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Speaking To Minds At War With The Things Of God (via Gentle Reformation)

From Gentle Reformation:
“Spirit-enabled preaching is the chief, God-ordained means of taking alienated minds and transforming them into willing receptacles that learn of God and obey him.”

Ten ways preachers can address the mind and bring it into the captivity of obedience to Christ

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What Kind Of People Ought We Be? (preparing for mgpc 31/7/2016)

Service led by Alan Fox.
Song of preparation: O Thank The LORD For He Is Good (Psalm 107) and Jesus Is The Name We Honour.
Call to worship:
Praise: O God Beyond All Praising.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: The Price Is Paid; The Apostles’ Creed ; Now To Him Who Loved Us.
Consecutive reading: 1 Corinthians 3 – The Apostle Paul commends new covenant ministry not through external criteria (“the letter”), but through the witness of the internal transformation of believers in Christ through the Holy Spirit.
Bible Memorisation: Acts 14:22.
Praise: Who’s The King Of The Jungle.
Reading: 2 Peter 3: 1 – 18.
Sermon: What Kind Of People Ought We Be?.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: God Whose Almighty Word.

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Psalm 77 – Sons Of Korah

Sons of Korah are playing in Mount Gambier next week.
I’ll be listening to their albums on a very long car trip tomorrow as preparation.
A great live music experience.

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What Great Listeners Actually Do (via Harvard Business Review)

A friend of mine highlighted this article from Harvard Business Review.
It’s packed with helpful content.
The conclusion:

We suspect that in being a good listener, most of us are more likely to stop short rather than go too far. Our hope is that this research will help by providing a new perspective on listening. We hope those who labor under an illusion of superiority about their listening skills will see where they really stand. We also hope the common perception that good listening is mainly about acting like an absorbent sponge will wane. Finally, we hope all will see that the highest and best form of listening comes in playing the same role for the other person that a trampoline plays for a child. It gives energy, acceleration, height and amplification. These are the hallmarks of great listening.

Read the whole post here.

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Footy Tipping 2016 – NRL Round 21 / AFL Round 19

The extraordinary aspect of this weekend’s round of games is Brent Harvey claiming the record for most number of AFL games with his 427th.
He’s not limping to the mark as a bench player either, but is among the best of his team, week by week.
It seems likely that he’ll play on next year.
If he goes beyond 450 games it will be a record that will probably never be bettered.

NRL (last round 6/8; season tally 96/146)
New Zealand
North Queensland

AFL (last round 7/9; season tally 106/153)
Greater Western Sydney
West Coast
Port Adelaide
North Melbourne

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The Gospel Is Not Just The Diving Board; It’s The Pool (via J.D. Greear)

The Gospel Is Not Just The Diving Board; It’s The Pool
J.D. Greear featured this as one of the summary statements of the church he serves at.
I don’t remember hearing it before and it encapsulates that the Gospel is not an entry point, it’s what Christians enter into.

More here.

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Daniel Stern Reunited With Home Alone Co-Star

Daniel Stern posted this touching reunion with a Home Alone Co-Star.