skitch” come from though.

The phrase seems based in older language usage, but how do these sorts of things find themselves in popular usage:

“Sick,” in this context, had nothing to do with the word meaning “ill,” but rather was simply a dialectal variant of “seek,” which used to sometimes carry the connotation of seeking with the intent to attack. (This sense of the word “seek” was used as far back as around AD 1000 in the work, Beowulf.)

Read more about it at Today I Found Out.

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Mexican Bowl at Dan and Steph’s, Hervey Bay

My lunch at Hervey Bay eatery Dan and Steph’s today was an excellent Mexican Bowl.

The menu description:

12hr slow cooked pulled pork, Mexican beans, lettuce, tomato, red capsicum, charred corn, fresh avo, coriander, crispy tortilla, fresh lime, sour cream.

The egg was a bonus from my sister’s superfood bowl.