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Trailer For Mary Poppins Returns

Please don’t be terrible.
Please don’t be terrible.
Please don’t be terrible.
…it gets bonus points for having Dick van Dyke not having to act to play an old man this time.


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Like Nothing Else (via Jeff Robinson)

Ministry is not the hardest thing anyone can do.
But it has a unique character; and a particular aspect of that character needs a particular awareness in order to go the long-term.
From Jeff Robinson at Crossway blog.

Jesus said it best in John 15:5: Apart from me you can do nothing. As a pastor, you either learn early to write that over the door of your heart or you don’t last long in ministry. It’s really just that simple. One of my favorite passages in my first few years of ministry was Mark 4:26-28 where Jesus tells the parable of the seed. It’s very pithy, there are just a couple of verses. The farmer plants the seed and then he goes to bed. When he gets up, lo and behold, the seed has germinated, grown, and he knows not how. Of course, we know how. We know it’s the grace of God.
God has invested this gospel truth in you, but it’s not about you because you can’t do anything to save people or sanctify people.
You realize pretty early that the call to pastoral ministry is not like anything else you’re going to do in life. You’re likely not going to have product at the end of the day. You’re not going to have widgets that you’ve made. You’re not going to have a byline at the top of the page or anything like that.

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My Management Plan

I’m attending meetings this week.
It’s sort of soft return to work.
This cartoon is sort of my management plan, explaining why nothing seems to go wrong for me.
(btw, this web cartoon is close to my life an uncomfortably lot of the time)


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How Stress Affects Your Body

A brief primer on the effects stress has on your body.
Something to look forward to next week.
Next week.


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I Will Wait For You (Psalm 130) – Sunday Songs

This week has seen the release of an EP from Keith and Kristyn Getty (North Coast Sessions) and a full album from Stuart Townend (Courage).
I Will Wait For You (Psalm 130) features on both.
Jordan Kauflin and Matt Merker assisted with the composition.
The song begins with words set to the tune Ballerma and then the original song begins.

The lyrics:
1.
Out of the depths I cry to You
In darkest places I will call
Incline Your ear to me anew
And hear my cry for mercy, Lord
2.
Were You to count my sinful ways
How could I come before Your throne
Yet full forgiveness meets my gaze
I stand redeemed by grace alone
Chorus
I will wait for You
I will wait for You
On Your word, I will rely
I will wait for You
Surely wait for You
Till my soul is satisfied
3.
So put your hope in God alone
Take courage in His power to save
Completely and forever won
By Christ emerging from the grave
Chorus
4.
Now He has come to make a way
And God Himself has paid the price
That all who trust in Him today
Find healing in His sacrifice
Chorus
I will wait for You
I will wait for You
Through the storm and through the night
I will wait for You
Surely wait for You
For Your love is my delight

Words and Music: Jordan Kauflin, Matt Merker, Keith Getty, and Stuart Townend.
© 2018 Getty Music Publishing (BMI); Getty Music Songs, LLC; Jordan Kauflin Music; Matt Merker Music (each of these admin. by Music Services) / Townend Songs (PRS) (admin. by Music Services in the US and Canada and by http://www.songsolutions.org elsewhere in the World)


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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 37

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 37

101.
Q. But may we not swear oaths by the name of God in a devout manner?
A. Yes, when the civil authorities require it of their subjects, or when it is otherwise needed to maintain and promote fidelity and truth, to the glory of God and the welfare of our neighbor. Such oath-taking is grounded in God’s Word and has therefore been rightly used by God’s people under the Old and New Covenants.

102.
Q. May we also swear by the saints or other creatures?
A. No; for a lawful oath is a calling upon God, as the only searcher of hearts, to bear witness to the truth, and to punish me if I swear falsely. No creature deserves such honor.


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A House Of Prayer (via Jason Helopoulos)

Jason Helopoulos provides counsel to guard against prayerless worship services, which will contribute toward prayerless Christian lives.

…worship services should be filled with prayer. It’s insufficient to sing a few songs, read a text of Scripture, sing another song, and close the service. Though songs can be understood as a form of prayer, they’re not enough. Without formal prayer throughout the service, we are robbed of opportunity to learn and participate in the prayers of God’s people.

Read the whole post here.